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Steve April 23, 2014 at 05:59 pm
There's a lot of death row inmates that broke into homes and were surprised and proceeded to killRead More all witnesses. All the security companies that sell systems are bracing for a big boom in business if this guy gets the shaft.
Pat Kittle April 23, 2014 at 05:59 pm
Charlie Hand -- Your hearing is highly selective. People are not happy that anyone dies -- they areRead More happy that criminals breaking into their homes won't ever be breaking into anyone else's homes because either they didn't get caught or their "punishment" for getting caught will be another wrist-slap. If you're feeling kindly toward burglars that's wonderful -- post your address, letting them know they'll be safe breaking into your place. Leaving out milk & cookies for them would be thoughtful while you're at it.
Steve Graham April 23, 2014 at 06:03 pm
when you break into some ones home you should know that you left every god given right outside. ifRead More you break into my house I will shoot you. I'm not a gun expert so I'm not aiming at your knee cap. my best shot is your upper torso. I might not kill you, but I also wont begrudge someone who does kill you under the same circumstances.
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Simon April 23, 2014 at 03:49 pm
$6 Bil Vanishes From State Dept. Under Hillary Clinton APRIL 07, 2014 In a mind-boggling example ofRead More how the government blows—or perhaps steals—our tax dollars, billions vanished from the U.S. State Department mostly while Hillary Clinton ran it, according to a new alert issued by the agency’s inspector general. Could the former Secretary of State be using the cash to fund an upcoming presidential campaign? In all, $6 billion are missing and it’s highly unlikely any of the money will ever be recovered. The cash was supposed to be used to pay contractors but it just disappeared and documents that could help track the dough cannot be located. How convenient! The paper trail, which federal law says must be maintained in the case of government contracts, has been destroyed or was never created to begin with.
B. Dub April 23, 2014 at 03:50 pm
One positive thing? Um... she never became President?
Simon April 23, 2014 at 04:06 pm
AN ANALYSIS  WORTH READING: by Dick Morris, former political advisor to President Bill ClintonRead More beware as I was there for most of their presidency and know them better than just about anyone, I offer a few corrections; The facts are: Hillary's main extra-curricular activity in law school was helping the Black Panthers, on trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a federal agent. The facts are:  Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party. The facts are:   She flunked the DC bar exam, yes, flunked,  it is a matter of record, and only passed the Arkansas bar. The facts are:  Her main board activity, was to sit on the Wal-Mart board of directors, for a substantial fee. She was silent about their labor and health care practices. The facts are: Her visits abroad were entirely touristic and symbolic and there was no substantive diplomacy on any of them. One cannot think of a single bill Hillary has introduced or a single comment she has made that would tend to strengthen our country in the War on Terror. Think  about it - he's (Dick Morris) said all of this openly, thus if he were not truthful he'd be liable for defamation of  character! And you better believe Hilary would sue him.
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Hamburger April 23, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Who do you think are flying our drones?
Frank Esposito April 23, 2014 at 02:09 pm
Cops got a chance to play with their toys. Relax people. It's not like you had to respondRead More personally. Stop saying it's a waste of money. Then money is absolutely minimal. These guys were not called away from their golf games. I would also like to compliment the responders for not accidentally killing someone. It showed professionalism and did not add to the "trend" of killing "innocent" people; which is becoming an issues to watch. The people incensed over this should focus their anger on plastic shopping bags as many others are doing over at another great Patch piece. Evil lurks at the checkout counters across America!
Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 02:50 pm
Linda Mahoney >> the doorbell prank was just that, a prank, that involved actual self risk,Read More courage and cost nothing to do. these brats today have no respect for wasting resouces whilst sitting ontheir fanny all day.
Taxes are going up for homeowners in Fairfax County with the 2015 budget. Patch file photo.
Kim McCoy April 23, 2014 at 04:40 pm
And there you have it!!! At least he admits that he has no loyalty to America or our ConstitutionalRead More right to not be enslaved by our government...more than I can say for the politicians...and Jim, no one said "Europe" was a country, but I have found that liberals do have a reading comprehension problem, so there's that. Please expand on your "proper relationship between the people and their government" comment...are you from "Europe", Jim?
Jim Daniels April 23, 2014 at 04:58 pm
Now, I have always thought of George Washington as a pretty loyal American...between 1776 and 1788Read More he lived in a country without our present Constitution or Bill of Rights, and in fact was one of the most influential in devising our current Constitution. Would we say he was a disloyal American because he worked to replace the Articles of Confederation? No, or course not. As you may, or may not know, our current Constitution provides a mechanism for changing it either through congressional action or constitutional convention. If the majority of our fellow citizens wanted to change from the current three branch structure to something more akin to what they have in say Norway, Britain, or Canada the constitution provides a way to do that. In my opinion we should....just as George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin did...you wouldn't call them disloyal to America would you? As to my "Europeness," ...personally I was born here in the United States (New York). My ancestors arrived here starting in about 1623. I am directly descended from both Edward Hilton (one of the founders of New Hampshire), and John Winthrop (the founder of Boston). My last set of immigrant ancestors arrived here in 1851 from Ireland as the result of the Potato Famine. So I guess you could say that I am from "Europe"...at least a good portion of my DNA is. Now Kim...I'm wondering if you are really moving as you promised. This is not the first time claimed you were...back in September of 2013 you said "...We have lived near Merrifield for 17 years now and are moving because of the exact same issues you raised." This was referencing a comment by another person regarding the "influx of illegal aliens." So first Kim, are you moving because of the high taxes, or because of the illegals...and second...why is it taking so long? Home values are way up...certainly you could have sold your home and found another by now! Makes me wonder if you are telling the truth!
Jake Burke April 23, 2014 at 05:02 pm
Michael, while I agree with you that we should try to vote these tax & spend pols out of office,Read More I fear that there are now to many liberal wackcos here, many who poured in from Maryland, for us to be successful. But, we have to try.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Kim McCoy April 23, 2014 at 04:23 pm
Black Panther, you assume a lot. So full of hate, who taught you that?...and if I had two shoes ofRead More the same persuasion, they would be "two right shoes." Listen, when that hate boils over, please do us all a favor and take it out on those who saddled you with such...excuses, excuses, excuses.
Kevin April 23, 2014 at 04:30 pm
Black Panther of Poetry? More like the Black Panther of Bigotry.
Grumpy Old Man April 23, 2014 at 04:54 pm
@Black Racist of Poetry - The problem with race relations in this country is well, you. I thinkRead More blacks can achieve whatever they set their minds to, and there are numerous examples of that. It was always a measure of racism, whether real or imagined, to think of blacks as being such superior athletes. The implication of course was that they weren't capable of engaging in intellectual pursuits. Here, I state that a goal of affirmative action is to permit them to engage in intellectual activities and you respond by advocating the stereotype of the blacks as being such superior athletes and musicians. You are a real gem, a real credit to the Black Panthers and racists everywhere. By the way, I wouldn't trumpet the black background of rock and roll. Some of us don't like rock and roll. That doesn't mean we don't acknowledge or admire many black musicians. What's even more funny, or in your case, sick, the musicians you mentioned, Beatles, Presley, all acknowledged their debt to black musicians. You are an insult to every black person in this country who seeks to get ahead for himself and his family and rid the country, no the world, of intolerance.
Fairfax kids could get more sleep under proposal.
The Convict April 23, 2014 at 11:01 am
Parent your children, Parents. If your kid needs more sleep, then get them to bed earlier.
CS April 23, 2014 at 02:15 pm
Instead of trying to be your kids best friend, get them to bed earlier! I go to bed at around 930pmRead More when I can so that I can get enough sleep to wake up at 530am to get to work by 7am! That's life! Not sure how this helps them prepare for real life where employers don't care about how much sleep you got the night before! This argument is really absurd and a waste of time.
Lisa Ross April 23, 2014 at 04:11 pm
Convict and CS, you obviously think most parents are neglectful. They are not. And my teens are inRead More bed at 9 pm every night with no electronics. But in order to get 9 hours of sleep and still wake at 5:30 am, they would have to be in bed AND asleep at 8:30 pm. NO teen can fall asleep that early -or even at 9 or 9:30 pm. Teen biology is DIFFERENT than adult and child biology -THAT is the issue. Their melatonin does not turn on till about 10 or 11 pm and they are not alert until about 8 -9 am. Just ask any HS teacher about their first period class. That is why this is a problem -not because parents just let their teens stay up till all hour. Adults can also choose where to live and which jobs to take. So for example, I would never take a job that starts at 7 am. But FCPS kids have no choice when they have to get up and research shows they sleep is every bit as important as food for physical and mental health. For teens, it's also even more important than for adults like you two since teens are still growing. Besides the period between 0 -2 years of age, I bet the teen years are the biggest growth period for body and brain development. This issue matters.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Gary Tobin April 23, 2014 at 04:47 pm
National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are private,Read More no-profit organizations. They are NOT government agencies. Therefore the STATES DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO CCSS.
Matt Miller April 23, 2014 at 04:53 pm
So educational professionals and people that hire these students out of college or high schoolRead More shouldn't have a seat at the table? Who should make curriculum decisions? The local school board member that doesn't know anything about a high quality education? The state government that might think creationism and abstinence only education is still what our children should be learning? I'd rather have the Common Core which brought together education professionals from all of the states to make sure my kids have a leg up when they graduate High School. They also brought in companies that have decades of education or hiring experience. What's wrong with having people that know what they are talking about, setting our policy? I'd rather have professionals making these decisions and not some groups that create facebook pages and youtube videos demonizing Common Core because they don't want to listen to the facts.
Bonnie Parker April 23, 2014 at 05:12 pm
In the time some of you have spent obsessing about this, you probably could have home-schooled yourRead More kids a couple of grades. I don't know what you're so het up about, but I suspect it's not the quality of your kids' education.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
Lewis Tagliaferre April 23, 2014 at 10:24 am
The mom's time had come and the daughter seems to have accepted that..since there was no foul playRead More indicated I see only a delay in calling 911....but if they took her to hospital the medics would have attempted to extend her life at tremendous cost for no good reason....this happened to a neighbor living alone and no one was charged with any crime even though her body was not discovered until neighbors called 911 some time later...message: no good deed goes unpunished....
The Convict April 23, 2014 at 10:56 am
She left her mother on the floor for a couple of days, Lewis. If Mom had wanted to die instead ofRead More recieving life supporting measures, the daughter could have at least put her in the bed or made her comfortable. Instead, this appears to be the case that the daughter just decided to be indifferent to her mother's precarious situation. BTW, if this had been an infant that had fallen on the floor and was left to die, would you take the same position?
Michele April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am
Caring for someone else is a HUGE burden, even if it is someone you love with all of your heart. InRead More this area, supports are not always easy to get, and people often do not reach out for help because they don't even know help exists. We do not know the full story, and I refuse to pretend to know what to think about this without more information.
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Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 05:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 02:09 pm
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
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The Voice of Reason April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
Convict: There ARE pictures.
Rich Altman April 23, 2014 at 03:59 pm
She got busted (so to speak) by the Disneyland cleavage cops? Someone needs to tell these clownsRead More what to do with their to Mickey Mouse rules.
Ken Sucharski April 23, 2014 at 04:57 pm
OK, you got your 15 minutes of fame - now shut up.
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
Express Lanes on Interstate 95 'On Track' for 2015 Opening. Source: vamegaprojects.com
Sarah April 22, 2014 at 01:26 pm
The current "express lanes" in Virginia are a big flop. I travel 95 in Virginia weekly andRead More see 1 or 2 or even 3 or 4 vehicles using the "express lanes." What a gaint waste of taxpayer money.
Antje W. April 22, 2014 at 03:25 pm
I concur with Don and Sarah! Absolutely correct. The biggest waste of taxpayer money I've seen forRead More this year. Nobody is crying foul now - but let the EZPass come into effect and we will see congestion on I-95 that will surpass anything we are experiencing right now. Hmmm, come to think of it: What about the one lane that should still carry HOV, but requires an EZPass transponder? What a gimmick: Now all HOV users pay in one form or another. On another note: how fast will this HOV lane be when only one lane is available? Who in his right mind wants to use this lane? From a marketing strategy pretty clever: HOV users will flock to get an EZPass and eventually HOV will be eliminated. Thank you, Governor McDonnell, for kicking Virginians were it hurts! What a way to leave the office by selling us out to the highest bidder!
PRWins April 23, 2014 at 07:46 am
Why, oh why, was this money not spent on extending Metro, so that cars, traffic, etc. would beRead More unnecessary? Metro runs around its own little DC enclave. (Yeah, it's coming to Tysons and Reston... the 1% again.) The VRE is a monstrous joke... limited hours, limited stops, unlimited charges... Not being able to get to DC easily cuts down on a lot of employment opportunities! BTW, I have yet to figure out where all the cars using I95 park when they get to DC.... Are these the literati using the govt. lots?