Category Archives: Virginia

Anti-Immigration or Anti-Refugee Bills are immoral and not in Virginia’s interest

In sync with President Trumps push to persecute refugees and immigrants, the Virginia General Assembly has had a number of bills introduced that do not represent what America stands for nor are they in the best interest of the citizens of Virginia. The majority of these bills increase the burden of running day to day services for the state. The burden of work is increased for entities providing immigration or refugee services, education, and just general contracting with government entities.

I urge you to find out who your legislatures are (http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/) and get in touch telling them that these laws are not in the interest of Virginia.

Below are my letters outlining my objections to HB 1468, HB 1723, HB 2000, HB 2001, HB 2002, HB 2236, and SB 1262.

America’s morals and responsibility to take in those who are escaping war or are trying to make a better life are parts of what I believe make America great. I feel that discrimination and additional laws against refugees or immigrants, illegal or not, are unnecessary and our existing laws are well in place to punish those who intend to harm our citizens, community or country.

I urge you to not support HB 1468 as it applies a double standard of justice which America cannot stand for. Justice is a right of all people and if a person is within our borders they will experience the same justice everyone else does. HB 1468 introduces a broad stroke burden and strain upon the families and law enforcement who face incarceration. If a person is not an immediate threat to our safety they shouldn’t burden our justice system any more than anyone else.

I urge you to not support HB 1723 as it is unnecessary to track individuals movement outside of the current systems that exist. If an entity within the state enters an agreement to settle some refugees, Virginia doesn’t need to have a “refugee list” that is updated prior to settlement agreements being executed. This increases the burden of the government and those most affected by the refugee status. This slows down organizations ability to help these people who are most vulnerable.

I urge you to not support HB 2000 as it increases the burden to do work within the state with the state and is ridiculous to write a law that chains our state’s freedom and self governance to a minimum standard held by the federal government. Virginia doesn’t need laws that remind us what the federal law is. What a waste of time.

I urge you to not support HB 2001. The law places unnecessary burden on the education system to perform law enforcement. Furthermore the law casts a cloud of suspicion where none is needed. The education of those seeking to better themselves is in the interest of America and our institutions are not a place for a dark cloud of suspicion but enlightenment and promise.

I urge you to not support HB 2002. The law places an unnecessary burden on the entities who are trying their best to help immigrants and refugees find a better life. The immigrants and refugees are already cleared by the federal government. The law is made to create red tape and excessive state mechanism to disrupt these important services. I urge you not to support systems requiring the registry of individuals age, gender, and national origin of each individual. They are not in the interest of America.

I urge you to not support HB 2236. In this time of change, it is important to not to bludgeon localities found to violate the law nor is it necessary to chain our law to that of the federal system. First the language of the law is despicable to take away funding to a locality just because they are found to violate the law. Note that it doesn’t include willful or not just found in violation. The law is designed to hurt localities that fail to enforce immigration laws which of course will be localities with immigrants. The law is designed to reduce services which will cause unnecessary stress and harm to the members of the locality and is sinister in its attempt to drive people away. It is an awful law that is in no way representative of American values.

I urge you to not support any of the following: HB 1468, HB 1723, HB 2000, HB 2001, HB 2002, and HB 2236.

Re: SB 1262

I live in Charlottesville VA and am alarmed at the rate of anti-immigration bills being introduced into the Virginia state legislature. Having a locality be libel for an illegal immigrant’s actions via VA SB1262 is just disguised discrimination and intimidation. There are already plenty of laws in place to address illegal activity regardless of a persons immigration status. I urge you to vote, debate and take a stand against VA SB1262 and other proposals in its vein.

 

HB1443 is common sense

Stop wasting money on weed by telling your local Virginia General Assembly member to support HB1443: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?111+sum+HB1443

Find your representative here: http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/Main?openform

Here is a sample letter you could send:

Delegate Toscano and Senator Deeds,

I urge you to support Delegate Morgan’s HB 1443 that is proposed for the upcoming session. As budgets are… squeezed, instead of laying off teachers or public safety officials, the state should quit taking an interest in subsidizing the persecution of private activities which some do not agree with. The facts are that non-violent marijuana offenders are the least of the state or law enforcements worries. Marijuana consumption is widely accepted as safer than alcohol or cigarettes yet it is much more regulated. Enforcing prejudice against a non-intrusive lifestyle choice is not in the government’s interest. It criminalizes otherwise law abiding citizens and breeds distrust where otherwise none is warranted. Substances abuse is a medical problem not a criminal problem. Help Virginia get on the right track by supporting HB 1443.

-Joe

In Loving Memory of Joseph Harry Scales Jr.

Joseph H. Scales Jr. of Greenville, South Carolina, formerly of Fife, Virginia in Goochland County, went to be with his Lord on December 27, 2008. He is survived by his wife of fifty- years, Roselle Faulconer Scales and by his daughter, Mary Scales Lawson and her husband Dr. Jeffrey Lawson of Greenville. He was predeceased by a daughter, Grace Scales Yoder of Fairfax, Virginia. He is survived by her husband and wife, Joe and Patty Yoder. Mr. Scales is also survived by four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren: Roselle Lawson Bonnoitt of Greenville, S. C.; Margaret Lawson Meadows, of Jacksonville, Fla; Joseph Scales Lawson of Charlottesville, Va; Caroline Yoder of Nashville, Tennessee; and Madeline Yoder and Grace Yoder of Oakton, Virginia. He is also survived by two sisters, Grace Scales Evans of Maryland and Anne Scales Sims of Cascade, Virginia. He was predeceased by a brother, Edgar Forrest Scales and a sister, Elizabeth DeShazo .

 

Mr. Scales served his country in World War II as a Pacific based pilot in the U. S. Air Corps. His professional occupation was that of a conservationist. He worked 29 years as District Conservationist in Goochland, Fluvanna and Powhatan Counties for the United States Department of Agriculture. He was one of the first to pass the Virginia State soil scientist exam. After retirement, he established a private consulting firm dealing with the practice of soil and water conservation. He designed many lakes in the state of Virginia.

 

He served as Sunday School superintendent and was an elder for many years in Byrd Presbyterian Church, Goochland Virginia. He was a delegate to the General Assembly in 1974 for the Presbytery of the James.

 

Through the years, Joe received many awards and commendations. In 1985 he was chosen to be Grand Marshall in the Goochland Day Parade. He served as President of the Goochland Historical Society, the Goochland Farm Bureau, the Ruritan Club, and the Soil District Supervisors. He also served on the board of zoning appeals of Goochland County for 12 years. In 1974-75 the Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District recognized Joe as largely responsible for its winning first place in the Goodyear Conservation Award and runners up in 1975-76.

 

The ultimate highlight for Joe was following his move from Goochland to Greenville to be nearer his daughter and medical facilities. This came when the Goochland Historical Society and the Goochland Garden Club honored him and his wife with a reception and presentation of a tray on which was engraved: “Joseph H. and Roselle F. Scales – In grateful appreciation for your devotion to and active involvement in the life of Goochland County, Virginia for more than 50 years.” Then later, the Goochland County Historical Society dedicated their magazine to Joe and his wife.

 

Born in Cascade, Virginia, March 21, 1922, he was the son of Grace Fitts and Joseph Harry Scales. He attended Virginia Polytecnic Institute prior to World War II. After the war, he completed his studies and graduated from the University of Virginia.

 

 Grandfather, you will be missed.

Word of the day: Fascism

Republican Fascism

Fascism is an authoritarian political ideology (generally tied to a mass movement) that considers individual and other societal interests subordinate to the interests of the state. Fascists seek to forge a type of national unity, usually based on (but not limited to) ethnic, cultural, or racial attributes. Various scholars attribute different characteristics to fascism, but the following elements are usually seen as its integral parts: nationalism, statism, militarism, totalitarianism, anti-communism, corporatism, populism, collectivism, and opposition to economic and political liberalism.

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“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” – The 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution

As congress continues to have no backbone. We are seeing the erosion of our civil liberties as well as having atrocities committed in our name. We have illegal search and seizure of information through phones and through the internet. Congress is passing bills which allow for “blanket wiretapping.” Such wiretaps could allow for all people with the last name “Smith” to be tapped. How do you find only Smith? You apply a filter that says, read everything that says Smith. However to do this, they read EVERYTHING. Every single thing you send over the internet. And face it people, for most, a vast majority might be porn. Oh, Mr. Smith, I see you like going to kinkycrazyness dot com. Telecommunications over the internet! It is the future they say. Oh, well you see Mr. Smith, we were filtering for certain words on your voice packets and we would like to talk to your private conversation with..

The NSA is reading all of our internet communications and congress keeps saying this is OK! It is a direct violation of our 4th Amendment Rights.
NSA Wiretap Methods

Pick out an article from bigbrother over at slashdot. They all point towards an over reach of power.

Images Pulled From:
http://www.bushflash.com/14.html
http://www.oldamericancentury.org/14pts.htm
http://www.spamdailynews.com/publish/ATT_tech_outs_NSA_spy_room.asp

Energy Conservation Awareness Week, Tax Holiday October 5th – 8th

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: "Jones, Robin" <Robin.Jones@dmme.virginia.gov>
To: 
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 09:14:21 -0400
Subject: Energy Conservation Awareness Week

 

 

October 1,
2007

Greetings,

I am proud to announce this week
as Energy Conservation Awareness Week, which will be followed by our first
ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday event. I am encouraging Virginians to use energy
wisely and begin to explore how all of us can be more energy
efficient.

The ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday
will take place from Friday, October 5 through Monday, October 8, 2007. During
this holiday, Everyone will be exempt from paying sales tax in Virginia on
ENERGY STAR qualified products that cost $2,500 or less, like compact
fluorescent light bulbs, ceiling fans, clothes washers, dehumidifiers,
dishwashers, programmable thermostats, refrigerators, and room air
conditioners.

As a first step to preserving
Virginia's energy resources and environment, I encourage you to replace at
least one incandescent bulb or fixture at home with one that has earned the
government's ENERGY STAR label
. If every state employee takes the pledge to
change just one bulb or fixture, we could save over 32 million kWh and prevent
over 45 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year! Please make this
simple, yet meaningful commitment by taking the online ENERGY STAR Change a
Light Pledge.

To be part of this effort, take
the pledge online at http://www.energystar.gov/joincal.
You will be asked to fill in your name, email and zip code. You will also be
asked "Which organization referred you here, if any?" Please select "Virginia,
Commonwealth of" from the drop down list as the participating
organization.

I hope you'll join me in raising
public awareness of energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR products that will result
in Virginians taking action to conserve energy in our homes. With your help, we
can reduce energy bills and protect Virginia's natural resources. One Small
Step, One Simple Action – Big Savings!

Thank you for being part of the
movement to help make a difference.

Sincerely,
Timothy M.
Kaine
Governor

Joe’s Music Picks for March 2007

Charlottesville is finally livening up for some jams. Satellite Ballroom has a little love coming, and Starr Hill awakens from a weaker winter season.-

3/10 – Guano Boys @ Satellite
3/20 – Tea Leaf Green (Opening:William Walter & Co.)
3/22 – Larry Keel & The Natural Bridge
3/28 – Galactic (rescheduled from 2/11)
3/31 – Hackensaw Boys

Starr Hill has lined up four excellent bands in the final two weeks of March. Hopefully the venue can deliver some solid bands for the Spring but so far we have only a twinkle of the energy delivered in 2006. Looking forward, April is already highlighted by Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra hailing from Brooklyn and Toubab Krewe from Asheville, NC.

On the Corner we always have the Wednesday Night Music Showcase at Orbits, which showcases bands from Charlottesville. You never know what guests might play, previously members of Parliament sat in during some Man Mountain Jr. Meanwhile, In April Satellite Ballroom will feature Acid Mothers Temple; a psychedelic rock band from Japan.

Virginia LOSING ALL RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Please everyone write your legislator as we are nearing a time when Dominion gets another monopoly after we just were freed from it.

Del. Harvey Morgan, R-Gloucester, warned that Hogan’s measure could help an already prospering Dominion to get even richer at the expense of its 2 million Virginia customers. He also suggested “re-regulation” is being rammed through the legislature in too much of a rush.

From Bill to end electricity deregulation clears Senate – DailyProgress

I wrote the State Corporation Commission to make sure what was happening is true and this was the response:

As the legislation now stands, it would end retail electric choice for residential and most business customers. That would include the 1,335 retail customers in Virginia currently receiving their electricity supply service from a competitive supplier providing renewable energy options. The proposed legislation includes incentives for utilities like Dominion Virginia Power to use renewable sources of energy through voluntary renewable portfolio standards.

Andy Farmer
Education Resources Manager
State Corporation Commission

You can see the two bills here:
Senate 1416
House 3515