Today's Top Stories - July 3, 2015
Happy 4th and we wish you a safe holiday!
Virginia News Source takes this opportunity to wish all of our readers a safe and joyous holiday to celebrate our nation’s hard fought independence and freedoms, which unfortunately have been systematically stripped by a communist-influenced president and a neutered Congress.
VNS is publishing this weekend on an as needed but reduced basis. Normal publication will resume Monday. Most new stories between now and then will be published here, in this section, on the front page. HAPPY 4th … With our special presentation package leading the column … visit links and listen …
Chris Pratt Teaches His Son The Pledge of Allegiance More
"God Bless The USA" Started Out as Album Filler (Song link within the story) More
God Bless America Sung by Kate Smith More
1812 Overture Boston Pops 1976 BiCentennial Concert More
Battle Hymn of the Republic Learn It Well More
Presidential politics …
Former VA Sen. Jim Webb Running Against Slick Hillie To Be Democrat Presidential Candidate: VNS has to question his sanity - Anyone who has a past military career and served as Secretary of the Navy and still wants to be the head military-hating Democrat, has to be nuts More
What Hillary Is Hiding? The slow drip-drip-drip of scandal begins to take its toll More
Fanning the Racist Flames of Another Black Church Arson Hoax: The media's dishonest reporting - COMMENTARY: Michelle Malkin More
Orange County (NY) Cracks Down on $1 MILLION in Welfare Fraud More
17 Year Federal Judge Savages 'War On Drugs': "This Is A War I Saw Destroy Lives... Makes No Sense" More
Inova's new personalized medicine hire could bridge the gap to Greater Washington tech Todd Stottlemyer's appointment to head Inova Health System's Center for Personalized Health may provide a crucial ingredient for Inova's personalized medicine ambitions: a bridge to the tech world More
Dominion seeks OK to build $1.3 billion gas-fired plant Dominion Virginia Power is seeking regulatory approval of a proposed $1.3 billion gas-fired power plant in Greensville County More
Pipeline survey lawsuits transferred to new federal judge, new hearing likely A new federal judge will consider the same issues debated before a different judge four months ago in lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a state law used by developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline to allow surveyors onto private property without the owners’ permission More
Hampton Roads jobless rate tops national average for first time in decade For the first time in at least a decade, the unemployment rate in Hampton Roads is higher than the national average More
Where’s the money going … Many Virginia State Agencies Don't Track Federal Grants More
Getting back pennies on a dollar … After paying a private company more than a quarter-billion dollars for a road that was never built, Virginia officials say they’ve reached an agreement for a modest refund. US 460 Mobility Partners — made up of Spanish multinational Ferrovial Agroman and Pennsylvania-based Allan Myers — will return $46 million to the state. The firm had been hired to build a 55-mile toll road in southeast Virginia. The state lacked the needed federal permits but kept the automatic payments flowing to the company anyway. More
This major eminent domain case will be discussed at Saturday's Libertarian Party meeting in the Providence Square Grill in the shopping center at Providence Road and Kempsville Road. Breakfast @ 8 a.m. meeting at 9 a.m.
Because of the dark cloud hanging over city council on May 5, 2015, I asked city council to put a referendum for an up and down vote on light rail.
The last reports that have come in have not supported the need for a light rail system in Virginia Beach, and they have said that this is not a good deal for Virginia Beach.
In Sunday's Beacon, our city treasurer, individually, had an ad supporting a "No" vote for light rail. After reading this, you can see that it is reiterating what I have been saying over the last few years.
by Ira White - Portsmouth
Following the horrific South Carolina church murders, we are again witnessing politicians and articles touting anti-gun statistics. But theirs are selective and generalized numbers designed by liberal media to avoid the more specific indicators that suggest otherwise. As you read those below, consider one historical item that can offer a crucial compass for the outcome of the anti-gun agenda:
AFTER MANY DECADES, the government's war on illegal drugs has been an utter failure against the profusion of drugs, drug dealers, and drug violence, and has spawned a sophisticated and well-funded criminal market. How does anyone now think a government war on guns – a 2nd Amendment right no less – would fare? Would it not also put the market and the weapons totally in the hands of the criminals?
THE REAL STATISTICS
1. Between 1980 and 2010, 99 mass shootings (4 or more killed) were recorded. All but one of the “successful” mass shootings occurred in areas where armed citizens are banned.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama called for a “civilian national security force”, one as big as all of the nation’s military branches combined.
Now, Al Sharpton is suggesting a path that probably would accomplish that: Nationalize America’s police forces. We have all seen him at the Ferguson, New York City, and Baltimore riots that have taken place in a rush to condemn police officers who were doing their jobs while encountering suspects who were resisting arrest.
While the Baltimore case is still open, investigations have cleared the officers of wrong-doing in both Ferguson and New York. Most interesting is the uniformity of the signs, chanted slogans, and behavior in the crowds at all locations.
Soros has financed such organizations as Black Lives Matter and has bussed paid protesters and rabble-rousers into these powder keg areas. The New American (www.thenewamerican.com) article titled “Justice Department Grants Linked to Cop-Killing Rap Video”, details the U.S. Department of Justice’s using our tax dollars to incite race riots.
To the Editor:
This email is to strenuously object to your article by Mike Thompson who erroneously states that nuclear power is "safe." Haven't you heard of what's happening in Japan at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant? The Germans have. Last I heard, they have shut down their nuclear power plants as a result.
Shame on you for deceiving the public into thinking that nuclear power is "safe" when nothing is further from the truth. The Pacific ecosystem of the Western USA is now collapsing due to the tons of radioactive water surging daily into the Pacific Ocean as a result of the ongoing tragedy in Fukushima. [Click 'Read More' below for rest of the letter]
This past Friday I watched CNN interview an individual (a black woman) who claimed the flying of the Confederate Battle Flag on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol was a contributor to the awful shooting at the A.M.E. Church in Charleston. I and several others in the room at the time looked at each other in amazement.
Since then, pressure has been applied continuously on the Sovereign State of South Carolina to remove the flag, with both Governor Haley and Senator (Mama's Boy) Graham jumping on the band wagon.
Yet again, the radical liberal left seem not to have gotten the message. I seriously doubt that awful shooting was prompted by the display of a flag. Rather, it was one person's perception of the black community. In fact, the shooter stated as much.
by Larry Henry
Amour makes the world go round. Often times it sneaks up on us unexpectedly and sometimes scares us silly, but usually we welcome the stuff without too much reservation and thrashing about.
Then our feet grow wings, our hearts become as young eagles, while our heads float up in the clouds with nary a thought for passing aircraft. We behave like fools but nobody cares because they understand. They’ve been there before or want to be or maybe they are now.
It’s a time of youth no matter one’s chronological age, and every hour apart seems like Chinese water torture. A kiss ignites the senses, we embrace, we laugh, we cry, we fear the worst, but it’s going to be just fine, we hope, we pray … oh please Lord, make it last.
Sometimes it lasts a lifetime. Sometimes our hearts are broken in a million pieces. In spite of all this and Heaven too, love endures all. Love and patriotism were the essence of the fabulous 1950’s. [Click: Read More below for rest of the story]
by Michael Thompson
A new study by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy shows that Virginia is in a position to capture a substantial share of the international nuclear power market.
We are in a position to offer the technology, the engineering and the expertise to build safe and environmentally friendly nuclear power plants all over the world.
The new study, Virginia Can Lead the Nation’s Nuclear Renaissance (here), focuses on the power potential from nuclear energy and the economic advantages available to Virginia from this expanding industry.
Mike Thompson is currently the Chairman and President of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, a non-partisan Virginia focused foundation dealing with the issues of improving education, government reform, economic development and environmental stewardship. This foundation is the state’s premier independent public policy foundation and has gained broad based respect from political and business leaders throughout Virginia.
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- Campaigns halt as Greeks face tough referendum choice
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