Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Statement on the Censure of School Board member Amanda Blalock

Today, Spotsylvania Republican Committee Chairman Steve Thomas
questioned the lack of both transparency and evidence regarding the
School Board majority's censure of Lee Hill representative Amanda
Blalock.

"Mrs. Blalock is a duly elected official and deserves clarity on the
accusations that resulted in her censure", said Thomas. "The voters
who elected her also deserve to see what, if any, evidence exists to
support the accusations. In fact, we have not even heard the specific
accusations themselves."

"The censure resolution went so far as to note that the School Board
could not by law remove Mrs. Blalock, strongly implying that if they
could remove her, they would. This makes it all the more imperative
that the School Board majority come clean and make transparent any and
all evidence so Mrs. Blalock can defend herself in the realm of public
opinion, and the public may then come to their own informed opinions."

"At present, the lack of clarity makes this episode look like a
witch-hunt, even if the Salem representative was not there for the
vote", added Thomas.

"The problem here is the lack of transparency", former Lee Hill
supervisor candidate D.J. McGuire added. "If what Mrs. Blalock did was
so terrible, let us know what it is. That would be far better than
doing this behind closed doors without any specifics."

"Spotsylvania government has suffered for many years for a lack of
transparency. Here is an opporunity for the School Board majority to
do the right thing for the voters and taxpayers of the county", added
Thomas.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Governor McDonnell Issues Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation and Orders Flags Lowered

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell has issued a proclamation recognizing December 7th as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in Virginia. He has also ordered that flags be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in Virginia. Please find below the proclamation and flag order.

PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY

WHEREAS, December 7, 2010 marks the 69th anniversary of the attack on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and

WHEREAS, early on the morning of December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was ambushed in a surprise attack by the Japanese Imperial Navy, and 2,403 American military personnel, including 44 Virginians, were killed while 1,178 others were wounded; and

WHEREAS, the attack on Pearl Harbor, a day that has since lived in infamy, is among the most destructive and unwarranted acts of war to take place on American soil and its anniversary serves as a reminder of the vigilance and preparedness which our nation must always maintain; and

WHEREAS, Virginians and Americans everywhere owe a debt of gratitude to the members of the United States Armed Forces who died at Pearl Harbor, as well as to those who survived and fought with great honor and bravery in the Second World War while defending the people and principles of our nation; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to observe a day in honor of everyone who served in the United States Armed Forces at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and to reflect upon their sacrifices and on the losses endured by their families and loved ones;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert F. McDonnell, do hereby recognize December 7, 2010 as PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.


**The proclamation can be found at this link: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/OurCommonwealth/Proclamations/2010/PearlHarbor.cfm

Governor’s Flag Order for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Pursuant with President Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation to lower the United States flag on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, I do hereby order that the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia shall be flown at half-staff on all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth of Virginia in honor and respect of those who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

I hereby order that the flags shall be lowered immediately on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, and remain at half-staff until sunset.

Ordered this the 6th day of December, 2010.

Sincerely,
Robert F. McDonnell
**Today’s flag status can be found at this link: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/OurCommonwealth/FlagStatus/

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Monday, December 6, 2010

AMBER ALERT: Missing Salem, VA 12-Year-Old Female

Police are seeking a missing 12-year-old from Salem, VA, believed to be "in extreme danger," according to an AMBER Alert issued today.

Brittany Mae Smith has been missing since Thursday, December 2nd. She is 5', 100lbs, with brown eyes and straight brown hair.

Police believe she may have been abducted by Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32 years, 5'11", 265lb, with hazel eyes and brown hair.

They may be traveling in a 2000 Red Chevrolet SUV, VA license tag XPR-4366.

The victim's mother's vehicle is missing, and police also believe they may be traveling in that vehicle, a silver 2005 Dodge 4-door sedan with Virginia license XKF-2365.

The full text of the AMBER alert follows:

CALL 540-562-3265 OR 911 IF SEEN
2000 Red Chevrolet SUV XPR-4366 VA

Last seen 3341 Fort Lewis Cr Salem

W/M,32YR,5'11,265LB,Hazel EYES,Brown HAIR,Jeffrey Scott Easley

W/F,12YR,5'00,100LB,Brown EYES,Brown HAIR,Brittany Mae Smith

THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AND VIRGINIA MISSING CHILDREN CLEARINGHOUSE HAVE ISSUED AN AMBER ALERT FOR A CHILD ABDUCTION ON BEHALF OF THE Roanoke County Police Dept IN Salem ON 12/02/2010.

THE Roanoke County Police Dept IS LOOKING FOR Brittany Mae Smith, White, female, AGE 12 years old, HEIGHT 5 feet 00 inches, WEIGHT 100 lbs, WITH Brown EYES AND Straight Brown HAIR.

THE CHILD IS BELIEVED TO BE IN EXTREME DANGER AND WAS LAST SEEN AT 3341 Fort Lewis Cr, Salem, VA.

THE CHILD IS LIKELY ABDUCTED BY Jeffrey Scott Easley, White, male, AGE 32 years old, HEIGHT 5 feet 11 inches, WEIGHT 265 lbs, WITH Hazel EYES AND Brown HAIR.

THEY MAY BE TRAVELING IN A 2000 Red Chevrolet SUV, LICENSE XPR-4366, VA

PLEASE CONTACT THE Roanoke County Police Dept AT (540)562-3265 OR THE VIRGINIA STATE POLICE AT 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VACHILD).

YOU MAY FIND COMPLETE INFORMATION AT www.vaamberalert.com P.S. Victims mother's vehicle is missing, suspect may be in it Silver 2005 Dodge 4d sdn VA-XKF2365.

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33 Minutes to Impact- Why America Must Remain Vigilant at ALL Times



America in the New Missile Age

33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age is a one-hour documentary produced by The Heritage Foundation that tells the story of the very real threat foreign enemies pose to every one of us. The truth is brutal - no matter where on Earth a missile is launched from it would take 33 Minutes or less to hit the U.S. target it was programmed to destroy.

Nuclear proliferation around the world, and the threat of a ballistic missile attack of some kind is mounting as more and more countries obtain nuclear technology. The ongoing threat toward America is also accelerating due to the fact that there are many rogue nations and terrorist organizations who either have or are seeking ballistic missiles and nuclear technology.

The challenges of protecting America and its citizens for President Obama's administration are great. Featuring rare footage and in-depth interviews with leading experts in the field, 33 Minutes is the definitive documentary exposing the untold vulnerability we all face and the action plan necessary to revive a strategic missile defense system that America uniquely can develop, maintain, and employ for its own defense and the peace-loving world's security.

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