Justice denied: An open letter from Mark Weiner’s sister

| July 15, 2014 | 6 Comments
Justice denied: An open letter from Mark Weiner’s sister

The case of Mark Weiner, accused and recently convicted of abduction with intent to defile, has caught the attention of justice advocates across America. While capricious Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Denise Lunsford, is standing by her conviction, flimsy evidence and allegations of prosecutorial misconduct are casting credible doubt on Weiner’s current legal status. Mark Weiner, who […]

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Who’s spying on you?

| July 9, 2014 | 4 Comments
Who’s spying on you?

Who is spying on you? Bet you didn’t know that I can. Even if you have never met me. Even if I don’t know you. We all know the NSA can look at every email and text you send or receive. They could listen to any cell phone call you make. In fact, there is […]

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Failed: Albemarle County Schools seek additional $1M+ from taxpayers

| June 16, 2014 | 4 Comments
Failed: Albemarle County Schools seek additional $1M+ from taxpayers

The profligate Albemarle County schools are facing yet another budget problem. As reported in the Daily Progress, Superintendent Pam Moran and her board have squandered nearly $8M in surplus taxpayer money from 2012 through the present. Now, following the annual Chicken Little budget standoff with the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, the rebuffed school board […]

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Beware of false prophets

| June 11, 2014 | 2 Comments
Beware of false prophets

by Dr. Charles Battig Positive public perception of the scientist has long been powerful.  The public has the tendency to defer to scientists, as it does to authority in general.  It is part of the educational and socialization process inherent in societies.  Scientists are in a special category in the public’s mind, since they are […]

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Pwned: Occupy Charlottesville tastes their own medicine in website hack

| May 16, 2014 | 2 Comments
Pwned: Occupy Charlottesville tastes their own medicine in website hack

In an irony almost too rich to fathom, Occupy Charlottesville’s website itself has been occupied by a foreign entity. The commu-anarchist group, which illegally “camped” at Charlottesville’s Lee Park for 45 days before being evicted by police, is best known for the lawless and violent antics of its members and affiliates during the occupation—as well […]

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Twisted sisters: Charlottesville Sister Cities crony socialist ripoff

| May 1, 2014 | 9 Comments
Twisted sisters: Charlottesville Sister Cities crony socialist ripoff

Amidst contrasting cries of desperate funding shortages and superb budget management, the Democrat cabal in Charlottesville City Hall has found a new way to buy votes and influence people: Sister Cities Commission Grants! The transparently frivolous program hands taxpayer money to politically simpatico groups and individuals in exchange for Democrat party loyalty and electoral goodwill. […]

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Special Report: Exploring Albemarle County Schools budget bloat and obfuscation

| April 7, 2014 | 3 Comments
Special Report: Exploring Albemarle County Schools budget bloat and obfuscation

Following is a special report by authors: Brett Darken, Dr. Phil Dunkl, Keith Nicoletti, and Andre Slonopas. Listed below are some areas identified within the ACPS budget we believe need further vetting. We present these issues as representative of and to inform our BOS how the ACPS system is funding current and future programs. There are additional areas […]

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Nervous system: UVa dumps formerly insured on Albemarle County schools

| March 31, 2014 | 1 Comments
Nervous system: UVa dumps formerly insured on Albemarle County schools

The University of Virginia’s recent decision to terminate insurance coverage for employee spouses “who have access to coverage through their own employer” is contributing to budget maladies at Albemarle County Schools. A Thursday evening staff presentation to the Albemarle County School Board showed a direct cost to the division of $348,724 as a result of […]

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The Blue Spade sings: A Touch of Graft

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Blue Spade sings: A Touch of Graft

The Schilling Show presents another masterful musical adaptation by Scott Bandy, aka The Blue Spade. This time, Bandy parodies the late great Western Bypass and the encompassing Democrat-induced political debacle. A Touch of Graft is sung to the tune of the Grateful Dead’s, A Touch of Grey, with lyrics penned by The Blue Spade. This song […]

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Student savants: Albemarle 3rd graders beat college grads in history smarts

| March 19, 2014 | 6 Comments
Student savants: Albemarle 3rd graders beat college grads in history smarts

by John Ryan Several Charlottesville, VA-area elementary schools have filed official public reports that claim from 2011-2013, on average 80% or more of their third-graders pass the Virginia Standards of Learning (SoLs) for historical knowledge.  A closer analysis reveals, however,  that not only is this claim dubious, surveys show that even graduates of America’s top […]

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