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Posted by admin | Posted in Sports | Posted on 10-01-2011

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Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, NC
When: Saturday, January 8th, 12:00 PM
TV: Raycom/ACC Network/ESPN3
Records: UNC 10-4, 0-0 ACC; UVa 10-5, 1-0 ACC

Conference play.

I don’t know about anyone else but there is nothing better that ACC play in full swing. That is the case this weekend with all 12 schools playing each other. UNC kicks off a Saturday slate of five games with a trip to Charlottesville to for the Heels’ ACC opener. It is also a solid test for a young team that has shown an obvious tend of improvement over the final few weeks of 2010 into 2011. Roy Williams said on Friday there is more positive vibe around the team this season versus last year despite the records being much the same. In fact, Roy has been mostly pleased with the team progress citing the loss to Texas(or rather the manner in which they lost) as being the only real negative. Losing that game was a failure to close the deal and the fact Roy has mentioned it more than once means it is really bugging him.

Since it is still a bit murky on what kind of margin of error this UNC team has, I think this is a fairly important game to get a win. Road wins in the ACC are tough enough as it is so nailing one down here would be important. Given all the positive momentum UNC has heading into this contest, seizing on that to get a win to open ACC play certainly gets UNC heading down the right path. As C.Michael noted during the preseason roundtable discussion, this is as much a revenge game as anything else. UNC took it on the chin at the Dean Dome last season losing by 15 but being thoroughly embarrassed in the process. The time has come to return the favor.

UVa has been a bit of a mystery. Yes they beat Minnesota on the road which UNC could not do on a neutral court. The Cavaliers also knocked off Virginia Tech. However, those games included the presence of Mike Scott who is listed as the team’s leading scorer and rebounded despite playing only one of UVa’s last six games. Even with Scott, UVa is a bit of an enigma. Outside the big wins, UVa struggled to beat Radford by 10, nearly lost to Morgan St(without Scott), lost to Seattle(with Scott) and have left everyone wondering which team will take the floor on any given day. This one will be without Scott which is advantageous to UNC given the interior is the focal point of the Tar Heel offense.

The other major issue is tempo. UVa’s Tony Bennett adheres to that slower version of basketball favored by Big Ten teams and people who simply don’t know any better. UVa is 339th in tempo according to Ken Pomeroy vs UNC’s ninth spot in the same category. In other words, something has to give or rather one of these teams will impose their style on the other. This makes it a interesting test for a young Tar Heel team playing in a hostile environment. Can UNC force the game into their pace or get bogged down in a slow tempo affair? The answer to that question lies with Larry Drew, Kendall Marshall and the ability of the defense to force turnovers as well as control the defensive glass.  UVa is not a turnover prone team(18.1% TO) but has a OR% of 30.6% which is 236th nationally. Which is to say, UNC should control the defensive boards but forcing turnovers might be a little tough to come by.

Nothing is taken for granted. Not with this UNC team and not playing a UVa team no one can reasonably predict. Still, I like what have seen over the past 2-3 weeks and expect it to continue.

UNC 75 UVa 62

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After Virginia Tech

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A reader reminds us of then-Gov. Tim Kaine’s words after the Virginia Tech shooting:

"People who want to take this within 24 hours of the event and make it their political hobby horse to ride, I’ve got nothing but loathing for them," Kaine said at a Tuesday evening news conference.

"To those who want to try to make this into some little crusade, I say: Take that elsewhere. Let this community deal with grieving individuals and be sensitive to those needs."





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Virginia District Court Finds Stolen Valor Act Constitutional

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District Judge James Jones, ruling in the Western District of Virginia, Big Stone Gap Division ruled that the SVA is constitutional.

In a concise ruling, he found:

Preventing individuals from wearing honors they did not earn furthers a substantial government interest in honoring specified members of the military and preserving the respect and novelty of legitimate military decorations. The statute’s purpose is not related to the suppression of free speech, and incidental restrictions on freedom are no greater than is essential for the furtherance of that purpose.

The story of Ronnie L. Robbins is like so many before it:

[The Indictment] alleges that Robbins served in the United States Army on active duty from 1972 to 1975, but did not serve overseas or in any combat capacity and was not awarded or entitled to any medals or awards related to such service.2 The Indictment charges that Robbins was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (“VFW”), which requires that its members have overseas service in a foreign conflict. While running for reelection to local political office, Robbins produced and distributed campaign material that stated that he was a recipient of the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Robbins also wore the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge on his military uniform at events he attended as a member of the VFW honor guard. Additionally, Robbins allegedly provided falsely altered documentation to the VFW misrepresenting his military service and asserting that he had been awarded the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Finally, it is alleged that Robbins provided altered documents to a local newspaper corroborating that he had received those medals.

Naturally, POW Network was all over this clown:

Claims COVERT OPS, Vietnam service, Vietnam combat awards. May be using multiple DD214’s – that do NOT match military records. Prior campaign materials note Vietnam awards NOT in records. Has shown off a VA card that list a percent of disability on it. Wore Vietnam Service Medal on Confederate uniform on the 4th of July parade in Clintwood.

Of course he was lying because he was running for office, not picking up chicks in a bar, but he was also defrauding the Gov’t:

ROBBINS was charged Nov 20th with two additional charges both felonies. Robbins was also charged with making fraudulent claims when he filed for his VA Disability Pension. He received 100% stating he was suffering from nightmares and flashbacks. Robbins was also charged with using US Mail to file the claim. Total of twenty five years plus fines. Dickenson Star ran the story last Wednesday. Also the trial was put off until Feb 2-3 2011.

Anyway, back to the ruling. Noting the Strandlof and Alvarez decisions, the judge approached them head on:

While the defendant naturally urges me to follow these decisions, I respectfully disagree with them, and find that the false statements of fact implicated by the statute are not protected by the First Amendment.

The judge creates a further classification of speech into two categories: “speech that matters” and speech which does not. He gets to this from the ruling in Gertz:

One of the recognized categories involves falsity. While “there is no such thing as a false idea” undeserving of protection, [Gertz] “there is no constitutional value in false statements of fact.”

Although the declaration in Gertz was made without citation and was recognized as dicta by the Supreme Court in Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co. since Gertz, the assertion that false statements of fact are not protected has been repeated and relied upon and is now the prevailing understanding of the law.

On the other hand, despite the assertion in Gertz that false statements are valueless, the Court did not intend to exclude all false statements from the protection of the First Amendment: “Although the erroneous statement of fact is not worthy of constitutional protection, it is nevertheless inevitable in free debate.” Gertz. “The First Amendment requires that we protect some falsehood in order to protect speech that matters.” Id. at 341. Therefore, Gertz stands for the proposition that false statements of fact are generally unprotected, but some speech — “speech that matters” — is protected.

For these reasons, the relevant rule in this case is that false statements of fact are generally unprotected, aside from the protection for “speech that matters.”

Noting that “[i]t is a long-held canon of construction that a statute should be read, if reasonable, to avoid constitutional problems”, Judge Jones concluded that:

The government concedes that the statute should be read to criminalize only knowingly false statements. I conclude that the statute also should be read to include a mens-rea requirement that the defendant intended to deceive.

Finally, the judge addresses two final arguments made by those like Professor Turley:

First, and perhaps most importantly, as interpreted it is unlikely to have a chilling effect on legitimate speech. The statements at issue are made about oneself and are easily verifiable using objective means. There is no risk of stifling opinions or true statements. Additionally, the speakers targeted by the law do not advocate any particular political or cultural viewpoint or question prevailing dogma or beliefs about any historical or scientific issue. Therefore, the justification that some false speech strengthens and clarifies the truth is inapplicable. There is no room for debate on such an easily verifiable fact when the speaker speaks with knowledge of his statement’s falsity and with the intent to deceive. Moreover, there is no likelihood that a political majority would be able to use the law to censor legitimate speech or discriminate based on a particular viewpoint. This is not the sort of regulation that threatens to suppress particular ideas. See R.A.V., 505 U.S. at 390 (finding speech outside of constitutional protection where “there is no realistic possibility that official suppression of ideas is afoot”).

And:

The majority of the panel of the Ninth Circuit expressed concern that the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act would permit the criminalization of lying about such matters as one’s weight or age or smoking habits. Alvarez, 617 F.3d at 1200. Although I share the judges’ concern about potential, albeit unlikely, government intrusion into such private behavior, the Constitution’s privacy protection would better apply to prevent a slide down that slippery slope towards regulation of wholly private interactions.

Now, of course this will likely be appealed, and frankly I hope it is. Together with the upcoming McManus trial I expect it will end up with a showdown between the 4th and 5th Districts which found it Constitutional and the 9th and 10th which did not. Can’t wait to see what the Supreme Court does on this one.

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West Virginia tops No. 13 Georgetown 65-59 – The Associated Press

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West Virginia tops No. 13 Georgetown 65-59
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Casey Mitchell scored 28 points and West Virginia forced 18 turnovers on Saturday, taking advantage of another subpar game from Georgetown's top seniors for a 65-59 win over the No. 13 Hoyas. Mitchell had his best Big East game yet
West Virginia Vs. Georgetown: Hoyas Lose 65-59, Fall to 1-3 In Big EastSB Nation DC
Mountaineers come calling on 13th-ranked HoyasKansas City Star
COL BKB: West Virginia 65, Georgetown 59UPI.com
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VIRGINIA: Leader Of Anti-Gay Episcopal Sect Fired In Pornography Scandal

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 07-01-2011

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Episcopal Rev. Marshall Brown, who helped 14 Virginia parishes leave the main church in protest of the elevation of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson, has been fired by his Fairfax, Virginia parish for viewing pornography on church computers. It was Brown’s Truro Church that spearheaded the continuing schism in the American Anglican Church over the ordination of gays.

Truro’s rejection of what its congregants saw as a non-biblical liberal tilt in the denomination made international news. Dozens of Episcopal churches have since joined an umbrella group of religious conservatives who oppose the acceptance of same-sex relationships and the idea that non-Christian religions have equal access to God. In 2005, Truro arranged for Brown, now 57, to get treatment for an Internet addiction after he reported having a problem, according to Bishop Martyn Minns, who was Truro’s rector at the time and is now bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, the umbrella group of breakaway churches.

The Anglican Church is currently suing Truro Church over the ownership of its properties, which are valued in the tens of millions of dollars. Nice work, Rev. Busyfingers! So which was it? Manhunt? Sean Cody?

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Helen Thomas Hired By Liberal Virginia Paper

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Anti-Semites around the world will be thrilled to learn that disgraced former White House correspondent Helen Thomas has landed a new writing position that will allow her to publish her disgusting opinions with total impunity.

The editor of Virginia's liberal Falls Church News-Press proudly announced his new hire Thursday:

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Helen Thomas Hired By Liberal Virginia Paper

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Anti-Semites around the world will be thrilled to learn that disgraced former White House correspondent Helen Thomas has landed a new writing position that will allow her to publish her disgusting opinions with total impunity.

The editor of Virginia's liberal Falls Church News-Press proudly announced his new hire Thursday:

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Helen Thomas Hired By Liberal Virginia Paper

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Anti-Semites around the world will be thrilled to learn that disgraced former White House correspondent Helen Thomas has landed a new writing position that will allow her to publish her disgusting opinions with total impunity.

The editor of Virginia's liberal Falls Church News-Press proudly announced his new hire Thursday:

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VA Delegate Presses Case For Banning ‘Active Homosexuals’ From Virginia National Guard

Posted by admin | Posted in The Capitol | Posted on 04-01-2011

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This morning, Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall (R) — who has responded to the Congressional repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell by introducing legislation to prevent gay people from serving in Virginia National Guard — appeared on Fox and Friends to press his case for preserving the ban against “active homosexuals” serving the state:

MARSHALL: Well, active homosexuals, not people with a sexual persuasion that way…This is has been the policy of the United States for 232 years and the moral assumption for the last 6,000 years, so when Congress decided to change this on the weekend when they’re in lame duck session, when they’ve been repudiated by the voters and on a bill that dealt with the Small Business Administration and allowed no amendments except this, that’s a problem. […]

I checked with the Virginia National Guard recruiters and Army recruiters we clearly have different admission standards right now…We can have different policies. This is a separate unit. When you join the U.S. Army in Virginia, you don’t join the Virginia National Guard.”

Watch it:

Marshall’s proposal stands little chance of being enacted and has been condemned by Virginia’s conservative governor Bob McDonnell. “The governor is a retired United States Army officer, and he knows it is critically important that there be one set of rules for all our men and women in the military, since uniformity of major policy across all branches is essential to effective operations,” McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin told the Washington Post. “We are not aware of a single instance in recent history where the Virginia National Guard has not complied with the policies and procedures of the Department of Defense. Furthermore, approximately 90 percent of the Virginia Guard’s funding is federal, and any departure from federal policies may put this funding at risk.”

Delegate Joseph Morrissey (D) has also proposed a counter bill that would “codify in state law that the Virginia National Guard is subject to the same eligibility requirements as the U.S. military.”

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Stanford Routs Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl – Fox News

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Stanford Routs Virginia Tech in Orange Bowl
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| AP MIAMI — As the Stanford Cardinal accepted their Orange Bowl trophy, fans chanted "One more year!" They're hoping to keep the coach and quarterback who helped the school to its first bowl win in 14 years. Andrew Luck threw for 287 yards and four
Luck conquers allFOXSports.com
Orange Bowl notes: Stewart, Fleener also shine for StanfordUSA Today
Coby Fleener: Unlikely Star for Stanford in Orange Bowl VictorySan Francisco Chronicle
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Stanford dominates Virginia Tech to win Orange Bowl – MiamiHerald.com

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Stanford dominates Virginia Tech to win Orange Bowl
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Stanford stomped Virginia Tech in what might be quarterback Andrew Luck's and coach Jim Harbaugh's final game there. Stanford celebrates their winning the Discover Orange Bowl Game between Stanford vs Virginia Tech on January 3, 2011.
Stanford captures Orange Bowl with 40-12 thumping of Virginia TechSan Jose Mercury News
Jim Harbaugh's Future Now an Even Hotter TopicABC News
Hokies' drive for top-5 win falls short _ againSan Francisco Chronicle
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Stanford captures Orange Bowl with 40-12 thumping of Virginia Tech – San Jose Mercury News

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Stanford captures Orange Bowl with 40-12 thumping of Virginia Tech
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Stanford's Zach Ertz, left, cele brates his touchdown with Coby Fleener in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Monday, January 3, 2011. The Stanford Cardinal played the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Discover
Hokies' drive for top-5 win falls short _ againSan Francisco Chronicle
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Harbaugh heading to . . . take your pickChicago Sun-Times
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Virginia Tech vs. Stanford: Orange Bowl – San Francisco Chronicle

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Virginia Tech vs. Stanford: Orange Bowl
San Francisco Chronicle
The Orange Bowl, scheduled for Monday at 8 pm, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., presents one of the bowl season's best matchups. Stanford and Virginia Tech meet at Sun Life Stadium in a game that will be televised on ESPN. The Cardinal and the Hokies were
In-season turnarounds becoming norm for HokiesNational Football Post
Stanford Plays Orange Bowl TonightPatch
Stanford ready for Discover Orange BowlESPN (blog)
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VIRGINIA: Navy Makes Raunchy Anti-Gay Videos For Crew Of U.S.S. Enterprise

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The U.S. Navy is investigating a series of raunchy anti-gay videos made for the entertainment of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, an aircraft carrier based out of Norfolk, Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports that Capt. Owen Honors of the Norfolk-based USS Enterprise broadcast to his crew a series of profanity-laced comedy sketches in which he uses gay slurs, mimics masturbation and opens the shower curtain on women pretending to bathe together. The newspaper says Honors appeared in the videos in 2006 and 2007 while he was the Enterprise’s second-ranking officer, and he showed them across the ship on closed-circuit television. He took over as the ship’s commander in May. The navy says the videos are “clearly inappropriate” and it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the production of the videos.

The videos were reportedly made onboard with government equipment. But remember, it’s the gays that are going to bring rampant disgusting sexuality to the armed forces.

UPDATE: Here’s some screenshots from the clip.

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TEA Party Candidate Files for US Senate for Virginia

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The former chairwoman of the Virginia Federation of TEA Party Patriots, Jamie Radtke, will challenge Democrat James Webb for his Virginia U.S. Senate seat in 2012.  She may also face high-profile Republican George Allen. The lame-duck, deficit-building Congressional legislation clinched her decision.

Jamie Radtke

Radtke is 36 years old. She is credited with tightening the structure of the Richmond Tea Party after taking the presidency in 2009. She holds a master’s degree in pubic policy from the College of William and Mary and has a 10-year-history of Republican activism.

She says she’s never before seen the volume of ardent volunteers the tea party has attracted. To organize and unify them, the group holds monthly “Richmond Tea Party 101” orientation sessions. The official volunteer handbook lays out in clear language its five values: constitutional adherence, limited government, fiscal responsibility, free markets, and virtue and accountability.

Wall Street Journal:

In an interview, Ms. Radtke said she decided to run after watching Congress pass legislation during this month’s lame duck session, including a package of tax cuts, that added to the national debt.

“It has become clear that many in Congress still don’t get it,” she said. “The tax bill did nothing to cut the huge debt burden on all of us.”

Ms. Radtke gained some prominence in Virginia this year as the main organizer of a large tea party convention in Richmond, which drew nearly 3,000 participants.

Jamie Radtke has resigned her position as chairwoman of the Virginia TEA Party Patriots.

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