Taxpayer $$ funded “field study” for SB 1070 authors in Virginia — scene from “9500 Liberty” Immigration tax $ $ & tax increases funded DC lobbyists’ “field study” in Virginia — scene from “9500 Liberty” Transcript: Linda Chavez: The wording of the Resolution here in Prince William County says: “Whereas the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors has determined that illegal immigration is causing economic hardship and lawlessness in this County…” And I want to know how it was the Board went about determining that because it seemed that there was very little fact finding prior to the Board’s consideration of this measure. And I just wanted to know what the empirical evidence was of that impact; not people’s feelings. But what empirical data did you pull together to determine this lawlessness — I’m looking at a chart that suggests, for example, that crime has gone down. Was it the facts that were motivating you? Or was it something else? Corey Stewart: You’re trying to say that John Stirrup and myself simply went about this without doing our homework. No I’m just asking a question, Mr. Stewart, perhaps you can answer it. I’m trying to lay the…we did look at the impacts on the community and the thing to remind yourself here is that the community identified this issue. The community identified the problem on the streets in terms of crime. The community identified issues in the neighborhoods with housing overcrowding. Annabel Park (narrator) It was very revealing that Chairman Stewart couldn’t offer any facts. He could only cite the

US state executes first woman in nearly 100 years Virginia – The US state of Virginia has executed a 41-year-old grandmother for the murder of her husband and his son, the first woman to be put to death in Virginia in almost 100 years. Teresa Lewis was killed by lethal injection in Greensville Correction Center at 9.13pm (0113 GMT) on Thursday. “It took about 13 minutes from the time she entered the execution chamber from the time she was pronounced dead.” “Officials said she walked on her own into the execution chamber, but media representatives – who witnessed the execution -said she looked nervous and scared.” Abolitionists painted Lewis as an example of why capital punishment is flawed, saying she has diminished mental faculties and was taken advantage of by smarter accomplices. Her lawyer, James Rocap, said: “Tonight the death machine exterminated the beautiful childlike and loving spirit of Teresa Lewis.” But with an IQ of about 70 or above, Lewis was considered fit for trial in the southern state of Virginia and had pleaded guilty to hiring two men in 2002 to murder her husband and stepson to pocket their 0000 life insurance policy. Lewis appeared tearful as she was escorted into the death chamber on Thursday before being bound to a gurney with heavy leather straps. In the moments before her execution, she asked if her husband’s daughter was there. Kathy Clifton, Lewis’ stepdaughter, was in an adjacent witness room blocked from the inmate’s view by a two-way mirror. “I want Kathy to know
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Land & Farm – Buyer’s tip #1 “How to Buy Land”

How to buy Land & Farms LAND BUYER’S TIPS 1 Floyd County Virginia Write out your thoughts as you answer the following questions: What will be the primary use you have for the property- immediate and long-term? What is your purpose in buying it? Are you looking for a presumed permanent stay, or are you buying for an interim period? Maybe only for weekend recreation? For retirement? Assuming you have determined a budget and allocated a certain amount for this new home and property, what price range are you comfortable with?Are you able to pay cash for the property? Do not forget that taxes and insurance will be added costs associated with your purchase. How much acreage can you physically manage? In what area will you look for acreage? Give careful thought to the commute: to and from work, school, place of worship, areas of interest,etc. What is the proximity to your friends and family members? Is there enough shopping and available services in the surrounding area to supply your needs? Topography is important as it pertains to construction and accessibility. Personal preferences vary and the usefulness of all of your acreage maybe affected. Some love the views. Others can’t stand to be stranded in the winter storm. What is the access you will have to your property-does it suffice? If you can find a parcel with a peaceful spring or creek flowing,or a pond to fish, woods for hunting/ hiking, or pasture for an animal or two, is that of additional interest to you? Restrictions

Test crash of a 2009 Lincoln MKS – Exclusive Video!

This July, the Virginia Chapter of IASIU hosted a meeting at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Featuring test crashes, mounds of data and more, the many insurance company representatives, insurance fraud agents and IASIU members enjoyed the visit. They even got to witness the test crash of a 2009 Lincoln MKS, which you can now see in this exclusive video! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s highways.

William J. Ihrig

William J. Ihrig
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Co. C, 79th PA. Infantry
History of Allen and Woodson counties, Kansas
embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county
edited and compiled by L. Wallace Duncan, Chas. F. Scott.
Published 1901

WILLIAM J. IHRIG, one of the best known masons and plasterers of Allen County, and a citizen who has spent more than a generation as a resident of the county, came here in March 1879, from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He is a native son of the Keystone State, having been born in Philadelphia, Pa. .January 21, 1842. His father, Adam Ihrig, was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, in 1811 and, about 1853, came to America with his family and located in the city of Philadelphia. He was known among the early hotel keepers of Strasburg, Alleghany
Citv, and in the counties of the Oil Region and his last years were passed in Cleveland, Ohio. He married Margaret Ihrig and died in 1894, his wife dying at Cleveland in 1872. Their children are: William J., the first to grow up; Catherine, wife of John Meyer, died in Cleveland in 1898; and
Adam Ihrig, of the city of Cleveland.
W.J. Ihrig ‘s boyhood was passed in ‘ the manufacturing districts of Pennsylvania, in the counties of Schuylkill, Alleghany and Lancaster. He was schooled in both English and German and remained under the parental roof till his enlistment in the army. September 12, 1861, he
became a member of Company C, 79th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Col. Hambright’s regiment. He belonged to the Army of the Cumberland and began his active service at Louisville, Kentucky. The 14th corps, to which he belonged, was in the battles of Perryville, Nashville, Murfreesboro,
Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and in the Atlanta campaign. In this campaign our subject was wounded at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, and taken prisoner. He was confined in Andersonville nearly four months, was transferred to Florence, South Carolina, where on the eve of an exchange of prisoners, with two others he made his escape. They fell into a squad on detail for wood and when outside broke the guard line and fled. They were piloted through the .strange country by negroes and reached the Union lines some six weeks after their escape. A pass was isaued to Mr. Ihrig to enter a parole camp at Alexandria, Virginia, where he found his regiment, and he returned home with it in June, 1865. From the battle of Murfieesboro Mr. Ihrig was on detail in the 4th Indiana Battery, serving a gun, till after the battle of Lookout Mountain. He then returned to his regiment.
On coming out of his long army service Mr. Ihrig’s first work was in the oil fields as a driller and he followed this work much of the time till he left the State. He conceived a desire to see the west and left Lancaster in 1879 on a prospecting tour. He met with our townsman, Henry F. Travis,
on the train and, upon their reaching Kansas City they decided to run down the Santa Fe Railway and see lola. Their coming settled the fate of both, for Ihrig bought the Perkins place (the Goodner property) and Travis located in Elm township and both brought theii families out the
next year.
Mr. Ihrig learned the masons and plasterers trade in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and he has practically followed nothing else in Kansas. He has worked on nearly every good brick or stone building in lola and his prosperity has enabled him to build a house for himself every year for the past ten. With the end of 1899 he sought retirement and is in ample financial freedom to remain so.
July 26, 1865, Mr. Ihrig was married in Lancaster, Pa., to Mrs. Annie Gminder, a daughter of Archibald Warren, one of Lancaster’s merchants. One of his sons, William Warren, served in the regular army and was stationed in .some of the western posts. He went to South America when
his enlistment expired. A daughter, Lizzie, married Peter Frank and resides in Saginaw, Michigan. George Pinkertou. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, married Amanda Warren and Susie Warren mamed James Buchanan, of Philadelphia. The youngest, James Warren, is still in Lancaster. Mrs. Ihrig has a son, Harry Gminder, by her first marriage. The Ihrig children are two sons, Albert W., who married Maggie Duncan and has six children: Annie, Bertha, Lillian, Lloyd, Eugene and Charlie. Arthur Eugene Ihrig was born in May, 187 1, and is W. J. ‘s younger son. He was married to Nellie Bean in Ida and has no children.
Harry Gminder married Emma Riggs and resides in Concordia, Kansas. Their three children are: Anna, Lillian and Edna. As a citizen W. J. Ihrig is one of our most pronounced and positive
in his views. There are no more staunch Republicans than he and his interest in and connection with McCook Post, G. A. R., is especially strong and permanent. He is a member of many of our mutual insurance orders and is, on the whole a social and agreeable gentleman.


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Part 1
My sister called at about 8:20 last Friday morning. She was in Eden Isles because there was a rumor that there was cell service there. There wasn’t. She was able to borrow a satellite phone from an NBC reporter and she called me.

"Tony, you’ve got to come and get Mom and Dad. Things are deteriorating quickly. Please come get Mom and Dad."

I was reluctant to go as my wife and I had just had our second child 6 weeks earlier. I talked to my folks on the day of the hurricane, before, and during the storm. They seemed okay. They looked around their house while the eye passed over and while their fence was destroyed and most of their trees were down, the house was fine. No power, but they had phone and water. Apparently those were now gone, after 5 days, still gone, and not expected back any time soon.

"Tony, you’ve got to come here. You’ve got to get Mom and Dad. Please."

"Okay Chris, I’ll be there by Monday at the latest. What do you need?”

I spent Friday planning. I didn’t want to go alone so I called my father-in-law Greg. He agreed to come. I shot off a few quick e-mails and phone calls asking for donations and folks responded. We packed approximately 200 pounds of food, containers for 18 gallons of water, 8 gallons of Coleman fuel, 2 cook stoves, 2 lanterns, 10 flashlights, 50 batteries, 2 gallons of hand sanitizers, 3 first aid kits, 2 empty propane tanks, 10 boxes of Pepto Bismal tablets, a 5 gallon gas can, 6 2 gallon gas cans, 3 1 gallon gas cans, a tarp, a hand crank radio, a boy scout handbook, a water purifier, 32 water purification tablets, a chainsaw, and about ,700, all in less than 24 hours.

I got on my computer and did some research. Where was there phone service, cell phone service, gas stations with gas, open hotel rooms?

I began to realize that most of Mississippi was in the dark ages. The last place I could expect to get gas was Tuscaloosa Alabama, 256 miles away. I did some calculations and figured we could get to Pearl River with a tank full but then would need at least another tank full to get out. We had put a plastic shell carrier on the roof of the car for the combustibles so we figured we’d hide the gas there. My sister suggested we bring a gun but I felt that to have a gun increased the chance we’d use a gun.

Greg and I left at 8:30 the next morning. Greg driving first. Nancy, my Mother-in-law had recently taught my 18 month old daughter Aubrey, the phrase "right back" meaning, wait here, I’ll be right back. That was the last thing I told her, my 6 week old, and my wife. Right back.

The first day we intended to drive to Chattanooga, Tennessee. But in the Virginia mountains the car started to sputter, not always, just on hills. I used my cell phone to call Kate who got on the Internet and got me numbers to call to arrange a rent a car in Knoxville, a Ford dealer to leave the car at, and a hotel room for the night. We were about 200 miles away from Knoxville and we hoped the car would make it. The car was low on gas so we stopped and filled it up. I speculated that premium gas might for some reason help so I filled it up with premium. later the car ran fine. I cancelled the rent a car and we headed for the hotel. After checking in we headed over to Wal-Mart to exchange the empty propane tanks for full ones, and then bought razors, more batteries, rice crispy treats, two non-electric phones, disposable cameras, STP gas treatment, and fuel injector cleaner. We stopped at the Burger King for dinner and then went back to the hotel. After wolfing our dinners and talking to our wives on our cell phones, we tried to go to sleep. We had hoped for 4 hours. 8 to midnight. My brother called my cell phone at about 9. "Bob, I’m on my way to get Mom and Dad. I need to sleep. I promise I’ll call you tomorrow." But I didn’t sleep. This was the second night I didn’t sleep. I got up and went down to the lobby.

The hotel had a business center. I realized I didn’t have soap for Chris and asked at the desk for some. The lady gave me a bag with about 5 tiny bars and a couple of shampoos. I started drinking coffee. I looked up more hotels on the route and called them. They seldom answered with "Hello, and thank you for calling BLAH hotel. This is XX how can I help you?" Most calls were answered reluctantly "hello."

I asked if they had rooms. I asked if there was gas in their town. Did they have cell service, did the whole town have land lines, did they have power.


Things hadn’t gotten much worse from Friday, but nothing had gotten better. I got reservations for the next night in Tuscaloosa. Some places in Tuscaloosa were out of gas.

11:30. I went to the car and got the Gerry cans to fill with water. The lady saw me heading back to the room with the containers and pointed out a spigot in the parking lot. Returning them full to the car, I headed back to the room. Greg was stirring and I grabbed a shower. We were back on the road by 1. I drove through dawn. A little outside of Birmingham we stopped for gas. I figured this was as good a time as any to fill the gas cans. Only a few hours from Tuscaloosa and the dead of night. It seemed a good idea to avoid attention. We filled the 20 gallons we had and I bought the 4 gas cans they had at the station. We put the gas and camp fuel in the cap and the propane tanks in the back and covered them with a sheet. We topped the car off with premium and hit the road. Once in Tuscaloosa we continued down 59 to the last Tuscaloosa exit. We got off and toured the 5 stations at the exit. All were out of gas. We got back on the highway and headed back east, the next exit had the same results. Back to the first Tuscaloosa exit and the fourth station, a giant Pilot station and they had gas. We topped off the tank, grabbed a couple of four-pacs of Red Bull, and headed toward Mississippi.

Sun broke at about 6:30. Approaching the border we began to see broken trees.

We turned on the radio and started listening to the local news. The insurance companies in Meridian were advertising their 800 numbers and urging policyholders to call. But they didn’t have phone service. I assume a previously scheduled ad for a funeral home ran. We’d look at the exits and saw lines. Lines at gas stations, lines at the Home Depot, the Wal-Mart. On to Hattiesburg. One of my colleagues near Hattiesburg had communicated to the rest of the U Press community that they had no or intermittent phone, power, or gas. More broken trees, road signs, lines. Then the long stretch down to Pearl River, just outside Slidell.

More ahead. Part 2

Mini projector Holographic laser star DJ lighting

Original video filmed and created by Hans Moore. All sound effects, visual effects and editing by Hans Moore. Mini projector holographic laser star DJ lighting. This laser light is great for parties and DJ’s. I purchased it on for .00
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“Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.”

“Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.”
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"Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.” Abraham Lincoln

Grand Canyon Desert View Tower and a view of the Colorado River. This is at the east entrance to Grand Canyon National Park coming in from Cameron. Mary Jane Colter was the architect for this and numerous Grand Canyon NP projects It is actually built around a steel frame. This is the tallest point on the south rim The tower is 4 stories tall. Incredible detail in the rock work on the tower. The lower left of the Watchtower in this photo is made to look like ancient ruins.

Something Cobalt123 said got me thinking about Mary Jane Colter. I found what my mentor Dirk Pratley had to say about her quite eloquent.
"Anyone who has spent a little time visiting the South Rim has probably wandered into a Mary Jane Colter building, although you most likely never heard her name even mentioned. Her designs are easily the most striking and memorable of all the buildings on South Rim, perhaps the exception being the famous El Tovar Hotel (in which she decorated the cocktail Lounge). Her interesting life and numerous accomplishments are well documented in an outstanding and highly recommended book, written by Virginia L. Grattan: Mary Colter, Builder Upon the Red Earth. In it, Grattan describes how this schoolteacher from St. Paul, Minnesota became an architect, designer and decorator for the Fred Harvey Company in 1902. Westward expansion of the Santa Fe Railroad brought the Harvey Company to Grand Canyon in 1901, where increasing numbers of passengers needed accommodations. Amazingly, Colter’s association with the Harvey Company would last over forty-six years, during which time she designed or decorated over twenty different buildings along the Santa Fe Line: La Posada, El Navajo, La Fonda, The Alvarado, and Union Stations in Kansas City, St. Louis and Los Angeles, among others. Some remain standing, others do not. To this day, the largest concentration of her buildings is at the South Rim of Grand Canyon.

In chapter one of Grattan’s book, Colter’s innovative and unique approach to design is put in it’s proper historical perspective.

“When Colter began her career with Fred Harvey, American architecture still followed the fashions of Europe… But Colter’s architecture grew out of the land, out of the richness of its History. Her buildings pay homage to the early inhabitants of the region. Native Americans had inhabited the land for a millennia and had built upon it with the materials at hand, creating dwellings in harmony with the environment… She designed not replicas of these earlier buildings, but re-creations , buildings that captured the essence of the past. She built ancient-in-appearance Indian ‘ruins’ at Grand Canyon—the Watchtower and the Lookout—after the authentic ruins of Indian towers and dwellings found in the Southwest; Hopi House after the Hopi dwellings at Oraibi, Arizona; and Bright Angel Lodge in the style of early pioneer buildings at Grand Canyon… Colter’s buildings have the simplicity, even crudity, of the early architecture after which they were patterned. For her there was charm and dignity in these rustic beginnings. Like other architects in California and the Southwest just before the turn of the century, Mary Colter was more interested in rediscovering the cultural heritage of the region than in imitating European styles. Her buildings fit their setting because they grew out of the history of the land. They belonged.” 1

This quality inherent in her buildings didn’t happen by accident. Her attention to detail is legendary, as some co-workers could attest. In preparation for her design of the proposed observation tower, Colter “remembered the ruins of prehistoric towers found in various parts of the Southwest. Among the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings were the Round Tower of Cliff Palace and the Square Tower House. The Mummy Cave Cliff Dwelling at Canyon de Chelly also had towers. There were others at Hovenweep, Wupatki, Montezuma’s Castle and Betatakin. There was ample precedence for a tower." 2

She even went so far as to charter a small plane to locate and study tower ruins, later returning overland to more closely sketch and understand these structures. This went on for about six months, until she had enough information and familiarity with these unusual ruins to build a small table-sized model, replicating each bush and tree on the proposed construction site so as to easily facilitate any changes in the design and their impacts. But that’s only a glimpse at her preparation. Colter’s research on the Watchtower, to the casual observer, borders on the obsessive. As a result there is more information available about this building than any other Colter effort. She put together a “small handbook about it for the guides of the Harvey tours. The title indicates its scope—‘Manual for Drivers and Guides Descriptive of the Indian Watchtower at Desert view and Its Relation, Architecturally, to the Prehistoric Ruins of the Southwest.’ The one-hundred page booklet gives a history of the ancient towers and kivas after which she patterned the Watchtower. The interior of the tower was decorated with Indian cave and wall drawings, and Colter gave a detailed account of what each represented and where it had been found… Consequently, the book is a treasure-trove of Indian symbols and legends." 3

What strikes one most significantly about this woman’s work is how much she cared, how intuitively she was able to incorporate her strong convictions about the surrounding country and its impact in shaping its inhabitants and their dwellings, and then translating that knowledge into the task of actually building on the brink of one of the natural world’s awesome spectacles. This was not a task to be taken lightly. And she didn’t. Again from Grattan’s book:

“Colter was a perfectionist. She could be dogmatic and intractable. She knew the effect she wanted to achieve in a project and pursued it relentlessly. And nothing escaped her scrutiny. She was a most energetic person and on many days was at the job site from early morning until late afternoon. She supervised the placement of virtually every stone in the Watchtower and made the workmen tear out a section and do it again if it didn’t look right. At that time, she was a sixty-year-old woman who had spent a lifetime advocating and defending her aesthetic vision, and she was not about to be deterred by opposition, whether it came from company officials, contractors, or stonemasons." 4 The Watchtower, some will argue, is Mary Jane’s masterpiece.

Another example of Colter’s meticulous work is displayed in her design of the “geological fire place” in Bright Angel Lodge. Beginning at the hearth level with river-worn rock, it proceeds through the layers, chronologically, all the way to the ceiling, with a Kaibab “rim.” For insurance of accuracy, she sought the help of then Park Naturalist, geologist Edwin Dinwoodie McKee, even postponing construction briefly until McKee’s return assured her that the sequence and rock types were indeed correct. It is this kind of innovation, style, and again, attention to detail that have made these projects extraordinary. Their inclusion on the registry of National Historic Landmarks* is a testimony to their value and to the time, care and energy their architect put into them. "

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Virginia is first state to ban mandatory health insurance: Has Virginia thrown another wrench in Øbama-care?

Question by Defender of America: Virginia is first state to ban mandatory health insurance: Has Virginia thrown another wrench in Øbama-care?
In addition to Virginia, at least 35 other state legislatures are considering measures to “limit, alter, or oppose selected state or federal actions, including single-payer provisions and mandates that would require purchase of insurance,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Virginia Bans Mandatory Health Insurance

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I’m glad I live in Virginia.

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