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Ryon Lee April 23, 2014 at 07:08 pm
Home Defense allows the use of fire arms in a break-in.
Steve April 23, 2014 at 07:09 pm
He should be charged with abuse of a corpse.
Pat Kittle April 23, 2014 at 08:08 pm
[NOTICE]: If you object to burglars getting shot, here's how you can personally do something aboutRead More it -- post your home address right here online AND put a conspicuous sign on your door assuring burglars that you will not shoot them. If everyone who feels like you did these simple things, we could realistically cut down on the number of burglars who get shot in the act. YOUR MOVE.
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Case closed April 23, 2014 at 07:47 pm
I will make it a point to protest this bitch if she runs for any political office ever again. GoRead More back to Arkansas Hillary.
Case closed April 23, 2014 at 07:47 pm
Case closed
Case closed April 23, 2014 at 08:39 pm
One more comment. Doesn't that pic wanna make you vomit. Gross bogus women. Case closed
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rbud April 23, 2014 at 06:25 pm
The wealthy and powerful protecting their own. McDonnell made a shameful mess of the VA gov'sRead More office, a hurt that may last for decades. He ought to take his licks and move on, begging forgiveness from the electorate.
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Hamburger April 23, 2014 at 01:14 pm
Who do you think are flying our drones?
Frank Esposito April 23, 2014 at 02:09 pm
Cops got a chance to play with their toys. Relax people. It's not like you had to respondRead More personally. Stop saying it's a waste of money. Then money is absolutely minimal. These guys were not called away from their golf games. I would also like to compliment the responders for not accidentally killing someone. It showed professionalism and did not add to the "trend" of killing "innocent" people; which is becoming an issues to watch. The people incensed over this should focus their anger on plastic shopping bags as many others are doing over at another great Patch piece. Evil lurks at the checkout counters across America!
Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 02:50 pm
Linda Mahoney >> the doorbell prank was just that, a prank, that involved actual self risk,Read More courage and cost nothing to do. these brats today have no respect for wasting resouces whilst sitting ontheir fanny all day.
Taxes are going up for homeowners in Fairfax County with the 2015 budget. Patch file photo.
Kim McCoy April 23, 2014 at 04:40 pm
And there you have it!!! At least he admits that he has no loyalty to America or our ConstitutionalRead More right to not be enslaved by our government...more than I can say for the politicians...and Jim, no one said "Europe" was a country, but I have found that liberals do have a reading comprehension problem, so there's that. Please expand on your "proper relationship between the people and their government" comment...are you from "Europe", Jim?
Jim Daniels April 23, 2014 at 04:58 pm
Now, I have always thought of George Washington as a pretty loyal American...between 1776 and 1788Read More he lived in a country without our present Constitution or Bill of Rights, and in fact was one of the most influential in devising our current Constitution. Would we say he was a disloyal American because he worked to replace the Articles of Confederation? No, or course not. As you may, or may not know, our current Constitution provides a mechanism for changing it either through congressional action or constitutional convention. If the majority of our fellow citizens wanted to change from the current three branch structure to something more akin to what they have in say Norway, Britain, or Canada the constitution provides a way to do that. In my opinion we should....just as George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin did...you wouldn't call them disloyal to America would you? As to my "Europeness," ...personally I was born here in the United States (New York). My ancestors arrived here starting in about 1623. I am directly descended from both Edward Hilton (one of the founders of New Hampshire), and John Winthrop (the founder of Boston). My last set of immigrant ancestors arrived here in 1851 from Ireland as the result of the Potato Famine. So I guess you could say that I am from "Europe"...at least a good portion of my DNA is. Now Kim...I'm wondering if you are really moving as you promised. This is not the first time claimed you were...back in September of 2013 you said "...We have lived near Merrifield for 17 years now and are moving because of the exact same issues you raised." This was referencing a comment by another person regarding the "influx of illegal aliens." So first Kim, are you moving because of the high taxes, or because of the illegals...and second...why is it taking so long? Home values are way up...certainly you could have sold your home and found another by now! Makes me wonder if you are telling the truth!
Jake Burke April 23, 2014 at 05:02 pm
Michael, while I agree with you that we should try to vote these tax & spend pols out of office,Read More I fear that there are now to many liberal wackcos here, many who poured in from Maryland, for us to be successful. But, we have to try.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Seamus Carty April 23, 2014 at 06:44 pm
Why do we discriminate based on race to show that discrimination based on race is wrong?
Seamus Carty April 23, 2014 at 06:47 pm
"The goal of Affirmative was to right an over two hundred years wrong." My family did notRead More get to the US until 1948. Are we part of the two hundred years of wrong? Why should my orthopedic surgeon's kid get preferential treatment over my nephew (son of a plumber) based on the relative complexions?
Porter gladstone April 23, 2014 at 08:25 pm
Hmm--it's all about academics. That's awesome. I wonder why kids play lacrosse or volunteer atRead More church, or play an instrument. After all, you shoulndt take into account one factor other than test scores. Cool. I just happen to think that not many of you believe that's the way it works.
Fairfax kids could get more sleep under proposal.
CS April 23, 2014 at 02:15 pm
Instead of trying to be your kids best friend, get them to bed earlier! I go to bed at around 930pmRead More when I can so that I can get enough sleep to wake up at 530am to get to work by 7am! That's life! Not sure how this helps them prepare for real life where employers don't care about how much sleep you got the night before! This argument is really absurd and a waste of time.
Lisa Ross April 23, 2014 at 04:11 pm
Convict and CS, you obviously think most parents are neglectful. They are not. And my teens are inRead More bed at 9 pm every night with no electronics. But in order to get 9 hours of sleep and still wake at 5:30 am, they would have to be in bed AND asleep at 8:30 pm. NO teen can fall asleep that early -or even at 9 or 9:30 pm. Teen biology is DIFFERENT than adult and child biology -THAT is the issue. Their melatonin does not turn on till about 10 or 11 pm and they are not alert until about 8 -9 am. Just ask any HS teacher about their first period class. That is why this is a problem -not because parents just let their teens stay up till all hour. Adults can also choose where to live and which jobs to take. So for example, I would never take a job that starts at 7 am. But FCPS kids have no choice when they have to get up and research shows they sleep is every bit as important as food for physical and mental health. For teens, it's also even more important than for adults like you two since teens are still growing. Besides the period between 0 -2 years of age, I bet the teen years are the biggest growth period for body and brain development. This issue matters.
CS April 23, 2014 at 06:07 pm
Thank you for your input, Lisa. I raised my kids and also was a kid myself. I understand how puttingRead More kids to bed earlier allows them more sleep. Not sure our biological makeup changed much since I was a kid or my children were going to school. As far as kids not being able to fall asleep? My kids had no problem because they led active lives during the day. Sleep was welcomed by bedtime. Also, you would have to be naïve to believe that many parents give their child a reasonable bedtime or a bedtime at all for that matter. I'm quite sure many parents have no idea how late their kids stay up. You are obviously an exception. It's also silly to think that kids are not going to stay up later because of this. So, all of this effort will be for naught. It hasn't impaired the growth and learning of kids thus far. Not sure I've met anyone who has been a failure because their school start at 720 instead of 820. As far as my job being a choice? Wow! Would be nice to have the luxury of choice when it comes to decent employment. I envy you for that!
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Millsey April 23, 2014 at 04:53 pm
So educational professionals and people that hire these students out of college or high schoolRead More shouldn't have a seat at the table? Who should make curriculum decisions? The local school board member that doesn't know anything about a high quality education? The state government that might think creationism and abstinence only education is still what our children should be learning? I'd rather have the Common Core which brought together education professionals from all of the states to make sure my kids have a leg up when they graduate High School. They also brought in companies that have decades of education or hiring experience. What's wrong with having people that know what they are talking about, setting our policy? I'd rather have professionals making these decisions and not some groups that create facebook pages and youtube videos demonizing Common Core because they don't want to listen to the facts.
Bonnie Parker April 23, 2014 at 05:12 pm
In the time some of you have spent obsessing about this, you probably could have home-schooled yourRead More kids a couple of grades. I don't know what you're so het up about, but I suspect it's not the quality of your kids' education.
Susan Harris April 23, 2014 at 08:18 pm
"About the "socialist" or anti-American aspect- I know what people are talkingRead More about,.....There are to my knowledge, no CC social studies textbooks yet. It is the textbook publishers themselves (who helped write the CC and will produce all further materials anyway) who are twisted in this way. School boards don't actually read the textbooks they order....I didn't notice either until the CC thing came up. Then I said "What the hell is this?" ................................................................. .................................................................................. To put your mind at ease, what you were reading in your child's social studies books did not come from standards developed from the Common Core. CC standards only covers the content areas of literacy and math. On a separate note, High school history teachers, including myself, have long opined that there is a general void of knowledge coming from students in the lower grades. Since CT's American history standards received a failing grade from the notable Thomas B. Fordham foundation this is not surprising. But it is unacceptable. Just as our Governor, Commissioner, and State Board decided to substantially improve math and literacy teaching with the CC standards, we should look at the neighboring states of Mass. and NY who both rate in the upper tier- A, with their standards in American history.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 05:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 01:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 02:09 pm
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
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Ken Sucharski April 23, 2014 at 04:57 pm
OK, you got your 15 minutes of fame - now shut up.
mamafox April 23, 2014 at 07:18 pm
OK-Getting back to the subject of the article...I expected to see a very risque, revealing top. IRead More did not think this was inappropriate at all. I have been to Disney World and Disneyland and have seen much worse.
Teresa Greenwalt Petersen April 23, 2014 at 07:52 pm
She has a large bust because she is a BIG woman .. she's over weight partly because she just had aRead More baby .. cut her some slack Grandpa ..
ellynpence April 22, 2014 at 06:40 am
I believe you meant to say "spate", not "spat" in the headline.
Jack Nelson April 22, 2014 at 10:21 am
ellynpence - you beat me to it. It's "spate" not spat.
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.