ON THE SPECIAL ELECTION FOR THE PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY’S CLERK OF THE COURT

What follows is an email from Bob FitzSimmonds. The subject is the special election (See www.pwcvotes.com.) for Prince William County’s Clerk of the Court, scheduled for April 18,2017.

Who is running for the job?

Special Election, this Tuesday, April 18th

As most of you know, Michele McQuigg served 9 years as the Clerk of Circuit Court for Prince William and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.  During that time, I was privileged to be her Chief Deputy and then succeed her as Clerk.  If you know Michele, you know she was a person of high principle with an amazing work ethic.  In spite of this, when Michele ran for re-election in 2015 she and I were subjected to a torrent of invective from the Democrat, who alternately displayed an incredible unfamiliarity with the office of Clerk and with the truth.  Every campaign position she took was a distortion of something we were doing or an outright invention.

This person is again running for the office of Clerk of Court in the special election to replace me.  Since Michele is not around she has directed her invective at me and at my staff.  She has a video running that dismisses the staff as intolerant and indolent. (How she plans to motivate them if she should win is anyone’s guess).

At the Committee of 100 debate, she spent the majority of her time criticizing us for mismanaging an office that we don’t manage at all and suggesting we take funds in contravention of the Code of Virginia.  In her defense, she had no idea what she was talking about, so she wasn’t actually suggesting we break the law. That would have just been the result of following her advice.  What do they teach in law schools these days?

Fortunately, we have a great alternative in Jackson Miller.  Jackson is the only candidate in the race with experience that prepares him for the office.  He has served in law enforcement. He has served on the Courts of Justice Committee in the Virginia House of Delegates and is familiar with the very real funding stresses that we have to deal with.  If you have heard him campaign, you know he is not promising the impossible.  What he is promising is to retain the current staff, build on their successes and continue to provide some of the best customer service in the area.

The Election is this Tuesday, April 18th and you will be voting at your regular voting location.  This will be an election that will hinge on turnout.  I implore you to go to the polls and take friends and family with you.  If we turn out our base Republican vote, Jackson will be able to complete Michele’s term.  It is as simple as that.  If you have any questions, give me a call or reply to this email. If you need more information about Jackson, please go to his campaign website at www.MillerforClerk.com.

Thanks.

Bob FitzSimmonds
703-851-2990 – cell
bobfitziii@earthlink.net

Here are the previous posts I have written on this election.

SHE CAN’T GET THIS RIGHT?

The special election (See www.pwcvotes.com.) for Prince William County’s Clerk of the Court, scheduled for April 18,2017, has been a relatively quiet affair, but we do have some funny fireworks.  So here is a reminder to vote and a few details about what I hope was just a snafu.

Who is running for the job?

Smith apparently is either an inexperienced candidate, or she is devious. The Republican Party of Virginia seems to think her devious, but I will give her the benefit of the doubt.

BREAKING: PWC, Manassas, Manassas Park Democrat Activists Distribute Illegal Sample Ballots

In a special election in Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park City local Democrat Party activists are handing out illegal ballots with intent to fool voters! The “sample” ballots have an official seal on them with a disclaimer from the local electoral board and a marking for the Democrat candidate. The problem is all three of these issues run directly counter to our state’s election law!

Even more ironic, the special election is for the Clerk of Court position which oversees the areas courts. Local Democrat Party activists are breaking election laws in an attempt to insert someone to oversee the court system!

We will not let the Democrats get away with this travesty! RPV has notified the authorities and is fully prepared to take legal action to ensure this election is not rigged against our candidate.

Make sure to let the local Dem candidate know that we are on to her supporters illegal dirty tricks. Call her campaign at 571-529-9379! (from here)

What the picture shows is a flyer held over a sample ballot. Since it lacks detail, I am guessing the picture is just a picture someone took with a cellphone.  The sample ballot is marked for Jacqueline Smith. Apparently, Smith’s campaign just took the official sample ballot off ww.pwcvotes.com (see that ballot here) and edited it. That’s a no-no, and a lawyer ought to know that.

Here is the official guidance from Virginia Department of Elections. Note that the “§” references are to sections in the legal Code of Virginia.

7. Sample Ballots:

a. On sample ballots, any official authority statement of a local electoral board or the State Board of Elections must be deleted, and replaced with the publishing candidate’s or group’s authority statement (or “disclaimer”). § 24.2-622.

b. For federal offices, the disclaimer required by federal law must be used. For all other offices, the required identification on campaign material is specified in the Code of Virginia. For details, see the State Board of Elections website or call Department of Elections.

c. Samples of any ballot (or part of a ballot) cannot be printed on any shade of white or yellow paper and must contain the words “ SAMPLE BALLOT ” in type no smaller than twenty -four point. § 24.2-622.

d. The voter is allowed to carry sample ballots and campaign material into the polling place but must not display them to other voters. §§ 24.2-622, 24.2-604.

(from here)

Because they copied an official sample ballot and printed it on blue paper (They know they are Democrats.), they got some of it right, but anything else they could have gotten wrong, they got wrong.

If Jacqueline Smith cannot prepare a sample ballot right, we probably should not trust her with the county’s official records. Please vote for Jackson Miller (R).

WHO? ME? I AM NEVER TEMPTED! I HAVE TOTAL SELF CONTROL. NOT!

The Proposition (1872), William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) (from here)

In my last post, THIS WAS PREDICTED AND ENTIRELY PREDICABLE, we considered the wisdom of putting young men and women together in combat units. We noted the inevitable result.

Why do some people refuse to see the problem? Check out Wikipedia’s article on the subject, Seduction. The word “sin” is not in it. Neither is the word “ethics”. Christianity is mentioned, but that is with respect to seduction as a motif in literature.

Apparently, Seduction is a highfalutin academic article written in an ivory tower. Here is a relevant sample.

Seduction, seen negatively, involves temptation and enticement, often sexual in nature, to lead someone astray into a behavioural choice they would not have made if they were not in a state of sexual arousal. Seen positively, seduction is a synonym for the act of charming someone — male or female — by an appeal to the senses, often with the goal of reducing unfounded fears and leading to their “sexual emancipation”. Some sides in contemporary academic debate state that the morality of seduction depends on the long-term impacts on the individuals concerned, rather than the act itself, and may not necessarily carry the negative connotations expressed in dictionary definitions. (from here)

“Sexual emancipation”? Seducing someone is doing them a big favor, right? Well, that is the attitude some people have.

So what happened when Vice President Mike Pence made it publicly known that he will not eat alone with any woman except his wife. Well, those renowned for their tolerance denounced and ridiculed the man. Of course, Pence was being intolerant. Here are some examples.

What is the problem with Pence’s critics? It seems they don’t have the wisdom to accept things they cannot change. Instead, so that they can live as they choose, they insist the rest of us adopt their preferred moral standards no what it costs.

  • Don’t female officers want to advance in rank? Therefore, ALL women must be subject to a military draft.
  • Don’t female business people want to wine and dine with the boys so they too can do business deals that way?  Therefore, any man who doesn’t want to worry his lady is a sexist pig (Go figure that one out.).

Is it not foolish to regard sex as just a marvelous recreational pleasure without long-term consequences? Don’t we risk thinking of others as objects that exist for our pleasure? Isn’t the only person who is not subject to temptation the one who has already given in?

So what about those of us who regard our bodies as temples, places where we want the Holy Spirit to live? If we choose to unnecessarily subject ourselves to temptation, sooner or later we will give in. Sooner or later we will grieve the Spirit. Therefore, we should thank Pence for setting a good example for the rest of us.

We should also pray for the wisdom to withstand our critics.

Serenity Prayer

– Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.

Update: It occurred to me after I published this post that some might think I blamed women for this problem. No. I think that men are equally to blame. Men have a responsibility for protecting their sons and daughters from temptation, but we have not done that. Yet by the time our children are becoming subject to sexual temptation, we certainly ought to be able to understand our own weaknesses and be able to anticipate their weaknesses. Yet instead of rejecting conventional wisdom and accepting a bit of ridicule, we have succumbed to the temptation to say nothing.

THIS WAS PREDICTED AND ENTIRELY PREDICABLE

Do you care about our military? Do you care about our nation’s ability to defend itself? Then read this.

A record 16 out of 100 Navy women are reassigned from ships to shore duty due to pregnancy, according to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

That number is up 2 percent from 2015, representing hundreds more who have to cut their deployments short, taxing both their unit’s manpower, military budgets and combat readiness. Further, such increases cast a shadow over the lofty gender integration goals set by former President Barack Obama.

Overall, women unexpectedly leave their stations on Navy ships as much as 50% more frequently to return to land duty, according to documents obtained from the Navy. The statistics were compiled by the Navy Personnel Command at the request of TheDCNF, covering the period from January 2015 to September 2016. (continued here)

Men and women are different. Each sex is equal before the law, and the Bible says God loves both men and women. Nevertheless, men and women have different roles. Men do some things better than women, and women do some things better than men.  A man cannot get pregnant. A woman has no business trying to be a soldier. Can women perform the functions of a soldier? In theory? Yes. In practice? No. Pregnant soldiers don’t make good soldiers.

Think about this little doozy of a navy regulation: 6701 – Maternity Uniforms. It includes this guidance.

6701.  GENERAL (MATERNITY UNIFORMS)

1.  WEAR.  Certified maternity uniforms are mandatory for all pregnant women in the Navy when a uniform is prescribed, and regular uniforms no longer fit.  Personnel are expected to wear regular uniforms upon return from convalescent leave, however, commanding officers may approve the wear of maternity uniforms up to six months from the date of delivery based on medical officer diagnosis/recommendation.

Are we going to send pregnant women into combat? Of course not! Then what is the point of pretending it makes any sense to put women in combat units?

Think I am biased? Fine. Check out what some women think of the idea of women in the military. Click on the following: