I don’t expect to be in the room [nor] will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin • In a public post on Martin’s Facebook page, in response to a Valentine’s Day card from the Virignia Pro-Choice Coalition, that was discovered and spotlighted by the Huffington Post on Monday afternoon. The Virginia state senator has since edited his post to say “bearer of the child” instead of “host”; however, Martin continued to defend his original wording, telling HuffPo that he “[doesn’t] see how anyone could have taken it the wrong way.” source
I need answers and Bob is screaming about the thousands I’m charging up in credit card debt. We are broke, have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already, and this inaugural is killing us!Former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell • In an email to a staffer for her husband Bob prior to the inauguration, as listed in the indictment against the former Virginia governor. The couple apparently went into office broke, which led to a cozy relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. Williams hoped to use his friendship to boost his supplement company’s fortunes. The McDonnells, struggling financially, were apparently happy to accept his gifts. The result? Lots and lots of corruption.
In Somalia, the al-Shabab rebel group, which has lost some of its influence over the troubled country in recent years, has announced a ban of the internet. Anyone using the ‘net over mobile devices or via fiber-optic cables “will be dealt with in accordance Sharia law,” the group says. The Somali government says to ignore the ban.
"No one who has served as an elected official has looked back and wished they had been more rigid, more ideological or more partisan.” — New Virgnia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, offering up the ultimate truism on politics during his inauguration today.
A charity that formed after the Sandy Hook shooting and raised about $100,000 is currently missing about $70,000 of that total.
Using Windows XP after April is like asking your computer to be overtaken by viruses.
The White House had to respond to a stupid joke Jimmy Kimmel made about China.
He kept saying ‘I’m supposed to be meeting someone here on a blind date.’ I said ‘Well, you have a warrant for your arrest. You’re coming with us instead.Richmond, Virginia Police Lt. Daniel Minton • Discussing a sting-style arrest they made of a 24-year-old Richmond man—who was wanted for missing court appearances—which the police department got in motion by (get this) launching a fake OK Cupid profile specifically targeting the man, then asking him on a blind date. Minton himself says that the suspect wasn’t dangerous: “He wasn’t wanted for a very violent crime but to the people in the neighborhood where he lives, you know, they want him off the street.”
Eventually it got to the point where everyone… you couldn’t ignore it. It was obvious he was going through a difficult time. I don’t know where they ended up taking him but he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and did get treatment for a while and I know he was on medication.Tony Walters, a friend of Gus Deeds • Discussing the mental health situation of his friend, the son of Virginia politician Creigh Deeds. The state is currently doing an investigation into why the younger Deeds was released from a hospital despite being under emergency medical custody, which led to the attempted murder/suicide just hours later. The older Deeds was released from the hospital Friday.
The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking. Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service. He cares deeply about Virginia, and the people of Virginia care deeply for him.Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell • Discussing the violent stabbing of state Sen. Creigh Deeds, the gubernatorial candidate who McDonnell defeated in 2009. Deeds was critically stabbed inside of his home, and his son shot to death. Details are still forthcoming (officials haven’t said if they’re looking for suspects in the incident, but an NBC Washington report suggests that Deeds’ son attacked his father, then shot himself), but the popular politician is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.
In a landmark move for the gay rights movement, the Senate has passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill (floating around in various forms since 1994) that bans discrimination against people on basis of their sexuality or gender identity. That’s the good news. The bad news is that John Boehner is sitting on his hands.
President Obama is really, really, really, really, really freaking sorry that the health care law isn’t working out like he promised.
Microsoft has finally figured out that you can’t update a web browser every five years.
Legendary pastor Billy Graham just turned 95. He’s still kickin’.