The Rebellion Has Landed

The December 12, 2005, edition of Bacon’s Rebellion can now be viewed online.

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  1. Anonymous Avatar

    In Phil’s column he mentions the fact that the Legislative Leadership shunned the Advance as if it was some sort of planned scheme.

    In the case of the House Majority Leader, his wife was expecting a baby any moment…she had a boy a few days later. Morgan always comes to the Advance and I cannot imagine he would have missed this for any reason other than the impending birth.

    And while the Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader were not there, I noticed that staffers for both–Paul Nardo and Scott Leake–were present.

    Hardly evidence of a conspiracy to shun the Advance.

    Also, last year both the Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader attended.

    Oddly, this being the holiday season and all, maybe they had other conflicts. People do have lives after all and the Homestead is not exactly close to either Stafford or Henrico. More interesting though would be to find out iof Phil called any of them to see why they did not attend or if he just decided to stir something up to cling to a semblence of relevancy. Why is it always some consipiracy?

    Paranoia will destroy ya…

  2. It seems to me that people have a pretty good idea of what the city is. And the urban core describes an area that is more like the city than the suburbs. People understand what the suburbs are, and the exurban areas, and the rural areas. They know the difference between a hamlet, a village, a town, and a ring city.

    All of these are ideas that have some fuzziness to them, but still evoke certain thoughts.

    I would submit that Fredericksburg, Centreville/Fair Oaks Tysons Corner/Vienna Reston/Herndon are all ring cities. I would probably include Leesburg, Culpeper, Winchester, Woodstock, Front Royal, and Warrenton as ring cities, though some are larger than others.

    I’d call Delaplane and Paris, and Broad Run a hamlet, and maybe The Plains. Marshall, Middleburg, and Remington qualify as a town.

    To my way of thinking, anything bigger than a town is no longer pedestrian friendly, and neither is anything smller than a town. If it is smaller there is no place worth going that is close enough to walk. If it is bigger than a town, then too many attractions are too far to walk.

    If your destination is a sofa store or a feed store, walking is probably not an option. Even the grocery is problematic.

    If EMR wants to educate the people and promote his agenda, then rather than simply fulminate about people’s illiteracy, he might be better off to choose and use words people understand than to invent new or overly narrow meanings for commonly used words, or to invent entirely new words to express alpha beta logical clear edge hogwash.

    Occasionally, there are good conservationist ideas buried in the babble, but maybe we wouldn’t have to deconstruct the tower of babble if we didn’t throw it up in the first place.

    Maybe we could actually communicate if we use the same language.

    We could start in pre-kindergarten.

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