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Author: David From • Jan 31st, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Politics
Didn't take long for this to come true.
As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
-- H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

Irish Fisherman

Author: David From • Jan 31st, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
It was raining hard and a big puddle had formed in front of an Irish pub.
An old man stood beside the puddle holding a stick with a string on the end and jiggled it up and down in the water. A curious gentleman asked what he was doing.

‘Fishing,’ replied the old man.

‘Poor old fool’ thought the gentleman, so he invited the old man to have a drink in the pub.

Feeling he should start some conversation while they were sipping their whisky, the gentleman asked, ‘And how many have you caught?’

‘You’re the eighth.’

H/T Common Sense Evaluation

DUI 2nd in Virginia – Challenge the Prior – Fight Indiana

Author: marketing From • Jan 29th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Whenever I have a DUI / DWI 2nd offense in Virginia, I request certified copies of the prior conviction. You never know what issues you will find that could carry the day in court.


In a recent Spotsylvania DUI 2nd that I defended, my client’s prior DUI was from Indiana. Thanks to fighting that, we were able to get the charge reduced to a regular first offense DUI.

The problem with Indiana is that their definition of DUI includes any device for transportation by land or air. However, Virginia’s DUI law only punishes people who are operating a vehicle with an engine of some type. Due to that discrepancy, the prosecutor agreed that Indiana was too broad, and my client was able to walk out of the courthouse with no active jail time.

If you’re charged with a DUI in Virginia, call me to discuss your options.

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Virginia Tech Stormchase Google Hangouts series

Author: Chris White From • Jan 28th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
One of my distractions from winter weather has been the series of Google Plus Hangouts I've hosted regarding past Virginia Tech Stormchase trips. Up until last night's session the previous ones had featured all student panelists. But since this latest session was focused on the second 2013 trip - which included the infamous El Reno tornado - I decided that this particular Hangout required a unique panel. Thus the all star cast included trip leaders Dave Carroll, Jen Henderson, Dane Webster, and Kevin Myatt.

This being the fifth in this series of @Hokiestorm Hangout discussions it came off almost bug-free as I've acquired more experience as the moderator and "chief button pusher" for the effort. The content was very interesting as the discussion was from the trip leaders' perspectives (vice the students). Dave's insights are always worth paying attention to given his 20+ years of chasing expertise and the others all provided valuable inputs regarding the process of watching the students develop as chasers.

There was also a brief mention of the 2015 Stormchase trips that will occur in late May into June. Talking about chasing also keeps SDS (supercell deprivation syndrome) at bay!!

The Joint Chiefs appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Author: Mike From • Jan 28th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, Photography.Local

The Joint Chiefs appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Low-Point Bacon-Cheddar Creamy Cauliflower

Author: Ken Yagelski From • Jan 27th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Enjoy as a chowder! Enjoy as side dish! It doesn't matter how you serve it, it is one amazingly tasty dish!

Low-Point Bacon-Cheddar Creamy Cauliflower


- 1 Tbs flour
- 1 cup plus 2 Tbs chicken broth
- 5 slices of center cut bacon (I used Oscar Mayer; 70 cal for 2 slices), chopped
- 1 1/2 Tbs shallots, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 cups grated cauliflower
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 cup Kraft Sharp Cheddar shredded cheese (made with 2% milk for 1/3 less fat)
- green onion (green parts only), chopped

Whisk together flour and 2 Tbs chicken broth and set aside. In a large soup pot, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Transfer bacon to a plate and remove all bacon grease from pot except 1 Tbs. Add onions and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add grated cauliflower, remaining 1 cup chicken broth, milk, salt, and pepper. Let come to a boil and then slowly whisk in flour/chicken broth mixture. Turn down heat and let simmer 3 to 4 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Turn off heat and stir in cheddar cheese and 3 pieces of the cooked bacon. Spoon creamy cauliflower in serving bowls and top with remaining bacon, green onions, and a pinch more cheddar cheese if desired. Enjoy! I you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

Total servings - 3 cups
Serving size - 1 cup
Points per serving - 5
Points plus per serving - 5.5
(cut those points in 1/2 for just 1/2 cup serving)

"She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans." 
- Anonymous

Year over year price changes

Author: jedmisten From • Jan 27th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, RealEstate.Local

Year over year Price Change - Fredericksburg Real Estate

If you listen to the news and media outlets, you might get the impression that prices are dropping.  The fact is that as you examine most of the country, this simply isn’t true.  It definitely isn’t true here in our Fredericksburg Real Estate market.  What we are seeing however, is a slowing of appreciation.  In other words, prices are still going up, but the rate at which they are going up has slowed considerably.

If you look at the chart above you will see that in January 2014 prices were up more than 13% over the previous January.  Then, throughout the year that rate of appreciation slowed to about 4.5%.  This is a sign of a normalizing of the real estate market.  That number of 4.5% however is still more than the “normal” national average of appreciation year over year, which is between 3% and 3.5%.

Experts are predicting that we will still have a slightly above normal rate of appreciation this year, and then it will stable out next year in the normal range I previously mentioned.

So as far as prices are concerned we’re in a good place. They’re beginning to normalize. And that’s what we were hoping for ever since 2007 – a more normal market. We’re approaching that, we’re getting closer and closer to it as every day goes by.

Adventure Bobsled Winter Ale

Author: David From • Jan 27th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
I'd been trying to get back to Adventure Brewing to try out their Bobsled Winter Ale for several weeks now. Life kept getting in the way, but Colleen and I finally were able to stop in this weekend. We had a laugh when we saw the TV behind the bar was tuned to a curling match — a winter sport to accompany a winter beer

Brewed with orange peel, cinnamon, ginger and allspice, Bobsled Winter Ale pours a bright copper-orange color with a thin white head. The aroma gives a hint of the flavor to follow, though a subdued hint. Even in the taste, the "winter spices" are balanced, giving the beer a bit of zing but not overwhelming. The spice and a mild bitterness lingers in the finish. At 5.7% ABV with a light body, this tasty ale is well fit for a Sunday afternoon of sipping.

We may have laughed at the sight of the curling broadcast, but soon enough we were enthralled by the "drama" between the women from China and the United States. Ironically, at the same time I was checking on the progress of an east coast winter storm headed our way, despite the 50 degree and sunny weather outside. As Colleen noted, "It's Winter in Virginia."

Low-Point Pan-Fried Fish with Wilted Arugula Salad

Author: Ken Yagelski From • Jan 26th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Seasoned to perfection, this pan-fried fish and wilted balsamic arugula salad is the perfect low-point entrée that will leave you feeling completely satisfied!

Low-Point Pan-Fried Fish with Wilted Arugula Salad


- 1 1/2 cups arugula
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 green onion, diced
- 1 tsp. jalapeños, diced 
- 1 Tbs white balsamic vinegar
- 3 Tbs olive oil, divided
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 2, 4 oz. fish filets (I used Swai)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Tbs plus 1 tsp. flour

In a medium bowl, combine arugula, tomatoes, onion and jalapeños. In a separate small bowl, combine 1 Tbs of the olive oil with the white balsamic vinegar and sugar. Mix well, drizzle over salad, and toss salad until it's coated evenly.

In a large skillet, heat remaining 2 Tbs olive oil over medium-high heat. Lightly salt and pepper fish filets. Sprinkle 1 tsp. of flour on each side of both filets. (I usually do one side and place it, seasoned-side down, in the skillet and then season the other side.) Shake skillet briefly when fish is laid in hot oil so the fish will not stick. Let cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side and remove to plate. Add your salad to the plate and enjoy!

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Total servings - 2
Serving size - 1 filet and 1/2 of the salad mixture
Points per serving - 7.5
Points plus per serving - 8

"You will never fail as long as you keep getting up and trying again." 
- Anonymous


Author: jedmisten From • Jan 26th, 2015
   Category: Blog Entries.Local, RealEstate.Local

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