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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 03:50 PM
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McCain Rally to Move From Fairfax School After Outcry
Source: Washington Post

Fairfax County school officials said that a rally scheduled tomorrow for Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will be moved from Fairfax High School, following protests from some School Board members and parents that the event would violate school system policy.

The decision to move the event was made by the McCain campaign, Fairfax schools spokesman Paul Regnier said.

Late in the afternoon, the McCain campaign announced that the rally will be held at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax County and that people will begin assembling at 8 a.m. An e-mail from the campaign said that the Fairfax High field house, which can hold as many as 6,500 people, was not big enough.

A statement from the McCain campaign did not address the controversy.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...



The school board fielded "dozens" of complaints.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 03:54 PM
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1. Maybe they could still give Palin a civics lesson or two
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:02 PM
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2. But they're Republicans. The rules aren't supposed to apply to them.
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bulloney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:05 PM
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3. The McCain/Palin campaign has had a hard time finding artists who'll let them play their music
and residents wanting them to speak at their public facilities.

Think we'll hear much about this from the media gerbils?

It would probably be the lead story if it happened to Obama/Biden.
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wvbygod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:08 PM
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4. Why not just use a church?
I have seen candidates giving speeches at churches many times.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:13 PM
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6. I played a gig for a catholic church in Fairfax a couple of years ago...
in which the priest proselytized about the evils of liberalism and homosexuality. It's a big ugly church, in an exceptionally wealthy part of Fairfax, with obnoxious bells that local residents have complained about.

McPain could have his rally there. And ring the damn bells, too.
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CatholicEdHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:44 PM
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9. Oh, that type of church
I expect you also hear bells during each mass besides the ones outside.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 06:04 PM
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18. All through the service...
the horn player and I exchanged grimaces.

After the gig, I put it on my list of venues never to play in again.
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 06:36 PM
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20. No can do. Catholics are not born-again.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 07:02 PM
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22. Oh that's right...Palin's already insulted them...
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:40 PM
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8. They're afraid their tongues will catch fire.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:09 PM
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5. There are a lot of thugs in Fairfax...
It's good to know that the complaints were not simply ignored.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:15 PM
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7. Fairfax High field house which holds up to 6,500 isn't big enough?
Someone needs to be at the event and estimate the crowd that shows up at their much bigger venue.
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ObaMania Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:21 PM
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13. Hmmmm...
The curious thing is, I don't know where they'd set up on such short notice unless they just stand in the middle of the field. Van Dyck isn't a big park by any stretch and parking will be at a premium.

Another curious thing is, how'd they get another venue less than a mile away from the school on such short notice? The City of Fairfax is very strict on permits and such for events of this nature.



I wish I didn't have to work tomorrow or I'd go down and give you the scoop on what NBC4, ABC7, or WUSA9 won't tell you.

Surely there must be some DU'ers in the neighborhood who could check it out and get some pics?
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:26 PM
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15. Assembling at 8 am? That will limit the number of folks that will show up I would think.
If they only do a tight shot of the crowd then that should strongly suggest they had a smaller crowd then planned.
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:30 PM
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16. It's going to rain tonight
I'm in Alexandria. We're getting more rain tonight.

On top of the deluge of Hanna's vestiges, the ground should be nice and soggy.

All hail the pretender, and now, let us sink up to our knees.........................
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:59 PM
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17. Good place for a big pack of dogs to leave presents.
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 07:19 PM
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23. Calling all people with dogs!
Edited on Tue Sep-09-08 07:20 PM by catgirl
You have an important mission at hand!!!
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 11:19 PM
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24. Used to live in Fairfax
Wish I could help out, but I'm now several hundred miles away.
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 04:49 PM
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10. Not big enough ?
A tent on the school's sports field would've been ok for their 6 or 7 supporters.
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downindixie Donating Member (321 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:11 PM
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11. I sure hope it rains that day!
I won't and can't pray,but I can hope.
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catgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:15 PM
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12. How about a rain dance? :)
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ObaMania Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:23 PM
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14. Your wishes may come true.
Rain is in the forecast ;)
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 06:06 PM
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19. It is a traveling pentecostal caravan....
not a presidential campaign.
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cvoogt Donating Member (248 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 06:38 PM
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21. different on radio
I live in the Fairfax area and on the radio here (on NPR) the official story given by the school is that the school's not big enough to hold the event and they are looking for another place. Hmm .. seems like a weak excuse. They would've known what to expect beforehand, I would think, so why change their minds now?
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