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About Home Based Businesses

by Michael Davis

Tom asked:

“Can anyone recommend a legitimate home based business that you can actually live on?”

MY ANSWER:

Hi Tom,

Technology is making it easier every day for a lot of people to work from home. Personally, I run a graphic design business. 10 years ago we had an office in San Diego, clients in San Diego and employees from San Diego. Now, with broadband Internet so widely available we closed the office, have clients all over the country and designers from Baltimore to Buenos Aires.

The easiest way is to create a business where you work with your brain, not your hands. It’s much easier to be home based or even mobile. However, there are a lot of people who have created product based businesses that outsource production and fulfillment.

Finally, don’t get stuck thinking you need to pick ONE business to support yourself. While I make the majority of our income from my design business, I also make money doing photography, Mac consulting, some investments and of course Family Hack. I really enjoy the variety too. It makes life interesting and I’m always learning new things.

Of course, technology doesn’t always have to play a part. Last year, a friend of mine lost his SysAdmin job. Instead of looking for another job, he and his wife decided to make a change. They moved to a less expensive house about 30 minutes outside of town. It sits on several acres that they’ve turned into a “farmette”. They grow their own produce, and raise chickens (and eggs) for sale at the farmers markets. They also opened a dance studio nearby that teaches kids and adults. You can see more info at Sweet Dog Farm and Dance Barn.

Good Luck,
Michael

Tom replied with:

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the response. Although I’m still employed with a solid company I’m looking for ways to transition to a home based business. As a first timer I have found it difficult to work through the legitimate vs sites that just want you to fund something that may or may not work….

MY FOLLOW UP REPLY:

Hi Tom,

I agree. The filtering is tough. There is so much get rich BS in the work at home industry. You might want to read Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek. There is a fair amount of hyperbole, but also some good info on how to set up businesses that are scalable and less location based. Don’t let the title put you off, It’s just for marketing. The book isn’t about getting lazy. It’s about working smart.

Another idea is to start a business that can use your “solid company” as a first client/customer. I did that when I first started. I worked in a corporate art department. I left only after I knew they would be my first client. It was essentially the same job. The only difference was I did it from home, they weren’t locked in to paying me and I invoiced instead of getting a paycheck. In return I got the freedom and over the next couple of years added new clients.

Being inside the company gives you great access to seeing what they might need. If you can find a way to fill that need you can create a new business for yourself with very little risk. You essentially have a deal before you leap….

read the full article and many other related articles at Family Hack

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Ciceronian Society: Charlottesville Connection

THE CICERONIAN SOCIETY facilitates the development of academic conferences that explore the many and various topics related to our core themes of Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine.’ Ultimately, we hope that papers delivered at Ciceronian Society Conferences can find a publishable home in our sister journal: ANAMNESIS.

Our first conference was March, 17-20th at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Additional details about the conference can found on the “Conferences” page. Ultimately, participating scholars will have an opportunity to upload their papers on to the “Conference Papers” page.

Future conferences will probably be located in several different locations around the country and possibly abroad. If you have interest in hosting a Ciceronian Society Conference, please contact us at conferences@theciceroniansociety.com. Further information about our program vision and goals can be found on the “Program Vision” page.

Ciceronian Core Themes

The Ciceronian Society is an intellectual society devoted to the examination of three core themes: Tradition, Place, and ‘Things Divine.’ We selected Cicero as a symbol because facets of his life and orations profoundly represent our central themes.

First, Cicero represents Tradition via his participation in the rhetorical tradition in philosophy. Such an approach, of course, can be employed to criticize abstract rationalism like that of Enlightenment thinkers such as Descartes and Turgot. More broadly, Tradition signals the importance of custom and our relation to the past. In this sense, it can be a guide to human conduct and a constituent of rationality.

Second, Cicero also symbolizes Place in that he advocated the republican tradition’s opposition to centralizing empire. This topic, of course, is extremely germane to the world that we currently inhabit, but we hope to proceed far beyond mere policy questions. The broader theme of Place is an existential category, like the human body, that connotes focus on the limits of human scale, the value of human attachment to historical community and locality, and the value of human connection to nature and the land. Issues of agrarian values, decentralization, localism, and other such concerns are themes that the Ciceronian Society hopes to explore.

Finally, Cicero’s very words constitute our final theme, ‘Things Divine.’ The phrase is part of his famous claim that “wisdom” entails “knowledge of things divine and human.” We intend the expression to encompass a broad swath of meanings. On the one hand, it connotes openness to theological and philosophical inquiry into what is thought to be ultimate and unconditioned; and so we welcome exploration of topics related to Logos, natural law theory, and other such themes. On the other hand, we are also open to the mythos view of culture—i.e., that many basic truths about reality, which people experience, are often expressed in myths.

With respect to possible thinkers whose work might fit well with the Ciceronian Society’s concerns, they are legion. Here are just a few: Hans-Georg Gadamer, Charles Taylor, Edmund Burke, Stanely Hauerwas, T.S. Eliot, Wendell Berry, Richard Weaver, Rene Girard, G.K. Chesterton, Lord Acton, Alasdair MacIntyre, Christopher Lasch, Leo Strauss, Allen Tate, John Randolph of Roanoke, David Hume, James Fenimore Cooper, Robert Nisbet, Alexis de Tocqueville, Eric Voegelin, John Taylor of Caroline, and Michael Oakeshott. This list is far from exhaustive, and many other fine thinkers from across the ideological spectrum could be included and will be welcomed.

read more at the Society’s home page

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Military-Industrial Complex Protested

by David Swanson

SO, HERE WE ARE, 50 years and 8 months tomorrow from the day on which President Dwight Eisenhower, on his way out of office, warned: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

I don’t think we’re here to propose Eisenhower or anyone else as a perfect model of all virtues. But what he said that day 50 years ago, in a very flawed and imperfect speech, was one of the most prescient predictions and potentially valuable warnings ever offered on the face of this earth. I say potentially because we have yet to heed it.

Yesterday the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia Meredith Woo posted on her blog that our new war in Libya was admirable and Jeffersonian. In fact, she compared it to Jefferson’s war in the same location, which she held up as “a pristine example” of a “just war.”

In her descriptions of that long ago war and the current one she devoted not one word to the killing, maiming, or traumatizing of innocent people. She made no case for the necessity of either war, except to claim that the first one was fought in self-defense several thousand miles away against a band of pirates who had never approached U.S. shores and whom Woo scornfully mocked as unworthy adversaries. Woo’s entire case is that our Libyan wars have not yet been as bad as our Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Well those are sure high standards! What a proud UVA alumnus I am today! And wouldn’t it have been nice to see a little opposition to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from UVA’s administration prior to this cheerful celebration of the Libya War as not being as bad as the other ones, which — by the way — are still raging?

This past Sunday the Charlottesville Daily Progress printed a column called “A Stimulus Package Conservatives Could Support,” but there was nothing conservative, and nothing Eisenhower would have tolerated, in the column. I tried to find some points in this column that I could say the author got right, but the best I could come up with was this: giving her the benefit of the doubt, I suspect that the author, Amity Shlaes, spelled her own name correctly.

Her idea for improving our economy is to increase military spending, including in particular through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

DARPA is the same agency that has moved on from mechanical killer elephants and telepathic warfare to exploding frisbees, cyborg wasps, and Captain America no-meals and no-sleep soldiers, as well as far more useful things that could have been developed outside the military, like the internet and GPS. But DARPA has 240 employees. Let’s double it. Heck, let’s triple it. We’ve still got statistically the exact same unemployment rate we started with. Or let’s add a half a million employees to the military, as Shlaes proposes. If we could afford to do that, we could afford to add many more employees elsewhere, because the military is the least efficient way to create jobs. In fact, we could scale back military spending to a level higher than 10 years ago, put that money into non-military industries and tax cuts, and see a net gain of 30 million jobs, even after finding new jobs for everyone who lost one in the military industrial complex. We could have full employment and it wouldn’t cost us a dime. That fact only seems startling if we lose touch with how much we’re spending on the military and what a waste it is.

But Shlaes has other arguments. First of all, the military knows how to manage youth, she says. But does it? The leading cause of death in the U.S. military right now is suicide. I understand that once you’re dead you’re no longer unemployed, but surely that can’t be what Shlaes had in mind as a solution to youth unemployment. We tried to bring to this conference a young widow of a soldier whose pleas for help after seven tours in our current wars went unanswered by the military. He took his life, and his wife publicly described the lengthy process that had led to that tragedy. She was then so viciously harassed that she canceled her conference participation and went into hiding. I suppose that’s one way to manage young people.

Secondly, Shlaes argues, the military is already on all the campuses. That’s certainly true in Charlottesville. Recruiting offices are already open everywhere, she explains. True enough. The military can spend tons of money quickly, she assures us. Well, that’s as true as anything could be. But it doesn’t change the fact that you could have many more jobs just as quickly by other means. Feeding the military industrial complex because it’s large and hungry is how Congress Members think; it’s not how we need to think.

Oh, but it’s not large, says Shlaes. It’s only 5 percent of gross domestic product, less than President Reagan managed, and less than during Vietnam, Korea, or World War II.

But think about this argument. If the country becomes wealthier (I know it doesn’t seem wealthier, but 400 billionaires have as much money as half the country; there’s wealth, it’s just concentrated), Anyway, as I was saying, if a country becomes wealthier it should spend more money, at a steady percentage of GDP, on its military, not because it needs to, but because it can, and because — even though almost anything else would produce more jobs — this will produce some jobs.

Shlaes’ statistics are debatable as well. Chris Hellman recently compiled all the U.S. national security spending through various departments, including the so-called “intelligence” agencies, Homeland Security, etc., and arrived at $1.2 trillion per year. According to the National Priorities Project we’re dumping 59% of discretionary spending into the military each year. According to the St. Petersburg Times this week, U.S. troops are in 148 countries. We could cut 80% of this madness and still be the world’s top military spender. In the process we could avoid all of the damage we are going to hear about during this conference not only to our economy, but also in terms of weapons proliferation, foreign relations, civil liberties, the natural environment, the rule of law, and — lest we forget — the killing of large numbers of human beings.

Shlaes asserts without argument that an ever larger military deters wars. Eisenhower warned, and the evidence is extensive, that a larger military creates wars. And that larger military is all over Charlottesville and Virginia. The Daily Progress, which does a far better than average job of covering peace advocacy, nonetheless willingly prints propaganda for the military industrial complex. It also carries a lot of advertisements for the military industrial complex. And those advertisements are purchased with our tax dollars, funneled through the Congress, into the Pentagon, and on over to so-called private corporations taking no-bid, uncompeted contracts to enjoy what for some are booming economic times. BAE Systems, which often runs a green full-page ad in the Daily Progress, paid a $400 million fine last year to the U.S. government to settle charges of having bribed Saudi Arabia to buy its weapons. The U.S. government, however, continued dumping billions into BAE.

Charlottesville, as many of you may know, is home to the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), now north of town but previously downtown in what became the SNL Financial building. The new location for the center also accommodates units of the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency and the DIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency. The University of Virginia has built a research park next door.

Ray McGovern was just reminding me of the role the NGIC played in selling the Iraq War. When the experts at the Department of Energy refused to say that aluminum tubes in Iraq were for nuclear facilities, because they knew they could not possibly be and were almost certainly for rockets, and when the State Department’s people also refused to reach the “correct” conclusion, a couple of guys down here at NGIC were happy to oblige. Their names were George Norris and Robert Campus, and they received “performance awards” (cash) for the service. Colin Powell used their claims in his U.N. speech despite the warning of his own staff that they weren’t true. NGIC also hired MZM to assist with war lies for a good chunk of change, and MZM then gave a well-paid job to MZM’s deputy director Bill Rich Jr, and for good measure Bill Rich III too. MZM was far and away the top “contributor” to former Congressman Virgil Goode’s campaigns, and he got them a big contract in Martinsville before they went down in the Duke Cunningham scandal. Rich then picked up a job with a company called Sparta, which, like MZM, was conveniently located in the UVA research park.

There’s a Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center attached to UVA Law School as well. Then there’s the Virginia National Guard, which does tend to guard nations, just not this one.

Local want ads offer jobs “researching biological and chemical weapons” at Battelle Memorial Institute (located in the UVA Research Park). As you may know, researching such weapons is rarely if ever done without producing or at least possessing them. Other jobs are available producing all kinds of weaponry for all kinds of governments at Northrop Grumman. Then there’s Teksystems, Pragmatics, Wiser, and many others with fat Pentagon contracts. Employers also recruit here for jobs in Northern Virginia with Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Ogsystems, the Defense Logistics Agency, and many more.

From 2000 to 2010, 161 military contractors in Charlottesville pulled in $919,914,918 through 2,737 contracts from the federal government. Over $8 million of that went to Mr. Jefferson’s university, and three-quarters of that to the Darden Business School. And the trend is ever upward. The 161 contractors are found in various industries other than higher education, including nautical system and instrument manufacturing; blind and shade manufacturing; printed circuit assembly; real estate appraisers; engineering services; recreational sports centers; research and development in biotechnology; new car dealers; internet publishing; petroleum merchant wholesalers; and a 2006 contract with Pig Daddy’s BBQ.

Piedmont Virginia Community College, which has been good enough to allow our conference to rent its facilities tomorrow and Sunday, has a new program aimed at qualifying more students for military so-called intelligence work.

And Charlottesville is relatively military-free as areas of Virginia go. Were the state of Virginia to ban participation in wars of aggression, weapons sales to brutal dictatorships, and the manufacture of aggressive and illegal weapons, the Military Industrial Complex would be obliged to help itself to many billions of public dollars just to cover the cost of moving operations to the other 49 states or abroad.

I think Shepherd Johnson is here tonight. If you give him a ride through Virginia he’ll point out current and former, public and secret, military facilities behind just about every hill. With his help, I’ve compiled a list of highlights.

The Pentagon and all of its surrounding weapons corporation headquarters are in Virginia. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff lives in Quarters Six at Fort Myer in Arlington. The Army and Air Force chiefs of staff live on “Generals Row,” also in Fort Myer.

Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval base. NATO is there too. And until last month, so was the United States Joint Forces Command.

The Army maintains major commands in Virginia as well, including the United States Army Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis.

The Air Force has its Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base. Langley and Eustis combine to form the Joint Base Langley–Eustis.

The Port of Hampton Roads is a Sea Port of Embarkation (SPOE). Also in Tidewater, Va., is Lamberts Point at Norfolk. So are two large shipyards, found in Newport News (Northrop Grumman) and Portsmouth, there to service the aforementioned largest Naval Base in the world.

But the military is spread throughout the state. Out in Radford is a major munitions plant. Up in Warrenton are four military sites, at least one of them used by the CIA.

Let’s not forget the Navy. There are SEAL teams at Little Creek and (team 6) at Dam Neck. These are military forces operating at the secret command of the President.

In Peter’s Mountain near Gordonsville, is an AT&T site that many believe the military used to use and probably still does.

The Defense Intelligence Agency used to train “psychic spies” (men who’d stare at goats if they were smart enough to recognize one) at a place in Nelson county called the Monroe Institute.

The Army prepares for war in Virginia at Fort Belvoir, Fort Eustis, Fort Lee, Fort Monroe, Fort Myer, and Fort Story, the Navy at the Navy Amphibious Base Little Creek, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, Naval Station Norfolk, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Oceana Naval Air Station (the cause of all that noise pollution in the air at Virginia Beach), and the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. Meanwhile, the Marines are based in Quantico, as is the FBI Academy.

The NSA is in Chesapeake and just across the West Virginia line. The CIA is at Camp Peary, a.k.a. the Farm, right next to Colonial Williamsburg, where CIA warriors and foreign warriors are trained. The “intelligence community” may not have much intelligence or community, but it has a lot of Virginia real estate, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence at Tyson’s Corner, right next to the National Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Center, which is not far from the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, which has additional offices in the Reston-Herndon area. Then there’s the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, the National Geo-Spatial Intelligence Agency in Springfield, and the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) National Ground Intelligence Center here in Charlottesville (the command is headquartered at Fort Belvoir). The DIA is headquartered at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., but has an office building in Clarendon.

The U.S. Marine Corps’ so-called “intelligence” activity (and its prison for whistleblowers from Smedley Butler to Bradley Manning) is at Quantico. The Office of Naval Intelligence is located in Suitland, Md., but has a training center located at Dam Neck and known as the Navy Marine Maritime Intelligence Center. And over at Langley Air Force Base is the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing. The Virginia National Guard (emphasis on “National”) is located all over Virginia, including just down Avon Street. The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is in Herndon.

Mount Weather in Northern Virginia is set up to host our federal government underground in times of emergency, as was its predecessor across the West Virginia line, the Greenbrier, which now offers tours of Congress’s potential second-home underground or let’s you rent the space out for parties with “a James Bond, M.A.S.H., or spy theme.”

The “private” military corporations in Virginia are legion. Down in Lynchburg, Areva manufactures fuel rods for nuclear reactors. Virginia is home to SAIC, Dyncorp, Mantech, MPRI, and CACI. Xe (Blackwater) is moving to Arlington from its location just across the North Carolina line, a location at which the Virginia Beach Police train, and from which many Blackwater employees commute to live in Virginia Beach. L3 Flight International Aviation is in Newport News. A company called American Type Culture Collection in Manassas supplied the biological materials for anthrax to Saddam Hussein. And then, of course, when it was clear Iraq had no more anthrax, the pretense that it did was somehow a justification to bomb a nation full of human beings, 99.9 percent of whom had never shaken hands with Donald Rumsfeld.

Then there’s Virginia’s congressional delegation, which splits its time between Virginia and D.C.

Eisenhower was talked out of saying “military industrial congressional complex,” but the meaning nonetheless came through. The Fifth District has flip-flopped between the two big political parties in the last two elections without the slightest impact on its representation in terms of war and military spending. In the midst of this hysterical debate over debt and deficits in Washington this summer the House passed a bigger military spending bill than ever, with almost no comment, and the Senate is working on passing it right now with no notice in the news and not a single outraged rally from the tea party.

We are drawn almost irresistibly to imagining that whatever harm all this military activity does to the world or to our future safety, at the very least it means jobs, it brings money into Virginia from Washington, D.C. And in fact, unlike many states, Virginia does get back more federal money than it puts in. But it puts in a heck of a lot, and gets it back in the least economically beneficial manner possible.

At costofwar.com you can find a number ticking ever upwards showing what the nation has spent thus far on its two largest current wars, both of which a majority of Americans have favored ending for some time now. The figure is now over $1.2 trillion. If you click on Virginia and then Charlottesville, you get $105 million as the amount in taxes that Charlottesville has paid for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That doesn’t include future costs of interest, veterans care, the impact on fuel prices, or lost opportunities.

But our wars are a small part of the $1.2 trillion we spend each year on the military. We’ve spent $1.2 trillion on these two wars over a decade, but we spend $1.2 trillion each and every year on the military. So, each year, Charlottesville dumps $105 million into the military industrial complex. Sure, it gets some of it back. But the City of Charlottesville has a budget of $130 million. I bet the mayor could think of some useful things that could be done with an extra $105 million or even a little bit of it. Federal funding for block grants and other programs is being cut all the time. Don’t let anybody tell you military spending is not a local issue. It would be hard to do worse, morally or economically, than handing that money over to the war machine.

Nations with less wealth than ours have higher standards of living, life expectancies, infant survival rates, education levels, vacation days, retirement security, and progress toward green energy. There’s no technological reason we can’t run everything in this country on clean energy. There’s no law of physics preventing us from providing free top-quality education for all who want it from pre-school through college. There’s no medical reason we can’t have universal health coverage. What’s standing in the way is a broken political system, and what is breaking it is in large part the military industrial complex. We’ll be discussing alternatives on Sunday. And we’ll be organizing efforts to change things, including http://october2011.org

read the original article at Pacific Free Press

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Planned Parenthood Sting: Videos Released

The Live Action anti-abortion group has released three more undercover videos, which the group claimed show Planned Parenthood employees assisting a man self-identifying as a pimp for child prostitutes get abortions and birth control for “his” underage girls.

The video was filmed this January at Planned Parenthood clinics in Falls Church, Charlottesville and Roanoke, Virginia. Live Action said today that the videos are proof that Planned Parenthood is “willing to aid and abet the sexual trafficking and exploitation of minors and young women.”

Planned Parenthood countered by claiming that the “sting” videos are part of a publicity campaign to push legislation that would take away Planned Parenthood’s funding.

The three videos — one was taken at each clinic in three separate incidents — show a man admitting he manages teenage girls as child prostitutes. He then asks questions about prices and “identification requirements” for getting STD testing, birth control, and abortions for “his” girls.

Planned Parenthood employees are then seen and heard answering his questions.

“It’s very clear to us that these tapes show health professionals doing their job,” according to Planned Parenthood spokesman Stuart Schear. “What the tapes don’t show is that after these unusual encounters, these health professionals went to their superiors and reported they had unusual encounters with a suspicious individual and Planned Parenthood managers reported their suspicions to local authorities,” he said.

One New Jersey clinic employee who was captured on film was fired as a result. Planned Parenthood claims it notified both local and national authorities after the encounters.

Live Action founder Lila Rose (pictured), who recently appeared as a guest on WINA, said her group will send the Virginia footage, including that shot in Charlottesville, to state law enforcement officials and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli said in a statement released Friday that he plans to review the footage, noting that what he has seen so far “is very disturbing.”

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Rutherford Challenges Pellet Conviction

by Garet G. Sarkisian

A conservative-linked civil rights group has filed suit seeking to reverse the suspension of a Spotsylvania, Virginia high school freshman who “shot” classmates with plastic pellets blown from a toy.

Charlottesville’s own Rutherford Institute says it filed the suit as of last Wednesday in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court to stand up for the rights of 14-year-old freshman honor student at Spotsylvania High School Andrew Mikel II.

According to the Associated Press, along with being suspended in December for the rest of the school year, Mikel was charged with misdemeanor assault — a charge that was promised to be dropped as long as he completes a year-long “diversion program.”

Mikel initially was given a ten-day suspension, but the Spotsylvania County School Board later voted to punish him for the rest of the school year, citing the system’s Student Code of Conduct requirement that a student found with “any type of weapon, or object used to intimidate, threaten or harm others” be “expelled for a minimum of 365 days” unless “special circumstances exist.” The school system refused comment as to whether the toy could conceivably be used to “intimidate, threaten, or harm” anyone.

The district also sent the case to the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, which charged Mikel with three counts of misdemeanor assault.

As result Mikel entered the “diversion program” — which includes community service and substance abuse and anger management counseling — to avoid prosecution. Mikel’s father now says his son’s damaged record has shattered his hopes of attending the U.S. Naval Academy after graduation.

The Rutherford Institute’s president, John Whitehead, said Mikel is a victim of so-called “zero-tolerance” policies in our nation’s schools that “defy common sense” and “essentially criminalize childish behavior.”

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Vasciunaite Pleads Guilty to Drunken Maiming

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (ABP) — A California Baptist University women’s basketball player pleaded guilty Feb. 9 in Virginia to two felonies after hitting a construction worker last summer while driving drunk. Vitalija Vasciunaite, 22, confessed in Albemarle County Circuit Court to maiming another person while driving intoxicated and felony hit and run. A native of Lithuania, she faces possible deportation and up to 15 years in prison when she is sentenced May 31. According to media reports, her lawyer plans to request a much more lenient sentence of one day to six months in jail.

She was indicted in December for hitting construction worker Jose Porfirio Martinez-Quinteros on Interstate 64 near mile marker 103 in the early morning hours of July 17. He suffered a broken leg in three places and a broken arm. He reportedly is recovering from those injuries but is still unable to work.

Vasciunaite, a 5-9 junior guard at California Baptist, told police she consumed seven beers before borrowing a car to drive to Harrisonburg, where she drank 10 beers at a party before making the hour-long return trip to the Charlottesville area. She first told police she didn’t remember hitting anything, but later said she recalled striking something but didn’t think it was serious enough to stop. Her blood alcohol content five hours after the accident was .15, nearly twice the legal limit.

Vasciunaite was a member of the Lithuanian under-18 national team before coming to America to play basketball at Miller School of Albemarle, a coeducational preparatory school near Charlottesville, Va.

She played her first two seasons of college basketball at the University of Miami. She transferred to St. Francis College, a Division I school in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., and was sitting out a year because of NCAA transfer rules when the accident occurred.

After her arrest, St. Francis dropped her from the team. John Markham, Cal Baptist’s first-year women’s basketball coach, heard about Vasciunaite on the coaching grapevine and talked with athletics director Micah Parker about the possibility of bringing her to the private Christian school founded by the California Southern Baptist Convention.

“We look at this as an opportunity to give her a chance to succeed,” Parker told the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., in December. “CBU is a redemptive school on so many levels.”

The process involved researching Vasciunaite’s background, who by all accounts was regarded of good character and deserving of a second chance. It also involved some frank discussion with the prospect about the expectations of representing a faith-based university.

“We had some long and very candid conversations on the phone way before we ever talked about her jumper or anything like that,” Marcum told the newspaper.

In October she was accepted to California Baptist University’s accelerated program in international business. One condition was that she must complete alcohol abuse evaluation and treatment. Vasciunaite, who was raised Roman Catholic, says she no longer drinks.

Read the full story at Associated Baptist Press

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Charlottesville SPCA and Humane Society Spay Day

by Katrina Kiefer

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA has many events throughout the year geared towards alleviating our country’s pet overpopulation problem, not least of which are the feral cat spay/neuter events that are part of the CASPCA’s barn cat adoption and TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) programs in cooperation with Voices for Animals.  The next two TNR events will be held at the CASPCA on February 26th and March 19th, 2011.  Please visit either the CASPCA TNR web page or Voices for Animals’ website for more information about how to become a participant of this life-saving, all volunteer-driven and FREE program.

With kitten season just around the corner, the CASPCA has gone one better this February by offering free spay/neuter services for your favorite house cats too.  The program is available to all middle and lower income families in Albemarle County and is convenient and easy to access.  You can drop by the facility to fill out an application or use their easy online application and submit your information with the click of a button.  This program will be offered all of February and the CASPCA will do its best to schedule Mr. and Ms. Fuzzynickers’ procedure for a day and time that is convenient for you.  Remember, all it takes is one accidental outdoor adventure for your cat to become a parent, and if you’re favorite feline is of the indoor/outdoor variety, the need to spay or neuter becomes even more urgent.

The Humane Society of the United States’ and Humane Society International are also making the effort of having your dog or cat spayed/neutered a whole lot easier and even fun with this years’ annual Spay Day.

Read the full article at The Examiner