Monthly Archive for September, 2005

U.Va. Students to Burn in Hell

We’ve had quite a week here at the University of Virginia, with not one but two separate demonstrations to warn us of our eventual damnation. On Monday, evangelist Michael Woroniecki (yes, that Michael Woroniecki) brought his entire family to grounds with huge signs that said things like, “REPENT” and “SATAN RULES” and so forth. They screamed at students that they were destined for hell, and suggested that Hurricane Katrina was a sign of God’s wrath. (The Woronickis are evidently against church, and encourage a personal relationship with the Lord — but you’re probably getting it wrong and will go to hell anyway, unless you join his cult-like following.) From the Cavalier Daily:

The Woronieckis said they have toured college campuses throughout the United States, Europe, Morocco and Central America for over 30 years preaching their message.

“You’re going to hell,” Mike Woroniecki, the father of the family, told the officers and students. “If you’re not going to hell, I’m a fool. If there is a hell, I’m the most loving man in the world for telling you.”

Students responded as you might expect — gawking and snickering — while two industrious young men stood next to the demonstration and unfurled a huge banner that read, “BULLSHIT.” In response to a complaint from the dean of students, the police tried to convince the Woronieckis that they needed written permission to demonstrate (not true) but they eventually left peacefully.

Then on Thursday, we received a visit from Life and Liberty Ministries, a group that is currently on a “Face the Truth Virginia” tour of college campuses. They arrived in a truck that was literally covered, on all sides, with graphic photos of aborted fetuses and the hopeful message, “God hates … the hands that shed innocent blood.”

Small children held up graphic photos of aborted fetuses, while adults passed out pamphlets with more gruesome photographs and quotes from the Bible. The group is also against birth control and homosexuality, though their protest at U.Va. focused primarily on abortion.

Hosting Moved to BNSI

I’ve long hosted on an old Linux server connected to the internet via DSL. It moved with me to Blacksburg in 2003, and then back to C’ville earlier this year. When my power goes out, the site goes down. When I download something big, the site gets slow. It’s a pain, but it’s free.

No longer. has gone all professional.

Colin Learmonth, of BNSI, e-mailed me last week and offered to host the site, gratis. BNSI is where I’ve long sent my clients to have their sites hosted, so I jumped at the chance. I just now finished moving the site over, and I’ve somehow managed to avoid screwing it up. Colin didn’t ask for it, but I’ll make up a little “Hosted by BNSI” button to display on the front page somewhere, because I appreciate his generosity and, frankly, I’m proud to have a site of my own hosted by BNSI.

It’s 100% uptime and fast page loads from here on out.

Now They’ll Experience Handcuffs

I totally love WINA’s phrasing in this story:

City Police say two 17-year old boys experienced stab wounds at around 7:45 p.m. in the 800 block of Orangedale Avenue. One teen had a stab wound in his neck, and the other was cut in the torso area.

They “experienced stab wounds.” We find out in the next sentence that they experienced them firsthand, having received them on their own personal bodies in order to better experience them with more clositude.

I’m not trying to pick on you, WINA. This was just my first laugh of the day and I wanted to share.

Commute Distances to C’ville

In a comment to an earlier discussion, member UVA08 provided a link to a totally cool webpage. The Bureau of Economic Analysis uses census data to determine how far people drive to get to work, and has a page of data about Charlottesville. 1,138 people commute from Buckingham. 199 from Culpeper. 14 from Rappahannock. 381 from Rockingham. 99 from Washington D.C. 28 from Montgomery, MD.

It’s amazing that anybody would commute from Montgomery County, or D.C. And many of the numbers keep increasing.

Affleck, Garner House Shopping

Ben AffleckThe tabloids are all abuzz with the news that actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, his wife, are either moving to Albemarle or looking to move to Albemarle, depending on which story you believe. We have no shortage of famous people living in the area, but we’ve never had the sort of people that are followed around by paparazzi. I think that’s for the best.



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