Dwight Jones

Governor McDonnell And First Lady Put "Easter" Back In Egg Hunt

On Wednesday, I noted how the City of Richmond, whose mayor, Dwight Jones, is a pastor, by the way, is doing its part to "rebrand" the Easter season into another generic secular happenstance by sponsoring more than a dozen "egg hunts" on "Monday, April 9" — known the world over as Easter Monday except to all but those in the city's Department of Recreation, Parks and Community Facilities. Thankfully, there's someone in the city who knows what the season is about. On Wednesday evening, April 4, from 5:00-7:00 in Capitol Square.Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell will host the the first annual "Governor's Easter Egg Hunt." The event is free and open to the public and will include several activities, including music, face painting, eggs with great prizes and appearances by several mascots and a Thomas Jefferson re-enactor. Sounds like good family fun. Though free, reservations are required. Click here to make them. For more information about the event, click here.

Governor and Mrs. McDonnell are not afraid to call it what it is, despite how some cultural elites are trying to whitewash Easter as they have tried to do with Christmas.

It's important for people, especially the young, to recognize why it is we celebrate what we do. For the City of Richmond to play its part and take sides in an attempt to whitewash the meaning of this time of year is inexcusable. No one is asking the city to offer a sermon, lead a prayer or hand out Bibles, but simply to leave in the name of the reason and the tradition of the event it is sponsoring — and not pretend Easter never happened or was celebrated the day before.  I, for one, am happy Governor and Mrs. McDonnell are not afraid of the culture vultures who would devour all references to our Judeo-Christian culture and recognize it is not government's role to whitewash history and faith. While I am sure it is not in any way a response to the city's events, I am sure the Capitol's event will be much more fun and better attended.

Project Veritas Medicaid Sting: Planned Parenthood's Week Just Got Worse!

Earlier this week conservative video undercover sting impresario James O'Keefe (see Project Veritas) released a video from an Ohio Medicaid office that not only showed how rampant and outrageously out of control Medicaid fraud appears but, coincidentally, how in cahoots it seems at least some in Medicaid are with Planned Parenthood. Although tangential, it was worth commenting upon and made my queue. Then, the who thing struck home. Literally. Not unlike last winter when LiveAction stung Planned Parenthood in Richmond and Roanoke with undercover videos of employees apparently obliging under-age, illegal-alien sex trafficking, Mr. O'Keefe (perhaps with a precedent established for potential corruption in the capital city, brought his investigation to Richmond. Last night he released the shocking results: The Medicaid counselor seems even more eager than her Ohio counterpart to accommodate Mr. O'Keefe's Russian drug-dealer character, get his family enrolled in medicaid and tolerate his prostitution ring, which includes his "16-year-old sister."

According to the Associated Press:

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli watched the video, found it "troubling" and ordered his Medicaid Fraud unit to investigate, said Brian Gottstein, Cuccinelli's press secretary.

Gov. Bob McDonnell asked the State Police to review it, said administration spokesman J. Tucker Martin.

However, unfortunately, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones' office sounded rather defensive, even skeptical of the evidence:

Michael Wallace, a spokesman for Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, said the city is "investigating this matter to determine the validity of the tape and the information. We will handle this matter as needed through the established disciplinary channels."

While the Richmond Medicaid employee does provide information on certain services, she does not specifically mention Planned Parenthood. But that's okay. The Ohio employee more than makes up for it, capping a horrendous week for the abortion-on-demand provider.

First, it has a rough time of it at a Department of Health hearing for a certificate of public need to expand its Virginia Beach abortion center. Then it whines about the lack of free birth control in ObamaCare (see CBS6.com, more next week). Then it shows its desperation over yet-to-be formulated abortion center regulations. It's capped by what might be the beginning of a major Medicaid scandal that casts a more-repugnant-than-normal pall over its reputation:

Why was the Ohio Medicaid employee ever ready and eager with information about Planned Parenthood's willingness to provide abortions for underage prostitutes? What is it about Planned Parenthood that would prompt this woman to say Planned Parenthood "doesn't care about age" and keep other information from authorities? What is it about Planned Parenthood that the woman's supervisor also refers the "Russian" to Planned Parenthood?

You know what they say about marketing: The best advertising is word of mouth. In this case, sadly, it cuts both ways.

Starting with the Richmond version, here are the tapes in question:

According to Project Veritas, this is one of the most "egregious" of its undercover investigations. That's pretty bad.

In Ohio, a Medicaid employee is eager to refer an underage girl prostitute to Planned Parenthood which "doesn't care about age."