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by ARLnow.com October 7, 2011 at 8:32 am 4,181 32 Comments

Steve Jobs Memorial Grows — The Post-it-Note memorial to Steve Jobs at the Clarendon Apple Store is getting bigger. Since we arrived at the Apple Store yesterday morning, the memorial has grown from zero to dozens of hand-written notes for the late Apple founder.

Favola Takes Aim at Merrick on NRA Rating — Republican State Senate candidate Caren Merrick was given an “A-” rating in a new candidate “scorecard” issued by the National Rifle Association. Democrat Babara Favola, meanwhile, received an “F” rating. But it was Favola who took the offensive. It’s “not a grade my opponent should be proud of,” Favola Tweeted. Said Favola campaign manager Adam Scott: “Caren Merrick is supported by the Tea Party, the NRA, and anti-choice extremists who want to chip away at a woman’s right to choose in Virginia. That’s just not what we need in the state Senate.”

Relocated ‘Nine’ Starts Tonight — The Arlington Players production of ‘Nine’ starts tonight at the Kenmore Middle School Theater. The musical — which was made into a Hollywood movie two years ago — was originally scheduled to be held at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Theater. It had to be relocated, however, due to earthquake damage at the theater. [The Arlington Players]

Lots of Events This Weekend — There’s plenty of stuff going on in Arlington on what promises to be an absolutely beautiful fall weekend. If you want to support a high school car wash, or attend an Oktoberfest, or party with artists, check out our Events Calendar.

Photo courtesy @btrpkc

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  • Andrew

    Hopefully the post-its don’t end up on the ground…

  • UnlimitedCustoms

    If Caren Merrick is supported by the Tea Party, the NRA, and pro-life individuals she has my vote.

    • Quite the opposite effect

      Hah! I feel similarly strongly on such endorsements – except replace “vote” with “disdain”.

    • Duh:

      while you still have one

    • bobco85

      Now, are they pro-whole-life or pro-life-until-birth individuals? Remember, supporting the death penalty and not supporting health care for those who cannot afford it does not make one pro-life.

      My biggest concern with the NRA is that they have taken such uncompromising positions on gun laws when they should be the ones advocating for responsible gun ownership (shocker: I’m a moderate and support gun ownership for only responsible individuals). NRA’s president, Wayne LaPierre, recently gave a speech talking about some Obama conspiracy to take everyone’s guns away in his second term (Obama has not tried to pass any laws restricting gun ownership, save for our enemies abroad).

      • Steve

        You anti gun people lose because you and your “assault weapon” thing. You call anything you don’t like an “assault weapon”, typically because you don’t like the way it looks, being nothing remotely like an assault rifle, only looking like a fully automatic one. So in short, you want to ban weapons because of how they look. What is the logic? There is none, hence why people don’t want you to get your way.

        • Danville Mayor


          Normal, law biding, average people who own guns, kill innocent people all the time (see article about the guy in California who was such a nice guy, until he killed a bunch of people where he worked, and the police had to hunt him down and kill him). Common sense would say that if you want a gun for safety that would be OK. But when you have an arsenal at your home, who is really in danger?

          And there should be no reason for anyone (outside of law enforcement) to own an assault weapon. What is the real purpose of a clip or magazine that holds 20 rounds?

          The Supreme Court got it really wrong when they misinterpreted the 2nd amendment. But for those of you who believe they got it right, then you should only be able to own the weapons that were available when the amendment was passed. Try committing mass murder with a single shot flintlock…

          • Steve

            All the time? Give me a break. most of the gunviolence in this country is inner city, drug/gang related, using illegally obtained weapons.

            You dont’ even know what an assault weapon is. No civilian other than a handful of people could ever get the permit to let you get an assault weapon. Assault weapons are selective fire, and use a cartidge between the size of a rifle cartidge and a pistol cartidge. The stuff you libs crying about being “assault weapons” are NOT assault weapons becaues they are only semiautomatic.

            you are CRYING over these guns becaues of what they look like.

          • Josh S

            Wait, are you against gun laws or not? Cause if you think gun laws are bad, why mention them in your attempt to shift attention to “inner city” “gunviolence?”

            Might it be because you don’t have a coherent position on the matter other than blaming “libs,” whatever/whoever that is?

          • Steve

            I’m not he LIBERAL NUTJOBS that want to ban certain weapons based upon what they look like, and that’s EXACTLY what’s going on with liberals and “assault weapons”.

          • Josh S

            Oh, I get it. You just left the “85” off then end of your name….Sorry for bothering you.

      • ArlingtonNative

        bobco85 –
        The NRA’s uncompromising stance is based upon the principal that if you “give an inch, they will take a mile”. As a member of the NRA, even I can say that I do not always agree with 100% of their positions – however I do recognize the logic of the “draw a line in the sand” approach. I support the NRA because they are by far the most effective group defending 2nd Amendment rights. As for the Obama “conspiracy” – it’s more of an actual plan. Our current POTUS recognized that 2nd Amendment rights are far too polarizing an issue and would detract significant time & energy from his administration- derailing his other initiatives.
        If he is elected for a second-term, he has already instructed the justice department to draft plans on how firearm ownership could be more highly regulated/restricted. His administration was at least smart enough to take on a hugely polarizing issue in his second term, where re-election is no longer a concern.

        • bobco85

          The NRA is definitely not the only uncompromising group on either the left or right, but I do criticize their focus on “drawing a line in the sand” in certain instances. One of those instances is the loophole that allows for gun sales without background checks at gun shows. Another is the court case in Florida involving parents who wanted to restrict their child’s doctor from talking with him about gun safety in the home (he asked the boy if the parents owned a gun in the house). I feel the NRA was on the wrong side in both of those issues.

          Regarding Obama’s plans should he be reelected, my problem with the “conspiracy” statement was that they claimed he was going to try and take everyone’s guns away, when it seems far more likely that will not happen.

          I support gun ownership, though I admit I am not a gun owner (I have never felt compelled to own one, but understand the reasons people have for owning them). I imagine that more regulations/restrictions could be highly annoying (I am picturing a DMV of guns), but I would like to see any loopholes closed.

    • Vik

      The present-day Tea Party is the same as what the Republican Party of a few years ago was because they hijacked the message of Ron Paul and Libertarians. That endorsement means nothing these days.

      • UnlimitedCustoms

        Huh? The Tea Party is nothing like the Republican Party a few years ago.

        • Quite the opposite effect

          I agree with UnlimitedCustoms, the Tea Party is far, far worse.

    • Steamboat Willie

      “Obama himself is no fool. So when he got elected, they concocted a scheme to stay away from the gun issue, lull gun owners to sleep and play us for fools in 2012. Well, gun owners are not fools and we are not fooled,” La Pierre declared.

      “Sotomayor, Kagan, Fast & Furious, the United Nations, executive orders. Those are the facts we face today… President Obama and his cohorts, yeah, they’re going to deny their conspiracy to fool gun owners. Some in the liberal media, they are already probably blogging about it. But we don’t care because the lying, conniving Obama crowd can kiss our Constitution!”

      –Wayne LaPierre, NRA President, in full tinfoil hat mode

  • Scott

    Ah, but they’re not called Post-Its, they’re called Stickies.

  • I see about 250 Arlington sign ordnance violations on that window.

  • iStickie

    Frankly, I just don’t get the adoration of Steven Jobs by strangers, especially since he’s been a goner for years. The outpouring is as if it were unexpected. He’s a rich, creative captain of industry. And a marketing genius. He gladly took your money. But no angel or saint, and by all accounts, not a warm & fuzzy humanitarian either.

    • Dezlboy

      @istickie, I prefer to say he’s been a great innovator for years and has enriched many lives. I just don’t get the animosity towards Steve Jobs by strangers.

      • Thes

        Apple products:other devices = streetcar:bus rapid transit

        Jobs understood that technology should conform to people and not the other way around. The same people who love/hate him love/hate other humanistic efforts.

        • charlie

          seriously? I think that is the biggest problem with APPLE that I have to do the things the way they want me to — I can’t copy files; put them in special places, etc….

    • Tre

      Does everyone have to be a humanitarian to be considered a good person or receive an outpouring of sympathy upon passing away? The man was a driving force behind technology we use just about every minute of our present day lives. Simply, he did his job well and dedicated his life to it. I think there is much to respect there.

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      Steve Jobs was what this country is, or should be, all about. He was a brilliant capitalist who built something great from nothing. He was rich by his own making, and he made lots of other people rich too. all by making something that people wanted. Steve Jobs is to be admired and emulated (although revered is a bit much).

      • DarkHeart

        Now that he’s dead, can I get Flash on my iPad?

        Too soon?

    • ArlForester

      Steve was a great man even though he charged four times the value of his products, only released small upgrades at a time and rarely ever worked with other companies because he knew his lemmings would all still wait in line for the next product he was hawking. They must be the same ones who left stickies on Apple stores around the country.

  • Dezlboy

    Question. Why stickies? I think it’s a nice tribute and they work. But, curious, have they been used for this purpose before? Just wondering.

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  • Shirley

    Why did Steve say no when Bill Gates asked him to give away a lot of his billions to charity?

  • roquer

    Wow!! Finally!!! Someone is running in Arlington politics who is worth more than a trip to the bathroom. This Caren Merrick sounds like someone I need to see more of. If the liberals like Favola and the rest don’t like her, time to vote for her. Yippee


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