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The “QAnon shaman” (a/k/a Jake Chansley) has personal needs that must be accommodated. Chansley—easily recognized for his massive horns, painted face, and fur pelts—was among those who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. According to the Phoenix man’s lawyer, Chansley has lost 20 pounds  as he has refused to eat the non-organic food DC jail has provides.

The lawyer argued, “Non-organic food, which contains unnatural chemicals, would act as an ‘object intrusion’ onto his body and cause serious illness if he were to eat it. An ‘object intrusion’ is the belief that disease originates outside the body from unhealthy objects coming into the body. In shamanic traditions, the body, mind, and soul are interconnected, and the well-being of all three are necessary for my client to be able to practice his faith.” The DC jail is unable to provide foods suitable to his shamanic diet. As a result, Chansley has been moved to the Alexandria Detention Center which can deliver an all-organic diet.

Has the lawyer been converted by shamanic beliefs?


According to the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, a driver fled into West Virginia and ultimately back to Frederick County while leading authorities on a 7-hour chase, during which time he told 911 operators, in at least eight separate calls, that his passengers included Jesus Christ, Satan, and an angel. The man’s family told police that he is mentally ill, and warned during the chase that he might be armed with a pistol. Once stopped he refused to exit his vehicle, resulting in his being tasered.

The man was charged with eluding police, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, assaulting an officer, and hindering an emergency call line. He was being held without bond.

The individual’s criminal history includes being accused of trying to force his way into a church in Berkeley Springs, W. Va. Church members said he was escorted out after asking children in the church to sign water bottles for him and then kicked in a door to get back in. They said he drove recklessly in the parking lot before fleeing. In 2016, he was charged with sexual abuse and assault after being accused of attacking a female Shepherd University student on campus.

Y’all never know who’s driving next to you on the road.


The Fairfax County School Board met earlier this month to discuss the recommendations of a board-appointed task force that advocated adding four religious holidays to the school calendar, but then postponed the vote until next month — with some board members signaling they preferred adopting a calendar that did not include the four new religious holidays.  

Religious leaders in Northern Virginia–and the task force–want students to receive four additional days off, to observe Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Hindu festival Diwali, and the Muslim celebration Eid al-Fitr. The school system currently gives its 186,000 students nine days off for holidays each year.

Similar controversies have been discussed in several Northern Virginia communities. Typically, even if not recognized as school holidays, teachers on these days are lenient in providing students with alternative ways of making up lessons, including giving tests on other days and deferring homework that might be due.

The melting pot is expanding. St. Patrick’s Day next in line?


In Arlington these days, high-rise apartments and condominiums are the equivalent of the impregnable castles that dotted the landscapes of olden-day Europe. And the Arlington County Democratic Committee is formulating plans to get inside them during the 2021 election cycle.

Mid-rise and high-rise living represents a large swath of the Arlington population, and “many of them are inaccessible to outside groups,” said the head of the precinct-operations efforts of Arlington Democrats. As a result, the party aims to recruit those living in multi-family complexes to help with outreach–within the limits set by owners of the properties. “We’re not going to sneak in and drop things on people’s doormats if that’s not allowed,” said the outreach head.

She further explained: Democrats’ efforts at scaling the walls of apartment and condo buildings have paid off in the recent years. Many of those living there had voted in major elections but not in off-year races for local offices. The reaction to the rise of Donald Trump changed that. County Democrats in 2018 were able to oust an independent County Board member recruiting many of those more occasional voters.

Past castle invaders would build scaling ladders against the castle’s outer curtain wall. Invaders would climb the ladders to gain access to the castle. The Arlington strategy is adapted to the modern era but as effective as medieval tactics.



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