Trump Deserves High Praise For Keeping America Safe

A Congressional Gold Medal. The left and its allies in the mainstream media have been bashing former President Donald Trump mercilessly in recent months, most noticeably focusing on the sham Democrat-fabricated show trials Trump is currently facing. Their aim is to make Trump a convicted criminal or at least appear to be one. But some Republican lawmakers are […]

LEAHY: Widespread Embrace Of Populist Policies Is Having Unintended Consequences

There are times when populist policies centered on tariffs that shield American companies from competition provide a useful, if entirely unintended, peek behind the political curtain. Consider the example of solar panels. The U.S. has imposed tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels, arguing that these cheap products would otherwise flood the market and put American solar […]

Why Mary Isn’t Sticking The Landing

When you have an LLC within an LLC moving within weeks and not months on a prime piece of property? There ought to be questions. Bear with me, but I have a terrible knot in the back of my right shoulder that neither heat nor medicine nor water can seem to unlock. Political differences can […]

HANER: Youngkin Prevents Two Tax Increases, Will Still Sign Record State Budget

After much political theater, the Virginia General Assembly and Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) have now compromised on a $188 billion state budget based simply on the revenue projected from current tax law, with neither tax hikes nor tax reductions.  Making those revenue projections slightly more optimistic eased the path. With both sides backing off their desire to change […]

Anti-Israel Encampment Pops Up At Virginia Tech

To the delight of Iran’s mullahs and their proxies, another pro-Palestinian (i.e., anti-Zionist/antisemitic) encampment popped up on a major college campus on Friday. This time, it wasn’t in New York, New Haven or Cambridge but amidst the conservative bastion that is Southwest Virginia. BREAKING: The Encampment at Virginia Tech appears to have taken down all […]

HANER: Silence, Disinterest Will Get Your Netflix and NFL Sunday Ticket Taxed

After a month of unproductive political theater, Virginia’s leaders will finally sit down like adults and negotiate the budget. Better late than never.  The message is “everything is back on the table,” which leaves the door wide open for the tax increase central to the Democrat’s demands. That deserves a quick no. At this point, Virginians […]

Forget Politics: Imagine Whirled Peas

Mr. Jefferson would compete with his neighbors to see who could get their pea crop to table first. His personal best? A patch of early peas known then as Charlton Hotspur (today’s Prince Albert variety) which Jefferson planted in Paris on 24 February and sprouted by 14 March — that’s 21 days for those counting […]

AI For Dummies: When AI Steals Your Stuff and Then Replaces You

Ah yes — artificial intelligence. The salvation of the low-IQ set and the bane of thinkers and innovation everywhere. Allow me to express my open hostility for what most people assume is “artificial intelligence” in the wake of ChatGPT and OpenAI. No — not because I am a troglodyte. No — not because my true […]

Renwick and James Monroe, a Natural Fit

As the Fredericksburg region has grown over the last 20 years, so too has our understanding as to what the wider legacy of Virginia’s history means to future generations. No longer the Crossroads of the Civil War or George Washington’s Boyhood Home, Fredericksburg has come to embrace some of the darker and more neglected elements […]

HANER: Governor’s Budget Compromise Eclipses Fears of Stalemate

Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) is offering a compromise on the disputed state budget that gives Virginia’s Democratic legislators most of the spending they were initially demanding, especially for local schools and early childhood education. The Governor is also offering a quick path to a resolution that avoids additional months of budget stalemate and political division. “On […]