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 […]

LEAHY: Billionaires Upset After Taxpayers Reject Sports Stadium Subsidies

Voters in Jackson County, Missouri, rejected a sales tax ballot measure that would have funded stadium renovations to the home of the Kansas City Chiefs and built a new stadium for the Kansas City Royals. The billionaire owners of the two teams expressed their regret that taxpayers were unwilling to subsidize their clubs for the […]

LEAHY: Social Security Reform Proposal Sparks Political Firestorm

What happens when one of the major political parties suggests the most modest of reforms to the benefits future Social Security beneficiaries will receive? The other major political party goes ballistic. Such were the atmospherics when the Republican Study Committee (RSC) played against the prevailing type with the GOP so far and issued a plan […]

MAX: Youngkin Uses Veto Pen to Protect Farmers and Lower-Skilled Workers

There is a near-universal consensus among economists that increases in the minimum wage harm low-skilled workers the most. Originally designed to mimic racially discriminatory laws elsewhere, the minimum wage continues to be a means of picking certain classes and geographic locations over others. For example, the minimum wage benefits the high-cost-of-living areas in the Northeast over the lower-cost-of-living areas in […]

Long Live The King

Why do you seek the living among the dead? Happy Easter everyone! In line with my second post to everyone about Christmas, I wanted to spend some time this afternoon to reflect on the events of Holy Week, The Resurrection, and their implications. Three months ago, I wrote to you about a newborn infant in […]