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This year, more than ever, voters need a realistic third choice

This year, more than ever, voters need a realistic third choice

If you take a close look at the two candidates who will be the only choices on the Presidential ballots in most states in November you will find more and…

HOGs, motorcycles and chili

HOGs, motorcycles and chili

At the Virginia State Chili Championship Cook Off — hosted each year in Roanoke — the roar of motorcycles announces a new batch of “White Knuckle Chili” is available for…

Ron Paul’s faithful flock: Dedicated to a lost cause?

Ron Paul’s faithful flock: Dedicated to a lost cause?

What makes a small but loud and determined group of political supporters back Ron Paul, who candidate who has failed in two previous Presidential runs and — according to nearly…

Mitt Romney or Barack Obama: Is this the best we can do?

Mitt Romney or Barack Obama:  Is this the best we can do?

Former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich’s overdue withdrawal from the GOP Presidential primary race didn’t leave the nomination to Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor sealed that deal when…

Gingrich joins the ranks of other GOP Presidential has-beens

Gingrich joins the ranks of other GOP Presidential has-beens

Failed Presidential contender Newt Gingrich, reluctantly and defiantly accepting reality, formally dropped out the Republican White House sweepstakes Wednesday, offering no reasons for his long delay in recognizing the inevitable…

Newt Gingrich: A serial adulterer exits stage right

Newt Gingrich: A serial adulterer exits stage right

In a town dominated and controlled by phonies, Newt Gingrich rose to the top of a political culture that thrives on illusion and triumphs over reality. As he prepares today…

A sordid past as a Washington power broker

A sordid past as a Washington power broker

From 1987 to1992, I could pick up my phone – or better yet have my secretary do the job – to call any member of Congress and be assured he…

Campaign 2012: A pathetic collection of losers

Campaign 2012: A pathetic collection of losers

If ignorance is truly bliss then America should be the happiest country on the planet. The one-time land of the free and home of the brave has morphed into the…

Why is Ron Paul still in the GOP race? Follow the money

Why is Ron Paul still in the GOP race?  Follow the money

Three time Presidential loser Ron Paul is – technically – the last “anybody but Romney” contender left in the once crowded list of wannabes for the  GOP nomination of President.…

The tools change but the profession stays the same

The tools change but the profession stays the same

At Washington & Lee University recently, the communications professor introduced me to his class as a “visual journalist.” A few weeks earlier, another prof at Hollins University called me a…