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 sampling from the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.). The motorcycle riding group is perennial “people’s choice” winner in the event and sometimes takes home […]

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 everyone except his local flock — has lost his third and final bid? Only about 10-12 percent of the American electorate support or vote in […]

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 Rick Santorum quit in April. Gingrich’s withdrawal, however, removes the last real irritant to Romney march to the GOP mantle. Soon to be ex-Congressman Ron […]

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 while offering a weak endorsement of presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. “This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan,” the former Speaker of […]

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 to formally exit the Presidential campaign that many hope is his last hurrah, Gingrich will still exhibit the bravado driven by a massive ego and […]

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 or she would take the call personally. A call to the White House assured instant contact with a senior official. Did this access come from […]

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 land of the ignorant and home of the misinformed. America today is a nation of fools, brain-dead lemmings lulled into massive ignorance fueled by Internet-based […]

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. Technically because Paul is not a contender. He never was. He’s lost twice before. He’s already lost this year.  That makes him a three-time loser. […]

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 “multi-media storyteller.” Over the years, what I do for a living has come under many titles.  I’ve been a photojournalist, a journalist who takes photographs, […]

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