Phil Robertson: A scripted phony or a real Christian?

Phil Robertson: A scripted phony or a real Christian?

Instead of focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, the public in this final week before the holiday appears focused on the rantings and ravings of Phil Robertson, the “patriarch” of the family portrayed on the highly-scripted  “Duck Dynasty” “reality” show on Arts and Entertainment Network. Robertson, in a magazine interview, equated homosexuality with bestiality, […]

Black Friday may fall short of expectations

Black Friday may fall short of expectations

Reports coming into Capitol Hill Blue from reporters and readers around the country suggest “Black Friday” for 2013 isn’t what retailers expected or say they need for a successful holiday shopping season. “Some shoppes were surprised thin early morning crowds at Willow Grove Park in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suberb,” says Reuters reporter Suzanne […]

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

A month ago, in the aftermath of the government shutdown debacle, President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats rode high in the polls and the Republicans looked like a party sinking into its own morass of political mistakes. That, as the often-used stereotype goes, was then and this is now. Just 30 days later, Obama […]

Time to scrap Obamacare and find something that works

Time to scrap Obamacare and find something that works

The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare and once considered the President’s signature accomplishment, is now the latest example of inept administration, flawed policy and glaring failure. With increasing problems and security threats, the troubled HealthCare.gov web site now stands as the poster child for a President who, more and more, just can’t seem […]

A Veterans Day that was important to cover

A Veterans Day that was important to cover

As a newspaper photographer, I normally spend Veterans Day photographing parades and other events surrounding the special day. Last year, I missed Veterans Day because I was lying in a coma in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia after a motorcycle crash two days earlier that left me with severe brain […]

Washington: Homophobes, bigots and broken promises

Washington: Homophobes, bigots and broken promises

The Senate Thursday accomplished something that rarely happens in Washington nowadays — it passed bipartisan legislation to help end discrimination against gays and trans-gender Americans in the workplace. Amazingly, 10 Republicans joined Senate Democrats to pass the bill. That’s the good news.  The bad news is that the bill now heads for the House of […]