An ugly dispute taints ‘America the Beautiful’

Are we not a nation founded by immigrants who came to this land to escape persecution in other countries?

An ugly dispute taints ‘America the Beautiful’

A sadness emerges when one reads the absurd and downright nasty comments aimed at Coca Cola for creating a Super Bowl commercial featuring people singing “America the Beautiful” in different languages. Some rabid right-wing groups urge a boycott of the company for creating the commercial.  Usual conservative blowhards like Rush Limbaugh are weighing in and […]

Maybe we should run credit checks on candidates for office

Virginians, it turned out, elected a governor so deep in debt that pursuit of the almighty dollar became far more important than any issues facing the Old Dominion.

Maybe we should run credit checks on candidates for office

As more and more details emerge about the acceptance of gifts, loans and more by former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen during their fours years in Executive Mansion in Richmond, a picture of a chief executive up to his butt in debts and scrambling to pay bills emerges. McDonnell and his wife […]

Dr. King and the irony of racism on a life

For me, racism has long been an ironic part of my life.

Dr. King and the irony of racism on a life

For some Virginians — those who work in state and county jobs — today is the end of a four day weekend because Friday was the “official” observance of Lee-Jackson Day, a state holiday that honors Virginia civil-war generals Robert E. Lee and  Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and Monday is the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin […]

A new year with the same old problems in Washington

It has been a long, long time since the House, Senate or White House has put serving America above the petty interests of politics, partisanship and greed.

A new year with the same old problems in Washington

Congress returns to Washington after the Christmas recess but it would be an error to say the House and Senate are “returning to work.” Work, sadly, is a lost ethic on Capitol Hill.  Work gets in the way of rabid partisanship by both Democrats and Republicans.  Work interferes with agendas demanded by the special interest […]

Sarah Palin: A female Bill Clinton when it comes to sex?

While dating future husband Todd Palin, the then-Sarah Heath reportedly shacked up for a night in a dorm room with a college basketball star.

Sarah Palin: A female Bill Clinton when it comes to sex?

Interesting that one of the most vocal and often-quoted supporters of controversial “Duck Dynasty” reality show star Phil Robertson is another figment of celebrity-fantasy — failed Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the one-time sex symbol of the rabid right. In politics, where hypocrisy abounds, Palin is a standout when it comes to being everything she rants […]

Phil Robertson: A homophobe, bigot and sexual predator

Robertson has a history of messing around with underage girls.

Phil Robertson: A homophobe, bigot and sexual predator

Sadly, the New Year begins with revelations of even more rantings from the questionable star of a reality TV show who is praised by supporters as a “man of God,” but revealed in life to be a homophobe, bigot and threat to underage women. A video on YouTube shows Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, in […]

Phil Robertson: A scripted phony or a real Christian?

Robertson, in a magazine interview, equated homosexuality with bestiality, misquoted the Bible and claimed African-Americans were "happy" during the days of segregation of racial discrimination.

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 […]

Lots to give thanks for on this Thanksgiving

Lots to give thanks for on this Thanksgiving

A year ago, as Thanksgiving approached, I lay in  a coma in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. At the time, my wife did not know if I would live and, if I did live, if I ever be able again to walk, talk or think beyond the capabilities of a […]

In the world of shifting political fortunes, little is permanent

Polls and public opinion ride more on whims than reality. The issue of the day drives both fortune and misfortune.

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 […]