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Image result for briefcasesELSIE REPATRIATED!
In January, VoxFairfax disclosed the sad news that Borden Dairy’s beloved icon Elsie the Cow would be no more (“Beloved Bovine Buffered by Bankruptcy“, Borden, which filed for bankruptcy in January, agreed to sell itself to a joint venture of hedge funds.
But Elsie, the moon eyed bovine with a hint of a Mona Lisa smile, had adorned Borden products for decades, and became a stumbling block when the owner of its trademark raised an objection to the sale. But good news: the soon-to-be owners of Borden Dairy will pay an additional $685,000 to continue Elsie’s image on its products.
Dollar for dollar per pound, money well spent.


Untested rape kits have been a national problem for which prosecutors and police have been criticized in recent years, in part due to victims like Debbie Smith. The Williamsburg woman became a national symbol of the problem after her own rape evidence kit went untested for six years. A test ultimately led to an arrest and conviction. Smith’s was one of some 2,600 in Virginia.

According to Attorney General Mark Herring, who spearheaded the effort, “The law enforcement agencies who have hits will now begin to reopen their cases and investigate, so we’re anticipating that there could be more charges in the future as those investigations continue.” So far, tests on 851 of those kits resulted in DNA profiles that were entered into CODIS, the national combined DNA index system, and 354 of those profiles resulted in “hits”: names sent to local law enforcement for further investigation. 

Laws no require police to submit kits to the state crime lab within 60 days, a procedure that should prevent a backlog from recurring, and victims can now track the progress of testing on their kits.

When justice is not delayed, it is not denied.


State Sen. Amanda Chase (R-11th), the sole announced candidate for the 2021 Republican gubernatorial nomination, was disinvited from a speaking engagement at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce last week.

A statement by the new chair of the Chamber explained that former Chamber chairs had recommended that Chase be disinvited due to “recent actions and statements related to the removal of Confederate monuments, erasing white history claims,  and Chase’s actions to aggressively spread a hoax that rioters were crossing the James River to attack the white citizens of Chesterfield County.” The new chair went on, “the statements and actions by Senator Chase are contrary to the Chambers’ core values. We condemn these statements and actions by Senator Chase and any person who attempts to divide us, playing on people’s fears and appealing to bigotry and hate.” 

Sen. Chase was not pleased, complaining that the Chamber did not inform her of the cause for the withdrawal of her invitation. The Senator further stated, “I stand by everything I’ve said and have not said anything bigoted.” She added that she views the decision as a “political play by those in the pay-to-play system in NoVa” and that the chamber is “nothing more than a surrogate for the Democratic Party of Virginia and we are not surprised by their actions or subsequent response.”

Long seen as GOP friendly, it’s reassuring to see that the Chamber has a code of conduct, even with respect to Republicans. Obviously, Chase failed to understand the Chamber’s public statement.


Ms. Luisa Igloria is an alumna of the University of the Philippines who came to Old Dominion in 1998 after receiving her PhD. in 1995 as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Chicago. Gov. Ralph Northam announced the appointment last week.

Igloria has written 20 collections of poetry, and since 2010, has written a poem every day. In an interview this year, she said: “I look forward to writing every day, whether I have only 30 minutes or longer. Some of the things I’ve learned: letting go of notions of perfection; learning to filter out noise (both external and internal); welcoming uncertainty and surprise.”  

The honor is yet another example of the persistence of American exceptionalism.


As if Virginia were not dealing with enough issues of substance, State Sen. Steve Newman (R-23rd) wants to enact time limits on the governor’s executive orders.   Gov. Ralph Northam has used such powers to restrict access to  schools and businesses when the pandemic hit and enforce a curfew during Richmond’s protests.

Newman’s proposal would cap a governor’s executive orders at 30 days.  Barring any action from the General Assembly, the governor could reissue the order for another 30 days, but no more. Under current law, executive orders can last over a year, through the June following the next regular session of the General Assembly. 

Newman repeatedly pushed for Northam to speed up reopening in the spring and called the Virginia Department of Health’s anonymous mask violating reporting system the “snitch police.” But Newman said the issue of executive orders shouldn’t be partisan.

Have the scientists determined the shelf life of COVID-19? Ah, perspective. 


Lynchburg, the “Hill City,” was named for its Quaker founder, John Lynch–and nothing more. 

A petition with over 5,300 signatures was presented to the City Council last month, acknowledging the true history but saying that the common assumption of what the name represents is reason enough to change it.

Jerry Falwell, president of Liberty University, is among those pushing for a change. Said Falwell, “I personally support changing the name of the city of Lynchburg. It’s been an embarrassment to Liberty University ever since we started; that was one of the reasons Liberty’s original name was changed from Lynchburg Baptist College to Liberty Baptist College in 1976.”  Huh???

Libertyville? Nah!




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