Issues

Baseball Benches Virginia Nut

Editors’ Note: Inspired by The New York Times, June 23, 2020. Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks . . . well, it won’t be possible to buy peanuts this year or Crackerjacks, or hot dogs at the ball park. And… Read More ›

Upon Being a Ass, a Idiot

Published in 1838 by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist features Mr. Bumble, who is told by a court that it is presumed that his wife acted under his direction. Bumble replies “if the law supposes that, the law is a ass,… Read More ›

Tulsa: P45’s Pivot on Date Flunks

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, June 18, 2020. By Paul Krugman When Trump campaign officials scheduled a rally in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19, they sent what looked like a signal of approval to white supremacists. For… Read More ›

Virginia’s Protest Sites

The protests across the nation in response to the deaths of Black Americans in questionable circumstances have occurred spontaneously and in remarkable sizes and geographic distribution. And all of them in just a few weeks since the murder of George… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

“WONDERING IF AUNT JEMIMA WILL CHANGE TO UNCLE TOM’S?” Loudoun County Treasurer Roger Zurn last Wednesday quickly posted then deleted the social media post quoted above, responding to the news that the Quaker Oats Company will revamp its image on… Read More ›

Signs of a Political Pandemic

Viral pandemics are initiated by one or a few infected carriers entering an area. Some are impossible to detect, and others appear to sprout in more than one place at a time. While there are no epidemiological studies or data… Read More ›

Being Numb, 2020

By Frank Blechman You may be familiar with an old vaudeville sketch in which a man is walking down a road when he sees another man hitting himself in the head with a hammer.  The first man approaches the second,… Read More ›

Loving Pocahontas Day Redux

Editors’ Note: Republished from June 8, 2018. In light of recent events and in relation to June 12, 1967, the date of a Supreme Court opinion striking down Virginia’s Jim Crow anti-miscegenation law, we re-present. June 19th witnesses  the 99th… Read More ›