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Beer Talk

The beer talk at your local watering hole often involves a type of intellectual, lubricated theorizing that, upon examination, fails to persuade. But it may be entertaining. Sometimes the practicalities of life foretell the fate of such theories, seemingly secure… Read More ›

Throw Da Bums Out

Voters in Northern Virginia are having their choices for elective office challenged by several recall efforts involving school board and county attorney/prosecutor officials. Not surprisingly, the recalls have strong under- and overtones of politics, the type being nurtured as stalking… Read More ›

Pure Pusillanimous Petulance

FILQUORA is the acronym for Fugitive Interstate Legislator Quorum Recovery Act, the brainchild of leading national and state GOP officials to stem the outbreak of a potential¬† virulent effort by Democrats to frustrate legislative processes and governance. House Minority Leader… Read More ›

The Kraken Lawyers

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, July 15, 2021. Not a few Americans have been questioning the apparent ethical lapses by the attorneys who filed legal briefs and motions in the 2020 election challenges. Their conduct continues to… Read More ›

Myth, Fact, Ideology

With the exception of some diehard fans of conspiracy theories and QAnon addicts, there are few, if any, celebrations of the cacophony (perhaps magacophony is better) that presently envelops our civil discourse. Especially since the advent of universally available social… Read More ›

Uncharitable SCOTUS

Sir Thomas Browne (d. 1682) is acknowledged to be the first to coin the expression into print form in 1642: Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it… Read More ›

Proportionality Matters

The 2020 election drew 155 million voters to the polls. On January 6, 2021, a violent mob of hundreds or more sought to nullify those votes by assaulting the Capitol Building where the Electoral College count was being conducted. One… Read More ›

Words Matter–Even For You, Rudy

Editors’ Note: Reposted from the New York Daily News, June 25, 2021. Many observers have been wondering about the antics of attorneys advocating bizarre election theories and the ethics of practicing law. This opinion catches the idea. Words have consequences,… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

REPARATIONS A REALITY IN VIRGINIA¬† Discussed widely as an idea, the first reparations checks have now been issued, by Virginia Theological Seminary to descendants of Blacks, some enslaved, who worked on the campus during the eras of slavery, Reconstruction, and… Read More ›