Political Calculus and Secularism

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, August 29, 2021.  As the nation’s population dynamics continue to reorganize electoral maps, other social forces shift and shape to affect political outcomes. By Ryan Burge There’s no more politically unified religious… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

VA POLICE RANK-AND-FILE SUPPORT BAN ON TICKET QUOTAS The Virginia Police Benevolent Association is working with state lawmakers to draft legislation banning ticket-writing quotas for law enforcement agencies across the state. Virginia State Police, which the PBA says uses the… Read More ›

Passive Aggressive Politics

As thousands more of the country’s residents succumb to the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, anti-vaccine resistance seems to harden or is bolstered with every specious counter-argument, especially by elected officials, and then mostly conservative Republicans. It’s almost as… Read More ›

Gerry’s Salamander

It’s been more than 200 years since the first sighting of the salamander in Massachusetts in 1812, foisted upon the public by Elbridge Gerry. Over those two centuries, the creature has consumed or created countless millions of useless votes by… Read More ›

Wei-Chi (Advance and Retreat)

By Frank Blechman Last week, the Virginia Supreme Court cleared the legal path for the Commonwealth to remove the last remaining Confederate statue (General Lee) on Richmond’s Monument Avenue. Also last week, US forces officially withdrew from Afghanistan. It is… Read More ›

Where Are They Today?

HENRY (HEINZ) ALFRED KISSINGER Born in Germany in 1923, Henry Kissinger had a legendary career as a politician, diplomat, and geopolitical consultant. He received his PhD from Harvard, writing on  the diplomacy of post-Napoleonic Europe, which became the foundation of… Read More ›


An innocuous phrase in the Constitution (Art. I, Sec. 2) propels one of the most crucial aspects of the nation’s political dynamics. “The actual enumeration [of persons] shall be made…within every subsequent term of ten years, in such manner as… Read More ›

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 ›

“Talib”: Scholar or Fighter?

By Frank Blechman With the military success of the Taliban, the Islamic political movement now ruling Afghanistan, many Americans are wondering, “Who are these people?” “What do they want?” “What does this mean?” Americans asking these questions are not just… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

CALIFORNIA The Golden State is threatened with a bacon drought in addition to its other water resource problems. Turkey bacon (turkon) is likely to experience a boon along with a price increase for orders of rashers, pancetta, gammon, and other… Read More ›