RULE OF LAW

Getting Past the Pain

By Frank Blechman “Gentlemen may cry ‘peace, peace’ but there is no peace.…” –Patrick Henry, Second Virginia Convention, St. John’s Church, Richmond, March 23, 1775 Patrick Henry was known for his powerful oratory more than for his effective leadership. The… Read More ›

Dreamkillers

Some have wondered if Lobby Day would be canceled or changed due to the events at the US Capitol back on January 6. The answer is no. Lobby Day is on track for this Monday, January 18. Lobby Day in… Read More ›

An Old Dominion Memory Box

The march and rally to “Unite the Right” occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. One individual – Heather Heyer – was killed when a march participant drove his car into a crowd. In the evening of the march, tiki-torch-bearing… Read More ›

Hypocrisy Collapses GOP

As this article was being written for publication two days prior to the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., the House of Representatives on January 13 voted a second impeachment of the incumbent president. Just one month earlier, 18 GOP… Read More ›

The Separatists Among Us

Up to the presidential election in 2016, this democratic nation appeared capable of sustaining what has often been sharp, energetic political divides. Increasingly, however, that division, those divides, have morphed into separatism not unlike that of the secession of states… Read More ›

THE DISHONOR ROLL

On January 6, 2021, and into the early morning of the next day, members of Congress voted to affirm the Electoral College results from all US jurisdictions. A band of 147 Republican members of Congress voted to overturn Electoral College… Read More ›

Briefly Noted

VA CAVE MEN, CIRCA 2021 As thefts go, this one is really different. Two Shenandoah Valley men have been charged with breaking into Endless Caverns, just south of New Market, and stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of speleothems–rock formations. The… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

BLACK DEFENDANT + PORTRAITS OF WHITE JUDGES = UNFAIR TRIAL First Louisa, now Fairfax. As reported by VoxFairfax on September 21, 2020 (The Shot Heard Round the Old Dominion, https://wp.me/p9wDCF-1Mf), a Louisa County circuit judge ruled on a motion by attorneys… Read More ›

I Hear Ya Knockin’

This month, Virginia became one of three states to ban “no knock” warrants. Thirteen states have legislated in favor of this police power while the remainder deem such searches permissible with court approval. The procedure has had a troubled history,… Read More ›