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We interrupt this abuse of the First Amendment to bring you this abuse of the Second. #MourningInAmerica       ##

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Citizen, Censored

....were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. In 1787 Thomas Jefferson summarized the essential nature of a free press to ensuring democratic governance with the following lines, written from Paris where he … Continue reading Citizen, Censored

A Gift at Navratri

Navratri celebrates female energy and the conquest of good over evil. Appropriately, this year's nine nights marking Goddess Durga's battles against the buffalo demon Mahishasuran arrived in concert with the power of India's #MeToo movement. Accusations of sexual assault and harassment by men against women first took aim at prominent figures in the Indian film … Continue reading A Gift at Navratri

Rhymes with Fake Gnus

1.       Fake shoes. Also called flip-flops. 2.       Fake brews. Non-alcoholic beer. Avoid at all cost. 3.       Fake dues. No payment required. 4.       Fake flues. Actually, you feel quite good but call in sick. 5.       Fake ruse. This is the same thing as telling the truth. 6.       Fake rues. Actually, you don’t care. 7.       Fake poos. Better smelling than the real thing. 8.       Fake … Continue reading Rhymes with Fake Gnus

Eddie Eagle vs Joe Camel

I was perusing NRATV---yes, the NRA broadcasts 24 hours a day!---to choose my favorite 'freedom and firearm-related programming' for the afternoon. Did I want to hear Dan Bongino crack the code and expose 'the real agenda' behind March for Our Lives? Or would I rather get to know why Dana Loesch* thinks, in her simpleton's binary, … Continue reading Eddie Eagle vs Joe Camel

National School Walkout

This requires very little comment on my part other than to say: The school system I fund through my taxes has expressed itself exactly as it should, and exactly as I would have done, if it were my call to make. This letter appears verbatim, bolded lines reflecting my emphasis. Well done, FCPS. FCPS does … Continue reading National School Walkout

Dear Pepe,

The ugliness caught up with you. Charlottesville rebuked your kind in August. This week, the entire Commonwealth did. I'm not one to gloat, Pepe. I like democracy. I like the free flow of ideas and the First Amendment. I even like torches --- especially when carried before the White House to celebrate suffrage for African … Continue reading Dear Pepe,

Don’t Tread on Me

Yesterday several dozen white supremacists made national headlines for gathering in Charlottesville around the statue of secessionist leader Robert E. Lee. Local television footage shows the group chanting, among other things: Russia is our friend. Not a peep from the White House. The next day, professional football players took a knee during the National Anthem … Continue reading Don’t Tread on Me

Supporting the Women’s March on Washington

I may not be marching, but I refuse to be silent. The cause is just and the timing right. I will be counted among the marchers by rolling up my sleeves at home. A list of ways you can do the same: 1. Make the signs. 2. Airport/train/bus pickup for out-of-towners. 3. Pack their lunch … Continue reading Supporting the Women’s March on Washington