• Nuke-Hungry Madmen? Naaah. Lead with the Cheating Politician.Policy

    This post is for the news editors of ABC, NBC, and CBS, all of whom lead the evening’s “news” broadcast with Gov. Sanford’s infidelity, instead of the apparent Tiananmen-style killing that is happening in Iran right now. Please, oh please, editors, spare us any lectures on why you are better because you are professionals. You […]

  • Waxman-Markey: a colossal mistake for Virginia and beyondPolicy

    Higher fuel prices. Advantages to foreign energy producers. Price discrimination amongst energy producers. A lower gross domestic product. Everything a conservative should hate about government intervention in an industry is exhibited in the Waxman-Markey energy bill that is up for debate and vote later this week in Congress. The reality is that once again the […]

  • Well-funded gubernatorial campaignsPolitics

    Joe Abbey, Creigh Deeds’ campaign manager, issued a statement today, imploring donors to give another $100K to the Deeds campaign by Jun. 30. Using the same old tired rhetoric about McDonnell’s “extreme social and economic agenda” (you mean the one that wants to create jobs, stimulate the economy, and keep taxes low?), Abbey also lays […]

  • Whining NY Democrats lock Senate doorsPolicy

    New York Senate Democrats, unhappy to suddenly be out of power, entered the Senate chamber and locked out the Republicans.(NY Times) Aren’t Democrats sweet, positive, bipartisan and everything nice? “they refuse to enter into an operating agreement,” Senator Eric T. Schneiderman, a Democrat How’s this for an operating agreement. Stop whining and deal with the […]

  • Are Norfolk’s schools that great?Catch-All

    Or is it time to consider the Norfolk School Board something other that playthings of the City Council by electing the School Board. In Norfolk, the School Board is appointed, which means if you do anything that ruffles a Council member, you’re out. Norfolk School Board member Billy Cook is an Army officer who was […]

  • So, what does it mean to be conservative anyway?Policy

    As we go forward with the debate between who should be the next governor and who should have control of the House of Delegates, I thought it might be constructive to look at the words of Edmund Burke, arguably the savior of conservatism in the late 18th century, as Europe was embroiled in revolutionary fervor.

  • Health care and pollsPolicy

    Vivian Paige asks a good question. With polls showing 72% support for Government-run health care currently, why aren’t they pushing it yet? “With the country firmly behind it, what is the hold up?” she asks. Maybe it’s these answers to poll questions. “Government should be responsible for providing medical care for people who are unable […]

  • Embracing IranPolitics

    Since the 1979 Revolution that toppled the US-backed Shah of Iran and installed the Ayatollah Khomeini as that nation’s supreme leader, relations between our two nations have ranged somewhere between frosty and non-existent. However, over the course the past week developments in Iran have yielded a remarkable reaction here in the United States: an unmistakable […]

  • Crap and PaidPolicyPolitics

    Virginia taxpayers have paid Northrup Grumman and Motorola billions of dollars for a medical database that was recently hacked into and a non-existent communication system for our police officers. In addition to the low-quality and lack of delivery, the contracts are millions of dollars over-budget. Jeff Schapiro of the Times Dispatch correctly points out that […]

  • Norm pushing education; Josh talks primary costsCatch-All

    Norm Leahy is asking a lot of “ifs” of Bob McDonnell lately. First, when it comes to SOL reform… “If, truly, Bob McDonnell wants to make education reform a signature issue of this campaign, he could do far worse than exposing the SOLs for what they really are: expensive charades that tell us only how […]