England expects every man will do his duty

On this day in 1805 one of the great naval commanders was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar. Admiral Horatio Nelson was mortally wounded and died but not before he received the news that his fleet had triumphed. It was one of the greatest sea battles in British history and gave birth to a legend. Off the coast of Spain’s […]

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Living in the Land of Vanity Plates

The Commonwealth has been called a lot of things. The Old Dominion and the Cradle of Presidents are just two. Our state tourism slogan is “Virginia is is for Lovers”. But our real name should be the Land of Vanity Plates. According to Wikipedia a┬ávanity plate or personalized plate is a special type of vehicle registration plate on an automobile […]

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Save your Dixie Cups the South will rise again

Imagine if you will a United States that divided into various regions because they no longer had a unifying set of principles to hold it together. Imagine too that certain regions would have a distinct advantage because of the commodities that they possess. Disclaimer: I’m a northerner by birth and until not quite 12 years ago lived my entire life […]

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I’ll see ya when I see ya

I recently watched Bill Crystal’s 700 Sundays movie. In it he talks about his father who Crystal figured he had 700 Sundays with before his death when Crystal was 15. Without his father’s guidance Crystal needed to navigate the rest of his life with only his mother’s support. Fortunately, his mother was a rock who despite being a widow at […]

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Global Warming has arrived in Central Virginia

Shocker: the global warming people were right all along. The temperature is rising after all. How could we have been so wrong? Yesterday the temperature was 68 degrees. Today it’s in the mid-90’s. Instant global warming. You say that you’re in Manhattan and the high is only going to be 58. How about Dallas? Only in the mid-70’s. San Francisco […]

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