Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tribute for Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot held in Longmeadow, Mass.

The community of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, turned out Saturday to honor one of their own. Lt. Colonel Morris Fontenot, 41, was killed Wednesday morning when his F-15C Eagle slammed into a mountainside in western Augusta County, Virginia. He had reported an emergency situation five minutes before the crash.

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Photos: Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park

Skyland Resort stands at the highest point along the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. While up there last week, I took photos of the resort's buildings and views, and included a bit of history about this beautiful escape from the city. Read more at Skyland Resort ... Shenandoah National Park.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

50 Team Cantor walkers join Autism Society's 5K

In the middle of a sea of red "Team Cantor" tee-shirts was the congressman himself walking to support families who are close to him including Harry Talley, 11, who raised $425. Read more at

Augusta County supervisors discuss future of courthouse

Should Augusta County build a new courthouse in Verona, or should they renovate the historic building in Staunton? There was quite a discussion from supervisors at Tuesday's work session. Read Augusta County supervisors discuss future of courthouse at

20 made-up lies about Eric Cantor ... and the truth

The rumors and lies about Congressman Eric Cantor continue from Brat supporters. It's time to set the record straight. See 20 made-up lies about Eric Cantor ... and the truth at

25 years later ... remembering the Tiananmen Square massacre

Has it really been 25 years since the uprising in Tiananmen Square that resulted in the massacre of hundreds? Those of us who are older remember the young man who defiantly stood up to Chinese tanks (see 25 years later ... remembering the Tiananmen Square massacre).

Virginia: Emmett Hanger proposes compromise on Medicaid expansion

There may be a light at the end of the Medicaid expansion tunnel with today's press release and proposals from state Senator Emmett Hanger (R-Mt. Solon). With the state budget deadline looming, legislators are feeling pressure to do something about the stand-off between the Senate, House, and Governor Terry McAuliffe. (See Virginia: Emmett Hanger proposes compromise on Medicaid expansion.)

Perspective ... a teen's final days, a family's courage journey

In the midst of political sniping, a story like this puts life in perspective. Read about Kennedy's journey into the final days of her life (see Perspective ... a teen's final days, a family's courage journey).

'I support Eric Cantor'

Brian Kirwin lays it on the line with his support of Congressman Eric Cantor. Read his guest post at (see I support Eric Cantor).

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Earthquake confirmed in Powhatan, Virginia

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is confirming a 3.2 earthquake Wednesday evening in Powhatan County located outside Richmond. The quake was centered near the Powhatan-Amelia county line around 10:00 p.m. This is breaking news. Stay tuned for additional details.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Courtesy on the internet

We don't have to agree on an issue but I expect a civil discussion on my Facebook Wall and blog comments, not personal attacks and name-calling. Read my post, Courtesy on the internet, on

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flash flood watch for Shenandoah Valley

Grab your umbrella! More details at

Cantor challenger Brat stands up Grover Norquist

Dave Brat was a no-show on Wednesday for a round of planned meetings in D.C. The Washington Post wrote, "... as much as Brat may dream of defeating Cantor, the man widely seen as the likely next speaker of the House is well-organized, well-funded and more plugged in than most Republicans. To beat him, you probably need to show up." Read more details at

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Burgers with Bill … Bolling and Romney together again

For the 20th year,  former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling will have Burgers with Bill. Check out all the details at

Will tea party glee be short-lived?

Anything can happen at political conventions. That was evident in the 2013 Virginia Republican State Convention with the candidates that were elected to represent the GOP on November’s ballot.  It was again proven at Saturday’s 7th Congressional District Convention when backers of Fred Gruber, head of the Louisa County tea party, turned out to vote for him as chairman over long-time Republican volunteer and incumbent Linwood Cobb. (continue reading at

Monday, May 12, 2014

Republican Hunger Games

The latest political cartoon from Kurt Michael is at

Tea party: Why the take-over of GOP and not Democratic party?

By Lynn R. Mitchell
Something has been gnawing at me for a while and others have vocalized it, too. Several years ago while I was still a member of the 6th Congressional District committee, a tea partier from Harrisonburg....  (continue reading at

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tea party win in 7th Congressional District doesn't bode well for Republicans

Guest poster Daniel Cortez has thoughts on Saturday's 7th Congressional District convention and where it puts Virginia Republicans. Check it out at