One of the dumbest words in our culture is "normal." The word always sounds as though that which, or those who are other-than-normal are abnormal. And abnormal has always come with an underlying meaning of "strange."
25 January 2014
22 January 2014
"I can't begin to thank you how special you made me feel on [daughter's] wedding day and on our 35th Wedding Anniversary Day all dressed up in the beautiful outfits you adorned me in on both momentous occasions. I'm so happy we've been able to share so many significant milestones in our lives with you both! I truly hope your daughter will now be able to enjoy these lovely outfits and show them off on many grand occasions. If not, I'm sure there are many exemplary charitable organizations like we talked about who would welcome the opportunity to auction them for a wonderful cause having been worn only once by the First Lady of Virginia to her daughter's Wedding at the Executive Mansion and celebrating her 35th Wedding Anniversary with the Governor. Actually, if that happens I think I'll be there to bid on them myself! Please know that we cherish our friendship with you and look forward to many more wonderful memories together ahead! XOXO! Maureen McDonnell"
11 January 2014
UPDATE: 02/19/14New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's bridge scandal refuses to go away because there has been no satisfying explanation as to the intent behind the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, which links New Jersey with Manhattan by way of Fort Lee.
19 December 2013
On Netflix at the end of January will be the six-years-in-the-making documentary, "MITT." Yes, Netflix. And yes, Governor and former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
14 November 2013
The latest news reports say that the death toll from Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan now surpasses the 5,000 mark. Thankfully, international relief efforts are beginning to make long awaited impact. Please take a moment and donate to Red Cross typhoon relief efforts today.
Now, about the storm...
07 November 2013
01 October 2013
29 September 2013
The House Republicans, mis-guided by the Tea Party's enduring hatred for President Obama and the country, are serious about pushing America over a cliff with the first Government shutdown since 1995. Remember 1995? It was the last time a popular Democrat was trying to run the country. The Republicans had a national temper tantrum back then too.
13 June 2013
03 May 2013
UPDATED: 06/25/13Currently and well underway in Paris is the Eiffel Tower restoration/renovation project. It is just one of a number of projects in a city-in-renewal.
18 February 2013
27 January 2013
Here are a few pictures from a recent visit to post-inaugural Pennsylvania Avenue. In memory of DC's recent deep freeze [which will soon thankfully abate], images are presented here in a 'frigid winter' style. Check out all photos after the jump.
26 December 2012
This year's "Best News Photo" goes to basically any photo depicting the tragic Costa Concordia capsizing, which occurred early in 2012... and began a year of stupid.
24 November 2012
Random, stunning civil rights street art spotted in NW DC.
If 2008 was the beginning... then the 2012 victory means Act Two may now begin. Let's get this done.
26 October 2012
25 September 2012
"Virginia is one of 16 states that have a history of discrimination
and must receive federal approval before changing voting laws.* The states must prove to the federal government that the new statutes would not discriminate against minorities. If McDonnell signs the legislation, the Justice Department will have 60 days to review it. Xochitl Hinojosa, an agency spokeswoman, declined to comment." (SOURCE)
22 September 2012
"He resorted to his own, flashy crowd-pleasing steps!"
In what appears to be playing out like the “there are no new steps” scene in Strictly Ballroom, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy today reaffirmed his company's policy:
21 September 2012
"Okay, explain this to me like I'm a two year old... and try to do it like you are not."
18 September 2012
I am following a simple plan when it comes to those topless pictures of Kate Middleton, aka Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge… I am not going to look at them.
11 September 2012
"A new tower rises above the New York skyline, Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama Bin Laden is dead." – President Barack Obama, DNC Acceptance Speech 2012
To mark the anniversary of the attacks, I've uploaded some current pictures (09/02/12) from the tower and the surrounding World Trade Center area after the jump...
08 September 2012
Still "Crazy" for Patsy Cline.
On the occasion of what would have been Patsy Cline's 80th birthday and the just-opened mega-exhibit Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You (through June 10, 2013), at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame, I thought I'd turn the tables and, since Ellis Nassour is the internationally recognized go-to guy for all things Patsy, interview him about the legendary country and pop singer.
Nassour is the best selling author of Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline.
06 September 2012
As we await President Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention tonight in North Carolina, it's worth reading President Truman's 1948 version, in its entirety, below.
01 September 2012
30 August 2012
29 July 2012
"Despite the campaign positioning, on the most fundamental international issues, the president and his challenger generally share the same goals, even if they would get there in different ways."
That's from a rather stunning piece in the New York Times called, "Romney and Obama Strain to Show Gap on Foreign Policy" by Peter Baker (07/28/12).