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The day the world changed

The notion of independence had been discussed in the Continental Congress for months.  While there had been no official debate, the topic was always just below the surface and there were opinions on both sides.  Many in Congress, like much of the population, still considered themselves English.  They felt that what they were doing in organizing a Congress and then raising an Army was simply to protect their rights as Englishman.  

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Scotland’s annual State Fair — a real treat

In an 1867 edition of the Scotsman Newspaper, an Edinburgh newspaper that still publishes a daily edition, there is an article titled “Our Visitors.”  It mentions the unusual number of people from the Scottish countryside that were visiting Edinburgh.  Their dress, manner, and demeanor, seemed a bit out of step with the more cosmopolitan Scottish Capital and the reporter went on to note that they were in town for the Royal Highland Agricultural Show.  The Show had been an annual event since 1822 and brought together, much like a state fair does in the United States, almost every facet of Scottish Agriculture.  

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Are you ready for all the candidate TV spots?

It’s been suggested that during the remainder of the 2012 election cycle that we Virginians will watch more political ads on television than we ever have before.  That’s hardly something to look forward to, but TV ads, and their sheer quantity, in such a highly competitive election, are likely to be overwhelming. 

 Of course, we’ve had competitive elections before.  That’s nothing new.  But this year, we have the Presidential race, and both Romney and Obama consider Virginia a must win, and a Senate race, which is, arguably, even more competitive.  None of these campaigns will lack for money.  Indeed, campaign spending in the Commonwealth could well set a record with most of the battle, as it so often is, being fought on the airwaves.   

It’s not unreasonable to expect that by late October almost every advertisement will be a political ad.  That’s kind of a scary thought, and the notion of hoping that the ad break might include, just as a diversion from politics, a deodorant commercial or perhaps even an ad for an injury attorney, is just a bit disquieting.  

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For Obama is the vote on the economy already in?

During any campaign for the White House there is a staggering amount of money, time, and energy spent trying to find out what you and I are thinking and what we will do on Election Day. 

They all want to know what issue, worry, or loyalty is going to sway our decision. However, it can be argued, that election 2012 is over before it begins. Since 1924, and arguably, even before that, the state of the economy, gross domestic product, unemployment, and inflation, have been a near absolute determinant in the outcome of an election. 

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Down on the Farm

I can’t really say I have become a farmer.  That takes a special type of person, more acreage, and a lot more work.  All I have are a few acres, a barn, two horses, some pastures, and a garden.  However, even though a lot about my life still seems suburban, it’s also changed a lot too.  

One of my first observations of life in the country was how dark it was.  There are no streetlights nearby and only minimal lights from the neighbors.  It’s wonderful, but there is the occasional downside. One night, it was so dark, that I managed to walk into one of pasture fences.  But then, the magical part, I had forgotten what it was like to see the stars.  They aren’t quite the light show I remember at sea, or what you get out west, but for being so close to a metropolitan area the sky scape is amazing.  Now, with my telescope, I can actually see something.  

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The Passing of a Legacy

When I was growing up almost all of our Dads and indeed, some of our moms, were World War II veterans. Sure there were a few particularly young dads who missed the war, and a few more, who for various reasons didn’t serve in uniform, but without fail, the history and lore of the Second World War was a dominant part of the upbringing of my generation.

Whether it was stories from one of my Dad’s dear friends about flying B-17’s over Germany, or my father’s stories of the Pacific War, it was all a background to my growing up. And the same was true for millions of others in my generation.

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