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Is anyone out there?

Almost every human, staring up the stars, whether on the plains of central Africa 3,000 years ago or on my back porch in Stafford last night, has pondered the question, is there anyone else out there?  The numbers say there should be. Quoting the late Carl Sagan, our galaxy, the Milky Way, has “billions and billions of stars.” And until just a few years ago, we had no conclusive proof that were other planets.  But, now, thanks to some magnificent scientific wizardry, we do, and so far, have detected about 1,800 planets. A handful meet the basic criteria for supporting life. Given these numbers, it seems a statistical certainty that somewhere out there in the cosmos, there are civilizations.  Maybe millions of them.  But, still, until we know for sure, that’s conjecture.

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The Tea Party comes into its own

There isn’t much more to be said about Eric Cantor’s defeat earlier this week.

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Wittman gets a challenger

Like most Congressional districts in Virginia, the First District, where we live, isn’t drawn to be competitive; at least not usually. Thanks to some creative Gerrymandering, districts in the Commonwealth are drawn to all but guarantee the desired outcome. Only the eleventh district, which is north of us, can be considered competitive. As for the rest, they are designed to fall into one column or the other.

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D-Day was no sure thing

Seventy years ago, on the day before the Allied landings on the coast of France were to begin, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces, prepared a short statement to be read in the event the landings proved a failure. He wrote it out in pencil and began with the words, “Our landings in the Cherbourg have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold…” He closed by saying, “…if any blame is found to attach to this attempt, it is mine alone.”

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Playing Chicken with the State Budget

This is the scenario. The Government has shut down. The two houses of the legislative branch are at odds with one another and the lower house, the most partisan of the two, has all but come to blows with the executive.

Sound familiar?

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Finding out how Uncle Sam spends our money may get easier

The word transparency in government is used quite a bit by politicians and various watchdog groups. But, what exactly does it mean?  A good example was an experience I had a long time ago working for a Republican Senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo. I wanted to find out about a grant program for research on additional uses for wheat stalks. Idaho, in addition to its famous potatoes, grows a lot of wheat. I searched and I searched.

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