when i have some time on my hands, like on a weekend afternoon when the weather's not too severe, i like to head into some of the more historic -- if not hysterical -- avenues and byways of this historic commonwealth. virginia, mother of presidents, has slipped a long way since the glory days, unfortunately. now we've got kenny-boy cuccinelli, the darling of the gun-slinging, anti-obama, tea party revolutionaries, who doesn't seem to understand how the excesses of the past are the harbingers of sorrow in the future.
|Jefferson's state capitol building|
nevertheless, virginia today is a hotbed of religious fanaticism, whose footsoldiers are in open rebellion against the federal government -- in spite of the unseemly dependence of the state economy on federal largesse. yet while they decry federal laws they disagree with, they aren't nearly as dogmatic as to eschew the power of the state when it comes to forcing their morality on others (read, reproductive rights, subverting science education with religious dogma).
|Let's go to yonder whorehouse!|
|this statue was a gift from 'english gentlemen'|
|they fancy themselves eagles, but they're only pigeons|