The State of Virginia -- home of George Washington, Patrick Henry, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe -- was once an indispensable part of the American Republic.  Although the nation might have grown and flourished if Rhode Island or Georgia had not ratified the Constitution, there is little doubt that if Virginia had stayed separate from these United States -- recalling that Virginia then was also West Virginia, Kentucky and much of the frontier -- America might well have dissolved into several smaller nations.

The Federal Reserve cherishes its privacy and has fought tooth and nail to keep it. Nevertheless, its ability to shower greenbacks on favored corporations and foreign banks may soon be drawing to a close thank s to the 2010 elections.

oil wellMany conservatives holding their breath during the 2010 lame duck session were relieved that the progressives didn't pass as much damaging legislation as feared. Unfortunately, they celebrated too quickly. Just as everyone was settling down for Christmas, all those unaccountable Obama Czars were finally able to do what they were hired to do; implement regulations that Congress could never pass as legislation. These regulations are no longer just strangling our economy. They are destroying it.

gavelAn Akron, Ohio, woman was released from jail on Wednesday after serving 9 days of a 10-day sentence for enrolling her children in a neighboring school district. Kelley Williams-Bolar, 40, was convicted of two felony counts of tampering with records by providing false information on sworn registration forms, applications for free or reduced-price school lunches, and other forms she submitted to the Copley-Fairlawn School District, where she enrolled her two daughters. She was found guilty after a four-day jury trail and was sentenced to five years on each count, with all but 10 days suspended. Common Pleas Court Judge Patricia Cosgrove credited the defendant with one-day served for the day she was arrested and jailed on the felony charges in November of 2009. The judge also sentenced Williams-Bolar to two years probation and 80 days of community service.

Americans have reached yet another cultural milestone. Having absorbed tens of millions of illegal Mexican aliens, whose political leaders seek to detach the Southwest in their reconquista of what they believe to be stolen land, they now witness, as VDare.com reports, two murder trials for what are likely Islamic honor killings.