by | Nov 8, 2019

Consider the clarinet. What an oddball musical instrument! It is not the mighty piano, whose range is from the most sublime romanticism — “Für Elise” — to the most shrewd and brilliant jazz riff, as in Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo…

by | Aug 4, 2019

On Corpus Christi Sunday, Monsignor Walter Rossi, head of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, had me tossed from its premises on a blatant lie: that a barring order filed with the police existed against me….

by | Jul 14, 2019

A Church insider approached me last year and asked if I knew about Monsignor Walter Rossi’s “hit-and-run” incident. In the mid-1980s, not long after his ordination to the priesthood in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and long before his rise to power as…

by | Jul 5, 2019

Go to the right Washington, D.C., neighborhood and a front yard is not just a front yard. It’s an opportunity to display your moral superiority and allegiance to social justice. “We Believe No Human is Illegal.” “Black Lives Matter.” “No…

by | May 9, 2017

Here I am at my small but bright and cheerful apartment at the Watergate. It’s a powerful set of waves that washed over me when I come here to D.C. Unlike almost any other pundit, I was actually born here….

by | Oct 17, 2016

While many in media lament the fact that Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has an occasional vulgar mouth, these shortsighted fifth columnists fail to consider the entire man. There is one aspect of his life that has been decidedly refined,…

by | Oct 12, 2016

For one brief, shining moment, erstwhile no-filter loon Howard Dean said something almost all Americans could agree with: Washington, D.C. is clueless. Here’s the excerpt, via the Yahoo! News Twitter account: “He knows nothing and doesn’t care about anything,” said…

by | Aug 31, 2016

Fans of the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire will no doubt recall the series’ many Prohibition-era scenes featuring high-level politicians rubbing elbows with bootleggers and openly imbibing in private, even as they assailed the purported societal dangers of the “devil’s brew”…

by | Jul 21, 2016

Nashville’s Brian Baker went down with class and honor yesterday at the Washington Open tournament, a clutch return of serve giving the match to Ivo Karlovic of Zagreb in a tie break and dashing the American’s hopes to take the…

by | Jul 18, 2016

Fifteen minutes into the match, with the score 5-0, you might be forgiven for thinking that at least you would not be sitting on a bleacher on a 90-degree day without any shade in sight for much longer. It was…

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