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Lighting the fires

It truly is sad to realize that one of America’s two major political parties is on the verge of nominating a bigoted, loud-mouthed bankruptcy artist for president and all that GOP pooh-bahs can do about it is bleat like little sheep

A bloody mess

After a slickly seductive marketing campaign powered by the usual Hollywood magic and given juice by a promising conceptual mash-up, it turns out, alas, that “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is not a very good movie. (Or so say the critics). Darn. I haven’t seen the film and know little about its premise, except what I read somewhere in an online publication: Apparently our ex-president is refashioned as the Avenger of his time, a historical figure confronted with an evil of such magnitude — slavery — that the depravity of humankind couldn’t possibly explain its continued existence in the world. (In the novel upon which the movie is based, Jefferson Davis is a Quisling president who represents the public face of the Confederacy.). With mere men ruled out as perpetrators of this monstrous crime against humanity, Abe Lincoln uncovers the true culprits: vampires. Lots of vampires. Much mayhem ensues. I’m pretty sure this version of history will never be brought up at UDC meetings.

A train wreck at U.Va.

You know the Board of Visitors has stepped over the line when they are called out by the Honor Committee for violating the school’s code of conduct.

Gone walking

Alas, stickybun weather has finally taken hold in Southside Virginia now that Mother Nature has dragged the humidifier out of the basement. It’s such a contrast to last week, when the skies were blue, the clouds white, and the air as crisp as Satchmo’s trumpet. One night the family and I set out for a walk, and our destination turned out to be almost as glorious as the weather itself — a park two-and-a-half miles long, some 20 feet wide, and all fun.

Firefighting with squirt guns

Headline of the day: “More Young Americans Out of High School Are Also Out of Work” (New York Times, June 6). So begins the story: “For this generation of young people, the future looks bleak. Only one in six is working full time. Three out of five live with their parents or other relatives. A large majority — 73 percent — think they need more education to find a successful career, but only half of those say they will definitely enroll in the next few years.”

Not just another study

A reading list that consists of 700 pages of technical jargon, bureaucratic boilerplate and acronym on top of acronym — sounds like a blast, huh? For anyone looking to provide tangible support for Halifax County school trustees, here’s a suggestion: Spring for a coffee plantation.

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