en Vladimir Vladimirovich in the quicksand pit <p> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;It&rsquo;s beginning to look like Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is biting off more than he can chew when it comes to foreign policy.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;It began three years ago when Russia launched a fast moving special forces operation that took control of Crimea so fast that it took control of Crimea with no resistance. Nobody saw it coming.<br /> Trump finds his military toys <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; During the presidential campaign, nothing was more sobering than the thought of Donald Trump with military power, especially, the power to start a war, even a nuclear war.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;When you combine his unpredictability with his thin-skinned temperament, well, you see the danger. But the &ldquo;angry whites&rdquo; who voted for him just didn&rsquo;t care about that, not as long as there were immigrants to chase out and coal mining jobs to restore.<br /> Tourism update, April 2017 <img src="" alt="Nicole Johnson" title="Nicole Johnson" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By Nicole S. Johnson</p> He is Risen! <p> John 19: 5-6<br /> 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, &ldquo;Here is the man!&rdquo;<br /> 6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, &ldquo;Crucify! Crucify!&rdquo; But Pilate answered, &ldquo;You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Luke 23:44-47<br /> 44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,<br /> The climate has changed many times <p> <br /> <br /> Trump debacle energizes Va. Democrats <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The multi-faceted circus that has taken up residence in the White House these days has had at least one positive effect: It&rsquo;s galvanized many of the 48 million people who cast ballots for vote-winner Hillary Clinton.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Even many of those who helped His Accidency sneak in through the Electoral College, by staying home or voting for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, now realize that the Trump regime represents a profound menace to much of what moderates, liberals and progressives hold dear in this country.<br /> Dealing with gangs <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Living in Bedford County can sometimes shield us a little from what many others deal with on a daily basis.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;And then we get a wake up call.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;That came this past week when a teenager&rsquo;s body from Lynchburg was found on Roaring Run Road. Authorities are calling the homicide of the teen the result of MS-13 gang-related activity involving several undocumented illegal aliens.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Folks got concerned.<br /> It’s been easy to roll us <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Some hostile foreign powers have found it easy to roll us in the past because of our general reluctance to get tough along with our often bi-polar approach to foreign policy. Take the Soviet Union and Fidel Castro&rsquo;s Cuba, for example.<br />