Get Nautical at Blackwall Hitch’s Happy Hour

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Check out my review of Blackwall Hitch up at A Taste of Patriarchy!

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Ahoy, foodies and culinary connoisseurs!

Looking for a spiffy new restaurant to try out here in the nation’s capital–especially one that won’t break the bank? Check out the newly-opened Blackwall Hitch situated in Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront.

Blackwall Hitch opened its Alexandria, VA location last month in the vacated Torpedo Factory Food Pavilion. It’s an offshoot of the original Annapolis, MD restaurant. Here’s more about the concept behind Blackwall Hitch: 

In 1862 the shipping industry was strong in London’s Blackwall Port and ships were in and out in quick order. Many families left their farms and machine posts to engage in an adventure that would not only change their world, but the world we enjoy today. The ships set sail and docked at the sandy coasts of Maryland and Virginia and other parts of the Eastern Seaboard. The strong hooks attached to the docks were the only connection the…

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NOVA Firearms Won’t Open Arlington Shop Due to Bullying From Anti-Gunners

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News broke yesterday that McLean-based NOVA Firearms, which was slated to open its second shop in Arlington next month, canceled plans altogether following harassment from Michael Bloomberg and other anti-gun activists. I wrote about the gun shop back in May and supported their efforts to open the Arlington shop.

James “JB” Gates of NOVA Firearms emailed me the following update regarding this development:

As of July 20, 2015, Nova Firearms has canceled its plans to open an additional location in Arlington, Virginia. We wish to thank our many friends, customers, and supporters who have stood by us during our recent attempt to expand our business. We now plan to explore better opportunities in the area to expand our business so that we can continue to serve our customers, including those in Arlington.

For the record, our interest in Arlington began only when a representative of the Arlington landlord asked us to consider leasing the space in question. We invited the landlord to our current location in nearby McLean, Virginia so we could get acquainted. We’ll never forget his words of encouragement and toleration to us while standing in our gun shop: “I don’t tell the florist what kind of flowers to sell, and I won’t let them tell you how to run your business.” Thus we signed a lease for the explicit purpose of selling firearms. Later the landlord complemented our work to prepare the space for our business.

When news of our planned location in Arlington became public, there were some local critics; however they enjoyed outsized influence when anti-civil rights campaigns backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg picked up their cause.

Make no mistake, whether it is billionaire Michael Bloomberg or a few local critics, an attack on a gun dealer like ourselves is an attack on the Second Amendment. Those who wish to ban gun shops also wish to ban private ownership of firearms. When the opponents of gun ownership fail at the ballot box, they resort to social pressure and interference with the private business of others.

Nova Firearms will continue to grow, and we will continue to serve residents of Arlington and beyond. To our friends across America, take note of our location. We are on the front lines of the Second Amendment, along the banks of the Potomac River across from Washington, DC. Just as free speech is the great bulwark of liberty, so shall Nova Firearms serve as the foxhole of the Second Amendment in the backyard of the nation’s capital. offered more context behind this:

The gun store had leased a space at 2105 N. Pollard Street, causing outcry from members of the community. However, the store’s would-be landlord said today that he has reached an agreement with NOVA Firearms to cancel the lease.

The debate over the gun store heated quickly with County Board candidates speaking out against it and the National Rifle Association coming out in support. Petitions were launched for and against the store, accumulating thousands of signatures. Conservative media outlets ran articles in support of James Gates, the Marine Corps veteran who co-owns the store, drawing national attention.

Community members — and owners of businesses in and around the small shopping center the gun store was to open — took their concerns directly to landlord Kostas Kapasouris.

Kapasouris was open to those concerns, said Bill Hamrock, the co-owner of Bistro 29, which would have been across the street from the gun store. (The restaurant is co-owned by Kapasouris.)

This is truly a sad state of affairs. Small business – especially of the firearm variety – bolsters local economies. Why should a gun shop be treated differently than other small businesses? They also pay taxes, shift through paperwork, employ people, and pump money back into the economy. Targeting gun stores has morphed into harassment and must be quashed.  No gun store should fear retribution for existing and promoting true gun safety.

Let’s offer NOVA Firearms are continued support and hope that they open sister shops elsewhere in the Northern Virginia area.

Dear Governor McAuliffe: Allow Virginia’s Servicemen and Women to Carry Firearms

Dear Governor of Virginia​ Terry McAuliffe:

In wake of the Chattanooga, TN terrorist attack, it’s incumbent upon you and others down in Richmond to ensure the safety of our servicemen and women here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Six states have already taken steps to arm their National Guard as a start. Will you join them or continue to be beholden to partisan politics? They make countless sacrifice to protect us here and aboard. Why not afford them the right to carry firearms at military bases and similar installations here in our state?

I understand you are busy hosting cocktail parties in the Governor’s Mansion, luring in shoddy businesses to our state, trying to dismantle good reforms put in place by your predecessor, and laying the groundwork for Hillary Clinton–but if you want to make a positive impact as governor, though most of us doubt you will, you should allow our military to protect themselves. You’re THE Governor of Virginia–you’re accountable to more than 8.3 million people. Want to actually do something positive for the Commonwealth? Don’t be an ideologue.

We are one of the most military-friendly states in the United States. Our state boasts 27 military bases and dozens of recruitment centers. Millions of veterans also reside here. Why should servicemen and women be defenseless against attack? Hell, we send them abroad to fight with guns and yet, they aren’t afforded the right to protect themselves here at home. Do you want Virginians to feel safe or insecure?

I doubt you’ll read this given how selective you are in putting your support to good causes, but now more than ever these gun-free zones need to be done away with. Not another life – military or civilian- as a result of these dangerous policies.
Do something right for once; let servicemen and women arm themselves here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


A concerned resident of Virginia

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Mangia Bene: Dine at Carluccio’s in Old Town Alexandria

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Strolling down historic King Street in Old Town Alexandria, you’ll not only find yourself temporarily whisked away to Europe, but will also stumble upon a wonderful Italian restaurant named Carluccio’s. Located in an Italianate-style building with a Milanese-modern fusion interior that’s close to the Potomac River, this restaurant features delicious authentic Italian cuisine that will make you feel as if you took a trip to Italy without the expensive airfare.

Carluccio’s was founded by Antonio Carluccio, the “Godfather of Italian cooking” who is a TV personality, well-renowned European cook, and award-winning writer. He has made it his life-long mission to spread the authentic tastes of Italy around the world through his restaurant. For his culinary contributions, he received prestigious honors from the President of Italy and Queen Elizabeth II. The Old Town Alexandria location is the first U.S. location of the restaurant chain, which has over 100 locations worldwide. We approve of his mission…

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New Counter Cultured Article: Let Military Carry Guns

I’ve penned a new article up at Counter Cultured today about the need to abolish gun-free zones domestically–especially those found in military bases and outposts.

Below is an excerpt:

First and foremost, we at Counter Cultured extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the four Marines and sailor who were killed in Chattanooga, TN last week in an apparent terrorist attack. It’s unconscionable that this transpired here in the U.S.  Rest in peace.

In wake of this terrorist attack, six states – Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Indiana – plan to immediately arm their National Guardsmen. This move should be applauded.

The question beckons: How many more people have to die before anti-gunners and government bureaucrats realize their failed policies put people in harm’s way? Our servicemen and women shouldn’t be deprived of their right to keep and bear arms at outposts any longer. Gun-free zones – especially those found at military outposts – should be abolished.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Angling Right: Saltwater Fishing in Solomons Island


Beautiful view of Solomons Island

Happy Fishing Friday, everyone! It’s been a while since I last posted anything “Angling Right” related,  so I’ll remedy that today.

Last Sunday, my dad and I ventured out to the Chesapeake Bay to fish at Solomons Island, MD. Solomons is marked by the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay–making it a unique fishing spot. To put it simply, it’s a hybrid of saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing without the turbulence you normally find in deep sea fishing. (Both saltwater and freshwater fishing are enjoyable!)

My dad and I decided on Bunky’s Charter Boats for our first Chesapeake Bay fishing experience. Affordability, high return on investment, and proximity  to our home were factored into our decision. And we were pleased with the results!

Bunky’s has decent options for their Head Boat bottom fishing trips. From Thursday to Monday, anglers can choose to fish from either 7am-2pm or 3pm-8pm half-day trips. The cost is $45/per person. Bait and rod are excluded from the price. ($5.00 rod rental is available.)

Below is a view where the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay converge:

Where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay

Where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay

I’m pictured below with our final catch:


I caught 11 spot fish, while my dad caught 14 fish.

Here’s a closer look at our final catch. Each spot fish averages 7″-9″ a piece, which wasn’t too shabby.


Our final catch: 25 fish. Not too shabby for our first Chesapeake fishing experience!

If you plan to fish with Bunky’s Charter Boats, take the following into consideration:

1) Get a good night’s rest and arrive early: My dad and I woke up at the ungodly hour of 4am to make the 7am trip. While this was inconvenient, in retrospect, sacrificing sleep proved fruitful for us. Whether you prefer early morning fishing or afternoon fishing, make sure to arrive early as this place operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2) Take Dramamine if you’re prone to sea-sickness: As I’ve written before, take any precautions prior to fishing to ensure the best fishing experience. Though the Chesapeake is fairly tame, the boat will occasionally rock back and forth–adversely affecting buoyancy by triggering motion sickness. Always come prepared!

3) Pack light food and drinks: It’s essential to eat before and during any fishing excursion. Pack light food and refreshments. I prefer to eat fruits (apples), vegetables (cucumbers), beef jerky, and sandwiches, while coupling it with plenty of water, sip by sip. Normally alcohol is forbidden aboard most charters, but some people brought their own. Use discretion if you wish to consume alcohol.

4) Use blood worms as bait to maximize catch rate: This bait produced the most results for us. Spot fish ate them up like crazy! They are available for purchase from the tackle shop. I recommend cutting them into quarter pieces to better utilize them and not waste money on bait.

5) Wear sunscreen: Summer is in full swing, so the sun is quite powerful. Wear sunscreen to prevent any unnecessary sunburns or to get a nice farmer’s tan. It’s up to you!

6) Don’t go fishing by yourself: I prefer to not fish alone, and neither should you! I always go with my dad because he taught me everything I know about fishing. Bring a friend, companion, family member, or significant other!

To learn more about Bunky’s Charter Boats, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Stay tuned for another “Angling Right” post soon!

New Counter Cultured Article: Free Market Should Punish Planned Parenthood

I’ve penned a new article up at Counter Cultured today. Below is an excerpt:

A new investigative video from the Center for Medical Progress has implicated Planned Parenthood for selling dismembered baby organs.

The video features prominent abortionist Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who serves as the national senior director of “medical services” at Planned Parenthood. She gloats about the “demand” for fetal livers, “intact hearts,” and lower extremities. (How sick and twisted is that?) Below is the video. Warning-be prepared to be disgusted:

Given Planned Parenthood’s bloody track record, it’s imperative to strip this big government entity of federal funding and watch them fail in the free market.

Planned Parenthood is notorious for its anti-life policies that are borderline eugenics. The organization, which bills itself as a “pro-woman” family planning entity, receives billions in taxpayer money to perform abortions. A March 2015 report from the Government Accountability Office revealed that Planned Parenthood received $1.5 billion in taxpayer money for the 2010-2012 period:

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Also linked at Right Wing News.