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

New Counter Cultured Article: Interview with Miss Virginia Rosemary Willis Ferrera

I recently interviewed my friend and former Miss Virginia 2012 Rosemary Willis Ferrera for Counter Cultured. Below is an excerpt from the interview:

Rosemary Willis Ferrera is someone right-minded Millennials should get to know. We’ve had the pleasure of making her acquaintance here in Northern Virginia and are happy to profile her!

Rosemary is perhaps best known for her involvement in the Miss America Organization (MAO) as Miss Virginia 2012. She currently works for Washington Free Beacon as their Outreach Director and maintains the fitness blog Soul Strong Fitness. Ferrera is a 2013 graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and is married to her college sweetheart, Ryan.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

New Counter Cultured Article: Go to Liberty Farm!

I’ve penned a new article up at Counter Cultured today. It’s about my recent visit to Liberty Farm in Paris, Virginia. Check it out!

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Liberty Farm in Paris, Virginia. Its owner is freedom farmer Martha Boneta, who’s a household name here in the Commonwealth.

Situated roughly 65 miles west of the nation’s capital, Liberty Farm is like a small slice of heaven marked by green pastures, clear blue skies, and a menagerie of cute farm animals that are rescued. When you think of the quintessential American farm, Liberty Farm definitely comes to mind.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

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Eat Farm-to-Table in Georgetown: Farmers Fishers Bakers

Gabriella Hoffman:

Check out my review of Farmers Fishers Bakers up at A Taste of Patriarchy today!

Originally posted on A Taste of Patriarchy:

Living in and around the nation’s capital has many perks–including a plethora of world-class dining establishments. Many restaurants here are heralded for their unique menus, specialty drinks, and quality service. (Check out Washingtonian’s 100 very best restaurants of 2015.)  One trend that’s become increasing popular here in the D.C. metro area is the farm-to-table movement, which emphasizes freshly grown or harvested products straight from local farms to restaurant tables (conservatives love fresh produce, too!). This can be especially seen at Farmers Fishers and Bakers in Georgetown.

Farmers Fishers and Bakers is a casual upscale restaurant that offers “an in-house bakery, sushi counter, full bar with 24 beer taps, and year-round patio with water views.” It’s also the sister restaurant of Founding Farmers, which boasts three locations in Washington, D.C., Tysons Corner, and Potomac/Rockville in Maryland. While Founding Farmers’ menu is largely influenced by land, Farmers Fishers and Bakers’…

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Eric Church Rocked the Verizon Center

Last night, my sister and I saw country music artist Eric Church perform at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., as part of a stop on his “The Outsiders World Tour.” It was his first time performing at the Verizon Center. And unsurprisingly, the show was sold out.

My sister got us these concert tickets as an early birthday present. (My birthday is next Monday; I’ll be turning 24.) Hands down, it was the best birthday present I’ve received in recent memory. (Thank you and love you, sisute!)

Below are some pictures I took at the concert:


Drive-By Truckers opened for Eric Church. It was my first time hearing their music and I LOVED it!



Eric Church. Swoon.


Eric Church is a badass. He really connects with his fans and loves what he does.


Church and his signature ball cap look.


The concert was sold out, as evidenced by this massive crowd.


A few months ago, The Bobby Bones Show talked about a devil making an appearance at the Eric Church concert while “Devil, Devil” was playing. Here it is. Terrifying, isn’t it?


For $35 seats, we had this optimal view. Not too shabby!


Another awesome shot of Eric Church.


Close up of Eric Church.



Isn’t he dreamy?

I’ve been to my share of concert music concerts featuring Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Florida-Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, among many people. While I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the aforementioned artists perform, I was absolutely blown away by how talented and dedicated Eric Church is to his craft. He has more of a rock ‘n roll vibe to his music, which I greatly appreciate and enjoy. (Who doesn’t like rock ‘n roll? It’s as American as they come.) He performed hits like “Talladega”, “Smoke a Little Smoke”, “Homeboy”, “Devil, Devil”, “Guys Like Me”, “That’s Damn Rock ‘N Roll”, “Springsteen”, and many other tracks from his various albums. His music is refreshing in the day and age of bro-country-though I do enjoy some FLAGA Line and Thomas Rhett.

If you also attended the concert, I hope you enjoyed it too! It was refreshing to see people decked out in camo here in D.C. (It’s a wonderful break from the usual stiffs and suits you see here in the nation’s capital.)

Want to learn more about Eric Church? Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.


Happy 25th Anniversary of Reunification, Lithuania!


Credit: LTUWorld

Credit: LTUWorld

On this day 25 years ago, the Baltic Republic of Lithuania broke away from the Soviet Union. (It was the first Baltic to do so.)

Here’s more about this important historical event from LTUWorld:

Lithuania marks the 25-year anniversary of the restoration of its independence.

We Believe in Freedom. We always did. For centuries from the beginning of Lithuanian statehood to the present day.

Having restored Lithuania’s independence 25 years ago two out of three Lithuanians personally remember that thirst for freedom and how comforting the first gulps were. We remember how good it felt to return to Europe, to be back home where freedom is an underlying value.

11th March 1990 was the day when Lithuanians became free to choose, to grow, to be themselves. And we try to do our best.

If you are interested in how the world press reacted to the restoration of Lithuania’s Independence in 1990, check out this source:

Grateful to have immediate roots in a country that prizes faith, freedom, and free markets.

Happy Reunification Day, Lietuva!

Want To Feed Your Soul? Go to Church or the Outdoors, Not Government

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) recently said,”People come to government to feed their souls.”

CNSNews has more about it:

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D–Md.) says, “so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls.”Cummings was speaking in Washington D.C. at the Legislative Conference of the National Treasury Employees Union on February 4th when he made the comments.

“People do not seem to understand that so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money that they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls,” Cummings told the audience.

Really? Last I checked, people go to church or go to the outdoors to feed their soul. Going to church or synagogue is an uplifting experience. Seeking a power higher than yourself feeds the soul to insurmountable heights. Additionally, going to the outdoors puts one’s mind at ease. Henry David Thoreau said it best, “Go fish and hunt far and wide day by day – farther and wider – and rest thee by many brooks and hearth-sides without misgiving. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures. Let the noon find thee by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.”

This constant push for paternalistic government with nanny state inklings is incredibly bothersome. Cradle-to-grave dependency on government deprives one of their autonomy, for one’s soul belongs to the state.

Want to feed your soul? Be independent of the government.