Author: Michael R. Shannon

Profile: Michael R. Shannon is a public relations and advertising consultant with corporate, government and political experience around the globe. He is a dynamic and entertaining keynote speaker. He can be reached at


August 31, 2012

The Inverse Political Ratio Between National Prominence and Life

When Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell ran in 2009 the Washington Post spent the campaign trying to persuade the FTC to penalize him for false advertising since his campaign was not built around social issues.

Any time a “conservative Republican,” does not …

August 21, 2012

You Don’t Have to Be President to Impose Amnesty

Filed under: Courts, The Law & The Judiciary,Immigration - 21 Aug 2012

Where I live we’ve already had extensive experience with small scale unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens without actual legal authority. Ours came courtesy of a “morally sensitive” police chief who knew much more about illegal aliens than the elected officials …

August 8, 2012

Chick–fil–A: Fast food, faster hate

My sympathy goes out to the president of the Chamber of Commerce where I live. Here Rob Clapper was simply trying to line up an interesting speaker and suddenly he’s in the midst of a controversy.

Who would have thought when …

July 31, 2012

Gun Control Laws Only Control the Law Abiding

Just like the majority of police officers who never have to fire their gun during the course of a career, most civilians will never be shot at while watching a movie, browsing in a shopping mall or attending school. But …

July 23, 2012

Penn State: A Season in Purgatory

Filed under: Potpourri - 23 Jul 2012

On Saturday, September 8th, the University of Virginia has a once–in–a–lifetime opportunity to demonstrate how an institution obeys the same honor code that governs its students.

The Cavaliers can prove to the world that UVA’s honor code is more than mere …

July 17, 2012

Participants Revolt Against The Derecho Project

It’s unfortunate The Derecho Project — the largest urban global warming mitigation experiment in history — has proven to be an abject failure. Really a shame, too since the project’s design was almost perfect.

The sample was composed of liberal environmentalists …

July 9, 2012

Refresh My Memory; Is Justice Kennedy the Wobbly One?

Last Thursday dawned bright and clear. It was shaping up to be a great day for conservatives. More than one observer — waiting for the Obamacare decision outside the Supreme Court — noticed aircraft coming in low on the horizon. …

July 8, 2012

Please, Don’t Let Another Congressional Staffer Go to Bed Hungry

In some corners of elite opinion working on Capital Hill means one is laboring in the political equivalent of Wal–Mart. Hill workers have their pity while toiling in a crowded ideologyshop for chump change.

Yet, just like Wal–Mart, each time …

July 3, 2012

All Massachusetts People Look Alike to Me

Filed under: Politics In General - 03 Jul 2012

When I first read that Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D–Noblesse Oblige) had been recruited to play the opponent during practice presidential debates, I considered it an inspired choice.

There is a slight problem with respective ages for the two candidates, but …

June 29, 2012

South of the Border, Down Washington Way

Filed under: Corruption,Liberalism, Marxism & Communism - 29 Jun 2012

Here’s an outrage: sleazy government officials approach a major business interest and want to enter into “negotiations.” The officials casually mention, “You’ve got a nice little business here. It would be a shame if something happened to it.”

Both sides …

June 27, 2012

Hell to the Redskins

Filed under: In The News,Politics In General - 27 Jun 2012

When compared to the $498 million fleecing Minnesota taxpayers just endured, the $6.4 million Virginia taxpayers will be spending — thanks to Republican Governor Bob McDonnell — on improvements to the Redskins’ training facilities looks like small potatoes.

June 22, 2012

Wisconsin Police: Volunteering for Defeat

Filed under: Current Events,Politics In General - 22 Jun 2012

There has been much discussion of winners, losers and the effect on public employee unions elsewhere in the US after the failure to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But there has been little comment on one group of unionized workers …

June 18, 2012

Do You Hear a Droning Sound?

Filed under: American National Security,What The F@#K?!? - 18 Jun 2012

When Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell casually mentioned during a radio interview that he supported the use of “military–style” drones by law enforcement it sparked an immediate uproar, but not from the usual suspects.

One would assume the ACLU would be filing …

June 12, 2012

Unelected, Unaccountable Boards Like Spending Your Money

Filed under: In The News - 12 Jun 2012

It’s been a rough few weeks for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority that manages airports in the Washington, DC area and coordinates board member travel to luxury destinations.

June 5, 2012

Democrats Undermining Defense for Over 200 Years

Filed under: History,The Democrats - 05 Jun 2012

Stephen Budiansky — author of Perilous Fight: America’s Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas, 1812–1815 ­— has written an excellent book that inadvertently reveals Democrat politicians — in feverish pursuit of imaginary utopias — have been busy undermining …

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