Dan Catalano



Native son

Native son

As newly minted Republican presidential nominee John McCain surged his way across America last week with his “C’mon, Give a Guy a Break” bus tour, vainly attempting to break through the wall of cable-saturation coverage surrounding the interminable Clinton/Obama slugfest

Kids today

In case you missed them, a number of eye-popping reports have recently been released on the sexual state of our (increasingly libidinal) nation.

I'm just a bill

I'm just a bill

Well, here we are again: stumbling to the end of yet another incoherent legislative session, with little to show for it but a busted deadline and a budget deficit the size of Eliot Spitzer’s “travel” expenses. This is certainly one for the Richmond record books: No agreement on fixing Virginia’s massively underfunded transportation system (that’ll […]

Money matters

Money matters

You know, there’s a reason we rarely allow arcane fiscal matters to intrude upon our little bi-weekly political rant here at The Odd Dominion. Yes, we know that the collection and apportionment of funds is the very lifeblood of government, and that focusing on the foibles and electioneering idiocy of vain politicians does nothing to […]

Journey of reconciliation

Journey of reconciliation

Sixty-four years ago this July, a well-dressed, sassy and indomitable young black woman named Irene Morgan bought a $5 Greyhound bus ticket from the “Colored” window at Haye’s grocery store in Gloucester, Virginia. She was 27 years old, a mother of two, and on her way to visit a doctor in Baltimore, hoping to address […]

Sympathy for the doofus

Sympathy for the doofus

We admit it: We’ve been more than a little harsh on U.S. Representative Thomas M. Davis III. We’ve criticized his lax oversight of the Bush Administration,

Primary dreams

Primary dreams

First off, caveat emptor: The sell-by date on this particular edition of The Odd Dominion is so close, that it may well expire before you reach the end of the first paragraph.

Forgit about it

Forgit about it

O.K., so there’s a little thing in this business that we call "bad timing." It’s like when Al Gore scheduled a major global warming speech in New York, and it just happened to fall on one of the coldest days of the year. Or when the Ford Motor Company introduced its space-shuttle-shaped Aerostar minivan—complete with […]

Two-party on

Two-party on

If there's a better metaphor for the swaggering ascendancy of Virginia's Democrats than Senator Jim Webb taking complete control of Congress over the Thanksgiving holiday break, we here at The Odd Dominion sure don't know what it is.

Thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving leftovers

Well, another campaign season has come and gone, leaving us with an aching hole in our political gut that no amount of turkey and oyster stuffing could possibly fill.

How low can you go?

How low can you go?

Well here we are, smack dab in the middle of the saddest-slash-most-satisfying time of the year. Saddest because, let’s face it, the political world rarely gets more absurd and lampoonable than it does during election season, when even the most calculated and circumspect pol is willing to go to ridiculous lengths to win re-election, thereby […]

Stupid is as stupid does

Stupid is as stupid does

There’s one big problem with being a voracious political junkie: Sometimes, in order to help you, our gentle reader, we have to read a thuddingly dull, solipsistic political treatise like "The Stupid Party," a recent article by UVA politics prof Jim Ceaser published in the (increasingly inconsequential) right-wing mouthpiece, The Weekly Standard. Sure, it’s got […]

Thug life

Thug life

Sure, it seemed like an innocent mistake at the time (and Lord knows the Virginia Tourism Corporation tried to spin it that way), but the more we consider the recent "Live Passionately" ad imbroglio, the more we think that these Commonwealth-championing flacks might just be onto something. In case you missed it, here’s how it […]

Dwell time

Dwell time

If you had to cast Virginia’s U.S. Senate delegation as the leads in a Hollywood buddy cop movie, the dynamic duo of Jim Webb and John Warner would seem like a pretty good match. Republican and Democrat, sure, but with a curmudgeonly, oil-and-vinegar chemistry that brings to mind the best the genre has to offer: […]

Off to the races

Off to the races

He's baaaack! After briefly flirting with a presidential run (before telling his shocked supporters "I want to have a real life," and mysteriously dropping out of the race), former Governor…

One last hurrah

One last hurrah

Well, you can't say we didn't warn you. When Senator John Warner took to the Rotunda steps of his alma mater last Friday and announced his retirement from the U.S. Senate, we were about as surprised as Will Ferrell at the MTV Movie Awards.

Oh, baby!

Oh, baby!

Last time on "Who wants to be arrested?" we checked in on some of the more ludicrous local laws, covering such important topics as pet skunk ownership, driving barefoot and hunting raccoons after midnight.

Who let the dogs out?

Who let the dogs out?

In the ongoing spectacle of obfuscation, idiocy and probable perjury that is the ongoing Alberto Gonzales congressional-testimony trainwreck, it's easy to forget what set off this particular round of Bush-Administration bloodletting in the first place.

Business as usual

Business as usual

We admit it: We’ve got Washington envy. It often seems as though that nonstop traffic jam across the Potomac has more of everything the Odd Dominion holds dear

Jerry’s kids

Jerry’s kids

Though we may be a few weeks late to the party, it just wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t take a moment to reflect on the man who did more than any other single individual to make

Felony cat hoarding

Felony cat hoarding

This week at The Odd Dominion, we’re going to take a rest from lampooning the Commonwealth’s elected representatives. For a change of pace, we thought we’d take a

The man who would be king

The man who would be king

Brace yourself, kids—we’re kick-starting this week’s column with a controversial, you-heard-it-here-first prediction: Senator John Warner will retire at the end of this, his fifth

Justice for Jesus

Justice for Jesus

Proud birthplace of Juice Newton and The Neptunes. Home of famed psychic Edgar Cayce’s freaky Association for Research and Enlightenment. Fun-packed vacation paradise that houses both

Black is white

Black is white

O.K., kids, pop quiz: In the last few weeks one member of Virginia’s U.S. Senate delegation issued a statement condemning the homophobic views of General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Pace had publicly opined that homosexual acts are immoral). He then proceeded to pile on embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales […]

Clash of the titans

Clash of the titans

As many irate readers of this column have pointed out, after two months on the job, we’ve had very few kind words for politicians of any stripe, and have been particularly vicious toward pols of the Republican persuasion.