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Don’t fly the flag today. Burn it!

The American flag does not fly outside our home today. It usually does on July 4 but not this Fourth of July because I just can't bring myself to celebrate…

Red meat for the right-wing

As a journalist, I am offended by the latest Republican assault on The New York Times and freedom of the press. As an American, I am afraid for the future of…

Bad news for Bush and the GOP? Maybe, maybe not

President George W. Bush and his strategists felt recent events would drive up the administration's sagging poll numbers and help Republican prospects in the November mid-term elections. …

Death in Iraq and a death knell for the right-wing?

Random thoughts on current news: …

Signing away our freedom

President George W. Bush, through his use of "signing statements," has declared himself, on more than 750 separate occasions, above the laws of Congress, the laws of the land and…

The dream dies

A little over a year ago, I began dreaming of building a grassroots organization to pursue real, non-partisan reform of the hopelessly divided political system in this country.

That dream grew…

Pots, kettles and calling each other ‘black’

Funny thing about public scrutiny: It works both ways and those who want more of it soon find out such scrutiny can turn around and bite them in the ass. …

Land of the watched, home of the spied upon

062506video.jpgI live in the mountains - deep in the mountains - of Southwestern Virginia, far away from what most call civilization.

You've…

Let’s remember why America became America

Let's consider, for a second or two, the current state of political debate. We can, I think, say with some certainty that this country is bitterly divided when it comes…

We may be worse than Saddam

Vice President Dick Cheney claims the resistance in Iraq is in "its last throes." President George W. Bush says Iraq is "turning the corner."

Is that is true, how did a…