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Government of the inept, unqualified and unbelievable

Government of the inept, unqualified and unbelievable

In the American military, sexual abuse is so prevalent that even those in charge of overseeing programs to protect victims are themselves in jail for rape and assault. At the…

Barack Obama: Another power mad despot in the White House

Barack Obama: Another power mad despot in the White House

The real vengeful, power-abusing face of President Barack Obama emerged this week amid growing scandals surrounding the administration’s misuse of power in allowing — and directing — an Internal Revenue…

The Second Amendment never was a guarantee to own firearms

The Second Amendment never was a guarantee to own firearms

It is always an affront to intelligence to see those who think the Constitution gives them an unlimited right to own firearms misquote the Second Amendment in much the same…

Rand Paul: Another result of inbred Republican racism

Rand Paul: Another result of inbred Republican racism

In an all too typical move by the rabid reactionary Republicans who believe the only future for their obsolete political party lies in a return to the intolerant, racist past,…

A national database of gun owners could be a good idea

A national database of gun owners could be a good idea

If one accepts the paranoia of the National Rifle Association and its insane followers, the whole concept behind the push for an expanded background check of those who want to…

Does political rhetoric or action really affect our lives? Not really

Does political rhetoric or action really affect our lives?  Not really

Spent most of the weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with a video camera on my shoulder, capturing what the locals hope is finally the arrival of Spring…

Using new technology to better cover the news

Using new technology to better cover the news

Several inches of unpredicted and surprise snow fell in Southwestern Virginia Thursday, catching many of us by surprise and adding another day of weather-induced insult to a winter of discontent.…

The momentum for increased gun control is fading. Good. Now we can move on

The momentum for increased gun control is fading.  Good.  Now we can move on

Without another mass murder at a school somewhere in the United States, the cause of gun control is dead, holstered by other political realities that have taken center stage. Those…

Rabid-right Republicans, as usual, resist long-needed change in hypocritical and bigoted ideas

Rabid-right Republicans, as usual, resist long-needed change in hypocritical and bigoted ideas

The rabid right wing of the Republican Party, less and less of a factor as time marches on without them, is still fighting to prevent the party from moving forward…

Time to bury the homophobia and support gay marriage

Time to bury the homophobia and support gay marriage

Marriage, if you believe the overwrought hyperbole of the rabid right-wing that controls the Republican Party and wants to send America deeper into the dark ages, is a sacred institution…