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Dirtiest campaign of all time? Not by a long shot

Dirtiest campaign of all time?  Not by a long shot

At some point in every Presidential campaign, someone starts wringing their hands and declares the political rhetoric “toxic” and concludes that this is “the dirtiest campaign in history.” Which, of…

Lies, damn lies and Presidential politics

Lies, damn lies and Presidential politics

Here’s a newsflash for you: President Barack Obama’s campaign is run by double-dealing, lying scumbaags. Nah, strike that. It’s not news when a Presidential campaign lies. Presumed GOP candidate Mitt…

We know the American political system is broke, but does anyone have any idea how to fix it?

We know the American political system is broke, but does anyone have any idea how to fix it?

My maternal granddaddy was a Southwestern Virginia mountain man, raised in the Blue Ridge.  The only time he ever left his beloved mountains was to fight in World War I.…

Mitt Romney: Empty suit, empty mind

Mitt Romney: Empty suit, empty mind

Every day, some right-winger bombards the offices of Capitol Hill Blue with the outlandish claim that Mitt Romney is somehow qualified to be President because he is a good businessman.…

Cars don’t kill people but drivers with guns can try

Cars don’t kill people but drivers with guns can try

Whenever some fruitcake with a cache of guns opens fire and takes out innocents, the gun nuts trot out the tied old argument that more people die in car accidents…

Time to bring back the Brady Law? Maybe that…and more

Time to bring back the Brady Law?  Maybe that…and more

“If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” That’s a common argument of the National Rifle Association, the massive lobbying group that keeps Republicans and Democrats cowering in fear,…

Michele Bachmann: Suffering from diarrhea of the mouth

Michele Bachmann: Suffering from diarrhea of the mouth

Shoot-from-the-lip Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann‘s mouth has purged verbal diarrhea once again and this time her outrageous comments brought attacks from Republicans as well as Democrats. Her latest slip of…

Will racial or religious bigotry determine the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election?

Will racial or religious bigotry determine the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election?

A question discussed privately by political strategists on both sides of political aisle focuses on the concern that bigotry — either religious or racial — could decide who wins the…

Memo to Mitt: Release your damn tax returns

Memo to Mitt: Release your damn tax returns

Got a newsflash for Mitt Romney:  You’re losing the debate over your tax returns. And you’re blowing whatever chance you might have had to end Barack Obama’s presidency at one…

In this election year, the only real choice is not any of the available choices

In this election year, the only real choice is not any of the available choices

Does Barack Obama deserve a second term as President?  Of course not.  The man is a monumental failure. So does Mitt Romney deserve a first term in the White House?…