Turns out The Rant is human after all.

A combination of exhaustion, dehydration, anemia and bronchitis have felled The Rant and the docs order a serious regimen of bed rest and TLC from Mrs. Rant (non-impact of course).

The Rant will return when he is able to sit at a keyboard for more than 15 minutes at a time.

Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.


  1. Boy, I thought I felt lousy this holiday season – you take the prize, Doug! Hope you’re up and your old ornery self again real soon!

  2. Doug,

    Drink hot green tea with LOTS of honey in it, as well as LOTS of lemon!

    The green tea contains anti-oxidants, and so does the lemon. Honey is bacteriastatic, and bactericidal. (That means bacteria can’t live on it, and it kills the ones that are already there)

    I would also recomend that you get the endorphines going with some Mell Brooks DVDs! “Blazing Saddles” always works SO well for me! You’ll love it!

  3. Dear Doug,
    seems to me you have gotten yourself overwhelmed before. You can’t keep doing this to yourself and your body. Get the book Overdoing It by Bryan Robinson or something like it and stop trying to be superhero with superhuman powers. It’s a 12-step book, a needed corrective in the case of many of us in this country which runs on addictive behaviors. And don’t let things get so bad that you end up hospitalized.

  4. Get Well Quicker than Quick!!

    You are and remain in my thoughts and prayers. Ditto Mrs. Rant.

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. Take good care of yourself. We’ll be missing you.

    Keep smiling and laughing. There is so much to laugh at these days. Especially in Washington. That is when you set aside the horror show. However this is a time for lightness of spirit.

    Be well.


  5. Thanks for all that you do for us, Doug!

    Your political insite and ability to use that knowledge for the betterment of our society is what makes this site so important!

    Please keep up the good work, and get well soon!!

    Merry Christmas to you & yours!!

  6. toney Snow has been snowed by Bush also he Rove Hassert, Cheney, Bush, all need to be impeached so come on Doug get better we need our famous leader hurry.
    sincerly take care of you first. kathryn

  7. Hey Doug —

    You haven’t been hanging around any ex-spies have you??

    Take good care of yourself. Happy holidays to you and your family.

  8. Rest up, get well and get back ready to hassle the bastards when they straggle back into town in 2007. There is still a lot to be done to help reclaim our country! Keep up the good work.

  9. Had an employee that was about 60 years old and never got sick. He chewed, believe it was ‘snuff’. Anyway, the dentist told him, “No respectful germ will live in your mouth”. Yuck! really do not recommend but just thought get a laugh and help to get you well, Hope that is soon. Will miss your candid

  10. Doug,
    So Sorry to hear that The Ranter has fallen to a Flu Bug. Just goes to show that sometimes it is the unexpected that can catch us by surprise. Please hurry up and get back to us…we will miss you, as no one else can take your place. No One !
    One question, my friend…Did you take your Flu Shot ? I know that many would like to know.

  11. Dear Mr. Ranter,

    Please let yourself be taken care of;I’ll bet you’re a pain-in-the-ass to take care of. My sympathies to Mrs. Thompson. (8~)

    Don’t fret, there’ll be lots of outrages going on when you’re up and charging about.

    Jerry Sutliff

  12. I’ve followed CHB for years. I learned so much about passion, honesty, and the need to look at boths sides of an issue. Thanks. Take care of yourself, Doug.

  13. I hope you are on top of this situation. All of us miss your tartness and refusal to accept the generic oatmeal the passive media tries to shove down our throats.
    We need you, so rest and recuperate. The bastards will always be there; the defiant therefore are needed. Get well.

  14. You’re a very important person to us out here. You Rant the things we want to shout. We are energized by your rantings and move to do great harm to neocon thugs all over the web (re: change-the-1st-Admentment Newt Gingrich). There will be no joy in BushDipLand about your setback. We will take up the sword-of-Rant, the gaunlet-of-dissent, and continue to impale neocons on their feeble concepts and strident measures of repression and conformity. We all wish you a good rest and recovery and a chance to enjoy the Holidays. Get well, important friend. The rational world awaits your return. Dean Livingston in balmy palm-sprouting Huntington Beach,CA.

  15. Keep the faith, drink plenty of liquids, eat healthy and get plenty of bed rest. Your world is depending on you to get healthy again.

  16. Who gave you permission to lay around and goof off? LOL Seriously, I hope you enjoy some down time and get rested up, there are fights still a-brewin’ out there!

  17. Doug,
    I had a version of the bronchitis going around and it is a real bear. I recommend you go to a doctor and get the works–antibiotics, steroids, an inhaler, and some codeine cough medicine. Throw in Vitamin C and wild oregano oil for good measure. Just a recommendation. I did these things and I hadn’t seen a doctor about sickness for many years. Take care of your sweet self — there is a sweet self there, right? And thanks for all your good work.

  18. Thanks to your previous investment in rant, we may have eeeked out a little progress of late. Take a well deserved rest cause no doubt before long we will need you more than ever! Rest up your ranter.

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