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Richard Volaar

                 
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Award winning poet, writer and refugee from the educational testing industry. Richard agitates, supports and motivates activists of all kinds, the most well-known being Cindy Sheehan. Web developer and designer by day, writer by night, Richard has the disposition of an observer and essayist. Richard has fallen in love, one day at a time, with the writing of Raymond Carver, while sparring, verbally, with the flying monkey right since 1998. Richard built his first computer from scratch in 1977 and had his heart broken for the first time in 1980. It has been stomped on and dragged behind a Chevrolet for many miles since that time. Thanks in no small part to Republican partisan politics and internecine policies.

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Monday, May 11, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Barbershop Diaries, Volume 1, Issue 1
(1 comments) Come, join us all as we watch America get the haircut Wall Street thinks we need and deserve!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Einstein Was Jesus
(3 comments) A poetic poem for you now as the fires of ruin near the gates of hell yield a puppy and a promise to be well....

Saturday, April 18, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What I'll Miss About the Web: The Silly-Bus of Life
(2 comments) Do you have a silly-bus for you life? Not for long....

Friday, April 17, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Astroturf and Islam, Fourth and One: Punt or Go For It?
(11 comments) Grass roots Tea Party movement? Krugman has it right...this is about astroturf and sanctimony.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Pasteurized Process News Food
(2 comments) Go Get 'Em Jesse!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Why I Hate Republicans: A Monologue Void of Bread or Circuses
(18 comments) I've been a life-long Democrat. Even while living in Texas. Even after coming to the realization that there was some considerable sense to the argument that making people dependent on hand-outs actually weakens them morally, spiritually and emotionally.

Sunday, March 22, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The True Origin of Our Present Misery: Why Peace Never Had a Chance
(5 comments) The Agenda driving our present discomfort and a characterization of its source.

Thursday, March 12, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Writer Holding Grudge Kills 10...
(3 comments) To all following the Michael McLendon tragedy in Samson, Alabama, I offer my take on the story thus far

Friday, February 27, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Outsourcing: The Evolution of Irresponsibility
Credit Default Swaps? Why not outsource your organization's problems for fun and personal profit?

Friday, February 20, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Shoot the Chimp? You Have No Idea
(4 comments) I'm done listening to the noise machine. If it's not related to some form of targeting information, I simply don't want to hear about it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
This Is Ridiculous: Obama Admin Brokering Rove Testimony Deal
(5 comments) Unbelievable.

Monday, February 16, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What Education Needs
(4 comments) Fifteen year veteran in the educational testing industry has some insight into why Johnny and Joanna can't read and what we can do about it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
God Cares
(17 comments) The separation of church and state required by our US Constitution was never intended to compel a US President to restore science to its rightful place on the mantle of human reason.

Friday, December 19, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Real Fascism, Real Protests: Greece Ten Days On
(3 comments) The prospect of losing 100,000 jobs next year throws Greeks into the streets for TEN DAYS?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
We're Fooling Ourselves: This Will Be WORSE Than the Great Depression
The degree of hyperinflation is staggering, even now.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Former Christian Says: Chew Dirty Juice
(11 comments) Another antisemitic rant from the left? I think we're well past that point now.

Saturday, November 8, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama Middle East Policy: Israeli Right Wing on the Offensive
(6 comments) Here comes the first shot across the bow from Bush to Barak: you're an empty suit and not a REAL tough guy.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Bigger Than A King; Grander Than a Lincoln
Some thoughts before I sleep and awaken to a better world than the one I was born into.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
America the Bipolar
...and the beautiful.

Thursday, September 4, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
McCain: Johnny Wet-Start Gets A Pass from the Media
(7 comments) The New York Times reporter, R.W. Apple, had the "goods" on Johnny "Wet-Start" McCain from his own Captain from Day One.

Saturday, August 30, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The "ObamaNation" of the Two Party System
(7 comments) Does anyone else feel completely unrepresented by ur "representative" democracy??

Tuesday, August 19, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
NSA Security Officer: We Should Just Kill These People
(9 comments) When somebody within your own government calls you out, do you show up? How do you handle it?

Sunday, August 3, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
"Scumbag," Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry
(4 comments) Kabuki Theatre? Fort Detrick in 1953 and 2008 shines a pale light over the deaths of American intelligence heroes fighting to keep a false flag terror attack in Houston from taking place.

Saturday, July 26, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Moonwalker: Aliens Are Real!!
(1 comments) Pardon my excitment, I just find it hopeful that someone besides the den of thieves presently in charge have taken a particularly benign interest in our little civilization,

Saturday, July 19, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Misogyny And the Beer-Bellied Portion of the Bell-shaped Curve
(7 comments) A shocking retort to those who would shy away from the defense of things manly and untoward

Sunday, June 15, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
AF General Michael Hayden: CIA Director, Cheney Lapdog
(1 comments) Cheney's secret chain of command was apparently responsible for the nuclear missiles moved, without proper authorization, from Minot AFB to Barksdale AFB. It also appears that Houston is the most likely target of the next "terrorist attack" on US soil.

Sunday, June 8, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Libertarianism: New World Hors d'Oeuvre
This is a reprint of a comment I made to Ferdy's treatise on Libertarianism. In the face of the immense human suffering going on in the world right now, the libertarian message is politically and ideologically tone deaf.

Friday, May 30, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Present Evidence, Part 2 of 2
Sustained research into deep politics requires the ability to quiet the mind on a regular basis, but the quiet can not come if we forget what it is that we truly believe in.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Feinstein & Lugar: NYT Op Ed Gagged By Iran Attack Plan
(2 comments) This is hot off the foreign presses. We need to get cracking, but be careful...we don't want anyone playing "shoot the messenger" as was the case with Roland Carnaby.

Sunday, May 25, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Myth of Swiss Neutrality
Swiss law requires absolute secrecy in banking matters. The legal environment provided by Swiss banking laws, Switzerland proclaims, does not serve as a cover for international criminal syndicates. But the "don't ask, don't tell," policy observed by the Swiss acts like flypaper for the idle rich and the powerful elites intent on protecting the criminal means they employ to generate their wealth.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
War Between Wayne Madsen and Dick Cheney Escalates!
(3 comments) Today, "Swingin' Dick" Cheney owns this here land as outright as Pinochet owned Chile; that means nobody threatens the Swingin' Dick. Times like these call for the exercise of pure power, a demonstration of the raw exercise of political muscle: you get someone else to humiliate your opponent.

Sunday, May 11, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Respect As A Core Principle: Where We Are
(3 comments) A new "respect" is at a barest beginning in the United States of America. Respect 2.0 embraces the lessons of the past, but no longer freezes time-honored principles into "rules" that make the good the enemy of the best. It is the true meaning of "novus ordo seclorum."

Friday, May 2, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Palfrey Suicide: Wayne Madsen Goes On Record Against Cheney
(9 comments) Wayne Madsen threatens to reveal Cheney's Palfrey-provided trysts from back in the Clinton era. Somebody grab the popcorn on this one....

Tuesday, April 29, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ed Schultz Is Pinocchio: Charisma Without Intellect Equals Cartoon Character
(1 comments) I have bit my tongue in recent months because firing off a round at Randi Rhodes was followed almost immediately with the unimpeded rise of "das gut" Schultz. I had nothing to do with any of this, of course, but karma is karma. We've killed too many Indians and indigenous peoples on our own continent for the "Heartland" paradigm to survive intact, or be taken seriously by any thinking, feeling human.

Saturday, March 22, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Gallup: Obama Already Recovering from Wright Losses
(3 comments) The media is about to concede that Barak Obama is the only viable candidate for the Democratic party. Hillary is out of money and the media have been trying to milk a conflict not in the country's best interests.

Thursday, March 20, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Obama: Bigger than Bill Clinton, Bigger than MLK, Jr.
(2 comments) America may have done more than dodge a bullet this morning. If only Hillary would stop using all of us as human shields we might actually experience the advent of a time greater than any other in our history.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Randi Rhodes: Piling On In Racist America
(17 comments) America has lost its mind, its way and desperately needs a "cerebral enema."

Tuesday, March 11, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Eliot Spitzer and A Culture of Corruption
(6 comments) Et Tu, Eliot? Then let's drop the hammer on the whole truth, not just the part the media wants us to see.