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I was raised an Armybrat, which gave me an appreciation for our military, diversity and travel. In my young adulthood I was a Republican, this in the days Republicans were still actually conservative. When the move began in earnest to push religion into our schools and Constitution, I left the Republican Party or, more to the point, my party left me. I later became a Democrat and have worked on various campaigns and efforts since. I am retired from the legal field and spend my time doing volunteer work with groups such as Pilot International. I also help to moderate a liberal IRC political channel on Undernet which promotes civil and informed debate on the various issues. I dabble at being an artist, preferring watercolors and Native American leather crafts. I enjoy growing gourds to make some of my drums and also use gourds for other projects such as birdhouses which are donated to various community groups to help with fundraising. I am known to be a political news junkie and like to see and to encourage informative debate on the issues. I would like to think I work towards positive change but, apparently, any positive change is hard to measure in today's world. I volunteer with OPN because I believe in responsible free speech and because it's refreshing to see support and encouragement for new writers. My bio, like me, is a work in progress.

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Wanted The Grinch, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 25, 2013
And so, this is Christmas You can imagine my shock and awe upon learning that "meanie liberals" were trying to abort Baby Jesus from Christmas. You can easily imagine who said such a thing. God bless her, this woman needs all the help she can get. So did I, in getting my stolen Christmas spirit pulled back together again. I was pissed off at Sarah Palin.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 28, 2012
Romney's WOW Factor Banning birth control pills or making them less accessible sounds unthinkable to those of us with any commonsense, doesn't it? Birth control pills being banned by Republican men who like to complain about welfare costs and "welfare queens" makes even less sense. One has to wonder why Republican men even try.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Debate: Junkyard Dog vs. Pretentious Poodle Not having his facts together sealed the fate of the presidential not so hopeful Bishop Mitt Romney, when he foolishly went on the attack and for the President's throat, all the while grinning like the school yard bully he was and is, in school and during his governorship.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 2, 2012
Romney Breaks Silence Towards The Press Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate, has broken his two month silence towards the open press. The Romney campaign answered three questions posed by the press and told them off twice. It's a start, at least now they are talking.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 20, 2012
Ann Romney Confuses "you people" with We The People It's not only politicians that put their foot in their mouth, or let slip their true thoughts. The Romney campaign is feverishly trying to remove Ann Romney's own foot from her mouth while attempting to put out the resultant wildfire on twitter.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Pastor Charles Worley a/k/a Pastor Dachau Yes, they will mostly likely starve under his plan to fence and extinguish them. He cannot be trusted to furnish clean sheets or hot showers, nor write in his weekly calendar 'Food drop at First Christ Concentration Camp'. Meet Pastor Dachau a/k/a Pastor Charles Worley.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 16, 2012
Rick Santorum The Enabler and Catholic Church Ordered Abortions Santorum thinks he knows what is best for all women, Catholic or otherwise, but has yet to be the protector he claims to be.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 22, 2010
IRC on American Tea Party Racism: Truth to Power Truth is a dish best self served, not something we allow to be spoon fed us by those who seek power for whatever reason. IRC is truth speaking to that power in real-time. Are many of the Tea Party followers racist? You be the decider.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 4, 2010
SOWELL: A Doubting Thomas No More Thomas Sowell, you've finally thrown off all doubt and officially joined the far right fringe. Welcome to the revolution and the salvation of your very soul.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Sarah Palin Owes Us Apologies As Well Tell us Sarah, when do you intend to fire ol' Fred? Or, does Malek's money make your heart grow more forgiving each and every day...Surely,you will have the conscionable decency to truly apologize to us all for this, Helen Thomas included? We await your apologies, Sarah, "Heaven forbid" you make us wait any longer.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 27, 2010
Rand Paul Excuses Not Appreciated In Kentucky There are some who may fall for the flimsy excuses offered by Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul engineered to absolve oil and mining corporations from any and all legal, monetary and moral responsibility for the recent deaths of miners and rig workers. Mr. Paul may be able to pull the wool over their eyes, but he can't do it to us. Kentuckians remember full well our state's distinction of being home to the 1988 crash at a b
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 21, 2010
REDNECKS VS. RAND PAUL, et al. Kentuckians have known for decades where Mitch McConnel stands when it comes to corporations vs. the American people. It's now clear who Rand Paul would have stood side by side with during The Redneck Insurrection of 1921 and, it's more than clear whose side he's on now. It's time to get Rednecked.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 6, 2010
Memo To Palin: Silence Is Golden Sarah Palin has become one of the few Republicans to break their odd silence regarding the massive oil spill now threatening the environmental and economic viability of much of the Gulf Coast. Mark Twain would enjoy her sudden urge to speak: "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." Sometimes silence is golden.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 31, 2009
Hardball National Security Cheney Style How much more responsibility for our national security failures does the GOP want to claim? How willing are Republicans when it comes to actually playing national security hardball, especially when playing real ball means saying yes?
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Lollygagging By Mitch McConnell Denies 200,000 Americans Unemployment Benefit Extension There he was, Mitch McConnell, holding hostage extended unemployment benefits for those of us who could not find a new job in this the new era of Bush's Legacy. There he was, playing obstructionist games with the financial lives of at risk unemployed Americans. I could only wonder just who the hell Mitch was kissing up to and why.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 13, 2008
Did McCain Involvement in Ft. Ord Real Estate Deal Cost Taxpayers Several Hundred Million Dollars? In 2001, two years after his purchase, Mr. Diamond sold the former U.S. military post known as Ft. Ord, located near the beach in Monterey Bay, California, for more than 18 million dollars. Property evaluations now show the long term value of this former public property to be worth at least several hundred million dollars. Senator John McCain played an active role in this entire transaction.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 10, 2008
McCain and Palin Show Utter Disregard For Sexual Assault Victims John McCain now refuses to allow teachers to be able to help parents protect children against sexual predators and Sarah Palin had the gall to charge rape victims $1,200.00 for DNA kits.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 7, 2008
Sarah Palin VP? Don't bet on it As online betting establishments monitor Sarah Palin's latest unfolding scandals, including 'PottyMouthGate' and 'FlirtationGate', their betting line will give Americans a good feel for how Sarah Palin is perceived by the general public in the Lower 48, whether Sarah Palin will survive mounting scandal and whether John McCain will survive Sarah Palin.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 6, 2008
Wasilla Residents Witness to Palin's Racist Double Whammy Slur Against Clinton and Obama. "So Sambo beat the bit*h!" "This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama's win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination."
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 5, 2008
Librarians Against Palin Founder a Mystery The identify of the founder of LAP is still unknown. Is the new LAP site a blog, a grassroots effort, the latest 527 group on the political scene or part of growing movement that may cost Sarah Palin the election come November if this group of librarians do what they have set out to do?

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