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Rafe Pilgrim, after "a life largely wasted on hard honest work," found himself a jungle of turkey oak, scrub pine and giant palmettos up a dirt road running east of Crystal River, Florida, which neither school busses nor the U.S. Postal Service dare to assay. Sharing a house of his own design with Spanky the cat, Darla a pit bull, and a foundling of mysterious breed named Alfalfa -- all collectively known as Our Gang -- he spends his time "productively: writing poetry, working for peace, and gazing at the sky."


Central High School of Philadelphia, University of Maryland, Syracuse University, University of Maine, Ursinus College, Air Force Intelligence (Washington D.C., Germany), Ford Motor Company, Philco-Ford Corporation, Eighth Day Gallery, Phi Kappa Phi, Romey Everdell Award for Journalism,(1988), Hole in one (1998), and struggling to find America ever since 2000.

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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Bring Bernie Back! With Hillary Clinton now "sick" and other emerging negatives threatening her election, it is time to bring Bernie back rather than to allow the Democrat leadership to select one of their good old boys -- as has already been leaked.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 8, 2016
All Ready for the Next War No need to wait for the lies to justify our next war. We're already ready.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 27, 2013
A Veteran Confesses Although many yet blindly deny the past dozen years of treachery, many others now see it more clearly, but there has been no effort of sufficient magnitude -- including mine -- to take a credible stand against it.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Political Decency, America's Masters, and the "Traitor" Edward Snowden Americans choose -- one way or another -- the kind of government we get, whether by refusing our attention, defaulting to ignorance, or in embracing charlatans indentured to the cabal of greed and lust for power now in charge -- or by opening our eyes, grasping the reality, and braving the risks, difficulties and hard work required to actually gain and maintain the ideals of our earliest schooling.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 16, 2013
They Got Manning. They Will Get Snowden They will get Snowden because of their need to get him, born of their insatiable power lust.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 31, 2011
Debt Crisis Propaganda and the Obvious Economic and Moral Solutions Debt Crisis Propaganda and the Obvious Economic and Moral Solutions . We are told that exceeding the Debt Ceiling is the problem, and that all federal programs must be prudently reduced, especially Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, environmental, etc, but no mention of the costs of America's military atrocities in the Middle East nor the support of the Weapons Industry and the monster Security apparatus.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 24, 2011
Norway's 911. And the Reaction? The latest casualty report of the massacre in Norway stands at 92. Our hearts go out to this beautiful frigid country. One can only hope that Norwegians will react to their catastrophe more sensibly, humanely, honestly and morally than has been the American experience.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 23, 2011
Wanted: Decent Straight-Talking President There's a petition kicking around the WEB to support Senator Bernie Sanders for president in 2012. What a rocket shot! We'd no longer be faced with the two-headed snake of the Hopey-Changey rhetorician versus the Party of Privilege.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 21, 2011
Demopublicans or Republicrats? Americans have been betrayed by the charade of a two-party system ascending for the past thirty years, with our government (un)progressively and treacherously managing America for the benefit of the privileged. It's past time for a change, change not possible under the conjoined forces of the Democrats and Republicans.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 14, 2011
Crime and (No) Punishment? Prevention is the Issue. Civilized people, a decent people, examine and punish as warranted, NOT because crime has been committed, but to prevent more crime to be committed. We are now at perhaps our history's most critical juncture of this perspective.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The Excrement Pipeline There appears to be no end in sight for the propaganda supporting the War of Lies.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 1, 2011
Peace and Decent Governance Require a Realistic Strategy Many know what's needed. Too few know how to get it. The issues can be reduced to Peace and Restitution of our Bill of Rights. There is a strategy that can succeed in this. We need to get on it.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Addressing Eleven Years of War, Lies, and Bipartisan Corruption America's political leadership is bipartisanly corrupt and indentured to powerful moneyed interests. It is time for correction, the only issue being what means will be employed.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 28, 2011
Democrats: Beware the Loss of the "Lesser-Evil" Choice It seems that the labor movement is catching on to the "lesser-evil" copout. The Dems may need to exercise some integrity (Wow!) now to convince voters that they'llactually stand by them once they pull the Dem lever.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 16, 2011
"Lesser-Evil" is Too Evil -- An Entrapment We Must Trash Americans desperately need to grasp the notion that it is possible, if enough of us can muster the insight and integrity, to get beyond the bipartisan proposition that our choice is limited to one of only two parties, that "third parties always fail," and that we'll be the more damned if we do not support the "lesser-evil" choice.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 2, 2011
The Wicked Old Witch of the Middle-East is Dead! Would it not be prudent -- the celebration notwithstanding -- to pause for a few questions?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 29, 2011
Civilization in Reverse, History Going Backwards It is beyond understanding, past comprehension how Americans can tolerate our wretched warring, greed-driven, treacherous government. Will we awaken soon enough to employ a political solution, or await the necessity employed by our founders, that of revolution?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Evil of the Lesser-Evil Choice The "Lesser-Evil" choice serves only to fortify the bipartisan government's indenture to the same moneyed masters.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 22, 2011
Two-Party Con Job Too many good Americans have been conned by the propaganda that it is futile to raise a political voice outside the two-party "system."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 16, 2011
Real Democrat Needed, or Something Else Democrats, even some incumbents, are starting to whisper that different leadership will be needed to win in 2012. Ignoring this message could invite their defeat.

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