I'm a native of New York City who's called the Green Mountain state of Vermont home since the summer of 1994. A former freelance journalist, I'm a fiercely independent freethinker who's highly skeptical of authority figures -- especially when they're on the wrong side of the issues I care about. But I'm not afraid to also call into question those with whom I would usually be "on the same page" if and when they, too, are on the wrong side of the issues I care about.
Corsi May Face Libel Suit Over False Claims in Anti-Obama Book
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama -- already making history as the first African American presidential nominee of a major American political party -- may make history again in a way he'd rather not like to make it: As the first presidential candidate to take an author to court
Monday, July 28, 2008
McCain Painted Into Corner on U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq
Senator John McCain has been sounding increasingly strident in his attacks on fellow senator -- and presidential rival -- Barack Obama in recent days over Obama's insistence on a timetable for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. But the Arizonan has been painted into a corner on the issue -- by none other then President Bush himself...
Monday, July 21, 2008
Blowhard O'Reilly Sticks Foot In Mouth Over Death of Vermont Girl
As residents of this blogger's home state of Vermont come to grips with the tragedy of a 12-year-old girl from the central part of the state who vanished and was later found dead, outrage has erupted among Vermonters -- from Governor Jim Douglas on down -- toward an outsider: Fox News Channel's acerbic, New York City-based talk-show host, Bill O'Reilly...
Wednesday, July 16, 2008(3 comments)
Bush May OK Israeli Strike on Iran; ACLU Sues Against FISA
President Bush has informed Israeli government officials that he may look favorably on a pre-emptive military strike by the Jewish state on Iran's nuclear facilities if negotiations with Tehran to end its nuclear development program fail, a British newspaper reported Sunday.
Monday, June 30, 2008(5 comments)
Mugabe Comes Out of Dictator's -- and Racist's -- Closet
Zimbabwe's rogue president, Robert Mugabe, has finally exposed himself as being what many in the West and even in the rest of Africa have feared the worst about him. Not only is he a power-hungry dictator determined to stay in power at any cost, but he's also a blatant racist -- every bit as contemptuous of white people as the former apartheid regime in South Africa was of blacks...
Monday, June 16, 2008
McCain, Bush Expose Their Contempt for the Constitution
If there were any lingering doubts that Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee-elect -- who's trying very hard to paint himself as a "maverick" and "independent" of President Bush -- is marching in lockstep with him on the war in Iraq and on the overall war on terror, those doubts were removed in spades last week...
Monday, June 9, 2008(2 comments)
Can Democrats Unite Behind Obama After Bruising Primary Campaign with Clinton?
Democrats' already-Herculean task of stitching back together a deeply divided party could be made much harder following the disclosure Friday by a New Jersey superdelegate that the Clinton campaign employed "very divisive," racially-motivated tactics against her former rival in an attempt to turn Jewish voters away from him...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008(2 comments)
Hillary's RFK Remark Is the Final Straw; Ex-First Lady Doesn't Deserve Presidency
When this blogger warned last Friday that Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign was "transforming itself from a chase for the Democratic nomination into a full-scale 'Stop Obama' movement," little did I realize how quickly Friday's column would prove to be prophetic. My article was online for only a few hours before Clinton touched off a political and media firestorm with her comments evoking the 1968 assassination of RFK...
Friday, May 23, 2008(4 comments)
Scorched Earth: Clinton Campaign Morphs Into a 'Stop Obama' Movement
Hillary Rodham Clinton is well known for being a tenacious campaigner. But her comments and her actions since Tuesday's primaries in Kentucky and Oregon are sending alarming red flags among Democrats that the former first lady's campaign is transforming itself from a chase for the Democratic nomination into a full-scale "Stop Obama" movement...
Monday, May 12, 2008
Clinton Campaign Appears Doomed as Obama Takes Over Superdelegate Lead
It's all over -- almost. Barack Obama will emerge from the Democratic Party's August national convention in Denver as its standard-bearer for the presidency of the United States. And there's nothing that Hillary Rodham Clinton can do about it -- because she's lost the majroity of the party's superdelegates.
Clinton's Attacks Backfire as More Party Heavyweights Back Obama
Hillary Clinton thought that by going negative against Barack Obama, she could stop his momentum and put him on the defensive. But it isn't turning out that way. Clinton's attack strategy has instead blown up in her face, driving up her own negative poll ratings ahead of Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary...
Monday, April 14, 2008
Clinton Full of Hypocritical B.S. Over Obama's Remarks on Working Class
Rarely is a politician so transparently full of hypocritical B.S. on any issue. But Hillary Clinton's attacks on Barack Obama as "elitist' and "out of touch" with working-class Americans over his admittedly poor choice of words about "bitter" voters in small towns reek of hypocrisy. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton can hardly call themselves champions of the working class, with Bill backing free-trade pacts costing American jobs.
Monday, April 7, 2008(7 comments)
Memo Confirms Bush's Disregard of Constitution on Wiretaps
A secret Justice Department memorandum disclosed last week reveals that the Bush administration knew all along that its warrantless anti-terror surveillance program was -- and is -- unconstitutional. But it concocted a rationale to claim that the program was exempt from the Fourth Amendment's requirements that the government obtain warrants for such surveillance. . .
Monday, March 24, 2008(16 comments)
New Anti-Obama Smears in Tabloids Owned by Staunch Clintonista
It's now becoming more and more apparent that the Clinton campaign will stop at nothing to win the Democratic presidential nomination -- not even dragging its chief rival, Barack Obama, into the mud of wild tabloid accusations and innuendo without a shred of evidence to back them up.
Monday, March 17, 2008(5 comments)
House Again Defies Bush, Upholds Constitution on Wiretaps
President Bush's determination to have the federal government eavesdrop on Americans' electronic communications without court warrants -- in clear violation of the Constitution -- has run into a brick wall, as the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives again refused to yield to his demand that telecommunications companies be granted immunity from civil lawsuits...
McCain's 'War on Pork' Comes Back to Bite Him Over Boeing's Loss of Air Tanker Deal
Democrats aren't the only ones targeting McCain for defeat in November. Angry supporters of the Boeing Company -- including some Republicans -- are also determined to stop McCain's bid for the White House over the Chicago-based aircraft maker's loss of a $35 billion contract to build a new generation of Air Force refueling tankers to the parent company of its European arch-rival, Airbus...
Thursday, March 6, 2008(2 comments)
No TKO For Obama -- But Clinton Fails to Close Delegate Gap
It wasn't the technical knockout that Barack Obama wanted -- but if Hillary Rodham Clinton hoped to close the delegate gap between herself and her rival, it was a mission that she failed to accomplish. And -- contrary to the TV news channels' projections on Tuesday night -- Clinton did not win Texas after all...
Finally! Constitution Wins, GOP Fearmongering Loses In Terror War
House Democrats Stand Firm and Refuse to Reward Telecom Firms With Immunity From Lawsuits for Turning Over Customer Records to the Government Without Court Warrants, in Violation of the Fourth Amendment; GOP Walkout Proves Beyond Doubt Republicans' Disregard for the Bill of Rights in the War on Terror.