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Frank J. Ranelli is an independent scholar, skeptic and critic, author and essayist. His erudite and iconoclastic style of provocative writing has been extensively published in a variety of news outlets and across the Internet. These include the Naples Daily News, The Online Journal, Information Clearing House, Alternet, The Smirking Chimp, and the former progressive journal of thought, Wicked Philosophy.

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(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 20, 2008
George Bush's Approval Rating Plummets to Just 19% Clearly voicing their discontent for George W. Bush, Americans are now reaching historic levels of undisputed antipathy for America's 43rd President. A new poll has Bush breaking a new nadir in presidential approval ratings, beating out Harry Truman's 22% for the lowest support among Americans in the nation's history.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 16, 2010
When Religion's Apologists Attack! As religion and its sycophants continue to crumble under the weight of science and reason, its exponents have dialed up the polemics and the deceit.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Defining Fascism, Then and Now The Bush Administration continues its irrational endeavor into re-defining fascism, but does the disparaging label of 'Islamofacists' accurately depict the radical extremists that now occupy a portion of the Middle-East?
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 22, 2010
On The Immorality of Christianity The languid success of logic and facts to dislodge believers from their mistaken beliefs, calls for a new course in the claim for morality's mantle; religion fails humanity on ethics.
(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Why Palin Will Win the VP Debate Palin's recent gaffes are actually calculated moves to disarm Biden.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Bush Nixes Public Access to EPA Libraries! In an all out effort to impede research and public access, the self-appointed "Decider", George W. Bush, has decided to "end public access to research materials" at EPA Regional libraries without Congressional consent.
(48 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Independent Study Finds Bush "Unequivocally" Lied U.S. into War with Iraq In perhaps the most complete and damning evidence yet that President Bush deceived a nation into a baseless war, a nonprofit collaboration of two independent organizations has concluded that President Bush used at least 532 misleading and deceptively false statements to justify military action against Iraq.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Are We a Nation of Liars? Famous falsehoods and fashionable lies is all the rage. In the lexicon of today's language, deception, not perception, is now king.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Terrorism Awareness Project: The 21st Century's "Red Scare" Movement A radical faction of the right is attempting to reconstitute McCarthyism in the 21st century by spreading exaggerated falsehoods to college campuses, eschewing accuracy and espousing hysteria about Islam and the honest threat of terrorism. Their aim is simple: Envelope the next generation of young minds under the umbrella of constant panic and indoctrinate them with deceptive and ignorant fear.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 17, 2006
"Porn Again" Christianity In another stunning display of heretical hypocrisy, a recent poll taken by the self-proclaimed "World's most Christian website",, found that a majority of Christian men, 50%, are addicted to pornography!
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 3, 2009
Renowned Skeptic Michael Shermer: Deist or Just Disingenuous? Dr. Michael Shermer, a world-renowned skeptic and self-proclaimed atheist, recently, in perhaps an act of atonement or appeasement, stunningly declared, “Religion and evolution can live side by side.” Has the once-luminary defender of skepticism, recast his lot with religion and thereby reclaimed his erstwhile lost Ichthys?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 27, 2006
Crimes Against Humanity or "Just Following Orders"? The moral, ethical, and human conditioning of how we moved in four short years from the idea of "defending a nation" to simply following "unlawful orders." The human, soul-searching questions we must now ask of ourselves, our leaders, and even our troops.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 25, 2008
Deities, Dinosaurs, and the Dangers of Religious Dogma Curriculum of the 'Accelerated Christian Academy' in Mosta instructs kids dinosaurs were used to build ancient pyramids in Egypt.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 17, 2011
Theistic Bigotry: The Reality of Denying Fantasy While religionists in the U.S. continue to enjoy a privileged status for their unfounded beliefs, unbelievers face increasing acts of life-altering prejudice and discrimination by America's pious.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Congressman Duncan Hunter's Message to Universities, "Be Patriotic, or Else!" Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter brazenly attacks the world of academia, insistent on legislating an Orwellian doctrine and desires to return McCarthyism and blind nationalism to governing by censoring the thoughts of the American people.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 3, 2008
Palin Delivers during VP Debate (And We All Saw It.) Part II of my contrarians view as to why and how Sarah Palin was able to delivery for the McCain camp and reinvigorated the base once again.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 1, 2008
John McCain Quietly Draws on Social Security While Calling the Program Publicly a "Disgrace" A recent revelation that John McCain personally derives full benefits from the long-standing and popular Social Security program stands in stark contrast to his recent remarks in Denver, Colorado.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 18, 2006
How Bush Failed Jesus and the Return of the Christian Crusade Why Bush's jumbled logic that Christianity is by "Presidential proclamation" divine, and Islamic beliefs are by utter existence provocative and depraved, has fueled an incendiary front of hatred and racial intolerance under the banners of Christianity and patriotism in America.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 26, 2006
George Bush, Indefensible and Un-American: The Path to Treachery Any government faction within the U.S. that claims it alone is supremely right is un-American. Any President seeking to monopolize lies as truth and claims an omnipotent capacity to do so, while denigrating anyone who dares to challenge his vile revision of history is treacherous.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 22, 2008
Just who is Chet Edwards? The Obama Democratic Veepstakes is approaching a frenetic and feverish pitch. Is it Joe Biden, Evan Bayh, or even Hillary Clinton? Surprisingly, and perhaps to the dismay of many progressives, liberals, and democratic voters the answer may be a resounding, "No."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 28, 2006
Sherrod Brown of Ohio Capitulates to Bush and Approves Torture! Sherrod Brown, once seen by many as a true Democrat, a real liberal, and a viable alternative to Mike DeWine, forfeited his progressive values and the rule of law, in order to score election points. How? By yielding to the Bush cartel and voting for torture!
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 17, 2007
Former Ohio AG Jim Petro Likely to be Replacement for Deborah Pryce in OH-15 In the wake of the current Republican D.C. mass exodus, that now includes Ohio's own favorite Bush toady, Deborah Pryce; it appears that former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro (R) will try his sorry hand at yet another republican political run. This time, for Pryce's soon to be vacated and soiled congressional seat.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Electronic Voting Machines "Hack" off Democrat Jim Webb's Name from November Ballot! Hacks, hackers and hacking off! How the right-wing machine and its "machines of voter mayhem" intend to steal your vote again by hacking off the Democratic candidate's last name from the ballot!
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 14, 2008
Does Chris Matthews have a problem with women? Is Chris Matthews of MSNBC waging a hostile, chauvinist's agenda against Hillary Clinton and women? His abject track record against women says, "Yes." It's time to end the misogyny of Matthews.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 28, 2006
One Nation Under "Whose God is it Anyway?" From atheists to polytheists, from Allah to Buddha, just whose God is it anyway? How realism and not mysticism can deliver us from a dark time in our history.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 29, 2008
Bush's Great Bailout is Merely Fear Du Jour Bush's bail out of Wall Street is a leap into Robber Baron-style tyranny. Congress must reject this absolutist, radical proposal outright. Rewarding bad behavior on Wall Street, by theft of money obtained through taxpayers on Main Street, is more than perverse it is an insidious act of vile turpitude.
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 29, 2007
Christians' Addiction to Porn Blamed on Technology The Religious Right's newest adversary of evangelicalism and outward disdain for pornography may have less to do with their distaste for it and more to do with the fact it is maxing out their credit cards.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 29, 2006
Bush's Wonderland and through the Looking Glass of Iraq Seduced by a powerful cocktail of intoxicating hysteria, America tumbled down the rabbit hole of Bush's Wonderland only to discover the looking glass was a window in reverse with a frightening view.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Case for Impeachment: A Thunderous Cry for Bush's Removal and Why! Why the book, The Case for Impeachment: The Legal Argument for Removing President George W. Bush from Office, is a must read for every American of all political stripes and parties!
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 11, 2006
America: Dead-Democracy Walking The apathy, silence and complacency of the 21st century American. Part III of the "American Democracy in Crisis" series.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 15, 2007
Bush administration was either incompetent or is guilty of malfeasance George Bush has been likely caught in another lie, another cover up, and another scandal. One that may debunk his entire justifications for violating FISA, or worse yet, show that the 9/11 attacks were not prevented due to gross incompetence!
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 3, 2007
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich Eviscerates Bush, Calls War on Terror "Phony" The contentious and conservative, erstwhile Speaker of the House bemoans how Bush has helped America become a country that is "no longer serious", harshly criticizes the Bush administration's handling of terrorist groups, calling the war on terror "phony", and claims hyper-partisanship is a "stupid way to run a country".
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Bush by the Numbers While fixated solely on a massively deteriorating situation in Iraq, Bush continues his irreverence and refuses to listen to the voice of America. Now, in a shockingly candid and irrefutable rejection of Bush's imperialism, a new poll makes clear American's umbrage with their 43rd president.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 6, 2007
A Prescient Thought to Ponder, Especially for Republicans A Bush proclivity for secrecy, a reputation for arrogance and power grabs, and openly flouting the rule of law has one conservative Republican asking, "Do we candidly desire reaping what we have sown over the past six-plus years?"
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 3, 2006
How to Erode Bush's Base: One Man's Journey from Blind Loyalist to Visionary Patriot! A real-life story, of how one man was rescued from the jaws of the democracy-eating Bush regime, saved from drowning in a cesspool of war propaganda and found the Patriot Act was not so patriotic, after all!
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 1, 2006
Vigilante Troops Doll-out Ultra-harsh Punishment for Stealing Wood! A group of rogue, U.S. soldiers in Iraq takes matters and the law into their own hands and subjects a band of unarmed Iraqi civilians to a shocking display of abuse of power and barbarism!
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 29, 2008
New Orleans vs. Iraq: If Only it was Just Billions The Bush Iraq and Afghanistan wars will cost the U.S. $2.4 trillion, but some fiscal conservatives and anti-tax crusaders are still fixated on derailing the billions of dollars requisite to restore a city lost to Bush's incompetence and hubris – the city of New Orleans.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 21, 2007
No Time, No Spine! Democratically-Controlled Congress Capitulates to Bush's War of Perpetuity Minimum wage increase trumps ending Bush's war, Democrats cave and bow to Bush's demand of perpetual war funds.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 4, 2007
The Fading of America: Failing our children, funding a president's war Is anyone else feeling the intense hypocrisy, the thick, cold heartlessness of denying the cries of defenseless children? George W. Bush, just days after heretically eulogizing Monday as "Child Health Day", turned around silently and glibly vetoed a bill to aid millions of children through subsidized healthcare. The insincerity is more than real; it is now potentially lethal to millions of vulnerable children.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Democracy Interrupted Why we as a nation, have been titrated, which is the gradual increasing of dosage, pressure, and propaganda, till the desired effect – an inured and compliant society – have willingly bequeathed away our autonomy of self-government, embraced the genesis of tyranny, and begin our seemingly inexorable march towards dictatorship.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 27, 2007
Chertoff to be Recess Appointed? Claiming "exigent circumstances", Bush is likely to recess appoint Chertoff as Attorney General, breaking a deal with Senate leader Harry Reid.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 14, 2008
McCain Votes Against Banning Waterboarding, but Claims it is "Illegal" Senator John McCain, the erstwhile prisoner of war, whose previous vehement opposition to torture stemmed from years of torment at the hands of the North Vietnamese, has voted against banning waterboarding while claiming it is illegal.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 30, 2009
Race-Baiting or Race to the Bottom? America has reached a new nadir in its pitiful ability to welcome a secular, ethnically diverse civilization, and embrace post-racial politics, not bi-racial antics and polemics.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 11, 2007
A Real Call-up to Duty? Conscription may be coming to a recruiting station near you soon! Bush supporters encouraged to be first in line.
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 23, 2007
Bush's Approval Rating Plunges To a measly 25 Percent Bush continues his quest for the lowest presidential ratings in modern history.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 11, 2006
Civil Liberties: What's Your Asking Price? Patriotic questions that must be asked if we are to remain a free society and understanding that ignoring your rights is an unpardonable invitation to tyranny and oppression - that silence is merely another form of consent.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Hillary Must Be the Right Women President, not Just a Woman President Barack Obama has registered ten straight caucus and primary victories, taking the inevitability out of Hillary Clinton's campaign to win the White House. Many older female voters are now dismayed at the likely prospect of never seeing a woman president in their lifetime. But, is it Clinton's gender or her politics that has sparked Obama's incendiary ascent to front-runner status?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 5, 2006
Americans, Iraqis and Congress Serve Rumsfeld Notice: Quit! The shifty and euphemistic Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, is now starring down a trifecta of oppostion to his woeful negligence involving Iraq. As Americans grows ever colder to the ethereal war on terror, Iraqis turned out in mass numbers in a show of solidarity to announce their resistance to the U.S. occupation. The message was clear – time for Rumsfeld to line up for his pink slip!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Bush one point away from tying worst-ever approval rating for a president 76-percent of Americans now believe President Bush to be "irrelevant" and deem we should "throw the bums out" this next election cycle!
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 20, 2007
Dystopian and Dysfunctional, Senate "Expresses the Sense" that Critical Thought Must Be Censured While Republicans can openly and with applause deny soldiers equal rest at home for equal days in hell, the Democrats, gutless and apprehensive, are once again lulled into interpreting "supporting the troops" means suppressing dissent and kowtowing to Bush's brood of enablers.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 22, 2006
Broder Bashes Bloggers While Doing the "Bush Bash"! Washington Post columnist, David Broder falsely declares Joe Lieberman and the recent Republican Senate revolt against Bush true independence, while bashing bloggers and re-defining the center ground of politics.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Congratulations Democrats, you've just purchased yourself a war! Bush blusters, Congress folds and the war plays on...
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 8, 2006
Democratic Candidate for Ohio, Charles Sanders, Has No "Intellectual Confusion!" Unapologetic, courageous and intrepid, Charles Sanders goes where few seeking office are willing to go -- straight at the heart of the matter -- the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney!
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Pelosi's Gavel Proves to Wield Little Power to End Conflict in Iraq Amid disingenuous half-truths, an obvious penchant to submit to Bush's resolve to indefinitely stay in Iraq, and now cobbled together excuses instead of results, Nancy Pelosi has shown little true grit to exercise Congress' ability to end the bloodbath in Iraq.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 7, 2006
On Death and Democracy: Voting for a Cure. The five stages of death of a democracy and how voting can be the miracle cure!
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 24, 2006
Democratic Leaders Pen a "Dear Mr. President Letter" Amid mass public outcry for accountability, Democratic leaders resort to drab letter writing campaign to the Oval Office!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 6, 2006
The Cowardice of Congress While angry America searches for assertive action, Congress placates the President and continually serves up more pointless platitudes amid a mix of abdications and felonious failures.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 17, 2007
Michael B. Mukasey as AG Appointee: Are all the wrong questions being raised? Former federal judge, Michael B. Mukasey, is President Bush's decisive choice to head the Justice Department following Alberto Gonzales' resignation and departure. While ideological conjecture churns around his nomination, many may be already asking the wrong questions and ignoring the obvious specter that it simply may not matter who is Gonzales' successor.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 21, 2006
America is Teetering on the Brink of Democratic Extinction A radical and aggressive revision of our society has been underway and under wraps for over five years now during Bush’s reign. Where systematic brainwashing, fear mongering and forceful secrecy have imprisoned a whole nation and threatens our ability to self-govern. Part I of how a paradigm shift is needed now and why each one of us is responsible for the rebirth of a peaceful nation built on trust and hope not lies and fear.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 29, 2007
John Edwards Brings Populist Message Back to Ohio Democratic Presidential candidate, John Edwards, brought his message of returning power to the people into Columbus, Ohio Friday evening. Speaking to a lively and engaged crowd of about 800 people, Edwards laid out his distinct vision for America.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 9, 2006
A Dawning of a New Day in America Part II of the American dissenter's voice: Losing our fear, regaining our country. How and why Americans took back their country from a proto-fascist dictator, a smarmy Congress and gained a new sense of courageous optimism.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 21, 2006
Lying is legal, so says the Pentagon! Press prevarications deemed legal by self-adjudicating Defense Department.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 20, 2006
America, a Hemorrhaging Democracy As America bleeds, Bush continues to pour salt in an already cavernous wound that foretells a dim diagnosis for democracy.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 2, 2006
"Terrorist Surveillance Program" Commandeers Civil Rights The Bush Administration's highly criminal surveillance program of innocent Americans continues its assault to suspend civil rights under the guise of patriotism and false national security reasons.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 28, 2006
Rigid Republicans Flip On Minimum Wage Issue! House republicans try to blackmail democrats and America on minimum wage hike using cheap parlor tricks to diffuse a wedge issue in the up-coming November election.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 23, 2006
Freedom of Information Request on NSA's illegal domestic spying program denied! WASHINGTON- In a lawsuit filed by People For the American Way Foundation (PFAWF), a federal judge ruled last night that the National Security Agency is not required to answer a Freedom of Information Act request about its domestic spying program.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 18, 2006
The Lawless President: Inside the mind of George W. Bush How Bush personifies exactly what the framers of the Constitution feared and worked so feverishly to prevent by designing three, co-equal branches of government and placing limits on executive powers through a system of checks and balances.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 25, 2006
Conduit of Control: Rumsfeld and Cheney's Quest for Supremacy Exposed Why the war in Iraq is utterly immoral, illegal and based on a false speculation, trumped-up allegations and shear, utter lies.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 12, 2006
Bush to Congress: You're Terminated! How President Bush's historic grab for power helped dissolve Congress and its power.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 18, 2006
Sounding the Alarm, Saving the Internet A new instructional video from explaining 'net neutrality' and why some large telecommunications conglomerates want to abolish this virtual "equal rights" of the information super-highway known as the World Wide Web.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 29, 2006
Impeachment, Dissent and the Demand for Justice: Why Americans Want Bush Gone How contempt, sheer arrogance and subversion of our rule of law by the Bush administration has spawned the emergence of a national cry for Impeachment

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