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Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. He spent a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s but returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news sites.
SHARE Sunday, July 8, 2018 Donald Trump: Racist, bigot, hater and crook
"When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas," claims an old saying. Those who endorse and support Trump should be scratching until their skin bleeds. Donald Trump is a racist, a bigot, a hater and a corrupt man who is looting America to serve his personal greed and massive ego.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 10, 2013 John Boehner: When drunks lead Congress, disaster is the only option
Most of those who hold public office are drunk with the intoxication of power. Republicans, we are learning more and more, are led by a Speaker of the House who is not only drunk from power but also, based on his actions and the smell that accompanies him, is blasted from the effects of too much booze.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 22, 2012 Michele Bachmann: Suffering from diarrhea of the mouth
Shoot-from-the-lip Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann"s mouth has purged verbal diarrhea once again and this time her outrageous comments brought attacks from Republicans as well as Democrats. She claimed that a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic terrorist organization.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 7, 2019 Time to end Trump's terror campaign to destroy America
Trump went to Britain and Europe this week not to remember the Americans and allies that fought and died on D-Day but to enrich his businesses, use taxpayer money to give his children a lavish vacation and tout accomplishments that don't exist and a presidency laid low by lies and dishonor.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 22, 2019 Who in hell named Trump "anointed one"?
Donald John Trump, the liar who would be king, now says the evangelicals who have backed him and ignored his immoral hedonistic behavior, says they broke "the deal" he had with them when a prominent magazine of the religious right called for removal of the president from office.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 3, 2013 Can, or should, America be saved?
While I agree that America as a nation is in trouble and most likely headed for even more problems, I cannot subscribe to the theory that the end is near. We've been down before. We've faced crisis and even the threat of oblivion before but this nation is a collection of stubborn types who refuse to give up and who, somehow, find a way to survive.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Donald Trump is killing America
Under the control of a debased, corrupt Donald Trump, the con man who claimed he would "make America great again," the once land of the free and home of the brave has become the toxic swamp of a madman, wannabe dictator who plunders and loots at will.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 1, 2019 Trump's "war" with Fox News: Made for TV news hype?
America's bombastic, and usually lying, president complains over and over that Fox News no longer works for him. "Fox isn't working for us anymore," Donald Trump says in one of his usual tsunami of Twitter "tweets." "We have to start looking for a new News outlet," he adds. "The new Fox News is letting millions of great people down."
SHARE Wednesday, December 6, 2006 Iraq Study Group Report: Smoke, mirrors and the fog of war
According to all that collected brain power in the Iraq Study Group, conditions in President George W. Bush's failed Iraq war are "grave and deteriorating" and the United States must find a way to get the hell out. This is news? Hell, the American public has known this for months. That's why they sent the Republican-controlled Congress packing in the November midterm elections. That's why Bush's public approval ratings are so
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 5, 2016 The fall of Trump's house of cards?
Some people who have real money have been whispering for months that Trump is nowhere as rich as he claims and is debt up to his ass, paying overdue bills with money raised in fraudulent schemes like "Trump University" and by turning a run for President into an endless "infomercial" to hawk his "brand" by even using campaign press conferences to promote his wine, his steaks, water and even playing cards.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 13, 2010 The Tea Party: A phony grassroots movement headed for political oblivion?
The Tea Party is not -- and never has been -- the "grassroots" movement that is claims. It was born out of a sham grassroots organization created in the office of a Republican consultant for a millionaire GOP client and then nurtured into existance by former Republican Congressman Dick Armey of Texas.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 7, 2019 Donald Trump is a murderer
Trump's actions result in unnecessary and needless deaths throughout America. Thousands of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico died because Trump intentionally delayed needed rescue efforts during disasters. Thousands have been slaughtered by the heinous white supremacists Trump emboldened by his unwillingness to condemn their actions and called them, as Krugman noted, "very fine people."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 26, 2016 So much for the Christmas spirit...
Vandals spray painted "Trump nation. Whites only" on an Episcopal church in Maryland. In central Indiana, an anti-gay slur and "HEIL TRUMP" were spray painted on an Episcopal Church. The increase in such incidents shows too much anger, intolerance, hate, bigotry and racism still exists in America.
It certainly does in Donald Trump's America.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 10, 2016 Trump: Poster boy for white trash
Republican presidential wannabe and class clown Donald Trump is a pompous, vulgar, obscenity-spouting liar who grunts and waves his arms like a phony "professional" wrestler, inflames domestic tensions and scares the hell out of just about anyone with common sense or an IQ above that of an average plant.
SHARE Tuesday, September 24, 2013 America: A nation dominated by political madness and shame
At a time when reason is needed in political debate and coalition building is necessary to run a government and deal with America's problems, the Republican Party cannot function because it answers to obstructionists who care more about fringe issues than the real problems facing a nation in trouble.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 6, 2013 Do We Need Change? Of Course We Do, But Change To What?
The current system is not working. Congress is mired in partisan gridlock. The current President turned out to just be more of the same. Despite promises and claims, the economy is not really recovering. Cities, towns and counties file for bankruptcy, future leaders are assessed more for their celebrity appeal than any actual experience or ability.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 25, 2013 Yes, I worked for Republicans but, thankfully, I never became one
I cannot, and will not, ever consider my time as a GOP political operative a career highlight or something for which to be proud. What I learned about the political process in more than a dozen years serves me well as a journalist. It taught me that political corruption is not limited to a single political party and that no party or political organization puts America ahead of its own interests or selfish agendas.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 19, 2013 Lots of people lost but did anyone win in the government shutdown?
Did the tea party learn its lesson in the debacle that technically ended last night with votes in the Senate and House? Based on public statements by the hard-core TP types who genuflect to falsely-claimed values, the answer is "no way" and the group has shown little ability to learn from its many past mistakes. But when all is said and done, the biggest loser was America itself and those who call this nation home.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, April 4, 2014 America's fruitless search for a real leader
As President, Obama is not a leader and has lost much of his celebrity luster. He promised "the most transparent administration" in recent years but has delivered just the opposite, concealing actions, fighting freedom of information requests and misusing the "national security" excuse to hide many documents and issues.
SHARE Monday, February 6, 2012 Halftime in America
We need to get off our asses and start demanding accountability and change from those who make the decisions that affect our lives. Those decision makers exist not only in the halls of Congress or at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. They serve on city councils, school boards, board of supervisors and in state legislatures.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, August 9, 2013 When Partisanship Rules, America Loses
Partisanship is bi-partisan in Washington. Both parties live under its banner and genuflect to whatever phony ideals either side claims to stand for. While both claim to stand for what they claim is best for America what they really embrace is absolute power and complete control of a government that once functioned far more efficiently under moderation, cooperation and coalitions.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 18, 2013 Another Cheney in Washington? This is supposed to be change?
The odds are strong that Liz Cheney won't even make it past the primary. The Republican leadership is already lining up behind incumbent GOP Senator Mike Enzi. Wyoming voters traditionally don't oust incumbents and Cheney, who was born in Wisconsin, lived in Virginia until she and her husband bought a big bucks home in trendy Jackson Hole last year.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 4, 2013 Congressional leaders: They hate each other and it shows
While leaders on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate attempt, and often fail, to be courteous to each other in public, the acrimony they feel towards their counterparts is becoming more and more obvious and concerns staff members. Boehner and McConnell have nothing to do with their Democratic counterparts and Reid and Pelosi are content to avid social contact with Republicans.
SHARE Thursday, April 13, 2006 Partisans: America's REAL enemy
I don't like partisanship, political or ideological, and I don't like the partisans who follow political parties or ideological affiliations. I consider all partisans - Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, right or left - to be my enemies and enemies of my country.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 29, 2009 The GOP's 'Specter' of failure
In the end, longtime Republican Senator Arlen Specter had no choice.
If he wanted to keep his Senate seat, he had to return to the Democratic Party he left early in his political career. If he wanted to keep his sanity he had to get away from the rabid right wing that controls the Republican Party.
SHARE Thursday, January 11, 2007 Same game, same results, same madness
You can draw many analogies out of what Bush said in his disjointed, rambling speech to the nation but a reasonable person can come to only one conclusion: The President of the United States has run out of excuses, options or rationalizations for a failed, ill-conceived, illegal and immoral action that will go down in history as a massive political and military debacle.
SHARE Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Lies, damn lies and George W. Bush
No doubt about it. George W. Bush's lying, rotten, putrid, soulless destruction of a once-great nation called America is now open for all to see.
SHARE Friday, April 20, 2007 Bush's boys on the hot seat
Two architects of the Bush administration's dismantling of the Constitution and this nation's immersion into an ill-conceived war based on lies find themselves on the hot seat this week - one for memory lapses and the other for letting his Johnson overcome his judgment.
SHARE Monday, November 6, 2006 For this election, here's mud in everyone's eye
An old rule of politics used to say: Go positive in the final days of the campaign but, in today's politics, rules are made to be broken.
Here we are on the day before a bitterly-contested midterm election and the mud is still flying through a barrage of attack ads that are booked through the time the polls close on Tuesday.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 30, 2006 Close the curtain on 12 years of GOP failures
Talk to a Republican political operative lately and, once you get by the false public bravado that all of them try lamely to project, you see nothing but desperation in their eyes.
The world is crashing down on the party of the elephant and they have only themselves to blame for the disaster that awaits them on November 7.
SHARE Monday, November 27, 2006 Iraq war first-hand: 'A mess. An absolute mess'
The dwindling few who still, for reasons known only to God or their psychiatrist, support Bush's failed invasion if Iraq, continue to claim the situation is not as bad as portrayed by the media. Which, of course, is nothing more than political wishful thinking. Just ask CNN correspondent John Roberts, who went into Baghdad with the invading U.S. forces 3 1/2 years ago and recently returned to the war-ravaged country...
SHARE Wednesday, January 3, 2007 Bush must be stopped
"The delusional Bush remains convinced more military action will bring 'victory' and more troops will make him 'successful' in Iraq. Bush -- like Lyndon Johnson before him -- is a self-anointed Carl von Clausewitz, in his twisted mind a superb military strategist who knows more than the generals."