John Sammon

Contributor

John Sammon is a writer whose experience includes newspaper reporting, magazine writing, personality profiles, interviews, celebrity interviews (Clint Eastwood), historical pieces, investigative and crime. He was selected “Most Valuable Reporter” for California’s oldest continually operating newspaper, and covered the weekend crime beat for a daily newspaper in Nevada. If you beat your wife on Friday, he wrote about it and got you in deep trouble on Saturday.

He covered business, education and politics, local, statewide and federal. He reported on Nevada brothels and did stories on wild horses. The publication of his investigative pieces led to a dishonest political candidate withdrawing from a statewide elective campaign while another politician unsuccessfully sued him because he didn’t like an article Mr. Sammon produced. His articles led to government reforms, including a school district performing its first-ever financial audit and a Nevada State Law rolling back home heating oil prices for fixed-income seniors who depended on it.

Mr. Sammon is also a humor writer of the website Sammonsays, a professional short script writer, an actor and member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, a film narrator for the California State Parks system, a standup comedian, and the author of four novels.

Mr. Sammon's book, "Sammon Says: Exposing American Empire," a compilation of over 100 political opinion columns written over several years and recounting America's involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was released in October 2012 by Dictus Publishing of Germany.

Mr. Sammon's latest book "Guns at the Abyss," a historical romance suspense novel, is set during the early days of World War I. Published by Web-e-Books, the book is due for release early in 2016. Here is a brief description of "Guns at the Abyss" by the publisher:

The author brings history back to life to question the moralism of centralized power.

Guns at the Abyss is a novelistic political stage show replete with a realistic cast of government bureaucrats, dignitaries, military leaders and soldiers, patriots and radicals, actual city and street names, parks and buildings, true-to-life details of period dress, decoration, pomp, charm, period viewpoint, sexuality, and voyeurism. The dialogue and other human interaction are calculated to fit the portrayal of an era when manners and social behavior dictated allegiance to custom, position, and patriotism.

Sammon’s soulful searching drama provides an enlightening reckoning on the hollowed abyss of humanity from unchecked power, exploitation, and war.

As of August 12, 2017, John's 155 articles like "Religion, When Extremism?" have totaled 16.4M views and shares.

John's 100 most recent articles: (Search for more)

NOV 05 2016
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The Left

What is a Libertarian?

A Libertarian Presidential Candidate has not been elected.
"The platform of the Libertarian Party promotes an America more self-reliant, less corporate."

NOV 05 2016
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The Left

Religion, When Extremism?

Religions often seek dominance
"Most religions write down the word of God as they interpret it and misinterpret what they write down"

OCT 08 2016
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The Left

You Are a Fanatic

Thirteen signs that if you do these, you’re stupid.
"You have given up referring to members of the other party as the “Loyal Opposition.”"

OCT 02 2016
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The Left

An Embarrassing Reality

What (I think) the World Thinks of Trump
"Trump, many despise him for what they perceive as his arrogance and stupidity."

SEP 05 2016
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The Left

Democracy Pronounced Dead

I dread the next four years.
"If it’s not the end of American Democracy (Republic), it’s the dormancy of it."

AUG 08 2016
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The Left

Listen Ted!

I Felt Sorry for Ted Cruz
"Lies invective and hate, there's more to come."

JUL 19 2016
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The Left

a Look Back at Policing

I wrote this piece about police performance in 2009
"The Henry Gates Controversy of 2009 hasn't changed the basic issue."

JUL 12 2016
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The Left

Political Career Limits?

In carpentry, you have to deal with straight lines.
"We should at least have a warning on the ballot like the warning label on a bottle of wine."

JUN 24 2016
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The Left

Ali and Trump Similiar?

Both Men Used Their Hands and Mouths
"Both men used yelling and incessant talking, and name calling."

JUN 04 2016
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The Left

Psychological Trump

The world is whatever I say it is.
"Trump's compulsions are more overt."

MAY 13 2016
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The Left

Political Entertainers

Donald Trump Could be Don Rickles
"Attempting to be funny and clever can be risky."

MAY 04 2016
Wise Alf
Politics

Предсказания об Ираке

Ретроспектива иракской войны.

MAY 02 2016
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The Left

Iraq Prediction

A hindsight perspective on Iraq War. Do you agree?
"The conquest of Iraq is only the beginning I predicted."

MAR 22 2016
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Columns

25 Things Trump Can Say

I'm Not Normal
"The fact that he hasn’t said some of these is not the point. The point is he could say these."

MAR 21 2016
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The Left

America Learn

Bombing Alone Won't Do It.
"Here's where the President and Secretary of State can show some leadership, if they have nerve."

MAR 14 2016
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The Left

King Of Punks

Trump Supporters are Often Under-Educated Young White Guys
"Now we have the modern rich man’s Wally George (Trump) on his way to the White House."

FEB 28 2016
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Columns

Ageism Safe Hate

Get right in their face
"Age discrimination is the only safe form of discrimination left."

FEB 22 2016
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The Independent

Me Me Me Love

I'm so big I can't believe it.
"Money is everything."

FEB 15 2016
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The Independent

a Woman President?

Would a woman get caught up in the White House decor?
"Women have shown they can be tough."

JAN 22 2016
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The Left

Republican Gotterdammerun

The eminent demise of the Republican Party
"The ability to draw votes from cross-section groups that make up America is key."

DEC 24 2015
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The Left

Open Letter to Jeb

No one is more sorrowful than I to tell you this Jeb.
"Anger and the desire for revenge, like sex, is what sells today Jeb."

DEC 13 2015
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The Left

Trump and Adolph

10 Similarities Between Trump and Hitler
"Both men use finger pointing and wild physical gesturing."

NOV 30 2015
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Columns

Killing Elephants

Greed and vanity are killing the world
"Approximately 100,000 elephants have been killed by poachers in just the past three years."

NOV 08 2015
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The Left

Idiots R Us

We'll be forced to listen to fewer lies
"All the candidates exhibit a reluctance to do common labor"

OCT 30 2015
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The Left

Petty, Mean and Ugly

Let's assume Cruz's comments were truthful
"Ted is not lucky enough to be clever despite himself."

OCT 21 2015
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The Left

Ryan's Reluctance

Candidates will be considered in numerical order.
"What image comes to mind about the Republican Speaker job? How about taking over a sinking ship?"

SEP 28 2015
Wise Alf
Economy

США - на аутсорсинг!

Америка распродается

AUG 25 2015
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The Left

Bush Changes His Spots

Bush defies gravity: Both for and against
"If blandness comes into vogue, Bush might have a chance."

AUG 01 2015
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The Left

Trump's McCarthy Moment

When were you ever on TV? You're a loser!
"Trump has Joan of Arc Disease"

JUN 08 2015
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The Left

Bombs Away Graham Runs

Lindsey Graham Never Saw a War He didn't Like
"Graham advised others how to go to war."

JUN 05 2015
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The Left

Morrissey Scores Again

Morrissey started at the bottom and went down in the world
"He is the father of little baby Chase Morrissey, sired with the teenage personal secretary..."

JUN 04 2015
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The Left

Santorum's God Presidency

He left out making love to a frog
"What pearls of wisdom will Rick come up with next?"

MAY 20 2015
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The Left

10 Ways Republicans Lie

Republicans will cling to the past
"Republicans used to be somewhat decent and reasonable people."

JAN 31 2015
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The Left

American Sniper: Fascism?

We don't know exactly who we're killing.
"I miss Willie and Joe."

JAN 20 2015
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The Left

Heroism and Debt

Is making a mistake by public safety officers not possible?
"You want to know how to get a police officer angry? Say your taxes pay his salary."

JAN 14 2015
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The Left

Terror: Caving Into Fear

One of the worst things you can do is be afraid.
"What are the ways we reward terror?"

DEC 28 2014
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The Left

Understanding North Korea

North Koreans have mastered the stick and carrot
"For North Korea image is everything."

DEC 12 2014
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The Left

America Abandons Ideals

The Torture Report Clarified Two Opposing Camps
"Rule of law is no longer as we used to understand it."

NOV 02 2014
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The Left

Veterans Vicissitudes

Some veterans think they're better than others
"This Veterans' Day, let's honor the sacrifice of all veterans equally."

OCT 17 2014
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The Left

Revenge of Elephants

Is God going to take us out?
"Maybe I'm not agnostic."

OCT 06 2014
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The Left

Politico Observations 5

There is nothing wrong with North Korea
"Biden inserts foot in mouth again"

SEP 29 2014
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The Left

Neo-Cons use Hate, Fear

Even the French are helping and they only like Jerry Lewis
"Pat Robertson thinks he's God's quarterback"

SEP 14 2014
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The Left

Politico Observations 4

Palin Slams, Pelosi Warns, Obama Bores
"A little girl told Obama she'd rather see Beyonce"

SEP 07 2014
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The Left

Politico Observations 3

Russia maps out Europe, Obama stalls, and Justin
"Obama might seek Iran as a new ally"

AUG 28 2014
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The Left

Outsourcing America

America is Being Sold Out
"If your salary kept pace with economic growth, you"

AUG 18 2014
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The Left

Politico Observations Two

More notes in the political news plus a reporter freaks out
"Florida Governor Rick Scott is selling mostly bull"

AUG 10 2014
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The Left

Politico Observations

Just a few notes in the political news plus a Cubs story
"Rand Paul called Rick Perry "Four-Eyes.""

AUG 06 2014
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The Left

Middle East Rethink

No one should have to die over religiously-driven politics
"A state founded on the right of only one religion...is bound to fail."

JUN 16 2014
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The Left

We Destabilized Iraq

He was a killer, but he had been our killer, our friend.
"Sometimes, when you replace a dictator, you get something worse."

JUN 05 2014
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The Left

Does God Bless America?

This saying seems at odds with every religion
"Why would God bless an artificial border?"

MAY 01 2014
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The Left

Age Discrimination is OK

The only safe bigotry left
"The older among us should be valued"

APR 14 2014
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The Left

Russia, China Eye Pact?

It's like the old Hayley Mills song.
"The Chinese and the Russians have much to offer each other."

MAR 27 2014
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The Left

Re-Hab Carter Image

We should rethink Jimmy Carter's presidency
"Jimmy Carter was not as bad as you thought"

MAR 22 2014
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The Left

Method Madness

Armed conflict often creates more problems than it solves
"Has there been a shift in our government away from the trigger happy?"

MAR 13 2014
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The Left

CIA Catch 22?

Is some greater judicial oversight of the CIA possible?
"Dianne Feinstein says she's being spied on, and she doesn't like it."

MAR 09 2014
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The Left

Pizza Diplomacy

If it worked in Bobtown, it could work in Moscow
"Could we get Putin to sample pizza with Hawaiian pineapple slices?"

MAR 02 2014
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The Left

Counting on Votes

You have no direct vote on many issues
"Your vote will influence the future of the country about 45 percent of the time"

FEB 06 2014
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The Left

Royals Remain Relevant

The Brits still act as though England is a world power
"Prince Charles will suggest a diet of sugar beets"

JAN 19 2014
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Columns

California Catastrophe

Drought-stricken California will burn this summer.
"People like Al Jardine build expensive homes where none should be."

JAN 13 2014
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The Left

Al-Qaeda in Iraq

Because we had dishonest leaders, American soldiers died.
"The country doesn't understand Murphy's Law"

JAN 11 2014
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The Left

WW2 Not the Greatest

The World War Two Generation is not the Greatest Generation
"Tom Brokaw based his premise on a fallacy, "Bigger is better.""

DEC 31 2013
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Entertainment

Grow a Beard - Act Weird

Just use words like "ain't," and "jee-hoss-O-fat."
"The white-skinned hillbilly remains the only ethnic slur left to denigrate."

DEC 26 2013
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Culture

Don't Promise on New Year

Make a lack of resolve count in your favor
"It's like the government, you over-promise and don't deliver."

AUG 19 2013
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The Left

Defecating on Indonesia

Asian paper pirates are destroying the Rain Forest.
"Can't we use brushes for our backsides like the ancient Romans did?"

AUG 14 2013
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The Left

10 Non-Predictions

10 non-predictions for next year and the year after.
"Given the amost certainty they will happen makes these non-predictions safe to make."

JUL 31 2013
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The Left

So Disgusted I Could Spit

Where is the humanity? How can they do this?
"The truth has become a crime."

JUL 25 2013
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Culture

Classic General Hospital

I was in a scene from this classic soap opera.
"If you think it's easy playing a love scene with a teleprompter, try it."

JUL 15 2013
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The Left

Fear Killed Trayvon

Fear is the new prejudice
"Black Americans are not judged by their character, but by the fear their skin color represents."

JUL 10 2013
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The Left

GOP Exploits Yosemite

With the GOP, it's always money that wins
"Maybe your kid could do without ice cream for one day."

JUL 03 2013
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The Left

What Have They Ever Done?

What have Republicans done except say "No?"
"Republicans and conservatives are not against big govenment when it benefits them."

JUL 01 2013
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The Left

10 Greatest U.S. Failures

For some perverted reason, many Americans support failure
"You can't fool all the people all the time, but many Americans are fools."

JUN 26 2013
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Culture

Fear and Longing

Hillary Clinton will have to develop a bulge
"If I can beat you up, I'm more of a man than you are."

JUN 25 2013
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The Left

Obama is Conservative

You're only against Big Government when it Suits You
"Obama is like your black-sheep uncle you like to despise but who is no worse than you yourself."

JUN 18 2013
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Culture

The Loss of Bullard

I looked like Justin Bieber's little brother
"What kind of person would root against his own football team?"

JUN 15 2013
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The Left

Ten Lists I Hope to Make

He bears future watching if he ever becomes somebody
"Put me on your damn list and note that even though I'm largely unknown---I bear future watching."

JUN 07 2013
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The Left

Ultra-Conservative Manual

Sleep with your Gun or Mount it as a Religious Altar
"You might learn that war isn't fun. We don't want that."

JUN 03 2013
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Culture

Accepting African Mores

African American Cultural Slang has Gained Acceptance
"Most people don't want to appear racist... even if they are."

MAY 28 2013
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Culture

JFK and Camelot

The Legacy of John F. Kennedy is one of Doomed Promise
"We wanted to believe in him. We still do."

MAY 10 2013
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Culture

The Great Die-Off

Over 1,600 world species ready to go extinct.
"What took nature eons to evolve can't survive a world of souvenir hunters."

APR 30 2013
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The Left

Lying Library

How Could Someone be so Wrong and get a Memorial Library?
"George W. Bush proved the Founding Fathers wrong."

APR 24 2013
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The Left

Corporate Bum

Being a vulture capitalist means destroying everything
"The business owner no doubt said, 'That's good. I want dishonesty.'"

APR 12 2013
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The Left

10 Greatest U.S. Failures

For some Perverted Reason, these Failures have Support
"You can't fool all the people all the time, but many Americans are a bunch of fools."

APR 04 2013
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Culture

American Unity Myth

Lies that Americans cherish and want to believe in
"Andrew Jackson hit a guy over the head with his cane. Is that unity?"

MAR 29 2013
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Culture

String Theory Possible

What if there are more than three dimensions?
"You could become supernatural, be everywhere and everything."

MAR 22 2013
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The Left

My Party for a Token

The Search for a Republican Token is On
"Conservatives will bend a bit, but core values will remain."

MAR 14 2013
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Culture

World Religions

Most Religions Promote the Same Basic Objectives
"Most religions believe theirs is better than others."

MAR 09 2013
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Culture

Alternative Sports

The Point Your Finger of Blame Marathon
"Points will be awarded for the most BS"

MAR 04 2013
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Culture

The Face of Hate

North Korea is a Threat to World Peace
"These little North Korean children were brainwashed"

FEB 18 2013
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Columns

Saudi America

This Could be Funded by Hiking the Price of Gasoline
"We could flood Saudi Arabia with right wing duck hunters."

FEB 11 2013
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Culture

McCain, Clinton's Anger

How Will the Public React to Clinton's Temper?
"Clinton will become the next president, but the public won't allow her to act like John McCain."

JAN 31 2013
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Culture

Chicago Conspiracy Trial

I Was in a Play about the Chicago Eight
"The real Judge Hoffman failed to see the humor and irony when he admonished the defendants."

JAN 25 2013
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Culture

Genetic / Braining

Pros and Cons: Genetic Engineering and Brain Fingerprinting
"What if we could design a carrot that would dramatically increase the size of a sexual organ?"

JAN 11 2013
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The Left

Who Picks Military Names?

We Have a Right to Know Who is Picking These Names
"Maybe the Afghan War should be called "Possible Iffy Freedom.""

DEC 31 2012
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The Left

Love My Gun

My Gun is Who I Am
"I are a Patriot"

DEC 20 2012
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The Left

Scrooge was Republican

What's wrong with hoarding money? That's the American way
"Bob Cratchit, he's lucky Scrooge made a job for him."

NOV 29 2012
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The Left

Condemning the Kenyan

This is All Conservatives have Got, the Libyan Incident
"If a conservative president held up a convenience store at gun point, you'd be for it."

NOV 16 2012
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Culture

Israel Blank Check Policy

Shouldn't the U.S. at Least Seem Like a Peace Broker?
"The policy of the U.S. in the Mideast has been layored like an onion in its mistaken approaches."

NOV 12 2012
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The Left

We Need Tokens!

We Need a Person Who We Don't Represent, but Represents Us
"Get me somebody to the right of Genghis Kahn."

NOV 02 2012
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The Left

The Biggest Lie

No Republican administration has cut government
"I have some swampland I want to sell you."

OCT 14 2012
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Culture

Obama Stepin Fetchit?

Is Obama Jackie Robinson or Stepin Fetchit?
"For Obama to be subservient with Romney is a message Americans can ill afford."