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 July 13, 2018, John's 119 articles like "Religion, When Extremism?" have totaled 12.3M views and shares.

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NOV 05 2016
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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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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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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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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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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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Listen Ted!

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

JUL 19 2016
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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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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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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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Psychological Trump

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

MAY 13 2016
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Political Entertainers

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

MAY 04 2016
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Предсказания об Ираке

Ретроспектива иракской войны.
"Я предсказал, что захват Ирака станет только первым шагом."

MAY 02 2016
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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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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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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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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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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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Me Me Me Love

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

FEB 15 2016
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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США - на аутсорсинг!

Америка распродается
"А корпорации пересчитывают прибыли..."

AUG 26 2015
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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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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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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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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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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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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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American Sniper: Fascism?

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

JAN 21 2015
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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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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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Understanding North Korea

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

DEC 12 2014
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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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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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Revenge of Elephants

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

OCT 06 2014
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Politico Observations 5

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

SEP 30 2014
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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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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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Politico Observations 3

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

AUG 29 2014
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Outsourcing America

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

AUG 19 2014
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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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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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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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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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Does God Bless America?

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

MAY 02 2014
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Age Discrimination is OK

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

APR 14 2014
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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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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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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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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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Pizza Diplomacy

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

MAR 03 2014
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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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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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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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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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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.""

AUG 19 2013
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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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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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So Disgusted I Could Spit

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

JUL 15 2013
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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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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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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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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 25 2013
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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 15 2013
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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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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."

APR 30 2013
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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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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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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."

MAR 22 2013
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My Party for a Token

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

FEB 18 2013
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Saudi America

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

JAN 11 2013
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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.""

JAN 01 2013
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Love My Gun

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

DEC 20 2012
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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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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 13 2012
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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 Biggest Lie

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

OCT 10 2012
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the cardboard patriot

Romney has all the Subtlety of a Blunt-Force Object
"The soldier's mother told Willard to shut up."

OCT 05 2012
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Romney dislikes big bird

Romney is Better at Being a Bully
"I will defend Big Bird."

SEP 28 2012
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king willard the first

King Willard is Not One of You, and Proud of it
"King Willard has learned that saying what you think can get you in trouble."

AUG 15 2012
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romney loyalty oath

Let's All Take the Mitt Romney Loyalty Oath
"Rich people good, poor people bad."

JUL 29 2012
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American Greatness

What Makes America Great
"Is the possession of guns why we're better?"

JUN 22 2012
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Inside Romney's Brain

Romney's Credo: The Truth is Whatever I Say it Is.
"The key to picking Romney's brain is the double standard."

MAY 21 2012
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President Above the law

It's a Case of We the Ruthless and You the People
"Don't Ask Don't Tell better describes the relationship between the government and the people."

MAY 20 2012
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U.S. Slumbers, axis plans

North Korea is building the Sacramento Rocket
"If Iran's nuclear device is not a weapon, why does it need a trigger?"

MAY 09 2012
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Iran's Insatiable Ego

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his nuclear suicide mission
"We are poised on the brink of the abyss."

APR 29 2012
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The Last Racist?

Is Mine the Last Racist Generation?
"Poor old Joe Jones won't get his record played."

APR 14 2012
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North Korea's Game

It's Not a Shell Game, but a Stick and Carrot Game
"North Korean leaders do not have the same concept of morality as normal people do."

MAR 27 2012
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moses santorum

Rick Santorum Comes down the Mountain with the Tablets
"Santorum's qualifying corrections are often wackier than his original mis-statements"

MAR 26 2012
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the obama romney debate

Both Obama and Romney Will Use Truth and Exaggeration
"The contrasting styles of the two men will make the Obama Romney debate a paradox."

MAR 25 2012
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The gov't uses SGT. bales

The government using Sgt. Bales to make Afghan war look good
"You only made one mistake; you let somebody see you do it."

MAR 24 2012
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It's who we are

If the Sergeant hadn't killed 16 Afghans, he'd kill you.
"America is the most violent society in the history of the world."

MAR 03 2012
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Limbaugh's angry oink

If Limbaugh Can Call Her a Slut, I can Call Him a Pig
"Limbaugh manages to tweak pathologic bitterness among young white boys."

FEB 07 2012
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Time for a third party

When was the last moderately successful president?
"Both parties are more similar than the rhetoric from them indicates."

JAN 24 2012
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Newt and Adolf's women

Newt said, "You want me all to yourself." Is that bad?
"Both Newt and Adolf Hitler seem to have similar ideas about women."