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Blogger Profile: Dan Rackley

Dan Rackley is a US Naval veteran living in Philadelphia and a contributor to "Will They Ever Trust Us Again?" On twitter: @danwrackley.

Go read Dan's non-political column at The Dan Experiment at http://danexperiment.blogspot.com/. Feel free to leave comments.

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Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

July 25th, 2011

Ron Paul's Advice: Don't Pay Your Bills

Even the best of us slip up.  Occasionally, our most brilliant minds will succumb to a temporary lapse of sanity.  Whether it’s the star baseball player that swings for the fences when he should have bunted or the politician that says something inappropriate at an inopportune time, nobody is immune ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

July 12th, 2011

Debt Ceiling: Both Sides Need To Come To Agreement Soon

Sometimes it seems that the ultra partisan nature of American politics is absolutely befuddling.  Many a time, if you are in the need to be thoroughly confused; turn on CNN or any of the cable news channels.  Take the fight between the Republicans and Democrats concerning the national debt ceiling.  ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

June 29th, 2011

Obama Press Conference: Not Saying Anything Says A Lot

A lot of people will at the very least agree with the fact that President Obama has a big heaping plate of problems in front of him on a daily basis.  Most of which are justified.  I wrote several weeks ago that the situation in Libya is an extremely tricky ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

June 23rd, 2011

Obama Announces Troop Withdrawal: But Be Patient

When people want something, they want it now.  They don’t want to wait, no matter how tough the logistics of an immediate solution would be.  In his speech last night, President Obama announced the start of a gradual drawdown of troops starting this year and finishing up in 2014.  In ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 30th, 2011

Memorial Day Should Not Be For Campaigning

On Memorial Day, making stops in Mount Vernon and Gettysburg Pennsylvania; Sarah Palin kicked off the start of what she is calling her “One Nation” tour.  For the untrained eye, she is using Memorial Day events in those areas to test the waters on what she hopes will amount to ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 23rd, 2011

Trump Circus Possibly Back On Tour

Last week when Donald Trump announced that he was not going to run for President of The United States, I had assumed that the Trump Circus was over.  That we could strike the tents and put the performing animals back in their cages.  Well, now that he’s got Celebrity Apprentice ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 16th, 2011

ICC Issues Arrest Warrant For Libyan Dictator Gadhafi

Better late than never.  That very well may have been the opinion of many around the world when we all learned of the death of Osama Bin Laden two weeks ago.  In was the general consensus that he was an evil man that had done evil things.  Agreed.  But now ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 13th, 2011

The Gas Prices Will Eventually Get You

Well folks, if you were looking for a column this morning to read your morning coffee to, I apologize for my terrible lateness.  See what I was doing, is I was on the way to the doctor.  When out of nowhere this machine with a long hose on the end ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 10th, 2011

White House Balks On Paying Bin Laden Reward Money

Yesterday the White House’s Press Secretary Jay Carney made the announcement during a press conference that nobody is going to receive the twenty five million dollar bounty that was commissioned for finding Osama Bin Laden.  Apparently the White House’s stance on the situation is that since no one person knowingly ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 9th, 2011

Who Should Get The Bounty On Osama Bin Laden

Not too long after the September 11th attacks on New York and Washington DC, the United States Government authorized a bounty for capture or kill of Osama Bin Laden.  In the wake of the events that unfolded in those two cities, it was an unheard of yet extremely justifiable sum.  ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 2nd, 2011

Osame Bin Laden Dead: One Veteran's Thoughts

I remember exactly where I was.  I had walked into one of my department offices on the USS Bataan.  I had filed a request for a four day liberty to visit my father.  We were scheduled to go on a deployment not too long after September 11 to begin with.  ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

April 27th, 2011

So the Birth Certificate Is Out, Will Donald Trump Please Shut Up Now?

So it looks like a few of you have strong opinions about the Donald Trump presidential run.  Thankfully, all of America’s sanity has not been lost.  At least I can go to sleep at night knowing that I’m not the only one that thinks it’s a bunch of garbage and ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

April 26th, 2011

I actually agree with Townhall.com on something

I rarely agree with anything that anyone at Townhall.com puts into print.  I don’t exactly appreciate the Obama bashing.  Sometimes I think that they just blindly bash any Democrat and their agenda.  But amidst all of the bashing of Democrats and the vilification of President Obama on a daily basis, ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

April 23rd, 2011

So Donald Trump Wants To Run For President

My wife and I were talking about the various news stories of the week this morning when once again the subject of Donald Trump’s impending decision to announce his candidacy for president of the United States came up.  This really got my blood boiling.  The past couple of weeks the ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

April 8th, 2011

Government Shuts Down At Midnight

In a few hours from the time of this writing, unless both sides of Congress can come to an agreement, the United States government will shut down for the first time since 1995.  The main sticking point as it seems from looking at all the major news sources is that ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

March 29th, 2011

Obama Shoulders Responsibility

Last night Barack Obama took to a podium to expound on the reasons for the U.S. involvement in the Libyan situation.  I had been half convinced up until the speech that the American airstrikes against forces loyal to Muammar Gadhafi were a good and reasonable solution to an alarming international ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

March 24th, 2011

Townhall.com Gets It Wrong Again

So the good folks over at townhall.com are at it again.  This time, it’s Steve Chapman discussing something he refers to as “Obama’s Fatal Attraction To War.”  All because Obama sent in air attacks against Gadhafi forces to help reinforce United Nations Resolutions.  Calling him a hypocrite for sanctioning the ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

March 21st, 2011

Kyle Olson Makes Conservatives Look Like Children

Once again, I woke up this morning and after taking my son to school I poured my cup of coffee.  I started looking around for my dose of news.  Instead of looking for news like I should I was going around doing some light advertising for my blog.  I came ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

March 8th, 2011

Charlie Sheen and Libya

I don’t write a column every day.  There’s a reason for that.  I like to provide you with nothing but the finest in news, opinions, information, and occasional light entertainment.  To provide you with all of that at once today;  I’m just going to rapid fire a whole bunch of ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

February 28th, 2011

Homeless Veterans

My wife and I were watching the news the other night when something came on about homeless veterans.  I sat and listened to the story and was absolutely dumbfounded that in a country like ours; well over a hundred thousand men and women that served in the military are without ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

February 19th, 2011

House Republicans Vote To Cut PBS Funding

Every Wednesday at ten in the evening, my wife and I settle down in the living room to watch a couple of our favorite shows.  By this time, our son is usually in bed and we got the TV to ourselves for a little bit.  We’ve become enamored the past ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

February 8th, 2011

Outrage Over SuperBowl Flub

So everyone, it’s Tuesday already.  Like normal, I woke up and got my son ready for school.  After I got back I started scanning the news to report on the latest collective civil outrage in our country.  So what’s the one thing so far this week that is gripping everyone’s ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

February 3rd, 2011

Bullying and Zero Tolerance

A few weeks ago, a young eighth grader in Upper Darby, PA was walking home from school.  For reasons to rational person could possibly come up with; over half a dozen other kids, ranging from thirteen years old to seventeen surrounded the young man and beat him senseless.  For twenty ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

January 29th, 2011

Tea Party Representative Suggests Cutting VA Budget

My family and I intently watched the State of The Union address this past week, and I just as intently listened to the Republican response.  Following the Republican response, one of the talking heads doing the blow by blow follow up then informed us there will be a response from ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

January 27th, 2011

Vietnam Vet Dropped From Insurance Provider

In my last column I discussed the passive mistreatment directed towards veterans like myself at government sponsored facilities like the Philadelphia VA hospital.  To sum it up in just a few words for those of you who missed the last one; a certain segment of the support staff at the ... continue reading

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