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Many political opinion pieces circulate with no identifying authorship or publication information, or with credits mistakenly attributing them to the wrong sources. In this section we attempt to set the record straight on those counts for some of the more widely-circulated pieces.


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        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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Red bullet Monty Python member John Cleese penned a satirical piece announcing the revocation of America's independence.

Multi-status bullet Article compiles statements from Australian government officials about Sharia law and Muslim extremists.

Multi-status bullet E-mail describes Darrell Scott's statement before a House subcommittee.

Red bullet A widely-circulated essay known as "The Paradox of Our Time" was penned by a student who witnessed the Columbine shootings or George Carlin.

Green bullet Letter of resignation submitted by U.S. diplomat John Brady Kiesling is genuine.

Green bullet Musician Charlie Daniels is the author of 'An Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch.'

Green bullet Monty Python member Terry Jones is the author of 'I'm Losing Patience with My Neighbours. Mr. Bush.'

Green bullet Alabama State Auditor Beth Chapman delivered a "Stand Up for America" speech.

Red bullet Dennis Miller explains how to tell the good guys from the bad guys in the world of politics.

Green bullet Navy corpsman's e-mail dissuades his mother from attending anti-war demonstration.

Yellow bullet Essay compares education and career experience of government officials and celebrities.

Green bullet Judge William Young delivers stinging rebuke to "shoe bomber" terrorist Richard Reid at sentencing hearing.

Green bullet A Navy airman wrote 'An Open Letter to the Dixie Chicks.'

Green bullet Letter of resignation submitted by U.S. diplomat Mary Wright is genuine.

Green bullet Claire Braz-Valentine wrote and read "An Open Letter to John Ashcroft" at Cabrillo College.

Green bullet Commentator Andy Rooney delivered a "the French have not earned the right to protest against the U.S." piece on TV's 60 Minutes.

Red bullet 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney wrote an essay 'In Praise of Older Women.'

Red bullet List compiles Andy Rooney's wry observations on a variety of topics.

Red bullet Commentator Andy Rooney explains his political views.

Green bullet Commentator Andy Rooney said God asked him to "tell your viewers that both Pat Robertson and Mel Gibson strike me as wackos."

Red bullet List compiles Andy Rooney's observations on what he's learned.

Red bullet Comedian Robin Williams came up with a plan for how the U.S. should handle foreign affairs.

Red bullet Radio talk show host Neal Boortz delivered a controversial commencement speech.

Yellow bullet The satirical poem The New School Prayer was penned by a schoolchild.

Yellow bullet Air Force veteran chides Clinton for stating that the "older generation must learn to sacrifice as other generations have done."

Green bullet Former New York mayor Ed Koch delivered a radio address on anti-semitism.

Red bullet Radio commentator Paul Harvey composed a review of the upcoming film about the last hours of Jesus, The Passion.

Green bullet Churchgoer describes encounter with President Bush at St. John's Church.

Red bullet Singer and actress Bette Midler pens letter chiding President Bush for his stance on gay marriage.

Green bullet Journalist Geraldo Rivera commented (regarding the war in Iraq) that "reporters don't report buildings that don't burn."

Green bullet Author Kurt Vonnegut penned a opinion piece entitled 'Cold Turkey.'

Green bullet Ben Stein penned an essay about the nature of stardom.

Red bullet E-mail features response to Michael Moore's open letter from Bill Timmins, president of the Aladdin casino.

Multi-status bullet E-mail details actor Denzel Washington's TV appearance with Katie Couric.

Green bullet Oliver North penned an open letter to Senator John Kerry.

Green bullet John Eisenhower, son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, wrote a commentary explaining why he will be voting for John Kerry for president.

Green bullet A wounded Vietnam veteran bought a full-page ad in the Army Times.

Multi-status bullet Radio commentator Paul Harvey penned an essay titled "If I Were the Devil."

Red bullet Radio commentator Paul Harvey wrote an essay in favor of school prayer.

Yellow bullet Officer aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln describes difficulties with ship's humanitarian mission in Sumatra.

Green bullet Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner wrote an editorial for Die Welt blasting Europe for its timidity in confronting Islamic fanaticism.

Green bullet Former Colorado governor Richard D. Lamm delivered a speech on the perils of multiculturalism.

Red bullet Retired U.S. Marine Corps General Chuck Pitman wrote a "letter of apology" in response to the prisoner abuse controversy in Abu Ghraib, Iraq.

Red bullet E-mail transcribes a press conference given by actor and former Marine R. Lee Ermey.

Green bullet A private citizen paid over $100,000 to run a full-page advertisement in the Washington Post defining himself and his Republican values.

Red bullet Comedian George Carlin authored a piece about his being a "Bad American."

Green bullet Comedian Bill Cosby's remarks form the "We Can't Blame White People" essay.

Red bullet E-mail reproduces George Carlin's list of New Rules for 2006.

Green bullet The Joint Chiefs of Staff sent a letter to the Washington Post regarding an editorial cartoon.

Green bullet Ben Stein delivered a commentary about the observance of Christmas.

Green bullet Ben Stein authored an editorial on the (non-)importance of Hollywood and the Oscars.

Red bullet Paul Allen of Microsoft wrote a letter to a Santa Clarita newspaper in defense of Mormons.

Green bullet Naval captain's speech urges Americans to "wake up" and act decisively in battling terrorism.

Green bullet E-mail reproduces letter from retired U.S. Border Patrol agent to Senator Bill Frist.

Green bullet E-mail reproduces country singer Charlie Daniels' editorial about immigration reform demonstrations.

Green bullet A Michigan professor sent an an e-mail telling Muslim students to leave the country.

Green bullet Letter from U.S. Army lieutenant serving in Iraq criticizes the New York Times for publishing information about a secret government program.

Green bullet Asked about a deer's final thoughts, Ted Nugent disses the French.

Red bullet Comedian Dennis Miller is the author of "A Brief Overview of the Situation," an essay about the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Green bullet E-mail reproduces an "anti-terrorism" speech delivered by Brigitte Gabriel at Duke University.

Red bullet E-mail reproduces a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert about what Israel is fighting for in Lebanon.

Red bullet Director Steven Spielberg authored a letter taking actor Mel Gibson to task for his anti-Semitic statements.

Green bullet Kevin Tillman wrote an essay in remembrance of his brother Pat's birthday, criticizing U.S. policy in Iraq.

Red bullet E-mail offers comedian George Carlin's solution to gasoline shortages and illegal immigration.

Green bullet E-mail from Army chaplain decries handling of Walter Reed Medical Center issue.

Red bullet Essay by comedian Jay Leno urges Americans to focus on the positive.

Green bullet E-mail reproduces Lt. Col. Joe Repya's "I'm tired" message expressing disappointment with public support for the U.S. military mission in Iraq.

Green bullet E-mail reproduces excerpt from Lee Iacocca's Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Green bullet E-mail reproduces Jason Whitlock's editorial about the Don Imus controversy.

Green bullet Letter from lawyer Dennis Guthrie criticizes Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Multi-colored bullet Open letter to the Atlanta NAACP protests the chapter president's support of Michael Vick.

Multi-status bullet Letter to the editor urges atheists to get out of America.

Green bullet The Red Cross provided supplies to marchers in Jena, Louisiana.

Red bullet E-mail reproduces Michael Richards' defense speech in court after he made racial comments in his comedy act.

Green bullet E-mail reproduces an editorial from a Canadian newspaper about U.S. presidential candidates.

Red bullet E-mail reproduces comedian Bill Cosby's remarks about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Green bullet E-mail reproduces Pat Buchanan's criticism of Barack Obama's remarks on racial discrimination in the U.S.

Red bullet Comedian Bill Cosby's platform as a write-in candidate in the 2008 or 2012 Presidential election.

Multi-colored bullet Letter to the editor warns Americans to be wary of "a young leader who promises change."

Multi-colored bullet Various Internet-circulated political items were written by Thomas Sowell.

Multi-colored bullet Precept Ministries founder Kay Arthur warned a conference that "God had revealed to her that a literal famine is coming to America."

Green bullet Editorial by Dr. Jack Wheeler describes Barack Obama as an "eloquently tailored empty suit."

Multi-colored bullet Letters written by Alaskans offer viewpoints of Alaska governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Green bullet E-mail reproduces country singer Charlie Daniels "Guns and Church" editorial about Barack Obama.

Red bullet Editorial by television personality Hugh Downs explains why he thinks Barack Obama will lose the election.

Multi-colored bullet Editorials by public figures offer viewpoints of 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Green bullet Editorial by pianist Huntley Brown explains why he won't vote for Barack Obama.

Red bullet Constitutional scholar Linda R. Monk wrote "The Party's Over," a critique of American fiscal irresponsibility.

Green bullet Author Orson Scott Card wrote an "open letter" to American newspapers about the U.S. financial crisis.

Red bullet Dr. Charles Stanley wrote an exhortation to Christians to pray for a John McCain victory in the presidential election.

Red bullet E-mail reproduces a "Prayer for Our Nation" delivered by the Rev. Billy Graham.

Green bullet Ben Stein wrote an editorial advocating a government bailout of the Big Three U.S. automakers.

Green bullet Letter from president of Knox Machinery criticizes president of General Motors for seeking a government bailout.

Green bullet Editorial by Kit Lange offers predictions for the upcoming Obama presidency.

Yellow bullet Dr. Sam Vaknin penned an article about the dangers of Barack Obama's narcissism.

Red bullet Historian David Kaiser penned an article cautioning that "Something of historic proportions is happening."

Green bullet Story by Woody Allen features lobsters gaining revenge on Bernie Madoff.

Red bullet Essay by George Carlin laments the passing of common sense.

Red bullet Actress Cindy Williams penned an editorial denouncing a proposed pay raise for the military.

Green bullet Letter from Sheriff Joe Arpaio rebuffs Rev. Al Sharpton's demands that he resign.

Green bullet Letter to the Wall Steet Journal responds to a "Where's the Outrage?" editorial.

Red bullet Text reproduces letter sent to President Obama by a fourth grade teacher.

Green bullet Lou Pritchett penned an "open letter" to President Obama.

Green bullet Text reproduces a Pravda editorial touting the "American descent into Marxism."

Multi-colored bullet Message summarizes Charles Krauthammer's talk at the Center of the American Experiment.

Green bullet Ben Stein penned an editorial about 'figuring out' Barack Obama.

Green bullet Dr. Anne Wortham wrote "No He Can't," an editorial critical of Barack Obama.

Green bullet Letter chides Senator Barbara Boxer for asking a general to address her as "Senator."

Green bullet Charley Reese penned an editorial about 545 people being "responsible for the domestic problems that plague" the U.S.

Green bullet Pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Zane Pollard penned an editorial on health care reform entitled "ObamaCare and Me."

Green bullet Editorial by entertainer Pat Boone criticizes President Obama for not sufficiently acknowledging America's Christian heritage.

Green bullet Letter to AARP from owners of Miller Farms Equine Transport explains their reasons for not renewing their memberships.

Green bullet Essay by J.D. Pendry criticizes foreign policy stances of Democratic politicians.

Red bullet Sherry Hackett penned a piece critical of President Obama entitled "We Noticed."

Green bullet Letter to the editor by a Mississippi physician criticizes a patient's lifestyle choices.

Green bullet Text reproduces speech delivered by Geert Wilders on the scenario of "America as the Last Man Standing."

Green bullet Col. Allen B. West penned an essay about the "Tragedy at Ft. Hood."

Green bullet Letter from nonagenarian World War II veteran criticizes President Obama.

Green bullet Attorney Michael Connelly penned an essay challenging the constitutionality of health care reform legislation.

Green bullet Chuck Green penned a column about Barack Obama's being a "victim of Bush's failed promises."

Red bullet A Wall Street Journal editorial about Barack Obama's "Make-Believe Life" was written by Eddie Sessions.

Green bullet Canadian Howard Galganov penned an "I Told You So" editorial about Barack Obama.

Multi-colored bullet U.S. News & World Report editor-in-chief Mortimer Zuckerman penned "The Fall of Barack Obama," an editorial critical of President Obama.

Red bullet Opinion piece by Bill Cosby details political and social issues he's tired of.

Green bullet Wayne Allyn Root wrote in an opinion piece that President Obama is "purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy."

Green bullet Actor Jon Voight penned an open letter to President Obama.

Green bullet Newt Gingrich issued a statement condemning the building of the Cordoba House community center in Manhattan.

Red bullet High school principal's speech to students and faculty at the beginning of a new school year.

Red bullet Bill Gates authored a list of 'Rules Kids Won't Learn in School.'

Red bullet The relative of a soldier serving in Iraq or an unnamed housewife penned the "I'll care if ..." polemic.

Green bullet Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus sent President Obama a letter correcting his reference to E pluribus unum as the U.S. national motto.

Multi-colored bullet Letter criticizes Alan Simpson for referring to Americans as "the greediest generation."

Multi-colored bullet FOX News poll asks whether the "American flag should be banned in America."

Red bullet Opinion piece by London Daily Telegraph editor criticizes President Obama's handling of foreign policy.

Red bullet Dr. Walter Williams penned an opinion piece entitled "No Matter What," about President Obama'a inevitable re-election.

Green bullet Transcript reproduces a speech given by Texas governor Rick Perry.

Green bullet Lloyd Marcus wrote an opinion piece entitled "A Black Man, The Progressive’s Perfect Trojan Horse."

Green bullet Mychal Massie wrote an op-ed piece entitled "Nero in the White House."

Green bullet Mychal Massie wrote an op-ed piece entitled "When Will Obama Crack in Public?"

Red bullet Thomas Sowell penned a letter to the editor of the Knoxville News-Sentinel about the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Multi-colored bullet Matt Patterson wrote "The Affirmative Action President," an opinion piece critical of Barack Obama, for the Washington Post.

Green bullet Wayne Allyn Root opined that President Obama will lose his re-election bid in 2012 by a landslide.

Red bullet Donald Trump issued a pithy criticism of Obamacare.

Red bullet Opinion piece expresses columnist Charles Krauthammer's thoughts on Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare.

Red bullet Gen. David Petraeus authored an essay about the 0.45% of the population that has served in the Global War on Terror.

Green bullet Mychal Massie wrote an opinion piece entitled "Why I Do Not Like the Obamas."

Green bullet Scott Paulson penned an opinion piece about the film 2016: Obama’s America for CBS Local.

Red bullet Steve Kroft of CBS' 60 Minutes penned an article critical of George Soros.

Red bullet Editorial from the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon criticizes those who voted for Barack Obama.

Green bullet Actor Jamie Foxx referred to Barack Obama as "our lord and savior."

Green bullet Letter from former Marine criticizes Sen. Dianne Feinstein's gun control proposal.

Red bullet Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made a speech encouraging Muslims to leave Australia.

Green bullet Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller sent a letter to Vice President Biden stating that he would not enforce any "unconstitutional regulations" regarding gun rights.

Multi-colored bullet Text reproduces letter to the editor from a "proud Democrat."

Green bullet Rabbi Steven Pruzansky penned an opinion piece about the 2012 U.S. presidential elections entitled "The Decline and Fall of the American Empire."

Green bullet Letter from a disabled veteran criticizes George Bush and Dick Cheney over the Iraq War.

Green bullet Text reproduces letter from Bill Schoonover to members of Congress.

Green bullet Country singer Charlie Daniels authored an opinion piece about press coverage of the Paula Deen racial controversy.

Green bullet Frosty Wooldridge penned an opinion piece about the decline of Detroit.

Red bullet Text reproduces an open letter to Americans from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Green bullet Letter to President Obama posted on Facebook thanks him for being 'selfish' and taking lavish vacations.

Yellow bullet Alabama mom's Obamacare horror story gives America a glimpse of government run healthcare.

Red bullet A February 2013 speech by Russian president Vladimir Putin demanded that Muslim immigrants speak Russian and conform to Russian culture.
 
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