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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

December 17th, 2012

The NRA's Quiet In Wake Of Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

I've been mulling over in my head for the past couple of days, what if anything I would have to contribute to the discourse about the absolutely horrible events that took place this past Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary.  The fact is, I really don't know what to say.  I ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

November 7th, 2012

Things I've Learned From the 2012 Election

Well, those of you that stayed up late to watch the election returns on the east coast will be saddened to know that I unfortunately have not yet seen President Obama’s speech from last night.  Romney’s sort of put me to sleep.  Yes, Mitt sure did put up a good ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

September 10th, 2012

9/11 From One Sailor's Perspective

I’m no hero.  I’m not by any means what one could call a major player in the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001.  Like anybody that was in the military at the time of the attacks, I was merely a cog in a machine.  I was nowhere near the ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

September 6th, 2012

I don't mean to say the party conventions are unnecessary....

But they are.  Think about this for five seconds.  Think of all the money that could have gone to worthy causes.  That could have helped build someone a house that needed a house.  Wasted over a period of three days grandstanding and stalling to make an official decision that had ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

May 25th, 2012

The Veteran Suicide Epidemic

In the past I have expressed my feelings, beliefs and sentiments towards a great deal of issues here.  Some have agreed with me, some have disagreed and wanted to burn down my house.  I’m going at this thing called journalism from the ground up, and I likely do not have ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

November 14th, 2011

Occupy Philly Needs To Reassess Itself

Over a month ago, I took to Dilworth Plaza on the grounds of Philadelphia’s City Hall to capture what I had hoped were people with a very important message.  That they wanted some kind of change and were willing to stay for as long as it took to accomplish that ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

October 31st, 2011

Veteran Unemployment: Is This The Welcome Home We Really Get?

More by Dan Rackley There’s a great thing about Bruce Springsteen songs.  Hidden in many of the lyrics, are jabs at the treatment of various segments of society.  Veterans that have sat down and listened to his music have most likely nodded in agreement.  Someone gets the plight that they ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

October 28th, 2011

Philly Youth Curfew Bill Passed

Well, the City of Philadelphia, amidst protests from members of the Occupy Philly movement; the changes were made to the youth curfew without any real incident.  The bill was passed almost unanimously with one lone vote from Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.  I agree with her statement that you can’t fine your ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

October 20th, 2011

Gadhafi Dead

For the past forty two years, Muammar Gadhafi had ruled Libya with what could best be described as an iron fist.  I do not have to perform a massive amount of research to tell people the various atrocities that occurred under this man’s rule.  It’s well known.  You can turn ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

October 14th, 2011

Why We're There: Occupy Philly

Recently, I went to City Hall in Philadelphia to film what was going on at the site of the Occupy Philly movement.  What came out of it was this thirteen minute short documentary.  Thank you all very much for watching. Daniel continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

October 6th, 2011

Ron Paul Wants Obama Impeached For Al-Awlaki Killing

Ron Paul has gone too far this time.  He has simply stepped over the line on this one.  For those of you that missed it, this past Wednesday, he was at the National Press Club and said that the killing of Anwal Al-Awlaki was a violation of our country’s Fifth ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

October 3rd, 2011

NJ Governor Christie, Weight Should Not Be An Issue

At the time of this writing, it is still unclear as to whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will run for President.  A movement like this if he does run will definitely be a game changer in the GOP field if he does make the decision to run. With Perry ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

October 3rd, 2011

Rick Perry's Rock Blunder

If you’re going to run for president, you better make sure that everything bout you is squeaky clean.  If it’s not squeaky clean, than you better make sure you tell everyone before they find out for themselves.  It’s just like when you were a child and spilled something on the ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

September 20th, 2011

One Good Thing, One Bad Thing

Well folks, by the time you’ve read this, one good and one bad thing has happened in the United States.  The good thing, the United States military has officially repealed the ignorant “don’t ask don’t tell” policy regarding homosexuals from serving in America’s armed forces.  I’ll get to the bad ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

September 15th, 2011

Rick Scott: Worthy Of Impeachment?

Sometimes, politicians will do all they can to engage in the winning of hearts and minds.  They’ll shake hands, they will kiss babies.  The more desperate ones will probably mow your lawn.  Now and again, they will engage in various forms of double talk.  However, the trick to successful double ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

September 8th, 2011

Ron Paul: Too Unbalanced For His Own Good

I want to preface the following column with a little bit of background information.  I am a veteran of the United States Navy.  I served for four years, with most of that time stationed onboard the USS Bataan.  Two combat deployments to the Middle East.  One shortly after 9/11 and ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

September 8th, 2011

What Really Irks Me About The GOP

You know what really makes me sick about the Republican Party?  For eight years, we had what they want us to think was the blissful splendor that was the George W. Bush administration.  Well, we know what a complete mess that turned out to be.  No matter how much the ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

September 7th, 2011

Brief Analysis Of Obama's Job Initiative

The old saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, you try and try again.  We’re taught this almost from infancy.  You fall off your bike?  Get back on or you’ll never learn how to ride without the training wheels.  Sometimes it’s pretty painful to learn things in this manner.  ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

August 31st, 2011

Republican Candidate Roundup

I have to admit, I do not know as much about Texas Governor Rick Perry as I probably should.  After all, he is a man that wants to be President of the United States.  But let’s face it people, there’s just so many candidates out there for the Republican Party ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

August 29th, 2011

Bachmann Puts Foot In Mouth, Too Little Too Late George W. Bush

Couple of quick political pieces for all of you.  I sit down at the desk to write something about the Hurricane Irene media coverage and what do I get hit with?  Link after link of Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann stating that the hurricane was God’s way of telling us ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

August 24th, 2011

Time For Gadhafi To Give It Up?

Alright folks, here is the column that I was going to present to you yesterday that was preempted by the East Coast Earthquake.  By the way, those of you on the West Coast that are insistently teasing us saying, “you babies, it’s just a little 5.8 earthquake; we get them ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

August 19th, 2011

Gabby Giffords Asked By GOP In AZ If She Is Going To Run In 2012

There’s a long standing truth in American politics that has outlived the founding fathers, will outlive all of you reading this and will probably outlive the folks reading this a hundred years from now.  When someone has something you want, that you really want; you will go for the throat.  ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

August 15th, 2011

Philadelphia Councilman At-Large Bill Green discusses Open Government, Flash Mobs and more

On Thursday August 11th, I had the opportunity to sit down with Philadelphia Councilman At-Large Bill Green.  Bill is a Democrat that has held his City Council seat since first being elected in 2007 and hopes to get re-elected.  He has been an extremely vocal figure in Philadelphia politics and ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

August 8th, 2011

Eight Syrian Babies Die Due To Intolerance

To be perfectly honest with my readers here, I do not know as much about the situation in Syria as much as I did about the uprisings of other nations.  During the Arab Spring, you saw many nations begin fighting for their independence.  Some like Libya are still fighting for ... continue reading

Dan Rackley

Navy Veteran

August 5th, 2011

Obama Promises New Opportunities For Veterans Seeking Jobs

Today at a press conference, President Obama took to a podium and finally spoke on an issue that I am sure has been sticking in the side of many veterans.  He said that the government was going to start giving tax incentives to employers that hire unemployed veterans and disabled ... continue reading

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