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Author: BobR    Date: 04/16/2014 11:02:44

It seems like only yesterday (but was - in fact a years ago) when the Tea Baggers were screaming that they wanted the government to "keep your hands off my Medicare". It was such a jarring disconnect between the confused rhetoric and the reality of social safety net programs as to be comical. How could anyone not realize that Medicare is the very definition of government, and one of the single largest budgetary items we had? Where did they think the money came from for Medicare? Yes - from taxes, through the federal government, and then out to medical service providers.

The idea that nothing good comes of the federal government is a meme that feels good to the rebels, the libertarians, the nut job tea baggers, and all of the rest. Of course - they'll complain while they drive on roads, enjoy the protections of state and federal law enforcement, and - in many cases - feed their families with food stamps and welfare checks.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/15/2014 10:15:45

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,573th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan : 2,313
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan : 1,114

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

1, 526, 471, 575, 000 .00

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45 comments (Latest Comment: 04/16/2014 01:25:41 by TriSec)

Gunners out west?
Author: Raine    Date: 04/14/2014 13:05:16

Slow going this morning -- Between Ukraine and the goings on in Nevada I don't really know what to say about this weekend.
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Author: TriSec    Date: 04/12/2014 10:05:52

Good Morning.

I'm out for an early-morning birding hike today with Mr. Bean, and then Javi has his first soccer game. Going to be a busy morning.

But before I head out, let's talk briefly about a subject near and dear to TriSec's heart....baseball!
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Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 04/11/2014 13:13:12

So I guess the biggest news in pop culture this week is that Stephen Colbert is going to be taking over Letterman's chair in 2015.


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Cheery Cherries
Author: Raine    Date: 04/10/2014 13:02:04

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Having Faith in Science
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-04-09 10:43:34

The last couple of weeks, I've written about Cosmos and the inevitable right-wing reactions to it. The certainty of evidence which is provided by science is certainly an affront to those who consider faith to be more noble and pure. Who are you going to trust? they ask - them our your own lying peer-reviewed, tested, and proven scientific evidence?

Even in this day and age, there are those who insist the universe is only a few thousand years old, and that the earth is flat (they are putting out their own "scientific" rebuttal to the notion of a non-geocentric universe), I'd like to just take a look at a few science-oriented stories that I think are thought-provoking.
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69 comments (Latest Comment: 04/09/2014 22:29:04 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/08/2014 10:17:01

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,566th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,313
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,113

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 524, 701, 650, 000 .00

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51 comments (Latest Comment: 04/08/2014 21:46:25 by Raine)

Good Monday Morning.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/07/2014 12:59:20

In my ongoing effort to rejuvenate myself, I will attempt to write a blog.

I spent a good portion of the weekend away from the internet. I started my garden. It was good to be in the dirt and feeling the warmth of the sun on my back.
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33 comments (Latest Comment: 04/08/2014 01:10:28 by TriSec)

Another Damn Blog
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/06/2014 15:13:26

Velveeta awoke this morning with several ideas for a spectacular blog entry and was having a difficult time culling them down.

There is the never-ending, yet tragic story of Flight 370 and never-ending, tragic story of CNN who won't stop covering the story. Sort of a tragedy within a tragedy, yes? Can you imagine what they would have done with the Lindbergh kidnapping.
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