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Author: TriSec    Date: 04/22/2014 10:21:31

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,580th 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: 2,314
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,114

We find this morning's cost of war passing through:

$ 1, 528, 243, 975, 000 .00

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28 comments (Latest Comment: 04/23/2014 02:03:15 by wickedpam)

Author: Raine    Date: 04/21/2014 12:59:38

I feel like I should write something about the Boston Marathon today... or Patriot day, or the Red Sox game today... I'll leave that to TriSec.
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43 comments (Latest Comment: 04/21/2014 22:19:23 by Will in Chicago)

Happy Easter & Pesach
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/20/2014 14:38:53

Let's take a look at what's going on in the world to celebrate this time of rebirth and renewal, shall we?

One of the worlds most misogynist countries will begin construction on the tallest phallus in the Universe this week. Calling the phallus an "office building" though one wonders why Saudi Arabia would need so much office space in a country that has every other country do the work for them.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 04/20/2014 22:33:41 by Will in Chicago)

By the Rude Bridge
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/19/2014 11:35:17

Good Morning.

Two hundred thirty-nine years ago at this hour, a wee little kerfuffle was taking place a few miles from where I sit. The regulars had already shot up Colonel Parker and his men on Lexington Green, and were on the march towards the Patriot's arsenal at Concord. In a few hours' time, about 100 men of the expeditionary force would face off against more than 400 Minutemen at the Old North Bridge...and would expediently decide to retreat to Boston.

In past years, we've often visited with some of the participants in this battle. Last year, I missed the occasion, as a very different battle was taking place a few miles in the opposite direction after what had happened on April 15.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 04/19/2014 18:26:18 by Will in Chicago)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 04/18/2014 12:58:16

So it being Easter this weekend and all, I've chosen the obligatory pictures of adorable baby animals, cause you know, Spring.

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53 comments (Latest Comment: 04/18/2014 19:50:12 by Will in Chicago)

I'm not sufficiently pissed off -- yet.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/17/2014 13:09:14

You know ultimately, we will get exactly what we deserve if we don't work for what we want.

And it will take work. We -- the American people -- are under attack by big, monied interests.
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43 comments (Latest Comment: 04/17/2014 21:06:43 by Mondobubba)

(Making a) Living off the Land
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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42 comments (Latest Comment: 04/16/2014 20:27:41 by Mondobubba)

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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30 comments (Latest Comment: 04/15/2014 01:53:12 by TriSec)

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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5 comments (Latest Comment: 04/14/2014 02:29:56 by Will in Chicago)

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