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The Mess that is Texas
Author: BobR    Date: 05/06/2015 13:42:24

The phrase that Texans like to use is "don't mess with Texas". You could point to their record of executions as evidence that they really mean it. Other than being a happy friendly threat, it ignores the reality that Texas is already a mess. Florida may have Florida Man, but Texas has... well... a plethora of idiots and paranoids.

What got Texas in the news recently was a so-called "Free Speech" event, which was actually a contest to draw the Islamic prophet Mohammed. Let's face it - that is just stupid, antagonistic, and lacking in common decency. It was a dare to extremists to do something, and two idiots took the bait. The media (and not just the right-wing FOX "News") immediately began looking for a terrorism connection. ISIS - ever the opportunists - decided to take responsibility. Naturally, FOX "News" was all over that like flies at a shit picnic. The pant-soilers immediately took this as evidence that Sharia Law is imminent in the U.S.
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54 comments (Latest Comment: 05/06/2015 20:10:33 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/05/2015 10:15:21

Good Morning.

Today is our 320th day back in Iraq.

There have been no new casualties in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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

$ 1, 623, 911, 100, 000 .00

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46 comments (Latest Comment: 05/05/2015 20:31:19 by Raine)

Spreading hate: Monday Edition.
Author: Raine    Date: 05/04/2015 13:25:41

I went to bed last night trying to wrap my head around the events yesterday in Garland, Texas.
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65 comments (Latest Comment: 05/04/2015 23:02:20 by Will in Chicago)

Open Sunday Funday
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/03/2015 12:30:58

I'm traveling and pecking out out words on a smart phone. Want something in-depth? It'll take me about 6 hours
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 05/03/2015 19:48:13 by TriSec)

Counting the days
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/02/2015 10:37:17

Good Morning.

As I tore the page off the calendar last week, I remembered something.

Long time readers of this space probably have this little ditty stored away somewhere in their memory banks....


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3 comments (Latest Comment: 05/03/2015 03:25:29 by BobR)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 05/01/2015 13:06:40

I'm sure I could come up with something but the brain is just not working right now.

Sexism in marketing superhero movies (Why is there no Black Widow on Avengers merch? )

Hell, sexism in the making of superhero movies (Still waiting on Wonder Woman or a Black Widow movie but apparently they are too complicated to make. )

Nancy Drew is celebrating 85 years.

Bernie Sanders, folk singer. ( Its very Shatner-esque.)

See there are topics, brain just not braining.

But I will leave you with this.....
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43 comments (Latest Comment: 05/02/2015 00:30:15 by BobR)

No One Would Have Cared.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/30/2015 13:08:39

'Hiring more cops to cure crime is like hiring more ambulances to cure cancer'

Two years ago, Bob and I took a trip to the city of Philadelphia. It was a lovely time. When we left for home, we wanted to go see the famous Boat House Row. We took a few turns and found ourselves in an alternate universe. I would later learn that we had driven thru what is known as the Philadelphia Badlands.
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52 comments (Latest Comment: 05/01/2015 00:05:44 by Will in Chicago)

Searching for Answers in the Ashes
Author: BobR    Date: 04/29/2015 13:12:10

If there's anything the news networks love, it's a good riot. Well - some riots (sports fans trashing a city after a game get a "tsk-tsk" and shoulder shrug). But for the last several days, it's been non-stop 24/7 coverage of the meltdown in Baltimore. There have been a lot of questions asked and assumptions made by the talking heads on the news outlets, but they never seem to ask the right questions, nor make astute assumptions. Everything is dumbed down, as if it could all be summed up in a simple sound bite.

But it's not a simple situation.
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44 comments (Latest Comment: 04/29/2015 20:56:03 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/28/2015 10:15:30

Good Morning.

Today is our 313th day back in Iraq.

There have been no recent casualties in either theatre.

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

$ 1, 622, 139, 875, 000 .00


That 313 day figure above is something that always seems to be "there". It's not quite a covert war, as everyone knows what is happening and where we are, but it does represent an unauthorized action - we are essentially operating on Presidential whim here. That's not Obama's fault - Kongruss is far to busy opposing ponies or chocolate-chip cookies, or whatever the president happens to like this week. So let's take a little ride-along.
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56 comments (Latest Comment: 04/29/2015 03:51:14 by Will in Chicago)

For the lives lost in Nepal
Author: Raine    Date: 04/27/2015 13:02:28

http://www.msnbc.com/sites/msnbc/files/styles/ratio--3-2--770x513/public/471174658.jpg

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45 comments (Latest Comment: 04/28/2015 11:49:08 by Mondobubba)

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