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Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 05/22/2015 12:43:14

On this fine Memorial Day Friday I bring you.....


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Life is a Highway
Author: Raine    Date: 05/21/2015 13:09:56

Saturday, TriSec wrote a blog about the bees. It's alarming, no question about it.
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The Cracks in the Wall
Author: BobR    Date: 05/20/2015 13:53:43

We used to think of the Republican party as a monolith, where they all marched and voted in step with one another. That made them a formidable foe for Democrats, who often look like a collective of special interests trying to work together. Yes - herding cats.

Things have been changing however, and the Republican party is becoming more fractious. There are the traditional Republicans, who are a dying breed. They tend to be moderate and willing to work across the aisle, and still believe government has a place in our lives. There are the corporate Republicans who never met a corporate tax cut / giveaway / special law exemption they didn't like. There are the Tea Partiers who in general tend to hate all taxes but still want government services. They are somewhat allied with the libertarian types, who don't want taxes OR government services. They also want to smoke weed and stay out of foreign wars which makes them occassional allies with Democrats (this is dangerous), and at odds with the chickenhawk Republicans who love all wars, and want to send poor people's kids to battle. What they don't ever seem to care about is what happens to them when they come home. This is not unlike the social conservative Republicans (like Mike Huckabee) who hate abortion and gays, but don't seem to care about unaborted fetuses once they're born.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/19/2015 10:14:40

Good Morning.

Today is our 334th day back in Iraq.

There have be no recent US military casualties, although an American civilian was recently killed in Afghanistan.

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

$ 1, 627, 452, 750, 000 .00

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They were given good intelligence.
Author: Raine    Date: 05/18/2015 14:02:49

With the run up to primary season, there is a lot of discussion regarding the Iraq war. Our GOP friends have had a lot of answers… Here are a few:
The fact that Jeb Bush, a likely candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016, was pressured this past week into rejecting, in hindsight, his brother's war "is an indication that the received wisdom, that which we work from right now, is that this was a mistake," said Evan Cornog, a historian and dean of the Hofstra University school of communication.

Or as Rick Santorum, another potential Republican candidate, put it: "Everybody accepts that now." As a senator, Santorum voted for the Iraq invasion and continued to support it for years.


All these Republicans said last week that, in hindsight, they would not have invaded Iraq with what's now known about the faulty intelligence that wrongly indicated Saddam Hussein had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in an interview Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," summed up that sentiment: "Knowing what we know now, I think it's safe for many of us, myself included, to say, we probably wouldn't have taken" that approach.

Rubio, in a long exchange on "Fox News Sunday," tried to navigate the Iraq shoals once again, making a glass-half-full case that while the war was based on mistaken intelligence, the world still is better off with Saddam gone.

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Open One
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/17/2015 14:06:37

Sorry for the open blog. Again.
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The Birds and the Bees
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/16/2015 13:18:56

"Birds do it, Bees do it, They say that up in Boston even beans do it..."
- Ella Fitzgerald

Well, I can't speak for our feathered friends, despite the fact that there was a local sensation about a month ago when a nesting pair of Bald Eagles was discovered along the Charles River right here in Waltham...but I digress.
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Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 05/15/2015 12:59:55

Safe home BB King

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Do Better, Be Better.
Author: Raine    Date: 05/14/2015 13:05:06

Today's NYT Editorial Board wrote today something that many of us have been saying for years: Help Amtrak.
It may take a while to learn exactly why an Amtrak train speeding out of Philadelphia Tuesday night suddenly derailed on a sharp curve. Whether the train was going too fast or the equipment failed or it was something else entirely, the horrifying accident left at least seven people dead and more than 200 injured on one of the busiest train routes in the country.

Yet, Wednesday morning, while the wreckage lay on the tracks, the Republican majority on the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut Amtrak’s budget by about $260 million. That would reduce Amtrak’s already inadequate appropriations from $1.4 billion to about $1.1 billion.

As a result of meager financing, railroad experts estimated last month that it would take a $21.1 billion just to repair and replace existing assets in the Northeast Corridor that have outlived their “design life” — tracks, ties, electric wires, communications networks, major bridges and tunnels. That does not include new stations, bullet trains or expanding the system. That’s only fixing what’s already in use.
People in countries like France, Japan, Brazil and Spain can depend on government to finance and improve their railway systems. American lawmakers are stubbornly headed in the wrong direction. To thrive, a national railway has to be fully supported as a vital government service.

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45 comments (Latest Comment: 05/14/2015 21:14:47 by Raine)

Power to the People
Author: BobR    Date: 05/13/2015 14:07:36

Energy has always been Big Business. From the wildcatters to the electrical companies that sprouted up after Edison brought light into the darkness, to refrigeration and central heat and the comfort it brings... wherever there was a demand for energy, there were businesses that became rich delivering that energy. As has always been the case, wealth brings power - a different kind of power - the kind that can influence elections, and thus legislation that affects the energy industry.
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