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17 Days
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/23/2016 12:56:11

"Alll I've got is two cigarettes, and this broken heart of mine..."
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 04/23/2016 13:56:14 by Raine)

Purple Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 04/22/2016 12:41:09

2016 sucks, why are we losing so many icons!

https://cmgajcluckovich.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/lk042216_color.jpg?w=640


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23 comments (Latest Comment: 04/22/2016 20:47:44 by Raine)

I could not pull anything together today!
Author: Raine    Date: 04/21/2016 13:08:18

I've been home for less than a week and the crazy train is all caught up to speed.
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13 comments (Latest Comment: 04/21/2016 19:29:49 by TriSec)

Primaries, Politics, and Playing the Game
Author: BobR    Date: 04/20/2016 13:38:14

New York state voted yesterday, and both Clinton and Trump had resounding victories. As always, those on the losing side complained of "dirty tricks" and "voter suppression". What happened is what is known as "the party system", which is what's supposed to happen during the primaries. That is the function of the primaries, to allow the members of the parties to pick their candidate for the general election.

For better or worse, election law (other than campaign finance regulations) are left up to the states, so every state has it's own rules. Within the states, counties (or precincts) may have their own way of doing things. It's up to the campaigns to ensure that they know what those regulations are and comply with them, and ensure their supporters are doing the same. This is why it's advantageous for a candidate to belong to an established party - there is an infrastructure in place to make sure the "i's" are dotted and the "t's" are crossed - in every state, city, etc. It is difficult for new or independent candidates to run without this infrastructure, which is likely why Sanders decided to run as a Democrat, rather than try to create his own party.
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36 comments (Latest Comment: 04/20/2016 20:25:59 by Mondobubba)

Ask A Vet
Author: Will in Chicago    Date: 2016-04-19 08:40:12

Good morning.

There is the old saying that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I have seen the truth of this many times, but I was still concerned and disturbed to learn that the U.S. is sending more troops to Iraq
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24 comments (Latest Comment: 04/19/2016 22:46:55 by livingonli)

Back home after “Nuit Debout”
Author: Raine    Date: 04/18/2016 13:17:41

For the past two weeks, Bob and I were enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime trip. We were all over the city of lights: Paris. It was good to be on vacation and just as good to be away from the madness of our election season.
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21 comments (Latest Comment: 04/19/2016 14:01:24 by velveeta jones)

Whaaaat?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/17/2016 13:06:39

Velveeta is at a complete loss as to why my candidate, Mr. Donald J. Trump is being treated so unfairly by both the RNC and the state of New York. Donald is clearly the frontrunner in both votes and delegates but in more than a few states the delegates get split unevenly away from Donald. In fact one state, Colorado (where they smoke pot need I remind you), Trump won the vote by over 200 Million yet every single delegate went to Ted OOze. Sorry, Cruz.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 04/18/2016 01:33:34 by AuntAzalea)

Into the Woods
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/16/2016 10:49:08

Good Morning.

The troop is off to Acadia National Park in about two hours. (8am)

Acadia is the oldest national park East of the Mississippi, and it's one of the more unusual ones. Almost entirely on Mount Desert Island, the park itself was once the private playground of the idle rich.
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Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 04/15/2016 12:52:43

After that last 2 days of organizing siding, gutters, terminix, and Dish I am happy to be at work but very tired.

I leave you very simply with this.

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6 comments (Latest Comment: 04/15/2016 18:38:16 by TriSec)

Building a movement
Author: Will in Chicago    Date: 2016-04-14 08:04:27

An old cliche states that Rome was not built in a day. Neither is a political movement.

I would argue that we are seeing reactions to rising income inequality and a feeling among many Americans that George Carlin was right on at least some level when he made the following statement: "The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it."

The rise of a progressive movement in the Democratic Party seems to be a reaction to this frustration. Meanwhile, many Republicans are turning to a billionaire reality show star who sometimes spouts populist rhetoric about money in politics while denigrating entire categories of human beings.
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7 comments (Latest Comment: 04/14/2016 17:10:27 by Will in Chicago)

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