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Back to Earth.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/22/2010 12:48:07

How far we have come since the first official 'Earth Day'. 40 years ago, there was no Environmental Protection Agency. There was no Clean Air, Clean Water, Endangered Species, Safe Drinking Water, or Toxic Substances Control Acts. We still have a long way to go. The man who is largely credited for Earth Day wrote the following on the 25th anniversary of this day in 1995, the words are still relevant. From Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson:
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30 comments (Latest Comment: 04/23/2010 04:35:43 by Raine)

Reefer Madness!
Author: BobR    Date: 04/21/2010 10:41:45

Yesterday was April 20, just another day on the calendar for most people. For others, though, the date carries a certain significance. What I am "reefering" to is that it's a day that just goes to pot for some people, where they have joint sessions and end up in the weeds.

Okay - I suppose that's enough with the puns... I'll just pull out a box of stoned wheat thins and... D'OH!
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24 comments (Latest Comment: 04/21/2010 20:55:56 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/20/2010 10:25:28

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,589th day in Iraq and our 3,117th day in Afghanistan.

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

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4392
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4253
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3929
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3533
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 164

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,044
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 687
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,457
Journalists - Iraq: 338
Academics Killed - Iraq: 437


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

$ 984, 943, 250, 000 .00



Dr. Rachel Maddow has perhaps said it best...."The Iraq war won't end until the last tortured veteran dies screaming in his sleep perhaps 75 years from now."

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48 comments (Latest Comment: 04/20/2010 22:03:34 by Will in Chicago)

Duck and C(over)YA
Author: Raine    Date: 04/19/2010 12:50:42

Today is April 19th, the fifteenth anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombings. Naturally, it makes sense that there would be a Second amendment rights march on Washington DC that has nothing to do whatsoever with this tragic event on our nation's history.

It's alright though, because it's gun free:
"We don't know where this rumor originally started, but it seems that it has been perpetuated despite our very clear posting on our site that the unlawful carrying of firearms is not permitted. These people may be confusing us with another group that is holding an armed rally in Virginia on the same day as Second Amendment March. That group is a separate entity entirely and is not at all associated with the Second Amendment March event."
Funny that tho, that there will be an open carry gun rally at Fort Hunt National Park and Gravelly Point on the Potomac today as well. Is it lost on anyone else that Fort Hunt is a national park and that it was President Obama who signed a law allowing them the right to carry there?
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76 comments (Latest Comment: 04/20/2010 01:41:18 by trojanrabbit)

A Liberal Apology
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/18/2010 14:52:15

Dear Teabaggers/Republicans,

(Oh, sorry, we're supposed to believe that the Tea Party™ is an independent movement made up with "grass roots" supporters).

First, I'd like to apologize for your tax cuts. I know, Obama is supposed to RAISE taxes thereby confirming your belief that he is a SOCIALIST and a FASCIST at the same time. But, there he went, lowering taxes for everyone that made under $250K/year. Maybe it's not you but certainly the "grass roots" people that developed, er, thought up the movement - they had to pay more, or at least the same, in taxes. People like Sean Hannity for example. He makes well, well, well, over $250,000 a year.

But I digress.
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7 comments (Latest Comment: 04/18/2010 23:52:07 by AuntAzalea)

Let's give it back
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/17/2010 10:39:19

Good Morning!

Well, if it's an early Saturday morning, that can only mean one thing...I'm off to donate platelets!

I'm rather happy to be getting back to a regular schedule with this. As my Red Cross friends have pointed out, in my over ten years of donations, I've never given less than a "double" and now routinely donate a "triple" on the new machines. So perhaps I'm meant to be a platelet factory for all those sick kids up at Dana Farber.

If you already donate blood, why not give it a try?



Ah, but now on to the matters at hand.

I'm sure you heard this week about the news that has rocked the International Adoption community. A young Russian boy by the name of Artyom Savelyev was placed on a plane back to Russia by his adoptive American mother. She claims she was "tricked" into adopting the boy by the Russian authorities, and he regrettably had some mental health issues that she couldn't handle.

As an adoptive parent of an international orphan myself....that's a whole world of wrong there.

Mrs. TriSec and I discussed the case very briefly, and we both agreed....she's nuts, and probably never should have been approved in the first place.

Ms. Hansen, who was the adoptive mother, lives in Tennesse, so I have no idea what agency she worked with or what processing she had to go through. But let me start with what we had to go through....an unfortunately familiar argument for long-time readers of this blog.

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11 comments (Latest Comment: 04/18/2010 14:16:57 by trojanrabbit)

A Taxing Day
Author: BobR    Date: 04/16/2010 11:11:31

Yesterday was Tax Day, when traditionally there's a pandemonium at the Post Office, as people across the country rush to get their returns postmarked in time. Nowadays, eFiling online has become popular so the post office rush is becoming an anachronism.

This year has seen a new sort of craziness on Tax Day: Tea Party protests. A mixed bag of angry people gathered at various points across the country to register their displeasure of taxation with representation, apparently preferring representation without having to pay for it.
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19 comments (Latest Comment: 04/16/2010 23:16:48 by trojanrabbit)

Protesting What exactly?
Author: Raine    Date: 04/15/2010 12:47:23

They started protesting a year ago today. They protested taxes. Since then they have protested nearly everything else this administration has done. What they seem to have forgotten in all the protestations and the yelling and screaming and even in a few cases -- threat of physical violence, is that this year many are paying lower taxes even with tax increases passed by many states to balance their budgets.

In response to said tax cuts, Grover Norquist repilies
"I thought that we were going to have to wait until the tax increases started to see popular unhappiness," Norquist said at a Capitol Hill forum Wednesday. "Last year, people started reacting, the tea parties started organizing, in reaction to spending too much. They didn't wait for the tax increases to come."
Are you having a WTF moment here as well?
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45 comments (Latest Comment: 04/16/2010 02:10:34 by clintster)

No Hope for Change
Author: BobR    Date: 04/14/2010 11:49:14

Six months ago, things looked pretty bleak for the Democrats. Town Hall meetings were exploding with astroturf protesters. Obama's "waterloo" seemed assured. The Tea Party movement (brought to you by FOX News, after these messages) was making a name for themselves (and the name was "teabaggers"). It was all going downhill. And then - Teddy Kennedy died and his seat was filled in a special election by - a Republican.

Somehow, though, Democrats still managed to get the dreaded health care bill through, passed and signed. As Obama declared after signing the bill, the sky didn't fall. Still - pundits everywhere were (and still are) declaring that Democrats will lose big in the November mid-term elections.
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28 comments (Latest Comment: 04/15/2010 00:23:53 by trojanrabbit)

Lance Corporal Matthew J. Snyder
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/13/2010 10:31:11

We interrupt today's scheduled "Ask a Vet" for a special bulletin.

Perhaps you have heard of Corporal Matthew Snyder. Just in case you are not aware, here's a snippet from his website:

http://www.matthewsnyder.org/2746.jpg



Matthew Snyder, of Finksburg, Maryland, died from a non combat-related vehicle accident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Combat Service Support Group-1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on March 3, 2006. Matthew was 20 years old.

Matthew graduated from Westminster High School in 2003. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marines on October 14, 2003, and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. In August of 2004, Matthew was assigned to Combat Logistics Batallion-7, Twentynine Palms, Calif. as a generator mechanic.


Mr. Snyder was just another one of the 4,390 Americans that have been killed in Iraq. He'd be just another statistic, except for one thing.

The Westboro Baptist Church.

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17 comments (Latest Comment: 04/14/2010 01:34:00 by livingonli)

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