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Author: TriSec    Date: 09/17/2013 10:36:05

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,363rd 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: 2,268
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,101

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

$ 1, 473, 158, 700, 000 .00

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57 comments (Latest Comment: 09/18/2013 00:53:14 by wickedpam)

Survivor 1%
Author: BobR    Date: 2013-09-16 11:26:01

At the risk of sounding like a broken record (for you youngsters - that's what came before CDs MP3s), the Republicans are once again pretending to be legislators while the country staggers along. Syria and the should-we-or-shouldn't-we debate over bombing to prevent/punish Syria from/for using chemical weapons has once again distracted the public from the very real problems we face.

The Republican-led House has voted to repeal Obamacare too many times to list (I hesitate to provide a number because it could happen again before this is posted, but at least 42). We've have also lurched from budget vote to budget vote, generally pushing through some flawed legislation at literally the 11th hour before the government grinds to a halt. Right now, those drop dead dates are about October 1st when the country runs out of money, and October 15th when the country hits the debt ceiling.
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115 comments (Latest Comment: 09/17/2013 02:53:11 by Raine)

Welcome to North Caro... *BANG*
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 09/15/2013 14:35:00

Just 15 more days until North Carolinians can carry guns into all sorts of places. Well, you'll need a Carry and Conceal Weapons permit, but that's not hard at all. Soon you'll swagger into your local bar or playground or golf course or SCHOOL with your loaded gun. Then you can dare anyone to get in your way.... even those annoying small children in line at the Skee Ball at Chuckie Cheese. Little pests....
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 09/15/2013 19:22:36 by clintster)

Repeal THIS! *zip*
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/14/2013 10:56:03

Good morning.

I'm off in a few minutes for another trail-clearing project with the store. Should you be passing by Burlington, MA anytime soon, check out Mary Cummings Park and then come visit The Bean about a half-mile away.)

Let's think about healthcare today. How many of you out there pay your insurance through your employer as a pre-tax deduction? It should be everybody, unless you're a member of a special underclass of American society.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 09/14/2013 18:11:02 by Raine)

The Art of Giving Up Power, Part Two
Author: Raine    Date: 09/13/2013 13:47:25

For those that listened to the President's speech Tuesday night there was an interesting nugget.
That's my judgment as Commander-in-Chief. But I'm also the President of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. So even though I possess the authority to order military strikes, I believed it was right, in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security, to take this debate to Congress. I believe our democracy is stronger when the President acts with the support of Congress. And I believe that America acts more effectively abroad when we stand together.

This is especially true after a decade that put more and more war-making power in the hands of the President, and more and more burdens on the shoulders of our troops, while sidelining the people's representatives from the critical decisions about when we use force.

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65 comments (Latest Comment: 09/14/2013 04:24:34 by Raine)

Never Forget
Author: BobR    Date: 2013-09-12 11:29:30

Just over a week ago, we celebrated Labor Day with a 3-day weekend, cookouts, and maybe one last trip to the beach or maybe the neighborhood swimming pool. The day before yesterday, the president spoke about Syria. Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of 9/11. What could these things possibly have in common?
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76 comments (Latest Comment: 09/13/2013 01:15:27 by TriSec)

I'll Often Stop and Think About Them
Author: Raine    Date: 09/11/2013 13:14:59

I miss them. I miss those glorious towers. I miss seeing the sun shine in between them. I miss seeing them glitter at night over a downtown neighborhood that closed after dark. I miss using them to guide me thru the streets of the city. It didn't matter where I was or what time of day it was, I could look up and be guided by it.

I miss the days I worked in NYC and came up out of Penn Station and saw the Twin Towers. Now that I think about it, I miss the days we called them the Twin Towers. To this day, my heart leaps when I see them in a movie or TV show. I no longer look at them with sadness. but with gratitude of having the experience of seeing them. They were a part of my life. It took a long time, and I am not closed off to the sadness of that day, but I am at a place where I just miss those towers.

I don't have much more to say. Once again, as it did a few years ago, this song comes to mind.
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43 comments (Latest Comment: 09/12/2013 01:07:23 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet Dump
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/10/2013 10:26:04

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,356th 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: 2,266
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,102

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

$ 1, 471, 264, 650, 000 .00

As you know, I collect stories all week long for this particular blog....from time to time, my cache just gets a bit out of control, so we're diving right in.

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94 comments (Latest Comment: 09/10/2013 23:18:14 by Raine)

Live by the Gun, Die by the Gun
Author: BobR    Date: 2013-09-09 11:50:58

It's been months since the shooting in Sandy Hook. Since then we've had numerous other stories, the latest being the NSA, spying, and Syria. The "guns will keep you safe" nonsense is not as prevalent anymore because the push for common-sense gun control regulations has taken a back seat to other "priorities". But as each day passes, more people die from gunshots.
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60 comments (Latest Comment: 09/09/2013 23:14:01 by Will in Chicago)

50 Shades of Blah
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 09/08/2013 14:36:07

Good Morning 4F'ers!

We overslept again this morning, which is not cool in so many ways, especially in that we don't want to repeat yesterdays blog with quick news bits. But nonetheless here we are:
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 09/09/2013 05:34:48 by clintster)

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