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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:


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)

A crappy tale.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/12/2010 13:30:14

This weekend, we had the lovely pleasure of attending the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. It was wonderful seeing Mala, laughing and enjoying the marching bands, the balloons and the floats. At one point, I needed to use the 'facilities' and took a walk over to a line of portapotties. I saw 2 lines for a row of about 40 or so- and found out quickly that for some reason, only 2 were unlocked. Yes, I was irritated at this unfortunate turn of events but in line I went.

As luck would have it, a few minutes later more people arrived. They immediately started complaining. It didn't take long for one man to proclaim (in disgust) "These are my tax dollars at work, what a joke". The anger from this vocal group increased as we waiting in line, as did the decibels. One man kept calling a number expecting to get someone to come down and unlock the doors. The woman suggested calling 911. Once again 'it's our tax dollars, after all'.
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44 comments (Latest Comment: 04/13/2010 00:35:52 by TriSec)

Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/11/2010 14:24:20

There comes a point in ones life where you must decide your political affiliation and stick with it until you move out of your parents home and have no more need to aggravate them, at which time you can switch your party to the same as theirs.

Obviously, to annoy your parents you will pick the opposite party that they affiliate with. Of course, this can get difficult when your parents are divorced, of different parties, and you live on/off with each. It may involve an entirely diverse selection of clothes, books, habits and even a different grade point average for each parent. At all costs, one should avoid this situation.

But which party is right for you?
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 04/12/2010 13:04:54 by AuntAzalea)

Godwin's Law
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/10/2010 11:46:35

Good Morning.


WWII geeks will recognize this fine-looking fellow. His name was Ernst Rohm, and he led the paramilitary SA Brownshirts back in the late 20s and early 30s during Hitler's rise to power.


Of course, we all recognize this fine-looking lady. She's the de facto leader of the Tea Party movement, during what we all hope is *not* their rise to power during the teens of this century.

Raine recently blogged about race hatred and the chilling effect it's having on the national debate. I wish I could calm that down some, but I fear that today's blog will only add more fuel to that simmering boil.

The pictures I selected above are not an accident...while I loathe what the Tea Party represents, and even more so their mis-appropriation of something that's near and dear to Bostonians...it's their ongoing behavior that I find truly troublesome and indeed, dangerous.

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13 comments (Latest Comment: 04/11/2010 07:01:33 by livingonli)

News and Commentary
Author: BobR    Date: 04/09/2010 12:31:21

FOX News - you either love it or hate it. People on the left decry their obvious bias and loose journalistic standards. Those on the right like being told the things they want to hear, all the while believing that what they're watching is "fair and balanced". FOX's biggest problem is that they blur the line between news and commentary. Keith Olbermann at MSNBC is unapologetically to the left, but when he makes his "special comments", it's clearly labeled as "Commentary".

Apparently, though, the folks at FOX don't really care. Their current bad boy Glenn Beck showed a moment of honesty when he proclaimed that FOX News is an entertainment company:
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43 comments (Latest Comment: 04/09/2010 23:55:02 by trojanrabbit)

Damn Right I'm over-sensitive
Author: Raine    Date: 04/08/2010 13:19:25

I just am so very very sick of all of it. I'm sick of racism, the xenophobia, the bigotry, the misogyny. Sick of writing about it, sick of reading about it and sick of it happening. I cannot even begin to tell you how much it hurts my heart and soul. Time and time again I have to return to this subject, because if I don't, then the hate will build up within me that mirrors the hate they sow. I refuse to let that happen to me. I refuse to let hate win. I was personally called overly-sensitive when I objected to someone for calling the President a n*gger. I was told the justification for using that word was because it's the same as calling me white. The anger in my heart started to boil. I can no longer tolerate the hate, and the roots from where it comes. It makes me hurt inside. It makes me sad. It really wounds my soul. So here I am trying to heal it by writing about it again.
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33 comments (Latest Comment: 04/09/2010 01:12:12 by TriSec)

Takin' Care of Business
Author: BobR    Date: 04/07/2010 12:34:15

It is a basic tenet of Republican and Libertarian philosophy that the best way to treat business is with a hands-off approach. The market will reward the good companies and the bad ones will go out of business, they say. Government regulation and interference does more harm than good they say. And yet - we've seen the economy nearly crash this country due to practices by banks and investment firms, actions that were once illegal. Business will always take care of business first, swallow the competition, and create monopolies that are "too big to fail". They'll also skirt the law and even break it in search of a little more profit. People first?... hardly.
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23 comments (Latest Comment: 04/08/2010 03:39:07 by BobR)

Ask a Vet - oopsie
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/06/2010 11:09:58

Morning, folks.

Something bad happened here; I had the blog all written and ready to go, then it somehow went *poof*.

*** From Raine: here are our basic pieces of vital information for the week ***

Today is our 2,575th day in Iraq and our 3,103th 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): 4388
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4249
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3925
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3529
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 160

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan 1,034
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan 679
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq 1,457
Journalists - Iraq 338
Academics Killed - Iraq 437

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

$ 979, 738, 900, 000 . 00

28 comments (Latest Comment: 04/07/2010 01:27:06 by livingonli)

It's not denial. It's selective acceptance of reality.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/05/2010 12:34:06

This morning Michael Steele was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. The Chairman of the RNC said that he wasn't going to resign and that his criticism is connected to race and his "streetwise" manner of doing things.

Now let me get this straight. Race? Streetwise? Is he saying that he's a victim of bigotry? This is a man, who last February, after meeting with leaders of the 'grassroots activists' also called the Tea Party issued this statement:
“For over a year, I have made it a priority to have conversations with different grassroots activists who are concerned with the direction of our country and today’s meeting was an excellent opportunity to continue this conversation. I thank members of the Tea Party movement and other concerned citizens for putting together this meeting and taking the time to speak with me.
There is more there -- but you get the idea. He thanked this group of people who would go on to spit on a black congressman, call Civil rights hero John Lewis a n*gger, and Barney Frank a f*ggot.
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53 comments (Latest Comment: 04/06/2010 00:25:44 by livingonli)

I Eat what I am
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/04/2010 13:36:34

I am surrounded by mountains of Easter... candy. Chocolate bunnies, dark, milk and even white, organic chocolate eggs wrapped in foil, very non-orgainic M&M's in pastel colors, jelly beans, Pez. Pez? Well, at least there are no peeps.

I have been trying to come up with a plan for eating better. Holidays just completely throw me off. Just when it seems I have a good plan, along comes Christmas or Halloween or Valentines day. And since, as we've learned from yesterday's blog, that even those Holy Days that used to be about something important (see TriSec's previous blog) now get swallowed up in candy, plastic decorations, funny hats that get worn once a year and junky junk that will end up in a land fill as fast as you can say "Made in China".

So, to be clear, I am blaming the Holidays for the demise in my eating routines.
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 04/04/2010 19:54:07 by BobR)

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