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Author: TriSec    Date: 02/16/2010 11:22:39

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,526th day in Iraq and our 3,054th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from Iraq and Afghanistan, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4376
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4237
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3913
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3517
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 148

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 325
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 960
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 649
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,395
Journalists - Iraq: 335
Academics Killed - Iraq: 431

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

$ 961, 340, 900, 000 .00


With all the hoopla going on over the Olympics and Valentine's Day this past weekend you might have missed it...but there's still a war on. And it's very slow going indeed.

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15 comments (Latest Comment: 02/17/2010 05:26:24 by Raine)

Remembering a Civil Rights Hero.
Author: Raine    Date: 02/15/2010 17:01:42

During Black History month, we rightfully call attention the the civil rights movement of the 1960s. What is often not mentioned, is the first civil rights movement, abolition and suffrage and ultimately the right for all Americans to have access to vote.

On this day in history, in 1820, Susan B. Anthony was born. By the age of 16, she was active in in the anti-slavery movement, and by the time she was 29 she was one of the leaders of the Women's suffrage. She is commonly known as the face of Women's Suffrage.
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20 comments (Latest Comment: 02/15/2010 23:15:16 by trojanrabbit)

VD! Catch it!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 02/14/2010 15:28:43

I want your love and all your lover's revenge
you and me could write a bad romance.
~~ Lady GaGa

Ah, Love! Amoré! Amour! liefde! αγάπη!

Since anyone whose reading this blog today is probably snowbound (if not, you're probably in either Miami or Hawai'i - you bastards) I present to you: some stories of LOVE...... and revenge.

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13 comments (Latest Comment: 02/15/2010 04:53:04 by trojanrabbit)

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Author: TriSec    Date: 02/13/2010 11:45:50

Good Morning!

Remember when an early Saturday morning blog meant one thing? Well, I'm back to doing that again! And I'm hopeful that as 2010 turns into a better year than 2009 (how can it not?) I'll be able to get back to regular donations again.

The Red Cross has significantly updated their website recently...there's a ton of new information out there. There's even a new widget to find out if you're eligible to donate...even if you think you're not, you might be surprised at what you find.

As for me, I gave up donating blood years ago; I went bigtime. The Dedham Red Cross has called me one of their most productive platelet donors, and I've never given less than a 'double'. It's not a hard thing to do, but it does require a little bit bigger time commitment than a routine blood donation.

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2 comments (Latest Comment: 02/13/2010 20:57:27 by livingonli)

A Good Guy Wins!
Author: Mondobubba    Date: 02/12/2010 13:03:52

I had originally had planned a rant-y Rude Pundit sorta thing today about how the GOP needs a collective Punch in the Taint, but instead I am going to write about something that transpired on Tuesday in S. Miami Florida. I hopped online Wednesday to see what my various friends were doing and saying on the Facebook and this status update caught my eye, "Go to MiamiHerald.com for front page article on son Philip's great victory; check late Tues or Wed paper." I thought to myself 'what is Philip Stoddard up to now?' Well, he has been elected mayor of South Miami. This is a guy I have known my entire life. He beat the incumbent mayor like a rented mule! Wow!

Philip's platform was fairly simple: good, open honest government. He is a community activist, recently fighting a plan of the former mayor's to allow high power lines down Route 1 in S. Miami. This didn't sit well with Phil for a couple of reasons; one, the power lines are ugly; two they are a potential health hazard. Being a biologist by training, Phil did some research on high power lines and found some studies that link the electro-magnetic radiation from them as cause of childhood leukemia in kids who live near or under these type of power lines. Realizing the incumbent mayor was - as Rachel Maddow would say - living in the pants of Florida Power & Light, Dr. Stoddard decided he had to run for mayor pledging he would bring, open honest government to South Miami. He won with 59% of the vote. Not only did he win, but the entire city council was voted out as well. This is what progressive populism looks like. No overheated rhetoric, no signs with misspellings, no ugly undercurrents of racism.

Here are a couple of links about Philip.

This is he campaign website


A profile from the local CBS station in Miami


23 comments (Latest Comment: 02/13/2010 01:53:07 by TriSec)

The Faux Meme of Populism
Author: Raine    Date: 02/11/2010 13:42:52

Since the weekend of the Tea Party convention the media has been beating a slow drum, repeating the meme that this is a Populist movement. We've heard claims they are angry at the banks, angry at wall street and angry at government. That is pretty populist right? They have a small problem though -- it's not populist at all. If history does indeed repeat itself, this could be dangerous.
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24 comments (Latest Comment: 02/12/2010 01:07:04 by livingonli)

Floaters in the Punch Bowl
Author: BobR    Date: 02/10/2010 13:34:52

We've said it here before, but it bears revisiting. Has the political machinery in this country slipped a couple of gears? Has the train of political thought jumped the tracks? Does the punchbowl of politics have a few floaters in it? Am I going to quit with the metaphors and write something of substance?

It seems that being on the losing end of the elections in 2008 has snapped more than a few right-wingers in this country. We've seen the Birthers, Tenthers, and Tea Baggers making lots of noise, and we've previously written about the fringes. However, there are some "legitimate" politicians that seem to have lost it as well.
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36 comments (Latest Comment: 02/11/2010 13:02:39 by clintster)

Hopey-Changey or the Status quo. You choose.
Author: Raine    Date: 02/09/2010 23:42:04

Sarah Palin said the following at the TeaParty convention:
And now a year later, I got to ask the supporters of all that, how is that hopey-changey stuff working out for you?


Let me get this right, they are against Hope and Change from the President, but they are for change in regards to how our government works? They hate the Obama idea of Hope and Change -- and yet, they want to change Government? To what? What do they want? How are these Tea Partiers different from the GOP? Seriously, let's take a quick look:
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5 comments (Latest Comment: 02/10/2010 03:18:01 by TriSec)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/09/2010 11:30:31

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,519th day in Iraq and our 3,047th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from Iraq and Afghanistan, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4375
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4236
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3912
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3516
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 147

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 325
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 984
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 640
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,395
Journalists - Iraq: 335
Academics Killed - Iraq: 431


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

$ 958, 720, 700, 000 . 00



And finally, we pause a moment to remember Vietnam Vet and Congressman John Murtha.

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39 comments (Latest Comment: 02/09/2010 23:49:42 by m-hadley)

Really.
Author: Raine    Date: 02/08/2010 13:47:56

Sarah used a telepalm in Nashville. Obama didn't use anything at the Republican retreat in Baltimore during an unscripted Q&A and people are still talking like she is a serious politician. Scary thing is, no one thought Ronald Reagan could be elected either. Just some food for thought.

I didn't want to talk about Sarah and the tea party today, but I had to. I wanted to ignore this stupidity and not take it seriously. I can't --I'm angry. I don't quite get exactly where this tea party thing is going, but I am incredulously pissed that these people made not a peep before January 20, 2009. I am really resentful that they think they are the chosen ones to save this country-- acting as though millions of hard working activists for the past 8 years didn't exist.
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28 comments (Latest Comment: 02/09/2010 02:03:58 by TriSec)

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