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Author: TriSec    Date: 01/11/2011 11:28:59

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,855th day in Iraq and our 3,383rd day in Afghanistan.

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

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4432
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4293
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3573
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 204
Since Operation New Dawn: 14

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,446
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 838
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

$ 1, 136, 017, 600, 000 .00


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39 comments (Latest Comment: 01/11/2011 20:16:50 by wickedpam)

Call it what it is: Political Assassination
Author: Raine    Date: 01/10/2011 13:32:43

I don't know what to add that hasn't already been said here and elsewhere. This is what I have been so concerned about -- a political assassination. Make no mistake about it, that is just what this is. The murderer said so himself:
Evidence seized from Mr. Loughner’s home, about five miles from the shooting, indicated that he had planned to kill Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, according to documents filed in Federal District Court in Phoenix.

Special Agent Tony M. Taylor Jr. of the F.B.I. said in an affidavit that an envelope found in a safe in the home bore these handwritten words: “I planned ahead,” “My assassination” and “Giffords.”
We can talk about the atmosphere of hatred that has been building Since the 2008 election campaign. At this point, it would be redundant. What bothers me most is the cover the media has given this atmosphere. There is no doubt in my mind that the vile rhetoric was indeed enabled by a media that refused to report on it honestly. It was fanned by pundits who in turn painted it with a special touch of fear infused hate. Hate was enabled because it was a better and more salacious story for viewers. News became twisted and distorted, and people just got angrier and more upset.
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65 comments (Latest Comment: 01/10/2011 23:22:18 by clintster)

Words DO Matter
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 01/09/2011 14:25:35

I have nothing witty or sarcastic or even esoteric to say this morning. BobR said it so well in yesterday's blog here, where I suggest we post today's comments to. For myself, I am just trying NOT to spit blood. Because, I do blame certain people. And I pray that those people that spew this constant vitriol will come to their senses, or, end up behind bars.

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2 comments (Latest Comment: 01/09/2011 23:22:23 by Raine)

Words Matter
Author: BobR    Date: 01/08/2011 23:34:12

I heard the news today, good God. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot today, along with numerous other people. Six died, including judge John Roll and a small child. The shooter was apprehended and appears to be a 22 yr old young man.

It's hard to tell what his motivations were, since there is so much contradictory and strange information pouring out from all over, with very little confirmation as to sources. It's too early to discern what his belief system holds, too early to say what his political leanings might be.

What we CAN say is that this was bound to happen. The rhetoric that has been ratcheting up with implied and even overt references to gun violence have become nauseatingly familiar. Consider these:
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8 comments (Latest Comment: 01/10/2011 04:07:46 by velveeta jones)

The Great American Melting Pot - with fries!
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/08/2011 13:20:12

Good Morning.

On ocassion, I have been known to stop into the ol' fast-food emporium in between jobs. Never mind that I know it's bad for me and probably the environment. It's fast, convenient, and relatively cheap in the hour I have between my day job and the store.

I've been fascinated by people watching the last few times I've been by the King in Burlington, MA. It's not been lost on me that there's a broad slice of society that patronizes these places.

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13 comments (Latest Comment: 01/08/2011 23:35:17 by BobR)

It's a Conspiracy!
Author: BobR    Date: 2011-01-07 12:03:00

On July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the moon. I remember watching it on TV as a child with my father, my parents letting me stay up late to watch such a historic event. I was mesmorized.

Except - it didn't really happen. It was all faked, done with sets on a soundstage. We know this is true because someone knows someone that says they worked on the set and were sworn to secrecy, blah blah blah.

Welcome to the world of conspiracy theories.
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77 comments (Latest Comment: 01/07/2011 21:34:50 by Raine)

They pledged & promised - maybe.
Author: Raine    Date: 01/06/2011 13:40:02

Today is the day when the House GOP will read aloud the Constitution of the United States of America. As has been mentioned here and elsewhere, it's all show, much like the great Wizard was in Oz: bluster blunder and theatrics. In the end, the new majority in the House will have to govern. They made a lot of promises and some people expect them to follow through with them.
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64 comments (Latest Comment: 01/07/2011 00:27:48 by Raine)

Day 1
Author: BobR    Date: 2011-01-05 13:00:00

Today is the first day of the new congressional session, when power changes hands in the House, and the Senate rearranges a few deck chairs. We have a split personality party getting ready to set a good deal of the political agenda in DC. What do we have to look forward to?

Nothing... zilch, nada.
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49 comments (Latest Comment: 01/05/2011 22:06:21 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/04/2011 11:33:57

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,848th day in Iraq and our 3,364th 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): 4432
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4293
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3573
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 204
Since Operation New Dawn: 14

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,446
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 838
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448


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

$ 1, 132, 713, 100, 000 .00


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27 comments (Latest Comment: 01/05/2011 02:38:41 by velveeta jones)

Let the Games Continue!
Author: Raine    Date: 01/03/2011 13:47:10

Happy New year to one and all. Today we begin the 112th congress -- with a very unhappy Tea Party. What is surprising is who they are unhappy with this time. From the NYT
As Tea Party politicians prepare to take their seats when the 112th Congress convenes this week, they are already taking issue with Republicans for failing to hold the line against the flurry of legislation enacted in the waning weeks of Democratic control of the House of Representatives and for not giving some candidates backed by Tea Party groups powerful leadership positions.

Just a month ago, Tea Party leaders were celebrating their movement’s victories in the midterm elections. But as Congress wrapped up an unusually productive lame-duck session last month, those same Tea Party leaders were lamenting that Washington behaved as if it barely noticed that American voters had repudiated the political establishment.

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30 comments (Latest Comment: 01/04/2011 00:23:24 by livingonli)

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