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Discovery and the Full Circle.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/16/2012 13:10:24

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There she is, preparing for her final trip to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. From the Washington Post:
Riding atop a Boeing 747, the preferred taxi of all space shuttles, it should be a pretty amazing sight sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. and we want to see your views of Discovery’s final voyage
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36 comments (Latest Comment: 04/16/2012 23:12:56 by Will in Chicago)

Willards Other Side
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/15/2012 14:17:13

Now that the field has cleared and we have a GOP Presidential candidate we wonder who he'll pick for his running mate.

To be clear, Mitt is the candidate. There are rumors that others are still running against Mr. Money, but no one can find Ron Paul and Newty has run out of money and currently running away from debt collectors. I suppose that he's hiding out in a double-wide somewhere; with Callista cooking eggs over a small stove wearing her diamonds that she refuses to give up. Some people are saying that they've seen Ron Paul wandering the streets of Dallas in a bath robe and muttering nonsense, "End the war, can the tuna, smell the love of the founding fathers who want the tax code changed into Obamacare..." Theory is that he smoked some weed laced with some highly toxic bath salts and has finally lost his mind.
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 04/15/2012 17:48:58 by livingonli)

Saturday Open
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/14/2012 09:43:44

Well, sort of.

It's uber-early, but there's not a blood appointment in my future. Today, I'm headed for Boston Common and a full day out with Mr. Bean. I may even get a chance to meet the Honorable Mayor Thomas M. Menino!

You all know what today is, so as the blog's resident Titanic geek, I'll leave you with just a couple of things today. Any good disaster has a multitude of conspiracy theories, and of course Titanic is no exception. Out of all of them, and I must admit it's at least "Plausible", is the thought that Titanic didn't sink one hundred years ago tonight; it was Olympic.
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 04/15/2012 13:34:10 by velveeta jones)

The 51%
Author: BobR    Date: 04/13/2012 13:02:58

The 2008 presidential race was quite exciting. After two Bush terms, there was no incumbent for the Republican party. Traditionally, the vice-presidential candidate runs, but Cheney knew he would never be elected, and bowed out. That left both parties to find their presidential candidate for the general election.

What was interesting is that on the Democratic side, there was a serious contender in Hillary Clinton. Sure Geraldine Ferraro had run decades previous, but there was a sense this time that Hillary could actually win (not just the primary, but the general too). As the primaries came down to the wire, it was apparent to the Republicans that they too needed to court a woman. The Republicans ended up with Sarah Palin.
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36 comments (Latest Comment: 04/13/2012 22:50:25 by Raine)

Thursday
Author: Raine    Date: 04/12/2012 13:08:10

No Justice, No Peace --

Yesterday began the journey of Justice when George Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder. He will be appearing on video from Jail before a judge while his lawyer requests bail to be set.

There are many things to be said here, and I hope that questions will be answered about this in the coming days and weeks, but finally -- finally -- we are moving forward. This is needed for the family of Trayvon, who have shown incredible grace under such horrible circumstances, but also for this nation. People want justice. People want that. People deserve that -- including George Zimmerman.
I'll try to write more on this, but for now, I am happy that finally, something is happening.
&
Raine

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30 comments (Latest Comment: 04/13/2012 02:05:21 by livingonli)

Santorum Drops Out
Author: BobR    Date: 04/11/2012 12:04:10

It finally happened - Rick Santorum has dropped out. A year ago it was inconceivable that Santorum would have lasted this long. His own home state had pushed him out of Congress, and his candidacy was seen as a joke. With so many comers in the field early on, he really didn't distinguish himself. Other candidates kept rising to the top, then getting washed out by poor showings or lack of support.

Not Rick Santorum - he kept floating just beneath the surface, not really attracting attention, but also not punching himself in the eye. He seemed unpopular, but managed to stay in as others fell out. Huntsman, Bachmann, Cain, Huntsman, Perry... All were held to the light of scrutiny, only to be rejected.

By the time it seemed like Santorum might be the Next Big Thing, there were just 4 candidates left (including Gingrich, another improbable come-from-behind candidate). The "anybody but Romney" crowd solidified on Santorum, deeming him Their Guy. Gingrich was just too unlikeable, and Ron Paul is... well - he's Ron Paul.
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56 comments (Latest Comment: 04/11/2012 21:54:14 by Mondobubba)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/10/2012 10:24:54

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,838th 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: 1,930
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 103

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

$ 1, 320, 726, 900, 000 .00

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52 comments (Latest Comment: 04/10/2012 22:24:59 by Raine)

Pallin' around with Terrorists?
Author: Raine    Date: 04/09/2012 14:29:04

In DC it should come as no surprise that there are more than usual number of advocacy ads, lobbying ads, political ads etc. These ads reach people who might otherwise not be reached, and are from any number of groups. I enjoy watching them to see who is paying for them, etc. One ad that has been running since at least last August is this:

I admit, I hadn't paid much mind to it. It looks benign enough. I simply thought it was just another ad asking the State department for help. the ad was sponsored by a group called Human Rights and Democracy International. According to the ad, MEK should be de-listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department. It makes sense to support democratic opposition in Iran. We will go a little further into this website another day. Let's get back to this group, who claim to be The democratic opposition in Iran.
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35 comments (Latest Comment: 04/10/2012 01:40:28 by BobR)

Where in the World is Newt?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/08/2012 14:57:02

Say, with all the big state winnings recently by Willard, I wonder where the other noms are? We know that Sandy is probably at the hospital since his daughter, Bella, is once again sick, and despite our many, many, many, many, many, many differences of opinion about.... everything, we do hope his daughter fairs well.

But where in the world has Newty gone? Let's check his twitter and see.
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5 comments (Latest Comment: 04/09/2012 03:32:57 by livingonli)

Compulsory Insurance
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/07/2012 11:09:36

Good Morning.

Well, by now you should have heard that I wrecked my car earlier this week. I was flying solo; none of the parties were injured.

Alas, I was the striking party. It's funny, when I had that realization that there was going to be impact, it was perhaps no more than a second. But I felt like I had time to stomp on the brakes and get my hands out of the way of the steering wheel because I felt the airbag might go. (It didn't.)

After sitting there a minute, I was able to get out of the car, and approach the other person (already on her cellphone; maybe she was the entire time.) She was already hot, but the first words out of my mouth were "Are you allright?", and I could see her visibly soften.

She needed a flatbed, but I was able to gently drive nearly 40 miles home. The next day, I made an abortive attempt to drive back to Worcester, but there was some hidden damage to some radiator hoses, and I only made it about 15 miles before the car overheated and that was the end of that idea.
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5 comments (Latest Comment: 04/07/2012 23:33:29 by BobR)

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