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Coming Full Circle
Author: BobR    Date: 2011-05-04 10:27:21

On September 11, 2001, the nation's psyche suffered a brutal blow from a group of extremists with which most American's were only vaguely familiar. On May 1, 2011, the nation got a sense of closure as the leader of the extremists was brought to justice for the deaths on his hands. The reactions to the story have brought reactions themselves, as people grapple with understanding their feelings, much as they did nearly 10 years ago.

Back then, the nation came together with a sense of unity, verging on jingoism. People across the world proclaimed "we are all Americans". There was a sense of support as Bush ordered troops to penetrate Afghanistan's borders in pursuit of the person publicly held responsible for the attrocities. Some still question whether he was behind the attacks. Few would dispute that he was behind numerous other fatal attacks, and was a source of financing for training and operations carried out against America and other "allied" targets. He painted a target on America's back and handed the gun to the people he helped brainwash.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/03/2011 10:25:58

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,967th day in Iraq, and our 3,495th 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): 4452
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4311
Since Handover (6/29/04): 363
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 224
Since Operation New Dawn: 34

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,566
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 875
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

$ 1, 188, 899, 900, 000 .00

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May 1, 2011
Author: Raine    Date: 05/02/2011 13:06:25

Amazing news. I'm still sitting here trying to write something that matters. I am speechless. I am stunned. I thought he was already dead, and I will admit, it appears I was wrong. I literally thought last night that the news would be that 'American forces found what appeared to be the the remains of Osama Bin Laden. It was confirmed the body was his thru DNA evidence.' Turns out, I was wrong.

He was alive and living in Pakistan. Pakistan.
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F*ck the Donald
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/01/2011 13:13:15

Seriously, I'm sick to death of this guy. Admittedly, he was amusing for awhile, a very, very short while but now I just want him gone. I am against seeing anyone suffer, but for Donald Trump I might make an exception. And it would be karmic anyway, as I'm pretty sure he has made many people suffer and die.

This [insert adjective choice here: Adulterer - - bully - - draft dodger - - media whore - - Liar - - racist - - greedy] man has even started to loose his shine with the press. The PRESS! The same press that have in the past had to sit through obvious lies from our previous administration and then robotically report them as fact with a perfectly straight face. This press, did indeed 'boo' the Donald and his lovely enslaved human mannequin last night, see/hear it here.[/url
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Saturday Open
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/30/2011 10:20:57

Good Morning!

Well, due to poor planning, I've got nothing and no time to research. I'm off to an all-store meeting before opening today, then I have a full 8 hours on the sales floor today.

I'll yield the floor to anyone with the power, if you feel motivated to take over today's blog and give us something better!
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Tone Deaf
Author: BobR    Date: 04/29/2011 12:39:48

When this country was founded, of the three branches of government, Congress was held in the highest esteem. The top of the Capitol building is higher than any other building in DC. It - and particularly the House of Representatives - is considered to be the "people's House". The Representatives are meant to represent the desires of their constituents in the nation's government. The current crop of Representatives, though, seem to be curiously tone deaf to the desires of the electorate, and bull-headedly determined to impose the ideology of their party and their corporate benefactors on the country.
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Afterbirthers in a Neo-Racist Society.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/28/2011 13:07:58

This morning I find myself fascinated once again over the amount of racism that is acceptable (for me, you know, NONE is the proper answer). For the Media, I just don't know. After yesterdays press conference, where the President actually declared that he released his Birth Certificate, some assumed that the issue would finally be over. They were wrong. The reason why is that it was never really about the birth certificate. If one needs more proof, take a look at Donald Trump and Orly Taitz. One is now attacking the President's education, the other has deemed the President committed fraud with his selective service papers. I won't bore you with the freak show here, but she was kicked off of Lawrence O'Donnell's show last night. Trump, on the other hand, not satisfied to let his birther stupidity go, has moved on to Affirmative Action.
... accusing him of being a "terrible student" who shouldn't have gotten into Columbia University or Harvard Law School. "How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?"
One can easily read between the lines and hear the Dog Whistle there. Funny thing -you'll recall that Obama became the first black president of the Harvard Law review. The NYT wrote of it back in 1990
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Left Shoe, Right Foot
Author: BobR    Date: 04/27/2011 11:59:51

There is a certain attitude towards government (generally fostered by those that hate government) that government is NOT of the people, by the people, nor for the people, but instead some nefarious "Them". In the minds of these people, the government is the enemy. For some, this mindset is promoted as a rationale for privitizing government functions. Ultimately, our government suffers. Most people in public service (whether elected or hired) do good work, and take pride in helping the country. Those with law degrees in particular could make much more money in the private sector than they do serving their country in the halls of government.

This is why it is so important that those elected to office do their work transparently, and are open to dialogue with those they represent. Like most jobs in customer service, the people you hear from are not those that are happy, but those that have problems. For those in these positions, trying to avoid their voices (or silence them) will make you look bad, and those seeking your ear even more angry and determined.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/26/2011 10:28:21

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,960th day in Iraq and our 3,488th 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): 4450
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4311
Since Handover (6/29/04): 360
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 222
Since Operation New Dawn: 32

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,544
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 872
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

$ 1, 185, 592, 750, 000. 00

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Negative Vibes: Not My Problem.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/25/2011 13:36:18

I am more and more convinced that a certain alleged billionaire is not going to run for office. There are myriads of reasons why. I'd rather not take the time to discuss them on the pages of this blog. So, I suspect you are asking, 'Then why are you, Raine?' Heres why: Even if he isn't running, he is doing the damage. It's a psychic damage. I'm not talking about clairvoyency, I am talking about inner personal psyches that collectively add up and produce added negativity.
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