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Valentine's Day
Author: BobR    Date: 2012-02-15 13:00:00

Ah, Valentine's Day. Yesterday I was pondering the meaning of it all. For hopeless romantics, it's a day of chocolates, flowers, cards, skimpy underclothes, and possibly jewelry. For the lonely, it's a reminder of their status. For everyone else, it runs somewhere between obligation and annoyance. If you wanted to go to your favorite restaurant last night for a regular dinner - forget it. They likely had a special "fixed price" menu, which means less choice and more cost for you... and you better have reservations. We went to our favorite sports pub, where the food is great, the prices fair, and there's always something interesting to watch. There were also a lot of single guys without dates.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/14/2012 11:21:22

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,782nd 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: 1,893
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 991

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

1, 302, 204, 875, 000 .00

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Sunday Night Bonus Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/13/2012 02:42:42

How did we miss this?


Seriously, what the hell is wrong with us?

Marines sport Nazi SS flag in Afghanistan

My great-uncle Michael Ray (my brother's namesake) fought in the US Third Army against the Nazis and the SS; this is how we remember that legacy?

I am appalled, dismayed, and yes....ashamed to be an American tonight.
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Death, drugs and TV
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 02/12/2012 16:27:46

Tonight the Grammy awards will no doubt celebrate the life and achievements of Whitney Houston. How she died will be revealed after an investigation. Though many are saying that she died in her bathtub high on drugs. Whether the drugs where prescription or illegal or legal (i.e alcohol) won't matter.

I say that her husband killed her.
Also fame.
And, to make it worse, we all watched it on TV
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The other side of the coin
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/11/2012 12:19:37

Good Morning!

It's been a busy week; new job syndrome, new commute, and lots of Scouting, too!

Even though it's snowing slightly, I'll soon be headed out to lead a walk through Rock Meadow in nearby Belmont for the store...we even have folks registered this time.

But on to the matters at hand. There's been a lot of debate this week about birth control. Of course, it's entirely regilious, and the heart of the debate according to the right is whether the President can force religious institutions to abandon their principles for the sake of fairness.
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CPAC - Whistling past the Graveyard?
Author: BobR    Date: 02/10/2012 13:43:21

CPAC - the Conservative Political Action Conference - is in town. It's like a circus, except all the animals are elephants, and they're all white (with a special guest appearance by Herman Cain). There's a lot of energy here (relatively speaking, considering the average age), with participants eager to propel the Republican party...um... backwards. But the realities on the ground do not bode well for their agenda, nor their future.
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Kicking the Egg
Author: Raine    Date: 02/09/2012 14:20:05

Mother Jones has and excellent essay on the newest fake controversy rumbling around America. This article nailed almost all my points.
Yet in the past six months, social conservatives have widened their offensive, and their new target is clear: Not satisfied with making it harder to obtain legal abortions, they want to limit access to birth control, too.

"Contraception is under attack in a way it really wasn't in the past few years," says Judy Waxman, the vice president for health and reproductive rights at the National Women's Law Center. "In 2004, we could not find any group—the National Right to Life Committee, the Bush campaign, anyone—that would go on the record to say they're opposed to birth control," adds Elizabeth Shipp, the political director for NARAL Pro-Choice America. "We couldn't find them in 2006 either, and in 2008 it was just fringe groups. In 2010, 2011, and this year, it's just exploded."

Even previously uncontroversial ideas about contraception are now being questioned. As I explained in this story about Obama's birth-control policy, most of the administration's recently-issued rule requiring companies to provide birth control to their employees has been widely accepted federal law for a decade. Requiring employers to provide birth control if they provide other preventative services was so uncontroversial that most employers—even Catholic universities like DePaul, in Chicago—simply changed their policies and offered birth control to avoid being sued. The percentage of employers offering birth control coverage tripled in a decade. The national controversy only erupted after Obama issued the new rule in January.
I could go on and on about this utterly horrific attacks on women over the past few years. 28 states already have this requirement -- as do federal employees. That includes elected officials and their wives and children.
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Hump Day
Author: BobR    Date: 02/08/2012 13:51:18

I am having a hard time getting moving this morning. We have Santorum surging in the midwest, and information coming out that after she was brought onboard at Komen, Karen Handel pushed for defunding Planned Parenthood.

They're certainly discussion-worthy news items, but I don't know that I can add much to them. Talk amongst yourselves, and if I come up with something profound, I will put it here...
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/07/2012 11:18:19

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,775th 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: 1,889
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 992

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

$ 1, 299, 887, 625, 000 .00

So, the Giants won the Superbowl. As a result of that, there will be a victory parade through parts of Manhattan.
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Author: Raine    Date: 02/06/2012 13:39:44

And you are all more than welcome to begin the countdown to the beginning of baseball season! Throwing this up here whilst I wake up and smack myself. I still can't believe it happened.

That's right, Tri trashed the blog. So I'll go clean it up and will be back.

Oh, this happened too:
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