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Author: BobR    Date: 11/30/2012 13:43:49

Despite a slow economy and a relatively high unemployment level, Americans spoke on election day. They wanted the Republicans to change. The Republican leadership hasn't listened. Instead, they are digging in their heels as if they were the ones getting the mandate from the electorate.
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58 comments (Latest Comment: 11/30/2012 22:39:06 by Mondobubba)

A Time to Reflect
Author: Raine    Date: 11/29/2012 14:03:15

The Election has come and gone -- and apparently so has the time for reflection from the Republican party. You will recall Dick Morris saying this in the days after the election:
“The percentage of single women, minorities and voters under 30 is so large at this point that unless the Republican Party fundamentally changes its appeal to those voters, it can never win an election,” Morris said.”
On November 11, CNN held a panel to discuss the future of the Republican party.
"I don't think it's about the Republican Party needing to become more moderate; I really believe it's the Republican Party becoming more modern," the former Romney surrogate said. "And whether it's Hispanics, whether it's women, whether it's young people, the Republican Party has to make it a priority to take our values, take our vision to every corner of this country. To every demographic group, and I am confident that we can do it."

Bauer said Republicans should be "bold and confident" in their economic and socially conservative views, while McMorris Rodgers said she didn't believe any changes were needed in the party. Huntsman said a solution would be to "get our economic house in order" and tack libertarian on social issues, and Gutierrez said the party needed to "welcome immigrants."
So what happens next for the GOP?
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80 comments (Latest Comment: 11/30/2012 06:25:32 by livingonli)

Author: wickedpam    Date: 11/28/2012 16:50:15

BLOGGER JOE ( aka Secret Santa)

It’s that time of year again, the time when Blogger Joe travels over the internet to spread the joy and cheer of the holiday season.

If you would like to participate just...
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18 comments (Latest Comment: 12/03/2012 14:18:22 by TriSec)

Time for a Diet
Author: BobR    Date: 11/28/2012 13:52:03

It's that time of year... We are reminded during every commercial break with Santa and red ribbons. We are reminded when we flip through the radio dial and find stations that have gone to an all-Christmas Music format already (won't get sick of that in a couple weeks - no...). We are reminded every year on Black Friday, as once again we see video of people getting violent in an effort to save a few bucks.

We are a nation of consumers. Consumption is what drives our economy. Without spending, our economy dies (as it almost did in 2008/2009). We need the money to be moving because that is what creates jobs, and for the money to move, a product or service must be in turn exchanged.

Consuming, though, in the economic model is a lot like consuming in the digestive model: As we consume, we also excrete. Without consuming, we cannot survive.
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75 comments (Latest Comment: 11/29/2012 02:32:35 by TriSec)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/27/2012 11:14:19

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,069th 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: 2,145
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,071

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

$ 1, 397,193, 850, 000 .00

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49 comments (Latest Comment: 11/28/2012 00:21:34 by Raine)

Pulling the Trigger on the Fiscal Cliff
Author: Raine    Date: 11/26/2012 15:13:15

All this talk of the fiscal cliff is nothing more than GOP-created and media-fueled chaotic hysterics, nothing more - nothing less. I'm going to go back to our blog archives to lay out the background. On August 1 2011 I wrote of the *deal* that was cut after the Republicans made hay out of raising the Debt ceiling. The deal was made nearly a year and a half ago after the GOP requested this super committee be formed in return fo ra clean debt ceiling vote:
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101 comments (Latest Comment: 11/27/2012 01:18:28 by livingonli)

Rape Country
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 11/25/2012 15:21:04

While we complain, with good reason, about the rape culture in this country - in other countries the culture is so commonplace and accepted that even the women accept it. I don't speak of third world countries that are woefully embroiled in corruption and wars that bring on evil atrocities like Somalia or the Democratic Republic of Congo. These countries have so much going on that rape is just another of the many evils that befall the citizens. Often used as a tool for punishment and compliance.
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10 comments (Latest Comment: 11/26/2012 01:45:56 by Raine)

Are you shopping?
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/24/2012 12:44:31

Good Morning!

I trust we all boycotted WalMart yesterday?

As for me, I'll be heading in to our mid-sized local retail chain about 9:30 today. By now you know the drill...shop local today, and support those Main Street businesses!

We did not shop yesterday, nor are we today, or tomorrow. (Although I may go online and order a couple of things tonight.) I have our gifting carefully sussed out, and will be spreading over a little time, including a layaway item I've been paying for since the end of September.
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 11/25/2012 14:45:38 by velveeta jones)

Looking Back, Moving Forward
Author: BobR    Date: 11/23/2012 14:14:18

With the presidential election 17 days behind us, there is still a lot of analysis about "what happened" and why. Some moderate Republicans are beginning to understand that the crazies and extremists and idiots in their party that get all the media attention are hurting them. The prognosticators are also doing a bit of their own naval gazing. And now that much of America has heaved a huge sigh of relief, we all wonder: what now?
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27 comments (Latest Comment: 11/24/2012 03:12:37 by livingonli)

Author: BobR    Date: 11/21/2012 15:33:55

It's hard to believe that it's that time of year again. Tomorrow is the traditional "turkey" day, where we ostensibly give thanks for our blessings while we stuff various foods in our faces that we only eat once a year (seriously - how often do you eat cranberry sauce?). We all have a lot of things to be thankful for in our personal lives; we also have some things to be thankful for as a nation.
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47 comments (Latest Comment: 11/23/2012 02:20:08 by clintster)

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