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Shooting for Number 2
Author: BobR    Date: 09/30/2011 12:31:04

With the Republican campaign season really heating up, and still no strong candidate in the race, there is a strange energy around the whole thing. The rank-and-file voters are disillusioned, wondering "is this the best we have?", while the party leaders plaster on fake smiles and continue to thrust possibilities at us, hoping one will catch fire with the electorate. So far - nada...

All of the candidates in the race thus far have emerged as the Great White Hope of the race, shooting up through the miasma, only to disappoint and fall back to earth. The race is populated by a junkyard of broken toys, all hoping to be pulled from the pile, polished, and played with again.
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54 comments (Latest Comment: 10/01/2011 16:08:57 by livingonli)

Occupy Pt 2: Tahrir, Lafayette or In Between
Author: Raine    Date: 09/29/2011 14:03:09

Earlier this week, I wrote a blog regarding my early feeling on the protests occurring on Wall Street. It was an honest and heartfelt ponderence, and one that has provided much good debate. Debate is something I enjoy.

I still wonder about what is going to happen. I cannot stress enough that I want this movement to succeed. Please allow me to further pontificate.
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86 comments (Latest Comment: 09/30/2011 03:34:44 by livingonli)

The Job Interview
Author: BobR    Date: 09/28/2011 12:46:33

Imagine you are interviewing for a job. You sit down with the hiring manager and and start saying things like this: "I've been looking at the background on your company, and I have to say - I really despise it. I think you make WAY too much money, and if I'm lucky enough to get hired here, I will do my best to destroy you from the inside. That is - when I am not taking long vacations and wasting my time on trivial matters and getting into pissing contests with the other employees..."

Would you get hired? Would anyone in their right mind hire you if that's how you presented yourself? Why would a company hire someone that hates the company, and vows to weaken it? Yet every year, people do just that on election day.
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59 comments (Latest Comment: 09/29/2011 01:24:16 by clintster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/27/2011 10:32:04

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,114th day in Iraq, and our 3,642nd 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): 4476
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4337
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3617
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 248
Since Operation New Dawn: 48

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,782
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 953
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

$ 1, 255, 358, 750, 000 . 00

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56 comments (Latest Comment: 09/28/2011 04:14:58 by livingonli)

Occupy - What, Exactly?
Author: Raine    Date: 09/26/2011 14:16:41

I believe in the right to protest. I believe in the right to assemble. I believe in having a goal, organizing to meet that goal and reaching it thru peaceful nonresistance. I don't endorse authorities using violence against it's citizens and I do not believe in suppression. I have marched against the wars, and I have signed petitions, I have marched for labour rights, and for Healthcare reform. I have walked with people for a fair immigration policy in this country. I have lain down on the streets of NYC so the government would acknowledge HIV/AIDS. I have marched for Marriage Equality. In many cases, I have met people responsible for organizing these marches and protests, and knew what they were trying to achieve. I became involved after becoming aware of how the goals would be achieved.
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39 comments (Latest Comment: 09/26/2011 22:48:16 by Mondobubba)

Happy Sunday!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 09/25/2011 13:35:52

Good morning.

Well, we continue the downward spiral to dumb or dumberest in the Republican field. Recently, we actually had to argue whether to fund disaster relief. Really?! Yes, really. Though we continue to fund contracts for war and subsidizing Big Oil. Sheesh.

And, I keep hearing these same people whining about taxpayer dollars helping an American business, Solyndra, that sadly went bankrupt, but not one peep about how much of our money went to funding Haliburton and its' subsidies for killing innocent people and a few of our own soldiers. Not one investigation.
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8 comments (Latest Comment: 09/26/2011 01:07:31 by clintster)

Prohibition
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/24/2011 13:26:12

Good Morning.

On October 28,1919 Congress overrode President Wilson's veto of the Volstead Act, and the banning of 'intoxcating beverages" became law in the United States. What was once the legal business of thousands of people suddenly became against the law overnight.

It's a strange juxtaposition of events, as the United States was flush with victory after WWI, and returning soldiers and the country in general were looking forward to getting back to normalcy, with everything that entails.
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10 comments (Latest Comment: 09/25/2011 15:44:23 by BobR)

Divine Schizophrenia
Author: BobR    Date: 09/23/2011 12:51:03

Hundreds of years ago, our country was settled by refugees from England, escaping the tyranny of a state-imposed religion. They came to the New World where they could practice their religion free from persecution. It was such an important notion to the authors of the Constitution that they specifically included language in the Bill of Rights allowing every citizen to practice their own religion. That freedom - when mixed with self-delusion, ego, and what could certainly pass as schizophrenia has people declaring that God has spoken to them directly, and passing that message along as though they were God's own mouthpiece.
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66 comments (Latest Comment: 09/23/2011 22:56:28 by Mondobubba)

Murder Begets Murder. Love Begets Love.
Author: Raine    Date: 09/22/2011 12:57:50

I have little to say this morning on the execution of Troy Davis last night. My heart is sad that we allow this sort of injustice in our nation. But there is something else to be said here. You see, 2 people were executed last night. The other execution was of the murderer of James Byrd. Mr. Byrd, you will recall had his throat slit, and was tied to the back of a pickup truck and dragged until his limbs fell off the rest of his body. Troy Davis was charged with mudering a police officer --altho no murder weapon was ever found. 7 of 9 witness' in his case recanted testimony, and Mr Davis faced 4 execution dates. I have long made my feeling clear about the Troy Davis case. I have also made my feeling about the death penalty clear-- I am not a proponent of it.
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55 comments (Latest Comment: 09/22/2011 20:24:15 by Raine)

Journalism 101 - Lying
Author: BobR    Date: 09/21/2011 12:35:39

Watching or reading news or "non-fiction" books these days, one often yearns for the "gold old days" of journalism. Back then, the news reported the news, warts and all, and the only "rebuttals" or spin was on the talk shows. We look back to Walter Cronkite or Edward R Murrow, thinking that News Organizations were more honest and unbiased. Never mind that Murrow's "See It Now" show was cancelled after a dispute over providing "equal time" for those painted in an unsavory light by the show. Way back in 1958, he was criticizing how news had become entertainment.

So fast-forward 50 years, and look how far the genre has fallen: We have a serious blur between news and opinion, we have rumor and popular opinion passing as fact ("some say"), and we have tell-all books with quotes from unnamed sources, corroborated by further unnamed sources. Forget the amateur journalism of people like James O'Keefe, who take a couple hours of video and snip it down into pieces and rearrange them chronologically to tell a story that never existed. Respectable journalism is just as unrespectable as ever.
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55 comments (Latest Comment: 09/22/2011 02:44:37 by clintster)

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