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Author: TriSec    Date: 06/02/2012 12:01:30

Good Morning!

Time to pay the piper; our long string of fantastic weekend weather is replaced today by a typical cold, rainy spring weekend. You know, the kind we usually get in April (when marathon weekend was 90.) But I digress.

I have a story today that was first brought to my attention by my friends over at the East Coast Conservative Podcast.

Most of you are well aware that the Boston area boasts some of the United States' and indeed, the world's finest hospitals. Many of the technologies we all take for granted today, from humble anesthesia all the way up to the latest scanning miracle, were all invented, tested, or perfected right here in my backyard.
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 06/03/2012 02:24:11 by Hatton)

See You in Court!
Author: BobR    Date: 06/01/2012 13:12:06

There are those moments in life when you hear of a law passed or an executive order issued that makes you think "that will never stand up in court". One hopes that the judges in court understand that these laws and orders are sometimes written by those with a poor understanding of law. They are often laws that curtail rights.
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59 comments (Latest Comment: 06/02/2012 05:08:34 by livingonli)

We might get that pink Unicorn yet, Amercia.
Author: Raine    Date: 05/31/2012 12:54:06

And you can thank Arizona for that. I missed this last week. Secretary of State Bennett of Arizona has since backed of his birtherism, as Bob wrote, but I stumbled across this

In response, more than 17,000 people this week put their names on an online petition asking the secretary of state to investigate whether Mitt Romney is a unicorn. Surprisingly, Bennett has not been sniffing around rainbows, nor recruiting maidens with expertise in medieval folklore to crack the unicorn question.


I'll be back with a real blog, but for now....
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48 comments (Latest Comment: 05/31/2012 21:40:06 by Mondobubba)

Africa on the Cusp
Author: BobR    Date: 05/30/2012 13:35:36

Being an election year, it's easy to overlook the fact that there is a whole other world out there with its own stories and problems. One of the least-covered areas on this planet by our news media is Africa. Back in the 80s, there were all kinds of conscious-raising events to help the starving people of that continent. Since that time, the war and genocide have been ravaging numerous countries, with very little coverage by the "lamestream" media (except for - you know - oil-producing countries like Libya).
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46 comments (Latest Comment: 05/30/2012 21:19:50 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/29/2012 10:27:17

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,887th 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: 1,984
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,028

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

$ 1, 336, 945, 375, 000. 00

As a friend posted on Facebook over the weekend, this wasn't "National Barbecue Day", and I hope that you had a chance to pause and remember our war dead....even if it was from the sanctuary of your own homes.
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23 comments (Latest Comment: 05/30/2012 01:02:25 by BobR)

Remember the Grass
Author: Raine    Date: 05/28/2012 13:10:09

On today's memorial day, let us take a moment to reflect upon one soldier who wrote a letter to be read upon his death.
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 05/29/2012 00:49:40 by Will in Chicago)

Sunday before Memorial Day
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/27/2012 14:03:11

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Well, I finally get my hands on a computer and then I get a phone call to go pick up my daughter from her sleepover.

So... sorry, not much in the way of a blog today, but you know you're going to bbq today anyway. Just remember that today is not bbq day, but Memorial Day. Actually, it's tomorrow... but whatever. Enjoy your hotdogs and burgers. And lets hope that we can get our troops home soon so we don't have to mourn any more of them.
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 05/27/2012 23:10:41 by livingonli)

Author: TriSec    Date: 05/26/2012 10:47:43

Good Morning, It's Memorial Day weekend, and very soon I'll be headed out to the pond for Opening Day of the LL Bean Kayak season. Don't know about your weather, but we're looking at 90 degrees around these parts today. Stay cool!

I've been pondering writing this blog for quite some time. Most of you know of my convoluted spiritual journey over these last few years. Quite some time ago now, I faced East one evening, prostrated myself before Allah and recited the Al-Shahada, or, "I bear witness that there is no God except Allah and Mohammed is His messenger".
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 05/27/2012 05:23:25 by livingonli)

A Rambling Thought on Gun Ownership
Author: wickedpam    Date: 05/25/2012 12:55:47

Usually when I post a blog I tend to want to keep to the fluffy bunny type stuff. Raine, Bob, Tri, Vel, well everyone really, does such an amazing job at all the heavy lifting that I am in awe of how you all tackle such serious and important topics on a daily basis and make it understandable to the lay person. Lately though, with the Martin case, the recent anniversary of Virginia Tech, the ever present thought that we could lose our President to the violence of hate, and so much more, guns and their owners have me more than concerned.
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29 comments (Latest Comment: 05/25/2012 21:59:04 by Mondobubba)

Yes Blame Both....
Author: Raine    Date: 05/24/2012 12:53:04


I do believe this fairly sums up much of the current state of affairs. Last month Washington Post ran an article in the opinion section titled: Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem.
We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional. In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.

“Both sides do it” or “There is plenty of blame to go around” are the traditional refuges for an American news media intent on proving its lack of bias, while political scientists prefer generality and neutrality when discussing partisan polarization. Many self-styled bipartisan groups, in their search for common ground, propose solutions that move both sides to the center, a strategy that is simply untenable when one side is so far out of reach.
It is a very interesting read and is the thesis of a book written by the same authors of the Op-Ed article.

Last week, Greg Sargent made an astute observation with regard to media and the fallout from the article. He writes:
It turns out neither man has been invited on to the Sunday shows even once to discuss this thesis. As Bob Somerby and Kevin Drum note, these are among the most quoted people in Washington — yet suddenly this latest topic is too hot for the talkers, or not deemed relevant at all.

“Not a single one of the Sunday shows has indicated an interest, and I do find it curious,” Ornstein told me, adding that the Op ed had well over 200,000 Facebook recommends and has been viral for weeks. “This is a level of attention for a book that we haven’t received before. You would think it would attract some attention from the Sunday shows.’

“The piece focused on press culpability — it would be hard to find a more sensitive issue for the media than the question of whether they’re doing their job,” Ornstein said. “We got tons of emails from some of the biggest reporters in the business, saying, `We’ve raised this in the newsroom, and editors just brush it aside.’”

Ornstein, while stressing that he wasn’t casting any blame, noted that the topic hasn’t come up on Howard Kurtz’s weekend media show
An amazing piece that hundreds of thousand of people read, and not a peep of it being discussed on television. Not even Howard Kurtz, host of CNN's Reliable Sources, which describes the show as "Now more than ever, the press is a part of every story it covers. And CNN's "Reliable Sources" is one of television's only regular programs to examine how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover. Host Howard Kurtz, Washington Bureau Chief of The Daily Beast, is the nation's premier media critic, and each week he questions print reporters, television correspondents and Internet bloggers about how the press is covering the major stories of the week."

This is proof to me that yes, we can blame them both, the Republicans in office for obstructing the work for the people of this nation and our fourth estate, the media, for failing to honestly report the news -- especially when the news is about their tendency to say both sides are to blame. The media loves a circus, and the GOP is more than happy to provide it. Republicans are not the same as Democrats, in spite of what some people will tell you. For all the railing against the mainstream media, it appears that the most radical among us (left and right <<< see what I did there?) have fallen for this meme that they are the same. I would say it's more than fair to declare that nothing is getting done in Washington-- at least not as much as could be done, but the reasons why have far more complicit participants. It's really a sad joke on those (myself included many times) that claim to be part of voice representing either side of the aisle. The media - which we need to have to inform us all - is failing us at the very root level: It refuses to take reflection on itself.

As I wrote on Monday, it appears that if it bleeds, it leads. In this case, a clarion call was made to those that are creating the problem. The people who are supposed to further discuss this have gone completely silent. Is this a purposeful bloodletting by omission? What happens when there is no more blood left?

As thus, I believe that Mike Lukovich nailed the problem today.


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50 comments (Latest Comment: 05/25/2012 02:02:54 by wickedpam)

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