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Author: TriSec    Date: 01/14/2012 12:56:07

Good Morning!

Fairly early on a Saturday, but there's no blood involved today. I'll soon be off to Horn Pond to lead a birdwatching hike for a certain Mr. Bean.

But before I do, I want to take us far on the other side of the world. Over the last few weeks, as we've been focused on the beginnings of our election cycle, something remarkable has happened in one of the most isolated and closed societies on Earth.
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9 comments (Latest Comment: 01/14/2012 17:51:01 by Raine)

Ron Paul: Anti-War candidate? Constitutionalist?
Author: Raine    Date: 01/13/2012 00:00:20

Ron Paul is a candidate that inspires fervent adulation from his dedicated followers. The two most common narratives they repeat is that he is anti-war, and that he is a strict constitutionalist. I propose he is neither. His words & his legislative record prove quite contrary to what his supporters say he represents.

We can begin with the invasion of Afghanistan. One would expect a person who is anti-war to vote against legislation that authorizes a non-war military action against another country. However, Ron Paul voted FOR the invasion of Afghanistan. You can read it all right here. Let me restate this fact: Ron Paul voted in favor of the invasion of Afghanistan. I don't care what his staffers say in hindsight. He voted to invade. That is on his congressional record. He voted to invade Afghanistan. Would you like more proof? This is the Ron Paul vote on the very first Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). It's dated September 14, 2001. Let me make this clear: AMUF is this:
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75 comments (Latest Comment: 01/13/2012 23:36:28 by trojanrabbit)

Number 9
Author: Raine    Date: 01/12/2012 14:04:50

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
This is the Text of the Ninth amendment in the Bill of Rights.
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33 comments (Latest Comment: 01/13/2012 03:40:39 by Raine)

Taking the Vote for Granite
Author: BobR    Date: 01/11/2012 13:52:50

Anyone with a pulse knows that New Hampshire had their Republican and Democratic primaries yesterday (yes, there was a Democratic primary, despite the news coverage amounting to zilch). As expected, Mitt Romney won the Republican primary, with Ron Paul coming in second and John Huntsman taking third. The only mild surprise there is John Huntsman, who is hoping to leverage this into more face time on the news. Will he be the next candidate experiencing a media bump (and comensurate rise in the polls)? Not likely - considering SC is next.
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52 comments (Latest Comment: 01/12/2012 01:11:14 by BobR)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/10/2012 11:24:14

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,747th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from on ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,872
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 985

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

$1, 290, 621, 725, 000 .00

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68 comments (Latest Comment: 01/11/2012 03:57:41 by livingonli)

Park it over there Sweetheart.
Author: Raine    Date: 01/09/2012 13:42:16

Here is your Monday morning thought:
EXETER, N.H. — At a rally meant to be all about boosting support for Mitt Romney, protesters instead took center stage, evoking colorful responses from both Romney and his outspoken surrogate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who at one time referred to one of the protestors as “sweetheart.”

“Really?” said Christie, as soon as protestors interrupted him, the second outburst of the night from the group, who had already gone after Romney. “You know, something may go down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.”

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62 comments (Latest Comment: 01/10/2012 01:09:01 by livingonli)

Man Fight!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 01/08/2012 15:13:25

Did you miss the debate last night? No fear, Velveeta is here to give you the highlights of the first Republican Debate. Yes, I said “first”. Now that they’ve whittled the field down to the actual party: straight, white and male; we can now begin the real primary process.

And boy did these guys set out to prove how straight and manly they are! Just look at the very last question of the night, "it's a Saturday night, if you were not running for President, what would you be doing tonight?"
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13 comments (Latest Comment: 01/09/2012 02:23:22 by Raine)

Author: TriSec    Date: 01/07/2012 13:48:44

Yes, I went trolling through the thesaurus so the first open blog of the year would be highbrow.

But then there's this:

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5 comments (Latest Comment: 01/08/2012 01:34:32 by velveeta jones)

The Race in the Race
Author: BobR    Date: 01/06/2012 13:46:41

The politics of race in the political races is something that has been constant through the years. The blatancy of it, however, has declined through the years, with euphemisms replacing more obvious words (for example: nigger -> negro -> black -> urban). The term for using code words like this is dog whistle racism, because most people hear the words, but the REAL message is still delivered to those who are meant to hear it. This political season, however, the whistle has been tossed out, and replaced with a klaxon horn.
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61 comments (Latest Comment: 01/07/2012 02:29:57 by TriSec)

Recess Time.
Author: Raine    Date: 01/05/2012 15:36:23

Yesterday we learned the news that President Obama appointed Rich Cordray as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). You can learn more about this new agency and get assistance from it at its website. It's quite impressive.

It is mostly well known that after overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) , Ms Warren was appointed by the President as the first advisor to help create the CFPB. Basically, she was in charge of building the agency from the ground up in accordance with the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
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40 comments (Latest Comment: 01/05/2012 23:53:22 by Raine)

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