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Author: BobR    Date: 03/18/2013 13:02:28

The conservative gathering known as CPAC happened last week. The idea behind it is for conservatives to get together, exchange ideas, and layout a roadmap for the future. It is also a de facto Republican party convention. If they had hoped to gel around some concrete common ideals, it was not apparent there was any success from this outside view. What I see is sniping and litmus tests and general overall nastiness.
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62 comments (Latest Comment: 03/19/2013 01:00:25 by Will in Chicago)

The Blog Where Halle Berry Gets Thrown Under the Bus
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 03/17/2013 14:13:11

Well, we would have had no blog today due to my staying out late last night. But then I went to a late movie. Warning, this blog will ruin the ending of said movie, but it deserves to be ruined.
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When's St. Gonzaga's day?
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/16/2013 12:44:06

Good Morning.

I am rather famously not Irish. I'm probably making a pot of Italian chicken soup and some homemade French bread tomorrow. (But we'll probably be drinking Guiness.)

I had a blog queued up and ready to go until I read this.

I have never been to Boston's St. Patrick's day parade, and it's certain that I never will go now. And let's not be voting for the bigot Lynch now, mmkay?
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 03/17/2013 13:16:13 by velveeta jones)

The view from over there.
Author: Raine    Date: 03/15/2013 15:18:24

There are some days when I am truly baffled by conservative thinking. This being C-PAC week in Washington, my bewilderment is on overload. Today we have this story from HuffPo

Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala faced off against conservative media mogul Tucker Carlson for an event at CPAC on Thursday, exchanging jabs on a number of political topics. Given the opportunity, Begala also shot down a conservative audience member who attempted to get in a jab at Hillary Clinton. (snip)

"I hope she does [run] -- I have no idea if she will," Begala continued, going on to list a number of things that he believes Clinton wants to do outside of electoral politics.

"I think she's actually gonna first live a life, write her book, reacquaint herself with the real world..." he started.

"Get a facelift!" someone in the crowd interjected, seemingly channeling a topic of discussion on Fox News last month.

Begala was quick with a comeback.

"No, not get a facelift," Begala said. "She's not a Republican society lady, she's a real woman."

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In Support of Social Justice
Author: BobR    Date: 03/14/2013 13:00:40

The biggest story of the day yesterday of course was the selection of a new pope for the Catholic church. Approximately one hour after the white smoke rose from the chimney, Pope Francis I (nee Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appeared before a cheering crowd. It was a bit of a surprise on a couple accounts: He is a Jesuit and he is from South America.
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When there was no choice, can you still choose?
Author: Raine    Date: 03/13/2013 13:59:50

Kathleen Hoy Foley was 16, alone and pregnant from a rape in 1964 when she decided to put the baby up for adoption, intending to forever close that chapter of her life.

“The day I walked out of that hospital, it was the day it ended for me,” Foley, now 65, told the Daily News. “I was emancipated. I truly believed I was free.”

She wasn’t.

More than 30 years later, the child defied the odds and found her, shattering the life Foley had created and forcing her to reveal a dark piece of her past that she had wanted to keep hidden from her grown daughters and husband.

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86 comments (Latest Comment: 03/14/2013 04:20:46 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/12/2013 10:31:29

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,174th 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: 2,178
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,080

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

$ 1, 431, 933, 750, 000 .00

While our focus here has always been Iraq and Afghanistan, from time to time we veer into the historical. Today is going to be one of those days.
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46 comments (Latest Comment: 03/13/2013 01:11:38 by Raine)

Droning On...
Author: BobR    Date: 03/11/2013 13:01:03

There is something about drones that is dominating the American psyche. Everywhere I look I see people discussing them, with emotions ranging anywhere from concern to mouth-foaming outrage. I don't understand why the fixation is on the drone itself.

When America first got into war in the Middle East (the most recent ones - Afghanistan and Iraq), and we started learning about soldiers dying and being maimed, we thought "this is not the proper approach". This was like trying to hit a fly with a baseball bat. Instead of a full-scale invasion of a sovereign country, we should be using covert operations and targeted strikes. That would mean less cost, less soldiers dying, and less money and power flowing to private contractors that were profiteering from the wars.
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58 comments (Latest Comment: 03/12/2013 02:48:41 by Raine)

Sundee blogee
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 03/10/2013 14:21:04

Open blog this morning as I stayed up way too late for a person of my....wisdom. And it seems we lost an hour of time.

But I will comment on THIS story: I think it's a bad idea. Ashley Judd is a wonderful person I'm sure, a great spokesperson and activist, but she has too many skeletons in her closet and she reeks of "Hollywood elitist" that will be used against her. To be honest, I also worry that after a year in the Senate, she'll start missing making movies and that will reflect on her work ethic.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 03/10/2013 14:26:03 by velveeta jones)

Death on a cold floor
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/09/2013 13:22:57

Good Morning.

It's something we all must ponder from time to time as mortal beings. At the end of our existence on this world, what will happen to us as we reach the end?

The Hollywood version of a graceful exit, in our own bed, surrounded by family is a nice picture, but it rarely happens in the real world.
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