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The Culture War - State Edition
Author: BobR    Date: 01/25/2013 13:52:49

While most of the nation's focus is on political manueverings in DC, most of the action that really affects our lives occurs at the state level. Although the watered down filibuster reform is aggravating, and watching Republicans shoot themselves in the foot while attemping to grill SoS Hillary Clinton and future Sos John Kerry is entertaining, none of that is very germaine to our daily lives.
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67 comments (Latest Comment: 01/26/2013 00:21:34 by Will in Chicago)

Scandal! Coverup!
Author: Raine    Date: 01/24/2013 13:49:24

I watched a good portion of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testimony to both the house and senate yesterday.

I want to thank the GOP for showing the rest of the world how prepared she is should she decide to run for President. Even more important, she showed the world that the GOP looks like this:
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78 comments (Latest Comment: 01/25/2013 00:15:52 by Will in Chicago)

Inauguration Day 2013 - from the ground
Author: BobR    Date: 01/23/2013 14:04:31

Sunday January 20th at noon, per the Constitution, President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term. On Monday (coincidentally, the MLK Jr. holiday), the public swearing in and parade was done. We attended the first swearing in 4 years ago along with nearly 2 million of our closest friends. We made a special trip to DC for that. Here it is 4 years later, and we have been residents of the area for over 3 years. Attending the festivities should have been a breeze. We know the area, we know the shortcuts, we had the experience of what to expect. This time should have been easy.
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111 comments (Latest Comment: 01/23/2013 22:07:36 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/22/2013 11:08:17

Good morning.

Today is our 4,125th day in Afghanistan.

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

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,175
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,083

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

$1, 415, 727, 075, 000 .00

I've got a follow-up to Saturday's blog....I derided the F-35 for it's underpowered engine and ill-advised multipurpose role. Turns out that our English allies have discovered something new...it could blow up in a thunderstorm.
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86 comments (Latest Comment: 01/23/2013 06:22:52 by clintster)

Fifty Seven
Author: Raine    Date: 01/21/2013 13:15:18

We are off to see this fellow:
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35 comments (Latest Comment: 01/22/2013 01:29:46 by BobR)

Four Long Years
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/20/2013 13:57:09

Good Morning.

Just stealing a little of Vel's thunder this morning. I'm sure she won't mind.

Four years ago on this very day, We were on the National Mall with about 2 million of our closest friends. It was an amazing day, and you could probably look back for our accounts of it, lo those many years ago.

Not quite a month after the inauguration, I was laid off, and that precipitated a now four-year odyssey through many jobs, contracts, unemployment, and underemployment.

I also blogged a while back about how I was NOT better off than I was four years ago. But better than 3 years ago? 2 years ago? Last year? Well, HELL YA!

And so here we are again. President Obama will be sworn in at noon today, just like always, but in a private ceremony. Tomorrow he'll do it again in the big public ceremony. I'm sure the crowd won't be quite as big, but here's hoping that it's just as happy and civilized as last time. (Incredibly, nobody was arrested for anything four years ago.)

This year....with a not so new job under my belt (One year on Feb 8), full-bore medical insurance, and now cancer in remission.....there is a distinct possibility that that Hope and Change promised us a few years back might personally come to pass.

(And just imagine if the GOP was more interested in the United States than in maintaining their power....remember, they call US fascists, but everything they do is leading us down that path now, isn't it?)

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15 comments (Latest Comment: 01/22/2013 17:47:11 by bird)

Plane in the Ass
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/19/2013 14:12:20

Good morning!

A long evening for your loyal TriSec. I've got a moderate case of neuropathy right now, that massive B-vitamin doses have yet to affect....but on the other hand the crushing fatigue I've had the last month is finally starting to recede. I'm confident that at least that part of my side effects is done for good.

Let's talk aviation today. Since it's the one in the news, we'll table the Nightmareliner for now, although we'll be back. Instead we'll take a look at the far less well known teething problems of the vaunted F-22 "Raptor" and the not so vaunted F-35 "Joint Strike Fighter".
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Author: BobR    Date: 01/18/2013 14:01:17

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama released his comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence in general, and gun deaths in particular. It included a combination of legislative requests and Executive Orders. It is the latter that has the right-wing media and pundits, NRA apologists, and 2nd Amendment revisors out in full high dudgeon. How dare "King Obama" ignore the legislative branch with his actions (despite Dubya doing the same 291 times)? It's a wonder the TV cameras aren't covered in spittle.

So what exactly is in those 23 Executive Orders? Let's take a look:
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71 comments (Latest Comment: 01/19/2013 21:01:56 by bird)

That's it.
Author: Raine    Date: 01/17/2013 14:04:03

Time to get something good going on.

There has been far too much sickness, death and sadness around here. This being a generally political and socially aware blog, I'm choosing to say this:
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122 comments (Latest Comment: 01/18/2013 01:49:04 by wickedpam)

The Road Less Traveled
Author: BobR    Date: 01/16/2013 03:42:01

I had a blog planned for Wednesday. It was to be yet another screed on something or other political. That all went into the dumpster when I found out that a friend is succumbing to cancer, and Raine and I will not get the opportunity to see him again.

Some of you may know John - he went by "Bounced Granola" at the old AAP board. He was a good activist liberal. We got to meet him the first time at a protest march in DC back when no one knew Raine and I were having an online "relationship". We all had a blast. We thought for certain he had figured it out, but - he hadn't.
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93 comments (Latest Comment: 01/18/2013 19:57:19 by bird)

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