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Time's up. No more Bullshit.
Author: Raine    Date: 06/10/2010 12:51:19

While the Gulf is crumbling, people in Washington and Mississippi have been trying to hold hearings to get to the bottom of what caused the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig to explode and crash to the floor of the sea. Yesterday, we found out that Admiral Thad Allen has issued a 72 hour deadline for BP to present updated plans for the battling the oil spill:
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47 comments (Latest Comment: 06/11/2010 00:35:46 by trojanrabbit)

Vote the Bums Out - Not
Author: BobR    Date: 2010-06-09 12:21:37

I'm not a gambling man, but I'm willing to bet that the odds-makers in Vegas were way off on their handicapping of the primary race outcomes yesterday. There has been a fervent anti-incumbent meme ever since the health care bill, primarily fueled by the Tea Party rhetoric. The results, however, suggest that their voice is large, but their voting blocs are small; incumbents held out in numerous races.
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53 comments (Latest Comment: 06/10/2010 03:30:56 by Mondobubba)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/08/2010 10:33:38

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,638th day in Iraq, and our 3,166th 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): 4402
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4263
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3941
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3543
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 174

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,093
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 712
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,457
Journalists - Iraq: 338
Academics Killed - Iraq: 437


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

$ 1, 003, 316, 000, 000 .00


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33 comments (Latest Comment: 06/09/2010 03:42:22 by clintster)

Will there be a silver lining?
Author: Raine    Date: 06/07/2010 12:42:24

This morning, words have failed me, in response to what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico. Last night, after reading this old Calvin & Hobbes comic I sat back and realized that sometimes it seems the more things change, the really big things that need changing in the country don't.

I mentioned this to BobR, that 'I PRAY that this disaster in the gulf will finally make those big changes happen. He replied "Considering the price we're paying (we as a human race), we better get something out of it." It was profound and sensical. I wondered if that can happen. I woke up wondering it again. Words fail me these days regarding what we have brought onto ourselves as such ferocious consumers of fossil fuels. Our nation consumes upwards of 25% of the worlds fossil fuels and we only supply 3%. We must work on getting away from our dependance on fossil fuels. Can any good come of this at all?
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 06/07/2010 19:29:51 by Raine)

Never Give Up, Never Surrender
Author: clintster    Date: 06/07/2010 01:37:56

Just a quick postie to keep things going here:

No matter how dark things seem, keep your head up and remember that the world keeps moving forward, no matter how much some people want to keep us moving back 60 (or more) years in time. I'd post something more substantial, but it's late and my arms are still aching from repairing a porch, putting together a bouncy castle, cooking, cleaning, etc. (Caution, Progressive at work!)

Until tomorrow, my fellow DFHs, have some Peter Gabriel to inspire you.


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Why the Sea is Crude
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/05/2010 11:59:37

Good Morning.

A cautionary tale for our times:

ONCE upon a time, long, long ago, there were two candidates, the one rich and the other poor. When Election Eve came, the poor one had not a vote in the house, either of lobbyist or citizen; so he went to his running mate, and begged him, in God's name, to give him something for Election Day. It was by no means the first time that the candidate had been forced to give something to him, and he was not better pleased at being asked now than he generally was.

"If you will do what I ask you, you shall have a whole vote," said he. The poor one immediately thanked him, and promised this.

"Well, here is the vote, and now you must go straight to BP Headquarters," said the rich candidate, throwing the vote to him.

"Well, I will do what I have promised," said the other, and he took the vote and set off. He went on and on for the livelong day, and at nightfall he came to a place where there was a bright light.

"I have no doubt this is the place," thought the man with the vote.

An old man with a long white beard was standing in the outhouse, reading the National Review.
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10 comments (Latest Comment: 06/06/2010 02:25:18 by trojanrabbit)

Good News Friday
Author: BobR    Date: 2010-06-05 03:17:51

Between the unending bad news from Gulf, the the Hamas/Israeli flotilla showdown, and N. Korea threatening war, it seems like we could all use a little good news. So this being a Friday, let's try to start the weekend with some happier thoughts...
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47 comments (Latest Comment: 06/04/2010 23:37:26 by Will in Chicago)

A WTF Moment for our times.
Author: Raine    Date: 06/03/2010 12:37:23

Good morning. What you are about to read might be one of the greatest WTF moments in American political history:
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77 comments (Latest Comment: 06/04/2010 03:21:45 by livingonli)

Oil Americans
Author: BobR    Date: 06/02/2010 12:20:16

The oil disaster in the Gulf continues to dominate the news and our thoughts, as most Americans watch helplessly, frustrated by the inability to do anything, as the Gulf seeps slowly toward death. BP is trying one more tactic to contain the oil leak in the Gulf (contain - not stop). They are cutting off the pipe and trying another dome that will allow them to pump oil to the surface. This is a risky maneuver and the oil will flow even heavier until they get the dome in place. With hurricane season underway, there is also the question of what happens if the ship on the surface has to deal with a hurricane.
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50 comments (Latest Comment: 06/03/2010 04:49:03 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/01/2010 10:25:15

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,631st day in Iraq and our 3,159th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start as we alwas do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4400
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4261
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3938
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3541
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 172

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,086
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 703
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,457
Journalists - Iraq: 338
Academics Killed - Iraq: 437


This morning....the day after Memorial Day...we find this morning's cost of war passing through a new milestone. It's been a long time coming, but nevertheless it's a tough number to take.

$1, 000, 686, 400, 000 .00


On March 11, 2008 the counter stood at just half that total. It's been 812 days since then, for an increase of about $612, 763, 546.00 per day.

Small wonder the economy is in the shitter.

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37 comments (Latest Comment: 06/01/2010 22:56:17 by livingonli)

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