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Welcome to FourFreedomsBlog 3.1!
Author: BobR    Date: 09/12/2010 02:45:32

FourFreedomsBlog announces the release of another software update to version 3.1!!

You probably aren't noticing any big changes - not like the release of 3.0... These changes are more of the bug fix / enhancement variety. For a list of bugs that we knew about when we released 3.0, look (see list here. The "ordered/unordered list" problem was actually resolved via a hot-fix to 3.0. So was a problem we noticed where carriage-return/line-feeds were removed when quoting comments.
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 09/13/2010 13:07:01 by wickedpam)

Who is my neighbor?
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/11/2010 11:15:22

Good Morning.

So, it's burn a Quran day. Given the confusion over the past 48 hours, it's unclear if the event is going to happen or not today. I started writing a blog about this on Tuesday night, but seeing that we've talked about this every day this week, I'll move on to something else. Nevertheless, if you want to see my original idea, it's posted here.

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6 comments (Latest Comment: 09/14/2010 01:47:45 by AuntAzalea)

Damage Accomplished.
Author: Raine    Date: 09/10/2010 12:49:25

As of this morning, Terry Jones has said he would not be going through with his "International Quran Burning Event" -- To which I musk ask: Does it even matter anymore? Hasn't the damage been done?
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42 comments (Latest Comment: 09/10/2010 21:18:31 by Mondobubba)

Words can Kill
Author: BobR    Date: 09/09/2010 12:39:36

When our country was founded, the memories of a tyrannical king were still fresh. The Constitution was written to prevent that from happening again. As such, important provisions were put in place to ensure that The People would have certain freedoms, the most important of which is freedom of speech. Without such a freedom, a person could be jailed for speaking out against the government. A side effect of this is that vile and disgusting speech is protected. It is up to us to consider the ramifications of what might occur exercising that freedom.
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17 comments (Latest Comment: 09/10/2010 00:40:44 by TriSec)

Say What? The GOP's against Tax breaks?
Author: Raine    Date: 09/08/2010 12:46:24

Back to life, back to reality. Really? This is reality? A reality where TAX BREAKS are met with skepticism by the GOP?
Obama's plans for billions of dollars in tax breaks for businesses are policies Republicans typically embrace, but the party has little motivation to give the Democratic White House a win with polls giving them strong hope of gaining seats in Congress -- possibly winning both houses.

Obama will announce his plans to stimulate the sagging U.S. economy in a speech on Wednesday in Cleveland.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday there was little appetite for new economic proposals from Obama, arguing that the $814 billion stimulus the president already pushed through Congress in early 2009 has not had the desired effect.

"After the administration pledged that a trillion dollars in borrowed stimulus money would create 4 million jobs and keep the unemployment rate under 8 percent, their latest plan for another stimulus should be met with justifiable skepticism," he said.

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18 comments (Latest Comment: 09/08/2010 22:37:59 by Will in Chicago)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/07/2010 10:33:43

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,729th day in Iraq and our 3,245th 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): 4417
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4278
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3956
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3558
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 189

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,275
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 791
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,457
Journalists - Iraq : 338
Academics Killed - Iraq: 437


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

$ 1, 076, 519, 600, 000 .00



Well, troops have pulled back to Kuwait; speeches have been made, flags have been waved, and still more soldiers and contractors are heading to Iraq in a "non-combat" role. The question remains...was it worth it?

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26 comments (Latest Comment: 09/08/2010 02:04:54 by livingonli)

Hello Labor Day
Author: BobR    Date: 09/06/2010 12:32:14

We forgot to get someone to cover the Labor Day blog whilst we were out of town. So here's a couple things to mull over on the day we celebrate Labor and the working class, and take a day off for ourselves.
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 09/07/2010 00:51:54 by TriSec)

White Riot
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 09/05/2010 14:13:15

White Riot is the name of a Clash song. Velveeta likes the Clash. But she doesn't like the new racism (same as the "old" racism) that permeates the UK right now.

They are not shy about their hatred; not in the closet (so to speak) as the haters in this country.

Take a gander, it's not pleasant to watch:

The EDL:

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2 comments (Latest Comment: 09/06/2010 02:55:35 by AuntAzalea)

Big Nothing
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/04/2010 12:50:18

Good Morning!

So, here we go into the Labor Day holiday weekend. For those of us on the East Coast, we've spent much of the last 48 hours enduring increasing histrionics from the mass media about ol' Hurricane Earl.

He did brush by the Carolinas, with some minor beach erosion and local flooding, and seemed to be preparing to do the same to Nantucket and the Outer Cape. But a curious thing happens when a hurricane hits the cold North Atlantic. It falls apart.

Earl was certainly worth watching; as a Category 4 storm at its peak, there could have been significant damage. I don't doubt that being prepared was the wrong course of action; after all, Lord Baden-Powell thought that was good enough for his boys, and I've managed to live a decent life by those words, but I digress.

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3 comments (Latest Comment: 09/05/2010 02:43:19 by velveeta jones)

Crazy is as Crazy Does
Author: BobR    Date: 09/03/2010 12:01:08

Whenever crazy things start happening, my wife tells me "Mercury is in retrograde". I have no idea what that means or why things would be going nuts because of a planet's orbit. In my personal life, I had a dead battery and a blown tire and Hurricane Earl all hitting while we're trying to get ready for a long weekend trip. On a larger scale, it's no less crazy elsewhere...
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30 comments (Latest Comment: 09/03/2010 23:31:39 by trojanrabbit)

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