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Health Care Reform: It's go time.
Author: Raine    Date: 03/11/2010 13:29:43

Dennis Kucinich is a good guy and he DOES look out for people. He's a fighter. I will never take that away from him.

But here is my personal bottom line: he is voting against HCR, and when history is written, his *no* vote will not come with a disclaimer. A nay is a nay vote. This goes for any Democrat who votes against this bill, but for Mr Kucinich in particular.

Bill Clinton said the following, and I think it applies to far more than the primaries:

"Folks, go ahead and fall in love, be for somebody, but when the primaries are over, let's fall in line."

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24 comments (Latest Comment: 03/12/2010 00:40:18 by Mondobubba)

Hypocrisy Awards
Author: BobR    Date: 03/10/2010 13:03:22

With the Oscars over, we are entering a period of award show withdrawal. The Golden Globes are done... The Tonys aren't until June... The Emmys are in August. What's an award show junkie to do? We invent one out of thin air! So here we have the Hypocrisy Awards (Hypos for short) for the political set.
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58 comments (Latest Comment: 03/14/2010 01:06:34 by velveeta jones)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/09/2010 11:20:21

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,547th day in Iraq and our 3,075th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from Iraq and Afghanistan, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

Since war began (3/19/03): 4380
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4241
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3917
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3521
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 152

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,014
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 664
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,457
Journalists - Iraq: 338
Academics Killed - Iraq: 437

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

$969, 215, 350, 000 .00

So, did you all watch the Oscars?

I've been hearing about the Hurt Locker since it came out; it's been a huge story throughout the veteran's community and online, and it rightly won for Best Picture and Best Director....(and you had to love James Cameron's ex snatching the award right from under his nose.)

Of course...it is only 'just a movie'. How does it jibe with real life?

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46 comments (Latest Comment: 03/10/2010 02:51:22 by livingonli)

Hear me Rawr!
Author: Raine    Date: 03/08/2010 13:50:56

Take a look around you. They are everywhere. They've brought you coffee, cooked for you, cared for you. They've worked along side you. They love you. They make you laugh and they bring life into the world. They are sexy, smart and intriguing - even mysterious. Men have gone to war over them. In turn, they have stopped a few.
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46 comments (Latest Comment: 03/09/2010 01:18:25 by Mondobubba)

The Plopsters! (tm)
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 03/07/2010 15:16:41

As you know, it's Oscar's night, but the day belongs to the (first and last) annual Plopsters Awards™ (pending). The award that goes to the dumbest and/or most deceiving of our Politicians and Pundits.

Here is the nominee's for Best Direction of Deceit:

Nominee - Sarah Palin and her use of "Death Panels" on, of all things, her Facebook:

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's ‘death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

A brilliant scam that made use of the casual social networking site - so "it must be true", right?
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14 comments (Latest Comment: 03/08/2010 02:17:50 by livingonli)

Why not look up?
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/06/2010 13:53:19

Good Morning!

It's a bright, beautiful day in New England. The end of a depressing, two-week period of gloom and storm. Looking out my windows, I see nothing but blue sky in every direction.

Which could make for an interesting evening. It's going to be warm today, near 50 degrees. Maybe it will be a nice evening, too.

How many of you out there are city dwellers? (show of hands). Do you have a pair of binoculars, or maybe an old telescope kicking around in the cellar? Seems to me that every kid had a cheap one at one time or another.

Tonight is an excuse to pull one out and take a peek at one of our celestial neighbors. Sure, it's the "dog star", which we normally associate with the dog days of summer....but it's technically a winter star. (August is when it starts to become visible again after being below the horizon all summer.)

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7 comments (Latest Comment: 03/07/2010 06:32:09 by livingonli)

Paint Me a Picture
Author: BobR    Date: 03/05/2010 13:39:45

A picture is worth a thousand words, so the saying goes. Graphs in particular can bring a table of sterile data to life in a way that simple words cannot. My intention today is to let the pictures do the talking, and keep my words to a minimum. By my count, this blog will be worth over 5000 words! Much has been bandied about recently regarding the deficit and the process of budget reconciliation, so I will focus on that.

Let's start with a simple one. Three examples of budget reconciliation in action, and their effects on the budget balance:
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44 comments (Latest Comment: 03/06/2010 05:15:10 by livingonli)

For What it's Worth....
Author: Raine    Date: 03/04/2010 13:58:18

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away
We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

You know the song, it was allegedly written to get people to recognize the turbulence going on during the 60's, especially regarding Vietnam. Today, after reading about a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) it takes on a different slant to it's ominous message.
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51 comments (Latest Comment: 03/05/2010 01:10:45 by TriSec)

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down
Author: BobR    Date: 03/03/2010 13:50:33

We have seen two large earthquakes rock our hemisphere in the last couple months. The destruction was very different in the two countries, based on their building preparedness. But in both cases, the human preparedness seems to be lacking. Just how well prepared are we as a nation - and as a worldwide people - for these kinds of disasters?
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68 comments (Latest Comment: 03/04/2010 03:42:35 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/02/2010 11:32:20

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,540th day in Iraq and our 3,068th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from Iraq and Afghanistan, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4379
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4240
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3916
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3520
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 151

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,008
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 664
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,457
Journalists - Iraq: 338
Academics Killed - Iraq: 437

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

$966, 593, 150, 000 .00

Here's an interesting tidbit from the just-completed Vancouver games, thanks to our friends at IAVA. While I'm sure many of you watched the gold medal hockey game on Sunday afternoon, there was just as significant event that took place Saturday evening.

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50 comments (Latest Comment: 03/03/2010 00:22:03 by Mondobubba)

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