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Celebrate the Appendix!
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/07/2012 13:53:29

Vestigial Organs. We've all got 'em.

I won't delve too deeply into the philosophy of design vs. evolution, but if there is such an all-perfect, all-knowing being out there who "when it comes to the matter of deciding a thing...simply says "Be" and it is", it does make you wonder about some of the blind alleys the body has led down.
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 07/08/2012 13:30:58 by velveeta jones)

Feeling the Heat
Author: BobR    Date: 07/06/2012 13:13:39

As we suffer through yet another scorcher of a day, there's a small voice in the back of our heads saying "global warming". A majority of climate scientists who study and understand data have predicted that our earth is warming up and will continue to do so unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That evaluation and prediction has come under fire by petroleum-financed groups (ie: Republicans and FOX News) as nonsense. At some point, the terminology was changed from "global warming" to "global climate change". The oil people have mostly acquiesced that there is warming, but have successfully instilled doubt as to whether the change is natural or man-made. It really doesn't matter which it is if we aren't willing to try to make changes.
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28 comments (Latest Comment: 07/07/2012 04:29:48 by Will in Chicago)

Hyperbole Much?
Author: Raine    Date: 07/05/2012 16:09:49

This morning, CBS news published an article titled:

Ann Romney: Obama's whole campaign strategy is "let's kill this guy"

Some interesting snippets:
"I feel like all he's doing is saying, 'Let's kill this guy," she said, seated next to her husband, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in an exclusive interview with CBS News chief political correspondent Jan Crawford. "And I feel like that's not really a very good campaign policy. (snip)

Ann Romney said it's all part of a plan to portray her husband "in a light that is just completely wrong... they don't' get him at all." Pressed by Crawford on what qualities in her husband she sees most misrepresented, she said, that "he's not as approachable as I am or something like that. That's like, really kind of funny to me because it's all - it's all backwards."

"That'll change," Mitt Romney assured her. "That'll come with time."
We are four months away from election day. Four Months. Time is running out for Rmoney.
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53 comments (Latest Comment: 07/05/2012 23:38:45 by Will in Chicago)

Patriots and Scoundrels
Author: BobR    Date: 07/04/2012 13:30:17

"patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson, April 7, 1775

Nothing quite brings out the scoundrel like an election year, and there's nothing quite like the Republican politician to help promote the definition of scoundrel. While elections typically involve smears and questionable ads, I can't remember in my lifetime when any Democrat ever questioned the patriotism of an opponent in a national race. Republicans, on the other hand, seem quite willing to pull that card out of their hand when all other measures have failed, and desperation is sinking in.
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11 comments (Latest Comment: 07/05/2012 03:33:28 by BobR)

Ask A Vet
Author: Will in Chicago    Date: 2012-07-03 09:30:00

Good morning, bloggers! I am posting today’s blog while TriSec is recuperating at home today. I hope that TriSec can chime in on today’s blog.

Today's blog takes a look at several different issues impacting the military from mental health to education, as well as some tragic news.

For some reason, I had trouble finding the most recent casualty figures from Afghanistan. However, we find the cost of war passing through $1,348,424,855,617 as of about 11:30 PM Eastern Time on July 2, 2012.

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59 comments (Latest Comment: 07/04/2012 04:44:57 by Will in Chicago)

Leaking Fast and Furiously.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/02/2012 13:07:13

Ahh Fast and Furious. We have been hearing a lot about it lately. We've written of the subject a bit here at Four Freedoms. You will recall last week, BobR wrote of the fabricated Scandal that has been created by the GOP -- in particular, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). From his entry on June 28:
The crux of it is that the ATF did not sell weapons - they monitored weapons sales, and then ran up against a brick wall of lax gun laws when they tried to get indictments. There was also infighting and backstabbing going on among the agents.

The big raison d'être for the start of the congressional investigation was the killing of a U.S. agent by guns supposedly sold by ATF agents to Mexican drug gangs. Except - that didn't actually happen:

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58 comments (Latest Comment: 07/03/2012 02:19:05 by wickedpam)

Mexi-chusetts Blues
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 07/01/2012 14:14:11

Now that America has experienced a Kenyan President and we've come through that experience without too much harm, isn't it time that we elect a Mexican? After all, Mexico is our very close neighbor and we already have many of them living here in America, including Mitt Romney, candidate for the office of President of the United States.

Romney is just one of nearly 15% of Mexicans in this country, legally and illegally, and we have to assume that he is one of the legal ones.
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12 comments (Latest Comment: 07/01/2012 22:44:36 by Will in Chicago)

Universal Health Care – International Edition
Author: Will in Chicago    Date: 2012-06-30 10:00:02

This past Thursday, the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which I believe is the first step towards universal health care coverage.  While learning more about the ruling, I thought I should take some time to learn what some of the other nations that share our world are doing in regards to universal health care coverage.

A story in the Washington Post shows that many nations, both wealthy and developing, have adopted or are adopting different forms of universal health care coverage.

As Supreme Court upholds mandate, other countries move toward universal health coverage

By Olga Khazan

As the United States Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring all Americans to have health insurance, the U.S. falls in line with dozens of other countries that have recently begun moving toward universal health coverage.
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 03/28/2014 15:01:47 by tcorbs)

A Healthy Dose
Author: Raine    Date: 06/29/2012 13:04:57

There is no denying this: it was a big win for Americans. The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional. It even upheld the Mandate, which was the subject of much discussion. Only one portion was ruled to be more narrowly defined: the expansion of Medicaid. This was disappointing, however the provision was not eliminated altogether.
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29 comments (Latest Comment: 06/30/2012 02:10:14 by livingonli)

Fast and Furious with the Facts
Author: BobR    Date: 06/28/2012 13:19:12

Before today's SCOTUS decision on the ACA comes down and obliterates every other ongoing news story, it's probably a good time to take a look at the fake Fast and Furious scandal that the Republicans are attempting to use to smear the Obama administration. Poor Darrell Issa - gamely trying to sell his snake oil while the 3 ring circus is setting up its tents.

The so-called scandal is perhaps not so oddly similar to the Clinton witch hunt that started in Arkansas, and ended up on a blue dress. It seems they are on a fishing expedition and latching on to the administration's refusal to turn over documents of an ongoing investigation as proof that there is something to hide, despite the evidence that the original reason for the investigation has shown that there is no "there" there.
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89 comments (Latest Comment: 06/29/2012 03:48:46 by clintster)

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