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Black Friday - Stop the Insanity
Author: BobR    Date: 11/25/2011 14:11:44

The day after Thanksgiving has traditionally been a big shopping day, as it is the "official" start of the Christmas season. I remember as a young teenager with a paper route, I hated that day because it was the fattest paper of the year with all the sale ads. This is the day that all the big sales begin.

Supposedly, the term began to be used in the mid-60s in Philadelphia to describe the traffic snarls. It began to spread beyond Philly in the 70s. Even in the mid 80s it wasn't well known, although by that time the name was being attributed to retailers' bottom lines moving from the red into the black.
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42 comments (Latest Comment: 11/25/2011 23:36:44 by trojanrabbit)

Am I the only one up?
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/25/2011 14:06:35

Well, alrighty then!


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1 comments (Latest Comment: 11/25/2011 19:25:48 by livingonli)

Thank You, Love Raine.
Author: Raine    Date: 11/24/2011 14:49:07


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13 comments (Latest Comment: 11/25/2011 02:22:45 by livingonli)

The Time Has Come
Author: BobR    Date: 2011-11-23 13:00:00

First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win.
- Mohandas Gandhi

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

It seems like it's been forever since we first heard about a small group of protesters camping out in the middle of the Wall Street district. In reality, it's been a little over 2 months. In that very short time (in political movement terms), they have galvanized the planet, touching off similar movements in other cities and other countries. Their approach - strange to the minds of most people used to traditional governance models refined through centuries of trial, error, and enlightenment - brought uncertainty and bewilderment to those outside the encampments. What were their goals? Who were their leaders? How did the plan to make these changes happen?

Strangely, it seemed their only goals were to make their grievances heard. No demands, no lobbying congresspeople... Eventually, some demands WERE forthcoming (such as reinstating Glass-Steagall, and other financial reforms in the interests of economic justice), but for the most part, their purported purpose was to get people to think and to open their eyes.

As it became clear that the protesters were not going to get bored and leave, the power hierarchy (both political and financial) got nervous. Ignoring them was not proving fruitful, and was becoming harder to do as the size and quantity of encampments grew. Ridiculing them and infiltrating them with agents provocateur was also useless, as the groupthink was not susceptable to provocation.

That left the only response that they knew how to use - violence.
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66 comments (Latest Comment: 11/24/2011 01:45:00 by BobR)

The Four Freedoms are Ours to Fight For.
Author: Raine    Date: 11/22/2011 22:11:58

First for a little background: This blog was built upon the ideas of the Four Freedoms set forth but Franklin Delano Roosevelt. If you don't believe me, let me take you to our Mission Statement.

We take these Four Freedoms very seriously. As a reminder, they are:

Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Worship
Freedom from Want
Freedom of Fear
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9 comments (Latest Comment: 11/23/2011 04:23:52 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/22/2011 11:25:04

Good Morning.

Today is our 3,170th day in Iraq, and our 3, 698th 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): 4483
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4344
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3624
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 255
Since Operation New Dawn: 55

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 319
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,838
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 972
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

$ 1, 281, 365, 925, 000 .00

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104 comments (Latest Comment: 11/22/2011 21:16:45 by Raine)

Super Committee Fail -- HUH?
Author: Raine    Date: 11/21/2011 15:54:19

I'm sure by now you have heard of the so called "super committee" -- the Debt Panel set up earlier in the year after the horrible debt ceiling debate over the summer. It was the result of the Budget Control Act of 2011. We, as a nation saw our debt ceiling increased -- in return for more deficit reduction plans. The result? The 'Super Committee"

For a little background:
Under the deal President Obama signed on Tuesday, the top four Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress will each appoint three members to a special committee that must recommend by November 23 at least $1.5 trillion in additional deficit reduction through 2021. If a majority of committee members endorse a proposal, that plan is guaranteed a floor vote in both chambers by December 23 without amendment or Senate filibuster.

Those rules provide this group with vastly more leverage to stabilize the nation’s finances than any previous commission has possessed. The procedures effectively preempt a minority veto—either through the Senate filibuster or the informal House rule that legislation reaches the floor only if a “majority of the majority” party supports it. Because a majority proposal from the committee could be passed with any combination of Republican and Democratic votes, it provides a unique opportunity for the center of both parties to impose a balanced solution on the ideological vanguard of left and right.
Now, I am going to ask for your reading patience here today.
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95 comments (Latest Comment: 11/21/2011 23:51:06 by Scoopster)

Open Bloggie Today
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 11/20/2011 15:16:40

How can I write a blog today when I am soooo upset about Ki-Ka?

I mean, if she cannot stay married for at least 3 months, how do we expect Gay people to stay together? They were such a perfect fit!!

This is so hard for me.

After all, this is a woman that girls look up to; a perfect role model! As seen by her twitter profile:
business woman, exec producer, fashion designer, perfumista
I guess she didn't have enough room for: "Internet Sex Tape star" and "Reality TV show whore". Twitter should really fix that problem as more and more people have to take on multiple jobs.
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 11/21/2011 01:05:30 by Raine)

Thinking about a tree
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/19/2011 12:37:48

Good Morning!

It's an early Saturday blog, but I'm not off to donate platelets today...(next week, though!). Nay, it's the last pre-peak weekend at the Bean factory, and I've got an opening shift.

I want to talk about Christmas trees today. (waits for shouting to die down.) I know it's a little early, but because of the brief ceremony that happened in my fair city this week, it's on my mind.

Do you put up a tree? Where do you stand on the great live/artificial debate? (and as a sub-debate, if you do put up an artificial one, is it still green, or do you have a different, new-age color?)
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 11/20/2011 02:39:37 by wickedpam)

Friday Science Stack
Author: BobR    Date: 11/18/2011 13:46:13

With all of the news coverage of Occupy Wall St., I am beginning to feel a bit of OWS-overload. Sure, it's a big important movement that may change life as we know it, but there are other things going on in the world (and outside our world) that are interesting, and variety is the spice of life. So - as part of an occasional ongoing series, I present today's Friday Science Stack.

This may seem an odd choice for what is essentially a political blog. Republicans, however, have politicized science. That animosity towards science can be from a religious viewpoint, or an economic one, or a mind/body-control aspect, but they certainly have certain areas of science in their crosshairs.
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63 comments (Latest Comment: 11/18/2011 19:50:03 by TriSec)

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