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Author: TriSec    Date: 07/08/2014 10:28:42

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,657th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,333
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,119

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 547, 719, 900, 000 .00

So...suppose you're a vet, and you're just hanging around your local VA hospital waiting for another appointment when your heart decides to attack you. You're already in the hospital, so it should be a simple matter for somebody to scoop you up and run down the hall to the ER, right? Astonishingly, this is not so.
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35 comments (Latest Comment: 07/09/2014 03:43:40 by Will in Chicago)

Dangerously Misinformed
Author: Raine    Date: 07/07/2014 13:07:58

Yesterday, on Meet The Press, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson had to repeatedly correct the host regarding the crisis we are seeing of children coming into the United states from Central America.
DAVID GREGORY: You heard the mayor of Murrieta, “Why now? Why so many?” Is part of the answer that the administration, through some of its executive actions, have said, in effect, “Look, if you come, we’re going to let you in?”

SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON: First of all, David, the reason we’re seeing this influx has to do primarily with the conditions in the three Central American countries that they’re leaving from, the push factor.

DAVID GREGORY: More than– and it’s double, though?

DAVID GREGORY: Could it be 90,000 this year?

SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON: Honduras is in a really bad place right now. El Salvador, Guatemala. The push factor is what is driving this recent influx. In addition, we know that the smuggling organizations, the criminal smuggling organizations, are putting out a lot of disinformation about supposed ‘free passes’ into this country that are going to expire at the end of May, at the end of June. “Just give us your money and we’ll get you into the country by the end of the month.” It’s like a used car salesman saying that the sale’s going to expire at the end of the week.

DAVID GREGORY: But that’s not all misinformation, Mr. Secretary. There is deferred action on some children, passed in 2012, that will allow some children of illegal immigrants to stay.

SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON: Well, that’s the point we keep stressing. The deferred action program is for kids who came to this country seven years ago. It’s not for anyone who comes to this country today, tomorrow or yesterday. And the legislation that the Senate passed, which provides for an earned path to citizenship, is for those who were in this country in 2011. It’s not for those that are coming here today.

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45 comments (Latest Comment: 07/07/2014 21:38:39 by Mondobubba)

Time to GO!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 07/06/2014 14:14:51

I was going to do an open blog today because I have to work and it's just so hard to be creative - or even think - with a busy day looming.

But I thought I'd leave you with this discussion nugget. Something that's been on my mind since last years dismantling of the Civil Rights Act.

It is this: Justice Thomas must go.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 07/06/2014 15:56:05 by Will in Chicago)

Again, this happens.
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/05/2014 11:42:45

Good Morning. Happy Fifth! I'm sure that those of you that didn't get a hurricane yesterday enjoyed your holiday. Well, ours was a disaster; many things from yesterday were postponed to today, and our local fireworks aren't even happening until tomorrow, but I digress.
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 07/06/2014 13:37:53 by velveeta jones)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 07/04/2014 13:54:19

4th of July Edition

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6 comments (Latest Comment: 07/04/2014 23:41:48 by TriSec)

Not Narrow at all.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/03/2014 13:20:36

The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling.

The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings in favor of businesses that object to covering all 20 methods of government-approved contraception.
Basically, the contraception mandate has been gutted from the ACA.
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53 comments (Latest Comment: 07/03/2014 20:58:08 by Mondobubba)

Courting Disaster
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-07-02 10:12:11

(Note: Updated at 11:13 AM EDT - see bottom)

Monday's Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case has created a firestorm of opinions, predictions, anger, and calls for boycotts of Hobby Lobby. There is certainly cause for concern, and there are certainly things to be upset about, but it doesn't help when false information, exaggerations, and absurd predictions and analogies are tossed around. It's important to look at this rationally first before formulating a response.

The biggest misconception (or exaggeration) is that this allows any company to prevent women from getting birth control. In reality, the decision was based on Hobby Lobby's problem with 4 specific types of birth control:

  • 2 types of IUDs
  • 2 types of so-called "Morning After pills"

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51 comments (Latest Comment: 07/02/2014 21:41:04 by Will in Chicago)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/01/2014 10:19:04

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,650th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,332
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,120

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 545, 949, 050, 000 .00

We'll start briefly in Iraq this morning. We're all aware of what's going on over there, but the overall magnitude has not been reported well here in the west. This past month has been deadlier to Iraqis than an entire decade of war was for Americans.
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50 comments (Latest Comment: 07/01/2014 23:18:26 by Raine)

Back to Reality
Author: Scoopster    Date: 06/30/2014 11:56:30

I'll get this one started today. I saw this article yesterday and couldn't help but wonder if it'd get anywhere near as much attention in the media (or from the usual RW goons) as Bergdahl's return.
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78 comments (Latest Comment: 07/01/2014 03:24:37 by Raine)

I Swear that I am Human
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 06/29/2014 14:33:13

Really, it's come down to this, hasn't it? But you'll just have to take my word for it; since there is no video footage of my death and replacement by a robot. Nor have I had the "666 chip" implanted into my brain. It's all me.

But again, you'll just have to take my word for it. If I start enjoying boiled okra, then you might want to question me.
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 06/29/2014 16:40:09 by Will in Chicago)

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