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Kentucky DisKynect
Author: Raine    Date: 11/05/2015 14:41:18

On election day, the people of Kentucky voted to elect Republican Matt Bevin as its next governor.
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Ask a Vet - Addendum
Author: BobR    Date: 2015-11-04 11:17:31

In January 2009, President Barack Obama was sworn in as president. Almost immediately, the Tea Party sprang up, proclaiming they were "Taxed Enough Already". All who opposed the president (and the concept of liberalism in general) began complaining that government was too big, and they needed tax relief. Politicians of every stripe proclaim every election cycle that they will "cut taxes".

The reality is that family federal income tax rates have been dropping for decades. For an "average" family of four, they paid their highest rate (11.79%) in 1981. Since then rates have dropped steadily with some minor fluctuations. In 2014, the rate was 5.34%, less than half the rate in 1981. There's not much lower that they can go.

Because of this we've had to cut federal spending as well, and budget deficits have become harder to erase with decreasing tax revenue for government programs. As has been the case for decades, our military is our single biggest budget item. Our military spending is a much larger percentage of our budget than most of our allies, which is why they have high-speed trains, high-speed internet, free college, and complete low-cost health care coverage, and we don't.

You'd hope that all that taxpayer money that gets fed into the maw of the military-industrial complex would get spent on worthwhile things. The reality is much more grim.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/03/2015 11:02:58

Good Morning.

So, now we're on the ground in Syria. Oh, sure it's "Special Forces" being deployed to train Syrian rebels, but it's an old story. Seems to me that an awful lot of wars have begun with this first step. And the fact that our old enemy that used to fly the Red Star are helping the other side kinda throws this back under the Cold War umbrella, doesn't it?
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It's like the Devil is Running the Bible Study
Author: Raine    Date: 11/02/2015 14:02:20

The Hilton in Old Town Alexandria was the setting last night for all (minus one) Republican presidential campaign meeting to discuss changing debate rules and conditions going forward.
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Author: velveeta jones    Date: 11/01/2015 14:57:01

Recently the Republican candidates have been complaining about their own debates: too long, to one-sided, questions not relevant and/or designed to start a fight, moderators not attractive enough, the list goes on.
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Hope and the Happiest Place on Earth
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/31/2015 12:45:24

“We’re Going to Disney World!!”

What child doesn’t want to hear those magical words? I know plenty of adults that would be pleased by that statement, too.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 10/31/2015 13:33:40 by BobR)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 10/30/2015 13:01:22

Halloween Edition

We all have local myths and legends, with All Hallow's Eve just tomorrow thought it would be fun to share.


The Scary, Weird, Somewhat True Tale of the Bunny Man Bridge

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The media is to blame.
Author: Raine    Date: 10/29/2015 13:07:10

I would like to tell you I watched the debate last night.
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Big Budget Bill Blasts Bloviaters
Author: BobR    Date: 10/28/2015 14:44:01

When Speaker Boehner (R-OH) announced his resignation, he also mentioned that he wanted to "clean out the barn" before he left. It seemed like a reference to the budget and debt limit that were promising to be yet another black mark on our American legislative history. Many people were hoping he would bring a bill to the floor that would pass with Democrats help.

It seems like he is doing just that. It will likely be voted on today:
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36 comments (Latest Comment: 10/29/2015 01:15:23 by TriSec)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/27/2015 10:15:19

Good Morning.

We'll head to Iraq to start this morning. By now you've heard about the latest casualty - the first one on the ground since November of 2011. Since we don't have "boots on the ground" there officially, one wonders how Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler will be counted in the final tally.
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