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Influence For Sale
Author: BobR    Date: 2015-01-07 11:39:25

It was Abraham Lincoln who so eloquently stated in the Gettysburg Address that we had a "government of the people, by the people, for the people". The notion was an extension of our founding fathers' grievances as stated in the Declaration of Independence, when we were merely colonies run by absentee landlords. The Constitution was crafted to ensure we were a nation of laws to prevent the aristocracy and royalty from governing by fiat, so that the poor common man would have a voice in how he was governed.

How far we have fallen from that ideal.
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42 comments (Latest Comment: 01/07/2015 21:30:58 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/06/2015 11:07:50

Good Morning.

With combat operations allegedly done in Afghanistan, you'll see some changes in our format. We're still in Iraq, but I'm going to stop counting the days for the moment.

We're also not going to post the daily casualty count unless there are new casualties on either front, as there has not been an American death in either area for quite some time. However, the stats are always available at Antiwar.com if you are so inclined.

However, since we're still paying for it, and Javi will be paying for it, and probably any such grandbabies I may have....we'll still see where today's Cost of War is going:

$ 1, 539, 820, 250, 000 .00

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58 comments (Latest Comment: 01/06/2015 22:49:52 by Scoopster)

Republican Common Sense
Author: Raine    Date: 01/05/2015 14:08:12

So I was digging around trying to write a blog and I fell down a serious rabbit hole. You will too.
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50 comments (Latest Comment: 01/05/2015 23:23:35 by Raine)

Newest Trend in 2015
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 01/04/2015 15:17:52

STAND ON YOUR PET!! It's the newest thing. Everybody's doing it -- why aren't you?
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 01/05/2015 13:28:02 by Scoopster)

Old Friends Long Gone
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/03/2015 14:10:08

“Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future…the past. Old friends long gone.”

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2 comments (Latest Comment: 01/04/2015 03:32:51 by BobR)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 01/02/2015 13:35:40

I'll be packing up the office Christmas stuff this morning but I'd like to respond to Raine's post from yesterday......

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34 comments (Latest Comment: 01/02/2015 21:46:56 by Raine)

Another year. Another decade. And so it goes.
Author: Raine    Date: 2015-01-01 05:00:00

I suspect that some of us in this wonderful little group have had worse years than 2014 on a personal level. I suspect that some have had a terrible year at some point. I don't prescribe to be being a microcosm of the nation here on 4F, but hell if we all haven't lived through some serious trials and tribulations. We have as a group have seen serious ups and downs.
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9 comments (Latest Comment: 01/02/2015 00:33:00 by Will in Chicago)

2014 - The Year in Review
Author: BobR    Date: 12/31/2014 15:50:55

Time is a strange concept. We cannot see it in front of us - we can only look back at what has already happened. As we mark these artificial boundaries, let's take a moment to remember the big stories from the past year...

The big one of course is the ongoing problem with police overreaction. Remember way back when that was demonstrated by giving innocent people repeated enemas to look for drugs? Remember when excessive force was encapsulated in the phrase "Don't taze me, bro!". With stories popping up almost daily now, the phrases are "Hands up, don't shoot!" and "I can't breathe!". Shoot First and Ask Questions Later seems to be the current M.O. Two disturbing incidents of cops being assassinated have not helped the situation either. We cannot continue to abide this. Here's hoping this toxic mindset stays in 2014 and eventually is relegated to the dustbin of history.
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26 comments (Latest Comment: 12/31/2014 19:53:57 by Raine)

Ask a Vet - is it over?
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/30/2014 11:13:10

Good Morning

Today is our 4,832nd day in Afghanistan, and our 194th day back in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com. But since it's possible that we are truly exiting Afghanistan this week...let's do ALL the numbers from the last decade and a half of war.

American military casualties in Iraq:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4493
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4347
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3627
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 256
Since Operation New Dawn: 66

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 319
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2356
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1127
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq: 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

$ 1, 592, 050, 500, 000 .00

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49 comments (Latest Comment: 12/30/2014 22:30:07 by BobR)

Blood Politics
Author: Raine    Date: 12/29/2014 14:46:56

On December 3rd, a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict NYC Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chocking death of Eric Garner.
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30 comments (Latest Comment: 12/29/2014 21:40:57 by Mondobubba)

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