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Thursday Stub
Author: wickedpam    Date: 08/04/2016 14:15:59

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3 comments (Latest Comment: 08/04/2016 16:07:43 by Scoopster)

Wednesday stub
Author: wickedpam    Date: 08/03/2016 13:52:07

Just gonna put this here

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6 comments (Latest Comment: 08/03/2016 19:19:02 by Scoopster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/02/2016 09:38:00

Good Morning.

After a weekend of rhetoric, there seems to be little more that can be said about the Khan affair. Trump sure stepped in it, didn't he?

Veering away from Ask a Vet a bit this morning, this past weekend has got me wondering if maybe it's time.
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5 comments (Latest Comment: 08/02/2016 18:47:51 by Scoopster)

Open House
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/01/2016 13:27:57

'Tis vacation season here at the ol' bloggie.

No wild parties, mmkay?
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 08/01/2016 17:24:15 by Mondobubba)

News in Review: Philly
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 07/31/2016 17:10:46

There was a lot that happened this week, so let's get started.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 07/31/2016 19:23:40 by AuntAzalea)

But...I thought guns were always the answer?
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/30/2016 11:24:35

Good morning.

In just 7 days, we'll be getting ready to board a commercial airliner to head south for our visit with the mouse. Like any savvy traveler, I've been spending some time poring over my airline regulations and the TSA guidelines for travel.
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Fierce Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 07/29/2016 12:55:35


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13 comments (Latest Comment: 07/29/2016 18:50:49 by Mondobubba)

Love over hate.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/28/2016 13:16:22

Since Ronald Reagan, almost all Presidents have said that they believe America’s best days lie ahead. Like Reagan, Obama has the capacity to make this sort of language sound like something more than a soundbite, and, although he hadn’t yet mentioned Trump’s name, it was immediately clear where, on this occasion, he was heading with it: to Cleveland, and Trump’s dismal, dystopian speech accepting the Republican Presidential nomination. After a fairly rote recitation of his Administration’s achievements in domestic and foreign policy, Obama said, “Fair to say, this is not your typical election. It’s not just a choice between parties or policies, the usual debates between left and right. This is a more fundamental choice—about who we are as a people, and whether we stay true to this great American experiment in self-government.”

What came out of Cleveland “wasn’t particularly Republican—and it sure wasn’t conservative,” Obama continued. Rather, it was “a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems—just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate. And that is not the America I know."
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20 comments (Latest Comment: 07/29/2016 02:23:59 by Will in Chicago)

Conventional Wisdom
Author: BobR    Date: 07/27/2016 12:55:58

It seems like weeks ago that the RNC in Cleveland was glowing and pulsating like a blob of radioactive toxic waste. Most of the time was spent pillorying Hillary with very little being said about Trump's qualifications or plans. They trotted out soldiers and war widows to immerse the audience in pathos and war porn, to stir up anger, hatred, and fear. Nothing motivates the under-informed right-wing voter like telling them their problems are because of some "other". Trump says "I will make America great again, believe me". No... no I don't believe you.

This week it's the Democrats' turn, and the DNC is like a breath of fresh air. It got off to a rough start with the Sanders supporters being loud and rude, talking over Ben Jealous and other speakers, such as shouting "we trusted you" to Elizabeth Warren. They even booed Sanders himself when he said Clinton should be the nominee. Once the roll call vote was done, Sanders asked that Clinton be declared the winner "by acclamation", and that was that. Supposedly the Sanders supporters walked out of the hall in protest, but at this point no one cares. Being a sore loser doesn't look good on anyone. It would be like the end of a hockey game, and having half of one of the teams skate back to the locker room without shaking hands with the winning team. It doesn't matter if you think the refs weren't fair with the calls.

Monday night, the stars of the speeches were Michelle Obama and Cory Booker (D-NJ). Both gave rousing positive speeches that were meant to uplift and inspire. In particular, the First Lady disagreed with Trump's assessment that only he can "make America great again", saying that America IS great already. Booker implored us to work together to do great things. The "unity" and "working together" themes were a little overdone, but perhaps considered necessary with the Sanders supporters still processing the various stages of grief.
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25 comments (Latest Comment: 07/28/2016 00:19:59 by Scoopster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/26/2016 10:15:58

Good Morning.

I feel no need to watch the carnage this week.

With that said, it would be irresponsible if we didn't take a look at the policies being put forward by the candidates.
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13 comments (Latest Comment: 07/26/2016 23:58:19 by Scoopster)

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