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Author: BobR    Date: 2014-10-01 10:42:59

There is a lot of coverage of ISIS/ISIL lately. It's warranted, because - despite their small numbers - they have some smart experienced people at the top, and access to a lot of funds and armaments. While there are some who are against the U.S. becoming involved in any way, shape, or form with yet another war in the Middle East, this one seems different. Their explosive growth (no pun intended) and ability to overrun trained armies makes them a more formidable foe than the ragtag band of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

While it may be non-Muslims (ie: Christians) in the U.S. who think they are the main targets of this group, the reality is that the vast majority of those killed by them have been other Muslims. It's not enough to be Muslim in their eyes - you must be their particular brand of Muslim or you will be put to death.

Here in the U.S., we shudder to think of it. What animals they must be! WE would never do anything like that here... we wouldn't think of killing others because they don't subscribe to "our" Christian beliefs...

would we?
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59 comments (Latest Comment: 10/01/2014 21:56:09 by Will in Chicago)

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Author: TriSec    Date: 09/30/2014 10:26:29

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,741st day in Afghanistan, and our 103rd 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:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,345
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,127
There have been no new casualties in Iraq.

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

$ 1, 568, 967, 800, 000 .00

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46 comments (Latest Comment: 09/30/2014 23:38:11 by Raine)

I'm Tired.
Author: Raine    Date: 09/29/2014 11:54:26

Yesterday, John Boehner was interviewed by This Week host, George Stephanopoulos. Here is part of the interview:
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59 comments (Latest Comment: 09/29/2014 21:45:05 by Will in Chicago)

Another open
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 09/28/2014 12:20:24

Sorry, I have to rush off this morning yet again......
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 09/28/2014 15:21:47 by Will in Chicago)

The Belittling of Democracy
Author: Will in Chicago    Date: 2014-09-27 10:45:30

Ever since I could vote, I took my responsibility to do so very seriously. I grew up in a neighborhood with many veterans. The local polling place was my Chicago elementary school. My classes in grade school included learning about the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions. We even took a trip to Springfield to see the state legislature.

With that background, perhaps it is understandable that I get upset at efforts to strip people of their democratic rights or belittle democracy
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 09/28/2014 00:46:06 by Will in Chicago)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 09/26/2014 12:55:16

Been a busy week at work, so have some Red Panda adorableness.

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56 comments (Latest Comment: 09/26/2014 20:31:59 by Mondobubba)

'we welcome the scrutiny of the world'
Author: Raine    Date: 09/25/2014 13:11:13

You have seen the headlines, He talked about Syria, about Russia and about how this is not a war against Islam, but rather a fight against extremists around the world. It was the last few moments of his speech that gave me pause.
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35 comments (Latest Comment: 09/25/2014 21:39:46 by Raine)

Nine Years
Author: BobR    Date: 09/24/2014 11:21:21

It was 9 years ago today that many of the members of this blog met in person for the first time. Back then, this blog did not yet exist - we were members of another blog and message forum and had been conversing online for a while. We met up in DC with about 250,000 other people to protest the wars in the Middle East (in particular - the undeclared war of choice in Iraq).

At that point, we were nearly 4 years in Afghanistan, and 2 years in Iraq. We were protesting the destruction of another sovereign nation, the reports of torture, the notion that every citizen in Iraq was suspect, the money wasted, the American lives wasted and used. We marched, we chanted, we flipped off the White House. There were no riots or tear gas or burned flags. The numbers of attendees were under-reported, and the ultimate result was probably nothing.

That was 9 years ago.
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 09/24/2014 20:28:20 by Will in Chicago)

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Author: TriSec    Date: 09/23/2014 10:29:33

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,734th day in Afghanistan, and our 96th day back in Iraq.

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: 2,346
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,127

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

$ 1, 567, 198, 650, 000. 00

So we've been bombing Iraq for a few weeks now, and news is just breaking that we've started dropping bombs on Syria this morning. The question remains, is it doing any good? The answer seems to be "NO".
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36 comments (Latest Comment: 09/23/2014 20:49:43 by Mondobubba)

Feminism is not a dirty word.
Author: Raine    Date: 09/22/2014 13:03:35

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