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The Art of Dissent
Author: BobR    Date: 04/08/2009 12:39:09

With all of the discussion about whether newspapers will survive (or whether they should survive), the discussion often overlooks some of the services that will be lost. Besides the jobs lost at the printers, the jobs of the copy writers, the proof readers and the fact checkers, there is also the job of the political cartoonist. Since the time newspapers began, the political cartoon has been a unique art form, one that is at once disarming and well-armed with barbs. In the hands of an expert, it can distill a political point down to its essence, and present it in a way that gets the point across in seconds without requiring lengthy reading.
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40 comments (Latest Comment: 04/09/2009 02:51:45 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/07/2009 12:06:57

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,211th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from Iraq and Afghanistan, courtesy of antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4265
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4126
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3803
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3407
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 37

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 673
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 451
Journalists - Iraq: 139
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 1264

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:
$ 611, 400, 850, 000 .00

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40 comments (Latest Comment: 04/07/2009 21:30:03 by Mondobubba)

He's home now.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/06/2009 12:28:37

From today's NYT The Lede Blog:
For the first time in 18 years, the Pentagon granted the news media access on Sunday night to cover the arrival of a coffin to Dover Air Force Base from overseas.

The coffin, draped in a flag and bearing the body of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers of Hopewell, Va, was unloaded from a government aircraft by the military honor guard. Sergeant Myers, 30, was killed by an improvised explosive device near Helmand Province in Afghanistan on April 4, according to the Defense Department.


Per this new policy, Family consent must be given. I know that Tuesday is usually the day on this blog that we set aside for our Soldiers in Peril, but today, I would like to thank Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers for his sacrifice, and his family for allowing us to bear witness to the horrible costs of this war.

Afghanistan may be considered by some to be the 'nobler' of these two fronts we are fighting, and I would tend to agree, but in the end, war is war -- and the sacrifices our soldiers make are a great loss for our country. These are our sisters and brothers, lovers, friends, fathers, daughter, sons and mothers. This is the first coffin we have seen in 18 years, and no doubt it will not be the last.

I hope that the sacrifice Staff Sgt. Myers made on the field as well as the sacrifice his family have made by allowing us to truly and finally see the cost of war will help to bring the battle in Afghanistan and Iraq to a quicker end.

Rest in Peace.

:peace: and

66 comments (Latest Comment: 04/07/2009 01:13:48 by Mondobubba)

On Fairness
Author: m-hadley    Date: 04/05/2009 12:26:29

Every morning I lie in bed and listen to NPR and hear reports on how many people in this country have lost their jobs, and I force myself to get out of bed with a single thought, “At least I still have a job.” But when I was hovering around rock bottom just a couple weeks ago, I was convinced that I was about to lose my job, and I think that I was actually doing things to bring about my own unemployment. I have a tendency to over-relate to the woes of the world. During Hurricane Katrina and its horrifying aftermath, I sat in front of my TV and cried a million tears, distraught with guilt for having a warm, dry house with enough food in it to sustain me for a least a week, a closet-full of clothes that were clean and dry.
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11 comments (Latest Comment: 04/06/2009 06:21:34 by livingonli)

Some Musings on Marriage
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/04/2009 12:51:11

Good Morning!

Well, in case you missed it somehow, yesterday was Bob & Raine's first anniversary. (Bob's birthday, too!)

Looking back to last Saturday's blog, that ties in nicely with our human obsession with time; it's a life milestone worth celebrating and remembering.

This got me thinking about my own marriage....Mrs. TriSec and I took a different path than Bob and Raine. We first met in 1991, when we both worked for the same company a couple of desks away. That Christmas, we went to the company party together as a 'first date', and we still remember December 21 each year.

We became comfortable together, but never really moved towards "the big M" for the first few years. It was my brother's wedding in 1994 that finally upped the ante; we finally decided to get married a year later, but it wasn't until 1996 that we sealed the deal.

So....this July 14, we'll be celebrating our lucky 13th year of marriage. (Lace, textiles, or furs....pm me for our address! )

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It's a Beautiful Day
Author: BobR    Date: 04/03/2009 12:37:45

It's a trite but true expression: Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Every time I hear that I think "well duh!" For some reason that expression keeps coming back to me today as I begin the first day of my 50th year, the first day of my second year of marriage.
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75 comments (Latest Comment: 04/04/2009 05:56:51 by livingonli)

60 days... tick tick tick.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/02/2009 12:26:27

Regarding the presidents request that GM get its act together in 60 days, I am left wondering, how can they do it? Why have they not been doing it and what was the hold-up? Did they not see the movie "Who Killed the Electric Car"? Did they not see Toyota and Honda's sales on hybrids going thru the roof? Did they not hear Americans' calls for more efficient vehicles? Did they not hear the warning about global climate change and overuse of fossil fuels?
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89 comments (Latest Comment: 04/03/2009 02:55:18 by trojanrabbit)

It's finally frozen over
Author: BobR    Date: 04/01/2009 12:16:47

Last Groundhogs Day, the little rodent prognosticator predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Those six weeks have come and gone, but it appears there's still some frost in the air (or at least under ground somewhere). Hell just froze over. Why?

Rush Limbaugh is packing it in. :clap:
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72 comments (Latest Comment: 04/02/2009 03:06:09 by clintster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/31/2009 10:56:00

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,204th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, courtesy of antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4261
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4122
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3799
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3403
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 32

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 671
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 449
Journalists - Iraq: 139
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 1264

We find this morning's cost of war passing through:

$ 609, 424, 500, 000 .00

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66 comments (Latest Comment: 04/01/2009 03:52:09 by livingonli)

As Georgia goes, run the other way.
Author: Raine    Date: 03/30/2009 12:44:55

The Georgia State legislature is wrapping up its spring session, and once again, showed its true agenda. It's not the people of this state, although they would have people believe it to be quite the other way around. There are a fair amount of people in this state that are Democrats, and there are even a few moderate Republicans, but, sadly it seems that mostly, it is a state of people that go to the voting booth and vote against their own best interests. It is not my intention to cast a broad brush of all the people here, nor is it my intention to be a typical "Damn Yankee", but this needs to be said. The politicians in this state are not looking out for the people they are supposed to represent.
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74 comments (Latest Comment: 03/31/2009 02:51:01 by livingonli)

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