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Is Giddy Contagious?
Author: wickedpam    Date: 05/06/2009 12:27:41

As a DC Metro local I have the opportunity to hear local radio while in my car commuting to and from work. I think I listen to two of the more popular stations, one for music (107.3) and the other for what they call “guy talk” (106.7). Over the past 3½ months I’ve heard more then one DJ mention how great it is to live in DC right now. Their positively giddy when they say it.

Now I can’t speak to what other stations DJ’s are saying I don’t listen to them, but I love how the hope and fun just ooze out of the radio of these two stations when talking about certain aspects of living here. The reason for the love fest? President Obama.
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75 comments (Latest Comment: 05/06/2009 20:22:49 by Mondobubba)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/05/2009 11:05:32

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,239th 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): 4284
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4145
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3823
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3425
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 56

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 682
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 459
Journalists - Iraq : 138
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq : 1,306

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

$ 853, 438, 575, 000 .00

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64 comments (Latest Comment: 05/06/2009 03:25:07 by livingonli)

Time for Fair Taxation.
Author: Raine    Date: 05/04/2009 12:21:43

This morning the President will be laying out plans to change the tax structure for U.S. Firms Overseas. It is a long overdue problem this country has and these reforms are needed. Corporations here in America, Such as AIG, Citicorp, Pfizer and others have long moved money offshore to countries such as the Cayman Islands in order to not pay taxes. It's all quite legal thanks to legislation passed a few years ago when another party had the majority.
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127 comments (Latest Comment: 05/05/2009 11:45:25 by Raine)

Can we get Extra Meat and Cheese on These?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/03/2009 13:21:07

BREAKING NEWS, dateline: May 2, 2009 Northern VA.

GOP strategists (sic) met today at Mario’s Pizza and Grill in a strip mall just outside of Washington D.C., to brainstorm on an agenda that included plans for taking back America, to be followed by taking over the world. Top republicans, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Eric Cantor held this town-hall meeting with several of the town folk - once they passed a background check and consented to signing a loyalty agreement – over pizzas, salads, sodas and Mario’s famous Garlicky Rolls™. Noticeably missing was RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who, following the conference was found out back, anxiously pacing around the dumpsters.

First order of business; coming up with a catchy new name that sounds patriotic, harmless and all-inclusive with an emphasis on making the GOP appeal to young voters. Many good ideas came out:

Americans for a New and Improved America.
Americans for America Only
Young ‘Cans 4 a New ‘Merica (Sounded hip but may not hold up long term).
Youth Brigade, America First!
New Youth American Project.
Americans for a New United States.
Patriots United in Strong, Sensible Youth.

The latter two were discarded due to the indecorous acronyms that might be used; good call Mr. Bush!
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8 comments (Latest Comment: 05/03/2009 19:09:07 by livingonli)

I am not writing a blog this morning.
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/02/2009 12:48:32

But, I'll update a couple of things. Yesterday, Bob wrote this blog about the future of the newspaper industry. We're pretty much at ground zero on that one, as the venerable Boston Globe is on the verge of shutting down. The parent company has extended the deadline by 48 hours...so I'll get at least one more Sunday Globe.

The Boston Globe received an eleventh-hour reprieve early this morning when its owner, the New York Times Co., agreed to extend the deadline for unions to agree to $20 million in concessions until tomorrow.

More than a half-hour after the midnight deadline passed, Globe management said enough progress had been made in talks with unions that the Times Co. would wait at least another two days before acting on its threat to shutter the Globe. Any agreement would still have to be ratified by each union's members.

"Because there has been progress on reaching needed cost savings, The Boston Globe will extend the deadline for reaching complete agreements with its unions until midnight Sunday May 3," Globe spokesman Robert Powers said in a statement.

Globe management released the statement as negotiators from management and the Globe's largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, conducted another marathon bargaining session that began yesterday morning and stretched past midnight. The Times Co. is seeking $10 million, or half of all union concessions, from the Guild, which represents more than 600 editorial, advertising, and office workers.

"We have given the New York Times Co. and Globe management proposals for deep cuts in our members' pay and benefits that we believe will save The Boston Globe," Daniel Totten, Guild president, said in a statement. "We are awaiting the company's response."

Talks between the Guild and the company are scheduled to resume tomorrow, according to a union spokesman.

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5 comments (Latest Comment: 05/02/2009 20:36:37 by livingonli)

All The News That's Fit To... Stream?
Author: BobR    Date: 05/01/2009 12:47:24

Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the fate of political cartoons in an increasingly online world. The fate of newspapers themselves also remains uncertain. The current economic climate has made the newspapers' already shaky grip on solvency even more tenuous. Some people think it wouldn't be a bad thing if they went the way of 8mm movie cameras and mimeographs, but I think otherwise.
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57 comments (Latest Comment: 05/02/2009 01:14:01 by TriSec)

Author: Raine    Date: 04/30/2009 12:44:43

So there it is. Obama has been in office for 100 days. If it wasn't clear before to people that this man is a leader, he is in charge, last night should have sealed the deal. I was especially struck by what the president had to say about America no longer torturing.
And -- and so I strongly believed that the steps that we've taken to prevent these kinds of enhanced interrogation techniques will make us stronger over the long term and make us safer over the long term because it will put us in a -- in a position where we can still get information.
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58 comments (Latest Comment: 05/01/2009 06:03:06 by livingonli)

Dead Cat Bounce
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/30/2009 12:43:19

Morning, gang!

Looks like we're hitting the ol' hard deck this morning.

You know what to do....coffee and donuts on the back table!

2 comments (Latest Comment: 04/30/2009 12:56:42 by Raine)

A Specter of Change
Author: BobR    Date: 04/29/2009 12:28:20

The huge news yesterday (in case you were under a rock) was that PA Republican Senator Arlen Specter changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. The change has an enormous symbolic impact, but how much change will it make in the actual passing of legislation? Likely not very much.
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74 comments (Latest Comment: 04/30/2009 01:11:36 by livingonli)

Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/28/2009 10:52:40

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,232nd 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): 4278
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4139
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3817
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3419
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 50

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 679
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 455
Journalists - Iraq: 139
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 1264

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

$ 850, 879, 575, 000 .00

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37 comments (Latest Comment: 04/29/2009 03:15:58 by Will in Chicago)

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