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Transparent Blog, Not brought to you by Soros.
Author: Raine    Date: 10/21/2010 12:48:49

In order to provide full financial transparency, today's Blog has not been funded with a grant from George Soros.
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17 comments (Latest Comment: 10/21/2010 18:02:07 by Raine)

Je proteste
Author: BobR    Date: 10/20/2010 12:31:34

The overwhelming theme of this year's election (and the previous two) has been "throw the bums out". The huge Republican losses in 2006 and 2008 are predicted this year for the Democrats. It seems that the electorate feels that if they keep replacing their legislators, sooner or later they'll get a set they're happy with. Such is the wave the Tea Party is riding this year. As Eugene Robinson says in his OpEd piece yesterday, that could backfire on them in 2 years if they don't change anything (it's a well written piece btw. Go ahead and read it - I'll wait. Ignore the inflammatory title). The thing is - this "throw the bums out" attitude is nothing new in history (it's what revolutions are made of).
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24 comments (Latest Comment: 10/21/2010 03:23:21 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/19/2010 10:30:30

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,771st day in Iraq and our 3,299th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4426
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4287
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3567
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 198
Since Operation New Dawn: 8

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan 1,342
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 821
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

$ 1, 095, 028, 475, 000 .00


War is many things. It is costly, dangerous, heartbreaking, and sometimes even heroic. While usually the only thing to come from war is destruction and sadness, on occasion it is an incubator for leadership and inspiration. Throughout America's history, soldiers have made the leap into politics, starting with our very first President. Military service is no guarantee of success, however.

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42 comments (Latest Comment: 10/19/2010 22:20:06 by livingonli)

If it's good enough for East Germany, why not?
Author: Raine    Date: 10/18/2010 12:58:45

I don't want to blog about Joe Miller and his merry gang of thugs Security Detail handcuffing and detaining a journalist at an Alaska town hall. That said it's going to be the news cycle today, so I too shall jump in the fray. This picture pretty much sums it up.

http://media.adn.com/smedia/2010/10/17/19/Hopfinger.85233.original.standalone.prod_affiliate.7.jpg
Alaska Dispatch founder and editor Tony Hopfinger sits with his wrists in handcuffs after being arrested by Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's private security detail Oct. 17, 2010.

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45 comments (Latest Comment: 10/19/2010 00:29:07 by BobR)

Sundee Blog
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 10/17/2010 13:18:29

So, I really, really hate to do another open blog right after TriSec has. But, like him, I've been SLAMMED with stuff. All of it has numbed my mind. I haven't even been able to hear Steph all week!!!



Well, there you have it.
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 10/18/2010 00:24:54 by Raine)

Open House
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/16/2010 10:44:29

Look, I know it's a cop-out. You probably know I started a new job this past Monday; I've been in training all week and have looked at the internet perhaps a grand total of 5 times during that stretch. I'm feeling a little cut off this week. I quite honestly have no idea what's been going on around here. So...we'll let the inmates run the asylum this Saturday. You know who you are.

But of course, if there is a Saturday blog open this early, it usually means one thing. I am indeed off to donate platelets this morning. It will take about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish, and I'll be able to catch up on some of the podcasts I've missed during the week. Especially if you've been a blood donor in the past, why not take it to the next level?

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2 comments (Latest Comment: 10/17/2010 00:34:18 by trojanrabbit)

A Deficit of Ideas
Author: BobR    Date: 10/15/2010 11:49:28

Our current economic woes as voiced by the electorate seem to revolve around three subjects: jobs, taxes, and the deficit. The voters want to see more jobs, less taxes, and a reduced (or eliminated) budget deficit. The Republicans are promising just that. How will they deliver it? They don't say, but they claim that reducing taxes and "cutting government spending" will produce the other two. It's the same ol' same ol' that didn't work before and doesn't even make sense.
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13 comments (Latest Comment: 10/15/2010 19:15:42 by Scoopster)

2 weeks. There is still time.
Author: Raine    Date: 10/14/2010 13:22:46

It's one thing to be folksy, cute, clever, a person just like you and me. It's another thing to be informed -- and when it comes to politics, that is critical.

Last night was yet another in a long string of perfect examples of this. The Chris Coons / Christine O'Donnell debate.
Well if you remember when we were fighting the Soviets over there in Afghanistan in the '80s and '90s, we did not finish the job, so now we have a responsibility to finish the job and if you are gonna make these politically correct statements that it's costing us too much money, you are threatening the security of our homeland.
Thank Goodness the Soviet Union is our ally these days.
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23 comments (Latest Comment: 10/15/2010 02:09:18 by livingonli)

We'll Have a Gay Old Time
Author: BobR    Date: 10/13/2010 11:47:08

In the relatively short amount of time our country has been in existence, we've made amazing strides in equality among all of our citizens. From blacks being considered to be 3/5 of a person to women and blacks getting the vote, to civil rights legislation, the march toward equality has come often in fits and starts, but always progressively forward. We still have a ways to go in a lot of areas; one of those is the treatment of gays. Yesterday, however, several steps forward were made - as usual, via the courts.
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11 comments (Latest Comment: 10/13/2010 19:58:03 by Scoopster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/12/2010 10:44:10

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,764th day in Iraq and our 3,292nd day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing wars, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4424
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4285
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3565
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 196
Since Operation New Dawn: 7

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,323
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 822
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

1, 091, 763, 900, 000 .00


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23 comments (Latest Comment: 10/12/2010 20:12:40 by livingonli)

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