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Author: velveeta jones    Date: 10/25/2009 13:58:57

The republican party is showing signs of its decline. It seems many who once proudly called themselves republican now refer to themselves as "Independent". Its time to drive the nails into the coffin. And frankly, as far as I'm concerned the Dems can follow soon after.

Here is my reasoning:

1. People are getting lazy in politics. Sure, they watch their news and opinion polls, they read a few papers and magazines but they don't really research the candidates. Instead, they walk into the voting booth and pull the lever (they don't really have levers anymore) for the party that believes in the same values as they do. But more and more my party doesn't hold the same values as me! I voted for a Democrat - a blue dog - that is squarely against the public option, is very weak on support of unions, voted against the Obama stimulus act and I know that he is personally against Choice (though he tries to be quiet about that sending out little code words). Other than having a 'D' after his name to give the Dems the majority he is as useless as an extra pinky toe.
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10 comments (Latest Comment: 10/25/2009 21:35:30 by livingonli)

Create New Blog Entry
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/24/2009 13:04:06

I had high hopes this morning that when I clicked on that particular link, a fresh new blog would appear.

No such luck.

So I'm off to skim the 'net to see what things of interest I might find today...

Everybody likes music, right? We've got some actual musicians here among our members, so quite a few of us are inclined to be partial to the arrangement of certain harmonic frequencies in a pleasing manner.

But did you know that music is being used in another way, as a torture device? That's right....music from the likes of REM, Pearl Jam, NIN, and more have been played at Guantanamo for periods of up to 72 hours at volumes "just below eardrum-shattering". Of course, this was secret for a very long time. But now, news about it is coming out and the musicians aren't happy.

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8 comments (Latest Comment: 10/24/2009 23:13:26 by Mondobubba)

Think Globally, Vote Locally
Author: BobR    Date: 10/23/2009 12:33:22

There's a common saying that we should "Think Globally, Act Locally". Some of acting locally is participating in a protest, holding signs at a vigil, canvassing door-to-door, or even buying locally-grown produce (even if it costs a little more). Keeping an eye on local politics is also important. Most politicians at the national level got their start at the local level; it's a training ground for those working their way up the ladder.

People often don't pay much attention (much less vote) in the primaries and local races, and if they do, they either skip the local races on the ballot, or just pick a random name based on name-recognition. As a result, the most well-funded person usually gets elected because they can get their name out there most effectively. Money picks the winner once again.
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29 comments (Latest Comment: 10/24/2009 01:01:09 by TriSec)

Your Vagina's Belong to Them - V.3
Author: Raine    Date: 10/22/2009 13:43:13

I want to thank Velveeta Jones for her Blog post Last Sunday. That story is one that has been close to my heart for a hopeful outcome. It was a powerful story about how we treat woman in this country. It was also a powerful story about where the loyalties lie politically with some of our senators and it was a powerful story about the control corporation have over their employees.

Oh -- and it was about rape. It was about the power of rape. I had written about Ms Jones twice in February and April of 2008. Today, as before, it is graphic and contains strong language. I do not know if people have been charged since 2008. Somehow I don't think they have.
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36 comments (Latest Comment: 10/23/2009 02:58:18 by livingonli)

The Smell of Change
Author: BobR    Date: 10/21/2009 12:20:00

While many laws in the U.S. don't seem to make sense, the criminalization of marijuana is one of the more puzzling. Compared to the problems with alcohol (which is legal), it seems benign. Most Americans (including the current President) have tried it at least once. Other than making one lazy, why does it get such a bad rap, and when is that going to change? The answer to that last question is: maybe soon. But first - a little history on how we got here...
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22 comments (Latest Comment: 10/21/2009 21:36:16 by Mondobubba)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/20/2009 11:02:36

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,407th 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): 4349
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4210
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3886
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3490
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 121

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 325
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 881
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 582
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,395
Journalists - Iraq: 335
Academics Killed - Iraq: 431

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:
$922, 426, 800, 000 .00

Turning to our friends at IAVA, we find that this morning they are reporting a huge victory for the VA. Unlike the rest of us, some reform is moving forward in their system, not the least of which is "advanced funding" for the VA. I'll let Paul Rieckhoff tell you about it.
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51 comments (Latest Comment: 10/20/2009 21:25:45 by livingonli)

Don't let perfect be the enemy of good
Author: Raine    Date: 10/19/2009 12:49:09

So what are we to do? We have a good President -- perhaps a great President. He has angered both the left and the right and he is slowly getting things done. Not being the previous guy in office is also a plus.

So, what do we do? How about we not blow it?

Here is how: You don't give up. Dr. Howard Dean spoke earlier in the week at Fordham University about health care reform, the war and partisan politics. It was sponsored by College Democrats of Fordham University. Here is part of what he said:
Dean told the young voters who helped elect Barack Obama never to take a vacation from politics.

"My generation was a very confrontational generation, we protested and fought for many things," he said. "But then we got burned out and took time off to raise our families and build our careers and things changed. Democracy is a creature of human beings, and it dies if you donít nurture it.

"This is your president. Barack Obama is your generationís JFK," Dean said. "Donít blow it."

I ask again, what are we to do?

Here is what we do: We continue to write letters, and make phone calls and let our voices be heard. Change is never easy. Change is hard, but one thing I can guarantee, is that if people give up -- change will never happen.

I wasn't around while JFK was our President, but I understand what Dr. Dean is saying. I saw it happen during the Clinton years. People were burned out. They were tired, and they stayed back, assuming that other people would be carrying the weight of bringing this nation forward. This is how we got into such a mess. We have a Congress that increasingly doesn't represent the people who elected them, and the financial interests in this country are stronger than ever. That is not a good enough reason to give up. It is just as much your responsibility as well as mine to help our elected officials do the will of the people as opposed to the will of the corporations.

This weekend the President said the following:
we donít want somebody sitting back saying, "you're not holding the mop the right way". Why donít you grab a mop, why donít you help clean up? "You're not mopping fast enough. That's a socialist mop"... Grab a mop Ė- letís get to work.

It's a mess that is going to take a lot more than a brilliant politician to clean up. It is going to take every American, old and young to participate in our democracy. For too long people have sat on the sidelines while more sinister forces have gained control of our nation. Now is not the time to be complacent. Now is the time to grab a mop and help the President get this country back in shape. That isn't partisan -- that's American.

I know he isn't perfect. I also know that when perfect becomes the enemy of good, we all lose.


28 comments (Latest Comment: 10/19/2009 22:28:58 by Mondobubba)

You Say Workplace Injury - I Say Rape. Lets Call the Whole Thing: WRONG
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 10/18/2009 14:32:23

Jamie Leigh Jones, a worker for private contractor KBR, claims that she was gang-raped by her colleagues while working in Baghdad in 2005. KBR is a former subsidiary of Halliburton. Her injuries, including torn pectoral muscles, tearing of her vagina and anus and ruptured breast implants, were confirmed by a physician, who said they were consistent with rape. He then handed the rape kit over to her employer, KBR. And KBR, according to Jones, locked her in a storage container, posted an armed guard outside of her door and denied her food and water.

The rape kit then mysteriously disappeared, not to be seen again until 2007. When it resurfaced, it was missing doctors' notes and photographs. With the records lost, and that fact that Jones claims she was drugged and cannot identify all of her attackers, makes it impossible for a criminal trial. KBR also denied her the right to take them to a civil court, saying that what had been done to her was a mere "personal injury in the workplace," and could -- according to her contract -- be resolved only by arbitration. As it turns out, KBR employees must sign a contract with this stipulation!

As unbelievable as this sounds would you also believe that someone in our Government could agree with this? You know, our Government, that body that is supposed to protect us? So much for domestic Tranquility and promoting the general Welfare of we the people.
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17 comments (Latest Comment: 10/19/2009 01:43:40 by Raine)

What's for supper?
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/17/2009 12:59:03

Good Morning!

It's a Saturday, so we're about to indulge in one of our usual rituals. In a minute, I'm going to the pantry to open a can of mysterious animal meat and potatoes, throw it in a fry pan and drop an egg on top of it.

Some weekend mornings, I actually go through the trouble of adding some water to a pre-mixed powder to make batter, then I fry that and we eat it. (although I'm picky enough there to insist on 'real' sausage - no black & serve in my kitchen!)

But I've never actually made hash from scratch, and it's been ages since I handmixed pancake batter from scratch, too.
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Author: Raine    Date: 10/16/2009 12:56:17

There has been a bruhaha between the White house and Fox News as of late. Many over at the network are simply besides themselves because the White House has called them out on their 'misrepresentation of the truth', to say it lightly. For all their hot air about being called out by White House, Fox, it seems, did exactly what THEY complain about.
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57 comments (Latest Comment: 10/17/2009 03:40:52 by wickedpam)

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