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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)

A New Deal for the South
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 03/29/2009 13:31:59

It has 10's of 1000's of uses as a product, its easy to grow, it can create jobs, it doesn't harm the soil like tobacco does, and you can't get high from it. So why is it illegal?

I speak of course, of Hemp. The question that should have been asked of President Obama last week in his open question appearance instead of "Hey duuuuude, what about ganja man, weed, you know..... pot'.

With 25,000 known applications from paper, clothing and food products -- which, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal back in January, is the fastest growing new food category in North America -- to construction and automotive materials, hemp could be just the crop to jump-start America's green economy. Especially here in the south with its vacant tobacco farms and fields.

But growing it still remains illegal due to the (very low) THC found in the plant. The U.S. just refuses to distinguish between the two plants, as do most people who still confuse it with the other Cannibas, Marijuana. Despite the FDA's ban on letting us grow it, we can import it - lots of it - where it is legal to grow, in Canada. We also import it from China (where it may or may not also contain Lead. Well, no.... that's just speculation and paranoia on my part. Sorry).
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17 comments (Latest Comment: 03/30/2009 02:23:24 by trojanrabbit)

Author: TriSec    Date: 03/28/2009 12:23:32

No, not an Olbermann fan blog today!!

Humans are fascinated with time. I'd be no exception to that rule, in fact collecting clocks is a bit of a compulsive disorder with me. Every room of the house (except the bathroom, which curiously has no clocks) has at least two clocks in it. Sitting at my screen right now, and counting the computer clock, I have no less than 5 clocks within eyesight.

Every clock in my house works; and every one is set for the correct time (mostly.) My two most accurate clocks would be the radio controlled atomic clock that checks in with NIST every four hours...and my 100-year-old handmade "Regulator" clock that I adjust twice a year. I'm such a time nut that I have at least one clock set to "Zulu" (what used to be called Greenwich Mean Time), usually the stove clock. It drives my wife nuts.

We humans also obsess over events and timelines. As you well know, every Tuesday I keep a running total of how many days we've been in Iraq. Today is our 2,201st day in Iraq, for example. Like many of you, I counted down for over 1,000 days until the end of the Bush Administration. And even though he's been President for just 67 days, we'll be heading to the polls again in 1,319 days. The longest Mr. Obama can be President is another 2,855 days.

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15 comments (Latest Comment: 03/29/2009 02:20:59 by Raine)

Lacking Substance
Author: BobR    Date: 03/27/2009 12:36:32

flimsy (flĭm'zç) adj.
Light, thin, and insubstantial

The press conference held yesterday by Republicans illustrated in a perfect moment of lucidity how truly insubstantial they are. Performing yet another in a series of poorly staged press stunts, they held up what they said was their answer to Obama's request for an alternative budget. What they actually held up was a pretty package containing no details and no numbers. It was a shameless attempt to divert the spotlight from a live appearance by Obama. Unfortunately for Boehner and the rest, the press was actually paying attention to the details (or - more accurately - the lack thereof) and called them on it.
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39 comments (Latest Comment: 03/28/2009 00:32:59 by livingonli)

Author: Raine    Date: 03/26/2009 12:36:11

It's a national shame, and something the media and even Washington needs to focus more on. While we talk of the economic stimulus and all of the things that have to be done, there are tent cities popping up all over our nation. In the 1930s they were known as Hoovervilles. I don't think I need to explain why. Well, today they are being increasingly referred to as Tent cities because many of it's residents came from a middle class background and actually OWNED a tent before falling out of what was once known as America's safety net. Today we have entire family's living under bridges, in the woods, over by the railroad tracks, in abandoned cars, even in lawfully registered vehicles -- you name it, they are out there living, and they have no roof over there head. They lost their Job, and/or their home and thus any security they may have had. The stories may differ, but ultimately they are the victims of the policies put in place that allowed that to happen. And the person who who was behind the wheel letting this all happen and in charge for the past 8 years: George W. Bush. These are not tent cities, these are Bushvilles -- the 21st century version of Hoovervilles.
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82 comments (Latest Comment: 03/27/2009 04:11:02 by Raine)

The Common Touch
Author: BobR    Date: 03/25/2009 12:30:46

There is an anecdote (possibly apocryphal) from the the 1992 election campaign involving then president George H. W. Bush and a grocery store scanner. It painted him as elitist and out of touch with the regular people. There is evidence to suggest it may have cost him the election.

Contrast that with the 2008 election. By any measure Barack Obama was a "regular" person. Only the previous year had he finally paid off his student loans. He was raised by a single parent and grandparents that worked regular jobs. He married a woman raised in a middle-class family. By contrast, McCain had 7 houses (or was it nine?), had been in DC forever, married a rich heiress and - in spite of all attempts to paint him as looking out for the Regular Joes (especially of the plumbing variety) - was perceived by the electorate as being out of touch. Despite attempts to paint Obama as "elitist", again the public saw through the ruse.
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 03/26/2009 03:09:15 by Mondobubba)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/24/2009 10:51:28

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,197th 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): 4260
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4121
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3798
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3402
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 31

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 667
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 448
Journalists - Iraq: 139
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 1264

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

$ 607, 462, 190, 000.00

As you well know, last week marked the sixth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. Despite President Obama ending stop-loss and putting a withdrawal date on the table, our troops are still heading overseas. Here in Massachusetts, the 101st Finance Detachment is preparing to head overseas in June, and the Waltham News-Tribune caught up with a few of the soldiers for their thoughts.

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41 comments (Latest Comment: 03/25/2009 01:05:39 by Mondobubba)

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