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Author: Raine    Date: 09/23/2010 13:03:52

Today, many previsions of the Health Care Reform acted passed 6 months ago go into effect. Kaiser Family foundation has provided an easy to read and navigate website to explain these changes. Here are a few of them:
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21 comments (Latest Comment: 09/23/2010 21:27:36 by livingonli)

Padding the Bill
Author: BobR    Date: 09/22/2010 12:12:47

The Senate vote yesterday on the Defense Authorization Bill showed America where Republican Senators' priorities are. They think keeping gays out of the military is more important than ensuring our military continues to even function. Their rationale smacks of hypocrisy, as recent history has shown. "Do as we say - not as we do" seems to be their mantra.
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34 comments (Latest Comment: 09/23/2010 00:23:21 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/21/2010 10:27:36

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,743rd day in Iraq and our 3,271st day in Afghanistan.

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

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4421
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4282
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3562
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 193
Since Operation New Dawn: 4

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,282
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 803
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

$ 1, 083, 107, 800, 000 .00

There's been an awful lot of alarming stories I've saved over the past few days. While I am loath to do a Bob Ryan-style "cleaning out the drawer of the blog mind" column for Ask a Vet, I'm feeling that I have no choice this week. I wouldn't want anyone to miss these stories.

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33 comments (Latest Comment: 09/22/2010 00:26:13 by Mondobubba)

A Lesson for the Left, from the Tea Party.
Author: Raine    Date: 09/20/2010 13:08:09

Last week, I wrote a blog regarding the Tea Party telling the so called "establishment" of the GOP to STFU. This weekend in the opinion section of WaPo David Gergen offered a pointed critique of the Tea Party
Some conservatives have adopted the Bolshevik approach to information and the media: Every personal feeling, every independent thought, every inconvenient fact, must be subordinated to the party line -- the Tea Party line.

Second, the ferocity of this criticism indicates a growing arrogance. Tea Party purists, on the Internet and elsewhere, clearly believe their ascendance makes other elements of the conservative movement unnecessary.

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50 comments (Latest Comment: 09/21/2010 03:23:43 by Raine)

Violent Elections
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 09/19/2010 10:48:56

Good morning bloggees! Velveeta has been called in to work...... that's right..... WORK! And, at this unGodly hour! The sun has the sense not to wake up this early.

So, as you can imagine, it's open blog. Though I pulled this from HuffPo as a topic:
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9 comments (Latest Comment: 09/20/2010 02:20:08 by clintster)

We hates the Europe
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/18/2010 10:52:57

Good Morning!

Well, if it's an early Saturday blog, that can only mean one thing; I'm off to donate platelets again! I don't know about your neck of the woods, but around the City of Boston there is a critical need for all blood products (and when isn't there, in all honesty?) There's been a large number of blood drive signs that have sprung up, so if you've never donated before, why not give it a try? Blood is an easy donation that will take about one hour of your time. Surely you can afford it to possibly save a life? As for me, I'll be heading out to our local Red Cross to get connected to an apheresis machine for around 90 minutes or so. I find this better than blood donation; I get to watch a video, and since I get back the plasma, I don't have any volume loss and it's a quick recovery. Go on, give them a call!

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4 comments (Latest Comment: 09/18/2010 21:21:09 by BobR)

Happy Birthday U.S.
Author: BobR    Date: 09/17/2010 10:30:44

It was 223 years ago today that the framework for our government was completed. The war with the British had been fought and won. It had been 11 long years since independence was declared and 12 months of debates and rewrites. It would be almost 6 more months (March 4, 1789) before it was ratified by all the colonies and made official. Happy Birthday to our Constitution (the final draft).

In retrospect, we were fortunate to have such wise and scholarly men writing this document. We are still a young country, when one compares it to others around the world. They had the benefit of history to use as a guide as to what worked and what didn't. They had the advantage of starting with a clean slate (or parchment, as the case may be).
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41 comments (Latest Comment: 09/17/2010 22:57:03 by Scoopster)

Tea Party Serves Rove a Steeped Cup of STFU
Author: Raine    Date: 09/16/2010 13:07:37

I have spent the better part of this morning looking to see if Karl Rove actually changed his position regarding the Delaware GOP Senate Candidate -- he hasn't. In the past 24 hours Sarah Palin told him to 'Buck Up'; Michele Malkin compared him to Keith Olberman and O'Donnell herself called him a liar.

Karl Rove. Bush's Brain, Turdblossom -- THAT Karl Rove. The man who once threatened to blacklist GOP Senators, helped to unseat Texas Governor Ann Richards by spreading lesbian rumors about her, and went on to start the McCain 'black baby' rumors. He was deeply involved in the outing of CIA official Valerie Plame. He was involved with Enron and had/has deep ties with Ralph Reed and Ken Lay.
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 09/16/2010 21:13:11 by Raine)

Tea Leaves in the Bowl
Author: BobR    Date: 09/15/2010 04:01:49

It was another big primary day yesterday, with results that are likely to be micro-analyzed for some big meaning between now and election day... or at least between now and the next primary. Everyone is prognosticating and trying to read the tea leaves for the zeitgeist of the nation, and the results are all over the map.
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43 comments (Latest Comment: 09/16/2010 00:52:27 by BobR)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/14/2010 10:25:52

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,736th day in Iraq and our 3,264th 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): 4418
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4279
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3559
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 190
Since Operation New Dawn: 2

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,279
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 792
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,457
Journalists - Iraq : 338
Academics Killed - Iraq: 437

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

$ 1, 079, 812, 000, 000 .00

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31 comments (Latest Comment: 09/15/2010 02:43:23 by Will in Chicago)

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