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Author: Raine    Date: 02/03/2011 13:35:32

No that's not a typo in the title. Once again, friends, it's time to talk vagina. We've done it before here on this blog, when discussing sanctioned rape against women by contractors like KBR and Halliburton and rape of military women by contractors. We've discussed the names of senators who voted against stopping these acts of violence on women. These things are horrible enough on there own, but as Bob brought up in yesterdays blog, the GOP wants to take the act of rape and redefine it.
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46 comments (Latest Comment: 02/03/2011 22:21:26 by Raine)

Political Theatre of the Absurd
Author: BobR    Date: 02/02/2011 11:22:46

In 2006, the Democrats rode into power in Congress on a wave of disgust with the Republicans' endemic corruption. Two years later, the disgust with the Idiot-in-Chief, and fear of Sarah Palin drove record numbers to the polls to vote for Obama. Likely, there was also motivation driven by the lassaiz-faire approach to regulation which saw an economy heading over a cliff.

The Democrats, controlling both Houses of Congress and the Executive, had a unique opportunity to prove that they could lead this country into a bright shining future. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to. The 60 vote "filibuster proof" majority in the Senate came with not strings, but ropes attached, as each Democratic senator felt the power of his/her one vote to make or break a filibuster. The economy refused to budge so deep was its problems, despite attempts to seed the job market with projects funding. Sure the actions prevented what would have been an unrecoverable complete meltdown, but the turnaround has been slow.
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33 comments (Latest Comment: 02/02/2011 20:32:35 by Scoopster)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/01/2011 11:29:39

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,876th day in Iraq and our 3,404th day in Afghanistan.

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

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4436
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4297
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3577
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 208
Since Operation New Dawn: 18

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,466
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 842
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq : 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

$ 1, 145, 935, 750, 000 .00

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32 comments (Latest Comment: 02/01/2011 23:58:24 by TriSec)

I read the news today, Oh boy
Author: Raine    Date: 01/31/2011 13:46:57

To learn that 6 al Jazeera reporters have been detained in Egypt, all equipment seems to have been confiscated. Say a prayer for their safety.

This newest turn of events does not bode well for the situation in Egypt or its current government. I would like to start this blog out making something very clear. I am with the people of Egypt. I am for them protesting, and I am for them removing their government and replacing it with one of their choosing.

I am not for United States of America's military intervention, beyond the peacekeeping forces we have had in in Sinai for decades. Nor am I for our government openly advocating overthrow. There are a number of reasons for this, so I do hope you hear me out.
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48 comments (Latest Comment: 02/01/2011 01:24:06 by TriSec)

The Manchurian Candidate
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 01/30/2011 15:29:38

Michele Bachmann sure is a piece of work, isn't she? I wonder if she really believes that America is a "great experiment in human liberty". Perhaps she's forgotten that this land on which we all sleep was actually a lot freer before the Europeans came along. But of course this is the same woman that also believes that our Founding Fathers ended slavery when she said earlier this month in Iowa, "..we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents [Bill of Rights] worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States." And speaking about our European founders she hailed them as "remarkable" because the "different cultures, different backgrounds, different traditions" and even the "color of their skin" or "language" or "economic status" didn't preclude them from seeking happiness. Right here in Good Ol' USA!!
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10 comments (Latest Comment: 01/31/2011 00:51:35 by AuntAzalea)

Getting my Mojo back
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/29/2011 14:35:54

Ah, Mojo!

Such an odd word....like so much in English, with many different meanings.

Curiously, it's also a Caribbean food...an oily, citrusy sauce that is mostly used to dress potatoes. (It's kind of icky.)

In English, mojo can mean many things, but here in America most of us are familiar with the slang definitions, to whit:

mojo definition
magic or spells. (Assumed to originate with African slaves. Very old.) : The old lady was said to possess powerful “mojo” which the others feared her for.
power; charisma. : She seemed to radiate a penetrating mojo that made her easy to deal with.
sex appeal; sex drive. : Man, does he have mojo to spare!
heroin; morphine; cannabis. (Drugs. See also on the mojo.) : Why don't you try to kick the mojo?
a narcotics addict. (Drugs.) : These mojos will rob you blind if you don't keep an eye on them.

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5 comments (Latest Comment: 01/30/2011 02:20:46 by BobR)

Peace, My Friends
Author: BobR    Date: 01/28/2011 12:50:33

There's been a lot of talk over the last year or so about the fissures in the Republican party. There seem to be the "mainstream" Republicans and the extremists, mostly represented by the Tea Party, but there are others claiming to be Libertarian. It's hard to draw explicit lines; I see it in my head as more of a Venn diagram.
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63 comments (Latest Comment: 01/28/2011 21:48:29 by livingonli)

Thursday Stub.
Author: Raine    Date: 01/27/2011 13:30:36

We had a few power issues around here. Amazingly the power is back -- considering transformers seemed to be blowing left and right last night!

While everything is rebooting and getting Dug out, here is a stub to start the day.
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35 comments (Latest Comment: 01/28/2011 01:16:17 by wickedpam)

SOTU Recap
Author: BobR    Date: 01/26/2011 13:32:47

Last night President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union speech to Congress, the SCOTUS, and all of America. As these speeches tend to be, his was the usual rundown of accomplishments for the year, and plans for the future. As always, there was the "response", which in this case was delivered by Republican Paul Ryan, and an extra nugget of entertainment - the Tea Party response - delivered by erstewhile Republican Michelle Bachmann.
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87 comments (Latest Comment: 01/27/2011 02:15:15 by TriSec)

SOTU Open Thread
Author: BobR    Date: 01/26/2011 01:37:56

Come blog with us in the comments while watching the SOTU!

If you know any good drinking games, post them and we'll update this entry with the "rules"...
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