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Nine Years
Author: BobR    Date: 09/24/2014 11:21:21

It was 9 years ago today that many of the members of this blog met in person for the first time. Back then, this blog did not yet exist - we were members of another blog and message forum and had been conversing online for a while. We met up in DC with about 250,000 other people to protest the wars in the Middle East (in particular - the undeclared war of choice in Iraq).

At that point, we were nearly 4 years in Afghanistan, and 2 years in Iraq. We were protesting the destruction of another sovereign nation, the reports of torture, the notion that every citizen in Iraq was suspect, the money wasted, the American lives wasted and used. We marched, we chanted, we flipped off the White House. There were no riots or tear gas or burned flags. The numbers of attendees were under-reported, and the ultimate result was probably nothing.

That was 9 years ago.
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 09/24/2014 20:28:20 by Will in Chicago)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/23/2014 10:29:33

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,734th day in Afghanistan, and our 96th day back in Iraq.

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

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,346
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,127

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

$ 1, 567, 198, 650, 000. 00

So we've been bombing Iraq for a few weeks now, and news is just breaking that we've started dropping bombs on Syria this morning. The question remains, is it doing any good? The answer seems to be "NO".
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36 comments (Latest Comment: 09/23/2014 20:49:43 by Mondobubba)

Feminism is not a dirty word.
Author: Raine    Date: 09/22/2014 13:03:35

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48 comments (Latest Comment: 09/22/2014 20:04:59 by Raine)

Open Blogee
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 09/21/2014 13:57:03

Open. Discuss.
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Falling America
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/20/2014 11:52:45

Good Morning.

I've got a few ideas swirling about today, so I think we'll be a little on the random side today.

We'll start in Washington. Dr. Maddow reported on this Thursday evening, and I'm a little surprised that it hasn't gotten more traction. Kongruss has essentially walked off the job.
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 09/21/2014 13:55:59 by velveeta jones)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 09/19/2014 13:40:39

Guess today's theme
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41 comments (Latest Comment: 09/19/2014 20:44:26 by Raine)

you write this.
Author: Raine    Date: 09/18/2014 12:55:54

I am not feeling well this morning. Can someone take the reigns this morning?
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29 comments (Latest Comment: 09/18/2014 20:26:10 by TriSec)

The Big Thing
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-09-17 10:32:00

I feel a bit sorry for the children of today. They are growing up in a world where electronic devices are their one constant. Where once we members of the older generation found our amusement outdoors or at movie houses, when there were 3 channels on TV so that everyone was watching the same episodes of TV shows at the same time, there was communication and community. We shared experiences together.

The hand-held online onDemand reality we live in now has changed all that. We can pick and choose when to watch our shows, and "binge" on them if we choose. We play games by ourselves on our phones, and listen to music that no one else can hear, every headphone wearing person in their own world.

It's creating a generation that is self-centered, selfish, and unable to understand the concept of the country doing the Big Thing.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/16/2014 10:59:51

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,727th day in Afghanistan, and our 89th day back in Iraq.

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

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,343
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,125
There have been no new casualties in Iraq.

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

$ 1, 565, 434, 300, 000 .00

Well, for one of the very few times during our nine-year tenure, I've been caught flat-footed. I'm working from home today, and I left my thumb connected to my work computer (intentionally). Of course, all my notes are there. So instead, let's just bounce around the ol' internets and see what sticks.
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30 comments (Latest Comment: 09/16/2014 21:33:57 by Will in Chicago)

Monday Open
Author: Raine    Date: 09/15/2014 13:11:23

I am still pondering the weekend events. What have you all got?

Hit me (not Palin style)
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43 comments (Latest Comment: 09/15/2014 22:06:29 by TriSec)

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