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2014 - The Year in Review
Author: BobR    Date: 12/31/2014 15:50:55

Time is a strange concept. We cannot see it in front of us - we can only look back at what has already happened. As we mark these artificial boundaries, let's take a moment to remember the big stories from the past year...

The big one of course is the ongoing problem with police overreaction. Remember way back when that was demonstrated by giving innocent people repeated enemas to look for drugs? Remember when excessive force was encapsulated in the phrase "Don't taze me, bro!". With stories popping up almost daily now, the phrases are "Hands up, don't shoot!" and "I can't breathe!". Shoot First and Ask Questions Later seems to be the current M.O. Two disturbing incidents of cops being assassinated have not helped the situation either. We cannot continue to abide this. Here's hoping this toxic mindset stays in 2014 and eventually is relegated to the dustbin of history.
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26 comments (Latest Comment: 12/31/2014 19:53:57 by Raine)

Ask a Vet - is it over?
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/30/2014 11:13:10

Good Morning

Today is our 4,832nd day in Afghanistan, and our 194th 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. But since it's possible that we are truly exiting Afghanistan this week...let's do ALL the numbers from the last decade and a half of war.

American military casualties in Iraq:
Since war began (3/19/03): 4493
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4347
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3627
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 256
Since Operation New Dawn: 66

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 319
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2356
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1127
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq: 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

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

$ 1, 592, 050, 500, 000 .00

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49 comments (Latest Comment: 12/30/2014 22:30:07 by BobR)

Blood Politics
Author: Raine    Date: 12/29/2014 14:46:56

On December 3rd, a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict NYC Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chocking death of Eric Garner.
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30 comments (Latest Comment: 12/29/2014 21:40:57 by Mondobubba)

Craziest Week Ever
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 12/28/2014 14:57:35

Which is why it's an open blogee today! Happy New Year everyone. Let the campaigning BEGIN !!
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 12/28/2014 19:31:10 by velveeta jones)

90 miles
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/27/2014 14:14:41

http://www.cubaflags.com/images/cuban-flag-old.jpg


It's not that hard to find this flag flying around the Southeast United States. I've been to a place called Miami, and have even been to Little Havana. Maria's uncle came to Miami in 1961 and lived in the United States for about 50 years - he never bothered to learn a lick of English; he didn't have to.
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 12/28/2014 14:43:40 by velveeta jones)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 12/26/2014 14:04:07

Happy Boxing Day

Have some leftover cookies and hang out. Going to be a quiet day, I'm sure

http://www.chowstatic.com/assets/2010/11/holiday_cookies_carousel_620.jpg


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12 comments (Latest Comment: 12/26/2014 23:30:18 by Scoopster)

Merry Christmas!
Author: Raine    Date: 12/25/2014 13:45:52

Peace, Love, and Hope to you all
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Merry F-ing Christmas!
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-12-24 11:55:06

Since it's Christmas eve, I'd like to pause on the politics and just enjoy some fun and irreverent Christmas-related videos...


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62 comments (Latest Comment: 12/24/2014 21:34:19 by Scoopster)

Ask a Vet - Christmas 2014
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/23/2014 11:21:27

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,825th day in Afghanistan, and our 187th 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: 2,356
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,127
There have been 3 casualties in Iraq.

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:
$ 1, 590, 279, 750, 000 .00

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36 comments (Latest Comment: 12/24/2014 04:55:41 by Will in Chicago)

My goodness — I really overslept!
Author: Raine    Date: 12/22/2014 14:02:42

scramble scramble…
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