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Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/06/2007 11:20:17

Good Morning.

A slightly different Ask A Vet this morning...

We'll start as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the Warron Terra, courtesy of antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3849
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3710
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3388
Since Handover (6/29/04): 2990
Since Election (1/31/05): 2412

Other Coalition Troops: 304
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 457




Last night, the tactic of waterboarding was discussed at length by both Keith Olbermann and Dan Abrams. Let's do a brief exercise; it won't take long.

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376 comments (Latest Comment: 11/29/2007 14:57:48 by Raine)

Democracy Doesn't Work
Author: Raine    Date: 11/05/2007 13:01:53

That is the message that our leading ally in the Waronterra ™ sent over the weekend when he placed his country under military rule.

He threw the constitutional powers in his nation in order to curb extremism. He said he had to suspend the courts because of *judicial activism*. (Does that phrase sound familiar?)

He is delaying the January elections in his country for at least a year. He pulled off the air all independent media.

He made it against the law to speak ill of him or his leaders. He has had arrested many of the leaders of the opposition parties.

Lawyers are being beaten by Pakastani police and hundreds have been arrested for voicing dissent.

All day long yesterday I walked around stunned at the collassal problem this poses for not just Pakastanis, but for the entire world. I thought about the fact that America uses Pakastani airspace to enter Afghanistan. I thought about the fact that Pakastan has a nuclear weapon. I thought about the saber rattling in Washington over Iran. I realized that what Pakistan has done to it's nation is the very thing that Bush has been worried about in Iran... and this is our ally.
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337 comments (Latest Comment: 11/06/2007 03:05:41 by Raine)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/03/2007 13:37:53

Good Morning!

New England is in full-on "storm panic" this morning. Hurricane Noel is brushing by the outer cape today, and the news has branded it "as bad as the Perfect Storm", so there isn't a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread to be found in the six-state region. Somehow, I think we'll be OK, but we are expecting up to 3 inches of rain and wind over 50 mph for most of the day.


If you still subscribe to Time magazine, you may have seen a little essay in the October 18th issue called "Libertarians Rising". While I don't have a link, there was a little blurb in this weeks' Liberator Online...
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114 comments (Latest Comment: 11/05/2007 01:52:57 by livingonli)

It was 31 Years ago today...
Author: BobR    Date: 11/02/2007 11:01:15

Jimmy Carter was on his way... (apologies to the Beatles)

Nov 2, 1976: Jimmy Carter beats "incumbent" Gerald Ford to become the 39th President of the United States. For four years, the country got the best and worst of a Democratic president. It was a turbulent time with runaway inflation, worries of nuclear proliferation, and the populace awakening to the problems of pollution.

In Jan 1976, it certainly didn't seek like Jimmy Carter was going to be president. He was the first choice of only 4% of Democratic voters. Nine months later he was elected. Note: For anyone to say Hillary is a shoe-in, this should shut them up.

Ask any person who remembers Carter fondly, and they'll wax poetic on Carter's initiatives. He was the first (and only president) to put solar cells on the roof of the White House. He brokered a peace deal between Egypt and Israel that helped saved thousands of lives and untold destruction. He put together the SALT II treaty to help move away from nuclear proliferation. He imposed sanctions on countries that we had historically been buddies with if they were guilty of state-sponsored human rights abuses.
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157 comments (Latest Comment: 11/03/2007 03:36:33 by livingonli)

Just an Ol' Fashioned GOP sex scandal
Author: Raine    Date: 11/01/2007 12:06:47

yes...a stub... I had a lot of wine last nite... I will be back soon with a better, stronger... smarter blog entry....

Raine apologizes. JLY, LLC. All rights reserved, 2007 ™
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OK... Blog update!!!

Also known as, I am not gay, I love my wife....

So, Richard Curtis resigned. Do you know Richard Curtis?

Rep. Richard Curtis, 48, said he was resigning immediately to spare his wife and children more public embarrassment. In a written statement, Curtis said, "Events that have recently come to light have hurt a lot of people. I sincerely apologize for any pain my actions may have caused."

Curtis, a Republican, told a newspaper in his southwest Washington district on Monday that sex was not involved in what he said was an extortion attempt. He also declared he was not gay.

But in police reports, Curtis said he was being extorted by a man he had sex with at a hotel room in Spokane, where Curtis was attending a GOP retreat. The other man, Cody Castagna, 26, contends Curtis reneged on a promise to pay $1,000 for sex.
Yeah, extortion... computer says nooooo
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244 comments (Latest Comment: 11/02/2007 04:33:55 by Raine)

Debate Recap
Author: BobR    Date: 10/31/2007 12:04:30

The Democratic debate last night was significant and trivial, inspiring and infuriating, focused and chaotic. In short - it was a microcosm of our political system.

Personally, I found the constant focus on Hillary distracting and aggravating. At least half the debate was Hillary being attacked or Hillary defending herself. While it's true that the media and the Republicans have already dubbed her the winner, the intense focus on her set up an atmosphere of "trash Hillary" (which was pointed out by Bill Richardson). She's certainly my least-favorite candidate, but I thought the moderators and some of the other candidates could've done better to spread the time and topics around.

In fact, one of the most aggravating things about the debate was how little time was afforded the non-front-runner candidates.
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327 comments (Latest Comment: 11/01/2007 22:26:28 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/30/2007 10:49:31

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,686th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures, courtesy of antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3839
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3700
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3378
Since Handover (6/29/04): 2980
Since Election (1/31/05): 2402

Other Coalition Troops: 303
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 451


We find this week's cost of war standing at:

$464, 298, 600, 000.00


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323 comments (Latest Comment: 10/31/2007 04:15:14 by Raine)

Emoticon request blog!
Author: Raine    Date: 10/29/2007 18:06:10

Ok, folks... do you have something you want for the blog? I am a little partial for the want of a little piggy one... so far this is the best I can find...
http://www.funwithmsn.com/msnsmileys/animals/pig-glasses.gif


but I am going to look into it a little more find something better pigger more porky!

... so this begs the question....

What emoticons will make your blogging more pleasurable?

And yes, I know that damn doesn't always dance... I am gonna look into that. It is a truly fickle fruit.
26 comments (Latest Comment: 12/02/2007 05:43:14 by BobR)

Mondo's Mondee Morning Musing
Author: Mondobubba    Date: 10/29/2007 12:19:50

Back when I was a young Mondo, I had a big time fascination with all things war. Tanks, guns, small arms, uniforms all that jazz. I was a big time military history buff. I still am, but since after about the age of sixteen the need to get laid was greater, I had to tone this stuff down. I still am really fascinated by the military history to this day. There is a lot of it and some of it is very important.

Unlike many of my liberal pals, I believe in a strong military. We need to have that ability to project force and protect American interests overseas. Donít get me wrong Iím not a raving militarist, just a guy who sees a need for a standing army ready to do its thing at a momentís notice. We need these people with the special training and disciple to do these things we donít really want to think about.

When I was in Alabama at the beginning of the month, we were only mere miles from Fort Benning, Georgia. So we decided to make a trip to the Infantry Museum there. The first thing I noticed about our new look military, was the folks guarding the main gate were not eager young MPs, they were civilian contractors. You see all the MPs are overseas. In Iraq. Or they are in the reserves who if they are. Anyway no soldiers there; as a mater of fact, soldiers are pretty thin on the ground there period. There we a few folks in uniform at the Museum. It is a nice little one at that, good displays; lots of stuff to see from the founding of the US Army until the Waronterra and everything in between. As we looked at the displays from the Waronterra we noticed that there was a very subtle conflation of 911 and shenanigans in Iraq. Strike two for the new look military. As Mort Milfington (look it up!) Shameful! Ignominious! Surprisingly, there was not a third strike.

Do I have a point here? Yes the point is donít hate on the Army because it is the Army. They have a job to do to do and up until Bushís folly they did it very well. You might not like what they are trained to do, but they are part of the modern world. We used to have the best trained, best motivated, best educated most professional army in the world. I say used to because the war is breaking the back of the Army. The recruiting standards are lower. People with criminal records are getting into the ranks. The Army has lost its way thanks to Bush and Rummy. We can have once what we had again. We need to stop this madness.

Mondo, out!

220 comments (Latest Comment: 10/30/2007 02:14:12 by Raine)

Looking for a sweep
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/28/2007 23:28:05

Good evening!

Well, here it is. After 86 years of futility, heartache, and disappointment, it sure is odd to be looking at a second world series win in 3 years. But since Red Sox Nation is the most superstitious of all sports fans, I have my own theory about that. "The Sweep" erased all that angst in neat fashion thusly:

Game 1: 1946
Game 2: 1967
Game 3: 1975
and Game 4, the clincher, erased that monstrous insult on The Nation in 1986.

My friend Dennis still has the best story from that tortured evening 21 Octobers ago...

I had just pulled up in front of my apartment. I had the radio on and I figured that I had just enough time to run upstairs and see the last out. I shut off the radio and took two steps towards the door, and then I heard my roommate let out the most anguished cry of horror you could possibly imagine. I don't know what happened, but I knew it wasn't good...


Well, let's hope all the old demons have been swept away and recent history can repeat itself again....

TIME: 08:00 P.M. EST
VENUE: Coors Field

Probable Pitchers:

Boston: John Lester
http://images.sportsline.com/images/baseball/mlb/players/60x80/580589.jpg

4-0, 4.57

Colorado: Aaron Cook
http://images.sportsline.com/images/baseball/mlb/players/60x80/212014.jpg

8-7, 4.12


PLAY BALL!


And did you happen to notice our brethren to the south? The Patriots racked up another monstrous win this week, setting up the showdown with the also undefeated Indianapolis Colts next weekend....I may open the Sunday NFL blog myself next week!

Finally....I've directed quite a few citizens of Red Sox Nation to check out our World Series blogs over the past few nights. (you know who you are.) Please take a moment to visit our message board and read our new user guidelines, including our mission statement and rules of conduct. I hope to see you all back here when the series is over!


102 comments (Latest Comment: 10/29/2007 04:47:07 by livingonli)

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