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Author: TriSec    Date: 08/16/2008 13:19:01

Good Morning.

It's August....but next month is September, and you know what that means.

For weeks now, I've been seeing a highly irritating commercial hawking a "Silver Leaf Commemorative" for the anniversary of 9-11.

Never mind that it's so tacky that if it was a sailboat, we'd be pulling 12 knots with the wind two points off the bow...

http://www.nationalcollectorsmint.com/images%5Cproducts%5C10974_lg.jpg




Let's go through the breathless copy point by point, shall we?
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62 comments (Latest Comment: 08/17/2008 06:02:33 by livingonli)

To Your Health
Author: BobR    Date: 08/15/2008 12:25:10

Diverting from politics (for the most part), there are some promising developments in the health arena that warrant some attention. Three diseases - all with a relationship to the auto-immune system - are being targeted with new discoveries and developments in medicine. Will we see cures for AIDS, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis in our lifetime?

Cancer - the Big C - has always been a devastating disease, since it can attack nearly any organ in the human body. Most treatments involve a drug that kills fast growing cells. However, since hair and intestines have fast growing cells, these treatments cause hair loss and nausea, and aren't 100% effective. A new treatment plan uses the body's auto-immune system to attack the cells:
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140 comments (Latest Comment: 08/16/2008 02:57:35 by MMB)

Uncivil Actions
Author: clintster    Date: 08/14/2008 12:02:54

Back in the year 1996, Al Franken wrote a book entitled “Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot: And Other Observations” When it was released, many right wingers, including the very prominently named Mr. Limbaugh decried it as an attack and a smear campaign. Were one to read the book, however, the reader would find that in and amongst the many jokes about Rush’s weight, his several divorces, and his out and out lies, that Franken was in fact attempting to throw a satirical light upon what was quickly becoming standard operating procedure for the right wing: building liberal straw-men to knock down at will.

Indeed, Franken mentioned in many interviews that his book was not so much about making jokes at Limbaugh’s expense as it was about bemoaning the loss of civility in public discourse. Increasingly, especially amongst conservatives, it seemed that one had to pass an ideological purity test in order to be considered “one of us”. Those who harbored different opinions on one or two subjects were immediately looked upon as “unclean” and cast aside. In his own way, Al Franken may have hoped to mend that rift in civility and bring some sort of common sense back to political discourse. Unfortunately, it seems as if the body politic has taken those sutures and torn them asunder for the sake of convenience.
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132 comments (Latest Comment: 08/15/2008 05:45:29 by livingonli)

Out of Touch
Author: BobR    Date: 08/13/2008 12:01:33

I am at a loss... literally.

I've been feeling a bit out of touch lately, not really feeling like I have a grasp on the current events. I poked around trying to find something that intrigued me enough to inspire verbosity and eloquence. Instead, I found story after story that made me wonder: what the hell is going in my country?
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140 comments (Latest Comment: 08/14/2008 06:22:30 by livingonli)

Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/12/2008 11:02:13

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,973rd day in Iraq.

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

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4139
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4000
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3678
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3280
Since Election (1/31/05): 2702

Other Coalition Troops: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 572
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 344
Contractor Deaths: 444


We find this morning's Cost of War passing through: $544,703,950,000.00


This week, I have run across an open letter from Iraq Veterans Against the War to Senator Obama. They'd like to meet with him in Denver during the week of the convention and have many issues addressed. There's no word from the Obama camp if he'll accept the meeting, but it's worth reading.

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129 comments (Latest Comment: 08/13/2008 05:07:51 by Raine)

The Idiolympiad - aka: The Bush Olympic Legacy
Author: Raine    Date: 08/11/2008 12:21:17

The pResident will be leaving the Olympics today, presumably to head back to the United States of America. Am I glad? Yes.

The Olympics are not supposed to be political, but I know that in a world such as this, everything is to one extent or another. At least our pResident had the good sense to make jokes all along the way. While the Russia and Georgia further escalated their conflict, our president was competing in his own olympics... Race for the *ush Legacy. I present to you the bronze, Silver and Gold winning moments that will help to further seal the *Legacy* that GW *ush wishes to leave office with. (these are in no particular order. the judges can vote and the final tallies will be announced at the end of the *ush Idiolympiad of the year 2008.
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136 comments (Latest Comment: 08/12/2008 02:05:20 by livingonli)

Bubble wrapped
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 08/10/2008 12:04:23

It is with profound sadness that I inform those of you reading this, that there are many in America that live in a bubble. They do not have the ability to think for themselves; indeed, they have no idea what logic is, and are too apathetic to inquire and analyze information with any sound reasoning. Sadly, their means of problem solving often resort to name-calling, brawls, character assassination and even war.

What is like to live in a bubble, unable to have any critical thought? To form your dishwater strength opinions from the likes of FOX News, Toby Keith and Larry the Cable Guy? And what's his last name anyway? Would he be addressed as Mr. Cable Guy or Mr. Guy?

Anyway, Velveeta is on a mission to investigate the causes of this affliction that affects so many of my fellow Countrymen. Here are just a few of the symptoms of living in a bubble: hypocrisy, apathy, Groupthink and a false sense of security that a corporation, Politician or big box store can save you. The diagnosis can be bleak: you could become a complete drooling imbecile, or worse, a Republican. Becoming a republican can lead to even worse troubles, heart disease, high blood pressure, ulcers and closeted homosexual tendencies.

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52 comments (Latest Comment: 08/11/2008 04:05:42 by livingonli)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/09/2008 11:50:50

Good Morning!

Birthday weekend continues in TriSec Land....today is young Javi's birthday, and then we're off to see Brother Trisec (07/30) and his daughter (08/06) for a big blowout this afternoon...

But before things really get rolling, I wanted to take a brief look at a candidate for the presidency. You've probably got right-wing relatives. (heh, don't we all?). The likelihood is that they'll never come to the light, but if you talk to them without shouting, I bet you'll find they're not very happy with the party's selection this year.

We have a third-party candidate that's been making some inroads...the Libertarian Party has nominated former Georgia Republican Bob Barr for the presidency. However, the choice is not without controversy. Many hardcore Libertarians were up in arms over the selection; some viewed him as a carpetbagger and opportunist without any serious LP credibility. "The Powers", on the other hand, wanted a big name with recognition, in what others have called a last-ditch effort for relevance. (Disclaimer; TriSec belonged to neither wing of the party...I was supporting George Phillies for a time, but eventually got on board with Senator Obama).
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16 comments (Latest Comment: 08/10/2008 02:32:34 by livingonli)

Unfit for the Office
Author: BobR    Date: 08/08/2008 12:02:52

Think for a moment how McCain is depicted in the media you watch on TV. He's called a "maverick" by those on the right, and a "flip-flopper" by those on the left. He's either praised or criticized for his policy positions and initiative ideas that seem to contain lots of voter-pandering, and very little practical detail. He's deemed either out of touch, or refreshingly "outside the beltway", despite his years spent inside that fabled doughnut road.

What you almost never hear is "hot-tempered", or "dangerously impulsive", or "easily influenced by money". Why is that? These types of personal traits - more-so than any policy position - are vitally relevant with regards to the person we choose to be in charge of a mighty military force and thousands of nuclear warheads.
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227 comments (Latest Comment: 08/09/2008 04:09:21 by clintster)

Random's Blog Pool!
Author: Random    Date: 08/08/2008 00:46:52

Welcome to Random's Blog Pool!

So, enjoy.

Now, We can mark polls and number before the Conventions, and see what kind of boost Obama (or :shudders: McCain).

For those who don't know Random has made it his personal mission to make an extensive blog pool where you can enjoy the wonders of gambling, without really breaking any laws.

Now of course we'll have the nation wide average pool. As well as individual state results. You can also put bets on what will be the Key states (you know the ones that take a day and a half to count). You can also guess which states go to who.

Also as a pleasurable bonus, a guess at a nation wide average the difference Bob Barr might make. And if you want, you can put it to individual states as well...
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7 comments (Latest Comment: 09/12/2008 18:36:59 by Random)

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