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Who gets to live and who gets to die?
Author: Raine    Date: 07/10/2008 12:32:12

"Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
Just don't expect us to let them live. Yesterday, I mentioned a story about a 15 year old boy. The Hospital 'determined the boy's unstable living conditions make him a poor candidate for a transplant...'

Are 15 year olds with stable living conditions more deserving of medical treatment? What teenager is stable? Who can guarantee any stability in their own life for the next 6 months... never mind 2 years? The DCF is trying to get this boy, a human being, btw, into another hospital and back on the donor list. He is in the advanced stages of liver disease.
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370 comments (Latest Comment: 07/11/2008 12:36:15 by clintster)

The Two Obamas
Author: BobR    Date: 07/09/2008 05:17:32

If you bounce around the internets and the news, it seems like there are two Obamas out there. One is way too liberal; one is way too "centrist". One is staying true to his message; one is flip-flopping. How can he be both of these things? Perhaps this should be a clue as to the right-wing's tactics for this campaign.

I found it odd that there were so many contradictory news reports about Obama. These aren't opinions (per se) - they are actual news items that seem almost contradictory. Here is a prime example:
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289 comments (Latest Comment: 07/10/2008 12:52:04 by capt)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/08/2008 10:38:02

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,938th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning 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): 4116
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3977
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3655
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3257
Since Election (1/31/05): 2679

Other Coalition Troops: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 542


We find this morning's cost of war starting to move too quickly for the eye to follow. It's passing through $ 534,896,150,000.00



So now turning to our friends at IAVA, there's an interesting take on the candidates and what they're focusing on. A combat veteran writes about the "illusory comfort" of campaign platitudes and tries to make us civilians understand what the new commander in chief really needs to do. And please go and read it from the source; there's a ton of embedded links with plenty more information.
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311 comments (Latest Comment: 07/09/2008 07:06:02 by Shane-O)

Why Not Consider Industrial Hemp?
Author: m-hadley    Date: 07/07/2008 10:58:26

Good Monday Morning, Everybody,

I trust that everyone enjoyed their long weekend and even though Frangela is fabulous, we are all no doubt ready for the return of Momma and the mooks. Here's a recycled post on a cause near and dear to my heart. The cultivation of Industrial Hemp could solve our energy problems, provide a useful substitute to tobacco crops that are falling as more and more Americans quit the cigarette smoking habit (no smiting of smokers among us intended :P). Anyway, read on and and always comments are welcome. Happee Mondee, kids!
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293 comments (Latest Comment: 07/08/2008 07:10:17 by Random)

Lift everyone up.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/06/2008 13:23:05

Good morning. I am getting a late start of things. I have been thinking lately of patriotism and what it means. One of the most patriotic things you can do is vote. It was no more than 40 years ago - 40 - that people in America were still dying for the right to perform the simple act of voting.

This weekend we celebrate our nation's independence, and we are still fighting for that very right.
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A patriot forces change in order to make this country better. A patriot questions the status quo. A patriot raises all Americans up. A patriot is one who loves the American experience and knows that in its flaws we can strive to be a better country by fixing what is broken.

Those who marched for civil rights are patriots; those who fight to save our Constitution are patriots. We have patriots today walking among us. They don't need a flag pin or purple bandaids. They have the courage to risk it all for our country. Our soldiers are not the only patriots, and we must stop the co-opting of patriotism for politican gains.

Patriotism was striking in Birmingham. Patriotism is sitting down and performing acts of non-violence to end injustices. Patriotism is what drives each one of us to commit random acts whatever they may be to make this country a better place -- not for a few -- but a better place that lifts every American up.

Patriotism forces the change that might never happen if no one speaks up. Someone has to be the rabble rouser; otherwise, no one will pay attention.

Go -- be a little patriotic today.

:heart: and :peace:

Raine

68 comments (Latest Comment: 07/07/2008 03:25:16 by capt)

Lazy Libertarians!
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/05/2008 13:25:04

Morning, folks. Running late this Saturday....'twas "Festival" last night.

Last night was the 35th annual Boston Pops concert at the Hatch Shell along the Charles River in this city.

Apologies to everyone outside the local area that got the canned 'national broadcast', apparently beginning with the 1812 Overture. Here, that's the finale, with the "Stars and Stripes Forever" as the encore...the same way we've done it since 1972. The entire concert used to be carried nationally, but now it seems that only the last few minutes are worth showing to everyone.

You see, we highbrow liberal elitists love our classical music, but the rest of the country can only stomach the bizarreness that is a Russian piece of music to celebrate a victory over Napoleon in a war we weren't even involved in, but I digress.

I didn't watch too much of it last night; we were out at our local celebration at the nearby football field...fireworks in the middle of a residential neighborhood make for some great viewing.

Although he didn't post it on his blog, local wag John Keller was musing last night over how blue this commonwealth is...and yet us liberal, fancy-pants, elitist, cheese-eating, gay-marryin', America-hating, godless, terrorist-sympathizers celebrate the 4th better than anyone else.

How is it that the Boston Pops (America's Orchestra, as they have been called) seem to be the semi-official "National Birthday Party", where obviously more patriotic places like Alabama, Texas, or Iowa are given short shrift?

Who hates America now?

81 comments (Latest Comment: 07/06/2008 04:30:12 by Mondobubba)

Independence Day
Author: BobR    Date: 07/04/2008 04:40:37

"When in the Course of human events...."

These infamous words begin one of the most infamous documents in the history of mankind. The sheer audacity of a group of men in a rustic colony of the mightiest empire on earth to create a new country from scratch - designed from the bottom up - was breathtaking for its time. Before they could create a new country, however, they had to sever themselves from their existing overseas sovereign. Beginning in the late spring of 1776, they began to craft the document to do just that.
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142 comments (Latest Comment: 07/05/2008 05:06:58 by livingonli)

Due to increased Security
Author: Raine    Date: 07/03/2008 12:27:05

For the upcoming holiday weekend, We at four Freedoms will need to tighten security regulations for Visitors at Four Freedoms. Being that we are a co-operative Blog, and ask members to participate in decision making for the good of the Whole, I asked for a little help from our bloggers here. The following are the new Four Freedoms Blogger Security memorandums to ensure the safety of all users this holiday weekend. All Memo's are heretofor considered official memorandums and shall be called 4F BS memos.
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147 comments (Latest Comment: 07/04/2008 03:18:02 by TriSec)

The Cost of Our For-Profit Press
Author: Shane-O    Date: 07/02/2008 21:53:36

Start rant:

Have you ever just wanted to at the television or radio during a press conference or an interview with political officeholders or operatives? Stomping up and down I often yell, “Why didn’t you ask [X]?” Well, the press “why” is the same “why” we don’t have single-payer health care: profit-motive.

Yearning for the almighty dollar has trumped the overall good that Our Founders sought from a Free Press
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 07/02/2008 22:51:26 by capt)

Interactivity...
Author: Raine    Date: 07/02/2008 20:46:37

Please fill out the following with either an Emoticon or an Audicon. This does not have to be a perfect fit. For example, if I were to ask for an expression, you can use {idiot} or something like that. Representative expressions of the noun verb adverb etc. are perfectly acceptable.
1) Noun
2) Noun
3) Noun (item)
4) Noun (vehicle)
5) Noun (living creature, non human)
6) Noun (plant form)
7) Adjective
8) Noun
9) Verb
10) Noun (body part)
11) Noun (device)
12) Noun (item)
13) Noun (weather type occurrence)
14) Noun (Proper Name)
15)Noun (Media related)
16) Noun (punishment)
17) Adjective

A noun is a person place or thing. We are going to allow for emoticons and audicons to REPRESENT nouns.
A verb represents and action, occurrence or a state of being.
A adjective modifies a noun, it describes it. For example *big* as in he is a BIG boy.

Once again, if something is asking for a noun, but an emoticon or audicon may REPRESENT a noun go for it.

Copy and paste the 17 listed Items above, and fill them out. Tomorrows blog should be interesting. ;)
22 comments (Latest Comment: 07/03/2008 08:00:23 by livingonli)

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