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The Ugliness of the McCampaign
Author: BobR    Date: 06/25/2008 12:19:39

With the conventions still two months away, the campaign season is already in full swing. Both candidates have vowed to run a clean campaign. Whether they will remains to be seen; whether they have is open for interpretation. For the groups and high-profile individuals who support the candidates, it's business as usual. Here's a sampling of some of the less savory items out there...
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226 comments (Latest Comment: 06/26/2008 06:20:01 by livingonli)

Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/24/2008 10:41:53

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,924th 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): 4104
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3965
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3643
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3245
Since Election (1/31/05): 2667

Other Coalition Troops: 313
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 532


We find this morning's cost of war passing through: $ 530, 974, 500, 000.00 I timed it again this morning, and the counter seems to be moving at $10,000 every 3 seconds.

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190 comments (Latest Comment: 06/25/2008 03:08:22 by livingonli)

Being Right Is Not Enough – Speaking Truth and Taking A Stand
Author: Will in Chicago    Date: 06/23/2008 12:50:08

Know your enemy and know yourself, and you will win a thousand battles.


Sun Tzu, The Art of War,

In reflecting on past Democratic political campaigns, it seemed that many of the candidates had never heard of the wisdom of a general of ancient China whose works are still required reading in many military academies. Too often, Democrats and progressive have let Republicans not just define the terms of the debate but have failed to present their stories and vision of the country and the world. Equally as bad, too often these stories and for what candidates stand were related in ways that seemed passionless and distant from voters. Thus, the Republican Party has been able to win time and time again – even when only a minority of Americans shares their positions.

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189 comments (Latest Comment: 06/24/2008 05:05:35 by Raine)

Telecom Immunity? - I Don't Think So!
Author: m-hadley    Date: 06/22/2008 12:31:12

Good Sunday Morning Everybody,

Well, I had planned to blog this morning on the recently released report by the Physicians for Human Rights, Broken Laws, Broken Lives, but it makes for grim reading and it, not unlike Scotty McClellan's book, does nothing more than confirms what we have suspected all along, and this time it does it in such gruesome detail that I thought simply directing folks to the report (I think the 18 page executive summary gives one enough ammunition to write any congress person or argue with any right winger who wants to take the position that "America doesn't torture.")
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62 comments (Latest Comment: 06/23/2008 12:52:57 by BobR)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/21/2008 10:39:51

Good Morning!

Ah, another early morning for your loyal TriSec. Of course you know by now I'm off to donate platelets. Yesterday, there was word out that the Atlanta area was in the middle of a severe blood crisis...so why not think about [literally] giving of your own flesh and blood? It doesn't hurt...much.
Are you concerned that giving blood will hurt? Read John Morton's Giving Blood. John Morton is an author, former Olympic athlete and commentator for Vermont Public Radio. He overcame his fear of needles and donated blood in memory of his wife who died of cancer.

Myth vs. Reality

M: It will probably hurt a lot.
R: The truth is, all you'll feel is a slight pinch for a few seconds. That's it!

M: I'll probably faint if I give blood.
R: Most people feel just fine after donating.

M: You can get AIDS from giving blood.
R: Absolutely not! A sterile needle is used for each donation and then discarded.

M: You should only give blood once a year.
R: Actually blood can be safely donated every eight weeks, or six time a year.

M: Most people get paid for their blood.
R: Wrong again! The Red Cross only provides blood to patients which comes from volunteer donors.

M: I don't know anyone who needs blood right now.
R: There are hospital patients and accident victims who need blood every day of the year.




So...on to the usual shenanigans...

Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party seem to be lining up to take potshots at John McCain; it's actually quite fun to watch.

For starters, the National Libertarian Party wants Mr. McCain to tell us what's wrong with habeus corpus?

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51 comments (Latest Comment: 06/22/2008 06:36:11 by clintster)

The Slippery Slope
Author: BobR    Date: 06/20/2008 12:27:42

"No more war for oil" has been a slogan since the beginning of the war in Iraq, as protesters across the country and around the world accused the Bush administration of doing just that. Why was the Oil Ministry the only place secured by our forces? Haven't there been slips and hints from various officials inside the administration that America needs to drill in ANWR so that we no longer have to send our soldiers into battle for oil?

It seems that our suspicions were well-founded. Iraq is granting no-bid contracts to mostly American oil companies:
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248 comments (Latest Comment: 06/22/2008 23:36:32 by Alex Hidell)

How High is the Water Momma?
Author: Raine    Date: 06/19/2008 12:50:54

Good morning. Today the pResident will take a tour of the Midwest. So will the man who wants to be President. But don't worry, They won't been seen together. McCain wouldn't want you to think he is like a third term of *ush, you know.
The debate about whether Senator John McCain is “McBush’’ continues, but on Thursday one thing will be clear: The presumptive Republican nominee and President Bush will be in Iowa touring areas hard hit by floods.

Mr. McCain’s campaign said on Wednesday that he had decided to cancel a town-hall-style meeting in Minnesota on Thursday morning and visit Columbus Junction, a city of fewer than 2,000 residents. [...]

The McCain campaign said that it was not trying to step on Mr. Bush’s trip and that the two men’s paths would not cross. “We’re not going within 30 miles of the city he’s in,’’ said Charles Black, one of Mr. McCain’s senior advisers.

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275 comments (Latest Comment: 06/20/2008 06:16:16 by livingonli)

Is it Just Us?
Author: BobR    Date: 06/18/2008 12:04:09

Is it justice?... or is it just us that think the Justice Department under the Bush Administration is becoming another one of those antonymously named entities that they love to use, like the "Clean Air Initiative" or the "Healthy Forests Initiative" or "No Child Left Behind"...?

Every time we turn around there are more details about how the Justice Department was being used like a mafia enforcer. By now, the story of Don Siegelman is well known. He is the Democratic governor that was railroaded into a 30 year prison sentence. The latest twist tying the Administration to the JD is - once again - Karl Rove:
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251 comments (Latest Comment: 06/19/2008 03:25:10 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/17/2008 10:33:58

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,917th 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): 4101
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3962
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3640
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3242
Since Election (1/31/05): 2664

Other Coalition Troops: 313
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 521


We find this morning's cost of war passing through: $ 529, 014, 000, 000.00

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223 comments (Latest Comment: 06/18/2008 06:23:38 by livingonli)

Timothy J. Russert, Jr. (1950-2008)
Author: Shane-O    Date: 06/16/2008 08:17:34

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It is often said on The Stephanie Miller Show that there are only two acceptable times for a grown man to cry:

1. After being hit with a heavy object; and
2. While watching or listening to a speech given by Barack Obama.

I respectfully submit that there is a third time: Upon learning of the untimely passing of Washington Bureau Chief of NBC News and moderator of Meet the Press, Tim Russert
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201 comments (Latest Comment: 06/17/2008 05:21:41 by livingonli)

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