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Whither Now?
Author: BobR    Date: 10/05/2007 12:13:29

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by..." - Robert Frost

There comes a time in all our lives when we happen upon that fork in the road and ask ourselves:

Whither now?

For once we commit to a path, there is no rewinding the universe and choosing anew. There are many forks along the road that defines our lives, both individually and collectively. Some choices are easy and some are hard, some insignificant and some that change the course of humankind. As the children's illustrator Mary Englebright has shown in a simple yet poignant drawing, once we choose, the other road is "no longer an option". Lest we remain immobilized with indecision, we are sometimes required to fight back the demons of doubt and drive ourselves down that less traveled road.
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99 comments (Latest Comment: 10/06/2007 02:40:17 by livingonli)

NCLB? Naw... Let's call it PCLB*
Author: Raine    Date: 10/04/2007 12:45:48

(*Poor Children left behind)

So, As you may be aware, the president vetoed the SCHIP program. Here is a little bit of what he said regarding this:
"I believe in private medicine," Bush told an audience in Lancaster, Penn., on Wednesday morning. "I believe in helping poor people, which was the intent of SCHIP, now being expanded beyond its initial intent. I also believe that the federal government should make it easier for people to afford private insurance. I don't want the federal government making decisions for doctors and customers."
This man has lost touch with America and even worse, he lost touch with what it means to be compassionate. I have oft wondered about it, but yesterday... he threw American children under the bus. I have a niece and a nephew who will be impacted by this directly.

And please remember those words... he believes in "private medicine". Please remember that. That means that Bush believes in ALL health care being privatized... ALL. That includes Medicare, Medicaid, and all of the Veteran medical care.

He also believes in helping poor people... but only to a certain point I suppose... He decided to not help them today. That is for sure. In his veto, Bush decided who is poor enough to get health care... and now we learn that millions of children are just not poor enough to get SCHIP... one of the most successful government programs... No really, it was.
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62 comments (Latest Comment: 10/05/2007 03:58:16 by Raine)

Blackwater in the news again
Author: BobR    Date: 10/03/2007 12:34:20

It looks like the British are pulling another 1000 troops out of Iraq. Where does that leave us? How do we fill the void. More mercenaries?

Blackwater has been the main supplier of private for-hire soldiers, fullfilling the neocon dream of privitizing everything in the government, but - like most other neocon initiatives, this one is blowing up in their faces as well.

The House Oversight Committee filed a report on Monday that showed that Blackwater guards fired first 80% of the time.
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87 comments (Latest Comment: 10/04/2007 18:14:47 by Raine)

Ask A Vet!
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/02/2007 10:24:47

Good Morning. Ask A Vet returns!

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

American Deaths in Iraq
Since war began (3/19/03): 3807
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3668
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3346
Since Handover (6/29/04): 2948
Since Election (1/31/05): 2370

Other Coalition Troops: 300
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 447



This morning, we find the Cost of war standing at:

$456, 452, 150, 000. 00

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87 comments (Latest Comment: 10/03/2007 02:57:02 by livingonli)

October Surprise
Author: Raine    Date: 10/01/2007 10:55:05

Yes, This is the bright and shiny new 4F Blog. Welcome! Take a look around, make yourself at home... I had a few fainting couches in the storage room, that I brought over, but we bought a new coffee maker, espresso machine and we've got donuts that still have trans fats in them...
Yes, there is an open bar for those that need it. (Raintini's are the specialty... I know, shocking! ) Everything is on the house... (we qualified for a NGO grant! :rofl:)

We have a few nice things here that you don't see on a lot of blogs, including the capability to post pictures and youtuberey in your comments... tres chic I think!

Anyway, this is our first weekday blog here, and instead of delving into all the things that may get our blood boiling, I thought we should return to a speech from one of my favorite presidents. It's From FDR's annual address to congress on January 6, 1941. not quite 67 years ago... pretty darn close to 2/3 of a century...
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77 comments (Latest Comment: 10/02/2007 01:59:56 by livingonli)

FourFreedoms Blog Open for Business
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/29/2007 13:13:16

Good Morning!

We're a wee bit sluggish here in the TriSec compound....last night was our first Pack meeting of the season, and your loyal TriSec is the Cubmaster this year. Javi has finally joined as an "official" cub scout, and I even got Mrs. TriSec to step up to the plate as a Tiger Coach.

If you're in the Boston area over the next ten days, take a drive up route 1 and check out the Topsfield Fair! It's the oldest agricultural fair in America, and has been going on since 1818. We try to go every year...it is a great day of animals, midway rides, games, and of course, healthy carnival food!!

Speaking of Boston...did you hear that the sox clinched the east for the first time since 1995? They remain tied with those Indians for best record in baseball with two to play...so there is still something to root for this last weekend. And have you been watching the National League? The Cubs and Diamondbacks got in last night....but there is still plenty of action left for the Phils, Mets, and San Diego yet.


So, on to the meat of the day. There is an interesting story from Strike The Root this morning about the
"clearance rates" for serious crimes. 50 years ago, nearly 90% of all murders were solved. Today, that figure is only about 60%. So that means that 40% of killers today literally get away with murder.
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 10/01/2007 02:10:31 by Mondobubba)

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