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Author: Raine    Date: 06/12/2014 13:09:50

That is all, for now!
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31 comments (Latest Comment: 06/12/2014 20:00:56 by BobR)

The Will of the People
Author: BobR    Date: 06/11/2014 11:13:27

Yesterday, the state of Virginia engaged in an exercise near and dear to the hearts of any American who values their say in government: voting. It was primary day here, and Ms. Raine and I certainly went to the polls to vote for the Democratic candidate we wanted to replace retiring House Rep Jim Moran. Sadly, our choice did not win. Don Beyer will be the Dem candidate, which means he is the de-facto House Rep for Virginia's 8th district come next January. Our district is deep blue.

That was barely a blip on the radar. The BIG news was that House Majority leader (and perpetual asshole) Eric Cantor lost in the primary to a Tea Party challenger (Dave Brat). While Brat takes a stand on numerous issues (his stance is as far-right as you can get without falling off the edge of the flat earth), his main campaign focus was on immigration, and Eric Cantor's audacity to consider reform. I find it hard to believe that the voters in that district are that fired up over immigration, when there are so many other pressing issues to deal with, but then - I find it hard to believe people actually vote for Republicans at all.
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50 comments (Latest Comment: 06/12/2014 00:06:21 by Will in Chicago)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/10/2014 10:20:39

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,629th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,322
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,120

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 540, 637, 375, 000 .00

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37 comments (Latest Comment: 06/11/2014 02:26:33 by Will in Chicago)

ATL to DC. One day.
Author: Raine    Date: 06/09/2014 13:01:12

I just woke up. I'm still spent. I will have a blog in a little while.
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28 comments (Latest Comment: 06/09/2014 23:40:56 by Will in Chicago)

Sundee Blogee
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 06/08/2014 14:30:09

Good morning Sunday peeps.

It's a Sunday in June and you know what that could mean!
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Not feeling very United these days
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/07/2014 11:29:15

Good Morning.

On June 2, 1995, an American was shot down over a war zone. While he wasn't captured, he spent over a week eluding the enemy at the time, and was rescued with much fanfare on June 9. At the time, he became a celebrity of sorts, and was celebrated and honoured by just about everyone. You may remember him as Captain Scott O'Grady.

A generation before him, we were fighting another war in another place. This time, it was lengthy and serious, and many thousands of Americans were held in place as Prisoners of War. Although some trickled out for medical reasons, and an ocassional escape, the bulk of them were released and came home after the Peace accords were signed in 1973. Some of them were in captivity for more than 5 years. Although we know of all the issues returning veterans of that conflict faced, perhaps the most famous homecoming photo of all came from this conflict.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 06/07/2014 13:32:36 by BobR)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 06/06/2014 12:51:12

In 1972, when I was just 5, Kenner came out with the greatest doll - The Blythe Doll. She, however, was so different from the traditional baby dolls or fashion doll (i.e.Barbie) that there was very little interest in this unique creation.
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24 comments (Latest Comment: 06/07/2014 01:06:29 by BobR)

How NOT To Protest
Author: clintster    Date: 2014-06-05 12:30:05

Ah, the protest. The people's way of expressing their dissatisfaction with their government and its policies. It's been used by disgruntled citizens for thousands of years, sometimes with disastrous results (see the Boston Tea Party and the Tiananmen Square Massacre). Many times, however, it can result in positive change for a nation in turmoil (see the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom).

In past years, American conservatives have pish-poshed the idea of protesting, claiming that such activities were the work of lazy bums who didn't have to take precious time off work to do stupid things like protest war in Iraq or show support for GLBT couples wanting to get married. However, since the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009, they have suddenly found plenty of reasons to get out and march.
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20 comments (Latest Comment: 06/06/2014 02:56:42 by Raine)

Reframing the Gun Debate
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-06-04 11:26:42

The recent shooting in California has provoked yet another discussion of gun violence in the United States. The discussion follows the typical curve of shock, outrage, calls for solutions, and then explanations from various quarters about why there are no solutions, and finally an acceptance that "nothing can be done in this political climate". Like global warming, it seems we have gone way beyond the point of no return. It seems there's no way to put that genie back in the bottle.

The problem with most of the discussion is that it is a distraction from the core problems. Everyone focuses on that shooter's manifesto and our misogynistic culture, and how - despite all the warning bells going off - he was still legally able to buy guns in California. Arguing the problem based on anecdotal events is a loser's game, because the pro-gun advocates can match anecdote-for-anecdote those rare occasions when someone stopped a crime because they had a gun.
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 06/05/2014 02:25:23 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/03/2014 10:18:19

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,622nd day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy on Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,319
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,120

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 538, 866, 850, 000 .00

I have so many stories that I've picked up over the last week or so that it's tough to know where to begin. Seeing how negative things have been of late, why not a couple of feel-good stories for a change?
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 06/03/2014 23:07:14 by Scoopster)

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