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Author: clintster    Date: 03/13/2014 11:28:50

A few days ago I sat down with my son and watched the premiere episode of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, the sequal/followup/reimagining of the pivotal 1980 miniseries created and hosted by the late Dr. Carl Sagan. I had loved the original miniseries as a child, mostly because it was overstuffed with scientific goodness that still spoke to the common viewer.


This new version filled me with a bit of dread, however, since 1) it was being produced by Seth MacFarlane, the man behind Family Guy and American Dad, and 2) it was being presented on FOX. I'm not sure what I expected, but I suppose that it would have involved farting galaxies or a wise-cracking animated sidekick to its host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

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30 comments (Latest Comment: 03/13/2014 21:24:41 by Will in Chicago)

Getting Ugly
Author: BobR    Date: 03/12/2014 11:20:46

I've posted more than one blog about Republicans and the amazing and stupid things they say. Unfortunately for them (and I suppose fortunately for us), they have to get re-elected. Their supporters and sycophants, however, are free to blather on with nary a care for consequence. The things they spout are stupid, mean-spirited, venal, galling, insane and deliberately deceptive. Let's have a look...
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57 comments (Latest Comment: 03/13/2014 01:46:46 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/11/2014 10:13:34

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,538th 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: 2,312
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,112

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

$ 1, 517, 618, 850, 000 .00

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66 comments (Latest Comment: 03/11/2014 23:31:44 by BobR)

Mixed messages from CPAC
Author: Raine    Date: 03/10/2014 12:58:13

I am so confused.

One of the panelists on a discussion conservative women in politics had a message for men within the party: no dumb comments this cycle and let women talk about contraception.

"We cannot have any stupid comments this year. No stupid comments," conservative author Kate Obenshain said Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Please think before you make pithy, obnoxious comments."

and then... at the close of the panel:
"White men stay behind, let the women talk about this issue. We love white men. We love all the white men," Obenshain said before adding that it's important for women to talk about those issues.

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37 comments (Latest Comment: 03/10/2014 20:33:50 by Will in Chicago)

Author: velveeta jones    Date: 03/09/2014 12:54:43

As luck would have it, Velveeta was able to obtain various Journal entries last week. These are chocked full of info. I would have posted John Boehners, but the stuff was unreadable; all the pages were wet with salty water. I think they were tears. Alas.

Still, some good stuff here.

Interesting day I had. In order to releeve tension that I'm under regarding the pigeons in Ukraine, I decide to ride horse to coast. Once there, I think perhaps I take small boat out onto water - do a bit of fishing or perhaps drill oil with bare hands; what strikes my fancy. I have not a care in the world. But, just a few moments on sea and I bump into land mass. GPS on watch tells me I hit Alaska.
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The [Electronic] Berlin Wall
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/08/2014 12:11:16

So, it's happened again.

We've all been there; for whatever reason companies decide that censorship and limitation is a good thing for their workers. I know all the excuses....internet usage is too high, somebody complained about so-and-so looking at site X, our bandwith usage is too high, etc.
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3 comments (Latest Comment: 03/09/2014 12:28:13 by velveeta jones)

To Not Be Poor
Author: BobR    Date: 03/07/2014 13:51:08

One of the primary dividing lines between liberals and conservatives, between Democrats and Republicans, is their view on money. To liberals, a person who is poor is someone who needs help, support, and guidance, and opportunity to find a way out. Particularly vexing are the working poor, those who have full time jobs yet still live in poverty. To conservatives, being poor is an obvious moral failing. A person who is poor obviously did something wrong, and they are now deservedly paying the price (or not paying, since - you know - they're broke).

This is why there is always a huge gulf between the two main parties when it comes to budgeting. The Democrats would prefer to spend tax dollars on programs that help everyone (especially those who need it most), and the idea that somewhere someone is getting something they don't deserve is anathema to Republicans.
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55 comments (Latest Comment: 03/08/2014 03:05:12 by Raine)

I've got something arriving in a bit...
Author: Raine    Date: 03/06/2014 14:03:43

In the meantime... Look what I can see from the front porch of my house...

I really can. I feel the ick factor in the air.

Starting with Senator Cruz and Ending the first day with Donald Trump -- expoect much stupid sound bytes today.
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79 comments (Latest Comment: 03/06/2014 22:37:42 by Raine)

Cooking the Books
Author: BobR    Date: 03/05/2014 12:32:31

Paul Ryan (R-WI) - the failed veep hopeful of 2012 - has made it clear what he thinks of government programs that help the poor. Give a man a fish - he eats for a day, kick his ass out the door - he'll learn to fish on his own. So it's no surprise that he considers The War On Poverty to be just more of that liberal entitlement nonsense. He dislikes it so much, he's willing to cook the data to "prove" that it doesn't work.
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44 comments (Latest Comment: 03/06/2014 01:17:37 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/04/2014 11:22:24

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,537th 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: 2,310
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,111

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

$ 1, 518, 517, 500, 000 .00

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38 comments (Latest Comment: 03/04/2014 22:54:05 by Mondobubba)

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