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Author: Raine    Date: 08/18/2016 13:06:22

I have been distracted by puppy shenanigans this morning. Let me see what I can scratch together...

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A Shrinking Marketplace
Author: BobR    Date: 08/17/2016 13:54:38

During the primary season, I was aggravated with the news media (in particular - MSNBC) for focusing almost exclusively on the Republican Clown Car (mainly tRump), and barely covering the Democratic primary. At this point, it's all tRump -vs- Hillary, with negative news about both dominating the news cycles on all the networks (cue Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry").

I have found that we here at FourFreedomsBlog are perhaps guilty of the same thing. So in an attempt to break the cycle of abuse, I am going to veer off on a tangent today - the ACA (aka: Obamacare).

Nearly three years ago, Raine wrote an excellent piece on path dependency. The term describes how we arrive at certain situations due to limited options produced by previous decisions. Think about our dependence on gasoline: we used to travel mainly by train. However, once the highway system was built, gas-powered automobiles became preferred, and the train system disappeared, making it no longer an option. The financial power of the petrol industry grew, allowing it to pressure automobile companies to produce only gasoline vehicles. Entire industries and infrastructures grew out of that dependence, making it that much more difficult to choose a different path.
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22 comments (Latest Comment: 08/17/2016 19:47:57 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/16/2016 09:43:05

Good Morning.

Being just back from vacation, my story archive is looking a little empty this morning. But of all things, there's actually a story that combines some things we've been following here for years - the F-22, and Bees!
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23 comments (Latest Comment: 08/16/2016 20:17:20 by Raine)

It's raining...
Author: Raine    Date: 08/15/2016 13:13:54

Ignore the dog peeing on your legs....
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24 comments (Latest Comment: 08/15/2016 20:24:39 by Mondobubba)

The Riggers
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 08/14/2016 17:01:10

As you all know, Obama and Hillary Clinton are the founders of ISIS. It all started one night in February of 2008 when Hillary released her "3am in America" attack ad against Obama. The story goes that Barack picked up the phone (at 3am) and prank called Clinton at her home to see if she really would answer a phone. 
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Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 2016-08-12 12:00:00

Olympics time.


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17 comments (Latest Comment: 08/12/2016 21:28:32 by wickedpam)

Another day, another dangerous comment.
Author: Raine    Date: 08/11/2016 13:45:18

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25 comments (Latest Comment: 08/11/2016 20:58:49 by Raine)

tRump: Stochastic Terrorist
Author: BobR    Date: 08/10/2016 13:02:00

Stochastic Terrorism is the use of mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.

It's a term that you don't hear used very much, because it's difficult to prove, and casts an insinuation upon well-known people popular with certain groups. It's easy to deny intent, and easier to deny culpability should actions happen.

During the Bush Administration, what started out as a fairly innocuous term in office changed instantly on 09/11/2001. What had been a common political game of painting your political opponents with a bad brush became very ugly. It suddenly became unAmerican to criticize anything President Bush said or did. To do so was "aiding and abetting" the terrorists. This was the mantra from the Republican spin machine. Small acts of intimidation and violence followed, generally not worthy of reporting.

However, on Sunday July 27, 2008, 58 year old unemployed Jim D. Adkisson walked into a UUC church in Knoxville, TN and opened fire. His reason? He hated the "liberal movement" and blamed it for his woes. The result was 2 people dead and 8 injured. It seems like an odd reason for a person like him to target a church, but the steady drumbeat from right-wing political commentators provided him with the rationale. Unable to find a job and losing his food stamps provided the trigger to make him a "lone wolf".
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21 comments (Latest Comment: 08/10/2016 21:54:52 by Raine)

They really don't like him.
Author: Raine    Date: 08/09/2016 12:21:06

Dog Days of summer... and we're back!
Author: Raine    Date: 08/08/2016 13:00:37

Hello Everyone! Bob and I are back from our week in Florida.
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48 comments (Latest Comment: 08/08/2016 22:26:59 by BobR)

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