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Benghazi - the Final Act
Author: BobR    Date: 10/21/2015 13:07:28

When this country was created, there was nothing in the Constitution expressly enabling Congress to act as a judiciary, compelling witnesses to testify in their investigations. For nearly as long as this country has been in existence, however, that has been the case, and the court supports it. Sometimes these committees are good (investigating actual malfeasance), but more often then not they are special interest groups within the Congress going after those with whom they are philosophically opposed.

Such has been the case with the numerous Benghazi investigations by the Republican Congress. The Republican House's own Intelligence Committee determined last year that there was no "there" there with regards to the White House's (and SoS Hillary Clinton's in particular) actions that constituted anything shady. That should have been the end of it.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/20/2015 10:27:57

Good Morning.

We'll take a look at one of the oldest veteran's organizations in the country this morning - the VFW. Nearly all of us have a post in our hometown someplace. But have any of us actually been inside one? For decades, it's been the nearly exclusive retreat of male combat veterans...with a dark, smoky bar, sports paraphenalia, and maybe a function room or two that might host an occasional event. It's a model that was partly successful...until we went to Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Play with fire, you might get burned.
Author: Raine    Date: 10/19/2015 13:19:37

About ten days ago I wrote a blog titled "A house divided, a Party Divided" suggesting that perhaps the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives would be able to help the majority party nominate and eventually elect a new House Speaker. We learned that morning that the person most of us thought would be elected - Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy - abruptly dropped out.
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Open Sunday
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 10/18/2015 14:29:06

It's open.
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What is this about, now?
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/17/2015 12:50:39

Good Morning.

I'm sure you've seen the recent GMC commercial about Rembrandt or something, to an instrumental version of The Who's "Eminence Front"?

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Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 10/16/2015 13:13:36

I'm slowly reading a book called "The Jet Sex", its a history of Stewardesses and a look at how they helped basically kick off the women's movement in modern times. Not very far into yet, but I'm reminded of when flying was a grand experience.


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Every so often, what we have to do...
Author: Raine    Date: 10/15/2015 13:23:49

My issues with the candidates are the polices and approaches they will take when leading our nation. There is one in the debate that puncuated one of those issue between Senator Sanders and SoS Clinton.
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Deconstructing the Democratic Debate (#1)
Author: BobR    Date: 10/14/2015 14:06:54

Last night was the first of only 6 Democratic party primary debates, conducted by CNN. There were few surprises, and a few good comments. There was very little sniping or tossing other candidates under the bus, but it did happen a couple times. The topics covered a lot of ground, some of which seemed geared towards generating "heat" or "controversy" (those backfired, for the most part). In general, the big takeaway is how much the candidates agree - rather than differ - on most topics.

Most people are familiar with Hillary Clinton - a lifelong Democrat - and Bernie Sanders, whose political career has mostly been as an Independent (never a Democrat). Martin O'Malley is also a lifelong Democrat, and Jim Webb - who sounded more conservative than any of the other candidates - has also always been a Democrat. Lincoln Chafee used to be a Republican, but indicated he didn't leave the party - the party left him.

I will present the topics and my notes on the candidates' responses below (and I apologize for the length), but here is my summation of the candidates' responses:
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/13/2015 10:11:26

Good Morning.

We'll dive right in; there have been more casualties in Afghanistan this week, as an RAF helo full of NATO personnel has gone down with loss of life.
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Chuck Koch
Author: Raine    Date: 10/12/2015 13:17:50

Did you know that Charles Koch, half of the Koch brothers considers himself a liberal?
Koch says it was during President George W. Bush’s administration that the brothers decided to get more politically active.

“I’m sure he meant well,” Koch said of Bush. “(But) then he grew government more than just about any president before him, and he got us into counterproductive wars. So that’s when I decided we needed to get into politics.”

Koch also says he does not consider himself a Republican.

“Not at all,” he said. “I consider myself a classical liberal. The way I look at it is the Democrats are taking us at about 100 miles an hour over the financial cliff and towards this two-tiered society. And the Republicans are taking us there at 70 miles an hour.”

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