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What A Meet-Up!
Author: m-hadley    Date: 04/28/2008 10:42:12

This past weekend I flew to Washington DC with the intention of meeting up with some online friends - folks I'd never actually met before but with whom I already felt a strong connection. On Saturday night I participated in the FourFreedoms Meet Up at the Holiday Inn in Rosslyn (a block and a half off of DC's Metro Blue Line). I shared a room with Starling, an adorable lesbianite who had inadvertently booked a suite with a sofa, coffee table, comfy chairs, two balconies for the smokers, plenty of tabletop space and a working ice machine just down the hall. Among those attending the Four Freedoms Meet-up were Mondo (from Jacksonville), BobR & Raine from Atlanta, ShelaghC, HoneyBearKelly, Livingoli, Wicked Pam (Mala), Starling, Stanley, the blog's official lurker (every blog must have one ) and me (mfaye).
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280 comments (Latest Comment: 04/29/2008 03:27:10 by MMB)

Open Sunday Thread
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/27/2008 14:03:20

Hi everyone!

We could probably get away with skipping today, since most of our members will be on the road after a succesful meetup in Washington....

But, we also have a reputation to maintain. So....here's a free-form blog today. Make something of it if you can!

33 comments (Latest Comment: 04/28/2008 11:02:35 by m-hadley)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/26/2008 11:16:56

Good Morning!

I trust the sun is finding our traveling contingent well this morn....flip off the White House for me today if you get a chance...

I'm off to BALOO training this morning at scout camp. "BAsic Leadership Outdoor Orientation". Yeah, I know it seems silly for a 20-year veteran, but Council says I have to have the piece of paper in order to lead an outing...

In any case, let's see what's going on around here today.

We in America have a love/hate relationship with our third parties. While it's great to have extra voices in the debate, when push comes to shove, nobody votes for them because it's seen as a "wasted vote". But what if we actually voted on principle, instead of our lifelong habits? I was raised a Democrat by a liberal college administrator here in the Northeast, so I have a genetic predisposition to vote for the "Big D". Somewhere south of me is a preacher's son who has always voted "R" since he turned 18. But do we just do this by rote, or can we break the cycle and truly make a difference?
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15 comments (Latest Comment: 04/27/2008 02:17:31 by TriSec)

MUST SEE VIDEO - Scalia on Bush v Gore Decision in 2000
Author: right wing hater    Date: 04/25/2008 12:48:17

Scalia will be on 60 Minutes this Sunday tells the nation regarding Bush v Gore Decision "GET OVER IT"



Alan Shore vs Supreme Court:

18 comments (Latest Comment: 04/26/2008 03:07:03 by BobR)

His Last Speech
Author: BobR    Date: 04/25/2008 10:51:38

Since I am heading out of town early this morning, I am going to be lazy with today's blog post. I read this article in the Sunday Parade magazine and thought it was well worth a read for everyone else that may not have seen it. I have someone close to me who's husband is dying from pancreatic cancer, so I am posting this in her honor...

My Last Lecture

At many colleges, professors are asked to give a “last lecture.” In this talk, they ruminate on what matters most to them. As they speak, audiences mull the same question: What wisdom would you impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?

Last year, I agreed to give a last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where I’m a professor in the computer science department. A few weeks later, I learned that I had only months to live—I was dying of pancreatic cancer.

I knew I could cancel. I have three young children, I’m married to Jai, the woman of my dreams, and there were so many things to be done. But by speaking, I knew I could put myself in a bottle that would one day wash up on the beach for my children, Dylan, Logan and Chloe. Here’s what I want to share.
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Scorpions among us
Author: Raine    Date: 04/24/2008 12:35:53

I was reminded of this story last night, perusing the internets.
The Scorpion and the Frog
A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion
says, "Because if I do, I will die too."

The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
but has just enough time to gasp "Why?"

Replies the scorpion: "Its my nature..."

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207 comments (Latest Comment: 04/25/2008 03:32:13 by livingonli)

Famine Wars
Author: AuntAzalea    Date: 04/23/2008 16:12:14

“Do you mind if I eat that piece of cheese you have left over?”
“Of course not, its in our refrigerator, you don’t have to ask.”

This weekly conversation between Velveeta and I highlights my weird idea of a blog.
The famine wars are coming in less then twelve weeks, there will be an explosion of fighting and dying and scrambling to kill over food like we have never seen. How do I know this? Certainly not from ABC, CBS, NBS, or CNN, etc.
I came across a small A.P. article by David Stringer entitled “World Food Program warns of ‘silent tsunami’ of Hunger”,

and then I went on to the CARE website

I grew up poor. I grew up living in five different homes with five women I considered my mother. Food was an issue. In my house if I didn’t have a school provided hot lunch, it meant that I would sometimes have nothing. Food was a thing – Saturdays were for eggs, Friday night plain pizza, and Sunday chicken after church – the rest of the week I was on my own. I had to ask permission before going into the kitchen and taking a banana. I was not to complain I was hungry because there really wasn’t anything to be done.
I was all skin & bones with long pigtails and “cat’s eyes” shaped glasses- lucky thing I went into ballet!
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22 comments (Latest Comment: 04/24/2008 01:26:02 by livingonli)

How to listen to progressive talk the hard way.
Author: livingonli    Date: 04/23/2008 05:54:47

In light of some other bloggers recent comments I felt the need to throw in my own.

Progressive Radio seems to be in another state of flux as a result of the whole Randi Rhodes situation. Here in the New York area, we have always had at least one alternative voice to counter the spin and disinformation of the M$M. For many years, the main choice was Pacifica Radio’s WBAI which always had an eclectic mix of programs to tune in. But, in recent years, the station has been a victim of factions and in-fighting with staff turnover that has turned the station into an un-listenable mess of amateur programming and hacks who are on the air because they are friends with current Program Director Bernard White. Except for Democracy Now! and a handful of smaller shows, I can’t listen to it anymore.

Fortunately, on March 31, 1994, Air America came on the air.
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193 comments (Latest Comment: 04/24/2008 03:34:45 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/22/2008 10:47:35

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,861st day in Iraq.

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

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4041
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3902
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3580
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3182
Since Election (1/31/05): 2604

Other Coalition Troops: 309
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 494

We find today's cost of war passing through $ 513, 326, 850, 000.00

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205 comments (Latest Comment: 04/23/2008 03:38:21 by jd_in_ny)

Clinton on Larry King and Keith Olbermann
Author: Raine    Date: 04/21/2008 23:59:28

The headline itself is too funny... (I apologize )

From the Nation...

On the eve of the Pennsylvania Democratic primary that will make or break her campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton is embarking on a cable campaign swing.

The New York senator will appear tonight on two national television programs.

She will do three segments on CNN's Larry King Show.

The CNN promo reads: "Larry King Monday Night! Hillary Clinton! Hours before what may be the final showdown with Barack Obama -- Hillary Clinton talks to Larry King! Could their conversation change your vote? Find out only on Larry King Live!"

Clinton will also appear on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."

Here's the MSNBC promo: "On the eve of the primary election we've all been waiting for, tonight at 8pm ET Keith will host an interview with Senator Clinton on her lead the Democratic Pennsylvania Primary (First Read is calling it Hillary's Race to Lose)...and what happens after all the votes are counted in the Keystone state. Obama over the weekend said "This is not going to be a blow-out race. We're looking for a win, and we think it's going to be close." It's going to be an amazing next 48 hours...we hope you tune in."

Guess which interview will have more teeth to it?

Here's a hint: More than a month ago, Olbermann directed a special comment toward Clinton, saying, "You are campaigning as if Barack Obama were the Democrat and you were the Republican."

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