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Ask a Vet - Christmas 2008
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/23/2008 11:27:11

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,106th 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:

Since war began (3/19/03): 4212
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4073
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3752
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3353
Since Election (1/31/05): 2774

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 316
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 629
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 408
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 445

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

$ 581, 975, 000, 000.00

So this is Christmas. As you'll note from the ticker at the top of the page, "President" Bush will leave office in just 28 days, perhaps the best Christmas present the nation ever got.

But what of the veterans?
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123 comments (Latest Comment: 12/24/2008 05:23:32 by Raine)

If the President does it, it's legal.
Author: Raine    Date: 12/22/2008 13:32:48

Say what?
All of President Bush's actions during his years as a wartime leader were done with full legal authority, Vice President Dick Cheney said on Fox News Sunday.

Asked by Chris Wallace if it's legal when the president makes a decision to help the country when it's fighting a war, Cheney said, "As a general proposition, I'd say yes."

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256 comments (Latest Comment: 12/23/2008 03:30:27 by Random)

Fabulous Gay Holiday Blog!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 12/21/2008 14:32:05

We would assume that in this country where it’s not illegal to be gay (whoops, how many days left do with have with President Dumbkov? Well, lets just assume that he forgets to do a last minute fix of that “problem”) – in a country where its currently not illegal to be gay, that we would sign a non binding declaration presented by the United Nations calling for worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality without hesitation.

It was just a little ole declaration seeking universal decriminalization of homosexuality.

And many of our friends in Japan, Mexico, Australia and the entire EU all signed it this past Thursday.

But no, we stood with our friends in backwards and/or repressive countries including members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference! Countries like: Iran. Remind me, aren’t we supposed to be better than Iran? Aren’t we the ones that are supposed to the protector of human rights while Iran is a member of the “Axis of Evil” as George W. has labeled them many times? The Organization of the Islamic Conference suggested that protecting sexual orientation could lead to "the social normalization and possibly the legalization of deplorable acts" such as pedophilia and incest.
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36 comments (Latest Comment: 12/22/2008 04:35:07 by livingonli)

Libertarian Saturday Returns!
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/20/2008 12:03:58

Morning, folks. Dusting off an old chestnut for the holidays...

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the nation
Friends of Freedom knew it was a special occasion.
Lady Liberty stood taller just off the shore
Her torch shining brighter than a few weeks before

But it wasn't the flame turning her cheeks all rosy
It was thoughts of Snowe, Feingold and Nancy Pelosi
And leaders from every side of the aisle
Who would soon bring the Bill of Rights back into style.

The Amendments had all hurried out of their beds -
Which was no easy task, they were nearly in shreds -
And they rushed to the window on papery feet
As a jolly old man flew right over their street.

"Could it be!?" they inquired as the roof shook and trembled
And they crept toward the mantle, peaceably assembled,
Just as someone emerged from the chimney with flair
In a shiny red suit, with a shock of white hair

And a top hat, and pants all in red, white and blue -
"Wait a minute," the Amendments exclaimed, "Who are you?"
"Don't be frightened my children," he said, "it's no scam.
"You can't have forgotten your old Uncle Sam!"

"Holy crap!" said Free Speech. "Stop right there!" yelled Bear Arms
And Privacy cried "Who shut off the alarms?!"
The Fifth remained silent, but Uncle Sam said
"We've been having some trouble, but Freedom's not dead."
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45 comments (Latest Comment: 12/21/2008 05:26:47 by clintster)

It's already a big, steaming, dump.
Author: Raine    Date: 12/19/2008 13:31:52

Let's hope the current administration does not make it worse. With a month to go, there are discussions on how to save the faltering US auto industry. After shooting down the first option in congress, the administration is already talking about last option.
The White House has raised for the first time the prospect of pushing General Motors and Chrysler into a managed bankruptcy as a solution to save the companies from financial collapse.
I hope people can maybe work down the line instead of immediately jumping to a 'final' last option of bankruptcy. "Managed Bankruptcy" is just another word for letting it fail. With any other administration I would believe that they were really trying to help our troubled auto industry, but too many times we have been told one thing only to find out, it meant quite the opposite. It's been a week since congress failed to come up with a plan to save the industry. A week. How things can change in a week.
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85 comments (Latest Comment: 12/20/2008 04:57:09 by livingonli)

Drowning in the Shallow End of the Pool
Author: BobR    Date: 12/18/2008 13:34:27

With just over a month left in the Bush Regime, the retrospectives on his Administration will be flying fast and furious over the next few weeks. Once Obama takes over, the last eight years will fade like a nightmare upon wakening, as the country and the pundits continue their tradition of second guessing and arm chair quarterbacking the current resident of the White House.

So how will History treat Bush? Kindly is certainly not likely.... But what will be the overall theme? Arrogance?... Policy over reality?.... Incompetence?...
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101 comments (Latest Comment: 12/19/2008 04:22:25 by Scoopster)

Undercover of the Night
Author: Raine    Date: 12/17/2008 13:32:37

I know that I am far from alone in eager anticipation for our President Elect to be sworn in. I look forward to the dawn of Change in America. On the "To-Do-List": A stimulus package to help turn the economy around and create jobs; healthcare; education; environment; the list goes on and on. Before he can deliver these things, there is an awful lot of things to undo from the previous administration.
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80 comments (Latest Comment: 12/18/2008 03:28:23 by Mondobubba)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/16/2008 11:23:52

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,099th 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): 4209
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4070
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3749
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3350
Since Election (1/31/05): 2772

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 316
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 628
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 398
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 445

We find this morning's cost of war passing through:

$ 580, 014, 625, 000.00

We have a little compare and contrast today. There's word that compensation for the most seriously injured troops is being doubled, as well as a lifetime tax-free monthly payment. Unfortunately, it's for Her Majesty's Army.

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99 comments (Latest Comment: 12/17/2008 10:12:43 by trojanrabbit)

If the Shoe fits...
Author: BobR    Date: 12/15/2008 13:31:29

By now everyone has seen the video of an Iraqi reporter throwing his shoes at Bush's head. It bears rewatching. You can see it here. Go ahead, I'll wait... What a great way to start a Monday morning, watching Bush dodge flying footware. Bush seems to call it a valid form of protest; I wonder how many pairs will end up on the White House lawn?

Seriously though: simmering beneath the surface is an uglier truth. Despite all of Bush's proclamations about how much more free the Iraqis are now, they are apparently not very grateful for their newfound freedom. Perhaps it's because they don't see daily suicide bombings, lack of potable water, and an infrastructure straight out of 3rd world Africa as "freedom".
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117 comments (Latest Comment: 12/16/2008 06:20:19 by Raine)

Secular Seasonal Sunday
Author: Raine    Date: 12/14/2008 14:30:59

Good morning. I am filling in for our own Velveeta Jones today. It's not an easy task, so I will not even try. Rather than rail on about what is wrong as I do weekdays, I figured let's keep it a little light this morning.

Just a little. I woke up to find that the pResident made a surprise trip to Iraq this morning. He wanted to celebrate the Status of Forces Agreement with al-Maliki. Well at least he has something to celebrate... I don't think we need to go over all that he has done here in the states, and to the rest of the world. His trip was under tight security and cloaked in secrecy. (you see? if Velveeta were here, she would be writing a story about a Bush and a Clause and an elf name Maliki...)

37 days and we have a new president. It can't come soon enough. I feel like I am a child again, only instead of waiting for Christmas morn, I am waiting for Inauguration day.

Well I know most of us will be out and about preparing for whatever it is we do this time of year. Myself, personally, I will be readying my weapons to fight the war on Christmas. We'll decorate not only a tree, but a Festivus Pole! Take that Bill O'Reilly!

In the meantime, Here is a song I wish was on the pResidents iPod:

:peace: and :heart:

31 comments (Latest Comment: 12/15/2008 13:16:42 by trojanrabbit)

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