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Author: TriSec    Date: 07/22/2008 10:39:18

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,952nd day in Iraq.

We'll start 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): 4124
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3985
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3663
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3265
Since Election (1/31/05): 2687

Other Coalition Troops: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 558

We find this morning's cost of war passing through: $538, 820, 000, 000.00

We'll be doing something a little different this morning. Among the many podcasts I listen to during the week is a little gem from the CBC called "The Maritimes This Week". It's a collection of the best stories from the Maritime provinces that was broadcast during the week, and it's well worth checking out if you have the slightest interest in Atlantic Canada.

Anyway, last week's podcast featured an extensive segment on a soldier that had been killed in Afghanistan recently. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the story in print....but from Western Canada comes a similar story.

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256 comments (Latest Comment: 07/23/2008 11:52:16 by capt)

John McCain wants to bring back slavery.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/21/2008 12:23:52

On September 11, John McCain will speak at a forum promoting volunteerism..
"The summit will be an important remembrance of those that made the ultimate sacrifice serving their country and others as we focus on how to inspire others to serve causes greater than their own self-interest through national and community service," said McCain...
Now wait a minute.... hold on a second. Does that mean Grampa wants to reinstitute slavery? According to Jonah Goldberg, it would seem so.
There’s a weird irony at work when Sen. Barack Obama, the black presidential candidate who will allegedly scrub the stain of racism from the nation, vows to run afoul of the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery.

For those who don’t remember, the 13th Amendment says: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime … shall exist within the United States.”
And what about that insightful World Net Daily? This is what they had to say about the Obama plan to increase the size of both the Peace and AmeriCorps:
I thought Democrats generally believed the U.S. spent too much on the military. How is it possible their candidate is seeking to create some kind of massive but secret national police force that will be even bigger than the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force put together?

Now, maybe he was misquoted by the Congressional Quarterly and the Chicago Tribune. I guess it's possible. If so, you would think he would want to set the record straight. Maybe he misspoke. That has certainly happened before. Again, why wouldn't the rest of my colleagues show some curiosity about such a major and, frankly, bone-chilling proposition?

Are we talking about creating a police state here?
Ahh... a police state, a future Slave owner... yeah... that's the plan there guys. :rolleyes:

What will they do when they find out McCain is doing the same thing? I am sure, tho, that the likes of Jonah Goldberg and Josef Farah from WND will take their toys, go home and NOT vote for McCain just like another one of their RW leaders, James Dobson, right? They are a principled people these wingers, right... oh.. wait.. This came across the AP yesterday
"I never thought I would hear myself saying this," Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. "... While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might."

I think it's great, James Dobson is going to vote for a future slave owner.... Jonah Goldberg said so.

Or... maybe this is another example of McBush parroting Obama's plans for America.

:peace: and :heart:

268 comments (Latest Comment: 07/22/2008 03:59:43 by capt)

Petty, Unimaginative, Misguided Apostates
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 07/20/2008 12:33:08

PUMA. Haven't heard of them? Not really surprised, though they claim to have 18,000,000 of them in their group. No, Velveeta did not make a typo, that's 18 million. And, depending on who you talk to the letters stand either for: Party Unity My Ass or Party United Means Action. What they claim are 18,000,000 voters who plan to get Hillary Clinton elected one way or another. What they really are, may depend from one "PUMA cub” to the next. (Oh, did I forget to mention that they use words like cub, paws, growl, prowl and other “cat” type references throughout their blogs, emails, radio shows and merchandise). My goodness, it doesn't even sound like they are of voting age with all this jargon! The only thing missing is Hello Kitty! cartoons!

Velveeta was alerted to the PUMA phenomenon by Miss Raine's video post and then, using that ingenious "google", found reference to them from this blog. If you go read this blog, you'll see why I just had to run over and see what all the fuss was about. And also why I spent two nights lurking on a silly blog, compromising valuable time which could otherwise be spent on soiree's or relaxing rose petal baths, but I digress.
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152 comments (Latest Comment: 07/21/2008 06:05:43 by livingonli)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/19/2008 10:24:25

Good Morning!

I've got to run a bit earlier than usual this morning...the Red Cross has re-done their appointment schedule and now the first one is at 7:30 instead of 8:00, so my apologies if this is a little choppier than usual.

By now you probably heard that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are in a good deal of trouble. There's a bailout on our dime in the works, but of course there's another opinion. Some Libertarians think they should be allowed to fail.
"Let them fail," says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis, referring to the mortgage institutions Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, who the Bush administration has said it plans to rescue from financial collapse.

"Let them fail, and let them learn from their mistakes on their own dime," says Davis. "Bailing out these two institutions will only delay the inevitable outcome of any financial firm insulated from the market by government backing. The long run damage of continuing a policy of bailouts far exceeds any short term woes in letting the market consume failing institutions."

The Libertarian Party is calling for an end to government bailouts, which it equates to nothing more than welfare for businessmen. The Party believes that government support of these institutions decreases the incentive to make responsible decisions, and unfairly socializes the risk--putting taxpayers on the line for costly mistakes.

"It's like giving more candy to problem children," says Davis. "Lenders should recognize that there are repercussions for risky loans, and borrowers should realize that there are consequences for taking loans they can't repay. If it's financial collapse, or having your house foreclosed--so be it. It's bad economics to remove the incentives, even if they are negative, which encourage sensible and responsible decisions."

The Party says Freddie and Fannie should be fully independent of government support, and subject to the same levels of market competition other firms face.

"I could not agree more with the editorial page of yesterday's Financial Times when it said that the current structure of these institutions cannot be maintained, and that government should prepare a 'decent burial' for them," says Libertarian Party National Chairman William Redpath. "Freddie and Fannie are not needed for mortgage finance in the United States. No credible commentator thinks that the failure of these two institutions would add even as much as one percentage point over the long-term to mortgage rates. Congress and the President need to quickly move Fannie and Freddie to privatization with no strings attached to the federal government and taxpayer."

I hate to compare myself to any Republican (since the only similarity we generally share is being an air-breathing mammal), but I don't pretend to know anything about economics, so I guess that makes me like Sen. McCain in that regard.

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150 comments (Latest Comment: 07/20/2008 12:34:53 by capt)

The Politics of Oil
Author: BobR    Date: 07/18/2008 12:44:09

The Republicans have been screaming lately about how important it is to allow offshore drilling. We buy too much oil from foreign countries, they say. Drilling offshore and in the ANWR would help lower gas prices. It's all about supply and demand.

Oh really?

The last issue is simple enough to address. Is there a gas shortage? There certainly was in the 70's. We had lines at gas stations, and some were running out of gas. After hurricane Katrina disrupted the underground pipes that deliver gas from New Orleans to Atlanta, we experienced a temporary shortage, with long lines at the pumps and prices temporarily spiking.

Have we seen any lines at the pump?.... Seen any gas stations running out?....
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274 comments (Latest Comment: 07/19/2008 02:36:19 by velveeta jones)

Barack Hussein Obama is already leading the country
Author: Raine    Date: 07/17/2008 12:13:09

Barack Obama is already giving us change we can believe in... and don't think for a minute he isn't. Today we learn we are sending Diplomats to Iran. Yes, Iran - for the first time in nearly 30 years. This comes after months of *ush and McCain attacking Barack Obama for being an appeaser for saying said that he would be willing to have diplomatic relations with that country.

They did the same to Barack Obama after he said he would be willing to strike Al Queda in Pakistan. Guess what? Bush did exactly that a few months later.

Barack wants America to remember the other war... Afghanistan... and suddenly, *ush does too. Same policies same ideas... Ones that McCain and *ush and all of the other GOP water-carriers lambasted him for...

Same type of rhetoric happened with Korea... see a pattern? There are many more examples of this.

What I see is a man - Barack Obama - who has the sense to say the unpopular thing at times, but what will ultimately be for the good of the United States and how we're are viewed in other countries. I see a man who truly wants to make this world a safer place. I see a man that is willing to take the attacks from the right because he knows that this country must change course. I see a man that refuses to lead with saber rattling and fear.

I wonder what John McCain will do today when he wakes up and has his wife read him the news about Iran on the computer machine. It was only a few days ago, he joked about killing them all with cigarettes. How very diplomatic.

In the end, Barack Obama is already leading this country, his words are changing the course. It's sad that he cannot really take credit for it, but I will give it to him anyway. I will take a president Obama anyday over a man that doesn't seem to know that Czechoslovakia doesn't exist anymore. That is NOT change I can believe in. I want to believe, again, badly.

:peace: and

394 comments (Latest Comment: 07/18/2008 04:55:45 by livingonli)

Open thread
Author: BobR    Date: 07/16/2008 13:07:05

For your blogging pleasure...

415 comments (Latest Comment: 03/08/2012 01:39:26 by MelvinTX)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/15/2008 10:48:10

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,945th day in Iraq.

We'll start 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): 4119
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3980
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3658
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3260
Since Election (1/31/05): 2682

Other Coalition Troops: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 555

We find this morning's cost of war passing through $ 536, 860, 250, 000.00

This morning, we'll take a look at the forgotten conflict in Afghanistan. Even here at Ask A vet, we often overlook this second front in the "warron terra" in favor of the epic boondoggle that is Iraq. However, there's been some news recently. We'll start with Candidate Obama, who would send 10,000 troops to Afghanistan, which may actually be a good idea.

The Democratic Party's presidential nominee, writing in The New York Times yesterday, said that while US troops had performed "heroically" in Iraq, Afghanistan was the real frontline in the battle against al-Qa'eda.

The comments came a day after nine US soldiers were killed in a gun battle when al-Qa'eda-Taliban forces attacked a base in eastern Afghanistan, the deadliest attack they have suffered in three years.

Mr Obama added that the conditions that led him to oppose the war in Iraq and last year's "surge" of US forces had not altered.

"The strain on our military has grown, the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and we've spent nearly $200 billion more in Iraq than we had budgeted," he wrote.

The article will be followed by a major foreign policy speech today in which the candidate will lay out his vision for his presidency.

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372 comments (Latest Comment: 07/16/2008 13:08:00 by BobR)

Snap out of it! It's not really happening!
Author: Raine    Date: 07/14/2008 12:21:40

That's it. It's you. When you read articles like this, that mention the very real possibility of more banks failing this year - 90 banks... oh, btw, IndyMac was never on that list. You shouldn't worry, tho. It's just crazy mental thinking!

By now, I am sure you heard Phill Gramm tell us that it's is a mental recession, and that we are a nation of whiners. Of course - someone like Mr. Gramm can say this. He is rich. He doesn't face the things that you and I face everyday. Will the check clear before or AFTER I get the money in the bank? Can I afford to put gas in my tank this week, or should I fill my pantry with food? John McCain claims that Mr. Gramm doesn't speak for him... but John McCain has been telling us it is all in our head as well.
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245 comments (Latest Comment: 07/15/2008 04:11:54 by livingonli)

Hope shines even among loss
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 07/13/2008 12:12:24

Being as old as Velveeta, one needs to find things to fill their time left on the earth, and one of those things is work. Unfortunately, work is something that often makes one want death to come earlier. So, for me, a more fulfilling activity comes in lending a helping hand to those in need.

It does have its benefits for me besides just feeling like I have a purpose. One of those benefits is meeting all types of people, often, people who would not otherwise give me the time of day. Me, a white post-punk, vegan-peacnik that lives in sin with a black woman.

But I love being around people that are so different and share different points of view. I find discourse with another intelligent person to be exciting as well as educational.

And that is what I often find when going out on the Red Cross Disaster Relief operation, recently to the Midwest floods.

It was there that I met a former army officer and veteran of the Korean war who now volunteers with the Red Cross. He has worked for many years and seen many disasters, and, like many former military officers, has brought his military experience with him to this volunteer organization.
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71 comments (Latest Comment: 07/14/2008 03:52:18 by Raine)

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