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Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/22/2008 12:01:40

Velveeta is up early today. Not an easy task after working late last night and drinking coffee until 9:00pm.

There are several things that most American households have as "ritual" in the morning and Velveeta is no exception:

    Making and pouring a cup of coffee,
    Getting the paper from the stoop (or up the road, in my case).
    Morning prayers and/or meditation.
    And taking the dog for a walk.

If you're not being forced to get up early, regardless of your physical state, to walk your dog(s) in the rain, snow,sleet, hail, fog, hurricane or during the rapture/Armageddon, then you are missing a one of the greatest experiences a human can have!
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243 comments (Latest Comment: 05/23/2008 12:52:23 by Scoopster)

The Passing of the Torch
Author: BobR    Date: 05/21/2008 12:34:01

race [reys]
1. a contest of speed, as in running, riding, driving, or sailing.
2. any contest or competition, esp. to achieve superiority: the arms race; the presidential race.
3. a group of persons related by common descent or heredity.

There were two big news stories yesterday: Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with an inoperable malignant brain tumor, and Barack Obama clinched a majority of pledged delegates. These two huge threads in our national fabric are intertwined by more than their chronological proximity. They are connected in spirit by the progression of the hope of a better America.
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188 comments (Latest Comment: 05/22/2008 05:39:37 by Raine)

Primary Nite Blog
Author: Raine    Date: 05/20/2008 22:40:52

Tonite is Kentucky and Oregon. Oregon has been voting by mail for a while, and we expect those results to come in very later tonite. Kentucky is expected to go HRC's way. But tonite, the big story regarding the primary, is that Obama will get the majority of Pledged delegates, from both Kentucky and Oregon. Soon after that I suspect that
The 'Pelosi Club' will endorse Obama.

And... in light of the very sad news we were informed of today, of the GREAT senator from Massachusetts , I leave you with these words.

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

Edward Kennedy, August 12, 1980, NYC

You are in our thoughts and prayers Senator Kennedy, but yes, the cause endures, the hope still lives and our dreams will never die.

:peace: and
See you inside.

184 comments (Latest Comment: 05/21/2008 11:12:08 by Random)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/20/2008 10:46:56

Good Morning. Today is our 1,889th 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): 4079
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3940
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3618
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3220
Since Election (1/31/05): 2642

Other Coalition Troops: 312
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 501

We find this morning's cost of war passing through $ 521, 170, 625, 000.00

Not quite a veteran's issue, but I couldn't let this one pass. Much has been made in recent days over Sen. Obama's diplomacy proposals...that is, doing the untinkable thing of actually talking to those in the world that would disagree with us. Of course, other countries in the world agree this is a good thing. France, for example, has been talking to Hamas for months.
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261 comments (Latest Comment: 05/20/2008 22:43:56 by Raine)

Author: Raine    Date: 05/19/2008 07:08:05

Families today face challenges that yesterday's laws simply don't address. We need to fix government, and one solution is to update our laws so they provide America's families with more freedom in their jobs; greater healthcare and retirement security; safer communities; access to quality, affordable education; and the ability for future generations to compete in the global economy.

This week, my colleagues announced the American Families Agenda. This new agenda concentrates on the bread and butter issues facing every American. And it recognizes that today, more and more families struggle with balancing work, children and caring for elderly parents. Over the coming weeks, we will be promoting new ideas that give people more personal freedom and lessen the burden of government.

From young people just starting out and looking for affordable college, to working parents who want more freedom in the workplace, to seniors who would benefit from greater flexibility with their health care and prescription drug benefits, the American Families Agenda provides commonsense solutions that modernize our laws and give people greater liberty.

I look forward to sharing more about solutions and a positive agenda in the weeks to come.
Sounds wonderful, right? It is. But...
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235 comments (Latest Comment: 05/20/2008 03:30:15 by Raine)

The change they deserve...
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/18/2008 13:20:43

Recently the GOP decided they needed a new slogan, after all, the "change" idea seemed to be working for everyone from Obama to Ron Paul. So they came up with something; as New York Times columnist Carl Hulse recently reported:

It looks like Republicans will counter the Democratic push for change from the years of the Bush administration with their own pledge to deliver, drum roll please, "the change you deserve." The first element of the party agenda developed over the past few months by the leadership and select party members will focus on family issues.

"Through our "Change You Deserve" message and through our "American Families Agenda," House Republicans will continue our efforts to speak directly to an American public looking for leaders who will offer real solutions for the challenges they confront every day," said the memo prepared for lawmakers.

"Change You Deserve". Sounds good! Snappy! Right to the point! Powerful! Sounds like........... like some smart ad exec. might have already thought of it!!
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101 comments (Latest Comment: 05/19/2008 04:28:40 by livingonli)

Ye Olde Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/17/2008 10:40:41

Good Morning!

By now you must know where I'm headed if the blog is posted at this hour on a Saturday.
The separation of individual blood components is done with a specialized centrifuge (see apheresis). The earliest manual forms of plateletpheresis are done by the separation of platelets from multiple bags of whole blood collected from donors or blood sellers. Since each blood bag (usually 250 ml or 500 ml) contains a relatively small number of platelets, it can take as many as a dozen blood bags (usually from 5 to 10 bags, depending on the size of the blood bags and each donor's platelet count) to accumulate a single unit of platelets (enough for one patient). This greatly increases the risks of the transfusion. Each unit of platelets separated from donated whole blood is called a "platelet concentrate".

Modern automatic plateletpheresis allows the blood donor to give a portion of his platelets, while keeping his or her red blood cells and at least a portion of blood plasma. Therefore, no more than three units of platelets are generally harvested in any one sitting from a donor. Most donors will donate a "single" or "double" unit, however the occurrence of "triples" has been increasing as more suitable donors are recruited.

Because platelets have a life-span of just 5 days, more platelet donors are always needed. Some centers are experimenting with 7 day platelets, but this requires additional testing and the lack of any preservative solutions means that the product is far more effective when fresh.

Even though red blood cells can also be collected in the process, most blood donation organizations do not do so because it takes much longer for the human body to replenish their loss. If the donor donates both red blood cells and platelets, it takes months, rather than days or weeks, before they are allowed to donate again (the guidelines regarding blood donation intervals are country-specific).

In most cases, blood plasma is returned to the donor as well. However, in locations that have plasma processing facilities, a part of the donor's plasma can also be collected in a separate blood bag (see plasmapheresis).

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Author: BobR    Date: 05/16/2008 12:14:23

sym·bi·o·sis [sim-bee-oh-sis, -bahy-] –noun,
1. Biology. a. the living together of two dissimilar organisms, as in mutualism, commensalism, amensalism, or parasitism.
2. Psychiatry. a relationship between two people in which each person is dependent upon and receives reinforcement, whether beneficial or detrimental, from the other.
3. Psychoanalysis. the relationship between an infant and its mother in which the infant is dependent on the mother both physically and emotionally.
4. any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc.

There are many examples of symbiosis in the natural world. There's the crocodile bird that eats parasites on the skin of the croc, and in turn the croc doesn't eat the bird. There's the clown fish which protects sea anemones from predators, and in turn the anemone provides shelter to the clown fish from its predators. There's the e-coli bacteria in our digestive tract that help us digest our food, while we provide them with a place to live and food to eat.

Within politics there are symbiotic relationships as well. The most obvious one is between political parties and news organizations.
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204 comments (Latest Comment: 05/17/2008 05:22:17 by livingonli)

It's FREE!
Author: Raine    Date: 05/15/2008 12:21:03

An important announcement... It's FREE ICED COFFEE DAY at Dunkin Donuts!
There is no rush - Dunkin Donuts is giving out Full Size 16oz drinks from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Customers can walk into any participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurant (or can hit any number of stores throughout the day...) throughout the country.

Customers will be encouraged to try try their new iced coffee drinks; Berry Berry Iced Coffee, which combines the seasonal tastes of blueberry and raspberry with Dunkin' Donuts' award-winning coffee, the chain said.

And because I thought it was fitting, the new Dunkin commercial by They might be giants!

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274 comments (Latest Comment: 05/16/2008 02:31:29 by MMB)

Paint By Numbers, part 2
Author: BobR    Date: 05/14/2008 12:01:27

Once again we have another election night recap. Once again, little has changed. As expected, Senator Clinton won WV by approximately a 2-to-1 margin. In real numbers, that means she got 16 delegates to Obama's 7, a net gain of nine, shrinking Obama's lead from 168 to 159. This has been described as a "symbolic victory", since it really doesn't help her in a meaningful way, but as to what it's symbolic of is anyone's guess.

It did provide Clinton with an opportunity to exclaim that if Obama couldn't win WV, he couldn't win the White House. Once again, the small fact being overlooked by everyone: Obama got more votes in WV than McCain did. Obama got 91,652 votes, while McCain got 89,683. The Popular Vote Tally has been updated. This seems important to me, considering how she likes to manipulate the numbers...
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