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Author: TriSec    Date: 08/30/2008 12:54:48

Good Morning!

Well, it's the eve of the Republican convention. From where I sit, it seems that the McCain campaign is in more disarray every day. It's purely anectdotal, but the few republicans that I know in this state are increasingly disappointed with McCain and his policies. At least one person I know is voting for Obama; there's a few others that I've been trying hard to sell Bob Barr to.

I know none of us here are seriously considering voting for Bob Barr. I never was going to vote for him from the very beginning; my candidate didn't make it out of the convention and he has virtually disappeared since then.

But since we ALL must know some republican fence-sitters....you owe it to America to point out that there are alternatives for our misguided friends.

I have found a remarkable website called "On the Issues", that lists the positions of every candidate on every issue....so I'll cherry-pick just a couple of things today and we'll look at Barr vs. McCain.

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45 comments (Latest Comment: 08/31/2008 05:39:55 by livingonli)

Yes. We did.
Author: Raine    Date: 08/29/2008 12:18:58

Did you wake up this morning still feeling it? The happiness the hope and the change that we are making happen? I know I did. I don't have to tell you how historic last night was. What I do want to tell you is that It was, and still is, an honor and a privilege to be able to share it with all of you.

We have a chance this time to not just move away from the failures of the past 8 years, but to be a part of great change in this country. I for one am so happy that I am here to be a part of it. 58 years ago, Rosa Parks was sent to jail for not taking her seat in the back of a bus. Over the past year, Hillary Clinton puts 19 million cracks in a ceiling. Last night, this is what we saw:
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281 comments (Latest Comment: 08/30/2008 12:33:24 by trojanrabbit)

Democratic Convention Day 4
Author: BobR    Date: 08/28/2008 12:33:27

There have been some discussions of "where's the beef?" with regards to the campaign, Last night, Democrats got their two all beef patties, AND a little special sauce courtesy of Mellisa Ethridge. There were big names at the podium and big events at the hall.

The primary event of the evening of course was the nomination of Barack Obama as candidate for president for the Democratic Party. Due to the previous issues with Clinton supporters and - to some extent - the candidate herself, this took on the scripted feel of a movie scene. And what a scene it was!
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377 comments (Latest Comment: 08/29/2008 11:01:37 by trojanrabbit)

Democratic Convention Day 3
Author: BobR    Date: 08/27/2008 12:22:41

Last night was the big night for Hillary's speech. Concerns abounded as to whether she would be able to convince the PUMAs to get behind their party's presumptive nominee. The results were as good as could be expected. There were other speeches earlier in the evening that were also quite good, sadly missed by anyone watching anything other than PBS or C-SPAN.

Hillary spent close to half of her speech talking about her own campaign. Perhaps that was a last bit of meat to toss to her supporters. She wrapped that up by saying that both she & Obama supported the same things and that the only way to get that was by voting Democrat in Nov.
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280 comments (Latest Comment: 08/28/2008 06:48:52 by livingonli)

Ask A Vet
Author: Raine    Date: 08/26/2008 11:51:48

Good morning. I will fill in as best I can for our Loyal TriSec today. As We do every Tuesday, I present to you the stats From AntiWar.com

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4147
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03) 4008
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3686 3064
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3288
Since Election (1/31/05): 271

Today, we find the the Cost of war at $548,639,381,819 --the number counter is a stunner. $4,681 per household, $1,721 per person, $341.4 million per day.
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250 comments (Latest Comment: 08/27/2008 07:01:29 by livingonli)

Democratic National Convention Day 1
Author: BobR    Date: 08/25/2008 12:23:00

Today it begins. The Democratic Party National Convention opens in Denver. It looks to be 4 days of celebrating a new beginning, a Party party for flushing away the past 8 years of fear, incompetence, selfishness and self-righteousness (okay - maybe we'll still have a little of that last one). It will be 4 days of amazing speakers and music.

Last night was a celebratory concert. It included performers and speakers Dave Matthews (with Tim Reynolds), Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Laurie David, Van Jones, Bill McDonough, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Bruce Springsteen will be playing the last night after Barack's speech. It's almost like LiveAid. Meanwhile, the Republican convention is more like Rolaid. :P
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261 comments (Latest Comment: 08/26/2008 04:08:34 by m-hadley)

Author: velveeta jones    Date: 08/24/2008 12:45:57

Its come to this. Velveeta has turned into a drooling idiot. I'd always known this would eventually come to pass, but I held out hope that I'd reach such an age where I wouldn't know the difference.

Yes, dear readers, last night I stood in a small cubicle and felt as if I was Varya from Chekov's "Cherry Orchard" hearing the harp string break. Though in this case, it was not the demise of the aristocracy and the rise of the middle class; it was my small brain trying to take in more information than Our Dear Lord ever imagined.

I recently accepted a promotion at that place that pays me money - and it has already taken its toll on me. As I stood in said cubicle office and listened to an explanation of my responsibilities - there came the breaking of the harp string. I heard it as clear as day; right over the drone of "....then you look up the person's account number and enter it..........recount the money even though you counted it twice..........sort the slips of paper..........login to the ............fill out this form, and then this form..............answer the phone while counting........"


And so my dear readers, I feel little remorse in presenting to you, today's blog, which is just short of an Open Thread. Call it: Stuff to ponder.
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47 comments (Latest Comment: 08/25/2008 11:43:02 by trojanrabbit)

Cleaning out the drawer of the Blog Mind
Author: TriSec    Date: 08/23/2008 13:36:48

With apologies to Bob Ryan, from whom I steal this idea from time to time..

Anyway, I checked my phone this morning, and the first words out of my mouth were "that bastard!" I don't know about anyone else, but my message was received at 3:20 EDT (am!) here on the East Coast. Curiously, our own Raine made this call yesterday:

Comment by Raine on 8/22/2008 5:38:13 PM HEy... I just had a thought... wouldn't it be hilarious if we all got the text message from Barack Obama at 3 am?

It's Three Am, and this is barack obama

Dude, can you say "anti-climactic?"

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96 comments (Latest Comment: 08/24/2008 05:55:34 by livingonli)

The POW Card - or, how I learned to love myself for my Country
Author: Raine    Date: 08/22/2008 05:27:39

"Thanks to my prisoner of war experience, I had, as they say in politics, a good first story to sell."
From John McCain's 2002 Book, Worth Fighting for.

Oh, He's selling this story alright.
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235 comments (Latest Comment: 08/23/2008 13:38:37 by TriSec)

POTUS Debates Announced
Author: Raine    Date: 08/21/2008 14:41:21

Joint statement from Obama and McCain:
The Barack Obama and John McCain campaigns have agreed to hold three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate in September and October sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The campaigns have come to the earliest agreement on presidential debates reached in any general election in recent history. This announcement reflects the presidential campaigns' agreement on dates, locations, and the formats for the fall debates. Campaign-appointed debate negotiators House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said they were pleased to have reached an early agreement to provide the American people with the opportunity to see and hear the candidates debate the critical issues facing the country. The two campaigns have accepted sponsorship of the debates by the Commission on Presidential Debates, subject to the debates being conducted under the terms of their agreement.

Summary of McCain-Obama Debate Agreement
The two campaigns agreed today on a framework for four General Election debates, to be sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Key elements of the agreement are:

First Presidential Debate:
Date: September 26
Site: University of Mississippi
Topic: Foreign Policy & National Security
Moderator: Jim Lehrer
Staging: Podium debate
Answer Format: The debate will be broken into nine, 9-minute segments. The moderator will introduce a topic and allow each candidate 2 minutes to comment. After these initial answers, the moderator will facilitate an open discussion of the topic for the remaining 5 minutes, ensuring that both candidates receive an equal amount of time to comment

Vice Presidential Debate
Date: October 2nd
Site: Washington University (St. Louis)
Moderator: Gwen Ifill
Staging/Answer Format: To be resolved after both parties’ Vice Presidential nominees are selected.

Second Presidential Debate
Date: October 7
Site: Belmont University
Moderator: Tom Brokaw
Staging: Town Hall debate
Format: The moderator will call on members of the audience (and draw questions from the internet). Each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond to each question. Following those initial answers, the moderator will invite the candidates to respond to the previous answers, for a total of 1 minute, ensuring that both candidates receive an equal amount of time to comment. In the spirit of the Town Hall, all questions will come from the audience (or internet), and not the moderator.

Third Presidential Debate
Date: October 15
Site: Hofstra University
Topic: Domestic and Economic policy
Moderator: Bob Schieffer
Staging: Candidates will be seated at a table
Answer Format: Same as First Presidential Debate
Closing Statements: At the end of this debate (only) each candidate shall have the opportunity for a 90 second closing statement.

All four debates will begin at 9pm ET, and last for 90 minutes. Both campaigns also agreed to accept the CPD’s participation rules for third-party candidate participation.

:peace: and :heart:

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