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CNN/YouTube(tm) Republican Debate
Author: Raine    Date: 11/29/2007 00:22:35

Tonite we blog as we watch. The drinking game is as follows:

1 shot for everytime a candidate mentions RayGun;
1 Shot for each time War on Terror™ is mentioned;
Double Shots for any mention of 911™ in conjuntion with the war on terror ar anything associated thereof;
Double shot for a Clinton reference;

If any of the following occur:

- Rudy's wife will call in the middle of the debate and tell him she is leaving him for a woman;

- Mitt will use a new hair gel and the heat from the TV studio lights will ignite his quaff mid-way through a question;

- Fred will fall asleep, literally, and begin snoring;

- Mike will talk way too much about Keith Richards, leaving many to question what he's really concerned about;

- Ron Paul will accidentally utters and inappopriate slur;
The entire bottle must be killed.

All credit must be given to Ms. Velveeta Jones for the Kill Bottle list... :clap:

See you inside! and :heart:
194 comments (Latest Comment: 11/29/2007 04:14:22 by livingonli)

The Shame of the Nation
Author: BobR    Date: 11/28/2007 13:40:27

For years now, George Bush has embarrassed this nation. From his ignominious start with the Supreme Court appointment to his antics before and after "Mission Accomplished", along with all of his mispronunciations, he has looked and acted the buffoon.

Who can forget his schoolboy-forgot-to-study explanation of sovereignty? He repeated the word as part of the definition, stabbing out the syllables in his patented way as if that was all the explanation needed. Hell - who can forget ANY of his mangled syntax?

Who can forget his attempt at a "back rub" on German Chancellor Angela Merkel?... or proclaiming certain nations to be members of an "axis of evil"?


But he's definitely outdone himself this time. Here he is mangling the names of the participants at the peace conference he put together:
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227 comments (Latest Comment: 11/29/2007 00:26:48 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/27/2007 11:26:55

Good morning.

Today is our 1,714th day in Iraq.

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

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3876
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3737
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3415
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3017
Since Election (1/31/05): 2439

Other Coalition Troops: 306
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 469

We find this morning's Cost of War standing at:

$ 472, 152, 225, 000 .00

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154 comments (Latest Comment: 11/28/2007 04:11:34 by livingonli)

Mint Julep Anyone?
Author: Raine    Date: 11/26/2007 13:30:04

Trent is leaving...
NBC News has learned that Trent Lott's in the midst of informing close allies that he plans to resign his senate seat before the end of the year. It's possible a formal announcement of his plans could take place as early as today.
"Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house - he's lost his entire house - there's going to be a fantastic house, and I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch."

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112 comments (Latest Comment: 11/27/2007 04:28:47 by livingonli)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/24/2007 13:21:26

Good Morning!

Did you brave the crowds yesterday to spend, spend, spend??

Or did you support Buy Nothing Day?

I was skimming the internets this morning, but most of my usual Libertarian haunts are looking pretty thin, or are chock full of the usual Ron Paul stuff, so I decided to skip all that today.

Instead, we'll go with an interesting piece of fiction, titled "An ancient mandate for national security", presented in its entirety.

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34 comments (Latest Comment: 11/28/2007 17:30:38 by Raine)

Black Friday
Author: BobR    Date: 11/23/2007 13:41:56

Yesterday was a day of excess and gluttony of the gastronomic variety. Today is Black Friday, a day of excess and gluttony of the consumerism variety. It's the "Friday after Thanksgiving Sales" day, and - with dollars stretched further than they have in a long time - it promises to be as fierce as ever, with shoppers looking for the biggest bargains they can find.

There will be the traffic and "parking" reports on the news stations, stores opening before the chickens are up (and people waiting in line for the doors to open), extra-special sale prices only good for one day and even then only good from 7AM to noon. Undoubtedly, we will see news reports tonight of fights that broke out or people that got trampled in a stampede.

All this for Jesus's birthday party. I'm sure He would be happy...
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82 comments (Latest Comment: 11/24/2007 03:25:50 by livingonli)

Giving Thanks
Author: BobR    Date: 11/22/2007 13:48:21

The day is finally upon us, bringing with it the turkey, stuffing (or dressing, depending on where you live), cranberry sauce, and various casseroles, vegetables, and desserts that come out of hibernation for this one day of the year. I wonder why that is?.... Are they too difficult to make the rest of the year?... The recipe only feeds a small army?... It would lose that "special occasion" charm?

Regardless, we continue a tradition supposedly started several hundred years ago when settlers took one day to forget about their troubles and appreciate the good things they had. That tradition has continued until the present.

Nearly every day on this blog we discuss the state of our nation, retched as it is, and sometimes try to entertain ourselves. Given the spirit of the day, I would like this blog to be the exception. Despite any of our problems, be they political, personal, economic, or spiritual, there will always be someone who has it worse. Today I ask all our bloggers to think about all the things that have blessed their lives, and tell us what you're thankful for.
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26 comments (Latest Comment: 11/26/2007 23:42:39 by Raine)

Oh, Damnit
Author: Mondobubba    Date: 11/21/2007 13:11:32

Well ummmm there was going to be a hilarious rant here this morning, but I'm wicked retahed! I had it all typed up and ready to go. I forgot on to save it and didn't plug the computer in. So, I woke to flat battery, Windows starting in the safe mode and the flaven!

One the other hand, the bagels, and organic, locally grown fruit is fresh & the fair trade coffee is perking away. BLOG! BLOG! BLOG! The day away. I will be traveling later today I will try to check in from the road.

185 comments (Latest Comment: 11/22/2007 04:23:35 by Mondobubba)

Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 11/20/2007 11:26:26

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,707th day in Iraq. Some of of our troops are facing their 5th Thanksgiving away from home this week.

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

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3873
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3734
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3412
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3014
Since Election (1/31/05): 2436

Other Coalition Troops: 304
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 468

We find this morning's cost of war standing at:

$470, 192, 450, 000. 00

And do go direct to the website and stare at the counter a moment today. It seems to be moving faster than ever to these eyes.

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226 comments (Latest Comment: 11/21/2007 07:25:36 by Raine)

Quit While We're Ahead
Author: starling310    Date: 11/19/2007 13:18:17

That’s correct, I said quit. I also said we’re ahead. Furthermore, I qualified my declaration that we are ahead with “ever so slightly.” While even 1 life being lost, to the Bush Crime Family’s successful divide, conquer and steal foreign policy, makes my stomach turn, the numbers seem to show signs of improvement; ever so slightly. There appears to be a decline in the number of brave men and woman that will never return home. There also seems to be an increase in the number of Iraqi civilians that will live to see another day in their homes; what is left of them. According to icasualties, American casualties in September and October were 65 and 38, respectively; down dramatically from the same time period in 2006. While this remains unacceptable, it does seem to present a more favorable environment for the United States to “quit while we’re ahead.” Why stick around and flip the bird to Lady Fate? Any reformed gambler would tell us that now is the time to cash in any winnings, if any, and quickly run to the nearest exit.

Where is the nearest exit and how do we get there? I could not begin to tell you. : larry craig : Let me be clear. I am not a military expert. I have never been a military expert. But I have a gut feeling that the current bill proposed by Congress, that will assuredly be vetoed by the Boy Wonder, won’t cut it! The bill :

Requires a transition in the mission of US forces in Iraq from primarily combat to: force protection and diplomatic protection; limited support to Iraqi security forces; and targeted counter-terrorism operations...

Prohibits deployment of any troops not fully equipped and trained; waivable with a presidential national security certification...

That's a handy loophole -- one big enough to drive a decades-long occupation through, even if it is "only" an occupation confined to those "enduring bases" we're spending so much money on. In this manner, Iraq will remain our staging platform for our neverending efforts to control the future of the Middle East, just as we have attempted to do ever since World War I. Continued. . .

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223 comments (Latest Comment: 11/20/2007 04:57:14 by Raine)

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