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Author: Raine    Date: 04/24/2014 13:06:48

The last time I felt this way was in the 90's as the so-called Moral Majority was increasing its stranglehold on the country. I remember Waco, Ruby Ridge and the Oklahoma bombing. I did not shed a tear when Timothy McVeigh was silenced forever.
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The Big Chill
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-04-23 10:15:26

As 2014 marches on, it seems like our long national nightmare in the Middle East is finally coming to an end. For young people, it must seem like a paraphrase from "1984": America has always been at war with Terrorism. It isn't the first time that America has been at war with an "ism", however. In the 60s and 70s, America was at war with Communism. That was the boogeyman that was on the verge of destroying The American Way, unless we used our military to strike down communism wherever it showed its face. Thus, we endured a Cuban Missile Crisis, battled in Viet Nam, and conducted a long Cold War against the Soviet Union.

It wasn't until the mid 80s and a change in leadership in the USSR when Perestroika, Glasnost, and the dissolution of the USSR into individual countries brought that Cold War to an end. We began reducing our nuke stockpiles, turning the doomsday clock backwards, and ushering in a technological and consumer renaissance in the U.S. Still - we spied on Russia, and Russia spied on us, and we continued to fight our war via proxies, as Russia and the U.S. inevitably supported opposite sides in various skirmishes around the globe.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/22/2014 10:21:31

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,580th day in Afghanistan.

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

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,314
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,114

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

$ 1, 528, 243, 975, 000 .00

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Author: Raine    Date: 04/21/2014 12:59:38

I feel like I should write something about the Boston Marathon today... or Patriot day, or the Red Sox game today... I'll leave that to TriSec.
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Happy Easter & Pesach
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 04/20/2014 14:38:53

Let's take a look at what's going on in the world to celebrate this time of rebirth and renewal, shall we?

One of the worlds most misogynist countries will begin construction on the tallest phallus in the Universe this week. Calling the phallus an "office building" though one wonders why Saudi Arabia would need so much office space in a country that has every other country do the work for them.
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By the Rude Bridge
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/19/2014 11:35:17

Good Morning.

Two hundred thirty-nine years ago at this hour, a wee little kerfuffle was taking place a few miles from where I sit. The regulars had already shot up Colonel Parker and his men on Lexington Green, and were on the march towards the Patriot's arsenal at Concord. In a few hours' time, about 100 men of the expeditionary force would face off against more than 400 Minutemen at the Old North Bridge...and would expediently decide to retreat to Boston.

In past years, we've often visited with some of the participants in this battle. Last year, I missed the occasion, as a very different battle was taking place a few miles in the opposite direction after what had happened on April 15.
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1 comments (Latest Comment: 04/19/2014 18:26:18 by Will in Chicago)

Fluffy Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 04/18/2014 12:58:16

So it being Easter this weekend and all, I've chosen the obligatory pictures of adorable baby animals, cause you know, Spring.

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I'm not sufficiently pissed off -- yet.
Author: Raine    Date: 04/17/2014 13:09:14

You know ultimately, we will get exactly what we deserve if we don't work for what we want.

And it will take work. We -- the American people -- are under attack by big, monied interests.
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43 comments (Latest Comment: 04/17/2014 21:06:43 by Mondobubba)

(Making a) Living off the Land
Author: BobR    Date: 04/16/2014 11:02:44

It seems like only yesterday (but was - in fact a years ago) when the Tea Baggers were screaming that they wanted the government to "keep your hands off my Medicare". It was such a jarring disconnect between the confused rhetoric and the reality of social safety net programs as to be comical. How could anyone not realize that Medicare is the very definition of government, and one of the single largest budgetary items we had? Where did they think the money came from for Medicare? Yes - from taxes, through the federal government, and then out to medical service providers.

The idea that nothing good comes of the federal government is a meme that feels good to the rebels, the libertarians, the nut job tea baggers, and all of the rest. Of course - they'll complain while they drive on roads, enjoy the protections of state and federal law enforcement, and - in many cases - feed their families with food stamps and welfare checks.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/15/2014 10:15:45

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,573th day in Afghanistan.

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

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan : 2,313
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan : 1,114

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

1, 526, 471, 575, 000 .00

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