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Author: clintster    Date: 01/23/2014 13:32:21

Good morning everybody. It's been a while since I've done this, and I was asked to sub in at the last minute, so please forgive me if I am a bit rusty. So, why don't we start off with a few headlines just for kicks?
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40 comments (Latest Comment: 01/24/2014 01:10:09 by Will in Chicago)

A Sorry State of Affairs
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-01-22 12:08:01

For all the attention that we pay to National/Federal politics, the "scandals" and posturing are nothing compared to what goes on at the state level. We normally don't pay much attention to politics in other states, but boy, do things go off the rails there. The Sopranos-esque shakedowns and abuses of power taking center stage in New Jersey are certainly juicy, mainly because Governor Chris Christie was being considered the front-runner for the Republican presidential candidate in 2016. That seems to be lost at this point. Still - there are other stories that are just as amazing.
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58 comments (Latest Comment: 01/22/2014 22:02:51 by Mondobubba)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/21/2014 11:23:33

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,489th day in Afghanistan.

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

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,307
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,108

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

$1, 507, 165, 225, 000 .00

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95 comments (Latest Comment: 01/21/2014 23:44:07 by Raine)

Discovering Martin Luther King Jr.
Author: Raine    Date: 01/20/2014 14:56:20

This is the only known recording of this event. It was released today from the New York State Museum.
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Author: velveeta jones    Date: 01/19/2014 15:50:29

Did these things really happen this week?

David Vitter, he of the poopy diapers and hookers, wants he fellow Americans to show their ID if they use food stamps to buy food. What?
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Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/18/2014 11:01:36

Hey, I told ya so!
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Protect and Serve?
Author: BobR    Date: 01/17/2014 18:33:41

Let me start off by saying I could never ever be a cop. I don't have the stomach or the physicality or the personality, and - most importantly - the desire to be a cop. It takes a special kind of person to spend every working day dealing with the denizens of society. It has to be emotionally gruelling to deal with humanity's worst day in and day out. With today's lax gun laws, you never know if someone is armed, so you always have to assume they are. Walking into the aftermath of violent death has to be rough as well.

The problem, of course, is that some of those who become cops are not that special kind of person. After dealing with the stress of constantly having to be on guard and being hated by those who see the law as a hindrance to getting what they want, some cops begin to assume everyone is guilty of something, and deserve to be treated as such. That's when we get these terrible stories about abuse of power.
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53 comments (Latest Comment: 01/17/2014 22:19:53 by wickedpam)

Late to bed...
Author: Raine    Date: 01/16/2014 13:58:23

late waking up. This winter is kicking my ass.
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47 comments (Latest Comment: 01/17/2014 01:31:01 by Raine)

Wednesday News Dump
Author: BobR    Date: 01/15/2014 12:26:38

I'm a little short on time today, so this will be a quick one. I do not want to write about the Chris Christie scandal today. So - as part of our continuing coverage of the crazies within the Republican party, here are a couple stories that may have slipped under the radar.
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57 comments (Latest Comment: 01/16/2014 07:16:48 by Raine)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/14/2014 10:59:41

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,482nd 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: 2,302
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,108

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

$ 1, 505, 270, 225, 00

So last week, Secretary Robert Gate's book debuted with a bang. Much was made about his "harsh" criticism of President Obama, but your mileage may vary, as always.
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57 comments (Latest Comment: 01/14/2014 23:26:09 by Raine)

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