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Author: TriSec    Date: 06/03/2008 10:46:43

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,909th 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): 4086
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3947
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3625
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3227
Since Election (1/31/05): 2649

Other Coalition Troops: 312
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 510


We find this morning's cost of war passing through $ 525, 093, 000, 000 .00




In Iraq this morning, we've lost another member of the coalition. Australian troops ended combat operations on June 1 and are heading home. Australian troops are among the finest in the world, and we have a fine history with them, working side by side to defeat Imperial Japan 65 years ago. If they're giving up and going home now...

BAGHDAD - Australia ended its combat operations in southern Iraq on Sunday, while the Iraqi government said it has differences with the United States in negotiations over a long-term security agreement.

The official statement by government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh comes amid growing opposition to the deal among Iraqis who see it as a possible violation of Iraq's sovereignty and are worried about an extended presence of American troops.

Talks "are still in their early stages and the Iraqi side has a vision and a draft that is different" from those being presented by U.S. negotiators, al-Dabbagh said.

He was not more specific about the points but insisted the Iraqi government was focused on "fully preserving the sovereignty of Iraq ... and will not accept any article that infringes on this sovereignty and doesn't guarantee the interests of Iraqis."
*snip*
The U.S. military, meanwhile, faced a dwindling coalition of allied countries providing supporting combat troops in Iraq.

Troops held a ceremony Sunday that included lowering the Australian flag from its position and raising the American flag instead over Camp Terendak in the southern Iraq city of Nasiriyah.

"We have to praise the role of the Australian troops in stabilizing the security situation in the province through their checkpoints on the outskirts of the city," said Aziz Kadim Alway, the governor of the Dhi Qar province.

The Iraqi government already has assumed security responsibilities for the Shiite-dominated province, which includes the volatile city of Nasiriyah. But the Australians remained there to help if necessary while also training Iraqi security forces and doing reconstruction and aid work.

The U.S. military said American troops would temporarily take over those responsibilities.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was swept into office in November largely on the promise that he would bring home the country's 550 combat troops by the middle of 2008, saying the Iraq deployment has made Australia more of a target for terrorism.




Turning now to our friends at IAVA, it appears that the historic new GI Bill has now passed the Senate (75-22, on May 22) and lo, these many days later is still sitting on the "President's" desk awaiting signature. He's going to have to do something with it, so won't you please add your voice?

NEW YORK - Today, by an overwhelming 75-22 margin, the Senate passed the "Post-9/11 GI Bill" as part of the war supplemental funding bill. This bipartisan legislation, originally introduced by Senators Jim Webb (D-VA), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and John Warner (R-VA), is whole-heartedly endorsed by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation's first and largest nonpartisan Iraq veterans' organization, and all the leading Veterans Service Organizations. See how every Senator voted here.

"This is a historic victory for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. After World War II, America made sure our troops coming home had the chance to go to college," said Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "With Memorial Day just around the corner, our lawmakers renewed that promise and honored those who bravely serve this country."

Once the House and Senate versions of this legislation are reconciled, the next step is the President's desk. Despite broad support for the GI Bill, the president has threatened a veto of the entire emergency supplemental package, of which the GI Bill is a part.

"In passing this new GI Bill, the Senate and the House put partisan bickering aside to support the troops. When the politicians return to Washington after honoring our troops and veterans this Memorial Day, the President has the chance to prove whether he is with veterans or against them."

For months, IAVA members from across the country have been urging their lawmakers to move this crucial legislation forward. Thousands of supporters made phone calls and signed a petition calling for the passage of the new GI Bill. For more information about the fight for a modern GI Bill, please visit www.GIBill2008.org.



Of course, one of those "Nays" was from Presidential Candidate John McCain...
More than a few people have been puzzled by U.S. Sen. John McCain's dogged opposition to the updated GI Bill of Rights now before Congress. The dissonance between McCain's military-man image and his actions on this issue have introduced a jarring note to his presidential aspirations -- and have highlighted the shoddy treatment many Iraq war veterans have received.

Why would a Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war, a man who is personally acquainted with the difficulties vets can face in returning to civilian life, join President Bush in opposing a popular bipartisan bill to support the troops? Isn't fixing the education benefit in the bill -- one that has shortchanged far too many veterans for years -- a political no-brainer in an election year? The 75 senators who recently voted for it certainly thought so. Over the Memorial Day weekend, Sen. Barack Obama expressed some well-timed astonishment at McCain's opposition, and the two have been feuding about it since. The media and pundits seem perplexed, collectively suggesting: That's not the John McCain we know.
.

It sure is interesting to read his campaign website, isn't it?
America owes its liberty, its prosperity, and its future to our veterans who have dedicated their lives to protecting our great country. John McCain has fought to honor our national commitment to our veterans who have given their careers and livelihoods to ensuring our freedom. He believes we must provide for service members and their families while they serve, we must help those who return from combat to adjust to civilian life, and we must honor and never forget the service of those who do not return.

John McCain has been a leader in Congress, fighting for all those who serve and their families, improving veterans' health care, providing veterans with the benefits they have earned, easing their transition to civilian life, and honoring the fallen.

John McCain believes that meeting the needs of our service members who defend us is our obligation and is essential to our national security. He worked to increase pay scales for servicemen and women during both the Persian Gulf War and the current War on Terror and to increase enlistment and reenlistment bonuses for reservists and guardsmen. He also sponsored bills to give special tax relief to deployed service members and to set up overseas savings programs for the men and women fighting in the Gulf War.


Hypocrisy, thy name is "Republican".



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Comment by Random on 06/03/2008 11:29:50
First off, great post Tri-sec.



Second off, for those who didn't check in the board yesterday afternoon, we've got ourselves an official pool. Here are the basic rules, chose a selection in each of the three catagories: Super's Declaring, Montana, South Dakota.

Super's declaring will officially close all bets by Noon today.

Montana and south Dakota will close at their respective poll closing times.

Thank you.

P.S. Raine has said she will take care of the prize.



Super's Declaring

1-3:

4-6:

7-10: Raine

10-15: Random

15-20: IzzyBitz, Shane-O

20+: PatM



Montana

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama):

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama):

3-4 point difference (Clinton):

5-6 point difference (Obama): PatM

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): Shane-O

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama): livingonli, Random

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama): Raine, IzzyBitz

15+ point difference (Clinton):



South Dakota

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama): livingonli

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama): Raine, Random, PatM

3-4 point difference (Clinton):

5-6 point difference (Obama): Shane-O

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): IzzyBitz

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama):

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama):

15+ point difference (Clinton):



Comment by BobR on 06/03/2008 12:23:52
As always, great Ask A Vet segment Tri. I'm a little confused about the funding bill. You say it's on the pResident's desk awaiting signature, but the article says the House and Senate versions need to be reconciled. I thought that reconcilliation needed to happen first.



Anyway - Bush needs to decide if he wants to veto it and see his veto overridden, or ignore the bill and have it pass by proxy.

Comment by BobR on 06/03/2008 12:31:59
Quote by Random:

Super's Declaring

1-3:

4-6:

7-10: Raine

10-15: Random

15-20: IzzyBitz, Shane-O

20+: PatM



Montana

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama):

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama):

3-4 point difference (Clinton):

5-6 point difference (Obama): PatM

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): Shane-O

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama): livingonli, Random

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama): Raine, IzzyBitz

15+ point difference (Clinton):



South Dakota

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama): livingonli

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama): Raine, Random, PatM

3-4 point difference (Clinton):

5-6 point difference (Obama): Shane-O

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): IzzyBitz

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama):

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama):

15+ point difference (Clinton):



Supers Declaring: I still think most will wait until Wed., but I'm going to join Raine in the 7-10 range.

MT: Obama by 1-2

SD: Clinton by 3-4



Comment by Random on 06/03/2008 12:35:56
BobR is the only person so far betting on a Clinton win in South Dakota.





Super's Declaring

1-3:

4-6:

7-10: Raine, BobR

10-15: Random

15-20: IzzyBitz, Shane-O

20+: PatM



Montana

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama): BobR

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama):

3-4 point difference (Clinton):

5-6 point difference (Obama): PatM

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): Shane-O

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama): livingonli, Random

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama): Raine, IzzyBitz

15+ point difference (Clinton):



South Dakota

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama): livingonli

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama): Raine, Random, PatM

3-4 point difference (Clinton): BobR

5-6 point difference (Obama): Shane-O

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): IzzyBitz

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama):

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama):

15+ point difference (Clinton):



Comment by clintster on 06/03/2008 12:36:17
Oooh, oooh, ooh! A pool? Can I jump in?



Supers: I'll say 6

Montana: 7-10 diff for Obama

SD: 3-4 O'bama (didn't you know he's Irish?)



Hillary drops out tomorrow morning.

Comment by Random on 06/03/2008 12:43:09
Of Course Clintster. i put in the closing dates on my first post.



Super's Declaring

1-3:

4-6: clintster

7-10: Raine, BobR

10-15: Random

15-20: IzzyBitz, Shane-O

20+: PatM



Montana

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama): BobR

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama):

3-4 point difference (Clinton):

5-6 point difference (Obama): PatM

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): Shane-O, clintster

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama): livingonli, Random

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama): Raine, IzzyBitz

15+ point difference (Clinton):



South Dakota

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama): livingonli

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama): Raine, Random, PatM, clintster

3-4 point difference (Clinton): BobR

5-6 point difference (Obama): Shane-O

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): IzzyBitz

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama):

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama):

15+ point difference (Clinton):





Comment by BobR on 06/03/2008 12:54:20
Random - I mght want to change my brackets on the states. I was assuming you meant a difference in pledged delegates, since we've been talking about delegates all this time. Did you mean difference in percentage of the popular vote?



If so, I would like to change mine as follows:

MT: Obama by 7-10 points

SD: Clinton by 11-15 points



Comment by Scoopster on 06/03/2008 12:55:51
Morning all! News from the homefront - I should be planting my "tomato" seedlings outdoors tomorrow, or Thursday if it's raining too hard. Would've like to keep them indoors but there's no room left with my landlord's bonsai trees taking up all the damn space!



Oooh.. a bloggie pool eh? Lemme play! I'll take 20+ Supers, Montana by 9 for Obama and SD by 2 for Clinton. It might be a long night though before the supers really start coming out, with the time difference to Montana being the reason.

Comment by Random on 06/03/2008 12:58:08
>< BobR it is percentage points, so i'll change it.

Edit: Instead of re-posting, just adding Scoopster. do you mean percentage point difference, or delegate difference?



Super's Declaring

1-3:

4-6: clintster

7-10: Raine, BobR

10-15: Random

15-20: IzzyBitz, Shane-O

20+: PatM, Scoopster



Montana

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama):

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama):

3-4 point difference (Clinton):

5-6 point difference (Obama): PatM

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): Shane-O, clintster, BobR

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama): livingonli, Random

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama): Raine, IzzyBitz

15+ point difference (Clinton):



South Dakota

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama): livingonli

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama): Raine, Random, PatM, clintster

3-4 point difference (Clinton):

5-6 point difference (Obama): Shane-O

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): IzzyBitz

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama):

11-15 point difference (Clinton): BobR

15+ point difference (Obama):

15+ point difference (Clinton):







Comment by m-hadley on 06/03/2008 12:59:41
Mornin' Folks :coffee:

Off to two doctors' appointments this morning - ugh I'm too tired to care anymore, but I started a post last night called "It's the Delegates (Not the Poplular Vote), Stupidos," but I just didn't have the heart to finish it. Honestly, I hope that Hillary backers come to their senses and realize the damage a McCain presidency would do to not only our country but also our world/planet. BTB, Random - try not to get old - it sucks (but maybe it beats the alternative - just maybe). That's all I got today. Carry on, you excellent crew, you :D

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by velveeta jones on 06/03/2008 13:06:39
Great post TriSec! McCain is such a hypocrite I don't see how he cannot see that.



Anywho, I'll jump into the pool.......... but I do want to know what the prize will be. Box of wine? No thanks! :lol:



SDs: 11

MT: 5-6 Obama

SD: 3-4 Clinton

Comment by Random on 06/03/2008 13:12:43
Thanks Velveeta. And Scoopster, do you mean percentage point difference, or delegate difference?



Super's Declaring

1-3:

4-6: clintster

7-10: Raine, BobR

10-15: Random, velveeta jones

15-20: IzzyBitz, Shane-O

20+: PatM, Scoopster



Montana

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama):

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama):

3-4 point difference (Clinton):

5-6 point difference (Obama): PatM, velveeta jones

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): Shane-O, clintster, BobR

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama): livingonli, Random

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama): Raine, IzzyBitz

15+ point difference (Clinton):



South Dakota

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama): livingonli

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama): Raine, Random, PatM, clintster

3-4 point difference (Clinton): velveeta jones

5-6 point difference (Obama): Shane-O

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): IzzyBitz

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama):

11-15 point difference (Clinton): BobR

15+ point difference (Obama):

15+ point difference (Clinton):









Comment by Scoopster on 06/03/2008 13:16:49
Oh I meant percentages.. I also made some adjustments to those numbers below; was being way too confident that folks might decide to buck the polls and shut this thing down hard tonight.

Comment by velveeta jones on 06/03/2008 13:17:47


Comment by Scoopster on 06/03/2008 13:20:11
Box of wine :rofl:



I wouldn't mind a bottle of this tho.

Comment by Random on 06/03/2008 13:21:05
Right, thanks Scoopster



Super's Declaring

1-3:

4-6: clintster

7-10: Raine, BobR

10-15: Random, velveeta jones

15-20: IzzyBitz, Shane-O

20+: PatM, Scoopster



Montana

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama):

1-2 point difference (Clinton):

3-4 point difference (Obama):

3-4 point difference (Clinton):

5-6 point difference (Obama): PatM, velveeta jones

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): Shane-O, clintster, BobR, Scoopster

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama): livingonli, Random

11-15 point difference (Clinton):

15+ point difference (Obama): Raine, IzzyBitz

15+ point difference (Clinton):



South Dakota

50/50 split:

1-2 point difference (Obama): livingonli

1-2 point difference (Clinton): Scoopster

3-4 point difference (Obama): Raine, Random, PatM, clintster

3-4 point difference (Clinton): velveeta jones

5-6 point difference (Obama): Shane-O

5-6 point difference (Clinton):

7-10 point difference (Obama): IzzyBitz

7-10 point difference (Clinton):

11-15 point difference (Obama):

11-15 point difference (Clinton): BobR

15+ point difference (Obama):

15+ point difference (Clinton):











Comment by Random on 06/03/2008 13:23:57
There's shouldn't be that many people left who frequant this blog to make a bet, right?

Comment by BobR on 06/03/2008 13:24:58
Quote by Scoopster:

Box of wine :rofl:



I wouldn't mind a bottle of this tho.


That's WAY too much for a bottle of *blended* scotch...

Comment by BobR on 06/03/2008 13:27:53
Quote by velveeta jones:



Cute, but they should've made her old... :)



Comment by Raine on 06/03/2008 13:37:12
Good Morning!

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2008 13:38:53
Once the bets are in and locked, I will make a blog post of it!







Comment by Raine on 06/03/2008 13:50:05
Quote by m-hadley:

Mornin' Folks :coffee:

Off to two doctors' appointments this morning - ugh I'm too tired to care anymore, but I started a post last night called "It's the Delegates (Not the Poplular Vote), Stupidos," but I just didn't have the heart to finish it. Honestly, I hope that Hillary backers come to their senses and realize the damage a McCain presidency would do to not only our country but also our world/planet. BTB, Random - try not to get old - it sucks (but maybe it beats the alternative - just maybe). That's all I got today. Carry on, you excellent crew, you :D

Cheers,

mfaye
:hug:



Hope it goes well at the Doctor! CUL8R!



Comment by wickedpam on 06/03/2008 13:52:16
Morning :hug:





Hey Random here are my picks



Declaring Supers - 15-20

Montana - 7-10 Obama

South Dakota - 5-6 Clinton

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2008 13:57:35
:lol: Momma said she lived in Croton-on-the -Hudson?

Comment by livingonli on 06/03/2008 14:03:39
Good morning folks.



My weekend is here. Better put the air conditioners in today since it is now summertime.



And I really need to stop being up past 3 AM.

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2008 14:05:30
This is a surprise to me.



Wes Clark stopped out in Texas yesterday to drop by a fundraiser Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius headlined for Michael Skelly, a Democrat running for congress in Texas.



Clark introduced Sebelius and, according to a regular correspondent and reliable source who was there, said:



"The London odds-makers say that Kathleen Sebelius is the odds-on favorite to be the next vice

president. I can tell you, she'd make a great vice presidential choice."




Yes, the same Wes Clarke that was considered a VP candidate for HRC.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/03/2008 14:08:30
DJ you scamp. :D

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2008 14:12:05
Our AC is broken... :thud:



The maintenance guys are on the job... this is going to be a long hot day.

Comment by livingonli on 06/03/2008 14:13:25
OK, I am going to do my delegate pick for the pool. I will say 11-15 today because I still think most will wait until after tonight's results to announce. Once Obama reaches the 2118 threshold expect the SD floodgates to open so that people can finally put this to bed. It will also be at that point when Hillary suspends her campaign since at least she if not her enablers like McAuliffe and Ickes recognizes that fact. Those two will probably still find a way to pee into the pool.

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2008 14:16:15
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Comment by wickedpam on 06/03/2008 14:16:34
OH hey - Jim's bit about McSame just reminded me of something.



Talked to my uber-Republican-born-again-Christian-Messianic Jewish Aunt this weekend. We only touched on politics, like we usually do. Just from what she said McSame as a problem with evangelicals in a big way I think. She said she didn't like McCain, he changes his positions too much, she couldn't see herself voting for him. Now granted she said she wouldn't vote for Hills either. And she's really looking into Obama with some interest. But she's not sure who she's going to be voting for yet.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/03/2008 14:17:19
Quote by Raine:

Our AC is broken... :thud:



The maintenance guys are on the job... this is going to be a long hot day.






Wimps - :p



We're opening the windows and turning on the fans.



Comment by livingonli on 06/03/2008 14:20:10
I live upstairs where it gets really hot in the summertime. It sucks because I already have high electric bills and they really shoot up with the air conditioners running during the summer months.

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2008 14:21:11
I do not know where Chris is hearing these rumours.



Not when people like Wes Clarke are calling for other people to be VP. I just don't see it.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/03/2008 14:21:50
One more thing - saw Indiana Jones this weekend - first let me saw what a jamming of 2 iconic things in one movie - had to laugh at the end.



Second - saw the preview for Hellboy 2! WOW! I hope it's as good as the previews.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/03/2008 14:24:21
Quote by livingonli:

I live upstairs where it gets really hot in the summertime. It sucks because I already have high electric bills and they really shoot up with the air conditioners running during the summer months.




Hey Liv have you ever check to see if you power company has some kind of budget plan? Something where your bill doesn't jump all over the place?





I lived on the second floor before, and my place is 2 stories, I still just open the windows until the humility gets too much for me to deal with.



Comment by livingonli on 06/03/2008 14:25:09
BTW, on yesterday's blog when chastised some of the bloggers for sniping again, he also mentioned something that we were talking about in 's hotel room in DC.

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2008 14:25:58
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Our AC is broken... :thud:



The maintenance guys are on the job... this is going to be a long hot day.






Wimps - :p



We're opening the windows and turning on the fans.

pfff. IT is the deep south sistah! It get's REALLY hot in the afternoons!



Comment by livingonli on 06/03/2008 14:27:35
Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by livingonli:

I live upstairs where it gets really hot in the summertime. It sucks because I already have high electric bills and they really shoot up with the air conditioners running during the summer months.




Hey Liv have you ever check to see if you power company has some kind of budget plan? Something where your bill doesn't jump all over the place?





I lived on the second floor before, and my place is 2 stories, I still just open the windows until the humility gets too much for me to deal with.



I am one of those. I still pay over $100/month. I think Long Island has either the highest or second highest utility bills in the country which goes back to when LILCO kept jacking up the rates to fund the Shoreham Nuclear Plant (now dismantled).

Comment by starling310 on 06/03/2008 14:28:24
Whispers to Screams??



Come on producerchris doooooo it!! Play Icicle Works. You know you want to!!!





Comment by wickedpam on 06/03/2008 14:28:44
Quote by Raine:

Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by Raine:

Our AC is broken... :thud:



The maintenance guys are on the job... this is going to be a long hot day.






Wimps - :p



We're opening the windows and turning on the fans.

pfff. IT is the deep south sistah! It get's REALLY hot in the afternoons!





I lived in the NC for a long while - I know of the hot, humid afternoons, trust me - still we just didn't turn on the AC unless we absolutly had too. It was a money thing when I was a kid and teen. Now it's just a challenge.



Comment by Shane-O on 06/03/2008 14:29:29
If nothing else - the two of them would make for a great campaign slogan:



"Yes we can, and we will"

Comment by BobR on 06/03/2008 14:29:54
Quote by livingonli:

Good morning folks.



My weekend is here. Better put the air conditioners in today since it is now summertime.



And I really need to stop being up past 3 AM.


btw - awesome selection for last night's late-night music theatre... :bow:

Comment by starling310 on 06/03/2008 14:30:54
Quote by livingonli:

BTW, on yesterday's blog when chastised some of the bloggers for sniping again, he also mentioned something that we were talking about in 's hotel room in DC.








Comment by PatM on 06/03/2008 14:31:18
If I'm reading it correctly, Obama just picked up 1.5 more super delegates.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/03/2008 14:31:30
Quote by livingonli:

Quote by wickedpam:

Quote by livingonli:

I live upstairs where it gets really hot in the summertime. It sucks because I already have high electric bills and they really shoot up with the air conditioners running during the summer months.




Hey Liv have you ever check to see if you power company has some kind of budget plan? Something where your bill doesn't jump all over the place?





I lived on the second floor before, and my place is 2 stories, I still just open the windows until the humility gets too much for me to deal with.



I am one of those. I still pay over $100/month. I think Long Island has either the highest or second highest utility bills in the country which goes back to when LILCO kept jacking up the rates to fund the Shoreham Nuclear Plant (now dismantled).




For an apartment - jeez, those rates are high, I pay a little over 100 for a townhouse and that includes the time I had the busted PVC pipe and the Christmas and Halloween lights I put up every year.



Sounds like another reason to really considering move to a place where cost of living is less crazy.

Comment by Raine on 06/03/2008 14:31:30
Gm says it will phase out the Hummer!?!?! Finally a good thing from these gawdawful gas prices!

Comment by BobR on 06/03/2008 14:32:30
Quote by wickedpam:





I lived in the NC for a long while - I know of the hot, humid afternoons, trust me - still we just didn't turn on the AC unless we absolutly had too. It was a money thing when I was a kid and teen. Now it's just a challenge.



The humidty in Atlanta is awful in the summer, and with all the concrete and asphalt, the heat gets absorbed and it becomes like an oven.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/03/2008 14:33:22
Quote by PatM:

If I'm reading it correctly, Obama just picked up 1.5 more super delegates.




How do you have half a delegate? That could be icky - did he go all George Romero on someone? :p



Comment by starling310 on 06/03/2008 14:33:58




YAY PRODUCERCHRIS!!!!!