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Author: TriSec    Date: 07/15/2008 10:48:10

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,945th day in Iraq.

We'll start 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): 4119
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3980
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3658
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3260
Since Election (1/31/05): 2682

Other Coalition Troops: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 555

We find this morning's cost of war passing through $ 536, 860, 250, 000.00

This morning, we'll take a look at the forgotten conflict in Afghanistan. Even here at Ask A vet, we often overlook this second front in the "warron terra" in favor of the epic boondoggle that is Iraq. However, there's been some news recently. We'll start with Candidate Obama, who would send 10,000 troops to Afghanistan, which may actually be a good idea.

The Democratic Party's presidential nominee, writing in The New York Times yesterday, said that while US troops had performed "heroically" in Iraq, Afghanistan was the real frontline in the battle against al-Qa'eda.

The comments came a day after nine US soldiers were killed in a gun battle when al-Qa'eda-Taliban forces attacked a base in eastern Afghanistan, the deadliest attack they have suffered in three years.

Mr Obama added that the conditions that led him to oppose the war in Iraq and last year's "surge" of US forces had not altered.

"The strain on our military has grown, the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and we've spent nearly $200 billion more in Iraq than we had budgeted," he wrote.

The article will be followed by a major foreign policy speech today in which the candidate will lay out his vision for his presidency.

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372 comments (Latest Comment: 07/16/2008 13:08:00 by BobR)

Snap out of it! It's not really happening!
Author: Raine    Date: 07/14/2008 12:21:40

That's it. It's you. When you read articles like this, that mention the very real possibility of more banks failing this year - 90 banks... oh, btw, IndyMac was never on that list. You shouldn't worry, tho. It's just crazy mental thinking!

By now, I am sure you heard Phill Gramm tell us that it's is a mental recession, and that we are a nation of whiners. Of course - someone like Mr. Gramm can say this. He is rich. He doesn't face the things that you and I face everyday. Will the check clear before or AFTER I get the money in the bank? Can I afford to put gas in my tank this week, or should I fill my pantry with food? John McCain claims that Mr. Gramm doesn't speak for him... but John McCain has been telling us it is all in our head as well.
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245 comments (Latest Comment: 07/15/2008 04:11:54 by livingonli)

Hope shines even among loss
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 07/13/2008 12:12:24

Being as old as Velveeta, one needs to find things to fill their time left on the earth, and one of those things is work. Unfortunately, work is something that often makes one want death to come earlier. So, for me, a more fulfilling activity comes in lending a helping hand to those in need.

It does have its benefits for me besides just feeling like I have a purpose. One of those benefits is meeting all types of people, often, people who would not otherwise give me the time of day. Me, a white post-punk, vegan-peacnik that lives in sin with a black woman.

But I love being around people that are so different and share different points of view. I find discourse with another intelligent person to be exciting as well as educational.

And that is what I often find when going out on the Red Cross Disaster Relief operation, recently to the Midwest floods.

It was there that I met a former army officer and veteran of the Korean war who now volunteers with the Red Cross. He has worked for many years and seen many disasters, and, like many former military officers, has brought his military experience with him to this volunteer organization.
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71 comments (Latest Comment: 07/14/2008 03:52:18 by Raine)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/12/2008 13:35:39

Good Morning!

Ah, a delightfully lazy Saturday around these parts. We've got nothing planned, nothing pressing that needs doing, and nowhere to go. So maybe we'll make use of some local charm and get out and do something "summery".

Anyway...that won't stop me from starting with a subject that's near and dear to me. Ballot Access.

Among the major candidates, we take for granted that they'll be listed in all 50 states. That's not the case with third-party or lesser candidates...they have to fight for every line of print. But that's because 'the powers' made it that way.

This year, for the first time since Ross Perot, a serious candidate is making inroads among the right. It's Bob Barr, Libertarian of Georgia. We'll start in Senator McCain's home state of Arizona with this news. Apparently, he's trailing Obama by 3% in his own backyard.
Phoenix - In a sign of continued weakness in his home state, an online poll shows Sen. John McCain trailing Sen. Barack Obama by 3-percentage points in Arizona. The poll also shows the candidacy of Liberterian Bob Barr is having a significant impact on McCain's campaign by siphoning off conservative voters nationwide.

The Arizona poll was part of nationwide Zogby International poll that put Obama ahead in total electoral votes with 273 to 160 for McCain. The poll found 11 states with 105 electoral votes too close to call -- including Arizona. McCain's campaign in June included Arizona among its list of swing states.

McCain not only faced problems with Independent voters, he is losing a small, but potentially lethal voting block of the GOP right to Barr. The former Republican congressman from Georgia is pulling just enough voters in many states to shift the balance to Obama. Whether this bloc will remain in Barr's camp on election day could determine the outcome.

"Barr is hurting McCain all across the country," said Fritz Wenzel, director of communications for Zogby.

The Zogby poll of 1,142 likely Arizona voters was conducted June 11-30, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The survey found Obama leading in Arizona with 42 percent of the vote, followed by McCain with 39 percent. Barr had 7 percent, followed by Independent Ralph Nader with 2 percent. Five percent of the voters selected other candidates and 5 percent were undecided.

Wenzel said 16 percent of Arizona voters who described themselves as very conservative said they would vote for Barr, with 64 percent backing McCain. The double-digit defection to Barr signals further trouble ahead for Arizona's senior Senator.

"That's very dangerous for a Republican candidate," Wentzel said.

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88 comments (Latest Comment: 07/13/2008 07:01:37 by livingonli)

What are we worth?
Author: BobR    Date: 07/11/2008 12:12:23

What is a person worth? Can you put a dollar figure on that? Should you put a dollar figure on that? Who decides and what criteria do they use?

Amid all the hoopla yesterday, a seemingly innocuous story slid beneath the radar. The more I read of it, however, the more it bothered me. Apparently, the EPA does just that, and recently devalued what a human life is worth:
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276 comments (Latest Comment: 07/12/2008 13:34:36 by m-hadley)

Who gets to live and who gets to die?
Author: Raine    Date: 07/10/2008 12:32:12

"Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
Just don't expect us to let them live. Yesterday, I mentioned a story about a 15 year old boy. The Hospital 'determined the boy's unstable living conditions make him a poor candidate for a transplant...'

Are 15 year olds with stable living conditions more deserving of medical treatment? What teenager is stable? Who can guarantee any stability in their own life for the next 6 months... never mind 2 years? The DCF is trying to get this boy, a human being, btw, into another hospital and back on the donor list. He is in the advanced stages of liver disease.
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370 comments (Latest Comment: 07/11/2008 12:36:15 by clintster)

The Two Obamas
Author: BobR    Date: 07/09/2008 05:17:32

If you bounce around the internets and the news, it seems like there are two Obamas out there. One is way too liberal; one is way too "centrist". One is staying true to his message; one is flip-flopping. How can he be both of these things? Perhaps this should be a clue as to the right-wing's tactics for this campaign.

I found it odd that there were so many contradictory news reports about Obama. These aren't opinions (per se) - they are actual news items that seem almost contradictory. Here is a prime example:
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289 comments (Latest Comment: 07/10/2008 12:52:04 by capt)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/08/2008 10:38:02

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,938th 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): 4116
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3977
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3655
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3257
Since Election (1/31/05): 2679

Other Coalition Troops: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 542

We find this morning's cost of war starting to move too quickly for the eye to follow. It's passing through $ 534,896,150,000.00

So now turning to our friends at IAVA, there's an interesting take on the candidates and what they're focusing on. A combat veteran writes about the "illusory comfort" of campaign platitudes and tries to make us civilians understand what the new commander in chief really needs to do. And please go and read it from the source; there's a ton of embedded links with plenty more information.
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311 comments (Latest Comment: 07/09/2008 07:06:02 by Shane-O)

Why Not Consider Industrial Hemp?
Author: m-hadley    Date: 07/07/2008 10:58:26

Good Monday Morning, Everybody,

I trust that everyone enjoyed their long weekend and even though Frangela is fabulous, we are all no doubt ready for the return of Momma and the mooks. Here's a recycled post on a cause near and dear to my heart. The cultivation of Industrial Hemp could solve our energy problems, provide a useful substitute to tobacco crops that are falling as more and more Americans quit the cigarette smoking habit (no smiting of smokers among us intended :P). Anyway, read on and and always comments are welcome. Happee Mondee, kids!
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293 comments (Latest Comment: 07/08/2008 07:10:17 by Random)

Lift everyone up.
Author: Raine    Date: 07/06/2008 13:23:05

Good morning. I am getting a late start of things. I have been thinking lately of patriotism and what it means. One of the most patriotic things you can do is vote. It was no more than 40 years ago - 40 - that people in America were still dying for the right to perform the simple act of voting.

This weekend we celebrate our nation's independence, and we are still fighting for that very right.

A patriot forces change in order to make this country better. A patriot questions the status quo. A patriot raises all Americans up. A patriot is one who loves the American experience and knows that in its flaws we can strive to be a better country by fixing what is broken.

Those who marched for civil rights are patriots; those who fight to save our Constitution are patriots. We have patriots today walking among us. They don't need a flag pin or purple bandaids. They have the courage to risk it all for our country. Our soldiers are not the only patriots, and we must stop the co-opting of patriotism for politican gains.

Patriotism was striking in Birmingham. Patriotism is sitting down and performing acts of non-violence to end injustices. Patriotism is what drives each one of us to commit random acts whatever they may be to make this country a better place -- not for a few -- but a better place that lifts every American up.

Patriotism forces the change that might never happen if no one speaks up. Someone has to be the rabble rouser; otherwise, no one will pay attention.

Go -- be a little patriotic today.

:heart: and :peace:


68 comments (Latest Comment: 07/07/2008 03:25:16 by capt)

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