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Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/22/2008 12:53:55

Good Morning!

I hope everyone that celebrates it is having a pleasant and spiritual Holy Week....
For the rest of us, it's spring now. Where are the flowers and chirping birds?

We'll start out this morning by checking on the party. Like everyone else, the National Libertarian Party had to put in it's two cents on the 5th anniversary of war...
Washington, D.C. - On the five-year anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, the Libertarian Party offers the following statement by Executive Director Shane Cory:

It is with a heavy heart that I woke up on March 19, 2008, in a country still at war in Iraq, now five years after it first began. It is also with great disappointment that neither Republicans nor Democrats have provided a plan to end what is shaping up to be a "forever war." On this five-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the Libertarian Party renews our call to bring American troops home without undue delay. May the courage and sacrifice of the 3,990 soldiers who have died in Iraq while serving their country never be forgotten.

Short, but to the point.

Of course, we're about the only political party in the United States that has issued an actual policy statement about Iraq that is concise, measurable, and achieveable.
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17 comments (Latest Comment: 03/23/2008 03:21:57 by MMB)

All the President's Men
Author: BobR    Date: 03/21/2008 12:12:57

Unless you've been living in a bubble, you heard it revealed last night that Obama's passport file at the State Dept. had been accessed by unauthorized personnel - on 3 wholly separate occassions. As of this writing, here is the latest info:
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236 comments (Latest Comment: 03/22/2008 01:27:04 by livingonli)

No warning Sirens?
Author: Raine    Date: 03/20/2008 12:54:46

No Sirens Warned Downtown of Tornado
Minutes before a deluge of rain and hail hit the south Decatur neighborhood of Oakhurst on Saturday, a siren sounded a steady wail.

A man's voice boomed: "Attention. A tornado warning is in effect for Agnes Scott College. Seek shelter now. I repeat: A tornado warning is in effect."

Perched atop a college library, the siren didn't reach only students. It also delivered the primary warning for residents nearby who were not tuned in to a television, radio or the Internet.

Agnes Scott's siren is a rare piece of equipment in DeKalb County, which dismantled its outdoor siren system years ago. Fulton County did the same, citing upkeep costs.[...]

State emergency officials do not track who sounds what sirens or where. [...] "We feel that is a local decision."

Does this sound familiar? Maybe not if thought about as just a local issue, but this is a sympton of a bigger problem in this country. Georgia is a Red State, and the fact that they cut costs by ridding programs like this should send out a huge siren to all people.
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194 comments (Latest Comment: 03/21/2008 03:55:14 by livingonli)

Happy Anniversary
Author: BobR    Date: 03/19/2008 12:15:07

Today is our anniversary. It's been 5 years! It started out with a real bang, but lately, things have been difficult. I guess that's to be expected. I wonder though, how much longer we can keep this going.

Personal relationship? No, I'm talking of course about the war in Iraq. It was 5 years ago today that Shock & Awe™ began. Five long years of blood and carnage and waste, based on trumped up evidence, cherry-picked intelligence and outright lies. Five long long years of human rights abuses, and Consitutional liberties being trampled, and accusations of treason against those who dared speak out against it.
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106 comments (Latest Comment: 03/20/2008 02:56:24 by livingonli)

Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/18/2008 10:39:42

Good Morning.

Tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of our invasion of Iraq. We've been there 1,826 days since then.

We'll start, as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3990
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3851
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3529
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3131
Since Election (1/31/05): 2553

Other Coalition Troops: 308
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 487

Of course, the war 'budget' keeps on hemorrhaging.
We find this morning's Cost of War passing through: $ 503, 530, 900, 000.00

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191 comments (Latest Comment: 03/19/2008 01:41:37 by Mondobubba)

Love and Basketball
Author: Shane-O    Date: 03/18/2008 06:56:15

Morning all.

First, basketball.

Prior to the daily post, as requested, a post regarding the Unofficial SMS March Madness Tourney.

For those interested in putting in a bracket, the site is:


Group Name: "Unofficial SMS Tourney"

Group ID# 55189

Password: "computersaysyes"

And then, the love. Well, "love" might be too strong a term. Just call me a "Momma's" boy.

Steph on C-Span for those who may have missed it (in seven parts):

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35 comments (Latest Comment: 04/09/2008 17:04:20 by BobR)

Have a Guinness please
Author: Raine    Date: 03/17/2008 12:39:58

Top of the Morning everyone. 'Tis St Patricks Day!

We maight be dying the blog green today, but until we get the logistics worked out, please sit back and pour y'rself a nice morning toddy, and break out yer derbies.

And please, if ya know what good f'r ya, instead of just wear'n a bit O' the Green today, try to be a little more green period! I'll be back shortly, in the mean time, Slainte!


and on with the show!......
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154 comments (Latest Comment: 03/18/2008 05:26:53 by livingonli)

The Humble Singer: Politics of the Absurd.
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 03/16/2008 04:31:49

with apologies to Eugene Ionesco

Mr. Clinton
Mrs. Clinton
Mr. McCain
Mrs. McCain
Fire chief Obama
Michelle, the Maid

Setting: The living room of a home on a street in a town. In the cozy living room are a couch and 2 matching armchairs. There is a fireplace. On the mantle are pictures of Mr. Clinton and Mrs. Clinton. The time is now. In the Living room are Mr. Clinton and Mrs. Clinton sitting in the armchairs. Mr. Clinton reads the newspaper while Mrs. Clinton darns some socks.

Mrs. Clinton: I understand that gas may reach $4.00.
Mr. Clinton: Yes.
Mrs. Clinton: Is it true?
Mr. Clinton: Yes.
Mrs. Clinton: Perhaps I should declare something....
Mr. Clinton: Declare?
Mrs. Clinton: Yes, perhaps there is something we can do......
Mr. Clinton: There's nothing to be done. Its the way of the world.
Mrs. Clinton: But I should declare something.
Mr. Clinton: Why bother?
Mrs. Clinton: But people are having a difficult time. Not you and I of course..... but some others.
Mr. Clinton: Nothing to be done.
Mrs. Clinton: Perhaps I could say something to make people feel like I care - like with the Foreclosure moratorium that I talked about.
Mr. Clinton: Mmm Hmmm.
Mrs. Clinton: So its agreed? I should say something?
Mr. Clinton: You should not say anything.
Mrs. Clinton: Good, then its settled, I'll make a statement.

(The Clock strikes 3 times)

Mr. Clinton: You should make a statement about the Irony of it all.
Mrs. Clinton: Irony?
Mr. Clinton: Yes, you know, how the Gas is going up and the banks are foreclosing.
Mrs. Clinton: What's Ironic about that?
Mr. Clinton: Its Irony for Ironies sake.
Mrs. Clinton: Oh.
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Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/15/2008 12:47:22

Good Morning!

Cub Scout Pack 250 (Waltham, MA) had it's annual rite-of-spring last night...our pinewood derby! A fine time was had by all, and as our chairman said, "I only saw two kids crying", so it was a good night. The Cubmaster's son fared well, taking 5 first place ribbons out of 6 races, but that wasn't quite good enough to finish first in his den.

So, on to the news at hand...

You know we all love to complain about Congress and the ridiculous laws that they often focus on to the exclusion of all else. Do you ever wonder if congressmen themselves think the bills stink? One of the more libertarian members (no, not Ron Paul) has recently expressed his opinion on the 3 worst bills in recent memory:

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ.) is one of the most libertarian, or libertarian-leaning, members of Congress. The four-term congressman is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus, which pushes for libertarian ideas within the GOP, and he is earning a national reputation for his outspoken and controversial opposition to GOP drunken-sailor-type spending. In fact, the small-government lobbying group Citizens Against Government Waste recently dubbed him a "taxpayer superhero." Prior to entering Congress, Flake was head of Arizona's free-market Goldwater Institute.

In January, the libertarian magazine Reason asked Flake to name the three worst bills recently inflicted upon us by Congress.

Here are Flake's choices and explanations.

1. The Farm Bill: "Both the House and Senate versions of the farm bill extend subsidies, distort markets, and hamper future free trade agreements, and the final bill is only likely to get worse in a conference committee. Sugar growers who didn't get what they wanted in the initial legislation are urging conferees to repeal portions of NAFTA."

2. The Omnibus Appropriations Bill: "Congress rolled 11 appropriations bills into one massive package and passed it in late December. House members had less than 24 hours to read the legislation before we voted on it. We're still finding out what's actually in the bill. But we do know it contained nearly 12,000 earmarks. That was reason enough to vote 'no.'"

3. Economic Stimulus Package: "Any time Republicans and Democrats can so easily agree on legislation as expensive as this, it's not a good sign. Rebates look to me like an admission by Congress that perhaps the federal government shouldn't have taken that money in the first place. Hopefully, Congress will keep this in mind as the Bush tax cuts get set to expire."

(Source: Reason magazinehttp://reason.com/news/show/124973.html )

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17 comments (Latest Comment: 03/16/2008 04:37:14 by livingonli)

Deja Vu All Over Again
Author: BobR    Date: 03/14/2008 12:29:26

The great Yogi Berra uttered the famous phrase "it's like Deja Vu all over again" when discussing Roger Maris and Mickie Mantle hitting home run after home run. It's hard to look at the Iraq war and remember Viet Nam and not think the same thing. The wasted lives, the wasted money, burning the village to save it, the inability to get out of it despite its unpopularity.

Looking back on how we got into this war in the first place, are we experiencing another case of "deja vu"? How likely is it we'll start another war - this time with Iran?

Pretty likely, based on certain observations. Writer Dave Lindorf refers to it as the Oh Shit Moment:
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188 comments (Latest Comment: 03/15/2008 03:40:51 by livingonli)

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