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Water Wars
Author: BobR    Date: 02/08/2008 13:24:56

The water crisis in the southeast (and Atlanta in particular) was in the news last year when it was announced that Atlanta had less than 3 months of water left. The 30 year growth boom had bumped up against Mother Nature, and Mother Nature wasn't budging. The skimpy system of man-made lakes that Atlanta uses for water was tapped out (sorry ), and the drought had not refilled them.

Pictures like these really tell the story:


(note: That tree stump used to be under water)
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172 comments (Latest Comment: 02/09/2008 03:02:17 by livingonli)

Your Vaginas belong to Them
Author: Raine    Date: 02/07/2008 09:00:37

This is not a pretty blog today. The content is ugly and the story is not pretty.

We have a VERY serious problem. AMERICAN women are just another casualty in Bush's war on terror. In all the drama, the constant dribble of horrific stories we hear every day, the constant numbing down that we all feel, we are missing a VERY serious serial problem with one company in particular.

Halliburton/KBR ... They force employees to give up their civil rights in order to be employed. That means you as a woman have the right to be raped by your fellow workers.

No, I am not kidding. And YES, the Government is complicit.

From ABC news, On December 12, 2007:
Victim: Gang-Rape Cover-Up by U.S., Halliburton/KBR
KBR Told Victim She Could Lose Her Job If She Sought Help After Being Raped, She Says

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152 comments (Latest Comment: 02/08/2008 09:32:38 by m-hadley)

The Case for Criminal Procedings
Author: BobR    Date: 02/06/2008 13:26:20

With all of the hoopla over the Super Tuesday primaries, this story has slipped through the cracks. Perhaps the timing of the release of the story was intentional for that very reason.

The CIA used a widely condemned interrogation technique known as waterboarding on three suspects captured after the September 11 attacks, CIA Director Michael Hayden told Congress on Tuesday.

"Waterboarding has been used on only three detainees," Hayden told the Senate Intelligence Committee. It was the first time a U.S. official publicly specified the number of people subjected to waterboarding and named them.

Critics call waterboarding a form of illegal torture. Congress is considering banning the technique.

Congress is considering banning the technique? It's already against the law (which we'll see in a minute). But first, let's take a look at this report from the State Dept about Tunisia:
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172 comments (Latest Comment: 02/07/2008 04:22:23 by BobR)

Ask a Vet - Super Tuesday
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/05/2008 11:23:32

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,784th day in Iraq.

We'll start today as we always do, with the latest casualty figures in the warron terra, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3945
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3806
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3484
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3087
Since Election (1/31/05): 2507

Other Coalition Troops: 307
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 482

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through: $491, 762, 500, 000.00

And now on to Super Tuesday.

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332 comments (Latest Comment: 02/06/2008 05:48:25 by livingonli)

Super Monday!
Author: Raine    Date: 02/04/2008 13:37:01

Good Morning!

I have no voice. No, it isn't a political thing, I really have no voice today!

Tomorrow is the OTHER big day of the week, SuperMegaHuge Tuesday. And truthfully, it seems as though no on really knows what is going to happen.
CNN is reporting that Obama and Hillary are in a dead heat nationally, and that McCain is in a real lead. However, Reuters is reporting that Mitt is widening his lead in California, and down here in the deep Red South, no one really knows who is in first or second for the GOP. Depending on the Poll, it is either Mitt or McCain.

It is a real toss up, if you ask me. No matter what, it is key that tomorrow everyone who CAN vote do so. This is the most important election of our time. If you need a reminder, let's let John Tell us:
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151 comments (Latest Comment: 02/05/2008 04:45:33 by shelaghc)

The Mega GIANT Extra PATRIOT-ic Super blog!
Author: Raine    Date: 02/03/2008 21:11:29



It's time... Superbowl XLII, Giants vs. The Patriots...

Undefeated Vs. Unbelievable...

Stats don't matter anymore, Records don't matter anymore, it comes down to final game. Both teams can play hard, but one is going home as SuperBowl champs.

Who will win? No one knows, I am a rabid giants fan, transplanted New Yorker... our Loyal TriSec is our resident New Englander... but this blog is the place to come and talk about all things superbowl, wardrobe malfucntions included! (altho seeing Tom Petty's breaticles isn't something that I think I REALLY wanna see... :P

We have the Boston Lager on one side and Brooklyn Lager on the other... Our dessert Tray has New York Cheesecake and Boston Creme Pie... SO...

Let the games begin!

:peace: and

67 comments (Latest Comment: 02/04/2008 13:15:37 by velveeta jones)

Keep your eye on the ball, dammit!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 02/03/2008 13:54:30

Our team will prevail and after much conflict, we will win, win, WIN! Because we are geared up and we are tough and strong, and above all WE ARE #1.

Oh, I’ve just been informed that today is Super bowl Sunday for that silly football diversion, but that is not what I was referring to. What I meant was that very long game that never seems to end: Christianity vs. all others. Currently we are crusading against Islam - though part of our brilliant plan is to not really let them know we’re crusading against them. We tell them we must weed out only the “fanatical” ones, the ones that make Islam look bad. Clever, huh?

Following the last war the U.S. engaged in for the cause of humanitarian good, it was Christianity vs. Communism. These times are known by Conservatives as the Good Ol’ Days; back when women, blacks, browns and colors in between knew their place in the world, where gay people only existed in closets, and when men worked respectable jobs without over-bearing Unions interfering or the Government telling them to stop dumping chemicals and such into the water supplies. “Ah the Good Ol’ Days……..”, they lament.

Back then it was Communism that kept these men on their toes and to be suspicious of their neighbor. Why, he could be one of those Godless communists, especially if he worked in Hollywood, belonged to a Union or, even worse, was a Catholic. Every home had a bomb shelter and every child could duck and cover under their school desk at a moments notice.
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19 comments (Latest Comment: 02/03/2008 22:00:46 by Raine)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/02/2008 13:51:43

Good Morning!

It's some days back now, but much like the Democrats, the Libertarian Party also issued a response to the State of the Union address. Unfortunately, this was distributed only on the internets, as third parties 'don't count' for the vast majority of Americans...

Following President Bush’s annual State of the Union Address, the Libertarian Party issued their response from National Chairman William Redpath:

Tonight’s State of the Union address went much as expected. Instead of calling for a more limited role of the federal government in American society, the President laid out plans that would only increase the government’s intervention into the realm of economics, health care, education and foreign policy. It is unfortunate to see that after seven years of increasing the size of government and increasing the government’s presence in the day to day lives of all Americans, the President refuses to limit the scope of the federal government, a once championed virtue of the President’s party. The President’s last State of the Union address encapsulated his legacy of an abandonment of the principles of limited government and individual freedom.

While the Libertarian Party applauds the President on taking a stand against wasteful government spending–though his administration has been a large contributor to this problem–and opening up more foreign markets to trade, we offer the following solutions to issues the President brought up in his address:

Economics: The President’s economic stimulus plan is based on a flawed and outdated economic premise. The best solution to an economic slowdown is increasing the ability for businesses to grow and reinvest in the economy. Instead of increasing the federal deficit by $150 billion dollars, the federal government should focus its energy on eliminating taxes that restrain economic growth. Eliminating taxes such as the death tax and capital gains taxes, and lowering income tax rates on private citizens, will free up vital capital that can be reinvested into the economy. Additionally, the federal government should remove all trade barriers that prevent free trade with other nations. This is a more sound economic policy that presents real solutions instead of the window-dressing that is the President’s stimulus package.

Education: The President’s ‘No Child Left Behind Act’ has failed from the very beginning, and its reauthorization would be a travesty to the American education system. Instead of unfunded, federal mandates with the intent of fixing our failing public schools, alternatives involving the private sector should be explored. Increased local control over public schools and the increased use of private alternatives will increase the quality of education for all American children. We call for abolishing the Department of Education and removing the federal government from educating our children.

Health care: Far too long have our politicians tried to find a government fix for the health care problem we have in America. Government interference in the health care system is the root of the problems we face. Only in eliminating government subsidies of health care will we find relief from increasing costs. The Libertarian Party calls for the elimination of all government entitlement programs related to health care.

Foreign Policy: America will spend more than $1 trillion dollars in foreign wars started during the Bush administration. Because of such, the economy is in jeopardy and America’s reputation abroad has suffered traumatic blows. On top of this, Americans have seen their civil liberties violated time after time. The Libertarian Party calls for a withdrawal from Iraq following the proper lines of withdrawal, executed by our commanders on the ground. We also call for an abandonment of the reckless policy of pre-emptive war, and a restoration of civil liberties lost under such laws as the Patriot Act and the amendments to FISA. The Libertarian Party reminds our leaders in power of the great words of Samuel Adams:

“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”

In this perilous time, when our freedom is attacked from both inside our borders by corrupt politicians and from outside by foreign aggressors, we call for prudence, wisdom and above all, an adherence to the United States Constitution, which reigns sovereign over all individuals of American society.

Redpath is a resident of Leesburg, Virginia, where he lives with his wife Melinda. Redpath has served as the Chairman of the Libertarian Party since 2006. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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16 comments (Latest Comment: 02/03/2008 06:08:23 by Mondobubba)

We Are the Change
Author: BobR    Date: 02/01/2008 13:08:21

Everybody deals with bad situations in different ways. Some people lash out, some people withdraw. When I heard about Edwards suspending his campaign on Wed., I didn't know what to do with my feelings. I suggested to my love that she channel her feelings into her art. I decided to take my own advice, and channel it into music.

Understand that I studiously avoid trying to write political music. There are very few that can do that and make it work. There are SO many bad political songs out there...

But - I fell asleep Wednesday night with the beginnings of a song in my head, and woke up yesterday with it nearly finished. I haven't had a chance to really work out the music parts or record it, but I am sharing the lyrics (subject to change) with the blog today...
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172 comments (Latest Comment: 02/02/2008 05:13:37 by Mondobubba)

Breaking up is hard to do
Author: Raine    Date: 01/31/2008 13:23:40

I am single again. I won't tell you the sad story of how it happened because I myself am still not sure. I have my suspicions, but now is not the time or the place.

As John Edwards suspended his campaign yesterday, I immediately felt a real shift in the political landscape. (ok, it actually felt like someone punched me in the gut. The last time I remember feeling like that was the very last broadcast of *UnFiltered*) I suspect all of us who felt passionately about a candidate have felt this so far, unless you felt that way about our 2 remaining candidates that is.

That means you still have a date to the prom.
I don't. :(

And the MSM pundits felt the shift too. The question of the night was who will Edwards endorse? Where will his supporters go?

Suddenly last night I felt like a prize to be taken instead of earned. There were reasons why I supported John Edwards, it was not just because his speeches inspired me. It wasn't because he was something perceived as different. It wasn't the work he did for the poor and underserved. I supported John Edwards because he supported the causes that I truly care about in this country, and he made them the centerpieces of his campaign. He talked substance. He gave answers and he did not waiver in his convictions.
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217 comments (Latest Comment: 02/01/2008 03:43:37 by livingonli)

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