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Benazir Bhutto Assassinated
Author: Raine    Date: 12/27/2007 13:28:27

Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at the end of a campaign rally, aides said.

"The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred," Bhutto's lawyer Babar Awan said.


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124 comments (Latest Comment: 12/28/2007 05:23:30 by Will in Chicago)

Back to work...
Author: BobR    Date: 12/26/2007 13:20:14

Considering I'm still trying to readjust to Real Life after the last few days of Christmas, I thought perhaps I should ease the blog back in with a post-Christmas wrap up...

First: Some good news... Bethlehem hosts cheerful Christmas:
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Gloom was banished from Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem for the first time in years on Monday as Christian pilgrims from all over the world flocked here to celebrate Jesus' birth in an atmosphere of renewed tranquility.

After Israeli-Palestinian fighting erupted in 2000, nearly all of the people milling around Manger Square in the center of this biblical town on Christmas had been local Palestinians. But this year, city hotels were packed with tourists.

Tiago Martins, 28, from Curitiba, Brazil, said he was visiting Jesus' traditional birthplace for the first time after new peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians reassured him he'd be safe.

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85 comments (Latest Comment: 12/27/2007 03:51:55 by livingonli)

So, This Christmas?
Author: Mondobubba    Date: 12/25/2007 15:02:46

I've been thinking about what Christmas means the past few hours. Brother Mondo has become so stressed about the whole unpleasantness that brought him to my house that he was having chest pain last Friday. He's okay, but he has been in the hospital under observation and having tests run. We were planning a gift exchange etc this morning, but alas that is not meant to be. So, you are wondering what my musings and ruminations on Christmas are? Simple answer, Christmas is not about the gifts, it is about the relationships with others we have. Those bonds of family & friendship, of love and kindness. Will I have a good Christmas? Not in the traditional sense no. I've gotten a great gift this year. I've gotten to know my brother as a fully formed adult. This has been one of the best gifts I've gotten in long, long time. So instead of material things I will visit with Brother Mondo for a bit, go to my gym, return to the house and fix my dinner. All the while I will be thinking of this great gift I've been given, about all my friends here and in the analog world. I will be thinking about how much love I've got for Brother Mondo and all of my other dear wonderful friends.

Merry Christmas everybody!
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Christmas Day Open Thread
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/25/2007 13:17:25

Good Morning, everyone!

"Ask a Vet" is taking today off, but should return to it's regularly-scheduled posting next week.

All I ask today is that as you go about your holiday business, pause a moment and remember those that can't be together today.

Peace and Love to all of you...from all of us at Four Freedoms!

10 comments (Latest Comment: 12/26/2007 04:12:28 by livingonli)

There must be something in the spirit ...
Author: Raine    Date: 12/24/2007 13:50:31

Something spiritual for our souls:

And a song based on the Christmas Truce of 1914

Well my friends, we are here at the doorway of another year. I wish us all a moment of peace and love, and a letter from a soldier:
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118 comments (Latest Comment: 12/25/2007 06:23:32 by livingonli)

No More Lawyer Jokes, ya hear?
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 12/23/2007 14:11:54

Where o where have our upstanding lawyers been? You know, the one's that care about justice? There must be some out there, yes?

Well happy day - they have come forward recently. A group of lawyers have signed the following statement and hope to gather more. There goal is the same as mine: HEARINGS on unconstitutional criminal activity by the bush mafia, aka "administration".
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21 comments (Latest Comment: 12/24/2007 04:53:35 by livingonli)

Civil Liberties for Christmas
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/22/2007 12:16:34

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the nation
Friends of Freedom knew it was a special occasion.
Lady Liberty stood taller just off the shore
Her torch shining brighter than a few weeks before

But it wasn't the flame turning her cheeks all rosy
It was thoughts of Snowe, Feingold and Nancy Pelosi
And leaders from every side of the aisle
Who would soon bring the Bill of Rights back into style.

The Amendments had all hurried out of their beds -
Which was no easy task, they were nearly in shreds -
And they rushed to the window on papery feet
As a jolly old man flew right over their street.

"Could it be!?" they inquired as the roof shook and trembled
And they crept toward the mantle, peaceably assembled,
Just as someone emerged from the chimney with flair
In a shiny red suit, with a shock of white hair

And a top hat, and pants all in red, white and blue -
"Wait a minute," the Amendments exclaimed, "Who are you?"
"Don't be frightened my children," he said, "it's no scam.
"You can't have forgotten your old Uncle Sam!"

"Holy crap!" said Free Speech. "Stop right there!" yelled Bear Arms
And Privacy cried "Who shut off the alarms?!"
The Fifth remained silent, but Uncle Sam said
"We've been having some trouble, but Freedom's not dead."
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Author: TriSec    Date: 12/21/2007 17:09:39

For Immediate Release


WALTHAM, MA - December 20, 2007 - The influential non-partisan discussion board and blog ‘Four Freedoms’ (www.fourfreedomsblog.com) announces its endorsement of John Edwards in the Democratic Primary.

Senator Edwards has been a longtime supporter of the downtrodden, from his early days as a litigator to his Senate track record. John Edwards dwells not on the past, but on the hope for the future, and is the only candidate that truly understands what is important to average Americans.

Senator Edwards will work hard to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home without any further bloodshed and has the intelligence and the temperment to work with both our allies and our enemies to repair our damaged international reputation and find common ground to move forward.

Senator Edwards has a comprehensive plan to help average Americans by reigning in the runaway spending of the current administration, and restore our lost civil rights and get government out of places where it has no business intruding.

Four Freedoms Co-founder Robert Rouse states, “He's honest about his positions and understands where personal beliefs end and government begins. Senator Edwards has said that although he doesn't agree with gay marriage, he won't try to legislate against it. He also seems to really understand the plight of the poor and middle class, and cares enough to want to do something about it.”

The founders of Four Freedoms urge all true Americans and Patriots to vote for Senator Edwards, and calls upon citizens to cross party lines if necessary in order to advance Senator Edward’s campaign and restore hope, decency, and civility to the American Political Process, something that has been lacking for quite some time. Senator Edwards may not have all the answers, but he is our best hope for true change and progress towards what all Americas believe in…that is, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Happy Yule
Author: BobR    Date: 12/21/2007 13:25:39

Today is the first day of winter, the shortest day of the year. Starting tomorrow, the days get longer every day until late June 2008. So happy winter solstice, or as some Wiccans refer to it: Yule (yes, all those "yuletide carols" are "pagan" in origin). I suppose it's no secret that I'm no Christian (I'm no Wiccan either), but the Christmas season (and Yule) has always been a special time for me. There's a warmth and generosity of spirit that springs up in people (perhaps to combat the cold and darkness).

There's also all the special food and music... and of course: the special Christmas comedy. So it's Friday, and it's my last "official" post before Christmas, so I've decided to have a little fun. Here's some of MY favorite Christmas "cheer"...

First, there's Santa getting busted ("it's my wife's sleigh" ).
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255 comments (Latest Comment: 12/22/2007 03:37:35 by Mondobubba)

Another amendment gone?
Author: Raine    Date: 12/20/2007 13:33:58

The Feds blocked California's Emmisions law.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday slapped down California’s bid for first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas limits on cars, trucks and SUVs, refusing the state a waiver that would have allowed those restrictions to take effect.

“The Bush administration is moving forward with a clear national solution — not a confusing patchwork of state rules,” EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson told reporters on a conference call. “I believe this is a better approach than if individual states were to act alone.”
Another example of the Bush administration not reading documents. The Tenth Amendment clearly states :
Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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207 comments (Latest Comment: 12/21/2007 03:33:22 by livingonli)

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