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Author: TriSec    Date: 03/04/2008 11:54:50

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,812th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3973
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3834
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3512
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3115
Since Election (1/31/05): 2535

Today's Cost of War nearing a significant milestone as it passes through $ 499, 615, 000, 000.00

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202 comments (Latest Comment: 03/05/2008 03:01:43 by livingonli)

When You Walk In The Garden...
Author: Mondobubba    Date: 03/03/2008 13:25:04

These words are familiar to two groups of folks, people what like Tom Waits and people what like "The Wire." I fall into both groups. We are fast coming up on the final episode of David Simon's "Russian Novel for television." This show as you all know is something of a obsession/passion of mine since it first came on the HBO mosheen back in 2002. I will now try to explain why in few short paragraphs.

At first "The Wire" looks like a cops and robbers show. There are cops, lots of them, drug dealers and lots of them too. Into the mix are tossed, snitches, longshoremen (season two), politicians, school kids and now in the last season, newspaper people. But it's much more than that. It uses Baltimore as a metaphor for almost any large sized post-industrial city in the US.
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124 comments (Latest Comment: 03/04/2008 04:14:19 by livingonli)

Velveeta does NOT look good in orange.
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 03/02/2008 13:58:53

Welcome to March! Seems like we got here pretty darn fast, this year is flying by! Perhaps it seems to be moving so quickly due to the amount of vacations and lack of camera time from George W. Bush, our current criminal in charge. (I'll end up in Gitmo for that comment - I forgot, our "Constitution" is merely a historical document, much like the Magna Carta).

Eight years ago this week, we Americans lived in isolated bliss - having that pre-9/11 mentality ™. The only thing about the Taliban making headlines was that on this day in 2001 they began the destruction of the Ancient Buddha statues that had stood for centuries in Afghanistan.

Despite an international outcry and many groups trying to intervene in an effort to save the Buddhas, the puritanical Taliban's Islamic militia began demolishing the statues across the Bamian Province in the heart of Afghanistan. Even the suggestion of building a concrete wall in front of the statues to block their view, was rejected by the Taliban.

The statues were a marvel of artistry, workmanship and wonder. Two of the tallest Bamiyan Buddhas, carved into a sandstone cliff near the provincial capital in central Afghanistan, stood 175 feet and 114 feet tall and were built around the second century. They stood, tall and proud, overlooking the farming fields below the mountains on the Hazara peoples of that region.


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Silly computer..........double post blog!
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 03/02/2008 13:58:23


Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/01/2008 11:19:14


We got nothing. At 10pm last night, the city of Waltham declared a snow emergency, to take effect at 11pm. Fortunately I was still up and about and happened to hear the cruiser driving by...so like a good soldier, I obediently got dressed and moved my car to off-street parking.

Since yesterday was February 29th, it quickly became obvious that the *real* reason was a budgetary shortfall, as the city began towing cars not very long after 11pm last night, and by midnight the street was clear.

Of course, I rise this morning to less than one inch of snow. I'd wager if the city fleet wasn't out plowing sparks last night, we wouldn't be having the usual snow budget crisis. Anyway, I digress.

Of course, if there's a Saturday blog before 7am, that can only mean your loyal TriSec is off for his monthly platelet donation. If you're already a regular blood donor, why not move on to the next level?

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The Pendulum Swings
Author: BobR    Date: 02/29/2008 13:31:29

We went to our first Drinking Liberally last night and had a blast. There were some lively people there, discussing things both political and non-political. I got into a rather intense discussion with a fellow named Maurice we'd met previously and who was previously working on a senator's campaign, and is now working on the campaign of Rand Knight in an attempt to unseat Saxby Chambliss.

As I write this (and you read it) let me just say that a lot of this came from Maurice (quite the student of history), so I'd like to give credit to him in advance. To some extents, I am acting simply as a stenographer here...
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Why this all matters
Author: Raine    Date: 02/28/2008 13:51:11

It is critical that we elect a Democratic Candidate to the Executive office in Novemeber. Critical.

It is critical that we get a super majority in the House and the Senate as well.
Damage Control at High Court:
Exxon Mobil, the giant oil corporation appearing before the Supreme Court yesterday, had earned a profit of nearly $40 billion in 2006, the largest ever reported by a U.S. company -- but that's not what bothered Roberts. What bothered the chief justice was that Exxon was being ordered to pay $2.5 billion -- roughly three weeks' worth of profits -- for destroying a long swath of the Alaska coastline in the largest oil spill in American history.

"So what can a corporation do to protect itself against punitive-damages awards such as this?" Roberts asked in court.

The lawyer arguing for the Alaska fishermen affected by the spill, Jeffrey Fisher, had an idea. "Well," he said, "it can hire fit and competent people."

The rare sound of laughter rippled through the august chamber. The chief justice did not look amused.
The Court Justice is more concerned about Poor Exxon and it's corporate profits than it is about the 10's of thousands of people who are plaintiff's in this case? Many of them have since died.
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230 comments (Latest Comment: 02/29/2008 02:35:38 by livingonli)

Constitution Redux... further musings
Author: BobR    Date: 02/27/2008 13:31:38

Last Saturday, TriSec posted a muse on the U.S. Constitution. I'd like to provide a "part II", and continue along the same lines, discussing some bits that I find interesting as well.

From Article 1, Section 8:
To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states...
To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin...
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States...
To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations...
This sounds to me that Congress is given most of the foreign relations power. Yet we seem to often expect that power to reside in the presidency. In fact, the whole "foreign policy" experience issue seems to be the number one talking point this election cycle, even though the President is not granted any specific powers in that area.
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130 comments (Latest Comment: 02/28/2008 04:51:20 by livingonli)

Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 02/26/2008 11:45:44

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,627th day in Iraq.

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures courtesy of Antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 3972
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3833
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3511
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3114
Since Election (1/31/05): 2534

Other Coalition Troops: 307
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 483

We find this morning's cost of war passing through: $ 497, 650, 000, 000.00

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196 comments (Latest Comment: 02/27/2008 07:15:33 by livingonli)

--Story Redacted--
Author: Raine    Date: 02/25/2008 13:27:47

Last night, CBS's 60 Minutes reported the story of the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. The show featured comments by Republican insiders about what they allege to be politically motivated prosecutions against Democratic officials. It was pretty damning stuff. In case you were not aware, the Governor is in jail for corruption. He took money for his campaign in return for favours to supporters.

It was pretty much summed up this way:
"They targeted Don Siegelman because they could not beat him fair and square. This was a Republican state and he was the one Democrat they could never get rid of."
Former Alabama AG, Grant Woods

The prosecution was led by a U.S. Attorney in Alabama who happened to be married to the campaign manager of Siegelman's Republican gubernatorial opponent. The story also weaved its way into the entire US attorney firing scandal. Karl Rove was named as conspirator in this case as well.
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