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Ask a Vet - 2008
Author: TriSec    Date: 01/01/2008 13:27:11

Good Morning.

As promised, 'Ask a Vet' returns for the new year. While we're all festive and drunk on these shores, our brave men and women are still doing their duty and dying every day of the year. Today is our 1,749th 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): 3902
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3763
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3441
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3043
Since Election (1/31/05): 2465

Other Coalition Troops: 307
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 474

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10 comments (Latest Comment: 01/02/2008 04:00:05 by livingonli)

The Losey Awards
Author: Raine    Date: 12/31/2007 13:22:38

After tonite, 2007 will be just a memory. It is hard to believe that this is the end of this calendar. Time to start a new one.

We have a lot to do in 2008. I myself will be actively participating in getting a democrat elected to office. But before we say goodbye to this year. I would like to give you my list of the biggest dolt's and loser's of the year.

The Finalists:

Alberto Gonzales: For doing nothing in the justice department that could even be considered legal, and instead using the department as George Bush's secretary pool. The man should still go to jail for what he did.

Larry Craig: Entertaining, but still, I mean, come one... He is the leader of turning the GOP in the Gay Old Party. Larry led the charge of so many gay sex scandals this year, including State Rep. Bob Allen, State Rep Richard Curtis, GOP county Chair Green bay Wisconsin, Donald Fleischman, and Glenn Murphy Jr, National Chairman of the Young Republicans

George Bush: for treating the entire world like a bunch of idiots. Oh wait, I guess he is just talking to us the best way he can. Also for not reading the Constitution. Oh and for lying about Iran. And for lying about Iraq. And for lying about FISA, and awww, hell... it is a new year... I will take it easy on him for this one day. At least he got rid of Turblossom, aka, the Vote Cager...

The 25% of people who still support George Bush: Sorry friends. But I think these people would support him if HE ran a dog fighting ring. All he'd have to do is call it waterboarding.

Michael Vick: For throwing everything away. What a waste. Maybe he should have used the waterboarding defense. He could have had those 25% of bush supporter's on his side.

... but the Winner of the Losiest is.....
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74 comments (Latest Comment: 01/01/2008 06:43:48 by livingonli)

Author: velveeta jones    Date: 12/30/2007 13:35:54

Warning: the following commentary may contain sarcasm.

According to my backwards bush clock, we must still suffer another 386 days with this “administration”. I use quotes because I really believe this group of people more closely resembles a mafia. I never watched that hit show, The Soprano’s, but I’ve seen the Godfather I and II and one of my favorite films is GoodFella’s. I just adore that scene in the diner with DeNiro and Liotta and that nifty camera trick where they dolly back while focusing in on the table. But I digress…

In my opinion what we have is a Texas Mafia. Stolen elections to secure their “turf”, which happens to be our country; hiring of their own wise guys and hitmen; protecting their own by whatever means possible; and raking in a ton of dough for all their friends and investors.

So, how come we can’t seem to impeach these guys? It seemed so easy with Bill Clinton. One day a vague story about an intern showing her panties off – the next day…WHAM! Impeachment! (It may have taken longer, but I was in the midst of getting clean and sober so time was irrelevant to me).
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18 comments (Latest Comment: 12/31/2007 02:35:17 by livingonli)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/29/2007 11:24:04

Good Morning!

Well, if it's a Saturday blog before 8:30, you know where I'm off to this morning. It's my last platelet donation of the year. Remember folks...if you already donate blood, it's the next logical step. I find it to be more valuable and a much more meaningful donation than time or money...it's literally my own flesh and blood.

So....on to some news and tibdits from around some of my favorite Libertarian websites. Sort of a 'cleaning out the drawer of the political mind' (with apologies to Bob Ryan).

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50 comments (Latest Comment: 12/30/2007 05:17:41 by livingonli)

No More Sympathy for the Devil
Author: BobR    Date: 12/28/2007 13:09:50

I stuck around at St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a-time for a change
Killed the czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain

I shouted out,
"Who killed the Kennedys?"
When after all
It was you and me

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name

Throughout history we've seen how the course of human events can take an abrupt turn with the death of just one person. The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand set into motion WWI. There were numerous alliances and tenuous relationships at the time that had created a house of cards which fell because of that one murder.

After the assassination of JFK, we became embroiled in war in VietNam. The assassinations of RFK and MLK destroyed the hope of the nation that peace, love, and equality was on the way. But no - instead, the answer to hope for the future by those in alliance with true evil is the forced death of those that would lead us towards enlightenment.

And so - it seems - once again.
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73 comments (Latest Comment: 12/29/2007 04:28:44 by livingonli)

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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