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Author: TriSec    Date: 05/31/2011 10:29:27

Good Morning.

Today is our 2,995th day in Iraq, and our 3,511th day in Afghanistan.

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

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4454 3511
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4313
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3595
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 226
Since Operation New Dawn: 36

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 318
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,598
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 891
Contractor Employee Deaths - Iraq: 1,487
Journalists - Iraq: 348
Academics Killed - Iraq: 448

We find this morning's cost of war passing through:

$ 1, 202, 126, 250, 000. 00



Well, it was all over the news yesterday. Perhaps that preacher in California just missed the date, because if the KKK counter-protesting Westboro Baptist isn't one of the signs of the Apocalypse....I don't know what is.




Washington (CNN) -- Protesting members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church were met with an unlikely group of counterprotesters Monday at Arlington Cemetery.

Hours before President Barack Obama led the nation's Memorial Day observances at the Tomb of the Unknowns, three members of the Westboro Baptist Church were challenged by others who disagreed with them -- including members claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan.

The Kansas-based church has attracted nationwide attention for its angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members.

Among those counter-protesting at the cemetery's main entrance: About 10 members of a group that claims to be a branch of the Ku Klux Klan from Virginia called the Knights of the Southern Cross. They were cordoned off separately in a nearby area, but drew little attention as they gave out small American flags behind a banner that read "POW-MIA."

They said they were there to object to the Westboro Baptist Church's anti-troop message.

"It's the soldier that fought and died and gave them that right to free speech," said Dennis LaBonte, the self-described "Imperial Wizard" of the KKK group that he said he formed several years ago.

"That's fine," said Abigail Phelps, the daughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. "They have no moral authority on anything.

"People like them say it's white power ... white supremacy," Phelps said. "The Bible doesn't say anywhere that it's an abomination to be born of a certain gender or race."

LaBonte insisted he is not a racist nor a "hate-monger," but said he believes the white race is "slowly and most assuredly being denigrated."

Members of the group declined to say whether they were armed.
A larger group of about 70 protesters -- separate from the KKK -- located across the street waved pro-USA signs and took turns shouting down the Westboro Baptist Church group.

Some of the counterprotesters, including Malaika Elias, stood in front of the Westboro participants in an attempt to block them from street view.

"I think they're twisted and confused, and we're just here to show them there are people who think they're completely wrong," Elias said.

Many passersby shouted their thanks to the counterprotesters as they entered the cemetery on foot and in vehicles.

Several police officers, some on horseback, observed the proceedings.
Phelps said her trio was there to tell people they should not "idolize" the dead, especially those who died for an "unrighteous cause."



Two things from Mother Jones magazine to ponder on this post-Memorial day. First, a brief photo essay about those special soldiers that prepare their fellow war-dead for their final journey home.

http://motherjones.com/files/imagecache/node-gallery-display/photoessays/soldiersangelspc0001.jpg


Secondly...I posted this yesterday through Facebook, but you should all take a look at this, too. Remembering America's soldiers...with charts.


How long should you spend commemorating Memorial Day? It can be accomplished in just 60 seconds if you follow a 2000 presidential memo from Bill Clinton that encouraged Americans "to pause for one minute at 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day, to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all." That comes out to 0.0000446 seconds of reflection for each of the approximately 1.3 million Americans who have died in uniform since the earliest days of the republic (according to Wikipedia).

If you have some more time, check out these charts about those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Let's start with a quick review of the biggest conflicts in American history:


https://motherjones.com/files/images/major-wars.png

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Comment by BobR on 05/31/2011 10:45:03
That chart is amazing - there is so much anger about deaths in Iraq and other "military actions" of dubious need. They pale in comparison to the number killed in wars where we needed to be involved.

Comment by AuntAzalea on 05/31/2011 11:20:57
Amazing blog today! The KKK vs. The Westboro Crazy People? You are so right, it must be the "end times" again!
I never saw that chart of the various wars side by side like that- enlightening and I noticed the civil war just reflects the union soldiers- wow.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/31/2011 12:38:54
Morning

Comment by TriSec on 05/31/2011 13:17:27
Greetings, comrades!



Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 13:17:28
Good Morning!

Comment by Scoopster on 05/31/2011 13:28:55
Mornin' all & Happy Tuesdee!

Oh my.. the taunting from the home team mascot has begun.

http://www.bladesoffunny.com/wp-content/uploads/bruin-bear-02.jpg


Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 13:34:13
Oh how I wish the pool was open all week already.


Comment by wickedpam on 05/31/2011 13:38:04
yours is only open on the weekends too? I bet there's a gym with a pool that lets people in for a small fee. Ours is the Freedom Aquatic center

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 13:41:30
Quote by wickedpam:
yours is only open on the weekends too? I bet there's a gym with a pool that lets people in for a small fee. Ours is the Freedom Aquatic center
Yeah -- until June, I think it due to cuts in the budget.

We have 2 outdoor pools and one indoor one. I like the one in this neighborhood becuase it is right around the corner. I don;t need to drive.


Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 13:46:07
This guy doesn't sound like the vengeful pr*ck I have been hearing about, to be honest.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/31/2011 13:47:42
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
yours is only open on the weekends too? I bet there's a gym with a pool that lets people in for a small fee. Ours is the Freedom Aquatic center
Yeah -- until June, I think it due to cuts in the budget.

We have 2 outdoor pools and one indoor one. I like the one in this neighborhood becuase it is right around the corner. I don;t need to drive.



I hate to drive out to Freedom too, its really in the country part of the county near Jiffy Lube Live

Comment by wickedpam on 05/31/2011 13:48:12
Quote by Raine:
This guy doesn't sound like the vengeful pr*ck I have been hearing about, to be honest.


sounds perfectly rational too me


Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 13:48:12
I thought it was this guy. <-- the issue I have with this guy, is that it's just as bad as the birthers.

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 13:49:54
Mala did you get that man's name?

Comment by wickedpam on 05/31/2011 13:58:50
Quote by Raine:
Mala did you get that man's name?



saddly no, but he's the one that just wrote the tell all about her campgain(sp)

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 14:05:43
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Mala did you get that man's name?



saddly no, but he's the one that just wrote the tell all about her campgain(sp)

Thanks. I think this is the same book that was leaked last february.

Comment by wickedpam on 05/31/2011 14:11:59
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Mala did you get that man's name?



saddly no, but he's the one that just wrote the tell all about her campgain(sp)

Thanks. I think this is the same book that was leaked last february.



I think that's it - double checked it on amazon

Comment by Scoopster on 05/31/2011 14:24:09
Ack the office has been invaded!! They're everywhere!



Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 14:29:43
I'm hoping that the new Think Progress shows up soon!

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 14:30:06
Quote by Scoopster:
Ack the office has been invaded!! They're everywhere!


EEP! little sugar ants?

Comment by Scoopster on 05/31/2011 14:30:57
Quote by Raine:
I'm hoping that the new Think Progress shows up soon!

I was just on there checking out the redesign.. Much better integration to social media I must say.

Comment by Scoopster on 05/31/2011 14:32:25
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Ack the office has been invaded!! They're everywhere!


EEP! little sugar ants?

Actually we've got these gargantuan carpenter ants and they're swarming all over the place. My coworker is freaking out 'cuz they're all over her desk, computer, the walls, her purse, her pants...

Comment by wickedpam on 05/31/2011 14:35:47
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Ack the office has been invaded!! They're everywhere!


EEP! little sugar ants?

Actually we've got these gargantuan carpenter ants and they're swarming all over the place. My coworker is freaking out 'cuz they're all over her desk, computer, the walls, her purse, her pants...



now that would send me home in need of a shower

Comment by TriSec on 05/31/2011 14:36:05
Heh. I had a termite swarm in the house about a dozen years ago. Now that was something. (long since corrected, with no more.)



Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 14:36:21
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by Raine:
I'm hoping that the new Think Progress shows up soon!

I was just on there checking out the redesign.. Much better integration to social media I must say.

I haven't been able to get in.


Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 14:37:12
Scoop can you give me the link? http://thinkprogress.org/ won't let me leave the splash page.

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 14:38:01
Quote by Scoopster:
Actually we've got these gargantuan carpenter ants and they're swarming all over the place. My coworker is freaking out 'cuz they're all over her desk, computer, the walls, her purse, her pants...
Do you have Peonys near the office?


Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 14:39:49
Quote by Raine:
Scoop can you give me the link? http://thinkprogress.org/ won't let me leave the splash page.
NEVER MIND! I had to clear my cache.


Comment by Scoopster on 05/31/2011 14:40:55
Quote by Raine:
Scoop can you give me the link? http://thinkprogress.org/ won't let me leave the splash page.

Hmm that's the link I've got bookmarked & its working OK.. Give this a try:

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/05/31/230925/new-thinkprogress-launch/

Comment by TriSec on 05/31/2011 14:41:13
Comment by Scoopster on 05/31/2011 14:41:58
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Scoop can you give me the link? http://thinkprogress.org/ won't let me leave the splash page.
NEVER MIND! I had to clear my cache.

Aha!!

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 14:44:00
Wow.

Atlanta never really seemed like a big Hockey town to be honest.


Comment by BobR on 05/31/2011 14:47:28

I heard this was in the works. Atlanta sports fans are REALLY fair weather (Boston fans may grouse, but Atlanta fans just stop going to the games).

Comment by Scoopster on 05/31/2011 14:53:45

I heard there's a bit of fuss over this one as to what the name of the team will be.. Winnipeg's former club (the Jets, now the Phoenix Coyotes) is owned by the League and I guess Bettman is somewhat reluctant to let an expansion club take over the "legacy" of the previous NHL franchise. The fans however want the old name.

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 15:00:54
OMFG....




Comment by BobR on 05/31/2011 15:07:41
Quote by Raine:
OMFG....



it's mind-boggling.

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 15:14:57
Hey Scoop, and Mala -- Guess who else is coming to the pahtay?

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 15:15:49
Quote by Raine:
Hey Scoop, and Mala -- Guess who else is coming to the pahtay?
Here is a hint:

to our favorite lurker!


Comment by wickedpam on 05/31/2011 15:16:15
Quote by Raine:
Hey Scoop, and Mala -- Guess who else is coming to the pahtay?


?? Valerie Plame?

Comment by Scoopster on 05/31/2011 15:17:46
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Hey Scoop, and Mala -- Guess who else is coming to the pahtay?
Here is a hint:

to our favorite lurker!

Well hmmm.. in that case I'd say either Randi Rhodes or Aurora Sans.

Comment by TriSec on 05/31/2011 15:19:52
Quote by BobR:

I heard this was in the works. Atlanta sports fans are REALLY fair weather (Boston fans may grouse, but Atlanta fans just stop going to the games).


There's a big thing around town right now about those alternate-color Red Sox paraphenalia that's around.

It's an insult to call someone a "pink-hatter" right now...since we know that once the team is no longer trendy, they'll go away.

(And in a side note, brother TriSec was once a Patriots season ticket holder....got priced out when they built Gillette stadium. So that's the other side of the coin. I wonder how many of the old "Gallery Gods" will even have a chance to buy a ticket for one Cup game?)



Comment by Scoopster on 05/31/2011 15:21:26
OHOHOH!!! I have to procure some goods for this little soirée. Time to text El Burrito!

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 15:25:33
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Hey Scoop, and Mala -- Guess who else is coming to the pahtay?


?? Valerie Plame?
Stan!

and I have a VERY strong feeling he and Scoop will get along quite well...


Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 15:26:22
Quote by Scoopster:
OHOHOH!!! I have to procure some goods for this little soirée. Time to text El Burrito!
Yes, Tacos, def.


Comment by wickedpam on 05/31/2011 15:26:39
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Hey Scoop, and Mala -- Guess who else is coming to the pahtay?


?? Valerie Plame?
Stan!

and I have a VERY strong feeling he and Scoop will get along quite well...



I think they just might

Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 15:33:43
I'm pretty excited about the party. It looks like a few people from the HomeBrew club are coming too -- Should be fun. After last week, I need fun.



Comment by Raine on 05/31/2011 15:36:22
I LOVED DREAM ON!

Comment by BobR on 05/31/2011 15:50:28
Quote by Raine:
I'm pretty excited about the party. It looks like a few people from the HomeBrew club are coming too -- Should be fun. After last week, I need fun.




Comment by TriSec on 05/31/2011 17:19:24
12 minutes on hold for a clearinghouse....

I would have abandoned it a while ago, but the site has been down all morning. It's month-end, and I feel like being a pit.



Comment by livingonli on 05/31/2011 18:42:01
Good day everyone. Crashed out today then took the car to the dealer. Turned out it was something stupid and I was finally able to get the trunk open since there is a trunk latch under the Hyundai emblem. Tonight I have the last shift since I am doing O's at Settle on MASN 2 tonight. At least after tonight I have two days off.