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Author: TriSec    Date: 10/30/2007 10:49:31

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,686th 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): 3839
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3700
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3378
Since Handover (6/29/04): 2980
Since Election (1/31/05): 2402

Other Coalition Troops: 303
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 451


We find this week's cost of war standing at:

$464, 298, 600, 000.00





Turning to our friends at IAVA, we find that they have yet another way to support the troops. It's called Welcome Back Vets, and you may have seen the PSA's during the recent world series.
IAVA teamed up with Major League Baseball Charities and the Ad Council to launch a national public service advertisement campaign that debuted during Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night. Click here to visit the new website and watch the PSA, featuring voiceover by Oscar Award winner Tom Hanks. You can also read the Press Release here.

Speaking of which, the holidays are fast approaching, and now is the time to seek out those charities that specialize in sending care packages overseas. You might also want to consider seeking out a local base to host a soldier for a holiday dinner...or just write someone a letter.



Moving on, I don't know who said it, but we've all heard the saying that 'truth is the first casualty of war'. It appears that the second casualty of war might be those that report it. There's word today that the editor of another Iraqi newspaper was killed in Baghdad yesterday, bringing the journalist toll to 122.
BAGHDAD - An Iraqi editor was slain in Baghdad, the Committee to Protect Journalists announced Monday, raising to at least 122 the number of journalists killed in Iraq since the war started in March 2003.

Shehab Mohammad al-Hiti was a 27-year-old editor for the fledgling weekly Baghdad al-Youm, which had been publishing for only three weeks.

He disappeared Sunday after he left his home in western Baghdad to go to work, the New York-based advocacy organization reported, citing a source at the newspaper. Iraqi security forces found the journalist's body later that afternoon, it said.

About 85 percent of media deaths in the war have been Iraqis, according to the group.



Naturally, that got me thinking, so I did some digging and found "Journalists in Danger"...and the numbers are truly astonishing. Do visit the link and check the breakdowns. But of course, he's what I was looking for:

CPJ does not have statistics on wars prior to 1981, but other groups have compiled lists of journalists killed. Please note that groups use different criteria in classifying deaths. For example, a group might categorize a death in a plane crash as being killed on duty. Here is a selection of some of the major conflicts.

• Central American conflicts: Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, lists 89 journalists killed for the years 1979-89.
• Argentina: Freedom Forum lists 98 for the years 1976-1983.
• Vietnam: Freedom Forum lists 66 journalists killed covering the conflict in Vietnam from 1955-1975. The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, which surveyed the years 1962-75, lists 71 journalists killed.
• Korean War: Freedom Forum lists 17 journalists killed.
• World War II: Freedom Forum lists 68.
• World War I: Freedom Forum lists 2.



So we'll leave it at that today. Don't forget to listen to the Rachel Maddow Show this evening for the "Ask a Vet" segment....where this blog gets it's name!

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Comment by Mondobubba on 10/30/2007 12:20:45
Fristy pants Won't post again till later :shrug:

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 13:28:19
Two-sday! Good Morning!

Comment by starling310 on 10/30/2007 13:42:22
'ello! 'ello!



Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 13:48:25
I believe in miracles! you sexy thang! :prince:

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 13:49:02
Quote by starling310: 'ello! 'ello!
I love the little british accent!

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 13:50:00
Dan haggerty is gay?

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 13:51:16
So far this is todays show:
http://cache.viewimages.com/xc/3382119.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages&k=2&d=2C59C5F2747E9F17E5FC672A7EC040F1A55A1E4F32AD3138


Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 13:52:04
Jim is indeed correct, we really cannot afford to lose any dem senators...

Comment by livingonli on 10/30/2007 13:52:56
Good morning all.



Didn't sleep too well so I feel a bit out of it.

Comment by livingonli on 10/30/2007 13:54:39
Does the Rudy costume include ruibbage from the World Trade Center?



I know, I know. Penalty box.

Comment by livingonli on 10/30/2007 13:57:38
The Stay Puff Marshallow man exploded and left cream all over the place.

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:00:05
Quote by livingonli: Does the Rudy costume include ruibbage from the World Trade Center? I know, I know. Penalty box.
The rubbage itself could be a scary costume.

Comment by livingonli on 10/30/2007 14:03:45
Quote by Raine:

So far this is todays show:





http://cache.viewimages.com/xc/3382119.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages&k=2&d=2C59C5F2747E9F17E5FC672A7EC040F1A55A1E4F32AD3138


Fixxity?

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:03:52
OH sigh... Joe Torre may be going to the Dodgers? I suppose I should be happy for him.

Comment by wickedpam on 10/30/2007 14:04:47
MOrning! :hug:

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:04:50
Quote by livingonli: Fixxity?
What was wrong? Did it not show up on your machine?

Comment by livingonli on 10/30/2007 14:06:37
Quote by Raine:

Quote by livingonli:

Fixxity?


What was wrong? Did it not show up on your machine?


Nope. It just showed up as a URL.

Comment by livingonli on 10/30/2007 14:07:08
Quote by livingonli:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by livingonli:

Fixxity?


What was wrong? Did it not show up on your machine?


Nope. It just showed up as a URL.


As in just the URL in text.

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:12:28
Oh wow.. that is stranger... it worked on my machine... When BobR gets in... maybe we can talk with him about it! HE is super duper IT guy!

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:18:34
Today in history: October 30, 1938 The War of the Worlds was broadcast on CBS Radio...It was directed by Orson Welles... The first half of the 60 minute broadcast was presented as a series of news bulletins, and suggested to many listeners that an actual Martian invasion was in progress. People panicked and then were pissed of as they learned they were duped...

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:20:17
Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:20:47
one more time... Good mornign everyone!!!

Comment by BobR on 10/30/2007 14:21:11
morning, folks... :coffee:

Comment by livingonli on 10/30/2007 14:22:05
Good morning Bob.

Comment by BobR on 10/30/2007 14:25:56
Quote by Raine:

Oh wow.. that is stranger... it worked on my machine... When BobR gets in... maybe we can talk with him about it! HE is super duper IT guy!


Some websites don't allow embedding their images (as an effort to save on bandwidth at their site). If you copy the link into another browser window and display it, it magically shows up in the blog because it is now cached locally.

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:27:08
I I must admit... Al gore was rather boring back in the day...

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:28:32
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Raine: Oh wow.. that is stranger... it worked on my machine... When BobR gets in... maybe we can talk with him about it! HE is super duper IT guy!
Some websites don't allow embedding their images (as an effort to save on bandwidth at their site). If you copy the link into another browser window and display it, it magically shows up in the blog because it is now cached locally.
OOh... that is fancy! Thanks!

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:29:29
Ghouliani is frightening... that man must NOT be allowed to become the candidate. Right now I am looking at who would be easiest for the Dems to beat... I am think Mitt. Yup. Mitt.

Comment by wickedpam on 10/30/2007 14:29:33
But he knew how to poke fun at himself at least.



I remember when he did Letterman and split a glass ashtry into 5 pieces, it was pretty funny.

Comment by livingonli on 10/30/2007 14:32:57
Quote by Raine:

Ghouliani is frightening... that man must NOT be allowed to become the candidate.



Right now I am looking at who would be easiest for the Dems to beat... I am think Mitt. Yup. Mitt.


He would be the only person who could be a bigger dictator than Bush-Cheney and he knows what he's doing which is what makes it really scary.

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:33:47
Quote by wickedpam: But he knew how to poke fun at himself at least. I remember when he did Letterman and split a glass ashtry into 5 pieces, it was pretty funny.
That is true. I will give him that. he does have a good sense of humour about himself.

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:34:45
My Dad might be for Goldwater Miller '08. I should ask him...

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:35:28
Wow caller's outing the Step mom's for driving naked... hoo haw.

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:36:28
LOL! And now for our naked driving segment segment of the SMS newscast ™ *ting*

Comment by starling310 on 10/30/2007 14:37:26
Quote by Raine:



I love the little british accent!




fanks love!

:UK:

Comment by starling310 on 10/30/2007 14:39:18
Quote by Raine:

OH sigh... Joe Torre may be going to the Dodgers? I suppose I should be happy for him.




:hug:



Maybe he wants to go where it's warmer. Even as a Bosox fan, I have always liked Joe Torre. I think it's pretty crappy what the NYY did to him. Bastids.



On another Yankees note, I don't care how good he is, I DON'T WANT A ROD!



Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:41:16
I am standding up and cheering for Paul Krugman!!!

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:42:45
Quote by starling310:
Quote by Raine: OH sigh... Joe Torre may be going to the Dodgers? I suppose I should be happy for him.
:hug: Maybe he wants to go where it's warmer. Even as a Bosox fan, I have always liked Joe Torre. I think it's pretty crappy what the NYY did to him. Bastids. On another Yankees note, I don't care how good he is, I DON'T WANT A ROD!
I don't get the hate for A-Rod... does this have to do with what Tri said about his always leavig teams worse of then when he came? They guy is an amazing b-ball player. :(

Comment by starling310 on 10/30/2007 14:42:53
Hot Rhetoric.



*HA CHA*

Comment by wickedpam on 10/30/2007 14:43:30
From TMZ -





Party Favors: O'Reilly Ambushes O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell was ambushed by a crew sent by FOX News' Bill O'Reilly to pester her at a book signing in Long Island about 9/11 conspiracy theories, reports Page Six. O'Donnell didn't even make the interlopers leave, and calmly went about her business, saying only, "If Bill wants me he should phone me himself. He's a big boy."



Comment by starling310 on 10/30/2007 14:43:42
Siouxsie and the Banshees bump!





Comment by starling310 on 10/30/2007 14:45:45
Quote by Raine:

I don't get the hate for A-Rod... does this have to do with what Tri said about his always leavig teams worse of then when he came?



They guy is an amazing b-ball player. :(





I don't know what it is. To me, the A. in A-Rod stands for arrogant.



I'd rather see the Sox keep someone like Lowell then sign a pretty boy like Rodriguez. Just a gut feeling.



Comment by starling310 on 10/30/2007 14:46:48
Quote by wickedpam:

From TMZ -





Party Favors: O'Reilly Ambushes O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell was ambushed by a crew sent by FOX News' Bill O'Reilly to pester her at a book signing in Long Island about 9/11 conspiracy theories, reports Page Six. O'Donnell didn't even make the interlopers leave, and calmly went about her business, saying only, "If Bill wants me he should phone me himself. He's a big boy."







:clap: Good job Rosie. Let's see if he's "man enough" to take that on.



Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:48:22
So here is today's dose of cuteness....
http://www.thepuppypages.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/06/dalmatian-puppy-picture.jpg


Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:50:25
Billo and Rosie ... the battle of the Long Islander's... I can tell you, you do NOT mess around with Commack girls.

Comment by livingonli on 10/30/2007 14:54:08
Quote by Raine:

Billo and Rosie ... the battle of the Long Islander's... I can tell you, you do NOT mess around with Commack girls.


He's not man enough to take her on in person.

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:55:13
Uh oh... winger alert.

Comment by Raine on 10/30/2007 14:56:01
Holy crap... Does this man live under a rock? (Irock, btw)

Comment by wickedpam on 10/30/2007 14:56:03


Comment by livingonli on 10/30/2007 14:56:27
Quote by Raine:

So here is today's dose of cuteness....



http://www.thepuppypages.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/06/dalmatian-puppy-picture.jpg


My computer don't see to like the IMG's too much today.