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Author: TriSec    Date: 11/13/2007 11:53:41

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,700th 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): 3860
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3061
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3399
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3001
Since Election (1/31/05): 2423

Other Coalition Troops: 304
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 465



We find this morning's Cost of War standing at :

$ 468, 232, 000, 000.00




And speaking of the cost of war, there's a story in the BBC this morning (via the Washington Post) that the cost of war is actually double what is being reported...due to 'hidden costs'.
The US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing nearly double the amount previously thought, according to a report set to be released by Congress.

Democrats say the wars have cost $1.5 trillion - almost twice the requested $804bn (£402bn) - because of "hidden costs", the Washington Post reports.

That figure would amount to $20,000 for a regular US family of four, it adds.

And some of the figures cited in the report were labelled speculative by funding experts, the Post says.

Among the indicators contributing to the higher cost of the conflicts are higher oil costs and payments to war veterans.

The report is expected to be presented to Congress later on Tuesday.

The Democratic authors included the costs of treating wounded veterans and mounting interest payments on money borrowed to finance the wars.

The report calculates that the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost the average US family of four more than $20,000.

It adds that the amount could rise to $46,300 over the next decade, the Washington Post says.

The committee's Democrats estimate that treating veterans could add more than $30bn to war costs, including disability payments and lost earnings for veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Republicans have not yet commented officially on the report.




Turning to our friends at IAVA, we find a new ad this morning calling for support of the new GI bill. It's simple in it's concept..."we can afford to send them to war,
why can't we send them to college?


In 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the “Servicemen’s Readjustment Act,” better known as the GI Bill. With that one signature, the President ensured that eight million combat veterans coming home from Germany and Japan would be able to afford an education. The World War Two GI Bill was the Cadillac of scholarships; it covered tuition, fees, and books, and gave veterans a living stipend while they were in school.

And it was worth every penny. A 1988 Congressional study proved that every dollar spent under the original GI Bill added seven dollars to the national economy in terms of productivity, consumer spending and tax revenue. Before I served in Iraq, I worked on Wall Street. We used to talk about ROI - “return on investment.” By any standard, the GI Bill was a good buy.

But today, we are not investing in our troops like we did after World War Two. After contributing up to $1,800 from their first military paychecks, today’s troops can receive about $45,000 towards their education. That covers only 60-70% of the average cost of four years at a public college or university, or less than two years at a typical private college. The process to get these limited benefits is complicated. Troops have to front the money to their college, and then get paid back by the government in monthly installments. No wonder only 8% of troops even use their whole GI Bill benefit.

We can do better. This year, Congress is taking action on a new GI Bill. The new bipartisan bill, originally introduced by Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, would make a college education affordable to every service member returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Senator Webb is a decorated Vietnam veteran who knows firsthand the struggles combat veterans face to rebuild their lives once they come home. He’s committed to helping those veterans - and so far, 100 Senators and Representatives have signed on to his legislation.

President Roosevelt said that the original GI Bill gave “emphatic notice to the men and women in our armed forces that the American people do not intend to let them down.”

We have an opportunity to show the same support for a new Greatest Generation. Instead of hearing about a flood of homeless Iraq veterans, we could be building a generation of leaders. This Veterans Day, you can do more for the troops than just go to a parade. Go to http://www.iava.org/demandaction and tell your representatives to make a new GI Bill their priority in 2008.

Washington politicians say they support the troops. Signing on to support a new GI Bill gives them a chance to put their money where their mouths are.



And I'm going to stop here. The power has been up and down a couple of times during the creation of this blog (Thank God for Firefox auto-recovery!) So I'm going with what we've got.



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Comment by starling310 on 11/13/2007 13:23:38
Fristy Pants Dance!







Morning.

Comment by starling310 on 11/13/2007 13:24:19
The cost of war. . .



The mind reels at how that money could have been better spent.



Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 13:37:11
Good morning!

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 13:38:53
Just in case anyone missed it: They love us! They really love us!

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 13:40:49
And, in case anyone wants the update to my art blockage... I do believe it is over! I decided to be cliche!!!

Comment by TriSec on 11/13/2007 13:58:34
*snort*



I keep forgetting to add a 'fold' to my blog entries. New features are going to have a hard time becoming new habits...





Comment by BobR on 11/13/2007 14:03:04
Quote by TriSec:

I keep forgetting to add a 'fold' to my blog entries. New features are going to have a hard time becoming new habits...





Hey - you managed to log in!

Comment by TriSec on 11/13/2007 14:05:23
Ok, my feed has gone nuts.



Or Chris and Jim have.





Comment by TriSec on 11/13/2007 14:06:25
Quote by Raine:And, in case anyone wants the update to my art blockage... I do believe it is over! I decided to be cliche!!!




Art-Lax?



Artemucil?



Senokart?



:skates off:





Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:08:44
YAY! RWHM™!!!!

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:09:31
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by Raine:And, in case anyone wants the update to my art blockage... I do believe it is over! I decided to be cliche!!!
Art-Lax? Artemucil? Senokart? :skates off:
I went with artemucil!!! :rofl:

Comment by BobR on 11/13/2007 14:10:21
Quote by TriSec:



Art-Lax?



Artemucil?



Senokart?



:skates off:







Benef-art-er :D



Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:11:03
Does anyone remeber the LArry DAvid Episode where he got into a fight with the living nativity?

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:12:19
:thud: The creation museum is getting bigger? Are they sure that most people aren't visiting it becuase of it utter Ironic hilarity of all of it?

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:14:13
Quote by BobR:
Quote by TriSec: Art-Lax? Artemucil? Senokart? :skates off:
Benef-art-er :D
I had to prune a few ideas away... and then things started flowing!

Comment by BobR on 11/13/2007 14:14:36
Quote by Raine:13;

The creation museum is getting bigger? Are they sure that most people aren't visiting it becuase of it utter Ironic hilarity of all of it?


New psuedo-science "discoveries" are being dreamed up every day!

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:15:43


Comment by starling310 on 11/13/2007 14:16:25
:bad: Momma....I don't want to see planted questions regardless of who the president/candidate is. Not cool.



Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:16:35
Billo..... ........

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:17:53
YEah... hillary really pissed me off with that one. VERY irresponsible.

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:18:42
Does Faux news have anyone that isn't a perky little extra crispy bucket of blond in a bottle™

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:27:38
hannity :yadda:

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:34:47
Quote by BobR:
Quote by TriSec: Art-Lax? Artemucil? Senokart? :skates off:
Benef-art-er :D
The one I used has sIenna as a main ingredient....

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:35:39
:rofl: I love Rodents I have always loved Rodents... I love my mice.

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:36:18
OBAMA!!!

Comment by starling310 on 11/13/2007 14:36:34
HOw Obama got his groove back.





Comment by starling310 on 11/13/2007 14:38:44
That's the backyard wiffle ball game applause...



: 10 year old : "2 down, bottom of the ninth.....and it's a shot up the middle! The red sox win it! The red sox win it!"



: cups hands around mouth : : roaring crowd sounds :

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:39:41
WOW!!!!!!!

Comment by starling310 on 11/13/2007 14:40:11
I don;t believe a stinkin' word of it.

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:40:32
:D

Comment by starling310 on 11/13/2007 14:40:36
Quote by Raine::rofl: I love Rodents I have always loved Rodents... I love my mice.




:rofl:

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:43:27
Wow, caller is a downer man...

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:44:36
HEya callah!

Comment by starling310 on 11/13/2007 14:45:13
I'm sorry...Barack says alotta nuttin' really eloquently!



Comment by livingonli on 11/13/2007 14:46:21
Good morning everyone.





{Fred_Gump}

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:50:30
Manboobpig...

Comment by livingonli on 11/13/2007 14:50:59
There are some places you don't want to spoon.

Comment by starling310 on 11/13/2007 14:51:23
A right winger from Amherst is an odd thing.



Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 14:55:42
I accept your apology... (I wanted someone to correct momma about Denis and Obama...)

Comment by livingonli on 11/13/2007 14:59:26
At least Dennis is kicking ass and taking names (trying to get Cheney impeached).

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 15:01:54
Comment by livingonli on 11/13/2007 15:10:23
A candle stuck in your penis? That's one thing you don't want in your area. <----pain

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 15:11:36
So tell me, where else can you go to get inspriation from Obama and a medical stack™ that educates us of the dangers of Auto Erotica?

Comment by wickedpam on 11/13/2007 15:11:39
Morning! :hug:

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 15:12:13
:puke: Will they have a whitefish flavor soda?

Comment by livingonli on 11/13/2007 15:12:28
Mmm, tree sap.

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 15:13:25


Comment by livingonli on 11/13/2007 15:13:54
Good morning Mala.



What are you listening to in the morning since Momma doesn't come on until night in DC now?

Comment by Raine on 11/13/2007 15:17:15
Quote by starling310:I'm sorry...Barack says alotta nuttin' really eloquently!
HE doesn't do it for ya? at all? interesting. I am more of an edwards girl myself... but I felt something all tingly listenign to that speech... Maybe I am just a sucker for a good speech. I AM easy, you know!!
Good Morning Livin and Mala!!


Comment by livingonli on 11/13/2007 15:17:30
K to the J is feering very glassy right now.