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April 26th, 2007

Ted Kulongoski gets a Clue

Oregon Govenor Ted Kulongoski plans to eat this week, and he’s got $21.00 to git’er done. Kulongoski is going to eat for a week on the same amount the State of Oregon allots to the average food stamp recipient.

Welcome to beans and rice, Sir.

I think what is interesting here is not that he’s making the effort, or that Oregonians will have an advocate for sustenance and proper nutrition, but what happens to the Govenor after the week is up. Will he binge out on all the stuff he missed? Will a nice dinner out, or ice cream be on the list? You see, when it’s a week, you can make it. When it’s a struggle to keep going, those little things seem so wonderful. So, while I hope Gov. Kulongoski takes a lot from his experience, I especially hope he understands that the people he’s trying to help are people too. An occasional candy bar should not be the rail of their damnation as welfare assholes.
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April 24th, 2007

IAVA to appear before Senate Comm. on Vet Affairs

On Wednesday at 2:00pm ET, the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs will be holding a hearing on the mental health issues and specifically PTSD faced by returning combat veterans. IAVA Legislative Director Patrick Campbell will be talking about recent efforts by the VA to address these issues, and about his own experiences in Iraq. Ellen and Randy Omvig, whose son Joshua committed suicide just a few months after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, will be speaking on the panel with him.

You can watch the hearing live here. If you can’t watch it live, you can watch it afterwards on the Committee’s website.

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April 23rd, 2007

From an Angry Soldier

I’m absolutely speechless . . .

I am SICK of all this bullshit people are writing about the Iraq war. I am abso-fucking-lutely sick to death of it. What the fuck do most of you know about it? You watch it on TV and read the commentaries in the newspaper or Newsweek or whatever god damn yuppie news rag you subscribe to and think you’re all such fucking experts that you can scream at each other like five year old about whether you’re right or not. Let me tell you something: unless you’ve been there, you don’t know a god damn thing about it. It you haven’t been shot at in that fucking hell hole, SHUT THE FUCK UP!

How do I dare say this to you moronic war supporters who are “Supporting our Troops” and waving the flag and all that happy horse shit? I’ll tell you why. I’m a Marine and I served my tour in Iraq. My husband, also a Marine, served several. I left the service six months ago because I got pregnant while he was home on leave and three days ago I get a visit from two men in uniform who hand me a letter and tell me my husband died in that fucking festering sand-pit. He should have been home a month ago but they extended his tour and now he’s coming home in a box.

You fuckers and that god-damn lying sack of shit they call a president are the reason my husband will never see his baby and my kid will never meet his dad.

Support our troops, bring them home NOW!
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April 21st, 2007

USMC Creates Wounded Warrior Regiment

This is far from the only such effort by the services, but this is the one that is covered in this week’s Marine Corps Times: the Commandant of the Marine Corps has ordered the creation of a Wounded Warrior Regiment to help wounded Marines (and Sailors serving in Marine units) who have been wounded and are now negotiating the red tape of the military and VA health care system. The headquarters of the new unit will be at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia, and it will assign the wounded warriors to either Camp Pendleton near San Diego or Camp LeJeune in North Carolina, one battalion at each of those bases (they won’t have to be physically located there; they can be treated wherever their families live, but those battalions will take care of their paperwork, pay, and so on.) The commanding officer has already been assigned and is putting together the staff, and the regiment will be up and running sometime this summer. There are already “wounded warrior” barracks at both Pendleton and LeJeune, but this will unify tracking of the treatment of those service members and give it a more powerful advocate and greater accountability.

As the story says, the regiment will ensure people get a satisfactory level of care, help them cope with evaluation boards and insurance claims, and will oversee case management for them, no matter where in the country they live. It will act as a clearinghouse for charitable donations, and will also take care of Marines and Sailors who are being transferred to the VA system, including staying in touch with them after they leave the military medical system and periodically checking to see whether their needs are still being met.

This is right and good. This is how it should be. This is supporting the troops.
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April 16th, 2007

True Class

This was in my inbox this evening. Regardless of my personal feelings about John Edwards, this is genuine class. He spoke well for all of us.

The Edwards Family

We are simply heartbroken by the deaths and injuries suffered at Virginia Tech. We know what an unspeakable, life-changing moment this is for these families and how, in this moment, it is hard to feel anything but overwhelming grief, much less the love and support around you. But the love and support is there. We pray that these families, these students, and the entire Virginia Tech community know that they are being embraced by a nation. There is a Methodist hymn that gave us solace in such a moment as this, and we repeat its final verse here, in hopes it will help these families, as it helped us:

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing, in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

Our dearest wish is that this day could start again, with the promise of these young people alive. Knowing that cannot be, our prayer is for God’s grace and whatever measure of peace can be reached on this terrible day.

John and Elizabeth Edwards

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March 25th, 2007

Some Good News We Can All Agree On

Despite the horrible mismanagement and neglect of patients at some military hospitals, most notably Walter Reed, patients report that others are doing a great job. This is from the Marine Corps Times, issue of 3/26/2007:
When a roadside bomb tore off part of his right arm, Army Spc. Alroy Billiman leapfrogged from Army hospitals in Balad, Iraq, and Landstuhl, Germany.
After spending two weeks at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Billiman was transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego. The 27-year-old infantryman, who deployed to Iraq with 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, couldn’t have been happier about the care he’s received.
“This hospital is freaking awesome – the staff, the Navy corpsmen, the nurses, the doctors. I’m very blessed to be here,” he said, speaking March 12 during an afternoon “open house” arranged by officials to showcase the Naval Medical Center’s Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care Center, known as C5.
“All those bad things I said about the Navy, I take back,” he said, laughing.

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March 18th, 2007

Global protests yesterday

The following photo essay, set to Neil Young’s Impeach the President” shows quite a few of the International Protests held in support of the March on the Pentagon Saturday. I also included some pics at the end of the Pentagon march and the one in L.A. that I attended. 40 years ago hundreds of thousands marched on the Pentagon. Yesterday..hundreds of thousands marched around the world for the same reason..just a different fucked-up war.



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March 18th, 2007

Iraq Protest: CNN Interviews BIO Friend Charlie Anderson

Those of you who read here regularly are, no doubt, familiar with Charlie Anderson. Charlie was interviewed by CNN yesterday about his efforts to end this stupid war and bring our troops home. Check it out. Charlie, we are proud to have both you and Tammara as friends.


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March 17th, 2007

Ronald Reagan: American Hero?

Those who would suggest that Reagan was a great president would do well to remember a one woman from small town in El Salvador and check their consciences:

Rufina Amaya, the woman who was often identified as the last, or only, survivor of the massacre at the village of El Mozote, died last week. She was not, strictly speaking, the only survivor of that monstrous event, but she appears to have been the only one who emerged with her wits about her, a clear memory of what took place, and the will to describe how hundreds of people, including her husband and four of her children, were systematically butchered on Dec. 11, 1981, in an impoverished corner of El Salvador.

The massacre took place in the early days of the United States’ involvement in El Salvador. In that conflict, radical leftist guerrillas tried to overthrow a ruling establishment utterly loathed by the population at large for its corruption and human rights atrocities. The Reagan administration intervened to train and equip the Salvadoran army, and to shore up the government against what it feared would become a red tide of communism lapping at the very borders of the Rio Grande…

…The troops arrived the following day and, after an initial brutal search, told the villagers that they could return to their homes. “We were happy then,” Señora Amaya recalled. ” ‘The repression is over,’ we said.”

But the troops returned. Acting on orders, they separated the villagers into groups of men, young girls, and women and children. Rufina Amaya managed to slip behind some trees as her group was being herded to the killing ground, and from there she witnessed the murders, which went on until late at night. An army officer, told by an underling that a soldier was refusing to kill children, said, “Where is the sonofabitch who said that? I am going to kill him,” and bayoneted a child on the spot. She heard her own children crying out for her as they met their deaths. The troops herded people into the church and houses facing a patch of grass that served as the village plaza. They shot the villagers or dismembered them with machetes, then set the structures on fire. At last, believing they had killed all the citizens of El Mozote and the surrounding hamlets, the troops withdrew.

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March 17th, 2007

Support Our Troops - Watch Iraq Veterans Memorial

The Iraq Veterans Memorial is an online war memorial that honors the members of the U.S. armed forces who have lost their lives serving in the Iraq War. The Memorial is a collection of video memories from family, friends, military colleagues, and co-workers of those that have fallen.


This memorial was conceived as a place to honor the servicemembers who lost their lives over the past four years during the Iraq War. By watching the videos, you will have the opportunity to learn about these heroes from those who knew them best — their family, friends, and fellow servicemembers. Each man and woman represented in the memorial had attributes and qualities that made them unique, but they all have one thing in common - they were truly loved and are deeply missed.

“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind banished from the earth, and the sons and daughters of this world employed in more pleasing and innocent amusements, than in preparing implements and excercising them for the destruction of mankind.” - George Washington

QuestionItNow - Still In Iraq

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March 17th, 2007

March on the Pentagon is today

Marches beginBut the protests started last night as this Yahoo article describes;

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Christians prayed for peace at an anti-war service Friday night at the Washington National Cathedral, kicking off a weekend of protests around the country to mark the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq.

Afterward, participants marched with battery-operated faux candles through snow and wind toward the White House, where police began arresting protesters shortly before midnight. Protest guidelines require demonstrators to continue moving while on the White House sidewalk.
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March 15th, 2007

 Waxmans Oversight committee will hold hearings on PlameGate tomorrow

From the govt website:

“Chairman Henry A. Waxman announced a hearing on whether White House officials followed appropriate procedures for safeguarding the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. At the hearing, the Committee will receive testimony from Ms. Wilson and other experts regarding the disclosure and internal White House security procedures for protecting her identity from disclosure and responding to the leak after it occurred. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Click here for the witness list.”

The hearings are always available live, online at the Oversight Committee website, the first one I link to in this blog.

Tags: Politics, Plamegate, Oversight Committee, Waxman

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March 11th, 2007

Bush in Brazil

If only people were this passionate in this country about getting this lunatic out of office.

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March 9th, 2007

 Bakersfield Soldier’s religious beliefs clash with his job.

Bako soldierWhen I saw the story on KERO, it made me sad. People have no right to judge a man who went when he was told to go to war. Even if he supports the war, he can feel as he does. It has to be hard to be in his shoes.

“Sgt. Mathew Gonzalez said his decal that reads “Lord please forgive me, I have committed sins for our freedom” is a message he created to show that as a Catholic he believes he did sin by killing someone in Iraq.”

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March 6th, 2007

Supporting the Troops… Or Not, Continued

Note: information in this post is taken from the Marine Corps Times, issue of 2/26/07.

Representative Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., is sponsoring a bill that would allow veterans to transfer their GI Bill benefits to members of their families. This would be a great thing for service members who can’t or don’t need to go to college themselves after leaving the service – perhaps because they already have degrees or skills allowing them to pursue the work they want to do, or are disabled to such an extent that they can’t go to school. They often have spouses or children who do want and need a college education.

On the Senate side, James Webb, D.-Va., has a bill in the works to update, or backdate, the GI Bill and restore it to something like the version that was in effect from the end of World War II until January of 1977, which fully covered tuition and fees and provided a modest living stipend to veterans going to college. R. James Nicholson, President Bush’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs, has warned Senator Webb that the Bush administration is not likely to support his efforts.
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March 3rd, 2007

Iraq Veterans Memorial Video

Brave New Foundation, from the folks at Brave New Films, will be premiering the video “Iraq Veterans Memorial” on March 17th. That weekend is the anniversary of the Iraq War. You can read about the video here, and if you wish to host the video on your website that weekend you can signup here. If you wish to contribute a clip which eulogizes a loved one who died in the War in Iraq, you can find out how..here.

I will be hosting the video on my personal blog as well as here at BIO.



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February 27th, 2007

Recount Ordered for Gores Oscar

And once again it looks like the Supreme Court is going to intervene and decide the winner.

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February 23rd, 2007

Once Again, Stubborness Bites Reps in the Butt

Sometimes, I’m a little dense. I’ll admit it, I didn’t see the grand plan. When the non-binding resolution against the war came out, I mocked it as a wimped out effort at “bi-partisanship”. But, as John at Americablog points out, it was sheer brilliance. Republicans dug in their heels and refused to work with the Dems on the non-binding resolution chiding Bushco for their war (which the vast majority of this nation HATES). I guess Republicans thought if they got tough with it, the thing would go away. All they managed to do is put themselves in a box.

Democrats Seek to Repeal 2002 War Authorization — WAPO

Damn Skippy. Dems went to hardball because the Republican refused to make an effort on the non-binding action. Oh, well. It’s on now.
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February 21st, 2007

Michelle Manhart Photo Shoot (NSFW)

It’s your tax dollars at work, you might as well get your monies worth and go see what got Michelle in so much hot water with the U.S. Air Force. Personally, I always thought everyone in the Air Force was gay, now this only proves it. Did you know that part of their dress uniform requires them to wear those thingy’s that clip you socks to your underwear so that your socks don’t fall down? Teh gay!!!

The News Vault — A US Air Force drill sergeant who posed nude for Playboy magazine has been removed from active duty.

Michelle Manhart appeared nude a recent issue of the men’s magazine and said she got word that has been removed from “extended active duty”. She was also told that she was demoted in rank from staff sergeant to senior airman.

“I’m disappointed in our system. They went too far with it”, she says of the decision.

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February 14th, 2007

Picking Nits over the Word “Wasted”

Barack Obama said it right the first time.

A New Hampshire reporter asked Mr. Obama whether he regretted the remark, made at a rally on Sunday that “we ended up launching a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged, and to which we now have spent $400 billion and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.” — NYT
If there is genuine offense taken, and by that I mean by the troop and their families, not the 101st Fighting Keyboarders, Obama has hastened to clarify his language. I needed no such clarification. In fact, when I read that, it took me back to a truly astonishing comment I received in October of 2005 from a guy I’d not heard from before, whose poignant words left me sorrowing and motivated to keep those words close. I use them as my personal litmus test on what I write about the war in Iraq, and I am thankful Liberal Jarhead chose to de-lurk and write them. The fact that he later accepted a place on the BIO writing staff is one of my personal high points with BIO, and I know we’ve all benefited from his ability to see through the murk, reason with truth, and explain with clarity and conviction.

From God Dem!, October 27, 2005: Don’t Waste Me

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February 7th, 2007

Judge in Watada case declares a mistrial

From MSNBC:

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - The judge overseeing the court-martial of an Army lieutenant who refused to deploy to Iraq declared a mistrial Wednesday, saying the soldier did not fully understand a document he signed admitting to elements of the charges.

First Lt. Ehren Watada was fighting charges of conduct unbecoming an officer and missing movement for refusing to leave last June with his unit, the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
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February 5th, 2007

Committee on Oversight and Gov’t Reform starting up hearings.

Henry Waxman, chair of the above named committee is holding hearings starting tomorrow Feb 6th. The Oversight Committee will hold hearings investigating waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars. Hearings will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. each day on www.oversight.house.gov.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, February 6: The Impact of CPA Desicion-Making on Iraq Reconstruction.
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February 4th, 2007

No written words, just Molly Ivins

The video below is part one of a four part interview of Molly Ivins. Its good stuff my dear reader, Ann Richards introduces Molly and then Molly tells us whats wrong with the Shrub and why. To see the other 3 parts of this interview, click here.


Another video that is hilarious is Molly explaining art in TX..Check that one out here.

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February 1st, 2007

Al Gore nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.

Now, I am not saying I agree with this nomination..but it has been made, so don’t shoot the messenger folks!

Two Norwegians have nominated Al. One is a Conservative, one a Socialist. I have always thought Global warming shouldn’t be a partisan issue, so for me..its nice that two people at opposite ends of the political spectrum came together to do this. For a read on who and why you can check out this MSNBC writeup.

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January 31st, 2007

Breast Cancer claims Molly Ivins

Molly Ivins is “raising hell” in heaven now, the Grand Dame has left us.

Molly Ivins has left this earth. But she will not be forgotten, not by me at least. Her sass, her spunk, her spirit all made Molly what she was, a fighter that stood up to the ‘good ol boyz’ in TX politics. Give Molly credit..standing toe to tow with the likes of Tom DeLay and all the other republicans who hated her with a passion.

My heart is breaking as I write this..she was a Grand Dame. I still can not think straight, my room is cold, I have goose bumps. Molly fought so hard, years of fighting her breast cancer and still writing her syndicated column, she refused to be cowed by this disease.
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January 31st, 2007

Sooo Many Captions, Sooo Little Time


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January 31st, 2007

Restarting the Draft Would Be Wrong and Stupid: Here’s Why

There’s been a lot of talk lately about restarting the military draft, up to and including a failed bill sponsored in the House by Charles Rangel that would have started the machinery in motion again. The government is reportedly planning a so-called dry run of a new draft in 2009 – not that they’d actually start forcing people into uniform, they hasten to reassure us, they just want to make sure they can. Looking at the history of our own and other governments and seeing how hard it is to find examples of governments having powers and not exercising them, I find that reassurance rings more than a little hollow.

There seem to be two main arguments for bringing the selective service system back online, one based on principle and the other a rationalization masquerading as reason.

The first, the argument from principle, proposes that we should renew the draft so that all America, especially the privileged decision-makers who tend to start wars, will share the sacrifices. Those who push this logic point out, correctly, that the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan is leaving about 98% of us untouched – we aren’t going, we don’t have friends or relatives going, most of us don’t even know anyone in the service. If our own precious hides were at risk, we’d be a lot more concerned, less self-absorbed, and more identified with our nation and our men and women in uniform. If our own flesh and blood would be going in harm’s way, most Americans, and particularly the power elite, would pay more attention, take the decision to make war much more seriously, and would be more reluctant to wave the flag, beat their chests, and yell idiotic things like “Bring’em on!”
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January 28th, 2007

Saturdays march on DC and Palm Springs’

My friend in Palm Springs,who goes by Ms. Liberty was kind enough to lend me some of the pics from there as well, since my health kept me from participating in the LA march today. DC had hundreds of thousands in attendance. PS had young and old, rich and poor. Patriots all, from coast to coast. Good writeup at WaPo on the DC march and speakers. Monday they invade the offices of Congress!


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January 19th, 2007

Late Note: Although the article is the same, stop by Poobah Speaks for additional comments. They’re interesting.

I cross post nearly all of my political pieces to both The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks and Bring It On (BIO). Even though I appear in several mostly conservative blogrolls, it’s relatively rare that a conservative falls into Poobah Speaks - but it does happen. Because BIO has much more traffic than Poobah Speaks, I frequently get conservative commenters there.
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January 17th, 2007

”Après Moi, le Déluge”

This quote is attributed to King Louis XV of France, who reigned shortly before the French Revolution that saw his grandson Louis XVI go to the guillotine as France descended into chaos. As noted by the Web site Tradicion Clasica, this can be interpreted two ways:

As a first approach to the saying, note that one is dealing with a nominal phrase, that is, without an explicit verb. The phrase can have two distinct, though related, meanings, according to the verb which we implicitly supply:

a) On the one hand, if we understand After me the deluge will come, the saying seems to imply, as an assertive affirmation: “After my reign, the nation will be plunged into chaos and destruction.”
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January 15th, 2007

A Letter from a Pecker Checker

Dear George,

Here is a response from a certified “war skeptic.”

FUCK YOU!

Go to Iraq, get out of the Green Zone, and see what life is like for people in Iraq and for the soldiers you’ve sent there. Stay a few days—no quick photo op and back home. Be sure you drink the water.

Then go to Walter Reed Army Hospital and visit the ortho ward. Not just a quick little photo op, but stay there for a week. You can do it. You stay in Crawford for a week or more and the government keeps going. So go to Walter Reed—or better yet, go to a burn unit at a military hospital.

Don’t do the glad-handing politician bullshit. Go around and empty urine bags. Learn how to check I.V.’s. See if their pain meds are enough.
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January 12th, 2007

Bakersfield says NO to escalating the War in Iraq

It was cold, my back was killing me..but it was worth every minute of pain. Bakersfield said NO to escalating the war Georgie..did you hear us? If not, here is a visual for you. Thank you to Jared, Paul, Doug and everyone that showed up tonight to speak as one voice, in the reddest city and the reddest county in Cali, against this war. Not one more death, not one more dollar!


Music courtesy of Neil Young, Lets Impeach the President!

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January 8th, 2007

Military Times Poll: About Face on the War

That’s the headline on the cover of today’s edition of the Marine Corps Times. The story details results of an annual poll the Military Times takes of both active duty military people and civilians. The first paragraph is as follows: “The American military – once a staunch supporter of President Bush and the Iraq war – has grown increasingly pessimistic about chances for victory.” The story goes on to note that service members still report a high level of job satisfaction and low levels of unhappiness with their choices to enter the military. It offers the caveat that its poll respondents, as subscribers to the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps Times, are older and more senior than the average person in uniform – and that 66% of them had been deployed at least once to Iraq or Afghanistan, as compared with 72% of the overall active duty force (in other words, the junior troops are spending more time in harm’s way than their seniors), which makes the following results even more telling.

Five key questions are highlighted, with these data reported for active duty responses:

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with Iraq?
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January 2nd, 2007

Ehren Watada’s court martial scheduled to begin.

Ironically..or not..its scheduled to start Thursday, the same day the new 110th Congress starts their job. Watada is the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq on the basis that the war is illegal. As this article in TruthOut states:

“Two weeks ago, Watada discussed his decision to publicly oppose the war during a speech at the Church of the Crossroads in Moiliili, Hawaii. Speaking to a crowd of about 350, Watada said he struggled with leaving his fellow soldiers behind, but ultimately he needed to take a stand because, as an officer, he could not consciously order soldiers under his command to die for a war he believes is wrong and illegal.”

Watada, like Cindy Sheehan, made a conscious decision to oppose the war in Iraq. Watada is not alone. The Bush War Machine has seen other military personnel take a stand against the war. The recent poll in the Military Times found a majority of soldiers, both male and female do not support increasing the troops in Iraq. They also disagree with how the war is being run.
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January 2nd, 2007

Quote of the Day

any system of religion that has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child cannot be a true system.
–Thomas Paine
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December 29th, 2006

The FCC Song — Classic



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December 28th, 2006

A Word From The Grave

GerryAnd so it goes that the truth speaks loud from the grave. How many of you who supported the late President Ford upon hearing of his death will still rise to his side at the news of his disdain and contempt at Bush’s War? Will the Woodward interview be seen as a strong message from a great man, or more as a weak commentary from a dead guy? Rock on Gerry, you are the man again today!

“Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction,” Ford said. “And now, I’ve never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do.”

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December 25th, 2006

Christmas Day in Afghanistan 2006

I woke up to these pictures in my inbox this morning. My beloved niece spent her Christmas Day on the firing range in Afghanistan, thanks to the Shrub and his military minions. Her beautiful face in the midst of all that hardware and military garb..it just makes me crazy. But I am thankful for each email I get from her. I am thankful for being able to see that beautiful face smiling out at me.

I hope next Christmas every single soldier is home for the holidays, then I will be able to have a Merry Christmas indeed.

Chrissy
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December 21st, 2006

When you have a vested interest, does your pov change?

Chrissy and her buddy

For me, the war in Afganistan has changed. As of the beginning of December, my neice Chris is over there. This has caused me pain and sorrow. This has given me nightmares and untold upset stomachs and fits of rage. She is in Military Intelligence, which used to be a phrase I laughed at. I know she is a smart girl, she graduated with a degree and played softball for Sam Houston State. She didn’t get a degree in physical ed, or anything simple. Its a degree in criminology. I love her, and I am very proud that she was smart enough to actually graduate in less than 4 years!

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December 16th, 2006

U.S. Soldiers Close to Mutiny in Iraq

Guess they’re tired of seeing their friends die for lies.

After appearing only seven weeks ago on the Internet, the Appeal for Redress, brainchild of 29-year-old Navy seaman Jonathan Hutto, has already been signed by nearly 1,000 US soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, including dozens of officers–most of whom are on active duty. Not since 1969, when some 1,300 active-duty military personnel signed an open letter in the New York Times opposing the war in Vietnam, has there been such a dramatic barometer of rising military dissent.
These men are true heroes!! It’s not easy to speak out in the military when you are on active duty!
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