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Archive for March 22nd, 2006

Bring It On! Reaches the Finals

Posted by Mark on March 22, 2006

Vote For Bring It On! Here.

Why do I spend valuable post space supporting Bring It On!, a liberal blog right up there with Daily Kos and The Huffington Post? If you take a look at the posts that are running right now, you will find them either making fun of a President I greatly respect and admire, or taking pot shots at a war I staunchly support. Seems to make no sense, and makes my Conservative readers and friends roll their eyes in disgust.

I support Bring It On! Ancient Eyes, FredBeihling, Gayle at Chaos, and a multitude of other liberal sites because I know the bloggers doing the writing to be good, honorable people. And because, with news and opinion at our fingertips as never before, we run the risk of falling in to a “closed information loop” of only reading and hearing our own viewpoints confirmed over and over.

Being caught in a closed information loop means we never think deeply about what we believe. It means our political viewpoints have never been challenged, never been thought through. And that means we simply repeat our talking points, without internalizing what we really believe.

I find my own views challenged by Bring It On! and the others, and I value that challenge. That’s why I’ll vote for them, and encourage my conservative readers to do the same.

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Gambling for Peace – Some Video

Posted by zaphriel on March 22, 2006

Richard has some video from the protest.

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The Answers…

Posted by zaphriel on March 22, 2006

are in the numbers.

U.S. Military Personnel Deaths

By President
George W. Bush . . . . . 5187 (2001-2004)
Bill Clinton . . . . . . . . . 4302 (1993-1996)
George H.W. Bush . . . . 6223 (1989-1992)
Ronald Reagan . . . . . . 9163 (1981-1984) …

…the military was much larger under Carter, Reagan and Bush I than it has been under Clinton or Bush II. Clinton and Bush II are really the only two comparable numbers. Looking at those numbers, it appears that the Iraq, Afghanistan wars have resulted in an increase of 885 dead over what could have been expected through normal garrison operations in Bush II’s first term. That is not too bad when you consider that Bush has liberated two countries and fought a prolonged insurgency in both and that America lost over 1,000 dead in taking Vichy French North Africa in 1942 (that was before we even so much as fired a shot at the Germans).

Very, very intersting…

Posted in Politics, War and Terror | 3 Comments »

Commish Condoleezza?

Posted by zaphriel on March 22, 2006

condoleezza.jpgYesterday it was reported that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, might be interested in the newly opened NFL commissioner job.

While I love the Idea of Ms. Rice doing just about anything, even NFL commish, I think the league would benefit greatly. But alas, the timing was off…

Rice Punts on NFL Commissioner Post

NASSAU, Bahamas — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a huge football fan, ruled out applying for the newly opened post of NFL commissioner Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, it came open at the wrong time,” said Rice, who was clearly amused when a reporter posed the question. “Obviously, I’m very busy as secretary of state, and I intend to continue to be secretary of state as long as the president of the United States will have me.”

Rice, an avid follower of the Cleveland Browns and professional football in general, has frequently said she aspires to run the league one day.

In the days since NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced he would retire, Rice’s aides have said she was not interested.


Hopefully that’s so she can be free to run in ’08… Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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