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The impetus for this ramble/screed is a piece I read this morning in favor of action in Syria.  The Dilemma of Syria  In this piece Bill Tammeus compares the current crisis to Munich.  It is a little off the mark in my view.  Using his essay as a jumping off point, I ramble on below the fold.

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This short diary is meant to inform those who followed the posts of Dave Smith, who went by the username, Translator, on DKos, that Dave has died.  I don't know too many details, but understand that either yesterday or the day before he took his own life with one of his many guns.  A little more will follow after the orange dingbat.

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Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 07:10 PM PDT

What happened in Georgia?

by zircon the twisted

I have to admit, being an American with ingrained American attitudes, that I have been surprised at the number of apologists for Russia and the South Ossetians among our Daily Kos brethren. I have commented in several diaries seeking for links/evidence to back the various claims people have been making.

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I found the following story in the print version of the Washington Post, which a had a link to the source: Serving Lt. Colonel in Army Rips Flag-Level Officers.   Since then, I've noticed a reference to it on CNN.

This article, by Lt. Colonel Paul Yingling, essentially lambasts his superior officers for what he sees as their failure to serve the country's best interests by a) failing to anticipate the next war and b) telling those in the civilian chain of command what they wanted to hear rather than what they needed to hear.

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Just some thoughts on last night as we celebrate what seems to be a takeover of both houses of congress.
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Tue Jan 17, 2006 at 02:18 PM PST

Social Security email

by zircon the twisted

I received an email about social security from a co-worker today, the kind that friends on opposite sides send each other.  A dozen people are cc'd on my email, so I'm sure that hundreds if not thousands have seen it.  I'd sure appreciate any tips, links, whatever so I can, at the very least, rebut it with facts, because I'm sure it's full of half truths, distortions . . .

The entire email is below:

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Fri Oct 07, 2005 at 04:43 AM PDT

Rove's Testifying

by zircon the twisted

Two stories in NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/07/politics/07leak.html?hp&ex=1128744000&en=249147369de1936e& amp;ei=5094&partner=homepage

and LA Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/wire/ats-ap_top13oct07,0,7723237.story

show that Rove is skating on very thin ice.

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