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And, yes, I DO take it personally: 12/20/2009 - 12/27/2009
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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas...!

one of the larger-than-life christmas decorations at new york city's rockefeller center...


yes, we did the "hey, let's join all the other tourists and see new york city at christmastime" thing...

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas may be a time of love but it's also a time of truth

this isn't the headline i would choose to post on christmas eve but, as i peruse the news on this cold but sunny morning in the pocono mountains, this is one story that resonates with me as about as true as anything i've read recently... the fact that it's from pravda doesn't diminish it a whit...
USA Spends Trillion Dollars to Make Terrorist War Last Forever

The US has spent over one trillion dollars on the struggle against terrorism since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Iraq has taken the lion’s share of the amount - $748 billion. The spending on anti-terrorist operations in Afghanistan is 2.5 times less.

The current US administration intends to assign $128.3 billion for “anti-terrorist activities” in the two countries with $65 billion of that – for Afghanistan. The increase in spending for this country is connected with a perspective to send 30,000 more servicemen to Afghanistan during the upcoming six months. Therefore, the United States will have to double its previous Afghan spending.

The Congress will have to approve the numbers in February. Many congressmen criticized Obama for such a decision and may not uphold the initiative.


Expert Sergey Golubev believes that the level of the terrorist threat in the world has grown because of the US-led anti-terrorist efforts.

“They spent a trillion dollars to add more fuel to the fire of the terrorist war. The Americans crushed Iraq and Afghanistan . There are too many people in these two countries who lost their homes, jobs and loved ones because of the USA, and those people are ready to do anything to harm the Americans. Washington will have to pay for this politics."

yep... endless war... the wet dream of our super-rich elites...

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas break

off to a big family christmas in the poconos... occasional posting...

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