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    What a beautiful day!

    Personally, I'm looking forward to up to two years of combat duty in the Middle East. (Just found out last weekend.)
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    Iraq : A summary of the Bush Gov Lies

    They did and still do. They're called military contractors. Look for Dyncorps, MPRI, SAIC, etc. I knew some former military associates of mine were working as contractors in Iraq and they were making $10,000+ a month before I lost contact with them.
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    Who one the 1st president debate?

    The former KGB (now FSB) buildings are located at Lubyankaya Square. The main building is a typical grey & brown Stalin-style building. And there is a rumor amongst the people that there is a special prison under one of those buildings. Rather than hound Senator Kerry for possibly confusing...
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    Quotable Quotes

    Okay, this has nothing to do with the election, but it's still a great quotable quote... “[We're starting an initiative] to make on-base military life a more desirable experience, and attempt to diminish the seductive appeal of many of the less wholesome off-duty pursuits." - Gen. Leon...
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    War Buildup Against Iran

    Hot off the (Associated) Press... Iran asserts right to enrich uranium Khatami: Nuclear program will go forward regardless of possible U.N. sanctions The Associated Press Updated: 11:16 a.m. ET Sept. 22, 2004 TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called on the international...
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    War Buildup Against Iran

    Just a few articles to keep you thinking... U.S. DEBATES MILITARY STRIKES ON 'NUCLEAR IRAN' The Bush administration's warnings that it will not "tolerate" a nuclear-armed Iran have opened up a lively policy debate in Washington over the merits of military strikes against the Islamic...
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    War Buildup Against Iran

    Before, the US was content to let Iranian hardliners and reformers fight it out amongst themselves, perhaps even encourage a little civil war. However, the administration's declaration of "We will not tolerate Iran obtaining nuclear capabilities" and Iran's response of "We reserve the right to...
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    MS 150 Bike to Beach

    Can't make the 02-03 OCT MS150 bike ride (duty calls...again), but the tentative plan is for myself and one other to make the Houston to Austin MS150 on 16-17 APR 2005. Again, duty permitting.... Have a good time!
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    Bush or Kerry or ???

    I wish I could completely agree with you here. But I have my concerns. I was talking with a colleague of mine (who used to work in the UN) today on this subject. We agreed that the US military is the most powerful, unmatched force in the world today. But it was designed to fight against and...
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    Bush or Kerry or ???

    While the White House has the sheer might, I'm afraid that it's lost some of the global clout it used to have. The tactics of late have focused far more on brute strength than on diplomacy. The White House does not have the ability to end the rebellion. If it did, it would've done so a lot...
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    Bush or Kerry or ???

    The draft. Honestly, not outside the realm of possibility. I say this because all inactive national guardsmen in my state have been quietly recalled to active status. I just received the memo today on court-martial procedures for everyone who goes AWOL. The memo also includes instructions...
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    Bush or Kerry or ???

    Here's a different spin on the same question "Bush or Kerry": Assuming that full-scale civil war will break out in Iraq in the December/January timeframe (or early spring at the latest) and that it is inevitable, who would you want in office? Obviously, if Kerry is elected, conservatives will...
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    Fahrenheit 9/11 : Did you see it and if you did what do you think about it ?

    Unfortunately, the ball is already rolling and it will continue rolling regardless of who's in office for the next four years. In fact, whichever party is in power will probably wish they weren't, for they will be blamed for what comes next and there won't be much they can do to stop it. For...
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    Ride by yourself or with someone?

    Used to ride with a few friends. Then they whittled away for various reasons (new wife, new kid, new job, etc.) 'til it was just me and my best friend from college. He just shipped off to Iraq (even called me today from the plane to say goodbye) so now I don't have anyone else to ride with...
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    Fahrenheit 9/11 : Did you see it and if you did what do you think about it ?

    I've noticed a pattern to your responses. They are based on what you believe makes a person "MANLY." Phrases like "fight like a man", "too scared to die", "I fear nothing but slavery", and so on, permeate your posts. Here in the States, we recognize that as a man who is trying to make up for...
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    Fahrenheit 9/11 : Did you see it and if you did what do you think about it ?

    I thought as much. Makes it easy for you to criticize those of us who do serve for thinking about how our actions may affect the future. Easy to criticize us for deploring the day we have to face and make life & death decisions. Easy to claim we are "scared to die" and "don't want to fight."...
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    ROAD ID, do you use it?

    I have the type that goes onto my shoe. It's better than carrying my license, as I leave the Road ID on the shoe so I'll never forget. I prefer that version than the neck version, as having something dangling around my neck while I'm cycling gets annoying & distracting. I don't mind spending...
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    Fahrenheit 9/11 : Did you see it and if you did what do you think about it ?

    Oh yes, I wanted to mention this earlier: throughout history, expansionist wars have been fought because one nation needed more resources (oil, food, power, production) and they invaded another nation to get it. Many labels have been attached to that sort of action...all of them negative...
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    Fahrenheit 9/11 : Did you see it and if you did what do you think about it ?

    Let's get something straight. Before the start of OIF, Iraq's military was decimated. It could not initiate a force capable of invading any of it's neighbors. The country could not afford to build up an effective army. Hell, Saddam couldn't do anything about the Kurds to the north. Even if...
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    Fahrenheit 9/11 : Did you see it and if you did what do you think about it ?

    Of course freedom is worth fighting for, but that's not the issue. Freedom of the Iraqi people was not our intent when we started bombing Iraq. Remember, the US & its allies were supposedly in "imminent danger" with Iraq having the "capability to launch WMD missiles in 45 minutes." When that...