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Tadpole Raisin

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Funny comments from an old Fox military analyst

First time trying to paste a Twitter feed. Hope it works…


See #1 comment from Hugh Lebowski below for video.

Posted by Tadpole Raisin | Mon Aug 30, 2021, 11:29 PM (4 replies)

Wombat turns house upside down

Posted by Tadpole Raisin | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 04:55 PM (3 replies)

Dan Fogelberg - Souvenirs & Song From Half Mountain

Posted by Tadpole Raisin | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 03:32 PM (1 replies)

Pittie screams like a Wookie. Overcomes nerve injury

She’s a tank of a dog, but a sweetie too!

Posted by Tadpole Raisin | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 01:57 PM (2 replies)

I now realize - Jesus Christ himself could stand in front of Anti

Vaxxers, begging them to care about their fellow man and wear masks and get the vaccine and He would be loudly booed.

How do you fix that?
Posted by Tadpole Raisin | Fri Aug 27, 2021, 07:31 AM (8 replies)

My Opening Farewell - Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne

Lamenting for the days of the singer songwriters

Posted by Tadpole Raisin | Thu Aug 19, 2021, 06:38 PM (5 replies)

One of my favorite websites for news review and reporting

Results of voter polls near elections. They post almost every day and have interesting question and answer posts. They say they are neutral but seem to lean D overall (how could you not from the last 4 years)


Today- snip:

The Blame Game Heats Up

John F. Kennedy once said: "Victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan." With the Afghanistan fiasco, it is slightly different. In real time, only one person in Congress—Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) who represents Berkeley and Oakland—voted against invading Afghanistan, saying it was a bad idea. She was called a traitor. Now dozens, if not hundreds, of people are busy explaining why it was a bad idea and not their fault.

Let's start with Condoleezza Rice. It was very much her fault because she was George W. Bush's National Security Advisor from 2001 to 2005 and the person he most trusted on foreign affairs, an area about which he knew nothing. To start with, she knew about the Aug. 6, 2001, President's Daily Brief entitled: "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S." and didn't alert Bush to its importance or urge him to take action. After the 9/11 attacks, she was fully on board with invading Afghanistan. She now senses that maybe she is not going to come out of this smelling like roses, so she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post explaining why the withdrawal was a bad idea. In it, she pointed out that the U.S. invaded Korea in June 1950. Fast forward 71 years, and the U.S. still has 28,000 troops there. In other words, if the U.S. had the guts, it would have kept troops in Afghanistan another 50 years and it would have become a stable democracy selling us smartphones and television sets and A-Pop music. These things take time.

Also chiming in is Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). She said: "This has been an epic failure across the board, one we're going to pay for years to come." She blamed Joe Biden and Donald Trump. She said nary a word about dad (Dick Cheney), one of the strongest voices in favor of invading Afghanistan in 2001. At the time he was the vice president and had Bush's ear all the time. If Rice and Cheney had told Bush: "No way we can win a war in that godforsaken backward medieval country," he would almost certainly not have invaded.

Now onto the present. Who screwed up? NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg put the blame on the Afghan government. he said: "Ultimately, the Afghan political leadership failed to stand up to the Taliban and achieve the peaceful solution that Afghans desperately wanted." That's true, but omits the fact that the trying to turn a country that was living in the 8th Century into a modern democracy was probably never going to work, especially not when led by a corrupt government propped up by the U.S. and unable to stand on its own two feet despite almost $150 billion in aid from the U.S.

Now let's take a look at folks who might actually have a better idea of what went wrong. Yesterday, we briefly mentioned the report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Earlier this month (but just before the collapse there had become total), IG John Sopko, issued a report entitled: "What We Need to Learn: Lessons from Twenty Years of Afghanistan Reconstruction." The report is not classified, so Congress and the American people can get the truth from an office that has been looking closely at the war for 20 years and which interviewed over 700 people in the country. SIGAR was created by Congress to investigate the entire Afghanistan mission. In 2014 it began working on its "lessons learned" program. Here are the main points in the report:
Posted by Tadpole Raisin | Thu Aug 19, 2021, 01:21 PM (6 replies)

Baka Beyond

I think I bought this after walking into a music store where it was playing. Never heard anything like it! In 1992 Martin Cradick and his wife lived with the Baja Pygmies in the forest near the Cameroon/Congo border. They spent a good part of each day playing music with the Baja and recorded it. The album is a mixture of that and music written after they returned. I think it grew on me as I was looking at other stuff. Give it a chance.

From the Spirit of the Forest CD
1. Spirit of the Forest
2. Ngombi

Posted by Tadpole Raisin | Sun Aug 15, 2021, 09:10 AM (1 replies)

For all the people here who have had COVID or had family and friends who have had it

and for those of you who live in anti vaxx states -

I don’t know how you’ve done it. I don’t know how the healthcare workers and essential workers have done it. We all have times that hit you in the gut and I just had mine. Sorrow turns to anger then grief then a never ending feeling of hopelessness. I just saw this article in the Atlantic and it talked about so many kids going to the hospital. Gut punch…


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In recent weeks, Arkansas Children’s—the only pediatric hospital system in Arkansas, where vaccine uptake has been especially sluggish—has admitted far more children than at any other point in the pandemic, Jessica Snowden, the hospital’s chief of pediatric infectious disease, told me. “All of them are unvaccinated.” Last year, she said, she and her colleagues considered it a bad day when they had five to seven kids with COVID-19 in their hospital. Now they’re routinely caring for 20 or 30, nearly half of whom are under 12.

Many of Arkansas Children’s new COVID-19 patients are also much more ill than before. They’re coming in with wrecked lungs, struggling to breathe; they’re not bouncing back with typical youthful resilience, despite having been very healthy before. “This COVID surge, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Linda Young, a respiratory therapist who’s been on the job for 37 years, told me. “It’s the sickest I’ve ever seen children.” It’s become common for more than half of the kids in the ICU to be on ventilators. A few have been in the hospital for more than a month. “We are not able to discharge them as fast as they are coming,” Abdallah Dalabih, a pediatric critical-care physician, told me. Some parents, Snowden said, are in disbelief. “Many people didn’t believe kids could get this thing,” she said.
Posted by Tadpole Raisin | Tue Aug 10, 2021, 07:55 PM (11 replies)
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