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October 6, 2008 [ More archived home pages here ]

American Reach


The above image is, Dawn Of Understanding

Today's song is Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in 1969.

I've been reading the new book, The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power. I'm only half way through the book and the information of American involvement of that region goes back to the 1920's. The American involvement with India, and later Pakistan after it broke away from India, piggybacks on top of the British rule of that part of the world.

In the book it is revealed that former President Jimmy Carter's Administration helped establish the situation baiting the former Soviet Union to invade Afghanistan in 1979. He allowed Iran to fall to extremists in 1978 and now the book reports he helped start the problems we face in Afghanistan and Pakistan today. I think that Nobel Peace Prize Jimmy Carter was awarded was a bit premature.

Both 2008 Presidential candidates believe Afghanistan and Pakistan are strategic places in fighting the War on Terror. Those are just two of the many places where the battle is being fought. We Americans are told our military is being stretched by the war commitments, but I wonder why?

This map shows the extent of American Military Bases around the world. Why can't military forces be withdrawn from Germany, Japan, and Korea and maybe other places to fight where there is war instead of staying in places where there is no war?

In this time of cost-cutting to keep the economy going, those changes in force deployments should be a consideration in my humble opinion. That question has never been asked in all the Presidential Debates since I've been born. I guess it's just one more way the mainstream media negates to do its job properly.

The next Congress will be asked to answer many questions by the voters. Maybe this nation will begin to dramatically adjust the way it deploys its military forces and how it uses that same force. If and when we go to war with Pakistan, those questions will surely be raised and good answers demanded.

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Tom Davis is quitting Congress. The political system wore him down. Below is his quote from the article:

"When you get the majority, the leadership team sits around the table, and the first question the winners ask, sitting in this ornate room, is 'How do we stay in the majority?' " he said. "Now the members, a lot of them, are willing to tackle these issues, but they elect leaders, and the leaders' report card is: Do they get their members re-elected? You see what I'm saying? And the minority, by the way, sits in a little less ornate room, a little smaller room in the Capitol, and they say, 'How do we get it back?' And so for every issue it's 'Do we cooperate or do we try to embarrass them?' Very few times they cooperate."

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I have been waiting for a mobile way to use Voice Over IP to drastically cut the cost of making voice calls. Now Fring may be the answer. Consumers need to leverage mobile Voice Over IP to pressure cell phone carriers to cut costs for their over-priced cell phone packages and draconian contracts.

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I see that my digital art has surpassed 750,000 total page views for all 225 art images.

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My brother-in-law, Bob, sent me a link about old westerns.

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My friend and mentor, Gene Weed, sent me the ITU Duathlon Standings for his son, Kevin. In his age group, Kevin finished 44 out of 101; 148 out of 634 overall. By country team, he ranked 5th out of 10.

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My friend, Gary Plazyk, sent me some more information for his Bear Creek music schedule in the Chicago region. Back in the early 1990's Gary played his hammered dulcimer near the entrance to Chicago's Union Station, drawing a large crowd to listen.

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My friend, Dimitris P. Magemeneas (760) 752-9733, opened his Edward Jones office at 157 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, #130, San Marcos, CA 92069.

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Found on the web links for October 5, 2008 [ Link since removed ]

Don


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