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Monday, August 31, 2009

US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,337

Bush's Wars, now Obama's, have pretty much taken a back seat to the economy, repossessed homes, lost jobs, swine flu maybe becoming a pandemic, possible forced vaccinations, etc. etc. and people have too much to worry about to fret about the wars. But It ain't over and our military are still dying or getting wounded. So they're going to start bringing them home. Yeh--after they send and keep on sending them to Afghanistan and other hot spots on the globe instead of home to the US. Oh yeh, they'll send SOME home so people can see "our troops are coming home" but more will be transferred to hot spots.

The U.S. must keep up its efforts to be Master of the World, the Military Industrial Complex must keep on raking in billions and mega corps like Haliburton et al also must maintain their billions in profits from wars.... and the OIL, ofcourse.

But people, don't forget the sons and daughters of America dying and wounded for money and power of the above.

US military deaths in Iraq war at 4,337
By The Associated Press
August 30,2009

As of Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at least 4,337 members of the U.S. military had died in the Iraq war since it began in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The figure includes nine military civilians killed in action. At least 3,466 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
The AP count is equal to the Defense Department's tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EDT.
The British military has reported 179 deaths; Italy, 33; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 21; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Denmark, seven; El Salvador, five; Slovakia, four; Latvia and Georgia, three each; Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand and Romania, two each; and Australia, Hungary, Kazakhstan and South Korea, one death each.

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Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

"Bringing them home", only to rest for two weeks, then it's off to another war. Of course, the fawning press ignores that part. Obama is Bush from another angle, a.k.a "more of the same."

Sunday, September 06, 2009 1:58:00 AM

Blogger Gadfly said...

Yes, and even those mentally wounded, suicidal, suffering from PTSD and other mind wounds are being declared fit for duty and being deployed to Afghanistan. The more things "change" (a la Obama), the more they stay the same.

Monday, September 07, 2009 7:15:00

Blogger Spadoman said...

Seems like years since I've been around here. I'm sorry about that. But I made the journey in these wee hours. I am sleepless for the very reason you wrote about, the fact that people are putting the war aside in the midst of all the other problems.

I honestly believe that if we solve the war problem, we'll solve a lot of other problems along with it. Many are about money and the war eats up money faster than anything.

I'm not sure what I'll be doing about it directly, but I did start blogging on the Ashland Peace Blog again. Remember, I started a peace vigil in my hometown, then moved to another town, but I didn't do anything. I kept the blog, and now I am searching my soul for a way to work for peace, again.

Your blog is still on my side bar. I'll try to get over here more often. It's been a busy life these days with Grandkids and family, some road tripping in there too this past summer.

Hope all is good with you folks.

Peace to all.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009 4:03:00 AM



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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Danger! -Don't Run With Sharp, Pointed Objects

Dusty Rose said...
OMG! That is terrible! Poor baby - I hope he and his mother learned a lesson - I learned that mama isn't just taking away your fun when she says don't run, don't jump on the bed, & don't play with matches! Didn't realize how smart parents are until your children become parents, then you see why mom said what she did. The old saying "you should learn from your mistakes" to "you should learn from your mama's mistakes"! Then we don't have to go thru everything mama went thru!
Thursday, August 27, 2009 4:34:00 PM
Dusty Rose said...
Yikes! Never run in the house! Hmmm? Isn't that what Mama said? Wonder why!
Thursday, August 27, 2009 4:36:00 PM
Gadfly said...
Thank you, Dusty Rose. Isn't it amazing how smart your parents get as you get older?
Saturday, August 29, 2009 12:54:00 AM


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Brazilian Wandering Spider

[WARNING: arachnophobes beware; this article contains images of a spider.]

I was reading where global warming was causing critters from down south to migrate to the US.
The Brazilian Wandering Spider (who lives in central and south America) doesn't have to wander here. It gets a free ride on produce imported from the southern climes, namely stalks of bananas and such.. If it finds our climate favorable, it might begin to reproduce.

Just what you wanted to hear. I don't like spiders or snakes! unlike old Worried who is tolerant of most (not all) the nasty things.

Excerpt from


P. nigriventer venom contains a potent neurotoxin [...]. At deadly concentrations, this neurotoxin causes loss of muscle control and breathing problems, resulting in paralysis and eventual asphyxiation. In addition, the venom causes intense pain and inflammation following an attack [...].

Aside from causing intense pain, the venom of the spider can also cause priapism (prolonged erections) in humans. Erections resulting from the bite are uncomfortable (painful as hell), can last for many hours and can lead to impotence. A component of the venom (Tx2-6) is being studied for use in erectile dysfunction treatments.[5]

It is huge. It has one of the most painful bites in the spider world. It is the most deadly spider; forget the funnel web spider – this thing is dangerous. It has the highest human kill rate in the world. To make things even worse, a bite from this spider causes an erection that lasts for hours. No – this is not a subtle ad for viagra; it really is a side-effect of a wandering spider bite. Emergency room staff are able to immediately recognize a person suffering from a bite. Needless to say, the venom is being studied for possible medical uses for people suffering erectile disfunction. [Youtube Clip]
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Sunday, August 02, 2009


I don't know what Is America Burning post they were on but suddenly about a dozen comments appeared in my email in some unrecognizable (to me anyhow)language. I would have thought it a fluke except yesterday the same thing happened to an online friend in Scotland.

How odd.



Blogger Gadfly said...

I dunno, Granny. Blogger/Google as well as Yahoo has been doing crazy crap now and then lately. Pisses me off. I don't mess with it. You know what happens to the blog when I stick my fingers in it. I leave it to Old Woman. She bitches but usually can't change it - just waits til it goes away. Right now I don't pester her with problems. She's still not up to par. I remember long time ago IAB got some foreign language comments. According to the counter doodad IAB gets search hits from countries all over the world. Maybe a foreign searcher pulled up something on a post in the past and commented on it.

Monday, August 03, 2009 2:06:00 AM

Blogger Gadfly said...

Hey Granny; I just checked the post below about Jupiter for comments and sure enough there was one. Is this your mystery commenter? I darn sure can't read it but glad he stopped by.

Monday, August 03, 2009 2:21:00 AM

Blogger Granny said...

My friend in Scotland says it's spam. She deletes them; they come right back.

I don't think there's much you can do about it.

Hope WA is feeling better soon. Give her my best. I don't want to clutter up her email any more than it already is.

Monday, August 03, 2009 7:44:00 AM

Blogger Kvatch said...

I don't get spam anymore since switching my blogging to Wordpress. Great spam control, but more learning curve.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 3:54:00 PM

Blogger fjb said...

Yup, looks like you gals got yourselves some regular type spam. Nothing to worry about, but I wouldn't be clicking on any links. Give Worried my best, too Gadfly.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 10:45:00 PM

Gadfly: Thanks Granny and fjb. I'll pass on your concern to Worried.

Hi, our multicolored frog! Good to hear from you. Getting rid of spam would be great but I don't think I can handle anything that requires a greater learning curve than Blogger. I still haven't figured out a fraction of using Blogger and especially its new "template" stuff. I can't even figure out template!

fkb: So glad to have you stop by. I won't click on any links! After some of the messes I've made on this blog, I just post and that's IT!