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AP: Costs of U.S. wars linger for over 100 years


Grampy McWalnuts was always wrong. Talk about a legacy for your children and grandchildren.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.

An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives of Civil War veterans - 148 years after the conflict ended.

At the 10 year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, more than $40 billion a year are going to compensate veterans and survivors from the Spanish-American War from 1898, World War I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the two Iraq campaigns and the Afghanistan conflict. And those costs are rising rapidly.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said such expenses should remind the nation about war's long-lasting financial toll.

"When we decide to go to war, we have to consciously be also thinking about the cost," said Murray, D-Wash., adding that her WWII-veteran father's disability benefits helped feed their family.


Audio- Limbaugh: Obama Doesn't Care About Legacy Of Bad Economy Because "A Bad Economy Is What He's Aiming For"


Day in, day out, this is what wingers listen to. And we wonder when crap like this happens? Via MM.


Quickie- Keith Olbermann Opens Wallet to Keep His College Radio Station Afloat


2008 Summer TCA Tour - Day 14

I spent a couple of incredible years at out local college station and it was incredibly fun and educational. Good on Keith!

Keith Olbermann has given a significant donation to WVBR-FM, the radio station in Ithaca, N.Y. where his career arguably began when he was a student at Cornell University.

Olbermann’s gift will allow WVBR – a commercial radio station run entirely by Cornell students – to move into a new, bigger facility much closer to the Cornell campus. The new building on East Buffalo Street in Ithaca will be named Olbermann-Corneliess Studios, after Olbermann’s late father Theodore Olbermann and Glenn Corneliess, a former program director at the station and a friend of Olbermann’s who died in 1996 at 39.


Mitt Romney adviser: "Palin poisoned the well."


I've previously posted about Willard Romney's evasiveness and lack of transparency. Via First Read, here he is proving the point again, and even reveling in it, while discussing possible running mates:

"I get a kick out of some of the speculation that goes on," Romney told Sean Hannity of Fox News in an interview to air this evening. "I'm not going to comment on the process of course, but I can tell you this: only Beth Myers and I know who is being vetted."

That's okay, he's allowed to keep that to himself, right? Why share that information... or any more tax returns? Meantime, while Mitt is getting a kick out of us, here's what I'm getting a kick out of:

ABC News initially reported that Rubio wasn’t being vetted, and the Washington Post followed up with indications that Rubio hadn’t made it past an initial review by Romney’s high command. [...] [UPDATE: Per Dave Weigel, Romney says Rubio is being "thoroughly vetted."]

The Times also included a kicker paragraph that suggested that the Romney campaign might be wary of selecting Chris Christie, since the bombastic New Jersey governor might threaten to overshadow Romney.

Gee, how could anyone overshadow a scintillating, off-the-cuff master of well-timed humor, deep-thinking, consistent, laser-focused leader like Willard?

But I'm saving the best for last:

In particular, few women except for New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte – a freshman lawmaker from New England with only scant federal experience – are thought to be under consideration by Romney.

"I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that," said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected as VP would draw inevitable comparisons to the former Alaska governor. "I would guess if I were inside the Romney mind that they're worried that any woman chosen will be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny. "

Way to help GOP women get ahead! So much for Former Half Gov Strychnina McArsenic's legacy.