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Shallow Thoughts: What are our service members worth?

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Today's Shallow Thought:

I listened as the TV news dee jay told me how relieved members of our military are that their paychecks won't be delayed, now that a government shutdown has been averted.  I listened as the news dee jay reminded me that many of those same people would have been in real trouble if they would have had to wait even an extra week or two, because they're strapped, and wouldn't have been able to afford food, rent, or house payments.

And then I wondered why our military has to fret and hand wring about that when private contractors get paid so handsomely for their work. And I wondered why we don't pay our service members more, so that if they were to have to endure a shutdown, they could be less concerned than they were this week.

And maybe we'd even recruit more men and women if they knew that, you know, they would be more amply rewarded for their hard work and bravery.

Then I had to stop listening to the TV news dee jay, because my blood pressure was undoubtedly rising to unsafe levels.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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Shallow Thoughts, the Sequel: POTUS v. Palin edition

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Shallow Thoughts, the Sequel (Part One here):

Via an email from reader:

Couldn't help but contrast POTUS comments about Gabby Giffords loving to work on behalf of her constituents, and Palin, who quit her constituents to work on behalf of her pocketbook.

Well said.

That was today's Sequel to Shallow Thoughts. Thank you for wading in.

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Shallow Thoughts: Palin v. Obama edition

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Today's Shallow Thought:

As usual, it's taking me forever to catch up to you east coasters, so let me give you my very abbreviated take on yesterday's events:

Sarah Palin tried to upstage. President Obama tried to uplift.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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Shallow Thoughts: Mergers and Lunches and NO! Oh My!

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Today's Shallow Thought:

Newsweek and Daily Beast to Merge, and Media Matters for America's David Brock Lunches with Nemesis Rupert Murdoch.

And yet, the Party of No won't budge an inch toward meeting President Obama and the Democrats half way.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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Shallow Thoughts: Not So Liberal Media, video edition

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Today's Shallow Thought:

When the Republicans were in power, it seems like all we saw on Talk Tee Vee were Republicans.

Then Obama won and we couldn't wait for that to change. Maybe some Progressives would finally become regular guests, instead of all those Republicans and the few same old moderates and ConservaDems ::coughHaroldFordcough::

So Democrats took over, but it seems like all we saw on Talk Tee Vee were Republicans.

Now we have a Democratic Senate, a Democratic president, and a GOP dominated House, but it seems like all we see on Talk Tee Vee are Republicans.

Your librul media at work.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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Shallow Thoughts: News v. Speculation edition + election update

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Today's Shallow Thought:

If punditiots spent one tenth the time discussing facts as they relate to health care, the wars, financial reform, foreign policy, torture, education, etc. as they do speculating about elections, and if equal time were also given to investigative journalism, then real news would make a comeback.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

NOTE: SORRY IF I POST DUPLICATES. SERVER ISSUES DRIVING ME NUTS, I CAN'T TELL WHAT GETS POSTED.

UPDATE:

Because of our server issues, I'm using this post to update election results, if I am able:

WASHINGTON (AP) Latest election calls from AP: SENATE Elected: Dan Coats, R-Ind. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. Pat Leahy, D-Vt. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

WASHINGTON (AP) Latest election calls from AP: SENATE Elected: Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

WASHINGTON (AP) Latest election calls from AP: SENATE Elected: Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. Chris Coons, D-Del. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. GOVERNOR Elected: John Lynch, D-N.H.

Blumenthal wins in CT.

Boozman wins in Arkansas, beats Blanche Lincoln

Manchin wins in W. Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) Latest election calls from AP: GOVERNOR Elected: Bill Haslam, R-Tenn.

WASHINGTON (AP) Latest election calls from AP: SENATE Elected: John Boozman, R-Ark. GOVERNOR Elected: Mike Beebe, D-Ark.

MSNBC confirms Alan Grayson loses to Webster

WASHINGTON (AP) Latest election calls from AP: SENATE Elected: Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.

Cuomo wins.

WASHINGTON (AP) Latest election calls from AP: SENATE Elected: Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. John Hoeven-R-N.D. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. John Thune, R-S.D. GOVERNOR Elected: Sam Brownback, R-Kan. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y. Dennis Daugaard, R-S.D.

Louisiana: Vitter wins. Hope he and his diapers are happy. Hookers everywhere are celebrating.

Roy Blunt wins.

Rick Perry wins.

Deval Patrick wins.

McCain wins.

Grassley wins.

Corbett wins in PA.

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Shallow Thoughts: Avoid Reporters, Rely on Corporate Ads edition

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Today's Shallow Thought:

On my weekly spot on the Nicole Sandler Show today, Nicole and I were expressing our frustration over how Sharron Angle, Joe Miller, Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, et al have avoided answering questions by reporters.

Thom Hartmann just made a great point on his radio show.  These right wing extremists are ducking the press, yet they rely on corporations to speak for them in their ads.  Those would be the same ads that are funded by secret donors.

So much for the First Amendment. So much for "we the people".

Hyp. O. Crites.

That was today's Shallow Thought. Thank you for wading in.

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