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Daniel Dowd

Entries by Daniel Dowd

Mortar Hour

(4) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 5:47 PM

I used to go to happy hour, and my pocketbook was sad to see it end. Now I sat through mortar hour, where tensions ran high until that far-off explosion followed by silence signified that another day had passed. The mortar hours, as they were affectionately known, lasted between 6...

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From Doomsaying to Damage Control

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 2:09 PM

For the first time in U.S. history, our nation's credit rating was downgraded from AAA to AA+. An arbitrary metric to most of us, but an important measurement none the less. Simply put, the outlook of our federal economy no longer enjoys a "stable" rating and instead is now considered...

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Just Another Walk

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 11:44 AM

I had made that walk at least a hundred times before. The long and arduous trek from the front gate back to our offices, humping fifty pounds of body armor on my back with a heavy machine gun slung on my side. The smell of sweat and dirt filled my...
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