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Deanie Mills

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You May Be Surprised: A Marine Mom and Army Officer Discuss How War Can End

(5) Comments | Posted February 24, 2009 | 7:46 PM

Most of you who have read very many of my blogposts know that I am a Marine mom whose son did two combat deployments to Iraq, including the bloody Battle of Fallujah in November of '04, and an aunt to one nephew who did three Marine combat deployments to Iraq,...

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Two Years of Inspiration

(7) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 6:12 AM

"I can't vote," my young friend Richard said sadly. "I tried, but they told me I couldn't." He sighed.

I nodded in sympathy. Richard is a foreign exchange student at the local community college. He works at the indoor college pool where I swim laps a couple times a week...

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If Molly Ivins Could Only See Us Now

(50) Comments | Posted October 30, 2008 | 8:52 AM

Boy, I wish Molly Ivins had lived to see this.

Back in 2000, with co-author Lou Dubose, Ivins wrote a book called, Shrub: The Short But Happy Political Life of George W. Bush. The premise of the book was stated in its introduction:

"Youthful political reporters are always told...

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Changing Colors in the Lone Star State

(5) Comments | Posted October 20, 2008 | 12:23 PM

On just about any political polling map you can name, the state of Texas is always reliably Red. A former Texas governor is now the president (such as he is); we've got a Republican governor, both our U.S. senators are Republican, and Tom DeLay's famous and evil redistricting...

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The Religious Right-Wing Has Already Seceded from the Country

(18) Comments | Posted October 16, 2008 | 2:54 PM

In order to understand what is truly going on with the McCain campaign right now, and why--in spite of overwhelming evidence that the American people are not responding to it--the Republican nominee seems hellbent on attacking Barack Obama for everything from associations "with a domestic terrorist" to allowing babies to...

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A Poll-Pushing Political Junkie Speaks Out

(17) Comments | Posted October 8, 2008 | 10:31 AM

Hello. My name is Deanie, and I'm a poll-pushing political junkie.

"HI DEANIE." have to tell you, I'm not real sure why I'm here tonight. I mean, my FAMILY says I'm addicted, that I have a problem, an obsession, if you will, but I prefer to call it my...

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I Surrender, Sarah!

(78) Comments | Posted October 3, 2008 | 8:59 AM

Girl, you had me at the wink.

As soon as ya looked right at me and gave me that cute little wink and nod and that big winner smile, I knew that the Republicans were right after all--this election should not be about issues. Issues are boring and elitist. It...

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The Difference Between A Functional Leader And A Fictional One

(19) Comments | Posted October 1, 2008 | 7:58 AM

As an author, one thing I've learned through the years is the power of language and word-choice in driving a narrative. I once spent eight hours on one paragraph, only to have an editor draw a line through it on the manuscript and scrawl, "Is this necessary?"

I erased...

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What Sen. McCain Doesn't Seem To Understand

(80) Comments | Posted September 27, 2008 | 12:13 AM

Thanks to the modern miracle of the virtual community, I was able to meet with a feisty, funny, great group of military families via liveblogging, during the Foreign Policy debate between Barack Obama and John McCain that just wound down.

I'm referring to Blue Star (and Gold Star) Families for...

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From A Marine Mom: The One Question They Never Ask The War-Mongers

(9) Comments | Posted September 24, 2008 | 2:13 PM

During the foreign policy debate coming up this Friday night, there will be one group of constituents who will be eagerly awaiting the one question I never see asked of the war-mongers.

I'm talking about Blue Star Families for Obama, an energetic group of active-duty military families who,...

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John McCain's Sarah Bobbitt

(10) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 3:01 PM

When my son was a toddler, and old reruns of the long-running Western series, Gunsmoke, would come on TV, (with James Arness in the starring role), he would scamper into the living room and yell, "The Daddy Show is on! The Daddy Show is on!"

To his two-year old mind,...

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I'd Give My Left Front Paw for Dems to See the Big Picture

(29) Comments | Posted September 12, 2008 | 7:40 PM

In the final week before the Texas Democratic primaries, Bill Clinton made an exhausting, whirlwind tour of the state on behalf of his wife, Hillary. Each and every day, he visited at least five small cities and towns across the state.

I remember when he came to Abilene. My e-mail...

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How To Kill A Two-Headed Snake

(6) Comments | Posted September 1, 2008 | 4:35 PM

One late night a couple of weeks ago, when my husband was out of town on a lengthy business trip, an alarming bark from one of our ranch dogs led me outside in gown and flip-flops, into the windy West Texas dark.

We live in a remote area of the...

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Karl Rove's Slytherin Strategy For John McCain

(6) Comments | Posted August 14, 2008 | 1:55 PM

You know who the Slytherins are, don't you?

For the two or three of you out there who honestly don't know anything about J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, let me briefly explain.

The school, located in a...

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Bikers May Love McCain, but Veterans Do Not

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 9:25 AM

If you follow the general storyline put forth by a mainstream media star-struck by a war hero, or simply observe the reception John McCain often receives at rallies held at veteran's organizations, it's very easy to accept and believe that all veterans everywhere practically worship John McCain. I've noticed this...

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Bikers May Love McCain But Veterans Do Not

(48) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 9:20 AM

If you follow the general storyline put forth by a mainstream media star-struck by a war hero, or simply observe the reception John McCain often receives at rallies held at veteran's organizations, it's very easy to accept and believe that all veterans everywhere practically worship John McCain. I've noticed this...

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McCain's Charming Gift Of Fear

(15) Comments | Posted July 31, 2008 | 7:53 PM

In security expert Gavin de Becker's landmark book, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence, he uses several illustrations to demonstrate how our survival instincts often try to protect us even as we try to over-rule them with logic and reasoning, and how we should...

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Hillary Supporters: From One Mother to Another, I'm Begging You

(6) Comments | Posted June 11, 2008 | 3:49 PM

"I don't wanna fly anymore, Doc. I've flown 35 missions, but Cathcart's raised the number to 50 before you can rotate out."

"I can't ground anyone just because they ask me to."

"Can you ground anyone who's crazy?"

"Of course I can. There's a rule that says...

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Military Mom: The Loneliness Of Speaking The Truth On Iraq

(23) Comments | Posted May 29, 2008 | 1:53 PM

The authority of still an impure one; to be strictly just, it must have the sanction and consent of the governed. It can have no pure right against my person and property but what I concede to it...Let every man make known what kind of government would command his...

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Show The Hacks And Hypocrites The Door

(7) Comments | Posted May 22, 2008 | 3:37 PM

In his New York Times op-ed this week, "Let's Get Serious," Bob Herbert drew attention to a certain madness that is taking hold in this election that is nothing new to politics. The difference between this election, however, and elections past is, quite simply, the stakes. And because the...

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