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POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2008, 5:20 PM

Five years and one day into the war in Iraq, the senselessness of the conflict and the way that it is waged continues to write a sad story that could fill 10 volumes worth of "Catch-22." It takes a special kind of outrage these days to get one's blood boiling, but here's one.

In January, local papers in western Pennsylvania had some coverage of the mysterious death of a 24-year-old Green Beret from the region, Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth of Shaler, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh:

"He was a true SF (Special Forces) guy. He was a fighter and one of the best soldiers I ever met. He died doing what he loved, and that is beautiful," Lowden said.

A Shaler Area High School graduate and varsity wrestler, Maseth joined the Army in June 2001. He served with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). His military education included airborne, air assault, Ranger and Special Forces training. He was on his second tour in Iraq.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2008, 5:10 PM

Everybody wants to take race out of politics -- until it comes up, and then no one wants to talk about anything else.

If I ever need to make a living blogging, I'll just start a Website called ""

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POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2008, 12:05 PM
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POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2008, 12:00 PM

Please watch the ultimate Attytood video! (Strange backstory -- for newspaper geeks only -- is here.)

I meant to post this earlier today, but meanwhile there's even more reason to make fun of Sam Zell, the potentially Wrigley Field name changin' Tribune Co. owner made fun of here.

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POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2008, 12:00 PM

Drudge says that Obama's passport was breached, and the State Dept. is investigating. Two people fired.

Didn't this happen with (Bill) Clinton?

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POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2008, 10:45 AM
How dare she sing a song about a "typical male"?
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POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 5:10 PM

Off soon to see the streaking Sixers crush AI and those Denver Nuggets at the Core States First Union Wachovia Center. Is anyone else excited by the Sixers' recent run, or am I just a typical Philadelphia sports sucker, fooled yet again?

Discuss -- it's the open thread!

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POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 5:05 PM

New blogger's note: Re-posted again, as it was last year. The only difference that matters is that hundreds of more Americans and thousands of more Iraqius have died since then. When a war is based on lies, one death is too many:

[Old] Blogger's note: There are some things in life that are perennials, and for good (and happy) reasons, like watching the "Charlie Brown Christmas Special" with my kids, just like my parents watched it with me. This, on the other hand, is a blog post that I wrote on March 19, 2005, in the very first month of Attytood.

Sadly, it is becoming a perennial -- I reposted it last year on this date, and now I am reposting it again. It was called "Anniversary of a Lie," and it shows the deliberate misinformation that not only clouded the run-up to war but its very first hours. Since I wrote this on March 19, 2005, about 2,000 more American troops and countless Iraqi civilians have died, in a war that started with a lie and won't end until people begin to confront the truth.

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