Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Down By The Riverside"

Synopsis: Celebrating our 100th episode!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Imagine: John Lennon and Today's Youth

Imagine: Lennon's legacy still inspiring music in children
October 20, 2014 - It's not uncommon for an elementary school chorus to sing a John Lennon song.

It is quite the exception to the rule, however, to have Yoko Ono in the audience to hear it.

"It was good [to hear them singing]," said Ono. "So good."

Ono showed up in style at PS 171 in Manhattan. Alongside the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus which gives young, aspiring musicians the chance of a lifetime to record music and shoot videos in this state-of-the-art mobile studio.

CBS asked Ono: "You probably get asked all the time to lend your support and your name and John's name to all kinds of projects. Why did you decide to support this one?" read more>>>


Refrains From Treating His Heroic Military Service as a Campaign Gimmick

Seth Moulton underplays military service
October 18, 2014 - The American political graveyard has more than a few monuments to politicians and public officials who embellished details of their military service, in some cases laying claim to medals for heroism or other military honors they never received.

And then, uniquely, there is Seth W. Moulton, the Democratic nominee for Congress in the Sixth Congressional District, a former Marine who saw fierce combat for months and months in Iraq. But Moulton chose not to publicly disclose that he was twice decorated for heroism until pressed by the Globe.

In 2003 and 2004, during weeks-long battles with Iraqi insurgents, then-Lieutenant Moulton “fearlessly exposed himself to enemy fire” while leading his platoon during pitched battles for control of Nasiriyah and Najaf south of Baghdad, according to citations for the medals that the Globe requested from the campaign.

The Globe learned of the awards — the Bronze Star medal for valor and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal for valor — after reviewing an official summary of Moulton’s five years of service, in which they were noted in military argot.

In an interview, Moulton said he considers it unseemly to discuss his own awards for valor. “There is a healthy disrespect among veterans who served on the front lines for people who walk around telling war stories,’’ he said. What’s more, Moulton said he is uncomfortable calling attention to his own awards out of respect to “many others who did heroic things and received no awards at all.’’

Moulton, who is facing off against Republican Richard Tisei in the Sixth Congressional District race, has been so close-mouthed about the medals that in his campaign, only his campaign manager – a former Marine – knew of the awards before the Globe asked for the citations on Wednesday. Even his parents did not know, and were told just this week, according to Scott Ferson, a campaign spokesman. read more>>>

10/20/14 Veteran reporter exposes candidate’s secret: Valor
Rachel Maddow reports on the humility of congressional candidate Seth Moulton, who was so modest about his highly honored military service that he didn’t even tell his parents, and has refrained from treating his service as a campaign gimmick.

Captain America
October 20, 2014 - This is the most remarkable story of the midterm cycle, and I can't tell it to you without talking about the man who told the story in the first place. Walter Robinson of the Boston Globe is one of those investigative reporters whose names you do not want to see on your call sheet when you come back from lunch. Robinson is also a Vietnam veteran, and one of the conspicuous bugs in his ear are people who embroider their military records for political purposes.

(Full Disclosure: as it happens, when I was a young reporter at the Boston Phoenix, there was this fresh-faced millionnaire named John Lakian who was on his way to self-financing the Republican nomination for governor. Walter caught him making up his service and that was the end of him. Lakian sued and I got called as a witness to how widely Lakian had been peddling his bullshit, and because my earlier piece for the Phoenix had intimated that something was hinky about this guy. I hated being a witness, by the way. Avoid it if you can.)

Anyway, there's this guy named Seth Moulton, who is running for Congress as the Democratic candidate from the Sixth District up here in the Commonwealth (God save it!) Moulton already has done our republic great good service by ending the career of Democratic incumbent John Tierney by squashing Tierney in the primary. read more>>>


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pentagon Rapid Response Ebola Team Announced

Pentagon orders rapid-response team to tackle Ebola in US

Leadership!! Not FOX speak Conservative Fear, with blame everyone but themselves, as well as extreme failure by their private sector for profit hospital, Congressional Hearings, while on Vacation till after the Elections!! No Help At All From Conservative Congressional Representatives!!

19 October 2014 - The US Department of Defense has announced it is preparing a 30-person rapid-response team that will provide quick medical support to civilian healthcare workers in the US, as the Ebola hysteria sweeps the country.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered US “Northern Command Commander Gen. Chuck Jacoby to prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that could, if required, provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued on Sunday.

According to Kirby, the team is in response to a request by the Department of Health and Human Services.

He added that the team, which will be ready to "respond quickly, effectively, and safely" in the event of more Ebola cases in the country, will include 20 critical care nurses, five doctors who specialize in infectious disease, and five specialists in infectious disease protocol training. read more>>>

* * * Operation United Assistance * * *

* * * DoD Helps Fight EBOLA in West Africa * * *

Ebola: 'Operation United Assistance'

Military Health Updates on Ebola Crisis


Bill 'Moyers & Company': 'Keeping Faith in Democracy'

Full Show: Keeping Faith in Democracy
October 17, 2014 - Marilynne Robinson’s new book, "Lila: A Novel", has been acclaimed by critics as “unflinching,” “an exquisite novel of spiritual redemption and love,” and “a book whose grandeur is found in its humility.”

This week, it was nominated for the National Book Award, the latest of a series of books she set in a fictional Iowa town that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, published in 2004. In addition to her fiction, Robinson is also an accomplished essayist, and on this week’s show, Bill talks with her about her fervent belief in the power of grace and faith and her devotion to democracy, which she fears “we are gravely in danger of losing.”

She tells Moyers, “Democracy has been meant to remove the artificial constraints, poverty is the huge artificial constraint on human thought and action. In this country, there have been attempts to moderate that entrapment and we’ve abandoned that.” read more>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers and Company


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Military Health Updates on Ebola Crisis

Once upon a time, it does seem now like a fairy tail in these recent years, and not long ago Americans mostly supported Humanitarian responses to World problems and not with empty, Poser, patriotic words and symbols. The World watched as we joined together, mostly, to give aid and comfort as well as leadership. That's now long gone as we've erased the lines and crossed over to extremism in the name of politics. But I digress into the now reality, now an update:

The Military Health System published two new documents about the Ebola crisis:

- Fact sheet for families of Service members deploying to West Africa -
- Frequently Asked Questions about Ebola -

Ebola
Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. There are five identified Ebolavirus species, four of which have caused disease in humans: Zaire ebolavirus; Sudan ebolavirus; Taï Forest ebolavirus, formerly Côte d’Ivoire ebolavirus; and Bundibugyo ebolavirus. The fifth, Reston ebolavirus, has caused disease in nonhuman primates but not in humans.

Ebola is found in several African countries. The first Ebola species was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically in Africa.

The natural reservoir host of Ebola remains unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is animal-borne with bats being the most likely reservoir. Four of the five subtypes occur in an animal host native to Africa.

Learn more about Ebola: read more>>>

Earlier Post On Ebola: 'Operation United Assistance'

Face of Defense: Soldiers to Support Operation United Assistance

Guard, Reserves Available for Ebola Response
Oct 17, 2014 - The Commander in Chief OKs calling up Guardsmen and Reservists to assist in the West Africa Ebola response.

Oct. 17, 2014 - Obama Activates Reserves for Operation United Assistance

Oct. 17, 2014 – Transcom Widens Logistics Pipeline in Ebola Fight


Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola: 'Operation United Assistance'

* * * Operation United Assistance * * *

* * * DoD Helps Fight EBOLA in West Africa * * *

The U.S. Africa Command, through U.S. Army Africa, provides coordination of logistics, training, and engineering support to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in West Africa to assist in the overall U.S. Government Foreign Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus/Disease, as part of the international assistance effort supporting the Governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

“US Army Africa is establishing a Joint Force Headquarters in Monrovia at the direction of the President of the United States, to coordinate military support for the United States Agency for International Development-led comprehensive U.S. Government response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As the designated Joint Force Commander planning military support to this broad international effort to support the Government of Liberia, I am currently working here in Liberia with an assessment team to determine how to provide command and control, logistics expertise, training, and engineering support under Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE.” –Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, Commander, U.S. Army Africa

Ebola Information for Personnel read more with backlinks>>>

Pentagon Spokesman Notes Operation United Assistance Progress

U.S. Troops Help Fight Ebola In Liberia

Soldiers Prepare to Support Ebola Response

U.S. Military Stands Up Labs, Hospital in Liberia
Liberia 10/16/2014 - Operation United Assistance Joint Force Commander MG Darryl Williams updates reporters on the military members supporting the fight against Ebola in Africa.

Military Teams Building Up Infrastructure to Combat Ebola
10.16.2014 - General heading effort in Liberia speaks on challenges facing his troops.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

American Military Impact on the Ebola Epidemic


Obama Acknowledges Military Impact on the Ebola Epidemic

10.15.2014 - President Obama acknowledged the strides made by United Assistance after meeting with military leaders from more than 20 countries.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'Secret{?}' Casualties by Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

"these soldiers had entered an expansive but largely secret chapter of America’s long and bitter involvement in Iraq"

Nothing 'secret' about this, , after all we supplied Saddam with these as well as manufacturing information so he could produce, it's plain common sense and if journalism was really the profession it still is thought is it would have been reported right along with the war drum beating!!!

We have, still, plenty of 'dirty sights' of chemical contamination across this country, including where chemical weapons were produced, where the corporations who produced dumped as they walked away with huge profits!

Not to mention still no safe place for nuclear waste so we use some in our weapons production which is causing growing birth defects in Iraq where used heavily especially!!

Why even area's where Agent Orange was sprayed and stored to control weed growth, especially in and around military bases, has finally been discovered in this country and where we have outside of bases and public area's!!

Just one issue still ignored by those served, think Gulf War Syndrome, like this will be as well, since Vietnam, along with so many other issues ignored or denied by the Poser Patriots served so they have no need to Sacrifice themselves!! Gen Shinseki's VA administration with help from this Executive administrations Cabinet, when Congressional, Conservative, decades of obstructed budgets would allow, started addressing many of the issues of our Wars!

Keep in mind, around the globe, landmines buried are still not only being discovered but are killing and maiming in many cases before safe discovery comes to an area where used in this planets many conflicts of man against man and everything else!!

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons
October 14, 2014 - The soldiers at the blast crater sensed something was wrong.

It was August 2008 near Taji, Iraq. They had just exploded a stack of old Iraqi artillery shells buried beside a murky lake. The blast, part of an effort to destroy munitions that could be used in makeshift bombs, uncovered more shells.

Two technicians assigned to dispose of munitions stepped into the hole. Lake water seeped in. One of them, Specialist Andrew T. Goldman, noticed a pungent odor, something, he said, he had never smelled before.

He lifted a shell. Oily paste oozed from a crack. “That doesn’t look like pond water,” said his team leader, Staff Sgt. Eric J. Duling.

The specialist swabbed the shell with chemical detection paper. It turned red — indicating sulfur mustard, the chemical warfare agent designed to burn a victim’s airway, skin and eyes.

All three men recall an awkward pause. Then Sergeant Duling gave an order: “Get the hell out.”

Five years after President George W. Bush sent troops into Iraq, these soldiers had entered an expansive but largely secret chapter of America’s long and bitter involvement in Iraq.

From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.

In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. read more>>>

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."

Part Two: A Son Lost in Iraq, but Where Is the Casualty Report?

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014

Bob Herbert "Losing Our Way" : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014


Monday, October 13, 2014

OIF Iraq: " the fate of pallets of shrink-wrapped $100 bills"

Could some of this lost multi billions in lost booty, any who knew where it went, being used by the now, Sen McCains once 'freedom fighters' against Assad, ISIL, and others, as the policies of abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish, so quickly after 9/11, gave rapid rise to and spread of the al Qaeda style international criminal terrorism the region, and world, are living with during and since?!

Billions set aside for post-Saddam Iraq turned up in Lebanese bunker
Stuart Bowen, who investigated corruption in Iraq, says US and Iraqi governments ignored appeals to recover money

Paul Bremer and Iraqi deputy prime minister Barham Saleh in 2004. Bremer defended the CPA’s handling of the funds. Photograph: EPA

12 October 2014 - More than $1bn earmarked for the reconstruction of Iraq was stolen and spirited to a bunker in Lebanon as the American and Iraqi governments ignored appeals to recover the money, it has been claimed.

Stuart Bowen, a former special inspector general who investigated corruption and waste in Iraq, said the stash accounted for a significant chunk of the huge sums which vanished during the chaotic months following the 2003 US-led invasion.

Bowen’s team discovered that $1.2bn to $1.6bn was moved to a bunker in rural Lebanon for safe keeping – and then pleaded in vain for Baghdad and Washington to act, according to James Risen, a journalist who interviewed Bowen for a book, "Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War", to be published this week.

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The disclosure of the bunker shines a light on one of the occupation’s murkier puzzles: the fate of pallets of shrink-wrapped $100 bills which the Bush administration loaded on to Air Force C-17 transport planes in order to prop up the occupation of post-Saddam Hussein Iraq. About $12bn to $14bn was sent in the airlift and another $5bn via electronic transfer. read more>>>

60min James Risen - The war on leaks
12 October 2014 - What happens when the demands of national security collide with the rights of a free press? Lesley Stahl finds out

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014

Bob Herbert "Losing Our Way" : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bringing Veterans' Health Care into the 21st Century Continues the Long Uphill Battle

Even as the Country served ignores or denies the long term issues and their Representatives, Conservative ideology, continue the long obstruct, decades and wars of, in want to privatize for corporate profit and ability to finally build budgets not for the needs but for that corporate bottom line growth! Present, six years plus now, Executive Administrations Cabinet are the only Government branch consistently helping in that battle, they don't control the people's purse strings nor the want of the same to Sacrifice themselves!!

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

The VA embraces technology to better care for veterans
September 13, 2014 - Mobile healthcare is one of the hottest topics in the news right now, especially since the unveiling of Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and iOS 8. With its newest gadgets, Apple is hoping to integrate all sorts of features through its Health app that will let you do everything from track exercise to store your healthcare documents.

Apple's Healthbook app is still a work in progress, but you can be sure that they and other tech companies are trying to come up with ways to integrate all of your healthcare information into your gadgets. This brings up some serious privacy concerns, but if these companies can pull this off, your healthcare might never be the same.

Imagine going to see a new doctor and being able to share your entire medical history with them using nothing but your smartphone. That'd make it really easy to pass information between your primary doctor, specialists, hospitals and even your insurance provider.

While all of the usual players are working on this technology, we could soon see new healthcare apps from an unlikely source: the government. That's right, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, is hard at work developing healthcare apps to improve care for our country's veterans. read more>>>

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

Bob Herbert Losing Our Way : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Our Wars: "Who Pays" Costs Of? NOT the 99%plus Americans Served!!

Nor as to their Responsibility, the Veterans Administration, for the very few who served them and in the long term aftermath of! As well as the Blowback from the failed policies of, the recent history the cause of growth and spread of the extremist elements, like the present this ISIL in Syria and Iraq, expanding the al Qaeda type criminal terrorism far and wide after we abandoned the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11!


Bob Herbert Losing Our Way : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

Fact: "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Full Show: Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way
October 7, 2014 - Three years ago, reporter and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert took to the road and traveled across the United States, chronicling in his new book, Losing Our Way, the stories of brave, hard-working men and women battered by the economic downturn. He found an America in which jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the “virtuous cycle” of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy has been broken by greed and the gap between the very rich and everyone else. read more>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers and Company

In the just above Herbert goes discusses a couple of Veterans of these two recent, not yet paid for, long wars that he met:

BILL MOYERS: You spend a good bit of time with veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq. Tell me about Lieutenant Dan Berschinski.

BOB HERBERT: Dan Berschinski is one of the most inspirational figures that I've ever met. This was a 24-year-old guy graduate of West Point. Really smart kid. He graduates in 2009, I believe it was. In any event, he goes to Afghanistan. It's his first combat tour. And he's leading a platoon of young guys over there. And, you know, he stepped on one of those improvised explosive devices. And both of his legs were blown off, one way up by the hip.

He had what they call the hip disarticulation which meant that they thought that he would not even be able to walk with artificial limbs. So he came back. And I met him. I was introduced to him when he was down at Walter Reed when it was still in Washington in the early stages of his recovery. And he was adamant. He wanted to walk again with these artificial limbs. And the doctors were trying to prepare him and his family for the idea that he might be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. But he would have none of that.

And I watched his progress. And he eventually was able to walk. It took a couple of years. He went through such pain, such agony. But it was-- he never complained. He never even seemed down when I spoke with him. It was incredible. And I tell his story, because I think that most Americans don't understand the degree of suffering that individuals and their families are going through as a result of these wars that we just continue to fight wars without end, wars where, in many cases the majority of the population is not even paying attention to what's going on. And so the toll in individual lives has been staggering. The suffering for the tens of thousands of men and women who have had grotesque injuries, sometimes losing two limbs, three limbs, sometimes four limbs, terrible burns, brain injuries, and that sort of thing, none of that gets a lot of coverage.

And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness.

BILL MOYERS: And then you go on to write about Sergeant Cory Remsburg, whom I also remember. Tell us his story.

BOB HERBERT: When President Obama was giving his State of the Union Address in 2014. And you know, they cite courageous people and honor their, you know, the television cameras focus on them. And this fellow, who had been an Army Ranger was in the spotlight that night. He got blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, terrible injuries, terrible brain injuries, blind in one eye. And you know, it's just a tragic situation. So there was every reason to honor this fellow at the State of the Union. And he got a standing ovation, as he should have.

PRESIDENT OBAMA at The State of the Union: Cory is here tonight. And like the army he loves, like the America he serves, Sergeant first class Cory Remsburg never gives up and he does not quit.

BOB HERBERT: But the thing that struck me and which didn't get a lot of attention at the time was that this fellow was gravely wounded in his tenth deployment to the war zone. He had been to Iraq and Afghanistan 10 times. And the reason that's the case is because we don't have enough people volunteering to fight these wars that we're constantly engaged in. So the men and women who do volunteer, they just get sent into combat over and over and over. It's like playing Russian roulette. Eventually, something terrible is going to happen.

If we're going to fight wars. You can feel however you want about the wars. But if we're going to fight wars, everybody should make a sacrifice in some sense. We should have a draft, so those who are of-- who are fit and are of combat-ready age should be subject to actually being sent into the war zone. Everybody should be paying increased taxes to pay for these wars. And we should be making other sacrifices, as Americans did in World War II.

BILL MOYERS: Why don't we?

BOB HERBERT: We don't because nobody wants to pay additional taxes. And the politicians have found out that this is the way to get electoral votes. And the politicians are interested in getting elected, in amassing power, in raising funds for-- to finance their campaigns, and whatever other benefits they get. They are interested in themselves, their lives, and the power they can accumulate. They are not interested, in most cases, in what's best for the American people.

BILL MOYERS: So you come home having found or with the conviction that we just don't want to seriously address these big challenges that you found in case by case, story by story, person by person, as you traveled the country.

BOB HERBERT: It seems to me that we don't. It's more the idea of out of sight, out of mind, which is why we don't pay close attention to the men and women who are fighting our wars, which is why we don't look closely at the implications of the continuing employment crisis, whatever those monthly jobless numbers tell us. And I think that we're not going to begin to really get out of this, to get back on the right track until individual Americans start taking it upon themselves to pay closer attention and become more civically engaged.

* * Iraq: 10 Years After, 19 March 2013 - Costs of War * *

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014

Fact: Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

Bill 'Moyers & Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost Its Way

Full Show: Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way
October 7, 2014 - Three years ago, reporter and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert took to the road and traveled across the United States, chronicling in his new book, Losing Our Way, the stories of brave, hard-working men and women battered by the economic downturn. He found an America in which jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the “virtuous cycle” of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy has been broken by greed and the gap between the very rich and everyone else. read more>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers and Company


Friday, October 10, 2014

The Pentagon’s History of the Vietnam War - rovian revisionism

Paying Respects, Pentagon Revives Vietnam, and War Over Truth
OCT. 9, 2014 - It has been nearly half a century since a young antiwar protester named Tom Hayden traveled to Hanoi to investigate President Lyndon B. Johnson’s claims that the United States was not bombing civilians in Vietnam. Mr. Hayden saw destroyed villages and came away, he says, “pretty wounded by the pattern of deception.”

Now the Pentagon — run by a Vietnam veteran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel — is planning a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. The effort, which is expected to cost taxpayers nearly $15 million by the end of this fiscal year, is intended to honor veterans and, its website says, “provide the American public with historically accurate materials” suitable for use in schools.

But the extensive website, which has been up for months, largely describes a war of valor and honor that would be unrecognizable to many of the Americans who fought in and against it.

Leading Vietnam historians complain that it focuses on dozens of medal-winning soldiers while giving scant mention to mistakes by generals and the years of violent protests and anguished debate at home. read more>>>


Thursday, October 09, 2014

The 'Real Poser Patriotic', political speak only, Commitment to America's Veterans

Not just Cannon Fodder for their 'Free Wars', two tax cuts huge for the wealthy came with these two recent long wars and now the blowback from for the 99%plus masses served, but also in the long term results from those wars, decades of ignoring or just plain denying the issues from and gross under funding of their responsibility the VA!! Any actual Veterans involved in this, and others 'poser patriotism' speak, should be ashamed of themselves as well!!

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Cramer has pulled the ad from TV at the request of the North Dakota National Guard, but he has left it on his YouTube page. He was also unapologetic about the incident Monday, saying he believed he could film there "because it's public land."

North Dakota Patriot Guard Says It Did Not Agree To Be In Rep. Kevin Cramer's Campaign Ad
10/08/2014 - A campaign ad that intended to demonstrate Rep. Kevin Cramer's (R-N.D.) commitment to America's veterans continues to fall apart.

Earlier this week, the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, where much of the ad was shot, said Cramer didn't have permission to record there.

Now, the North Dakota Patriot Guard -- which organizes motorcycle rides to honor veterans -- has come out to make it clear that even though Cramer said he featured "Patriot Riders" on motorcycles in the ad, the group does not support the congressman and does not make political endorsements.

"We do not take any position regarding any political entity, any candidate, any political party, any commercial endeavor -- any of that," the group's Assistant State Captain Jim Avard told The Huffington Post Wednesday. "That is not our role, that is not our purpose, so that is not something that we do. Our role is to the soldiers, our men and women in uniform and to their families -- to provide support and honor for them. That is all that we do."

Cramer's ad has caused significant controversy. The 30-second spot highlighted the congressman's support for Honor Flights, which bring World War II and other veterans to Washington to visit the memorials, and expressed his outrage over mismanagement at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

But Cramer's ad put the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery at risk of losing federal funding. The Department of Veterans Affairs has strict rules against filming political ads in national cemeteries, and since the North Dakota cemetery receives VA funding, it must abide by those rules. read more>>>

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014

Matthew Hoh: "We're-- that cost for these wars are already totaled at $6 trillion at our lifetime."
"We have suffered casualties much greater than I think the American people understand. There is the 7,000 dead, the 50,000 wounded, but of the two and a half million veterans who served, including myself, a third of us suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or some other type of mental health injury. We also have 250,000 veterans and service members who suffer from traumatic brain injuries." 26 September 2014

10/08/14 - Tasteless GOP political ad still online, despite rebuke
Rachel Maddow dubunks the idea that Rep. Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican running for Congress, has withdrawn a political ad shot in a veterans cemetery, violating state rules and good taste, when the ad is still posted online.

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013