Saturday, July 19, 2014

Reflections: Ukraine, Palestine/Israel and More

Reflections on the deaths that haunted us this week

July 18, 2014 - There are 41 wars being fought around the world right now. But this week, one of those wars reached into the sky and grabbed 298 people who could have been any of us. Scott Pelly reports.

The children start very early with the indoctrination by the examples of the, responsible, adults and from many area's. Those closest to them to those they watch or hear speaking.

The lessons taught, told to be and act towards others, 'do unto others as you would want done unto you', being punished when not treating others the way intelligent beings should or told they should, while also growing up in the complete opposite examples of at the same time!

Moyers & Company: 'The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights'

Full Show: The Crusade Against Reproductive Rights
July 18, 2014 - Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision establishing a woman’s right to an abortion, was issued 41 years ago. Despite consistent public opinion to the contrary, conservatives and the religious right have patiently and relentlessly campaigned against it for decades. And recently, their efforts are finding some success. Two major rulings by the Supreme Court this last session limited health insurance coverage for contraception and gave protesters increased rights to demonstrate outside abortion clinics. Several states — especially in the South — in the name, legislators say, of women’s health, have passed regulations that creatively use technicalities to force clinics to close. read more w/transcript>>>

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bill 'Moyers and Company': 11 July 2014

Full Show: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order?
July 11, 2014 - The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women’s health, among others, splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative-liberal divide.

On the other hand, nearly two-thirds of the court’s decisions this term were unanimous — the first time that’s happened in more than 60 years. But there’s more to that seeming unanimity than meets the eye: in some instances, conservative justices went along but expressed their wish that the court had gone even further to the right, and many believe that some of the decisions might simply be a preliminary step toward a more significant breaking of legal precedent in years to come. read more w/transcript>>>

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Congress Scrambling to Lower Cost of Bill to Fix Veterans' Health Care

Ahhh yes, it's just so easy to, Peoples Representatives, Rubber Stamp, wealth enhancing through investments, War Costs that are all borrowed, no offsets mentioned, on our credit with interest payments and in these recent two kept off the Countries books till Executive Administrations changed!! Then use same, Political Poser Patriotic Theater, for the decades of 'scandals' created by ignoring the Veterans of who served in and the issues from and doing patch work on which create more 'scandals' to use, including making sure the agency stays years behind the technology advances causing extremely costly problems that are then obstructed in fixing!

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

DeJa-Vu: Lawmakers Seek Savings On Veterans' Care Bill
July 11, 2014 - Stung by sticker shock, members of Congress are scrambling to lower the cost of a bill to fix veterans' health care amid a growing uproar over long waits for appointments and falsification of records to cover up the delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

At the same time, deficit hawks fear that letting veterans turn more to providers outside the VA for health care could cost far more if Congress, under pressure from powerful veterans groups, decides to renew that program rather than let it expire in two years.

Lawmakers in both parties agree on the need to reform the Veterans Affairs Department's health care network — the largest in the country — following reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments at VA hospitals or clinics. The resulting election-year firestorm forced VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign in May. A half-dozen other VA officials have resigned or retired since then. read more>>>

“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

Meanwhile, DeJa- Vu all over again, the Veterans Bill sits in the House going no where!! They got the Gen. "Mission Accomplished" , their, problem solved!!!

Poser Patriots, the 99% Served, especially conservative ideology, like it that way, been so for decades and wars from continuing the stand for them flag waving patriotic free wars, Afghanistan and Iraq still not paid for, and ignoring the results from. Decades of under funding, while ignoring many issues, the peoples responsibility the VA. Still grossly under funded, two tax cuts with these wars, in just recent history as Shinseki, with help from the entire Executive Branch, sought to bring it into the 21st century and as the people served promised from beginning, budget still mostly borrowed!!

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

And Who Says Politics Doesn't Play From Within the Agencies to the Branches
Especially to the Legislative to keep the costs, or create costly 'scandals', way down in the VA

Prior too this present Executive and Veterans administrations:

October 23, 2008 - And now VA investigators are trying to figure out if this one-time survey points to the likelihood that documents have been improperly destroyed for months or even years.

"Whatever this problem is, it didn't just start in the last two weeks," said Dave Autry, a spokesman for Disabled American Veterans. "It'd be unreasonable to assume that. Who knows what's been destroyed."

The documents, which didn't have duplicates at the VA, would have been critical in deciding veteran pension and disability claims. As a result, many veterans are asking whether their delayed or denied claims were affected by lost paperwork. read more>>>

Oct 16, 2008 - VA claims found in piles to be shredded

October 24, 2008 - House panel will target VA shredding

February 11, 2009 - Veterans' Claims Found in Shredder Bins

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."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

The War On Military Records

12/10/2013 - The era of big data has arrived on the battlefield and we need to find new ways to deal with it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vietnam POW Takes 'Poser Patriot' America To Task Over Bergdahl

A Vietnam War POW takes America to task over its treatment of a Taliban POW
July 3, 2014 - Recently released prisoner of war U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is a man I can identify with. On April 20, 1965, I was flying a night combat mission in an A4C Skyhawk over what was then called North Vietnam. My own bombs malfunctioned upon release during a run on enemy trucks. They exploded just below my airplane, blowing the wings and tail section off. Instantly I was in a whirling cockpit hurtling toward Earth, over enemy territory, but managed to eject and parachute to the ground. I spent the next four days on the run through the jungle before being captured. I then spent the next 2,855 days as a captive POW in North Vietnam.

During those years I – and other POWs – endured terrible conditions and periodic torture sessions for political propaganda, public display and false confessions. We each resisted to our individual utmost but ultimately our captors extracted written confessions (ones that we made as improbable and silly as possible) from everyone.

I’ve been asked if I was a POW with U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The answer is no – John McCain was a POW with me. You see, he got there two and a half years after I was captured. read more>>>

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Three Delusional, Long, Wars

Especially Iraq, after so quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11!! Giving rapid rise and spread, across that region and beyond, to the National Security of long lasting blowback from those extremely failed policies, In Our Names, to many Countries, especially ours, for profit and continued fear to keep the masses in political line!! And lessons from all not learned and never will be!!

Afghanistan and Iraq wars still not paid for! Same ignoring of issues from Korea forward makes it easier for the country to not demand they fully fund their agency and responsibility the VA, while the conservative ideology seeks to privatize for corporate profit off the peoples treasury especially if All borrowed as most of that budget is, with high interest payments!

Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq: three delusional wars
7/5/2014 - The U.S. is faced with a potentially catastrophic collapse of the post-invasion state it tried to set up in Iraq. Incredibly, the mainstream media are now broadcasting comments and advice on Iraq from Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and other architects of the 2003 invasion.

The fact that their opinions have an audience adds an air of domestic insanity to a dangerous foreign crisis. In 2002-03 these people were misleading us about mushroom clouds and weapons of mass destruction, and constantly hinting (falsely) that Saddam was responsible for 9/11.

Why haven't they been shamed into embarrassed silence? After all, as a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll tells us, 71% of Americans now say that the war in Iraq "wasn't worth it." Think of what this implies. read more>>>

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Immigrants That Serve The Country Now "our fellow Americans"

On one side of the Country real Patriotism ceremony takes place, on the other the Poser Patriots show and speak their continued hypocrisy!!

President Obama Welcomes 25 New American Citizens on the Fourth of July
4th of July 2014 - The President celebrated as service members and their families were able for the first time to be called "our fellow Americans" on this Fourth of July,

Meanwhile, across the country and at the same time, the Poser, descendants of immigrants, Patriots:

6 Arrested as Protesters, Supporters Wait for Arrival of Undocumented Immigrants
4 July 2014 - "At one point in time, at least one of the females jumped on the back of the officer," said Murrieta Police Cpt. Dennis Vrooman.
Them a protestin you can bet that most, if any at all, have ever served the country, Poser Patriots, nor ever visited a recruiter and tried, especially after 9/11, just ask the cruz, 43 when he was hired for congress, and the rubio, just turned 43!! They most certainly haven't paid for these recent long wars and occupations nor their responsibility the Veterans Administration, the long term results from our wars especially and more then just caring for in health needs, while ignoring so many issues of!

I certainly know that those like these protestors, right to life and all and screamin at kids on buses, don't pay attention to whether those killed in Afghanistan or Iraq, over this past decade plus, were yet citizens. A number of those killed and maimed weren't, yet!!

There are many, I served with a number in the Vietnam era and with In Country Vietnam in my last year of my four, in our Veterans community. Having joined but not citizens of this Country yet, a few I served with joined and served Honorably but never sought citizenship, going back to their countries after.

And These Recent Wars Have Yet To Be Paid For

Two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy who increased that wealth with their investment in using those tax cuts, came with both! After quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11!

"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

Costs of Afghanistan, Iraq wars will stretch for decades
July 5, 2014 - The cost of providing medical and disability care for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is growing with each passing day, and peak spending will not occur for another 30 to 40 years.

The two wars are likely to be the most expensive in the history of the United States.

According to a 2013 study by Linda Bilmes of the Harvard Kennedy School, the U.S. will spend $4 trillion to $6 trillion on these wars, including military operations and veterans’ health care.

“The single largest accrued liability of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is the cost of providing medical care and disability benefits to war veterans,” the study reports. “Historically, the bill for these costs has come due many decades later.” read more>>>

As to all the press about the Bonuses given within the Veterans Administration. Most of the Dedicated personal within deserve them. They are separate of the care side of the decades long under funded budget. For keeping the long grossly under funded agency, the people served Responsibility, from collapsing while not bringing their own politics and greed into a job where it should never enter!!!

“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

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

CBO: Potential Costs of Veterans' Health Care

Bill 'Moyers and Company': 2 July 2014

Full Show: Grass Roots Grow Against Greed
July 2, 2014 - This Fourth of July weekend, as we celebrate our independence and democracy, we pay tribute to the champions of grassroots action fighting against the moneyed interests trying to buy and control government.

One of their most articulate spokesmen is writer and commentator Jim Hightower who travels the country preaching the gospel of populism. A former congressional aide and two-term agriculture commissioner of his native Texas, he is the author of several books and edits a newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

Hightower tells Bill, “There is a growing rebellion and an increasing awareness among different groups fighting different battles that they are connected… People are beginning to get together and see their common interest.” read more w/transcript>>>

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

To Those 99% Served, 'Build the Veterans Administration Promised!!'

Gen. Shinseki, with a target on him after speaking Military Truth and the bushco firing him and political ideology/greed within the agency helping those in power targeting him, with help from this Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, like the Department of Labor - Veterans, The Department of Housing and Urban Development - Veterans and the Department of Justice - Veterans Courts and Related to name but only a few Veterans issues with Executive Branches Cabinet help, was finally addressing decades long ignored issues with some even denied they exist. Long Ignored by those served, other VA Secretaries and Executive Administrations, especially Conservative, and Especially Congresses who Represent the People Served, or are supposed to, and control the Nations purse strings, not for corporations. Across the VA and all issues of the us Veterans and especially from our Wars and long Occupations of others, not just Care Issues!
Already started but an agency can do only so much and at the pace the people served allow with what the agency is budgeted, still grossly under funded with two more long wars and the budget mostly borrowed with interest payments to cause problems thus feeding the conservative want to privatize for corporate profit off the peoples treasury, and country served willing to pay for:

"He would update the VA software program for scheduling called VISTA, a program first used in 1985.

Nabors also calls for the VA to hire more doctors and nurses, and build more physical space that will be needed for veterans in the future."

What the VA Needs is Those Served Actually Sacrifice, Not Poser Patriotism from Congress and those, 99%, People Served!!

Build the Veterans Administration Promised from the beginning with Real Patriotism not the decades of, cheap, empty rhetoric and Unfunded Congressional Legislation, putting their names too for that patriotic feel and praise, just like the unfunded flag waving patriotic wars with two tax cuts and no offsets mentioned, still unpaid for, used only to attack the VA personal for not rapidly addressing what was passed, Poser Patriotism!!

"We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Investigation finds "corrosive culture" at VA

“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

June 27, 2014 - The results of the White House investigation of VA health care were released late Friday evening, and they paint a bleak picture.

The review says VA leadership is not prepared to deliver effective day-to-day management and is marked by an inherent lack of responsiveness.

The president ordered the investigation after reports that some VA managers lied about how long veterans waited for health care, hiding the fact that many couldn't get appointments for months.

President Obama sent his deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors to be his eyes and ears at the VA, and his report combines scathing criticism with ideas on moving the VA forward. read more>>>

"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

Just the recent history, people, 99%, served representatives, that continues following the previous decades and wars from:

February 27 2014 - Senate rejects far-reaching Veterans Affairs bill

To which directly after the vote they get this reply as to their Poser Patriotism honesty:

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

Then only a few months later they vote once again, after forced changes on same bill, and pass it, but:

June 13 2014 - VFW attacks the three Republicans who voted against Senate VA bill

To which follows the usual rhetoric from the obvious group of law makers, decades in doing same, as they seek to privatize for corporate profit off the peoples treasury. As still a government agency they would then have the ability to legislate added fee's and more along with finally raising the budgets for. Only two ways for them to boost those corporate bottom lines, continue placing the budgets on the credit cards or raise the countries taxes, except their wealthy friends, higher. The long conservative ideology, already in play, in the peoples corporate government.

Jun 22, 2014 - GOP: "It costs too much to fund the VA"

June 24, 2014 - Conservatives, the People Represented, Blasting Costs of Veterans Care - Again

And this is only a small part of what happens as problems develop from the ever present Congressional obstruction and then are compounded:

VA doctors only see ten patients a day, don't have the facilties or staff to handle more
June 25, 2014 - One of the reasons the case load for VA doctors is so low is that patients in VA medical facilities are older and their complex medical conditions require longer appointments, Lynch said. And some facilities don't have the proper number of exam rooms or staff to handle more patients.

VA Testimony Highlights Outdated Facilities
06.24.2014 - In testimony before Congress, Veterans Affairs leaders said that VA facilities are often outdated and ill equipped to handle modern trends in outpatient treatment.

The Other Side, Reality, of the so called VA 'scandal'
Surge in patients outpaces fayetteville's VA health care's building boom

June 29, 2014 - The Fayetteville VA Medical Center has been playing catchup for years.

And what did the Shinseki Veterans Administration, Finally, and with the help of this entire Executive Administration, start addressing, while addressing the issues of the present Veterans of two long wars some issues already being ignored, that was ignored by those served and the representatives they hire as law makers:

Those using us Veterans as political pawns should really really follow the issues before commenting, especially so called journalist, like by actually visiting the Veterans Administration site. Even the archived information of years past, on issues, and the Veterans of and Wars from, especially. Plenty of issues covered, and fought for help by Veterans, even some denied existed with those denying making good livings from and used for the politics the country wanted so they need not fund. It seems the easier it gets to actually research issues the less research goes into reporting or spinning same, all for political purposes oh and that oh so patriotism so many think they have so much of just by speaking the words or using the cheap symbols of, usually produced by cheap labor oversea's!

Just some of what this present VA was addressing, long ignored, Finally: Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

This article just below addresses 'Gulf War Syndrome': Jun 25, 2014 - Veterans' Affairs issue an 'all too similar' scene

Or how about Burn Pits Exposures, an issue already being ignored by those served and those hired to represent along with many others from these recent war theaters.

Or how about Radiation Exposures, covering decades of the previous service and wars from to the present war theaters and R&D over the many years.

Then of course we go back further, then the Desert Storm ignored issues, to the Vietnam conflict and Agent Orange Exposures which now covers the use of on Military bases around the world and transport of affecting Military personal, still being added to as Veterans fight for what the Country promised but refuses Sacrifice in fulfilling those promises, not even based In Country Vietnam. Even being addressed by this Administration in Vietnam in cleaning up the known area's where used or stored, not enough and compensation to the Vietnamese especially from the chemical companies still being fought for.

You can find much more at the VA Health Care - Public Health site with plenty of links to delve further into what has been finally happening.

Many issues have been lightly touched over the years, some even moving forward at a sloths pace, some even with legislation usually with no added funding for but used to attack VA personal at hearings because enough wasn't done. With Congress throwing a few million here and there for studies on, knowing full well they'll get the results they want, they and the country served want! But the present VA, under Shinseki and now hopefully continuing after Conservatives got what they wanted, him gone, wasn't having anything to do with that, even in getting obstructed in the much needed funding for, and they had an Executive Branch fully behind them!

Blood Boils Again and Again as I watch the media and the American public served, having almost totally ignored the deaths of tens of thousands of Veterans from the previous decades and war issues of, fixate, Poser Patriotism, on recent deaths and the Politics of!!

They targeted Gen Shinseki after he spoke Military truth and the bush co fired him, with cheers from those war supporters, giving the VA virtually no help, they finally accomplished what they sought, getting rid of him and disgracing what he was accomplishing, along with the continued attacks on the greater majority of true caring VA workers, and they were obstructing at every move.

Never doing when they had control even in conservative executive administrations and especially with full control as they launched two more long wars and occupations!! The media helping them all the way!!

The Other Side, Reality, of the so called VA 'scandal'

Only a few years back, while the country had abandoned the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11 and waged a companion long war and deadly occupation with cheering flag waving, the Pols, Conservative, from the Federal to the State sought to privatize much of the Salisbury NC VA Hospital care, contracting with local non VA hospitals for emergency services and in patient care, which has a National Cemetery adjacent to the care facilities, for corporate profit off the people served treasury, two tax cuts came with the rubber stamped still not paid for wars, and the ability as a government agency to actually greatly increase the budgets for that growth corporate bottom line. Since it was stopped that VA campus has been expanding in size and care issues under the Shinseki Veterans Administration with help from the present Executive Branch and it's Cabinet. And from early reports does not carry any of these present 'scandal' charges but still operating under grossly inadequate budget funding which is still mostly borrowed with interest. The Fayetteville VA on the other have, in an area of big Military Bases is coming back with much different reading as to these 'scandals' that nobody paid much attention to before, would mean more Sacrifice from them if they did.

This wasn't only happening at that VA and many arguments used were on the conditions of the long ignored facilities not just VA Hospitals but Clinics and more, rapidly issues addressed under the Shinseki VA Administration with help even from the Recovery Act funds which created jobs both short and long term and will greatly benefit the communities where spent economically going forward, including upgrading the existing and expanding the numbers of National Cemeteries across the Country, another of the so many ignored by the Country Served issues as to it's Veterans, those few who've served them.

“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

In one of the links above you'll find this:

“We applaud Senator-elect Kay Hagan and Congressmen Mel Watt and Larry Kissell for standing with veterans and VA employees throughout this ordeal, but this fight is far from over,” said AFGE national secretary-treasurer J. David Cox, who worked as a registered nurse at the Salisbury VA Medical Center for over 20 years. “Senator Burr and VA Secretary James Peake are claiming that they want to do what is in the best interest of veterans and save this hospital, but all they have really done is committed to giving it a slow death. We refused to let that happen and we’ll fight everyday until 2013 to make sure it doesn’t.”

Surge in patients outpaces fayetteville's VA health care's building boom
June 29, 2014 - The Fayetteville VA Medical Center has been playing catchup for years.

A surge in the veteran population following a decade of war has stressed the system since at least 2010, when Elizabeth Goolsby took the helm of the 21-county region served by the Fayetteville VA.

In the four years since, the number of patients seen at the local VA has grown more than 10,000 to nearly 60,000 each year.

A building boom across several counties is adding new clinics, centers and offices, including significant changes to the VA's main campus in Fayetteville. But it still won't be enough.

"Even when all of this building is done ... we will still be short 200,000 square feet, and that's by the 2012 standards," Goolsby said.

In short, the VA could double the size of its new health center under construction off Raeford Road and still be short on space, she said. read more>>>

"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

Veterans have been dying for decades because those like Rep Miller and Sen Burr, and the ideologies of, lead in ignoring the many issues, PTS, Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome to name but only a few, and why because these conservatives seek to privatize, bringing in all the problems within that private sector, for corporate profit off the peoples treasury and as still a government agency they would then have the ability to legislate added fee's and also bigger budgets!!!

There's whistle blowers and political whistle blowers, there's executives and political executives, and the latter work with the politics of those above them in these government jobs add in greed and power to the mix!!

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

It isn't only about the Veterans, with mutiple tours in theater, of these two recent wars nor about us older Veterans aging out, it's also about the Shinseki Veterans Administration finally addressing long ignored, by the Country served, Veterans issues. Finally being covered, in a still grossly under funded Government Agency, and getting help, even the caretakers of, long ignored as many have passed on from while fighting to get what the Country promises!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bill 'Moyers and Company': 27 June 2014 'The Truth vs. DC's Propaganda Machine'

War’s First Casualty: the Truth
June 27, 2014 - As the exploding crisis in Iraq spotlights once again the tragic record of American policy in the Middle East, Bill speaks with investigative journalist Charles Lewis, whose new book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity details the many government falsehoods that have led us into the current nightmare.

Lewis details the deceptions and illusions that have caused “most Americans and their elected representatives to completely ignore facts, logic and reason in the rush to war.” A complicit partner, he says, is a media intent on preserving the status quo and never offending the ruling elite.

Lewis tells Bill, “An outrageous thing happened. We lost $2 trillion. More than 100,000 people died. Folks are going to be maimed for life in the tens of thousands… And no one has ever acknowledged that this was a war on a lark. It was a complete war of choice, because a certain little faction wanted to do it and they orchestrated it… Did they make statements that weren’t true? The answer is yes.” read more w/transcript>>>

The First Iraq War Was Also Sold to the Public Based on a Pack of Lies
June 27, 2014 - Polls suggest that Americans tend to differentiate between our “good war” in Iraq — “Operation Desert Storm,” launched by George HW Bush in 1990 — and the “mistake” his son made in 2003.

Across the ideological spectrum, there’s broad agreement that the first Gulf War was “worth fighting.” The opposite is true of the 2003 invasion, and a big reason for those divergent views was captured in a 2013 CNN poll that found that “a majority of Americans (54%) say that prior to the start of the war the administration of George W. Bush deliberately misled the U.S. public about whether Baghdad had weapons of mass destruction.”

But as the usual suspects come out of the woodwork to urge the US to once again commit troops to Iraq, it’s important to recall that the first Gulf War was sold to the public on a pack of lies that were just as egregious as those told by the second Bush administration 12 years later.

The Lie of an Expansionist Iraq

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* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
All but those correspondence, bush/blair, and any still classified closed door testimony and reports!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Conservatives, the People Represented, Blasting Costs of Veterans Care - Again

Have no problem rubber stamping All related War costs, these two recent off the books till Administrations change, All on the credit card with Interests and No mention of 'offsets', none for the other rubber stamped bushco wants neither, in other Government spending while quickly rubber stamping Tax Cuts at the same time, especially for the wealthy who made more wealth from investments in the War Machine!! While now running for media coverage camera's on another 'scandal' they caused by grossly under funding the VA for decades and with the help of the people they represent and are served by the military who ignore or deny the issues of the Veterans especially those they send into their flag waving Poser Patriotic wars!!

Lawmakers slam veterans health bill cost estimate
June 24, 2014 - Cost estimates of up to $50 billion a year for a veterans emergency medical care bill drew sharp criticism on Tuesday from lawmakers who said they were grossly inflated and would complicate negotiations over final details of the legislation.

The measure, with slightly differing versions passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives, would allow veterans a two-year period to seek private care at the Department of Veteran Affairs' expense if forced to endure long waits at the agency's facilities or if they live more than 40 miles away.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller said Republicans on a negotiating panel want to find savings to offset the costs of the measure, but they believe the Congressional Budget Office estimates are unrealistic. read more>>>

In this present, so called scandal, anyone hear these leaders of, Rep Miller and political ideology wanting to privatize for corporate profit off the peoples treasury, actually offering changes and demanding those they serve Sacrifice, I haven't and haven't for decades!!

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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Children with Post-Traumatic Stress

The Best Reporting on Children with Post-Traumatic Stress
What happens to children and teenagers exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods.

June 24, 2014 - When people think of post-traumatic stress disorder, they often focus on military veterans. But there's growing evidence that PTSD is also a serious problem for American civilians, especially those exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods. Researchers in Atlanta found that 1 out of 3 inner-city residents they interviewed had experienced symptoms consistent with PTSD at some point in their lives.

We've put together a collection of some of the best reporting on PTSD in children and teenagers exposed to community violence. The stories here take a nuanced look at the intersection of trauma, poverty and racism. Not all stories about PTSD in high-violence neighborhoods meet that standard. This May, a local CBS affiliate released a segment on trauma in Oakland youth that referred to PTSD as "hood disease." The anchor who used that term on air later apologized. read more>>>

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bill 'Moyers and Company': 20 June 2014

Full Show: Chaos in Iraq
June 20, 2014 - The escalating bloodbath in Iraq has triggered renewed debate on how muscular America’s foreign policy should be. Speaking about the crisis on Thursday, President Obama said that the US is ready for “targeted and precise military action” against advancing Islamists if needed, adding that “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq.”

This week, Bill speaks with combat veteran and historian Andrew Bacevich about the events unfolding in Iraq and what they say about America’s role in the world.

While some neoconservatives lament that our “world order shows signs of cracking, and perhaps collapsing,” thanks to Obama’s inclination to engage less in other countries, Bacevich sees things differently. read more w/transcript>>>

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