Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bill 'Moyers & Company': How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats

Full Show: How Public Power Can Defeat Plutocrats
November 21, 2014 - Government has become a clearinghouse for corporations and plutocrats with deep pockets to buy the politicians who grease the wheels for lucrative contracts and easy regulation. It’s all pay for play, and look the other way.

According to the watchdog Sunlight Foundation, from 2007 to 2012, 200 corporations spent almost $6 billion in Washington on lobbying and campaign contributions. And they received more than $4 trillion in government contracts and other forms of assistance. Now that the midterm elections are over, it’s payback time, with the newly elected Congress ready to deliver to those who invested well in their chosen candidates. read more>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers and Company


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Increased Global Terrorism - Index 2014

Terrorist attacks increase sharply in 2013, study says
November 17, 2014 - A new global study says there were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, 44 percent more than the year before.

The London-based Institute for Economics and Peace says those attacks in 2013 resulted in nearly 18,000 deaths.

Its Global Terrorism Index reported four groups dominated the attacks - the Islamic State group, Boko Haram, al-Qaida and the Taliban - and were responsible for 66 percent of the fatalities. read more>>>

2014 Global Terrorism Index

The Institute for Economics and Peace – November 18, 2014

The Global Terrorism Index Report analyses the impact of terrorism in 162 countries and identifies the social, economic and political factors associated with it. two page pdf press release>>>

Global Terrorism Index

The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) is the first index to systematically rank and compare 162 countries according to the impact of terrorism.

The GTI uses four indicators to measure the impact of terrorism: the number of terrorist incidents, the number of deaths, the number of casualties and the level of property damage. These indicators are used to create a weighted five year average for each country, which takes into account the lasting effects of terrorism.

The score given to each country therefore indicates the impact of a terrorist attack on a society in terms of the fear and subsequent security response. much more about>>>

Global Terrorism Index Interactive Map

* * * Seeds of ISIL Planted By Bush/Cheney and Conservative Congresses * * *

* * * 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

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds


Sunday, November 16, 2014

25th Anniversary of El Salvador Jesuit Murders

Declassified Documents from 1989 Show Initial U.S. Unwillingness to Consider Salvadoran Military's Responsibility
As Evidence Grew, State Department Advised U.S. Ambassador: "Please Hold This Information Very Closely"

Spanish Court Moves Closer to Prosecution of Surviving Defendants

Washington, DC, November 16, 2014 – Twenty five years have passed since the horrifying murders in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter, during a rampage by Salvadoran security forces in the early morning hours of November 16, 1989, on the campus of the University of Central America (UCA) in the country's capital. It has been twenty five years of grieving by the victims' families and the Jesuit community; and twenty five years of waiting for justice to identify and prosecute the killers.

As they have done on so many other anniversaries of the brutal crime, thousands of Salvadorans and international visitors gathered in San Salvador to commemorate the lives of Father Ignacio Ellacuría Bescoetxea, UCA's rector at the time of his assassination; Father Ignacio Martín-Baró; Father Segundo Montes; Father Armando López; Father Juan Ramón Moreno; Father Joaquín López y López; Julia Elba Ramos and her 13-year-old child Celina Maricet Ramos.

But this year's anniversary is a little different. Although the perpetrators have yet to be brought to trial for their role in planning and ordering the crime, human rights lawyers at the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) believe they are closer than ever to achieving some measure of justice. A case that CJA opened in 2008 before the Spanish National Court under the principle of universal jurisdiction is inching forward, with presiding Judge Eloy Velásquez ruling just over a month ago to continue prosecuting the Jesuit killings , despite the reluctance of the Spanish Parliament to allow Spain to pursue international human rights cases. Velásquez has indicted twenty senior members of El Salvador's military for planning, ordering, or participating in the crime .

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Taken together, the documents indicate the striking initial unwillingness on the part of the United States to acknowledge the possibility that its closest Central American ally — the Salvadoran armed forces — may have been behind the atrocity. Despite overwhelming evidence of the Army's bitter hostility toward the Jesuits — as documented by the UN Truth Commission report — the first reaction of United States officials on the day of the murders was the imprecise speculation that often served as a default US setting whenever political violence struck in El Salvador: that "extremists on either the right or the left may be responsible," as Ambassador William G. Walker wrote in his earliest cable to Washington about the crime.

The theory was expanded in a lengthy CIA memorandum the following day that dwelled on indications that the killers could have been from the guerrilla forces of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), citing such evidence as, "Civilians reported the presence of 100 insurgents eating and resting on the highway behind the Hoescht factory [near] Ciudad Merliot … two kilometers southwest of the University of Central America …. " On the other hand, wrote the Agency, the killers might have been "rightist extremists," an encoded reference to polarizing rightwing politicians such as Roberto D'Aubuisson — a leading member of the ruling party ARENA — who reportedly made threatening comments about the priests in a talk given hours after they had already been killed. Nowhere in the CIA's analysis was the military mentioned as a possible perpetrator.

In addition to ignoring signs that members of the armed forces had carried out the crime, US officials sought to bolster Salvadoran President Alfredo Cristiani as he prepared to face the possibility that his own party's leadership was responsible for what Walker called "a barbarous and incredibly stupid action." On November 19, Ambassador Walker sent an impassioned (and profoundly wrong) telegram to the State Department focusing on the alleged responsibility of ARENA extremists and proposing that he tell Cristiani that "with the USG [US Government], the leadership and majority of the armed forces officer corps, and the decent forces of Salvadoran society on his side, he can and must once and for all separate himself from those responsible for this barbarism." Meanwhile, Secretary of State James Baker asked his ambassador in Madrid to urge Spain not to cut aid to El Salvador, which it had announced it would do in response to the murder of the Spanish-born priests. read more>>>


The CIA Torture Report and Republican Majority

The Republican wave and the CIA torture report
November 15, 2014 - In the Republican sweep that was the 2014 elections — at least outside Oregon — there may have been one winner who didn't hold an election night victory celebration.

The CIA.

Normally, of course, the CIA only competes in foreign elections.

But this time the CIA — and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, perhaps its most prominent and active critic in Congress — had a lot on the line.

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At the end of this year, control of the Senate shifts to the Republicans. The chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee goes to Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., who has been called the CIA's best friend in the Senate. On the issue of transparency of the intelligence operation, Burr has said, "I personally don't believe that anything that ever goes on in the intelligence committee should ever be discussed publicly."

Burr has declared that the killing of Osama bin Laden was partly due to information acquired from enhanced interrogation, although other sources, and possibly the unreleased report, reject that claim.

As of January, negotiations between the Senate and the CIA about what should and shouldn't be made public are likely to be very different. read more>>>

* * * 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

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

Seeds of ISIL Planted By Bush/Cheney and Conservative Congresses

Veterans are Coming Out of the “Cannabis Closet”

The properties in Cannabis helped many Veterans, also those in the civilian community coping with individual damaging trauma's, cope after Vietnam, with those from Korea and even WWII joining them, and since with the known and finally named PTS as well as any other anxieties of, hell on earth, war theaters. As long as they didn't abuse the use of like some would, and still do, with alcohol and other drugs, easing the painful memories as well as making some sort of sense to what man does to his and her fellow man. This while those served were eager to ignore the many issues of service to them especially in our wars and others were making very comfortable livings as experts(?) in denying for personal fame and fortune many issues even existed. Thus the greater majority, poser patriots, need not pay the costs of caring for and are led in that by the decades long conservative, mostly, ideologies of those they hire as public servants, including Veterans, to not fully fund nor build the peoples responsibility and promises, the Veterans Administration, during and after the flag waving wars!

More veterans press VA to recognize medical marijuana as treatment option
Amy Rising, an Air Force veteran, smokes medical marijuana. She says the drug helps her deal with severe anxiety after four years at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where she coordinated bombings and other missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Kevin Cook/For The Washington Post)

November 15 2014 - Every morning, former Air Force senior airman Amy Rising makes breakfast for her second-grader, drives him to school and returns home to prepare what she calls her medicine.

She suffers from severe anxiety after four years working in the frenetic global command center at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, coordinating bombings and other missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rising says she has found a treatment that helps her cope. But her local Veterans Affairs hospital does not provide it — because her medicine is a joint.

At a time when the legalized use of marijuana is gaining greater acceptance across the country, Rising is among a growing number of veterans who are coming out of the “cannabis closet” and pressing the government to recognize pot as a legitimate treatment for the wounds of war. They say it is effective for addressing various physical and psychological conditions related to military service — from chronic back pain and neuropathic issues to panic attacks and insomnia — and often preferable to widely prescribed opioid painkillers and other drugs. 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!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bill 'Moyers & Company': The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

Full Show: The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics
November 14, 2014 - In this turbulent midterm election year, two academics decided to practice what they preached. They left the classroom, confronted the reality of down-and-dirty politics, and tried to replace moneyed interests with the public interest.

Neither was successful – this year, at least – but on this week’s show, Bill talks with them about their experiences and the hard-fought lessons learned about the state of American democracy. read more>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers and Company


Iraq War and Rise of ISIS

The Blowback, enhanced recruiting and wide ranging spread, started almost as quick as the abandoning of the Missions and Those Sent to Accomplish so quickly after 9/11 and was forecast then that it would only grow! In the want of some for perpetual war, not cold and with Nation states but with non nations, of the new reality of huge criminal terrorism thus continued blood wealth growth for death and destruction!!

11/14/14 - ISIS fighters spawned from US Iraq invasion

Richard Engel, NBC News chief foreign correspondent, traces the roots of ISIS to the insurgents who fought against the U.S. in Iraq, and talks with Lieutenant General Michael Barbero about how readily the Iraqi Army fell apart in the face of ISIS.

11/14/14 - Kobani: The little city that stood up to ISIS

11/14/14 - ISIS attracts Western fighters to cause

11/14/14 - Propaganda, anti-US backlash aid ISIS recruitment

11/14/14 - General Michael Hayden calls for US ground troops in ISIS war

11/14/14 - Engel: US ill-served by strategy of half-measures against ISIS

* * * Seeds of ISIL Planted By Bush/Cheney and Conservative Congresses * * *

* * * 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

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds


Friday, November 14, 2014

This Being the Week of Veterans Day

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

Bill Straub: If it’s true that you reap what you sow, McConnell could be dining on thin gruel
November 13, 2014 - In the minority as Senate Republican Leader, McConnell adopted a philosophy first verbalized by a man identified as a U.S. Army major during the Vietnam War — “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” Indeed, McConnell has managed to soil the legislative nest so successfully over the first six years of the Obama administration that he finally, and ironically, managed to wrest the majority away.

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This being the week of Veterans Day, a period when everyone falls over each other expressing their admiration for the men and women who have served in uniform while ignoring their true needs, it might do to remember that it was the Senate Republicans, led by McConnell who staged a successful filibuster over an omnibus bill offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, directing billions of dollars to meet the educational and health needs of those who served.

It wasn’t until reports circulated about those ill-served by the Veterans Administration’s health service that McConnell finally acquiesced, lest he be caught holding the bag. The legislation wasn’t as good as the original but at least it was something — and McConnell couldn’t be blamed for turning his back on veterans.

Like the Wizard of Oz, McConnell didn’t want anyone looking behind the curtain lest they discover who is really pulling the strings. Unlike Dorothy Gale, voters pretty much obliged him on Nov. 4, blaming the White House and his fellow Democrats for the nation’s setbacks, placing him in the position of obtaining the one thing he has yearned for his entire political life. read more>>>

"It wasn’t until reports circulated about those ill-served by the Veterans Administration’s health service" - Congressional created during this decade plus especially, but also thru the previous decades and wars from by doing what the people served wanted by their representatives in ignoring so many issues or outright denying many issues even exist, think also Agent Orange and Gulf War Syndrome with so many others even from these two recent theaters!

Brother and Sister Veterans, you can kiss bye bye to the advances made, by this Executive Branch and it's Cabinet the Only Government Branch doing, including the recent much needed boost of, watered down, budget monies in attempting to Actually build the VA the country refuses to Sacrifice as well as Ignore it's Responsibility, in doing, decades and wars from now and Especially the recent decade plus!! And watch as the conservatives gain more privatization of the VA for corporate profit, not for what the Country owes you, as it's all about that bottom line, i.e. no bid contracts and corporate owned!!

“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

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

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!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Remember Solyndra and the 'Special Interests' FOX Speak About

From everything leading up to and following, what we used to do so successfully across all economic growth industries, into the Alternative Energy resources, they had developed a great product. But it was rather expensive to build but offset with cheaper costs to install.

The rapidly emerging Alternative economic markets, China, despite our media reports always condemning the heavy coal, especially, developed deep smog of, forgetting that not long ago many heavy metro area's here weren't far from same as well as acid rain destruction and much more pollution damage and health problems from, along with others are using some of that Solyndra technology in their growing economic development in Natural Alternatives. As they also are rapidly developing newer technologies into same.

Now that the loan program is turning a profit, those critics are silent. They either declined or ignored NPR's requests for comment.

What we had virtually stopped, slammed the brakes on, some forty years back. Reversing what we had been doing and buying into the 'special interests' reasons to. Like fossil fuels are never ending supply of, even as it took thousands of years to create yet only seconds for us humans to burn off, while the supply of will never be depleted and more. Now all they have left is denial in the damage already done and still causing, climate change for one. At the same time that was happening, for huge corporate profit growth, we started exporting our innovative, and highly experienced, trades to those that heavily envied what we as a country were building economically and much more.

After Solyndra Loss, U.S. Energy Loan Program Turning A Profit
November 13, 2014 - In 2011, solar panel company Solyndra defaulted on a $535 million loan guaranteed by the Department of Energy. The agency had a few other high-profile bankruptcies, too — electric car company Fisker and solar company Abound among them. But now that loan program has started turning a profit.

Overall, the agency has loaned $34.2 billion to a variety of businesses, under a program designed to speed up development of clean-energy technology. Companies have defaulted on $780 million of that — a loss rate of 2.28 percent. The agency also has collected $810 million in interest payments, putting the program $30 million in the black.

When Congress created the loan program under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, it was never designed to be a moneymaker. In fact, Congress imagined there would be losses and set aside $10 billion to cover them.

Still, when the Solyndra case emerged Republicans on Capitol Hill had pointed criticism for the Obama administration. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., called the Solyndra case "disgusting" and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, labeled it "a colossal failure." The conservative group Americans for Prosperity produced a television ad accusing President Obama of paying back campaign contributors.

There was an FBI raid on Solyndra's headquarters and an investigation but so far, no prosecutions. Now that the loan program is turning a profit, those critics are silent. They either declined or ignored NPR's requests for comment. And with that, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz wants to change your perception of his agency's loan program. read more>>>

Those 'special interests', with full backing of the FOX speak politics, have been some what successfully still blocking not only economic growth but everything that comes with same, well compensated jobs with innovation and growth experience in, we were so good at once, not long ago. Especially in the countries need to come quickly out of the economic collapse they created with their new capitalism ideology, reaganomics con, of bottom up wealth, with two still unpaid for very long wars and the results of including the countries responsibility the VA, and trickle down benefits of. Those buying that con are still waiting for that trickle down as they pay for the needs of those with the wealth!

Fossil fuels aren't going away anytime soon, no matter what the deniers, a really poor excuse to stop growth in a huge industry, try and use their very weak arguments for their handilers the 'monied special interests'. Alternatives though will greatly deminish the need for and many uses of with huge benefits for the planet!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

OEF/OIF Team Rubicon: "gauze and goodwill"

Veterans serve in natural disasters with "gauze and goodwill"
November 11, 2014 - Many of the 2.5 million veterans returning home from serving overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan have a strong desire to continue to serve. While they're happy to be home, high unemployment rates can be demoralizing, and some veterans feel the need to find a new mission and purpose in life.

"People joined the military because they wanted to serve, they wanted to be part of something bigger than themselves," says Matt Pelak, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Team Rubicon.

Team Rubicon is an American non-governmental organization founded by retired U.S. Marines William McNulty and Jacob Wood in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. The organization deploys volunteer teams of military veterans as first responders in the wake of natural disasters. Continuing to serve, help people, and put their military and emergency medical training to use allows veterans to heal their own broken spirits.

"They're members of a team again, they have another shared misery experience that really binds people together. It's just that this time it's not with guns and grenades, it's with gauze and goodwill," McNulty told CBSNews. read more>>>


Monday, November 10, 2014

‘Section 60,’ at Arlington

Book review: ‘Section 60,’ at Arlington National Cemetery, by Robert M. Poole
November 7 2014 - There is as yet no national memorial to those who have fought in our three wars in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and the battles in other countries that have harbored combatants in what used to be called the “Global War on Terror” but now, like the current war in Iraq, has no name. How could there already be a memorial, with the outcome so deeply in doubt not just in Iraq and Afghanistan, but across a major swath of the globe?

And so the families and loved ones of those who have fallen in these wars have nowhere to express their grief and love and despair and hope, except at the grave sites of the 7,000 Americans who have been killed in the effort. Many of those graves rest in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, a 14-acre plot that, Robert M. Poole tells us in this lovely, heartfelt and haunting book, “will serve as a memorial for the recent wars, a point of contact for the community of the living and the community of the dead.”

Poole, a former executive editor of National Geographic, reports on a handful of the members of those two communities, united by something that happened far away from Arlington but that resulted in internment on sacred ground in Section 60. read more>>>


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Veterans Deserve Opportunity for the 'American Dream'

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

We who've served and those serving, as well as the families of, don't sacrifice those years of serving, especially when sent to combat theaters, to come home and be used as marketing tools for businesses and especially the corporate mentality, nor as political speak tools of a false ideology of those served symbolic flag waving 'patriotism' and 'politics' of! We serve the whole Country and the protection of the Constitution of, the Rights for All! It's the Responsibility, especially the wealthy that use us as their, poser, patriotic marketing tools, and in recent decades have more then enough ability to give their fair share much of which is made from our wars directly or investment in, to fully fund the Veterans Administration and finally build what was promised from the start, not ignore nor deny the issues from our wars, especially, and service to the Country!!

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

Obama Urges Americans to Honor Vets Through Care, Support
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2014 – As the Nov. 11 Veterans Day observance approaches, President Barack Obama used his weekly address today to commend service members throughout the nation’s history for their dedication and to encourage all Americans to honor their sacrifices by helping them succeed and get the support they’ve earned.

Noting that he soon will visit Asia, Obama credited America’s enduring commitment and its generations of uniformed service members for continued growth throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

“We salute that Greatest Generation, who freed a continent from fascism and fought across Pacific Islands to preserve our way of life,” the president said. “We pay tribute to Americans who defended the people of South Korea, soldiered through the brutal battles of Vietnam, stood up to a tyrant in Desert Storm and stopped ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.”

End of War Means Beginning of Nation’s Obligation to Vets read more>>>

That 'obligation' the President mentions, the only Government branch and it's Cabinet understanding and consistently doing since taking office, doesn't end with our wars! It's in the 'Oath' the Country gives to those who've served it Honorably and return wounded, physically and mentally, and most completely changed by those years of service and sacrifice!!

“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
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

For The Young Ones: 'A SPECIAL VETERANS DAY'


Saturday, November 08, 2014

Bill 'Moyers & Company': 'Facing Down Corporate Election Greed'

Full Show: Facing Down Corporate Election Greed
November 7, 2014 - In the midst of the midterm elections and the obsession with which party would control the US Senate, there were races at the local and state level with deeper implications for the future of the country.

In the small city of Richmond, California, a slate of progressive candidates faced off against a challenge from pro-business candidates backed to the tune of more than $3 million by the energy giant Chevron. For years, Chevron has treated Richmond like a company town and its large refinery there has been a constant source of health and safety concerns. read more>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers and Company>>>


New Bin Laden ‘Shooter’ Story? A Breach of Ethics!

Bin Laden ‘Shooter’ Story Is FUBAR, Special Ops Sources Say

At the expense of the lives of his brothers and sisters not just in the combat theaters, not just fellow seals, and possibly family and friends, in the blowback from his public theatrics, his conjob for wealth and fame goes forward!! Another grifter, for those easy to be, FOX speak, is born!!

Seal Team 6 Intelligence Breach

The FOX Conservative speak long march continues away from the reality, over a decade now, that the Missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11 was so quickly abandoned, with cheering flag waving of, Poser, patriotism, many of those supporters of now call themselves the 'tea party' despite not Sacrificing even as to the Veterans of, DeJa-Vu all over again, neither OEF nor OIF nor their Responsibility the Veterans Administration, have yet been paid for, deficits mean the continued borrowing thus only paying the high interest on!! And credit can't be given for finally accomplishing at least one of the main Missions as the continuing trying to accomplish so many others continued, Justice by capturing or killing bin Laden the leader al Qaeda and once American friend and Allie, to the present Commander in Chief! FOX rovian conservative revisionism, better known as propaganda!


Friday, November 07, 2014

For The Young Ones: 'A SPECIAL VETERANS DAY'

Michelle continues hers and Jill's now long caring advocacy and activism for the Military personal, their Families and all the Veterans community!

Michelle Obama teams up with … penguins
11/05/14 - Now that the midterm elections are over, Michelle Obama is joining forces with some new, extra-cool partners.

The first lady is seen chatting with one of the waddling, computer-animated stars of the upcoming DreamWorks movie, “Penguins of Madagascar,” in a clip released Wednesday by Got Your 6, a nonpartisan military veteran empowerment campaign.

“I want to talk to you today about a group of people that inspires me everyday: our troops, veterans, and their families,” Obama says directly to the camera, before being interrupted by one of her tuxedo-colored feathered friends.

“Excuse me, Mrs. Obama. We’re a little tired of the SEALs getting all the good missions — what about us penguins?” he asks. read more>>>

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Host Special Joining Forces Screening for Military Families at The White House
05 November 2014 - A special "Doc McStuffins" episode continues Disney's legacy of support for military families through a storyline that gently reflects common emotions young children face but find difficult to express when a parent or loved one is deployed. The episode of Disney Junior's acclaimed series will be presented on Veterans Day, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (9:30 a.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. As part of the Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will host military families for a private screening at The White House on Monday, November 10.

In the story titled "Training Army Al," Doc McStuffins encourages her toy friends to find comfort and strength when their pal, the soldier action figure Army Al, is called to duty and will soon be separated from them, if even for a trip into the woods with Donny's scouting troop. As Lambie, Stuffy, Hallie, Chilly and Bronty fret that Al might get hurt, broken, or not come home at all, it's up to Doc to rally them to help Al be his best and to support each other. A Disney Publishing storybook inspired by the episode will be available beginning Tuesday, December 2.

First Lady Michelle Obama has made supporting military families and U.S. troops a top priority, and together with Dr. Jill Biden, she launched Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. read more>>>

First Lady Honors Military Kids at White House Event
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2014 – First Lady Michelle Obama and an all-star cast hosted military children at the White House today for a workshop in advance of the taping of a concert for the PBS “In Performance at the White House” series.

Country legend Willy Nelson, rapper Common, Navy vet and songwriter Ted Peterson and Army Sgt. Christiana Ball, a singer who won the Army’s Rising Star competition, joined the first lady in the East Room. Robert Santelli, the executive director of the Grammy Museum, moderated the discussion.

“During this workshop, we’re going to be talking about music in our national life -- how it can move us and inspire us, and bring us together,” the first lady said.

Military Kids’ Contributions read more>>>