Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Over 7000 US Veteran Suicides Annually, Who's To Blame? CIA? MI6? George Bush? Tony Blair? ...Yes, All Of The Above.

Today marks another milestone of our war in Iraq, it is the 10th anniversary of our invasion. New evidence released now shows that both the CIA and MI6 were informed through secret Iraqi channels months prior to the Iraq war, that there were no WMDs in Iraq and they also had no ongoing WMD program at that time. The information was either covered up or largely ignored by both entities, allowing what has now been deemed the lies by both the American and British administrations at that time, to facilitate the invasion of Iraq. This information is important because of the result of the war, on Iraqis and Americans alike, as shown further in this article.

From The Guardian..."A special BBC Panorama program aired on Monday night details how British and US intelligence agencies were informed by top sources months before the invasion that Iraq had no active WMD program, and that the information was not passed to subsequent inquiries."

The events of 9/11 which so far has cost more than 3000 lives with the immediate attack and still counting with the cleanup crews, were used as a fictitious backdrop to facilitate the war which now directly increase the reported suicide rate to more than 7000 veterans annually, who are stricken with PTSD. This is the rate that has finally been released by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, this is also a suicide rate that I myself had published in my book 'Shock and Awe on America' (linked below) and in numerous articles over the last 5 years. It is a rate that had been concealed or largely ignored previously, but was so easy for myself and others to find...five years ago.

Limited awareness of that suicide rate information has been an unfortunate factor in the slow and tragically lacking help offered to Veterans thus far. The truth on the issue of Veteran suicide was well overdue, concealing how much urgent support is needed for our still falling comrades. The situation is currently so bad that veterans are dying while waiting for their claims to be processed. One building is reported to be so filled with claim applications that the building has been deemed unstable. Veterans' wait times are years in many cases. The NYTimes explore some of the cases.

PTSD has been a contentious issue over the last decade, with increasing awareness and diagnosis seeing numbers surpass 70000 cases so far. It is now understood that more than 20% of those who are returning from war suffer this debilitating disease, which can result in Depression, Substance abuse, Anger Management and Suicide. There have been more than 2.3 million individual deployments to the wars so far. This video by ABC News tells the chilling tale.

On the battlefield, there have been more than 4400 US casualties so far with the numbers reported by the Associated Press topping 110,000 for violent deaths and numbers topping 1 million total deaths associated with the war as reported by independent London polling agency ORB. We see ongoing violence today in Baghdad with a series of car bombs killing at least 50 persons and wounding dozens more, on this our 10th anniversary of our Iraqi invasion.

This whole shocking issue of selling a fictitious war to Americans and indeed the world, has been documented by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in the documentary titled 'Hubris' which will have it's 2nd airing on March 22nd. It is a recommended 'must watch.'

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sarah Palin Nails It, Falls Off The Wagon, Shows Why She Will Never Get The GOP Nod, Ever.

Looking older and quite haggard since her McCain/Palin heyday, Sarah took to the podium like the trooper of the airheads we have come to know and love...wearing something that appeared just 'picked up and thrown on,' and a hairdo that resembled the aftermath of a roll in the hay...[or of someone just awakened out of a drunken stupor in the back of a truck.] All the while as I watched her performance, I keep wondering if her hair and wardrobe was all staged to connect with her target audience.
In her misguided opinion, she concludes that the country was desperate for leadership, but she wants elected Obama to step aside so those who lost the election could lead. Her enlightened view, though amusing, was like a dog trying to bite its own tail in a never ending spin that goes nowhere.

With an untalented attempt at stand up, she dutifully warmed up the crowd with lines about liking Texans because they did not mess around with our 2nd amendment rights, and  taking away the 'good guys' freedoms.'  Then with not so much the needed seriousness of a well versed and coherent speaker, she rambled on with " it's all about the lead...like solely, that chunk of metal did the crime...and solely, that fork made me fat...' at one point even suggesting Obama should have a background check done on himself, obviously pandering to a now mentally defunct Trump and his birtherism ideas.

She spoke with a half serving of drivel and like Boehner, appeared to sort of slur her drawled speech as if she was high or at least lightly inebriated... She tried to joke about the 'liberal media folk.'

From CBSnews " Slurpie slapstick aside, forging ahead the conservative cause requires an "adult conversation," not just "rebuilding the party, or rebranding the GOP," she said. The country currently doesn't have leadership from Mr. Obama, she said. "We have reality television," said Palin, whose own reality show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," enjoyed a one-season run on TLC."

At the end, she had obviously gotten the effects of what she had drank earlier in the big gulp cup, [which she insisted was only pop and 'low cal ice']...so she rambled on about dog-sledding... her exclamation of 'eh? we came in 2nd out of two...' really put it over the edge if there was any doubt of drunkenness.

One obviously embarrassed supporter said Palin is liked and tried to decode the Republican phenomenon like this ..."I don't think she is very substantive, I don't think she has a lot of facts that are even relevant to her speak, but I like the way she talks...[embarrassed laugh] if that even matters...[to explain further, she continued] a lot of people are under-educated and they don't even read past what people say, if they feel something when you talk [even if they don't understand it] they're gonna vote for you anyways, sorry that's true..."

Many others interviewed, tried to stay away from any attempt to pin down intelligent factoids or qualifications that Sarah may have, to quantify her value as a candidate or valid leader for the party in the future... leaving them to only generalize, on the GOP's use of her showmanship to slow the party's recent nosedive and inclement destiny, as something they obviously have yet to figure out.

To further explain what the 'under-educated' Palin followers that were mentioned earlier think, we can take a look at those in the following video, who mostly show their ignorance by echoing Palin's own  thoughts, that the party's ideals are still good and should not change, they just need to change the approach on how to explain the GOP ideals to the rest of America, who don't get that the confederacy is alive and well in the Tea Party time zone of 1860. This is a perfect cross-section of the Palin crowd...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

I Hope You Get Raped And Your Throat Slit!

Zerlina Maxwell, a writer and Democratic strategist recently went on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News to discuss the issue of rape and guns. Zerlina had recently written an article on Ebony.com titled '5 ways we can teach men not to rape,' which had the following statement...“I think that the entire conversation is wrong. I don’t want anybody to be telling women anything. I don’t want men to be telling me what to wear and how to act, not to drink. And I don’t, honestly, want you to tell me that I needed a gun in order to prevent my rape. In my case, don’t tell me if I’d only had a gun, I wouldn’t have been raped. Don’t put it on me to prevent the rape.” 

After the interview on the show, there was a response by right wing media that soon stirred the emotions of those who felt that they had to respond...and respond they did. So far there has been some racist attacks an
d at least four threats on her life. One nasty tweet that was featured on the Ed Show, clearly said 'I hope you get raped and your throat slit! Maybe then you understand why white women need to be armed.'

This is yet another marker in the contentious issues of gun control and rape. It is also noted that some of the threats or comments received by Ms. Maxwell were racist in tone, which add yet another dark dimension to the whole picture.

Ed Schultz went on in his report to reflect on other Republican/Conservatives politicians who have recently made such outrageous remarks as those made by Todd Akin about 'legitimate rape' and Richard Murdock who said that rape was something that was intended by God. 

I am also reminded of a comment made by billionaire Foster Freiss, Rick Santorum’s sugar daddy, who suggested that avoiding pregnancy was as simple as women putting an aspirin between their legs… talk about living in the past!

Schultz had quite an interesting report and interview with Ms. Zerlina Maxwell afterward, I invite you to watch the video below...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Ex-Pope, Queen and Canadian Prime Minister Found Guilty Of Genocide! Subject To Citizens' Arrest!

"Final Verdict is Rendered in First Common Law Court Case against the Vatican and Canada for Genocide 

Pope, Queen and Canadian Prime Minister found Guilty of Crimes against Humanity and Sentenced to Twenty Five Year Prison Terms 

Court Orders them to Surrender by March 4 or face Citizens' Arrests"

Ex-Pope Joseph Ratzinger, Elizabeth Windsor the Queen of England and Stephen Harper the Prime Minister of Canada have all been found guilty of Genocide by the International Common Law Court of Justice and are the most notable of a list of defendants which also includes the heads of the Catholic Church, Anglican Church and United Church of Canada.  The Verdict, court order and list of the Defendants is in video below).

The International Common Law Court of Justice is a Brussels-based citizens court. From their website..." In the fall of 2012, in conjunction with lawyers and politicians in Europe and America, the ITCCS established a de jure International Common Law Court of Justice (ICLCJ) to place on trial institutions and their officers responsible for crimes against humanity and children.
Comprised of sworn Citizen Jurors, a panel of legally-trained Trial Judges, and a Citizen Prosecutor's Office, the ICLCJ has concluded its first case in its docket – in the matter of Genocide in Canada by church and state. Its complete evidence is available here and here.
Upcoming cases in the docket of the ICLCJ will include the complicity of the Vatican and other churches with pharmaceutical companies in crimes against humanity; the historical persecution and religious genocide perpetrated against the Huguenot and other Protestant communities by the Church of Rome; the concealment of Genocide by Canadian church and state; and specific cases of Genocide committed under religious sanction and supervision in Ireland, America and other nations...
The guilty verdict followed nearly a month of deliberations by more than thirty sworn Citizen Jurors of the 150 case exhibits produced by Court Prosecutors. These exhibits detailed irrefutable proof of a massive criminal conspiracy by the Defendants' institutions to commit and conceal Genocide on generations of children in so-called Indian residential schools across Canada.
None of the Defendants challenged or disputed a Public Summons issued to them last September; nor did they deny the charges made against them, or offer counter evidence to the Court. These crimes were aimed at children, and were a cold and calculated plan to wipe out Indians who weren't Christians.
The Court's judgement declares the wealth and property of the churches responsible for the Canadian genocide to be forfeited and placed under public ownership, as reparations for the families of the more than 50,000 children who died in the residential schools."
It has long been known that there are entities around the world that commit atrocious acts against humanity and more-so against children. These acts have gone unpunished for as long as they have been committed but are now the focus of international bodies and persons who are intent on stopping these acts against humanity and are collectively intent on bringing these perpetrators to international justice.
The 'criminals' of these recent proceedings have all been sentenced to a period of 25 years without parole and there is something to be said for this international attempt to bring them to justice. We all understand the history of stronger countries conquering weaker ones in the centuries past and understand that these were unavoidable.
But that was hundreds of years ago and these acts of terrorism and genocide against children in our lifetime, should not be tolerated as doing so does not reflect who we as a Global community, have ascended to become. 

As a direct result of this decision, there are now ongoing attempts to start making citizen's arrests of the criminals, some of whom are apparently in hiding, who were named in the decision as this article on the ITCCS website shows... 'On Friday, March 8, Common Law Court officer Rev. Joshua Lemmens tried to detain one of the men found guilty of Criminal Conspiracy and Crimes against Humanity in Canada, Inspector Peter Montague, at the RCMP "E" Division headquarters in Surrey, British Columbia.
Montague could not be located. [Rev.] Lemmens nevertheless delivered the Court's Citizen Arrest Warrant to an RCMP representative at the headquarters, which was recorded on camera...
As head of covert operations for the RCMP on Canada's west coast for many years, Montague planned and coordinated attacks against indigenous activists and Rev. Kevin Annett after they began to reveal evidence of murders in Indian residential schools after 1996. Besides destroying evidence of these deaths of children in Indian residential schools, Montague also planned the para-military assault on traditional native elders at the Gustafson Lake occupation in 1995...'

This comes on the heels of a similar conviction of George W Bush and Tony Blair by the The Kuala Lampur War Crimes Tribunal for war crimes.

I look forward to the arrest of these International Criminals!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Senators McCain And Graham Come Clean, Supports The President...Torpedoes Rand Paul.

McCain...'I don't think what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people...'
Senator John McCain was referring to the filibuster and now exposed  theatrical photo-op staged by Rand Paul, put on all for the benefit of his political gain and is in fact a precursor to his future shenanigans designed to misdirect and misinform the American people and some young libertarians who have yet to overcome their political teething problems.

Senator McCain was on the floor rebuffing the outlandish claims made by Rand Paul that President Obama should answer questions confirming if he will bomb a suspect in a cafe in America, should he deem said suspect a threat to our National Security.

McCain continued..." But somehow to allege that the United States of America, our government, will drop a drone hell-fire missile on Jane Fonda [in said cafe]...that brings the conversation from a serious discussion about US policy, to the realm of the ridiculous"

Senator McCain then introduced his colleague from South Carolina, Senator Lindsay Graham, who immediately chastised his fellow republicans for not raising their voices and concerns that former president George W Bush would have killed anyone with a drone strike.

Senator Graham said that he congratulated President Obama for understanding that we are at war and thus making the decisions he has so far made including killing Anwar Al-awlaki. He further said that Rand Paul's questions cheapen the debate and does not even deserve an answer.

Senator McCain then interjected that in WWII, there was an American citizen who was arrested on Long Island and hung on American soil for being deemed an enemy combatant, thus substantiating the fact that an enemy combatant can be killed anywhere he is found and is deemed an ongoing and relevant threat to American lives. He added that this decision was upheld by the SCOTUS.

Senator Graham continued in fine style.

Those who are familiar with my writing style know only too well that I would not hesitate to inject my opinions within some articles I produce, but this bit of video speaks so powerfully and truthfully for itself, that I stand humbled by both Senators and their willingness to speak truth to power and show the true merit that the President deserves in these trying times of war, political sabotage and theatrics by the likes of Rand Paul and many others on the right.

The full video can be seen here.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

With Chavez Dead, Who Will Give Americans Free Heating Oil?

I understand that many Americans do not know that the recently deceased Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez was instrumental in extending generous aid to struggling American families by enabling them to get free heating oil for the heating of their homes during the winter season.

This heating oil program has been ongoing since 2005 after poor families were unable to cope with the crushing heavy handedness of Republican policies and outright incompetence under former President George W Bush. 

In the aftermath of disasters Katrina and Rita, the cost of heating oil for American families increased due to decreases in available oil supplies. There was only one company which answered the call for help by struggling families in need of heat during the winter season of 2005 and beyond, all with the blessing of Mr. Chavez. This company is CITGO.

The CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program has been one of the most important energy assistance efforts in the United States. This year, as families across the Eastern Seaboard struggle to recover from the losses caused by Hurricane Sandy, this donation becomes even more significant,” said CITGO President and CEO Alejandro Granado. “This energy assistance program is an integral example of the humanitarian principles endorsed by the CITGO ultimate shareholder, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.”

Through the assistance program, CITGO and partner PDVSA has donated more than 227 million gallons of heating oil costing more than 465 million dollars, to needy American families. The program serves 25 states including Alaska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Indiana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Oregon...here is a link to the complete list.

While those in the right wing celebrate the death of Mr. Chavez I wonder if they are reflecting on who will be willing to donate free heating oil to their states now that he is gone... or are they going to become 'socialists' and expect the Obama administration to give them some government help?

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