Secretary of State John Kerry on ‘This Week’

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz for “This Week,” Secretary of State John Kerry said, “the United States had not abandoned former FBI agent Robert Levinson — the 65-year-old American who went missing in Iran seven years ago — and said he was personally involved in the effort to locate him.” Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. In his interview with Raddatz, Kerry rejected the Levinson family’s claim that Robert Levinson was working for a rogue CIA operation when he disappeared. “There hasn’t been progress in the sense that we don’t have him back. But to suggest that we have abandoned him or anybody has abandoned him is simply incorrect and not helpful,” Kerry said. “The fact … Continue reading

Former Gen. McChrystal: Assault Rifles For Battlefields, Not Schools

Gun control is the hot topic of the day today and today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who led the Afghanistan war, jumped into the fray and endorsed stronger gun control laws: “I spent a career carrying typically either an M16 or an M4 Carbine. An M4 Carbine fires a .223 caliber round which is 5.56 mm at about 3000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed for that,” McChrystal explained. “That’s what our soldiers ought to carry. I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America.” McChrystal went on to say: “We’ve got to take … Continue reading

Memorial Day 2012: A Lesson Not Yet Learned

by WALTER BRASCH   Today is Memorial Day, the last day of the three-day weekend. Veterans and community groups will remember those who died in battle and, as they have done for more than a century, will place small flags on graves. But, for most of America, Memorial Day is a three-day picnic-filled weekend that heralds the start of Summer, just as Labor Day has become a three-day picnic-filled weekend that laments the end of Summer.  There will be memorial concerts and parades. The media, shoving aside political and celebrity news, will all have stories. Among those who will be the first to patriotically salute those who died in battle are those who enthusiastically pushed for them to go to … Continue reading

Iraq: Just Another War Without an End

We know the names of every one of the 4,479 Americans who were killed and the 32,200 who were wounded, both civilian and military, between March 20, 2003 and Oct. 21, 2011, the day President Barack Obama, fulfilling a campaign promise, declared the last American soldier would leave Iraq before the end of the year. We know Second Lieutenant Therrel Shane Childers was the first American soldier killed by hostile fire in Operation Iraqi Freedom. On March 21, 2003, less than a day after the U.S.-led invasion, Childers was shot in the stomach by hostile forces while leading a Marine platoon to secure an oil field in southern Iraq.  His father, Joseph, told NPR that it was his dream to … Continue reading

Dizzy’s Ten Post Round-Up

I slept the day away in hopes that I would feel better, but, today’s Ten Post Round-Up tells me I probably should crawl back into bed: 1: Shameful: US servicewomen more likely to be raped by fellow soldiers than killed by enemy fire… At War With Ourselves: Battling Sexual Violence in the Military–AlterNet 2: Not A Surprise: Teenage girls adopting eating disorders from healthy eating messages at school… ‘Eating disorders fuelled by teachers’–The Australian 3: ACLU comes out in defense of polygamist ranch… ACLU weighs in on Texas polygamist custody case– 4: Florida fire hydrants to begin multi-tasking as spyware… Florida Gets All Stasi On Citizens–duckplops 5: Smart: Bush sneaks into New Orleans, Not So Smart (?): To discuss expanding … Continue reading

Dizzy’s Ten Post Round-Up

It’s smells like a pep rally burning out of control, in my front yard.  Today’s Ten Post Round-Up might singe your eyebrows: 1: What a relief! The Cheney sunglasses mystery is solved!… Image In Cheney’s Glasses Actually Bush’s Eternal Soul–CAP News 2: Ahem–Attention American Taxpayers: You are supposed to squander your stimulus check NOT pay bills with it! Putting it away for your own benefit is not why we are sending it to you… Economic Stimulus: Good for individuals or the overall economy, not both–Colorado Confidential 3: On the upside, those stimulus checks might come just in time for you to make the massive going-out-of-business sales, sure to be all the rage this summer… More Economic Pain: Retailing Chains Caught … Continue reading

Dizzy’s Ten Post Round-Up

(Programming note:  I’m going to keep the round-up, short and sweet.  But, I will continue to post a video for the day and make my usual commentary on my own crazy blog.) News gotcha feelin’ bitter?  Well, today’s Ten Post Round-Up ain’t gonna make ya feel any better: 1: Iraqi Government: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?… Iraq: From One Dictator to Another?– 2: American economy: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst… 12 Ways To Prepare For The Next Great Depression–Best Article Every Day 3: DNC is suing McCain for breaking campaign finance laws… No, it’s not “hamstringing” McCain, it’s about investigating an election law criminal–Brilliant at Breakfast 4: The world is definitely coming to … Continue reading

Dizzy’s Ten Post Round-Up

(Programming note:  I’m going to keep the round-up, short and sweet.  But, I will continue to post a video for the day and make my usual commentary on my own crazy blog.) Have cuppa?  Prepare to traverse today’s Ten Post Round-Up: 1: Many Americans are avoiding movies and documentaries based on the Iraq War, regardless of their personal stand on the war, itself… Why Americans Are Tuning out the Disaster in Iraq–AlterNet 2: This just in: Presidential candidates are people, too!… Surprise!–BlondeSense 3: Novel idea: Army attempting to lure new recruits via amusement park and Xbox 360… The U.S. Army is now a Ride at Six Flags–Bring It On! 4: Captives for the war on terror… U.S. May Not Release … Continue reading