Dear Mr. President, The pomp and circumstance of your second inauguration is over, and the American people are ready to follow your lead, well then again maybe only 51% of us. Stay true to yourself, don’t allow the political tomfoolery of Washington DC deter you or hinder your resolve. The majority of America voted for you, not because of what we feared from a Mitt Romney presidency, it was because we believed in you. Mr. President we still believe in hope and change. We believe in the hope and change of an America where all people, no matter their race, creed, or sexual orientation have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We still believe in the … Continue reading →
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. to consider the nomination of the Honorable John F. Kerry, to be United States Secretary of State. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will preside. With terrorism heating up in Algeria and the U.S. and Europe agreeing “to provide new support for the fight against al Qaeda-backed rebels in Mali,” it will be interesting to see what Kerry as Secretary of State will bring to the table on the issue of terrorism.
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 →
Last night during the debate when Mitt Romney bemoaned our lack of naval ships and said he had a ”plan for more Navy ships,” President Obama reminded Romney “that modern warfare doesn’t require the type of equipment it did in the past,” by pointing out that we don’t have “horses and bayonets” either: “Horses and bayonets” was just one of the many reminders that Romeny is stuck “in a time warp on important issues.” With women’s issues, we’ve all seen clear examples that Romney – Ryan would fight tooth and nail to overturn Roe v Wade and send women back to the 50′s in many other ways as well.
by WALTER BRASCH For a decade, Republicans have been screaming at Americans to “support our troops.” But, they don’t really support our troops. Their constant chanting was originally code to support the Republican administration and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. If the Republicans truly wanted to support the troops, they would have demanded—early in the wars—better armament and vehicles for the troops. Troops in Iraq had to “up-armor” their Humvees with their own ingenuity and money because Congress failed to appropriate enough protection. The Republicans should have been outraged that after field medics performed extraordinary service to keep wounded from dying that the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was negligent in providing health care. It took a Washington … Continue reading →
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 →
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–CNN.com 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 →