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Powerful video. I'll let it speak for itself.
"Good luck. You're going to need it."
Please spread the video if you can!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRN9Y5NvdqkPowerful video. I'll let it speak for itself. "Good luck. You're... more
By Andrew Jones
Monday, December 12, 2011
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney had an interesting exchange with a gay veteran at a New Hampshire diner Monday morning.
According to The Boston Globe, 63-year-old Vietnam vet Bob Garon asked the former Massachusetts if he would support a repeal of the state allowing same sex marriage.
“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” Romney replied. “That’s my view.”
Garon was upset by Romney’s answer, explaining to the GOP candidate the troubles married gay veterans face.
“If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country,” he told Romney. “And you just don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?”
After Romney said “we apparently disagree,” Garon further showed his displeasure.
“It’s good to know how you feel,” he said. “That you do not believe that everyone is entitled to their constitutional rights.”
Romney instantly replied back to Garon’s opinion.
“No, actually, I think at the time the Constitution was written it was pretty clear that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said. “And I don’t believe the Supreme Court has changed that.”
What has changed however is Romney’s position on another issue. While running for the Senate in 1994, he told a gay newspaper that same sex marriage was a “state issue as you know – the authorization of marriage on a same-sex basis falls under state jurisdiction.”
Garon told The Boston Globe afterwards that Romney’s chances at winning were doomed.
“The guy ain’t going to make it,” he said of Romney. “He is not going to make it. You can’t trust him. I just saw it in his eyes. I judge a man by his eyes.”
WATCH: Video from Politico, which was published on December 12, 2011.
"I thought these folks were all about Patriotism and Flag lapel pins??? WTF???"
"I guess serving your country ain't all it used to be???"By Andrew Jones Monday, December 12, 2011 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney... more
In the northern state of New Hampshire today, Mitt Romney sat down with a 63-year old man sporting a cap that read, “Vietnam Veteran” and things went south from there for the former Massachusetts Governor.
http://tinyurl.com/75lvay5In the northern state of New Hampshire today, Mitt Romney sat down with a 63-year... more
This disturbing video clip shows Occupy Oakland protester and three-tour Iraq war veteran Kayvan Sabehgi in an altercation with riot police on October 2. The Guardian posted the clip late last week and reported that Sabehgi suffered a ruptured spleen as a result of the beat-down captured here, and that Oakland police say they are looking into the incident.
http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/another_vet_struck_down_by_police_in_oakland_20111121This disturbing video clip shows Occupy Oakland protester and three-tour Iraq war... more
Saving Private Ryan 1998 HD [FULL MOVIE]
"One of my all time Favorite and Moving movies of all time... Please grab up some popcorn and maybe some sodas, and Enjoy..." =)Saving Private Ryan 1998 HD [FULL MOVIE] "One of my all time Favorite and... more
After our Veteran's Day festivities at Occupy Seattle, a bunch of us went down to stand in solidarity with Occupy Portland on the night of their big eviction (smirk) as ordered by Mayor Sam Adams. Full accounts of the night's events are found elsewhere, but before I get out of my Army dress blues and collapse into bed, I thought some acknowledgments were in order for the many characters on-scene in Portland...
To the frightened hippie on the front line who helped me face down the police, even though tears were streaming down his face: sorry for squeezing your hand so hard. I was scared too.
To the many police officers, male and female, who peered through their riot shields with near terror in their eyes: don't worry. We're far more likely to hug you than hurt you. Also, I was scared too...
AND MANY MANY more. All Americans should read.
http://tinyurl.com/6uh6n59After our Veteran's Day festivities at Occupy Seattle, a bunch of us went down to... more
This was definitely worth reading :) I'm tearing up because he led an awesome life and I hope I can make a rage hologram at age 86 as well. That was not only one of the greatest Rage Comics ever made, but also one of the most inspiring stories I've read in my years on this Earth. Thank you sir! Whoever you may be... oh '1925gamer' on Reddit.
Life, Elderly, Veterans, War, Marriage, Family, Relationships, Military, Kids, Technology, Computers, Internet, Reddit, Comic, RageThis was definitely worth reading :) I'm tearing up because he led an awesome... more
A heartwarming story about 25 Marine War Dogs who gave their lives liberating Guam in 1944. They served as sentries, messengers, scouts, they explored caves, detected mines and booby traps. Semper Fidelis.
In all seriousness, its extremely nice of them to make a statue for the dogs that died. Happy Veterans Day to the pups too.A heartwarming story about 25 Marine War Dogs who gave their lives liberating Guam in... more
This year, Veterans Day should be a day for all of us — all 99 percent of us — to stand with the 1 percent. Not, as Jim Hightower writes, the "corporate CEOs and hedge fund billionaires," but the "extra-special 1 percent of our society" who are also part of the 99 percent: the veterans of our most recent, most misguided wars, as well as those before. As Hightower said, let it not be a day to merely salute our veterans, but to stand with them and rally with them, as they have already done for us.....
Our vets come home to the country they volunteered to serve to find an economy that has no place for them and no regard for their service
Our veterans come home to face an economic crisis while also bearing the physical and mental scars of war
Since 2010, conservatives have sought to cut legal services for veterans, eliminate 10,000 housing vouchers for homeless veterans, and slash disability benefits for veterans.
It's about time our elected officials did more for veterans, but these modest proposals fall far short of the kind of help that over 850,000 unemployed veterans need.
Our veterans deserve better. This Veterans Day, let's stand up with and for veterans — our worthy 1 percent — and demand better.
http://tinyurl.com/89cjnqvThis year, Veterans Day should be a day for all of us — all 99 percent of us... more
An American War Veteran
By Rudyard Kipling
I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.
I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.
Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.
You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!
This is a picture from a facebook member on Veterans' Day 11.11.11
It says a lot about our country, don't you think? thinkingblue
Dan Kenney - Facebook
Based on various estimates, 500,000 to 840,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the year. It is also estimated by the VA that a veteran dies by suicide every 80 minutes. And nearly 20% of the returning forces from Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from either PTSD or major depression. This Veterans' Day four or five veterans will commit suicide. The price of war continues throughout the life of a veteran. Today reach out a hand to a vet.
OCCUPY WALL STREET - WE SHALL OVERCOME!An American War Veteran Tommy By Rudyard Kipling I went into a... more
Veterans Day is a time to celebrate the men and women who have worn this nation's uniform and to honor their service. When the nation called and asked, "Who among you will step forward and defend the Constitution? Who will leave your families, your home in order to protect what we hold most dear?" it was our servicemen and women who answered that call and said, "I will. I will leave all that I hold most dear in order to protect liberty for others, for those who I will never meet. And if I must, I will lay down my life to protect this nation that is a beacon of Democracy all."
Today, less than one percent of our nation serves in uniform. These men and women, along with their families, have sacrificed so much for us. That's why today should also be a time for all of us, as a nation, to think about what we can do in return. Even as we are bombarded with Veterans Day sales and shopping discounts, our Veterans struggle with trauma born of their service. They are looking for jobs so they can support their families. For those currently standing their watch in hostile fronts around the world, they look homeward and wonder if the nation will be there for them upon their return.
Read more here:
http://emilyslist.org/blog/The_Sacrifice_of_our_Veterans/Veterans Day is a time to celebrate the men and women who have worn this nation's... more
Right now on MSNBC Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough is trying to claim that there is no economic disparity with those that are in the military. He is stating that they are well paid and that they do not have to join the military, there are plenty of college graduates serving. So how many of those that are serving are part of the 1%? How many of those families had had loved ones killed, deformed or mentally scarred because they served in any of our wars?
A vast portion of those that are serving do so because they know that it is a job, a pay check, something that they cannot get at home. As a former service member, both enlisted and as an officer, I am deeply proud of those that serve for whatever reasons that they join. Your reasons soon disappear when you realize how much you depend on the person to your right and left. That there is nothing more important than your unit.
Sometimes wars have to be fought. But regardless of the reason, it is the 99% that fight those wars. Those people deserve all of the benefits that we can give them, whether it is education, low interest loans for housing or starting a business, or to care for them after they have been wounded. We should never quibble over the cost.
November 11th was originally designated to remember the end of the Great War.
That was changed on June 1, 1954 to Veterans Day, in remembrance of all veterans. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. The purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. To that end, that you all for your past and current service.
A Society for Human Resource Management poll in 2010 found that 21 percent of employers planned to observe the holiday in 2011.
Frank Woodruff Buckles (born Wood Buckles; February 1, 1901 – February 27, 2011) was the last surviving American veteran of World War I.
16,112,566 individuals were members of the United States armed forces during World War II. There were 291,557 battle deaths, 113,842 other deaths in service (non-theater), and 670,846 non-mortal woundings. In May 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that approximately 2,079,000 American veterans are still living.
There are 1.2 million Korean War veterans still alive In 1993, the Defense Department listed 33,686 battle deaths, 2,830 non-battle deaths, and 17,730 deaths of Defense Department personnel outside the Korean theatre. There were also 8,142 U.S. personnel listed as Missing In Action (MIA) during the war.
More than 3 million Americans served in the Vietnam War, some 1.5 million of whom actually saw combat in Vietnam. James E. Westheider wrote that "At the height of American involvement in 1968, for example, there were 543,000 American military personnel in Vietnam, but only 80,000 were considered combat troops." Conscription in the United States had been controlled by the President since World War II, but ended in 1973."
By war's end, 58,220 soldiers were killed, more than 150,000 were wounded, and at least 21,000 were permanently disabled. According to Dale Kueter, "Sixty-one percent of those killed were age 21 or younger. The youngest American KIA in the war was PFC Dan Bullock, who had falsified his birth certificate and enlisted in the US Marines at age 14 and who was killed in combat at age 15. Of those killed in combat, 86.3 percent were white, 12.5 percent were black and the remainder from other races." Approximately 830,000 Vietnam veterans suffered symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. The DoD reports that U.S. forces suffered 148 battle-related deaths (35 to friendly fire), with one pilot listed as MIA (his remains were found and identified in August 2009). A further 145 Americans died in non-combat accidents. Approximately 250,000 of the 697,000 veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War are afflicted with enduring chronic multi-symptom illness, a condition with serious consequences.
As of August 2, 4,683 Americans have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) on October 7, 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom, which began with the invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003. Of the total deaths, 3,708 were due to hostile fire, and the remainder due to non-hostile actions (such as accident, suicide, or illness). Enlisted personnel make up 83.4% of the total force, and experienced 89.9% (4,212) of the total casualties. Officers (including Warrant Officers) comprise 16.6% of the DOD force and had 10.1% (471) of the casualties.
2.4% (113) of the total fatalities were women, who make up 16% of the total DOD force. Men, who make up 84% of the total force experienced 97.6% (4,570) of the deaths in the two theaters of operation.
Among age groups:
Ages 18-21 -- 28.2% (1,325) of the deaths
Ages 22-24 -- 23.7% (1,108) of the deaths
Ages 25-30 -- 25.6% (1,198) of the deaths
Ages 31-35 -- 10.4% (486) of the deaths
Over 35 -- 12.1% (566) of the deaths
30,490 U.S. service members have been wounded due to combat actions in Iraq and 2,309 in Afghanistan (32,799 total).
Since the beginning of hostilities in Afghanistan in October 2001, more than 1.8 million US troops have served in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan; OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq; OIF), with 37% having deployed at least twice (as of 2009). Studies to date suggest that 10-18% of combat troops serving in OEF/OIF have probable PTSD following deployment, and the ¡prevalence does not diminish over time. PTSD Research Quarterly Winter 2009
http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/Right now on MSNBC Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough is trying to claim that there is no... more
First, let me offer a sincere and heartfelt "thank you" to all veterans who have served - be it in peace time or during conflict. You have all served your country proudly and this veteran thanks you for your service.
Here are some other words that resonate with me about this subject:
"Freedom is never free." -Author Unknown
"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" -Maya Angelou
"When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?" -George Canning
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." -G.K. Chesterton
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -Elmer Davis
"But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for, Is their monument to-day, and for aye." -Thomas Dunn English
"I think there is one higher office than president and I would call that patriot." -Gary Hart
"Lord, bid war's trumpet cease; Fold the whole earth in peace." -Oliver Wendell Holmes
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums." -Arthur Koestler
"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?'" -Eve Merriam
"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul." -Michel de Montaigne
"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." -Jose Narosky
"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." -Cynthia Ozick
"The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war." -Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Happy Veteran's Day!First, let me offer a sincere and heartfelt "thank you" to all veterans who... more
This Video Doc was produced by Scott Cluthe for Phonoscope Media Inc. It highlights a unique soultion to veterans housing issues, which are enourmous. It shows a very successful solution created by the Harris County Housing Authority in Houston, Texas.
http://youtu.be/rJkkqHEgR78This Video Doc was produced by Scott Cluthe for Phonoscope Media Inc. It highlights a... more
As they made their way to Zuccotti Park, the feeling was tense. People who watched from their offices did not smile or laugh, they stared and whispered quietly to each other.
And then the veterans took the human microphone. Like their steps, their voices rang in perfect time. The occupiers stood in silence, only opening their mouths to repeat what the soldiers said.
When one Navy veteran addressed Zuccotti Park he put it very simply: "If you continue to assemble in peace and solidarity, justice will come to pass. We are the 99%."
http://tinyurl.com/6br5qyjAs they made their way to Zuccotti Park, the feeling was tense. People who watched... more
I know its in a segment but HERE in text for the hearing impaired who are part of our 99% Community too!
Host Keith Olbermann asked Navy vet and friend of Scott Olsen, Josh Shepherd how Olsen was doing. Shepherd answered by reading the most recent text that he got from Olsen, “So he says what kind of pie, which goes along occupy. I see the success there. Keep it up. Non-violent in the face of police brutality.”
Later, Olbermann asked Shepherd how he feels about right wing critics who doubt the legitimacy of the veterans at the Occupy protests. Shepherd said, “Well, you know, they’re free to say that. It’s insulting a little bit, but I think it’s very easy to say. You know, I hate to generalize, but I’m sure a lot of people who are disputing this stuff have not served, and you know like now our numbers are getting stronger and stronger as veterans lending our voices to the movement. It’s harder and harder to deny.”
http://tinyurl.com/3dv3pmuI know its in a segment but HERE in text for the hearing impaired who are part of our... more
Always trust Amy.
her police brutality in 2008 opened my eyes my eyes that MSM is state owned/controlled. I mean the corporations own then thus it's state owned. So the fact NBC on Wednesday night never mentioned the marine being critically injured hardly surprised me. I expected that. Having been thru the events of St Paul. No I wasn't there, but I have friends, close friend who was like a block away from the Minority Report Pre Offense arrests (lives) and also a cousin who lives in Minneapolis/St Paul and works in Owatonna (and was on the other side of the highway bridge when the the bad bridge collapsed at the time and I guess became instant friends even though I've know her since she was born. We weren't that close till that happened. ie I returned the favor by going to her wedding to someone who's hispanic which shouldn't matter but her uncle my dad refused to go. Jesús is one of the nicest and except when he does speak in spanish, you would never know when he's speaking in English. Totally anti stereotype. I was told I was going to be embarassed because no white person was going to show up, was going to go to a bad church thats falling apart. Neither of which is true and even if hardly a white person showed up I really didn't give a shit. My cousin is family and any family member should support cousins choice in whatever they do. Heck even Dick Cheney (ewe) has his Lesbian daughter. Yeah I get off subject about this. but I'm almost always concerned with my cousins. It happened several years earlier with one on moms side. who was almost murdered by a prick. It really turns out they just never should have been together. He's a nice guy now. she's a bit off kilter. Almost got her other cousin in a situation where she might have been date raped. So right now I'd be astranged from her for now. But they are way over in CO and I'm in Iowa. First the good cousin was one of the few good female tattoo artists in the Denver area now I hear shes learning to care for animals. glad to hear that. But everyones got their ups and downs. wish the marine lots of luck in regaining his momentum.
I Have Nothing to add!!!"Always trust Amy. her police brutality in 2008 opened my eyes my eyes that MSM is... more
A former Marine and Iraq war veteran who was injured during the raucous Occupy Oakland protest on Tuesday night has been upgraded this morning to fair condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland, a nursing supervisor said.
Scott Olsen, 24, of Daly City, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was among the hundreds of protesters who filled the streets of downtown Oakland to protest the police dismantling of the encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall.
Keith Shannon, Olsen's roommate who served in Iraq with him, said doctors told him Wednesday night that Olsen was unconscious and breathing with the help of a respirator.
The antiwar group said Olsen, a systems administrator at a San Francisco software firm, suffered a skull fracture when he was hit by a "blunt object."
Video footage shows a protester, identified by the antiwar group as Olsen, being knocked to the ground at 14th Street and Broadway after police lobbed an object - possibly a tear gas canister - at a group of protesters. The object emits a loud "bang" after landing on the ground.
While he lay dazed wounded on the street, other protesters came to his aid. The footage then appears to show an officer tossing another canister toward the group helping him. There was another blast heard, and one protester can be heard screaming "What the f- " at police while a demonstrator angrily bangs his sign on the street again and again.
The group drags Olsen away. He appeared to be conscious after the incident and pressed his hand to his head while looking at his cell phone.
Olsenhad spent most nights over the last few weeks at the Occupy SF camp, Shannon said.
"He'd leave work, head there, sleep there and go to work the next day," Shannon said. "We were really against the fact that the banks and corporations were not held accountable for what they did."
When Olsen heard that protesters at Occupy Oakland were asking for support, he took BART to Oakland and joined in the protest, Shannon said.
Olsen knew he might have been arrested but didn't seem to have any idea the demonstration would get as violent as it did, Shannon said.
http://tinyurl.com/3m9ag4vA former Marine and Iraq war veteran who was injured during the raucous Occupy Oakland... more