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We have been at war in Afghanistan for over eleven years. We have withdrawn from Iraq after eight years of war. The men and women of our armed forces have made unprecedented multiple tours of duty over the course of those wars. Yet our government did not anticipate the unprecedented number of returning veterans with physical and mental scars.

The numbers are staggering because the once legendary MASH units, now called Combat Support Hospitals (CSH) are now enhanced by forward surgical teams. These teams are deployed far forward, and provide a wounded warrior advanced medical care and surgical intervention sooner than at any other time in the history of warfare.  As a result, wounded warriors who normally would have died in previous wars now survive. Not so surprisingly, despite these advancements in battlefield medical and surgical care, today’s warriors are “the most medically and mentally troubled generation the nation has ever seen,” according to the Associated Press.

These are some of the alarming statistics reported by the AP …

Read article here: Care Unaffordability for America’s Warriors Cannot Be an Option

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Memorial Day is the day we commemorate America’s men and women who have been killed as a result of America’s wars. To a majority of Americans it only means that it’s the beginning of the summer season and of picnics, vacations and days on the beach. It’s a day many celebrate with a traditional barbecue cookout. Once known as Decoration Day, it’s the time of the year we spruce up and decorate the nation’s cemeteries. It’s also a day to display the red, white, and blue. It’s a day of parades, echo taps, firing squads, fireworks, and of war hero idolatry enhanced by legends and tales of war.

Personally, Memorial Day has much deeper meaning than the promise of summer, cookouts and parades. For me the day is not full of strong patriotic feeling. Rather, I see it as a day we seemingly glorify war as a necessary part of our lives; a day that promotes a belief that if we didn’t have a military we wouldn’t have a country. It’s a day we exploit wars’ fallen warriors to promote patriotism and militarism.

For me, Memorial Day is a stark reminder of …

Read article here: Memorial Day’s Stark Reminders

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On Sunday’s Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer interviewed President Obama’s senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs and Mitt Romney’s senior adviser Ed Gillespie. Of course, the topic was what one would expect: Obama’s campaign attacks against Bane Capital, Mitt Romney’s former private equity firm; the economy and job creation.
Romney’s campaign is trying to sell to the voters that as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bain Capital he has created jobs. Gillespie told Schieffer that Obama’s “hostile to private investment and job creators.” That being the case, rightly so, the Obama campaign is in full attack mode. Gibbs told Schieffer that Bane Capital is “Mitt Romney’s only thesis for being president of the United States.”

However, the debate over the economy and job creation is a worn-out issue. They are irrational, waste of time arguments, not only because the rhetoric offers nothing new, but because government does not create private sector jobs, businesses do.

A vibrant economy is driven by demand …

Read article here: Romney’s Problem Is That a Business Is Not a Democracy

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I bet you thought the birther issue was over. But despite Obama’s pre-election release of his short-form birth certificate in 2008, and then his long-form birth certificate in April 2011, the birther issue has not gone away. The conspiracy theories, and claims that Obama’s birth certificate is fraudulent, continue.

The latest comes from Arizona. Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett petitioned the state of Hawaii for confirmation that President Obama’s birth certificate was the real deal.  If Obama’s citizenship could not be verified, Bennett said he would not allow his name to be placed on the state’s ballot. Bennett claims he is not a birther. He said that he believed the President was born in Hawaii. But it sure doesn’t sound like he’s all that sure, since he hedged his comment by adding, “… or at least I hope he was”, according to the Huffington Post. Nevertheless, on Wednesday Bennett said he received the necessary verification from Hawaii.

And, not so surprisingly, Arizona’s infamous Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio …

Read article here: What’s Up With Arizona’s Republicans? Obama on the Ballot but Birthers Persist

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Just why should it be historic to assert in America that the government has no right interfering with a citizen’s pursuit of happiness? Isn’t that pretty much spelled out in our Constitution? Yet, in his support of same-sex marriage, President Obama has essentially made that claim. He is the first sitting American President to do so.

Unlike Obama who has previously supported civil unions, Mitt Romney has not.

In 1994’s Massachusetts Senatorial race, Romney positioned himself as a supporter of gay rights. During Romney’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign, his wife, son, and daughter-in-law signed a petition supporting a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and domestic partnerships in Massachusetts. His family didn’t know of his support of a law that provided benefits to same-sex couples, according to the Huffington Post.

Romney not only doesn’t support same-sex marriage, but civil unions as well. And, as if the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) isn’t enough, he favors a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Obama’s affirmation hopefully has the potential of taking …

Read article here: Will America Authentically Be a Nation of Equality?

 

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On Wednesday New York’s Southern District Judge Katherine Forrest, who was appointed by President Obama, granted a preliminary injunction against the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which is a part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Pending other court orders or an amendment by Congress, it prevents the Obama Administration from enforcing the indefinite detention and providing material support for terrorism provisions of the act.
In Forrest’s Opinion and Order she wrote that “There is a strong public interest in protecting rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. There is also a strong public interest in ensuring that due process rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment are protected by ensuring that ordinary citizens are able to understand the scope of conduct that could subject them to indefinite military detention.”

What is at the heart of her decision is NDAA’s statute 1021. That statute, so called the “Homeland Battlefield” provisions, allows the military to detain anyone it suspects of substantially assisting terrorism.

That conclusion was the result of …

Read article here: House Upholds Obama’s Enforcement of Homeland Battlefield’s Indefinite Detention Provision

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On Friday, Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Florida, was sentenced to 20 years. To deter her husband from carrying out threats on her life, she fired her handgun as a warning. Florida’s State Attorney Angela Corey said that the prosecution was appropriate because Alexander’s warning shot put two children who were in the home at risk, according to CNN.

Here are the highlights:

On August 10, 2010, Alexander’s husband, Rico Gray, assaulted her because of text messaging she had with her ex-husband.

She escaped but returned to get her car keys with her gun …

Read article here: Despite Stand Your Ground Law, Marissa Alexander Gets Twenty Years

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