Archive for July, 2013

Formerly the extent of government intrusions into private telephone records were unknown; now transparent, there is outrage. Snowden’s leaks have led to the promise of sweeping reform of the government’s presumed authority to snoop on Americans.

There was a time when no one was listening to the Patriot Act’s voices of caution, and now those voices are saying, “I told you so,” and seemingly everyone is listening. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ordered declassification of the court’s 2008 Yahoo decision. House Judiciary Committee confronts National Security Agency (NSA) regarding the extent of its surveillance authority. And, of course, at the end of the day, the taxpayer pays the bill.

Read article here: NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Has Made a Difference

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Robert F. Kennedy once said, “No government can sustain international law and order unless it can do so also at home. No country can lead the fight for social justice unless its commitment to its own people is credible and determined. Unless it seeks jobs and not the dole for its men. Unless it feels anguish as long as any of its children are hungry. Unless it believes in opportunity for all of its citizens, all across this land. Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not beyond our control. Tis Not Too Late to Seek a Newer World.”

But Republicans, and those folks who represent Republican views like Fox News’ Stuart Varney and Rush Limbaugh, have a different vision. One that is in direct contradiction with America’s values, a humanitarian value of compassion and generosity for those who are most vulnerable and in need.

The Republicans view …

Read article here: Compassion Deficit for the Poor and Hungry Shows Republicans Incapable Of Seeking A Better World

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Last year, during a videotaped interview with Celebrity Chef Paula Deen, Deen brought on stage her black bodyguard, Hollis Johnson, who she introduce as her “son by another father,” claiming “I would travel to hell with him, I know I can trust him with my life, and color ain’t got nothing to do with it.

Deen looked and sounded very convincing. Of course, no one really knows what is in her heart of hearts. But I do know from my experience traveling with a road band in the Deep South of the 60s that white southerners possessed a strange dichotomy. On the one hand they would show a great deal of affection for blacks, especially those who were a part of their families, such as a nanny, but on the other hand tell you that they would kill those very same people if they attempted to achieve racial equality where their white children would be forced to go to school with their black children.

In the case of Deen …

Read article here: Celebrity Chef Paula Deen Is Not a Chef by Any Stretch of the Imagination


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“I’m proud to have shed my blood for my country’s reunification, and I consider myself very lucky compared with many of my comrades who were killed or remain unaccounted for.”

Those are the words of Nguyen Quang Hung, a 73-year-old former Vietcong (VC) fighter who in 1966 lost his arm to an American soldier’s bullet.

There certainly isn’t anything unusual about someone losing a limb in war. But I thought the story of Hung, once a member of America’s dreaded enemy, the VC, deserved a word or two.

Shot in the arm during an ambush, U.S. Army troops evacuated Hung to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.

Hung said, “When I was captured by the American forces …

Read article here: Captured By American Forces Felt like I Was a Fish on A Chopping-Board

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About ten years ago, my childhood asthma gradually and vigorously returned. The symptoms were the same: wheezing, an intense and persistent cough, sleeping problems, fatigue, distress, irritability, and an inability to breathe deeply, which made it necessary to take short and quick breaths.

My doctor’s diagnosis was moderate to severe persistent asthma. He prescribed a bronchodilator medication as a rescue inhaler. As my asthma worsened, I was using the maximum dose four times a day, sometimes more than prescribed, without relief. He then prescribed a long-term maintenance inhaler to take morning and night, and I continued to use the rescue inhaler as needed. But my asthma continued to get worse.

There have been occasions when a visit to the emergency room would have been the most prudent course of action. The most recent occurred when I had a bout with the flu. With a constant cough and the inability to take a deep breath, it made taking my emergency inhaler challenging. After several desperate attempts, I was able to get sufficient puffs of the mist into my lungs to recover.

That event …

Read article here: Asthma Symptoms Mitigated As A Result Of Weight Loss, Avoiding Wheat and Soy

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