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So we don’t forget–forgetting about vets is a tradition. Here’s a Ted Rall article that’s over 9 years old but (unfortunately) still applies. Ted Rall 3/13/07 Abandonment of Vets is a Military Tradition

May 29 at 3:08 PM

The Presidential race is an issue in its self. The uproar over Hillary Clintons emails and servers has been blown way out of proportion. No one is investigating the previous Secretaries of state (Condoleezza Wright and Colin Powell) for their use of private servers, apparently its ok for one political party but not for the other or is this just another part of the dirty politics we are experiencing ? If we the people (voters) allow these political misdeeds to continue then shame on us! It is understandable that a lot of us (if not all) are angry and dissatisfied with our government and have been for a long time but that anger is misplaced. The energy in that anger needs to be placed on the doorstep of our Congress. These are the culprits in our broken politics. For too many years we have voted these people in without questioning what they are doing and have done, all the while they have mislead us and made us like it. How many coal miners lives have been lost due to the personal ambitions of their representatives? How many disasters and climatic problems could have been avoided or lessened by these representatives if they spent less time politicking and setting up their future lives with their “cronyism” ? The easy yet seeming hard question is are we willing to take a stand and vote against these political ne’er do wells and begin the shift to a more practical government much like the one offered (or perhaps required) by the Constitution? There will be no major shift towards better government until we demand it in the voting booth. Keep in mind that change in government does not begin or end with the President, it begins and ends with the Congress and if we do not take a stand against them then our fate is tied to 535 reckless and often feckless representatives.  The current vile and vicious language of the Presidential race is not a joke and we need to rise above the awful, hateful rhetoric to understand who we really need to elect even if that choice is not our primary one. Remember we have a broken Congress and we need to understand that whoever is in the Oval office will not prosper until we begin with election to replace the  535 seat fillers who have demeaned the office for years and at our behest.

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The election onslaught is at once informative and confusing. This is possibly due the types of media coverage we see and hear daily. The information age is squarely upon us and becoming more dominant. With this being the situation we all need to spend more time reading the fine print. While the reporting is usually competent often the employer of the reporter has a say over what is reported and how it is reported, which leads to misinformation. Free press is no longer free in the sense of the honest presentation of  information. Each news maker uses the media as a tool to present their views as fact when often there is an underlying agenda which is not necessarily in the best interest of the country or public as a whole. All elections have become popularity contests espousing whatever it takes to maintain or gain an elected office. Once in office the script is flipped and their “agenda” in enacted. Notable script flippers: Mitch McConnell, Darryl Issa, et al. Gaining a position of power is the way these people can make changes that benefit them and their ($) backers. They selectively give interviews or statement to the press to further or start an issue which again does not benefit us as a whole. This selective blurbing takes attention away from the real issues and at the same time hides their real work. We have had a dysfunctional Congress for many years and we keep electing them because they promised to do something but that promise has always been preceded by innuendo and lies that appear true and honest but are a slimy as the underside of a rock. Since the Congress has spent no time actually doing what they were elected to do, shouldn’t  we make an effort put someone else in their place?

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America’s Moved On—But Many Still Live in a White Fantasy Land
By Sam Fulwood III On 5/22/16 at 11:00 AM
This article first appeared on the Center for American Progress site.
I’ve lived in many Americas.
As a child of the 1960s, I remember the racial segregation of separate bathrooms and drinking fountains in my North Carolina hometown. In the late ’70s, I was a beneficiary of affirmative action programs that provided both educational and occupational opportunities that my parents and grandparents were denied.
Through the ’80s, ’90s and early part of this century, I witnessed the rise, fall and rebound of our nation’s economy; the decimation of jobs and industries; a growing chasm between the haves and the have-nots; amazing advances in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, rights; and a persistently stubborn gap in wages between men and women.
In 2008—and again in 2012—I saw something I thought impossible: the election and re-election of an African-American as president of the United States.
For good and ill, waves of change makes the nation viable and strong. This is my understanding of the America I know and love. But not everyone shares my embrace of a changing America—least of all Pat Buchanan.
The 77-year-old right-wing syndicated columnist and talking head continues to opine in support of his vision of the good old days: the period of U.S. history when a select few white men were the unchallenged arbiters of our national life.
Appearing recently on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” Buchanan offered up an unvarnished perspective of what racists fear the United States is becoming. “So we’re about—what?—25 years away from the fact where Americans of European descent will be a minority in the United States,” he said, noting that the nation’s “changed for the worst from our standpoint.”
To get the full effect of how outrageously backward Buchanan’s views are, I’ll let the man speak for himself:
Well because I look at Europe. And I look all over the world, and I see people everywhere at each other’s throats over issues of ethnicity and identity. Again, the United States of America—we have a—we had an enormous success. We had high immigration from 1890 to 1920. Then we had a timeout, where all those folks from Eastern and Southern Europe were assimilated and Americanized.
They learned English. I went to school with the sons and daughters of these folks. And we created a really united country where 97 percent of us spoke English in 1960. Now in half the homes in California, people speak a language other than English in their own homes. Anybody that believes that a country can be maintained that has no ethnic core to it or no linguistic core to it, I believe is naive in the extreme.
Buchanan’s hazy and nostalgic Americana existed only inside the vacuous spaces in his mind and in the minds of those like him. For the rest of us, this nation was a different sort of place.
To be sure, Buchanan’s nostalgia for the Hollywood version of mid-20th century America shares equal billing with the themes of white resentment of modern-day realities. I’ve touched on this before, noting a growing body of social science that suggests a swelling contingent of white men who lament that life in the United States just isn’t as good as it was in, say, 1950 and who tend to blame people of color and immigrants.
I’ve seen this firsthand and watched Buchanan exploit it masterfully. As a national political reporter, I covered Buchanan’s failed run for the GOP’s 1992 and 1996 presidential nominations. I traveled in his campaign entourage, which drew crowds of anti-Semitic, militant nationalists and economically dispossessed white folks who cheered when he bragged about stopping immigrants at the border.
Before bowing out after the 1996 Super Tuesday primaries, Buchanan had great fun heaving a trident at rallies and declaring, “The peasants are comin’ with pitchforks.” But he was never a serious threat to become president with his raw and factually mistaken populist message.
Buchanan was then—and still is now—selling an outdated notion of America as a collection of Mayberry-like small towns filled with Christian, God-fearing white people and no people of color, immigrants, LGBT people, or—perhaps—political progressives. But that’s never been the case, least of all now.
Jed Kolko, an independent economist and a senior fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley, recently analyzed the demographic profile of the nation for FiveThirtyEight. In the provocatively titled web post “‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People,” Kolko concludes that New Haven, Connecticut, is the place with the greatest claim of being “normal America,” followed by Tampa, Florida, and Hartford, Connecticut. In Kolko’s analysis, “normal” is a place that most closely matches the nation’s demography.
I’d bet the farm that Buchanan wouldn’t think of any of those places as “normal America” because they’re not overwhelmingly white.
“We all, of course, have our own notions of what real America looks like,” Kolko wrote. “Those notions might be based on our own nostalgia or our hopes for the future. If your image of the real America is a small town, you might be thinking of an America that no longer exists.”
Well, good. That television-scripted version of America was never my reality. Nor do I want it to be. Everything that I’ve experienced in nearly six decades of living and working in this nation tells me that as the nation constantly changes, it improves.
Nothing about our country is static, immutable, or permanent. And I wouldn’t have it any other way—no matter what Pat Buchanan thinks.
Sam Fulwood III is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the CAP Leadership Institute. His work with the Center’s Progress 2050 project examines the impact of policies on the nation when there will be no clear racial or ethnic majority by the year 2050.
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Apparently Donald trump can unite. He has so far united all of the worst elements of our society. Recently a teacher in Ohio commented on  an African themed prom dress, stating it was “tacky”. Looking at the photo, I see nothing tacky about it, if nothing it is tasteful and well done. Unfortunately this shaming was attempted by a Caucasian teacher who if asked is possibly a Trump  supporter. This is just one of the Racist, biased and generally anti anyone who is not a hater supporters that Mr. trump has empowered in his run for the Whitehouse. These are the same people who tend to blame all of the woes of the world on others who are not like them. All of us have our likes and dislikes but those are tempered with a smattering of rationality. Now the NRA which is quite radical has endorsed a man who at one point was a staunch anti gun advocate, what does that suggest as a Presidential hopeful? Is Donald Trump the “Great White Hope” or just another opportunist who will sway with prevailing winds leaving someone else to do the heavy lifting? Unfortunately his ties to the current Dupublican party makes the party look more radical than it really is. It is bad enough that we have a Congress that has made no progress in running the country and providing the services we elected them to do but now we have a possible fop ascending as the front-runner for that party. We have the opportunity to make changes in both case but we need to pay attention to who we elect to the Congress along with who we elect to the Oval office. It is within our (voters) power to change not the politicians.

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The recent vote on LGBTQ issues was smothered by the Dupublican establishment. It is small wonder that the U.S. is in such turmoil. This election season has been so inundated by the evil of our politics and the emboldened Racism and anti anything thing that the extremist religious faction thinks is evil. We have hooded people who under the guise of being God-fearing and thereby agents of the same God to do what THEY determined to be his (or Her)bidding. According to some of these folks the earth is only 6000 years old (so much for fossil records). These are the same folks whose ancestors in some case were sent out of England for criminal offenses to the new world and whose arrival signaled a major disruption of the Native American way of life forever. America has never been a “white” country, it has been more of a conquered land much like the former USSR , the former Roman empire and the like.  Here we are hundreds of years later and still have no arrived in the modern world. This is a country built on the premise of equal opportunity for all but apparently there are unwritten restrictions that occur in the smaller minds of the people we have elected time after time. The Constitution which has been touted by people who have no idea of its content specifically mentions a separation of church and state and our current Congress has apparently forgotten that. These past 8 years have shown that as a nation we have not moved too far from the early beginnings when the Constitution was written. Final word: When any of the 535 congressional members is running for re-election remember what they have done to us and vote for someone else but vote. No vote is the same as a yes vote.

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The ongoing tragedy of Veterans care explained in a recent interview with researchers into the issue. It appears that our noteworthy? Congress mandated a change in procedure  (outsourcing care to local civilian medical facilities) but only gave 90 days (3 months) to get it done. Several prospective providers declined due to the small window of time provided. The companies that accepted the challenge are still struggling to implement the system. The Congress has been on the attack against these companies for failing but the failure is on the heads of Congress for not understanding what was involved in a huge undertaking such as this. Their intent was good but flawed , this is indicative of the offhand manner of legislating for “the American people”  they are so fond of citing. Our veterans have been suffering for years with poor medical treatment but not from medical staff but from the oppressively convoluted system of administration. The medical staff suffers as much as the Veterans since they have to follow the often inept and seemingly insane rules. This was supposed to make getting medical care easy to get in areas where there was or is no VA full service  medical assistance, instead we have the same clusterflak that brought us to this stage. There is no reason a veteran should have to travel 500 miles for treatment when there are qualified facilities within a 2 to 10 mile range. In Illinois there is a full VA medical complex in the St. Louis Area and Chicago but people are sent to Danville and often to Indianapolis (if Danville cannot take care of them). There is a provision for travel expenses but that system is not working that well either. The current news covers the upcoming Presidential election but if we do not pay attention to the smaller races  for Congressional seats we are failing make the needed changes in Government. The validation is that I have talked about this before but apparently no one is listening. I am a vet and fortunately do not have the serious illnesses suffered by others but I have had conversations with many and the stories you have heard are true. My experience was a series of appointments cancelled, reset and cancelled (one with no notice) and provider  changes . For a moment look at the plight of the providers, they get the brunt of the abuse being the “front line”. This role causes turnover and poor service. Whether you are a vet or if you know one, you need to be aware that our Congress is more at fault for many of the countries issue being unresolved or under resolved than any President we elect.

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PARAPROSDOKIANS are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. (Winston Churchill loved them). In the current political races this is sometimes the case but more often we have entire sentences and speeches that seem to fit this definition. Looking at the uproar over walls being built, mass deportations and now which bathrooms can be used there is much fodder for this form of speech. It defies my logic as to the States that have enacted laws governing bathroom usage, why now when these folks have been using restrooms according to their preference for some time. The few incidents that I have been able to find relate to serial offenders not the everyday LGBT person. These folks have the same desires as we have and that is to live, work ,learn and enjoy life. We have (excuse me) more perversion in our Congress than we can bear and no need to mention in the entertainment business. These seemingly religious backed initiatives are no more than religious persecution , just modernized and tailored to suit. This country was founded by people who fled their home countries to worship as they pleased but in that pursuit they murdered native Americans whose religious bent (if examined) was purer than the first settler’s. These so called religious folks committed as many atrocities in the name of the deity as the Crusaders now they are attempting to manage bathroom privileges. What next underwear color?


I am officially requesting a refund of Congressional salaries for the past ten (10) years. These salaries were paid out in error since no legislative work required to run the country has been done. This refund will be used to finance the infrastructure repairs and elect people who will do the work that the current seat fillers have failed to do. We as voters have voters have passively allowed the 535 members of Congress to tell what they want us to hear based on “their” research and that of “their affiliated researchers”. They have for many years played the cards that serve to incite and agitate the public to keep themselves in office. Much of what they say is misinformation and lies that seem plausible but are in fact made up Victorian type rhetoric. These are some of the same people who seek opportunities to subvert facts and information much like the internet trolls who steal identities and publicly shame others. The latest issue is the LBGT community who have been among us for years yet are being essentially Trolled by our legislature. They have done this with Racial issues but always neglect to mention their ancestral genocides of the Native Americans and more recent the interment of Japanese Americans and now potentially some people based on Religious beliefs. Our Senate Leader is not disposed to assist in any actions that would aid the Presidents agenda and by extension not serving the “American People” he is so fond of quoting. Given what the Congress is paid the Refund for one (1) year is approximately $54 Million dollars (+/-). What can be done with amount of cash?

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The recent rulings regarding bathroom usage in certain states has become a focal point in the current national elections. These “bathroom” issues are purely political and just another tactic brought to the front  for political purposes. The points made were put out as potential threats to children and women. One  person interviewed  stated ” He did not want some male pervert in the bathroom with his daughter or wife”. This is the message put out by the legislators of those states and it is purely a political ploy. The issue was never an issue until the legislators decided it was one. It indicates the lengths that Dupublicans will go to have their way and manipulate the voters. It is never hard to persuade people who limit their access to information to local news , faux news and gossip disguised as religious law (sharia anyone?). The current political climate is one of intolerance and bigotry perpetrated by the same long serving lawmakers around the country. This is why our Congress is deadlocked and getting paid to do nothing. The issues are not who is or will be President but more who we have elected and continued to elect in the smaller and off-season elections, namely – Congressional, state and local . These collective elections are what generate the radical and misleading information that the media reports. Comparing the outcry over Radical Islamist practices to the (extreme) Evangelicals and other religious sects in America, there appears to be more in common than not. The Constitution calls for a separation of Church and state yet many States have crossed that line many times based on personal pejoratives. There are as many religious sects in America  as there in the Islamic world. My opinion is that there is (according to known history) one bible but hundreds of interpretations according to the ministry.

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