Update on Blackwater : 1/18/2008


Friday, January 18, 2008

Blackwater Adamant About Adame

Marshall Adame should be the sort of Congressional candidate Blackwater would get behind. He’s a retired Marine. He’s worked in Iraq for the State Department and for The Sandi Group Intl., a military contractor. Both his sons have served with the Army in Iraq.But he spoke his mind online: “I have interacted with many mercenary groups, including Blackwater. There is no place in the American force structure, or in American culture for mercenaries. They are guns for hire; No more, no less. The primary motivation is money.

http://blogs.newsobserver.com/blackwater/index.php?title=blackwater_adamant_about_adame&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

Read the rest at the link. Amazing.

1/18/08 : Number of our sons and daughters killed in Iraq = 3926

But, nevermind that. It’s the Economy Stupid. 

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In U.S. War On Iraq

 1,168,058


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged)

In U.S. War And Occupation Of Iraq

 3,926


Cost of U.S. War and Occupation of Iraq

$486,769,250,980
To see more details, click here.

AP: Shadowy Messianic Cult in Iraq killed 50 people today.

Clashes kill nearly 50 in southern Iraq

By CHRISTOPHER CHESTER, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 16 minutes ago

BAGHDAD – Violence left nearly 50 people dead in two major southern cities Friday when members of a shadowy, messianic cult attacked police and fellow Shiite worshippers — a year after a similar plot was foiled during Shiite Islam’s most important holiday.

You’ll need to read it here, as CNN, MSNBC and FOX are tied up right now with the Lacy Peterson Story.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080119/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq;_ylt=ArT3fFEkRvUj5IOQ5RYjm09I2ocA

Zoloft and other antidepressant studies often hidden ?

Unfavorable drug studies don’t get into print: report

By Gene Emery, Reuters
Wed Jan 16, 10:19 PM EST

Nearly a third of antidepressant drug studies are never published in the medical literature and nearly all happen to show that the drug being tested did not work, researchers reported on Wednesday.

In some of the studies that are published, unfavorable results have been recast to make the medicine appear more effective than it really is, said the research team led by Erick Turner of the Oregon Health & Science University.

Even if not deliberate, this can be bad news for patients, they wrote in their report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Selective publication can lead doctors to make inappropriate prescribing decisions that may not be in the best interest of their patients and, thus, the public health,” they wrote.

http://www6.comcast.net/news/articles/general/2008/01/17/NEWS-DRUGS-STUDIES-DC/print/

Nice Blogs about Gardening, Jesus Camp and Americanizing Iran are welcome

All others will be deleted or quietly manipulated. Your tagged IP is your passport to the happy world of acceptable blogging. Break the rules and we break your blog. Do not bother calling your Blogging Admin. Simply go right to Blog Jail and spend the summer reading  Ann Coulter’s new book about her admiration for The Chosen One, Mitt Romney.

Free speech rights are protected under the first amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights, which says Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.  

Have you seen www.207.net  yet ? The client list? The About Me ? Wanna know who really owns this place? Look around. Educate yourself.

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See this article at Scholars and Rouges: 

Two seemingly coincidental bits of news crossed my desk yesterday morning. First, the Wall Street Journal contains excerpts of an interview with Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell in which he outlines a vast new initiative to police Internet traffic “for abuse.”

Meanwhile, AT&T announced that it plans to extend its initiative to examine packets of information on its network for illegally traded content, becoming, in effect, the Internet’s traffic cop.

Let’s see…the world’s largest telecom company states it’s in negotiations with major entertainment conglomerate to police the Internet on their behalf, on the same day the DNI announces the government wants more eyes on Internet traffic?

http://www.scholarsandrogues.com/2008/01/18/all-your-internets-are-belong-to-att-the-nsa/

Was the Deibold uh…Plane Crash…ever investigated?

I would sure like to know more. Any family around? Any real journalists out there looking for the scoop of the century? Not saying he was murdered, but I will be honest, I don’t like the timing. Nope. Where there’s smoke, there’s often a downed plane, and important dead people —-and then silence.

Right now you can say WHO you are. With love, not words.

U.S. VETS is the largest non-profit organization in the country dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk veterans, and a nationally recognized leader in the field of service delivery to veterans.

Mission
The successful reintegration of homeless and at-risk veterans.

Strategy
U.S. VETS provides housing in conjunction with clinical counseling and employment assistance. Additionally, coordinating services with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other partners brings in resources that foster the skills necessary for every veteran to return to the community, remain self-sufficient, and break the cycle of homelessness.

Primary Goal
To provide safe, sober, clinically supported housing & employment assistance for homeless veterans.

  • To improve and maintain each veteran’s physical and mental health.
  • To promote the veteran’s sense of psychological well-being and increase self-esteem.
  • To help each veteran take responsibility for his or her success.
  • To improve the veteran’s ability to relate to others in his/her living situation, within his family, on the job, and in the community.
  • To support the recovering veteran by maintaining a drug and alcohol-free environment.
  • To provide the veteran with a productive route for achieving independence in the community.Outcomes
    Helps more than 1100 veterans every year return to full time employment.
    Provides intensive program services and housing to 2100 formerly veterans each year.
    Provides transitional housing and services to 2500 formerly homeless veterans each year.
    Provides permanent housing for 250 veterans each year.Model
    U.S.VETS provides comprehensive services to address the interrelated barriers that prevent veterans from lifting themselves out of homelessness. By co-locating services with housing, bringing in other partners such as the VA to enhance professional services, utilizing multiple funding streams to fund support services, and appealing to the private sector and the veteran service organizations to support the effort, U.S.VETS calls upon all sectors of the community to bring about a solution for homeless veterans.

    You can help us accomplish our mission.

 http://www.usvetsinc.org

  • Yes, I made a donation.

Fox and *friends* : Your paint wore off. Your Self is showing.

 

Fox Attacks Homeless Vets: O’Reilly Says They’re “Non-Existent” [VIDEO]

 

By DJK , Brave New Films
Posted on January 18, 2008, Printed on January 18, 2008
http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/http://bravenewfilms.org/74259/

Sign the letter to Bill O’Reilly demanding he apologize to the “non-existent” homeless vets here.

To Bill O’Reilly: Homeless veterans exist. I met some.

In a previous post, I wrote about Bill O’Reilly’s bizarre assertion that there are no homeless veterans in America. He made this claim on January 4, 2008 while talking about a speech by John Edwards where Edwards said that 200,000 vets are homeless on any given night in America. BOR continued to deny the existence of homeless veterans on January 16, 2008 during an interview with radio host Ed Schultz. This time, he added a caveat that if there are homeless veterans, “there aren’t many of them out there”. You can see both clips for yourself and read transcripts here, since I’m sure you’ll soon be hearing BOR complain, as he always does when he’s criticized for something he said, that he has been “taken out of context.” The context of these unedited clips is quite clear.

On both occasions, BOR was either ignorant to or consciously ignoring a recent study from the National Alliance to End Homelessness (using data from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Census Bureau) that found:

In 2006, approximately 195,827 veterans were homeless on a given night — an increase of 0.8 percent from 194,254 in 2005. More veterans experience homelessness over the course of the year. We estimate that 336,627 were homeless in 2006.

Either that or BOR believes that 195,827 homeless veterans (and that number is surely low) is a small enough number of homeless veterans as to be insignificant. I have no idea what number of homeless veterans BOR considers to be “many” — 195,827 homeless veterans certainly seems like a lot to me.

BOR said that he couldn’t find any homeless veterans. Maybe he wasn’t looking in the right places. It took me less than a day to find several hundred.

I went to U.S. Vets in Inglewood, California. US Vets is the largest non-profit organization in the US dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk veterans with temporary housing, counseling, and employment assistance. The facility currently houses up to 500 homeless veterans.

I talked to over a dozen homeless vets, some who had served as far back as the Korean War, and showed them the clips of BOR denying or dismissing their existence. The reactions to the clips were quite similar — a shaking of the head in disbelief, a derisive chuckle or snort, and a deep sigh when the videos were over. Some of the veterans couldn’t believe that anyone could be so clueless and naïve, while others wondered why BOR hadn’t bothered to do any research before making such a dubious claim. Twice.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have sacrificed so much in service to your country, then to come home to find that the country you served has no interest in re-integrating you back into society. Then you can’t get a place to live because you don’t have a job, and you can’t get a job because you don’t have a place to live. Then some idiot with a TV show gets up in front of an audience of millions and says that you do not exist. Twice.

Let me be very clear: the veterans in this video are homeless. Soldiers are trained to adapt and survive, and many have adapted so they can survive being homeless. The men in the video may not be pushing shopping carts or sleeping out on the streets dressed in rags, but they are homeless. Through the work of U.S. Vets and the US Department of Veterans Affairs, these men have roofs over their heads, food, counseling, and a support system, but they are homeless. They have a temporary place to stay, but they do not have homes.

These veterans are homeless, they exist, and no matter what BOR says, there are way too many of them. These are proud men and women who need help and are often reluctant to ask for it. They do not need BOR saying that they do not exist or that there are so few of them that they don’t matter.

FOX ATTACKS! “Non-Existent” Veterans only scratches the surface of the afternoon I spent at U.S. Vets. I plan to complete a longer video very soon that will include more of the interviews with these amazing people. It was an honor and a privilege to be in their presence and to hear what they had to say.

If you would like to learn more about U.S. Vets and make a donation, go to USVetsinc.org.

UPDATE:O’Reilly Admits There Are 200K Homeless Vets, Still Says Edwards ‘Is A Liar’ Who Owes ‘An Apology’

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View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/http://bravenewfilms.org/74259/

What if we take our tax rebate and keep it?

STOP BUYING STUFF. Do you want your power back? Stop buying their stuff. Just stop. Take the money and keep it. Hold on to it. Do NOT even think about a trip to Walmart. Be smart. Here is OUR BEST SHOT !!! 
Right here. Take that money and keep it. Save it. Not in the bank. Sew it onto your hide if you have to, but do not spend it. Stop buying stuff now. It is the only way to make real change. We have enough.  Yes, that will make things worse – — grow up. We are not doing this for OURSELVES !  We are doing it for those who already gave their lives, and the children who are coming to do the same in the name of WHAT ???? The Empire of Greed will not fall until we stop buying stuff, and it’s going to get very ugly before it gets better. At least winter is coming to a close. 🙂 We only have so much time to be heard. Our money has the loudest voice of all.  Honestly, if you don’t get it, please remove my blog from your bookmarks. I don’t want my Aura muddied.