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Can Donald Trump Ever Stop Screwing Up?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, December 28, 2018

Yet another COLOSSAL blunder from POS45, the Idiot in Chief.

This time, his Twitterific highness compromised the identity of SEAL Team 5 members in Iraq by posting a video to his Twitter account of them, faces plainly visible, wearing night vision goggle equipment atop their helmets.

How much of an idiot does one need to be to do that?

While the POTUS has the authority as Commander in Chief to declassify anything, it is not always good or prudent to do so. And it is painfully crystal clear that his posting was made with reckless disregard for potential security concerns. In other words, NONE whatsoever.

He was being who he was, and that is the Caricature in Chief, the Reality Show President, ever-seeking attention to overcome his seep-seated insecurity.

And since Read the rest of this entry »

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Suicide, Libertarianism, and Religion -or- Why “No man is an island.”

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, April 15, 2013

FACT:
Las Vegas has the highest metropolitan suicide rate in the U.S.

“I’ll add that there’s one more feature here, of Las Vegas, which I think bears mentioning. And that is what I kinda’ think of as a sort of “frontier culture” mentality among residents, and I think, even among visitors.

“That Las Vegas is this sort of place of place of total license. You know… its the ‘Wild West,’ it’s an open frontier for all kinds of immorality and exploration of vice, and… the entire self-branding of Las Vegas as this place where that is not only tolerated, but actually sanctioned.

“You know, the “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” kind of mentality – produces, I think, a kind of… sort of libertarian ethos of ‘go it alone, do it yourself.’ And help seeking in this sort of framework is perhaps not accepted or valorized the way it is other parts of the country.

“These kind of cultural arguments are always very hard to make. They always sound deeply unscientific. But, in a lot ways, I think that’s exactly where a lot of the explanatory power comes from… is in this understanding the culture and values underlying people’s behavioral sense.”

Matt Wray, sociologist, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, and co-author of a 2008 paper entitled Leaving Las Vegas: Exposure to Las Vegas and Risk of Suicide” / excerpted from Freakonomics Radio, episode #92 “Gambling With Your Life,” released April 27, 2011

Of late, attention has been increasingly given to the suicide rate of veterans returning home from the horrors of war in the Middle East, specifically, from their numerous extended tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

While in retrospect, many acknowledge that Read the rest of this entry »

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NIMBY: San Diego neighborhood opposes US Veterans

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

If we adhered to the “we were here first,” model then we should seriously rethink those handful of bangles, baubles and beads for which early settlers traded for Manhattan Island.

And then, there’s the whole other deal of Native American land, and the Trail of Tears.

But the problem with that ideology is that we do not adhere to such philosophy.

Incidentally, that is a direct quote from someone who was interviewed for the story, which quote is the final statement in the story.

San Diego neighbors oppose veterans treatment center

Officials from a nearby school in Old Town fear disruptions from a facility for veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times

June 25, 2012, 8:05 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — A plan for a 40-bed treatment center for military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering frompost-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury has run into opposition from neighborhood groups and a nearby charter school.

Proponents say that the center will Read the rest of this entry »

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Report: 20% of all American suicides are new Veterans

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, April 15, 2012

UPDATE 19 April 2012:


The news you don’t hear…

Just because you don’t hear it doesn’t mean it goes away.

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, who is the Defense Department’s top enlisted leader, held a press conference in Washington, D.C. December 9, 2011 in response a report to Congress on suicide among America’s military veterans conducted by Center for a New American Security. Testimony was given December 2, 2011 before the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, and may be found here. The findings are that suicide by veterans constitutes a serious threat to the stability of an all-volunteer military force. About 1 percent of Americans have served during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but 20 percent of suicides in the United States are former service members. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 18 veterans die by suicide each day.

Never before have our military service members been asked to do so much. Never before have our military service members been asked – or required – to attend numerous tour of combat duty consecutively. Those changes occurred under Read the rest of this entry »

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Gas Prices drop: Saudi Oil output at 30 year high

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Have you noticed?

The price you pay for gasoline has dropped.

Why?

It’s quite simple really.

Oil output from Saudi Arabia is at a 30 year high.

Yeah.

It’s exactly like Gil Scott-Heron said on his song 1981 song “B-Movie”:

What has happened is that in the last 20 years, America has changed from a producer to a consumer.  And all consumers know that when the producer names the tune, the consumer has got to dance.  That’s the way it is.  We used to be a producer – very inflexible at that – and now we are consumers and, finding it difficult to understand.  Natural resources and minerals will change your world. The Arabs used to be in the 3rd World.  They have bought the 2nd World and put a firm down payment on the 1st one.  Controlling your resources will control your world.  This country has been surprised by the way the world looks now.” 

Saudi Arabia Crude Production Rises to Highest in Three Decades

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) — Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, boosted output last month to the most in more than three decades to meet customer demand.

“We produced 10 million and 40 barrels in November because Read the rest of this entry »

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Video Shows Oakland Police Throwing Flashbang Grenades Onto Wounded Scott Olsen

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, October 27, 2011

Be certain you read the related story, and see the pics – the ones that news media will NOT show you.

Video follows the break… Read the rest of this entry »

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Scott Olsen, Iraq War Veteran Injured at Occupy Oakland

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Iraq War Vet Injured During Oakland Protests

abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/iraq-war-vet-injured-oakland-…

By TERRY COLLINS Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. October 27, 2011 (AP)

A clash between Oakland police and Occupy Wall Street protesters left an Iraq War veteran hospitalized Wednesday after a projectile struck him in a conflict that came as tensions grew over demonstration encampments across the San Francisco Bay Area.

Scott Olsen, 24, suffered a fractured skull Tuesday in a march with other protesters toward City Hall, said Dottie Guy, of the Iraq Veterans Against the War. The demonstrators had been making an attempt to re-establish a presence in the area of a disbanded protesters’ camp when they were met by officers in riot gear.

Scott Olsen moments after he was injured

Scott Olsen - Iraq War Veteran, moments after he was injured@OccupyOakland

It’s not known exactly what type of object struck Olsen or who might have thrown it, though Guy’s group said it was lodged by officers. Several small skirmishes had broken out in the night with police clearing the area by firing tear gas and protesters throwing rocks and bottles at them.

Police Chief Howard Jordan said at a late afternoon news conference that the events leading up to Olsen’s injury would be investigated as vigorously as a fatal police shooting.

“It’s unfortunate it happened. I wish that it didn’t happen. Our goal, obviously, isn’t to cause injury to anyone,” the chief said.

An Oakland hospital spokesman said Olsen, a network administrator in Daly City, was in critical condition Wednesday.

{PHOTO CAPTION} Occupy Wall Street protesters run from tear gas deployed by police at 14th Street and Broadway in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Darryl Bush)

Later Wednesday, Oakland officials allowed protesters back into the plaza where their 15-day-old encampment had been raided but said people would be prohibiting from spending the night. The campsite itself was fenced off so it could be cleaned and treated with chemicals.

About 1,000 people quickly filled the plaza for a general assembly where speakers criticized city officials but urged the crowd to remain peaceful. Despite the pleas for order, a small number of people pulled down a section of the fence and the enclosure started falling like dominoes as others jumped on the downed pieces.

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Re-examining Global Economics, Occupy Wall Street, and National Security

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, October 24, 2011

Doubtless, if you’ve been paying any attention to news – either online, broadcast or print – you’ve had to at least heard something about the Occupy Wall Street movement. And no matter where you fall along the political spectrumarch-conservative, neo-conservative, raging liberal, classical liberal, Austrian liberal, middle of the road, pragmatist, mash-up, federalist, states rights, moderate, or any conglomeration of the above, or even none at all – you certainly have some opinion – good, bad, or indifferent – about the message, the messengers, and the movement – no matter what you may hold to be true about it.

The movement has also spread to various cities throughout the United States, including Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and other areas. None, however, have had as much action and publicity as the New York City movement.

The movement is innervated by Read the rest of this entry »

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Our National Economy -or- How We Got Into This Fine Mess

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, April 23, 2011

The state of our national economic affairs is, to be certain, a complex topic.

And, as complex topics go, there is no one “simple” solution to resolve the greater problem. The greater problem is, of course, the whole state of affairs – especially, and particularly as it relates to every family’s household income.

Again, the complexity of the issue begs to be understood, because Read the rest of this entry »

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Gregory Suedmeyer killed, wife Katelyn injured

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The tragedy of a young Marine Lance Corporal Gregory Suedmeyer’s ironic death in Atlanta was reported on the front page of the Huntsville Times this morning.

Twenty-one year old Gregory Suedmeyer …Continue…

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This is Nazi brutality

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 14, 2009

This evening, while viewing “Antiques Roadshow” on KQED, I was utterly flabbergasted when I saw a series of posters a collector had brought for appraisal.

A relatively young man shared how his mother had collected WWII posters for the WOW (Women Ordnance Worker) program, in which support for war efforts were promoted at home by manufacturing, especially.

In the middle of the two was a 1942 poster by artist Ben Shahn, which was entitled “This is Nazi brutality.”

Perhaps your shock will be as evident as mine when you see it… and then the photograph below it.

1942 USA WWII effort poster by Ben Shahn

1942 USA WWII effort poster by Ben Shahn

U.S. Army atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq

U.S. Army atrocities at Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq

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