I can see what they are trying to do, but you probably aren't going to get any real veteran's benefits without your DD-214 in hand. Trying to give veterans a little 'attaboy' is great, but I would rather see them put the money into job training or employment assistance, cause you know this will cost a good bit of scratch to implement.
Just speaking from my observations of my brother and his trials upon returning.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Zim-bob-we President Bob Muggsy Mugabe Octogenarian President-for-Life of Zim-bob-we who turned the former Breadbasket of Africa into the African Basket Case... admitted Thursday that some of his political allies have died of AIDS, as he launched a programme urging parliamentarians to lead by example in fighting the disease.
"In my political family as well, comrades I have worked with perished and quite a number of them it has been HIV and AIDS," Mugabe told politicians.
"Parliamentarians are certainly not immune to HIV/AIDS and its consequences," Mugabe said.
"I have witnessed the challenges that both they and our people face as a result of HIV and AIDS, and yet I do not recall any politician who has come out in the open about their HIV status."
Three years ago, 88-year-old Mugabe admitted that members of his extended family had died of the disease, but he rarely speaks publicly about the disease that has exacted a heavy toll on his country.
Zim-bob-we has made gains in fighting HIV, which had infected 14 percent of the population in 2009, down from 23 percent in 2003, according to the United Nations ...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society... . Some experts attribute the drop to Zim-bob-we's economic collapse, which left people without enough money to pursue multiple sexual partners.
This is basically an eco and adaptive behaviors issue. Since the environment can't support unlimited population growth, not all individuals get to reproduce to their full potential. Natural... something or other, I cannot recall the term.
[An Nahar] Russia on Thursday accused the United States of trying to influence its election process by funding opposition groups in advance of Vladimir Putin ...Second President of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits he is the current Prime Minister of Russia. His sock puppet, Dmitry Medvedev, was installed in the 2008 presidential elections. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law. During his eight years in office Russia's economy bounced back from crisis, seeing GDP increase, poverty decrease and average monthly salaries increase. During his presidency Putin passed into law a series of fundamental reforms, including a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal codes. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile... 's expected return to the Kremlin in the weekend poll. Egypt just set the stage; expect more of these charges around the world.
The charges came as officials braced for mass protests that have been called for the day after Sunday's election in which the Russian strongman is expected to breeze his way past four weak rivals to a third presidential term.
Investigators began to probe alleged dirty tricks practiced by Putin's opponents while Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov launched a lacerating critique in which he accused the United States of trying to push Russia around.
"The days when Russia could be lectured or preached to are over," Lavrov said in an interview with the online edition of the Rossiyskaya Gazeta government daily.
"Our American partners understand this perfectly well, but the inertia of past approaches and stereotypes in Washington is still evident," Lavrov said.
Also from Vlad, CHINA DAILY FORUM > PUTIN: US IS SEEKING "ABSOLUTE INVULNERALILITY" [ geopol
"Utopia], which by Vlad's logic also infers the US desires to possess the ability to make the rest of the World "absolutely vulnerable" to its destructive power.
* ION SAME > NEW NAVY RAILGUN LEADING TO SHIP [Shipboard] SUPERWEAPON BY 2020, throughout the USN Fleet.
* [USAF CoS] SCHWARTZ: SMALLER USAF WILL CONCENTRATE ON KEY CAPABILITIES, namely ...
> AeroSpace Combat.
> Global Surveillance + Reconnaissance.
> Global Mobility
> GLOBAL STRIKE [Prompt Global Strike + Air-Space BMD].
Even though utterly discredited, Paul R. Ehrlich and company's 'Population Bomb' theory still resonates with the left, with a simple concept:
"If everybody we hate died, the world would be a better place."
And this gets really inclusive. The infamous "scientific" speech by Dr. Eric Pianka in Texas, that was greeted with a standing ovation from his fellow "scientists", proposed that 90% of humanity should die.
He even suggested that this would optimally be done with a mutated form of ebola virus. Which shows not only that he is pro-genocide, but also that he has no clue about epidemiology.
Apologists for this speech use the really bizarre logic that since he didn't actually *call* for these "scientists" to develop this mutated form of ebola, it's okay.
One whistle blower, however, disagreed, and notified the FBI about Pianka's advocacy of "bioterrorism".
But then, this is a logical extension of the belief that government is responsible for everybody's health. Once you accept that notion, babies can be seen more as a cost and less as human life. And with all that money at stake there is no telling what Big Sister might do about it.
Congratulations to Rep. Murphy for getting her on the record with this.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
So, do I get free Vlagra?
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
But there is no mandatory birth coverage...
That right there says a lot about the Democratic mindset. And it isn't pretty.
Obama,Sebelius, Pelosi, and the rest JUST DON'T GET IT. This is a religious freedom issue. It wouldn't matter if 100% of Catholic women use birth control. The point is that the mandate FORCES the Catholic Church to pay for contraceptives in violation of their principles. The Church cannot control the behavior of her members. All it can do is try to teach them. If Catholics don't follow the Church's teaching, that is THEIR problem, not the Church's. The Church will not - cannot - change her principles just because many Catholics don't follow them.
Would the administration force Muslims to pay for alcohol and pork products? Of course not - it is part of Muslims' religion. Yet they are forcing the Catholic Church to pay for something that goes against their religion.
CF, Catholics don't riot or cut people's heads off if their religion is attacked.
Hmmm. Maybe there's a way we could get some respect...
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
This is a religious freedom issue.
No. It's much bigger than that. It's an issue of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom to choose our own destiny - as individuals, not as a collective. The instant the state has a financial interest in individuals' health, it has the power to micromanage every waking - and sleeping - moment of our lives.
Because every decision carries a health risk, and thus a potential cost: smoking; drinking; what we eat; keeping pets in the house; how often we floss, drive a car, stand on a ladder, or mountain bike on rocky singletrack; who we sleep with and all downstream consequences.
The door is open to infinite regulation. You don't have to be religious at all to feel a primal urge to smash that kind of slavery before it ever takes root.
I wonder what corrupt government official (Harry Reid) they didn't pay off ahead of time. Such raids never have anything to do with a legitimate reason. Had they been in complete conformity with all regulations, the "inspector" would have found or imagined violations to the same end.
If it wasn't for bribery, then it was just harassment of political enemies, or even people who live in the territory of political enemies, that the villain wants to hurt indirectly.
This is what you get with a "gangster" government.
As if being told you can't eat the food you grew and prepared wasn't enough, that you must destroy the food with bleach so it can't even be used for pig fodder or compost is the ultimate insult. The insanity has pegged the meter.
A deluge of lawsuits may be appropriate for this sort of bureaucratic madness. It sounds lame, but when the health dept. has to pay out many millions on 50 different lawsuits all stemming from one party, someone will take notice.
I'm not going to repeast some of the vile tweets here posted on this article. Lets just say the 'tolerant' left just isn't. but then we already knew that didn't we?
As news broke this morning of the tragic death of Conservative journalist Andrew Breitbart, liberals celebrated the news on Twitter.
The most influential tweet came from Slate's Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), who tweeted: "Conventions around dead people are ridiculous. The world outlook is slightly improved with @AndrewBrietbart dead."
[Dawn] A sessions court acquitted on Wednesday Arshad Pappu in a kidnapping and murder case for want of evidence.
It appears that this was the last case pending trial against Arshad, said to be the chief of one of the several criminal gangs operating in Lyari.
The accused along with his accomplices was charged with kidnapping and killing Faiz Mohammad alias Mama Fazua in January 2003 within the remit of the Chakiwara cop shoppe.
The accused, through his lawyer Javed Mir, moved an acquittal application under Section 265-K (power of court to acquit accused at any stage) of the criminal procedure code in court.
Judge Javed Ahmed Keerio, who was conducting the trial in the judicial complex inside the Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... central prison, allowed the plea after hearing both sides.
The court ruled that the prosecution had failed to bring on record any solid evidence to connect the applicant with the alleged offence.
Earlier, in his arguments, the defence counsel contended that despite the passage of many years the prosecution was unable to produce any witness against the accused, adding that one of the co-accused had already been acquitted while the case of the applicant was also on the same footing and pleaded for acquittal.
However, the difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits... the prosecutor argued against the plea and maintained that such applications should not be entertained in the absence of the accused.
ION CHINA DAILY FORUM > ITS NOT "GLOBAL WARMING" THAT IS FALSE, BUT THE "REASONS FOR IT" ARE FALSE.
Even though Man may had been around, he didn't have the numbers yet to induce the periods of extensive warming or other which occurred - 'TIS ONLY THE SUN DAT COULD'VE DONE IT.
* FYP SPACEWEATHER = says Earth's atmosphere is being hit by a magnetic disturbance.
SAME > BLUE FLASHES, save not oer Guam-Westpac.
Nuthin new about the magnetic disturbances - WHAT IS NEW ARE THE MAJOR DISTORTIONS IN [local]BACKGROUND REALITY THAT IS OCCURRING, at least to Me + its giving good Madonna Fans a' moi boucoup headaches. Ground worms are seemingly moving around in circles, while I've also seen a number of local birds here in Agana "misjudge" their takeoffs-n-landings [taint pretty].
I strongly urge + hope that NASA-JPL + the Space Boyz will investigate in-depth the Sun's activities + provide an honest answer.
THE SUN IS NOTHING TO PLAY WOT/TERROR, OWG POLITICS WITH.
NASA's inspector general revealed in congressional testimony that a space agency computer was stolen last year with the command codes to control the International Space Station.
In a statement given to a House committee on the security challenges facing NASA, Paul K. Martin said that an unencrypted NASA computer stolen last year was one of 48 taken between April 2009 and April 2011.
"The March 2011 theft of an unencrypted NASA notebook computer resulted in the loss of algorithms used to command and control the International Space Station," Martin said in his written testimony. "Other lost or stolen notebooks contained Social Security numbers and sensitive data on NASA's Constellation and Orion programs."