Monday, December 29, 2014

After 13 Years America Declares An End To The Longest War In It's History


On 7 October 2001George W. Bush launched Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • After war crimes have been committed by both sides, including civilian massacres, bombings of civilian targets, terrorism, use of torture and the murder of prisoners of war.
After 13 years President Obama finally declared an end to combat missions in Afghanistan.


Here’s President Obama’s full statement:

"Today’s ceremony in Kabul marks a milestone for our country. For more than 13 years, ever since nearly 3,000 innocent lives were taken from us on 9/11, our nation has been at war in Afghanistan. Now, thanks to the extraordinary sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.

On this day we give thanks to our troops and intelligence personnel who have been relentless against the terrorists responsible for 9/11—devastating the core al Qaeda leadership, delivering justice to Osama bin Laden, disrupting terrorist plots and saving countless American lives. We are safer, and our nation is more secure, because of their service. At the same time, our courageous military and diplomatic personnel in Afghanistan—along with our NATO allies and coalition partners—have helped the Afghan people reclaim their communities, take the lead for their own security, hold historic elections and complete the first democratic transfer of power in their country’s history.

We honor the profound sacrifices that have made this progress possible. We salute every American—military and civilian, including our dedicated diplomats and development workers—who have served in Afghanistan, many on multiple tours, just as their families have sacrificed at home. We pledge to give our many wounded warriors, with wounds seen and unseen, the world-class care and treatment they have earned. Most of all, we remember the more than 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan, and we pledge to stand with their Gold Star families who need the everlasting love and support of a grateful nation.

Afghanistan remains a dangerous place, and the Afghan people and their security forces continue to make tremendous sacrifices in defense of their country. At the invitation of the Afghan government, and to preserve the gains we have made together, the United States—along with our allies and partners—will maintain a limited military presence in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist Afghan forces and to conduct counterterrorism operations against the remnants of al Qaeda. Our personnel will continue to face risks, but this reflects the enduring commitment of the United States to the Afghan people and to a united, secure and sovereign Afghanistan that is never again used as a source of attacks against our nation.

These past 13 years have tested our nation and our military. But compared to the nearly 180,000 American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan when I took office, we now have fewer than 15,000 in those countries. Some 90 percent of our troops are home. Our military remains the finest in the world, and we will remain vigilant against terrorist attacks and in defense of the freedoms and values we hold dear. And with growing prosperity here at home, we enter a new year with new confidence, indebted to our fellow Americans in uniform who keep us safe and free."


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

PolitiFact Readers' Poll For "Lies Of The Year"

 PolitiFact offered it's readers 10 finalists for 2014's "Lie of the Year".

Here are the full results:

31.8%

  • The United States has seen "a net loss of people with health insurance" because of Obamacare. —John Boehner. False.
18.8%

  • The State Department says the 42,000 jobs created by the Keystone XL pipeline are "ongoing, enduring jobs." —Russ Girling. False.
17.8%

  • "At least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas" and there are "dozens more that did not get caught by the Border Patrol." —Duncan Hunter. Pants on Fire.
8.8%

  • "My position hasn’t changed" on using executive authority to address immigration issues. —Barack Obama. False.
8.6%

  • Says President Barack Obama has issued upwards of 1,000 executive orders, more than any modern president. —Chain email. Pants on Fire.
4.1%

  • Amid the "crisis at our southern border," there are "reports of illegal migrants carrying deadly diseases such as … Ebola virus." —Phil Gingrey. Pants on Fire.
3.5%

  • Some doctors say Ebola can be transmitted through the air by "a sneeze or some cough." —George Will. False.
2.7%

  • Says his comment about extremists being a JV team "wasn’t specifically referring to" Islamic State. —Barack Obama. False.
1.9%

  • Other (Examples: "All of the above"; "Dick Cheney saying that torture was effective"; "if you like your health care plan you can keep it"; "they’re all liars, I’m sick of everyone.")
1.8%

  • "The only candidate pocketing big money from people who want to destroy coal is Mitch McConnell." —Alison Lundergan Grimes. False.
0.2%

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Officer Daniel Pantaleo Officially Denies Ever Choking Eric Garner

Here is Officer Daniel Pantaleo officially "not" choking Eric Garner to death

Apparently the image of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo tightly wrapping his arms tightly around the neck of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, Pantaleo is not at all what it seems.

Through his attorney, Pantaleo, has now publicly denied applying any chokehold on Eric Garner at any time.

In an interview with CNN, Stuart London, attorney for Pantaleo, said this...

"He indicated he never used a chokehold. He used a takedown technique he was taught in the academy. He said he never exerted any pressure on the windpipe and never intended to injure Mr. Garner."

As if the still captures of the incident weren't enough to prove the officer is delusional in the video of Officer Daniel Pantaleo choking Eric Garner to death Garner can be heard saying "I can't breathe" eleven times.

This story would be laughable if a man hadn't lost his life.

Nope. No chokehold here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

19 Of The Most Horrific Details Revealed In The Senate Torture Report

On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the summary of its torture report which revealed horrific details about the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program.

The details in the report are sickening and disturbing.

By far the most upsetting revelation from the reports was the conclusion that the torture and "enhanced interrogation" employed by the CIA failed to produce the significant intelligence that had been used to defend the program.

This in essence tells us that it was all for nothing.

Below is a compilation of some of the most abhorrent details from the report.


*Warning: graphic and disturbing details of torture.




















Thank you to staff at The Huffington Post that compiled this information from the 525 page summary of the report.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We Are America And We Torture

What Was Done In America's Name...

Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the summary of its torture report which reveals the horrific details about the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program.

The report is replete with unsettling tales of rectal feeding, threats to rape family members, death by hypothermia and the use of power drills punctuating the report's 500-plus-page summary. 

If you have the stomach for it click the link below to read the Intelligence Committee's Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program...



Saturday, December 6, 2014

More Good News For The "Obama Economy"

You can't argue with these numbers... Though I'm sure they will try.

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the U.S. economy added 321,000 jobs in November the most in nearly 3 years

  • There were 44,000 more jobs added in September and October combined than the government had previously estimated

  • Job gains have averaged 241,000 a month this year

  • Job gains in 2014 on track to be the strongest year for hiring since 1999

  • Unemployment rate remained at a six-year low of 5.8 percent

  • Average hourly wages rose 9 cents to $24.66 last month, the biggest gain in 17 months

In other good economic news...

  • Car sales are on track to rise 6 percent this year from 2013

  • Gas Prices Drop Below $2 a Gallon in several US states

  • The Dow and S&P 500 closed a seventh straight weekly advance

  • On Friday the Dow had a 91-point advance that lifted it to a record and within 9 points of the psychological milestone of 18,000!!!!

  • The improving U.S. job market contrasts with weakness elsewhere around the globe. Growth among the 18 European nations in the euro alliance is barely positive, and the eurozone's unemployment rate is 11.5 percent. Japan is in recession.

  • Most economists say the United States will likely continue to strengthen despite the sluggishness overseas.

  • And to top it off the U.S. Experiences Unprecedented Slowdown In Health Care Spending (Thanks Obamacare!)
 So explain to me again how the Democrats got "shellacked" in the midterms because those numbers don't add up!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Powerful Images From Protests Across The US Over NYC Chokehold Grand Jury Decision (35 Photos)

The day after a grand jury's decision not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the choking death of unarmed Eric Garner thousands of people took to the streets to protest passionately and peacefully.

All across the nation people attended protests, marches, rallies and die-ins chanting "I Can't Breathe," which has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country.

Here are pictures from just a few of the protests that took place throughout the country...

PS - This preamble is almost word for word the same as the one I wrote exactly 8 days ago for the protests that took place in Ferguson Missouri about the Michael Brown shooting death grand jury decision.


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Texas: