19 Nov

The Gettysburg Address

One hundred and fifty-four years ago today this man gave the greatest and most influential statement of our national purpose.

The McGlynn: And today our nation has as a leader, Trump the Dump, who, along with millions of fools, are  determined to destroy our national purpose.

Impeach the Bastard!

The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Contemporary sources and reaction

From Wilipedia

The New York Times article from November 20, 1863, indicates Lincoln’s speech was interrupted five times by applause and was followed by “long continued applause”.[56]

Eyewitness reports vary as to their view of Lincoln’s performance. In 1931, the printed recollections of 87-year-old Mrs. Sarah A. Cooke Myers, who was 19 when she attended the ceremony, suggest a dignified silence followed Lincoln’s speech: “I was close to the President and heard all of the Address, but it seemed short. Then there was an impressive silence like our Menallen Friends Meeting. There was no applause when he stopped speaking.”[57] According to historian Shelby Foote, after Lincoln’s presentation, the applause was delayed, scattered, and “barely polite”.[58] In contrast, Pennsylvania Governor Curtin maintained, “He pronounced that speech in a voice that all the multitude heard. The crowd was hushed into silence because the President stood before them … It was so Impressive! It was the common remark of everybody. Such a speech, as they said it was!”[59] Reinterment of soldiers’ remains from field graves into the cemetery, which had begun within months of the battle, was less than half complete on the day of the ceremony.[60]

In an oft-repeated legend, Lincoln is said to have turned to his bodyguard Ward Hill Lamon and remarked that his speech, like a bad plow, “won’t scour”. According to Garry Wills, this statement has no basis in fact and largely originates from the unreliable recollections of Lamon.[10] In Garry Wills’s view, “[Lincoln] had done what he wanted to do [at Gettysburg]”.

In a letter to Lincoln written the following day, Everett praised the President for his eloquent and concise speech, saying, “I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.”[61] Lincoln replied that he was glad to know the speech was not a “total failure”.[61]

Other public reaction to the speech was divided along partisan lines.[6] The Democratic-leaning Chicago Times observed, “The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat and dishwatery utterances of the man who has to be pointed out to intelligent foreigners as the President of the United States.”[62] In contrast, the Republican-leaning New York Times was complimentary and printed the speech.[56] In Massachusetts, the Springfield Republican also printed the entire speech, calling it “a perfect gem” that was “deep in feeling, compact in thought and expression, and tasteful and elegant in every word and comma”. The Republican predicted that Lincoln’s brief remarks would “repay further study as the model speech”.[63] On the sesquicentennial of the address, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, formerly the Patriot & Union, retracted its original reaction (“silly remarks” deserving “the veil of oblivion”) stating: “Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives. … the Patriot & Union failed to recognize [the speech’s] momentous importance, timeless eloquence, and lasting significance. The Patriot-News regrets the error.”[64][65]

Foreign newspapers also criticized Lincoln’s remarks. The Times of London commented: “The ceremony [at Gettysburg] was rendered ludicrous by some of the luckless sallies of that poor President Lincoln.”[66]

Congressman Joseph A. Goulden, then an eighteen-year-old school teacher, was present and heard the speech. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the war, and later had a successful career in insurance in Pennsylvania and New York City before entering Congress as a Democrat. In his later life, Goulden was often asked about the speech, since the passage of time made him one of a dwindling number of individuals who had been present for it. He commented on the event and Lincoln’s speech in favorable terms, naming Lincoln’s address as one of the inspirations for him to enter military service. Goulden’s recollections included remarks to the House of Representatives in 1914.[67][68]

19 Nov

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

English Online International Newspapers

Nearly all of these are English-edition daily newspapers. These sites have interesting editorials and essays, and many have links to other good news sources. We try to limit this list to those sites which are regularly updated, reliable, with a high percentage of “up” time.


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United States

Air Force General John Hyten says ‘we’re not stupid people … if you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail’

Gen John Hyten says an order from Donald Trump to launch nuclear weapons can be refused.

Gen John Hyten says an order from Donald Trump to launch nuclear weapons can be refused. Photograph: Nati Harnik/AP

The top US nuclear commander said on Saturday that he would resist President Donald Trump if he ordered an “illegal” launch of nuclear weapons.

Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the US Strategic Command (Stratcom), told an audience at the Halifax international security forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order.

“I think some people think we’re stupid,” Hyten said in response to a question about such a scenario. “We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?“

Hyten, who is responsible for overseeing the US nuclear arsenal, explained the process that would follow such a command.

As head of Stratcom “I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” he said in his remarks, retransmitted in a video posted on the forum’s Facebook page.

“And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say, ’Mr President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ’What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”

Hyten said running through scenarios of how to react in the event of an illegal order was standard practice, and added: “If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hyten’s remarks.

They came after questions by US senators, including Democrats and Trump’s fellow Republicans, about Trump’s authority to wage war, use nuclear weapons and enter into or end international agreements, amid concern tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs could lead to hostilities.

Trump has traded insults and threats with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and threatened in his first United Nations address to “totally destroy” the country of 26 million people if it threatened the US.

Some senators want legislation to alter the nuclear authority of the US president and a Senate committee on Tuesday held the first congressional hearing in more than four decades on the president’s authority to launch a nuclear strike.

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The visualization shows spring coming earlier and the Arctic ice caps receding over time

A Nasa oceanographer explains how the US space agency successfully captured 20 years of changing seasons to form a striking new global map. The projection of the Earth and its biosphere is derived from two decades of satellite data from September 1997 to September 2017

Nasa has captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of planet Earth?.

The data visualization, released this week, shows Earth’s fluctuations as seen from space.

The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons. The varying ocean shades of blue, green, red and purple depict the abundance – or lack – of undersea life.

“It’s like watching the Earth breathe. It’s really remarkable,” said Nasa oceanographer Jeremy Werdell, who took part in the project.

Two decades – from September 1997 to this past September – are crunched into two and a half minutes of viewing.

Werdell said the visualization shows spring coming earlier and autumn lasting longer in the Northern Hemisphere. Also noticeable to him is the Arctic ice caps receding over time – and, though less obvious, the Antarctic, too.

?In the oceans, Werdell was struck by “this hugely productive bloom of biology” that exploded in the Pacific along the equator from 1997 to 1998 – when a water-warming El Nino merged into cooling La Nina. This algae bloom is evident by a line of bright green.

In considerably smaller Lake Erie, more and more contaminating algae blooms are apparent, appearing red and yellow.

All this data can provide resources for policymakers as well as commercial fishermen and many others, according to Werdell.

Programmer Alex Kekesi of Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland said it took three months to complete the visualization, using satellite imagery.

The visualization will continually change, officials said, as computer systems improve, new remote-sensing satellites are launched and more observations are made.

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Poll finds attitude to ban on military-style weapons has striking age divide

Experts say finding could be driven by video games such as Call of Duty

The previous national federal ban on assault weapons lapsed more than a decade ago, and Congress has not renewed it.

The previous national federal ban on assault weapons lapsed more than a decade ago, and Congress has not renewed it. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

Resistance to a ban on military-style assault weapons is strongest among millennials, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released this week. It’s a finding that experts said might be driven by the popularity of first-person shooter video games such as Call of Duty and the increasing prominence of military-style guns in the consumer market.

A large majority of Americans say they support a ban on the sale of assault weapons, a category of politically controversial guns that includes the AR-15-style rifles that have become the weapon of choice for mass shooters.

The previous national federal ban on assault weapons lapsed more than a decade ago, and Congress has not renewed it. Military-style rifles, which play a prominent role in America’s most horrific mass shootings, are used in only a tiny fraction of America’s overall gun murders. Consumers legally own millions of AR-15 style rifles, which gun enthusiasts modify and adapt with different accessories.

Opposition to an assault weapon ban was strongest among Republicans and among self-identified registered voters 18-34, the poll found. Unlike older Americans, millennials were closely divided on their support for an assault weapon ban, with 49% supporting and 44% opposing a ban.

There was huge support for a return to banning the sale of assault weapons from voters over 50, with 70% support from over-50s and 77% support from over-65s.

None of the other gun control questions in the Quinnipiac Poll had such a striking age divide, said David Yamane, a sociologist at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, who studies the culture of legal gun ownership in America.

“There does seem to be something in particular about assault weapons, and it could be due to the normality of assault weapons for people who have come of age playing first-person shooter games like Call of Duty,” he said.

He has seen this trend in his own son, who picked up terms like “tactical reload” from video games, rather than direct exposure to firearms.

For younger Americans, “these are guns that, as long as they’ve been part of the gun culture, have been very common and fairly typical guns, and that’s less true with somebody who was, say, born in 1930,” said Dave Kopel, a gun rights advocate and firearms law expert at the Independence Institute in Colorado.

People who grew up with the gun culture of the 1950s might be more accustomed to brown wooden hunting-rifles, while younger gun owners may be more used to the black polymer rifles that are often categorized as “assault weapons”, Kopel said.

Because different Americans may have radically different conceptions of what an assault weapon is, the results of the survey on whether they should be banned should be judged with some skepticism, Yamane cautioned.

The National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearm industry’s trade association, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The federal assault weapon ban, originally passed in 1994, targeted the manufacture, possession and sale of certain military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, but allowed Americans to keep the guns and ammunition they already owned, including at least 1.5 million guns classified as assault weapons.

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Trans children are at high risk of self-harm and bullying. What they need is understanding and support; what they receive is vilification and ridicule

Daily Mail front page, 13 November 2017

Some children are transgender. You can accept them and love them for who they say they are or make their lives hell – those are the options.

I’ve been telling people I’m a girl, and would be happier if they would treat me like one, since I was four. My parents tried to force me – like many trans people – to be the gender they thought I should be, causing us years of unnecessary misery. You cannot “turn” a child trans any more than you can turn a child gay. Nor can you stop a child from being trans any more than you can force a child who is gay to grow up heterosexual. It doesn’t work like that. You can’t bully someone into being someone else, and why would you even want to? That’s why all professional psychological organisations, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the NHS condemn conversion therapy as dangerous and ineffective.

Growing up I got the message that to be trans was to be a pariah, a freak, a joke, insane, beyond contempt

But what if it’s just a phase, I hear you cry. Well, maybe it is. The only thing to do is let them work it out over time. If you listen to medical experts you will know that puberty blockers are reversible, and gender reassignment surgery is performed only on adults in the UK. So no harm is done by allowing children to express themselves however they feel happiest, in contrast to the very real harm done when parents try to suppress these expressions.

Yet religious extremists are invited on to morning television to argue that trans kids should be “helped” by forcing conversion therapy on them. The presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield did a superb job of holding them to account, but why are we hearing from people with such extreme views in the first place? Nor do I understand how these bigots can claim to care about gender-diverse kids, yet fail to mention how vulnerable they are without proper family and medical support.

Almost half of trans school pupils in the UK have attempted suicide. Not “thought about”. Attempted. One in nine of those pupils has received death threats. Eight out of 10 young trans people have self-harmed. Research by Stonewall reveals what numerous studies in UK and US have documented for years – these children are at risk and need all the support they can get.

Why is no one talking about this?

We need an urgent public debate on what is causing trans kids to feel so desperate, and who and what is causing it – things such as stigma, discrimination and lack of acceptance. Religious bigots and rightwing trolls don’t know what “help” these kids need, but I do. I’ve lived it.

I had to spend thousands of pounds removing facial hair. I funded that by having sex for money

I was bullied violently at school. Like many trans and gay kids, home wasn’t always much better. But being anti-bullying is apparently now part of some evil trans agenda – according to newspapers that don’t appear to employ a single trans journalist and fail to report on suicide stats for trans youth. Every day now there is an attack on us in the tabloid press. The Daily Mail, for instance, marked Anti-Bullying Week by bullying trans people with some good old-fashioned, front-page, manufactured outrage. The fuss? The Church of England says boys should be free to wear tiaras. As the Sun’s former managing editor Stig Abell – hardly a “loony lefty” – points out the “advice is sensible and uncontroversial (barely even newsworthy): children should be allowed freedom to play. Move on.”

Less rigid gender roles in society would have helped me growing up. If masculinity wasn’t so heavily policed, maybe I could have gone to school in, say, a tiara and the sky wouldn’t have fallen in. As it happens, I used to go to school in my sister’s tights. The reaction was so bad you’d be forgiven for thinking I’d killed someone. I was told it was “just a phase”, but if so it’s a bloody long one.

Family support would have helped. I don’t believe my father forced me to present as a boy because he is evil. He thought he was doing what was best for me. My parents loved me but they just didn’t know what to do with a child like me – because, for decades, journalists have failed to inform the public of the facts about trans people and chosen to recycle monstrous and inaccurate stereotypes about us instead.

A supportive school would have helped. I’m not saying I needed drag queens to give lessons on diversity – although that looks incredibly fun – but all schools should have a policy that explicitly protects kids from homophobic and transphobic bullying.

Mine didn’t, of course, because of section 28 of the Local Government Act, which banned the “promotion of homosexuality in schools”. In effect it silenced teachers, who were too afraid to even mention gay people. The Tories introduced it while kids like me were in our cots, following a moral panic about the imagined dangers gay rights posed to children, whipped up by the rightwing press. Sound familiar?

Evidence-based healthcare would have helped. Puberty blockers would have saved me from an unwanted male puberty, which I spent the next decade trying to undo with feminising procedures. I didn’t need testosterone pumping into my body for five years, causing me to grow facial hair, which I then had to spend thousands of pounds removing. And no, that isn’t covered by the NHS. I funded that by having sex for money.

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19 Nov

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties


The War Criminal and His Two Buddies


Former U.S. Presidents, from left, Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton greet spectators on the first tee before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The above picture makes me sick. It should make every decent human being sick. Why, one may ask? One reason follows.

We condemned children to death, some after many days of writhing in pain on bloodstained mats, without pain relievers. Some died quickly, wasted by missing arms and legs, crushed heads. As the fluids ran out of their bodies, they appeared like withered, spoiled fruits. They could have lived, certainly should have lived – and laughed and danced, and run and played- but instead they were brutally murdered. Yes, murdered!

The war ended for those children, but it has never ended for survivors who carry memories of them. Likewise, the effects of the U.S. bombings continue, immeasurably and indefensibly.

And the three play golf and have their picture taken. Bullshit!

The McGlynn


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This data is based on 51,544 database entries from the beginning of the war to 28 Feb 2017, and on monthly preliminary data from that date onwards. Preliminary data is shown in grey when applicable, and is based on approximate daily totals in the Recent Events section prior to full analysis. The full analysis extracts details such as the names or demographic details of individuals killed, the weapons that killed them and location amongst other details. The current range contains 36,537–38,380 deaths (20%–19%, a portion which may rise or fall over time) based on single-sourced reports.

Graphs are based on the higher number in our totals. Gaps in recording and reporting suggest that even our highest totals to date may be missing many civilian deaths from violence.

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BBC: Why some Germans look at Syrian refugees and see themselves

Christa Nolte as a baby with her mother and her brother – she still has the teddy bear

Between 1944 and 1947, an estimated 12 million ethnic Germans fled or were expelled from their homes. Overshadowed by the crimes of the Nazis, their stories have often received little international attention. But these days, as Bethany Bell reports from Germany, the new arrivals from Syria have awakened old memories about what it means to flee.

Christa Nolte carefully lifted a little book out of a box of family papers.

“This is what my grandmother, Anna, took with her when we fled,” she told me. “It was important for her to save it.”

It was a pocket-sized Lutheran hymnal, the Silesian Church’s Songbook.

It was a pocket-sized Lutheran hymnal, the Silesian Church’s Songbook.

Christa was a war baby, born in April 1943. Her family came from the town of Goldberg in Silesia, which back then was part of Germany. Today it’s in Poland………………….For many years, the fate of the ethnic Germans has been an uncomfortable topic – always overshadowed by Nazi atrocities, and repeatedly exploited by far-right groups.

“There are books about it, and we talk about it among ourselves,” Christa told me. “I don’t feel so badly affected. Children manage everywhere and in the end things didn’t go so badly for me in the West – although the local children called us names for years.”

But seeing Syrian refugees arrive in Germany today makes her think.

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Guard: Opinion The Observer view on Saudi Arabia, the US and Yemen

While Yemen starves, Trump moves ever close to its tormenter, the headstrong ruler of Saudi Arabia

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, is a young man in a hurry. So, too, is Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. Together, they make a dangerous combination. By all accounts, the two men have become firm friends, forging a strong bond melding youth and power. Kushner, 36, made his third visit to Saudi Arabia this year at the end of October. He reportedly talked late into the night with Salman, 32, at the latter’s desert ranch.

Shortly after the meeting, three things happened: Salman began a sweeping purge of wealthy royal rivals; he launched a silent coup in Lebanon; and the Saudi armed forces imposed an aid blockade on Yemeni ports, which (though now partly eased) threatens a humanitarian catastrophe. The White House, supportive of its Saudi friends, made no criticism. Trump tweeted support for the purge. Thanks in part to Kushner, his first foreign trip was to Riyadh, where he was feted by the autocratic regime. He feels a connection.

The strong links between Salman, the de facto Saudi ruler, and the influential Kushner, Trump’s personal overseas troubleshooter and Middle East envoy, are nevertheless a big worry for American diplomats and the Pentagon. Officials told the New York Times they were not briefed on the Salman-Kushner talks. Such secretiveness is apparently the norm. “Jared is a bit of a black hole. There is no sense of the positions he has advocated. We can only guess, based on what he has done and where he has been,” an official said. “The Saudis have been very careful to cultivate him and bring him along.”


Iraqi civilians flee through a destroyed house as Iraqi Special Forces move toward Islamic State militant positions in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, June 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)[/caption]

A boy with a head injury is treated at a field clinic after fleeing fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)[/caption]

NYT: Taliban Attack Checkpoints in Afghanistan, Killing 6 Police

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says the Taliban attacked three checkpoints in the western Farah province, killing six police.

Mohammad Naser Mehri, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says eight other police were wounded in the attack late Saturday. He says eight insurgents were killed and at least five others were wounded in the battle.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, seven insurgents were killed and two others wounded when a bomb exploded prematurely in the northern Kunduz province. Mahbobullah Sayedi, a district chief, says the fighters died while trying to plant the bomb on a road used by Afghan security forces.

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NYT: More Than 30 Rescued in Afghan Raid on Taliban Prison

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — Afghan and foreign special forces raided a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province on Sunday and rescued at least 30 people, according to army and provincial officials.

Those rescued in the raid in Helmand’s Nawzad district included four children under the age of 12 and two policemen, the officials said. Twenty of the people had been arrested by the Taliban in connection with helping the government or were family members of Afghan army and police.

The reasons for the jailing of six of those rescued was still being investigated, said Abdul Qadir Bahadurzai, a deputy spokesman for the army’s 215th Maiwand military corps.

The Taliban said in a statement that the people rescued were criminals accused of robbery, kidnapping, personal disputes and other crimes and were awaiting trial.

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NYT: Afghan Army Recruitment Dwindles as Taliban Threaten Families

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — Rahimullah served in the Afghan Army for two years, deployed to the bloody front lines of the southern province of Helmand. When he quit, it was not because of the combat: It was when the Taliban went after his family back home, telling them that if he didn’t leave the army there would be a fine of one Kalashnikov rifle, seven cartridge magazines and $1,000 — or worse.

“My father called me to say the Taliban are demanding this,” said Mr. Rahimullah, 30, who now lives back in the eastern province of Kunar with his family. “I left the army, and some other of my friends left, too. We didn’t have the money to pay them. We had joined the army from poverty.”

Such demands are another way that the Taliban have been able to keep pressure on the Afghan Army, which was already struggling with record casualties and attrition. As the insurgents have made inroads in eastern and northern Afghanistan — long the most important recruiting grounds for the army — they are directly threatening the military’s ability to replenish its dwindling ranks…………….The drop in recruitment is a major blow to a force that is suffering from drastic losses of men and territory. Some of the units struggled so much, losing men and equipment, that they had to be entirely rebuilt. The fighting has also laid bare the leadership woes of the Afghan forces, with many officers proving corrupt or inadequate to the new ways of fighting.

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US congress passes new bill regarding Pakistan and Haqqani network

The US congress has passed a new amended law regarding Pakistan and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network, it has been reported. According to the new bill passed by the Congress, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2018, Pakistan is obliged to work with the Afghan government and Washington for the elimination of the safe havens

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ISIS militants suffer casualties during clashes with Kunar residents

Militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group suffered casualties during clashes with the local residents in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. The 201st Silab Corps officials in the East said the clashes between ISIS militants and local residents broke out on Saturday in Suki district. The officials further added

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Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Sgt. 1st Class Hughton O. Brown, 43, of Brooklyn, New York died Nov. 14 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, as a result of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 306th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Brigade, Farmingdale, New York. The incident is under investigation.


DOD: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee M. Smith, 35, of Arlington, Texas, died Nov. 11 at Camp Taji, Iraq, due to injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. The incident is under investigation.


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Sgt. First Class Stephen B. Cribben, 33, of Simi Valley, California, died Nov. 4 in Logar Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations. He was assigned to 2d Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colorado. The incident is under investigation.


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims, 36, of Juneau, Alaska, died Oct. 27 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained when he was involved in a helicopter crash. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The incident is under investigation.

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Care for Veterans:

PTSD: National Center for PTSDPTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and FamiliesSee Help for Veterans with PTSD to learn how to enroll for VA health care and get an assessment.

All VA Medical Centers provide PTSD care, as well as many VA clinics.Some VA’s have programs specializing in PTSD treatment. Use the VA PTSD ProgramLocator to find a PTSD program.If you are a war Veteran, find a Vet Center to help with the transition from military to civilian life.

Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran.DoD’s Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) 24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and helps locate resources.

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18 Nov

I Survived The Holocaust Twin Experiments

Strongly recommend this video be viewed.

I Survived The Holocaust Twin Experiments


A few thoughts:
This woman is so strong, brave, empowering and most beautiful.

“I had two kidneys and one sister, so it was an easy choice” This was the line that really broke me. She had lost her older sisters, mother, father, without even saying goodbye. Later, she lost her twin as well. Despite all of this, she still has the power to forgive. She still has the power to talk about what happened. She went through something worse than hell but she still has the power to forgive.

She lost her whole family in a matter of minutes. She only had her twin sister after that. I can’t believe that there are people who believe that genocide did not happen!

If I ever meet a revisionist who said the holocaust didn’t happen I would do my damnedest to send such an ass to hell.
It must be horrific for holocaust survivors to see the Nazi flag waved about in modern day America, and it must be horrible for the veterans that risked their lives to defeat them

Please pause for a moment and think about Trump. Will there be in the future a YouTube video with an elderly Mexican or Muslim woman sitting down, saying almost the exact same things as the woman in this video, recalling her horror as well.

Think! Reflect! In the name of humanity IMPEACH!

The McGlynn



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