Betrayed is an article in the newest issue of The American Legion Magazine. Quick summary of the story: In 1888 a U.S. Senator, and a L.A. Business man donated nearly 400 acres of land to the government with the requirement that it be used to “permanently maintain a national home for disabled volunteer soldiers.”
Now, there is a small rest home for geriatric veterans that stopped accepting new residents in the ‘60’s and the rest of the land is leased to various organizations all for the profit of the V.A.
Some might wonder when the rest of the government is going to step in and fix the problems with the V.A. I would argue that the V.A. being an office of the government is a direct reflection on the inner workings of the entire government. The system is broken from the top down. Each and every branch and office of the government operates exactly like V.A. When someone is caught breaking the law, even if it costs someone their life, they are not punished, prosecuted or held to account for what they have done. Instead the congress and maybe the justice department will hold hearings and conduct investigations. After a few months, public interest will fade. Maybe a new procedure will be put in place, and the same criminals will go on doing the same job only with a pay raise, a bigger office and more staff members to “help ensure the errors of the past are not repeated”.
It’s heartbreaking, and I don’t know how to fix it! Our government does whatever they want, and when things get so bad that American veterans die due to their negligence…. Nothing changes!
- First appearance of the character John Constantine: Swamp Thing #37 (1985)
- First issue of Hellblazer, comic starring John Constantine: January 1988
- Release date of the movie Constantine: February 18, 2005
- First episode of Supernatural: September 13, 2005
Just so we’re all clear.
national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality)
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Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site)
222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135
Jackson, Thomas Police Chief - firstname.lastname@example.org (314) 524-5269
Henke, Rick Captain - email@example.com (314) 524-5272
McBride, Dennis Captain - firstname.lastname@example.org (314) 522-3100
DeCarli, Dan Captain - email@example.com (314) 522-3811
Nabzdyk, Ray Lieutenant - firstname.lastname@example.org (314) 524-5277
Zoll, Timothy Business Liaison Officer/ Neighborhood Watch - email@example.com (314) 522-3100 (x.5533 or 5108)
We’re all familiar with the sexy-armor problem, right? You play a game or watch a show or flip through some art, and if there’s a lady in armor, it’s like the least useful suit of protective gear ever conceived of.
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I know everyone is really sad right now so have a video of my three legged dog trying to catch water
It’s really a sad day today with Robin Williams’ death as he was such an astounding person that touched a lot of lives. I was fortunate enough to meet him in person and get to spend some time around that wonder, cheerful, animated man as he enthralled a group of us soldiers and rocked my world when I found out what a hilariously raunchy comedian he was. I never looked at Genie the same way again.
It was 2003 and I was a nineteen year old soldier stationed in Kuwait during the first round of the Iraq war and was quite frankly, a sheltered young thing. Being thrust into the middle of a war zone was… interesting (terrifying). I was part of a Military Police detachment tasked out to help with security when the USO show came through our camp and Robin Williams was part of it. I don’t think people realize how awesome USO shows are for soldiers. It’s a little slice of sorta-normality in the face of something kind of scary - at least for some of us. Definitely for me.
As well as bands and other comedians was Mr Robin Williams and I sat there and laughed at the side of the stage as he wow’ed us all. I can’t remember what was said or done that long ago, but it was fantastic. What I do remember was the DFAC ‘after party’. Kuwait was damn hot, Robin Williams was damn entertaining and my battle buddy was the farthest thing from shy you could imagine. The laughs continued as she buddied up with him and the two laughed and joked and she ended up spoon feeding him half-melted ice cream from a styrofoam bowl as we snapped photos and had a grand old time.
It changed the tone for the rest of the deployment and I was able to feel like I could relax without being blown up. Yeah, it was Kuwait… but we still faced a minimum of three or four SCUD attacks a day for the first week or so after the kickoff of the war.
Sitting here recounting this, my husband had to chime in with how he was in Kandahar in 2010, Robin Williams was part of the USO tour that came through the camp to entertain.
That man was a gift and I am terribly sad to see him go. Anybody who can walk into a warzone and for a little while make you forget you’re out there… well, that’s a nice thing to have.
RIP Robin Williams, you will be sorely missed.
My little sewing buddy. Jenny has been parked in this corner for a while now so I guess I’m the one keeping her company and not the other way around.
This was recorded by the Portsmouth Sinfonia in an experiment where all the members of the orchestra would swap instruments with each other and attempt to play them to the best of their ability.
favorite things about this
- literally all the brass starts to get the hang of it and then the crescendos happen and everyone is like FUCK FUCK FUCK??? FUCK. JUST. BLOW RLY HARD.
- the strings are lazy but also the same. like u can tell a lot of the ppl w/ the stringed instruments may already basically know how to play stringed instruments. like there’s definitely a section at the beginning where you hear a good portion going “oh yeah this is like. a smaller/bigger version of what i do.”
- all you hear of any woodwinds is just “pffffttt??? pFFFTTTT???? PFFFFFTTTT I SAID PFFFFTTTT!!!!!” bc woodwinds are fucking HARD and you hear after like the first crescendo half of them just give up. they give up. they’re done. fuck this it tastes weird and my lips hurt.
- that trumpet. that person is fucking TRYING man they fucking GOT this. they may not have figured out notes but they figured out LOUD and they GOT this.
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