The Wounded Warrior Project


 

 

For a pacifist, dealing with the concept of soldiers is difficult. When I was young  and protesting the Vietnam War, I learned that though I object to war it is not the fault of the soldiers. We abandoned the Vietnam soldiers when they came home. We didn’t get what they had gone through and that they were doing the best they could in the circumstances. When Bush Sr. began the Gulf War, I sat on the floor in front of the TV crying. I was crying for all of the innocent people who would be victims of this war. I cried about all sons and daughters who would give their lives. All the parents who would be devastated.

 

Now, I see our children coming home and I see the damage that has been done to them. I can’t think about the purpose of these wars. I now know that we have to take care of the injured. The innocent citizens and our children. Today, the Wounded Warrior Project is a wonderful way for us to help the young people who are coming home damaged in body and mind. I don’t think about what happened but what they are dealing with now back at home.

 

One of my dearest friends’ sons did two tours in Iraq. I was freaked of course. He was shot and the Army called and told his parents, but also mentioned they didn’t know where he was.  I am sure every parent would understand  their emotions at this news. I contacted a university professor I am good friends with and she contacted a Colonel she knew. He explained that they probably knew but weren’t saying. In reality, he spent days at the Iraqi airport. He was then sent to Germany for surgery. He is home now and is doing well, but will not talk about what happened to him.

 

So keep an open mind and heart towards all the young people as they come home. We sent them away after teaching them how to kill. Now we are asking these young men and women to come home and pick up their lives as workers, husbands, wives, parents as if nothing had happened to them in the middle years. Our young people are damaged and they need to know they are appreciated, They need to know that we are here for them. And that America is willing to help them heal and that their healing is important to us. You can help with the Wounded Warrior Project if you want to. You can help someone’s son or daughter heal physically and mentally.

 

 

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Activist Prepares for Hunger Strike to Combat Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings in California


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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

On May 13, 2014 A California Professor James Cosner will go on a hunger strike “to his death,” according to Cosner and Organizers (CAMPAIGN 4 JUSTICE) as a method of civil disobedience against the State of California in a battle for cause. Cosner’s desire is to bring national attention to the growing stream of violent deaths of many mostly young men (citizens)-the reason given-is the incredibly tragic way many have died (resulting at hands of Police) or better know as “Police Brutality.

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Although he (Cosner) has not fallen victim to directly to Police Brutality, Cosner though his long-term Social Activismhas dedicated his life to the rescinding of unethical social and economic aspects of the Criminal Justice policies in California and abroad. Additionally, Cosner has had dealings with law enforcement, which is not unusual and usually…

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The Holiday of Passover Part 2


Gratitude is a big part of Judaism and many other spiritual paths. The greatest story is the story of Moses. To save his life his mother and sister who had named this Jewish baby, put him into a tightly woven basket and floated it in the river. They prayed to G-d to keep him safe. The Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket and looked inside. She looked inside an found an infant, she knew is was a Jewish baby. She took him home to the palace and raised his as her son, naming him Moses. From the water I drew him. The Jews to this day have never changed his name back to his given name. For eternity the Jewish people show Adonai their gratitude for the life of Moses.

 

The evil of those who sought to destroy the Jews and made slaves of them must be remembered as well as recalling the kindness of those who intervened to deliver the Jewish people from slavery. Gratitude is so important, it’s meant to be eternal.

 

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”   —Cicero

 

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”   —Melody Beattie

 

 

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The Jewish people believe in family and  gratitude and education. Every Jewish child grows up knowing he/she must get a good education.

 

“I dreamt I stood in a studio

And watched two sculptors there.

 

The clay they used was a young child’s mind

And they fashioned it with care.

 

One was a teacher–the tools he used

Were books, music, and art.

 

The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand

And a gentle loving heart.

 

Day after day, the teacher toiled

With touch that was deft and sure.

 

While the parent labored by his side

And polished and smoothed it o’er.

 

And when at last, their task was done

They were proud of what they’d wrought.

 

For the things they had molded into the child

Could neither be sold nor boutht.

 

And each agreed they would have failed

If each had worked alome.

For behind the teacher stood the school

And behind the parent stood the home.”   —Author unknown

 

 

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A Passover blessing

 

 

“I doubt anyone will ever see-anywhere—a memorial to a pessimist.”   —Unknown

 

“Pessimism is a luxury that a Jew can never allow himself.”   —Golda Meir

 

The Jewish people have a tradition in many families to light not just two candles but an additional candle for every child in the family as well.  Parents explain to their children that every one of them brought extra light to their home when they came into their lives. The light of a candle, the sages teach, is a symbol of the soul.

 

“Rather light candles than curse the darkness.”   —Adlai E. Stevenson

 

“if a drop if ink fell at the same time on your book and on your coat, clean first the book and then the garment.”   —Talmud

 

” If you drop gold and books, pick up first the books and then the gold.”   —Talmud

 

” Jews are the People of the Book.”   —Mohammed, the Koran

 

 

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An Angel’s envy

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Originally posted on Perspectives on life, universe and everything:

Looking at your dwellings
Houses and farms
Mind wonders
About the lives you live
Full of hope
Amazing skills
Then we come around
Good or bad news
Changing your views
Amending your fate
Habits you hate
Make you believe
Or devoid of faith
Bed of flowers
Mourning wreath
We live eternity
You, a moment or two
Still, that much happiness?
May we have it too!!

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Ukraine crisis takes a troubling turn


Originally posted on Anderson Cooper 360:

Secretary of State John Kerry was in Geneva today for a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart. They issued a joint statement calling for a de-escalation of tensions. It comes as a leaflet distributed outside a Ukrainian synagogue orders Jews to register with the government. Nick Paton Walsh has the latest from Donetsk, Ukraine.

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Facebook Promote The Oldest Anti-Jewish Libel: Eric Lee


Originally posted on Engage:

This is a cross-post by Eric Lee

I learned this morning that Facebook has a page devoted to “Jewish ritual murder” which I found hard to believe — so I checked and found it’s true.

So, as one does, I used Facebook’s complaint procedure to formally report harassment.  After all, I do feel harassed — as a Jew and a human being — by people promoting vile anti-Jewish propaganda.

It took Facebook 32 minutes to respond, which is great.

Good to see that they care about racism and antisemitism and are as keen as I am to … wait a minute … here’s a screenshot of their response:

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Just in case you can’t read that, here’s the essence of it:

You reported Jewish ritual murder for harassment.
Status    This page wasn’t removed
Details 
Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our…

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Facebook Promote The Oldest Anti-Jewish Libel: Eric Lee


Originally posted on Engage:

This is a cross-post by Eric Lee

I learned this morning that Facebook has a page devoted to “Jewish ritual murder” which I found hard to believe — so I checked and found it’s true.

So, as one does, I used Facebook’s complaint procedure to formally report harassment.  After all, I do feel harassed — as a Jew and a human being — by people promoting vile anti-Jewish propaganda.

It took Facebook 32 minutes to respond, which is great.

Good to see that they care about racism and antisemitism and are as keen as I am to … wait a minute … here’s a screenshot of their response:

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 10

Just in case you can’t read that, here’s the essence of it:

You reported Jewish ritual murder for harassment.
Status    This page wasn’t removed
Details 
Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our…

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Leaflet tells Jews to register in East Ukraine


Originally posted on shaunynews:

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Not again! Please

This is all too familiar isn’t it? And it cost’s £50 to register, by force, this scares me, this happened before very slowly. IF you know history, you will see and feel the actions that were taken pre-WWII almost ghost those of today, they are the damn same. I got mocked by some Idiot called “T” over this, the fool can hardly tie his laces. History repeats and we do not notice, only the educated can and will see WWIII is coming, these events happened pre-WWII. If you think I am wrong, prove me wrong. I know WWII inside out, this is how it started, do you know this? Or is Shaun making up stories and placing them on 200 websites again?

WAKE UP, PLEASE!! This is just the start! 

World leaders and Jewish groups condemned a leaflet handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city of…

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Amanda Todd’s mom: ‘This is truly a day that we’ve been waiting for’

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Originally posted on Global News:

VANCOUVER – Amanda Todd’s mother, Carol, fought back tears and wiped her eyes through a news conference Thursday afternoon about a man being arrested in connection with the online bullying of Amanda Todd.

It was revealed on Thursday that a 35-year-old man living in the Netherlands was arrested in January. Five charges have now been laid against him by BC Crown Counsel, including one count of Internet luring and one count of possession of child pornography, among others.

“This is truly a day that we’ve been waiting for,” said Carol Todd. “I always knew deep in my heart that what my daughter told was the truth.”

The man, who RCMP have not named to protect the integrity of the Dutch investigation, reportedly pressured his victims, including Amanda, to perform sexual acts on webcam and recorded the images.

Insp. Paulette Friell, with the Coquitlam RCMP, said an investigation was launched in December…

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