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The 24/7 cable news channels (with a possible exception for one such network) are running a story about a Cincinnati, Ohio ‘landlord’. The building owner may have violated federal Fair Housing Laws and possibly violated other Civil Liberties laws. The landlord was found on the wrong side of equal opportunity laws for hanging a sign near a swimming pool that read “Whites Only”. Apparently, Ms. Jamie Hein feels that the equal rights commission’s ruling of ’guilt’ was wrong; she is appealing the ruling.
Details about the case ‘so’ remind of days long past. Even more tragic is how anyone in the nation could feel our world has changed such that it is acceptable to so blatantly practice racism and overt ‘PROPERTY OWNER” right to segregate people. (Caps for Congressmen Ron and Rand Paul). Regardless of your perception of the following details or my perception of the details, Hein is a racist. Her actions are no different from the ‘in-your-face’ (state’s rights) racism and discrimination of segregationist like Lester Maddox (Georgia) George Wallace (Alabama), J. P. Coleman (Mississippi), Luther Hodges (North Carolina), and Leroy Collins (Florida). She made the decision to restrict the interaction among people based solely on race or related issues that separate people based on race.
Times NEWS FEED…. (details from this past June)
The landlord, Jamie Hein, posted the sign on a fence near the pool when an African-American teen was visiting her parents, who were then living in a duplex owned by Hein. After seeing the “Public Swimming Pool, White Only” sign, the parents filed a discrimination charge with the state civil rights commission and moved out of the duplex to “avoid subjecting their family to further humiliating treatment,” the commission said in a release announcing its finding. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission determined that Hein, who is white, violated the Ohio Civil Rights Act by posting the sign at the pool.
Hein, however, disagrees. As reported by the Associated Press, she claimed that she only posted the sign to prevent the chemicals in the girl’s hair products from rendering the pool “cloudy.” Somehow the commission managed to see past that statement and concluded that the posting of such a sign “restricts the social interaction between Caucasians and African-Americans and reinforces discriminatory actions aimed at oppressing people of color.”
“It is clear that this decision of a complete pullout of United States troops from Iraq was dictated by politics, and not our national security interests,” said McCain from the Senate floor. “I believe history will judge this president’s leadership with the scorn and disdain it deserves.”
Seventy percent of Americans think otherwise. That’s the number who agree with the President on the troop withdrawal. But it’s a moot point anyway. Iraqis wanted the U.S. out of their country. Couple that with the 2008 agreement President Bush signed with Iraq which set the withdrawal date at December 31 2011 and there was little President Obama could have done even if he wanted to stay in Iraq for another “100 years”. (Remember McCain in the 2008 campaign stating how he’d have no problem keeping U.S. troops in for another 100 years?)
President Obama visited fort Bragg this week to president over the nation’s most historical and relevant event since his inauguration in 2009. He declared the war in Iraq, “over”. He gloriously and in a most presidential way, ’welcomed home our troops’ (from that war). Yet, there is a segment in the population who have taken their obstructionism to the point of disgust: many of our nation’s conservatives (politicians and war-mongering citizens).
The current wave of ‘hawkish’ diatribes from the likes of John McCain and Lindsey Graham speaks to the avid jingoistic foundation for many of the nation’s conservatives. The current cast of GOP presidential candidates include at least one or two ‘super war hawks’ who have spoken in open debate about their disdain for US troop withdrawal from Iraq. If you watch the GOP debates you are hearing resounding applause with mention of possible jingoistic actions against Iran. The audience seems chops-at-the-bit for another war. Yet, only their children will fight their war.
Both Fox News and certain news segments on CNN have included comment which rational thought and smacks misrepresentation of our past. The words flow along this line (Paraphrase), “Saddam was removed from power, democracy was established in the nation…” How can respectful people so misrepresent the war in Iraq. The removal of Saddam or establishing democracy in the nation were items taken before the United Nations for authorization of war. Such non-factual ’reverse rationalization’ by any media is pathetic. We were duped into the war by a commonly used conservative tactic called “fear”. WMD and a Saddam nuclear weapon was the rallying cry. a rallying cry delivered to the United nations by one of our greatest and most honored military leaders. Collin Powell was duped along with you and me.
McCain, speaking from the floor of the U.S. Senate, said Obama’s decision on a full withdrawal — with no residual force behind — was timed to the start of the 2012 presidential election, and leaves Iraq vulnerable to terrorists and to anti-U.S. neighbors like Iran.“I believe that history will judge this president’s leadership with the scorn and disdain it deserves,” McCain said.
A Reflection on the Erratic State of the GOP
Bush agreed to timeline for withdrawal from IraqIraq and U.S. agree that all U.S. forces will withdraw “no later than December 31, 2011.” On November 17, 2008, US and Iraqi officials signed a Security Agreement, often a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), stating that “All the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011.” The agreement also called for all U.S. combat forces to withdraw from Iraqi cities “no later than June 30, 2009.” [U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement,11/17/08]
Minimum total cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, according to the Brown University research project Costs of War. “Even small chunks” of that amount “could power many efforts at home,” says Robert Johnson at Business Insider.
Cost that figure boils down to per American
Average per capita income in the United States for twelve months,according to the U.S. Census Bureau
Amount, per month, on average, the efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq are costing the U.S., as of late April, according to Defense Department figures
Annual budget of the State Department
Cost of the shuttle mission in July. NASA could have launched the shuttle “six times for what the Pentagon to spend each month in those two wars,” says at Newspapers.
Annual air-conditioning costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to retired brigadier general Steven Anderson, a former chief for Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq
Amount the debt ceiling agreement calls for the Defense Department to cut over the next ten years
Additional cuts the Pentagon would face if the super committee deadlocks or fails to have its plan approved by Congress. Those cuts are part of a prearranged set of drastic spending cuts that would be automatically triggered if the committee fails to come up with a plan to cut the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion. “This kind of massive cut across the board, which would literally double the number of cuts that we’re confronting, would have devastating effects on our national defense,” says U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
U.S national debt
Number of U.S. military troops that have died in Afghanistan,according to the Associated Press
Number that have died in Iraq since the war began in 2003
Countries in which the U.S. has a military presence in 2007.More than 1,000 USMore than 100 USUse of military facilities