Archive for the ‘Politics Gone Right’ Category

Homeless veteran Jim Wolf has been suffering from alcoholism and poverty.  This video shows Dégagé Ministries giving Wolf a makeover. According to the video, the makeover has given Wolf the inspiration to turn his life around! Wolf is scheduled to have his own housing and is attending Alcoholics Anonymous (for the first time)!

About 13% of the homeless adult population are veterans.

Roughly 40% of homeless veterans are African-American or Hispanic.

About 1.4 million other veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dreary living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

 

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MedalHonor

Former Army captain, William Swenson received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Ganjgal Valley in 2009. Swenson is the sixth living receipt from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive this honor.

On September 8, 2009, Swenson braved enemy fire and retrieved the bodies of dead soldiers. Part of Swenson’s rescue efforts were recorded by a rescue pilot’s helmet camera. In the heat of battle, with bullets flying and dust blocking any clear vision of the surrounding situation, Swenson was seen helping Westbrook back to a helicopter, after being shot in the throat.

After placing him in the helicopter, Swenson bent down to kiss his forehead before running back to the battle to retrieve other fallen Americans and Afghan fighters.

“I was just trying to keep his spirits up. I wanted him to know it was going to be OK. And I wanted him to know that he had done his job, but it was time for him to go.”

Thank you, William Swenson for everything you did.

Also, thank you to all of our military men and women who are serving our countryStay safe.

R.I.P Army Spc. Douglas J. Green: You were a great friend and classmate and even a greater person. Thank you for everything. You are truly missed.

 

 

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It is the third week of the government shutdown and Congress can still not come up with an agreement. National parks have been closed, workers are still without their jobs, and people are still getting frustrated. However, yesterday morning, New York decided to reopen the Statue of Liberty after the state decided to pay for the reopening. The Statue of Liberty will cost New York $61,600 a day over the next several days from its tourism budget. 

“Just on the economics of the matter, it makes obvious sense for us to pay for the costs of operation, which pales in comparison to the amount of money we are now losing,” Cuomo said.

Since the government shutdown on October 1, 2013, Bill Rudin, the chairman of the Battery Conservancy, which operates the 25-acre park and ticketing center for ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, said that 400 jobs have been lost at the Statue of Liberty and surrounding parks.

Rudin estimated that there are about 10,000 daily visitors who pay $35, adding up to losses in the thousands of dollars during the closure.

Just like New York, Arizona and South Dakota struck similar deals to reopen the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore. Utah reopened their national parks as well and are paying for them.

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Goodbye Booze and Bullets

Concealed Carry Assault Weapons

Chicago is enforcing a new law that will ban guns anywhere that alcohol is served. Is this a good idea? Well, to some people the answer would be yes. However, to the National Rifle Association (NRA) the answer is no.

Guns are for hunting and defending ones self when being attacked in their own home. They’re for war and other types of defense. However, being at a bar does not mean you need a gun. Too many people, children and adults, have been getting their hands on guns and misusing them. Gun laws should be more strict and people should want that. If someone is breaking into your house, then yes you have the right to defend. If you are at war, then it is obvious guns are there. If you are at a bar or just randomly walking down the road, you should not have the right to have a gun. From school shootings starting in 1764 in Pennsylvania, to the Columbine shooting, to the Virginia Tech shooting, to the Sandy Hook shooting,  and to the Colorado movie theatre shooting; would this have happened if gun laws were more strict? Would this have happened if there were more things to be done to let people buy guns?

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Yes, people have a way of stealing guns, taking them from others who have them for their own self defense, but if we start somewhere small then maybe things like the shootings listed previously will never happen again. A family won’t have to hear about their loved ones being shot at. Families won’t have to hear about there loved ones being killed in a shooting. People are immature and irresponsible. The NRA can complain all they want about the gun laws and rights, about the second amendment, but I will never agree with them.