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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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“These parents sent their son to school with a bookbag, and he was returned to them in a body bag.”

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On January 11, Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old, was found dead in a rolled up gymnasium mat at Lowndes High School in South Georgia. Johnson was found upside down in the gym mat and his death was ruled an accident by “falling head first into an upright mat reaching for his shoe.” Trapped. Upside down. Suffocation. TRAGIC ACCIDENT, CASE CLOSED, NO FURTHER INVESTIGATION. Something just does not add up.

matThis is Kendrick Johnson in the rolled up mat at his high school. The center of the mat was 14 inches wide and Johnson’s shoulders are 19 inches wide. How does this make sense? How can someone accidentally slip their 19 inch wide shoulders into the 14 inch center of a mat!?

oldbloodstainBlood on the wall near where Johnson’s body was found in the mat, yet investigators said the blood was not his. However, why wasn’t it tested against other people’s DNA? If it wasn’t from the scene why hasn’t someone cleaned it up before? Would the school or a janitor really leave blood on the wall?

shoenotcollectedA second shoe that was found in the gymnasium that Johnson died in, was not collected as evidence. This is not Johnson’s shoe. Also, as you can see, there is a stain on the shoe, however, it was said that it was not blood, so it was not collected. They should have collected that shoe. Why was there a second shoe in the gym? Why was there blood on the wall? Why was the blood on the wall not tested when another shoe, that WAS NOT Kendrick’s, was found. 

So many questions and the school is withholding the footage from the FOUR VIDEO CAMERAS they have in the gym because “under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, anything that contains ‘personally identifiable information‘ concerning a student is considered a student record, including images and videos of students. Student records are protected under the act and are prohibited from being disclosed unless ordered by a court.” HOWEVER, these videos would prove whether Johnson was alone or if there was someone else around.

Johnson’s face was bloated with pooled blood, and some of the blood poured out of his body and drenched his dreadlocks and spilled onto the floor. Johnson’s jaw was also bruised, but nothing was done about that.

If all of this isn’t disturbing enough, the family had Kendrick Johnson’s body exhumed in May for a second autopsyWhat did the second autopsy find?

Dr. Anderson’s autopsy resulted in some very peculiar findings.  First of all, based on his experience in the field, he concluded that hemorrhaging on the right side of Kendrick’s neck was caused by blunt force trauma near his carotid artery and that the fatal blow appeared to be “non-accidental”. In other words, someone hit Kendrick on the right side of his neck with substantial blunt force which killed him.

FATAL BLOW. BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA. How did investigators or the coroner miss this the first time? Side note, the body of Kendrick Johnson was not taken to the coroner’s office for many, many hours.

Something more disturbing

When Dr. Anderson opened up the teen’s remains to, shall we say, take a second look, the brain, heart, lungs, liver and other viscera were missing.Every organ from the pelvis to the skull was gone. Instead of the organs, Dr, Anderson found old newspapers and department store circulars.

Johnson’s family and legal team believe the differences between the first and second autopsies point to a mishandling of the case. Crump claimed that investigators with the Sheriff’s Office and the GBI failed to collect and examine evidence from the scene of Johnson’s death that could have contained trace evidence, including DNA.

“We think it is, at best, total incompetence and, at worst, an attempt to bury the truth,” said Crump

When GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang spoke with CNN, she told a “whopper”. She stated that after the autopsy,

“The organs were placed in Johnson’s body, the body was closed, then the body was released to the funeral home.

In a letter to the Johnson’s’ attorney, the funeral company’s owner Antonio Harrington said his firm never received the teen’s organs. In what could be another “whopper”, Harrington wrote that the organs:

“(W)ere destroyed through natural process” due to the position of Kendrick Johnson’s body when he died, and “discarded by the prosector before the body was sent back to Valdosta.” The prosector is the technician who dissects the body for pathological examination.

This family needs justice. All of this new evidence is pointing in the direction of a murder and someone is trying to cover up the truth. THE TRUTH. THIS IS THE SHERIFF’S JOB. THE SCHOOL IS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT THEIR STUDENTS. Why don’t they want the justice for Kendrick Johnson? The most bullshit comment anyone could make

“I’m terribly sorry for the family,” Watson said. “But I don’t think raising all this Cain down here is going to bring closure to them.”

If it was not going to bring “closure” to the family then they wouldn’t be doing this. They have EVERY RIGHT to know what happened to their son! If someone murdered their son, I am sure it would bring CLOSURE TO THE FAMILY knowing that whoever did it would get punished, they would be in JAIL; JUSTICE WOULD BE SERVED. Help Kendrick and his family get justice. Don’t let Georgia hide evidence. Don’t let them hide a murder case. This was NO ACCIDENT.

Bullying causes a gay teen to commit suicide; Careless driving causes a father to get hit and killed when walking to raise awareness about his son.

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A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY committed SUICIDE after being BULLIED at school for being GAY. Jadin Bell died in February after hanging himself in the school yard. There was no suicide note, however, Jadin’s father, Joe Bell, said

Jadin was bullied relentlessly for being gay, both in school and online.

Joe Bell wanted to start educating the country about the lasting effects of bullying and started his mission called “Joe’s Walk for Change.” The walk started in late April in La Grande, Oregon and Bell was planning on making a U-shape from La Grande all the way down to Dallas, Texas, and all the way back up to Delaware or New York.

On Wednesday, Bell was planning on being picked up at 6pm wherever he was, to go talk to Hugo United Methodist Church, in Colorado. Unfortunately, on Bell’s walking journey he was killed by a semi-truck. The truck driver was charged with reckless driving and the police assume he may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.

This tragedy truly raises the awareness and hopefully will open YOUR eyes to what effects bullying really has on someone. Gay and lesbian teens are two to three times more likely to commit teen suicide than other youths. About 30% of all COMPLETED suicides have been related to sexual identity crisis. 9 OUT OF 10 LGBT TEENS HAVE REPORTED BEING BULLIED AT SCHOOL WITHIN THE PAST YEAR BECAUSE OF THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

 

People are mean, however, schools and states need to start being more strict about bullying. CHILDREN, TEENS, and ADULTS are KILLING THEMSELVES because other people are BULLYING them. Jokes about race, gender, sexual orientation, hair, what clothes you wear, RIDICULOUS things that shouldn’t even matter to someone else. It’s not their business. There is no federal law that specifically applies to bullying. In some cases, when bullying is based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion, bullying overlaps with harassment and schools are legally obligated to address it.

I am a huge Washington Redskins fan. I know, they have their ups and downs when they play, but I am a true, dedicated FAN. I would hate to see them change the name of this team.

redskins1Oneida Indian Nation held a symposium in town to discuss their campaign to find a new name for the Washington Redskins after 80 years.This tribe views the name and mascot of the Washington Redskins as a racial slur and say that it has an ugly history and tradition.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has steadfastly refused to consider it, telling USA Today last spring that he will “NEVER” change his team’s name, even if they lose an ongoing federal trademark lawsuit that would stop the NFL team from exclusively profiting from the Redskins name.

The NFL confirmed on Monday, that they will meet with the Oneida Indian Nation leaders to talk about their concerns with the name and mascot of the Washington Redskins.

But Redskins attorney Lanny Davis said Halbritter is being “selective in his outrage,” citing other teams named after Native Americans who are not targeted in the “Change the Mascot” campaign.

“Why is he not protesting the Atlanta Braves Tomahawk Chop, or President Obama’s hometown Chicago Blackhawks?” Davis said.

President Obama is open to the name change of the Redskins….

It is a name, and if they find it offensive, don’t support the Redskins. However, here is the history of the Washington Redskins name:

  1. Boston Braves (1932)
  2. Boston Redskins (1933–1936)
  3. Washington Redskins (1937–present)

 

The overdose was not on accident…

How does a 4-year-old boy overdose on heroin, exactly? Well, the parents of the boy, Eric Emil Lehtinen and Saradia Lehtinen were getting a divorce. The day the divorce was supposed to be finalized, Mrs. Lehtinen found her son and husband in a bed, passed out, not responding. The mother saw a syringe on her sons chest and called 911.

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Mr. Lehtinen, who is 37-years-old, is being charged with attempted first-degree murder. The son is at Children’s Hospital, yet they don’t know if he will recover or if he’ll have long-term effects or damage after his father TRIED KILLING HIM.

After the initial toxicology, Children’s Hospital found: heroin, ketamine, morphine, codeine, and other drugs in the boys blood system. Mr. Lehtinen kept on pushing for more time, yet the papers were going to be finalized on September 24, the day of the overdoses.

A search warrant executed at Eric Lehtinen’s home revealed seven syringes containing liquid believed to be illegal drugs inside the bedroom where the incident occurred, police said in court documents. Additionally, investigators say they found three used syringes in the bedroom, a burnt spoon with residue, multiple scales and $12,620 in cash.

How messed up do you have to be to inject your 4-year-old son with heroin?

I know Jimmy Kimmel is an actor and comedian and some people may not look at him as a “great news source,” but his idea of quizzing pedestrians about The Affordable Care Act and ObamaCare, was brilliant. It turned out that most people DISAGREED ObamaCare but AGREED with The Affordable Care Act. What they OBVIOUSLY don’t know is that….THEY’RE THE SAME THING! Clearly, a lot of people are uninformed about what is going on in the world. This, leaves me speechless.

Here are some responses from the pedestrians who were interviewed:

“I just think there’s a lot of holes in it and that it needs to be revamped. I just think it hasn’t been thought out,” one person says when asked why she doesn’t like Obamacare. When asked about the Affordable Care Act, she responds, “It’s better but I’m not happy with that, either.”

“Just the name says it all,” adds another man, who said he’d sign up for the Affordable Care Act but not Obamacare.

I am so glad the people who do not support ObamaCare, but support the Affordable Care Act are so informed. This is honestly pathetic.

recent CNBC poll found 46 percent of respondents said they are opposed to Obamacare. But only 37 percent of the same people taking part in the poll say they oppose the Affordable Care Act.

 

We all know that the government got shut down today and that over 800,000 employees are not working now. The shutdown and employees not working could cost the economy $1 billion, A WEEK.

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During the shutdown there is no visiting national museums, no watching the panda cam from the National Zoo, and no camping in national parks. What is the upside to this? D.C. businesses are OFFERING FREEBIES to government employees who show their government identification!

If a federal shutdown happens, @DCReynoldsBar will offer BUY 1 GET 1 FREE DRINKS for EVERYONE from 11am-9pm every day of shutdown @WTOP

That is right-present your Gov’t ID at our opening on Thursday for 3 free empanadas with any purchase. #havanaheat. pic.twitter.com/jWQWoY6wvy

In case of a government shutdown, NMWA will be open as usual, but offering free admission to federal employees—bring your IDs!

THANK GOODNESS WE HAVE SOME CONSIDERATE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD.

According to a CNN/ORC poll, 68% of Americans think shutting down the government for even a few days is a bad idea, while 27% think it’s a good idea.

And it appears most Americans would blame congressional Republicans for a shutdown: Sixty-nine percent said they agreed with the statement that the party’s elected officials were acting like “spoiled children.”

Now…for us, it’s just a waiting game. But, HEY, FURLOUGHED WORKERS, GO OUT AND ENJOY THOSE FREEBIES.

….Not as fun as it sounds though.

Amendment 54-46: Just hours to go before a shutdown

The last government shut down was in November of 1995. When the government shut down in 1995, they still got paid afterwards. However, since there are a lot more people who work for the government, the employees who do not continue to work during the shut down, definitely won’t get paid. Postal service, military, and police officers will still work if the government gets shut down and will get paid in “IOUs.”

“You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway, where just because there’s a law there that you don’t like,” the president said.

They may think shutting down the government is a good idea…but it will still cost money to reopen it as well!

 

 

 

Here is an interesting article about medical students receiving credit for editing Wikipedia pages about diseases.

“We as a profession have our corpus of knowledge, and we owe it as a profession to educate the lay public,” said Dr. Amin Azzam, a health sciences associate clinical professor at the U.C.S.F. School of Medicine.

Wouldn’t it be great to actually look something up on Wikipedia and know that it is true?

While much of Wikipedia’s information is correct, some is not. And sometimes people lie or are “vicious.”

 

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