Monday, October 10, 2011

Iraq War soldier to be buried tomorrow

Winston Skinner (Newnan Times-Herald) reports, "Five years ago, Adrian G. Mills was a senior at Northgate High School and an active member of the JROTC unit there. On Tuesday, a funeral will be held in Newnan for the 23-year-old who was killed Sept. 29 while on active military duty in Kirkuk, Iraq." Skinner notes visitation continues today at McKoon Funeral Home from ten in the morning until one p.m. and that the funeral is tomorrow at eleven a.m. Ben Nelms (Citizen) adds, "The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of McKoon Funeral Home located at 38 Jackson Street in Newnan. The burial will follow later in the day at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton." David Ibata (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) notes:

A student when Northgate's ROTC was being started, Spc. Mills was the first to be involved in the school's color guard and its Saber Team special events squad. "We didn't even have uniforms yet -- nothing more than an Air Force T-shirt -- and he was doing our first color guards at football games," Master Sgt. Wolfe said.

Turning to wounded veterans, Gregg Zoroya (USA Today) reports US House Rep Jim Moran is bothered by the House decision to slash funds for research eye traumas "from $4 million in 2011 to $3.2 million in 2012" while Senator Dan Inouye notes that there are "many research areas in need of funding" when it comes to wounded soldiers. (Zoroya notes Inouye "lost his right arm in combat" during WWII.) Approximately 50,000 veterans of the current war are effected by eye trauma. By contrast, as many as 500,000 experience hearing issues. That's not to say that eye issues aren't important but if the figures are correct, that's an $800,000 reduction -- not a permanent reduction, supposedly, just until the economy is better (if that ever happens). Point being, if everyone's making cuts, then everyone's making cuts. Jim Moran is a strong member of Congress and could certainly help with the vision issue by holding a hearing on various research projects currently ongoing in that field. The Congress has done that twice since 2006. It hasn't done once this year or last year.

Bonnie notes that Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The Education President" went up yesterday. . On this week's Law and Disorder Radio -- a weekly hour long program that airs Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. EST on WBAI and around the country throughout the week and is hosted by attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights), topics explored include terrorism with Saul Landau and a report from Occupy Wall St. by Heidi and producer Geoff Brady. And we'll close with this from Cindy Sheehan's "Partisan Politics is Off the Table" -- in the excerpt she's remembering when Nancy Pelosi called her and asked that they meet:

Anyway, she called me to express her support and invite me to meet with her when I arrived in DC. I visited many, many Congress people when I arrived in DC, and most of the Democrats I met with, including Pelosi, told me: “Cindy, you help us take back the House an we’ll help you end the wars.” So, I thought that was a great deal and the movement worked hard to “take back the House.”
Consequently, with, the Democrats proceeded to exploit the energy the Camp Casey movement to regain the majority. Pelosi became Speaker and one of the first things the new Democratic Majority did with their toadies in supporting them, approved the supplemental funding to continue and expand the wars while NOT holding the Bush Crime Family accountable.
So, I went back to Congress and basically asked the Democrat Members, “what the hell?” I was told, “Cindy, we need MORE Democrats.” That’s when I left the party.

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