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News the “Liberal” Media Skipped for June 9, 2008

  News Wrap-up

News the “Liberal” Media skipped for June 9, 2008

This week’s wrap-up has nine stories that were passed over by the "liberal" media. Also we update the cell phone story with videos!


Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Benjamin Peake minimizes the sacrifices our troops make
United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Benjamin Peake, a conservative Republican appointee (Dec. 20, 2007), shows little respect for the service of America’s Iraq and Afghanistan veterans by trivializing concerns about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in troops returning from combat.  

Peake speaking on May 24, 2008, at the Disabled American Veterans’ 19th Annual Department Convention in Fairbanks, Alaska along with Alaska Senator Ted Stevens questioned the prevalence of the condition among the returning troops.

“I worry about labeling all these kids coming back,” he said. “Just because someone might need a little counseling when they get back, doesn’t mean they need the PTSD label their whole lives.”


The following day at Quinhagak, Alaska he again expressed his sentiments that PTSD and TBI are inconsequential conditions. He equated most cases as the equivalent of what a high-school football player might have experience in getting his “bell rung.”


Bush: US ‘learning as we go’ in Iraq and Afghanistan
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 28, 2008) (AP) — President Bush said Wednesday that rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan is proving difficult as the wars rage on, and "we’re learning as we go."


General Electric remains skeptical of carbon dioxide role in driving climate change
General Electric in a May 28th, 2008 press release said, "C02 is a possible contributing factor to climate change."

General Electric’s multi-million dollar "Ecomagination" ad campaign paints the company as a concerned environmental steward but CEO Jeffrey Immelt admitted to Forbes magazine in 2005 that it is little more than a sales pitch.


NASA Inspector General Report Confirms Political Appointees Suppressed Climate Data
June 3, 2008 – A recently released report confirms criticism of the conservative Bush administration had their political appointees deliberately skewed, changed, and deleted scientific findings about the seriousness of global warming. NASA’s inspector general found that Bush’s political appointees changed the agency’s press releases for purely political reasons and they denied media access to NASA climate scientists.


Court forces release of climate report four-years past its due date
Four years past its mandated deadline the Bush administration released the "Scientific Assessment of the Effects of Global Change on the United States"

The report concludes droughts in the U.S. West and stronger hurricanes will likely result from hunam-induced global warming. The report was created to allow government agencies and Congress to have one document to refer to when making policy on climate change.


United States Has Lost Its Science Leader Position Says Top Scientists
NEW YORK, May 28, 2008 — After the conservative Republican Bush Administration seven-year assault on science, some of the nation’s leading scientists say “the United States has lost its edge as a leader in science education and research”

They “sharply criticized the diminished role of science in the United States and the shortage of federal funding for research, even as science becomes increasingly important to combating problems such as climate change and the global food shortage.”


Some U.S. Soldiers Launch Major Initiative To Convert Iraqi Muslims To Christianity
Some U.S. soldiers based in Iraq may have launched a major initiative of distributing Bibles and other fundamentalist Christian literature to thousands of Iraqi Muslims with the goal of converting them to Christianity. The proselytizing started soon after the U.S. invaded Iraq in March 2003.

“Such fundamentalist Christian proselytizing DIRECTLY violates General Order 1A, Part 2, Section J issued by General Tommy Franks on behalf of the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) back in December of 2000 which strictly prohibits ‘proselytizing of any religion, faith or practice,’ said Mikey Weinstein, a former Reagan administration White House counsel, former general counsel to presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, former Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG), and founder and president of the government watchdog agency The Military Religious Freedom Foundation.


Conservative Republican Bush Administration Refused to Sign Global Treaty Banning Cluster Bombs
More than 100 countries reached agreement Wednesday to ban cluster bombs with the exception of the United States, Russia, China, Israel, India and Pakistan.

Cluster bombs are munitions that eject a many smaller submunitions, “bomblets.” They are designed to cover a wide area. Many of the bomblets remain unexploded and a hazard to civilians long after a conflict has ended. Because the unexploded bomblets look like toys, children are often the victim of being maimed or killed by them.


News of Senator John McCain
June 9, 2008 – McCain pledges to send an unlimited number of U.S. troops to Iraq on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams


Update: Are Cell Phones Safe?
June 3, 2008 – Watch three videos on making popcorn with nothing more than your cellphones!


— Truthmonk


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