May 30, 2012 journal, our Christian lives must manifest Christ The Messiah in everyday we live. Let us strive to do our best to please God, to witness the gospel and too live by his commandments. The Christian life is full of glory as rewards if we endure to the end. The Christian life is to be lived all 24/7 without interruption. Of course if we fail we can repent and try again to do the job better. Christ does not tolerate lazy Christians. In him is the fullness of joy and peace even if the waters are troubled and Satan is in command. Veterans throwback their "cheapo" metals at the NATO meeting in Chicago saying their conscience was indoctrinated out of them by the military about killing people in the wars. "The transition from pride to shame was a common theme among the more than forty veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who publicly hurled their medals in the direction of the NATO summit in Chicago on Sunday as part of a reconciliation ceremony. One by one, they explained their decision, many des-cribing themselves as remaining proud to have served with what they considered courage, integrity and selflessness until a sense of unease about the missions' aims and tactics set in, making them now regard their participation in the wars as reprehensible, dishonorable and cause for remorse. Greg Miller, an infantryman who served in Iraq in 2009, said, "The military hands out cheap tokens like this to soldiers, to service members, in an attempt to fill the void where their conscience used to be before they indoctrinate it out of you. But that didn't work on me." Christopher May, a Mohawk on his head and tattoos on his arm, said, "I left the army as a conscientious objector. We were told that these medals represented democracy and justice and hope and change for the world ... These medals don't mean anything to me and they can have them back." Maggie Martin, an Army sergeant who served two tours of duty in Iraq, said, "No amount of medals, ribbons or flags can cover the amount of human suffering caused by these wars. We don't want this garbage. We want our human rights. We want our right to heal." Jason Hurd returned his medals "in solidarity with the people of Iraq and the people of Afghanistan. I am deeply sorry for the destruction that we have caused in those countries and around the globe. I am proud to stand on this stage with my fellow veterans and my Afghan sisters. These were lies and I'm giving them back." Steve Ashton returned his "for the children of Iraq and Afghanistan. May they be able to forgive us for what we've done to them, may we begin to heal and may we live in peace from here until eternity." Matt Howard, a Marine twice deployed to Iraq returned his "for all my brothers and sisters affected with traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder." Scott Olsen, who was nearly killed by riot police at Occupy Oakland last fall, held four medals in his hand. "These medals, once upon a time, made me feel good about what I was doing. They made me feel like I was doing the right thing. But I came back to reality and I don't want these any more." Then he threw them into the street. As the veterans marched away in formation, a group of protesters linked arms and, in a bloc, began chanting, "Shut down NATO," and proceeded slowly forward up to where the Chicago Police Department's (CPD) battalion stood. The CPD were all clad in armor and weaponry, so that they more resembled commandos occupying a war-torn country than officers of the law in a supposedly liberal American city. An elderly wwoman placed herself in front of the protesters and pled with them not to proceed. En masse, they decided to circumvent her. As they reached the police's front line, the officers began to put their weaponry to good use. All around me, chaos broke out. Police officers shouted at the protesters to move back, some police using their clubs for pushing, others swinging them ferociously, badly bloodying the heads of at least four people in my immediate vicinity. "Medic!" their comrades would shout and, by some miracle, word would get to ad hoc medics who were able to part the sea of tightly packed bodies and come to the rescue. A team of protesters formed a protective barrier around the elderly woman, who demanded to go up to the front line as a sanity check on the police, who ignored her and continued to shove and beat protesters. Some in the black bloc attempted to strike back, insofar as was possible, by throwing empty water bottles, flags and sign-posts into the police's ranks, projectiles which the CPD's state-of-the-art armor was more than sufficient to repel. One cop was allegedly stabbed in the leg, as Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy tearfully reported to the press. No official tears were shed, however, for the hundreds upon hundreds of nonviolent protesters who became caught up in the one-sided battle. Perhaps, members of the CPD will someday admit, as the veterans yesterday did, that their service conduct was in error. Perhaps, someday, they will regard their memories of bludgeoning dissidents' heads with remorse and object to the damage this weekend did to their consciences. Perhaps, they will even someday discard their honors and begin to question the righteousness of a heavily militarized police force's violent repression of dissent. But yesterday was not that day." Tremblingdave-This is the first time I have seen really good resources for an army that would represent the country I would like to live in - these brave soldiers could do more among themselves to protect America than all the rest of the uniformed killer maniacs that the Pentagon trains into inhuman. It was very moving seeing these veterans expressing their conscience, and throwing the medals far away from them, on Democracy Now this morning. That took courage, in these flag-waving times. Several of them mentioned the plight of Bradley Manning. He must not be forgotten. Hooker Jay-The bailed out economic terrorist elites and their purchased bagmen masquerading for politicians simply do not purchase police states unless they (1) speculate they're gonna need them and (2) have no shame whatsoever in deploying them. Take another long sobering look, America -- for every held nose and retarded vote these last 30 years, you helped enable and reward a system that has cribbed all of its nefarious policies from 88 episodes of "The Shield", and the result is an armed-like-the-IDF police force going all Vic Mackey on the great unwashed -- courtesy of President Aceveda and his hopey-changey moovsie-forwardsie Republican Guard ... After all, show me a President who chose to reward and shield all the crime, corruption, and malfeasance of the bankers and the previous Bush/Cheney regime from prosecution, and I'll show you a President who fully intended to embrace and embody their crime, corruption, and malfeasance in an effort to make it his own, eventually becoming synonymous with the fake and farcical persona he foists and projects before the lights and cameras. In the end, both the Obama Administration and the Karzai Administration have that one thing in common that they never intended to have in common: both governments are defined by their corruption. Nobody who deserved prosecution under Karzai's watch got prosecuted just like nobody who deserved prosecution under Obama's watch is getting prosecuted. Quite the opposite: they using their stroke and power in the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of convenient scapegoats to be hocked, pawned, and house-wiggered away, and thus taking the fall and paying the price for the crime, corruption, and malfeasance -- from Brad Manning to Lynndie England ... History shows that this has happened before ... in France ... Just before the citizens traded their protest signs for guillotines .. Dwight Thomas Powers-Right on IVAW. I once ( 1971) chucked my medals over the 'Nixon fence' at the Capitol Building along with my brothers from VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against The War. Our nation is proud of it's warriors and well they should be. Semper Fi my brothers and sisters! MarchMarine. CarolCrown-IVAW is a remarkable group of people who know first hand what our policies do to innocent people all over the world. LISTEN to them, please. As always I am wondering where the coverage of this remarkable, historical event was from MSM.... silly me. Frances in California-The "veteran" in the photo might be Graham Crumpler, who has been working extensively with returned PTSD vets to help them reconnect with their souls. He's my American hero! It's a wet and dry Memorial Day with the West on fire, storms in the Northeast and a hurricane on the east coast at Jacksonville. America is in shame for having gone off to war and brought back the dead bodies much like they did in fighting the Civil War with 672,000 dead bodies many of them were fresh Irishman fighting for the Union Army. My heart hurts with pain for everyone then and now. They are not hero's, they are unfortunate victims of the war minded Congress and iso0usu bloody Bank's. Memorial Day is on Monday the 28th of May and we are still in Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan and Mexico and maybe a dozen more killing fields in other countries with our new unmanned satellite guided predator drones killing people. It is the safest for the pilots 10,000 miles away but it is deadly for the victims' they are killing. On Memorial Day I remember most awful it use it is and pray for its discontinuation. God Almighty will judge this behavior and send them to hell the same as Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini and all the dreadful demonic Goliaths of the world past and present and future. Have A blessed moral of the day and read in gay-common sense for goodness sake in this country. Stop being used by alien forces. That is my opinion and advice. I am in sympathy with the wounded and dead soldiers but they did not go there as hero's. Many became heroes in battle some are still with us and some are gone. 60 Minutes aired a real hero that saved some of his buddies. He was decorated by the president with an award for bravery. The psycho hospitals are full of war veterans that cannot live with the memberies and for those I am also in sympathy. Many have taken their own lives by of the suicide Q to the unforgivable scars of war. I am saddened at the news of the death of a hundred people in Syria including 30 children killed by mortar charges from the Syrian army on a small town and this is wrongful action strongly rebuked by the president. However, this is identical to what we're doing to people with our satellite guided unmanned predator drones in many countries including now Mexico reportedly and eventually the United States will be subjected to to this inhumane treatment by the Antichrist occupiers. At least they are not killing by satellite. America is playing the hypocrite with a double standard for Syria and China and many other nations where at we are doing what we condemn them for doing the same thing. On the News With Thom Hartmann: More Than 31 Percent of All American Homeowners Are Underwater on Their Mortgages, and More In today's On the News segment: Europe is now drawing up plans for the departure of Greece from the euro zone, the housing crisis continues, the pharmaceutical industry is the single biggest defrauder of Americans taxpayers in history, and more. I have no desire to see what Hell is like, there is enough of that on earth already. His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor Mighty God Everlasting Father. 6-"Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5-8. This is the scripture most Protestant doctrine is hinged on in teaching that "to be absent from thebody is to be present with the Lord" but it really does not say that at all. It says we prefer. I heard the soul sleep doctrine first from Alan Campbell of Northern Ireland. There are a hundred different versions of Protestant doctrine but a majority believe this to be true. I believe the King James Version KJV is the most accurate of a hundred different translations of the Bible. Catholic Church members do not have the option in most cases. The apostle Paul says "We had rather be with the Lord" if we are absent from the body. If we spend our lives in frivolous things without taking our service to God seriously, where will we be in the judgment? 6"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9 Why jesus? William Rivers Pitt is a Truthout editor and columnist. He is also a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: "War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know," "The Greatest Sedition Is Silence" and "House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America's Ravaged Reputation." He lives and works in Boston. Drone Warfare: Killing Our Civil Liberties With a Joystick Ed Kinane, Truthout: "Drone warfare is cowardly. A technician jiggles a joystick. Seconds later, thousands of miles away, a Reaper drone robot airplane fires a Hellfire missile, maiming or dismembering unsuspecting, unarmed, often unidentified human beings. That technician, along with his or her chain of command, plays god - a god who takes no risk in taking those human lives."