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Slaughtered in the Ukraine ]
Posted: jeyates @ February/26/2014 22:43
 

Historically various Russian Governments have slaughtered millions and millions in the Ukraine. All we can do is try raised the conciseness of American Citizens and our Friends around the Globe in the hope that international public opinion can thwart further blood shed.
Once the Olympics closes Putin likely will move against the Ukrainian protesters. At the vary least there is no way he will give up the Russian Naval Bases on the Black Sea cost.

The Ukrainians get it and deserve, at the very least, our public support.

 Odessa is beautiful and with a very different historical cultural from the Eastern, Russian dominated, Ukraine. Their cultural roots are the inspiration for the youth movement of today and the root of the protest. Their passion and their willingness to die for a more democratic government should be lauded.  Their western culture evolved from the Hapsburgs and hence the vast difference between they and the East, Russian inhabited, Ukraine.  And -- they have a hell of a lot more in common with the friendly, artistic Viennese than corrupt totalitarian Moscow. And they still believe that US democracy is to be emulated (Pity so many in our country are hell bent on destroying ours).

  Of course ours is not perfect.  But we are a lot more perfect than current governments in the Ukraine, Russia or Argentina where protesters, still view our form of government, naively perhaps, as a panacea.

The Ukrainians get it.  All change comes at a price -- and with disappointment and ongoing struggle. 

 

The following is a dialog between a friend in Odessa and me.  Her web site went Black after her January 30, 2014 message.

Me

January 22

Inna How are you and your family? Our News is reporting a lot of unrest in the Ukraine. Best wishes and regards, Jer

January 22

 1/22, 4:14pm

Inna (redacted)

Hello, Jer, Thank you, I and my family are well. In our city situation is relatively quiet. But, yes, in my country for two last months it's confrontation people and government. I support and worry about all those people who are protesting against the government. Because our government is really criminals in power. And many, many people worry, all who are not indifferent to the fate of the country. We do not know how this will end, but really is fear for the future. Today unfortunately already there are people, who are died in Kiev, they was killed..

Thank you again, Jer, my sincere thanks for your friendly concern and for your wishes. My best, best wishes for you and your family. Sincerely, Inna

 January 23

 

1/23, 12:04am

Me

Inna My Hopes and payers for you and the good citizens of Ukraine get a much better Government and peaceful life. We have our problems here but not the nearly the trauma and political crime and corruption you live with.

Best Regards, Jer

January 30

1/30, 2:29am

Inna (redacted)

Hello, Jer! Thank you very much for the link, I will watch this movie tonight. Thanks for your support, for your kind words. Yes, now the prime minister and cabinet resigned, but still not all so good. Many say that it may just be a crafty move to prolong the time and since we now have all the power in the hands of one person - the president, he can change everything again at any time. We will know that there is at least a small victory, only then, when we get back to the constitution of 2004, which was amended in 2010 by Yanukovych. When our country will once again be a parliamentary-presidential, then only will the hope that all will be well. Now still people are persecuted, imprisoned, plagued people, many people disappear and can not be found, etc. When I read or watch the news, what is happening in our country, it is so scary, it looks as if we are back in Stalin's times..

I read that you recently lost your dog.. I'm very, very sorry for that. I hope she lived a wonderful life in a loving family, and now she's really in Heaven.

Thank you again for everything, my dear friend. I wish you a nice and beautiful day. Regards and best, best wishes for you and your wonderful family, Inna

 

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Companies hiring Vets ]
Posted: jeyates @ January/21/2014 13:37
http://video.foxnews.com/v/3084784704001/top-5-companies-vet erans-hiring-this-week/#sp=show-clips
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Overturn Cuts to Military Pensions ]
Posted: jeyates @ January/10/2014 19:09
ell Congress to repeal military retiree COLA tax
Tell Congress to Overturn Cuts to Military Pensions
Defend Military Compensation
 
(January 7, 2014)
 
Dear Legionnaire and military/veteran supporter,
 
The American Legion's mission, in part, is to represent your interests on Capitol Hill.  As a nonprofit organization, we do not have the luxury of being able to influence lawmakers with campaign support, or the promise of bringing grants, contracts, or jobs to their districts.  The only power we have is the power of voter voice – nearly 3 million voter voices, and that's where you come in.

We are only as strong on Capitol Hill as you are engaged.  Please consider these action alerts as vital to The American Legion's mission, and after signing on to the alert, please send it to everyone you know, and personally ask them to participate.  Some of you have personal relationships with your elected official's offices, and that certainly helps.  Even in those cases, we still need you to participate in the action alert.  Every letter, email and phone call generated as a result of these alerts is recorded and used as evidence when lawmakers go back to work in Congress, and the more participation we can show, the more influence we have to protect your benefits.
 
As you may have know, we are currently working on getting the one percent military retiree Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) reduction provision of the recently passed budget repealed.  This provision penalizes military retirees one percent of their COLA every year until they reach age 62.  At that time, the provision adjusts their reduction to the full amount of their COLA, but doesn’t replace the lost income.  Aggregated, this loss of income can be between $70,000 and $120,000 over the lifetime of the retiree.

Here are some recent articles of interest that discuss this issue for your information:
What we believe is happening now is congressional leaders are taking a lot of heat over the COLA issue, especially because they neglected to parse out the medically retired veterans who were separated from the military due to life-long catastrophic injuries.  In an attempt to appear as if they are addressing the whole issue, it looks as if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is planning on allowing an amendment to an upcoming bill that would address the COLA issue by only fixing it for medically retired veterans, leaving the rest of the retired veteran community, about 1 million retirees, to single handedly give the government back a portion of their retirement checks in order to help roll back the cost of sequestration.  Most important to note is that this is the ONLY group being asked to give money out of their pockets that will never be returned.
Please send the message below to your elected officials calling on them to repeal this outrageous and unfair penalty, and ask your friends, family, and co-workers to do the same.
Thank you for your participation, membership, and leadership.
Louis Celli
Legislative Director
The American Legion
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