Speaking with Family Research Council head Tony Perkins on Monday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said that President Barack Obama is "threatening Israel" and it is one reason she believes the biblical End Times are coming soon. "The nations of the world will come against Israel and the scripture very specifically says all nations," Bachmann said. "[F]or the United States, we don't have that experience until recently under President Obama with the United States not standing with Israel." read more
The American toll from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can be contemplated in many different ways, thanks to the Congressional Research Service (CRS). A new CRS report has provided a human accounting not only of how many service personnel died in the two conflicts, but of the many kinds of serious, life-long injuries with which thousands returned home. A total of 1,558 soldiers endured major limb amputations as a result of battlefield injuries. Major limb amputations include the loss of one or more limbs, the loss of one or more partial limbs, or the loss of one or more full or partial hand or foot, according to the CRS. Considerably more military personnel suffered "severe or penetrating brain injuries" -- 7,224. Another 23,319 men and women were diagnosed with "moderate" brain injuries. When "mild" and "not classifiable" cases are factored in, nearly 288,000 total brain injury cases were reported among all military personnel deployed and not deployed.
Former President George W. Bush described himself as "emotional" recently when he talked about how he was trying to make a difference for the veterans who are trying to put their lives back together after serving in the wars waged by his administration.
"I obviously get slightly emotional talking about our vets because I'm in there with them," he added with a single tear spilling down his right cheek.
At a Military Service Initiative Summit last week, the former president had explained that his institute was going to take steps to assist the veterans who were trying to transition into civilian life after coming home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
In an interview that aired on Sunday, ABC's Martha Raddatz asked the former president if the new initiative helped him cope with the 6,800 service members killed, and 51,000 wounded.
"No question it helps," Bush stuttered. "I have a duty."
MySanAntonio.Com: God must have had one heck of a powdered wig, or former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay would have made a lousy history teacher. The Sugar Land Republican made news this week when he voiced his concern that the government is becoming secular because "we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it's based on biblical principles" during a recent television appearance with San Antonio Pastor Matt Hagee. James Madison, the lead author of the United States Constitution and the fourth president of the United States who died in 1836, could not be reached for comment. After citing a Bible verse, DeLay boasted that he "sealed off the Capitol so that for three hours leaders from the House and Senate got on their knees seeking the face of God and praying."
Brent Bozell, the conservative media watchdog who has made a career out of criticizing the mainstream media for lapses of bias and ethics, has been using a "forced" ghostwriter on all his newspaper columns and books. The media reporter Jim Romenesko broke the story that Bozell has been claiming credit for work by Tim Graham, who works at the Media Research Center founded by Bozell. The Quad-City Times announced that it is dropping Bozell's syndicated column because of the issue. TPM notes, "Along with railing against dishonesty in the media, Bozell also had a penchant for calling journalists 'lazy' in the columns that Graham wrote for him."