Friday, November 9, 2007

Bullet-Point Friday

  • Homeless – More than 400 veterans from America’s most recent illegal and immoral wars have turned up homeless. Veterans have long accounted for a high share of the nation’s homeless. Although they make up 11% of the adult population, they make up 26% of the homeless on any given day. According to the V.A., some 196,000 veterans of all ages were homeless on any given night in 2006. Some 44,000 to 64,000 veterans fall into the chronically homeless category, those who live in the streets or shelters for more than a year.
  • Assaulted – Roughly 40% of the hundreds of homeless female veterans of recent illegal and immoral wars have said they were sexually assaulted by American soldiers while in the military. (More than 11% of the newly homeless veterans are women.)
  • Addicted – Meth and crack are widely available, both in the military as well as back at home. As is alcohol and other drugs.
  • PTSD – If only the P were true….
  • Depressed.
  • Mission not quite accomplished.
  • Biblical segue:
"Then he will say to those on [the ideological right], 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

[I fought your goddamnedmotherfucking wars for you and you didn’t even give me health insurance.]

"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

  • Veteran or victim? Patriot or patsy?

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