ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Home Local News KOB Planet Troopers registration has begun Facebook OC employee of the year always learning Pinterest Twitter By admin – June 21, 2018 Local News KOB Planet Troopers registration has begun Pinterest Facebook Twitter Keep Odessa Beautiful Planet Troopers programKeep Odessa Beautiful, Planet Troopers registration has begun for its summer program for kids, ages 8-12, to become a superhero for the City of Odessa and keep our parks clean during the summer.This year’s troopers meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the follow dates and locations.Saturday: Sherwood Park, 4819 N. Everglade Ave.July 14: Floyd Gwin Park, 1015 N. County Road West.Participants will be treated to lunch, and receive a KOB goodie bag, complete with a 7-day pool pass valid at Odessa pools through the summer 2018 season.Register online. Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleFruit Salad to Die ForFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay WhatsApp Keep Odessa Beautiful logo Previous articleHitting For HopeNext articleTEXAS VIEW: Be strong on the border and compassionate at the same time admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School WhatsApp
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Former TV show host Phil Donahue before the screening of his documentary, Body of War. (Long Island Press/Rashed Mian)Talk show icon Phil Donahue railed against the Iraq War and blasted the media during a screening in Manhattan last week of his documentary Body of War, an emotionally powerful film mixing politics with the tragedies of an illegitimate conflict.Produced by Donahue and Ellen Spiro, the documentary highlights the plight of Tomas Young, an American serviceman who was shot only five days into his first tour of Iraq in 2004. The gunshot left Young with a debilitating injury that has paralyzed him from the nipples down, and has drained him of life. Young, a paraplegic for the past nine years who is now in hospice care as a result of his worsening condition, recently announced he will refuse further medical treatment and give up the fight.The 33-year-old, therefore, will soon be dead.Donahue, always a fierce opponent the war, spoke of Young and Body of War with the passion and energy that made him one of America’s most popular TV personalities during his decorated nearly half-century-long career in broadcasting. He was forced out of the industry in 2003 by MSNBC after voicing disgust about the Iraq War on-air; the ousting came despite his show being the network’s highest-rated at the time.Donahue hasn’t lost his edge, nor his desire, to shed light on the devastating impacts of the war—nor the politicians who voted to give then-President George W. Bush the power to invade Iraq.“I do feel the media betrayed the country and most of media would agree with me,” Donahue said during an interview at the Culture Project, a theater on Bleecker Street, before the screening. “It’s awfully hard for a media to finesse this, every major metropolitan newspaper in this country supported the invasion of Iraq.”Donahue met Young for the first time in 2005 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland, as Young was “lying there totally wacked out on morphine,” he said; Young’s injuries the result of an insurgent ambush in Sadr City.The documentary—and a scathing letter, dubbed “The Last Letter,” which Young wrote to Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney and was published on the website Truthdig—has recently put Young’s story back in the spotlight.Young blasted Bush and Cheney in the letter for their “cowardice and selfishness,” noting how they both found a way to escape the battlefield, yet condemn countless servicemen and women and innocent Iraqis to death. He also accused them of war crimes:I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.The invasion of Iraq killed 4,486 Americans between 2003 and 2012, according to iCasualties.org. Countless other soldiers were seriously injured on the battlefield or still suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other life-changing injuries.Body of War chronicles Young’s journey, taking viewers inside the daily toils of a war veteran who struggles to even put on his pants or urinate on his own. Young relies on a cocktail of pills to keep him alive.“It turns the whole family upside-down,” said Donahue, “and what we see…is a drama playing itself out in thousands of homes in this country that Americans never see.”Young has “decided he’s had it,” added Donahue. “He really worked hard, he wanted to live, and he’s decided he’s going to die.”Donahue, like Young, believes the Bush Administration should be prosecuted for war crimes. But he’s not naive enough to think it will ever happen.“The presidency is too important to Americans to fail,” he said. “And the American people could not emotionally—in this moment in the history of our nation—the population would not emotionally tolerate a president in the dock for war crimes, so that’s a reality that I accept.“I’m also hesitant to call them liars [regarding the non-existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which was the main justification for the Iraqi invasion],” he added. “Honestly, I think they believe what they were doing, but I think the major motive was: They wanted to go to war.”Young, who enlisted in the Army two days after the Sept. 11 attacks, admits in the letter that had he suffered the same injury in Afghanistan he wouldn’t have spent the last nine years lashing out at the government:Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.For more on Body of War and locations where you can see it, click here.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, a Republican, speaks to supporters following her big win. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)Two incumbent Republican supervisors in Nassau County cruised to victory Tuesday night, while residents in the Town of North Hempstead replaced their departed Democratic leader with another.Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, a Republican, was re-elected with 67 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Republican Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto earned 70 percent of the vote to trounce his Democratic opponent John Capobianco.Democrat Judi Bosworth, a three-term Nassau County legislator, surged to victory in the Town of North Hempstead, beating out her Republican opponent Dina Degiorgio by nearly 10 percentage points. Bosworth ran for the vacant seat left by Democrat Jon Kaiman who left office in September after Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointment him chairman of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority. Kaiman is also charged with spearheading Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts for Long Island.“This is a reaffirmation [by] the residents of Nassau who understand that good Republican government built this county and these beautiful towns,” Venditto told supporters in Westbury Tuesday night.“What a great night it is to be a Nassau County Republican!” Murray boomed to the crowd.Venditto was first elected supervisor in 1998 after previously serving as town attorney and town councilman.Murray took office in 2003 and became the first woman to get elected to Hempstead Town’s top office.
Image source: MTCCThe President of the Maldives, Abdulla Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom, marked the completion of HA. Hoarafushi Shore Protection Project today.According to the latest Maldives Transport and Contracting Company’s announcement, main components of this capital development project included dredging of 16.360m³ of material, construction of 880 meters of revetment and a significant amount of sea outfall protection works.Assigned by the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the project was completed within 180 days.The Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, Maldives Transport and Contracting Company CEO, Mr. Ibrahim Ziyath, Members of Parliament and other senior government and company officials attended the ceremony.Image source: MTCC