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America responds to Al Jazeera: "Oh."

Bradley Manning says he plans to live as a woman and begin hormone therapy: "I Am Chelsea Manning"

NEW YORK (AP) — Bradley Manning says he plans to live as a woman and begin hormone therapy, a day after the soldier was sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified information to WikiLeaks.

In a written statement provided to NBC's "Today" show on Thursday morning, Manning said he planned to live as a woman named Chelsea.

"As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning, I am a female," Manning, 25, said in the statement read on NBC News' "Today" show.

"Given the way that I feel and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible," Manning said. "I also request that starting today you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun."


A military judge announced the sentence in Manning's court-martial on Wednesday. Manning's struggle with gender identity disorder — his sense that he was a man trapped in a woman's body — was a key part of his defense.

Attorneys had presented evidence of Manning's struggle with gender identity, including a photo of the soldier in a blond wig and lipstick that he sent to a therapist.


Lawmaker Blames Poverty on Fried Chicken

Lawmaker Blames Poverty on Fried Chicken

Colorado state Sen. Vicki Marble (R) suggested that more blacks and Hispanics live in poverty, in part, because of fried chicken, KDVR reports.

Said Marble: "When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race: sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up, diabetes is something that's prevalent in the genetic makeup and you just can't help it. Although I've got to say, I've never had better BBQ and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down south and you -- I love it."

Marble went on to mention how Mexicans eat vegetables in Mexico but stop eating healthily when they immigrate to the United States.


Dan Rather: NSA ‘is demolishing the trust in the government’

The NSA appeared to be misusing the powers that Congress granted it. But that wasn’t the only problem, Maddow continued.

“If your mom lets you borrow the keys to the car and you take the keys to the car, you start up the car and smash it into a ditch on your first outing, maybe mom will bump you back down to riding a bike for a while, right? You have not proven yourself capable of handling that responsibility. Well, that’s what it feels like is happening with the National Security Agency.”


Rather said he was skeptical that the NSA’s actions could simply be attributed to ineptitude.

“For a lot of Americans this is demolishing the trust in the government,” he remarked. “The national security state has gone far too far. You can argue in the first weeks, months, maybe the first years after 9/11 we needed to move to some extreme national security state position, but now in 2013 it’s going too far and I think there’s a sinking feeling with a lot of people that’s the case.”


NASA Captures Footage of South Pole During Aurora, Makes a GIF

Bradley Manning comforts his own sobbing legal team: I’m gonna be OK

Bradley Manning comforts his own sobbing legal team: I’m gonna be OK

"He said, 'Hey, it's OK. It's all right. I know you did everything you could for me. Don't cry. Be happy. It's fine. This is just a stage in my life. I am moving forward. I will recover from this,'" his defense lawyer David Coombs said in an interview conducted immediately after the sentencing.

WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning kept his composure Wednesday when he was sentenced to 35 years and comforted his own legal team when they broke down in tears, his lawyer said.

David Coombs, the civilian who led Manning’s team, said his client was stoic but he and other lawyers cried when they gathered in private soon after the judgment was read out.

“Myself and others were in tears, because this means a lot to us,” Coombs said.

He said Manning looked at him and said: “It’s OK. It’s all right, don’t worry about it. I know you did your best. It’s OK. I’m gonna be OK. I’m gonna get through this.”


a couple more sources:

Bradley Manning: ‘I Will Recover From This ... This Is Just a Stage in My Life’

by Alexa O'Brien Aug 21, 2013 1:58 PM EDT

Sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking documents to WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning has vowed to stay positive, his defense lawyers tells Alexa O’Brien in an exclusive interview.

FORT MEADE, MARYLAND—Just after receiving a sentence of 35 years in prison for transmitting hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and U.S. Army reports to WikiLeaks in 2010, Bradley Manning was in a surprisingly “cheerful mood,” according to his attorney.

“He said, 'Hey, it's OK. It's all right. I know you did everything you could for me. Don't cry. Be happy. It's fine. This is just a stage in my life. I am moving forward. I will recover from this,’” his defense lawyer David Coombs said in an interview conducted immediately after the sentencing.

Presiding military judge Col. Denise Lind sternly handed down the sentence to a packed courtroom, stating only, “Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, this court sentences you to be reduced to the grade of Private E-1, to forfeit all pay and allowances, to be confined for 35 years, and to be dishonorably discharged from the service.”

Coombs was stunned. “I look at the sentence, and I can’t believe that was actually the sentence he received,” he told The Daily Beast. "There is a good young man who did what he thought was morally right and for the right reasons, and he was sentenced the way we would sentence somebody who committed murder—the way we would sentence somebody who molested a child. That is the sentence he received."


from the video:


"I think the most damage done was the sentence that my client received," Coombs told O'Brien. "If you're talking about damage from a standpoint of what he released, embarrassment. Embarrassment was the most damage." He referred specifically to information revealed by the diplomatic cables:

"I think the damage there was an embarrassment there of having other people see that we don't always do the right thing for the right reasons, as the United States, which might come as a surprise to some people," he said. "Because if people actually look to those documents, they'll see that we don't always do what we should do and we're not always the country we should strive to be."

last thing, this VIDEO is amazing & inspiring, mho, kp

Message From God? Employee of Petersburg, Kentucky’s Creation Museum struck by lightning today.

An employee of Petersburg, Kentucky’s Creation Museum was struck by lightning Wednesday while clearing guests from a zip line attraction at the museum during a thunderstorm. According to Kentucky’s WLWT.com, the man was helping guests down from the wires as thunderstorms rolled into the area.


Returning common sense to education in Illinois

(a little birdie told me to share this with Illinois, kp)

Returning common sense to education in Illinois
BY PAUL HORTON August 21, 2013 5:34PM

Updated: August 21, 2013 6:05PM

Because Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Obama administration have failed to find practical solutions to education issues in Chicago and nationally, I would like to propose a few. These are necessary steps to working toward more equity in education for those who are underserved in the city and in other underfunded districts in the state.

1) U.S. Senator Dick Durbin needs to negotiate for and end the No Child Left Behind and The Race to the Top (RTTT) mandates that include mandatory adherence to the Common Core learning standards, standardized assessments based on those standards, and value-added teacher assessments based on student gains on the same tests. There is no empirical evidence to support the validity of high stakes testing; there is no empirical evidence to support the validity of value-added teacher assessments; and the Common Core standards, despite all of the hoo-ha, are neither internationally benchmarked or somehow “higher level standards.” The scam is that 70 percent of the students in New York who took Common Core tests created by the company Pearson Education failed because they were not adequately prepared due to a rush to implement the standards. And, the New York education superintendent reportedly cut the scores to create more failure to justify his and the Obama Administration’s education policies. All federal monies that remain from previously appropriated RTTT funds should be distributed to underserved school districts in each state to rehire teacher and support staff, not for IT, administration, or new construction. This is where the congressional conference committee negotiations will separate compassionate legislators from the kooks.

2) The City of Chicago needs to direct its inspector general to account for all of the money the school system was ethically obligated to put into Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, every penny. The city shortchanged the fund over many years, even if it didn’t violate the letter of the law. Before the mayor and the City Council fund any more non-educational projects with tax-increment financing money, the pension fund needs to be paid back. The city needs to own up to the mess that it has created and stop blaming teachers.

3) The Illinois teachers unions, both IEA and IFT (including CTU), need to step up and assist administrators by participating in stringent evaluations of teacher performance. The AFT, in the spirit of past leader Albert Shanker, developed the Toledo Plan that has been used very successfully in many districts across the country, including the exemplary public system in Montgomery County, Maryland. Master teachers in this system work along side administrators to assess ineffective teaching.

4) We need an elected Chicago Board of Education. The current regime is not accountable to the people of Chicago. When our mayor can wheel and deal resources, he can coerce aldermen to get his way. We can no longer stand by and allow this to happen. The recent demolition of a community center at Whittier School in Pilsen is but one example of the near dictatorial impunity of our mayor, our CPS administration, and the CPS school board.

for the rest:
Paul Horton is a history teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and state director of the Illinois Council for History Education.

What NSA Transparency Looks Like

HERE: http://www.propublica.org/documents/item/759467-faaodni0070#document/p23

Has 12 years not been enough of this Homeland nonsense?

New NSA Spying Programs Revealed. Why Didn’t Obama Tell Us?

Posted by J Clifford under Homeland Insecurity - Liberty on August 21st, 2013

Blarney, Fairview, Lithium, Oakstar, Stormbrew: These should be the names of guilds organized within the Society of Creative Anachronism. Unfortunately, they are all too real, and not nearly so jolly. These are the names of the National Security electronic surveillance programs that have been exposed tonight.

The NSA military spy chiefs have claimed in recent weeks that the only have the capability of spying on 1.6 percent of the Internet. The information released tonight, obtained through interviews by the Wall Street Journal of former U.S. government officials, indicates that the NSA has actually gained access to 75 percent of Internet traffic.


Although the NSA spying regime is justified as a necessary tool for security forces in the wake of September 11, 2001, one of the spying programs reported on tonight, code-named Blarney, seems to have been in existence well before September, 2001.

Did the wake of September 11, 2001 spread back in time, as well as into the future? When will that wake finally pass us by, so that Americans can go back to living in freedom? Has 12 years not been enough of this Homeland nonsense?

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