Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The LuLac Edition #2241, October 24th, 2012

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Emily Walsh sent these thoughts along a few weeks ago. Because of the heavy load of pieces we’ve received as well as the busy campaign, we just got around to putting this up. But it does detail the aftermath that a modern day Veteran must deal with in post war Iraq and Afghanistan. 
Health Risks of the Military and Dealing With Them 
Whether serving just one tour or retiring after thirty years of active duty, military personnel of all branches of the armed forces face a variety of risks to emotional and physical health, just because of their service. Because military service can cause damage, both major and minor, to an individual’s well being, the US armed forces and the Department of Veterans’ affairs continue to develop a variety of support services for both active duty personnel and veterans. In addition to the obvious risks of combat duty and the well-publicized aftermath, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, military personnel are at risk for developing a variety of illness when stationed at various locations around the world. For all personnel, whether in combat or not, severe stress can affect mood, sleep, appetite and job performance – or trigger a substance abuse problem, depression or suicide. Those stationed far from home are forced to miss children’s births and family special occasions, or even the deaths of loved ones. In some cases, experiences during active duty have long lasting effects that don’t manifest themselves immediately, but cause long-term problems for soldiers and their families. Combat troops exposed to blasts from explosive devices may not show signs of traumatic brain injury until months later. Likewise, those exposed to chemicals like the Vietnam-era Agent Orange may find themselves battling a variety of neurological problems, while those exposed to asbestos – widely used in military applications between World War II and Vietnam – are at high risk for mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer caused by asbestos fibers in the tissues. Acknowledging the potential health risks of military service, a variety of medical, legal and social services have been introduced to help active duty personnel, veterans and their families to cope with the aftereffect of the many health risks caused by military service. On most military bases, counselors and social workers are available to offer assistance to spouses and families left behind when a soldier is away, and these services are also available to help returning soldiers cope with the transition back to family life. Services supporting active duty personnel include substance abuse and mental health services, and ongoing counseling, therapy and rehabilitation for those injured in combat or accidents while serving. Veterans, too, are eligible for a variety of services to help them cope with the aftermath of experiences during their service, including legal advice, referrals for social services, and support groups to deal with ongoing mental and physical health issues. For those with life threatening illnesses such as mesothelioma from long-term asbestos exposure or exposure to military-mandated toxic substances, services include legal advocacy to file claims for assistance, as well as specialized health services and family support. Although military service can pose serious health risks, soldiers and their families can expect support and assistance in dealing with those risks. 
Emily Walsh is a Community Outreach Blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. 



Last year during the election for Luzerne County Council, Jenkins Township resident Charlie Hatcko was a frequent traveler on the campaign trail “Bible Buck” is not sitting still in this Presidential election and has lent his support to a Pro Life candidate. Here are his thoughts: Let us look at what Scripture and what the Church Fathers have stated about Abortion. (Exodus 20:13) and (Deut. 5:17) says --Thou shalt not kill. Human life must be respected and protected. Life begins at conception. Abortion is homicide yes murder. Sacred Scripture condemns murder. Look at (Job 24:13-14) gives evidence the murderer rebels against the light. (Jeremiah 22:3) gives evidence to do not shed innocent blood. Abortion is an abomination against the Almighty God. Abortion is called "the culture of death" by former Pope John Paul II. Human life must be absolutely protected and respected from birth to death. The inviolable right of every human being must be respected from conception to death. In America there is a false pluralism regarding issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and euthanasia. Sacred Scripture gives a grave warning regarding falsehood. (Isaiah 5:20) states-Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil. In (Matthew 18:7)- Jesus exhort --Woe to those who cause scandals, who through scandals come. (Jude 11) says--Woe to those who walk in the way of Cain. Cain who was the first creature created by human beings, was was a murderer, an apostate, a reviler of God, a deceiver and the leader in humanistic worldly culture. Cain is a model of unbelief and fratracide. (Genesis 4:8-10)-- gives evidence that Cain was a murderer. Abortion is murder in the eyes of God. In (John 10:10)-- Jesus exhorts---I came to give life and give life abundantly. Although Scripture nowhere mentions the word "abortion", there can be a deducible inferences taken from Biblical Revelation regarding abortion. Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium absolutely forbids abortion. Look at the following Biblical texts closely,--(Jeremiah 1:5)-- Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. Look at Sacred Scripture--(Job 10:8-12)---Thy hands fashioned and made me; Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that thou molded me like clay, and thou will turn me to dust again. You clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. Thou hast granted me life and steadfast love. Look closely at the following Biblical Text--(Psalm 139:13-15)---For You created my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise thee, for thou are fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance. Look closely at (Isaiah 44:2)--Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you in the womb and will help you. (Psalm 22:10-11) and (Wisdom 7:1-6)-- give affirmative Biblical evidence regarding the formation of man by God. Tradition of the Church Fathers absolutely condemns abortion. Abortion was forbidden in the early foundation of the Church. The Didache – the writings of the Apostles from about 70 to 80 A.D. – gives absolute affirmative evidence that one must not procure an abortion; The Epistle of Barnabas (75A.D.), Section 19 gives absolute affirmation that one may not slay the child procuring an abortion. Athenagoras, writing in 177 A.D., gives evidence that women who use drugs to bring on an abortion are murderers. In fact the word Sorcerer --Greek--Adjective-(pharmakia) (Rev. 9:21)--(Rev. 22:15)--means medicines and potions-- one who made drugs for killing the fetus. Terullian, throughout 197-210 A.D., gives numerous writings that absolutely forbid abortion, especially through surgery. He has written that life begins at conception because the soul is given by God at conception. St. Hippolytus, in 228 A.D. in his Refutation of All Heresies, gives evidence of woman taken drugs to prevent conception. St. Basil the Great, St. Jerome, and St. John Chrysostum all wrote of the evils of abortion.Divine Tradition--(paradosis)-- condemns and castigates abortion. When we look at the biological process occurring in the conception and gestation of the human body in the female uterus, many have claimed that the blastula is not really a human body, but a mass of undeveloped tissue. Modern medical science has shown the gestation process under a microscope, assigning terms to the primitive stages of development such as zygote, blastula, embryo and fetus. Medical science has proven the Church Magisterium regarding abortion correct. The Bible condems murder. (Matt. 5:21) Jesus gives evidence Thou shalt not murder. (Matt. 19:18) gives evidence--Do not murder. (Mark 10:19) gives evidence--Do not murder. (Luke 18:20) states--Do not murder. The Psalms gives evidence the Lord abhors murder--Yes the bloodthirsty. Look at (Psalm 9:12)--When He avenges blood He remembers them.. Abortion is used by politicians sometimes for political expediency. Look at (Isaiah 59:3)--(Ezekiel 22:8) regarding the shedding of blood. --(Romans 13:9) gives evidence--Thou shalt not murder. (1 Tim. 1:9) gives evidence the law is made for the murder.(James 2:11) gives evidence Do not murder. (1 John 3:15) gives evidence whoever hates his brother is a murderer and that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. Mitt Romney is the Pro-Life candidate by many Pro-Life Groups--Look at my reasons--(Matt. 24:4)--Mark 13:5)--(Luke 21:8) Jesus exhorts--Do not be deceived. (Malachi 1:14) states--Cursed be the deceiver. In the years 2002 to 2004 -There was a Reublican Supreme Court--A Republican US Congress--A Republican US Senate and a Republican President--George W. Bush--Bottom Line We still have abortion--Republicans are experts using Pro-Life in political expediency. President Obama actions are abominable --he supports abortion and same-sex marriage. Mitt Romney has supported abortion and same sex in his political career-as Governor of Mass. Life Site--A Pro-Life Website has reported the Chief Executive Officer of the Morning After Abortion Pill --Yes CEO Phil Frost ran a $50,000 dollar a plate Fund Raiser for Mitt Romney--several months ago.Yes May 11th 2012 in Flordia I will not be deceived--I will Support and Vote America's Party Candidate Tom Hoefling--from Iowa-- for President. America's Party is the former American Independent Party. I know the best Pro-Life Candidate. Even Gary Johnson New Mexico Governor --Liberatarian party and Virgil Goode Virginia -Congressman Constituition Party have much better--yes much better voting records on abortion than Mitt.Romney. That is why the Republican Party has challenged their right to run in Penn. for President. 
Principles over Politics--- True Pro-Life Pennsylvania Voters Write in America's Party Candidate -Tom Hoefling America's Party is the former American Independent Party. Alan Keyes a close associate with Tom Hoefling ran on this Party for President in 2008--Tom Hoefling as worked for Pro-Life for many many years-- Again True Pennsylvania moral Pro-Lifers Write In --Tim Hoefling --President-- 
God Bless You--Thank You Elector for America's Party
-Charles Bible Buck Hatchko--
Jenkins Twp.


At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Charlie: News Flash. There's nothing wrong with marriage equality. It means as an American, I get the same rights you do. Religion, specifically YOUR religion has no business anywhere near politics and government. This nation wasn't founded as a religious nation and I for one am sick of you spouting off bible versus every chance you get. You make me your enemy when you decide that I don't deserve the rights I fought for in the military, that every other American has. I hope Obama is reelected with all my heart.

At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are full of crap.
And as for spouting Bible verses,
give us all a break. The Bible is a book written by men. No more, no less.

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I whole heartedly agree with 8:48 PM. As a veteran I detest anyone who tries to push their beliefs on others and to endorse taking away equal rights of Americans. You didn't mention rape in your tirade of bible quotes, if your daughter was raped, should she be required to carry the baby of a rapist? I'm not offering my opinion because it is my opinion and I'm not about pushing my opinions and beliefs on others. I'm not a missionary.

"American Independent Party" I just wondering how you can claim to be independent yet belong to a party? Isn't it an oxymoron? And isn't "MORON" part of that word?

I think we all need to atone for our past life and perhaps our current life before we take to preaching to others. How does anyone preach the sacred word of God while at the same time speak hateful words of others? There is a quote in the bible about healing they self but I never hear you quote it.

At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bible Buck? Cmon he's such a phony. He spouts off about religion and he has one of the most filty mouths in the greater Pittston Area. He's a repressed individual with an ego as large as all outdoors. Has anyone ever seen him in action? He's a racist with constant references to peoples roots. Another part of his defective personality is that he's obsessed with anything Italian to the point of annoyance. The circle of people that will even tolerate him has shrunk considerably.
To sum up he's a rabid curser, ethnic racist who happens to think that his relationship with the Bible makes him relevant.

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Obama had us all fooled… until now!

(Except maybe The Professor)

President Obama claims to be the protector of the poor and the middle class, a man of the people. He vilifies the wealthy “millionaires and billionaires” every chance he can.

President Obama is destroying the middle class. He is burying the poor and crushing retirees. He is even doing major damage to one of his strongest allies, the unions.

Under Obama’s treasury department, Ben Bernanke has been printing money like no other time in history. Over a trillion dollars printed so far and much more to come.

Here’s how the scam works. Banks are allowed to “borrow” from the fed at virtually zero% (0%). they then take “our” money and loan it right back to the government, a risk free handout to the banks, from us. The bank’s loan some of our money to the middle class and poor at 4% or 5% whatever they can get. Home loans, car loans, etc., that’s more free money to the banks. And, what they can’t loan, they throw into the stock market… in bundles of billions of dollars… driving up stock prices.

All these gimmicks create huge profits for the banks, printing and loaning trillions of dollars keeps interest rates at zero. Obama and Bernanke keep telling America low interest rates are good for the economy. But look what’s really happening:

Interest rates artificially held at zero crush middle class families who have investments in bonds. Many do. And it forces the middle class to make riskier and riskier investments. Which they cannot afford to do.

Interest rates artificially held at zero crush the poor by driving prices to the moon.

Interest rates artificially held at zero are destroying the nest eggs of retirees. There are millions of retirees who thought they would be financially stable when they retire. The problem is that they are heavily invested in fixed income products. Fixed income means their investments are tied to interest rates. Meaning zero interest, zero returns and zero income for retirees… so, it forces our parents and grandparents to work 5 or 6 more years than they had planned. Ever wonder why more and more retirees are headed back to work. Greeting customers at Wal-Mart or bagging groceries at Albertson’s? Thank Obama.

Lastly, zero interest rates are mortally wounding pensions of all kinds. Pension funds rely on bonds for a majority of their income. Some pension funds (even state pension funds) have investments earning zero. While keeping them on the books at 6%, 7% or higher. That means their “unfunded liability” is massive. If they go belly up, guess who’s going to get stuck with that tab? Yep, you and me!

One final thought, the food stamp (SNAP) program has doubled since Obama took office. You know why? It’s not what the president keeps blaming, “we inherited a bad economy”. Nope… it’s what I outlined above. Prices are spiking and the poor can’t keep up. Hence, more assistance is needed.

With only 12 days until the election I think a spotlight needs to be shined on the hypocrisy president Obama is trying to hide…

The banks and traders are getting richer and the poor, the middle class, retirees and pensions are being taken to the slaughter house.

The bottom line, President Obama is exactly the opposite of what he is selling the American public… he is the friend of the fat cat bankers, brokers and thieves and a cancer to the neediest among us.


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