5 Things to Know: The President Lays Out the U.S. Plan to Degrade and Destroy ISIL

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Five things you need to know about ISILWatch: President Obama speak at CENTCOM

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President Obama spoke to service men and women at MacDill Air Force Base yesterday about the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL — a terrorist organization that is killing innocent, unarmed civilians in both Iraq and Syria. ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, is also responsible for the brutal murders of American journalists Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Here are the key points the President made yesterday regarding ISIL and our strategy to defeat their forces:

1. ISIL is threatening America and our allies.

Our intelligence community has not yet detected specific plots from ISIL against our homeland, but they have repeatedly threatened our core interests, including our personnel, our embassies, our consulates, and our facilities in Iraq, Syria, and in the broader Middle East. “If left unchecked, they could pose a growing threat to the United States,” he said.

2. The U.S. continues to conduct targeted airstrikes against ISIL.

The U.S. Air Force has conducted more than 160 airstrikes against ISIL, successfully protecting our personnel and facilities, killing ISIL fighters, and giving space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. “They’ve helped our partners on the ground break ISIL sieges; helped rescue civilians cornered on a mountain; helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children,” the President said.

3. American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission.

“As your Commander-in-Chief, I will not commit you, and the rest of our Armed Forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” the President told servicemembers. Along with our airstrikes, U.S. forces will train, equip, advise, and assist local partners on the ground “so that they can secure their own countries’ futures.”

4. This is not and will not be America’s fight alone.

The U.S. will lead a broad coalition of countries who have a stake in this fight. France and the UK are already flying with us over Iraq, and other countries have committed to join this effort. Saudi Arabia has agreed to host American efforts to train and equip Syrian opposition forces. Australia and Canada are going to send military advisors to Iraq, while Germany is sending paratroopers to help offer training. Arab nations have agreed to strengthen their support for Iraq’s new government, a key ally in our strategy to defeat ISIL.

International partners will help us cut off ISIL funding, gather intelligence, and prevent foreign fighters from entering — or leaving — the Middle East. And nearly 30 nations have joined American humanitarian relief to help civilians, including Sunni, Shia, Christian, Yezidi, or other religious minorities, that ISIL has driven from their homes.

5. Congress should provide the authorities and resources the U.S. military needs to succeed.

The President has called on Congress to support our military with the necessary resources to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters. As he has said, America’s leadership position is strongest when the President and Congress work together and show a united front.

“Sending our service members into harm’s way is not a decision I ever take lightly,” the President said. “It is the hardest decision I make as President. Nothing else comes close.”

But this strategy will require the best military force in the world:

Frankly, there just aren’t a lot of other folks who can perform in the same ways — in fact, there are none. And there are some things only we can do. There are some capabilities only we have. That’s because of you — your dedication, your skill, your work, your families supporting you, your training, your command structure. Our Armed Forces are unparalleled and unique. And so when we’ve got a big problem somewhere around the world, it falls on our shoulders. And sometimes that’s tough. But that’s what sets us apart. That’s why we’re America. That’s what the stars and stripes are all about.

“In an uncertain world full of breathtaking change, the one constant is American leadership.”

And, because of the strength and dedication of America’s military, the President made clear that we will send an unmistakable message to ISIL:

Whether in Iraq or in Syria, these terrorists will learn the same thing that the leaders of al Qaeda already know: We mean what we say; our reach is long; if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven. We will find you eventually.

The White House • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW • Washington, DC 20500 • 202-456-1111

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Lanny Davis lawyer, consultant, lobbyist, author, and television commentator stated that President Obama’s speech to the nation on Sept. 10, 2014 regarding the ISIL Threat was one President Obama’s best; I agree.  To view; see NCM Blog post  directly below.
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NCM Blog
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Sept. 11, 2014

President Obama addresses the nation on the ISIL Threat - [Full video & transcript]

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U.S. Military, thank you! 
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Camille
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Do you know what Financial Abuse is?

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Today I was surprised to learn about a Allstate Foundation program called  Purple Purse   Please view the short video below with 2014 Purple Purse Ambassador,actress, Kerry Washington
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The National Football League’s (NFL) handling of their domestic violence problems is almost surreal; however, it’s just the tip of the iceberg reflected throughout our society irrespective of every demographic.
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Little did I know when I wrote my NCM Blog post (see below) on September 10th that things would get worse each day for the NFL.
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​Kerry Washington
2014 Purple Purse Ambassador
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LENDING HER VOICE

Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington is lending her voice to the Purple Purse program this year to encourage people to talk openly about domestic violence and financial literacy. An activist, Washington was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities in 2009. She is also an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls.

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There it is! 
Kerry Washington revealed the plum clutch she designed for the 
Purple Purse Program on Sept. 15 in NYC
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Interview
Essence.com
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If you’re looking to grasp the attention of the millennial set, currently the age group where domestic violence is most prevalent, talking fashion and icons are two surefire ways to get the conversation started. That’s the mission Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Program set out to achieve when they tapped Scandal actress Kerry Washington to use her star power for good. “It just had to be Kerry,” shared Allstate’s senior Vice President of Corporate Relations, Victoria Dinges. “There really wasn’t anyone else we could think of. Understanding her passion, because we knew that this is such a personal issue, you just can’t have anyone speaking the words, you really needed someone that felt it in their heart.” Here, the newly minted designer takes us through the design process and her first purse memories.

ESSENCE.com: Could you give us a little insight into the design process and what the inspiration and vision was for the Purple Purse?

KERRY WASHINGTON: It all came out of this call with the All State Foundation to really understand more of what their vision was and figure out if it was going to be a good match. I think before we got off of the phone, we knew it was going to be a good match so we jumped into what the goals for the bag were; and this idea that it has to be purple because purple is the signature color for domestic violence awareness, and a purse symbolizes a women’s economic well being – her financial life.  Where she keeps the things that matter, that are of value to her –– your phone, your keys to your car and your home, your wallet, and maybe a good pair of sunglasses –– they all live in your purse.

The purse is such a really great idea because it’s difficult to talk about a black eye, it’s difficult to talk about credit that’s been destroyed, but women love to talk about fashion. It’s something that we gravitate towards and we like to share, so it’s a good entry point for the issue.

ESSENCE.com: Of all the styles, why did you choose a clutch, specifically?
WASHINGTON: I really liked the idea of doing a clutch because I wanted it to be something that just doesn’t hang on you, but that you’re really holding onto. Even though it’s a clutch, I didn’t want it to be an evening bag, or like a one-off bag, I wanted it to be a day bag that you could carry and be a utility bag that can hold onto a lot of stuff, because we all travel with a lot of stuff.

I wanted it to have a combination of aesthetic tones, I wanted it to appeal to women with a lot of different kinds of styles. So, the leather, the more angular design features, appeal to a more edgier modern look. Whereas the tweed, is more of a classic, traditional design element –– and the chain. So I was trying to bring together a lot of different feelings so a lot of different women would have an entry point and it might appeal to a lot of different women, while still having a point of view and making a fashion statement.

ESSENCE.com: You have a great sense of style; did you infuse some of your own personal style into the design?
WASHINGTON: I did, because I was committed to the foundation; that it’s a bag that I would wear. And I wanted to make sure that it was a bag that I would want to wear. So, I like a good bag and I’ve got some good ones in my closet, and it had to compete. And, I did a lot of research on what was going on in fall trends, like this aubergine is a color that’s coming up a lot right now and I knew that from some of the shows, so I chose that to go into the tonality. Then I also went back and looked into some of the designers that I love, like archive photos of handbag designers that I love, in terms of shape and details.

ESSENCE.com: What’s in your purple purse?
WASHINGTON: I always have my keys, my wallet, my cellphone. Whenever I leave the house, I’m always like ‘keys, wallet, cellphone.’ Usually make-up wipes, usually a lip color, sunglasses.

ESSENCE.com: What’s your first bag memory?
WASHINGTON: My family used to go out the island in the summer –– God nobody’s ever asked me this before, this is so weird that it immediately popped into my mind! There was a Coach Factory store out of Amagansett, and my mom and my aunts would always go to the Coach Factory store out on the island and get their bag for the year. I remember some of the classic Coach bags my mom had in my early childhood.
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Learn more about the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Program.

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NCM Blog
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Be the Media! 
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Camille

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Just for You: An Important Special Offer from the Natural Health Summit

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Hello Everyone:
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Yesterday, I sent out an e-mail regarding four REPLAYS from The Natural Health Summit which are now technically expired.  
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Note: The four replays (about 1 hr. each) may still be running; however, so check this link just in case they are still available. Four REPLAYS Natural Health Summit 
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​Do you have Chronic Pain?
Having chronic pain affects almost everything we do in conducing the basic requirements of our work days and siphons off the enjoyment of our days which includes getting a good night of pain-free rest
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I made a request to Adam Heller, founder, Zero Pain NOW and Natural Health Summit, founder Dr. Schuster to keep the discounted price of $297 for the Zero Pain NOW on-line program thur 11:59pm Sunday, September 21, 2014  
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Note:  Adam Heller’s in-person office visits are $15,000 and the on-line course’s regular price runs $4,772,
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Here’s the direct link for the special $297 price offer:
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SPECIAL EXTENSION
Adam Heller and Dr. Schuster have generously discounted the on-line program by 94% to $297 with a 30-day money back Guaranteed.
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Visit Adam Heller’s special offer site page directly below on his Zero Pain NOW program with the special discount price.  Watch the brief videos from Annee, Matt and Emily a few of the thousands of individuals that are free now from chronic pain that Adam Heller has helped.
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Where pain really originates?  Hint:  it’s NOT in your body…  

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If you have chronic pain (back pain, arthritis, etc)  you are spending more on pain killers, sleeping pills, doctor visits and surgeries than the $297 for the Zero Pain NOW program.
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Here’s the direct link for the special $297 price offer:
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Mon., Sept. 15th:  Dr. Susanne Bennett
For complimentary access to Dr. Susanne Bennett and the rest of Natural Health Summit’s health experts over the next few weeks; click on the ink to register for “Free”.    Natural Health Summit
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You are under no obligation to purchase anything unless you choose to.
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Camille

You Have a Personal Legend: Paulo Coelho interview continues Sun., Sept 14th – OWN

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Tune in for the part 2 of Oprah’s interview with Paulo Coelho on Sunday, September 14, at 11 a.m. ET/PT.  You can also watch our worldwide simulcast on Oprah.com/supersoulsunday or Facebook.com/supersoulsunday. 
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One of the many profound lessons in Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is that each person must discover his or her own “personal legend”—the unique path that leads to an individual’s destiny. Paulo says he is “100 percent convinced” every person has a personal legend, but he says he doesn’t believe every person will realize his or hers. “You are here to honor something called the miracle of life,” he says. “You can be here to fulfill your hours and days with something that is meaningless, but you know that you have a reason to be here.”
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How can you tell whether you’ve found your personal legend?  “It is the only thing that gives you enthusiasm,” Paulo says. “And you know when you are betraying your personal legend when you are doing something without enthusiasm.”
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In the video below, Paulo cautions against living a life without enthusiasm, exposes the common excuses we make for ourselves and reveals what can get us all back on track to our true potential. 
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Paulo Coelho blissfully surrounded by his 
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​Paulo Coelho interviewed by Oprah Winfrey &
Iyanla Vanzant advises at the HELP DESK
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About OWN: 
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President Obama addresses the nation on the ISIL Threat – [full video & transcript]

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Everyone Good Morning:
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President Obama’s full address to the nation on the ISIL Threat (via video and transcript) for those that missed it or who wish to view it again.
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 President Obama making a national address, September 10th addressing the administration’s response to the ISIL Threat​
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The prepared text of President Obama’s speech, as released by the White House:

My fellow Americans — tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

As commander-in-chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.

Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We cannot erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. That’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL — which calls itself the “Islamic State.”

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.

In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists — Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.

So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East — including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region — including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners — including Europeans and some Americans — have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.

I know many Americans are concerned about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve. Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we have conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq. These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

But this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region. That’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent days. So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.

Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi Security Forces. Now that those teams have completed their work — and Iraq has formed a government — we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission — we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control.

Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.

Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into — and out of — the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.

Fourth, we will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.

This is our strategy. And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity, and in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria to drive these terrorists from their lands. This is American leadership at its best: we stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

My Administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved — especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.

My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked. Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back — America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.

Our technology companies and universities are unmatched; our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving. Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades. For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history. Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day — and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.

Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny. It is America — our scientists, our doctors, our know-how — that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so they cannot pose a threat to the Syrian people — or the world — again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a more hopeful future.

America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia — from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East — we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding. Tonight, I ask for your support in carrying that leadership forward. I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform — pilots who bravely fly in the face of danger above the Middle East, and service-members who support our partners on the ground.

When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said. “We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety — our own security — depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for — timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.

May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.

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Camille

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Drugs, Racism, and Assault Videotape

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Hello Everyone:
It’s ironic that the three most worshiped sports (Baseball, Basketball and Football)by Americans have three of the most disturbing delusional and dangerous behaviors spreading hate and violence as quickly as catching the common cold; but begrudgingly reluctant to go away.
Baseball’s ‘Field of Dreams’ has been shattered forever with all the doping scandals of this so-called ‘Gentlemen’s sport’.which now wants its players to become more like“Superman”  while so-called fans do not notice or care if their hero of the season overdoses.  All these enablers (fans) want is for their superman to hit the ball over the fence and play another day without injury.  
America’s obsessive preoccupation with winning and perfectionism has taken it’s toll on every one’s mind.  We are now a nation of dope fiends, enablers and drug pushers controlled by our fantasy world of perfectionism.
Now the unassuming innocent game of Basketball has become polluted with toxic haters and racist owners who are nothing more than greedy controllers seeking to shore up and increase their money trying desperately to equate it with their negative self-esteem through code words and sophisticated practices and laws to suit their sense of rightful privilege and entitlement.  
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The manly game of Football has become a magnet of boorish boys pretending to be men while raping young boys in the name of mentoring them.  Another group of bully boys likes to criticize and beat up on their so-called loved ones with an array of assaults they would never consider inflicting on a competing football team player and/or their own team mates even if provoked with a flurry of taunts or menacing shoves and kicks. No, they reserve their assaults on people who are smaller and weigh less than half their weight.  . . 
Now that some of these situations have been recorded on audio or video….we now run around and scream the “The Sky is Falling!” when these gutter thoughts and despicable behaviors and habits have been “Replaying” for decades and centuries. We have several new ‘Smart’ phones and now watches but our human relationship skills are still in the stone age...and that’s an insult to cavemen. 
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Please Note:  This is not an indictment of every sports player or every individual fan; however, it certainly is an indictment of how far we have fallen.  I know that racism is practiced between groups that physically look like each other…just a different sect or villager right across the road throughout all of history and that men can be victims of domestic battery assault by women..
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Periodically, events de jour are so crazy and unreal that I have to write about them(NCM Blog below) even though my preference is to write about institutions, companies that are improving society and individuals, families and communities who have overcome terrible obstacles and.or are Following their Bliss.
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But, it does show how far we have fallen from the noble goal of sportsmanship and what it means have respect for those that are different than ourselves. And, just plain good manners are sinking like quick sand.-
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Dr. Brene’ Brown’s ground breaking research which addresses other societal  ills like racism, battery assaults, etc, as symptoms cloaked in perfectionism.
I have read and taken Brene’ Brown’s Art Journal course titled “The Gifts of Imperfection” which I highly recommend it for anyone struggling to understand how wanting to be perfect is actually a crippling affliction.  
Just last week this course  has now become available to everyone as an on demand E-Course which I purchased because it’s that comprehensive and life changing.

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I have only perused this book; however, it appears sound.
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Dr. Kenneth Skelton, Sr., earned a doctorate of ministry degree from the Houston Graduate School of Theology. He is the pastor of Spirit of Life Church and lives with his wife, Cookie, in Houston, Texas.
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Slavery may have ended in 1865, but the pains, prejudices, and traditions of four hundred years of slavery have continued through the generations and are ingrained in our modern psyches. Present-day America is still a breeding ground for hate crimes and racism because passed-down hatred is just as potent as firsthand hatred. We are not at fault-we were never slaves or masters, ourselves-but this is our problem all the same.
And we must make it our mission to break the cycle of abuse, cope with our legacy of hatred and mistrust, and heal ourselves with the kind of understanding and dialogue that Why They Just Can’t Get Over It delivers.Skelton’s groundbreaking, hard-hitting book addresses the reasons that our nation has become so divided and dysfunctional and covers why we have a disproportionate level of social problems in the black community, including out-of-wedlock births, divorce, violence, drugs, and the number of black men in prison. But most importantly, the sensible and spiritual principles and practices set forth in this illuminating and motivating guide empower Americans to move beyond the dark and wretched era of slavery and commit their hearts, minds, and lives to overcoming racism forever.
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I have only perused this book; however, it appears sound.
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Lundy Bancroft has spent the last fifteen years of his career specializing in domestic abuse and the behavior of abusive men and is considered one of the world’s experts on the subject. He is the author of The Batterer as Parent and several journal articles on abuse that have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of Contemporary Psychology. The former co-director at Emerge, the nation’s first program for abusive men, Bancroft now practices in Massachusetts while training various state and judicial agencies in dealing with domestic abuse situations.
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“He doesn’t mean to hurt me-he just loses control.”
“He can be sweet and gentle.”
“He’s scared me a few times, but he never hurts the children-he’s a great father.”
“He’s had a really hard life…”Women in abusive relationships tell themselves these things every day. Now they can see inside the minds of angry and controlling men-and change their own lives. In this groundbreaking book, a counselor shows how to improve, survive, or leave an abusive relationship, with:€ The early warning signs
€ Nine abusive personality types
€ How to tell if an abuser can change, is changing, or ever will
€ The role of drugs and alcohol
€ What can be fixed, and what can’t
€ How to leave a relationship safely
NCM Blog
August 1, 2013
…be of sound mind!
Camille
Camille Mitchell

You Deserve to Wake Up Happy

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Bonjour!

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Paulo gives Oprah a bouquet of roses 
before his first American network interview
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Just Fascinating!
Part 1 of the interview simulcasted yesterday, September 7th.  Part 2 simulcasts Sunday, September 14th at 11am EDT with The Alchemist author Paulo Coelho.  
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Pancakes sound delicious this morning!
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Camille
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