POLITICAL: Global financiers create political cover

Sunday, January 19, 2014

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-13/war-china-inevitable

Is War With China Inevitable?
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 12/13/2013 22:10 -0500

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Global financiers created the circumstances that have led to America’s probable economic demise, but they don’t want to be blamed for it. War provides the perfect cover for monetary collapse, and a war with China might become the cover to end all covers. The resulting fiscal damage and the terror Americans would face could be overwhelming. Activists who question the legitimacy of the U.S. government and its actions, once considered champions of free speech, could easily be labeled “treasonous” during wartime by authorities and the frightened masses. (If the government is willing to use the Internal Revenue Service against us today, just think about who it will send after us during the chaos of a losing war tomorrow.) A lockdown of civil liberties could be instituted behind the fog of this national panic.

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You have to look at the financial fraud being pulled by the Fed.

The Chinese are in control of our fate. (Not that they don’t have their own problems.)

So, when these very ugly chickens come home to roost, how will the elite avoid the “french revolution’s guillotine”? 

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POLITICAL: Kidnapped Anti-War Celebrities?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnekdahl/14-principled-anti-war-celebrities-we-fear-may-hav-a1x1

14 Principled Anti-War Celebrities We Fear May Have Been Kidnapped
Our government is yet again marching us towards a war of choice in the Middle East and our non-partisan, peace-loving celebrities have gone missing since late 2008. We fear the worst.
posted on September 6, 2013 at 5:51pm EDT

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Can the Sheeple see the astroturf?

Not bloody likely.

Call them what they are: phonies, fakes, and frauds!

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RANT: No military action in Syria

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Subject: Defend America only. Do not manipulate or police the world.

http://www.downsizedc.org/etp/world-police/

Dear Politician:

Defend America only. Do not manipulate or police the world.

Take immediate action to prevent President Obama from launching any military action in Syria.

The President is trying to fix something that cannot be solved by outsiders dropping bombs. This will not protect innocent people. It will kill innocents. Their blood will be on the President’s hands, and on your hands, unless you use your powers to resist.

Take Sarah Pallin’s counsel: “Let Allah sort it out.”

Is it tragic? Yes. But to quote some way: “There are many problems in this world, and some of them are mine.”

Be like the Swiss: MYOB! Blessed are the peacemakers. Peacemakers don’t start wars.

Mr. Ferdinand Reinke

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Feel free to click over to DownSizeDC and write your own.

If you want to support the troops, bring them all home for Labor Day!

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POLITICAL: Changing minds?

Friday, August 16, 2013

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/08/mike-marion/how-ron-paul-changed-my-heart-and-mind-on-war/

How Ron Paul Changed My Heart and Mind
By Mike Marion
August 9, 2013

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Ron Paul blew my mind the first time I saw him on one of the talking head shows. Some of it made perfect sense, but some of it sounded downright heretical. How could this man say such sensible things about taxes and the economy, and then the next moment become a naïve lefty spouting nonsense like “peace brings prosperity” and “war is always destructive”? Didn’t this guy know that WWII ended the Great Depression? That Reagan beat the Soviets with an arms build-up? Jeez, didn’t he know that the U.S. waged war to beat slavery, and Nazism, and Communism? Peace through strength, man!

It was around this time that I slaughtered my first sacred cow: the War on Drugs. It became clear to me that this war was economically foolish. The argument that “prohibition on alcohol didn’t work, prohibition on drugs doesn’t work” made logical sense. I realized that I could not possibly justify locking anyone in a cage for a victimless crime, particularly as I enjoyed a couple cold beers at home while watching politics on TV. I started to identify as a libertarian, and I began to suspect that if I could be wrong on such an obvious issue as this war on the American people, maybe I would need to rethink everything.

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The “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” was really my second “Sacred Cow”.

I avoid the drugs int he Sixties. 

But it was the Viet Nam war that really opened my eyes. 

I wasn’t smart enough to be a draft resister. (But I should have been.)

As the slaughter evolved, it should have been apparent that it was a stupid idea, propagated by stupid people, by politicians who were using it for their own gain.

I knew from my interest in the Civil War that the “Generals” fought a European style war, on the American terrain, with weapons that obviated the strategy and tactics they were using. It was a bloodbath.

And, I knew it was Lincoln’s fault. (I never worshiped at that particular alter. He said it was about “tax collection” in his first inaugural address, but I know few have ever read that.)

The “Drug War” was another joke.

I was already a little L libertarian when Ron Paul emerged. I knew about him before most anyone else did. I found him in the Libertarian stuff and, studied him when I heard his voting record — 235-1 aka Doctor No long before James Bond.

I am not persuasive. I r an injineer. fat old white guy injineer to be precise.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein

The USA, it’s politicians and bureaucrats, as well as it’s Sheeple, Mundanes, and Clovers, are all nuts!

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RANT: Afghanistan = nothing to show for it

Monday, June 24, 2013

http://www.the-free-foundation.org/tst6-24-2013.html

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“We are leaving Afghanistan after 12 years with nothing to show for it but trillions of dollars wasted and thousands of lives lost. Afghanistan is a devastated country with a weak, puppet government—and now we negotiate with those very people we fought for those 12 years, who are preparing to return to power! Still we learn nothing.”

– Ron Paul

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Imagine if the Sheeple and Clovers could have seen who the ONLY anti-war candidate was.

And, he’s the “loon”?

As Clint Eastwood said: “I know you were against the war in Iraq, and that’s okay. But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK. You know, I mean — you thought that was something worth doing. We didn’t check with the Russians to see how did it — they did there for 10 years.”

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INSPIRATIONAL: Views — memes and paradigms

Saturday, June 22, 2013

https://penzu.com

“The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”

– Muhammad Ali

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When I think of myself thirty years ago, my views today are different — some the same; some vastly different.

I’ve always been pro-life, but that has matured to be an anti-death penalty anti-war pro-choice pro-lifer. (The Gooferment has made this a polarizing issue. While I believe we have to preserve and value life, but not by force. It has to be done by moral persuasion. Winning the hearts and minds of our fellow humans. Certainly not by diktats and guns.)

I was pro-government; now I’m some sort of a little L libertarian that hates Gooferment!

Those are the two big memes that have morphed.

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POLITICAL: We will never be at peace

Thursday, May 30, 2013

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/26/stunningly-breathtakingly-naive-newt-gingrich-really-didnt-like-obamas-terror-policy-speech/

BUSINESS
‘STUNNINGLY, BREATHTAKINGLY NAIVE’: NEWT GINGRICH REALLY DIDN’T LIKE OBAMA’S TERROR POLICY SPEECH
May. 26, 2013 3:22pm
Becket Adams

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Gingrich went on to criticize the Obama administration for ignoring the threat that radical Islam poses to civilized society.

“No one wants to talk honestly about the fact that there is a radical Islamism on offense,” Gingrich said. “It is on offense across the planet…We will never be at peace in the pre-1941 sense that we are not threatened and that we don’t have to actively take measures all the time.”

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If we don’t recognize the enemy and our contribution to the problem, how can we ever have peace?

The R’s and the D’s both support the warfare / welfare / crony phony corporatism. 

You expect them to change?

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RANT: Bring the girls and boys home now!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Richard-Dickson&lc=4917&pid=164699461&mid=5525701

In Memory of
SSgt. Richard A. “Richie” Dickson
May 7, 1988 – April 27, 2013
Obituary

SSgt. Richard A. Dickson “Richie” born May 7, 1988 in Sacramento, Calif passed away suddenly on April 27, 2013 in Kandahar Afghanistan at the age of 24. Richie is survived by his loving wife and soul mate – Lacie D. Dickson & their baby girl – Sophie A. Dickson. He is also survived by his Mother Rebekah (Kelly) Pratt, Grandmother Martha Reinking, Sister Erron Poole, Brother Chad (Michelle) Dickson, Nephew Riley Paber, Niece Rachael Paber, In-Laws Robin & Lawrence Gueths, many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Friends & fellow Airmen.

Richie proudly served his country in the USAF from June 2006 until April 27, 2013 as a Airborne Intelligence Systems Operator. Richie was an amazingly loving husband, father, son, brother & uncle. Richie was a kind, loving soul who accepted everyone for being exactly who they were and he will be greatly missed by all who’s lives he touched, may his memory live on in our hearts forever and ever!!!

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Anyone need a better reason to withdraw troops from around the world and be like Switzerland!

Let the backwaters places settle their own problems.

All we do is give them a unifying target.

Just make it clear, you, or your unruly citizens, attack us, we’ll retaliate tit for tat. So, these two bit “leaders” better get their people under control. Or resign. 

And, just to be clear, I’m anti-war pro-choice pro-life little L libertarian, but I’m not an isolationist or a pacifist. Live and let live. But, don’t mess with me or mine. But by the same token, “sticks ‘n’ stones”.

Argh!

I read this obit on Mother’s Day and felt bad for that woman and baby! 

Argh!

I’d make every politician attend every funeral. Think they’d get the message?

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POLITICAL: “Hanoi Jane”

Thursday, April 11, 2013

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/04/04/jane-fonda-vietnam-take-grave

Jane Fonda: I’ll Take Vietnam Photo Op Mistake ‘To My Grave’
Print Article Send a Tip
by Breitbart News 4 Apr 2013 post a comment View Discussion
Jane Fonda has already apologized for posing with members of the Viet Cong, an act that permanently stained her among many Americans as “Hanoi Jane.”

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“There were no planes, the gun was not operable. It didn’t matter. This is an image that belied everything that I was,” Fonda said.

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Sorry, but even before this she was a vocal well-know “anti-war” activist.

I put that in quotes because like some many other “anti-war” activists, we see that they are not “anti-war” when the right party is in control. 

Argh!

A lot of people have been forever changed by this whole episode in history.

She should have the courtesy of just going quietly into that good night.

At the Final Judgment, everyone will have to answer for their sins.

As sinner, I don’t envy that process for anyone. I hope that I’m more consistent and honest than she’s been. 

Like the old joke, “I don’t’ have to outrun the bear; just you!”

Argh!


RANT: Vietnam, Republic of

Monday, March 25, 2013

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2013/03/black-eye.html

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Black Eye

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For once, we agree with Bob Beckel.

The veteran Democratic operative and panelist on Fox News Channel’s “The Five” was outraged over a recent segment on the CBS’s reality show, “The Amazing Race.” And rightfully so. On a swing through Vietnam, someone thought it would be a swell idea to have the contestants pick up a clue in front of the wreckage of a U.S. B-52 bomber, shot down by an SA-2 battery during the war.

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How insensitive can the Liberal Media be?

I lost friends, directly and indirectly, in the Viet Nam “war”. As a country, the Gooferment screwed over “We, The People”.

Argh!

As a vet, I feel for all the folks on all sides of the debate. I was lied to as was everyone else. 

BUT, that doesn’t give the Liberal Media / Hollywood the right to taunt.

There’s a reason that Jane Fonda is reviled!

Add CBS to my personal list!!!

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POLITICAL: Ron Paul is the “true conservative”

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

http://lewrockwell.com/wenzel/wenzel158.html

WaPo: The True Conservative Is Ron Paul
by Robert Wenzel

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So when WaPo says that Ron Paul is the “true conservative”, and this is what they are saying: That most conservatives are not neo-cons and that they are anti-war, small government conservatives, that is, Old Right conservatives.

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The anti-war small-government candidate!

When will “We, The Sheeple” wake up?

Before it’s too late?

Hopefully.

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VETERANS: Us old vets ain’t doing our job

Monday, January 2, 2012

http://www.cmt.com/videos/taylor-swift/716133/ours.jhtml

http://www.cmt.com/videos/jason-aldean/693565/tattoos-on-this-town.jhtml

http://www.cmt.com/videos/montgomery-gentry/691494/where-i-come-from.jhtml

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ1IW9bIq5E

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I don’t know if it’s the Wounded Warrior Project commercials, the Country Music videos, or the media coverage of the Republican Presidential Primary.

But I’m <past tense synonym for urine output> off!

I’m a bubbling cauldron of little L libertarian rage.

Why?

Didn’t “We, The Sheeple” learn ANYTHING from Viet Nam, Republic of?

Apparently not.

Of all the candidates, Ron Paul is the ONLY one challenging our foreign policy of world occupation. Our Gooferment has its “nose” and “hands”, up to the proverbial elbows, in everyone else business. No wonder we’re hated. And, now the chicken hawks are drumming up a fight with Iran, Syria, … and who knows who else.

Why?

To enrich the politicians and bureaucrats. Thru crony capitalism.

Now, I’m sympathetic to the veterans’ plight. Especially those “kids” who signed up for their State’s Guard unit and found themselves in one of the sandboxes or the rock box. But the all volunteer force means that girls and boys had to “volunteer”. And, I know that there’s all sorts of nuances to that “freedom”. From old farts with delusions of patriotism, to economic pressures. With stops along the way at TV commercials touting education benefits and the comrades in arms propaganda. Us old vets are a fault for allow that to happen. We know better. (Heinlein was right; only vets should vote!)

So why am I being panhandled to “help vets”. The Gooferment isn’t doing its job in that function either.

So, let’s support the troops!

Don’t let them be used for trivial purposes that are not in the strategic interest. They are not props for Presidents (of either party) or politicians to play with.

To quote another country song, let’s put boot up the <synonym for donkey> of politicians.

Old vets should hold them accountable!

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RANT: It’s not, once again, “our” fight

Thursday, March 24, 2011

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul726.html

No-Fly Won’t Fly Constitutionally by Ron Paul

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Last week we once again heard numerous voices calling for intervention in Libya. Most say the US should establish a “no-fly” zone over Libya, pretending that it is a benign, virtually cost-free action, and the least we could do to assist those trying to oust the Gaddafi regime. Let us be clear about one thing: for the US to establish a “no fly” zone over all or part of Libya would constitute an act of war against Libya. Establishing any kind of military presence in the sovereign territory of Libya will require committing troops to engage in combat against the Libyan air force, as well as anti-aircraft systems.

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Even by the loose standards of the War Powers Resolution, which cedes far too much power to the president, he would have no authority to engage in hostilities because we have not been attacked – not by Gaddafi, and not by the rebels. This is not our fight. If the administration wants to make it our fight, let them make their case before Congress and put it to a vote. I would strongly oppose such a measure, but that is the proper way to proceed.

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How many wars do these politicians and bureaucrats want to fight at the same time?

Bring the girls and boys home NOW!

MYOB.

It’s not our fight.

And shut up.

Remember the Hungarian Revolution? The USA agitated, mostly over VOA, and when the patriots rose up, “America” turned its back. They were slaughtered.

It should be the national foreign policy to keep our collective mouths shut. Any one who want to go fight in Libya, AfPak, Darfur, or where ever, let them go stick their nose in first. Any politicians and / or bureaucrats, who advocate interventionism, get to lead the charge.

That should end that “advice”.

What foreigner in their right mind would ever trust the USA?

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RANT: The first item first column on Drudge says it all

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The first item first column on Drudge says it all.

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MARCH 19, 2011

OBAMA: ‘Today we are part of a broad coalition. We are answering the calls of a threatened people. And we are acting in the interests of the United States and the world’…

MARCH 19, 2003

BUSH: ‘American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger’…

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Donna Nobis Pacem!

Would anyone like to go back to the last Presidential campaign? I said here and vocally that the only truly “Peace” candidate was Ron Paul. Everyone told me that BHO44 was that “Peace” candidate.

“barbara streisand”

I told you so. And, it gives me no pleasure to say that. If I was smarter, I would have been more persuasive. But, when I say there is no difference between the R’s and the D’s, everyone tells me there’s a difference. Look at “today’s conservatives” and “today’s liberals”?

Where do we get the moral authority, let alone the Constitutional authority, to wage war on Libya?

IMHO from a moral, strategic, and tactical basis, this is an outrageous disaster.

So what are you going to do about it?

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POLITICAL: Further proof that the left is no more anti-war than the right

Sunday, March 6, 2011

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/81595.html

March 6, 2011
Indiscriminate Killing
Posted by Stephan Kinsella on March 6, 2011 07:11 AM

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Further proof that the left is no more anti-war than the right. Their problem with the US military is not that it is a killing machine, but that it has been too anti-gay in its hiring practices.

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No difference between the D’s and the R’s.

Bring all the girls and boys home.

Now!

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POLITICAL: Uncle Sam, the aging athlete

Sunday, December 5, 2010

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=232729

Why are we still in Korea?
Posted: November 26, 2010
Pat Buchanan

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From 1941 to 1989, she played a great heroic role as defender of freedom, sacrificing and serving mankind, a role of which we can be forever proud. But having won that epochal struggle against the evil empire, we found ourselves in a world for which we were unprepared. Now, like an aging athlete, we keep trying to relive the glory days when all the world looked with awe upon us.

We can’t let go, because we don’t know what else to do. We live in yesterday – and our rivals look to tomorrow.

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Why are we still in Germany and a slew of other strange places?

Why are American girls and boys dying in the Sandbox, the Rockbox, and a slew of other places?

Why are American politicians immune from “We, The Sheeple”?

Peace. Now!

If women ever decide that they want a peaceful world, they can have it. In minutes! (OK, maybe not minutes. But so quick, it’ll seem like minutes.)

“Yes, when we get out of here. We’re going to have to fix that. You know we control something that can get it done. Not the ballot box, but the other box. (A giant sucking sound as pure Miss Marie used that very rude idiom.) We can end war.” — character “Marie” being anti-war in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 262

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INSPIRATIONAL: Express our displeasure in very effective ways

Friday, November 12, 2010

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/11/07/residents-missouri-town-block-protesters-picketing-soldiers-funeral/?test=latestnews

Residents of Missouri Town Block Protesters From Picketing Soldier’s Funeral
Published November 07, 2010

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Members of a small Missouri town banded together Saturday to block a controversial pastor and members of his Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funeral of a fallen U.S. soldier, Fox4kc.com reports.

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That’s “We, The People” in action. We don’t need our Gooferment to abridge anyone’s right of free speech. But, we can express our displeasure in very effective ways. No parking available? Gee that’s just too bad.

“Reinforcing that cordon, the locals applied firm pressure to ‘visitors’ not to intrude. The gas station wouldn’t sell gas to the intruders. The local sheriff was issuing warnings for parking violations. There were no rooms available for fifty miles around. And, those that wouldn’t ‘get with the program’ were usually arrested on trespass or violating some MV code or another. Reporters who transgressed were sent to the Guv’s woodshed.” — CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 285

“We, The People” have tremendous power to “instruct” our fellow citizens in proper conduct in so many ways.

As a little L libertarian, there’s no one who is more anti-war more pro-life than anyone, but intruding on the funerals of the military is hust NOT the proper place to conduct essentially a political discussion.

The fact that a town full of people recognized the problem and actioned it without fuss or muss is inspiring to me!

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RANT: A yute can see the “barbara streisand” in a recent new story. Is there hope?

Friday, August 27, 2010

FROM A FACEBOOK ECHANGE WITH A YOUNGSTER WHO MAY BE SEEING THE LIGHT

CS: Anyone else think it strange that right as we pull out of Iraq, Iran unveils a long range unmanned strike bomber?
** 9 hours ago via Facebook for BlackBerry · Comment · LikeUnlike

FJR: No stranger than anyone thinks we are really “out”!
**   7 hours ago · LikeUnlike ·

CS: Well never out but that’s what they have to say
**    7 hours ago · Like

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A fellow your age should be inquiring when exactly we will pull our troops from Germany. The folks who fought WW2 are dying off of old age, yet we’re still there. And, still paying and still paying and paying.

Most importantly, think of all the wasted human effort spent on a meaningless activity. Hours and hours of unproductive human potential flushed.

And, if you think of those hours as “transferable” (i.e., that effort applied to something else frees up some one else to do something undone or that can’t be done by someone else). Best description I ever read was that freeing up one soldier, who returns to be grocery checkout clerk in middle-of-nowhere Idaho, starts a long string of silent unseen human resource reallocations that ends with a research scientist somewhere finding the cure for cancer.

Sigh!

And, we’re borrowing the wealth from China to pay to secure Germany from the non-existent past threat from the defunct USSR that youse youngsters will have to pay back with interest.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Anti-war? BHO44 fooled you

Thursday, August 5, 2010

http://original.antiwar.com/roberts/2010/07/29/deaf-dumb-and-blind/

Deaf, Dumb, and Blind
US Treasury is Running on Fumes
by Paul Craig Roberts, July 30, 2010

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If Obama cared about the lives of our soldiers, he would not have sent them to a war, the purpose of which he cannot identify. Earlier in his regime, Obama admitted that he did not know what the mission was in Afghanistan. He vowed to find out what the mission was and to tell us, but he never did. After being read the riot act by the military/security complex, which recycles war profits into political campaign contributions, Obama simply declared the war to be “necessary.” No one has ever explained why the war is necessary.

The government cannot explain why the war is necessary, because it is not necessary to the American people. Any necessary reason for the war has to do with the enrichment of narrow private interests and with undeclared agendas. If the agendas were declared and the private interests being served identified, even the American sheeple might revolt.

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Americans had a choice of a true anti-war President. Ron Paul told them so, but they went the shiny young candidate sold by the media. Guess they’ll have to learn the hard way.
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TINFOILHAT: Getting rich off the dead and maimed

Sunday, August 1, 2010

http://dumpdc.wordpress.com/2010/07/31/wikileaks/

Wikileaks
Who’s Hiding What and Why
by Fred Reed

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If you don’t think that contracts—money—have a great deal to do with wars, reflect that all those hundreds of billions of dollars end up in pockets, and those pockets do not belong to soldiers. Makers of body armor, boots, ammunition, helicopters, on and on, are rolling in gravy. All this half-watched loot flows in cataracts at the price of at most sixty dead American kids a month (and lots of brain-damaged droolers, but what the hey). A bargain. Afghans don’t count.

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Who’s getting rich off the AfPak war?

Is this another case of privatizing the profits and socializing the losses?

Time to change policy. And if, like baseball, we can’t change the policy, change the head coach!

In this case, ALL incumbents should be shown the door. While the new politicians may be worse than the current, we should just keep the revolving door spinning. Could we do any worse?

How about we pick folks from the unemployment office? At least, then they will have a job. And, when they select their staff, they have to take folks from that unemployment office. It may increase costs a little, but it may cut down on the graft and theft.

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POLITICAL: Thinking about the anit war vote in COngress

Sunday, August 1, 2010

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? —- Mohandas Gandhi

http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=223945

Wars and U.S. Congress: Now what?
By David Swanson

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On Tuesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill already passed by the Senate that funds a $33 billion, 30,000-troop escalation in Afghanistan. The vote was 308 to 114. What could the good news possibly be?

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Maybe everyone will eventually come around to Ron Paul’s version of a “plan” (i.e., hop on the first thing smoking going in this direction). There’s a reason that Afpak is called the graveyard of empires.

We have to be like Switzerland, a big fat old porkypine! Don’t tread on me.

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POLITICAL: Can’t women stop “war” anytime they get their act together?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/glass10.1.html

War, Women, and the Taliban
by Charles Glass

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Minerals, new commanders, new local collaborators, new strategies. All are failing, not only to win the war, but to persuade the American and European public to support it. What else is left? Alas, women. Just when you thought there was no reason to prolong the nine-year war in central Asia, along comes a new excuse. A CIA memorandum of 11 March, “Afghanistan: Sustaining West European Support for the NATO-led Mission – Why Counting on Apathy Might Not Be Enough,” (posted on Wikileaks) puts the propagandists’ case: “Afghan women could serve as ideal messengers in humanizing the ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] role in combating the Taliban because of women’s ability to speak personally and credibly about their experiences under the Taliban, their aspirations for the future, and their fears of a Taliban victory. Outreach initiatives that create media opportunities for Afghan women to share their stories with French, German, and other European women could help to overcome pervasive skepticism among women in Western Europe toward the ISAF mission.” Hey, if no one is marching to Washington’s drumbeat on defeating terrorism, why not change the tune to “I Am Woman”?

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Shouldn’t women always be against war? The initiation of force? And, can’t they stop it anytime they want?

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Reinke, Ferdinand J. “Chapter Forty Six — Good woman gets the pic”. “CHURCH 10●19●62 (Volume 1)” 978-0-557-08387-9. M ed. Vol. 2. Lulu. 263. Print.

“No, Miss Marie, in our new world run by women, there will be no sex discrimination. We control the box.” With no hint of self- consciousness or shame. “Dear, that’s not a nice way to say it. And, box is very crude. I’m sorry I used it but I was … incensed that war should happen. Maybe you could say ‘we control the future generations’?” “OK, but those balls will be blue before I let my man start another war.”

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GOVERNACIDE: 1 US Soldier Killed

Friday, July 23, 2010

http://original.antiwar.com/updates/2010/07/21/wednesday-16-iraqis-killed-32-wounded/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+antiwar-original+%28Antiwar.com+Original+Articles%29

Wednesday: 40 Iraqis, 1 US Soldier Killed; 64 Iraqis Wounded
by Margaret Griffis, July 21, 2010
Updated at 8:24 p.m. EDT, July 21, 2010

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At least 40 Iraqis were killed 64 more were wounded in various attacks across the country. The worst violence collapsed a building in Diyala province, which has suffered several attacks in the last few days. A U.S. soldier was also killed in Diyala when a roadside bomb blated his vehicle.

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Pisses me off that this doesn’t get more publicity!

Wake up, Sheeple, we need these boys and girls home. Now!

Ron Paul WAS the only true anti-war candidate with a plan (i.e., cut and run). We’ve made a very bad mistake. Let’s recognize it and staunch the bleeding. Sorry to our friends and allies. Apologies to our enemies. Time to retreat. Discretion is the best form of valor.

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RANT: Support the troops; bring them home!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

http://original.antiwar.com/norby/2010/07/06/steele-speaks-the-truth/

Steele Speaks the Truth
by Chris Norby, July 07, 2010

Chris Norby is a freshman Republican state legislator from Orange County, Calif. He previously served on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and as mayor of Fullerton.

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“If he [Obama] is such a student of history, has he not understood the one thing you don’t do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan? Everyone who has tried over a thousand years has failed, and there are reasons for that.” In restating this obvious historical fact, Republican Chairman Michael Steele has roused a chorus of neocon critics calling for his resignation.

Instead, they should heed the words of Douglas MacArthur, who warned another young president – John F. Kennedy – in 1961: “Anyone wanting to commit American ground forces to the mainland of Asia should have his head examined.”

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BHO44 is no student of anything. Except maybe how to fool some of the people some of the time.

Afpak land war? Insane no matter what empire tries it and no matter which party runs it.

Ground forces should be at home. Right smack dab in the US of A.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Isn’t this supposed to be the “home of the brave”

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

http://original.antiwar.com/pitts/2010/05/07/living-with-risk-is-the-cost-of-freedom

Living with Risk is the Cost of Freedom
by Leonard Pitts Jr., May 08, 2010

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We always seem surprised.

Even after Oct. 1, 1910, when a bomb destroyed the Los Angeles Times building and killed 20 men.

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There’s a saying: I’d rather be lucky than good. Last week, we were both. But at some point, we will be neither.

So what can you do? The answer is that you do the best you can, take what precautions you can, and then you get on with it, learn to live with the risk freedom entails. You accept that risk because freedom is worth it.

And because living in fear is a contradiction in terms.

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The Gooferment, while its raison d’Eter is protection of our rights, is incapable of keeping us completely safe. We see that result in the movies — “The Matrix”, “V”, and “I, Robot” — and in countless Sci Fi texts. We couldn’t breathe with a complete cloak of protection around us. And, mistake would still happen.

So let’s recognize there will always be risk. Someone always wins the lottery. Reasonable mitigation, Mutual Cooperation as needed, strict restriction of unjustified Gooferment intrusions should be the “order of the day”.

After all this is supposed to be the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”.

We all don’t need “no stinkin’ badges” to keep ourselves safe.

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INTERESTING: Memorial Day war movies

Monday, May 25, 2009

It’s with mixed emotion that I watch the “war movies” that inhabit the old TV movie channels on “patriotic” holidays. Now, I have no illusions why they are showing the genre. Not that they are “patriots”. But, it does get an audience of those wistful for the simpler times, those seeking “action”, and those who have illusions of what war is.

People, mostly men, die!

You can lose sight of that fact in their silver screen propaganda.

Argh!

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