GOVERNACIDE: When the chicken hawks send girls and boys to fight, just say “no”

Friday, January 27, 2017

http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,Galloway_062304,00.html

Joe Galloway: What It’s Really Like Over There  

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About the Author

Joseph L. Galloway is the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers and a nationally syndicated columnist. One of America’s preeminent war correspondents, with more than four decades as a reporter and writer, he recently concluded an assignment as a special consultant to Gen. Colin Powell at the State Department.

Galloway, a native of Refugio, Texas, spent 22 years as a foreign and war correspondent and bureau chief for United Press International, and nearly 20 years as a senior editor and senior writer for U.S. News & World Report magazine. 

[JR: He was THE writer in Mel Gibson’s “We Were Soldiers”]

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June 23, 2004

WASHINGTON – The Internet, which fills our inboxes with spam and scams every day and keeps our delete keys shiny, occasionally delivers a real keeper, such as the words below, which were written by a graduate of West Point, Class of 2003, who’s now at war in Iraq. 

We tracked down the author, who gave us permission to quote from his letter so long as we didn’t reveal his name. 

Old soldiers in the Civil War coined a phrase for green troops who survived their first taste of battle: “He has seen the elephant.” This Army lieutenant sums up the combat experience better than many a grizzled veteran: 

“Well, I’m here in Iraq, and I’ve seen it, and done it. I’ve seen everything you’ve ever seen in a war movie. I’ve seen cowardice; I’ve seen heroism; I’ve seen fear; and I’ve seen relief. I’ve seen blood and brains all over the back of a vehicle, and I’ve seen men bleed to death surrounded by their comrades. I’ve seen people throw up when it’s all over, and I’ve seen the same shell-shocked look in 35-year-old experienced sergeants as in 19-year-old privates. … … … …

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Let’s bring all the girls, boys, women, and men home now! We have so many politicians and bureaucrats to send in their place if it’s really needed!

I’ve been lucky in not having to “see the elephant” first hand.

But, I have seen enough of the results to know that this is the LAST resort.

https://acaptainslog.blogspot.com/2008/07/fallen-soldier_04.html

I continue to insist that the “representatives” meet the returning H.R. and truly understand what their vote costs in terms of blood. The senator, congressman, other elected politicians, and appointed bureaucrats should meet “My soldier is on his way back to … …”!

Dona Nobis Pacem 

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LIBERTARIAN: This little L libertarian salutes a peace activist

Thursday, November 17, 2016

http://keywestlou.com/who-is-pouring-tea-who-is-presiding-at-the-punch-bowl/

WHO IS POURING TEA? WHO IS PRESIDING AT THE PUNCH BOWL?
Posted on November 7, 2016 by keywestlou

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I wrote a lengthy column about Jeanette Rankin three years ago in KONK Life. An interesting woman.

On this date in 1916, Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. From Montana. Western women worked shoulder to shoulder with the men. They had a different respect than their eastern compatriots.

Rankin did not last long in office. One term. She was a pacifist. Voted against entry into World War I.

Some twenty years later, Rankin was again elected to the House. Again, only for one term. She was the sole vote against the U,.S. declaration of war against Japan following December 7, 1941.

Rankin needed police help to leave the House building following her vote. A crowd of angry persons had her confined in a telephone booth.

Enjoy your day! 

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I didn’t know this before today. I did know that there was only vote against entry in WW2.

You have to respect someone with the courage of their convictions.

Perhaps she saw that the Lusitania was not what it seemed (i.e., it was carrying munitions), that “war” would turn dead Americans into big profits for the war industry (shades of Ike warning the USA of the military industrial complex), and that George Washington warned about becoming entangled.

Then in her next term, she saw that it was FDR’s plan to end the depression, again turn bodies into profits, and turn the USA into a global empire.

Special place in heaven for her.

Most libertarians value peace as a principle because it minimizes the State.

Special thanks for the wake up by Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957).

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GOVERNACIDE: Fukushima a Gooferment disaster

Thursday, November 10, 2016

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3897212/Fukushima-five-years-Inside-exclusion-zone-Japanese-nuclear-plant-deemed-uninhabitable.html

Fukushima frozen in time: How the uninhabitable exclusion zone remains untouched, five years after tsunami caused Japanese nuclear plant disaster 

  • The area around Fukushima’s reactor was evacuated in April 2011 and is still cordoned off to the public 
  • It followed the 8.9 magnitude Tohoku earthquake which led to a tsunami which partly flooded the plant
  • This led to the failure of several coolant water pumps, which prevented the reactor from overheating 
  • In February three Tokyo Electric Power Company executives were charged with professional negligence 

By CHRIS SUMMERS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 08:46 EDT, 2 November 2016 | UPDATED: 07:50 EDT, 3 November 2016

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Sorry, but the Gooferment approved all these disastrous decisions. And absolved the “company” from liability. So, as usual, the people absorb the burnt of the costs.

Who is the genius that made these decisions?

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GOVERNACIDE: Voting … …

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

“If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” ― often incorrectly attributed to American humorist Mark Twain ― but very very true imho!

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GOVERNACIDE: Another Benghazi factoid I didn’t know about!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/09/11/what-benghazi-attack-taught-me-about-hillary-clinton.html

STATE DEPARTMENT
What the Benghazi attack taught me about Hillary Clinton
By Gregory N. Hicks  Published September 11, 2016  FoxNews.com 

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U.S. law also requires the secretary of state to ensure that all U.S. government personnel assigned to a diplomatic post abroad be located at one site. If not, the secretary — and only the secretary — with the concurrence of the agency head whose personnel will be located at a different location, must issue a waiver. The law, which states specifically that the waiver decision cannot be delegated, was passed after the 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa, when deficient security was blamed for that debacle under Bill Clinton’s presidency.

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After all this time, here comes yet another factoid that I don’t think was well known.

While I don’t think Congress — or any “committee” — can “legislate” tactics, it does seem clear that they can insist on the proper level of decision making on certain “hot topics” or high risk sites of previous disasters.

Argh!

Do politicians and bureaucrats EVER learn?

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GOVERNACIDE: The Gooferment kills its citizens!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

http://listverse.com/2016/07/15/top-10-little-known-facts-about-alcohol/

Top 10 Little-Known Facts About Alcohol
ADAM R. RAMOS JULY 15, 2016

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1. The Federal Poisoning Plan

Between December 25 and 27, 1926, the city of New York saw 31 alcohol-related deaths and countless others desperately ill. What was originally speculated as your typical alcohol poisoning turned out to be far more disturbing given that the deaths were courtesy of the US government.

When Prohibition took effect in 1920, law enforcement began denaturing industrial alcohol by adding toxic chemicals. This plan was conducted with the hopes of deterring people from re-purifying the liquid so that it could be consumed. As time passed and the speakeasies and underground bars flourished, the anti-drinking forces in the government developed a new denaturing process that would make industrial-grade alcohol twice as poisonous.

TIME magazine noted in a 1927 article that three ordinary drinks of this concoction created by the government would cause blindness. Government officials stated that the individuals who consumed the alcohol did it under their own free will, and the act was therefore nothing short of a deliberate suicide. The government insisted that they held no responsibility. Prohibition came to an end five years later, and by that time, the actions of the United States government had claimed the lives of at least 10,000 people.

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Why do we trust the Government in any way?

They should be disbelieved on principle.

They should be kept barefoot, weak, and starved for resources.

They should be restricted to their proper role (i.e., nightwatchman; referee; minimalistic powers).

Argh!

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GOVERNACIDE: Agent Orange and multi-generational effects

Monday, June 27, 2016

https://psmag.com/a-fathers-war-a-son-s-toxic-inheritance-2eb6f511cef0#.sq0mcbynn

Recommended by Medium Staff and 118 others
Pacific Standard
A Father’s War, a Son’s Toxic InheritanceStephen Katz’s estranged father was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Now the photographer wonders if that caused his own health problems.
By Stephen M. Katz

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The package also delivered a warning: A handwritten note attached to a stack of Veterans Affairs medical records. During the war, before I was born, Al had sprayed Agent Orange along riverbanks in Vietnam, often soaking his uniform in the herbicide. The exposure, he wrote, had caused him serious health problems, including a neurological disorder, and he believed it also might have harmed me.

My mind raced as I thought of my own troubled medical history. A heart defect diagnosed at birth. An underactive thyroid. Problems with my nervous and immune systems. More recently, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and a nerve disorder that severely limits the use of my right hand.

I’m now 46. A lean 6-foot–2 and 190 pounds. I don’t smoke. I try to eat healthy. But the number of pills I swallow every day would make you think I’m twice that age. As a teenager, I was sick so often, I joked that my healthy brother and I couldn’t be related. He’d been born before the war, before Agent Orange.“There really is nothing that can be done now, as far as I know,” Al had written in 2009, “except be aware of the ravages of A.O.”

What my father didn’t know was that I’d already become familiar with Agent Orange and its consequences.

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When I read this I shudder at the human casualties caused by this “weapon”.

Talk about “friendly fire” and “collateral damage”.

At the very least, the damage should be assessed.

Argh!

So sad.

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