Posts Tagged ‘War

11
Sep
10

Who Was In Our Ranks on September 11th?

September 11th. A lot of words get tossed around on this day and a lot has happened since that day where nearly 3,000 people died  – people of all walks of life.

Since then the area has been a touchy subject, both literally and figuratively. It has been a soapbox for some on the right to claim endurance for the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and the continued pressure on Iran. Likewise it has been a soapbox for the people on the left to have us just drop it and have a mosque built next to it. I have no concern on either of these issues or platforms but I do have an interest in the crisis it created.

With any crisis we are confused, scared, and bewildered. In this case, we also became patriotic. Most Americans took it as a slap in the face and wanted to serve justice to those who were responsible. We pumped our fists, waved our flags, and got on our bullhorns and proclaimed like we did with Pearl Harbor that we were going to go whoop some ass. And whooping some ass we did. But did we whoop the right ass?

Maybe we did kill some bad guys. I don’t doubt we did. I think, however, that we are walking away with many pieces of shrapnel in the back of our heads from the grenades that the government threw. Maybe those grenades were faulty or maybe those grenades were not tossed in the correct direction, but the fact remains that we have shrapnel. Of course I am talking about such things as the PATRIOT Act and the bump of the NSA wire-taps. And since then, many other things…

I don’t want to dwell on those things as this is a day to mourn those lost. I just want to bring to light that in times of crisis we must not only charge the enemy… but also remember to look behind us to make sure we don’t have assassins flanking us or spys in our ranks.

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24
Aug
09

[At Least] 11 Broken Promises of Obama

Broken Promises:

Broken promise No. 1: ‘Sunlight Before Signing’

Broken promise No. 2: Capital gains tax elimination

Broken promise No. 3: New American jobs tax credit

Broken promise No. 4: Hiatus on 401(k) penalties

Broken promise No. 5: ‘No jobs for lobbyists’

Broken promise No. 6: Earmark reform

Broken promise No. 7: Bring troops home in 16 months

Broken promise No. 8: Sign ‘Freedom of Choice Act’

Broken promise No. 9: $4,000 college credit

Broken promise No. 10: Transparency

Broken promise No. 11: Executive signing statements

(see evidence on original list here)

14
Aug
09

Woodstock Attendees Running Government?

If I was to ask what happened in August 15-18, 1969, some may know and some may know all too well. If you don’t that is OK because I wouldn’t know as it was before my time. What happened then was the original Woodstock.

So, after 40 years, what has Woodstock delivered? Do we have more peace and no war? Do we have more love? Do we have more understanding? Do we have a greater tolerance for others around us? What ever happened to the attendees of Woodstock anyways? Exactly, how influential has Woodstock been on our culture as it is deemed to be?

Of course, as this article mentions here, “what strikes me now – long after the event – is the false promise of Woodstock. For the tolerance and understanding, the peace and love, were not built upon a change in the human heart. Instead, they were built upon – in the Woodstock generation’s own words – sex, drugs, and rock n roll.”

Indeed, humans never did change deep-down by the event we call Woodstock. In fact, it almost seems ironic that a push to change the basic societial relationship of humans was attempted to be built on drugs which seperated you from reality, sex which is naturally euphoric, and music which can also trigger euphoria of a sort. In other words, the change was being brought on an imaginary cloud induced by some sort of alternate reality.

Of course I don’t completely condone their efforts. I think that everyone should explore their inner-being to the degree that they feel comfortable with themselves. If you need to use drugs to do that, I don’t really have a problem with that either – so long as you don’t harm or interfere with others. I also am very much into the tolerance and acceptance of others. However, the progression of the human race seems to be squarely in the corner of the traditional conservative education and exploration. This can be evidenced by the Moon Race from 1957 to 1976.

I want to take a real quick tangent to tolerance and acceptance before I forget though. I consider myself very tolerant and accepting of others. I do this by first recognizing that everyone is an individual. There are bad individuals and good individuals. Secondly, I recognize that I am not like anyone else – I am unique. Between these two attributes, I think that this is how we will make real progress on the issue. This is versus the idea of the hippy and now Liberal movement where we need to give special privledges or extra help to groups of people.

So where are the attendees of Woodstock today? In this article here they say, “Now hippies have all become Republicans and instead of taking LSD, they’re taking Viagra and losing their hair.” Inversely, to me it seems that with the severe push in all levels of government to become more Socialist that they all went home from Woodstock, took a bath, got haircuts, put on some clothes and got jobs as todays Democrats.

10
Aug
08

Barack Obama and Iraq: WYSI[N]WYG. Are You Surprised?

It is beyond me how anyone, after a detailed review, could think Barack Obama qualified to become president of the United States (I used to before my own detailed review). His campaign has been a perpetual Beatles concert, with not only the girls swooning.

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A great small synopsis of how Obama is a crowd pleaser – he will say whatever he needs to say to get people to like him and think that he is going to do what they want. However, in reality, he almost adds little quips and stipulations on when he is going to act. It is a perfect coverup. If you take a solid stand and, in this case, name a definite date people can nail you to that date. If you make a fluid date (read, no date) then nobody can ever point the finger at you and say that you didn’t do what you said. Perfect!

29
Apr
08

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Digg This I found this article and man-o-man is it a gem! I am going to repost here in-whole just in case something happens to the original found here. Below is the article in it’s entirety.

I Had Enough?

Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, “Stay the course.”

Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I’ll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies. Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don’t need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?

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27
Mar
08

The Al-Qaeda That America Made

 I agree. Most of the “terrorist” problem is severely inflated.

(Putting on my conspiracy hat) I personally believe that most of this “problem” is inflated to give certain people more power than they already have. To example this, look no further than things such as the Patriot Act, the suspension of habeas corpus, et al.




Quotes:

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

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