Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans Day

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My favorite quote from CNN this weekend: "As long as there have been wars, there have been veterans."

Thanks CNN.

To celebrate this Veterans Day I would like to post the a link to the famous words of two-time Medal of Honor recipient Major General Smedley Butler:

War Is A Racket!

18 Comments:

Blogger DebraJMSmith said...

http://www.guyrandalladams.com/vet.html

Sat Nov 11, 07:27:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

OT

It is the first time that the Vatican has joined the bitter debates on not wearing the veil in the West, and the Vatican joined in this debate by pretexting that the veil of the Moslem women prevents social integration. But that goes further: the Cardinal Renato Martino added that immigrants must respect the traditions, culture and religion of the other nations which accommodate them.

Frankly? It is true that when I moved abroad (that is called freedom) I liked to take the rituals and the cultural aspect of people to melt in their population. It is true also that the aspect “social integration” was always an essential component of my personality. It is very important for me, to include and understand their manners and cultures, to be sensitive and to adhere to it. Now I also like to see different people and looking at women that wear the veil never disturbed me. We are Democracies above all, of Christian culture certainly, but there were people well before the religion on this planet. When does tolerance from our governments starts and when does it end for these women?

Tue Nov 14, 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

What those "fervent" anti-Castro Cubans, whom we STILL support financially in the US, are *actually* doing with your tax dollars. Ain't "supporting democracy" GRAND??: Dissidents blew American 'aid' millions on luxuries for Cuba [The Guardian] ====Cuban dissidents who were given millions of dollars by the US government to support democracy in their homeland instead blew money on computer games, cashmere sweaters, crabmeat and chocolates, which were then sent to the island. ==== A scathing congressional audit of democracy assistance programmes found "questionable expenditure" by several groups funded by Washington in opposition to President Fidel Castro's rule on the communist Caribbean island. ==== The Miami-based Accion Democratica Cubana spent money on a chainsaw, Nintendo Game Boys and Sony PlayStations, mountain bikes, leather coats and Godiva chocolates, which the group says were all sent to Cuba. "These people are going hungry. They never get any chocolate there," Juan Carlos Acosta, the group's executive director, told the Miami Herald. ...

Wed Nov 15, 09:32:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

nemo
Cuban dissidents who were given millions of dollars by the US government to support democracy in their homeland instead blew money on computer games, cashmere sweaters, crabmeat and chocolates, which were then sent to the island.

i had relatives behind the Iron Curtain - and we also send and brought them chocolate, clothes, small things of luxury they never got. I remember how amazed i was when i noticed that everyone in that country knew that i was "from the west" - it was just because of my outfit (and believe me the outfit wasn't that great)

i remember the interviews after the Fall of the Wall when people talk about bananas and journeys - the freedom to go wherever you want might be the one freedom most people really care for

the problem with humankind is that most people don't care about being free or slaves - women defend their veils and their husbands beating them, slaves betray Spartacus and revolutions against aristocrats create dictatorships

most people care about being fed and protected - and when they have to sacrifice their freedom? Be it!

so, sad as it is, the chocolate is exactly that what American tax dollars are spent for - to convince people to long for the "free market" - to follow American orders of economic dictatorship (aka "freedom and democracy" Bush-style)

that's called investment and it works all the time, sure not for the poor people, but for their "owners" at Wall Street

btw: globalization and free market =>"improvement of life"

it's not only about our western employees losing jobs or at least income on and on to boost the earnings of the market leaders above the 400-times-limit (400x the average income) - i've read about China and India, about the "small people" there, the farmers - in China, the "free market" poisons the land and water, so that the farmers have to struggle with drought and sterility for the sake of cheap production for the West and in India, the prices fall so deep, that Indian farmers can't stand it and commit suicide: every 8 hour one poor victim of business dies, mostly leaving behind an helpless, dependent wife with many children

(and thanks for the Sheehan-Link - great woman!)

Thu Nov 16, 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Oh, I get it now -- "TERRORISM" is actually anything that "threatens" the status quo of the Corporate Establishment, including its obscene profit margins. And here, I thought the concept centered on concern for the basic human rights of innocents (SILLY ME!): House Passes "Terrorism" Act Against Animal Activists [The NewStandard] ==== Monday afternoon, the US House of Representatives passed a bill that reclassifies unlawful animal-rights tactics as terrorism under certain conditions, even if they are non-violent. ==== As reported by The NewStandard just hours before the House took its voice vote on the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA), the bill will classify civil disobedience actions - such as blockades, property destruction, trespassing, and the freeing of captive animals - as terrorism. ... ==== [And yet, what we're supposedly doing in Iraq is fancifully labeled as "liberation" -- go figure!] ==== In addition, we can all kiss the Fuehrer's brief pretense of reciprocal "bipartisanship" good-bye. It's clearly still "My way or the highway" under Dictator Bush's twisted concept of "democracy", and a Totalitarian One-Party State is still very obviously the ultimate goal: Bush to Renominate Blocked Judicial Candidates [AGAIN!!]

Thu Nov 16, 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

i had relatives behind the Iron Curtain - and we also send and brought them chocolate, clothes, small things of luxury they never got. ==== Again: Understood. But these are US-supported groups of highly dubious political merit -- existing only to harrass Cuba's "left-wing" government for the edification of Washington's *right-wing* Fascists -- who consistently have their hands out for goverment funding to "foster democracy" (i.e., capitalist imperialism , as you so astutely observed.) It's not *their* money they're spending, but funds taken from the American people under utterly false pretexts by the Fascists of this government. (Plus the groups have merely claimed that those "goodies" have been sent to Cuba, and then not even in all cases -- the one organization seems to be professing to "lead by example" by purchasing the luxuries strictly for itself.) ==== Overall, I think we see this equivalently. While your own gesture was one of kindness, this is nothing more than graft -- the inevitable bastard offspring of the "national security" state in the US ever since its inception.

Thu Nov 16, 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

nemo
the bill will classify civil disobedience actions - such as blockades, property destruction, trespassing, and the freeing of captive animals - as terrorism. ...

wow - they don't hesitate...

that's H.R. 5122, isn't it? SEC. 1076, which amended "Section 333 of title 10, United States Code":

"a) Use of Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies- (1) The President may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to--
(A) restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States, the President determines that--
...
(B) suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy if such insurrection, violation, combination, or conspiracy results in a condition described in paragraph (2).
(2) A condition described in this paragraph is a condition that--
...
(B) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws."

wow - the President determines and the pseudo-legislative tries to ease his "work" by "reclassifying unlawful animal-rights tactics as terrorism under certain conditions, even if they are non-violent." - the pseudo-legislative tries to fulfill his wishes and in advance

Oh yes, that's how people "function" in Aristocracies - where everyone does everything (preferably in advance) to please the King...

as i've found H.R. 5122 i was shocked - but i thought at least they would wait to use it a little. Seems i forgot that they still have to get rid off some annoying "hindrances" in American laws or maybe just have to "smoothen" the path for the Beloved President to use H.R. 5122 - to do whatever he wants with whomever he wants: Habeas Corpus - that's how the British Kings declared a person "their own", they just pointed at him/her and decided that his/her body (corpus) belongs to them now and that they can do with that "body" whatever they want

seems, as if the Bush-Family has decided to use this convenient right for Kings again - they just want to point at some defiant person - like Cindy Sheehan??? - and to say "Habeas Corpus", "Your body is mine now" to avoid difficulties...

If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier... [Bush chuckles, audience laughs] ...just so long as I'm the dictator [more laughter].

but i bet George isn't the favorite for his family - poor guy, we should "collect some pity", my bet is, that he just has to pioneer the way for Jeb, who will be strong enough to "Tame not only Texas", but Tame America...

make her a little obedient pussy-cat...

what a decline, Miss Liberty

Fri Nov 17, 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous UT said...

That was my biggest fear a few years ago that the terrorism basket was going to be enlarged from military goals to a foreign/cultural scope in our civilian society activism and sure enough they did it. Next thing we know, with anti-abortionist laws, we may be branded as terrorists and go to jail for jacking off :)

Fri Nov 17, 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

Iranian-American Student Abused By UCLA UCPD With Tazer GUN

An Iranian-American UCLA student was shot by UCLA'S UCPD November 14th 2006, because he could not show his Student ID. He was shot 5 times with a taser gun. Police threatened to shoot students who got too close. The Student yelled out that he had a medical condition, but the cops kept shooting.

Call the UCPD
(310) 825-1491

CALL UCLA
Telephone: 310-825-2151
Fax: 310-206-6030
(chancellor@conet.ucla.edu)

Fri Nov 17, 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Loosely tying the last two themes together, it's apparently quite "respectable" in this country to be a genuine terrorist, as long as you're "our" [Fascist] kind of terrorist. But God forbid you should consider freeing tortured lab animals or "threaten" the profitability of the highly lucrative fur trade!: Where is the Justice?: Anti-Castro Terrorist Gets Only 4 Years By Gloria La Riva [Counterpunch] ==== A man like Santiago Alvarez, who can be heard on a telephone, calling on one of his underlings to throw C-4 explosives into Havana's Tropicana nightclub and "do away with all that"--all that being hundreds of people--a man like Santiago Alvarez who had machine guns, bazookas and grenades in a massive Miami arsenal, is sentenced to only a four-year prison sentence this week in a southern Florida federal court. ==== Yet, the Cuban Five, five men who were in Miami working to prevent a terrorist like Alvarez from killing innocent people, who never possessed a weapon, who never engaged nor intended to engage in the "espionage conspiracy" they were falsely convicted of, received 15 years to double life after their 2001 trial, and the added punishment of being denied family visits. ... ==== [Read in full, it's remarkably sickening and quite appropriately titled.]

Fri Nov 17, 06:25:00 PM  
Blogger politiques USA said...

The Playstation 3 is out! And I did not get one :)

Fri Nov 17, 10:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

The Playstation 3 is out! And I did not get one ==== PolU: See?? Now, if you were a fanatical, "anti-Communist", Cuban expatriate who *liked* slaughtering restaurant patrons in the name of "democracy", you probably would have been put on the ADVANCE notice list and fully equipped at the expense of the US taxpayers. Crime *does* pay! ;-)

Sat Nov 18, 06:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

... that's H.R. 5122, isn't it? ... ==== Again: I saw your post on this incredibly vile piece of "legislation", but hardly knew what to make of it at the time other than to call it what it is: yet another "Enabling Act" for our massively overprivileged "Fuehrer". Coming from the blatantly partisan toadies who currently "rule" the House, I'm not at all surprised by such desperate attempts to lock in the "authority" of the Republikan Reich prior to the January Congressional transition. The nomination of *Gates* for Defense Secretary and *renewed* efforts to have that butthead Bolton confirmed as UN ambassador seem equally symptopmatic of a last-minute Putsch of lop-sided proposals this "lame duck" Congress may attempt to ramrod through before its approaching demise. ==== But will this foul measure and its "siblings" be approved, and in BOTH chambers -- who knows? Either way, it's certainly despicable to witness such openly Totalitarian proposals being introduced by members of the so-called "People's Branch", strictly for the benefit of our renegade "Fuehrer". The Republikan Party CLEARLY "has no shame"!

Sat Nov 18, 07:10:00 PM  
Blogger Again said...

nemo
before its approaching demise

problem is - does it matter? That Nancy "Paul von Hindenburg" Pelosi et al. are not willing to impeach Bush is IMHO the best proof of the simple fact, that they either don't understand what's going on - or don't care about

reminds me of a text about politics and global warming: too little, too late, too weak...

btw: do you know that the Nazis lost voters November 1932? Most people thought that this would be the beginning of the end of Hitler...

i often wonder how humankind could be able to invent writing, science and arts - with people like us who never can learn from history and do the same stupid mistakes on and on - and no, the people of Mesopotamia didn't invent writing, they just re-invented it. Ok, ok that's also a kind of learning from history....

so when did we lose that capability? Since when we are doomed to repeat history on and on?

Sun Nov 19, 01:20:00 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

I figure if I start saving now, I will be able to buy a Playstation 3 right around the time the Playstation 4 comes out. I'm all aflutter :|

"so when did we lose that capability? Since when we are doomed to repeat history on and on?"

When comfort became far more important than freedom, I think.

The Bush Nightmare Era,as historians will come to know it, has demonstrated to me personally how lazy and complacent we can be as long as we have a few shiny toys to keep us happy. I'm as guilty as anyone, perhaps more so because I know what these bastards have been up to. One positive: It has made me admire those that actually do stand and resist much more than I ever did before. There have been, and still are, some brave souls out there.

Sun Nov 19, 02:01:00 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

I've seen the video of the taser incident....

Does veryone have to show their "papers" to get into the UCLA library?

Of course, he's lucky. If it had happened here in TN,they would have simply waterboarded him on the spot.

Sun Nov 19, 02:05:00 AM  
Anonymous UT said...

I figure if I start saving now, I will be able to buy a Playstation 3 right around the time the Playstation 4 comes out.
LOL yeah, same here. I love the graphics though, but I had never seen people robbing game stores like in Ca to get their hands on a console.

Sun Nov 19, 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous UT said...

Does everyone have to show their "papers" to get into the UCLA library? Not sure but they do know what people read in a library, correct?
This whole story was so wierd that I prefered not to comment about it.

Sun Nov 19, 11:07:00 PM  

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