Thursday, September 9, 2010

Burning Books

Americans are up in arms because an idiot in Florida wants to burn the Quran.  The media of course, turn this into a bigger deal than it deserves to be.  As far as I am concerned, if the media did not make a deal of this, nobody would know nor care. 

But in an amazing Orwellian moment, we are told that burning the Quran will put our soldiers in harms way and serve as a recruitment tool for Al Qaeda.  As if invading Afghanistan and Iraq is not the main reason our soldiers are in harms way.  And going to the middle east and shooting and bombing people does not serve as the ultimate recruitment tool for Al Qaeda. 

"War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength."
     ~George Orwell, 1984

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What if Roger Clemens Lied?

Roger Clemens seems to have made some enemies in high places.  The case against him does not look very good.  Whether he lied to congress or not, I do not really care however.  As far as I can see, if he did lie to congress, then he just lied to liars.  The people he allegedly lied to, lie for a living.

There is a difference between the lies Roger Clemens may have told, and the lies that we know that our government told.  If Roger Clemens lied, nobody died as a result of it.  Our government's lies result in the death of hundreds of thousands of people. 

Our government's justification for war with Iraq was a lie.  The original reason to go to war with Iraq was Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, and was an imminent threat to the U.S.  Shortly after the invasion, when it became obvious to most people that Iraq did not have WMD's, the reason for war changed.  The people who lied and are responsible for so much death and destruction do not face any consequences. 

What about the story of Pat Tillman?  The government fabricated a lie about the death of Pat Tillman in order to recruit more people to join and fight their wars.  What are the consequences for the liars in the case of Pat Tillman? 

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident resulted in an escalation of the war in Vietnam, the death of over 1 million Vietnamese and over 58,000 American soldiers.  Yet it was a fabrication.  A National Security Agency report in 2005 had the following to say about the Gulf of Tonkin Incident:
    
     [I]t is not simply that there is a different story as to what happened; it is that no attack happened that   
     night. [...] In truth, Hanoi's navy was engaged in nothing that night but the salvage of two of the boats
     damaged on August 2. (1)

I hope that young people, the people that may be the soldiers in the future, learn that they do not have to die, they do not have to kill for the lies of our rulers. 


Notes
(1) http://www.fas.org/irp/nsa/spartans/chapter5.pdf  P. 177

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Can You Afford This?

At the time of this posting, the amount owed per U.S. citizen to cover government debt was over $42,000.  Serious trouble lies ahead folks.  An empire can only finance its shenanigans for so long.  Eventually they all fail.  The problem is that they do not like to go down easily, it is usually kicking and screaming. 

See how much you owe right now.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Flipping Out in Daytona Beach


I spent last week in Florida.  This is me doing a flip into the ocean.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Beautiful Little Song

A beautiful little song by Pete Seeger.

I am sure some of you have heard this, but maybe it's new to you.

Monday, August 9, 2010

65 Years Ago Today

Sixty-five years ago today, the U.S. Military, that force for all that is good in the world, nearly wiped a second entire city off the face of the earth.  The second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki at 11:01 in the morning.   More than 40,000 people were instantaneously killed.  Many thousands more would die later.

Of course the U.S. government was fully justified.  After all, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.  That would give the U.S. the justification for slaughtering hundreds of thousands of civilians. 

I imagine what we would learn about the atomic bombings had the Germans been the first to use the bomb on New York City or London.  Would they be justified in our history books?  What if our ally, the Soviet Union bombed Berlin?
Would we still say that they were necessary?  

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