These are unretouched photographs distributed by the US Department of Defense, as Christmas greetings.
DENVER, COLORADO- So-called men’s rights advocates slash pick-up culture misogynists are making publicity for themseves by calling for rallies across the US to legalize rape. They suggest rape should be legal –in the home at least– a sort of Stand Your Ground haven for wife-beaters. To indemnify domestic abuse. These liberated emasculates are nostalgic apparently for when most sexual assault stigmatized the victim and stayed in the closet unreported. These freaks are trolling, obviously, but prompting indignant cries to mobilize counterprotests. So much so that the reassert-your-male-privilege meet-ups have been cancelled. Reportedly. See that’s the problem. It’s Phelps Bundyism NAMBLAism enabling the corporate media to paint “activists” in sordid stripes. DO YOU WANT TO PROTEST AGAINST RAPE? Protest systemic rape by occupation forces, whoever’s. Protest militarism. Protest American troops who try to rape 70% of their female soldiers and succeed with 40%, although who doubts that is underreported. Protest professional rapism to address the injustice of sexual violence. Let’s be fair. Rapists are also victims of rape culture. Protest rape culture.
Americans tend to see racism in terms of being solely a Black and White, White versus Black sort of issue. And since we no longer have an overt and blatant, separate but not very equal Apartheid State, White Americans tend to pat themselves on the back and then deny that much any racism actually still exists in US society. This mindset then goes on to blame Blacks for there still being huge problems in their communities. Whites have done their part to make equality supposedly happen say these Whites, and if US Blacks are worse off today, it is only because they are not as good and hard working as Whites mostly think that they themselves are.
The US response to Ebola is “Doctors Without Borders” with a cheaper payroll, serving US imperial needs above all. Okay, the US has been rolling out SOLDIERS WITHOUT BORDERS since Manifest Destiny and the Shores of Tripoli, but President Barack Obama’s initiative to send 3,000 soldiers to fight the Ebola-Zaire virus in West Africa marks the ploy’s most farcical disguise: soldiers-as-peacekeepers-passing-as-doctors. Who knew Specialist 1st Class meant health specialist? If your neighborhood doctor doesn’t accept Medicaid, maybe your local garrison will. Poor President Obama. Most of the national budget goes to the Defense Department, so our federal resources are mostly soldiers! When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. In this case, coffin nails, to contain the stricken people of West Africa. They need epidemiologists, we give them boots on the ground.
I’m really not big on this call for gun control, mostly because it means to further restrict individual liberties, and especially because the outcry is a media induced hysteria of disreputable provenance, aimed at America’s violence junkies instead of its dealers. Really? Is Going Postal the result of a citizenry not having laws enough to control itself? US prisons reflect a conflicting diagnosis.
No surprise, it’s Mars.
Wanna occupy? Sorry Colorado Springs but your Wall Street is the military, yes the pointy end of our oppressors’ stick.
Nobody likes to draw the short straw, but isn’t that already our lot living in Colorado Springs? Yeah, it’s easy to protest Wall Street from the safety of a provincial backwater, our city even backed us with a permit, but is that really grabbing the imperial bull by the horns? The Occupy Movement has spotlighted how the world’s 99% are oppressed by the ruling elite. It made more clear how true democracy is undermined by their military-industrial-corporate-banking complex. Now, doesn’t a major chunk of that alliance operate right where we live? Think. It ain’t banking or industry, and the corporations here orbit around the headliner of that lineup, the military, our city’s dominant export. Yes, criticizing the military in a military town is not popular. Do you think the Wall Street protesters were a welcome sight to Manhattan’s bankers? You can call to “End the Fed” online, or protest anything in the world from a digital soapbox, but a public demonstration is limited to what’s in your local vicinity, especially if you mean to OCCUPY IT. Look on this as a curse or a blessing: The Zuccotti Park activists get to target sharkskin-suited traders, we’re up against men with guns. But what are you going to do, cheerlead the OWS front in NY, or hold up your end of the fight?
TROOPS KILL KIDS- You’d think the statement was so obvious it didn’t need saying, but it does, everyone is in such denial about it. Other people’s kids die everyday by airstrike or at the hands of our marauding soldiers, yet Americans still pretend no one’s done it.
Got to love Russia’s Vladimir Putin for one thing at least, and that is he often speaks out and tries to defend his country and the rest of the world from US militarism and expansionism. Here is the latest about that: Putin warns West over Syria, Iran.
Ft Carson conducts pro forma town hall to clear way for environmental impact of proposed helicopter brigade
OCCUPIED COLORADO SPRINGS- Ft Carson’s environmental PR team held what’s called a “draft Environmental Assessment,” prerequisite to their addition of a Combat Aviation Brigade to America’s “Best Hometown in the Army”. Except for a car-dealer and realtor giving their attaboys, the citizens comment section weighed solidly AGAINST expansion of war-making and war-training. In true pro forma, Garrison Commander McLaughlin shrugged off the opposition, stating that public input would be answered while the army proceeded as planned. And that’s where Occupy will have something to say.
One of the Idolatrous Statues downtown is of Gen Winfield Scott. The placard reads that he was an entrepreneur, a “self made” millionaire.
Bullshit. I was wondering where I had heard the name before. He was the officer in charge of the Cherokee Removal. He got his money and his land grants at the point of the rifles and bayonets of the Publicly Paid Soldiers he commanded, same as the Horses Ass on the Horses Back in the middle of the intersection of Platte and Nevada. All their land and railroad wheeling and dealing was Subsidized Corporate Welfare and the point needs to be stressed more often. Especially as the Wall Street class warfare heats up and the Perpetual Whiners in the Ruling (for now) Class about how they worked hard to get control of the economy of the world grows ever louder and more shrill.
The Warrior Class is drawn from the ranks of the Other Slaves. Those of the Pentagoons who think they “clawed their way to the top”, the vast majority are like Robert E. Lee, who graduated West Point and nobody supposedly gave him any preferential treatment because his Grandpa was the first commandant. Or John McCain who supposedly got no preferential treatments just because his daddy was an Admiral. I recently witnessed the struggle of a young would-be cadet to get into the Air Force Academy, and despite having an exemplary scholastic record and a long family history of Military Service, was still denied entrance. The notion that you get into any of the Academies by your own merit is just another lie perpetrated by the “elite” who want the peasants to actually believe that they’re better than the Peasants, thus more deserving of the riches and power bestowed on them, at Government Administered Taxpayer Expense.
It finally occurred to me why I had so much difficulty with the term “1%” as applied to Banksters. It’s a biker term. Someone in the late 50s, a motorcycle enthusiast magazine, had said “99 percent of all motorcycle riders are decent, honest law abiding citizens” (very true) and it was a response to a growing distrust of motorcyclists by the general public. Probably fed to the public by propaganda because the Wall Street types would make more money selling people cars than bikes.
So a lot of the Sonny Barger types (he was president of the Hells Angels) took to tattooing “1%” on their forearms where it would be really prominent. Some undoubtedly were and are Billy.
You know Billy, right? Billy the Badass? Some had never met Billy and others had met Billy and got their lunch money taken and sent home crying. Menacing glares and display of anger can be faked and your average citizen wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
Me, I ride because I enjoy it, and to get from one place to another in a reasonable amount of time. Never gave a crap about the Leader of the Pack attitude. Although I heard one joke about that, “Any biker who hangs out at candy stores picking up schoolgirls must ride a Honda” which is really unfair to Hondas.
But riding a bike is like flying, on the ground. Also gas-saving. I can see where making people afraid of you would be entertaining to a point.
The point being that people who are afraid don’t enjoy the feeling of fear and take steps to remedy it. Liking shooting your ass right off the top of your legs. That’s not fun.
Then I thought about the Junior Police Explorer argument we’ve been having with people who are obviously minions of the 1%.
I mentioned that the terms Sacred Cow and Scapegoat are used completely opposite their original meanings in the American Vernacular.
And it goes well with my usual contention that people who demand that everybody speak English should, for conscience sake, actually learn to speak it themselves.
“sacred cows” aren’t something safe from sacrifice, like the cattle in India, who aren’t actually worshipped but are instead considered honored citizens, they’re the cattle designated to be sacrificed in the Jewish Temple. The “scapegoat” was a goat designated by the priesthood of the same Temple (originally Tabernacle) to have all the sins of the people laid on him, in the form of the priests laying hands on him…. and then set free, bearing the sins of the people away.
If that sounds like needless mumbo jumbo consider: the standard at the time of Moses was to make a HUMAN (usually child) sacrifice.
Ol’ Moe suddenly looks more like a liberal, don’t he?
Oft the sounds fall upon mine ears “If those stupid Hindus would just kill their Sacred Cows nobody would be hungry”
Not so. In order to support a beef centered diet like we’ve got now in America, they would have to do what America did. Conquer a whole bunch of foreign lands, some of which, like Texas and the rest of the Western States, are incorporated into the U.S., but mostly are foreign satrapies like Brazil, Costa Rica, oh, hell, why not say it out loud, sing it with me class, All The Banana Republics in All The World. They would have to destroy 3 times as much of the ecology as we’ve destroyed in our subsidized support af the Beef and Dairy industries.
I think that’s the title. Anyway, story line: Older brother runs away from home at age 16. Younger brother grows up resenting older brother. So far they got Cain and Abel kind of sideways, but the story isn’t copyrighted in the first place and they put enough poetic license to it that we won’t notice, right?
Older brother is now some kind of Ultimate Fighting Championship champion. Younger brother hunts him down and challenges him to the Almost Ultimate Grudge Match. Warriors.
See, it’s shit like that which keeps me away from movie theaters. The last movie I watched during its opening run was South Park– Bigger, longer, uncut. The first time I watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid all the way through was two years ago.
I still haven’t watched C.H.U.D.(Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) which has been available for a full 79% of my life.
Buckets o’ Blood, same thing. Although if I really wanted to spend 97 minutes of my life watching some mindless glorification of Murderous Evil might as well go whole hog, yes? Watch commercials for the Army, video games and SUVs.
I just came across one of these in a parking lot yesterday, apparently the Jeep Rubicon has been out for a few years. This uber-alles thrillcraft sort of defines America’s sorry state of cultural illiteracy, wouldn’t you say? Julius Caesar didn’t violate Rome’s Posse Comitatus prohibition riding IN A Rubicon. Bad-ass as you wanna be, if your Rubicon is like the average off-road vehicle, it will never leave the pavement. Your Rubicon logo is just to remind one and all that you could cross it, if you knew where it was. The sorrier irony is that Caesar’s defiant act militarized the empire’s civil society and curtailed its democracy.
So they “laid that myth to rest”, right?
Actually, no. The entire focus of Autism in re Toxic Metals got sidetracked onto vaccines with a mercury preservative. Which, some pointed out, CONTAINED FAR LESS MERCURY THAN THE AMOUNT PRESENTLY IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOURCES and that has to be emphasized because the ENVIRONMENTAL SOURCES somehow dropped out of the equation. Chemical industry, M.I. C., anybody? Like mercury released into the environment from metals refining, or perhaps from the manufacture AND USE of ammunition? Like the mercury fulminate, which is a water-soluble mercury compound, nitrated mercury, explosive, used as a detonator/primer compound.
When it burns, combusts explosively, does exactly what the product is designed to do, it kills one way quickly. Tosses a somewhat more massive chunk of metal in the general direction of a “target”. Meaning, in the case of Wars and Police actions, the primary intent of firearms, A Human Being Whose Life Is Considered To Be Worth Less Than The Life Of The Person Shooting At Him/Her.
When it burns that way, the mercury fulminate isn’t destroyed, it’s vaporized. If you took a two pound brick, broke it, smashed it, turned it into two pounds of dust, it’s still two pounds of the original components of the brick. It didn’t go away. If you dissolve it in water, not as completely as mercury fulminate does, it’s now polluting a larger mass of water and people, other animals and plants can now ingest it.
So, is the prevalence of documented Autism cases around military installations ONLY a result of more accurate reporting, more accurate testing available to Military Dependents?
It WAS described that way about the Vaccines connection. It minimizes the high probability of modern firearms, concentrated in Military Bases, firing ranges etc. being a cause.
So the predicted backlash of BushCoNomics War on Education is coming out.
“Throwing money at” education was deemed inefficient and ineffective.
Making sure that schools which were struggling to educate the next generation of Coolies and Cannon Fodder for the Corporate machine, not performing well enough, were to be cut off from federal funding, leaving the Corporate Compassion of the local business, be it Massey Energy or GM or Martin-Marietta, or Tidewater Oil, Or The Army… to pick up the slack.It was to be a National Implementation of “The Texas Model” pushed by George, Jeb and Neil Bush.
Twelve years of this Noble Experiment by (first) two states which have a standardized statewide curriculum, set by the governor of each state, the governors happened to be sons of a bi.. err Ex-President, yeah, that’s the ticket, and have another brother who sells textbooks.
It’s just a coincidence that the “Educational Resources” provider McGraw-Hill publishing, for whom Neil works as a salesFreak poured millions of dollars into the state campaigns of George and Jeb, and George’s Anointed Successor Rick Goodhair, who in turn used their positions to buy school textbooks for EVERY FREAKIN’ SCHOOL DISTRICT in their two very large states. No conspiracy there, no sir!
And poured more millions into the National “no child left behind” campaign, which also (just a coincidence, mind you, nothing to see here citizens, keep moving, nothing to see) purchased, with the even larger Federal budget, even more of their products. Products designed not to make children more educated in “elitist” disciplines like arts, music, THINKING LOGICALLY but to better prepare them for McWalMart Jobs and of course being infantrymen, to serve the Rich and kill other soldiers and other workers who don’t cooperate with the Agenda of the Very Rich. Like having enough non-Rich people able to pass the ASVAB tests and join the Army and spill their own blood for the Rich so the Rich don’t have to spill THEIR own blood.
You know how the Adam Smith/Reagan/Ayn Rand brainwashed disciples preach that “A rising tide lifts all boats”.
What they don’t mention is the Rich have it rigged so their Wage Slaves can’t afford a God-Damn boat. They’ll also get some Really Stupid Morons like the TeaBags and any other non-wealthy person Retarded enough to do their bidding, tell the rest of the working class that there actually IS opportunity if only we save enough money from our slave-wage jobs to invest, we’ll get a whole $50 a week from our 401k if we work ourselves to death putting millions of times that much in the pockets of the Rich Bitches.
All y’all who say otherwise, boy Howdy! The professional liars who work for the Filthy Rich Pigs sure got YOU!
Problem is you bastards are too God-Damn DUMB to know it.
You’ll even voluntarily go to other countries and kill other working class people so your Rich Masters can rob them the same way they rob YOUR dumb asses. They’ll even tell you you’re fighting for “freedom” and that you’re giving the people you’re slaughtering an “opportunity” and “civilization”
Yeah, you’re giving them the opportunity and freedom to be good little Civilized Slaves who don’t talk back.just like your retarded slave ass, and your children who you’re selling into the same slavery.Or if they don’t accept that “opportunity” you’ll kill them. In a “civilized” manner of course. And their kids. What’s up with the babykilling, you realize that once you slaughter some kids’ families right in front of them they’ll hate you forever? Worried that once they get big enough to pick up a gun they’ll blow your Slave-Soldier sons and daughters to Hell, to join you?
That’s what your Leaders say. There’s a quote that’s attributed to Custer, and Chivington, and Sherman, “Nits make lice”.
The reason it’s attributed to so many is your Leaders echo each other. A LOT.
When Tony posted nearly three years ago (!) about how shocking conditions in Haiti had become, it was a magnet for people saying the starving kids pictures (from Medicins sans frontiers, internationally respected medical aid agency, just not so much here in America) were recycled pictures from Ethiopia 3, 2 and one decade ago.
Then when that was refuted, and before they raised that Stupid Response again, the people of Haiti were blamed for their own misfortunes. As though their LEADERS had actually been empowered by popular vote instead of installed, against the expressed will of the People, by and for the profit of American Corporate Hegemony. Alternating with French Hegemony until the AmeriCorp bought out the French.
We broke it, we supposedly bought it, right? That’s the one of the irRationale for staying in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(rationale is both plural and single, I checked, you didn’t, kiss off) Of course, it’s not the American Corporations who are Paying the bills “we” ran up by breaking all the pottery, although they seem to be getting quite a lot of public funding to manipulate the Public Army and the Public intelligence community and the public “rebuilding” campaign, which mostly consists of taking very expensive videos and photographs of Other People moving the shards around.
Much the same way they’re paid to watch and take pictures while other people bury the Dead “shards” in Haiti. Through public funding for their private “efforts”.
America has freedom still, or what little is left, because of the actions of Dissidents, not Conformists.
The Army didn’t give us these freedoms, save by surrendering their claims to any authority to do otherwise. Most certainly the wars in which the Army is engaged today, and has been steadily engaged in since the “cessation of hostilities” in 1945, have all been wars of Imperialism, to stamp out freedom wherever it rears its head. Nothing more or less than being Thug Enforcers for the Corporate Owners of the American Empire.
You can’t handle Freedom of Speech, YOU can get the hell out. There’s plenty of Banana Republics in the world being propped up for the profit of their American Masters, by American Military presence.
A long list from Abu Dabi to Zanzibar and all points in between.
Your corporate masters have bankrupted America on their way to Global Dominance. That’s not in any way related to freedom and you should stop lying about it.
Your Army is currently trying to lynch Spec. Bradley Manning for doing something you’ve never considered doing, too frightened I suppose. He MANNED THE HELL UP and told the truth and brought forth Proof to back it up.
And neither Your Pentagon nor Bush nor Obama have managed to do either one.
The linked commentary isn’t about the bus lack-of-service, it’s to fellow local activist Loren Wirbel made a short documentary film just showing a FEW of the multi-gazillionaire “defense” plants around town. You know the ones, our Magnificently Superior Business Experts at City Hall made the command decision for us to give them Tax Exemptions that would make Reagan blush, to draw them to a Strategic Location where they were going to come anyway. So they get local services on the local dime far disproportionately to what they actually paid for. It’s bad enough that We The People have to subsidize Corporate Welfare Cheats like Lockheed but they’re also Corporate Warfare Daddy Warbucks types who make their money from other people DYING.
Deathmongers getting a free ride from our Wise and Noble and Ever So Much Better that us City Hall. The rest of us paid our fare, but we don’t get the ride. That’s not fair.
By the way, that last line isn’t complaining, it’s telling the Ayn Rand worshipers that they’re complete Liars when they say stupid shit like they’re actually a Free Market where everybody has a chance. Lying… Cowardly… PUKES. A swarm of Parasitic Slugs in search of a bag of salt.
A LOT of canes and wheelchairs, and a few burnout refugees-from-the-70s Ahem..
Aside from the fact that the Drone is a remote controlled robot manipulated by a True Coward sitting in an air-conditioned hopped up Video Arcade but NOT aside from the fact that the Drone, its operator and few hundred thousands of their Comrades are invading occupiers in the country of which the “militants” are citizens..
And they get the definition of “Militant” by refusing to bow down and Kiss the Boots of the Invaders and Conquerors.
Way to Go, Air Force Imperial Storm Troopers including the Virtual StormTrooper by Proxy sitting at his computer murdering people with a click of the mouse..
That’s the way to teach those “cowardly” Terrorists not to resist the Leadership and Mastery of your Brave, Noble and above all Righteous Empire!
Grovel in the name of Freedom or be vaporized!
Give the people the Ultimate Freedom, the absolute right to Obey What Their Masters Tell Them!
Of course that’s not the way the AP (Army Propaganda) headline worded it. The way their article is worded, those Meanies in the Pakistan Resistance refused to bow down and Worship their U.S. Military Masters even though their country is devastated by flooding, floods the U.S. Military is exploiting to bring them “under control”
Which is it, Police-state Militarists, are you fighting for “freedom” or to bring people under your CONTROL?
Special (forces) Shout-out to the Green Beret assassination Death Squads… when you get rotated back stateside and you’re giving your lectures to the Girl and Boy Scouts and the JROTC and the Ladies’ Missionary Society at the Third Baptist Church of Bumfukt Kansas, and you’re telling the starry eyed youngsters who you’re grooming to take your place in the Killing Machine once they reach the age of 18, 17 if they get their Brain-dead “patriot” parents to sign a waiver… you’ll be faced with a choice, either tell the kids that the “Freedom for those oppressed” Unit Patches and flags mean absolutely NOTHING,
on the sidewalk OUTSIDE the property he’s supposed to be “protecting”. Telling the guy, who can’t see him because the PIG is standing on his back with a chokehold on him to “stop resisting and calm down” even though he’s being STRANGLED by the coward-ass TYPICAL PIG scumbag. And can’t hear the PIGS commands that he’s supposed to “instantly obey” merely because it’s a PIG who’s attempting to murder him.
Yes, when a Cop or Prison Guard or other “authority” figure PIG orders you to kneel in front of them, literally BOW BEFORE THEIR FASCIST IMPERIALIST STORMTROOPER COLLECTIVE ASS you’re supposed to comply with their orders. Just like Oscar Grant who the PIGS shot in the back after he was laying on the pavement.
All y’all who might find yourself in such a situation, don’t comply with the PIGS orders, because they’ve proven that even compliance doesn’t appease or satisfy their Imperialistic Power Trip.
All of you who are thinking of joining the Military, that’s the Exact Level of so-called Freedom the POLICE STATE FASCISTS are exporting to Afghanistan and Iraq and soon, if they get their PIGGY way, Iran. As shown by their treatment of Bradley Manning, they’ll do the same thing to one of “their own” if that person answers the call of conscience and refuses to further comply with their PIG gang of uniformed babykilling murderous thieving lying scum thugs.
AP blocked the video, it’s on youtube right now though.
First the generic word Taliban. Which translates, if I’ve got the wording right, according to the State Department, “soldier”. More or less. Then “blamed for”. Is that a tacit admission that they’re catching the rap but not in fair measure?
Then there’s the notion that the “Taliban” in general and al Qa’eda in particular have been driven far from civilian population centers. So that’s two conflicting if not Mutually Exclusive stories being told by the same party, the Koalition of the Killing.
At its most blunt, its an admission that they’re losing, in the first part, and that they were covering it up with a blanket of lies about having the Taliban driven far away from the civilians.