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DO US soldiers know what they sign up for? Horror? Mass murder? Burn pits? PTSD. Disability. Homelessness. Viagra.

It was a crass thing for Trump to say to a recent war widow, but of course it’s also fundamentally said in praise of brave men. They knew what they signed up for. But do American soldiers know what they sign up for? Not just the risk, but the horror and culpability? Did Trump voters know what they signed up for? I’ll put it to you they did not.

US reduces troop levels in Niger by 3

What are US soldiers doing in Niger? Reducing our deployment by five Green Berets, three of them for good. But seriously. Niger is not a declared war and US personel are not allowed to report they’ve been there. AFRI-COM now admits it’s building a drone base in Agadez Niger from which to strike resistance fighters hindering our corporate exploitation of the African continent. The drone base “is projected to be the biggest military labor troop project in US Air Force history.”

Don’t fire until you see the white of their flag

A Canadian sniper has set a new record for remote killing by successfully hitting an unsuspecting target two miles away. Apparently the bullet took ten seconds to reach its victim. From two miles, even with a powerful scope, the objects of scrutiny would look no bigger than ants. Could the Joint Task Force sniper tell an army ant from a noncombatant? An insurgent from common civilian? Give the sniper a medal but it is poetic justice that these sharpshooters suffer debilitating PTSD with flashbacks of lives they voyeuristically truncate mid-sentence or mid-laugh, for no other justification than that the victim fell under their crosshairs.

US forces push women to front lines, canon fodder being traditional minority role

Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat. I guess US prisons have consumed the traditional canon fodder labor pool. What’s the upside to this news –a kinder gentler militarized empire? Fail. Our culture of violence doesn’t breed matriarchs. American women on the front lines is good news for insurgents in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, etc, etc, now Mali, who must welcome the chance to even the score, US forces having targeted so many of their women. And this retaliatory killing comes with no karmic debt, unlike our civilian casualties, because US female soldiers, like gay don’t-ask-don’t-tell turnstile jumpers, are gung-ho eager-for-carnage volunteers. Have at it ladies. Insurgents must be really encouraged by recruiting trends in US schools which promise the prospect of the US soon deploying kids. We owe our colonial victims so many children’s lives.

The US Left doesn’t understand much about the current state of the Pentagon and the US military

Much of the US population has been told by US Left liberals that the US ‘lost’ the Vietnam War and that the US military is some sort of paper tiger, when in reality the US military continues to be a very capable US ruling class killing machine that has killed millions around the globe since post WW2. Here following, I will list 2 recent examples of how the liberals and Left mislabel the US military this way by claiming that it is weak, and some few of the many reasons why they often do such.

First is this example in an article in the newspaper ‘Socialist Worker’ of the International Socialist Organization, the larger of the US trotskyist leftover groups. Here they argue that the Syrian groups being used by the Pentagon in its efforts to overthrow the Assad government of Syria are not really aligned with US government efforts to fight the anti-Israel/ anti US forces in the Middle East, most especially those of Syria and Iran. It is a ridiculous argument, but here it goes…

‘The U.S. is in a period of deep structural economic crisis, Kailah wrote, which has led to a “significant decrease in the Department of Defense budget, and in the number of American forces, including the Marines.” The U.S. “can only wage one war (and it is now stuck in Afghanistan).” Therefore, Washington will not intervene militarily at this moment (in Syria) because it is not prepared to deal with a potential regional war.’ and …’The scale of foreign intervention currently in Syria is in the other direction–heavily weighed towards Russian and Iranian military and logistical support for the Assad regime. The problem of foreign intervention in Syria is not due to Syrian revolutionary fighters who accept weapons from the outside in order to protect themselves and engage the regime’s forces.’

Almost all the author says is a complete and total misassessment of current US government and US military intentions and current US military strength. See Syria's revolutionary resilience Yusef Khalil examines the latest developments for the Syrian revolution.

Instead of warning the American people that the US government plans more war in the Middle East and elsewhere worldwide and is ALREADY actually engaged in multiple wars right now, the Marxist author actually attempts to convince us that the Pentagon and US politicians are incapable of doing so! Talk about doctrinaire idiocy! It shows the author’s total noninvolvement in any antiwar activity, too. This guy, PLUS the organization International Socialist Organization, are both living in dream worlds.

The second example of this sort of lazy, aberrant, and misleading underassessment of the US military can be found today at Counterpunch and is written by their frequent commentator, Mike Whitney where the argues that the US has lost the Afghanistan War! Really, he does! See Cut-and-Run Time Afghanistan: the Smell of Defeat

Here is the concluding summary of his opinion that the Pentagon is a paper tiger…

‘But the truth is, the United States was defeated in Afghanistan. If we can grasp that fact, then maybe can stop the next war before it gets started.’

Say what? Normally, Mr. Whitney, when an army loses a war ii is not then moving on toward fighting yet another dozen or so of them in the days and months ahead. This is what is so lame too about the theory that the US supposedly ‘lost’ the Vietnam War Left/liberal theorization. It is flat, nonsensical, and simply defies actual realities. The Pentagon simply is not an army in retreat, and no amount of fantasy thinking by liberal Mike, this author will make it so.

We could go on and pull up dozens upon dozens of more Left and US liberal lack of realistic assessment of the US military might, from the pacifist liberals to the commie Hard Left to the academic Left Libertarian types. The lack of any involvement in building up any sort of real antiwar movement shows in their silly notions that the US war machine is ‘losing’ its wars, etc. You cannot oppose these wars EFFECTIVELY if you think there is nothing much left to oppose really. We need a Left that can think straight about military and American militarism and not just throw out nonsense as the War Machine continues to roll on.

This ought to be fun and funny both! Uniform Gay Pride in lockstep fashion!

A Gay Pride LGBT March with army camouflage green and uniformed US soldier drag queens parading! Can’t wait to see the military and Gay Pride 3 ring circus! And it ought to be both incredibly fun and funny at the same time. I’ll be laughing so hard that it will look as if I’m crying even! …lol… US military allowed to wear uniforms at gay pride march.

If I attend, I’ll probably need to smoke a garden of medical mj to deal with the pain of the mirth… And we once thought drones would take over our beloved Pentagon???? Yet our secret stealth weapon will be the uniformed drag queens instead! God Bless the USA!

War is the neo millennium Jobs Bill

To laud this tragic now banality, Fort Carson has a job fair today, but those most suffering under the neo liberal economy need not apply. To attend the event held on post, potential job applicants for the military industrial sector, need what voter disenfranchisement projects push for election restrictions, a federal or state ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance, for entry level non-union contractor labor that will barely support that.

Thank you, Soldiers, for defending our American Free Speech!

Thank you, Soldiers, for defending our Free Speech! You all military sweethearts are doing such a damn good job, too! Here is a you tube film of you USA soldiers going about your hard work protecting our American Free Speech rights. Love you, Storm Troopers and Snipers, Drone Mechanics, and Nuclear Weapons people! Love you DEARLY. Pacifist Kathy Kelly at Whiteman (funny the name, ay?) AFB.

‘Oath Keepers’ fascist organizers inside US military and police forces strongly favor Ron Paul candidacy …What a surprise!

'Oath Keepers' is an effort of the American Far Right to organize more cops and military into a blatantly fascist organization that is dedicated to fighting ‘domestic enemies’ of the US capitalist Empire. To the US Far Right, that would include just about anybody other than themselves. And who do they increasingly openly support for President? Why it’s Ron Paul, who else?

We began to run into these ‘Oath Keeper’ creeper types in local Occupy Colorado Springs, as Right Winger Ron Libertarian types began to take an increasingly hostile and threatening attitude against local Leftists who they wanted to run out of Occupy altogether. These local militarized Right Wing peons began increasingly to link up with more hard core Right Wing figures, both locally like ‘Red, White, and Blue’ failed businessman, Jim Cross, and also nationally with infamous Right Wing thugs such as Glenn Beck and reporters from his national blog called ‘The Blaze’, which they then used to launch a national witch hunt against myself for supposedly disparaging US soldiers…. Poor Babies. They must supposedly be protected by American Right Wingers from Lefties such as BIG BAD me. TROOPS KILL KIDS! Oh YES they really do! And some want me shut up for mentioning it, because they hate FREE SPEECH when it’s actually exercised and doesn’t agree with their own stupid opinions and ideas.

Despite having my last name in hand and launching a national conservative campaign of hate against me and my family, not once did Glenn Beck’s national reporter for The Blaze ever make the slightest effort to hear my side of the story against the slanders of these local Right Wing misfits and petty thugs inside Occupy Colorado Springs. Where’s the commitment to TRUTH, Beck? Oh…? You are not in anyway committed to telling the truth about anything, are you? You’re just committed to harassing the Left… that’s all.

Occupy Colorado Springs became more and more divided between us leaning Leftward, and those who left the local Occupy to campaign openly for Ron Paul. So here it is about the ‘Oath Keeper’ organizing for Ron Paul, ALL THIS in spite of OAF Keeper supposedly being all ‘non-partisan’ and sweet like. They’re not non-partisan at all, but simply a collection of Far Right Wingers latched onto the American National Security State… See Veterans And Troops Support Ron Paul and see what I mean about how these thugs are tied together with Ron Paul and his cronies. Not pretty at all. Too bad so many in Occupy Colorado Springs were already organized into Right Wing circles. That’s the real reason Occupy Colorado Springs basically has gone into a deep funk.

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?

Were Qurans the only books burned? Where’s the outrage from US churches?

If the Qurans recently burned at NATO bases in Afghanistan were disposed of accidentally in the incineration pits, aren’t American Fundamentalist Talibans concerned about where the excess bibles go? By now we all know the M.O. at US camps in our occupied territories is to incinerate any and all unused inventory. They’re even ordered to burn leftover bottled water. Can there be any doubt if the US forces found themselves with too many Qurans to go around, that they had fewer takers for Christian bibles? When you raise the subject in these parts, even yokels profess their indignation at the prospect of burning a bible, so wouldn’t they want to scrutinize what’s being burned at our military bases? Or is it the same with American flags? When hippies do it, it’s a national sacrilege, when the Army does it, it’s ordained cremation.

The foot-glove banned by the military.

Yeah, these things. For a long time shoemakers have known that the best configuration for a shoe sole would be a bare foot. Which doesn’t hold up as well on jagged rocks and hot or cold concrete etc.
 
So Vibram made shoes that mimic the human foot as closely as possible and they really are good shoes. One would think that the Army, which spends a whole bunch of time and money treating feet and ankles injured by marching or simply standing in the regular boots, would welcome something that would give you a tactical advantage. A HUGE tactical advantage.
 
Well, there’s Military Tradition, you see, and Military Tradition dictates shiny black boots. They finally “got religion” on that score when they discovered that Polished Black Boots show up bigger than shit on infrared imaging. They were spending beaucoup d’argent on camouflage fatigues that didn’t show up on Infrared cameras and (ahem) rifle sights but making the soldiers wear what amounted to great big signs screaming “Here we are, shoot us!” Actually it took them about a decade after that was leaked to the general public and two decades after the Army knew about it. It’s like the British tradition of wearing bright red shirts with a freakin’ white “X” right over the prime target region of the human torso. The U.S. Army with one-quart canteens in battle zones where the temperature is hotter than Texas and dry dry dry and you need to drink a quart every half hour or so.

The British discovered their error sometime in the 5th decade of their losing campaign to secure the north-west boundaries of The Raj, aka Afghanistan. They discovered Khaki, which is a generic Indo-european word for “dirty” or “the same color as the dirt so the enemy can’t see you very well nor have a big freakin X on your target zones with which he can fine tune his rifle sights”

The U.S. Army allowed the camelback water pack to be used, but not issued, in Iraq. You had to buy your own.

A Confederate General, name of Pickett, gave his name to another Big Goof at Gettysburg when a massed infantry charge against large numbers of repeating rifles ordered by none other than the esteemed Robert E Lee. The only cadet ever to graduate West Point with exactly no demerits. Military Genius.

Charges like that had been cut down already in the Crimean War a decade earlier. The Charge of the Light Brigade being a spectacular example. Nobody seems to have learned anything because Military Tradition says you have to uphold the Old Ways especially if they don’t work and even if it’s going to get you KILLED or just badly fucked up.

In World War One men were ordered to basically form ranks, march into concentrated fire from belt-fed water-cooled machine guns making much noise about God and King! or Gott Mit Uns! and they still teach Boy Scouts to use the words “Do my duty to God and Country”.

The routine became so predictable that one British “charge” consisted of the men actually marching with shouldered arms and the commander kicking a soccer ball. They buried them in the same neat arrangement in which the German machine guns mowed them down and they buried the soccer ball with the commander.

But it would have been “cowardice” to break tradition so people died by the millions rather than stand up and defy their orders.

Another military victory where the Poor “socialized” their blood for Capitalism

Tripoli, the site of the FIRST U.S. Military engagement to prop up capitalism, is apparently fallen, not to economic “free” market forces, but to the Armed Forces. In a book titled “Liberty Reclaimed”, often described as the libertarian bible, the statement is made and reiterated “the only substantial difference between the Soviet Union and the United States isn’t one of raw political power or the freedom of the subjects but one of economic policy.”
 
So, when the Military claimed and still claim that they were and are fighting for freedom, they’re lying. Just as the Pentagon and their contractors lie about Agent Orange, which killed Miss Johnnie’s husband and a countless number of others. Countless because the Pentagon, bowing to their Corporate Masters, denied for more than a decade that Agent Orange actually causes human death. They also have recently claimed in a lawsuit that locks out the people of VietNam from any lawsuits that the people of the Republic of VietNam (Saigon government) sprayed with A.O. (and lots of other Military hardware sold at massive profits by the Corporations who now claim a moral exemption to taxation) were enemy combatants thus not eligible for compensation for their kids being killed. Hmmm… I was told, as was everybody else in America, in Boy Scouts, at Church, in ROTC and later in the Air Force that the U.S. actions in VietNam were for the freedom of the PEOPLE in the R.V.N. Just like the lies told to justify the war in Libya. And Iraq. And Afghanistan. And Nicaragua. And Honduras. And insert the next several “dictatorships” which dare to put their own national interests above the Capitalist Powers.

Funny how the word “dictatorship” gets thrown around by the Corporate Empire, saying that scenes like this where a General in a puppet dictatorship killing a POW. OOPS.

That’s a client of the American Corporate Empire murdering a POW. Our bad. All y’all who display that ignorant POW-MIA you are not forgotten flag, putting money into John McCain’s greedy hands, remember that now, y’all hear?

In a war to prop up a supposedly “superior” economic system.

If socialism or communism were so inferior they would have fallen on their own, especially to such a massively successful “free” market system, yes? Only, it didn’t happen like that.

According to the Reagan Disciples, who worship a dead actor who never once fought for ANYTHING, the Military defeated the Soviet Union and not the Economic “superior free market”

Turns out the “free” market has been subsidized from the word go by military power, and, in the VAST majority of cases, the people holding the guns were poor people, working class, shedding their blood and the blood of other working class people for NOTHING other than the economic gain of people such as our friend Publius, who sneers at the workers and soldiers as being “stupid” for putting money in his pockets.

You hear that, soldiers, workers? The Rich Think You’re Stupid If You Give Them Your Labor, Your Lives and Those Of Other Workers… And Bitter, Angry and Filled With Rage if you merely point those facts out.

You, on the other hand, are slaves to your rage; eternal victims.

and

If you work for “slave” wages, you must not be very smart – no one is holding a gun to your head

Straight from the lying mouth Keyboard of somebody who believes it’s our Christian Duty to give our blood and our labor and 82% of what our labor is worth to our employers

I bet the Liar Publius wouldn’t dare say to, for instance, Miss Johnnie, at least not in her face, that her late husband USAF SSgt Howard Lanning owed his life and health to Publius’ Corporate WhoreMasters and that she’s “crazy with rage” or “stupid” to believe that she and her husband were and are owed compensation for that.

He died for the Military Defeat of Communism, only the country he gave his life and about 50 times what he was paid by the Air Force to subdue, is still a Communist nation. And, frankly, doing a lot better economically right now than the United States “free” market.

That “50 times” refers to uncompensated by his former employers (The Empire) health care expenses for the Agent Orange poisoning they consistently denied even after he DIED.

But, hey, it’s our Christian Duty to accept that kind of shit without any complaint, according to the Current Star Witness for the Corporate Empire.

As to the

nobody is holding a gun to your head

Tell that to Honduran Labor Leaders murdered by Corporate Death Squads who have the full support of the Corporate Pentagon.

You might wonder, why exactly did the Ohio National Guard have loaded machine guns while deliberately suppressing a student protest against the militarization of Kent State University and thus blew away 4 young AMERICANS…

It was because earlier that day they were deployed to try to Intimidate Union Workers who were using their rights as AMERICANS to bargain for fair wages and working conditions.

There, Publius and other Right Wing Slaves, there is the “gun that nobody is holding to our head”.

The Right Wing trolls are selling out their Fellow AMERICANS to their own Corporate Masters, for what? Money? How much, Publius, do you get paid to troll? More than or less than those who say they’re soldiers on active duty who troll our blog to tell us they’re really fighting for freedom and democracy… and have IP addresses that show them to be in some place like Topeka or Omaha and even then not on any Military Base.

Tell us, do tell, Publius and other Trolls, how much do you get paid to lie for your masters?

The “stars” of your Lie For Pay movement, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, got paid a billion and a half so far to sell their fellow AMERICANS into slavery and death. Death in the Armed Forces which they never had the courage to join, themselves. Just like other professional Liars/slash/Warmongers like John Wayne and Ronald Reagan.

I strongly suspect that the Professional Trolls never once laid hand to the shovel, nor placed themselves in peril of their own lives for the “freedom” of their Masters.

The freedom to use Public Funds to bankrupt America in order to enslave people around the world, and not pay taxes.

The US Special Forces as a lily-white military career, a post-mortem survey

The US Department of Defense finally released the list of US soldiers killed on the NATO MH-47 Chinook helicopter downed in Afghanistan.
30 Casualties of latest NATO helicopter crash, US Special Forces including Navy SEALs
Median age was in high 30s, which is unsurprising for highly trained Special Ops, but isn’t it interesting that the usual disproportionate percentage of Americans of Color as cannon fodder (see casualty figures) doesn’t extend to the higher-paid military career jobs?
 
Huge props of course to African Americans who decide against being career hitmen. And let’s not neglect the exclusively white composition of the Abu Ghraib snap shot perps, and the docket, however sparse, of other US soldiers accused of war crimes.

W.A.S.P. Triumphalism, Memorial Day and The Wingless Vultures

I swear the Territory Days Triumphalism celebration (Like the so-called “Islamic Triumphalism” rally around the world last September 11th, remember that? They were celebrating Eid, one of their holidays they celebrate every damn year using the same Lunar Calendar the Israelis use. It’s like Famous Racist Jerkoff Mel Gibson if he would actually go so far as saying that Passover is Jewish Triumphalism for killing Jesus) is getting More Racist every year. Anyway, at Territory Days they’re celebrating Custer, Kit Carson, Gen Palmer, Colonel Chivington… claiming once more that the Sand Creek Massacre was instead a necessary battle because the Cheyenne and Arapaho, ama-yetli de sdya da ni ludk, Ka no kwo 'uhwana hisd Tsalagi who had a legal right to be there, were Threatening Being Bad Indians And Not Doing What Their Newly Self-Appointed White Overlords Told Them To Do. The White Overlords who didn’t have a legal right to be there.

They had separate treaties with the Ute chief Ouray to be in Colorado City and Denver, but not where downtown C.S. is now. Ouray, according to the Brochure the Modern Klan organizers of the event are passing around, was a “Good” Indian for honoring the treaties even though Chivington and later Palmer consistently refused to honor.
And, the Military Recruiters are using all the massed White Supremacist Triumphalism AND Memorial Day to get more kids to join up and go fight the New Indian Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, perhaps soon Iran and Pakistan…Libya, the Sudan, Somalia, Yemen,

They’re two-legged jackals, vultures without wings. They’re chosen to be recruiters because they look pretty in their uniforms and can therefore sell the Pentagon Bullshit effectively. They even get paid annual bonuses for every twenty souls they broker selling them to The Beast.

Using a memorial to the Dead to sell more people unto Death.

My assessment runs from “Tacky” to “Full-on Evil”.

Some will disagree, of course. The difference between my free speech and theirs is that I don’t threaten them with arrest or other forms of violence when they exercise theirs.

Oh, and they rewarded Chief Ouray for honoring the treaties, by passing a law while he was still alive that effectively made it a death penalty offense to be Indian.

It’s probably still on the books. Forbidding anyone to possess the regalia or implements of a Medicine Man.

The picture posted above says “ama-yetli de sdya da ni ludk, Ka no kwo ‘uhwana hisd Tsalagi”

How come Pottery Barn rules don’t apply to Haiti?

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”.

Some have seen fit to criticize my frequent use of Capitalization and italics and bold type and ComBinatiOns Of tHem but some people need a little help finding juicy nuggets amidst the kibble. Both are Nourishing Mind Food but the juicy bits are more fun. Sometimes.

Some of the people have difficulty seeing, which is a condition with which I can easily relate. Others are just kind of inured to reading and hearing Bullshit from the likes of Glenn Beck and need a little help finding emphasis in NORMAL thoughts. It’s not that Glenn Beck is mentally defective, it’s what he’s paid to say, in the Corporate anticipation of the Audience being mentally defective.

In a way, though, the situation in Ethiopia and Haiti is the same case, revisited. “Conservative” (their own code word for Racist Right Wing Extremists) Pundits insist that black people are incapable of governing themselves so it’s up to the Great White Father in Washington to guide and assist and let’s face it, outright Rule Over the poor little darkie savages.

But Ethiopia has for several occasions been the richest nation on earth and in cumulative time they managed to do it for longer than the Americas have actually experienced European Rule. Intermittently because the times Ethiopia has been devastatingly poor have been periods of colonial rule. Like the Romans exacting tribute from them, and in the past couple of centuries European and European-American Corporate Rule turning Their nation into Our plantation. Same with Haiti. When the U.S. went to war with Hawaii and deposed their “tyrannical” native government for the crime of taxing American Corporations who “just wanted to bring the glory of Civilization to the Native Darkies” in 1893, and the quickly ensuing War of Conquest based on a fake Terrorist Incident errr… “anti-Imperial war with Spain” at least the Natives of Puerto Rico and Hawaii were eventually given citizenship. Now the government is reneging on the Puerto Rican citizens, all P.R. Citizens now have to exchange their Puerto Rican birth certificates for “valid” ones. What do you want to bet the Tea-Bags and their other Klan Related groups like the Minutemen will be demanding the same of Hawaiian birth certificates? It’s not that they’re “RACIST” in any way, it’s just that Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs and Sarah Palin and the other Right Wing Extremist FREAKS have “proven” that darker skinned people are naturally terrorists.

With Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Colombia, las islas filipinas, Ethiopia and other Corporate Plantations with Puppet Regimes masqueraded as “Sovereign” nations, there was no such pretense of offering them full citizenship or even limited citizenship rights.

The Corporate Regime Broke It, so they “bought” it, but they have figured out ways not to actually have to PAY for what they “bought”.

In Iraq, “willful killing, torture and enforced disappearance” is a crime

Former Iraq Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz has been sentenced to death by the US Iraqi puppet regime. Pending an automatic appeal, the internationally popular diplomat will hang with other henchmen/assistants of Saddam Hussein for the crimes of “willful killing, torture and enforced disappearance of persons.” Do they have the wrong man? Men? Nation? Expeditionary Force? How many consecutive sentences of hangings must the Bush-Obama Team America Junta receive, justice being proportional?

Repeal DADT and enact the Dream Act because the Army needs more soldiers

A thousand times NO you ignorant dupes! The ACLU wants me to support the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, so that more gays can join the military. Otherwise-progressives are lobbying for the Dream Act, so that the children of undocumented immigrants can join the US military. Let me also warn you I oppose Affirmative Action for the School of the Americas torture curriculum. And equal pay for female armed-drone specialists. DADT is the homosexual’s exclusive escape clause for war crimes complicity. Is this an LGBT rights campaign to assert that gay soldiers are dumb enough for the military?

Capital in Action, minimum wage.

Just heard a commercial for a “rent to own” place. One where the payments on a laptop computer totaled two and a half grand for a 450 dollar machine.
A 700 dollar (at the high end price) refrigerator, 159 bux a month for two years, 3816 dollars.
That’s a 400% markup.
So, what’s the Big Deal about Minimum Wage? Why shouldn’t those of us who rent out our labor have to do it not at a profit, not even at a “break-even” rate, but below the actual cost for us to produce our labor? If I were to walk into the Rent-to-own place and demand to only pay $700 for the $700 refrigerator, would I be legitimately allowed to walk out the door, (with a rented dolly and rented pickup of course) with the refrigerator? How about if I only offered $500? Surely he could survive on $20 a month for 2 years.
No? What if I got some Publicly Paid Goons to force him to negotiate on my terms, the way Capital always does when they’re confronted with the silly-ass demands of Labor that the Workers actually be paid an adequate wage?
See, every time this question gets put to the Capitalists, they come off with a duplicate of Squealers Speech from Animal Farm about how the duties of Leadership are so much more strenuous than the duties of Followers that the Pig Leaders deserve, nay, NEED, to have the windfall apples, the milk and to sleep in the farmhouse.

I “trot” that one out a lot because Capitalists seem to believe they own the story. Also the Corporate Welfare aspect of them using the publicly funded police and army to negotiate their coercive labor deals for them.

And to coerce suppliers of the raw materials, like foreign nations who produce Oil, minerals and even produce the Produce (like vegetables, coffee, bananas…)
And then have the balls to say that they worked for their money, and don’t owe the workers anything.

Why, we should be so proud to work for them that we’ll pay them for the privilege.. oh, wait, we already do.

Interesting wording: Taliban blamed for Afghan civilian deaths

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.

Then there are the Wikileaks files. Which tell a third tale, by the Same Party, Koalition of the Killing, in what they thought were Secret communications.
By the way, Free the Hero Bradley Manning!!
Aside from that, there’s an old Baptist adage provided by some Old Baptists who i happen to know.
If you don’t want people to find out what you’re doing, don’t tell anybody.

There’s a really sad story you hear a lot from people convicted of felonies. “My accomplice snitched me off to get a good deal from the DA.”

The more serious the crime, like say, War Crimes, and the more often it’s committed, and the more accomplices you have… then the more people will want to find out who is responsible for those crimes, and will be snooping around. Usually armed with subpoenas and warrants but ALWAYS armed with well, Arms.

Cases that involve human deaths and especially the deaths of Children tend to draw a LOT more attention.

Now, the way the Army and Co. set up their communications and storage of those communications is critical to their relative success at doing their crimes.
The bigger the Army, the more records, the more copies of Accomplices ratting each other out, only, in a system where they’re ratting each other out to each other and the evidence stored by their own Criminal Organization to help figure out what happened when their Criminal Organization loses its collective rosie-red Arse.

Such as what’s happening now in Greater VietRaqiStan. I can’t help but believe that quite a few people in the Pentagoons actually DID know right from wrong, they KNEW that the tactic of Might Makes Right ALWAYS has backfired, they KNEW they were telling lies… because other than them having this certain knowledge of what they were doing, and why it is WRONG, you would have to have a couple of million complete Airheads running the Weapons storage and utilizations system known as the Military, and… the largest one on the face of the Earth.

Dumb, or lying. Not much of a choice, is it?

“Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree” is welcome home for felons

There’s a new yellow ribbon on our block. Anymore, yellow ribbon stickers on cars designate wives of servicemen, or realtors sucking up to the military because the only real estate sales here come from Fort Carson’s ever expanding war training. Actually, vehicles of military families are now often festooned wildly with ribbons designating service, regiment and very specific distinctions. Their tailgates mimic the colorful macaroni worn by soldiers on parade. Fine time too, to abandon the old yellow ribbon and the specialization it stood for.

“I’m coming home, I’ve done my time.”

You remember the lyric. He’s about to be released from prison, after three long years, so it wasn’t for littering. What has his homecoming to do with US killers overseas except the obvious?

Our soldiers at war are serving their time, and there’s an argument to be made that they too are war’s victims. Hasn’t it become fitting that the yellow ribbon of pop music lore forgave a felon?

But the song forgave a felon for the crime he’d done, a changed man, now repentant, returning to make a humble appeal for forgiveness.

American soldiers coming home offer no sign they are rehabilitated, nor even that they have an inkling of crimes commited, nor certainly that they bear any of the responsibility. Our soldiers coming home probably mirror a real life parolee’s likelihood to be a recidivist.

Military Intelligence Inaction

The Coast Guard is going to set fire to the oil slick from the Deepwater corporate boo-boo. Deliberately. You know, the Coast Guard DO get first pick of the finest confiscated Recreational Psychopharmaceuticals.

While their official Irrationale is that they’ve screwed up the ecosystem so badly that this little bonfire will be just another Fart In The Breeze, so to speak, the Unofficial Reason probably works out to be something like “Wow, man, far out, the colors, man, the colors!”

Speaking of colors, about the only thing “green” about the military is their uniforms.

Maybe Glenn Beck and the other Morons at Fox will have a new conspiracy theory to work with,as soon as they get their monthly quota of that Coast Guard dope, that is.

See, Liberal Agents Provocateurs have infiltrated not only the top levels of the Political spectrum but also the Banking, Mining and Petroleum industry and are deliberately sabotaging them from the top down, and that somehow Greenpeace and MoveOn and PETA and just for giggles the American Cancer Society have deliberately gotten Goldman Sachs and Massey and Deepwater to make really stupid forking decisions, just to embarrass the “conservatives”.

Let’s go forward with that, let’s say that Al Gore deliberately set up George Bush by throwing the election in 2000.

The possible combinations are endless. Pointless, too, but then, we’re watching Capital eat itself so any inane statement about it would stick if thrown hard enough.