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Iwo Jima, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Memorial Day

There appears to be no more popular symbol of American patriotism and resiliency than the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. Do Americans think Mount Suribachi overlooked Pearl Harbor? (As if Hawaii in the mid-Pacific was even US manifest destiny). Of the USA’s far flung “possessions” Iwo Jima was not among them. As usual the US Marines were laying claim to lands of others, of the Japanese. It had as much to do with protecting our freedom as Montezuma and Tripoli.

What’s happy about the Fourth of July?

AYFKM? Even “have a nice day” has more credibility, or have a holiday that’s happy. Should our national day of flag waving, specifically OUR celebration of patriotism as citizens of an ever broadening, ever more savage repressive empire, remind us to be happy? How about, don’t cry? Over the past week, as neighbors stood curbside to thank the firefighters returning from the Waldo Canyon Fire, they waved flags and wore red white and blue, because, it’s the only thing Americans know to wave I guess. What does it mean, thanking firefighters with American flags? Competence and bravery are American qualities? Heroism is patriotic? We kick wildfire ass? Did we? Because we didn’t, as President Obama’s disaster zone visit confirmed. Much the reverse. And we’re reaping the same cataclysm with our imperial flag planting everywhere.

More on the Anti-Muslim, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Christian 9/11 memorial hate-fest

One of the things that’s being done in many places around the nation, even in churches and synagogues, is to have the children of the congregation, many as young as two, stand up and parrot the empty words of the Pledge of Allegiance and no, that isn’t photoshopped, those are real American Kids chanting words they didn’t understand to a graven image.
 
Right after the “attack” which is avowed as The Official Story Being True, (But the officials who tell the story also said that there were WMDs in Iraq and the Wars are about “freedom”… so, where do the lies end?) children in schools across the land supposedly came up with the idea, with no coaching from their parents or teachers, to have a synchronized chanting of the Pledge. As a show of “patriotism”. Kids who don’t know what death is, or any of the myriad twists and turns of the lies needed to start and sustain wars… told by their teachers to do this, and to lie to the world and say it was their own idea. And if they didn’t, they were “terrorists”. Now, who could find any fault with that?
How about maybe GOD? The Bible strictly prohibits making children swear oaths. Read the Laws of Moses before you jump down my throat about saying it.

Jewish kids say an oath, Bat Mitzvah for the girls and Bar Mitzvah for the boys, when they’re 13 years of age. The oath first Moses then Joshua had the people of Israel say. You see the cute little house sign that says “As for me, and MY house, we will serve the LORD”… without the rest of the stuff surrounding it like Joshua having anybody who didn’t swear the mitzvah killed. Seriously, if you read the Old Testament with open eyes, it ain’t going to be the same as they taught you in Sunday School.

Which is where Jews have an advantage, they don’t hold back and they do tell it like it’s written. Before they swear the Bar/Bat Mitzvah they have to study and be tested to see if they really know what they’re getting into. You can’t say later that you just didn’t know.

The oath is that you will from that day forth (“choose, now, who you will serve…”) obey every Law. So you have to KNOW every law.

There’s a catch to it, a huge gaping hole in it. Nobody ever kept the whole law, and swearing to do so but not doing it is a death-penalty offense. Sanhedrin after Sanhedrin have debated that point. Mostly because a lot of people in the world want to KILL a lot of other people in the world. And to feel no guilt about it.

So there’s a lot of noise bandied about in every religion that somehow there’s an amendment, an invisible escape clause, to the “Thou shalt not kill” command.

“Eye for an eye” keeps coming up. Doesn’t work. If “Eye for an eye” were applied, the only people who could legitimately be killed were the ones who pulled the trigger. Or in this case the airplanes. And they, according the Official And Not To Be Trusted Narrative, died with the others.

There are purification laws which allow you to not be killed for breaking the Law. These laws exist as part of Sha’aria as well so all y’all Islam Haters out ther can just suck it. Sha’aria and the Jewish laws are actually more civilized than for instance the Texas death penalty laws.

Now, the law also says that if you are guilty, with or without purification and redemption, of a death penalty law, you can not judge anybody else to death. “Judge not lest ye also be judged”.

Of course the sheer number of human beings put to death using the religious formula and, in contradiction of that formula, shows one important thing: No matter how pious the practioners of a religion seem to be there will always be those who just don’t give a fat rat’s as about what God has to say. Including having little kids mouth words of an idolatrous oath without understanding those words.

Strangely, one of the biggest “faults” many Christians find with the Jehovah’s Witness sect is that they refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance. They also refused to say Heil Hitler which is really the exact same thing. And the saints in Rome who were fed to the beasts, crucified, murdered in many many unpleasant ways… not for being Christian or Jewish, Rome had a more liberal Freedom of Religion code than anything practiced in the United States.

They were killed not for praying to God but for refusing to pray or swear oaths to the Roman Emperor or the Empire, both of which were declared to be gods

Just like the Pledge of Allegiance.

Coercing the kids into doing it by making the most meaningful threat you could possibly make to a child “You won’t have any friends” is just plain rotten.

The so-called “patriots” who dreamed that shit up are pure low life SCUM and, in the level of their fanatic devotion to War and Hatred, they surpass the wildest accusation they make against Islam and the whole “72 virgins” schtick.
And, they do it in the name of my God and my nation.

And pull out all the other Right Wing Fascist slogans to justify it, like “My country, right or wrong” and “love it or leave it”. Those are the slogans of dictatorships.

If you’re going to use them, try real hard to think, I know it hurts your head to think but try anyway, and don’t give out any crap about you’re saying it for “freedom”.

American Flag DIY

When’s the next flag-waving fest? Will it be the anniversary of 9/11? We missed July 4th, but maybe the next tea party will do. How about a concession booth where we sell modified little American flags, or upgrade theirs for free? A magic marker or black paint will do. The Stars and Stripes already say I’m an American asshole patriot, but maybe it takes a swastika to see how our invader-take-all, my-drone-can-kick-your-ass nationalism sells overseas.

Mark Twain: Oh Lord our God, help us tear their soldiers to bloody shreds

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them!
 
“With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe.

“O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells;

“help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead;

“help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain;

“help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire;

“help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief;

“help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it

“— for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord,

“blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet!

“We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts.

“Amen.”

-from Mark Twain’s The War Prayer

Operation Home Front = fake patriotism

Enough already. If you “support” the troops or the war, then why don’t you actually “support” them? Dig down deep and pay your God-damn taxes to fund it.
Can’t afford the war under the current Tax Scheme?
Too GOD-DAMNED BAD. You should have protested George Bush and his Corporate Thieves when they STARTED the bitch. You should have protested THEN and you really need to protest it NOW, the tax-breaks given to the Wealthiest People On The Planet so they don’t have to pay for the “troops” to go out and rob one of the poorest nations on the planet, Afghanistan, on their behalf. Those Corporate Murderers who are benefiting from the war are getting their blood money essentially for FREE because STUPID PEOPLE or LAZY PEOPLE wouldn’t ever stand up to them.
Some of you who have influence in the major parties, maybe people with military titles in front of your names? The kind of name-and-title combinations politicians drool over when it’s election time… YEAH, YOU!
Get off your Fat Uniformed Butt and make Congress aware that THEIR bribe-taking and favoritism to the Blood-sucking Corporations have NOT gone un-noticed. TeaBags, you bitch and whine about a health care plan that might stop the rapidly accelerating bleed-off of American Health Care money, or even just maybe slow it down? Get off your Racist Butts and start protesting the Pentagon giving away TEN TIMES as much to a bunch of Parasites who don’t even Pay God-damn taxes!

Do it NOW! Instead of waving a piece of cloth and a plastic magnetic yellow ribbon at ME.
And stop putting up signs at the grocery stores begging for money to go to the families of the Troops, if you’re too God-Damned stingy to pay them for the war YOU support.

It’s also very worthy of note that Operation Home Front and the USO and other such organizations give you a Tax Credit for your donations. That means, in plain English, that the people who practice the FAKE patriotism of “donating” to these organizations are getting THE DONATIONS RETURNED TO THEM, courtesy of other people who ACTUALLY DO PAY THEIR TAXES. Such Love! Such Caring! Such Generosity! Such Goddamn Chutzpah! Pretending to give anything, giving nothing and hitting other people with the bill for YOUR “warm fuzzy feeling”. Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Ollie North, y’all taking any notice? Especially you and the rest of the Fox News Pukes. You make YOUR ENTIRE FORTUNE spreading propaganda for the wars, but you want to shirk on paying taxes… instead investing it in your War Profiteering industries like the Oil Companies. You’re a bunch of nauseating lying SLUGS in dire need of a bag of salt. You feast on the blood of Soldiers and “enemy” Civilians alike, then take a tax break for making yourselves look pious and Patriotic about it.

Closer to home, Michelle Malkin, Doug Lamborn, “Gunny” Bob, YEAH, YOU!

LTE, 1899: May the thunderbolt which is to fall from heaven upon this nation

For Independence day we might ask: is it more patriotic to support illegal wars than to oppose them? I’d like to revisit a century-old letter to the editor submitted to the Springfield Republican on April 21, 1899, by Caroline Hollingsworth Pemberton a few days after tax day. She wrote to defend another letter writer, critic of America’s imperial expansion into the Philippines, accused of “treason” for suggesting that his taxes should not be funding a war of aggression.

The number of persons who share, without expressing, the sentiments of the young single taxer, F. Stevens, is doubtless increasing daily. It may be a wise economical policy for the government executives to decide that his utterances do not constitute “treason,” for the reason that there are not, and probably never will be, enough prisons in his land to contain all the “traitors” that now reside in it.

Alas! we are all of us made traitors (and against our wills in many cases) by the deliberate acts of those whom we have chosen to represent us. We are already traitors to the high ideals of a free people: traitors to our constitution and to the principles of the Declaration of Independence. Whether we want to or not, we “treacherously” support a policy of “criminal aggression” whenever we lick a revenue stamp and stick it on a check or receipt, and help pay the cost of sacrificing our principles before the world.

My soul loathes this Filipino slaughter, yet I am actively supporting it out of my own pocket every day of my life. I count myself the worst kind of a traitor, –yet it is well that our government has decided to look leniently on traitors, for there are thousands and millions like me, some willingly and many most unwillingly made traitors like myself!

One can choose between two kinds of treason. Mr. Stevens chooses what he takes to be the lesser kind. We have that much choice and that is all that is left to us.

For my part, I pray that the thunderbolt which is to fall from heaven upon this nation for its career of crime in the Pacific ocean may fall quickly and end the iniquities for which in the sight of God we are all individually responsible. If this is “treason” of the peculiar brand that newspapers do not approve, it is to be remembered as an “extenuating circumstance” that my education in treason has not progressed far enough yet for me to distinguish with certainty the various brands, –accidentally, as it were, I have picked up the wrong kind– for which I ask their kindly indulgence.

C. H. Pemberton

Springfield Republican, April 21, 1899

Quoted in The Anti-Imperialist Reader, Volume I, Philip S. Foner, ed., p. 404

Patriotic man: insolence v. character

“…by patriotic man I do not mean him who measures his country’s greatness by the extent of her territory, the size of her armies, the strength of her fleets, or even by the insolence with which she tramples upon her weaker neighbors, but him who knows that the true greatness of a nation, as of a man, depends upon its character, its sense of justice, its self-restraint, its magnanimity, in a word upon its possession of those qualities which distinguish George Washington from the prize-fighter — the highest type of man from the highest type of beast.” –Moorfield Storey, Anti-Imperialist League, 1898

Rancid Propaganda, from 68 years ago

But it illustrates the way “history” can be slanted, from very recent to a very distant lifetime ago or more… 1952 China Spy Mission goes wrong, shades of John Birch, etc.. The 4 CIA operatives, two of them the spies who were to be dropped into China, who survived, and their pilots, who did not, were Ambushed as in, the Chinese spotted their plane and shot them out of the sky, and the two spies who were captured spent twenty years in Chinese prisons. No doubt they were waterboarded, which is considered Torture when other governments do it, sleep deprivation, deep indoctrination techniques, which are called “enhanced interrogation” when the USMC does it at Gitmo and other Torture Dungeo.. ooops I mean “detention centers”.

The story, a heartwarming story of survival, triumph, and “Truth, Justice and the Americ…oh, you know the rest of that” is being trotted out by the CIA as a teaching tool for those Brave Souls going in and assassinating and spying on anybody accused of being a terrorist. Purest Pigshit.

What did they do wrong? hummm..

The part about attempting to manipulate other countries Which We Do NOT Own to do “our” bidding comes to mind, but no, that’s not what the CIA and their associates are saying. I mean, just because a philosophy or policy is corrupt at the root doesn’t mean it could not or (cue: Laugh Track, narrator circling ear with forefinger in international “Crazy” sign) SHOULD NOT be implemented or that it could or should not succeed. All you need is a big enough lie or a big enough gun or big enough collection of guns and you can force your will on the rest of the world easily. Might makes right, eh?

Then, as now, the Terrorists aka “intelligence agents” are glorified whenever the people in the Other Country exercise their no-doubt-nonexistent “right” to self defense and the spy/assassin is either captured or killed, it was an “Ambush”.

When a CIA interrogator was jumped, a few years ago in an Afghanistan Torture Center, had his guns taken from him and was shot to death, the news reports of it were filled with what a great person he supposedly was. And that he was Ambushed.

“My Country right or wrong” guarantees country always Wrong.

Because it gives the warmonger faction a free pass to do whatever they wish with a built in automatic “patriotic” support. Wrap political bullshit with “The Flag” and all you get is a filthy smelly flag.
The same with the notion that a foreign nation, say, a puppet state like Israel, can do no wrong. Add in that some of the people in that puppet nation feel they have a God given right to rule the entire world. Is it friendship for that country or ours, for either to pick fights for the other to finish? Would you consider it a benefit to your more personal friends or family, to constantly provoke battles that they would have to fight? No? Then it’s not friendship multiplied by the numbers making up National status.

In the 1970s there was a bumper sticker with “My country, if it’s right keep it so, if not make it so” but that has too many words in it to be a clever catchphrase.

But we do Israel no good nor America, if we back their governments unconditionally.

For the Climate Deniers…

Bill O’Lie-ly said this January was the coldest on record. Perhaps he could learn a little science, specifically mathematics. If not then he could learn how to ask people whose business it is to provide scientifically sound information to for instance the Shipping Industry, farmers and the U.S. Military, none of whom are much noted for Radical Left Wing thought processes. Like NOAA, who reported that the average global ground temperature Increased by very nearly a full degree C.
The IBM corporate model is founded in a mission statement they made back in 1945. When they got the funding to build the first “supercomputers” (Analog Calculators, actually, the “AC” part of their names) ENIAC and UNIVAC. That they would be able to predict major weather events a year in advance.

This on “computers” which had less calculating power than this “dinosaur” 10 year old desktop I’m typing on right now.
It’s a spectacular example of Corporate Welfare gone terribly wrong. Bill-ionaire O’Reilly knows quite a bit about Corporate Welfare, but as it’s his beneficiary on the Gilded Road to Hell, he’s not going to squeak about it very loudly. Or, at all.

So they extended the accurate predictions for major weather events from 5 days to 7. Big Hairy Deal, yes? Well, in a way.

The failures of that business model, (for which they’re still drawing royalties, an interesting economic term in what’s supposed to be a “free” market) led to some pretty remarkable mathematic theories and applications of Chaos Theory. One is that not only the Earth but the Universe is a closed mathematic system. Finite. Iterations of what are supposed to be infinite variations, repetitions and patterns where the Patterns would have fallen apart if the system were infinte. So, how does an established pattern in a finite system develop such a major rift?

But all that is above the heads of Bill-do and his demented fans. They’re instead pushing the provincial notion that a small portion of the small system (relative to the universe) that hits us with snow in winter?

The notion that snowstorms in winter would actually have become so anomalous that it’s newsworthy should be a clue. But the Dumbass Patrol can’t get a clue if somebody rubs their noses in it.

I’ve got relatives. Of course. Some of them live in an almost Medieval Backward Poverty Zone called Cleburne, Texas. There’s a joke in Cleburne on the lines of the maps you get in Johnson County only show Johnson County, and at the county line the world drops off. On the mythical maps the edges around the county line are filled with notations like “Terra Incognito” (Thet thar’s where them Terrists live, boy) and “Here Be Dragons!!”

There are people in Johnson County who have never made the arduous journey to Ft Worth. Ft Worth city limits are like two miles from the county line. Dallas is a myth they use to frighten their kids (Eat your vegetables and go on to bed. You know what happens to kids who stay up late and don’t eat their vegetables? The Boogie-Dallas gonna come in and get you!)

Ok, so that’s an extreme example of Parochial Thought. So is the notion that the entire world is limited to the United States. Or that the verified and closely recorded Climate Change, especially the warming of the seas, which is even more extreme, and more important, than the warmer temperatures on land… couldn’t possibly affect weather patterns in America. Nay, verily, the world isn’t even round like them thar smarty pants libruls say it is. Even though the very round nature of the world would be the only way the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles could possibly work.

That’s the reason the Tea Party pulled their kids out of any schools that didn’t allow themselves to be bullied into not showing a speech by the President of the United States urging them to not be a bunch of backward Retards, get an education, learn how to think rather than just believe the ignorant rantings of people like Fox News.

They’re scared of education…. Imagine that if you will.