21 July 2010

Just ranting

OK, I admit it, I am getting old. Also very tired, tired of having to deal with physical pain every damn day. Tired of needing pain meds to manage each day. Big deal, there are many people in this world who are way worse off than I am.
What has really got me pissed off of late has been the attitudes of a seemingly majority of the "left" in the old US of A. I check in at the web site "Crooks and Liars" every day or so. The prevailing attitude there and some other "left" leaning web sites is that no matter what, we all need to vote for the donkey gang this coming November. Well, my reply to that is, bull shit! Absolute bull shit in fact.
Why would any sane human being just blindly vote for the donkey gang?  They are not very much better than the elephant gang. I see them as being just the "opposite" sides of the very same coin. It used to be said that there was "not a dimes' worth of difference" between them. I don't see that much difference. True, there may be some members of either party who do not follow the "party line" totally, but between the two parties, there is very little difference today. In my opinion, they have both sold out to the big money interests. The "too big to fail" gang has bought both the donkey and the elephant gangs. Lock, stock, and both barrels.
If the donkey gang really cared about the working people, as they supposedly once did, why, when they had majorities in BOTH houses of Congress AND the presidency, didn't they push for and get a real national health care plan? Why are they going along with the idea that "entitlements" (read Social Security and Medicare for starters) need to be cut, while they make permanent the Shrubbie tax cuts for the super rich? Why do the donkey gang continue to vote ever more monies, that we don't have, for the damn fool wars of choice we are bogged down in?
An article today at Counterpunch really set me off on this. It has been bothering me for some weeks now, but the article by Mr. Brain Foley really got me to vent on this. The article is great and I highly recommend it to you. Here is the link to it;www.counterpunch.org/foley07212010.html
After you read his article, let me know if you are also "spitting mad".
Actually, I have to wonder why any working class person would be tempted to send money to either of the animal gangs.
Another question, why would any working class person ever vote for either of the animal parties again? Once upon a time, it seemed as though the donkey gang cared about the working class. They once counted on support from the unions. Of course that isn't very much now days. How can the unions matter now that most of those jobs have been sent off shore? Fewer union jobs means fewer union members and that means less political clout for the unions. Well, that was a pretty "easy" way to break those unions wasn't it? Yes sir, just send all those high paid, skilled union jobs to Pakistan, India, or some other country with very low labor rates. And where are the donkey gang members in all this? Please, you should not have to ask, remember, Billy Bob Bubba pushed for and got NAFTA! Yep, a "democrat" got that "free trade" bill pushed through Congress and he signed the damn thing. And now they want us to give money to that "party"?  Do they really think we are that damn stupid?
There are alternatives to the animal gangs. You can vote for a third party candidate. I do not think that such a vote is a "throw away" vote. I also do not believe that Nader "cost" Gore the 2000 election. Gore and his "pal" Joe lost it themselves. And then they didn't even fight for a true recount. Looks like they really didn't want to win that bad after all. Just how I see it.
A good start to making a change in the old US of A might be over at the following web site.www.uspvp.org. They have a very interesting proposed amendment. Well worth looking into.
Some how things must change in our country. We are broke. Our infrastructure is falling apart. We have high unemployment. Most of the skilled jobs have been sent off shore. The political clowns in D.C.want to cut Social Security and Medicare among other social programs. They want to make the tax cuts for the rich that W. Shrub signed as permanent. They keep spending borrowed (!!) monies on idiotic wars of choice that do not make us safer. They funnel obscene amounts of money into the "too big to fail" banksters who caused the economy to collapse. And they keep trying to scare us all with new "terror" threats.
We are bombing people who have never had any intention of harming us. We kill by remote control people who probably could not have found the US on a map, let alone have any ill feelings towards us. Oh, they hate our guts now, because we killed members of their families. Hell, if some foreign army killed your family members, you'd hate the country who sent those troops also. America is the invader in Iraq and Afghanistan and we are fighting those idiot wars with borrowed money! Just like the oil disaster in the Gulf, paying for these wars will fall to our great grand children and maybe even beyond that generation.
We are spoiling our own nest, killing and maiming people who never had any ill will towards us before we invaded their countries. We are damaging the ecology of the planet and yet the "liberals" say we need to elect more "democrats"? WHY?
What war has Go-bomber stopped? What prison in Cuba has he closed? (He did make that a campaign promise to close Gitmo.) How will anybody except the insurance companies benefit from the health care "reform"?  How long will these "democrats" continue to spend borrowed money on useless wars?
Do not tell me how the elephant gang is the "war party". BOTH the elephant AND the donkey gang are the war party. America does not have a "peace party", we have two wings of one war party.
My suggestion, if you get a letter asking you for money for either the elephant or the donkey gang, don't send any, of course. However, do NOT throw the return envelope away. Nope. Send it back to them, empty. That way they have to pay the return postage. Sending them an empty envelope at their expense is just about what they deserve. After all, they give us empty promises each election cycle. Maybe we should return the favor. Just my opinion.
semper fi

19 July 2010

It just gets worse

More disgusting things have come to light recently.
First off, the report that a "new record" number of suicides by our military personnel has been reached. Yes, our own troops are killing themselves in ever growing numbers. Part of the reason for this is undoubtedly due to the extreme stress of multiple tours in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. Being in a war zone, the constant heightened state of being alert to the dangers at all times, the snipers, the road side bombs, the not knowing who is friend or foe among the local population takes a huge toll on the troops. It was much the same in Vietnam. Even if we had had a "score card" it would have been near impossible to tell the "friendlies" from the "bad guys".
The internet may have some bit to add to this. No doubt the troops log on and check the news sites. While the military may try to limit the sites the troops have access to, it isn't all that hard to get past the fire walls and get to any web site the wish. I am sure that the troops have figured out that they are being lied to by the government. They do come home after their tour is up. No doubt they make use of the unrestricted access to the net when they are in the states between tours in the wars. Oh, they see the "support the troops" bumper stickers, but that isn't really very much. It does not mask the truth, that more and more Americans are beginning to see both the Afghan and Iraqi wars as useless.
How do you keep fighting a war that has limited or no support from the majority of the people back home?
War is not at all "pretty" or in any way "fun". No matter what the new CentCom commander may say or have said, war and killing/shooting people is NOT fun. No way, no how. If shooting/killing other human beings is in any way "fun", the person who sees it as such, is in my opinion a totally sociopath. Having been in a shooting war in Vietnam, I do not see how anybody can say that it is "fun" to shoot other people. It is what one does in war, but it is not "fun". To say that shooting/killing another human being is "fun" is beyond disgusting and the person who thinks it to be "fun" is in serious need of mental health intervention.
The "rules of engagement" also must contribute to the stresses the troops endure. They are told to keep civilian casualties to a minimum. Good idea, as the deaths of the innocent does not endear the troops to the local populous.  The thing is, when the troops are attacked, they don't have the time to always figure out who the "good guys" are from the "bad guys" who just attacked them. This is true of sniper attacks or a road side bomb (IED).  When you are in a fire fight, you don't have the luxury of making that decision. You just shoot at anybody in the field of fire. \War is nasty and brutal.  The "best laid plans" never go off as planned.
In war, you see and do things that no human being should even dream of. The memories do not ever go away either. Memories last a life time and not everybody is able to live with them. You see humanity at its very worst in war. The things one sees are beyond any decent imagination. It is a real challenge to live with those memories of what you see/do in war. Not everybody is able to put the past behind them and get on with life. The troops who go off to war on their first tour in the war zone never come back the same people. War changes a person almost beyond recognition. Go to war and I promise, you will never be the same person again.
When they come home from the war, family and friends do not, cannot, understand why their loved one is so very different. It is because of what they have seen/done.
I still believe that if more people in America were able to see the real results of war, the dead and dying, and the smells of war, they would not be so free and easy with allowing themselves to be lead into such a damn miserable mess as war by the supposed "leaders" ever again. We in America have been and still are, very insulated from the realities of war. The last time there was a real war in America, it was 1861-1865. Americans have not known war the same way much of the rest of the world has since then. The old saying "out of sight, out of mind" comes into play here. We do not see war up close and personal. Even the TV "news" does not come close to showing us war today. During the Vietnam war, there was footage of some fighting on the evening news. No more. In fact, we don't even have photos of the caskets returning the dead.  True, Go-bomber has loosened the "rules" regarding such photographs, but how often do you see this on TV?
War is vile, nasty, and should not be gone into unless we are attacked in force. The events of 9/11 do not justify an all out war. What should have been done was to use special forces troops and gone in after the supposed perpetrators with small groups. We should have used diplomacy and more of a police type tactics. Going in with guns blazing and full combat regiments was the wrong thing to do. Of course it was not meant to capture or kill bin-Laden. Both of the current damn fool wars of choice were, I am convinced, meant to be for the huge, nay obscene, profits of the war industries. The "too big to fail" banksters make obscene profits from wars. Even the companies that make socks and underwear make money from war. The troops need clothing you know.
General Smedley Butler had it 100% correct. War IS a racket. There is big money in war and until we eliminate the obscene profits of war, there will be more wars of choice. More useless killing and maiming of fellow human beings. Less real peace in this world, more conflict, more death and destruction. More misery. More suicides among the troops and other victims of war.
If you support the troops, really support them, you would demand that they ALL come home, now. These wars are doing nothing at all to make the country safer. The wars are putting us all more at risk of retaliation. Even the recently dismissed General McChrystal said that for every militant we kill, we create ten more new enemies.
If we want to end the suicides of our troops, we need to end the goddamn useless wars.

One more topic for this rant. You may be aware of the video out on the net of "Bibi" Nutty-yahoo telling some "settlers" how he was able to manipulate Clinton into thinking that he would actually honor the Oslo accords. This is just the most blatant example of the low regard the Zionist entity has for America and our "leaders". That this continues to be the norm for our government is outrageous. That the "news" media in America is a constant cheer leader for the Zionist entity is beyond disgusting.
"We" are being lead to our destruction by the  worst elements of the Zionist right wing. What they want, we give, no questions asked, no limits. This is certainly the tail wagging the dog.
A comment on one web site discussing this video asked a very good question. Since we are in Iraq and Afghanistan to defend Israel, why don't they have their troops in these wars zones? The British, Australians, and other allies have troops in the war zones, why not the IDF?
It was the Zionist entity and their supporters here in the US who cheered on these wars. It was the Zionist entity that demanded that Saddam be removed. Why aren't there IDF troops fighting along with American and NATO troops?
Nutty-yahoo says he will always put the interests Israel first. When will the "leaders" of America put American interests first? It is in no way in American interests to be at war in Iraq or Afghanistan.  It is not in American interests to be at war with Iran either.
Link for the video and commentary at;http://realityzone-realityzone.blogspot.com/2010/07/netanyahu-leaked-home-video-2001-with.html
When will Americans wake up to this truth that we are being used and abused by the Zionist entity and their supporters? When will American leaders put America and American interests first?
America, where are you now? We need your help to fight the monster.
semper fi