Well, maybe it took "The Red Panda" Ed Snowden to wake up the American Left. But from the signs I'm seeing at demonstrations in Augusta, Montpelier, Concord and Albany it certainly looked like the citizens of this country were united in saying "NO!" to another millitary intervention somewhere in the world.
This isn't ideological. This is weariness. The American working class has figured it out. The don't want to see another house in a long row with a Gold Star on it, meaning there is another Gold Star Mom inside who's had a military van with two impeccably groomed non-coms. inside come knocking on their door with a perfectly folded American flag and some last effects from their deceased son or daughter, if they were lucky.
John Kerry and Obama and McCain look ridiculous spouting their platitudes about a red line that was drawn in the sand almost 100 years ago during WWI that hasn't been crossed since, except for the Japanese using them against US Marines and Koreans and the Chinese. Except for the US using napalm during the Vietnam War Except for Hussein using them against the Iranians and the Kurds....
So just what exactly the hell is the rationalization here? The rationalization is that we moved to a war economy since 1934 and the American people don't have any say in who fights and dies and who profits from that war economy and when Obama and Kerry or Hillary and Joe Biden or whatever Republicans become the flavor of the month next election year and win the presidency, we will say "How High?" When they command "Jump! Bitch!"
The thing is, you and I, we can't say no to them (insert label here), ever. Because we passed the Patriot Act, our representatives did, without reading it. The Patriot Act had nothing to do with 9/11 and everything to do with tightening corporate choke collars around our throats, We had a chance to sunset these laws, but our representatives did very little, almost nothing.
The same old military families now realize how little they are cared for by the VA or the rest of the American people. They do not want to fight anymore. These are the people who are holding the signs, urging the US against military intervention.
And how will our Congress vote? To spend more money on missiles and drop them on other people. We have to be scared. We have to pay more taxes. We have to drop more bombs and kill more people.
Unless you just say "NO!"
~ Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
A long, long, long way from my home! ~
Has anyone read the article on Jerry Brown in the latest issue of Rolling Stone? I skimmed it yesterday with plans on reading it for real, but it sounds like he's actually proving that green energy is sustainable as well as profitable. I mean, he's rescued California from the brink of bankruptcy, so he must be doing something right, right?
Y'know, more and more, I see the setting of "Mad Max" in our future....
sounds rather acidic!
Now, about fracking -- you gotta drive off the interstate down the main road in some small agricultural hick town in Nebraska. All the good jobs are gone. All the family farms making to 100k profit a year and taking care of the whole extended family are gone.
You stop at a diner for breakfast after staying in a crummy $40 a night hotel and pick up the local paper and read how people don't want fracking but they damn well need the jobs that fracking is bringing, preserving the family name for future generations.
What is a green deadhead to do? Tell them, they really want to know!
They're doing it in China, too...I hear they're starting to research a new process called 'waterless fracking' as well. I guess it's supposed to be cheaper according to industry insiders. Wonder what kind of holy hell it'll raise.
I'm currently watching a sad documentary on hydraulic fracturing in the U.S and abroad. I can't believe this shit happens in so called civilized societies, such as our own. It's happening in Canada to folks. Australia also. it makes me want to cry and puke at the same time. So many factors in this industry equal our end. Maybe there is something better than concrete to use in these wells? I'm really at a loss for words right now. When the Mayor of Dish TX picks up and moves to another state, you gotta know, it's pretty fucking bad.
Enough rope to hang himself. I'll bet not one guard got reprimanded for that. Sociopaths don't last long in jail. Good riddance Castro and Jeff Dhamer.
May you roast in hell (RIH) Ariel Castro.
Hafez Assad, Bashar's father, was a brutal dictator who crushed all resistance against his regime. He killed 10,000 in Homs in 1982 alone.
Bashar's brother was being groomed for his father's slot as head dictator and "president" for life, but he was killed in a car accident. Bashar was called home from the Western Eye Hospital in London where he was working as an eye doctor.
He went through the Military Academy in 5 years, attaining the rank of colonel. Upon his father's death in 1980 the Parliament in Syria lowered the age of majority for president to 34 in Syria, which just happened to be Basha's age.
Bashar really wanted to reform Syria and clean out corruption but cronyism among his father and brother's old friends made that impossible.
Boy, karma is a bitch!
It's good to have you back, Anna. I taught two short term classes this summer, so I didn't have much time for posting, and with you traveling, there wasn't even very much to read around here.
I sincerely hope you're right Mike. He is backed into a corner and has already proved intent.