Archive for August 2007

A Sane Revolution

August 31, 2007

A Sane Revolution

If you make a revolution, make it for fun,
don’t make it in ghastly seriousness,
don’t do it in deadly earnest,
do it for fun.
Don’t do it because you hate people,
do it just to spit in their eye.

Don’t do it for the money,
do it and be damned to the money.

Don’t do it for equality,
do it because we’ve got too much equality
and it would be fun to upset the apple-cart
and see which way the apples would go a-rolling.

Don’t do it for the working classes.
Do it so that we can all of us be little aristocracies on our own
and kick our heels like jolly escaped asses.

Don’t do it, anyhow, for international Labour.
Labour is the one thing a man has had too much of.
Let’s abolish labour, let’s have done with labouring!
Work can be fun, and men can enjoy it; then it’s not labour.
Let’s have it so! Let’s make a revolution for fun!

DH Lawrence

Your Daily Edification for 31 August 2007

August 31, 2007
 Dr. Ron Paul on Freedom From Unnecessary Litigation Act

And Lew Rockwell today on what the first 30 days of the Ron Paul Presidency would mean for these great United States.

Scott Horton remembers Nietzsche’s take on the Manipulation of Prejudice

Seems the rube-n-cheif has forgotten what helped earn him his MBA by outlining “aid to mortgage holders” but no bailout?

A suprising piece in the War Street Journal today — Paul Grabs Attention of Alienated Voters – via Lew Rockwell

Forbes notes Geman Chancellor Angela Merkel was voted their most powerful woman…while First Lady Laura Bush was 60th.

And can you believe that the “White House rejects Iraq ‘failures’” and that the President of the United States “Bush Urges Allies to Keep Troops in Iraq

And this from the BBC this morning, Anti-Hamas rallies staged in Gaza

Toxic Chemicals from Iraq were found where? At the UN?

Sleazy Pakistan deal unlikely to work out as U.S. wants

Washington may well come to regret the sleazy and unconstitutional deal it is promoting between Pakistan’s military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf and exiled former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.Mind you, the Pakistani constitution is written on rubber and has frequently been stretched this way and that to accommodate the political ambitions of the moment.But if Washington’s motives are as they seem — to create a stable and reasonably democratic administration that will be an effective ally against the Taliban and al-Qaida in neighbouring Afghanistan — there’s little reason for confidence in a Musharraf-Bhutto alliance. Read the rest of the article here.

Ron Paul Freedom Fighter

August 30, 2007

This funny video was posted today over at the Lew Rockwell Blog

Great Reads for Today, to either relax and enjoy…or get ready for WAR over

August 29, 2007

The Weimar President 

This post by “the other” Scott Horton is a very insightful post about the real lessons of World War II that we should never forget.

“In the darkest days of World War II, in early 1942, both Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill went before their people and gave them a straight account of the struggle they faced. They called for resolve and commitment. But they never understated the challenge ahead.” Read the rest of the article here.

Don’t forget to read the Vietnamese reaction to the Rube-N-Chief’s speech here

The article begins by saying, “Hanoi is dismayed by President George W. Bush’s invocation of the ignominious US withdrawal from Vietnam to explain the need to maintain US forces in Iraq. Ton Nu Thi Ninh, former deputy chair of the foreign relations committee of Vietnam’s National Assembly said, ‘It is very ill-considered and, frankly, cavalier to make use of Vietnam in such a way to extricate himself from the Iraq debate.’ ”

Seneca on Man’s Moral Purpose again, by “the other” Scott Horton.

A Million Pilgrims Told to Leave Karbala This from ABC news via The Stress Blog.
This type of argument, “we’ve got to stay because there will be mass murder of XYZ faction/citizens” is a fools premise, prime facie. If we started the killing…we should then support the contiued killing, support both sides, Sunni and Shia, and continue to funnel billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars into another blackhole? What a wise and so farseeing point.

But, ah…no thanks.

You government types can’t even clean up the streets outside your own office how in the world you can solve ANYONE’S problems half-way ’round the world.

Reminds me of Reagan’s quip, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Bringing Politics Back to the People – The Do-It-Yourself Campaign of Ron Paul a good peice by Sean Scallon at the American Chronicle

And in the “even more disturbing news” section, Study: US preparing ‘massive’ military attack against Iran

Alright folks, it’s time to break out the heavy artillery and protect the homestead because with this Congress, a good 432 of them, and this “Executive” administration now all of the real supporters of Liberty will have to protect ourselves against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. I hope you’re ready. I certainly am.

A few more good reads for the day.

Soldier We Love You: Early Friday Film Review, “Sir! No Sir!”

Comprehensive Health Care Act by Ron Paul

A Political Theory of Geeks and Wonks by Mises Institute Editorial Vice president Jeffrey Tucker

Black Comedy by the Southern Hero Charley Reese

Top Shelf for Monday the 27th

August 27, 2007

The Next War Draws Nearer

US Attorney General Gonzales Resigns

Hawaii SuperFerry launches new era in transportation between US state’s islands

 The kibbutz sheds socialism and gains popularity

Hanoi fires salvo at Bush’s comments

Report: Actor Owen Wilson in suicide try

Hulk Hogan’s son seriously injured in car wreckPolice: Nick Bollea, 17, was driving the Toyota Supra that went out of control. Bollea is known as Nick Hogan on reality show “Hogan Knows Best.” Bollea’s companion in the car is in critical condition, police said. The incident happened in Clearwater, Florida, Sunday night

Above the fold for Sunday the 26th of August

August 26, 2007

 The first is a very disturbing story from the AP today about the body count doubling in Iraq. They story finds that:

“• Iraq is suffering about double the number of war-related deaths throughout the country compared with last year — an average daily toll of 33 in 2006, and 62 so far this year.

• Nearly 1,000 more people have been killed in violence across Iraq in the first eight months of this year than in all of 2006. So far this year, about 14,800 people have died in war-related attacks and sectarian murders. AP reporting accounted for 13,811 deaths in 2006. The United Nations and other sources placed the 2006 toll far higher.

• Baghdad has gone from representing 76 percent of all civilian and police war-related deaths in Iraq in January to 52 percent in July, bringing it back to the same spot it was roughly a year ago.

And now according to the Iraqi Red Crescent Organization, the number of displaced Iraqis has more than doubled since the start of the year, from 447,337 on Jan. 1 to 1.14 million on July 31.”

Also Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, said today that, “There are American officials who consider Iraq as if it were one of their villages, for example Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin. They should come to their senses.”

 And a very important discussion by Juan Cole on History of Western Incursions in the Mideast.

A couple of good posts at DailyPaul one says Ron Paul at 36%! and the other is an important reminder that today is the Ron Paul Texas BBQ Bash & Birthday Party

An intersting Story from ThatPoliticalBlog about one particular lady who likes Ron Paul and why. Strippers for Ron Paul?

Two stories here that you won’t read unless you really do some research from 1) U.S. fails to reduce Afghan opium crop 2) Kabul, Afghanistan – Witnesses said Sunday that clashes between coalition troops and Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan left at least 18 civilians dead. NATO officials, however, said no noncombatants were killed.

Daily Edification

August 25, 2007

This is a great article today posted by William R. Tonso over at Lew Rockwell.com Mr. Tonso writes a strident, cogent, and very important Open letter Sean Hannity.

Here is a small sample of the artilce.

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I suspect that you’ve never heard of Smedley Darlington Butler, even though you’re a worshipper of military heroes and Butler was certainly a military hero. So I’ll tell you a little about him drawing on a guest column I wrote for our local newspaper, the Evansville Courier & Press. In 1898 at 16, Butler lied about his age so that he could join the Marines, get a commission as a second lieutenant, and fight in the Spanish-American War. He was brevetted captain during the Boxer Rebellion before he turned nineteen, and became the Corps’ youngest major general when he was 48, retiring at that rank in 1931. He was one of only 19 people to win two Medals of Honor, and one of only 20 to receive the Marine Corps Brevet Medal that was awarded to Marine officers before they were eligible to receive the Medal of Honor. Pretty impressive, huh?

But when Butler looked back on his career, he not only didn’t like what he saw, he wrote and spoke about what he didn’t like, which I suspect is why you haven’t heard about him. In War is a Racket, his 1935 book, Butler wrote: “For a great many years as a soldier, I had a suspicion that war was a racket. Not until I retired to civil life did I fully realize it.” He defined a racket as “something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”

In a 1935 magazine article, Butler wrote:

I spent 33 years and four months in active military service, and during that period I spent most of my time as a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico, and especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

And Butler made it clear that it was the guys who were propagandized into fighting them, particularly those who don’t come back or who come back maimed or psychologically damaged, who foot the bill for wars. He wrote about them eloquently. You regularly help propagandize guys into fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sean.

Butler was a Republican candidate for the Senate in 1932 and a popular speaker through the 1930s. He spoke to veterans and pacifists, communists and church groups. He believed “in the adequate defense of the coastline, and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight.” He believed that our army shouldn’t leave the country, that our navy shouldn’t go more than 200 miles beyond our shores, and that our military planes shouldn’t go beyond 500 miles for patrol purposes. I suspect that he might extend those limits, if he were still around, to compensate for today’s advanced air and sea technology, but I doubt that he would change his overall position. He wrote: “I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights” (emphasis added). BRAVO!!!! An admirer wrote that Butler “demonstrated that true patriotism does not mean blind allegiance to government policies with which one does not agree.” I would add that while he was often a hero when he was in the military, he became a patriot after he left it, but you and your useful idiot colleagues might find it difficult to understand that, Sean. For you guys, criticizing Bush and his neocons is the same as hating America.

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I told you he makes many complleing…read the rest of Ron Paul Is a Great American

 

Bush’s “Killing Fields” and the Real Lesson of Vietnam

by Gareth Porter Huffington Post

 Terror Suspect List Yields Few Arrests: Top general likely to urge troop cut. Administration and military officials say Marine Gen. Peter Pace is likely to convey concerns that keeping a force well in excess of 100,000 troops in Iraq through 2008 would severely strain the military. Read more here.

War Without End by Lew Rockwell

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3 British soldiers killed by U.S. bomb
Three British soldiers have been killed by “friendly fire” in Afghanistan, the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Friday. The events surrounding the incident are subject to an investigation.

ASEAN considers sanctions against protectionism

The Chinese Govt. makes one step in the right direction and then two steps back when Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei condemned the secessionist moves that Taiwan authorities under Chen Shui-bian are currently pursuing in Central America.

Hong Kong, Chinese leaders bid farewell to pro-Beijing party leader