Category Archives: History
This photo is proof that someone not too far from here is a GENUINE REDNECK!
The picture was taken near Welch Oklahoma. Oklahoma is, of course, just Baja Kansas.
Notice the cowboy boot nailed to the porch. What is the license plate for? To keep the rain out of the boot?
Hmmm….most peculiar. Okay Elvis, start the guitar!
Much thanks to DuncanR at THE MAD HATTERS blog for this great find.
Remember that this is a worldwide economic collapse. Although the problem(s) have their roots on Wall Street,
THE 99% includes people from all over the world.
Thanks to BIG EASY APPLE for this video (below).
- Occupy Wall Street (chaikadai.wordpress.com)
- Herman Cain is no friend of Occupy Wall Street “I… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Nancy Pelosi Weighs In On Wall Street Protests, Pushes Back On Eric Cantor’s ‘Growing Mobs’ Criticism (huffingtonpost.com)
- Occupy Wall Street – Who Are The 99%? (bigeasyapple.com)
The U.S.-led Afghanistan war is 10 years old today. As Americans protest on Wall Street and even Wichita, the longest war in our history passes quietly.
On Oct. 7, 2001, President George W. Bush told Americans that “their patience would be tested in the months ahead.”
Ten years on, there are more than 10 times as many U.S. troops there as when the war began. And a majority of Americans now say the war is not worth fighting.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Almost half of the population of Afghans is younger than 15 and have little or no firsthand memories of the day. Older Afghans seem to feel the war, which ended Taliban rule, has moved beyond its original intent.”
Although President Obama plans to withdraw 10,000 troops this year, few people know the facts. Numbers like these;- $1.28 trillion,- 1,801 U.S. troops killed, 11, 200 Afghan civilians killed. These numbers, even when seen and heard, have little effect on people today.
Are we so desensitized by ongoing war, political bickering, and the world’s poor economy that we forget?
Didn’t we go there with intentions to make the world a better place and help those oppressed by the Taliban?
Of course, I do not have the answers, only doubts and questions. I do know one thing in my heart; might, power and money do not make anyone’s point of view more correct than another’s, but only serve to hide the truth…. and, history repeats itself.
PRAY FOR PEA CE
This is a poster that hangs in my bedroom. It’s the real thing, printed in 1969.
For those readers who are not old enough to remember, there was something you don’t see today; real, honest reporting directly from the war-front & great journalism by people like Walter Cronkite, always accompanied by the nightly “body count”.
Printed at the bottom: All statistics from Department of Defense – March 1, 1969
- Ten years on, McChrystal says US still does not understand Afghanistan (colonel6.com)
- Afghan war hits 10-year mark to little fanfare (cbsnews.com)
- Taliban propped up by Pakistan, says Karzai (independent.co.uk)
- Karzai: Pakistan Props Up Taliban (huffingtonpost.com)
- Afghans demand immediate U.S., NATO pullout (cbsnews.com)
New theme song for “Occupy Wall Street”?
This was recorded in 1975, so it’s not exactly written for today’s protesters, but it sure does stand the test of time.
I’ve heard or read Shawn tell about different song’s lyrics, but not this one. Maybe it was written about the Savings and Loan Scandal. The Bush family did quite well being “bailed out” way back then, over 35 years ago!
Blunt And Frank
Mr. Blunt and Mr. Frank
Were standin’ in the halls of their 7 figure bank
Wonderin’ what in the world
They were gonna do for you
I can take the brunt
If you can take the flank
Explained Mr. Blunt to timid Mr. Frank
Wonderin’ what in the world
They were gonna do for you
We been stealin’ this money most every day
And ain’t nobody caught us in any way
But something’s tellin’ me
Now our goose is cooked
We been raisin’ our prices
On the kiddies ices
And the bedroom suites on the corner store
Don’t you think that they could go up some more?
Then with everybody jivin’
About how to be survivin’
We could bring ’em back down again
And it’s gone full circle
While the world bank wins again
Revolution no solution
To the government’s illusion
That the people are amusin’
With the prices that we’re usin’
And I think that they’re abusing
Everything that we try to do
Defamation to the nation
That is drowning in inflation
Immigration, isolation is a useless tabulation
To the calculation that the world
Is gonna want to come to you
So people in distress gonna worry nonetheless
‘Bout the monetary mess from an educated guess, never really blessed
I think we must confess it now
So people jump and shout,
Everything is out
And I’ve said what I have to say
Everybody sit back
While I get ready to play
Where you gonna go
When the people gonna know
That they’re ripping us off again
Right back down
To the same old hole we been in
Bet your bottom dollar
That you’re really gonna holler
When your friends turn you down again
Not a thin dime
To keep in you in your time of men
- Over 1000 People Turn Out To Plan Occupy Philly for Oct. 6th (crooksandliars.com)
- Dems attempt to harness anger at Wall Street (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Tries to Harness Anger on the Left (usnews.com)
On this Columbus Day, let’s consider the discrepancy between how newcomers are celebrated in our history but ostracized in our society.
By Sara Joseph
Many of us will never forget that famous elementary school rhyme: “In fourteen hundred ninety-two / Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” At the time, it’s not likely that we would have sensed any looming controversy behind those grade school lessons. With Columbus Day just around the corner, however, it’s worth asking whether affection for the holiday is really a serious case of misguided nostalgia.
Columbus Day celebrates the “discovery” of the Americas. But it’s clear that the continent had already been inhabited by well-established indigenous communities.
The people who already lived in the region welcomed the first European immigrants with curiosity and open hearts and minds. But it soon became clear that the explorers sent by European royalty had come to dominate, defeat, and destroy.
On October 12, 1492, Columbus wrote of the native people he encountered: “They should be good servants…they can all be subjugated and made to do what is required of them.”
Columbus is credited with forging the first links between American and European civilizations. But whether the manner in which these cultures collided merits commemoration as a federal holiday is doubtful at best.
Throughout most of the Americas, schoolchildren don’t remember Columbus Day with cutesy images of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. In fact, it’s often called by an entirely different name: Dia de la Raza (Latin American Heritage Day). This is a way to recognize indigenous roots in the Americas. It also serves as a tribute to the lives and civilizations lost in the name of slavery and European expansion — beginning with Columbus’ arrival in 1492.
Today, Latin American and Caribbean schoolchildren that migrate to the United States are unlikely to receive a hero’s welcome. In fact, they are often forced to live in the shadows as their parents struggle to survive. Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann recently went so far as to mock Rick Perry’s statement that anyone with a “heart” would want to protect the rights of immigrant children to an education — even if they were brought to the United States “through no fault of their own.”
Migration across what’s now the U.S.-Mexican border has existed for centuries. The reality is that this history was marked by periodic shared interest in promoting immigration. But as economic and anti-narcotic policies initiated by Washington have increased pressure on Latin American people to migrate, immigration has become a hot-button issue for people across the political spectrum.
To many, the flow of immigration seems daunting. Bachmann recently proposed a solution: “Build a barrier, a fence, a wall…every mile, every yard, every foot, every inch will be covered on that southern border.”
But spending billions on border militarization hasn’t stopped undocumented migration. In fact, one of the only notable outcomes of beefing up the border has been more death, danger, and lives lost in the desert.
Ideally, every October we would celebrate the coming together of the cultures of the Americas. Sadly, the legacy of cultural domination and separation continues with border militarization as a tenet of our foreign policy.
According to President Barack Obama, it is Columbus’ “intrepid character and spirit of possibility that has come to define America, and is the reason countless families still journey to our shores.”
To whom is Obama referring if not the immigrants who come to the United States for a chance to support their families? On this Columbus Day, let’s consider the discrepancy between how newcomers are celebrated in our history but ostracized in our society — and what we can learn from a modern analysis of Columbus’ story.
For a quick read about the people native to my own part of this country, go HERE.
“Trickle-up” is an accurate description of the present condition.
I want to mention “Reaganomics, trickle-down, and public safety, all in the same short post, so let’s talk about a “tipping point” in American history.
That point would be when Reagan ‘busted’ the Air Traffic Controller’s union. That single action began the long decline that American workers, of all varieties have been on ever since. It also marked a sharp increase in industrialists gaining more and more power over politics and government.
Reagan didn’t invent this stuff, it has always been a corporate tactic to bust unions and buy politicians, but Ronnie put such a spin on it, that it made people feel that it was okay and even damned patriotic.
Good, reliable data, charted and graphed, shows that time as the starting point of the decades long rise of corporate profits. At the same time that profits rose and the wealthy thrived, blue collar worker’s ‘real’ wages stagnated.
This entire scenario puts all in our society in an increasingly dangerous class-warfare that effects public safety. Our workers and therefor our society face a new phenomena: the “flat world”.
Thomas Friedman article here:
In conclusion; The corporate buyout of American government has been complete for may years. Fox News conservatives would have you believe that regulation (protecting the public) is the big problem causing poor job growth, but that’s just not the case.
It is just this simple; we may pay $10 per hour, foreign companies may pay $10 a day. Our wages stay at the same level or decline while theirs slowly creep up. We are on our way to being the same waged employees as China and Mexico, or we will have no jobs at all.
Our middle class is disappearing into poverty while our corporate, financial and government masters get pushed up even farther into wealth and power.
List a few common sense ideas to save our middle/lower economic classes, and I’ll bet I can find the Fox News footage demonizing those same ideas as unpatriotic, nanny-state government that is just seeking to hinder business from growing and employing here.
Middle/lower classes of white people are flocking to conservatism, drinking their kool-aid, and sealing their fate in serfdom for generations to come.
Stupid is, as stupid does.
The proliferation of talking heads and lobbyists leading the stupid into their own demise on the many new forms of media, almost guarantees the continuing gridlock in government, and class warfare from the top on the bottom.
Any progressive or populist solutions to the nation’s problems are always crushed by ‘Captain Obvious”, that is, by the overwhelming amount of money being spent on propaganda (talk radio, Fox News, PAC’s, etc.) that plays to the average person’s most base emotions while ensuring nothing sensible and logical is ever presented to them.
Got an idea to save the middle-class?
You unpatriotic, communist, socialistic dullard.
You’re just another “Meathead”, you hippy-type character from the ‘All In the Family’ sitcom.
Stifle it. Dingbat!….Where’s my supper?
Through the global dialog and participation of thousands now, and millions in the future, we are reconstructing the core principles of our faith, those based on the gospel of Jesus, one founded on hope, love, and charity, healing, and building community.
Having initiated the process of deconstructing the idea in many people’s minds of Christians as wild-eyed Crusaders, we as liberals are also confronted with secular myths, in particular the myths of war. Even ardent, good, honest, hard-working liberals carry myths to justify war. The most common myth of war is that it is inevitable. Christians have many historical examples of love conquering the mightiest foes. Christ himself advocated peace, and even healed the ear of the Roman that was hewn. Ghandi drove out the British without firing a shot. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired a nation to confront the evil of racism. The lone Chinese man stopped a tank in Tianamen square holding nothing but a briefcase.
Our task, as those inspired by a bold vision of peace, is to provide a viable path to end war forever. This path must adhere to non-violent, Christian means, otherwise the end will be for naught. As we have deconstructed the good and the bad in the past of Christianity and constructed a new future advocating for the ill, the hungry, the war weary, the aged, and the children, we will deconstruct the past myths of war and create a future of peace.
A Practical Plan for Peace – Global Incremental Mutually Verifiable Arms Reduction (GIMVAR)
Ending war will entail assiduous and sustained effort from people in all areas of society. Without question, peace is predicated on a widespread, grassroots movement from all parts of the globe in all areas of political, economic, and civil society. On the surface, a global citizens movement demanding peace seems untenable. After all, so many conflicts rage across the globe. We have violence in every continent. The Saudi government sends troops invade Bahrain to suppress the people’s call for justice. The Americans are in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. Turkey is bombing the Kurds. We see war in Chechnya, and Somalia. We see the threat of war in Ossetia and Iran.
Nevertheless, wherever conflicts erupt the civilians want peace. One of the missions of this essay is to inspire Christians large and small, of all denominations, and of all nations to act upon that sentiment and take bold action to stop the wars in which their governments fight.
Global arms reduction has several components the most important of which is reducing the dollar amount of weapons exported and reducing the total volume of weapons produced. Massive, sustained citizen input will be required for these demands to even be heard by most governments. It is our job as Christians to make sure that they do.
To be successful, the transition away from a war economy will need to be incremental. Obviously, a huge shift in military power will create power vacuums that may cause some to see an advantage in another’s weakness. Moving in a methodical, incremental fashion prevents a sudden shift in power and allows nations to make adjustments.
Secondly, those involved in the armaments industry will need to be incentivized to change their manufacturing and production to new industries such as green technologies, labor intensive industries such as organic farming, renovating homes to be energy efficient, the construction of green transportation and communications infrastructure. Providing a transition path for industry will reduce, but not eliminate, institutional resistance.
Verifying that those you fear are also playing by the rules is the critical component to the long-term success of this program for peace. As Reagan said, “Trust, but verify.” Taking incremental steps, agreed upon by all parties, helps to improve the process of verification. Governments and inspectors can verify that all parties have met their obligations before proceeding to the next step.
Both incentives and punitive measures will need to be invoked to ensure that countries participating in the process toward peace satisfy the agreements they have made. Incentives could include interest free loans, or simply grants for building food security, or developing industry, or water conservation and soil preservation. Punitive measures could include economic sanctions, freezing of assets, or the denial of participation in athletic competitions.
Any punitive measures must be non-violent, for peace cannot be attained by violent means.
Arms reduction will need to first focus on heavy armaments such as jet fighters, bombers, tanks, personnel carriers, artillery, warships, submarines, and other heavy weaponry. These types of armaments can be most readily identified as having one and only one purpose: killing human beings.
Small arms will also have to be included. While one may argue that small arms are necessary to protect one’s family, or to protect the people against the overreaching power of the state, reducing the number of small arms exported and imported is a critical component to attaining peace.
As Christians, we can choose to accept the myth that ‘war is inevitable’, or we can start taking concrete steps toward embracing our neighbors, loving our enemies, and eliminating the scourge of humankind – war.