Monday, April 10, 2006

Flashback: Major General Smedley Butler

A timely reminder of where we have been, and a wicked reminder that "those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat the same."
WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the 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 the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

After you read this, do a little research on one Prescott Bush, and one George Herbert Walker to see who was profiting from wars way back when. Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, huh? Follow the money, people, follow the money.......

A 9/11 Film Worth Watching

Mark Morford of the San Francisco Gate wrote a contemplative editorial about the still unanswered questions from 9/11. There's any number of plausible to ridiculous theories about the events of that day, but outside of the questions raised in the editorial, Mark led Hellena to the most lucid and sobering 9/11 film she's seen since the tragedy. The 3 Hunter Thompson quoting young men who put this film and the follow-up film, Loose Change 2nd Edition, have done as fine a job as any seasoned investigative reporter could have mustered documenting the details. If you have an hour and a half of time, watch it. Hell, make the time and watch it. It's that worth it.
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Hope Everyone Grasps This Concept....

.... when & if the American flags start getting burned.
“Flags are symbols of government, not of people," shouted Roy Warden, as a member of his group, Border Guardians, set foot to the Mexican Flag.