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“Gaza has been described as the world’s largest open air prison. Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip has had catastrophic results for average Palestinians living there. We look at the unforgiving realities they face everyday.”
Four Palestinian children were killed by rockets while playing football on Gaza beach, with local officials saying the attack came from an Israeli gunboat. Dozens of international journalists witnessed the tragedy.
“The kids were playing football on the beach,” Ahmed Abu Hassera, who witnessed the explosions along with dozens of foreign journalists located nearby, told Reuters. “When the first shell hit the land, they ran away but another shell hit them all. It looked as if the shells were chasing them.”
It’s really rather simple… if you can read. Time magazine’s 1933 Man of the Year and Hitler butt-boy Benito Mussolini defined Fascism as “Corporatism, the wedding of the corporation and state.” Simply put, Fascism is where the corporation not only controls the means of production but controls the means of distribution – the state – as well. Socialism, on the other hand, is where the state – the means of distribution – controls the means of production - the corporation - as well. Simple, subtle, yet distinct difference. If you don’t know the difference, perhaps you shouldn’t publicly comment on the two.
It is better to keep your mouths shut and let folks think you’re fools…
Go below the fold for both Mussolini’s definition, and Lawrence Britt’s 14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism… Read the rest of this entry »
A poll came out yesterday that says, “Hey, guess what, limbless Iraq war vets? We think the whole fuckin’ thing was a waste of time now. But enjoy those fancy artificial legs. And VA wait times.” You can read the poll results, which say that 71% of Americans say the war wasn’t “worth it,” and think, smugly that they’re goddamn right, just like you were since 2003. And, in fact, the Rude Pundit will say that now:
“You’re goddamn right it wasn’t worth it. Where were you motherfuckers back in 2003?”
Let’s lay the blame for the Iraq “war” squarely where it belongs: on the Republicans. Sure, some Democratic lawmakers voted to give Bush the ability to go to war and some liberal hawks in the military jacked it to fake WMD reports. Democratic voters, though, are another animal altogether. They were consistent with their opposition, with weasel-eyed independents not far behind. It was Republicans who enjoyed having their blood orgies under the spouting arteries of dying Americans and Iraqis. Their approval stayed consistently in the 70s, sometimes bumping uglies with the 80 percent mark, just balling away, madly, like the smell of gunpowder and gore was an aphrodisiac that makes you fuck harder and longer, the Spanish fly of the deranged cult of eternal war. The only reason support for the war lingered as high as the 40-49% range for so long was because an overwhelming number of Republicans supported staying in and fighting the useless fight.
You own the Iraq war, Republicans. “Everyone” didn’t support it. You supported it in huge numbers. You can blame a few cowardly Democratic Senators, but this isn’t on us outside the beltway. Our hands, while filthy for many reasons, are pretty clean on this. Yours, on the other hand, are permanently dyed by the blood of the dead and wounded.
Even now, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that a plurality of Republicans think the Iraq “war” was worth the lives and money: 46% to 44%. You got that? According to this poll, nearly half of Republicans still think like America’s most petulant pixie, John McCain. And the only thing you can say to those people is simple.
Go fuck yourselves. However you wanna do it. Use a dildo, use a cucumber, use the fucking bed post, use your shotgun (please), but go fuck yourselves. That shit goes double for the vast numbers of Republicans who supported the war for years and now think it was a bad idea. Seriously, use a fuckin’ ramrod on your assholes.
You got a problem with this? Step outside.
You want a War? Fight it yourself.
More than ten years after it was declared operational for bull-shit political reasons, according to a report from the L.A. Times the $40 billion Ground-based Midcourse Defense System “cannot be relied on”. It has failed more tests than it’s passed, “performed less well than people had hoped,” and earned a worse, not better record over years of tinkering. It was also designed for a threat that doesn’t exist.
As Charles Pierce puts it, it’s “not to defend ourselves against missiles, (but) as a platform for international dick-waving.”
If you want to go to war, war pig, it’s a good idea for your rifle to work.
Because mine does.
You were warned. The first sentence of Tom Ricks’ 2006 book Fiasco warns: “President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 ultimately may come to be seen as one of the most profligate actions in the history of American foreign policy. The consequences won’t be clear for decades.”
The conclusion of the book predicts exactly what is happening today:
“So while there is a small chance that the Bush administration’s inflexible optimism will be rewarded, that the political process will undercut the insurgency and that democracy will take hold in Iraq, there is a far greater chance of other, more troublesome outcomes: That Iraq will fall into civil war, or spark regional war, or eventually become home to an anti-American regime, or break up altogether. In any of these forms it would offer a new haven for terrorists.”
But nooooo… you just had to have your chicken-shit little war on Israel’s behalf. Chicken-shit little war to prove how big a “man” you are. Over 5,000 American soldiers dead so you could have your chicken-shit little war.
You want another war, draft-dodger? Go fight it yourself.
On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells their story and is dedicated to the memory of the 34 brave men who died.
Ray McGovern shares the text of an intercepted Israeli conversation, just one of many pieces of hard, unambiguous evidence that the Israeli attack was not a mistake:
Israeli pilot to ground control: “This is an American ship. Do you still want us to attack?”
Ground control: “Yes, follow orders.” …
Israeli pilot: “But, sir, it’s an American ship – I can see the flag!”
Ground control: “Never mind; hit it!”
When President Johnson learned that the USS America and USS Saratoga had launched warplanes to do battle with the forces attacking the Liberty, he told Defense Secretary Robert McNamara to call Sixth Fleet commander Rear Admiral Lawrence Geiss and tell him to order the warplanes to return immediately to their carriers.
Israel is a Terrorist State. The Mother of All Terrorist States. An utterly foreign occupier perpetrating an American Taxpayer conceived, financed and morally sanctioned genocide upon the indigenous descendants of the “biblical hebrew”. It has no “right” to exist and the world will never know Peace until it does not.
We do not forgive. We do not forget.
Lest we forget … On May the 4th 1970 the military/industrial complex gunned down four students on the campus of Kent State University.
The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre) occurred at Kent State University in the US city of Kent, Ohio, and involved the shooting of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard on Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
Some of the students who were shot had been protesting against the Cambodian Campaign, which President Richard Nixon announced during a television address on April 30. Other students who were shot had been walking nearby or observing the protest from a distance. [wikipediea]
Some were merely walking to class.
We do not forgive. we do not forget.