An Ode to My Gal
My beloved gal went and died last night,
Her struggle was painful and slow,
The final blow came as the bombs commenced
Into the Baghdad Valley below.
She had such a strong constitution, that
I thought she just might pull through,
Her genes were made of such superior stock,
To unparalleled heights she grew.
Not a finer lady I have seen as yet,
Though perfect she was never to be,
Why Not War
There comes a time to fight for what is right, but that determination must rest with the individual conscience, whether it chooses to fight, support, oppose, or remain indifferent to a cause. Lately voices against war seem lonelier here in America than ever, while voices for war in many other countries are undoubtedly experiencing a similar form of pressure to 'shut up and sit down'.
The State of Oregon has two things that gives it a distinct "flavor"--if you will, over against many other states of the union.
First, it has a population that, in general, tends to vote and speak contrary to commonly accepted political views.
Second, Oregon has its own "Eugene"--also once know as "Skinner's Mud Hole."
A Crooked Mirror
More on the war (4):
* Read the Bible. George Bush, we are told, is a deeply religious person, and so is his yeoman, Tony Blair. It is a pity that they do not read the Bible more.
One of the most beautiful Hebrew sentences can be found in I Kings XX. When he attacked Israel , the King of Syria boasted of his mighty army and demanded surrender. King Ahab replied with four immortal Hebrew words,...
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Pity the Poor Soldier
Pity the poor soldier, he needs your support. Killing and maiming are difficult sport. It is not enough that you tithe to his creed. It is not enough that your labor provides for his every need. Throw him a parade! Do it in red, white, and blue. Praise his exploits! Shout it out loud! Ease his insecurity. That's what the soldier needs you to do.
The New Humanitarianism: Basra as a 'Military Target'
Iraq's desperate humanitarian situation has suddenly become a retroactive justification for the war, even for the attacking of civilian targets. The need to get aid into Basra has apparently prompted a British military spokesperson to designate it as a "legitimate military target," language reminiscent of Gulf War I, when the saturation bombing of Basra was justified on the same basis.
Daddy, Who Won the War?
Well, son, let me explain . . . .
I have watched the RCBW network (Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bush, Wolfowitz under the guise of the Murdoch enterprise known as FOX), give the lie to their motto stated ad nauseum: "Fair and balanced."
I have watched even the liberals who want to place America into a version of socialism the old Soviets would envy, capitulate and express support.
The Devil's Dictionary
Yet some more thoughts about the war (3):
* The Coalition. No name could be more appropriate to the cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom against Iraq .
In 'The Devil's Dictionary' of the American humorist Ambrose Bierce, published some 100 years ago, 'coalition' is defined as (I quote from memory) the cooperation between two thieves who have their hands so deep in each...