This above is an article from Huffington Post that is about how Israel is instituting a new land grab in the West Bank. One can’t help but feel that a certain portion of Israel’s government is a criminal element that stands outside the law of nations. It is not Jews in general or even all of the Israeli people, much in the same way that Rick Perry does not represent all Texans, that are responsible for this. However, unfortunately, because these are the politicians that have the power in Israel right now, I believe we must treat the nation of Israel as pariah that needs to be checked if there is ever going to be peace in the Middle East. Hopefully change will come from within. In the meantime Americans should demand that our government quit sending Israel money.
The above article is about the suffering going on in Gaza, about Israel’s morally bankrupt policy there, and about how AiPAC has used its influence in America to paralyze us and prevent us from doing anything. We give Israel $3 Billion dollars in direct foreign aid every year and another $12-17 billion in indirect aid. If you remember I also posted a link to a blog sometime back, from Andrew Sullivan, which talked about how 23 Palestinians die for every one Israeli. There is outrageous injustice going on in that part of the world and we are helping to fund it.
It’s a queer world, God knows, but the best we have to be going on with. – Brendan Behan
If you read the headlines enough they become like a tickertape of the absurd. I go to Huffington Post once or twice a day as it is usually a good place to see what the country is talking about. I don’t really read many of their articles, there are way better places to get in depth knowledge, but it’s a good place to get the pulse of what is going on. Just today they had a morning headline about how the Iraq War architects were being brought back into the fold by the media as if they had any credibility left. They should be in shackles for all the poor men and women they sent to their deaths, not on TV voicing their opinions. Then tonight I see the headline is that our country is going to execute three convicts within 24 hours starting tonight. It’s like that scene in David Lynch’s Wild at Heart where the characters of Sailor and Lula ride through the desert flipping through the radio. Every station features news darker and more degrading than the last, until they finally can’t stand it and decide to crank heavy metal music.
However, there are reasons to be hopeful. President Obama finally made the speech that he needed to on climate change. It obviously remains to be scene what he can actually accomplish, but it was a strong speech that no other President has dared to make. It also looks that despite the media giving some voice to the insane warmongers who got us into Iraq, that there is also some genuine pushback to stay out of the Middle East for once. I am no Thomas Friedman fan, but in the Sunday Times he mentioned that the two countries that are doing best in the Middle East, Tunisia and Kurdistan, are also the countries that we have largely stayed out of. Hopefully some of those in power understand this.
I just recently started a part time job canvassing for a political organization. I thought it would be a good way to make a little extra cash and do something positive in my community on days I don’t have shows. Going door to door I have found most people to be polite and kind. Flipping though mainstream TV and paying attention to the headlines is an easy way to find oneself depressed. However, there is good in this world and it is worth remembering that all hope is not lost. You might have to dig for it sometimes, but it is there. Don’t let the bastards get you down…
This is a good piece over at Huffington Post by Tom Hayden about what is going on in Iraq now and why we need to stay out. The predictions of those that took us there have now been proven wrong a billion times over. There has been so much death and destruction for no reason. It might be easy in hindsight to say that we simply got it wrong, but many of us knew Iraq was a mistake and didn’t think we should go into that country in the first place. My parents were part of a peace march BEFORE the initial invasion.
Often when people have racist or ignorant views in the past it is typical for someone to say that they shouldn’t be blamed because they were just holding views “of their time”. However, when one looks deeper into history you will often see that many people knew better and that this argument doesn’t usually hold water. Don’t let anyone tell you that we didn’t know better before we went into Iraq. That was a war of choice, plain and simple.
The above article is a Huffington Post article that talks about how the DEA has purposely prevented research being done on marijuana. This is depressing not only because it stands in the way of common sense and scientific knowledge, but because of all of the lives that have been ruined in our ridiculous drug war. I’d like to say more, but you get the general idea…
The above link is to a Huffington Post article about how our policed forces are becoming more militarized. In fact the article says that a lot of the weapons from our recent wars are making their way home. The militarization of our police has been going on for awhile now, so this article doesn’t surprise me. If you read Matt Taibbi’s eye opening The Divide, about the injustice of our justice system, you will see how our society is slowly becoming a dystopia. It starts at the law enforcement level and goes the whole way up the chain. That’s not to say there aren’t still good people at every level, just that the system itself is flawed.
A new study came out that suggests that people learn more from watching Stephen Colbert than they do the real news. The only thing I have to add to this is: NO SHIT!