U.S. Veteran Dispatch
Over the years, and the last few months in particular, I have posted many articles on John McCain. Some of these articles are entirely related to McCain; others realated to McCain only in part.
Lately, I have received several E-Mails from correspondents, some who question or disagree with the articles.
March 31, 2008
Married Troops Can Live Together in Iraq
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 3:10 p.m. ET
BAGHDAD (AP) — When American soldiers get off duty in Iraq, the men usually return to their quarters, the women to theirs. But Staff Sgt. Marvin Frazier gets to go back to a small trailer with two pushed-together single beds that he shares with his wife.
UN Could Lead New 9/11 Investigation, Says Japanese MP
Fujita says potential move afoot to have global body probe suspicions surrounding terror attacks
Paul Joseph Watson
Japanese member of Parliament Yukihisa Fujita told the Alex Jones Show yesterday that a potential new investigation of the 9/11 cover-up could be led by global parliamentarians he has been in contact with, or even by the United Nations itself.
FORT WORTH — Ron Paul supporters fought with local Republican leaders Saturday over control of local conventions and may have won the right to push their agenda at the state GOP convention.
SOMEBODY HAS O’REILLY’s NUMBER!
At Media Matters for America, we monitor, analyze, and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Bill O’Reilly’s steady stream of misinformation gives us plenty of material, and we thought it particularly noteworthy when he denied making personal attacks, given that he has such a long history of making them.
By CHRISTOPHER WILLS, Associated Press WriterMon Mar 31, 3:57 AM ET
The president of the Illinois Senate is sitting in his statehouse office, talking in gravelly tones about political strategies and counter-strategies. Out of nowhere, the theme from “The Godfather” begins playing.
It turns out to be the ringtone on his cell phone — an appropriate song for the man who amounts to Barack Obama’s political godfather.
Emil Jones Jr. helped Obama master the intricacies of the Legislature. When Democrats took control of the state Senate, Jones, though he risked offending colleagues who had toiled futilely on key issues under Republican rule, tapped Obama to take the lead on high-profile legislative initiatives that he now boasts about in his presidential campaign.
The Essence of Liberty: Part 271 (1)
Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
A Summary of Gutzman, Kevin R.C. The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Constitution
(The book is available from the Ludwig von Mises Institute at http://www.mises.org)
Chapter 12: The Court’s Brave New World: From Affirmative Action to Sodomy
The Supreme Court and “privacy”
The so-called right to privacy can not be found anywhere in the constitution. It was simply invented and developed by the Supreme Court along with other “rights” such as the “right” to contraception, abortion, homosexual sodomy and even a right not to have a state constitutional provision that bans officials from conferring special privileges upon homosexuals.
In Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) a physician had been convicted of violating the state’s ban on prescribing contraceptives. He appealed claiming that the law violated the 14 th Amendment’s Due Process Clause—although it (the law) had nothing to do with protecting the rights of freed slaves. Only the magic of the Supreme Court could render such logic even remotely tenable.
March 31, 2008
In this corner, ladies and gentlemen — the party that is stuck with two badly flawed candidates. Take your pick.
There is, whose pastor and mentor or “uncle” spews forth hatred for America, a monumental albatross given that voters in American elections are — well, Americans (other than those illegals who get away with putting their thumbs on the ballot box scale).
Then there is
Will Marine Show Trials End?
NewsMax ^ | March 30, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
Posted on 03/31/2008 7:04:08 AM EDT by RedRover
The tarnished image of the Marine Corps continues to darken as more trials, more aquittals and more scandals corrode the brightly burnished steel that armors America’s premier fighting force.
Defense attorneys and beleaguered Marines say their cherished Corps’ surprise decision Friday to dismiss criminal charges against a Marine infantryman accused of mass murder at Haditha, Iraq, is just another billboard announcing the troubles plaguing Marine Corps morale today. Loyalty up and down the ranks, the bedrock on which the 232-year old fighting force was built, is under attack.
“First the Corps takes their innocence, and then the enemy tries to take their life, and then when they finally come home the government tries to take their freedom,” said James Culp, a military defense lawyer in Austin, Texas, who worked on the Haditha case for more than a year. “When does it ever end?”
Increasingly, it seems that the Republican Party would rather quit or simply embrace liberalism than fight for the conservatism in which they used to believe. It doesn’t seem to matter how little they have left to lose. They’ll find some reason or other to keep going along in the same leftward direction as the Democrats, just a tiny bit more slowly.
Grain prices soar globally (Governments Curb Exports, Fight Theft)
CS Monitor ^ | 03/27/08 | Daniel Ten Kate
Posted on 03/31/2008 6:22:27 AM EDT by TigerLikesRooster
Grain prices soar globally
Rice shortages are appearing across Asia. In Egypt, the Army is now baking bread to curb food riots.
Defense Department Told: Restore Military Readiness
Jim Kouri, CPP
U.S. military forces, ground forces in particular, have operated at a high pace since the attacks of September 11, 2001, including the support of ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Between 2001 and July 2007, approximately 931,000 US Army and Marine Corps service members deployed for overseas military operations, including about 312,000 National Guard or Reserve members, according to the Department of Defense.
To support ongoing military operations and related activities, the U.S. Congress has appropriated billions of dollars since 2001, and through September 2007, the Department of Defense has reported obligating about $492.2 billion to cover these expenses, of which a large portion are related to readiness.
In addition, DOD’s annual appropriation, now totaling about $480 billion for fiscal year 2008, includes funds to cover readiness needs.
TIPS? IS “TIPPING”: Outdated, Wrong, Extortion, A Humbug, Stupid, etc., etc.?
What do YOU think about “tipping”?
Are we being hoodwinked?
Are some of us just “cheap”?
4,000 Deaths: Is It All About the Numbers?
Iraq war numbers abound: five years; 4,000 American military deaths; 28,500 more (or fewer) troops; $5,000 per second; and X number of Iraqi military and civilian casualties — where the X is unknown, at least here at home.
by Paul Armentano
by Paul Armentano
by Tom Engelhardt and Nick Turse
We at Tomdispatch love anniversaries. So how could we have forgotten DARPA’s for so many months? This very year, the Pentagon’s research outfit, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), turns 50 old. Happy birthday, DARPA! You were born as a response to the Soviet Union’s launching of the first earth-girdling satellite, Sputnik, which gave Americans a mighty shock. To prevent another “technological surprise” by the Soviets – or anybody else, any time, ever – the agency has grown into the Pentagon’s good right arm, always there to reach into the future and grab another wild idea for weaponization. Each year, DARPA now spends about $3 billion on a two-fold mission: “to prevent technological surprise for us and to create technological surprise for our adversaries.”
by Linda Schrock Taylor
by Linda Schrock Taylor
by Sabine Barnhart
by Sabine Barnhart
“The picture Ortega y Gassett draws of the mass man is not an attractive or flattering one, but Ortega is not a snob who simply excoriates the appalling habits and tastes of those below him in the social scale. For him, mass man is the man who has no transcendent purpose in life, who lives in an eternal present moment which he wants to make pleasurable in a gross and sensual way, who thinks that ever-increasing consumption is the end of life, who goes from distraction to distraction, who is prey to absurd fashions, who never thinks deeply and who, above all, has a venomous dislike of any other way of living but his own, which he instinctively feels as a reproach.”
~ Theodore Dalrymple
The traditionally slow-moving education industry is churning out a slew of students with specialties in “mass catastrophe” and “international disaster.” More than 200 colleges have created homeland-security degree and certificate programs since 9/11, and another 144 have added emergency management with a terrorism bent.
Homeland security is outpacing most other majors in part because governments and corporations are hungry to hire professionals schooled in disaster. One-quarter of the top slots—from presidential appointments to high-level civil servants to scientific posts—at the Department of Homeland Security remained empty last year.
Republicans waited too late to nominate John McCain. When he ran in 2000, he was bright and alert, but they chose George W. Bush, the pseudo good old boy and country-wrecker. Now they want to hand the presidency to McCain, soon to be 72 years old. He’s not up to it.
Special Military Correspondent
The Lone Star Iconoclast
March 30, 2008
The very term “global war” is a mere euphemism for World War III. We are caught up in it now, a vast struggle with no end in sight. The 2008 United States presidential election won’t change things, since it will simply pit a Republican who truly promises a war without end against a Democrat who falsely promises to end the war. It will be a meaningless coin toss: heads, war wins; tails, peace loses.
Many intellectuals, both those far to the right and far to the left, agree about this much. They also agree about the beginning date for the ongoing world war: September 11, 2001.
From a right-wing perspective, 9/11 is the day Al Qaeda terrorists carried out a new Pearl Harbor attack against us. A righteous sense of national unity ushered in a “post-9/11 reality,” and introduced words and concepts now familiar to all of us. We were protecting our “Homeland” by creating a “Patriot Act” and a “Department of Homeland Security.” We were conducting a “Global War on Terror” against an “Axis of Evil” led by “Islamofascists,” before they could carry out an even more devastating attack against us. The UK and Israel were our best friends in the “Generational War” that had been thrust upon us.
Making Saints of Monsters
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
In response to an LRC review of a (Distortion of) History Channel “documentary” on Sherman’s march to the sea by Clyde Wilson, Valerie Protopapas of Huntington Station, New York, took it upon herself to go to the library and research Sherman herself. Sherman’s History Channel image of a heroic and benevolent egalitarian just sounded like, well, like a lie to her. So out of the blue she wrote Professor Wilson (who now describes himself as a recovering academic historian) that “the truth about Sherman and his genocidal beliefs (and tactics) is, like Lincoln’s views on race and slavery, well reported but ignored.”