Darker Horizons Ahead by Ramzy Baroud — Antiwar.com

Americans are starting to ask questions about the latest war that our government has so politely got the country into……..questions that should have been asked a year or more ago……the government gives no enlightenment on why…….they choose to ignore the conflict until they cannot and then they use the media to downplay an negativity and the media happily misinforms the public.

Americans need to stand up to the neocons that prefer endless war to appease their money givers, the M-IC,…………but before they demand answer they need to educate themselves on the Middle East situation to avoid being duped……..

So much has happened after what the media labelled, the Arab Spring, and much of it is violence and conflict……

Step forward and be the first on your block to understand the situation……

 

Darker Horizons Ahead: Rethinking the War on ‘IS’ by Ramzy Baroud — Antiwar.com.

Could There Be An Answer To The Gun Problem?

Do you enjoy humor?  How about a little whimsy?

I am an insomniac……..I start my research at 0100 hrs every day…..and during that time I run across some interesting stuff…….and some of that stuff just gets my attention and usually a snicker or two……..

First we had a fly swatter….then came the “bug zapper” and now we the ultimate in bug eradication…….

We all are well aware of how people feel about guns…….the very mention of some sort of control sends the Right wing morons into a heated, frothing at the mouth rant…….but could there possibly be an answer to the problem of gun ownership?

For those that like to “target” practice getting themselves honed for the next great uprising that some are predicting every time there is a minor altercation………we must be ready for those zombies or race roits or ISIS or immigrants with heads of lettuce….there is danger at every turn these days…….

So what is the answer?

From Wikipedia……….

Bug-a-Salt is a plastic gun that sprays table salt like a shotgun, in a conical spread pattern. Lorenzo Maggiore invented it to kill houseflies at a distance, without creating a mess.[1] Maggiore sold 21,400 guns for over $577,000 on Indiegogo by September 2012.[1] Michael Dickinson of the California Institute of Technology says flies can’t dodge the tiny salt particles but they will be protected by their arthropod exoskeleton and only be stunned.[1] However, the inventor clearly demonstrates in his YouTube videos that flies are indeed penetrated by the salt which causes them to dehydrate and eventually die (leaving them whole for easy cleanup).

Buy one…..you can practice your ass off and being doing the world a favor by eliminating those pesky little varmints……step up and be the first on your street to become a crusader for a bug free world…….your destiny awaits!
Sorry, I could not resist after seeing an infomercial on this thing……..I laughed my ass off and that is a feat for I have NO ass when I saw this thing……

Mainstream Media–A Chuq Observation

Weekend arrives and I need to take a few days to myself…..that is away from the lunacy known as the news…….

I know I give my readers my opinions everyday rain or shine……and a guess we could call them observations……but this time I am talking about my observation on society and the people that attempt to function within its constraints……

Today it is the Mainstream Media that will take the hit.

I am a news junkie….have been so since early days of my life…….I was an avid reader (still am) and that was where the news and views came from back in the day…..then CNN came about and in the beginning was an adequate source for news.  Now with the 24 hour news cycle the news has become a mish mash of crap packaged as news.

Then massive corporations started buying up the news organizations……..eventually ratings became more important than truth and facts.  The quality of the news that Americans got every day began to decline.  And the decline is not finished ……….it gets worse every day.

Then came Reality TV…..pathetic entertainment for mindless fools.  These are packaged as some sort of real life story when actually it is scripted entertainment…….the only difference is they are paid less then the SAG members and that is what it is all about……profits.

For instance just last week Turkey entered into the fight against ISIS and the lead story on MSNBC was Tom Brady and Deflate-gate…….that one incident made me think of something we talked about in a political philosophy course I had years ago……

………in the mass media there is a tendency to avoid the unpopular and unconventional and to draw on ‘values and assumptions which are most valuable and most widely legitimated’

……..the issue of media portrayals of violence in terms of whether such portrayals have served ‘to legitimize the forces of law and order, build consent for the extension of coercive state regulation and de-legitimate outsiders and dissidents’. ‘They have thus examined the impact of the mass media in situations where mediated communications are powerfully supported by other institutions such as the police, judiciary and schools… The power of the media is thus portrayed as that of renewing, amplifying and extending the existing predispositions that constitute the dominant culture, not in creating them

Those were observations of Italian socialist Antonio Gramsci………his observations were made while he was in prison in the 1920’s………appears some Marxists were not as whacked out as has been claimed……huh?

The whole “fair and balanced” lie is nothing more than a marketing tool with no foot in reality.

The news is NO longer the news but rather a source of entertainment and that does NO service to the people that depend on this service for accuracy and truth……

A Little History Lesson

First of all let me ask…..Is Texas still under civilian control?  Anyone hear the jack boots of “Jade Helm”?

In the last 100 years a lot has happened……2 world wars, trip to moon, rise and fall of the Soviet Union, numerous “minor” wars, smartphones….on and on……

Let me do what I always do….give you, my reader, a little historical perspective……..

 

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“It’s Heritage Not Hate” (Wink Wink)

How many times have you heard this pile of steaming fecal matter?  Me?  I live in the South, South Mississippi to be exact, and I have heard it a lot in the last 50 years.

Some find it interesting that I rail against this type of lies not because I live in the South but rather because according to family legend I am related to Jefferson Davis through my maternal grandmother (not officially verified)……..people think because I maybe so related that I should be somehow on the side of the heritage thing……..WRONG!  Hatred is hatred no matter how you try to sugar coat it.

I have debated these deniers many times in the past…..not so much these days for being old I have no tolerance for bullshit……..when the heritage thing was pulled out I would say good and take out an old photo of 7 Southern generals and ask the person to identify 3 of them……..so far none have been able to do it…..closest they have come is 2.  For most it is hate not heritage……….

I offer this mini diatribe because of an incident recently……..

Two white men who placed Confederate flags at landmarks linked to Martin Luther King in Atlanta might face serious jail time if caught. Police have surveillance video taken from Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the police chief isn’t ruling out hate-crime charges, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The flags were placed at the church, once led by King, and at the nearby MLK National Historic Site. As it stands, the men could face charges including criminal trespassing and terroristic threats, reports 11 Alive.

“To place Confederate flags on the campus of Ebenezer Baptist Church—after this horrific act in Charleston [and] in the wake of all that’s happening in our country—whatever the message was it clearly was not about heritage,” says the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer . “It was about hate.” A maintenance worker found the flags early this morning and alerted the National Park Service, which operates the King historical facility. “We do have images of two white males placing those flags on the campus,” says police chief George Turner. “We’re trying to identify those folk right now.”

I would wager that the person or persons that did this also use the heritage lie as a cover for their hatred and bigotry.  Whatcha think?

Now tell me again about this “heritage” thing.

Palestine: One Sided Reporting As Usual

I have criticized the MSM for years about their disproportionate reporting of incidents in the Holy Land…….for instance a Palestinian person goes on a rampage and stabbs several people…it makes the evening news or a Palestinian taxi driver runs through a crowd and it makes the evening news but when something negative is done about an Israeli there is little said……

Like this situation…….

NABLUS: An 18-month-old Palestinian baby died and its parents were injured in a fire started by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, Palestinian security officials said Friday. Four settlers set a house on fire at the entrance of a Palestinian village and scrawled graffiti on a wall before fleeing to a neighbouring settlement, the sources said. Extreme-right Israeli activists have committed acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians and Arab Israelis for years, attacking Christian and Muslim places of worship and even Israeli soldiers. The attacks are known “price tag” violence – a euphemism for nationalist-motivated hate crimes by Jewish extremists aimed at Arab property.
I am not saying that Palestinian concerns deserve more reporting than that of the Israelis……just that maybe a better balance of what is reported……
To be honest and to their credit………Way Too Early on MSNBC did report this story……but so far nothing elsewhere.  The headline I saw on Twitter was “Palestinian baby dies in an extremist attack”…..no mention that the extremists were Jewish……
It is time for the media to stop ignoring the Palestinians in favor of reporting for the Jewish cause…….
Everyone is looking for a solution….and the one I have is simple……remove ALL settlers from the West Bank and allow NO more Jewish building in the area.  The Palestinians will not have to look over their shoulder daily waiting for the next attack by an “extremist”…….Israelis would not need to worry about their safety either……
But appears to me that the Israeli government does NOT want a peac3eful settlement to this problem……they prefer confrontation to co-existence…….

Israel’s 2014 Gaza bombardment deemed war crime, Amnesty says | McClatchy DC

This is not a story that you will see in the MSM!

About a year ago Israel decided that it needed to eliminate the people of Gaza who they, Israelis, say were killing them……I have a problem with their story because if it were true then they would have taken out the Command and control of Hamas first……not 3 weeks into the conflict…..

Of course the lie is that Hamas would hide among civilians and that explains why there were so many civilian causalities…..first of all if you have ever been to Gaza then you would know that it is so small that it would be hard not to be around civilians……..

The ICC has been hearing a case for war crimes against Israel and of course the US is doing all it can to see that that never happens….regardless of how many Palestinians died…….Israel is always on the side of right…….BS from the start…..

 

Israel’s 2014 Gaza bombardment deemed war crime, Amnesty says | McClatchy DC.