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Name: Jim
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Current location: Barkhamsted, CT
Member since: Sat Jul 3, 2004, 08:36 AM
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Gee - my profile info didn't migrate from the old DU I guess? The main thing - 90% refers to the maximum allowable percentage of nitromethane fuel permitted in modern NHRA Top Fuel and Funny cars. Which is what makes current "nostalgia nitro" so cool - you can still "tip the can" and run straight nitro, if you want to. I'm an aging northeast liberal with an overdeveloped justice gland. OUR INSTITUTIONS ARE INFESTED WITH GREEDY AND CORRUPT SOCIOPATHS

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thanks, trumad, you totally nailed it

If I, as an average DU reader, had access to enough good journalism that I knew the war justification was bullshit, then our fucking representatives in Congress should have known too.

I think they got their political calculations wrong the same way I got it wrong. I thought this would be another adventure like the first Iraq invasion back in the early 90's. In and out real quick with a hell of a lot less loss of American Servicemen. I think we lost 300 soldiers in that one? And we came and went in less than a year? (It's relative. 300 dead sucks, but 4,500 plus 1,000 to 2,000 in Afghanistan is a hell of a lot worse. And what of the thousand or so contractors that also made the ultimate sacrifice? They are lost to history. In much the same way as the people that died stateside in our factories making war materials for WW2.)

I think the cynical and self serving politicians that decided it was politically expedient to do the cowardly thing and support the war because of overwhelming support of the propagandized public still reeling from the attacks of 9-11, did not realize the magnitude of incompetence and corruption that was the branding of this second US-Iraq conflict. I bet they all thought it woulda been in and out real quick like the first one. (apologies for the run on sentence)

I try to make my Congressman John Larson's town halls. The last one I went to, perhaps 6 months ago in the Bristol Connecticut town hall, I told him that the GWB White house was full of traitors that committed war crimes and should be tried for treason. I get amped up when I do that, cuz I'm pretty passionate about that point, and his answer, as near as I can recall, was that they were sincere in their efforts and just got real bad intelligence. Well, shucks, anybody can get it wrong.

I found that answer unacceptable, and I am almost giddy the collapse of the country we couldn't fix after over a decade, is bringing to the forefront the question of why the fuck did we go in the first place.

Lastly, the first anti-war protest I ever attended in my life was on the Washington Mall in January 2003*. Remember? Of course not. Our American MSM had a full blown news blackout on all the anti war protests taking place all over the world, especially throughout Europe. The meme I took from that is that this time period produced the largest gathering of protest in the history of humanity. Who cares if most American don't even know that.

-90% Jimmy

*and I was draft age in 1972 and I didn't participate in any war protests, in spite of my life being on the line. If Nixon had not abolished the draft and I had to serve, I would not have survived, physically and emotionally. I'm a crappy lover and my fighting is even worse.

PS - my FB post of yesterday - It's perversely delightful to watch these vampires in hindsight. Because we now know unequivocally that they were lying through their teeth and they knew they were lying when they were catapulting their propaganda.

Here's two video's from the "architects" of the 2003 Invasion. It's very important to note there is no opinion or analysis or talking heads. It is the GWB cabinet in their own words. And the written commentary is silent, so this is pretty doggone objective. Utterly devoid of sinister lefty spin, except for the unspoken and brief written commentary.

The biggest benefit of the invasion for me is I learned a new word; "mendacity".

Here's three Frank Zappa Country western songs I'm aware of

Harder than your husband, Lonesome Cowboy Burt, and Truck Driver Divorce.

Zappa family friend Beverly DiAngelo sang Harder than your Husband in the movie, Daddy's Dead, who's got the will.

It is very important to recall those dark ages of the run up to the 2003 invasion. A repressive McCarthy-ist vibe cloaked our entire country, along with the other stupid countries that supported this in progress for eleven years with no end in sight clusterfuck.

With Iraq descending into civil war and anarchy, will the multi-national oil companies still have access to the oil the invasion provided for them? You know, the way they partitioned Iraq during Cheney's pre invasion Secret meetings with oil execs? Since that was what the invasion was really all about, it would be sad to have sacrificed so much human life for nothing.

-90% jimmy

And Zappa covered Johnny Cash' Ring of Fire. Johnny would have sung it with the band, but got sick that night, and they performed it w/o Johnny. Mike Kennealy filed in for Johnny on vocals just fine.

Dont be too hard on Bushco

Since we invaded Iraq, our borders have been completely free of smoking guns in the form of mushroom clouds.

See, the invasion did indeed make us safe.

-90% Jimmy

PS - I remember the times after 9-11 when GWB was hell bent on invading, A Joe McCarthy-esque iron curtain draped our country and we all became very watchful of what we said, cuz if you ain't with GWB, yur with the terra wrists! It was so creepy because the entire MSM was in fascist lock step with what ever GWB wanted to "get the people that did this to us."

Some thing I found interesting about public opinion of our government from July 2014 Consumer Report

"..........., and 58 percent of respondents to our survey said the were worried about government spying by the National Security Agency."

First it brings to mind the Jefferson quote about governments should fear the people, the people should not fear their government.

Secondly, to specify the NSA as a source of fear and loathing is absolutely remarkable. Thank you Edward Snowden and it looks like American's are more aware of their totalitarian total information awareness police state government than I give them credit for.

So what the hell are all of us that love the ideals this country was founded on* gonna do about it, huh?

-90% Jimmy

*as opposed to our current state of anti-democracy Oligarchy

Interesting framing

'The ungrateful horde is angry, he says, when they really should be celebrating their marvelous good fortune and thanking their betters"

In what respect are the Oligarch's "better"? By most measures of what what makes people worthwhile these people are at the bottom. Because they go through life practicing the morality of a predatory animal. They have destroyed the future of the planet and are bringing on irreversible global calamity and mass suffering. What the fuck is so "better" about that? They suck so bad the future of the planet would be better off if fucking Hitler was in charge!

Oppps. I just beat my own argument!

They think we envy them? I find them loathsome and as despicable as the latest mass murderer.

-90% Jimmy

She voted for the IWR

That makes her forever unfit to hold an elected office higher than dog catcher, in my opinion.

Plus she has the public record that is an excellent resume to be appointed an honorary member of the BFEE.

Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama-Clinton is a sad political dynasty for the USA. We are a better people than that! But only if more of use shed our MSM brainwashing and turn to the internet for actual news and facts.

While we can, as the rapidly approaching end of net neutrality will kill that, also.

If not for the internet, we would already be living in a full blown totalitarian fascist police state. And it could be easily argued we are already there!

-90% Jimmy

Entitled little propagandist/corporate shill

Oh boy is that infuriating to suggest the fix to SS, which is unnecessary in the first place according to Thom, is now we all have to work until we’re 75? I have a friend involved with HR and he says many companies whisper to their recruiters that they are not interested in talking to any candidates over 40! So your career is over at forty these days and the fix to SS is to work until you’re 75? These people don’t know how to think! And why should they learn, they got theirs and screw us!

-90% Jimmy


Thanks for all the responses to my post. It's nice to say something that resonates with my fellow DU'ers. Most of my stuff goes over like a lead zeppelin around here.

Chris Hedges has had some excellent "what is it going to take to start revolution in America" videos and because he covered so many revolutions ans social upheavals in the middle East over his career. He really knows the confluence of factors that trigger revolution. It seems to take only one or two percent of the population to get active and protest and fight to trigger substantial change.

As 2014 has been deemed by some to be the year of the return of liberal progressivism, this will be a year of profound change, and I think for the better.

We have wonderful people like Alan Grayson, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and other remarkable politicians fighting hard for the bottom 99%. May the 2014 Elections replace all gerrymandered Republicans with Bill DiBlasio clones!

Once the lies and smears the right has directed at the ACA for the last three years are proven to be demonstrably false by the experience of millions of Americans, it will become more apparent to the aging Fox News Viewers that their beloved Republicans are liars that work aggressively against the best interests of the bottom 99%. And it will be more obvious to the entire country that the Republicans grovel at the feet of the wealthy Oligarchs they serve instead of the fools that vote for them.

It will become so apparent that perhaps the wealthy will get their children kidnapped by desperate Americans with NOTHING LEFT TO LOOSE. With our media, that could be a full blown epidemic happening at this very moment that our MSM is censoring desperately, lest they incur the ire of their masters. Looks for elites to start receiving more ears from their kidnapped children this year. If this fantasy is taking form somewhere, thank God we have reporters like Greg Palast, Amy Goodman, Jeremy Scahill, Bill Moyers, Thom Hartmann and even the MSNBC prime time line up to tell us about it.

I can taste the schadenfreude now!

-90% Jimmy
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