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Buckle Down: The Last Doughboy v. John Boehner

  • Posted on: 4 March 2011
  • By: GreyHawk

Yet again, the Republican "leadership" in Congress shows its true colors - not the red-white-and-blue of the national flag, but the rancid darkness that runs through the veins of the thin-skinned political hacks that are doing their utmost to keep the nation and her people foundering in a mess created by a decade of Republican-spawned (and protected) malfeasance.

I'll let the words of blonde moment from Daily Kos tell the tale:

Fri Mar 04, 2011 at 08:52 AM PST

Your help needed! Boehner denies national honor to "the last doughboy"

by blonde moment

Frank Buckles, the very last American soldier to serve in the Great War - the War to End All Wars - that is, World War I, passed away Sunday, Feb. 27, at the venerable age of 110.

Now John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, has denied requests by Republicans and Democrats alike that Mr. Buckles, representing an entire past generation, be given the signal honor of lying in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

Without explanation.

I know there's no explanation, because I called Mr. Boehner's office to ask why the request was turned down. The #$%#*& who took my call said he didn't know why.

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Early Saturday Morning Drive-by Posting: Million Dollar Patriotism. No, really!

  • Posted on: 20 November 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

Hat-tip Lordrag of DelphiForums.

So, not all of the rich elite are against letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest of Americans:

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"For the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens, we ask that you allow tax cuts on incomes over $1,000,000 to expire at the end of this year as scheduled," their website states. "We make this request as loyal citizens who now or in the past earned an income of $1,000,000 per year or more."

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Source

That right there is million dollar patriotism, brought to you by your fellow concerned citizens out of concern for the economy and who have a good sense of what will help the economy the most.

Taxes. Specifically, taxing those who can most afford it.

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Founded, Not Forsaken: A Republic (if you can keep it)

  • Posted on: 4 July 2010
  • By: GreyHawk

Happy Fourth of July, folks.

"Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?"

"A Republic, if you can keep it."

      -- Ben Franklin to an unknown lady,
        per the notes of delegate Dr. James McHenry of Maryland.

We've been called worse. A corporatocracy, an oligarchy, a plutocracy...whichever the definition, they seem to be far and away quite different from the initial goal of a republic. But across all forms, regardless, is the ever-present and apparently common denominator of national pride, perversely corrupted and reduced to nationalism and jingoism.

The two should never, ever be mistaken for a true, uniquely American definition of "patriotism" nor should they ever be used to justify war or to quell dissent.

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This Is Your Community Too!!

  • Posted on: 21 March 2009
  • By: jimstaro

Bumped and promoted. Originally posted 2009-03-21 06:56:35 -0500. -- GH

Is Anybody Listening?

Many have already heard about the kids from Pomona California Village Academy High School, many have probably caught their little eight minute video that has launched them into the National Spotlight and Political Debate on what this Country is now going through. But this isn't new it's just affecting many more kids and families now, with more added each day. Kids can't learn and achieve any dreams they might have if their families are struggling and their living those struggles daily.

Last night on the PBS News Hour they showed a report on these kids and their videoed thoughts and feelings, that report is directly below.

A Profile of Courage, Honor and Integrity

  • Posted on: 9 September 2008
  • By: GreyHawk

Hat-tip ricardomath

This story comes to us via Common Dreams. It was first published on Sunday, September 7, 2008 by The Toronto Star. It's the story of a US soldier who fled to Canada because of the likelihood that his training and skill at Arabic would put him into a situation he finds untenable: the support of torture through using his knowledge of the language as part of the interrogation of detainees.

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"It's a soldier's obligation to say `no' if their commander is doing things that are criminally complicit," Jemley, now 42, said in a recent interview in Toronto. "I think everyone is agreeing now that torture is really what has been going on ... I have every reason to believe that from my small pool that I belong to, with my credentials, that I'd be ordered to do such things."
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Such a stand would be praised by those who understand the importance of not undermining the US prohibitions against torture and against the undermining of the Geneva Convention; those who support the misguided and malignant failed policies of the Bush regime -- among whom we now find John "I'm against torture, but I support it if you don't call it that" McCain -- would call him a traitor.

Who, though, is betraying whom?

Support Our Peacemakers

  • Posted on: 23 August 2008
  • By: Jan Barry

In the face of widespread public disenchantment with the war in Iraq, “Support Our Troops” car stickers and banners defiantly proclaim a fierce sense of patriotism. So why don’t these supportive folks rally behind other national security figures? But when’s the last time you saw a “Support Our Diplomats” sticker or “Support Our Peace Corps” banner?

This is a serious disconnect in America.

Yesterday was the 64th Anniversary

  • Posted on: 23 June 2008
  • By: jimstaro

And what Anniversary would that be, you ask, Well:

Of President Franklin Roosevelt's signing of the GI Bill, which enabled millions of veterans to go to college, and is credited for sparking the post-war economic boom.

And fuel the growth of this Nation it did, I grew up in that time frame, not only of many getting the opportunity to further their education in our Universities and Colleges but the birth of Trade Schools teaching a wide veriaty of Professional Industrial Trades, many now no longer done in this country or are rapidly on the wane.

The Dilemma of Black Patriotism

  • Posted on: 14 June 2008
  • By: jimstaro

route66 has a diary up about today, Flag Day here in these United States.

I was going to post up something I found recently that attempts to explain some recent occurances on the meaning of 'Patriotism', and a tie in with 'route66' diary is appropriate on this day.