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Vietnamese Agent-Orange Baby

Reaction to Maureen Dowd’s NYT column, “My Mitt Fantasy” (10/23) :

I think she is grasping to find something to write about, but talk of a tie is fun, remotely possible, and making the rounds. Her image of Sidekick Joe mugging behind Mitt’s back is great.

But she also reminds us that the NeoCons are the power, drawing the huge money from those few warmonger industrialists, and feeding it to Mitt’s folks.  They inflict the US to policy decisions based on how much money will go into a few evil pockets, not on what is best for the country, or the world’s future.

Vietnamese Agent-Orange Baby

Those are the same neo-cons who backed Nixon, profited from Vietnam, and push decisions like dropping planeloads of “Round-Up” weed killer (agent orange) onto hundreds of square miles of populated forest land so a chemical company owner can pocket millions of taxpayer dollars, pretending it to be a war tactic.  (For those who don’t recall:  it sickened and killed friend, foe, us, them, the animals, and a big patch of the planet for decades.)

Vietnamese Agent-Orange Babies

Here a decent view from the Right on Gupta getting jail time; he’s not yet served any and will appeal.

Also if you missed it this week, Holder pushed a CIA leak case, pushing all leaks equally; and the agent who tried to stop torture ordered by Bush Neocon group, got the same time Scooter Libby got when he took the fall for poppy bush outing the agent whose husband refused to cook up fake WMD intel on Saddam.

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While Obama Ran the Country

Jed BartletOur Intemperate Correspondent writes:

Regarding Maureen Dowd’s October 6th Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, entitled: Two Presidents, Smoking and Scheming. I finally read it through. It’s better after learning that the other guy was a TV-show president. Quite funny, and she sounds like Obama when he gets going.

It must have been easy, being a TV pres, the lines are all written by somebody else. Kind of like Romney; they try to never let him speak his own words; he usually screws up. I think they worked for a week on how to lie most loudly, while Obama ran the country. Obama maybe had to talk to an Arab before the debate that day.

The common, ignorant people don’t care or understand what is said, nor if simple-minded lies are spoken; they really can’t tell the difference. It’s just who looks and sounds better, strong, confident; and because the masses are so amazingly ignorant (and sadly quite stupid) they will follow any bully or insulting ass, They are like the mob following the shouter and the finger pointer.

They will vote on reinforced prejudice if they feel a swing that way, to justify their instinct to disparage those they don’t understand, or who sound or look different from them. They are easily swayed by any lie that panders to their self-centered, greedy nature. Without the teaching of enlightened religion — such as was growing so well here in 1905 — and little real education, they are left with nothing at all to go on. They don’t understand anything about making a future world.

Even superstitious religion gave them something beyond the greed, security, and physical comfort that instinctively is their goal in life. And those instincts are all they are left with when the superstitious parts of their religion are no longer believed. Most never understood the true philosophical parts. It was mostly about getting them to not live as animals for a few centuries. As we saw at WWII, the results were mixed.

They may need superstitious allegories to affect behavior, just so as to not stand in the way of the better world to come (right here on earth); just as they did in the Mediterranean two thousand years ago, and in the High Middle Ages; these people who got the germ of their best idea from us, at least the simple version proposed by the “Buddhist Rabbi.” But perhaps they cannot be returned to that kind of influence — it would mean giving up on their possibility of progressing individually — and certainly it backfired a few times on these “enlightened”, as in their confusion and tendency to violence (partly genetic?) the converted pagans went off track and started killing the hand that fed them (us Jews), forgetting what their “rabbi” told them: the little trick that would let them become a part of the concept of historical progress, change deliberately created through time, toward a future destination in  mind, to both enjoy the fruits of civilization and to help create paradise.

Since they could not be Jewish — as that requires fluid literacy by age thirteen, and study of the true force of creation, and adherence to 613 some odd laws to create the society and state of mind that would propel that future — he gave them maybe 10, and boiled that down to a sentence: “Do unto others …”

I gather Paul, in Aleppo and elsewhere, saw that even that was too much, and his followers often became confused. He tried reducing it to just three words, the simple trick whereby they could help to make the new world: “Love one another”.

They didn’t… and this is the U.S. electorate.

They also, for the most part, never quite learned how to read properly. But they can tell the string beans from the chile, with the help of pictures on the label. Today my new painter pretended to be reading the color on the paint can when I pointed to the little label they stick on the lid. It’s something I’ve become used to.

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