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If the OLF was a good example of the arrogance of power, the rise of mercenary armies under the Bush administration is nothing short of evil.

We need to get Congress to act. Here's a quick plan:

1. Get mercenary armies on the radar as a moral issue in North Carolina.
2. Make sure everyone knows the costs to our men and women in uniform.
3. Push candidates and elected officials to clarify their views on mercenary armies.

Rinse and repeat.

Speaking of OLF...

I will be at the Onslow County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday evening and will use the public comment period to urge their opposition of the suggested sites near Onslow County.

I'm writing a statement and will post it shortly.

Thomas S. Brock
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Haven't had the chance to research this

but yesterday heard that the government is thinking about providing the same medical to contractors as they do to the military. Currently not enough money to pay for our Military and they certainly have not been treated very well, but what will this do to that system?

I can't find a link to the program I heard that on yesterday, but I did find this, Injured Defense Contractor .com

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They want the same medical

then they can dang well take the same pay and work under the same Uniform Code of Military Justice, by God.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

No matter where it leads,

we need to follow the money on this one. Progressive or not, if a Democrat has knowingly accepted funds from Blackwater, they need to explain why.

2. Make sure everyone knows the costs to our men and women in uniform.

We can't even pass an amendment to give our military the standard, recommended time away from the combat zone, not to mention tossing hundreds of PTSD sufferers out into the street, but we can pay a private citizen three times as much to do the same job with none of the same regulations/performance requirements?

How can something like this happen?

This is why I don't support Edwards

Back in Jan. '04, I was at an Edwards event in South Carolina where he had Hootie and the Blowfish playing a song about Blackwater, telling them to "Keep on Rolling." He's obviously a supporter. ;-)

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

That's the Mississippi, Sam,

not the Misappropriation Express. :)

They had Boyd Tinsley from DMB with them

So they did a good job on the song. What happened afterward is a story that I don't tell on blogs, but it involves beer, a handicapped-drivable van, and JRE's parents.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

pssstt.....Sam

You just told it. And leave Bobbie and Wallace out of it. They're nice folks. ;-)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Believe me

I didn't.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

doofus.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Hired gun fetish

With all these great links

This post needs to be tagged "Blackwater USA" Hint hint.

Or maybe we need a page like we had on Charles Taylor on this. It's not going away soon and bloggers and posts here might end up becoming a much-needed national resource on the topic.
 
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What's your archetype?

We've spent our lives watching movies of people trying to saving the world. From Superheros like Batman to Wonder Woman to spies like James Bond or everyman types like Rambo and the Diehard dude. Gregory Peck as Atticus. Spencer Tracy, etc. And there must be women besides Sigourney Weaver and Joan of Arc.

But here we are. We've been extensively trained on world-saving techniques through the big screen. And the world needs saving. In the movies, it was never our own government. It was never the very people that our neighbors and friends voted for. But that's the story line we've been given.

So, which archetype world saver are you?

There aren't many models for me. I guess I'm Julie Roberts from the Pelican Brief (except older with no costume and makeup assistance!)

And we all know Max is Mel Gibson from Conspiracy Theory.

Is there a movie about taking on something like Blackwater?
 
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My answer

explains why I've started using the word Replicants to refer to the emerging right wing mutations. From Blade Runner.

Jeez A,

and all along I thought I made that up!

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Men in White! Mel and Me! We are coming for you Blackwater!

And we all know Max is Mel Gibson from Conspiracy Theory.* DQ

Not true! But Close! Max was the Slavemaster in Mel flick " The Patriot" 2000. He has appear in 6 Gibson movies in bit parts and as part time political historial consultant over the years for him. Usually the consultant services are done over many Beers and assorted strange wildberry Costa Rica juice. I can assure you that Mel is not into conspiracy theorys about Alien Lizards running the Republican party.

We agree that it is simply a vast misunderstanding of Intelligence design gone wild with Republican neo-con thinking.

In fact! Mel is selling off all of his property in the States and his world wide business interests with Rupert Muroch of the neo-con News Corp.

He moving the whole damn family to Costra Rica this year to the bush and believes that the USA is screw for the future.

The good news is that the Costra Rica government has no DUI laws nor roads.

The bad news is that we just found out that Dick Cheney has purchase beach property in Costra Rica. We have every reason to suspect that his ploy to live in his middle east paradise after his martial law rule as president upon his retirement was simply a evil plan to buy up all of Costra Rica at discount prices with his neo-con real estate buddies.

We have started a private counter revolutionary movement in Costra Rica call " Stuff a Banana up Cheney Ass if he shows up here"

The Star Wars saga fits fairly well.

A seemingly well meaning leader takes control, subverts the established Republic and replaces it with an evil Empire. Blackwater would be the stormtroopers; Cheney (or Rove?) the Emperor. The bad news would be that we are a generation away from our "Luke Skywalker".

Actually though, Blackwater seems a more like the Brownshirts deployed overseas.

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I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

My favorite movie and role model

(I hope) has always been Madame X

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Archetypes and symbols

are one of my favorite topics. Don't get me started.

I guess the closest I can come is this.

The Emperor is nekkid, y'all

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Great poster!

I beg Patty McHenry has that hanging over his bed.

I live next door to a man

who wants to be a sniper for Blackwater. Isn't it time to move already? Holy Keerap. I was left totally speechless when his wife was telling me this the other day. He did his four years in the Marine Corp, one year as a cop and now he thinks two weekends a month shooting paintballs at other men makes him a mercenary. Thank goodness his house is far enough away I don't have to deal with him much. First time in my life I've thought about getting a handgun. I'm not worried about criminals. I'm worried about the damned lunatic who lives next door.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

The price of living in the country

is that people shoot guns out here. I've tried to keep our 5 acres of woods free of hunters by posting 'no hunting' signs. It's not so much that I'm anti-hunter; I'm not. I'm scared to death of the idiots that wander the woods with a beer in one hand and a gun in the other. Those woods come right up to my back fence.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

And the lunatics when they come home again

I'm not worried about criminals. I'm worried about the damned lunatic who lives next door.

I went to the speaking event Thursday night. Jeremy Scahill gave an amazing 2 hour long talk, off the cuff, no notes that I could see. He has amazing compassion for the people wronged by this bunch of cowboys and the evil policies that set them loose on Iraq and the New Orleans victims,

I will write a report as soon as I'm back to my own computer.

Have you called to support H. Res 333 Impeach Cheney Today? call 202-224-3121 & ask for your Congress member by name

I'm looking forward to it!

n/t


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi