Sunday, March 11, 2007 — Monday, March 12, 2007
Suddenly Israel "Likes" the Saudi Peace Plan
That's what's been reported. What's really going on?
Well, the Israelis and the Muslims are selfishly fighting over living space, agricultural lands, and resources such as water. Israel has the backing of US imperial power. Israel and the US use each other in the region. The Muslims have each other and to varying degrees they have the assistance of America's mostly non-European competitors. Those competitors see a need to counterbalance the American Empire, so they'll deal with "radical" Muslims to do it. It's the same move the US made in Pakistan and Afghanistan under Zbigniew Brzezinski. The US cozied up to Osama bin Laden to give the Soviet Union its Vietnam—to bleed the Soviets.
Brzezinski and others have historically likened the whole process to playing chess with the pieces being nations and leaders, etc.
The last thing anyone should do in viewing this "game" is to fall for the faÃ§ade. As Nixon revealed (which was never a secret to those who've read Machiavelli for one), leaders say one thing and do another. In other words, leaders lie as a matter of course. The farther away from the inner circles of power one gets, the more the leaders attempt to project a generally acceptable position. They tried to hide their real dealings behind a false front. They try to look ethical when they are anything but.
When Israel talks in positive terms about the Saudi Peace Plan, they are playing chess several moves out. They aren't divulging their whole game plan. They do their best to conceal even the brand of chess they're playing. Anyone sitting across from them though must realize that the Likudnics are playing Machiavellian chess. In other words, they cheat.
It is the same thing the Spartans were raised to do. The rule is don't lose.
The problem is that they have everything backwards. When they win as they've defined winning they are really losing as God defines losing, and God's definitions are the only ones that matter in the end.
This of course doesn't mean that this is the chosen method of all Jews. It isn't. Many people who call themselves Jews are deeply desirous of being honest people. They don't like Machiavellianism any more than we do. Those who have used violence to coerce their way to the top of worldly power are the trouble makers.
Something else to watch is how the Machiavellians bog down the opposition in ambiguous language over details. This is the never-ending delaying tactic. The only method that has ever prevailed against it in the mundane is the side that simply wipes out the other side. Today we call it genocide.
The Israelites practiced genocide when they went into the land of Canaan. They performed genocide on certain of the Canaanite tribes. According to the record of the Israelites, those Canaanites were practicing acts so despicable the Canaanites defined themselves worthy of genocide. The Sodomites were subjected to genocide before them. The Jews were subjected to genocide after them by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Romans, and Germans.
Many nations practiced genocide. Many nations have been on the receiving end. Some nations were wiped out ostensibly for being depraved. Others were wiped out because of the depravity of those conducting the genocide. The truth is that it has always been a combination of both. The Jews were not wholly innocent when they went into Canaan (the Promised Land). They carried with them the seeds of evil. As much as they wanted to think of themselves as such, ultimately they were not God's avenging angels sent into Canaan to cleanse the land. That was rationalization (self-satisfying but incorrect). That's what Jesus came from God to show, and he did.
In any case, Jesus came to say that it is hypocritical of anyone to practice genocide and that if such things are left to God alone then the mentality, the spirit, of humanity will be such that all evil will be lifted.
This is where The Bible is the story of arguing over the nature of God. What the Christian knows is that if the nature of God were revealed enough by the Old Testament, there would never have been a need for a savior or messiah. Jesus received beyond the then prevailing scripture. Jesus received directly from God. That's why the doctrine of scripture alone is wrong. Jesus added to the scripture. He clarified it by making it. His law is the new commandment. He revealed the law from the beginning that was unknown, unrecognized, by the Jews. Some received it. Most did not. Jesus also made clear that we are to receive directly from the Holy Spirit with nothing intermediary, not even Jesus himself. That's where unity lies. That's where oneness lies. That's where we are, and become, Jesus's full brothers and sisters.
You see, if any human being knew enough, we'd all be saved. Jesus had to leave before that. As much as we may hate it from time to time, if it were easy, it wouldn't be appreciated. Righteousness is the most valuable thing there is. That's why seeking righteousness is the most challenging thing in life. Righteousness is the Holy Grail.
Here, it is important to understand that the enemy of God doesn't want all the evil to lift. The enemy of God wants to punish humanity eternally. The enemy of God wants humanity to fail in perpetuity. That's why temptations continue coming at everyone. That's why people fall to temptation and cave into selfish lust and then spread temptation to others. It is the vicious cycle that the enemy loves. It is sadism, and it comes from hell, from the devils, from Satan by any name, evil.
The world is headed toward genocide on a more massive scale than ever before. It will happen if we don't divert toward the right direction from the present course of the neocons and false Zionists and false liberals and conservatives. When it will happen, only God in heaven knows.
Despite this, we are to be peacemakers. We are to work toward bringing forth in patience and perseverance.
The particular people of those calling themselves Jews who are toying with the Saudi Peace Plan are just playing games. They are covetous souls hiding behind God's promise of land. They are hypocrites, false hearted, spiritually dead. Jesus saw right through them, and they murdered him for it.
Yes, if the accounts of the Jews are correct, certain of the Canaanites were practicing despicable acts, intolerable acts, acts worthy of hell. However, the religion of the Jews that predated Judah and even Abraham always had in it a current of continuing revelation of righteousness. This is what Jesus was. He was further enlightenment. He came and showed that while the particular Canaanites were in fact working evil, the remedy of genocide was itself false. Once he showed that, it became a knowing sin to practice genocide, especially as a cover for covetousness.
Jesus showed many other things about hypocrisy that proved that the top Jews were violating their own laws left and right and that in fact the letter of their law was not living up to the ultimate spirit or direction or intention or bases upon which the Jews claimed their letter was grounded. That's why Jesus was greater than Moses and Moses in heaven knows it and doesn't have a problem with it but rather loves it.
This is what many present-day Jews (neocons, false Zionists) deliberately avoid. They know they are sinning. They have no cover for it. They are just taking. That is evil. That is sinning. There will be consequences for it. They need to stop and repent before it is too late, before they are inextricably Satan's if they aren't already.
Yes, Islam is inherently wrong, but using that as a cover for covetousness is also wrong.
The spiritually blind and deaf and unfeeling are the damned.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Deporting Parents of Citizen Minors
The US is deporting the parents of US citizens who are still minors. One should think that the needs and rights to have their parents raising them in their own country would take precedence over other immigration concerns.
The treatment of immigrants in the US has turned decidedly hardhearted as of late.
This turn started with the rise of the Democratic Leadership Council and its swing to neoliberal economics (such as globalization and so-called open markets and free trade) being given precedence over human rights, workers rights, worker safety, and environmental impacts, etc.
Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bruce Babbitt, and others, turned their backs on populism and the grassroots (real democracy). They did the bidding of major financial institutions and corporations. They undercut the social welfare system that is more than handouts. It is also about free education and free health care for all, among other things.
They turn away from greater golden rule politics to hardheartedness. They paved the way for George W. Bush and the current crop of neocons to take the world into wars that threaten a real WWIII.
Moving toward false conservatism is moving toward hardheartedness. It is never right to move toward hardheartedness. It is better to lose every mundane election in the worldly world than it is to move to hardheartedness. It is better not to partake of such elections in the first place.
The DLC was about winning. It was not about standing on righteous ground.
The attacks on the commons and in favor of privatization further opened the door to not caring about the children. The children of the poor are our children every bit as much as the children of the rich. The children regardless of economic background all deserve to be raised in compassion. The current ICE mentality is coldhearted toward the children. It is promoting coldhearted reactions in those children as they grow up in harsh conditions. ICE is a form of terrorism aimed at children. It is abuse. The abused grow up to abuse. That's a cycle we must end through softening our hearts toward each and all. That's the message of Jesus Christ.
Something to bear in mind about so-called globalization and free trade and open markets is the impact these have on global warming. All these goods and so forth are transported all over using fossil fuels in most cases. That's not been a good thing.
We aren't against globalization, etc. We're just against the wrong kind, the shortsighted kind, the kind without compassion and mercy, the kind that sacrifices other people.
Only 58 Percent of Americans Want US Troops Out of Iraq by 2008
What's the matter with the remaining 42%? This doesn't bode well for the US at all. Not only that, but why wait for 2008? The US should pull out militarily now. The only US involvement should be strictly humanitarian with no strings attached.
All the money going into the military should be going into alternative energy and other things that will displace all the ostensible requirements for a military. What's more, the US should give away the alternative technology as its gift to the world for the sake of righteousness and posterity.
All of the Bush Doctrine should be summarily renounced before the world. We reject the Bush Doctrine.
We should aid the Iranians and the North Koreans and the Syrians and all the rest of the nations of the world. Exemplifying the golden rule is the only way forward into the light. All the rest leads to hell on earth.
Vatican Reaffirms Requirement for Celibacy for Priests
Many of the first apostles were married. What is this celibacy requirement about? Eunuchism was optional with Jesus. He said if someone is given it (moved by the Holy Spirit to forego any possibility for sexual intercourse) then that was a good thing but not something to be forced upon a soul. Jesus did not preclude the married (as anointed children of God) from ministering to others.
This position of the Vatican is incorrect.
"The president of the United States is the representative of the cruelest, most terrible, most cynical, most murderous empire that has existed in all of history," said Hugo Chavez.
It is cruel, cynical, and murderous on a huge scale. It is the Empire in continuity with all the huge empires before it right back to Egypt and Samaria. It is the biblical Beast.
The reason it isn't the cruelest is because there are still so many American citizens who are so dead set against cruelty. In fact, their existence is the only thing that has spared the US from utter annihilation. They are standing in the gap before God for the land. God sees it and loves them, loves their efforts, loves their hearts.
If and when the time comes that America's evil is too tolerated or excused by Americans in general, the goodness of those few will not be enough to protect America. The other people of the world will take precedence even though those others are not themselves on the narrow way. This is the relativity that exists and is absolutely real.
That America is swinging away from the depths of depravity of Bush/Cheney, et al., that there are those who are braving the powers that be to speak the truth openly, is why God is giving Americans as a nation the opportunity to clean up their act. They must go all the way though. Half-measures, half-truths, won't be good enough.
The New Commandment must become the constitution of the people or else. This is because the New Commandment in all that it implies from its historical reality is the only law that is good enough. It is the only law that isn't hypocritical as viewed from the divine (the supremely good, the perfect).
The atheists and others have nothing to fear but their own ignorance. They have nothing to fear from the non-coercive constitution (the New Commandment). Those who practice the New Commandment are not the spirits who will come to destroy. The destroyers though are those who mete out the consequences. The followers of the New Commandment do not mete out the consequences. They warn against the consequences. They warn against the spirits who will take away the atheists. This would be a dishonest use of fear tactics were it not true.
Oh, with a hard heart, one can run into false paradoxes in a hurry. Speaking the truth does bring on the prophecy. It is prophesying. It does make things happen. The prophecy is for the sake of salvation though and not for the sake of punishing consequences. Punishing consequences are just the fact of the matter of the evil spectrum from emotions through the most overt behaviors. Mercy remains the desire of the real prophet. Salvation from evil is the desire for all. The prophet doesn't want any soul to cling to evil or for evil to keep its claws dug into any soul. Nevertheless, the righteous must not be made to suffer evil beyond all tolerance. Such evil must be wiped out, must be divided away, separated out, and put away forever. Those souls who won't stop doing such evil must be where such evil will be sent for the sakes of the righteous.
Is there any other way where souls will value righteousness enough to keep it while being knowingly free? To be truly free of evil is to be truly free. To be truly free of evil is to have overcome it. Does this mean that it was right to bite into the proverbial fruit? No.
Such lust was never right. Evil was always repugnant. The evil spirit though always takes advantage of the impressionable. That is why the innocent children must be sheltered even while they are prepared to face down evil without being led into temptation. This is the challenge for humanity. This was the challenge facing Moses. This is the challenge facing Jesus and his followers the real Christians.
Those who love the truth will rise to this. Their children will rise to this. Those who hate the truth will fall away forever. They will be separated out, and there is nothing that can be done about it. This happens within immediate families. This is why Jesus said, "For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three." (Luke 12:52).
Sometimes it will be one against five, one for the real truth and five for half-truths at best. Sometimes it will be five against one, five for real truth. Families will come in every combination no matter how large or small. Rarely there will be a whole bloodline (DNA), immediate family that will be wholly for the real truth. What a blessing that is for them. Of course, it is the spirit that is the real family anyway. That's why Jesus spoke the following truth:
And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (Mark 10:29-30).
That is what the Real Liberal Christian Church is all about. It is about the spiritual family coming together in righteousness. That is what the Christian Commons and Real Christian Communes are all about. Within heaven, all is freely given and freely shared in righteousness. Those who reject this are on the outside and may not enter. They are not of the true family. They are selfish.
Is it selfish of those on the inside to keep this to themselves? No. It would be selfish to open the doors to evil to ruin it for the others within. It would be the evil spirit coming in to divide the house, to fracture souls, to torture and maim and murder and destroy. This is why Jesus said, "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:23).
The truth of it all is there to see for anyone who will truly look at it. There is no other proof that will satisfy. Those who refuse to be satisfied with the obvious cause their own rejection. They define themselves as untrustworthy enough for the higher and highest heaven.
Nevertheless, there are many pacifists in the US. There are many who don't want greed to rule. There are many who want the giving and sharing world. There are many who want purity of soul (no harm, no selfishness).
Of course, there were such souls stuck within the chain of empires to which the US is historically linked. There were real liberal Christians thrown to the lions in the middle of the Roman Empire to the depraved glee of some Romans and alike to some calling themselves Jews.
Now there are many false-Christian Americans doing likewise in Iraq. There will be consequences. Repent now.
Homosexuals in the US Military
Marine general Peter Pace, chairman of the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday, "I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts."
Peter Pace is correct when he likened the immorality of homosexuality to that of adultery. We've wrote of this years ago. Jesus was a stickler against adultery. One may be sure that he was opposed to homosexuality. Caving into sexual lust is caving into lust regardless of the supposed attraction.
Pace isn't in favor of allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military. Perhaps he knows the problems that homosexual orgies in the barracks would cause. Perhaps he knows the issues this would raise with the wives left at home.
There isn't anything general Pace can do about it other than to speak out against it. The homosexuals are going to keep pushing for more and more open and accepted inclusion in every facet of life.
The only reason this is happening is because violence and greed are promoted. Sexual defilement won't end until greed and violence end with it. That is something general Pace and others need to come to understand.
He's right about homosexuality but wrong about militarism. Anti-militarist homosexuals are right about militarism but wrong about homosexuality.
How Does OPEC Price Oil?
Present prices leave comfortable profit margins both for producers and the major oil companies while remaining below the pain threshold that leads to less world consumption — and increased interest in alternative fuels such as ethanol and wind and nuclear energy.1
See that. They selfishly want the world to keep using the global warming, polluting fuel as long as possible.
Republicans Want Less Corporate Disclosure
US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson convenes a summit on capital markets today to explore ways to curb regulations that he and other critics say are driving companies to more lightly governed markets overseas.
"Corporate governance is at an all-time high,'' he [Steve Shappell, a managing director at insurance broker Aon Corp.] said. "When you are having great disclosure, good decisions and great processes, your chance of a shareholder suit is greatly reduced and the chance of an insurance company getting hit is greatly reduced.''2
In the long run, the other markets without the openness will suffer suits and a lack of investor confidence. What Paulson should be doing is promoting the disclosure to attract a move to greater disclosure worldwide. Of course, this wouldn't work for the conspiracies that corporations hatch to takeover and ruin other corporations, nations, the world, and ultimately the cosmos.
Foreclosures May Hit 1.5 Million in US Housing Bust
As many as 1.5 million more Americans may lose their homes, another 100,000 people in housing-related industries could be fired, and an estimated 100 additional subprime mortgage companies that lend money to people with bad or limited credit may go under, according to realtors, economists, analysts and a Federal Reserve governor.3
The Real Liberal Christian Communes/Commons would preclude people from being put out of their homes in the future due to bad economic management by actors such as the Federal Reserve. Real Liberal Christian Communes/Commons owned free and clear where the people could continue raising the food they need and could continue making the things they need, would not face foreclosures. They would not be paying usurers (parasites; money changers) to live.
US Military Defends Deleting Journalists' Footage
The U.S. military is defending its decision to force two freelance journalists working in Afghanistan for the Associated Press to delete photos and video at the scene of a US shooting last week. An Army spokesperson claimed that taking pictures could misrepresent what had happened in the incident. Colonel Victor Petrenko said, "When untrained people take photographs or video, there is a very real risk that the images or videography will capture visual details that are not as they originally were." The Associated Press disputed the assertions. AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll said: "In democratic societies, legitimate journalists are allowed to work without having their equipment seized and their images deleted."
"...capture visual details that are not as they originally were" meaning what exactly? If things were moved around, then it is incumbent upon the military and the journalists to provide that information.
Otherwise, this is the colonel saying that the images will capture the truth and will belie the false story the military wants to put forth as propaganda. In other words, things were originally as the military says they were whether or not that's true. In other words, the military creates the "truth." That's antichrist, and that's what is really going on here. He means that only people trained to cover up for the military are to be allowed to take and disseminate such photos.
Drugs, Alcohol Play Growing Role in Military Crimes
New figures tracking criminal prosecutions of US soldiers show a growing trend of alcohol- and drug-related crimes. The New York Times reports alcohol- and drug-related charges represent more than a third of all criminal prosecutions of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Two-hundred and forty cases resulted in convictions. Seventy-three of those cases involved murder, rape or armed robbery. Twelve convictions for sex crimes were linked to drug and alcohol use.
Salvadoran Option for Iraq
The Los Angeles Times is reporting American military planners have begun plotting a fallback strategy for Iraq that includes a gradual withdrawal of forces and a renewed emphasis on training Iraqi fighters in case the current troop buildup fails or is derailed by Congress. Officials say such a strategy would be based in part on the US experience in El Salvador. During the 1980's President Reagan sent Green Berets to train the Salvadoran military. At the same time the CIA secretly backed death squads in El Salvador.
The US has done everything it always has done. It has had its secret forces stir up trouble to get people fighting each other. The so-called death squads operating in Iraq were started by agents provocateurs of the US.
It was reported that John Negroponte returned to the US State Department, because he didn't want anything to do with using in Iraq and of Iran-Contra-era tactics used by Ronald Reagan in Central America. If that's how John Negroponte really feels, why hasn't his conscience move him to tell all about Iran-Contra, which he denied knowing about while he was down there running the show, and why hasn't he resigned the current Bush administration in protest?
Chavez, Bush, Bolivar, and Washington
George W. Bush was in South America likening George Washington to Simon Bolivar. Hugo Chavez gave a history lesson in Argentina about Washington versus Bolivar.
Chavez pointed out that Washington fought the US Revolution for the sake of the elites in the colonies. He became rich. He became landed. He became a major slave holder. He didn't share the wealth, and he didn't free his slaves. On the other hand, Bolivar was born rich, landed, and with slaves. Bolivar did just the opposite of Washington. Bolivar gave away his riches and his lands and he freed his slaves.
Bush was ignorant enough to say that the revolutions of Washington and Bolivar must be finished. Well, if Bolivar's revolution is completed, there will be no Washington revolution remaining. That certainly isn't what George W. Bush wants. George W. Bush is by, of, and for the rich, landed, and enslavers of the earth. Hugo Chavez so far speaks for exactly the opposite. Let us pray that he grows in his job.
Bush in Latin America
And the thing about CAFTA, we've had worker rights language in agreements with Central America and the Caribbean since 1983, when the first Caribbean-based Initiative Expansion Act came on board. So we had internationally recognized worker rights standards in our trade benefit programs with Central America since 1983. It's twenty-four years later. We have the same worker rights language in the CAFTA, and nothing changes.4
There is no child-labor protection to speak of. The children and other people are exploited. The children aren't in school. They're working twelve and fourteen hour days, six and seven days a week, in cruel environments all because the labor laws are weak and un-enforced. That's why the neoliberal Empire has outsourced to other countries where they don't have to worry about paying to take care of workers and the environment, etc. It's sheer evil.
Remember, both the Republicans and Democrats are responsible. The Democrats under Clinton/Gore pushed through more neoliberal (reprehensible) globalization (corporatization) measures than any other administration we can think of since after the founding of the banana republics. It is nothing but economic imperialism that has been bad all the way around. It has been a lose-lose situation.
The children should not be slaving away. Helping with work is one thing, chores are one thing, but making children work such long hours in bad environments while sacrificing their whole days so that they cannot attend school or do other things that would help round out their lives is disgusting. The CAFTA participants should be ashamed of themselves.
They are lousy shepherds and lousy stewards. Their whole capitalists system must be displaced by people with hearts for the children.
Free trade, open markets, free enterprise, opportunity, liberty, etc., it's all a load of dung when those words are paid nothing but lip service by Americans, especially American presidents. The business of America is business and American business is greed, violence, and depravity. Nothing good can come of it.
Transnational corporations now roam the world to find the cheapest and most vulnerable workers. The people who stitch together our jeans and assemble our CD-players are mostly young women in Central America, Mexico, Bangladesh, China and other poor nations, many working 12 to 14-hour days for pennies an hour. The lack of accountability on the part of our US corporations—now operating all over the world, and the resulting dehumanization of this new global workforce is emerging as the overwhelming moral crisis of the 21st century. The struggle for rule of law in the global economy—to ensure respect for the fundamental rights of the millions of workers producing goods for the US market—has become the great new civil rights movement of our time.5
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and the other Democrats in leadership positions in the House of Representatives agreed to withdraw a provision in a Supplemental Appropriations bill that no funds may be used for military operations against Iran unless expressly authorized by the US Congress.
Pelosi and the others did this under pressure from AIPAC (the Jewish lobby). Of that, there can be no doubt. The Democrats have done this for the sake of campaign funding from rich, neocon Jews and to keep the AIPAC from getting the mainstream press to come out aggressively against the Democrats.
The neocon Jews and the Democratic leadership are engaged in a dance. AIPAC knows that George W. Bush has blown it wildly. However, as the holocaust milkers and warmongering imperialists that they are, they are doing everything they can not to allow peacemakers to rule the planet.
The neoliberal, false-Zionist Democrats are antichrist. No real Christian can support their hypocrisy.
Not only this but wounded soldiers who are not certified by military doctors as being fit for combat are being sent back to the frontlines.
Also, the requirement that only troops "adequately" trained and equipped may be part of any "surge" (escalation) has been withdrawn.
What's going on here? The Democrats are giving Bush his head so that the Republican president will fail even more before the presidential election. That's not too cynical for you is it?
This runs exactly contrary to US senator Jim Webb's Senate bill prohibiting use of funds for military operations in Iran. If Webb keeps it up, he'll come out as a real leader in the future of the Democratic Party. The people won't forget who was for and who was against widening the imperial war in the Middle East.
In addition, the Democrats in the House have tacked on all sorts of pork-barrel spending to their bill to make it appealing (deals) for more members to vote for war against Iran.
To hell with that. Woe to Democrats who side with the war makers. Son of man, prophesy against them.
Ignoring the Geneva Conventions
The military loves it that the Bush administration has classified everyone fighting against them as enemy combatants but not as regular soldiers covered under the Geneva Conventions. That way, the military imagines that it can torture its prisoners.
So, the people fighting the occupation forces need uniforms and to declare themselves a nation-state under the Geneva Conventions. Uniforms though will be like painting targets on themselves. Soldiers caught out of uniform in combat zones or behind enemy lines will be treated as spies and not subject to the Geneva Conventions again.
So, what should they do? Well, the smartest thing to do is to stop fighting. Let the Americans think they have gotten their way. Then, after all the dust has settled, beat the opposition at the polls.
Best yet, convert to real Christianity so you may work to displace all evil that includes sharia.
IN APRIL 2004 the New Yorker and 60 Minutes II broke the story of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib. Not long after those infamous photos were published, Lagouranis [Tony Lagouranis, a former interrogator for the military at Aub Ghraib and Mosul, etc.] was transferred from Mosul back to Abu Ghraib. CNN broadcasts played constantly in the area where the interrogators wrote their reports, and it was there, while watching congressional hearings, that Lagouranis heard Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld say that the detainees in Iraq were being treated according to the Geneva Conventions. "I also heard [Lieutenant General Ricardo] Sanchez say that dogs were never authorized to be used in Iraq." This testimony flatly contradicted guidelines for interrogations that Sanchez, the military commander in Iraq, had issued in September and October of 2003.
"That's when I got really pissed," Lagouranis says.
After the scandal broke, they stopped torturing people in prisons and they would torture them before they got to the prison. They would either torture them in their homes or they would take them to a remote location . . . The marines had a location—they called it the 'meat factory'—they would bring them there and they would torture them for 24 or 48 hours before they brought them to us, and they were using techniques like water boarding, mock execution, they were beating them up, breaking their bones, whatever. It was bad, in particular the First Recon—they're sort of like marine special forces, an elite unit [attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, known as 24th MEU]. Every time they went on a raid it didn't matter who they were bringing back, they would just f_ck these guys up. Old men, 15-year-old kids, they all came with bruises and broken bones. One guy came with a blister on the back of his leg. It was big, it was horrible, a burn blister. They'd made him sit on the exhaust pipe of a running truck.
THE TECHNIQUES LAGOURANIS used were authorized by Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, commander of coalition forces in Iraq, in a memo dated September 14, 2003. The document's opening section states that the Geneva Conventions are applicable and that "Coalition forces will continue to treat all persons under their control humanely." Having said that, Sanchez goes on to authorize inhumane treatment—stress positions, the use of dogs, exposure to heat or cold, prolonged isolation, loud music, sleep deprivation (Sanchez called it "sleep management"), and the undefined "light control."6
The vast majority of those tortured were totally innocent. Also, the torture never produced any "good" intelligence. The point of the torture was never to get information. It was always to break people just because they weren't pro-military Americans. It's that simple.
Many of those who were anxious to employ torture are prison guards back in the US. That speaks volumes about the whole system, doesn't it.
Britain to Set Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Britain has become the first country to unveil legislation that would set binding limits on emissions of greenhouse gas. The proposal calls for a reduction of sixty percent by the year 2050. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the targets would set the stage for a continent-wide standard in Europe.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair: "At the heart of our approach is to set a series of tasks for ourselves as a country here, nationally, but then secondly to make sure we tackle climate change at a European level. And last week's agreement in the European Council was again an epoch-making agreement. It's the first time a group of nations has come together and agreed [to] such ambitious targets for the reduction of emission of greenhouse gases."
Several environmental groups say the legislation should go further. The British group Christian Aid is calling for a targeted reduction of eighty percent.
Blair is working on his legacy. This is definitely anti-Bush. With both of them lame ducks, Blair is doing what he thinks is expedient for his final image. It won't work. He isn't repentant. He was weak on the environment when he could have and should have stood against the invasion of Iraq for oil.
Evangelical Group Criticizes Bush Administration on Detainees
One of the nation's (US) largest evangelical groups has come out against the Bush administration on the treatment of detainees in the so-called war of terror. The National Association of Evangelicals has endorsed a statement saying the administration's policies have crossed "boundaries of what is legally and morally permissible." The declaration continues: "Tragically, documented cases of torture and inhumane and cruel behavior have occurred at various sites in the war on terror, and current law opens procedural loopholes for more to continue." The National Association of Evangelicals represents nearly forty-five thousand churches in the United States.
Evangelicals for Human Rights drafted the report of the National Association of Evangelicals. It has "zero tolerance" for torture. That's good. That's a righteous position. Now, if they will only be completely consistent concerning the message of Jesus Christ who they say is their shepherd.
True evangelism and good shepherding are one and the same.
It should be remembered that Richard Cizik is a high-ranking member of this association, and he's turned environmentalists too.
In the more mainstream, evangelism and good shepherding and good stewarding are merging.
Now, the movement will continue away from greed that is corporatism and capitalism and toward a giving and sharing economy. It will continue away from militarism and all forms of violence toward pacifism. It will continue to move away from defilement toward sexual purity.
The National Association of Evangelicals is so far not brave enough to stand up for liberal things. It is not brave enough to stand up for pacifism and for freely giving and sharing all, for instance.
We believe they are opposed already to homosexuality.
Fired US Attorneys Had Solid Performance Ratings
It is becoming more and more clear that the firings were purely political in the most mundane sense.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Pentagon: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Confesses to 9/11
Alleged al Qaeda so-called "mastermind" Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has apparently confessed to plotting the 9/11 attacks and a series of other crimes. In a transcript released by the Pentagon, Mohammed says, "I was responsible for the 9/11 operation, from A to Z." He also laid claim to attacks including the 2002 bombings of a Kenyan beach resort and a Bali nightclub that killed hundreds of people. Mohammed also claimed involvement in planning several attacks that never occurred, including assassination attempts on former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and bombings of several landmarks in the US and around the world. The Pentagon blacked out some of Mohammed's remarks, including his response to a question on whether he was tortured in US custody. The Associated Press is reporting the Pentagon also redacted a section in which Mohammed confesses to the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
"The Pentagon blacked out some of Mohammed's remarks, including his response to a question on whether he was tortured in US custody."
"...the Pentagon also redacted a section in which Mohammed confesses to the beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl." This confession is worthless. The neocons torture people into confessing. Confessions under torture are worthless. Why did they take out the part about beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl? The neocons know we've already been told by the neocons that someone else beheaded Daniel Pearl. It was Omar Sheikh, who is in a Pakistani prison, right?
Khalid is just confessing left and right to stop the torture and to protect his threatened family members, his children, who are also in neocon hands. Is Khalid innocent? He offended God, but so do the neocons.
Is There Anyone in a Top Position in this White House Who Isn't Corrupt?
Police Kill 12 Protesting Expropriation in India
In India, at least twelve people were killed after police opened fire on villagers opposing the forced expropriation of farmland in West Bengal. The Indian government wants to use the land to create a tax-free industrial park for an Indonesian chemical firm. More than five hundred police were deployed. Authorities had not tried to enter the area since January due to local opposition.
That's what antichristism and capitalism are doing for India.
Chiquita Admits Payments to Colombian Paramilitaries
One of the world's largest banana producers has agreed to plead guilty to paying a Colombian right-wing paramilitary group. Chiquita Brands International will pay a twenty-five million dollar fine as part of a settlement for making payments to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. The Justice Department says Chiquita paid out more than $1.7 million between 1997 and 2004. Nearly half came after the group was designated a foreign terrorist organization in 2001. Chiquita has previously admitted to making unspecified "protection" payments following what it says were threats from militant groups. Chiquita (formally United Fruit Company) has seen several accusations of ties to criminal activity in its Latin America dealings.
So, is it illegal to pay protection money to gangsters? If so, then what are people to make of the fact that the Empire is run by gangsters who are protection racketeers? The neocons are threatening Musharraf of Pakistan right now. They are saying, we will not protect you if you don't go along with our attacking Iran. By not "protecting" him, it means they will smash his windows. In other words, they will have him removed one way or the other by forces under neocon control.
On February 2, 2006, John Negroponte, then Director of National Intelligence, testified that Iran probably does not have a nuclear weapon nor the necessary fissile material for a weapon. He stated that if Iran continued on its current path it "will likely have the capability to produce a nuclear weapon within the next decade."7
John Negroponte, as with general Peter Pace, seem to be doing what they can to distance themselves from George W. Bush. Each wants a career after Bush.
Much like a bully with a chip on his shoulder, it appears that Bush is looking for any excuse to attack Iran, either as a diversion for his failures in Afghanistan and Iraq or in deference to the wishes of Israel and Saudi Arabia. Bush's own National Security Council Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf affairs from 2001 to 2004, Hillary Mann Leverett, recently accused Bush of "trying to push a provocative, accidental conflict" with Iran as a pretext to justify "limited strikes" against its nuclear and military infrastructures, rather than "an all-out invasion like what happened in Iraq." Rather than admit his failures in Iraq, Bush is now seeking to blame the Iranians for the continued rebellion against his occupation, the civil war engendered by his invasion, and the ineptitude of the government he put in place in Iraq. Even though the vast majority of the "insurgents" are Sunni and are supported by the Saudis, Bush is now blaming Shiite Iran for training attackers and supplying "explosively formed penetrators" used in roadside attacks.
It is unlikely that the war against Iran will be limited to a "surgical strike" against Iran's 18 to 30 nuclear facilities. The misguided plan developed by the Pentagon envisions a sustained bombing campaign to humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government. Hundreds of targets will be bombed, including 99 percent having nothing to do with nuclear proliferation. Plans include the destruction of the Iranian Air Force, more than 14 air bases, Kilo submarines, fast torpedo boats, anti-ship missiles, the newly deployed Russian TOR-M1 anti-missile defense systems, command and control centers, and any ballistic missile capability. As many as 2,300 high-value targets have been identified.
Consideration has been given to the use of "bunker-buster" tactical nuclear weapons against Iran's underground nuclear sites, and F-16s capable of carrying these B61-11 atomic mini-bombs are being redeployed at the Incirlik American Air Force base in Turkey. The United States is also bringing its new Air Force bases in Bulgaria and Romania on line to serve as refueling stations for Stealth and B-2 bombers.
Israel has its own plans to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities and is training two squadrons to use low-yield nuclear "bunker-busters." The strategy is to use conventional laser-guided bombs to open tunnels followed by "mini-nukes" to explode deep underground. The plan is to destroy Natanz with one attack. Other targets are the uranium conversion facility at Isfahan and a heavy water reactor at Arak. Israel, which may possess as many as 200 nuclear weapons, has warned repeatedly that it will never allow nuclear weapons in Iran.
One must think about how the resistance in Iraq has recently become much more capable in downing US helicopters and in penetrating US armored vehicles. The Iranians have vastly more sophisticated weapons than do the resistance fighters in Iraq. In addition, Russia has an interest in counterbalancing against the US. Russian weapons are in many cases superior to those of the US. The Chinese too have such a counterbalancing interest. Bush/Cheney are sadly mistaken if they imagine that the US can act militarily with impunity. The more the US acts as an Empire bent upon global domination (absolute control), the more the other nations of the world will see it in their interest to unite against the US whether overtly or clandestinely.
In 2002, contrary to treaty obligations, Bush called for a "revitalized nuclear weapons complex ... to design, develop, manufacture, and certify new warheads in response to new national requirements; and maintain readiness to resume underground testing." The US spent (in today's dollars) an average of $4.2 billion per year for nuclear weapons during the Cold War. The proposed US budget for 2008 requests $6.4 billion for nuclear weapons, including the "design concept testing" of two new nuclear warhead designs for deployment on submarine-launched ICBMs.
This brings us back to where we were during the Nuclear Freeze Movement of the first half of the 1980's. The young people are going to half to start learning about the damage nuclear weapons can do. A generation has grown up without being told.
Any use of nuclear weapons opens the door to a possible cascade of ratcheting up a war until the world faces a total thermonuclear exchange. The Russians still have missiles and warheads. So do other countries.
The military has lowered the standards for entrance. People convicted of crimes that precluded them from "service" are now being actively sought by the military. Those who have not completed even high school are now actively sought. People who have not been released for combat by military doctors are being call back for combat. Foreign non-citizens are given a fast track to US citizenship if they will be US mercenaries.
Meanwhile, promises to active-service personnel and veterans are broken left and right. Also meanwhile, the sons and daughters of the rich and powerful don't "serve."
How many US troops are there in Iraq?
Well, if you count the privatized troops and if you count the support staff contractors (both of which would have been regular troops in Vietnam), you come up with what, 190,000 or more? If one counts all the telecommuters (those who work the war via military Internet), the number goes up further.
Guest Worker Program is to Flood US Labor Market
The idea behind the Guest Worker Program is to lower wages paid in the US. This is part of the great global leveling downward of all workers in the world. There are billions of un- and under-employed people in the world. These people can be played off each other regardless of the market now. It used to be that America protected American jobs. That's long gone. For years now, American companies have been abandoning the US labor market for overseas so that they can make a bigger profit margin by paying workers less while still overcharging Americans for goods and services. That, of course, will dry up once the Americans are reduced over time to living at or below the level in other countries. This process will be repeated everywhere, including Europe.
The only way to counteract it is via Christianity. No other system in the world will work. The true path blazed by Jesus Christ is the only path to salvation.
Why does the US allow companies in the US to bring in so-called guest workers when there isn't enough work for those workers and when there are unemployed people in the US who would be glad for any work? The US government is not requiring the companies to be responsible, because the government is being run by people who work for the corporations with the global agenda of furthering the goals of the kleptomaniacs who invented capitalism.
Who are these people who say that Americans refuse to do certain jobs? They are those who don't want to have to share the wealth enough with others to give those others incentive to perform the given work. There are no jobs in the US that Americans would not perform if those Americans were given a fairer share of the profits.
This is the age old war between capitalists and egalitarians. The more selfish want to pay as little as possible for workers to perform for them. They really would love to go back to absolute slavery where they provide as little as possible to the workers (slaves) while the employers (owners) keep as much for themselves as possible.
... there's a restaurant in New Orleans, and in that single restaurant in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, African American women were working at the kitchen for $10 an hour. They were all fired and replaced by undocumented workers, who were hired for eight bucks an hour. Those undocumented workers were then fired and replaced by Brazilian guestworkers on H-2B visas, who were given those jobs for $6. Those H-2B visa holders paid $10,000 to come to New Orleans to chop vegetables, and they were told that if they ever stop chopping, the employer would call Immigration. Guestworkers know that they're at the bottom of the race to the bottom in the Gulf Coast.8
That's what's going on with the Guest Worker Program being touted by George W. Bush who claims these are jobs Americans aren't doing. He knows full well that Americans would do the work. He knows full well that his backers, his greedy, selfish, backers, his base of support, his racist supporters, just want to be slavers. They are itching to be slavers. Therefore, they'll end up slaves in hell.
Those Black women in New Orleans were making $10 an hour. They were sharing more of the profits than undocumented workers, who were hired for eight bucks an hour. Those undocumented workers were sharing more of the profits than Brazilian guest workers on H-2B visas, who were given those jobs for $6 an hour. How much did the restaurant reduce how much it was paying out? How much were the prices on the restaurant menu reduced to pass on the savings to those eating at the restaurant? You can be sure the restaurant owners didn't pass on any savings to their customers. They just pocketed more profits. Those profits though aren't going to last, because the spending power of Americans in general is going to continue going down until Americans live at or below the world average at the time. With billions of "unwanted" people in the world and with unscrupulous political and corporate leaders in the world, you can be sure that unless the alternative-Christian economy is brought forth, that world average will be very low indeed.
Now those Black women can't find $10 an hour jobs. The labor market has been artificially swelled by the conservatives. Those women must now work for much less if they can even find openings.
None of this would happen in the Real Liberal Christian Communes, because there would be no wages. No money would be necessary for a roof, clothes, food, water, education, etc. No money would be necessary for anything. Everyone would own everything together. Everyone would be first and last, simultaneously. Everyone would minister to everyone else. Everyone would give of himself or herself for the sake of each and all. Is there a better way? No.
Friday, March 16, 2007
$100 Billion Emergency Spending Bill to Continue Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Last week, Tina Richards, the mother of an Iraq war veteran, approached the Democratic Congressman David Obey, the chair of the [US] House Appropriations Committee, in the hallway of the Capitol. The interaction was filmed and later posted on YouTube.
Tina Richards: Are you going to be voting against the supplemental?
Rep. David Obey: Absolutely not. I'm the sponsor of the bill.
Tina Richards: To continue the war?
Rep. David Obey: It doesn't. The President wants to continue the war. We're trying to use the supplemental to end the war. But you can't end the war by going against the supplemental. It's time these idiot liberals understand that. There's a hell of a difference between defunding the troops and ending the war. I'm not going to deny body armor. I'm not going to deny funding for veterans' hospitals and vets hospitals so you can help people who have medical problems. That's what you do if you're going against that bill.
Tina Richards: But there should be enough money already in the regular defense bill —
Rep. David Obey: Well, there isn't.
Tina Richards: — without continuing the funding for the war.
Rep. David Obey: There isn't. There isn't. That's not the way it works. The money in the defense bill, it pays for a standing army, but it doesn't pay for these recurring costs. We're going to add over a billion dollars more to what the President is asking for in that bill, so it should deal with exactly some of the problems you're talking about. How the hell do you get the money to the hospitals if we don't provide the money?
Tina Richards: Well, are you going to be in support then of —
Rep. David Obey: I hate the war. I voted against it, to start with. I was the first guy in Congress to call for Rumsfeld's resignation, but we don't have the votes to defund the war, and we shouldn't, because that also means defunding everything we've got in that bill to help guys who are the victims of the war.
"Idiot liberals?" To David Obey we say, flag the spending for exactly what you want. If it is hospitals, then fund those. If it is body armor, then fund that. However, de-fund allowing the fighting to escalate or continue beyond a time certain such as how long it would take to get out of those two countries militarily. That's what happened with the Vietnam War isn't it? Congress pulled the funding-plug so that war being waged by the real idiots was brought to an end.
If the Republican and Democratic hawks out vote you, then let it be. They will face the people.
This is the problem of the system. It is inherently corrupt. That's because it includes apostates.
So That's What That Video Was: Contractors in Iraq killing for the hell of it
In November of 2005 a disgruntled Aegis ex-employee posted a so-called "trophy video" on the Internet depicting Aegis contractors—Tim Spicer's men—shooting at Iraqis in civilian cars. In one sequence, the Aegis team opens fire with an automatic weapon at an approaching silver Mercedes. The Mercedes rams a taxi, sending the taxi's occupants running. In another sequence, an Aegis employee fires at a white sedan, running it off the road. Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train" provides the soundtrack. Aegis subsequently conducted an investigation and concluded that the actions represented "legitimate operations" undertaken in compliance with the rules of engagement. Aegis argued further that the video was "taken out of context" and noted that there was no evidence that civilians had been killed. The Pentagon looked into the video and declined to take further steps.9
I saw that video about when it first surfaced. The main thing running through my mind when I saw it was how the US had brought total lawlessness (hell) to Iraq and how sociopaths were given free reign. It fit with the US concept of destroying the future of a country so that the Empire could control it enough in pieces. It never hit the mainstream news that the video was traced back to any particular contractor/corporation. Considering that the video has apparently been traced and the Pentagon apparently knows who was doing the shooting, it speaks volumes about the depravity of the Pentagon and the entire military-industrial Empire.
"The Pentagon looked into the video and declined to take further steps." Under the mundane law, the driver and shooter or shooters in that video belong behind bars for life. Under Texas law, they belong at the end of ropes. Saddam Hussein was hanged after all.
Of course, as Real Liberal Christians, we don't advocate this approach. They need help to see the error of their ways and to turn, repent, and convert for everyone's sake, for righteousness' sake.
We only mention the mundane law to point out the utter hypocrisy all the way around.
The Pentagon has people committing suicide over Pentagon depravity, over the fact that greed and selfishness are at the heart of the Pentagon and not honor. There is no true honor in militarism. Those who are killing themselves in shock that the war machine is the devouring spirit of Satan were just tricked all along. The Pentagon hasn't changed. Satan always ran the US military.
George Washington worked for Satan fighting the troops of king George of England and his hired mercenaries all of whom were also working for Satan. Satan's Empire is a spiritual empire of dead souls. Militarism feeds that Empire.
This is why the US system cannot be fixed. There is no fixing it from within. There is no taking back the government. You hear people saying that we must take back our country. We never had it. It wasn't ever our country. It was never the people's. Those who imagine that America was ever a government of, by, and for the people don't know how to read (interpret) history.
These people include those who are likely to confuse God and the US (country). What they don't understand is that it is not God and country but in the US, it is Satan and country. Satan is the god of the US. The US is the worldly Empire, and Satan is the prince of this (that worldly) world. Satan is the god of war. That's why Jesus was a pacifist. That's why Jesus rejected gaining the whole world. He rejected bowing down to Satan. Jesus says "No" now to the US.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36). Don't those words mean anything? The US is attempting, has been attempting, to "gain the whole world." The souls of the people of the US are being lost to Satan in this bargain that is truly profitless for the people. Isn't that as plain as day? What could be more apparent? How can anyone deny it?
I was born in the US, but it doesn't own me. I am not its slave. I don't owe my allegiance to the US just because I was born within its Empire. I say, "No," just as Jesus said, "No."
The lure of the American Dream is the temptation of Satan. See it for what it is. Don't live in denial only to die into hell.
The house of the US is broken. It was broken before it was founded. It was founded by the broken and divided and confused.
More on the Walter Reed Scandal
Look, the only reason to point out the problems at Walter Reed and all the other problems associated with militarism is not to say that the military should put a patch here and a patch there to make militarism appear better on the surface. The only reason to point out the problems is to get the people to wake up to the absolute fact that militarism, per se, is radical evil: Evil to the tip of its roots.
Reforming the military is a complete waste of time in terms of Christianity.
People will say that every little bit helps in terms of lessening evil. This is the mindset of those who instigated the laws of war and or banning weapons. It is the relative position only. We must never stop being mindful of the absolute. That absolute is the complete elimination of militarism, in which case so-called laws of war would be not only moot but inconceivable since war itself would be out of the question. That's were real Christianity leads. It's why Jesus did not lead an army going out to meet the Roman legions in bloody battle taking men's lives.
"For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." (Luke 9:56).
Bush has asked Congress to cut veterans' benefits by seven percent net. It has always been so.
What does it mean? What should we do? Don't join the military. Refuse to fight for the Empire. Do as Jesus did. Those who join are punished for having fallen to the promises by the military to satisfy their selfish desires. Those who join for bonus money and for money to go to college, etc., are punished. They suffer all the illnesses they brought upon themselves for having failed to listen to the message of Christ that they've all heard but never cared enough about others to bother to consider in depth.
Does this mean we ought to lack compassion for the veteran? We ought not to lack compassion for any soul no matter how confused. We have each and all been confused. We all need forgiveness and love and compassion. At the same time, there is a time and place for separation for the sake of salvation from evil. One cannot stay in hell and be in heaven. Heaven and hell are two different places.
To save the veterans who want to be saved is to call them to repentance and atonement and conversion to real Christianity. That's the only way for them.
Now get ready for Iraq War Syndrome. The 130 tons of DU dropped on Iraq in the Second Gulf War are destroying men like Herbert Reed, who ingested the substance in Samawah in July 2003. "Since he left a bombed-out train depot in Iraq," reported Wired last year, "his gums bleed. There is more blood in his urine, and still more in his stool. Bright light hurts his eyes. A tumor has been removed from his thyroid. Rashes erupt everywhere, itching so badly they seem to live inside his skin. Migraines cleave his skull. His joints ache, grating like door hinges in need of oil."10
The article's author, Ted Rall, is right to point out the following:
Abandoning men who lose their limbs and sanity in battle is a tradition that goes back to America's first war.
More than 40 years passed before Revolutionary War vets got their pensions—by which time most had died. Of the few survivors, only those who could prove they were indigent actually collected.
At the end of the Civil War, Union Army soldiers received a $250 discharge bonus, a modest sum that didn't last long due to the postwar period of high unemployment. By 1868 New York Governor Reuben E. Fenton remarked that homeless veterans in New York State were "numbered by the thousands."
More than 300,000 soldiers were wounded in combat during World War I, but the Veterans Bureau, predecessor of the V.A., rejected all but 47,000 claims. "The Veterans Bureau," a columnist wrote in 1925, "has probably made wrecks of more men since the war than the war itself took in dead and maimed."
America's first major military defeat led to mistreatment of those who had served in the Korean War by those who said they hadn't fought hard enough. Among other indignities, P.O.W.'s were denied their back pay of $2.50 for each day of captivity.
Thousands of Vietnam vets were discarded like used tissues, reduced to homelessness and starvation after being denied adequate medical treatment and cash benefits. As recently as 2004, according to the Christian Science Monitor, "an estimated 500,000 veterans were homeless at some time during 2004 [but] the V.A. had the resources to tend to only 100,000 of them."
It took a decade after the fall of Hanoi before Vietnam vets began turning up on the streets, but troops who served in Afghanistan and Iraq have already become homeless.
Where as in recent wars gone by veterans' medical benefits ostensibly didn't expire, veterans of this Iraq War are being told that medical benefits are limited to a certain number of years. Whether or not this is factual, we don't know; but, the veterans are being given that impression.
Harold Davis is the commander of the American Legion Post 629 in Camilla, Texas, US.
Harold Davis: Well, it ain't good at all. You've got a bunch of guys coming back...Iraq. And they're promised two years of medical, or two to five years of medical. And when they come back, they ain't gonna have nothing to look forward to. I can't understand why they only get two years or five years of medical, when you got World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, all of them getting full benefits all the rest of us get. It ain't right that they got to come back over here after spending their time over there, and this is what they got to expect for healthcare?11
Rising Sense of Violent Revolution
If things continue as they have, there will be an ever-increasing call for violent revolution especially in the US. Right now, people aren't saying it publicly. That's because to call for the violent overthrow of the government, even when it has violated the basic tenets of the Declaration of Independence invites the authorities through one's door without knocking. We of the Real Liberal Christian Church are adamantly opposed to the violent overthrow of anything. We are for souls making the freewill choice to turn to God who is the God of peace, love, and the truths stated and implied in the clear and plain message of Jesus Christ.
The powers that be hope to enrage enough people that they can swoop down upon them to cause more evil in general. They hope to do this in time to avert their own defeat of course. Satan has to have many things arranged for this. Of course, the outcome of a violent overthrow is that Satan wins even if it is ultimately fleeting. Satan always wins the battle. He only loses the war when humanity finally is done with him, done with his way, done with war. He ultimately loses when humanity finally says that last war was the last war forever. They will be no more war for peace. War for peace is insanity. It is inherently evil. It is inherently darkness.
Let the light shine. Let the light be magnified in the hearts and minds of the whole of humanity. That's the message of Jesus.
If George W. Bush and the false conservatives and false liberals don't turn, repent, atone, and convert, hell for them can be a paradise in their minds just so long as it isn't in our heaven. All other things being equal, if the homosexuals and the covetous and blood lusting want a place where they can do their things in their sick pleasure, we want that place to be someplace else where we can't go and they can't come where we are. We want people to turn, but we want to be separated from those who don't.
People must come to realize that real liberalism is not being tricked into the spiritual lie of accepting homosexuality as being more moral than capital punishment. It isn't. It isn't more moral than adultery. It isn't more moral than war. It isn't more moral than greed or covetousness or any of the temptations of Satanism and the worldly Empire: The Beast.
Un-gag Sibel Edmonds
Look, the government of the US has no power, absolutely no right, to cover up criminality under the guise of national security or so-called state secrets. The government has no legal ability to do anything illegal. Until you understand that, you're going to be afraid openly to speak the truth.
Sibel Edmonds knows, absolutely knows, of deep corruption and illegality running up and down the system. The US government has invoked the state secrets so-called privilege to silence her.
We are saying to Sibel Edmonds to just come out with the truth, because those who are gagging her will be brought down by that truth.
We understand her hesitation. She believes there is still a chance that congressmen Henry Waxman and others will brave the system and hold hearings that the executive branch says they can't hold. She's hoping Waxman will give her the fire power (cover, insulation) enough to risk coming forward.
Well, everyone needs to step up and to hell with those who want to cover up evil so that evil may continue in the dark. Turn on the lights so the rats and roaches will be seen and so the rat holes may be blocked off. The house is infested in the dark.
Is this the cure for the American system? No. It is the way to show the people that the system is inherently flawed. The system allowed the darkness. The system is the darkness. Congressional hearings will not vindicate the system. The Frank Church Committee didn't prove the system works. It didn't work. Had it worked, we wouldn't be in the situation we're in.
Sibel needs to become a real liberal Christian. That will be her protection.
"For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it." (Mark 8:35).
Sibel and others are heavily engaged in a movement to un-gag Sibel and all the other people who want to come forward.12 We want her to be un-gagged, but she already is if she will just be un-gagged.
The neocons are sending clear signals to Musharraf, the military dictator/president of Pakistan that if he doesn't heel he'll be removed.
The neocons are itching to destroy Iran. Musharraf doesn't want to help. It's that simple.
Let me see if I've got this straight. Perhaps two years ago, an "informal" meeting of "veterans" of the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal — holding positions in the Bush administration — was convened by Deputy National Security Advisor Elliott Abrams. Discussed were the "lessons learned" from that labyrinthine, secret, and illegal arms-for-money-for-arms deal involving the Israelis, the Iranians, the Saudis, and the Contras of Nicaragua, among others — and meant to evade the Boland Amendment, a congressionally passed attempt to outlaw Reagan administration assistance to the anti-communist Contras. In terms of getting around Congress, the Iran-Contra vets concluded, the complex operation had been a success — and would have worked far better if the CIA and the military had been kept out of the loop and the whole thing had been run out of the Vice President's office.
Subsequently, some of those conspirators, once again with the financial support and help of the Saudis (and probably the Israelis and the Brits), began running a similar operation, aimed at avoiding congressional scrutiny or public accountability of any sort, out of Vice President Cheney's office. They dipped into "black pools of money," possibly stolen from the billions of Iraqi oil dollars that have never been accounted for since the American occupation began. Some of these funds, as well as Saudi ones, were evidently funneled through the embattled, Sunni-dominated Lebanese government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to the sort of Sunni jihadi groups ("some sympathetic to al-Qaeda") whose members might normally fear ending up in Guantanamo and to a group, or groups, associated with the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood.13
Tom goes on and on in his article saying and no one does anything about these and other extremely serious allegations. The mainstream media won't touch the area, because it is owned and operated by the same people who are doing the dirty work under Cheney. It's all Empire building folks. It's all evil. The mainstream media is every bit as much a part of the military-industrial Empire as is the Pentagon itself. They are all in bed with each other conspiring on how to keep you in the dark including how to keep you programmed to ignore whatever they are doing. It has ever been so. The liar from the beginning was doing exactly the same thing at the very first fall of any soul from the highest heaven.
When the Bottom Falls Out
The bottom is going to fall out of the real estate market. When it does, many people will be put through foreclosure. They will lose whatever equity they had. The value of real estate holdings will plummet. The entire economy will contract. This doesn't mean that there won't be money. It will simply mean that the money that remains will be in the hands of those who knew this was coming. They'll buy a larger share, and then the business cycle will be scientifically started all over again.
In the meantime, the people can be smart. They can consolidate by coming together in the Holy Spirit. They can take back the land too. They don't have to sit by watching the ultra rich restart the whole evil process without doing anything about it to end the strangle hold.
They can invest in what will bring forth in perseverance and patience. That's the Real Liberal Christian Church plan.
All the pain and suffering won't disappear instantly. However, every soul who helps will reap that harvest. The Holy Spirit will see to it. Having the faith to contribute no matter what we each must go through individually, including death of the flesh before seeing the reward, is the key that opens the doors of the real heaven.
The US state of Georgia: Confederacy and Slavery
Georgia doesn't understand why the descendants of slavers ought to apologize for the sins of their fathers, but they want to create a Confederacy month to honor the Confederacy. They can honor but not apologize: Honor what exactly?
Lincoln made a big mistake: What Union?
More on Peter Pace and Homosexuality
The nation's highest-ranking military officer said today that he should not have expressed his personal view that homosexual conduct was immoral, and that he instead should have focused recent remarks on his support for current Pentagon policy that prohibits openly gay people from serving in the armed forces.14
Now, this story has completely overtaken Pace's comments that don't jibe with the Iran story being forwarded by the neocons. Also, the mainstream media is not publishing many statements of agreement with Pace's original statement that homosexuality is immoral. What's going on here?
Well, check out the power of the National Lesbian &Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) within mainstream media.
The White House has long been a nest of homosexuals. They did everything they could to hide it as recently as the George H. W. Bush administration. Now though, homos (as they call themselves) serve openly and the disease is spreading rapidly.
Also, as we have pointed out, there is a direct connection between greed, violence, and homosexuality. Also, the neocons are false Zionists first and foremost. The vast majority of neocons are of Jewish extraction. Jewish Americans poll the most support for laws accepting homosexuality as being an acceptable lifestyle.
Is this all just a mere coincidence? There are no coincidences. Everything is interconnected. It isn't whether or not. Its just a matter of directness and degree as seen from God's perspective.
The mainstream media is about corporatism. Global corporatism is about Empire building. Neocons are about Empire. This all fits together. The military-industrial Empire is Satanic, and Satan is greedy, violent, and sexually perverted.
Peter Pace should not have backed off even slightly.
Gay rights advocacy groups denounced General Pace's remarks today and demanded an apology. Even staunch supporters of the military, including Senator John W. Warner of Virginia, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, criticized General Pace for his statements.
"I respectfully, but strongly, disagree with the chairman's view that homosexuality is immoral," Senator Warner said today.
Well, if senator Warner maintains that position to his grave, he'll find himself in homosexual hell.
"I now believe that if gay men and lesbians served openly in the United States military, they would not undermine the efficacy of the armed forces," General Shalikashvili wrote. "Our military has been stretched thin by our deployments in the Middle East, and we must welcome the service of any American who is willing and able to do the job."
What next, pedophiles of course. Oh no, it will never disintegrate that far. Yes it will.
Look, young men in the military are raping the "enemy." They are what is called "horny." So now the US society and military is moving rapidly toward "accepting" homosexuality. Well, that's officially sanctioning homosexual behavior. What will the troops be doing with each other to reduce their sexual tension? They'll be having anal intercourse of course. They'll be engaging in group sex, in orgies. They'll be doing what they were doing in the San Francisco bath houses before the HIV/AIDS epidemic hit them. When they get drunk, they'll be using their weapons to coerce heterosexuals to submit to homosexual group rape or be tortured and murdered. Many will be raped, tortured, and then murdered. Since the troops though are what keep the Empire in power and the elites in their high places, all will be ostensibly forgiven by Satan.
God though forgives the repentant who hear God and know God and whom God knows and hears.
This is America-Sodom in the making. It is the inevitable outcome of the whole system that deviated from the original church. It is the inevitable outcome of the Hellenization of the church. Neither false Judaizing nor Hellenizing was right. Christianity is neither.
Wickedness will be visited upon the wicked, and the righteous shall be saved.
This all comes of the hedonism that is the American way. It is utter contrivance.
They need to add another letter to their LGBT label (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered). They need to add P for pedophile. Watch, it will show up yet if things continue to disintegrate.
What do you think this will all mean in the Islamic world? The Muslims are going to charge the West with decadence. They are going to motivate their fighters to wipe out those who want to molest their children. The Nazis are going to rev up too. The rightwing who call themselves Christians will point to this as proof that they need power to destroy the immorality to save humanity.
Google to Anonymize Logs
Google says that it will destroy the IP address and cookie information concerning searches done with its system. It will retain the information for up to two years then destroy the audit trail. They'll have to be trusted to do that.
Global Warming Cuts World's Grains
From 1981 to 2002 global warming has caused an estimated reduction of 40 million tons per year in wheat, corn, barley and other crops. Yet, here we are with the greedy promoting using farmlands for corn and sugarcane to mix with gasoline to fuel internal combustion engines.
As always, Americans being able to drive around polluting is more important to American leaders than is feeding the lambs and sheep.
When God comes, and he is coming, those who feed themselves and destroy the earth will be destroyed. They will have no posterity. Their legacy is excrement unfit for anything except as a warning of what never to do, never to emulate.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
More Peter Pace
Marine general Peter Pace, chairman of the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, took exception to certain neocons claiming that Iran as a state is arming resistance fighters in Iraq. Even George W. Bush conceded that he didn't know that the top leadership in Iran knows about it. Of course, the so-called evidence shown that Iran is arming anyone in Iraq is far from definitive. We also have the history of the US lying through its teeth about other nations so the Empire could have a pretext for attacking those other nations.
Suddenly now, Peter Pace is being attacked for believing The Bible is correct that homosexuality is immoral. Also, general David Petraeus who is in charge of the so-called counter insurgency in Iraq is saying that it is indisputable that Iran is supplying weapons and training. What Petraeus means is that because they could, they must be. He gives us zero evidence. Show us the proof. We don't trust you. You believe in psy-ops lie techniques and using false propaganda on the people back home. You're an imperialist.
Even if Iran is arming the resistance in Iraq, the resistance in Iraq is resisting an illegal occupation. We don't condone arming anyone, but all other things being equal, the Iraqi resistance is certainly not more immoral than are the occupiers. We don't agree with Islam, but we don't agree with false (violent) Christians any more. In fact, the false Christians are the greater sinners since Christianity is a pacifists' religion whereas Islam makes no such claim. The Muslims are hypocritical, but less so in this regard than are the false Christians who are killing people.
1 "OPEC ministers will likely keep output steady at upcoming Vienna meeting." The Associated Press. Reprinted by International Herald Tribune. March 13, 2007. . (last accessed: Tuesday, March 13, 2007). Return to text body.
8 Saket Soni speaking on DemocracyNow! . "Indian Guestworker Slits Wrists After Being Fired for Complaining About Squalid Work Conditions." March 15, 2007. . (last accessed: Friday, March 16, 2007). Return to text body.
13 Tom Engelhardt. "Tomgram: The Seymour Hersh Mystery: A Journalist Writing Bloody Murder...: And No One Notices." Tom Dispatch. March 13, 2007. Link. (last accessed: Friday, March 16, 2007). Return to text body.