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  •  Normally I would say that we should (4.00)
    engage in political discourse and reason it out, but tonight I would say, "Shake the hell out of everyone you know and scream at the top of your lungs that this shit is totally unacceptable and that if they even think about accepting this administration's lies on this point of law then they should not consider themselves real Americans, but slaves to a neo-fascist regime."

    There are some times in life where equivocation and rationalization are completely inappropriate and this would be one of them.  If you are the kind of person who really cares about the Constitution and the breath-taking freedom and opportunity it offers to the people who are so fucking lucky to have been born to or accepted into the rights and benefits it offers, then you have a responsibility to not only give it lip-serivce, but also to living it all the time not just when it suits you.

    Did I say that I think Americans are spoiled brats in the first rant?  Maybe I forgot.  They are spoiled pansy assed brats who don't have a clue how bad life can be.  Maybe we should start an exchange program where people in the mansions and double wides go live in Iraq or Afghanistan for a year - house swap kind of thing - maybe they'd figure out that their fucking political system is pretty damned unique, special and excellent in the grand scheme of things. Maybe they'd figure out that more people in this world face more danger and uncertainty than they have ever felt in their lives.  Let's face it.  Most American's worst conflict involves whether or not to buy a new gun or just some bullets at Wal-Mart for Christmas presents.  Wal-Mart had a Christmas special on bullets.  "Merry Christmas!  Here are some bullets!"  How fucking sick is that?  Really should have been the special for Palm Sunday don't you think?

    <ranting again - sorry>

    •  My brother lives there already.. (none)
      In Iraq I mean...in the Green Zone..in a trailer.  

      You might find this odd, but I have been screaming and shaking the hell out of everyone I know for quite some time.  It isn't enough.

      •  I don't find it odd... (none)
        people who know really know and they try to tell stupid willfully ignorant people about the truth and the stupid willfully ignorant people put their head in the sand.

        My best karmic hopes and dreams go to your brother.  I hope he returns safely to a country that the idiots he is working for have had the wisdom to preserve for his benefit.  You know I often think that if people really want to support our troops, they should really consider fighting here at home for the things that the troops are told they are fighting for in Iraq.  It won't cost us our lives to fight for those same democratic principles.  At this point, we only have a political battle at hand.

        Best wishes to you and your family for the New Year.

      •  Our son has been living in a trailer (none)
        at Camp liberty since August. He's a medic assigned to a light infantry unit (10th Mountain) Recently, he told us that his company has been moved temporarily to Abu Ghraib. He's living in an old cell, which he says is larger than what he had in the trailer.
    •  Did they really? (none)
      Were you joking or did Walmart really have a special on bullets at Christmastime?  Oh God.

      I understand how you feel, IH.  It is so infuriating and heartbreaking and frustrating that it's hard to manage at times.  I can't stand destructiveness in general, and destructiveness at this level is intolerable.

      I often think, with three boys, that I might have to leave this country someday - a country that I love so much.  Right now I know I have to stay and fight to get it back.  But if there comes a time when someone like Bush wants to send my kids to war for his greed and power, and for the benefit of his cronies, I won't do it.  

      "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

      by joanneleon on Tue Dec 27, 2005 at 08:01:29 PM PST

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      •  Yes they really did. (4.00)
        They had a whole point of purchase Christmas display of bullets.  I had to go there because it was the only store within 50 miles that was open on Christmas eve after Noon and had the things I needed for the computer that I bought my Dad for xmas.  The town where my parents live is very, very small and I am related to most of the people although I have no clue really.  Anyhow, I am pretty sure they think I am insane because every time I am in town I find myself solving some problem for my Grandmother and now my parents since she passed away that involves shopping at the evil empire.  So on Saturday I had to go there (I am the only person in the family who does because the rest have time to drive the 50 miles) and there I was walking by a huge display of bullets being pimped as Christmas gifts.  Now I'm not sayin' that Plutonium Page should love her guns and I'm not even sayin' that she shouldn't get bullets for Christmas, but the display was a bit over the top... given that according to so many "Jesus is the reason for the season" and all that peace and love stuff.
        •  Not to stand up for WalMart but (none)
          if you live in a rural area, hunting season is about now. My husband has gone hunting on Christmas before, and he's not the only one.

          Also, rural areas tend to be poorer, and those bullets might have been the only present some people got. If they're decent shots, it might have meant their had meat for the winter.

          There ARE people that poor. And there's lots of deer. Lots and lots and LOTS of deer.

          •  Yes I know that there are lots of deer and (none)
            I understand how poor the people in the area are.  They are poorer also for having only Wal-Mart or deer meat to feed them in the area.  I made the point at the end of the comment that I understand that getting bullets for xmas may be a very valued present.  It was just the juxtaposition of the Christmas iconology with the camoflage bullet boxes that struck me.  All done in the "Wal-Mart" way that always somehow manages to stun me.

            FYI the jerk who owns the property adjoining my farm land decided that he was going to build a deer stand on my property without permission.  He is neither poor nor is he desperate for something to eat. This town is my ancestral home.  My family established the county.  My cousin sold the land to Wal-Mart where the store is after we turned their offer down because we don't like what Wal-Mart does to small towns.  The store is right next door to one piece of our land and across from my family graveyard where the earliest settlers along with most of my other relatives have been buried for 200 years.  I know a little bit about the culture of the town and unfortunately I also know a little bit about the culture of Wal-Mart.  The latter not the former is what I take issue with.

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