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What the hell is wrong with us? Our government is considering passing a non-binding (pun intended?) resolution demanding that Japan apologizes to China and Korea because they used Chinese and Korean women as sex slaves in the 1940’s? Christ, is there any limit to our involvement. It’s so pedantic! Therefore, I’ll offer a solution. To hell with Japan, China, and Korea. It’s not our problem. See, that was easy. Now, can we concentrate on the the environmental, educational, immigration, and health care issues that are plaguing this country? Sorry, had to ask.

Moreover, before we demand that other countries apologize for slavery, wouldn’t it be logical that we would apologize for our own? Yet nothing our government does is logical and the refusal of our legislators to unabashedly and officially apologize for ours while demanding that of other countries is hypocritical. Thus is the arrogance of America and why we’re hated so fiercely around the world.

Japan’s PM apologizes to WWII-era sex slaves
“Abe’s earlier denial of coercion drew intense criticism from Beijing and Seoul, which accuse Tokyo of failing to fully atone for wartime invasions and atrocities.

The issue also has stirred debate in the United States, where a committee in the House of Representatives is considering a nonbinding resolution calling on Tokyo to fully acknowledge wrongdoing and make an unambiguous apology.”

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If Israel attacked Lebanon, killing over 1,000 civilians, as a response to Hezbollah’s capturing of 2 Israeli soldiers, why isn’t the United Kingdom launching a ground war into Iran as we speak? I mean really, if Israel’s response was appropriate and justified, the UK will be launching an assault, complete with cluster-bombs that don’t detonate until after the skirmish, within the next 72 hours.

Iran Captures 15 British Soldiers

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So you thought (or took Bush & Co. for their word) that the Afghanistan and Iraq wars were for the eradication of Al-Qaeda. Wrong! Many pundits (realists I may add) have suggested the Middle Eastern adventure was to reshape that portion of the world into a more American/Israeli (or do I repeat myself?) friendly region.

According to a recent Newsweek report, troop levels in the Middle East are substantially higher than what has been reported by the Bush administration. This can mean only one thing: The next target, regardless of all of the rhetoric indicating otherwise, is most certainly Iran — which is currently surrounded U.S. Military forces. But Syria and Lebanon should be squirming as well as confrontation looms on the horizon. Below are just a few statistics of troop levels in the region.

The administration has reported that after the 21,500 surge (or according to Condoleeza Rice, “augmentation”) troop levels will be at 173,500. In “Deployments: The Real Numbers,” Rod Nordland reports, “Last August, for instance, the Congressional Research Service, quoting the Department of Defense’s Contingency Tracking System, put the total deployment at 260,000, while the number actually in Iraq was at 140,000 to 160,000.”

Essentially, there are an extra 100,000 troops stationed in and around Iraq that aren’t being reported. Is it really that hard to figure out why?

Go here to read the full Newsweek article.

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On Saturday, I attended my eleven-year-old daughter’s robotic engineering team event. Each year, the best and brightest young minds team up, build a robot, and then enter it in a competition which involves the robot performing a series of tasks on an obstacle course. The team is graded on presentation, engineering, and how quickly and accurately their robot completes tasks within a certain amount of time.

After getting up bright and early, we headed to the local university and registered. We waited for about 45 minutes before going to the auditorium for the opening ceremony.

When the master of ceremonies immediately asked for everyone to be quiet during the “Presentation of Colors,” led by none other than the local girl scout troop, I quietly sat there and watched them bring the flag onto the stage. Then, the MC began talking about military veterans and the current soldiers in Iraq who were “fighting for our freedom,” and I started to get a little irritated. Strangely, I had forgotten it was Veteran’s Day. Regardless, I sat there listening to the master of propaganda spew his patriotism all over the stage. When he was finished, he asked that everyone stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Like a disobedient servant, I stood, but that’s all I did. I didn’t recite; I didn’t put my hand over my heart. I listened to the words carefully while everyone was reciting in unison, but I couldn’t force myself to recite The Pledge. In fact, I was disgusted. First, I’m not going to swear allegiance to a flag, to the republic that it represents, or to (essentially) anything else. It’s not my nature, and I’m sure not going to pretend to be loyal to that perverted monstrosity in Washington, D.C. I’ll leave that to the citizens who prefer being raped by the government, and who seem unconcerned about the national debt, the trade deficit, illegal immigration, a backward educational system, sky-rocketing health care, ad infinitum. The reason those things I listed even exist is because of the corrupt entity in Washington that I’m being asked to swear allegiance. No thank you; I want no part of that.

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First, I’m not sure why silly issues like the Pledge of the Allegiance or worrying about which stores are saying “Merry Christmas!” during the holidays creates such a big furor among Americans. Really, who gives a shit? They’re trivial issues, usually brought up by zealots who think they have the inside track to righteousness and a monopoly on moral values. What it does, however, is provide a smoke screen to block debate and stop Americans from thinking about significant issues like the national debt, illegal immigration, a failing educational system, the trade deficit, the cost of health-care, etc. and the politicians who do nothing about them. “Hell, who cares if the country is broke, a school in California isn’t saying the Pledge of Allegiance!” says Joe Sixpack when the corrupt company he works for hands him his check that is losing value every year.

In any event, if more people knew why The Pledge was created in the first place, maybe more of them would stop reciting it.

The Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy and read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” However, Bellamy stated that the purpose of The Pledge was to teach obedience to state as a virtue.

Can you believe that? It’s a sickening concept, but the snake oil salesmen in Washington love it when their servants obey. Obedience to the state isn’t a virtue, is the antithesis of freedom, liberty, and the beliefs of the Founding Fathers, and is sheep like behavior. I, for one, won’t be lead to the slaughter.

It’s interesting that I found this story as I had an experience this past Saturday regarding The Pledge, which I’ll write about tomorrow.

California Students Ban Pledge of Allegiance – AOL News

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 11) – Student leaders at a California college have touched off a furor by banning the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings, saying they see no reason to publicly swear loyalty to God and the U.S. government.

The move by Orange Coast College student trustees, the latest clash over patriotism and religion in American schools, has infuriated some of their classmates — prompting one young woman to loudly recite the pledge in front of the board on Wednesday night in defiance of the rule.

“America is the one thing I’m passionate about and I can’t let them take that away from me,” 18-year-old political science major Christine Zoldos told Reuters.

“The fact that they have enough power to ban one of the most valued traditions in America is just horrible,” Zoldos said, adding she would attend every board meeting to salute the flag.

The move was led by three recently elected student trustees, who ran for office wearing revolutionary-style berets and said they do not believe in publicly swearing an oath to the American flag and government at their school. One student trustee voted against the measure, which does not apply to other student groups or campus meetings.

The ban follows a 2002 ruling by a federal appeals court in San Francisco that said forcing school children to recite the pledge was unconstitutional because of the phrase “under God.” The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the ruling on procedural grounds but left the door open for another challenge.

“That (‘under God’) part is sort of offensive to me,” student trustee Jason Ball, who proposed the ban, told Reuters. “I ‘m an atheist and a socialist, and if you know your history, you know that ‘under God’ was inserted during the McCarthy era and was directly designed to destroy my ideology.”

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Do not forget this day, Tuesday, October 24, 2006. Tattoo it into your mind. For today is the day that the President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, signed into law the Military Commissions Act. And today is the day that America has forsaken any sense of decency, liberty, and human rights. The elected officials in Washington D.C. no longer inhabit the “shining city on a hill,”which stood as a beacon of light and justice for many in this deranged and delusional world, but instead they now govern from something that closely resembles the fiery pits of Tolkien’s Mordor. Gone forever is the moral high ground where America could stand tall. She has been perverted by her own officials into the torchbearer of indecency, inhumanity, and injustice.

The new act, which should be aptly named the Military Torture Act, legalizes the inhumane treatment of accused prisoners and enemy combatants. Accused is most significant here because the handlers of those kidnapped do not know if in fact their prisoner is actually a bona fide terrorist or has any information at all. Many of the people currently detained are only there due to some Middle Eastern style Salem witch hunt; for money or other bribes, denizens in Afghanistan and Iraq will point out someone, accuse them of collaborating with terrorists, of which the U.S. will then arrest, detain, and torture them. The prisoners, which could possibly include American citizens if they receive enemy combatant status (the IRS will have a lot of fun with that), will undergo a new life of barbarity they’ve never before seen.

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