It seems that on average, Senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that voted for air strikes on Syria collected 83% more in campaign contributions from defense contractors than did Senators who voted against.
We have nothing to add to the two fine columns we linked to above and encourage you to spend a couple minutes with either or better yet both, except to say if you're wondering how the United States Senate can ignore the will of 60% or so of the American people and vote the United States into yet another war, here's a likely answer.
The following chart is from Zero Hedge and also links to the piece from which it was taken.
It seems like Ike got it right.
Many, many years ago a wise, old divorce attorney told me, and I quote,
"Roany me boy" he said, "There are three sides to every story, his side, her side and the truth."
We've all heard the warmongering NeoLibs and their Democrat tools, both in government and media, flogging their story about the criminal Assad dictatorship murdering it's own citizens with sarin gas in much the same fashion that the murderous NeoCons and their significantly fewer but still highly effective Republican tools in government and media, once flogged their story about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction.
Now let's hear the other side shall we?
Wherein the Russian, Iranian and Chinese supported Assad government provides evidence exposing the murderous practices of the US and Saudi financed al Queda Syrian rebels, the very same terrorist organization that supposedly brought down the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and is widely promoted as being America's mortal enemy.
Your Uncle Roany is buying the third side to this story.
That being that both sides in this tragic c%#&@^$ f&#% are lying, scum sucking murderers that no thoughful person would under any set of circumstances have anything to do with, let alone partner up with.
Now, and here is the enormous catch, it's that thoughtful person thing that trips up both Neocon, Republican, government and media types as well as Neolib, Democrat, government and media tpes.
Who, as the Tea Party figured out during the Bush administration and the Occupy kids are figuring out during the Obama administration there is not an ounce of difference between them, as they are all pathological liars whose words on any issue are completely void of integrity.
This of course makes them identical to the Russian, Iranian, and Chinese backed Assad government as well as the US and Saudi backed al Queda rebels.
Do it not?
Watch this vid, it's short, to the point and should serve to piss you off real good.
As an aside, where are all those impassioned anti-war protesters nowadays?
You know the ones, those good folks out there in the street, spewing about lies and liars and giving peace a chance during the Iraq and Afghan wars.
Oopsies, silly question, they're Democrats and as such they only hate Republican wars.
Although well known for his soundtrack work for Robert Rodriguez in his "Mariachi Trilogy"; El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico as well as Rodriguez and Quentin Tarrantino's After Dark, Tito Larriva and his band Tarantula have unfortunately never sold all that well in the States.
Europe is another story, as they have consistantly filled concert venues all across the continent for going on twenty years now with loyal fans of their unique blend of Blues, Goth, Tejano, ... Surf maybe ... some other stuff.
I dunno, this band is a little tough to catagorize.
That's a good thing.
Among the several versions of Tito and Tarantula that have gone out on the road, this is my favorite as I am crazy about Caroline Rippy despite my suspicion that she would likely kick my ass in a fair fight.
This is Tito Larriva on vocals and guitar. That master of feedback, Steven Hufsteter playing lead guitar. The lovely and talented, Caroline "Lucy LaLoca" Rippy on the bass and Alfredo Ortiz playing drums.
Tito and Tarantula.
The Strange Face of Love.
And, After Dark.
Go see em if they come to town, you won't be disappointed.
From one of our very favorite sites, History.com, here's a quick reminder of what's possible.
Click the photo or anywhere below for the entire piece.
On this day in 1980, representatives of the communist government of Poland agree to the demands of striking shipyard workers in the city of Gdansk. Former electrician Lech Walesa led the striking workers, who went on to form Solidarity, the first independent labor union to develop in a Soviet bloc nation.
In July 1980, facing economic crisis, Poland's government raised the price of food and other goods, while curbing the growth of wages. The price hikes made it difficult for many Poles to afford basic necessities, and a wave of strikes swept the country. Amid mounting tensions, a popular forklift operator named Anna Walentynowicz was fired from the Lenin Shipyard in the northern Polish city of Gdansk. In mid-August, some 17,000 of the shipyard's workers began a sit-down strike to campaign for her reinstatement, as well as for a modest increase in wages. They were led by the former shipyard electrician Lech Walesa, who had himself been fired for union activism four years earlier.
As an aside, Lech Walesa was subsequently awarded the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize, which in those days was awarded for actual accomplishments toward establishing peace and improving the human condition.
In the year of 2000 there were seven countries whose economies operated without a privately owned central bank, they were:
Generally accepted "terrorist" hotbeds all.
Those well known human rights abusers.
Today, thanks to the yoeman efforts of both the Bush and the Obama administrations on behalf of the world's central bankers, only three remain:
It doesn't take much reading up on this stuff before pretty quick you come across the Rothschilds, Khazarian vs. Abrahamic Jews, Synagogue of Satan stuff, the Rockefellers, Trilateral Commission, the Bank for International Settlements, Bilderbergs and The Council on Foreign Relations etc., all of which completely saturates this conversation.
And, all of which, while fun and most likely mostly true, completely misses the point.
That point being, why on earth would any nation put it's national bank and thus it's supply of money in the hands of privately held interests rather than in the hands of a democratically elected or governmentally appointed body, and thus provide public oversight of the peoples money?
The reason is obvious, ... at least to us ... a privately held central bank enriches banks and bankers, or in other words, the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, denizens of The Council on Foreign Relation, Trilateral Commission, Bilderbergs, Bank for International Settlements, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and the other Primary Dealers, all at the expense of ordinary citizens.
You can think and think and think and think and think and think and think and think and you will not come up with a system for funding your government that is more damaging to the average citizen.
I don't care what it is that you care about when it comes to politics, whether you are of the right or the left, liberal, conservative, socialist, communist, libertarian, anarchist, ambivalent or just plain disgusted, there is absolutely no possibility of achieving anything of your dreams for your nation until the money supply is ripped from the hands of the privately owned central bankers and vested with your nation's citizenry.
Where it obviously, will undoubtedy, absolutely and damn near immediately go FUBAR ......... but FUBAR in most of the world's economies lately, rates as a significant improvement.
Until people seize control of the supply of their money, it ain't their country.
They are simply tenants or indentured servants or in the term of the day, "debt slaves".
Because ..... If it ain't your money, it ain't your country.
“Conscience -- the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.”
“Self-respect--the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.”
“We must respect the other fellow's religion but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”
“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”
“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”
“Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges.”
“The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda - a deliberate scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make 'good' citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens.”
“The older I get the more I admire and crave competence, just simple competence, in any field from adultery to zoology.”
“No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.”
“It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.”
“The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”
“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it.”
“The kind of man who demands that government enforce his ideas is always the kind whose ideas are idiotic.”
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”
“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”
“When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.”
“The average man does not want to be free, he simply wants to be safe.”
“It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.”
“The trouble with Communism is the Communists, just as the trouble with Christianity is the Christians.”
“The essence of science is that it is always willing to abandon a given idea for a better one; the essence of theology is that it holds its truths to be eternal and immutable.”
“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
“The objection to Puritans is not that they try to make us think as they do, but that they try to make us do as they think.”
“The great artists of the world are never Puritans, and seldom even ordinarily respectable.”
“I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.”
“Government today is growing too strong to be safe. There are no longer any citizens in the world there are only subjects. They work day in and day out for their masters they are bound to die for their masters at call. Out of this working and dying they tend to get less and less.”
“Genius: the ability to prolong one's childhood.”
“Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.”
“Those who can -- do. Those who can't -- teach.”
“Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.”
“For every problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.”
“Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.”
“You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”