Monthly Archives: August 2006

Herman Goering, Nazi Reichsmarshall and Luftwaffe-Chief, on War

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Of course the people don’t want war. But after all, it’s the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it’s a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger. 

Cannon Fodder Fathers Replaced With Cardboard Cutouts

This cannot be true:

Randall has little to say because he’s a ‘‘Flat Daddy,” a two-dimensional foam board likeness from the waist up of the Maine Army National Guard officer from Hermon who was sent to Afghanistan in January with the 240th Engineer Group of Augusta.The Guard has provided more than 100 of the cutouts to families of deployed service members as a way to ease the pain of separation. Even though the idea may seem a little silly at first, the foam board cutout can help alleviate the pain of a loved one’s absence, she said.

No word yet if any children of dead soliders will also get their own piece of comforting cardboard.

Now this looks fun though and is sorta sweet – to take ‘wish you were here’ type pics.

Other reaction:

We always thought of you guys as paper soldiers anyway. Hell, even your WIVES think of you that way. We don’t want your values, your love, your real presence. No, Marine. We merely want your heroic image to raise your children. And when they grow up to be empty broken people we will send them off to fight in other bullshit wars and make posters of them. 

This is My Surprised Face: Millions in Int’l Katrina Aid Remains Unspent, Mismanaged

Ah Thursday!

Instead, one year after Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, none of the money given to the federal government has made its way to evacuees. With debris still choking New Orleans streets, a levee system still in need of basic upgrades (even as another hurricane season is upon us), and tens of thousands of Gulf residents still living in FEMA trailers or scattered around the country, the U.S. government has barely touched the funds donated by foreign governments. Instead, the government has handled the largest influx of foreign aid in memory with foot-dragging, clumsy bureaucracy, and money gone unspent.

I’m guessing the delay is in deciding how best to shovel the money to no-bid contractors and mercenry soldiers.

China: $5 million

UAE: $99 million

Even Rwanda: $100,000 and they don’t have the money to spare.

Analyzing Islamofascism

Jeff Vail takes a crack:

[T]he only value added by the actual articulation of this new “Islamo-Fascism” label is falsity–it is the association in the public perception of attributes and attrocities of Nazi Fascists that are in fact not accurate when attributed to Salafi Jihadists. And it is in that sense that labels such as “Islamo-Fascism” are the purest of propaganda…

and from Alternet:

Italian Fascism, German Nazism and other European fascist movements of the 1920s and ’30s were nationalist and secular, closely allied with international capital and aimed at creating powerful, up-to-date, all-encompassing states. Some of the trappings might have been anti-modernist — Mussolini looked back to ancient Rome, the Nazis were fascinated by Nordic mythology and other Wagnerian folderol — but the basic thrust was modern, bureaucratic and rational. You wouldn’t find a fascist leader consulting the Bible to figure out how to organize the banking system or the penal code or the women’s fashion industry. Even its anti-Semitism was “scientific“… It presents the bewildering politics of the Muslim world as a simple matter of Us versus Them, with war to the end the only answer, as with Hitler.

Muslim-Americans Racial Profiling Continues in Nation’s Airports

We arrived in a small blocked-off area, and we looked around and we saw 200 other Arabs, South Asians and Muslims with us. They asked my sister whether she felt that Iraq was better now or under Saddam’s rule, and they were recording everything they asked us.

They didn’t provide us with enough seating. They didn’t provide us with food or water. And whenever we asked if we could have these things, if they could be given to us, they said that it’s not the government’s job to provide them for us.

Q: Now, they threatened to arrest you? For what?

I was just asking the officer to speak nicely to the people instead of yelling at them. And he said, “Well, I’ll arrest you, if you don’t be quiet.”