Broken Wings

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The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people

Died some, pro patria,*
walked eye-deep in hell
believing in old men’s lies, then unbelieving
came home, home to a lie,
home to many deceits,
home to old lies and new infamy;
usury age-old and age-thick
and liars in public places.

Ezra Pound


From the 1988 LP … another late great Nashville band 

Broken Wings

This high in the stratosphere
The earth is hazy blue
The sky looks like an emerald
From inside my silver tube
My work is almost surgical
I fight a sterile war
I never see my enemy
Just a target down below
To just punch in positions
Is my method of attack
They never see their murderer
Like I shot ’em in the back
16 miles before we reach the enemy
15 miles everybody check in
14 miles enter pictures from the satellite
13 miles do coordinates fit
12 more miles we’re encountering fire
11 more miles I think about home
10 more miles this is something I believe in
9 more miles I see engine smoke
8 more miles there’s fire in the cockpit
7 more miles our oxygen quits
6 more miles our radio breaks down
5 more miles our pilot’s been hit
4 more miles abandoning target
3 more miles too late to engage
2 more miles we empty our payload
1 more mile over any ole place
As a boy
I dreamed of the day that I would fly
I see airplanes like needles scratch the sky
Now I sit like a prison’s over me
Now the eagle can fly with broken wings
Outside the air is freezing
But in my room it’s warm
The nurse says Europe’s burning
And there’s talk of winter storms
I try to watch the weatherman
And his pictures on the screen
Taken from a satellite
Like the kind I used to read
He says the wind chill factor
Tonight is twenty-one
But still my blood runs colder
When I think of what I’ve done
16 days have I done the right thing
15 days how will I know
14 days now I’m hearin’ voices
13 days comin’ from below
12 days I couldn’t help what happened
11 more days anybody can see
10 more days I’d do anything
9 more days to make ‘en fall on me
8 more days before I reach insanity
7 more days the doctor wants proof
6 more days he says it’s just trauma
5 more days everybody goes through
4 more days before my nervous breakdown
3 more days there’s a letter from home
2 more days everybody’s proud son
1 more day we just thought you should know
Music: Steve Boyd
Lyrics: J. Sherraden

Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance… poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music. 
Ezra Pound

The prospect of a 30 years war is not one to arouse mirth and hilarity even in a flighty, chicken headed and irresponsible people such as the United States of Americans.

You are in it, and Lord knows, who is a goin’ to git you out. The late Lord Rothermere, whose culture was nothin’, as you might say, to write home about, finally decided that the English public was wholly unteachable. I don’t know whether you can learn ANYTHING from history, I don’t know whether you are even yet in the state of mind where you want to learn any thing from history or from any other source whatsoever.

A way to get yourselves OUT, might be discoverable, it might be more discoverable if you first had
the faint inkling of a curiosity as to how you got yourselves IN.

The Honor of the United States of America is NOT concerned with becoming an arsenal.
The men who wintered at Valley Forge did not suffer those months of intense cold and hunger with
the design, or in the hope that Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, the union of the colonies would one
day be able to stir up wars between other countries in order to sell them munitions.

Whether you intend to be slaves, lifelong slaves, hereditary slaves to machinery and whether you
propose to sell your children and your grand children into long lasting slavery to usurers and to machinery.
I mean you will have to make up your MINDS. YOU can not live on cold iron, you can not live on
airplane spare parts, YOU can not live well without LAWS which even the officials obey.

Gold is a coward. Gold is not the backbone of nations. It is their ruin. A coward, at the first breath of
danger gold flows AWAY, gold flows OUT of the country.

 and every gun was a golden egg, for the Bankers in New York.

The war you ought to be fightin’ is NOT five thousand miles OUTSIDE Boston. Or five thousand miles outside New York, or even outside San Francisco. It is INTERNAL

You can then clear out the crap that journalists BELIEVE along with their fake news, along what the
advertisers LET the OWNERS (so called), let the editors PUBLISH. There is a second layer of crap that
newspapermen believe to be real. BUT it is not grounded on a real knowledge of ANYTHING.
They have NOT gone into the documents. They have not read the real history. They chase one
butterfly after another.
NOW the facts are NOT wholly hidden. There are fifty authors whom you could read, Brooks Adams,
among ’em. You could read the works of the men who fought for the making of the Republic, John Adams,
Jefferson, Van Buren, hidden or kept in shadow by punk propaganda.

What are you fighting for? Fighting for the starvation of Europe? Fighting to spread famine in Asia?
Fighting for vain boast proved false? Fighting for the Sassoonery? Are you fighting for the National
Heritage? For the heritage of wisdom, the heritage of Washington, and of Monroe, of John Adams and
I’ll say you are not.
You are fighting AGAINST what all these men stood for. And it will take more brains than I got, to
get you out of it prettily.

The Bolshevik anti-morale comes out of the Talmud, which is the dirtiest teaching that any race ever
codified. The Talmud is the one and only be getter of the Bolshevik system.
And if there ARE any Christians in the United State of America, they would do well to consider
Renan’s warning. They would do well to consider the difference between the Greek and the Hebrew parts
of the Bible.
They would do well to look objectively at the record of Hebrew barbarism, and at the nature of
Christ’s revolt, as recorded in the Gospels.
I ask you WHY WAS CHRIST crucified? He was crucified for trying to BUST a racket.

Fake economists are one form of the journalist bacillus. Put out in front to lie, and rising on the
wings or tin toes of ambition, permitted (on the leash and chain system) to get out in front and holler.
Quoted from one press to another, NOT because they ever print anything useful, or tell the truth, or
approach it. They are either men who KNOW NOT, or men who say not, and who put up a word screen, or
esCHEW certain issues; who do NOT make revelations. And whose interest even when quoted
internationally is NOT due to the INTRINSIC meaning of what they actually say. Their blather IS
symptomatic, and is studied and quoted as a symptom of the diseases

The American has the head, evidently of a chicken, he is incapable of political revery.
The existence of a secret and IRRESPONSIBLE government does not worry him. It has been there at
least since 1863 and he takes it as a matter of course. It gets worse daily and hourly.
All the means of intercommunication pass into the hands of the secret and largely Semitic control; and
the American dreams of Thoreau and says, “who am I to interfere in such muchness?”

That question can be put scientifically, just as well as puttin’ it in a hortatory form, or asking what is
nice, or what ought a decent man do. No man will do anything WORTH doin’ till some sense of
“OUGHT” enters his system. Profit motive is silly, in the sense that it ultimately kills the good life; makes
the mare go, yass, makes the mare go, money makes the mare go. And then somebody wakes up crazy.
And that takes JUST long enough, so nobody notices what is going on. Suddenly wake up and find
American abundance has been chucked out of the window.

ALL purchasing power does NOT come from labor. All real wealth comes from natural resources
PLUS labor. The shyster wants to hog natural resources, and sweat the hide of labor. That is the cause of
unpleasantness. There is no wangle or dirty wheeze that the shyster won’t think up and use to get a
monopoly, to violate the just price, to keep labor sweatin’. And the shyster is pizin’. He is the sworn
blasphemer, false swearin’ and cheatin’ FOE to all labor, past, present, and labor to come. And you better
discover this. You better kick him out of your hemisphere. You better invent some bug poison that will
eliminate him from your system.

One kind of shyster succeeds another: shyster penetrates ANY organization, church or state for the
sake of livin’ on the Purchasing Power that DON’t come from labor. Shyster joins EVERY new movement
so as to be there when it gets big and to be at the exploitin’ position. Gangster shysters, medieval orders of
chivalry rose to combat the gangster, to combat universal brutality and injustice in range of the individual
knight. Or the body of chivalry rose to an idea. With these two forces, i.e., gangsterism AND chivalry, the
feudal system developed. As law it was a RESPONSIBLE system. The DUTIES of the overlord were
enormous. They required DISTRIBUTION of wealth. Naturally this annoyed greedy overlords, and weak
overlords, and the shyster entered the system. Ready to sweat out taxes, to sweat the hide off of labor, and
to collect money interest. In fact the shyster is always a rent collector. And the worm ate into the fruit.

You are in black darkness and confusion. You have been hugger-muggared, and carom-shotted into a war,
and you know NOTHING about it. You know NOTHING about the forces that caused it, or you know next
to nothing.

You can keep the ole Constitution. Mostly sailors and landlubbers no longer care, but as a technicality
(if no more than that) I am tellin’ you. Lots of folks want to bust it, so as to fish in the troubled waters, lots
of folks want to keep it rusty and inefficient, so’z it won’t interfere with their various rackets.

You are at war to conceal the fact that a lot of purchasing power, a lot of capital comes from a hoax.
Damn the hoax. But don’t go out and die for just bein’ idiots. Or for your tolerance of being run and ruled
over by dumheads who are pushed on by shysters.

And the program of this ENEMY is known, and the action of governments in the hands of the
ENEMY SHOW the nature of the AIM of the enemy. Their aim is not to win war, but to make peace
impossible. These bombings of towns are NOT military, they are done to rouse hate, to be causes of hate.

There is NO freedom without economic freedom. Freedom that does not include freedom from debt is
plain bunkumb.  Debt is the prelude to slavery. And you are now, I ’spose, arrived at the intermezzo. America WAS promises. America today is largely, shall we say, promissory notes that simply can NOT be honored. 

It probably seemed very eccentric that a man, any man should suspend playin’ tennis and trying to
understand the Confucian anthology, and after a long period of years return to America to protest against
ANYTHING, or to offer suggestions to his fellow citizens about anything whatsoever.

The war is PART of the age old struggle between the usurer and the rest of mankind: between the
usurer and peasant, the usurer and producer, and finally between the usurer and the merchant, between
usurocracy and the mercantilist system.
Goods are destroyed rather than exchanged against other WANTED goods, during war time. The ratio
of units of currency, money, to things people want to eat and to wear is altered, i.e., there are more dollars
in circulation in relation to goods, or pounds or other monetary units. Debts mount up. When they have
reached hitherto unprecendented size, the manipulators of currencies “return” to what they have called
“sound money.”

Wars in old time were made to get slaves. The modern implement of imposing slavery is DEBT. Usury
is an instrument for increasing debt, and for keeping the debtor in debt perpetually or at least for the
longest possible period.

Quite apart from military operation, from the results of military operations, from the possible results of any
military operations that may occur, the American people appear to have suffered crashing defeat, at the
hands of the financiers.
There is no understanding of history without some understanding of finance. And nine people, at least
nine people out of ten are ready to tell you proudly that they understand nothing about finance, and that
they do not understand economics. It has become the hallmark of the end of the bourgeois era to proclaim
ignorance of economics.
Yet you can not allocate the responsibility for an event, for a crime, for an accident, until you know
what has happened.

The world was to be enslaved according to plan. Slavery consists in having to do uninteresting work,
at another’s bidding

I suppose if I go on talking to you kids LONG enough I will get something into your heads. If I go on
poundin’ from day to day, every day and in every way, I will finally teach you kids why you got drug into
this war (if you survive it), and when you know that you will know more than your fathers did by the end
of the last one, that is, more than most of ’em ever discovered.

excerpts from “Ezra Pound Speaking”  RADIO SPEECHES OF WORLD WAR II 


24 thoughts on “Broken Wings

    dublinmick said:
    June 13, 2011 at 5:24 am

    "The war you ought to be fightin’ is NOT five thousand miles OUTSIDE Boston. Or five thousand miles outside New York, or even outside San Francisco. It is INTERNALThe prospect of a 30 years war is not one to arouse mirth and hilarity even in a flighty, chicken headed and irresponsible people such as the United States of Americans. The late Lord Rothermere, whose culture was nothin’, as you might say, to write home about, finally decided that the English public was wholly unteachable. I don’t know whether you can learn ANYTHING from history, I don’t know whether you are even yet in the state of mind where you want to learn any thing from history or from any other source whatsoever."

    Anonymous said:
    June 13, 2011 at 7:15 am

    "Usury is an instrument for increasing debt, and for keeping the debtor in debt perpetually or at least for the longest possible period."Would someone please tell this to all the patriotards out there who are still promoting the pro-usurer pro-globalist disinfo about fractional reserve banking being the root cause of our nation's financial problems?

    Greg Bacon said:
    June 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

    The Zionists and Neocon fantasy of fighting a 30 years or so long war won't happen, because the USA will implode from within, thanks to the world's largest counterfeiting outfit, the Zionist owned Fed printing WAY too much funny money and those Jewish owned "Too Big to Fail" Wall Street gangsters stealing what's left of our wealth.The USA will self-destruct and the real battles will be here at home, fighting over food scraps in trash cans left there by the wealthy elite.The Revolutionary War helped free the USA from the RATschilds, so maybe when 'We the People' can no longer afford to feed our family, we'll fight the '2nd Revolutionary War' to free ourselves from those vampires.I'm ready for duty anytime.Either that, or condemn our kids and grandkids to a lifetime of slavery and extreme poverty.

    Greg Bacon said:
    June 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

    BTW, my favorite anti-war song is "1983… A Merman I Should Turn To Be" by Jimi Hendrix from his "Electric Ladyland" album, part of the lyrics are copied below:HURRAY I AWAKE FROM YESTERDAYALIVE BUT THE WAR IS HERE TO STAYSO MY LOVE CATHERINA AND MEDECIDE TO TAKE OUR LAST WALK THRU THE NOISE TO THE SEANOT TO DIE BUT TO BE REBORNAWAY FROM THE LANDS SO BATTRED AND TORNFOREVER FOREVEROH SAY CAN YOU SEE IT'S REALLY SUCH A MESSEVERY INCH OF EARTH IS A FIGHTING NEST…If you haven't heard this masterpiece, you're missing out on a piece of heaven.This album proves that Americans are devolving, from Jimi Hendrix in the late 1960's to Lady Ga Ga now?Our brains have turned to mush.

    Anonymous said:
    June 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

    "…the USA will implode from within, thanks to the world's largest counterfeiting outfit, the Zionist owned Fed printing WAY too much funny money…"Yeah, 'counterfeiting' is the root cause of our woes!Usury has nothing to do with it!So let's pass a law that forces the Fed to print less 'funny' money thereby making it extremely difficult for poor and working class Americans to obtain credit!That'll teach those bankers a lesson…..NOT!

    Anonymous said:
    June 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Ezra was right, they put him in cage, in an asylum, they declared him insane, they didn't want a trial with him defending himself in court- he talks like he writes!sovereign money printing is necessary. note, thousands in the streets of greece, spain, england- all protesting austerity!!!!! 'more hand outs please'THEY SHOULD BE DEMANDING AN END TO ROTHSCHILD CONTROLLED CENTRAL BANKS, the fact that they are not tells you that the 24/7 brainwashing works, they are mostly financial illiterates!! i recommend 'Joan Veon, when central banks rule the world' the all time favorite:'the secret of oz'

    Blammo said:
    June 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Anon@10:13 "'more hand outs please'"Well, not exactly. Regardless of how effective their protests will be, the Greeks are chanting "We owe nothing, we sell nothing, we pay nothing", "We do not sell or sell ourselves", "Let them all go, Memorandum, Troika, government and debt" linkSounds to me like they actually are telling the banks to eat it.I haven't read much Pound or Mullins, but I do like this quote. It comes to mind when I see news of "kill teams" and such."You let in the Jew and the Jew rotted your empire, and you yourselves out-jewed the Jew … And the big Jew has rotted EVERY nation he has wormed into."Pound radio broadcast, 15 March 1942 link

    Anonymous said:
    June 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Has anyone heard any updates on the protests in Spain? It seems to have just vanished.

    Richard said:
    June 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Hey Kenny, great post. Particularly this:"They would do well to consider the difference between the Greek and the Hebrew partsof the Bible.They would do well to look objectively at the record of Hebrew barbarism, and at the nature ofChrist’s revolt, as recorded in the Gospels.I ask you WHY WAS CHRIST crucified? He was crucified for trying to BUST a racket."Pound is quite right. I actually just this morning put up a post of my own entitled "Judeo-Christian is an Oxymoron," so interesting synchronicity. With all that being said, my favorite anti-war poem has always been this by Randal Jarrel:Death of the Ball Turret GunnerFrom my mother's sleep I fell into the State,And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,I woke to the black flak and the nightmare fighters.When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.Also, Greg Bacon, your comment about the devolution from Jimi Hendrix to Lady Gaga is so very true in my opinion.

    Timster said:
    June 13, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    As long as we are quoting anti-war poets…the following from the first jewish world war, from Wilfred Owen:Anthem for Doomed YouthWhat passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattleCan patter out their hasty orisons.No mockeries for them; no prayers nor bells,Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;And bugles calling for them from sad shires.What candles may be held to speed them all? Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyesShall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes. The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

    nobody said:
    June 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Hey Kenny,For a minute there I thought that these were your words. "Holy Fuck! Kenny's on a purple streak – who knew he was such a poet?" Ha ha ha, never mind. Ezra Pound is really something ain't he? I'm a big fan. And I keep searching the second hand bookshops for any of his stuff and always without luck. The truth disappeared as usual.Anyway thanks for this. I'd never read it before – it was a real treat.

    nobody said:
    June 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    PS. I've just been reading that link to his radio speeches. Fantastic! What a find. Mind you, reading them all looks like a daunting prospect but there ain't nothing for it, you just have to dive in.

    kenny's sideshow said:
    June 14, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Thanks for the responses.The words, the poetry from the past to me gives us continuity and confirmation that there has always been a few who didn't fall in line with the lies. I would like to think we are trying to pass on the spirit of resistance.I've been thinking about what Visible said the other day … "I don't know what to say."It's the same with me. We don't want to be redundant but we've said it all before. I don't think I'm alone in knowing that we need to take it up a notch but exactly how we do that through words seems to be becoming more difficult. Maybe it's always been that way.Any suggestions on how we take it to another level? Our time is running short.

    dublinmick said:
    June 14, 2011 at 4:56 am Twin's war prayer. You have to open it to read it all. "O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it — for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.(*After a pause.*) "Ye have prayed it; if ye still desire it, speak! The messenger of the Most High waits!"It was believed afterward that the man was a lunatic, because there was no sense in what he said.Mark Twin

    dublinmick said:
    June 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Kenny I know what you mean, I don't know what to say anymore. I would say to anybody living near the mississippi to stay mobile, Keep your garden seeds, horehound tea, rue in plastic bags and clean water in plastic bottles. If any of those dams up there go it is going to be a nightmare, just thinking about it makes me wince. There is 80% of the snow pack left to melt and rain storms are still hitting the area. This nightmare of course would effect everyone else not on the miss because food and other things have to cross the bridges on the river. Fortunately the break in the levee at Hamburg, Iowa on the Missouri River was below Omaha, an area where they have already shut down a nuclear reactor and are sandbagging it.

    kenny's sideshow said:
    June 14, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    An interesting thread at Activist Post."10 Most Influential People in the Alternative Media (2011"

    dublinmick said:
    June 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I saw that and I don't agree with much of it. I don't read most of them outside the last five. I would say over the years thetruthseeker and Rense have been more effective, Rivero to a certain extent. This is like the alternative media trying to carve a new reality almost and define what is important. Truth is still in the eye of the beholder. A site pumping Jones automatically draws some skepticism. We are trying to overlook a lot of fluff here. Listing Paul Craig Roberts is a bit humorous. He carries on like the 2 square miles of London corp does not exist and the world is driven by U.S. policies. He is gravitating from a republican mouth piece to a crown mouth piece. You can see it in one of his latest statements such as "the U.S. is manipulating the U.N. for it's own advantage." suggesting spreading corporations all over the globe. Yes is does and London banks the silver and gold by issuing the phony money.

    dublinmick said:
    June 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm we to believe the U.S. is doing this and not Brussels, London and others calling the shots? There are movements in the U.K. and other places to protest and end the wars. It would be very convenient to just back out and blame it all on the United States which had plenty of help. Roberts didn't do so well with the truth during his Reagan years and I am giving him a big fail now.

    Jody said:
    June 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Kenny — I agree with one of the comments (at in that I find it noteworthy there are no women on the list. As we near the approach of the Great Unveiling, expect the role of women and spirituality to become much more acknowledged in regards to the future of this planet.

    kenny's sideshow said:
    June 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    "expect the role of women and spirituality to become much more acknowledged in regards to the future of this planet."That is as it should be Jody.

    Anonymous said:
    June 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Any suggestions on how we take it to another level?boycotts and solidaritysolidarity through churches, groups, neighbors etcsome folks scoff at a kosher boycott, saying you'll never get enough people to participate. however, you don't need a lot of people, even 3% is significant enough to make the point to food companies- they will notice, and adapt same for cable, satellite, and MSMgood boycott list here-

    dublinmick said:
    June 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Absolutely. I don't drink pepsi or shop at walmart. I am stuck with time warner cable though, the only one available. I don't eat out at restaurants and spend as little as I have to, moving more towards beans and rice, gardening.

    dublinmick said:
    June 15, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Very bad news but about time somebody started carrying this other than a St. Louis newspaper. youtube interview by Arnie Gundersen with Russia Today is finally being carried by Rense also. The Nebraska plant is now level 4 he says. He expects it to get worse.

    chuckyman said:
    June 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    From Ezra Pound to Eustace Mullens to John Kaminski the torch gets passed on. The poetry of truth will not lie down to die.Thanks for the great prose and the link Kenny.

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