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The Madness of Equality

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I love women and equality and don’t subscribe to  ‘barefoot and pregnant’ thinking but the eternal wars and militarization of every aspect of this country have gone too far.

Yeah baby, you’ve come a long way. Step right up to the front lines of kill and be killed. Leave your babies at home because it’s all for their freedom.

Don’t think twice it’s alright.

Whatever happened to women as nurturers of peace? Lost in the fog of contrived feminism? No matter how insane, equality must be taken to the extreme? Being a duped pawn of the masters of war and going toe to toe with the ‘enemy’  is not just for young men anymore. Here’s your chance. Pull that trigger. Killing is thrilling.

The social manipulator lefties of Ms. Magazine and Huffpost love the idea of women in combat. The fixated on death righties mostly just love killing no matter who does it.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women, who make up some 14 percent of the armed forces, should finally be permitted to serve fully in front-line combat units, a military advisory panel says.

The call by a commission of current and retired military officers to dismantle the last major area of discrimination in the armed services could set in motion another sea change in military culture as the armed forces, generations after racial barriers fell, grapples with the phasing out of the ban on gays serving openly.

It is time “to create a level playing field for all qualified service members,” the members said Friday.

Please ladies, speak out. There’s a place for you …  on the front lines for peace.

Anti-war songs, unfortunately, have never gone out of style for some of us. 

Simple, direct, intense — like a stake through a vampire’s black heart.

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Maybe all soldiers need to go AWOL for mental health reasons?

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I don’t know the motivations or mental state of this 30 year old Ft. Campbell soldier but he may be on to something.

Refusing to re-deploy to Afghanistan and checking himself into a mental health treatment program is the best thing this young man can do for himself, his wife and two kids. He needs a little gentle deprogramming if he hasn’t done that himself already. He deserves a chance to live as normal a life as possible.

After all, he was manipulated into ‘volunteering.’ His training included a form of mind control. Who knows what he saw and learned and physically encountered in his first tour of Afghanistan? Maybe he found out that everything he knew was wrong and wants no more of the lies? Maybe he just needs a little help in separating himself from the madness?

I'm taking off my grave clothes and walking away.There was a time when we called AWOL “another week of life.”  It’s still the same today. Refusing to deploy or better yet not volunteering … it’s he healthiest thing a young man or woman can do.

“I’m taking off my grave clothes and walking away.”
 

              “War will cease when men refuse to fight.”
                                -Fridtjof Hansen

FT. CAMPBELL, Tenn. – The wife of a formerly AWOL Ft. Campbell soldier who was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan said her husband has entered a mental health treatment program instead.

Spc. Jeff Hanks went AWOL during his mid-tour leave from Afghanistan last year and turned himself in on Veterans Day.

The 30-year-old soldier complained about the lack of treatment by the Army for his behavioral health issues he said stemmed from previous deployments and a concussion suffered in Afghanistan.

His command ordered him to return to Afghanistan to finish out his deployment, but his wife Christina Hanks said Tuesday that he is now staying at Cumberland Hall, a residential treatment program in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Ft. Campbell spokesman Rick Rzepka confirmed Hanks will not deploy immediately, but would not discuss his case due to privacy rules.

Hanks’ case has been taken up by supporters from the group Iraq Veterans Against the War, who were with Hanks during a press conference outside the installation’s gates last November when he turned himself in.

To every high school kid in America – Please Read This

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Hell is for Children

by Keith Johnson

“Somewhere in America, a seventeen-year-old boy is living the last year of his life.”   {MORE}

Whatta Deal! U.S. Gives $2.75 Billion in F-35 Fighters to Israel

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Israel Places Order For 20 F-35s; U.S. Picks Up The Tab

To sweeten terms of the deal, Lockheed Martin agreed to buy more component parts for the JSF from Israeli firms; at a price of around $4 billion.

It’s the same old story. Give to Israel and give again. Some in Congress are questioning arms sales to Saudi Arabia but when it comes to freebies to Israel, there’s nothing but silence.
Direct and indirect costs of our ‘friendship’ with Israel are hard to actually figure but trillions since 1948 is not out of line.
Americans should think about that as they stand in the unemployment and food lines. But most will not.

Afghan Jukebox Replays the Same Song Over and Over

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It was only a month ago that a local kid, a Marine 21 years old, died in Afghanistan with an ingredient of the story being how he was affected by 9/11 and always wanted to be a soldier and avenge a wrong.

A child falling for lies can be excused, the system stacks the deck by pushing the lies endlessly, but what of those around them who blindly follow the deceptions and in essence issues a death sentence for their loved ones by not stopping them from joining the military and being used as a expendable pawn.

Once again, like a broken jukebox that takes your money but only plays the same song repeatedly …

Christiana TN Marine Pfc. Vincent E. Gammone, III, was killed Saturday in Afghanistan after a prisoner being transported by Marines attempted to escape a convoy, shooting and killing Gammone and at least one other Marine in the process.

Gammone would have celebrated his 20th birthday Tuesday, according to his fiancee, Jessica West.

“We were told that Vincent was one of the first to go to the aid of another Marine who had been wounded by the escaped prisoner, who was able to arm himself during his attempted escape,”

A New Yorker by birth, Gammone moved to Tennessee with his family when he was 2 years old, according to West.

When terrorist cells hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 — West remembered Gammone became infuriated and his passion to join the military became stronger. {more}

The infuriated passion of an 11 year old that he could never overcome. One who never got to legally walk into one of the fine local establishments and just have a beer. Or know the ups and downs of marriage, parenthood and a million other things he could have experienced had only those around him took him aside and said convincingly and forcefully if necessary, “It’s all a lie.”

Pat Tillman’s Father Gets MSM Time

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Assassination …

New documentary  by The Weinstein Company will still not tell the whole story.

h/t DP

Too Fat to Fight

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The military once again uses their assets in the media to issue another national security warning.

No, this time it’s not al-Qaeda or homegrown extremists. It’s fat kids. And kids that are dumb and criminal.

At least 9 million Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are too fat and unfit to serve in the military, says “Too Fat to Fight,” a report being released today by Mission: Readiness, a group of retired military leaders. 

The new report follows findings from the senior military leaders group that 75 percent of adults in that age range are unqualified to serve in the armed forces because they lack the physical conditioning, don’t have high school diplomas, or have criminal records. 

On Monday, one of the organization’s members, retired Maj. Gen. Wesley E. Craig, said early childhood education {war propaganda} was important to national security. 

Speaking before several hundred educators and business leaders at a forum on early education in Harrisburg, Craig said, “Our national security in 2030 is heavily dependent on the boys and girls in preschool and kindergarten right now.” 

“I’m here to say that if we don’t take action soon, it’s going to get harder to recruit qualified people to serve,” said Craig, a former commander of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. 

Being overweight or obese is the leading medical reason applicants fail to qualify for military service, “Too Fat to Fight” states.

“Every month, hundreds of otherwise excellent candidates for military service are turned away by recruiters because of weight problems,” retired Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in the report. 

Since 1995, the proportion of recruits who failed their physical exams because they were overweight has risen by nearly 70 percent, the report says. {more}

Wars without end require planning and the kindergartner of today is the killer of tomorrow. How can a fat fighter chase the terrorists up and down the mountains of Afghanistan? Occupations of foreign lands is no place for the obese.

Now we all cringe every time we see a 200 lb. 12 year old chase down his Big Mac with a Mountain Dew. It’s a sure sign that the corporate jingles have been successful. The health care costs of childhood obesity are bad enough and how do parents afford new upsized clothes every few months?

But I’m thinking that the military is overreacting. New technology can overcome the lack of slim bodies to kill civilians and women and children.

That’s what drones are for …..