Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Putting Sports Before People

I've read many an article about the protests surrounding the torch run by the Chinese goverment building up to the Olympic games. What intrigues me is how anyone can say that we need to not get politics involved and protect the "spirit" of the games. I was unaware that a global sporting event was more important then people's rights and lives... What a fucked up concept

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Pro-War Bloggers

One of the more intresting things I've noticed about some of the pro-war bloggers is that they constantly denounce IVAW and "liberal" groups as slandering and smearing good honest people while they use techniques near identical to what they're accusing. It's of course standard policy to use straw-man and weak-man techniques when you're aiming for that sort of audience. If you don't know what either of those techniques are or how they work I strongly suggest that you read into it. A recent article in SciAm Mind noted that Fox News appered to be by far the largest culprit. And of course this is where most of these right wing hacks get there info from.

So here's my problem with all this nonsense. I love when people disagree with me. I really do. It means that they are at least taking the time to have an opinion and look into an issue (although sometimes not well.) And I love to argue. The mind-numbing child-like name calling is bull shit. On BOTH sides. I prefer a live and let live policy. The way that IVAW is provoked by people why would anyone wonder that Evan lashed out? I'm sorry would it have more appropriate for him to attack someone rather then just rant about it? (GOE member assaulted an IVAW member, and they are supposedly the "honorable" ones in this mess)

So sit down, shut up, and if your gonna argue for god's sake do some real reading into both sides of an issue before you do, because when you say things like "We invaded Iraq because they attacked us on 9/11" we can all see your willfull ignornace and it's hideouse.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Dole is Good for Minorities?

So apparently Lt Gov Bustamante at one point awarded Dole Food Industries as being one of the "Top 20 Companies for Minorities." With Dole's reputation isn't that kind of like saying prison is good for minorities? Sure there working and there's lots of them there but at what cost?

Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier II: Iraq and Afghanistan took place a couple weeks back outsie Washintong D.C. At the event veterans and active duty personnel of the armed forces as well as family members and Iraqi nationals told of the horrors of war. They were not accusing people of war crimes or blaming the situation on the soldiers on the ground. They primarily blamed the situation on the generals and politicians who are benefiting from the deaths of men and women who agreed to serve there country. We were abused, we were misused, and it continues unabated as an apathetic America chooses to focus on the likes of Heath Ledger over the deaths of over a million iraqis and over 4000 American soldiers. Break the silence. Check out IVAW.org to view clips from Winter Soldier II and start some conversations.