Terrorists

Let’s get one thing straight from the start. If you are the kind of person who would hate a person because they are a Muslim, then you are neither a good American, nor a good Christian for that matter, and there is no point in this discussion.

If you are still reading, I will type more.

In the recent major news there were two stories of public figures with Muslim sounding names responsible for the deaths of American soldiers. I am, of course, referring to Nidal Hasan and Barack Obama. The case against one seems simple, but is not; and the case against the other seems outlandish, but is quite simple. So, as a long time peace activist, I would advocate that one of these men is a terrorist.

As surely most of the media-fed world knows, Nidal Hasan is the US Army Major, a military psychiatrist no less, who treated returning GIs for PTSD, until he himself went nuts and shot up half of Fort Hood, TX in early Nov. Thirteen dead, thirty wounded. Hasan made Harris and Klebold look like amateurs, which of course they were. Hasan wasn’t a major by accident. He had worked himself up through the ranks and gone back to college and earned an MD. He won service medals for fighting in the Gulf War and the “War on Terror.“ All of which sounds good, until he starts shooting up the place.

While there is no doubt that his actions, and the media reactions it triggered, have terrified the nation, there has been a subsequent wave of news about the murderer that has tried to paint him as a terrorist, an Islam-o-fascist as the phrase goes. There can be no doubt in looking at the man’s life, he was a devotedly religious man who grew revolted at the carnage he was forced to face from his patients. As should any religious man when faced with tales of violence, cruelty and depravity, in particular happening for a cause itself that he felt wrong. The rules about killing are fairly clear in most belief systems.

However taking vengeance into one’s own hands put one above or separate from that religion. It’s not serving god, but playing god, a role we would want no man to have.

While Hasan’s actions clearly could qualify a person as a religious fanatic, if it were indeed religion that drove him to it, and, it is well known it is always a good idea to keep the weapons away from the religious fanatics, it does not make that person part of an international terrorist network, or a member of a sleeper cell or another representative of this crazy killer religion and so we have more proof on how we have to hate the Muslims. Like we used to be told we had to hate the Jews.

Think of all the Gentiles who have done evil things. Perhaps we should hate them too and that would just include everybody, since we are still being shown all the reasons we should hate Blacks, Hispanics and Indians all the time.

But I digress.

In Mark Ames’ chilling AlterNet article “The Memory Scrub About Why Ft. Hood Happened Is Almost Complete … If It Weren’t for Archives,” there is a different picture much of the media would like you to forget. Ames’ compilation of original and subsequently revised major news coverage of the Ft. Hood Shooting reminds us what we already knew the second we heard the news of a lone gunman shooting up his workplace, in this case a military base. It’s the tragic case of a loser who loses it. In this case he happened to be trained in small arms.

Hasan was a faltering officer doing a well documented slow public decline. He was religiously, emphatically, against the war, he was appalled by the same stories that were devastating his patients. His personal life sucked, his performance evaluations were going downhill. He was trying to report his patients for war crimes, because, of all things, they were reporting war crimes and he told people it was driving him crazy. He was fighting his deployment tooth and nail and obviously exactly the wrong guy to send to the war front and in typical military snafu, that’s exactly where they insisted on sending him. And he went postal. Stupid us.

Remember all the calls about why didn’t anybody catch the warning signals? It was because there were so many for so many years that the military ignored. It’s not because he was deep double agent, part of some super-secret Al Qaeda spy ring operating out of the same Falls River Mosque attended briefly by two of the 9/11 highjackers. That would be simply guilt by association. By that rationale then the Bush family would be terrorists because they were in bed financially with the Bin Laden family, as in Osama. In fact George Bush, Sr. was doing business with them that very day of Sept. 11, 2001 and that does not make him a terrorist.

The Bushes, both father and son, have been well proven as terrorists in their own right. Once again we need to set some terms here: WMDs? No. No WMDs. Never Happened. It was a deception the administration put upon America to sell us the war. Saddam = 9/11? Pure BS. Even though at one point as many as 70% of the public swore it was true and thought President Bush had told them so, it was never true and he officially denied it in the press the day after the 5th anniversary of Sept. 11. Look it up.

If you’re still with me then follow this: As FAIR will document exhaustively for you, the Bush admin knew there were no weapons of mass destruction and Hussein was never linked to Al Qaeda and yet over 900 times they quite intentionally mislead the public to believe to get us to believe it in the lead up and first year of the war.

So, it’s a war of aggression. It’s a war sold on lies. It is a war that is wrong and while there are tons of reasons speculated as to how or why Bush did it, there can be no doubt he made America a terrorist. We needlessly destroyed another country to attack a misrepresented image of a man. Though of course Hussein was a terrorist to his own people, he was not a threat to us. He was a target Bush trained America to attack by lying to us.

It is an ugly truth, a shameful truth and until we act to correct it, we perpetuate the crime. In America we have the luxury of blaming our president; but a country at war is every citizen’s shame. To the rest of the world, it is America, the terrorist. Until we correct this great wrong, it is hard to prove them mistaken. Why do they hate us? It has Nothing to do with our freedom, and lot to do with their chains.

So here’s my argument: If Bush was a terrorist and awful and wrong to wage this war he sold us on lies, how could Obama not also be guilty if he continues Bush policies. The dribble of public relations style cosmetic restoration of civil rights and cessation of hostilities dried up it seems. Obama sides with Bush on torture a little, Guantanamo a little, Iraq a little, domestic spying a little. A little here, a little there, it kind of adds up.

And now a surge in Afghanistan? If you can risk an spare 40,000 US soldiers and not have to return your Nobel, how many can you spend and still walk away with an Oscar?

Oscar for what? Impersonating George Bush, terrorist. As Oscar winner Michael Moore reported and Jon Stewart skewered on the Daily Show, shortly Obama is now quoting Bush nearly line by line. Moore simply compared Fox News transcript of the Obama speech announcing his surge to excerpts from various Bush speeches. Obama: “We Did Not Ask for This.” Bush: “We Did Not Seek This.” Obama: “New Attacks are Being Plotted as I speak.” Bush: “At This Moment … Terrorists are Planning New Attacks.”

It is almost too comic, if only it were funny. But here’s the truth. If Obama sends more soldiers then more soldiers will die and the war will still be wrong and, unlike the recession, those war dead, including his extra American soldiers, will be his.

If Obama is imitating Bush then he is being a terrorist and it has nothing to do with the sound of his last name. Of course, now that Obama’s hired back Dana Perino, Bush last days press secretary, who would be surprised what happened next.

Whatever it is, I pray it gets better. I am so tired of being America the terrorist.

Mikel Weisser teaches social studies and poetry on the left coast of Arizona. He can be reached at weisser@frontiernet.net. Read other articles by Mikel.

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  1. Don Hawkins said on December 5th, 2009 at 9:39am #

    Intentionally mislead the public so who are they misleading for? This misleading must be for somebody who could it be.

  2. Don Hawkins said on December 5th, 2009 at 9:43am #

    They probably don’t have a clue themselves>

  3. Van said on December 5th, 2009 at 9:53am #

    If ever one was needed, this article is a glaring example of the convoluted thoughts and writings of a ‘bleeding-heart liberal.’

  4. Don Hawkins said on December 5th, 2009 at 1:45pm #

    Convoluted thoughts;

    convoluted – highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious; “the Byzantine tax structure”; “Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship”; “convoluted legal language”; “convoluted reasoning”; “the plot was too involved”; “a knotty problem”; “got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering”; “Oh, what a tangled web we weave”- Sir Walter Scott; “tortuous legal procedures”; “tortuous negotiations lasting for months”

    Yes in the first part of the twenty first century we don’t see convoluted thoughts no none of that. It does seem to be highly complex and sure at least one or two degrees to understand.

  5. Don Hawkins said on December 5th, 2009 at 2:27pm #

    characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue; devious; “byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship”; “a fine hand for byzantine deals and cozy arrangements” [syn: byzantine]
    n : the style of architecture developed in the byzantine empire; massive domes with square bases

    A term describing any system that has so many labyrinthine internal interconnections that it would be impossible to simplify by separation into loosely coupled or linked components.
    The city of Byzantium, later renamed Constantinople and then Istanbul, and the Byzantine Empire were vitiated by a bureaucratic overelaboration bordering on lunacy: quadruple banked agencies, dozens or even scores of superfluous levels and officials with high flown titles unrelated to their actual function, if any.
    Access to the Emperor and his council was controlled by powerful and inscrutable eunuchs and by rival sports factions.
    [Edward Gibbon, "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"].
    (1999-01-15)

    And what does this have to do with the article well, Remember all the calls about why didn’t anybody catch the warning signals? Access to the Emperor and his council was controlled by powerful and inscrutable eunuchs and by rival sports factions, fascinating. .

  6. Don Hawkins said on December 5th, 2009 at 3:14pm #

    If you hear this message
    Wherever you stand
    I’m calling every woman
    Calling ever man

    We’re the generation
    We can’t afford to wait
    The future started yesterday
    And we’re already late

    John Legend

    Bleeding-heart liberal maybe so and the The future started yesterday
    And we’re already late in the course of human event’s right up there with Rome and before human’s the Dinosaurs. Anyway so far what are we doing going shopping, vote oh there’s a good one, sporting event’s and 6 dollars for a drink not me. TV well for me maybe the history Channel. A moon shot then off to Mars and beyond. Well without that moon shot kind of we are not going to Mars. We did find water on the moon and we’re already late.

    The SOS distress signal is actually an unbroken series of three-dots/three-dashes/three-dots, without internal letter spacing.

    All the calls about why didn’t anybody catch the warning signals? Oh they know the signals alright.

  7. Don Hawkins said on December 5th, 2009 at 3:33pm #

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091008152242.htm

    Read this then have a cup of coffee and just think a few minutes. The Internet the old world wide web is an amazing thing the book of knowledge and the human mind still has it beat for now. The hardest part is still to find the truth if that is what you are looking for. I guess we could say we don’t get it but that’s a little to easy in the finial equation I guess the good the bad and the ugly. Maybe we should add stuck on stupid.

    Here’s a comment someone put on DV along time ago I don’t remember her name.

    one gigantic boat, we are all in it together. some rich, some poor, some supposed to be our smart ones, but it seems the dumb have figured out whats going on, but feel powerless to do anything about it! theres a behind the scene agenda, been there since time imortal. ok, you smart ones, what do we do about it? it’s only about good verses evil, who can change a mans heart!!!!!!!!! that’s really the bottom line, its the human heart condition!!!

  8. mikel weisser said on December 5th, 2009 at 6:53pm #

    Don Hawkins,

    You do me great honor with such eloquent and informing defenses. I will work to earn your support.
    thank you,
    mikel

  9. Don Hawkins said on December 5th, 2009 at 7:51pm #

    Thank’s Mikel same to you and more of it. I remember when I first started to write I would write something then say to myself can I say that? Anyway now I know how Obama feels after he won the peace prize sort of. Get ready much more the Sun revolves around the Earth on a grade scale and oh that stupidity or another way to put it lying like dogs. At Copenhagen maybe James Inhofe will ask Hansen or Wadhams ok if the ice melts it will come back right. Yes Mr. Inhofe now go sit over by the fireplace and here’s a nice cup of coffee.

  10. Don Hawkins said on December 6th, 2009 at 4:54am #

    You’d never know it if you saw what was ending up in your landfill. As it turns out, Americans waste an astounding amount of food — an estimated 27 percent of the food available for consumption, according to a government study — and it happens at the supermarket, in restaurants and cafeterias and in your very own kitchen. It works out to about a pound of food every day for every American.

    Food has long been relatively cheap, and portions were increasingly huge. With so much news about how fat everyone was getting — 66 percent of adult Americans are overweight or obese, according to 2003-04 government health survey — there was a compelling argument to be made that it was better to toss the leftover deep-dish pizza than eat it again the next day.

    With the current food crisis, it seems possible that the issue of food waste might have more traction this time around. NYT

    The old government study and 27% that number might be a little higher. The issue of food waste might have more traction this time around. You can say that again. Capitalism what a system and then of course energy use might have more traction this time around. Consume consume consume we need to keep America the greatest nation on Earth for the children. Yes the greatest nation on Earth where you can become what you want the old American dream and it is a dream even President yes we can or maybe work at Goldman where the motto could be waste not want not is it Monday in Copenhagen yet but now that I think about it Goldman to work there if they can pass the cap and trade bill here in the States all that money and I could leave the farm and play golf no knowing me I would say four then three then two and probably a little talking to by the boss we say four here not three not two wise up you can be replaced. Yes sir love that suit your wearing and should I go back to work now working on a little insurance thing now as I get a wink and a nod from the big cheese. God’s work.

  11. bozh said on December 6th, 2009 at 6:55am #

    Weisser, like so many of pols-journalists, dwell solely on symptoms of what is wrong with US.
    And why not? After all, in the eyes of 99.99% of amers, there, fundamentally, is narry a thing wrong with US.
    In fact, US constitution-governance [the fundament] is to ?all americans actually sacrosant.

    And when wrongs are perped it is always fault of clinton, johnson, bush, and now obama.
    With this manner of thinking we can expect more wars not fewer or no wars, the worst hells or torture. tnx

  12. Don Hawkins said on December 6th, 2009 at 8:32am #

    Feinstein the Senator from California was just on CNN and said she thinks there are some people in Afghanistan that are not corrupt and there are people over there who put acid in people’s faces and shoot them in the back of the head men and women and with luck we can teach them to be good people and grow up to be good human beings. First California her State is in deep do do for more reasons than one. They are trying in some way’s like on climate change and very sure many parts of California will be uninhabitable in the near future. Then she get’s to go back to the Senate with first health care a watered down bill and all done under the laws of the constitution and any corruption well no all very legal under the constitution the old man behind the curtain who in this case work for the status quo. Next climate change bill a joke on the human race all 6.8 billion and not acid in the face but just more stupidity in the mind our mind the little people a lot of names for that but misinformation work’s. To put acid in someone’s face is nut’s but the power these people have under the constitution and with what we now know it will effect millions then billions as a start. Yes the old American dream to grow up and maybe you can be a good person in the Senate a Senator and get a free lunch and give other people a free lunch as you tell people ignorance is strength and war is peace. Let’s see does Fox New’s and most of the people we see on there want health care or cap and trade, ah no. So the people who want a watered down health care bill and cap and trade a joke on all of us is the best they can do and some don’t want any of it and the man behind the curtain is saying hay come hear I have money for you. Oh dear

    characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue; devious; “byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship”; “a fine hand for byzantine deals and cozy arrangements” [syn: byzantine]
    n : the style of architecture developed in the byzantine empire; massive domes with square bases

    A term describing any system that has so many labyrinthine internal interconnections that it would be impossible to simplify by separation into loosely coupled or linked components.
    The city of Byzantium, later renamed Constantinople and then Istanbul, and the Byzantine Empire were vitiated by a bureaucratic overelaboration bordering on lunacy: quadruple banked agencies, dozens or even scores of superfluous levels and officials with high flown titles unrelated to their actual function, if any.
    Access to the Emperor and his council was controlled by powerful and inscrutable eunuchs and by rival sports factions.
    [Edward Gibbon, "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"].
    (1999-01-15)

    The SOS distress signal is actually an unbroken series of three-dots/three-dashes/three-dots, without internal letter spacing.

    All the calls about why didn’t anybody catch the warning signals? Oh they know the signals alright.

  13. Don Hawkins said on December 6th, 2009 at 9:05am #

    The most foolish no-fighting-spirit statement, made by scores of people, is this: “we have
    already passed the tipping point, it is too late.”

    Is it feasible to phase out coal and avoid use of unconventional fossil fuels? Yes, but only
    if governments face up to the truth: as long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, their use will
    continue and even increase on a global basis. Fossil fuels are cheapest because they are not made
    to pay for their effects on human health, the environment, and future climate.
    Governments must place a uniform rising price on carbon, collected at the fossil fuel
    source – the mine or port of entry. The fee should be given to the public in toto, as a uniform
    dividend, payroll tax deduction, or both. Such a tax is progressive – the dividend exceeds added
    energy costs for 60 percent of the public. Fee-and-dividend stimulates the economy, providing
    the public the means to adjust lifestyles and energy infrastructure.
    Fee-and-dividend can begin with the countries now considering cap-and-trade. Other
    countries will either agree to a carbon fee or have duties placed on their products that are made
    with fossil fuels. As the carbon price rises, most coal, tar sands and oil shale will be left in the
    ground. The market place will determine the roles of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and
    nuclear power in our clean energy future. James Hansen

    So far what we see is the easy way out for who only a few and what is the reason we can’t even think about what James Hansen said and a few more for a big 15 seconds, why? Because it would change the elaborate scheming and intrigue; devious; methods for holding on to his chairmanship and those deals and cozy arrangements. How about massive domes with square bases, please. Then the system that has so many labyrinthine internal interconnections that it would be impossible to simplify by separation into loosely coupled or linked components might have to change a tad and a bureaucratic overelaboration bordering on lunacy: quadruple banked agencies, dozens or even scores of superfluous levels and officials with high flown titles unrelated to their actual function and access to the Emperor and his council not powerful and inscrutable eunuchs and by rival sports factions but the man behind the curtain it’s only business and the people we see on Fox New’s if they get back in power in say 2012 will change all that, hay I have some ocean front property in Florida, Orlando I would like to sell you granted may take a few years but such a deal. Hay Mr. Beck put that on your black board and please no crying if you do.

  14. B99 said on December 6th, 2009 at 9:40am #

    I don’t know – I can’t work up any sympathy for this misfit nut-job. You don’t be reading the Koran at psychology meetings, you don’t be derelict in your duties as a trained professional unless you are going to take a principled stance – which shooting your fellow travelers is definitely not. And what voice in his head told him it would be good for Muslims for a Muslim to shoot up Christians? Who’d want this guy as their psychologist? What was Ft Hood – a summer camp for the troubled ? Get him the fuck out the army. Too late now, he exited on his own terms.

  15. Mulga Mumblebrain said on December 6th, 2009 at 10:18am #

    Hasan had first-hand experience of the truth of US military atrocities in Iraq. These, as we know from various sources, including returning US military, have been widespread, insanely sadistic and almost universally unpunished. Rather like those other heroes of ‘Western Civilization’ the Israelis. And similar revelations are emerging of atrocities by the British. In the face of an unending War of Terror against the Islamic Middle East, with millions of deaths, injuries and exiles, so far, and the clear intention that it be intensified and spread to Iran and Pakistan, Hasan’s actions, in my opinion, were plainly not only understandable, but praiseworthy. He struck at the heart of the US military death-machine, that usually enjoys immunity from reprisal, safe, thousands of miles from where its victims, men, women and children, are obliterated, tortured and tormented. One omnipresent feature of murderous racists is that they feel no compunction in slaughtering the sub-humans that get in their way (in fact they thoroughly enjoy it) but if the untermenschen ever strike back, the racists’ fury at the affront to their delusions of invulnerability is profound, and deeply hypocritical.

  16. B99 said on December 6th, 2009 at 11:12am #

    I don’t buy it Mulga – whatever Hasan knew or knows. Certainly, Obama and Bush and Blair and… (fill in name) are criminals and practitioners of state terrorism. But from what I read of this guy, he’s just bad news – for Muslims, if no one else (well, certainly for the families of those he wasted). For one thing, if you have any sense of justice, you don’t join the military, especially the American military, whose mission to control the Middle East is practically it’s raison d’etre. He was also pretty much a zero on psychological help for anyone – and should have been removed from such a pretense long ago. No more good can come out of muddle-headed Quranic athletes than those who masturbate to the Bible or Talmud. I can’t help but see him as a whack job that snapped. Otherwise he’d have made himself more useful in another venue.

  17. Mulga Mumblebrain said on December 6th, 2009 at 2:48pm #

    B99, my point is that the US military is a killing machine that operates with impunity in destoying the lives of millions. The US, in its narcissistic and racist self-delusion, imagines that it can safely launch killing expeditions around the world, targeting men, women and children, from the safety of the ‘homeland’. The sooner it is disabused of that conceit, the sooner the world will be made safe from Yankee bloodlust. If Hasan had murdered civilians I could not support him, but ,in that he targeted potential killers or the enablers of killers, he was, in my opinion, legitimate, especially as he had inside information from his patients of the nature of the psychotic sadism visited on the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. So long as the US military sees fit to launch Hellfire missiles from airmchairs safe within the US ‘homeland’, those bases must be legitimate targets for any who see the murder of sleeping children, or simple peasant folk at weddings and funerals, as crimes against humanity, as I certainly do.

  18. Don Hawkins said on December 6th, 2009 at 4:23pm #

    Attempts have been made to break into the offices of one of Canada’s leading climate scientists, it was revealed yesterday. The victim was Andrew Weaver, a University of Victoria scientist and a key contributor to the work of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In one incident, an old computer was stolen and papers were disturbed.
    In addition, individuals have attempted to impersonate technicians in a bid to access data from his office, said Weaver. The attempted breaches, on top of the hacking of files from British climate researcher Phil Jones, have heightened fears that climate-change deniers are mounting a campaign to discredit the work of leading meteorologists before the start of the Copenhagen climate summit tomorrow.
    “The key thing is to try to find anybody who’s involved in any aspect of the IPCC and find something that you can … take out of context,” said Weaver. The prospect of more break-ins and hacking has forced researchers to step up computer security. Guardian

    Individuals have attempted to impersonate technicians man it’s getting ugly and in a short time I wonder who here in the States in the Senate will be attempted to impersonate. I wonder who are these climate-change deniers mounting a campaign your average citizen no they are on unemployment if they are lucky and so it goes and who wins? The human race no all other life forms no. Who is the force the life forms who are good at impersonation, illusion who could it be?

  19. Don Hawkins said on December 6th, 2009 at 5:46pm #

    Yes who are they well remember the movie the Matrix and agent Smith. Here is something I found on about dot com

    But for those who appreciate the philosophy of The Matrix, it is a wake-up call. The movie is considered to be far-ahead of its times. It challenges our understanding of perspective, reality and illusion, and many other intriguing concepts.

    It challenges our understanding of perspective, reality and illusion now your talking my language. Heck let’s go with intriguing concepts. Let’s take some words, quotes from the movie and change just a few words to challenge our understanding of perspective, reality and illusion can we do that?

    Trinity: I know why you’re here, Neo. I know what you’ve been doing… why you hardly sleep, why you live alone, and why night after night, you sit by your computer. You’re looking for him. I know because I was once looking for the same thing. And when he found me, he told me I wasn’t really looking for him. I was looking for an answer. It’s the question that drives us, Neo. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did.

    {next is what Neo said but let’s use we the people instead, “we” and the matrix just the system and Morpheus Let’s call him James)

    We: What is the system?

    James: I imagine that right now, you’re feeling a bit like Alice. Hmm? Tumbling down the rabbit hole?

    We: You could say that.

    James: I see it in your eyes. You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, that’s not far from the truth. Do you believe in fate?

    We: No.

    James: Why not?

    We: Because I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.

    James: I know *exactly* what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?

    We: The system.

    James: Do you want to know what it is?

    We: Yes.

    James: The system is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

    We: What truth?

    James: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

    James: I’m trying to free your mind. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.

    James: Free your mind.

    We: Whoa.

    We: Why do my eyes hurt?

    James: You’ve never used them before.

    James: Sooner or later you’re going to realize just as I did that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

    James: Have you ever had a dream, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?

    James: Welcome to the real world.

    We: Yeah. That sounds like a really good deal. But I got a better one. How about… I give you the finger… and you give me my phone call?

    Agent Smith/who could it be: Mr. Anderson… you disappoint me.

    We: You can’t scare me with this Gestapo crap. I know my rights. I want my phone call.

    Agent Smith/who could it be: Tell me, Mr. Anderson… what good is a phone call… if you’re unable to speak?

    Agent Smith/who could it be: The great James. We meet at last.

    James: And you are?

    Agent Smith/who could it be: A Smith. Agent Smith.

    James: You all look the same to me.

    {last lines]

    We the people: I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid… you’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.

    YES WE CAN!

  20. Don Hawkins said on December 6th, 2009 at 7:18pm #

    Are we going to stand up and give global politicians a hard slap in the face, to make them
    face the truth? It will take a lot of us – probably in the streets. Or are we going to let them
    continue to kid themselves and us, and cheat our children and grandchildren? James Hansen

    So far the vision from the global politicians is a new way of thinking, use the knowledge, reason, work together No it sure is not. Can we change there mind ask them to tale there soul back from the system it will take a lot of us can it be done? Al we know and can you get a permit George Soros feel up to the challenge Bill, Warren, let’s do this change the system Hollywood tired of bullshit yet and those commercials you call that using your mind? One voice calm at peace or we are going down and down hard. Some changes we can’t slow and some we can and yes a meteor could hit us or Yellowstone go let’s try. It has to start somewhere and so far nobody is doing that. Cap and trade is for wimps. What have we got to lose well blue in color round not flat and billions of years old and it will do just fine without us. A little pay cut well you can’t buy what you don’t have and you can’t eat money. Shocking isn’t it.

  21. Sam Bolivar said on December 7th, 2009 at 9:49am #

    @ Mikel Weisser:

    A fine article. BTW, have you seen the following blog item?

    http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2009/11/24/maj-nidal-hasan-as-a-manchurian-candidate-doesn%E2%80%99t-sound-as-crazy-today-as-it-might-have-yesterday/

    “Maj. Nidal Hasan As A Manchurian Candidate–Doesn’t Sound As Crazy
    Today As It Might Have Yesterday”
    Published November 24, 2009

    For peace & justice,
    Sam Bolivar
    moc.oohaynull@ecitsuJroFgnivirtS

  22. Don Hawkins said on December 7th, 2009 at 2:29pm #

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/07/us-climate-carbon-emissions-danger

    Maybe what needs to be done is not happening but this helps a little. Now I can watch Glenn Beck roll around on the floor and kick and cry and draw lines on his black board as we all go down the drain in not such slow motion. I have to say as I watch Beck I usually read stuff from the book of knowledge and the other day as old Glenn was drawing lines on his black board like a maniac I think it was Marcus Aurelius,

    Frequently consider the connection of all things in the Universe. … Reflect upon the multitude of bodily and mental events taking place in the same brief time, simultaneously in every one of us and so you will not be surprised that many more events, or rather all things that come to pass, exist simultaneously in the one and entire unity, which we call the Universe. … We should not say ‘I am an Athenian’ or ‘I am a Roman’ but ‘I am a Citizen of the Universe’. (Marcus Aurelius, 170AD)