Archive for the Vietnam Category

Ali (June 6, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Courts, FBI, Judiciary, Justice, Military, Newspapers, NSA, On [Traits/Characteristics], Race, Religion, Society, Sports, Supreme Court, Vietnam, War on June 6, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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3          “Some individuals are known by their first names.  Attila, Twiggy, Cher, Oprah.  ‘Ali’ was his brand after he rejected the name he was branded with at birth.”

5          “Yet the name he repudiated – Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. – reeks of royalty and speaks respect.  Sounds like the name of someone who would sport a repp tie, but he had to elude those who wanted to place a noose around his neck.”

3          “And then he made them place a few medals around his neck.  Have you noted that one hundred percent of those who insist on calling him ‘Cassius Clay’ despise him and despise Blacks.”

5          “Life provides so many revealing tells.”

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5          “Rare is the young American who musters the poise, focus and conviction to change name and religion when the change will be universally and publicly excoriated.”

3          “And then when they tried to muster him into the military and threatened him with conviction, he confronted them with his convictions.”

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5          “The Associated Press photograph of him sporting a tasteful, conservative suit and tie while being escorted through a gauntlet of uniformed soldiers from an armed forces examining station in Houston, Texas after refusing to join the Army is a powerful tableau of conscience confronting power.”

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3          “When his legal case went to the Supreme Court, the Court went to unprecedented lengths and widths and heights and bent over backwards and forwards and sidewards to exonerate him without creating a precedent that would apply to anyone else.  Rare if not unique justice for a rare if not unique man.  If everyone else in America could receive just one one hundredth the judicial attention he received, we would live in a just Republic.”

5          “Courts usually bend over backwards and forwards and sidewards to uphold whatever the government inflicts on an individual.”

3          “In a just Republic, other young men, black and white, etc., would and should be able to cite Clay [(, also known as Muhammad Ali)] v. United States, 403 U.S. 698 (1971), to object to participation in an unconscionable war.”

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5          “In a secret operation code-named “Minaret”, the National Security Agency monitored the communications of Ali and others and provided information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

3          “The time-honored way that America celebrates its heroes.”

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5          “At the time, I was told that we were born to be outwardly reserved and yet inwardly confident.  Ali, I was told, was born into circumstances that forced him to exude bravado because he spoke for millions of oppressed and suppressed people.”

3          “So he may have been too humble and reserved under the circumstances?”

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5          “Unlike most, he had swift hands; like all, he had clay feet.  We can properly eulogize him properly yet not canonize him unequivocally.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The FBI File:  The American Imprimatur Of Success (January 18, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“I am America.  I am the part you won’t recognize.  But get used to me.  Black, confident, cocky.  My name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.”

“War is against the teachings of the Qur’an.  I’m not trying to dodge the draft.  We are not supposed to take part in no wars unless declared by Allah or The Messenger.  We don’t take part in Christian wars or wars of any unbelievers.”

“Keep asking me, no matter how long,
On the war in Vietnam, 
I sing this song:
I ain’t got no quarrel with no Viet Cong.”

“Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong.”

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?      No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.      This is the day when such evils must come to an end.  I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars.  But I have said it once and I will say it again.  The real enemy of my people is here.      I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.  If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow.      I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs.  So I’ll go to jail, so what?  We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”

“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America.  And shoot them for what?  They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father…  Shoot them for what?  How can I shoot them poor people?  Just take me to jail.”

“At home I am a nice guy, but I don’t want the world to know.  Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.”

 

Seriously Sizing Up Syria Seizing Up (October 12, 2015)

Posted in Afghanistan, Bush, Climate, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Foreign Policy, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Newspapers, Russia, Sports, Syria, Vietnam, War on October 12, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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7          “They could make it easier if they wore jerseys with numbers.”

8          “The good folks could sport odd numbers and the bad folks could sport even numbers on their uniforms.”

7          “Or the good folks could use even numbers and the bad folks could use odd numbers.  Or use different defining colors.  Or stitch the sponsor of the team on the back of the jersey.”

8          “During the Southeast Asian War Games conducted in ‘nam, a ‘Stars and Stripes’ newspaper cartoon depicted two identical individuals in pajamas and flip flops – one described as ‘Friend’ and one described as ‘Enemy’.”

7          “Nothing changes.  Discerning one’s friends and one’s enemies among those wearing towels and sandals is vexing.”

8          “The great feud between the Shia and the Sunni seems akin to the great feud between the Hatfields and McCoys.  No one was right and no one really knew what they were fighting for and no one really knew why they were fighting.”

7          “The reality is that the enemy of my enemy is not my friend, the enemy of my enemy is my enemy.”

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7          “Most folks are more comfortable with what the nerdy folks describe as a ‘Manichean’ division into good and bad, or right and wrong, or us and them.  International relations are described as a balance of power and depicted with a scale.  A pint of water on one side can be balanced with a pound of whatever on the other side.  Yet international relations are more akin to multiple Calder mobiles strung and hung together.  Tug on one string and everything tips out of balance.  The unprovoked invasion of Iraq by then President Cheney and Vice President Bush in 2003 was the great tug that triggered the imbalance accelerating today.”

8          “Toss a rock in the pond and watch the concentric circles and the eccentric responses.  The lack of water in Syria and other places is fueling the fury.  A drought of water leads to a drought of hope.  The world is transitioning from wars over oil to wars over water.”

7          “And wars over currency.  Everything is out of balance.”

8          “Seems that global climate change is bringing about global change.”

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8          “For the U.S., ‘Iraq’ is Arabic for ‘Vietnam’.  For Russia, ‘Syria’ may be Arabic for ‘Afghanistan’.”

7          “‘Waterloo’ is French for ‘Waterloo’.”

8          “Or Esperanto for ‘quagmire’.”

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7          “We make decisions with limited information.  Look at who is for and who is against going to war.  Former General Wesley Clark suggests that the United States seeks to take out Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.  The Neo-conservatives in America want the United States to be mired in constant war everywhere on the planet all the time.  They keep getting us in trouble.”

8          “The bad folks.  Do they have even or odd numbers?  What color are their uniforms?”

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7          “Much of the fighting is a prolonged currency war between the United States and many other countries.  The United States is slowly losing the franchise on the world’s reserve currency.”

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[See the e-commentary at World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014) and Le Dollar – World’s Reserve Currency? (November 28, 2011).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Are they doing the watusi when they should be doing the hokey pokey?

Giuliani – Draft Dodger And Chickenhawk (March 2, 2015)

Posted in Draft, Hypocrisy, Vietnam, War on March 2, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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5          “He dodged the draft – catch this – by claiming that he needed to be a clerk for a federal judge in New York.”

7          “Now I’ve heard everything.  The guys in the trenches on the front lines always bemoaned and blasted the Rear Echelon Mother Fighter, the REMF, who had no idea what combat is like.  Lollygagging in New York is the ultimate Rear Echelon Mother Fighter job.”

5          “Glass houses are revealing places.”

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5          “He exploited ‘9/11’ for fame and fortune.”

7          “He coined the phrase ‘9/11’ as a noun, a verb and even a conjunction.”

5          “Using the catastrophe at the World Trade Center as a profit center is unseemly.”

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5          “Democrats such as McGovern, Gore, Kerry, Cleland, and Webb are war veterans.  Republicans such as Giuliani, Bush, Cheney, Romney and Ashcroft are draft dodgers.  Democrats don’t like going to war unless necessary.  Republicans do like going to war but like to send others to fight the war.”

7          “We need to bring back the draft to force the Ruling Class to struggle with avoiding it.”  

5          “Glass houses are revealing places.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Chickenhawks For War

“No one man nor group of men incapable of fighting or exempt from fighting should in any way be given the power, no matter how gradually it is given them, to put this country or any country into war.”  Ernest Hemingway, “Notes on the Next War:  A Serious Topical Letter,” Esquire, September 1935.

Syria: Gas and Fog (August 26, 2013)

Posted in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Military, Vietnam on August 26, 2013 by e-commentary.org

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C1        “There are times when a line in the sand is one side of a box you build around yourself.”

C2        “When you have someone trapped in a corner, you are also in a corner.  For centuries, nations have outlawed going to war and then regularly gone to war.  For one hundred years, all civilized nations have banned the use of poison gas and very few nations have used poison gas.”

C1        “But what if all the nations decide not to go to war against a nation that or individual who uses poison gas?”

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C1        “I was against attacking Iraq and against attacking Afghanistan and am still against attacking Iran.”

C2        “And you were also against attacking Vietnam at a very young age.”

C1        “I don’t see this proposed attack as in our national interest.  Once again, the draft dodgers and neo-cons want to get America involved in another ill-conceived war to serve their individual interests.  Let them commit their sons and daughters first.”

C2        “They are beating the drums of war and drowning out the guitars of peace.”

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[See the “e-ssay” titled The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Bombs away

We will get fooled again

It is time to draw the line on drawing lines

All Gave Some ; Some Gave All (April 1, 2013)

Posted in Banks and Banking System, Bernanke, Gay Politics, Iraq, Society, Vietnam, Writing on April 1, 2013 by e-commentary.org

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1          “It expresses a universal and timeless truth.  It is a precisely balanced six-word memoir.  It is a pleasant and pleasing palindrome.  It is the perfect poem.  It is It.”

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1          “No joke.”

2          “No, joke.”

1          “No joke.”

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[See the article at http://www.oftwominds.com/blog.html dated today.  No joke.  See also http://ukiahcommunityblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/the-treason-of-the-intellectuals/.]

April – National Poetry Month

Bumper stickers of the week:

There are no unwounded soldiers.

Show or tell?  Show, don’t tell.

Get it right, Write it right.

Cure writer’s block – Exercise, listen, think; Exercise, listen, think – Writer’s block cured.

Character is fate; Fates shape character.

Republicans like GLBA; Democrats like LGBT.

Addiction is too consuming; Destitution is too constricting; Dissolution is too confining; Might as well live.  (With a nod to Dorothy Parker).

“Iraq” Is Arabic For “Vietnam” (March 18, 2013)

Posted in Iraq, Vietnam on March 18, 2013 by e-commentary.org

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[See the “e-ssays” collected under “Iraq” https://e-commentary.org/category/iraq/ in the “Categories.”]

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Bumper stickers of the week (on vehicles in the parking lot of an Unitarian church conducting a seminar for members of the military considering conscientious objector status in 2007):

Ford F150:    Kill them all and let God sort them out

Prius:             Coexist                       Dissent is patriotic

Dodge Ram:   God bless our troops especially our snipers

Volvo 122 S Estate Car:   War is not the answer             Give peace a chance

Chevy Silverado:  When it absolutely positively has to be destroyed overnight – U.S. Marines

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Move To Amend: Occupy The Courts (January 23, 2012)

Posted in Citizens United Decision, Courts, Move To Amend, Occupy Movement, Supreme Court, Vietnam on January 23, 2012 by e-commentary.org

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C1          “Friday was a formal ‘Conference Day’ for the Supremes.  I doubt they conferred and expressed doubts about their decision.”

C2          “Citizens United is uniting citizens.”

C1          “These rallies unite the old Vietnam War protest crowd and the kids who recently were able to drink legally.”

C2          “The gathering of the gray hairs and the long hairs.  I looked around and wondered what the kids of the Vietnam crowd were doing on an overcast day.  And what the parents of the protesting kids were doing.” 

C1          “Working, if they are lucky.  To be have a job and get time off is a rarity today.  You have to hand it to the Supreme Court Police who handled the situation judiciously.”

C2          “The right presence and not a riot presence.  Wearing their blue uniforms and regular hats and not sporting the black Darth Vader riot gear, riot shields and riot clubs was a calming influence.”

C1          “Another day at the office.  The ceremonial barrier ringing the stairs was well positioned to allow the public to assemble and the police to establish a reasonable buffer.”

C2          “That ‘three percent’ is always there and made up what . . . about three percent of the crowd?  The dozen kids who trashed some of the barriers and advanced up the stairs did not advance the cause.  I understand their outrage, yet replacing the broken barriers will require public resources that could be used to provide fencing around a playground.”

C1          “When the group knocked down the barrier and moved up the steps of the Court, the Supreme Court Police had to make a quick decision.  Allowing the group to advance up three steps was about as much real estate as they could reasonably yield.”     

C2          “The violence done inside the Court does not justify or excuse the destruction done outside.  There is something about the right to peaceably assemble.”

C1          “No mace, no beatings, no arrests.  Nice touch.”

C2          “However, there may come a time when it will be necessary for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country and to storm the ramparts.”

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[See the “e-ssays” titled “Bill/Melinda and Warren, It Is Time To Get Into The Game (January 25, 2010) and “Corporations United (Feb. 15, 2010).”]

[See “www.movetoamend.org.”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Do courts exist for the benefit of judges and corporations or for the benefit of the people?

When money speaks, the Truth is silent.

The system is not broken.  It is fixed.

Negroes are not citizens.  Dred Scott (1857) (mooted by the 14th Amendment); Corporations are persons.  Citizens United (2010) (mooted by the 28th Amendment?)

I won’t believe that a corporation is a person until Texas executes one.