Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day, and more

  • Joshua Snyder on American Memorial Day. I'm pro-military but: Neocons and other statists and militarists decry the happy fact that Memorial Day for today's Americans is all about hanging out in backyards and having a good time. Perhaps Americans realize in their hearts that no American soldier or sailor has died defending (or promoting) any American's freedom in the past 150 years. So enjoy the day guilt-free, and enjoy what freedoms you have left. Also: an article by Paul Craig Roberts. I like to say that for our élite there are no more countries (they don't care about you or me) but Gen. Smedley Butler (a Marine) figured it out many decades ago. "War is a racket."
  • Told you so: The world isn't better off because of the Iraq War. “Well, the world is better off without a bad guy like Saddam, so it wasn’t a mistake.” OK, except this is completely inaccurate. The world is not better off without Saddam. Why? Because for all his faults, Saddam Hussein presided over a stable Iraq, served as a buffer to (a now more powerful) Iran and was no religious fanatic. When we invaded and removed him, we created a power vacuum in the country, a vacuum then filled by brutal ISIS.
  • Takimag's Gavin McInnes: Idle hands do time. False: The sociopaths who gain pleasure from hurting people are extinct.
  • Dogs have been man's best friend for 40,000 years.
  • When I was a kid I took "Star Trek" as seriously as it took itself. Now I see it's essentially the same show as "Gilligan's Island," a fable about Middle America (both with hot chicks), but with "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits"-like elements, and taking itself as seriously as those shows, most of the time.

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