Monday, February 28, 2022

Traitors, Broadcasters and Commentary


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy makes a statement in Kyiv on Friday.
Photo credit: Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters

I thought FOX’s Mr. Carlson was better than this. 

Apparently, he’s allowing his FOX show commentary to be used on RT, Russian Today, the Russian state TV network, to justify Putin's invasion of Ukraine.  

If so, in some ways it is remarkably similar to past autocratic-loving, non-democratic, traitorous, broadcasters like Tokyo Rose or Axis Sally who were used to justify war against America and our allies during WWII. Except, they were forced to do their radio work against their country. It’s clear that Mr. Carlson favors autocrats such as Mr. Putin over democratically elected leaders such as Mr. Biden and Mr. Zelenskiy.

Tokyo Rose, a.k.a. Iva Toguri D'Aquino

"During (WWII), Tokyo Rose was not any one individual, but rather a group of largely unassociated women working for the same propagandist effort throughout the Japanese Empire. ... Toguri was accused of being the "real" Tokyo Rose, arrested, tried, and became the seventh person in U.S. history to be convicted of treason."

Axis Sally, a.k.a. Mildred Gillars

“American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally” is the fact-based story of Mildred Gillars, an aspiring American actress who was tried in 1949 on eight counts of treason for her role as a radio propagandist for Nazi Germany during World War II.”

Friday, February 25, 2022

The Case for Peace


Why Peace Makes Sense Even for the .01%.

We all know that if decisions were made based upon what is best for humanity we would have banished war a few million years ago. But that is not how our world turns, is it? Throughout history we have had war or wars every so many years because it is profitable and good for business for the people who are pulling our strings.

In fact, there has never been a time in the history of mankind in which we have had no wars, that is … violence, rape, pillaging, killing, slavery, economic subjugation, rebellions, crusades, and multiple holocausts. Reflect for just a second and you will see that today we have continuous war... war without end.

But as human beings and members of the 99.9%, we share a characteristic with millions of our brothers and sisters throughout the world: We just want to live our lives in PEACE and be left alone to enjoy the fruits of our labor. If we have freedom enough for that, well then, we're basically happy.


Tuesday, February 22, 2022

High Noon for America

Today, we are engaged in a life-or-death emergency, with nothing less than our heritage, our Democratic Republic at stake.

Will we summon up courage enough to survive as a nation, "...conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal"?

The Trumpist-Fascist Republican Party is now actively supporting anarchy, the overthrow of our Constitutional government. And, now, Trump and his sycophants have declared admiration for Putin as “genius” and “very savvy", as he invades the Ukraine.  

As it was for my father and mother's generation and their ancestors before them, the crucial question was... Whether keeping our nation alive is worth fighting for. Today, that question is now ours, as well, to answer.

Will we stand up for ourselves and fight to preserve our democracy? Will we resolve that these dead (our ancestors) shall not have died in vain? “That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom”? “That government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth"?

In a few days hence we will choose our destiny... our answer. 

What will it be? 

Will we become "craven cowards" or choose "love and duty"?

The Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln, 19 Nov 1863

High Noon (1952) Official Trailer - Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly Movie HD

‘High Noon’: A Remarkable Take on Society Whatever You Find Lurking Beneath Its Surface, Sven Mikulec.

Do not forsake me, oh, my darling - Tex Ritter original soundtrack High Noon

High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) Song by Tex Ritter

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'

On this, our weddin' day

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'

Wait, wait along

I do not know what fate awaits me

I only know I must be brave

And I must face a man who hates me

Or lie a coward, a craven coward

Or lie a coward in my grave

Oh, to be torn twixt love and duty

S'posin', I lose my fair haired beauty

Look at that big hand move along

Nearin', high noon

He made a vow while in state prison

Vowed it would be my life or his'n

I'm not afraid of death but, oh

What will I do if you leave me?

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'

You made that promise as a bride

Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'

Although you're grievin', don't think of leavin'

Now that I need you by my side

Wait along, wait along

(Wait along)

Wait along, wait along

(Wait along, wait along, wait along, wait along)

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Tiomkin Dimitri / Washington Ned

High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) lyrics © Volta Music Corp.