Seventy five years ago today, the United States of America declared war on the Empire of Japan. America had what was widely recognized as a very good reason; the day before, Japanese forces bombed the air base at Pearl Harbor in the then territory of Hawaii.
That’s the last time America had a clear and present danger to itself as justification for declaring war. So why has America gone to war several times since?
The Korean War of 1950-1953 was a colossal failure. The United States got involved in an internal conflict when North Korea invaded South Korea. North Korea today is widely accused of having one of the worst human rights records in the world.
The Vietnam War of 1959-75 was between North and South Vietnam. Again, there was no “clear and present danger” to the United States.
In the 21st century, it could be argued that the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001 was an act of war; the headline on some newspapers named it so. But the War in Afghanistan didn’t begin because of an attack by that nation, but by a group of al-Qaeda and Taliban supporters. America didn’t declare war on Texas because of the Fort Hood shooting of 2009, or on the University of Massachusetts because of student participation in the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013.
The Iraq War began with the United States leading a “preemptive strike” (unprovoked attack) on the nation of Iraq in 2003. This was because the nation supposedly might pose a threat to the United States at some future point in time if certain things happened.
So why has America gone to war so many times in the last 75 years? I consulted with a friend who’s an expert on American military conflicts. How many wars had America declared in the last 75 years that proponents didn’t believe would benefit American corporations? Without hesitation, he answered, “none.”
Some of Donald Trump’s most prominent supporters are now backing away because of a 10-year-old tape in which he jokes about kissing women without asking and grabbing their genitals. Why? Haven’t they been paying attention?
The three-time married Donald Trump had an affair with his then future-second wife while married to his first, and impregnated her. He’s bragged about his womanizing in both speech and writing.
In addition, he promised to water-board terrorist suspects (which could include women) and do “more than that” even if it meant violating international treaties against torture. He promised to bomb fighters in Syria and “take our their families,” killing innocents including women and children in acts which could well be treated as war crimes, and then take their oil and sell it.
Then he wanted to violate the Constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion by barring all Muslims (including women) from coming to America.
His primary campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again,” which literally means he is saying that America, which certainly includes women, is not a great nation. (If you don’t believe that’s what it means, ask an English teacher.)
What happened with his continuing statements that were so outrageous they could be considered increasingly Anti-American? His popularity in America increased.
Now a 10-year-old tape of him making crude comments about women to another guy surfaces. So what? These are the same sort of comments probably millions of American men say to other American men when there aren’t any women around. But suddenly many of his supporters are shocked at Donald Trump’s morality in regard to women.
Why? Haven’t they been paying attention?
This blog borrows from Time Magazine’s Person of the Year: The Short List, No. 3, Donald Trump
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Troy Anthony Davis was executed five years ago in America for the slaying of a police officer among international controversy.
There was controversy over whether there was enough evidence to convict him. Many people, including Former FBI Director William Sessions, said there was not. And there was controversy over whether or not the death penalty was appropriate to a free nation in the 21st century. Put a man in jail, and if you made a mistaken you can release him. Kill him and it’s over.
Most witnesses against him recanted; one of the two remaining allegedly said he, not Davis, was the killer of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia, in 1991.
The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, passed in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, made it much more difficult for a convicted person to get appeals. Proponents claim it makes it harder for the guilty to postpone their execution with appeals; opponents claim it makes it harder for the innocent to postpone their execution and to show their innocence.
It largely comes down to a matter of priorities over life: would we rather let the guilty postpone their death, or the innocent be killed?
Dangerous Dogs, Untrained Handlers, Native Americans clash in protest over pipeline.There’s a big debate about a pipeline going through Amerind land where it could impact on both sacred ground and the availability of clean water. A federal judge has temporarily halted some construction. But I’d like to focus on the dogs brought in to “handle” the peaceful protest.
I’m not an expert in this kind of dog training like Jonni Joyce, who is interviewed in the video by Democracy Now. But I am familiar with it as a journalist who covered crime for many years and I have worked with animals including dogs for quite a few years. It’s obvious to me in this video that the dogs, the dog handlers, or both have not been properly trained. That is completely inappropriate and is, as can be seen in the video, dangerous. Several people and apparently a horse were bit. I’m sure heads are going to roll because of this.
Here’s a shorter Facebook version of the video.
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A small social experiment–would you stand at a buzzer just because everybody else does?
In “free” societies, it’s often used as an insult to call people “sheep.” We like to say, “Do your own thing,” and “Be yourself,” and “Don’t do that just because your friends do.”
But Homo sapiens are a social species. Most of us do go along with the crowd, even if we don’t know why. Even the most independent of us doesn’t desire to be ostracized from our own society.
So would you stand up?
Why can men go topless and women can’t? Should we not allow babies and toddlers to see breasts? If they’re older are they too old?
GoTopless Day is Aug. 28 this year. It’s always on the Sunday nearest Women’s Equality Day when women got the right to vote for gender equality.
Women can go topless (or with their nipples covered, usually with fake nipples, if they’re marching in a prudish area), and men can wear bikini tops and bras. To find out if it’s happening near you, check here.
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Chalk that headline up as another one that’s not quite what you might think it is but gets attention.
“Funnily enough, there’s actually nothing remotely incestuous about my sister and I planning to have a baby together,” said Australian Samuel Leighton-Dore. Samuel identifies as gay, and he and his partner Bradley Tennant wanted to have a child with both of their genes. As science isn’t yet quite up to converting sperm into eggs, Samuel’s sister Bronte is providing the egg. They plan to have someone else be the surrogate mother.
In spite of the planned non-incestual arrangement, this is already stirring up controversy not only about incest but about the option of adoption. While we aren’t experts on Australian laws on children, biologically it seems Samuel may essentially be adopting his sister’s biological child.
In any case, we wish them and any future children well.
How is having sex like having a cup of tea? If they wanted tea last week, does that mean they want it now? What if they wanted it an hour ago? What if they asked for it when they were awake, but now they’re asleep? Watch this (clean) video to find out.
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My Facebook friend Jake Estrada posted this on Facebook:
Here’s how we may be able to stop racism, and finally come forward as people. You stop talking about how you are white, black, purple or any other color out there. I stop calling you a white woman or man, you stop calling me a Puerto Rican man. I know you by your name. You know me by mine. We stop referring to other people by their ethnicity, we embrace the fact we are human. Now this may be hard for some to do right away, this may be difficult as we have had centuries of mental training to cling to our racial/ethnic backgrounds. Yet we can start today one day at a time, an embrace our uniqueness as people and fight for a better tomorrow for our children and their children. WE CAN DO THIS.
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