The Watering Hole; June 14

June the Fourteenth, year of our Lord, etc., etc.

In the US of A, June 14 is, by official declaration, a pseudo-holiday, a day of celebration known as Flag Day; the Stars and Stripes fly on homes, businesses, and on main streets all across the country. But . . . What’s it all about, really?

My mother always liked to tell her tale from a long long time ago, back when she was five, maybe six, years old. On that particular June 14th, she asked her mom why the main street was lined with flags. Her mom replied, “Because it’s your birthday, of course!”

She’d be 105 today. An unforgettable woman she was, and surely one of the most humanly generous — and caring — people ever born. So Happy Birthday, mum, wherever it is you might be. Know that flags still fly in celebration!

Meanwhile, one hundred and five years later, here we sit (or stand, or sometimes sleep) as the country of our birth — our heritage, our being, our raison d’etre — is being slowly, maliciously, and deliberately slaughtered, and the best we seem able to (barely) accomplish is to (barely) recognize the details of our forced and orchestrated plunge into a grave already dug, that deep hole which awaits only its bundled burden and the accompanying back-fill of dirt, all done in the spirit of . . . of what?

What’s up? I always was taught that we’re BETTER than that which we seem to have become, that America is a Christian nation, a country which cares for all souls, for all of life, for our planet and all else gifted to us by that oft-referred, oft worshiped, Great God In Heaven. Right?


A quick look around seems to at least suggest . . . maybe even convince . . . the already devout that it’s really only the unrighteous naysayers amongst us and in our midst — non-believers, obviously — who are responsible for the digging of our national grave. On the other hand, maybe . . . maybe just a quick glance in the mirror by those same ‘devoutees’ could/would far more precisely identify the ‘culprit(s)’? Or, given the pain implicit in THAT scenario, how about instead a perusal of the Bible, of the “word(s)” of their (emphasis mine) very own God as the source, the means to identify the REAL culprit(s) behind our programmed demise?

A quick (well, lengthy, actually) peek into the Great Surround of the Great Book reveals some interesting (godly?) concepts, to wit:

In the Book of Proverbs (Mishlai), among the verses traditionally associated with King Solomon, it notes, specifically, those “six things the Lord hateth, and the seventh His soul detesteth”, namely:

  1. A proud look
  2. A lying tongue
  3. Hands that shed innocent blood
  4. A heart that devises wicked plots
  5. Feet that are swift to run into mischief
  6. A deceitful witness that uttereth lies
  7. Him that soweth discord among brethren

Hmmm. Scary scary. Hmmm.

Moving on, maybe it’s better to ignore those (obviously CONTRIVED!) interpretations and stick instead to the pure word(s) of that biblical “god” Itself (as translated into English from the original Hebrew, Greek. Aramaic, whichever), who said, and I quote:

“Show No Mercy!” Deut 7:2
“Make no peace!” Deut 7:2
“March to War!” Numbers 32:20
“Ethnic cleanse!” Deut. 20:15
“Commit genocide!” Joshua 10:20
“Enslave!” Lev. 25:44
“Beat to death!” Ex. 21:20
“Kill women and chilldren!” Numbers 31:17, 1 Samuel 15:3
“Kill all prisoners!” Deut 7:2
“Destroy!” Deut. 7:16
“Annihilate!” Deut. 17:29
“Slaughter!” Deut. 13:15, Joshua 8:24
“Burn!” Deut. 13:15
“Torture!” Lev. 24:23, Numbers 5:11
“Massacre!” Numbers 21:2
“Exterminate!” Deut 2:34, Deut 3:3
“Crush!” Deut. 33:29
“Kill!” Joshua 9:24
“Destroy!” Deut 31:4
“Smote!” Esther 9:5
“Slash!” Judges 15:8
“Burn!” joshua 6:24
“Kill!” Joshua 10:10
“Kill!” Judges 11:33
“Kill!” Deut 9:3
“Loot!” Deut. 20:10
“Plunder!” Numbers 31:9, Deut 2:35
“Rape!” Numbers 31:18, Deut. 21:10, Judges 21:11
“Pillage!” 1 Samuel 23:5
“Kill!” Deut 9:3
“Kill!” Deut 20:15
“Kill!” Judges 21:11

So. All–mmighty then. God was (is?) a Republican . . . ??

Explains a lot, when you think of it.

OK: June 14 is Flag Day. My current response, this day, Flag Day, June 14 2013, is to once again, wave the good ol’ Stars & Stripes:

us flag

And, even after setting aside for the moment the silliness and stupidity of the political posture(s) implicit in America’s emergent neo-Fascist culture sometimes referred to as “Wingnuttistan,” or “Dumbfuckistan,” I do indeed recognize and celebrate the REAL Flag Day . . . as I bow and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the finest people ever born, one who would have NEVER gone along with any of the “six things the Lord hateth, and the seventh His soul detesteth” . . . or any other hate-based philosophy, regardless of source.

Happy 105th. Mom. Enjoy the peace, out there. And remember: this day’s for YOU! You earned it!

OPEN THREAD. June 14, 2013. Celebrate! Carpe Diem! Etc.

58 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; June 14

  1. “Sarah Palin Takes A Pay Cut and Does the Walk Of Shame Back to Fox News”

    I know is a political blog, not a news blog, so I’ll forgive the lack of journalistic standards. Palin is going back to Fox, but anything in the headline about her salary has to be pure speculation. No press releases mentioned her pay, and the author speculates that she has to be getting paid less because her last contract break-up was over money and Roger Ailes doesn’t need Sarah Palin, so why would he give her more? The author paints a picture of her crawling back to Ailes begging for a job. I would like it if it really happened that way, but I’d rather there be sources to back that up, not conjecture.

  2. Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV

    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts……so fucking there..!!

  3. This is why more and more people are apathetic or sick of politics and politicians and American Imperialism.

    This was a president elected to get us out of conflict in the Middle East, not to embed us even further in a cycle of sectarian conflicts and growing warfare. This was a president who said he didn’t oppose all wars, just dumb ones. Is there possibly a dumber war to intervene in than Syria’s current civil one? Obama’s foray into Libya was misguided and counter-productive and should have taught him a lesson. By arming radicals in Syria he’s caved to the usual establishment subjects who still want to run or control the entire world. Here’s what the effect will be: it will draw out the conflict still longer and kill more people, and get more countries involved. Perfect.

    I hate to say it but this president looks as if he is worse than weak here, he looks like he’s being dragged around by events and pressures like some sort of helpless rag doll.

    This is worse than a mistake. It’s a betrayal. He can go to hell.

  4. Last attempt – in repsonse to BMM’s Syria comment:

    Ironic isn’t it? Obama has taken up the “White Mans Burden”

    What I didn’t know was that this Kipling poem was written in response to the US taking over the Philipines from Spain in the Spanish-American War and then suppressing the Filipino independence movement bloodily.

    June 12th 1898 – Philipines Independence Day – I saw a sign on a shop just yesterday celebrating 115 years – had to look it up.

    • “The American soldier is different from all other soldiers of all other countries since the war began. He is the advance guard of liberty and justice, of law and order, and of peace and happiness.” ~Elihu Root, Secretary of War during the Spanish-American War (McKinley)

      Yes indeed. “. . . the advance guard of liberty and justice . . . ” etc. Uh huh. Back on November 4 2007, Evan Wallach wrote, in the Washington Post, an opinion piece on torture. As he noted,

      The United States knows quite a bit about waterboarding. The U.S. government – whether acting alone before domestic courts, commissions and courts-martial or as part of the world community – has not only condemned the use of water torture but has severely punished those who applied it. . . . a number of Japanese prison-camp officers and guards were convicted of torture that clearly violated the laws of war. They were not the only defendants convicted in such cases. As far back as the U.S. occupation of the Philippines after the 1898 Spanish-American War, U.S. soldiers were court-martialed for using the “water cure” to question Filipino guerrillas. . . .

      And the beat goes on, and on, and on. When you’re the world’s greatest, most powerful and most gifted, most generous nation . . . one which cares ONLY for the well-being of all upon the earth, well, then torture is . . . umm . . . OK. Apparently.

      Therein defines the essence of the human dilemma; i.e., we the species ain’t collectively smart enough to get past our own stupid foibles. Ever.

      • I have to wonder that the seemingly high prevalence of PTSD in the soldiers coming home from wars since Vietnam is not in part due to the counter-point between the selling of America done to American kids from their first days in school – ‘we’re #1’, ‘we’re exceptional in the world’, ‘leader of the free world’ and the discovery that the world isn’t just like the Lone Ranger, white hats and black hats.

        And that the cause isn’t universally and monotically ‘just’ as a direct consequence and it is the discovery of this that disorients the soldier almost from the very first day and they are unequipped to deal with the consequences from that point onwards.

        • Yeah, I remember well the ‘rah rah let’s kick ass in the Nam’ crapola that followed LBJ’s ascension to the presidential throne after the assassination of JFK. Lots of people suckered up to that nonsense; me, I said (under my breath, of course) ‘fuck off. It’s stupid. Leave me out of it.’ I managed to at least not get shot at by staying home working on bio-chemical warfare stuff. Not proud of that, but as someone once said, “Any port in a storm.”

          War. It basically has nothing to do with ANYTHING other than the money and the power warmongering can grant. To idiots only, of course, but heaven only knows there ain’ t no shortage in that department.

          Plus, God really does love war, and killing, rape, all that shit. See above; it is written.

    • I love this ‘ I do not believe in – evolution/genetics/gravity/substitute-your-scientific-fact-here’ shit – so funny. Oh wait, this guy is one of 9 people supremely interpretiing law in this country and rational thought seems to be missing from his frontal lobe.

  5. QOTD:

    “Clinton compared what the US could do in Syria to Ronald Reagan’s effort against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. But that covert operation of giving billions of dollars and high-tech weaponry to Afghan jihadis was a huge catastrophe, contributing to the creation and rise of al-Qaeda and setting the background for the emergence of the Taliban. It surely would have been far preferable to let the Soviets try to build a socialist state in Afghanistan, as they tried in Uzbekistan. The whole thing would have fallen apart in 1991 anyway. (There is no truth to the notion that the Afghanistan war bled the Soviet Union or contributed to its collapse. Soviet military spending was flat in the 1980s). The Reagan jihad destabilized both Afghanistan and Pakistan and left us with a long term terrorism problem. We let the Soviets alone in Kazakhstan, and we never worry about today’s Kazakhstan.

    You never, ever want to encourage the rise of private militias and flood a country with high-powered weaponry.” — Juan Cole

    • That last line should be blindingly obvious to anyone with brain cells and yet it never sinks in. At some point, the sectarian/political storm in the Middle East is going to ‘splode and there’s nothing that the US can or should do about it. I feel terrible for the greater part of the population that just wants “normal” life, going to work, playing with their kids, shopping for food… but it’s always the fanatical factions and the power-hungry “leaders” that fuck everything up. We can’t fix that.

      • The age old problem. Indeed. Some views on the matter, as written/spoken by others over the last five decades, give or take a day or two:

        “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. [. . . ]

        “As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow” ~Dwight D. Eisnhower, 1961 Farewell address to the nation

        And much more recently, this bit of truth:

        “Corporate America placed George W. Bush in the White House to wage endless war; to bankrupt the federal treasury to the extent that few social programs will survive, and virtually all of our tax dollars will go into supporting the military industrial complex. The people who put him in office intend to end public ownership of the commons, as well as all government programs that do not directly benefit the wealthy.

        “Let me clarify what this entails. If Bush and his handlers prevail in the class struggle, all social programs of value to the middle class and the poor, including Social Security, will be privatized and run for profit. The National Parks, National Forests, and all public lands will be privatized, and divvied up to private vendors such as the Disney Corporation. The public school system, like the public airwaves, will become for profit entities to serve corporate interests. Educating our children will be of secondary importance to the profitability of the corporations managing the schools. Every public service will be transferred to the private sector in order provide more wealth to corporate America at public expense.” ~Charles Sullivan; January 12, 2007

        Sadly, nothing ever changes. Idiots ultimately rule. Why is that?

  6. Watching Fox is like watching a dying campfire: They’re trying to pull a bunch of scattered embers together to get the fire going again. Unfortunately they’ve depleted the woodpile they were using to feed the flames and have discovered they only have sticks and twigs left but they are too wet to burn. Now they’re trying to restart the conflagration by throwing gas on the fire. We’re witnessing flames burst in the air that quickly die down.

    Poor Sean is down on his knees blowing his heart out, desperately attempting to keep the flame going.

    Saint Augustine @ Media Matters

    • 31 instances of senseless gun killings of children since 1999 and 1 instance of a dude trying to set his sneakers alight…. and yet we’re all taking our f**king shoes off to get on a plane and the guns..? Nothing.

      • I’m surprised he didn’t say, “Well, they were gonna grow up, get old, and die anyway, so no biggie.”

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