Tomas Young is an inspiration to us all.
His advocacy and his message led to him becoming the subject of a documentary film entitled “Body of War” which documented his transition back into society as well as his activism and advocacy efforts following his injury.
Standing up for what’s right is something that comes second nature to Tomas, despite being wheelchair bound. Thats what I call heart.
Plagued by mishaps and medical setbacks, (the most recent of which was having his colon removed;), ever since that fateful moment he ended up in a snipers sight, or line of fire, Tomas Young currently lives in hospice care and is preparing to die;
Naturally, he wasn’t going without first saying goodbye to those responsible for the Iraq War.
His “Last Letter” offers an extremely powerful condemnations of war; made all the more powerful because it obviously comes from a very real place.
Watch the clip, read the text; let it all sink in and then let me know about your thoughts while you’re at it!
- Pawns Are Always Expendable When Played (thepeoplesvoice.org)
- Iraq veteran goes from political to personal (wyff4.com)
- Veterans Commit Suicide From a Good Conscience (leaksource.wordpress.com)
- Bush’s Lame Defense of Iraq War Decisions Is Outrageous (truthdig.com)
- Recommended Documentary “Body of War” (rigohc.wordpress.com)
- Baffling Rise in Military Suicides (NYTimes.com)
- An Army of One
I’m glad theres at least one reporter who has a fucking brain these days and isn’t willing to just go along with whatever the Obama administration says should go, like the rest of the mainstream media that isn’t FOX News, at least.
The part he was just coming to at the end is really the most powerful and the most prescient portion of his argument and it’s what we are witnessing at the moment from the Obama administration and is something we will be forced to reconcile one way or another, especially considering how very little concern Obama has shown for his actions.
Until we show the Obama administration that we are not willing to just give up without a fight, and that we do not in fact condone it’s present course of behavior; then we should expect more and more and more egregious steps to be taken until the administration is met with some kind of response from us.
What’s your take on it? Do you think Obama is justified in doing something like that? Or do you think he has his head in the political sand and essentially has absolutely no idea whats going on in the first place?
- Guess Who Joined Team Benghazi Last Night? (balloon-juice.com)
- Must Applaud Glenn Greenwald (iowntheworld.com)
- Bill Maher Needs To Spend Some Real Time Thinking About His Ass-Backwards Stance on Muslims (sammyscoops.wordpress.com)
- Bill Maher on Benghazi: ‘I Still Don’t Know What the Scandal Is’ (theblaze.com)
- Glenn Greenwald brings facts and reason to ‘Real Time’, ruins Bill Maher’s night (mondoweiss.net)
Bill Maher Needs To Spend Some Real Time Considering Misguided Stance Toward Muslims:I have a lot of respect for Bill Maher and I agree with him on many points, enjoying the way he delivers his points with acerbic humor and sarcasm. In that sense he’s a man after my own heart, but his hardline stance on the religion of Islam is as confusing to me as someone who’s pro-life but advocates war and the death penalty; a walking contradiction unto itself sitting down, making no more sense than many of the conservative policies he’s enjoyed so much commercial success poking fun of.
For someone who’s clearly intelligent, and claims to be an atheist on top of that to suddenly begin singling out one religion as being worse than all the others is somewhat ludicrous. I mean his documentary movie “Religulous” was all about poking fun at the craziness that’s secretly all modern religions if you look hard enough or as I like to say; each organized religion is as bat-shit crazy as the next; they just take a different flavor Kool-Aid is all.
I feel Chris Mathews made an excellent point when he was recently on the show when Maher went on one of his anti-Muslim tirades, saying things like
“most Muslims-at least half of them, I think, around the world-think it is ok to kill someone if they insult the prophet. And that is a big problem. That is a clash of civilizations.”
It does make him sound like he’s giving the late Osama bin Laden everything he wanted by way of inciting a damaging and costly holy war or at least the perception of one between the United States and those of the Islamic faith; too easily dismissing people of the Islamic faith as being terrorists and alienating them in the process.
Although he typically possesses more free thought, or so I thought, than he has exhibited on this subject; it would seem he chooses not to use it, blindly accepting the Obama administration and the Bush administration before its weak rationale for the reasoning behind curtailing our civil liberties, the murder of US citizens overseas as in the case of Al-Awaki, the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists as happens at Guantanamo, and the aggressive prosecuting of whistle blowers to proportions unseen before the current administration, most notably with Bradley Manning, or the recent AP incident.
Maybe it’s the fact that he donated a million dollars to his campaign this past election and has a refusal to accept that it’s been a bad investment for him.
When I first heard him say some blatantly anti-Muslim shit on his show, I thought to myself, surely I must have misheard, he misspoke, or I missed the punchline to his joke. Maybe my overactive imagination was at work yet again, making mountains out of mole hills. Surely he would go on to vindicate himself through saying something to the contrary, maybe even a “gotcha”, or that it would be put into context, but this was not the case.
Nothing was to come in the form of rebuttal; strange given the fact I typically agree with nearly everything this guy says; it’s witty, it’s funny, it’s honest in making fun of our political reality in all of its absurdity; it’s butter.
On this issue however, it smacks of being off brand margarine, devoid of it’s fancy packaging, or any flavor, it’s easy for me to believe this shit’s not butter.
What most pisses me off, and gives me added cause to worry about is the likelihood his bigoted stance will encourage those already of a more hard-line persuasion that they are being moderate or reasonable even; in addition to potentially misleading others who have come to place faith in his political commentary as being relatively on point (just delivered comically), as is the case with myself.
I can hear their argument now, “see, even Bill Maher believes Muslims are the problem”; using it as a justification for their continued xenophobia, their discrimination, their hatred and their desire for persecuting the Muslim population.
By using his show to air these misguided and mistaken beliefs, he effectively joins the ranks of the Rush Limbaugh‘s and Glenn Beck’s and all those like them; a shock jock like Howard Stern and nothing more. Just another talking head blatantly opining without any regard for accuracy, or quality in his opinion or its contents. By choosing to spread anti Islamic hate speech, Maher only gives comfort to those who would say we truly are in the midst of a jihad.
Exceptions Rather Than The Rule:
Yes, there are concrete examples of Muslims desiring to cause us harm. Unfortunately, both 9/11 and the recent bombing of the Boston Marathon were carried out by those who professed to follow Islam.
This in and of itself does not serve to prove or to justify Mahers point as being a valid one anymore than the Westboro Baptist Church is evidence that Christianity is intolerant, or the molestation scandals involving priests would imply that all who practice Catholicism like to diddle little boys, or that it stems from their religion.
Where Maher fails, as do many of us, especially in these times of fear, is in making the effort to see the situation through the eyes of another, placing yourself in their shoes for a moment (if its possible for yourself); doing this allows us to see that deep down we aren’t so different underneath it all.
One opposing view that it would be reckless and folly for us to ignore is that of the people we have consistently rained down death upon since the year 2001. What do you suppose it is they see when they see us? Are we not Christians? Is that not violence? In terms of sheer death and destruction, the massive body count and pile of rubble we leave behind us solidify us as being the most violent and destructive society in history. period. end of point. We are more destructive than anything that has existed on this earth before us. How eager are we all to be judged by world or by god (if you believe in one) on the merits of actions we played no direct part in?
For the first time I could remember, I couldn’t help looking at Bill Maher like he was at least semi-retarded… The degree to which he attempted to defend Christianity against those heathens who practice Islam was baffling and sickening to witness in someone who supposedly flat-out doesn’t believe in it at all.
(Did Bill suddenly decide to eat the poison apple?)
I’m not sure who exactly he desires these brownie points for, or with, but I just hope his high ass knows that they’re not actually brownies or made of chocolate (I’m not sure that anybody has told him this, he must have the munchies).
I really still can’t get over how belligerent he insists on being in his new pastime of being an ignorant fuck…. he sounds just like most of his more conservative contestants who like an addict hide their guilty pleasure of racism from themselves; oblivious to it’s existence despite it being as plain as day for everyone else to see so clearly.
That very same fuck, or those very same fuck(s) I’ve heard him rail against time after time after time on his show; easily making them out to be just plain ignorant or dumb, and now it turns out he should be doing it into a mirror.
Casting a blanket characterization that all people of one religion, Islam, have a greater propensity towards violence than others is just plain retarded, especially for someone who loves talk about how they’re an atheist, and thinks that all religions are stupid.
This view is no less racist and no less discriminatory than those views of black people he looks down on as being backwards, and intolerant. Why would something apply in one instance, or fit on one hand and not fit on the other?
Prejudiced, is prejudiced, hate is hate; fear is fear; backwards is backwards; right is right; and wrong is wrong, one equals the other no matter how you slice and dice it.
That is why I was especially glad Glenn Greenwald happened to be the guest on his show this last week; checking Maher hard into the boards just as he started to get out of line.
Glenn Greenwald is the only person I’ve seen really stand up to him and challenge his views when he gets on this tangent. When it got brought up this past week or so, Bill Maher looked like he had just got owned over the entire issue having the fact he knows nothing of what he speaks laid plain before his entire audience as he got his tongue twisted and nearly had himself a little shit fit; looking notably flabbergasted from the experience.
Finally Something About the Muslim Population That Makes Sense on Real Time With Bill Maher: Glenn Greenwald
I don’t know how it is that I just really became acquainted with the work of Glenn Greenwald, but I have to say he easily offers one of the best assessments of the situation we now find ourselves in; both in terms of our eroding civil liberties and congressional and judicial oversight and the continued growth of executive power here at home as well as the increased anti-American sentiments within the Muslim world; both of which are a result of our War on Terror.
(You can follow that link to see what else I have to say on that)
If you don’t already subscribe to his RSS feed, you should and I don’t recommend that lightly.
I would like to know where you all stand on this issue; I know it’s a sensitive one which is by no means agreed upon by everyone or even most people;
So let’s get this party started and found out where everyone and their opinion is currently standing.
Nows your time to chime in if you’d like to, I know I’d like to know whether your opinions fall more in line with the host Bill Maher, or with the journalist for the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald?
Or is your take entirely your own?
Drop me a comment and lets find out!
What’s the Word?
- Bill Maher Gets Owned by Glenn Greenwald (loonwatch.com)
- Glenn Greenwald brings facts and reason to ‘Real Time’, ruins Bill Maher’s night (mondoweiss.net)
- ‘Liberal Bull****’: Bill Maher Calls Out Prof. Claiming All Religions Are Equally Violent (theblaze.com)
- The Joke is on Bill Maher (counterpunch.org)
Sink Or Swim
This is a point in our history that we will look back on as coming to define our course of action for the foreseeable future. Where we go from here will determine whether we right ourselves or expedite the sinking process; either way, our ship is failing, it’s up to us and our immediate actions to determine the outcome
We now face a moral dilemma of the highest order, a crisis of conscience as we struggle to recognize something already well-known to the rest of the world. It is us and not Al Qaeda, the Taliban or Iran that is the largest terrorist organization in the world; the United States government and what it represents.
We also struggle to in our treatment of those being illegally detained at Guantanamo Bay, which is apparently still open and ready for business, of the shadiest variety; Obama’s punch drunk campaign promises to close this blight upon our nation, renouncing everything it had stood for under Cheney and Bush continues to this day; undeterred and uninhibited.
Walks Like A Terrorist:
This is the very same place where our best and brightest went to fight against terrorism and the threat of it spreading; water-boarding and torturing those they suspected as terrorists in search of answers; becoming that which they sought in the process yet never suspecting themselves.
There’s no such thing as necessary evil when in the service of good, that’s just what those that let evil into their hearts tells themselves; having become wolves in sheep’s clothing, the devil’s in the detail.
As of now, the majority of the 166 prisoners left at Guantanamo are known not to be guilty of being anything…other than shit outta luck; sorry, our apologies, better luck next life, but thanks for playing.
Having this knowledge in front of them, that they’ve been pursuing the wrong angles, torturing the wrong people and that innocent men remain incarcerated, the CIA operates with all the blazing fast speed of your common slimy garden creäture, giving a whole new meaning to snail mail…..
Despite his emphatic claims made while punch drunk adoration and the roar of the crowd, Obama opened his mouth and let whatever wanted to come out, to come out. Having shown his true colors after re-election, I already feel like asking for a refund on a purchase not yet 6 months old. Despite his beset efforts to keep the stickiness that is the situation we now face at Guantanamo, Obama will soon come to realize he will be forced to face it one way or another;
Like the prisoners, escaping this troublesome situation is not an option.
Still subjected to the inhumane and degrading treatment at the hands of their captors as they had in the beginning, despite it being general knowledge they almost certainly have no ties to any terrorists, many of the prisoners have gone on hunger strike until they gain basic human rights and are once again treated with dignity;
A Government Acting Without Reason
Unfortunately judging by the lack of government response or change in the guards actions, most sources familiar with the situation are in agreement that dignity will come to them on the other side; eminent deaths related to the strike are now highly likely.
Rather than meeting their basic demands, medical people will have them forcibly restrained as a feeding tube gets shoved down their throat and they are left tied to their bed, only to have the process repeated the next morning. This brutal treatment only increases the amount participating in the strikes, now totaling 92, over one half, ensuring the medical staff to be overworked n attempting to prevent the deaths from happening.
This situation bears a good deal of resemblance to one faced by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with 9 IRA members being held in captivity that went on hunger strike until they were recognized as being political prisoners and not being held on the pretense of criminal charges; it never happened, Margaret Thatcher watched those 9 men and women starve to death and didn’t bat an eye about it…..even gaining a begrudging respect for them in the process for having done it. .
Do You Feel Lucky? Well Do Ya Punk?
Unfortunately for him, Obama can ill afford to go this route. Unlike Thatcher who at least had some semblance of a reason for holding the IRA members on at least trumped-up criminal charges, Obama can no longer even produce those to prove our continuing to hold them.
Also, when combined with the empty pledge to have already closed the base by now, and in light of the recent reports that the Boston bombing was in fact motivated by retaliation for our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq which we’ve devastated and terrorized through a campaign of indiscriminate bombing; leaving with little other than death and destruction to show for our efforts in the region aside from massive body counts and guilty consciences.
Unless he makes a stand and does the right thing for these people who have been held captive without any opportunity to legally clear themselves, subjected to various forms of torture and god knows what else; unless he does right by them, he is invited yet another Boston or worse by saying our nation is filled with Hubris and believes itself above the law, international or otherwise;
The more Obama uses tries to hide from it or deny it, the more he says we resemble nothing like a nation that stands for something; like his nobel peace prize he did not earn; we are for nothing.
In a stunning twist of irony, these prisoners stand to do the United States more damage by virtue of being incarcerated than they could ever have potentially done on the outside before or after having been made a part of this terrorist summer camp.
Unlike the bomb or their bomb plots which were a fictive, byproducts of our over-active collective imaginations, these prisoners now can do us more harm by giving up their lives peacefully while incarcerated;
dying on the hunger strike, damning us far more in the eyes of the world, even our own people wouldn’t be able to look at government the same after something like that. Revealed once and for all time, the it’s hypocritical existence filled with contradictions.
The whole world is watching President Obama, and our actions or inactions on this matter can have even the most dire effects on our own citizens, inviting domestic terrorism where there had previously been none as the events in Boston has shown us.
No longer do these United States enjoy an unlimited free pass for our actions; our policies and our actions elsewhere have consequences, some of which we may not like new concepts made aware to the American conscience no longer possessing the automatic ability to stay so blissfully ignorant to the atrocities undertaken by our very own government and their potential effects on them, and on us.
No more empty promises
No more blank checks
No more government sponsored terrorism in the name of any cause
No more blindly endorsing the empty rhetoric of our president or the atrocities actually behind them, undertaken by our own government, in all our own names.
From this point on, nobodies innocent at this stage in the game there’s blood on all our hands.
Below I’ve listed some good articles about what’s going on with the hunger strikes Give them a look and Let me Know What the word is!!!
- | Disgracing democracy: The lost Briton of Guantanamo! (truthaholics.wordpress.com)
- Margaret Thatcher did give go-ahead for talks with republicans at the height of hunger strikes (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- U.S. sending more medics to Guantanamo (worldbulletin.net)
- Boston Marathon bombing suspect: enemy combatant or common criminal? (miamiherald.com)
- Half of Guantanamo on hunger strike (bbc.co.uk)
- Boston suspect Tsarnaev is ‘enemy combatant,’ says Lindsey Graham (tv.msnbc.com)
- Shaker Aamer and the dirty secrets of the war on terror | Seumas Milne (guardian.co.uk)
- Guantánamo: It’s Obama’s disgrace now (salon.com)
- What’s Happening To Guantánamo Detainees Right Now Is Unjustifiable (businessinsider.com)
- How Guantánamo’s horror forced inmates to hunger strike (guardian.co.uk)
Please, I urge you to read this op-ed piece from one of the current Guantanamo hunger strikers currently protesting their treatment as well as their continued detention in Guantanamo despite Obama‘s empty promises that he would see the facility closed within first year of office, or the overwhelming lack of any evidence linking the majority of them to anything even remotely resembling terrorism, or quasi-terrorists.
After reading this, I’m deeply saddened because I’m forced to wonder how long that will be the case about their beliefs and their intentions towards us. I would imagine it becomes pretty hard to hear someone no ill will when they had you held captive for the last decade.
I’m not really sure how it is that we, as Americans can continue turning a blind eye to the deplorable actions our government undertakes in our name and in the name of “liberty” “peace” or “democracy”; as if simply remaining silent about it absolves us of the guilt we share for enabling and endorsing it through our silence.
How many more have to die before we are willing to accept the basic premise that all other people’s, religions, and cultures of the world and we can’t forget “races” are equally deserving of the human dignity and respect we would expect for ourselves? Why is it such a simple lesson most of us would or have taught our children fall upon deaf ears when it reaches our leadership?
We create our own environment in this world and it can either be one of peace, prosperity and respect for other human beings if for nothing else our shared species; Just think of what amazing things we could get done if we would just focus on increasing the peace and focusing our efforts and our energies within for the time being; both nationally as well as individually, we’re long overdue for it!
We can’t be so quick to dismiss tactics not tried yet; especially when they’ve been met with such great results in the struggles of others.
- Our Own Worst Enemy: The Spread of Terrorism (sammyscoops.wordpress.com)
- What About Human Dignity? (suzannehosang.wordpress.com)
- So the US “doesn’t torture”, is that right? (digbysblog.blogspot.com)
- Bioethics and Worldview (wellspentjourney.wordpress.com)
- Four Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Reported in Critical Condition (intellihub.com)
- Four Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Reported in Critical Condition (secretsofthefed.com)
- Guantanamo Hunger Striker Denied Emergency Relief Motion (huffingtonpost.com)
- Respect is a Gift (write2survive.com)
- Respect for Human Dignity. A Christian and a Kantian Approach (theolounges.wordpress.com)
He’s Was Right Though…Suddenly, We Didn’t Hear Them Anymore: How Strange
- Phil Donahue on the Iraq War: After Vietnam, ‘I thought we’d learned our lesson’ (current.com)
- John Fugelsang: People who supported the Iraq War don’t ever get to complain about deficits – Viewpoint // Current TV (sammyscoops.wordpress.com)
After all this fiscal responsible BS I hear coming from the GOP, I would love to hear them explain how they could just continue to write blank checks for the Iraq, and I’m assuming the Afghanistan War as well, never bothering to look at what they were paying for until just now? Fucking absolutely positively the most god-damned ridiculous bullshit I’ve ever heard in my life.
They want to put every social program; that helps people living here, domestically, in the United States, the ones who pay those taxes they wasted; under a microscope subject to intense scrutiny while blindly spending in Iraq and Afghanistan is ridiculous. They really wanna know why were bankrupt financially and morally as a nation?
Heres your answer right here in all its splendor and its glory.
And what did it accomplish? Nothing…. not a damn thing except killing a bunch of innocent people and chalking it up to being acceptable collateral damage.
So many people said it for so long and they didn’t wanna listen. This Government is totally incompetent. Go ahead and do us all a favor, stay sequestered,
- US Iraq rebuilding ‘achieved little’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Report: Billions Wasted on Iraq Rebuilding (radio.foxnews.com)
- Corporate Whistle Blower Center Now Urges Employees of Any Type Of Private Contractor in Afghanistan or Iraq to Step Forward for Rewards if They Possess Proof of Fraud (prweb.com)
- Iraq Reconstruction Efforts Full of Waste, Says Latest Report (securitymanagement.com)