Category Archives: war

MY HEAD IS EXPLODING!

WARNING! The following text uses improper punctuation, bad English and useless metaphors, and should not reflect on the writer’s ability to write well.

I really, really shouldn’t watch TV, especially cable news. The Big Bang Theory is laughable, House, oh House is gone, Weeds lost me two seasons ago, but I missed a lot of TV over the last couple years. Long story.

To: TV Network Shareholders, CEOs et al

From: Me. I find the Drug Company ads scary, offensive and possibly an attempt to induce subliminal messages to not even the sub-conscious part of our brain, but to the awake brain. Regardless, who wants to hear words like diarrhea or suicide or renal failure in the same sentence?

And, the political Super PAC Ads are misleading, generally amateurish and just plain annoying. How much did that ad cost? Isn’t the treasury gone? What’s left to grab? Redundant? You betcha!

Lately, life has been one big pain for me, and many others I know.

And, since this is a blog and not an academic paper I can insert hyperbole at will with a Huzzah or saturate this entry with quotations, alliterations, fragments and all the gd-dmn elipsae I please… … … … … … .

Anyway, Cable News finally FRIED my brain.

I knew this addiction would get me in the end. Now there are video war games that look and sound real, but in 1990 I watched a “live war”–the prequel to the decades of real war to follow. What was I thinking? It just seemed cool in a weird sort of SHOCKING way that this war, the first Iraq war in 1990 was live on the “new” satellite TV.

And, the “new” company that brought this war into my living room, my kitchen, my bedroom…was CNN—created by Ted Turner in 1980. That’s a longer, bigger story.

But why did my head explode? From sheer disbelief and disgust at the amount of crap on cable news. Most of FOX news is truly nauseating, but on CNN, in less than one hour tonight, I listened to an interview with Dan Rather and Jack Welch. Dan thinks the 2012 Presidential Election will bust another bank and sink our glorious nation. I like Dan Rather, but come on…is he kidding? Did he have his head in a bubble during the 1968 election?

And heeerrre’s Jack!  “Private equity creates quality jobs.” What quality jobs? Where’s all my (our) money?

What a world, ooohh what a world; I’ll getchyou my pretty.

Politics was my sport, my game and at times a passion. Then my husband died.  And, so much of this seems meaningless to me now. I guess I’ll stop watching cable news…for the sake of what’s left of (my) head.

Hey ho…

MONEY FOR WAR and THE CHICKS ARE FREE!

As I watch all the political hype and tears (on both sides) the day after an election that will spell total gridlock for yet another two years…

(Is John Boehner crying because of people suffering and dying in senseless wars–or is it more likely he’s relieved that he can now pay back the $50 million he pledged for ads in this midterm election?)

I am amazed and appalled at the total lack of discussion about the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, as it is ALWAYS on the proverbial budget table to cut social services, there has NEVER (and I mean never in my lifetime) been any meaningful, substantial discussion about cutting the cost of the humongous U.S. war machine.

The answer is obvious. The people who are not making any of the $48 BILLION do not have a voice.

Where the money flows:

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Unidentified Foreign Entities $20,435,870,190
1 KBR Inc (formerly known as Kellogg Brown and Root) $16,059,282,020
2 DynCorp International (Veritas Capital) $1,838,156,100
3 Washington Group International Inc $1,044,686,850
4 IAP Worldwide Services Inc (Cerberus Capital Management LP) $901,973,910
5 Environmental Chemical Corp $899,701,070
6 L-3 Communications Holdings Inc $853,535,680
7 Fluor Corp $736,853,200
8 Perini Corp $720,859,110
9 Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) $617,089,510
10 Parsons Corp $579,265,450
11 First Kuwaiti General Trading And Contracting Company Wll $495,404,500
12 Blackwater USA $485,149,590

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MY QUORUM WITH WAR

Before there were blogs, there were journals. People actually wrote words on paper. I’m not a pundit on camera, so I rely on my friends’ memory to back up my own sometimes, and I was shocked when one didn’t remember me speaking out against the Iraq war. I have a vivid memory of singing war protest songs against The Iraq War: Number One with my band, Fugitive Blonde, at the China Club in Los Angeles, and I have a fixed memory of loathing the current decision to bomb Iraq from day one, but where is the proof?

Things have been fuzzy since 9-11 around my house, what with the business crashing, and the downsizing, and the graduate writing courses, and one crisis after another. Since I’ve had no public platform to speak from of late, the only documentation of what I’ve said is from reliable witnesses and my journal.

These may just be words swirling around in the blog-o-sphere and who cares anyway. But at least I can read my typing. And as long as the internet keeps going, and I can hang on to my computer memory sticks, my computer, printer, and ink, everything will be swell.

My handwriting is not much above scribble these days, but I did scratch out a few thoughts about The Iraq War: Number Two to myself, and luckily the journal survived a move and my I-Love-Lucy filing system. There is no search button to find things in my closet.

As I recall, if one spoke out against either Iraq war, one was labeled a traitor or aiding terrorism. Obama’s stance on the war in Iraq was one of the big reasons I voted for him. Yes, even the appearance of change feels good.

Exhibit A:

The funny thing is I did go to Mérida four years later–Mérida, Spain. Life gets weird sometimes.