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Fascism should more
properly be called corporatism since it is
the merger of
state and corporate power

-Benito Mussolini

Estimated Prophet
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
-Thomas Jefferson

Onward Christian Idiot

- In this dry desert world near Najaf, where the Army V Corps combat support system sprawls across miles of scabrous dust, there's an oasis of sorts: a 500-gallon pool of pristine, cool water.

It belongs to Army chaplain Josh Llano of Houston, who sees the water shortage, which has kept thousands of filthy soldiers from bathing for weeks, as an opportunity.

''It's simple. They want water. I have it, as long as they agree to get baptized,'' he said

....First, though, the soldiers have to go to one of Llano's hour-and-a-half sermons in his dirt-floor tent. Then the baptism takes an hour of quoting from the Bible.

Thanks to Peace Blog for this gem.

You'll note that Llano is a Fundamentalist of the Southern Baptist variety; the one Christian denomination that supported a pre-emptive attack on Iraq.

Added@ 3:00:
If you think that the above story illustrates a pathetic lack of support for our troops, E-mail these gentlemen:

Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Gaylord T. Gunhus

Deputy Chief of Chaplains Brig. Gen. David H. Hicks

Sourced to Upper Left Coast Review via Byte Back.


He [Saddam Hussein] will go quickly, but not alone: in a parting irony, he will take the UN down with him. Well, not the whole UN. The "good works" part will survive, the low-risk peacekeeping bureaucracies will remain, the chatterbox on the Hudson will continue to bleat. What will die is the fantasy of the UN as the foundation of a new world order. As we sift the debris, it will be important to preserve, the better to understand, the intellectual wreckage of the liberal conceit of safety through international law administered by international institutions.--Richard Perle
Italics mine.

Taken from CounterPunch, well worth reading.

Then we have folks like Mr Ron Paul who want us out of the UN H.R. 1146. So I scooted around a bit at the Texan's site. He is the sort of fellow that complains about government "pork" being added to bills, you know things like funding the Government Accounting Office; while he termed the Bush porking of the average American for the benefit of the richest "a very modest tax cut". You know what I'm saying: A partisan Republican that is either well meaning and just ignorant of current affairs or a real turd. He is no Jim Hightower.

But I feel we will be in the UN for a while. You see, John Negroponte and his wife are having the kitchen at their Waldorf Astoria digs remodeled, just add the 600,000 dollars it is going to cost on to the 25,000 a month the US pays for rent. Just another instance of your tax dollars at work, and I mean your tax dollars, it is safe to say Negroponte is a beneficiary of Mr Bush's tax cuts.

A quote from Mr Negroponte, from a statement he made concerning why the US should not be under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court:

" Our government was founded by Americans to protect their freedom. Our Declaration of Independence states that and I quote "governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the government" end of quote, "from the consent of the governed," excuse me, in order to secure their rights. "
(my emphasis)

The US would like to start its own International Criminal Court.

Go figure...

I have to quote Carla Binion:
Today we're again getting a whiff of fascism from the Bush administration. This isn't the equivalent of Hitler or Mussolini—just sort of a creeping fascism light—and the corporate controlled television news networks are only one example of the way even light fascism undermines American values.



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