A Badge Of Shame: The Government’s War On America’s Military Veterans — The Most Revolutionary Act

Originally posted on peoples trust toronto: Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute, “For soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home is more lethal than being in combat.” – Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Not all heroes wear the uniform of war. In the United States, however, we take…

via A Badge Of Shame: The Government’s War On America’s Military Veterans — The Most Revolutionary Act

 

From the article:

“In recent years, military servicemen and women have found themselves increasingly targeted for surveillance, censorship, threatened with incarceration or involuntary commitment, labeled as extremists and/or mentally ill, and stripped of their Second Amendment rights.

An important point to consider, however, is that under the guise of mental health treatment and with the complicity of government psychiatrists and law enforcement officials, these veterans are increasingly being portrayed as threats to national security.”


So do you still want to enlist? Do you still believe the bullshit that you are protecting ‘freedom and democracy and rights’ even as you are left without any of the aforementioned because we never had any to begin with regardless of what patriotic bullshit they fed you? Think for yourselves! It is not a novel concept. People had been doing it for years too numerous to count, but I guess since new technology has come down the pike and ‘smartphones’ have taken the place of brains as has Alexa and Siri and whatever else is out there called, a ‘personal assistant’, no one can think for themselves anymore.

Read the entire article and get a clue! Those folks who are welcomed into the U.S. military, whereupon completing their stint, they are discharged, but are also scrutinized, apparently, since they have been deemed, a threat since they know the shit that the United States government via the U.S. military has done all across this godforsaken planet.

If they can label all former service men and women as mentally ill, then who is going to take seriously what they have to say as it pertains to war crimes and other horrors that have been committed in our name and for what? ‘Freedom and democracy and rights’? Fucking shut the hell up already about that shit because it is all just bullshit. We don’t have ANY goddamn rights. We never had any rights and we never will. But go ahead! Continue to sign on the dotted line and if you don’t get your ass kicked overseas, come on back here and get your ass kicked by the very shits that sent you overseas. They know you’re fucked up in the head. They just don’t want you spouting off at the mouth about the shit they made you do in foreign lands and here on Amerikkkan soil. If they don’t kill your ass, they will make sure that you are viewed as a mentally ill extremist and the elephant in the room is that you are exactly what they say you are. Witness the headlines out today!

California shooting suspect was a decorated Marine veteran

Nov 8 (Reuters) – The man suspected of killing 12 people in a bar in a Los Angeles suburb was a decorated Marine Corp machine gunner deployed in Afghanistan who had several prior brushes with law enforcement, police and Marine officials said on Thursday.

Ian David Long, who also died in the attack late Thursday, was 28 years old and lived in Newbury Park, a prosperous suburb of Californian bungalows and tidy front lawns, about 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Borderline Bar & Grill where the shooting took place.

Long joined the Marines in 2008 and rose to the rank of corporal before leaving active service in 2013, Joseph Butterfield, a Marine spokesman, wrote in an email.

He served in the war in Afghanistan for seven months beginning in late 2010, the Marine Corp said, and was awarded multiple ribbons, commendations and medals.

Ian David Long, dead at 28, once lived in his nice prosperous suburb with nice, tidy lawns where there were no Black folks around to be bothered with and yet, he felt the need to join the U.S. military and murder people he’d never even laid eyes on over in Afghanistan. The U.S. military then promptly fills his chest with multiple ribbons, commendations and medals and upon serving his stint, he gets a discharge and now, he’s made headlines for shooting up a bar full of people he didn’t even know. What’s the matter? He can shoot some people he didn’t know over in Afghanistan, but once he comes back to Amerikkka, he must be able to turn the ‘kill switch’ off and resume a ‘normal’ life(whatever the hell that is these days) as though he had worked for the Post Office and had not been in the U.S military where he was trained to kill? You people are really stupid if you can believe that a person who has been given a weapon, was trained on how to use that weapon and was told he’d better use it on ‘the enemy’ which is whomever the U.S. government points a finger at and told to “Get to shooting!” can just resume life as he had lived it before joining the military. Yeah! He’s going to be alright! All he needs is to come back to his nice little suburb and relax and look fondly upon ALL his ribbons, commendations and medals that were bestowed on him for murdering people he didn’t even know. Don’t forget that he is also looking fondly upon that weapon that was put into his hands by the U.S. military. Well, he did, right up until either he was killed by first responders or he killed himself. I guess they’re still trying to sort that out.

When are you going to stop feeding these people some patriotic bullshit about honor and bravery and sacrifice and freedom and liberty and rights when that’s not why warmongers are sending young American teenagers into warzones? Warmongers, who represent U.S. in the halls of congress and in the White House are sending our children to their death or into mental illness diagnoses to further enrich their coffers and you stupid motherfuckers had better start realizing that fucking fact! Donald Trump’s draft-dodging ass was too smart to ever get himself drafted to fight for some bullshit, but now he wants to take umbrage with some NFL players for kneeling, claiming that they are disrespecting the troops who ‘serve’ in the most murderous military on the face of this planet that even he refused to ‘serve’ in. Another fact is that many of these mentally ill killers join the police force and are corrections officers and are tormenting and killing people over here just as they did those in foreign lands.

Even though the original article claims that the U.S. Government has declared ‘war’ on those who have ‘served’ in the U.S. military and are now deemed a threat because they know the truth in that we are fed lies, lies and damned lies about why there are over 700 military bases stationed all across this planet costing trillions of dollars a year doing fuck all, the fact of the matter is that those who ‘serve’ in the U.S. military are never ‘free’ from war even after they are discharged. They have been turned into ‘killing machines’ and there is no ‘off switch’. Both are wrong; the U.S. government and those who sign on the dotted line.

And I don’t ever want to hear that mess about how the poor people join the military as a means to escape poverty. Ian David Long does not fit that profile and so that makes a lie out of why many join the military. Maybe there are those who join in an attempt to escape poverty, but I have also read that newly enlisted grunts start out receiving wages that still qualify them for food stamps. So much for escaping poverty.

Another mass murder and this time, twelve victims and the shooter was a highly decorated marine veteran who was WHITE and who was from a prosperous suburb in California. And yet whites loudly proclaim that Black people are the problem. Are you motherfuckers really that fucking stupid, ignorant and racist? Never mind answering. I know the answer. Yes, you motherfuckers are! Suck it!

 

 

Warmonger John McCain, Dead At 81, So Why Mourn?

 

And so another one bites the dust! But as usual, when a member of congress sticks his spoon in the wall, fake platitudes abound and it certainly speaks volumes when two other stomp down, flaming warmongers are to give McCain’s eulogy; George W. Bush and Barack Obama. And since the ICC (International Criminal Court) will know exactly where two warmongers will be, the court should send representatives to arrest both Bush and Obama for committing crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Both are guilty as hell of ALL of the aforementioned and since I am quite sure that McCain’s bitch, Lindsey (suck ass) Graham will be in attendance at warmonger, John McCain’s funeral, the ICC may as well swipe his ass up in the raid along with Bush and Obama. Get a 3-4-1 special.

I initiated a search on John McCain and here are some examples of what popped up:

Jimmy Carter: McCain a ‘warmonger’ | TheHill

John McCain, Rothschild Puppet, Zionist Warmonger

Warmonger Senator John McCain dies | 5Pillars

John McCain Dead At 81 — He Was A Globalist Warmonger …

8 Facts That Prove John McCain is an Unhinged Warmonger …

John McCain, warmonger | Fellowship of the Minds

Perennial Warmonger, Regime Change Operative John McCain …

John McCain, Warmonger – LewRockwell

Rand Paul: John McCain Is A Warmongering Killer

John McCain has finally gone to Hell – ANC Report

The Stains of John McCain: A Front Page Confidential

Seemorerocks: Warmonger, John McCain dies

Do NOT Let Them Make A Saint Of This Asshole – Caitlin

McCain Has Blood On His Hands | Zero Hedge

There are many more where those came from, but the point is that it is a well known fact that despite McCain having been a prisoner-of-war, it did not quench his thirst for war. In fact, it seems to have led to an unquenchable thirst for war especially since McCain advocated for war in Bosnia, Kosovo, Georgia, North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, and Mali.

The Paris attacks, for which the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility, have changed the willingness of many Americans to support more US troops going to Iraq and Syria, Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona argued Wednesday morning.

Senator McCain and his GOP colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have called for 20,000 additional US troops to be sent – 10,000 to Iraq and 10,000 to Syria – to help wage war against IS.

“Before Paris, I’d probably think that we can’t get the numbers,” in terms of both support from the American people and subsequent votes by Congress, McCain said.

Of course, McCain’s sidekick and bitch, Lindsey Graham was never opposed to more troop deployment in regions the U.S. military had no logical reasons to set foot in which leads some to believe that many incidents of bombing in Paris and London and Mali and other places were false flag ops meant to stir up public opinion for more war against terrorists who were ‘vetted’ by John McCain and Co. against those ‘other’ terrorists, whomever they may be. You see, according to John McCain, there were moderate terrorists who could be ‘controlled’ and so America used those ‘gentleman’ terrorists to fuck up the terrorists that John McCain deemed, ‘extreme’. In his arrogance, he got to pick and choose which terrorists deserved the support and tax dollars of the American people.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pressed for increasing aid to moderate rebel groups after meeting Syrian opposition leaders in Turkey Wednesday, warning that delays would “fuel the growing danger” to U.S. security.

McCain said pro-Western Syrian forces were fighting a “two-front war” against both Syrian strongman Bashar Assad and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Sunni militant group that has captured huge swaths of both countries.

So, I guess in other words, there are ‘good’ terrorists and ‘bad’ terrorists and our ever so honest and above board politicians can always figure out which is which. Seriously? One thing I do know is that there is no honest politician. Have you read the latest on Donald Trump? Shining example. But I digress.

John McCain is being called a ‘patriot’, who had guts, was a maverick, was the last lion in the senate, was courageous, was a man of deep conviction, was never afraid to break the mold, a skilled, tough politician and that we should all thank God that men such as these have lived. Oh, this is just so nauseating especially if you read what follows.

GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona admitted Friday that the Iraq War was a mistake.

“The principal reason for invading Iraq, that Saddam had WMD, was wrong,” McCain wrote in his new book. “The war, with its cost in lives and treasure and security, can’t be judged as anything other than a mistake, a very serious one, and I have to accept my share of the blame for it.”

McCain was one of the biggest supporters of the initial surge into Iraq in 2003 and was actually one of the first Republicans to get behind it.

“McCain was one of the first Republicans to get behind” U.S. troops being sent into Iraq; second only to Lindsey ‘suck ass’ Graham, I am sure!

So, there you have it; a tale of two McCains. One, a stalwart, defiant patriot of deep conviction and the other a flaming warmonger of the first degree who is collectively responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people. He has their blood on his cold, dead, lifeless hands, but we are to forgive and forget because he suffered from a terminal illness and finally succumbed to it. That just wipes the slate clean, if you believe the lies of all the other warmongers who are decrying the end of an era, John McCain. The sad fact is that there are more just like McCain and they are just as blood thirsty, cruel and depraved as John McCain was. They are warmongers, just as he was a warmonger and no, I will not be a hypocrite and hope that this warmonger, who sent innocent millions to their death, turned many into refugees, rests in peace.

McCain does not get a free pass just because he passed. Some people do indeed, get whats coming to them and that is exactly what happened to McCain. He was no war hero. Hell! Other POWs called him “Songbird McCain” because he sang like a bird in order to get special treatment and McCain even admitted that he signed over information to the so-called enemy, much of which has been sealed. Go figure! And even after all that went down in Vietnam, McCain was still eager for America’s poor to continue to be sent over there because McCain was so sure that America could win in Vietnam. Too many had already died in vain and many of them were not even considered ‘human’ by America’s whites. But they died for this country and they were still viewed with repugnance because of their skin tone.

There was only one McCain; a warmonger who should have been convicted as such! And how he went, so too shall all the other warmongers who have the blood of the innocent on their hands.

“John McCain, may the flames of hell welcome you and may the maggots enjoy your pale, putrid, rotting flesh until there is nothing left but faint traces of the pungent odor of char!”

If You Are Mentally Ill, A Drunk Or A Drug Addict, The Army Wants YOU!

 

And no, this is not fake news. I only wish it were.

Army Now Accepting Recruits With Serious Mental Illness!

WASHINGTON – People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year’s goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.

What the fuck??!!! Because the Army is having problems meeting recruitment goals, the Army has now lowered its standards even further to include those who self-mutilate, are bi-polar, suffer from depression and abuse drugs and alcohol. So, I guess Army recruitment centers will now be set up in mental health clinics all across the United States. Army recruitment centers will be set up where Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held. Army recruitment centers will now be set up where Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held and where folks line up to get their methadone.

But according to the Veterans Administration, 20 veterans commit suicide a day. In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18 percent of all suicides in America and this occurred BEFORE this new ban was lifted and so this will add to those who take their own lives since they’ll already be mentally ill or be vulnerable to mental illness and suicide BEFORE they’re ever sent through basic training.

The whole world should be laughing at US because what most of us have been saying all along has now been proven; the fact that we have a military that is so useless, it is laughable. No wonder every military action undertaken by the U.S. has failed in recent decades and continues to this very day. The U.S. military couldn’t effectively round up ants at an ant farm because the U.S. military is filled with an inept bunch of drug-addicted, mentally ill, suicidal rejects from grade school and the situation is about to get worse AND how!

There is no way in hell that I would join the military and expect some self-mutilating, depressed and/or bi-polar, drug addicted alcoholic to watch my back. I’d be more concerned with what was going on behind me in the ranks of my so-called fellow soldiers than I’d be concerned with a ‘foreign’ enemy I was facing. If I said that I was appalled, I would be lying because this does not surprise me; not in the least. I have been saying for quite some time and in no uncertain terms that our military is as ill-prepared to fight and win a war as new born babies are.

So, go ahead! Sign on the dotted line and when you’re killed, it will not be because some foreign terrorist sent you to meet your maker, it’ll be because one of your fellow soldiers, who was already screwed up in the head, went berserk and murdered his entire outfit and then turned his gun on himself because in the heat of battle, he forgot to take his psych meds. And for those who are drug addicts and are sent over to Afghanistan to guard opium…..uh….excuse me a minute, willya while I get up off the floor over laughing at that one! A heroin addict is supposed to stand guard over a poppy field and not go nuts for that opium? Are they fucking serious??!!! LMAO!!

I literally find this all quite laughable because there is no way in hell that with this shit coming down the pike, that I would suit up and head to foreign lands to be backed up by essentially, the blind, the crippled and most definitely, the crazy! Join the army? Indeed! But know this, don’t act as though you weren’t warned because even though the Army has been keeping this on the down low, do yourself a favor and research “Army lifts ban recruits of people with a history of self-mutilation, bi-polar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse!” And if you don’t have a problem with someone sitting behind you taking a razor blade to their arms while you’re in a warzone, sign up. If you don’t have a problem with someone going through such a serious bout of depression as to be thoroughly useless in a warzone, sign up. If you have no problem with a drunk, shaking so bad because he can’t get to some booze and he’s holding a gun pointed at you, sign up. If you have no problem with a person who is a recovering heroin addict, guarding poppy plants beside you in Afghanistan, sign up. And good luck with that! DAYUM! I just cannot stop laughing because you are SO dead! But do you really think that those who put this all into play are going to be standing right beside you with folks such as these? Hell no! They’ll be safe in their beds while you’re sitting somewhere hoping that the guy next to you is not a heroin addict, is not into self-mutilation, is not suffering from a bout of severe depression today. But as they say, “Keep hope alive, that is…until YOU’RE not thanks to the depressed dude who went off his psych meds while in the middle of a warzone!

We Celebrate Memorial Day!

We celebrate Memorial Day in honor of blood spilled.
And we stand silently by and watch those coffins, filled
with the bodies of dead soldiers who once knew joy
but then lined up as though they were a tin soldier toy.

We take this day to solemnly give thanks and praise
to those who willingly reduced on this earth, their numbered days.
What a wonder it is to be alive and to show our gratitude
while those who served this country lie in glorious solitude.

As we head to the store to buy flags made in Vietnam
to bestow upon the grave of the sacrificial lamb,
we honor the memory of every unknown soldier
by giving him a neighbor to lie beside him, shoulder to shoulder.

Why should we cease to inscribe names on yet another wall,
since it is so easy to produce another soldier to heed war’s call?
No, we must never truly show our gratitude for our war weary dead,
and to those whose body lives while their mind died instead.

So, eat your hotdogs and your apple pie and wave your flag
while another soldier is soon to be placed in a body bag.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2017 Shelby I. Courtland

And here we go again! Taking a day to honor our war dead while still at war and so what have we learned? Not a goddamn thing! Monday, Trump’s depraved ass will solemnly place a wreath at the tomb of ‘The Unknown’ soldier; ‘The Unknowns’. And just which soldier did he know? What soldier did Obama or Bush know, either Bush, for that matter? Trump, after having just recently dropped the Mother Of All Bombs on Afghanistan and declared that more soldiers are necessary to fight some bogeymen that the U.S. trained and/or caused to be unleashed on the Middle East by way of the CIA will ‘borrow’ some dignity from somewhere just long enough to get through the hypocritical ceremony of the placing of the wreath. And then, it’s off to golfing and ordering some Big Macs.

Oh, how we really mean it when we “Thank a service man/woman for their service to this country” while we continue to add to their numbers because hardly any of us know a soldier who got him/herself killed in the line of ‘duty’ because it has always been some poor schmuck who was too dumb to understand that he’s still poor after having signed his life away and for what? Not a goddamn thing! Food stamps, a gun, a backpack and a flag to drape over his coffin. Yeah! Now, go eat your hot dog! Celebrate!

Real News!

 

President Donald J. Trump stunned Twitter today when he tweeted, “I would like to host Kim Jong Un at Mar-a-Lago soon.” Right on cue, Dennis Rodman tweeted, “Invite me and I will translate for you!” Not to be outdone, Trump tweeted, “No need for you Rodman, I speak Asian!” The staff at Mar-a-Lago has been instructed to ready the Oriental Room for Kim Jong Un. Special instructions have also been given to the chef. Special food items requested by Kim Jong Un include the Mar-a-Lago chef’s version of the Whopper, the Grand Big Mac, the Wendy’s Double Burger and two Sonic styled corn dogs. Kim Jong Un stated that due to sanctions against North Korea, he is unable to acquire these treats and he has always wanted to sample  American fast food. The poor man knows not what he is in for. And after eating these American ‘treats’, war WILL soon follow.

Now this is quite a turnaround from, “Kim Jong Un is a very, very bad hombre and North Korea has got to go ‘boom-boom’,” was Donald Trump’s response when questioned about what he intended to do with North Korea’s rogue leader before heading to a rally in Pennsylvania this past Saturday. Trump told his supporters that North Korea was a very real nuclear threat and that if diplomacy fails, a nuclear confrontation will ensue since all options are on the table. It has been reported that the North Koreans were keeping tabs on Trump’s whereabouts on Saturday via a spy satellite installed in space by the Syrians as the spy satellite was behind the Syrian regime’s victorious offensive against the 59 missile barrage leveled at them by the U.S. military. Only two missiles actually struck close to their targets. All others struck a nearby junkyard containing old Toyota pickup trucks that were discarded by ISIS members.

In other news, officials in Afghanistan changed their initial reports that 94 insurgents had been killed by the MOAB(Mother of All Bombs) to only 2 and that Trump ordered the MOAB to be dropped on camel corrals and chicken coops in the northern province of Nangarhar. Two shepherds; one who was in charge of herding the camels and one who was feeding the chickens were killed. Animal rights watch groups are crying “Fowl!” since this was in clear violation of the “Do Not Bomb Camel Corrals And Chicken Coops Agreement.” The ICC is expected to take the matter up next May. However, no one in Afghanistan is said to be holding their breath that anything will come out of this other than that more MOABs will be dropped on innocent animal targets.

A spokesperson for the Taliban announced that the U.S. military was in violation of its policies to end the drug trade in America by refusing to help them destroy the poppy fields in Afghanistan. The Taliban has accused the U.S. military of lying about its mission in Afghanistan. The Pentagon weighed in on this and was quoted as saying, “We are in no way attempting to stop the flow of opium from Afghanistan. Our mission is to see to it that not one Afghan citizen becomes addicted to opioids and the only way to insure this is to assign U.S military soldiers to guard the poppy plants and to make sure that when they are harvested, they are sent directly to the United States whereupon they will be burned immediately.” Meanwhile, a fierce battle is raging between the Taliban and U.S. soldiers over a Monopoly board game that was destroyed while both were fighting over the poppy fields in Bang-a-tart. A Clue game was flown in from Saudi Arabia in an attempt to get the two sides to forget about the destroyed Monopoly board game and to instead, focus on solving a centuries old crime of “Who shot the butler?”

Meanwhile, on the home front, malls and retails stores have been in the news recently for shuttering their doors by the thousands. The store closures are on pace to set a new record and this phenomenon has been blamed on Amazondotcom. It has been suggested by multiple economists that Amazon is simply stealing sales from brick and mortar stores since there are no poor people in America and rents have been on the decline for decades. However, a new problem has emerged; one that has upset Donald Trump, greatly. GM announced to Trump this morning via Twitter that “Big summer shutdowns loom for US auto plants as sales sputter.” As many of us had heard, Trump took the credit for keeping automakers in the U.S. But now, Trump is accusing GM of trying to make him look bad by claiming that sales are sputtering and plants are going to close for weeks on end this summer. Trump had this to say to GM a few minutes ago. “GM is trying to steal my thunder and I wont have it. Sell those cars!” GM had no further comment in response to Trump’s latest tweet. But a leading economist, Herbert Wreck told Real News that the car sales sputter is not really a sputter since people have been buying their cars on Amazondotcom and that Amazondotcom posted revenue in the billions last quarter on car sales alone. And thanks to Amazondotcom, the American economy is gaining traction and this will counter any suggestions of an upcoming economic downturn.

On another note, Pepsi is in the spotlight again. It would appear that on May Day, there were multiple protests all across the U.S. But in Portland, Oregon where protesters tried their best to mimic Kendall Jenner’s role in a recent Pepsi ad by attempting to hand the cops a can of Pepsi, the reaction that Kendall Jenner received from cops was not quite what happened to the protesters in Portland. One protester, who was dressed just like Jenner, extended a can of Pepsi to a police officer, who just completely ignored the ‘olive branch’ that was extended to him. Upon realizing that the police would not accept a heartfelt gift from the Kendall Jenner lookalike, the protester then threw the can of Pepsi at the police and a riot ensued whereas multiple cans of Pepsi were sent flying towards the police line in front of the protesters. Several people pulled out their smartphones in an attempt to reach Kendall Jenner to beg her to come to the protest and hand a can of Pepsi to the cops since it wasn’t working when others tried to follow her lead. Jenner was unavailable and sent Caitlyn Jenner in her stead. This switch appeared not to go over well with the police either and several arrests were made. Since the police had no idea which holding cell to place Caitlyn Jenner in, Jenner was released after receiving an admonishment from the police to refrain from participating in any future protests. Jenner agreed and left the scene in an unmarked Hummer.

Meanwhile, Pepsi protesters were loaded into police vans and hauled off to jail, charged with inciting a riot by insisting on giving cops Pepsi and for refusing to disburse when ordered to do so and for causing damage to a patrol car and several police uniforms. The protesters are calling on the Pepsi Company to pay their bail and for the damages caused by the Pepsi cans that were used in their attempts to befriend the police by asking them to enjoy a Pepsi with them instead of getting beaten and arrested by them while they were exercising their right to peacefully protest. Apparently, people do not understand that commercials do not reflect reality; especially Pepsi commercials featuring Kendall Jenner. No word as yet on whether or not the protesters bail and damages will be paid for by the Pepsi Company.

In local news, a new and daring act that would rival anything done by daredevil, Evel Knievel, two fools in Baltimore, Maryland hitched a ride on the back of an MTA bus and rode it around town and residents when questioned what they thought of this,  were aghast while others laughed and said, “It’s what I intend to do whenever I don’t have bus fare.” A police spokesperson weighed in stating, “We are still looking for these two and when we find them, they will be charged with being stupid, it carries a fine of $20.00 and two months probation. This should discourage others from attempting this foolish stunt.”

And so that, folks, is the ‘Real News’ for today. Stay tuned for upcoming segments of ‘Real News’ brought to you weekly.

Friendly Fire In Afghanistan

 

Was it ‘friendly fire’ or the MOAB(Mother Of All Bombs)that killed two service men in Afghanistan?

Friendly fire may have killed 2 Army Rangers in AfghanistanThe Defense Department on Friday released the names of two Army Rangers who died during a raid on a compound in Afghanistan on Thursday.

Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, were killed by small arms fire during an operation targeting the emir of the Afghan branch of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) in Nangarhar province, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon is investigating whether the soldiers died as a result of friendly fire.

Excuse me, but why is the U.S. military even in Afghanistan? What useful purpose is being served there? What is our business with Afghanistan? And what the hell is ‘friendly fire’?

So many questions, but are there any answers that sound truthful. We have heard that the U.S. is in Afghanistan because of 9/11 saying that Osama bin Laden, my darling, was the mastermind behind 9/11. So, if bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, why is the U.S. military still bombing Afghanistan over a decade later? And why are we concerned that, and this is according to the Pentagon, Afghan soldiers cannot contain the Taliban? The Taliban is not here in America and so what business is it of ours if the Afghan government is having some problems with some folks in their own country? We are having problems with homegrown terrorists here in America, namely skinhead groups and such like but we would not stand for Afghanistan to send soldiers over here to ‘take care of our terrorist problem’ and we all know this. They can spin the hell out of the truth, but the truth of the matter is the U.S. military is in Afghanistan to protect those poppy plants to make sure that opioids make it to the U.S. since opium is big business here. Our economy is actually propped up by the drug trade. Just ask the big banks that were kept afloat in the 2008 economic meltdown. You didn’t seriously think a paltry little stimulus package bolstered the economy and since we are broke, what taxpayer funds did the government come up with to prop up the banks? With over $16 trillion dollars of U.S. debt floating around out there, how in the hell did the U.S. government come up with the funds to prop up the banks with our so-called tax dollars when we are flat broke and skint?

Aw hell! I’ve not answered one question, I’ve only added more to what I’ve already asked. But maybe in a roundabout way, I did indeed answer the question of what the hell the U.S. military is still doing in Afghanistan and why we are dropping the MOAB and reading about U.S. soldiers getting killed via ‘friendly fire’, the kind of fire power that you, apparently, shouldn’t mind dying by since a ‘friend’ filled your ass with lead unlike if it was someone you didn’t know. It’s kind of like that ‘collateral damage’ thing whereas you get yourself unintentionally killed because you just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and you find yourself dead, but died knowing that you weren’t meant to be dead, it was all just accidental like. Damn! Shit happens, ya know.

What we have here is yet another Vietnam; an unwinnable war. We are sending our young people into yet another quagmire that is just an endless assembly line leading to death; both of soldiers abroad and of citizens in the homeland thanks to opioid addiction which is the real and true reason our soldiers are in Afghanistan. There is nothing honorable about what we are fighting for in Afghanistan. We are not attempting to aid the Afghan forces in their conquering of the Taliban. Those lies are as transparent as glass. If there was nothing to be gained, we would not even know that Afghanistan exists. We’re not over in Haiti, are we? There’s nothing to be pillaged and stolen from Haiti because since the last hurricane and the subsequent fundraising that was done on a massive scale and was promptly consigned to the coffers of The Clinton Foundation, Haiti has largely been forgotten. But not so much Afghanistan.

And just as with what is going down in North Korea, Trump is not concerned about nuclear bombs in North Korea, the concern is geopolitical and that is why China has amassed troops at the border and so has Russia. It is all about ‘the pivot to Asia’ and whoever controls the Korean Peninsular has great influence in that area, hence why all sides are attempting to negotiate a way out of the North Korean dilemma. So once more, U.S. military personnel and aircraft carriers are sitting at the ready to make sure that America does not lose out on the vast untapped resource that is Southeast Asia. The United States is defunct. The dollar is being abandoned, worldwide and the U.S. is no longer being regarded as top dog, just A dog. There is no world power left that is respectful of the U.S. That ship has sailed and the behind the scenes puppet masters that control the U.S. government are well aware of this and there is no longer any pretense that we matter. Just look at what happened the other day, Trump just cut taxes on corporations AGAIN while saddling America’s poor with that fallout and more debt; including those in his base who voted most enthusiastically for him. But they are too stupid to even understand the impact that Trump’s tax laws are going to have on them. As long as they think Trump just stands for “Keep minorities in their place,” that is all they care about, for now. But even they will eventually feel the effects of what is coming down the pike.

The global elites are just working themselves around this entire globe sucking the life and resources out of every country they encounter until all is just a barren wasteland because you see, quite honestly, riches don’t make for happiness because if it did, we’d have some happy elites just enjoying being rich but that is not enough for them and since money can only buy things and people, it cannot buy happiness or contentment, it would seem and so boredom sets in and there’s nothing to live for because worms like that don’t love. They don’t care about life and would have no problem with ordering the nuclear annihilation of us all. They’ve made it so that the vast majority of Americans are obese, sick and stupid and unfortunately, this is spreading, worldwide, hence the reason we are sitting somewhere with a needle in our arm but are still believing every word that’s uttered out of the lying mouths of our politicians who are mere stooges for the puppet masters.

But as usual, I digress.

Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, were killed in action in Afghanistan on April 27, 2017 CloseDefense Department
Rodgers was from Bloomington, Illinois, and Thomas was from Kettering, Ohio. Both were on their third deployments to Afghanistan.

Can you believe that? A 22-year old and a 23-year old are dead and both were on their THIRD deployment to Afghanistan. I just cannot wrap my head around that. So, they left boot camp, was sent into Afghanistan, came home, went back to Afghanistan, came home, went back to Afghanistan and then was killed, presumably, by ‘friendly fire’. Don’t that beat all! They were somewhere where they had no business being in the first place, three times and then was killed by their fellow soldiers. So, who did the Mother Of All Bombs kill? Because if the MOAB did what it was intended to do then why weren’t these two packed and waiting on a plane to carry them back to the states? Because just like in Vietnam, the so-called ‘enemy’ is not so easy to get at. What happens when you are in unfamiliar territory? You are at a distinct disadvantage and all the military equipment you can carry is not going to give you an advantage over people who can navigate the terrain in their sleep while the only thing you can do is remember to duck like you were taught in boot camp, but quite apparently, you cannot duck enough when it’s your own men shooting at you.

And so, our youth will continue to suit up, protect poppy plants, get shot by ‘friendly fire’, drop some more MOABs on Afghanistan and there will be no exit strategy so long as there is one poppy left to be harvested in a field. And we say we care about the serious epidemic of opioid addiction. If we did, then there would be not one U.S. soldier still stationed in Afghanistan, much less dying by ‘friendly fire’ there.

War Never Takes A Holiday

Another government shutdown looms
and with it clouds of mushroom plumes.
Can you smell the toxic fumes
that reek of death, mankind it dooms?

Bombs away! Look lively there!
Behold the rocket’s bright red glare,
as soldiers stand, salute and stare,
no thought for a mother or child she’d bear.

Duty calls and they obey.
War never takes a holiday.
My child, your child; both will pay
for peace will always to war, give way.

And though we think we are immune
here at home, war will come soon.
You’ll pay the piper for this tune.
No Star Spangled Banner will you croon.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2017 Shelby I. Courtland

Here in the land of the stupid and the brain dead, and it should go without saying that I am speaking of America, we go about our business as usual. Government shutdowns are threatened as congress plays the same tired old game of supposedly shutting down a government that doesn’t work anyway. So what’s to shut down? I don’t know because nothing that is ever good comes out of the halls of congress or the White House. And inside both chambers sits the useless, the deranged and the greedy bastards who are owned; lock stock and barrel by the very corporations that also run our lives. We have certainly given up on any pretense that we have a say over any aspect of our lives. What we eat is owned by nine corporations. What entertainment we still thirst for is owned by a handful of corporations who feed us what we see and hear.

I read just the other day that Trump’s poll numbers soared after he gave the order to launch 59 missiles at Syria and when he also ordered the MOAB(Mother Of All Bombs)to be dropped on Afghanistan. And now, we anxiously await his orders to drop bombs on North Korea. Well, just sit back and think that this will have no impact on US and you’re in for a rude awakening. Regardless of whether or not you think that Kim Jong Un is crazy has no relevance on what is going down. Donald Trump is just as crazy and yet, this nutcase has his finger on the ‘red boom-boom’ button. The war chickens are coming home to roost up your ass, AmeriKKKans and I sure hope you like it hot; hot and funky ’cause you’re going to smell the fallout from your living rooms and from your spa hideaways and your luxurious hotel suites. The claim is that when you fly for 7 hours, you are subjected to what amounts to an x-ray. Well, that’ll be the least of your worries, but then you’ve never considered how much radiation you’re subjecting your body to when before you are even allowed to board a plane, you must first be radiated and those of you who are frequent flyers, well…let’s just say that you are already a cancer ticking time bomb. But no worries for you because just as soon as your son and your husband, cousin, father, brother and nephew start sending nuclear missiles to North Korea, you can thank them for what they’re about to set off up your ass because you’ve been lucky thus far but your luck is about to run out. And about time, I’d say.

So, you thank Donald Trump, you damn warmongers for killing your ass via your own sons and husbands, but the last thing you will be applauding is Trump’s rising poll numbers as you watch AmeriKKKa get what she has so long been begging for, war at our front door! I’m placing big bets on this and my money is backing Kim Jong Un! Bring it!

War, The Birth Of Death!

I was born old with the sounds of war
roaring through my head
and of scenes depicting
the fact that I am dead.

I am as old as war,
never to know peace
only sorrow, pain
and a cease fire that will not cease.

Brought forth in death
by man’s insatiable desire
to kill for profit and for pain
and war is my sire.

Though I may not have lines
or wrinkles on my forehead
nevertheless, I am old,
too old to live and so I die, instead.

War, the birth of death;
 for youth is drained and tired
but must fight to die;
as war’s bitter taste is acquired.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2017 Shelby I. Courtland

And so it goes, our children are born but why? They are born, dead for their bodies are mere pawns in wars, moved here and there on the chessboard of war, driven to war by war hawks and warmongers whose children grow rich and fat off the sacrifices of our children who are bred for their wars. We willingly give our children to be adopted by the warmongers and then we host parades praising them for taking our children and making them dead and/or old beyond their years. The voices in their heads, never leaving them even if they leave the battlefield and if they come back to us, it is in name only, for they are already dead since war is the birth of death.

An Ice Cream Truck

Just before the sun went down,
I heard the jingle from an ice cream truck.
Here, it is business as usual,
but in Afghanistan, a bomb just struck.

Tomorrow, the ice cream truck
will make its way down my tree-lined street.
But over in bomb-struck Syria,
little children have no bread to eat.

The next day, the ice cream truck
will once again offer cold, creamy treats
while we wait to hear from Donald Trump
about North Korea via his stupid tweets.

Another day, another ice cream truck;
an absurdity in a world at war.
 It would seem to be quite laughable,
but I just cry til I can’t no more.

I’d send you an ice cream truck,
if I thought it would do you any good,
but when you’re fleeing a war torn land
there’s only debris where homes once stood.

One day, that ice cream truck
will drive down my street no more.
We’ll have killed those across the sea
and on our own, we will then wage war.

That day will surely come,
since war is all we know.
And though we killed you first,
where you went, we too shall go.

So to those who lust for war,
and who gloat over all we’ve killed,
the treats in an ice cream truck
are not as cold as your heart so chilled.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2017 Shelby I. Courtland

At around 8:00pm, the ice cream truck jingles its way down my street and I look out down the street and the children are gathering in front of it with their money in hand which they exchange for cold, creamy treats. I cannot help but think of the children in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen who have been killed by bombs dropped on them by our government via the U.S. military. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that soldiers, who have children, can send missiles to foreign lands knowing that there is no way to hit only fixed targets since we all know that ‘collateral damage’ is inevitable in military operations and that they are killing children while expecting only ‘ice cream truck’ experiences for their own. Their children are never to be ‘collateral damage’, otherwise known as the unintended casualties of war. I am sure that the ‘unintended casualties’ of war are most glad to know that they were mortally wounded, accidental like by America’s soldiers who want only ice cream truck encounters for their children. I am sure that those who were blown to bits died knowing that they were just in the way; in the wrong place at the wrong time. There will be no ice cream truck rolling down the street offering them cold, creamy treats; just body bags for those who are more than just bits and pieces.

But here in America, the ice cream trucks are still rolling down our streets, inviting our children to come and pick their favorite cold treat and go happily back to their yards to play while those in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen are praying that the bombing will stop, wishing that they still had homes to go to, trying to remember what it felt like to play and certainly are not hearing the jingle of an ice cream truck as it makes its way down a tree-lined street on a quiet evening inviting them to partake of its cold delights.

I am going to keep this one civil even though I am seething and ready to spontaneously combust over the fact that all is quiet here and there is only the echo of the jingle from an ice cream truck and I cannot know or appreciate the hell that those in foreign lands are being put through thanks to those who are hell bent on making it a fact that this world will never know peace. Oh, the absurdity of an ice cream truck!

…And On The Bright Side…

 

uh…wait a minute, there is no bright side. Or is there?

Drugs are killing so many people in Ohio that cold-storage trailers are being used as morgues

Rick Walters, an investigator for the Stark County coroner’s office, had just left for two death scenes: a suicide and an overdose.

From the road, he called the director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to ask for help. He needed more space, he explained — specifically, a cold-storage trailer to act as an overflow morgue.

As with much of the United States, Ohio is in the throes of a heroin and opioid epidemic that shows no signs of abating.

The Friday afternoon request for a cold-storage trailer highlights the epidemic ravaging the state.

So, what is causing the outrageous statistics of death by overdose? What is so wrong with Americans that they are overdosing by the thousands? It has been stated that the overwhelmingly huge numbers of ‘white’ patients who have been prescribed opioids for their physical pain has caused them to develop a habit for which they cannot obtain enough ‘legal’ prescriptions to satisfy and so therefore, they are now running to the corner drug dealer even in rural America. How many Black drug dealers are on Becky and Sarah Lane in Klan Bluff, Kentucky or in Hoity Toity City, Maine? Yeah! Slow your roll! So, blame this epidemic on the pale-skinned variety because you own it. And if you want to try the ‘white’ drug dealer for murder because Becky and Sarah overdosed to death, then start with America’s military whores and the warmongers who they work for because they sent them into Afghanistan to protect that poppy plant that when harvested is given a free plane ride right to the states and straight into the hands of Sarah, Becky, Scott and William and now, their corpses are all lying in trailers awaiting autopsies that will tell us what we already know; they died from an overdose of heroin and other drugs like benzodiazepines and don’t forget, alcohol.

Bakersfield lies in the heart of Kern County, a vast sprawl of lush cropland in California’s Central Valley. Here, accidental overdoses among white women have tripled since 1999, according to federal health data, and suicides have doubled.

The death toll has alarmed health-care workers like Eggert and given rise to a loose network of therapists, nurses, pastors and drug counselors struggling to understand a generation of women overwhelmed by modern life and undone by modern medicine.

Wow! ‘White’ women are dying because they are overwhelmed by ‘modern life and undone by modern medicine’. But what does that mean? Does it mean that ‘white’ women are dying because they have the ability to live in a ‘vast sprawl of lush cropland in California’ and so cannot deal with that ‘hood’ type of environment since it is just too horrific for words? Are ‘white’ women ACCIDENTALLY overdosing to death because ‘white’ doctors are seeing to it that their ‘white’ female patients are given enough prescription opioids to kill them? Your own ‘kind’ is wiping you out while you are somewhere wailing and moaning and gnashing your teeth and all set to blame the ‘Black’ corner drug dealer when it is not the ‘Black’ corner drug dealer that’s getting your ass hooked on opioids in the first place. But you won’t lay the blame where it belongs. It cannot be another ‘white’ person that has given you the means to your end; it has always got to be a ‘Black’ person who is to blame for your ACCIDENTAL overdose. No, it’s not because how do you think that opium that you are ACCIDENTALLY overdosing on gets into this country? And how many ‘Black’ corner drug dealers do you know who own boats and planes to ship that shit into this country? No indeed, your ‘white’ counterparts don’t get off that easily. They are why you’re able to get your hands on enough drugs to get a tag placed on your toe inside a trailer morgue, your drug epidemic is so bad.

So, you’ve got sciatic nerve pain and you cannot take the pain? You went to your ‘white’ doctor and got a prescription for that pain and now that the focus is on those bad, bad opioids, your doctor has been instructed to reduce the number of pills you get and to reduce the strength of those pills and so now, you’ve got to look around to find something else to supplement what you’ve now lost? Heroin time! And now, it’s a needle in the arm for you and OOPS! ACCIDENTAL overdose! Now, let’s blame the ‘Black boogeyman drug dealer’ AGAIN! Nope! Not this time, ya don’t. You get to blame one of your own. Again, you own this!

And next, we have this!

Drugs are killing so many people in West Virginia that the state can’t keep up with the funerals

Deaths in West Virginia have overwhelmed a state program providing burial assistance for needy families for at least the fifth year in a row, causing the program to be nearly out of money four months before the end of the fiscal year, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). Funeral directors in West Virginia say the state’s drug overdose epidemic, the worst in the nation, is partly to blame.

So, is it ‘Black’ drug dealers providing ‘white’ West Virginians with the cause of their demise[heroin]? Let me see. There are 1,739,988 ‘whites’ in West Virginia making up 93% of West Virginia’s total population and there are 63,124 Black folks living in West Virginia and so are we then to believe that a mere 3% of the population of West Virginia is responsible for the epidemic of drug overdoses of mostly ‘white’ West Virginians? Methinks not! So don’t even go there. And now, who would be responsible for this besides those who take the drugs and overdose on them? Your friendly neighborhood pharmacist who is just filling the prescriptions of the doctors of these patients who overdosed? Or could it initially start with the means to which the doctors could actually write out a prescription for opioids thanks to the fact of those military whores stationed over in Afghanistan protecting those poppy fields and giving poppy plants when harvested, a free plane ride here with the blessings of your government, Americans? Uh..that would be the answer. There is much blame to go around, but the blame certainly cannot be laid squarely at the feet of the ever so put upon ‘Black bogeyman corner drug dealer’.

‘White’ folks, you’d better wake up and smell the reasons for your addictions. While your counterparts have been studying and experimenting on Black people for hundreds of years, they have neglected your ass and now the hand wringing and gnashing of teeth is all the rage because they just did not see this most horrible of all epidemics coming; that of suburban, rural and city ‘white’ America succumbing to the lure and temptation of opioid addiction. No one saw your isolation amongst ‘lush cropland in California’ and near coalmines in West Virginia and in the back hills of Kentucky. It was just taken for granted that you were just loving life seeing as how you had every reason, what with your ‘white privilege’ and all to shield you from everything but drug addiction.

Every day, there is yet another news article on the ordeal that ‘whites’ are going through thanks to opioids. What the hell??!!! Has not the ‘War on Drugs’ been waged since the 70s and so why are we now looking at, not an end to this ‘drug war’, but instead, we are looking at a ramped up and seemingly endless epidemic of drug-related suicides and ACCIDENTAL overdose deaths of ‘whites’? Why? Because the ‘War on Drugs’ was a war on Black people and now karma is a bitch, ain’t she? Thank you KARMA!

And the ‘good’ news just keeps on coming ‘on the bright side’.

The prospect of a Payless bankruptcy is just the last bad news to buffet the retail world. Stores like The Sports Authority, American Apparel, Aéropostale, Wet Seal and PacSun are among the retailers to have filed for bankruptcy protection in the last two years, with some liquidating altogether. On Tuesday, Sears Holdings (shld, +3.79%) admitted there is ‘substantial doubt’ it can stay in business.

Those great paying jobs at Payless, Sears, Kmart, Wet Seal, Abercrombie & Fitch, JC Penney, Crocs, Guess, bebe and the list is endless are going, going almost gone and of course this means more despondency and an even greater need to dull the pain and so grab some more opioids; that’ll make you feel better as it dulls the senses and lulls one into a false sense of ‘all is well’, that is, until it wears off and back to the doctor ‘white’ drug dealer, you go.

Let us not forget the ‘good’ news of Donald Trump’s promise of ‘more great paying jobs for Americans’. Well, Trump, where are they? Because it does not look as though those ‘great’ paying jobs will be in retail. And it certainly does not appear as if many of Trump’s supporters will even be around in four years to vote him back in seeing as how it doesn’t even feel good to PAYLESS. The only person who is getting paid is the pharmacist and ‘white’ drug dealer on Becky and Sarah Lane in Coal Mine, West Virginia. The only persons who are getting paid are the military whores who are stationed in Afghanistan guarding those poppy fields to make sure that opium gets safely to America. Fight the Taliban? What Taliban? There’s opium in dem dar fields, doncha know!

Everybody had enough ‘good’ news for one day ‘on the bright side’? Yeah! That’s what I thought!

And before I forget, let me just finish with this little gem!

For whites across America, deaths of despair are rising

For many white Americans without a college degree, life in America has devolved in a few short decades from one that offered ample economic opportunity into a socioeconomic dead end

That’s according to new research from Princeton economists Anne Case and Nobel Prize-winner Angus Deaton, who grabbed headlines in 2015 with their finding that the death rate for middle-aged white Americans had sharply risen. The new research adds color to their earlier findings, helping to explain what’s driving mortality rates for less educated whites beyond that of blacks and their counterparts in other developed countries. 

Spin it any way you like, but the fact of the matter is, even college-educated ‘whites’ are in despair since many of them are still waiting tables years after having earned a college degree. Many are janitors and are selling shoes in Payless Stores, while they’re still open, that is. So yes indeed, the chickens are coming home to roost and about time, I say! And if I don’t seem one bit upset about all of this, it is because I am not one bit upset about all of this! You thought your ‘white privilege’ would shield you from drug overdose suicides and from the pink slips dished up by a fucked up economy? Not anymore. Your own kind has now made it a fact that you are privileged to die with a needle in your arm thanks to their giving you the means to your own end while they blame everyone else for fucking you up. But you thought that Donald Trump was going to ride in on his white steed and save the day for you? Is it happening yet? Let me know when it does and I will be more than happy to add it to more ‘good’ news ‘on the bright side’!