Saturday, March 22, 2008

Volunteers

Tomas and Nathan Young
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March 21, 2008

Bill Moyers interviews former talk show host Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro on the true cost of war and their documentary, BODY OF WAR, depicting the moving story of one veteran dealing with the aftermath of war. With extensive excerpts from the film, the filmmakers talk about Iraq war veteran Tomas Young who was shot and paralyzed less than a week into his tour of duty. Three years in the making, BODY OF WAR tells the poignant tale of the young man’s journey from joining the service after 9/11 to fight in Afghanistan, to living with devastating wounds after being deployed to Iraq instead.

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Deeply moving look into this young mans life as it is after volunteering for what he believed was a just cause.

He is not the only one that has been deceived by this Administration of Evil. We too have paid the price for their misjudgments and ineptitude, it just so happens Tom took the direct approach in the war on terror, to fight them on their home turf, in their own land for a battle he felt was righteous, he was wrong and so were we.

We were wrong to believe the cause was just, that to fight this war was to fight Al-Queda and get the terrorists that killed our people, it was a convenient excuse to get what many had longed for, all that black crude under the sand, perhaps the greatest reserves outside Saudi Arabia, the big Kahuna, oil and lots of it.

So the next time your Johnny goes marching to war remember, because of his sacrifice your home will have heat, cars will have gas and tires, and you will have all your plastic stuff.

And BIG OIL will reap EXTRA BIG profits.

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14 comments:

DEN said...

Slow getting going today, sleep-in Saturday after a week of 4:30AM wakeups.

Hope all is well with everyone, another spammer post yesterday.

Thanks for the PBS link Hajji, hope Spanky does OK. This war is all volunteer for the first time, I think if kids would quit volunteering they would soon end the stupid thing.

So few control so many for so little.

Carey said...

Wow, upon wow. Nice thinking Den. Good post. I have Moyers on DVR. Always do.

HAPPY EASTER, EASTER BUNNIES!!

Just heard a blurb vaguely announcing a new poll, the first, taken after Obama's race speech.

69% approved of his discussion of race.

No more info than that.

Alan said...

Nice post Den. 'Twas nice of Hajji to point you/us to the story. I'm sending it out with the title "tissue warning". No kidding, it didn't take long in the clip before my eyes misted over, and then virtually stayed that way for the full clip. They are trying to mist over again as I type this because it made me think about it again.

Hajji said...

Den.

Thanx.

Alan,

Me, too.

Carey,

If "Pastorgate" was an intensional tactic, it came far too soon. Obama will more than make up all the lost ground with personal appearances, media events and the groundswell of volunteers that are already flooding into PA.

Those who are looking for an excuse were always lost.

I got a note from a friend in Portland who was at the Richardson endorsement announcement. She had been riding the fence. Nothing like floating on the swell of hope to buoy who've not made a choice,yet!

-T

ยบ¿carol said...

Alan, AOL quiz: I was zooming on that one. First screw up was on the Manson question. I ended up with 14/20.

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Somebody was bad at the end of yesterday's comments?

Hajji said...

Benson,

It was some 'bot, I think, posting dangerous links.

Don't click here, or anywhere on postings from unfamiliar folks!

-T

Alan said...

AOL quiz: I was zooming on that one. First screw up was on the Manson question. I ended up with 14/20.

That's better, or close to what I usually get, but this time I got 16/20. I forgot now which ones I got wrong, but I knew the Manson question. At one time I knew just about all there was to know on that topic. I've got several books on it, including "The Family" which goes far back into how it all got started, and "Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecuting attorney of the Manson case.
The AOL quiz is till pretty cool, but it used to be wayyy better. Scored in points with more points for answering faster; several catagories including audio questions (who said this quote?); plus you could bet some or all your points on the final three questions to multiply your score. Then of course, they listed screen names of the top scorers, kind of a reward. *I never got anywhere near being a top scorer. haha
Oh, and I noticed you can go right back and take the quiz again, something that you used to NOT be able to do. Even hours later, it would know you've already taken it, at least from that screen name (AOL give each account up to seven screen names), and wouldn't let you go at it again. < shrug > That'd be the ONLY way I could get near the top... by cheating. lol

David B. Benson said...

Hajji --- Since I run Linux, there are no dangereous links.

I think...

DEN said...

Doc, they would have a tough time trying to feed MicroSoft code in, Linux would burp it back at them.

Yes a spam link was removed, those darn things keep creeping in, hope it does not get worse.

A word or two to the spammers:

GTFOMB!! damn anarchists!

Ah thats better.

David B. Benson said...

Congresscritters sure are easy going with our tax $$:

'Star Wars' and the Phantom Menace

Hajji said...

NYT: Obama race speech fuels Easter sermons

Some pastors say they're compelled to address festering issue
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WASHINGTON - This Easter Sunday, the holiest day of the Christian calendar, many pastors will start their sermons about the Resurrection of Jesus and weave in a pointed message about racism and bigotry, and the need to rise above them.

Some pastors began to rethink their sermons on Tuesday, when Senator Barack Obama gave a speech about race, seeking to calm a furor that had erupted over explosive excerpts of sermons by his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

The controversy drove the nation to the unpatrolled intersection of race and religion, and as many pastors prepared for their Easter message they said they felt compelled to talk about it. Their congregants were writing and e-mailing them: some wanted to share their emotional reactions to Mr. Obama’s speech; others asked how Mr. Wright, the minister, could utter such inflammatory things from the pulpit.
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Easter is traditionally the time for "Ressurection" sermons and "Salvation" services.

I've discussed race with many of my friends, family and co-workers.

Growing up in Appalachia, one is often struck by the interdependency of people of different races, creeds, histories, especially in our poorer classes. When folks are faced with such difficult odds to overcome, community effort becomes more than "just words".

-T

DEN said...

As it should be.

Alan said...

LMAO @ "assisted living caretaker"

Will Joe Lieberman be John McCain's Assisted Living Caretaker and Vice-President as They Bomb Iran?

The real picture is worth the trip by itself. Looks like a hug turning into a quick grope. haha McC is 'bout to grab lieberman's little soldier.