Friday, July 23, 2010

July 23 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The 'Next War' Could Begin Next Week - Korea... The Showdown At ASEAN

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Cabale News ServiceJuly 23 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: The 'Next War' Could Begin Next Week - Korea... The Showdown At ASEAN

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Next week... The Korean War Redux - The US will engage in naval exercises with South Korea as North Korea threatens military action and ASEAN meets in, of all places, Vietnam, to discuss regional security. Details, and more in the commentary.

If you're unemployed, Uncle Sam might give you a lump of Coal for Christmas... Because that's about when the Unemployment Benefit Extension just passed by the Senate is due to expire

The House Ethics Committee is about to start hearings after a report on New York Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel's tax dodges. More.

Tropical Storm Bonnie, near Miami, and heading right for the Gulf of Mexico, is causing a shutdown of BP's oil spill cleanup operation... but there's entertainment ashore as the thousands of people working on the clean-up crews get down... and dirty.

See the very last item for information on the 'down'... and the 'dirt'.

Speaking of dirty, the Methane concentration in the air near the spill site is ONE HUNDRED TIMES above normal.

Colombia is accusing Venezuela of harboring FARC rebels as Venezuela accuses Colombia of war-mongering and cuts diplomatic relations.

It's Friday... as good a day as any to talk about WAR and OTHER kinds of socio-cultural mayhem:

Yours truly wants to mention that, after the commentary, from a different era, Earth Opera... Peter Rowan, Dave Grisman, John Cale, and others, want to tell you about a tragedy... The Great American Eagle Tragedy. Courtesy of the respective artists.

A quote for the day... "Wars not make one great," Yoda, Star Wars

From William Astore:
Fighting Wars Won't Make You a Hero
A snappy uniform or even intense combat in far-off countries don't magically transform troops into heroes

Ever since the events of 9/11, there’s been an almost religious veneration of U.S. service members as “Our American Heroes” (as a well-intentioned sign puts it at my local post office). That a snappy uniform or even intense combat in far-off countries don’t magically transform troops into heroes seems a simple point to make, but it’s one worth making again and again, and not only to impressionable, military-worshipping teenagers.

Here, then, is what I mean by “hero”: someone who behaves selflessly, usually at considerable personal risk and sacrifice, to comfort or empower others and to make the world a better place. Heroes, of course, come in all sizes, shapes, ages, and colors, most of them looking nothing like John Wayne or John Rambo or GI Joe (or Jane).

“Hero,” sadly, is now used far too cavalierly... [In Full]

A twist on the old saying "What if they gave a war and nobody came?"... From the 'lead-in' to an article by Cindy Sheehan:
This article and these observations are going to piss some people off--but oh well. You will be angry with me, even though I am not the one who is ordering more war, paying for more war, torturing people and imprisoning them without due process, destroying the economy and the environment, blah, blah, blah.

I have developed an incredibly thick skin and if I rankle, it's because I think time is running out to halt the disastrous trajectory this planet (via the US Military Corporate Complex) is on.

I promise that I am not writing this because I am holding protests and no one is coming--these thoughts have been percolating in me for months now. (Note: Remember that old saying: "What if they gave a war and nobody came?" Well, here in DC I am living the opposite: "What if they gave an antiwar protest and nobody came?") [In Full]

"Down, and Dirty"... Something that's more than a bit of a problem in the oil boomtowns of remote Canada comes to America...
BP Cleanup Workers Gone Wild... Strippers Booze, And Race Riots on Grand Isle

FTSI hear about the race riot at Daddy's Money almost as soon as I arrive on Grand Isle, Louisiana. My friend and I are going to the bar tonight to catch the "female oil wrestling" oil-spill cleanup workers have been packing in to see on Saturday nights. When we stop by the office of the island's biggest seafood distributor, he tells us that two days ago a bunch of black guys and a bunch of white guys got into a big fight at the bar. It spilled out all over the street and had to be broken up by a ton of cops.

According to the Census, 1,541 people live in this slow Southern resort town. An estimated 2.9 of them are black. That was before the spill. The seafood guy gestures in the direction of the floating barracks being built on barges in the bay to house the lower-skilled cleanup workers, and says that people think the barracks will keep those workers—who are mostly black—from "jumping off" onto dry land and causing trouble.

That night, dozens of men in race-segregated packs crowd around to watch strippers dance around and then tussle inside the bouncy inflatable ring set up inside Daddy's Money. Female oil wrestlers need, obviously, to be oiled. Plastic cups full of baby oil are being auctioned off, along with the right to rub their contents all over one of the thong-bikinied gals. "I hope there's no dispersant in that oil!" someone quips... [In Full]


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