Monthly Archives: April 2003

God bless America

Saw this on the Tom Tomorrow site… I don't know, maybe I'm just some unamerican commie loving towelhead sympathizer, but I really find this rather disturbing a la the Hitler Bush Youth.

Yes, it was a joke!

APRIL FOOLS! Is it Joshua or is it Rob?

Click here for a blast from the past! …and if you feel silly about getting fooled (lots of people did, although plenty caught it too — and so many people wrote nice stuff to “Joshua” — thank you, and remember, the story may have been fabricated, but the message was true), click here and you'll see that it's not so uncommon.

Having fun with numbers

The following information is from the Whitehouse 2003 Budget pages (link), the CIA World Factbook (link), the Center for Defense Information (link), and the US Census Bureau (link).

  • The amount that the US military budget has been increased this year (just the increase, not the total amount), dramatically outweighs the total military spending of Russia and China put together.
  • Total US military spending is over eight times that of China and Russia put together.
  • The US spends over thirty-seven times more money on the military than all of the “axis of evil” countries added up — and that doesn't include any of the spending on the war on Iraq.
  • The US spends well over five times as much money on military expenditures than it does on education, meaning that the amount the military budget was increased this year nearly outweighs the entire educational budget.
  • The US has a per-captita HIV/AIDS rate over sixty times as high as that in Iraq.
  • Saudia Arabia, the country most of the September 11th hijackers came from, spends almost twenty times more on its military than Iraq.
  • The average American (babies included) pays almost twenty five times as much (per capita) as the average North Korean to support their military.
  • Private citizens in the US pay over five times as much in income taxes as corporations do.

Now, the other thing that really struck me is the “what could you buy” question. Let's see what one could purchase if one spent the US military budget on other things. For example:

  • It could provide food for between 1.2 and 2 billion people yearly.
  • It could send approximately 60 million students to university, including housing, yearly.
  • It could give a new car to 31 million Americans every year.
  • It could purchase a week long trip to Jamaica including airfare for every American.
  • It could purchase three million $120,000 new homes yearly.
  • It could purchase nearly every single item produced for export by Canada and Mexico put together and give it away for free.
  • It could purchase a body piercing for every single person (including babies and old people) on the planet, and still have enough money left over to tattoo every person in America.

As a point of trivia, if the “war on Iraq” wasn't happening, the money that is projected to be spent there could purchase every every African American male (of all ages, baby to senior) in America a brand new Porsche Boxster. Failing that, it could give $1.8 million to every Native American family in America. Alternately, it could give every person in America over the age of eighty a free second home in Florida. Seriously.

Is it money well spent?


I don't know if these quotes help anyone here. I keep getting forwarded truly moronic war emails full of hatred and blind trumpet calls to murder, and I know that many of you, having described what you face at work and at home, are going through the same… But these might be useful in your responses I hope:

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?"
      - Mahatma Gandhi

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction."
      - Albert Einstein

"After each war there is a little less democracy to save."
      - Brooks Atkinson

"The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure."
      - Lyndon B Johnson

"Today the real test of power is not the capacity to make war but the capacity to prevent it."
      - Anne O'Hare McCormick

"When the rich make war it's the poor that die."
      - Jean-Paul Sartre

"Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent."
      - Issac Asimov

"I have marched in many a battle host, but I have also planted seeds and reaped the harvest with my own hands. And I have learned there is greater honor in a field well plowed than a field steeped in blood."
      - Lloyd Alexander (Adaon, "The Black Cauldron")

"Wars not make one great."
      - Yoda

"You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it."
      - Malcolm X

"Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime."
      - Ernest Hemingway

"Only the dead have seen the end of war."
      - Plato

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
      - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it."
      - George Bernard Shaw

"To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
      - Sun Tzu

"We are really appalled by any country, whether a superpower or a small country, that goes outside the United Nations and attacks independent countries."
      - Nelson Mandela

"The notion of justified pre-emption runs counter to modern international law, which sanctions the use of force in self-defense only against actual — not potential — threats."
      - Henry Kissinger

"The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than a small one."
      - Adolf Hitler

A lot of people have told me that they believe Americans are mostly against Bush and this war. Others have told me the opposite. Which means that for the truth to come out, you must make your voice heard.

I believe the term is "sucky"

Well, we had summer weather two days ago, and now it seems to be winter again. Just took these photos outside a few minutes ago. Well, I guess it could be worse. I'd rather have the earth dropping snow on me than some rogue military dropping bombs on me.

Human shields…

So the latest civilian casualties of the indiscriminate Bush regime* killing machine are… American civilians. Yesterday as two busses travelled from Ahman to Baghad, US warplanes opened fire, killing the peace activists on board (more). Remember, you're either with us, or… you're dead.

There's a lot of speculation going on right now about Mary Cheney, the daughter of brutal warlord and international criminal “Dick” Cheney, currently posing as the Vice President of the United States. A London paper reported that Mary Cheney will be travelling to Baghdad to join these human shields (more). The Bush twins have been there for some time already, but it's just because they got incredibly drunk and got on the wrong airplane. They thought they were going to Tijuana…

Ah, bitter awakenings.

* I want to be clear on why I say “Bush regime”. I say it because it's becoming clear that, to many Americans, Bush is not American — he's a representative of a foreign (megacorp) power that has seized control of America, and that the actions of his regime are not the will of the American people.