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American Sniper... from a Marine who was there

This is powerful because it is the truth.

American Sniper?
By: Ross Caputi

Chris Kyle built his reputation as a sniper during one of the most criminal operations of the entire occupation of Iraq, the 2nd siege of Fallujah.

What American Sniper offers us — more than a heart-wrenching tale about Chris Kyle’s struggle to be a soldier, a husband, and a father; more than an action packed story about America’s most lethal sniper — is an exposure of the often hidden side of American war culture. The criminality that has characterized American military engagements since the American Indian Wars, and most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, is hardly noticeable in this film. And that’s exactly my point.

Your average American viewer might be surprised to find out that Chris Kyle built his reputation as a sniper during one of the most criminal operations of the entire occupation of Iraq, the 2nd siege of Fallujah. He or she certainly won’t learn this by watching American Sniper, which doesn’t even hint that Chris Kyle ever did anything in Iraq except kill bad guys and defend America. And this speaks volumes about how little we understand the wars that our country fights around the world.

Perhaps my argument seems strange — that the most insightful part of this film is what is not in it. However, I believe that these omissions reflect more than just what the director decided to be irrelevant to the plot. These omissions reveal an unconscious psychological process that shields our ideas about who we are as individuals and as a nation. This process, known as “moral disengagement”, is extremely common in militaristic societies. But what is fascinating about American Sniper is how these omissions survive in the face of overwhelming evidence of the crimes that Chris Kyle participated in. The fact that a man who participated in the 2nd siege of Fallujah — an operation that killed between 4,000 to 6,000 civilians, displaced 200,000, and may have created an epidemic of birth defects and cancers — can come home, be embraced as a hero, be celebrated for the number of people he has killed, write a bestselling book based on that experience, and have it made into a Hollywood film is something that we need to reflect on as a society.

MORE HERE: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/American-Sniper-20150110-0019.html

The Top 5 Special Interest Groups Against Cannabis Legalization

1. Police Unions
2. Private Prison Corporations
3. Alcohol/Beer Corporations
4. Pharmaceutical Corporations
5. Prison Guard Unions


Fuck em.

A $205,000,000 improvement to Colorado's budget in 2014

"Colorado raked in $60 million in marijuana taxes and licensing fees in the past year, plus saved most if not all of the $145 million the Harvard report estimated it spent each year fighting marijuana," Aubin wrote in the Jan. 5, 2015, piece.



Every state needs this.

Jeb Bush eases out of some businesses, such as firm helped by Obamacare

I didn't realize, until reading this article, just how embedded Jeb is in what's wrong with our unfair economy.

But Bush’s business record, enmeshed in international finance and some troubled former ventures in south Florida, could end up complicating his return to politics and his hopes to follow his father, George H.W. Bush, and his older brother, George W. Bush, into the Oval Office.

Last year, he took a step into the rarefied world of private equity and offshore investments, joining with former banking executives and a Chinese airline company to make bets on natural gas exploration and shipping. One of the funds was set up in the United Kingdom, a structure that allows the company to shield overseas investors from U.S. taxes.


Radiotherapy and Cannabis Extract Study on Brain Cancer

Study Finds Cannabis Extract/Radiotherapy Combo Can Make Some Brain Cancer Tumors “Virtually Disappear”


For all those RW'ers who don't trust the government

They sure do trust the information spoon feed them by Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to the Grand Jury.

I see Facebook blowing up with people that have found Michael Brown guilty and deserving of the death sentence he got all based on McCulloch and his friends on the Grand Jury.

No jury trial no justice no peace.

The Ferguson Lie


According to CBS News tonight...

... we are spending 8.3 million dollars per day in Iraq and have flown over 740 bombing runs since mid August.

But if someone gets help with their health insurance premium via a government subsidy then God forbid.

Veteran's Day reality check



It was only a couple years ago, Amy, that the Veterans Administration actually started tracking veteran suicides on a national level. But right now we’re looking at at least 22 veterans kill themselves every day. More than two of those veterans every day who kill themselves are Iraq or Afghanistan veterans. Those numbers will climb as those veterans get older. But what that means for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is that more veterans have killed themselves after coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan than have been killed in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Like Robert Reich just said on Facebook

I’m less worried Republicans will roll back the Affordable Care Act or reduce taxes on the wealthy over the next two years – the President’s veto pen will prevent that – than I am about Obama joining with Republicans to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, the Trans Pacific Partnership, and the “chained CPI” (that would reduce future Social Security payments). Obama has either sought these in the past or hinted he would, and he (and McConnell and Boehner) will be so eager to show they can work together that these will prove irresistible.
What other bad “agreements” between the White House and congressional Republicans might we expect?

Obama makes me very nervous regarding these three due to his past willingness to "make nice" with the jackalls.

Proud to be a Californian


California Voters Deal Blow To Prisons, Drug War - http://huff.to/1qoBkMB

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