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"No government admits anymore that it keeps an army to satisfy occasionally the desire for conquest"

The means to real peace.—

No government admits any more that it keeps an army to satisfy occasionally the desire for conquest. Rather the army is supposed to serve for defense, and one invokes the morality that approves of self-defense. But this implies one's own morality and the neighbor's immorality; for the neighbor must be thought of as eager to attack and conquer if our state must think of means of self-defense.

Moreover, the reasons we give for requiring an army imply that our neighbor, who denies the desire for conquest just as much as does our own state, and who, for his part, also keeps an army only for reasons of self-defense, is a hypocrite and a cunning criminal who would like nothing better than to overpower a harmless and awkward victim without any fight.

Thus all states are now ranged against each other: they presuppose their neighbor's bad disposition and their own good disposition. This presupposition, however, is inhumane, as bad as war and worse. At bottom, indeed, it is itself the challenge and the cause of wars, because, as I have said, it attributes immorality to the neighbor and thus provokes a hostile disposition and act.

We must abjure the doctrine of the army as a means of self-defense just as completely as the desire for conquests. And perhaps the great day will come when people, distinguished by wars and victories and by the highest development of a military order and intelligence, and accustomed to make the heaviest sacrifices for these things, will exclaim of its own free will, "We break the sword," and will smash its entire military establishment down to its lowest foundations.

Rendering oneself unarmed when one had been the best-armed, out of a height of feeling—that is the means to real peace, which must always rest on a peace of mind; whereas the so-called armed peace, as it now exists in all countries, is the absence of peace of mind. One trusts neither oneself nor one's neighbor and, half from hatred, half from fear, does not lay down arms.

Rather perish than hate and fear, and twice rather perish than make oneself hated and feared—this must someday become the highest maxim for every single commonwealth. Our liberal representatives, as is well known, lack the time for reflecting on the nature of man: else they would know that they work in vain when they work for a "gradual decrease of the military burden."

Rather, only when this kind of need has become greatest will the kind of god be nearest who alone can help here.

The tree of war-glory can only be destroyed all at once, by a stroke of lightning: but lightning, as indeed you know, comes from a cloud—and from up high.

Friedrich W Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow


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Pat Robertson on Crack?: ‘Blessed are the fully armed’ in church, ‘theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven’

Pat Robertson: ‘Blessed are the fully armed’ in church, ‘theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven’

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"What is the new Beatitude? Blessed are the fully armed for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven,” the CBN host laughed. “I really believe that if the bad guys understand that the citizenry are able to react against them then they won’t be as free to go into a crowded mall or a school or a church and start blowing people out.”

“I do believe that that if people are trained with firearms, and they’re able to protect themselves, I don’t think it will lead to more violence, it will lead to less,” he continued. “The idea of having citizens who are trained or to have off-duty police in your church is not a bad thing.”



http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/09/pat-robertson-blessed-are-the-fully-armed-in-church-theirs-is-the-kingdom-of-heaven/

Cartoon: The NFL and Concussions

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XLNT!!! Hey White People: A Kinda Awkward Note to America by #Ferguson Kids


Published on Sep 9, 2014
Six black kids from #Ferguson, MO bluntly and sarcastically educate white America about the racist reality in 2014. Recruited from the very block where unarmed black teen Michael Brown was gunned down by a white police officer, these kids ranging in age from 6 to 13 years old, use sometimes uncomfortable humor

3 million petition signatures to overturn Citizens United delivered to Congress

Voting 79-18 to overcome a filibuster, Senators from both parties elected to open up S.J. Resolution 19—known as the "Democracy for All" amendment—to full debate. The legislation seeks to undo Supreme Court rulings in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. FEC by authorizing Congress and the states to limit fundraising and spending on federal candidates. The amendment also prohibits the Supreme Court from reversing any future campaign finance legislation passed by Congress.

"If we are going to maintain a true democracy, it's imperative we overturn Citizens United," Independent Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont) declared before the vote, speaking to a crowd of people rallying outside the Capitol building.

Groups advocating for the amendment—including Greenpeace, Credo Mobile, Common Cause, Public Citizen, MoveOn.org and People for the American Way—delivered over three million signatures calling on lawmakers to "make Congress more responsive to the interests of average Americans – not just the super wealthy and corporate interests.” The "Democracy for All" amendment, the petition reads, "is one of the critical steps to repairing our democracy.”

As the amendment now faces up to 30 hours of debate before it must win a two-thirds majority vote to pass the Senate, groups are pressuring individuals to contact their representatives and voice favor for the measure. A roll call for Monday's vote can be found here.

MORE!!!!!!
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/09/09/senate-advances-effort-overturn-citizens-united
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/09/1328331/-PHOTOS-3-000-000-petition-signatures-to-overturn-Citizens-United-delivered-to-Congress

Hard Lessons: 100 Onions Grown by Maine 5th-Graders Stolen

100 Onions Grown by Maine 5th-Graders Stolen
WATERVILLE, Maine — Sep 9, 2014, 10:59 AM ET
Associated Press

It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.

When students at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville went out last week to harvest the yellow onions planted last spring, they found that all 100 had been stolen.

Their plan was to give half the onions to a homeless shelter and half to the school kitchen to be used in school lunches.

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Teacher Mary Dunn says she plans to turn the theft into a lesson anyway, about coming together when things don't go as planned.

more:
http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/100-onions-grown-maine-5th-graders-stolen-25376359

Obama: ‘Hitting a woman is not something a real man does’

Obama: ‘Hitting a woman is not something a real man does’
BY ANITA KUMAR



After news broke Monday that the Baltimore Ravens had terminated the contract of Ray Rice after a video surfaced of him hitting his then-finance, Press Secretary Josh Earnest spoke to President Barack Obama about the case.

“The president is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society,” Earnest said in a statement to the media. “Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football – and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”

The White House celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act Tuesday with a speech by Vice President Joe Biden and a proclamation by Obama.

“You have seen the president and the vice president make very forceful public comments in talking about how important it is for men, in particular, to step up and step forward and make clear that violence against women is something that is not and cannot be tolerated, and that the most important thing -- or one of the most important things that we can do to try to end the scourge of violence against women is for men to ban together and to send a very clear signal that it is unacceptable for men to perpetrate acts of violence against women,” Earnest said.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/09/09/239248_obama-hitting-a-woman-is-not-something.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

St. Ronnie: it's racist to suggest that American slavery was a racial issue.

Rick Perlstein
September 5 at 10:31pm · Edited ·

So the Economist got in trouble for a review that complained a book on slavery was unkind to the people who owned the slaves. Guess who said something similar about "Roots"? Ronald Reagan, quoted in the Washington Post, February 14, 1977, p. A3:

"Very frankly, I thought the bias of all the good people being one color and all the bad people being another was rather destructive.





https://www.facebook.com/rick.perlstein/posts/10154576520710613
https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/507623326710104065
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/qotd-ronald-reagan.html

Why didn't anyone think of this before?

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/9/6122517/helicopter-drop-money-print-fed-blyth-lonergan

GOP congressman calls firing gay people one of the 'freedoms we enjoy'---“It’s like smoking bans."

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA—At a recent town hall in Charlotte’s suburbs, North Carolina House Republican Robert Pittenger compared the right to fire LGBT workers to the right to smoke cigarettes on private property.

“You need to respect the autonomy of somebody running their business,” he said. “It’s like smoking bans. Do you ban smoking or do people have the right to private property? I think people have the right to private property. In public spaces, absolutely, we can have smoking bans. But we don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody? Why should government be there to impose on the freedoms we enjoy?”


http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/09/08/3564205/pittenger-fire-gay-people-smoking/
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