"Few probably recall the name Dwight Elliott Stone. But even if his name has faded from the national memory, the man remains historically significant. That's because on June 30, 1973, the 24-year-old plumber's apprentice became the last American forced into the armed services before the military draft expired."
Any idea of a return to military conscription will be met with shock and derision by many people of all political persuasions, and for good reason. Having been a victim of the draft, I felt justice was done when it was abolished. No more, and for reasons I would have never imagined in 1973. I no longer believe that a free people can govern themselves under the shadow of a professional military.
I think maybe I'm losing it. I'm not getting any younger, and I have led a hard (possibly overindulgent life), but a few days ago I was reading DU. Lately, there are lots of photos of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan everywhere, which is to be expected as they are the candidates for...well, everybody knows what for. So, anyway, I see this photo of the dynamic duo, standing next to one another, each with one arm raised in either a greeting or a victory salute or the bird or something, and they are both wearing these gigantic clown noses. You know, the big red kind that sound like the horn on a kids tricycle when squeezed, and, from the self-satisfied smiles on their faces it would appear they must have their other arms down their pants playing with themselves or with each other while the lesser clowns in the audience are jumping around like they've got hot wires attached to their private parts, nasty, painful expressions on their faces and corn cobs up their asses.
As if this weren't disturbing enough, I saw a video yesterday of of Rushbo Limbaugh doing his signature polo-shirt-jell-o-jiggle while sporting a clown nose on a face that could only have been in the throes of orgiastic passion or oxycotton induced ecstasy. I see the same thing on the faces of the FOX porno news bots. The Koch brothers and Goldman Sachs alpha suits have bulbous red noses with dollar signs on them and wear shit eating grins. Republican congress clowns have clown noses with gravitas. Religious bigots have fiery red clown noses with burning crosses on them. The list goes on. Pick your own and fill in the blank.
However, clown nose psychosis or not, I remain lucid enough to ask: "How the hell did it come to pass that clowns comprise the opposition party in the mightiest republic in human history and are always in the running to win and seem to control what is considered worthy of discussion in what increasingly appears to be a clown circus of a country wearily and euphemistically trumpeted as the United States of America: The home of the brave and the land of the free?
In order to sell more of its infant formula in third world countries, Nestle would hire women with no special training and dress them up as nurses to give out free samples of Nestle formula. The free samples lasted long enough for the mother's breast milk to dry up from lack of use. Then mothers would be forced to purchase the formula but, being poor, they would often mix the formula with unsanitary water or 'stretch' the amount of formula by diluting it with more water than recommended. The result was that babies starved all over the Third World while Nestle made huge profits from this predatory marketing strategy. Source: breastfeeding.com