Archive for September, 2013

Frankie’s exceptional exceptions to American Exceptionalism

Frankie’s exceptional exceptions to American Exceptionalism

by Patrick Devlin n the brave new bizzarro world where the head of the two thousand year old capital serving, land owning, supporter of bloody imperialists and thieving enterprises on 6 of the seven continents known as the Catholic Church comes out as an unabashed adherent to the transmitted ‘teachings’ of the barefooted, long-haired, anti-institutional religion, anti-capital accumulation, anti-money lending institution, supporter of the poor and dispossessed, promoter of the union of brethren humans including our avowed ‘enemies’, exclaimer to a world of owners, “give up all that you own and follow me”, wandering philosopher and proto-hippie known as Jesus […]

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Faith in humanity restored : realization that politicians are not humans reiterated

Faith in humanity restored : realization that politicians are not humans reiterated

by Patrick Devlin When I stumbled into the piercing daylight of an early September afternoon on the blasted plains of the Midwest, spun through the automated revolving door of a privately run Lutheran hospital, I landed back in America, the only industrialized country that does not consider health care to be a human right, where handcuffing health care to employment is the law and massive unemployment is the norm. I was held as a patient for 5 days. I am a worker with health insurance, my brother is a worker (who works harder than me) who does not have insurance. […]

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The profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives

The profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives

by Patrick Devlin “War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives…” -Major General Smedley Butler, War is a Racket pamphlet, 1935 Herman Göring, Founder of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany : “Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can […]

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Tweeting greetings : chirping cognitive harmony & tense cordiality

Tweeting greetings : chirping cognitive harmony & tense cordiality

The newly appointed Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, recently updated his ‘facebook wall’ noting that Iran, in an awkward act of cognitive harmony, condemns both the massacre of Jews by the Nazis that began during the 1930’s and continued until the end of the Second World War and the ongoing massacre of the Palestinian people, a pogrom that has continued since the 1930’s with the founding of the Zionist paramilitary group, the Irgun. Zarif also had a short twitter conversation with a tweeter who identified herself as the daughter of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that began when Zarif tweeted […]

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The Pope is dope on peace

The Pope is dope on peace

by Patrick Devlin In a stunning turn of precedent, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, asked his more than 1 billion world-wide followers to join him in an active peace demonstration, and harkened back to the viewpoint of the wandering philosopher and bare-footed peacenik, Jesus of Nazareth, the same individual that Catholics claim to be their sect’s founding member. As the pope was speaking about the “dramatic developments” in Syria, condemning “with particular force the use of chemical weapons,” Francis called for a peace protest sit-in at his house. The Pope invited the international community to join him […]

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