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An easy question
Aug 24th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Where are the anti­war pro­test­ers now that we real­ly need them?.

Anti-war protests in all 50 states and in front of the hat­ed King Bush II”s Tex­as ranch were a fix­ture in Amer­i­can life and news­pa­pers from 2003 through mid-2008. The protests seem to have dis­ap­peared yet the ills of war remain. Let’s look at what is bad about our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:

  • Amer­i­cans are being killed
  • Amer­i­can tax­pay­ers are being improver­ished
  • lim­it­ed Amer­i­can resources are divert­ed to unpro­duc­tive activ­i­ties (bomb­ing an opi­um fac­to­ry in Afghanistan is not like­ly to lead to long-term growth the way that build­ing a fac­to­ry in North Car­oli­na would)

All three of the­se things were bad in 2004 when the U.S. was rich and get­ting richer. They are even worse now. We have had a decline in birth rate and pop­u­la­tion growth due to the eco­nom­ic col­lapse. This makes the death of an Amer­i­can sol­dier if any­thing more cost­ly becuase there are few­er chil­dren grow­ing up to replace him or her. We have less mon­ey now, so what­ev­er it is that we’re spend­ing on our adven­tures amongst the Jihadis is less afford­able (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0933935.html shows that spend­ing is high­er than ever and con­tin­u­ing to grow).

Given that the cost of the wars in Amer­i­can life and tax­pay­er funds is less bear­able now than before, how come the anti­war pro­test­ers seem to have melt­ed away?

[Philip Green­spun Weblog]

The answer to that is real­ly obvi­ous: those pro­test­ers were nev­er real­ly anti-war, only anti-a Repub­li­can being the one in charge of the war. Now that a Democ­rat is in the White House, the war is fine with them.

Standing up to the Evil Empire
May 29th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Ter­ror­ist Pianos of Doom!. Toward the end of last mon­th, a note­wor­thy inci­dent occurred in the clas­si­cal music life of Los Ange­les:

Pol­ish pianist Krys­tian Zimer­man, who is wide­ly admired for his vir­tu­osic per­for­mances and who famous­ly tours with his own custom-altered Stein­way, cre­at­ed a furor at Dis­ney Hall on Sun­day night when he stopped his recital to announce that this would be his last Amer­i­can appear­ance — in protest of the nation’s mil­i­tary poli­cies over­seas.

In a low voice that could not be heard through­out the audi­to­ri­um, Zimer­man, uni­ver­sal­ly con­sid­ered among the world’s finest pianists, made ref­er­ence to Guan­tanamo Bay and U.S. mil­i­tary poli­cies toward Poland.

Get your hands off my coun­try,” he said.

Then he turned to the piano and played Szymanowski’s “Vari­a­tions on a Pol­ish Folk The­me” with such pas­sion and inten­si­ty that the stunned audi­ence gave him mul­ti­ple ova­tions.

Ear­lier, about 30 or 40 peo­ple in the audi­ence had walked out after Zimerman’s dec­la­ra­tion, some shout­ing obscen­i­ties. “Yes,” the pianist, known in Poland as “King Krys­tian the Glo­ri­ous,” answered, “some peo­ple, when they hear the word mil­i­tary, start march­ing.”

[Once Upon a Time…]

The whole post is worth read­ing.

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