Posted by: quiscus | September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011

1.  “Why body bags prompt support for war

Considering this, we see that standard calls by politicians to “stay the course” lest we “allow our youngsters to die in vain” are less reflections of the country’s natural psyche than sophisticated efforts to artificially “prime” that psyche for an emotional lurch toward a desired pro-war policy position.

For conservative warmongers, that emotional reaction means remaining steadfastly behind these conflicts, painful consequences be damned. For liberals and independents naturally suspicious of the wars, it means opposing the conflicts in theory (as polls show the country does), but giving up the kind of intense protests and activism that marked those early war years before the costs and casualties skyrocketed — that is, before the huge costs were “sunk” into the endeavors.

The result is exactly the neoconservatives’ original desired effect — a kind of passive preference for “stay the course.” Indeed, we are now so programmed to see news of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan as reason to continue those wars — so fearful of “losing” our investment of blood and treasure — that we barely even discuss what “winning” actually means.”

http://www.salon.com/news/politics/feature/2011/09/19/bodybags/index.html

2.  Ugh:

“Marine Recruiters Visit Gay Center in Oklahoma”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/us/marine-recruiters-visit-gay-center-in-oklahoma.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

3.  “Obama Thinks that High Unemployment Is Good”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/09/obama-unemployment-okay-jobs.html

4.    “With Record Number Of Americans Falling Into Poverty, Senator Rand Paul Says The Poor Are Getting Rich”

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26689

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