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Leave the Bark On!

There’ s a concept that carries a lot of weight in the field of psychology, and we’ve seen it being played out on the stage of world politics for years. It’s called the shadow&mdash  ;the idea that everyone has a dark side, a number of negative and ugly traits and urges of which we […]

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Book Review: Whose Freedom?

Whose Freedom? The Battle over America&rsqu o;s Most Important Idea, by George Lakoff, 288 pages, published 2006 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $23.00 USD, ISBN 0-374-15828- 2
Links at www.fsgbooks .com and www.whosefre
Reviewed by Jim Finley (a.k.a. Liberal Jarhead) for Bring It On!
Words are important. We think in words, and it’s impossible to […]

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All That You Can Be? A Few Good Men? What the Hell is This?

Problems with gangs in the military are nothing new. Shortly before I retired ten years ago, we were contending with this issue, both with racist gangs and with affiliates of the Bloods and Crips. But at that time, we were doing everything we could to screen gangsters out at the point of […]

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Homelessness a Threat for Iraq Vets

Got this from the AP - I want to increase awareness of this problem any way we can. It isn’t the fault of the government when a vet falls on hard times, but it is the government’s responsibili ty to be there and try to help (as the good people of the VA are […]

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The Distractor

The Distracter (to the tune of The Pretender)
I’m going to steal myself a house
On Pennsylvania Avee-nue
I’m going to eat yall’s lunch in the morning
And make decisions all day for yew
And when the evening rolls around
I’ll eat a pretzel and lay my body down
And when the morning light comes streaming in
I’ll go on vacation again
Say it […]

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Keeping a Sense of Proportion

This link is to an excellent piece by Larry Johnson in Truthout on the need to take terrorism seriously but not to blow the threat out of proportion, and especially the need not to throw away the very freedoms and way of life we’re supposed to be protecting.
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Supporting the Troops the Neocon Way

I can’t decide whether to feel bitter or to cry first . . . watchful waiting, my ass.
Study Shows Military Care Gap
Les Blumenthal
The News Tribune – Tacoma, WA
Jun 26, 2006
WASHINGTON – The military is referring barely more than 20 percent of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who have shown signs of post-traumat […]

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Experts: U.S. is Losing War Against Terrorism

From the Cox News Service, 6/29/06:
“WASHINGTON – The United States is losing its fight against terrorism and the Iraq war is the biggest reason why, a majority of American terrorism and national security experts has concluded.
One participant in the survey, a former CIA official who described himself as a conservative Republican, said the war in […]

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War, PTSD, and Atrocities

By now we’ve all heard something about the incident last November 19 at an Iraqi village called Haditha. What we know so far is that Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, known as 3/1 (pronounced “three -one”) in USMC shorthand, were on patrol near Haditha. 3/1 is an […]

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Another great book

Spare Parts: A Marine Reservist’s Journey From Campus to Combat in 38 Days, by Buzz Williams, is a great book for anyone who wants to deepen their understandin g of the daily life of Soldiers and Marines in combat. Buzz Williams is an award-winnin g teacher who served in the first Gulf War as […]

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