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Report on Obama’s AIPAC Hate Speech by Tex Shelters of Dominion Gospel Reports

In Current Events, Humor, War, World Affairs on March 8, 2012 at 16:34

bomb-iran1 from truthjihad.blogspot.com

Reporting from Dominionist Union Miracle Blessing (D.U.M.B.) studios in downtown Mesa, AZ, I’m Tex Shelters, and this is the Dominion Gospels.

The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) had their recent meetings in Washington, DC from March 4-6, and President Obama, like he inevitably does any chance he gets, inveigled himself into the proceedings to grab attention for himself and his socialist agenda of Israel hating.

Incredibly, like this show and Fox News predicted, Obama’s speech to AIPAC was not aggressive enough toward Iran. Obama is apparently unwilling and unable to invent the kind of facts the American people need in order to attack a Middle Eastern nation, Iran, without provocation. That puts the United States in grave danger. If we aren’t willing to attack nations just because we disagree with them, we might as well study the Quran for the eventual Islamic takeover of our nation. But you know this American won’t do it and I hope that all of you out there have bought your guns for the coming apocalypse if Mr. Obama gets re-elected.

Liberals wait for an actual attack before going to war. The socialist President Franklin Roosevelt needed Pearl Harbor before declaring war on the heathen Japanese. And Jimmy Carter didn’t do nearly enough to take away the rights of Central Americans and we needed our savior, Republican Ronald Reagan, to do what God deemed necessary to fight the communists and kill peasant farmers all over the Western Hemisphere.

When push came to shove, George W. Bush was willing to take it on faith, like true Christians do, that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that we needed to invade the nation. And it was going well until President O’commie took over and decided we needed to take our troops out of Iraq. Leave it to a Democrat to turn a mission accomplished  into a defeat.

Our one hope is that our friends at AIPAC can convince their brothers and sisters of the faith in Israel to bomb Iran and engage with ground troops so the U.S. will have to get involved. Then a Christian president, a Republican, can make America safe for Democracy once more. Thousands, perhaps millions, of lives is a low cost for Republicans to take back the White House. It worked to get Bush re-elected in 2004, and it will work now. After all, sacrifice is a Christian thing. So I am calling on all you Christians to pray for a war with Iran. Let God know you want to spread his love to Iran. Let God know that you are willing to make the supreme sacrifice to make Iran a safe place for his messengers, Halliburton, Raytheon, Exxon, BP, Shell and other democratic American institutions.

Yours,
Tex Shelters

An anti-Christian site to NOT read about AIPAC–a mouth piece and friend of right-wing ideologues
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/03/05-1

The Twelve Days of Christmas as done by Tex Shelters

In Current Events, Election Politics, Humor, World Affairs on December 17, 2011 at 19:59

What has Congress given us the last year? Watch the video and learn.

PTxS

Enough, again, about 9/11

In Current Events, History, World Affairs on June 27, 2011 at 02:32

This is a repost and update in honor of President Obama’s invoking of 9/11 in his latest speech to justify the Afghan war. “On September 11, 2001, nineteen men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000 people. They struck at our military and economic nerve centers. They took the lives of innocent men, women, and children without regard to their faith or race or station. Were it not for the heroic actions of the passengers on board one of those flights, they could have also struck at one of the great symbols of our democracy in Washington, and killed many more.

As we know, these men belonged to al Qaeda – a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world’s great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents. Al Qaeda’s base of operations was in Afghanistan, where they were harbored by the Taliban – a ruthless, repressive and radical movement that seized control of that country after it was ravaged by years of Soviet occupation and civil war, and after the attention of America and our friends had turned elsewhere.

Just days after 9/11, Congress authorized the use of force against al Qaeda and those who harbored them – an authorization that continues to this day. The vote in the Senate was 98 to 0. The vote in the House was 420 to 1.”  (link)

Shut up already about 9/11

The United States is using 9/11 as an excuse to be the world’s police force and to attack Muslim dominated nations. In that spirit, I have performed the following actions:

I kicked an Englishman in the balls today in remembrance of Bloody Sunday and the atrocities in Ireland. I burnt Oxford editions of the collected works of Shakespeare, the British playwright of terror, for good measure.

Throwing bricks through the window of a sushi restaurant satisfied my lust to get back at the Japanese for Pearl Harbor. I do that every December 7. I also like to smash big snouted Romans in the nose for their besting my Celtic Queen, Queen Boudicca, back in the first century. I stabbed a priest for all the pedophilia and betrayal by other Catholic priests for good measure.

Then I gathered some patriots to spit on some Christians as they left their holy church of terrorist training for bombing Oklahoma City’s Federal Building. We also spray painted “Jesus Freaks” on the side of several Christian terrorist training centers. It was the Protestants that killed my Irish ancestors, so we had to go on and burn a few Christian churches (and their terrorist training manual, the Bible) in the process. That will show those Prods that we are right and they are wrong.

Honor the dead, but don’t use their deaths as an excuse to hate, discriminate and hurt and kill others. (link)

Self proclaimed super patriot’s scream, “We must never forget.” Forget what? Forget that you irrationally fear and hate all Muslims based on the actions of a tiny group of fundamentalists?

Shut up about 9/11 already. How about using the historical tragedy as a call to promote peace. Or is that too close to the original message of Jesus?

The article “The United States of Fear” states well how we have sold out our freedoms in the name of fear. (link)

Enjoy, and happy endless wars. And as President Obama said to end his speech justifying continued war, “Thank you, God Bless you, God Bless our troops, and may God Bless the United States of America.” No, God bless you President Obama.

See the text of his speech.

For fun, compare President’s Obama misinformation and lies about Afghanistan with those in Lyndon Johnson’s speech about Vietnam.

Addendum: I am not asking or expecting anyone to stop grieving or remembering the loss, especially personal losses, from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. What I hope is that we stop allowing politicians and others to use 9/11 to justify torture, wars against innocent nations and people, civilian bombing, rendition, assassination and other atrocities.

Yours,
Tex Shelters

Obama Shows his Hatred of Israel by Admitting Palestinians are Human

In Current Events, World Affairs on May 28, 2011 at 02:09

Note: I wasn’t planning on writing about Obama’s speech and the Israel/Palestine conflict. However, the reactionary comments regarding Obama as an “enemy of Israel” by otherwise intelligent Jewish friends has motivated me to set the record straight on Obama’s speech.

From Obama’s Mideast speech: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144336

“Our commitment to Israel’s security is unshakeable. And we will stand against attempts to single it out for criticism in international forums.”

Committing to Israel must be Obama’s hatred against Israel that people are talking about.

“Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland for the Jewish people, and the state of Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people, each state enjoying self-determination, mutual recognition, and peace.”

Mentioning Palestine, homeland, and people in the same sentence shows hatred of Israel Obama was showing, right?

“So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of those negotiations is clear: a viable Palestine, a secure Israel.”

How Dare Obama hate Israel by stating their need to be secure!

What is it that drives so many seemingly reasonable people to become irrational when you mention Israel and ANY peace plan? I don’t even get this riled up when you say, “Teachers are to blame for our failing schools.”

Talking about Israel and the Palestine/Israeli conflict with some Jewish people is like talking about god to an evangelical that is trying to convert you. No amount of facts will get in the way of their opinions, and non-Jews “will never understand.”

Here’s the line that drives extreme Zionists crazy, “We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.”

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu focused on that sentence as a way to say, “Peace will never happen”. The 1967 border is, in fact, a false issue. If you look at the 1967 borders and the current borders, they are almost the same:

Israeli Border--1967

Modern Israeli Border

The pale blue is Israel, and as you see, the borders are almost the same today as they were in 1967 (left). If Israel was indefensible then as Netanyahu proclaimed, http://smpalestine.com/2011/05/19/netanyahus-response-to-obamas-speech-reveals-israels-unconditional-defiance-of-international-law/  then it is now. The difference is that today Israel has the most modern and best-trained army in the region and it wasn’t so well equipped in 1967. And Obama said nothing about going back to 1967 technology, did he?

“Slew Of House Republicans Falsely Claim President Obama Called For Israel To Return To “1967 Borders”.” http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201105260003

But Obama never called for a return to those borders. He suggested that as a starting point and clearly stated that the negotiations were to be between Israelis and Palestinians. Again, look at the map. The Israeli borders are almost the same today as they were in 1967.

Historical Israeli Maps English

For all the reactionary Zionists and right-wing fundamentalists, listen to the actual pro-Israeli statements in Obama’s speech and relax.

Clearly, Netanyahu wants no peace. And there are Arab governments, namely Iran, that don’t want to see a peace between Israelis and Palestinians either. If nothing else, pissing off Iran and other Muslim nationalists in the region should move Israel to peace talks. Furthermore, I am sure there are multinational arms dealers selling weapons to Israel and Muslim jihadists that will suffer greatly if peace breaks out in Israel and Palestine.

Not all Jewish people are as militant as the leaders of Israel are. In fact, many want peace and are willing to work for it.

Jewish Voice for Peace
http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/

Peace,
Tex Shelters

Hero Hypocrisy: Part Two, Support our Troops

In History, World Affairs on January 5, 2011 at 02:19

Whatever your feelings are about the war in Iraq, whether you believe the soldiers are protectors of the free world or merely pawns in the re-election campaign of President Bush, you must support our troops.

The troops are fighting for an ideal. They are fighting to protect the United States and all of its citizens. The troops are fighting for you.

http://www.torchonline.com/2.1261/hawk-or-dove-support-our-troops-1.64378

I have always thought that line of thinking “They are fighting for you” was complete nonsense. How is invading Iraq or Afghanistan “fighting for you” or me? Really? Did it keep oil prices down, secure the oil supply, make us safer than our intelligence services would without all the collateral casualties, did it create more jobs and make us more secure domestically or did it protect the lives of the people in these nations or our troops? Let me take those questions one at a time: no, no, no, no, and no.

During the build up to the wars with convenient lies about WMD, aluminum tubes, and bringing democracy back to Iraq, there were the well-placed patriotic messages to “support our troops.” The translation reads, “Don’t question the war” because that does not “support our troops.”

How much do to the people who encouraged us to “support our troops” really support the troops themselves? I am sure the individuals who were convinced by the lies for the war were sincerely in support of our fighting men and women. But what of Congress and the White House, how much did they “support our troops” that they sent off to war? And how much did the patriotically brainwashed, to support the war for fear of not supporting the troops, realize how little Bush and Congress protected our soldiers?

1. First there were the lies that got us into the wars. Those lies were not troop supporting.

2. Second, there was the lack of body armor and armored Humvees at the beginning of the wars. If you are going to send troops into a war against insurgents using improvised explosive devices and other non-tradition weapons, you should provide them with the best equipment available. Otherwise, you do not “support our troops”. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/10/31/60minutes/main652491.shtml

3. There is a dearth of psychological services for our troops coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_16981949

4. Homeless Veteran’s make up 1/3 of all homeless people in the U.S. I guess support for the veteran’s housing needs is not the same thing as support for our troops.

5. Increase in traumatic bran injuries commonly known as concussions and not enough services for returning vets. http://wrair-www.army.mil/images/MilidTBI.pdf

According to a 2010 Rand study, “Fundamental gaps remain in our understanding of the mental health and cognitive needs of U.S. servicemembers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the costs of mental health and cognitive conditions, and the care systems available to deliver treatment.” http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9336/index1.html

So where is the support Congress? Is Haliburton going to help foot the bill for all the injured soldiers after making billions off the war? I didn’t think so.

A nation of heroes
Is a nation in trouble.

Heroes and their deeds are used to promote and promulgate war. Stories of American heroism are great propaganda tools. San Juan Hill in Cuba, the Alamo, Remember the Maine, and the Union holding out at Ft. Sumter as long as they did against all odds during the Civil War are just a few examples of reported American heroism that promoted war.

Internationally the stranded and rescued British Army at Dunkirk in 1940 during WWII, the charge of the light brigade (disastrous though it was), Napoleon’s triumphant return from Italy or Egypt, the Spartans who held back the whole Persian army, are just a few of the mythical triumphs of heroes that spurred war, rightly or wrongly. And the Iraq and Afghan wars are no exception to this.

Back in the beginning of the Iraq War and Bush’s propaganda push, there was the convenient rescue of Private First Class Jessica Lynch. She is blond and young and American, thus she pulled at the media’s heartstrings. She reportedly “fought bravely”, was injured, and then was rescued from a hospital in Iraq from the clutches of a Muslim doctor. It turns out that she was injured in a car accident, she was not fighting for her gun had jammed, and the doctor who was treating her had told the Americans that he was ready to release her before they entered the hospital without meeting resistance in order to “Rescue Jessica.” http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Jessica_Lynch

The story of Jessica Lynch was used at the beginning of the war in 2003 to get public support behind the war. The story was big news at the time and it was a rallying cry. As egregious as this lie of heroism was, it cannot match the most shameful use of a soldier’s death, the Pat Tillman story.

Pat Tillman was an up and coming football player for the Arizona Cardinals. He had spent time in Iraq and was set to go to Afghanistan when the Cardinals intervened on his behalf to get him a deferment.  But Tillman wanted to honor his word and not abandon his comrades in arms. Thus, he is labeled a hero. But he did not die a hero’s death. He died the death of one who was betrayed by the military and sent into harms way on the whims of a president and his military contracting allies.

On April 2, 2004, the 27-year-old Corporal Tillman was in Afghanistan engaging the enemy when he was killed. The military declared the charismatic Tillman, former football star, a hero who died protecting his fellow servicemen and women from harm and awarded him the Silver Star. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2004-04-30-tillman-silver-star_x.htm What a patriotic story. Even those opposed to the war would have trouble denying this man’s bravery and sacrifice. It turns out that the official story was an outright lie (and yet further evidence we need Wikileaks).  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/27/opinion/27fri2.html

The truth is far less heroic. The truth is that while Corporal Tillman was engaging enemy forces, he was killed by at least three bullets from his own regimen, from not so “friendly fire”. But that wasn’t the heroic end the U.S. military needed to for their war efforts. So they were ordered to lie, to the American people and to Tillman’s family. It was only after his funeral that they revealed the truth. For more details on this tragedy, see the film “The Tillman Story”. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_tillman_story/

Heroism is used to cover up the mistakes and lies of a corrupt government. In the case of the United States, it is used to rally people to a war that many people opposed. It also helped quell stories of those opposing the war. A nation of heroes really is a nation in trouble.

On a positive note, the New GI Bill passed to give reduce tuition and other benefits to our returning vets.

http://www.causecast.org/nonprofit/iraq-afghanistan-veterans-america-iava

Other good anti-war movies

http://www.filmsite.org/warfilms6.html

As always, I ask you to write Congress and the White House to end the wars NOW and join local protests against the Iraq and Afghan wars.

President Obama
CO/ The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20500-0004
or phone: (202) 456-1414

Or send note online:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Congressional switchboard 800-828-0498
Just ask for the office of your Senator or Representative

House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/house/house_comments.shtml
Senate: http://www.senate.gov/

Find your Congressperson here:

http://www.votesmart.org/official_congress.php

Check out your local Indymedia center for a protest near you. For Arizona, it’s http://arizona.indymedia.org/

Peace,
Tex Shelters

Hero Hypocrisy: Part One, we are NOT the world.

In Current Events, Economics, World Affairs on December 12, 2010 at 20:36

Author’s Note
There may or may not be a part 2, 3, or 4, but I feel this could be a multipart post. I generally don’t like post in parts, nor do I like reading blogs in parts, but this issue is too big and complicated for one post. This part can also stand alone. I suspect that during this season of fake giving and political taking, there will be more. I have already started part 2 on U.S. poverty hypocrisy.

Excerpt from the Benjamin Hoff translation of the Tao Te Ching, Tao Te Ching: The Way of Life

When deceit begins,
Honesty is discovered.
When weakness develops,
Strength is recognized.
When arrogance increases,
Respect is appreciated.
When cruelty becomes common,
Kindness is admired.
When treachery is everywhere,
Loyalty is rewarded.

A nation of heroes
Is a nation in trouble.

During the Thanksgiving holiday this year, CNN had a tribute to heroes. The event honored people who spent their lives helping others. That is how they came to be honored. However, all I could think about when I saw this was on the air was that quote from the Tao, “A nation of heroes is a nation in trouble.”

How afflicted is our world that these people have to sacrifice their lives to these causes while the rest of the world looks the other way?  And how pathological must our society be that we address these issues once a year, honor those doing the work that a healthy society would not require, while the rest of the year our greed, ignorance and apathy fuels the very crises we donate money to?

Several of CNN’s heroes were involved in providing food for the hungry including Narayanan Krishnan and Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. I salute that, but the very need for such food assistance is troubling in a world that provides so much.

Governments protect markets to keep the prices of food high; the U.S. dumps grains on the world market to control the market, or cuts back to keep prices high.

Levels of U.S. dumping

Analyzing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to compare the cost of production with farm gate and export prices of five major commodities, it is clear that there is widespread dumping by U.S. grain companies. In 2003, wheat was exported at 28 percent below its cost of production, soybeans were dumped at 10 percent, corn was dumped at 10 percent, cotton was dumped at 47 percent and rice was dumped at 26 percent. http://iatp.org/iatp/factsheets.cfm?accountID=451&refID=48538

People that still believe markets are free say that this dumping damages markets. That is self-evident. However, having a “free market” in food is the problem, and it leads to increased hunger and suffering in places like Africa. If “We are world”, why are we harming our neighbors through a manipulated market in food and other commodities?

Dumping hurts farmers around the world

If farmers can’t get a price that covers expenses then it’s difficult to stay in business. Farmers in other countries are hurt because dumped exports push them out of local markets and eliminate their ability to export. Poor countries facing hunger are particularly vulnerable if their farmers are pushed off the land. As domestic production falls, these countries become dependent on the fluctuating prices and availability of imports.  (Ibid)

The damage to food insecure countries is two-fold: first, there is less local production of staples and second, there is less hard currency earned through exporting of products because they can’t match the subsidized commodity prices of products from more industrialized nations.

Another issue in world and U.S. hunger is that instead of providing subsidies to farmers to grow food to feed the people, farmers are still given money to NOT grow crops. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread491850/pg1 You see, if we grew more food, the market would be saturated and world food prices would collapse. Then there would be no incentive to grow food. Again, the fix is not in the market, the fix is decoupling food from the world commodities market and having a bank of cash available so all nations can pay farmers to grow food for all people.

Yes, it sounds like a communist food coop that has already failed. Those failed due to pressure from Western industrialized farms and farmers who have been able to exploit immigrant labor in their nations for years and were giving the best farming technology in the world. The Soviets and Chinese never had such advantages in the time of their collectives and they were run as totalitarian enterprises. An international food security group would have no such impediments.

If all nations worked together to create a stable food supply, it would reduce some of the world’s gravest problems. The incentive growers would be like it is for all workers: bonus for production and utilization of sustainable farming practices, firings for farmers that didn’t get the job done. It’s either that or let the 925 million people living with hunger on this planet continue to suffer and starve. Read and download the FAO report here: http://www.fao.org/publications/sofi/en/

But what of the rising population that would ensue, you ask? Populations decrease with increased prosperity. Just look at plummeting birth rates in Europe, the U.S., and the decrease in China and India. In fact, Europe is alarmed that they aren’t reproducing themselves and their economies will collapse. However, there are more than enough people in the world to replace that population and only xenophobes with prevent a replacement of the European populations by hard-working immigrants. By increasing food security you will eventually increase prosperity and reduce the planet’s population.

Another example of harmful price supports and dumping is the subsidizing of cotton by the U.S. and other nations. The U.S., EU and India subsidize cotton production and dump it on the African market. We then turn around and send aid to African nations that suffer under poverty. It might be more cost effective and it would certainly be more humane to stop the dumping and pay cotton farmers in these nations directly for their product.

And while US and EU agriculture policies destroy the livelihoods of farmers and their families in rural Africa, EU & US aid programmes support the poor farmers in Africa, the FF criticizes.

http://starmanns1.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/us-taxpayers-pay-147-millyear-for-us-cotton-farmers-to-keep-farmers-in-west-africa-in-poverty/

Afterwards, we can congratulate ourselves for being generous with the concert to support Africa and the song “We are the World” http://www.inthe80s.com/weworld.shtml among other aid to poor nations.

Were the Live Aid musicians and producers heroes? That is in dispute. Were they self-serving attention mongers. Some were. If they weren’t looking for attention, why didn’t they just send money to Africa, the UN, or other food programs? How many of these celebrities actually addressed the causes of African hunger such as economic colonialism, military dictatorships, structural adjustment programs, GMO and other seed bank projects, and industrialized agriculture? Few, if any.

Structural Adjustment Programs
I have a few special words on structural adjustment programs or SAP. When nations borrow from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank it is to keep their government running after mostly corrupt governments accrued unsustainable debts. These governments that go to the IMF and World Bank are forced to go through some structural adjustments. And do the elites in these nations pay for these adjustments? Do you really have to ask?

The conditions on loans are a structural adjustment program include:

Conditions of Loans

On giving loans to countries, the IMF make the loan conditional on the implementation of certain economic policies. These policies tend to involve:

  • Reducing government borrowing – Higher taxes and lower spending
  • Higher interest rates to stabilise the currency.
  • Allow failing firms to go bankrupt.
  • Structural adjustment. Privatisation, deregulation, reducing corruption and bureaucracy.

http://www.economicshelp.org/dictionary/i/imf-criticism.html

As the analysis points out, these adjustments make the economic conditions for the working classes and joblers, harder, not better.

And in many places the population has rioted under these conditions. http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Globalization/Brief_Hx_StrucAdj_DGE.html

So, we make things harder for the people in these nations by forcing them borrow money to meet their obligations and give them harsh conditions they have to meet in order to get that loan. And it more often than not makes it worse for people in these nations.

But remember, if the industrialized modern nations make people suffer as they adjust, they can always rely on their people to donate to charities to help these suffering children or send aid paid for by the taxes of the people in these nations. Then we all get to feel like heroes and go back to our shopping malls and consumption of cheap third-world produced products made with subsistence wages.

It’s an endless cycle of causing then trying to relieve suffering in the poorest regions of our planet instead of going after the deeper cause of this suffering: Western greed and domination.

Is it good to give to “Save the Children”. Sure. But next time, write to your Congressperson as well and tell them to stop the dumping, bombing, adjusting and stop supporting trade deals that benefit the already wealthy on this planet and harm workers and the environment. Also, ask them to create a world food bank and international farming collective.

Stop the U.S.-Korean trade act:

http://washingtonfairtrade.org/wordpress/ Great page with all sorts of Korean FTA information

http://www.citizen.org/korea-fta-petition Petition

More on Structural Adjustment

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/IMF_WB/adjust_costs_Dark.html

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/IMF_WB/Haiti_StrucAdj_MNM.html (Haiti)

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Reforming_System/World_of_Debt.html

http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/IMF_WB/BrutalBanking.html

http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/40/index-dcb.html (History archives, Latin America)

http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/30/index-fh.html (History archives, Africa)

Peace,
Tex Shelters

 

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