"Few probably recall the name Dwight Elliott Stone. But even if his name has faded from the national memory, the man remains historically significant. That’s because on June 30, 1973, the 24-year-old plumber’s apprentice became the last American forced into the armed services before the military draft expired.
Though next month’s 40-year anniversary of the end of conscription will likely be as forgotten as Stone, it shouldn’t be. In operations across the globe, the all-volunteer military has been employed by policymakers to birth what Gen. George Casey recently called the “era of persistent conflict.” Four decades later, we therefore have an obligation to ask: How much of the public’s complicity in that epochal shift is a result of the end of the draft? "
Thus wrote David Sirota last week in Salon.com.
"There is, of course, no definitive answer to such a complex question. However, a look back at some lost history shows that today’s public acquiescence to militarism was exactly what the government wanted when it ended the draft. Read more
I considered myself to be a teenaged rebel. I questioned everything adults told me to do, except when it came to homework and politics.
I always did more homework than was assigned and I did whatever the adults at the American Friends Service Committee suggested. Without question, without doubt, without fear, without any sense of self-preservation. Okay, I told my parents, but they were so relieved that I wasn’t interested in drugs or boys that they didn’t question my political activities.
It was Tuesday, November 3, 1964. Even though it was a Tuesday and I had homework, I drove my shabby old car to the AFSC office and picked up a list of registered Democrats in a neighborhood that usually had a poor vote turnout. Read more
I’ve been a fan of Hillary’s for a long time, back during the Monica Lewinsky affair as she kept such a brave face and kept her head held high, standing by her husband through it all – though privately I’m sure was another matter. Read more
"Remember this: That very little is needed to make a happy life."
Marcus Aurelius - Emperor of Rome - 161 to 180
The above is inscribed on a snow globe on my dresser, given to me by my wife. The globe contains two loons standing on the ice together; a wind-up key releases the sound of honking amid the sound of the winds. They are happy - with very little.
The quotation comes from "Meditations", the Emperor’s thoughts on how to live a good and honorable life..
Reading it, one can immediately criticize it. "Sure! Easy for an Emperor to say!" Read more
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that the U.S. is turning into a “paternalistic entitlement society” that will bankrupt the country financially and morally because “we’ll have a bunch of people sittin’ on a couch waiting for their next government check.”
This is comming from a man who is over 400 pounds? He should fire his speech writer who added the phase "bunch of people sittin’ on a couch". It seems that all Chris christie does......hahahah!
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74987.html#ixzz1reyix3Dr
The first law of life:
Everything happens for a reason, every investigation there is a specific reason. (Brian Tracy) Read more
Give Congress the benefit of the doubt and say they do work out a compromise on the debt ceiling extension. This country could still slip into default, leading to the worst possible scenario imaginable -- we have to move back in with England. Who's going to be happy then? Nobody. You think it's embarrassing slinking home after graduating college, try waiting 235 years. Read more
Who is that masked superhero zoooming across the country on treacherous adventures to save the Democratic damsel? It's President Obama, in a desperate attempt to erase the midterm election enthusiasm gap. Two words: Good luck. We're talking about a chasm that makes the Grand Canyon seem but a crack in the sidewalk. Wider than the space between Christine O'Donnell's ears. Read more
Martha’s Big Adventure – The Optimistic Me Generation
By Martha Randolph Carr Read more