Battle Hymn (Brought Down To Date)

Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;
He is searching out the hoardings where the stranger’s wealth is stored;
He hath loosed his fateful lightnings, and with woe and death has scored;
His lust is marching on.

I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the Eastern dews and damps;
I have read his doomful mission by the dim and flaring lamps—
His night is marching on.

I have read his bandit gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my pretensions, so with you my wrath shall deal;
Let the faithless son of Freedom crush the patriot with his heel;
Lo, Greed is marching on!”

We have legalized the strumpet and are guarding her retreat;
Greed is seeking out commercial souls before his judgement seat;
O, be swift, ye clods, to answer him! be jubilant my feet!
Our god is marching on!

In a sordid slime harmonious Greed was born in yonder ditch,
With a longing in his bosom—and for others’ goods an itch.
As Christ died to make men holy, let men die to make us rich—
Our god is marching on.

-Mark Twain

Growing up,

“we were taught that the Fire Nation was the greatest civilization in history, and, somehow, the war was our way of sharing our greatness with the rest of the world. What an amazing lie that was! The people of the world are terrified by the Fire Nation. They don’t see our greatness. They hate us, and we deserve it. We’ve created an era of fear in the world, and if we don’t want the world to destroy itself, we need to replace it with an era of peace and kindness.”

-Prince Zuko, Avatar.

Gotta love this show, though I’ve yet to see the new stuff.

Never Believe

A word our government tells you. Ever.

I’ve been extremely suspicious of US support for the uprising in Syria since it started. Particularly since the other parties supporting the revolution include groups of such repute as the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda. Another peculiar thing to note is that the Christians and minority groups in Syria all support the regime. And now we find out that all those atrocities carried out by the regime on innocent civilians turn out to be done by none other than our buddies the heroic rebels. Which makes you wonder just what secretary of state Clinton was on when she loudly proclaimed earlier this week that we knew which regiments were responsible and would hold them responsible.

Of course don’t expect this expose to stop the war drums. It’s all just a pretext anyway.