HonestE-The DJ of Truth: Let's Dance, Feds!

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man." ~George Washington_____________ “Loyalty is the realization that America was born of revolt, flourished in dissent, became great through experimentation. Our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past while we silence the rebels of the present.” ~Henry Steele Commager, Historian


Ex-US Army Paratrooper and Infantryman, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69, San Francisco, CA. Graduate: The Colorado College, May 1996. Sower of hope; Farmer of ideas; Guardian of the Republic; I live and work in San Francisco, California. Formerly, I owned a corporation building marketing-style-relational-databases. Currently, I am employed with a company in San Francisco. In 1989 I volunteered for service in the United States Army Airborne (paratroopers) where I took an oath to uphold and defend the U.S. CONSTITUTION against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC and that is exactly what I aim to do. My intent is to keep writing and publishing openly and widely waging peace in defense of my brothers-in-arms in Iraq and Afghanistan to bring them home. BRING THEM HOME NOW!!!! Politically, my inner stars shine brightly progressive yet I also bear strong libertarian stripes. I love writing, activism, working hard, music, art, reading, truth-telling with realism, speaking out for peace and speaking out for justice in defense of the highest ideals upon which our country was founded. I consider myself a principled patriot.

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Saturday, August 07, 2010



When did Senator Lindsey Graham become Obama's poodle? Does he pat you on the head and give you doggy-treats too when you're a good little doggy, Senator? Yo, Senator Graham, I hope you are aware that if you wedge your nose any further up Obama's backside in support of this useless war, that you may be in danger of a serious sinus infection....brown-noser to Obama that you are....kinda strange for a Republican, wouldn't you say?

Yo Republicans, we can transform you from a regional, racist party with limited power into a strong, powerful, national force to be reckoned with...and all you have to do is to come out against the war. Stop wasting money on useless, unjust wars! Fiscal conservatism begins at home. Yo Newt Gingrich, why not come out against the war? It would certainly be a more principled and smarter approach, don't you think? (It would be far more worthy of a History Professor, than say, parroting the inane, ridiculous notion that 'America is on the verge of Shari-Islamofascist-takeover' dribble they have reduced you down to peddling). Politics definitely makes strange bedfellows and if you, Mr. Gingrich, came out against the war, I think the anti-war movement could help you get elected in a big way. My first loyalty is to the troops to save their lives, to my country and to the anti-war movement to BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!! Ideological considerations take a backseat to saving the lives of the troops. Do you, Mr. Gingrich, bear the principle, the courage and the acute political sense to come out against the war???

Yo Gingrich, stop being a sucker and start being a leader:

Obama drops his campaign pledge to pull the troops from Iraq...the antiwar movement propelled Obama into office and can remove him too, if necessary. The question is: Are you married more to your preferred political party, if you have one, or are you married more to the antiwar movement? You could be both. But if your primary marriage is to the anti-war movement, then throwing Obama out of office in 2012 and replacing him with an anti-war Republican (if Gingrich has the courage, sense and conservative-principle to come out against the war) should present no problem at all.

The heck with Graham, Lieberman, Kristol, and neo-conservatives, the heck with the whole lot of them:
Antiwar radio here:

What they are doing, folks, is the same as Bush...declaring combat operations are over in Iraq yet continuing the Occupation...why? Because they don't want to relinquish the oil since that was the primary reason to take the country to war in the first place...they who control the oil, control the world. Well, the oil and perpetual war. I might also add that invading and stealing Iraq's oil violates basic principles of the free-market because stealing oil as a spoil of war instead of purchasing it on the free-market is contrary to those very principles. But the elite are quite adept at stealing, aren't they???

As if two useless, unjust, immoral wars weren't enough.....he neoconservative jackass idiots are planning another war on Iran which the CIA said is not pursuing nuclear weapons (NIE 2007): (no threat).

Time for a geography lesson, folks: Iran is situated between Afghanistan and Iraq...if Iran is attacked by the United States or Israel, how do you think the Iranians will respond? They will likely respond by sending agents into Afghanistan and Iraq to attack U.S. forces in retaliation so if you give a damn at all about the lives of U.S. troops in theatre, then you should vigorously oppose any war or attack on Iran.

"As is so often the case with the neoconservatives, the thinking is based on false assumptions, optimistic assessments, and leaps of the imagination about what might occur. One might recall neocon predictions of a "cakewalk" in Iraq, a war that still embroils tens of thousands of US troops and that kills Americans nearly every day."
~Philip Giraldi, Former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer

End the war and the Occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq:

Our noble mission in Afghanistan seems better at killing innocent men, women and children than terrorists:

Obama wants to win in Afghanistan and but can't seem to define what win means:

Common Cause:
1) Our common cause is to save lives, ours and theirs, from dying for nothing in a useless war and occupation--both of them.
2) Secondarily our common cause is to save the cause of liberty in our own country and save our country from moral and financial ruin.

"Empire undermines the economy, weakens security, increases racial divisions, destroys the rule of law, and creates failed democracies. Isn't that enough to unite around??"
~Kevin Zeese
Conservatives for peace....that is, real conservatives for peace (as opposed to Trotskyist neoconservative types):

Do you know why they haven't killed or captured Osama bin Laden yet?
Because doing so would end the larger effort...........what larger effort is that, you ask? Their effort at propping up the military-national-security-industrial-welfare-complex...........that's what the faux WOT is all about.....to give a purpose where none exists. Faux WOT for what? The reality, folks, is that one of Osama bin Laden's stated objectives was to draw the U.S. into a long-protracted war and financially bleed the United States slowly to death. And our great United States Federal Government, idiots that they are, are giving to Osama exactly what we wants by remaining in Afghanistan which is bleeding us financially and morally. Don't give the terrorists what they want.....get out of Afghanistan!!!! The Afghan war is lost. Staying in Afghanistan gives both comfort and aid to the terrorists by giving them what they most want: to financially and morally bleed America dry.
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't give the terrorists the gift of American financial ruin.
(when I put words in all caps, I am not yelling, I am simply emphasizing)

"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak."
~John Quincy Adams

"Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty."
~George Washington

To be against the war, to be against nation-building and Empire, and to be against big-government and big government equals a big Pentagon budget and other entitlements programs, and to be in favor of preserving civil-liberties for all, including the right to bear arms, (I stand for all of the U.S. Constitution, not just the parts of it I like.....hey, I used to go hunting as a young man too), to be these things is be a true-Conservative. If Republicans can reform themselves from borrow-and-spend Pentagon-Liberals, perhaps one day, they can be conservatives too.

Stop wasting money on useless, unjust wars! Fiscal conservatism begins at home.

I am simply an American citizen with an opinion to offer....there are many smart politically independent Americans. Come together, people.....because at the end of the day, there really exists no Left or Right or Center, there really just exists us, we Americans together bonded in common purpose. Furthermore, in my experience, if one leads by setting an example, I have learned that others are sure to follow. If one leads by standing upon principle, many others are sure to follow. My fellow Americans, I urge you to be that catalyst; be that leader; be that person who sets the example for others to follow. You can do it. You do have the power. You can inspire others. Any person willing to risk placing the needs of their country or their world, as they see it, before their own needs can lead their fellow citizenry in a new direction. You must first believe in yourself, you must have faith in your own sense of self-empowerment and you must trust your fellow citizens to see the rationale of the principled stand you take by choosing to make up their own minds to follow your cause. So whatever cause is dear to your heart, I know you can make a difference. Do it.

Stop placing your faith in politicians to change things and start placing faith in yourself to change things.

You don't have to be Mother Theresa, Rabbi Heschel, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Harvey Milk, Cesar Chavez or Yitzhak Rabin to make a difference. Remember, these people were people just like you: Each of them did bear both positive and negative traits, each of them bore a variety, range and frequency of emotions; each of them bore varying degrees of love, of hate (they certainly hated oppression and injustice didn't they?) and of nonchalance. Each of them bore different sexual proclivities. Each of them achieved amazing feats. Each of them made many mistakes during of the course of their lives. Each of them had their own faults. Each of them slept, ate food, crapped, urinated and washed themselves. Each of them educated themselves and others. Each of them spoke out. Each of them pursued justice. Each of them led by example. Each of them stood upon their principles. In my view, what made them noted in history had much less to do with the eloquence of their words and much more to do with the fire in their hearts; much more to do with their willingness to take risks on behalf of their fellow human brethren; much more to do with their action of leading by speaking up and taking other actions. As a human being, remember that you share your common humanity with these people. You don't have to be Mother Theresa, Rabbi Heschel, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Harvey Milk, Cesar Chavez or Yitzhak Rabin to make a difference. You need only be yourself. They were unique and you are unique. You can do it with principles, patience and perseverance. You can make a difference, yes you can. So if you care, then I hope you choose to do it. Believe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Activists, not soldiers, are the chief defenders of freedom, liberty and democracy. Activists are leaders and politicians are followers.....so lead, speak up, take action and agitate and agitate and agitate!!!!
My sense of duty, honor and country compel me to speak up. You can too. There is nothing to fear. You own this government, you pay for it, it is yours. You should never fear the government, you should participate in it----that is the way a democracy works. If you work all day, obey just laws (not all laws are just....where there is no victim, there is no crime) and participate in democracy in your evenings and weekends by speaking up and getting involved, like I do, well, then I have good news for you: you are a model American citizen in a functioning democracy. Yes, you can. Yes, I can. Yes, we can.

Why is the First Amendment first? It is first because it is the most important amendment of them all.

If we oppose Tyranny to be visited upon our lives at home in America, then we must also oppose Tyranny to be visited upon the lives of others abroad. There is no such thing as bombs of benevolence. End the war!!! A principled patriot opposes war. A principled patriot extols liberty. A principled patriot thinks for himself. A principled patriot is willing to risk putting the needs of his country before his own. A principled patriot tells the truth. Try to be a principled patriot, we each have flaws, but we can try.

"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves."
~Abraham Lincoln

http://www.wikileaks.com (the best way to disinfect is to shine light upon the filth)

"We are not pacifists. We are transparency activists who understand that transparent government tends to produce just government. That is our modus operandi behind our whole organization: to get out suppressed information into the public where the press and the public and our nations' politics can work on it to produce better outcomes." ~Julian Assange

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
~John Adams


A corporation is not a citizen and neither is a union.

I publish these websites above to help inform my fellow citizens. I publish these websites above to introduce my fellow Americans to a whole host of various viewpoints and good writers. There are many excellent writers out there who write much better than I can write. There are writers out there who have been writing for as long as I have been writing against the war. There are many writers out there who write more eloquently than I write, who use better grammar than I do and who bear a better command of the English language than I do. But that said, I am not trying to give lessons in good writing; I am trying to give lessons in good citizenship. I hope you take the time to inform yourself and speak up for the good of your country and the good of your world. It is your duty as a citizen in this country to get involved and to speak up.

I try not to be afraid to do my duty as an honest, hard-working, patriotic American citizen to get involved in the democratic process. You need not be controlled by fear either. Speak up, get involved, do your duty as a patriot to this nation. Yes, you can. Yes, I can. Yes, we can.

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
~President John F. Kennedy

I won't be able top my last posting for awhile because I really put my heart and soul into that last piece so here it is for you to read again on my blog if you wish:

Recently, a friend of mine asked me if I wished the government to be afraid of me. To which I replied, --No. What I want is my fellow American citizens to become more actively engaged in their democratic system of government. In a democratic system of government, particularly of the Jeffersonian flavor, it is critical, just and patriotic for average, ordinary citizens to remain actively engaged and ideally informed regarding the conduct of their government. And to be informed requires knowing what the government does in our name which is why websites such as Wikileaks perform such a noble and just service for the American people....because such sources inform which allow everyday Americans to make better, sounder decisions regarding the conduct of their government. There are those who feel that the navigation of government policy is better left to the few but I think that is a deplorable notion in a democracy and so to those select few I say this: Did you know that every morning I put my pants on the same way you do? We are equal. Maybe you don't think so, but we are equal. Get it?

Do the right thing, Wikileaks, publish more:

Every American citizen has a right and an obligation to their country to make their voices heard. One should never feel frightened or inhibited to express themselves freely. There are those who wish suppress this patriotic duty of free expression. Some do this by trying to equate criticism with treason by conflating those who criticize the war with giving aid and comfort to the terrorists. Others do this by trying to equate criticism of policy with false accusations of racism, anti-Semitism or prejudice toward those doing the criticizing. But the important thing is not to be afraid of what others will say or think. The important thing is to speak up. And at the end of the day, some people will believe whatever they wish to believe and there is not much anyone can do to change their minds. A great example of this is the lack of WMD in Iraq. It has been conclusively shown that there were no WMD in Iraq yet 30% or so of the American people still believe there were WMD. Is that because they are ignorant or stupid? No, it is not. It is because they hold certainty dearer than truth. This is a key point to understand. They must believe that there were WMD in Iraq because otherwise there is no justification, in their minds, for the war in Iraq so regardless of how much evidence is presented to them to the contrary, they will never abandon that certainty and any attempt to convince them otherwise will be met with angry resistance. They will never think to examine the truth because certainty is dearer to their hearts and much easier to swallow whereas independent thought is more painful and much harder to swallow. Now, imagine for a moment, if people felt certain that informing themselves, speaking up, getting involved is necessary to being a good citizen. Can you begin to imagine the power that kind of certainty would yield in a functioning democracy? It would likely be enough to save our democracy because it would truly democratize it. The question is: how can we harness and leverage that 'cling to certainty' to democracy's advantage? I don't have all the answers but I think if we make citizen involvement patriotic and respectable, this would be a good place to start.

Another fine example of this frame-of-mind, is exemplified by those who prefer to think that any criticism of Israeli policy is equal to anti-Semitism, say Reuel Marc Gerecht for example. And in fairness, while all anti-Semites are likely to criticize Israeli policy, all who criticize Israeli policy are not anti-Semites. Some who criticize Israeli policy act with peace and with justice demanding that respect be shown to all our human brethren. As someone who often criticizes the oppressive, Apartheid government of Israel, as I do, I encounter this frame-of-mind likely more often than someone who does not criticize. If some people wish to uniformly conflate any criticism of Israeli policy with anti-Semitism, well, that's just the way it is. Those types of people have as much a right to believe what they wish to believe and to express their beliefs as any other person. The key is to steel one-self against such accusations, however inflammatory and patently false that they are, and to continue speaking up for peace, for justice and against oppression. Why do I focus on Israel in some of my writings? The answer is two-fold, 1) I have a personal familial connection---I have Jewish roots (Dutch Jewish to be precise....and Swedish roots too) and so the topic of Israel is closer to my heart than perhaps for someone else, and 2) the conflict in the Middle-East, because of how it is perceived by other nations in the region, is damaging to America's reputation and therefore potentially harmful to troops serving in the region (General Petraeus was correct about that). My first loyalty has always been and always will be to my country, the United States of America, and to the troops whom I love. It is my duty to speak up against injustice anywhere and everywhere, but it is particularly my duty to speak up against injustice and oppression when that condition impacts the lives of American troops in theater. And if anyone decides to label me a racist or anti-Semite for criticizing the policy of Apartheid in Israel, I say to you: Call me whatever you wish, label me as you want, believe whatever you want to believe about me, I don't care what mud, lies and smears you throw at me: just understand this, I will not shut-up, I refuse to be intimidated, I refuse to be silenced and I promise to keep speaking up loudly against the oppression of Israeli Apartheid, to keep speaking up in favor of the two-state solution, to keep speaking up against hatred of any kind toward anyone including speaking up against anti-Semitism and to keep speaking up for peace, justice, truth, tolerance and fiscal responsibility. And if you don't like that, then too bad. In my opinion, do know what the difference between an Israeli and a Palestinian is? The difference between an Israeli and a Palestinian is usually less than 50 miles at most given times. They are humans, you are human, I am human. Respect humans. Is this really so radical an idea?

Friends tell each other the truth, even when it hurts, because friends look out for each other's best interest. If some believe that I am an enemy and not a friend, well they can believe whatever they wish, but I will continue to speak up. My fellow Americans, speak up against injustice, against oppression, against hate; speak up for peace, speak up for justice, speak truth, speak up for tolerance, speak up with courage and righteousness....just do your duty to your country and to your world to speak up. Yes, you can, Yes, I can. Yes, we can.

There lacks a partner for peace on the Israeli side:

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Fawning Corporate Media simply parrots the line offered by the State:

Publish websites that inform and that continue to undermine the lack of informative-reporting.

Being against the war is not a Left or Right issue.....it's an American issue.

The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

"There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence. I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men and become the instruments of their own undoing."
~Daniel Webster

Other topics:

Kudos to Mikey Weinstein for the excellent work his organization is doing inside the American military.
Good job, Mikey, keep up the good work.....I really love the quotation on your homepage too:

"When one proudly dons a U.S. Military uniform, there is only one religious symbol: the American flag. There is only one religious scripture: The American Constitution. Finally, there is only religious faith: American patriotism."
~Mikey Weinstein

You can listen to Mikey Weinstein explain his organization's noble work on Dissent Radio here:


"Here in Washington, the US Congress just ignored the WikiLeaks scandal and voted yet more billions to fuel the Afghanistan War. Politicians are petrified to oppose this nine-year war lest they be accused of being anti-patriotic, the kiss of death in hyperpatriotic America where flag-wavers root for foreign wars so long as their kids don't have to serve and they don't have to pay taxes to finance them."
~Eric Margolis


Good. More moderate, peaceful Muslim leaders should step forward. I think a Muslim-led peace march to Ground Zero would be a highly effective way to demonstrate the kind of country we live which would serve as a real testament to tolerance in our pluralistic society. Advance tolerance.

This article below is a testament to religious freedom and tolerance in America:

Rabbi Arthur Waskow:

Interesting article:

Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski:

A remarkable story of hope, transformation and reconciliation:

So long as one group enjoys marriage, so should other groups enjoy marriage....equality for all:
However, I really like the Libertarian argument more....why should the government be involved in who decides to get married? Get the government out of the who-gets-married-business. It is our individual right and choice alone. We don't need government intrusion into the choices we make for ourselves.
Here's another good article:

I am not afraid to live and I am not afraid to die, my only fear is that I have not done enough for my country and my world. But whatever are my fears, I refuse to let them dictate my actions....or inactions.
Get up, stand up, speak out for your country!!! Build bridges, not walls. Every strong bridge is anchored in the rock-face of commonality.....what we share in common is the key to building enduring bridges.



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