November 30, 2005
The other day I lost my temper with people who look down their noses at those in the military. Therefore, information on this study caught my attention on the news this morning.
Debunking the myth of the underprivileged soldier
According to a comprehensive study of all enlistees for the years 1998-99 and 2003 that The Heritage Foundation just released, the typical recruit in the all-volunteer force is wealthier, more educated and more rural than the average 18- to 24-year-old citizen is. Indeed, for every two recruits coming from the poorest neighborhoods, there are three recruits coming from the richest neighborhoods.
In fact, since the 9/11 attacks, more volunteers have emerged from the middle and upper classes and fewer from the lowest-income groups. In 1999, both the highest fifth of the nation in income and the lowest fifth were slightly underrepresented among military volunteers. Since 2001, enlistments have increased in the top two-fifths of income levels but have decreased among the lowest fifth.
Allegations that recruiters are disproportionately targeting blacks also don't hold water. First, whites make up 77.4% of the nation's population and 75.8% of its military volunteers, according to our analysis of Department of Defense data.
Second, we explored the 100 three-digit ZIP code areas with the highest concentration of blacks, which range from 24.1% black up to 68.6%. These areas, which account for 14.6% of the adult population, produced 16.6% of recruits in 1999 and only 14.1% in 2003.
The full reports can be read here:
Is Iraq a Poor Man's War?
Who Bears the Burden? Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Military Recruits Before and After 9/11
And for the guy who doesn't think anyone joins these days "for flag and country", what do you make of this?
After September 11, 2001, the educational quality of recruits rose slightly. Comparing 1999 enlisted recruits to 2003 recruits showed an increase in colÃ‚Âlegiate experience. In 2003, a higher proportion of recruits had college experience and diplomas, and a lower percentage had only a high school diplomaÂ— a shift of about 3 percentage points.
That statistic would include close-to-my-heart recruit Tyler Prewitt, who left the baseball team at Phoenix College to enlist after September 11th and died in OIF II.
For flag and country.
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TP sounds like he was an exceptional young man. God Bless him and his family.
Posted by: Vonn at November 30, 2005 11:32 AM (dEgRi)
These statistics are all fine and dandy, but it just reveals just how much one can tweak the rhetoric by presenting other aspects of statistics. The USA Today article (don't have time to read Heritage foundation aticle at this point) went into great pains to pick out minutae from different sides of the same statistics.
I think what this reveals is not that the Heritage foundation got it all wrong--in fact, I think they got it all right. But, that everyone is skewing all of these things to fit a goal or another. Statistics never lie, because they don't tell us anything to begin with. Well...they do tell us some things, but they tell us things that are far, far less significant than we assume them to be.
(and that racial make-up is also deceptive. The biggest issue many people have when it comes to the racial make-up of the military is not that there are not enough white soldiers, but there are not enough black soldiers in the higher ranks. Now, I don't necessarily experience this first hand because my ROTC batallion has a lot of black and latino cadres. But I heard a statistic somewhere--please don't quote me on this--that the enlisted units are ~45% minority. The issue isn't how many people are in, but where those people are allocated, and why.)
Posted by: John at November 30, 2005 12:32 PM (enIP4)
Points taken. If you do have time, I would suggest reading at least the beginning of the "Is Iraq a Poor Man's War" article: that's where they address how other widely-published studies were flawed. Interesting stuff.
Posted by: Sarah at November 30, 2005 12:57 PM (zrXTX)
My 17 year old daughter has 4 friends 1 girl and 3 boys who all leave for boot camp right after Christmas. All are white, high school grads, 3 are middle class and 1 is upper middle class.
Posted by: Patti at November 30, 2005 03:40 PM (2hEo4)
So that no one interprets my anti-Bush stance as anti-military, let me make a point that I think is important and that people who complain about the disproportionate number of minority soldiers tend to miss. One reason that the military attracts a disproportionate number of minority soldiers is that it makes real efforts to treat them fairly. Their race is not an obstacle to their advancement the way it would often be in the private sector. Of course this hasn't always been true in the military, but it has made considerable strides in overcoming its racist legacy.
Posted by: Pericles at November 30, 2005 07:21 PM (eKf5G)
Military as racist is dumb, but I don't know about debunking the economic aspect. For the job seeker, the military is practically accessible in ways that other fields are not. For the less-credentialed, the military is a viable option where other options are out of reach. I view the accessibility of the military as a positive, not a negative. You still have to earn it, but opportunities for social advancement are real and honest in the military.
You touch on a theory I've held since 9/11 that the over-all number of recruits would drop (temporarily?) but the quality of recruits would rise. Before 9/11, the Army recruiting pitch was mainly about economic self-interest, which makes sense for a peace-time Army. Soldiering is more than a job, but many soldiers I knew in peace-time approached it as a job only. It was a lower standard that was acceptable because we were not at war. Calculations necessarily change in war-time. Based on the 'obsolete' peace-time economic-based recruiting pitch for a military now at war, it makes sense that the number of recruits would drop. At the same time, a higher ratio of those who join now are probably more inclined to be real 24/7 Soldiers and not minimum standard types. The quality should rise. I think that's a trade-off that in the long run, works better for the military: better soldiers, better leaders.
For my part, I ETSed before 9/11 to attend Columbia, and as proud as I was to be a soldier, I wouldn't have seriously considered returning. With the war changing and improving the quality of the military, though, I've been thinking seriously about going back in ... as a Columbia grad.
Posted by: Eric at November 30, 2005 09:08 PM (WgdtA)
A friend of mine used to have this to say about statistics......
"Figures don't lie ,but, liars figure."
Kinda changed my perspective on statistical analysis of anything.
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November 19, 2005
FED UP TOO
An excerpt from Cold Fury's sweet rant
on the disheartening damage President Clinton just did (a great post, by the way: read the whole thing):
The Marines and Army are involved in a couple slam bang fights as we speak, reducing a couple large pockets of Al Qaida fighters that have festered for a long time without intervention. Yet day after day, we hear nothing about where the fighting is going on, whatÂ’s really happening, who is being apprehended or killed, why the fight is in a particular place, what the strategic significance is, or how our young men and women are making us proud with their dedication to the mission and the country and their workaday, exceptional-is-the-new-ordinary heroism. Instead the only headline I ever see is Â“two Americans killed.Â” Or Â“five Americans killed.Â” Or Â“seven Americans injured in bombing.Â” Really? The only impression I get from the MSM is that the U.S. troops are basically lined up like metal ducks in a shooting gallery, being picked off one at a time without actually doing anything positive, not carrying out missions, whatever. I guess they are just wandering around in the Â‘Raq, wearing do rags, listening to the Stones, smokinÂ’ dope and waiting for their hitch to end.
It's such a Woman Thing to ask your husband "What are you thinking?" when he's quiet. (I know, I know, I've listened to Seinfeld, but it's hard not to ask.) More often than not these days, my husband's response is "Iraq". He's thinking about Iraq. Constantly. What he was doing this day last year, what he could've done better, how they could've f-ed up the bad guys a little more in this situation or that, and what he'll do differently the next time he goes. He thinks about it all the time -- about how he can be a more effective soldier, not how poor and miserable he was.
And at no point was he just walking around waiting to get killed or go home.
My husband takes his job seriously, and he took it extra-seriously while he was in Iraq. He put a couple of soldiers in jail for disobeying the rules, for pete's sake. He didn't sit around reading existentialist garbage and thinking about how, like, life has no meaning and war is not the answer. He's not a puppet, he's not a sitting duck, and he's not a mindless automaton under the control of the Bushitler Oil Junta. He's a man who helped the US Military take one more step towards winning the War on Terror.
So maybe, just once, he and the other brave men and women like him could get some good press for a change. Or some indication to the American public that they're winning this war. Is that too much to freaking ask?
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You know, I think the headlines about the number of our soldiers killed reflect the fact that the American public has a great concern for them and values their lives. No one who reads past the headlines would get the impressions that our troops are just sitting around. There was a great deal of reporting, for example, about our increased activity near the Syrian border. And within the last week I saw a report on CNN--the epitome of the "liberal media"---that our offensive there was showing results.
So many of the complaints about the "MSM" involve exactly the same mistake that the MSM is supposed to be guilty of---selective reporting. Cherrypick stories and headlines, and of course you can make the reporting seem incredibly skewed.
Posted by: Pericles at November 20, 2005 09:59 AM (eKf5G)
Your husband is a Real Man who is just trying to be better than he was before. Real Americans know and expect this from him. The MSM are NOT Real Americans. And I'd venture to say, the foreign press wouldn't recognize Real Men even when they slapped them on the face.
Real Americans are proud of you, proud of your husband, intensely proud of Mrs. Sims and her husband's sacrifice, and just generally tickled pink with the way all of you have comported yourselves during this historic, but difficult time. Personally, I compare you all to the Rosie the Riveters, Private Ryan's of Normandy, and the heroes of WWII, male and female, who saved our country, and saved free civilization. You have all done so well when challenged and so bravely continued your duties when called.
While the press will never praise you, Real Americans know you. They love and admire you. Your blogging has significantly improved the number of folks who realize what a national treasure folks like you and your husband are.
It is never easy to live with Real Men. But then, you knew that already, didn't you? Now the rest of us know it too. And we've seen what Real Women are made of as well.
God Bless You all, dear. Don't get discouraged. We are behind you and we want to you be safe and successful. Press on.
Posted by: Subsunk at November 20, 2005 11:20 PM (SBriA)
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November 13, 2005
13 NOV 2004
The events that happened one year ago today
have changed my life. I know it sounds ridiculous and crass to say that, since it was my friend who lost her husband and not I, but I have never been the same. And though I didn't lose someone I love, I watched someone I love lose her husband, and I've watched her learning to live all over again for the past year.
I'm horrified that the reason we've become friends is because she lost her husband. I hate that this is so. I hate that I feel pressured to find more to talk about with her than just Fallujah and Cindy Sheehan. I hope we'll get there someday, because I've really grown to like her. I just hate the way we became friends.
Thursday night, Red6 came over for dinner. We had a little moment of silence remembering CSM Faulkenburg, which started a discussion of Fallujah. My husband was originally supposed to go instead of Red6. My husband had orders in hand for 24 hours, but then the Powers That Be decided two trips to Najaf was enough for one company, and they sent Red6 instead. If you've read Red6's blog, you know they made a good choice, and that's how my husband ended up on R&R instead of in Fallujah.
Our lives hang by a thread.
What my friendship with Heidi has taught me is to never take my husband for granted. We hug each other a little more often. We end our bickering a little more quickly. And we talk about death a lot more frequently. We've learned to dismiss any and all "hardships" that come our way, because it could always be a lot worse. I've learned to cherish life, more than I ever did before. I hate that it took a good man's death to teach me such a lesson, but I'm grateful for the lesson nonetheless.
I tell everyone over and over again how humbled I am to be Heidi's friend. She was the first person I thought of when I woke up today, and I can't even begin to tell her how sorry I am.
She has worried about how history will regard her husband's sacrifice: will it have been worth his life? I think history will show that her husband gave his life to preserve freedom and that it was indeed worth it. And I hope for the same future that Bill Whittle does:
Despite all the switches in the rail yard, there is a flow and a direction to history that cannot and will not be denied.
It is the slow, uneven, grasping climb toward freedom. There are markers on Little Round Top, on the beaches at Normandy, and in the sands of Nasiriyah that show us where men have fought and laid down their lives, and willingly left their wives without husbands and their children without fathers, all for this idea. It is an idea bigger than they are, bigger than self-centered movie stars, bigger than cynical and bitter journalists, bigger than Presidents and Dictators, bigger, in fact, than all human failure and miscalculation.
It is the idea that people Â– all people Â– deserve to live their lives in freedom. Free from fear. Free from want. Free from despair and hatred.
My country has, again, taken up that banner, and the behavior of our young men and women under unimaginable stress and provocation has filled me with fierce and unremitting pride. We fight, nearly alone, alongside old and true friends, British and Australian, themselves decent and honorable people, long champions of freedom who have their own Waterloos and Gallipolis and cemeteries marked with fields of red poppies, rolls of sacrifice and honor that should fill all American hearts with pride. For friends like this are worth having, and I will always prefer the company of one or two solid, dependable friends over legions of fashionable and trendy and unreliable ones.
And someday, centuries from now, in the world we all hope for but which only a few will fight for, all of this death and destruction will be gone. All that will be left will be small markers in green fields that were once deserts, places where Iraqi families may walk someday with the same taken-for-granted sense of happiness and security I had in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
And perhaps they will read the strange-sounding names, and try to imagine a time when it was all in doubt.
Heidi can hold her head high, knowing that someday Iraqi children will read this name and be grateful. I am grateful already.
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Don't forget to add Bunker Hill to that list of signature battle-sites. Our military is older than the nation it serves because it was our military that fought, bled and died to make America a free nation.
Posted by: Eric at November 13, 2005 10:50 AM (dkUKh)
Thank you for such an eloquent post. It made me shed some tears for Heidi and all those who have lost their husbands and fathers. We do take life for granted so much of the time, but as one grows older and experiences more, one begins to realize the real priorities and sacrifices in life. With your blog, Sarah, if you can make a difference in even one person's life, you have succeeded. I hope you continue to blog for a very long time. I love you so much and am thankful God has blessed me with such a wonderful daughter. I thought of Heidi yesterday, and my prayers are with her and Colin at this time. God bless all of those who have paid the price for our freedom.
Posted by: Nancy at November 13, 2005 11:14 AM (Z+RCN)
That is so well said. It made me angry in the Vietnam era when the troops were treated so badly and they fought and died for the same freedoms. Million died because we pulled out then and the troops were not welcomed when they came home, that is the stain on our history, not the war, but how ugly the troops were treated. God bless them all.
Posted by: Ruth H at November 13, 2005 12:33 PM (9IP1F)
Okay, so I have started reading this but I am crying too much to finish . . . will have to give me a day or two to read the entire post . . .
Posted by: Heidi at November 13, 2005 10:59 PM (gMjwx)
Growth, maturity, wisdom....all come at a cost. Sometimes the cost is high. God bless.
Posted by: Pamela at November 14, 2005 01:43 PM (JZD9n)
Great posting, as usual. But one thing to note, however, is that the majority of this country is not committed to sacrificing their sons and daughters to free people in distant lands. Haven't been for the past 30 years or so.
In theory, most would say yes, but when push comes to shove, we're not.
We have elections every two years, electing a new executive every four. Our policy in Iraq in February of 2007 could be "cut and run", if trends continue. The president may want to keep people there, but like in Vietnam, Congress needs only to cut off the money and today's defeated enemy can become tomorrows victor.
This nation is committed to our own freedom, I'm quite sure. But we are NOT committed to anyone else's. We probably should be, but barring a massive cultural revolution, we're not.
Posted by: Sean at November 14, 2005 07:26 PM (FRjNx)
I have no words that are able to express what I feel in my heart so I'll just say Thank You and hope you know what it is I'm trying to convey.
thank you for an excellent post.
Posted by: Tink at November 15, 2005 04:59 PM (S6VXg)
Thank you, Sarah. You could not have said it more perfectly.
It was hard to know what to say to someone you only in passing and a few Friday night dinners. My thoughts are with Heidi and Colin all the time. I am sending her this note through your post. I hope she reads it.
Posted by: Jennifer at November 16, 2005 01:14 PM (KyhUS)
I thank you for loving the military men in your lives. I thank you for shouldering the burdens of a life so difficult in nature, so lonely in its lingering moments, so unappreciated by so many, yet so wonderful and delightful at its best. You deserve so much more than our country will ever give you. Your husbands must recognize how much you did for them and your families and how much they needed your support.
And for Mrs. Sims, you must recognize that what you have lost can never be replaced by your country, but in its place, please accept our undying affection and love for you and his children, as befits a brave man who served his country and was lost to her and to you.
We will never be able to adequately explain how much we needed your husband. In fact we needed him so much, that we had to take him from you, not on our design, but because of his choice to offer himself to us. I pray the Lord will ease your grief in time, and bring you happiness and solace once again, as soon as you can bear it. America is grateful, even when you don't hear it from the public voices of the press.
God bless you both, ladies, and all the ladies who choose to marry a warrior, for better or worse. For surely, there is no one who deserves the Love and Honors of America than one who has given her best Love to her country's service and survival. Thank you, both.
We shall honor them all. Press on to Victory.
Posted by: Subsunk at November 18, 2005 01:36 AM (SBriA)
Wow.. I was just about to delete your blog from my links as I have no idea what it's doing there.. but I happened to see this picture.
Patrick went to my high school.. and my roommate as well as a great deal of my friends and teachers attended his funeral.
I am very sorry for Heidi's loss. I know that there are a great deal of people who miss him. I have heard nothing but amazing things about him.. and how it never should have been him. He was too good of a guy to go and we needed him here desperately.
It's a small world in the military. You never know who you'll come across or meet. I didn't know Sean, but I know that SAHSians everywhere were notified of his death and that there was an outpouring of sympathy, sadness, and condolences. I couldn't attend as I had my own training, but I did take an hour to honor him on the day of his funeral.
We never take it likely when a miltary dependant school kid makes the ultimate sacrifice for their country. There aren't words enough... Just know that there were thousands of Sahsians praying for you and your family Heidi... and he is still thought of today.. by those who adored him.
Posted by: Army Girl at November 19, 2005 05:16 PM (0AzKD)
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November 11, 2005
THE VETERANS IN MY FAMILY
This post is a tribute to the veterans in my family. I'm proud that I've got four generations of heroes here.
my great-great uncle on my paternal grandfather's side, in the Army in WWI
my great-great uncle on my paternal grandmother's side, in the Army in WWI
my paternal grandfather, in the Army Air Corps in WWII
my great uncle, my grandfather's brother, also in the Army Air Corps in WWII
my father's brother, in the Air Force
another of my father's brothers, in the Army
my father-in-law, in the Army
my husband's brother, in 1ID during OIF II
and the husband, in 1ID during OIF II
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A handsome group of men Sarah. Thank You to them and to all who served/serve our country.
Posted by: Mary Ann at November 11, 2005 09:10 AM (ssGwL)
That was a really nice post. You've got a great-great uncle, Max Addington, who served in the army in WWI. I have letters that he wrote to my dad, your grandfather and a little boy at the time, from the battlefield in Germany. Your grandfather, Carl Addington, was not able to serve because he had a bad heart from rheumatic fever (no antibiotics at the time). He was very active on the homefront raising war bonds. I have a scrapbook with all the newspaper articles about his war efforts. Thanks for doing this on Veteran's Day.
Posted by: Nancy at November 12, 2005 03:05 AM (Z+RCN)
Yeah, all the photos I have are from Dad's side of the family...
Posted by: Sarah at November 12, 2005 03:11 PM (SuC0Z)
Warrior Caste, and some really nice smiles.
Posted by: Kalroy at November 15, 2005 12:18 PM (9RG5y)
Wow, that's quite a line of heretige you have there. You dad, grandfather sure do look a lot alike. I bet you are really proud of them. I'm glad they served.
Posted by: Lucy Stern at November 15, 2005 07:13 PM (dz3wA)
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Two years ago
, I thanked veterans I did not know. Last year
everyone I knew became a veteran. This year it just seems a little hollow for me to keep repeating how proud I am of all of the brave men and women who do the fighting for me.
So this year I'll let the Kurds thank you for me. Their words carry much more weight than mine do.
(Thanks for the video link go to Tim, one half of a pair of great veterans.)
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Way to go!!! Thanks for keeping things like this going. It's so easy to just forget about it (I know I do) I'm glad (and Proud)you're around remembering for us all.
Thanks again - Boy did I really look that young once!
Posted by: Uncle Chuck at November 13, 2005 10:29 AM (sWtas)
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November 10, 2005
The worst part about a promotion is forgetting the little things. This morning my husband woke me up at 0530: "Can you please sew rank on my kevlar cover?"
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What the hell does Russ need his Kevlar for? I thought that was the whole point of finance?
Posted by: JSC at November 11, 2005 09:53 PM (S4PKr)
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November 03, 2005
CALLING ALL MOMS
Well, I wrote a letter to SGT Eddie Ryan
. But I'm the only person I know who doesn't have any kids who can draw a picture for him. Maybe your kids wouldn't mind putting something in the mail for this brave marine? (Or maybe Angie could get Fred to do one of his famous fridge drawings
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I'm having my students write to him. What a hero!
Posted by: Lara at November 03, 2005 07:06 PM (qNwer)
Don't worry...Adam is on his 3rd picture - they all look the same to me - a huge dino with a head in the clouds - he insists they are different. I'll have to stop him soon...
Posted by: Agnieszka O. in CO at November 03, 2005 07:29 PM (uFJJO)
Sarah - Eddie grew up about an hour and a half away from here in a place I visit often. My son's 5th grade class is making him cards, as well as a friend's 3rd grade class. Thanks for the info. We'll do our best to keep him busy.
Posted by: Kathleen A at November 03, 2005 09:43 PM (7qm8p)
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November 01, 2005
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Wow. Congratulations, Captain.
Posted by: Bob at November 01, 2005 10:00 AM (WMa4u)
"Captain"--has a nice sound to it, huh? I remember when I got my PO1 crow (long ago in a galaxy far away), and the sense of accomplishment I felt (kinda wish I had stayed in and gone for chief, but...). Enjoy that feeling. And, Sarah--be proud. Be very proud! (I know you are.)
Posted by: Jim Shawley at November 01, 2005 10:51 AM (CnYsu)
Woohoo! Silver railroad tracks!
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Posted by: Pixy Misa at November 01, 2005 11:45 PM (RbYVY)
[executing a proper salute] Congratulations, sir.
Posted by: Jim - PRS at November 02, 2005 12:30 AM (oowdc)
Congratulations to the best son-in-law anyone could ask for. We're proud of you.
Posted by: Nancy at November 02, 2005 03:44 AM (Z+RCN)
Congrats! Promotions all around - my hubby just pinned his new rank as well. Cheers, to him and to you!
Posted by: Household6 at November 02, 2005 04:33 AM (T+Tkq)
Congratulations!!! When's the party?
Remember, it can't be a good one unless the cops come at least once and there aren't a couple of kegs floating within a couple of hours.
Posted by: MajorDad1984 at November 02, 2005 09:07 AM (tdEnf)
OOOHHH!!!! Promotion! Congratulations!
Posted by: Teresa at November 02, 2005 02:31 PM (FZwDL)
grats on the train tracks
Hope you get your leaf right quick.
Posted by: Dagamore at November 03, 2005 03:27 AM (7IZfE)
Congratulations to you both! I can't think of a more deserving officer and team.
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Posted by: Kalroy at November 04, 2005 12:48 PM (9RG5y)
Congratulations to you and your Captain. This is an exciting time in an officer's career.
Posted by: Sgt Hook at November 04, 2005 10:36 PM (jlMVG)
Hope I'm not to late to add my congratulations!
Remember Sarah,you get at least half the credit.
Posted by: Mary at November 08, 2005 07:07 AM (YwdKL)
Program on the emergence of civilization.
"14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
None from the sub-Saharan African continent. "
They point out AfricansÂ’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it's applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.
The roots of racism are not of this earth.
Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.
The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.
AIDS in Africa.
Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:
1. MUCK - perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as "god"
2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
3. Evil/disfavored aliens - runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere
4. Chinese/egyptians - this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
5. Romans - they answer to the egyptians
6. Mafia - the real-world interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
7. Jews, corporation, women, politician - Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.
Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.
Many Muslims are being used like the Germans and Japanese of WWII::being used to hurt others and envoke condemnation upon their people.
They can affect the weather and Hurricane Katrina was accomplished for many reasons and involves many interests, as anything this historical is::
1. Take heat off Sheenhan/Iraq, protecting profitable war machine/private war contracts
2. Gentrification. New Orleans median home price of $84k is among the lowest in major American cities, certainly among desirable cities.
Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying "He has more money than god." There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says "I'm too old and rich for this."
This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.
god is evil because of money.
I don't want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe.
But they have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won't help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help me.
The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, market domination being one clue, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.
I offer an example of historical proportions:::
People point to Walmart and cry "anti-union".
Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family's problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
Unions serve to empower.
Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an enviornment where there are fewer hurdles.
Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people's belief that Walmart is evil.
Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with a lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.
The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no assistance from their purchases with corporate america.
I believe the coining of the term "Uncle Sam" was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton and WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.
Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals. Malcontents.
Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they "decided" who they didn't want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren't their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.
Royalty is the right way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient's hierarchical organization.
Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.
Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people.
Which is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.
Jesus Christ is a religious figure of evil. These seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
And now they do it to people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.
Since Buddism doesn't recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Chinese representation is instead selected by the thrones.
It was set up this way. Perhaps dyanstic thrones had a say, but maybe not.
Budda was the Asian's Jesus Christ::: bad for the people. "They came up at the same time for a reason."
Simpson's foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. "Last one you ever suspect."
"You'll see lots of nuns where you're going:::hell!!!" St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.
Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.
Jews maim the body formed in the image of "god", and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people, as well as the evil that is Jesus Christ.
I think about how Jews (were used to) created homosexuality among Slavics, retribution for the Holocaust.
Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.
What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???
And if it is their sinister motives thatÂ’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?
Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.
I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians who attack "god's" most favored people will pay for it dearly one day.
Posted by: grandpa stole bets at November 12, 2005 03:24 PM (tyyhe)
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