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Posted on Nov 8, 2011

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By heterochromatic, November 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment

INF, blogdog is a little bit not too sane.

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By INF1D3L_24, November 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment
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@blogdog…why dont you read the first 8 words of the text in the comic “since the end of the second world war” not back in the 19th century

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By INF1D3L_24, November 15, 2011 at 10:53 am Link to this comment
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@Mr.Brooks…yea this guy is a total idiot. instead of walking in our shoes, give this man a pair of our combat boots. let him spend a night in the desert, away from everyone you love not knowing if tomorrow is gonna come. maybe then he will support our troops. or perhaps not. maybe if he was conducting CLS on his best friend that just got shot. still think your hot? really your just boiling in a melting pot. please tell me one battle in your life you ever fought. once the bullets start flying past your head, politics and all that other BS go straight out the window. you fight for your brothers next to you. so if you have never experienced what we do…then stfu cause its obvious you dont have the slightest clue

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By heterochromatic, November 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

@ mr brooks——the jackass who drew this crap hasn’t the faintest idea of the real
facts and isn’t likely to learn….he’s just being an ass for fun and profit.

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By mr.brooks, November 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment
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who ever wrote this should probably learn their facts before underminding our service members. please tell me when we went around in mexico and 90% of the other countries you mentioned just going around slaughtering innocent people? maybe you should take one day and walk in our shoes, and first learn one thing we do before talking about something you know nothing about…

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By oddsox, November 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

@Raphael Cruz
Thanks for your service.
Interesting link, especially the Eddie Hobbs interview & what he predicts for the Euro and what he thinks of Keynesian model (at 6:00)

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By Raphael Cruz, November 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment
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full disclosure - i’m a vietnam veteran…

i was invited to a veterans day assembly at my grandson’s school on thursday… i went for him only, not out of any particular pride i have in being a veteran…

while it’s a fact that my gi bill enabled me to earn both my undergraduate and graduate degrees (for which i’m grateful and without which i would not have been able to repeatedly land on my feet over the years), that i learned a great deal from my experience, that i never had to fire my rifle the entire time, that i came back in one piece, and that my health care provider for the past ten years has been the va (since i can’t afford private insurance), being a vietnam vet isn’t something i advertise… while i’m not ashamed of it, i am acutely aware of just how much my country is steeped in militarism and that is something i just can’t support…

http://takeitpersonally.blogspot.com/

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By heterochromatic, November 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm Link to this comment

thanks. she’s quite good and I lokke a bunch of her stuff.

http://youtu.be/44rNlqcErkE

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By oddsox, November 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

for heterochromatic & EmileZ:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvKtxTsVoMo

enjoy

note in comments the common phrase: “like an angel”

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By heterochromatic, November 12, 2011 at 9:22 am Link to this comment

and one more,


http://youtu.be/cJ0onxQIY_w

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By GA BE, November 12, 2011 at 3:03 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Fish is right. What passes for a US military is actually a satanic Cult at it’s core and hierarchy.
Proof: http://vimeo.com/24107256
And there’s much more where that came from. Ask any ex-military wife of upper rank husband. Hell, you can even ask their hookers.

As a Special Military Investigator for decades it’s clearly evident US Military is a construct of British / Templar takeover of USforA covert means .. mainly it’s money supply. The atrocities that US and like military spreads around our planet Earth is almost beyond belief.

The only Lawful one in USforA is a well controlled Militia.

For all you misguided people whom support the Us Military, you should really check your history and records before you promote such Satanism.

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By EmileZ, November 11, 2011 at 11:37 pm Link to this comment

To continue with the acoustic guitar fest…

Zappa - Sleep Dirt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOLMa3BhIxQ

Zappa - Down In De Dew (electric guitar also employed)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TJ629nTILk&feature=related

Also, if anyone has enough spare time…
There is a video of Noam Chomsky’s acceptance speech for the Sydney Peace Prize here…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW6wOCeDcFM

He basically gives a speech about nuclear weapons, recites a nice poem (Where The Green Ants Dream) and uses that as a segue to speak about global warming and the destruction of the environment all the while focusing on the U.S. role. It is really pretty good.

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By Nick B., November 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment
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Fuck yes.

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By glider, November 11, 2011 at 7:34 am Link to this comment

The only surprising revelation I find in this cartoon is that the Dental Plan is ‘shitty’.  I can see that the younger grunts might not need much coverage, but what about the senior staff?  Do generals have shitty coverage or is Fish talking about what new recruits are to expect over the usual stint?

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By oddsox, November 10, 2011 at 6:52 am Link to this comment

@heterochromatic

You’re welcome for the music.
I’ve always envied those who can play. 

I used to draw.  I admire Fish’s talents, too.
Nice of TruthDig to give him a forum—and not forcing him to choose between drawing and writing.

most of his stuff is too raw for mainstream and that’s a shame.

Don’t agree his thrust more often than not, but he’s so good a pushing buttons & provoking reaction—that’s the hallmark of a good cartoonist.

As a writer, Fish has no future beyond TruthDig and an occasional Harper’s piece. 
But he’ll get a Pulitzer for his cartoons one day, although he might consider it an insult.

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By blogdog, November 10, 2011 at 2:48 am Link to this comment

fish - best served raw - cuts to the quick - all about terror - terror and horror -
that is until it becomes systematic population reduction… i.e. genocide, that’s
why in this finale to LAMENTATIO, the choir sings the alpha-numeric
assignations of the isotopes in depleted uranium:

http://vimeo.com/24344858

and the soloist sings this verse from
THE EIGHTH BOOK OF HOMER’S ODYSSEYS
The Odysseys of Homer, vol. 1.  1857
Chapman, George, trans. (1559?–1634)

Of human frailty, that to see a man
Could so revive from death, yet no way can
Defend from death, his own quick powers it made
Feel there death’s horrors, and he felt life fade
In tears his feeling brain swet; for, in things    
That move past utterance, tears ope all their springs.
Nor are there in the powers that all life bears
More true interpreters of all than tears.

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By chris, November 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment
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Forgot Brazil in the list: hundreds killed and hundreds more disappeared by the armed right wing.

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By heterochromatic, November 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment

thanks oddsox, that’s one that my friends and I used to
play…this guy is good but if I’m drumming my way
through that I want two guitars and a bass.

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By oddsox, November 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm Link to this comment

@heterochromatic & EmileZ

one for youse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGM3Ehs3Hbw

fine how the music pulls us all together

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By PatrickHenry, November 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment

EmileZ,

The DEA commandos are a police unit not DOD.  Somewhere the lines between police and military have been blurred and neither missions abroad are constitutional unless a war has been declared by Congress.

A letter of Marque and Reprisal may be issued but thats all it is, a letter.

Private contractors, i.e. privateers or mercenaries are nothing new, however if they are not backed by a nation state their air power and resupply are questionable as well as their manpower once the money runs out.

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By MeHere, November 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment

A post below is asking for “a cartoonist who is not a high school reject” to replace
Mr. Fish’s crap.  Well, I’m afraid there isn’t.  Most of the highly educated are tied
up with sending young men and women on killing adventures and trying to keep
on selling the American Dream.

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By heterochromatic, November 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment

faith, speaking on behalf of nearly half of all Americans I would like to point out
that it was only our nearly half who were subjected to being drafted…..

maybe for the next century,  the other half can take a turn.

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By faith, November 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

I agree entirely with Patrick Henry’s comment concerning the draft.  Reinstate the
draft for everyone’s children and I suspect that a new more peaceful nation will
arise from the hell that is now our nation.

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By JohannG, November 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

Tells it like it is.

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By heterochromatic, November 9, 2011 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

sometimes guys like Hedges are keeping it real

but it goes wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUtzRod-nLk&feature=related

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By Fearless, November 9, 2011 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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Thank you, Mr. Fish and Chris Hedges for keeping it real.

Thank you, Truthdig for keeping these advocates for truth and humanity on your site.

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By John Poole, November 9, 2011 at 6:40 am Link to this comment
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America the cutter. We use invading and occupying as a cutter does- to create
something manageable when something unsettling is looming on the horizon. We
use war as an avoidance mechanism. Self examination and reflection upon our
misdeeds would be too painful. Realizing that we have for decades brought death
and suffering to millions of “others” is unforgivable even to our official religious
savior. Now, not even cutting works anymore to stave off a dreaded sense of
judgment day.

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By Michael, November 9, 2011 at 5:13 am Link to this comment
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Colombia is misspelled.

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By EmileZ, November 9, 2011 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

@ PatrickHenry

And how about those private contractors???

There are more in Afghanistan AND Iraq than there are U.S. military personel in either country.

Then there are all the bases all over the world. Those could be privatized as well.

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By EmileZ, November 9, 2011 at 4:49 am Link to this comment

@ PatrickHenry

Laudable sentiments, but isn’t it a little too simplistic???

Consider this headline from Monday’s Democracy Now…


U.S. DEA Deploying Commando Squads Throughout Central America, Caribbean

The New York Times has revealed the United States has been secretly deploying commando squads to battle drug cartels across Latin America and the Caribbean in recent years. The commando unit has reportedly been used in Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Belize. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program began under President George W. Bush and has continued under the Obama administration.

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By PatrickHenry, November 9, 2011 at 4:34 am Link to this comment

I see Mr Fish glamorizing the ‘Be all you can be’ of the military.

Although I served 2 enlistments as a volunteer, I believe in the draft.  Once everyones children are involved this nation won’t be as cavalier sending them into harms way.

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By EmileZ, November 9, 2011 at 2:02 am Link to this comment

Thank U Prince… please hear my plea… loosen up your restrictions a bit. Thanks 4 listening!!!

We R the 99% and we love U.

Eye love U!!!

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By heterochromatic, November 9, 2011 at 12:42 am Link to this comment

Emile, it’s been a pleasure, my friend, but it’s 2:30 and mercy me, I’m tired.

http://youtu.be/TGNcDLFqLUk

At last, I must be gone.

http://youtu.be/leWjp_CFt50


I’ll be right pleased if I make it back tomorrow and find you again.  bonne nuit.

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By EmileZ, November 9, 2011 at 12:23 am Link to this comment

@ heterochromatic

Like the Django Reinhardt, but I don’t want to get too tasteful…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfYFx6MOTYU&feature=related

“too many million innocent people in peru”... pretty clever my friend.

Django Reinhardt - Tears

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SID8Vmi01Q

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By heterochromatic, November 8, 2011 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment

don’t think that we’ve murdered too many million innocent people in Peru in the
post-WWII era, but we did send some troops to Lima in the mid-1830s.


cant tell the bad from the good.

http://youtu.be/XyOnK-L19TM

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By heterochromatic, November 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm Link to this comment

loved it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpmOTGungnA

we sent a few troops as part of the UN peacekeeping force,  INTERFET, around
2000…..

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By EmileZ, November 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment

@ heterochromatic

Lovely photos, tasteful rendition.

Hope you get a kick out of this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QBBS8236rM

(p.s. Mr. Fish I adore the cartoon, but I’m not sure we actually literally sent troops to all those places, I was thinking East Timor in particular, perhaps I am wrong, but I believe we just sent weapons and aid and “advisors”... anyhow close enough)

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By heterochromatic, November 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm Link to this comment

Emile—-here’s some seriously good music.  one of Bill Evan’s great performed
really well by two guys who KNOW how to play…...

http://youtu.be/tpKV1GkKaiQ

it ain’t rock and roll….but i like it.

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By EmileZ, November 8, 2011 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment

@ heterochromatic

I am trying to be your friend.

Why must you afflict me with this atrociousness.

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By heterochromatic, November 8, 2011 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment

double dose.

http://youtu.be/9DkaRUtp3w8

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By heterochromatic, November 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment

Prince Emile,,, I’m dosing as strong as I can….

was, for no good reason other than to annoy my friends with a post on my home
site, listening to this when I unscrolled your message…


http://youtu.be/nxAm8Y1w6BI


not sure of the synergistic significance

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By EmileZ, November 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm Link to this comment

@ heterochromatic

You clearly need a stronger dose…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWmqWfvfvnQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_fE8R58yzM

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By heterochromatic, November 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment

sometimes the best part of being a rational human being (and the rewards are
surprisingly few) is being able to chortle when the anencephilics going around
repeating catchphrases of the moment such as “struck a nerve”  without
recognizing the ironic import.

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By glider, November 8, 2011 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment

Sometimes the best part of Fish’s political art is observing the reactions from the religious/corporatist/warmonger extremists with which he manages to hit a raw nerve.

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By John M. Morgan, November 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment
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It isn’t Mr Fish that stinks but the ugly truths he reveals. Apparently heterochromatic can’t face the truth.

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By heterochromatic, November 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

Mr Fish stinks on ice.

Isn’t there a cartoonist who’s not a high school reject
to replace his crap?

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By prisnersdilema, November 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

I wonder how the Chinese people would feel about financing our war with Iran?  Maybe
someone could start a letter writing campaign to the Chinese leader asking them to cut
off our credit in the interest of preventing WWW3?

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