Viewpoints: Tennessee walks the walk

Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:06pm

From the Footprints for Peace organization:

People from around the world are converging at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge on Friday to begin a 700-mile walk for peace.

The protest, called International Footprints for Peace, will span three months and trek through six states.

Marcus Atkinson, the walk's organizer, says it will bring attention to all aspects of the nuclear industry and will demand progress on negotiations to create a nuclear-weapons-free world.

For more on the walk, click here.

 

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155 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 10:34

“In a way I’m conflicted because I’m invested in Citigroup but at the more global picture, I’m a big supporter of the United States. I believe taxing the banks right now is not the right thing at all. It’s like you have a patient coming out of an ICU.” Alwaleed owns a $4.3 billion dollars stake in Citigroup, a massive bank that spent millions lobbying against financial reform last year.

Amazing....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 10:35

With the Citizens United Supreme Court decision essentially freeing corporations to spend unlimited amounts in campaigns, theoretically Alwaleed can pressure the American corporations he owns stock in to spend millions — or even billions — of dollars attacking candidates he opposes. In addition to his powerful Fox News outlet, Alwaleed and other foreign investors have potentially unprecedented power to impact American elections.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 10:36

now i'd like to see idgaf come and defend that!

By: Loner on 2/12/10 at 10:36

The other day, we discussed the conflicting interests between New York State grape growers and NYS vintners and wine producers and wine sellers in Tennessee. The dynamics are quite clear.

We all witnessed the pork barrel haggling for Sen Ben Nelson's (Nebraska) vote and we all know about the so-called "Louisianna Purchase" to get "Obamacare" past those two impediments. Now, other states want a special relationship like that too. Each state has its own selfish interests.

We all know that Sen Dick Shelby (Alabama) is holding up dozens of nominees for federal posts, until he gets some pork for his home-state defense industry.

It seems that each state within our union of states has its own interests in mind. The Founders understood this. The US Congress was formed in order to manage these competing and often conflicting interests.

With all that in mind, Americans should readily recognize the fact that the national interests of the United States of America are not at all identical or even congruent with the national interests of the Jewish State in Palestine. Our national interests often conflict with each other, in fundamental ways. But few Americans seem to be aware of this reality.

The Israeli public relations efforts have been very successful in the US. Millions of patriotic Americans, many of whom are military veterans or on active duty, actually believe the canard that what's good for Israel is good for the USA.

The American Founders would agree with me, I believe, foreign entanglement with a militant, apartheid theocracy is a stupid idea.

Go ahead, Gd, Dooley or whomever, throw down the "anti-Semite card", once again. I'm certainly used to hearing that whenever I voice my opinion on the dangers of the US-Israel "special relationship".

BTW, I served in the US Army, 1967-69....I paid my dues and I love this country. I swore an oath to protect the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. There was no expiration date on that oath.

By: Loner on 2/12/10 at 10:48

I thought that News Corp was Rupert Murdoch's baby, BN. According to reliable sources, Murdoch is an Australian Jew.

I know one thing, ever since Murdoch took over the Wall Street Journal, it has become an extension of the Jerusalem Post. Today's WSJ features a piece by John Bolton, the neocon and former US Amb to the UN, calling for military action against Iran, sooner rather than later.

Are you saying that a wealthy Saudi Prince is in cahoots with a renowned Zionist? Talk about your strange bedfellows, I'm sure that they both think they are doing God's work....who's zooming who?

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 10:55

I'm not going to argue with you Loner. Personally, the anti-Israel diatribes get old for me. I don't particularly like the US-Israeli relationship either, but I don't make it personal. I don't go around pointing out who is or isn't a Jew, even when the topic isn't about Israel. That's where you get the anti-Semetic label. And it seems to be from many, and frequent.

Maybe others are afraid to piss you off or too timid to confront you. I'm not. I don't really care. This is an opinion page, you have your opinion, I have mine.

We'll agree to disagree.

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 10:56

Blanket, id can't even spell that, much less defend it. lol

By: house_of_pain on 2/12/10 at 10:57

Railroad crossing, look out for the cars...can you spell that without any "R"s?

By: bfra on 2/12/10 at 10:58

We had a Saudi family in cahoots with our former President. The family of which the son was behind 9/11. If the American public really knew what "goes on behind closed doors", there would probably be another revolution.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 11:03

bfra, you mean a Muslim and an Evangelical? No way! LOL

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 11:03

That's true, brfa. Myself, I think that people are too lazy and apathetic to revolt, even with that knowledge. Maybe it's something in the processed food or we're being bombarded with subliminal messages in our HD televisions...

Oh god, I sound like Sid...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 11:04

g, you're not anyway near crazy enough to compete with sid.

our capitalistic, greedy society is too comfortable to revolt. by the time our sidetracked selves see how bad of shape we're in, it'll be too late. it probably already is.

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 11:04

A muslim and Evangelical walk into a gay bar in San Diego...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 11:06

g, were they "dragged" in - lol!

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 11:08

I don't think Nemo is off by much when he compares us to the decline of Rome. Not that much different, except they were able to maintain their empire for a longer period of time.

By: bfra on 2/12/10 at 11:09

Blanket - Yep! Blair was another cohort in their little oil group.

g - I don't know whether it is lazy or just don't know how. Our gov. and leaders are going down hill on a steep slope. So much corruption locally & nationally. Seems they consider ones not in government as peons to do their bidding, come what may. There is no "We The People" anymore.

By: Loner on 2/12/10 at 11:12

Listen, Gd, BM brought up the idea that the Saudis may be spinning our news to their advantage. I pointed out a contradicting fact. Yes, Rupert's Jewishness and love for all things Israeli is certainly relevant to this discussion; I did not point out Murdoch's ethnicity/religion for no apparent reason, as you seem to suggest.

I resent your insinuation that my motives are based in bigotry, not patriotism. Of course, I forgive you, because you are young and have taken the Israeli narrative to heart. I too was once an ardent supporter of the state of Israel; my views have changed over the years, because I challenge the conventional wisdom and dare to question authority.

It's a job for a loner, you need a thick skin to take the hits. I doubt that folks are too "timid" to rebut my arguments, as you claim. I think a lot of people fear that I may be right.

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 11:14

No there isn't, brfa. The absurd aspect is thinking that voting out the incumbent is really change. They are all the same, Democrat or Republican. They have their best interest and that of lobbyists/corporations at heart, not ours.

Of course, we seem to know that but still do nothing.

Now I'm depressed...

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 11:15

Ok Loner, whatever you say.

By: MamaG on 2/12/10 at 11:17

This whole day's posts are depressing to me. I need more glamour in my life...where is my sweetheart, NY1 when I need her to cheer me up? LOL

By: Loner on 2/12/10 at 11:19

I accept your surrender. Now go wash up. I gotta go now...meeting with David Duke, Arafat's widow and a Saudi Prince this afternoon.....se ya!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 11:22

and what exactly can we do that will have a significant impact?

By: bfra on 2/12/10 at 11:23

Update on history: Our politicians are more conniving & vicious than the Romans and lions were with the Christians.

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 11:25

Surrender? More like, "let the old guy ramble on, no one is paying attention."

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 11:28

Well, the first thing we have to do is put partisanship aside and unite in a common interest.

Yeah, I know...

By: MamaG on 2/12/10 at 11:32

Bye you guys! Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine's Day to you all! :-)

By: bfra on 2/12/10 at 11:34

Mama - Have a good weekend and Happy Valentines to you, too. If you find a no needle tatoo parlor, get a card for sid. (G)

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 11:43

Happy Valentines Mama

By: Kosh III on 2/12/10 at 11:46

"We had a Saudi family in cahoots with our former President. The family of which the son was behind 9/11. If the American public really knew what "goes on behind closed doors", there would probably be another revolution."

Yeah, on the morning of 9/11 Bush Sr was in a meeting with the head of the bin-Laden family discussing oil.
Don't forget that Bush Jr allowed hundreds of Saudis to leave the US even though all flights were allegedly cancelled.

By: sidneyames on 2/12/10 at 12:22

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 11:03
That's true, brfa. Myself, I think that people are too lazy and apathetic to revolt, even with that knowledge. Maybe it's something in the processed food or we're being bombarded with subliminal messages in our HD televisions...

Oh god, I sound like Sid...

Congratulations! G. (:

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 12:28

Thanks Sid. At least I'll have company in nutland.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 12:59

so, regular hell just wasn't good enough for you, g?

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 1:05

Nope. It wasn't bad except Jeffery Dahmer kept looking at me funny.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 1:07

didn't you share your beer?

By: sidneyames on 2/12/10 at 1:12

By: bfra on 2/12/10 at 11:34
Mama - Have a good weekend and Happy Valentines to you, too. If you find a no needle tatoo parlor, get a card for sid. (G)

Ohhh, I just thought of a new business. Iron on tatoos. Oh, that's for T-shirts. Oh well, guess I'm no entrepreneur!

For you guys (and gals) here's sending a big Valentine wish from me. Hope Dusty is having a good heart day.

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 1:13

That's a brilliant idea Sid. You do that.

I've just come up with a new idea to treat burn marks from irons...

By: house_of_pain on 2/12/10 at 1:17

Happy V.D., MamaG.

By: Kosh III on 2/12/10 at 1:32

Thanks Sid, you have a great weekend too. Happy Presidents Day!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 1:43

Kosh, are you going hiking this weekend?

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 2:17

**crickets**

Anyone here that a guy just got killed in Vancouver in the luge? With the rain, having to truck snow in and now this, not a good start for the Olympics.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 2:23

no, i didn't hear about that.....

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 2:26

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/02/12/georgian-luger-seriously-injured-luge-crash/

Horrible. Just horrible.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 2:29

Yikes! That's horrible!

By: Kosh III on 2/12/10 at 2:31

blanket
yes, Lord willing and the creeks don't rise(or the snow don't fall)
Warner Deep Wells on Sunday and maybe again somewhere on Monday the Holiday.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 2:33

sounds fun, Kosh.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 2:34

It was unclear how fast Kumaritashvili was going, although many sliders have exceeded 90 mph on this course. The track is considered the world's fastest and several Olympians recently questioned its safety. More than a dozen athletes have crashed during Olympic training.
http://cbs13.com/national/men.olympic.luge.2.1491144.html

90 mph!

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 2:35

Yeah, that's crazy fast...he hit a metal pole, I wonder if they're going to move the pole or do something else...maybe slow the ice on the track by warming it or something...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 2:36

"The troubled American private ­security company Blackwater faced fresh ­controversy today when two former employees accused it of defrauding the US government for years, including ­billing for a Filipina prostitute on its payroll in Afghanistan.

According to Melan Davis, a former employee, Blackwater listed the woman for payment under the "morale welfare recreation" category."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/11/blackwater-employees-us-fraud-accusations

maybe that's why chief was so anxious to go back.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/12/10 at 2:37

i dunno, g. sounds like the better do something and fast! i can't imagine someone hitting a pole at 90 mph!

By: gdiafante on 2/12/10 at 2:38

File that under one of those things most people already know but have no way to do anything about it.