Final Thoughts on @KenBurns #VietnamWarPBS: Will We Wait 40 Years for #AfghanistanWarPBS?

I’ve blogged after watching Episode 1 and Episode 4 of Ken Burns‘s PBS documentary The Vietnam War. I’ve finished watching all 10 episodes, and I thought I’d share some general thoughts on the documentary.

  1. It’s technically extremely well-done and will please any fan of historical documentaries.
  2. Even when interviewees said things with which I disagreed, I felt I could respect or at least acknowledge their perspective. The exception to this is of course war criminal John Negroponte. Like other Burns documentaries, you are moved towards reconciliation.
  3. And of course Burns’s skill at #1 & #2 is the deadly flaw of this documentary: After 10 episodes, the documentary doesn’t editorially tell you how to react to contemporary USA wars. Like President Obama’s speeches, it gives viewers material with which they can arrive at conclusions suited to the preconceptions with which they began the film, although mellowed towards those who draw an opposite conclusion.

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Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) Accuses Federal Judges of Terrorism for Refusing to Endorse Religious Displays in Public Buildings

As your constituents, we are saying to you that we are sick and tired of having our country and its religious heritage and its freedoms hijacked by a judicial terrorists. [sic]

Jody Hice delivered this speech November 22, 2003 in Atlanta. In the speech, he demanded that:

I call upon members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation to support legislation to limit The jurisdiction of federal judges. [sic]

He directed harsh words in particular to Judge William O’Kelley (died July 5, 2017), who ruled against the installation of The Ten Commandments in public buildings in Habersham County, Georgia.

At that time, he was the head of Ten Commandments – Georgia, which pushes municipalities and county governments to install plaques of The Ten Commandments and other documents in public buildings. He is currently the representative of Georgia’s Tenth Congressional District.

To read this terrifying speech from November 22, 2003, download it from Ten Commandments – Georgia. If that organization removes the document, I’ve stored it in scribd.com.

While USA Jails Palestinians for Charity, Variety Magazine Celebrates Celebrities’ Fundraising to Support Zionist Colonialism in Palestine

baba_and_omarPalestinians are serving time in federal prison communication management units for sending charitable aid to Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Variety celebrates tax-deductible donations to the state of Israel which ethnically cleansed hundreds of thousands of non-Jews from Palestine, prevents them and their descendants from returning to their homes, implements a military occupation over two million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and practices within the state of Israel discrimination based on religious affiliation.

Friends of the Israeli Occupation Forces is material support for terrorism.

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Why Do People Call Gaza an “Enclave”?

Insomnia brought me to my PC & Twitter, where I saw a status update which linked to a wonderful article about artists in Gaza.

For some reason, the word “enclave” struck me, so I looked up its definition at Merriam-Webster: Continue reading

Moments from Burns’s Vietnam Episode 4 – Image, Sound and Narration Conflict

After watching the first episode, I wrote about my fears that the series would whitewash USA militarism. Here are some observations after watching Episode 4, “Resolve.”

Minute 34:

Narrator: Mogie’s combat commander, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Emerson, known as “the Gunfighter,” was courageous, implacable, relentless. A few months before Mogie got there, he had offered a case of whiskey to the first of his men to bring him the hacked-off head of an enemy soldier. They did. [Emphasis added. Dennis Crocker was nicknamed Mogie.] Continue reading

In the age of misogyny-inspired mass shootings, a cute pop song from my childhood is ominous

Do you all remember Joe Jackson’s 1979 breakout single “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” It has a catchy, quirky rhythm and engaging lyrics.

Nearly 40 years later, after learning about domestic violence and hearing about those who engage in mass shootings, I imagine that the protagonist of the song is doing more than “staring as my coffee grows cold” and getting “so mean around the scene.” I imagine him stockpiling guns and ammo so that Jeanie learns the hard way that her new boyfriend isn’t half the man he is. Then we won’t have to find out “if looks could kill.” We’ll have proof that a real man with guns can. Continue reading

ضرب ديبلوماسي هندي أميرا سعوديا مثلا للغباء و زعم أن المجاملة تنفع مع مثله

An unnamed Indian diplomat told Bobby Ghosh, the editor-in-chief of the Hindustan Times: “We regard Ivanka Trump the way we do half-wit Saudi princes. It’s in our national interest to flatter them.” – Independent, August 12, 2017

وقال دبلوماسيٌ هنديٌ لم يُذكَر اسمه لبوبي غوش، رئيس تحرير صحيفة هندوستان تايمز: “نحن نُقدِّر إيفانكا ترامب مثلما نُقدِّر الأمراء السعوديين الحمقى، إذ تقع مصلحتنا الوطنية في مجاملتهم”. – هاف بوست عربي 2017-08-12

كنت دائما أستغرب لما أسمع العرب يضربون الهنود مثلا للغباء بالذات في الأعوام الثلاثين الأخيرة إذ تتراجع الدول العربية و تتخلف بينما تطورت الهند مع مشاكلها الاقتصادية و التنموية و الاجتماعية الجسيمة

فعلا آل سعود و حكمهم على دولة و تأثيرها في الدول العربية الأخرى مهزلة و عار و ذلك أحد أسباب رخص حياة العربي في العالم كله