Office of Reduntcy Office

This is the first time/attempt I have made at writing a blog. By the title I'm sure that you can tell everything that You will see here will probably be no new news to you.
It has recently come to my attention the Iran is willing to sit down with the US govt. and discuss the issues at hand. Problem is the US refuses. I believe the US
govt.s refusal is perpetrated by several issues.
The first of these issues are the US and israels close so-called alliance. Israel collects an average of $16,000,000 per day from the US in grants. Yes I
said grants and not loans. Multiply the $16 mi. by 365 and you might look for the nearest wall to slam your head against. The sick thing about all of that
gifted money is that 1/3 of the people in israel live below the poverty line. The good thing about the gifted money is that it pours back into the USA in the
form of weapons purchases, salaries for lobbyists, and pay-offs for journalists in the mass media.
This process of give and take only rips off the taxpayers of the US (you and I) and funnels the money right to the military/industrial complex.
The Chief Executive of our country is well aware of what is going on and is proud to say, in private, that his supporters are benefiting from these
transactions. What he won't say in public, yet what many of us do not know, is the fact that these profiteers are actually superior to him and that he is
just following the orders of the MIC to form US world policy, ie: more wars = more $$$ for the MIC.
Currently the White House/Pentagon is sabre rattleing and appears to be ready and willing to attack Iran. What other folly can they come up with.
Many people say that this will allienate the US from it's allies etc. The question begs to be answered...what allies do we have?
The 51st state of israel is a sham. The Brits are no better. So why worry about allienation? Just let the world hate us and let them wish we were all dead.
The second issue is the amount of $$$ the US has spent on the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. I've heard or read that the number is at or above
$600,000,000,000. Yes that's BILLIONS. What is this money being spent for? Just the procurement of a easy access OIL supply. What if the US had spent
this enormous sum of $$$ developing alternate sources of fuel. Agro/garbage/and organic waste are to name the obvious. If we had made the investment
toward self subsistance, Bush and the gang wouldn't be rolling in the $$$ they are stealing. Bush and is family are all oil people. They are friends of
the Bin Ladens. They are covered with oil $$$ and are so slippery due to it. This MIC/OIL marriage will be the ruin of the country and possiblt civilization as we know it.
My 3rd and final issue simply put is the NOVEMBER ELECTIONS. I do not like the demorats or the resuclicans so I am at a loss. I believe that voting
for one of the many 3rd Party candidates is a waste of a vote. The ONLY, and I dread to type this, thing I can come up with is the deduction that casting
a VOTE is a good thing to do. If you do not vote or waste your vote on a person who has ZERO chance of winning you are playing in to the hands of the
people in power. My only solution is the DIVIDE and CONQUER technique. Split the party affiliation of the EXEC. and the LEGIS. parts of the triad of govt.
and hope the war process will slow down and some sanity will result. This is not always the case as exhibited in the Home Security Act with narry a
voter reading and then passing it 99-1. So sad to say I will vote demorat and hope that the lesser of the 2 evils will help balance the insanity of
Washington and near by Virginia.
These are just some of my thoughts oe what I think are vaid and pressing issues. I hope I haven't bored any of you who have made it this far.

Corporations rule the world... an dyour mind

Corporations rule us. Even in Lebanon.

And this is how they do it:

Billboards in Lebanon comment on Israel-Hezbollah war

Monday, October 16, 2006

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — A giant billboard east of Beirut shows a dapper figure with a top hat and cane, striding across a broken bridge with the slogan: “Keep Walking.”

The advertisement is for Johnnie Walker scotch whiskey, and the bridge is a reference to the more than 90 bridges destroyed by Israeli airstrikes last summer. The billboard is just one of dozens of biting or witty ads providing commentary on the Israel-Hezbollah war by companies clamoring for a share in Lebanon’s reconstruction.

Many of the new billboards were erected by banks advertising low-interest loans — and touting the country’s entrepreneurial spirit and resiliency despite the devastation of war.

“No matter how cloudy it gets, Lebanon’s sun will shine again,” reads an ad for Bank Audi, one of the country’s leading financial institutions.

“Rise up, we’re behind you,” says another bank ad that shows a man pole-vaulting from a rubble-strewn scene into a colorful frame with a new house and car.

The country’s leading manufacturer of electronics has issued special offers on washing machines, refrigerators and other home appliances.

“Our contribution to the reconstruction of your homes,” one ad says.

More than 850 Lebanese, mostly civilians, were killed by Israeli airstrikes. About 160 Israelis also died in the fighting, which started when Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid on July 12.

The primary battlefield was south Lebanon, where thousands of homes, roads and other infrastructure were destroyed. Prime Minister Fuad Saniora has said more than 90 bridges were wrecked.

Bridges feature prominently in the new war-inspired billboards.

A popular yellow Hezbollah banner in south Lebanon reads: “You destroyed the bridges, so we crossed through people’s hearts.” And a local bank promises: “Together we will rebuild the bridges between today and tomorrow.”

An account executive with Pikasso, Lebanon’s leading outdoor advertising company, said it was normal for ads to reflect the mood of the nation. The latest ads aim to raise morale, she said anonymously, in keeping with company rules.

“It’s very clever — it creates a bond between the client and customer. I like it,” said Mona Hosri, 32, a graphic designer who has worked on some of the ad campaigns.

Others note that a similar ad campaign has not taken place in parts of northern Israel targeted by Hezbollah rockets during the war. Alicia Tetlow, a spokeswoman with Diageo, said Friday she did not know if there were plans to run a similar campaign in Israel.

The Johnnie Walker advertisement was by far the most popular — and most criticized. It was circulated widely on e-mail distribution lists, but some Internet bloggers said it was in poor taste, while others heralded the ad as an example of brilliantly targeted advertising.

Nayla Mubarak, creative director at the Beirut division of Leo Burnett Inc., the U.S.-based advertising agency which created the Johnnie Walker ad, said the attention the campaign received was a sign of its effectiveness.

“The message we wanted to get across is that life will go on, despite all the destruction,” she said.

Even Hezbollah has joined the advertising blitz. The guerrilla group paid a public relations firm $140,000 to design a campaign called “Divine Victory.” Hundreds of billboards have sprung up across the country — in Arabic, English and French — glorifying what many in Lebanon see as a Hezbollah victory over Israel in the 34-day war that ended with a U.N.-brokered cease-fire on Aug. 14.

Posters line the road to downtown Beirut from the country’s only international airport. Some of them feature Hezbollah fighters launching Katyusha rockets, presumably toward Israel, with the words “Divine Victory” — which in Arabic is almost an exact translation of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah’s name.

Other posters show scenes of destruction, death and wounded Lebanese children with the words: “Made in U.S.A.” and “Extremely Accurate Targets.”

Many see it, but are too

Many see it, but are too afraid to say it IMO.