Sunday, November 23, 2008

Locked and loaded


FRANCE, THE UK, CHINA, RUSSIA, JAPAN, GERMANY, ITALY, SAUDI ARABIA, SOUTH KOREA, INDIA, AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, TURKEY, CANADA, IRAQ, SPAIN, THE NETHERLANDS, POLAND, TAIWAN, ISRAEL, GREECE, PAKISTAN, SINGAPORE, SWEDEN, IRAN, MEXICO, NORWAY, NORTH KOREA, CHILE, INDONESIA, ARGENTINA, SOUTH AFRICA, BELGIUM, VENEZUELA, PORTUGAL, COLUMBIA, EGYPT, DENMARK, VIETNAM, KUWAIT, ALGERIA, AUSTRIA, ROMANIA, THE CZECH REPUBLIC, FINLAND

These are the 45 nations, listed in order of annual expenditure, with the top military defence budgets in the world.
Not listed in the roll call of top military spenders is the United States — which spends more per year on its military than every single one of those listed above COMBINED.

Now, swallow hard, count to ten and read the following quote.
"Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.
This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
President Dwight David Eisenhower — 1961.

I know it seems hard to believe but there was actually a time in our history when Republicans were rational and nuanced in their thinking and made sense when they spoke.
Now here's to you Georgie boy, from Korea with love.....
The Shocker!
1/2 oz Soju
1/2 oz Sprite soda
1 splash lemon juice
Pour the Soju (Korean) first then layer with Sprite, then splash the lemon juice on top. Cover with a napkin or hand and slam on table then shoot it. Soju is unregulated, so be careful deah.

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