Welcome to Amerika

A veteran's view of the sixth year of America's Third Reich, courtesy of G.W. Bush and company.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Welcome to Amerika

Welcome to Amerika

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Ho-ho-ho

A Splendid Little War, or Santa comes to Panama
by John LamphierWe flew in with Santa to Panama for Christmas in '89, he perhaps brought toys; we brought bombs, both dumb and smart (could the smart ones recite Shakespeare? or perform quantum physics calculations? Perhaps, perhaps not. they all blew up $hit, they blew up people). The F-117's came in low, silent black bats silhouettted against the winter moon, bearing gifts of death and destruction to the slumdwellers in El Chorrillo, I went there looking for Noriega after their midnight visitation, i found bits and pieces of people (after 3 days in the tropical humidity the little morsels of flesh were rancid and dripping with vile black ichor, flyblown unrecognizable chunks of mystery meat) i didn't find Noriega, I didn't find his colonels, i found what i first thought was the scorched head of a black doll until i saw the maggots squirming in its eyesockets, animated grains of white rice. i was sick, for years afterward a meal of barbacoa, arroz y frijoles negros brought unbearable associations, a stench of spoiled, burnt pork, the rice crawling mindless and aimless, dropping off the edge of the cracked ceramic platei visited a palace in the verdant hills above Colon for valentine's day, its impenetrable walls topped with sparkling shards of glass, iron gates guarded by men, eyes black and buglike with sunglasses, submachineguns pointed carelessly but studiously in menace. Noriega was gone, the money launderers, bankers and traffickers remained high in fortresses overlooking shantytown of overflowing sewers, skinny mongrels, skinnier brothers selling sisters in the streets to the soldiers at Ft. Davis and Espinar.Howler monkeys screeched and clamored in muggy predawn darkness, accompanying the shrill squawking of the macaws in the trees, the jungle taking back the broken roads and shattered buildings, silently eradicating the physical scars and craters of this splendid little war, a Christmas holiday in Panama. thank you Santa, thank you Jesus, thanks for the memories.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

God help us on this sinking (stinking?) ship

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave." — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard Rush, October 20, 1820 (see The Founders’ Almanac, by Matthew Spalding, The Heritage Foundation, 2002, p. 171)

Welcome to Amerika

Welcome to Amerika

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Sunday morning coming down


Need I say more?