A Marine (and mother) comments.

from Howie Klein’s DownWithTyranny! blogsite…

“I am a former Marine and the mother of 2 children in the military. My oldest son is currently in Iraq. I tried very hard to disuade him from joining. This is not the time to join the military with a war going on, besides that we have a president to has abused the military for his own agenda. Have always been opposed to the war. My son knew that I went to D.C. last September for the protests. He thinks Bush is a dick but wanted to get out of Cleveland and do something with his life. His father and I were both in the Marines so it is something he has always wanted to do. Having served myself under Carter/Reagan (I’m dating myself) I served honorably and would not trade the time I had in the Marines for anything. But when you have a Commander in Chief that has no regard for the men and women who wear the uniform, and uses and abuses the military, I would be loath to encourage any young person to join the military. I would encourage them to challenge any recruiter that came to their school and to let them know emphatically that they are not interested. I have always been a fan of Godsmack, until now. I will never buy any music from them again and would even consider tossing the cd’s that I currently own. I can’t imagine why they would want to market their music to the military hoping to recruit young people and possibly send them to their death. I guess that just proves the old moniker, “money talks, bullshit walks” is true. What a shame that is one way they have chosen to make money. Maybe Sully should join the military. Perhaps he would have a differing opinion when he realized that his president doesn’t give a rats ass about him. Who needs Godsmack anymore. Neil Young is a real rock hero.”

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

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