america isn’t america

what they don’t tell you growing up in america

is that america isn’t america
it’s the united states of america
the usa
and the usa is not south america
is not north america
is not the americas
the usa is the 50 states
plus scattered territories plus embassies
plus gunships and aircraft carries and submarines
and attack planes on the seas under the seas in the skies
the usa is military installations and weapons in 100 plus countries
and territories and in space
the usa is the bankers the financiers who own the country
and who call the shots
they despise democracy
and they despise people
because they love money and power and control
the usa is not america
america is not the usa
they tell you it is but it’s not
america is bigger than that
and better than that
and the usa is not

Jim Webb, Campaign Daughters, and the Selling of the US Presidency in the Post WWII TV Era

Jim Webb’s name has spread across media lately as a potential serious US Presidential candidate heading toward 2016. And by one time-tested rubric at least, Jim Webb is the person most likely to be the next President of the United States.

Eight of the eleven TV Era (post-WWII) US Presidents elected to office had daughters in their twenties or younger at the time of the Presidential campaigns who went on to live in the White House. Zero TV Era Presidents had “campaign sons” who went on to live in the White House. And only three TV Era Presidents, Eisenhower, Reagan, and Bush had no “campaign children” at all to join them on the campaign trail and in the White House.

Eight Presidents with campaign daughters in the TV Era, three Presidents with no campaign children, and zero Presidents with campaign sons.

By this rubric, Jim Webb is the likely next President of the United States. He has two campaign daughters who would live in the White House, while no current top contenders (Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney) have any campaign children who would live in the White House.

There actually were two sons of US Presidents in the TV Era who did live in the White House, but they were not “campaigns sons”: John Kennedy’s live-in son was born after the election (and thus after the campaign), and Gerald Ford’s live-in son could be part of no campaign because there was none: his father automatically ascended to the presidency due to Nixon’s resignation.

In the TV Era, no person has successfully campaigned for US President with a son who would live in the White House, and only 3 Presidents have campaigned with no daughter who would live in the White House, while 8 of 11 TV Era Presidents elected to office have had campaign daughters who lived in the White House.

How important are campaign daughters to the image of a US President in the TV Era?: the Associated Press reports that “The table behind Obama’s desk is full of family photos – a wedding picture, shots of his girls as toddlers, a picture from the day he announced for president and more – photos that he says remind him “why I’m doing what I’m doing.” Out the window, the president can watch daughters Sasha and Malia climb on the playscape erected for them last spring.”

No US President has successfully campaigned having a son who would live in the White House since Franklin Roosevelt moved in with 4 sons – and 2 daughters – in 1932, during the Great Depression.

And no US President has successfully campaigned with a would-be live-in son only (no daughter) since Herbert Hoover in 1928 (whereupon the US economy almost immediately collapsed into the Great Depression).

Candidate Webb could only be thrilled by the facts: 11 post-WWII, TV era Presidents elected to office: 12 “campaign daughters” who went on to live in the White House; 0 “campaign sons” who went on to live in the White House; only 3 Presidents with no campaign children in the White House.

Can it not be that campaign daughters who would live in the White House are highly useful campaign props – propaganda agents – for achieving the US Presidency in the TV era? It is uncontroversial that young women sell products, not least in the propaganda age. Surely they help sell the presidency.

Race may now also be an important factor. President Obama’s young daughters were the first non-Caucasian “campaign daughters,” and would be immediately followed by the young daughters of impending candidate Jim Webb. Webb’s two campaign daughters (one stepdaughter, one biological daughter) who would live in the White House are Vietnamese-American.

Webb is a Vietnam War novelist and ex-US Senator who speaks Vietnamese and re-married to a Vietnamese woman. Should the Mediocracy begin pressing Jim Webb’s campaign daughters about their father’s position on climate change and the abolition of nuclear weapons, the two issues that will determine the continued existence of the human species?

And unless the system of state capitalist banksterism is thrown out and replaced with something like Ellen Brown type banking revolutions, most of humanity will continue to grovel as perpetual serfs to the lords of corporate-state finance, and the fate of the species will remain grim.

Presence of campaign daughters will not guarantee Presidential victory, of course. Campaign daughter Amy Carter could not carry Jimmy Carter to re-election over campaign childless Ronald Reagan. Subsequently the two campaign daughters (early twenties) of Michael Dukakis could not defeat campaign childless George Bush. And not to forget that the three campaign daughters of Al Gore, while helping him to win the popular vote, could not help him carry the Florida ballot recount to win the electoral vote, though this result, one might be forgiven for thinking, could be due to the presence of Gore’s campaign son. Campaign sons are by now an all but taboo creature of years gone by.

Best to not even think of running for US President anymore without at least one campaign daughter on hand and, naturally, no campaign son. So the campaign childless candidates for 2016 should feel great urgency to create the most awesome efforts to defeat Jim Webb. Perhaps they can adopt. Or bow even more deeply to the commands and big bills of Wall Street.

Similarly, if Webb fails to cozy up to Wall Street more than he is said to have done in the past, then he could trot out a dozen campaign daughters, two dozen or more, and not even be invited to the official debates. Without Big Money’s big campaign money, how does one reach the masses? One must not fail to be an utter lackey to the banksters, the ultimate funders for any candidacy, campaign daughters or no.

On the other hand, Jim Webb might be able to bypass Bankster funding and ride social media to presidential victory. If so, he would be the first post-TV Era President and the first Social Media Era President. Is there any other way, currently? The public is too disorganized to bring its will to power, as is so badly needed. For now, the Banksters rule. Unless social media can at long last conquer the banks and lift the popular will to power.

Obama: 2 daughters
Bush: 2 daughters
Clinton: 1 daughter
Bush: 0 children
Reagan: 0 children
Carter: 1 daughter
*Ford: 1 daughter (and 1 son, early twenties) *no campaign
Nixon: 2 daughters (early twenties)
Johnson: 2 daughters
Kennedy: 1 daughter (and 1 son, born the month after the President was elected)
Eisenhower: 0 children

Truman: 1 daughter (early twenties) 

Roosevelt: 2 daughters, 4 sons
Hoover: 2 sons
Coolidge: 2 sons
Harding: 0 children
Wilson: 3 daughters (twenties)
Taft: 1 daughter, 4 sons
Roosevelt: 2 daughters, 4 sons
McKinley: 0 children
Cleveland: 0 children
Harrison: 0 children
Arthur: 1 daughter, 1 son
Garfield: 1 daughter, 4 sons
Hayes: 1 daughter, 4 sons
Grant: 1 daughter, 3 sons

17 of 25 Presidents have been elected with campaign daughters who would live in the White House

9 of 25 Presidents have been elected with campaign sons who would live in the White House, but only 5 of 21 Presidents since 1892 and 0 of 11 elected Presidents since WWII (when 8 of the 11 elected Presidents had campaign daughters)

2 of 25 Presidents have been elected with only campaigns sons who would live in the White House (Coolidge and Hoover); while 8 of 11 Presidents have been elected with only “campaign daughters” since WWII (1945), the TV era

6 of 25 Presidents have been elected with no campaign children to live in the White House (Cleveland, McKinley, Harding, Eisenhower, Reagan, Bush)


Iraq War Fiction

The good and the bad, and the in-between – an incomplete list of Iraq and Afghanistan War fiction, 2003 – 2009:


Story of the Sand – Mark B. Pickering
Lost Boys – James Miller

Zubaida’s Window – Iqbal Al-Qazwini
The Ghost – Robert Harris
Like No Other – Robert Mercer Nairne
A Desert Called Peace – Tom Kratman
Operation Supergoose – William Hart
Hocus Potus – Malcolm MacPherson
The Sirens of Baghdad – Yasmina Khadra
Last One In – Nicholas Kulish
Homefront – Tony Christini
The Conquest of Oila – Tony Christini
Still the Monkey – Alivia C. Tagliaferri
The Scorpion’s Gate – Richard A. Clarke
The Human War – Noah Cicero
Homeland – Paul William Roberts
Outsourced – R. J. Hillhouse
Body of Lies – David Ignatius
The Contractor – Charles Holdefer
Bowl of Cherries – Millard Kaufman
Jasmine’s Tortoise – Corinne Souza
Ever After – Karen Kingsbury
Refresh, Refresh – Benjamin Percy
The L. P. – David Walks-As-Bear
Checkpoint – Nicholson Baker
A Medic in Iraq – Cole Bolchoz
The Chameleon’s Shadow – Minette Walters
Ammi: Letter To A Democratic Mother – Saeed Mirza
We Are Now Beginning Our Descent – James Meek
Mojave Winds – Mark Biskeborn
Sufi’s Ghost – Mark Biskeborn
No Space for Further Burials – Feryal Ali Gauhar
Queen of Hearts & Black Hands – Daniel Homan
Blind Fall – Christopher Rice
One of Us – Melissa Benn
Sunrise Over Fallujah – Walter Dean Myers
Concealed…Inside the Enemy – Barbara Kline
100 Days and 99 Nights – Alan Madison
A Thousand Veils – D. J. Murphy
You Leader Will Control Your Fire – Roy William Scranton
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
Linger – M. E. Kerr
Homefront – Kristen Tsetsi
Nothing to Lose – Lee Child
A Dangerous Age – Ellen Gilchrist
One Weekend a Month – Craig Trebilcock
No Time for Ribbons – Craig Trebilcock
The Third River – Nisreen Ghandourah
One September Morning – Rosalind Noonan
Wrongful Death – Robert Dugoni
When You Come Home – Nora Eisenberg
Castle – J. Robert Lennon

Army@Love – Rick Veitch
Shooting War – Lappe and Goldman
“Greendale” as graphic novelNeil Young & Joshua Dysart
Pride of Baghdad – Vaughan and Henrichon
Iraq: Operation Corporate Takeover – Wilson and O’Connor
DMZ – Brian Wood
To Afghanistan and Back – Ted Rall
The War Within – Gary Trudeau

The Wolf – Sean Huze
1984 – Tim Robbins
Peace Mom – Dario Fo
Stuff Happens – David Hare
The Vertical Hour – David Hare
9 Parts of Desire – Heather Raffomore info
Flags – Jane Martin
Black Watch – Gregory Burke1 | 2
Ward 57 – Jessica Goldberg
March On, Dream Normal – Jeanette Scherrer
Betrayed – George Packer (additional)
Get Your War On – Shawn Sides / David Rees
One Shot, One Kill – Richard Vetere
Palace of the End – Judith Thompson
Beast – Michael Weller
In Conflict – Yvonne Latty/students
The Warrior – Jake Gilhooley
Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall be Unhappy – Tony Kushner
Prayer For My Enemy – Craig Lucas
Iraq War, The Musical! – Paul Cross
The Eyes of Babylon – Jeff Key
Prophecy – Karen Malpede
Bring the King, Bring Him – Haider Munathar
Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter – Julie Marie Myatt
How Many Miles to Basra? – Colin Teevan
The Lonely Soldier Monologues – Helen Benedict
Old Glory – Brett Neveu
Baghdad Wedding – Hassan Abdulrazzak
The Women of… – Edgecombe, Harrison, Pollack, cast
Soldiers Circle – Russell Vandenbroucke

Lions for Lambs
Over There
Valley of the Wolves Iraq
The Tiger and the Snow
The Situation
G.I. Jesus
A Mighty Heart
Home of the Brave
Grace is Gone
In the Valley of Elah
Body of Lies
The Kingdom
Battle for HadithaWalsh review
War, Inc.
A Journal for Jordan
Against All Enemies
Shooting War
Charlie Wilson’s War
“Green Zone”
Day Zero
Turtles Can Fly
Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
The Lucky Ones
Diary of the Dead
The Hurt Locker
Army Wives
Saving Jessica Lynch
Generation Kill
Taking Chance
In the Loop
The Messenger

COMMENTARY (on Iraq war fiction):
Hollywood’s New Censors – John Pilger
Hollywood Goes to War – Andrew Gumbel
Hollywood Always at War – Response to “Hollywood Goes to War”- Christini / (Pilger)
Too Soon for Iraq Dramas?
Don’t Mention the War – Eddie Cockrell
Footnotes to the Conquest: Iraq War Novels and Movies
Antiwar Novels Are “Belligerent”? – Tony Christini
The Iraq war movie: Military hopes to shape genre – Julian E. Barnes

War No More: The Antiwar Impulse in American Literature, 1861-1914 byCynthia Wachtell

See also:

Cover for 'Fiction Gutted: The Establishment and the Novel'

Iraq War Documentary Films and Video:

Done Dimslow Done Lost His Mind

No one but Glinda and Abel remember where they were when John Doe Dimslow first climbed the decorative rock in the middle of the town triangle – the hollow being too narrow to afford a town square, and the mountain rising too steeply at the base of the triangle to have any construction other than steep lawn and flower beds. Upon the town rock John Doe Dimslow preached to the mountain.

Dimslow preached to the empty rising lawn and flowers, he preached to the forest blooming above and the blue sky dappled white beyond, he preached to Swift Run Creek on his left and Cold Run Creek on his right. He preached to the empty picnic tables around the rock.

He preached to the fat spring robins and the flickety chicka-dee-dee-dees. And late that morning old lady Glinda Harrison trooped out of her pancake restaurant and strolled off to the side of old man Dimslow talking to the mountains, and she pronounced what has gone to history in the time intervening and all at once, she said most clearly for old man Abel Forthwright to hear as he stepped out from the barbershop and his late morning shave, “Done Dimslow done lost his mind.”

“You’re raped, America. You’re raped and torn and murdered and slaughtered.”

“Done Dimslow done gone lost his daggone mind, his goddog mental capacity.” Glinda Harrison reserved her approval and disapproval, both ways, and nodded to confirm it. Continue reading Done Dimslow Done Lost His Mind

War Inc. Reviewed

Joanne Laurier:
“Once War, Inc. makes its points about the outsourcing of war with all the attendant grotesqueries, it largely runs out of steam and a sloppy melodrama takes over.

“For all of its foibles, the film does tap into the deep feelings of large numbers of people, furious about American corporations that ruthlessly throw their weight around all over the world, and the demise of the US Constitution and open advocacy of torture by the political elite. It also testifies to the failings of the left-liberal milieu, which despite certain misgivings and criticisms, always finds itself running with the political pack of wolves who abet those they so despise. The pack we refer to is the Democratic Party and its apologists and hangers-on.

“In the end, War, Inc is a sometimes lacerating, but highly uneven, protest against the ever-expanding American war machine.”


John Cusack: Bypassing the Corporate Media by Joshua Holland: “Cusack’s anti-war polemic, War, Inc., continues to defy expectations, despite the traditional media’s dismissive reception.”

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