Join the American Pie movement – Tea Baggers Welcome!

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Tea baggers who complain about too much government intervention in our lives and fiscal responsibility missing in Congress and the Obama administration, sound like they are on the verge of a tax revolt, yet tend to focus all their ire and anger on health care reform. This of course only serves to make them appear to be as independent as Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh from the Republican Party.

If you really were INDEPENDENTS, and seriously concerned about balancing federal budget deficits and ending government fiscal irresponsibility then how about showing just how independent you are from both the Democratic and Republican parties, bring you tea bags (or coffee if you prefer) and join Code Pink in their EQUAL SHARE OF THE AMERICAN PIE movement.

Simply put, your independent spirit would be taken serious if you targeted BOTH health care reform AND defense (really offense) spending and the military-industrial complex. Then, just maybe then, most other serious independents would find common ground with you.

That said, if you feel that being Pro-Peace is a sign of being Democrat Party, you don’t know enough about Blue Dog Democrats who really should be Republicans when it comes to WAR profiteering!!!

Robert L. Hanafin, Major, U.S. Air Force-Retired, Veterans Today News

PROUD SUPPORTER OF AN EQUAL SHARE OF THE AMERICAN PIE!

American Apple Pie

Nothing could be more Americana than the American Apple Pie, Old Shep, and Chevrolet. However when it comes to an equal taxpayer share of the American pie, there is none. In fact, the largest slice of the American apple pie goes to the Pentagon.





That’s right, we know all too well that our government values war above the health of our communities. We are not just talking health care here, for most Veterans and certainly Military Families, we got ours. However, it‘s up to us to take these rotten apples and make apple pie by looking within, acting locally, and finding ways to feed our own communities with ripe opportunities for education, jobs and healthcare while we continue to urge our government to nourish our people.

Speaking of rotten apples

The Washington, DC City Council is poised to fork over a hefty $25m bite to the war profiteers at Northrop Grumman (who, according to their own  promotional video, receives $0.65 from every $1 spent on defense!) This is corporate welfare at its most bitter! As Gloria Steinem said over a decade ago, “We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.” This is true on a personal, governmental, and a cultural level.

You can think globally/act locally and push back on DC City Council Members by sending them a special version of the postcard above! Do it today, in an act of remembrance and rage for the upcoming 7th anniversary of the war in Iraq.

After sending your no-more-war-pie-telegram, you can join Peace activists by protesting the war on the 7th anniversary, either in Washington, D.C. from March 18-20 (including an evening with Eve Ensler and Amy Goodman!) or in your own community.

Bring Money Back from War to our Neighborhoods

Unless of course you neighborhood profits (is a war profiteer) from wars and the military-industrial complexion, together, we can walk our talk and bring money for war back to our neighborhoods! What’s happening in DC is just the beginning!

To join a CODEPINK march near you, click here, or to search for a coalition peace event click here!

Eve Ensler, who will join Code Pink in DC to honor women creating peace writes

How come America has money to KILL but no money to FEED or HEAL?

“The Iraq war cost nearly $3 trillion/I can’t even count that high/but I know/that money could have/would have/ended poverty in general/which would have canceled terrorism/How come we have money to kill/but no money to feed or heal?”

Serving up heaping portions of luscious peace,
Dana, Emily, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Janna, Jodie, Medea, Nancy, Prerna, Rae and Whitney

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Readers are more than welcome to use the articles I’ve posted on Veterans Today, I’ve had to take a break from VT as Veterans Issues and Peace Activism Editor and staff writer due to personal medical reasons in our military family that take away too much time needed to properly express future stories or respond to readers in a timely manner. My association with VT since its founding in 2004 has been a very rewarding experience for me. Retired from both the Air Force and Civil Service. Went in the regular Army at 17 during Vietnam (1968), stayed in the Army Reserve to complete my eight year commitment in 1976. Served in Air Defense Artillery, and a Mechanized Infantry Division (4MID) at Fort Carson, Co. Used the GI Bill to go to college, worked full time at the VA, and non-scholarship Air Force 2-Year ROTC program for prior service military. Commissioned in the Air Force in 1977. Served as a Military Intelligence Officer from 1977 to 1994. Upon retirement I entered retail drugstore management training with Safeway Drugs Stores in California. Retail Sales Management was not my cup of tea, so I applied my former U.S. Civil Service status with the VA to get my foot in the door at the Justice Department, and later Department of the Navy retiring with disability from the Civil Service in 2000. I’ve been with Veterans Today since the site originated. I’m now on the Editorial Board. I was also on the Editorial Board of Our Troops News Ladder another progressive leaning Veterans and Military Family news clearing house. I remain married for over 45 years. I am both a Vietnam Era and Gulf War Veteran. I served on Okinawa and Fort Carson, Colorado during Vietnam and in the Office of the Air Force Inspector General at Norton AFB, CA during Desert Storm. I retired from the Air Force in 1994 having worked on the Air Staff and Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon.
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