Veterans for Peace Radio Hour

May 9, 2012

Filed under: The Human Cost of War — bobfunke @ 2:26

I have two friends who lost two sons that can be attributed to the wars we are embroiled in, one was lost to sniper fire, the other committed suicide after grieving for his brother. One directly, the other indirectly, but both are gone.

This is the true cost of war, not measured in dollars and cents, but in blood and limbs.

Throughout history, wars have been fought for various reasons, but the end result is that those who don’t have to fight them gain immensely, while those who have so much to lose have been on the front lines and in support sacrifice so much. That’s not the entire problem however, added into the equation are civilian casualties, something we often are drawn away from by the media.

This week, I will be interviewing the parents of these young men, one family that has given more than 99.9% of most American families. I and my VFP brothers and sisters have known these individuals for a long time, we have shared laughs, tears and everything in between.

Monday’s how will be a pre-recorded show due to the fact that I have the monthly VFP meeting that is in the same time frame as the VFP live show that airs at 1800, (6 pm for all of you civilians). This conflict predicated the regular format. I ask that you sit in and hear the voices of the family torn asunder by war as they tell the story in their own words.


SEIU, Occupy stand by janitors against Capital Properties

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

Listen to the OBR coverage from the rally on May 9th,2012:

Capital Properties has stated that the current janitors can accept lower wages with virtually no benefits if they wish to stay on;  the alternative…find another job.

At today’s rally, OB Radio ran a live broadcast of the event. While technical disadvantages prevented me from actually marching with those at the rally. I was fortunate to have a Union representative talk to OBR as well as several pick-ups of speakers and pickets protesting/chanting.

Approximately 125 people showed their solidarity with our brothers and sisters as we let the folks at Capital know their greed knew no bounds. One of the janitors affected, the grandmother of 6, to whom she is the sole supporter could lose her job if Capital goes through with it’s noxious proposals. At least 150 tenants of 31 St James have signed a petition to retain the current janitors at the rates with benefits they currently earn, or more. This amazing show of solidarity with workers is a welcome addition showing that once again, the People will not be compliant sheep before corporate juggernauts.

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May 5, 2012

We began the current wars on a dime, we will leave them with us broke.

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

When the bush administration began these miserable fiascoes, we must remember that we were told we were going after Osama bin Laden and that we would, “see justice” brought upon the entity that brought us so much misery on 9-11. In just a few , months, he who sent our troops into the morass told the nation, with a straight face, that he “frankly didn’t care” where bin Laden was. Just for the record, I sure as hell was worried where are men and women were.

bush got his little war, Little Boots thought he would go down in history a great leader of our combat arms in the destruction of two nations and send a third, (us), into a financial tailspin. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been borrowed since those days and the costs have escalated to the point where the nation is truly suffering fiscally. bush and cheney should be behind bars, rumsfeld should be digging latrines for our troops on a hillside in Afghanistan.

The initiation of “Homeland Security” and the hundreds of billions misspent have dragged us further down the hole and we just won’t stop, even though good police work, some decent intel and  one well prepared “snatch and grab” could have done the job without the ensuing carnage. If bin Laden had been hauled before the courts, either here or international court, he’d be cooling his heels in prison for the rest of what would have been a miserable existence. Because bush couldn’t do it, he set up another to be the assassin.

Throughout all of this, the only one’s who have seen anything that can even come close a real success story are those who squeeze every nickel they can from a frightened population and suck up vast quantities of our resources, the war profiteers. Their success has been upon the blood, sinew, bones and minds of not only our servicemembers, but the populations of two nations…but that doesn’t even really scratch the surface since we also went to Libya, The Congo, and a host of other places where our strength has been diminished and those who swore to uphold the Constitution have been spread thinner than they have ever been before.

What have these profiteers given us? How about misery.

All of the time these Titans of Industry have lined their pockets they have been sucking up blood money. The same people that could produce the finest of products have brought us death and destruction. Even those who supply coffins have found untold riches upon the altar of war, left there by a scared and lied to public; sold into massive debt by some of the richest individuals on the planet. Eisenhower warned us so long ago about the Military Industrial complex, proving  just as Smedley Butler so eloquently stated so many years before, “War is a racket…a few profit, the many pay”.

I love history, I just don’t like the constant reruns.

May 4, 2012

We will all miss Paul Brailsford, Merchant Marine and…

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

devoted member of Veterans For Peace. Paul passed away last week, there will be a Memorial service in Danvers on 12 May. You can follow us, find pictures on our FB page:

CPT Paul Brailsford!



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