Veterans for Peace Radio Hour

June 2, 2012

Why would the government hold back the JFK assassination papers?

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

I am about as far from a “conspiracy theorist”, however, I’ve always had my doubts that Oswald was the lone assassin in JFK’s murder.  There are a lot of reasons for this, not the least of which was having lived through that time, so I recall vividly that day, while I sat in class, a president was being killed In Dealy Plaza, Dallas TX.

I heard a lot back then, some of the names were alien to me, but I knew Johnson was now the president and he was from TX, which immediately meant to some that he had a hand in this tragedy. I think that is ludicrous. GHW Bush however might be a completely different story, if that really is him in the picture standing in front of the TX School Book Depository, I’d like to have a solid explanation of just why he was there.

But that’s only part of it, another major part is when the head of the Dallas PD had his pic taken while holding the alleged murder weapon in his ungloved  hands over his head. This is a gross violation in police procedures regarding evidence. I’m thinking this is why no prints were found on the Manlicher-Carcano rifle Oswald allegedly used, someone figured out the DPD blew it and wiped the weapon clean. The alternatives are, Oswald wiped down the weapon, (highly unlikely); Oswald wore gloves while committing the crime, (highly unlikely); someone else shot JFK, using gloves, (possible to likely); someone else shot JFK and wiped down the weapon, (possible, to likely); and other possible scenarios exist as well.

Most people don’t know there were two  rifles on the 6th floor that day, the Manlicher-Carcano and a Mauser, which a much better weapon than the M-C. Why would Oswald use an inferior rifle when a much better rifle was easily available?

Going on about the rifle Oswald allegedly used, why was it declared “clean” by the DPD, but when the SS went into the ER area where Oswald had died, with the Manlicher-Carcano in their possession,  when they came out, they stated they had one fingerprint and a palm print. Even to a novice this seems a little obvious as potentially tampering with evidence.

When watching Oswald’s face and body language during his press interview, he shows what I believe to be shock when told he was charged with the assassination. He recovers very quickly, but then is led out almost immediately while stating he was a “patsy”. It seemed like a remarkably quick “presser”, almost as if the DPD wanted him out of the room before he said something everyone was going to regret.

There has never been a viable explanation as to why Jack Ruby was in the pick-up area when Oswald was brought down. Ruby said he went there because he felt empathy for Jackie Kennedy, which may well be true, but beyond that, there is also the possibility he was in the area because he was allowed access for a number of reasons, one, of course being that he was “allowed” to go into the area to accomplish what he accomplished.

These are some of the things that may be answered if the 50,000+n pages due to be released on November 22nd are actually released.

We need to pressure congress to ensure these papers are released, we’ve waited far too long, after all as they tell us, “if you’ve done nothing wrong, you should not be afraid.”

All we want is the truth, it’s long overdue.


Thoughts on the military

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

I think we should get rid of the Dept of Offense, and replace it with a Dept of Defense; something that is not so intrusive into the lives of others unless absolutely necessary.

I also think that anyone who beats the drums for war should fight the war. The age of sending others to do the dirty work should be over.

I also think there should be a draft, but not for the poor and those left behind in society, but rather a draft that brings CEO’s, CFO’s and others into the fold, after all, if they are going to make most of the money, they should be in the military defending their own assets.

I think we should have a national day where veterans have a chance to speak, all at once, about the horrors of war. No generals, admirals or high ranking officials, even if they served on front lines in the early part of their careers, but rather a day in which privates, NCO’s and officer ranks up to captain, (lieutenant in the Navy), get a chance to tell their side of things, honestly and up front with the public and their families. I believe this would do much to heal the wounds inflicted, not just on others, but ourselves as well. We were victims of war as well, even if some never saw combat, I’m willing to bet that their fathers did during WWII, Korea or Vietnam; how about we give these men and women a day off so they can do some explaining, clean the air of the fog of war,  take down the notion that war is some kind of privilege or noble enterprise.

War is not just a deadly business, it is also a dirty business…and believe me, war is all about business. Just about anything that is built can be purchased for the military. One thing I found interesting during my time in the Army was how a kid’s slide was not only on the same page of microfiche with hand grenades, but only a line separated them. Playthings for kids and death and destruction separated by a mere line because the NSN’s, (National Stock Numbers) were so close, there is something perverse in that.

I think we should  have a moratorium on war films, unless they depict war honestly. No John Wayne or Ronald Reagan flying for the Marines or Army Air Force, but honest depictions made by honest individuals who have been in the hell humanity can create. They tried with a few, but documentaries are generally the best. It doesn’t take a narrator to explain the body smoldering, half hanging out of a tank after being roasted alive.  That guy was lucky, he died quickly; there are far more that died slow deaths in the hands of their captors. I vividly recall an episode of World at War  that had the filming of German and Japanese that were roasted by flamethrowers, and our guys got it too. But what of the mental anguish and scars that those who fought these battles?  They come home, often broken by their experiences with only a shred of decency left after they have done the work of the arms manufacturers. Some come home fine, but they are the distinct minority, virtually everyone who has been under the strain of combat is what we’d call, “a little messed up”. Even the rear echelon come back with experiences that can break a man or woman into small pieces; unseen, their minds too, reel at the thoughts  of buddies never coming home or mangled yet still surviving.

I think everyone should read, Johnny Got His Gun. I think it should mandatory throughout the world. I think that only until people understand the true horror of war will they finally call for it’s banishment from humanity. It has been reported that after the first pictures from Gettysburg went up at a showing in NYC during the Civil War, there was an outcry from the population in the North to end the war. Bloated bodies, mouths agape, clothes disheveled and obviously in a state where the stench must have been overpowering by anyone’s standard. Maybe we need something like that again to wake us up and rattle us into reality.

I think Peace is the best possible option we have, and I know I’ll be pressing for it every day.


June 1, 2012

How can we afford to keep these wars going?

Filed under: The Military Industrial Complex — bobfunke @ 2:26


bush started these wars, there was no honest reason to go into Iraq or Afghanistan, (except to get bin-Laden), since that was not accomplished until Obama, what was bush’s “plan”…yes, even morons can plan.

My point is, we have dumped the Treasury out and then, after going cash-broke, we figure we can go on a credit card war spending spree…until demands come in for repayment. How much longer can we continue this debacle?

Virtually all of the cash is being spent on the military and Homeland Security, does anyone think this is wise?

How much more could be done if spent these vast sums on enriching not just ourselves through the infrastructure and various other programs that help not just the good citizens of this nation, but others as well?

I can think of 500 things off the top of my head we could use this money and resources on, so can each of you…and none of  it needs to got to war profiteers…or should I say, traitors?

Please perform a Random Act of Kindness today

It’s been a wild few weeks…

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

Here in the Boston area VFP and other peace Groups have been out and about on numerous occasions and to be sure, there is more to come.

This Sunday, May 3rd, we will be marching in Dorchester’s parade in South Boston. It’s always a pleasure to work closely within the community as we press home the costs of war and how much could be saved if we stopped these wars and acts of imperialism.

For the record, I used to say we were never intended to be a nation based on imperialism, I can flatly say now, I was wrong; sadly, we have always been a culture based on imperialism.

This past Monday, The Smedley’s and Sammie’s had our annual Memorial Day for Peace at Christopher Columbus, (not his real name) Park, (there is imperialism right from the get-go, and we weren’t even a country back then!). We had our large canopy and quite a few VFP flags as well as a couple of American flags. Approximately 150 people stayed with us throughout the event with many more passing through and stopping for a bit.

This year, we not only focused on the armed services who have lost so many, we also made specific points on the rise of suicides, civilian deaths and Iraqi/Afghan refugees. We at VFP believe these are a huge part of the real cost of war, and they are virtually forgotten in every war. When these deaths are directly American casualties, we feel a deeper pain. We know these wars have taken a terrible toll on various populations and we wish to see no more…in fact, we never wanted to see any of these deaths.

Military suicides have risen dramatically, the Pentagon and VA are finally approaching the situation, but it is far too late for so many. It seems as if we always have ways of blowing things up, but it’s almost as if we’ve lost the ability to repair or build a better system. This does not surprise me, virtually all empires feel the same way, it’s easy to destroy, but difficult to build.

We need to rise up and question authority, after all, dissent is about as patriotic as it gets.

Please, perform a Random Act of Kindness today.

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