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  • epiphyte

    Shades of 1984…. but little did we know that Orwell was an optimist. Here, it’s Hate Week every week…

    The speech had been proceeding for perhaps twenty minutes when a messenger hurried on to the platform and a scrap of paper was slipped into the speaker’s hand. He unrolled and read it without pausing in his speech. Nothing altered in his voice or manner, or in the content of what he was saying, but suddenly the names were different. Without words said, a wave of understanding rippled through the crowd. Oceania was at war with Eastasia! The next moment there was a tremendous commotion. The banners and posters with which the square was decorated were all wrong! Quite half of them had the wrong faces on them. It was sabotage! The agents of Goldstein had been at work! There was a riotous interlude while posters were ripped from the walls, banners torn to shreds and trampled underfoot. The Spies performed prodigies of activity in clambering over the rooftops and cutting the streamers that fluttered from the chimneys. But within two or three minutes it was all over. The orator, still gripping the neck of the microphone, his shoulders hunched forward, his free hand clawing at the air, had gone straight on with his speech. One minute more, and the feral roars of rage were again bursting from the crowd. The Hate continued exactly as before, except that the target had been changed.

  • Have any of the people making such loud noises about Bergdahl being a traitor worthy of execution — how many of them have ever worn a uniform and fought under the horrible circumstances he did? Do ANY of them have an inkling of what he may have gone through? My bet is NO. Until this soldier is able to give his OWN side of the story, who are all these loud and vicious people, to judge his actions? And judging him on the basis of this father’s beard — good Lord. Words fail.

  • JSpencer

    Excellent points – both comments. We live in very bizarre times…

  • sheknows

    Great comments, all. These “bizarre times” weren’t there so long ago. A POW could be brought home at any price and the public probably wasn’t even informed of the trade particulars…OR the mental states of those prisoners before or after capture.
    This condemnation is simply for political gain. Barack brought home a POW ( a good thing), if we can’t find ENOUGH fault with that…let’s find fault with the POW.
    Feinstein troubles me in this as well. We have yet to hear( and never will) why the president was denied his request for trade 3 years ago.

  • rudi

    Feinstein was a BIG enabler of W’s Global War on Terror. her position doesn’t suprise me at all. I’d like to see her water-boarded with Dick Cheney!!

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