Masters of War by Bob Dylan

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Masters of War


Come you masters of war

You that build the big guns

You that build the death planes

You that build all the bombs

You that hide behind walls

You that hide behind desks

I just want you to know

I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'

But build to destroy

You play with my world

Like it's your little toy

You put a gun in my hand

And you hide from my eyes

And you turn and run farther

When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old

You lie and deceive

A world war can be won

You want me to believe

But I see through your eyes

And I see through your brain

Like I see through the water

That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers

For the others to fire

Then you set back and watch

When the death count gets higher

You hide in your mansion

As young people's blood

Flows out of their bodies

And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear

That can ever be hurled

Fear to bring children

Into the world

For threatening my baby

Unborn and unnamed

You ain't worth the blood

That runs in your veins

How much do I know?

To talk out of turn

You might say that I'm young

You might say I'm unlearned

But there's one thing I know

Though I'm younger than you

Even Jesus would never

Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question

Is your money that good?

Will it buy you forgiveness?

Do you think that it could?

I think you will find

When your death takes its toll

All the money you made

Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die

And your death'll come soon

I will follow your casket

In the pale afternoon

And I'll watch while you're lowered

Down to your deathbed

And I'll stand o'er your grave

'Til I'm sure that you're dead


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Absolutely Nothing “Stonekettle Station”

Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing.

 - Mitt Romney, “Ideas Summit,” 6/13/2014
All we fought for in Iraq.
All we fought for in Iraq is on the cusp of vanishing.
That’s what Mitt Romney says.
We fought for. We fought for. We.
Oh, so it’s we now, is it, Mitt?
I must have missed you over there, but it was a busy place. We. The guy who helped set up “pro-draft” rallies and yet somehow managed to avoid service in Vietnam is upset about losing what “we” fought for? We.
Yeah, fuck you, Mitt.
And you’re all welcome to quote me on that.
(the rest of this excellent article has been removed from the original post from stonekettle station, but it is still posted in its entirety here with his full permission):
Peace love and understanding tell me Is there no place for them today They say we must fight to keep our freedom But Lord knows there's got to be a better way
War what is it good for Absolutely nothing… - Edwin Starr, “War” 1969
Jim Wright author of Absolutely Nothing and many others available at the link above
AK, United States
I'm a retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer. Nowadays I live in Alaska where I spend most of my time working in my woodshop or fishing. I occasionally consult for the Military. I have delusions of becoming a full time writer - or conquering the universe, whichever is easier... You can email me, your future ruler, at, be sure to put "Stonekettle Station" in the subject line or else my moat monster will eat your messenger and make a funny origami hat from his skin.
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-Tao Te Ching ch. 8-9


The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Great Way.


In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control.

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.


Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

Miami Beach clouds turquoise water

Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. McGrath State Beach Sunset


Care about people's approval

and you will be their prisoner.

Yosemite waterfall

Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. -Tao Te Ching ch. 8-9


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Agent Orange and other herbicides were used widely in Vietnam. Vietnam vets have complained often about the symptoms of exposure to these herbicides.

With federal legislation in 1991, the Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized certain diseases suffered by Vietnam veterans could have a direct relationship to dioxin exposure. That includes ischemic heart disease, adult onset diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins Lymphomas and a number of types of leukemia and cancer, among other ailments.

But what about their children? Some have had health problems that could also be connected to their parents’ exposure to Agent Orange, including spina bifida, cleft lip and palate, webbed fingers and fused toes and some genital deformities.

A bill to fund research has been proposed to handle this legacy but with only two co-sponsors, there isn’t much chance to get it passed. It would pay for services if the bill passes. Support needs to come from proposed town meetings. Support may come from town-hall meetings.

Many Vietnam veterans were disengaged from the VA after returning home from the war, Porter said. While Many Vietnam veterans were exposed to Agent Orange but don’t their children could have been affected. Advocates urge veterans to file claims for compensation, even if a child’s problem has not yet established it is connected to Agent Orange exposure.

As scientific evidence accumulates, the VA has continues to add to the list of illnesses related to Agent Orange. If an award comes vets urge these children and grandchildren should receive some benefit.

Many vets feel mistreated by the VA system and never sought further help from the VA. With the recent exposure of intentional mishandling of health problems vets sought in Phoenix, and other cities now in the news, this issue will not go away and should open the door to a remedy.

Daniel C. Lavery (website)


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