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WAR what is it good 4. . .+ 2 men of character. . .

Posted By: MillRatUSMC aka Ricardo
Date: Saturday - October 7,2017 14:54

WAR IS KIND [excerpt]
Stephen Crane, 1871 - 1900

Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind.
Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky
And the affrighted steed ran on alone,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment
Little souls who thirst for fight,
These men were born to drill and die
The unexplained glory flies above them
Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom--
A field where a thousand corpses lie.

Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.
Because your father tumbled in the yellow trenches,
Raged at his breast, gulped and died,
Do not weep.
War is kind.

Swift, blazing flag of the regiment
Eagle with crest of red and gold,
These men were born to drill and die
Point for them the virtue of slaughter
Make plain to them the excellence of killing
And a field where a thousand corpses lie.

Mother whose heart hung humble as a button
On the bright splendid shroud of your son,
Do not weep.
War is kind.


Another WAR IS KIND [excerpt]

You define me God with these trinkets?
Can my misery meal on an ordered walking
Of surpliced numskulls?
And a fanfare of lights?
Or even upon the measured pulpitings
Of the familiar false and true?
Is this God?
Where, then is hell?
Show me some bastard mushrooms
Sprung from a pollution of blood.
It is better.

Where is God?

"Have you ever made a just man?"
"Oh, I have made three," answered God,
"But two of them are dead,
"And the third--
"Listen! Listen!
"And you will hear the thud of his defeat."


It's funny how those who are most pro-war.
Are almost always the guys.
Who never had to fight in one.
~ Jerome P. Crabb


War may sometimes be a necessary evil.
But no matter how necessary.
It is always an evil, never a good.
We will not learn how to live together in peace.
By killing each other's children.
~ Jimmy Carter


There never was a good war, or a bad peace.
~ Ben Franklin


When the rich wage war, it is the poor who die.
~ Jean - Paul Sartre


Wars of pen and ink.
Often lead to wars.
Of cannon and bayonets
~ Edward Counsel


War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
~Thomas Mann


I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can.
Only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity.
~ Dwight David Eisenhower


War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose;
Then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end,
One is surprised that everyone has lost.
~ Karl Kraus


Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks....
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul.
~ Bob Dylan


War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
~ Thomas Hardy


A mind at peace does not engender wars.
~ Sophocles


The Man He Killed
By Thomas Hardy

Had he and I but met
By some old ancient inn,
We should have set us down to wet
Right many a nipperkin!

But ranged as infantry,
And staring face to face,
I shot at him as he at me,
And killed him in his place.

I shot him dead because—
Because he was my foe,
Just so: my foe of course he was;
That's clear enough; although

He thought he'd 'list, perhaps,
Off-hand like—just as I—
Was out of work—had sold his traps—
No other reason why.

Yes; quaint and curious war is!
You shoot a fellow down
You'd treat, if met where any bar is,
Or help to half a crown.

"I wonder that some of those fellows don't tell how they felt in those scraps.
They spout enough of what they did, but they're as emotionless as rocks.
~ Stephen Crane


The War in Colors
Dunya Mikhail

The digital map on the wall

displays the American wars

in colors:

Iraq in purple

Syria in yellow

Kuwait in blue

Afghanistan in red

Vietnam in green.

The war

on the map

is beautiful


and colorful.


Ricardo has copied & pasted the text below;
The Real Story Of The Obamas’ First Date: We Were There
By Newton N. Minow

"Southside With You" is a charming, witty, and heartwarming movie of the Obamas’ first date. My wife Jo and I saw them that night, and the movie has two characters based on us, a couple who run into Barack and Michelle at a movie. This is what really happened.

In more than 35 years of teaching and serving now as dean at Harvard Law School, our daughter Martha Minow called me only once to recommend that our law firm recruit one of her students as a summer intern. “I know you don’t normally bring on first year students for your summer program at Sidley Austin,” she said, “but this one is truly exceptional, and he wants to work in Chicago this summer.” I asked, “What’s his name?” “Barack Obama,” she answered. I replied “Wait a minute, I need to write that down, and you’ll have to spell it for me.”

I called John Levi, the head of our firm’s recruiting, who also oversaw the summer program for law students, and discovered that Barack Obama had already been hired. Levi had interviewed him and offered him a place in our 1988 summer associate program.

"I know you don’t normally bring on first year students for your summer program at Sidley Austin,” she said, “but this one is truly exceptional...”
We assign lawyers in the firm to supervise the summer associates, and Levi selected one of our most promising young lawyers, Michelle Robinson, to supervise Barack.

I wanted to welcome him to Sidley, and I was curious to see what impressed Martha, so I invited Barack to stop by my office and have lunch. And we worked together on a client’s case.

I could soon see Martha was right. Her student was truly exceptional.

Later that summer, my wife Jo and I went to the theater at Water Tower Place in Chicago to see the Spike Lee movie, “Do the Right Thing.” We walked into the theater and saw Barack and Michelle buying popcorn at the concession stand. It was their first date.

They were startled and embarrassed, because she did not want anyone in the office to know they were seeing each other outside of work. They thought a supervisor should not be dating a summer associate. Jo and I reassured them that there was no problem, and we went in together to watch the film.

At the end of the film they share their first kiss at the Hyde Park Baskin-Robbins. My wife, Jo, loves that part of the story because her maiden-name is Baskin and she is very proud of her cousin who co-founded the chain.

Barack was everything my daughter said, and we were eager to have him join the firm. But it was clear his ambitions were in a different direction.

They were startled and embarrassed, because she did not want anyone in the office to know they were seeing each other outside of work.
So I was disappointed but not surprised when Barack came to see me to tell me he would not be accepting our firm’s offer of a job after he graduated from law school. We were both standing in my office. Then he said, “You’d better sit down for the next part.” I looked at him warily and we both sat down. “I’m taking Michelle with me.”

“What! You can’t do that! We want her here!” I said.

“We’re getting married,” he told me. I wished them great happiness and we stayed good friends, with concerts at Ravinia and many lunches over the years.

A few years later, I was asked to recommend Barack for a national award. I wrote, "I cannot tell you what this young man will do, but I can assure you he will one day achieve national leadership.”

In 2006, I wrote an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune urging him to run for president. I said he combined a first-class temperament with a first-class intellect. Later that year, he asked to meet with me and with my lifelong friend, the late Abner Mikva, because he was deciding whether he was ready — and he country was ready — for him to run. His most important question was whether Ab and I, each the father of three spectacular daughters, thought he could be a good father if he campaigned and was elected president. We told him he would see more of his daughters as [resident than he did as a senator, and I thought of that conversation many times as I read about the Obamas’ nightly family dinners in the White House.

"Southside With You" is a lovely film, touching and romantic. For Jo and me, it was a pleasure to see it on a whole different level as it brought back memories of Barack and Michelle when they were young and so full of promise. Seeing the graciousness, elegance and integrity they brought to the White House has more than realized that promise, and we will miss having them there.

Michelle and I were both born on January 17. This year, I turned 90 and Barack called to wish me a happy birthday. I thanked him, and asked him to give Michelle my birthday greetings, too. I told him how proud Jo and I are of them both. They have set an exceptional example for the nation of high standards, a loving marriage, devoted parenting and strong family life. And if they ever decide to return to the practice of law, we would be happy to welcome them back.

Thanks to my daughter, Nell Minow, for suggesting I share these memories.

My Note:
Thanks to this article, we can see the character of two men, and the character of a woman.
That would become a First Lady of the United States.
Some in this land, characterise her as an ape.
Besides saying 'I can't wait until we have a truly classy First Lady - Melania Trump.'

I will just throw this in;

Face lift or plastic surgery?
A young Melania - Now as she looks

Not this tide.
Not this tide.
Not this tide.
None this tide,
Nor any tide,


Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Diabetes II or Diabetes 2
Affect a few.
What's a body to do?
Walk a few.
Blocks or in a local mall.

Looking more like the puppet Walter!

Ricardo in virtual reality.
Virtual reality.
Is the term used to describe a three-dimensional.
Computer generated environment.


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