Then and Now: How Times Have Changed!

It’s amazing how things have changed over the years and how some things haven’t.  In this case, the only thing that has changed is the fact that sometimes our enemies are our own people……… 

Yep. No doubt about it. Your President is lying to you. At least according to the Japanese during WW2.

June 29, 2007: U.S. troops have been mystified at how differently the war they fight in Iraq is portrayed by the U.S. media back home. Most just shrug it off as “politics,” and yet another reason to not trust what the mass media presents as reliable reporting. But recently, the troops have been passing around an interesting discovery. Namely, that the Japanese psychological warfare effort during World War II included radio broadcasts that could be picked up by American troops. Popular music was played, but the commentary (by one of several English speaking Japanese women) always hammered away on the same points;1 Your President (Franklin D Roosevelt) is lying to you.

2 This war is illegal.

3 You cannot win the war.

The troops are perplexed and somewhat amused that their own media is now sending out this message. Fighting the enemy in Iraq is simple, compared to figuring out what news editors are thinking back home.

When it comes to the news media you have to ask yourself. Whose side are they on anyway?

And here is proof that times HAVE changed:

Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack. 1973 Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack’s rifle, goes to his car and gets his to show Jack. 2006 School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school. 1973 Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled. 2006 Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charges them both with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario: Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students. 1973 Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits still in class. 2006 Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father’s car, and his Dad gives him a whipping. 1973 Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman. 2006 Billy’s Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy’s sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache medicine to school. 1973 Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock. 2006 Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant. 1973 Three High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special school for expectant mothers. 2006 Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state and gets an abortion without her parent’s consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more careful next time.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English. 1973 Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college. 2006 Pedro’s cause is taken up by ACLU. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway, but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can’t speak English.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover fire-crackers from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed. 1973 Ants die. 2006 BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary, hugs him to comfort him. 1973 In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing. 2006 Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in State Prison.

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