By  Kevin Stoda, already living abroad but  considering returning to the USA

This past week (and month), it has become clear to most good and honest Americans that some people living in the United State’s, like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, do not need to live any more within the geographic United States anymore—that is, if they continue to evoke violence and oppose the fact that 32-Million more Americans will receive healthcare this next year due to recent congressional passage of the government health care plan.

This past week, DN [Democracy Now] noted, “Lawmakers are continuing to receive threats in the wake of the healthcare vote. New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner was forced to close an office in Queens Thursday after his staff received a threatening letter with a suspicious white powder. The letter directly referred to Weiner’s support for healthcare reform. At least ten House Democrats have reported death threats or incidents of harassment since last week. On Sunday, Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa addressed a group of Tea Partiers and urged opponents of healthcare reform to beat the other side to a pulp.”


By the way, I would say that Americans will also need a real public option really soon to get me to move back to the USA.

However, in the meantime, the couple of 1000 Americans belonging to and supporting the TEA PARTY ANTI-HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICANS MOVEMENT, should emigrate off-shore for the rest of this century.


Iowa representative, Steve King, was a bit out of control last week speaking to the Tea Party folks, “If I could start a country with a bunch of people, they’d be the folks that have been here standing with us the last few days. Let’s hope we don’t have to do that. Let’s beat that other side to a pulp! Let’s chase them out. Let’s chase them down. There’s going to be a reckoning!”

I recommend that Representative King get on a boat and find an off-shore island to found an alternative America on, too.

What do you think, America?  Am I fanning flames or calling a spade a spade? [1]


[1]  On Thursday, Eric Cantor, the second-ranking Republican in the House, accused Democratic Party leaders of “fanning the flames.”  Cantor said, “It is reckless to use these incidents as media vehicles for political gain. That is why I have deep concerns that some, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, in particular, are dangerously fanning the flames by suggesting that these incidents be used as a political weapon.”


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I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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  1. Kevin Stoda says:

    Fred Phelps and friends should be asked to leave USA.

    Fred Phelps, who has been leading a movement to harras parents and family of dead American soldiers should be asked to leave the USA, too, don’t you think?

    HERE IS WHAT WAS ON THE COVER OF THE STARS AND STRIPES TODAY and you can be sure Many military personnnel are uspest with him and his church back in Kansas.

    Dead Marine’s dad ordered to pay protesters’ court costs

    From staff and wire reports
    Stars and Stripes online edition, Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    The father of a Marine killed in Iraq whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters has been ordered to pay the protesters’ appeal costs, his lawyers said Monday.

    On Friday, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., ordered Albert Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church. The group has picketed numerous soldiers’ funerals since 2001, including Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder’s funeral in 2006, using anti-gay and anti-military signs and slogans.

    Snyder successfully sued the group in 2007, and a Baltimore jury awarded him $5 million in damages for invasion of privacy and emotional distress. The appeals court overturned that decision last fall.

    The Supreme Court agreed to consider whether the protesters’ message is protected by the First Amendment or limited by the competing privacy and religious rights of the mourners. Those arguments are expected to take place this fall.

    However, attorneys for Snyder told The Baltimore Sun that the appeal costs must be paid to Phelps before then, whenever Phelps requests them. If Snyder doesn’t have the money available, the matter will go into collections and Snyder could lose his property or wages.

    “The Court of Appeals certainly could have waited until the Supreme Court made its decision,” Sean E. Summers, an attorney for Snyder, told the Sun. “There was no hardship presented by Phelps.”

    The two-page decision by the Fourth Circuit Court offered no details on how the court came to its decision. Attorneys also said Snyder is struggling to come up with fees associated with filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Snyder has set up a fund to pay the court costs, accessible through http://www.matthewsnyder.org.

    On Tuesday officials at the American Legion announced they would also collect donations through their http://burnpit.
    legion.org site to help pay for both the court-ordered appeal costs and the Supreme Court appeal.

    “I don’t think we’ll have any trouble raising the money,” said Mark Seavey, assistant legislative director for the American Legion. “We already heard from members interested in donating.”

    The veterans organization also plans on filing an amicus brief supporting Snyder in the Supreme Court case.

    Stars and Stripes’ reporter Leo Shane contributed to this story.

    2009 Stars and Stripes. All Rights Reserved.

    by Kevin Anthony Stoda (274 articles, 1 quicklinks, 101 diaries, 783 comments [19 recommended, 0 rejected]) on Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 3:00:55 PM
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  2. Kevin Stoda says:

    Let’s help people who serve America–not people who blow up or threaten to destroy America

    Non-Citizen US War Vets Facing Deportation Despite Military Promises of Citizenship Rohan-phone

    We take a look at the threat of deportation that non-citizen veterans of American wars continue to face despite US military promises of citizenship. We talk to Rohan Coombs, a Jamaican-born US vet who was in the US Marine Corps for six years and served in the Persian Gulf War. He spent eight months in prison for a marijuana-related conviction. The day he was to be released he was told he would be deported. He speaks to us from an immigration jail. We also speak with immigration attorney Craig Shagin. [includes rush transcript]

  3. Kevin Stoda says:

    Of all the enemies
    to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it
    comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of
    armies; from these proceed debts and taxes ” known instruments for
    bringing the many under the domination of the few.” No nation could
    preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

    — James Madison, Political Observations, 1795


    Outlays (Federal Funds):
    $2,650 billion
    MILITARY: 54% and $1,449 billion

    NON-MILITARY: 46% and $1,210 billion


  4. Kevin Stoda says:

    AMY GOODMAN: Rohan Coombs, a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, speaking to us from an immigration detention center in San Diego. I’m joined right now from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania by his appellate lawyer, immigration attorney Craig Shagin. He has worked extensively on the deportation of non-citizen veterans and is filing an appeal on Rohan’s deportation order later today.

    Welcome to Democracy Now! Just explain his situation right now and the grounds on which you’re appealing, Craig.

    CRAIG SHAGIN: Well, there are several grounds that we’re appealing. Of course, in each individual deportation case, there are very technical grounds by which you may be able to help that particular alien gain the ability to remain in the United States. The broader question in his case and in the other cases that his situation brings to light—that is, those of veterans who are now being deported—is a question of loyalty. And it’s the loyalty that the United States owes to those who have put on the uniform and defended it.

    There is something in American law known as a non-citizen national, and it’s our position that veterans—that is, anybody who serves in the United States military—from the moment they take the oath of allegiance, is in fact a non-citizen national. The reason for that is that when they go overseas in uniform, they are in fact treated under both American law, international law, and the law of war as American nationals. That is, they’re putting on the emblem and the insignia of the United States. When they’re sent overseas, they are subject to the Status of Forces Agreement as if they’re American nationals. If they’re captured in war, they will be treated as American nationals, not only by the other combatant country, but also by the United States, which, under the Army Code of Conduct, the very first provision is, I will always remember that I am an American.

    And there’s nothing that strips them of this status when they return. And indeed, when they return, they don’t return as aliens; they return as Americans. They’re not inspected by INS when they return, or USCIS today. They are sent back to their military bases just like every other soldier.

    So it really comes down to a question of whether the United States is going to remain loyal to these people and give them the protection that they deserve. When they go off to war, as Mr. Coombs pointed out, it’s a very serious, dangerous endeavor. They may lose their life. They may lose their limbs. But one thing they should never lose is their country.

    AMY GOODMAN: And he says he was told by his recruiter he would become an American citizen if he fought for his country, for the United States.

    CRAIG SHAGIN: That response is absolutely typical of all the other veterans I’ve represented, as well. They all believe that they were citizens. After all, they raise their hand, they swear an allegiance to the United States. And I’ve even heard from their commanding officers that they believed that they were, that they had no further obligation to do anything. And in fact, the Army has now taken, to its credit, very positive and affirmative stances to make sure this doesn’t happen. But for years and years and years, the commanding officers would have no idea that the people serving under them were not in fact citizens of the United States. They just assumed they were. And many of them—

    AMY GOODMAN: We have five seconds.

    CRAIG SHAGIN: —in fact believed that they were.

    AMY GOODMAN: Craig Shagin, I want to thank you very much for being with us, Rohan Coombs’ appellate attorney who has worked with a number of non-citizen veterans facing deportation.

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