Bar Food and War Lies

Mrs. Elecpencil and I enjoyed lunch at a new valley restaurant yesterday. We ate at All-Starz Sports Grille in Liberty, Ohio. It is located on Belmont Ave.  attached to the Quality Inn. Maybe, you’ll remember it as the old Cancun Restaurant across from Denny’s.

If you’re in the mood for bar food this is the place. Mrs. E had an excellent fish sandwich that was so long it came in a sausage length bun. It was nicely breaded and very mild. Mrs. E chose it with a side salad that had a tasty  herb vinaigrette dressing. I ordered a Reuben that was served Pittsburgh style with fries and cole slaw on top. It was served on marble bread and was  the best one I’ve had in a long time. I got it with hot wrinkle cut Yukon Gold potato chips that were very good. They also feature: steak and chicken topped salads,  burgers with lots of toppings, wings, BBQ pulled pork sliders and lots of other sandwiches.  They also have one of those, “Man Vs. Food” TV type challenge meals. It consists of a one pound hot dog with fries and condiments that weighs in at over 3 1/2 lbs. Food was reasonably priced considering portions are big enough you could take some home for another meal. Service was fast & friendly and while this isn’t healthy food it is happy food and don’t we all need a little more happy in our lives? Stop in and get happy!

Did you see the story about German President Horst Koehler? He resigned over comments he made after visiting German troops in Afghanistan. In a radio interview,  he said for a country with Germany’s dependency on exports, military deployments could be “necessary … in order to defend our interests, for example free trade routes.”

Most reasonable humans believe military force should be used for homeland defense or humanitarian reasons. When a politician like Koehler tells the  underlying truth about why countries go to war anymore it is quite unusual. The history of wars shows they have been fought for land and natural resources. The last 100 years of wars were fought mostly for corporate interests. We are sold these wars as “national security and “national interest.” Of course corporations like Halliburton are the only interest that benefits from wars. Their former CEO Dick Cheney has way more interest to be made in the war than our sons and daughters on the front lines.

Unlike, President Koehler we’ve had lots of U.S. presidents lie about wars they got us involved in. In 1889 President McKinley lied about the reason we invaded Cuba. He claimed it was to liberate the Cubans from Spain. McKinley really wanted Cuba so that the island could be open to United Fruit and other American companies. McKinley killed 200,00o in the Philippines to “civilize” them. He actually wanted to own a valuable piece of real estate in the far Pacific. Ohio is littered with schools etc. named after this terrible president. It’s an embarrassment to anyone who knows their history.

We’ve had Eisenhower and JFK lie about the extent of our involvement in Vietnam. Johnson lied about the Gulf of Tonkin and  Nixon about the secret bombing of Cambodia. They all claimed they wanted to keep South Vietnam free of communism. The truth is they all desired South Vietnam as an American outpost on the edge of the Asian continent.

Reagan lied about the invasion of Grenada, claiming  that it was a threat to the United States. The fact is Grenada did not need or want to have its economy dominated by U.S. corporate interests. While other Caribbean nations were struggling Grenada had a 9% growth rate. Unemployment dropped from 49% to 14%. The government developed cooperatives that led to a reduction of the percentage of food and total imports from over 40% to 28%. This level of economic independence along with improvements in housing, health care and literacy made Grenada’s  socialist government a role model for other Caribbean countries. The capitalist running the USA decide they needed to destroy Grenada socialist agenda before it spread. A military coup against this government gave the U.S. an excuse to invade and set up  a government that was corrupt and committed numerous human rights violations. On the other hand it was now capitalistic and U.S. corporate friendly and that is all that mattered to the Reagan administration.

George H. Bush lied about the invasion of Panama, causing the death of thousands of ordinary citizens in that country. On January 1, 1990, most of the administration of the Panama Canal was to go from joint US-Panamanian administration, to Panama’s control. The U.S. powers that be wanted  Panama’s bankers and elite controlling the canal not Panama’s President Noriega.  Noriega had been a CIA informant and drug smuggler for two decades. Now because he did not did not aid the U.S. backed contras in Nicaragua he could no longer be trusted and Panama was invaded.

George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction to invade Iraq.The invasion was really because the U.S. wanted to assert power in the oil-rich Middle East.

The “Boy Who Cried Wolf” only cried wolf two times before the villagers no longer believed him. How many more times will we believe our Presidents who cry wolf? It’s way past time to learn from history.

One of my new favorite singer/songwriters:

Mat Kearney: All I Have

Girl America

Poor Boy

“Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interests backed by force.” ~ George Bernard Shaw


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