Tag Archives: human rights

But…They’re Muslims.

What if the Rohingya were Christians? What if they were Jews? What if we didn’t listen to the news and cared about everybody instead? What if we viewed their dead the same as our own? What if villages burning by the … Continue reading

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Refuge

Seeking refuge from the storm the air’s on fire chaos the norm black and blue and shades of grey my soul is tired but I’m okay thank you for this milk and bread bless you now my child is fed … Continue reading

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The Heart Of Babylon

You say we fight for freedom even though you know its a lie our duffel bags are packed and we’re heading to Iraq and theres a good chance that we’re going to die. We took off from Atlanta touched down in Germany after three days in Kuwait … Continue reading

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House of Fraud

airplane rides and child brides and women dressed in black, the early morning call to prayer reminds me of Iraq Oil money buying bombs from dear friend uncle Sam own your wives, and beat your kids but dont eat any … Continue reading

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Them: an ode to Haiti

Life-less floating bobbing up and drowning lost and can’t seem to find reason or rhyme about to die why are they here one two three cheers for progress progressive politicians leave them wishing on stars leading north underground railroad derailed … Continue reading

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Red, White & Blues

Kids play cowboys and Indians grow into men and women play Muslims and Christians hooked on Red Man chewing tobacco and American Spirit cigarettes and t-shirt tans fade to skin cancer for white farmers fresh out of the army no … Continue reading

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My letter to the IRS: War Tax Resistance

The following is the letter I mailed to the IRS a few days before tax day about my reasons for not paying federal income tax. This is the first year since leaving the military that I have had taxable income, … Continue reading

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