Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Bill OK'd on use of soldier names
Capitol Media Services
Tucson, Arizona Published: 05.22.2007
Without dissent, the House on Monday gave final approval to legislation making it a crime to use the names or photos of deceased soldiers for commercial purposes.
SB 1014, which now goes to the governor, is aimed at stopping Flagstaff business owner Dan Frazier from selling T-shirts with "Bush Lied/They Died" printed over the names of more than 3,000 Iraqi war dead. Backers of the measure say that no one should be able to profit from the use of those names.
It also permits families to file civil suits to stop the use of the names and collect damages. Critics question the measure's legality and whether it infringes on a First Amendment right to speak out against the war.

U.S. Number One in Military Spending
Since 2001, U.S. global military sales have normally totaled between $10 and $13 billion. That's a lot of weapons, but in fiscal year 2006, the Pentagon broke its own recent record, inking arms sales agreements worth $21 billion. It almost goes without saying that this is significantly more than any other nation in the world.

Halliburton (HAL) Announces Results of Annual Meeting and Increased Dividend05-16-2007 01:52:41 PM
Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) announced that at its annual meeting of stockholders in The Woodlands, Texas, its stockholders elected all twelve nominees to the board of directors and ratified the selection of KPMG LLP as principal independent accountants for 2007. The stockholders voted against all three stockholder proposals regarding a human rights review, political contributions and stockholder rights plans.At the board of directors' meeting following the stockholders' meeting, the board approved a 20% increase in the company's quarterly dividend to nine cents ($0.09) per share and declared a second quarter dividend on the company's common stock payable June 21, 2007, to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 1, 2007.
Apparently it is alright to make billions of dollars killing soldiers (and civilians) especially if you keep the soldiers anonymous. But don’t try to make an anti-war political statement that includes the names of any real dead soldiers. This news isn’t just mashed up, it’s messed up. War kills real people with real names, real families, real lives cut short. Memorial Day is next Monday. Who are we supposed to be remembering?

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