The Eclectic Quill

Website of Joshua McGee

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Gun control is unconstitutional

Gun control is unconstitutional.  Because if trained patriots can have muskets, anyone can have a machine gun.

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Occupy The Mailbox

My brother and some others have started a project called Occupy The Mailbox that aims to have visitors to Occupy Wall Street write traditional letters to their friends and family, and gives them the opportunity to have them published to the site.

Follow that link, and also follow @OccupyMailbox for updates.

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Vedder Tuesday ⅩⅩⅩⅠ: ½ Full

Yes, "Occupy Wall Street" is on my mind.  Yes, that's why I selected these lyrics today.

Climbing over mountains
Floating out on the sea
Far from lights of a city
The elements they speak to me

Whispering that life
Existed long before greed
Balancing the world
On its knee

Don't see some men as half empty
See them half full of shit
Thinking that we're all but slaves

There ain't gonna be
No middle anymore
It's been said before

The haves be having more
Yet still bored

Won't someone save?
Won't someone save the world?

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Here is the questioning. Here is the protest song.

You know what's great?  Activist music.  Especially when it's screaming heavy metal.

Like this track from Los Angeles band System of a Down.  Here are the lyrics:

Prison Song

They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison

Following the rights movements
You clamped down with your iron fists.
Drugs became conveniently
Available for all the kids.
Following the rights movements
You clamped down with your iron fists.
Drugs became conveniently
Available for all the kids.

I buy my crack, my smack, my bitch,
Right here in Hollywood

Nearly 2 million Americans are incarcerated
In the prison system of the U.S.

They're trying to build a prison

They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
For you and me to live in.
Another prison system
Another prison system
Another prison system

Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
You don't even flinch
All our taxes paying for your wars
Against the new non-rich,
Minor drug offenders fill your prisons
You don't even flinch
All our taxes paying for your wars
Against the new non-rich

I buy my crack, my smack, my bitch,
Right here in Hollywood

The percentage of Americans in the prison system (prison system), has doubled since 1985

They're trying to build a prison

They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
Another prison system
Another prison system
Another prison system
For you and me, you and me

They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
For you and me
Oh baby, you and me

All research and successful drug policy shows
That treatment should be increased,
And law enforcement decreased
While abolishing mandatory minimum sentences.
All research and successful drug policy shows
That treatment should be increased
And law enforcement decreased
While abolishing mandatory minimum sentences.

Utilizing drugs to pay for secret wars around the world,
Drugs are now your global policy,
Now you police the globe.

I buy my crack, my smack, my bitch,
Right here in Hollywood

Drug money is used to rig elections
And train brutal corporate-sponsored
Dictators around the world.

They're trying to build a prison

They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
They're trying to build a prison
For you and me to live in.
Another prison system
Another prison system
Another prison system
For you and me
They're trying to build a prison,
They're trying to build a prison,
They're trying to build a prison,
For you and me.
Oh baby, you and me!

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Plea for Intervention in Libya

On the BBC World Service today, a Libyan rebel plead for the establishment of a no-fly zone, tactical air strikes, and "everything short of having foot soldiers on our land, because we can do [that]".  He continued, "as Libyan people we shall not forget any good deed that will come from any country in the world. We as a country are quite rich with resources: oil, and everything. And we will remember who our friends are!  And will definitely reward them greatly."

His plea shows how much of a national security and energy independence issue this is, beyond being a humanitarian and human rights crisis.  If you have isolationist tendencies, or know those who do, please consider this and pass it on.  If you won't do it for the blood, do it for the oil.

This is what I said to my Senators when I called them:

This is Joshua McGee in El Monte, California.  I am calling to ask the Senator to support intervention in Libya through the establishment of a no-fly zone.

I am a longtime supporter of the Senator's.  I realize that this could face opposition from isolationists.  A Libyan protester on the BBC pleaded today that they, quote, "shall not forget any good deed that will come from ANY country in the world. We as a country are quite rich with resources: oil, and everything. And we will REMEMBER who our friends are!"

I believe that this is not just a human rights issue but a national security and energy independence issue.  If we don't step up to the plate and another country does, this could drastically affect energy and, therefore, security balance in the world.

Americans: please contact your Senators.