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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The King's Video Tuesday...Bring 'em Home !! This blog is long, but I think its worth it.

I am not a political pundit, nor am I Republican, Democrat, Republicrat, Independent, Libertarian, or any other through the list of parties etc etc...

I am a Taxicrat.

I pick up anyone regardless of race, creed, color, religion, political beliefs,and even if you might puke in my car...and generally 99% of the time we get along just fine. I lost friends in 9/11, have had friends fight in the Gulf War, The Iraq war, and still have people I know over in Iraq fighting this war. I have driven soldiers here in New York on leave to only hear how they can't wait to come home too. Young men and women. I have only one feeling on this matter as I have always felt...

I want them home...

Here safe within the boundaries and safety of our home. I want to see them for their birthdays or hear from them when their baseball team beat mine, even though they know I won't answer my phone when they do that...I want the people from Goldman Sachs to go to jail and not just the leaders of these institutions say "We won't take a $65 million dollar BONUS on top of our $600,000 salary like we did last year. " Send them to the front lines. They did not watch over our money....they stole it. These bankers and government officials have stolen too much of our hard earned money while our young men and women are dying protecting these private profitable organizations and our freedom. I am mad.

I saw some interesting videos recently that I thought were well done. These first two videos were from a you tuber named Sinistar the watchman who with a Guy Fawkes mask on claims to be a proud veteran against the war in Iraq. This is what his opinion is before you watch his videos "Now I must warn you, I'm ex-military, served in Iraq unfortunately, and I have an extremely low tolerance for stupid people and stupid bullshit. I'm not interested in your opinion, I just put info out there. Only open minded people are welcome here." Here is the link to his page Sinistar131313 which has many informative and maybe conspiracy driven theory videos, but that's for you to decide...

I'll share them with you and look forward to your thoughts.

This first video begins with a scene with John Wayne saying he likes straight talk and then a scene from "The Great Dictator" which has Charlie Chaplain in his first speaking role, and during the video you hear some of the speech he gives over the scenery, which I will also post the whole speech later.

This next video is of Aaron Russo .In 2006, Russo wrote, produced, directed, and starred in a documentary feature film entitled America: Freedom To Fascism which if you click on it you can watch the movie.It is long though. Check out his first link, a very interesting driven man.

Aaron also got to interview former IRS agents.Which they seem to have thrown the constitution out.

Now I find the following very interesting, for last month as I went into my day job on Wall St I saw a promotion for the corporation Navistar. They make trucks ...and Military trucks....And they had them parked all day in front of the exchange.

With fuel prices at an all-time high,the truck LoneStar® had to provide superior aerodynamics to enhance fuel economy. LoneStar makes the most of every drop of diesel with its styled hood and grille, large bumper, D-shaped cans and skirts. In the end, that puts more money in drivers’ pockets.Below is the LoneStar Truck....Pretty much the newest hippest truck out there... LoneStarFeatures from their website if you care.

This is where it got interesting, yet frightening...I see an advanced new military vehicle which the website for Navistar describes it as such. International® MaxxPro. Protects Against the Toughest Attacks.
The International® MaxxPro, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle incorporates the latest design in armoring technology and has been extensively tested by the military. The V-Shaped hull design is a proven technology used in theater today and coupled with other survivability factors; our vehicle is built with crew protection in mind.

The MaxxPro is built to withstand ballistic arms fire; mine blasts; IEDs; Nuclear, Biological and Chemical environments, that threatens the safety of its crew. Armoring flexibility allows upgrades to achieve the correct level of protection, based on mission requirements. International's proven severe service platform puts quality, durability and reliability where you need it most—on the battlefield.

All this tells me is WHAT war are we planning next to use these vehicles, and all the other vehicles they are making ?!?!? WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS !!Check out all their new military vehicles, some being commercial trucks so as perhaps to transport oil safely?? Hmmmmmm.

NavistarDefense-List of all vehicles. Oh and according to their website , Navistar has won 25 of the 28 military contracts bid. Not a bad track record. Perhaps the next Halliburton? I wonder how many bids I would win if I tried.

Water Jugs on both sides in the back of vehicle. Maybe we are headed for Venezuela next.
With all my experience driving, I still believe a yellow cab is tougher.

This is the full inspiring speech from 1940 "The Great Dictator" which for those who don't know Charlie Chaplin, it was his first speaking movie, he was famous for silent movies but as you can see in this scene he was a hell of an actor. This still resonates loudly. Just listen and compare today's changes.

The reason I would like comments, even anonymous ones is to get a feel of how ALL of us are feeling. Be anonymous or not. Let us know how you feel as I told you. A small step , but one in the direction that will show bloggers have views and opinions and these are from THE PEOPLE!!
AND these views matter, just ask my blogger friend from This Just In who made it all the way to the front page of the New York Times for her Health care views and prescription medicine facts, AND ALL she does for the troops overseas as her son is one of them. She is a true patriot, read her sight and be in awe of giving, that can not be ignored. I hope you found these as interesting as I did and hope that"Change" is on its way, because our country's diapers are very dirty. The Government is only a letter away from the"Goner-nment".

Hard for me to follow up Charlie Chaplain, but I am not a dictator, I am am just a Taxicrat called The King Of New York Hacks. Peace all, and if you have friends or loved ones overseas, don't forget the holidays are coming and donate to the proper causes, as I wish them all a safe passage HOME. My next post will most certainly be on a lighter note, Peace out .


  1. Thanks for the interesting post. If the MSM would devote a day to all of the issues that you bring up, maybe we people would rise up and bring down the bastards. I hope the new regime will really bring change, but the evil has lots of inertia.

  2. Nice post King. Here is some other interesting info for you from the official U.S. Treasury Website...
    When the Constitution was enacted in 1789 the founding fathers provided for Congress to "…lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States." However, according to the U.S. Treasury, in a historical context, the nature of these policies did not extend either to the collection of taxes so as to equalize incomes and wealth, or for the purpose of redistributing income or wealth. As Thomas Jefferson once wrote regarding the "general Welfare" clause: "To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his father has acquired too much, in order to spare to others who (or whose fathers) have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, "to guarantee to everyone a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."

  3. My opinion- Very interesting viewpoints. I guess I believe, once again, that balance is needed. One extreme says bring everyone home now and keep them here. The other end says we should not move from the state we are currently in. I agree with neither.

    Of course there are politics, and governments and tactics and events that have been VERY wrong. That does not mean there is no purpose. Everyone is very upset at how our current leadership has lead us in the wrong direction and how certain people have taken advantage of us, our money and even our troops. But what do we really want our future to be. I want us to come out Iraq at the right time, when is that, ask the leadership over there. What I can say about it is that I have 3 brother in laws deployed in Iraq right now, as much as they want to come home, not one of them feels as though they are not serving a purpose or should not be there. And lets take the Anbar Province, which was the Province in Iraq that was the worst when the war was at it’s worse. September 1 this year the Anbar Province was handed back over to Iraqi leaders, police and army to now take care of. Since we’ve trained them how to do it they should be ready. First of all this date was pushed back on many occasions due to different assassinations and threats. On the day that it was handed over there were bombings and attacks on us and Iraqis. And now that it has been handed over there have been numerous bombings and attacks specifically against the Iraqi army and police forces. Now this doesn’t mean I think we should stay there forever and hold their hands. Some people say we need to just go now or they will never step up to whats needed. I think it’s obvious that there are people lurking in the corner waiting for opportunity to strike on this unstable government, but what should be done about it…some type of balance…I am no military or political mastermind, but I think no extreme is the answer here.

    And as far as the trucks go, if there is some corruption involved that sucks, but I’m glad to know that there will improvements. I’ve heard a few brotherly stories about those MRAP’s. And I believe the water jugs on the outside of the vehicles are for troops on long missions to set up and take showers when possible when needed while traveling.

    I hope we soon find our country at peace with each other, keeping peace in the world, with a government that will keep promises, not steal our money, protect us and lead us in the right direction.

  4. 'With all my experience driving, I still believe a yellow cab is tougher.'

    YES! I don't thing ANYTHING is tougher than a Yellowcab, heh.

  5. What a wonderful post, and very interesting as well. Thanks so much for sharing your insights and all the great photos!

    I'm also praying for change. Our country, every one of us, deserves it.

  6. I'd like to see the numbers on what it costs to research and make these military mobiles because they keep cutting my federal student loans in half.

  7. That was an incredible and heavy post. I saw some of it earlier today, and finished the Chaplain video tonight. WOW . He was quite an actor- and what a message. It was really amazing.

    Thanks. (and, I loved the Taxicrat...)

  8. You always have the most interesting viewpoints. And many times you explain things in ways that I would have never thought of.

    Excellent post, pix and videos!

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog today and giving me some great words of wisdom. I'm very happy to know about your blog, and really enjoyed that Charlie Chaplin video clip. Once I have some time, I look forward to checking out your archive!!

  10. Thank you so much for this post. I found myself shaking my head and my mouth wide open just reading it. This was amazing and I'm so glad I read this.

  11. Aye-aye on the Goldman Sachs guys getting theirs. Well eventually they will, but sooner would be better than later.

    Bring the boys home. Forever.

  12. Definitely agree. Why don't they put people like you with brains in power!
    Thanks for the comment.

  13. I hope the troops come home soon too. They have been over there much too long.

  14. Holy shit that was a long post. Now I forget what I was going to tell you! LOVE LOVE LOVE your photo's!!


    - Jennifer

  15. It was a long blog king,but I sat in front of my computer transfixed and numb.It's amazing that the Chaplin speech from so long ago is so similar to today's times. We have the airplane and radio he said , and now we can own a plane and have an internet which reaches billions and yet the world is still as cruel as it was then. There is treachery amongst this country and I hope we all come together and make sure we stay a free and progressive land. Great post, I'll be thinking about it for a while. Thanks from a former soldier in Iraq.While I was there I felt there was a purpose, but we need to come home and utilize our land and protect ourselves is how I feel now. Too many deaths, too many amputees,too much blood.As the tears roll down my cheeks that's how I feel King...almost forgotten like one of the girls says in the video.Thats how I feel.

  16. Yes king you were right this was a very loooong post. I like the potato peeler post alot more. You're a great American. By the way has anybody thought what are these men and women going to do for work when the war is over. They're coming home to a country that has its economy in the toilet. Citicorp is now leting go of 75,000 employees the U.S. post office for the first time in history is talking about laying off 40,000 employees. DHL will no longer have service in the U.S. everyone who works for that company will be out of a job by the end of this year, Merry Christmas... But yet we are all compelled to go to a baseball game and buy a $7 hotdog and a $10 beer and watch Derek Jeeter catch a ball for 21million dollars per season. Lets turn this country around and make it great again I dont give a shit what kind of a dog Obama gets his kids. I want him to be the next FDR Not JFK.
    God bless you king and God Bless America

  17. Water Jugs?

    Those are jerrycans, city boy.

  18. NewYorkToIraqAndBackNovember 19, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    I would think the king knew that they are called Jerrycans, however I looked at the picture and they do say water on them, to point out they weren't used for gasoline or australian piss poor beer which you serve at your pub, I visited your site and probably won't again, after leaving a stupid comment to a blog like this and I'll reenlist when we come to your outback in a heartbeat to frag a bugger like you !!

  19. This was a wonderful insight to a lot of wrongs america needs to address. Steve at the pub and NYtoIraq, relax men no more war is needed. Thanks for takin the time KONYH.

  20. Not even going to go on a diatribe regarding your post. So well written the video are *magnifico* Something needs to be done untell the question is answered. Who are we fighting and who did we declare war against? I'm a retired vet and having a few kids in the Armed Forces still stand behind our country, but give us a clear vision and a target.

  21. Wow, great post. I don't know where to begin commenting; my comment could be a post in itself, and at the same time, I point out to people that I'm not politically savvy enough to carry on intelligent conversation about these issues.

    Personally, I want the war to be OVER. Done, everyone come home. NOW. It's is extremely difficult, then, to reconcile this with feeling so proud of my son and his comrades, and the work he did, and still do there. They were there long enough to see warzones turn back into playgrounds, and to watch the progression of the street population turn back into families, and children.

    It's hard for me to put myself into the place of a mother there, trapped in my home with a hungry kid, and thinking "God, somebody just help us." What I need to educate myself on is: where would they be, these families, if we weren't there? I honestly don't know the answer, and so tend to bow out of the political conversations, and learn from you. All of you.

    The bottom line for me, in the midst of all the confusion, is that I deal with what IS. It may not be what should be, this war, but it is, and I just couldn't do "nothing" when Brian was deployed.

    Our organization is only 18 months old, can you believe it? Not even 1 year since we've incorporated, and I have a lifetime of stories. The last week in itself, with veteran's day, and sending holiday care packages, has been very emotional for me, as people reach out.

    I've wept with WWII vets, reached out to 2 mothers whose sons are in Iraq for the first time, and spoke on the phone last night with a young soldier with a prosthetic arm, that said "I was blown up before Christmas."

    So many stories, and yet, one by one, we're all just individual people trying to muck through a day. I've been as equally moved, since my son enlisted by the folks that say "throw me a rope" as I have been by the folks that have stepped up and declared "Here we are. We have rope."

    Thanks for inviting me to ramble on confusedly, King. Great post. As always.

  22. Wow. My comment really was it's on post. Sorry for blog-hogging.

  23. Hi!! A wonderful post,well worth reading.There are so many things wrong worldwide,I wish things were different.I hate war,fighting,dying...its all so paiful to those going through such things and their families.Hope t visit here again soon.


  24. My comments in brief:

    Being in the armed services in America is over-sentimentalised and over-glorified to young men and women who don't know better. They are cannon fodder for the war machine being run by the government. Moms and Dads should talk to their kids and help them know what they are getting into before they sign their lives away literally!

    I believe that situations can be created and people used to manipulate a set of outcomes i.e. 9/11 (not saying it was - just that it could have been). I believe the ordinary man on the street is used as a pawn in a global chess game run by the super powers and super rich.

    The MaxxPro vehicle is so well protected. What happens if/when the technology gets into the wrong hands and is used against the very people who created it! We've all seen the movies!

    Fantastic speech by Charlie Chaplin - very heartfelt, meaningful and dramatic.

    Thanks so much for the post.

  25. First, thanks for commenting on my blog. But second, and far more important, is what you're talking about here. I work in research, often government research focused on technology to help keep soldiers safe. A colleague of mine just spent 8 months in Iraq working with the Army on implementing the technology he comes up with in the lab. The big take home message is that it's HELL over there. I am in awe of anyone who can survive such environments and find a way to function with their families after the experience. We don't do enough to help them. Great, lifesaving technology get's bogged down in bureaucracy and politics, not technology, decides what the soldiers have access too. It's sickening.

    I agree 100%
    Bring them home.

  26. TaximanDallas: No need to rebuke me to relax. All I did was make a minor observation.

    However NewYorktoIraqandBack said my observation was stupid, insulted my nation's beer, my website, called me a pederast, and expressed eagerness to attack my country. Hmmm... Would you stand for that?

    We are fighting against people who threaten mindless violence and murder against nations of free men.

  27. Aurgh! I'm sick of hearing that 1) parents of soldiers don't talk to our kids or don't love them enough 2) our sons and daughters were naive or troubled, and had no other choices.

    I won't blab another entire post. I'll just say: These suggestions nd sweeping generalizations are downright insulting. Walk a mile.

  28. Great post, man. You forgot to mention that part of the toughness behind the yellow cab sits behind the wheel.

  29. Great post.

    Wish I could say something enlightening and life altering but I don't know. Yes I want them home, but I'm not sure what effect that will have - I don't understand all of the issues well enough.

    All I can really say, I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN - THAT HAS NEVER AND WILL NEVER EVER FALTER! My husband and my uncle (who did TWO tours in Veitnam) are former Marines. My other uncle was a Navy coreman. My grandfather served in WWII. My stepfather was in Korea in the reserves.

    There are good men and women that serve and they deserve the UPMOST respect. I say, "THANK YOU FOR SECURING OUR FREEDOM AND DOING ALL YOU DO!"

    All that said, granting more power to the UN frightens me!

  30. King?

    Excuse my language but this post?



    Just the first paragraphs had me shaking my head in total agreement...

  31. Good Thursday afternoon to you, King.

    I want them home too, all of them, for many reasons, some of which you mentioned...

    Great post, and quite thought provoking.

  32. Great post. I haven't had a chance to view your video clips yet, but I will.

    My main concerns are for our troops, as my brother in law is currently serving in Iraq.

    I question how many of those MRAPs will actually make it to our troops. I've heard reports that our troops do not have the proper body armor because it is too expensive to provide to them... and yet we can spend billions to bail out Wall Street. Something seems wrong with that picture to me.

    And, yeah, when exactly did we decide it was OK for our government to throw the Constitution out the window?

  33. I'm a Viet Nam vet, did not see much use in that war. I don't see any in Iraq. How many billions of dollars a week? Rebuild our roads and schools. Get the soldiers home now. Unlike earlier posts, I have not met a returning soldier from Iraq that did not ask the same question: "What the heck are we doing there, and why are we still there?". Too many have died, too much money has been spent, and it is time to stop.
    If we can't leave until we have won, well, what does that mean? Where is the goalpost?

  34. Whew!

    Some thoughts:
    1) If I had to choose between a NYC taxi and an MRAP, I'd take the cab.

    2) I have not been in favor of the Iraq debacle since the beginning. Afghanistan is a different matter;there we had a declared enemy (Osama Bin Laden) and knew where he was. Too bad the numbskulls in charge took their eye off the ball.

    3) I fully support the TROOPS in all this mess; that is why I want them to come home now.

    4) That Chaplin stuff was scary and funny. Good post, King!

    Peace, IG

  35. King, I will tell you how I feel. I work two jobs, just make enough to try and keep the kids out of trouble and there are no jobs where soon the only place they can get a job to go to school with medical is the military or some extension of it. I am scared. I am so scared I want to scream and have the people scream with me. I see all this recruiting and extension of tours. When they all return it will be worse than Vietnam. How will we save those who return from the horror. How will we save ourselves? I am an African American with family overseas and I don't care that Obama is going to be President because that didn't make me feel any less scared than I am. That is how I feel King. Thank you for letting me get it out.

  36. poor and frightened, but a little hopeful.

  37. and angry, I almost forgot that...very angry.

  38. More than cleverness, we need kindness.

    Truer words were never spoken.

  39. We do need kindness...Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a great blog!

  40. I just started writing my book today. I will have the first 3 chapters before Christmas, want to see the first 2 pages that will go to the agent? I'll email them to you if you're interested. They describe me winning against 2 kids who attacked me after refusing to pay for a ride. Never get out of the cab, right? Well, I get out. It's one of those legendary stories at the company.

  41. You've left me speechless. I bow to you sir King.



    Love of Humanity

    Support for the troops

    And the Hope they shall come Home soon.

    We need change, let us each be an instrument of change.

  42. Great Stuff Hack!

    Here's what's on my mind lately.

    -Everyone....Please, Please save your money. Debt is the Devil. This world is taking anyone with debt and Shooting them.

    -That Congressperson (cant remember who) who savaged the CEO's of the car companies for flying private jets. I couldn't believe those guys were that stupid. Then he asked them if they'd work for a Dollar. That's when I got Pissed.
    I don't like what's gone on in the corporate world lately (Greed and Idiocy), but Seriously....When is someone in the country going to ask the same questions back to our Reps and Senators.

    "Hey Reps and Senators...YOU are driving our Country into Bankruptcy. YOU are Pissing our money away in Pork Spending....YOU have Egregious pay and benefits. WE THE PEOPLE are all losing job, pay and benefits ....When are YOU going to suffer along with your constituents????? When are YOU going to have Pay and Benefit cuts???? Hey smartass gov't worker, are YOU willing to work for a Dollar? YOU are as bad as these CEO's."

    Why has NO ONE questioned THEM????

  43. Wow that is a crazy truck right there..

  44. Dear King of New York Hacks,

    Well. Thank you so much for your lovely comments, what you said really hit home to me.

    Out of all the cities in the world ... the one I want to visit the most is New York. Can't wait. Have added you to my favourites ... you ROCK, by the way. Peace out.

  45. Thanks for stopping in my blog in one of my germ induced moments.
    As a daughter to a vet, on day one of Iraq I began taking donations to support our soliders. Word got to 'the man' at work and they were upset. They didn't want to show any favor for or against when it came to the war. They forgot one very important principle - no matter which side you are on the troops and families of need our support - especially when the leaders in charge of our country make stupid mistakes. Needless to say I resigned from 'the man' and started my own business. Best move ever.
    Watched the movie Hulk last night and thought of you when the taxi driver was driving all insane - not that you drive like that but it made me smile & think of you. ;)

  46. All I know is how I feel and have felt. That 9/11 was a fraud, our own government bringing death to so many to bring us together as a nation so that we had an excuse to do things the American public wouldn't condone. That I completely support our troops, but not our wars. We need to bring our men and women home. But if our government won't bring them home, we need to send love and care packages to them. They need to know how we feel - or THAT we feel. The motto "we'll never forget".. well I'll never forget our troops and what they're enduring in our country's name.

  47. And anxiously waiting for your next no-doubt scintillating post!!

  48. Happy Thanksgiving KONYH!

    May you and your Family have a Super Supper!!

    God Bless!!!!


  49. Well Taxicrat, you're always an interesting read. I wish I was half as eloquent as you.

    Hope you had a lovely Holiday.

  50. I just found your site today and have read through your first page of posts. Very nice. The woman in the cab with cancer and the letters. Very nice. The Christmas pics, the birthday wishes. All nice.

    Then I got to THIS post. Wow. Very very nicely done. I would say that anyone with a rational mind or any common sense at all would agree with everything you said. And i'm going to try and follow this whole story with the new fleet of vehicles you mentioned. Very interesting.

    I find it incredibly sad that we've got people starving, raped and murdered in Rwanda and we do nothing much....yet we're 'saving' Iraq. I guess the oil DOES make a difference.

    Like you, I hope our troops make it back soon. And without losing any more lives for a war brought to us by the spin makers.

    nice blog. and happy belated birthday by the way.

  51. Hey King, where'd you go? Been too long...

  52. ^^Thanks!!