Ray Duray 
Member since Jul 7, 2014

Recent Comments

Re: “Portrait of a Patriot

Patriotism? The Devil's Dictionary might define this as the tendency of an ill-informed general public to focus on nostalgia, sentimentality and a proto-nationalism at odds with the reality they face.

Here's a good example. Older readers here might recall that investigative reporter Seymour Hersh broke the news about a U.S. perpetrated war crime during the Viet Nam War called the My Lai Massacre. Right wingers declared Hersh to be anti-American and unpatriotic for pointing out our atrocities halfway across the planet. Similarly, Hersh broke the story of the shocking torture occurring at the Abu Graib prison during the Iraq War circa 2005. Again, government officials like Dick Cheney and propagandists like the Fox News crowd dismissed Hersh as being unpatriotic for pointing out the illegal behavior of our military and CIA thugs.

So what is patriotism? For many it is a convenient way to view America in the same light of the son who defends his mother "whether drunk or sober". To this crowd, America can do no wrong. I firmly believe these people to be in error. I believe them to be a malevolent proto-type of the sort of warped and selfish nationalism that has infected nations from time to time.

We are on that same path with our foreign policy again today. Recently, Sy Hersh has published an investigative report about the purported Syrian government use of sarin gas in early April this year in northern Syria. Readers may recall that the Trump response was to hurl Patriot missiles at a Syrian airbase in retribution. This is typical of America's response to foreign sovereign nations that we dislike because they don't toe the line for American corporate interests.

So who is the patriot, the uber-American throwing missiles at our competitors? Or the man who points out that this is a war crime. You can guess where I come down on this matter.

Here's a link to Hersh's report on the purported, propagandized and most-likely-fantasy sarin gas attack that had one media cheerleader at NBC claiming that hurling missiles made the President finally look like a real man. How pathetic.

"Trump's Red Line": https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/articl…

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ray Duray on 06/29/2017 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Finding Hidden Treasure on the Owyhee

Freshly made Patagonia film of a run down the Owyhee River.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg1gLmRFKv…

Posted by Ray Duray on 05/10/2017 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Source Spotlight: Diane Hodiak

Bravo Diane!

Thanks for organizing this upcoming weekend's event.

Posted by Ray Duray on 04/26/2017 at 11:35 AM

Re: “House Committee Votes to Require Women to Register for Draft

The fact that Duncan Hunter voted against his own amendment is proof once again that our Congress has become one of the most dysfunctional institutions on the planet.

Should women be forced to sign up for the draft, I can only hope it turns out as well as the draft back in the Viet Nam War era. Those of a certain age will recall that there was massive insubordination toward the end of that war among the military's rank-and-file. This helped end the gravely criminal behavior of the U.S., but sadly not before our misbegotten arrogance had destroyed the lives of 3.4 million mostly civilian Vietnamese in their own homeland.

If we're going to draft women, we better be damn sure to ask: "To what end?"

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ray Duray on 05/12/2016 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Bernie Sanders' Secret Sauce

I've been checking the business press. For them the term "deflation" is an up-and-coming trend.

I felt the same way about the Bernie Sanders campaign after reading all this PR blather.

Kevin Kelley, whoever he is, has just deflated Bernie Sanders from a socialist reformer to a pol without a vision other than to be elected or re-elected, depending on the year. How depressing.

When was the last time a nation really had a chance at change they could believe in? 1932 in the U.S. when a Roosevelt attacked his own incompetent upper class? Or 1917 in Russia when a nation in ferment actually got captured by socialist forces opposing the utterly incompetent royal family?

This is not the year for faux-socialists. Both major political parties in the U.S. represent corporate interests at the expense of the general public. Neither political party gives a damn about average Americans. Does Bernie Sanders offer a real change? After reading this disappointing PR blather of an article, I'm more depressed than ever that the American people better just get used to the fact that BOHICA is your operative position in America's politics. For the unwashed, that is Bend Over, Here It Comes Again.

Posted by Ray Duray on 08/13/2015 at 11:35 PM

Re: “A Question of Semantics

picayune -- noun

a coin of small value, as a former Spanish half-real of Louisiana
anything trivial

Origin of picayune
French picaillon, small coin, halfpenny ; from Provençal picaioun ; from picaio, money, probably ; from pica, to ring, jingle, strike

***
To ring or not to Ringo, that is the question. The answer is blowing in the wind. Let's get this faux-controversy behind us as a zephyr deals with the autumn leaves. Quickly, efficiently and conclusively.

Casey, I didn't vote for you for the Council. Welcome to the Council. Good luck.

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Ray Duray on 11/06/2014 at 1:38 AM

Extra Extra!

Make sure you're signed up so we can inbox you the latest.

  • Weekly Newsletter (Thursday) - Your Weekly guide to all things Bend!

Login to choose
your subscriptions!

Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.
 

© 2017 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation