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John Wayne's Holster: July 2006
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

What a Misogynist Culture We Live In!

Girls today mature at an earlier age than those of only a generation or two ago. Yet it seems that society offers little or no protection for them. On the contrary, society – particularly Hollywood and Madison Avenue – exploits girl’s sexuality. From movies, to MTV, to ads in popular teen magazines, to TV commercials, and even cartoons young girls are brainwashed with the idea that they have to have a certain body type and wear skimpy revealing clothing and act in a sexually outward way in order to be accepted by their peers – particularly by those of the opposite gender.

Children in their primary school years have already developed negative images of girls in their class who are overweight. The popular girls are the skinny ones who wear short skirts. And the really popular ones are those that get to wear make-up and earrings to school. I am talking about 9 and 10 year old girls!

The problem has really gotten out of hand. Historian Joan Brumberg, in her book The Body Project claims that over half of all girls are dissatisfied with their bodies by the age of thirteen. Evidence of this dissatisfaction shows itself in the a variety of ways. Girls begin dieting as early as 8 or 9 years old to get that “perfect body”. Many girls develop eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia. Teenage girls are increasingly resorting to cosmetic surgery to alter their appearance. And by cosmetic surgery, we are not just talking just the outwardly visible things like botox injections, face lifts, breast implants, liposuction, and the like (as if they were not bad enough).

Girls are now so distraught over the fact that their bodies do not look the way society tells them that they are supposed to, that they are resorting to things like vaginal labioplasty to give themselves “designer vaginas”. When I first came across this topic while surfing the net, I thought to myself, "This must be a joke". I was shocked to find out that it was not a joke at all. In fact, the clinics that offer the procedure have pages of pictures of so-called abnormal vaginas, apparently in an effort to convince you that yours may be another one. On top of that, they even accept credit cards and offer financing plans to help you pay for it. What the…?

It’s not just a girls appearance that is being targeted. It is also how she acts. It’s not cool to be smart or to be like the Walton’s, you have to be cheap and slutty to be popular these days. Rather than aspiring to be an upstanding woman like Condi Rice or Hillary Clinton, today’s girls would rather be like Pamela Anderson or Paris Hilton. I think Ariel Levy hit the nail right on the head when she states that, “Our popular culture has embraced a model of female sexuality that comes straight from pornography and strip clubs, in which the woman's job is to excite and titillate - to perform for men

The women’s movement also has to take some responsibility for this. They were so interested in promoting freedom and liberation for women that young girls got lost in the mix – collateral damage so to speak. They celebrated the sexuality and power displayed by such modern day icons as Madonna, while failing to realize the inherent dangers it posed to young girls. Again, Ariel Levy gets right to the point, “…women have bought into this by altering their bodies surgically and cosmetically, and - more insidiously - by confusing sexual power with power, so that embracing this caricaturish form of sexuality becomes, in their minds, a perverse kind of feminism

The image our society holds of women must change – for the sake of our children. But don’t rely on most men to change it, because they won’t. The sad fact is that our young boys (and men for that matter) are being taught by society that being a misogynist pig is not only acceptable, but its even desireable.

And don’t rely on the women’s movement to change it either. They strayed from the goals of their founders a long time ago. They have aligned themselves too closely with political interests, who themselves have sold out to the moneyed interests. And there is a lot of money to be made in the exploitation of women. The reality is that the women’s movement has betrayed itself.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton must be turning over in her grave!

It is really up to women to change it themselves – at the grass roots level. And that starts at home by fostering a healthy image of women in their daughters – as well as in their sons. Fathers must also reinforce this idea, by their words, as well as their actions. People also have demand more from the public. Money talks – and boycotts work. Make Hollywood and Madison Avenue hurt in the wallet, and they will respond.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Cosmetic Surgery Has Gone Too Far

Does someone you love have sagging jowls or bags under the eyes? Does that someone need a tummy-tuck? Or perhaps they have some wrinkles that could easily be smoothed over with a botox injection. Or maybe some cellulite that needs to be hosed out. If any of these problems sounds familiar to you, they can easilty be solved with a single phone call to a cosmetic surgeon - um...err…the veterinarian. That’s right, the veterinarian.

Now you can take Spot and Fluffy to have these procedures done. And at a fraction of the cost that human cosmetic surgeons charge. I know – it sounds totally ridiculous, but this is America! But actually it’s not just the US. Apparently, cosmetic surgery for pets is growing in popularity across the globe. So much so, that now it is causing problems at dog shows, as trainers are claiming that the other dogs are "supplementing" to gain advantages during competitions. And you thought Major League Baseball and Barry Bonds had problems.

But it gets even more ridiculous than that. If you are a responsible pet owner, you have probably taken Rover down to the vets to get him neutered. After you bring his home, you notice he is a little less active than before. He lies around a lot, eats more often, and is gaining weight. He just doesn’t seem the same. You also notice that when he walks around, he no longer has that “manly bounce” he used to have. He looks sort of “different”.

Now you can get that fixed too. It seems a guy in Independence, MO is offering prosthetic testicular implants for pets. And they are quite popular, as there are over 100,000 pets sporting these phony man bits.

The aptly named neuticles come in a variety of shapes and sizes - so you can find that perfect pair to match your loved one's personality.

Rover showing-off his handsome newly inserted K9 man tackle.

Some owners even claim they help improve their dog's self-esteem. Now just what was it that P.T. Barnum said?

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Peace on Earth?

I was driving past the Elm trees that line the mall leading up to the Pattee and Paterno libraries on the Penn State campus. As usual, there were a group of about 10-15 people holding a vigil to call attention to the Iraq War, and now the clash between Israel and Lebanon. I usually don’t pay much attention to the “protesters” but for some reason I did tonight. I don’t know if it is just the length of the Iraq war, or the mounting casualties, or what. Perhaps it is the renewal of fighting between Israel and Lebanon. Or maybe it’s the hundreds of thousands of Iraq civilians who have died or the Jewish and Lebanese, and perhaps Iranian and US citizens, who will have their lives snuffed out in the coming days.

Perhaps its just coincidence, but U2’s Peace on Earth came on the radio while all this shit was going through my head. I know the song was writing about the situation in Northern Ireland, but I think the lyrics can be applied to the situation in the Middle East and Iraq.

Peace on Earth by U2

Heaven on Earth, we need it now
I'm sick of all of this hanging around
Sick of sorrow, sick of the pain
I'm sick of hearing again and again
That there's gonna be peace on Earth

Where I grew up there weren't many trees
Where there was we'd tear them down
And use them on our enemies
They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you

And it's already gone too far
Who said that if you go in hard
You won't get hurt?

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth
Tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth
No whos or whys
No one cries like a mother cries
For peace on Earth
She never got to say goodbye
To see the color in his eyes
Now he's in the dirt
Peace on Earth

They're reading names out over the radio
All the folks the rest of us won't get to know
Sean and Julia, Gareth and Ann and Breda
Their lives are bigger than any big idea

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth
To tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth
Jesus sing a song you wrote
The words are sticking in my throat
Peace on Earth
Hear it every Christmas time
But hope and history won't rhyme
So what's it worth
This peace on Earth

Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth

Monday, July 17, 2006

Government Insolvency and Privatization

The Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis recently published a report that some may find quite shocking. According to the report, the United States is not heading for bankruptcy. Actually, it is already bankrupt, as “it will be unable to pay its creditors, who, in this context, are current and future generations to whom it has explicitly or implicitly promised future net payments of various kinds.

How did it happen? I will have to save that one for another time.

Anyone who has been paying even the slightest bit of attention to the financial news knows there is a growing budget deficit. And it is only going to get larger as the baby boomers begin to retire and collect Social Security and receive Medicare benefits. This is going to lead to a huge fiscal gap. Current estimates state that the fiscal gap could reach as high as $65,000,000,000.00! That’s trillion – with a “T”.

According to the Fed report, that is "more than five times the US GDP and almost twice the size of national wealth".

How are we going to get out of this mess? Raise taxes? Eliminate or reduce entitlements? Cut discretionary spending? I suppose that taking these measures will help, but it is unlikely that the government will be able to implement these changes to the extent that they will have any real impact.

So there is going to be a big problem. And investors don’t like problems. Especially insolvency! Soon as they catch wind of all this, they are going to begin dumping their treasury bonds, driving up the interest rate. Can you say inflation?

The Fed is going to have to buy the bonds back to keep rates down. Unfortunately, they won’t have the money to do so. What then? The most likely scenario is that the Federal Reserve will simply print more money, further diluting its steadily dropping value, and then use this fiat money to buy back the T-bonds. Can you say hyper-inflation?

Anybody still wondering why the Fed decided to stop publishing statistics on M3 (money supply)?

What will the outcome of all this be? You can count on conservatives stepping up to “save the day”. Unfortunately, it won't be you that they are saving. The bankruptcy of the US Treasury will present a perfect opportunity for conservatives to sell their privatization scheme to a fearful and helpless public. And by privatization, we are not just talking about Social Security. We are talking everything from school and prisons to utilities to Amtrak and the FAA – things the government has no business being involved with in the first place. On the downside, the public looses in the short term.

The big beneficiaries of this are, of course, the corporations and bankers who are really running the show. Maybe its just me, but... No, they wouldn't do that. Would they?

Religion of Violence?

Last week, I came across this cleverly crafted article in the New Media Journal (formerly The Rant), that claims, like so many other articles I have read from Conservative media outlets, that Islam, at is roots, is an religion of violence.

Give me a break! I must say that I find a flagrant double-standard lurking behind this rhetoric. How can someone make generalized statements about an entire religion based on the actions of its extremists elements? All this “Islam is Evil” crap is nothing more than spin to dehumanize the enemy and drum up support for the war on terror – a war which I incidentally support.

I am not being naïve here. I realize that the 19 hijackers who flew planes into the WTC were Muslims – or at least claimed to be. Osama bin Laden? Yeah, he’s one too. So are the guys toting Taliban and Hezbollah membership cards.

Well, so what!

Do the actions of these groups who identify themselves as Muslims mean that all Muslims are like them? In reality, the vast majority of Muslims do not believe that anything in the prophet Muhammad's life, the Qur'an, or Islamic law justifies terrorism.

I am not trying to gloss over the violence promoted and carried out by Muslim groups. Anyone who is paying attention to what is going on in the world can not honestly deny that there is a dark side to how some groups interpret the Qur’an and practice Islam. But let’s be real here. Christianity has its dark side as well. Anyone read Under the Banner of Heaven? Let us not forget the Crusades or the Inquisition. Then of course there are the radical hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan. And how about Timothy McVeigh? Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church? The guys who bomb abortion clinics? They all claim to be Christian.

Applying the same logic that the Right applies to Muslims, one would be forced to conclude that Christianity is a religion of violence. I can even back that up with some snappy out of context (or not) quotes from scripture. For example, in the Old Testament, Joshua, aided by God, kills the Amalekites "with the edge of the sword." (Exodus 17:13). And in the New Testament, Jesus states, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." (Matt 10:34).

One could pick any number of religions, and find plenty of examples of violence perpetrated in the name of the gods.

Well, if Islam is not a religion of violence, then what explains the rise in militant Islam and its campaign of violence directed against the West?

If one were to take a historical look at what has happened in the Muslim world over the past few hundred years, some of the answers would be apparent. For starters, there has been a great decline in what was formerly Muslim supremacy in politics, the arts and science. Then there is the exploitation and the inherent problems brought about by Western colonialism. The West, particularly Britain and more recently the United States, has supported corrupt and violent regimes in exchange for access to oil. Many of those violent regimes, or spin-off of them, are still in power today. These regimes suck the life blood out of the local economies. The vast majority of the obscene wealth of these countries is in the hands of a few families at the top of the economic food chain. The citizenry is kept in abject poverty. To divert attention away from the reality of their crimes so that they can stay in power, these regimes have used the West as a scapegoat for the peoples misery.

Many fundamentalists Islamic groups have taken advantage of this and have targeted directionless young men who are desperate and angry - much in the same way that white supremisist groups do in the US. These groups use inflammatory religious rhetoric, the promised of heaven and doe-eyed virgins, and eternal glory to stir up the pent up emotions in their young recruits to get them to come over to the dark side.

No one can deny that a great deal of violence has been committed in the name of Islam. But the same can be said for Christianity, and probably for other religions as well. Does that mean that these religions are all religions of violence? Or are they really religions of peace that have been hijacked by fundamentalist extremists from time to time?

Well, I will leave that up to you to decide.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Meet "Interesting" People at

What's the Deal with I had never heard of it until a few weeks back. And now I read this report that claims myspace is the #1 web site - accounting for 4.5% of all internet visits in the US.

Where the heck have I been? I do try to make some effort to keep up with the times. I finally replaced my entire album collection with CDs - the part that was worth replacing anyway. I tossed my Walkman and upgraded to an iPod. I even got a cell phone this past Christmas – although I am not quite sure what for. I do not have that many friends and the ones that I do have I don’t feel any pressing need to speak with every spare moment I have.

When it comes to computers, I have always been “with the times”. Or at least I thought so. I started surfing the internet shortly after Al Gore finished inventing it. And now I have this soapbox – the blog. But myspace? What's that?

I decided to find out about myspace by calling my younger brother. Surely he would know. He did! He said it was a great way to keep in touch with friends and a good vehicle for meeting other people with similar interests. I can supposedly use if to share my banjo music. And who knows, he said I might even get lucky and meet someone who actually "likes" me – if you know what I mean.

Now we're talking! That sounds great. I can do all that by simply setting up one website? I gotta see this. Being somewhat cautious, I checked out my brother's myspace page first. It seemed pretty cool. He had a picture of himself with all the vital stats that enquiring minds and the sexually desperate might find interesting. He had a few pics of his dog, his girlfriend of the month, and a whole ”friends section” with photos and emails from all the cool people he knows in the cycling world. He even piped in some Peter Yorn music for entertainment, which I thought was quite considerate.

This myspace thing looked pretty cool, so I decided to give it a try. After all, what do I have to loose? I might be able to catch up with old friends, and perhaps find a few new ones. Of course there is the whole romance thing as well. Don’t get me wrong, I am not currently in the market for “love”, and I am certainly not trolling cyberspace looking to set up some wonderfully sleazy fling. I just figure that it doesn’t hurt to start laying the ground work and sending out a few feelers in case I should ever find need to thrust myself back into the dating scene. Besides, it sure beats placing one of those pathetic personal ads in the back pages of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

So I made the commitment and set up my own personal page at myspace (which I have since deleted). Within an hour of setting the page up, I had a slew of email from other myspacers requesting to “be my friend”. What? So soon? This is great - or so I thought.

Over the past few weeks, I have been receiveing emails from my "new friends" Rocco and Jamie, inviting me to participate in all sorts of adventures. Do I want to go hiking? Do I enjoy swimming? Do I want a free mustache ride? Huh? They also sent me some links in case I should want to see a picture of “what they are made of”. What?, my eyes!

Now I feel unsubstantial and inadequate.

On the bright side, I got similar emails from my other new friend, Yolanda. I bookmarked the links she sent - as an example of decandence of course. I look at them every now and again, until I seem to suddenly loose interest.

As it stands now, I am not sure about this whole myspace thing. I can't figure out how it became to #1 web site in the US. It seems more like a hang-out for perverts and sexual predators. It does not seem to be serving its intended purpose. I have not really caught up with any old friends, and the new “friends” I have met I could probably do without.

Monday, July 10, 2006

North Korean Missiles and US Missile Defense

Last week, North Korea test-fired seven missiles capable of carrying a nuclear payload. Not coincidentally, the tests were conducted on the 4th of July in an effort to put pressure on the US to hold direct bilateral negotiations with Pyongyang. Kim Jong-il is hoping to use the threat of expanding his nuclear program to gain concessions from the US similar to those granted to Iran last month (such as a light-water reactor).

After seeing the results of NKs tests, I must admit that I am not impressed. In fact, the international display of impotence may have raised some doubts about NKs nuclear capabilities. Most of the missiles dropped out of the sky shortly after they were launched. In addition, the technology behind the missiles dates back to the 50’s and 60’s.

Military analysts familiar with NKs weapons program believe that they only have one site from which to launch the missiles. So rather than waiting for them to fall out of the sky, we can just as easily destroy their launch pad and let the missiles corrode in a Pyongyang hanger. In fact, Japan is considering just such a pre-emptive strike.

Although the tests are largely seen as failures, they do indicate a willingness of Kim’s part to use his weapons. And some of those weapons, though outdated, do have the capability of reaching the US (Alaska and Hawai`i). As such, Kim must be taken seriously.

It is widely believed that the US could shoot down any missiles that were headed our way. But could we? When asked about this, President Bush didn’t seem so confident, stating, “Our anti-ballistic missile systems are modest. They're new. It's new research. [We’re] testing them. And so I can't -- it's hard for me to give you a probability of success”. The President continued, “I think we had a reasonable chance of shooting it down. At least that's what the military commanders told me."

Wow, that sounds reassuring!

A reasonable chance? What exactly are our present capabilities at intercepting one of Kim’s missiles – should they not fail. Our Aegis destroyers carry missiles with roughly a 50% chance of intercepting a missile headed our way, and our ground-based interceptor missiles have about a 60% chance of success. It seems that our defense capabilities have not changed all that much since the Reagan-era! That is not good!

Although Kim’s nuclear capabilities do not appear to present an immediate threat to the US, it may not be long before they are. NK is continuing to enrich uranium, and Kim has already stated that more missile tests are planned. Chances are that NK learned something from the failures, and will attempt to remedy their problems. China and Russia may also be willing to assist him if they think it is in their best interest to do so. Their reluctance to go along with the UN Security council and place sanctions on North Korea seems to indicate that they think it is.

The US can not stand around with our hand in our pants waiting for China or Russia to come around. The time for action is now! The US must improve our missile defenses to eliminate our vulnerabilities. Is anyone on the Senate Armed Services Committee taking notes? John Warner, are you out there? We can not allow some maniacal leader teetering on the lunatic fringe to dictate our foreign policy or hold us hostage to his demands.

Although diplomacy is always the first best option, it seems that the time for diplomacy is running out!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Starbucks Made Me a Junkie

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I hate paying bills. Sure parting with my greenbacks sucks, but that is not the part that bothers me. After all, I am paying for stuff I bought (at least I think so). Anyway, what I really hate is going over all those statements. Usually, I do not pay much attention to them. I just look for the little box that states how much I owe, and I write a check and toss it in the mailbox.

Well, I ain't exactly rich and I have been running low on funds recently. I decided that I really have to start cutting my costs. So I went over my credit card statements for the last several months to see where all my money goes. Actually my wife went over them and pointed out my excesses for me - wives are good at that sort of thing. When my wife approached me with a scowl on her face, I initially thought she discovered the $29.95 monthly fee that I have been discreetly paying to CyberNet Ventures. Thankfully, it was only about my monthly Starbucks bill.

Over the past several months, I have spending about $80/month on coffee. What the f#@k! Eighty bucks! For friggin' coffee?

I was suprised it was so much. I didn't think I spent more that $75/month, but I guess all the venti coffees, blueberry scones and black-bottom cupcakes add up. The other part of the problem is that Starbucks coffee is so damn expensive to start with - almost $2/cup. And that's just for straight-up coffee, not for the fruity frappuccinos or limp-wristed lattes they peddle.

So why the hell do I keep going back? Certainly it is not the atmosphere. The AC is turned so low, my nipples practically tear through the front of my Johnny Cash T-shirt. The music usually sucks too - how much Antigione Rising can one guy take? It's not for the brain-farts featured on the side of their paper cups. And it is certainly not for the people that work there. Sure they are all friendly - but they are way too friendly - almost like Mormons-on-Prozac friendly. It kinda creeps me out. Yeah, the women that work there tend to be tasty looking, but the fellas that work there make me uncomfortable. It's not that I have anything against gay people, in fact, if Kurt Cobain is right, I am probably gay too. Its more about how they act and dress. It's like you have to be a metrosexual or something to get hired there. Can't they find any real people - like disgruntled college students with attitudes - to work there?

So if it is not the atmosphere, the music, or the people - what is it? I think it is the drugs. I read somewhere that each 16 oz. cup has over 220 mg of caffeine - twice as much as a normal cup of coffee. There are also the persistent rumors that the baristas toss a few crack rocks in the brew basket. Whatever it is, it has me hooked. Personally, I am leaning toward to crack theory. Their coffee really eases the craving for crystal meth that I developed in college.

My buddy suggested that I switch over to a different brand of coffee. Well I tried that and I couldn't make it work. There is a Peet's coffee here on the Penn State campus. Sometimes I go there after lunch if I need to tweak my buzz. But their cup o' joe is just not the same. I have also tried a few of the trendy off-campus shops, down on Beaver Avenue. Sorry, not the same. Starbucks really knows how to burn their coffee right. Its practically all carbon - like a slurry of charcoal briquettes. In reality, it does not even taste all that good. But if I don't get my fix, I get all cranky, I get headaches, backpain, insomnia and the like. Unfortunately, I don't get erections lasting over four hours, like you get with some other drugs out there.

I am ashamed to admit it, but I think I have become a caffeine junkie. All my money goes to feeding my head. Maybe I should buy some Starbucks stock to at least recoup some of my expenses.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Ken Lay Dies By His Own Hand

CNN (and everyone else) is reporting that former Enron CEO Ken Lay is dead. Some say he he had it coming. Perhaps he did.

Lay reportedly died of a massive heart attack. By most accounts, Lay was a rather healthy 60-some year old guy, but I suppose with all the stress he has been under that a heart attack is not suprising. If that is the way the good Lord choose to take him, I won't argue. But if it were up to me, I think a bolt of lightening would have been more appropriate - or at least more dramatic.

That being said, the skeptic in me doubts the validity of this story. The first thing that went through my mind after I heard the news was that Lay committed suicide. Rumors of a suicide have already began appearing in the blogosphere.

If the suicide rumors prove to be true, Lay would not be the first Enron executive to choose the easy way out. In 2002, Cliff Baxter put a bullet through his head. The suicide scenario makes sense as well. Lay was recently convicted of conspiracy and defrauding investors. He was scheduled to be sentenced this coming October. In all liklihood, he was looking at 40 years (the rest of his life) in prison - where he would not have fared well.

To me, the whole thing is just a tragedy. Lay had it all. He could have retired in comfort. But having it all was not enough for him. He just had to have more. He was consumed by greed and may very well have sold his soul to satify that greed. To make matters worse, thousands of investors have been cheated out of their savings or their retirement funds.

For what? An extra yacht? A third vacation home?

Well Ken, was it worth it?

Sucide or natural death? I guess it does not really matter all that much at this point. Either way you look at it, his death came by his own hands.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Some Lyrics for Independence Day

That Ragged Old Flag - Johnny Cash

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin' there.
I said,"Your old court house is kinda run down,"
He said,"Naw, it'll do for our little town."
I said,"Your old flag pole is leaned a bit,
And that's a ragged old flag you got hangin' on it."
He said,"Have a seat,"and I sat down,
"Is this the first time you've been to our little town." I said,"I think it is"
He said,"I don't like to brag, but we're kinda proud of That Ragged Old Flag

"you see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware;
and It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it, writing "Say Can You See"
It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham and Jackson tugging at it's seams.
and It almost fell at the Alamo
beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on through.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorille,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind was blowing hard on That Ragged Old Flag

"On Flanders Field in World War I,
She got a big hole frm a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp, and low, a time or two,
She was in Korea, Vietnam
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.
She waved from our ships upon the briny foam and now they've about quit wavin' back here at home in her own good land here She's been abused,
She's been burned, dishonored, denied an' refused,
And the government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout the land.
And she's getting threadbare, and she's wearin' thin.
But she's in good shape, for the shape she's in.
Cause she's been through the fire before
and I believe she can take a whole lot more.

So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down slowly every night,
We don't let her touch the ground,
On second thought
I "do" like to brag
Cause I'm mighty proud of
Tht Ragged Old Flag