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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Mitzvahpalooza!!

It was General Smedley Butler who once said "War is a Racket."

In light of the Bat Mitvah recently thrown by defense contractor David H. Brooks of DHB Industries for his daughter, it's glaringly obvious that Smedley Butler was RIGHT.

Entitled "Mitzvahpalooza," Mr. Brook's daughter's bat mitvah cost an estimated $10 million dollars. Appearing at "Mitzvahpalooza" were the following performers:

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Don Henley and Joe Walsh of The Eagles
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac
Tom Petty
Kenny G
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith
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Ciara
"I'm told that at one point Brooks leapt on the stage with Tyler and Perry, who responded with good grace when their paymaster demanded that his teenage nephew be permitted to sit in on drums. At another point, I'm told, Tyler theatrically wiped sweat off Brooks' forehead - and then dried his hand with a flourish."


While war profiteer David Brooks is throwing a decadent bat mitzvah for his daughter, a war rages on in Iraq. As "150 kids in attendance" were "impressed by their $1,000 gift bags, complete with digital cameras and the latest video iPod," four (4) westerners were kidnapped in Iraq today.

There is an orgy of war profiteering going on in America, from congressmen to defense contractors. Does anybody give a shit?

NOTE: DHB is the "leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of innovative, technically advanced bullet and projectile resistant garments, bullet resistant and fragmentation vests, bomb projectile blankets, and related ballistic accessories and technologies for the United States Military and Law Enforcement Agencies"

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That's an interesting piece considering one of those cable channels (I believe it was E!) also ran a segment on that Bat Mitzvah but they mentioned Mr. Brooks made his money from the .Com industry. Why would they misrepresent the facts? It's not like their average viewer could give a shit about profiteering let alone know the meaning of the word!

from the website, it looks like DHB Industries makes body army. thats not really that outragous. in fact, this whole article is pretty lame.

What he should have included in the gift bags for the kids were body armor. When the revolution starts in this country...the rich and spoiled are going to need it.

if you want me to get all riled up about the fact that some random guy has a lot of money, you have to show that he somehow lobbied the president to go to war, and stay in iraq. or else who gives a shit

Craven-


Indeed why should we as taxpayers care if a defense contractor has a loose $10M to pay for his daughter's Bat Mitzvah?

Maybe we're being overcharged?

Just a thought.

arthurstone


yea its possible. but this isn't the proof your looking for. it just makes you look like assholes. so some guy has 10 million dollars. thats really not all that rare these days after the .com bubble, as a previous poster says, is where this guy made a lot of money and cashed out. association is not causation. if you however find any strange billings, or like, 30000 dollar hammers coming from this company, i will be the first to join you. but until then, you cant just randomly say, some guy has a lot of money... FUCK HIM! its just paranoia.

does anyone find it odd that Don Henley, given his outspoken progressive nature, would take the job from a defense contractor? Don, we hardly knew ye.

also... by the looks of the entertainment lineup, Mr. Brooks decided he was going to enjoy some music too. I'm sure Ms. Teen Queen was thrilled to see Joe Walsh wheeze/grunt out "Rocky Mountain Way"...

"Daddy, who are all the old, drunk guys with guitars??"

Kenny f'ing G?? I can just see all the teens scrambling to try out their new iPod...

but this is exactly how the economy will get better - look, jobs were created by this money going to the top dogs, jobs for stevie nicks and a bunch of caterers. it's the american way!

David H. Brooks is a real piece of work, but so is everyone else our elected officials seem to be giving tax dollars too.

Sorry, posted too soon.

David H. Brooks is a real piece of work, but so is everyone else our elected officials seem to be giving tax dollars to.

The last 4 paragraphs are of interest here.

Craven. I get you point about no proof. But, I for one am sick of 'Carrot up the Ass' Television where the ultra rich show us their cribs, luxury cars, extravagent lifestyles while some of us are struggling to make ends meet or plunging into debt. It's even more astonishing when it is someone whose primary source of income is government contracts. Cut welfare because those people are raking it in. Cut spending on infrastructure because times are hard. Then you have guys like this. Think about your own life for a minute. When you had your daughters birthday party you invited close friends and spent within your budget. If you spent $10M then you probably had quite a lot of money laying around.

We hear about US sacrificing all the time. Where is the sacrifice coming from the rich. If he is making enough of a profit to spend that much on his kids bar mitzfa, then someone in the Pentagon's purchasing department is doing a pretty shitty job of negotiating the deal. Either that or it's a non-negotiable deal. I lean towards the second.

"Let them eat cake" will get us all killed!

Smedley Butler had it right. War's a racket. Brooks is just a symptom of the disease that grips this country. (Hint: America's all about profit, not patriotism --- let alone pragmatism). Butler, by the way, was the Marine general who exposed the Rockefeller/DuPont coup plot against FDR. Another symptom of what's wrong here. The plot succeeded, it just took a lot longer than planned...

If soldiers in Iraq are sacrificing their lives for the "new and improved" American way of life (as sold by the administration), then why should it be of anybody's concern if we simply nationalize all those defense contractors? After putting the executives on civil servant pay, your government might be able to cough up some of the debt money it owes to the Chinese. Oh, that's right, it's only your children's future that you are selling off to the Chinese. Who, I might point out, will always consider your children "Laowai", and therefore a little inferior.

Those guys in Iraq are dieing.

Maybe I should say it again.

CRAVEN: YOUR soldiers - your NEIGHBORS - are in Iraq, D-I-E-I-N-G, so that you can fuel your SUV, while defense contractor executives have $10 million parties for their kids.

If you accept this, then you have fair warning: eventually your treason will be your own goddamned undoing.

"so some guy has 10 million dollars. thats really not all that rare these days"

It is around my neighborhood. Besides, it's not that he has $10 million, it's that he can afford to piss away $10m on his 13 year old kid's party. I can't help but think that he's got an awful lot of money to throw around and that he's in business selling to the government. Do I know he's making excessive profits? Nope.

I know it doesn't pass the smell test though.

Reminds me of a totally materialistic Bat Mitzvah I went to about 10 years back. Parents were the kind with too many dollars and not enough cents. It wasn't as grossly materialistic as DHB's daughter's celebrations, but I drew the line when "Captain Bat Mitzvah" mounted the stage amidst a laser light show and lots of artificial smoke. I turned to the Rabbi (I happened to be seated at his table) and said "Rabbi, would you please pass the pillar of salt?" To his credit, he immediately grokked what I was implying and replied "Yes, this really IS too much... but they ARE really big supporters of the Temple, and I have to keep that in mind..." What I wanna know is, how many in attendance at the DHB moneyfest simply got up and walked out? And how many were justifiably turned into pillars of salt??

Actually, I find it pretty disgusting for anybody to be this extravagant, no matter where or how they made their money. I don't know how a person can live with themselves, spending money like that when people die everyday of starvation. Not to mention the value system they're giving to their kids. Sickening, really.

GIVE ME A BREAK... I've had it just about up to my eyeballs with this campaign by the left, against "wealthy" people. Who CARES how much he spent on his daughter... does he not have the right just because someone else in this country CAN'T spend $10Million on theirs? I'm sick of these people that believe that that the poor are innocent and eager to succeed while believing that the wealthy are inherently corrupt.

Get over yourselves for once... he may not be the most innocent person on the planet, but to condemn him for spending money while we're at war is pathetic.

Umm... howzabout condemning him for spending money he got from WAR PROFITEERING out of the POCKETS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC while providing INFERIOR and/or INSUFFICIENT products, spending his money on "musical" acts which DEPRAVE the tastes of CIVILIZED people, and finally spending his ill-gotten gains on a conspicuous-consumption party associated with a RELIGIOUS rite? Get over your own justifications of the STUPID actions of the super-rich, just because YOU would like to be just as rich and exercise even WORSE taste. Thank the Lord that you are just a poor Repukelikan who votes against his own self-interest because you're a born follower...

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That's an interesting piece considering one of those cable channels (I believe it was E!) also ran a segment on that Bat Mitzvah but they mentioned Mr. Brooks made his money from the .Com industry. Why would they misrepresent the facts? It's not like their average viewer could give a shit about profiteering let alone know the meaning of the word!

from the website, it looks like DHB Industries makes body army. thats not really that outragous. in fact, this whole article is pretty lame.

What he should have included in the gift bags for the kids were body armor. When the revolution starts in this country...the rich and spoiled are going to need it.

if you want me to get all riled up about the fact that some random guy has a lot of money, you have to show that he somehow lobbied the president to go to war, and stay in iraq. or else who gives a shit

Craven-


Indeed why should we as taxpayers care if a defense contractor has a loose $10M to pay for his daughter's Bat Mitzvah?

Maybe we're being overcharged?

Just a thought.

arthurstone


yea its possible. but this isn't the proof your looking for. it just makes you look like assholes. so some guy has 10 million dollars. thats really not all that rare these days after the .com bubble, as a previous poster says, is where this guy made a lot of money and cashed out. association is not causation. if you however find any strange billings, or like, 30000 dollar hammers coming from this company, i will be the first to join you. but until then, you cant just randomly say, some guy has a lot of money... FUCK HIM! its just paranoia.

does anyone find it odd that Don Henley, given his outspoken progressive nature, would take the job from a defense contractor? Don, we hardly knew ye.

also... by the looks of the entertainment lineup, Mr. Brooks decided he was going to enjoy some music too. I'm sure Ms. Teen Queen was thrilled to see Joe Walsh wheeze/grunt out "Rocky Mountain Way"...

"Daddy, who are all the old, drunk guys with guitars??"

Kenny f'ing G?? I can just see all the teens scrambling to try out their new iPod...

but this is exactly how the economy will get better - look, jobs were created by this money going to the top dogs, jobs for stevie nicks and a bunch of caterers. it's the american way!

David H. Brooks is a real piece of work, but so is everyone else our elected officials seem to be giving tax dollars too.

Sorry, posted too soon.

David H. Brooks is a real piece of work, but so is everyone else our elected officials seem to be giving tax dollars to.

The last 4 paragraphs are of interest here.

Craven. I get you point about no proof. But, I for one am sick of 'Carrot up the Ass' Television where the ultra rich show us their cribs, luxury cars, extravagent lifestyles while some of us are struggling to make ends meet or plunging into debt. It's even more astonishing when it is someone whose primary source of income is government contracts. Cut welfare because those people are raking it in. Cut spending on infrastructure because times are hard. Then you have guys like this. Think about your own life for a minute. When you had your daughters birthday party you invited close friends and spent within your budget. If you spent $10M then you probably had quite a lot of money laying around.

We hear about US sacrificing all the time. Where is the sacrifice coming from the rich. If he is making enough of a profit to spend that much on his kids bar mitzfa, then someone in the Pentagon's purchasing department is doing a pretty shitty job of negotiating the deal. Either that or it's a non-negotiable deal. I lean towards the second.

"Let them eat cake" will get us all killed!

Smedley Butler had it right. War's a racket. Brooks is just a symptom of the disease that grips this country. (Hint: America's all about profit, not patriotism --- let alone pragmatism). Butler, by the way, was the Marine general who exposed the Rockefeller/DuPont coup plot against FDR. Another symptom of what's wrong here. The plot succeeded, it just took a lot longer than planned...

If soldiers in Iraq are sacrificing their lives for the "new and improved" American way of life (as sold by the administration), then why should it be of anybody's concern if we simply nationalize all those defense contractors? After putting the executives on civil servant pay, your government might be able to cough up some of the debt money it owes to the Chinese. Oh, that's right, it's only your children's future that you are selling off to the Chinese. Who, I might point out, will always consider your children "Laowai", and therefore a little inferior.

Those guys in Iraq are dieing.

Maybe I should say it again.

CRAVEN: YOUR soldiers - your NEIGHBORS - are in Iraq, D-I-E-I-N-G, so that you can fuel your SUV, while defense contractor executives have $10 million parties for their kids.

If you accept this, then you have fair warning: eventually your treason will be your own goddamned undoing.

"so some guy has 10 million dollars. thats really not all that rare these days"

It is around my neighborhood. Besides, it's not that he has $10 million, it's that he can afford to piss away $10m on his 13 year old kid's party. I can't help but think that he's got an awful lot of money to throw around and that he's in business selling to the government. Do I know he's making excessive profits? Nope.

I know it doesn't pass the smell test though.

Reminds me of a totally materialistic Bat Mitzvah I went to about 10 years back. Parents were the kind with too many dollars and not enough cents. It wasn't as grossly materialistic as DHB's daughter's celebrations, but I drew the line when "Captain Bat Mitzvah" mounted the stage amidst a laser light show and lots of artificial smoke. I turned to the Rabbi (I happened to be seated at his table) and said "Rabbi, would you please pass the pillar of salt?" To his credit, he immediately grokked what I was implying and replied "Yes, this really IS too much... but they ARE really big supporters of the Temple, and I have to keep that in mind..." What I wanna know is, how many in attendance at the DHB moneyfest simply got up and walked out? And how many were justifiably turned into pillars of salt??

Actually, I find it pretty disgusting for anybody to be this extravagant, no matter where or how they made their money. I don't know how a person can live with themselves, spending money like that when people die everyday of starvation. Not to mention the value system they're giving to their kids. Sickening, really.

GIVE ME A BREAK... I've had it just about up to my eyeballs with this campaign by the left, against "wealthy" people. Who CARES how much he spent on his daughter... does he not have the right just because someone else in this country CAN'T spend $10Million on theirs? I'm sick of these people that believe that that the poor are innocent and eager to succeed while believing that the wealthy are inherently corrupt.

Get over yourselves for once... he may not be the most innocent person on the planet, but to condemn him for spending money while we're at war is pathetic.

Umm... howzabout condemning him for spending money he got from WAR PROFITEERING out of the POCKETS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC while providing INFERIOR and/or INSUFFICIENT products, spending his money on "musical" acts which DEPRAVE the tastes of CIVILIZED people, and finally spending his ill-gotten gains on a conspicuous-consumption party associated with a RELIGIOUS rite? Get over your own justifications of the STUPID actions of the super-rich, just because YOU would like to be just as rich and exercise even WORSE taste. Thank the Lord that you are just a poor Repukelikan who votes against his own self-interest because you're a born follower...

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