Killing People Can Be Fun for Kids, Too

Saturday, April 24, 2010
Posted in category State Worship, War

When “sick” equals cool.

Dylan Harbison said that the weapons simulator she got to use as part of Fun Day with the Missouri National Guard was “sick.”

It’s the 10th graders way of saying it was fun.

“It was pretty cool,” Harbison said of the high-tech, computerized simulator that allowed her to shoot bad guys as part of a virtual world that emphasizes marksmanship training. “There were screens all around me and we had to watch out for these guys who were trying to attack us. It looked so real. It was really, really sick.”

The government recruits future killers and/or to-be-brainwashed “citizen” tyrants from high schools by making war and people control seem “fun.” ‘Tis this “Fun Day” with the Missouri National Guard. A Staff Sgt. was quoted as saying, “We provide options for college or if they want to make the National Guard their career right after high school.” In other words, an automatic job and all the assorted government benefits. Sgt. Bell says they – the National Guard – are the real “citizen-soldiers.” No, citizen-soldiers do not work for and get paid by the state to follow orders. The militias are the citizen soldiers. The Guard likes to convey the image that it is somehow “different” than the rest of the government’s paid forces. Fail. (Thanks to Rick Vandeven for the FYI.)

Of course, if you really want to mix it up like the big boys, you can always entertain educate yourself at the Army Entertainment Experience Center in Philadelphia. This is a, like, you know, totally cool recruitment tool in the middle of a popular mall, and it happens to be close to an entertainment facility and indoor skate park (hint: things that attract kiddies).

It is manned by more than 20 Soldiers who are available to share their stories with visitors and answer questions they may have about the Army. Although the Soldiers who run the center are trained recruiters, the AEC is not a recruiting center, according to Ryan Hansen of Ignited Corporation, who partnered with the Army on the project.

“The center is an attraction tool. There is no recruiting mission here,” Hansen said. “Here it is more about changing perceptions.”

The Soldiers at the AEC don’t have quotas. They don’t wear traditional Army uniforms, but rather black Army polo shirts and khaki pants. They are from diverse backgrounds and have unique stories to tell. At first glance they seem more like tour guides than Army recruiters, and in a sense, they are.

Indeed – changing the negative perceptions about war, killing, and the total police state. At the Army Indoctrination center you can even man an Apache simulator and take up a gunner position, or perhaps the armored Humvee gunner game would be more your flavor? Certainly, this is a test center for future Army marketing (they call it a “pilot program”) as it looks to round up the next generation of malleable droids.

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8 Responses to Killing People Can Be Fun for Kids, Too

  1. S.M. Oliva says:

    April 24th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    The other day when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Goodell made a point of condemning Roethlisberger for aiding and abetting “underage” drinking — that is, drinking by legal adults who have not reached the arbitrary, state-mandated age of 21. I noted that had Roethlisberger been encouraging those same “underage” persons to join the military, he’d be feted as a hero.

  2. cousin lucky says:

    April 25th, 2010 at 3:27 am

    The drug dealers and the military recruiters hover around New York City High Schools openly seeking young minds and bodies to prey upon. The reality of military life ( and death ) is blurred by all of the enticements being offered for signing your name onto a piece of paper!!

  3. Rick Vandeven says:

    April 25th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Karen, Thanks for posting. I thought that you might find this as interesting as I did. Take care, and keep up the good work!

  4. Paul Mollon says:

    April 25th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    So “The center is an attraction tool… is more about changing perceptions”. Isn’t that swell. I wonder if anyone will ask those outstanding young men in their spiffy polo shirts if we can assume the murdering punks whose voices we heard on the recent WikiLeaks shoot-em-up video had their “perceptions changed” by these efforts, and if so, changed how, exactly?

  5. Michael says:

    April 25th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Want to know a great way to get more cannon fodder for your imperial conquests? Trash your economy by manipulating the cost of capital and stock of money.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “the FED”.

  6. Jeannie Queenie says:

    April 25th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    What do you expect? Those who allow their kids to watch 24/7 TV violence send the message ‘that’s just how life is kiddies!’ Add to that, the recent years of the macho military reaching into schools for recruits, and the kids get a sense of soldier power. As if to really ratchet up the mind to prepare kids for war, war, and more war, military leaders are even targeting schools food programs to make sure that kids are fit to fight. You see, it is actually a security risk to the good ol’ us of a to have fat kids! So let’s bring on the boot camps for the fatties! Add onto that picture, if a female enters the military she faces two enemies…the one on the outside, and inside her ranks as well.
    These gals often find themselves planted among ranks of the power hungry women- hating guys who use force to extract sex. Over 90% of rapes go unreported and 1/3 of female recruits are raped both by military guys as welll as contractors at the scene.
    Here is one gal’s account of what that environment is like, and you can’t help but wonder if the recruits that go to the schools, tell the girls what is in store if they join the army, etc.
    The culture of violence against not just the enemy, but women in their ranks as well, goes unchecked day in and day out. Women are viewed as lower than dirt, thus proving that any american guy who treats a fellow american soldier that way, is no different than the enemy/muslim he is trying to blow away. Basically both guys are on the same page regarding women as chattel, or toys to be abused, used and thrown away. Whereas, muslim women can be victims of honor killings, in our military these whackjob male soldiers keep their honor while defiling a woman and giving her two forms of PTSD. She has to overcome the fact he views her as dirt, she has to watch her back constantly that she won’t be asked to bend over again, plus she has to tragically look out for the other enemy as well.
    Obviously men who do this are not even true warriors, for here all along I thought the idea was to protect women and children.

  7. Jeannie Queenie says:

    April 25th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Oops, forgot to insert that one female soidiers it is, “Everybody’s supposed to have a battle buddy in the army, and females are supposed to have one to go to the latrines with, or to the showers – that’s so you don’t get raped by one of the men on your own side. But because I was the only female there, I didn’t have a battle buddy. My battle buddy was my gun and my knife.” GOd help a country that allows this.

  8. Iluvatar says:

    April 26th, 2010 at 11:09 pm


    Excellent take! Yes, we can thank the Fed for the devaluation of our dollar by about 95% since 1913. That’s right; $1 now is worth about a (plumb) nickel.

    And trust me on this one: wages have not kept up w/ that kind of inflation. I am WAY poorer than my parents (they bought their last house in CASH). And I am considered a “Boomer”!!??!!

    The Gen X’ers and more so the Gen Y’ers are in deep shiite. We have a disaster in the making.

    Hey tghis keyboard is really starting to work!

    @JQ: That was truly disgusting regarding women in the armed forces. Great expose (to be truly literate, there is supposed to an accent “aigu” over the last “e” there – it is a borrowed French word after all) – you do really rock dude.

    Thanks for the info – did not get this from the other news sources; but this is also very sad. Just confirms that we are TZ now – head for the hills…

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