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This Green And Pleasant Land

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In October this year, the front page of the South Wales Echo carried a report claiming that 60 trafficked women were working as prostitutes in Cardiff, being forced to see up to 10 men a day. The newspaper focused on the story of an 18-year-old Lithuanian woman who was made to work at three massage parlors in the city and had been repeatedly gang-raped and beaten. She was forced to dance naked on poker tables for customers, was burned with cigarettes and threatened that if she went to the police, her family would be harmed. A leader column in the same edition said that the “hideous trade” in sex slavery must be stopped.

At the back of the South Wales Echo were ads for the very same brothels that had been exposed on the front page.

It’s Crazy But…

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We yell for the Government to balance the budget, then take the last dime we have to make the down payment on a car that will take 5 years to pay off.

We demand speed laws that will stop fast driving, then won’t buy a car if it can’t go over 100 miles an hour.

We know the line-up of every baseball team in the American and National Leagues but mumble through half the words in the “Star Spangled Banner”.

We’ll spend half a day looking for vitamin pills to make us live longer, then drive 90 miles an hour on slick pavement to make up for lost time.

We tie up our dog while letting our sixteen year old son run wild.

We whip any enemy in battle, then give them the shirt off our backs.

We will work hard on a farm so we can move into town where we can make more money so we can move back to the farm.

We run from morning to night trying to keep our “earning power” up with our “yearning power.”

We get upset we’re spending over a billion dollars for education, but spend three billion dollars a year for cigarettes.

In the office we talk about baseball, shopping or fishing, but when we are out at the game, the mall or on the lake, we talk about business.

We’re supposed to be the most civilized nation on earth, but we still can’t deliver payrolls without an armored car.

We have more experts on marriage than any other country in the world and still have more divorces.

We’re the country that has more food to eat than any other country in the world and more diets to keep us from eating it.

We heavily tax smokers to get them to stop smoking, while subsidizing the tobacco farmer.

We buy oil from countries that hate us, and sell our oil to the country that almost destroyed our Navy.