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This montage by Kelly Gallaher is upsetting enough to make me want to storm Capitol Hill and Wall Street to begin a mass boycott of the products sold by all of the big campaign-donating corporations until our Congress is forced to get American soldiers out of Iraq. Given that something drastic like a true boycott has not yet happened, I am going to agree with the Gallaher's montage accusation that we are all too "comfortably numb."

Thus far, 3,586 soldiers have died as a result of the American invasion of Iraq. 381 of these soldiers were from California. So since today is the Fourth of July, and since the Fourth of July is one of those patriotic-type holidays, and since patriotic-type holidays usually involve picnics and beer, I am going pour a beer libation into the ground for the Californian casualties of this war.

I can't afford to purchase 598 six-packs of beer to pour for all of the soldier casualties of war myself so maybe you can help lighten the load. Just pick a name from this list of casualties on icasualties.org, think about all the beers that they will never get to have, and pour away.

I will be pouring a libation for Steven J. Wallberg of Paradise, California, who died as a result of hostile fire from a small arms weapon at 18 years of age in Baghdad, Iraq on 15 April, 2007. By the way, at the time of his death, Steven J. Wallberg was not old enough to buy beer. Nor was he old enough to have voted for any of the politicians responsible for sending him to his death.