IT'S 9/11!!! AND 6 YEARS LATER, OSAMA bin LADEN IS STILL SENDING US MESSAGES!!!
We were mad, we were scared and we were willing to sign off on anything President Bush wanted us to do.
How's that working out for all of us?
Maybe...long after we're dead, our country will be told the real reason we went to Iraq. It certainly wasn't to find 9/11's mastermind. Saddam Hussein and the people in Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
Maybe...long after we're dead, our country will be told the real reason we didn't try (with unqualified vigor) to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden instead of sending (with unqualified vigor) young American soldiers to die or to be severely injured in Iraq. The publicly stated reasons have changed. From a couple of outrageous lies to, "We're fighting in Iraq because that's where the terrorists are." The fact that the terrorists weren't there before we showed up is one of those "Don't confuse me with the facts!" questions, but like sheep, we....
You know what we've done and you know what we've allowed to happen.
Meanwhile, General Petraeus, doing the bidding of his masters, is telling us "the surge" is working and that we need to stay in Iraq.
We had another General who used to talk like that. In the late 60's. Guy by the name of William Westmoreland. The Commanding General in Vietnam. How many deaths of our young people were he and Robert McNamara responsible for? And for what?
Did you see the full page ad in yesterday's New York Times? The ad was headlined "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"
Happy 9/11 everybody!
A PLEASURABLE EXPERIENCE INVOLVING KILLING:
From the real "killing fields", let's switch gears and tell you about some fictional killing.
I saw the film "Shoot 'Em Up" yesterday. It stars Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Monica Bellucci. I have no idea how many shots were fired or how many people were killed in this film, so what else could you call this film but "Shoot 'Em Up".
Logic? Forget about it!
Fun? A ton of it!
Owen and Giamatti throw away more funny lines than you and I throw away paper towels. And most of these lines are delivered while they're shooting at each other.
Oh, there's an actual story that involves (of all things) a baby that Owen carries around while he's killing all the bad guys, but in addition to bullets, there's something else the Owen character seems to have an unlimited supply of. Carrots. He likes to eat them and do things with carrots that has you thinking, "Who knew?!?"
"Shoot 'Em Up" runs for an hour and thirty three minutes, but because it's pretty much a non stop action film, it seems like it's a lot shorter.
If you're looking for an hour and a half of harmless fun, I heartily recommend "Shoot 'Em Up".
Speaking of fun...I'll be making another appearance on Joe McDonnell's radio show tonight on KLAC, which is 570 on the AM dial. It's a sports talk show that runs from 7-11 PM, but I'm on from a little after 9:30 until just before 10 with Joe and his sidekick Tim Cates. In addition to sports, there's no telling what we might talk about. I think this is my 7th Tuesday night with these guys and like Monica Bellucci did with Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti in "Shoot 'Em Up", I have fun with Joe McDonnell and Tim Cates on "The Joe McDonnell Experience".
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TOMORROW: Two things I thought I was going to do today. (1) The history behind the pain in the butt procedure of having to waste way too much time talking to a taped robot before we can say the same thing over again to a live human being. (2) A guaranteed loan that you're apt to get in the mail. Oh, it's a legitimate offer, but you better get your magnifying glass out before you take the money. In very small print you'll see what the total interest charges are. I'll also tell you about what I think should be done to a 15-year old boy who raped and severely beat a 14-year girl...Annnd anything else that makes me say, "Whaaaat?!?