We're Involved In Two (or is it three) Wars! Our Troops Are Exhausted! IS IT LONG PAST TIME FOR WE, THE CITIZENS, TO GET INVOLVED?!?
When's the last time you and your friends had a serious conversation about the military conflicts we're involved in?
When's the last time you and your friends had a serious conversation about our economy? ALL the time, right? Shoot, who among us doesn't know people who have lost their jobs or who have been forced to take paycuts to keep their jobs and then end up losing those jobs anyway. "Thanks for being a good soldier and taking the paycuts, but despite your great loyalty, we're going to have to fire you because of our bad economy."
One of my very best friends has accepted 72% in paycuts during the last year or so. And he's not alone.
If we're lucky enough to have a job, one of our responsibilities seems to be the willingness to "bend over" on a daily basis to make it easier for our employer to "stick it to us".
Okay. Our economy is in the toilet. The reason given is that employers are short on money which means the employees are making less money and we all get hurt even more while we watch gas prices continue to skyrocket AGAIN!
I hear you when you're (now) saying, "Okay Scott, but what does that have to do with the wars we're involved in?"
I'm like most of you when I ask the question, "What came first? Was it Afghanistan or was it Iraq?" Those are our so-called "legal wars". Because we're not doing anything in Pakistan, wink, wink. Just like we weren't doing anything in places like Laos during that long ago war mistake in the 60's. Looking back, anyone want to tell me what "benefit" this country got from all of those years we spent losing lives and ruining lives of our soldiers? I'm serious. I'd love for someone to tell me how that made us a better country. I'm reminded of something once said by Muhammad Ali when he said, "I ain't got no quarrel with no Viet Cong!".
A lot of military contractors got rich in the 60's. As have a lot of military contractors now.
I know that most of you heard about that Army Sergeant who shot and killed five American soldiers a week or so ago in Iraq. This was at some kind of stress facility where soldiers go to get help and it's the last place you figure to see gunfire.
He was on his 3rd tour and he didn't have a lot of "down time" in between tours.
He will now be tried for murder. His life is over because he will get the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison or in a mental institution.
And we, the citizens, will pay for this.
Why are we in Afghanistan? Does anyone really know? Was it (perhaps) originally to go in there to get Osama bin Laden or is the reason much deeper than that? If you know, please tell me and also tell me how this is benefitting us!
Is there any doubt in your mind(s) about how all the money we're spending on our involvement in Afghanistan is hurting our economy?
Why are we still in Iraq? We know why we went there in the first place! Somebody in "The Decider's" White House cooked the "intelligence" books and an idiot (both sides of) Congress did a blind eye "Yeah, boss!" sound of approval and we sent troops to Iraq to get those "Weapons of Mass Destruction".
Over the years, we have learned that a lot of smart Senators and Representatives never read the reports or tried to ask questions about the reports regarding those mythical WMD's.
We have known these reports were bogus for a long time, soooo...Why are we still in Iraq?
Is there any doubt in any of your mind(s) about how all the money we're spending on our involvement in Iraq is hurting our economy?
Pakistan? Hey, I've been writing and saying for years that Pakistan, to me, is no ally of ours. Not really. I guess we kiss their asses because of their nuclear capabilities, but wouldn't an easier solution be to just go in there and take that capability away from them? I mean, if we can go to Iraq on a lie, can't we come up with a lie to take care of the Pakistan situation. Of course, maybe that's why we're really there now. Oh...That's right. We're not really there doing anything!
Back to the wars we know we're in and the stress these wars have on our brave soldiers and the stress these wars have on our economy.
To help alleviate the stress on our brave soldiers, we need MORE soldiers!!!
Military recruiting is down. Wayyy down! So we can't get more soldiers that way.
By continuing these wars, and yes, President Obama is indeed responsible for us continuing these wars, in order to get more troops, ISN'T IT TIME TO REINSTITUTE THE MILITARY DRAFT?!?
ISN'T IT LONG PAST TIME FOR WE, THE AMERICAN CITIZENS TO LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD REGARDING OUR INTEREST IN CONTINUING THESE WARS?!?
THIS IS OUR MONEY THAT IS BEING SPENT IN THESE HORRIBLE PLACES!!! THESE ARE OUR LIVES THAT ARE BEING SACRIFICED AND RUINED IN THESE HORRIBLE PLACES!!!
BUUUUT....IF THESE WARS ARE DEFINITELY IN OUR BEST INTERESTS, WE NEED TO HAVE MORE OF OUR CITIZENS INVOLVED IN THESE WAR EFFORTS!!!
YO, PRESIDENT OBAMA!!! I SUPPORTED YOUR NOMINATION AND YOUR ELECTION!!! I THINK YOU ARE HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE WHAT WE HAD AS A "LEADER" THE PAST EIGHT YEARS!!!
YOU SIR, CLAIM TO BE A PEOPLE PERSON! ISN'T IT TIME FOR YOU TO RELIEVE SOME OF THE STRESS THESE WARS CAUSE OUR VOLUNTARY MILITARY TO SUFFER THROUGH BECAUSE OF CONSTANT REDEPLOYMENTS?!?
SIR, ISN'T IT LONG PAST TIME TO REINSTITUTE THE MILITARY DRAFT BECAUSE IF OUR CITIZENS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BELIEVE (AS YOU APPARENTLY DO) THAT THESE WARS ARE NECESSARY FOR OUR OVERALL WELL BEING, THEN GETTING A MANDATORY MILITARY DRAFT PUSHED THROUGH CONGRESS SHOULD BE A CAKEWALK!!!
Are Texas College Students About To Be Packing Concealed Heat?
Did you hear about THIS? The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to allow college students to carry concealed handguns on campus.
As my long time friend and agent Sid Levin said to me, "Now when students don't like the grade the professor gives them, they can simply blow the professor's head off!"
For the record, Mr. Levin voted for John McCain.
The first thought that came to my mind was a pissed off male Texas college student who's mad at another Texas college student for stealing his girlfriend away from him.
The New American Idol Is...
For those of you who watch the show, that was quite a surprise, wasn't it? Kris was the winner over Adam? And did you hear one of the first things Kris said right after he was told he was/is the new American Idol? Quote: "Adam deserves this!"
Well, I thought Adam deserved it and so did a lot of other folks, but I don't think anyone has to worry about Adam's future. By getting on the show and proving week after week what kind of a talent he is, a whole lot of entertainment decision makers saw him perform and many of those decision makers will be hiring him.
Did you like all those guest performers on the more than 2-hour American Idol show? I did. I mean, some monster named performers showed up.
Speaking Of 2-Hour Season Finales...
I had the pleasure of watching the 2-hour season finale for "24" this past Monday at Glenn Morshower's home. Glenn plays the role of Agent Pierce and he's been playing that role ever since "24" began.
It was standing room only at Glenn's home and people who got there late filled up a second room that had televisions so people could watch what I thought was the best season finale of all the season finale's this season. I've seen every episode of "24" and until this season, I thought season 5 was their best season. If you saw the show, you know that Jack Bauer is in a coma, but you also know you have nothing to worry about unless Jack's alter ego ends up going to jail for head-butting a guy. There were some other things we're not so clear about, but one thing we learned at Glenn's home was that Morshower has agreed to play the Chief of Police in a new network tv show and if the show is "picked up" in the next few days, Agent Pierce's days on "24" will have ended. If that's the case, he left "24" on a night he was a major performer! Congratulations, my friend!
Other Showbiz Stuff...
The announcements for the new television season were made a few days ago and here's what jumped out at me. I'm happy to hear that "Castle" and "Southland" will be coming back but I'm sorry to hear that "The Unusuals" won't be coming back.
Did you watch "Glee" on Fox after American Idol this past Tuesday? I taped it and plan to watch it later this afternoon. This show is generating a lot of buzz! I mean, a lot of buzz. And it will be on Fox's regular schedule when the new season begins.
Other season enders? I loved "House", "Castle", "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters", a show I still think is the best show on television.
I have some films I'd like to tell you about that are on the current cable circuit, but they'll still be there next week so I'll stop writing because I'm late enough with this posting.
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The Next Blog?
Barring unforseen circumstances (like today), the next blog will be posted late Wednesday night, May 27 or early Thursday morning, May 28.