Perpetual 9/12

** I generally hate to preface anything I write with a warning about being offended, but with as sensitive as this subject is, I assume there are some people who invariably will be offended (which I generally don’t care about, and also don’t now) but I hope that if they are offended it’s actually from something offensive I wrote (which I doubt I will) and not from the snap judgment to stop reading early.**

The theme of the ten-year anniversary commemoration of 9/11 was, in almost every circumstance, some version of “never forget”, which is unquestionably one of the most vacuous and empty thoughts to have about the whole thing, and it’s important from a lot of perspectives to understand why.

Now, I want to mention right up front that 9/11 is undoubtedly a horrific human tragedy. The loss of life that day should in no way be demeaned. The sacrifice of the first responders is truly noble. The courage and motivation of many young men and women to enlist in the military and volunteer for service is admirable.

The effect that the event has had on the American psyche is profound…but is that a good thing?

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Serious Media

President Obama went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night – the first time a sitting president has ever appeared on the show.

So naturally, the rest of the “media” is completely up in arms today.

From talk radio to the cable channels, the talking heads are all bitter and jealous that the president took his time to visit with a “comedian” rather than spend the time with “serious journalists”.

This is preposterous

Does Jon Stewart make dick jokes?  Yes.

But night in and night out, Jon Stewart can be found speaking the truth in a funny, poignant, and generally informative way.

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Leaky Logic

Website Wikileaks posted 90,000 military documents on Sunday regarding the Afghan War.

They detail unreported incidents, the killing of civilians, covert operations, and coverups.

The White House responded that the leak of this information puts the lives of Americans and American partners at risk, which is the same response the Bush administration used to give when damaging secret information would come out against their will.

But what else puts American lives at risk?

Oh, yeah!

Senseless wars that we can’t win where situations on the ground are getting worse!

That’s right!   Americans get killed in that situation too!

This is like cheating on your wife and then blaming the person who told her for your divorce.

Dumb and Dumber

Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann are touring together doing “rallies”.

Great.  A brain dead, fame-whoring, low-rated TV show host from Fox News and a mentally unstable Congresswoman from Minnesota who thinks that Congress should be investigated for “anti-American” sentiments and that our president was born in Kenya.

No one really knows what the fuck they could possibly have to contribute to any conversation other than mindless, mind-numbing sweeping generalizations and absolute pathological lies.

I listened to two minutes of Sarah Palin’s speech (it’s being broadcast live on the internet) and it made my brain hurt.  She recounted a time when Bachmann came to Alaska.  The Minnesota lunatic said she was for domestic oil exploration to which Palin said she replied, “Drill, baby.  Drill.”  Then Sarah knew they’d be best buddies after that.

For real.  Not joking.

She went on to say that Bachmann was heroic in voting against “Obamacare” because we shouldn’t have a Washington bureaucrat coming between you and a doctor when you walk into an emergency room, even though everyone with half a brain knows that would never happen.  Even illegal aliens get medical treatment in emergency rooms, which, amusingly enough, is where people who are currently without health care get the majority of their medical treatment.  So apparently, the moose hunter prefers for the uninsured and the illegal aliens to come between you and a doctor at the emergency room.

This is what it’s come to.  I hope they run together for president.  It would be really cool to see Obama win 50/50 states.