Thursday, September 11, 2008

7 Years Ago Today, My Memories from 9-11

I was sleeping on my floor mattress in Clairemont, CA (San Diego) less than a mile from the apartment and Mosque where two of the hijackers lived and "worshiped". Our cable was supposed to be installed that day and my roommate Doug was awakened by the cable guy who said, "Have you turned your TV on yet?" Doug woke me up and told me that the WTC was attacked, the Pentagon was attacked, and that planes were being hijacked. I thought he was joking and tried to go back to sleep in my pre-911 invincible American attitude. When I doubted him but looked at the TV, I was mortified. The second tower had just been hit and I was watching replay after replay and crying like a little bitch. All of the sudden, I started thinking about all of my friends and family in New York, including a few of them who worked in the WTC or right nearby. I figured if these Islamic terrorist animals figured out how to accomplish this mayhem, that they had to have more coming.

I was calling my parents and sister and finally got through to her. She was balling and said, "How am I going to explain to my children that there are such evil people in the world?" I finally made it through to my dad, and I was surprised that he wasn't. My father grew up very aware of what Islamic terrorists were capable of and never put something like this past them. He confirmed that he had reached our Aunt and cousins and that everyone was alright. I found out that Tracy, my brother-in-law's brother-in-law, had decided to go to work late that day, and was on his way to work in the WTC when the attacks were happening. Many people weren't so lucky.

I guess you can call me a 9-11 Democrat, because in the following weeks, not only did I lose my naivete, but I lost my idiotic liberal beliefs. I learned right away, that true evil does exist, that not all cultures are created equal, and that criminals and our enemies only deserve death. Since then, I learned why the country I had taken for granted all of my immigrant life, was the best country on earth, with the best people on earth, and for those first few weeks after 9-11, I saw how tragedy could bring people of all stripes together. How sad that the human psyche can only remember for so long, perhaps it's to keep us sane, but it has allowed many in America to forget whom our real enemies are. So today, like every year, I honor the memories of the people who passed, by jarring my own, watching every possible video, listening to every audio clip, and forcing myself to image their horror. Most of all, I get to see the best of Americans and see the bravery & humility shown that day.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Standing in lines: get used to it.

No picture could better foreshadow an Obama presidency than this one from Zombie, whom is liveblogging from the DNC in its unique fashion. Honestly, it's a little bizarre, aside from the faux Airforce One and Greek Temple of Oneness from which his holiness spoke.

Photo by Zombie of, courtesy of

If people are this forgiving - having to wait in a 2 mile plus line to see their Messiah speak and make promises with no track record to back up his claims - then why not expect that they won't mind facing lines at the pump, in the ER, in a government building, or anywhere else affected by Barack's many suggested limits, rations, and mandates.

There's a funny scene in one of my favorite movies, Moscow on the Hudson, where Robin Williams' character Vladimir sees a line forming around the block of a store in Moscow and asks someone rushing to get into it, "what product do they have?" The lady laughs and says, "Who cares?" Whatever it was, was out of the ordinary, something there was never enough of, and considered a luxury. It could have been toilet paper or paperclips but for them, it was something their neighbor didn't have.

I've heard nearly every speaker at the DNC dropping choice socialist jargon like "level the playing field", "for the common good", "evil corporations", "fair, fairness, fair", etc. On their face, they sound like righteous goals, but when you put bureaucrats in charge of legislating those ideals, "the people" suffer, that is, the people who didn't consider themselves victims before the legislation was proposed.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More Bullsh!t on the Green Movement

Another Penn and Teller Bullsh!t episode that deals with the politicizing of the Green Movement and the brainwashing that occurs at our universities. Thank g-d my nieces are of above average intelligence. :)

Penn and Teller - Bullshit! - Environmental Hysteria

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Penn & Teller's Bullsh!t takes on Al Gore, the Green Movement, and suckas

Watch it! The latest of Penn and Teller's Bullsh!t Showtime series that I can only watch online. I don't get Weeds either. This one takes on the "Green Movement", Al Gore, and guilt driven suckers in general. Although I don't agree with them on all their shows, this one is fully endorsed. I challenge my green friends to sit through this entire episode and in return, I will watch an entire broadcast of Keith Olbermann. What you say?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Time for Some Campaignin'

Jib Jab does it yet again! This time with even more interaction. See if you can spot your's truly...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Line me up and pull the trigger, cuz I'm ready to die! UPDATE: Mugabe or Die!

I was trying to take a respite from posting for a while to catch up with some work and travel, but I could not resist posting this ridiculous incident from the recent BET Awards for all of my liberal friends who consider the Messiah as the next best thing since Disposable Wipes.

As I may have said publicly or written before, I'm less concerned by Obama himself, given his history of throwing every person, position, and idea he held dear under the bus as soon as it proved politically expedient. (So much for the "New Type of Politics" I guess.) No, I'm more concerned with his legions of ignorant, irresponsible, and in many cases, hateful followers, for whom the idea of an inexperienced, BUT Black President, is of utmost importance, above say, a viable energy policy, success in Iraq, or even a lessening of the polarization that this country has experienced in the last decade.

Case in point: P Diddy, Puffy, or Sean Combs at the BET Awards, altering his original illogical motto of "Vote or Die!" into "Obama or Die!". Seriously P, tell us how you really feel!

And while we're on the subject of open-minded, objective, and well informed celebrities who know what real patriotism is and what's good for us "little people", here's Will Smith showing the love to our European friends, of whom we desperately need nothing more than to be liked:

Update: I was wondering why the chant sounded so familiar: "Mugabe or Die!" Oh, the bitter-sweet irony!

Also: Forgot to mention the Hat-tip to where they link to the South Park episode that fits in real well with today's motto...

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Monica Conyers (aka Rep. John Conyers' wife) gets schooled by an 8th Grader!

I've seen this woman screaming over others enough to know she deserved the full wrath of this young girl. Bravo! (hattip

Who knows? Maybe I'll receive a threat too!