Archive for Sacrifice

It almost feel traitorous when I say that 9/11 annoys me.

Posted in Life, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2012 by urbannight

A nation of pride was turned into a nation of hate.

9/11 makes me want to hide and hibernate.  I don’t want to hear or see all the news articles.   All the stuff that happens on this date pisses me off more every year.

While I remember the shock when it happened, the disbelief.  Everyone pulled out every t.v. that could be found at work.  It was like the Challenger all over again.  The feeling in the pit of your stomach was just the same.  The sense of walking through a cloud of unreality.  Even though I am old enough to have had that same experience with the Space Shuttle Challenger, and the experience felt exactly like it, it didn’t cushion the blow in any way.  In the following weeks it felt unreal.  But in the months that followed, the sense if disbelief gave way to a sense of horror at what our own government was going to do in response. 

To this day, 9/11 isn’t about the people who were lost.  It is about what those who were left have lost.

To me, 9/11 represents the day America gave up its ideals of freedom.  It’s the day the government started going backwards.  It is the day the government started doing thing that we fought a war with England in order to stop.  It is the most anti-American date in the year.  The antithesis of the Fourth of July.

It is the day that America, as a nation, became a huge hypocrite on a grand scale.  It is the day that people started to embrace isolationism and reject diversity.  It is the day that everything America claims to believe in became a lie.

Protest, the right to gather and express opinions that were contrary to what the government believed, one of the most American forms of patriotism and expression and idealism became something that people labeled Unpatriotic.

The things that go on in airports now are proof that the terrorist won and we lost.  Every person who says it is better to give up freedom for a perception of safety is proof that terror won the day on 9/11.

I know that all these things didn’t happen on that one day.  But it was the response to that day, the aftermath, the culminating climax of 9/11 that led this nation to do the most un-American things and people turned away from American ideals and lose all sense of what America was really about. 

The kids who were born after 9/11 will never know the America I knew.  They will never know what American Freedom really meant.  The police have become more like para-military units.  We have taken the first steps into a police state with government control of our more and more of our daily lives.  And if the Republicans win in this election it will just go even farther as they determine who can and cannot marry, who can and can’t have access to the American dream, and who can and cannot control the reproductive functions of this country.

I can’t decide if we are turning into 1984 or a Brave New World or even The Handmaiden’s Tale.  Maybe some bizarre blend of all three.  Either way, we are less than we once were and the children growing up with this as normal will never really know what they lost.  All they will know is a growing dystopian version of America and they will be part of that conditioning and world view.

Random Things. That’s all I got Today.

Posted in Books, Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2012 by urbannight

Because it is has nothing to do with anything….

Hunger Games, the book.  about 374 pages.  About 4 hours.  Maybe 4 hours and 15 minutes.  Easy.  Fast.  I remember how all these people said they spend one entire day reading it.  It just isn’t that long and complex.  The writing is very straight forward and simple.  Events are very fast paced.  You have no idea that in reality, it covers several weeks. 

Some channel was playing the Mummy movie remakes over the weekend.  I always felt sorry for the Mummy.  Okay, they did find a really good looking actor to play him, so that helped make him a bit sympathetic.   But it was really that all he did was done out of love.  It wasn’t even a selfish love.  Because he so totally loved her that he would do ANYTHING for her, even if it was of questionable ethics.  But she wasn’t worth it.  When push came to shove, she was more concerned about saving herself than helping the one that loved her so much that he gave everything of himself for her.  In the end, he realizes that his great love and great sacrifice was thrown back into his face and he let’s go of the person trying to save him and takes death in the realization of what he had done for someone who was so selfish.

My birthday was yesterday and I kinda wish that I had chosen to take my floating holiday today.  I don’t feel like much today.  It’s too pretty out.  It would have been a great day to go to the gardens and have a picnic someplace.  But I decided to save it and go to work instead.  I have a free birthday meal at Red Robin but I don’t feel like it yet.  I better before the end of the month.

I want noodles for dinner but I don’t want to go out of my way to the Vietnamese place.  I might go down to Pana88, a new pan-asian place close to work, and get their giant bowl of ramen noodles to take for dinner when I run off to my gaming group tonight.  Or maybe I’ll just stay there and eat.  That way I don’t have to try to kill as much time after work. 

My new meds are making me sleepy.  I’m trying to get used to them.  So I may be very sleepy at  the game tonight.  My warrior may be a little un-energetic.  I need energy.  The doctor told me to take them before bed.  But one is a twice daily, so I have to take it once in the morning as well. 

My supervisor got back from her week vacation.  She brought back a bag of my kryptonite for each of us.  Salt Water Taffy.  I live this stuff.  I have a fair amount of the black ones.  I love the black licorice taffy.  That and Banana are probably my favorite.  I got very little chocolate taffy.  I wanted more only for the purpose of trading it for more of the black licorice. 

I brought almonds for a tasty and healthy snack.  They are only healthy if I eat the right amount.  I have to make sure I stop.  I love nuts.  Except walnuts.  I hate walnuts.  The Squirrels can have them. Foamy can take over the world and keep the walnuts.  I like foamy.  Illwill press is great stuff.  Lovley cartoons, if you are slightly misanthropic.  I am, so I apreciate them. 

 I’m very upset with the judge in Utah that ordered a girl’s hair to be chopped off in the courtroom as an option to lowering her community service.  When I was 6, my mom had my aunt cut my hair short. It so traumatized me that I couldn’t get my hair cut short for years. Even with a trip, I would literally freak out at seeing the hair falling from my head. So maybe the child was traumatized. But small kids cut each other’s hair all the time. I don’t know a parent that hasn’t come into the room one day to find the kids with the scizzors either cutting their own hair or a siblings hair.

Sure is was wrong for a couple of young teens to cut a toddlers pony tail off. But NO judge should ever have the right to order a parent to chop of a kid’s hair in the court room. That goes way beyond reasonable autority for a judge. On top of it, he allowed the other older girl involved to be taken to a salon to have her hair professionally cut and returned to the courtroom to determine if it was acceptable to him or not. 

This gives us another case where cutting another persons hair with malicious intent is an assault. But punishing an assault with an assault is not justice. It’s revenge. And judges are suppose to be above revenge.

As for Tennessee’s ‘no holding hands’ law, they over look a common theme in areas with high pregnancy rates. Boredom. Many kids are complaining of boredom. They are becoming sexually active because it is something to do. Start creating more diverse activities and activity centers for teens, not kids, not adults, not ‘family friendly’ but specifically for teens and you would be amazed at the reduction in teen pregnancy. Or maybe not amazed because it won’t stop all of them, but it will give them something else to go than having sex because there is nothing else interesting to do.