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It’s 9/12

The past week has been heavy. We have been inundated with documentaries, pictures, expert analysis, people’s stories, etc. of 9/11. I didn’t watch any of it. My partner still can’t watch that stuff. Plus, it’s just depressing. 3497 lives lost. Families devastated. I didn’t want to see the twin towers collapsing in a week-long loop on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.

I don’t know. People might have needed this stuff to help them deal with it, so I’d never begrudge them of that. I just had to hang back.

It’s 9/12. It’s no longer the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It’s time to get back to working on the problems that plague us in 2011. We’re still in 2 wars and bankrupt from them. Our economy is in the toilet, and we’re more divided than ever. These are things that we should be working on. Maybe we can shift our focus from 10 years ago to now.

Can’t Catch a Break

I was thinking about President Obama this morning. I love the guy, even though there are things he’s done as POTUS that I don’t agree with. After pondering what’s been going on, especially the last few months, I feel bad for him. Dude can’t seem to catch a break. In reverse chronological order (more or less):

  • Japan
  • Earthquake, tsunami, nuclear power plant, devastation

  • Middle East
  • From Egypt to Yemen, the entire region has revolted. A country with an ally-dictator unseated and a country with an enemy-dictator who is hanging on to his until it’s taken from his cold, dead hands.

  • Labor
  • The working class is starting our own revolt

  • Gas Prices
  • See Middle East

  • Tuscon Shooting
  • Memorial and miraculous recovery (Thank God)

  • START Treaty
  • It just had to expire during his presidency

  • Bush Era Tax Cuts
  • They just had to expire during his presidency

  • Midterm Shellacking
  • Congressmen, Senators, and Governors whose sole purpose in office/life is to make sure he doesn’t win in 2012

  • Terrorism
  • Oregon teenager, Fort Hood psychiatrist, Yemeni toner cartridges, Detroit underwear

  • Iraq & Afghanistan
  • Insurgents and Insurgents

  • Gulf Oil Spill
  • BP, compensation, regulation, moratorium

  • Health Care
  • Repeal attempt, lawsuits

  • Haiti
  • Earthquake, homelessness, cholera, devastation

  • Economy
  • He inherited the US’ and the world’s tanked economies

It seems like a larger-than-normal presidential crapload has happened/is happening in his term. I would have been curled up in a ball, in a corner, inconsolably crying by now. No, actually, I would have probably killed myself long before. That’s why I could never be POTUS. And why I wonder why anyone would want to be POTUS.

I don’t see it getting better anytime soon. Good luck Mr. President.

Democracy: All the Rage

Well, unless, it’s a “democracy” we help set up.

11 Killed as Iraqis Protest in ‘Day of Rage’

One of the protesters said, “We want a good life like human beings, not like animals.” You mean the life they have there is not even suitable for an animal? That is just so reassuring.

I’m so tired of these absolutely useless wars. Yeah, yeah. We’ve drawn down the troops. And the ones still there? The contingent forces? How long will they stay?

I shouldn’t have read this story because it reminds me again of our colossal mistake in invading Iraq. For WMDs that were never there in the first place. The gas we and other coutries gave them to kill the Kurds doesn’t count. And neither does the yellow cake. I have a box of Betty Crocker Butter cake mix at home. Since I haven’t mixed it, poured it into a Bundt pan and baked it, it’s not a cake. And it’s been there forever, who knows if it’s still good?

So here we are, years later, because we decided to chase after WMDs that didn’t exist. Sure Saddam and his sons, all evil incarnate, are dead. But at what cost? So many American soldiers and Iraqi citizens dead. Trillions of dollars flushed. And the lack of clean water and unreliable electricity? They do have blue ink-stained fingers and a corrupt government, though.

Mission Accomplished.