Monday, September 12, 2011

Making It Past 9/11

Turki al-Faisal
Benny Morris
"Earlier this evening President Obama gave his big jobs speech. So what we had tonight was a guy whose job nobody approves of, giving a speech about jobs that don't exist, to people who don't have any jobs. So it's a real positive, uplifting..." –Jay Leno

"According to the latest L.A. Times poll, 75% of Californians believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. And 60% of Californians are so disillusioned, they're thinking about moving back to Mexico." –Jay Leno

"I don't get why everyone is hung up about getting jobs. Isn't it better to stay up until 4:00 in the morning watching reruns of 'Sanford and Son?'" –Jimmy Kimmel

Prince Turki al-Faisal was the Saudi ambassador to the US during the Bush administrations, and is telling the US to sit up and pay attention to the Palestinian effort to get recognition as a state through the UN. either come up with a better plan to get both sides back into negotiation, or step aside and let European allies and members of the Arab League flex their influence. No disrespect, but we may lose Saudi Arabia as an ally in the Middle East, including Iraq. It does seem like Obama has lost his will to fight injustice, after his spat with Israel's Netanyu and the grinding wear and tear of the conservatives here at home. It remains to be seen if Hamas can keep the more radical elements from shooting rockets into Israel on Friday nights, and learn to play with the big boys... It also remains to be seen if Israel can stop pissing off its neighbors. They might end up making a few bombing raids on Iran, just to relieve its frustration...

On September 10, visitors to New York City were welcomed by the sight of armed men stalking the streets, looking for trouble, the fabled threat from al-Qaeda. We no longer have to tell you what the threat is, we can give a vague reference and then flood the streets with cops, like any other military dictatorship... Get used to seeing sights like this, as we devolve further towards becoming a third-world country...

 I made it through 9/11 without getting too depressed. I didn't watch any of the memorial shows made for television with their watered down facts and recurring visions of those planes hitting the twin towers. I turned off the sound on my TV set and watched football while also reading a book. Polls have said that about 1/3 of the American population doesn't believe in the official version of 9/11 events, that questions and conspiracy theories still float through the aether, no matter how often pundits try to debunk and discredit them. The families of the 9/11 victims posed 400 questions for the 9/11 commission to investigate and answer; it looked at about 20 of them. Here is a link to the top 40 questions that were ignored by the 9/11 commission. Most are very common questions, like how did the government come up with the names of the 19 terrorists? A simple disclosure of information could resolve so much, especially when it came up with the list really quickly. Unfortunately, we cannot go to the families and check any of the information about the named terrorists, because their families, their uncles and cousins are no longer among the living, thanks to Saudi intelligence... Here are the questions about the financial transactions that were made, and asking who made them and who profited from them? :

"Insider Trading
a. Unknown speculators allegedly used foreknowledge of the Sept. 11th events to profiteer on many markets internationally - including but not limited to "put options" placed to short-sell the two airlines, WTC tenants, and WTC re-insurance companies in Chicago and London.
b. In addition, suspicious monetary transactions worth hundreds of millions were conducted through offices at the Twin Towers during the actual attacks.
c. Initial reports on these trades were suppressed and forgotten, and only years later did the 9/11 Commission and SEC provide a partial, but untenable explanation for only a small number of transactions (covering only the airline put options through the Chicago Board of Exchange)."

What bothered me the most is how, through the media, we keep trying to re-write the script of history, that events happened in this order, and the meanings we carried away are these... And enjoy your loss of privacy rights and that freedom thingy that the tea parties keep harping on... So much of the grieving was a private affair, that it seemed sacrilegious to film it:

I hope that Barack Obama can get his mojo back and start leading the country once again, despite the major efforts to discredit his every thought and utterance. Maybe he will end up his term paraphrasing old ideas from the GOP, using their own words as the Gorgon's head to deflect the slings and arrows... It would be a shame if our election of Barack Obama, which was done in a spasm of hope and inspiration, ends up without meaning, leaving an empty, grey-haired, cynical shell of a human being. The process in Washington DC is cruel and chews up ideals like crunchy granola for breakfast...

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