Jul 20, 2004

From out of nowhere 

Why is it that I have to turn to ESPN2 to see footage of 9/11 anymore?

As I rolled through the channels for the umpteenth time tonight before going to bed, "the Deuce" was showing a retrospective of how 9/11 shut down sports.  Granted, they're an all-sports network, so that's the angle they're gonna take.

But how come I gotta go to ESPN2 to see this again?  Do you ever think about the lack of visibility that the attacks on the Pentagon and WTC get nowadays?  I mean really think about it?  After December 7, 1941, for the next 4 years, the words "Remember Pearl Harbor" rang throughout America.  And while you didn't have 24 hour news networks, or even TV to show the footage, those pictures stayed focused in the American mind.  Newspapers and movie reels carried those images throughout that war.  It was even used as a recruiting tool for the military.

Which makes me think - why don't I see any "Remember September 11th" recruiting posters with images of the WTC on them nowadays?  I mean, individual Marines and Sailors (and Soldiers and Airmen, I'm sure) put up those images in their workspaces as a sort of self-motivation.  But why isn't it institutionalized?  Why isn't that the face we show the people we're trying to bring in the front door?  Not cuddly enough to let the new recruits know that they should be here to kick ass instead of get money for college?  (Don't get me started on the little fuckers that ran off to Canada instead of shipping out to Iraq... I hope they do a lottery pick for the firing squads - might gimme a  chance - cuz I know that I'm number 3,600,227 in line to shoot those rat-bastards.)

While I don't think that we need to see the towers come down every day, we should be seeing it more often.  We should see the jets hit the buildings.  We should see the people jump from the windows ninety stories up.  We should see these things somewhere besides ESPN2.

Damn ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and even FoxNews.  Until the press pulls their head out and takes a look around... damn 'em all.  They are complicit in the brainwashing of America.  They lead the charge to make the regular American think little, happy thoughts.  What the regular American needs is a kick in the balls.  And those images of 9/11 will do it for 'em.

They should be replayed.  Often.  And even after Osama's head is displayed on a pike in the Rose Garden by President Bush, they should continue to be replayed.  Remember folks, just cuz we get Osama doesn't mean we're done.

Like Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over till it's over."  Thanks, ESPN.

Jul 17, 2004

I so don't have anything to say 

Well, it's official.  I'm totally out of the loop.  This whole disconnect from the internet thing really sucks.  Using a public computer in a hotel lobby isn't exactly conducive to productive blogging, but it's all I got.  Not to mention the fact that's it's AOL.  (In the time it took me to write the rest of this entry my connection dropped offline... twice... I kid you not).
Just wanted to poke my head in to let everybody know (all three of you, at this point...) that I'm still here in SoCal trying to find a home and not succeeding as yet - but UNWAVERING in my determination to blog on!  About what, I have no idea...
If I were motivated, I'd rag on the Army some for their blatant rip off of the new Marine uniforms, but what's the point?  They're obviously copycats that want desperately to be confused with us.  I'm not sure what's worse: the Army copying our cami pattern, or the Air Force trying to copy our covers.  The eight-sided cap has been a Marine thing since... well... forever.  Okay, so we'll let the Navy have 'em, but c'mon!  The Air Force?!  What's this world coming to?
As to the recent comments (which by the way, seem to be forcing out the old comments - curse you HaloScan!):  Dumass - the grapevine travels fast.  It's to be a MEU for me sometime around this time next year.  And Smokin' - anytime, anywhere.  I'll follow you into hell, my man.
Take care, everybody.  I'll be around if ya need me!


Jul 12, 2004

Blogging across what now?... 

Okay, so "Blogging Across America" turned out to be a total disaster. I warned you it might, and boy did it. But I'm now in the loving embrace of the West Coast and that's all that matters. That and Harvey can relax now... I'm back. That's right Harv... just slowly move the razor away from your wrist... thaaaaaat's it... all better now, see?

Oh the stories I have for you all about the wonder that IS America... as it goes whipping by at 80 miles per hour. Yeah, yeah, I read the comments... "What'd he do, WALK there?!" NO. I had in-laws to visit.

Sadly they were in-laws with the SLOOOWEST America Offline account EV-ER. A toaster would have stayed connected to the internet longer than what they had goin'. And sadly, I faced technical difficulties getting my laptop to connect while I was on the road... mostly because I'm a damn idiot. The computer was probably thinking inside its superior computer brain "Ya know, if this damn moron would back off and let me do my thing we'd be surfing through all-KINDA crazy websites by now. But NOOOOO... he's just gonna beat on me and cuss instead... yeah... THAT'S productive.

Anyway, here's some highlights from the road:

- Alabama: gave some Army doggie directions to an Army base somewhere in Georgia (I forget which fort it was), proving once again that Marines are superior at land-navigation... and that Rand-McNally makes a damn handy road map

- Louisiana: (this may not be appropriate for the kiddies) Stopped with wife at roadside greasy-spoon/truckstop because she wanted to get a po'boy before we left the state. Ducked into men's room and saw the standard "pleasure package" machine on the wall with 'glow in the dark,' 'ribbed,' 'flavored,' and - no shite - "French Freedom Tickler.".... bought six...

I kid, I kid...

- Somewhere: Picked up a set of tapes at a truck stop. 8 hours of WWII news broadcasts. Live reports from Marines storming Iwo Jima. Speeches from Churchill. Good stuff. A whole other post will probably come outta this one. Remind me to do a compare and contrast of Michael Moore and Nazi propaganda broadcasts from 1940 sometime.

- Texas: Thanked GOD that my cd player worked, as 200 miles of I-10 in west Texas not only don't offer you cell phone coverage, but also no radio stations... at all.

- Texas: (hey it's a big state, it gets two entries) Got a hair cut in El Paso from the Army at Fort Whateveritis (name slips my mind right now). Thanked God I wasn't in the Army to possibly get stationed in El Paso. Motivated haircut, though, I'll give 'em that.

Anyway, that's all you get for now. I currently only have access to a public computer so posting may be sparse for awhile... again. Deal with it. Till then you WILL visit my buddy Nikoms over at Scottish Tanker Hooligans. Me and him both got into blogging as a result of too many hours locked into a small room together in North Carolina while the rest of the Marine Corps was off in the desert somewhere. Trust me when I say that you'd best show up prepared to laugh... unless you're a dirty hippie... in which case you'd better bring some type of cranial protection device as a brickbat WILL be applied to your skull.

Talk to you all later.

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