Supposedly, we are fighting wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan to end terrorism in the world. Okay, good. Let’s root out the terrorists and try to get the world to a peaceful place.
However, I take great offense to something that was said by Jeff Lungren. Mr. Lungren is Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.’s (R-WI) spokesperson. Congressman “Sensenbrenner declined to comment” on the Patriot Act renewal. However, Mr. Lungren said that “the Bush administration backs the House version and that “they’re the ones on the front lines of the war on terror.””
Excuse me, the Bush administration is on the front lines of the war on terror? Did I read that right? The Bush administration is not on the front lines. Every member of the Bush administration is sitting, Mr. Lungren, safely in an office in Washington, D.C. That doesn’t sound like the front lines to me.
Now, I’m sure that President Bush and Vice-President Cheney would never make such a remark to allude to them being on the front lines. I’m sure Congressman Sensenbrenner wouldn’t make that comment as well. However, Mr. Lungren (whom I’ve never even heard about prior to today) felt the need to make a ridiculous comment.
So, this goes out to him:
Mr. Lungren, the military men and women who are serving this great nation of ours in Iraq and Afghanistan are the ones who are on the front lines in the war on terror. These brave souls are risking their lives on a daily basis so that both you and I can sit in our cushy homes and say whatever it is we wish to say. While I support your right to say something as inconsiderate and small-minded as your comment was, I urge you to please take the time to think before you make remarks such as these.
While wandering the web today, I found a site called BlogThings. Since I love taking quizzes, I thought I stick a few of the results up here — afterall, this is a blog and I can. Enjoy!
Wish I did this well when I was in 8th grade:
You Passed 8th Grade Math
Congratulations, you got 9/10 correct!
Who are they kidding? Below average in Logic?
Your IQ Is 130
Your Logical Intelligence is Below Average
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius
Your General Knowledge is Genius
If I hadn’t seen this result with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it. I think this is totally me. I’m sure my friends and family would agree:
Your Birthdate: November 14
With a birthday on the 14th of the month (5 energy) you are inclined to work well with people and enjoy them.
You are talented and versatile, very good at presenting ideas, and you are also very good at organization and systematizing.
You may have a tendency to get itchy feet at times and need change and travel.
You tend to be very progressive, imaginative and adaptable.
Your mind is quick, clever and analytical.
A restlessness in your nature may make you a bit impatient and easily bored with routine, and rebel against it.
You have a tendency to shirk responsibility.
I’ve mentioned Lewis Black in a previous post – look in the archives and you’ll find it.
Anyway, I’m reading his book Nothing Sacred. I have to tell you, it is good. At places, it is really, really funny, but more importantly, it is thought provoking. For example, on pages 10 and 11, he writes about playing war as a child. He ends this little look into his childhood by saying:
“It should be noted at this time not one of us ever had an interest in real guns or ever bought one. Then when it came to raising kids, my generation didn’t allow them to play with guns. That’s when things took an abrupt turn for the worse. I certainly wouldn’t say there is a connection, but it is strange that only a few kids play out these war fantasies in their backyards and yet there seems to be more violence among them.”
It made me stop and think for a moment. We are, certainly a much more violent society now than we were in the fifties and sixties. I don’t remember such violence encroaching on my childhood in the seventies.
So, my point is that you should read this book. I started it today at lunch and I’m almost done. It is a very quick read. And, if any of my family or friends are reading, my birthday is coming up and I would very much like an autograph copy of it. That would be a really cool gift for me.
You’ve got to see this guy. He’s really funny! Take the time to check out Mr. Black’s video “Black on Broadway”.