Sunday, September 11, 2011

11 SEP 2011

Seems the Thing To Do Today is to remember what you were doing on this date, ten years ago.

Really? One tiny decade later? Ask me on the fiftieth anniversary. That's a decent amount of time for commemoration.

Instead we should be remembering what
we weren't doing on this day ten years ago.

Ten years ago we weren't detaining WWII fighter aces at the aeroport screening for attempting to bring their Medal of Honor onto an aeroplane.

Ten years ago strangers fondling the genital areas of your children and your spouse in public were being arrested instead of being excused.

Ten years ago the Federal Government wasn't trying to ram National Identity Papers down everyone's throats.

The American Government's reaction to the 9/11 attack has done more damage to individual liberty and individual freedom in this country than the combined efforts of every terrorist since Year Dot.

And what does the Media do about this? They engage in misty-eyed navel-gazing and the exploration of FEEEE-lings on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Pfagh.

You know what I'm going to do to remember 11 SEP 2001? I'm going to go buy an American military service-member a beer and thank that person for volunteering to be a tiny cog that had a part -- however small, however seemingly inconsequential -- in getting Usama bin Laden shot in the face.

That is a proper remembrance for this date, ten years back.

LawDog

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

the .gov reaction was as usual, blame the innocent and slap everyone (except the guilty) in chains (read seriously mis named PATRIOT act) 1984 was supposed to be a warning not a how to guide.

the murderous scum won,

you doubt that walk through a TSA checkpoint at the airport.

woerm/THR

Farm.Dad said...

Out of the Park LD Out of the park !

Wick said...

Very nice post. I would add to your list of consequences the erosion of the fourth amendment thanks to domestic surveillance from the NSA and national security letters.

Guffaw in AZ said...

AMEN.

Anonymous said...

1. Bitter, bitter, bitter....
2. You are beginning to sound like a cranky old man.
3. Me, for instance.
4. Am on orders from my spouse to keep my mouth shut.
5. She didn't say anything about the key pad.
6. She is much younger than I and still cares what others think.
7. Join me in the depths of crankitude:
A. Our military isn't too hot at fighting peasant irregulars. Been there and done that.
B. Our intelligence still pretty much sucks -except for sigint and overheads.
C. We're trading our freedoms for the illusion of security.
D. Seeing the police spending more time in black, tactical clothing. Reminds me of other places I've been. (As in: don't make eye contact unless you want the crap beaten out of you -or worse.)
E. Wife wakes me up on May 2, tells me they got Bin Laden. Tell her: "Only took ten years." She says, "You're such a jerk."
8. Buying no drinks on any of this. Will say a prayer and wish Godspeed to 3000 souls and comfort to their bereaved.
V/R JWest

Old NFO said...

Amen...

Gay_Cynic said...

Well said.

Grunt said...

Spot on

Anonymous said...

A drink & prayer of thanks!
Ulises from CA, whose sister had a ringside seat (Queens).

Anonymous said...

I put on my uniform and did my best to execute my duties.

-HM3

deadcenter said...

My thoughts, exactly.

MSgt said...

I drink Yuengling.

mhaithaca said...

I'll drink to that.

I spent yesterday nodding to or thanking the people I spotted wearing NYPD, FDNY, or military-related t-shirts and caps, and refraining from choking the one kid I saw wearing an "inside job" t-shirt. Freedom means letting him be just that stupid.

The Freeholder said...

You get my vote for best 9/11 post.

TWForeman said...

This is the only 9/11 post I've read so far that didn't have me wincing.

I agree with you 100%.

Skip said...

I was at GBR6 in Reno as were the Tailhook folks.
Shook a lot of hands, thanked a lot of folks, bought a lot of beers.
As fine a group of our 'future' to make an old vet proud.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back. You were missed. It gets lonely sometimes, out here in bitter clinger land.
MichigammeDave

Jess said...

I could rant for hours about what you summarized. Never forget should be about the freedom that slips away every day.

Good post and enlightening.

Eowyn said...

Lawdog,

What do you think the correct response would have been to the situation outlined in http://shebshi.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/some-real-shock-and-awe-racially-profiled-and-cuffed-in-detroit/ ?

I keep wondering ... In a similar situation, what is the correct way to act? Obviously, one way is to cooperate with the authorities, but I am uncertain I agree that they have the legal authority.

Anonymous said...

Spot on, LD

grampster

robert martin said...

Oh really the correct response to seeing a "Happy Star" is Sir let me make sure that you are not bothered further (with optional salute if you are a reservist).

I think Protocol is that the POTUS has to salute you if you have a "Happy Star".

please tell me they did not scrap his Medal.

Anonymous said...

off topic-- have you seen
http://www.beatcopdiary.vpd.ca/
blog?

MSgt said...

Another off-topic post.
Because you won't put your e-mail in your profile...probably to avoid weirdos sending you links to shit you don't want to see...
Um...
I mean, interested readers sending you links to funny and articulate web postings you might find enjoyable.
(Phew..dodged a bullet there..)
Anyway,
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lWgmtgKXSms/TklQ_RdfEsI/AAAAAAAAAIQ/ZlzxS8oeI-s/s1600/IMAG0067.jpg
Did you have a garage sale?

Anonymous said...

Dammit! I blame Larry Corriea for this. One day I am a happy stupid schmuck living a ignorant life, and the next thing ya know...I'm following links.

Damn Monster Hunter.
GRRRR!