Archive for March 2007

Heck, Fight’em Over Here!

March 17, 2007

I’m a big fan of westerns, and it seems that this administration is too.  They talk in cowboy lingo and their idol, Ronnie Reagan, starred in a number of them before becoming president.  I’ll admit I’m not a Reagan fan – I like Randolph Scott better as a western star.  The
United States government should screen a few western movies to help with that “War on Terror”.

Now I admit I have trouble with what “the terror” is or who the terrorists are that are trying to get us and what they want to get us for.  Plus Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to one heck’uva a wagon train of terrorism recently.  Considering all the things he confessed to being involved with I’d take the plural out of terrorists.

The “fight’em over there” concept escapes me too.  We can’t really pin down who the terrorists are.  The United States might know who a few of these terrorists are and has the names of organizations that are a threat to us, but we don’t know where they are.  If we are sending out our troops to wipe out terrorists, I think it might be better to wait for them to come here.

Now I might seem politically incorrect in this next part, but I’m only referencing what I’ve seen in Hollywood westerns.  If a fort was under attack by “the Indians”, “the cowboys” never ever throw open the gates and run out to the enemy.  They waited for the fort to be attacked and fought off the enemy from high up on the inside of the fort’s walls.    I know Hollywood and reality are two separate things, but what about the wall we want to build along the Mexican border?  This is really no different than a movie set.  The fence doesn’t solve the problem – it only creates an image.  So wouldn’t it make more sense economically to bring the troops home and post them all over the country?  You could have troops on city buses, walking the streets, the borders, using electronic surveillance.  Heck – I’d love to see one of those big old army tanks coming down my street.

Considering there is no thought to when this “war on terror” will end or where the terrorists are or who they are.  It just makes sense financially and for the well being of the military to bring them home and let them patrol the streets.  If we have 130,000 troops in Iraq, that would be 2,600 troops stationed in each one of the fifty states.  While the military is in our cities they could take care of the gang members or any illegal activities too.  There’s enough of this type of terrorism to make the country look like Tombstone or Dodge City of the late 1800s. Shoot a letter to your congress people and let them know how you feel.

– Jake Drew

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March 16, 2007

I’ve come to realize that I am invisible.  I am the Invisible man!  I started fading about twenty years ago. I’ve always liked walking around or going for walks.  I like saying “Hi” to people and making eye contact as they passed.  It might seem silly, but I think it’s a way to create a connection between one another.  I had no idea who these people were, whether they were married, political, wealthy or poor, or even owned a car.  I just felt that we were connecting with a smile and hello.  It was just a nod to show that we’re in this together. 

I noticed through the years people became less aware of their surroundings by the number of walkmans, CD players, cell phones, and Ipods stuck to people’s ears.  I’ve never used any of these things because it takes away from my experience in nature or with other people.  I like to hear the noises that surround me.  The birds, the sound of squirrels scratching up a tree as you approach – even the car sounds whether it’s the engine or the tires splashing through a puddle.   Now it’s gotten to the point where I can’t get a reaction from anyone out there.  No one looks up anymore as we pass each other.  Okay, maybe once in a while I’m still visible, but not much anymore.  Seldom do I get eye contact from anyone I pass.   

Grocery stores are the worst.  I can be coming down an aisle and never be noticed by the person blocking the aisle.  This isn’t coming up from behind a person – this is approaching someone from the opposite direction.  When I stand in a line more and more people seem to step in front of me.  The worst is crossing the street at a street light.  The little neon bulbs light up with “walk” – and I do and a car turns right into me.  In the last week this has happened three times!  I can only assume that I have become invisible.  It’s hard for me to believe that so many people have lost their sense of the reality around them.     The one thing I still have is a voice.  I can tell people to get out of the way or just to say, ‘Hi”.  I can still be heard at local meetings.  Of course I don’t have the silkiness or gentlemanly manner found in the vocal tones of Claude Rains.    

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March 2, 2007

Last week President Bush sent strong-arm Cheney to tell the president of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, that he better step up the hunt for Al Qaeda operatives.  If Musharraf didn’t, those Democrats in congress would cut his funding.  The Democrats urged the Bush administration to squeeze Pakistan some because American commanders claimed that a number of Taliban were resting easy in Pakistan.

General Musharraf should react because President Bush is looking to give Pakistan $785 million to help eliminate Islamic radicalism.  That’s right $785 million, and the best part is Pakistan is currently the fifth largest benefactor of U.S. aid.  President Musharraf is a smart guy, and in his book that came out in the fall he referenced the “prize money” paid out to him to fight this war of terror, which estimates claim to be around $10 billion in the last five years.

So like a kid being threatened that he won’t receive his allowance unless he cleans up his pig sty of a bedroom – Musharraf came through like a good teenager.  Within a day or so of the congressional threat the Pakistanis arrested Mullah Obaidullah, a senior leader in the Taliban.  That should satisfy Mother Liberty for awhile or until the next allowance is needed to be paid out.

Write your congress people because there is no excuse why Pakistan is receiving this kind of money.  We are being played like absent parents.

– Jake Drew

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