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YOU CAN GET A MAN WITH A GUN
14 February 2006
This is a guest entry written by "Mr. Furious," whom I've never encountered before, but I read his comments in a guestbook entry and felt they deserved a wider audience.
I had my laughs at Cheney & Co's expense along with everyone else, but after reading this, I'm no longer laughing...
Im not a hunter, and never will be, but
my wifes grandfather and uncles duck-hunt and I suppose thats fine. But what
Cheney does is the equivelent to shooting fish in a barrel. Thats not
huntingthats skeet shooting with living targets. Does one get bored after
shooting their 30th pheasent? 40th? 60th?
So much to be upset about on a Sunday. The Cheney incident was a welcome bit of levity until I read about the conditions of his hunting accident...then it just became one more layer of things to depress me.
60 Minutes brought reports on the billions of dollars which are being lost and squandered and embezzled in Iraq, there being no oversight or accounting responsibility and demands of investigation are being squelched by the Republican congress.
The second report was on the thousands of frozen embryos which are being destroyed because they are never going to be used, are taking up space, and the president won't allow them to be given to scientists to maybe find a cure for Alzheimers or MS or a host of other diseases. One wonders what exactly "pro-life" means. If Barbara were drooling in a rest home, wearing diapers, unable to recognize G.W., unable to know her name, would it change his opinion about one of those unused, unwanted embryos if it might improve her condition?
But GW doesn't have a mother with Alzheimers or a daughter in danger in Iraq...and God forbid he should read about all this unpleasant stuff.
Then there was the third report on soldiers being blown up in Iraq. The news today says that we have doubled the amputation rate so far in this war from any other war. And, of course, part of the reason (definitely not the only reason, I admit) is that our soldiers are being sent into battle without proper protective gear. Gee...maybe if they'd actually look into some of the funds that have been embezzled and overcharged by the good ol' boys who have all the contracts, they might be able to actually...you know...give the soldiers some protective gear? But I guess I don't understand the way war works.
Finally, there was this extremely moving video, an interview with the owner of an art gallery in the 9th Ward, who has nothing good to say about FEMA, The Red Cross or the soldiers in the overseeing the cleanup following the levee break. You'll have to watch it to get his comments, but it was a real eye-opener.
I'm going to be 63 in a few days. I'm glad that I'm nearer the end of my life than the middle of it. The direction this world is turning is a constant source of either depression or irritation -- usually both.
I sometimes feel like Lloyd Bridges' in Airplane:
"I picked the wrong time to give up drinking."
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