Thursday, September 14, 2006

Thank you

for all your 9/11 posts. I am very interested in the various remembrances of that day.

My Mother was pregnant with me, when JFK was assassinated. Every American citizen, above the age of 6, can recall where they were when they heard the news. The Kennedy Assassination was a polarizing event for America, not unlike 9/11.

September 11, 2001 is an event that will forever affect all Americans. For one, all too brief moment, race, color, and creed had no meaning. America, the almighty, had been humbled irrevocably. Our once immune continent had finally felt the effect of terrorism. We were Christened into a worldwide community. We lost our innocence, our virginity.

We were notified, at the cost of three thousand innocent American's, that we were not beyond the reach of fanatics that despised our way of life. Are you happy with our elected officials response to that notification?

I know that I wanted some form of retribution, or vengance for 9/11. I carry a void of lies and empty promises, from our current government officials telling me that those responsible would pay. It's been 5 years now, and Osama Bin Laden has still not been brought to justice. With all our advanced technology, how can one, physically handicapped individual, still evade our capture?

I have no answers, only opinions. I admit ignorance at all the politics involved. Politics sicken me, to the point that I don't even watch the evening news. BUT, with all our prestige of being the most powerful governmet on the planet, why does it seem beyond our capabilities, to capture a physically handicapped terrorist that apparently murdered 3,000 American Citizens?

On a much, much, lighter note: Why can men remember the exact screwdriver needed to change a license plate, yet not remember a birthday or anniversary?


Denise said...

I had my hours of quiet contemplation after viewing several tribute videos of 9/11 earlier this week.

And to answer your last question; Because screwdrivers and other tools are like extensions of the all mighty penis. Or at least that is what I theorize. It's all very phallic in nature. :P

Stu said...

As a man, I have to agree with Denise. However, as a stay-at-home full-time Dad to two kids (and a full-time Husband to a brilliant, 60 hour a week working wife), I can say that I use a reminder program on my Mac to keep me aware of all the important days. The real reason most men forget all that stuff is because they have trouble keeping their machismo in check, so they don't respond well to any form of criticism or coaching. Get your man to admit he's a doofus and he'll not be a doofus for long.

Denise said...

Ah yes, Stu is the wiseman on that tidbit. My fiance is quite absentminded; even if he does keep reminders logged into his Treo at all times. Lately he has begun to admit he's being a doofus so we're on the right track. But I do cut him some slack though since he is going back to school full time after an almost 10 year hiatus. The University of Maryland and I hold sway over his immortal soul presently.

Suldog said...

You're dealing with the wrong men, Sharfa. I can tell you for a fact that I have never forgotten MY WIFE's birthday, the day we met, the date on which we first had sex, our anniversary, or any other date of note. However, I only have two screwdrivers - one regular and one philips - so perhaps that's a lack I should take care of.

KFarmer said...

I don't know what our problem is either and dont watch the news for the very same reason.

Men and dates... hummmm. I will admit, and I do so freely... I forget every damn date to be remembered. Birthdays.. ha. Doctor appointments- I show up on the wrong date or just forget- even if it's written in every book I own and hanging on the wall. If they dont call me the day before, they know I won't show up. Its the husband who reminds me when it's our anniversary. Most of the time, I can't even remember how old I am. Is it the numbers? Maybe I'm just lazy. Or could be I'm too busy thinking about how many screw drivers I have in the top drawer.. ;)

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