I will not make any attempt to find any words to describe the events of April 15th, 2013 that have not already been overused, since even the best wordsmiths of our time are unable to come up with them. So I apologize in advance for words like cowardice, terrorism, pointless, horrific, evil, and others.
What happened was fairly simple. Right? Two bombs exploded. At the most basic level, that is what happened. Now add the next layer, that these bombs were exploded in a crowd of civilians in the United States. There were two bombs that exploded in a crowd of civilians in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States who were attending a sporting event that didn’t just involve professional athletes but average people from all over the world.
With that being said, what could the point be? Some believe it was the US Federal Government. I won’t mention them specifically, but if you want to find them you can search the internet and find them quickly. Others say it must be some radical Muslim group who hates ‘America’ for what they feel we stand for or in some cases things for which we don’t stand. Then there is the ‘Lone Wolf’ concept, someone pissed at the world, just a sociopath, mentally ill or a combination of those. Then there is the domestic terrorism concept, where some American/s wanted to make a point. Actually that was my gut reaction oddly enough. I hate the idea that it was the first thing I thought of, but it is the state of our unhealthy Union.
Another thought I had was “wouldn’t this be an interesting time for North Korea to launch one or both of those missiles.” Followed shortly by, would they do this? April 15th is a serious holiday there and they even had a marathon in Pyongyang on the 15th. (remember they are ahead of us time-wise.)
The domestic terror point… Tax Day 2013… Boston (home of one of the most famous tax protests ever (Boston Tea Party)… The War Ship “The Constitution” (named by George Washington) has Boston as its home port. Some misguided, disgruntled soul trying to make a point?
Do I have a point?
Intentionally so. Because that is what this bombing was, pointless.
Remember when we heard that we (the USA) launched a missile into Gaddafi’s bedroom window back when Regan was President? At that time do you recall ever thinking that the window could be yours? As a US citizen? By your own duly elected government?
My the times are changing… particularly with Barry in office. Drones. No… not the tedious, monotone, orations that we hear on the floor of our Congress, but the preferred weapon of choice by our Commander and Chief. Damn, we love to blow up ‘HVTs’ (high value targets)… some ass that funded the bombing of an embassy or smuggled weapons into a non-’friendly’ country. Then, it became clear we could blow up anyone associated with ‘terrorism’… damn, have any idea what are considered terrorist organizations? Might be worth looking at, you may very well be involved with one and not know they are on the new, improved, Barry-list.
Boom. Dead. Over. Collateral damage (civilians, people uninvolved, human beings close to the ‘target’ when the decision is made to make them into bits of tissue and blood)… that is just part of how it goes. Almost like playing Call of Duty in hardcore mode, right? You are blasting away at people (living breathing people) who are represented by avatars on the screen and you hit one of your guys. What if COD had civilians running around. Wait, I am sure the US government would not allow that to be depicted in a fictional representation… right? Only in the real world.
However, according to our Attorney General Eric Holder it is perfectly acceptable in the real world not only abroad but on US Citizens on US soil. Here is a fine article about this confirmation by the far right leaning CNN… umm, oh wait. Ummm… No. Here read this.
All of you who were pissed off about water-boarding, what do you think about the concept of being blown up while having dinner in your home because you are on a Presidential ‘kill list”?
If you are thinking I might be pregnant, well that would mean I am a woman. While I said I should have posted something about the events of the night of the US President’s State of the Union Address (what I like to call the night that they caught the LAPD guy who totally fucked up all #SOTU pre-production) or I deserved to be kicked in the nuts. I was not kicked in the nuts, and I am pretty certain that no matter how hard you get kicked in the balls you would not be able to become pregnant.
But I digress…
I am late to make this post. Let me say this loud and clear, do not piss in my face and tell me it is raining. Even if it is raining, you are still pissing in my face. That is how I felt watching the #SOTU. It has been well documented how well Obama is able to manipulate people and facts to best suit himself. If you think this is racist, if you think I am a Republican, if you think I am a bible thumper, you would incorrect. Three strikes, you are out.
The facts speak for themselves. Well, no in fact the facts DO NOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES the President does though. When he speaks of the ‘facts’ they are his facts not the facts grounded in transparency or accurate descriptions and EXPLANATIONS of what actually happened. I am sure you have seen the pundits on the right post all their views of the factual inaccuracies and exaggerations ranging from the comments on doubling fuel efficiency to assault riffle deaths (which one person had noted were out numbered greatly by people being beaten to death with clubs and baseball bats.)
Then you have the Rubio response which got more attention for him grabbing a swig of water than what I thought was one of the best responses to a #SOTU address that I have seen in probably 20 years. It is always awkward, you don’t have the cheering throngs of party loyalists, you never seem to look like more than some ass in a suit (in most cases for good reason), and it is just not something that makes much sense. As for the water drinking incident… come on seriously? Ignoring the content of a speech just because someone needs a sip of water? Is that an intelligent way to look at politics and to understand what is going on in your country. Here it is for your amusement, if you are that kind of shithead… enjoy (since I am more sure you will watch this than something you could learn from that is in the video after this one.)
Finally you had the Libertarian Party response to both the #SOTU and the Republican response. Care to hear some common sense? While he isn’t a rock-star like Obama, he offers a very reasonable view of the way things are in the USA and how they should be. I present Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict. I have more to say, but it might detract from what I believe are important points made by Mr. Benedict.
If any of you have paid attention to any of my previous discussions about my Call of Duty experiences over the years, you know I am not a fan of Treyarch. This is 100% based on my experience with gameplay and the storyline of the campaign. I have no financial or personal interest in either of the developers of the COD franchise (Infinity Ward and TreyArch.)
Simply put, Black Ops II is boring me to tears. I was smart enough not to run out and buy the game with my previous issues with TreyArch games. So I went the Game Fly route to get my hands on it. Of late I have run through “Hitman: Absolution” and “Assassin’s Creed 3″ and not had a hard time getting into the stories, and able to tolerate the kinks in the game play. AC3 in particular seemed like it was rushed out the door far too fast with the falling through the world until you just quit the game and restart (among others.) Hitman moved like most of them do with my biggest complaint being too little sniper work.
BO-II on the other hand seems like they were more focused on getting people to buy it and the subscription which is basically the cost of a second game. Ok, I can deal with that. I can’t tolerate the bullets curving around corners, spray and pray guns being more accurate than others, the same issue with TERRIBLE re-spawning locations (ie. in the line of fire of an enemy), and that is just the multi-player online.
The storyline? The voicing of the characters is confusing. So much sounds like the same guy trying to change his accent (poorly) and tone. Let’s not neglect the mistake of thinking that more profanity makes for an edgier story. It doesn’t.
So now on to Zombies… stale, boring, re-heated turkey from Thanksgiving.
I was quite sure that there was a statement released that the CoD franchise would be handed over to either @InfinityWard or @TreyArch. Seems exploiting the customer base and taking profits as fast as possible has become the driving factor. It is a shame, since putting some real resources into the game to have a stronger engine, better AI, and a less exploitable multi-player environment.
Rating? It has to be in 3 parts then all together.
Overall CoD Spec Ops II: 6/10 (Boo)
I cannot believe the idea that ‘The Journal News’ would publish what is basically a guide to where to break into houses to steal guns. That is part of what I feel they have done publishing the information on gun permit holders home addresses in New York State”s Westchester and Rockland counties in their paper in a stunt to try and get their nearly bankrupt rag some free press coverage.
It is also curious to think a paper would do this, something that is done to CONVICTED CRIMINALS in particular those guilty of sex crimes. So tell me, what crime is it to have a legal gun permit? What is the only reason for them to publish this? I would say again, to get free press by pissing off a nation by violating our rights and right to privacy, as well as to push the tide of the anti-gun sentiment that they want us to believe is spreading in our country.
Let me be clear, I do not buy the idea that there is such a tide. Those of us who are pro-freedom, privacy, and self-responsibility far outweigh the small minded minority who are compelled by knee-jerk reactions. I also feel that these people see the ‘in-crowd’ as being expected to go along with certain liberal agendas, and if you aren’t with them on everything, then you are against them on everything. This is what happens when people lose their sense of self.
Here is how you can tell them how you feel, you can even mail them a letter to their homes if you would like.