Thursday, September 14, 2006

GnostiNews DoubleTap

Enjoy!

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I didn't watch "The Path to 9/11" for oh-so-many reasons.

But...mainly because it was a lie. That much has been established, at least to me.

So...guess what I think when I read about scenes like this:

...the second night's sins are more those of omission -- omissions that work mostly in President Bush's favor. While it finds time to make up incidents involving Clinton administration officials, the docudrama leaves out the departing administration's repeated warnings to the Bush folks about the al-Qaeda threat.

Meanwhile, Bush is portrayed -- without any factual basis -- as responding aggressively to the famous "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." presidential daily briefing. "As a result of the August 6 Presidential Daily Briefing, the president is tired of swatting flies," then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice is shown telling senior administration officials just before the Sept. 11 attacks. "He believes al-Qaeda is a real threat, and he wants to consider real action. He specifically asked about the armed Predator."

OK...Stop laughing.

In fact, the commission found, "The President told us the August 6 report was historical in nature"; it reported no significant response by Bush nor any inquiry about the Predator drones.

In fact, here's what The President said about the August 6 report when a CIA briefing officer "flew to Bush's Texas ranch during the scary summer of 2001, amid a flurry of reports of a pending al-Qaeda attack, to call the president's attention personally to the now-famous Aug. 6, 2001, memo titled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US.":

"All right. You've covered your ass, now."

I can only assume that the brush was dangerously out of control and needed to be cleared...

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Thank Ra for QT, in more ways than you think:

Eat a burger, help Marines keep their heads

A call was placed.

"John Manning."

You are the owner of the Windy City Inn tavern and restaurant at 2257 W. Irving Park.

"Yes."

QT understands you are throwing a party this Saturday.

"In fact, it's going to be a block party. We're closing off Oakley from Irving to the alley."

Explain why you are throwing a party.

"We hope to raise at least $8,000 for Operation Helmet."

You are referring to Operation Helmet at operation-helmet.org, which is trying to get modern helmet liners, which help protect against bomb blasts, to our soldiers in Iraq.

"We'd heard something about it, and then we saw your column. Carolyn Jerger, who works here, came up with the idea. You know, some Army soldiers have the helmet upgrades, but the Marines don't have them at all."

The Pentagon is moving slowly, much as it did getting enough armor to our troops.

"Quite a way to fight a war."

So you're raising money.

"We know a young Marine serving in Iraq, a good friend from the neighborhood. He just arrived there, in fact. He has one of the old helmets."

The helmet liners cost $100. Why the $8,000?

"I'm a former Marine myself. And the way it is in the Marine Corps is nobody gets something unless everybody gets it. So we're trying to equip at least his company."

What kind of party will it be?

"We'll have it from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. We'll have bands. The Emerald Society, the pipe and drum guys, will be here. We'll have drawings and silent auctions -- a poster autographed by the cast of "Wicked," baseballs signed by Mark Prior, Ryan Theriot, Ramirez, Zambrano . . ."

Sounds like a good party.

"You donate $2, you get a hamburger, and all the money goes to helmets. A buck gets you some nachos and it goes to the helmets. A $2 donation for a Miller Lite, and it goes to the helmets."

Where is your Marine friend?

"Kuwait, waiting to find out where he'll go."

Best of luck with this party.

"Thank you."

And more than the best to the Marines with bad helmets, waiting to find out where they'll go.

Thank you, QT.

Thank you, John Manning.

Thank you, Windy City Inn.

Thank you, Operation Helmet.

Thank you, Marines.

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Have a good day, everyone.

Earl

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