How far advanced or how much retrograde have we backed-up in over a dozen years?
Direction and Respect
Regardless of our opinions, wisdom regarding the facts and personal experiences, we continue to honor those who lost their lives and greater numbers who were harmed in New York, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania.
After honoring others, our thoughts shall turn to where is civilization going with anti-terrorism or reanalyzing events that led up to the tragedies on 9/11 and since.
President Obama plans to outline the new approach against ISIS in a press conference this (9/10/14) evening.
Just by letting the budding global jihadist ISIS and Al Qaeda fight over . . .
just who thinks they are leading the extremist action.
Too bad any infighting will not cancel either of those factions out of the picture.
NewsOne has blogged an article about the most eleven (11) compelling conspiracy stories two years ago. Did the presidential administration stage it? Were Osama Bin Laden tapes faked? Was the defense systems ordered to stand-down? Were bombs planted in the Pentagon and WTC? Did Israeli intelligence and the Jewish community in New York forewarned? How is it possible that aluminum airplanes could penetrate steel building structures? Were phone calls from the highjacked flights faked? Was black-box evidence kept secret?
With all due respect of the passing of 2,977 victims – 246 died on the four hijacked airplanes, 125 were killed in the Pentagon, and 2,606 lost their lives in the World Trade Center – “We Remember.”
Details are listed on the following website = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_September_11_attacks.
In the words of the passengers on United Flight 93, “Let’s Roll!”
Human Rights / Liberty / Killing Ironies
But should we be concerned that American civil liberties and citizen rights have been abridged!?!
American efforts to address terrorist threats has led the U.S. to adopt the attributes of the enemy and extremists – for better or for worse. This irony can kill US.
Honor / Respect / Action
The World Trade Center Survivors’ Network (reference it at http://www.survivorsnet.org/) has a number of resources, medical and mental health care expenses for emergency responders and survivors, maintains WTC evacuation, fire and building safety research studies, support docents for the Memorial and Museum, and plans to commemorate the 2014 anniversary with an outdoor gathering and luncheon. American Airlines Flight 11 and United Flight 175 impacted the 93rd to 99th floors.
Two years ago, Abraham Wagner’s analysis of anti-terrorism technologies was published in the Huffington Post. Check it out at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/abraham-r-wagner/counterterrorism-technolo_b_1874521.html.
There is another good website focusing on counter-terrorism at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counter-terrorism#Counter-Terrorism_and_American_Law_Enforcement.
There are wide variety of concerns and specialties now grouped under the super Department of Homeland Security. Transportation safety, cybersecurity, terrorism prevention, border security, as well as academics, disaster relief, human trafficking, economics, local law enforcement, and immigration. (Reference: http://www.dhs.gov/topics)
My ‘caution to the wind’ is that perhaps we might:
(1) have created a monster bureaucracy or
(2) are spreading focused actions too thin
thus, rendering too many efforts ineffective.
We can pray and hope that our ingenuity and innovation can stay ahead of misfortune.
Mr. President, God’s speed.
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It appears the NFL “blue state” teams will win 9 and the “red state” squads will come up short with only 5 victories. Two of the 14 games are being played in the ‘battleground’ state of Ohio.
Set your wall clocks back an hour early this Sunday…
the USA is finally going fall to normal back on standard time.
The New Jersey Jets and St. Louis Lambs really need to sleep in Sunday in order to recoup from embarrassing loses last Sunday.
Fortunately, the Jets, Rams, 49ers, and Patriots have the day off on this their annual bye-bye week.
This weekend features more grrrreat play by rookie quarterbacks.
Indiana is lucky to have the blue and white Colts at home in the dome. After a 30-9 flooding of the Jets, the Dolphins have been forecasted as the 3 point favorite. Rookie Miami QB Ryan Tannehill and Colt QB Andrew Luck are playing very well, thus Ike is selecting Indy as the ‘home dog of the week.’
Lady Luck shall shine through the Lucas Dome on her favorite son.
Indiana voted ‘blue’ in support of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during the 2008 election. Hoosiers should stick with what America has going for it. Both the Colts and Pacers don’t wear a single speck of red on their uniforms.
The Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins’ game matches up the last two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks. Robert Griffin III’s Blueskins are favored over Cam Newton’s cats that could not score enough against the Blue State Bears last weekend.
- Ike suggests either the DC Blueskins over or the NC Cats under.
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The best game may be played after 4:25 pm EST. The 6-2 New Jersey Giants host the 5-3 Pittsburgh Steelers. Both won and also beat the spread last Sunday. Can you believe the NYG are favored by 5?
These offenses are piloted by former Super Bowl MVPs Eli Manning and Big Ben Roethlisberger, who will be facing defenses that have allowed only 144 and 161 points so far this season.
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A political litmus test is happening in Cincinnati and Cleveland. Should both the Bengals and Browns win, the entire national election will be thrown in the Republican’s favor. NOTE: This is highly unlikely.
- Denver at Bengals – Peyton Manning returns to play in the Midwest. The Cat’s defense will find him too difficult to hold down. Cincy has already given up 187 points in seven games this year. Denver keeps scoring when they have to and now hold the division lead in the American West.
- Ravens at Browns – Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns are in last place in the American South division. Funny that the Brownies wreaked out a 7-6 victory last Sunday. The first place Baltimore Ravens have had an extra week of practice only to prepare for the game.
In other games this Week Nine:
The Arizona Cardinals will find the cold weather and ‘blue-state’ hot Green Bay Packers (-10.5) play overwhelming.
Ike likes the Chicago Bears (-4.5) in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans.
Ike also likes the 7 and oh, undefeated ‘red-state’ Atlanta Falcons (-3.5) at home against the Dallas Cowboys.
Ike likes the last team who almost beat the Falcons to win in the blue state of California. Tampa Bay will feel the jet lag and Oakland black hole while losing out to the Raiders (-1.5).
Two Important Tips:
- Watch out for those pink penalty flags!
- Beware of betting on the following:
Eagles @ Saints (-2) on Monday night
Vikings @ Seahawks (-2.5)
Lions @ Jaguars (+3.5)
Bills @ Texans (-11)
Chiefs @ Chargers (-7.5)
There will be no ties this week – only winners and losers.
We’re wishing you the best of American life in a ‘blue state.’
Good luck and enjoy the games!
Max’s Scout Services & Communications, LLC
[ for musement only ]