11 September 2001 — FREEDOM

Big Red Car here on the sixteenth anniversary of one of the worst days in the history of the United States of America. It ranks with Pearl Harbor in the minds of Americans.

That day triggered what has been a continuous war on terror which took the US into a new phase in the history of our country. It has not changed since then, and, maybe, it has gotten worse.

The terrorists succeeded in one thing — imprinting that date on our collective memories for all time. In the important things, the terrorists failed miserably.

It has changed some things about our lives, but it has not changed the bedrock value of freedom. It is our freedom that was at the core of the terrorists hatred of the United States.

Freedom has prevailed and it always will. Freedom is what makes us Americans and freedom was the target of that attack.

God bless America. God bless freedom. Never forget who we are and what we stand for. No terrorist can change that value. Ever.

I know that and I am a Big Red Car.

8 thoughts on “11 September 2001 — FREEDOM

  1. ideas are powerful. the ideas in our bill of rights, declaration and constitution are powerful. they over come. the anger turned to action if sustained will overcome.

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      What percentage of the American citizenry has read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights in the last 10 years?

      How many people know that the Bill of Rights is the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution?

      I worry very little about the thoughts of people who have read them. I fear there are simply too few of them.


      PS — Let’s get that thingy, that avatar, running again. How will I know it’s really you?

    • We now have a long list of very good things we very much need to accomplish, and for that “vision” (@JLM) likely we need inspiration and motivation.

      All you wrote is terrific.

      I can’t forget:

      Admiral Yamamoto: “I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping tiger and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

      The militarist Japanese did that to us on 12/7/1941, and the radical Islamic terrorists did that to us again on 9/11/2001.

      So, we got awake. Good to be awake; sometimes dangerous not to be.

      Well, we lost thousands of US lives on 12/7/1941 and more on 9/11.

      In response we lost thousands more, likely more than the total of 12/7/1941 and 9/11, in Ikraq and Akrapistan along with, at least in net present value, some $1 trillions.

      The “Vision” (@JLM) part doesn’t have to be complicated. I’m reminded of the exchanges in one of the Inspector Clouseau movies:

      “We’ll have every cop in France down on our necks.”

      “Not if we do it smart.”

      “Can you do it smart?”


      “Then do it.”

      Well, we haven’t done it “smart”.

      We need to start to do it “smart”.

      Asleep? Dumb? I don’t know which is worse, but they both cost us way too much in blood and treasure.

      We have yet to finish up with the last two dirt bags, and now we’ve got at least three more, Ishit and their dirt bag Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Ikran and their dirt bag Ayatollah Kockamamie, and their buddy in missiles and nukes Ping Pong Yang and their dirt bag Dumb Dung Dong Uno.

      The dirt bag dirty laundry is piling up. So, with that big, smelly, infested pile, at


      I’m reminded of:

      1. “I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”

      2. “The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”

      3. “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

      4. “Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact.”

      5. “Marines don’t know how to spell the word defeat.”

      6. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

      7. “The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”

      8. “You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”

      9. “There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”

      10. “No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”

      11. “There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It’s really great.”

      12. “You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”

      13. “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.”

      14. “I’m going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.”

      15. “Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.”

      16. “Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit”

      For this laundry day, maybe in part we need a big barrel of Mattis Super Clean Laundry Product — “Eliminates dirt bags on contact! No scum left behind! It’s important and even fun to get rid of dirt bags. With Mattis, make laundry day a good day!”

      We need to do it, and get it done, all of it, and soon, and we need to do it SMART.

      Then we need to get back to MAGA and peace and prosperity, prosperity enough that our intrepid free press has nothing better to do than chase down Trump’s worst behavior, so far something about two scoops of ice cream, and Melania’s shoes.

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