Turning Point, a complete waste of time

With the coming anniversary of 9-11 I felt it was appropriate to watch the Netflix docuseries Turning Point. Looking back, I’m not sure what the point of the documentary was. The events of 9-11 were glossed over. The decisions that followed by the Bush administration had been loosely covered. There was some criticism on Obama for expanding the war in Afghanistan. Then the series ended with the with drawl from Afghanistan however they may have finished their series too soon. Had they continued filming while the military pulled out of the war, they may have bookended the series with the peak of US dominance and the fall of the US as a superpower.

The odd picking a choosing of facts in the series lacked direction as to what exactly they were trying to explain or where the series was going. I guess one could argue that it showed how screwed up US policy has been since 9-11 but what is more interesting are the things left out. The following are just a handful of facts that were left out.

George W. Bush was handed a military briefing titled “Bin Laden determined to strike in US.” Later, he would state multiple times that no one had any idea that something like this could have happened.

Just like the plans for invading Iraq, the Patriot Act was written before 9-11, dusted off, voted on and signed into law without being read by a single member of congress.

Muslim cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was killed by drone strike by the Obama administration had been a Pro-American citizen for years after the events of 9-11. After the attack on 9-11 he talked heavily about how terrorism was against the beliefs of Islam and condemned the attacks. After being harassed for years by the FBI, DHS, and being held seral times at airports for hours, sometimes days without being allowed to board his flight by TSA, Al-Awlaki became an extremist learning that even as an American citizen he did not have the same protections as everyone else. In the end it turned out he was right. Due process was ignored and Al-Awlaki was killed by drone strike without ever being charged for a crime. His son was later killed in the same fashion, a young man who was seeking out family after the loss of his father. Another fact that was left out was the death of AL-Awlaki’s daughter, Nawar Al-Awlaki, in a raid in Yemen during the Trump administration.

Flight 93 was shot down by a US fighter jet over Pennsylvania. Donald Rumsfeld said so himself. There were multiple debris sites over a 6-mile radius. In Turning Point, they claim that one of the flight attendants had been part of the group that stormed the cabin. The final 12 minutes of the flight recorder had never been released. How they know who was involved in the storming of the cabin when no recordings are available?

To this day no footage of the plane hitting the pentagon has been released even though over 80 cameras caught the events and only the one from the guard shack outside of the pentagon has been released. All evidence of the “crash” were collected and discarded the day of the attack before the FBI could have documented the crime scene.

On Sept 10, 2001 Donald Rumsfeld announced that 2.3 trillion dollars of the pentagon budget were unaccounted for. The next day the section of the pentagon where budgets and accounting were taken care of was destroyed by a plane flying into the building. Weird.

Building seven was never mentioned in regard to the Trade Center. The third building to fall on its own that day. Several floors had caught on fire when the towers fell. The building was also reported to have fallen 15 minutes before it actually collapsed.

Osama Bin Laden was reported to have died after the invasion of Afghanistan by French intelligence who were at the funeral. Bin Laden had renal failure and was on dialysis treatments to stay alive. The odds of him living long after traveling through the mountains into Pakistan are slim.

There are three official versions of the Bin Laden raid. Bin Laden used his wife as a human shield. Bin Laden poked his head out of his bedroom when a SEAL called his name and shot him in the head. Bin Laden shot at SEALs when they were in his house. All of these are official versions of the story. The man who was pulled out of the house could not be identified because he was shot in the face multiple times. DNA could not be used as ID because they did not have a source sample. The body was dumped at sea against Islamic law, contrary to what the Obama administration says. Any footage of Bin Laden after the invasion of Afghanistan was previously recorded footage or recordings edited to sound like new material and there has never been a video of Bin Laden admitting to the 9-11 attacks.

Pages of documents regarding the funding of the 9-11 attacks from the Saudi Government have never been declassified. 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals.

Even with the dual embassy bombings and the attack on the USS Cole the federal government did not seize the money they had given Bin Laden to fight the Russians until after 9-11.

The passport of one of the hijackers was found outside of the Trade Center after the planes collided with the towers, intact, without being burned.

3 days after 9-11 the decision was made to invade Iraq.

ISIS was completely skipped, created by former Ba’ath party members who were not allowed to help run Iraq after it was invaded.

The project for a new American Century stated that an event like Pearl Harbor needed to happen for America to remain a world power in the coming century.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century

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The Fall of Afghanistan

There is more to this historic moment than the embarrassing exit of a world power after a twenty-year war. Some may look at this as a sign of military weakness but there is more going on here than some are willing to look at. In less than two weeks the country of Afghanistan fell into the control of the Taliban. These rag tag fighters who were trained by us to fight the Russians, turned that training into a gorilla war against the US for twenty years. We failed to capture Osama Bin Laden on the Pakistan border and even after his alleged death, whichever story you choose to believe, we stayed in the country with no goal, no objective, refusing to leave long after the original mission had been accomplished.

While the country falls apart President Biden is nowhere to be found. The white house press official is on vacation. There is no one to make a statement or tell the public what is happening and how the evacuation will continue. The airport in Kabul has been overrun by people fighting to get onto planes loaded beyond capacity and there is video footage of bodies falling from the landing gear as people cling on trying to escape from the Taliban.

The systematic failure of the federal government has never been more obvious as we pull out of a country who housed the terrorists that plotted and executed 9-11 and they set their sites on US citizens in the United States who wave Trump flags and are pissed off about Covid restrictions and rising inflation. The recent press release from Homeland Security listed people who didn’t agree with the election results, people who oppose Covid restrictions, and those who oppose the president as “terrorists.” We have finally devolved into a nation that attacks people for their political beliefs, something you would see in a third world country. At this point, Afghanistan might have more freedom for their citizens compared to what the Biden administration is planning for US citizens. FEMA posted their guidelines for setting up “covid camps” on their website, there is a link in a previous post. For some reason the federal government needs to have an enemy, someone to focus on to blame for everything they are doing wrong. When 9-11 happened Muslims were blamed for the CIA and FBI failures to stop 19 hijackers who were funded by the Saudi government and trained on US soil. These organizations could not get their heads out of their asses long enough to see an attack was about to happen even though a briefing was handed to the president called “Osama Bin Laden plans to use airliners for terrorist attacks.” While we chased a boogie man across the globe for twenty years, we didn’t notice the amount of fraud taking place in the mortgage market and instead of arresting people on wall street we blamed the people who lost their houses while handing over tax payer dollars to bankers. Then came the “mostly peaceful protest” of 2020. For six months the country watched as communist terrorists marched through the streets, looting, burning, attacking, rioting, and killing people while our local governments all the way up to the federal government did nothing. On January 6, 2021 Washington D.C. had a taste of what the rest of the country had been going through. While no local business were looted or burned to the ground, nobody died except for an unarmed protestor in the Capital Building, and the protestors were not armed the government flipped out at THEIR security being breeched. These people did not care about anyone else who were losing their livelihoods as Covid restrictions closed doors and their business destroyed over the death of a junky that OD’d on fentanyl. For twenty years I watched these people walk around with their heads up their asses, focusing on the wrong things and wondering why everything falls apart that they touch.

Earlier today on Glenn Beck I heard a caller talking about how she had to spend the day with an Afghanistan veteran who was suicidal after watching the downfall of the country. The amount of lives and years sacrificed, 2.2 trillion dollars that could have been spent here and instead we see a return of $0 on our investment.  If a stock broker invested 2.2 trillion dollars over 20 years and lost it all, he would be unemployed, hell he might be dead considering who he might have been investing for. We can’t fix the pipes in Flint but we can invade a country, put thousands of lives at risk, and leave putting the population and the rest of the world at risk. This is what America has come to. The only difference is that now these cocksuckers want to focus on people who live here, pay their taxes, try to run their businesses under impossible standards, voted for someone else, and are tired of uneducated assholes telling them to wear a mask one day and not to the next. The Biden administration is a joke that I’m trying to find funny but it’s like watching a fifty-year-old stripper still expecting tips after she fell of the pole on stage. There is nothing appealing about this. The sad state of our country has me thinking that there are few ways out of this. The Federal Government is a fucking embarrassment and it would not be surprised if they tried to flex their shrunken testicles on a population that are already sick of their shit. Lockdowns are coming again and I doubt that people will go along with them. We were told If you get a shot that you could go about living your life like normal. How quickly that changed in such a short period of time. The same people who took the jab are now required to wear masks and still follow restrictions like everyone else. When you have been repeatedly lied to at what point do you stop listening and tell these people to fuck off?

During a time that leadership is needed the most we have no president to look to. Biden is at camp David and the white house couldn’t even post an updated photo of the president working. There is no one available to answer questions. There is no statement that they are doing everything they can to make sure US citizens are safe exiting the country. Our leadership is nowhere to be found and with this level on incompetence why should anyone listen to what they have to say after this. This is not trump’s fault. Everyone warned these people what would happen if we left without being organized. The buck stops with Biden and he is nowhere to be found. If you didn’t think the country was fucked before look no further. This is a clusterfuck burning in a dumpster fire. Enjoy the show.

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You get what you pay for

The news has been a sounding board for the idea of karma lately. 2020 was a crap year and it appears to have set the stage for even bigger disappointments, violence, and death. While some of these stories sound like the plots to cheap soap operas, others are straight out of Tom Clancy novels.

On the romance front it would appear that governor Gretchen Whitmer had her heart broken when she requested more vaccines for her state of Michigan only to be declined and told to lockdown again instead. Only a few months ago she had guaranteed the electoral votes of the state for Biden during the election. In return she has received no help or special privileges. These days I picture the stupid look on her face as she thinks to herself, he told me he loved me. You get what you pay for.

Onto the Ukraine and Biden front, the same country that Hunter Biden was given a cushy job is about to be invaded by Russia and they don’t appear to care about US involvement. Not only did Ukraine make the mistake of catering to the Biden family but they had the misfortune of having a man almost 80 years old elected into office. Over on the Chinese front, another country Hunter Biden received money from, there are 200+ ships off the coast of Taiwan and they don’t care about the US being involved. These situations have been simmering for the last four years and as soon as the administration is changed these two countries hit the “Go” button and prepare for war. You get what you pay for.

Riots erupted in Minneapolis again after a man was shot by a cop during a traffic stop. Stores are looted and the police chief resigned. The police were defunded after a voted and later abolished entirely. Crime went up and even with the mismanagement of the twin cities the state decided to vote more democrats in along with Biden and Harris. Now we have more riots and looting, the city can’t hire any cops for work, and people are moving out in droves. You get what you pay for.

People are dying from the Covid-19 vaccines and we don’t know the extent of it. The vaccines were pushed through without proper testing and now we are learning they can cause blood clots. Of course, I was covering this back in January when they said there was no link to the deaths of people two weeks after receiving the shot. Now there are 6 confirmed women with blood clots with one dead. This also ignores the deaths in retirement homes, the doctor in Florida that died, and Hank Aaron who also died less than two weeks after receiving the shot. Add in others that are not documented and I guessing we are in the thousands for people who have died from the vaccine. During the 4-14-2021 episode of the Tim Pool podcast a super chat added that their uncle died from a blood clot after receiving the shot. There are more out there that we are not supposed to know about. You get what you pay for.

I could go on about the great many things that have made me laugh lately but the list is too long. A few honorable mentions include the coming tax hike from Biden, pulling troops out of Afghanistan and letting the Taliban and Al Qaeda move back in after their vacation in Pakistan for the last 20 years, the news media losing their viewers, and the Kardashians buying their own doomsday bunker. If that doesn’t tell you something I don’t know what will. If you are not paying attention I guess you get what you pay for.

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Mosin vs. Voting (or) Who Really Won the Coldwar?

I own not one, but two, Mosin-Nagant rifles. At one time i thought this was the ultimate symbol of winning the Cold-War. The spoils heading to the American market at a cheap price and sitting in the racks of the victors. That was how I used to think about this.

It has become apparent that while the Berlin Wall fell and the USSR fell apart the repercussions have been the revenge of using free market capitalism as the ultimate weapon. While the US trades stocks, bonds, commodities and people in the free market the Russians have learned how to manipulate every aspect of our system. let’s step back for a bit.

In most of the world the governments of most countries will dictate policies to protect the welfare of the people and companies. Countries like China and Russia are great examples, who have the ability to directly manipulate markets at a moment notice. When the Asian markets crashed in 2009 the Chinese government stepped in and dumped a ton of money into the market, devalued the Yen, and balanced the loss in less than a day. meanwhile, in the US, congress had to rush together, debate a bill, kiss the ass of Wall Street, and eventually do something that would eventually work, over the next 8 years. This is the difference between a functioning government and a country taken over by a religious idea. That is what the free market is, a religious idea. With the rise of the conservative right during the Reagan years, the idea that the markets need to be unregulated and left alone returned as the survivors of the Great Depression died off leaving a group of adolescent buffoons to run the country. These ideas ruled the day before and created the greatest economic disaster the world had ever seen. Sadly, Republicans don’t read much, not history and not the bible.

The national debt hit 21 trillion dollars this week, the first time ever in the nations history and every day is a new total debt that is a first in our history. this is not an amount that will be paid back by my generation or the next but my grand kids will still be trying to pay off this huge pile of festering feces. 21 trillion dollars and what did we get out of it? 2 wars. thousands dead and that is just on our side. Bailed out banks. The list goes on and on. While following this religion of free market capitalism we were blind to see the soft underbelly that we had created. the supreme court declared that corporations were people and could use their money has free speech. I think Putin was listening. companies were hired, adds were placed, fake accounts were started, and like the suckers we are we voted for the worst possible choice on the ballot. so while I sit here with my Mosin-Nagants thinking we had the spoils of war the real spoils was beating us at our own game. Globalization and free trade came crashing down around us and we were powerless to fight it. The system is broken and the people in power are the same ones that continue to say it will correct itself. “Just leave it alone and it will straighten out.” I have never had a car with a strange sound just straighten itself out. Eventually there is a louder noise, a crunch or whining sound, then the smoke appears. Our car is slowly coming to a stop on the side of an abandoned highway with no one in sight to helps us. We will be stranded on the side of the rode because we let dad, who isn’t a mechanic by the way, drive the car and continue to tell us nothing is wrong. all of this after stopping at a commie gas station, hey it’s a free market after all, and Putin put sand in the gas tank and drained the oil from the pan.

Things need to change, and if the gun control debate has shown us anything it’s that congress has no plans to change anything any time soon. The Cold-War never ended. the names changed and the players may have new faces but the old problems of the last century still haunt us today. the only difference is that the Russians continued to learn and became better at this game than we have. While the US has continued playing checkers all over the globe the Russians continued to play a long game of Chess and had their checkmate with the 2016 election.

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The Cat is Out of the Bag

I had lunch with a friend yesterday who is worried about the current world situation. Bob and his wife (names have been changed for safety) have started to buy food for storage and try to figure out other things they might need for surviving the Hitler… I mean trump administration. By the time we left the restaurant, we still had not heard about the threats made towards Iran or the friction between ourselves and one of our greatest allies, the Australians. What we did know was that Trump had ordered a raid on a house in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of 9 women and children and one 8 year old girl who was a US citizen. Keep in mind we have not been in Yemen since early 2015. When the white house was asked about this they stated it was “collateral damage.” There it is. The status of humans in this country or others doesn’t matter to the president of the united states. While others would have pretended to care this guy does not give a shit. That is what scares the hell out of me.

I found out a few weeks ago, that I am going to be a father. While many would say “there is never a good time in life to have a child” my question is: what about a time in history? The scientist that run the doomsday clock have moved the minute had to the closest time ever set even beating the height of the cold war. My long term concern of climate change has been something I always thought would be something I could teach my kids to adapt to and survive.  Now with the crazy nut job that the few in this country elected I don’t know if any of us will be around more than a few years from now.

My friend Bob has a right to be concerned. His daughter is old enough to remember the good old days and still adapt to the new world she will be growing into. My kid however, all of this crazy shit, will be normal. Maybe that’s for the better. There won’t be a chance to deny what is happening or a longing for what we once had.

With the new year, and a new job title that I will have in the coming year (dad) I started to take some steps to try and adapt to the new world. I cleaned out my house taking several boxes of items to the local goodwill. After all the things you own end up owning you. I took out the canning jars from the basement and sorted the seeds I would be planting in the spring. Currently I have four lights focused on tomato and pepper seeds for future planting. My closet was cleaned out and books thinned out to make space for those I would read and concentrated on those that are important and educational. By important I mean classics, anything pertaining to survival.

While my girlfriend and I have discussed moving in together there is one thing that stands out, both of us are upside down in or mortgages. Neither of us can sell. The upside is that I have a huge yard that I can grow food for us in, and I can use several square feet of the house as a tax write off for a personal business. Eventually we will get tired of paying so much for two houses we don’t need but then we have to figure out who’s credit is ruined because of the mistakes made by Alan Greenspan and George W Bush.  The world is changing and my life is changing with it. the garden I hope will relieve some burden from that stress while providing organic healthy food for the three of us.

If I had a child during the bush administration I would have told my child not to join the military, a large problem solve with a simple statement. These days I will have to teach all of the material from my books plus some extras. Camping, fishing, hunting, gardening, shooting, archery, trapping, and much much more. The world of my books, a science fiction/ fantasy world of dystopian rule has become reality. Thanks Trump.

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