Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Eternal Emergency Continues

Here's a riddle I saw on Facebook on September 11, 2013, the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks:

Q: What's the difference between 9/11 and a cow?
A: After 12 years, you stop milking a cow.

And here is a letter which President Barack Obama released the day before the anniversary, urging  Congress to continue milking 9/11--I mean, urging a "Continuation of the National Emergency Message":
Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. Consistent with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register the enclosed notice, stating that the emergency declared in Proclamation 7463 with respect to the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, is to continue in effect for an additional year. 

The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2013, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.
Keep milking that cow, Obama. I didn't drive rather than fly halfway across the damned continent last month because I'm afraid of airplanes or terrorists; I drove because of the DHS/TSA jackholes who continue pointing to a crime committed 12 years ago as an excuse to commit crimes against their fellow Americans today. Every NHS crime exposed by Edward Snowden's leaks was justified by bleats of "Nynaleaven!" Plus, the idea that a country (or an individual, for that matter) should define themselves eternally by their worst moment is fantastically unhealthy. Twelve years after Pearl Harbor, Americans weren't pointing to it and shouting "That's when everything changed forever!" (even though, if you look at the number of Americans who died compared to the total US population at the time, the Pearl Harbor attack was almost three times as deadly).

Mr. President, members of Congress: please stop milking that corrupt old cow.


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