OCTOBER 12, 2011
BRUCE A. BRENNAN BLOG FROM THE WORLD AND MY MIND
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October 12 is … International Moment of Frustration Scream Day
"Once you've accumulated sufficient knowledge to get by, you're too old to remember it." – Unknown
This might be better written on November 22 but I could not wait. The news on Tuesday was that Iran hatched a plot to assassinate a big wig Saudi in the United States with the help of a Mexican drug cartel. This had success written all over it, right next to “fat chance”. Presidential assassinations and attempts often are the result of frustration. Did you know this? I read it and could only scream. Hatred and political agenda also play an important part in the overall scheme to assassinate a President.
In the history of the U.S. Presidency, the longest period during which no shots were fired endangering, or taking, the life of a sitting President, a former President or a President-elect of the United States was the 45-year, 9-month span between the first inauguration of President George Washington on April 30, 1789 and the attempted shooting of President Andrew Jackson on January 30, 1835. The second longest non-shooting period is the current 30-year, 6-month span since the shooting of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. This period is still growing. The third was the 30-year, 2.5-month period between the unsuccessful attack on Jackson in 1835 and the fatal shooting of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. The fourth was the 20-year, 4-month span between the shooting of former President Theodore Roosevelt on October 14, 1912 and the attempted shooting of President-elect Franklin Roosevelt on February 15, 1933. The fifth was the 20-year, 2-month period between the fatal shooting of President James Garfield on July 2, 1881 and the fatal shooting of President William McKinley on September 6, 1901.
Presidents who have been assassinated or attempts were made to assassinate them are;
The NBA is in the middle of a labor dispute. At a time of high unemployment, the government says unemployment is just over 9% while everyone knows it is actually over 15%, the NBA, run by billionaires and played by millionaires has decided end the games. I hope the entire season is lost and the entire concept of professional basketball is abandoned. The NBA has been plagued with illegal drugs, illegal gambling, players brawling with fans, guns in the locker room, the arrest of many players every year and wife beatings for over forty years. Enough is enough.
The NBA labor dispute is a good example of proof having money and having brains are not the same and do not always go hand in hand. Now the NBA players who have commented on how the owners are like slave masters and how a family just cannot make it on 15 million a year will get a chance to meet reality. Most of the players were given a free college education but less than 15% graduated. That lack of education should come in handy now.
The NBA players are notorious for their extravagant spending; they have entourages, drivers and many children by multiple woman. Sports writers excuse them saying they mostly come from impoverished environment and when they hit it big, they spend on those that helped them along the way. The truth is they are spoiled teen agers being used by the system and those that run it. They spend what they have because they have it, it is no more glorious than that. Now they will not have it. Most will lose their friends with the money.
Good riddance NBA and all the players
Just a couple of thoughts I had and you should too or at least think about.
BRUCE A. BRENNAN
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