Patriot Day: What have we learned?

September 11th, 2001. December 7th, 1941. Nearly 60 years separate those two dates–the dates for the attack on Pearl Harbor and the attacks on New York and Washington. September 9th, 1796. 221 years have passed since George Washington penned his farewell address that warned us Americans of the perils of hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, unnecessary wars, and entangling alliances. Amongst these three significant dates, what have we learned as a nation?

Today marks 16 years since the attacks on New York and Washington (plus the failed attempt that resulted in the downing of Flight 93)–this generation’s Pearl Harbor. Just a few weeks ago, all I could see in the news was a nation divided by race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual preference. Our national debt is still soaring near 20 trillion dollars. We are locked into perpetual war with terrorists or something in the Middle East.

It appears we have learned nothing from perhaps our greatest President and the two most devastating attacks against our people. Generally speaking–and I hate to generalize, oversimplify, and sensationalize–we are a nation divided that did not come together as well after September 11, 2001 as we did after December 7, 1941. Maybe the Greatest Generation over-glamorized the events after Pearl Harbor. Maybe things were not perfect on all fronts as the nation coalesced and focused our anger towards Japan, Germany, and Italy, but from what I can tell, America came together better then than it did after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. From what I can tell we cannot unite to confront and defeat a common enemy of terrorism without letting our internal divisions get in the way. I have a theory that some of the internal divisions are really being influenced on the outside, but we as Americans are too ignorant or stupid to realize it. Again, what have we learned? Moreover, how have we lost our ability to come together? How can we get better as a nation?

“Through blurred eyes we find the strength and courage to soar beyond the moment. We look forward to the future knowing we can never forget the past.” Maybe. Right now, the only blurred tears we have are the tears of anger towards our President or fellow American citizens. Until we unite against the real enemy, we will never soar beyond the moment. I would argue that we can never forget the past, because many of us are too busy erasing inconvenient portions of our past that should be teaching us how to move forward.

Again I ask, “What have we learned?” Sadly, the answer to that question may be, “Nothing. Not in 221 years.”

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Mayweather vs McGregor Analysis

Conor McGregor boxed surprisingly well early in his bout with arguably the greatest boxer of this generation, Floyd Mayweather. After landing some shots in the first three rounds, McGregor’s punches seemed to lose their steam, and Mayweather went on the pursuit. Despite what the official scorecards show, I do think McGregor definitively won the first three rounds, and he had his shots in founds four and five. In the end, McGregor’s limited boxing arsenal did him in. He could not stop his rabbit punches and punches from behind Mayweather. Granted, Mayweather did repeatedly present his back, and even bent over at times in order to defend himself from attacks, but McGregor could not stop himself from illegal attacks in these positions. More importantly, McGregor’s lack of familiarity with basic strikes such as the uppercut or boxing style left-cross punches severely impeded his ability to exploit Mayweather’s weaknesses. Despite McGregor’s weaknesses, he did land more punches in 10 rounds than Manny Pacquiao in 12 rounds–and he did this in his first boxing match.

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Cybersecurity 101: A Case Study of Clinton’s E-Mail

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Originally I wrote this blog post in the summer of 2016 after reading this article from Gawker.com. Nearly a year later I am surprised to see that we still do not have closure on the issue of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail servers. In 2016 I did not want to draw negative attention to me for being one of the obviously right-wing nut-jobs who would do anything to prevent a female from being President. Two years later, it is still not safe for people to support Donald Trump, criticize Hillary Clinton, or speak out against Barack Obama. Despite the negative attention I may draw, here is a modified version of the blog post that I have kept in draft status here on WordPress since May 2016, with edits extending to August 2016 and today’s edit in August 2017.

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