I went to a high school football game tonight for some 20 minute pre game ceremony. I've not done this in a long time. They did all this ceremony bs, and then they cut to the national anthem, but wait... right before we play the national anthem they will read off a big list of people from the hs that are in iraq. They didn't even get the names right (joe rather than jake, etc.) and this was a small school (90 people in a graduating class). I just really felt some resounding rage and sadness that I've not felt in a long time. Small towns in this country can't even remember the names of kids who graduated four years ago that we're sending to die in some desert nation for what (during a pre written speach made to honor them)? Its just so painfully obvious that no one cares. I'm really having trouble coming to terms with the fact that a lot of my best friends from childhood are having a bad day in baghdad and probably won't come home alive, while soccer moms and nascar dads across the nation are enjoying a big worthless football game, with a moment of silence thrown in, during which they're probably thinking about cheating on their spouse, or how awesome football is, or what artery clogging food they're going to buy in a few moments, because its dreadfully obvious that they didn't notice that no one named jake smith went to school in this town a few years ago and was a high school football star, but somehow he ended up in iraq. I don't really care if anyone responds or agrees with this, but I need to get it off my chest because its ****ing ********. I really can't wait until captain ahab gets re-elected so he can forcibly enlist (draft) some more twenty somethings and send us to our deaths, maybe they'll start to notice when all the dobs on new tombstones are marked 1980-85.