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September 11, 2011

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Jebus, thank you for this. reminds me (as IF I ever need to be reminded how much I love this place) how fortunate I am to know that there are a few, perhaps a very few, whose thoughts go along a similar line.

I went to a concentration camp in Germany (museum not as an inmate) and it was the opposite of this breathless gushing and accelerant for militarist passions. I was speechless....the power of seeing how unbelievably brutal we can be to one another, the machinery of it, the blindness on such a scale is horrifying.

I am working today, and with luck can sidestep the media hype. Not because I think these events were any less meaningful, but that the larger part of the meaning, the really pertinent bits, are absent, as your post and the poem so perfectly capture.

Good post, A.

I can avoid the TV shows by using my remote control and the on-line TV guide. I'll have to go out to avoid the commemorative ceremony for a probie fire fighter who lived in my complex. The family didn't want the memorial monument built to begin with, but the board of directors really wanted it. At least they didn't put it outside the building where the family lived. (No, they put it outside my building, under my windows, although I'm 17 stories up.) Three local politicians will be among the speakers at the ceremony which starts at 12:30, giving a half-hour to leave.

tragedy porn.

Thank you thank you thank you.

I earlier posted (elsewhere) that I was hard-hearted bastard today. This makes the point far better, and far more articulately.

This, so much. A., you and the Shrill One say what I would say today, if I were able to articulate it as precisely and eloquently as you both have.

My favorite writing teacher used to admonish us to know whose story it is and then get out of the way. I had a sign taped to the wall above my desk that said, "It's not about you." I wish all the pundits who make me crazy had a similar sign.

Your post is pitch-perfect. Thank you for saying it.

Regards,

Tengrain

I love you.

I'm a former New Yorker(born and raised) now residing in FloriDUH (not retired by the way, but forced into exile by NY's exorbitant cost of living). I miss it dearly and have family who still live there and experienced 9/11 up close and personal. It was a terrible, frightening day - for them. Not for me - I was 1200 miles away. There is no personal loss for me, and I don't walk around acting like there was. But you listen to people down here in the Sunshine state, talking about how they've been affected by this "tragedy". Remember, these are the very same people, devoted FOX viewers not doubt, who shit on those "New York Liberuls" while making loathesome comments about "Jew York". Most of this 9/11 grief supposedly shared by the entire nation is really nothing more than media driven bullshit. Most Americans (you know, the one's Sarah call the "real" Americans) just use 9/11 as an excuse to rationalize all the horrible things that we, as a nation, knowingly, willingly, and enthusiastically supported in the ten years since That Day.

So perfect. Thank you.

Ooooh, finally, a place where I can post what I remember, because people will understand. I live in the east village of NYC, and after the towers fell (people watched them fall from the roof of my building) everyone ran around saying, "Did you lose someone? Did you know anyone there?" until finally a friend of mine who also lives in my building said to me and a bunch of other people, "I'm a documentary filmmaker in the East Village. I don't know anyone who's even up and dressed at nine am, let alone anyone at work, and I bet none of you do either."

Dead silence followed this statement, because it was true.

Me, what I want to commemorate is the PNAC, whose famous: "A New Defense of the Realm" or whatever it was that called for removing Saddam Hussein that would make everything just hunky-dory in the world for the American and Israeli empires, where are they? I don't seem to have heard much about the PNAC lately. So why isn't the realm hunky-dory?

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