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Sept. 11, 2006

I was trying to come up with a way of expressing my feelings for this anniversary of the day America awoke to the realities of the world…This post led to same thoughts…

Daily Kos: The lessons of 9-11: “The lessons of 9-11
by kos
Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 10:53:17 AM PDT

Aravosis learned a few things:

* The Constitution only applies when the going gets easy.
* War is the answer, even when you forget the question.
* The truth is for sissies.
* America has never faced an enemy as dangerous and as intent on killing us as King George, the Civil War, World War I, the Germans, the Japanese, a nuclear Soviet Union Al Qaeda.
* The real September 11 story was badly in need of editing.
* Just because they say it makes it so.
* We have always been at war with Oceania.
* A fool is born every election day.
* Due process is for the innocent.
* Patriotism means never having to say you’re sorry.
* It’s all Sandy Berger’s fault.

The point above that really hits home to me is:

* America has never faced an enemy as dangerous and as intent on killing us as King George, the Civil War, World War I, the Germans, the Japanese, a nuclear Soviet Union Al Qaeda.

And the circle continues…America has never faced an enemy as dangerous and as intent on killing us as King George…

Another post by someone I respect read:

“In a moment of worry I called my husband and asked him if he had heard the news. He had. I’ll never forget his resolute words that followed:
“Marie, if we stop what we are doing and panic, then They win. Keep doing what you’re supposed to be doing.”
It was in that spirit I began my day today. With reverence to those whose lives for lost and directly affected by the tragedy, I went down to the river this morning and took photos of the sun breaking through the fog.” Marie Freeman

David Weinberger said it thus:

We’re more than halfway through 9/11/06 and I’m feeling like we’ve fetishized it.

Thousands of innocent citizens were murdered, and they deserve remembrance. But listening to the public voices chattering without pause, today seems to have become about something else: Justifying the sacrifice of American ideals and values in the name of our fear.

On 9/10/01, if someone had told you that in response to a terrorist attack, a majority of Americans would back preemptive war and torture, would you have believed it?

For five minutes forget whether or not we’re safer now, five years after the attacks. The question I wish they’d talk about is: Are you proud of how our country has responded? I’m not. Our soldiers are brave and our fire fighters are heroes. We’ve done some things right. But, overall I’m not proud. And if the authorities weren’t out whipping up fear, I think most Americans would answer the same way.

I think this is what keeps bothering me also. Why have we lost that moral high ground? How come I can’t feel pride in the way we reacted?

Colleen at Loose Leaf Notes has her own story of the event…

What were you doing when it happened?

Death is a season rather than a single date. I hadn’’t been home from the last funeral for even a week when the terrorist attacks on the U.S. took place–September 11, 2001. Two towers came down, one right after the other like my brothers did, killing over 3,000 innocent people. Now the whole country was in grief. Maybe I wouldn’’t stick out so, like a sore thumb. From The Jim and Dan Stories.

Go read her thoughts…

I guess my main concern is for the future. Where is this “War on Terror” leading? Will it be like the war on drugs that we have been fighting for decades with no end in sight? Will we ever regain the moral high ground we had at the beginning of 2002? Will we learn thaabsolutelyly nothing requires America to react unilaterally and without regard for the customs of others?

The only thought I can leave you is…Go with God and live in peace.

Lie By Lie

Do you want to really get mad? Review what you know happened without the years of spin from the White House. Then pass it on…It’s time to take back America.

Lie By Lie: “Lie by Lie: Chronicle of a War Foretold: August 1990 to March 2003

The first drafts of history are fragmentary. Important revelations arrive late, and out of order. In this timeline, we’ve assembled the history of the Iraq War to create a resource we hope will help resolve open questions of the Bush era. What did our leaders know and when did they know it? And, perhaps just as important, what red flags did we miss, and how could we have missed them? This is the first installment in our Iraq War timeline project. “

Economic Hard Times

As a followup to the previous post and a commentary on the many conservative pundants who don’t understand the sour attitude of the American Public on the state of the economy I would like to point to this Washington Post Editorial:

Mr. Bush and Labor Day

Workers aren’t benefiting from growth.

Monday, September 4, 2006; Page A18

EMERGING FROM a meeting with his economic team at Camp David on Aug. 18, President Bush declared that “solid economic growth is creating real benefits for American workers and families.” This assertion was false. Mr. Bush should use this Labor Day to rethink his rhetoric and adjust his policies.

Of course between the Presidents yearly earnings, his advisors yearly earnings, the yearly earnings of the political pundants and the earnings of “American workers and families” is a divide that you cannot see across. If you live on the one side your concepts of how that other side lives is based on the bs shown in movies and television. With all of the attention being given to the “strong growth of the economy” the splash of icy water that hit everyone’s face when the latest census data was released should finally wake up the pendants and those members of the “mainstream media” who continue to report the fiction of this administration as if it were true.

Just look at the data and the real story begins to come thru…

Between 2001 and 2005 the income of the typical, or median, household actually fell by 0.5 percent after accounting for inflation, even as workers’ productivity grew by 14 percent.

You know, my oldest son just moved out and started a family. He is doing it on less of a salary in real dollars (no adjustments for anything) than I was making when he was born 22 years ago. When you factor in all of the expenses modern day living says you must have, he is starting out further behind. And yet, this President keeps telling us we are better off? The only person I see that is better off is him with his income for life and his full medical coverage. Give new meaning to the fairness of the American system doesn’t it?

Then you have the numbers on poverty:

The current growth cycle has also failed to dent poverty. In fact, between 2001 and 2005, the poverty rate rose from 11.7 percent to 12.6 percent. Again, this is exceptional: In the previous five economic cycles, the poverty rate fell during the first four years of the recovery. Moreover, 5.4 percent of the population now occupies the ranks of the extremely poor, with incomes less than half the poverty line. That’s the highest rate of deep poverty since 1997.

So, the next time you hear one of these upper income politicians (and they are all upper income even if they don’t think so check median wages in this country) tell you how much better off you are do me a favor…call them what they are…a damn liar.

If we start calling lies lies maybe people will stop believing them. When the press says there is some disagreement over the facts, they need to spell out what the disagreement is. Are we talking about a political spin teams disagreement or are there real “facts” which can be interpreted either way. Quit trying to explain the news and go back to reporting. The partisan rancor that has grown up in the last decade seems to be proportional to the number of partisan pundants out there spouting the party line on every news program that exists.

Whatever: Being Poor

Whatever: Being Poor: “Being poor is people who have never been poor wondering why you choose to be so.

Being poor is knowing how hard it is to stop being poor.

Being poor is seeing how few options you have.

Being poor is running in place.

Being poor is people wondering why you didn’t leave.

Posted by john at September 3, 2005 12:14 AM”

So ends a post by John Scalzi from last year. He made the comment today that it was the most widely read piece he had ever written. I hadn’t read it before as I hadn’t discovered John’s Blog until a few months ago, today I did. You should too…