Trench discusses the American media fascination with the anniversaries of tragedies.
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With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 coming up tomorrow a friend of mine on Twitter asked why the country is no longer in unity like we were in the days after 9/11. I think I have the answer.
When 9/11 happened it felt like we were all attacked. I’m speaking figuratively of course but that’s how we felt. Then in the days, weeks and months after the attack basic human selfishness took over. Too many people had their own agenda that superseded any notions of patriotism or brotherhood. I’m not just talking about politicians but mostly everyday folk like you and me.
Once people started setting their own personal agendas in place unity gave way to ego. Due to 9/11 there have been increases in conspiracy theorists, anti-islamists, xenophobes, radical leftists and plain old ignorance which gave rise to fanaticism in all of these areas.
In a time of crisis we inevitably come together as a country but once that crisis has passed we inevitably return to our own selfish beliefs that should not be greater than country.
I’m not usually moved by photos but I couldn’t help being moved by this one….
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard raised eyebrows around the world Saturday when it emerged that she doubted the official account of the 9/11 attacks.
I don’t know what’s scarier. The fact that she believes the crap she’s spouted or the comments from readers in the article.
Thanks to Florida Bill.
So there’s no link between 9/11 and Iraq huh? Whatever.
That’s what peace is all about isn’t it? Throwing rocks at a National Guardsmen who was just going about her business. This is the thing about most of the protesters. It’s not that they’re for peace. They’re either anti-establishment or anti-Bush. Probably still sore over losing the election in 2000. If Al Gore had won and invaded Iraq would there be as many protests? I doubt it. Thanks to Freedom of Thought for finding that story for me.
Check out the first 2 paragraphs of the article…
At an anti-war “teach-in” this week, a Columbia University professor called for the defeat of American forces in Iraq and said he would like to see “a million Mogadishus” — a reference to the Somali city where American soldiers were ambushed, with 18 killed, in 1993.
“The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military,” Nicholas De Genova, assistant professor of anthropology at Columbia University told the audience at Low Library Wednesday night. “I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus.”
It boggles my mind. If you hate America so much why do you stay here? Because you know you couldn’t make this kind of scratch anywhere else. So basically you’re engaging in capitalism which in turn makes you kind of a hypocrite doesn’t it? Thanks to Tongue Tied for the link.
Michael Moore has lost all sense of reality. But we already knew that didn’t we? He’s now saying that the boos during his acceptance speech were coming from the loudspeakers and not audience members. I wonder what color the sky is in his world. HIs next project is about how 9/11 is being used to cover up policies in the Bush administration supposedly that aren’t in the best interests of the American people. Treason and blasphemy rolled all into one. I can’t wait for the premiere. NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to Hollywood Halfwits for the link.
Nothing really interested me in the news today…
But this is from Fox News. A poem written by US poet laureate Billy Collins. I didn’t know we still had a poet laureate until today either. Anyway it’s called “The Names”.
We’ve all seen this picture. 3 New York City firemen raising an American flag on the rubble of what was once the World Trade Center the day after the 9/11 attacks. Their names are Dan McWilliams, George Johnson, and Billy Eisengrein. Turns out they want to make this into a statue and put it at FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn. That’s great isn’t it? Hey guess what else they want to do? They want to make one of the firefighters black and another one Hispanic. What? I said they want to make them more diverse? What? They want to reflect the ethnic make up of FDNY. What? I said they want to be more politically correct. What? I said they want to rewrite history.
First, check out this article. Then take a good long look at the picture. Ok, now I have to preface this, because I have to defend myself for everything, by saying I am not a racist. I hate people based on their stupidity not their skin color. I digress. Do you see any black or Hispanic men in that picture? Neither do I. The man who owns the property that FDNY HQ is on, Bruce Ratner, is the man who commissioned the work. He stated that he wanted a work that was representative of all 343 firefighters that died in the WTC attacks. That’s fine. Build a memorial with all their names on it. And put their nationalities also if that means so much to you. But don’t change history. Why don’t you add an Asian fireman to the sculpture. I’m sure there were some Asian firefighters that died that day too. If it were 3 black firefighters that had raised the flag would they be trying to change their ethnicity then? I don’t think so.
I’m sure most of you have seen the famous photograph and sculpture of the US Marines raising the flag at the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. One of those Marines was an American Indian. Did they change him to white in the sculpture? Hell no. I had an uncle who was a Marine at Iwo Jima. If he was in a sculpture and they changed his ethnicity I would be mightily pissed.
Hey, if you want to build a memorial that doesn’t depict an actual event you can do whatever the hell you want with it. But if you’re going to depict an actual event in history. Don’t fuck with the details. Luckily, it looks like Mr. Ratner is going to change his mind.
But the politically correct bullshit doesn’t end there.
Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz has taken down a picture of George Washington from a heavy traffic area in Borough Hall. He defends his actions saying this is 2002 and there isn’t one person of color portrayed. You know I hate that term “person of color”. We’re all some color. Again I digress. My point is that if anyone deserves to have their picture in a prominent place its George Washington. After all he did lead the revolution that made America a free country.
As it turns out in this article I read that this sort of thing has been going on since the attacks. Black firemen in Florida (go figure) refused to ride on a truck that displayed the American flag stating that it was an oppressive symbol to blacks. In an interview after the attacks black songstress Alicia Keys stated that she was torn about seeing US flags all over NYC stating that there are lies in the flag. Ok, yes white men who were patriots of this country did promote slavery, but it was also a white man under this flag by the name of Abraham Lincoln that freed the slaves. It was another white man by the name of John F. Kennedy that helped pass a lot of civil rights laws. And that was probably part of, if not the main reason, why he was killed. And I know not all blacks feel this way. Just a vocal minority that feel they speak for all blacks. I’m looking at you Sharpton.
This is America. If you don’t like it or don’t like the flag, you’re free to leave at any time. Try France. They hate us too.
So while I’m home I’m watching Mystery Science Theater on TV. There was a scene of a burning farmhouse. My mom, in her June Cleaver on crack sort of way, says “They shouldn’t show something like this so soon after the disaster”. Bang. I had a new subject for a post.
As a country we’re becoming too sensitive. Yes we had a tragedy of unimaginable proportions happen last month but we shouldn’t be trying to pretend like it didn’t happen.
Case in point, I was reading a Q&A section of the Philly paper TV section. The question was is there going to be a Starsky and Hutch movie. The answer stated that actors Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller were discussing such a project BUT action movies are being re-looked at since the WTC tragedy.
Another case in point, the World Wrestling Federation used to have a Pay Per View that was called Armageddon but in light of the tragedy they’re changing the name. Also one of their performers used to come out to the ring to the song “Bodies” by Drowning Pool. (Sorry, I don’t have a sound clip for it.) Part of the lyrics go “Let the bodies hit the floor”. Now the WWF will no longer be using the song. The song was released long before September 11.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was getting ready to release a movie about fighting terrorist attacks. That movie has been shelved and more likely will be pulled. I just have one thing to say. GET A FREAKIN’ GRIP PEOPLE. This is just like after Columbine when they pulled “The Basketball Diaries” off the shelves. They’re just movies people. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor there were movies made about it while World War II was still going on. Back then nobody got all offended about it. Dozens of “very special episodes” of TV shows had some sort of Columbine-like incident on it. Why didn’t Hollywood shy away from it then? All of a sudden this becomes an issue for the children like we have to shield them from the events that happened.
Growing up as a kid my generation saw the Iranian Hostage Crisis, The Challenger Explosion, and President Reagan being shot. Granted they may not be as horrific as the WTC attack but for the most part I think we turned out OK.
Look, the solution is simple. Don’t make any movies specifically about the tragedy. Not yet anyway. But as a country we have to stop being a bunch of pussies.
I almost forgot to mention this. I had a really bad dream last night. I dreamt that there was another planned terrorist attack and I found out about it but couldn’t stop it in time. My wife says I have to stop carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders. I hope it’s not an omen of things to come like the dream I had in ’93.