19 years on
9/11/2001: The day we became a nation of cowards incapable of acting like adults.
And here we are.
Recall Donald Trump's contemporaneous reaction to 9/11: He boasted that the fall of the Towers made his property more valuable.
Recall, also, the lie he later appended to the event: That he personally saw Muslims celebrating in New Jersey as the Towers fell.
Thanks, Roy. I don't think there's another event in my lifetime that has inspired more unadulterated drivel than 9/11, especially from our right-wing brethren. I remember the Noonan column you eviscerated in your essay, Hugh Hewitt's front-line bravery, Josh Trevino's tragic "I was there!" experience in Cleveland, and so on. Your last paragraph will no doubt be one of the sanest, most insightful written today by anybody.
This is yet another column that needs to be made public.
White House announces commemorative reading of “My Pet Goat” by Mike Pence.
19 years on the country has gone insane.
Here in Oregon "social media" (hah, I love that term because it is a lie wrapped in insanity itself, it' ain't fucking social!) is promoting lies about Antifa going around and starting the fires.
It's fucking insane... nothing goes in this direction without huge destruction following in its wake. Not just the fires, but the damage to the real social fabric that holds the people of a country together.
And I can't even get out of this shithole country...
I actually got out of the boat and checked that the Chris Miller WAPO op-ed
really was from today.
Trump - and the Republicans generally - have perverted the real meaning of patriotism. It is "that last full measure of devotion" you cited, not the performative symbolism of which we see far too much: gigantic American flags at used car lots, military salutes at sportsball games, the bumper stickers and, especially, the excuse that terroristic acts provide to curtail civil and human rights of U.S. citizens.
Trump, as usual, always speaks the GOP's inside voice very loudly. After Jamal Khashoggi' s gruesome assassination at Mohamed bin Bonesaw's direction almost exactly two years ago, Trump, Pompeo and Boy Wonder frantically covered up the whole affair quite specifically to preserve those $110 billion of arm sales to KSA. Then just the other day, that same Trump denigrates his own officer corps as just being interested solely in those same kinds of arms sales.
Doing your job, honestly and competently, is actual patriotism not the garbage and grifts that Trump and his enablers promote.
It's hard to express the rage that has long since calcified into a dull tragic frustration.
What kills me the most is that Boomers & Gen Xers have been so quick to dismiss & marginalize their children for refusing to seek their normalcy or trust their institutions. This generation started with 9/11 and has basically never seen "normalcy" or a functioning USA. So we spit on them for trying to change their world (Thanks, David!) instead.
Which means nobody learned a goddammed thing from the event. As Jean Baudrilliard might suggest: 9/11 never happened. It was always pure simulacrum, of the fourth order. Even as NYC choked on concrete dust.
<<The Louisville Courier-Journal tells us, “Sen. Mitch McConnell’s reelection team continues to hammer challenger Amy McGrath ahead of the November election over her 2017 comments comparing President Donald Trump’s election win to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Of course, the guy who spent 5 weeks in the Army Reserve at Fort Knox during the Vietnam War attacks the woman who saw combat action in both Afghanistan and Iraq. If Republicans were even 1% more full of shit, manure would be oozing out of their ears.
I've been having an ongoing existential unraveling off and on over the past 6 months, as I suspect many of us are (which is layered on top of general onset Middle Age existentialism AND today's annual PTSD existentialism of watching the Towers fall from a rooftop on Irving Place on my first day of employment for six months), and it's getting a bit thick -- the air here in LA for starters, but the weight of [gestures at everything].
BUT -- I promise this isn't about my whining -- I've gotten to "know" many of you folks because of all of it and that's meant a lot. Virtually, of course, but between Roy's genius and yours, collectively, I feel pretty lucky to have been entertained and provoked by some of the smarter, better, post-Meaning, louche habitués of the demimonde out here in America's staggering decline. So thanks to our host and the rest of you.
Don't forget the attacks and some of the bafflegab surrounding them were the locus of the first unkillable Web Conspiracy Nuttery. How many in QAnon started with "Loose Change"?
Lemme see if I can improve that copy:
"On Friday, September 11th, 2020, Release the Kraken Across America is asking every American to stand outside and release the Kraken at 8:46 am. Do your best reeling it in afterwards, Dolores, but should you manage it, please release again at 9:03 am. Continue and repeat."
Beautifully written Roy.