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The Daily Word in Syrian stalling, Putin the house elf and Captain America in a turban

Twelve years ago, a horrific act of terrorism changed our country forever. Which makes it kind of weird that some people say "Happy 9/11 day."

To celebrate 9/11, the President called for a "time-out" on consideration of a military strike on Syria. Let the chemical weapons takers do their jobs!

But McCain is not impressed.

It's State Fair time! Too bad it's raining.

New York voters have bad news for Carlos Danger and Client #9. I mean, Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer.

And Colorado voters have bad news for gun-control supporting Democrats.

Bullies rule the roost at one of Albuquerque's public housing complexes. Their reign of terror is solidified by chasing people through the halls in their wheelchairs and throwing urine onto doors of their enemies.

Putin is ready to sue because the most annoying character in the Harry Potter movies looks too much like the most annoying character in Russia.

And finally, Captain America wears a turban.

PHOTOS

When It Was Now

New Mexican photographer exhibits 9/11 images

Saint Nicholas
“Saint Nicholas”

History has snuck up on me. One moment, it was now: when I first heard the news of the planes crashing. I recall it clearly—as do many of you—and it’s irrelevant that we remember different moments. It seems enough that we remember.

Lew Outside
“Lew Outside”

Then it was a little after now, when America battened its hatches, put flag stickers on its minivans, unironically used the descriptor “Homeland” and wrote memos rationalizing torture. Yet the constant thread during that time, however insane or useless it was in application, remained remembrance of 9/11.

I recall being 6 or 7 and not really knowing what the Vietnam War was or when it had happened—and I remember seeing in my grandpa’s face how my ignorance wounded him a little. A veteran of the Air Force, he’d served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam; of course it was unimaginable that Vietnam wasn’t looming large in all American minds.

When I talk to someone too young to remember that now shared so viscerally by the rest of us, it feels shocking, even though it shouldn’t.

Fuselage
“Fuselage”

Photographer Eric O’Connell was living in Manhattan when 9/11 happened. His personal story is pretty amazing—he’s lucky to be alive—but mostly what’s worth noting is the now that he captured on film in all its awful chaos and chilling stillness. The shared remembrance that so many of us possess, the way we still exchange the where-I-was-when stories, must slowly but inexorably give way to a remembrance grounded in images like these.

Watching
photos courtesy of Eric O’Connell
“Watching”
Opening reception for A New Reality: Photographs of 9/11 by Eric O’Connell

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 to 8pm
Albuquerque Photographer’s Gallery
303 Romero NW
(upstairs)
244-9195, abqphotographersgallery.com
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Cavity-filled driver of car involved in accident on I-40 last week arraigned in court with a spectacular history of bench warrants.

Motorcycle gang busts!

President Obama was giving interviews last night like Debbie did Dallas.

9/11, cancer.

The 1980's British Columbia ghost town that time forgot.

Yeti sighting in Nebraska.

George Zimmerman cannot stay out of the news.

Neil Young isn't cool with the petroleum drilling projects based around the Keystone Pipeline.

Onions were so cheap in India, even your momma couldn't cook them all.

Convicted New Delhi rapists to be sentenced tomorrow, possibly will hang.

When we worshiped craven images.

Barber who uses fire to trim hair. Pat Buchanan's hair.

NEWS

The Daily Word in Lybian extremists, teachers' strike, Jason Sudeikis returns

The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other American diplomats have been killed by suspected religious extremists in Lybia.

Factory fires kill at least 314 people in Pakistan.

Chicago Teachers Union strike most likely won't be resolved today.

APD Police Chief gives his program a stand-up 94% on their report card.

Apple slips up.

Notre Dame is headed to the ACC in all sports except for football.

The State Fair starts today at 2 p.m. By the way, parking this year is free ... if you can find it.

McDonald's will soon start including calorie counts on their menus ... dang it, I hate guilt.

Apparently NBC feels that Kris Jenner's boobs are more important than a 9/11 moment of silence.

Jason Sudeikis is returning to SNL!

Hard core, back-in-the-day, super legit snowball fight.

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The Daily Word in Leap Years, wins for Romney and APS lockdown

Kick out the jams, it's Leap Day!

Catholic priest in Washington D.C. denies lesbian communion at her mother's funeral mass, leaves during eulogy.

Romney manages to win in Michigan and Arizona.

Lockdown at 5 APS schools after student found with gun.

Hilarious 9/11 joke.

Was that the dean from "Community" accepting an Oscar on Sunday?

I'm sorry, but this is just jacked.

McDonald's newest/saddest sandwich is the McBaguette.

The Pirate Bay replaces all torrent links with magnet links, nothing really changes.

Women's health experts discuss birth control.

Kickstarter poised to provide more arts funding than the National Endowment of the Arts.

Was Elvis' manager, Colonel Parker a murderer?

New bat species discovered in Vietnam.

After seeing these official LEGO Avengers sets, I'm still not sure who the villains in the movie are going to be.

Trouble in Bronyville.

Nice collection of unproduced Star Wars merchandise.

Is it even possible to fix The Phantom Menace? (YES!)

"The Wire" wind up toys you'll never see in your happy meal.

Say it with me: umami

Happy Birthday Dennis Farina!!!

opinion

May the Media Remind Us Lest We Forget.

During Sunday’s somber coverage of the 9/11 memorial service at ground zero, Anderson Cooper noted that the “images still shock, the heartbreak still hurts.” This could not be a more blatant understatement in the service of dramatic effect. Of course they still hurt, and of course they still shock, Anderson. It's not as if we've forgotten. And, in fact, the suggestion that we may have only serves as a sort of insult to our national and personal integrity.

As an American who was an eye-witness to the attack, to the 22.2 million inhabitants of the NYC metro area, and to the rest of the nation who watched with horror and fear on the internet and television as the unspeakable and far-off threat became a blatant nightmare reality, this phrase cannot help but take on a hollow ring. It has only been 10 years since the singular terrorist attack of that magnitude on American soil in our country's long history. Honestly, who does the media think is forgetting?

This blogger for one will never forget how it felt to be awoken by call from a friend in Brooklyn who saw both planes hit, dashing dazed from her apartment on the Jersey side of Lincoln Harbor to see both towers spitting flames. She'll never forget rushing down to the ferry dock and standing numb with a small gaggle of onlookers in collective disbelief; or when she heard on the portable radio one of them carried as a beacon of information that we all clung to in that time and space, so suspended and surreal, that The Pentagon had been targeted as well. And, you can be damn sure, Anderson Cooper, that nothing will ever erase the image in my brain of that first tower as it fell in impossible and interminable slow motion, as the window glass fluttered, lazily glittering in agonizing descent long after the building rubble collapsed into the cloud of dust that consumed it from below as from the depths of hell; not to mention the weeks focused on an attempted return to normalcy replete with the ever-present foreboding fear that the events of that morning were the harbinger of a full-scale assault that would rear its head in myriad other unsuspected forms. It turned the world upside-down, made terror real, literally haunted my dreams, and all but gave birth to the notion that we as Americans are not immune to acts of war on our own soil.

In this media-blitz-perpetual-information/communication-age, while it is by no means an implausible assertion that our global collective attention span, and by extension, memory is at an all time low, I can't help wondering if I'm alone in feeling that this “Never forget.” campaign was insultingly overblown, cartoonish, mishandled and TOO SOON. And, as if the news and social media outlets' saturation campaigns weren't sufficient in creating this feeling, being visually assaulted by blatant marketing tie-ins while watching football yesterday drove the nails in deep. Every ad spot from Budweiser to Ford reminding me not to forget about 9/11 as I watched Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez try to outdumb each other, I couldn't escape the feeling that I was creating a new memory in my 9/11 experience: I'll never forget that the 10th anniversary of the most stirring and frightening event in recent US history provided a universally-capitalized-upon marketing opportunity for beer and trucks.

On that note, I'd like to extend my heartfelt thanks to DirectTV for making fast forwarding through advertisements possible. God bless this military/industrial/entertainment complex.

timewaster

The Daily Word in armlessness, the Kegelmaster 2000, turkey insemination, and

Antique armless race car driver, modern armless race car driver.

Ten amazing armless people including a guy who played Let It Be for The Pope.

Did Jan Van Eyck invent oil painting?

Look at this mud puddle.

Watch this Englishman put out a fire with a vacuum cleaner.

Photo gallery of things people save when they escape from their burning house.

300+ mph jet powered.... Schoolbus.

Police raid "sexual healing" church in Phoenix.

Just try bringing up the subject of Kegel exercises in the digital age and someone will find the Kegelmaster 2000. It's the world's first progressive resistance vaginal exerciser, in case you didn't know.

Here is one man who is not afraid of radiation poisoning in Fukushima.

Update on the Chinese ghost-city of Ordos.

Everything you never wanted to know about pigeon shit on your roof.

Turkey inseminator.

Let's check in with Blue Andy Rooney.

What happened on 9/11/1972? The beginning of The Pinto Affair, which could have been avoided according to the WORLD'S MOST BORING MAN.

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The Daily Word in falling satellites, no clergy allowed at 9/11 ceremony and people wearing clown noses to spread joy.

Plus, let's ban deep sea fishing.

This satellite is going to fall to Earth, but NASA says it probably won't hit anyone.

More allergens this Fall than ever, including extra mold.

A team of marine scientists want to put a stop to deep sea fishing.

The private medical data of 20,000 patients was online without detection for almost a year.

Threat of terror attack has Department of Homeland Security beefing up.

Mayor Bloomberg bans clergy from 9/11 commemoration.

Xkcd reminds us that sending files is tricky.

Old-timey curse words and gross insults.

A muslim school navigates how to teach students about 9/11.

This poem reminds you to feel awesome about yourself.

A group that wears clown noses to make people smile, and wants you to wear them too.

V.20 No.36 | 9/8/2011

Culture Shock

Ten Years Later

Arts editor Summer Olsson collects a series of 9/11-inspired poems.

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