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.
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.
Cavity-filled driver of car involved in accident on I-40 last week arraigned in court with a spectacular history of bench warrants.
President Obama was giving interviews last night like Debbie did Dallas.
The 1980's British Columbia ghost town that time forgot.
Yeti sighting in Nebraska.
George Zimmerman cannot stay out of the news.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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Update on the Chinese ghost-city of Ordos.
Everything you never wanted to know about pigeon shit on your roof.
Let's check in with Blue Andy Rooney.
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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.