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Kevin Wolf

You know, it was possible even on that day six years ago to have more hope than seems possible now.

Nice post.

M.A. Peel

That quote captures the most chilling part of the day: except for the people who walked out of the towers before they fell, there were almost no survivors. The hospitals were ready to handle large numbers of wounded, but they never came. The nearly 3,000 were simply gone.

Jennifer

"You know, it was possible even on that day six years ago to have more hope than seems possible now."

What a waste, in so many ways...

catherine

I wish that we could remember that feeling of togetherness.

Adorable Girlfriend

I have hope. Hope that America will come to and impeach Bush Co.

Laugh as you may, but AG (not YOUR AG) and Rove are gone. It's only a matter of time...

blue girl

Thanks, Kevin.

MA, I know. The *nothing* that happened was almost as traumatic as the *something* that did.

catherine, I remember it and this may not be appropriate to say now, but I'm gonna anyway. A few days after Sept 11 I was on the phone with a friend who lived in KY at the time and of course we were talking about everything that had been going on. Bush was coming on TV to say something/make some speech and I remember saying to my friend....

"I have to go! The president's coming on!"

And she goes, "What in the hell are you talking about? *The* President? Who wants to hear what that **shole has to say?!"

lol.

She knew he didn't have the whatever was needed to do the right thing. I was under the assumption that he would....or something. My fleeting thought didn't last once I was told to "Go shopping."

Dan Leo

Maybe I'm an insane optimist, but I'm with Adorable Girlfriend (happy b-day to her, by the way); it was so great to get the stupid new Atlantic Monthly in the mail yesterday (ok, I got a really cheap subscription) and see this big present-tense article on Rove and to know the story is already hopelessly out of date 'cause Rover Boy is outa here!

Somehow I think that impeachment won't happen, but a landslide in the next presidential election is not too much to hope for.

Kick the goddam bums out.

Kathleen

sweet post, BG.

billy pilgrim

It was obvious on that day that Bush was going to totally screw the pooch on this, as soon as you saw him sitting in that FLA classroom with the deer in the headlights look.... I understand that many people didn't WANT to beleive that the President was incapable of coping with a serious issue, but his shortcomings have always been completely visible for those who wanted to look.

The thing I didn't see at the time was how venal and grasping the Administration would respond. I think mainly because I was not familiar enough with Dick Cheney's history as a power grabbing nutjob.

I have been a big fan of Carlin's later work. It's dark, cynical, sarcastic and black, finding humor in being part of a pack of lemmings rushing towards a nearby cliff. Part of his humor, I think, is in laying the whole scam out so clearly, and knowing that few will listen to him, and certainly knowing that the Powers That Be do not feel threatened by a mere entertainer.

"The Planet Is Fine" is a particularly good example of this latter period.

Personally, I've always been consoled by the idea that humans were merely an interim phase in the development of the planet, of Gaia. Gaia found that she will be needing plastic, and so allowed a bunch of violent, shortsighted monkeys to develop to the point where we invented and manufactured the plastic she needed....part of the humor is that the manufacturing and disposal of the plastic itself is part of what will eventually kill us off. That's Planetary Irony, folks.

....and a chili dog.

PS. AG banned me today. Now I'm a man.

almostinfamous

i had chem class followed by chem lab from 8AM(back then i was a fresh-eared achiever) till about noon and had no idea anything was going on. i went to the dining hall for lunch at about 1PM and could feel a buzz around the dining hall that was not usually there. the girl that swiped my dining card was not at all the cheery face that i was accustomed to, which further disturbed me. i went about and picked up lunch and on my way back, i nearly dropped my tray watching the footage for the first time. i don't think i finished my lunch that day, or had any dinner.

it was quite possibly the most shocking day of my life until that point, but i was surprised to observe that all the people that lived in my dorm were more curious to learn about me than be small-minded.

to tell the truth, this is the only reason i still have hope that the usa can live up to the hype that it generates. there really are some awesome people there, author and commenters included.

Adorable Girlfriend

AG banned me today. Now I'm a man.

You were unbanned at 10:55 PM last night. You got a birthday ban. It's kind like a pity hand job.

billy pilgrim

It's shameless the way AG flirts with me.

Michael Bains

Gaia found that she will be needing plastic, and so allowed a bunch of violent, shortsighted monkeys to develop to the point where we invented and manufactured the plastic she needed...

Awesome!!!

That's one of the many reasons why I'm an atheistical Gaian.

RAmen!

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