Every year on this day, I re-read the threads on 3 websites that kept me informed on September 11, 2001. I think this an important tradition for a few reasons - to mourn for our fallen, to be reminded regularly that we as a nation piss a lot of people off all around the world, and to also be reminded that we have a great unity within us. When faced with a common foe, we stop being anything but Americans. It didn't last long, and it didn't lead to the great things it could've, but we had that spark - that common fire - for a while and we can get it back if we really want to. We can do great things with it if we really want to. We can learn from our past if we really want to.
There is much to be mourned on this day, and much to be remembered.
Tuesday, Sep 11th 2012 (12:00am)
Penn and Teller look at what it means to be patriotic. They look at Mount Rushmore which was built by a racist against the wishes of the native-Indian tribe. NSFW: Language
First aired 10 May 2007. RT 27:32.
Saturday, Jul 7th 2012 (5:40am)
Political parties in the US are pointing fingers at each other but while the various global stock markets are acting quite volatile, people and countries keep investing in US Treasury Bonds. And the rates remain low. Why? Look at this chart.
Tuesday, Aug 9th 2011 (11:41am)
Saturday, Sep 11th 2010 (12:14am)
From CNN Commentator Roland Martin:
"What has been fascinating and demoralizing to watch is the clear and unmistakable religious bigotry that has taken over this conversation...the early American settlers left nations to escape religious persecution."
Saturday, Aug 21st 2010 (11:45am)
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It's a sad commentary, but I'm afraid I have to agree.
Consider the contrast between this country emerging from the Great Depression and World War II and now.
Wednesday, Jun 23rd 2010 (1:04pm)
Puerto Rico is getting closer to becoming a state, and the American empire shows no signs of checking its growth - naturally, the problem arises of how we can cram more stars into our flag. A mathematician shows how to fix that.
Friday, Jun 11th 2010 (7:09am)
First there was the declaration that April is Confederate History Month. (Forget that the south seceded to preserve slavery, um, I mean states rights.)
Then comes the assertion that the confederacy was a bunch of terrorists. This is an item of much debate, and by definition not really true (I think).
But what's with the whole The South Will Rise Again thing?
Apparently, Efforts to rehabilitate the Southern rebellion frequently come at moments of racial and social stress.
Tuesday, Apr 13th 2010 (12:06am)
As reported recently, the DoD directed its agents that all forms of protest should be considered low-level terrorism. The ACLU jumped their shit for it, and they have now retracted the statement and reminded their employees that they're Americans.
Wednesday, Jul 8th 2009 (6:19am)
...or is it?
Antiterrorism training materials used by the Department of Defense teach that public protests should be regarded as "low-level terrorism," according to a letter of complaint sent to the department by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.
Thursday, Jun 18th 2009 (5:44am)
Are you a vampire?
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Incredibles, The (2004)
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