Saturday, September 11, 2010

Acta est fabula?

Other than the usual fulminations of the tinfoil-hat Right, I note that this year's annual beatification of the Dead of 9/11 seems to have been relatively low-key.

Have we finally begun to see beyond the events of 2001? Does this mean that we can finally put it in the Forgotten Days file along with Pearl Harbor Day, VJ-Day and Arbor Day?Or is this just an off-year for Islamic Terra drumbeating?

Or could it be because I was on the woods west of Chehalis - Twin Peaks country, folks - and was off the net and missed the parading of the bloody shirt?



  1. My bet, it is just an off year. I think everyone is holding off until next year for the 10 year anniversary. That will be a big year, as it will officially open the ever expanding timeline of the Presidential race. I still believe that Obama will use that 10 year milestone for some type of announcement of removal of troops from Afg, in prep for the upcoming election.

  2. I think the country is beginning to move beyond 9/11 and its power to unify our increasingly dissolute masses has waned to the point that we'll be able to list it among the "forgotten holidays" in a couple of years.

    No doubt, as bg mentioned, we'll see a big celebration at the 10 year mark. Probably something to the effect of "We're still here, you didn't kill us" (which is ridiculous because terror has never been an existential threat if you don't count what we do to ourselves) but that will be pretty much the end of 9/11.

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  4. Personally, I spent the weekend camping with my family and some good friends. I didn't see one thing about 9/11, but it seemed like half the people in the campground were watching the Ohio State-Miami game via satellite. The Buckeye paraphernalia and propaganda was everywhere but didn't hear a peep about 9/11.

    I tend to think country is moving beyond it, especially in this economic climate.

  5. Andy: I was equally isolated, in the middle-of-nowhere segment of the I-5 corridor and I got the same sensation. People seemed intensely preoccupied with the business of football season, kids going back to school, the difficulty of trying to keep accounts receivable exceeding accounts payable in a crappy economy.

    The one oddity I noticed is that the TV news talking heads, which was on CNN or Fox every morning at the hotel breakfast room, seemed WAY more overheated about the anniversary than anyone watching.

    I wonder if this will turn into a sort of thing that's commemorated exclusively or largely within the "national greatness" faction of the conservative movement, where it becomes a sort of Lost Cause/Southern Liberty-type deal, where the folks who really, really want a clash of cultures preserve the memory of the Day We Were Attacked By Godless Islam?

  6. Chief,

    That's one of the main reasons I don't watch the newsies anymore. The people talking on them too often seem to be from another planet. I feel dumber after having watched them. Seriously, TV news cannot implode fast enough for me. The only "commercial" news I consume anymore is NPR on the radio. Almost everything else is crap.

    I used to watch the Sunday morning news programs, but I've quit those too for the same reasons. Thankfully, there is CBS Sunday Morning which I usually watch with the family. I used to watch it with my Dad as a kid, so it's sort of a tradition. My favorite part is the closing nature footage at the end. Sadly, they've cut the time allotted for that over the years - sign of the times I suppose.