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The passes, the tickets are very confusing to me – apparently not for sale –

but one has to wait





hey came to remember. But they were told they had forgotten something.

As thousands arrived at the National September 11 Memorial on Monday, the first day it was open to the public, many were turned away at the entrance — informed by security personnel that passes for the day had been snapped up months ago.

“I just thought we’d be able to walk in,” said Hope Iaccaci, 70, from the Upper East Side. “Open to the public means open to the public, doesn’t it?”

Interestingly enough, I had to go to an LA paper for this info. Metro didn’t follow the headline with any details.

Also, shameless gloating from Murdoch over one startling  consequence of Obama’s unpopularity (and Weiner’s zipper problem)




Two of my daily go to blogs, The Confluence and Crowdad Hole had posted reactions to the Paul Krugman piece The years of Shame with varying degrees of disapproval. Me, I loved it

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

My favorite piece on this comes from the Onion

Remembering 9/11 A Pleasure For Nation Compared To Remembering Past 10 Years

Of course, this morning I checked Newseum and I saw every newspaper in the country with the big ass flags all over them – just like the good ol’ Ceausescu days I came here to avoid.

The reactions reminded me of the cartoon of the angry TV watcher wearing a T-shirt: “9.11. I saw in on TV and boy, am I pissed”

As I defended Krugman from the fag wavers, I was told that flag waving was somehow a way to heal.

As I recounted the peace vigils in the Union square that Giuliani forbid and the mockery from the parks department tool “if you are singing ’60s sogs you are out of touch” I got a

Boo-hoo. A day without hippies singing.

Since, I was called “blinded by my hatred of Bush”  I also fund out that it wasn’t Congress which dragged its feet approving the puny  indemnification of the 9.11 responders. It was the unions and the new yorkers who are somehow at fault, in spite of the thousand points of light (charity).

angienc, on September 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm said:

And you know who’s to blame for that, right? NEW YORKERS AND THE NEW YORK FIRE DEPT. UNIONS. Plenty of Americans who do not live in NYC and whom it seems you are saying have no right to comment or “feel” anything about what happened on 9/11 because THEY WERE NOT THERE gave a lot of money to organizations designed to help these men & women’s families.

I think I need to rethink my hangouts on line these days.

NYC felt like it  was under occupation when Bush, at the end of the week, felt he no longer needed to fear the wrath of New Yorkers and came with his bullhorn, kept the EMT responders from their rescue operations for hours and then finally climbed on human remains with his megaphone.

On the bright side, digging into the  memories, I also remembered the Thurdsay afternoon when I went to Union Square to bring items for the Emergency responders: gloves, bottles of water, changes of clothes, food. Bill Clinton stopped by and  there was a collective hugging and tearing up. After he left, people were smiling.

There. I have something good about that time.

Even today it had its poignant moment when the firefighters at the firehouse across the street came in uniform at 9:35 and saluted their fallen . People on the street saluted to. It all lasted under one minute.

Because while it may be argued that it was a day of shame, it certainly was NOT a day of pride.

And feeling all alone about it – quite appropriate too.

And time to review my hangouts on line.

One more thing: I did have a revelation today in those exchanges: I DO HATE Bush. All these years I thought I hate the system he was a figurehead for. But when I do remember the interview in which he describes how he went to bed at 9 on 9.11 (all the bunker running tired him off), how funny it was when the secret service woke them up to move them in the basement and Laura had fuzzy slippers, how he declared he was running out of the harm’s way and ESPECIALLY how there are idiots who LOVED his speechifying on top of the human remains

Bullhorn on dead people

– I liberate myself by admitting – I do hate that man. Not blinded by it – but it’s actual hatred. Also, I am so irritated by the flag waving that any of my facebook friends that posts slogans today is automatically unfriended.

The cover of the day goes to the Daily News for their celebratory/scary combo

NY Post is right there with the terra

and Newsday helps too

NY Times adds to the mix, plus a headline about the effect of Obama’s bestest speech evah


I was surprised to see the cover of metro NY – it’s one of the better tabloids.

But, wrong as usual. It;s democracy, not “bipartisanship” which was supposed to be our hallmark. No wonder the press gets it wrong – they stopped serving democracy eons ago. Come to think of it, I don’t recall anyone in the media bemoaning “bipartisanship” when Bill Clinton’s anatomy was being obsessed on.

Interestingly though, the photo speaks more truth than the headline.


The quick, future knowing character River Song in Doctor Who has a gift for breaking obvious news to those around her and then waiting for the realization to set in. She calls this moment “penny in the air” and when they catch up she announces: “and the penny drops”

Most of the people here are in a “penny in the air” moment as to the reason Obama was installed in 2008 by TPTB.

Sure there was the immediate benefits – the bailouts and absolving the thieves of all responsibility.

But the long term con is the one starting to peek now.

Some of us saw it in the candidate who ran on “Reagan is God, Clinton is doodoo”, back in 2008. His books were full of this and that made him a good candidate for it.

Others only had a glimpse when the half assed stimulus was proposed.

Now when, for the first time this century a Democrat does NOT fix the economy – some are going to see the penny drop. (All the Democrats, even the maligned Carter reduced the deficit considerably, only to have God reagan explode it after him)

Obama accomplished his mission: not only did he leave  all the barn doors open for the robbers to gorge themselves, he helped spread the idea that there should be no barn, only the wild west.

Not Your Sweetie

September 2011