We will come out of this thing with our flag held high

Feel like slinging around racial slurs? Wondering exactly what people mean when they say Arab? Generally ignorant about many of the world’s cultures? Try this guide to Arab Americans to learn more and not be ignorant about your fellow citizens or most of the other innocent Arab peoples of the world. [from kottke.org]

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I am usually fiercely anti-nationalistic but in times like this I think that the people of the U.S. need something to rally around. I feel that the following tribute to our generosity and goodwill is warranted.

A Canadian radio broadcast [real audio] is being circulated in email circles yesterday and today in which Gordon Sinclair (a Canadian) delivered one of the greatest tributes to the U.S. that it has received in its 200+ year history. Though most of the emails being sent around seem to imply that this was a current broadcast, in actuality it was given at the end of the Vietnam War in 1973. Gordon Sinclair later died in 1984. I thank him for this little shot in the arm to our spirits (mine at least). Read more about this broadcast.

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I disagree with sentiments that things ought not resume as normal. Case in point, the NFL is considering canceling this weekend’s games. The NFL Player’s Association is calling for the games to be cancelled or postponed. I think the games should go on, not because I am a big football fan but because I believe it would be bad for the nation if we continue to “give in” to the fears the terrorists are trying to instill. The more we cower the greater their victory is. The more we play right into their hands. We should stand up and say we are not afraid. We cannot (nor could ever) forget what has happened but we must heal and get beyond this anger and need for revenge. “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.” – Mohandas Ghandi

After reading this last paragraph again, I am feeling really guilty. I have felt like “moving on” in most capacities since early yesterday – far too early after such a tragedy. I think it is my way of coping – think about something else – everything is fine. If I think about this too much I fear I may break down.

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What are you doing!?! – You want to spread fear and terror, too? You want to be just like those responsible for this tragedy?! What is wrong with you!? Spreading hatred against Muslims of the world isn’t going to benefit anyone. Help make the world a safer place not one filled with more anger, violence, and terror!

My turn to weigh in

I have to concur with Jason that we should not make these recent terrorists acts a political issue or even a rallying point for our nation. This is a global issue – an issue for all humans. Making this an issue of the U.S. vs. anyone trivializes the event. We need to look at this and ask why this happens. Is this even a political issue? What religions actually say this is alright? What is at the heart of this and let’s fix it. No more brokered peace accords between Palestinians and Israelis – this isn’t going to work, Why do we keep trying to divide up lands and come to compromises when there is something underlying any talks that will not let them succeed. Figure this out. If it is purely fanaticism then what? How can you reason with unreasonable men?

Here is a nice multimedia explanation of the events. [source: kottke.org]

Nothing I can say… well there is something

I quick walk around the neighborhood last night, confirms that we may have a reenactment of scenes such as these. People are lining up for blocks at all the local gas stations near my home in Minneapolis due to rumors of $5/gallon prices in the coming days.

Luckily the lines at local blood banks are equally as long. Don’t lose all your faith in humanity just yet.

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I wouldn’t want to be living in Afghanistan during the coming weeks. Bush’s words made it clear that they would not be spared the U.S.’s wrath if they harbored any terrorists who were responsible for these actions.

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I am profoundly saddened today. What else can I say.

Here is a link to Kottke and a great home video of the crash. As Jason suggests please go to the nearest hospital and donate blood if you can.

Cam World also has some good coverage of this event that is being likened to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Another link to CNN’s coverage and other links available at the Drudge Report

Plus: Were we warned? Can we even consider the ramblings of fanatics as warnings?

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Recorded earlier:

Scott’s got me worried, and that started me thinking, could I be one of those bastards he is writing of? He has been ignoring me a little of late. So I decided to write a list of my major faults and post them here for my own humility. It’s only a list major faults because I think they are more “juicy” and interesting than the fact that I blow my nose too hard, or that I have a weird way of trying to “conserve” bits by reusing rather than deleting letters after I mistype. So here goes (and this is by no means comprehensive):

  • I am stubborn.
  • I think I know something about everything, even though in reality I might just have second-hand knowledge of a subject, or have heard mention of a subject on NPR on the way into work and then get to mention said topic or issue in as many conversations as I can while attempting to seem smart or worldly.
  • I sometimes feel like brooding, even though I rarely do.
  • I am highly competitive and, related to this, I tend to make an ass out of myself when losing at any sport or competitive activity.
  • I am far too materialistic. Why do I think I need things that I merely want? (I blame Microsoft)
  • I am easy to get riled up. I get excited easily and anger without much provocation.
  • I judge people almost instantly on only the most basic level of interaction between me and them.
  • I swear too much.
  • I think while I am speaking. Said otherwise, I often end up regretting the things I say because I tend to say things as they pop into my mind.
  • I watch too much TV and then feel like I am worse for doing so. Like I am not one of those cool anti-TV people that read more and go outside. Damn those people! (see there I go with the swearing)
  • I have little patience.
  • I care way too much about my favorite sports teams winning.
  • Maybe related – I don’t do well when trying to deny myself something. (i.e. diets, budgets, etc.)

I could go on and on but I am starting to feel kind of down for some reason. Maybe I’ll just go and brood about these faults. It’s actually a wonder Scott ever liked me to begin with!

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<# of consecutive days eating just vegetables = 2> Ok so I slipped a little. It is hard to go camping and not eat meat. Everything that seems to cook well over a fire or on a stick seems to be related to the flesh of one animal or another. Couple this with a few of the faults listed above and you see why this is so damned hard! I am working on it.