Stories to Watch: 9/11/11
It’s going to be a short one today. The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks is pretty much blotting out the news-gathering sun today. Now here’s the news…
Paul Krugman — like myself and so many others — believes it’s shameful the way the right has hijacked 9/11, waving it around like a bloody shirt to score political points. The latest sorry-assed example of this cheap political hackery; Herman Cain tap dances on the grave of 3,000 people with an ad that is nothing but pure 9/11 porn. What’s the argument here, Herman? That 9/11 was bad, so you need to be president? Here’s a little advice for you:
That’s right, have a point. And not the kind you’d wear a hat to cover.
Needless to say, Krugman’s opinion is the worst thing ever. One is only allowed to say bad things about liberals and Muslims on the anniversary of 9/11.
Remember the “Ground Zero Mosque?” Yeah, in order to win Anthony Weiner’s seat, Republicans are bringing the hate back. See above item for context.
RIP Cliff Robertson.
John McCain is making shit up again.
Finally, there are pieces of the World Trade Center on Mars. No, really.
Stories to Watch: 9/10/11
I made some zucchini sticks last night. Someone dropped a couple off and I had no idea what to do with them, so I whipped up an onion ring batter, chopped one up like steak fries, and deep fried it. Holy crap, was that ever a good idea. Next time I’ll add a little onion powder to the batter, but otherwise, perfect. Now here’s the news…
A “credible threat” of a 9/11 anniversary attack becomes more clear.
Charles Krauthammer memorializes that anniversary by arguing that the US in no way overreacted to the terrorist attacks. Torture was great, illegal wiretapping was awesome, and shoveling money and lives down a hole in Iraq was brilliant. This is a stupid, stupid man.
Anti-gay nutjob and Oklahoma state legislator Sally Kern makes waves by saying — once again — that homosexuality is a greater threat to America than terrorism. Going into the weekend of the anniversary of 9/11, this points to a distinct lack of class on Sally’s part.
Speaking of those lacking class, Eric Cantor celebrates the anniversary of 9/11 by demanding that funding for first responders be cut to pay for disaster relief. Seriously, why is he not the most hated man in America?
Obama’s jobs proposal seems to have the GOP somewhat befuddled. I think after the debt ceiling debacle, many members may be a little gun shy.
Michele Bachmann scrambles to remain relevant by attacking Rick Perry’s rhetoric on Social Security. Remember, Shelly’s not seeking reelection, so if she loses the nomination, she’s out of a job for a while.
Finally, lefty news blog Talking Points Memo went down for a few hours last night, the victim of a DDOS attack by Anonymous. The issue; TPM posted mugshots of Anonymous members who were busted for an attack on Paypal. This strikes me as just pissiness. The mugshots are a matter of public record. It also strikes me as extremely hypocritical; information wants to be free, right guys? Lay off the attacks on journalists, because freedom of speech and freedom of information is a two way street.
Bush Reportedly Declined Invite Because He’s Peeved He Hasn’t Gotten Enough Credit For Bin Laden Killing
President Obama will visit the New York site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks today, but former President George W. Bush won’t be at his side. Originally, a Bush spokesperson said the former president declined Obama’s invitebecause “has chosen in his post-presidency to remain largely out of the spotlight,” though he “appreciated the invite.” This morning, however, the New York Daily News quoted sources saying that Bush won’t be at Ground Zero today because he feels Obama hasn’t given the Bush administration enough credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden…
More at ThinkProgress.