Real Heroes

It seems there are some real heroes left in this world. 9/11 showed the heroism of NYC firefighters, EMS workers, policemen and even regular citizens.

This story also gives me the same warm feeling, the same “Hooray for humanity!” vibe that I’ve felt every time someone has related a post-9/11 Good Samaritan story.

My favorite quote of the story?

The three young men said they didn’t think twice about running onto the freeway to help Puz.

“If that was your father, wouldn’t you want someone to help?” Travis said.

It almost brings a tear to my eye. God bless those three young men.

No Words Strong Enough

I thought I was over this. I thought that I had moved on, that I had made peace with 9/11. I can’t believe how wrong I was.

I turned on Fox & Friends this morning and witnessed firefighters’ families talking about their lost mothers and fathers and the tears just overcame me. I fought them, but it was too much for me.

I don’t know if I’ll make it through the day without bursting into tears again.

God, be with the families of the brave rescue workers who gave their lives to save others. Bless our servicemen and women as they fight for our very survival a half a world away. Remind us of what it means to be a servant like that: selfless, brave and willing to give all.

I can’t keep writing. The tears won’t stop.

Shouting At The Radio

I did it again. I always ask myself “Why do you subject yourself to this?” and then I go and do it again.

What is “it”, you may ask? Why, “it” is listening to NPR. Why is it such a big deal? Because I tend to get a bit, ahem, exercised when listening to NPR for extended periods of time.

This morning, I was listening to Juan Williams interview FBI director Robert Mueller. Williams asked Director Mueller a question to the effect of “Are your agents violating people’s civil rights by way of applying the Patriot Act?” (I can’t get to the interview from work, as our proxy doesn’t like NPR’s feed for some reason). Mueller replied (and I’m paraphrasing here): “We’ve been sending all our new agents to the Holocaust Museum to let them see what happens when a government starts to violate its constitution”. Oh. My. Goodness.

I practically shouted at the radio “I can’t believe you just said that!” I really, truly, and in all ways cannot believe that the man primarily responsible for domestic counter-terrorism operations compared the Patriot Act to the Holocaust. I mean, we all know that ordering a roving wiretap is the step right before donning knee-length jackboots, brown shirts and armbands emblazoned with John Ashcroft’s fearsome visage, right? Next thing you know, FBI agents will be breaking in to Ms. Patterson’s 8th grade reading class and hauling her off to a “Political Correctional facility” for deigning to teach a section on Tuck Everlasting, My Brother Sam Is Dead and other “banned” books that somehow make it into the NJEA’s reading list on a yearly basis. I, personally, am looking forward to turning my neighbor in for laughing out loud at a Tony Auth cartoon. All hail Über Führer Bush!

Perhaps he was just trying to curry favor with Williams. Perhaps he truly feels this way; I don’t know. In either case, I am in shock and disbelief. It says dire things about the future of the FBI if they’ve made such idiocy into a policy.

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Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

I find myself sitting here, wondering why I sat up until 2am EST watching Spawn, a movie so terrible even Martin Sheen seemed ashamed to be associated with it.

But then, the fact that John Leguizamo was playing a short, 400 lb. villain should have tipped me off from the start.

I don’t know what was worse: the barely comprehensible plot, the nails-on-a-chalkboard dialogue, the “I can’t act my way out of a paper bag” performances turned in by the entire cast or the “Gee, we just got a copy of Alias Wavefront and Maya. Let’s see what we can do!” special effects.

This movie just plain sucked, yet I seem to remember it getting decent reviews. What gives?

IAEA? Ptui!, Says I

First we’ve got al Baradei shooting his mouth off about unilateral disarmament by the U.S.. Now, we’ve got the IAEA placing Israeli nuclear capabilities on its next agenda at the behest of Islamic and Arabic nations!

To quote Marty (of “Marrrteee!” fame on Sean Hannity’s show): “U.S. out of U.N., U.N. out of U.S.”.

(Stumbled across this one on Drudge)

The Arafish Speaks Again!

Remember to speak precisely when you are speaking to The General!

Arafat was quoted on Wednesday in an interview with Reuters news agency as saying he was ready to take action against the militant groups on the condition that Israel stop its strikes against them.

<Dr. Evil Voice>
Riiiiighhhht.
</Dr. Evil Voice>

International monitors, Arafat said, should come to the Middle East to keep an eye on the compliance of each side to the so-called road map for peace backed by the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union.

Mmmhmmmm. That’d work. ‘Cause we all know just how effective the U.N. has been at not taking sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, right?

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