Noted & Quoted, apology accepted edition
An American Muslim is tired of apologizing for 9/11. Nickleback is planning on releasing another album. Should I ask white people to apologize for that?
Bud Selig is an agent of the NFL sent to destroy baseball
The man who’s run the sport I love into the ground must be doing so deliberately. Bud Selig isn’t baseball’s caretaker, he’s its undertaker, responsible for P.R. blunders so staggeringly ignorant they must be intentional. The latest: disallowing Mets players from donning the caps of the NYPD, FDNY, PAPD and other first responders, as the…
The most mawkish of the 9/11 retrospectives
The BIO channel is running a Sept. 11 special so offensive you assume it’s a parody. It’s not. Hollywood spares no hyperbole when patting itself on the back. When Pop Culture Saved America: A 9/11 Story Never forget the sacrifices made by pop stars like Lance Bass and J.C. Chasez, the REAL heroes of Sept.…
As it happened
The New York Times has compiled 9/11 audio recordings from the F.A.A., Norad and American Airlines for an unmatched documentary archive. It’s a fascinating listen.
I (gulp) miss Bill Clinton
Never thought I’d say that, but my animus toward the former president was a bit excessive and, seeing what followed, tremendously short-sighted. His speech today in Shanksville, Pa. commemorating the passengers of United 93 was sublime.
Exposing a malcontent’s naivete, 10 years later
After 9/11 I was convinced things were going to change. The culture would be relevant again, I thought. More naively, I believed patriotism would no longer be cheapened by the garish excesses of halftime shows and the like. Instead we got Hooray for Everything with a condescending twang.