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Old 09-11-2008, 12:13 AM   #1
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9/11: Seven Years On(Discussion Thread)

It's just past midnight on the East Coast, so I thought I'd start a discussion thread for the seventh anniversary.

I thought, to start with, I'd post video clips of the opening monologues of the first Daily Show and first Letterman to air after. They are eloquent and honest and raw. Those of us who weren't directly affected by the attacks(i.e. weren't there, didn't lose anyone, etc) unfortunately sometimes sort of almost forget what the national feeling and mood was in those days and weeks following, and I think these are a good reminder. Those of you who were directly affected by it, of course, need no reminders.

Viacom raided youtube so the Daily Show clip isn't there, therefore I can't embed. Here is a link to the clip on the official site:

September 11, 2001 | The Daily Show | Comedy Central

And here is Letterman:

YouTube - David Letterman

Let's try to keep this a civil and respectful conversation. Anything in the way of actual politics should probably be said in any other thread here.
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:08 AM   #2
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Hard to believe it's been seven years. And it's hard to imagine that there are kids growing up now who don't really know what 9/11 is, or weren't old enough to comprehend what was going on. My sister is 14, so she was only 7 when it happened, and I wonder sometimes how much she actually remembers.

I noticed both Flight 93 and United 93 (the made for tv movie and the theatrical movie) were on TV the other day. Those are tough to watch. I remember seeing United 93 in theaters, and it was the most unbelievable movie experience of my life. Usually when you walk out of a movie theater after a film ends, people are talking, laughing, playing with their phones, etc. There was none of that. When the credits starting rolling, almost everyone got up quietly and simply walked out of the theater. I didn't hear a single word spoken in the room. The only noise was the sniffles of people in tears.

And regarding the monologues of Jon Stewart and David Letterman, I think those are phenomenal. I actually just watched both of those a few nights ago. Though I don't care too much for either of them, you cannot knock their remarks.

I'll be proudly wearing my USA shirt tomorrow.

ETA: Though I don't live anywhere near NYC or DC or Pennsylvania, and knew personally none of the victims, 9/11 changed my life. 9/11 made me realize what I want to do with my life in terms of my major and future job. I'm a Criminal Justice major, and hope to someday work in law enforcement as an officer, maybe FBI, DHS, something along those lines. It's a fact that 9/11 made me want to dedicate my life, or at least my career, to keeping this country and it's people safe. If 9/11 never happened, I'd probably have no clue as to what I'd want to do.
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:21 AM   #3
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i knew people who died, and i know people who ran out of the buildings and i know people who walked home across the Brooklyn Bridge covered in ashes.

let it never happen again. to anyone. anywhere.

if it can happen in New York, it can happen to anyone. anywhere. in Cairo, Paris, Kabul, Baghdad, Bangkok, or Tokyo.

"new york's finest." forever, immortalized. they are who we have to thank. they are the heroes.

20th century go to sleep.
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A little nostalgia...

http://forum.interference.com/f216/t...hlight=turn+tv
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The Daily Show clip still makes me cry, mostly because it's Jon of all people really.

God, I can't believe it's been seven years
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That thread kinda gives the "Is Bono Ok" thing a whole new level of ridiculous.
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The Daily Show clip still makes me cry, mostly because it's Jon of all people really.

God, I can't believe it's been seven years
My sentiments exactly
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Very tough to read, picking up our pulse the morning it happened.

Nothing deep to add, just

the last day anyone would mistake Osama Bin Laden's name.
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One more thing I'm just curious about...where a lot of posts deleted from that thread or something? I'm just wondering.
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Wow, I just read every post in that thread. Jesus. That was difficult to read, and brought me right back to my feelings that morning. Just like the thread title, I don't know what to say. Chilling stuff. I need a cigarette.

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20th century go to sleep.
Good song.
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I cannot imagine the terror most of the people who died that day felt. My heart goes out to all those families who were scarred for life that day.

Walk on...
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September 11, 2001 was definitely the worst day of my life. I saw the towers fall from the roof of my Brooklyn apartment. When I saw them fall in the distance, I knew my life would never be the same again. It changed the way I view and live life.

I am always amazed by the ordinary New Yorkers and the men and women of the NYPD and FDNY and how they dealt with the unthinkable tragedy. Sometimes I wish I had their strength.

I suppose I got what most people get, which is a life filled with heartbreak with or without closure. And whether that strengthens or weakens me will shape who I am.

You know, I wish they'd bring back the Twin Towers, and not erect that lame Freedom Tower. Regardless of whatever they put up, the Twin Towers will always be casting their shadows over me.

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yeah, seven years huh?

wow, actually feels more like last year to me.

over the past week they have shown couple of 9/11 progs, next week is one about the 9/11 faker woman. I suppose, I ask, why are these being shown now, but maybe, I dunno, its like anything, could be another prog on JFK on, etc.

Still remember that day. very eerie day
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Even though I live far from New York I still remember the full on panic of my aunt in Ireland calling me telling me she can't get in contact with he daughter in Manhattan. It made me relize how small war and tragedy make this world!

May we catch Bin Ladan dead or alive...
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