Sep. 14th, 2001

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I have many things to post, but I can only post two right now because my scanner's not working. Bah. Item number one.

I was downtown and they had papers spread out in Pioneer Square so people could send condolence messages. It was interesting to see what stuff people had written. There were messages in Japanese from a group of middle school students that I saw clutching Niketown shopping bags, a damn lot of messages invoking God and bible verses, and some scribbles denouncing the proposed course of action the military will take. There was even a message in Arabic, although I couldn't tell you what it said. It mentioned Israel, but I believe it was in a positive light. (Tangent: Arabic is probably one of the most beautiful written languages in the world, right up there with Thai and Sinhala) But the one message that made me laugh, really laugh, since all this happened was one signed by someone identifying himself as an Ogala Sioux tribesman: "God bless NY, but fuck the U.S. government." Inappropriate, perhaps, but I felt better after having done so.
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And in Huntington, N.Y., a 75-year-old man tried to run over a Pakistani woman in a shopping mall parking lot, police said. The man followed the woman into a store and threatened to kill her for destroying my country, authorities said.

::sigh:: There are more disturbing things in that article, but none more disturbing than that.

There is a concept in sociology called "race thinking," where one assumes that the actions or statements of one person of an ethnicity represents the race/ethnicity as a whole. I believe there are many people in America guilty of that as I type this. But there are also many who are not, and I can only hope that the amount of the latter is greater than the former.

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Thank you, Sam, for this:

"I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, ‘You helped this happen,’" Falwell said on the [700 Club], which was broadcast nationally.

Well, thank you for making that pointless comment and making it worse than it already is, you intolerant fuck.