Today is the unhappy anniversary of the Terror Attack on America, 9/11/2001. Until 4PM today, I've managed (and I do mean I managed my media to avoid 9/11 references) to miss the maudlin memorializing of America's latest "Darkest Day". My favorite weekend talker is doing her 9/11 Tribute today, and I can't listen. I've entered Radio Silence until Sunday.
Jesus, even NASCAR is getting in on the act! What ever happened to: "Let's go racin' Boys!"?
This morning I caught a couple of Tweets that reminded me not to "play Twitter" until Sunday.
9/11 is a raw wound on my psyche. SturgeUrge and I were in Baja on the fateful day, and were stuck there for several days after we'd planned to return to the States by the Air Travel Shut-Down. During our days down there, we were visited by a near-miss hurricane that kept us on the beach instead of out on the Sea of Cortez fishing for Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado (Mahi Mahi).
We had lots of time on our hands to watch the TV coverage from Lower Manhattan. The Condos we were staying at had limited satellite TV from the States, and most of the TV was Mexican TV.
Mexican TV didn't blanch when it came to showing the video of the unfortunate World Trade Center victims who found themselves trapped above the impact zones ablaze with jet fuel, and who opted to leap to their deaths instead of waiting to be consumed by fire.
For at least 2-3 days, these images were shown every 15 minutes or so...around the clock. I watched through the streams of tears for a whole day before I had no more tears to shed. It was galvanizing...heartbreaking...painful.
Not once did I think: "I wonder what America did to deserve this?"
This is why the wound is still tender nine years on. I don't need Big Media to pick at it anymore than I choose to pick at it.
Before I turned Twitter off for the duration, I captured two tweets that say it for me, and say it well. They are from S.E. Cupp, one of the Young Lions of Conservative Punditry. She writes for the New York Daily News, The Daily Caller, and lots of other places.
S.E. nails it in two tweets:
"Want to stay in bed, avoid TV, and wake up when it's tomorrow. What asshole programmer thinks I want to watch 9/11 footage today?"
I couldn't have said it better myself...Never Forget
I'll be back Wednesday as always.