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9/13/02… when it once more became fashionable

To be a bigoted, racist, frightened ignorant redneck Bitch like the customer Eunice Stone at the Shoney's restaurant who dialed 9/11 on three young men who just happened to be Medical Students but also happened to be dark skinned "Arab looking" and speaking "Arabic". This from somebody who speaks no language other than English thus wouldn't recognize the difference between Arabic and ANY other language besides English. As it turned out, the only language all of them spoke was English, thus, the Mrs Stone was LYING THROUGH HER REDNECK TOOTH about them speaking anything else. The "free" press had a field day with it including absolute gems of Hate Speech by Peggy Noonan. NOONAN: [T]he Southerners eyeball the young Muslim males, and the young Muslim males feel the vibe. And they don’t like it. They resent it. Here they had two clear choices: Try to understand the emotions of the people around them—people who’ve been bruised, who’ve seen their country take a roundhouse right from history—and choose to be polite and friendly. The young Muslim males could smile and nod, for instance. This probably would have gone far in making progress between peoples, for one thing we’ve all read about the terrorists of Sept. 11 is that they never bothered to be nice. They tended to treat the Americans with whom they interacted with Sullen Dead Face—the inexpressive look young men put on so it will be hard for you to read them. Because they don’t want to be read. Because they want to convey an air of some menace. They could have introduced themselves to the waitress, mentioned they're on their way to medical school. They could have been quiet, minded their business, chatted softly. But they didn’t bother to be nice. They wanted things on their terms. So they took option two. They sensed the questioning within the gazes, and they thought it would be amusing to show these stupid and uneducated Southern people, these dumb crackers, these yokels, who was boss. You think we’re bad guys? We’ll show you bad guys. And so one of them or a few of them said the things Eunice Stone says she overheard. Talk about explosions, references to Sept. 11, talk about how Sept. 13 will be even bigger. Noonan paints an exceptionally unflattering portrait of the three medical students. (She ends up describing them as “bigots.”) But did any part of this story actually occur? Noonan has no way of knowing. In fact, she isn’t describing events and thoughts she can actually show to be true. Early on in this startling column, she describes her bizarre, corrupt method: NOONAN: I wasn’t there, but I listened to everyone who spoke of it and watched the story closely. And it’s not hard to imagine what probably happened that day at Shoney’s. “It’s not hard to imagine what probably

They never vote themselves off the lifeboat….

There's a Psych101 example that just about everybody who experiences college in America would find familiar, the Lifeboat Question. Setup for it is, you're on a lifeboat, with absolutely no hope of rescue, You have passengers on board whose needs exceed the supply of fresh water and food. You have a baby, an elderly professor, a laborer, ... that kind of thing. Then you're told to group up and discuss who you would kill. Drown, Toss from the lifeboat. The discussions get long and involved but somehow a few basic facts never get mentioned. Like: The one person who NOBODY tosses off the boat is himself. If there's no hope of rescue or landfall with the extra person on board, there's not really any chance without him either. If you're in a lifeboat then you're in a shipping lane, unless every vessel on the sea suddenly vanished, you're very likely to have one come near. If every ship on the ocean has vanished, then so, apparently, has civilization. You and the fellow lifeboaters would be, as far as you know, the only living humans left. It would be up to you to restore any semblance of civilized behavior. Yet to do it, according to the TRICK question, you would first have to make a human sacrifice. What kind of a sick society can you build on that foundation? Hint: it's all around us. Right now the debate in Budget Committees, especially those in the House and thus, top heavy with so-called "conservatives", is centered on who to toss out of the lifeboat first. I say "first" because that sort of thing is damnably hard to stop once it gets started. Their figures and calculations all pointedly leave in THEIR source of income, the Military Industrial complex which is the only driving force left for Capitalism. They're not tossing themselves out of the lifeboat. It's more like get in the canoes and take grandma out, put her on an ice-floe and smear her all over with seal meat to draw the polar bears. Then row away with all the villagers chanting traditional Leave-grandma-to-die songs.

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