Friday, September 21, 2001

Presidential Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People - September 20, 2001

I will freely and readily admit that I was not one of George W. Bush's biggest fans when he was elected President. But he is starting to make a good impression on me with his actions and words (scripted as they may be) in light of the attacks. Call me a sucker, but I actually am starting to admire that beady-eyed fellow in the White House.

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Another one other thing...check out Think Peace. I'm sure that Sgt. Hartman from "Full Metal Jacket" would whole-heartedly disagree with everything they have to say at Think Peace. As far as the Sgt. Hartman site is concerned...well, it is indeed eyebrow-raising...to say the least.
One other thing...I thought that this was uplifting:

Web Site Collects $58 Million for Attack Aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Web site sponsored by several U.S. technology giants has collected nearly $58 million in donations to help recovery efforts from last week's attacks in New York and Washington.

The Web site, American Liberty Partnership, said it has raised $57.7 million for nearly 30 charitable groups including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund.

The donations received from public and business groups will be used to help in the rebuilding efforts, and assist charitable organizations offering medical and financial assistance to the survivors.

The site also provides updates on how the relief effort is progressing and what the next steps in the process are.

The partners of the American Liberty Project include: Amazon.com, AOL Time Warner, Cisco Systems, eBay, Microsoft, and Yahoo!

Donations can be made at www.libertyunites.org.
Hey out there. My company got hit pretty bad yesterday by the latest worm or virus or whatever. Oh yeah, the Nimda worm...right. Whatever. Anyway, they are on lockdown here as far as the Web is concerned, so we are not really supposed to be online unless its business. But I just had to log something today on the worm.

So, what about the idea that this worm is just another attack from the terrorists that hit the WTC? Interesting and scary thought. But I think that most people are doubting the technological capabilities of the attackers.

I don't think we should underestimate them, in light of the fact that some (if not all) of the terrorists on the hijacked planes had been in the US for years, learning how to fly planes and such, with no signs of terrorist leanings (is it just another rumor, or was at least one of these guys actually born here?). In any case, these guys were the classic sleeper agents. So what's to say that there aren't other sleepers in America that are sending out viruses? Hitting us from all sides, including our precious Internet?

Well, like I said earlier, I can't be online at work for long, so I gotta get going. In the meantime, I think you should check out these other blogs here and here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Hi all. Just wanted to check in with a comment on something I read today. A Reuters article I read online said that Fidel Castro condemned the attacks on us and offered Cuban medical aid. Very interesting indeed...it was a bit uplifting as well. Not sure if it should be, but it is. I mean, is Castro REALLY serious? We'll see...but the whole "putting aside differences in the light of a greater evil" aspect of the whole thing struck me...

Anyway, life and work plod on, and my workload grows...so I cannot really work as much as I want to on the site, including this blog. I will try this weekend to do some site revamping in light of the attacks, and try to catch up on events. I hope to reopen the forum sometime soon, in the hopes that it will not be abused. We'll see about that as well...

Monday, September 17, 2001

Disturbing clips from a Reuters story by Alan Elsner, National Correspondent:

...A Reuters/Zogby poll found 71 percent of American voters were ready to see the United States go to war against countries which ``harbor or aid terrorists'' even if it meant suffering substantial U.S. casualties; 21 percent were opposed.

The White House has vowed retaliation by a ``mighty giant'' for last Tuesday's attacks in which 19 men hijacked four commercial planes, crashing two of them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and a third into the Pentagon. The fourth crashed in Pennsylvania after a struggle between passengers and the hijackers.

President Bush (news - web sites) has said Islamic militant Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) was the prime suspect. The Saudi-born multimillionaire is believed to be based in Afghanistan (news - web sites) under the protection of the radical Islamic Taliban government.

SCUD MISSILES MOVED

In Afghanistan, Taliban rulers moved a large arsenal of weapons including Russian Scud missiles to positions near the border with Pakistan, as tens of thousands of people fearing a U.S. attack fled several major cities and headed for the borders with Pakistan and Iran.

As part of its strategy, the White House is considering lifting an executive order banning U.S. involvement in overseas assassinations. Vice President Dick Cheney (news - web sites) said the CIA (news - web sites) may once again be allowed to recruit agents to conduct ``the mean, nasty, dirty, dangerous business'' of spying on extremists.

While Washington rattled its saber, Pakistan sent a delegation to Afghanistan to press the ruling Taliban to hand over bin Laden.

Speaking as the delegation arrived in Afghanistan, Pakistan's Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider said Taliban leaders should consider the consequences of not cooperating with the U.S. hunt for bin Laden.

``The delegation is motivating and advising (Taliban leader) Mullah Omar and the Taliban leadership that they should consider the pros and cons of not cooperating with America and others on matters of terrorism because if Afghanistan does not do the logical, balanced attitude in this regard it will be a problem for Afghanistan and its people,'' he said.

As Bush rallied a global coalition for war against the ''barbarians'' who staged the attacks, the president heard encouraging sounds of support from European allies but also heard some notes of caution.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, pointing the finger at bin Laden and saying he must be stopped, made a grim comparison. ``For many people of my generation or older this is perhaps potentially the most frightening situation since the Cuban missile crisis in the early 1960s,'' he told BBC radio...

I need to brush up my Revelations, folks, but I am pretty sure that my buddy Jay, who is very Protestant, is flipping his lid at what is going on. All of the armaments allegedly being lined up must be scaring the heck outta him right now. I am sure he's looking for the Second Coming...and I'm not talking about the poem, either...
Take a look at the DEBKAfile, an online news source that is running a ton of stories on what is happening as a result of the 9/11 attack. They are claiming numerous things, such as CIA and FBI special units taking up positions along the Pakistani-Afghan border and that we already have troops on the scene. Interesting to say the least...if reliable and accurate, it could be a good source of news directly from the "front lines" since they claim to have sources in the world's hot spots...we'll see...it looks like the site's creators are not associated with the Israeli press or any press at all, for that matter...a slogan at the top of the page claims "We Start Where the Media Stops"...

Thanks to Uncle B (aka Do Dirty) for the link.

Still reeling almost a week later...aren't we all? Anyway, last week I reached a state of shock and rage so deep I felt frozen...I still feel that way...I couldn't bring myself to write about the attack anymore...I could barely read the newspapers or watch the whole thing on TV...not due to callousness but due to overload...I think everyone in America feels this way, though...I guess in any situation like this, there is only a certain amount of tragedy one can process until everything goes numb...until the anger burns it off for a while...but the numbness always seems to come back...

I have Muslim friends that I met in college...they are getting some nasty remarks and looks from people on the streets here...and I find it embarrassing that people are harboring such feelings towards innocent people...my friends were born in America, not in a Middle Eastern country...they are citizens of this country...but I know that won't matter to some idiots here, the idiots that continually earn us the "Ugly American" moniker...and I wish that people would remember that a camera's lens is only so wide and thus can only catch so much...I wish that people would remember that there are people in the Middle East that are not celebrating our tragedy, that are not dancing in the streets at our pain...there are people over there just trying to go about their lives just like us...they have nothing to do with what their governments or the terrorists of the same nationality are doing...they are the people not captured by the camera's eye, which is far from all-seeing no matter what we have been led to believe...like I always say, there are assholes of every color, and they are the ones that spoil things for the rest of us...it's the assholes, not every single person within an ethnicity, that cause trouble...

so question the footage you see, people...it ain't the whole story...

and don't let the assholes out of your sight...