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It might seem to the rest of the country that New Orleanians are insular and self-absorbed. There’s some truth to that; sometimes this place feels like a distant province of the United States rather than a part of the mainland. But events like the terrorist attacks of September 11th touch us all, and after suffering through a major (not entirely natural) disaster ourselves, I think most New Orleanians feel a special sympathy for New Yorkers. I have seen grown men cry here at the mere mention of September 11th, even after all these years.

Of all our national ideals, freedom of speech and religion, pluralism and tolerance are the ones that inspire me the most. Lately they seem to be crumbling as tensions increase between Christians and Muslims in this country. That, of course, was part of the terrorists’ aim. It’s not clear to me whether or not we have passed the point of no return. I hope not.

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  1. Jack Schick Jack Schick

    If you gotta moment,
    since you are interested in a question of the point of no return–
    This is the title of an article on

    -Proven 9-11 Nukes = US Government Involvement
    By Dr. Ed Ward, MD
    It is quite a Tripp, Mr. B, to follow a road like me, a wanna-be a smarty-pants, and delve deep into evil doings of our history carried forward into this
    sinister Reality within which we swim.
    When one looks into
    dark shit, such as I have, and then wonders at the futility of some duty to
    warn and awaken others, it is painful in a conscience-tweaking way.
    The Thermal Data from the remains of WTC towers was scary enough, but
    to see the plain, mechanical, physical LIDAR survey,
    and see for your own eyes,
    the huge mass of the buildings was magically* reduced by a third,
    and flat-ass-dropped into a hole such that that you gotta
    see it….vaporized by micro-nukes…crime scene quickly swept away.
    know these
    evil creatures
    intentionally are scapegoating Islam, and the Arabs, and Iran, and they will
    treat us just like they treated Gaza in Operation CAST LEAD–see the Goldstone Report.
    —–* asterisk: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable
    from “magic”….Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. …
    Arthur C. Clarke.

  2. Garvey Garvey

    I wonder if tolerance and freedom of speech are incompatible on some level. It seems like its becoming that way here, more and more. I know it’s that way in the EU already (they never valued freedom of speech anyway).

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