On the seventh anniversary of 9/11, there’s lots of blabbering and bloviating about the the terrorist attacks. To most of it — if not all of it — I have a two-word response: shut up.
Although this isn’t a political blog, it is a travel blog. And 9/11 affected our transportation infrastructure first and foremost. So I feel somewhat qualified to comment.
Let’s start with a post from The Seminal, which noted that 9/11 has expanded to 9/11 week, which the blog describes as “political opportunism” that’s become “little more than Vegas-style spectacle, stripped of the majority of their meaning.”
To those of you turning 9/11 into a sequel to Shark Week, I say: shut up.
Then there’s the Transportation Security Administration, which is marking the occasion by changing the color of its screener — uh, sorry, Transportation Security Officer — uniforms.
The most striking change is the color of the shirt – from white to blue – and a gold metal badge will replace the embroidered patch. This will better align the officer’s uniform with the other security professional positions in the Department of Homeland Security.
The costume change will cost taxpayers $12 million.
Hey, TSA — shut up.
The Air Transport Association — the airline trade group tirelessly lobbying against the basic needs of its own customers — couldn’t help itself, either. Here’s what it had to say about today’s anniversary.
The Air Transport Association of America, its member airlines and their employees join all Americans today in remembering Sept. 11, 2001. We honor the memory of those lost and the service of those whose daily efforts advance the security of our nation.
Who cares what you think? No one believes a word you say, anyway.
Shut the hell up.
Perez Hilton apparently had nothing to say about 9/11 — but still got more than 100 comments on his non-comment.
Maybe they should just shut up, too.
Why should we keep a lid on it?
Because the only fitting way to remember Sept. 11, 2001, in my opinion, is to reflect and remember, quietly. And perhaps to ask ourselves questions that few people dare ask, for fear their patriotism will be questioned.
Excuse me. I’m going to take my own advice, and shut up.