I think I’m beginning to understand why I wake up so early.

Voted yesterday, worked, and came home. Looks like at least one of my candidates lost the primary, which is sad, because it was a ‘devil you know” situation on that vote.

Nothing new and interesting to report this morning. I mean, aside from the obvious.

I’ve done my best to avoid 9-11 coverage, news stories, and the like, because it’s no longer about the loss, but about ratings. Which is disgusting, but there you go. I’m a former new Yorker, so it still hits a little close to home.

I’ll remember quietly. But rather than numb everyone with overbearing coverage, this anniversary should be handled with a bit more dignity than I expect the major media will (or has been).

And for crying out loud, take your flags in from the rain. Take them off your car windows, your decks, and your desks. Display the flag properly, and respectfully. Don’t let that too become another weak symbol, something we’re so used to seeing everywhere that we forget what it really stands for. Stop merchandising it like it’s an NBA team, or a hot new trend, or the latest from Versachi.

Remember that it stands not just for unity, but freedom. Remember that the losses and freedoms symbolized by the flag didn’t begin on 9-11-2001. but before 7-4-1776. Remember that more people have died for the cause of freedom than died on 9-11. While we should not forget the loss of life on 9-11, we should not forget the sacrifices of those who came before us, in 1969, in 1941, in 1914, in 1843, in 1819, in 1776…

I’m not against patriotism. But I’ve also not bedecked my house in a commercialized Red, White, and Blue, like some late summer 4th of July sale. Which is all this will be in 10 years at the current rate of decline.

Ugh. Dunno how long *THAT* as been building up, but it’s a start…

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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2 Responses to 962

  1. detritus says:

    yahoo.com did a site re-coloring for today, grey & grey. It actually looks better than their normal site.

    Agreed on the flag thoughts.

    My new work t-shirts have a flag on the right sleeve and “united we stand” printed under it. I’m not happy with that, but I didn’t pay for it either.

  2. wander says:

    Actual conversation this morning:

    “Babe, you gonns wear that flag pin the gave us yesterday?

    Dunno, I left mine at work. You gonna wear yours?

    I suppose. You gonna participate in the “mandatory” moment of silence at 10:20 this morning?

    Well I suppose if it’s mandatory though I don’t see what good it will accomplish.

    Yeah, like the people that died really care if we are silent for a minute.

    I think it’s more for coporate pride than anything else.

    Yeah so the great and powerful OZ can declare all 16,000 + of it’s employees are in support of the 9/11 victims.

    You know those flags we planted outside the house last year? Why haven’t we removed them by now?

    Because we were too fucking lazy…sad to say.

    Well it looks like we are back in fashion today!

    Lets pull them out and burn them tomorrow. They are looking a little ragged and I don’t think thats what the original idea was all about.


    I totally agree with your sentiments man. It’s become a big marketing ploy…all tied in with gas prices and all that.


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