I’ve recently begun a new job in the financial district. It’s at some coffee shop that doesn’t pay me enough, and it’s a really long trip to and from my apartment, but you know, it’s a job, it’s a bad economy, I take what I can get. One of the nice things about the job though, is that it’s an area that I don’t normally get to. I live at the top of the Bronx, so Battery Park is not normally in my area, but now I get to go on down to the river, walk around in a really great area in the afternoon, it’s a nice part of a sort of crummy job.
Unlike a lot of other people, I had to work on Monday. The trains, in case you weren’t aware, were totally screwed for the entire day, but I’d made lunch plans with some of my best friends and I was excited for it. Anyway, after work, I go over to get my train. Some stupid pink tape has blocked off the Rector Street station on the 1, so I say, “Okay, it’s a nice day, I’ll walk up to Chambers”, and this little walk brought me straight over to Ground Zero.
The thing that still gets me upset about Ground Zero isn’t the tragic loss of life or the ludicrous and unnecessary wars that it launched. At this point, I’ve been able to accept that those events occurred and move forward. No, what really pisses me off is that eight years after the tragedy that befell thousands of people and our entire country on September 11, 2001, Ground Zero is still nothing but a concrete hole. It continues to be a scar upon our fair city, a festering wound that in many ways, the city has still not recovered from. But what gets me even more pissed off are the god damn 9/11 Truthers, and because tomorrow is the eighth anniversary of September 11th, they’re back in the news.
Part of me thinks that if we just don’t acknowledge their idiocy, they’ll slither back to their basements thousands of miles away from where the damage actually took place. (Note on my “thousands of miles away crack:” In all my time getting pissed off about their crap, I’ve only met one New Yorker who actually bought into the conspiracy nonsense. Then again, he lost his wife that day, so I don’t completely blame him.) But they continue to spout their insanity, claiming that the physics are wrong when they’re not, and that the most elaborate conspiracy ever devised was put into play without anyone noticing.
Their latest volley comes from Charlie Sheen, an actor I very much enjoyed watching in Major League, Hot Shots: Part Deux and his bit role in Being John Malcovich. Charlie came onto the 9/11 baloney scene a few years back when it was announced that he’d be voicing the newest version of Loose Change, the well debunked 9/11 conspiracy movie that was made when a kid wrote a movie about how 9/11 was a conspiracy and then convinced himself that his own fiction was reality. I’m not sure whether Sheen ever actually voiced a version or not, I try not to pay too much attention to these assholes, but I do know that he was given a very special thank you in the 2009 edition of it.
Sheen’s insanity has prompted him to put a transcript online of a fake 20 minute conversation he has with President Obama, in which he convinces the president that 9/11 was a conspiracy by the “Bush/Cheney regime”. He followed it up with a visit to conspiracy theory collector Alex Jones’s show, and the two are trying to make Charlie’s ridiculous little farce a reality.
Look, I get where they’re coming from. Stuff like 9/11 is scary. It’s frightening because 9/11 showed us that there can never truly be safety. No matter what technology we put in place to stop people from doing bad things, if someone really wants to find some way to kill a lot of people, and they’re really determined, they can do it. It is easier to face a world where a huge, nigh-omnipotent government needs to orchestrate an event like 9/11, rather than some smelly bastards huddled in a cave with some floodlights pinned to the walls. But the 9/11 truth movement is just inane. The idea that while we’re dealing with two wars in the middle east, the biggest push for Health Care since Clinton, and the closest we’ve come to depression since the great crash of the 30’s… that with all that on his plate on top of, you know, running the country, Obama should put aside 20 minutes to talk with Charlie Sheen about 9/11 – that’s ludicrous. He’s not going to do it, and that’ll just add fuel to the Truther’s fire. Obama is avoiding the truth. Maybe he’s in league with the Bush administration. Ooooo, scary.
I’m tired of their crap. I’m tired of them trying to scare my country with this garbage. I’m sick of the scars of 9/11. Give me my memorial and will someone please shut Charlie Sheen up.