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I went and did a little math
It has been 1,828 days since September 10, 2001.

Using a very conservative estimate, the United States has 3,000 domestic flights a day (although the average tends to be higher, I am using a nice, round number even Bush voters can understand).

So, there have been--roughly--5,484,000 domestic flights over the United States since September 10, 2001.

Four of those flights, total, or .00007%--that's seven one hundred thousandths of one percent--were hijacked and crashed, all of them on the same horrific day.

9/11 was absolutely awful; anyone with any trace of a brain or a heart would agree with that without question.

But for me, it didn't "change everything;" I am getting so damned tired of that term. The right wing wants me to cower in fear and vote Republican; their twisted anti-logic wants me to believe the party that has created more terrorists in the past five years is somehow more capable of keeping me safer. And they want me to know that any dissent at all is un-American.

What are they (supposedly) protecting me from? Something that will very likely never happen. I am more likely--much more likely--to be struck by lightning or winning a multimillion dollar lottery. Twice. On the same day.

And if it does happen, to paraphrase unclekage, they will need to pry my teeth from the neck of the piece of shit who does try to hijack any flight I am on. However, I don't pretend to be a "better" American by slapping a yellow ribbon or flag on my car. I try to live a decent and respectable life. I vote. I think.

I cannot, and will not, ever respect, let alone vote for, anyone affiliated with the smirking chimp who clawed his way over almost 3,000 dead bodies to wave a flag for his own selfish political gain--like he did in 2002, and in 2004, and again yesterday, and as he will continue to do through November.

September 11, 2001, did not change everything. The uninformed, irresponsible, misguided, and downright dangerous response to it by a bunch of knee-jerk reactionaries did--and for the worse.

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you see, the problem here is that you're working with math and logic. And that kinda thinking can't be trusted. What ya gotta do is think with your gut. Makes fear and monstrous political maneuvering taste more like patriotism.

That's actually less than a one-in-a-million occurrence. 7 in ten million, by your math.


I don't see how you can base your opinion on a math equation that has nothing to do with anything you're talking about.

9/11 didn't stifle comerce and growth for the American people. It didn't disrupt our everyday life, however, it did change our views and wake us all up to the threat.

You left out measures of security that have been taken place since then.
You also left out the captures of suspects due to the security measures.

Given that, your math and logical reasoning is correct...

In proving that the party you despise so much has actually done some good. :3

I have this rock that will keep tigers away, would you like to buy it?

Hmm, nah. No tigers here but thanks! ;]

Let's pretend they have done some good...which they haven't.

My point is, if they have kept us so much safer, why the hell are they telling us we need to continue cowering in fear?

The "security measures" that have been taken have been window dressing: take your shoes off in line at the airport, don't pack that nasty, crowd-killing shampoo. It's a security smoke screen to make us appear safer when nothing is really being done. Meanwhile, the cargo at our ports remains 90+% unchecked.

And the "capture of suspects" remains suspect, frankly. The mastermind of 9/11 roams free, and Chimpy has told us (until recently, now that it is politically fashionable to fear OBL again) he doesn't much worry about capturing him.

Most of which are points I can agree with. My main issue was that you made it seem as though just because of this equation alone, then people should believe that 9/11 didn't change anything, that's all.

I agree with you on that matter. And that said, Bush has shown us time and again he is nothing more than an idiot. His speeches don't make any sense.

I'm more afraid of a snowstorm than a terrorist. And that's because a snowstorm is more likely to occur.

I also agree that more people need to THINK rather than knee-jerk react to things.

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