One of Portland's weekly local rags, The Mercury printed this letter to the editor last week:
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE TOWEL HEADS
HEY MERCURY: The Navy Blue Angels fly F-18 Hornets not F-16 Falcons ["My, What a Busy Week," Aug 12]! That just goes to show what a bunch of ignoramuses you all are! And yeah, war is shitty, but you lefties are a real danger to our society. The only thing these radical towel heads understand is death and destruction. So that's what we're giving them--DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. Remember, to them we are all infidels! It doesn't matter what political party, sexual orientation, or religion you belong to--they want to behead you because you're an American!
Remember: WE WERE ATTACKED ON 9/11! WAKE UP! WE HAVE TO DEFEND OURSELVES, YOU MORONS! LIKE IT OR NOT, WHEN THEY STRUCK THE TWIN TOWERS THEY STARTED WORLD WAR 3!
We live in the best country (despite our flaws) in the world! You better wake up and thank God you live here. And that we have a president that has some BALLS! Unlike the last one who got his balls licked in the OVAL (oral) OFFICE!
P.S. I am not a redneck, and thank you for letting me rant. Nothing personal.
This week, they printed a response from one of their readers.
IT'S "TOWEL HEAD" TIM'S FAULT!
DEAR "TOWEL HEAD" TIM: I'm from New York and was there when the towers went down. As I wept uncontrollably for a month, I blamed simple-minded assholes like you for what happened. You ignorant fucks are the dead weight that has dragged this nation into an educational stupor. Your complete lack of awareness and an inability to place 9/11 in the larger context places a good amount of blame squarely on your shoulders.
When I smelled that acrid bloody air and heard the jets you so love flying through the air, I couldn't hate the terrorists as I was busy hating you. I've waited too long to say this, but fuck all of you who remotely agree with Tim. You're the collective albatross that has relegated this nation to mediocrity. I hope you and your family, and all your friends get the most excruciating cancer around. You fucking well deserve it, you useless cunts.
I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER!!
I remember where I was when I found out the towers had been struck. I think I was the last person in North America to find out. Jason and I were on a weekend bike tour of the Three Capes about 70 miles south of our home. We camped at Cape Lookout State Park in the Hiker/Biker campsites. There was no electricity in that part of the campground. On the morning of September 11th we packed our tents and gear onto the back of our bikes and headed home.
In Tillamook at a coffee shop, almost noon, I was reading that days headlines which were, for the seventh day in a row, about two police officers who had been killed by a teenager who fell asleep at the wheel. It was a big ticket item because he was an outstanding young man, a straight A student, a church going, baseball playing, hard studying nonpotsmoking leader in his youth community heading to Eugene for Freshman orientation at U of O (I think).
That days newspaper had been printed too early and they, like me had missed the boat. I made some snort about the excessive coverage, and how journalists love to suck tragedy dry and some British tourists said WELL YEAH, WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE ON THE FRONT PAGE TOMORROW and I said I'M SURE IT WILL BE LIKE, FIVE MORE DAYS OF THESE COPS and they looked at me funny and then looked at me funny again and then told me some planes had hit the towers and I thought they meant like in Godzilla where a tiny crop duster crumples its wings on the Empire State Building.
Anyway, I digress. Once I understood the scope of things, and saw for myself what had transpired I remember thinking exactly two things...
1. I cringe for every remotely Middle Eastern looking American today, and
2. I hope to god America wakes up and is willing to acknowledge their own complicity in this state of affairs.
I know no one cares about what went through my head that day, I am sure plenty of people were thinking the same thing. But I just gotta say, it is nice to see my sentiments summed up so perfectly.
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