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9/11 sideshow: “They’re selling bracelets; they’re making money off my dead son."

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9-11 sideshow gift shop items stuffed dog via Gizmodo

"This kind of sacred ground. This is not a moneymaker."

Come and getcher Ground Zero tee shirts! Right here! Getcher 9/11 doggie vests! Yer toy trucks! Yer hoodies! Step right up, ladies and gents! Twenty-four bucks gets you into the 9/11 Museum! Fork out another twenty-two bucks and you getcherself yer choice of a FDNY, NYPD, or Port Authority Police tee-shirts. Hey little girl, how'dja like yer very own stuffed 9/11 rescue dog? Just ask yer folks for a few smackeroos and it's all yours! Right here atcher Ground Zero sideshow, er, souvenir shop!

Or as the New York Post put it in a Sunday story,  the “little shop of horror":

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And as Gizmodo put it, The Tasteless Crap That Fills the 9/11 Museum Gift Shop.

Ouch.

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WaPo:

Mugs, T-shirts, scarves and other souvenirs have triggered controversy at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which holds unidentified remains of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — as well as a gift shop. [...]

Some of the items for sale in the gift shop are clearly intended to tap into the sense of solidarity that emerged in New York following the attacks, like the plain black T-shirts with the tagline “honor, remember, reunite.” But others, like a black hoodie with the twin towers emblazoned on the front, seem more of a vivid and painful reminder of what was lost. And some pieces of New York City Fire Department memorabilia — including a doggie vest and toy truck — seem kitschy or trivial. [...]

Kurt and Diane Horning were founders of the WTC Families for Proper Burial, which sued New York City for the right to bury remains that were in the material and debris from the World Trade Center site; from the beginning, they and other 9/11 families objected to the remains being used as a “programmatic element” at a tourist attraction... “They’re using it basically like a Ringling Brothers sideshow attraction,” Horning said Monday. "We were dismayed about that."

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"Bridge Over Troubled Water" cut at 9/11 ceremony but nearly performed after #Christie speech

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First things first. The song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was cut from the 9/11 museum ceremony because Idina Menzel got sick and had to cancel, not because of the political implications. However, had she been able to attend, she would have sung the song right after Chris "Bridgegate" Christie's speech.

That would have been awkward.

At the last minute, 9/11 widow and Broadway singer LaChanze was added to the line-up, and she sang “Amazing Grace” instead. If you saw her performance, you'll agree that it was exquisite. And inadvertently more tasteful.

But not nearly as ironic.

Can you even imagine the clips that would have aired 24/7 on every cable news talk show had Menzel been able to do her thing as planned?

For the sake of those who have been so tragically impacted directly (and indirectly), it's fortunate that "Bridge" wasn't part of the program. Had it been under different circumstances-- appropriate circumstances-- it would have made quite an impact for all the right reasons.

But this, of course, was not the time or place, so it all turned out for the best.

The Hill:

Organizers for the 9/11 memorial museum dedication ceremony on Thursday had to tweak the original program, which would have included a speech by Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), followed by a performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

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Afternoon-Evening Links

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We can't handle a shackled guy in federal court, for Christiangodsake, don't you KNOW that, B. Hussein Obama?!

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Afraid of own shadow

Remember back in 2009 how Republicans were screaming and panicking over the possibility of holding 9/11 trials in a downtown Manhattan, USA federal court? OH MY GOD! TERRISTS ON U.S. SOIL!

Right there in our USA courtrooms!

They'll all whisper propaganda into their ultra super duper Muslim Dick Tracy magic transmitters to signal all the other terrists to gather in New York, USA during the trials and spread their Al Qaedaitude all over Amurika, USA! During the trials! Right there!

Our national security machine can't handle a shackled guy in federal USA court, for Christiangodsake, don't you KNOW that, B. Hussein Obama?!

Gaaaa!

So the president scrapped the federal trials and moved everything to military tribunals. Even though we've had plenty of successful trials right here in the U.S.A. of plenty of bad guy terrorists that turned out just fine in which the bad guy terrorists were convicted, thrown in high security prisons, and were never heard from again.

No propaganda was spread, there was no retaliation, nobody was infected with Al Qaeda germs, and we all lived happily ever after under that big conservative thumb that keeps infringing on the rights of others.

The Hill:

Attorney General Eric Holder said he was right to push for trying the 9/11 defendants in federal court in New York.

Holder said Monday that if the trial for alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-conspirators had been held in federal court, rather than a military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay, the defendants would already be on death row.

To quote Holder, "I was right." He sure as hell was.

The Guantánamo trial for the five 9/11 defendants remains in pre-trial proceedings, with the trial not expected to begin for another year at least.  Defense attorneys have said the pre-trial classification fights will push the trial date back to 2016. [...]

“I think that had we gone along the path that I announced at that time, we would not have had to close down half of Manhattan, it wouldn't have cost the $200 million a year and the defendants would be on death row as we speak,” he said.

But that doesn't matter. Republican cowards got their way, again. And justice has not been properly served, again. And Americans pay the price, again.

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New low: GOP Congressman compares Republicans trying to kill #Obamacare to 9/11 heroes

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Remember this guy?

That's Congressman John Culberson (TX-07). I posted about him here.

Today, Rep. Culberson (R-WTF) got the attention of MSNBC political reporter Benjy Sarlin:

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Yes, you read that right. Culberson was today's winner of our increasingly frequent feature, "Really Bad Analogies." Oh but of course, trying to kill health care reform, a law that is on the books and approved by the Supreme Court, a law that will save lives and has already saved many Americans money, is exactly like fighting 9/11 terrorists.

Or to put it another way, this is GOP business as usual. The families of those who died on that day will undoubtedly appreciate Culberson's sentiments. And by appreciate I mean condemn.

Think Progress:

During a meeting of the House Republican Caucus, Congressman John Culberson (R-TX) compared the relentless Republican effort to defund Obamacare to the heroic efforts of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who overpowered terrorists who had gained control of the plane.

Playing the September 11th card: Desperate, tasteless, low.

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Video Overnight Thread- Anti-Muslim Bigot Gets Shut Down by a Uniformed Soldier

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Very proud. If you don't want to watch the whole thing (I rec that you do) skip to 4:45 for the soldier bit. Via.

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Video- September 11th Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon

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