Monday, June 15, 2009

Monumental hubris.

And, from the department of "pot calling the kettle black"....

I get a perverse kick out of the handful of 9/11 families who in recent months have criticized homeowners at the site of the planned Flight 93 memorial/shrine for "obstructing" the deal. First of all, I've heard no reliable evidence to the effect that homeowners in and around the Western Pennsylvania hamlet of Buckstown are seeking anything but fair compensation for their property. These people are, after all, being dispossessed from their homes, their land, which in some cases has been in the family for generations. But if we're going to talk about "trying to take advantage of a situation"... Hmm. Would that be a little bit like collecting $2.08 million from Washington because your loved one died in a particular way on 9/11*? Or like writing a best-selling book about the tragedy, or selling the film rights to your story? Then again, maybe it's like using your federal windfall to buy breast implants and lots of new furniture for the enjoyment of your new beau, who happens to be one of your martyred husband's pals from down at the firehouse. Let's not lose perspective here.I'm also struck by the coldness of folks like Patrick White, lawyer and vice president of Families of Flight 93, who says he feels no qualms about Washington's use of eminent domain to seize the land, if need be. White, whose cousin, Louis Nacke, died on Flight 93, is quoted thusly by CNN: "No one has ever questioned that there is a public purpose to these lands. Their purpose became public the minute that those private citizens' lives and remains became part of those lands."

Nice. Very empathic. You'd think that if anyone would understand the concept of loss, of having your family-life-as-you-knew-it turned upside-down, it would be the 9/11 survivors. Apparently not. Word has it White's original statement was, Look, just stop your whining, pack up your things, put your families on a bus and give us the damn land, but he soon reconsidered.

See how ugly people can get when they feel "victimized" and/or "entitled"?

* I.e., as opposed to the other folks who died that day (and who die every day, for that matter) in ways unrelated to terrorism...and whose families collect nada.

8 comments:

Wandrin said...

Each time I hear about the money that survivors of 9/11 received, I wonder what the survivors of the next "attack on America" will receive. The answer, of course, is: nothing.

Anonymous said...

Steve, your loathing of women is so strong I can hardly believe you put up a pretense otherwise sometimes. So it's only the merry widows of 9/11 who have gone on and met new partners? I'm sure many of the husbands have, too, and for my money I'm betting they did it a lot sooner than the wives. In fact many of them were probably already seeing other women before 9/11, or were in bed with other women in some convention hotel somewhere on that very day! I can only imagine the lifestyle they're living now with a few mill in their pockets, with the sports cars and the trophy girlfriends and the fake hair and all of it.

Open your eyes to your own prejudices, please. You might learn something, at least about yourself.

Anonymous said...

This is a good one, Steve. I'm sure I can't be the only one whose fed up with the 9-11 families. Enough!
-Carl

Lana said...

Grrrr.

Steve Salerno said...

Lana: I must ask, at whom is your "grrr" directed? Me? Or the folks I'm criticizing?

Lana said...

Oh, sorry. I totally agree with you, Steve! These arbitrary value judgments drive me nuts.

I just searched your blog for a post where you mentioned "Ron and Nicole." I was thrilled that you didn't say "Nicole and her friend Ron."

http://tinyurl.com/nwsogn

Anonymous said...

Like the rest of America my heart went out to the 9/11 families in the beginning, but they have gotten really, really annoying. These people needed a consultant or someone to explain to them that you can wear out your welcome and undo all the natural sympathy people feel at first by acting like obnoxious bullies who expect heaven and earth to be moved in your honor. Plus the money, as you mention. When my dad died in a construction accident we had to fight tooth and nail just to collect on the insurance which was a small fraction of what these people got. Come to think of it he was working on a government housing project at the time, so what's really the difference?

Neuroskeptic said...

Anonymous is right, Steve clearly hates women I mean he didn't single out Patrick White, a man, for especial criticism or...wait...