"I really think we should avoid talking about September 11th. It's just so..."Pantomimes yawning. "You know." --Outside analyst at this morning's meeting
You gotta be kidding me.
Sweet Jesus, are they for real?I could maybe understand if the subject matter was Paris Hilton or Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt...but 9/11?
I bet that comment lead to one hell of an uncomfortable silence!
Was that your CEO?
Did anyone get up and slap him?
Two words:Kuh. Lassy.
cbi hope some one said"No. I don't know. Please explain what you mean."
I would never consider thinking that way about something like that. But since I don't live in NYC, I don't understand what the city's feelings towards it are -- can you clear that up for me, or at least someone here that is from NYC? I don't know how I would feel about the whole thing if it had happened in my state.
Sometimes talking about it helps you get control of your feelings. Even in the work place.When I first found out what was happening I ran upstairs to tell my sleeping husband. He didnt believe me when I said I thought it was an act of terrorists. Then the second plane hit. I kept my young daughter out of school that day and held my infant son. We were living in the state of Washington. Very far away from New York. I know how I felt, but I am possitive its not even a fraction of feelings the folks felt in New York. My heart goes out to everyone.Sorry, I swayed off on a bunny trail..
I also believe that your outside analist needs a good slap across his face.
lol I like him.That or I'm afraid of him
And NOBOBY said anything to him/her????? I think I would have been hard pressed to not say something along the lines of, "You're kidding right? RIGHT???" In my most, "You're a flipping idiot" tone of voice.
That guy needs to bitch slapped.Then he needs to get his own sit-com. He sounds just asshole enough to be camera-ready.
ouch. Who does that analyst think he is?
Wow...he's got some balls on him.
I bet he was from Kansas.
and did the analyst get back outside again?
Ouch. OUCH! What a shitty thing to say.
So he didn't follow that up with, "Did I just say that out loud?"
Having spent 22 years in Mumbai, I have seen it bombed and I have witnessed communal rioting. Just two weeks ago the train system there was hit savagely.If there is one thing I have learned from all this, as would have most people who saw or were affected by 9/11, is not to keep anything inside. Talking about any issue, no matter how bigoted, prejudiced or presumptious the opinion, at least everyone knows where the other stands. That in turn allows for educating the ignorant and stupid and healing the affected.Obviously this guy (read ignorant ass) is waaay outside to know anything. Wonder what he analyzes anyway...What a dolt.
He/she heard that on some cheesy cable channel, slept on it, then decided he/she didn't have to think about it any more. I'd respond:Don't push your lame coping mechanisms on me, Paris Hilton
I can't even begin to comprehend why or how someone could say such a thing. WOW... just a-fucking-mazing.
That is the reason it happend in the first place because stupid fucking idiots like that think the US has nothing to worry about and god forbid we talk about a tragic event. After they made that comment did they follow it up with and the holocost never happend?!!!
This is probably the same guy who used the days off after 9/11 to party and have "terror sex" with traumatized women.
What an idiot. Outside analyst? Y'all need to find someone new.
I would add a choice adjective for this person, but I see all the good ones have already been taken.Un-freakin-believable.
I want to know what sort of analyst this person is?!And also how he/she has managed to survive to adulthood.
I think we're ignoring the fact HE PANTOMINED YAWNING. Who does that?
this sounds like the kind of guy who is bored by any topic of discussion that doesn't revolve around him. i think they have a special section in hell for this type...
What an ass.What finishing school did they find him in?
Wow, that's a hell of a comment. Maybe he didn't engage his brain that morning. Seriously though, he sounds like a bit of a self-centred tosser to me.
Okay, I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say something you'll all hate me for. While I do thing a statement like the one presented and later quoted by CB is just way bad, there is a grain of something I agree with in it.It's probably because I live in Europe, but I get sick and tired of people talking about the 9/11, too HOLD IT! I AIN'T DONE YET! when that's the only tragedy they talk about. Like 9/11, as horrible and traumatic as it was, to everyone, is the only tragedy ever taken place. When in reality we have way too much bad happening all over the world.So while saying something like the line CB quoted is just rude, unthoughtful and idiotic, without the context it's hard to say it was a bad opinion.As far as the pantomime yawn, well, didn't that die together with the looser-cough??You can start hating me now.
Boy, iiris, I'm glad you went ahead and said it while I was thinking it. And I too am now going to cover my ass and say it was a TRULY heinous thing to happen to any nation, but dare we start an objective discussion pertaining to American acts of terrorism that may have invoked it, and/or continue to do so?
It staggers the imagination.
Sunanda and Iiris,It's still pretty big deal over here. Guess you had to be there.But I get where you're coming from, it's just so....*pantomiming a yawn*
Please pass out his phone number, so we can all call him and verbally abuse him. Better yet, do you have his business card with an email address? You'd be doing a great community/nationwide service by passing it out.Zeus
cbsorry cbSUNANDABlaming the innocent victims of a crime is never OKWhat planet are you on?Do they blame rape victims there for dressing too sexy?geezsorry cb
gentle jesus! who says that!
it should be a big deal anywhere...terrorism is nothing to yawn about.
OH. MY. GOD!
I'm from NY. I watched my FDNY paramedic brother & my NYPD boyfriend stop their lives after 9/11 to keep the city safe.Yawn?I'd like to flay this person. Alive.
Note that my last comment was positively dripping with sarcasm (toward the "international peacekeepers" upthread).I love it when I fail to communicate effectively...
I agree that there is stuff all over the world that no one pays attention to (the entire continent of Africa, anyone?), but I don't think we should STOP paying attention to 911 just because we don't pay attention to anything else. Let's just make ourselves MORE ignorant.
Before you read this!!! why do we assume the Analyst is a guy? hmm? also.. what a stupid, stupid! thing for that person to do in a workplace in front of other people. geez. No one is blaming the victims. god. you know what got me? is that all these companies made a shitload of money off of people's false sense of patriotism. i saw people who bitch about our government all the time walking around in "Support Our President" shirts. i was like WTF! wait... we as Americans have the right to just look at what has been done to us, not what we have done to others and pretend that we are so shocked that it happened. I have a cousin in Iraq right now. He thought joining the army was an awesome thing to do. Now he just wants to survive so he can come home and see his family again. Everyone has a right to their opinion and expressing said opinion. whether it offends the crap out of you or not.
Sunanda,Would you be more specific about the "American acts of terrorism that may have invoked it, and/or continue to do so?" That is, when has the United States targeted civilians and other non-combatants as a strategy? When has the United States ever deliberately killed innocent men, women and children as a matter of policy? When has the US ever intentionally destroyed non-military targets?Yes, civilians do get killed in war. But accidentally, because they are used as shields by those with whom we fight. Not because we seek to kill them. I'd like to see your data about the US use of terrorism. I really would.CF
I think the point is that we've heard SO much about 9/11. We're saturated. And America has used up the goodwill and sympathy it gained. It's now a case of maybe you should try having a bit of concern for and awareness of your country's actions in the rest of the world.
Class-factotum,I don't think the yawn is appropriate, at all. Couple of examples for you though.1. Hiroshima.2. Nagasaki.Nuff said, no? I could go on, and on, and on, and on....By the way, please don't bother with the "it was war" bit... Japan had already been defeated... Using the bomb was a purely political play... a matter of policy, if you will.There is a great documentary called "Fog of War" on McNamara and Lemay's actions during WWII and subsequently in Vietnam where he freely admits that rationally, the entire US administration at the time should have been charged as war criminals, and hanged. Of course, history is written by the victors.M.
Lucy and Malik,Recently --1. Liberated Afghanistan from the Taliban2. Liberated Iraq from Saddam (unless you think Iraqis liked being put in wood chippers or being killed with mustard gas)In the past, we have made some mistakes. We blew it in Vietnam. We should have fought that war to win instead of leaving and letting the Communists win and put South Vietnamese in "re-eduation" camps. Thousands of S. Vietnamese were killed after we left. Vietnam is a perfect example of what happens when you let politicians fight a war instead of generals.Then, of course, there was Cambodia and Pol Pot. Lovely, that.We blew it with Cuba and the Bay of Pigs. We didn't back the invasion. If we had, Cuba might be free today instead of having suffered the past 45 years under castro. Thousands have died under his rule. The ones who are alive are miserable.We did, however, get it partway right with Korea. At least South Korea isn't under the thumb of a brutal dictator. S. Koreans get enough to eat. They are not thrown into concentration camps where newborn babies are left to die. (Google it. I'm not making making this up.)And we got it right in WWII. Let's see. We stopped Hitler. We stopped Mussolini. We allied with Stalin, which was necessary at the time, but as soon as we beat Germany, we should have taken care of Russia. Big mistake there.As far as Japan, no, the war was not over in Japan. They had not surrendered and all indications were that they had no intention of surrendering. They were still fighting, so therefore, they had not been defeated. The president and the generals had analyzed an invasion of the island and decided that it would cost too many American lives. They knew the Japanese would fight back to the death -- including the civilians. (Remember Iwo Jima? 6,825 US dead, almost 22,000 Japanese dead.)The reason they had to drop TWO bombs was because Japan STILL DIDN'T SURRENDER after the FIRST ONE! But, as you say, history is written by the victors. So tell me -- what would the world look like today if anyone the US has fought had won instead?
Class-Factorum,Have your administration decided which bullshit rational for invading Iraq they want to you to parrot?I can't keep track anymore... I could rant on and on... but I think I'll leave it to the experts to refute your position on Japan... They were, after all the people who were responsible for actually fighting the war:"In 1945 Secretary of War Stimson, visiting my headquarters in Germany, informed me that our government was preparing to drop an atomic bomb on Japan. I was one of those who felt that there were a number of cogent reasons to question the wisdom of such an act. During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives"-General Dwight D. Eisenhower."The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace the atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in the defeat of Japan." -Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet."The use of [the atomic bombs] at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender." -Admiral William D. Leahy, Chief of Staff to President Truman.I can, if you wish, provide further documentation around these citations.You consistantly site US "mistakes" as not killing enough... bay of pigs...shoulda gone in... vietnam...shoulda gone in...Truth is, The US is in an bad spot now because of it's post-war, cold war activities, not in spite of them.War and destruction are never the answer.All you need is love ;-)M.
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