The Bright Side of September 11

No matter how awful everything is, Toby Keith has given us a priceless gift in the line about his “daddy’s right eye.”   I laughed at it then and I still laugh when I think about it. Please enjoy his idiotic take on September 11.


“Knowing what our core values are and cleaving to them, even in times of testing, must be a lesson when we see the results of situational ethics and temporary, expedient treatment of basic   rights. America  should not again panic and overreact to terrorist attacks against this country…….the cost of 9/11 has been billions of dollars spent, an unneeded war, and thousands of lives lost.” –   Richard A. Clark (Former  US  National Security Chief)


For me, September 11 is inextricably linked with Max, who worked at the financial Trade Center, next to the Twin Towers. It took hours before I could make contact and learn that he was okay. He ran for his life and later learned that his office was sheared off by fire. I was so relieved, and so grateful, and so sorry he had to experience such trauma.

But life is trauma. And that’s why we need Toby Keith to lighten our burden.

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15 Responses to The Bright Side of September 11

  1. Heidi says:

    Wow, no kidding. What an asshat!

  2. Sheri says:

    I’d be amused, but the “America Rocks and You Suck” message is believed so earnestly by so many, and exactly what makes us look like such country-centric assholes to the rest of the world, I have a hard time laughing.

    I’ve never heard the Richard Clark quote. Wonder if that has something to do with why he’s the Former security chief.

  3. Marky says:

    Oh, my God! That song is amazing! Both hilarious and really disturbing.

    What a fucking pig.

  4. Suebob says:

    Holy cats. I got 1:25 in before I had to quit. What a pile of pathetic jingoistic crap and terrible rhymes.

  5. Dru says:

    It did make me laugh – thank you, Sister!

  6. Cripes. I just had to google Toby Keith as I’d never heard of him, or the opus you posted. Funny, and not. Kind of grotesquely catchy too. By way of an antidote I thought I’d point you towards a 9/11 story (in the loosest sense) by Laurie Anderson which she read on Jarvis Cocker’s BBC Radio 6 show on Sunday. It’s at 1.06hrs on the player if you feel so inclined.
    I like her anyway, and her delivery, but I liked the low-key nature of the story, and its rural setting, suddenly changed.

  7. Cricket9 says:

    Toby “Jingo” Keith – never heard of him either, and just as well. As for the eagle – inevitably I have a picture of the eagle from Stephen Colbert show in my mind, and at the words “land of the free” I hear this voice saying “owned by the Chinese”.
    Kinda spoils the effect…

  8. Ann says:

    Toby Keith is awful. He – and even more so, his fans – embody much that is wrong with this country. That same cavalier attitude reared its ugly head again yesterday, as a day of somber reflection was turned into a production reminiscent of the Super Bowl, complete with fireworks and fanfare for all the wrong reasons.

    I had never read that Clark quote. Wow, wow and wow.

  9. Channy says:

    Ha. Toby Keith is a registered Democrat.

  10. Sister Wolf says:

    Channy – Really?!?!?!?!?! God. I don’t want him in my party. Shoo, Toby!

  11. Sister Wolf says:

    Sheri – Yeah, I know what you’re saying. But I can’t help laughing, literally. It’s so stupid and bombastic and tasteless and sincere. I’m perverse that way.

  12. Ann says:

    Keith is actually a registered Independent who has typically voted Republican.

  13. Sheri says:

    Yeah, I should probably lighten up. I can laugh about almost anything, but pathological American patriotism seems too insidious. Even Obama feels the need to end every speech with “God Bless America,” and I can never help but think, “what about everybody else?” Kind of like thinking that God will help YOUR soccer team win, and THEIR soccer team lose. What did they do/not do to deserve such discrimination?

  14. WendyB says:

    I didn’t realize Max was at the World Financial Center!

  15. Hammie says:

    I didn’t realise either Wendy. I’m so sorry Sis. Makes me think though, with all the high tech weaponry available to first world countries like your own, when it came down to it; on September 11 to survive – you had to run.

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