December 24th, 2001

eye

cross-posted from my response to charles (and extended)

"I suspect they chose him because he's representative of the way the US has reacted to the first foreign attack on its soil since the Civil War."

that's pretty much how the editor who chose him put it. i understand why they didn't put bin laden on the cover even though technically he fits their own criteria to a tee. personally, i think giuliani, who had an approval rating in the 20's before sept 11th, now is in a position to run for governor simply by riding the wave and acting strong. if i were in charge of the cover, it would have shown a NYC fireman's uniform folded and sitting on a field of black. that would have illustrated the american spirit and our response to attack and tragedy better than giuliani ever could. our country has changed since sept 11th not just because mediocre leaders have risen above themselves to statesmanship, but because ordinary americans everywhere have risen above the mundane, from the firemen climbing to their deaths to the long lines at blood banks. from the passengers who overpowered the hijackers over pennsylvania to the special forces on the ground calling in attacks so close to themselves that they died when bombs went off course. and, yes, also those among us who have bravely exercised their right as americans to dissent, wearing their pacifism as a small but very bright flag in a sea of red white and blue fervor. i don't count myself among that number, but i proudly accept them as americans and acknowledge the truth of much that they say. i grew up in the new york area, watching the towers rise as they were built. i went to school and lived in NYC for three years. I spent many hours within and atop the WTC. I have two friends who worked there, one of whom was there and just made it out. my company lost 13 people in tower II. but i am not capable of looking at pictures of mangled bodies in an afghan village without compassion. are you? really? is that human?
eye

(no subject)

(Band Aid) Do They Know It's Christmas

It's Christmas-time
There's no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmas-time
But say a prayer
Pray for the other ones
At Christmas-time it's hard but when you're having fun

There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears

And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you

And there won't be snow in Africa
This Christmas-time
The greatest gift they'll get this year is life

Where nothing ever grows
No rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmas-time at all?

Here's to you --- raise a glass for everyone
Here's to them --- underneath that burning sun
Do they know it's Christmas-time at all?


Feed the world
Feed the world
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas-time again
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmas-time again
eye

(no subject)

JOHN LENNON: Happy Christmas (War is over)

So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young
A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so this is Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let's stop all the fight

A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

War is over
If you want it
War is over now
eye

(no subject)

We Are The World

Written and Composed by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

There comes a time when we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
and its time to lend a hand to life
There greatest gift of all

We cant go on pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of Gods great big family
And the truth, you know,
Love is all we need

Chorus:
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So lets start giving
Theres a choice we're making
We're saving out own lives
its true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart so they'll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stones to brend
So we all must lend a helping hand

Chorus:
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So lets start giving
Theres a choice we're making
We're saving out own lives
its true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

When you're down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe theres no way we can fall
Let us realize that a change can only come
When we stand together as one

Chorus:
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So lets start giving
Theres a choice we're making
We're saving out own lives
its true we'll make a better day
Just you and me