Remembering The Best Of Humanity

Seventeen years ago today, a group of men with evil intentions hijacked four planes and destroyed the World Trade Center, a section of the Pentagon, and would have hit the White House had it not been for a group of brave citizens.

It was a time of immense sadness for our nation, and one of the few moments that has ever unified the country in any meaningful sense. We mourned the loss of our fellow Americans and sought vengeance against the perpetrators. However, amid all the sadness comes one truth that we all-to-often overlook: Out of the ashes of 9/11 came the absolute best humanity had to offer.

In a moment of pure, undeniable terror and confusion, brave first responders ran into a smoking, burning, and eventually collapsed building to rescue total strangers. They could have turned and run alongside their fellow man, but they didn’t. They ran headfirst into a scenario they could never have imagined. And some of them gave their lives for it.

That’s why it’s important to remember not just the sadness of the day. We don’t just need to feel anger at our enemies. We need to feel a sense of pride that our nation rose to the challenge and unified, however briefly, to stand for our own and against a common enemy.

In times like the present, when division and anger are at an all-time high, it’s important for us to remember that there is good within us that we can achieve. There is a purpose, a sense of right and honor, that pushes many of us forward daily.

It may not be the kind of good that causes you to run into a burning, smoking, or collapsed building and risk your life, but it is the kind of good that allows you to overcome evil on a daily basis. That is something we are called to be, and it is something we should strive to achieve.

If it is only for a moment today, remember the good in humanity. Remember what we and you are capable of. That is how we continue to win and show we are better than our enemies.

Honor the fallen, and strive to be the best humanity has to offer.

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New York is Filled with Awful Politicians

Let us send the city in all its glory into space.

ALBANY – City Controller candidate Scott Stringer as a state assemblyman voted to continue a tax break for a subsidiary of a controversial group that advocates pedophilia.

The bill, which became law in 1996, revoked the tax-free status of a company called Zymurgy, which was affiliated with the North American Man/Boy Love Association.

Every member of the state senate voted to yank the tax break that’s available to most non-profits but Stringer was one of 19 Assembly Democrats who voted to let the group keep its tax-exempt status.

The bill was signed by then-Gov. George Pataki.

Stringer spokeswoman Audrey Gelman said Stringer feared pulling the tax break — even for a NAMBLA-related group — would put the state on a slippery slope.

“Scott believes NAMBLA and groups like it are abhorrent and disgusting,” Gelman said.

“He voted to protect the Constitution. He and 18 other progressive members of the state legislature voted on constitutional grounds that the Legislature should not be freely and subjectively revoking nonprofit status of groups, and it would be a slippery slope that could lead to targeting of group based on their political views.”

Stringer, the current Manhattan borough president, is battling former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the Democratic primary for city controller.

Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 less than 15 months into his term amid a prostitution scandal.

A person who answered the phone at NAMBLA’s San Francisco headquarters had no comment.

“Reporters and our history have been very bad and I don’t think they’re going to do us any good,” the man said. “Thank you for calling.”

The ending is the best piece of journalism I’ve read in a long time.

A man friendly to the pedophile community is running against a whoremonger. Meanwhile, Weiner still won’t pull out of the mayor’s race, if only so we can continue to make that joke a while longer.