This post is from the JMBzine Blog Vault, which means it is a very old blog post that I wrote at a very different time of my life. My views on religion (I’m now a Humanistic Jew), politics (today I’m a democratic socialist), and many other subjects (LGBTQ+ inclusion, abortion rights, etc.) have drastically changed over the years, so please bear this in mind when reading this post.

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

4:41 pm is a beautiful thoughtful blog.

BTW, here is a sad, sad story I found on

Australian stabbed saving Indian friend, in San Francisco:

Sean Fernandes and Robin Clarke were out night clubbing in the SOMA (South of the Market) district of San Francisco when they were attacked by a group of men . . .

“Robin asked why he was hitting us, and he said, ‘Because your friend is a fucking Arab and you are a white nigger lover’ … I started yelling, ‘I am not an Arab, I am not an Arab,’ but he would not listen. Eventually someone kicked me in the back. I realized talking wasn’t helping, so I joined in the fight. … I pulled off (Robin’s) jacket and there was a hole in his upper stomach, and there was blood pumping out … San Francisco is one of the most tolerant and diverse cities in the entire country. I was completely shocked that it could happen out here.”

It looks to me like the terrorists suceeded and this country is on straight ticket to hell. If we keep attacking our own people, we will destroy the very things that make this country great. America once upon a time was a land of tolerance, but I guess that dream is gone now.

(2022): I found this mention of the incident from the Congressional Record

Also is still alive today, but it appears to just be cross-posting from a twitter feed.

4:01 pm

(2022): I remember well how that Union Square in NYC became a center for peace protesting and also just collective expression of grief. According to Wikipedia there has been a long history of protests in this park.

3:56 pm

War is so rapidly approaching. May God have mercy on us all.

3:55 pm

Plastic Elastic is a very nifty blog by a girl in Oklahoma. I’ll checking back on this one.

Skittish Girl – one quote that I like from her site is “It’s the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have time.”

(2022): It was fun looking back at these blogs in the archives. I don’t think either are still alive today though.

2:29 am

“Civilization is a common quest for peace,” – on a billboard at Vinny’s Italian Cafe in Austin, TX

(2022): From what I can tell, Vinny’s isn’t open anymore. — Looking back, it stands out to me how scared everyone was, because messages like this weren’t common even in a liberal mecca like Austin in September 2001.

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