We’re confident that you were presented with ample opportunity over the weekend to memorialize 9-11 in cathedrals of your own. One of the more poignant moments we saw at yesterday’s service came from former president George W. Bush who quoted a 1864 letter by Abraham Lincoln to a Massachusetts mother of two sons killed in the Civil War:

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

Today, September 12th, we take a collective deep breath, and press on…

• Football picked a great day to return. In Sunday’s late game, The Jets came back from a 14-pt deficit to beat Dallas 27-24. Other scores from week 1:
GB def NO 42-34
BAL def PIT 35-7
CHI def ATL 30-12
CIN def CLE 27-17
HOU def IND 34-7
JAC def TEN 16-14
BUF def KC 41-7
PHI def STL 31-13
DET def TB 27-20
ARI def CAR 28-21
SD def MIN 24-17
SF def SEA 33-17
WAS def NYG 28-14
NYJ def DAL 27-24
NE@MIA Mon 7p
OAK@DEN Mon 10:15p

Krugman asks whether the European Central Bank “will do what needs to be done — lend freely and cut rates — or will European leaders remain too focused on punishing debtors to save themselves?” Nic Brown wonders why we love playing doubles tennis but never watch it on TV (“We forget that doubles is such excellent theater…It’s as if the game has been projected through some cosmic kaleidoscope, everything fractured, more colorful, more complicated, perhaps even more beautiful.) E.J. Dionne Jr. feels that after memorializing 9-11 on its 10th anniversary, “we need to leave the day behind. As a nation we have looked back for too long.”

Contagion topped the weekend box office, raking in $23.1M. “Think of it as ‘Stars With SARS’ as Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne and Jude Law race to contain a nasty pandemic that picks off Gwyneth Paltrow in its opening minutes.”

It’s been a long weekend. Try not to give anyone the business today



  • C. Brian Smith