For everyone who bought one of those durable vinyl car flags, there were those who thought we deserved it. And, as strong as my reaction is to both of those extremes, I know I’ve spent at least a second at each one of them, and at many places in between. That said, there’s some stuff in Salon’s Forbidden thoughts about 9/11 that turns my stomach. Throughout, I kept thinking how we would never be allowed to read this kind of thing, the purely uncensored thoughts of our countrymen, in some other countries. I may hate them for saying it. I may hate them for even thinking some of those things, but they have every right to think whatever they want, and pretty much say what they want in whatever forum they can gain access to. Long live free speech, and my right to be offended and challenged by the free speech of my countrymen whether I like it or not.