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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:23 PM
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"Thirty percent of Americans can't name the year that 9/11 happened."
"Thirty percent of Americans can't name the year that 9/11 happened." In a new WaPo survey published yesterday, fully 30% of Americans couldn't name the year 9/11 occurred, and 5% couldn't even name the month or the date, "which means there are 5% of Americans who can't tell you the day or month that an attack most commonly referred to as "September Eleventh" took place."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060809/od_afp/usattackspo...
http://articleofaith.blogspot.com/2006/08/from-todays-w...
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CottonBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:24 PM
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1. I'm not at all surprised. n/t
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Taoschick Donating Member (391 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:29 PM
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15. I'm not either
But I'll bet they can describe the plot/characters of their favorite television series in great detail.

Or the latest Nascar scores.
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Skinner ADMIN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:25 PM
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2. I wonder how many wouldn't be able to name the month and day.
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:26 PM by Skinner
ON EDIT: I see that they actually asked this.

"there are 5% of Americans who can't tell you the day or month that an attack most commonly referred to as "September Eleventh" took place."

Unbelievable. I wonder if they know what day the Fourth of July happens?
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:30 PM
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19. Duh. It happens on Independence Day.
The day that Republicans en masse make a show of supporting the troops.

Ask a tough one, why don't you?
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lectrobyte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:32 PM
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21. And the scary thought is, probably 99% of that 5% has a driver's
license.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:25 PM
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3. It was a phone survey. Who the heck answers those things?
They all sound like telemarketers.
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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:25 PM
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4. Oh god...
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:28 PM by jasonc
I did not know they were that dumb...

I wish they had also asked party affiliation, that would have been interesting.
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:26 PM
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5. Oh that's EASY to remember !
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:34 PM by kenny blankenship
It was THE YEAR ONE of the New Era, and the first year of the reign of Our Lord Emperor Dubya.
What the poll actually reveals is that 70% of Americans are still trapped in the old pre-Millennium thinking, and still living by the old calendar. But that will soon change.

When the Great Catechism for No Child Left Behind gets finalized in committee and implemented, a new generation of Americans will grow up knowing exactly what happened in the YEAR ONE, with 99.999% scoring correctly on the question In which year did the Great Attack On America By Evil take place?
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:26 PM
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6. Surely that's not the backwash that were polled.
I would think that date would be tattooed somewhere on their hide by now.
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savemefromdumbya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:26 PM
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7. hey 911 is the emergency number!
LOL!
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:26 PM
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8. i'll retain my skepticism
i'm afraid i don't believe this report, what did they do, survey a special ed class?
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:28 PM
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14. I once asked a woman, in full command of her faculties
to name the capital of Harrisburg, which was about 40 miles away from us at the time.

Her answer? "Come on, you know I don't know that stuff."

The deliberate stupidity of the average American is difficult to overstate.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:31 PM
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20. I don't know that one either
The capital of Harrisburg?
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:38 PM
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29. One would think that a Pennsylvania resident would see the trick, though
She didn't.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:35 PM
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25. well you were effing w. your friend and she effed you back
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:35 PM by pitohui
i don't know if i'd call it stupid, i'd call it if you insult your friend w. a rude question then she is free to answer you in turn

what did you expect her to say was the capital of harrisburg?

treat people w. contempt and you'll get it back in spades

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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:37 PM
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28. Not my friend, and she wasn't effing with me. Trust me.
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:38 PM by Orrex
She didn't know whether New York City was north, south, east, or west of us, either. That's what prompted my question, in fact; I overheard her broadcasting her ignorance in another conversation.

on edit: She also didn't know the phone number to call when you need 911.
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ContraBass Black Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:27 PM
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9. This should be horrifying, but I find it funny.
:D
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Crankie Avalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:27 PM
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10. Coincidentally, about 30% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing...
...just saying. O8)
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:27 PM
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11. IMHO this is the fault of the 911 , who forgets Pearl Harbor's date?
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 12:33 PM by HereSince1628
Almost no American with a television. Everyone has FDR's voice burnt into our memory. "...December, sempt, 1941, (dramatic pause) a date that will remain in infamy!
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:29 PM
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17. But if you played a clip of FDR saying that
how many today would be able to identify the speaker?
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:28 PM
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12. No wonder 50% still think Iraq had something to do with it
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:39 PM
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33. I'll never forgive those bastards for bombing Pearl Harbor!
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AX10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:28 PM
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13. 2001
Are so many people that stupid and ignorant? Don't answer that. :eyes:
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kiki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:29 PM
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16. You know how...
...when you say a word over and over enough times, it starts to sound meaningless?
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lectrobyte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:30 PM
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18. I'm beginning to understand the problem. There's been a lot of
talk about "unimaginable" today, and until I read your post, the situation it reports on would have been unimaginable to me. I guess all those "911 we will never forget" t-shirts and bumpertickers have been discarded.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:38 PM
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30. Hell no, we got that 9-11 down kold we jes' taint recallen the yar
And that thar's a mule son, not a jack-ass. The jack-asses is in Warshinton.
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:34 PM
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22. What IS it with this 30 percent?
I mean - it's always 30 percent (and sometimes more) who are the stupidest MFs to ever breath.

Backwash, indeed!
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:38 PM
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31. No no, the 30% got it right! They are confused by the question b/c
the question is simply absurd.
The 9-11 attack is happening NOW, just as it was happening in 2001. It was happening in 2000 when that co-terrorist-conspirator Bill Clinton was chiseling away at our nation's defenses, and it has been happening every year.

The 9-11 attack is always with us. 9-11 has no beginning and no end; it is perpetual. America is always in peril because Satan is always poised to strike.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:35 PM
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23. 5% - high, drunk, cynical, comedians
I'd imagine there would be a certain number of mentally disabled, old folks and just plain momentary memory lapses as well. I can see the 5% - but the 30% is really incredible considering we're in 2 wars supposedly due to it.
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calico1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:35 PM
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24. But I'll bet they can remember
when the first "Survivor" was aired or the first "American Idol."
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newspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:36 PM
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26. well, there you go
thirty per cent of Americans have a brain like a sieve---no wonder there are those who hate learning history-even when the event is in their time period, they can't remember it!!!!! And, five percent couldn't name the month or day???? Okay, now I'm worried--I said I had faith in the majority of the American people to wake up, but I'm beginning to wonder with this many morans!!!! My hubby, who works in communications, said quit calling 9/11--911-he said people are actually confused making 911 calls because they can't find the eleven on the phone--no joke!!!!! :rofl:
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:37 PM
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27. Sometimes it's the Q's with the most obvious answers that throw you off.
You figure it's got to be a trick.
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Xenotime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 12:39 PM
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32. Were they all pugs?
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