As we prepare for the eighth anniversary of 9/11, the horrible event is being put to strange uses. In Southern California, playwright Faye Hollins-Moore and composer Kent Horner are set to debut a 9/11 musical, Secrets in the Sand. Plot: a young American soldier debates re-enlisting. On the one hand: his girlfriend has tired of waiting for him. On the other: 9/11, and his father, “who, at one time, had claimed conscientious objection and was consequently relegated to live in Canada” who nonetheless counsels his son to re-up. By the end, “this American soldier puts it all into perspective: and the finale that proves that he has would make George M. Cohan proud.”
You can hear at Horner’s web site song-samples from the show, including “I Must Be Dreaming” (“A flip of the coin, she said/As she pulled my clothes away”) and “Spirit of America” (“I remember the danger/And all the damage that was done… I cannot believe this, I cannot believe/I saw this go down…There was no rhyme or reason, this just was blatant treason…”) Look, if you liked Assassins, you have no right to complain about this…
Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men) has imagineered an interview between himself and President Obama in which he asks trenchant questions about the World Trade Center attacks (“Does it bother you Mr. President that it only took FIVE HOURS for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld after the initial attack to recommend and endorse a full scale offensive against Iraq?”). We applaud Sheen for his dramatic verisimilitude (“[the President checks his watch]”) and his nerve. Celeb Jihad offers its own Emilio Estevez interview with Dick Cheney.
Meanwhile members of the family of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the supposed mastermind of 9/11, have allegedly smuggled recent photos of the imprisoned arch-terrorist into public view, which “experts say… are being used by terrorist groups to inspire attacks against the United States.” The photos don’t look very inspirational to us but, contrary to what our critics say, we are probably not the target audience.