Remembering September 11


18 Sep 2011 03:14 pm

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President Obama and former President George W. Bush one week ago at the September 11th, 2001, ten year memorial service in New York City.

Some have suggested that Obama was praying to himself in this photo while others have mused that Obama was simply bored at the tenth anniversary of the deaths of three thousand Americans.

I dunno. He could have just been feeling like the Maitre D’ in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off who couldn’t abide the fake Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago, the type who gave old whats his name, Paul Shrugman, the heebie jeebies.

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Perhaps Obama simply realized he was standing beside the Walrus and it really pissed him off.

11 Sep 2011 08:20 am

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“Oh! God! Oh” were the last recorded words of Kevin Cosgrove on September 11th, 2001 as the South Tower fell. Kevin Cosgrove,in his desperate and heart breaking 911 phone call mentioned that he, Doug Cherry and others were on the 105th floor of the South Tower when the plane hit.

I wrote about Kevin’s call back in 2006. The recording was played at the Moussaoui trial.

Ten years gone, and three very important elements are being left out of the September 11th Remembrance this morning in New York City. Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t want any representatives of religion at the remembrance of the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001. There will be no firefighters, no police and no representatives of clergy present at the ceremony. In other words, no First Responders and no Last Responder.

No Comfort, no peace.

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Kevin Cosgrove’s body was found in the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 22nd, 2001. He was buried at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Huntington, New York. He left a widow and three children. He was 46 years old.

Imagine going to work on a Tuesday morning and everything suddenly turning to madness.

This could happen again in a world that forgets. When we forget to honor those who ran into the towers in an attempt to save the Kevin Cosgroves of the world something is terribly wrong. When we forget the shouts and prayers of grief that went up to heaven on that clear Tuesday morning we forget the monstrosity of the moment and how much in that moment we needed God.

When we forget the policemen, many of whom also laid down their lives to help their friends and neighbors on September 11th, we dishonor the civilization that emerged from the madness of the day.

When political correctness rules the mouths of men and women we become, again, the weak horse that enticed Osama bin Laden in the first place.

May we never forget all of those who perished on September 11th, 2001. May we never forget that we were attacked by those who are still scheming to kill us today. May we never forget that it is the very freedom that we cherish that they hate.

Let us not forget that we are Americans.

03 May 2011 01:04 am

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Sunday night when I heard that Usama Bin Laden had been killed I remembered President Bush’s words after September 11, 2001: “We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail.”

When our goldfish died we flushed them down the toilet.

So, after Usama Bin Laden was taken down in his million dollar compound by Navy SEALs his body was tossed in the sea.

Buh Bye, you Monster. You had ten years to run and hide and you spent your last few moments of life hiding behind a woman.

Isn’t that just special.

You filthy, bloody, jihadist cretin. You deserved much worse than what you and your evil minions did to three thousand innocent citizens on September 11th, 2001, you disgusting piece of satanic, flesh.

Oh, sorry. Eaten by sharks by now, you piece of dead flesh.

May your soul suffer eternal damnation.

And, thanks, President Obama. Well done. Letting the military kill people and break things can be cool and may even help you get re-elected.

But, not if I have anything to do with it.

11 Sep 2010 02:16 pm

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September 11th, 2001 our American world changed. It’s still changing, but one wonders if it is for the better.

President Bush became a war-time President from September 11th on for his entire eight years at the helm. He led our war efforts despite the opposition of the Democrats, the judiciary, and the media. When he was reelected in 2004 he still had most of the American people’s support.

Fast forward a few years and multiple hits in the media the American support for President Bush and his war effort was waning.

Then, came the surge which brought more opposition in Congress but the president persevered, along with the support of John McCain and the brilliant leadership of General David Petraeus. As the 2008 election was looming the success of the surge was becoming obvious.

But the damage had been done and the American electorate believed the snake oil that Barrack Obama was selling.

Our Global War on Terror became an overseas contingency operation and the phrase caused many misgivings, to say the least.

Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch wrote the following…

And so now we are engaged in a great Overseas Contingency Operation, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. And be assured: if the Overseas Contingency Operatives succeed in pulling off another Contingency Operation on American soil on the scale of 9/11, or more than one, we will indeed be sorely tested — and utterly unprepared to meet the multifaceted cultural, military, political, and spiritual challenge the enemy presents.”

Following the name change came the odd spell cast on Homeland Security which seemed to be sleepwalking while Jihadist attacks were attempted (with some carried out successfully) on our own soil.

Barrack Obama’s support for the building of the Cordoba Mosque in the shadows of Ground Zero bodes ill for our country.

I will never forget September 11th, 2001, but remembering is not enough.

As Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air,

So what do we do now? What do the next nine years look like from this vantage point? Terrorism has ceased being the top priority of Americans, who are more worried now about the economy and jobs — as it should be. We should go about our business, but with the clarity that while we don’t want to arrange our public lives around terrorism forever, we need to keep the danger in mind as we conduct that business. Recent attack attempts remind us of the potential cost of complacency, but we no longer have the luxury of indulging in sheer ignorance as we did through September 10th, 2001.

Nine years gone, a new generation of Americans are growing up with no memory of September 11th, except for what they learn at school, see on the media or are informed by family.

11 Sep 2009 12:13 pm

I awakened in the early hours this morning from a bad dream. Tears filled my eyes in that dark hour as I recalled the dream. It was full of grief and confusion and I found myself thinking of loved ones who have died recently. But as I was thinking of these greatly missed souls the thought came to me…today is September 11th.

A grief embedded deeply inside American hearts will never die as long as there are still threats of an attack from our enemies, Islamic terrorists. We have seen justice done through the war on terror and the war in Iraq, however.. Some 24,000 Islamic terrorists were killed in Iraq during the past eight years. Had they not been taken out there in Iraq would not many of them be here in our own land?

As I remembered that day, eight years ago, the dream quickly faded from my memory. I couldn’t recall the details at all but that is a blessing. But some nightmares need to be remembered clearly and the day the terrorists killed three thousand Americans is one such day.

So many people seem to have forgotten. That has to be the reason why the American electorate voted Barrack Obama into office. Obama made it clear throughout his short career as a senator that he did not support our war on terror and his many acts as president reveals him to be a weak horse, a paper tiger, a man who is afraid to confront our enemies. One of his first acts as president was to send the bust of Winston Churchill back to England. Apparently the great lion of Britain was no longer welcome in the White House.

Last night the most political of all presidents, Barrack Obama, proclaimed today, September 11th, 2009 as a day of service and remembrance.

Volunteerism has nothing to do with this day. Americans were busy going to work on that beautiful blue sky Tuesday eight years ago. We were at war with no country but the attack, an act of war, woke us up for a time.

Now America seems to be dozing during the days of the sandman, Obama. The nightmare still exists, however, and it lies in wait. Evil acts against our country may be in the planning stages as the president hems and haws. One day we may be able to sleep safely in our land with no thought or fear of the enemies inside and outside our broken down gates.

But now is no time for sleeping or dreaming. We need to remember September 11th, 2001 in all of its grief, confusion, agony and unity. The truth is a stronger bulwark for our nations future and for our national security.

16 Jan 2009 07:55 pm

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The Captain of the Ship of State has kept the nation sailing safely through deep and troubling waters these past eight years. Yesterday as President George W. Bush prepared to deliver his farewell address to the nation there came the shocking news that a commuter plane had crashed into the Hudson River in New York City.

My first thoughts were, “Oh, no, not another terrorist attack!” After all, eight months in President Bush’s first term two planes flying in New York’s air space caused great destruction on September 11th, 2001 and just as Bush was about to say farewell some seven plus years later, here was a plane that could possibly be doing the same thing.

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Then came the news that it wasn’t a small plane that had plunged into the icy waters of the Hudson River, it was a US Airways jet with 155 souls aboard.

Then we learned that the plane was still afloat and encircled by many ferries, and other boats as people were literally standing on the wings.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Isaiah 43:2

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Reporting from New York – After a stricken US Airways jet made an extraordinary emergency landing in the Hudson River on Thursday, a flotilla of commuter ferries, water taxis and other boats plucked all 155 passengers and crew — many shivering as they stood on the plane’s wings — to safety in as little as five minutes.

Once the plane was down, the ferries and other boats immediately went into action.

“Hurry up, guys! Man overboard!” shouted Vince Lombardi, the captain of the ferry Thomas Jefferson. Lombardi and his crew were among the first at the scene and rescued 56 people, he said. “They were shouting ‘I’m cold, I’m cold.’ “

As we have since learned, all the passengers on the plane were brought safely out of the water. They were cold and wet but alive. They were survivers, many have since declared, of a miracle.

The pilot, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger lll, a USAF veteran, has over 40 years of flying experience. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, (B.S.), Purdue University (M.S.) and the University of Northern Colorado (M.A.). He was a speaker on two panels at the High Reliability Organizations (HRO) 2007 International Conference in Deauville, France May 29-31, 2007. He has just been named a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Even more providentially, Sullenberger heads up an aviation safety firm, is an expert in Catastrophic Risk Management and a certified glider pilot.

Sullenberger glided his plane safely into the water.

Last night President Bush delivered his farewell speech and although the news media covered it, most news organizations quickly went back to fulltime coverage of the miracle on the Hudson River. I found it ironic that not one commentator made note of the curious timing or place or circumstances of the crash landing or the fact that the pilot, an Air Force veteran was the right man in the right place at the right time which in the early days just after 911 was also how President Bush was being described by the likes of Howard Fineman and others in the liberal media.

No one made any connections.

How quickly Americans have forgotten.

In his piece, The 9/11 Presidency, Phillip Klein writes the following:

But while most of America has moved on from that horrific Tuesday morning, the occupant of the White House could not.

“As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9-11,” President Bush said in Thursday night’s farewell address. “But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe.”

This threat against our nation became President Bush’s overwhelming focus after September 11th, 2001. He would defend the American people and our American way of freedom. He would do it against opposition from Democrats and even from some in his own party. President Bush chose principle over popularity. He did keep the American people safe. We will land safely on January 20th, 2009 with Captain George W. Bush at the helm.

Thank you President Bush for taking America on this safe journey these past eight years. The time seems to have flown and while I know that it is time for your term to end I am very sorry to see you leave. Our nation has been blessed to have such an honorable and good man leading it. I am sincerely sorry that there are so many Americans who don’t realize the good that you have done or the many sacrifices that you and others have made in the name of national security.

Some day history will tell the world about the greatness of the man, George W. Bush. Our great grandchildren will one day read about the tens of millions of people who now live in a democracy because of your belief that the desire for freedom resides in every human heart. The detractors who hounded you these past eight years will be forgotten because their words were full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, as we knew all along.

Come Tuesday, January 20th, at 11:30 a.m. EST, Captain Sullenberger’s advice to the passengers on Flight 1549 moments before they crash landed into the Hudson River may be prophetic advice for all of America, “Brace for impact.”

22 Nov 2008 08:00 am

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The Iraq War is over and we have won. Really.

America has won.

Zombie Time Declares it.

We have won the war even though there is nothing to be found about this fabulous news at MSNBC or ABC News or CBS News or CNN or even Fox News.

Here is the Google news results page if you enter “the war in Iraq is won.”

Not much, huh?

One has to scroll down eight links to a Blogger News Network link which reads Psst…the war is won

Everything else on the google page is essentially anti-military, anti-Bush or pro-Democrat. That’s the way it’s gone since a few months after the War in Iraq began.

But still, after all that, the Iraq war is essentially won.

Abraham Lincoln, our nations’ sixteenth president and one of our very greatest is being pegged by the media as an Obama look-a-like as they play pin the tail on the Democrat donkey just elected.

Lincoln, a president who spent all of his time in office dealing with the tragedy of a divided nation, and the bloody carnage of a Civil War, suffered deep anguish throughout his days in the White House, along with personal family tragedies and so much extreme hatred from so many regions of our country that it eventually led to his assassination.

The medias’ outrageous attempt to cast Barack Obama in the pantheon of Abraham Lincoln is ridiculous.

That Obama’s election is an historic first is true but everything else is for future historians to analyze and write about, not for todays’ reporters to wax poetic. Obama’s only just visited the White House, he hasn’t moved in yet.

The eight years of Bush Derangement Syndrome suffered gladly in some quarters of the media and the Democrat party has caused such deterioration that they are to the point that they would rather deny victory than admit the truth that the Commander in Chief and the troops have won the war.

This has to have taken a toll on President Bush but you’d never know it from his gracious public appearances.

Let’s roll back.

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“I hear you, America hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon.” ~ President George W. Bush

Remember him? The man who warned our enemies in the days just after September 11th that they would soon hear from us?

They did hear from us.

And now one theater in the war on terror is wrapped up.

Iraq is won.

Where are the ticker-tape parades Sissy Willis asks? The media which is now consumed in an all out search for a grandious presidential comparison to Barack Obama (who after all hasn’t accomplished anything of note as of yet except being elected president) can’t seem to take time to report this fantastic news.

Could it be that since Iraq is won and the Commander in Chief is still President Bush the media are waiting until Obama takes the oath of office in January before they declare that the war is really and truly won? Will Obama get on Air Force One and plant some pebbles on a beach somewhere in Iraq? The man who did nothing but try to lose that war?

“THE WAR IS OVER AND WE WON:” Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good. “There’s nothing going on. I’m with the 10th Mountain Division, and about half of the guys I’m with haven’t fired their weapons on this tour and they’ve been here eight months. And the place we’re at, South Baghdad, used to be one of the worst places in Iraq. And now there’s nothing going on. I’ve been walking my feet off and haven’t seen anything.”

November 22nd, 2008 will be celebrated in many quarters as Victory in Iraq Day. Our family will be celebrating as we had not one, but two family members who were deployed to Iraq and thankfully, came home safely from the war victorious then and victorious now.

All of our troops, living and dead deserve the credit for this wonderful and very hard work.

The Anchoress wasn’t afraid to say it: President Bush was right.

I will say it again. President Bush was right. He was steadfast. He didn’t quit. He listened to the Generals. He listened to John McCain. He may have even gotten Osama. Some of us suspected it back in 2002.

President Bush honors and continues to honor our troops and our country despite the slings, arrows and missiles aimed at him. Someday history will acknowledge that he was right although I fear that none of us will be around to see it.

But that’s okay. May the blooming of Iraq continue.

All good things take time. One day there will be histories written of the steadfast men and women who left home and hearth for deployments sometimes extended longer than expected but they kept at it, sometimes grumbling but always faithfully doing their duty, and achieving their mission. This generation, many of them the grandchildren of the Greatest Generation may have learned something from their grandparents.

May God Bless these amazing young Americans. May God Bless our Troops. May God continue to Bless and Keep those who are still in harms’ way.

May America Honor All of Them.

Soldiers will always be my heroes.

As we celebrate our victory we must remember those who gave their all in the fight. The following are just a few of the band of brothers and sisters….

Spc. Erich Smallwood

Maj. Andrew Olmsted

Army Spc. Dustin Fisher

Sgt. Buddy James Hughie

Sgt. Michael James Stokely

The Long Gray Line’s Final Roll Call

Here is the Stars and Stripes’ Honoring Valor Site

Here are my fellow bloggers who are today marching in a virtual ticker-tape parade celebrating Iraq Victory Day. Take a trip to see each one.

Gateway Pundit

Blackfive

Little Green Footballs

Rantburg

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Because No One Asked

Dog Opus Blog

Oh No, Another Conservative Blog

Who Is John Galt?

Gathering of Eagles (national)

Gathering of Eagles New York

Gathering of Eagles North Carolina

Stop the ACLU

The Surfing Conservative

Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group

The Foxhole

Lighthouse on the Right

Arming Liberty

Uncle Sam Ate My Baby

Down Is Up

Foreign and Domestic

WOT Daily

The Blog of Record

Serr8d’s Cutting Edge

Army Wife: Rants from Ft. Livingroom

Hamilton, Madison, and Jay

Rochester Conservative

The Daily Blogster

I Call BS!

Macker’s World

Something should go here, maybe later

Nice Deb

The Bronze Blog

AZresident

The Irascible Chef

Sharp Right Turn

TigerHawk

Tman In Tennessee

Thunder Pig

Sith by Sithwest

OutOfTheBlue

Anti-CAIR

Marooned in Marin

Thoughts Enroute

More Weight

Anti-Strib

The Jack Knows

Red State Rumblings

High Plains Blogger

Air Force Pundit

Fallback LGF

Liberty for USA

Diary of a Madman

The Rumbler Report

D.C. Thornton

Lock and Load

Fat Angie

Gegenkritik

Oedipal Beatdown

Conservative Action Network

A Herd of Turtles

Penny’s Potpurri

Sayyad al Wahabiyya

Brain-Surgery With Spoons

American Syndicalist Party

Broadsides

Public Secrets

Freedomplow

Toxic Taxation

Berman Post

HumbleInfidel

The Inquisition

Pax Parabellum

CrossFit Camp Pendleton

Freedom Watch

American Truths

Destination OBX

Fearless Dream

Theodore’s World

The Cool Blue Blog

Life With Monkeys

Woody’s Place

Wild Weazel

The Atheist Conservative

King’s Right Site

We are the Grizzwolds

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Instapundit

Confederate Yankee

The Jawa Report

Ed Driscoll

Facebook group for Victory in Iraq Day

Barking Moonbat Early Warning System

Exurban League

Noblesse Oblige

Protein Wisdom Pub

Black & Right

Johnson County Republican Party

Winefred’s Well

Still Unbounded

The Liberty Boys

Atlanta ROFTers

Tennesseefree.com

This is Scooter Country

The Crescent Moon

From My Position…On the Way!

Letters to a Dying Dream

Blogs for Victory

RealChoice

EagleSpeak

HXC Christian.com

Conservative Diggs

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Erica Marceau

Pirate’s Cove

Let’s Get It Right

Cmblake6’s Weblog

What Bubba Knows

RightwingSparkle

NavyWife

Psycmeister’s Ice Palace!

Stable of Zionist Hore #2

Conservative in Seattle

Karridine Delivers

LifeoftheMind

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Zim’s View

I Am, Therefore I Think

Patriot Missive

USS Neverdock

Dan Cirucci

The Conservative Contessa

The Four Rs

Wake up America

The C-Square

Sarge Charlie

Red-Hot Right

Echoes in Eternity

American Infidel

buckferkeley

supporting the troops

One Model Place

The Dumber Ox

The Lightning News

BackyardConservative

2nd Exposure

DailyAviator

Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

Comics Pundit

No Clever Pseudonym

Free Frank Warner

The Digital Hairshirt

The Blue Pelican

Krigsblogg

Nothing But the Facts

Gegenstimme

Environmental Republican

Irons in the Fire

no blood for sauerkraut!

The Individualizer

TechnoChitlins

Nebulous Continuum

Take Our Country Back

The Conservative Radical

Zion Beckons

Antihippies

Soldiers’ Angels Germany

Paul Ibrahim

jweaks on Squidoo

Marie’s Two Cents

The Other Club

The Anchoress

Beyond the Veil

Michigan Taxes Too Much

Once More Into the Breach

When you finish this parade know this, we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave chiefly because of the sacrifice of our valiant military of the past, the present and the future.

God bless you, the reader.

19 Sep 2007 08:32 pm
There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

The venerable former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld

On this Wednesday evening in September the following known knowns are evident to all.

Known Knowns

O.J. Simpson, double murderer, at the age of sixty, is still a self absorbed thug.

Hillary Clinton is at it again, promising to make healthcare universal. She apparently still loves funny money and really hates cowboys.

Of course some Americans, when it comes to Hillary, have a willful suspension of disbelief.

“If you don’t have dissent at the State Department, there’s probably a Democrat in office.”

If Mothers ruled the world we know everyone would behave themselves. Right? (including the mothers?)
In this perfect maternal world, with no war, children would be welcomed and loved. Right?

On who are the real noncomformists in this day and time, Greg Gutfield of Red Eye said last night, The real rebel doesn’t need tatoos. All he needs is a bumper sticker that says, “I voted for Bush.”

This guy understands reality.

John Murtha is either so corrupt or so full of hate for our nation’s military that he will never acknowlege that he was wrong about Haditha. It’s always an endlessly refractable reality with him.

We know that we don’t know how the War in Iraq will turn out but we know it’s better left in the sturdy and resolute hands of the military than in the grasping hands of the Democrats. I would even go one more….. This I know. We have to win.

To think that a madman like Ahmadinejad would ever be allowed anywhere near the sacred ruins of Ground Zero is unthinkable in the extreme. The request to enter the fenced-in site by Ahmadinejad was rejected because of ongoing construction. Where was the reverence and stout-hearted defense of our American ways in that equivocating, bureaucratic response? Why, when we first heard the report today, before it was announced that Ahmadinejad had been rebuffed, did many of us groan in disgust? I suppose we should thank the lawyers for this one. They know their construction law.

What We All Should Know

The enemy’s strategic campaign plan.

11 Sep 2007 12:14 pm

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Remembering the day six years ago when I knew we would be in a fight for our lives. I knew that the sons and daughters and husbands and wives of dear friends would soon be saying their goodbyes and packing their gear to go to war.

Before this is over many more families will be joining this war. Some of us will soon be welcoming our loved ones home. But the war will go on as long as we have stout-hearted Americans who know we have to win.

Some aren’t in for the fight but we still have to win.

Check out Michelle Malkin for many important links and photos.

01 Sep 2007 11:13 am

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Summer, a necessary evil

The ninth month of the year, September, brings us relief from Madame Summer, the eccentric and imposing regent of three months of heat.

Leaving the silly, feverish season behind we look forward to cooler evenings and sitting on the porch watching the moon rise. Gathering wood for an impromptu cookout. Sleeping with the windows open.

September means shoe, sweater and coat shopping. Greeting the children as they enter the art room. Savoring a hot cup of coffee in the morning.

The Septembers of my childhood meant school was starting again and my mother was taking me on our annual search for blue shoes. (blue shoes for little girls were hard to find back then.)

We checked out books from the Carnegie Library. I played touch football with my brothers and sister. Our Dad and Mom took us to Razorback games back when they had an honorable team. We visited Aunt Imy and Uncle Eddie and our cousins in Northwest Arkansas. My sister and I sat on the front porch, playing the guitar and singing in harmony.

September 11th, 2001 put an everlasting stain on the month of September and in military families our minds were set on the inevitability of war and separation. But what was lost on that clear, cool Tuesday in September is being redeemed by our brave troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and the determined and brilliant surge that has informed our enemies we will not be defeated.

September will bring us the report from General David Petraeus, the inevitable retreat of the Democrats and the attempted suppression of the good news by the MSM.

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But best of all, September brings him home. All hail September!

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