2001


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 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.”

04 Oct 2006 07:27 am

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People remember Rudy’s leadership during the aftermath of September 11th and no one else can compare in these days of terror threats. That he is not the perfect conservative Republican doesn’t matter because he understands best that we no longer live in the land of wine and roses. September 11th changed all that.

The WNBC/Marist Poll confirms what I have been asserting for quite a while……..

Hat tip: Instapundit

11 Sep 2006 12:00 am

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Ada M. Davis is #1077 on the list of 2996 victims of September 11th, 2001 who are being remembered this September 11th, 2006.

Ada M. Davis was an Army civilian accountant so she dealt with numbers for much of her life. She was the oldest of ten children, the wife of one man, the mother of four and grandmother of one.

As an accountant, Mrs. Davis was one of the unspoken heroes of our Department of Defense. Our country has a requirement to ensure accountability from those who are armed to protect it and Mrs. Davis helped to make that happen. Although the job of an accountant may seem mundane, it is the epitome of our freedom; for in this duty lies the understanding of the tenents of our country.

These civil servants provide the wherewithal to ensure civilian control and a day by day accounting to the people. The work done is tedious and exacting and those who perform it contribute more to our freedom and security than anyone can ever understand. Although rarely in the line of fire, these unsung heroes sacrifice time and effort daily, with a courage that is neither acknowledged nor appreciated.

On September 11th, 2001, Mrs. Davis became one of the few of this fellowship to pay the ultimate price.

She was one of the 2996.

She’s been gone for five years. When Ada Davis was killed in the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001, she was only fifty-seven years old. Her family was robbed of a wife, a mother and a grandmother. Our country lost a faithful civil servant. Every tribute site I’ve discovered in my search to learn more about Mrs. Davis have messages from friends and family describing what a loving and warm person she was.

Her face seems familiar to me. Mrs. Davis worked as an Army civilian accountant for years in the Pentagon and I wonder whether we might have crossed paths.

Mrs. Davis and her husband, Norton, lived in Camp Springs, Maryland.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Davis left three daughters, a son, one grandchild and many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

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2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11.

On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers
will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
Each person will pay tribute to a single victim.

We will honor them by remembering their lives,
and not by remembering their murderers.

Kim at Musing Minds has a list of bloggers who have tributes to the victims of 9/11.

Sissy Willis has an unforgetable tribute to the late Berry Berenson Perkins.

Lorie Byrd at Wizbang and crossposted at Lorie Byrd.com has a wonderful compilation of articles, photos and videos.

Blue Star Chronicles has many more links….

Benning has a great tribute to Gary H. Lee.

Hang Right Politics has a tribute up for Stephen Lauria.

James Mabry has a link to an alternative site with all 2996 names and links.

And here is James’ tribute….

10 Sep 2006 11:12 pm

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As sad as today has been, one thing I’ve noted throughout the special ceremonies and Remembrances of the day is that the officials featured were members of the Bush administration, the 9/11 victims families, Rudolph Giuliani, and Lady Margaret Thatcher. How elegant she looked and what a perfect visitor for Americans to receive today from the United Kingdom.

The grownups have been out today and have behaved with dignity, grace and kindness. When I watched President Bush visiting with the families of the lost at the Pentagon it brought tears to my eyes. He lingered to speak to each one and gave and received many hugs.

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President Bush hugs an unidentified woman as he greets friends and family members of victims at the Pentagon shortly after he laid a wreath marking the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 in Washington.

I’ve been thinking as I’ve watched the ceremonies today that it must really bother the left that they haven’t played much of a prominent role but I think it’s fitting considering that they can’t be trusted to behave themselves.

The left are just like bratty children, who, when they have an audience, can be expected to throw a temper tantrum.

They can’t just pause for one day and bow their heads to show compassion to the grieving widows, widowers, mothers, fathers, children and friends of the 2966 victims of September 11th, 2006.

Dean Barnett ventured over to the left side of the blogosphere and the Kos Kids seem to be really angry.

10 Sep 2006 11:11 pm

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I spent most of the day with my family but had planned to watch THE PATH TO 9/11 tonight. This afternoon my daughter and daughter-in-law and I were out shopping and decided to stop to get some coffee. We were waiting in the left turn lane at an intersection for the light to change. A sports car turned left in front of us and came so close that I could see the driver’s face and she was snearing at me and wearing a Muslim headscarf. She missed hitting us by a scowl.

We missed the first thirty minutes of the THE PATH TO 9/11 tonight but settled into watch and found ourselves enthralled very quickly.

Whatever the Clintonites wanted censored must have been pretty bad because what we viewed was pretty devastating to them.

We are going to be watching the rest of it tomorrow night. The program is bad news for Bill and Hillary but it’s also bad news for every Democrat who opens their mouth to criticize President Bush and the War on Islamic Fascism.

I predict that the American people (who have just started to tune into the election season) just got a big reminder of the enemies who still want to kill us and it’s not that difficult to figure out which party is really serious about fighting them.

Michelle Malkin has much more including side by side videos of what was cut out in the made for television movie.

09 Sep 2006 11:06 am

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USA Today has a great photo essay and article chronicling the lives of the average Americans whose photos became the Faces of September 11th, 2001.

When the history of the 9/11 Era is written it will be these courageous Americans (and President Bush) who will be the focus of interest instead of the loathful Democrats who could not overcome their political ambitions and hatred of President Bush long enough to provide positive support for our nations’ fight against Islamic fascism.

Hat tip: CrabAppleLane Blog

UPDATE: Peggy Noonan’s I Just Called to Say I Love You is a must read.

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