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9-11-2012 — Still Not Forgetting…

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

With two American embassies being assaulted by radical Islamic extremists on this 11th anniversary of the worst attack on American soil, I am remembering this day again with a re-post of one of the earlier efforts that pretty much said it all.

9/11 tower collapseOn the dog walk this AM I composed in my head a most wordy, commemorative post to both honor those who were lost in the al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and those first responders that risked, and for some, gave all to save as many as possible — as well as to lambaste those among us that no longer give a whit. But hey, for those so lost in their own narcissism that they care more about community organizing, punishing American business, depriving US from opportunity or protecting the weak from the likes of the Taliban — why waste words on them.


people jumping from towers on 9/11They have forgotten the sight of their fellow Americans and yes, some from across the globe, making the harrowing choice to plunge to their deaths instead of burning alive. They have forgotten those that listened on their cell phones as loved ones on the doomed flights said their last good byes. They have forgotten the bravery of the resistors on Flight 93 as they forced that jumbo jet into a Pennsylvania field instead of allowing the hijackers to use it as a bomb against the Capital or the White House. They have forgotten those first responders that rushed into the twin towers to rescue as many as possible, but never made it out themselves.


9/11 tower collapsing

Not everyone has forgotten:

In today’s dead-tree-edition of the LA Times, they remember as best they can, with a single story on page 17 — with no blurb or mention on page one. Now, this current 9/11 has become “the first official National Day of Service and Remembrance,” to honor the spirit of volunteerism or some such parlance.

Where the twin towers once stood tall

The Anchoress is remembering this 9/11 in a very different state of mind:

This 9/11 Anniversary, it just feels like too much. Or not enough. This 9/11, the day feels huge, too big for sentimentality, almost.


That’s kind of what I am feeling on this terrible anniversary – that the Day of the Bully may yet dawn again, but I am not so sure how psyche-scarred America will handle it. I know our first responders, our military, our Protector lads and He-men (and She-ra’s) will do what they always do; they will never let us down. But this is a very different -much more divided and thus weaker- country than we were 8 years ago. Our trust in each other has been shaken. I believe we would weather another attack and come together, as before, but is that simply because I want to believe it?

Michelle Malkin

Remember: Project 2,996.

Remember: “Let’s roll!”

Remember: The angels on loan from God.

Remember: The 9/11 babies.

Remember: Falling Man.

Remembrance is worthless without resolve. Resolve is useless without action.

Hugh Hewitt puts our struggle with the Islamists that would gladly have another 9/11 happen every day in perspective:

Thanks to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, coast guard, counterterrorism and public safety professionals who have prevented a second attack for eight years.

The enormous cost of the battles in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world have been made so that there have not had to be more pictures like this one. We remember the victims of 9/11 today, but we also need to salute the thousands killed and tens of thousands wounded in the war with the Islamists, fanatics who would gladly see a 9/11 every day in their war with the West.

Doctor Zero at Hot Air answers those that minimize the importance of that day and our efforts to see it never repeated:

Eight years later, it’s a lot to ask people to think about 9/11 every single day. On this one day, at least, we can remember three thousand people who began an ordinary morning, and ended it by falling through fire. It was not a natural disaster, or a “tragedy,” and by God I am weary in my soul of people who amuse themselves by pretending it was a government conspiracy. It was an attack. It was murder. Across the Middle East tomorrow, there will be people who celebrate the murderers. Don’t turn away from the sight. We cannot afford to allow this enemy to become invisible. We can’t afford to let our heroes become invisible, either. The savages with box cutters were real. So were the men who ran into those collapsing towers. In their name, with love for their memory, and luminous with their spirit, we will prevail.

James Lileks has put together a moving remembrance of that fateful day:

As for me, I can’t forget.

I can’t forget how such a level of EVIL existed eight years ago that 19 men armed with box cutters slaughtered so many of US purely out of their hatred for our society, our freedoms, our faith. I can’t forget that in Pakistan the Taliban is working and fighting night and day to overthrow the ruling government and get their hands on nuclear weapons to use on Israel and on the West. I can’t forget . . . well because to do so would be suicidal. With our current slate of leaders and their misguided policies it will most likely happen again, sooner rather than later.

Unfortunately, next time will be worse . . .

Act Of Valor

Friday, October 14th, 2011

With the Navy Seals played by active duty . . . Navy Seals!

Get on your knees, you mo fo’s and thank God that great men like these are doing violence on your behalf.

9/11 — Ten Years Later . . .

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

In commemoration of this tragic, hallowed day I have posted thoughts and remembrances September 11th of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. In last year’s post I finally achieved perspective of how to think about those that died on this day:

Falling Man - 9/11/2001
Photo Credit: Richard Drew, AP
Out walking the dog early this am I worked on a remembrance for this hallowed day. Of all the images that I could have picked the one at left, Falling Man, is the most illustrative. Each of the 2,977 who died that day met their fate alone, as individuals, meeting their maker one-on-one, no matter if large numbers of them perished in the same instant.

Death is the most personal experience one has after birth. For these fated 2,977, the radical Islamic jihadists that brought down the World Trade Center towers, who crashed a jumbo jet into the Pentagon, who tried, and failed thank God, to hit either the Capitol or the White House, took from them and their loved ones all that they could have ever been. From the rest of us, they took what ever innocence about the world we had left — at least from those of us that haven’t refused to grow up.

Truth be told, we ALL know some, if not far too many, who even yet refuse to be the grownup. Anyone that professes the belief that is we just make nice with the Islamic Jihadists they will leave us alone. If we support their economies and lift them out of 3rd World poverty they will stop preaching their radicalized religion of hatred for Israel and the West. If we just had a compassionate Commander-in-Chief that would show proper respect (bow down to one of their kings) and “apologize” to the Arabic world for all our “sins” against them by the evil “BushCo” efforts to root out and kill Al Qaeda and Taliban Jihadis we would never have to fear a repeat of 9/11/2001.

Guess someone over there in radical Islam land didn’t get the memo. Yesterday 77 U.S. troops were wounded by a Taliban truck bomb. In a real-life “24″ scenario our FBI and other agencies are looking for would be terrorists that want to remember this day in another way, with truck bombs on bridges and in tunnels in NC and D.C. — and two of those they are looking for are American citizens.

This day will play out and eventually just be over, just as September 11, 2001 eventually became 9/12 . . . and we hope and pray that no violence will interfere with the many ceremonies and rememberances planned for today. Still, I can’t get that image of “Falling Man” out of my head. It initially was shown everywhere, then mostly disappeared, as did the video of the “hundreds” who jumped, or fell, or were blow out of the buildings; who decided to decree their own manner of death instead of being burned alive. In September of 2009 Tom Junod wrote about this “censorship” in Esquire Magazine and ends with this:

Is Jonathan Briley the Falling Man? He might be. But maybe he didn’t jump from the window as a betrayal of love or because he lost hope. Maybe he jumped to fulfill the terms of a miracle. Maybe he jumped to come home to his family. Maybe he didn’t jump at all, because no one can jump into the arms of God.

Oh, no. You have to fall.

Yes, Jonathan Briley might be the Falling Man. But the only certainty we have is the certainty we had at the start: At fifteen seconds after 9:41 a.m., on September 11, 2001, a photographer named Richard Drew took a picture of a man falling through the sky — falling through time as well as through space. The picture went all around the world, and then disappeared, as if we willed it away. One of the most famous photographs in human history became an unmarked grave, and the man buried inside its frame — the Falling Man — became the Unknown Soldier in a war whose end we have not yet seen. Richard Drew’s photograph is all we know of him, and yet all we know of him becomes a measure of what we know of ourselves. The picture is his cenotaph, and like the monuments dedicated to the memory of unknown soldiers everywhere, it asks that we look at it, and make one simple acknowledgment.

That we have known who the Falling Man is all along.

To paraphrase Pogo, “. . . The Falling Man is US”.

“Muslim Brotherhood text reveals scope of radical creed”

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

If we aren’t in the End Times, then it sure is a fine rehearsal . . .

Muslim Brotherhood text reveals scope of radical creed; 'Global Islamic conquest'...

Mandatory Arabic Classes in Texas Public Schools — WTF?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

After listening to Frank Gaffney‘s comments on Obama’s seeming push to cater to Muslim sensibilities and our POTUS’ differing approaches to handling the Iranian riots (where the rioters were asking for true freedom from the strictures of radical Islam) and the almost immediate insistence of the call on Mubarak to leave immediately (which could destabilize Egypt and deliver it into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood), see this on Drudge today was more than a little unnerving . . . Mandatory Arabic Classes Coming To Some Texas Schools; ‘Language Of The Future’…

Some Students at Mansfield ISD schools could soon be learning Arabic as a required language. The school district wants students at select schools to take Arabic language and culture classes as part of a federally funded grant.

The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant was awarded to Mansfield ISD last summer by the U.S. Department of Education.

As part of the five-year $1.3 million grant, Arabic classes would be mandatory at Cross Timbers Intermediate School and Kenneth Davis Elementary School. The program would also be optional for students at T. A. Howard Middle School and Summit High School.

Parents at Cross Timbers say they were caught off-guard by the program, and were surprised the district only told them about it in a meeting Monday night between parents and Mansfield ISD Superintendent Bob Morrison.

Caught off guard — if Gaffney’s analysis is correct, we all are . . .

A Little Ode To The TSA & Their Junk Touchin’ Ways . . .

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Hey, I’m not flyin’ this week, but if I was — those X-rays would be lookin’ mighty fine . . . just sayin’!