A very moving article, Scoop. Thanks.
Been a long busy day today. Haven't much time for the Internet due to traveling and work, but wanted to let folks know I was thinking about you all today. I think everyone who hangs out here (well, nearly everyone, I should hope) represents the kind of neighbor others go to when times are hard; so much like the kind of people who will always be remembered on this day. It's people like you who help me stay confident we can overcome the problems we face as a nation and as a family of people who believe in the American legacy of Liberty.
While I spent some time this afternoon—up here in Michigan, where the sky was exactly the way it was in New York eleven years ago—thinking about the events of 9-11, I was surprised I did not dwell on the tragic and terrible aspects. My thoughts were only on the reasons why we have come together, here, and in other places around the country to stand up for America, like so many did after the buildings' collapse tore down the illusion of our invulnerability. I had thoughts on the future we are preparing to build in the aftermath of these recent years of the left's raw desperation to attain power. For aftermath it is, like an echo of the tragedy eleven years gone. (An echo more due to the failings of the right to reign in the excesses of prosperity-driven largesse, than it was to the immature, magical thinking of the left—the parents left the room, and unsurprisingly, the children took over).
But now I see a new toughness out there. Unlike the crazed and abusively lied to young men who nervously shoot, shout, and run around in the Middle East, I see here the kind of people that would hold the line in some attack, when the hope of surviving it was lost. The kind of people who would stand in the torrent and face front, knowing they had the better reasons for what they are doing. The kind of people who are fully prepared for war but even more prepared for mercy.
That preparation is what will carry the day. I trust in this as I would trust in each of you not to falter when the time should come to show why free men always win. While nothing is certain regarding November, I feel we will cross a threshold either way. One aimed directly at a new beginning, and one aimed at a costly effort to erase the destruction done to the American Moment. I see we are prepared now for either outcome, at least mentally, and that's good. One road is going to require maturity, discipline and restraint; the other may require more than most should ever be called to give.
Eleven years ago today, many showed that regular Americans do heed that call. And that is why I know we will prevail.
A good evening to all, and may the blessings of God be with you.
9/11 is a day that will be forever etched in our memories. My heart and prayers go out to all those who lost loved ones that day.
And I thank all of our brave men and women who have fought the fight for our freedom!
May we NEVER forget the evil of Islam!
May we NEVER forget 9/11!
God Bless America -- My Home, Sweet Home!!!!
My sister woke me up that morning when we lived in Southern California after the first plane had hit. I was in shock. I remember they showed images over and over on television. George W. Bush was ordained by God to be President at that time. I was thankful for his words of resolve. I was awed by the people on the plane that prevented yet another building being hit by their act of heroism.
Many American flags were flown on cars after that and pictures of yellow ribbons with the words "United We Stand" abounded. It was a positive feeling to have everyone so supportive of the United States at that time.
I just saw this tribute video on another site. I think most of you will appreciate it.
Truly George W. Bush at his greatest. Some men lead best in a crisis, and I believe he was such a man.
I recall driving to work late, after seeing the second plane hit and knowing for sure it was terrorism, and assuming it was islam again.
That was a day spent glued to the tv in horrified disbelief. What remains is the heartbreak of victim's families, heroism of the responders, and the feeling that we were all in this together and would prevail. Despite the revisionist attempts of the islamicist sympathizers, this administration, the lsm and present day cowardly Western elites.
I've thought since that day that President Bush will be remembered as one of the best American Presidents, top five for sure. You get wierd looks and arguments when you say this, but to heck with that. He was the man for that time. Wish he still was POTUS. History will be fairer than some of us are today, as long as we win and get to write the history.
Many of you know that I am a huge fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd,
here is a song by them that I love. I cant even keep a count of how many times I watched the video or listened to it.
Perfectly titled " Red White and Blue"
"Well, my hair's turning white. My neck's always been red. My collar's still blue."
Yep, you pegged me. Great song.
Pretty good song. I've not heard it before... About half way in I knew I wanted to hear it again... So now it's sitting in my computer music folder for future playing. :-)
September 11 2001 is a day we will never forget. The tragic images are forever burned in my brain and the pain is seared in my heart.
Even with some of his other downfails, I to this day applaud President George W Bush for his honor, dignity, and the way he respectfully handled the crisis guiding the citizens of our great Nation.
He showed us how a President leads in a time of great trouble.
God Bless America, and please give us strength.
Back in 2001, I was working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. On September 11, 2001, I had just gotten off the midnight shift at the Nuclear plant and arrived home at about 8:00 am. I turned on the TV to catch the stock futures for the day before I hit the sack. Instead of financial news, I got an image of one tower burning, so I sat down to see what the details were.
It wasn't long after that when the second tower was hit while live on TV. I sat in horror while both towers burned, people horrifically were jumping from them and subsequently they collapsed, one at a time. I spent the entire morning and half the afternoon in front of that TV set and called off work for that next night. To this day, it is too painful for me to watch replays of that event.
My two sons were 16 and 18 at the time. That day brought home to me the value of our loved ones more than any day or event ever could. I resolved that very day to spend the rest of my life completely absorbed and involved in their lives, as we can never know when the Lord will decide to take each one of us home.
It took me almost 6 months, but I was able to retire early from my career, to ensure that I could devote all my time and my life to my children, and subsequently my grandchild (born nine years later). It is a decision I never regretted, but I am so sad that it took such a horrific event to make me see the true value of our loved ones.
It is a choice that all those families of the fallen people from the towers and the planes will never be able to have. May God have mercy on them and give them comfort in their pain.
Man, I had the same thoughts about ever viewing any documentaries of footage of that day. I bought the DVD a few years ago on 9-11 (It ran in the movie houses and was talked up a lot. I Forget who did it). Still can't muster up the ability to watch it.
You are right about the importance of loved ones. After the two Gulf Wars, I made it a point to always know what was coming because I didn't want my kids to be wasted in some stupid, political war (like Afghanistan has become). That's why I began reading the founders again, and studying hard on the philosophy of economics and political systems. I just have to know. And more importantly, know WHY I know.
Some may not find this appropriate, but that's just too bad, it works for me.
Love him or hate him, at least George Bush was a LEADER. He rallied the people and many of us looked to him for inspiration to carry on at a very difficult time. I'm thankful that George Bush was president during this awful time and not the current occupant of the White House. I always appreciated President Bush....I didn't always agree with him or some of his policies, but I respected and appreciated him for being a genuine and caring human being.
I was teaching a leadership course at Home Depot HQ that fateful morning. When we realized what was happening, we stopped class and most of us gathered in the main auditorium and watched this unfold on live T.V. - it was projected on a large movie screen.
My blood stills boils over this.
God bless the families of those affected and may the good Lord keep our first responders safe, along with our brave military.
God will judge all the terrorists souls over this outrageous evil.
Just saw the New York tribute to the 3000 Americans who were murdered by savage, hate-filled, racist, blood-thirsty, arrogant Muslims.
Interesting to note that the chief feature of a plaza, which contains no public toilets, is a waterfall, where water in pumped over the four sides of a hole in the ground. Makes a huge flushing noise. Is that a tribute to Flushing NY?
Joe dipstick, the current president says that the murders of 3000 Americans by people who still hate everything this nation stands for will creat unity. He is so unbelievably obtuse, small minded and moronic.
I picture the first steroidal lady, muttering. "All this for a few thousand dead crackers?"
Makes me want to...
Get a load of this. According to the opinion piece that was the HEADLINE on CNN.com this morning (the anniversary of 9/11 no less). Turns out, most terrorist attacks are now perpetrated by "far-right extremists". Here's the last paragraph:
"Some politicians and much of the public continue to believe that the threat from terrorists comes from violent jihadists, when in reality far-right extremists pose as much or possibly even more of a threat, something that we would do well to consider on the 11th anniversary of 9/11."
(Thanks to Megan Braun, Fatima Mustafa, Farhad Peikar, and Umar Farooq for their research help.)
Seriously? I think their "Researchers" (Fatima, Farhad and Umar) must have scoured the archives of Al-Jazeera for their data.
Here's the full story:
Primal scream, cursewords, banging fists and a good chorus of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruNrdmjcNTc erases this kind of garbage.
You got that right. There's an unspoken rule in our car that when that song comes on the radio, it immediately gets cranked way up. Me and my 9 year-old daughter then proceed to belt out the entire lyrics with Toby. Thank God it's so loud that you can't hear how bad we sing (especially me). It's priceless when she gets a little crap-eating grin on her face after the "we'll put a boot up your ass" line.
Predictably, Toby caught a lot of crap for that song.
I was finishing up packing, sitting on the living room floor and watching the morning news at my friends house. I was scheduled to fly out of Manchester, NH to LAX that afternoon. I had originally planned to take the United flight from Boston to LAX, which I had done many times before but my friends did not want to drive me to Boston. I would've been on that plane had it not been for them not wanting to go to Boston. I didn't fly out till the following Sunday, waiting everyday with suitcase packed to go. I will never forget that whole week of saddness.
That is part of what I believe Heaven is about. These feelings go away with no haunting echoes. If only....
That's what I was going to say. Had a similar feeling about a month after coming back from RVN. Still nags. We know how you feel Celestial.
Survivors guilt. It's a bitch but you've got to believe there is a reason we were spared. I don't know why. That is well above my pay grade.