Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the fateful 9/11 attacks on our nation. For most Americans, it will be a day of mourning and contemplation. But not for all Americans; it seems likely that for Joe Biden and members of his administration the date is simply an annoyance on the calendar to be given lip service and then forgotten.
Unlike in Afghanistan, where 9/11 will mark the seating of a new government comprised of Taliban war chiefs and the Al Qaeda terrorists who, 20 years after their initial attack, brought the US to its knees (and got an $85 billion windfall in weaponry from Joe Biden with which to renew terror attacks on the world).
So what was already a dark day has gotten considerably darker.
Truthfully, recent developments have left us so slack-jawed that we can't really conjure any words which would be adequate for the situation. Which is why we've gone to the vault to bring back these commemorative columns related to the 10th and 15th anniversaries of 9/11...
(10 Year Anniversary)
(15 Year Anniversary)
I can't believe the events of 9/11 happened 15 years ago. It feels no longer than a heartbeat. And despite the admonition to "never forget," too many have. They've forgotten the spirit of unity which Americans shared for a brief time. A spirit that transcended race, class, or political parties.
I apologize for even briefly mentioning politics today, but I believe that the beginning of the end of that unity occurred when newly-elected Senator Hillary Clinton took to the floor of the Senate, held up a tabloid newspaper headline, and declared "BUSH KNEW" an attack was likely and didn't stop it.
Years later as Secretary of State, for purely political reasons Hillary Clinton claimed not to have been aware that September 11th was a day of special meaning to terrorists, and a day when security should be at its very highest level. And four Americans serving in Benghazi paid the ultimate price for her recklessness and folly. This detestable woman must not become our next president.
But enough about that. This should be a day of reflection and contemplation. And to that end, I want to remind readers of heroic firefighter David M. Weiss, the brother-in-law of Jim Hlavac, a frequent commenter here on Hope n' Change.
Here's how the New York Times described him:
David Martin Weiss, a New York City firefighter, was built like a fireplug. He stood 5-foot-9 and weighed 225 pounds. He was all muscle, with biceps as big as the thigh of a medium-build woman.
He was bulldozer strong. He looked as tough as he sounded. His head was shaved and his body was covered in tattoos. He drove Harleys.
He was an ironworker before he became a firefighter 13 years ago. He blended both experiences to become a member of the Fire Department's elite force. He joined Rescue Company 1 in Times Square about six years ago after receiving a medal for a rescue attempt: a man's car careened off Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive and plunged into the East River. Mr. Weiss, off duty, stopped his car, climbed down the iron trestles of the elevated highway and jumped into the river to rescue the driver, whose heart had given out.
"He just jumped, knowing that he was the person's only hope," said Thor Johannessen, a firefighter.
Mr. Weiss, 41, of Maybrook, N.Y., had a mean sense of humor. "If he saw a thread, he knew how to pull it to unravel the whole shirt," said Joel Kanasky, another firefighter. "He was the king of that."
On 9/11, along with other members of the elite "Rescue 1" group, David raced into a burning tower of the World Trade Center to help as many people as possible. He was last seen on the 31st floor of Tower Two, climbing stairs and rushing towards the danger when the building fell.
The image below is from a commemorative t-shirt which is a prized possession of mine. A remembrance of both the tragedy and remarkable heroism seen on that day.
Let today be a day when we step back from the petty distractions and noise of the media, and think about more important things. About what this country is. About who we are. About what we've lost, and what we each need to do every day to live up to a legacy forged by our best and bravest.
Above all, let's remember the many heroes - living and dead - who have made this a country worth celebrating and defending.
Try not to think about the miserable vicious incompetent swamp dwellers in DC today; best to remember how we rose to the occasion twenty years ago.
On that day twenty years ago I was a full time member of the SC National Guard (one of the people who keep the Armories running between drill weekends) sitting at my desk. I heard about the first plane hitting on my radio and watched the second hit shortly after on the office TV. It was within a few short hours we were getting calls from members of the unit calling in to see what we knew(not a damn thing) and what they could do(again not a damn thing) to help out. I can't really think of better words to describe these people, these Soldiers than to say I was very proud to have served with them. Within a few short weeks my Battalion had mobilized and had a couple of companies protecting two Army bases in the south. Remember at the time of the attack most military installations were for the most part open and you could drive right in without presenting any ID and the security forces were few and far between. Yes there was the typical Soldierly griping about trivial stuff but no one complained about the overall mission. My fellow Soldiers from SC deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq any number of times and preformed many different missions while in country along with a number of state side mission. These people were/are the typical "Minute Men" who dropped everything at a moments notice to help their country. This was not their primary job but a calling I have never been prouder than to have served with them and any number of others whose uniforms started with U.S. Please remember those who have fallen during this time and their families and pray they can have some peace and know it was not in vain.
And now we have Buck Fiden to turn this most solemn of events into a three ring circus. 'Nuff said.
A strange 20th for me. We have the village idiot president, who has let darkness and evil win and in light of this, as I have said before, he should have the decency for he and his hoe in waiting not show their faces at any 9/11 commemoration. And BTW the POS who killed among others, a pregnant woman at Ft Hood (why is he still alive?) reportedly greeted the news of the village idiot president's mouth-dropping fuck up with, 'We've won! We've won!'
Its been hard for me to understand why others are not as enraged by 9/11 as I or do not share the same feelings I have on each anniversary. Over time I realize part of the reason is as a former work colleague put it, is that 'they' were not there on that day and really cannot make a direct connection. And perhaps its also due to the sadly inevitable passage of time, Especially for those 25 or under who were either toddlers or weren't even born then.
9/11 and subsequent events have had an impact on my family relationships. The husband of one of my cousin's, whose youngest son was going to enlist in the Marines and would most likely be sent to Iraq (he was) was understandably worried, and launched into a rant about Bush and blood for oil. I asked him would he rather see another 9/11 on our soil instead of our troops taking the fight to the terrorists? He said 'yes' and it took a great deal on my part, not to lose my composure. I have not spoken to him or his wife since.
20 years ago, I worked in Arlington VA at a place called Rosslyn, just across the Potomac River and maybe 3 miles due north of the Pentagon.
It was a bright cool early fall day like today promises to be here. I was in my 12 floor office, which faced south, back to the window, writing a report. I don't remember the time but as I was typing, felt a slight nudge and heard a bang noise, which I attributed to work being performed on the roof.
A short time later, someone from the office came into my door with news about the Twin Towers. Our office believe it of not, did not have a functioning TV, so we all went downstairs to the office of an affiliate and watched as the towers burned. Recall a Jewish women hissing about the Palestinians which in a far sense, she was correct. Then we were told about the Pentagon and I rushed back up to my office and looked south. For an instant I thought I was looking at a thunderhead cloud, but quickly realized it was a cloud from the fire.
My office phone was ringing with calls from family telling me to get out now and there was confusion in the office over what do we do now. After much indecision, we all evacuated and the roads out of the city (DC) were absolutely jammed. Another image I still recall was when I passed one of the Ft Meyer's gates (which out of security concerns, remains closed to this day) there was a black solider in full combat gear holding his AR, looking a bit confused and apprehensive. Hyperbole perhaps, but even to this day, I believe if some jerk had shouted something along the lines of 'Death to America', he would have emptied his magazine into that person.
Going back to the nudge and noise I heard as I was writing that now forgotten report, I am convinced it was from the impact of Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon and had I been on a conference call instead, and me facing south as I usually did, I probably for an instant seen flight 77 in its final moments. Sobering that is.
Last, as bad as these cowardly attacks were, did they really inflict that much damage? Had the terrorists focused on taking out the two 1 95 bridges over the Potomac instead of the Pentagon, the damage would have been far more powerful and lasting.
To have to stomach the cluster that has unfolded in Afghanistan due to the moron administration's desire to undo anything associated with Trump and to have a photo op on this 20th anniversary.......I'm beyond ill.
I was working at Drexel University in Philadelphia at the time, near 30th St. Station. I recall hearing about the Pentagon on the car radio as I was driving into work and thinking that it was a private plane which had crashed into the building...
The trains to NYC stopped running, and I wound up befriending an elderly woman who was traveling there but was stranded in Philadelphia. We managed to reach her family, and I got her settled in the faculty lounge until her son could drive down to get her.
I was personally affected as my own mother, in the terminal stages of cancer, was stuck in Maine visiting friends and could not get back to Philadelphia for her chemotherapy. She wound up flying into Allentown some days later, but the experience was too much and she succumbed at home on September 23.
The bastards stole at least six months of life from her, and I can neither forgive nor forget.
I was working in Charlotte at the time, my daily route home took me south down I-77 and then east across an elevated junction under the usual landing flight path into Charlotte-Douglas. Usually the landing lights of incoming planes looked like a string of diamonds, stretching for miles into the approaching darkness. That night - and for weeks after - the empty darkness was a sharp reminder that things had changed, seemingly forever. Alas, too soon things were back to "normal", i.e. people either forgot or ignored the tragedy that had occurred, perhaps in hope that hiding the memory would erase the event itself.
I haven't heard a single person from gubbermint even consider the possibility that an anniversary event might be scheduled by the cretins that perpetrated the first attack. Shillary missed it in time for Benghazi: where might it occur tomorrow? Today's moron-in-chief and his clown car circus couldn't prepare an ice cream social, much less for another humiliating, devastating attack on our country. The Keystone Kop DOJ, the Hopeless Security not to mention the woke idiots in the five sided circle jerk on the Potomac are too concerned with virtue signaling and lecturing (and hectoring) us on how we aren't obeying our betters.
Our ship of state has "Titanic" painted on the stern.
@Snark: I rather suspect any anniversary event could very well be the spark for Civil War II, as the populace finally reaches its "Popeye Moment" and says "That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!"
I'll never forget the photos of people jumping 1,000 feet to their deaths as opposed to staying in offices and being burned alive - especially the one of a man and a woman falling hand in hand, all the way down. God damn George Busch and his palliative photo ops palling around with Saudis ("Islam is a religion of peace!"), 19 of which were the perpetrators. And since that horrible day, the alligator bait president has rammed thousands of Middle East scumbag evolutionary retards into this country, some of which are now IN CONGRESS for God's sake. With thousands of unvetted Afghan garbage now flooding in, thanks to another Democrat America-hater.
I grieve for our nation today. I never thought that I would live 71 years to see this happen. By the same token, it seemed to me 9-11-01 would have brought us together to address certain issues in a united voice. So I guess I shouldn't be too amazed that we now live in a country where the government wants to control every facet of our lives. My bride of 34 years and I will go down fighting back before giving in. This is not the country we grew up in.
If you're looking for a compelling and insightful recounting of one of the four hijackings that fateful day, read "Among the Heroes: United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back" by Jere Longman. IMO it is a very moving and inspirational narrative of the men and women aboard that flight, and how they fought back against evil.
(FWIW, I don't know the author, and have no financial or other stake in the book. I just think it's one helluva story.)
And yes, it's a dirty rotten shame that the unity we had on Sep. 12, 2001 has over time devolved into the current mess we find ourselves in today. The time is coming when we will all need to act like the Flight 93 passengers.
I'm still a bit miffed that NYC (and, in turn, the major media) made it as if the attack was about NYC and not the USA.
For at least a couple of moments we were all in it together. Sadly, but not unexpectedly, for those who feel they are our betters, that didn't last from that Tuesday to the end of the week.
Is it wrong of me to fantasize about biteme and his ho facing a Dealey Plaza moment if they show up for some 9-11 anniversary event?
Sigh. 20 years.
And after thousands of American servicemen lost and over a trillion dollars largely wasted, today the "new and improved" Taliban controls more territory and weaponry than it did when this whole cluster**** started.
Another big government run by wiz kids success story. Contemplating the implications of what is going on today leaves me no less numb than I was when watching the events of 911 unfolding live on TV did 20 years ago.
But as Rahm Emanuel famously said, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
And boy did the deep state do that! If in 1991 you had stated that in a decade agents of the federal government would be feeling up your junk at the airport and other "secure" locations, you would have been regarded as mad. Our notions of personal privacy have been shattered. In the name of keeping us "safe", the government with the cooperation of big tech surveills us to an unprecedented degree while taking a cavalier view of our porous borders. Leftist terrorists now freely assault law enforcement and regular citizens while the apparatus of state instead focuses on the phony creation of a white supremacist movement.
So it shouldn't have been a surprise that the big state used the Wuhan Flu to the same ends.
The left today is locking down on our freedoms at such a rate that by the end of the decade, even Afghanistan may seem liberal. (At least if you're a straight guy)
I, too, worry about the chance of an "Anniversary Demonstration" by any terrorist group, particularly Stateside. Almost any degree of action would be taken in a celebratory way by terrorists world wide, so it might actually be amazing if SOME kind of attack doesn't take place SOMEWHERE on the 11th.
That said, a word to those whose anger makes them think that the death of anyone in the US Government would somehow be "A good thing, Martha," you seem to forget that such victims become MARTYRS for their cause/party. Do you really want to see Jo-Bi-Den elevated to Sainthood?
Please, channel that anger at the causes of our danger, not the stupid, puppet faces that are only the billboards of their planned destruction of the America that matters.
Great post...Made be both sad and proud with my own memories of 9/11 twenty years ago and my life now at 78.
I forgot to add in my previous comment a request for a pray for the Air Force crews both air and ground that were flying the last missions out of Afghanistan that they can have peace knowing they did the best they could given the no win mission they were handed. I also pray for peace for the Load Master on the last bird out when they had to close the doors for the last time and probably looked across the airfield and seeing crowds of people they just couldn't take with them and knowing that a lot of them probably wouldn't make it through the end of the year. I hope they know it's not their fault and no one blames them for the truly horrible leadership they have been saddled with both the civilian and cowardly military ones.
Please pray for them to have peace and to not blame themselves so they can continue on with their lives and careers to the best of their abilities.
@TVAG: I have zero problem creating martyrs, as long as it frightens the remainder into leaving the rest of us alone.
@Readers- I'm moved (but not surprised) by the heartfelt thoughts and harrowing personal remembrances here. To pick up on a few threads, let me reaffirm that none of my comments about our nation's loss (surrender?) to the bad guys was directed at our troops. Their 20-year mission was not a waste; they kept Afghanistan from being a terror staging point for two decades and at great personal cost.
Talking about the empty skies immediately following the attacks really resonated with me. I live on the flight path to DFW airport and at night I can watch a string of jets flying overhead in a straight line, perfectly spaced, their lights like a long pearl necklace in the heavens. And then it all suddenly stopped. Previously, there was never a time I couldn't walk into my backyard and see at least one jet and usually more. But not after 9/11.
The first aircraft I saw days later was a little private prop plane tootling along overhead. So of course I called the police. At the time, the news was full of stories about Islamic terrorists planning to use crop-dusting planes to spread anthrax or nerve agents or God knows what. Obviously, the plane turned out to be no threat...but it was a frightening time when paranoia simply felt like common sense.
And I think about the unity we all felt on 9/12 and mourn the fact that it not only didn't last very long, but now I don't even believe that "America" exists in the way it did back then. We're not a single country, we're just conjoined twins who hate each other.
All of that being said, Mrs J and I just came in from planting rows of American flags along our front walk. We're fortunate to live in a neighborhood where others will do likewise.
@ Edam Wensleydale- I could not have said it better. Does anyone remember all the names of the British "martyrs" that the first American citizens created in the struggle to become a free country? I don't think so. And any "martyrs" that are created in the process of keeping the country known as The United States of America a free republic will be forgotten as anything other than a footnote in history as the reason that "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Remember BTW, Zacarias Moussaoui?
wonder how'll he'll mark the 20th anniversary in Super Max.
Thanks, Stilt, way to keep it classy.
I miss Jim, he had good comments, and a unique point of view.
Had a Job interview, that day, at a sizeable bank (didn't get it, not really a qualified Mail Admin) and was in a holding area w/ a bunch of other applicants. One guy got up, apparently went to the restroom. Left his briefcase. Once someone noticed, we all started looking at each other. Was it safe? Was it a bomb? He came back, and wondered why we all looked freaked out. Someone pulled him aside, and explained. You are no longer permitted to leave ANY thing, ANY where... After the interview, met an associate for lunch at a local brewery, where we watched the towers fall. Watched TV for much of the day / evening when I got home, eventually got tired of the same footage, switched to the Canadian channel (pre-digital, still got them on free air) Wholly CARP, it became obvious they were not under the FCC, F-bombs, S-bombs, all over the place...
Was odd, the next few days, with the planes grounded - we're not CLOSE to the airport, bot on a common approach. I don't usually notice them. But sure noticed the ABSEMCE...
And, as the sun went down, every night, in my neighborhood in East Dearbornistan, it got REAL quiet, as every one went IN...
@Stilton And I think about the unity we all felt on 9/12 and mourn the fact that it not only didn't last very long, but now I don't even believe that "America" exists in the way it did back then. We're not a single country, we're just conjoined twins who hate each other.
The left has done its best to break us into tribes. And it has been very successful.
As for why did the Islamists attack us on 9-11 2001? Why was the 2012 Benghazi attack on Sept 11? Probably other stuff, too.
Because it’s a significant date in history for those seeking Caliphate and Empire?
This article is pretty good. After the Gates of Vienna stuff it goes into general military and leadership stuff, but still interesting.
Another thing I ran into when looking up stuff, Vlad the Impaler spent time fighting the Ottomans.
I did a Bing search on "vlad the impaler and the ottoman empire" and found lots of interesting bits.
According to this one, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Attack_at_T%C3%A2rgovi%C8%99te
In one defeat of the Ottomans, Sultan Mehmed discovered 23,844 impaled Turks whom Vlad had killed during his invasion of Bulgaria.
Does the village idiot president have an attention deficit disorder or is he unbelievably stupid?
There is a shot of him at the 9/11 memorial service, as the names of the fallen were being read out, of him fidgeting, stroking his hair folding his arms....as if his Afghanistan disgrace isn't bad enough, his presence alone is a slur and mockery on the memories of the fallen. And he is even incapable if standing still out of respect?!
@Fish, neither Gropey Joe nor the most useless Barack Hussein are capable of even feeling the necessary respect for the people who died at the hands of the barbarians. I'm fairly certain that Barack Hussein has never shed the first tear for the loss of anyone who has died in the last 20 years--unless it's for the barbarians. Gropey Joe is only in it for the money. And he IS unbelievably stupid.
As for the national unity, all of America's communists were quite happy that the country was attacked--at least the ones who didn't get killed that day, if any did. That is to say, there was no actual national unity, any more than there ever has been. The commies need to go, one way or another.
Inwardly, the worst electoral mistake since the peanut farmer from Plains Ga, is as you say, but at least he and beside him, the bitch of 'what difference does it make!' Benghazi and her in need of chemical castration husband, stood straight and unmoving, instead of fidgeting as a bored schoolboy at a Sunday sermon, as the village idiot president did. I am surprised no news outlet has not zeroed on on this. Perhaps when there's a better time later?
@Fish: The fact that lightning didn't strike the lot of them down on the spot may be the most convincing proof that God does not, in fact, exist... :P
Actually, I see the the bitch of Benghazi and her on need of chemical castration husband having to stand there as divine punishment of sorts as both are responsible body counts pre-9/11 and post 9/11.
@Readers- Regarding Bill Effing Clinton and his wretched wife, let's remember that pre-9/11, Osama bin Laden was captured by our allies and offered to Bill Clinton. Who said "nah, I don't want to be bothered." Let's also remember that on the day Monica Lewinsky gave grand jury testimony about blowing the Bastard in Chief, every network (at news time) was interrupted by a National Emergency Alert in which Clinton announced he'd ordered a cruise missile strike on foreign terrorists. Although he actually just blew an empty aspirin factory to pieces. Still, it distracted everyone from the Lewinsky news that night, which was Bill's only real goal.
And a question I ask myself, in all seriousness, is this: would 9/11 have happened if Monica HADN'T slutted herself out to Bill Clinton, leaving him distracted from more important military and security duties in the subsequent months?
@Stilton: Can appreciate the'what if rage', but I hope you are not suggesting everything has been Monica's fault.
Freedom here's at stake.
Fine. Where, and against whom? It's useless to say "Buck Fiden, Washington DC," because that's just the figurehead. We need to roll against the behind-the-scenes puppetmasters. We need specific names and addresses. We need to know their movements and where to find them. Until then, it's all talk.
the Whizzer of DC is not who you see
it's the men behind the curtain
Unfortunately it's not the puppetmasters that get beat up
that's what the brownshirt puppets are for
Back in the mid-'70s I spent a few (7) months in Afghanistan...I will never forget the smelly, depressing but magical country of the preSoviet Afghanistan. I am so sad the USA has fallen so low to where the Brits are disgusted with us...I am just so ashamed right now...is it too late to reapply for entry into the Commonwealth? Where are all the bragging vets with their arsenals while the USA plummets into the dark days of the end of the American dream? Sad times we are in...and here comes 911 once again...so many have "unremembered" those burning towers.
Dorsey has banned our sitting President for life from Twitter...yet anyone can go to the Taliban's Twitter account and hear the latest from the Taliban while they kill Christians, our friends who helped our military return alive to their families, our Afghani interpreters; and any female they judge as impure or not Islamic enough. Damn, I am, as I said previously, so ashamed of my country and our executive branch...you know, Hunter's Dad and "Kameltoe Harris", for starters.
@Stiltion asks, "...would 9/11 have happened if Monica HADN'T slutted herself out to Bill Clinton, leaving him distracted from more important military and security duties in the subsequent months?"
I think it would have.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequently the Soviet Union, America entered what some came to call "America's holiday from history", a longed for slow retreat from the world stage. America had been fatigued by the near half-century of cold war and paying for it. Progressives had fantasies of diverting the monies spent on the military to building the welfare state. Bill Clinton thrived on being popular to that end in addition to converting the Democratic Party from FDR's party of the "everyman" to the party of the hip, cool, and well-monied.
The Clintons never stood for anything bigger than themselves. Bill's job was to stay cool and popular while they built their political empire on the deep state and big cash. Unfortunately that meant avoiding any actions that could be considered the least bit unpopular or controversial.
And taking out Bin Laden would have been bold and controversial, just as Trump's order to take out Qasem Soleimani was. Trump didn't care about what Progressive thought of him and did what he thought was the right thing. Clinton would always choose the opposite to be cool.
At its essence, that is what leadership is; doing what you think is right regardless of what other people may say. If leadership was only doing what was easy and popular, we wouldn't need leaders at all.
As for Monica: If it hadn't been her, it likely would have been someone else. Bill never had any real interest in military and security duties.
I agree with @John the Econ regarding Monica. Slick Willie has NEVER cared about anything except Slick Willie. He might not have done Monica had he known the news would get out, but he wouldn't have done anything militarily to Bin Laden. He's just as much trash as Barack Hussein and Gropey Joe.
Newsflash: Marxist college students in parts of US take and desecrate US flags from 9-11 celebrations.
Here's a parody for what Lenin called “useful idiots”: college morons trying to get laid via the embrace of “Marxism chic”.
They scream & they shout
with fists in air
workers & poor?
they really don't care
They BARF that crap
and feign the rage
in hopes of getting LAID.
They're on the streets
and get giddy
when TV shows up
filming their melee's
They get rocks off
Last summer they went bonkers
when they torched many a city.
In college knew
Scores ASS and
So folks near and far
ANTIFCA and QANON
this is what happens
when there's no jobs.
ALL EXTREMISTS ARE SLOBS
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