Via Freedom’s Lighthouse:Remembering September 11, 2001 – The Day in Video:
Below is video showing much of what happened on September 11. It is posted in remembrance of the 2,974 innocent people who died that day, and as a historical record of those terrible events. May we never forget.
September 11, 2001 – The Initial Bulletins – WTC North Tower Hit (8:46 AM EDT)
Michelle Malkin: 9/11: Remembrance, resolve, action:
Across the nation, public officials will strike somber poses and shed television-friendly tears and bow their blow-dried heads in memory of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
They’ll hold hands, light candles, and pass around a plateful of platitudes: “Never forget,” they’ll intone. “Let’s roll,” they’ll thunder. “God bless America,” they’ll warble in perfect harmony.
They’ll assure us that they are committed to fighting terror and securing our borders and doing whatever it takes to protect the homeland from another horrific mass murder at the hands of freedom-hating fanatics. And then?
And then, from Washington state to Washington, D.C., they’ll go back to work, roll up their sleeves, and spit on the graves of the 9/11 dead.
Your pious city councilwoman will return to the office to draft a resolution condemning the common-sense detention and deportation of Middle Eastern illegal aliens suspected of terrorism.
Your politically correct police chief will refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in criminal investigations of illegal visa overstayers and border-crossers and ship-jumpers.
Your pandering mayor will stealthily renew his policy of preventing city employees from reporting illegal aliens.
Your indignant local librarian will promote fear-mongering and misinformation about the Patriot Act.
Your regional Chamber of Commerce president will join forces with Canadian and Mexican government representatives to put business interests ahead of border enforcement.
Your tuition-thirsty university president will lobby behind closed doors against federal efforts to track foreign students and ensure that they go home when required. Your vote-hungry governor will encourage document fraud through his support of insecure foreign-issued identification cards and driver’s licenses for “undocumented workers.”
Error Theory: 9/11: New Park Service images prove the Crescent of Embrace memorial to Flight 93 is unchanged:
The original Crescent of Embrace design for the Flight 93 memorial (left) was laid out in the configuration of an Islamic crescent and star flag (right). The crash site sits between the tips of the giant crescent, in the position of the star on an Islamic flag.
When this apparent symbol of Islamic triumph caused a national uproar seven years ago the Memorial Project (a public-private entity overseen by the Park Service) promised to change the design, but as demonstrated by the images below, they never did make any significant changes:
Above: original Crescent of Embrace design. Below: a frame from the Park Service’s new virtual fly-by of the Circle of Embrace “re-design” as it is being built. (Comparison image thanks to MaxK.)
The most significant change is the few extra trees that are being planted outside the mouth of the original crescent (starting at the crescent tip on the right, where the flight path symbolically “breaks the circle,” and continuing down behind the Sacred Ground Plaza that marks the crash site). These few trees supposedly turn the crescent into a circle, but as you can see, they do no such thing, but only apply the most minor window dressing to what is still a bare naked Islamic-shaped crescent.
The circle-breaking, crescent-creating theme of the design also remains completely intact
The Park Service web site explicitly describes the Circle of Embrace as a broken circle, proving that the terrorist-memorializing theme of the design is also unchanged. Way back in 2005 architect Paul Murdoch described his original Crescent of Embrace as a broken circle. The 9/11 attacks broke our circle of peace and the unbroken part of the circle, what symbolically remains standing in the wake of 9/11, is a giant Islamic-shaped crescent. The terrorist memorializing intent is obvious, or in the words of Tom Burnett Senior (father of flight 93 hero Tom Burnett Junior), “blatantly obvious.”
The actions depicted in the memorial design are those of the terrorists. They break the circle of peace and the result is their flag planted atop the graves of our murdered heroes. Calling the design a broken circle instead of a crescent does not change this symbolism one whit. The unbroken part of the circle is still a giant Islamic-shaped crescent, still pointing to Mecca.
View the images and finish reading the post at the link. These alarm bells have been rung for seven years now, but no one seems to care.
Gateway Pundit: Weird… White House Remembers 9-11 By Posting Video of Michelle in Botswana
The White House website posted video of Michelle Obama in Botswana on a 9-11 tribute page.
There’s nothing weird about it, Jim.
The video shows Michell Obama in Gaborone, Botswana visiting the local teen center and participating in a service project dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS in the community.
In case you forgot, Obama decided (for all of us) back in 2009, that instead of commemorating the victims of the 9/11 attack, and honoring the heroic first responders, the focus on 9/11 anniversaries would be on national service and community organizing.
Hoft notes that Obama chose to remember the terrorist attacks on 9/11 in his Weekly Address, Saturday.
In his address he does not mention God once.
Sounds about right. Bet he mentioned himself more than a few times, though.
Weasel Zippers: Compare: Obama’s 9/11 Anniversary Tweet Vs. Mitt Romney’s…
The Community Organizer asks his minions to sign up and volunteer at OFA.
Mitt Romney has a message for peace and freedom for “this most solemn day.”
Which one looks more presidential?
Jeff Quinton is fuming about how other Democrats celebrated 9/11: 2 Democrats hosting fundraisers on 9/11:
The only solution for both Bromwell and Cardin is to donate every single penny raised to either a 9/11 survivors’ charity or to the USO or Wounded Warrior Project. I’d also urge anyone thinking of going to these events to stay home, Additionally, I would encourage donors to ask for refunds of all campaign contributions to both of these politicians.
Bryan Sears has the details
UPDATED (10:01 a.m.)—A state delegate says his fundraiser on the anniversary of 9/11 is just one of the “patriotic things that we do.”
Del. Jon Cardin, a Democrat who represents Owings Mills, Pikesville and part of Timonium, will hold a fundraiser at the Baltimore home of David Thaler, president of DS Thaler and Associates.
Ticket price for the two-hour reception runs $125 to $1,000 per person.
Also holding an event today is Del. Eric Bromwell, a Perry Hall Democrat, who hosts his annual “Jamaican-Me-Crazy” party at the Bay Cafe in Baltimore at $125 per person.
Bromwell, according to his Facebook page, plans to ask attendees to write notes to members of the military serving overseas.
Write notes to members of the military – but give us your money.
Ace of Spades HQ: First-Hand Account From a 9/11 Survivor:
At the fortieth floor, we started coming in contact with firemen. They were saying, “C’mon, down you go! Don’t worry, it’s safe below.” Most of them were stone-faced. Looking back, there were some frightened firemen.
When we got below the thirtieth floor, they started to bring down injured people from flights above. There was a guy with the back of his shirt burned off, a little burn on his shoulder. One woman had severe burns on her face.
We got down to the twentieth floor and a fireman said, “Does anyone know CPR?” I’m no longer certified, but I know it from college. That was ten years ago. You wouldn’t want me on an EMT team, but if it comes down to saving somebody, I know how.
So me and this other guy volunteer. We helped this one heavy, older man who came down huffing and puffing, and we kept our eyes out for anyone else. “Do you need help? Do you need help?” Nobody needed help. The stairway became wide-open. It was time to go. The other guy took off in front of me. We were going pretty fast.
Rusty Weiss of the Mental Recession shares a very personal 9/11 remembrance, and one worth reading: The Luckiest – How 9/11 Saved My Life
The year prior to 9/11, when word was received of the pending birth of my first child, my reaction, much like the autumn breeze, was a bit chilly. I went so far as to heavily promote the idea of an abortion to my girlfriend. I had failed to recognize the value of life, and though my girlfriend fortunately had, she was unable to instill this in me.
Recognizing that this disagreement was going nowhere, my next move was one that would make any self-respecting coward proud – I ran. Frightened. From responsibility, from acceptance of my actions, from hard work, from any semblance of religious or family values, and the sanctity of life – I ran.
The summer of ‘01 arrived, along with the birth of my daughter, an event that I did not witness. The burden of knowing that I was a father, but was not acting as such, weighed heavily on my mind. Yet still, I took no action.
On September 11th, I drove home from work, having been released early due to the attack and subsequent security concerns. While driving home on the highway, mind numb in trying to process the day’s events, I passed under a bridge. Looking up, there was a man who looked more than a bit ragged, as if he had just awakened to hear the news of the attacks, and simply walked out of his house. Wearing disheveled clothes and a weary face, he somehow found himself standing on this bridge, arms raised skyward, holding the American flag.
Nearly four hours later, needing to clear my head, I decided to get back in my car and take a drive. My route brought me to that same highway, with that same bridge. Four hours later, the same man was still standing there, holding the flag up as high as he possibly could.
PJTV: The Changing Face of Foreign Policy: 11 Years After 9/11, Are We Any Safer?
It has been 11 years since planes took down the World Trade Center and crashed into the Pentagon and Pennsylvania killing nearly 3,000 Americans. This year, the mastermind behind these attacks was finally brought to justice by our Navy SEALs. So where do we stand in the fight against terror? PJ Media CEO Roger L. Simon is joined by foreign policy experts Richard Grenell, former adviser to U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, and Robert C. O’Brien, a senior foreign policy advisor to the Romney campaign. They discuss the changes in our society and in national security since 9/11. Don’t miss this wide-ranging interview.
The Right Scoop: Allen West: We must not be complacent because a hateful, determined enemy still exists and is just as dangerous as ever
Allen West released this statement today:
“On this day, we remember the unconscionable attack by the Islamic terrorist group Al Qaeda on the United States of America. This attack resulted in the loss of thousands of men and women, and American lives were changed forever.
Even though 11 years have passed, we all remember where we were when the planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in western Pennsylvania. The attack resulted in the loss of mothers, fathers, children, teachers, business people, firefighters, police officers, members of our armed forces, and many more victims who were doing nothing more than going to work or boarding an airplane.
On that September morning, America was a vulnerable target. Our adversaries believed we were a “sleeping giant” that had drifted back to sleep. Instead, this atrocity awoke the “giant” and resulted in a reaction from our country against those who wished to tread upon us.
Finish reading at the link.
JWF: Arab World Celebrates 9/11 by Blaming Attacks on Israel and Jews, New York Times Blames Bush:
All the nutcases come out whenever the 9/11 anniversary comes around. This stuff really used to irritate us, but it’s so predictable and boring now.
Expect nothing less.
In the weeks leading up to the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Muslim clerics and academics across the Arab world publicly trafficked in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, blaming Israel and American Jews for the attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans and destroyed New York City’s Twin Towers and a wing of the Pentagon.