Nature’s tribute to 9/11
As Obama continues in his effort to turn 9/11 into a “Day of Service,” most of us mark the day by remembering.
An amateur video was posted in 2010 by a New Yorker who watched the horror unfold from a building across town. It begins shortly after the first plane hit and finishes after the first building comes down.
At the beginning, the stunned voices in the video are pretty sure it’s impossible to bring the buildings down. “They’re too tall,” one guy says. After the second plane hit, their speculations about terrorism turned to horrified certainty.
“Ohhhhhh!!! That’s terrorists, bro!”
Americans all across the nation were simultaneously coming to same sickening conclusion.
My own memory of September 11, 2001 as events unfolded – as the mother of 5 kids ages 1 – 11 living in a suburb of Kansas City, Mo:
I was in the dining room making bead bracelets with my 3 and 6 year old girls when my husband flew up the stairs from his office.
“Something’s happening!” he exclaimed as he clicked on the small black and white TV we had sitting on our kitchen counter at the time. Every channel had an image of the first tower burning and stunned news hosts speculating about what happened, describing the rescue efforts, etc. We watched 9/11 unfold on a tiny TV like this one:
We were too mesmerized by the images we were seeing on the screen to move to the bedroom or upstairs where we had bigger color TVs.
You know the rest. Another plane hit the other tower removing all doubts about whether it was an accident or terrorist attack.Then came the sickening footage of people jumping from windows. I remember the news hosts talking about how many people worked in the buildings – a horrific number like 50,000. When the first tower came down, it was all I could think about – all those people! Then the second building came down and I buried my face in my hands. Can this really be happening?
Then came word of another plane hitting the Pentagon.
America was under attack. At this point my husband and I were wondering if we should take our other two kids out of school. That’s what our next door neighbor did. We decided not to panic and left our kids in school.
When I heard about the plane that when down in Pennsylvania, I knew without being told that the passengers had fought back. Somehow they had heard what had happened to the other planes, and they weren’t going to let themselves be turned into a giant missile. That was one of few positive (albeit grim) notes from the day. The other positives were the countless stories of heroism in New York City, “America’s Mayor” Giuliani, and the fact that (almost) all Americans were united at least temporarily.
My 11 year old son, Matthew, wrote a letter to President Bush following his address to the Joint Session of Congress on 9/20/2001. My husband, Matt and I had sat on the edge of the bed watching the address live on the TV in our bedroom.
He wrote that he was proud of Mr. Bush and glad he was our president during this trying time. I only know this because I steamed open the letter after it had been sealed so I could see what he wrote, and then resealed it before mailing it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The secret service probably never let the president open the tampered with letter.
The Guardian: 9/11 in Numbers:
Year the World Trade Centre was built: 1970
Number of companies housed in the WTC: 430
Number working in World Trade Centre on average working day prior to 11 September: 50,000
Average number of daily visitors: 140,000
Number killed in attack on New York, in the Twin Towers and in aircraft that crashed into them: 2,823
Distance, in miles, from which the burning towers were visible: 20
Maximum heat of fires, in degrees fahrenheit, at World Trade Center site: 2,300
Number of days underground fires at World Trade Centre continued to burn: 69
Number of days that workers dug up debris at Ground Zero, searching for body parts: 230
Number of body parts collected: 19,500
Number of bodies discovered intact: 291
Number of victims identified by New York medical examiner: 1,102
Number of death certificates issued without a body at request of victims’ families:1,616
Number of people still classified as missing from the World Trade Centre that day:105
— Common White Girl (@CommonWhiteGrls) September 11, 2015
A reminder of what it was like when we had a president who loved America:
— Resist Tyranny (@ResistTyranny) September 11, 2015
Pamela Geller has been keeping tabs on all the threats out there for 9/11/2015:
I have been posting an unceasing string of threats and warnings by many Muslims on Twitter in the past month alone. The only thing more terrifying is that those of us who call attention to this savagery are the “haters” and the “bigots,” but the ideology behind this carnage and oppression is revered and respected.
One credible threat was thwarted: Florida ‘online troll’ charged in alleged plot to bomb 9/11 memorial event in Kansas City:
A Florida man described as an “online troll” who posted as an ISIS supporter living in Australia was arrested Thursday and accused of trying to plan a bomb attack on a Sept. 11 memorial event in Kansas City this weekend.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 20, was arrested and charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
A criminal complaint says Goldberg, of Orange Park, about 15 miles south of Jacksonville, began communicating online with an FBI informant in July and gave that person information on how to build a bomb with a pressure cooker, nails and rat poison. Instructions on how to build such devices have been widely publicized by Islamic terror groups, including Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s digital magazine “Inspire,” which released its most recent issue this week.
And here, via my friend Glen Shulfer, is a tribute he wrote for the victims of the 9/11/2012 terror attack, (and Fast and Furious): Requiem for Benghazi ~ by Glen Shulfer:
Andrea Peyser, New York Post: America is being bullied into sympathizing with 9/11 attackers:
In the days and weeks following Sept. 11, 2001, we were a nation united in agony. We bore a common resolve to defeat the forces of evil that hit us, and hit us hard. “Never again!’’ we cried in unison. I remember walking down a New York City street, debris still swirling in the air from the destroyed World Trade Center, and seeing women and even men hugging heroic cops, firefighters and other first responders.
Now, one is just as likely to see a man or woman in uniform spit upon or cursed at by the very people whose lives they protect every day.
We have transformed into a fractured society, paralyzed by leftist propaganda and lock-step political correctness. Many Americans, from those studying on university campuses to a baseball analyst for ESPN, are being bullied into submission or brainwashed into believing that our enemies are nothing more than misunderstood souls, justified in mass slaughter because of this nation’s imperialist policies.
And this disgraceful display makes me sick.
Who can forget this “disgraceful display” in Oakland, CA on 9/12/2001.
Yes, that’s Van Jones at the end who would go on to work in the Obama administration as his “Green Czar” less than 10 years later.
“It’s the bombs that the government has been dropping around the world that are now blowing up inside the U.S. borders.”
– “We’ve got something stronger than bombs, we have solidarity. That dream of revolutionary change is stronger than bombs.”
If you’re wondering how we could have “fundamentally transformed” into a fractured society, paralyzed by leftist propaganda,” in less than 15 years after such a profoundly transformative event, look no further than the community organizer who currently pollutes our White House.
It makes me sick, too.