Remembering 9/11


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:

old tv3

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


A reminder of what it was like when we had a president who loved America:


Pamela Geller has been keeping tabs on all the threats out there for 9/11/2015:

LOOK at these 9/11 Muslim Threats on Social Media

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.

Dick Cheney: “Absolutely Certain” There Will Be Another Mass Casualty Attack Against the US


Obama, moments after he gave his speech about ISIS beheading American journalist James Foley.

Last night, Former Vice President Dick Cheney, appearing on Fox News with Sean Hannity,  had some tough and cogent words for our current president Barack Obama, warning of the precarious state of insecurity he’s put the nation in. He said that due to Obama’s mismanagement of our national security, he is “absolutely certain”  the United States is  in for another mass casualty attack, only this time the terrorists will have far deadlier weapons than they did on 9/11/01.

“After watching this [beheading] video, I’m pretty convinced that we have a group of people at war with us,”  Hannity said. “Would you agree with that?”

“Absolutely,” Cheney agreed, saying that the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS  was a tragic development, but there is surely more to come.

“Magnify that a million times over because that’s what’s in store for the rest of the world if we don’t deal effectively with this crisis,” he said. “I think the danger’s enormous. I don’t think the president understands it.”

After chronicling a number of the administration’s gross missteps on foreign policy, Hannity asked Cheney, “What s the president missing?”

“I keep wrestling with this question, Sean, of whether it’s naivete, or lack of experience, or because that’s the way he wants things to work, Cheney began. “I’ve just about reached the point where I’ve concluded that what he is discovering fairly late into his administration, is his basic world view is fundamentally flawed – that the world is a mean, nasty place on occasion – that you need a very strong America – you need superior American military forces to deal with it, and  I think that with every day that goes by, he’s finding the bigger and bigger gulf between his hoped for view of the world, and reality. He’s not up to speed and doesn’t want to believe all that’s going on out there, but every day we find new evidence that he’d rather be on the golf course than dealing with the crisis that developing rapidly in the Middle East.”

And that is the most charitable take one can take, of course. Cheney hinted at the darker explanation when he said, “because that’s the way he wants things to work.”

Because there are some who would argue that Obama is ideologically allied with the dark forces sweeping through the Middle East slaughtering Christians and other ethnic minorities. Of course Obama made sure to point out in his speech on Martha’s Vineyard, yesterday, that “the overwhelming majority” of their victims are other Muslims. On the other hand, the Vatican has given its blessing for US airstrikes to prevent Christian genocide in the Middle East.

Obama allowed the wholesale slaughter of Christians throughout the Middle East to continue unabated for years until the very bad optics of mostly Yazidis trapped on a mountain forced him to act.  The implications of that can not be easily dismissed.

“Do you think the president understands the danger of radical Islam, and what do you think the danger is,” Hannity asked Cheney.

“I think the danger’s enormous and I don’t think the president understands it,” Cheney replied.  “I look at things like the Rand Report that was published a couple of months ago that talked about a 58% increase in the number of Jihadist groups around the world over a three year period of time, I look at the statements by General Flynn who’s just stepping down as Director of the Intelligence Agency who says over a 10 year period of time, there’s been a doubling of the terrorist threat in that part of the world. The intelligence is there for all to see – there’s no question about what’s happening, but this president and the people around him refuse to recognize it.”

Remember when I said that under Obama, everything that is bad, sky-rockets? – this is just one more example of that maxim. Obama and his fellow ideologues argued that it was our presence in the Middle East that was breeding terrorism. So we pulled out of Iraq and promised to leave Afghanistan and what did terrorism do? It  sky-rocketed. It’s one thing to be wrong about everything – but this president refuses to learn from his mistakes.

And the fact that he continues to go golfing and refuses to take the ISIS problem as seriously as he should,  makes people wonder if “this is they way he wants things to work.”

Cheney went on to decry the major reductions in our military spending that is weakening our national defense, calling it a “trainwreck.”

“And it’s hard to believe that this president is as ineffective as he clearly is,” he added (again hinting at a darker explanation.)  He called him “the weakest president in my lifetime.”

“I’m absolutely certain that another day there will be another mass casualty attack against the United States, only next time, they’ll have far deadlier weapons,” he said.

Remember When We Had a Leader Who Could Bring The Country Together?

On 11/14/2001 – President Bush stood on the rubble at Ground Zero – bullhorn in hand – and ad-libbed a speech that has gone down in history as one of America’s greatest. It was great because it was sincere. It came from his heart, and the people around him – liberals, conservatives, libertarians, “lofos” – they weren’t thinking about politics at that moment – their emotions were raw and enormity of what had just happened obviously overrode petty politics. Political ideology for a few precious weeks was put on the backburner and the country was united. President Bush did not waste that moment. In fact, he would never throughout his entire presidency ever use political ideology to divide Americans. I don’t think the thought would even have occurred to him.

Contrast that with what we have now.

We have a president who can’t even get in front of the American people when he’s asking for our support without insulting a good half of us. He’s just congenitally unable to say one gracious thing about his political “enemies” ever,  due to his Alinsky training to always “target”, “isolate”, ridicule” and “otherize” his opponents. Every speech he gives is an opportunity to community organize – every speech he gives –  he must prop himself up while underscoring the inhumanity of “the other side.”

He did it again in the speech he gave last night to argue the case before the nation for a “limited” but “muscular” strike against Syria. I barely listened. The sound of his dumb, disingenuous voice sets my teeth on edge, and I knew he would have nothing groundbreaking to say.

But Ace picked up on something that would have made my blood boil had bothered to listen closely.

Come witness the Master Diplomat use his silvery tongue to insult the very people whose support he’s asking for.

In a speech that had been good, for an Obama speech, avoiding his usual gassy nothingness in favor of tangible nouns and clear verbs of the sort he apparently was taught were poor form in college, Obama chose to drop this little insult:

And so to my friends on the right, I ask you to reconcile your commitment to America’s military might with a failure to act when a cause is so plainly just. To my friends on the left, I ask you to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough.

Note that Obama’s “friends on the left” believe in freedom and dignity in all people. People on the right don’t, apparently.

What do people on the right believe in? “Military might.” Pure force. Note that he decouples military might from any moral purpose — he doesn’t say “your commitment to keeping the nation safe” or “your commitment to a patriotic defense of America.” No, such moral approval is stripped away so that Obama can speak neutrally of the one thing Obama thinks conservatives care about, naked martial power.

We share this love of naked martial power, shorn of any moral or ethical purpose, with some of his other friends on the right, such as Caesar, Napoleon, and Hitler.

His friends on the left, see, support the values which might be attained by exertion of raw military might, such as “freedom and dignity of all people,” but his friends on the right are just about having the biggest bombs and stuff.

Even when he’s supposedly “reaching out to us,” this Master Diplomat and Coolly Brilliant Poet-Warrior steadfastly refuses to pay the right the slightest degree of respect.

And this man represents us in our dealings with foreign actors. Imagine how his similar haughtiness plays overseas. Imagine how it’s already played for five years, and how it will play for another three.

Smart diplomacy, huh?

Hey wingers, get behind this war. It’s got the three things you Bitter Clingers can’t get enough of– Guns, Spooky Religious Nonsense, and Killing Foreign People.

Now, Friends on the Left, you can get behind it for the true moral purposes which flow from reason and higher functions of the brain.

Read the whole thing – Ace was just winding up, there. It gets better and he includes video aids featuring David Bowie and The Planet of the Apes to help illustrate his point.

You know what’s a scary thought? Imagining our current president standing in the rubble at Ground Zero with a bullhorn in hand, there ostensibly to soothe a nation united in its horror of what just happened, but unable to resist the temptation to tweak his political enemies and divide the nation one more time.


I miss W.


Andy at AoSHQ picks up on the hypocrisy of Barack “Stop the BAIPA” Obama  feigning outrage and horror at the sight of children writhing in pain on a cold hospital floor : The Balls On This F’n Guy


Giuliani: Obama Leads By Following and he Found Someone To Follow – Putin (Video)

In an interview on Fox and Friends, this morning – the 12th anniversary of 9/11 –  “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani said that in regards to Syria, the president is acting in the opposite way that a leader should act.

“We’re going to negotiate with Russia and Syria and Syria is going to let us inspect the chemical weapons they’ve always denied having. Something in that picture is very strange”, Giuliani said.

He went on to say that what worries him is that the president’s vacillation on Syria “makes the US look weak, and it cedes leadership to the Russians. I don’t get that.”

Asked about his thoughts on the administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack one year later, Giuliani said, “I have real questions about whether it ever had to happen in the first place, I have a significant amount of questions about the failure to give security to that area for six months before when it was crying out for more security, I have significant questions about the actions of the United States government, that night – including our president – I still don’t know where he was, that night. and why we immediately didn’t deploy as much force as possible to the area, we could have always called it back, and I have very significant questions about why everyone has been kept silent for so long, and now all of a sudden after a year of preparation, they’re all going to speak…so I think the people who died that night, and their families deserve a lot better than the way in which this government has treated them.”

He called 9/11/2001 “the most complicated day of my life, and probably in the history of my city – it was the worst day, it was the greatest day – some of the greatest losses and some of the greatest acts of heroism…and I think ultimately, you look 12 years later – the city is a lot stronger than it was before.”


Video: Absolutely Uncertain

Via The Blaze:

A roughly 20-minute YouTube video analyzing President Obama’s relationship with Israel, narrated by a 23-year-old former Obama supporter, has gone viral.  In just three days, the little-reported on video “Absolutely Uncertain” has logged roughly 650,000 hits.

Irina, the 23-year-old “Jewish New Yorker” who narrates much of the documentary, explains that she has always seen American-Israeli relations as a cornerstone of American politics, reaching into both parties.

“So when it was time for me to vote for the first time in 2008, I didn’t doubt for a moment that the strong relationship would continue, no matter who won,” she states.

The short film features clips from longtime Democratic supporters including, Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY).

Also worth watching at The Blaze: Krauthammer to Fellow Panelists: I Can’t Believe You Guys Are Covering For Obama on This Libya Disaster

Hat tip: Brian B.

Video: Remembering 9/11

Brought to you by The Heritage Foundation:


The Heritage Foundation, has been busy reminding Congress of the importance of “staying the course” in the War on Terror, writes The Foundry:

In the past 10 years, at least 40 terrorist plots have been foiled due, in large part, to our enhanced counter-terrorism efforts. But despite this progress, efforts are underway to undermine some of this progress by rejecting the very policies that have kept us safe.

In a new report, James Carafano lays out many of the problems with the current strategy:

The Administration now seeks to treat terrorism under a law enforcement paradigm that failed to protect Americans from terrorism when it was adopted by the Clinton Administration before 9/11. In addition, the White House intends to follow a “small footprint” strategy for overseas operations, relying primarily on Special Forces operations, covert action, and strikes with unmanned aerial vehicles.

The President’s strategy cedes the initiative to America’s enemies and provides them the opportunity to reconstitute both their moral and physical assets.

Video: Rudy On Bloomberg’s Decision To Keep Clergy Away From September 11th Memorial Dedication

Nobody disputes that Rudy was the right man for the job of Mayor of NYC on that fateful September morn, ten years ago. His unwavering strength and competence helped New Yorkers get through the agonizing hours, days and weeks that followed the tragedy. Mayor Bloomberg, however, may very well be the worst man for the job of Mayor of NYC for the tenth anniversary of September 11. The ban on clergy pleases only the anti-Christian, anti-religious brigades.

Religion, Giuliani reminds us, played a very significant role in helping many New Yorkers through the day, and days following the attack, something even non-believers can understand:

Video via AIM.


Mediaite: Megyn Kelly Takes Atheist Activist To Task Over Ground Zero Cross Lawsuit

Hat tip: Brian B.