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Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11: Never Forget

The flight paths of the 9/11 hijacked planes

Adagio For Strings, Op. 11, sound track from a recording conducted by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990):

From the YouTube blurb:
A slideshow tribute to the events of September 11, 2001. Focus is on people, their connection with the towers, past and present, and not simply a play by play of news footage. Communicating the full range of expression from terror to sacrifice, compassion, and sacrifice...as well as the ways in which people responded as friends, neighbors and as Americans. Set to Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, which was played at Ground Zero during the memorial service the same week as the tragedy.

Graphic by Stogie:


  1. AOW--------G-d bless you this Sept 11th..I will never forget...keep the faith honey..xoxoxox G-d bless America.........

  2. Great heroism that day. We should never forget that.

  3. Took some time out to listen to the Adagio. It brought back to mind the significance of the events that occurred on 9/11/01. Thanks.

  4. Trump wants to negotiate for peace with the Taliban. Without conditions.

    Happy 9/11, ya'll.

    1. Damn. And we were winning, too...

    2. You folks in Missouri can help turn the tide by defeating McCaskill.

      Running another "Legitimate Rape" conservative should do the trick.

    3. Malala of bestseller and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize fame said, "We were safer under the Taliban."

      This statement in spite of her having been shot in the head by the Taliban.

      Once again, we see what a conundrum policy and society are in Islamic nations.

    4. George Bush is either a naïve fool, an easily-manipulated patsy, or it goes deeper into some Saudi-Bush cabal.

      Take your choice.

      We will never change Afghanistan. The Taliban is making money off of us being there, and the generals advising Trump to pour more troops and money into that Graveyard of Empires should be fired.

    5. The Bushes, unfortunately, have ALWAYS been supportive of the Internationalist-Globalist-Agenda –– as are most members of congress, most federal judgesand most members of the Poison Ivy League

      All this balderdash about Climate Change is PART of their deadly scheme to rob us of our sovereignty and turn us over to the sure-to-be-despotic control of ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT.

      All that stuff about Davos Men, the Bilderbergers, Skull and Bones, the Masons, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bohemian Grove and the International Bankers, etc. may seem preposterous, but it has about it The Ring of Truth.

      We've been HAD BIG TIME by those we may have trusted most. This looming debacle has been in the works for over a hundred years.

    6. Ever since the NSA shut down the channels that Trump recieved his orders from the Kremlin on, you all seem to have some confused messaging.

    7. TC: You need to get your own platoon together and get over to Afghanistan. Bush's forces of freedom and democracy need you.

    8. Maybe you can get Armchair General Bill Kristol to lead the charge.

      There's a whole horde of war drum beaters, think tank strategists and summer solders on the right, maybe you could get them to join you.

      If it were up to me, I'd put 'ol W in as permanent president of Afghanistan and tell him he can't come back until he finishes what he started.

    9. Spoken like a true SJW.

      Did you forget Al Qaeda started the war? That the Taliban still hosts them?

    10. Hit a little close to home, eh? What are you still doing here blathering out non-sequiturs? Bush needs you in Afghanistan.

      The cry of the chickenhawk (with apologies to Gen Patton): "You don't die for your country! You get some other poor dumb bastard to die for your country!"

    11. Bush has been out of office since 2009. You forget about the 8 years of your fellow leftist Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan since then? Back off the bong a bit there, hippy. It's not like you had to carve your rifle, er, Air Force chair out of bar of soap before you got to the air conditioned rear lines. You got a chance at free education, whatcha want welfare too?

      Whatever went wrong with the war in Afghanistan happened on Obama's watch. You voted for the guy that was going to Make America Great Again. How's his efforts to cut a deal with the Taliban going?

    12. It is simplistic to say all was well on the Afghan and Iraq fronts during Bush, but Obama screwed it up. But if telling yourself fairy tales makes you feel better, who am I to criticize?

      You should talk to some soldiers who were there on the ground. It was all assed up from the beginning.

      China thanks Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld as they enjoy Taliban protection while mining Afghanistan's wealth.

      Hillary's book is coming out. Maybe curling up with it and a glass of chardonnay will make you feel better.

    13. Yes yes China's trucking copper out of Afghanistan via hot air balloon lol.

      You can't even say it happened during Bush or Obama or when you "were there" because the only thing happening on that front has been talk between China and the Afghan government, which isn't the Taliban, and China cancelled that plan 6 months ago, no shovels deployed.

      Really, see a doctor about your post dramatic stress disorder. At least include a disclaimer in your posts that you're not above lying your ass off.

    14. China-Afghan talks are ongoing, contract still in place.

      China just needs to grease a few more corrupt Afghan politicians, warlords and Taliban poohbahs.

      Do you purposely cultivate the image of a humorless, rage-filled petty little man, or does it come naturally?

    15. We need to set this discussion within an honest framework. Let's agree on some obvious, indisputable things, like dogs bark, grass is green, and that you're a blithering idiot.

      So, now the Taliban is providing security for non-existent mining operations that are still under negotiation in talks the Taliban isn't a party to. And it's Bush's fault.

      Idon't want to come off as petty and humorless, but you really ought to make and effort at reminding your readers that you don't know what you're posting about, yet post anyway.

    16. Things are simple in your Bush Republican world, aren't they?

      Bush won the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Republicans are conservative free marketers.
      Repeal and replace Obamacare!

      China has negotiated a contract with Afghanistan's government, and it has also conducted negotiations with the Taliban (you know, those guys Bush defeated) for protection.

      Doesn't it make you proud we've lost almost 2,000 American lives in Afghanistan and blown trillions so foreign governments can waltz in a make deals?

      Don't fret, if that deal falls through, you've still got the opium trade to be proud of, and now that President Trump has fallen in line with the Demican-Republicrat Billion$ for Contractors in Afghanistan project, we'll be there a long time, probably long enough to see the Chinese break ground.

    17. You forget to mention that you're an idiot and that you don't know what you're talking about. I mean, it's obvious to everyone else. Just want to make sure it's obvious to you too.

      So, by the time Bush left office in 2009, the government in Afghanistan was viable enough to begin exploring turning their abundant mineral resources into revenue streams while the Taliban was largely across the border in Baluchistan, and after 8 years of Obama, the Taliban is back in Afghanistan, pretty much all over Afghanistan, and China is still negotiating the mining leases.

      So the Chinese are "thanking Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld" as the Taliban protects them (from who? The Tooth Fairy?) while they teleport copper out of the ground with the nin-existent infrastructure.

      Switch to Diet Meth, Silverfuddle. The full flavor is gassing you.

    18. So... based on your theory, could we start "winning" again in Afghanistan under Trump, or do we need to bring Bush back?

      Taliban collects money to not attack, you know, like a mafia. How do you think trucks that supply us make it through the Khyber pass without getting attacked? Star Trek inviso-shields?

      Taliban protection money, grasshopper. But I've probably gone and confused you...

      Your pinhead-narrow focus ignores the larger issue, which is Afghanistan was not stable when Bush left, the Taliban never left, and we are now spending blood and treasure so other nations can come in and extract resources.

      Nothing I have said defends Obama's stupidity.

      You probably thought attacking Iraq in response to Saudis attacking us was a swell idea as well, just like your preferred candidates talking about legitimate rape. You're a true Republican.

    19. ...but, to answer you question, yes, it does make me proud that, at least during the Bush years, Afghanistan was denying territory and resources to the Taliban and their Al Qaeda allies.

      And then stupid happened (the Obama White House / Clinton State Dept combo) and the Taliban AND ISIS have moved into Afghanistan, all ISAF allies have pulled out, and Trump inherited a war that has been bungled for 8 years prior.

      The distinction between Bush and Obama in Afghanistan is fairly clear. An Afghanistan that is safe for foreign investment, or an Afghanistan that is again safe for terrorist training camps. We'll see which one Trump prefers.

    20. Paying the Taliban not to attack is a contrivance of the Hillary Clinton State Department. They were so zealous at this farce that they even "accidentally" paid a guy $3 million because he sucessfully pretended to be Taliban. The Obama years were an embarassment, to understate the stupid.

      None of that was occuring under Bush. Bush had no Hillary Clinton in his cabinet pissing away logistical basing in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

      Instead of stymying yourself with imaginary Taliban guarded mining ops that will time travel from some alternate future universe (please, I implore you, put the crack pipe down...), ask and answer two questions:

      1.) Is the Afghanistan war winnable?
      2.) Can we afford to not win it?

    21. You probably thought attacking Iraq in response to Saudis attacking us was a swell idea as well...

      Considering Saddam Hussein financed the merger between Al Qaeda and Egyptian Islamic Jihad in 1996 and outsourced sarin gas production to a Bin Laden owned factory in the Sudan while Al Qaeda was attacking our embassies in western Africa, as laid out by Bill Clinton's State and Justice Departments, I don't think I'll give you a pass on your attempts to revise history there either. Never mind that toppling Saddam turned Al Gore from a Nuke Saddam Now hawk (1992) into a global warming cultist (2004). How are you going to learn from history if you can't remember where you dropped your lighter after the bong choked you?

      On 9/11, Al Qaeda was active in 60 countries. After the Bush years, how many? Besides Afghanistan and Pakistan, where are they now? Okay, what's left of the Fedeyeen Saddam / Al Qaeda in Iraq became ISIS.

      Have you smoked yourself Trump level retarded that now you bend leftward towards "poverty creates terrorism and Saddam Hussein kept terrorists gainfully employed?"

      What's the world of Bush doing nothing after 9/11 look like anyway?

    22. How'd that WMD work out? LOL!

      Nice finish with a false dichotomy fallacy.

    23. At least Bush got sickened by his criminal stupidity...

      But Mr Bush admits that he was shocked when no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq.
      "No one was more shocked and angry than I was when we didn't find the weapons," he writes.

      "I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do."


    24. It seems to me that we are "mired up" in Afghanistan.


    25. C'mon, Sillyfuddle. Even the New York Times got off the "no WMD in Iraq" mythos in 2014 when ISIS was gassing people with Saddam's stockpiles.

      As if the existence of Saddam-funded Al Qaeda training camps in Iraq in 2003 wasn't enough of a reason to shut him down.

      You are still forgetting to include in your posts that you're an idiot. A little honesty won't hurt you.

    26. Iraq and Al Qaeda links were discussed in the media in 1999

      Sillyfuddle ignorance or neocon time machines?

    27. I guess you need to update ol' W on the WMD thingy. He's given up on it, but you're still beating the old tin drum. They could make you Grand Poobah of the GOOP.

      Keep up the good work, Thoughty!

    28. Right, Saddam was planning a leaky barrel attack on the US! Classic!

    29. AOW: If every summer soldier and armchair general like TC and Sean Hannity would just get off their asses and go over to Afghanistan, we'd have this thing won, by jiminy!

    30. @ TC:

      "None of that was occuring under Bush. Bush had no Hillary Clinton in his cabinet pissing away logistical basing in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan."

      FALSE. A laughably stupid and uninformed statement. I participated in getting all our stuff out of K2, and Bush was the President.

      Tajikistan? Maybe you know something I don't know... Maybe you're thinking of Kyrgyzstan. All those Stans can get confusing.

      Pro tip: Don't go with the first thing Google pukes up. Check your sources.

    31. Still stuck on stupid, I see. I suppose all the known contacts between Al Qaeda members and Saddam's WMD scientists weren't worrisome to the Clinton administration that documented them so no one else should be.

      You're the guy that finds stockpiles of bottles, rags, gasoline, and matches in an arsonist's house and is relieved there are no Molotov cocktails. ::rolls eyes::

    32. I participated in getting all our stuff out of K2, and Bush was the President.

      And you delivered the checks to the Taliban yourself. Thanks, Mr. Bergdahl.

    33. I guess you need to update ol' W on the WMD thingy

      Yeah. News was never fake until Trump became the Prez.

    34. Leaky barrels of aging chemicals are many steps away from weaponized threats that can strike Europe or the US, but that's evidently over your head.

      I mention K2 to point out to you the fact that we did lose a logistical base under Bush.

      I repeat, you need to take your little tin drum and go beat it in front of W's house, since he now says there was no WMD. Better go tell him how wrong he is.

      Keep going, your pathetic and ill-informed comments are descending into farce.

    35. Leaky barrels of aging chemicals are many steps away from weaponized threats that can strike Europe or the US, but that's evidently over your head.

      That you're unwilling to admit the readily observable fact that you're a blithering idiot already gratuitously serves as a reminder that you're not interested in intellectual honesty. You could have posted a picture of yourself licking your snot out of your drool cup, rather than blatantly try to characterize artillery shells and aerial bombs full of WMD *that injured US troops that found them* as harmless "leaky barrels." Sidestepping the fact that Iraqi WMD scientists had been working with Al Qaeda for years prior to 9/11 is symptomatic of your mental retardation, but not much else.

    36. OK, you with the "Said blithering idiot the most times award."

      An artillery shell, rusted and leaking, cannot be launched without coming apart, but it is indeed a danger to someone who comes across it in storage.

      So now, tell us how Saddam was going to set a world record for artillery distance by launching from Iraq to the United States.

      Have you woke up ol' W yet and told him about the WMD?

    37. If you don't like being properly identified as a blithering idiot, you could take the quick route and stop being a blithering idiot.

    38. So, in summary...

      Bush has said there was no WMD, but you know better.

      You claimed Bush lost no bases like Obama, but he did.

      You mumbled something about Tajikistan, but I'll leave that one alone, maybe you were a covert operative having flashbacks.

      You thought Bush had defeated the Taliban.

      You claimed we were #Winning! in Afghanistan, our naiton's longest war

      And you support blundering boobish GOOP candidates who give biological lectures on legitimate rape.

      Got it. That puts your third-grade insults in context. So far, you haven't properly identified anything.

      Bring on some more, the morning is boring and I need a good laugh.

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    1. May we surmise you weathered the storm without serious mishap?

    2. I ask myself; has it really been 16 years? Then I find myself standing in the very same place at the same time of day and come to the realization; yes, yes it has and my anger hasn't abated.
      It will never abate and my memory is a hone that sharpens my anger. I will carry the burden of my anger and that memory to my final day.

      I will never forget!

    3. Warren,
      The images I saw that day are seared into my brain. I felt under a cloud all day yesterday -- and not because I spent hours online reliving 9/11. No time for that! I had to to go to the dentist, then work.

      And, yes, I am angry. Time lapsed hasn't changed that anger.

    4. If you want to get even angrier, go here:


      The entire Bush family should be deported to Saudi Arabia to spend out their day with their brothers my another mother the Sauds.

  6. “Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”

    -- Barack Obama

    "..“Remember the hours after Sept. 11 when we came together as one…It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.”

    -- John Kerry

    "...“Forty Wall street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually before the World Trade Center the tallest, and then when they built the World Trade Center it became known as the second-tallest, and now it’s the tallest,”

    -- Donald Trump

    1. Michelle Obama, Harvard LawSeptember 12, 2017 at 11:02:00 AM EDT

      "For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country"

    2. “His pies, I don't know what he does, whether he puts crack in them.”

  7. The illustrated, properly formatted version of my Mediation on a Tragic Anniversary may be seen today at FreeThinkesblogspot.com

  8. Thank you all so very much for taking the time to come and respond so eloquently to the thoughts on 911 posted at my blog.

    Your heartwarming partificipation was greatly appreciated.

    1. It was beautifully written, FT, heartfelt, but at this point, what more can be said?

      Teddy bears, candles, tears and faded pictures of loved ones who never returned home that day...

      ... It all failed to stir us to meaningful action.

      I mourned. I moved on.

    2. SF,
      It all failed to stir us to meaningful action.

      The tragedy of the 21st Century -- for the West, that is.


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