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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Never Forget

Eighteen years ago today....

It will never be distant history for me.

For me, it is as yesterday.  And my anger still burns.

All those hours waiting to hear if two of my homeschool fathers were still alive. Phone services of all types were in a knot, and the wait seemed endless. Both of these men were unharmed, but one had a very close call: he was supposed to be in one of the Pentagon rooms directly hit that horrible morning. Thank God that he was called away to Capitol Hill a mere fifteen minutes before American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon.

And who can forget watching live the collapse of the Twin Towers after being struck by American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175?

And there were those long minutes awaiting the location of United Airlines Flight 93. Thank God for the patriots aboard that flight.

Yes, eighteen years is a long time ago.

But not for me.

And I will never buy into the whitewash of Islam.


  1. I won't forget the terrible loss of life on that day. I also won't forget that America died in other ways that day as well - with the evisceration of the 4th Amendment under the horribly named "Patriot Act" and the generational wars in the Middle East...claiming even more American lives.

    The "war on terrorism" has gone as well as the "war on drugs"......

    1. I pray I am wrong, but as I said at Franco's, future history books will record 9/11 2001 was the beginning of the end of the American experiment.

    2. That's an apt way to sum it up. I also hope your wrong...but the evidence would so far, indicate otherwise.

      We've already spent 19 years in a quagmire orchestrated by OBL.

    3. CI,
      A military and financial quagmire.

      One of OBL's goals was to bankrupt the West. Slowly, slowly, that may be happening as we take ever more steps to remain safe.

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    5. Freedom of religion means FREEDOM OF RELIGION. You Frankie ole boy do NOT get to pick your preferred definition.

    6. Quite true RN, the Founders own words refute the deranged, anti-American screed above.

    7. But at least he's walking back his "final solution".....

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  7. Amen AOW! Sept 11....Bless you my friend! xoxox

  8. One day, perhaps in a distant future, mankind will have learned a better way. A day when pride no longer stands in the way of pure reason.

    Until that day arrives humankind will remain doomed by our very nature.

  9. I hope that all here will take the time to look at today's post at Woman Honor Thyself.


  10. It's a righteous anger and I share the feeling.

    1. Our city burnt. Our neighbors incinerated.
      For some sick branding strategy
      No attack can derail this nation
      If we are to fall it is because of us

      The bs conspiracy talk.
      The rationalization and excuses

      Our country Our Values Our. Communities
      No exuses. No rationalization

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    3. Jason,
      My good friend! I'm so glad you stopped by!

      I hope that you are well.

      Thank you for saying that my anger is a righteous anger. Over the 18 years, a lot of people have been trying to get me to shrug it off.

  11. We should have nuked Mecca on a holiday and got this thing started.

    1. What, blasted the meteorite into the nothing from which it came? Good call.

  12. The "whitewash of Islam." Well said and consider, the pedo warlord prophet claimed he'd been talking with Gabriel. Or was it another angel?

    1. LSP,
      MTP himself questioned whether or not he was hearing Gabriel or an angel of the devil.

      Interesting line in the Koran (paraphrase): "Thus saith Allah, I am the great deceiver." Just an FYI.

    2. as in 3:54 ? The word you have translated as "deceiver" (l-makirina) has other connotations... http://corpus.quran.com/qurandictionary.jsp?q=mkr#(3:54:6)

    3. i dunno, we'd have to dealve deeper into the arabic. Shamoun's reasoning looks fairly motivated.

  13. The Problem is Us

    You dont want to blame all Muslims. Yet there needs to be an adult conversation. The problem is the second you talk Ducky types spin. In truth the Duck doesn’t care about Palestinians. If he did he would be talking about mindless terror and unrealistic demands.

    Do note Paalestinians celebrated 9-11. The PA immediately did damage control and stopped Reporters from showing the full extent. Even when Bin Ladden was killed Americans did not behave like this.

  14. I heard this (Auden) recently on the radio... his September was 1939, but much of it applies directly to the one in 2001.

    I sit in one of the dives
    On Fifty-second Street
    Uncertain and afraid
    As the clever hopes expire
    Of a low dishonest decade:
    Waves of anger and fear
    Circulate over the bright
    And darkened lands of the earth,
    Obsessing our private lives;
    The unmentionable odour of death
    Offends the September night.

    Accurate scholarship can
    Unearth the whole offence
    From Luther until now
    That has driven a culture mad,
    Find what occurred at Linz,
    What huge imago made
    A psychopathic god:
    I and the public know
    What all schoolchildren learn,
    Those to whom evil is done
    Do evil in return.

    Exiled Thucydides knew
    All that a speech can say
    About Democracy,
    And what dictators do,
    The elderly rubbish they talk
    To an apathetic grave;
    Analysed all in his book,
    The enlightenment driven away,
    The habit-forming pain,
    Mismanagement and grief:
    We must suffer them all again.

    Into this neutral air
    Where blind skyscrapers use
    Their full height to proclaim
    The strength of Collective Man,
    Each language pours its vain
    Competitive excuse:
    But who can live for long
    In an euphoric dream;
    Out of the mirror they stare,
    Imperialism's face
    And the international wrong.

    Faces along the bar
    Cling to their average day:
    The lights must never go out,
    The music must always play,
    All the conventions conspire
    To make this fort assume
    The furniture of home;
    Lest we should see where we are,
    Lost in a haunted wood,
    Children afraid of the night
    Who have never been happy or good.

    The windiest militant trash
    Important Persons shout
    Is not so crude as our wish:
    What mad Nijinsky wrote
    About Diaghilev
    Is true of the normal heart;
    For the error bred in the bone
    Of each woman and each man
    Craves what it cannot have,
    Not universal love
    But to be loved alone.

    From the conservative dark
    Into the ethical life
    The dense commuters come,
    Repeating their morning vow;
    "I will be true to the wife,
    I'll concentrate more on my work,"
    And helpless governors wake
    To resume their compulsory game:
    Who can release them now,
    Who can reach the deaf,
    Who can speak for the dumb?

    All I have is a voice
    To undo the folded lie,
    The romantic lie in the brain
    Of the sensual man-in-the-street
    And the lie of Authority
    Whose buildings grope the sky:
    There is no such thing as the State
    And no one exists alone;
    Hunger allows no choice
    To the citizen or the police;
    We must love one another or die.

    Defenceless under the night
    Our world in stupor lies;
    Yet, dotted everywhere,
    Ironic points of light
    Flash out wherever the Just
    Exchange their messages:
    May I, composed like them
    Of Eros and of dust,
    Beleaguered by the same
    Negation and despair,
    Show an affirming flame.

    I've been carrying that phrase "the folded lie" around with me for days.

  15. You should read George Orwell's "Inside the Whale" for a liberal critique of Auden and "other" such writer's of "purpose". It's why we have so much "fake news" today.

    1. It is a ‘folded lie’ in the sense that Auden refers, in part, to a newspaper, to the words ‘lying’ stagnantly upon a page, preaching anti-German sentiment rather than encouraging self-scrutiny (forcing us to reflect on how our cruelty upon the Germans drove them to elect a vile ‘psychopathic god’).

    2. btw - "what occurred at Linz" (Hitler's boyhood town)

    3. Trump is WHY we have so much fake news today. He lies like a rug.

    4. Those to whom evil is done
      Do evil in return.


    5. Thanks, I expect I'll enjoy inside the whale.

      But I interpret "the folded lie" differently (although I accept that the newspaper metaphor works brilliantly) -- i see it as our deeply subliminal unspocken mythologies, lies we've forgotten even exist, lies that so much of our identity is bound up with that they are painful to unfold and read, or even acknowledge.


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