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Remembering 9/11

Filed under: General — DRJ @ 5:46 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Eight years ago today.

May the 9/11 victims R.I.P. and may we Never Forget.


13 Responses to “Remembering 9/11”

  1. I worked on the 107th floor of the WTC way back when, and could only imagine what the innocent people were going through in their final moments.

    On September 11, 2001, I was sitting on a trading desk next to a man whose son worked in the second tower that was hit, watching as the first plane was flown in. After speaking with his son, relieved this man of about 70 went to get coffee. By the time he returned the second tower was hit and his son was killed.

    Americans historically do have very short memories, but we are in a life and death struggle with no luxury to let our guards down.

    Keep up the good work.

    The Political and Financial Markets Commentato

    Michael Haltman (1592e2)

  2. I was moving into my current house on 9/11. My car did not have a radio and I knew nothing of what was going on until my then wife and a new neighbor were discussing what was going on. I managed to get a TV working in time to see the 2nd tower get hit and the talking bobble heads not noticing while continuing on with their selfimportant prattle.

    Side note, today would be my late father’s 76th birthday. I can’t repeat his thoughts about the people responsible for 9/11 (and it wasn’t George Bush, as much as my father hated rich people) and those who make excuses for terrorists.

    PCD (02f8c1)

  3. The houston Chronicle has a blogger who is almost doing a “ward” today as well…. read it for yourself ,,,

    this is the face of the new democrats

    EricPWJohnson (b0ac71)

  4. I will never forget, and I don’t think most Americans have forgotten. All of the intellectual and emotional energy comes from the right these days; 9/11 was a lesson we learned.

    Patricia (c95a48)

  5. Plus also this is a great day to clean up beaches and national parks!!!

    happyefeet (71f55e)

  6. that was me before … I’ve been having trouble with my name this week

    here is some neat September 11 news so you can appreciate how this day has not been trivialized no not one bit by the current administration:

    In honor of September 11, RIF will sign a partnership agreement with the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. This new partnership will help improve literacy resources for American Indian children and families nationally. With RIF programs across the country, the event will kick off with a special synchronous read-aloud for 11 minutes of the children’s book 14 Cows for America — the moving story of the generosity of one village in response to the 9/11 attacks on America.

    “The tragic events of September 11, 2001, inspired Americans to action and unified us as a nation,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “The memory of September 11 continues to inspire us to serve our neighbors, our communities, and our country. We are pleased to join this national effort and thank the President for making this call to service.”


    happyfeet (71f55e)

  7. link

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  8. hmmm. TSI says the cows are actually very touching. Maybe I am being curmudgeonly. I might could be being curmudgeonly. Let me think.

    Ok I thought and I kind of still think touching international cow stories aren’t really in the spirit of remembrance of September 11. This is one of those ymmv things I guess.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  9. I wouldn’t mind Obama’s Day of Service crap so much except there is always the implication that we have to apologize for having anything–like we didn’t work for it or save for it, we just took it from poor people. We don’t need him to tell us to help our neighbor; we do it all the time. From school kids on up, we give and give, so stifle it, Mr. President.

    Patricia (c95a48)

  10. Hey, let’s honor the firefighters, and recognize what they had to say that day. Also, recognize that besides being fine courageous, these individuals are intelligent, and educated on all things pyro.

    “all the way around like a belt, all these explosions”

    “a tremendous explosion and tremendous shaking of our building”

    “you saw the one floor explode”

    “like on television they blow up these buildings…”

    “flash flash flash”

    “boom, boom, boom, boom”

    “shook my bones”

    “sucked all the oxygen out of the air”

    “like someone had planted explosives”

    “like a million firecrackers”

    “every floor went chu-chu-chu”

    “like it was a timed explosion”

    “boom, a massive explosion”

    “whole top came off like a volcano”

    “a very, very tremendous explosion”

    “the way it looks when they show you those implosions on TV”

    “a giant, giant explosion”

    “in my mind it was a bomb”

    “a synchronized deliberate kind of thing”

    “I just went flying, maybe 30, 40 feet”

    “ like shrapnel”

    “everything shook”

    “ever see professional demolition?”

    “pop, pop, pop, pop, pop”

    “like bombs going off, like boom, boom, boom”

    “and then just a huge wind”

    “the sound was deafening”

    “the street was bouncing like a trampoline”

    “huge mushroom cloud”

    “horrendous noise”

    “what the hell blew up?”

    “my ears were like deaf…”

    “they sounded like bombs”

    blubonnet (ae1d2a)

  11. Let’s look at a peer-reviewed piece submitted by physicists, in a physics journal.

    blubonnet (ae1d2a)

  12. Blubonnet is predictable. Crazy, yet predictable.

    JD (15293c)

  13. JD, I’m only sharing what the brave firefighters said, and what a physics journal said. You are calling the firefighters that were there that day crazy. There are quite a few of them, as you can see.

    blubonnet (ae1d2a)

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