Sunday, September 11, 2011

I Will Remember

I will always remember 11 September 2001. I will always remember sitting in my cubicle at work, reviewing help requests, when John L. walked quickly down the hallway toward the conference room, saying planes had hit the World Trade Center. I remember thinking what many others did upon hearing that news, that a couple of small planes had collided and landed on the buildings. As we gathered around the small TV in the conference room we quickly realized what had happened was orders of magnitude worse.

I will always remember going out to my truck to get the New York sectional I had in my ground school materials, to see if it was possible this was some bizarre coincidence of two airliners not maintaining enough of a climb out of one of the New York area airports. As I walked back to the office I noted the clear blue sky, the cool of a not quite early fall day. We didn't have ground school that night, which would have been the first exam and a field trip to the Eglin control tower.

I will always remember the anger I felt as I read the names and stories of the dead. I didn't give a damn about the hijackers beyond how they were able to carry out their deed, and I still don't. But I will always be enraged by that foul act - and no, evil is definitely not too strong a word for it. There are no words too strong for such an act.

I will always remember, as I did today, a few names: Jerome Dominguez, Barbara Olson, and Mychal Judge. But I will also remember those whose names I do not have committed to memory, such as the children on American Airlines Flight 77, headed for an educational trip to California.

I will always remember that there are those such as the hijackers of 9/11 who will hate us, not for anything in particular that we have done, but for the mere fact that we exist. There are those who would destroy us because we allow women to mingle with men without demanding they be covered from head to toe. Fuck them. Fuck them and all who can possibly justify those actions with "it's a cultural thing - we have to understand." Not all of the hatred of our free Constitutionally-based nation comes from Islamic freaks - there are plenty of our "countrymen" who harbor the same feelings.

I will always remember, as cliched as it may be, that freedom isn't free. I will always remember that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. I will always remember that the United States of America, its Declaration of Independence, and its Constitution, are the best hope and model the world has for lasting prosperous freedom.

I will remember.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

This must be that new civility I've heard about

Today the Northwest Florida Daily News presented this little gem of incandescent stupidity. Now, keep in mind that this was a "letter to the editor" and that (presumably) someone made a conscious decision to send it through for publication. A letter with perhaps three verifiable facts - the writer's name and city, and "... war in Iraq war costs $5 billion a month " (though I really think that figure is a tad off). The rest is nothing but ad hominem insults, the kind of insanely stupid thinking that gives people the idea that northwest Florida is populated exclusively by poorly educated rednecks. I hope Ms Neal felt better after seeing her pitiful little screed in print - or maybe it's just in pixels - but I suspect her screwed-up thinking is permanent. You know what? To hell with even the pretense of civility - With any luck she'll get hit by a bus and be out of our misery.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Morris Fallout

Excellent! "Michael Coup, Sandra Norris and David Yacks were each found guilty Tuesday of racketeering and grand theft." It's a good start.

State Attorney Bill Eddins praised Edgar and his prosecution team for their hard
work. He also repeated Edgar’s statement during the trial the investigation of
the Sheriff’s Office scandal is not over.

He declined to name who might be under scrutiny or say when more charges might be brought.

There's a lot of anti-Ashley sentiment running through the comments. Of course there are a few Ashley supporters, too, but they can't seem to come up with much in the way of substance. Here's a sooopergenius who goes by the name "sunshined" (original is here):

Wow, it didn't take long for all you Ashley haters to get on line. Still
can't figure out your logic. You either have too much time on your hands, or an
undisclosed personal vendetta. It is amazing how your venom permeates most any
thread that is posted, no matter what the subject.

And here's "wisdomisworthmor" (original): "Sunshined most of the bloggers about Ashley have a personal vendetta or political axe to grind. they are a handful of people with multiple accounts. Don't take it personally." OK, whatever gets you through the night, princess.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

9/11 + 9
We have not forgotten. A good many of us have not forgiven. We will never forget, and we will not forgive.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Here She Comes, Ms Proud of Her Country

Seems that Eglin AFB is to be graced by Mrs Community Organizer in Chief during a whistlestop appearance tomorrow. Although it's pretty obvious that I'm not the type who'd go see her speak, I have a bone to pick with one or two of the folks interviewed for the article. Let's take this appearance for what it's advertised to be - a chance for Mrs Obama to meet with some real-life military members and their families (I suspect it's just part of the Holy O's Eternal Campaign, but for now let's let that be).

If Mrs Obama is wanting to meet with military members and their families, what the hell are Okaloosa County Democrats like Judy Byrne Riley doing trying to "finagle" (the article's word, not mine) their way onto Eglin? The article does not state if Ms Riley has an official connection to Eglin, but I suspect she doesn't - she wouldn't need to finagle anything if she did. Every ass-kissing local Dem operative who wants to get in on what they think will be a great photo op will be taking a space that could have gone to a military member or someone in his or her family. The article doesn't state how many people Mrs Obama will contact during her meeting "with base leaders and military families," but it's probably not a huge number, and the speech at the hangar will be more of a crowd exercise. Some of those in attendance will probably get a grip-n-grin, but not all, and for any local officials who aren't part of the target audience of military members and their families to try to horn in on this activity is shameful. Of course, as commenter "ronaldpaul" so wonderfully states, "You lost, get over it". Being on the "winning" side allows the Dems to do as they please - they have no shame.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

We Remember

Eight years ago, on the morning of 11 September 2001, Patrick Quigley of Wellesley, Massachusetts, boarded United Airlines Flight 175 at Boston’s Logan International Airport. He was killed when the Boeing 767 was flown into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

At forty years old, Patrick was pretty squarely in the middle of the age range of those killed by Islamist terrorists that fateful day. He was taken from his wife and two daughters, one not yet born. Patrick was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, but "dreamed of maybe, one day, opening his own wine store."

It is my honor to remember Mr Patrick Quigley IV, along with the others killed in the 11 Sept attack. I feel I should write more about Patrick, but I am not sure I can add to what others have already written. It is, perhaps, my duty simply to post, to remember, to say "We will not forget."

You may read other tributes to Patrick at 9-11 Heroes, and here is a link to Gregor's 2006 Project 2,996 tribute to Patrick.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ding Dong...

Not exactly "the witch is dead," but the result is good, very good indeed. George Tiller is dead, after far too many years walking this earth and far too many babies dead by his hand. His death should have no more impact than that of a roach, as his life was worth far less. I had thought at first that maybe it was a bad thing that it happened in a church, with probably a fair number of people who'd be scarred by his termination (I find it very hard to call someone dispatching of this man's life "murder"), but they had to have known what his trade was, and if they couldn't be repulsed by his commission of late-term abortions, then they deserve to be scarred by seeing his life extinguished. May George Tiller burn in hell.

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