Sept 11th 2001 Tenth Anniversary Memorial Observance Issue


 

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Good Morning Readers a very somber and sober Leprechaun here~

I know some of you are are looking at the banner above and thinking: ‘Sept 11th Memorial Issue?? Its LABOR DAY! Poor Lethal, its finally happened, the strain of Impish’s antics and running D.L.E.. final became too much for him and the poor ole Leprechaun has slid off his Shamrock, slipped a solid gold sprocket, suffered a cranial B.S.o.D., and gone stark raving nucking futz.. Best we change his name to The Librium Leprechaun give him a nice green straight jacket and set him someplace quiet where he can’t hurt himself or anyone’s credit’

Sorry to disappoint you all on two fronts;

I DO know the day and which holiday it is, but we decided that Labor Day was hardly worth a special holiday issue as it has lost most of its meaning and is now more of an end of summer last hurrah marking the retiring of those summer white fashions. Besides we wanted to get this special out early as it has information about memorial observances, dedications and demonstrations of support for the survivors and families of the victims.

SO as you can see there is method in my apparent madness and I am not toddling off round the bend to the gibbering idiots asylum. NOT mind you, that Impish isn’t enough to drive me there usually. In fact most days he wouldn’t even have to drive me there, half an hour around him and nutz is a ‘gimme putt’ in distance away!

As to the second disappointment I mentioned, you might have had out of this issue so far are likely the last ones you’ll be having for the issue. Today’s issue is probably the most serious and intense posting I have ever authored. Is is of a surety the most depressing and painful I have ever researched and assembled as well as the nearest and most dear to my closely warded and guarded heart. In truth this issue took me almost 7 days of working on on and off because I just not stand to deal with the subject for any great length of time even now 10 years later without a wellspring of deeply buried emotions surging up and over taking me.

A few of you long time readers that have been with us since the Yahoogroups days might remember why September 11th is so personal to me. for the rest of you undoubtedly this will be new and insight into the Leprechaun and his murky pasts.

The reason this is so personal to me is not only because I am numbered among the twenty percent of Americans who knew a victim of the Sept 11th attacks (in fact I knew victims in two locations), additionally but for the grace of God and an act of kindness to those taking me to the airport on my part in the form of taking a later flight than the one I preferred, I might well have been one of the victims myself.

ON the morning September 11, 2001, I was scheduled to fly out of Bradley Field in Windsor Locks, Ct at 10:30. My flight path would have taken me through the NYC air corridor along the exact same flight path in route to my final destination of Houston.

I did in fact fly 4 days later through that same air corridor, accompanied by a fully laden attack fighter escorting us from the ‘kill position’ above and behind us in formation so close that his shadow covered most of the right side of the cabin from tail to right wing and half that wing too.

The smoke plum from the still smoldering ruins of the World Trade center could be clearly seen roughly five miles off our right wing and towered even higher than we were flying at that time. Soot, ash, fine particulate debris was so heavy and thick in the air that even at our roughly twenty thousand foot altitude. we could clearly see it passing the windows as we flew like some grey fog made of black pepper.

Our passage thru NYC was accomplished in silence as the Captain requested we observe such out of respect for the dead until the plum was gone from view. In truth i think we were all speechless at the first person viewing of something we had been removed from to a semi comfortable distance by television.

This issue however is not about me or my recollections of either day. It is about seeing that this day, This tragedy, its victims and their families are never forgotten. That this terrorist act is never forgotten or forgiven until the terrorist group(s) responsible are eradicated, radical fundamentalist Islam is ground out of existence and the last full measure of justice, revenge and retribution has been had. It’s about calling BULLSHIT! On those who would allow a Ground Zero Mosque and/or make concessions to Islamic traditions and religious customs in the US.

“Lethal! That sounds a bit bitter, angry and bloodthirsty!’ you say? YOU’RE TOO BLOODY DAMNED RIGHT! What is being done to America both in the attempted Islamicization of it and to down play September 11th and its memory, as well as Islam’s role in it is enough to piss off the Buddha himself and make him reach for a weapon while cussing a blue streak profane and long enough to make a Marine Drill Sergeant shed a tear of pride.

Usually we begin our issues with some variation on theme “Let’s Laugh”. Since this issue is largely devoid of humor this does not seem fitting. so please join me in honoring one of the heroes of Sept 11th, Todd Beamer of United Airlines Flight 93 as I open this issue with his final words before he and several others attempted to take control of the plane away from the terrorist or at least prevent them from achieving their mission by crashing it…

 

”Are You guys ready?… Let’s Roll!”

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I Believe – A 9/11 Tribute

 

Would That I Could Believe As Well

 

sept11 We shall mever forget candle

 

To  my knowledge this commercial aired exactly ONE time only.

 

White House Issues Guides on Sept. 11 Observances

You may have thought as a regular American citizen you were capable of marking the upcoming 10th anniversary of the deadly 9/11 attacks in your own quiet, sad way as you and your family choose.

However, in its infinite federal ‘wisdom’ and one~size~fits~all philosophy, the Obama White House has drafted a set of detailed orders for how it wants the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks observed, both at home and abroad.

I’m not kidding:

Obama administration issued talking points for commemorations of the 9/11 attacks at home and around the world.

By THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT Published: August 29, 2011

WASHINGTON — The White House has issued detailed guidelines to government officials on how to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, with instructions to honor the memory of those who died on American soil but also to recall that Al Qaeda and other extremist groups have since carried out attacks elsewhere in the world, from Mumbai to Manila.

The White House in recent days has quietly disseminated two sets of documents. One is framed for overseas allies and their citizens and was sent to American embassies and consulates around the globe. The other includes themes for Americans here and underscores the importance of national service and what the government has done to prevent another major attack in the United States. That single-page document was issued to all federal agencies, officials said.

After weeks of internal debate, White House officials adopted the communications documents to shape public events and official statements, and they sought to strike a delicate balance between messages designed for these two very important but very different audiences on a day when the world’s attention will be focused on President Obama, his leadership team and his nation.

The guidelines list what themes to underscore — and, just as important, what tone to set. Officials are instructed to memorialize those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and thank those in the military, law enforcement, intelligence or homeland security for their contributions since.

“A chief goal of our communications is to present a positive, forward-looking narrative,” the foreign guidelines state.

Copies of the internal documents were provided to The New York Times by officials in several agencies involved in planning the anniversary commemorations. “The important theme is to show the world how much we realize that 9/11 — the attacks themselves and violent extremism writ large — is not ‘just about us,’ ” said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal White House planning.

Some senior Obama administration leaders had advocated a lengthy program of speeches and events to mark the anniversary, but the final decision was for lower-key appearances by Mr.. Obama and other senior leaders only on the days leading up to the anniversary and on Sept. 11 itself.

Mr.. Obama in his weekly address on Saturday said that this year’s anniversary will be one of “service and remembrance.”

“We need to make sure we’re speaking to a very broad set of audiences who will be affected by the anniversary,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, said in a telephone interview on Friday.

That may be, but some American counterterrorism and intelligence officials are complaining that the White House missed out on tying together the 10th anniversary with recently announced strategies to combat terrorism and violent extremism into a more coherent, longer-term plan. “They don’t do that kind of long-term planning,” said a senior counterterrorism official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid disciplinary measures from the White House. Mr.. Rhodes rejected that criticism, saying these themes have threaded through many of Mr.. Obama’s speeches in recent months.

As the White House sharpens its messages for the commemorations, officials say they have also stepped up efforts to spot signs of foreign or domestic terrorist plots timed around the anniversary. So far, they said, they had not detected any specific plots or an increase in threats.

Officials interviewed at several federal departments said they would consult the White House guidelines, but had been given broad leeway to hold commemorative events at their agencies.

One significant new theme is in both sets of documents: Government officials are to warn that Americans must be prepared for another attack — and must, in response, be resilient in recovering from the loss.

“Resilience takes many forms, including the dedication and courage to move forward,” according to the guidelines for foreign audiences. “While we must never forget those who we lost, we must do more than simply remember them —we must sustain our resilience and remain united to prevent new attacks and new victims.”

At the same time, Obama administration officials caution that public commemorations here should not cast the United States as the sole victim of terrorism, an argument underscored by killings and maiming from extremist attacks overseas.

Some senior administration officials involved in the discussions noted that the tone set on this Sept. 11 should be shaped by a recognition that the outpouring of worldwide support for the United States in the weeks after the attacks turned to anger at some American policies adopted in the name of fighting terror — on detention, on interrogation, and the decision to invade Iraq.

So the guidelines aimed at foreign audiences also call on American officials to praise overseas partners and their citizens, who have joined the worldwide effort to combat violent extremism.

“As we commemorate the citizens of over 90 countries who perished in the 9/11 attacks, we honor all victims of terrorism, in every nation around the world,” the overseas guidelines state. “We honor and celebrate the resilience of individuals, families, and communities on every continent, whether in New York or Nairobi, Bali or Belfast, Mumbai or Manila, or Lahore or London.”

The death of Osama bin Laden was viewed as reason for officials to “minimize references to Al Qaeda.” While terrorists affiliated with Bin Laden’s network “still have the ability to inflict harm,” the guidelines say, officials are to make the point that “Al Qaeda and its adherents have become increasingly irrelevant.”

The guidelines say the absence of Al Qaeda playing any significant role in the “Arab Spring” uprisings against longtime autocrats in the Middle East and North Africa should be cited as evidence that Bin Laden’s organization “represents the past,” while peaceful street protesters in Egypt and Tunisia “represent the future.” Left unsaid was that many of the deposed leaders were close American allies and partners in counterterrorism operations.

Resilience is a repeated theme of the communications. “We celebrate the resilience of communities across the globe,” the foreign guidelines state.

Or, as Mr.. Rhodes put it in the interview: “It’s a statement of strength that the United States can outlast our adversaries. We’re stronger than the terrorists’ ability to frighten us.”

The domestic guidelines, entitled “9/11 Anniversary Planning,” are shorter and less prescriptive than the talking points created for overseas audiences. For example, they note that the ceremonies will honor Americans killed in the Sept. 11 attacks but also “all victims of terrorism, including those who had been targeted by Al Qaeda and other groups around the globe.”

But these guidelines also acknowledge that Americans will expect government leaders to explain what steps have been taken to prevent another 9/11-style attack and to encourage Americans to volunteer in their communities this Sept. 11.

The domestic guidelines also ask something of Americans that has been lacking in Washington: “We will also draw on the spirit of unity that prevailed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.”

leprechaunfanny_thumb1Please join with me in rendering President Lickspittle a salute that, while one he may not be accustom to, is certainly appropriate for the Muslim loving Obamanation Presidency; its chief sycophant and collaborator in this travesty, The Mayor of the City of New York the dishonorable Michael R. Bloomberg and clearly demonstrates our opinion of his directives!

What could his dishonor the Mayor of New York possibly have done with regard to this day you ask to warrant such ire from me? See for yourself:

9/11 10th Anniversary Is a Day for Remembering, Not Forgetting

OPINION From FATHER EDWARD L. BECK C.P. Aug. 30, 2011

One of the first responders at the World Trade Center on 9/11 was Father Mychal Judge.

The mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, asked the priest to offer prayers for the victims of the unfolding catastrophic event. Judge was in the North Tower doing just that when the South Tower collapsed, spewing debris that killed him, the first recorded victim of the attack.

Who can forget the firefighters carrying his cruciform body out of the rubble, an image that some have called an American Pieta?

One person who has seemingly forgotten is the present mayor, Michael Bloomberg, who essentially has banned priests and all clergy from the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11.

His excuse for doing so is to keep speeches to a minimum.

The more hidden agenda seems to be an attempt not to offend any one religion by banning them all.

Some have suggested that a related underlying issue is the fear of inviting an Imam or other representative of Islam, thus sparking more unwanted controversy.

Once again, this is misguided political correctness gone terribly awry. We cannot ignore that the horrific events of Sept. 11 had their genesis in myopic and fanatical religious views.

The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is a day to remember who we were and who we have become — the majority of us are people of faith. It is not a day to pretend that we are nihilistic agnostics.

It is true that in these 10 years the religious issues dividing us have only intensified, but now is the time to recall that we are more than our differences.

Clergy need not give eloquent speeches or grandstand at the anniversary commemoration. Rather, they might simply lift us up in a united faith in the one God whom together we still struggle to understand and embrace.

Read more here: http://abcnews.go.com/US/September_11/911-10th-anniversary-day-remembering-forgetting/story?id=14389005

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Park51 developers apply for $5M federal grant, outraging opponents of mosque near Ground Zero

 

BY BILL HUTCHINSON DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Monday, November 22, 2010

Developers of a mosque near Ground Zero are fanning a new flame of controversy by applying for a $5 million federal grant reserved for the redevelopment of lower Manhattan.

“I think it’s an insult to the 9/11 families. It’s another smack in the face,” said retired FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches, whose 29-year-old son, Jim, a firefighter, was killed on 9/11.

“I think it’s becoming more and more comical,” he said of the latest twist over the proposed 13-story Islamic community center and mosque. “Now we’re going to have to pay for it.”

Ground Zero mosque developers apply for federal grant: report

NY POST STAFF REPORT Last Updated: 2:19 PM, November 22, 2010

The developers behind the proposed Ground Zero mosque have applied for about $5 million in federal grant money set aside for redeveloping downtown Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a new report.

The application was submitted as a “community and cultural enhancement” grant, which is a program run by the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corp.

Developer Sharif El-Gamal discussed the grant proposal in recent closed-door meetings, according to The Daily Beast.

The revelation that the developers have asked for this grant could reignite outrage about the mosque’s proposed location

“If Imam Feisal and his retinue want know why they’re not trusted, here’s yet another reason,” Irshad Manji, author of “The Trouble with Islam” and director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU, told The Daily Beast. “The New Yorkers I speak with have questions about Park51. Requesting money from public coffers without engaging the public shows a staggering lack of empathy—especially from a man who says he’s all about dialogue.”

The site of the proposed mosque and cultural center, two blocks from the Trade Center, already has seen frequent protests. National figures including Sarah Palin have spoken out against it.

Some have called the project an exercise in triumphalism, intended to plant Islam’s flag at the scene of the attacks and deliberately provoke Americans. Others say they are against the center because they don’t want to see any growth of Islam in the U.S.

Rauf told “60 Minutes” in September that to reduce fears that terror organizations would contribute to the project, he’ll ask US officials to approve the sources of funding.

Rauf added that the mosque and Islamic cultural center will have a board of directors that will include Muslims, Christians and Jews.

Yeah? Over the dead bodies of me and about 2 million of my veteran brothers to say nothing of the emergency services personnel of New York, and every construction union there too Achmed! We’ll fight you until hell freezes over and then meet you hand to hand on the frozen fires of hell itself to keep this from happening. Keep pushing it and you’re likely to experience this next song for real.

Trace Adkins – Welcome to Hell

 

I’m going a bit out on a limb here by including this at the last minute and trusting that the person that sent it to me knows of which he speaks as what little time I could devote to researching this turned up nothing current on this nor any signs of it being out of date or an urban legend. If its true it has to be stopped dead in its tracks and nipped in the bud.

+ + Petitions will be presented to City Officials.

Grassfire Nation and the Patriot Action Network are taking part in a major rally in New York City on 9/11 to honor
those who have fallen and oppose this new version of the Ground Zero Mosque.
During these events, we will be delivering petitions and presenting our 9/11 Remembrance lapel pin to first
responders and family members of victims as a special gift from fellow Americans.
If you want to be included in this petition presentation to honor those who
have fallen and oppose this new version of the Ground Zero Mosque, please go here:
http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?u=49437&PID=26115527
We are finalizing preparations for next week’s delivery and need to hear from you as soon as possible.
Once again, organizers of the Ground Zero Mosque are openly seeking $5 million in grants from a federally funded program.
They are using the 9/11 event to raise millions more for their cause.
If you want your voice to be heard, please sign the petition and notify your friends.

 

‘Muslim Family Day’ will spread peace at Six Flags

By ABE LEVY, STAFF WRITER Updated 12:42 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2011

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! You’ve GOT to be kidding me! OK let me make my first two points here graphically and save my tired typing fingers a couple lines worth of ire and disgust.

Islam Job - Terrorist Attacks since Sept 11th

SAN ANTONIO – Up to 3,000 Muslims from around the state are expected to converge Sunday on Six Flags Fiesta Texas for “Muslim Family Day” to celebrate the end of Ramadan and spread the post-9/11 message that most Muslims are peaceful and mainstream.

[BULL SHIT! What they are is undermining and subversive disrespectful and intolerant of the laws and customs of their host countries, seeking and demanding Sharia Law be instituted to suit them. They demand a separate set of standards, to disregard our non-discrimination laws and that we change to suit them instead of their assimilating into our culture. They deliberately harass their neighbors using their religious beliefs and customs as an excuse to push them away so that they may bring more Muslims to live there until they take over an area and then just declare that Sharia Law governs that area in flagrant disregard for the laws of your country. They protest our actions against terrorist and terrorist harboring governments.]

Families from as far as Corpus Christi, Austin and Waco have committed to attending the event, sponsored by local chapters of the Muslim American Society and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

[AH I see! The Council on American Islamic Relations is it! What a coincidence that one of the prime movers behind the push for a Ground Zero Mosque and cultural center should be  instigating a Muslim celebration party which just “accidentally” happens to be scheduled on the Tenth Anniversary of September 11th!]

Fiesta Texas will be open to the public that day as scheduled, a spokeswoman said. She stressed that the event is not sponsored by Six Flags.

The two groups are selling discounted tickets and parking passes for an event that aims to give Muslim families a festive way to mark Ramadan’s end while sharing their culture and challenging stereotypes as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 nears.

Activities will include Muslim prayers, entertainment, socializing and meals in keeping with the faith’s dietary laws.

[ Well so much for the concept of “hey we’re just like you and doing our best to assimilate and become part of American culture, we’re really not so different or so bad.” We’ll just take over your amusement park with special tickets only for us funded by an Islamic origination bent on disrespecting America’s feelings over September 11th while making them change things and pander to our cultural needs in an effort to rub salt in a ten year old would on the exact day it happens]

The public is welcome to buy meal tickets for international cuisine from local Muslim restaurateurs, event planners said.

The interaction with the general public at a popular, high-traffic amusement park will go far in reducing anxieties between Muslims and the larger community, said Sarwat Husain, CAIR’s local president.

[You wanna bet on that? One of the last weekend of the amusement park season and you over run the park and on top of it on such a sensitive day? I’ll be shocked and surprised if there are no acts of violence and police are not called to the park]

“It’s our community, too, and we are mainstream just like anybody else,” she said. “It’s also giving a boost to the Muslims for what they have been going through. The 10th anniversary of 9/11 is coming up, and already there is much fear going on. We have to get out of that. It’s been 10 years.”

The event reflects the gradual acceptance of local Muslims, said the Rev. Paul Ziese, a Lutheran minister active in interfaith work and past board president of the San Antonio Community of Congregations.

“I know for years many amusement parks have had special events for Christmas and other Christian holidays,” he said.

[ Well DUH Rev Paul! This is a nation FOUNDED on Christian principles and values populated by people by and large that practice or observe the customs of some flavor of Christianity. As for Christmas and special events the holiday has been usurped by the mainstream so much as to only superficially be “a Christian holiday” and is more largely a commercial holiday now so the fact that businesses would schedule such events is hardly a surprise.]

“I think it’s appropriate that a Muslim event be recognized. Muslims still feel a little bit on the fringe even though many groups are starting to welcome them.”

  You want a Muslim event for Muslims and Muslim traditions, fine ok by me, but:

  1. Find your own venue to do it do NOT take over an American Icon and change it into “Islam World” for the day.
  2. Have it on a date that is not offensive to mainstream Americans and insist its a ‘goodwill  get to know us we are not so bad” gesture!
  3.   have it underwritten by an organization bent on belittling America’s feelings over September 11th or demeaning the memory of those who died by placing a shrine to the religion responsible for the attack so close to Ground Zero!

A Little Optional Reading On The Damage Our Islamic “Friends and Neighbors Who Are Just Like US” Are Trying To Covertly Inflict On Us

Top ten reasons why sharia is bad for all societies

By James Arlandson  July 28 2011

Traditional Muslims who understand the Quran and the hadith believe that sharia (Islamic law) expresses the highest and best goals for all societies. It is the will of Allah.

But is Islam just in its laws that Muhammad himself practiced and invented?

This article says no for ten verifiable reasons.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2005/08/top_ten_reasons_why_sharia_is.html

Pamela Geller: In Her Own Words

Published: October 8, 2010

The following are excerpts from an interview with Pamela Geller, a conservative blogger who has been vocal in opposition to the Islamic center and mosque to be built near ground zero. Anne Barnard and Alan Feuer interviewed Ms. Geller on Sept. 28, 2010  https://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/nyregion/10gellerb.html?ref=islam

Trading cape for the burqa

Andrea Peyser Posted: 5:18 AM, October 11, 2010

Hide your face and grab the kids. Coming soon to a TV in your child’s bedroom is a posse of righteous, Sharia-com pliant Muslim superheroes — including one who fights crime hidden head-to-toe by a burqa.

These Islamic butt-kickers are ready to bring truth, justice and indoctrination to impressionable Western minds.

Scheduled for release on the new network The Hub — formerly Discovery Kids — which launches today (Time Warner and DirecTV carry it in the city), is a cartoon beloved in the Arab world and received timidly in Britain last year, “The 99.”

The program chronicles the adventures of 99 superheroes, each of whom embodies an attribute of Allah.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/trading_cape_for_the_burqa_SVLKS5gF1HlJugmRPFJepL#ixzz1X10wHqeO

The USA could and Should take lessons on dealing with the covert attempt at US Islamicization from the Netherlands:

Speech Geert Wilders in Berlin, 3 September 2011 (English version)

Saturday, 03 September 2011

http://www.geertwilders.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1763&Itemid=1

(excerpted)

The reason why we reject Islam is exactly Islam’s violent nature. We believe in democracy. We fight with the force of our conviction, but we never use violence. Our commitment to truth, human dignity and a just and honourable defense of the West does not allow us to use violence nor to give in to cynicism and despair. We cherish the tradition of Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, Jelena Bonner, Lech Walesa and Ronald Reagan. These heroes defeated a totalitarian ideology by the power of their conviction and without firing a single shot. As the ex-Muslim and Islam-critic Ali Sina said in a reaction to the Oslo atrocity: “We don’t raise a sword against darkness; we lit a light.”
So it is. We lit the light of the truth. And the truth will set us free.
The truth is that Islam can be successfully fought with democratic means. We do so in the Netherlands. You can do so, too, in Germany! Let me tell you what we have achieved in the Netherlands since my last visit to Berlin, less than one year ago. It will encourage you. What can be done in the Netherlands can also be done in Germany.
My party, the Party for Freedom, which has 24 seats of the 150 seats in parliament, supports a minority government of Liberals and Christian-Democrats. We do this in return for measures to restrict immigration, roll back crime, counter cultural relativism, and restore our traditional Western freedoms, such as freedom of speech.
The Party for Freedom has been in this position for less than a year, but we are achieving great things. We have achieved that the Netherlands will soon ban the face-covering Islamic burqas and the niqabs!
We will restrict immigration from non-Western countries by up to 50% in the next four years! We are going to strip criminals who have a double nationality and who repeatedly commit serious crimes, of their Dutch nationality!
The Party for Freedom is bringing a message of hope to the Netherlands. The new policies will place more demands on immigrants. Integration will not be tailored to different groups anymore. There will be a tougher approach to immigrants who disobey the law. Those who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress, will see their access to welfare payments diminished.
We have also achieved that anti-Israeli activities will no longer be funded with Dutch taxes. So-called humanitarian aid organizations that directly or indirectly support anti-Israel boycotts, divestments and sanctions and that deny Israel’s right to exist will no longer get government funding.
The Dutch government will boycott the United Nation’s Durban III meeting against racial discrimination because it has been transformed into a tribunal for accusations against Israel. The government will strengthen our political and economic relations with Israel. Investment rather than divestment will be our policies towards Israel.
We stand with Israel. We love Israel. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Israel is part of our civilization.
My friends, what the Party for Freedom has achieved, shows that it can be done. To borrow a phrase from President Obama: Yes, we can! We can stop the islamization of our societies. The Dutch example shows that we can win. David can defeat Goliath!
Last July, the Dutch government even did something which not a single nation has dared to do before. It spoke out firmly against the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The OIC is an international organization of 57 Islamic countries, most of them barbaric tyrannies. This OIC constitutes the largest voting bloc in the United Nation. It had criticized the fact that Dutch judges had acquitted me of all charges of group insult and incitement to hatred and discrimination. But the Dutch government made it clear to the OIC that freedom of speech will not be muzzled in the Netherlands. It told the OIC very bluntly: “The Dutch government dissociates itself fully from the request to silence a politician.” – end of quote. We will never submit to the Islamic OIC bullies!
As you probably know, for almost two years I went through the ordeal of being a suspect in a criminal case. I was dragged to court in Amsterdam on the accusation of hate speech crimes. Last June, this legal charade ended with a full acquittal.
The Dutch people learned through my acquittal that political debate has not been stifled in their country.
My acquittal was a victory for freedom of speech. The Dutch people also learned that they are allowed to speak critically about Islam. They learned that resistance against Islamization is not a crime. They learned that there is hope and that liberation is near.
My acquittal marks the turning of the tide. Not only in the Netherlands, but in the whole of Europe. It is the first breach of the dyke. We have started the roll-back operation. We have sent a message to the ideologues of Islam: Don’t tread on us!
My acquittal has a significance which far surpasses the Netherlands. It has a meaning for the whole of Europe and the free world. My acquittal marks the end of an evolution whereby our civil liberties in Europe are constantly being restricted in order not to offend Islam and anger Islamic fanatics.
My acquittal legitimizes criticism of Islam. It does so also in Germany and everywhere else.

and now for an opposing PC Liberal point of view:

The Myth of Sharia Law in America

Amy Sullivan Posted: 6/15/11 10:29 AM ET

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-sullivan/sharia-myth-america_b_876965.html

Fears of Sharia Law in America Grow Among Conservatives

By Brian Montopoli October 13, 2010 6:00 AM

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20019405-503544.html

I leave it up to you to decide for yourself if they are the harmless misunderstood people they claim to be or a subversive cancerous canker hiding behind beards, burqas and a false “religion of peace”.

 

 

 

The Plan for September 11th Observance

We have less than a week to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America.

THE PROGRAM:

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Many Americans who were affected by the events that day refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11)”, “September Eleventh”, or some variation thereof. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.

U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407–0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day”. President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89[1]). It is a discretionary day of remembrance. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day.

On this day, the President directs that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

On Sunday September 11th, 2011, everyone needs to display the flag of these United States of America!!!

On Sunday, September 11th, 2011, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this tenth anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies. We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve
our cherished freedoms.

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.

Action Plan:

So, here’s what we need you to do.

(1) Forward this to everyone you know, we need to send a clear message to those who say it never happened (the same two faced Pakistani rat bastards that said Osama was not in their country how many times) or want to play kissy face and have a mosque near to Ground Zero defiling its meaning and the memory of those who died there or are still dying because of it.

(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11even if its only a window cling.

(3) Openly defy President Muslim Suck Up’s guidelines and render a Bronx cheer for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg by attending a Memorial observation and publicly praying, for the victims of Sept 1tth, for their families, for our country, for an end to fanatical ideological terrorism and for an end to the reign of these politicians who would sell us down the river at every turn in the name of political correctness and appeasement.

Here let me help you with your open defiance by posting this RELIGIOUS tribute to the Victims of September 11th:

(4) A list of Memorial Events can be found here: http://www.9-11healingandremembrance.org/ovc/Events/Default.aspx  as well as I am sure, one your local newspaper or Television Stations web site. Attend one.

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Our Personal DragonLaffs Sept 11th Observance Contribution

You’ve all heard us talking about the possibility of DragonLaffs swag as a fund raising means instead of periodic begging and as a way to get more exposure for the blog. I have been diligently searching and reviewing the myriad of sites that would allow us to do this. Recently with the aid of my wife Molly I came across one that seems the most reasonable and fee friendly. As a trial test we have created a Limited Edition Sept 1tth Memorial Mug << (click to go to our point of purchase).

DL Sept 11th Mug view 1We receive 25% of the price of the mug and 50% of our ‘profits’ will be donated in the name of DragonLaffs readers to the best non profit organization we can find dealing with Sept. 11th. We’d like your help in determining which organization that is. Please post your suggestions in the comments section for us to review. Preference will be given to organizations which are helping the survivors and/or their families over those building memorials.

DL Sept 11th Mug view 2 This is a Limited Edition mug. <{link!) It will only be on sale from now until October 11th or until 500 copies are sold which ever comes first. At that time I will be withdrawing it from sale and destroying the set up file on the vendor’s site and artwork I created for it on my system.

Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.

As of the moment this is our current front runner for receiving the proceeds from this sale:

Feeel Good Foundation

Thank you for your participation… God Bless You and God Bless America!

Alan Jackson – Where Were You

 

10th anniversary of 9/11 – Where We Are Where We Have Yet To Go

Looking back and moving forward

by Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH

  When our 35th president was killed by an assassin’s bullet as his motorcade wound through Dallas in 1963, we were told we would always remember where we were when we heard the news. To this day, those of us who witnessed the event can say, “I remember.”

The same holds true for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Those of us who witnessed this event will remember the exact moment in time, where we were, and many things after that. This is called episodic memory, and is not fully developed until around four years of age. It is different from other types of memory because it is accompanied by a feeling of remembering and attachment, as opposed to factual remembering.1 Like many of you that morning, I was scaling teeth, a procedure integral to our existence and a familiar start to that horrific episodic memory.

Does time change our memories? Not as much in this modern age, because we have videos and pictures to remind us of exactly how events unfolded. As we age, many people claim that short-term memory starts to fade, but we can recall events that occurred years and years ago quite clearly. In this instance, it is good to know that in our lifetime we will never forget. What about those in this country who were babies, and those born after Sept. 11, 2001? Their knowledge is not a memory, but what they have been told and what they have seen. It may have been a good thing that fate spared them from witnessing the horror, yet they should not be spared the stories we have to tell. This is the goal of the Sept. 11th Education Program, a curriculum designed for schools about teaching 9/11. Students are asked to interview family and friends about the event, and are assigned to get firsthand accounts. The program has developed a curriculum and website where teachers can discuss plans and successes on incorporating 9/11 into lesson plans or as a separate learning experience.2 Learn more about the 9/11 Education Foundation and Education Program at www.LearnAbout911.org.

Many events in history are kept alive through memorials, statues, holidays, and site tours. The Sept. 11, 2001, event also has memorials, movies, articles, books, and new onsite memorials in New York, on the grounds of the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pa. These provide a means for closure, for easing our hurt, and certainly as a way to help deal with the loss. Dealing with these tragedies has not been easy for many people. Statistics show that incidents of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increased dramatically after Sept. 11th.3 It is recognized as a real illness. People can experience PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event. People become stressed and afraid after danger is over and the lives of the victims and people around them are affected. Psychological and physical symptoms can be mild to severe, and can occur years after an event

 

As 10th Anniversary Nears, 9/11 Families Can’t Get Answers on Trial

By Catherine Herridge Published August 30, 2011 | FoxNews.com

Ten years after the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, there is still no public timetable for the trial of the suspects at Guantanamo Bay, according to a Defense Department letter obtained by Fox News

Sent to the families of Sept. 11 victims by the Office of Military Commissions, the Aug. 26 letter reads in part: “Although we are not able to give you a more precise answer on when to expect a decision by the Convening Authority (the body that oversees the military trials), we will continue to provide updates.”

Lee and Eunice Hanson, who lost their son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter at Ground Zero, say the letter confirms what they told Fox News in February — there may not be a trial in their lifetimes.

“I don’t know how many years I’ve got left,” Eunice Hanson said with her husband by her side. “I would like to see some justice before I pass on and it’s just not happening, it’s not happening. “

“We look pretty weak in that we can’t bring these people to trial,” Lee Hanson added.

Al and Maureen Santora, who lost their son Christopher, a New York City fire fighter in the attack on the World Trade Center, told Fox News that as the anniversary approaches, it’s painful that justice has not even started.

“What a terrible message we are giving people of the free world and what a message we are giving to those who are out to harm us. We will wait as we have no other choice but we wonder why,” he said. “What else is more important.”

In November 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder said the five suspects would be tried in a New York City federal court. After fierce opposition from area residents and from a bipartisan coalition in Congress, Holder reversed the decision in April and sent the case back to the military justice system at Guantanamo Bay.

“We simply cannot allow a trial to be delayed any longer for the victims of the 9/11 attacks or for their family members who have waited for nearly a decade for justice,” Holder told reporters at a Justice Department news conference at the time.

Those who follow the Sept. 11 prosecution say the hold-up is unfortunate but maybe in the best interests of the case. Before the trial begins, defense teams are being asked to explain why it should not be a death penalty case.

“This approach although it takes a long darn time, takes off the table many appellate issues that could result in the case being overturned a decade from now which would bring them right back to today,” former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs Cully Stimson, now a scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told Fox News.

One relative of a Sept. 11 victim said she wanted to scream when she read the latest letter about the delay because — she never imagined that a decade after the attacks — there would still be no trial — given the suspects tried to plead guilty in December 2008.

When asked whether they had anything to add to the letter, a spokesman for the Office of Military Commissions did not immediately respond.

Pakistanis in denial 10 years after 9/11

ABBOTTABAD: The young Pakistani officer sighs when he thinks about what happened to Osama bin Laden. “Was he really here?” he says. “All that, it’s like 9/11, we don’t even know if it really happened.”

Sitting at the end of the track leading to the compound where US Navy SEALs killed the Al-Qaeda leader on May 2, Abdullah prefers to enjoy the fresh air blowing down from the Himalayas than relive his country’s darkest hour.

“This is a holiday compared to Mathani or Charsaddah,” he added, referring to parts of the northwest where Taliban bomb attacks and shootings have killed so many of his colleagues.

Abdullah is just one of millions in Pakistan who doubt that bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attacks.

Wahab Khan Maseeb, 20, leaves his lectures at the medical faculty in Abbottabad. A young Pakistani-American in jeans and a T-shirt, he was in school in Brooklyn on that fateful day 10 years ago. He saw the ash cover everything.

But was it an militant attack? Wahab hesitates. Like others, he saw the “Loose Change” series of documentary films, which accused elements of the US government of carrying out the 9/11 attacks.

“It was pretty convincing,” he says.  In a country awash with anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism, Pakistani newspapers peddled totally unsubstantiated claims that 4,000 Jews didn’t turn up to work in New York that day, so the attacks were somehow a Zionist plot.

Diplomatically, the United States has never been more frustrated with Pakistan for refusing to, or being incapable of, rounding up Al-Qaeda allies in the northwestern tribal belt.

US troops say the Haqqani network, whose leadership is based in North Waziristan, poses the biggest threat to security in Afghanistan, yet Pakistani intelligence agents are known to have close ties to the group.

“The wave of intolerance sweeping the country is also due substantially to the conspiracy theories put about by the ruling establishment and their allies in the media,” wrote Ahmed Rashid this summer in the New Republic magazine.

One popular narrative —that Washington is in cahoots with India and Israel to destroy Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and the Muslim world —papers over inadequacies of corruption and inefficiency closer to home.

After the May 2 bin Laden raid, for example, Pakistan denounced the violation of sovereignty rather than elaborate on how and why the Al-Qaeda leader managed to live for years near the country’s top military academy.

(excerpted from): http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/25/pakistanis-in-denial-10-years-after-911.html

We give them HOW MUCH in foreign aid and get this shit in return? CUT THEM LOOSE! Time to side with India against Pakistan and send them a clear message about playing us two faced and the consequences of not joining the rest of the world in a whole hearted eradication of terrorists!

 

US Guards Against Terrorist Attacks Before 9-11 Anniversary

By States Times Monitoring Desk – Sat Sep 03, 2:30 am

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U.S. security officials are increasing efforts to thwart possible acts if terrorism in advance of the 10th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001, terror attacks. While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not issued specific alerts, law enforcement agencies асrοѕѕ thе country hаνе heightened security tο prevent аn assault bу al-Qaida аnԁ іtѕ affiliates οr bу people acting οn thеіr οwn.

U.S. law enforcement agencies аrе enhancing security іn places thаt mіɡht bе terrorist targets. In Nеw York City, a police patrol boat, аbƖе tο notice a nuclear weapon, monitors shipping аnԁ officers inspect bottom thе Brooklyn Bridge.  WhіƖе thеrе hаνе bееn nο specific threats, police take thеѕе patrols seriously.
“It іѕ absolutely nοt a joke аnԁ thе threat іѕ very real,” a Nеw York police officer ѕаіԁ.
Thе increased security measures come аѕ thе nation remembers the10th anniversary οf thе September 11tterrorist attacks. WhіƖе thе Department οf Homeland Security ѕауѕ thеrе іѕ nο specific evidence οf аn al-Qaida рƖοt, thе group’s late leader Osama bin Laden reportedly wanted operatives tο ɡƖіԁе a small plane іntο a sporting event around thе anniversary.
“Wе hаνе ѕο many small airports аnԁ уου саn ɡƖіԁе below radar, (ѕο) thаt іѕ possibly doable,” ѕаіԁ  Brad Garrett, a former FBI counteract-terrorism agent.
Al-Qaida’s nеw leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri,  аƖѕο appeared іn numerous videos calling fοr attacks against U.S. targets аnԁ urging Muslims tο support hіѕ cause.
“Thіѕ іѕ nοt thе time tο bе converted іntο complacent. In fact, іn thіѕ window thаt al-Qaida іѕ trying tο exploit, wе (thе United States) ѕhουƖԁ bе exploiting аnԁ trying tο prevent аnԁ preempt thе next attack,” ѕаіԁ Frank Cilluffo, thе director οf thе Homeland Security Policy Institute аt George Washington University. Hе ѕауѕ al-Qaida affiliates іn Yemen аnԁ Somalia сουƖԁ play a role іn аn attack οn U.S. soil. 
“Wіth al-Qaida іn thе Arabian peninsula (based іn Yemen) аnԁ  al-Shabaab, (based іn Somalia) уου hаνе a number οf U.S. foreign fighters whο hаνе traveled tο Yemen, whο hаνе traveled tο Somalia аnԁ thіѕ іѕ obviously a concern frοm a security standpoint,” hе ѕаіԁ.

From movies to sports, coming to terms with 9/11

By Todd Leopold, CNN September 2, 2011 12:31 p.m. EDT

(CNN) — In the days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, you heard the comment constantly: “It was like a movie.”

Except it wasn’t. Real people don’t die in movies. If planes crash into skyscrapers, if buildings collapse and fall, it’s all special effects, created on computers or rendered on models.

And it’s over in two hours and we can all go back to normal life.

Not this time. There was no easy return to “normal life.”

How do you come to terms with that?

Over the past 10 years, artists of all stripes have grappled with the question. To some extent, the expressions of emotion mirrored Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ famed stages of grief.

First there was denial, as the twin towers were digitally removed from films and the painful subject generally avoided on television. (Indeed, not long after the attack, news networks such as CNN refrained from showing the most troubling images — a restraint that, in general, continues to this day.) Then came anger, with revenge fantasies and defiantly heroic tales carrying the day.

As the day of the terrorist attacks has receded from view, authors, filmmakers, musicians and performers continue to sort out What It All Means. To some, the attacks have been an opportunity to examine the psyche of a terrorist. For others, 9/11 is a jumping-off point for looking at geopolitics, consumerism, cultural clashes and reaction under stress.

Yet, particularly in recent years, it’s simply become part of the scenery, shorthand for a dividing line between Before and After, part of a historical continuum that includes the Hiroshima bombing, the Kennedy assassination and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

As Slate’s Dana Stevens noted in her review of last summer’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” it’s even become a special effect. Chicago skyscrapers are destroyed in a way that evokes the collapse of the twin towers, complete with pieces of paper flying out the windows like dust.

Just like a movie.

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Fireman Mural

As if it was not enough of a travesty and insult that even with the help of such notables as Rudy Guliani, Denis Leary, Jon Stewart and Gary Sinise, it took a scant 2 months shy of the tenth anniversary for Washington to finally get around to the passage of a bill to help and all the courageous first responders to the World Trade Center, then when they did, they conveniently left out those with the greatest need for the aid, who would cost the government and the Medical Insurance Companies the most money! I’m speaking of the ones that developed cancer from the toxic cloud at Ground Zero.

Some 9/11 first responders get help – and some don’t

By Parija Kavilanz @CNNMoney September 2, 2011: 8:17 AM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Ralph and Barbara Geidel have spent close to $100,000 on his medical treatment since 2003, when the former fireman and 9/11 first responder was first diagnosed with tongue and neck cancer.

“We’ve already used up all of our savings,” said his wife, Barbara. “We’re now living paycheck to paycheck.”

The Geidels were hoping to finally get some health insurance help with their mounting medical bills, when President Obama earlier this year signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.

The Zadroga Act, also known as the First Responders Bill, sets aside $1.5 billion in federal and New York City funds to cover all costs for treating certain 9/11-related illnesses, and $2.7 billion in compensation for victims who suffered economic hardship as a result of the attacks.

But the law hasn’t done a thing for the Geidels when it comes to filling the health insurance gap, because cancer is not one of the medical conditions currently approved to be covered by the fund.

Illnesses that are eligible for full coverage include asthma, lung disease, chronic cough syndrome, laryngitis, sleep apnea, sinusitis, digestive disorders, depression, post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, which is administering the fund, there isn’t enough scientific evidence linking cancer in first responders to their exposure to toxic substances from the 9/11 attacks.

The fund took effect on July 1, and since then it has received 86 applications, enrolled 25 people and paid out just over $1 million dollars in claims.

“This bill was rushed. It should have included coverage for cancer,” said Barbara Geidel, expressing a view widely held by cancer stricken first responders and their families.

New research

A new study released Thursday by The Lancet medical journal examines the link between the incidence of cancer and exposure to 9/11 related substances, and seems to support her point.

It tracked 9,853 firefighters and found that those who were exposed to substances at Ground Zero are 19% more likely to develop cancer than firefighters who were not exposed.

Firefighters responding to 9/11 at increased cancer risk

Ralph Geidel, 54, retired from the FDNY in 1985 and moved to California to mine for gold. It was there that he met his wife Barbara. He returned to New York on Sept. 14, 2001, to rejoin his former unit Rescue Co. 1 and search for his brother Gary, also a firefighter who was in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

He’s currently on a cross-country trip from California to Ground Zero on his Harley-Davidson, which is his way to honor his brother and find closure.

Ralph worked 36 straight hours when he first got to New York three days after 9/11, and then for months after that at Ground Zero.

Hounded by bill collectors

He has health insurance through the FDNY. But after his cancer diagnosis, he returned to California and was treated by specialists who were out of network and therefore not covered by his insurance.

That meant the Geidels had to pay much more out of pocket for Ralph’s cancer treatments, including radiation and surgeries.

Although his doctors haven’t clearly established the link between exposure to 9/11 toxins and his cancer, Barbara said one specialist did tell the couple that the toxins were probably what caused his type of cancer to show up at a much younger age than it typically does.

“His oncologist said this type of cancer is seen in a 60 -70 year old who’s a heavy smoker and drinker,” she said, adding that her husband was diagnosed at 44 and is neither a heavy drinker or smoker.

“Look, we’re tired of begging for help. We’re hounded by bill collectors. We’re not asking for a handout. We’re asking for a hand,” said Barbara.

It’s a different story for Chris Doran, 42, a first responder and former New York City police officer who called the Zadroga Act a huge relief.

In the 10 years since the terror attacks, Doran has suffered many sleepless nights thanks to his injuries and his medical bills.

But now, he says, “the government is paying for all of my therapy and medications.”

Prior to the Zadroga Act, Doran was struggling to pay the steep out-of-pocket costs for treating post-traumatic stress disorder and a sinus condition so severe that it has required five sinus operations.

“I went there on Sept. 14 but I didn’t last very long,” said Doran. After 14 hours at Ground Zero, his blood pressure shot up and he couldn’t breathe.

He didn’t return to Ground Zero after that. Three years later, Doran retired from the New York Police Department, moved to Texas and hasn’t worked since.

Fortunately, Doran continued to get health insurance through the NYPD. But because his income dropped substantially after retiring, he too struggled to pay his out-of-pocket medical costs.

“I was paying $7,000 a year for medications. I had to file for bankruptcy,” he said. Doran has also attempted suicide twice.

Under the Zadroga Act, all of Doran’s medical costs will be paid for by the government because his illnesses are approved for coverage by the fund.

The bill isn’t perfect, said John Feal, a first responder who founded the first responder advocacy group Feal Good Foundation in 2005, but at least it’s a start.

“When this bill passed, my first words were ‘This is good,'” he said. “But I give it a six out of 10.”

Feal hopes that an amendment is made to the Act soon to cover cancer, and the agency has said it will continue to review its policy on cancer coverage as new research and findings are released. Such a review is expected early to mid-2012.

“These first responders are heroic people who are financially devastated because of their illnesses,” he said. To top of page

Fallen Heros  

Firefighters responding to 9/11 at increased cancer risk

By Stephanie Smith, CNN Medical producer September 2, 2011 5:22 a.m. EDT

Tune in: Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates 9/11’s toxic dust — what it felt like to breathe it, be enveloped by it, and what the experience means for the next time disaster strikes, in “Terror in the Dust,” Wednesday, 11 p.m. ET

New York (CNN) — Firefighters exposed to toxic dust and fumes clogging the air after the World Trade Center towers collapsed 10 years ago are more likely to develop cancer, according to a new study.

When compared with firefighters who did not work at ground zero, firefighters working the pile were 19% more likely to get a cancer diagnosis.

According to the research, published Thursday in the Lancet medical journal, the increase occurred during the first seven years after 9/11.

“We excluded cancers that might have been diagnosed early (that may have existed before the attack) … and we still see a 19% increase,” said Dr. David Prezant, chief medical officer at the New York City Fire Department and the study’s lead author, in a recent interview with CNN. “When we put those cancers back in, we see a 32% increase.”

It is an unexpected finding considering that for most cancers, the latency period — the time between exposure to a carcinogen and expression of disease — tends to span decades.

“My initial bias was that for the first 10 or 15 years we would not see an increase,” said Prezant. “That’s another reason I think our findings are so strong, because I actually thought we would find the opposite.”

One theory about how cancer might develop so soon among responders is that the unique characteristics of ground zero dust, and the sheer number of chemicals contained in it, may have accelerated disease in responders.

Read more here

 

Fallen fire engine lowered into 9/11 Museum

 

Finally as if all this is not enough, comes the final slap in the face for the First Responders:

9/11 First Responders Not Invited To 10th Anniversary Ceremony At Ground Zero

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – First responders will not be invited to this year’s 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero. That’s the word from city officials who say there isn’t enough room for the tens of thousands of firefighters, police and other rescue workers.

According to a report by the Daily News, security issues and making sure that all of the victims’ families will be able to participate in the 10th anniversary of 9/11, contributed to first responders not being invited to the ceremony.

Phil, a construction worker at Ground Zero, says the city needs to figure out a way to have first responders at this anniversary.

“I think that they should be allowed to go because too many of their brothers and sisters lost their lives and they should be the first ones that are included,” he said. “They should make it happen. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people here who shouldn’t be here.”

First responders will be given a separate ceremony at a later date.

Both President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush will be at this year’s ceremony as well as former mayor Rudy Giuliani and other dignitaries, meaning extra security will be on hand.

In addition, only a limited number of lawmakers from the Tri-state area will be allowed to attend.

On Friday, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner said the government would be paying for representatives from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to attend the ceremony.

An estimated 91,000 police, firefighters and other first responders helped with the search and rescue efforts in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

Don’t even get me started on what a political crock of shit play this is by President Lickspittle and his sycophant the dishonorable Mayor Bloomberg. How coincidentally convenient that this will preclude any televised coverage of any of the people not covered under the Zadroga Act and dying of cancer rendering honors to their 343 fallen brothers or the victims and thereby making our ungrateful government look like a bunch of shitheels with an election year right around the corner!

In typical New Yorker ‘we don’t need nobody we’re New Yorkers, we’ll take care of ourselves” independence see here how the FDNY is responding to the slight In a Class Fashion :

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NEW YORK CITY FIRE MUSEUM HOLDS SEPTEMBER 11TH MEMORIAL SERVICE


FDNY Chaplain Mychal Judge’s Bunker Coat and Helmet to be dedicated to the Fire Museum

The New York City Fire Museum will mark the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center with a memorial service commemorating the supreme sacrifice made by 343 members of the FDNY.  At the ceremony, FDNY Chaplain Mychal Judge, who was killed at the World Trade Center, will have the bunker coat and helmet he was wearing that day dedicated to the Fire Museum.  The bunker coat and helmet will be permanently housed in a case constructed by firefighters from Engine 73/Ladder 42 in the Bronx, which was the site of Father Judge’s last mass and homily on September 10th, 2001.
The New York City Fire Museum is the official museum of the FDNY.  Occupying a renovated 1904 Beaux‐Arts firehouse at 278 Spring Street in SoHo, the museum is home to a renowned collection of fire‐related art and artifacts from the 18th century to the present; including hand‐pumped fire engines, horse‐drawn vehicles, early motorized apparatus and firefighting tools and equipment.
In addition, the New York City Fire Museum contains the first permanent memorial to the 343 FDNY members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  Housed in two adjoining rooms, this solemn sky‐lit tribute includes a black marble and tile memorial with pictures of the FDNY members lost in the attacks; cases displaying tools used and items recovered from the Ground Zero recovery effort; a video and interactive computer station where visitors can digitally browse profiles and photographs of the fallen, newspaper coverage of the attacks and images of nationwide tributes to the FDNY; and a wall‐size timeline chronicling that day’s tragic events.
The New York City Fire Museum will have extended viewing hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 11th.
WHO: Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward Kilduff, New York City Fire Museum Director Damon Campagna, many active and retired FDNY members
WHERE: New York City Fire Museum 278 Spring Street – Between Hudson and Varick Streets
WHEN: Sunday, September 11 – 1 p.m.

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The Pentagon Memorial

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The Pentagon Memorial is designed so that the nation may remember and reflect on the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. The Memorial will be free and open to the public seven days a week. Groups and individuals are welcome in the Memorial each day but guided tours are not offered; the Memorial is meant to be experienced on a more personal level.

The Pentagon Memorial is located at 1 Rotary Road on the Pentagon Reservation in Arlington, Virginia

The grooved, gray concrete wall rising from a few inches to a few feet seems to be solely for blocking the noise from the nearby highway, but like many parts of the new Pentagon memorial, there is more to the wall than meets the eye.

Seven years after the September 11 attack on the Pentagon, the wall is designed to remind visitors of the youngest and oldest victims, wrapping the memorial in symbolic imagery.

It stands 3 inches tall at its beginning, representing the youngest person killed there — 3-year-old Dana Falkenberg — and continues to a height of 71 inches, corresponding to the oldest victim, retired U.S. Navy Capt. John D. Yamnicky Sr.

“The Pentagon memorial will stand as an everlasting tribute to 184 innocent souls who perished on these grounds,” Bush said. “A memorial can never replace what those of you mourning a loved one have lost. We pray that you will find some comfort amid the peace of these grounds. We pray that you’ll find strength in knowing that our nation will always grieve with you.”

Donald Rumsfeld, who was defense secretary when the Pentagon was attacked, said, “We will never forget the way this huge building shook. We will not forget our colleagues and friends who were taken from us and their families. And we will not forget what that deadly attack has meant for our nation.”

The symbolism inside begins for visitors as they first step into the memorial.

As they enter the cenotaph, they pass over etched stone that reads, “September 11, 2001 — 9:37 a.m.,” the exact moment of the attack on the Pentagon.

The stone in which that infamous date is carved was recovered from the smoldering ruins of the Pentagon, still stained with the burn marks from the explosion and fire from Flight 77 slamming into the building.

Across the memorial grounds, 184 bench-like structures, each one dedicated to a victim, are clustered in what seems like an uneven and unsettling array throughout the main grounds of the memorial.

A brief look at the  Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, to be dedicated on Sept 11th 2011.

 

 

To the Struggle Against World Terrorism: A History

The artist, Zurab Tsereteli, was in his home in Moscow on the morning of September 11th. The television was on as he was getting ready for work and Zurab, like the rest of the world, was glued to coverage of the attacks on the Twin Towers. He watched the towers collapse on TV and was moved to tears.

That day, he went to work at the Academy of Art driving on a route that takes him past the American Embassy. People were gathered outside the embassy gates to pay sympathies, to be together, and to mourn. He saw a mass of crying people and decided to use the image of a tear in a memorial.

He set to work that day on a proper and appropriate form through which to express his feelings over the attack. He went through many various sketches and ‘forms’ (all of which are chronicled in the yellow book) until finally deciding on the current monument’s form.

Zurab traveled to NY shortly after the September 11th and went to ground zero. The ruins were still steaming. He decided that he wanted to create a memorial to the victims; but that wouldn’t want to build on top of the bones of the dead on the ground zero site. He began to look for an appropriate and fitting site on which to erect the memorial.

Zurab spoke with friends and colleagues who were in NY during the attacks. He heard stories about how boats and ferries were used to shuttle survivors away from the Twin Towers. He also learned about the New Jersey residents who worked in the towers. Zurab decided to look for a site in New Jersey, where the monument could be on the waterfront and settled on a never before seen area of the peninsula at Bayonne. Here, the World Trade Center was the backdrop to the waterfront, and so, the backdrop of life. The site had been a military instillation, and the town had decided to convert the land into public park-space.

From this vantage point, the Twin Towers looked almost as if they were in fact one building. His bronze monument reflects that image with a jagged tear through the center, and a 4-ton nickel tear hanging from the top. The tear represents not only the sadness and grief over the loss of life on 9/11 and previous attacks on the World Trade Center, but also hope for a future free from terror.

The monument has several reflective elements, so that the visitor becomes part of the memorial. The nickel tear is shiny and mirror like. The granite name plates which make up the stand for the monument, and on which the names of the victims are etched, is also shiny and reflective.

The monument was dedicated on September 11th 2006, the fifth anniversary of the attacks.

See it here:http://www.911monument.com/gallery.cfm?gallery=monument

After years of hard work and construction , Project Rebirth at ground zero is beginning to take form.

 

http://www.911memorial.org/

Obama speech to close 9/11 commemoration at National Cathedral

By the CNN Wire Staff September 2, 2011 10:42 a.m. EDT

(CNN) — President Barack Obama plans to speak at the Washington National Cathedral on the evening of September 11 to commemorate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, event organizers said Tuesday.

The three-day event, entitled “A Call to Compassion,” is designed to “honor the memories of those lost, heal the wounds caused by terrorism and war, and gain new hope to move forward as a nation,” a news release said.

It will begin on Friday, September 9, with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaking at “A Concert to Honor,” a memorial concert dedicated to the victims of 9/11 as well as the more than 6,000 troops who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Saturday, September 10, families are invited to attend a free public concert, organizers said. This event will be called “A Concert to Heal.”

The day will begin with an interfaith vigil where religious leaders will gather in prayer as the cathedral tolls its 12-ton funeral bell to mark the moments when airplanes struck the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon, and crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, said organizers.

Obama also plans to visit all three memorial sites on the morning of September 11, the cathedral said. Later in the evening, he and first lady Michelle Obama will attend “A Concert for Hope,” where the president will deliver his speech.

“It is our hope that the Cathedral’s commemoration, especially with President Obama’s participation in it, will move us further down the path toward healing,” said Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III.

The Washington National Cathedral joined with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Pentagon Memorial Fund, and the Flight 93 National Memorial to present the event.

 

A 10-year anniversary tribute to 9/11.

 

 

 

Osama-bin-Laden parting shot

 With Blurred eyes

Ten years ago on September 11th 2001, The United States of America was attacked by a terrorist organization (al~Qaeda) led by Osama bin Laden. The terrorist hijacked four planes. Two of those planes American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were purposely crashed into the World Trade Center towers. A third, American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon and the last, Flight United 93 crashed into a PA field in Shanksville. instead of it’s intended target, either the Capitol or the White House, due to the heroic efforts of the passengers on board.

Ten years later, the mastermind behind the attacks was killed by our Special Forces (our unknown heroes) on May 2, 2011 after storming his hidden, yet exposed compound in some damn place in Pakistan.

TY Seal 6 Although, as of right now the “War” in the Middle~East regions continue to rage on since March 20, 2003, We as an American People feel a satisfactory of justice of bin Laden’s death, since the tragic day of Sept 11th. A “closed chapter” in the generation’s time whom lived to see America get attacked, on a day that we will never forget and always remember!

  First - Last responders Thanks to all firefighters, police, average citizens, rescue parties/teams/organizations who risked their lives to save others from the top to the rumble of what remained of the WTC and from the Pentagon as well as those unsung heroes, the medical men and women who toiled hard and incessantly to identify as much of the remains as possible so they might be returned to the victims families so that they might have some small measure of closure.

 Capture 9-11 -3 
 “You can break the foundation of a building, but you can’t break the foundation of our freedom!”

10 yrs never forget

I AM the Lethal Leprechaun and I say, “Life, Liberty and the unceasing Pursuit of any and all who would threaten it or us, be they Despot, enemy combatant, terrorist or fanatical religious leader, to the deepest cave in the farthest reaches of the world, up to and including the very plains of hell itself.

IF you harm the least of us then, you harm and threaten us ALL. Harm just one of us and we will hunt you down and come for you. We will have our due from you and everyone associated with you, regardless what the costs or what lengths are required. Our reach is long and our memory even longer.”USAma

Sept 11th 2001 Losses

New York, N.Y.
W.T.C. – 2016 Dead
A.A. Flt. 11 – 92 Dead
U.A. Flt. 175 – 65 Dead
FDNY – 343 Dead
NYPD – 23 Dead
PANYNJ – 37 dead

Washington D.C.
The Pentagon – 125 Dead
A.A. Flt 77 – 64 Dead

Shanksville, PA.
U.A. Flt. 93 – 44 Dead

It is an Irish~American custom, largely in New York and New Jersey true, but to some extent where there is an Irish expat community that at wakes, funerals and memorials the song “Oh Danny Boy” is sung. Oft this is also true of Police and Fireman. Generally this is done acapella, badly, and off key by the men who are either too emotional to do it justice or too far in their cups in pursuit of solace.

Occasionally however it gets done right, perfect, true and worthy of an occasion such as this. Please join me now is standing in a moment of silence as “Oh Danny Boy” is preformed in memory of the victims of September 11th 2001 and those who the tragedy has continued to claim since then. While they may be gone from our sight and our daily lives, let them nare be gone from our hearts or our memories, for if we keep them there then they are never truly gone, just momentarily inaccessible to us.

 

 

Death leaves a heartache
No one can heal;
Love leaves a memory
No one can steal

Words, however kind,
can’t mend your heartache:
but those who care and
share your loss wish you,
comfort and peace of mind.,

May you find strength,
in the love of family,
and in the warm embrace,
of friends.

Deepest Sympathy

God Bless Us All and Watch Over Us and God Bless America

Lethal Leprechaun

About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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14 Responses to Sept 11th 2001 Tenth Anniversary Memorial Observance Issue

  1. lynn fux says:

    Lethal ,I have to come clean and I know like me you respect a person who stands by their colors. My husband’s has the most wonderful shade of gray hair,due to the fact his first and so far only son-in-law is a Muslim.If you want to know what living hell is trry being my family living here,at least I am an American but for my husband they will brook no excuses.Still she is our daughter,we love her and we must stand by her choice.We can discuss this off line if you have any questions. I hadn’t wanted to disclose this and I will nopt tell you how I vote other than to say I lean towards libertarian.

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Your honesty and families diversification under unusually difficult circumstances I can respect Lynn.
      However your voting is probably another story.
      As to your husbands hair color I’d happily be all steel grey as opposed to shaved pate to avoid looking like an aging hippy.

  2. Dan from NYC says:

    Impish,

    I’d have written sooner but the nature of the tribute you so beautifully crafted had to be taken a bit at a time. The complexity of emotions and the flood of memories it evoked often brought tears and yes, even a shuddering sob here and there.

    Here we are these ten years later and some of shocks and horrors, unexamined and unfelt in the event itself (there was much to be done) still erupt and tear into my consciousness. I’ve heard that time heals all wounds. I see all these events reaching for healing and catharsis. The talk about the stages of grief. These bits of wisdom and earnest efforts may be all well and good for the death of a pet or the response of someone of milder temperament. I don’t know. Personally it has been my experience that there are some losses so great, some events so devastating that like a volcano they that although covered over, they remain full bore until the next time they breech the thin crust that hides them from plain sight.

    Please understand that I am not bitching but am applauding your work here. Much of it speaks to the complexity of thinking and emotion I mentioned earlier. I love America and honor our, “first responders and last responders”. I am thankful for the greatness of those Americans that, “get it” and I am just waiting for those that don’t, “get it” to grow up and get real. My heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones on 9-11 and in the war on terrorism.

    So I’ll close by thanking you again and salute your fine work.

    May God Bless & Keep America!
    Dan

    • impishdragon says:

      Dan,
      I must correct you in one, very important oversight, it was Lethal who put this issue together. Front to back, top to bottom. It was his project, his baby and like the birth of any child, an awful lot of pain, tears and emotion went into it. I agree with your sentiment. It took me several hours and more than a couple of sessions to get through the whole issue. My pain and emotions from that day, like everyone else’s are different and I know that Lethal told me that he was unable to work on this special issue for more than 2 hours at a time, because it became too much for him.
      I believe that credit is due where it is deserved and our dear friend Lethal Leprechaun was and has been the driving force behind this fine tribute as well as the commemorative mug that goes with it.
      And I’m very glad the issue touched your heart.
      Impish.

      • Dan from NYC says:

        My deepest apologies Lethal. I knew all along it was your work and even had you in mind when I wrote that. Somewhere between the late hour and a few lifts I mistakenly addressed it to Impish.

        All the best,
        Dan

  3. Gracie says:

    The BEST, LL. Absolutely the best. I’m still wiping tears from my eyes. We Must NEVER FORGET. God Bless America.

  4. A sadly sobering and wonderful issue.
    Lord bless you for keeping the memory of this atrocity visible, up close and personal.
    Your vigilance is noticed and appreciated.

  5. Ginny says:

    Your time, effort and meaningful thoughts are greatly appreciated. It is a day I will never forget.

  6. Kris M says:

    What a great tribute to those murdered on September 11, 2001. Thank you, Lethal. May God Bless you. God Bless America …. our country needs His blessings for sure.

  7. lynn fux says:

    You can not bring about peace by spreading hatred. In the words of my late father-in-law a survivor of the camps,”we must never forget….. in order not to do the same to another people.”Including his parents he was one of 11 in his family,only he survived and spent most of the rest of his life working side by side building the land of Israel with his Muslim Arab neighbors.

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Arabs, in-particularly fundamentalist Muslims though largely ALL Muslims are not interested in co-existence or being our friends. They believe is conversion by the sword and that if you are not of their faith you have no place or standing in the world according to them. Now I don’t know about anyone else but I live in America I have defended America and while we are definitely NOT the perfect society and have more than our share of issues and problems I’ll be god damned if I’m going to tolerate non Americans moving here NOT being citizens and attempting to take over my country and dictate to me how I can live according to a religion I do not believe in or practice! THIS IS THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!That freedom is not free and if I have to hate a little and spill a little bloody to preserve that freedom, I’m OK with that. I would prefer it be Muslim bloody but if it has to be mine I can live with that too.

      While I am unsure if you are accusing me of the spread of hatred Lynn,I have a boat load of applicable sayings too.
      (1.) .Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me!

      (2.) Forgive us this day our daily trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
      ( Note that this is a quid pro quo arrangement and NOT apparently part of the “religion of peace”)

      (3.) An evil tree bears evil fruit. You can destroy as much fruit as you want, but it will always grow back, and it will always be evil.
      Tear the tree out of the ground by the roots and burn it. Burn it to ash and grind out the embers with your boot until there’s nothing left. Not a single spark. Not a single seed. This is how you deal with evil. RADICAL FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAM IS EVIL!

      Lastly Lynn PART of the reason we were attacked Sept 11th 2001 is because the US is basically Israel’s ONLY staunch supporter & stead fast in the world. We drew terrorist fire for our unwavering support of you. Mind where you stick that judgmental shiv ‘lest we start minding your fickle behavior as an ally.

      • impishdragon says:

        What a fantastic issue my friend. Deep and heartfelt. I know…I KNOW the effort this was for you. My hopes and prayers for you are that your tears of grief are someday turned to tears of joy when the abomination of radical fundamental terrorist Islam is eradicated from our earth. May all of us find healing in the defeat of this scourge that has so wounded our great nation, a nation founded on Christian beliefs and doctrines of goodness and love. My friend, I am with you in heart and spirit, and at your side with might and anger to the last drop of blood that beats in my FREE, AMERICAN HEART!

        I ordered, and urge all of you to order, one of the beautiful mugs (on a two day delivery so I am sure that it arrives in time for September 11th) with the profits going to some great charity. The one we discussed is great, but I am willing to go along with the will of the readers and give the money to whatever charity the group decides.

        May God Bless you my friend…and may God Bless us all and our Great Country!

      • lynn fux says:

        Hey Lethal ,I am not accusing anyone of anything ,just thinking there may be a better way to work towards peace,maybe outsmart them with out heads instead. For the record,I am an American ,not a zionist and I vote in america and not in Israel. Sorry if you felt attacked,not my intention. Radical fundamentalism is wrong in any religion or society.

      • lethalleprechaun says:

        Yeah because historically that approach (appeasement) has worked so well. Until Imams stop preaching hatred based primarily on the 1000 years in the past Crusades and are willing to let go of their near strangle hold on learning education and thought by adopting a more mainstream moderate MODERN DAY approach to Islam and the rest of the world this problem will persist. We will continue to fight it in the most effective manner possible, by meeting terrorism with overwhelming military force. My only regret is that we cannot adopt a scorched earth policy or treat their Mosques with the casual indifference they do by destroying them when they cache arms and use them to attack us from

        You say you vote in America Lynn but what you do not say and I have come to strongly suspect is you vote liberal democrat in America.

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