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The Falling Man

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 7, 2008


September 11, 2001 was hard day. I watched the second plane hit from a lobby in Terre Haute, Indiana with a group of mostly strangers, a few co-workers, and passers-by drawn in by the need to get to a TV Set. There were four of them in our lobby, all turned to a different channel. One stayed on CNN, another stayed on Fox News, and the other two were used to find different angles, different video feeds, until one became fixed on a Spanish station, which had better coverage than any of the American channels. It is there we saw the jumpers, people who had slipped, fell, or jumped to their death.

Now, Esquire Magazine has an article about the search for the identity of the person in one of the iconic images (to me, anyway) of that day. It is an alien concept that there would be people who wanted to ban these images.

Here is an excerpt:

In the picture, he departs from this earth like an arrow. Although he has not chosen his fate, he appears to have, in his last instants of life, embraced it. If he were not falling, he might very well be flying. He appears relaxed, hurtling through the air. He appears comfortable in the grip of unimaginable motion. He does not appear intimidated by gravity’s divine suction or by what awaits him. His arms are by his side, only slightly outriggered. His left leg is bent at the knee, almost casually. His white shirt, or jacket, or frock, is billowing free of his black pants. His black high-tops are still on his feet. In all the other pictures, the people who did what he did — who jumped — appear to be struggling against horrific discrepancies of scale. They are made puny by the backdrop of the towers, which loom like colossi, and then by the event itself. Some of them are shirtless; their shoes fly off as they flail and fall; they look confused, as though trying to swim down the side of a mountain. The man in the picture, by contrast, is perfectly vertical, and so is in accord with the lines of the buildings behind him. He splits them, bisects them: Everything to the left of him in the picture is the North Tower; everything to the right, the South. Though oblivious to the geometric balance he has achieved, he is the essential element in the creation of a new flag, a banner composed entirely of steel bars shining in the sun. Some people who look at the picture see stoicism, willpower, a portrait of resignation; others see something else — something discordant and therefore terrible: freedom. There is something almost rebellious in the man’s posture, as though once faced with the inevitability of death, he decided to get on with it; as though he were a missile, a spear, bent on attaining his own end. He is, fifteen seconds past 9:41 a.m. EST, the moment the picture is taken, in the clutches of pure physics, accelerating at a rate of thirty-two feet per second squared. He will soon be traveling at upwards of 150 miles per hour, and he is upside down. In the picture, he is frozen; in his life outside the frame, he drops and keeps dropping until he disappears.

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Source: Esquire Magazine
Hat Tip: Infidel Bloggers Alliance

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I have video recorded from September 11, 2001 and bring it out and watch it every once in a while to remember those who died that day. Those who died because of where they worked, what flight they were on that day, and those who sought to save others that day.

To me, it matters little whether someone chose to jump that day or fell. What matters is those who put them in that horrible place on that day.

The Radical Islamists. We need to never forget as long as there is an America with Free People. They need to be introduced to the Old Hickory of our National Consciousness.

The Andrew Jackson persona who would crawl naked through broken glass to remind these people that to kill Americans in such a manner will be answered. With or Without Government Approval.

That Day Will Come.

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Flight 93 Blogburst: Will There Be Congressional Investigations?

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 7, 2008

Pennsylvania is on fire. Tom Burnett’s color advertisement in the Somerset Daily American, asking the people of Somerset to protest the crescent memorial to Flight 93, raised a great deal of awareness. At least four television stations covered the controversy, and there were two news stories in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review alone.

Those who went on to read Alec Rawls’ more detailed advertisement (exposing the fraudulent Park Service investigation of the giant Mecca-oriented crescent) are burning mad, and are taking up Tom Sr.’s call for state and Congressional investigations. Word is that two Pennsylvania state representatives, one Democrat and one Republican, are hot enough to co-sponsor a resolution initiating a state investigation.

Source: 1389, where you can read more on this travesty.

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Introducing the USS New York (LPD-21)

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 10, 2008

It is the fifth in a new class of warship – designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.

Later ships in the class will include USS Arlington, the location of the Pentagon, also struck by a hijacked jetliner on Sept. 11, and USS Somerset, named for the Pennsylvania county where United Flight 93 crashed after its passengers fought off hijackers apparently planning to attack another Washington target.

Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, ‘those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,’ recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. ‘It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.’

Source: Doug Ross @ Journal
Related: USS New York Website


photo swiped from flicker site

Even more information is available at the San Antonio Class homepage.

I hope the commissioning event is captured on video, as I expect that would be a very moving ceremony.

To the crew of the USS NEW York, I wish them Good Hunting.

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Belgians Arrest Anti-Jihadi Protesters

Posted by Thunder Pig on September 11, 2007

Protesters sought to use the Sept. 11 anniversary to point out that Islam threatens democracy and the rule of law in Europe.The demonstration was initially planned by Stop Islamization of Europe, a loose alliance with roots in Germany, Britain and Denmark, which had predicted that 20,000 people would come to Brussels from all over Europe.Brussels Mayor Freddy Thielemans banned the protest last month, calling SIOE an inflammatory group and its proposed
demonstration a threat to public order. An appeals court upheld the ban Aug. 29.

Only 200 or so protesters showed up Tuesday for a protest lasting only 30 minutes. The demonstrators faced more than 100 police, backed up by water cannons and helicopters, who closed off streets around the EU headquarters.

Read more at the Gates of Vienna

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September 11, 2001

Posted by Thunder Pig on September 11, 2007

This is the sixth anniversary of a day I shall never forget.

I would suggest that you begin with this CNN Chronology of events.

**Update** Better Time line is at Free Republic.

List of all Victims

Fox News has more videos here, including Presidential and Mayoral footage.

Twin Towers Memorial Site. Watch for the Troofer stuff. (Thanks John W.)

And, if you have a fast internet connection, the Television Archive has links to streaming video of event coverage as it happened.

I will present bits and pieces of the events as they happened:

8.46am: First Impact caught on amateur video .

9.03am Second Plane Impacts.

9.37am Pentagon hit by Flight 77.

10.03am Flight 93 is brought down short of it’s intended target by passengers and crew struggling with the terrorist hijackers.

Home Video hosted on Google of the Collapse of both buildings. Nearly 30 minutes in duration.

11.59am CNN runs video of Paleostinkians celebrating in the streets:

1.04pm Barksdale ,Louisiana Remarks by President Bush.

Passenger Manifest differences are addressed most eloquently here.

Where ever you are today, take moment to remember the fallen that day, and remember our soldiers who have fallen in a successful attempt (so far) to keep the terrorists focused away from us. Pray the Democrats, and their traitorous allies, fail to cause us to lose the will to fight this war.

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Why The Left Must Deny September 11, 2001

Posted by Thunder Pig on September 11, 2007

In the endless Summer of Love there is no 9/11. And to tens of millions of dreamy folk on the Left, the Summer of Love never stopped. For those people there is no dangerous Ahmadi-Nejad in Tehran, threatening a fiery new holocaust for Tel Aviv and Washington, DC. There is no nuclear proliferation by mad little mass-murdering Kim Jong Il. There is no Osama Bin Laden stirring up terror cells around the world — just a poor, confused man somewhere in the mysterious, deeply spiritual East, whom we have offended in some terrible way.

For the Dreamy Left there is no history, and no fundamental human conflict. There was no Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor half a century ago — except as a terrible misunderstanding, because our parents and grandparents were just so ignorant and racist in that benighted time. There was never a Cold War, there is no necessary war ever, there is no human value worth fighting for. We have transcended all that by our saintly morality and good will. History was mostly a big misunderstanding. Reality is only an agreement. Peace and Love are forever and ever, and nobody has to do anything to make it so, except to wish for it hard enough. If everybody wants it, it will be so.

Source: The American Thinker

Hat Tip: The Freedom Fighter’s Journal

As long as I have breath, I will remember that day, and tell others about that day. I will pull out audio, video, and written accounts of that day and show my nephews, nieces, children, and grandchildren.

We must never forget.

Or else, we will end up like these idiots in (where else) AshevilleSan Fransisco:

The anti-American War Protesters all gathered in San Fransisco, and the crowd included 9/11 Truthers, International ANSWER, Communists, Idiot Ron Paul Supporters, the Revolutionary Workers Group, Vegans, Cannibis Action Network, Wonder Woman and Spiderman.

Don’t believe me? Check out Zombietime’s Photo Essay, from whom I swiped the headlining photo for this post.

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Letter To The People of America From Ahmad Shah Massoud

Posted by Thunder Pig on September 9, 2007

Date: 1998

A Message to the People of the United States of America

I send this message to you today on behalf of the freedom and peace-loving people of Afghanistan, the Mujahedeen freedom fighters who resisted and defeated Soviet communism, the men and women who are still resisting oppression and foreign hegemony and, in the name of more than one and a half million Afghan martyrs who sacrificed their lives to uphold some of the same values and ideals shared by most Americans and Afghans alike. This is a crucial and unique moment in the history of Afghanistan and the world, a time when Afghanistan has crossed yet another threshold and is entering a new stage of struggle and resistance for its survival as a free nation and independent state.

I have spent the past 20 years, most of my youth and adult life, alongside my compatriots, at the service of the Afghan nation, fighting an uphill battle to preserve our freedom, independence, right to self-determination and dignity. Afghans fought for God and country, sometime alone, at other times with the support of the international community. Against all odds, we, meaning the free world and Afghans, halted and checkmated Soviet expansionism a decade ago. But the embattled people of my country did not savor the fruits of victory. Instead they were thrust in a whirlwind of foreign intrigue, deception, great-gamesmanship and internal strife. Our country and our noble people were brutalized, the victims of misplaced greed, hegemonic designs and ignorance. We Afghans erred too. Our shortcomings were as a result of political innocence, inexperience, vulnerability, victimization, bickering and inflated egos. But by no means does this justify what some of our so-called Cold War allies did to undermine this just victory and unleash their diabolical plans to destroy and subjugate Afghanistan.

Today, the world clearly sees and feels the results of such misguided and evil deeds. South-Central Asia is in turmoil, some countries on the brink of war. Illegal drug production, terrorist activities and planning are on the rise. Ethnic and religiously-motivated mass murders and forced displacements are taking place, and the most basic human and women’s rights are shamelessly violated. The country has gradually been occupied by fanatics, extremists, terrorists, mercenaries, drug Mafias and professional murderers. One faction, the Taliban, which by no means rightly represents Islam, Afghanistan or our centuries-old cultural heritage, has with direct foreign assistance exacerbated this explosive situation. They are unyielding and unwilling to talk or reach a compromise with any other Afghan side.

Unfortunately, this dark accomplishment could not have materialized without the direct support and involvement of influential governmental and non-governmental circles in Pakistan. Aside from receiving military logistics, fuel and arms from Pakistan, our intelligence reports indicate that more than 28,000 Pakistani citizens, including paramilitary personnel and military advisers are part of the Taliban occupation forces in various parts of Afghanistan. We currently hold more than 500 Pakistani citizens including military personnel in our POW camps. Three major concerns – namely terrorism, drugs and human rights – originate from Taliban-held areas but areinstigated from Pakistan, thus forming the inter-connecting angles of an evil triangle. For many Afghans, regardless of ethnicity or religion, Afghanistan, for the second time in one decade, is once again an occupied country.

Let me correct a few fallacies that are propagated by Taliban backers and their lobbies around the world. This situation over the short and long-run, even in case of total control by the Taliban, will not be to anyone’s interest. It will not result in stability, peace and prosperity in the region. The people of Afghanistan will not accept such a repressive regime. Regional countries will never feel secure and safe. Resistance will not end in Afghanistan, but will take on a new national dimension, encompassing all Afghan ethnic and social strata.

The goal is clear. Afghans want to regain their right to self-determination through a democratic or traditional mechanism acceptable to our people. No one group, faction or individual has the right to dictate or impose its will by force or proxy on others. But first, the obstacles have to be overcome, the war has to end, just peace established and a transitional administration set up to move us toward a representative government.

We are willing to move toward this noble goal. We consider this as part of our duty to defend humanity against the scourge of intolerance, violence and fanaticism. But the international community and the democracies of the world should not waste any valuable time, and instead play their critical role to assist in any way possible the valiant people of Afghanistan overcome the obstacles that exist on the path to freedom, peace, stability and prosperity.

Effective pressure should be exerted on those countries who stand against the aspirations of the people of Afghanistan. I urge you to engage in constructive and substantive discussions with our representatives and all Afghans who can and want to be part of a broad consensus for peace and freedom for Afghanistan.

With all due respect and my best wishes for the government and people of the United States,

Ahmad Shah Massoud.

On September 9, 2001, he was assassinated by suicide bombers. Two days later, America was attacked by terrorists on a suicide mission that killed 3,000 people in Newyork, Washington, DC, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Afghanistan Onlne

CNN

National Geographic

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It would take the loss of 3,000 people before his words made sense. If the Satanic forces of the Islamofascists are allowed time to breathe, many more of us will die, not to mention the millions that will die in the Middle East.

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