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In Memoriam, September 11, 2001

I will never forget.

It’s been 19 years and I still find myself deeply saddened every September 11. It’s a feeling that never goes away although, although time has lessened the raw emotion.

I’ve written reams of words about 9/11 and actually find myself with nothing to say this year. My focus is November 3, 2020, not September 11, 2001. While 9/11 wrought a fundamental change in America and in the world, November 3 is the day that determines whether we go forward as a constitutional republic or as a socialist state. The past may still be a gaping wound, and I will never stop mourning the dead, but it’s the future that matters to me and my children.

Here are some of my past posts if you care to read them:

September 11, 2001: The day the world turned upside down

Remembering Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, who died 17 years ago today

Remembering Lt. Brian Ahearn, who died on this day, 17 years ago

Remembering Rick Rescorla, a hero of 9/11

September 11, 2001: The day the world turned upside down

On September 11, terrorists not only killed 2,996 Americans, they recreated America, turning our world permanently upside down.

When the British surrendered at Yorktown, myth long held that that the assembled British fifes and drums played a popular song called The World Turned Upside Down:

If buttercups buzz’d after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,
If the mamas sold their babies
To the gypsies for half a crown;
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.

Although it’s probable that this never happened, it made sense: The mightiest country in the world suffered defeat at the hands of its own rag-tag revolutionaries. The world was upside down, indeed!

We Americans got a renewed taste of the world turning upside down on September 11, 2001, although this time we weren’t on the victorious end of that turning wheel. For us, it was a break-point, or hinge point, in history . . . and unlike our Revolutionary War, nothing good came out of it.

Over the years, I’ve written repeatedly published the memorial posts I wrote for Lt. Brian Ahearn, Lauren Catuzzi, and Rick Rescorla. After all these years of reading my own words, in addition to actually knowing Lauren, I sometimes confuse myself and believe, for just a moment, that I knew Brian Ahearn and Rick Rescorla as well. I didn’t, of course, but I wish I had.

This year, though, I’m not going to republish those memorial posts, although if you haven’t read about those three people who died on that day you should. Each showed exceptional, instinctive bravery in the face of a cataclysmic event that, as of September 10, 2001, was entirely out of the realm of possibility for any American then living. Instead, I’d like to talk a little about how that day turned our world upside down, a world that has never since righted itself. This is just my short list — the things I remember early in the morning on the seventeenth September 11 since that dreadful day, so please feel free to use the comments to add to the list.

We have been engaged in a “hot” war, as opposed to a “cold” war, for eighteen years, making it far and away the longest war in American history. Ironically, though, because of the nature of modern warfare, it is the least deadly war. Likewise, because of the nature of modern medicine, it has produced an unprecedented percentage of American veterans with prosthetic limbs. One of these veterans lost all four of his limbs and made an amazing laugh ’til you cry video I urged my kids to watch. Both refused.

Air travel, never pleasant, became one of the worst aspects of modern life thanks to heightened security programs of dubious benefit, but constant frustration and humiliation.

I was always afraid of flying; I’ve been terrified for the last 18 years (although I still fly everywhere and often).

Everyday, without fail, if I happen to glance at my digital clocks (and all my clocks are digital), at eleven minutes past 9:00, morning or evening, I get depressed.

The Iraq War sparked an anti-war movement that provided the perfect fuel for the socialism that the Left, after WWII, began planting in America’s educational institutions. I seriously doubt that, without the original platform of the anti-war movement, the Left would have gained the power it now has.

Thanks to Leftism’s ascendance, Islam, instead of becoming a religion that did some serious soul-searching, became a protected class.

And then there are all the specific awfuls that it’s impossible to imagine having happened without the trigger of 9/11. I go Biblical in my attempt to describe the cause and effect chain:

9/11 begat the Iraq War;

which begat the anti-War movement;

which begat President Barack Obama;

which begat so many bad things, including the precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, ISIS, the elevation of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the murder of the loathsome (but stable) Qaddafi turning Libya into a giant terrorism compound, the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans including an ambassador, the climb-down before Iran which saw us funding Iran’s worldwide terrorism and nuclear program, and the Syrian Civil War;

all of which begat hyper-instability across the Muslim Middle East and Africa;

which begat a mass movement from those areas to enter Europe to which the execrable and powerful Angela Merkel responded with a resounding “yes”;

which begat the breakdown of a European Europe;

which begat popular uprisings in all those countries;

which has been begetting and will further beget the increased risk of civil wars as transnational European elites, insulated from the horrors of unlimited Islamic immigration, refuse to bow to the will of their beleaguered people;

Meanwhile, back to the election of President Barack Obama, 

which begat the eight year stagnation of the American economy and the ruling class’s utter disdain for struggling, often white, Americans;

which begat Donald Trump’s election;

which begat America’s first attempted coup;

which is begetting the possibility that the American constitutional system will be irreparably broken.

As I said, 9/11 was a hinge-point, and not in a good way.

Your ideas?

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September 11, 2001: The day the world turned upside down

On September 11, terrorists not only killed 2,996 Americans, they recreated America, turning our world permanently upside down.

When the British surrendered at Yorktown, myth long held that that the assembled British fifes and drums played a popular song called The World Turned Upside Down:

If buttercups buzz’d after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and if grass ate the cows,
And cats should be chased into holes by the mouse,
If the mamas sold their babies
To the gypsies for half a crown;
If summer were spring and the other way round,
Then all the world would be upside down.

Although it’s probable that this never happened, it made sense: The mightiest country in the world suffered defeat at the hands of its own rag-tag revolutionaries. The world was upside down, indeed!

We Americans got a renewed taste of the world turning upside down on September 11, 2001, although this time we weren’t on the victorious end of that turning wheel. For us, it was a break-point, or hinge point, in history . . . and unlike our Revolutionary War, nothing good came out of it.

Over the years, I’ve written repeatedly published the memorial posts I wrote for Lt. Brian Ahearn, Lauren Catuzzi, and Rick Rescorla. After all these years of reading my own words, in addition to actually knowing Lauren, I sometimes confuse myself and believe, for just a moment, that I knew Brian Ahearn and Rick Rescorla as well. I didn’t, of course, but I wish I had.

This year, though, I’m not going to republish those memorial posts, although if you haven’t read about those three people who died on that day you should. Each showed exceptional, instinctive bravery in the face of a cataclysmic event that, as of September 10, 2001, was entirely out of the realm of possibility for any American then living. Instead, I’d like to talk a little about how that day turned our world upside down, a world that has never since righted itself. This is just my short list — the things I remember early in the morning on the seventeenth September 11 since that dreadful day, so please feel free to use the comments to add to the list.

We have been engaged in a “hot” war, as opposed to a “cold” war, for eighteen years, making it far and away the longest war in American history. Ironically, though, because of the nature of modern warfare, it is the least deadly war. Likewise, because of the nature of modern medicine, it has produced an unprecedented percentage of American veterans with prosthetic limbs. One of these veterans lost all four of his limbs and made an amazing laugh ’til you cry video I urged my kids to watch. Both refused.

Air travel, never pleasant, became one of the worst aspects of modern life thanks to heightened security programs of dubious benefit, but constant frustration and humiliation.

I was always afraid of flying; I’ve been terrified for the last 18 years (although I still fly everywhere and often).

Everyday, without fail, if I happen to glance at my digital clocks (and all my clocks are digital), at eleven minutes past 9:00, morning or evening, I get depressed.

The Iraq War sparked an anti-war movement that provided the perfect fuel for the socialism that the Left, after WWII, began planting in America’s educational institutions. I seriously doubt that, without the original platform of the anti-war movement, the Left would have gained the power it now has.

Thanks to Leftism’s ascendance, Islam, instead of becoming a religion that did some serious soul-searching, became a protected class.

And then there are all the specific awfuls that it’s impossible to imagine having happened without the trigger of 9/11. I go Biblical in my attempt to describe the cause and effect chain:

9/11 begat the Iraq War;

which begat the anti-War movement;

which begat President Barack Obama;

which begat so many bad things, including the precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, ISIS, the elevation of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the murder of the loathsome (but stable) Qaddafi turning Libya into a giant terrorism compound, the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans including an ambassador, the climb-down before Iran which saw us funding Iran’s worldwide terrorism and nuclear program, and the Syrian Civil War;

all of which begat hyper-instability across the Muslim Middle East and Africa;

which begat a mass movement from those areas to enter Europe to which the execrable and powerful Angela Merkel responded with a resounding “yes”;

which begat the breakdown of a European Europe;

which begat popular uprisings in all those countries;

which has been begetting and will further beget the increased risk of civil wars as transnational European elites, insulated from the horrors of unlimited Islamic immigration, refuse to bow to the will of their beleaguered people;

Meanwhile, back to the election of President Barack Obama, 

which begat the eight year stagnation of the American economy and the ruling class’s utter disdain for struggling, often white, Americans;

which begat Donald Trump’s election;

which begat America’s first attempted coup;

which is begetting the possibility that the American constitutional system will be irreparably broken.

As I said, 9/11 was a hinge-point, and not in a good way.

Your ideas?

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Bookworm Beat 4/10/19 — the flyover country edition

This discursive Bookworm Beat wanders from American black culture, to evil Leftists, to the wonders of Wal-Mart versus the horrors of socialized medicine.

Everything Leftists hate about America. I’ve been spending some time of late in small town America — in Eastern Tennessee to be specific. Frankly, I can see why coastal blue staters hate this part of America. There are so many things here that give offense: good suburban infrastructure, happy people, friendly interactions between the races, staggeringly beautiful nature with lots of open space, Wal-Marts, lawns that homeowners tend every weekend, and lots of pro-Trump and pro-Second Amendment bumper stickers on cars. This kind of well-managed, all-American environment is enough to give any Leftist chronic heartburn and a desire to destroy.

Speaking of those lawns, even though today is not a weekend day, I worked with a friend to get rid of ivy that had overtaken a corner of his property.

Ivy looks so pretty, doesn’t it? It’s not. There’s nothing pretty about it. It’s like Kudzu’s younger brother.

I filled seven big black garbage bags with the stuff and only cleared out 2/3 of it. I am exhausted. I also feel pretty darn self-righteous, though, which helps offset some of the fatigue.

But enough about living the good life in flyover country America. Let me get down to the brass tacks of today’s stories.

For American blacks, the problem isn’t race, it’s culture; more specifically, welfare culture. I’m going to assume that all of you saw Candace Owen’s testimony before a Democrat-run House Committee anxious to find a white nationalism problem where none exists. Owens was obviously nervous, but she was also rocking and rolling, talking about pathologies within the African American community that have nothing to do with white nationalism.

No wonder that the utterly vile Ted Lieu tried to smear Owens as a Hitler lover while the brain dead (Go)Nadler wrongly chastised her for calling Lieu stupid. The Democrats should be deeply embarrassed that these two moronic, immoral people represent them.

Shame, though, isn’t part of a Democrat lexicon unless the Democrat is trying to shame someone else. In fact, what the Leftist media did to try to offset the damage that Owens imposed on the Leftist brand was to repeat Lieu’s smear that a black woman is a Hitler lover. Even worse, those Democrats I follow on Facebook, rather than asking, as Owens did, “How dumb do you think we are?” gleefully passed on those same offensive and nonsensical smears.

A friend of mine keeps saying, “I don’t see any way that we’re going to avoid a Second Civil War.” I always come back at him saying, “We’re already in the Second Civil War. There just haven’t been any shots fired; only hats attacked.” (One of the more insane attacks involved a white woman attacking a Hispanic woman for being a racist because the Hispanic woman were a MAGA hat. As (Go)Nadler demonstrated, white Leftists aren’t even pretending to use their brains anymore.)

What I want to address here briefly is Candace’s point about self-inflicted pathologies within the black community. She’s right, of course, as I’ve blogged here before.

I’ll just add two things. First, while those pathologies were present in black communities through the early 1960s thanks to systemic racial discrimination in the form of slavery, Jim Crow in the South, and open racism in the North, the reality is that by the early 1960s, blacks were making huge social and economic gains by following the universal rules for success in a free market economy: education, job, marriage, children, in that order.

What brought all this to a screeching halt was Johnson’s “Great Society,” which was intended, as Johnson himself admitted to a friend, to keep “n*****s voting for Democratic for 200 years.”  (Some say this quotation is apocryphal, but it’s certainly held up to reality for almost 60 years.) Suddenly, education, jobs, and marriages went out the window. All that remained was children: half of which have been aborted and, of those not aborted, over of 70% of whom have been raised in poverty-stricken homes with single mothers getting some form of welfare.

This ongoing African-American tragedy has nothing to do with skin color and nothing to do with America’s history of either slavery or Jim Crow. Instead, it has everything to do with culture — a culture brought down thanks to what was effectively a pact with the Devil, with the Devil in this case being a welfare state that made education, men, work, and nuclear families redundant and, indeed, offensive. No wonder that, as blacks are finally recognizing the soul-stealing agreement the Left foisted on them, the Democrats are trying to distract them by calling a black woman . . . Hitler.

Looked at in this way, the reparations that all of the Democrat party candidate for president insist must be imposed on a generation of Americans who had nothing to do with slavery is just a reaffirmation of the original welfare contract with the Devil. Reparations won’t make things better. Instead, they will buy another 60 years of Democrat votes built on the ruined bodies and souls of American blacks.

The second thing I’ll add is a point that Scott Adams made, and he’s the first I’ve heard make it: Regarding reparations, he says that someone is going to ask, if we’re giving reparations, by what standard should we measure black lives in America, at least economically? Do we measure them against all whites? Inner city whites? Appalachian whites? Vietnamese who came here 40 years ago with nothing and now are middle class?

Or — and this is the kicker — do we ask how these blacks would be doing if they hadn’t been brought to America in the first place? The answer, of course, is not well. No matter how badly blacks are doing in America, they’re doing worse in Africa.

I’ll offer two links to support that last statement. The first is Kim du Toit’s post saying Let Africa Sink. The second is Keith Richburg’s masterpiece, Out of America : A Black Man Confronts Africa, in which he explains how a stint in Africa while working for the Washington Post made him grateful that his long-ago ancestors had suffered the horrors of being transported to and enslaved in America.

Some of today’s most storied Democrats are either very stupid or very evil. When it comes to the openly anti-Semitic, anti-American Ilhan Omar, I’m inclined to go with the latter choice, although I won’t deny her a strong dollop of the former. I don’t think she’s the brightest bulb on the block, but she has down pat the rap of victimhood, nicely wrapped around her adherence to sharia.

Anyway, the Democrat Omar tale today is a story told in three tweets.

Tweet 1 came when Dan Crenshaw heard how Omar described 9/11:

Tweet 2 is Omar’s response, which does not address the substance of Rep. Crenshaw’s tweet. Instead, she immediately heads straight to victimhood. No surprise there, because it’s worked so well for her up until now:

Tweet 3 explains why I said “up until now.” Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, won’t let her get away with her victimhood ploy. No doesn’t grovel. Instead, he just calls her out on her mindless victimhood calumnies:

I like the cut of Rep. Crenshaw’s jib.

Be sure to whip this out when a Leftist praises socialized medicine. One of my conservative Facebook friend is begging everyone to spread this link far and wide. I’m doing my best right here:

The fraying edges of universal health care : Britain’s version of ‘Medicare for All,’ delivers rationing and even blindness

If you’re wondering what Democrats have in mind when they tout “Medicare For All,” look no further than England. There are more reports of the U.K.’s National Health System’s collapse, this time featuring horror stories of rationing care for the elderly. Doctors are now sounding alarms bells that seniors with cataracts are going blind as they wait for surgical approval.

The Guardian reported, “Patients who are losing their sight are being forced to wait for months before having eye cataracts removed because of NHS cost-cutting. … The NHShas imposed restrictions on patients’ access to cataract surgery in more than half of England. … The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) condemned the rationing as shocking. It warned that not treating people with cloudy vision risks them falling and breaking bones, thus costing the NHS more.”

Last year, The New York Times reported some people in England were waiting for 12 hours to be seen in emergency rooms.

There’s more in the article, much, much more. Once again, let me spell it out: Europe’s post-WWII fling with socialism, or at least its decision to socialize its welfare services, worked for one reason and one reason only: America paid for it. For 70 years, we absorbed most of Europe’s military costs. We worked so that they got free cradle to grave care.

In the unwinding of the world since the Soviet Union’s collapse, Europe’s had to pay for its own socialized welfare system, and it’s had to do that at the same time that its citizens decided once and for all that having children is time-consuming, exhausting, and expensive, so why bother? Without American money and without a rising class of young people to foot the bill for old people’s care . . . older Europeans are in deep doo-doo.

Remember: this is what the Democrats want for you.

The free market is always the best answer. Turn your eyes away from Europe and look at the 1 gig flash drive you got for free at a trade show or a craft fair. When those things first came on the market around the year 2000, you paid several hundred dollars for a 512 MB flash drive. Capitalism drove prices down. People finding needs and filling them, and building better mousetraps is the best way to deliver the greatest amount and quality of services and products to the largest number of people.

Don’t believe me? Go to Wal-Mart. If you’re a Lefty, stop sneering at Wal-Mart’s shoppers and start looking at the dazzling array of products, all at affordable prices. Maybe Wal-Mart shoppers aren’t dressed as expensively as the Kardashians (although most look a darn sight classier), but at Wal-Mart, these shoppers have something akin to the same buying power as the Kardashians do when they’re wasting their money on weird clothes sold on Paris catwalks.

My brain function feels as if it’s entangled with ivy. I’d better stop. Your comments are always welcome.

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9/11 – Our National Day Of Shame

Today was the anniversary of the murder of almost 3,000 Americans at the World Trade Center. It’s a day that never fails to embarrass me, and I think it embarrasses a lot of my fellow Americans.

Many of us have trouble explaining exactly why it embarrasses us. But embarrassment is a function of the emotion of shame, and shame is a highly fitting emotion to feel today. It is like a foul stench in the air.

It’s the rancid smell of defeat and humiliation.It’s the putrid odor of our dead who were never avenged. Because we did precious little to avenge them. Or to use their deaths as an inspiration for victory over their attackers.

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Remembering Rick Rescorla, one of America’s warriors

The murderous frenzy unleashed on 9/11 is an awkward size.  As the Left at home and abroad demonstrates relentlessly, it if had been a smaller attack — along the lines of Fort Hood or San Bernardino, we would have been told that it was simply the act of a crazy person whose psychosis led him to misunderstand the “Religion of Peace.” Had it been monumentally bigger — say, the size of Hitler’s Poland invasion — we all would have easily recognized it as “a war,” and would have treated it accordingly, both strategically and emotionally.

Since 9/11, however, Americans have grappled with the best way in which to handle things when nineteen Muslim men, powered by money from Saudis, Iranians, and Iraqis, hijack four planes and kill 2,996 people. Actual events proved that, in the post-modern world, our nation had no template to define our emotional response following 9/11.  We had a vacuum.

The one thing you can say with certainty about America today is that, when there is a vacuum, politics will fill it.  Following a short frenzy of national mourning, the nation divided itself into two oppositional viewpoints with regard to what 9/11 means.  The Left (of course) took refuge in a Walt Kelly worldview:  “We have met the enemy and he is us.” Indeed, even today, Obama is still blathering on about “diversity,” a fatuous statement that I consider exists only to remind those who live in the “basket of deplorables” that it’s our original sin (being a majority white nation that countenanced black slavery (after Irish slavery proved futile) that made us a target.

This isn’t the first time, of course, that Obama has made sure we understand that Western values are uniquely undeserving. One year, he told us that 9/11 wasn’t just our tragedy, which means that our efforts to mourn prove that we’re not only bullies we’re also self-centered bullies.  The message from the Left is always clear:  We Americans don’t deserve to mourn.  Not only was it not about us, it was our fault!  This analysis sees just two narrow categories of victims on that fateful day:  those who died and those who killed.  The rest of us were guilty, and we have to work hard to expiate that stain from our collective conscience.

For 15 years now, the schism that set in soon after 9/11 has dominated American political discourse. The details may vary, but from the Left, especially on America’s college campuses, the tone is unchanging.  Americans are bullies.  We’ve bullied the Muslims so much over the past few decades, it was inevitable that they, prodded beyond bearing, turned on us.  And while it’s sad that 2,996 non-combatants (mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters) had to die, that’s what happens when you give your allegiance to — and, worse, make your money from — a system that is inherently parasitical.

That’s the Leftist view.  There are, thankfully, other voices in America.  Those of us who reject the Leftist paradigm see ourselves neither as evil-doers nor as victims (although we were victimized by evil).  We are warriors.  George Bush understood that when he addressed the Emergency Rescue Workers the site of the World Trade Center:

That’s also what George Bush understood when he took America to war.  When we are attacked, we fight back.  And when we are attacked by a shadowy organization that takes succor from various Islamic tyrannies around the world, we challenge those tyrannies.  It’s not pretty, it’s not surgically neat, it’s not politically correct, but it is necessary.  We mourn our dead and then we hunt down their killers.  We have met the warrior and he is us.

All of which brings me to Rick Rescorla, a warrior among warriors, not just on 9/11, but throughout his entire life, a life devoted to racing towards the battlefield to fight against those who would deny people their unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Sadly, 15 years after the Twin Towers fell, Rick Rescorla is not a name that will elicit much recognition in conservative enclaves and none at all if you mention it in liberal circles.  That’s a shame because Rick, although born and raised in England, is the essence of America.

To learn more about Rick Rescorla, go here.

Congress Sends Bill To Obama Allowing 9/11 Victims to sue the Saudis

The House approved legislation Friday by voice vote that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, CBS News has confirmed.

The Senate passed the measure back in May, , which was sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chuck Schumer, D-New York.

President Obama, of course,fiercely opposes it and has threatened to veto the legislation. His reasoning? That if we start suing other countries, gee, they might sue us!

As if the United States was in the habit of financing attacks by our countrymen that kill 3,000 people.

But this president’s attitude symbolizes something worth looking at.

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