Dies Irae

Sunday, September 11, AD 2016

DIES IRAE

Day of wrath, day that will dissolve the world into burning coals, as David bore witness with the Sibyl.

How great a tremor is to be, when the judge is to come briskly shattering every (grave).

A trumpet sounding an astonishing sound through the tombs of the region drives all (men) before the throne.

Death will be stunned and (so) will Nature, when arises (man) the creature responding to the One judging.

The written book will be brought forth, in which the whole (record of evidence) is contained whence the world is to be judged.

Therefore when the Judge shall sit, whatever lay hidden will appear; nothing unavenged will remain.

O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity, join us with the Blessed.

What am I the wretch then to say? what patron I to beseech? when scarcely the just (man) be secure.

King of tremendous Majesty, who saves those-to-be-saved free, save me, Fount of piety.

Remember, faithful Jesus, because I am the cause of your journey: do not lose me on that day.

Thou has sat down as one wearied seeking me, Thou has redeemed (me) having suffered the Cross: so much labor let it not be lost.

Just judge of the avenging-punishment, work the gift of the remission (of sins) before the Day of the Reckoning.

I groan, as the accused: my face grows red from (my) fault: spare (this) supplicant, O God.

O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity, join us with the Blessed.

Thou who forgave Mary [the sinful woman], and favorably heard the (good) thief, hast also given me hope.

My prayers are not worthy, but do Thou, Good (God), deal kindly lest I burn in perennial fire.

Among the sheep offer (me) a place and from the goats sequester me, placing (me) at (Thy) right hand.

After the accursed have been silenced, given up to the bitter flames, call me with the blest.

Kneeling and bowed down I pray, My heart contrite as ashes: Do Thou {, my End,} care for my end.

That sorrowful day, on which will arise from the buring coals Man accused to be judged: therefore, O God, do Thou spare him.

Faithful Lord Jesus, grant them rest. Amen.

O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity, join us with the Blessed. Amen.

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  • Most appropriate meditation for September 11 along with Sunday’s Gospel of the parable of the Prodigal Son. God will forgive but we must first repent.

Unforgettable Flight 93

Sunday, September 11, AD 2016

 

When they got up that morning fifteen years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner that was headed to Washington DC as a terrorist missile.    All they expected the day to bring was a hum drum flight from Newark to San Francisco.  Just ordinary people living their lives.  Their occupations included pilot, first officer, flight attendant, an environmental lawyer, the owner of a public relations firm,  university students, a senior vice president of a medical development company, a sales representative for Good Housekeeping magazine, a manager of a US Wildlife animal refuge, an arborist, an account manager for a corporation, an ironworker, retirees, a computer programmer, a computer engineer, a lobbyist for the disabled, a real estate agent,  an executive vice president of a corporation and a free lance medical writer.  They were wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, all with unique histories and lives, with little in common except that they happened to be on board Flight 93 when the world changed.

The plane took off at 8:42 AM Eastern Time.  Four terrorists had boarded amidst the other 33 passengers.  The terrorists began to hijack the plane at 9:28 AM, soon after both the hijacked airliners had struck the Twin Towers in New York City, and just brief minutes before a fourth airliner was hijacked in Washington and slammed into the Pentagon.  At 9:28:17 AM a member of the cockpit crew shouted “Mayday! Mayday!” over the radio, with sounds of violence in the background.  35 seconds later someone in the cockpit shouted over the radio, “Mayday!  Get out of here!  Get out of here!”

By 9:31 AM the terrorists were in control of the cockpit.  They informed the passengers that they were in control of the plane and falsely told them they had a bomb.  Now began the final 30 minutes of Flight 93.

Passengers and crew during these final 30 minutes made 35 airphone calls and two cell phone calls.  They quickly learned of the other hijacked planes that had been flown into the Twin Towers.

Passenger Jeremy Glick managed to reach his wife.  He told her that the passengers voted whether to try to take back the plane and decided that they were going to attempt it.  He retained his sense of humor telling his wife that he still had his butter knife from the meal that had been served on board the plane.  Before he and the other passengers attacked the hijackers he wished her and their daughter a happy life, a clear indication that he did not expect to survive the effort to retake the plane.

Flight Attendant Sandra Bradshaw called her husband and told him that she was boiling water to throw on the hijackers.

Passenger Thomas Burnett, Jr. called his wife and she told him about the other planes that had hit the Twin Towers.  He called her back after their first conversation and told her:  “We’re going to take back the plane.  We can’t wait for the authorities. I don’t know what they could do anyway. It’s up to us. I think we can do it.”

“What do you want me to do?” Deena, his wife, asked him.

“Pray, Deena,” he said “Just pray.”

He ended the phone call by telling his wife:  “I know we’re all going to die – there’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you honey.”

Burnett was a devout Catholic.  He began attending daily mass in 1998.  When his wife asked him why he was doing this he told her:  ‘I feel like God is calling me to do something, and I don’t know what it is. But I know it’s going to have a great impact on a lot of people.’ He said, ‘The reason I’ve been going to daily Mass is because I feel like if I can be closer to God, then I’ll know what his plan is for me.'”

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  • American heroes, one and all, who stopped a Muslim terrorist attack….to paraphrase General Patton, weep not that they died, but be grateful that such brave souls lived.

    I was at the Flight 93 site in 2002. Back then there was only a makeshift memorial, if you could call it that, but it was entirely ad hoc. Still, it conveyed the gratitude towards the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

    The crash site was a crime/accident site for years, fenced off and closed to the public. I got no closer than a few football fields away.

    Unlike the Twin Towers or the Pentagon, the crash site of Flight 93 is in a field, in a typically rural part of Somerset County. There are no large structures nearby. By the grace of God, Flight 93 was stopped only minutes away (in terms of flying speed) from Hagerstown, Frederick, the I-270 corridor and DC….and united Western Pennsylvania with New York City and the Pentagon.

  • Thank you for these most beautifu tributes for such a horrible anniversary, and helping me pray for these souls and their families.

  • @PF

    Our WWII Veterans and their loved ones from Northern Michigan stopped by the site on our way to DC. As you said, it was just a make shift memorial. The articles left behind by visitors was moving as was the words written to these brave souls.
    Rosaries, hats, plaques, markers and letters fastened to the chain linked fence.
    Their bravery will not be forgotten.

    God be with them.

  • I took the family to the Flight 93 Memorial yesterday. It’s about a hundred miles away. Quite an experience. The Somerset County countryside is beautiful, as are the wildflowers in the fields around the Memorial. I saw crucifixes laid next to the names of a few of the heroes, which are all inscribed on a long wall near the crash site…upon which lies a sandstone boulder.
    Today is September 12, the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, due to the victory of the Holy League over the Ottomans at Vienna in 1683. A Polish flag will be on my desk today.

  • Thanks for the reminder PF… Feast of the most Holy name of Mary. Sin and death do not get the final word. Our Queen and Mother most Holy is still applying her weight on the head of the serpent. Polish flag and St Kolbe’s two crowns….red and white. A great country and a great Saint. Hat’s off to the revival of the Holy League thanks to Cardinal Burke.

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  • Today, more than usual, my eye allergies act up.
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    Listening to the names being read . . . May they rest in peace.

  • It’s a beautify day here. I remember it that way 15 years ago. It was also the balloon fest, just like it was then.

  • Still remember the gorgeous, silent, calm, bluebird day in the 1000 Islands, and the intense post-Labor Day isolation; just the staticky distant sound of a radio across the river reporting the horror over and over again. No, we will NEVER FORGET. God rest their souls.

  • Thanks, Donald

  • Conclusion in 15 Years Later: On the Physics of High-Rise Building Collapses


    It bears repeating that fires have never caused the total collapse of a steel-framed high-rise before or since 9/11. Did we witness an unprecedented event three separate times on September 11, 2001? The NIST reports, which attempted to support that unlikely conclusion, fail to per-suade a growing number of architects, engineers, and scientists. Instead, the evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that all three buildings were destroyed by controlled demolition. Given the far-reaching impli-cations, it is morally imperative that this hypothesis be the subject of a truly scientific and impartial investigation by responsible authorities.

Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth

Thursday, April 21, AD 2016

My sainted mother was a Newfie of pure Irish descent, with fiery red hair and a tempestuous, but lovable, temperament to match.  She had small use for the British monarchy except for the current reigning monarch who she adored.  My own fondness for Queen Elizabeth dates from the following:

 

 

Queen Elizabeth after 9-11, breaking with royal protocol, ordered the playing of The Star Spangled Banner at Buckingham Palace:

 

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  • Yuck. Hasn’t been a monarch of England worth a bucket of warm spit since the fall of the Stuarts. Still anti-Catholic, still anti-Irish freedom. Wonder how they’ll fare under the coming British caliphate?

  • Actually Queen Elizabeth throughout her reign has forged closer ties with the Vatican than any British monarch since Henry VIII. As for anti-Irish freedom, by the time of her birth the Irish Free State was in existence. If the Brits would leave Northern Ireland, the result would be a war with a somewhat expanded Ulster state as the result. As for a British caliphate, judging from the collapse of Catholicism in the former land of saints and scholars, and the bitter pro-Palestinian sentiment there against Israel, I would not bet against an Irish caliphate coming into existence far sooner than a British one.

  • Her Majesty is a pillar of old-school devotion to duty, bless her. At 90 she
    keeps a schedule that would probably have our golfer-in-chief Obama
    curled up in the fetal position and crying.

  • I like her, too– reminds me of my grandmother. (Who also had little use for the English… along with pretty much every group that wasn’t the same group of Scottish protestants, and not many of them while you’re at it. Somehow almost everybody was an exception. 😀 )

  • My sainted mother also approved of Her Royal Highness. She is a fine public figure. Today, the number of such virtuous luminaries is very small.

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  • The terrorists do not get the souls of 72 virgins without the cross.

  • They are in hell unless God saw them as insane inter alia which I doubt. Sanctifying grace is needed to reach purgatory which is a reward with medicinal punishments. Trent forbids us to be certain about such matters outside revelation including our own grace about which we can have moral certitude not absolute certitude. But I suspect they are in the “storm of darkness” since a good tree does not bring forth bad fruit unless with a sincere erroneous conscience but these guys attended a strip bar right before the event because they were opportunistically accessing taqiya…deception…by which they could do sins in order to blend in. But they had already blended in for years. Even Allah would confront them on that rationalization if he existed. But he doesn’t. The Trinity does…whom the Jews revealed without knowing they were revealing Him. Go to 2 Kings 4 where Augustine saw the Trinity under heavy revelatory veils. A woman sends to Eliseus for help because her only boy is dying. Eliseus sends his servant Gehazi with Eliseus’ staff to be laid upon the boy. But still the boy now dead …does not move so Eliseus comes himself and descends on the now dead boy matching his eyes, hands and mouth to those of the boy who grows warm. Eliseus walks about the house and descends again on the boy but this time there is no mention of matching body parts. The boy sits up and coughs seven times.
    The boy is mankind dead in sin. Eliseus symbolizes the Trinity who first sends His law ( the staff ) through His servant Moses ( Gehazi) which does not heal mankind…Galatians 3:21…” had there been a law that giveth life, salvation would be by the law”….Hebrews 7:19 ” the law brought nothing to perfection”.
    Because the law failed to make men good, God had to come Himself first conforming Himself to our flesh ( eyes, hands, mouth )… we grew warm..alive but then God descended again a second time on Pentecost without conforming to eyes et….the Holy Spirit. We sit up and cough the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
    There is nothing this deep in the Koran. Trinity means God loved prior to angels and men within Himself. God is Love prior to angels and men therefore. A one person God could not love or be Love but was a loner prior to angels, jin and men. That loner god symbol explains a lot of bad Islamic behaviour. Any muslim reading this…this is your moment. Know your moment.

  • It’s so difficult to process all of the different kinds of emotion that flood in.
    Sorrow, anger, fear for their last moments and the sadness that is their families.
    Unreal. Unbelievable. Incredible act of cowardice. To Hell with the extreme Muslims… All of them to Hell.

Star-Spangled Banner at Buckingham Palace

Friday, September 11, AD 2015

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  • And in response with gratitude, America then elected a man who sent back the bust of Winston Churchill as if it contained the Ebola virus.

  • Mors Islamismo!
    Mors Liberalismo!
    Vive Christe Rex!

  • Beautiful, just beautiful. Sniff, sniff.

  • Don L. – spot on. i recall watching the events that day and the British band , it may have been this one, came marching out to the tune of the ‘Stars and stripes forever’. How proud i felt for the Brits’ and us, the colonials- I was more awestruck at that than i was when i first heard the red army chorus sing God Bless America.

    My son Damien was a marine corps. reservist[sgt.] and we together watched the 9/11 day unfold beginning about 8:55. He got an activation call that very afternoon @ 2: P. M. He served in Anasariah[sp], Iraq. helping guard one of the 2 bridges used by the armed forces to attack and secure Baghdad. He came home safely, finished his masters’ degree married, has 4 children but won’t talk about the war unless asked and even then , sparingly.

  • That was incredibly classy.

    I hadn’t heard about this.

Unforgettable Flight 93

Friday, September 11, AD 2015

When they got up that morning fourteen years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner that was headed to Washington DC as a terrorist missile.    All they expected the day to bring was a hum drum flight from Newark to San Francisco.  Just ordinary people living their lives.  Their occupations included pilot, first officer, flight attendant, an environmental lawyer, the owner of a public relations firm,  university students, a senior vice president of a medical development company, a sales representative for Good Housekeeping magazine, a manager of a US Wildlife animal refuge, an arborist, an account manager for a corporation, an ironworker, retirees, a computer programmer, a computer engineer, a lobbyist for the disabled, a real estate agent,  an executive vice president of a corporation and a free lance medical writer.  They were wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, all with unique histories and lives, with little in common except that they happened to be on board Flight 93 when the world changed.

The plane took off at 8:42 AM Eastern Time.  Four terrorists had boarded amidst the other 33 passengers.  The terrorists began to hijack the plane at 9:28 AM, soon after both the hijacked airliners had struck the Twin Towers in New York City, and just brief minutes before a fourth airliner was hijacked in Washington and slammed into the Pentagon.  At 9:28:17 AM a member of the cockpit crew shouted “Mayday! Mayday!” over the radio, with sounds of violence in the background.  35 seconds later someone in the cockpit shouted over the radio, “Mayday!  Get out of here!  Get out of here!”

By 9:31 AM the terrorists were in control of the cockpit.  They informed the passengers that they were in control of the plane and falsely told them they had a bomb.  Now began the final 30 minutes of Flight 93.

Passengers and crew during these final 30 minutes made 35 airphone calls and two cell phone calls.  They quickly learned of the other hijacked planes that had been flown into the Twin Towers.

Passenger Jeremy Glick managed to reach his wife.  He told her that the passengers voted whether to try to take back the plane and decided that they were going to attempt it.  He retained his sense of humor telling his wife that he still had his butter knife from the meal that had been served on board the plane.  Before he and the other passengers attacked the hijackers he wished her and their daughter a happy life, a clear indication that he did not expect to survive the effort to retake the plane.

Flight Attendant Sandra Bradshaw called her husband and told him that she was boiling water to throw on the hijackers.

Passenger Thomas Burnett, Jr. called his wife and she told him about the other planes that had hit the Twin Towers.  He called her back after their first conversation and told her:  “We’re going to take back the plane.  We can’t wait for the authorities. I don’t know what they could do anyway. It’s up to us. I think we can do it.”

“What do you want me to do?” Deena, his wife, asked him.

“Pray, Deena,” he said “Just pray.”

He ended the phone call by telling his wife:  “I know we’re all going to die – there’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you honey.”

Burnett was a devout Catholic.  He began attending daily mass in 1998.  When his wife asked him why he was doing this he told her:  ‘I feel like God is calling me to do something, and I don’t know what it is. But I know it’s going to have a great impact on a lot of people.’ He said, ‘The reason I’ve been going to daily Mass is because I feel like if I can be closer to God, then I’ll know what his plan is for me.'”

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  • God bless those brave souls. We were at work, wondered if somehow the passengers had stopped the plane and said God bless them if they did. Your account above is stunning – the beauty of bravery and fidelity and faith all at once revealed.

  • May God Bless these brave ones and their families. And may we never forget the horror of that day.

  • For the sermon or homily on the Sept. 6th Gospel from Mark, when Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee into Decapolis and healed the deaf man, the subject was listening to our Lord, with Thomas E. Burnett Jr. as an example of listening. He described the experience of Mr. Burnett, who had ‘premonitions’ that there was something to be done. Must be that his daily worship focused him and gave him the courage to try to save some at the other end of the crash, rather that let fear overtake him.

  • Flight 93 crashed close to home. Shanksville is in Somerset County, less than 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The Pennsylvania Turnpike makes its way both through Somerset County and the city of Somerset. As the crow flies, it is not far from Washington, DC (driving is another matter), and a 757 can travel that distance in 30 minutes or less.

    The region between the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh and Hagerstown, Maryland is entirely rural. There are hills, farms, open spaces and small towns. I am vary familiar with the area, having driven I-70, I-68 and the Turnpike (I-76) between DC/Baltimore and Pittsburgh more times than I can count. Once east of Hagerstown, the Washington suburban sprawl (I hate that term, as it is a loaded leftist insult at suburban growth) kicks in. Flight 93 crashed in a field. Had the heroes acted later, Flight 93 would have crashed in a more densely populated suburban area and more innocent lives would have been lost. Had they acted sooner, Flight 93 may have crashed over Cleveland, Youngstown or Pittsburgh.

    At a Pittsburgh Steelers message board I used to be a member of, I remember one man who felt sad that his birtthday was on September 11, not out of self pity, but he felt that having a good time at all was a dishonor to the dead of September 11.

    I told him that the heroes of Flight 93 were the first to fight Al Qaeda. The mission they gave themselves was to stop the terrorists from smashing the plane into the White House or the U.S. Capitol or wherever they had in mind. They succeeded in their mission (unlike the United States Government, which refused to enforce immigration law and allowed those nitwits into this country and did not see to it that they were made to leave when they were supposed to go). I said not to feel sad at their deaths, as we all will die – be grateful that such brave people lived and gave their all for people they never knew. I also told him about the Battle of Vienna – he never knew about it – and it changed his outlook.

  • I know of a young woman (cousin of a former co-worker) who drove her best friend to Newark airport and put her aboard that flight. Not only did she lose her friend, but her uncle died in the World Trade Center.

5 Responses to Never Forget

  • In prayer, they that lost their lives will be remembered, and in petition may they help us to defend and protect this blessed Nation Under God.

    Remembering the fallen in Benghazi as well. 9-11-12

  • It still sends shivers down my spine.

  • I worked at Rutgers where we prepared to take in the injured. There were no injured. One student’s dad worked in the South Tower. We prayed. He called at 4:30 P.M. He had gotten out in time. Thank God.
    The terrorists murdered their 72 virgins. The question has always plagued me.
    What does an immortal soul do with 72 virgins, when there is the whole of the Church Triumphant, the militant and the Suffering in Purgatory to be community, brothers and sisters in Jesus. Allah has no son to love him nor to love. The Blessed Trinity is truly Blessed. And Flight 93 Blessed be God.

  • Everyone of my parents’ generation could tell you where they were when they heard the news on Dec 7, 1941. The same holds true for us adults and for some of our children on Sept 11, 2001. We didn’t have to wait for the news reels to see the horror of it all. In the age of television the second tower imploding was real time.
    May we never forget and may God protect us from history repeating.

Unforgettable United Flight 93

Thursday, September 11, AD 2014

When they got up that morning thirteen years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner that was headed to Washington DC as a terrorist missile.    All they expected the day to bring was a hum drum flight from Newark to San Francisco.  Just ordinary people living their lives.  Their occupations included pilot, first officer, flight attendant, an environmental lawyer, the owner of a public relations firm,  university students, a senior vice president of a medical development company, a sales representative for Good Housekeeping magazine, a manager of a US Wildlife animal refuge, an arborist, an account manager for a corporation, an ironworker, retirees, a computer programmer, a computer engineer, a lobbyist for the disabled, a real estate agent,  an executive vice president of a corporation and a free lance medical writer.  They were wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, all with unique histories and lives, with little in common except that they happened to be on board Flight 93 when the world changed.

The plane took off at 8:42 AM Eastern Time.  Four terrorists had boarded amidst the other 33 passengers.  The terrorists began to hijack the plane at 9:28 AM, soon after both the hijacked airliners had struck the Twin Towers in New York City, and just brief minutes before a fourth airliner was hijacked in Washington and slammed into the Pentagon.  At 9:28:17 AM a member of the cockpit crew shouted “Mayday! Mayday!” over the radio, with sounds of violence in the background.  35 seconds later someone in the cockpit shouted over the radio, “Mayday!  Get out of here!  Get out of here!”

By 9:31 AM the terrorists were in control of the cockpit.  They informed the passengers that they were in control of the plane and falsely told them they had a bomb.  Now began the final 30 minutes of Flight 93.

Passengers and crew during these final 30 minutes made 35 airphone calls and two cell phone calls.  They quickly learned of the other hijacked planes that had been flown into the Twin Towers.

Passenger Jeremy Glick managed to reach his wife.  He told her that the passengers voted whether to try to take back the plane and decided that they were going to attempt it.  He retained his sense of humor telling his wife that he still had his butter knife from the meal that had been served on board the plane.  Before he and the other passengers attacked the hijackers he wished her and their daughter a happy life, a clear indication that he did not expect to survive the effort to retake the plane.

Flight Attendant Sandra Bradshaw called her husband and told him that she was boiling water to throw on the hijackers.

Passenger Thomas Burnett, Jr. called his wife and she told him about the other planes that had hit the Twin Towers.  He called her back after their first conversation and told her:  “We’re going to take back the plane.  We can’t wait for the authorities. I don’t know what they could do anyway. It’s up to us. I think we can do it.”

“What do you want me to do?” Deena, his wife, asked him.

“Pray, Deena,” he said “Just pray.”

He ended the phone call by telling his wife:  “I know we’re all going to die – there’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you honey.”

Burnett was a devout Catholic.  He began attending daily mass in 1998.  When his wife asked him why he was doing this he told her:  ‘I feel like God is calling me to do something, and I don’t know what it is. But I know it’s going to have a great impact on a lot of people.’ He said, ‘The reason I’ve been going to daily Mass is because I feel like if I can be closer to God, then I’ll know what his plan is for me.'”

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  • God be with them.
    In 2010 on our way to D.C. with 22 WWII vets and spouses, my wife and I said yes to our bus driver who suggested we stop by the Flight 93 memorial. All of us were deeply moved
    as we walked around the memorial.
    So many offerings of prayers and personal memorabilia left from folks who also were deeply moved.
    What heroic men and women, the thirty three on ninety three.

  • I hope these passengers and crew are all in Heaven. What I would hope for the terrorists I will not say but can be surmised.

  • Thank you, Donald for their names. Todd Beamer came from Cranbury, N.J., a quaint very old village between New Brunswick and Princeton. I am very proud to have lived so close to him.
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    Not one of the terrorists have returned and verified that they got their 72 virgins in heaven. So, it must be assumed that they have not got their 72 virgins.

  • Oh, but Mary De Voe, I pray that these terrorist may have been welcomed by those 72 virgins:
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    http://www.jumbojoke.com/72_virgins_awaiting_martyrs_in_heaven.html

  • May they Rest in Peace. And may we remember these brave souls as well has all who died that horrible day. We have been near the site of the memorial while driving on the PA turnpike, but have yet to stop and visit. This is a good reminder that we should do so.

  • Paul W Primavera.

    Your 72 Virgins are the best!
    I’ll be sharing this with others.
    Thank you.

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  • My thoughts about the bravery and love of the crew and passengers runs along these lines: That brave action by those passengers facing their deaths and determined to do their best to stop the evil is such a Christian thing to do. Christians are helpers and hopers. It is part of what it means to be a Christian. We take responsibility. We are our brothers keepers. “Let’s roll!” resounds with us.
    Maybe part of my frustration with the silence from regular Muslims is that it would be so foreign to us Christians to keep quiet- we can’t understand how they can do that. But I don’t think the Muslims who don’t think deeply about what “the prayer really says” are ones who are going to try to make a difference. They may not really deeply buy into their own religion.

    We sometimes read or see movies about people who die and whose souls leave their bodies- when they could observe what was happening to their bodies and even hover above the scene of their death.. these brave souls left their bodies in Pennsylvania with their eyes open to Glory…the Christians believers to be validated and the Muslim to meet the Truth of Jesus, Son of God; to their horror to finally realize they had believed a lie.
    I am still horrified to think that we didn’t “roll” to rescue James Foley or Ambassador Stevens. If those leaders of the passengers on 93 were the leaders of this government today, we would probably be in a better situation. May they pray for us.

  • The Flight 93 terrorists did a 180 degree turn somewhere around Cleveland and headed straight for Washington, DC, putting themselves on a path over the Beaver Valley nuclear power plant and the city of Pittsburgh. I remember the day well. The Internet was on meltdown and we were told to get out of town. I remember feeling that day a sense of guilt – I was a 38 year old single man. Wives lost their husbands. Children lost their fathers. Why did I live and they die? Later, I was angry. I still am.

    Shanksville is in Somerset County, about 70-80 miles southeast from Pittsburgh. My wife and I visited there in 2004, long before the memorial was built. The crash site was still considered a crime scene. Nobody without law enforcement credentials could get near it.

    As a result of 9/11, the Federal Government restarted the Air Marshal program. My best friend left the US Capitol Police and joined the program. He was sent back to Pittsburgh after the training program ended – with no time or money to move from his Northern Virginia home.

    The Government is virtually shutting down the Air Marshal program. Pittsburgh is one of the offices set to close. Thank you, Obumbler and Congress.

  • Regarding the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2 are both Westinghouse Pressurized Water Reactors with containments impervious to aircraft crashes. Kindly read the following report from the Electric Power Research Institute at the Nuclear Energy Institute’s web site:
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    http://www.nei.org/corporatesite/media/filefolder/EPRI_Nuclear_Plant_Structural_Study_2002.pdf
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    Of far more concern would be an aircraft crash into the petrochemical facilities off I-95 in New Jersey near NY City. They have NO containments, and what they spew out never ever decays away.
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    By the way, kindly also read chapter 6, Containment Systems, in the Westinghouse PWR Manual.
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    http://www4.ncsu.edu/~doster/NE405/Manuals/PWR_Manual.pdf
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    I used to teach Westinghouse PWR and GE BWR Systems Training. An aircraft hitting one of these will make a mess and kill the terrorists. But as the EPRI report points out, little else except liberal news media hysteria will result.

  • If Obama is shutting down the Air Marshal programs, then, flight attendants ought to be trained in military tactics.

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Dies Irae

Thursday, September 11, AD 2014

DIES IRAE

Day of wrath, day that will dissolve the world into burning coals, as David bore witness with the Sibyl.

How great a tremor is to be, when the judge is to come briskly shattering every (grave).

A trumpet sounding an astonishing sound through the tombs of the region drives all (men) before the throne.

Death will be stunned and (so) will Nature, when arises (man) the creature responding to the One judging.

The written book will be brought forth, in which the whole (record of evidence) is contained whence the world is to be judged.

Therefore when the Judge shall sit, whatever lay hidden will appear; nothing unavenged will remain.

O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity, join us with the Blessed.

What am I the wretch then to say? what patron I to beseech? when scarcely the just (man) be secure.

King of tremendous Majesty, who saves those-to-be-saved free, save me, Fount of piety.

Remember, faithful Jesus, because I am the cause of your journey: do not lose me on that day.

Thou has sat down as one wearied seeking me, Thou has redeemed (me) having suffered the Cross: so much labor let it not be lost.

Just judge of the avenging-punishment, work the gift of the remission (of sins) before the Day of the Reckoning.

I groan, as the accused: my face grows red from (my) fault: spare (this) supplicant, O God.

O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity, join us with the Blessed.

Thou who forgave Mary [the sinful woman], and favorably heard the (good) thief, hast also given me hope.

My prayers are not worthy, but do Thou, Good (God), deal kindly lest I burn in perennial fire.

Among the sheep offer (me) a place and from the goats sequester me, placing (me) at (Thy) right hand.

After the accursed have been silenced, given up to the bitter flames, call me with the blest.

Kneeling and bowed down I pray, My heart contrite as ashes: Do Thou {, my End,} care for my end.

That sorrowful day, on which will arise from the buring coals Man accused to be judged: therefore, O God, do Thou spare him.

Faithful Lord Jesus, grant them rest. Amen.

O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity, join us with the Blessed. Amen.

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  • In the 1970s-80s the Estonian and Russian Orthodox composer Arvo Part wrote a choral and symphonic work entitled Miserere. The Latin text of Psalm 51 is sung in a quiet contemplative mode, but imbedded in it is the Dies Irae as a furious four-minute firefall of music. You can listen to it on YouTube, here is one example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNy7pCOq7oI It works best if you have parallel Latin and English texts to read while you are listening.

    Part is still alive and composing, so please consider purchasing his music. I personally like his Te Deum, Litany, Stabat Mater, Tabula Rasa, and De Profundis even more than Miserere.

  • When I was 13 we had had a terrible accident in our small rural community. 5 teenagers had been killed in a car accident. Three were Catholic and all funerals were the same Mass. I was in Catholic school and our choir sang Dies Irae. I can still sing that beautiful music.

  • All the truth of our Catholic faith about death and the last day is in Dies Irae. i too remember hearing it, but, never sang it. So haunting! So majestic!
    I would love to hear it sung! I also remember Sister telling us about the ‘book that God will use
    On the last day’. Simplified words for little people, but, ’tis the truth, as is stated in the hymn. Nonetheless I believe to this day. Those nuns of that era were Saints. Their place in heaven surely is high, and, all their
    Good deeds we will see in shining golden letters in that book.

  • Speaking of preparing for the “last day,” a well-known local news anchorman (from the CBS affiliate in my area) announced last night, on the air, that he has an inoperable brain tumor and probably has no more than 6 months to live:

    http://www.illinoishomepage.net/dave-benton

    “As you know, I’m a born-again Christian, I believe I am in God’s hands, I am at peace and I know He is going to take care of the days ahead…. I hope I did good work (for) our viewers… that I served them and did things well.”

    A little bit of a different tone and emphasis, but the message is the same: we never know how much time we have left before our just and merciful God calls us home, and we need to use it well.

  • So very sorry for Dave, and, for you also, Elaine. The video was poignant. I’ll pray to Our Lady for the success of the new treatment. She will ask her Son and He cannot refuse his Mother anything, if asked from the heart and soul. You have put up such a lovely picture of them.

Adagio for Strings

Saturday, September 6, AD 2014

 

Something for the weekend.  Composed by Samuel Barber in 1936 as the second movement in his String Quartet, Op. 11, the Adagio for Strings seems appropriate for the weekend before we observe the thirteenth anniversary of 9-11.  The piece always conveys to me sadness mingled with elements of hope.  As we survey the march of the jihadists in the Middle East today I confess that I find it easier to hear the sadness in the piece rather than the hope.  However, God often gives evil a moment to strut about on the stages of our lives, and to seem unbeatable and inevitable, often just before it is beaten and left to join the terrors of the past.  Whether the present calamities will play out in that fashion is, as always, entirely up to the actions each of us take as we play out our lives and destinies.

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  • Donald,

    Exquisitely beautiful, especially given the current events in our world and the approaching anniversary of 9/11.

    Are you a Tolkien fan?

    In his ‘prequel’, “The Silmarillon”,[actually a series of separate narratives edited and joined together by his son, Christopher] Tolkien gives us another “Genesis” account for “Middle Earth”. In the beginning, Eru [“The One”], also known as Illuvatar [“All-Father”] first creates the Ainur (angelic beings), “offspring of His thought”. The greatest of these Ainur is Melkor to whom Illuvatar has given the greatest power and knowledge.

    Illuvatar brings together all His Ainur and reveals to them a ‘theme’ from which He gave them the commission to make great music-to make a cosmic symphony. Melkor however, in his pride seeks to establish his own song, counter to his fellow Ainur and against the theme of Illuvatar. Some Ainur join him while others continue faithful with and to Illuvatar. This produces disharmony into the cosmic symphony.

    Melkor does this three times, and each time Illuvatar overpowers the carcophany and disharmony of Melkor with a new theme which swallows up Melkor’s dissonance. This was ‘the beginning’ of the Middle Earth epic.

    Tolkien was no romantic. He had been a soldier in the Great (WWI) War and had seen the killing fields of Flanders and the insanity of Gallipoli. He had seen the mechanization of war totally transform a reality that was already sad and gruesome; he saw what happens when men’s hearts fail, science goes awry and insanity is taken for sanity. He also knew that the world of man, which Middle Earth imaged was indeed split between good and evil but that the split ran right down the middle of each man’s heart

    Yet throughout his writings his Catholic faith nourished him, inspired him and gave him a sense of real hope-which is very different than shallow optimism. He knew the God’s cosmic symphony would swallow up the evil, the dissonance, the carcophany, the insanity and absurdness, not because Frodo climbed Mount Doom and was able to destroy the Ring, but because Jesus Christ climbed the hill of Golgotha, the hill of the skull, and dying destroyed death and sin and rising restored us to life eternal.

    The last sound of the universe of man will not be a ‘bang’ or a ‘whimper’ but “Alleluia, worthy is the Lamb that was slain….Behold I make all things new!” and a great resounding “Amen”

  • This played for days on our local news channels during the Kennedy assignation. I was 15 and I never forgot it.

  • I would rather call myself a close reader of Tolkien since his fan base tends to go to extremes. I have long thought that one of the keys to understanding Tolkien is his service in World War I. As he noted, by 1918 all but one of his close friends died fighting in the War. He came out of the War with a deep hatred of war and an understanding that there are worse things than war:

    ‘We will have peace,’ said Théoden at last thickly and with an effort. Several of the Riders cried out gladly. Théoden held up his hand. ‘Yes, we will have peace,’ he said, now in a clear voice, ‘we will have peace, when you and all your works have perished – and the works of your dark master to whom you would deliver us. You are a liar. Saruman, and a corrupter of men’s hearts. You hold out your hand to me, and I perceive only a finger of the claw of Mordor. Cruel and cold! Even if your war on me was just as it was not, for were you ten times as wise you would have no right to rule me and mine for your own profit as you desired – even so, what will you say of your torches in Westfold and the children that lie dead there? And they hewed Háma’s body before the gates of the Hornburg, after he was dead. When you hang from a gibbet at your window for the sport of your own crows, I will have peace with you and Orthanc. So much for the House of Eorl. A lesser son of great sires am I, but I do not need to lick your fingers. Turn elsewhither. But I fear your voice has lost its charm.’

4 Responses to Breaking: Twelve Years Ago

  • I am in the Empire State Building looking north (opposite direction of the World Trade Center). Your post view is looking south, likely from the GE (formerly the RCA) Building: pretty much across (west side of) Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

    Twelve years ago, our offices were downtown.

    It was, as heroic SEALS say, “no easy day.”

    “May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

    I remember the nuns taught us whenever we hear a siren of an emergency vehicle to say a little prayer for whoever needs the help and also for the brave men/women rushing to their aid.

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  • Here is a site with audio tapes of the government and airline reactions to 9/11. http://www.rutgerslawreview.com/2011/full-audio-transcript/

  • Reading the 9/11/13 meditation in “Magnificat”, one is again made aware of survivors still suffering the physical effects of that monstrous act of hatred and stupidity twelve years ago. May God give them all the gift of His endless love and consolation.

Unforgettable Flight 93

Wednesday, September 11, AD 2013

When they got up that morning twelve years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner that was headed to Washington DC as a terrorist missile.    All they expected the day to bring was a hum drum flight from Newark to San Francisco.  Just ordinary people living their lives.  Their occupations included pilot, first officer, flight attendant, an environmental lawyer, the owner of a public relations firm,  university students, a senior vice president of a medical development company, a sales representative for Good Housekeeping magazine, a manager of a US Wildlife animal refuge, an arborist, an account manager for a corporation, an ironworker, retirees, a computer programmer, a computer engineer, a lobbyist for the disabled, a real estate agent,  an executive vice president of a corporation and a free lance medical writer.  They were wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, all with unique histories and lives, with little in common except that they happened to be on board Flight 93 when the world changed.

The plane took off at 8:42 AM Eastern Time.  Four terrorists had boarded amidst the other 33 passengers.  The terrorists began to hijack the plane at 9:28 AM, soon after both the hijacked airliners had struck the Twin Towers in New York City, and just brief minutes before a fourth airliner was hijacked in Washington and slammed into the Pentagon.  At 9:28:17 AM a member of the cockpit crew shouted “Mayday! Mayday!” over the radio, with sounds of violence in the background.  35 seconds later someone in the cockpit shouted over the radio, “Mayday!  Get out of here!  Get out of here!”

By 9:31 AM the terrorists were in control of the cockpit.  They informed the passengers that they were in control of the plane and falsely told them they had a bomb.  Now began the final 30 minutes of Flight 93.

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Spitting in the Face of Uncle Sam: Part II

Wednesday, September 12, AD 2012

 

Yesterday I wrote a post, which may be read here, detailing how an Egyptian mob, inflamed by allegations about a movie attacking Mohammed, stormed our embassy.  The embassy issued a truly craven statement apologizing for the fact that Americans in this country still enjoy freedom of speech:

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

When it became obvious that many Americans found this cowardly in the extreme, the embassy initially stood behind its statement with these tweets:

This morning’s condemnation (issued before protest began) still stands. As does our condemnation of unjustified breach of the Embassy.

We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims— US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) September 11, 2012

The embassy has since deleted these tweets, not realizing what a futile action this is in the age of the internet.

Mitt Romney has responded:

 “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi.  It’s disgraceful that the Obama administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

After remaining silent throughout the day, the Obama administration finally responded….to Mitt Romney:

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  • Obama is doing a marvelous job of projecting an aura of American weakness. The history of the last 60 years shows that things don’t go well in the world when America is perceived as weak.

  • It’s much worse than 79′. Instead of a few hostages the entire country, U.S., is held hostage by this UN-American administration. This is Carter on Steroids.

  • Just read that the American ambassador in Libya was gunned down by rocket fire while trying to flee the embassy by Muslim extremists.

    No response from our glorious comrade President.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/12/us-libya-usa-attack-idUSBRE88B0EI20120912

  • May these tragedies, however deplorable, be a reminder to the American people of what it means to have demanded a leader like that of European nations. 1st Samuel chapter 8 – we want a king like the other nations! November 6th – defeat the godless man of sin and depravity!

  • More objectivity needed. We must be fair even if to evil doers like Obama. Yes…the responses in this incident are perverted and sycophantic but do we blame the Pope for everything a distant Bishop or a nearby Cardinal Sodano might say. Obama has given full support to the criticized drone program which has taken out key Al Qaeda leaders and he has made tough decisions in terms of Pakistan relations in the Bin Laden case. His military committment to Afghanistan has probably lost him votes on the left. Attack him all day…but with standards you would use for the Pope or a good US leader. Don’t alter your criteria based on a general revulsion.

  • Does anyone think that an Embassy under George Bush would have issued this feckless a statement? No, Barack Obama did not directly issue these statements. But wake up and recognize that he sets the tone, and those under him surely reflect his general attitude.

  • Paul,
    I think Democrats have a wider spectrum of ideologues within their regimes…ranging from militarists like Panetta to outright anti war people….all democrats. Republicans have a much narrower and focused population in their regimes. Were Obama similar to some of his spokesmen in this incident, there would be no drone program. The dems tent is very wide.

  • Bill, it is his administration and his people. The idea that this statement is divorced completely from Obama is farcical.

    BTW, here’s a line from the official Obama statement:

    While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.

    Not as mushy as what the embassy put out, it’s still needlessly apologetic.

  • Not as mushy as what the embassy put out, it’s still needlessly apologetic.

    What the administration is saying is yes, that violence is bad, but you know what? The US has done some violent stuff too. It’s all bad.

    Maybe what Obama should do is vow to work tirelessly and never sleep until US drones seek out and bring that filmmaker to justice for making such a terrible film. Maybe then the Islamists will be appeased…

  • I just checked MSNBC and they are criticizing Romney for “jumping the gun” and praising Obama for his patience in responding.

    It’s Bizarro World.

  • The Muslims in Libya are now parading the corpse of the U.S. Ambassador on the streets of Bengazi.

  • Has anyone noticed that President Obama condemned Romney first before ever condemning the attacks in Egypt and Libya?

  • Paul,
    I could one day lose real estate on the NY harbor if Al Qaeda contaminates the area with a dirty bomb. I like that Obama and a contingent of his people kills them…unrelentingly. I didn’t and won’t vote for him. But I like that he kills terrorists…and in one case delivered one to the bottom of the ocean much like Jehu trampling Jezebel before dogs ate her. Painting him as purely weak would be like painting John Paul II based on some of his appointees like the sexually defective Cardinal Groer in Austria or the tricky Cardinal Law in Boston. I will never vote for Obama. But I love that he kills terrorists. To forget the good and only remember the bad is not appropriate.

  • At least the Secretary of State isn’t playing any verbal games:

    “Let me be clear: There is no justification for this. None.”

    Clinton also said, “As long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of God, the world will never know a true and lasting peace.”

    Guess we know who wears the pants in that administration.

  • The most stupid thing anyone’s ever said in 2012: This campaign is about jobs, jobs, and jobs.

    The most stupid thing anyone ever said in 2008 (up until the crash): This campaign is about Iraq, Iraq, and Iraq.

    (OK, maybe any sentence with the word “Kenya” in it was stupider, but you get my point. The world is going to do what it does, and a campaign has to be ready to address everything. And that’s fitting, because an administration has to be ready to address everything.)

  • “Has anyone noticed that President Obama condemned Romney first before ever condemning the attacks in Egypt and Libya?”

    Obama is clear Tito on who his real enemy is!

  • I think Democrats have a wider spectrum of ideologues within their regimes…ranging from militarists like Panetta to outright anti war people….all democrats. Republicans have a much narrower and focused population in their regimes.

    Um….not really. There are a good number of Ron Paul and Paleo types that are anti-militarist.

    Far more, I would say, than there are pro-life Democrats.

  • According to the Wall Street Journal, the film depicts the Muslim prophet Muhammed as a “womanizer, pedophile and fraud”. — a depiction bound to offend many Muslims.

    Of course, the Israeli-American producer is right. One can criticise him for his blindness to unforeseen circumstances, but the truth is the truth. That doesn’t justify the whimpering response from the Obama administration.

    Tony H. @ 6.27 am. is dead right. I think there are many Americans who don’t understand that point, probably sequestered away in their cosy beureuacratic, out-of-touch lives. Its too late when the front line is in your own back yard.

  • For your enjoyment here is audio of an open mic that captures the press coordinating questions for Romney regarding Libya and Egypt

    “no matter who he calls on we’re covered”

    http://www.therightscoop.com/exclusive-open-mic-captures-press-coordinating-questions-for-romney-no-matter-who-he-calls-on-were-covered/

    And for your further enjoyment, here is footage of the over the top hostile questioning at Romney’s press conference. Never seen anything close to this done to Obama, or even his press secretary Jay Carney

    FULL PRESS CONFERENCE: Mitt Romney’s statement on Libya and Egypt and Q&A

    http://www.therightscoop.com/full-press-conference-mitt-romneys-statement-on-libya-and-egypt/

    Romney would have gotten better questions if he was talking to a pile of rocks

  • The sovereignty of the United States is violated. Diplomatic immunity has been breeched. The president’s personal representatives are murdered and dragged through the streets because they represent the president. The heads of Libya and Egypt are not apologizing, nor are any other nations sending sympathy. They burnt the American Flag. Those dead ambassadors represent Obama. Obama is the one they want, not because he is Obama, but because he is head of the U.S. Demand an appropriate apology and send them no money. Oh, that’s right they own us.

  • Um….not really. There are a good number of Ron Paul and Paleo types that are anti-militarist.

    Paul voters amount to about 11% of the Republican electorate.

  • Mary de Voe wrote, “The heads of Libya and Egypt are not apologizing…”

    Mr Mohammed el-Megarif, the interim president of Libya has done just that. He “described the attack as “cowardly” and offered his condolences on the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three other Americans. Speaking to reporters, he vowed to bring the culprits to justice and maintain his country’s close relations with the United States.”

  • Since Libya is in chaos a fat lot of good his apology does. A better question to ask is to wonder why the consulate security in Benghazi was left to Libyan mercenaries rather than to US Marines, since Libya has largely been chaotic since the revolution against Khaddaffi. An elite anti-terrorist force of 50 Marines is now being sent in after the fact. If we had a true news media in this country instead of unpaid Obama press agents, that is precisely the type of question they would be yelling at Obama at every venue, a charming habit they have only when the President is a Republican.

  • Thank you Michael Paterson-Seymour.

    I was looking for more from the world community, but I guess it is dangerous to get to close to America.

    Bloodguilt. The American ambassador was put to death because he was an American and not for any crime of his own or any crime of Americans, except that we as American citizens exist as our own sovereign nation. I was gratified that Gov. Romney used the terms “sovereign” and “principle”. An act of war plain and simple. While it may be a religious war to impose Islam, nonetheless, it is a religious war. If it is a religious war for God, then let God fight it. If it is a religious war against God, then, all men must resist and wage peace.

    Our president, Barack Obama has chosen to take the immoral high ground and offered the olive branch of peace by apologizing for our existence. Apologizing for America’s existence and excusing the militant Muslims is inviting terrorism. When the salt has lost it flavor, what is left, but to throw the salt that has lost it savor out and trample it underfoot.

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Spitting in the Face of Uncle Sam

Tuesday, September 11, AD 2012

 

Today on the eleventh anniversary of 9-11 an Egyptian mob stormed our embassy in Cairo and burned our flag.  The rioters were offended by a film that they allege is insulting to Mohammed.  The ringing response of our embassy to this insult to this country on today of all days?  An announcement perhaps that the US will no longer waste sending billions of dollars a year in foreign aid to a people who obviously despise us?   A recall of our ambassador?  A warning to the Egyptian government that repetitions of this type of behavior will lead to a severing of diplomatic relations?

No, after getting down on their hands and knees presumably, this is what the officials at our embassy said:

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  • Well, let me start by hurting some religious feelings.

    Islam is a false religion and Allah is NOT God and Mohammed is a false prophet.

    Christianity is the only true religion, Yahweh is the only God and Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son.

  • Outside of the issue the Muslims attacking US embassies / consulates on this anniversary of 9/11, we have to recognize that Christendom Herself is in a two way struggle between militant Islam in the Middle East and atheist humanism in Western Europe and North America. We ain’t winning any battles, folks. Yes, we know the end of the story – Jesus does win. But I hope He returns soon in the Parousia because right now I don’t see much hope. Maybe I am too pessimistic.

  • That’s why I thank God for people like you, Donald, who see hope when I am blind.

  • You are not blind Paul, you merely hear the trumpet a little after I do! Life is a glorious adventure. Often hard, sometimes dangerous, but always an adventure. I try to live my life by these words of Theodore Roosevelt:

    Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

  • Interestng that you use that quote, Donald. Right after I made a decision to study for the diaconate, I had chest pains this July and was put in the hospital for installation of cardiac stents, and was diagnosed with diabetes. I started exercising and dieting after that, and two had a half weeks ago tore my left quadriceps off my knee cap. Now I am on crutches, but this too shall pass. Then I see all the crap with the DNC and this mess with how the Administration ingratiates itself with the enemies of liberty – those who attacked us on 9/11 – and I do and say what comes naturally. We have a good country. The doctors and nurses who worked on me are the best. My employer was fantastic. My priest came right away on both hospital occasions to hear my Confession. And all this that makes our nation great is denigrated by that demagogue Chicago gangster. People gave their lives on and after 9/11 for our freedom. The Administration’s response to how the Muslim fanatics treat their memory is abominable – or should I say Obominable? So maybe my reaction is an all mixed up – sorry.

  • My prayers for your swift recovery Paul!

  • Dr. Krauthammer has the appropriate response.

  • Instapundit suspects that our foreign policy is now being run according to this Klavan video:

  • I don’t know if any of you have seen the film by Dinesh D’Souza 2016 Obama’s America, I have not yet but plan to.

    However I saw him speak on TV (C-span I think) promoting the film and after listening to him I think it’s the first time I actually understand Obama. One insightful thing he said was it’s not that Obama is trying to get outcome “A” (restore the economy, increase jobs, etc.) but because he is inept he is getting outcome “B” instead (increased govt dependency, massive regulation, etc.) But he is actually trying to achieve outcome “B”. He is in fact wildly successful in terms of what he has set out to do.

    Obviously he was much more in-depth than that, but it was the main take home I got out of it.

    Another interesting thing he also said was as we can remember Regan for helping end communism; we will remember Obama as helping to establish a new Islamic caliphate.

  • Loss of words.

    Obama is behaving like a sniveling buffoon.

  • Don. Obama plans on visiting Cairo soon to make a formal apology.
    Ok. Cheap shot, however let’s remember: “We are not a Christian nation…”
    I did see 2016 movie. Please make an effort to view this work.
    The conclusions are sound im my opinion.

  • By the grace and mercy of God, Obama will be defeated this November. I can’t image having to endure another four years of this guy, but as always, God’s will be done.

    Don, if I may, there’s a web site called Locutions to the World which is very interesting. I give no opinion for or against – I’ll just leave it up to the individual. Monsignor John Esseff, a diocesan priest of Scranton, Pa., was ordained in 1953. In 1959, Padre Pio became his spiritual director. For many years, he was the spiritual director for Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He claims that for many years, he has been the spiritual director for a special soul who allegedly is receiving locutions from Our Lady. Of special interest is nos. 146, 166, 359 & 360. http://www.locutions.org/

  • “Islam is a false religion and Allah is NOT God and Mohammed is a false prophet.”

    I’ll concede on the Islam being a false religion and Mohammed being a false prophet. However, Allah is just the Arabic word for God. In Catholic bible translation in Arabic the word for God is Allah.

  • It’s pretty obvious that that statement couldn’t have been worse in tone and content. Isn’t it laughable though when read in context of the Obama administration at home? These people are so irony impaired I would say it’s funny, but it’s actually dangerous. Scoundrels.

  • I second what RL says.

  • “Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others”
    And has anyone done anything about the killing of hundreds of Christians by Boko Haram?
    The response is deafeningly silent!!

  • It is shameful that Obama hasn’t the cojones to get up and denounce this attack on American sovereignty. I just read an article where Sarah Palin has spoken out on this – she’s twice the man Obama is, and she’s a woman.
    It must be getting close to the point, with the attacks on Christains in Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Tunisia and Ethiopia, where Christians will rise up and defend this naked religious persecution, sponsored by the likes of Saudi Arabia, who are spending billions in developing and populating mosques in all areas of the christian/western world – even down her in Oz and NZ.
    Bring on the Crusade???

  • Thank you, Greg M., for the clarification on the literal meaning of the word “Allah.” I should have said that the caricature of God as presented in the Quran is NOT God.

    Thank you for prayers, Donald M. et al.

    And thank the Lord Jesus for our heroes and heroines – whether from the US or from Don the K’s Australia or from England or wherever who still believe in the Lord and who still believe that freedom is worth fighting for, regardless of the Obama Administration’s ingratiation of itself with Islamic militants of death and destruction.

  • Or is it New Zealand – sorry, just took my meds – brain damage!

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  • Although I doubt there is much distinction between the political appointees and the permanent government in their basic dispositions, the following should be noted.

    1. It is doubtful that press releases by embassies abroad are routed to the President’s desk for pre-approval.

    2. The ambassador in Egypt is a career foreign service officer and has held ambassadorial appointments under three administrations.

    The best construction you can put on this is that it was an inept and fairly undignified effort to defuse an anticipated attack. The worst construction you can put on this is that our diplomatic corps is chock-a-bloc with post-Americans and poltroons who did not experience the indignity at all. Your call.

  • “The worst construction you can put on this is that our diplomatic corps is chock-a-bloc with post-Americans and poltroons who did not experience the indignity at all. ”

    I believe that is the true construction to put on it Art. Considering the importance of our Cairo embassy, an attack on it on the anniversary of 9-11 I rather suspect went very far up the chain, to Clinton if not to Obama.

  • So what is this alleged defamatory movie about ol’ Mo that got these folks all in a tizzy?

    My guess is there is no such movie, and it was just an excuse to stage an attack on an anniversary of 9/11.

  • I stand corrected – there actually is a movie (a really cheesy bad one at that). Still no excuse, no matter how bad it portrays Mohammed.

  • The embassy statement is stupid, but it appears to have been written prior to the attacks.

  • True BA, and they defended it after the attack as a proper response throughout all of yesterday.

  • There appears to be some question about the movie being an excuse for a previously planned attack. After all, the movie in question appears to have been out for a while.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/12/cnn-protests-against-film-a-diversion-attack-was-planned/

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  • Don,

    They didn’t defend the statement as a response to the attack (how could they, given that it was issued prior to the attack even happening?) They did say that they stood by the statement even after the attack.

  • Which works out to the same thing BA and is even more pusillanimous. The statement was clearly their response to the attack as their tweets were in the same cowardly vein and they stood behind the statement until they became aware of popular outrage building at home. In short, they ratified the statement as their response to the attack.

  • pusillanimous = timid or cowardly.

    Had to look the meaning up.
    What a cool word – will have to remember………. 🙂

  • It is a word Don that sounds like what it means!

  • Obama for several months now had been “spiking the ‘Killed Bin Laden’ football…” e.g., “He saved GM, he killed Osama!!” Can’t help but wonder if that might have had something to do with the 9/11 anniversary violence and murder in Cairo and the Libyan embassy — Just a thought….

  • I second Katy Malone.

    Of course we are at war, and Anything we do will be held against us. There is no way out of this war but to win it.
    I read some of the comments on the other thread about whether or not the Cristeros should’ve fought back. I say yes. Fight back.

  • Paul W Primavera.
    5.58 am.

    That’s OK Paul, I’ll forgive you this once for calling me an Australian 😉

    Actually, I spent 11 of my 70 years in Oz, so I suppose you can claim some accuracy.

    I have a lot of good friends, and several cousins in Oz, and in fact, some Aussies are just about good enough to be Kiwis, once they are de-Aussiefied. 🙂

Unforgettable Flight 93

Tuesday, September 11, AD 2012

When they got up that morning eleven years ago the very last thing that the 33 passengers and the seven crew of United Flight 93 expected was to be engaged in a life and death struggle to retake an airliner that was headed to Washington DC as a terrorist missile.    All they expected the day to bring was a hum drum flight from Newark to San Francisco.  Just ordinary people living their lives.  Their occupations included pilot, first officer, flight attendant, an environmental lawyer, the owner of a public relations firm,  university students, a senior vice president of a medical development company, a sales representative for Good Housekeeping magazine, a manager of a US Wildlife animal refuge, an arborist, an account manager for a corporation, an ironworker, retirees, a computer programmer, a computer engineer, a lobbyist for the disabled, a real estate agent,  an executive vice president of a corporation and a free lance medical writer.  They were wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, all with unique histories and lives, with little in common except that they happened to be on board Flight 93 when the world changed.

The plane took off at 8:42 AM Eastern Time.  Four terrorists had boarded amidst the other 33 passengers.  The terrorists began to hijack the plane at 9:28 AM, soon after both the hijacked airliners had struck the Twin Towers in New York City, and just brief minutes before a fourth airliner was hijacked in Washington and slammed into the Pentagon.  At 9:28:17 AM a member of the cockpit crew shouted “Mayday! Mayday!” over the radio, with sounds of violence in the background.  35 seconds later someone in the cockpit shouted over the radio, “Mayday!  Get out of here!  Get out of here!”

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10 Responses to Unforgettable Flight 93

  • I rarely cry during movies, but I balled through much of Flight 93. I was interning on Capitol Hill on 9/11, and it is quite possible I’m alive only because of the actions of these heroes. God grant them eternal rest.

  • When I think of 9-11 Paul my main emotions are still what they were on that terrible day: rage and sorrow. Like most Americans I suspect, who were alive at the time, that day will remain a raw wound for me for the remainder of my days.

  • Rage and sorrow: that sums up my feelings, then and now as well.

    Another eerie aspect is that today is almost an exact replica of that day. It was a Tuesday, and the weather was absolutely perfect – both here and in New York. I have to admit that there’s a small part of me that hates trudging into the city on this anniversary, though that may just be a bit of paranoia.

  • The terrorists got 40 of their promised virgins that day on flight 93, that day, 9/11. The virgins’ names are Freedom, Liberty, Truth and JUSTICE. when I stop weeping, when I stop crying, when I stop praying. God bless America, the United States, all 57 of them, the American flag hanging on my porch, our men in uniform. Freedom, Liberty, Truth and Justice. Liberty Walking, Freedom crying, Truth praying, Justice dying

  • “today is almost an exact replica of that day. It was a Tuesday and the weather was absolutely perfect”

    Same here in Central Illinois; the only difference being that when I got home from work there WERE multiple jet trails in the sky, instead of just one (from Air Force One). However, I just found out there is currently a huge smoke plume visible on the National Weather Service radar in Chicago — from a huge brush fire in La Salle County, Illinois, not far from where I grew up. The brush fire may have started from a cigarette thrown out a car window, so, be careful out there campers!

  • Re previous comment: thank goodness the smoke over my hometown is just from a brush fire and not from a downed plane as it was over Shanksville, Pa., that awful day. Flight 93 could have happened anywhere. God bless all the heroes of that day.

  • My countymen were with you, one on Flight 93, and others in the twin towers.
    We also feel your grief and your pain still, now years gone by, though we are far removed.
    These events are still very raw for those who recognise these attacks as an attack on our cultural and religious survival.

  • Thank you Don! In times of peril we recognize our true friends.