September 11 is here again…..

Last week, you might remember I asked for happy childhood memories.  We got some fabulous ones and I thank you all!  It was great to read them.

Fellow blogger and good buddy Kid added something that was truly profound and hit me HARD:  “…..but, my favorite memories were everything up until 9/11/2001”

I agree.  “everything up until…”  There are young people,  even those in their teens now (!) who don’t know America before September 11, 2001.   They don’t know what it meant to feel totally safe, to be patriotic and not feel some on the Left are shaming you for it,  how it felt to get on a plane after waiting in interminable lines with your shoes off and not worry a terrorist might bring it down, how you could go into a large venue and not fear terrorists starting to shoot, how it felt to walk slowly down an American street and be very sure you’ll make it to the end of it without being hit by a truck driven by terrorists, how we could still be proud of this Christian country despite attempts to criticize “ALL Christians” for everything from not wanting to kill babies to praying in public but having to constantly excuse Muslims for terrorism because “not ALL muslims..”  etc.    Etc.  Etc.

What does Kid’s sentiment mean to you?  Does it conjure up the deep feelings I had when I read it?   

God bless all those who died that day, God bless all those families of the dead, the responders, and us.  God bless us as we still struggle to truly grasp that we’ve become weaker instead of stronger in the wake of this nightmare due to political correctness.  “Help us, God… Amen.”

Z

 

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25 Responses to September 11 is here again…..

  1. bocopro says:

    Well, not comPLETEly safe.

    I remember whooping cough, TB, polio, diphteria, small pox, cholera, and “duck and cover.” Had childhood friends die or be crippled from diseases we no longer worry about.

    Two brothers, marvelous young athletes, died two years apart from polio. Never reached adolescence. Slow, wasting, probably very painful death. Friends of mine, but we couldn’t even go visit them ’cause the stuff was contagious.

    We had our fears, our terrors, but not from terrorists . . . only from Mother Nature and them Russkis.

    And I also remember sleepin with the windows open at night, and leavin the car unlocked, and never losin a bike, and cops and firemen were friendly, and not bein afraid to hitchhike, and rape and murder happened only in places like Noo Yawk and Chi-town.

    One of my biggest fears as a kid, other than diseases, was that I’d get caught doin somethin I shouldn’t and some total stranger would whup my butt right there in public for it.

    That and gettin Mrs. Tauer or Miss Witt for English in school. Scary ladies. MAX homework. TOUGH graders. ACID tongues. NO compromise. About as maternal as a Marine Corps Gunny Sarge D.I. Terror in sensible shoes, hair in a tight bun with a comb in it, and total inability to smile.

    I lucked out and got Mrs. Brookshire. She even LOOKED human. Major factor in my college degree plan.

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  2. jerrydablade says:

    9/11 certainly is a ‘Before/After’ kind of date. Its what you said at the end about once being a ‘Christian country’ that is the most disheartening Z, and that has nothing to do with the muzlim terrorists. They can bring down a building or two now and again before we send them to hell with a well placed drone missile. Its the leftists, statist progressives democrat socialists justice warriors here who just may bring down the country.

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  3. Kid says:

    Well, a minor point, but I feel perfectly safe and am not afraid of encountering a violent moslem.

    To me, as I realized sometime in the afternoon of 9-11-2001, this country was never going to be the same. Air travel would turn into a disgusting affair, all sorts of useless security measure would be put in place that would do nothing but harrass law abiding citizens, and the door to being exposed to islam (I didn’t know much about it then) would open wide – to give a few examples. It became worse than I imagined.

    Patriotism lasted all of about 2 weeks afterwards and apparently much of that was faked by the sociopath left. 7 years later they elected a muslim to the white house. Twice.
    New York actually let the vermin build a islamic celebration center on the sight of their last mass murder. I found I really dislike many more people in the country than I ever imagined. America will never be as it was at 8:00 am on 9-11.

    Europe actually invite them in to rob, rape, kill, and harrass their citizens. Stunning still.

    That really bothers me and if I could snap my fingers and remove every moslem from the Earth, I’d do it right now and sleep like a baby.

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  4. Kid says:

    PS – 10,000 people now have cancer from breathing the dust from the trade centers.

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  5. Kid says:

    PPS – Here is an article talking about how the terrorism situation is worse now than in 2001. Whatever we’re doing isn’t very effective.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/09/11/september-11-attacks-anniversary-terrorism-memorial-new-strategy-column/1212208002/

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  6. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro….not the same fear, is it. We all had things like that growing up, and now as adults, but that’s always there, and always was….now we have all that AND terrorism which could happen any second, anywhere; we still have diseases to worry about, or paying the bills, all the ordinary things. I think that’s the point! Suddenly, it wasn’t the ‘normal’ fears and worries…and it’s TOTALLY unavoidable, whenever terror strikes again, …

    Jerry,yes, that is a huge worry, of course, but we talk about that pretty much every day. I thought it important to consider what Kid had said, about how MUCH we had to change that awful day.
    Yes, America’s going bad from within, largely due to ignoring Christianity, I believe…people are less kind, more self absorbed, children are growing up rudderless, etc………You could say the Catholic Priest horrors we’re hearing about are its 9/11, and just another sad way people are being pushed away from faith. Which never works.

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  7. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I think we all know that terror isn’t gone!! It’s why I mentioned in my post that we grasp to understand just how we’ve become weaker instead of stronger in the wake of this nightmare due to political correctness. Understanding comes easier if we realize WE ARE LESS TOUGH ON MUSLIMS AND WHATEVER THEY DO THAN WE ARE ON CHRISTIANS AND WHATEVER THEY DO. Christians are fighting in prisons to make followers of Christ of prisoners……..Muslims are fighting (HARD) in prisons to make hard core terrorist muslim KILLERS. BIG difference, isn’t it.
    And THEY can hide behind “NO We’re just teaching the ‘holy’ koran!” Ya, BS. Christians are look at as proselytizers, Muslims are ‘cool and wanting to enlighten Americans’

    I still think 9/11’s terror tops all terrors we’ve had in this country, since its beginning, because we’re NOT working hard enough to stop the next one, we’re even inviting trouble!, ….

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  8. geeez2014 says:

    My liberal (yes, I have one out of the many) sister just posted this on Facebook……. ·
    “If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
    —Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in 2002

    See, it’s her feeling that if we love those who hate us, they’ll love us back. This is the typical American response and it’s a dangerous one, in my opinion.
    I am hoping Sandy Dahl and my sister mean that we could die tomorrow so we shouldn’t hate…..and I agree with that FERVENTLY…..
    But it smacks of “Love those people who’d do this to us….it’ll change their hearts” …the one thing Americans are MOST naive about is thinking others are like us.

    WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE THINK OF THE QUOTE?

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  9. Mustang says:

    As we lament what happened on 9/11, we should perhaps reflect on this sobering fact: it could happen again. The same idiots who were responsible for protecting the United States of America (and her people) then (people who should have been imprisoned for their criminal negligence, but who continue to ebb and flow through our government’s infrastructure) are pretty much the same nimrods (defined as people easily confused) who are supposedly protecting us now. We continue to suffer the intolerable abomination of political correctness run amok, we have seen acts of political vindictiveness result in American journalists (opposing the Obama administration, for example) being added to “no-fly” lists, and the only people who are inconvenienced by our lame-brained policies are normal, innocent Americans seeking to fly on US flagged aircraft. Meanwhile, the State Department continues to allow unfettered access to our shores by goat-herders and camel drivers as if they have anything at all to contribute to American society, and the camel’s nose now being firmly within our tent, we have growing populations of Moslems (which is a mental disease) who are well-positioned to attack soft-targets here at home. Today, the enemy is well within our walls; they are playing the waiting (for the right time) game. Our game is called stupid.

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  10. Kid says:

    “No time for hate”. I don’t know I’d translate that as giving love to the moslems. Most people though probably do translate the way you did.
    Negative energy is usually wasted energy so that’s how I’d translate it. Live and enjoy your life best you can.

    I see Wray of the FBI say’s we’re safer now than on 9-11. Many don’t believe that and for good reason. We have a million illegals coming across the border every year for the last 30 years according to a source I believe. There is a very large ranch in Arizona on the border with Mexico that the owner claims there is a steady stream of illegals crossing every day. 100 Bangledeshi’s were caught in a short period trying to cross in Texas. Safer. Geeez.

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  11. Baysider says:

    9/11 was a milestone in vulnerability. “It” came here. That changed us – in both attitude and gave the statists cover to become very intrusive.

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  12. bunkerville says:

    My take on it? The effect was to permit an intrusive statist government develop on steroids, who is now able to defy the constitution all in the name of so called “safety.” FISA courts that now know no bounds and approves 99.03 percent of warrantless spying…sadly, the terrorists gave the swamp the keys to their final takeover.

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  13. geeez2014 says:

    Mustang…well put. I couldn’t agree more, as my sentence in my post says “God bless us as we still struggle to truly grasp that we’ve become weaker instead of stronger in the wake of this nightmare due to political correctness. ” We are SO AFRAID TO OFFEND A MUSLIM, or STAND FOR JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES, that we’re bowing to Islam. Serving Halal food in company cafeterias and selling it stores…removing pork sausage and bacon from some menus because MUSLIMS ARE OFFENDED.
    I have one thing to say to the Muslims who DARE tell US what we can eat or sell……..(cover your eyes everybody…this could be a “Z FIRST” but it’s how angry I am: F*** YOU.
    Gee, that felt good 🙂 (Sorry!!)

    Kid, you basically said what I’m thinking…probably hadn’t said it well………yes, we don’t WANT to hate, but quotations like that, particularly from my dear but lib sis (the only one who got her Doc from Berkeley!) do mean what I implied…!! And yes, as I said, we don’t WANT to hate, but…

    \Baysider, yup! THEY came HERE…very different scenario…and STILL we don’t wake up!
    Still, the best thing Americans seem to think they can do is have “Group hugs, light candles and read the names of the dead on every ‘holiday'”

    Bunk! I thought you were going CONSPIRACY THEORIST on us till I read… “the terrorists gave the swamp the keys to their final takeover.” Yes, purposefully or not, they SURE DID.

    But I’m not one who feels we need to jeopardize the freedoms in the Constitution to stay safe…….The Constitution nowhere says “Look, Muslims are nice, too, so let’s not be too hard on them…protecting Americans isn’t THAT important!” 🙂 Thank GOD.

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  14. Kid says:

    Hey Z, that felt good. 🙂

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  15. geeez2014 says:

    Kid…I just couldn’t help it…it’s a first for GeeeZ, and I’m not sure it’s a good first, but it’s the mood I’m in 😦

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  16. Mal says:

    Z, your comment that you think 9/11 tops all terrors we’ve had in this country didn’t take Pearl Harbor into consideration. Both were sneak attacks that resulted in approx. 3,000 deaths.
    Of course, P.H. wasn’t a state at the time and wasn’t contiguous with the lower 48, but still was considered an attack on America.

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  17. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, can’t say I agree that it was as big a nightmare, or nearly as evocative as to what could happen to the normal American working in his office, as NYC’s attack was, but you have a point, for sure.

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  18. geeez2014 says:

    And then there’s Sally Field, who’s apparently just written a book and who says NOW, after Burt Reynolds DIED, that she’s glad he’ll never read it because he wouldn’t like what’s in it.
    Sounds like a FANTASTIC, FABULOUS move by her publishers, doesn’t it? $$$$ She got so lucky with her timing.
    I was never a huge Reynolds fan, but this reeks to me of what’s really wrong with America…scum seeking only to make a buck.

    Heck, I’d be happy for an HONEST buck today! 🙂

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  19. You hit the nail on the head. We make a deadly mistake thinking that terrorists are like us. These are animals who live only to kill. History tells us that enemies who don’t care if they die are hard to defeat. In WWII our soldiers figured that out and knew they had kill the Japanese. Harry Truman made the right decision in dropping the bomb twice. We need to take off the gloves and get rid of this threat. Or leave it to kill us.

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  20. Baysider says:

    SO AFRAID TO OFFEND A MUSLIM. Or anyone other than a Christian or a white male.

    This example SO burned me: Wisconsin student labeled ‘disruptive’ for passing out ‘Jesus loves you’ valentines” in the student union. College co-ed was formally labeled – formally, as in her student record – as ‘disruptive’ NOT from her manner but because the college policy is to prohibit students from handing out materials WITH OFFENSIVE CONTENT. Offensive like “need Grace? See Jesus” kind of thing. Grrrr!!

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  21. geeez2014 says:

    Law and Order..Bravo “We need to take off the gloves and get rid of this threat. Or leave it to kill us.” What other choice? Right?
    I was lucky enough to be raised by a wonderful Armenian woman who happened to be raised in Cairo…believe me, she understands that people don’t think like Americans…….and that Americans are NAIVE in their trusting THEM to act as we would…Silly and DANGEROUS!
    When Mom first came here, Dad’s family had a Black cleaning woman named Minnie, who I later knew and adored, as we all did….Mom was actually afraid of Blacks here in America because she was used to dark Arabs and how THEY acted. Minnie was a SAINT, as sweet as people come, and won Mom over. But Dad used to tell me particularly “YOu need to be more like your mother and not trust as much as you do.” I’ve continued to be like him….liking everybody UNTIL they messed me over. Mom didn’t trust until they proved they’re trustworthy.
    Americans need to GROW UP, particularly our gov’t. I believe Trump is FAR FAR too trusting, too. “He likes me!” He sounds like Sally Field!

    Baysider….we now live in a country where JESUS is offensive….and we wonder why we’re in HUUUUGE trouble in America!?

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  22. Kid says:

    Z, “I believe Trump is FAR FAR too trusting, too. “He likes me!” He sounds like Sally Field!”

    I grade your Trump Understanding coefficient at 12 on a scale of 1-100. 🙂

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  23. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, he always sounds too trusting….I thought we’d had enough of that when GWB said he saw something good in Putin’s eyes, remember?
    I do understand Trump; My appreciation, however, is 12 on a scale of 1-100. Not of what he DOES, that’s probably an 80 on the 100 scale…but how he handles things? UGH. I understand, I just don’t like it.

    Believe me, I get that he has to butter people like Kim and Putin up so he says way too personal things from time to time …but I just think he needs to keep some things PRIVATE> For example, I don’t think it’s great to be weighing in in public on things Kim does…….be quiet…keep Kim on his toes.
    EVERYTHING is talked about in public; think they do that in N Korea or Russia? We air everything, we like everything before we know if it’s worth liking…………bad

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  24. Bob says:

    “Kid, he always sounds too trusting.”
    Once again, I am late to the party. I disagree with the Trump as trusting thing. His on-again, off-again conduct to Kim and others is simply part of his engagement game. How can you negotiate with someone who will not sit down at the table? He says nice and over-the-top things to keep the game going. He also doesn’t hesitate to reward someone’s bad conduct with a verbal slam. That, too, is part of his game.

    All he wants to do is to personally engage with someone (target) to stay in the negotiating game until he gets what he wants. This is the New York way, over-the-top and very effective.

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  25. Mal says:

    I take Trumps “making nice” comments about people or situations as extending the olive branch in one hand while holding a hammer behind his back in the other, just in case. He is nobody’s fool..
    He has been dealing with most all the foreign governments for decades and knows the rules. People need to quit criticizing, just veg out and give his policies a chance to evolve.

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