The Night Before

Wow. The WTC the evening of 9/10/2001.

Never forget.

Repost: Claude Michale Gann – 2996 Tribute

Reposting this tribute from last year. This 9/11 I will be out of pocket, celebrating the estimable Obi’s birthday and the Dawgs imminent thrashing of the Gamecocks.

Never Forget.

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mike gann

Mike Gann was 41 and recently happily remarried when he went to the Risk Waters conference at Windows on the World. He and his wife, Robin, had taken an “elopement” with their kids to the beach and then DisneyWorld just a few months before, but were still waiting to take their real honeymoon.

C. Michael Gann, IM 85, of Roswell, was Atlanta’s first reported casualty. He was at a conference on the 106th floor of the first tower struck. He called his wife, Robin, twice — to tell her what had happened and then to say goodbye; smoke was everywhere and he didn’t think he would make it.

He volunteered to attend the conference, because other Algorithmics employees could not attend. The conference was scheduled to end that day and Mike would have headed home.

Mike grew up in Smyrna, Georgia and attended Wills High School. After graduating from Georgia Tech, IM ’85, he pursued a master’s degree in finance and marketing from Mercer University. He loved his family, his church and his Lord.

Ed Bolduc, director of music ministry for St. Ann’s Life Teen program:

“He was one of the most humble and sincere guys I have ever met in my life,” he said. “As a music minister I truly believe that you don’t just play music, but you pray music. He was a shining example of that. It was really inspiring.”

A former worship leader himself, Mike loved to share his gift:

In the 80s at Atlanta Vineyard I was spoiled to feeling this almost every Sunday when the late Mike Gann led us in worshiping the Lord. He was definitely someone cut in David’s mold. But since that time I’ve found it very rare to be in the presence of a worship leader who knows how to lead people into the “presence of God.”

The city of Roswell has dedicated a plaque in memory of Mike and the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Mike Gann Memorial in Roswell Park

The Mike Gann Memorial in Roswell Park

His memory lives on.

See Project 2996 for more tributes to those we will never forget.

Many thanks to JustKeith.com, the New York Times 1, the New York Times 2, GTAlumni.org 1, GTAlumni.org 2, the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Endy9Blog.LifeWithChrist.org.

Bloombergistan

Read the whole thing over at WyBlog.

Fausta has a great round-up. Pat and Jill both weigh in on the coward that is the mayor of NYC.

What Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t realize, is HE will be the first one they come for. Because the Muslims believe they conquered him, personally, as well.

Outrageous!

Previously: Gauntlet

Compare and Contrast

Video made by the fabulous NiceDeb (also posted at Potluck):

Any questions?

I have one – when is Eric Holder packing up and heading out of town? Like his boss, he is clearly unfit to hold that office!

UPDATE: Smitty wants to sell tickets when this guy gets his Full Sam Kinison.

Quotes of the Day

I. Cassy Fiano in the Green Room:

It’s always someone else’s fault. It’s never Obama’s fault, or the administration’s fault. It’s because of George Bush, or Congress, or the ignorant hick Tea Partiers — anyone except themselves.

New York is the number one terror target, and our clueless president is cutting anti-terror funding. If you need the definition of an amateur who doesn’t care about protecting the lives of Americans, look up Obama’s name in the dictionary.

Ka-blam! Check out Cassy’s blog here.

II. Smitty weighs in on the dismantling of traditions, especially those that bond military brothers. What happens if the Herndon goes the way of trans-fat in a NYC deli?

Members of the first class to omit this event will make Rodney Dangerfield look like George Washington.

Pictures from the Atlanta Defending the American Dream Summit

Here are my impressions on yesterday’s AFP Defending the American Dream Summit held in Atlanta, GA. Some of the pictures are a little dark – I either need an easier to use camera, or help with this one! Some of the pictures were too dark, so apologies to Martha Zoeller, Virginia Galloway, Tommy Newberry, Brian Donegan, Jonathan Krohn, Sue Everhart, Joe Turner and Joel Aaron for not being pictured here.

Erick Erickson of RedState was one of the first speakers. He reminded the crowd not to let the train wreck in DC to overshadow our our looming train wreck here in Georgia. Just because our legislature is majority GOP doesn’t mean it’s conservative. They are only GOP for convenience. He advised the two ways to control politicians are by MONEY and FEAR.

Tommy Newberry touted his book, The War on Success. Bless his heart, he read all of Obama’s speeches to boil down his philosophy to three principles:
1. Dismantle the Constitution
2. Dismantle the Judeo/Christian values this country was founded upon
3. Redistribution of wealth

Brian Donegan founded a coalition for disabled Americans, Can-Do Conservatives. He shared the story of his parents being told he’d never live more than a few weeks and here he is – 27 years later!

Jonathan Krohn was his usual precocious self. He’s growing into a fine young man.

Sue Everhart, chair of the GA GOP told the crowd she was conservative first, GOP second!

Rep. Tom Price (GA-6) took the stage to a standing ovation. He said the solutions being offered now by Washington bear no resemblance to American principles. Hot topics were the current Health Care Reform legislation, the GOP strategy going forward, and ten solutions for this current predicament. He encouraged everyone to sign up for alerts from the Republican Study Committee, which you can do here. I’ll have more on his talk later. [UPDATE: Notes here.]

He evoked the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance” and then closed with those immortal words of Samuel Adams, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

For the first Breakout, I attended the one on New Media. Nothing much I didn’t already know, except this nugget – 1 of 5 people decided their vote based on a social network site. Amazing, but also frightening.

Back in the big hall, Neal Boortz was his usual snarky and wildly entertaining self. More on his talk later as well. [UPDATE: Notes here.]

Inhaled some lunch, and then hurried back for the surprise guest, our friend John Berry. And yes, he and the hubster have been friends since high school!

Next up was Joe Turner, magician, and his flaming wallet! According to him, the reason his wallet was on fire was from the friction of all the money flying out as taxes.

Following Joe, was Joel Aaron, first Atlanta Tea Party MC who currently works for AFP. He lead some comparisons between communism and America today.

The next breakout was ‘The Constitution and the Real American Legacy,’ lead by Cherokee Tribune columnist and Constitutional historian, Don Conkey. The room erupted in cheers and a standing ovation when he donned his tricorn! He said in his 82 years, he’d never seen such a power grab as last Sunday (a week ago now). And he reminded us he’d lived through Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Saddam. His new book is out, “God’s Influence in the Making of America,” at unibooks.com. As soon as it is available, I’ll be ordering my copy. He and his sidekick, retired political science professor Jay Lybbert, were fascinating. More on their talk later. [UPDATE: Notes here.]

Next breakout session was on ‘Winning with the Traditional Media,’ led by Erick Erickson. He gave advice on how to speak to reporters, how to deal with a camera stuck in your face (at which I failed miserably at CPAC this year – crash/burn – I don’t want to talk about it), how Twitter has opened an avenue of access previously unavailable to the common folk wanting to get some news out (they really read the tweets they get). Reporters main goal is to have a story no one else has, first. You help them, they come to trust you, the relationship becomes such that you can get your message out. “Be witty, be pithy, but most of all, be right.”

Reporters don’t understand liberty, only equality. He told other stories about CNN, Politico and gave great advice.

The high point of the session (for me at least) was meeting Erick’s wife. Behind every great man is a woman in charge. 🙂

Herman Cain closed the day with a rousing talk on taking back America. He said we can do it if we
1. Stay connected
2. Stay involved
3. Stay inspired.

Despite the attacks, their shifting narrative and never-ending name calling, we need to remember that Obama, Congress and the traditional media want us to give up. That is the last thing we should do.

What a day!

Never Forget

(h/t Jill, The Pundette)

Several still photographs of the 9/11 WTC attacks taken by NYPD have been released. View them here.

Gerard remembers and reminds:

I was standing on the Brooklyn Heights Promanade, less than a mile away, when this happened. At times I think I’ll get over it, get beyond it, move on…. but I never do. And I pray I never will.

Anyone – public official or private citizen – who tries to convince you this sort of thing is over, is trying to get you and your loved ones killed. You need to get in their face and back them down.

FAIL – Updated

After a busy day at work, I took advantage of my own background processing to chew on last night’s SOTU speech. I can only come up with one word – FAIL.

Obama had the perfect opportunity to reverse his fortunes last night. The captive audience of the chamber, plus millions of viewers, all waiting to see him miraculously dig himself out of the sinkhole that swallowed him when his unicorns and pixie dust evaporated over the last few months. Many wanted him to stumble, but many, many more, all his devoted followers, wanted to hear his soaring words and reassuring tones and know that all was well.

He blew it. His speech was worse than any stump speech we’d all heard a thousand times. He was arrogant. He was condescending. He dissed the Supreme Court. He dissed the Senate. He dissed conservatives. He dissed pretty much everyone but himself. The speech itself contained many falsehoods. He spent more time talking about jobs and healthcare and the economy than about national security. Sport, let me let you in on a little secret – without strong national security, our country is a target, weakened and possibly destroyed. What’s the point of petty jobs programs, restrictive and rationed healthcare and a teetering economy if there is no nation in which they might function?

Many folks much smarter than me are putting forth some great commentary. Here’s just a sample:

The Anchoress live-blogged the speech with some interesting points on cognitive dissonance.

Dr. Melissa notes Obama may have taken Carville’s advice – “attack, attack, attack.”

Erick on the jobs/taxes lie.

Fausta notes a special historical moment.

Jimmie is unimpressed.

Jill on Obama’s personal inflation and snippiness.

Interesting the things he couldn’t bring himself to say:
We won in Iraq
– Haiti only deserved a “shoutout”
– the two heroes sitting next to his wife (hint: they took down the Ft. Hood shooter)
He who shall not be named

Another interesting thing is that the day after, are people talking about his speech, or a quiet aside from the chamber (h/t Instapundit)? Don Surber:

The mouthing of words was one of the few newsworthy moments in a speech that dragged on for more than an hour as Obama grasped at any and all straws in a desperate attempt to salvage his presidency.

Judge Samuel Alito, you are da man.

One final thought, via Glenn Reynolds, on sitting there and taking it,

No, actually, you don’t, and Alito didn’t. And that will step on Obama’s press tonight and tomorrow, turning his demagoguery into a negative for him. That’s why Presidents usually act Presidential. Not so much because it’s dignified. But because it’s smart. That’s something that Obama, with his limited experience on the national stage, hasn’t figured out yet.

Not only did Obama stumble last night, he dug himself deeper.

In the meantime, enjoy your day after. FAIL.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey on the AP’s Top Ten Whoppers from the speech.

Gerard has the final word on that idiot Matthews.

Phineas of Public Secrets can’t help but notice that the President came off as diminished and petty. Wait, it gets worse. God help Obama – he needs help extracting his head from his hindparts.

2010 Dawns a New Year – Updated

And new hope that America can be saved from the approaching evil.

The Anchoress is known for her predictions – she has an interesting set this year. While there, read her take on the ‘Dems kill the DC voucher program’ debacle. Every issue for this administration boils down to politics.

Even the Georgia Governor can’t help it. [UPDATE II: From PP’s comments, fishtail dubs Sonny a “Sonnycrat, a one-person political party, himself.” How apropos. Seems that’s the political fashion these days.]

Paco has the White House transcript of the might-have-been Obama/Napolitano discussion immediately following the foiled Christmas day terrorist attack on NW 253. At least it is better than Obama’s original fluff. Rest assured, we are in the best of hands.

P&P has the year in pictures. Gee, just her shoes would pay two months car payments!

William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has only been blogging for a year – but he writes like an old pro! If you’re not reading him daily, you should be.

The Other McCain and The Camp of the Saints both begin the new year at new digs. Check them out.

No Sheeples Here continues to delight with pictures that are worth a thousand words.

Gerard asks the timely question, “Where do we get such men and why do we deserve them?”

Dear Gerard, despite what our government may believe, there are still men and women who love America, the promise of liberty, the freedom promised all by our Creator. You are one; I am another. There are many more, and we are rousing.

As we look upon the far-away gates of Mordor, with its belching smoke and stench of death, we should remember brave Aragorn’s words:

“Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day. This day we fight! For all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!” LOTR, The Return of the King

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin discusses 2009’s underreported stories. Patriot Room has their own list.

Erick says something wicked this way comes and Smitty has cautions for the new year. The enemy, both within and without, is testing us. Read them both.

Double points bonus – Janet “The system worked” Napolitano may be under the bus soon!

Honor the Sacrifice

(h/t HotAir)

Prayers for Ft. Hood – UPDATED

Such sadness. Massacre at Ft. Hood – 12 killed, at least 30 injured. At latest reports, the shooter, Major Malik Nadal Hasan, is alive and in custody at a local hospital. A Muslim, unhappy about an impending deployment…jihadi?

So senseless… Pray for the victims, their families, everyone effected. And our clueless President.

“Shout out…” – oh, pullllleeze!

UPDATE: HotAir is rounding up details as they come in.

UPDATE II: Yesterday, during my evening commute, I heard the President’s address over the radio. I am still aghast at his fumbling of the situation.

Even ABC considers Obama’s remarks “insensitive” (yes, you read that correctly A-B-C)

[SIC] The situation cled for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.

But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and, inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.” Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?

Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned. An incident like this requires a scrapping of the early light banter. The president should apologize for the tone of his remarks, explain what has happened, express sympathy for those slain and appeal for calm and patience until all the facts are in. That’s the least that should occur.

Indeed, an argument could be made that Obama should have canceled the Indian event, out of respect for people having been murdered at an Army post a few hours before. That would have prevented any sort of jarring emotional switch at the event.

Did the president’s team not realize what sort of image they were presenting to the country at this moment? The disconnect between what Americans at home knew had been going on — and the initial words coming out of their president’s mouth was jolting, if not disturbing.

If the president’s communications apparatus can’t inform — and protect — their boss during tense moments when the country needs to see a focused commander-in-chief and a compassionate head of state, it has disastrous consequences for that president’s party and supporters.

Indeed.

UPDATE III: Must read at Patterico – typical of the media’s coverage spin of this horrible event. Do not be distracted. The red flags on this guy where… ahem… glaring. A time bomb. Ed Driscoll also has a long and detailed update. Why is the media concealing information, even as they learn it? It doesn’t fit their news template, stupid! The Homeland Security connection.

UPDATE IV: Doesn’t his people vet anything before it shows up in a speech? Dr. Joe Medicine Crow, the object of Obama’s ill-advised “shout-out,” received a Medal of Freedom from Obama himself, not a Medal of Honor. Sheessh….

Obama’s Latest Squandered Opportunity

911 flags at gt

Yesterday, the eighth anniversary of the murder of 2996 innocent Americans, the unPresidential President had his first real opportunity to patch his sinking ship. An event presented itself, still raw and naked, not related to crippling legislation or unvetted staff or hugging dictators next door; a time and place where he could speak to the nation from his cold and shriveled heart. It is globally known he harbors a consuming hatred of George W. Bush., a distaste so strong that it encourages bad behavior from his followers. But what Obama refuses to see is that even though many Americans despise W for many reasons, his (often private) consolation of the victims and their families in the days (and years) of 9/12 America earned him a place in our collective hearts. He may not have had the right words at the right times, but you could see and feel his grief. And then his anger. His resolve.

Come on, Obama, be the George. Stop looking in the mirror and look out at America. Stop campaigning. Man up; be the Commander in Chief. We the people are still hurt and confused.

In no conflict throughout history were people still confused about the threat eight years after hostilities began. For America, neither WWI nor WWII had lasted half that long. And in those wars we not only achieved victory in that time, but we knew long before that — with crystalline precision — who our foes were and what we had to do to defeat them.

So what did Obama do yesterday? Did he go to church and pray for healing? (Aside: Has he even attended church since he took office?) Did he reiterate the stout American fortitude, focused to track down those responsible for the attacks and dispatch them to their judgment day? Nope, he mumbled some words at the Pentagon (be sure to note the adoration in the linked article, i.e. how the rain stopped just for the Obamas to step outside), then hurried over to paint somebody’s living room. He blew it, again.

What we see clearly now is that Obama is purposefully weakening America. Kryptonite drips from his every word. It’s all part of the plan, stupid.

To Obama, 9/11 has become an inconvenient obstacle to his Castrofication of America.

The PERSONAL horror of that day can fade, as the vivid memory of all pain eventually does – but that DATE and those IMAGES will continue to stand as the very real symbol of why we must remain watchful and to continue to root out and fight evil (no, I don’t shy from that word) wherever it hides, knowing – from very real experience – that to do otherwise will mean pain and death and mourning here at home when that evil next comes to us.

September 11th, 2001 stands as our focus-point for our vigilance, our strength, and our willingness to resist – a symbol paid-for in sacrifice, in loss – a symbol paid for in blood.

UPDATE: Leliks, perfect as always. (h/t Fausta)

Cross-posted at RedState.

UPDATE II: Howard Portnoy at the GreenRoom agrees… FAIL! Hmmmm…our timestamps were less than an hour apart!

God Bless America

“Remembrance is worthless without resolve. Resolve is useless without action.” Michelle Malkin, patriot.

I was too young to remember what I was doing when Kennedy was assassinated, but I can tell you what I was doing this morning eight years ago. So can others.

Never Forget. The Blood of Heroes.

Prior posts: 2008, 2007, 2006.

Claude Michael Gann – 2996 Tribute

mike gann

Mike Gann was 41 and recently happily remarried when he went to the Risk Waters conference at Windows on the World. He and his wife, Robin, had taken an “elopement” with their kids to the beach and then DisneyWorld just a few months before, but were still waiting to take their real honeymoon.

C. Michael Gann, IM 85, of Roswell, was Atlanta’s first reported casualty. He was at a conference on the 106th floor of the first tower struck. He called his wife, Robin, twice — to tell her what had happened and then to say goodbye; smoke was everywhere and he didn’t think he would make it.

He volunteered to attend the conference, because other Algorithmics employees could not attend. The conference was scheduled to end that day and Mike would have headed home.

Mike grew up in Smyrna, Georgia and attended Wills High School. After graduating from Georgia Tech, IM ’85, he pursued a master’s degree in finance and marketing from Mercer University. He loved his family, his church and his Lord.

Ed Bolduc, director of music ministry for St. Ann’s Life Teen program:

“He was one of the most humble and sincere guys I have ever met in my life,” he said. “As a music minister I truly believe that you don’t just play music, but you pray music. He was a shining example of that. It was really inspiring.”

A former worship leader himself, Mike loved to share his gift:

In the 80s at Atlanta Vineyard I was spoiled to feeling this almost every Sunday when the late Mike Gann led us in worshiping the Lord. He was definitely someone cut in David’s mold. But since that time I’ve found it very rare to be in the presence of a worship leader who knows how to lead people into the “presence of God.”

The city of Roswell has dedicated a plaque in memory of Mike and the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Mike Gann Memorial in Roswell Park

The Mike Gann Memorial in Roswell Park

His memory lives on.

See Project 2996 for more tributes to those we will never forget.

Many thanks to JustKeith.com, the New York Times 1, the New York Times 2, GTAlumni.org 1, GTAlumni.org 2, the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Endy9Blog.LifeWithChrist.org.

Michelle remembers John Chada.
Fausta remembers Joe Angelini, Jr.
Jimmie remembers Kui Fai “Raymond” Kwok.
Ed remembers Cesar Garcia.
Risa remembers Ronald John Hemenway.
Alicia remembers Christopher Paul Slattery.
Smitty remembers LCDR Robert Randolph Elseth.
Carol remembers Margaret L. Benson, Emerita “Emy” de la Pena, Harry Glenn, Jonathan Lee Ielpi, Howard Lee Kane, Debbie Mannetta, Amy O’Doherty, Michael A. Parkes, Ricardo Quinn, Faina Rapoport, Timothy E. Reilly, Jacquelyn P. Sanchez, Keiichiro Takahashi, Tyler Ugolyn, Celeste Torres Victoria, Mary Alice Wahlstrom, Elkin Yuen, Abraham J. “Abe” Zelmanowitz, and Arthur Joseph Jones III.
Jesse remembers Ann Nicole Nelson.
Melissa remembers Angela Susan Perez.

Elizabeth, Jim, Jane, Pam, Laurie, Carol, Melissa, Allahpundit, Dan, Sarah, Donald, Lorie; we all remember.

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