Twenty Years. Some Pain Never Goes Away.

I’ve been absent a while. More about that in a later post.

On September 12, 2001, we all vowed to NEVER FORGET. Seems many Americans have, especially those who supposedly represent us, or those we supposedly elected. But I’ve not forgotten. And I never will, as long as I can draw breath.

The AJC had an excellent article on the first NYC baseball game after 9/11/2001. Braves vs. Mets.

Georgia lost four sons that day. My 2018 anniversary post is here. 2019. 2020. There are more. Just follow the links.

This milestone year will be extra painful, considering the events of the last few weeks. I agree with Val (like always), Mumbly Joe needs to stay away.

Remember, Remember

The 11th of September. A beautiful fall day burned forever into our memories.

Some years, the words flow. This year, all I have is a dull ache, a gnawing grief that will not be soothed.

Remember the lost.

Remember the ones lost since due to sickness caused by exposure during the rescue/recovery.

Remember the ones suffering now, soon to be lost.

Last year’s post.

The Hole in Our Hearts

Imagine working beside someone who was ten years old on this fateful day in 2001. Someone who had only heard what teachers and yammering talking-heads have said throughout their school years. Not someone who lost someone that day. Or knew others who lost friends, spouses, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers, the cute girl at the coffee shop, or an entire firehouse of brave fireman.

America, America. My tears are for thee.

My day today is filled with senseless meetings. My phone will buzz with the annual reminders to reflect on our losses – of Flight 11 at 8:46, Flight 75 at 9:03, Flight 77 at 9:37, the South Tower collapse at 9:59, Flight 93 at 10:07, and the North Tower collapse at 10:28. I will be quiet and distracted. The meeting leaders will wonder what’s going on in my insignificant little life that my phone is suddenly rattling away.

From the 9/11/13 post:

Despite the sadness, and the blustery misdirection of politicos and media hounds, remember those who died this day at the hands of terrorist Islamists that our government now secretly embraces.

Georgia lost four sons that day:

  • Claude Michael Gann of Roswell, whose tribute you can find here. Mike was recently remarried and attending a conference at Windows on the World.
  • Major Stephen V. Long of Georgia, whose tributes you can find here and here. Already a war hero, he was at his post at the Pentagon when it was attacked.
  • Maynard S. Spence Jr of Douglasville, whose tribute you can find here. He was on the 99th floor of the second tower.
  • Harshad Sham Thatte of Norcross, whose Legacy page is here. He worked for the same company as Mr. Spence, Marsh & McLennan.

Teach your children and grandchildren what happened that day. Never, ever forget.

Isn’t It Nice to Know that the U.S. Army Thinks I’m a Religious Extremist?

ReligiousExtremismAnd you Catholics, too. We’re all lumped in the pot with Hamas and al-Qaeda.

Read more here.

Chesterton was right, “The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side.”

Breaking: Gunman attacks military bus at Frankfurt Airport, 2 dead

From the BBC:

Two US servicemen have died after a gunman opened fire on a bus carrying American military personnel at Frankfurt Airport, police say.

The US Air Force said two of its airmen died and two were wounded. One of the dead is said to have been the driver.

A 21-year-old man from Kosovo was held after the shooting in front of Terminal 2 at Europe’s second-biggest airport.

The Frankfurt Airport is near the US base at Ramstein. Please keep these soldiers and their families in your prayers as more information comes in.

UPDATE: Jim Hoft has more…the shooter has been identified as Arif Uka, from the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica. And he shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. Who’ll take the bet that Obama will now say this isn’t a terrorist attack against America?

Quote of the Day

From the excellent exchange of letters between Roger Simon of PJM and Salim Mansur:

…I expressed my fear of how a culture of narcissism (as Christopher Lasch called it) and political correctness (as Allan Bloom laid bare in The Closing of the American Mind) have contributed to the present situation in American politics that you and I deplore. What I implied is that America’s retreat from its role as leader of the West will mean an absence of an effective check to the malady that has brought ruin to the Muslim world, and that this affliction will spread. An isolationist America and a weakened West, its Enlightenment values irreparably corroded, is ominous for everyone who loves freedom.

The first letter is here. Food for thought amongst our crumbling walls.

Sorry, It’s Not You. It’s Me. It’s Over.

Sorry Delta. I’m giving you your frequent flier card back. We were together for so long. Our relationship started when I worked for you as a star-stuck young grad. The years just flew by (haha-pun). But as we grew old together, things began to sour and we drifted a bit.

But now, this… this is the last straw. I honestly can’t stay with someone who disrespects me as a person. I’m leaving with my head held high, with my dignity intact.

It’s not you. It’s me. I just can’t understand what you see in that T-S-A. I mean, really, they are all over you all the time. And you just, well, you stand there like nothing is happening. Please. You’re embarrassing people. Remember grandma’s rule? No PDA in public? Go get a room, or something

Sigh. We’ll always have that weekend in Nuevo Laredo.*

Before I leave, can I ask you one more little favor? Can you send all my FF miles to over to Amtrak? When I needed a big shoulder to cry on, well, they were just there and understood.

(Idea from Megan McArdle, who has her own Dear John.)

Anyone else breaking up? Just link here or leave a comment. We can commiserate together.

P.S. * Remember where the quote is from?

UPDATE: Tooooo funny.

A Computer Worm, a Biblical Code, the Unseen Hand?

This first blipped up on my radar a few days ago. With my background in security, I thought it was interesting and a little spooky. Not a DOS attack, but something different… targeting specific machinery and computers related to the Iranian nuclear development projects.

A computer virus that attacks an industrial system widely used by Iran could be the first real instance of “cyberwar”, western experts have revealed.

Kevin Hogan, senior director of security response at computer security giant Symantec, said 60 per cent of computers worldwide infected by the Stuxnet worm were in Iran, suggesting its industry was the target.”

Details began to trickle out on Stuxnet. No call-backs (its creator didn’t want to see the results? See UPDATE below. There was returned information for a time.) … hmmm. Seems the code itself has some interesting naming conventions, with allusions to Queen Esther and Persia. Now remember Iran now was Persia then. And they hated Jews just as much then as now.

Yid with Lid gives us our Sunday School lesson refresher:

Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament narrative in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.

That use of the word “Myrtus” — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — to name a file inside the code is one of several murky clues that have emerged as computer experts try to trace the origin and purpose of the rogue Stuxnet program, which seeks out a specific kind of command module for industrial equipment. [NYT]

In the Biblical Story of Esther, the vizier to the Persian king tries to destroy the Jewish people, in the end he is defeated by a Jewess named Esther who becomes queen of Persia and her uncle Mordecai. Since Iran is the modern day Persia, and the computer virus is meant to stop the destruction of the Jewish People, could this be a message from God, from Israel, something put in just to confuse or maybe something put in the virus just to make the paranoid Iranians even more nervous.


God’s hand is everywhere, even when we can’t see what is unfolding around us. He can use the tiniest computer bug just as mightily as a brave young woman to defeat the darkest evil on Earth.

Here, do your homework. Look for more clues and be vigilante.

UPDATE: There’s more

A reference (uncovered by Symantec) to May 9, 1979, the date of the execution of a prominant Iranian Jew by the new Iranian regime.

Jonathan Last’s excellent outline of the worm at Weekly Standard. RTWT to be prepared as more information becomes available in the weeks to come.

Zero-day parameters? Wait, four zero-day parms? Trojanized rootkit? Stolen digital signatures?

Correction to above – there was call-back reporting for a time.

Stuxnet was not designed to spread over the Internet at large. (We think.) It was, however, able to spread over local networks—primarily by using the print spooler that runs printers shared by a group of computers. And once it reached a computer with access to the Internet it began communicating with a command-and-control server—the Stuxnet mothership. The C&C servers were located in Denmark and Malaysia and were taken off-line after they were discovered. But while they were operational, Stuxnet would contact them to deliver information it had gathered about the system it had invaded and to request updated versions of itself. You see, the worm’s programmers had also devised a peer-to-peer sharing system by which a Stuxnet machine in contact with C&C would download newer versions of itself and then use it to update the older worms on the network.

And during it’s travels, instead of causing general mayhem, the worm is looking for something specific.

“It’s looking for specific things in specific places in these PLC devices,” Digital Bond CEO Dale Peterson told PC World. “And that would really mean that it’s designed to look for a specific plant.” Tofino Security Chief Technology Officer Eric Byres was even more ominous, saying, “The only thing I can say is that it is something designed to go bang.” Even the worm’s code suggests calamity. Ralph Langner is the most prominent Stuxnet sleuth and he notes that one of the last bits of code in the worm is the line “DEADF007.” (Presumably a dark joke about “deadf*ckers” and the James Bond call-sign “007.”) “After the original code is no longer executed, we can expect that something will blow up soon,” Langner says somewhat dramatically. “Something big.”

Things go boom?

Quote of the Day

Warner Todd Huston nails it at Gateway Pundit:

But somehow I can’t escape the feeling that this flippancy comes from Obama’s envy that George W.Bush got a “big event” to make his presidency while all Obama has gotten is a bad economy, massive job loss, and dissatisfaction at every level of society. No big disaster that he could make his nut on. Heck he even wasted the BP Oil spill with weeks of inactivity.

I can just see him, green with envy that Bush got that big moment. If ONLY Hussein could get a big attack of his own, why THEN he’d show the world what a great president he could be! If only we could “absorb” a big one like 9/11, eh Barrack? And we’d take it…. and take it….

Now, remember the old days when we had a president that was willing to take the fight to the terrorists? Now we have a president that is waiting to “absorb” attacks on us, HERE. And we take it…

Yeah. Remember the good ol’ days?

My New Obsession


Run by two of my favorite internet friends, Joy and Gerard.

Joy you will remember from CPAC shenanigans. Gerard, well, someday I’ll get to meet him. I really, really hope so.

In the meantime, check out this video, Episode 1 of “In The Red Chair.”

When Kamal Saleem was a boy of 7, he began training in a PLO assault camp. This notorious terrorist group trained him to know his enemy, to hate his enemy, and to anticipate their every move. His singular purpose was to use his power to change the world for Islam. Soon he was a career mercenary, working for the cause of Jihad. But a severe accident broke his back and changed everything in an instant. The one thing that this warrior was not prepared for—was the power of love.

There will be a quiz. When you least expect it.

Quote of the Day

“Is that a WMD in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”

RTWT, but down your coffee first. A virtual cavalcade of punny, pun-puns.

Movie Night

H/T Nice Deb

H/T Carole

H/T PJTV straight to youtube

H/T The Right Scoop (via Stacy). There’s more at Ace’s place.

Here (sorry it won’t embed)

74 days. November is coming. Pass the popcorn.

The Real Goal of the Ground Zero Mosque

If this didn’t make you mad enough to spit, then read all of Christine Brim’s post at BigPeace and learn about the Shariah Index Project. That’s ok, I’ll wait.

The issues at stake in the Ground Zero Mosque and the Shariah Index Project are not about Americans supporting the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom. Americans support that protection.

The issues at stake here are about Americans protecting the Constitution from Shariah-adherent groups using the protective guise of religious freedom to attack the Constitution itself – using a triumphal Ground Zero mosque as “the base” for a project to institutionalize Shariah in America.

And King Bozo was for it before he was against it.

Any questions? Let US be clear here, Mr. President, November is coming.

(Many thanks to Larwyn, without whom the internetz would stop spinning.)

He Was For The Mosque Before He Was Against It

Title and cartoon swiped from Caught Him With a Corndog. Read the whole thing.

Do We Have An Answer?

Finally? Maybe?

First of all, I take a couple of days to pack up and move my boy off to college and guess what? What always happens when I go out of town? Our Fearless Leader steps in the bigg pile of poo.

Back, oh ’bout a year and half ago, I wondered out loud if there was Lemon Law for Presidents. Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress, wondered the same thing

I continue to grapple with the “Is he a closet Muslim?” question. So far, almost everything he said during the pre-election campaign has turned out to be one kind or another of “misspeak” that is corrected and recorrected in the post-election campaign. Today’s actions lead further down one path.

Is Barack Obama secretly a Muslim or – if not a Muslim – somehow beholden to Muslim interests? I don’t know. Still can’t say. But it’s a fair question, now.

My, how far we’ve come since then. But question remained unanswered, at least officially as America staggered through each of his disastrous new policies. Remember when, on March 6, 2007, in a New York Times article,

Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

Remember the media scrambling to spin this quote from the then candidate as something that shouldn’t cause of smidge of worry for America? Remember?

Erick Erickson asked it again back in January – who is this man? If he’d ever gone to Sunday School, he’d have learned that “words, once out of your mouth, can never be taken back.” Words like those endorsing the location and building of the Cordoba House Victory Mosque at Ground Zero. Then when he feels the breeze of the predicable blow-back, he predictably flip-flops.

Erick said it best again, on Saturday (too good to excerpt),

Barack Obama last night came out forcefully in favor of the Ground Zero Mosque. He said he believed our nation’s founding principles demanded it.


Which of those founding principles? This man was a law professor. Surely he understands that our founding principles do not compel the President of the United States to support the specific act of an individual based on our founding principles. Otherwise, he no doubt supports revolution because that is the principle on which our republic began, see e.g. the Declaration of Independence.

There is, in fact, a difference between the exertion of a legal right and supporting the use of a legal right that is offensive.

Under Barack Obama’s logic, the President of the United States now supports jihad apparently. After all, jihad is an Islamic teaching and our founding principles of freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof must compel Obama’s support for jihad.

Likewise, all those religious sects still practicing polygamy can go to town. After all, there is a more solid historic foundation for polygamy than gay marriage and if we can have one, surely our founding principles now compel we have the other.

Oh — what about the Greater First Church of Satan wanting to do human sacrifice of a willing victim? I guess our founding principles demand the President support that too. After all, it is a religious belief and only willing participants.

No doubt Barack Obama will now also forcefully come out in favor of protesting abortion clinics. After all, our founding principles support freedom of speech.

Just don’t hint at opposing Barack Obama. Our very founding principle — the right of a free people to choose their own leader — makes you a fringe, anti-American racist.

The logic Barack Obama is using to support the noxious notion that a mosque should be built at Ground Zero opens up all sorts of logical avenues our Genius in Chief probably never even thought about.

Lastly, I guess his new found appreciation for our founding principles came after the National Day of Prayer. To paraphrase Keder on Twitter, the left believes putting a mosque at Ground Zero is awesome, as long as Christians are not praying in school.

Arguments are heating up on both sides. Just when we think he can’t find another way to divide America, he does it again.

At least we’re closer to the question of which church he’d join. The Mosque at Ground Zero.

UPDATE: Smitty in the comments points to the ultimate answer and Bill Whittle has it. Yeah, it’s long; stop whining. It’s worth it.

We knew it; we just didn’t want to admit it and Bill ties it up in a tidy package.

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