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Archive for September 11th, 2011

If Palin’s Not The Candidate/President Why Care Who Is?

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on September 11, 2011

If Sarah Palin chooses not to run for the GOP nomination, her decision either way being expected in the next few weeks, or if running does not receive it, what possible difference will it make who the nominee ends up being?

Taking it one step further, what real difference will there be if in January 2013 Barack Obama, or Rick Perry or Mitt Romney is sworn in as president?

 President Obama is re-elected with, as seems likely at this point in time, congress being in Republican hands, he will, effectively, be a lame duck president from day one. He wouldn’t be able to get any radical measures passes, just as now, and neither will his veto be able to be overturned. 

Conversely, if Perry, or Romney are elected, is their anything in their past performance as Governors which gives any indication they they would be transformational presidents?

The question, if posed about Mitt Romney is, frankly, laughable. Romney is presenting himself as a good, successful businessman and manager and thus the best choice for tough economic times. 

What is actually needed, which the real economic power brokers have, finally, decided to do, is not to have interventionists like Obama and the Bernanke of the last three years, a but minimalistic interventionist who will stand aside, and let the normal healing process of the business cycle, the market, do its job unimpeded. The age of Solyndra-ism has passed.

If an off the shelf Republican like Perry or Romney is elected, not only does the political real world of “tacking to the center” when elected come, sadly, in to play once again, but it will ensure that no progressive conservatism will eventuate. If the Dem’s retain the senate, or the GOP wins it without a filibuster proof majority (which is likely) then the chance of a genuine conservative reconstruction is next to zero.

If Palin were to win the presidency, then there is every chance for a genuinely transformational administration. Partly based on her record of economic management and achievement, partly based on her ability to reach across the aisle. Partly because  of her clearly set out attack on the establishment power structure “crony capitalism”. This attack morally binds her to not tack away from the ethical structure she has laid out.

Certainly, congressional strictures which would affect an Obama or a different GOP president would be in place as they are now. However, with Palin elected there would be a moral imperative stopping, at least initially, the Democrats from impeding her legislative program.

If Palin were elected, the message to congress would have been strikingly clear-change was desired. In contrast to a Romney or Perry, the election of Palin would mean, without doubt, that America was in the mood for significant change. 

Any political party that was seen to be obstructive to that mood, purely for partisan reasons, especially members of a party that was recently rejected at the polls would suffer ignominious defeat at the ensuing mid-terms.

A Palin administration would be in a strong position to deliver a program that included:

A large, permanent reduction in government

Progress towards reducing the internal and external deficits

Lower taxes

Reducing unemployment

An attack on the massive regulatory burden inhibiting business growth

Keeping a strong military and a Kennedy-esque commitment to friend and foe alike

Developing America’s energy resources helping to reduce foreign dependence.

Increasing the emphasis on states rights, especially in the matter of people being able to choose the moral and ethical standards for their communities.


But perhaps transcending the economic and social reconstruction, would be the re-igniting of the positive American spirit which has been so harshly dimmed over the past eight years. That such a re-igniting could occur if President Obama managed to squeak through to a second term, or under a President Romney or President Perry is difficult to imagine.

Under a spirited President Palin, those of us who remember the Kennedy years, with all their spark and bright promise, can envisage a new Camelot. We will shed tears of joy at having lived long enough to see it ushered in once again, after all these years.


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Ten Years Ago

Posted by Ron Devito on September 11, 2011

Governor Palin today posted on Facebook:

Ten years ago today, ordinary Americans went to work or boarded a plane and found themselves fighting on the frontlines of a battle they did not choose. They acquitted themselves with grace and courage, just as the thousands of men and women who enlisted to fight in our armed forces—many on the anniversaries of this day—in order to exact justice for their fellow Americans. We will never forget those who died ten years ago today, we will never forget those who died in the war that started on that day, and we ask God to comfort and bless their families. From across this great nation, grateful Americans honor those who defend our homeland. God bless America.

– Sarah Palin

Retrieved from:

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Project 2,996: Tribute to William Minardi – 9/11

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on September 11, 2011

This post was originally published two years ago as part of Project 2996, an effort by bloggers to remember the victims of September 11th through individual memorials.  If you have a blog, I would strongly encourage you to follow the link to Project 2996 and request the name of a victim so that you too can be an intregral part of this project.   

I only spoke to Billy Minardi on the phone one or two times yet he left an impression on me.  As a travel agent in Kentucky in the early 1990’s, part of my job involved booking travel for the University of Kentucky Basketball program.  During that time period the head basketball coach at UK was Rick Pitino, brother-in-law of Billy Minardi.  This connection placed me in a position to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Minardi about travel arrangements needed for family members.  Simply put, I remember a certain enthusiasm and friendliness in his voice that is always welcoming to someone who makes a living in a service industry.  Needless to say, I was deeply saddened upon learning of his death on September 11th, 2001.

The New York Times published a touching tribute on November 16th, 2001 to William Minardi entitled “William Minardi: The 48-Hour-a-Day Man”

Tributes to William Minardi can be left here.

September 11th is a day of remembrance. Each and every American should pause, if only for a moment, to remember the terrorist attacks on our nation on that day. On a glorious September morning, everyday Americans just like you and I kissed their spouses and kids good-bye in the early morning hours going out to their jobs or flights only to be murdered a few short hours later. My heart and my prayers go out to those families. Each and every month on the 11th I have an alarm that sounds on my Palm PDA at 8:45 a.m., the time that American Airlines flight 11 hit the North Tower. It’s my way of remembering and offering up a short prayer. It’s my way of never forgetting because I truly believe that September 11th, 2001 was the defining moment in history for my generation.

Cross posted at Sarah Palin Blog

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9/11 – Past, Present, Future 2011

Posted by Ron Devito on September 11, 2011

The Past

I shot the first two photos in the early 1990s, the first from the Staten Island Ferry, and the second from the 86th Floor Observatory Deck of the Empire State Building. The Twin Towers were an important part of my life, as they frequently punctuated childhood visits to Manhattan. I worked there for a week as a temp; worked six months in the neighborhood, and celebrated my first wedding anniversary there.

A Day that will Live in Infamy

When these attacks were launched upon our nation, I was working for Con Edison doing desktop support and LAN administration. I had been there about 18 months and had the good fortune to be at at our Victory Blvd. facility in Staten Island, some 30 miles away from the Twin Towers that day. My wife was supposed to be exiting the Battery Tunnel at the time the first plane struck as she would have been on her way to a dance class. After an hour of frantic calling, I learned that she stayed home.

I wanted a Reagan-like response to the September 11 attacks. As the hours passed, I waited. Nothing. Our response would come October 7, 2001 at 12:30 EDT. I was in Boston with my wife as we visited a relative of hers who was attending Harvard University on a partial scholarship. That day, I felt I had to visit all the historic sites in the area — Faneuil Hall, Bunker Hill, Lexington, Concord. When I heard the Battle Hymn of the Republic being played on church bells, I ran to find a TV, and that was where I saw that the War in Afghanistan had started.

While George W. Bush was no Ronald Reagan, he did keep us safe following 9/11, for there was not one attack on US soil. Indeed many attempts were foiled and many Al Qaeda sleeper cells were busted up.

Much Visible Progress Made at WTC Site since 2010

One WTC (Formerly “Freedom Tower”) Viewed from West and Murray Streets in early September, 2010 The building was at the 36th Floor level and will rise to 1776 feet (1368 feet to the roof with the remainder for the mast).

One WTC (Formerly “Freedom Tower”) viewed from from my third floor home office in Staten Island, NY on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 2141 / 9:41 PM EDT. The building is now over 1,000 feet tall and steel has risen to the 80th Floor. One WTC is lit in red, white, and blue for the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11. If you look closely at the photo, you can see the lights of Four WTC very clearly.

One WTC viewed from my third floor home office in Staten Island, NY on Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 0544 / 5:44 AM EDT. The lights and cranes of Four WTC are also clearly visible

You can see regularly updated progress on the WTC site at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s WTC Progress site.

Resurrection and Juxtaposition

It was at the same Victory Blvd. facility nearly seven years to the day following 9/11, that I would hear the resurrection of Ronald Reagan. As I pulled my assigned minivan out of the lot and turned on the radio, her voice and words would so transfix me that after two blocks I could not drive anymore. The yearning for leadership I felt at that Victory Blvd. location some seven years earlier was answered by a woman’s voice, whose name I did not even know at the time.

Why Gov. Palin Should be Our Commander-In-Chief

Gov. Palin has commander-in-chief experience and accomplishments that were concomitant with her job. Two, very simple phrases describe her military doctrine: “peace through strength,” and “we win, they lose.” In her speech delivered at Colorado Christian University on May 2, 2011, Gov. Palin outlined her five-point military doctrine in detail:

  1. First, we should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake. Period.
  2. Second, if we have to fight, we fight to win. To do that, we use overwhelming force. We only send our troops into war with the objective to defeat the enemy as quickly as possible. We do not stretch out our military with open-ended and ill-defined missions. Nation building is a nice idea in theory, but it is not the main purpose of our armed forces. We use our military to win wars.
  3. And third, we must have clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harm’s way. If you can’t explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent into battle. Period.
  4. Fourth, American soldiers must never be put under foreign command. We will fight side by side with our allies, but American soldiers must remain under the care and the command of American officers.
  5. Fifth, sending in our armed forces should be the last resort. We don’t go looking for dragons to slay. However, we will encourage the forces of freedom around the world who are sincerely fighting for the empowerment of the individual. When it makes sense, when it’s appropriate, we will provide them with material support to help them win their own freedom.

Gov. Palin’s military doctrine is clearly patterned after her forebear, Ronald Reagan.

Watch as she interrupted her own VP campaign to return to Alaska and bid her troops farewell to Iraq on September 11, 2008. Her son, Track was among them.

She elevated soldiers’ ranks…
She served….
She saluted her Non-Commissioned Officers….
She was saluted as a Commander…

Walter Reed Part I, December 6, 2009 7:01 AM EST:

Headed to Walter Reed hospital this morn to meet wounded warriors;will give them msg of support from patriots who love these selfless troops (Palin, 2009, ¶1)

Walter Reed Part II, December 6, 2009 10:41 AM EST:

“Leaving Walter Reed Hosp;met America’s finest;seeing these young soldiers who sacrifice so much changes your life/puts things in perspective” (Palin, 2009, ¶1).

Lt. Governor, Alaska, and Former Adjutant General Craig E. Campbell Discusses Governor Palin’s Commander-in-Chief skills in the foregoing video. Special thank you to Gary P. Jackson for informing me about this video, which aired in 2008. Selected quotes from the video:

“Right after she got elected, when she was sworn in as governor, one of the first things in one of our briefings — she asked me ‘where are our soldiers (AK National Guard) deployed and how can I go see them?” — Craig E. Campbell, Lt. Governor, Alaska

“When she came home to Alaska, she brought home ideas about what soldiers’ desires were, what family needs were and implemented those into law the following year…that’s what a Commander-in-Chief does – is take care of soldiers, take care of airman, and she does it exceptionally well.” — Craig E. Campbell, Lt. Governor, Alaska

“She is above and beyond what a governor would do. I’ve watched and seen this for a long time in many states around the country. There a few governors that rise to the challenge and they take the National Guard as their own and they really want to provide the services that a commander-in-chief needs. Sarah Palin does that. She goes to deployments, she goes to returns. When we work the budget for the state, she wants to make sure that the state is putting the right amount of money in to support the soldiers’ and airman’s needs and our National Guard. When she does policy, she makes sure soldier’s families are taken care of in the State of Alaska. This is what a Commander-in-Chief does.” — Craig E. Campbell, Lt. Governor, Alaska

“As commander-in-chief, Governor Palin is the one we look to for leadership and inspiration while serving and defending the sovereign boundaries of Alaska,” said Lt. Gen. (AK) Craig E. Campbell, Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard (Kosovo, 2009, ¶4).

Governor Palin at the WTC site and with FDNY 2008

Sarah Palin: Presidential Leadership…

-“Praesis ut prosis ne ut imperes”

-Lead in order to serve, not in order to rule.

Governor Palin Visits Alaska National Guard in Kosovo. (2009, June 25). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved June 26, 2009 from:
Palin, S. L. H. (2009, December 6), “Walter Reed I” Twitter, Sarah Palin. Retrieved December 7, 2009 from:
Palin, S. L. H. (2009, December 6), “Walter Reed II” Twitter, Sarah Palin. Retrieved December 7, 2009 from:

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Remembering 9/11 – Then and Now

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 11, 2011

In 2001, we had a strong leader who was not ashamed or afraid to call on the God of our fathers in a time of national tragedy.

Our Congress held a nonpartisan assembly on the Capitol steps and spontaneously sang “God bless America.”

Our friends and allies shared our sorrow …

and stood with us in solidarity.

Heartfelt tributes came from around the world.

Over 82 nations lost citizens in the Twin Towers tragedy, and they shared our grief.

The week following the terrorist attacks, 47 % of Americans attended church, and church attendance increased by an estimated 20-25 % through December of that year.  People across this country were united as Americans, and flags were flown proudly. 

But this year, things are different.  Politics seem to be more important to government officials than the solemn remembrance of those near 3000 lives that were lost on that tragic day.  Mayor Bloomberg of New York City decided that clergy as well as First Responders and their families would not be invited to the Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial Service.  President Obama has decided to downplay the role of Islamic extremists in the murder of 2996 people on September 11, 2001.  At the “secular” event he was to address at the Washington National Cathedral,  the invitation list excluded evangelical clergy.

However, Obama’s address won’t take place at the Washington National Cathedral this year.  That building suffered signficant damage in the August 23 earthquake.  Without explanation, a giant crane being used in repairs to the building toppled over on Wednesday of last week.  All 9/11 events scheduled at the cathedral had to be moved elsewhere.  It makes one wonder if God is sending a message.

All those who attend the 9/11/11 Memorial Service at Ground Zero are being asked by the Patriot Action Network  to sing “Amazing Grace” when Mayor Bloomberg starts speaking.  The verses of “Amazing Grace” can be found here, along with this request:


All of you in attendance at Ground Zero for the 9/11/11 Memorial Service.

When Mayor Bloomberg begins to speak let “Amazing Grace” FILL THE AIR”

The Mayor can keep our Clergy out, but he can’t keep ALL those in attendance from singing.

For those who were not invited or cannot attend the 9/11 Memorial event, the Salvation Army of Greater New York will host an alternative event from 7:30 AM to 1 PM at  their Centennial Memorial Temple at 120 West 14th Street.  Livestreaming of the 9/11 memorial ceremony will begin at 8 AM and will  be “projected on multiple monitors including on a 20-foot-by-11-foot screen in HD in a press-free environment.”  A concert and prayer service will also take place from 2:30 to 3:30 PM.   From 5:25 PM to 7:30 PM, Dr. Charles Stanley of In Touch Ministries in Atlanta will be the featured speaker at a Healing and Remembrance service.  Contact and registration information for the events can be found here.  The audio of Dr. Stanley’s address will be livestreamed here and here.

Another alternative event, the 9/11 Freedom Rally will meet at 3 PM at Park Place and West Broadway.  Pamela Geller, editor of the Atlas Shrugs blog and author of  Stop the Islamization of America and Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, will be hosting the event.  The rally is sponsored by American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), of which Geller and Spencer are executive director and associate director, respectively.  Clergy will be present for the invocation, and First Responders and 9/11 family members will be among the speakers.  A special screening of  the film, “The Ground Zero Mosque: The Second Wave of the 911 Attacks,” will take place that evening at The Actor’s Temple Theater on 47th between 8th and 9th Avenues.  Those interested in attending the screening can RSVP at

Project 2996 on Facebook is a special project in which Americans from across the country can participate.  Friends from other countries, such as Canada, are also invited to participate.  Facebook members who “Like” the page can select an individual from a list of of 9/11 victims who do not yet have tributes and write a memorial blog about that individual.   A photo of the 9/11 victim and a link to the individual tribute is then posted on the Wall of the Project 2996 Facebook page.  A description of the project can be found at the Project 2996 website.

People at 9/11 events and in church services around the country today will be remembering the lives that were lost in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D. C. on September 11, 2001, in the worst terrorist attack on U. S. soil.   They will also be honoring the heroes of that day, some of whom died trying to rescue victims, and some of whom have died and continue to die since from toxic exposure at the Ground Zero site.   We must Never Forget what happened that day and determine to do all we can to prevent it from happening again.

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