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GOP Official Stands By 9/11 Tweet Accusing Obama of al-Qaeda Alliance

We’re still calling out the crazies…

Mediaite

Some chose to honor the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks with a moment of silence, others through solemn speeches.

Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, on the other hand, had this to tweet:

As one can imagine, criticism was swift, both from the Twitterverse and from Ramsey’s political opponents:

Even fictional characters called him out on it:

Ramsey did not back down, however, reaffirming his comment in a statement to the press on Thursday:

“Every September 11 since that tragic Tuesday in 2001 has been a day of remembrance. We remember those who died, those who served and those who carry on. But we must also remember those who attacked us and why. The Syrian rebel’s connections to Al-Qaeda are well-established and well-known. I am proud to stand with leaders like Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul against coming to the aid of our enemies, enemies who continue to hate our country from afar as they kill Christians in their own country.”

By the by, if you must tweet about 9/11, here’s how you do it.

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September 11, 2001 – A Personal Retrospective

The following retrospective is a repost from September 11, 2010:

Whenever I would fly into my hometown of New York City, the one thing that I would look for to let me know that I was “really home” were the Twin Towers, glistening in the sun as if to say, “you’re home”.

I also loved walking on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in Clinton Hills, where my oldest son and his family live.  One could see the New York City Skyline of lower Manhattan which is a spectacular site to see.  The Twin Towers always dominated the beautiful skyline and added a stylish elegance to the already stunning light-speckled silhouettes.

The weather in Atlanta on the morning of  September 11th, 2001 was absolutely gorgeous.  The infamous “Hotlanta” heat had started to subside for about a week and I had decided to go walking.  I turned the television on at about 8:55 am, having no knowledge of what I was about to witness, I stood staring at the tv, stunned and confused.  The reports from CNN indicated that a small plane had hit the World Trade Center.  My phone started ringing off the hook.  My children were all checking in with me to let me know they were ok.  That is, all but one, who I had not heard from at all.

To make things worse, My son, Marc’s wife called to tell me that Marc had an appointment at the WTC that morning at 9:00 am.  As I spoke to her, we both watch the second plane going into the south tower.  I was trying to console my daughter-in-law and at the same time my heart was racing, wondering if my son was in one of those buildings.

I asked my kids to find out what they could and get back to me.  I told my son’s wife that I was certain he was ok and that I would call her back shortly.  My heart was in my throat, thinking about Marc and the thousands of people in those buildings.

By this time the news reports indicated that we were being attacked.  I couldn’t believe I was witnessing what was tantamount to my mother’s recollection of the events that followed the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

I sat on my sofa, mesmerized by the unfolding events.  Eyewitnesses telling their stories, correspondents and reporters trying to piece together what happened.  I felt helpless because I lived in Atlanta now and I kept wishing I were there, to comfort my family, to help or volunteer my services somewhere.  All I could do was stare at the television screen in total shock and disbelief.

My son Marc called me at about 10:00am telling me his bus was stuck in the Lincoln tunnel and he was unable to use his cell phone to tell us he was ok.  I was so relieved and grateful that he was alive and well.  Conversely, I was  very sad to see the many people who were searching for their loved ones, some of whom would be found and so many many more who wouldn’t.

What I take away most, from the events of that day was not the hostility of who or why, I wasn’t “there” yet.  I remember the entire world, rallying around us in gestures of good will.  I remember the people of New York City coming together and helping to do what they could to make things easier for the first responders, especially after the south tower crumbled to the ground.

I remember thinking how New Yorkers always come together in a crisis and this was no exception.  I also remember thinking how the NYPD and the NYFD rocked!  They were the finest and the bravest, working together regardless of risk and without hesitation.

The politics of that day came days later for me.  As things began to unravel and reports surfaced that the Bush Administration may have been negligent in foreseeing the ensuing the disaster.

On September 11, 2001, I was in the moment.  The human triumphs and tragedies.  The tears and laughter.  The horrific loss of life, including a group of firemen who’s communication equipment failed them (thanks, then Mayor Guiliani.)  In fact, I was in the “moment” for at least first three days of  broadcasts and repeats of important events.

September 11, 2001 is one of those days  when people ask: “Where were you when….?”  In my lifetime, I’ve witnessed the  assassination of our 35th President, John F. Kennedy,  the March on Washington, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Malcom X.

Yet, the events of 9/11/2001 hit harder because of the global implications and the sheer numbers of people killed at all three sites.  I’ll always remember where I was on that date.

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Report: Bin Laden’s Hit List Included Obama, Petraeus, And A Major U.S. Sporting Event

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ABC News Martha Raddatz is quoting unnamed U.S. officials who are claiming that Osama bin Laden had the desire to celebrate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with another attack on the United States, and had a “hit list” which includedBarack Obama, General David Petraeus and included plans for crashing a small airplane into a major U.S. sporting event causing mass casualties.

Writing for ABCNews.com, Raddatz reports:

The hit list was discovered in the “treasure trove” of information seized from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound after the Navy SEAL raid that killed him in May. Officials say he was intent on an attack on the upcoming 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, though the plot was only in the “discussion phase.” He also remained obsessed with using aircraft to kill.

Officials tell ABC News that bin Laden wanted to fly a small plane into a sporting event to cause mass casualties.

“We have so many small airports, you could fly below radar,” said Brad Garrett, former FBI special agent and now an ABC News consultant. “That’s possibly doable.’

Raddatz continues to report that the main target on bin Laden’s hit list was Obama and that the al Qaeda leader was “trying to hatch a plan to kill President Obama by shooting down Air Force One or Marine One” during one of his trips abroad. Read the full report here or watch Raddatz report on GMA this morning, courtesy of ABC News.

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Stewart Dedicates Last Show Of 2010 Entirely To 9/11 First Responders Bill

Ya gotta love this guy…

Huffington Post

Thursday night marked the final “Daily Show” of the year — and the decade — and Jon Stewart devoted the entire program discussing something near to his heart: the 9/11 First Responders Bill.

Stewart has probably done more segments this year on the legislation known as the Zadroga Bill than any other topic. The bill would provide $7 billion in benefits for those who first responded on 9/11 and are now experiencing subsequent health problems such as cancer and respiratory disease. While it passed the House, Republicans have blocked the bill from advancing in the Senate.

Stewart noted that, while the 9/11 first responders bill is stuck, Congress did manage to pass the controversial tax bill that will extend tax cuts to everyone including the super wealthy.

“Yes!” Stewart exclaimed. “That is astoundingly good news for firefighters who make over $200,000 a year.”

Nearly pulling his hair out at one point, Stewart expressed his annoyance at “the party that turned 9/11 into a catchphrase” now blocking legislation to help its heroes. Adding to his frustration, none of the three major networks have covered the story in over two months. Surprisingly, Stewart realized this was actually a job for Fox News, “the nation’s leading source of 9/11-based outrage.”   More…

Part 1:  http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-december-16-2010/worst-responders

Part 2:  http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-december-16-2010/9-11-first-responders-react-to-the-senate-filibuster

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Mystery still surrounds the money behind Palin-Beck 9/11 fundraiser

The Examiner

[Saturday] Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck hosted a 9/11 event which had a relatively high cost of admission.  Approximately 3,800 people attended the event, and to even get in the door they had to pay for ticket ranging from $73.25 to $225 per-person.  Assuming an average of $100 per ticket (likely the low-end of any estimates), the Palin-Beck 9/11 event brought in $380,000.

Last week people began to question the appropriateness of charging people such high prices to attend a 9/11 commemoration.  After such concerns were raised, Glenn Beck said he would donate his speaking fee to the Special Operations Warrior Fund (SOWF), a charity provides aid to the families of special operations soldiers who were killed or injured in combat.  However, Beck did not disclose what his speaking fee would be.  In addition, Beck stated that Sarah Palin would receive no speaking fee.

The result is that no one really knows what will become of the over $300,000 brought in by Palin and Beck with their 9/11 event.  Palin has always been very secretive with the details behind her fundraising.  Recently Salon magazine detailed how political action committees would suddenly form before Palin came to speak in a town, and then just as suddenly become an empty shell when she left with no money left behind.  Palin claims that much of the money she raises will go to conservative candidates, but many may be troubled with the idea of funds from a 9/11 event going to political campaigns.  The last time Palin released details on the spending of Sarah PAC it was found that much of the money was going to promote Palin rather than conservative candidates.

Palin and Beck often demand transparency from liberals and the Obama administration.  In particular, Beck often tells his audience to “follow the money” behind liberal organizations, and assumes the worst when no information is available.  However, it seems Beck and Palin do not hold themselves to the same level of transparency on fundraising.  Thousand of people paid their hard-earned money to attend the Palin-Beck 9/11 event, and now it is entirely possible their funds could be used to promote political causes or, even worse, the personal careers of Beck and Palin.

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Unsettled nation marks 9/11 with rituals of sorrow

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NEW YORK (AP) – Rites of remembrance and loss marked the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, familiar in their sorrow but observed for the first time Saturday in a nation torn over the prospect of a mosque near ground zero and the role of Islam in society.

Under a flawless blue sky that called to mind the day itself, there were tears and song, chants, and the waving of hundreds of American flags. Loved ones recited the names of the victims, as they have each year since the attacks. They looked up to add personal messages to the lost and down to place flowers in a reflecting pool in their honor.

For a few hours Saturday morning, the political and cultural furor over whether a proposed Islamic center and mosque belongs two blocks from the World Trade Center site mostly gave way to the somber anniversary ceremony and pleas from elected officials for religious tolerance.

But this Sept. 11 was unmistakably different from the eight that came before it, and not only because a new World Trade Center is finally ready to rise. As they finished reading names, two relatives of 9/11 victims issued pleas – one to God and one to New York – that the site remain “sacred.”  Continue reading…

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Bolton & Breitbart To Address Protesters At Today’s Anti-Mosque ‘Rally of Remembrance’

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September 11th is now a political tool for many on the right…

TPM Muckraker

When the ceremonies conclude in New York City today for the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, some of the commemorators will break off to attend a different kind of rally — one that brings the Islamophobic fervor of the past few weeks to a head.

Today at 3 p.m. ET, at the proposed site for Park51 on Park Place and West Broadway in downtown Manhattan, people will gather for the “FDI/SIOA 9/11 Rally of Remembrance: Yes to Freedom, No to Ground Zero Mosque,” a rally in opposition to the planned Islamic center.

The event is hosted by Stop Islamization Of America (SIOA) and the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI), two anti-Muslim groups both run by AtlasShrugs blogger Pamela Geller, and director of JihadWatch.org Robert Spencer. Together they also wrote a book called The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America.

SIOA calls itself a “a human rights organization dedicated to freedom of speech, religious liberty, and individual rights; no special rights for special classes.” The FDI aims to act “against the treason being committed by national, state, and local government officials, the mainstream media, and others in their capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism.”

And several politicians — some from New York, some from as far away as The Netherlands — are scheduled to speak to the crowd.

Among them is former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, who is rumored to be mulling a run for president in 2012, and who will make his speech via video message. Big Government’s Andrew Breitbart will also be videoing it in.

According to the SIOA site, some 9/11 family members will be on the scene to speak, as will “Dutch Parliamentarian and freedom fighter Geert Wilders.” Wilders told The Guardian in 2008 that “Islam is not a religion, it’s an ideology.” The “ideology of a retarded culture.”  Continue reading…

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September 11, 2001 – A Personal Retrospective

Whenever I would fly into my hometown of New York City, the one thing that I would look for to let me know that I was “really home” were the Twin Towers, glistening in the sun as if to say, “you’re home”. 

I also loved walking on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade in Clinton Hills, where my oldest son and his family live.  One could see the New York City Skyline of lower Manhattan which is a spectacular site to see.  The Twin Towers always dominated the beautiful skyline and added a stylish elegance to the already stunning light-speckled silhouettes.

The weather in Atlanta on the morning of  September 11th, 2001 was absolutely gorgeous.  The infamous “Hotlanta” heat had started to subside for about a week and I had decided to go walking.  I turned the television on at about 8:55 am, having no knowledge of what I was about to witness, I stood staring at the tv, stunned and confused.  The reports from CNN indicated that a small plane had hit the World Trade Center.  My phone started ringing off the hook.  My children were all checking in with me to let me know they were ok.  That is, all but one, who I had not heard from at all.

To make things worse, My son, Marc’s wife called to tell me that Marc had an appointment at the WTC that morning at 9:00 am.  As I spoke to her, we both watch the second plane going into the south tower.  I was trying to console my daughter-in-law and at the same time my heart was racing, wondering if my son was in one of those buildings.

I asked my kids to find out what they could and get back to me.  I told my son’s wife that I was certain he was ok and that I would call her back shortly.  My heart was in my throat, thinking about Marc and the thousands of people in those buildings.

By this time the news reports indicated that we were being attacked.  I couldn’t believe I was witnessing what was tantamount to my mother’s recollection of the events that followed the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. 

I sat on my sofa, mesmerized by the unfolding events.  Eyewitnesses telling their stories, correspondents and reporters trying to piece together what happened.  I felt helpless because I lived in Atlanta now and I kept wishing I were there, to comfort my family, to help or volunteer my services somewhere.  All I could do was stare at the television screen in total shock and disbelief.

My son Marc called me at about 10:00am telling me his bus was stuck in the Lincoln tunnel and he was unable to use his cell phone to tell us he was ok.  I was so relieved and grateful that he was alive and well.  Conversely, I was  very sad to see the many people who were searching for their loved ones, some of whom would be found and so many many more who wouldn’t.

What I take away most, from the events of that day was not the hostility of who or why, I wasn’t “there” yet.  I remember the entire world, rallying around us in gestures of good will.  I remember the people of New York City coming together and helping to do what they could to make things easier for the first responders, especially after the south tower crumbled to the ground.

I remember thinking how New Yorkers always come together in a crisis and this was no exception.  I also remember thinking how the NYPD and the NYFD rocked!  They were the finest and the bravest, working together regardless of risk and without hesitation.

The politics of that day came days later for me.  As things began to unravel and reports surfaced that the Bush Administration may have been negligent in foreseeing the ensuing the disaster. 

On September 11, 2001, I was in the moment.  The human triumphs and tragedies.  The tears and laughter.  The horrific loss of life, including a group of firemen who’s communication equipment failed them (thanks, then Mayor Guiliani.)  In fact, I was in the “moment” for at least first three days of  broadcasts and repeats of important events.

September 11, 2001 is one of those days  when people ask: “Where were you when….?”  In my lifetime, I’ve witnessed the  assassination of our 35th President, John F. Kennedy,  the March on Washington, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Malcom X. 

Yet, the events of 9/11/2001 hit harder because of the global implications and the sheer numbers of people killed at all three sites.  I’ll always remember where I was on that date.

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Obama weighs in on Quran burning, Rahm

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President Obama called the proposed Quran burning a “stunt” and a “recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda” that “could greatly endanger our great young men and women in uniform.”

“I hope he listens to those better Angels and understands that this is a destructive act that he’s engaging in,” Obama said of Florida pastor Terry Jones on ABC’s Good Morning America.

On his White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel potentially running for Chicago mayor, Obama said he thinks Emanuel would be an “excellent” and “terrific” mayor, but that his “expectation is, he’d make a decision after these midterm elections.”

Here’s a transcript of those sections:


TRANSCRIPT:

On Terry Jones:

If he’s listening, I just hope he understands that what he’s proposing to do is completely contrary to our values as Americans, that this country has been built on the notions of religious freedoms and religious tolerance. And as a very practical matter, as commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, I just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling, could greatly endanger our great young men and women in uniform who are in Iraq, who are in Afghanistan. We are already seeing protests against Americans just by the mere threat that he’s making.

STEPH: What are you worried about?

OBAMA: Well, look, this is a recruitment bonanza for Al Qaeda. You could have serious violence in places like Pakistan or Afghanistan. This could increase the recruitment of individuals who’d be willing to blow themselves up in American cities or European cities. You know, and so, I just hope that he says he’s someone who is motivated by his faith…

STEPH: He says he’s praying on it.

OBAMA: I hope he listens to those better Angels and understands that this is a destructive act that he’s engaging in.

STEPH: I wonder what this must feel like from behind your desk. You’re President of the United States. You have to deal with the fallout. And here’s a pastor who has 35 followers in his church.

OBAMA: Yeah.

STEPH: Does it make you feel helpless or angry?

OBAMA: It’s frustrating. But on the other hand, we are a government of laws and so we have to abide by those laws and my understanding is that he can be cited for public burning but that’s the extent of the laws we have available to us. You know, part of this country’s history is people doing destructive or offensive, harmful things, and yet, we still have to make sure we’re following the laws, and that’s part of what I love about this country.

On Rahm for Mayor:

I think he would be an excellent mayor. He is an excellent chief of staff. I think right now, as long as he is in the White House, he is critically focused on making sure that we’re creating jobs for families around the country and rebuilding our economy. And you know, the one thing I’ve always been impressed with about Rahm is that when he has a job to do, he focuses on the job in front of him. And so my expectation is, he’d make a decision after these midterm elections. He knows that we’ve got a lot of work to do. But I think he’d be a terrific mayor.

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Palin Finally Repudiates Koran Burning: It’s As Bad As Building A Mosque At Ground Zero

TPM Muckraker

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, one of the ostensibly mainstream politicians who has come out vocally against building an Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan, today spoke out against a Florida church’s plan to burn Korans on Sept. 11.

“People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation — much like building a mosque at Ground Zero,” Palin wrote in a press release. “Book burning is antithetical to American ideals.”

Many of the most vehemently anti-Muslim and anti-mosque voices — including Pamela Geller and Bill Keller — have spoken out against the Koran burning. There has not been as much vocal outcry from the politicians who have urged protests against the Cordoba House, which they call the “Ground Zero mosque.”

Palin used her repudiation to speak out, again, against Cordoba.

“Freedom of religion is integral to our charters of liberty. We don’t need to agree with each other on theological matters, but tolerating each other without unnecessarily provoking strife is how we ensure a civil society,” she wrote. “In this as in all things, we should remember the Golden Rule. Isn’t that what the Ground Zero mosque debate has been about?”

House Minority Leader John Boehner today also drew a parallel between burning a holy book and building a community center and prayer space near Ground Zero.

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