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9/11/01 Tribute Page
In memory of all those who
perished this morning; the passengers and the pilots on the
United Air and AA flights, the workers in the World Trade Center
and the Pentagon, and all the innocent bystanders. Our prayers go out to
the friends and families of the deceased.
IF I KNEW
If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.
There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"
But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,
That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear
Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.
Subject: Re: A response from a Canadian
re: yesterday's horrid events
I encourage everyone to forward this article on. We are the greatest
nation in the world and we should all recognize this even if no one
This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.
America: The Good Neighbor
Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a
remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a
Canadian television commentator. What follows is the full text of his
trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the
most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the
earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were
lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in
billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these
countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United
When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans
who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on
the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that
hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were
flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars
into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are
writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over
the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does
any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo
Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why don't they
fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly
Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or
woman on the moon?
You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios.
You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles.
You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon
not once, but several times - and safely home again.
You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the
store window for everybody to look at.
Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are
here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking
Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend
When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking Down
through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the
Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody
loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.
I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of
other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when
someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there
was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned
tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this
thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to
thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present
troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those."
Stand proud, America! This is one of the best editorials that I have
ever read regarding the United States. It is nice that one man realizes it.
I only wish that the rest of the world would realize it. We are always blamed for
everything, and never even get a thank you for the things we do.
I would hope that each of you would send this to as many people as
you can and emphasize that they should send it to as many of their
Until this letter is sent to every person on the web. I am just a
single American that has read this.
We've heard the story about the airplane captain that announced what the passengers
should do if someone were to try to hijack a plane. Here is apparently what he said:
Worth repeating: Over the airplane's public-address system came a
most incredible announcement from the captain of United Flight 564 as it was
about to pull out of the gate at Denver International Airport last Saturday,
writes Peter Hannaford, a public-affairs consultant in Washington and former
adviser to President Reagan.
"I want to thank you brave folks for coming out today," the pilot
began. "We don't have any new instructions from the federal government, so
from now on, we're on our own." The passengers listened in total silence.
"Sometimes a potential hijacker will announce that he has a bomb.
There are no bombs on this aircraft and if someone were to get up and make
that claim, don't believe him. If someone were to stand up, brandish
something such as a plastic knife and say, 'This is a hijacking' or words to
that effect, here is what you should do:
"Every one of you should stand up and immediately throw things at
that person - pillows, books, magazines, eyeglasses, shoes - anything that
will throw him off balance and distract his attention. If he has a
confederate or two, do the same with them. Most important: get a blanket
over him, then wrestle him to the floor and keep him there. We'll land the
plane at the nearest airport and the authorities will take it from there.
"Remember, there will be one of him and maybe a few confederates, but there
are 200 of you. Now, since we're a family for the next few hours, I'll ask
you to turn to the person next to you, introduce yourself, tell them a
little about yourself and ask them to do the same."
The end of this remarkable speech, Mr. Hannaford says, brought
sustained clapping from the passengers.
You may have seen the email going around for the past few weeks about the number
"11" but have you seen David Pawson's response? I don't know who David is, but
his response at the end is great!
The date of the attack was 9/11 -- 9 + 1 + 1 = 11
9/11 is the 254th day of the year -- 2 + 5 + 4 = 11
After 9/11 there are 111 days left in the year
The Twin Towers, side by side, looked like number 11
The first plane to hit the towers was Flight 11
New York State-The 11th state added to the Union
New York City -- 11 Letters
Afghanistan -- 11 Letters
Flight 11 -- 92 on board -- 9 + 2 = 11
Flight 77 -- 65 on board -- 6 + 5 = 11
Oh my God! How worried should I be? There are 11 letters in the name "David Pawson!
"I'm going into hiding NOW! See you in a few weeks. Wait a sec... I just realized
"YOU CAN'T HIDE" also has 11 letters! What am I gonna do? Help me!!!
The terrorists are after me! ME! I can't believe it!
Oh crap, there must be someplace on the planet Earth I could hide!
But no..."PLANET EARTH" has 11 letters, too! Maybe Nostradamus can help me.
But dare I trust him? There are 11 letters in "NOSTRADAMUS."
I know, the Red Cross can help. No they can't... 11 letters in "THE RED CROSS,
"can't trust them. I would rely on self defense, but "SELF DEFENSE" has 11
letters in it, too! Can someone help? Anyone? If so, send me email.
No, don't... "SEND ME EMAIL" has 11 letters.... Will this never end?
I'm going insane! "GOING INSANE?" Eleven letters!! Nooooooooooo....
I Guess I'll die alone, even though "I'LL DIE ALONE" has 11 letters.....
Oh my God, I just realized that America is doomed! Our Independence Day is July
4th... 7/4 -- 7 + 4 = 11....
PS. "IT'S BULLSHIT" has 11 letters also.
What to do if you fall into a conversation with someone about the
terrorist attacks who doesn't believe in retaliation:
1. Engage in conversation, and ask if military force is appropriate.
2. When he says "No," ask, "Why not?"
3. Wait until he says something to the effect of..... "Because
that would just cause more innocent deaths, which would be awful and we
should not cause more violence."
4. When he's in mid-sentence, punch him in the face as hard as you
5. When he gets back up to punch you, point out that it would be a
mistake and contrary to his values to strike you, because that
would be awful and he should not cause more violence.
6. Wait until he agrees, and has pledged not to commit additional
7. Punch him in the face again, harder this time. Repeat steps 5
through 7 until he understands that sometimes it is necessary to punch back.
P.S. This lesson is usually learned by most children on a grammar
Miss America is a junior at Portland State University, hoping to eventually get a Master's degree in Bioethics.
Miss Afghanistan is forbidden from receiving any education at all, and cannot read or write.
Miss America has worked as a lab assistant at both the Oregon Health Sciences University and the University of Puget Sound.
Miss Afghanistan is forbidden from working.
Miss America's father is an engineer. Her mother is a teacher.
Miss Afghanistan's father was shot by a gang of Taliban militants. Her mother begs for bread scraps since she cannot work or remarry.
Miss America wowed the judges by singing a Puccini aria, "O Mio Babbino Caro".
Miss Afghanistan is forbidden from singing or even listening to music of any kind.
Miss America will be traveling the nation nonstop during her reign.
Miss Afghanistan cannot leave her house without a male family member, cannot drive, and cannot be out after dark.
Miss America is an advocate for breast cancer research.
Miss Afghanistan cannot be treated by a male doctor, and for all practical purposes has no access to medical treatment of any kind.
Miss America can date, marry, or divorce anyone she chooses.
Miss Afghanistan will be stoned to death if caught in the company of a male outside of her family. She is likely to be sold into an arranged marriage to a man who already has two wives.
Miss America wears sunscreen on the beach to keep from burning.
Miss Afghanistan cannot live in a house with windows unless they are painted black. Since she must wear a burqua outside, her pale translucent skin has not seen a ray of sunlight in years.
Miss America could have been disqualified if her swimsuit did not meet pageant standards.
Miss Afghanistan can be flogged if the holes in the mesh covering her face are too large.
Miss America will decide how many children, if any, she wants to have.
Miss Afghanistan will be pregnant 3-4 times more often than Miss America. Unfortunately, her babies are 25 times more likely to die in the first year. One out of four will not see their 5th birthday.
Miss America is majoring in speech communications at PSU.
Miss Afghanistan is forbidden from speaking in public.
Miss America is 21. Since the U.S. life expectancy for women is 80, she's still a very young woman.
Miss Afghanistan is also 21. But since the life expectancy for an Afghan woman is 43, next year she will be "over-the-hill". (Besides having a shockingly short life expectancy overall, Afghanistan is one of the only countries in the world in which women have a shorter life expectancy than men)
Miss America is a beautiful, intelligent woman and everyone knows it.
Miss Afghanistan could be a beautiful, intelligent woman... but nobody will ever know it.
God Bless Miss America.
God Help Miss Afghanistan.
( Written by someone anonymous)
I WANT TO DO SOMETHING.......
On the news, they are saying that the firemen are getting discouraged
because they have not found anyone in more than a week. They leave out the
part about the horrific conditions and sights they see, But through it all,
they go on and on and on and on.
So here is my idea. Let's start a Card Writing Campaign. Go out to your
local Hallmark or where ever it is you by your greeting cards. Buy a card
that reflects what your feelings are about their heroic efforts and send it
to them at:
NYC Fire Department
1 Chase Manhattan Plaza
New York, NY 10005
Just think how powerful this message can be. If all of you send this
e-mail to everyone you know, and they send it to everyone they know and if
all of the people who get this note send a card, we can be the start of a
miracle. Kind of like when the Post Office delivers all the mail addressed
to Santa to Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.
Lets start our own miracle. Lets show these brave men how we feel about
them. They need our love, support and encouragement.
I figure the least I can do is spend 35 cents on a stamp and Mail them a
card. Please, all of you, let's overwhelm these Fireman with cards of
support & thanks.
Love & Peace to each of you......
Subject: god, the coins and the pledge
When Patriotism Wasn't Religious
By ARTHUR SCHLESINGER JR.
The word "God" does not appear in the Constitution of the United States, a document that erects if not quite a wall, at least a fence between church and state. "In God We Trust" began to appear on American coins in the 19th century, but in the early 20th century President Theodore Roosevelt, having asked the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to design new coinage, was relieved to find no statute mandating "In God We Trust" on coins.
"As the custom, altho without legal warrant, had grown up," T. R. wrote to a clergyman distressed over the prospect of godless coins, "I might have felt at liberty to keep the inscription had I approved of its being on the coinage. But as I did not approve of it, I did not direct that it should again be put on."
T. R. expressed his "very firm conviction that to put such a motto on coins . . . not only does no good but does positive harm." His objection to "In God We Trust" was not constitutional; it was aesthetic. He felt that the motto cheapened and trivialized the trust in God it was intended to promote. "In all my life I have never heard any human being speak reverently of this motto on the coins or show any sign of its having appealed to any high emotion in him," he wrote. Indeed, he added, "the existence of this motto on the coins was a constant source of jest and ridicule."
Congress, devoted then as now to religiosity, overruled T. R. and made the motto mandatory. A similar issue now arises from the decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that the insertion of the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional.
The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a former Baptist minister, as part of the celebration of the 400th anniversary of what our politically incorrect ancestors called Columbus's "discovery" of America. Bellamy was a Christian socialist dedicated to the ideal of a cooperative commonwealth. His unpopular socialist critique of capitalism from the pulpit forced his resignation from the ministry. Soon afterward he joined the staff of The Youth's Companion, the once-famous children's magazine, which printed his Pledge of Allegiance on Sept. 8, 1892.
Francis Bellamy said on Flag Day in 1931, a short time before his death, that the pledge was "born out of my own love of the flag and for all the lofty Americanism it represented." Two alterations have been made in Bellamy's text. In 1924 "my flag" became "the flag of the United States of America." And in 1954 Congress changed "one nation indivisible" into "one nation under God, indivisible."
This second change came about in order to emphasize the antagonism between God-fearing Americans and godless Communists, as if that antagonism needed reinforcement in the age of Joe McCarthy. "From this day forward," President Dwight D. Eisenhower said in signing the law, "the millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim . . . the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty." T. R.'s objection to the cheapening of religious avowals had long since been forgotten. (Eisenhower also said, "Our government makes no sense unless it is founded on a deeply held religious belief - and I don't care what it is.")
Bellamy "would have objected strongly to this change, as it changed the fundamental meaning," according to his granddaughter, Barbara Bellamy Wright. "He had considered that `One nation, indivisible' conveyed the deep meaning that after the Civil War our nation could not be divided," she said, and the reference to God "tampered with the original meaning of the pledge as well as spoiling its rhythmic cadence."
Yet a hysterical clamor has risen against the Ninth Circuit decision and in favor of returning the pledge to the original text - a text that Americans found quite satisfactory for nearly two-thirds of a century. The "under God" addition, by identifying patriotism with religion, excludes agnostics, atheists and all believers in some deity or deities other than the Christian God. Nor does the "under God" addition meet Theodore Roosevelt's test of promoting reverence and appealing to high emotions. Doubtless all the crooks in the corporate community have recited the pledge without notably improving their conduct.
As for the Constitution, more than a half-century ago the Supreme Court, in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, declared unconstitutional a law requiring schoolchildren to salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. "If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation," Justice Robert H. Jackson memorably said for the court, "it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion."
The court handed down its decision against compulsory pledges of allegiance and flag salutes on Flag Day in 1943, when young Americans were fighting and dying for that flag around the planet. The American people then, far from denouncing the court, applauded the decision as a pretty good statement of what we were fighting for. Are we backsliding today? Perhaps the next step for those who identify patriotism with religion will be to try to amend the Constitution itself by mentioning God.
Arthur Schlesinger Jr. is the author, most recently, of ``A Life in the 20th Century.''
What we know about Bin Laden:
What we know about Osama bin Laden is this -- he's worth $300
million, he has five wives and 26 kids ... and he hates Americans
for their 'excessive' lifestyle." -- David Letterman
"The leaders of the Taliban said today that killing bin Laden
won't solve the problem. But, you know, it couldn't hurt."
-- Jay Leno
"More and more details coming out now about spoiled rich kid
Osama bin Laden. Time reports this week he was one of 52 kids.
His mother must be exhausted. This guy inherited $80 million at
age 13 and has since expanded it to $300 million through
construction, smart investments and gas and oil investments.
This way, he can use the money in his war against capitalism."
-- Jay Leno
"You read about all these terrorists, most of them came here
legally, but they hung around on these expired visas, some for as
long as 10-15 years. Now, compare that to Blockbuster; you are
two days late with a video and these people are all over you.
Let's put Blockbuster in charge of immigration." -- Jay Leno
"More and more facts coming out about Osama bin Laden. You
know, he never sleeps in the same place two nights in a row... just
like Clinton." -- Jay Leno
"This Osama bin Laden guy, spoiled rich kid worth $300M. I have
three words for this guy: Anna Nicole Smith. We send her over
there, she'll get his money, he'll be dead in a week." -- Jay Leno
"It was reported today that Osama Bin Laden has 50
brothers and sisters. Which absolutely shocked me because I had
no idea he was Catholic" -- Conan O'Brien
"One of the Taliban spokesmen said they have thousands of men
who look forward to death like Americans look forward to living,
which is great because we can arrange that. We'll set them up
with death, we'll continue living." -- Jay Leno
"CBS News finally received anthrax in the mail. As usual, we're
number three." -- David Letterman
"Things have really changed here in Hollywood. Used to be people
in this town couldn't wait to get an envelope full of white
powder." -- Jay Leno
"Postal inspectors have been given advanced warning that
Publishers Clearinghouse is sending packets of laundry
detergent that could be mistaken for anthrax. Oh, good timing!
What genius came up with this promotion? What's next? A
ticking alarm clock? Let's put that in a box." -- Jay Leno
"The FBI is urging all Americans to beware of any letters or
packages that have badly misspelled words. Man, this is going to
be terrible news for the rap industry." -- Jay Leno
"In Pakistan anti-American protesters set a Kentucky Fried
Chicken restaurant on fire. The protesters mistakenly thought
they were attacking high-ranking U.S. military official Colonel
Sanders." -- Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update
"Tomorrow night on NBC a very special episode of West Wing, it
makes a direct reference to what happened in New York City. The
exact plot is being kept top secret. We are the only country in
the world where we put our battle plans on CNN, but the plots to
our TV shows are top secret." -- Jay Leno
"There was a rumor that Jesse Jackson was going to go over there
to talk with the Taliban; apparently they were having trouble
rhyming the word Jihad." -- Jay Leno
"Now this really annoys me: All these people getting on the
Internet and saying Nostradamus predicted this. If Nostradamus
were alive today his name would be Miss Cleo and he'd be charging
$2.99 a minute." -- Jay Leno
"U.S. Government has said they are now going to go after the
terrorist's electronic banking system. You know what they should
do? They should transfer bin Laden's funds to my bank. They'd
mess up his deposits, screw up his statement and nickel and dime
him to death with service charges." -- Jay Leno
"People want to say there isn't racial profiling at the airport,
but let's be honest. If your first name is Mohammed, and your
last name ISN'T Ali, arrive at the airport extra early." --
Other September 11, 2001 Sites to Visit
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CNN: A Nation Remembers
Screenshots of Online News Sources
Personal Pics of the World Trade Center
View Memorial List and Tributes
National Book of Remembrance
** WTC Memorial
** Saints and Heroes
** America Attacked Tribute
On Seeing the Face of an Afghan Woman
You will see a link to www.rawa.org (revolutionary association of the women of Afghanistan).
You could, of course, go there directly but the person who sent this to me said to do
it this way
and I think you get a good first idea before you go. Wander thru and you
will find a link to movies.
Look at some. They are disturbing.
You wonder why
we hadn't heard more about this long ago in this country.
And make your own conclusions.
Between the field where the flag is planted there are 9+ miles of flower fields that
go all the way to the ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a
beautiful place close to Vandenberg AFB. Checkout the dimensions of the flag.
The 2002 Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper
Flag dimensions as described in Executive Order #10834. This Flag is 6.65 acres
and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed Stars comprised of White
Larkspur. Each Star is 24 feet in diameter; Each Stripe is 30 feet wide. This Flag
is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each
for a total of more than 2 million flowers. You can drive by this flag on V Street
south of Ocean Ave. in Lompoc, CA.
Aerial photo courtesy of Bill Morson
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