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The 9/11 Widows
OpinionJournal.com ^ | 4.14.2004 | Dorothy Rabinowitz

Posted on 04/13/2004 9:14:43 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick

Edited on 04/23/2004 12:06:45 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Americans are beginning to tire of them.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004 12:01 a.m.

"I watched my husband murdered live on TV. . . . At any point in time the casualties could have been lessened, and it seems to me there wasn't even an attempt made."


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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 911families; 911widows; blackwidows; breitweiser; bushknew; greedydems; jerseygirls; kristinbreitweiser; rabinowitz
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1 posted on 04/13/2004 9:14:43 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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To: NYC GOP Chick; StarFan
This might be of interest to you.......PING
2 posted on 04/13/2004 9:16:28 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
"The Jersey Girls" only disgrace the memory of their husbands.
3 posted on 04/13/2004 9:17:36 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Let's turn Iraqi sand into some useful glass!)
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To: firebrand; Tabi Katz; hellinahandcart; sauropod; Oschisms; Clemenza; Cacique; NYCVirago; ...
Television interviewers everywhere scrambled to land these guests--a far cry from the time, last June, when group leader Kristin Breitweiser spoke of her disappointment in the press, complaining to one journalist, "I've been scheduled to go on 'Meet the Press' and 'Hardball' so many times, and I'm always canceled."

I'm finding it harder and harder to feel much sympathy for this group of families.

4 posted on 04/13/2004 9:18:32 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
Indeed. Their loss seems to be their gain.
5 posted on 04/13/2004 9:19:16 PM PDT by hope (How far will your passion take you?)
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To: Mo1; kcvl; onyx; Miss Marple
FYI.
6 posted on 04/13/2004 9:19:52 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: StarFan
But the best known and most quoted pronouncement of all had come in the form of a question put by the leader of the Jersey Girls. "We simply wanted to know," Ms. Breitweiser said, by way of explaining the group's position, "why our husbands were killed. Why they went to work one day and didn't come back."

The answer, seared into the nation's heart, is that, like some 3,000 others who perished that day, those husbands didn't come home because a cadre of Islamist fanatics wanted to kill as many of the hated American infidels in their tall towers and places of government as they could, and they did so. Clearly, this must be a truth also known to those widows who asked the question--though in no way one would notice.

Who, listening to them, would not be struck by the fact that all their fury and accusation is aimed not at the killers who snuffed out their husbands' and so many other lives, but at the American president, his administration, and an ever wider assortment of targets including the Air Force, the Port Authority, the City of New York? In the public pronouncements of the Jersey Girls we find, indeed, hardly a jot of accusatory rage at the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks. We have, on the other hand, more than a few declarations like that of Ms. Breitweiser, announcing that "President Bush and his workers . . . were the individuals that failed my husband and the 3,000 people that day."
7 posted on 04/13/2004 9:19:54 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I thought Breitwister was appointed to some position by McGreevey in NJ government, anyone know?
8 posted on 04/13/2004 9:20:06 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: NYC GOP Chick; cyncooper; redlipstick
Chris Matthews has had them on so many times this very week that he just refers to them as "The Wives."
9 posted on 04/13/2004 9:20:46 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: NYC GOP Chick
AMEN -- Thank God,Dorothy. Well Said. Jersey girls should shut it and now! We're all sick of them. And they are an embarrassment to their deceased husbands and the country!
10 posted on 04/13/2004 9:21:05 PM PDT by CWW (Go Bill Pryor!!!)
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To: OldFriend
FYI, too!
11 posted on 04/13/2004 9:21:26 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
He might as well make them permanent co-hosts.
12 posted on 04/13/2004 9:21:57 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
read in the morning
13 posted on 04/13/2004 9:22:19 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: CWW
Exactly...
14 posted on 04/13/2004 9:22:49 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
They look more and more like bitter witches. They need to take a look at Lisa Beamer, how she handled her loss with such grace and sought comfort in the Lord.
15 posted on 04/13/2004 9:23:12 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: LiteKeeper
read in the morning

Thanks for the suggestion, but I've already read it tonight!

16 posted on 04/13/2004 9:23:33 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick ("If I could shoot like that, I would still be in the NBA" -- Bill Clinton, circa 1995)
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To: JulieRNR21
"Ms. Breitweiser said, by way of explaining the group's position, "why our husbands were killed. Why they went to work one day and didn't come back."

Because OBL had them killed! No one in this administration or the one before it is responsible.
17 posted on 04/13/2004 9:24:39 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Let's turn Iraqi sand into some useful glass!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Every time I see these "Jersey Chicks" on TV, I do what most sane and thinking people do. I turn the TV off or watch something on the Travel Channel.

Bravo to the author of this article. She hit the nail on the head, BIG TIME!
18 posted on 04/13/2004 9:25:10 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
"We simply wanted to know," Ms. Breitweiser said, by way of explaining the group's position, "why our husbands were killed."

Because there is evil in the world. You're fighting the wrong fight, ladies.

19 posted on 04/13/2004 9:26:48 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: NYC GOP Chick
I have been sick of them from the beginning. I refuse to watch them any longer. Sometimes it's a good thing to have a little respect for your loved ones and a little grace and appreciation in the fact that so many people tried to save them.
20 posted on 04/13/2004 9:27:47 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1; StarFan
From August 1940 to May 1941, the Luftwaffe's nightly terror bombings killed 43,000 British men, women and children. That was only phase one. Phase two, involving the V-1 flying bombs and, later, rockets, killed an additional 6,180. The British defense, was, to the say the least, ineffectual, particularly in the early stages of the war--the antiaircraft guns were few, the fire control system inadequate, as was the radar system. Still, it would have been impossible, then as now, to imagine victims of those nightly assaults rising up to declare war on their government, charging its leaders, say, with failure to develop effective radar--the British government had, after all, had plenty of warning that war was coming. It occurred to no one, including families who had lost husbands, wives and children, to claim that tens of thousands had been murdered on Winston Churchill's watch. They understood that their war was with the enemies bombing them.

Nor, to take an example closer to our time, did the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing give rise to a campaign of accusation (notwithstanding a conspiracy theory or two) against the government for its failure to prevent the attack.




This above states the misplaced anger of this Widows against the wrong people! They should be applauding GWB for going after the terrorists & not blaming him & his administration.
21 posted on 04/13/2004 9:27:53 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: NYC GOP Chick; NYC Republican
Quick post, Chick! I was coming here to do the same and ping it to Rep. we were just discussing these gals earlier.

Rabinowitz doesn't talk about any "peaceful tomorrows" angles here, maybe it doesn't apply to these folks in particular. And she may be a tad optimistic about the public losing interest.

I'm very sorry, a group of unelected housewives should really not be given veto power over national security.
22 posted on 04/13/2004 9:29:11 PM PDT by jocon307 (The dems don't get it, the American people do.)
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To: JulieRNR21
Thanks Julie. It's on it's way.
23 posted on 04/13/2004 9:29:13 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Why aren't the Jersey Girls blaming the INS for allowing 19 terrorists into the country?
24 posted on 04/13/2004 9:29:58 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: All
This will all be a big joke in just a few short weeks. The mob is running out of steam. What we have here is a mob mentality -- "We must blame someone, Bush is someone, therefore we must blame Bush!"

When 2 a.m. rolls around, and the whiskey stops flowing, these folks are going to be left with a big headache. It'll be everyone else, pounding them with, "You don't really believe 9/11 was Bush's fault, do you?"

25 posted on 04/13/2004 9:30:26 PM PDT by Dominic Harr
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To: LdSentinal
Why aren't they blaming Al Gore and Linda Daschle?
26 posted on 04/13/2004 9:31:13 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
Not to mention that the widows are probably fairly wealthy after life insurance pay off and charity/government compensation. The money allows them to have too much time on their hands.

I doubt their deceased spouses whould be too proud of their activism. The period of mourning has long past. Blaming our President serves only to diminish my sympathy.

27 posted on 04/13/2004 9:31:24 PM PDT by o_zarkman44
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To: NYC GOP Chick
About time someone in the mainstream media took these preening Professional Widows to task. But will we ever hear this from anyone to the left of the WSJ editorial page? Probably not.
28 posted on 04/13/2004 9:31:30 PM PDT by shhrubbery!
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Good Evening All-

Not looking for flames here, but did you ever notice how supremely idyllic every WTC/Pentagon/Pennsylvania marriage is portrayed?

Based on some of the brutal separtions and divorces I've witnessed among friends and classmates, I have to think that more than a few people simply shrugged their shoulders, said a prayer, and promptly continued their lives.

These professional mourners are becoming more and more transparent as time passes. Very interesting article, NYC GOP Chick.

~ Blue Jays ~

29 posted on 04/13/2004 9:31:33 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Howlin
What gives Chris Matthews, or Katie Couric for that matter, the right to give these partisan shills (and that's what they've become, regardless of their loss), so much air time? They dishonor not only the memory of their lost husbands, but the other 9-11 families.

This is about as baldfaced an attempt to orchestrate the manipulation of American opinion I've ever seen.

30 posted on 04/13/2004 9:31:35 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Howlin
God forgive me, but I have gone from
feeling sorry for these people to now
feeling nothing but contempt for them
They're utterly disgusting.
They're typical damn democrats.
Useful idiots.
Victims.
Please stop me.
I am about to swear.
31 posted on 04/13/2004 9:31:49 PM PDT by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh and Benedict Arnold)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
Rick Rescorla mentioned.
32 posted on 04/13/2004 9:33:21 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Howlin
Chris Matthews has had them on so many times this very week that he just refers to them as "The Wives."

Chris has a jones for Kristen. He always seats her next to him, and defers to her on every question.

These women have already milked several mil from the governmnent, which is why they've got time to sit around and color-code PDBs.

Well short of a full combination plate, these Jersey Girls fail to realize that they've become a source of derision.

Like the visionary who fails to convince that the Blessed Virgin is REALLY in the pane of glass, Kristen Breitweiser and crew have passed shameful and are well into pitiful.

33 posted on 04/13/2004 9:33:26 PM PDT by sinkspur (Adopt a dog or a cat from an animal shelter! It will save one life, and may save two.)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
"Ms. Breitweiser said, by way of explaining the group's position, "why our husbands were killed. Why they went to work one day and didn't come back."

Well, I am sure I will be struck dead by God for saying this, but Mrs. Breitweiser's husband is dead because he was dumb enough to listen to the announcement of the Port Authority when they said it was safe to stay -- so he went BACK up the stairs to his office -- while an AIRPLANE was ON FIRE in the building 100 yards away.

34 posted on 04/13/2004 9:33:33 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: onyx
We shall rot in hell together! :-)
35 posted on 04/13/2004 9:34:04 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Blue Jays
No flame from me. I've thought the same thing.
36 posted on 04/13/2004 9:34:33 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Howlin
I cannot comment on "The Jersey Girls" without my post being pulled
37 posted on 04/13/2004 9:34:58 PM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: kcvl
You should have seen Debra Burlingame on Larry King Live tonight; she kicked BUTT and supports Bush all the way. She is FURIOUS!
38 posted on 04/13/2004 9:35:30 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
I expect we shall. :)
39 posted on 04/13/2004 9:35:40 PM PDT by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh and Benedict Arnold)
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To: Howlin
I don't know. I do feel sorry for their losses -- I really do -- but they're using their pain to besmirch an administration that's doing their best to get their killers.

It's like Bush-bashing. Why do people hate Bush? What has Bush done to garner so much hatred? The only thing Bush has done is go after terrorists. If this is the reason why Bush is hated, then God help this country.

40 posted on 04/13/2004 9:35:50 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Howlin
,i>Well, I am sure I will be struck dead by God for saying this, but Mrs. Breitweiser's husband is dead because he was dumb enough to listen to the announcement of the Port Authority when they said it was safe to stay -- so he went BACK up the stairs to his office -- while an AIRPLANE was ON FIRE in the building 100 yards away.

I guess she never thought of that ..

41 posted on 04/13/2004 9:36:01 PM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: onyx
These are likely the same group of victims who refused the original government settlement, and held out for more money.
42 posted on 04/13/2004 9:36:44 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: JulieRNR21
"They should be applauding GWB for going after the terrorists & not blaming him & his administration."

Julie, I totally agree with you.
I get so angry at times that I could slap people like these women, but we will NEVER change their minds. No matter what we say or what Bush does nothing will change them. It seems they hate Bush more than the people responsible for 9/11. I just don't understand how they can be so pathetically clueless and it makes me crazy!!!
43 posted on 04/13/2004 9:37:57 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Let's turn Iraqi sand into some useful glass!)
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To: sinkspur
Kristen actually said today after Reno testified that the Pentagon canceled ALL their flights for 9-11, implying the government knew.

This will come as BIG news to George and Barbara Bush and Barbara Olsen, won't it?
44 posted on 04/13/2004 9:38:07 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: LdSentinal
Why aren't the Jersey Girls blaming the INS for allowing 19 terrorists into the country?

Why aren't they blaming the TERRORIST????

45 posted on 04/13/2004 9:38:42 PM PDT by Mo1 (Make Michael Moore cry.... DONATE MONTHLY!!!)
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To: The South Texan
I do the same thing, I change the channel. My sympathy and patience wore a long time ago for this small group of whiners.
46 posted on 04/13/2004 9:38:48 PM PDT by Darlin' ("I will not forget this wound to my country." President George W Bush, 20 Sept 2001)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
It's about time someone took on these boring phonies. Congrats to Dorothy R and thanks for posting.
47 posted on 04/13/2004 9:39:12 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: My2Cents
These are likely the same group of victims who refused the original government settlement, and held out for more money.



Damn straight.
I bet they are.
In fact, do not be surprised to see
Ben Veniste involved in their representation.
48 posted on 04/13/2004 9:39:13 PM PDT by onyx (Kerry' s a Veteran, but so were Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh and Benedict Arnold)
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To: LdSentinal
Ld, they lost their husband, but they were not the only people attacked that day; this whole country was!
49 posted on 04/13/2004 9:39:14 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
Debra Burlingame will never be asked back on LKL, I'll bet.
50 posted on 04/13/2004 9:39:14 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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