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Remembering 9/11 one victim at a time (Freeper-written tribute to BCM & BKO)
Freeport Ink (Illinois) | 7 September 06 | Me

Posted on 09/06/2006 8:52:24 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback

In the next few days you’ll hear a lot about the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001. I’d like to tell you about just two of them, two people whose names I look for every time I see a list of the casualties. Let me tell you about Ted’s wife and Ryan and Dylan’s dad.

Barbara Olson started out as a ballerina and ended up as a famous lawyer. She danced with the San Francisco Ballet and the Harkness Ballet in New York City, then moved on to Hollywood because working as an assistant producer would allow her to save up for law school. She worked for Stacy Keach’s production company and HBO before going to Yeshiva University. She eventually served as an Assistant U.S. attorney and as chief investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, where she looked into Travelgate and Filegate. After the publication of her bestseller “Hell to Pay” she became a frequent guest on TV political shows to represent the conservative point of view.

Her husband Ted said she was a popular guest because she was “very direct” but at the same time “very pleasant.” She could disagree without a trace of rancor, a sunny smile on her beautiful face. But she wasn’t just a talking head. “She was always full of energy, sparkling all the time,” her husband told Newsday, adding that “his three small granddaughters would follow her around ‘like little ducks’” and “thought she was the best thing in the world.”

Barbara was on Flight 77 because she had shifted her schedule to spend more time with Ted for his birthday. He talked to her just before she died. Ted Olson was the Solicitor General at the time, and she called to tell him they’d been hijacked, asking him what she should tell the pilot. They had time to discuss personal matters and reassure each other, and then, he said, “the connection was broken.” Not long after that, Flight 77 struck the Pentagon.

John Moran also had an ambition to be a lawyer and held a law degree from Fordham University. But firefighting was the family business and more suited to his personality, so he joined the FDNY. In an irony that must be especially painful for her, John met his wife Kim on September 11, 1990. His fire station was across the street from her apartment. “I just fell in love with him instantly,” she said a few days after his death, while she and their sons, 7 year old Ryan and 4 year old Dylan, were still hoping he’d come home.

John didn’t have to be in the World Trade Center that day. A Battalion Chief with 22 years of service, he was part of the department’s Special Operations Command, which oversees special rescue companies, fireboats, hazmat units and major incidents. He had just finished a shift, but when the call came in, he “jumped in the truck and away they went,” Kim said.

John’s funeral was conducted by his uncle, Father Paul Moran. John was lost he said, on “a mission of love.” Mayor Giuliani asked for the mourners to give John a standing ovation and said he wanted the Moran boys “to understand for their entire life that their father is a great man.” His brother Michael, a firefighter who survived serving at the Trade Center—and later became famous for defiantly telling Osama bin-Laden to come to Rockaway and kiss his “royal Irish ass”—said “I didn't see him there that day, but now I see him all the time.”

But the best eulogy a man could ask for was what his relatives told Newsday just a few days after his death. Kim Moran said, “He's the love of my life…a wonderful father, a great husband. There's nobody more generous than John.” His cousin, Democrat Congressman Joe Crowley described him as “a Viking Irishman who has calves thicker than my thighs, the heart of lion and touch of a teddy bear.”

I picked John and Barbara because they were both members of Free Republic, an internet forum I’ve posted to for years, but I didn’t know either of them. I didn’t even cross paths with them and “know” them in the online sense, as far as I remember. But that’s irrelevant. I could have picked any of those we lost that day and found something glorious or generous or beautiful about them that would have amazed you the way John’s bravery and Barbara’s joy and determination amaze me.

We didn’t lose almost 3,000 people that day. We lost one wonderful person at a time, almost 3,000 times.

In a sense, Giuliani was right on that bright September afternoon when he said that we had lost “more than we can bear.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Free Republic; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: New York; US: Virginia; War on Terror
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For those who don't know, Barbara and John were Freepers BKO and BCM respectively. Both represented what's great about FR and conservatism. Both went out fighting. I think of them, and people like them, often.

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1 posted on 09/06/2006 8:52:28 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback
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To: 185JHP; afraidfortherepublic; aragona; arthurus; BlessedByLiberty; blitzgig; Blurblogger; ...

Silverback's column ping!

If anyone wants on or off my column ping list, please notify me here or by freepmail. These columns run every two weeks.

2 posted on 09/06/2006 8:56:37 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Kathy in Alaska; Fawnn; bentfeather; HiJinx; Radix; Spotsy; ...

Ping!


3 posted on 09/06/2006 8:57:14 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Bump


4 posted on 09/06/2006 8:58:05 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Appreciative bump.


5 posted on 09/06/2006 8:58:58 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Cyber Liberty; Johnny Gage

Ping!


6 posted on 09/06/2006 9:01:06 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Jon Alvarez; T'wit; 911 still fresh for this NYer; firebrand; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; ...

NYC Ping!


7 posted on 09/06/2006 9:02:15 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: kristinn; Exit148; hobblemaster; YourAdHere; Doctor Raoul; Angelwood; tgslTakoma; staytrue; ...

DC Ping!


8 posted on 09/06/2006 9:02:44 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: facedown

Thanks face.


9 posted on 09/06/2006 9:03:10 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Great post.
BUMP


10 posted on 09/06/2006 9:03:42 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Mr. Silverback; Howlin
What a beautiful tribute to both Barbara and John and to each of the individuals who lost their lives that day.

WE MUST NEVER FORGET!

11 posted on 09/06/2006 9:03:50 PM PDT by kayak (Praying for MozartLover's son, Jemian's son, all our military, and our President every day!)
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To: Mr. Silverback

A beautiful voice silenced.

RIP.

12 posted on 09/06/2006 9:04:52 PM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Thank you for the ping. Beautifully written.

Never forget!

Bump!


13 posted on 09/06/2006 9:05:03 PM PDT by Fawnn (Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: potlatch; devolve; PhilDragoo; Smartass; bitt; Seadog Bytes

R.I.P. ping


14 posted on 09/06/2006 9:05:54 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Mr. Silverback

Great piece, thanks for posting.


15 posted on 09/06/2006 9:06:13 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Thank you Mr. Sliverback.


16 posted on 09/06/2006 9:06:20 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Mr. Silverback


17 posted on 09/06/2006 9:07:27 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Mr. Silverback

John Moran

RIP

18 posted on 09/06/2006 9:07:43 PM PDT by Samwise (All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Thanks, that was wonderful.


19 posted on 09/06/2006 9:07:48 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Great post.

Michelle Malkin has something up her site about blogs doing a remembrance of all of those whose lives were taken.

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005871.htm

(There is some DU ugliness, but scroll down.)


20 posted on 09/06/2006 9:08:21 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: Mr. Silverback

Very nice tribute..


21 posted on 09/06/2006 9:09:43 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: Mr. Silverback
What a beautiful remembrance. May they rest in peace, and be forever remembered.
22 posted on 09/06/2006 9:09:43 PM PDT by BykrBayb ("We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest." )
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To: Mr. Silverback

Awesome.

Bookmarked.


23 posted on 09/06/2006 9:10:11 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: Mr. Silverback

Quite a touch tribute. Thanks for taking the time.


24 posted on 09/06/2006 9:10:41 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: kayak; Mr. Silverback; The G Man

Here's the first thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/520529/posts

As The G Man said in the second post,

Somehow, a terrible tragedy grows even more terrible.


25 posted on 09/06/2006 9:10:44 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Mr. Silverback

Your column is wonderful.

I think the next few days I better keep the kleenex box handy. My screen is "fogging" up already.


26 posted on 09/06/2006 9:11:10 PM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: All; Mr. Silverback


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NEVER FORGET


Upon her sudden 9/11 demise, Freeper BKO was America's No. 1 HILLARY-fighter. A real patriot.

A fellow Battle of IA DRANG-1965 veteran of mine, RICK RESCORLA, came back after the Vietnam War to head up security for the World Trade Center's largest tenant ..Tower II's Morgan Stanley Brokerage's 30 middle floors.

RICK RESCORLA quickly predicted the coming 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and afterwards the coming 2001 Airstrikes. When New York Authorities disgarded his dire warnings he prepared the 3,000 employees under his charge for these coming attacks. Which led to the saving of their lives as he willingly gave up his own life for them as Tower II came crashing down on him on 9/11.

http://www.ArmchairGeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24361


NEVER FORGET

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27 posted on 09/06/2006 9:12:59 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.comr)
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To: Mr. Silverback
"We didn’t lose almost 3,000 people that day. We lost one wonderful person at a time, almost 3,000 times."

It really hits home when expressed like that. Thanks for the very eloquent post.

28 posted on 09/06/2006 9:13:39 PM PDT by El Gran Salseron (The FR Canteen's World Famous Resident Equal Opportunity Male Chauvinist Pig! Got it? :-))
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To: Mr. Silverback; potlatch; ntnychik; Smartass; Boazo; Alamo-Girl; PhilDragoo; ...

neet and sweet bump and ping!


29 posted on 09/06/2006 9:13:50 PM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: Cyber Liberty; kcvl

Ping.


30 posted on 09/06/2006 9:13:59 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Mr. Silverback

That was really nice and very well said. Thanks.


31 posted on 09/06/2006 9:14:49 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: All

another tribute to admire:

http://www.dcroe.com/2996/?page_id=2

2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11.

On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers
will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
Each person will pay tribute to a single victim.

We will honor them by remembering their lives,
and not by remembering their murderers.


32 posted on 09/06/2006 9:16:41 PM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: Mr. Silverback
We didn’t lose almost 3,000 people that day. We lost one wonderful person at a time, almost 3,000 times.

That's a zinger straight to the heart. Sometimes we forget that they were all individual people, with lives and families. Thank you for the reminder.

May I steal that for a tag line?

33 posted on 09/06/2006 9:16:46 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: Mr. Silverback

Thanks.


34 posted on 09/06/2006 9:17:11 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Mr. Silverback

I was fortunate to meet Barbara in Houston at a Republican party. She was so tiny, so friendly, she just bubbled over with life. There were two other Barbaras there besides me and BKO. She was just the nicest, smartest, prettiest, most outgoing person you would ever want to meet. Everyone who met her loved her. She put everyone at ease, even total strangers. She lit up the room whenever she entered it. What a lovely smile she had. So full of life. She was as smart as she was pretty, and as pretty as she was nice! The world lost a beautiful person on 9/11. A truly beautiful beautiful person! God bless her memory and may she rest in peace. Amen.


35 posted on 09/06/2006 9:18:24 PM PDT by buffyt (America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
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To: All

Forgot to mention...I called in to Vickie McKenna's show today while she was discussing 9/11 conspiracy idiots, and since my point was about the FDNY (I ask, if it's so obvious to a million Birkenstock wearing idiots that the towers couldn't have fallen from fire, who is shutting up the hundreds of thousands of firement and structural engineers who "know" the same thing?) as soon as I got on the air I dedicated my phone call to John's memory.


36 posted on 09/06/2006 9:19:08 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Lancey Howard; kayak

Thanks guys.


37 posted on 09/06/2006 9:19:36 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Amen. 2001 was a sad year.


38 posted on 09/06/2006 9:19:44 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Howlin

May I humbly request pingage?


39 posted on 09/06/2006 9:19:59 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Samwise

Yep, she was really something. I read "The Final Days" the winter after her death, and I was so impressed.


40 posted on 09/06/2006 9:20:56 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Howlin

Howlin, what a beautiful photo of BKO.


41 posted on 09/06/2006 9:21:21 PM PDT by buffyt (America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
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To: buffyt

Breaks my heart.


42 posted on 09/06/2006 9:21:58 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: buffyt
I was with you, Buffy! I remember that night!

I was in utter shock when the second plane hit, but the tears didnt start flowing until word came that Barbara was on the plane that hit the Pentagon. It seemed so many things were happening so fast all at once, but Barbara was that human connection I experienced while sitting in my living room at home a few thousand miles away. When they talked of how she relayed information just before it crashed, I felt like every soul lost that day was mine.

God rest BKO and the nearly 3000 others who were killed that day.

43 posted on 09/06/2006 9:22:29 PM PDT by Alkhin (Thieving tyranny is all they offer.)
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To: Fawnn

Thank you.

I was trying to do my best, it's the least they deserve.


44 posted on 09/06/2006 9:23:11 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Thank you.


45 posted on 09/06/2006 9:23:53 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Cindy

You're welcome.


46 posted on 09/06/2006 9:24:14 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: A CA Guy

Thank you.


47 posted on 09/06/2006 9:24:48 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Alkhin

I might have to take the day off from work.

It is a defining day of my existence.


48 posted on 09/06/2006 9:25:33 PM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: KJC1

Thanks so much for posting that Malkin link! I'm going to look at Roe's site and if he's got slots left I'll move up the launch of my blog so I can participate.


49 posted on 09/06/2006 9:28:49 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Mr. Silverback
free download of THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN (aka THE FIREMAN SONG)

For those who have never heard it, I hope you enjoy it. It was written in honor of John Moran and the rest of those brave souls who were lost. This was inspired by Mike's challenge to Osama bin Laden. I had the great pleasure about after the song was released to join Mike and some NY FReepers in a night of beer drinking at a NY pub.

50 posted on 09/06/2006 9:31:56 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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