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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....09-14-06....JH2 - the Face of Heroes (Repise-1st Anniversary)
John Huang2; DollyCali; All of the Finest | September 14, 2006 | JohnHuang2 & DollyCali

Posted on 09/14/2006 5:18:06 AM PDT by DollyCali

A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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~ Billie, dutchess, DollyCali GodblessUSA ~

The Face of Heroes

"JohnHuang2" on the first 9/11 anniversary

It was Thursday morning, two days after the terror attacks of September 11. Standing behind his desk in the Oval Office, the President telephones New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Gov. George Pataki, offering words of comfort and support, pledging to provide "anything it takes to help New York."

"I can't tell you how sad I am -- and America is -- for the people of New York City", he told them, pouring his heart out. His words genuinely conveyed the grief, the anguish, the hurt and sorrow gripping a nation grappling in the aftermath of 9/11, the worst -- and most deadly -- terrorist attack ever visited on American soil.

After the phone call, which was televised live, the President spoke with reporters, one of whom asked if he could "give us a sense as to what kind of prayers you are thinking, and where your heart is for yourself as you ... "

"Well, I don't think about myself right now", Bush interjected. "I think about the families, about the children," he added, choking back tears. "I'm a loving guy and I'm also someone, however, who's got a job to do, and I intend to do it."

When history is written, that brief exchange will go down as Bush's defining moment. It captured the essence of who he is: Compassionate, yet firm; kind, yet resolute; humble, yet determined; consoling, yet resolved; warm, yet tough; dignified, yet defiant.

But, above all, a leader with clarity of purpose and a strategy for victory.

It may not be politically correct to say it, but darn it, I'll say it anyway: Among the heroes of 9/11, is President George W. Bush.

You know it, I know it, and, most importantly, the American people know it.

The press, the pundits, the Democrats deny it, of course -- derisively. Republicans, spineless as ever, won't dare suggest it.

Yet, think about it: Why does Bush remain so immensely popular, lo! 12 months after 9/11, long after conventional wisdom predicted his star would fade? And this, despite a headwind of negative press, a hostile media, collapsing stock market, a "limping" economy, the Enron smear, the 9/11 smear, endless second-guessing, endless attacks, at home and abroad -- you name it.

Yet, none of it stuck, the President's approval ratings refused to budge, prompting some in the media to calling him the 'teflon President'.

They still don't get it. The sustained appeal Bush enjoys has nothing to do with teflon, nor Karl Rove, nor tactics, nor polls, nor focus groups nor wily political maneuvering. This isn't 'slick marketing' -- it's bonding. Simply stated, this President forged a bond with the people, one of almost unprecedented dimensions. It's a bond rooted in trust. People trust him, what he says, what he does -- they believe in him.

Amid the staggering trauma in the 9/11 aftermath, Bush became a pillar of strength, a wellspring of solace. Amid the intense sorrow and shock, his comforting voice helped heal the wounds, the wrenching pain and distress. His unflappable resolve, clear grit and determination lifted the nation off its back: America's 'can-do' spirit was rekindled. Amid the rubble, Bush promised defiantly to rebuild. His soaring optimism rallied the country, boosted morale; a wave of patriotism swept the nation.

He also brought sharp moral clarity to the table, much to the bitter chagrin of a media elite steeped in moral relativism. He called the perpetrators 'evil doers', vowing to find them, 'dead or alive'.

The bottom line is this: Leadership. Bush's leadership. It's key. His 'take-charge', pull-no-punches verve was catalyst for national recovery, it put the wind back in America's sails. The President more than 'rose to the occasion', he set the nation on a course to victory.

In Afghanistan, America made quick work of the Taliban, liberating a country from the clutches of one of the world's most repressive regimes, and depriving al-Qaeda its headquarters for operations.

But the War on Terror didn't stop with Afghanistan. From former Soviet Georgia to the Philippines, America was on the offensive, taking the battle to the enemy, putting a global network of terrorists on the run. To date, thousands of al-Qaeda fighters have been killed or captured; indeed, Osama bin Laden, terror mastermind himself, may well be among the dead. Some of his chief body guards are in custody at Gitmo.

Ignoring a torrent of media complaints, the President in November signs an executive order authorizing creation of special courts -- military tribunals -- to try captured terrorists, fulfilling his promise to bring swift justice to the perpetrators.

On the home front, the battle was joined as well. Muslim "charities" suspected of funneling money to terrorist groups were shut down, and the office of Homeland Security was established. Immediately after 9/11, the Justice Department rounds up over 1,000 suspects for questioning, issuing deportation orders for 300,000 illegals.

"Taking suspected terrorists in violation of the law off the streets and keeping them locked up is our clear strategy to prevent terrorism within our borders," said U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

The upshot: No major terrorist attack since 9/11.

"For those who have lost loved ones, it's been a year of sorrow," the President told the nation tonight, a year to the day after hijacked airliners slammed the World Trade Center and Pentagon building, killing thousands of innocents and thrusting America to war.

"For members of the military, it's been a year of sacrifice and service, far from home," he added.

"For all Americans, it's been a year of adjustment, of coming to terms with the difficult knowledge that our nation has determined enemies, and that we are not invulnerable to their attacks," the President observed, adding that "the attack on our nation was also an attack on the ideals that make us a nation; our deepest national conviction is that every life is precious because every life is the gift of a creator who intended us to live in liberty and equality. More than anything else, this separates us from the enemy we fight."

The President's address, delivered live from Ellis Island, capped an emotional day of commemorative ceremonies and solemn speeches, marking the painful first anniversary of 9/11. It was a day mixed with sorrow and victory, grief and triumph, pain and defiance, anguish and pride, agony and hope, trial and conquest.

It was a day of remembrance, America honoring her 9/11 heroes, both living and fallen, as well as the thousands who perished that day.

The President's Midland, Texas roots were on full display today. He showed, yet again, he is one of us, one with the people. Visiting Ground Zero wasn't without substantial risks to him physically, with America at war and the target of terrorists galore. To U.S. Secret Service, Ground Zero is a security nightmare. It took guts, it took courage to be there, but that's George W. Bush for ya.

For many 9/11 families who greeted him there, President Bush doubtless brought a measure of closure. You could see it in the eyes of widows as they hugged him, kissed him or cried on his shoulders; you could see it in the eyes of fathers who lost a son or daughter the day the towers fell. The hole of Ground Zero was today filled to the brim with love overwhelming.

If Clinton shrunk the presidency, George W. Bush has, less than two years in office, restored it to greatness again. And if September 11th was the face of evil, September 11th, the anniversary, will be remembered as the face of heroes.

Anyway, that's...
My two cents

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911; americaattacked; bush; graphics; heroes; islam; johnhuang2; liberals; terror; terrorism; waronterror
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To: DollyCali

Awesome tribute..

21 posted on 09/14/2006 7:27:23 AM PDT by Mrs Mayor
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To: JRios1968
do you get up that early for work to just make it or to get all the ducks in row, exercise,FReep etc?

I am a morning person too. Find I can get a LOT done if I don't make the mistake of first going to the computer!

Now I have to go care for neighbor's dog. He is in France. I normally just bring his pooch here for the days/week he is gone but he has a condition that I can't expose my doggies to right now & so it is a lot of extra running. Potty as well as giving meds etc.

My neighbor flew to France on 911. First time of country. He went with GF who has traveled widely

Later all

22 posted on 09/14/2006 7:27:55 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Mrs Mayor

Well hey there. Long time no see! Glad I took one more look before walking out door

23 posted on 09/14/2006 7:28:47 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali

You're right, Dolly. Most of us probably haven't seen those astounding pictures.

24 posted on 09/14/2006 7:55:41 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: DollyCali

I get up early, for work. I am drinking coffee by 5am, out of the house by 6am (530 if I have to go all the way into Los Angeles.)

Good luck with the Pooch!

25 posted on 09/14/2006 8:02:26 AM PDT by JRios1968 (9-11, 5 years later...NEVER forget!)
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; Mama_Bear; The Mayor; Aquamarine; ...
(this is my last ping ..well, maybe? as I have company coming for dinner & am busy otherwise)

This is a power point file. If you don't have power point on your computer( program that is part of expensive MS OFFICE 2003) you can download FREE the viewer at the MS download site.

I thought these pix were so beautiful & uplifting that I wanted to share them & thus put such a LARGE File on my server and pinging a lot of my FR buddies to this.

If you want to save it, please do as I may NOT keep it on my server for ever.. but then again I might and then link it to my profile page.

For those with power point who do graphic work, there are some great things to work with in these pix.

enjoy ...and be aware (those w/o broadband) this is a BIG file - almost 3 meg.

Magnificent Photography from around the World

26 posted on 09/14/2006 8:16:33 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali; JohnHuang2; Billie; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; The Mayor; Mrs Mayor; Aquamarine; ...
Thank you, Dolly and JH2.

This came in my e-mail this morning - appropriate for our thread today, I think.

USS New York

With a year to go before it even touches the water, the Navy's amphibious assault ship USS New York has already made history. It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center. USS New York is about 45 percent complete and should be ready for launch in mid-2007. Katrina disrupted construction when it pounded the Gulf Coast last summer, but the 684-foot vessel escaped serious damage, and workers were back at the yard near New Orleans two weeks after the storm. It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft. "It would be fitting if the first mission this ship would go on is to make sure that bin Laden is taken out, his terrorist organization is taken out," said Glenn Clement, a paint foreman. "He came in through the back door and knocked our towers down and the New York is coming right through the front door, and we want them to know that." Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, La., to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there." Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager, said that when the tradecenter steel first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the "hair on my neck stood up." "It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said. "They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."

The ship's motto? - 'Never Forget'

From Wikipedia....

Shortly after 11 September 2001, Governor of New York George E. Pataki wrote a letter to Secretary of the Navy Gordon England requesting that the Navy bestow the name USS New York on a surface warship involved in the War on Terror in honor of September 11's victims. In his letter, the Governor said he understood state names presently are reserved for submarines but asked for special consideration so the name could be given to a surface ship. The request was approved 28 August 2002.

24 tons of the steel used in its construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center, with seven tons melted down and cast to form the ship's "stem bar," part of the ship's bow. The construction workers reportedly treat it with "reverence usually accorded to religious relics," touching it as they walk by.

On 9 September 2004, the Secretary of the Navy announced that two of her sister ships will be named Arlington and Somerset, also to commemorate the attacks.

The contract to build New York was awarded to Northrop Grumman Ship Systems of New Orleans, Louisiana in 2003. The ship also survived Hurricane Katrina.

27 posted on 09/14/2006 8:18:12 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Finest FRiends; DollyCali; JohnHuang2; Billie; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; MEG33; ...
This appeared in our local newspaper this morning.

Fresno Bee letter.

They require registration, so if this does not work .... let me know and I will copy the letter.

Our rally last Friday was a huge success.
28 posted on 09/14/2006 8:22:41 AM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy

I just read the letter. My thanks too to our Church friends and to the other Freepers that were there.

29 posted on 09/14/2006 8:27:43 AM 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: JustAmy

More than likely our friends are aware of the letter. But just in case, does someone have contact with them to send them a copy?

30 posted on 09/14/2006 8:31:41 AM 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: Mama_Bear

Very appropriate, thank you for posting!

31 posted on 09/14/2006 8:33:38 AM PDT by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: Enterprise

Did the link work?

If it did, I will email the link to a member of the church.

32 posted on 09/14/2006 8:36:52 AM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy

There is an allegation in the letter that he has been harassed by fellow employees because of his reserve obligation. I wonder where he works? It would be a great place to Freep.

33 posted on 09/14/2006 8:37:16 AM 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: JustAmy
Oh, my goodness, Amy....that letter to the editor really touched me. If ever we wondered if our presence on Blackstone and Shaw has any real value at all, we know now. That one letter makes all the Fridays that we stood and waved the flag, thanked our military, and supported their mission in searing heat or cold drizzling rain worth every minute.

Will you also post it on the Picnic/Rally thread and ping the Fresno area FReepers - those who stood out there with us last Friday and those who didn't or couldn't? Maybe if they see that we DO make a difference they will be sure to join us for the next Support our Troops rally.
34 posted on 09/14/2006 8:37:29 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: DollyCali

Thank you, Dolly.

35 posted on 09/14/2006 8:37:52 AM PDT by onyx (1 Billion Muslims -- IF only 10% are radical, that's still 100 Million who want to kill us.)
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To: JustAmy

The link worked for me. I was able to view the entire letter.

36 posted on 09/14/2006 8:38:14 AM 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: Enterprise

I don't think the link works unless you register with the Bee.

Here is a copy of the letter.

Soldier will never forget all the grateful ones

(Updated Thursday, September 14, 2006, 5:49 AM)

On the evening of Sept. 8, my wife and I were driving home through the intersection of Shaw and Blackstone avenues. A large group of people, from all races, all ages, were holding signs and waving service flags and the American flag.

It was not a protest of political ideologies; it was not a protest of any type. It was all in support of American service members. I was brought to tears as these common people yelled and screamed "thank you" to me. They had noticed I had my military jacket hanging in the car.

If I'd had the time, I would have gotten out and shaken every one of their hands. The act of these strangers gave me the biggest "thank you" I have received in five years. It was very important to me due to the fact that only hours earlier, I had finalized a full and formal complaint against my employer, for the harassment from my fellow employees based on my Reserve obligations.

"I will never forget their faces," Lewis "Chesty" Puller, USMC, once remarked in his written memoirs. I will never forget these fine people either.

John Allen Essex

37 posted on 09/14/2006 8:39:11 AM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Mama_Bear

When I try to access the link again, I get a request to log in.

I will try it on the Picnic thread and also do a copy and paste.

I think all Fresno FReeper should read this letter.

38 posted on 09/14/2006 8:41:52 AM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Mama_Bear; JRios1968; JustAmy
Lori (mama_bear) & amy live in California jrios1968.. maybe you know that.. but I am sure they appreciate any / all you do to keep the roads in California in good shape.

Here in NE Ohio we have potholes into which you can loose your whole vehicle
39 posted on 09/14/2006 8:43:33 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: JustAmy; Mama_Bear

thanks for posting that. I hate the sites where you have to register & give your firstborn in order to see their stuff.

Need to leave for a bit..

40 posted on 09/14/2006 8:44:39 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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