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Japanese Americans decry Rep. King's Muslim hearings as 'sinister'
washingtonpost.com ^ | March 8, 2011 | David Nakamura

Posted on 03/08/2011 3:08:04 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

During the chaotic days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Basim Elkarra was passing by an Islamic school in Sacramento when he did a double-take: The windows were covered with thousands of origami paper cranes - peace symbols that had been folded and donated by Japanese Americans.

Amid the anger and suspicions being aimed at Muslims at that time, the show of support "was a powerful symbol that no one will ever forget," said Elkarra, a Muslim American community leader in California.

It was also the beginning of an unlikely bond between the two groups that has intensified as House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) prepares to launch a series of controversial hearings Thursday on radical Islam in the United States.

Spurred by memories of the World War II-era roundup and internment of 110,000 of their own people, Japanese Americans, especially on the West Coast, have been among the most vocal and passionate supporters of embattled Muslims. They've rallied public support against hate crimes at mosques, signed on to legal briefs opposing the indefinite detention of Muslims by the government, organized cross-cultural trips to the Manzanar internment camp memorial in California and held "Bridging Communities" workshops in Islamic schools and on college campuses.

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1 posted on 03/08/2011 3:08:07 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
ALL Japanese Americans?

Or a tiny minority of nutroot liberal Japanese Americans?

2 posted on 03/08/2011 3:10:50 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Allahu Banzai!


3 posted on 03/08/2011 3:13:28 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What’s really sinister is denying the Truth.


4 posted on 03/08/2011 3:13:28 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

>Spurred by memories of the World War II-era roundup and internment of 110,000 of their own people, Japanese Americans, especially on the West Coast, have been among the most vocal and passionate supporters of embattled Muslims.<

Now that’s funny. Where did the WaPo dig up this clown? I work with Japanese Americans in the anime and fansub community in L.A. and the only thing they give a damn about is when the latest Naruto and One Piece is coming out.


5 posted on 03/08/2011 3:13:41 PM PST by max americana
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Proof that the world has gone completely NUTS!!

Up is down and down is up.

This crap is really getting sick...

6 posted on 03/08/2011 3:14:55 PM PST by blam
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It’s really hard to accept this bullcrap.

We are talking about HEARINGS, fact finding.


7 posted on 03/08/2011 3:21:33 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Somebody look into this... my guess is that this comes from liberal college campuses, with large Japanese student bodies... California!


8 posted on 03/08/2011 3:23:16 PM PST by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: skeeter

Honda was a baby at the time. His sainted FDR signed EO 9066 and the evil Reagan signed for reparations.

Dems are simply morons.


9 posted on 03/08/2011 3:23:28 PM PST by reagandemocrat
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Well, WW2 is over and we won. Most Japanese Americans (Tokyo Rose a notable exception) remained loyal to America. The jury is still out on the first loyalties of America's Muslims. King's hearings are necessary and long overdue.
10 posted on 03/08/2011 3:23:28 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I'll bet this is an Alinsky tactic.

11 posted on 03/08/2011 3:23:40 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
embattled Muslims
WTF - are you chittin' me?
The author, with a Japanese surname no less, should be ashamed of himself.
12 posted on 03/08/2011 3:25:27 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
[King] rejects accusations that he is demonizing Muslims and ignoring threats from other extremists.

Leftists are playing the "you're ignoring other extremists!" card with mindless abandon. It's no surprise they're not specifying exactly who those "other extemists" are. But don't be surprised to see them play their moronic "Islamic fundamentalists are no different than Christian or Jewish fundamentalists" card before this is over.

13 posted on 03/08/2011 3:25:56 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Free ThinkerNY
cross-cultural trips to the Manzanar internment camp memorial in California and held "Bridging Communities" workshops in Islamic schools and on college campuses.

How about a cross cultural tour between NY Ground Zero and Pearl Harbor. They ought to get a hoot out of that.

14 posted on 03/08/2011 3:28:08 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Mr. Mojo

How the hell or why the hell would you hold hearings on “other extremists” when they won’t let you hold hearings on the Muslim extremists in the first place!


15 posted on 03/08/2011 3:28:58 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If you want to learn about the real Japanese Americans watch the movie “Go For Broke”. It is about the 442 Regiment in WWII. Watch for it on TCM or AMC channel. There are no Muslim American equivalents.


16 posted on 03/08/2011 3:30:42 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

You gotta be f00kin’ kidding me. I cal bullshiite on this lib hit piece. The author probably actually knows someone of Asian descent and thinks he knows “The Japanese”.


17 posted on 03/08/2011 3:30:42 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I have to say if we can bring back the WWII japanese imperialist bastards vs the Al Queda bastards it will be a tough call as to who is more brutal.

However, no contest as to who will win. The japanese were efficient as well as merciless.


18 posted on 03/08/2011 3:31:45 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: Williams
The libs want the hearings to be about extremism/terrorism in general, and to ignore the fact that 99% of all terrorist acts in the world are committed by one group and one group only -- Muslims.
19 posted on 03/08/2011 3:32:42 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: lefty-lie-spy
DAVID NAKAMURA "David Nakamura is a staff writer for The Washington Post who believes that safe tap water is an important ingredient for any city that aspires to food supremacy."

'Nuff said.
20 posted on 03/08/2011 3:35:04 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

FDR didn’t have any hearings, he just rounded them up. Had they held hearings, there might have been another outcome.

So its apples and oranges.

In this case, we have the constant problem of muslims obstructing the war effort, aiding and abetting the jihadists, and even muslims in uniform attacking their fellow soldiers. That didn’t happen in the case of the japanese. So, again, apples and oranges.


21 posted on 03/08/2011 3:37:26 PM PST by marron
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The windows were covered with thousands of origami paper cranes - peace symbols that had been folded and donated by Japanese Americans.

And Hamas and Kassam Brigades forums overflow with white doves, when it's not stolen and genocidal Disney figures. These people are obscene.

22 posted on 03/08/2011 3:42:06 PM PST by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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More PC crap from professional hyphenated Americans. The Muslims have left a trail of American blood from New York, to North Carolina, to Ft Hood, to Arkansas. Hardly a week goes by without another Muzzie plot being uncovered. Yet there are no plans to intern Muzzies living here. The decision to intern Japanese Americans was wrong—although it would have been nice if they could have scooped up Tokyo Rose. But that has nothing to do with America in 2011. King's hearings are both necessary and long overdue.
23 posted on 03/08/2011 3:43:44 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: Free ThinkerNY

O.K. So, let me get this straight, the Muslims are saying King is sinister? Now that’s funny!


24 posted on 03/08/2011 3:44:35 PM PST by marstegreg
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To: Mears

bfl


25 posted on 03/08/2011 3:45:14 PM PST by Mears
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Like the Rabbis who support George Soros, there’s always a little clutch of Victims Who Represent All Victims available. There’s probably a talent agency somewhere that brokers their services.


26 posted on 03/08/2011 3:51:42 PM PST by Hunton Peck (The second rule of leftism: When caught lying, lie louder.)
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To: Williams
I have to say if we can bring back the WWII japanese imperialist bastards vs the Al Queda bastards it will be a tough call as to who is more brutal. However, no contest as to who will win. The japanese were efficient as well as merciless.

A few years ago, Spike TV had a series which pitted historical 'badass' groups against each other. "Deadliest Warrior." One example was the IRA vs the Taliban (IRA victorious.) Another was Japanese Samurai vs Vikings. Pretty interesting stuff.

27 posted on 03/08/2011 4:07:07 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

These “Japanese Americans” are actually a small special interest group with a Leftist political agenda in the back pockets of the Democrat party. They do NOT speak for EVERY Japanese-American anymore than Jesse Jackson nor Al Sharpton speaks for every African-American. In fact, probably even LESS so than that.

Questioning members of the Islamic community in America IS NOT rounding them all up and putting them in detention centers as happened to Japanese Americans during WWII. And considering that we are at war with Islamofascism, and that there is FAR MORE evidence that Muslims in the US ARE hostile to us than that Japanese Americans here during WWII ever were, I think it’s probably WISE that Rep. Peter King and Congress seek answers from Muslims.


28 posted on 03/08/2011 4:08:42 PM PST by patriot preacher
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To: skeeter
ALL Japanese Americans?
Or a tiny minority of nutroot liberal Japanese Americans?

For whatever reason, I think many (most?) Japanese hyphenated Americans support liberal Democrats. I look here in the Bay Area and you have leftists such as Honda, Matsui, and the former Congressman Minetta - these are all extreme leftists. The last one with decent ethics was the honorable SI Hayakawa -- but that was around 30 years ago. My close friend (College roommate) and his Mom are fairly conservative -- but I believe the interment experience has left some scars (albeit not enough to vote lefty)...
Crap happens. Sure, I wish we hadn't interned American citizens - but to be fair, I can understand it. We just had our Pacific fleet sunk; the Japanese had taken over the Philippines and imprisoned many American soldiers ... it really wasn't a time for rational, calm, thinking. The focus was to win the war. I wish we hadn't gone the interment route -- but its easy to play Monday morning quarterback some 70 years after Pearl Harbor and Corregidor. I don't condemn those who made the decision (although I'm no FDR fan) - they were living in tough times. And they won the war.

29 posted on 03/08/2011 4:37:53 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: paulycy

You had to do it, didn’t you! LOL


30 posted on 03/08/2011 4:40:11 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: paulycy

My daughter said their strongest bond is as kamikaze fighters. ;-)


31 posted on 03/08/2011 4:41:23 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW
You had to do it, didn’t you! LOL

Somebody had to...

32 posted on 03/08/2011 4:51:09 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: DJ MacWoW
My daughter said their strongest bond is as kamikaze fighters. ;-)

(Almost) Nothing could blow them apart.

33 posted on 03/08/2011 4:52:25 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: paulycy

We laughed!


34 posted on 03/08/2011 4:52:42 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: paulycy

9/11 was very WWII kamikaze style. The Japanese were brutal and so are muslims. They understand one another.


35 posted on 03/08/2011 4:54:52 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

It’s very hard to defend against people willing to kill themselves to fight against you.

Unless their fighting forces just keep doing it and doing it....

But we aren’t going to be that fortunate. They have discovered IEDs and cellphones.


36 posted on 03/08/2011 4:59:53 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: paulycy

Yeah. I think the next attack will be more sophisticated.


37 posted on 03/08/2011 5:02:57 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW

“I think the next attack will be more sophisticated.”

Possibly, but it doesn’t get more involved than actually traveling to the target nation, going to school to learn how to fly a plane (did you see the cardboard mockups those nuts had in their hotel room of the airline console?), and taking the time to actually send back your unused expense money before going on the one-way mission...


38 posted on 03/08/2011 5:06:23 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

They didn’t actually expect the Towers to collapse. They’ll want to top that.


39 posted on 03/08/2011 5:08:52 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

How many Japanese-Americans that were interned returned to Japan after the war? Do these groups also commemorate what Japan did in Nanking? It was much worse than internment, which is given a lopsided treatment in our history books. While indefensible today, it should be viewed in the historical context where Japanese troops held Alaskan islands for years during the war, and unlike the European front we had no Soviet allies against the Japanese.


40 posted on 03/08/2011 5:23:42 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: DJ MacWoW

I thought the hijackers in the second plane were surprised that the first hit was still up (though I’m not sure how anybody would know that). It would be a tough act to follow (they they have nothing but time to work on it).


41 posted on 03/08/2011 5:46:36 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: El Cid

I was a youth in Phoenix when one day I saw a couple of busses pullup -in front of the YMCA. I heard the people, all Japanese were going/being taken to a relocation camp. I had serious misgivings about what I saw. As the war progressed and I was drafted and my brother was killed on Okinawa and I had more insight, I thought about the people on the busses a bit differently. The USA was fighting for It’s very existance not some border conflict, no doubt about that. The Japs( war time soldiers language) had been in Hawaii, Alaska and had even brought the war to the mainland by bombs and submarines. In the dire days this Nation could not afford any fifth column Japanese. Like today with the Muslims when and if push came to shove who would stand with whom? As much as Roosevelt’s decision to intern Japanese,not all were citizens, seemed too gross as a defence against a possible calamity it took into account a possibility that would have been worse than at Nanking ,Shanghai and other occupied cities . After Wake Island when the USA did not have such fear of Jap sea power invading the USA or even Hawaii perhaps the internment camps could have/should have been closed. As with much of happenings in life the little words ‘if only’ could be asked . With this being said there should be many thanks to the Japanese who served this Nation to highest honors in spite of the bitter sweet experience of the internment camps. For me though the cost of my brother’s life along with so many other young men to make sure there would be no Jap invasion of our soil softens my memory of that day in Phoenix.


42 posted on 03/08/2011 6:04:35 PM PST by noinfringers2
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To: El Cid

I was a youth in Phoenix when one day I saw a couple of busses pullup -in front of the YMCA. I heard the people, all Japanese were going/being taken to a relocation camp. I had serious misgivings about what I saw. As the war progressed and I was drafted and my brother was killed on Okinawa and I had more insight, I thought about the people on the busses a bit differently. The USA was fighting for It’s very existance not some border conflict, no doubt about that. The Japs( war time soldiers language) had been in Hawaii, Alaska and had even brought the war to the mainland by bombs and submarines. In the dire days this Nation could not afford any fifth column Japanese. Like today with the Muslims when and if push came to shove who would stand with whom? As much as Roosevelt’s decision to intern Japanese,not all were citizens, seemed too gross as a defence against a possible calamity it took into account a possibility that would have been worse than at Nanking ,Shanghai and other occupied cities . After Wake Island when the USA did not have such fear of Jap sea power invading the USA or even Hawaii perhaps the internment camps could have/should have been closed. As with much of happenings in life the little words ‘if only’ could be asked . With this being said there should be many thanks to the Japanese who served this Nation to highest honors in spite of the bitter sweet experience of the internment camps. For me though the cost of my brother’s life along with so many other young men to make sure there would be no Jap invasion of our soil softens my memory of that day in Phoenix.


43 posted on 03/08/2011 6:04:56 PM PST by noinfringers2
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To: noinfringers2
Michelle Malkin had a good book called 'The Case for Internment'. Of course she got excoriated from writing it - but it does show that it was a very complex issue, and without knowing all the facts its pretty arrogant to condemn these actions from the safety of being 70 years away from the disasters of Pearl Harbor, the Philippines, and the invasion throughout the Pacific.

As you said, God Bless the Japanese Americans who fought bravely for their Country while their families were in internment camps -- but I don't denigrate the men that set up the internment camps. It was a difficult time and difficult decisions had to be made with the focus on ensuring the security of the Nation.
You ought to get Mrs. Malkin's book - she brings up a lot of facts and adds additional color to this decision. Which beats the one-dimensional bilge we get today - which is basically: 'Americans bad, all others good'.

44 posted on 03/08/2011 6:22:43 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: skeeter; maikeru; Dr. Marten; Eric in the Ozarks; Al Gator; snowsislander; sushiman; ...
ALL Japanese Americans? Or a tiny minority of nutroot liberal Japanese Americans?

The latter.

日本*ピング* (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)

45 posted on 03/08/2011 6:22:54 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: skeeter
A portion of the more LIBERAL DEMOCRAT, anti-conservative portion of the Japanese-American community back there in the USA. Not particularly representative of the whole. But very representative of such leftist places as Yale, Harvard, Chicago, Stanford, Berkeley, UCSD, UCLA and other Liberal Democrat ratholes. Many hailing from "chip-on-their-shoulders Asian American Student's Groups" and the likes. Che Guevara with Rice. I know these types. Some of them are outright COMMUNISTS, tracing back to the JCP (Japan Communist Party 日本共産党 ) Duhhh...like, gee, is it any wonder they are getting under the futon with the Islamists??! /sarc
46 posted on 03/08/2011 6:33:47 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (IF Obama is REELECTED (not an impossibility) then what'll that have said re: what America's become?)
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To: kearnyirish2

Quite a few years ago there was a tape of Bin Laden talking about 9/11. He said that they never dreamed the Towers would collapse. It was posted on FR and there was a poster who spoke arabic. He vouched for the governments translation.


47 posted on 03/08/2011 6:50:22 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: DJ MacWoW
I won't ever believe that the terrorists figured on collapsing the WTC buildings....

They weren't that smart.

But now they are....unfortunately.

48 posted on 03/08/2011 6:53:11 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: El Cid
JA politics depend on personal history, way they make their living and where they live.

I know some JAs in the San Fran area who are NOT mind-numbed, knee-jerk, robot-like Leftwingtards. I know others in Souvrn' California who are hard-core Republicans. Even know a fellow who used to be a raving maniac Democrat until he found out the Jimmy Carter campaign really didn't want any Asians around in the main campaign staff.

I think he gave up politics.

What you encounter with JAs is called "assimilation" ~ so they pretty much reflect the population at large.

One big exception ~ in Hawaii the Japanese ARE the Democrat party.

49 posted on 03/08/2011 7:12:37 PM PST by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: Osage Orange
I always thought they were surprised too. WE were.

They'll "hit" something else next. And not all buildings were built like the Towers. They were "empty" tubes with an outer skeleton.

50 posted on 03/08/2011 7:16:14 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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