Skip to comments.LET'S ROLL
Posted on 09/16/2001 6:40:12 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
JH2, ping list?
It's going up in the rear window of my car opposite Old Glory.
Rescue, Recover, Revenge!
All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us...they can't get away this time.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL LEWIS B. PULLER, USMC
I didn't want to start a new thread about this, but I thought people on this thread might be interested in my walk across the Manhattan Bridge which extends from my neighborhood in downtown Brooklyn to Chinatown in Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge which goes also from my neighborhood (the entrances to the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges are approximately 3 blocks apart) but was closed. I always cross the footpath of the Brooklyn Bridge for exercise and walk to my job on Wall Street through the Brooklyn Bridge. My neighbor and I decided to try to the Manhattan Bridge. The footpath is very narrow and is comprised by cyclists and pedestrians. It was so crowded with families, couples, joggers, teens etc. Many people had flags. One man had a huge flag draped over himself like a cape. Many of the Hispanic people had flags. One man was walking with a baby in a carriage. Subways also traverse along the Manhattan Bridge and there were subways every 2 minutes or so.
When my friend and I reached the foot of the Manhattan Bridge on Canal Street, there was a State Trooper taking ID. I went up to shake his hand and thank him and then my friend and I walked back to Brooklyn, running into the man with the American flag cape once more.
But the best part of this trip was my discussion with my friend who is, alas, a Democrat. She asked me why America didn't retaliate after the first World Trade Center bombing or after the SS Cole. I said to her: "I have 2 words for you that you will not want to hear. Bill Clinton." She amazed me by saying, "you are right."
LET'S ROLL will be on my car tomorrow!
Sales account manager Todd Beamer, 32, was among the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in rural Pennsylvania after being hijacked as part of Tuesday's attack on U.S. landmarks, a company spokesman confirmed earlier today.
Beamer was Oracle's sales account manager for the mid-Atlantic region and lived in Plainsboro, New Jersey. He is father to two boys and his wife is due to give birth to a third child in January, said Oracle spokesman Mark Jarvis.
Beamer was a die-hard athlete and sports fan and a former basketball and baseball star at Los Gatos High School, where he graduated in 1987. There was no one he relished playing ball with, and watching Chicago Cubs baseball games with, more than his two sons, David, 3, and Drew, 1.
"He was an incredible dad, and he was fun," said his sister, Michele Beamer. "He was a kind and decent person. He was my big brother."
Meantime, the company continues to search for six consultants who were scheduled to be in the World Trade Center at the time of the attacks that reduced the landmark skyscrapers to rubble and left the Pentagon in flames.
With deep the concern for its employees, the company's scheduled Q1 earnings report still continued.
Oracle beat analyst earnings expectations with help from strong services sales and cost cuts, as it reported earnings earlier today that increased 2 percent to $510.6 million on revenue of $2.2 billion. Earnings per share increased to 9 cents compared with 8 cents in Q1 last year. The company announced earlier Thursday that it would postpone its analyst conference call scheduled with the company's management until at least Monday.
A memorial service for Beamer will be held Sunday afternoon at the Princeton Alliance Church in Plainsboro, Jarvis said
Yup, she was our grandma's and mom's
The torch has been passed
Source pic: National Archives--WWII Poster
The 32-year-old businessman and Sunday school teacher said the same thing before he and other passengers apparently took action against hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 on Tuesday, shortly before the plane crashed in a western Pennsylvania field.
The jetliner, which government officials suspect was headed for a high-profile target in Washington, was the fourth to crash in a coordinated terrorist attack that killed thousands, and the only one that didn't take lives on the ground.
``He was gentle by nature, he was also very competitive, and he wouldn't stand for anyone being hurt,'' said Beamer's wife, Lisa, who was told of his last words by an operator who spoke to him. ``Knowing that he helped save lives by bringing that plane down ... it brings joy to a situation where there isn't much to be found.''
Todd Beamer placed a call on one of the Boeing 757's on-board telephones and spoke for 13 minutes with GTE operator Lisa D. Robinson, Beamer's wife said. He provided detailed information about the hijacking and - after the operator told him about the morning's World Trade Center and Pentagon (news - web sites) attacks - said he and others on the plane were planning to act against the terrorists aboard.
``They may have realized that (the hijackers) were planing to do the same thing with their plane,'' Beamer said Sunday in a telephone interview from her Hightstown, N.J., home. ``So they chose to do what they could to prevent other people from being hurt.''
Before the call ended and with yelling heard in the background, Todd Beamer asked the operator to pray with him. Together, they recited the 23rd Psalm. Then he asked Robinson to promise she would call his wife of seven years - who is expecting a third child - and their two sons, ages 1 and 3.
After receiving clearance from investigators, Robinson kept her promise Friday.
``People asked me if I'm upset that I didn't speak with him, but I'm glad he called (Robinson) instead,'' Lisa Beamer said. ``I would have been helpless. And I know what his last words would have been to me, anyway.''
Beamer said her husband placed the call at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday and told Robinson that there were three knife-wielding hijackers on board, one who appeared to have a bomb tied to his chest with a belt. The other two hijackers took over the cockpit after forcing the pilot and co-pilot out.
The jet was bobbing and changed course several times; the passengers knew they would never land in San Francisco.
``They realized they were going to die. Todd said he and some other passengers were going to jump on the guy with the bomb,'' Lisa Beamer said.
Several other passengers made phone calls from the jet before it crashed southeast of Pittsburgh: Jeremy Glick, 31; Mark Bingham, 31; and Thomas Burnett Jr. 38. Glick and Burnett said they were going to do something.
Todd Beamer dropped the phone after talking to Robinson, leaving the line open. It was then that the operator heard Beamer's words: ``Let's roll.''
Shortly afterwards, the plane crashed, killing all 45 aboard.
``Some people live their whole lives, long lives, without having left anything behind,'' Lisa Beamer said. ``My sons will be told their whole lives that their father was a hero, that he saved lives. It's a great legacy for a father to leave his children.</font color>
Let "Let's Roll" be our battle cry.
Anyone know how to get this into the Military or Whitehouse Press?
"Women Rivet Heaters and Passers on"
By an unknown photographer, Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, May 29, 1919
These is to remind us of our Fathers, Mothers, Grandfathers, Grandmothers, Great Grandfathers and Great Grandmothers were there to preserve our Freedom. We must preserve our Freedom for our future generations.
Da Nang 66-67 USN CB's
Ready to serve again.
Surely, Americans are repulsed by the sight of Bill Clinton hanging out at the National Cathedral entrance like an ignored spoiled child looking for attention following the Memorial Service for victims of Tuesday's events, especially since his lack of leadership in foreign affairs, lack of effective energy policy, and lack of courageous leadership in dealing with terrorism were largely to blame. He is a man without shame, either for his personal sins or his betrayal of his country.
Other former Presidents departed with dignity, but he, just as he had done on Inauguration Day, just wouldn't leave, knowing that the foolish press cameras would stay on him.
How cheap and disgusting, in contrast with the calm dignity and demeanor of the current President of the United States who inspires confidence by being, not seeming.