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As it Happened: Real-Time 9-11 Coverage on Free Republic
Free Republic ^ | September 11, 2001 | FReepers

Posted on 09/10/2003 8:27:38 PM PDT by Starrgaizr

At 7:52am EDT, under the innocuous title "World Trade Center," Oldeconomybuyer posted the first thread, writing: CNBC reports a plane has hit the World Trade Center in NY. No details...

At 8:04-8:05am EDT on September 11, 2001, the following comments, among many others, appeared on several threads:

Holy Cow!! Another plane just hit!! / Another plane just flew into the building! / OMG!!!! Huge explosion out the side!!! / A SECOND PLANE JUST NOW FLEW INTO THE SECOND TOWER!!! / 2 ND EXPLOSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW / Another plane flew into the second tower. / TERRORISTS!!!! / O' the humanities! What the Hell! Another plane. I'm dreaming or what? / Dear God! They just hit the other tower. / Jesus, another one just flew into it. / A SECOND plane just flew into the tower. This IS DELIBERATE! / Second explosion. Just heard it in Brooklyn. IN the OTHER Tower. That seemed like a BOMB!!!! / I just saw a second plane hit the other tower-- looks like an attack. / Oh my goodness! / Just saw the second plane hit the other tower / Second impact on the other building !!!!! / This is unbelievable!!!!! / Most definitely terrorism / Oh MY Gosh! Another Plane just flew into the 2nd tower! / ANOTHER PLANE CRASHES !!!! UNBELIEVABLE !!!! / HOLY CRAP Another plane just slammed into the tower!!!!!!!! / SECOND PLANE FLIES INTO OTHER TOWER! /

At 8:08am EDT HalfIrish wrote: It takes a lot of cash to smash two jets, don't you think? Can you say Osama bin-Laden?

At 8:09am EDT, on another thread, Catspaw wrote: Osama bin Ladin.

The morning just got worse. At 8:44-8:45:

Fire in the Pentagon WWIII / Explosion in Pentagon, too!!! / WHITE HOUSE BEING EVACUATED !

We all know how things ended.

At 8:51: ALL AIRPORTS IN NATION SHUT DOWN BY FAA !

At 9:02-03: I just saw from my window. TOP OF THE World Trade Center just collapsed!! OH MY GOD! PEOPLE ARE CRYING HERE! / OH MY GOD...THE WHOLE BUILDING JUST COLLAPSED! oh sweet Jesus...look with kindness and mercy upon our dead / Does this mean that we're going to war? No, we are AT war!

Then: Second Tower just went!!! HELP US! / What parts of the Pentagon has been hit? My brother is there.

For all of the gut-wrenching real-time coverage on Free Republic, follow this link to the Remembrance Archive: Free Republic Threads From 9-11-01

NEVER FORGET. STAY ANGRY.


TOPICS: Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2ndanniversary; 911; archive; september112001
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Brought back for 9-11-03. Will this generation maintain its focus until the war is won? Feel free to add your comments, memories, and thoughts as well to the linked Remembrance Archive thread.
1 posted on 09/10/2003 8:27:42 PM PDT by Starrgaizr
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To: Starrgaizr
I didn't know about Free Republic back then.
All I could do was refresh Drudge every few seconds hoping for updates.
2 posted on 09/10/2003 8:34:24 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (What happened to the man that fell into the upholestry machine? He's fully recovered!)
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To: Starrgaizr
Will this generation maintain its focus until the war is won?

Not if the Democrats can help it.

I remember seeing the first plane hit on TV. I thought it must have been an accident. Then, the second plane, and I called my spouce.
Shortly after, the Pentagon!
It was unreal, like a movie. I was at a loss for words.

3 posted on 09/10/2003 8:35:34 PM PDT by concerned about politics (Lucifers lefties are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: Starrgaizr
When the first plane hit, I thought it must have been a horrendous, one-in-a-trillion accident. Then the second and I knew we were under attack. When the triage center was organized, it seems like a ray of hope. Things would be gotten under control. People would be saved. Surely they were evacuating TowerII, it was over, rescue and cleanup were beginning.

Then the tower collapsed, taking the triage center, rescue workers and the rescued with it. Then the third plane into the Pentagon and it was burning and I was trying to tell my husband the Pentagon was on fire...the Pentagon is burning, we're under attack.

There are a lot of vivid, but very disjointed memories of those few minutes. Smoke. Raining dust and chunks of debris like volcanic ash. People running, screaming, searching for help and others, in need of treatment themselves turning back to help other wounded.

We all understood we were witnessing the end of the world as we knew it.

The Democrats and their useful idiots want us to forget that day. They want us to believe the war on terrorism is unjust, a "dirty little police action", that we are LOSING the war on terror AND that it should have been over by December 31st, 2001. They demand that we move on.

Well, we ARE moving on. We're moving on over the organized terror that appeasers in many other countries as well as this one refused to stop. We're not going to stop until it's won, and the bulk of the American people STILL support the both the war and the president regardless of what the media keeps shrilly telling us to think.

4 posted on 09/10/2003 8:45:28 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions = Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: Starrgaizr
Its been 2 years since that day and I still can't look at the casualty list. I grew up in Valley Stream NY and was in the service.

Ever since Sergeant First Class Duggan, my drill sergeant from basic in the 80's died in Bosnia, I can't bring myself to look at lists of our dead.

That day changed us for ever.
5 posted on 09/10/2003 8:48:54 PM PDT by dinok
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To: Starrgaizr
oops... great minds think alike I suppose - I just posted an article with some archived links from 9/11
6 posted on 09/10/2003 8:49:09 PM PDT by PurVirgo (Never fault a pig for having a shorter neck than a girraffe)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash; RnMomof7; Sir Gawain; rintense; Catspaw; Ms. AntiFeminazi; ...
Ping, and please ping those you think might be interested.
7 posted on 09/10/2003 8:49:30 PM PDT by Starrgaizr
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To: ConservativeMan55
Neither did I. I was in my second week as a college freshman working on a report when I saw a report about a small plane hitting the WTC at yahoo.com. That was around 9:00. I had class at 9:10 and didn't go look at a TV. The class ended at 10:05, and I wanted to see if anything was new and whether the damage was repaired.

In my entire life, being only 17 at the time, I have never had such a jolting experience as the one I felt when I logged in that day. It will remain with me until my final moment on this Earth.
8 posted on 09/10/2003 8:50:00 PM PDT by republicanwizard
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To: All
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: "ATTACK ON AMERICA!" (Updated Daily)
http://www.truthusa.com/911.html
9 posted on 09/10/2003 8:50:00 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: PurVirgo
Remembering is important... as I noted on February 1, 2002 when I created the archive thread, "Bookmark this thread, and bump it from time to time when the nation and the press seems to forget why we need resolve in the face of evil."
10 posted on 09/10/2003 8:53:09 PM PDT by Starrgaizr
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To: Starrgaizr
I wasn't here then. Thank you.
11 posted on 09/10/2003 8:53:30 PM PDT by kimmie7 (Stand up, stand up for Jesus ye soldiers of the Cross! Pray for Terri Schiavo!)
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To: Starrgaizr
Just in case you wanted to see it.

=) I would say that it is a good thing that we did this at the same time...

12 posted on 09/10/2003 8:57:26 PM PDT by PurVirgo (Never fault a pig for having a shorter neck than a girraffe)
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To: Starrgaizr
I remember I was watching Fox and Friends when they said a plane had hit the WTC. I imagined a small plane, perhaps the pilot having a medical emergency. But they then showed a live picture of the building and it was stunning the damage caused.

I then started flipping through the channels to see if there was any other coverage and happened to be on NBC when the second plane hit. I knew right then it was terrorism.

I immediately logged into FreeRepublic and started following the posts. I also emailed links to the threads to friends who I knew would be stuck in their offices with no information. I called my office and sent my staff home to be with their families.

What a day it was.

13 posted on 09/10/2003 8:58:36 PM PDT by ConservativeLawyer
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To: Starrgaizr; A Citizen Reporter; ABG(anybody but Gore); Angelwood; arazitjh; b4its2late; backhoe; ...
Thank you for this great compilation, Starrgaizr.

For anyone who is interested, I have many threads from 9/11/01 and the days following bookmarked on my profile page.

I also have what seems to be hundreds of other threads but most of the pertinent ones are down near the bottom, their titles preceded by "WTC:", an idea I finally conceived to help me locate them later.

14 posted on 09/10/2003 8:59:29 PM PDT by kayak (I support Billybob - www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Starrgaizr
Damn. Reading that third paragraph is like reliving that day all over again. Not that I've ever forgotten. Still feels like only a few weeks ago, not two years later.
15 posted on 09/10/2003 8:59:42 PM PDT by Ex-Dem (Anti-Quagmire Alert)
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To: Starrgaizr
I was in school, 12th grade. The school kept a silence about everything the whole day until school ended at 3PM when they said that we should go home and be with our families. They disconnected all the TV's and internet. However, some teachers were able to keep us up to date.
16 posted on 09/10/2003 9:00:47 PM PDT by yonif ("If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, Let My Right Hand Wither" - Psalms 137:5)
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To: cake_crumb
I dropped a bunch of kids off at school near Chicago. As we were pulling up, I cut off their loud music and went to the news. Newsies were speculating that two planes hitting the World Trade Center might mean terrorism (I thought, Duh!) but there were endless, pointless reminders to the listeners not to jump to conclusions. I hate this about the media, so patronizing and controlled when a little drama in their voices might be in order. I continued on the highway towards the Amoco Building and the Sears Tower. Before I got downtown the scale of the horror was clear, and suddenly there were warnings that planes might be heading to the Sears Tower. Cars were crazily turning around downtown to get back out of the city.

When I finally got home, Free Republic was the best source for news, photos, and most of all, genuine human reactions.
17 posted on 09/10/2003 9:01:05 PM PDT by Starrgaizr
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To: All
"These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us, because we stand in their way.

We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind before. They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions -- by abandoning every value except the will to power -- they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends: in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies."
18 posted on 09/10/2003 9:01:17 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Starrgaizr; All
Welcome to 9-11-03. Lets pray for the families of the victims, our brave troops and our president.
19 posted on 09/10/2003 9:01:43 PM PDT by ConservativeLawyer
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To: Starrgaizr; All

I vow I will Never Forget
the tragic events of September 11, 2001
And the sacrifices of All those
who help ensure my Freedom.
God Bless the men and women in the military,
law enforcement, fire departments and the medical field.
God Bless the unsung heroes who protect my Freedom.
God Bless America

20 posted on 09/10/2003 9:01:59 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (I vow Never to Forget the tragic events of 9/11/2001)
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To: Starrgaizr
"Another plane flew into the second tower. TERRORISTS!!!! "

That's my comment. I watched the second plane fly into tower two. (I still cringe thinking about it)

21 posted on 09/10/2003 9:02:42 PM PDT by blam
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To: Starrgaizr; 07055; a history buff; Aguilar Tony; antivenom; basil; B-Chan; Ben Chad; B.O. Plenty; ..
Thank you for the ping Starrgaizr. I know many Texans have loved ones now serving overseas and here to help secure our freedom from future attacks. We lost some Freepers and their loved ones that day too.

pinging TX freepers.

22 posted on 09/10/2003 9:04:30 PM PDT by Ms. AntiFeminazi (three rights make a LEFT)
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To: Starrgaizr
I had just stopped a Honda Civic and was approaching the drivers side when the lady turned to me and said...A plane just flew into the Capital...I immediately radioed for conformation of what she had told me, and was told that a plane had just hit the WTC, I was only about five miles from the state capital and remembered looking in that direction..Like everyone else here, that was one very long day....
23 posted on 09/10/2003 9:11:36 PM PDT by jdontom (BacktheBadge)
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To: Starrgaizr
My number one and probably singular news source for the next 36 hours or so was Free Republic. It brought all the news together, from the on the scene reports to the world reports. Freepers did an outstanding job that day.

I still remember darkness finally falling and getting the little kid to bed, then crawling into my office and reading over threads I had followed all day. As I did that, I heard the repeated sounds of fighter jets continually flying over head, and knew one thing for sure..the world had changed.

24 posted on 09/10/2003 9:16:06 PM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: ConservativeLawyer
Lets pray for the families of the victims, our brave troops and our president.

In response to a question yesterday, I spent some time looking up what I could find online from December 7, 1942 and 1943. Certainly no "quagmire" talk. Rather, warships were deliberately launched and entered ports -- like Pearl Harbor -- on 12/7/43. The President was in Malta and drew attention to the anniversary. Perhaps a few Republicans were grousing about his conduct of the war and why it was taking so long to invade France, but I haven't seen much evidence of it in my history books about the war. I doubt that there was a deliberate effort to undermine confidence in the war effort for crass political gain.

25 posted on 09/10/2003 9:17:43 PM PDT by Starrgaizr
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Amen
26 posted on 09/10/2003 9:22:52 PM PDT by azGOPgal
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To: Starrgaizr
One of many chilling things in my mind about the attacks was that the second previous Saturday night/Sunday morning, Saturday Night Live was not seen on the West Coast because of a power outage at NBC headquarters in NYC. I authored a thread about it based on a wire report, and in some of the responses, some people -- doubtless sore over the victory of Hillary -- made crude comments about New York, suggesting that if there was a citywide blackout, it might go up in flames -- but that the country would be better off without it.

Needless to say, that set off a mini-flame war. But a few days later, people understood the difference between snide remarks and possibility of New York City disappearing, and nobody questions the value of it any longer.

27 posted on 09/10/2003 9:26:57 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: Starrgaizr
I just want to thank you for opening the thread.

Nam Vet

28 posted on 09/10/2003 9:27:40 PM PDT by Nam Vet (It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.)
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To: Starrgaizr
Will this generation maintain its focus until the war is won?

Sadly, NO. I think we would have had the leftists not decided to use this against President Bush for their political gain. There is nothing more disgusting than that to me, and I will forever hold them responsible if anything else happens. They of course will blame the President if we are attacked again, all the while knowing they are the cause with their constant second guessing and inuendos about the reason for the war with Iraq. They are despicable.

FreeRepublic was the best place for first hand accounts of the attack, and I am so thankful we all had each other that horrible day. Amazing how fast the facts were posted here, and it was comforting somehow to be able to express how we all felt watching the unthinkable unfold before our disbelieving eyes.

29 posted on 09/10/2003 9:28:09 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: Starrgaizr
I think one of the most extraordinary stories from 9/11 was how the air system was completely shut down and grounded. There was an article on FR about it and those at American Airlines, United and the national air traffic control deciding what to do. It is worth reading. The subsequent diversion of planes in the air at the time was another.
30 posted on 09/10/2003 9:31:04 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Starrgaizr
Before the blog age, when the events unfolded, this was the only true web chronicle of the morning's tragic events. Later, the New York Times referenced the FR thread about the recent shuttle disaster as Freepers took note of the deadly re-entry.
31 posted on 09/10/2003 9:31:45 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: ladyinred
They absolutely will blame the president if another attack occurs. And, I think many of us know this to be true but find it too repulsive to contemplate, so we go into denial: many leftists secretly hope another attack will occur, because they hate America and they crave failure by President Bush and American power.
32 posted on 09/10/2003 9:32:24 PM PDT by Starrgaizr
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To: Starrgaizr
The morning of 911, the department I work in at a university was having a BBQ picnic. In spite of what was going on, all of the usual suspects (leftists) were laughing and kibbitzing while eating their vegie burgers. To look out on the picnic, it was as though there wasn't a care in the world. The dissonance was unreal after I had just watched people jumping to their deaths and the WTC crumble into dust with thousands trapped inside. It wasn't until well after 1 PM that the university president decided that the news was significant enough to warrant class cancellation.

The enemies of the United States are right here, at home. They live next to us and appear in nearly every way to be normal Americans. They are leftists. They hate what America is as surely as the freaks that came from across the world to kill Americans in the WTC. They were silent for a brief time after 911 because they knew their lies and dislike for America would not be tolerated.

Today, they are back at it.
33 posted on 09/10/2003 9:38:23 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Defund PBS, NPR & PRAVDA)
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To: xp38
You are right. How the airlines and the air traffic control did it was quite amazing. The article was from the WSJ and it was posted here. It was heartbreaking too - the airlines got calls from the stewardesses on board the planes.
34 posted on 09/10/2003 9:53:47 PM PDT by segis
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To: cake_crumb
We were living in Germany at the time. (army family) My husband called me early in the afternoon and asked if I was watching TV. After I made some snapping remarks along the lines of "what do you think I do all day? Sit around eating bonbons? I'm homeschooling two kids!" he calmly told me that we have been attacked. He told me that we had lost the WTC and the Pentagon, that he loved me and that he didn't know when he would be home again. I was told to pack my bags in case I needed to get out of the country with the children. I didn't see him again for three days.

About ten minutes after we hung up I looked out the window to see about a hundred of our nations finest in full battle-rattle crawling through our housing complex. EVERYONE was sent home except the soldiers. (kids out of school, spouces working at the PX, etc.) We were LOCKED DOWN faster than ou could say "Osama, your mama!"

I think I cried for a solid month.

35 posted on 09/10/2003 10:01:43 PM PDT by Marie (Don't tread on US.)
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To: Starrgaizr
I was actually on Freerepublic when it happened. I saw a thread come up saying the WTC had been hit by an airplane and turned on Fox News to see the tower on fire.
36 posted on 09/10/2003 10:05:47 PM PDT by Brett66
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To: Starrgaizr
On 9/11/01, I had turned on the television early that morning, for no good reason. Just woke up early, I guess. I switched the TV to CNN, I think (it was before our local cable had Fox). There was one of the buildings of the World Trade Center burning.

My daughter woke up and came into the room to let me know she was awake and getting ready for school when we both watched dumbfounded as a second plane hit Tower 1. My wife woke up then and we sat or stood in silence as the television repeatedly showed the second impact.

I almost didn't take my daughter to school that morning, but then I remembered the Columbia disaster, and how that had such an effect on myself, watching the footage repeat and repeat. I dropped her off at school, pointing to the telephone by the office, saying, "Anytime you want, I'll come get you."

It turned out she was one of the few third graders who knew what happened, why most of the teachers were acting nervous, why someone would come in and quietly whisper to the teacher then leave again.

For myself, I logged on to a server and helped to comfort friends who feared for the worst for their family and friends in the WTC and the Pentagon. And in return, they helped me, as a friend was flying back from Boston that morning.

The weekend following was, well, like any of the days immediately after. I was in a haze, yet I still had to work, and work for me meant setting up a craft booth at a Native American Powwow near Santa Ynez. When the time came to start the powwow, we were all called to the circle where the dancers would be soon, and asked to join hands.

The words that were said struck the heart, and helped to clear the haze away. At the end, he asked God to forgive each and every one of us for our desires to seek revenge against those who had committed such a crime. And he asked God to watch over our souls as we carried out that revenge, even though we knew that we were told 'Thou Shall Not Kill.'

The final words really struck home what was coming... "Lord Above, we call upon your infinate patience with us sinners, that you shall put into our hearts the ability to know when the killing should end, but most of all, we ask that you watch over and help the families of the victims, for we will be too busy looking over the bodies of the guilty."
37 posted on 09/10/2003 10:11:08 PM PDT by kingu
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To: nutmeg
bttt
38 posted on 09/10/2003 10:11:10 PM PDT by nutmeg (September 11, 2001 - NEVER FORGET)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; Black Agnes; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

39 posted on 09/10/2003 10:12:00 PM PDT by nutmeg (September 11, 2001 - NEVER FORGET)
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To: kayak
Thank you so much for the threads!
40 posted on 09/10/2003 10:12:56 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Ms. AntiFeminazi
Thanks for the ping, MAF. Such sadness, so many memories...
41 posted on 09/10/2003 10:17:54 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Starrgaizr
"I fear all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."
-Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, upon learning of the success of the attack on Pearl Harbor

Today we may say aloud before an awe-struck world: "We are still masters of our fate. We are still captain of our souls."
-Winston Churchill
42 posted on 09/10/2003 10:18:38 PM PDT by ellery
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To: segis
Thanks...I don't have the link but it was a riveting read.
43 posted on 09/10/2003 10:21:55 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Starrgaizr
God rest the souls of our friends Barbara Olson and Batallion Commander Moran and all the rest of those who died in one of history's most evil acts.
44 posted on 09/10/2003 10:22:25 PM PDT by doug from upland (Why did DemocRATS allow a perjuring rapist to remain in the Oval Office?)
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To: Starrgaizr
Thank you for this thread.

Never forget. Stay angry, INDEED!!!

We canNOT let the left in this country destroy it. Pray people, pray hard...and work just as hard. If each of us can turn the hearts of one person, just one, think of the impact we could have.

God Bless America. Thank you to our servicemen and women and their families for their sacrifice to America. Pray for President Bush, pray for America, pray for Israel.
45 posted on 09/10/2003 10:24:22 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Have YOU had your Logan Fix today?)
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To: Starrgaizr
>>Will this generation maintain its focus until the war is won?<<

Brings to mind a thought I had the other day... So many of our youngsters have absorbed this new way of life and taken it in stride, that I don't know if they really comprehend how we elders miss the "good old days" and how much simpler things were on Sept. 10th.

I know I told my 19 yr old granddaughter, "Your life has now forever changed." I'm afraid they just take it for granted....
46 posted on 09/10/2003 10:24:52 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Starrgaizr

47 posted on 09/10/2003 11:03:14 PM PDT by kayak (I support Billybob - www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: Starrgaizr
This guy knew who it was 1 hour later. The account is banned.

To: hellinahandcart

Time for the Arabs to feel the might of the United States. I suggest we take out Medina and Mecca.

21 posted on 09/11/2001 6:10 AM PDT by abwehr

48 posted on 09/10/2003 11:05:28 PM PDT by tubavil
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To: yonif
fyi
49 posted on 09/10/2003 11:07:24 PM PDT by tubavil
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To: Starrgaizr
I'll never forget that day. I was at work, and a co-worker who was working at home send me an IM saying a plane hit the WTC. She said they thought it was an accident. I sent the following email to my team members:
FYI- A commercial 737 plane has crashed into Tower One of the World Trade Center in NYC, taking out three floors. Damage is severe and they don't expect many survivors... story is still developing.

I went to CNN right away and saw the picture and then called her at home. She gave me the description of what she was seeing on TV. She was also watching her 5 yr old Granddaughter. As we were chatting, she said, 'Oh my God! Another plane just hit the other building!' And I replied, 'No way, you are making this up! This isn't happening.' All she could say was, 'Oh my God... I've gotta go.' The Granddaughter saw it with her.

I called our HR person right away and told her what was going on and we scrambled to find a tv that would get reception in our building. We then headed across the street to the healthclub to watch their tv. When we ot there only a few people were watching the news. NBC was on, and as we were watching, the thrid plane hit the Pentagon. I remember Jim Miklazecski (sp) reporting live from there as he wasn't too far from the crash. We just stood there in shock. What got me is that people who were coming into the healthclub, saw what was happening, and continued on with their workout!

A team member called and said the tv was working, so we headed back to the office. When I got there, I immediately went to FR.com, and relayed the latest news to everyone who was watching- and it was our entire office. They kept asking me, 'how do you know so much before the news even says it?' I gave credit to the wonderful freepers. The best example of this is the crash in Pennsylvania. I told everyone about it, and then 10 minutes later, it was reported on tv.

We sat there and watched everything, all in shock. We saw the first tower fall... and then the second. I walked back to my desk and sent the following email: I then I sent out another email out to our team who had a group of trainees onsite- some from the East coast:

Yes, It was terrorists. Two planes hit the World Trade Center. The second plane is confirmed to have been hijacked from Boston's airport and subsequently hit the second tower. That tower is now GONE. It totally collapsed. They showed footage on tv... I am in complete and total shock. A third plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington DC. Every federal building in DC has been evacuated, including the white house...

At my desk, I posted this on FR.com:

Amen. No matter what our politics are, we are all Americans, first and foremost.

I am sick and tired...

I am sick and tired of our country playing nice.

I am sick and tired of our country being played as fools.

I am sick and tired of our country being used as negotiators in peace treaties that ultimately make us targets.

I am sick and tired of the perception that our country is weak.

I am sick for all the families and loved ones who have suffered today.

I am sick for all the Americans who have watched this frame by frame, moment-by-moment on television.

Yet, I know this country will unite behind this attack.

I know that all Americans will not tolerate this kind of treachery.

I know that all Americans will want justice.

And I know that President Bush will do the right thing.

Like all other FReepers, today, my emotions have run the gamut from sadness, to anger, to such inspired patriotism, that I only hope the thugs and cowards that did this will realize that we may be down, but we ain't out.

And we are coming to get you.

I then put my head on my desk and cried.

I remember everything about that day; what I was wearing; every world that was spoke; getting my tank filled up at lunch becuase we knew the gas stations would panic (and they did). But what I remember most of all was walking outside later that day, the sky seemed less blue, the grass less green, and for the first time in my life, I felt completely vulnerable and insecure about living in America.

I don't feel that way anymore, thanks to President Bush.

Never forget.

50 posted on 09/11/2003 4:08:36 AM PDT by rintense (9-11-01: Never Forget.)
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