Matthew David Garvey, FDNY, USMC

Firefighter Matthew David Garvey, age 37 Died 9/11/01 - Laid to rest, October 30, 2001Described by marines with whom he served as "...a serious leader who set the example of "getting it right the first time. Never one to hesitate but focused driven to do and apply every effort in completing even the most difficult tasks. ""Then-Corporal Garvey was my team chief at 2nd ANGLICO, in the early-mid '80's. As a dumb Lieutenant, I learned a great deal about stamina, perseverance, leadership, and … [Read more...]

Jon Stewart’s first broadcast post 9/11

Very affecting and eye-opening about where we were and where we have come.I know there's a ton of material out there today - you can't keep up. But watch this. Listen to Stewart talk about the privilege of being at liberty to "sit in the back and throw spitballs..." Listen to him talk about why "I grieve, but I don't despair..." as he struggles with his emotions. This is memorable and moving.And when he says, "the terrorists thrive on chaos, and chaos cannot sustain itself..." I … [Read more...]

Path to 9/11: Ace readers insightful comments

For folks on the left, Ace is one of the most hated conservative bloggers. And sometimes his comments threads can be funny but vulgar raunch-fests. Smart, but very, very vulgar.Tonight the folks leaving comments about The Path to 9/11 at Ace's are impressive and insightful, and mostly really temperate...quite the opposite of what the some on the left might expect:But I think the main point they were trying to get across, was that the bad guys are the terrorist not the Administrations. They … [Read more...]

9/11, Iraq, WMD, Clinton’s “birthday” and more

My mailbox is overflowing (I can't keep up) with people mailing things about 9/11, or about Iraq, Bill Clinton, WMD - and much of it is interesting, some of it is annoying. So, thanks to my readers, here is a round-up:Start with this must-see video - listen to what these people were saying in 2002, and 2003 about Iraq, Saddam and WMD and square it with what they say today. The left won't like it, but they can't say it's a lie. Well, they can - reality is just a concept to some, after all. … [Read more...]

Nevada Muslim stares down al-Muhajer

This is, perhaps, exactly what some Americans will appreciate reading on the 5th anniversary of 9/11:The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, recently issued a decree to its supporters: Kill at least one American in the next two weeks "using a sniper rifle, explosive or whatever the battle may require."Well, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, I am an American too. Count me as the one of those you have asked your supporters to kill.I am not alone, there are thousands of Muslims with me in … [Read more...]

How baseball helped America, 2001

Thanks to my reader, Mark, for the link to this moving poem, written and delivered by Cardinals Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck, September 17, 2001:Since this nation was founded ... under God More than 200 years ago We have been the bastion of freedom The light that keeps the free world aglow We do not covet the possessions of others We are blessed with the bounty we share.We have rushed to help other nations ... anything ... anytime ... anywhere.War is just not our nature We won't … [Read more...]

A young milfamily needs your prayers

A heartbreaking post from a young father who may soon be a single parent.The breast cancer has metastisized to her brain. There are tumors in her brain. Brain cancer.The neurologist contacted our cancer doctor, who was attending a cancer conference. He rescheduled the mastectomy to this Tuesday, with her checking-in to the hospital on Monday. [...] The news is this. There are eleven tumors in her brain. If you were to divide her brain into quadrants, then at least two of the tumors would be … [Read more...]

Path to 9/11 sounds a stinker, after all that

At least according to this review.I'll still argue that protesting a flic - particularly when it is a docuDRAMA, meaning a writers personal vision, much like Oliver Stone's "JFK," and not a docuMENTARY (which is supposed to be factual) - is one thing and threatening to pull a license is something else.And I'm arguing that Clinton would have, in the end, been much better off ignoring this flick, especially if it's (as it sounds) a stiff.Ah, well. It has been interesting, though, noting how … [Read more...]

Dems again overplay hand and prove projection

They plan on using the power of the federal government to demand political changes to a program before it airs, a dangerous precedent and a completely different problem than what existed before. Presumably, this would become yet another fruit of their takeover of the House should they succeed in the midterms. It makes an excellent argument for extended Republican control. - Ed MorrisseyThe headline says Democrats urge ABC to withdraw 9/11 movie.Except urge should read "threaten to take … [Read more...]

Clintons successfully pressure for their edit

I swore I was done writing for today, but this is just breaking, and I'm just going to direct you to links which say it all.ABC alters 9/11 show under pressureAll I am going to say is that Tim Robbins better never lecture us about the "chill wind of suppression of free speech" coming from the evil, Nazi Bush regime again.And I do think this will backfire on the Clintons. I believe with all my heart that he would have been much smarter to play this down, not up. But with Clinton, it's … [Read more...]

Couric’s Notebook goes classical liberal

Because I am trying to be fair (you all know I wanted CBS to hire CNN's Dehlia Gallagher for the Evening News gig and grow their own "star") I checked out Katie Couric's Notebook and found...the sort of classical liberal thinking by which I was raised, and which I have bemoaned as "lost."Roughly transcribing the video:Bush has the hardest job in the world; no matter where you stand politically, you have to respect anyone who takes on that job. I was at the White House yesterday...It's clear … [Read more...]

Media Events overtake News

It's hard to keep up with all the interesting and important news out there, when the world seems to be buzzing about almost nothing but Bill Clinton and pals trying to shut down a movie and the seemingly-ever-ascending Katie Couric.I mean, there are some very big stories out there, like,1) The revelation by President Bush yesterday that we have managed to thwart numerous attacks by terrorists. Or the acknowledgement by the press that President Bush has reframed the whole issue.2)That … [Read more...]

Gosh, and Mike Wallace loved this guy!

Didn't CBS's Mike Wallace say something about this guy's openness?Ahmadinejad Calls For University PurgeIran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged students Tuesday to push for a purge of liberal and secular teachers from universities, in another sign of his determination to stamp a strong Islamic fundamentalist revival on the country.I've said this about the hardliners on the right and on the left: if your philosophy, your agenda or your cause is so shaky that you have to purge … [Read more...]

5 Easy Rules and a quick “look”

NOTE:::BLOG ADMINISTRATOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR COMMENTARY CONTENT:::OPINIONS IN COMMENTS SECTION DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THOSE OF ADMIN:::This notice is periodically reposted for general informational purposes.I had my site debugged and in the process the "moderate comments" thingie got flipped on. For the heck of it, I decided to try it out and I've decided I like moderating comments; I get to actually read them all, now.For the record, I won't be inclined to zap a commenter, unless … [Read more...]