Monday, September 11, 2006

Five Years

It seems like 15 years since America lost 3,000, including Rick Rescorla, and I lost 3 friends. Five years seems more like the span since I stopped posting here. I quit for several reasons, including time pressure-- wanting to be a "thinker," not "linker," research and writing claimed 3.5 to 4.5 hours per day. Sleep -- and civility -- suffered. But another factor was this: apparently enraged by my writing, especially in defending warrantless wiretapping, I was cyber attacked by one or more liberals who fried two hard drives--after raiding for financial records and credit card numbers, yielding plane tickets and Internet site subscriptions. Though famously defined as "one who won't take his own side in a fight," these liberals seemingly saw no shame in fraud for a cause.

I most miss the dialogue between bloggers--a close kinship despite the cyber, not in-person, connection. Secondly, I miss the catharsis factor, the impetus for this post. And stopping required that I both reduce my attention to politics and forego reading blogs. I still write infrequently--the rare 'staying-in-shape" unpublished essay.

I'm still considering changing careers. Given the odds against the marginal additional conservative writer, this plan remains inchoate. If I resumed writing -- either professionally or by blog -- I'd have to develop a slimmer style: A good friend once admitted he rarely read my posts because he lacked the time to click through the hyperlinks.

I don't miss neck-deep politics. I do miss the conversation. And, of course, I miss defending warrantless wiretapping.1

September 11th is, of course, and exception to all rules. So I'm not now resuming blogging, though I'm considering it. I hope all former readers and fellow bloggers are well, especially this day. What follows is the lyrics to a hymn I've already noted, which I first heard at the funeral for a September 11th victim friend, called "Earth and all stars" (Episcopal: 412; Presbyterian 458; Lutheran: 438; Calvinist 433; Mennonite: 47), melody here:

Earth and all stars! loud rushing planets
sing to the Lord a new song!
Oh, victory! Loud hosts of heaven
sing to the Lord a new song!

God has done marvelous things.
I too, I too sing praises with a new song! (repeat)

Hail, wind, and rain! loud blowing snowstorm
sing to the Lord a new song!
Flowers and trees! loud rustling
dry leaves sing to the Lord a new song!.....(Refrain)

Trumpet and pipes! loud clashing cymbals
sing to the Lord a new song!
Harp, lute, and lyre! loud humming cellos
sing to the Lord a new song!.....( Refrain)

Engines and steel! loud pounding hammers
sing to the Lord a new song!
Limestone and beams! loud building workers
sing to the Lord a new song!.....( Refrain)

Knowledge and truth! loud sounding wisdom
sing to the Lord a new song!
Daughter and son! loud praising members
sing to the Lord a new song!.....( Refrain)

Words: Herbert Brokering 1964, Tune: Jan Bender.


1 Judge Taylor's opinion might be the worst example of liberal jurisprudence ever. She decided plaintiffs had standing because the unknown but possible NSA interception could "chill" speech (at 20-23). Yet were the wiretap obtained under FISA, which the Judge acknowledges is Constitutional (at 26-28), the warrant still would be secret, subjecting callers on potentially tapped phones to the identical alleged chilling effect. (Standing requires that the Court be able to redress the claimed injury should plaintiffs prevail.) She then ignores footnote 8 in Keith, allowing her wrongly to equate 'domestic' wiretapping with intercepting transmissions 'by or to U.S. persons' (at 27-28)--a fundamental, but common, error. Further, the Judge neither addresses nor disputes (see page 42) the fact that every prior ruling upheld Executive branch warrantless wiretapping of foreign national intelligence information -- she relies instead on a single concurring opinion (at 42) without referencing the FISA appellate court itself. In re Sealed Case, 310 F.3d 717, 742 [slip op. at 48] (Foreign Intel. Surv. Ct. of Rev. 2002). And she somehow reads (at 38-39) the Hamdi decision -- which found detaining combatants "so fundamental and accepted an incident to war as to be an exercise of the 'necessary and appropriate force'" -- to oblige the Constitutional procedure appropriate to criminals for spies of a foreign power, despite the litany of cases to the contrary.


ilona said...

You left a lasting footprint and an example of "how to do it right" ...but, yes, the interchange of personality is missed. I'm glad you stopped in to give the update, and I always love to read your vigorous style and formidable research.

I am sorry you had to personally suffer so much to afford those who read your blog the best and most sincere opinions.

Keep writing in some venue- the world is better for your voice.

Patriot said...

Ditto on the above comments.

This was my favorite blog as it's level of detail was unsurpassed.
I usually click here as I go through my blog favorites in hopes that one day I'll read a new posting.

Know that your postings are missed by many people and it's my hope that you will resume posting or writing in some manner.

It's important that you write because you have a talent in blogging that makes the lay-man a smarter and more informed person after they've read your work.
It's not that you just provide information, you provide the who, what, when, where, and why's of the information that you present.

Good to see you blog, even if it was just a temporary thing.

Anonymous said...

Time is running out for you and your ilk. Wrapped in the mantle of a self-styled guru of pseudo-research, your psychotic rants and demagogic exertions can only inspire a few right-wing nuts such as yourself. 860 days for this administration are left and the time of reckoning is quickly approaching. And if you think that by simply inserting links you are somehow increasing the value of what you write, you are fatally mistaken. An-above-average high school student will be able to do the same in half the time that you spent on this worthless propaganda. It is about time that you stop spouting warmongering and scaremongering rhetoric from this self-invented pulpit.

Patriot said...

^Unhinged Moonbat suffering from BDS^

Anonymous said...

I hope you start blogging again, even if not regularly.
Good luck.

Enlightenment said...

One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying "We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]". Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I've ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four "pilots" among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake "pilot" of the bunch. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports. These "hijackers" somehow managed to board all four airliners with their tickets, yet not even ONE got his name on any of the flight manifests. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn't work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn't work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won't let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you "aren't supposed to think about". Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name, more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn't respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn't happen, not even close. Somehow these "hijackers" must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn't have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were "supposed to see". Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these "hijackers" wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn't even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying "We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down" attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers' magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be "Muslim hijackers" the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don't laugh) one of their passports was "found" a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously "surviving" the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also "survived" the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be "indestructable" like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn't bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the "official story" being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only "testifying" together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their "testimonies" not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the "nineteen hijackers" is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

Enlightenment said...

Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:
someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:
still more debunking Poopular Mechanics:
and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:

Poopular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:
another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:
Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission "report":
N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:
F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:
Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:

Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:
USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:
Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:
Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:
Firefighters tell of multiple explosions:
Eyewitnesses tell of explosions:
Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions:
Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:
Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:
Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:
Cutter charge explosions clearly visible:
The pyroclastic wave (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:
Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:
Freefall rate of “collapses” math:
More about their freefall rate “collapses”:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:
Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):!.htm
More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:!%20(9-11).htm
Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:
More about the fake “Osama” tape:
Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:
Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:
More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:
Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:
More about the impossible cell phone calls:
Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:
Fake Barbara Olson phone call:
Where the hell was the Air Force?
More about the Air Force impotence question:
Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:
More on Unocal Afghan pipeline:
The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:
Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:
9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:
The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:
Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:
Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:
Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:
Tracking the “hijackers”:
“Hijacker” patsies:
“Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:
No Arabs on Flight 77:
Flight manifests (tell me if you find any Arabs):
Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:
“Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:
Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:
Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:

sondjata said...

No. Not enraged by your defence of warrantless wiretapping. Boggled that a so-called "patriotic American" would not be enraged that the law was broken by the president of the US.

OBloodyHell said...

> No. Not enraged by your defence of warrantless wiretapping. Boggled that a so-called "patriotic American" would not be enraged that the law was broken by the president of the US.

Ah, so you're really, really ticked off at President Clinton, then, for initiating Project Echelon?

And you're probably also enraged by Clinton's initiation of "extraordinary rendition" -- the practice of handing over suspected terrorists to places with less-than-wonderful civil rights records for questioning?

You're exceedingly ticked off for the Democrats for not only supporting such actions, but for providing even more support to his wife despite knowing this information?

You are, are you?

Nice to know.

Welcome, Carl!! I was worried you'd died or something! Heck, don't post as much as you did, if you need -- just post like Bill Whittle from Eject!Eject!Eject! -- once in a blue moon.

If there were a couple hundred people posting that well there'd be more than enough points being scored.

@nooil4pacifists said...

See this riveting minute-by-minute account of life with President Bush before the attack and aboard Air Force One that day.