Posts tagged 9/11

Gawker: The Stars of 9/11: Where are they now? 

Roselle, Salty, and Appollo the Guide Dogs
Then: Salty and Roselle were guide dogs who led  their blind owners out of the WTC before the towers collapsed. Appollo  was an NYPD rescue dog. All three won the Dickin Medal for animal  gallantry, and Roselle got a book.Now: Dead.

Now, that’s depressing.
From the comments:

I caught part of a special that featured Salty’s  owner a few days ago, and though he was sitting with his new guide dog,  it was pretty clear that Salty will forever occupy a large chunk of this  man’s heart. Apparently at one point, when they were climbing down the  stairs of whichever tower they were in, the going was so slow and  crowded that the man unlatched Salty’s harness so that the dog would  have a better chance of getting out on his own (sob!). Salty started to  go ahead but came back when he realized his owner wasn’t with him and  eventually led him to safety. BRB, crying forever. 

I need to scour the internet for images of puppies now.

Gawker: The Stars of 9/11: Where are they now?

Roselle, Salty, and Appollo the Guide Dogs

Then: Salty and Roselle were guide dogs who led their blind owners out of the WTC before the towers collapsed. Appollo was an NYPD rescue dog. All three won the Dickin Medal for animal gallantry, and Roselle got a book.
Now: Dead.

Now, that’s depressing.

From the comments:

I caught part of a special that featured Salty’s owner a few days ago, and though he was sitting with his new guide dog, it was pretty clear that Salty will forever occupy a large chunk of this man’s heart. Apparently at one point, when they were climbing down the stairs of whichever tower they were in, the going was so slow and crowded that the man unlatched Salty’s harness so that the dog would have a better chance of getting out on his own (sob!). Salty started to go ahead but came back when he realized his owner wasn’t with him and eventually led him to safety. BRB, crying forever.

I need to scour the internet for images of puppies now.

The Onion: Nation Would Rather Think About 9/11 Than Anything From Subsequent 10 Years

Now this is more like it.

"The events of Sept. 11 were unspeakably tragic, but really, when you think about it, things have only grown more horrible and unbearable since then," said Phyllis Bennett of San Jose, CA, who considered 9/11 a notably less unpleasant topic than the Iraq War, the worldwide financial meltdown, Hurricane Katrina, the nation’s debt burden, the deaths of 6,200 U.S. troops, China’s rise into a global superpower, the housing market, relentless partisan bickering, millions of job losses, the war in Afghanistan, nuclear proliferation, unchecked climate change, declining household income, swine flu, or the 9/11 Truth movement. "That was an awful day for America, but at least the nation came together and people actually seemed to care about one another. Just compare that to now, Jesus Christ."

Gawker: Ten Good Things That Happened in the Last Ten Years

If this is the best they can come up with, we might as well just call it a day now.

Sometimes a Little Bloodlust is in Order

Amid all the ululation and praise for great men in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s assassination, a few killjoys have emerged to shame us for celebrating a man’s death. We are not barbarians! Oh yes we are. Usually that’s a bad thing. But if there is ever a time when we should give ourselves license to surrender to our animal selves and dance on the grave of an enemy, this is it.

I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of Muslims in many countries, including our own. So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.

President Barack Obama • In his speech tonight, announcing that a U.S. special operation had killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The President takes a very good tact here in distancing bin Laden and his organization from the Muslim community writ large. His reminder that bin Laden had himself killed many Muslims in service of his terror campaigns (and within our nation, as well, with many Muslims killed on 9/11) is an important one, too often lost in recent politicking. Even amidst what looks like broad jubilation domestically at the news, it’s important to keep the celebrating a positive thing, not something that turns at all ugly on our Muslim brethren. The President clearly wanted to short circuit that, as best he could, by emphasizing solidarity. source (viafollow)

This was to me the most significant part of an overall excellent and historic speech. 

Via @comfortablysmug on Twitter

Via @comfortablysmug on Twitter

Our president is a bad ass. 

Our president is a bad ass. 

STATEMENT FROM FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON

"This is a profoundly important moment not just for the families of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and in al-Qaida’s other attacks but for people all over the world who want to build a common future of peace, freedom, and cooperation for our children.

I congratulate the President, the National Security team and the members of our armed forces on bringing Osama bin Laden to justice after more than a decade of murderous al-Qaida attacks.”

Via @RamyYaacoub on Twitter

Via @RamyYaacoub on Twitter