Wednesday, April 23, 2014

End of innocence

Twin Towers

The photo above was taken Sept. 9, 2001, by Placerville residents Roy and Barbara Weichold. They sent it to us with a Christmas card that same year. Just a couple of weeks ago part of a wing was found in New York wedged between two buildings, one of which is being converted to a Muslim community center and mosque.

The Weicholds had just returned from a trip to Germany when they took this Hudson River view of the Twin Towers and Manhattan skyline.

We reprint this  photo as a reminder of what we have lost from 9-11-01 to April 15, 2013, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. President Obama has said the “Tide of war is receding,” but tell that to the families of the three people killed in the Boston bombing, and the policeman killed by the bombers. Tell that to the 15 who had one or both legs amputated, among the more than 200 wounded.

Looking at this photo we are reminded that Muslim extremists long ago declared war on America. On Feb. 26, 1993, a truck loaded with 1,336 pounds of urea nitrate-hydrogen gas was detonated in the garage below the North Tower. The Muslim terrorist conspirators hoped to knock the North Tower off its foundation and tip it into the South Tower. Six people died and a thousand were injured. This was financed by Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, who later was the mastermind behind 9-11-01.

Eight years later they succeeded by flying two airplanes into the Twin Towers, into the Pentagon and into a field in Pennsylvania. The death toll was nearly 3,000. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, killed 2,402 Americans and wounded 1,282. The Japanese attacked the Pacific Fleet. The terrorists attacked civilian symbols of American economic success, born of our free enterprise system. In Boston, they just attacked people, our way of life.

For 12 years we have been protected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Patriot Act that President George W. Bush and Congress set in motion, by drone attacks on al-Qaeda and Taliban hideouts in Pakistan’s outlaw regions, by enhanced airport security, by monitoring key international communications, by the Department of Homeland Security. And by luck, such as the December 2001 shoe bomb and the Christmas 2009 underwear bomb that didn’t go off. And by alert passengers who charged in to subdue these two. And Osama bin Laden is dead, which led President Obama to declare that al-Qaeda’s leadership has been “decimated.” Well, maybe not. Can the president spell, let alone explain Benghazi, where our ambassador and two others were killed on Sept. 11, 2013?

For 12 years authorities, and particularly the New York City Police Department, have been able to apprehend jihadis before their plots succeeded. That didn’t happen for Boston. The Boston bombing ended our years of innocence.

This is a time for caution. As Congress moves toward immigration reform it should keep in mind this statistic pointed out by Wall Street Journal columnist Gerald F. Seib: “Between 1990 and 2008, the latest year for which figures are available, the number of self-identified Christians has increased 15 percent. At the same time, though, the population of Muslims, though a tiny fraction of the overall population, increased 155 percent, and the number of Buddhists has nearly tripled.”

Any immigration bill should be very restrictive about allowing immigrants from volatile and reactionary Muslim areas. Even liberal Democratic strategist Bob Beckel has called for a moratorium on admitting students from Muslim countries until this government can get a handle on all the ones accepted to U.S. universities who arrived here but never showed up for class, or at the university.

America is a welcoming country for immigrants. We just need to be more discriminating about choosing new friends. The two Chechen bombers and the additional three arrested, the FBI said Wednesday, tell us our decade of innocence is gone like the Twin Towers.

Mountain Democrat


Discussion | 37 comments

  • Snapping DragonMay 03, 2013 - 8:49 am

    Yeah, good luck convincing our 1/2 muslim president. Allowing a mosque that close to ground zero is simply a slap in the face to Americans. I get it that it's private property, but seriously? Until we stop our warm and fuzzy BS we WILL continue to be targets and inncocent AMERICAN's will die at the hands of these insects.

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  • 1036-FrankMay 03, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Did any US citizen vote to allow millions of foreign "Students" or "Refugees" in to the country from Muslim regions that are very anti-US? Then provide welfare and fail to provide tracking and background checks, even after being warned by other countries that some were very dangerous. Same type of inaction as ignoring the unsecured southern border where the amount of detainees is up 200% as amnesty talk continues. Why would any sane country allow millions of people to enter the country illegally or stay after their Visa expires and remain in the country and provide welfare, schools, housing and health care with no idea of the background and criminal records not to mention the economic toll of billions lost. Did anyone vote to not track non-US citizens and not enforce laws on those non-citizens here illegally and on expired Visas? To find that all of the common sense post-911 actions of security of the borders and travel Visas were never taken in the last five yeas shows why the dysfunctional immigration system needs a complete rewrite from the US House of Reps. and that current laws need immediate enforcement. I did hear the Bummer was today in Mexico in front of a receptive audience he doesn't have in this country, he was heard loudly blaming the US for a number of things from guns to drugs and excusing the drug cartels and illegal border crossers, he did not mention any new border security measures, he did thank them for their continued support of himself and his party. Wonder if the Bummer's team brought a few truckloads of how-to guides of how to get free US welfare and illegal crossing routes with water location guides and handed them out while there.

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  • Dink LaneMay 03, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Does anyone remember the VIETNAM WAR???? I do think it was the "Vietnamese" that were shooting, bombing and killing Americans..... Yes, there was a "Hatred" for Vietnamese.... I saw it right in Sacramento when I came back....... You know what?.... The WAR ended in 1973..... When we had a Republican President (Nixon) and a Republican Governor (Reagan).... No one called them SOCIALIST for letting the thousands and thousands of refugees in..... I think this "Hannity-Glenn Beck" bigotry needs to STOP...... Not all Vietnamese are perfect -- Not all Muslims are perfect -- Not all Irish are perfect. But all GENERALIZED statements that put a whole group of people in the same pot.... is ignorance.... Saying Obama is 1/2 Muslim is evidence of NO Cognitive thought....

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  • Snapping DragonMay 03, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    Vietnam was a war we had no business in as usual. Now we are being attacked on our own soil for no other reason than we are Americans. Keep your head in the sand Dink...that way you don't have to face reality.

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  • DB SmithMay 03, 2013 - 3:31 pm

    Dink, Besides the red eye balls I envision bulging out of your head, have you noticed any other red flag warning happenings?

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  • Dink LaneMay 03, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    Do the names Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols -- the chief conspirators Oklahoma City Bombing -- mean anything to you?? .... Or how about Lee Harvey Oswald? He was an assassin -- and the HSCA in 1978 declared it a conspiracy definition AN ASSASSINATION is murder of a prominent person or political figure by a surprise attack, usually for payment or POLITICAL REASONS ..... NOT one of those people were Muslim.... Who are Muslim extremists? and did ALL MUSLIMS declare "war on America"..... Isn't McVeigh IRISH?.... He's extremist.... So all EXTREMIST IRISH CHRISTIANS...have declared "War on America"?? Your Generic rhetoric doesn't fit the spin...

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  • DB SmithMay 03, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    Those names do mean something and they were dealt with accordingly. Hey ~ If it makes you feel any better, I still buy a beer once in awhile from the local liquor store and on special occasion's, I love Irish Cream and coffee. Wake up.

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  • DB SmithMay 03, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Dink the Muslim Extremist Defense theorist says not to worry folks. There is no pattern going on here on US soil which includes Benghazi. Carry on and don't give it another thought and actually they really like America so go back to cutting the grass. No red flag warnings here.

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  • DB SmithMay 03, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    Dink, I think we may have inadvertently discovered another Muslim extremist plot against the US. Many if not most of the US liquor stores are owned and run by Muslims and they sell a variety of liquor, cigarettes, lottery tickets and porn magazines which as you know have no virgins in them. I don't think they like indulging in any of those things. Do you think we could be onto something?

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  • Dink LaneMay 03, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    You mean like when Condi Rice and GW Bush didn't have time to meet over the July 2001 Phoenix Memo or the Aug. 2001 "Osama bin Laden Determined to Strike in the US" Presidential-Daily-Memo? (Chapter 8 of 'The 9/11 Commission Report')..... The point that WE BOTH are trying to make..... YES, people want to hurt us..... YES, we need to pay attention..... But saying it's MUSLIMS that are the problem --> is burying YOUR head in the sand.... Let's be grown up here... OK?

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  • DB SmithMay 03, 2013 - 5:11 pm

    OK ~ I seriously apologize and beg forgiveness. I just get so ruffled when these idiots don't realize when they're getting hit upside the head with a railroad tie.

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  • 1036-FrankMay 04, 2013 - 8:01 am

    Remember, Not all terrorists are Muslim radicals, Yet all recent terrorists have been Muslim radicals. It would only make sense and logic to limit those areas of the world from traveling here who produce these violent people. Plus find a way to follow Visa overstays and enforce existing law and stop all welfare benefits to non US citizens that are a magnet for the wrong type of people. It is hard to imagine why the common sense actions of security and safety were never fully implemented in the country post-911 and really should of been done in the post 1993 trade center incident under the Clinton Administration where so many errors were made and that the same way the previous system allowed people in who should never have been in the US has continued to do the same with recent bad results. The definition of repetitive insanity comes to mind.

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  • DB SmithMay 04, 2013 - 9:44 am

    Evelyn, This is a test. I've tried to posts a few things and they're not going through. Did you hit the "Report abusive comment" button on me?

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  • DB SmithMay 04, 2013 - 9:48 am

    They seem to be having a bit of trouble in finding someone to take and bury the murdering Muslim Extremist. To solve their problem, I think they should cremate him and put in a pressure cooker then mail him back home to Chechnya along with the bill.

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  • EvelynMay 04, 2013 - 10:44 am

    DB: Just got home. Had I not been out I would have hit "Report Abusive Comment", thus preventing the couple of your comments -- I haven't had time to count yet -- that did get through. (Wait a minute . . . it's still not too late.)

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  • chrispytahoeMay 04, 2013 - 11:45 am

    My uncle Genie was a steelworker when they built the twin towers. Half my family is in New York City. I have been up to the top of those buildings many times. I have travelled in the Middle East. So I feel qualified to remind you we were not attacked out of the blue on 9-11. The warning signs were a long time coming. Bad business deals from the Bush family were a big part of it. (remember Osama was a good friend of the Bush family!) It is amazing how narrow a view most Americans have of the world. You eat up what your media spoon feeds you. You all pretend to be experts, yet I bet none of you have been to NY or to the Middle East. The ignorant people of Placertucky show themselves yet again. Most Americans once swore death to all Japanese and Germans. Y'all feel that way today?

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  • DB SmithMay 04, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    Sasquatch, We have something in common because my uncle by the name of Lamar Wunsch, was a steelworker too. But if I had an uncle by the name of Genie and had 3 wishes they would be 1. A conservative government 2. A cure for the liberal disease and 3. Sasquatch would relocate to the Middle East. I also feel qualified to remind you that Obummer was good friends with Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Hugo Chavez, et al...

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  • 1036-FrankMay 04, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Of course Mr. Tahoe liberal all terrorists are just disgruntled businessmen with old grudges from the Bush family including the poor Bin Laden's are still angry that Bush and Cheney's Grandfathers were stealing all their oil in the 1920's. And Bush caused their attack of course somehow because Carter was great and loved and Clinton was wonderful in the Middle East and in the first attack on the trade center in 1993 and if you can just fill your pipe up again and have some more green clarity of thought you might be brilliant, and yes you know someone who lived somewhere and you visited somewhere so you are an expert on world affairs and murder by terrorists and should give us all advise that we Americans need as we can't possibly understand the complexity. Americans must not be smart enough to realize when Innocent people are being killed and who did it and why these people need to not be in this country and why our people fight them throughout the world and have been since the Crusades until modern liberalism brought them to our country and provided them the means to attack here.

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  • R.J. CarterMay 04, 2013 - 8:40 pm

    I've been away from the news for the last couple days and was just wondering if King Obama while on his trip to Mexico has apologized yet for our fighting at the Alamo??

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  • James E.May 04, 2013 - 9:08 pm

    R.J., were the president in the mood to apologize for America he wouldn't do it for the Alamo because we lost that one. Instead, he might apologize for the Battle of Jacinto where we kicked General Santa Anna's butt. I remember the first time (1954) I was in San Antonio and walking downtown -- I turned a city corner and there was the Alamo. Quite a shock to see it downtown.

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  • Tom GibneyMay 04, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    Wow Crispy Critter you are everywhere and everything...How cool is that? YOu obviously have all the answers. Excellent! Problem solved! ....I swear if I had a dollar for every one of you self righteous 'know it all' liberals.. I could be fully retired by now! YOu seem to forget your boy CLinton had a chance to off Osama or at least head him and others off at the pass...but he ignored the intel. He was too busy giving N Korea Nuclear dreams and plans. All you guys can ever come up with is Bush this and Bush that...Yet you defend this Idol Obama for what...?? Moving right along...nothing to see here. Just more blowhard 'I am awesome' liberal bs.

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  • cookie65May 05, 2013 - 7:57 am

    Every time you see a picture of obama with his feet up on a desk he is expressing his contempt for the people of this country. Muslims show the souls of their shoes as an insult and I sign of disrespect. One theory is, some village in Kenya is missing its idiot, and the other theory is he knows exactly what he is doing.

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  • cookie65May 05, 2013 - 8:07 am

    James, did you go inside the Alamo? Many of the people who died there carved their names in walls. They are still discovering stuff in there. obama did manage to blame America for the violence in Mexico. Funny how he could blame American guns and not mention fast&furious. But we know most of his voters have never heard of fast&furious since the are dependent on the propaganda arm of the democrat party (MSM) for their information. They were left with the intended interpretation, obama cares. What a freeeekin joke.

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  • cookie65May 05, 2013 - 8:21 am

    Yuppie, here is another chance for you to save the planet.

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  • CherylMay 05, 2013 - 9:06 am

    OH NO!! My husband puts his feet up on the coffee table with his shoes on, I had no idea he was a muslim! Here I thought he was a red-headed Irishman.

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  • EvelynMay 05, 2013 - 10:34 am

    Trick question: What kills more Americans annually than pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDs, pneumonia, accidents, automobile fatalities or terrorism? HERE

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  • EvelynMay 05, 2013 - 10:53 am

    P.S. Also, more than gun-related deaths.

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  • James E.May 05, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Cookie, yes I visited the inside of the Alamo several times back in the 50s. But, since it's been over 50 years I have zero memory of the specifics inside. Seems like they had several areas roped off and not available to the public. And, you are right about showing the soles of one's shoes as an insult. The first thing I was told when I arrived in Cairo. But, lost on many Americans even after being told as I observed soles in business meetings with the Egyptians -- not sure they were trying to insult, rather stupidity as being superior Americans. In our society, 99.999999% don't even know about the sole insult. As for the president, don't think a Christian uses his soles to insult.

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  • James E.May 05, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    Evelyn, I thought cigarettes killed more Americans each year. Hmmm, around 450K a year??? Doctors kill 240K? I knew I didn't like going to the doctor.

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  • James E.May 05, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    Cheryl, just gently tell you husband not to put his shoes up on the coffee table. I'm sure he will understand.

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  • EvelynMay 05, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    James: I didn't check out cigarettes, but I know the figures aren't good. ********** The link I posted talks about the FDA and drug reactions/fatalities. "The FDA website page also states there are 2 million serious adverse reactions (ADRs) from the ingestion of medical drugs, annually, in the US. That would be 20 million ADRs per decade." ********** I checked. The author hasn't invented anything. Confirmation at the FDA's own website HERE. As the article says: "100,000 people dying every year in the US, because they take medical drugs, is the equivalent of 33 airliner crashes into the Twin Towers, every year, year after year. ... [T]he routine deaths of 100,000 Americans a year, after the FDA has certified the drugs are SAFE, isn’t a “recognized political issue.”" WHY NOT?

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  • Old JoeMay 05, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    "Conservatives"..."Liberals"..."Christians" and "self righteous people". Those of you that spew hatred while pretending to be guardians of the Constitution of this great land, or the teachings of the Bible and pervert them for your own personal agenda make you nothing more than a hypocrite. Nuff Said.

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  • James E.May 05, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Evelyn, probably has something to do with drug profits for Big Pharma. Ours is a prescription bill society, although I have to admit that some of mine are keeping me alive.

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  • James E.May 05, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    *** delete bill, add pill.

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  • EvelynMay 05, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    James: The author writes - "In all my research on this medical-drug holocaust, I have never found a case in which any FDA employee was censured, fired, or criminally prosecuted for the killing effects of these drugs. That is a track record Organized Crime would be proud of, and the comparison is not frivolous."

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  • Tom GibneyMay 05, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    OLD JOE and others. YOU need only look so far as ABC, NBC, CBS to see where your hate comes from. Then look at MSNBC or CNN OR GOD FORBID...the Holy Grail of Liberal BS NPR. All of these rail against one news many against one what does that tell you??? When Christianity is marked as evil...what does that say??? figure it out some of you sheep might even be able to think ..

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  • cookie65May 05, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    Tom, isn't it curious how the open-minded, tolerant leftists get so obsessed over a couple of drops of pseudo conservatism in an ocean of liberalism. I find it difficult to follow there twisted logic since leftism has been an utter failure long before Fox ever existed.

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