Today is the anniversary of the day that the Radical Muslims declared war on us the United States of America. The specter of the second airliner being flown into the World Trade Center, replayed time after time on TV -- that scene is engraved in minds for the rest of our lives.
It is an iconic moment, one that we remember all our lives. Personally I've only had a few other such epic events in my life; the assassination of President J.F. Kennedy and the day that I first soloed an aircraft learning to fly way back in 1953.
The whole event of 9-11 is a vivid personal memory for me. I hear again the Kansas City Approach Controller ordering a Citation (business class small jet) "This is a National Emergency. You are directed to land immediately at Kansas City Downtown Airport." I was just behind him flying a Beech Baron and had filed for the Lee Summit Airport on the east side of Kansas City. I was directed to continue to my destination. There in the lobby of the FBO I watched the TV show the second jet flying into the World Trade Center. I knew instantly that it was an act of war committed on us. Sad memories!
I note in one my trade journals that both United and American Airlines are being sued for damages related to 9-11. They carelessly allowed their aircraft and flight crews to be hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on that terrible day. I viewed the article in pure disgust. Ambulance chasing lawyers trying to get rich.
Some people have no sense of right or wrong and only seem to be driven by greed. The legal profession is poorly served by not evicting such unworthy individuals from their ranks.
This week I received a letter from a high school classmate who now lives, retired, in the Chicago area. Don is into sailing his fair sized craft on Lake Michigan. Don Glaze writes: "Every year since 2011 I was off sailing the night of Sept 11th. We are usually on (under) the landing pattern for O'Hare (Chicago's huge, International Airport) but on that night there were no planes in the air. We commented on the world conditions and then one lone plane came in to land. We assumed that it was the President on his way back from Omaha. What an experience!"
Yes, there have to be as many stories as there are people who remember the shocking events on that day we now commemorate as 9-11. May our freedom loving country not soon forget!
One more non-mention of a Blue Moon event. Don also wrote "I try to get in lots of sailing this time of the year, Sunsets and moon rise happens within the same hour. What an experience, actually a religious experience, God challenges one and you try to meet the challenge."
I fear that my wife, my Grannie Annie, has become a political junkie. She watched all the Republican Convention and I joined her as I could. Then to be fair and balanced we also watched the Democrat Convention. Quite a contrast. Grannie does not suffer fools well and does not forgive out and out lies. Some of her comments are well, not exactly ladylike. She makes me proud! For sure the voters this year need to choose wisely. One party has faith in ever stronger system of big government, probably because they figure that they will be a part of the elite group making decisions for the rest of us. The other party is a little more business oriented and would like to shrink government and put power back into the hands of we the people. There is no doubt which way Grannie will vote -- again.
Then we had a date out to Dinesh D'Souza's movie "2016 Obama's America." It is D'Souza's vision of what America will look like if we elect President Obama to a second term. Quite honestly it was a pretty sobering two hour adventure. Were I king I would require all person eligible to vote to watch that movie but then such an order would violate the very principles of freedom we conservatives hold dear.
Personally I think that President Obama will go down in a lopsided victory for Governor Romney this time around. That may be wistful thinking as I didn't think President Bill Clinton would see a second term either. Our country was not well served by that decision either, so stay tuned.
That is the way I saw it.