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Turning Tragedy into Triumph


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Turning Tragedy into Triumph

TGIF Today God Is First

Volume 2 by Os Hillman Tuesday, September 11 2012
“So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you”(2 Cor 4:12).

On 9/11/01, New York City firefighter Stephen Siller had just completed his shift when he heard on his truck’s scanner that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers. Siller quickly turned his truck around and attempted to drive back to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel but found the entrance blocked by abandoned vehicles. Desperate to join his elite Squad One brothers, Siller donned 75 pounds of fire gear and ran a mile-and-a-half through the tunnel, before an emergency vehicle picked him up and dropped him off at Tower Two.

Siller had been orphaned at the age of 10 and raised by his much older brothers and sisters. Siller died that day trying to save others. He left behind a wife and five children.

His story proved so inspirational that it became a legend in the newsrooms and firehouses of New York City. His six siblings – who in many ways viewed Siller as a son, as well as a brother – found themselves grappling with a dilemma: should they allow the tragic circumstances of their brother’s death to paralyze and embitter them or use it as a catalyst to help others and preserve his memory?

The Siller family chose the latter.

Once they made that decision, and armed with no extraordinary wealth or political clout, the siblings combined forces to convince New York officials to close down the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel the last Sunday morning of each September and stage the “Tunnel to Towers Run” to commemorate their brother’s heroic last run.

Each year since 9/11 tens of thousands of runners have retraced the steps of a hero. As part of the event 343 New York City firefighters, each representing a fallen comrade and holding an American flag, stand throughout the length of the tunnel. They are joined by firefighters from across the United States, each holding a poster-size picture of a firefighter who perished on 9/11.

The Siller family has raised more than $1 million and donated the money to charities that benefit families of those affected by the 9/11 attacks.

This is a tribute to one heartbroken family who opted to channel its energy into triumph out of tragedy.
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How Far Are You Willing To Bend Ameica?

Its been few hours or so since I’ve read the news article bellow, and I still can not remove the dumfounded look off of my face! The  first question that came  to my feeble mind was ” how far are we going to bend and accommodate these Murderers? How far will we allow these so called Muslims use their religions and our laws against us? These killers had no problem killing over 3000+ Americans on 9-11?! These people had no problem what so ever killing Americans any time, in fact it is their duty, and given a chance they will do it again and again.let me ask you once more how far are YOU willing to bent and bow to these so called fanatic Muslims to spit on the grave of all Murdered Americans all over the world, How far America?

Attorney in hijab defends call for other women at 9/11 hearing to wear ‘appropriate’ clothing

Published May 06, 2012


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    May 5, 2012: In this photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Pentagon paid civilian defense lawyer Cheryl Borman, defense attorney of accused Sept. 11 co-conspirator Walid bin Attash, argues a point during the military hearing at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. (AP/POOL)

The defense attorney who wore a traditional Islamic outfit during the rowdy arraignment of the accused Sept. 11 terrorists is defending her courtroom appeal that other women in the room wear more “appropriate” clothing to the proceedings — out of respect for her client’s Muslim beliefs.

Cheryl Bormann, counsel for defendant Walid bin Attash, attended the arraignment Saturday dressed in a hijab, apparently because her client insisted on it. She further requested that the court order other women to follow that example so that the defendants do not have to avert their eyes “for fear of committing a sin under their faith.”

At a press conference Sunday at Guantanamo Bay, Bormann said she dresses in a hijab at “all times” when she meets with her client “out of respect” for his beliefs. Asked why she requested other women do the same, Bormann said, “When you’re on trial for your life, you need to be focused.”

Bormann, who is not Muslim, claimed the issue came up several years ago, when a paralegal wore “very short skirts” and it became a distraction for the defendants. She said that on Saturday, “somebody” was also dressed “in a way that was not in keeping with my client’s religious beliefs.”

“If because of someone’s religious beliefs, they can’t focus when somebody in the courtroom is dressed in a particular way, I feel it is incumbent upon myself as a counsel to point that out and ask for some consideration from the prosecution,” she said. “Suffice to say it was distracting to members of the accused.”

The clothing request was just one of several unusual moments during Saturday’s lengthy and chaotic hearing.

The court hearing for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-defendants should have taken a couple of hours at most. Instead it lasted almost 13 hours, including meal and prayer breaks, as the men appeared to make a concerted effort to stall Saturday’s hearing.

They knelt in prayer, ignored the judge, wouldn’t listen to Arabic translations over their head sets and one even insisted on having the more than 20 pages detailing the charges against them read aloud, rather than deferred for later in their case as the judge wanted, which added more than two hours to the proceedings.

Defense lawyer James Connell said Sunday that a tentative trial date of May 2013 is a “placeholder” until a true date can be set for the trial.

“It’s going to take time,” said the chief prosecutor, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, who said he expects to battle a barrage of defense motions before the case goes to trial. “I am getting ready for hundreds of motions because we want them to shoot everything they can shoot at us.”

The defendants’ behavior outraged 9/11 family members watching on closed-circuit video feeds around the United States at East Coast military bases. One viewer shouted, “C’mon, are you kidding me?” at the Fort Hamilton base in Brooklyn.

A handful of people who lost family members in the attacks and were selected by a lottery to attend the proceedings watched in the courtroom.

“They’re engaging in jihad in a courtroom,” said Debra Burlingame, whose brother, Charles, was the pilot of the plane that flew into the Pentagon. She watched the proceeding from Brooklyn.

The defense attorneys in the case have complained repeatedly about the proceedings and about the military tribunal system itself. Human rights groups and defense lawyers say the secrecy of Guantanamo and the military tribunals will make it impossible for the defense. They argued the U.S. kept the case out of civilian court to prevent disclosure of the treatment of prisoners like Mohammed, who was waterboarded 183 times.

A family member of one 9/11 victim spoke to reporters Sunday and said he has respect for the defense attorneys.

“They’re doing their job,” said Eddie Bracken of Staten Island, New York, whose sister Lucy Fishman died at the World Trade Center in 2001.

Bracken also read from a prepared statement which was directed at Mohammed. “You never killed the American spirit. Let freedom ring, let freedom ring, let freedom ring — and that’s what I have to say,” he said.

Mohammed, the admitted 9/11 architect, and the four men accused of aiding the 9/11 conspiracy put off their pleas until a later date. They face 2,976 counts of murder and terrorism in the 2001 attacks that sent hijacked jetliners into New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The charges carry the death penalty.

Earlier Saturday, Mohammed cast off his earphones providing Arabic translations of the proceeding and refused to answer Army Col. James Pohl’s questions or acknowledge he understood them. All five men refused to participate in the hearing; two passed around a copy of The Economist magazine and leafed through the articles.

Bin Attash was confined to a restraint chair when he came into court on Saturday, released only after he promised to behave.

Ramzi Binalshibh began praying alongside his defense table, followed by Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, in the middle of the hearing; Binalshibh then launched into a tirade in which he compared a prison official to the late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and declared that he was in danger.

“Maybe they will kill me and say I committed suicide,” he said in a mix of Arabic and broken English.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/05/06/attorney-in-hijab-defends-call-for-other-women-at-11-hearing-to-wear/?test=latestnews#ixzz1u8U2ePCs

‘Stupid Is As Stupid Does’

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 A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine that

 America can suffer defeat without> any inconvenience to themselves..  Pause a moment, reflect back.

 These events are actual events from history. They really happened!!!

  Do you remember?

 Gee…I didn’t know this…did you???

 1. In1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male extremist.

  2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim male extremists.

  3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over  by Muslim male extremists.

  4. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim male extremists.

  5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up  by Muslim male extremists.

 6. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered  and thrown overboard in his wheelchair  by Muslim male extremists.

  7. In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens,  and a US Navy diver trying to rescue

 passengers was murdered  by Muslim male extremists.

  8. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed  by Muslim male extremists.

 9. In 1993, the World Trade Center  was bombed the first time by Muslim male extremists.

 10. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and  Tanzania were bombed by Muslim male extremists.

 11. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked;  two were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon  and the other was diverted and crashed  by the passengers. Thousands of people  were killed by Muslim male extremists.

 12. In 2002, the United States  fought a war in Afghanistan  against Muslim male extremists.

 13. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl  was kidnapped and murdered by—  you guessed it—Muslim male extremists.

  No, I really don’t see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you? Therefore, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatic’s intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people…

 Absolutely No Profiling!

  They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President’s security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males alone lest they be guilty of profiling.

  Have the American People completely lost their Minds, or just their Power of Reason???

  As the writer of the award winning story ‘Forrest Gump’ so aptly put it,

 ‘Stupid Is As Stupid Does’


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A small request that will mean so much We have just over a week to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America. If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same … you get the idea. THE PROGRAM: On Sunday, September 11th, 2011, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an America … Read More

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“Seven In Heaven Way” (via Samuel at Gilgal)

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