Honoring The Fallen of 9/11/2001

Posted in Uncategorized on September 11, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

via Honoring The Fallen of 9/11/2001 — Stella’s Place

Memorials of Grief

Posted in 2017 with tags , , , , on September 11, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


September 11 is not the day we cry, it is the day we get angry. It is the day we remember who our killers were, how many have been lost, and how little has been done to bring down the ideology responsible as completely as they brought the towers down. It is the day we remember not to forget. It is the day we remember that the war has just begun and that until it ends, there can be no comfort or solace. The fight goes on.

Sultan Knish, by Daniel Greenfield, Sept. 10, 2017:

It was around the time of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, that memorials stopped being remembrances of virtue, and became therapy sessions. The old statues of determined men gave way to empty spaces to represent loss. Their lessons of courage and sacrifice, were replaced by architecture as therapy session, clean geometrical shapes, reflective pools and open areas in which to feel grief at what was lost and then let go of it.

September 11 memorials have inevitably followed this same pattern, empty spaces, still pools of water groves and names tastefully inscribed in row after row. How do you tell the Ground Zero memorial from the Oklahoma City memorial? The Oklahoma City memorial has one reflecting pool and the September 11 memorial has two pools.

There is no larger meaning to these memorials and there isn’t supposed to be one. A hundred years from now they will be nothing more than giant pools surrounded by trees with nothing to say.  These new memorials are not about teaching us to remember… but about helping us to forget.

To find a memorial that actually in some way addresses what happened on September 11. you would have to leave New York to go across the river to New Jersey where the much maligned Teardrop hanging between a torn tower at least represents something concrete, even if it is more grief and pain. Unlike the useless winged shapes of the Staten Island Memorial and the Pentagon Memorial, it at least acknowledges that something terrible happened here and transforms into a symbolic image.

But the abstract symbolism is still the problem. There’s an American eagle overlooking the Battery Park World War II memorial a few blocks from Ground Zero, but to find an American eagle on a memorial to the attacks you have to travel 30 miles across the river to Allendale, New Jersey.

The official September 11 memorial has sustainable architecture, but Dumont, NJ with a per capita income of 26,000 dollars managed to acquire and place one of the steel beams from the World Trade Center as their memorial.

The closest to a traditional memorial that tells you what actually happened and why it matters, as opposed to handing you a three acre handkerchief of empty spaces and waterfalls, is across the street from the monstrosity of emptiness. Just turn your back to it, cross Liberty Street and walk up to Firehouse Ten where the FDNY Memorial Wall depicts the events of the day in bronze. You may have to dodge some trucks and search for it underneath the scaffolding, but it’s there.

That’s more than can be said for the identity of the attackers which is invariably absent, except as a crescent that pops up ominously in memorial design after design, entirely by accident of course. But the memorials are not about history, they exist only to allow us to release our grief and move on by expressing life-affirming sentiments in response to this “tragedy” through community service that helps others.

From cries for revenge to serving soup to the homeless at a community kitchen– that is the intended trajectory. If it hasn’t worked as well as intended, as shown by the people who gathered to loudly celebrate Osama bin Laden’s death, instead of sighing at the cycle of violence, this is the long game.

The Pew polls show a steady growth in the number those who believe that American wrongdoing led to the attacks– from a third after the attacks, to 43 percent today. Give the enemy another decade to do its work and those numbers will be in the sixties. And their game is simple enough, remove the actual history and the images of the massacres– and replace it with an emphasis on foreign policy. Mix in news stories about Islamophobia, stir the pot a little and you’re done.

Numbers like that are why Obama was able to win and why Ron Paul is polling better than ever. When revisionist history becomes mainstream, then people will accept anything so long as it sounds good. So long as it lets them forget.

Alongside the usual Noam Chomsky 9-11 essay collections and conspiracy theory books on display on Amazon and at every bookstore; those who want purely fictional history can get pick up a copy of Amy Waldman’s The Submission about a ‘secular’ Muslim architect’s 9/11 memorial and the bigotry he experiences from the right-wing.

Or if they want to dig through the remainders bin, there’s John Updike’s next to last novel, Terrorist, an overwritten teen novel by one of America’s most famous literary authors, who shares his protagonist’s hatred for the country. “They can’t ask for a more sympathetic and, in a way, more loving portrait of a terrorist,” Updike said of his book. ‘They’ being the literary critics, not the Taliban who don’t need to rely on the author of ‘Rabbit Run’ for that sort of thing.

Finally there’s ‘Forgetfulness’ by Ward Just, whose title encompasses the literary goal of the left in the story of a man who loses his wife to terrorists but avoids the “climate of revenge” and the “anger of the sort that swept all before it… the anger of the American . . . after September 11”. Instead he learns to relate to the men who murdered his wife.

Forgetfulness is the underlying theme of everything. Stop being angry. Stop being vengeful. Forget!

It is the commandment that echoes from the empty spaces and the revisionist histories, the slabs of events gouged out and dumped as landfill in Staten Island or sold off in bulk to China. The endless degradation of memory turned into a national ritual. A way to test ourselves to see how much better we feel about it– how much more we accept what happened on that day as being in the past.

Drown history in enough reflecting pools and it stops mattering. Put up enough empty benches and people will remember to forget. Tell them that they’re courageous for moving on and they’ll admire themselves for putting it all behind them. And if they won’t forget, then fill them with grief until they can’t take it anymore and willingly forget.



Memorials of Grief

Flamingos shelter in Key West laundry room as Parrots seek refuge at Miami hotel window

Posted in 2017, animals, Extreme Weather, Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 10, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


A family staying at a Miami Marriott hotel found two parrots pressed right up against their room’s window as Hurricane Irma batter the Florida city


Cheryl Lu-Lien tan tweeted that her friend was sheltering two flamingos in his laundry room. They are pictured huddling against a wall
As Hurricane Irma batters South Florida, animals have taken shelter in unlikely places.

A pair of flamingos was pictured hiding in a laundry room. Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan tweeted that her friend was helping to shelter the pink creatures.

And a family staying on the 22nd floor of a Marriott Hotel in Miami found a pair of unlikely companions right outside their window. Laura Aguair snapped photos of the birds.

Two colorful parrots were pressed against it, avoiding the harsh winds of the storm as it continues to terrorize the Floridian metropolis.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4870330/Flamingos-shelter-Key-West-parrots-Miami.html#ixzz4sIh4yIWp

Sacred Heart and Hurricane Irma

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


As the whole State of Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma’s approach and landfall, we ask you all to keep the people of the Sunshine State in your prayers. The southwest coast of Florida seems to be in for the worst of it. Tampa and Tampa Bay region will also feel the full brunt of the storm. May God watch over us all and keep us safe.

For local followers of this blog, you can keep posted on parish events via our website.

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September 2nd 2017: Extreme Weather in Europe, Germany, Canada, USA, Istanbul, Worldwide! This is the Power of Nature at work

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 2, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

UV Alert Forecast for the USA

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather with tags , on September 2, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


The UV Alert is based statistically upon a locale’s daily climatological mean UV Index and its historical variability for that day (standard deviation).

Initially, for a locale to qualify to be within a UV Alert region the UV Index must be “High” or 6 and above. If the UV Index is greater than the locale’s climatological mean plus one standard deviation it is considered to be ‘above normal’.

If the UV Index is greater than the locale’s climatological mean plus TWO standard deviations it is considered to be ‘well above normal’ and placed within the UV Alert region.


Animals are Incredible!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

Birds so in love and so gorgeous!


A Mama bear swims across with her babies on her back

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