September 11: Natural Disasters Threaten as we Remember 9/11

The attacks on 9/11 were unexpected, but America rose to the occasion. How unfortunate that we cannot do so in the face of COVID-19.

I am old enough to have been at work when the airplanes hit the twin towers.  A friend called me, and I turned on the TV in time to see the second plane.  Having left New York less than 10 years before, seeing the buildings collapse, the wall of ash, and the hordes of people walking uptown on streets I had once stood on made it very real for me.

Not much work got done that day.  Video streaming wasn’t a thing yet, so because I had one of the few TVs on the floor, so people kept coming in to watch for a few minutes and then go back to their desks and try to get some work done. 

I think it is a shame that they will not let the traditional memorial service be held this year.  It would do us well to remember how that attack united us as a country and even Democrats were proud to fly the flag and call themselves patriots.  (At least for a while.)

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August 25 Report: It’s been a Hell of a Week and its only Tuesday

Forest fires sweep across California, hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, COVID-19 outbreaks on college campuses and looting in Kenosha. It’s been a hell of a week.

I just spent five days at our new house and I came home to find that all hell is breaking loose across the country. We have no TV up there and I didn’t spend much time online, but here are a few things that occurred while we were gone:

Riots in Kenosha

More riots broke out, this time in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Complete with wanton destruction, looting, arson, etc.  Rocks and bottles were thrown at police, cars on auto dealer lots were smashed and burned, garbage trucks were set on fire, furniture stores were burned down, and windows were smashed.

You can forgive the local police for not being prepared for the flash riot sprang up after a police shooting but there’s really no excuse for being unprepared for the second day.

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