Never Forget

September 11, 2013

One year ago today:

Benghazi Consulate attack aftermath, bloody fingerprints

!2 years ago today:

Falling Man

Never, NEVER forget.


A Quiet Unyielding Anger

September 11, 2012

Never forget.

Today we still ask for your prayers, for all who still grieve and all who still remember.



September 11, 2011


Never forget.

Michael Bloomberg: Anatomy Of A Coward

August 25, 2011

Remember when we used to hear horror stories about how organized prayer was banned at public events held in communist countries like the former Soviet Union?

Well, welcome to 21st Century Amerika, comerades, courtesy of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg!

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

It should bring great comfort to those terrorists who played a role in creating the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has banned the participation of all religious groups in the 10-year anniversary memorial services held at ground zero.  He’s also barring political speeches.

A spokesman for the mayor said, “The mayor insists that the ceremonies should focus on the families of those killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.”

News Flash for the mayor: My guess is every victim of the attack and their family members, along with the vast majority of those of us who watched the horror unfold prayed to our God in our own way on September 11th, 2001 and it’s my guess that prayer would bring as much comfort to these families today as it did then. But God Bloomberg forbid we should allow the anniversary to include an organized approach to a non-denominational group prayer at ground zero itself.

In the days after the attack, then-mayor Rudy Giuliani held an interfaith service at Yankee Stadium. There was no problem and no great organized protest. We went there en-masse to mourn together… and to begin the healing process  together.

And it worked. People from all walks of life, all religions poured into Yankee Stadium… and poured their hearts out in public. Together as one big family. It not only brought comfort to all those who attended, but to the millions who watched the live coverage on TV. But that was then and this is now, right Mayor Bloomberg? At the time, we just didn’t realize we might be offending the very people who attacked us. What were we thinking?

Ten years on, the original Yankee Stadium has been razed by what some call “progress.”    And, ten years on, apparently American pride, common sense, compassion and a sense of “We Are All One Family” has been replaced by political correctness and the sycophants of stupidity, led by one Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City.

To Mayor Bloomberg: You are supposed to be a leader. Yet in this case, you show none of the leadership characteristics Rudy Giuliani did in the days immediately following the attack. Worse, by yielding to the parasites of political correctness, you show little of the kind of “Stand your ground” patriotism so desperately needed in today’s world. Did you learn nothing from the lessons left by your European ancestors from World War II?

This writer was born and raised in the Boston area (as was Bloomberg). As such, it was always

  • Red Sox before Yankees
  • Patriots before Jets
  • Celtics before Knicks and
  • Bruins before Islanders

But we all came together and mourned as one on 9/11.  And, God willing (and to hell with Michael Bloomberg), I will join hands with my New York brothers and sisters in solidarity at ground zero on 9/11/11. And there will be prayers in many languages, representing every religious denomination. Because that’s what people do at a time like this. Unlike cowards who yeild to those who would bully them into submission.   

Edmund Burke said it succinctly: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” But in this writer’s mind, perhaps, the biggest evil to be committed this September 11th would be to prevent good men and women from doing something meaningful to all, at a place called “Ground Zero” in NYC.

 Shame on you, Michael Bloomberg. You are truly a gutless coward, sending the terrorists behind 9/11 (and their followers) the best message they could ask for: “You Won. We won’t pray, because we don’t want to offend you.(But hey, feel free to tie up the streets of Manhattan several times a day so you can pray towards Mecca).” Yes, this is the same Mayor Bloomberg who, on May 28th last year, defended the building of the Muslim Mosque so close to ground zero, saying at the time that he felt the government “shouldn’t be in the business of picking” one religion over another. But by banning all religious groups at Ground Zero while defending the Mosque, that is precisely what he is doing.  

How pathetic Mayor Bloomberg. How pathetic.

Perhaps that earthquake in Virginia earlier in the week was caused by the soldiers in the Arlington National Cemetary rolling over in their graves in disgust at what we have for “leaders” in America today. And who could blame them?

Gerry Ashley

I Remember Where I Was on 9/11/2001

September 11, 2009


I was scared senseless and sitting safe and sound in a cubicle in Canton Massachusetts praying to a gawd I didn’t even believe in… Wishing that I could just trade places.

Forget? Never. Forgive? Never. Intimidated? ROTFL.

Alan Speakman

A Unique Way To Pay Homage On September 11

August 4, 2009


armsofproject2996Each year, on the 11th of September, we pause to remember the horror of that day in 2001.

On September 11th in 2006, however, a unique tribute began. One that involved over 3,000 bloggers. Rather than mentioning the killers (which the mainstream media seems to have limited themselves to), bloggers chose to remember the victims.

This year, I’m proud to announce that Grand Rants will be participating in this year’s remembrance.  On September 11th, we will be remembering individuals by writing about them here. In my case, it will be rather personal as I will be writing about two wonderful people I had the privilege to know. 

I’d like to invite you all to visit us on that date, as we “re-humanize” the term “9/11” by introducing you to people who, without warning, became part of the most  horrific incident to take place on our soil.

This world-wide blogging event is being coordinated by Dale Challener Roe who is still seeking additional bloggers to participate in this event. If you are a blogger, or if you have a web site, I’d like to invite you to join in Dale’s effort to make sure each one of the 2,996 victims of September 11, 2001 is properly remembered.

This has been a particularly difficult year for Americans, what with the economy and uncertainty about the future. However, it’s times like these that bring us together as one.  This is one of those times where we can make a strong and symbolic gesture to the families of the victims and, indeed, to the  rest of the world: “We haven’t forgotten… and we never will.”

Come join us on 9/11, won’t you? 

If you would like to know how you can participate with your blog and/or web site, click here for more information.

Thank you.

Gerry Ashley
on behalf of Grand Rants and Project 2,996

Agnosticism – Time is Running Out

November 15, 2008

Take a look at the “Resources and References” links below and to the right. Browse through the “Significant Terrorist Incidents 1961 – 2003“. No really, take your time. Now think of the pathetic legacies of Tim McVeigh and Jim Jones. And of course there’s the insane horror of 9/11. With that as a backdrop, what are we going to do as a culture?

Let me backtrack… Many moons ago, I was a struggling engineering student. Where others (far more gifted than I) could attend class and lab and do quite well, I had to relentlessly pester my teaching assistants for help. The T.A.s were folks working on their Masters in Electrical Engineering and were brilliant. They weren’t bright, they were brilliant. (They were the guys who thought Algebra and Trig were childish, and Calculus III was a sodden exercise into the intuitively obvious.) I remember three teacher assistants in particular – two were friends from India and one (Jim) was a local guy.

And as the labs grew longer, the inevitable debates concerning God grew hotter. One camp couldn’t beleive anyone could be crazy enough to believe that a being could be crucified and then rise, and the other questioned how there could be “levels of existence.” And so it went. Each had their ancient sacred texts, and each had their own “obviously true” explanations. There were no allegories involved. This was a knock down drag out fight between geniuses each armed with his own proof.

That was when I began to question the objective ability to understand the “Mind of God”. How was it three geniuses could be so silly? Many years later I was to “armchair study” astronomy and get just the slightest glimpse of the magnitude of the universe… Ummm… “Sacred Texts” don’t quite pass muster. In fact, if anything, they’re rather insulting in the grand scheme of things.

So here’s where we’re at as I see it.

  • All religions are pathetically out of touch with reality.
  • Our best modern religion (science) still has a very long way to go.
  • Atheism is silly in that the concept of God is extraordinarily complex. (I’ll make a deal with all you atheists out there… You explain one second before the Big Bang and we’ll talk.)

And where does all this leave us? It leaves us in a world increasingly populated with folks earning their Masters and PhDs in things like Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics who are thoroughly convinced that they understand “The Mind of God”. Ultimately, a few will act on those convictions, and when just one of them does, he will make the insanity of McVeigh, Jones, and the beasts of 9/11 look anemic.

Sorry guys… I’m an engineer. I went to school with some of these religious ideologue types… We need to put religion behind us post haste.

Alan Speakman