Saturday, December 10, 2005

The Flight 93 Memorial

As published in Blogwatch, in the December 12, 2005 edition of Time Magazine:
"When the Sept. 11 memorial design was unveiled this fall for Flight 93's crash site in Pennsylvania, LITTLE GREEN FOOTBALLS and other conservatives decried it as a 'monumental insult,' largely because the crescent of red maple trees resembled an Islamic prayer station, pointing toward Mecca. Some critics tipped their hats last week at the bowl-shaped redesign, above, until ERROR THEORY pointed out that the 'Islamo-fascist shrine ... still contains all of the features that made it a terrorist memorial.; One element that was retained: the flight path lined with 44 translucent blocks, one for each person who died in the crash--including the four hijackers."
Last summer, Michelle Malkin had this to say about the original design for the Flight 93 Memorial, The Crescent of Embrace:
"...These were Americans who refused to sit down and be quiet and allow Islamic terrorists unfettered control over the flight stick of history. These were doers, not hand-wringers, who engaged in a violent and valiant struggle against evil.

"I remind you of all this because the official Flight 93 memorial unveiled last week is now embroiled in overdue public controversy. Funded with a mix of public money and private cash (including a $500,000 grant from Teresa Heinz's far-left Heinz Endowments), the winning design, titled the 'Crescent of Embrace,' features a grove of maple trees ringing the crash site in the shape of an unmistakable red crescent. The crescent, New York University Middle East Studies professor Bernard Haykel told the Johnstown, Pa., Tribune-Democrat, 'is the symbol of ritual and religious life for Muslims.'

"Some design contest jury members reportedly raised concerns about the jarring symbol of the hijackers' faith implanted on the hallowed ground where the passengers of Flight 93 were murdered. But their recommendations to change the name of the memorial (to 'Arc of Embrace,' or some such whitewashing) were ignored. Memorial architect Paul Murdoch, whose firm emphasizes 'environmental responsibility and sustainability," did not return calls and e-mails seeking comment, but he did emphasize to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his creation was about 'healing' and 'contemplation.' He is also proud of his idea to hang a bunch of wind chimes in a tall tower at the site as a 'gesture of healing and bonding.'

"Wind chimes? Hey, why not add pinwheels and smiley face stickers and Care Bears while we're at it, too?

"Let's set aside the utter boneheaded-ness of using a symbol that, inadvertently or not, commemorates the killers' faith instead of the victims' revolt. The soft-and-fuzzy memorial design of 'Crescent of Embrace' still does injustice to the steely courage of Flight 93's passengers and crew. It evokes the defeatism embodied by those behind a similar move to turn the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in New York City into a pacifist guilt complex.

"This is no way to fight a war. Or to remember those who have died fighting it.

"A proper war memorial stirs to anger and action. We all remember passenger Todd Beamer's last heard words as he and his fellow Americans prepared to take back the plane from al Qaeda's killers, don't we?

"No, the phrase wasn't 'Let's meditate.' It was 'Let's roll.'"
The name for the redesigned Flight 93 Memorial is Sacred Ground, but some of the elements of the first design remain the same. Error Theory has extensive analysis of the latest design and proclaims it "an Islamo-fascist shrine."

Update (Sunday, December 11, 7:51 P.M., EST): According to an email received from someone who has read this blog article, the memorial's architect claims that most of Error Theory's points are not part of the new design. However, the original design was as Malkin explicated.

Note (Monday, December 12, 7:08 A.M., EST): See comments 8 and 9 for some information from a link provided by Sissy Blue.


At 12/11/2005 4:06 AM, Blogger David Schantz said...

I've never thought about trying to design a memorial before and chances are my idea would never be approved. How about a granite wall with the names of the passengers and crew of flight 93 on it. Leave the four hijackers names out. There should be a message on the wall, murdered by four cowards whose names are not fit to be mentioned here.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

At 12/11/2005 6:42 AM, Blogger samwich said...

Engrave the hijackers names in the bottom of the urinal in the men's room at the memorial.

I knew a woman who flushed her husband's ashes down the toilet so she would always know where he was and not cheating on her. Their home had a septic system

Now for some REAL humor: Pix of Clinton.

Bust a gut.


At 12/11/2005 8:06 AM, Blogger Patrick said...

For the life of me I do not see why the murdering turds get any mention at all. There is no "healing" nor "bonding" in that action, there only a belittling of the men and women who they murdered.

For example, a murder victim does not have the murderers name on the memorial stone in the name of "healing and bonding" now does he/she?

If I may say without overstepping my boundaries, you Americans are your own worst enemies. For the most part you (as a nation) represent all that is worth fighting for, all that is valiant. Yet you allow things to fester inside your nation. Things like Michael Moore and this idiot memorial designer and Cindy what’s her name.
It is these things that have more chance of bringing you down than the rag headed terrorists of the day.

I know I have heard all the pontifications about freedom of speech and tolerance and so forth, but really where do all the feel good phrases end and the self preservation begin?

I don't mean to sound negative toward your great nation, God knows that’s not the truth, but how long will you (as a nation) allow these horrendous maggots to get so much coverage?

Michael Moore farts and the front page says it smells like Bush killing innocent Iraqis. It pisses me off no end.

At 12/11/2005 12:57 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I am so sickened by what they are doing with this memorial. What bothers me the most is that they keep lying to us about what it represents and about what they will do to fix the problem.

At 12/11/2005 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry. I suspect that some aliens will drop out of the sky one night and transform that crescent into a crucix. Crop circles aren't the only designs those aliens make, and corn isn't their only medium.


At 12/11/2005 6:45 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

"I am so sickened by what they are doing with this memorial."

Ditto here.
It is realy low to try to drag people who died from the very hands of Islamofascist into some kind apologistic politicly correct mishmash.

At 12/11/2005 9:06 PM, Blogger sissyblue said...

Patrick, Part of the problem is our media has been invaded by communists, per their 1963 goals:

It's an uphill battle at this point....

At 12/12/2005 6:34 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

From the link which Sissy Blue provided:

Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35
January 10, 1963

Current Communist Goals



Thursday, January 10, 1963

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman's request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following "Current Communist Goals," which she identifies as an excerpt from "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen:

[From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen]


1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

Now, those are some points to discuss, huh? (See next comment for additional material)

At 12/12/2005 6:41 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

communism/10planks.htm :

Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto (with commentary):

In the early '60's during the days of the "former" Soviet Union, Russian Premier Nikita Kruschev pounded his shoe on the podium of the United Nations and shouted to the West, "We will bury you!" Fearing an invasion from the Reds, America proceeded to build the most awesome military machine in history. Unfortunately, we forgot to guard our political homefront from being taken over by socialist - communist - liberal activists who would gain office and destroy American law by process of gradually installing the Communist agenda within our legal system and seperate branches of government. The Communist program from the start has been one which sees their revolution of 1917 succesful only upon total domination of the world. (See Brain Washing, A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics)
Americans, being the most naive people among the nations, now believe that Communism is dead because the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain have been removed. The ironic truth is that Communism has just switched names to become more "politically correct". Today it is called international democracy. The reason that the Berlin Wall came crashing down is not because Communism is dead but because they have achieved the planned agenda to communize the West, including America. Washington D.C. has indeed become part of the New World Order of atheist governments. With the last vestiges of Christian law having been removed from "American government" over the last twenty years, there is no longer a threat of resistance against world Communism. In reality, "American government" became part of the Iron Curtain, thus there was no more need for the likes of a Berlin Wall.

Once again, in their foolishness, the American public has believed the lies of their "leaders" who applaud "the fall of Communism", while they have sold out the country to anti-Christian, anti-American statutes and regulations on the federal, state, and local levels. Posted below is a comparison of the original ten planks of the Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx in 1848, along with the American adopted counterpart of each of the planks, The American people have truly been "buried in Communism" by their own politicians of both the Republican and Democratic parties. One other thing to remember, Karl Marx was stating in the Communist Manifesto that these planks will test whether a country has become commmunist or not. If they are all in effect and in force the country IS communist. Communism, but by any other name...??

1. Abolition of private property and the application of all rent to public purpose.

The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (1868), and various zoning, school & property taxes. Also the Bureau of Land Management.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

Misapplication of the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, 1913, The Social Security Act of 1936.; Joint House Resolution 192 of 1933; and various State "income" taxes. We call it "paying your fair share".

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

We call it Federal & State estate Tax (1916); or reformed Probate Laws, and limited inheritance via arbitrary inheritance tax statutes.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

We call in government seizures, tax liens, Public "law" 99-570 (1986);

Executive order 11490, sections 1205, 2002 which gives private land to the Department of Urban Development; the imprisonment of "terrorists" and those who speak out or write against the "government" (1997 Crime/Terrorist Bill); or the IRS confiscation of property without due process.

5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

We call it the Federal Reserve which is a credit/debt system nationally organized by the Federal Reserve act of 1913. All local banks are members of the Fed system, and are regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the State.

We call it the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated through the ICC act of 1887, the Commissions Act of 1934, The Interstate Commerce Commission established in 1938, The Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Executive orders 11490, 10999, as well as State mandated driver's licenses and Department of Transportation regulations.

7. Extention of factories and instruments of production owned by the State, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

We call it corporate capacity, The Desert Entry Act and The Department of Agriculture. As well as the Department of Commerce and Labor, Department of Interior, the Evironmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Mines, National Park Service, and the IRS control of business through corporate regulations.

8. Equal liablity of all to labor. Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

We call it the Social Security Administration and The Department of Labor. The National debt and inflation caused by the communal bank has caused the need for a two "income" family. Woman in the workplace since the 1920's, the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, assorted Socialist Unions, affirmative action, the Fedral Public Works Program and of course Executive order 11000.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.

We call it the Planning Reorganization act of 1949 , zoning (Title 17 1910-1990) and Super Corporate Farms, as well as Executive orders 11647, 11731 (ten regions) and Public "law" 89-136.

10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc.

People are being taxed to support what we call 'public' schools, which train the young to work for the communal debt system. We also call it the Department of Education, the NEA and Outcome Based "Education" .

So I ask you...does changing the words, change the end result? By using different words is it all of a sudden OK????? We are so "smart," aren't we??

Even more to discuss, if any are so inclined.

At 12/12/2005 1:54 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

That's unbelievable. What's next? Using Holocaust memorials to embrace Nazism? Anything with Teresa Heinz Ketchup Kerry is bound to be insulting to mainstream Americans. Teresa is also involved with George Soros in funding a radical Mexican group that advocates returning large portions of United States back to Mexico. Thank God I don't have to see her ugly mug near as much as if her husband was President. Her former husband must be doing somersaults in his coffin.

At 12/12/2005 3:06 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Patrick has a point....we are so ass-backwards here. I don't get it. It's like so many people don't want to win this war.

At 12/12/2005 4:13 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...


So I ask you...does changing the words, change the end result? By using different words is it all of a sudden OK????? We are so "smart," aren't we??

Communism / socialism has always been about calling turds "candy bars."

At 12/12/2005 4:59 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

Re: Ten Planks of the Communist Manifesto
It's all sort of makes perfect sense.
The radicals of all faiths hate this fragile thing called democracy because they cannot stand the idea that idiots like ourselves can have a say (since they know that they have monopoly on wisdom and truth).
From this perspective the current alliance between communists, radical environmentalists and muslims is perfectly natural.

At 12/12/2005 7:48 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Teresa and George Soros? What a team to work mayhem!

I've heard about that movement to return portions of America to Mexico. I rather imagine that many Mexicans might oppose such a move.

At 12/12/2005 7:51 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Sorry for the delayed response. I've been busy with Christmas preparations. And my piano students are preparing for a little recital, so I'm swamped with the last minute details.

Engrave the hijackers names in the bottom of the urinal in the men's room at the memorial.
Oh, I love that idea!

I checked out that link. What a scream!

At 12/12/2005 7:52 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Mr. Beamish,
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You DO have a way with words!

At 12/12/2005 8:04 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I'm with you, and agree that simplicity is best. All this trying to make the memorial harmonious with its surroundings is just another way to spend big bucks.

And what's at Shanksville right now is moving enough as far as I'm concerned. Of course, Americans have a fondness for granite and marble monuments, but still...

This site has pictures of the impromptu tributes there:

I visited Shanksville a few years ago and saw the beauty of the simplicity there for myself.

At 12/12/2005 8:07 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I don't mean to sound negative toward your great nation, God knows that’s not the truth, but how long will you (as a nation) allow these horrendous maggots to get so much coverage?
No offense taken, and I can understand your negativity.

Freedom of press and freedom of speech allow for such a situation. I wish that the American people weren't so gullible. But maybe we're not; maybe the msm is cramming all this down our throats.

At 12/12/2005 8:11 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I don't get it. It's like so many people don't want to win this war.
Of course, I've noticed that same attitude. And just would not winning this war mean, in the long term? Or in the short term, for that matter?

At 12/12/2005 8:13 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Any memorial at Shanksville should clearly honor the patriots about Flight 93. There should be no ambiguity about that! No possibility of misinterpretation or of alternative interpretation.

At 12/12/2005 8:14 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Aliens, or something else?

At 12/12/2005 8:19 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

What bothers me the most is that they keep lying to us about what it represents and about what they will do to fix the problem.
That first proposal--The Crescent Embrace--was such an atrocity that I just don't trust the architect. To my mind, the U.S. government should've gone a different route with a different architect.

Had it not been for the flood of objections last fall, The Crescent Embrace would have been the design implemented. And for all we know, it still might be! Once a structure is built, it doesn't come down. I've seen that principle come into play with various zoning matters on the local level and have no reason to believe the same couldn't happen with a memorial.

At 12/12/2005 8:26 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

The radicals of all faiths hate this fragile thing called democracy...
So true!

I've read your bio over @ :

Being born behind the Iron Curtain in communist Poland I developed an acute form of anti-totalitarian allergy very early....My greatest shock in life was to see how many people in the West and especially “educated” people were trying to give up their freedom and surrender to imaginary idols of social justice....

You provide valuable insights because of your own personal experiences.


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