Lying about the memorial to the terrorists

When Tom Burnett Sr. came out against the Flight 93 Memorial, the press asked architect Paul Murdoch if there were really going to be 44 inscribed translucent blocks emplaced along the flight path (equaling the number of passengers, crew, AND terrorists). Murdoch acknowledged 43 of the blocks, but denied knowing about a 44th:

[T]here are 40 inscribed marble panels listing the names of the passengers and crew at the gateway to the Sacred Ground, where their remains still rest.

There is then an opening in the wall, Mr. Murdoch said, and three additional panels, which would include the date, Sept. 11, 2001.

“Where the other one is being fabricated, I don’t know,” he said.

Yes he does. Paul Murdoch is fully aware of the large dedicatory glass block at the end of the Entry Portal Walkway:

44th glass block, at end of Entry Portal Walkway

Man and child stand in front of the 44th block, which forms the railing at the end of the Entry Portal Walkway. The glass block will be inscribed: “A field of honor forever.” This Walkway provides visitors with their first view of the inside of the giant crescent. (From the Entry Portal page of the original design PDFs. Click pic for wider view.)

The flight path

The Entry Portal Walkway is built along the flight path. It signifies, in Paul Murdoch’s own description, the terrorists breaking the circle and turning it into a giant crescent. The flight path then continues down to the crash site, which sits in the middle of the mouth of the giant crescent (in roughly the position of the star on an Islamic crescent and star flag).

Just before the impact point is the Memorial Wall, also built along the flight path. This two part wall is where the other 43 blocks will be placed (the ones described by Paul Murdoch above):

Memorial Wall with 43 glass blocks emplaced

The forty translucent blocks that run horizontally through the left hand section of wall (closest to the impact crater) will be inscribed with the names of the forty murdered heroes. The three on the right will be inscribed with the 9/11 date. (From the Sacred Ground Plaza page of the original design PDF’s. Click pic for larger image. The alternating white and gray depicts the zig zag layout of the translucent blocks.)

Challenged by the father of one of our murdered heroes, Murdoch told a desperate lie, feigning ignorance of one of the most prominent features of his own design: the huge glass block that dedicates the entire site. This should have been the end of his hijack attempt, but Murdoch’s deception was abetted by both the Memorial Project and the press.

The abettors

“That has been disproved so many times,” said Bill Hayworth, the Memorial Project’s PR flack, when asked about the 44 blocks. Would it have been too much for reporters to ask for this proof?

In fact Murdoch is the first one to ever even deny that there are 44 glass blocks on the flight path. The only earlier Memorial Project statement about the 44 blocks was from Project Manager Jeff Reinbold, who told Alec Rawls in an April 2006 conference call that the giant glass block can’t be counted with the small glass blocks because it is bigger: “If we are going to count the big glass block with the small glass blocks,” he said, “then we have to count the windows in the visitor center too.” (Crescent of Betrayal, download 3, p. 146.)

“The windows in the visitor center are not on the flight path,” Rawls replied. He never said they were all the same size, and he never said there are no other panes of glass in the Memorial. Reinbold’s silly dodges do not contradict Rawls’ 44 glass blocks claim in any way.

The press was also in on the deception. Kecia Bal, the reporter who quoted Hayworth’s dismissal of the 44 blocks claim had already verified the block count for herself. Mr. Rawls had earlier sent her close ups of all 44. She responded with a request for copies of the original design PDFs, so she could check the veracity of these close-ups for herself.

When Bal quoted Hayworth, she knew he was wrong, and allowed him to mislead the public by suppressing her own fact checking of the 44 blocks. People can think that the 44 blocks are innocuous if they want, but lying about the block count certainly is not innocuous. Similarly for many the other lies that are being told in defense of the crescent design.

Memorial Project members insist that it is just coincidence that a person facing directly into the giant crescent will be facing almost exactly at Mecca, but that isn’t what they are telling the public. They are telling the newspapers that the Mecca-orientation claim is false, while acknowledging amongst themselves that the Mecca orientation is real.

Again and again Murdoch, the Memorial Project and the press are lying in concert to cover up the facts of the design. Some people will be unsure what to make of the many suspicious features of the crescent design but no one should doubt the need to expose and condemn those who lie about the facts.

Did you know?

GI Joe, who in the movie is being perverted to a world government guy, is based on a real American hero named Mitchell Paige who in WWII held a hill against over 2000 Japanese soldiers when all the rest of his men were killed or wounded. GI Joe has Paige’s face. God bless the American Marines.

With adjusted dollars oil has doubled in price since 1929 and education spending has increased 1000%? Too bad education hasn’t improved in the US that much.

Ordinary Iraqis are helping to win the war on terror in Iraq?

Clayton Cramer is coming to Houston next week.

I may not be normal…

“but nobody is” is the way the song goes. In my life, it would be, “I may not be normal, but compared to my mother I am.”

My mother is losing her mind. Unless she is thoroughly depressed, the doctors give her depressants, she’s crazy.

She decided I was a witch and that I didn’t use my powers because my husband didn’t like me to. Er, no. I’m a conservative Christian. Definitely not Wiccan.

She’s always been prone to exaggeration. I get that from both my parents. But these days you can’t trust what she says. And it’s hard to tell the difference between when she’s just making crap up and when she’s telling the gospel truth. (Well, okay. I know when she’s talking about the Bible.)

I told her maybe she should think of the bipolar as a demon. It’s trying to get her and we don’t want it to. I don’t know if it will help. I hope it will. This weekend she cussed me out, at the top of her lungs, outside where anyone could hear it. This was after four hours of doing absolutely nothing except making sure she had exactly what she wanted when and where she wanted it.

I love my mother. This makes me sad.

When did we fall in love?

My husband was saying recently that we had love at first sight, because we met in June and got married in October. But actually, I know the weekend I fell in love with him. Probably even what we were doing at the time.

It was the weekend of his best friend’s wedding. I knew the bride and they invited me up. My car broke down, but a friend gave me a ride for over half the trip. Then R picked me up and took me the rest of the way. I was tired and sick part of the time and he was very good.

We went to Detroit to take the bride and groom to the airport. Don’t remember how we got there, someone’s van. He’d thrown up because we were up too early. (He’s not good with early hours.) And later I had my head on his leg resting. Someone brought up a painful subject for me; he knew it somehow. He petted my hair and defused the discussion.

I’m fairly sure that if there was a moment that I fell in love, it was that one.

We got engaged the next day.

Halloween party

I am going to a Halloween party for children who have no costumes. (They’re inner city kids that we tutor on Wed. nights.) They’re not going to be expecting something either. We didn’t feel like we could promise them anything.


I went to the dollar store, and along with some things which will make my dino class fun, I found costumes.

I got:

2 soldier costumes:
camouflage helmet, desert colors
camouflage scarf, desert colors
“military” ball gun, with balls

2 firemen costumes:
fireman helmet
black and red flashlight
a pack of firemen (like the old army men)

2 policemen costumes:
blue police helmet, like a riot helmet
a kit including a gun with plastic darts, a badge, and handcuffs

2 Bling costumes:
a hat (purple or black)
bling jewelry (in silver or gold)
false teeth (silver or gold, with gems)

2 cowboy costumes:
cowboy hat
vest and badge

2 ninja costumes:
black “clothing”

2 pirate costumes:
pirate hat
hook hand
eye patch

1 Dallas Cowboy cheerleader costume:
blue cowboy hat
blue pompoms
brilliant gold belt

1 princess costume:
yellow tiara
yellow scepter
yellow bracelet
(I also bought a purple fan when I found one that doesn’t go with anything. I might add it to this.)

1 reaper costume:
scary face with hair mask
black cape

1 mummy/skeleton costume:
mummy mask
skeleton glow in the dark gloves
knife with “real” blood inside

I think that it will be really fun on Wednesday night, even though my husband says they’re only “half costumes.”

Thoroughly annoying propaganda

Live Science today has an article titled, “A Culture that Capitalism Can’t Crush.” Capitalism does not crush a culture. The people of that culture discard it for something that they like better. We should not enjoy our numerous and extensive benefits vis a vis capitalism and then decry capitalism being accepted by others.

I was driving down the road and saw a champagne colored Lexus driven by a bottle blonde with a bumper sticker that read, “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” Er, no. It’s not. Dissent? Dissent about what? She is saying that disagreeing with anyone about anything (or everyone about everything) is patriotism. I don’t think so. I call that being obnoxious.

St. Crispin’s Day

This day is called the Feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a-tiptoe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall see this day and live t’old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian”:
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars
And say “These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.”
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day. (Shakespeare, Henry the Fifth IV, iii)

Betsy’s Page reminded me.

Read about the originals at Catholic Encyclopedia.

McClatchy (media group) now has a horrible reputation

thanks to their reporter/blogger Bobby Calvan in Baghdad.

After reading the blog entry (which is now Error 404, probably taken down or snowed under with people trying to read it), you can read the comments as well. This is the first time I have ever read 100+ comments that were all written the same way. Including the one from “areporter” who was appalled by the author/reporter. I copied some of my favorites.

46 from RangersLeadtheWay:

He’s sitting out there waiting to take a bullet or bomb on your behalf. He’s paid a tenth of what you make. He’s seen more hardship in a year of service than you will in your entire lifetime.

You are in a war zone. You are not armed. You cannot protect yourself. You cannot protect this soldier. He can protect you. Nothing you do or say or write is going to help this soldier and his buddies survive this deployment. You are a nobody to men with too much work to do.

Sir, check your attidude. Now. Pay attention to details regarding security and check your ego in Kuwait or you will be killed in Iraq. I am serious.

65 by David Vogel

If I could offer a correction, you did not have “nothing to lose.” Fabritsio Kuattrokki, the Italian hostage who – “I will show you how an Italian dies” – while trying to tear off his hood and look into the eyes of the men who were about to put a bullet through his head, had nothing to lose.

You, sir, had nothing to fear. The hostage defied his murderers because he knew nothing he did could make the consequences any worse. The reporter antagonized an American soldier because he knew nothing he did would have any consequences.

The first is the act of a hero, the second the act of a child who feels brave for throwing pebbles at a well-trained guard dog.

Then there’s 104 written by Mike Kleithethermes:

I served proudly in the US Army for 8 years. I fondly remember the story of a 4 star general (in civilian clothes) being knocked face first to the ground after he refused to show his proper credentials and demanding to be let into a secure area. In this case however the general knew he was in the wrong, and promptly promoted the soldier the very next day. Why? For doing his bloody job and having the guts to stand up to arrogant whack jobs like you. I doubt however that your ego will let you promptly apologize for your sneering arrogance.

Since you apparently wrote down his name, why don’t you track him down and apologize for your stupidity, or are you to arrogant to be bothered by such trivial issues? After all, since you were apparently concerned for your safety why don’t you show some respect to the people who are protecting you.

123 Pointless wrote:

Habibi, you’re lucky the guy in charge of the check point was the mindless, uneducated, happy-go lucky boob he obvioulsy was. I know of Knight-Ridder News Service and perhaps could have told you that it had been sold, as I detained you and then moved you a safe distance from innocent bystanders in anticipation of the explosion I suspected you were trying to cause. Bullying may work in countries with authoritarian regimes or in companies with tyrannical management climates, but for a lot of better-adjusted people, it just reeks of an attempt to get something to which you are not entitled or for which you are not willing to work. Obviously, there are hundreds of ways to handle this situation, too bad you chose one that will not give you any wiggle room in the future. As a new guy on the block, you should be trying to make contacts and find some places to cultivate good (and beneficial) relationships. Had you shown patience and been a cool guy, found a nice way to satisfy an ID requirement that he was required to enforce, and then maybe done something like do a short character interview or later drop off some complimentary goody, you would have a guy who would know and remember you for the rest of his time there and would probably have no trouble letting in someone he knows well, even if he gets seperated from his ID once in a while. Plus he may be a friend of someone who is a friend of someone who can give you info for a REAL story, not a rant. But, hey, you get more chances to do it right. Try a different approach, if only as a psychology experiment or somethng. You may find one that is good for all, and you may get more in return than you expect, to include some genuine respect. Good luck, be careful, and don’t try the masgouf unless you know where it really came from. 😉

128 LuciferSam ended with a funny:

Britney Spears is on the phone, and she wants to say thanks for making her only the second biggest embarrassment on the internet today.

196 Tantor said:

It looks like all the commenters ahead of me have said all the obvious things, things too obvious for you to understand in your confrontation with this soldier. Still, it’s worth saying once more how arrogant and self-important you come off in this article which lacks any self-awareness at all. No, most Americans don’t know what Knight-Ridder is because most Americans don’t read newspapers any more because of journalists like you. It’s pretty foolish for you to expect somebody to know who owns your paper.

The fact is, you know Knight-Ridder because it’s your business. My business has to do with JavaScript. Do you know who makes that? If you don’t, does that make you an idiot? If you never heard of that soldier’s unit, would that make you an idiot?

Another thing you might consider, you snot-nose little punk, is that even by your own account, that soldier came off as more professional than you.

So far…

The bike: 12-15-12 mile rides. Tomorrow, I don’t know.
Inches lost since I started six weeks ago: 4.5
Weight lost since then: At least 10 pounds.

Do something about the Flight 93 Memorial.

The Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania is going to honor, not only the passengers and crew, but the terrorists as well. There are not forty blocks being used, one for each passenger and crew member, but forty-four. One is at the entry. The final three blocks have the date on them. But there is one for each of the terrorists and these three blocks are situated where the star appears on the Islamic crescent. So now we are going to have three blocks in the crescent shaped memorial. Does that sound like the right kind of memorial?

CALL TO ACTION: Call the people at the Memorial Project and respectfully ask whether they are going to change the three blocks with the 9/11 date to one large block, and record any answers in the comments.

Flight 93 National Memorial

109 West Main Street

Suite 104

Somerset , PA 15560

(814) 443-4557 Phone

(814) 443-2180 Fax

Here are some email contacts:

Memorial Project Chairman, John Reynolds

Project Superintendent Joanne Hanley,

Project Manager Jeff Reinbold

Chief Ranger Jill Hawk (who conducted the phony internal investigation)

Park Service spokesman

Director, Northeast sector of Park Service (oversees Memorial Project)

Communications officer, National Park Service

To email all at once:

email addresses

A rose by any other name…

“A pig is a pig.”

When Tom Burnett Sr. was helping to pick a memorial to Flight 93, he objected vehemently to the planting of a huge Islamic shaped crescent on the crash site. The Project asked if he would be okay with the Crescent of Embrace design if they didn’t call it a crescent. He said no way:

What the hell? You change words. A pig is a pig!

No doubt about that.

A pig is a pig

“How about if we don’t CALL it a crescent?” (Click pic for larger image)

See that Memorial Plaza that is situated roughly in the position of the star on an Islamic crescent and star flag? It marks the crash site. It doesn’t have to be CALLED an Islamic star for this placement as the star on an Islamic flag to be inappropriate.

Mountain Goat and the 44 blocks

From PJ Country comes news of the Memorial Project’s latest effort to help architect Paul Murdoch adjust the disguise on his terrorist memorializing design, just enough for him to slip through gate security.

Mountain Goat” called the Memorial Project a few weeks ago to ask about the 44 inscribed translucent blocks that are to be emplaced along the flight path. (There were 40 heroes and 4 terrorists on the flight.)

The person he spoke to said that the three translucent marble blocks that were to be inscribed with the 9/11 date are going to be replaced with a single block, “roughly the length three of the other blocks would have been.”

That would reduce the block count from 44 to 42, but would it actually fix anything?

Whether the 9/11 date is inscribed on three blocks or one, these blocks are to be built into a separate section of Memorial Wall that is centered on the bisector of the giant crescent. That is the exact position of the star on an Islamic crescent and star flag. Thus the date goes to the Islamic flag–the date goes to the terrorists–no matter how many blocks are used.

Date centered on bisector of crescent

See that trail that enters the Memorial Plaza (the star on the flag) from the left? It divides the Memorial Wall into separate upper and lower sections. The upper section has the 9/11 date inscribed. You can see that this upper section of wall is centered on the bisector of the giant crescent (the exact position of an Islamic star). Click for larger image.

End it, don’t mend it

No amount of tweaking the design can alter its terrorist memorializing intent. “Fix” every one of the half dozen large scale terrorist memorializing features in the design by making them all a little bit “off,” and it only establishes the long term Islamo-fascist goal of one day restoring the Crescent mosque to its intended configuration, the same way the jihadists now use re-possession of the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem (the Dome of the Rock) as a motivation driving the Jews out of Israel.

Most ridiculous of all is the Bowl of Embrace redesign, which leaves every particle of the original Crescent of Embrace design completely intact, only adding some surrounding trees. “Here, put on this burka, then you can sneak your bomb on board the airplane.”

The proper answer, when someone is caught trying to sneak an Islamo-fascist plot through gate security, is not to tell him to go back outside and try again. It is to cart him away.

If you want to join us outraged protesting bloggers

  1. in objecting to planting an Islamic symbol instead of an American one on the crash site,
  2. in objecting to its pointing to Mecca and the terrorists’ intended target,
  3. in objecting to dishonoring the memory of the people who fought the terrorists on Flight 93
  4. in pointing out how Paul Murdoch cleverly and symbolically cast the passenger and crew out of the Islamic heavens in the design while the terrorists are inside the Islamic heavens
  5. in pointing out how the date and the site are dedicated to the terrorists
  6. in pointing out the numerous redundant mosque design features
  7. in pointing out the terrorist memorializing features
  8. and post along with us on Wednesdays,

please contact caoilfhionn1 at gmail dot com with your website url. She will, in turn, add you to the email list, send you the blogroll code (if you want to put it in your sidebar), and will send you the prewritten text to post. You should receive the email from Cao a day or two prior to the Wednesday it should be posted, and tracked back to Cao’s blog and Error Theory, if your blog has that capability. This will help us track who in the blogroll is posting the blogburst.

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” (From Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1594) And rotten garbage by any other name would stink. Which do you think this is?


My mother has this.

The depression is horrific, even worse because the psychiatrists and psychologists bring on this somnolent state of my mother’s on purpose. She lives; she breathes; she eats. But she has no desire whatsoever to talk to anyone, whether she loves them or not.

The manic state is terrifying. She screams; she cries; she starts a million things and destroys a day’s cleaning for the sake of “cleaning.” Apparently she is sure my father is trying to kill her because he wants her to take her psych meds. And she wants to commit suicide because she is out of control. She is totally incapable of understanding what is true and real. She spent six hours on Saturday screaming and crying, running around, saying that she was trying to lay in her chair with her leg elevated like she should. She’s a diabetic and hadn’t eaten.

My sister called me today in tears. I am of the mind to stay as far away as I can.

But that leaves my father, whose coping skills are minimal since his stroke 12 years ago, to deal with her on a regular basis.

I will not be surprised if they divorce. But I do not know what will become of my mother without anyone to try and keep her sane.

Empire of Ivory

is an excellently crafted novel, which leaves my stomach in knots at the end.

It is a terrible ending to a book when I know the next will not be out for a year or more. And though I am sure the end will not be as horrible as has been set up, I still dislike it.

I would not have read it now if I had known. I would have waited till book 5 was out. That’s what comes of reading books before the whole set is through and without a word from someone else on what is good.

Riding the bike

Two weeks ago, I planned to ride my bike 2xwk for 20 miles and 2xwk for 5-10 miles.

That hasn’t happened. I’ve been going for four 10-12 mile rides a week. And this week I was thinking I would do the same thing. But today I decided to ride a different route. I went six miles out and then said I would turn around and come back. So I did. But somehow I got lost and went in circles- big circles. Finally I tried a different route and ended up at the library. From there I could find my way home.

So today I went 15 miles. It took me an hour and forty minutes. That’s longer than it ought to have.

But it says I can easily do the 19 mile ride. And that the 32 mile ride would probably take me four hours. I’m not sure I’ll be up to that by then. Too bad there’s not a 26 mile ride. That would be a stretch, but not too much of a stretch.

I’ve also been neglecting the dog. I don’t think we’ve gone on our walks…. I know we didn’t go last week. That’s when I fell off my bike and got scrapes all down my right side. They still aren’t healed and my knee still looks terrible.

But I am getting in better shape. And that’s been my goal.

Counting my blessings

My wonderful husband.
Two healthy sons.
A part-time job that I enjoy.
Another part-time job that I enjoy.
My vision.
Thyroid medicine.
A working brain.
The cool morning.
A stable marriage.
Being able to tutor inner city kids in reading.
My PhD.
Our house being paid off.
the ability to get in better shape

That’s a start.

“Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa, men have named you.”

Mona Lisa is so famous, there are at least two country western songs with her in it. The above is one line; the other is part of one of my favorite songs: “There’s only one Mona Lisa, one leaning tower of Pisa, one Paris, and there’s only one you.”

There is a cool new art show out in San Francisco. (Wonder if I could get cheap tickets? Maybe I could go out and see it while R is there for MacWorld.)

The founder of Lumiere Technology invented a new camera that takes pics of things we can’t see… It shows that Mona Lisa does have eyebrows, that her hand is in the position it is because she is holding up a blanket, that her dress has lace, that the background used to be vivid, and that she wasn’t sickly… among other things. Live Science has it.

You can also read about Mona Lisa’s changing smile, see the left eyebrow, and enjoy some of Da Vinci’s best ideas, including pics.

Aha! I am not a compulsive reader.

At least not according to Go to Quiz. Got that, honey? I am NOT a compulsive reader. Therefore, I can order those seven other books off Amazon and hit Barnes and Noble and HalfPrice Books, even though all 19 of our full size bookshelves are full. They must be your books. Because I am only a “dedicated reader,” not a compulsive one.

Of course, the quiz didn’t ask, “Have you ever read someone’s mail because you were at their house and you had already read every single other thing in their house?” (I stopped as soon as I realized what I was doing.) It also didn’t ask, “If you had ten dollars would you buy a book or dinner?” (I have often gone without food to have books. Yeah, books.)

What Kind of Reader Are You?

Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

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