Skattershooting About .
. . Well . . . You Know (9/28/01)
after a month of three jury trials that seem amazingly insignificant right
I have seen the videotape of the second aircraft crashing into the World
Trade Center tower about hundred times. I could watch it a thousand times
more and still not believe what I was witnessing.
all remember where we were when we heard the news. For me, I was on FM
1810 listening to The Ticket on the AM radio. The boys on the air were
giving me play by play as they watched the television screen. I'll always
remember personality Craig Miller saying "I know it didn't happen, but
it looks like a plane hit the building" after the first tower was damaged.
Minutes later, after the second attack, Miller would say "This is the most
horrific thing I have ever seen". I was scrambling for the car telephone.
the following to anyone with a small infant: Take a photograph of your
child sitting next to the Dallas Morning News edition of September
11, 2001. Your child will thank you for it some day.
Jennings is the best anchor on TV.
said, ABC News did a horrible job four days after the event when it erroneously
reported that four would-be terrorists had been arrested in Washington
DC attempting to board a commercial airline. The rumor wasn't helped by
Senator Joe Biden, when asked that night by Jennings about the report,
told him he couldn't answer because he was on "thin ice" and might "disclose
something he shouldn't". It scared me to death.
the days after the attack, I had an incredible desire to watch every minute
of news coverage simply so that I could share the pain of the victim's
family. I almost felt an obligation to do so.
time I thought I had come to grips with the tragedy, I would watch a segment
on TV and cry again.
poll revealed that 64% of Americans cried during the tragedy. Shame on
the other 36%.
made the right decision not to play football on the Sunday after the incident.
Did you know that the NFL did not cancel its games after the JFK assassination?
made a horrendous decision to let high school football games take place.
Big 10 Conference initially said that it would be playing college football
on the Saturday after the tragedy, the University of Illinois said "no"
even if it meant forfeiting a game.
was nothing more moving that watching the Star Spangled Banner being played
at Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard per order of the
to buy a newspaper off the news rack on September 12, 2001. I drove around
for 30 minutes (really) and could not find one.
it a bit creepy that one of the two NFL football team in New York
is the known as the "New York Jets"?
be negative, but how in the world will the Red Cross equitably distribute
what will ultimately be billions of dollars to the victim's family. For
example, does the estranged husband receive as much as the loving husband
of thiry years. Who makes that call?
if the upcoming imploding of the tornado damaged skyscraper in downtown
Fort Worth will be quite the entertainment spectacle as it would have been.
watching the two World Center Towers burning moments after the crashes,
I never dreamed they would collapse.
studded show put on by all the networks last Friday night was amazing.
If you didn't know who the stars were, you were in the dark. No master
of ceremonies was there to give introductions and no graphics appeared
to indentify who was speaking/singing.
Dan Rather cry on David Letterman's show was incredibly moving.
cried when he said we would never be able to sing the following line of
The Beautiful in quite the same way again: "O beautiful for patriot
dream that sees beyond the years. Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed
by human tears."
that is guaranteed to start an argument is this: "Are the terrorists correctly
labeled 'cowards' even though they were willing to die for what they believed?"
email hoax is this quote attributed to Nostradamus:"In the city of york
there will be a great collapse, two twin brothers town apart by chaos while
the fortress falls, the great leader will succumb to the third big war."
He never said it.
photos making their way across the country: the Devil's face in the smoke
of the burning buildings, the WTC rebuilt into an obscene gesture, and
a group of middle easterners leaving the desert in two trucks that are
overpacked beyond belief..
happened to Gary Condit?
were a lot of remarkable stories that came out of the tragedy but the most
remarkable to me was this one: Two female friends ride to Boston Logan
Airport in order to journey to Los Angeles. One gets on a United flight
while the other boards American. They chose different flights only due
to the fact they had different frequest flyer miles. Both planes they boarded
crashed into the World Trade Center. One more note: one of the women's
brother was at the base of the World Trade Center at the time of the crashes.
He survived. (I saw this story on either on NBC's Today show or MSNBC).
local news agencies feel compelled to send one of "their own" to New York.
For example, we got to see WFAA's Brett Shipp broadcasting live from the
side of the Hudson River! Why?
morning of the attack, the first "talk radio" caller that WBAP put on the
air was a guy from Bridgeport. I swear his comment was "We need to round
up every guy from Iraq, Iran and every other country over there and ship
'em out of here". Sheesh.
hard not to smile at Utah Senator Orrin Hatch's first
comments broadcast on CNN: "We're going to find out who did this and
we're going after the bastards."
Bush declared the attack as an "act of war" many people pointed out that
most insurance policies have an exclusion for damage caused because of
an "act or war".
the long lines for gasoline at the Walmart gas station on the afternoon
of the attack. The power of The Rumor is incredible.
Cheney said on Meet the Press that the terrorists "act like those
in an internet chat room – they get in do some damage and then get out".
What the heck is Cheney doing in an Internet chat room?
as America wants to retaliate, we will come to the realization that there
is simply no one to bomb.
this: Americans witnessed the attack as it happened on live TV. It wasn't
until nine days later that the mainland saw photographs of the bombing
of Pearl Harbor. (USA Today, 9/25/01, p. 8B).
know the two World Trade Center towers were connected at their base by
a 20 story Marriott Hotel?
the biggest fan of George W. Bush, but he has proven he is smart enough
to listen to those around him.
othe hand, I don't understand the criticism of Bush for not immediately
returning to Washington D.C. from Florida after the attacks. That was the
last place he needed to be.
Bush would want to take back the fact that he referred to the terrorists
as "folks" on the morning of the bombing.
Ashleigh Banfield became famous in wake of the tragedy (but did she still
need to have debris in her hair six hours after she ran for cover when
the buildings collapsed?).
of the convenience stores in Decatur are staffed by folks who are obviously
of Middle Eastern descent. I asked one of the clerks the other day if any
of the local Bubbas had said anything rude to him simply because of his
race. He told me he hadn't received one unkind word.
understand what "unbelievable" means.
Barry Green served as District
Attorney for Wise and Jack Counties from 1993 through 2000. He is now a
partner in the Decatur law firm of Smith
& Green, P.C.
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