Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Saturday, September 11, 2010


Video by James Likeks on 9/11

Excerpts from his live blogging...

Tue 11 Sep 01 08:07
  • Saw the first tower collapse from the Promenade across the river in Brooklyn. Fine white and pale yellow ash everywhere. Lower Manhattan covered in smoke with ash still drifting down.
  • Military jets overhead every five minutes or so.
  • Lower span of Brooklyn Bridge jammed with people walking out of the city, many covered with white ash. Ghosts. The Living Dead. BQE empty except for convoys of emergency vehicles.
  • Sirens in all directions. Ferry ships emerging from the smoke heading to the Brooklyn shore riding low in the water fully loaded.
  • This is monstrous.
  • Deaths in the thousands in New York.
  • My body is trembling with sorrow and rage. I saw the first tower fall. Everyone in it would have been killed. This, all this, must be stopped. Those who have done this must be wiped out to the last.
  • War with whom?
  • Any and all terrorist organizations, foreign or domestic, must now be brought to a swift and complete halt no matter where they are located.
  • I watched this happen. The enormity of it cannot be communicated. Vile and bestial.
  • We need to destroy any and all capacity of anyone living anywhere to do anything like this ever again. There were thousands in those buildings. Thousands.
  • There is no justice swift enough or sure enough.
  • All that we have must be brought forward and used without restraint. This is an act of war beyond Pearl Harbor.
  • Military jets overhead again.
  • More ash on the street. I am cooled down. Way down.
  • This is pure evil. [READ THE WHOLE THING!]

 I was on my 2nd day of work in a new job working in a very small cabinet shop in Lyndell, PA, called L.W. Crossan, Cabinetmaker.  It's the only job I've ever had that I actually looked forward to a 35 mile commute...because  I learned something new every single day I worked there.  Unfortunately, after 9/11 we lost a number of clients due to the financial stress that followed the destruction of the Towers.  But I look very fondly upon the few months I worked for Larry.

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