Monthly Archives: September 2006

Contentions and dissensions in America helps Jihadists gain power

Jihadists are to be blamed for 9/11.

I despise the Clintons. But never, ever, would I blame him for 9/11.

Likewise, if you despise Bush et al, don’t blame him for 9/11, blame the Jihadists.

Otherwise, it is pure partisanship trying to lay the blame on the other side.

Doing so has divided Americans along party lines, and it has the power to destroy this country.

If the finger pointing does not stop, the Jihadists and other enemies of America will easily destroy her.

Why help the Jihadists divide and destroy America?

In the Book of Mormon, secret combinations gain power


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Captain Moroni’s message to Jihadists

If Captain Moroni was the leader of the US, UK, or Israel, what message would he send to Jihadists, e.g., Hezbollah, Hamas, insurgents in Iraq, al-Qaida, etc?

Alma 44: 6 Yea, and this is not all; I command you by all the desires which ye have for life, that ye deliver up your weapons of war unto us, and we will seek not your blood, but we will spare your lives, if ye will go your way and come not again to war against us.

7 And now, if ye do not this, behold, ye are in our hands, and I will command my men that they shall fall upon you, and inflict the wounds of death in your bodies, that ye may become extinct; and then we will see who shall have power over this people; yea, we will see who shall be brought into bondage.

Other things we can learn from Captain Moroni:

Alma 44 Moroni refuse to accept the enemies arms which they hand over unless they covenant to stop fighting; i.e., he rejects temporary peace, slays those who refuse to disarm, and one of his soldiers scalps the enemies leader instilling fear in the enemy.

Alma 46 Moroni slays those who refuse to enter the covenant of freedom. Gee, you are either with us or against us, or better yet, dead! Where have I heard that before?

Alma 51 Moroni compels the pacifistic “dissenters to defend their country or put them to death” and in fact slays many of them.

Alma 51 Moroni casts remaining dissenters “into prison, for there was no time for their trails at this period”. Nephite Gitmo?

Alma 54 Moroni demands enemies stop their “murderous attacks”, calls them “a child of hell” and is not open to prisoners exchanged except on his own terms, which are highly waited in favor of the Nephites.

Alma 55 Moroni refuse to exchange prisoners, because he is angry for he knew their enemies did not have a just cause and he did not want to grant them greater strength.

Alma 60 Moroni uses executive power to “use all their power and means to deliver themselves from their enemies” and even threatens the government to supply his armies or he will turn attack and slay them! Bush hasn’t gone that far yet, but Bush has everything in common with how Moroni managed the affairs of the Nephite war.

Alma 62 Moroni kills the king-men because they refuse to defend their county. He has zero tolerance for dissension and pacifisms and dividers and non-supporters so much so he kills them!

Imagine if the US, UK, and Israel actually used the Book of Mormon as the standard of moral and immoral management of a The War on Terror, how much they would be hated by the UN and the World in general. God’s way has never been very popular in the World.


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Religious prejudice isn’t Romney’s problem

Not a bad cartoon of Romney per se. However, if his Mormonism is a hurdle or barrier to be overcome, those doing the leaping will be the voters, not Romney.

Indeed, some voters prejudices will be too high a hurdle to overcome, thus preventing them from making the leap of faith in favor of a President who happens to be a faithful Mormon. That’s their problem, not Romney’s.

Mitt Romney’s problem | Economist.com:

From The Economist print edition

Religious prejudice may yet undo the Republicans’ latest favourite

YOU can say what you want against American politics. You can call it corrupt, vulgar, interminable, and boringly limited to two behemoth parties. But you cannot accuse it of lacking in drama. The mid-term elections are still a month away, but some of the most intriguing action is taking place in the race for the presidency. Mitt Romney, the governor of Massachusetts, is making a concerted bid to seize the mantle as the leader of “the Republican wing of the Republican Party”. …[read more]


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Disproportionate Reporting

From HonestReporting.com

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Feds challenge 9/11 conspiracies

Feds challenge 9/11 conspiracies

August 31, 2006
WorldNetDaily

In the wake of growing skepticism, the U.S. government is taking the unusual step of responding to conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11, 2001, destruction of the World Trade Center.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, headquartered in Gaithersberg, Md., investigated the causes of the collapse of the twin towers. Yesterday NIST announced it had posted a “fact sheet” addressing alternative theories about the World Trade Center fires and collapse . . . [Click for more]

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Romney lauds Bush in NH visit

I concur with Romney, “thank goodness our President knows what’s at stake and is willing to take a stand.”

Likewise, Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the LDS Church, also knows what is at stake and is willing to take a stand. In the April 2003 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Hinckley gave his moral and spiritual stamp of approval for the Iraq war, supporting President Bush’s efforts on the War on Terror, including regime change in Iraq, as indicated below:

In the course of history tyrants have arisen from time to time who have oppressed their own people and threatened the world. Such is adjudged to be the case presently, and consequently great and terrifying forces with sophisticated and fearsome armaments have been engaged in battle. …

… In a democracy we can renounce war and proclaim peace. There is opportunity for dissent. Many have been speaking out and doing so emphatically. That is their privilege. That is their right, so long as they do so legally. However, we all must also be mindful of another overriding responsibility, which I may add, governs my personal feelings and dictates my personal loyalties in the present situation.

When war raged between the Nephites and the Lamanites, the record states that “the Nephites were inspired by a better cause, for they were not fighting for . . . power but they were fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, yea, for their rites of worship and their church.

“And they were doing that which they felt was the duty which they owed to their God” (Alma 43:45-46).

The Lord counseled them, “Defend your families even unto bloodshed” (Alma 43:47).

And Moroni “rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it-In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children-and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.

“And he fastened on his headplate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren” (Alma 46:12-13).

It is clear from these and other writings that there are times and circumstances when nations are justified, in fact have an obligation, to fight for family, for liberty, and against tyranny, threat, and oppression. …[Read more]

Related talk by President Hinckley: The Times in Which We Live

Union Leader – Romney lauds Bush in NH visit – Monday, Sep. 25, 2006:

“This is the most critical point in the history of America,” Romney said, citing the terrorist threat, immigration issues and increasing competition from emerging countries. He emphasized a need to improve education, invest in technology and “fix the immigration laws.”

Cheers erupted when Romney said, in reference to the war on terrorism, “Thank goodness we have a President that knows what’s at stake and is willing to take a stand.” …[Read more]


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Yemenites taste freedom and democracy

Freedom is God’s gift to all his children.

Those who think Arabs or Muslims will not embrace freedom enthusiastically if given half a chance are mistaken.

D&C 101: 77 According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;

What`s next for Yemen?:

SANAA, Yemen (UPI) — Yemen may have reached the point of no return in its slow march towards democracy. Last week`s presidential and local elections have set the pace for change in this staunchly traditionalist nation, despite the re-election of long-time President Ali Abdallah Saleh for a third seven-year term.

Saleh, who ruled the country for 28 years, faces the challenge of keeping his campaign promises to advance democracy and fight widespread corruption. …

… After experiencing the taste of freedom and democracy, what is certain is that Yemen ‘won`t be the same,’ explained by Mohamed al-Tayeb, a former minister and chairman of the Human Rights Committee in the Shoura Council.


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Who Are The Mormons?

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What Mormons Believe About the Bible

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Pope Benedict Criticizes Islam

Posted by permission from Dr. Daniel Pipes. Its appearance is independent of this blog, and should not be construed to either agree or disagree with the opinions expressed on this blog, or on any other website.

Pope Benedict Criticizes Islam

by Daniel Pipes
New York Sun
September 19, 2006
http://www.danielpipes.org/article/3968

[NY Sun title: “The West Should Be Free To Criticize Islam”]

“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

These words, expressed six centuries ago by a Byzantine emperor, Manuel II Paleologus, in dialogue with an Iranian scholar, spur three reflections.

Pope Benedict XVI offered the above quote, neither endorsing nor condemning it, in his academic speech, “Faith, Reason and the University: Memories and Reflections,” delivered in German last week in Germany. It served to introduce his erudite critique of the Western concept of reason since the Enlightenment.

But did he have other purposes? The head of the Benedictine order, Abbot Notker Wolf, understood the pope’s quote as “a blatant allusion to [Iran’s President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad.” Vatican insiders told the London Sunday Times that Benedict “was trying to pre-empt an aggressive letter aimed at the papacy by the president of Iran, which was why he cited the debate involving a Persian.”

First reflection: Benedict has offered elusive comments, brief statements, and now this delphic quotation, but he has not provided a much-needed major statement on this vital topic of Islam. One hopes it is in the offing.

Whatever the pope’s purpose, he prompted the near-predictable furor in the Muslim world. Religious and political authorities widely condemned the speech, with some calling for violence.

  • In Britain, while leading a rally outside Westminster Cathedral, Anjem Choudary of Al-Ghurabaa called for the pope “to be subject to capital punishment.”
  • In Iraq, the Mujahideen’s Army threatened to “smash the crosses in the house of the dog from Rome” and other groups made blood-curdling threats.
  • In Kuwait, an important website called for violent retribution against Catholics.
  • In Somalia, the religious leader Abubukar Hassan Malin urged Muslims to “hunt down” the pope and kill him “on the spot.”
  • In India, a leading imam, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, called on Muslims to “respond in a manner which forces the pope to apologise.”
  • A top Al-Qaeda figure announced that “the infidelity and tyranny of the pope will only be stopped by a major attack.”

The Vatican responded by establishing an extraordinary and unprecedented security cordon around the pope. Further away, the incitement spurred some violence, with more likely on the way. Seven churches were attacked in the West Bank and Gaza, one in Basra, Iraq (prompting this ironic headline at the “RedState” blog: “Pope implies Islam a violent religion … Muslims bomb churches“). The murder of an Italian nun in Somalia and two Assyrians in Iraq also appear connected.

Second reflection: this new round of Muslim outrage, violence, and murder has a by-now routine quality. Earlier versions occurred in 1989 (in response to Salman Rushdie‘s novel, The Satanic Verses), 1997 (when the U.S. Supreme Court did not take down a representation of Muhammad), 2002 (when Jerry Falwell called Muhammad a terrorist), 2005 (the fraudulent Koran-flushing episode), and February 2006 (the Danish cartoon incident).

Vatican leaders tried to defuse the pope’s quote, as well as his condemnation of jihad (holy war). The papal spokesman, Federico Lombardi, S.J., said Benedict did not intend to give “an interpretation of Islam as violent. … inside Islam there are many different positions and there are many positions that are not violent.” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the secretary of state, indicated that the pope “sincerely regrets that certain passages of his address could have sounded offensive to the sensitivities of the Muslim faithful.”

Then, in what may be an unprecedented step by a pope, Benedict himself proffered the sort of semi-apology often favored by those feeling the heat. “I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address,” reads the official Vatican translation into English, “which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims. These in fact were a quotation from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought.”

In the Italian original, however, Benedict says only sono rammaricato, which translates as “I am disappointed” or “I regret.”

Third reflection: the Muslim uproar has a goal: to prohibit criticism of Islam by Christians and thereby to impose Shariah norms on the West. Should Westerners accept this central tenet of Islamic law, others will surely follow. Retaining free speech about Islam, therefore, represents a critical defense against the imposition of an Islamic order.


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LDS Beliefs

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What Mormons Believe about Family

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Know Thine Enemy,’ Romney Says of ‘Jihadists’

Romney, a man after my own heart.

“They are terrorists, yes, but more directly they are Jihadists,” the White House hopeful told ABC News. “That has broad implications.”

Romney is spot on.

Romney’s determination to avoid referring to America’s enemies solely by the tactics that they use is earning praise from some foreign policy specialists. “I think it could change the entire center of the conversation,” said Mary Habeck, a professor of strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

The conversation must change for unless we name the disease we can’t protect ourselves from it let alone cure it.

Romney acknowledges that there has been a “big debate” in academic circles about the meaning of jihad, with some people believing that a spiritual jihad was never intended in the world of Islam to be militaristic. He says, however, that “there is no question” about what jihad means to the Islamic militants fighting the United States. Nor does Romney think there is any question that Osama bin Laden would like the world to see him as a potential caliph.

There is no debate in Islamic circles of what jihad means, only disinformation from the likes of CAIR and gullible people who buy into their propaganda. Muslims understand full well jihad has two forms, lesser jihad (military struggle/Holy War) and greater (spiritual struggle). “Ye shall know them by their fruits,” Jesus said. Fruits are works or evidence or observable behavior and the results which flow from them. Who can doubt that Islamists use their belief in jihad to justify their murderous deeds?

Romney wants the public to know that Jihadists are not an “armed group of crazed maniacs in the hills of Afghanistan.” Rather, Romney says the United States is facing a “far more sinister and broad-based extremist faction” with a “very 8th century view of the world.” Based on his reading of books such as “American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us,” by Steven Emerson, and “Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against America” by Walid Phares, Romney believes the Jihadists want to “retake the ancient Muslim lands and unify umma, or the world of Islam, under a caliphate.”

The books Romney read are by two of the most respected scholars on Islam, “American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us,” by Steven Emerson, and “Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against America” by Walid Phares.

One outgrowth of Romney’s focus on Jihadism is his support for increased surveillance in the United States. In a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation last year, Romney posed a series of rhetorical questions about domestic intelligence gathering. “We have 120 colleges and universities in Massachusetts, roughly,” he said. “How many individuals are coming to our state and going to those institutions who come from terror sponsored states? Do we know where they are? Are we tracking them? How about people who are in settings — mosques, for instance — that may be teaching doctrines of hate and terror? Are we monitoring that? Are we wiretapping? Are we following what’s going on? Are we seeing who’s coming in, who’s coming out?”

Like Bush, Romney understands the enemy and is not afraid to clearly define and state who and what the enemy is. That is the leadership we have in Bush, and the leadership we need in the next President. One of the many reasons Bush and Romney have my support.

ABC News: ‘Know Thine Enemy,’ Romney Says of ‘Jihadists’:

Know Thine Enemy,’ Romney Says of ‘Jihadists’

Republican Presidential Hopeful Warns of Religious-Tinged Threat

By TEDDY DAVIS

April 30, 2006 – – Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., has sought to confront the religious element of terrorism.

“They are terrorists, yes, but more directly they are Jihadists,” the White House hopeful told ABC News. “That has broad implications.”

Romney’s determination to avoid referring to America’s enemies solely by the tactics that they use is earning praise from some foreign policy specialists. …[read more]


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Pattern of Secret Combinations in the Book of Mormon

And again, I will give you a pattern in all things, that you may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in all the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations– D&C 52:14

Militant Islam or Islamism or Islamists or Islamo-fascism or Jihadists or Islamic Extremists or Islamic Fundamentalism or Radical Islam or Mujahideen or murderous Muslism or terrorist or what ever you want to call them, qualify in every sense of the way as secret combinations.

Moreover, their numbers are not small. It is estimated by scholars that some 10%-15% Muslims support militant Islamists goals that use jihad as the method to enforce its ideology. That translates to 100,000,000 – 150,000,000 who are or favor and support Islamism/Militant Islam! Add to that the general consensus that 50% of Muslims are sympathetic to Islamists and you have 600,000,000 – 750,000,000 Muslims that side with or are sympathetic to the imperialistic, militant Islamic ideology. That is something to remember when you hear the common canard, “these radicals represent only a small, tiny faction of Muslims.”

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Secret Combinations By Avraham Gileadi

The book of Helaman practically starts out with Kishkumen’s murder of the chief judge Pahoran (Helaman 1:9). Kishkumen’s fellow conspirators “entered into a covenant, yea, swearing by their everlasting Maker, that they would tell no man that Kishkumen had murdered Pahoran” (Helaman 1:11). Only later, when Kishkumen tries to kill Helaman, does it come to light that a secret combination led by one Gadianton was conspiring “to murder, and to rob, and to gain power” over the people (Helaman 2:4-5, 8). Though this is the first reported incident of a secret combination among the Nephites, Mormon makes the point that, in the end, “this Gadianton did prove the overthrow, yea, almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi” (Helaman 2:13).

Helaman tells us that secret combinations originate with “that same being who did entice our first parents to partake of the forbidden fruit–yea, that same being who did plot with Cain, that if he would murder his brother Abel it should not be known to the world . . . . who led on the people who came from that tower into this land; who spread the works of darkness and abominations over all the face of the land, until he dragged the people down to an entire destruction, and to an everlasting hell. Yea, that same being who put it into the heart of Gadianton to still carry on the works of darkness, and of secret murder” (Helaman 6:26-29).

When abridging the history of the Jaredites,describes how the destruction of that mighty nation came about through those secret combinations and compares it to the subsequent destruction of the Nephites. The Book of Mormon thus not only provides a twofold witness but also a prophetic pattern of how secret combinations lead to the entire destruction of a nation of God’s people, even the most blessed and perhaps most powerful nation in the world.

In fact,intersperses his abridgment with pointed warnings to the Gentiles who will live in the last days, whom he has seen in vision (Mormon 8:34-35). He says of secret combinations, “They have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi. And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.

“Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain–and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be. Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you . . . For it cometh to pass that whosoever buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries” (Ether 8:21-25).

Earlier,had predicted that the Book of Mormon (including its sealed portion) would come forth “in a day when the blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations and the works of darkness” (Mormon 8:27). Nephi similarly saw that secret combinations would exist in this land in the last days. He says, “The Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes . . . And there are many churches built up which cause envyings, and strifes, and malice. And there are also secret combinations, even as in times of old, according to the combinations of the devil” (2 Nephi 26:20-22). Finally, a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith declares that the time would come when those preaching in the east would “teach them that shall be converted to flee to the west, and this in consequence of that which is coming upon the earth, and of secret combinations” (D&C 42:64).

Questions we may ask ourselves could include, Are we reaching that point now? Is the increasing terrorist threat to destroy America and other fredom-loving nations the beginning of what Book of Mormon prophets saw would happen to us? Are we approaching such a state of wickedness so as to be bringing these things upon ourselves? To determine answers to these question, we might compare the Pattern of Secret Combinations the Book of Mormon provides (as follows) with what is happening today:

In the Book of Mormon, secret combinations gain power

Those who belong to secret combinations


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Mormon Polygamy

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What Mormons Believe About Jesus Christ

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9/11 conspiratorialist Steven Jones on paid leave from BYU

Right on! Jones is an embarrassment to BYU & The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Good riddance.

Related posts:
9/11 Conspiracy Cereal: A Few Nuts and a Bunch of Flakes
9/11 Conspiracies

deseretnews.com | BYU action on Jones lamented:

PROVO – Leaders of the American Association of University Professors are criticizing Brigham Young University for placing physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave while university administrators conduct a review of his statements and research about the attacks on the World Trade Center. …[more]


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2996 Project: 9/11 Tribute to Gerald T. Atwood

 

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Gerald T. Atwood

Gerald T. Atwood was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1060 in Brooklyn, NY. He was a firefighter with Engine 34, Ladder 21. He was an eight year veteran of the FDNY working out of Hell’s Kitchen.

He grew up in the Old Mill Basin neighborhood of Brooklyn. He graduated from South Shore High School and spent two years at Kingsborough Community College. Earlier he ran a renovation business with his brother.

His wife Barbara said he possessed an infectious laugh. “He liked simple things, doing projects, sharing tools, helping neighbors with their houses. Or he’d go on trips with his brothers, fishing trips.” He had a wide range of interests and a retentive memory. “He’d read the paper and know everything in it, from politics to sports,” she said.

At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife Barbara, his son Gerald, 2, and his daughter Margaret, 1. Another child was as yet unborn at the time of his passing. Also surviving were his parents, Gerald and Elaine; brothers John, Raymond and Gregory, and sisters Jane and Elaine. (source Newsday.com)

It could be said that Gerald Atwood’s life ended on September 11, 2001.Gerald T. Atwood

I prefer to say that he continues to live and that his life continues.

His life is reflected by the way his children live their lives. Had he remained on earth to see his children grow and progress and become energetic, contributing members of society, it would be said of him “your children have learned what you lived.”

So can it be said still. It is not how we die that makes us heroic.

It is how we live.

As his children continue their lives, becoming good citizens, developing good character, serving others, reaching out to lend a hand, they reflect Gerald’s life.

It is not how we end our lives that make us worth remembering.

It is how we live.

As his wife develops the strength to rise from her grief, and console others when they mourn, or sit with a neighbor’s sick child so that another mother may rest, she reflects Gerald’s life of coming to the aid of others.

It is not how we end our days that make us great.

It is how we live.

Gerald’s tribute should not be that he left this mortal world on September 11, 2001. That he died in the service of others is a testament to his strength and service and love for his fellow man.

His tribute should be that those who love him and who live in mortality after him, lend their strength and service and reflect their love for their fellow man.

After all is said and done, it is not how or where we finish our journey that champions our greatness.

It is how we live.

Google “Gerald Atwood” “WTC”

Google “Gerald Atwood” “9/11”



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