The Council has Spoken 091210

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There’s a snapshot of that day. I arrived home early from work. My wife and newborn daughter were sitting out front on the sun drenched lawn on a beautiful, mild autumn day. That snapshot was the picture of serenity and joy.

But it was also a facade.

I left work early that day to be with my wife. But it was because she knew that the World Trade Center was on fire (that’s all she knew when she called) me and no one could reach her brother. (Cell phones were overloaded that day in the New York area.) My brother-in-law – along with the rest of his company – escaped from the 51st floor of the north tower. But we didn’t know that. Though my mother-in-law got through to him after he exited the building, no one could ascertain his whereabouts again until he had finally gotten back to New Jersey. I came home to calm my wife.

There are two lines from Alan Jackson’s “Where were you when the world stopped turning” that stick with me.
Driving down some cold interstate
That day, I95 was strangely empty. The trip home seemed surreal. I was listening to the news reports. I heard when one tower crashed. I think I was home before the second did.
The heroes who died just doing what they do
My brother-in-law said that the stairwells were extremely hot. The firemen inside the towers smashed open vending machines to give drinks to the people fleeing the buildings. He got a drink from a firefighter on (about) the 20th floor. Having shepherded hundreds to safety, 45 minutes or so later, that hero was dead.

For some sense of my brother-in-law’s day – or at least his escape from Manhattan read Ron Coleman’s recollection: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

If there was one good thing to come out of that day, it was the 72 Virginians joke. Here at the Watcher’s Council we have only two Virginians and they are our most recent additions. Now Snapped Shot has joined VA Right as our two most most recent council winners.

Snapped Shot observes in his brilliantly captioned Happy Al Quds Day! photo essay that:

… you can’t spell “Jerusalem” without USA, baby!

I can’t do it justice, so just click on over to our winner.

For the third time since taking over as Watcher, Iowahawk has won. This week it’s  Barack, Can we Talk?, Iowahawk ‘s portrayal of  a breakup note from the American people to Barack Obama.

Come… come on Barack, please don’t be that way. And don’t act so surprised, I mean you must have at least seen some of the approval rating signs. Tea Party? No, Tea Party didn’t put me up to this. Yeah, sure I’ve see him around the neighborhood. I mean, what am I supposed to do while you’re off vacationing with your friends? Sit around this place without a job and watch MSNBC? No, it’s platonic. So far. And for your information, Tea isn’t the retarded Nazi racist loser your friends are always painting him to be. And guess what? He listens to me and seems to like me for what I am, and doesn’t expect me to wear that stupid complicated Scandinavian nurse outfit like you gave me for Christmas. By the way, the charge card bill from Frederick’s of Stockholm just arrived yesterday. $1 trillion, Barack? Really?

Council Winners

Non – Council Winners

5 Responses to “The Council has Spoken 091210”

  1. on 12 Sep 2010 at 9:39 am Soccer Dad

    Council speak 091210…

    The Council has spoken. Council Winners First place with 2 2/3 votes! – Snapped Shot -Happy Al-Quds Day! Second place with 2 1/3 votes – Rhymes With Right – More On The Quran Burning Controversy Non – Council Winners First place with 3 votes! – Iowahaw…

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  3. on 12 Sep 2010 at 10:02 am The Colossus of Rhodey

    Watcher’s Council results…

    First place in the Council category was Snapped Shot with Happy Al-Quds Day! First place in the non-Council category was Iowahawk with Barack, Can we Talk? Full results are here…….

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  4. on 12 Sep 2010 at 11:33 am Right Truth

    Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Ripping and Burning the Koran…

    Yesterday was a day of memorial, reflection of events on September 11, 2001 and before. Today we look at the present situation and what the future holds for America. In a Freudian-type slip yesterday, I inadvertently typed 11-11-11 for the……

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  5. on 17 Sep 2010 at 8:22 pm Snapped Shot


    A WINNER. So it’s Friday again, and that means the Watcher’s Council has decided on some more Winners Of The Internet this week. Apparently, I actually won a free internet last week, but since I totally crashed on Friday, I missed it. Figures. A…

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