There Are Heroes, And Then There Are Times When We Need Heroes

I heard about the comments made by Chris Hayes on MSNBC in regards to being “uncomfortable” calling our solider’s who have given their lives defending our freedom, heroes. I think that is sad, and it brought to mind the actions of “less than heroic” individuals on 9/11.

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As United Airlines Flight 93 was headed over Pittsburgh, the air traffic controllers panicked and evacuated the tower. After evacuation, a commercial aircraft on descent and another aircraft had a rather close encounter, but managed to evade a collision with one another.

Of course we are laughing about this now, but at the time (1355) there was a commercial aircraft, CHQ4334 (Chautauqua Airlines) on approach and descending. Crossing it’s flight path was another plane, N8222N holding at 9,000 feet. Looks like they had to take some serious evasive action (although they were still a few thousand feet apart in altitude).

By contrast that day, our military aircraft were scrambling to respond. Some without weapons and unsure how they would stop United 93 as it approached our Nation’s capital.

A F-16 pilot scrambled on 9/11 to prevent another attack on the US capital says she was prepared to ram her plane into a hijacked aircraft — as there was no time to arm her plane with missiles.

 So Chris Hayes may be uncomfortable calling them heroes, but I am not. When others flee for cover, they put themselves in harm’s way even if they know the cost of doing so is their own lives.

Listen for yourself. No heroes in Pittsburgh that day, but thank God there were a few in the skies over our Nation’s capitol.

You Can’t Say Negative Things About The President In This Social Studies Class, Unless It is Bush “Because he was shitty.” (Video)

In this day and age, it is best not to say stupid things in front of a class of tech-savvy students.

The teacher (social studies) really pushes the Obama-worship on her students and they don’t want any part of it. Partial transcript via the Blaze:

A student asked: “Didn’t Obama bully somebody, though?”

The teacher started to get angry and said: “Not to my knowledge.”

A couple of students relayed the story about Obama admitting that he bullied someone when he was younger. And that seemed to light the fuse on his teacher’s anger. A couple of the students exchanged words with the angry teacher.

“Stop! Stop! Because there’s no comparison. He’s running for president. Obama is the president.”

As one student attempted to argue for a fair, two-sided debate on the history of the candidates, he was shouted down and talked over by the teacher.

She continued: “You got to realize, this man is wanting to be what Obama is. There’s no comparison.”

Once again, the students pressed for equal discussion of the histories of both men, with one saying:
“If you’re gonna talk trash about one side, you gotta talk trash about the other.”

The teacher just seemed to dig her heels in deeper and press her defense of Obama telling the defiant teen: “You will not disrespect the president of the United States in this classroom.”

Again the student persisted and invoked his First Amendment right. “I’ll say what I want.”

The still unidentified teacher read the student her rules…her Obama rules. “Not about him, you won’t!”

The back and forth continued and the most strident of the two students reminded his teacher that President Bush was constantly treated to negative statements about him while he was in office: “Whenever Bush was president, everybody talked sh-t about him.”

To which the teacher responded: “Because he was sh-tty.”

The social studies educator went on for a full minute with more ranting, saying that people were arrested for saying derogatory things about President Bush. The student correctly reminded the teacher that opinions are protected, but you cannot be arrested unless you threaten the president.