Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Lone Lawmaker Blocks Flight 93 Monument

For emotional wallop, there are few rivals to the windswept, grassy field outside of Shanksville, Pa., where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001.
But for three years, that field has made do with a makeshift monument while one member of Congress, Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-N.C.), has blocked a $10 million request to buy the land for a permanent memorial to the 40 passengers and crew members who overpowered hijackers bent on crashing their jet into the Capitol or the White House.
For Taylor, a large landowner in the mountains of western Carolina, the issue comes down to principle: The federal government is already the largest landowner in the country, and he believes that no additional tax dollars should go to more land buying for this or any other memorial. Beyond that, the families have committed to raising half the $60 million needed to build the memorial but so far have raised $7.5 million. Taylor is concerned that the federal government will be left holding the bag.

Strange how no mention is made of the ever-so-gay wind chimes that are to surround the main memorial; one for each person on the plane. INCLUDING the terrorists.

Remember when that was a hot topic? When folks were wondering how in the name of all hells those murdering scum should be eulogized along with their victims?

If those ridiculous plans STILL exist, and if the friends and family are STILL pushing for a memorial, then they're doing it for THEMSELVES, and not the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

All everyone talks about today is closore this, and closure that, and closure my ass already with this bullswaddle.

NO monuments to murderers, and stop being so damned self-centered.


Lemuel Calhoon said...

The thing is also going to be shaped like a giant Islamic crescent.

Fits said...


Lem knows his shit too. And where's THAT in the poorly written story from the Washington Post. From the get-go this whole monument to Flight 93 deal has been a cluster fuck of epic proportions and they want to blame Taylor for the delay.