Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Jersey Girls

With the brouhaha surrounding Ann Coulter's comments on the four 9/11 widows, calling themselves The Jersey Girls, I thought it might be appropriate to take a look at some of the things these ladies have been saying. The four are Kristen Breitweiser, Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg and Patty Casazza, all of New Jersey.

As a bit of background, if you haven't already heard, Coulter has just released a book entitled "Godless: The Church of Liberalism", in which she calls The Jersey Girls, "the Witches of East Brunswick," among other things. Now, Coulter is under attack by all the left-wingers and most of the right-wingers, although not all. And now, Hillary has made a big mistake by entering the fray. Her mistake, it would be more accurate to say, will be if she continues to trade broadsides with Coulter. To wit:
Hillary: . . . "unimaginable that anyone in the public eye could launch a vicious, mean-spirited attack on people whom I've known over the last four and a half years to be concerned deeply about the safety and security of our country."

Coulter: Before criticizing others for being 'mean' to women, perhaps Hillary should talk to her husband who was accused of rape by Juanita Broaddrick and was groping Kathleen Willey at the very moment Willey's husband was committing suicide.
Uh, Hillary would be wise to back away from this one. Coulter is an adherent of MADDD (Mutually Assured Disaster, Destruction and Death) and Hillary can only lose such a fight.

Without taking sides in this debate because I have not read the book (as have few, if any others commenting) here are Mss. Kristen Breitweiser, Lorie Van Auken, Mindy Kleinberg, Patty Casazza and Monica Gabrielle who joins them from time to time.

Monica Gabrielle:
"I watched my husband murdered live on TV. . . . At any point in time the casualties could have been lessened, and it seems to me there wasn't even an attempt made."
Ms. Gabrielle puts little stock in efforts of the 343 New York City Fire Department members and the 60 New York City Police Department and New York Port authority officers who died trying to rescue her husband.

Kristin Breitweiser:
"Three thousand people were murdered on George Bush's watch."

"We simply wanted to know why our husbands were killed. Why they went to work one day and didn't come back."

"President Bush and his workers . . . were the individuals that failed my husband and the 3,000 people that day."
Yup, blame Bush.

Lorie Van Auken:
"Gorelick gets a bad rap with that whole, you know, 'wall thing'."
Regarding Jamie Gorelick who, along with Janet Reno, erected "the wall" which forbade the CIA and military intelligence to share any intelligence with the FBI. This allowed Zacarias Moussaoui, Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi to operate freely inside the US.

Family Steering Committee (led by The Jersey Girls):
"The president never took time from his campaign to come to Washington himself to see this through. Election Day is imminent. Now it's our turn."
This charge was issued October 27, 2005, just days before the presidential election. The Kerry campaign jumped right on it: Mark Kitchens, a spokesman for the Kerry campaign, said it showed that "George Bush has squandered this golden opportunity to achieve meaningful and lasting intelligence reform." I guess the Jersey Girls expected the entire intelligence gathering apparatus of the United States government to be overhauled overnight.

Kristin Breitweiser:
"Now, a full year later, it is time to look back and investigate our failures as a nation."
Well, she has a point. We failed as a nation when we didn't start killing those sons-of-bitches long before September 11. Although I don't think that's what she meant at all.

Kristin Breitweiser from her Huffington Post blog in a "letter" to Karl Rove:
In the meantime, Afghanistan has carried out democratic elections, but continues to suffer from extreme violence and unrest. Poppy production (yes, Karl, the drug trade) is at an all time high, thus flooding the world market with heroin. And of course, the oil pipeline (a.k.a. the Caspian Sea pipeline) is better protected by U.S. troops who now have a "legitimate" excuse to be in that part of Afghanistan. Interesting isn't it Karl that the drug "rat line" parallels the oil pipeline. (Yet, with all those troops guarding that same sliver of land, can you please explain how those drugs keep getting through?)
Intimating, I guess, that Karl Rove is exporting heroin from Afghanistan. And there is a lot more, again, directed at Karl Rove:
Since the release of the 9/11 Commission's Final Report, have you helped bring to fruition any of the commission's recommendations? Have you truly made our homeland safer by hardening/eliminating soft targets? Because, to me rebuilding a tower that is 1,776 feet tall where the World Trade Center once stood seems to be only providing more soft targets for the terrorists to hit. Moreover, your support for the use of nuclear energy seems to be providing even more soft targets.
So, Ms. Breitweiser is an architect and a wind farm proponent, also. Read the whole thing. It's Cindy Sheehan all over again, again.

Kristin Breitweiser in a letter to the New York Times:
I find it ironic that the White House is demanding more than a retraction from Newsweek over its report that American interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had tried to unnerve detainees by desecrating the Koran.


As a 9/11 widow who witnessed worldwide support of the United States after 9/11, now, I witness wide hatred of America.

Such hatred has little to do with the Newsweek article. It has everything to do with the Bush administration's pre-emptive war in Iraq. A war based on dead wrong intelligence that has cost thousands of lives. A war based on faulty reasons that have never been retracted, let alone fully explained to the American people or the world.
She seems not to understand that "woldwide support" was only words and words are cheap. When there is a price to be paid for that support, it fades away quickly. Cassandra calls her an "asshat" and this was more than a year before Ann Coulter's insults. Where was the condemnation of Cassandra? I demand that she be castigated with as much great gusto as Ann Coulter. Well, not really.

Lorie Van Auken:
As I was watching the events on television, watching my husband being burned alive in a building, I would have thought the president would have gotten up and told children: "Please excuse me, but I have something important to attend to." I would hope that we’d have somebody in office that would act like the commander in chief if, God forbid, we’re ever under attack again.
Note to Ms. Van Aucken: John Wayne died of cancer June 11, 1979.

Lorie Van Auken:
I know that John Kerry has served in the armed forces and I know that he knows how to react in a crisis -– that’s first of all.
Yes, Ms. Van Aucken, John Kerry certainly knows how to react in a crisis. He shot himself in the ass, or the finger, or wherever. But he does have THE HAT.

Lorie Van Auken testifying at Cynthia McKinney's kangaroo court "congressional briefing": The 9/11 commission was
"an insult to the intelligence of the American public."
This, of course, just before she endorsed John Kerry for president because
"he has pledged to enact all 41 of the 9-11 Commission’s recommendations, which this president is still fighting against."
Would it not seem to you to be less than logical to support the presidential candidate who wholeheartedly embraced the "insult to the intelligence of the American public?"

Mindy Kleinberg addressing the 9/11 Commission:
To me luck is something that happens once. When you have this repeated pattern of broken protocols, broken laws, broken communication, one cannot still call it luck.

If at some point we don't look to hold the individuals accountable for not doing their jobs properly then how can we ever expect for terrorists not to get lucky again?

And, that is why I am here with all of you today. Because, we must find the answers as to what happened that day so as to ensure that another September 11th can never happen again.

Commissioners, I implore you to answer our questions. You are the Generals in the terrorism fight on our shores. In answering our questions, you have the ability to make this nation a safer place and in turn, minimize the damage if there is another terrorist attack. And, if there is another attack, the next time, our systems will be in place and working and luck will not be an issue.
Unfortunately, she was addressing a commission of which the majority of its members were washed up political hacks, who, as long-time members of the Washington bureaucracy, had vested interests in not ever exposing the truth. You really should read her entire statement. She's stretching it a lot on the UA stock trade thing but the rest of her satatement is pretty well spot on. At least, those were the kinds of questions I was asking at the time.

Patty Casazza:
These people [politicians] don't retain the same level of awe after you know that they have failed you. And you realize in failing they're probably no better than you or I; however they are paid to do a job and we pay them as citizens to do their jobs. And we have the right in a democracy to ask the questions of our government: What did you do? Where did you fail? And what are you doing to prevent that the next time around?
Well, there is really nothing to debate about that statement. However, she soon enough gets around to blaming Bush.
"When I look at the ads and I see Bush speaking over the pictures of Ground Zero, I know in my heart that President Bush failed the 3,000 Americans that died there on that day."
And more blame Bush:
I expected leadership. What I got was a failure to lead, a failure to protect the American citizens of this nation from attack.
When these ladies joined - openly and publicly - in the political campaign of John Kerry and began to blame George Bush for 9/11, they forfeited any rights to a "hands off, they're 9/11 widows" type treatment. They became political shills just as Ann Coulter is a politcal shill. Do they deserve to be called "witches" and of "enjoying their husbands' deaths?"


But they are eligible for attack for making statements blaming George Bush personally for the deaths of their husbands. If they had made those statements immediately after the 9/11 attacks, one could understand that it was grief and shock talking, just as we initially thought of Cindy Sheehan's statements. However, when the years begin to roll by and the accusations become even more strident and shrill, one could understandably declare that enough is enough. I think that is Coulter's point, regardless of how crassly she may state it.

What others are saying: Sister Toldjah, GOP Bloggers, The Anchoress, The Ace of Spades, to whom a trackback is anathema, and yet again, Blue Crab Boulevard, Michelle Malkin and many, many more.

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