September 10, 2011

Remembering Lt. Edward Alexander D'Atri , Never Forget

This is a repost from 9/11/2006.

We are honored here at RDW to participate in a national movement among bloggers to recognize individually the 2,996 fallen of the attack on our country on 9-11-2001.

Each participating blog was assigned an individual to honor, we were assinged the 2,000th designee, Lt. Edward Alexander D'Atri.
Lt. Edward Alexander D'Atri was a veteran New York City firefighter, he was enjoying a day off when he heard what happened at the World Trade Center. He thought nothing of himself but hurried to join his fellow firefighters where he perished in the World Trade Center Collapse.
This man was a hero in every sense of the word...
He left a wife, Linda, and two young sons, A.J. and Michael, behind. I know they are proud of their father's sacrifice.The following comments were left on various message boards by his friends, family and those his life touched.
Dear Family of Edward D'Atri, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that I carry a bracelet with Eddie's name and squad 1 with me in my car. I'm one of a few D'Atri's left on Long Island and until 9/11, was unaware of possible relatives in Staten Island. I currently reside in Rockville MD., but my two brothers, sister and mother live on Long Island. My nephew's name by coincidence, is Edwardo D'atri. We have one D'atri cousin who lives in Florida. I have been meaning to contact you through St. Charles for some time, but I wanted to give you time for healing. I think of Eddie and all the firefighters and police as our nations heroes. Their courage and bravery will never be forgotten.
God Bless, Jean Ann D'Atri Larkin
Mayor Guliani mentioned Eddie's name in his book...of all all the firefighters he mentioned 10 total not for any other reason, but it was part of his days during that period.... but from what I can read here, firefighter D'atri was one hell of a guy...strong loving caring professional/ a good father/son/buddy/friend...etc...I sometimes still pickup the New York Times 9/11 bio book and read about people who perished...the stories are so many wonderful people..... they inspire me cause the love the gave and the love they received can only be explained in heaven....
I didn't know Mr. D'Atri but I can say I proudly danced for him in honor of my school. Commack High school dedicated a dance to 9/11 and we each were given a name of a hero lost, and mine was Edward. I always wished I could do more for his family, and if you read this please let me know if I can. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of him, I can't imagine the loss your feeling but I can say, I'm extremely sorry you have to go through this. "We lost many bodies on earth that day but we gained many angels in the sky, especially you Edward." May God watch over you and your family.
In my family there are many who share the names of Edward (3 generations living) and my father and nephew were Alexander. I did not know Edward D'Atri personally, but because my uncle and my father carried his name I have felt close to his family. We D'Atris are proud to carry this noble name, and proud of my grandfather, Umberto, who was the first of our family to immigrate to the US from Italy. (Ellis Island Wall of Immigrants, 1903 immigrated) I know Edward Alexander D'Atri was a hero, and if any member of his family sees this message, please know our prayers have been with you. May the sons of Edward D'Atri be blessed, and always be proud of the heroism their father will always be remembered for. May God bless all your family.
Eddie D'Atri was a hero, but he was a hero every day of his life. He was passionate about being a fireman and everything else he involved himself in. Eddie has two beautiful sons, A.J. and Michael. He lived for them, and we know that they are missing him terribly. Eddie wasn't working that fateful day, but when he heard the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane he ran to them, immediately looked for his Squad 1 and did what he always did, heroically and courageously did his job. Did he know that he would become an American Hero that day? Probably not! But he will always be remembered as one of America's Heroes. Eddie was one of four of our family members who were firemen the morning of 9/11. The evening of 9/11, we had only one of those firemen alive. We mourn them all. Eddie we will miss you. Love, Papa and Barbara
I can't believe how many people's lives Eddie touched. WEll... yes I can. He really was a great guy, with an even greater heart. And I miss his Barney Rubble laugh (ah hee hee hee) along with that smile that could light up the darkest corners of any room. I feel truly honored to have known him personally. To Eddie's sons: I'm so sorry for your loss. He truly loved you guys more than life itself. I know he's watching over you. All of you are in my heart and prayers, always. God Bless
To the family and loved ones of Ed D'atri. I just wanted to say that I could remember first seeing Ed when I was 15 years old working out at Ed and Ken's Hard Bodies gym on Forest Ave.. I remember what a great looking guy Ed was and how fit he was as well. One thing that I remember working out at that gym, was that many of the other guys who were also body builders at that gym were always rude, but not Ed. Although I didn't know him personally, he was always pleasant and kind. I want Ed's children to know that their dad was a true hero. At 15 years old, I thought that Ed looked like Superman, little did I know back then that he really was Superman.
The definition of hero (according to A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
They should put Lt. Edward Alexander D'Atri's picture next to that definition.
We honor him for his bravery and self-sacrifice.

Name that party...

Former Mass. speaker DiMasi sentenced to 8 years on corruption charges...

Gee what word is missing from this story?

PBS, the best media government money can buy.

Can you imaging PBS fixing a Bush mistake in a "major" speech?

September 9, 2011

Obama's Jobs Plan

Right click on document titled "stimulus"... rename, "jobs"

Find and replace, 800,000,000,000 with 450,000,000,000.

Insert, tax the rich.


Whew, you worked hard, go on vacation.

September 8, 2011


Caption This.

Obama Job Loss Calendar

Another Day Another Report Of Union Goons.

This time they are holding people hostage...

Ain't solidarity grand?

Prayer in public schools?

I'm sure the Freedom From Religion folks will be all over this one.

Which legislators aware of wireless interference with medical implants?

Legislators are a favorite topic here. So, can anyone tell me which legislators of either party, state or federal, are looking out for the 8 to 10% of the population that has medical implants, in light of this cutting-edge scientific analysis of the effects of wireless emissions on those people?

I have a question.

September 7, 2011

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Our President is an idiot.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, facing waning confidence among Americans in his economic stewardship, plans some $300 billion in tax cuts and government spending as part of a job-creating package, U.S. media reported on Tuesday.

The price tag of the proposed package, to be announced by Obama in a nationally televised speech to Congress on Thursday, would be offset by other cuts that the president would outline, CNN reported, citing Democratic sources.

Bloomberg News said the plan would inject more than $300 billion into the economy next year through tax cuts, spending on infrastructure, and aid to state and local governments.

Obama would offset those short-term costs by calling on Congress to raise tax revenues in a deficit-cutting proposal he will lay out next week, the news agency reported, without citing sources

One.  Do people want jobs next year or next week?

Two. Congress is not going to go for a tax increase in this economy.  Obama didn't get the tax increase he wanted in July so he comes right back with another in September?  This time he must think he can try and guilt Republicans into it by hanging a jobs title around it.  If Obama wants to spend a fresh $300,000,000,000 he should find a way to cut it from his bloated multi-trillion dollar budget.

Debt and jobs...

Yesterday: "We need to seriously tackle our debt issues with shared acrifice"

Tomorrow: "We need to create jobs we'll do that through massive government spending"

Leftist goons behaving badly.

So what else is new?

Elections are always won and lost in the middle, frankly their bad behavior is doing nothing but pushing the middle to the right.

Keep it up.

September 6, 2011

The new civility; cowardice edition.

Barack Obaba is a coward.

His White House is refusing to denounce the hateful rhetoric of Jimmy Hoffa.  I guess that means he is either afraid of his union bosses or he agrees.

Either way, by taking a pass it shows the cowardice of Barack Obama.

This should be fun.

Media Matters is going to examine Politifact.

Happy day after Labor Day!

Thousands of state workers to be laid off.

Closing a prison...

Shutting down homes for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled...

Eliminating a juvenile detention center?

Scott Walker's Wisconsin????

Think our neighbor to the south.

Regarding the open letter...

A number of my fellow conservative bloggers released a letter today on some early endorsements of Mark Neumann.

I was asked to sign onto this letter but declined to do so.

I agree with several of the points in the letter especially on what an outrage it is that the national GOP folks want to select our Senator for us; especially since they took a hands off approach to the national attack on Wisconsin from the unions.

However, I was uncomfortable with hanging the ethics of the last election on Mark Neumann and writing him off this early in the process.

No one was more surprised than I at how negative Mark Neumann went in the Wisconsin election for Governor.  However, I'm willing to give the man another chance.  People learn from their prior experiences and I am hoping Mr. Neumann learned something in that process and will return to the Neumann of the past.

More than anything I believe it is too early to be picking a favorite in this race.  The Republicans have three declared candidates and the left has only uber-left-wing radical Tammy Baldwin in the race so far.  I'm more than willing to hear from Neumann, Thompson and Fitzgerald as to why I should support them.

I respect these bloggers more than ever and am proud of them for speaking their minds.

I am truly undecided in this race and I intend to keep an open mind.  Well, the right half of my brain anyway.  Frankly I can't think of Tammy Bladwin without thinking about her dancing with Wonder Woman.

Gotta Go!

I tell you, these Brewers marketing folks do not miss a thing.

How about a country night at Miller Park?  The crew seemed to enjoy it.

Photo credits: Milwaukee Journal, TheRealTPlush

Guess The Number


JT Irregulars Fantasy Football!

We need a team or three to fill out the Fantasy Football league of our fellow Racine blog-buds at the JT Irregulars.

So if you'd like an opportunity to knock off the defending champions, The Debate Team, pop me an email at and I'll forward your email to the league commish for an invite.

Who am I??

Oh my good Lord....just saw this and had to post:

**UPDATE: Well that was anti-climactic. Bballbob got it first thing. This is the article I saw...whoa.

September 5, 2011

MRQ Could the melons please cooperate?

Captain Clueless Ric
actively encouraging violence Doug
Call the cops! Steve
couldn't shut up... SER
be on your best behavior Egg
No blame us. Lumberjack
I don’t want to know Trog
I wanna PLAY with it!!! CFR
I saw him in last Scooby Doo episode Wigdy
It's my butt CLEAVAGE Gravelle
take about five minutes Jessica
banging on walls Pete
still ashamed Frank
send terrorists here Dipity
Environmental Disposal Fee Day Tom
youwalkarounduntilyourkneesfalloff Jim
Close the bedroom window Patrick
Could the melons please cooperate? Cindy
I don't know what I would do without both hands Jones.

The new civility...

Let's take these son of bitches out

Union thug leadership followed by their bought and paid for President who likes to complain about the state of politics....

Riddle me this...

On this Labor Day I woke up to yet another commercial promoting the benefits of the “oil next door.” It promises that one of the easiest ways to create jobs is to invest in and promote Canadian oil.
So American oil won’t do the same, then?

Unlike some, I can’t wait for the jobs speech from d’Obama. (is he done golfing yet?)
Maybe someone can clarify – did I really hear that one of the ways The Smartest Pres. Ever proposes to create jobs is to......create a new type of bank??
Someone queue Comic Book Store Guy from the Simpsons.