Photo series: The Arizona 9/11 Memorial; Audio update: AZ governor comments on controversy

posted at 9:17 pm on September 24, 2006 by Allahpundit

A million thanks to AZ Patriot, who did yeoman’s work for us today by heading over there and snapping these pics. I think this is the whole series but I’m not sure; he hasn’t responded to my e-mail yet.

Here they are, in sequence. I’ve made the “interesting” ones full size. The rest are clickable thumbnails. One of the full size images towards the end having to do with “terrorist organizations” got cut off. Hopefully AZP will stop by and tell us what the full inscription says. Bear in mind as you go that the memorial’s website describes it thusly:

Arizona’s September 11th Memorial will be built at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza located directly in front of the Capitol Mall so that future generations will not forget the tragic losses of life and the inspiration, heroism and lessons learned that day. This monument to those who died, served and rallied to the cause, will be a worthy and lasting education symbol to remind us of how our great State came together in the face of adversity.

Mary K has a comprehensive post about this. Don’t miss that either.

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Update: One of Len Munsil’s staffers sends along audio of AZ governor Janet Napolitano telling a radio host on Friday how “great” the memorial is. When a caller phones in to ask her if she’s familiar with Espresso Pundit’s criticism of it — well, just listen. See if her answer, in the context of this post, persuades you.

Munsil, smartly, has been working this on his website and is planning to host a presser on it tomorrow at 11 a.m. PST.

Update: Wondering why some of those phrases — “Must Bomb Back,” “You Don’t Win Battles of Terrorism with More Battles” — are in quotes? So did SeeDubya. And after a quick Lexis-Nexis search, he has no answers.


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I guess somebody who didn’t know the purpose of the memorial could honestly be confused about exactly what it was supposed to memorialize. The obvious bias aside, the whole concept is dumb. It looks more like a time capsule than a memorial.

tommy1 on September 24, 2006 at 9:28 PM

Is there a list of the victims’ names? Is there an actual description of the events themselves? Anything you might actually expect at a memorial to the innocent victims of a barbaric, unprovoled attack on civilians?

Can you imagine if these people actually get to write the history of 9/11? No one will have a clue of what actually happened.

Mike O on September 24, 2006 at 9:30 PM

“You Don’t Win Battles of Terrorism with More Battles”

Is this an actual quote or just something they made up? Aside from the completely retarded standpoint this represents, it isn’t even elegantly phrased.

tommy1 on September 24, 2006 at 9:39 PM

On another thread someone mentioned using this thing as a practice target for A-10s. I used to know some F-16 drivers who were pretty good at air-to-mud; they’re overseas at the moment. And I don’t doubt that there are some Army, Navy and Marine airjocks who wouldn’t mind getting in on the fun.

Rusty Bill on September 24, 2006 at 9:59 PM

Thank you AZ Patriot for these great photos! I downloaded them earlier when you first posted them and forwarded them to my husband. He’s not seen them as of yet because I know he would have a few things to say about this mess. I am with Rusty Bill on this–this is a perfect example of what target practice could be. It makes you wonder what these people were thinking when they “designed” this p.o.s. I suppose the liberal trolls feel these designers are “enlightened” and the rest of us are not.
Read in our stupid paper today that there is some new movie coming out called “Idiocracy” which was quoted as not being a direct attack on President Bush just a reflection on a society that elects idiots to higher office. I guess that would be those of us who also think this “memorial” without names of those who died who don’t understand that since we weren’t nice to them they don’t have to be nice to us.

Catie96706 on September 24, 2006 at 11:32 PM

I wonder if the sponsors knew what the “memorial” was going to look like before they made their donations. I suspect that some of them are quite surprised by the final product. Those responsible for this atrocity should be held publically responsible. It will be entertaining to hear the feeble excuses and defenses that you know will be made. I think that they have a most untenable position.

DAT60A3 on September 24, 2006 at 11:39 PM

This is a disgrace to those that perished on 9/11. Altough most who come her probably read it anyway…Michelle’s blog has contact info, I for one will be contact tese people to let them know my disgust…

bentman78 on September 25, 2006 at 12:15 AM

Michelle Malkin has a list of e-mail addresses of those on the commission for this memorial train wreck. Be forewarned there are many who aren’t going to give a damn. In fact if I had looked at some of those names beforehand I could have predicted how this atrocity would turn out. Paul Eppinger, for example, contact for AZ ‘Interfaith’ (should be ‘Faithless’) – the best friend illegals ever had, who has borrowed CAIR’s methods for trying to silence radio and public criticism.

ChelleFiche on September 25, 2006 at 12:34 AM

We should come up with some more “quotes” for this “dysmorial“, such as:

I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN… MISS LEWINSKI

THERE WAS NO CONTROLLING LEGAL AUTHORITY

DRAG A $100 BILL THROUGH A TRAILER PARK AND THIS IS WHAT YOU’LL COME UP WITH

A VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY

And:

I FEEL YOUR PAIN

They have about as much relevance as most of the actual blurbs I read on this twisted mass of metal and drivel.

(Is this design supposed to be a bat twisted into the shape of the moon?)

profitsbeard on September 25, 2006 at 1:01 AM

Once again, the Left spits in the face of terror victims and shows its respect for the killers. Perhaps they aren’t capable of doing anything else, given which side of the war they’re really on.

Halley on September 25, 2006 at 1:27 AM

Napolitano will soon be backpedaling as this becomes a real issue in the campaign. She was totally democrat like clueless in her response to that caller.

DannoJyd on September 25, 2006 at 4:20 AM

The govs response was lame at best, and straight up BS on its face. Is there any inscription stating 19 Islamofascist kill 3000 innocent americans?

roninacreage on September 25, 2006 at 8:31 AM

FROM YESTERDAY/DIFFERENT THREAD:

Another wrong perpetrated by the left.

It won’t be destroyed and the faithful (of the left) will eventually go there to be married in a place that they can relate to (politically).

Only one place, hopefully.

tormod on September 24, 2006 at 3:19 PM

tormod on September 25, 2006 at 9:39 AM

I guess Pearl Harbor will be rememebered as the last sneak attack that killed innocent Americans in large numbers that wasn’t our fault. It would have been interesting to see this type of stunt pulled on the generation that raised me and fought in WWII. That monument would have been gravel in a week.

Heaven forbid we honor those that lost their lives in a brutal, bloody attack without the snide comments of the lunatic fringe carved into the monuments.

Hening on September 25, 2006 at 10:01 AM

This “memorial” is in a crescent shape with anti-American sentiment and the governor is an idiot. Come see the whole thing in context? Is she nuts? She can kiss her job goodbye.

CrimsonFisted on September 25, 2006 at 10:16 AM

The sad truth is that Napolitano is way ahead in the polls. She says dumb stuff all the time and most in AZ seem to care not at all. AZ looks to be turning blue as a permanent feature of the landscape.

Laddy on September 25, 2006 at 10:33 AM

Gayest.Memorial.Ever

mylegsareswollen on September 25, 2006 at 10:34 AM

EUREKA! Found it… in 2005 Kiwi soccer reporting;

New Zealand Herald: 48 hours: Jones departs with a whinge

It was yet another disappointing Kiwi performance in a long line of them, and against a side that was hardly overpowering.

The exciting news for New Zealand league fans is that players like Sonny Bill Williams and Benji Marshall seem to have a maturity which belies their years and experience.

Unfortunately, it is hard to see any similar signs of encouragement at the Warriors, who are mired in an obsession about trying to control the media and thus public opinion.

They should save their energy. The only way they can really win that battle is to win more of the battles on the field.

Not precisely what Leftists envision.

/dripping with irony

Terp Mole on September 25, 2006 at 11:01 AM

Is Napolitano related to that other moron a couple of states away (Gov. Kathleen Blanco)?

Rick on September 25, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Underneath “foreign-born Americans afraid” it should read, “and rightly so.” Then it should say “demonic jubilation erupts in streets of middle east upon news of 9/11.”

BirdEye on September 25, 2006 at 3:33 PM

Wow, I bet 10 gallons of burning jet fuel would do some serious damage to that steel crescent, ya think?

Benthoven on September 25, 2006 at 6:04 PM

One should ask, “What is a memorial?”. (“One” should ask, I said, not “everyone.”) As a contribution to the answer, I say that a memorial serves a regime, and a just regime serves historical inquiry, along with other inquiries. However, the regime serves historical inquiry poorly, if it lets memorials become two-bit histories. I mean to say that one’s historical inquiry is served better by everyone’s mute reverence than by their lip-service to a science of history.

Kralizec on September 25, 2006 at 7:53 PM

The downward slope of the memorial is similar to the downward slope of the Viet Nam war memorial, another memorial that seems intended to drag spirits downward and deathward. Similarly, the memorial’s empty, circular shape looks like a zero, a nullity, as if it’s meant to encircle 9/11 and call it nothing. And we’re entitled to wonder if this is precisely a memorial to the zero, one of the greatest inventions of the medieval Arabs.

Kralizec on September 25, 2006 at 8:20 PM

I regularly pray that Len wins. I am voting for him and my entire family is voting for him. I believe we can beat the He-She…er Govenor. Last time the vote was extremely close. It will be a hard fight, but we have a few things going for us this time that we didn’t last time.

1. Last time, Matt (The Republican) quit campaigning with 3 weeks left.

2. Janet won’t be able to put an ad out that says that Len is trying to allow child molestation by Mormons, like she did with Matt. Though, she will attack his Christianity.

3. We have the Gay Marriage ban on the ballot, this traditionally brings out more conservatives.

4. Last time, Conservative women voters bought her campaign topic claiming to be a moderate that represented women as Matt wouldn’t be able to. This time she is less likely to get that segment of the population.

5. There was an Indian measure on the ballot that Indians were told if passed would get them more money. Therefore, Indians voted at a higher than traditional rate. This time it is less likely they will show up. Also, there were accusations of voter fraud on the Reservations ala’ King County, which with changes in the voter law will make it harder to have fraud.

Tim Burton on September 26, 2006 at 1:32 AM

Here we see an example of multi-culturism and political correctness at it worse. i.e. why can’t we all get along People that embrace this insanity are unable to recognize evil and unfortunately many of these clueless creatures are in positions of political power.

docdave on September 26, 2006 at 2:19 PM

Rusty Bill@9:59, There is a base at Yuma specializing in demolition projects. It has cobras, harriers, and other assorted demolition equipment used in removing no longer needed plant facilities. They might take on the job for free if the city provides crowd control, it is, after all, professional training.

Mike H. on September 28, 2006 at 3:27 PM