Author: Obi's Sister

The Force, Southern Style.

The Five Georgians Lost but Not Forgotten

Freedom TowerToday is the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by Islamic terrorists on American soil.

Rather than focus on all the noise and negativity, allow me a few moments of personal privilege.

My oldest goes to school in NY. One of my “bucket items” was to visit the 9/11 Memorial before she finished her studies and moved on to greener pastures. She made it happen this summer when I traveled back with her in the weeks before her semester began.

We got to the Memorial around 11am and it was already crowded and very hot/humid. I purposely found the four Georgians killed in the attack and their names. By the time I got to Mike, the tears were streaming down my face. My daughter was just a high school freshman that fateful day. She, and those younger, may never understand the violation we felt. Not just that day, but the next, and the years to come.

Never forget.

September 11, 2001 dawned as a beautiful autumn morning. Lightly crisp, brilliant blue sky. What many call a “Chamber of Commerce Day.”

At 7:59 am, American Airlines flight 11 departs Boston Logan bound for Los Angeles. It never made the destination. Instead, it crashed at 8:46 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At 10:28, the North Tower collapses, killing Michael Gann of Roswell. He was attending a conference and was due to return home that afternoon. Read more here.


Never forget.

At 8:14 am, United flight 175 departs Boston Logan bound for Los Angeles. It never made the destination. Instead, it crashed at 9:03 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. At 9:59, the South Tower collapses, killing Harshad Thatte of Norcross and Maynard Spence, Jr of Douglasville.


Harshad and Maynard worked for the same company. Harshad’s Condolences page here (the Obit page is under maintenance.)

Maynard is remembered as caring man with an infectious laugh. Read more here.


Never forget.

At 8:20 am, American Airlines flight 77 departs Washington Dulles bound for Los Angeles. It never made the destination. Instead, it crashed at 9:37 into the Pentagon, killing Georgians Maj. Stephen Long and Maj. Wallace Cole Hogan at their posts. Read more about Stephen here. Cole had startling blue eyes. Read his story here.


Never forget.

At 8:41 am, American Airlines flight 93 departs Newark bound for San Francisco. It never made the destination. Instead, the heroic passengers and crew mounted an attack against the lunatics who hijacked the aircraft. It crashed near Shanksville, PA, taking 40 heroic souls and 4 terrorists with it. While none were Georgians, the 40 heroes who gave their lives are dear to our hearts. Read more here.

Never forget.

Never, ever forget.

[Post updated to include Maj. Wallace Hogan.]

Morning Reads for Friday, September 11, 2015

– It is with great happiness I note that UGA was omitted from this year’s Fulmer Cup.
– Election season really translates into traffic hell for all.
Walton County Sheriff Department in hot water.
The Eye of Sauron turns toward Airbnb.

– Taking “cooking the books” to the next level is not such a good thing.
Diarrhea of the mouth.
– The Iran Deal crap sandwich.
Wolf in sheep’s clothing.
– It’s for the children refugees.

Random Everywhere:
Jim Harbaugh’s pants, among other things.
– We’re surrounded by a society of victims.
– Oh, to be retired…!

Never Forget:
14 years ago the world changed.

Stay tuned for a 9/11 remembrance of lost Georgians.

Morning Reads for Friday, September 4, 2015

At noon on Saturday, balance returns to the galaxy.
At noon on Saturday, balance returns to the galaxy.

Check out #9.
Dax Lopez faces bumpy Senate confirmation.
– Are the Braves as bad as in ’88?
– I got your bridge, right here.
– GE & the ATL? Jobz!

– Well, this…
– Let there be caption contests!
Speech chilling in the Golden State.
– It’s just a piece of paper.
Fatigued, before it’s even started.

Random Everywhere:

– This gives an entirely new meaning to “bathroom reading.”
“Nothing more than a local derby…” Stephen Fry on college football. Priceless.
Nom Nom Nom on 9/19

Morning Reads for Friday, August 28, 2015

– Is Meagan movin’ on up? Keep a close eye on her.
– Who knew BigCorp was really SkyNet?
Armageddon is surely upon us.
– As if the Ol’Ball Coach doesn’t cause enough of a spectacle on his own…

Why is anyone surprised?
– Boys, boys, be civil now.
– Why is a hurricane one man’s fault? Is he some kind of level-50 weather wizard?
– Has Sparta been found?

Random Everywhere:
– Your handy-dandy family budget calculator.
If you like your doctor 401K, you can keep your doctor 401K.

Morning Reads for Friday, July 17, 2015

Biscuits beat beignets. Oh yeah.
Russ to retire this fall. Fear the X.
– Everything under the sun always boils down to this.
Road trip.

Jody Hice’s freshman interview.
– Why doesn’t Major Garrett run for President?
– Does the deal include a blue dress?
Follow the money.

Random Everywhere:
“Make them pay.”
– Surrounded by weasels.
– Vet’s disability applications shredded.

Morning Reads for Friday, July 10, 2015

– This year’s oldest participant in the Peachtree Road Race was a Tech guy.
“This is the song that never ends. It goes on and on, my friend. Some people started singing it not knowing what it was, and they’ll continue singing it forever just because…”
– Sadly, I assume none of us work here.

– Next time we’re in Chicago, we’re going to stay HERE.
– “It’s just a patch.” TWSS.
– First U.S measles death in 12 years.
New airline config? No thanks.

Random Everywhere:
– Oh, GoodyGoodyGoody!
– We are in the best of hands. Absolutely!
They’re baaack…

Morning Reads for Friday, July 3, 2015

Taking bets that very few will read this – hopefully you’re off with family/friends, whoopin’ it up for an Independence Day extended celebration. Be safe. Be patriotic. Especially if you’re shooting mortars off the dock at… oh wait, can I say that?

Random Silliness Everywhere:
– Like big fireworks? Here’s your list!
– Green peas? Really? This is almost as horrendous as peas in Brunswick Stew.
Shocked. A Capt. Renault kind of shocked.
Blah. Blah. Blah.
Everyone knows this.
– Party like it’s 1999.
Space retard. Hahahahaha. Oh, my.
– That’s one way to do it.

and (drumroll, please)…
– Dude, it’s not iocaine powder. That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.

God Bless America!

Morning Reads for Friday, June 26, 2015

Happy Birthday to our fearless leader, Charlie Harper!

– Did you know that the Atlanta Beltline was some Tech guy’s master thesis? Well, it was.
– Didn’t they just do this?
A blast of a countdown!
– Now’s the time to vote for your favorite places in the ATL.

Justice Scalia is always an interesting, if not entertaining, read.
– The law of unintended consequences.
Bad form. Bad form, indeed.
– What is this? Lord of the Flies?

Random Everywhere:
– Not paranoid enough? This will help.
Patrick Macnee, the original John Steed, passed away after 93 dapper years.

Morning Reads for Friday, June 19, 2015

“Gangs of wild chickens and roosters…” Oh, the horrors!
Filming around Conyers.
– Say what? A yankee has something nice to say about Atlanta? Well, sorta…
– Fine instrument theft ring busted.

Prayers for Charleston.
What could go wrong?
– Does anyone there even know what they’re doing?
Bad form. Bad form, indeed.
– Yeah, maybe. But you won’t see a lot of them in Georgia.

Random Everywhere:
– Some people really have no sense of humor.
– The art of Trump bashing.
– It’s like hiring the mourners in the Middle Ages, but now. ..

Morning Reads for Friday, June 12, 2015

– We are all Townies now.
– The Emory/WellStar break-up.
– And there was great rejoicing. Not.
– Prayers for Johnny Isakson. Learn more about Parkinson’s Disease here.

A deal so secret, you can’t read it even after they pass it.
– It’s going to be a long, silly season. Today’s GOP rankings.
DOJ going after for commenter’s identies.
– He’s not dead yet. He’s feeling better.
– Of course, you know the answer is YES.

Random Everywhere:
A worthy endeavor!
– You’re going to need a bigger eraser.
Sir Christopher Lee, vampire, Jedi, Wizard and real-life war hero, passed away Wednesday.

Morning Reads for Friday, May 22, 2015

– Many in Douglas County say, “It’s about time.”
GA STEM standards need improving. Faster, please.
– Gnats and Savannah break up. Who gets the couch?
“As DeKalb Turns.” Heh. I like that.
– Just because it’s technically legal, doesn’t make it right.

No weekend for you!
Thomas Sowell says the darnedest things.
– Poof! Just like that!
This. This will end badly.
– NIMB here, NIMB there, NIMB everywhere.

Random Everywhere:
– If the math is right, then of course, the idea can’t be wrong.
Just for Jessica.

Morning Reads for Friday, May 15, 2015

Big names headed to GAGOP Convention.
– Ever hear of the Palmetto Pipeline? You will now.
Waiting is now harassment?
Peach Pundit Road Show Friday night in Athens. You know the drill.

– All I want to know is if snakes will be on the menu.
Friendly fire.
Rules are for peasants.
– We’re in the best of hands.

Random Everywhere:

Darwin Award candidate.
We all turned ok, didn’t we?

Morning Reads for Friday, May 8, 2015

#11? Really? (Although I can attest that Oxford deserves that #4.)
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree (Ernie Sr would be proud).
– More streetcar lines to come…
– Maybe he just can’t function unless he has charges against him, all the time.

– Turns out the NSA’s phone snooping isn’t that legal after all.
Secret police? Where?
Brits will bet on just about anything.
– Want to not pay taxes? Go work at the IRS. Chances are they won’t fire you.

Random Everywhere:
There’s an app for that.
Faster, please.

Morning Reads for Friday, May 1, 2015

May Day wasn’t always for communists, you know. mayday_dancers

– Yes, but will the roller coasters look like azaleas?
– Well, there’s this.
– And this, too.
– Bad grades? Don’t take this initiative.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
– NC law to make professors actually work.
– It’s nothing short of magic and the emails are all shiny and clean, too.
– Watch out for Carly.

Random Everywhere:
– This is the fridge I really wanted.
We are in the best of hands.