First Responders Excluded From 10 Year 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. WTF?!

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9/11 First Responders to be Excluded From 10th Anniversary Ceremony

New York – They were the first ones on the scene when the World Trade Center towers fell on September 11, 2001, but ten years later, the first responders are being told that they will not be invited to take part in this year's tenth anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero.

The city announced earlier this week that due to security and space issues, there would be no room for the first responders. Instead, they'll be invited to a private ceremony on a different date.
Retired NYPD officer Anthony Flammia told FOX News, "I'm absolutely disgusted."

He said the exclusion was "a total disrespect to the responders ... it's very easy for them to make the space for us."

Flammia said it was "up in the air" as to whether he would go to another ceremony at a later date.
He added his health continued to deteriorate as a result of being on the scene at Ground Zero.
The office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the focus at the September 11 ceremony would be on accommodating the families of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that day in New York, Washington and a Pennsylvania field.

Two memorial pools will be unveiled in the footprints of the Towers, with the names of those lost -- including first responders -- carved in bronze plaques around the edges. Both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are expected to attend.

According to CNN, Bloomberg's office noted that first responders had not been invited to the previous nine memorial services, either.

But at least one, Morris Faitelwicz, vice president of the Auxiliary Police Supervisors Benevolent Association, told CNN that explanation was "nonsense" and that responders had been able to attend simply by showing up.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/1...o-be-excluded-from-10th-anniversary-ceremony/

Who is the fucking genius who thought of this gem?


EDIT: Oh, and before the fauxrage brigade chimes in, Here is the same story from CBS News and CNN.
 

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Well yeah. The longer time goes by a disaster, the less people give a shit. Even 9/11. Eventually, it'll be a non-thought. Crushed beneath the wheel of time. Another reason humanity is like a virus.
 

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That is kinda bullshitty though...especially when the excuse is, "Uhh..we can't fit you into the ceremony, sorry."


But of course there will be some muslims tolerance diversity group heavily involved in this
 

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In defense of the people who set the event up, if they invited the fire fighters, they wouldn't have space for the big celebrity guests.












I don't know if that's the case, only assuming.
 

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This fucking fills me with rage. How about you exclude all the cunts who don't need to fucking be there. Not the people who deserve to be there. Fuck these dumb cunts.
 

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Seriously, why the fuck do they think this is okay? It's fucking wrong.
 

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KIDDING, of course! That is kinda bullshitty though...especially when the excuse is, "Uhh..we can't fit you into the ceremony, sorry."
Michael Bloomberg should really try a different sunscreen. That Jew skin browns up pretty badly.
 

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They won't have room for the families or responders but plenty of room for some political blow job and suckass politicians.
 

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They won't have room for the families or responders but plenty of room for some political blow job and suckass politicians.
Let the families gather there for the ceremony. If thats all the room they have, and they can find some comfort in being with each other, then fine. They deserve it. Any first responder, whatever job they hold, should know that they do thankless work. Cop, fireman, EMS.. if you do those lines of work, those careers, you gotta be doing it for more than just a paycheck. It's gotta be in you somewhat. Even if the daily grind has made you forget why you still do it, deep down its hidden somewhere. That thing that made you want to be in that profession in the first place. And if you were on during 9/11, if you spent any time down there, then I doubt you need an official ceremony to help you remember. Let the pols have their photo op..
 

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How would they decide which first responders got invites? There has to be tens of thousands of them in NYC and the surrounding boroughs, and all of them were effected. It's pretty fucked up they completely dismissed them, but even if they didn't people who should have been invited would have been left out.
 

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I'm going to drop a brutal truth bomb here and feel free to pound a stake through my black heart for it...

The plain truth of the matter is... most of the first responders didn't actually do shit.

There. I said it.

I mean... big ups to them for selflessly rushing to the scene of the disaster... a gold star and a smiley face on their permanent records. BUT... the vast majority of them didn't really accomplish shit once they got there. It's not like they were pulling survivors out of the rubble after the first few hours.

After the first day or two, it would have been better if they locked down the scene, and left it for professional salvage crews with proper hazmat personal protection gear... but the "hero" first responders wouldn't leave.

The throngs of "volunteers" who were crawling all over the rubble like ants for weeks and months after were basically accomplishing nothing but exposing themselves to toxic shit.

What was the rush? 10 years later and there's still no building on the site.
 

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What was the rush? 10 years later and there's still no building on the site.
Which is why I can't give a shit about this story. Let's build something instead of pretending we are still sad.
Uh.... what do you call this then?



See that building there? That's The Freedom Tower. Not complete yet, but a building nonetheless.
 

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Sorry... I can't bring myself to squeeze out much sympathy for the firefighters who spent MONTHS at ground zero(and refused to leave), and developed health issues later.

They voluntarily stayed down there for months... climbing on the rubble, making their I-beam cross shrines, mugging for the cameras, wrapping themselves in American flags, NOT wearing respirators, and basically accomplishing nothing.
 

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Uh.... what do you call this then?



See that building there? That's The Freedom Tower. Not complete yet, but a building nonetheless.
Okay, Nit-picky Nicky... no completed building on the site. Happy? Does that invalidate my point in any way?
 

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Sorry... I can't bring myself to squeeze out much sympathy for the firefighters who spent MONTHS at ground zero(and refused to leave), and developed health issues later.

They voluntarily stayed down there for months... climbing on the rubble, making their I-beam cross shrines, mugging for the cameras, wrapping themselves in American flags, NOT wearing respirators, and basically accomplishing nothing.
You need to change your nickname to Three Hole Coulter with that attitude. :action-sm
 

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Also, THP, you are being a bit trolly with that first responder stuff. Even if you are right, nobody who got invited to that thing did MORE than the first responders, so even if they did fairly little, they still deserve an invite more than whoever it is did get invited.
 

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Also, THP, you are being a bit trolly with that first responder stuff. Even if you are right, nobody who got invited to that thing did MORE than the first responders, so even if they did fairly little, they still deserve an invite more than whoever it is did get invited.
True, true.

I think they should invite Alex Jones to the ceremony. He could bring his bullhorn and do his comedy routine. Have them all in stitches.
 

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Didn't know they started building that already. Good stuff.
 

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They voluntarily stayed down there for months... climbing on the rubble, making their I-beam cross shrines, mugging for the cameras, wrapping themselves in American flags, NOT wearing respirators, and basically accomplishing nothing.
That's not true. They made America feel warm and fuzzy. That counts for something in the real world, right?