Remembering Louis Nacke, United Flight 93

On 9/11, we were attacked by a group of cowardly, Muslim terrorists. Most were from Saudi Arabia, though you don’t really hear that much any more. As Americans, we will not- we cannot – forget those who were lost on that day. Two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-six lives were forfeit to some radicalized ideology of which we knew nothing about. I was honored to be able to participate in this most endearing day of remembrance.

Louis was aboard United Flight 93, which went down in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It went down there, and not it’s potential target (Washington, DC) because men like him tried to take back the aircraft. I would like to introduce you to a man of great strength and character, who most of us will never know, but none of us will ever forget. Rest in peace, Lou. We have the watch.

Even as a boy, Lou Nacke had a need to know. He’d ferret out each year’s Christmas gifts, unwrapping them to see what was in store, rewrapping them and then informing his three siblings so they could ask their parents for substitutions before Christmas.

He also had a need to be the typical big brother, swerving the family snowmobile to throw his siblings off and helping his sister see how long she could hold her breath by holding her head under water. He also gave her a pair of diamond earrings.

As an adult, Nacke was 5 feet 9 inches and 195 pounds, with a weightlifter’s gait and an endearing charm. He knew a little bit about everything and wasn’t shy about letting people know.

Nacke graduated from a Philadelphia high school in 1977, after attending several different schools while his family moved from Virginia to Scranton to Monroeville to Olean, N.Y. and finally to Philadelphia for his father’s job with A&P.

While living in Monroeville, Nacke ran through a glass door and required 100 stitches. Years later, remembering that incident, he got a Superman tattoo on his left shoulder.

His years in Western Pennsylvania made him a loyal Pittsburgh sports fan, revering the local teams so much that when he bought memorabilia, such as a Roberto Clemente jersey, he would frame it.

He worked a series of shipping and receiving jobs with various chains. While at Kmart as an assistant manager, he met his wife, Amy, who was doing temp work at the store.

In 1997, Nacke was hired at Kay-Bee Toys, supervising 400 employees at an 800,000-square-foot distribution center in Clinton, N.J. He commuted an hour to work each way so that his wife could live close to her family.

In fact, since their wedding on Sept. 16, 2000, the couple had lived with her parents while building their own home nearby.

Nacke and Robert Weisberg, his father-in-law, were also good friends, smoking cigars together and enjoying wines Nacke bought over the Internet.

On Sept. 16, Amy celebrated her one-year wedding anniversary with her family at Nacke’s favorite restaurant. They toasted him with a California Cabernet he’d bought.

“We said, ‘We’re going to miss you like hell and you’re probably mad as hell that we opened this wine,’ ” Weisberg said.

Distribution manager, Kay-Bee Toys, 42, New Hope, Bucks County
Wife, Amy; sons, Joseph Nicholas, 18, Louis Paul II, 14
He was on his way to Sacramento for business

Investigators give special credit to five passengers: Todd Beamer, 32, Mark Bingham, 31, Tom Burnett, 38, Jeremy Glick, 31, and Lou Nacke, 42. “Those passengers on this jet were absolute heroes, and their actions during this flight were heroic,” declared FBI Director Robert Mueller during a visit to the crash scene.

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Where Are The Cries Of Astroturf Now?

Protestors crowded themselves into various banking buildings in NYC today, crying out against the evil Wall Street greed and questionable lending practices of banks. They want the Financial District to do something about all of the lost jobs and the fact that people are losing their homes. To their credit, aside from being a bit boisterous and having to be escorted out by police, I have not heard any talk of unruly or violent behavior.

I would, however, suggest that if the protestors want to go after those responsible, they carry the march down to the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. After all, the laws ALLOWING banks to act as they did, in fact encouraging it, were approved by many of the very same officials now berating the likes of Goldman Sachs.

One thing I would like to note is the following from the AP:

Thousands of workers and union members were expected at the rally, organized by the AFL-CIO and an association of community groups.

Just where are the cries of Astroturf from Nancy Pelosi and her ilk? The Tea Party movement, started by normal citizens who are fed up with the growing government intrusion is not legitimate, but groups that are obviously and admittedly organized and bussed in by Big Union are? I hardly think that is the case. Had this been a Tea Party event, I have no doubt all of the violence and ‘police escorting’ would make national headlines and be the topic of conversation for days.

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The Other Unsecured Border

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin piggybacks on my post :)

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said that the law passed in Arizona this past week was a violation of human rights.

Whose rights, exactly, are being violated? Not mine. Not yours. Not the guy down the street. Maybe he meant one of the thousands of illegal immigrants who cross our border every year? In that case, too bad. They have no rights here, other than the right to life. If they want the rest, they need to get into line.

Back in 2006, Calderon said

he planned to strengthen security at his country’s southern border with Guatemala, which is used by thousands of immigrants seeking to reach the United States each year. Calderon said he planned to increase the police presence at the border with the hope that it could become the ‘door to development rather than the door to crime,’ in a speech at the border town of Tuxta Chico.

He said

the new force would include federal and state police as well as immigration agents, who would also combat corrupt border officials that were allowing undocumented immigrants across the border.

Perhaps El Presidente is worried that all of those Guatemalan immigrants would displace the hard-working Mexicans crossing over to the US? Explain to me, again, how it is alright for Mexico to clamp down on their border with police and troops, but we cannot enact laws to protect our people and land? In fact, we ENCOURAGE Mexico to block their border. We help FOOT THE BILL to deport people, because it costs a measly $22 dollars to send them home from Mexico, but around $1700 from the States.

Come on libs, tell me how I and my Arizona comrades have it wrong?

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Healthcare Post Passage, Part II

Several states, including Florida and Virginia already, are filing suits against the Federal government. The claim is that the mandates on private citizens to purchase a product or service that they do not want is unconstitutional. I am of the personal opinion that they are right on the money.

However, there are many who disagree. The argument that I hear, and that has been the subject of some heated debate between me and some liberal kids I go to school with, is

Well, they make you buy car insurance, so why are you not griping about that?”

Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Child, come here so that dad can school ya.

Number one, why are you being made to buy this insurance? Is it so that if you get in an accident that your car can be replaced? Is it so that you will be taken care of should you be injured? Some would say yes, but I disagree.

The reason that you have to have insurance is so that if you hurt SOMEONE ELSE. In an accident if you are at fault for someone getting injured you won’t go broke paying their doctor fees. Your insurance will be charged the cost, from which you pay a deductible. I could care less if you get hurt for being an idiot on the road. But if you hurt me or my family, you should be responsible for paying the cost of repairs- body and car.

Number two, and more importantly, driving a car is a PRIVILEDGE. As a condition of being allowed to drive a car, you are mandated to be insured. That is not the case of health insurance. By mandating that individuals buy health insurance that they do not want or can afford is akin to placing strings as a condition of citizenship. If I refuse, I can be fined, jailed or both.

Healthcare is not a right. There is nothing in the CONSTITUTION that says it is. There is only the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom of Speech, religion and the press. Beyond that, there are no rights that can be given by any man (or government).

If you disagree with the Constitution, lead the charge for a constitutional amendment. If you can get it changed, I will cease to use it as a shield against creeping Statism. Or, better yet, move to a country where healthcare IS a right. Either way, until one or the other occurs, as a citizen you are obligated to follow the rules set within the document.

Therefore, it is against the Constitution to mandate that I purchase some product I do not want. Next will be a mandate to buy energy-saving crap for my house. The Cap and Tax bill last year had provisions that said I could not sell my house until I got it up to code regarding the latest energy efficiency guidelines. Another government encroachment on my freedom and liberty.

The fight will go on. I promise you that. I will work hard to ensure the Constitution is upheld. And, you should too. Regardless of your view on the bill recently passed you should be VERY concerned over just how it all went down.

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