Phillip Curtis McKee III, one of the first responders to the Pentagon after the attack on 9/11, died May 31 in Virginia, the Washington Blade reports:
Family members attribute McKee’s death to complications from injuries and illness linked to three days of fighting the Pentagon fire following the 9/11 attack, including inhalation of toxic dust, a severe leg injury that resulted in him being wheel chair bound, and a prolonged bout of post-traumatic stress disorder.
McKee’s husband and partner of 15 years, Nopadon McKee, said the injuries forced Phillip McKee to retire from his job as a firefighter due to disability. Although he displayed “tremendous courage” in persevering as an artist, businessman, and author over the next 12 years, the injuries and his struggle with PTSD took its toll, Nopadon McKee said.
McKee was 41.
Last week at an event at the U.S. Capitol organized by birther Joseph Farah, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) re-upped her wingnut cred with this display of insanity:
It’s no secret that our nation may very well be experiencing the hand of judgment. It’s no secret that we all are concerned that our nation may be in a time of decline. If that is in fact so, what is the answer? The answer is what we are doing here today: humbling ourselves before an almighty God, crying out to an almighty God, saying not of ourselves but you, would you save us oh God? We repent of our sins, we turn away from them, we seek you, we seek your ways. That’s something that we’re doing today, that we did on the National Day of Prayer, it’s something that we have chosen to do as well on another landmark day later this year on September 11. Our nation has seen judgment not once but twice on September 11. That’s why we’re going to have ‘9/11 Pray’ on that day. Is there anything better that we can do on that day rather than to humble ourselves and to pray to an almighty God?
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She may be doing more than that later today after Minnesota's vote on marriage equality.
Daily Kos notes that this is "what losing looks, and stinks, like":
The truth is, Baldwin supported honoring the victims of 9/11 in nine votes, nine votes that Thompson of course ignores. But in 2006, weeks before the election, the Republicans offered a resolution that CQ Weekly said was "stuffed" with "references to GOP-crafted measures that they say improve national security."
Baldwin released an ad in response, calling Thompson's ad a "disgrace".
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Baldwin would be the first openly gay Senator in U.S. history if elected.
Though the anniversary of 9/11 has passed, I hadn't seen this stunning, compassionate speech given by VP Joe Biden at the Shanksville, Pennsylvania memorial. It will resonate with everyone who has experienced deep grief over the loss of a loved one.
For no matter how many anniversaries you experience, for at least an instant, the terror of that moment returns; the lingering echo of that phone call; that sense of total disbelief that envelops you, where you feel like you’re being sucked into a black hole in the middle of your chest.
My hope for you all is that as every year passes, the depth of your pain recedes and you find comfort, as I have, genuine comfort in recalling his smile, her laugh, their touch. And I hope you’re as certain as I am that she can see what a wonderful man her son has turned out to be, grown up to be; that he knows everything that your daughter has achieved, and that he can hear, and she can hear how her mom still talks about her, the day he scored the winning touchdown, how bright and beautiful she was on that graduation day, and know that he knows what a beautiful child the daughter he never got to see has turned out to be, and how much she reminds you of him. For I know you see your wife every time you see her smile on your child’s face. You remember your daughter every time you hear laughter coming from her brother’s lips. And you remember your husband every time your son just touches your hand...
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(h/t david mixner)