published Saturday, September 11th, 2010

September 11th

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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memphisexile said...

Good call Clay. Instead of arguing today and using this as our own personal partisan sounding board, lets take a break and remember those people who were lost on that day and honor them together.

September 11, 2010 at 12:04 a.m.
Tax_Payer said...

I remember I was in one of the Towers on a school field trip back in he 1970s. I looked down from the top and seen cars that appears so small as tiny ants. My ears popped in the elevator going up, and the air temperature was about 15 degrees cooler then on the ground -- where Zero is now.

September 11, 2010 at 12:07 a.m.
blackwater48 said...

Thanks, Clay, for reminding everyone that 9/11 was a National tragedy. While some use that horrific event to forward a narrow partisan agenda, we need to remember that all of us were attacked nine years ago today. I bet everyone clearly remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard that America was under attack.

And by 'America,' I mean everyone. From the atheist and agnostic to the Christian, Jew, Muslim, Mormon, Buddhist, Baptist, Methodist, Protestant, Hindu, or whatever.

We have to be united because, as Lincoln pointed out, a house divided against itself cannot stand.

It's also good to remember Osama bin Laden is still a free man today.

September 11, 2010 at 12:31 a.m.
acerigger said...

I hope Americans will pray today for the victims,their survivors,the first responders,the people who picked up the mess,and for our country. God bless America!

September 11, 2010 at 3:43 a.m.
EaTn said...

9/11 is a day most all of us remember vividly. Our reactions as a country to that day have and will continue to be hotly debated, but today let us just remember the victims and their families.

September 11, 2010 at 6:07 a.m.
JohnnyRingo said...


September 11, 2010 at 6:17 a.m.
alprova said...



September 11, 2010 at 7:13 a.m.
woody said...

I believe the Marines said it best...

"Semper Fi (always faithful)."

Courage, Woody

September 11, 2010 at 7:46 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Nicely stated.

September 11, 2010 at 8:10 a.m.
rolando said...

I wondered if you would draw something for today commemorating the tragegy, Clay, and not something divisive -- because on that one day we were a nation. And that is rare these days.

You almost made it...but it was a good one anyway.

Interesting that both headlines involved did the terrorist act itself. But then modern-day organized terrorist actions always seem to involve them, doesn't it? [If Islam can be included with "modern-day" in the same sentence.]

And nothing about the lives lost, Fire and Police actions, real news reporting without political correctness, the clean-up afterward, and so on.

And we will never forget what happened there -- well, some of us won't anyway.

September 11, 2010 at 8:25 a.m.
OllieH said...

For years, this occasion seemed to be immune from partisan gamesmanship. Unfortunately, with the irrational outrage surrounding the mosque in lower Manhattan, the dimwitted protest by Terry Jones in Florida, and the increasing level of Islamophobia across the country, this year has been a glaring exception.

A moment of silence is, indeed, much needed... and most welcome.

September 11, 2010 at 8:27 a.m.
kmcgehee said...

Nine years ago today, I was in Jackson, Miss. I was getting ready to go clean my co-worker's beer brewery when I saw the news. Where were you?

September 11, 2010 at 9:19 a.m.
Clara said...

I'm going to copy this page tomorrow and put it in a permanent file.

Thank you all. I can still cry!

September 11, 2010 at 9:42 a.m.
whatsthefuss said...

Now if the intention of the cartoon was to achieve a truce in the war of words amongst the faithful, perhaps just a white screen without words or imagery would have been appropriate for the day. Not to take away from the thousands of victims who perished 9 years ago today, perhaps we should also remember Feburary 26th, 1993 when we lost 6 Americans in the first attack on the twins.

September 11, 2010 at 10:05 a.m.
FM_33 said...

RIP for all the victims that terrible day.

September 11, 2010 at 10:48 a.m.
claybennett said...

kmcgehee writes: "Nine years ago today, I was in Jackson, Miss. I was getting ready to go clean my co-worker's beer brewery when I saw the news. Where were you?"

I was in St. Petersburg, Florida drawing a cartoon for the next day's edition of The Christian Science Monitor. Needless to say, that cartoon went unfinished so I could address the tragedy that was unfolding on the television screen in my studio.

It would be a month-and-a-half before I would draw a cartoon that didn't (in some way) relate to the events on that fateful day.

September 11, 2010 at 1:35 p.m.
moonpie said...

kmcgehee writes: "Nine years ago today, I was in Jackson, Miss. I was getting ready to go clean my co-worker's beer brewery when I saw the news. Where were you?"

I was working in a hospital. The first time we heard the news, I figured it was a small, single engine plane that must have hit the tower.

Then I heard that it happened again, and I had the sickening realization that our nation was under attack.

When the towers fell, we tried to organize a blood drive. Within hours, the Red Cross informed us that there were not going to be enough projected survivors to warrant a blood drive. They took blood, but noted current supplies would likely be enough. That was a sickening realization, too.

September 11, 2010 at 1:43 p.m.
whatever said...

Hold a blood drive now, it'll honor those victims still.

Me, I was sleeping, then I got a phone call. I do not know what I dreamed about, but I woke up to a nightmare.

September 11, 2010 at 1:57 p.m.
Tax_Payer said...

I was driving a produce truck. One of my customers told me to look at the television about a plane crashing into a Twin Tower, then the other got hit. I knew right then it was an act of war, and Osama Bin Ladin were the blame. I was pretty shook-up about it.

The authorities locked many things down and blocked roads as they searched trucks entering into the city. I felt like somebody was gonna set off a suit-case nuke, so I left town for a couple days. I never happened, but we all became so much more vigilant in our surroundings.

September 11, 2010 at 2:12 p.m.
Tax_Payer said...

This was a great tragedy. I remember many people didn't go to work the next day. I found this slide show on yahoo news about the memorial service. I couldn't hold back tears after the 100th picture.;_ylt=AqPu44AoqaClh23LJOzQ31qs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNmMGxjdHM5BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwOTExL3NlcHQxMV9hbm5pdmVyc2FyeQRjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzEEcG9zAzUEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2tlBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3NsaWRlc2hvdw--

September 11, 2010 at 2:24 p.m.
acerigger said...

I was directly across the river,working on a bridge in Newark.We watched in horror as the second plane struck the south tower,just at that point realizing that we were under attack.As superintendant on the job I immediately ordered the job to shut down,and for all the guys to evacuate the area.(we were about 1-2 miles from Newark Int. Airport with no idea what was coming next).I'm afraid I will never lose the memories of that day,but maybe,in a way,that's good. May God bless America!

September 11, 2010 at 3:03 p.m.
miraweb said...

My company's co-founder was on Flight 11. From my home in Massachusetts I could see the yellow smoke and gray haze in the western skies for weeks.

Our country's worst day and to which so many responded with the best our nation may ever be.

September 11, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Clara said...

I was at a VA waiting for my appointment. I remember hailing a nurse to watch, but I don't think she understood what was happening in Manhatten. She probably wasn't even aware of the World Trade Center. I wasn't in a critical care unit either. It wasn't as if they were in evac mode or anything.

The same thing happened in Washington. I was on E. St. outside of what was then a Woolworth Store when Kennedy was shot in Dallas. I rushed in and told the manager who looked at me as though I were crazy, and walked away.

Remember, the Pentagon was hit, too as well as the planeload of people that crashed in Pennsylavania, rather than permit the flight to continue.

Wasn't that plane headed for Washington?

What struck me as really insane was the fact that they killed Muslims as well.

September 11, 2010 at 5 p.m.
rolando said...

One of the few times we agree, ace...and this is a good one.

I happened on the news by chance...on the Internet, just after the first plane hit. As Number Two was rounding the turn for impact, I called my brother in California and told him to turn on the TV. He asked, "What channel?" and I replied, "Pick one." Details that stick.

But then I also remember where I was when JFK was shot.

And hearing all the car horns in Los Angeles on VJ day and wondering what had happened.

Those things stay with you forever. They are things that MUST be remembered.

God Bless America.

September 11, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.
rolando said...

I wish I had known of your work on the days following the tragedy, Clay. Is it archived somewhere online?

We may disagree but your work speaks volumes at times.

September 11, 2010 at 5:39 p.m.
whatever said...

His own self-named website has them starting from "the day after" .

September 11, 2010 at 6:09 p.m.
hambone said...

I was working at a coal fired power house south of St. Louis Mo. when I heard the news of 9/11. I said then and I still say it now "no religion calls for that kind of behavior in man" On the way home I passed a gas station that had already raised it's price to 4.50 a gallon. I haven't bought that brand since.

September 11, 2010 at 6:11 p.m.
alprova said...

I was home on vacation on that day. I was asleep at the time that the two planes had hit the towers. My wife called and woke me up to tell me about it.

I immediately turned on the television and started scanning the channels for more information. I eventually locked on Fox News, because their coverage was far better.

For the next four days, I was glued to the television, around the clock with only taking cat-naps. I still have hours upon hours of taped coverage in my bookcase from those days.

Clara wrote: "What struck me as really insane was the fact that they killed Muslims as well."

That is exactly correct.

In fact, at least 60 Muslim-Americans, 23 definitely confirmed and 37 or more partially confirmed deaths of American-Muslim men and women, occurred on 9/11/2001. One woman was 7 months pregnant with her first child. None of these people had a thing to do with the hijackers.

These forgotten people, for the most part, were employees of companies located in the Twin Towers. A handful of them were coincidental passengers on the planes that crashed.

If there was ever a reason for granting the building of the Cordova House two blocks from Ground Zero, that should be it, bar none.

September 11, 2010 at 7:21 p.m.
alprova said...

whatever wrote: "His own self-named website has them starting from "the day after"."


September 11, 2010 at 7:26 p.m.
rolando said...

Thanks for the cites -- but the religion [or the lack thereof] of the victims of 9/11 is completely irrelevant. The religion of the perpetrators is TOTALLY relevant. The first were innocents; the latter animals of the lowest order.

After reviewing a number of the CSM cartoons, it is amazing how many apply to today's administration! They are truly bi-partisan!

Great work, Clay.

September 11, 2010 at 11:06 p.m.
rolando said...

Just in passing, here is an interesting take on the mosque issue...and on-topic issue.


Be forewarned -- is a conservative news forum.

Dr. Mike Adams has his doctorate in Criminology and is a professor at UNC-Wilmington. His logic is is his gun collection.

September 11, 2010 at 11:21 p.m.
alprova said...

Rolando wrote: "Thanks for the cites -- but the religion [or the lack thereof] of the victims of 9/11 is completely irrelevant."

Is that so? Well here's a thought: Maybe ALL religions are irrelevant. Maybe if we outlawed all public display of religious expression, and only allowed it to be expressed within one's home or church, peace may well have a chance to take root in this country, at least.

"The religion of the perpetrators is TOTALLY relevant. The first were innocents; the latter animals of the lowest order."

I see. So by that convoluted logic, had 19 radicalized Christians boarded those planes, oh let's say hailing from Montana, and had carried out the same plan in protest of some real or imagined Government intrusion into their lives, you would be the first man, I assume, to call for all Christian churches to be banned within _ miles of all places where those planes had crashed and taken 2,996 lives, right?

Sure you would.

Rolando, you're no different than the Islam hating Reverend Terry Jones, with one simple and undeniable exception. At least that man came to his senses. There's no hope for you at all.

Hate and ignorance, no matter it's origin or basis, will forever and a day be dangerous, counterproductive, and will always be considered by rational thinking people on this planet to be a seed that grows into utter and inexcusable stupidity.

Take a bow. You've earned it. You have to work very hard to achieve that particular 'honor' in life. Most people try to overcome it.

By the way, since you did not post from 8:25 until 5:32 p.m. on Saturday, were you by chance behind the Courthouse in Ellijay, Georgia, hiding under a fancy bed sheet with all the other forty-nine fine folk who were there to spread similar messages of stupidity?

The timeline's about right.

Mike Adams only exposes in that linked article, the fact that years of schoolin' are not always prohibitive or preventative of one from becoming educated beyond their own intelligence.

It's clearly understood why you would find his article appealing. You were both planted in the same garden from the same pack of seeds.

September 12, 2010 at 12:27 a.m.
whatever said...

I know the day is over, but can we go back to our moment of silence?

Some of the comments here are getting way too personal.

September 12, 2010 at 12:43 a.m.
alprova said...

whatever wrote: "I know the day is over, but can we go back to our moment of silence?"

You're free to do whatever you like.

"Some of the comments here are getting way too personal."

Some people bring that kind of attention all upon themselves.

September 12, 2010 at 2:23 a.m.
whatever said...

You're free to do whatever you like.

But do I have what it takes to be the 'Lord of the Dance'? And where am I going to find a pair of lederhosen at this hour?

September 12, 2010 at 2:35 a.m.
rolando said...

Now those thought pictures are chilling, whatever.

September 12, 2010 at 8:57 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

rolando! Why didn't you answer my questions? (actually, I did request answers from anyone who knew enough about economics, but I specifically asked you) Can you go back and give them some thought?

September 12, 2010 at 9:03 a.m.
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