On May 1, 1931, with the press of a button in Washington, D.C., President Herbert Hoover turned on the lights of the Empire State Building. This event officially opened the edifice, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street in New York City, to the public. At 102 stories, it reigned as the world's tallest skyscraper until 1974.Twin Towers (WTC) constuction via Wikipedia:
In 1970, construction was completed on One World Trade Center, with its first tenants moving into the building in December, 1970. Tenants first moved into Two World Trade Center in January 1972. When the World Trade Center twin towers were completed, the total costs to the Port Authority had reached $900 million. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was on April 4, 1973.Today marks the 4 year anniversary of bushies infamous aircraft carrier campaign speech:
When completed in 1972, 1 WTC became the tallest building on Earth, unseating the Empire State Building after a 40 year reign. 2 WTC became the second tallest building in the world when completed in 1973. The difference in height between the two towers was because of a Port Authority request to have two floors, the 43rd and the 67th, in 1 WTC raised, the lower of the taller floors being a cafeteria for PANY workers. 2 WTC did not need these facilities, so it remained 1,362 feet. Regardless, the WTC towers held the height record only briefly. As the building neared completion in 1973, work had already begun on Chicago's Sears Tower, which ultimately reached 1,450 feet (442 m). With the World Trade Center's destruction, the Empire State Building again became the tallest building in New York, after spending almost 30 years as the third-tallest in the city.
Bush never said "Mission Accomplished" on that aircraft carrier - though the picture speaks a thousand words - BUT he did say it a month later while addressing soldiers in Qatar:
We've seen a lot of fine sights, but there's no finer sight than to see the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States of America.It is sad to think that 4 years after "Mission Accomplished" bush is still asking for a blank check in order to continue to run Iraq into the ground. Now, bush wants to build walls to keep them liberated:
I am happy to see you, an so are the long-suffering people of Iraq. America sent you on a mission to remove a grave threat and to liberate an oppressed people, and that mission has been accomplished.
According to Iraqi reports, US troops began building the wall around the predominately Sunni district of Al-A'zamiyah in Baghdad. The wall, which is comprised of reinforced concrete blocks, each of which weighs more than six tons, will be 5.4 km long. The general tone of Iraqi reporting is negative and critical, with some outlets media outlets comparing it to the Berlin Wall and the containment wall first implemented by Israel's former Prime Minister Aiel Sharon, while others opine that it is a sign of a failed US policy to curb sectarian violence in the city.
If a picture is worth a thousand words...
(and Imagine 3, 4 or 5 thousand)
If Congress gives bush a blank check
EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME.
EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME.