262 Comments
Sep 11·edited Sep 11

So Glad to see your writing here tonight. It's a hard 9/11 for me this year. Thanks for the good company.

The enfolding of this racist, violent, lying, cheating, mentally ill former president but still orange pustule by the GOP as a whole and its leadership specifically is what fuels my disdain for all the weak arguments against voting Democratic next year. For all that's unholy, what idiot thinks we should have more of this disgusting display of unmedicated, unchecked mental illness? They are ALL traitors, in my book. When my chiropractor, MY CHIROPRACTOR, started a dialog with me on the table about reaching across neighborhoods in order to stop the democratic hate (???????) I got up, put my lil walkin shoes on, told him he'd never fool all the people he's lying to and I'd personally counter every vote he ever made for the rest of his life. I was pretty polite come to think of it. He had wildly misjudged who I am, because he doesn't listen unless he is talking. REMIND YOU OF ANYONE? Let's vote in all elections for #1 sane people. It's a low bar, but maybe we can make it happen.

Expand full comment

On 9/11 I was on scene w my Lt.. He walked across the meticulously sectioned crime scene right at me. I can still see the panic in his eyes. He grabbed me by the shoulder and we walked again thru the crime scene and he pretty much threw me in our veh. Our team drove 11hrs to where we were assigned. Terror devolved to horror. I don't want this to happen to the younger generations. Donestic Terrorism needs new laws to prosecute the 30% who want 9/11 to happen again so they can gain power and destroy pp who are not like them. Frank Figliuzi says this every time I hear him speak. He understands the gravity. I wish more pp in LE and the military did. The Judge who gave Tarrio 22yrs instead of the asked 35yrs by DOJ did so bec he is blind to the fact that Tarrio is the same kind of psychopath that created and implemented 9/11. Time to wake up.

Expand full comment

This is a very difficult day for me. Being a retired law enforcement officer and firefighter, this day hurts every year.

This year more than others I’m the past because we have never, ever, had democracy and our Constitution at risk as we do this and next year. It’s so difficult for me to fathom how many people in this nation have been sucked in by this lying, cheating, woman grabbing, rapist, and 🍓💩🤡!

Expand full comment
Sep 11Liked by Joyce Vance

9/11 still so vivid in my memory. The selfless acts of those men and women first responders are such a reminder of what our nation used to be. Please stay safe, Joyce, and thank you for your inspiring and informative writings.

Expand full comment
Sep 11Liked by Joyce Vance

I’m so sorry TFG named you and your colleagues in one of his vulgar, vile tweets. It truly sickens me. Please stay safe.

My memories of 9/11 are vivid like all of us who were of age to remember it. My beautiful friend died a year ago from lung cancer tied to her service at ground zero. We were together there - and we would often talk about it on the anniversary of 9/11. This year - it is very different.

A lot was lost that day - and many continue to leave us. That was not of our own making and indeed, we came together.

Now we are facing a monumental challenge to our young country. It breaks my heart to see how a lust for power and control has undermined the fabric of this nation. How it’s not only permitted but celebrated. Yet I have hope. We must have hope.

Thank you for your incredible contributions that help us understand the legal issues as they become more and more complex, and for letting us have hope that we actually are in this together.

Expand full comment
founding
Sep 11Liked by Joyce Vance

It’s all so exhausting but you, Andrew, Barbara and all of those who every day explain what is going on with the myriad of cases are doing a great service for all Americans. When Sen. Bill Cassidy said today he would only vote for a Republican for president, he had to be pressed if he would write in a candidate. And these public figures are supposed to be educated. Keep educating us! It’s invaluable.

And we must vote!

Expand full comment
Sep 11Liked by Joyce Vance

An incredible woman I worked for in the 1970s (and proud that we continued to be friends) Betty Goetz Lall, discovered she was on Nixon’s “Enemies List”. I was already so proud of knowing, let alone affiliated with her. She wasn’t the first I knew in that situation, but it only reconfirmed that when someone hateful targets you, it’s a compliment. It means you’re doing what’s right. Fearless. Embrace it. It’s a mark of honor.

Expand full comment

Re: Santos---"The situation goes to demonstrate the depths of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s desperation to hold onto his slim majority as he contemplates impeachment and the impending government shutdown." May I change the "slim majority" phrase to "slimy majority?" It seems more appropriate.

Expand full comment
Sep 11Liked by Joyce Vance

Joyce, I look forward to your written commentary and your television appearances to keep me up to date with legal proceedings daily. You, Andrew, Neal, Barbara and others have been invaluable in helping us all understand the legal intricacies of the charges against all the people who attempted to violate the Constitution and overthrow our government. Our sane citizens must vote in every election to save our Republic and prevent this behavior from occurring again. Thank you for everything you do for our country!

Expand full comment

I spent a few hours with a member on X doing a zoom interview yesterday. We jumped around so much that we decided not to publish the discussion. He pointed out that I tend to make matters too complicated and to look for explanations to support my opinions. Which is not all bad but makes my comments on X longer than they need to be. Plus I am a minister, so I am naturally long winded and saying things in round about ways. I used to say that I thought Trump was a narcissistic sociopath who lied about everything he touched, has caused great harm to America and needs to be prevented from running for any office again. How does this sound, Trump is a crazy thug who should be in jail?

Expand full comment
Sep 11Liked by Joyce Vance

We are forever grateful to you, and the folks like you, who wade through all the weeds and distill it down to pithy and humane essays for us. We would be lost, and long ago have given up trying to make it through the weeds. Brava and continued blessings!

Expand full comment

On the eve of 9/11, it shatters my heart over and over that we’re where we are today. As I recall this night 22 years ago, saying goodnight and hugging my teenaged sons, and then less than 24 hours later, the searing loss of neighbors and thousands of strangers wrapped us in grief. It makes me raw and heartbroken anew; unable to grasp how people cannot see what the current cancer is eviscerating.

Expand full comment

Dear Joyce, I'm so sorry to read the attack on you and others. It would be ludicrous if it wasn't scary. I hope nothing awful comes of it. But here's a happier story. My husband and I were scheduled to go to France in late September 2001. We considered cancelling, but decided that the worldwide alertness meant it was a good time to go. The amazing thing was that people stopped us on the streets of Paris to talk with us, and some hugged us. French people had never, ever, in my experience, hugged strangers, much less American ones. So it wasn't just Americans pulling together.

Expand full comment

"The party of law and order...unless it would apply to us!"

Expand full comment

I remember 9/11 very vividly. I lived in Alexandria and my boss and I went up on the roof of our building to see the smoke coming from the Pentagon. Americans did unite, and for a day or two Dubya showed surprising leadership. Then it all went to hell.

Shock and Awe, bombing and terrorizing people who had nothing to do with the attacks, black sites for CIA detention, torture at Guantanamo Bay, never holding Saudi Arabia accountable. It became endless blood for oil.

We got the unnecessary Homeland Security Office and the Paul Wolfowitz penned New World Order rewritten and served up as The Patriot Act.

Expand full comment
Sep 11Liked by Joyce Vance

Wow! Excellent wrap of everything at stake Joyce. But we wouldn't expect anything else but that from you. I can't imagine what all of you face when TFG starts running his mouth like he is want to do about anyone who he perceives to be against him. Stay safe!

I remember well the morning of 9/11. My sister in law called to tell us to turn on the TV. I, like many others only saw the second tower fall and still to this day can't wrap my head around the images seen on TV.

I for one, will never forget. Those images are seared into my brain forever.

That day, the whole world was with us against the horror that unfolded. Well, at least most of the world. If only that was still true now. Especially within our own country.

Prayers for all of us tomorrow in remembrance. Peace seems shaky at best.

Expand full comment