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By ATWadmin On September 11th, 2009 at 7:19 am



I wish to write in remembrance of someone I have never met, never will meet, and in the normal course of events would never have even heard of his name!

Joseph Reina Jr., a manager of operations at Cantor Fitzgerald, met the love of his life in 1996 while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico.

Actually, he first talked to the former Lisa Donoso on the telephone — about bonds — when she worked at Gruntal & Co., Manhattan.

“We realized we were going to Cancun at the same time and thought it was a strange coincidence,” she recalled. “We met at a club, but didn’t meet until the last night — so we didn’t have much time to hang out. Then we were on the same flight home.”

Before they knew it, a relationship was blooming. The couple became engaged in 1998 and married a year later.

On Sept. 11, Mr. Reina gave his half-awake wife, then nine months’ pregnant, a smooch and then kissed her stomach.

It was the same morning routine for almost two years of marriage. But those kisses were the last they shared. Mr. Reina is among those missing from the World Trade Center disaster.

Mrs. Reina, who was home from work for her first week of maternity leave, was asleep that Tuesday when the phone rang at 9:01 a.m.

“All I heard was static — like a cell phone couldn’t connect,” said the 31-year old Annadale resident. “So I don’t really know if he tried to call.”

Mr. Reina, 32, a Brooklyn native, spent 14 years with Cantor Fitzgerald and worked his way up to a manager of operations on the 101st floor of 1 World Trade Center.

“Our lives just started. He just worked so we could have things. The most important thing for him was taking care of us,” said Mrs. Reina, who now works for Bear Stearns & Co.

“He had a great sense of humor. He could turn any bad situation upside down and into a good one,” said Mrs. Reina.

Mr. Reina moved to New Springville in 1984 and then to Annadale when he married in 1999.

A graduate of Port Richmond High School, where he played baseball, Mr. Reina played first base and pitched for the Cantor Fitzgerald softball team. He was an avid Jets and Yankees fan.

“He loved to travel. We’d go on at least three or four trips a year. I’m glad that he went and got to see so many places in his short life,” said Mrs. Reina. The couple’s son, Joseph Robert Reina, was born on Oct. 4. “He looks exactly like his daddy,” said Mrs. Reina.

“It kills me that he never had one second with his son,” said Mrs. Reina. In addition to his wife, Lisa, and his son, Joseph, Mr. Reina is survived by his parents, Rosemarie and Joseph Reina; his brother, Michael; his sister, Joann, and several nieces and nephews.

His life ended as a bunch of fanatics ploughed their jet-fuel laden aircraft into the main core of 1 World Trade Centre.

He died, along with 2,995 other innocents, in the cause of a Muslim fanatic’s mad ramblings; in the name of their god. He died because he was there, because he went to work, because the killers thought it would create the headlines and publicity which they craved.

They got their headlines; they received their publicity, but hopefully, the sacrifice of Joseph Reina Jr. , along with the 2995 others who died on that sad day in September, will be remembered long after the very memories of the hate-filled fools who planned these murders drift away with the winds.

Post created as part of Project 2996.

X-posted from Fire, Pillage & Plague

Sceptics on the Rise

By ATWadmin On September 11th, 2009 at 7:06 am

I’m sceptical about many things.  I’m sceptical as to whether the British economy is really improving.  I dispute the ‘holier than thou’ accolades given to Gordon Brown by his party colleagues.  I challenge the notion that higher taxes to fund equality is the best way to bring about personal development.  I have serious doubts as to whether Jimmy Sands is human, or whether he was created by an accidental explosion at a germ warfare factory somewhere in the former Soviet Union.  In short, I am a born sceptic and proud of it.

As a person who tends to believe the general public swallow any amount of lies and exaggeration peddled to them by the government and the media, it is refreshing to read that at least one shibboleth of ‘green’ Leftism is increasingly dismissed as grossly exaggerated by people at large.  Auntie Beeb informs us that a survey conducted by Cardiff University shows 40% of leading experts challenge the ‘evidence’ of a man-made link to global warming, and 20% are ‘hard-line sceptics’  (good for them).  Why should people have to severely curtial some of their pleasures in life to supposedly prevent a meteorological apocalypse nobody has the slightest clue when, or indeed if, it will ever occur?  We were told by the Met Office back in March that this summer would see the UK basking in BBQ weather conditions.  They proved to be about as believable as the story of the monogamous Arab.  That’s my point.  Forecasters can’t predict the weather two months (sometimes two bloody days) in front with accuracy.  How are we supposed to reckon on their expertise at prognostications of climate change 80 and 100 years from now?

I’m off on holiday to Uttar Pradesh in India come November.  Again I will see a country desperately trying to drag its economy towards global status with all the pollution, rubbish, and carbon footprints it can muster.  Nobody dictates to the Indians about economic sacrifice to preserve the illusion of environmental protectionism.  Why should they dictate to us?

Just Another Day

By ATWadmin On September 11th, 2009 at 2:43 am


By ATWadmin On September 10th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

All going according to plan, right? 


By ATWadmin On September 10th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Venezuelan nutter, Hugo Chavez, has finally tackled the issue of Jews and the genocide. Trouble is, he thinks they have committed one.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused Israel of genocide against the Palestinian people, telling a French newspaper that the bombing of Gaza late last year was an unprovoked attack. “The question is not whether the Israelis want to exterminate the Palestinians. They’re doing it openly,” Chavez said in an interview with Le Figaro published on Wednesday.

Well, I suppose it WAS the French media he was talking to!


By ATWadmin On September 10th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

The mayor of an Irish town where boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s great-grandfather hailed from has warned about housing policies that could lead to a ‘glut of black families’ in any one area.

Frankie Neylon said he believed it was better for the council not to house too many black people together in Ennis, County Clare, to avoid the creation of ‘ghettos’. His controversial comments come a week after he welcomed black boxing legend Ali to the town as he came to unveil a plaque at his ancestor’s house. Speaking about the town’s housing policies, Mr Neylon said putting too many black families together risked alienating them from the community.

So, has Mr Neylon a point or is he just another empty headed politician. Wonder what Ali would have reckoned to this point of view.


By ATWadmin On September 10th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Good old South Africa – it has managed to gift us a hermaphrodite as an Athletics champion! Now we know exactly what we find at the end of the rainbow and it is most certainly a crock. 

“Sex tests carried out on Caster Semenya, the world 800 metres champion, show that she is a hermaphrodite, a source close to the case claimed tonight. If the allegation is backed up by the results, the South African may well find herself stripped of her gold medal and banned from racing.”

Mind you, it’s not just South Africa that has such issues. The UK has a eunuch as Prime Minister.


By ATWadmin On September 10th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

It’s reported that Obama expressed his “disappointment” to UK PM Gordon Brown over the release of the convicted mass murderer Megrahi. Brown responded that the UK has no control over what Scotland does since this was “entirely a decision for the Scottish government.” So, to rephrase, British Foreign Policy cannot be determined by the British government. Hurrah for Gordon – the worst PM imaginable.


By ATWadmin On September 10th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Would it not be easier if we just accepted the closure of ALL Police Stations in Northern Ireland? These death by a thousand cuts is aimed at appeasing Irish Republicans. So at a time when more and more crime goes unsolved, the NI solution is to close police stations. How very shrewd.  What really GALLS me about this is the faux anger of unionist politicians. They signed up for this and now – Pilate like – they try to walk away from what they have put in motion.  

Shame On Joe Wilson

By On September 10th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

SHAME on him for apologising. No man ought to apologise for telling a liar to his face that he’s a liar, particularly when it gives Herself the vapours.

Yes, it was rude and intemperate, but also excusable when in defiance of the lies, mendacity and the towering hubris on display. So now Joe Wilson has apologised, let the Pharoah Obamses himself apologise, both for deliberately misrepresenting many millions of Americans and for calling Sarah Palin a liar. 

What it worth it? Absolutely. Long after Wilson’s apology is forgotten his moment of clarity will be recalled and that will undermine the presidency. For this alone it was worth it.