Art Cashin Remembers 9/11

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Via UBS' Art Cashin,

A Few Personal Comments – A few years back the "New Yorker" magazine ran a whimsical cover showing how “egotistical” New Yorkers might conceive a map of the United States. Satirically it depicted the nation, with three-quarters of its focus on the island of Manhattan. Ironically, after the atrocity on September 11th, the nation’s heart, its concern, its generosity is disproportionately focused on New York in almost the same manner.

Similarly, in each of our lives, the picture we view of the world around us would surely have had us as the dominant feature of the canvas. Yet after the tragedy of that Tuesday, with its image of victims and heroes, of smoke and tears; none of us shall see ourselves so large again. There will be room in that picture for others – many others.

Valuing language and the words that give it shape, meaning and impact, I have always been fascinated by that special group who once wrote for the aforementioned "New Yorker" – James Thurber, Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Alexander Woolcott and E.B. White and others. In simpler times (how foolish! Almost any time was simpler, safer, more secure)...let me start love for the writers that Harold Ross brought to the Golden Age of the New Yorker (and thus to the legendary "Algonquin Table") was to the comedic/satiric group. The events of 9-11 led me back to E.B. White.

He was terrific, but given my satiric leaning I only loved or, at least remember three things about White – his marvelous book on writing style, his caption for a legendary New Yorker cartoon in which an obstinate kid, responding to his mom's explanation that what's on his plate is "broccoli, dear" says – "I say it's spinach and I say – the hell with it!", and – of course – his short story called "The Hour of Letdown" in which a computer built to play chess against a human, stops after the event to have a drink. (I'm not sure why I love that story.)

Nonetheless, the atrocity on September 11th recalled another E.B. White essay. It was (I recall) written over 50 years ago, back when the UN was moving into Manhattan from its early life in "Lake Success" on Long Island.

Much of White's essay, written over a half century ago is filled with meaning and moment this day. It has recently been republished as "Here is New York", if you care to see more. Here are some of the things that bridge generations:

"The subtlest change in New York is something people don't much speak about that is in everyone's mind. The city, for the first time in its long history is destructible. A single flight of planes no bigger than a wedge of geese can quickly end this island fantasy, burn the towers, crumble the bridges, turn the underground passages into lethal chambers, cremate the millions. The intimation of mortality is part of New York now; in the sound of jets overhead, in the black headlines of the latest edition."


"All dwellers in cities must live with the stubborn fact of annihilation; in New York the fact is more concentrated because of the concentration of the city itself, and because, of all targets, New York has a certain clear priority. In the mind of whatever perverted dreamer might loose the lightning, New York must hold a steady, irresistible charm."


"....New York is not a capital city – it is not a national capital or a state capital. But it is by way of becoming the capital of the world...."


"....Once again the city will absorb, almost without showing any sign of it, a congress of visitors. It has already shown itself capable of stashing away the United Nations – a great many of the delegates have been around town during the past couple of years..."


"This race – the race between the destroying planes and the struggling Parliament of Man – it sticks in all our heads." "The city at last perfectly illustrates both the universal dilemma and the general solution, this riddle in steel and stone that is at once the perfect target and the perfect demonstration of nonviolence, of racial brotherhood, this lofty target, scraping the skies and meeting the destroying planes halfway, home of all people and all nations. Capital of everything, housing those deliberations by which the planes were to be stayed and their errand forestalled."

Thank you, Mr. White! (Mr. White earlier in the essay noted that New York and New Yorkers – and all Americans – do good, do what they do, and have traditionally defied logic and their enemies by not only surviving but actually thriving. And all that was true even a half century ago.)

A More Personal Thought – Many of us got out that Tuesday walking through streets onto which ash, smoke and business envelopes fell snow-like, blocking both your view and your breathing. Yet when a stranger was met, they were invited to join the convoy and offered a spare wet cloth (carried in pockets) through which to breath as they walked. When we reached the East River (Brooklyn side of Manhattan), there was a volunteer group of tugboats, fishing boats and mini-ferries that looked like the evacuation of Dunkirk. No charge. No money. Just – "May I help you!" No one got anyone's name. No thank you cards will be sent. But Americans – even New York Americans – who freely give to strangers but argue with neighbors were suddenly one group.

In the days since, as we wander via new strange ways back to Wall Street, we all internalize the survivor’s quandary. We are lucky to be alive – but why us.

As I noted on TV – none of us headed back to re-open the markets with relish or avarice. The President, the Governor, the Mayor and all officials asked that the markets re-open to provide a means for the economy to work – to unclog an artery.

Day after day, traders, clerks and the thousands of folks who support them walked to work. No spring in their step. Resolute to do their job, they are civil but somber. As they pass checkpoints, they say "thank you" to the policemen, firemen, and National Guardsmen who may have lost brothers saving us and some of our friends.

Ironically, the only smiles you see in Wall Street are on the photocopied photos of the missing that family and friends have taped to walls, mailboxes and lampposts. It may take a long time for smiles to naturally return to Wall Street. It may take a long while to find those criminals who took our smiles and our friends. But, we will have patience.


As our President said – "We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail!"

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Mercury's picture


RIP AS, drinks are on me tonight in your honor.

Fukushima Sam's picture

9/11 was an inside job.  We only have ourselves to fear.

SGS's picture

CHANGE YES WE CAN!  The ponzi continuum strikes back.

LeisureSmith's picture

Many people can handle the truth. You can't handle the truth. You have the word truth in your handle and your blog, curious then that it contanins anything but. "WHEN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH COMES, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH; FOR HE WILL NOT SPEAK ON HIS OWN AUTHORITY, BUT WHATEVER HE HEARS HE WILL SPEAK, AND HE WILL DECLARE TO YOU THE THINGS THAT ARE TO COME." (JOHN 16:12) Good stuff, i see now that the Russians did it and you are not pretentious at all or anything like that.

Bananamerican's picture

911 was not an inside job.

it's lucrative MIC aftermath however was....

I never think about "The Terrorists™" on September 11th.

For me, 911 marks the day that America tipped over into "amerika".

...less Pearl Harbor, than the Reichstag Fire of the 21st century

machineh's picture

As our President said – "We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail!"

Better convene a fresh 9/11 commission with fewer Depublicrat politicians on it ... maybe a jury of randomly selected citizens instead.

Because it ALREADY FAILED, big time, and poisoned the well with lies while the guilty went free.

Pegasus Muse's picture

Cover ups.  Lies.  Prevarication.  A bunch of BS.  That's all we've gotten from the government's official version of the event. 

It would not come as a shock to find out these guys were somehow involved:


9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out 

This is the most scientific and compelling 9/11 documentary film to date, containing vital information that demands action from all of us. We can no longer afford to ignore the World Trade Center evidence. 

old naughty's picture

"Better convene a fresh 9/11 commission..."

So he can ire, alter, and ail ?

goldfish1's picture

"The Bank of New York, the Fed and 9/11", marks the anniversary of 9/11 by shedding light on financial transactions involving hundreds of billions of dollars of covert securities secretly cleared by the Fed in the aftermath of 9/11.

Randall Cabot's picture

What's this??? Marketwatch joins 911 truth!!!

Sept. 10, 2012, 10:00 a.m. EDT

The 9/11 Hijackers: Fraud in Official Video Exhibits Uncovered by Expert Panel


NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A Panel of 22 researchers into the history of 9/11 has uncovered evidence of fraud in the photographic images of Muslim hijackers prior to boarding the planes on 9/11.

Court exhibits state that leader Mohamed Atta took a commuter flight from Portland, Maine, to connect to AA Flight 11 out of Boston, which hit the North Tower.

The dubious images heighten the mystery of why Atta left Boston, where Flight 11 was to be hijacked, and risked the failure of his entire mission by driving to Portland September 10, staying overnight, and booking a tight connection back to Boston early September 11.

Clashfan's picture

And if the official story were true, there would be images of these folks boarding the planes. But there isn't.

And where are their names, or fake names, on the passenger lists?

malikai's picture

I want to feel for my brothers and sisters back home, but what we have allowed to be done in our names since has completely destroyed that.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Today, ask 10 Americans the question:

"Why, exactly, are we fighting this war in Afghanistan, which is the longest war in American history?"


Desert Irish's picture

Vietnam 64 - 75  the same question could have been asked then - swap out communism for terrorism it's all semantics with the same ending. 

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Unlike Vietnam, this question is not being asked by anyone even remotely envolved in the presidential election, candidates, journalists, or voters.

Once again, it is the longest war in American history.

DaveyJones's picture

and the NVA is not, according to your government, hiding under every staircase, toddler bed and 7-11 --- sending military anthrax to one political party, punching small circular holes with larger titanium objects of a different shape and making presidents see airplanes on TV before the footage was ever released.

This will not only be the longest war in American History, it will be its last.   

Cathartes Aura's picture

a few days ago tip e. canoe posted this link. . . Afghanistan is not a war, but a parasitical occupation by corporate amrka, profitable for them, deadly for everyone else, genocide,

We have startling reports of human trafficking, children being stolen around Afghanistan and sold into sexual slavery by the tens of thousands, stories of terror bombings and assassinations meant to prolong war, rig elections, end negotiations and compromise and control key regions to maximize drug profits.

With full access to “on the ground” intelligence in every province of Afghanistan, the truth about that war will make you sick.  Not one word that hits the press is true.

people might want to continue to seek deeper truths about amrka, and not rest with what they believe they already "know" - as always, more truth is revealed incrementally, over time. . .

DaveyJones's picture

Makes you proud doesn't it. The physical manifestation of our horrible abstract truths

Good to see you Kath 

Cathartes Aura's picture

and you DaveyJones, and others here that I respect.

if I do have any "pride" it's in the resistance to the wall of lies that some posters exhibit here.

Ima anal sphincter's picture

Always a pleasure to read yours and Davey's posts. Keep-em coming.

jumbo maverick's picture

It won't be the last war. The federal govt. has already started the war against the American people. That will be the last one.

Bay of Pigs's picture

I've had people tell me recently that the War in Iraq is "over" and Obama ended it. Seriously, no joke.

The country is full of mindless idiots and buffoons.


malikai's picture

I don't want to hear the answers anymore. I hate seeing proof of our diminished critical thinking capacity.

resurger's picture

i have watched today at CNN that they ran an intreview with the brother of "Muhammed al Zawahiri" from Egypt he was in jail for about 10 years and how he has drafted peace treaty (truce) with teh American Governmen/people?

when will this fucking charade end? They fucking killed the innocent people and they have walked in their funerals! what fucking bullshit is this.. THIS IS A FASCIST ZIONIST FUCKING GOVERNMENT!

Fuck Bush, Fuck Obama and Fuck Romney .. toady i was reading the American Revolution to remind myself what has caused it in the first place

"The American Revolution was the result of a series of social, political, and intellectual transformations in early American society and government, collectively referred to as the American Enlightenment. Americans rejected the oligarchies and aristocracies common in Europe at the time, championing instead the development of republicanism based on the Enlightenment understanding of liberalism. Among the significant results of the revolution was the creation of a democratically-elected representative government responsible to the will of the people"

is fucking history repeating it self all over again? we have finished from creating one enemy in 2001 and now we are moving on to create a new enemy "Iran and China", in 2011 the US Government has spent above 700bn just to break the chinese "Pearl of Strings".

there are many fellow ZHeres who will post evidence that Israel and The US goverment were behind those terror attacks, the new destination is east.

expect more of those flag draped caskets for souljers who really died in vein to serve a filthy, swiny , goddamned corrupt motherfuckers.

RIP not only for those souljers and innocent people in the 911 events and also to the innocent people who got genocided in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan and worldwide.

may the god bless a womb of women that breeds free men.

Fuck the US Government and most of all FUCK ISRAEL

SMG's picture

Israel is but a puppet for the global Luciferian (not jewish) Elite.  It is really important that when the people are in the streets with pitchforks, they get pointed in the right direction.

Clashfan's picture


Don't mind the down arrows. You are onto the truth here, and it's very important.

Randall Cabot's picture

But don't nearly all jews support israel?

nicoacademia's picture

Israel will outlive all of you.


Deal with it.

Cathartes Aura's picture


Today, ask 10 Americans the question:

"Why, exactly, are we fighting this war in Afghanistan, which is the longest war in American history?"

hopefully those flag-drapped caskets will prompt other "Americans" to ask that question, and seek truthful answers, before they too volunteer to invade, murder & poison other humans, in their own lands, on behalf of those who now represent this nationstate.

diogeneslaertius's picture

how can 2 planes powderize 3 buildings?

how can the real economy be in peril when empirically it is not?

welcome to the #NWO carnival folks - it wont end until we have a one world government or enough people realize that is the agenda

the truth is no one made it out alive that day - just like in 1913, no plan survives contact with the enemy and liberty cannot prevail in a nation of cowards


my friends, your friends, family .. they died in vain if we do not face the truth of this great crime and false flag event, if we do not confront the real criminals of 911 our tears will not shelter those lost souls


human life is precious - but the enemy clearly sees us as little more than livestock


I swear on the altar of humanity's future undying hatred towards every form of tyranny over the mind of man, i swear i will go down swinging and i will not be manipulated into false choices by peer pressure.



I say it's spinach and I say – the hell with it!


Scalaris's picture


Centrally Controlled Illusory Perception

When perceived control is based on reality, it is referred to as veridical or actual control; when it is patently not based on reality, it is sometimes referred to as illusory control.

- Ellen Jane Langer

tankster's picture

"We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail!"

And then we invaded Iraq...

SMG's picture

We must remember that we must not only get the NWO criminals who did this to us, we must also take down their SYSTEM,  or the other snakes will fill the slots of those who get caught.

i-dog's picture

Two pertinent comments of yours in this thread, SMG ... Good to see that somebody is awake! Shame to know that almost all here won't understand them, because they are mesmerised by the puppet show....

Clashfan's picture

Keep rockin' it I-dog. You and SMG deserve this one:

Let that raga drop!

LongSoupLine's picture



I was there...(Tower 2), as a search and rescue member.  Stayed and worked 5 days straight with small cat-naps inbetween.  I still have bad dreams, but can't imagine what the families went and still go through.

LongSoupLine's picture

No, I wore a respirator at least 75% of my total time there.  In fact, I begged others to put one on (I have extensive OSHA and NIOSH safety training), knowing the potential dangers.  The responses I received from those I warned ranged from, "I'm fine, thanks for your concern", all the way to. "Fuck that, you're not from NYC are you boy?"  Guess which of those range of responses came from the union workers.

francis_sawyer's picture

Fuck Art Cashin for this...

If he really wants to make a difference, he needs to get on board with the people who want the TRUTH about 911 to be revealed...

oddjob's picture

Art Cashin is a lifetime paperbug. Decades of creaming peoples investments has shown his true colors. Just go away and and enjoy your millions Art. Then die.

francis_sawyer's picture

Perfectly said...

The title of the article says "Art Cashin Remembers 9/11"... Well Art... NOBODY is going to remember you (except maybe for being a face on the wallpaper mural that says 'POS sellout')...