Thursday, September 8, 2011


It's been 34 years since the movie, Black Sunday, made its debut on the big screen.  34 Years.  Yet it seems like it could have been just years ago.  The plot seems as plausible today as then.  For those of you who haven't seen the 1977 flick or need to refresh your is the basic theme.  

Michael Lander (Bruce Dern), is a pilot who flies the Goodyear Blimp over NFL football games to film them for network television.  He is also, secretly, deranged by years of torture as a prisoner of War in Vietnam, a bitter court martial on his return and a failed marriage.  He longs to commit suicide and take as many of the cheerful, carefree American civilians he sees from his blimp each weekend with him as possible.

Lander conspires with Dahlia Iyad (Marthe Keller), an operative from the Palestinian terrorist group Black September, to launch a suicide attack using a bomb composed of plastique and a quarter million steel darts, housed on the underside of the Goodyear Blimp, which they will detonate over the Miami Orange Bowl during Super Bowl X between Pittsburgh and Dallas.  Dahlia and Black September, in turn, intend the attack as a wake-up call for the American people, to turn their attention and the world's to the plight of the Palestinians.

American and Israeli intelligence, led by Mossad agent David Kabakov (Robert Shaw) and FBI agent Sam Corley (Fritz Weaver), race to prevent the catastrophe.  After discovering the recording Dahlia made, which was meant to be played after the attack, they piece together the path of the explosives into the country, and Dahlia's own movements.  In a spectacular conclusion, the bomb-carrying blimp is chased by police helicopters as it approaches the packed stadium.

As we approach the ten year anniversary of 9-11....we should all be aware an attack of the Black Sunday nature COULD take place.  Not only will our country be remembering the 2,977 killed as a result of the heinous act on our soil, but it is also opening weekend for the National Football League.  Way, way too much irony. 

However, I'm going to take the high road and look on the BRIGHT side, you might say.  This Sunday will be full of remembrance and tribute and national pride.  It will be a day most will never be able to erase from memory.  I remember where I was (in the basement of my home doing some work at the computer when  images of a plane crashing into the first of the Twin Towers came across CNN's broadcast).  Do you? 

In maintaining those images in our minds, it will for a time, cause us to stop and think and reflect.  It's days like this.....and Pearl Harbor that have made us part of who we are.  Make this Sunday one of prayer wherever you are because........
"On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg has decided that clergy will be excluded from the 9/11 memorial ceremony.  Bloomberg says the memorial schedule is too busy to allow prayer.  Despite outrage from the American public and calls from religious leaders asking Mayor Bloomberg to reverse his decision, Bloomberg has turned a deaf ear to the protests.

Rudy Washington, a deputy mayor in former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s administration, said he’s outraged. “This is America, and to have a memorial service where there’s no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me,” I feel like America has lost its way,” said Mr. Washington. 

I would agree with Mr. Washington that some leaders in this country need to undergo serious change in their course setting  for our country.  Mayor Bloomberg might have turned a deaf ear to prayer but that doesn't mean we have too.  Yes, it's going to be a Bright Sunday inspite of________________.   I'll let you fill in the blank.

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12




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