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An item of remembrance, and one of rage that should motivate us all

As the title suggests, this is going to be a two-fer, today. As one item is a note of remembrance, I’ll start with that.

On June 9, 2017, we bid farewell to a man who I believe can properly be called an icon; Adam West. Whether you know him from the Batman series from the 60’s, or his MANY roles and voice work in television and movies since then, the man truly took his popularity and embraced it, parlaying what originally was seen as typecasting into a rollicking career in the years that followed. (Everything from the Mayor of Quahog, Rhode Island, in Family Guy to the part of a superhero called The Gray Ghost in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series) Rest well, Mr. West. You will be missed, and thank you for the memories and laughter you gave us over the years.

Now on to the second point. I had the great misfortune to read a news article detailing charges being brought against a mother for having left her two toddlers in a closed, locked car for a number of hours while she spent time with her 16 year old “male friend.” The children, unfortunately, died but what is worse, even than that, is that  people in the apartment knew DAMNED WELL WHAT WAS HAPPENING and even went so far as to repeatedly tell the mother she should do something because they could HEAR the children crying, and yet did nothing further than that. Yes, you read that right. From the accounts thus far, no one called the police, no one smashed out a window on the car, no one did anything further than keep encouraging the mother to actually take care of her children.

The children were in the car, overnight, for a total of FIFTEEN HOURS.

No one did anything to help those children. No one.

Friends, if this story doesn’t leave you shaking with rage, I honestly don’t know what to say. Sad enough that these two children died from such neglect, but to think that the people around knew what was going on but did nothing to help simply boggles my mind.

If you take nothing else away from this, please – I beg of you – take this with you. Determine, right now, this moment, to not be a bystander. If you’ve never considered it before, let this article shake you out of that mindset and make you realize that there is real, tangible evil in this world. Determine that you will not stand for it – you will not simply turn your head and say, “Nope. Not my problem. I’m not getting involved.”

I leave you with this quote from Yehuda Bauer, which I have quoted before. It was made in reference to the Holocaust, but applies whenever any of us encounter a situation in which we have to make a choice to do something, or turn away and do nothing:

“Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.”

15 hours of suffering. Two children dead at the end of it. Was the mother to blame? The courts will determine that.

I can say, absolutely, that the ones who KNEW what was happening and yet did nothing, carry guilt as well, as surely as if they’d locked the car and left those children there.

God go with you today, my friends. Please – DON’T be a bystander.

 

Memorial Day – and what it means, no matter where you are

Here in the States, today is Memorial Day. It is, as I have mentioned in previous posts, a day that we set aside specifically to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice; those who have given their lives to secure the freedoms that we, as Americans, enjoy. In peace or in war, in battle or behind the lines, those who gave their lives are remembered and honored, today.

That doesn’t mean, though, that this is something that is particular ONLY to the US of A. No matter where you are, no matter where you may be reading this blog from, stop and think of those who have died to secured those liberties and freedoms you enjoy – and remember their sacrifice for you today. If you’re IN the States, don’t let it just be a day off from work and a day to drink and barbecue.

Remember them – and never forget – today, or any day.

God bless, my friends, and thank you, Father, for such men and women as those we honor today!

A word on the death of Fidel Castro

I suddenly realized that I had been remiss in neither mentioning nor posting anything in regards to the death of brutal strong arm dictator and tyrant, Fidel Castro.

That was not proper, and so I’ll say this:

Descansa en el Infierno, asesino bastardo.

Saluda al Che Guevara por nosotros.

 

For those who may not speak Spanish, that’s “Rest in Hell, you murdering bastard. Say hello to Che Guevara for us.”

I hope my feelings on the matter were not obtuse.

God bless, my friends. May He bring peace to those who have died and suffered under the reign of this tyrant.

 

“Thank God that such men lived!”

Today, in the United States, is Memorial Day. For many it is a day of picnics, of friends and family, and a day of rest from the work and toil of everyday life. For many more, however, it is a day in which we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free; free to enjoy the freedoms we have in our country, and continue to enjoy.

The title for the post comes from a quote from General George S. Patton, Jr. The General said, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” 

I know that I thank God for those men, those women and in some cases, those children who fought back against tyranny and against evil, laying down their lives to protect the freedom of people they’d never know. I’m with the General, and I thank God for them, today and every day.

Friends, remember something in addition to that. The media exists to push the negative, the sensational, the fearful. From reading the stories we would think that patriotism is dying, and that most of the people in our country hate the USA and all that it stands for.

THAT’S NOT TRUE. The majority still love our country and the principles on which it was founded. This Memorial Day, as we remember those who gave all for our freedoms, let us also remember that we’re not alone. A great many, indeed, I believe, a majority, will be doing it with us.

God bless today, my friends – and never forget!

 

Moral Equivalence just before Memorial Day. How “convenient.”

You know, it takes a lot for me to put a politically themed post on my blog. I tend to avoid them like the plague, namely because like many other subjects, politics can be a highly charged, highly emotional thing. However in this instance, I believe it is warranted.

Memorial Day in the United States is a day in which we remember those who have paid the highest price – the giving of their lives – to secure the freedoms that we enjoy in our country. To many, it’s just another day. To far more, it’s a day to remember, and appreciate what we have, and why we have it. For that reason, if no other, it makes the timing of our current President’s trip to Japan; his “apology tour,” as many are describing it, quite suspect. He made it a point to speak at length about the “horrors” experienced by the people of Hiroshima, and how terrible it was for the nuclear bombs to be used. In his remarks, although he may not have been foolish enough to have said it outright, he equated Allied forces with Axis forces in a statement of moral equivalence.

Strangely enough, he failed to remember a lot of other horrors; horrors done BY Imperial Japan during the course of the war and the unimaginable suffering it inflicted on the people to whom it was done. He also failed to mention the reason why the US ultimately used the bombs on the Japanese empire; the attack on Pearl Harbor, which drew us in, and their government’s refusal to surrender. He also forgot to mention the millions of lives, on BOTH sides, that were estimated to have been saved by their usage.

I guess when it doesn’t “fit the narrative,” it’s not important, but I digress. The article follows:

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/05/27/war-crimes-imperial-japan-lesson-moral-equivalence-mr-obama/

Whatever you may think of the website in question, its veracity or anything else, please read the linked article and remember that these are not things you’ll hear a lot of, if anything, in our age of apology, revising history, and flat out ignoring what the realities of history. Remember it the next time you see a WW 2 movie in which the only bad guys are Nazis – because, well, the Nazis are safe and no one will be “offended” if you portray them as bad. Above all, remember that moral equivalency, a great many times, is a refuge for the lazy; for those who aren’t able or willing to stand and say, “No. What was done was right and just at the time, given what had gone before. You sowed the wind, and reaped the whirlwind.” It also is lazy in that it isn’t equally applied, all the time. Outage over the usage of atomic bombs, but zero over the 300,000 to 1,000,000 estimated killed in the sustained bombings of Japan prior to their usage. As mentioned before, zero outrage over the atrocities committed against others BY Japan.

See the pattern?

To our current President I’ll say this: must be nice to stand some, what, 70 years after the end of WW 2, in the comfort and security given to you by those who had the courage to do what you, in all probability would never have been able to do, and criticize them in order to make yourself look good, isn’t it?

This is one of the very few times you’ll probably ever “see” me be angry on this blog. I won’t apologize for it, but I do hope I haven’t driven anyone away. Please – feel free to not read the blog posting or article if you feel so inclined.

God bless today, my friends, and let’s all remember those who died so that we may be free.

 

A note to celebrate a hero

I came across this news story and felt that it definitely deserved a place here on The Takedown. Why? First, because it puts the Boot of Truth to two lies; one, that all blacks are shiftless, lazy “gimmies” with their hands out who just want to be supported and do nothing, and two that all blacks need to rely on “the government” to help them achieve and get ahead in life because of the evil people who want to just keep them down. Secondly, because it puts the Boot of Truth to the idea that the world sucks, people sucks, life sucks, and there’s no good left anywhere, any more, for anyone. This story is one of self-sacrifice, and I believe, one of love shown for one’s fellow man.

The story can be found here: http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2015/12/19/hs-football-player-killed-shielding-three-girls-from-shooters/

To you, Zaevion Dobson, a man (for that is truly what your actions showed, to me – the mark of a man) who gave his life for others, I offer my thanks for your example, and my prayers for your family and those who knew you. May your sacrifice never be forgotten, and may it act as coals of fire heaped on the heads of those who exploit others of your race for their own gain, or to keep the fires of hatred and mistrust stoked.

At the risk of politicizing the issue, I will also say this as a rather sad footnote. It amazes me that our mainstream media, the current President, and groups such as Black Lives Matter, who are so quick to so instantly weigh in when there is political clout to be gained, an agenda to be pushed, or cameras rolling, took upwards of two days to finally say anything – and in the President’s case, to say it in a Tweet sent to his Presidential Twitter account. In the case of the leader of the BLM movement, it was a Tweet that said “My Hero.”

Wow. I mean – imagine what effort that took.

If I sound bitter – it’s probably because I am. In my opinion, this man deserved more honor than that, especially from those who are so quick to claim that the lives of blacks matter so much.  For me, it makes me step back and take a look at what the agenda really might be. I hope it does the same for others, too.

Zaevion, you died a hero. May God grant you peace.

God bless you today, my friends.

 

 

 

In remembrance of a true hero

I felt it appropriate to take a moment and link this news story in remembrance of the sacrifice made by this 11 year old man.

I say man because what he did was, indeed, the mark of a man.

God bless your family, son, and thank you for reminding us of what John 15:13 is all about.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/05/heroic-boy-sacrifices-save-little-sister/

God bless you all today, my friends.

The passing of Leonard Nimoy

I just saw in the news that Leonard Nimoy, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the character “Mr. Spock” on Star Trek, has died.

His accomplishments were many and varied, and I have very fond memories of seeing him both in Star Trek as well as in shows such as “Mission: Impossible,” “In Search Of…” a very memorable episode of “Columbo,” and many others.

He will be missed.

God rest, Mr. Nimoy, and thank you for the enjoyment you brought to so many through your work.

As my friend Darren said, simply, “A sad day.”

I agree.