A Man And A Story To Remember

This brought a tear to my eye. It’s such a bittersweet story.

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He is the man in the middle.

William Felton was born on February 12, 1934.

His grandfather was the family’s first generation born free on this continent. The young boy would hear stories of how the Ku Klux Klan went after his grandfather because he tried to raise money among the poor blacks to build a schoolhouse and pay a teacher to educate their children.

The young boy would remember his grandfather’s story, and he would remember the racism he and his family lived with daily.

When he was growing up, he remembers his father was once refused service at a gas station until all the white customers were helped first; when his father tried to leave, the attendant put a shotgun in his face, telling him, “Boy, you’re going to buy your gas from me” and he had to wait.

He remembers when his mother walked outside the house…

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Remember …

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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  It is a day we should all remember … a day we should hope never EVER happens again.  The lessons of this history have never been more relevant than they are today as we see many nations leaning away from democratic principles and toward authoritarianism, and as we see a rise in hate crimes, rise in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.  Those lessons of history should be the focus of this solemn International Holocaust Remembrance Day—designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005, on January 27th, marking the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, in 1945.

The victims of the Holocaust were an estimated 6 million Jewish people, 200,000 Romani people, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.  We must … MUST take time to remember these victims and…

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Rights and What is Left to Control

the lion's share

How much control should we have over other people?

In our society, regardless of where you live, your rights are paramount to your happiness. You base your entire world (and even worldview) around your rights. Your right to live, to find joy, to experience the full gamut of being a human, to be who you are.

This includes your right to choose where you live (to an extent), where you work (to an extent), what you learn (to an extent), who you worship (to an extent), who you love (to an extent), how to raise your family (to an extent), what products you’ll buy (to an extent), and even where you’ll rest when you pass (to an extent).

A lot of ‘to an extent’ that could be unpacked, but the reality is that for every station of life, for every aspect of it, and for everyone anywhere in the world…

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Why don’t leftists realize America is too different to adopt the Nordic model?

A very insightful, succinct take on a complicated country.

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I’m not a leftist as you would define it. Why? Because you have no idea what a “leftist” is. So, I’m going to educate you.

The terms “Leftist” and “Rightist” come from 2 Civil Wars. The first, the English Civil War between Charles I and the Parliamentarians. The second being the French Revolution between the National Assembly and Louis XVI.

At the end of both, those who believed in the monarchy, divine right of kings to rule, feudalism, and so on stood to the right of the king. Those who believed in rule of the people, by the people and for the people stood to the left of the king.

So, those who stood on the right believe in autocratic government with 1 person having unlimited power, having different social classes, oppression of the people, with power in the hands of the monarch and nobles and the people serve the…

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The Most Horrible Task…

Coalition of the Brave

Shared from this post, by Knotty, and also shared on Meerkat Musings. I cannot fathom how anyone would not break down doing this job. It would crush me, especially given the senseless nature of how 19 little souls were ripped away, all because some people think access to firearms matters more than a child’s right to life. It is not without irony that the so-called ‘pro-life’ crowd champion forcing people to give birth, but take no interest in stopping gun violence, even when children are killed. These people are usually American Republicans, who usually have close financial ties to the National Rifle Association, which tells you everything you need to know.

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Roe vs Wade P3

Coalition of the Brave

Reproduced via a forum:

I’m not pro-murdering babies.
I’m pro-Becky who found out at her 20 week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life sustaining organs.
I’m pro-Susan who was sexually assaulted on her way home from work, only to come to the horrific realization that her assailant planted his seed in her when she got a positive pregnancy test result a month later.
I’m pro-Theresa who hemorrhaged due to a placental abruption, causing her parents, spouse, and children to have to make the impossible decision on whether to save her or her unborn child.
I’m pro-little Cathy who had her innocence ripped away from her by someone she should have been able to trust and her 11 year old body isn’t mature enough to bear the consequence of that betrayal.
I’m pro-Melissa who’s working two jobs just…

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