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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by SirMissalott, Apr 24, 2013.

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  1. SirMissalott

    SirMissalott Active Member

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    I don’t want to know his name. I don’t want to see his face. I don’t want to know his life’s history, his back-story, who his family is, where he went to school, or what he liked to do in his spare time. I don’t want to know what “cause”, if any, he was fighting for. I don’t want to know why he did it, or may have done it, or what possessed him to carry out his actions. I don’t want to know. Because that’s what he really wants. I’ll be damned if I’m going to give him what he wants.

    Put him on trial, but don’t cover it. Tell me when you decide to jail him for three lifetimes – because that number matters. That’s the number of lives he has to now pay for. That’s all I want to know about him. Nothing else.

    Instead, tell me about the first responders who ran towards the fray, within seconds, fearless. Tell me about the ones wearing the yellow volunteer jacket, or the neon police vest, or even the ones in the regular everyday t-shirt who became a helper. Tell me the story about the first responder who held gauze over a wound until they made it to the hospital. Tell me the story about the volunteer who held the hand of the injured spectator until they got into the ambulance. In six months, tell me the story of those who lost a limb, who beat the odds, pulled through countless surgeries, and are learning to walk again. Tell me the story about the love, the compassion, and the never-ending support of thousands, millions, of people who support the victims here. Tell me their stories. Tell me everything you can, because they are the ones that matter. Tell me of the good that they have done, are doing, and will continue to do, regardless of… No, not regardless of, in spite of. In spite of that someone who would do them harm. Because that’s what freedom in this country means. It means coming together in the hardest of times, even in the face of unfathomable adversity, to make life better for all those around us.
     
  2. chuckie68

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    SirMissalott,

    Well said. I want to add that I am and have always been a Michigan resident. I am an avid Detroit Red Wings Nad Tigers fan. I am and always have been a Red Sox Bruins fan, although I do partake in the rivalries, and hate them when needed.

    However, I would like to express my gratitude for the CLASS that the sports teams have shown through this traumatic 2 weeks. Even if David Ortiz did have a gaffe on national TV Even if all the other naunces have stuck their ugly faces out in the open. The class of the "National Hockey League" and "Major League Baseball" has served to bring some people as Americans together in an effort to support each other. So Thank You professional sports, you are all really more than just overpaid jocks. You have shown that you are just people --- Americans too.

    Chuck
     
  3. SBray

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    SirMissalott,

    I couldn't agree with you more! If I were king, the media would only be allowed to speak of the victims. The criminal's name, or image would never be allowed to be broadcast.

    It is sad that many people can remember the criminal's name, but can't remember the victim's name. Something is terribly wrong with that!

    Steve
     
  4. SirMissalott

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    Gentleman,
    Thanks for your kind words but I merely copied & pasted, it sickens me to no end what our "media" has become in this country!!
     
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