June 19, 2015

Ben Carson’s Statement on the Charleston Massacre

Filed under: General,Positivity — Tom @ 10:59 pm


Last night evil walked the streets of Charleston. My heart aches for the families of the victims. I pray for the families left behind. I pray for the community scared and hurting. I also pray you and I can conquer hatred.

In my lifetime I have seen such great progress. Though racial based hate is still very much alive as last night so violently reminded us.

But I worry about a new hate that is growing in our great nation. I fear our intolerance of one another is the new battle ground of evil. Today many feel it is ok to hate someone who thinks differently than you do.

The left hates the right. The right hates the left. This attitude is poison. Poison that will sicken all of us.

Just because someone is for Obamacare and another is against doesn’t change the fact we are all brothers and sisters. All Americans.

As a brain surgeon I can assure you that all of our brains look the same, no matter what our skin color or party affiliation.

The America I know and love has fought evil all over the world to protect evil’s victims. At home we must dedicate ourselves to not hating anyone based on their politics.

Our leaders have walked our country down this path and it is up to us to change course.

Please join me in praying for those who lost their lives last night. Please join me in praying for comfort for their families. Please join me in praying for our great nation, that we may heal ourselves before it is too late.
Dr. Ben Carson

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061915)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Widower, 85, who donated wife’s wedding dress to charity shop with a touching note is found… and says he’s ‘overwhelmed’ by the thousands it’s raised for hospice

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Leeds in the UK (HT Daryn Kagan):

Widower, 85, who donated wife’s wedding dress to charity shop with a touching note is found… and says he’s ‘overwhelmed’ by the thousands it’s raised for hospice

  • Widower who left a note to his late wife’s wedding dress has been found
  • Man, 85, felt the ‘time was right’ to give the lace gown to charity
  • Bidding on eBay for the white, 1950s peplum gown has reached £7,000

An 85-year-old pensioner who sparked a media storm when he donated his late wife’s wedding dress to charity said he’s been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response.

St Gemma’s Hospice launched a worldwide search to find ‘the kind gentleman’ after he handed the vintage gown into their charity shop in Garforth, Leeds, with a heart-rending note attached.

The note read: ‘I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one, 56 years like I did, happy years. I was a lucky man to marry a lady like mine.’

As a result, the charity decided to put the dress up for auction on ebay to allow more people to have the chance to buy it, and currently the bidding stands at £7,738.

They also asked women to share their own pictures of themselves in their wedding dresses along with a donation which has boosted the hospice’s coffers.

The appeal has led to the man who donated the dress to come forward but he wishes to remain anonymous. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

AP History of Attacks on Black Churches Shows No Previous Murders in Over 50 Years

While emphasizing that it’s (supposedly) only a partial list, it appears that the Associated Press felt compelled today to try to claim that there’s a long and recent history of murderous racist attacks on black churches (or predominantly black churches) in the U.S.

Somehow, the wire service forgot that a genuine trend needs to continue uninterrupted or at least some consistency before it can legitimately be called a trend. What AP’s list really shows is how out of the ordinary the horrible massacre allegedly committed by 21 year-old Dylann Roof on Wednesday in Charleston, South Carolina really was. AP’s list might have been far more enlightening, fair and balanced if had included other recent murderous attacks at U.S. churches of all types. As far as I can tell from the list which follows, until the Charleston massacre, there had not been a congregant murdered in a black church since 1963, over a half-century ago.