Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Moral Compasses?


Our Broken Moral Compasses
By Walter E. Williams
October 11, 2017

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Many of our problems, both at our institutions of higher learning and in the nation at large, stem from the fact that we’ve lost our moral compasses and there’s not a lot of interest in reclaiming them. As a matter of fact, most people don’t see our major problems as having anything to do with morality.

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Doctor Williams is a perceptive analyst.

Do people have any “morality” these days at all?

Daily, I see examples both pro and con. Lost property returned intact, pro; looting in disasters, con.

For the most part, I’d like to believe the pro but keep seeing the con.


Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: The Universe sends a cat to save a suicidal vet


Veteran About To Commit Suicide Goes To Smoke His Last Cigarette,
But Then He Hears Something In Bushes

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is sadly a common affliction for many soldiers who have witnessed conflict, an invisible wound that continues to cause incredible suffering long after the guns have fallen silent.

“A lot of us come home without realizing we are bringing the war home with us”, says Josh Marino, a veteran of the Iraq war who suffered the effects of PTSD to such an extent that it drove him right to the brink of suicide.

“I didn’t want to deal with it anymore”, Marino said. He wrote up a goodbye note, grabbed a knife and went outside for a final cigarette in the rain. But then, from the deepest depths of despair came hope. Meowing out of the bushes next to him came a stray black and white kitten which, according to Marino, “just walked up and started rubbing up against my leg and let me pet him. I broke down crying, I burst into tears.

”From this serendipitous encounter everything changed. Marino found a new purpose in life through the friendly feline, who he named Scout, and who he credits with saving his life.

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Maybe, if we are sensitive enough to other PTSD sufferers, then we can be a “cat” to someone in need.

PTSD isn’t just confined to vets.

Maybe “we” can find others who have lost hope.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Humanity demands that “we” do better



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Medicines will expire without power as chronically ill patients suffer … … …

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The Gooferment is the worst way to organize society.

Perhaps “we” can use this as a “teaching moment” and do so much better.

At the very least, “we” should look around ourselves and get organized for when it happens to “us”. I mean “personally”.

If there is any type of disaster, do “we” know who will need our help.

And, why should we wait for a disaster to trigger “charity”?

What about the folks who may need our help now?

It might be as simple as calling on a lonely old neighbor, doing a chore for someone — young or old — who can’t for some reason unable to do it themselves, or maybe giving a few buck to the Salvation Army as opposed to the Big Charities with highly paid CEOs.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Faith in action that may move people’s hearts


A Nun With A Chainsaw Becomes The Face Of Hurricane Irma Recovery

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Very impressive. 

In full habit, she’s doing hard work.

No wonder folks are impressed.

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POSITRACTION: Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem was stabbed seven times while stopping a suicide


From Desert Sun:
Bloodied and half-blind, this cops grip was the last defense against disaster
Five years ago, Highway Patrol Officer Dane Norem was stabbed seven times while stopping a suicide. He refused to give up.

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This is a courageous man.

 There is a saying from the Talmud that “whoever saves one life, it is as if he [or she] has saved the whole world.”

Now I am not a religious scholar; nor would I say I am very religious.

But this is the essence of humanity. 

Hang on and don’t let go to ANY and EVERY life regardless of cost.

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POSITRACTION: Houston is an example of the true spirit of America


Grandparents Get Jet Ski Rescue After Calling Chick-Fil-A For Help
by McKinley Corbley – Sep 1, 2017

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Chick-Fil-A does not just prepare toasty chicken sandwiches – they can also reportedly serve up their meals by rescue boat when conditions get dicey.

An elderly married couple of northern Houston, Texas had been waiting out the worst of the storm with relatively good results. Over the course of the weekend, their house had remained dry and free of complications.

But then, on Monday, it quickly began filling with water.

The seniors, J.C. and Karen Spencer, did not know where to turn for help; so they called the local Chick-Fil-A restaurant at which they are regular customers. J.C. then placed an order for two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg – and a rescue boat.

The manager’s husband, who happened to have a boat, then maneuvered over to the great-grandparents’ house.

As Karen and J.C. were loading up all of their prized possessions, two mystery jet ski rescuers also arrived at the scene and offered to help.

With both grandparents riding on the backs of the jet skis, the boat rescuers were able to safely carry all of the Spencers’ important gear to dry land. They even offered to return when J.C. said that he had forgotten his wedding ring and wallet.

The Spencers are now hoping to find the jet ski rescuers and thank them for their help in the rescue.

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This is typical of all the great stories coming out of Houston.

It appears that private citizens did more than the “official” Gooferment efforts.

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POSITRACTION: Youth Risks His Life to Crawl After Suicidal Woman


Youth Risks His Life to Crawl After Suicidal Woman and Talk Her Down
by McKinley Corbley – Aug 28, 20170

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A situation that could have ended in tragedy took an inspiring turn last weekend when a Good Samaritan risked his own life to comfort a suicidal woman and talk her down from the edge.

The woman was first spotted on Saturday afternoon crawling across a section of beams in the Broadway and Lafayette subway station. The beams, which were roughly 20 feet above the subway floor, made for a dangerous drop.

Klein then saw a young man start crawling across the beams to where the woman was sitting. When the youth finally reached the woman, he sat next to her, put his arm around her shoulder, and started talking to her quietly.

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“He actually cared enough, whoever he was, to help her. A lot of people seemed to be like ‘Oh, it’s New York’, and kept walking,” Klein told CBS New York. “I don’t know what I would’ve done. I don’t think I would’ve climbed over to do that.”

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“Greater love”?

Inspiring to see a youth do this. Makes him a man in my book.

And anonymously!

Special place in Heaven for him, I hope.

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