Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: ‘Your duty is done’

2017-Aug-20

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/vietnam-vet-dementia-reassured-colonel-tells-duty-done/

Vietnam Vet With Dementia Reassured When Colonel Tells Him ‘Your duty is done’
by McKinley Corbley – Aug 17, 2017

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It has been decades since Lawrence Silk foughtthrough three different tours in Vietnam – but due to his dementia, he still wakes up some days and feels like he has to ship out and start fighting once more.

As a means of soothing his troubled mind, however, Lt. Col. Andy LaFrazia stopped by the veteran’s bedside with an important gift.

LaFrazia first heard about the 84-year-old’s troubled predicament when Silk’s daughter Julie Dunn and her husband Kenny posted about her father’s condition on social media.

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Well done, sir.

I hope the man finds peace. 

I hope we all find peace.

GBA

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POSITRACTION: All life is sacred and Moms deserve a lot of credit

2017-Aug-12

FWIW, for some number of unfortunate reasons, I’m now “pop pop” to a seven week old baby boy named Daniel (aka Gift from God) due to a drug addicted mother — my fiancé’s daughter. I’ve always been a pro-life pro-choice fat old white guy injineer. This experience has reinforced two things — (1) Moms deserve a lot of credit for the work that a baby represents; and (2) the baby is really a miracle. Daniel has taught me a lot. Not the least of which that every human is a unique Gift from God. We allow them to be killed (i.e., aborted) at our own peril. While I’d never want the Gooferment involve in a Mom’s body, we certainly should be able to figure out how to preserve life.

IMHO

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POSITRACTION: Miracles are all around us

2017-Aug-06 

https://goo.gl/1JtnN7

Watch Coma Survivor Stand Up to Kiss His Wife for the First Time
After Doctors Doubted He Would Live
Good News Network

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Just days before his fifth wedding anniversary, Jonny Grant was the victim of a car accident that left him in a coma. Doctors were unsure of whether he would ever wake up, much less move.

Because he sustained a diffuse axonal injury, he was given a 10% chance of survival.Two months after the accident, however, he awoke from the coma.

Through intensive physical therapy at a Richmond, Virginia rehabilitation center, the Navy SEAL has slowly regained motor control. Though he is still unable to use his vocal cords, he communicates with his wife Laura by softly mouthing his words.

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Stunning how little we know and can estimate.

As long as there is life, there’s hope.

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POSITRACTION: Senator John McCain cast the decisive NO vote

2017-Jul-30

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Dear CV Friend,

Ugh.

Just after midnight this morning, Senator John McCain cast the decisive NO vote.

A last ditch “skinny” bill to repeal portions of Obamacare (and defund Planned Parenthood for one year) failed to pass 51-49. Had McCain voted yes, Vice President Mike Pence was available to break a potential tie vote.

Two other Republicans (Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins) also voted no. Recall that Murkowski and McCain BOTH voted for partial repeal in 2015. And don’t forget this campaign ad last year that boldly stated: “John McCain is leading the fight to stop Obamacare.”

Apparently John McCain no longer approves that message.

So what’s next?

Republicans are in the hot seat. They promised again and again to repeal Obamacare. The House did their job. They’ve now tried several versions in the Senate. They tried the same repeal that they passed in 2015. They tried a modified repair and replace (BCRA). They also tried this skinny repeal.

So far Republicans are batting .000 on health care.

CV supported passage of this bill, hoping that the inevitable conference process with the House would produce a viable repeal and replace plan. Negotiations continue and it’s still possible that Senate Republicans could propose a new bill that gets majority support. But failing that, Democrats are salivating at the prospect of entering negotiations this fall to bail out their insurance company cronies.

What can we do?

THE TRUTH: Republicans deserve most of the blame here. They’ve spent months haggling over how to repeal one of the worst laws in American history. People are suffering. Families want help. And Republicans have failed to deliver.

But Democrats also deserve blame. Even vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year in states won by Trump did NOTHING. They sat on their hands and played politics. They provided cover for Planned Parenthood. And they danced with glee last night when a very modest compromise effort was defeated.

So come next year — these puppets of Chuck Schumer need to be defeated.

Imagine a Senate with 2, 3, or even 5 more senators dedicated to patient-centered health care reform, protecting religious liberty, and providing real school choice for Catholic families.

Imagine if our entire agenda wasn’t dependent on barely squeaking by with 1 or 2 votes. That’s why 2018 is so important. 

McCain, Murkowski, and Collins dealt the decisive blow last night. But pro-abortion Catholic Democrats in swing states must also be exposed and sent into retirement. And unlike McCain and Co., they’re up for re-election next year.

In fact, 10 Democrat Senators in states won by Trump are running for re-election next year.

We need to understand this a long fight.

And there’s plenty of time still left on the clock.

We voted and we want results.

And we won’t rest until we get it done.

 
 
 
Brian

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As a pro-life little L libertarian I can only hope that the balance shifts in the babies favor.

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POSITRACTION: A crowd “catch”

2017-Jul-23

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/watch-crowd-make-amazing-catch-girl-falls-ride/

Watch Crowd Make Amazing Catch When Girl Falls From Ride
by McKinley Corbley – Jun 26, 2017

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There was nothing amusing about this young woman dangling from an amusement park ride on Saturday evening – but the resulting rescue was an inspiring example of humanity.

Visitors of the Six Flags theme park of Lake George, New York were shocked to see a 14-year-old girl hanging from the Sky Ride gondola 25 feet above the ground.

As park goers attracted the attention of emergency personnel and park security, several pedestrians gathered under the girl and started organizing themselves into a makeshift human safety net.

When Park personnel stopped the ride, one man climbed a nearby tree so he could move the branches out of the girl’s path. Once the way was clear, the climber yelled out for the girl to let go.

And she did, landing safely into the arms of the people below.

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While the event is still under investigation, however, one thing is clear: this group of random strangers were ready to risk their own health just to help a girl in distress.

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“Love thy neighbor as thyself” in action.

A lot of things COULD have gone wrong for the rescuers.

Maybe even death or serious injury. 

In this case, it all worked out for the best.

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POSITRACTION: 80 team to save 9

2017-Jul-16 

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20170710/amazing-human-chain-formed-to-rescue-drowning-family-in-pcb

Amazing human chain formed to rescue drowning family in PCB

By ERYN DION News Herald Reporter 
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at 4:39 PM Updated at 9:05 AM 

  • “I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day,” Roberta Ursrey said. “It was like, ‘Oh God, this is how I’m going.’”

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PANAMA CITY BEACH — It was supposed to just be a quick trip to the beach, but the Saturday afternoon diversion to the water almost ended in unspeakable tragedy for Roberta Ursrey and her family.

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As Simmons paddled, the human chain grew, with 80 people stretching over 100 yards out to the distressed swimmers. Some of them couldn’t swim, Simmons said, but wanted to help and stayed in the shallows. Others stood in water up to their necks, waiting for Simmons and her husband to cover the last few feet so they could pass the swimmers to shore.

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Very impressive example of “spontaneous order”. Everyone was a “first responder”.

Clearly the lady who “had lived in a pool” was the spark plug, but everyone deserves credit.

Nice to see place the welfare of their fellow man over their own fears.

Imagine what more we can all do if we just look out for our “neighbors”.

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POSITRACTION: Toy Panda For A Little Boy

2017-Jul-09

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/workers-buy-toy-panda-little-boy-seeing-pleading-note-scribbled-box/

Workers Buy Toy Panda For Little Boy After Seeing Pleading Note Scribbled on Box
by McKinley Corbley – Jun 29, 2017 

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This little boy couldn’t bear to part with a toy panda that he saw in a store – but thanks to the kindhearted employees, they weren’t separated for very long.

10-year-old Leon Ashworth and his mother Debbie were browsing the shelves of the Asda supermarket in Liverpool when Leon first spotted “Pandy”: a fuzzy little stuffed panda bear that cost less than $10.

Debbie, who works as an intensive care nurse, reluctantly told Leon that she couldn’t afford to buy him the panda until she received her paycheck the next week.

“I’m always in the store and a week ago I came in to pick up some essentials. Leon spotted this panda – he just seemed drawn to it and said ‘mummy can I please have this panda?’” said Debbie. “I explained to him that I didn’t have enough money – it was just before payday, you know what it’s like. So I told him we would come back next week after I’d been paid and get it as long as he was a good boy.”

Heartbroken, Leon then placed Pandy in a cardboard box and scribbled a note on the front in pencil.

“He then put the panda in the box and put it back on the shelf,” explained the mother. “I didn’t actually see what he’d written at that time. I didn’t think much more about it and I just thought someone would take it out of the box and put it back on sale.”

The note read: “My mum didn’t have enough money to buy me Pandy so she’s buying me Pandy on 15th June so please don’t buy him as it will make me cry. Thank you so much from Hopeful Future Owner.”

Later that day, the store’s section leader David Bateman saw the note – and he was moved to take action, along with the rest of the employees.

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You just have to have empathy. Is it a big “save”? No. But not everything has to be “monumental”. Just make the world a kinder and gentler place.

Hopefully, we can all do more and better things, but, in this case, a $10 “pandy” was enough to make a little boy happy.

It did me too.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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