Tag Archives: Charity

POSITRACTION: “And she brought ice pops.”



Bride won’t sign prenup, throws ‘wedding party’ for poor kids instead
By Brooke Baitinger and Laura Italiano May 8, 2016 | 5:39am

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Yiru Sun was radiant in bridal white Saturday — even though she had called off her wedding at the last minute, instead turning her reception into a feast for the poor.

The pretty Manhattan insurance executive was supposed to tie the knot in a lavish Upper East Side wedding Saturday. But after balking at the proposed prenup, she turned her heartbreak — and her non-refundable $8,000 reception deposit — into something beautiful: a luncheon for 60 needy kids and their families.

“I should have been the bride. It was canceled,” Sun told her guests at the elegant Harold Pratt House at East 68th Street and Park Avenue. “Initially I felt frustrated,” said Sun, a vice president at New York Life Insurance, declining to dish about her former betrothed, not even to name him.

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“Three weeks later, I woke up with this idea,” Sun, herself a single mom of a 6-year-old daughter, told her guests, who were chosen with help from The Salvation Army and Inwood House.

“At that moment, I started to think it was God’s plan,” she said of turning her misfortune into a great party.

“I cannot be the princess of my wedding day, but I can give the kids a fairy tale.”

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“It’s special because this lady canceled a special day for her family and herself just for little kids to have fun,” said Kimberly Gil, 10, who attended with mom Amelia Victorio, 30.

“And she brought ice pops.”

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What can one say?

“Lemons and lemonaide”.

“Created a tax deduction”.

Or, really touched some poor children with an inspiring message.

Did the prenup tip off her gut instinct that the man’s heart was in his wallet?

Whatever I think, I have to ask myself: “Have I brought ice pops lately?”

Kudos to a smart beautiful woman with a good heart.

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“Three weeks later, I woke up with this idea,” Sun, herself a single mom of a 6-year-old daughter, told her guests, who were chosen with help from The Salvation Army and Inwood House.

“At that moment, I started to think it was God’s plan,” she said of turning her misfortune into a great party.

“I cannot be the princess of my wedding day, but I can give the kids a fairy tale.”


ENDNOTE: Bust Phony Michigan Homeless Vet


‘Producer Joe’ Uses ‘Liar’ Sign To Bust Phony Michigan Homeless Vet, Then Does Something Amazing (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post | By Eleanor Goldberg
Posted: 07/19/2013 1:28 pm EDT | Updated: 07/19/2013 3:19 pm EDT

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But when WGRD caught wind of the scandal, the radio producers there weren’t satisfied with the simple PSA the news outlet had aired. They decided to take matters into their own hands and force the con artist out of his corner.

Producer Joe joined Rudy at his busy intersection with a cardboard sign that read “LIAR” in big blocky red and yellow letters with an arrow pointing in the vet’s direction.

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Sorry, but defrauding the public is NOT “free speech”.

While it might not be the BIGGEST crime — that’s left for the District of Corruption, the various state capitals, and anywhere politicians meet with crony capitalists — it is FRAUD.

The only possible LEGITIMATE functions of government is to protect The People from force. Fraud is a form of force. Theft by deception.

This particular fraud makes us a cynical nation about private charity.

All charity — to be moral, effective, and efficient — must be private.

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POSITRACTION: save the world; one action at a time


The Gifts of Random Acts of Kindness
Erica Sofrina
March 14, 2013

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I received a powerful teaching that day. I saw that I did not have to save the world. I just needed to show up and do the things that appeared on my path each day. I learned that life unfolds in the moment and must be lived and acted upon in the moment, or a precious and possibly even life-changing opportunity can be lost forever. The challenge is to listen to that quiet voice and not the often-louder ones that declare all of the reasons why it is not a good or “practical” idea.

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I hope that I can listen to my inner soul and do good things.

Read the whole story. It’s impressive in its simplicity. 

Reminds me of the new Pope.

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ENDNOTE: Liberty of conscience was / is part of the larger issue


American Catholicism’s Pact With the Devil
Paul A. Rahe · Feb. 10 at 5:21pm

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In the nascent American republic, this principle was codified in its purest form in the First Amendment to the Constitution. But it had additional ramifications as well – for the government’s scope was limited also in other ways. There were other amendments that made up what we now call the Bill of Rights, and many of the states prefaced their constitutions with bills of rights or added them as appendices. These were all intended to limit the scope of the government. They were all designed to protect the right of individuals to life, liberty, the acquisition and possession of property, and the pursuit of happiness as these individuals understood happiness. Put simply, liberty of conscience was part of a larger package.

This is what the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church forgot. In the 1930s, the majority of the  bishops, priests, and nuns sold their souls to the devil, and they did so with the best of intentions. In their concern for the suffering of those out of work and destitute, they wholeheartedly embraced the New Deal. They gloried in the fact that Franklin Delano Roosevelt made Frances Perkins – a devout Anglo-Catholic laywoman who belonged to the Episcopalian Church but retreated on occasion to a Catholic convent – Secretary of Labor and the first member of her sex to be awarded a cabinet post. And they welcomed Social Security – which was her handiwork. They did not stop to ponder whether public provision in this regard would subvert the moral principle that children are responsible for the well-being of their parents. They did not stop to consider whether this measure would reduce the incentives for procreation and nourish the temptation to think of sexual intercourse as an indoor sport. They did not stop to think.

In the process, the leaders of the American Catholic Church fell prey to a conceit that had long before ensnared a great many mainstream Protestants in the United States – the notion that public provision is somehow akin to charity – and so they fostered state paternalism and undermined what they professed to teach: that charity is an individual responsibility and that it is appropriate that the laity join together under the leadership of the Church to alleviate the suffering of the poor. In its place, they helped establish the Machiavellian principle that underpins modern liberalism – the notion that it is our Christian duty to confiscate other people’s money and redistribute it.

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While this is a little nose-bleed-ish for this fat old white guy injineer, it does strike to the heart of the issue.

I’ve critiqued the decision not to fight Gooferment Skrules on a First Amendment basis. The Gooferment should not be propagandizing future voters. And, dumbing them down. That was the goal of the Prussians when they introduced the whole idea. And, “We, The Sheeple” just went along.

How do we put some spine back into the Church folks and the American People in general?

Maybe BHO44 has done that for us?

This is just the first shot at religious freedom. If BHO44 gets reelected, then Obamacare will open the flood gates of these type issues.

Do Catholics have the courage of a MLK or Gandhi to stand together in defiance of the civil authorities?

Sadly, I don’t think so.

It’s a war for the soul of America. A war that may have been lost in 1913. And, these are just the final skirmishes. Before there’s total capitulation to the “Secular Progressive” meme.


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POSITRACTION: Tebow demonstrates class


Sports Amid Tebow-Mania, a Quiet, Dream-Come-True Gesture Reveals Another Side of Quarterback’s Impact
Posted on January 14, 2012 at 11:53am by Dave Urbanski

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With each dramatic, down-to-the-wire win, the unlikely legend of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow increases.

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But amid the media hype over his on-field successes—and press-conference declarations of faith—Tebow‘s charitable work and plain ol’ expressions of kindness don’t grab nearly as many headlines.

Like his pregame meeting last Sunday with Bailey Knaub, a Loveland, Co. high schooler who was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease when she was 7 and has since undergone 73 surgeries, including the removal of one of her lungs.

“[Tebow] just came over and said ‘Hi Bailey. It’s such a great opportunity to meet you.’ And he gave me the ball, and I was so excited,” she told CBS Denver.

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“Here he’d just played the game of his life, and the first thing he does after his press conference is come find Bailey and ask, ‘Did you get anything to eat?‘ He acted like what he’d just done wasn’t anything, like it was all about Bailey.” Tebow even added extra star power, calling over receiver Demaryius Thomas (who caught the game-winning touchdown) and uber-iconic John Elway to meet the enthralled 16 year old.

“It was the best day of my life,” Bailey said. “Tim Tebow gave me the greatest gift I could ever imagine…the strength for the future. I know now that I can face any obstacle placed in front of me. Tim taught me to never give up because…today might seem bleak but it can’t rain forever and tomorrow is a new day, with new promises.”


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[JR: That’s a class act. In a day when too many of those physically gifted individuals forget “there but for the Grace of God”. I’m not a big fan of the MP4B (i.e., “Millionaires Playing For Billionaires”). This story convinces me that at least one of them has his head screwed on straight. ]

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POSITRACTION: FedEx a dying child home


FedEx flies terminally ill girl home
Published: Saturday, September 26, 2009 6:08 AM

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Because of caring people and a caring company, a terminally ill little Green Forest girl was flown home Friday by air ambulance from M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, so she can spend her last days surrounded by the people who love her most.

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[JR: And who says big corporations don’t have feelings. Yes, they get good PR that 11k$ couldn’t buy. But, it’s more than that. IMHO!]

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[JR: OK, it’s not from MC. But it’s from the Boss. The Big Boss. You know, one step short of the Burning Bush. LOL! If we make it to Saint Pete, at least we can say we got the notice. I’m just as sure that all the experts will be telling us how this supports their pet cause (e.g., global warming, global kooling, social justice, higher taxes, lower taxes, the UN). I like to read it for myself. I know I’m just an injineer, but I can google all the “big wurds”. As one of those “good will” people to whom it’s addressed, I’m interested in His Holiness’ insight. Thought any Jasper who suffered through Theology might be interested in the original as well. Probably will take me a year to read it. It does have some big words, Latin, and assumes an education in the Early Fathers. No calculus to make it easy. But no exam either.]


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