Motes, Damn,It’s Only Wednesday

To the D.C. mayor: I don’t agree with the thin blue line flag, the rainbow or other variations of our National Flag. It’s the National Flag, not some school toy to change and alter to fit your position. Your opinion America has 51 states, is just that, your opinion. It is not FACT. The fact is we have 50 states and 50 stars. No matter what your opinion is. Your decision to fly flags with 51 stars in wrong, insulting, and possibly criminal. Since the Supreme Court ruled burning the flag was a form of “Free Speech”, I imagine you will claim the same right. I am sure you will face no penalty for your actions, and that’s what is wrong with much of society today.

Yes, it does happen. More often than they let on: A US woman has fatally shot a man who opened fire on a crowd of people with a semi-automatic rifle in Charleston, West Virginia. Dennis Butler, a 37-year-old with an extensive criminal history, was killed after he targeted a group of around 40 people attending a birthday party. Police spokesman said the woman’s quick reaction saved lives and may have prevented a mass shooting. Butler had driven by the area earlier on Wednesday evening when he was warned to slow down because children were playing. For that offense, he returned armed with an AR-15-type rifle and opened fire from his vehicle on the birthday-graduation party outside the apartment complex in the city. The woman who fired back did not have any law enforcement background. She has not been identified. “She’s just a member of the community who was carrying her weapon lawfully,” he said. “And instead of running from the threat she engaged with the threat and saved several lives.” Good guy (gal) with a gun stops bad guy with a gun. As far as I can tell, this story has been buried since the last week of May. Because it doesn’t fit the narrative. Does kinda stomp on the old “private citizens, women in particular, can’t defend themselves with handguns against attackers” narrative.

Some Black lives matter more than others: On Sunday, June 5, 2022, Islamic terrorists stormed the St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo, Nigeria, and massacred more than 50 Christians who were otherwise peacefully worshipping their God. As terrible as this massacre might seem, it is just the proverbial “tip of the iceberg”: over the years, Muslims have assaulted, shot up, or torched countless churches in Nigeria adding up to over 400 deaths. For being Christians. According to some reports one Christian is killed every two hours in Nigeria. Last month’s more recent video of the Nigerian Christians being murdered barely made a peep in the Western media.  Maybe the ritual slaughter of Christians has become so commonplace as to be unworthy of reporting on.

You can have only one: Self-described “Proud Democrat” Andy Ostroy issued a tweet on Saturday asking Republicans and independents; “What would you rather have, $2.50/gallon gas or a democracy?” Of course, we don’t have a “democracy” but rather a Constitutional Republic but that would be splitting hairs with a bald man. So, just off the top of my head, why can’t we have both? I don’t see where one would be exclusive of the other.

A class act: We know John Cena is a classy guy, but this goes above the stereotype even for him. I woman and her son decided to flee Mariupol Ukraine. The son, Misha, has Down’s Syndrome, is “non-verbal”, and couldn’t understand why he had to leave his home and friends.  Mom convinced her son they had to leave home and travel through Europe to meet his hero John Cena as a way to calm him and alleviate his distress. After hearing about this Cena, who was in Europe for work, used a break in his schedule to fly to Amsterdam and make Misha’s dream come true. On June 5, the two met up and spent time building blocks, eating cake, and flexing their biceps. Misha was pictured wearing his green John Cena t-shirt that said, “Respect. Never Give Up. Earn it.”. Class act.

My best wishes out to Toby Keith and his battle with Cancer. It is, and will be, a long tough battle but he’s a tough guy and will not back down an inch. Country music superstar Keith announced he has had stomach cancer since late last year but has received treatment and plans to return to the stage soon. In a statement posted on his verified Twitter and Instagram accounts Sunday, Keith said he was diagnosed with cancer last fall. I wish him Good luck and Gods bless him in his battle.

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