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Injured Teen Football Player Stands for National Anthem

Injured Teen Football Player Stands for National Anthem

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By Todd Starnes

One of my readers alerted me to a heartwarming story of patriotism from Hurst, Texas.

It’s the story of Vita Tonga, a member of the Blue Raiders football team from L.D. Bell High School.

A few weeks ago, Vita went down during a game. He tore the ACL on his right knee. Doctors were able to repair the damage last Friday.

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But instead of resting at home, Vita was determined to be at last Saturday’s game.

Sure enough, the North Texas teenager rolled out to the sidelines in a wheelchair to cheer on his teammates.

When it came time for the National Anthem, the Blue Raiders stood at attention – with their hands over their hearts.

They insisted that Vita be at the front of the line – in his wheelchair. But the young teenager refused to stay seated.

With his leg heavily bandaged and braced, he lifted himself out of the wheelchair and joined his teammates in honoring our great nation.

Vita’s dad told Fox 4 in Dallas that he got a bit emotional watching his son’s patriotic gesture.

“My father is from Tonga,” Charlie Tonga told the television station. “America means something to our family. It’s huge to always stand when the national anthem is played. It’s important to us.”

Mr. Tonga took a photograph of his son and as they say – it’s gone viral. But Vita simply shrugs off his newfound celebrity.

“I didn’t really think about it,” Vita told Sports Day. “People give their lives just so I can stand up over here in the United States. So therefore I feel as an American citizen I should stand.”

Isn’t it refreshing and reassuring to know there are still some football players left in this nation who are still proud to be American?

How ’bout that copperdick!

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ANZAC Day 2016: The Glass Treasures of Vignacourt.

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The mind is an unexplored country.

In 2010 Australian photographer Ross Coulthart became aware of a collection of photos from the First World War. They were the work of Louis and Antoinette Thuillier, photographers in the northern town of Vignacourt. Most of the photos discovered to that time featured British soldiers, but here and there Australian Diggers were seen in the background. Coulthart, with assistance from professional and amateur historians, was able to meet in 2011 with the descendants of the Thuilliers. They took him to the farmhouse attic and, for the first time in nearly a century, the glass plates that preserved the images of many hundreds of Australian soldiers saw the light of day.

Group portrait of four members of the 13th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery. The two soldiers in the front row hold bottles of French wine. Identified in this photograph are 3750 Corporal (Cpl) Robert Chaffey Stuart (third from left) and 3489 Private (Pte) John Charles Bitton (fourth from left). Stuart, a labourer from Naracoorte SA, embarked with the 12th Battalion in December 1915, was transferred to the 52nd Battalion in March 1916, and then to the 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery in July of the same year. In January 1919 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Bitton, a labourer from Maylands WA, embarked with the 28th Battalion in January 1916, Group portrait of four members of the 13th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery.  Far right:  Private John Bitton from Maylands WA. Second from right: Corporal Robert Stuart from Naraccoorte SA.  Stuart was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1919.

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Someone must lead, BRAVO LADIES!

Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:09am EDT

With hot dogs and hugs, mothers take stand against Chicago violence

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/15/us-usa-chicago-violence-mothers-idUSKCN0QK0CD20150815

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This Man is What MLK, Jr. Meant by “Content of Character” !

Michigan man who walks 21 miles to work given new car

The Detroit Free Press last weekend told of Robertson’s long hike to work everyday, something he has been doing for 10 years.

“something he has been doing for 10 years.”

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The Brilliant One Speaks..

THOMAS SOWELL: AL SHARPTON’S ‘TRAIL OF SLIME’

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2014/12/23/thomas-sowell-al-sharptons-trail-of-slime/

 In his column on Tuesday, author Thomas Sowell highlighted the political union of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and community agitator Al Sharpton in the wake of the murder of two city police officers while they sat in their car.

“Mayor de Blasio has made anti-police comments with Al Sharpton seated at his side,” Sowell commented.

“This is the same Al Sharpton with a trail of slime going back more than a quarter of a century,” he continued, “during which he has whipped up mobs and fomented race hatred from the days of the Tawana Brawley ‘rape’ hoax of 1987 to the Duke University ‘rape’ hoax of 2006 and the Ferguson riots of 2014.”

Sowell recommended that de Blasio show some “residual decency,” by not “defiling” the funerals of the officers killed in cold blood.

“No politician in the country has done more to play the race card against the police and spread the notion that cops are the big problem in minority communities,” than de Blasio, wrote Sowell, who also observed the fact that the two slain officers were members of minority groups themselves has hardly been mentioned in the mainstream media.

Sowell also placed President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder in the category of the “gullible” who fall to the media’s portrait of the “romantic tale” of poor blacks vs. white police officers. Obama and Holder, he said, are among “blacks who don’t know what they are talking about…because they never grew up in a ghetto.”

Slamming those who have whipped up the notion that “ghetto social problems,” or “social degeneracy,” has arisen from “a legacy of slavery,” Sowell wrote this politically driven link “is an excuse for the ideology of the intelligentsia behind the social policies that promoted this degeneracy.”

Playing the race card is a dangerous game, states Sowell.

“It can ruin us all,” he adds.

 

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You Want Class? Here It Is..

Natalie Fertig / NY Daily News:
Eric Garner’s daughter, moved by child also left fatherless, lays wreath at memorial for slain NYPD cops

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Sanity and Sense EXIST..

Black Ferguson Residents Protect White-Owned Business Amid Riots

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/crime/black-ferguson-residents-protect-white-owned-business-amid-riots

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School punishment by racial quota

http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2014/11/18/school-punishment-by-racial-quota/?subscriber=1

By Thomas Sowell

If anyone still has any doubt about the utter cynicism of the Obama administration, a recent agreement between the federal government and the Minneapolis Public Schools should open their eyes.Under the Obama administration, both the Department of Education and the Department of Justice have been leaning on public schools around the country to reduce what they call the “disproportionate” numbers of black male students who are punished for various offenses in schools.

Under an implicit threat of losing their federal subsidies, the Minneapolis Public Schools have agreed to reduce the disparity in punishment of black students by 25 percent by the end of this school year, and then by 50 percent, 75 percent and finally 100 percent in each of the following years. In other words, there are now racial quota limits for punishment in the Minneapolis schools.

If we stop and think — as old-fashioned as that may seem — there is not the slightest reason to expect black males to commit the same number of offenses as Asian females or any other set of students.

When different groups of human beings have behaved differently in all sorts of ways, in countries around the world, for thousands of years of recorded history, why would we accept as dogma that the only reason one set of students gets punished more than others is because the people who are doing the punishing are picking on them?

Politically — which is the way the Obama administration looks at everything — any time they can depict blacks as victims, and depict themselves as their rescuers, that means an opportunity to get out the black vote for Democrats.

On the surface, this may look like a favor to blacks. But only on the surface.

Anyone with common sense knows that letting a kid get away with bad behavior is an open invitation to worse behavior in the future. Punishing a kid for misbehavior in school when he is 10 years old may reduce the chances that he will have to be sent to prison when he is 20 years old.

Other schools in other cities, which have also caved under pressure from the federal government, and agreed to lighten up on black kids who misbehave, have reported an increase in misbehavior, including violence. Who would have thought otherwise?

Letting kids who are behavior problems in schools grow up to become hoodlums and then criminals is no favor to them or to the black community. Moreover, it takes no more than a small fraction of troublemakers in a class to make it impossible to give that class a decent education. And for many poor people, whether black or white, education is their one big chance to escape poverty.

The people in the Obama administration who are pushing this counterproductive policy are not stupid. They are political, which is worse. They know what they are doing and they are willing to sacrifice young blacks to do it.

This punishment issue made me think back to the 8th grade, when I was punished by being kept after school, more often than any other kid in the class — black, white, Hispanic or whatever. I was bored in school and did various pranks to liven things up.

One day, after school, as I sat alone among the empty chairs in the classroom, the teacher said, sarcastically: “Well, here we are again, Sowell, just the two of us!”

“Good grief, Miss Sharoff,” I said. “If we keep staying in after school together all the time, people will begin to talk.”

“We will just have to live with the scandal,” she said, without even looking up from the papers she was correcting.

Thank heaven there was no Obama administration to exempt me from punishment. Who knows how I might have ended up?

Years ago, there was a study of a working class community where there were black, Hispanic and Italian kids, and where many of the cops were Italian. When a black or Hispanic kid broke the law, the police took him down to the station and booked him. But, if an Italian kid did the same thing, they reacted differently.

The Italian cop would take the Italian kid out into an alley and rough him up. Then he would take him home to his family, tell them what had happened and leave him there — where the kid could expect another beating, instead of the wrist-slap punishment of the law. Those cops understood the realities of life that politicians ignore. And they were doing a favor to their own.

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