Archive | July 27, 2020

Take A Knee…

soldier kneeling ftr
Written By:  Stanislaus “Stan” Drew

 

Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don’t know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.

Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces … the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. From Khe San to Saigon … anywhere will do. Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well … and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress … your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.

There’s a lot of places to take a knee. Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken … but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter, cold mountains … every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans … just American men and women … delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us … blazing a path so you would have the right to “take a knee.”

You haven’t an inkling what it took to get you where you are … but your “protest” is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired.

If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all … because He is the one who provides those things.

But there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this…

GOD BLESS AMERICA!”

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Stanislaus “Stan” Drew originally wrote this post – when he was a member of Palm Springs Baptist Church in Palm Springs, FL – after San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick first began his protests during the National Anthem.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Comet and Lightning Beyond Bighorn Mountains
Image Credit & Copyright: Kevin Palmer

Explanation: Normally, Steamboat Point looks cool — but not this cool. Every day, the iconic peak of the Bighorn Mountains is an interesting sight, in particular from US Highway 14 in Wyoming. On some rare days, the rocky vertical ridges look even more incredible when seen in front of a distant lightning storm. Earlier this month, though, something even more unusual happened — the naked-eye Comet NEOWISE rose above it in the middle of the night. Just as a distant lightning storm was occurring in the background. Recognizing a rare opportunity, a determined astrophotographer spent a sleepless night capturing over 1400 images of this unusual triple conjunction. The featured image is among the best of them, with the foreground lit by the Moon off to the right. Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is now headed back to the outer Solar System, destined to return only in about 6700 years.

Tomorrow’s picture: fighting space dragons

THE SPHINX—-NATURE

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https://nypost.com/2020/06/25/pakistan-airliner-crashed-after-pilots-were-distracted-by-coronavirus/

https://www.foxnews.com/us/louisville-protests-breonna-taylor-armed-protester-accidentally-shoots-himself

The terrorist get their four year old to yell—*uck the police.  Where is family services ?

https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/07/23/watch-tiny-little-kids-led-to-portland-federal-courthouse-encouraged-to-use-vile-curses-against-police/

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/07/25/roberts-has-abandoned-his-oath-bushs-chief-justice-sides-with-liberals-again-n2573111

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/07/24/cdc-schools-should-open-in-the-fall-n2572974

https://www.oann.com/report-2-3-of-palm-beach-fla-covid-deaths-had-underlying-causes/

https://www.oann.com/

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The Natural Editor:  Is this about wild things, LL ?

A Little Bit Cat:  It’s about a bunch of stuff.  The first is about butterflies.

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/06/armor-butterfly-wings-protects-against-heavy-rain

https://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/photos-butterfly-jewel-bug-nebulas/

The second is about Mexican caves and Africa.  Ochre seems to be like a prehistoric Roundup, it was everywhere.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-caves/prehistoric-ochre-mining-operation-found-in-submerged-mexican-caves-idUSKBN2442EM

https://theconversation.com/what-the-use-of-ochre-tells-us-about-the-capabilities-of-our-african-ancestry-47081

This is about the DNC and Raquel Welch, when she was younger, being shrunk to the size of a Wuhun Flu virus, and searching for Joe Biden’s mental problems.  It’s a Fantastic Voyage.

This is her at a Hollywood dinner seated with Jane Mansfield.  She was asked about her expression years later, and said she was watching to see when Jane’s boobs were going to pop out.

https://www.chairish.com/product/939892/jayne-mansfield-sophia-loren-photograph-by-joe-shere?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIr7fjnoHf6gIVSr3ACh2CMgkbEAQYAiABEgJ_svD_BwE

Here is more old Hollywood.

https://www.oann.com/howard-hughes-engagement-ring-for-katharine-hepburn-sells-for-108000/

This bull took care of business.  Thailand has a two justice system like America.

https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2020/07/21/red-bull-blm-fired/

https://nypost.com/2020/07/24/hit-and-run-charges-dropped-against-red-bull-heir-vorayuth-yoovidhaya/

Here is how to catch a Democrat.

https://nypost.com/2020/07/23/bear-cub-head-stuck-in-jar-saved-in-dramatic-treetop-rescue/