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Only ONE SIDE Matters in Good vs. Pure Evil

The tragedy in Charlottesville, VA has been covered on the news by every angle, but only one side (NOT “many sides”) of this story matters:

The good men and women who stood up for equality and human rights for all people.

The people who bravely and proudly showed up in Virginia to protest against hate represented every American watching TV in shock as that tragedy unfolded. These counter-protestors stood up for what’s right against the absolutely vile, revolting, reprehensible and hellish views and flags of David Duke and his white supremacist followers. Those (insert your own choice phrases here) carrying Nazi flags and promoting white supremacy on American soil will burn in hell. These people are the scum of the earth and they are not only on the wrong side of history and humanity, but they are on the worst side.

At this point, many of us are left wondering how this happened in 2017? Why are these people filled with so much hate and pure evil? It’s physically painful to have to write about this event and subject matter. More so, it’s disturbing and utterly heartbreaking.

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon spoke about Charlottesville last night. Like Mr. Fallon, I prefer not to dive into political issues too often on my blog (despite my passion for politics). However, some cases warrant a response, like what transpired this past weekend.

Well said, Jimmy Fallon.

President Trump’s multiple responses in Charlottesville’s aftermath, and his lack of definitive, immediate and obvious condemnation during the tragedy, have been shocking and chilling. The president speaks passionately about building a wall along America’s southern border. So why couldn’t he passionately deliver an equally and unmistakingly impenetrable rhetorical wall against David Duke and white supremacists during the Charlottesville protest and tragedy, during and immediately after?

It’s difficult to find words right now to react to the president’s real reactions to Charlottesville.

But shameful, tragically unreal and disgraceful are a start.

This Iceberg Will Never Melt

This day offers an everlastingly chilly reminder to us all…

On April 14th, 1912, the RMS Titanic famously hit an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic. The initial contact did not instantly doom the ship of all ships, but did introduce one of the most infamous slow-deaths in modern memory. Just as you are about to say the names, James Cameron, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio (all Oscar winners), rightly and wrongly, are immediately associated with this historic journey and tragedy.

On the one hand, we should know the names of those who perished and those who survived before recalling any thematic treatment. The RMS Titanic was a real ship and it really hit an iceberg and this mightiest of vessels slowly disappeared beneath an icy surface.

On the other hand, one can wonder if we would remember this disaster if not for Mr. Cameron’s cinematic masterpiece that captured the essence of early 20th century adventurism, innovation, optimism for a supremely bright future and the full-weight of “class structure” and how it shaped society. Would you? In a way, Titanic serves as a, yes, vehicle (driven by a powerful love story) for honoring everything that fateful tripĀ  represented as the epic ship battled waves and icy currents towards that magically opportunistic place called America.

Today, on April 14th, we should pay our respects and learn about at least one of the victims. What was their story? Why did they board the RMS Titanic bound for America? Was there a passenger who we, personally, can relate to?

This small tribute will ensure the hearts of all those brave men, women and children will go on for eternity.

Paris Has Our Thoughts and Prayers

(Jean Jullien, Instagram)

(Jean Jullien, Instagram)

Today is Friday the 13th.

This was supposed to be the focus on this eerie occasion.

Sadly, it wasn’t.

In what’s being reported as a series of coordinated attacks throughout Paris, the French people (and the world) is in paralyzing shock once again.

  • A witness tells Radio France that attackers inside the Bataclan concert hall entered firing rifles and shouting “Allah akbar.”
  • At least 153 people were killed in the Paris and Saint-Denis shootings and bombings, French officials said. Saint-Denis is home to the national stadium where the soccer match was being played.
  • The worst carnage occurred at the Bataclan concert hall, with at least 112 left dead ()

As more details are reported, there’s only one thing to say at this point:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people, most especially the victims, survivors and police force and their families and loved ones.

New York’s Twin Arches

Sometimes, a picture is worth more than words can describe.

(Instagram/flowkradd)

(Instagram/flowkradd)

“A rainbow appeared over New York City the day before 9/11, and many noted that it appeared to emerge from the World Trade Center site, where the Twin Towers were felled by terrorists in 2001.”
—Nick Sanchez, Newsmax

September 11, 2001 began as a serene Tuesday morning that quickly turned into one of the darkest days in American history.

The world changed forever.

Fourteen years later, the New York skyline and the Pentagon still reveal unthinkable images of gigantic planes crashing into buildings, causing destruction and fire with billowing clouds of smoke, brave people running for cover and heroes running into danger. It’s difficult to put into words what we all felt that day, including the personal connections to people in those cities and on those flights that day.

And those who were almost there.

The awe-inspiring picture above (showcasing one of nature’s best tricks) doesn’t heal the pain from September 11, 2001. However, after so many years, still with a feeling that it just happened, it does offer a small glimmer (and sign) of hope for the future as a rare double-rainbow shines over New York City with the One World Trade Center and an American flag perfectly in frame.

Never Forget.