AMERICAN HERO

tonight I shed literal tears after watching a 2-minute, hand-painted, recently discovered/preserved short film from
110 years ago, which was just printed the day before & rushed to the festival so we could see it before anyone else and then projected on a hand-cranked motion picture machine from 1909; and yesterday I watched a john ford movie about abraham lincoln with honest to god american hero apollo 13 astronaut jim lovell in the audience; and also today I guess amodernmusketeer got a fervent hug from mallory ortberg, so let’s just say it’s been a very emotional couple of days.

#BlackHistoryMonth #tbt: Being the first African American woman to travel to space is one of Mae Jemison’s many accomplishments. A dancer, Peace Corps doctor, public speaker and astronaut, Mae went to college at age 16, holds 9 honorary doctorates and has founded many STEM-related programs for students. 

Edward, the name of the man who’s picture (where he is in an American Flag shirt throwing a tear gas canister away from children) has been see an across social media and news websites is asking people to stay true to this real meaning of what is going on. Yes, the picture captured is an outstanding one and will probably go down in history books, but please remind yourself that his image is not some kind of fashion trend. It is not something cool to wear. This picture captures so much more than that. It captures the start of something huge.

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Chris Kyle: April 8, 1974- February 2, 2013

An American Hero, a humble man, and a true patriot. He killed 160 enemy insurgents and was lauded as our nations most prolific sniper “the Devil of Ramadi.” He did not consider that accomplishment as having made himself more or less of a man.

To many will read the above article and only see the highlighted portion and not read the rest. He killed, often but each kill was an enemy who couldn’t place a bomb or kill an American or ally. He wishes that he had killed more so that we had lost less.

He helped and served fellow veterans until he was fatally shot by one he had been helping at a shooting range. He returned from war (which is hell) to help others piece back their lives. If for no other reason (though they are legion) he is a hero.

IF YOU ARE ANTI-AMERICA, or ANTI-CHRIS KYLE unfollow me now because you lack the perspective of anything beyond your own limited agenda. You know nothing of our sacrifices, or our motivations and I have no need or want of you.

Til Valhalla brother.