Hanging On To That American Feeling Despite The News Of The Day *Open Thread*


I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July. I know I did. Part of that celebration included having lunch with a dear old friend down at the beach, timed to be able to see the fly by of two fighter jets close to shore. This is something they do every year – they fly the entire South Carolina coast to honor this great country. But before they came by, the Coast Guard sent one of their Search and Rescue helicopters by, pulling the American flag, with their door open and Coasties waving to everyone on the beach. It was a special moment, I have to say. (By the way, the Coast Guard SARS chopper regularly flies over our house on the way to the beach.) It is a nice way to honor this country, and all that our military has fought to protect.

It was a good weekend indeed to celebrate this great nation, and frankly, I am not willing to let go of that good feeling quite yet before the ever-depressing news of the day comes crashing down. That said, one piece of news I feel obliged to share is the response of an Iranian official to the whole Kerry/Obama Nuke Deal. This headline says it all: “Iranian Official: US Will Remain Our Enemy Despite Emerging Nuclear Deal.” Uh, yeah. Shocking, I know. Here is more on that:

[…] Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said that even if a nuclear deal comes to fruition in Vienna, where Iranian and western negotiators are currently trying to reach an agreement by a Tuesday deadline, Tehran and Washington will not become friends.

“The US might arrive at some agreements with us within the framework of the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), but we should never hold a positive view over the enemy,” Iran’s Fars News Agency quoted Pourdastan as saying.

“Our enmity with them is over the principles and is rooted because we are after the truth and nations’ freedom, but they seek exploiting nations and putting them in chains,” he explained further. […](Click here to read the rest.)

Doesn’t it just make you SOOO happy that our government is working so hard to capitulate SO much to a country that not only is a big time sponsor of terrorism, but who see us as their enemy? WTH?? UGH.

So yeah, just that little bit is making my head explode, so I want to share a story that highlights the goodness of Americans. This one has to do with a Georgia deputy sheriff and a pregnant woman. From People.com:

[…] On June 18, Alexandra Davis, who is expecting a baby with her fiancé, wrote a private message to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page to find the deputy who anonymously paid for her gas.

The deputy had overheard Davis on the phone with her fiancé and learned they were “scraping for money,” according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

“My fiancé and I are living paycheck to paycheck as I am 26 weeks pregnant,” she wrote in her online message. “He is looking for a better job.”

The 21-year-old had to withdraw $10 from her savings in order to pay for the gas to get home that night.


When she got to the counter, the gas station employee told her that the officer had paid for her gas. She was still on the phone and was “confused,” so she ran out the door to find the deputy, but he was driving away.

This deputy did not want to be recognized publicly, though. This is what he said when the County Sheriff’s Department figured out who it was:

After some brief investigating.. we tracked down our deputy who this message is about. He was reluctant to admit he was the deputy from this incident, so we will allow him to stay anonymous.

He said “She just seemed like she needed some help. It was the right thing to do.”

We are proud to work alongside men and women like this deputy.

And so they should be proud to work alongside someone like that, a man who clearly showed compassion for someone who was struggling. Well done to that Forsyth County Deputy!

One more story, and this also involves a police officer, this time in Memphis, TN. This is a bittersweet story, but one that ended very well indeed thanks to the actions of this one police officer. From MyFoxMemphis: Officer Walker

[…] “My heart is full because of this man who not only puts his life on the line in law enforcement, but takes the time to snuggle my sweet boy as well! Job well done by Memphis PD!”


“…I want to give a major shout out to this Memphis Police Officer. In desperation we called the police to help us and not only did this officer show up and try to set them straight, he took the time to talk to [my son] and I, ask questions about [our dog] and greyhounds in general, and shared his stories about growing up as an “Army Brat” (His dad is still a Lt Col at Ft Hood). As daddy was holding [my son], he leaned over with his arms outstretched wanting to be held by Officer (Walker). He happily obliged as [my son] rested his head on his shoulder and loved on him. As angry as I am, my heart is full because of this man who not only puts his life on the line in law enforcement, but takes the time to snuggle my sweet boy as well! Job well done Memphis PD!” (Photo by Lori Ann Hensley/Facebook)

During checkout the following morning, another manager on duty at the Best Western apologized profusely to the family and refunded the Hensley’s room. (Click here to read the rest.)

Well, that was the right thing for the hotel to do, but good for Officer Walker for stepping in and making sure the law was upheld for this veteran and his family.

What a great country, isn’t it? This in an Open Thread. Discuss whatever is on your minds today!


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36 Responses to “Hanging On To That American Feeling Despite The News Of The Day *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    All of the Democratic candidates support Sanctuary Cities, including Hillary: http://dailycaller.com/2015/07/05/all-four-democratic-presidential-candidates-support-sanctuary-cities-video/

    I struggle to understand how these cities were ever established in the first place, and how they are able to get OUR taxpaying dollars when they are clearly flouting the law. Go figure.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Then all the Democrats, including Hillary, support breaking the law. And their equally lawless supporters evidently have no respect for the law either.

      No matter how the left and their mouthpieces in the press try to avoid it the fact remains that illegal immigrants are here illegally. Thus their first act in coming here is breaking our laws. Don’t we have enough home grown criminals?

      I don’t care how many names I get called, I want life to be made so miserable, so impossible for every illegal that they self deport.

      If they then enter by the process and come here “legally” I, as a 3/4 immigrant and 1/4 native American who was waiting on the shore heritage, will welcome them with open arms.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Exactly, Marge – that is EXACTLY what they are saying. That they neither support the law nor the Constitution, and are not fit to be President since one of the duties of the President as spelled out in the Constitution IS to protect our borders. So none of them are fit for the office, IMO.

        And right there with you – they are here illegally,t hey are already lawbreakers, and some are far worse than others. While I am not a big fan of Trump’s, he DID make a point, however artless it was that illegal aliens commit ADDITIONAL crimes in this country and the policies of letting them flow into the country is dangerous.

        I don’t know if you saw it or not but Ted Cruz also stumped an immigration “activist” when he asked him what happened if someone went into Mexico illegally. The answer, of course, is that they are deported – if they are lucky. They don’t play down there, and neither should WE.

    • foxyladi14 Says:

      imho they should be shut down, 🙂

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        If they are so damn proud of breaking the law then then no taxpayer dollars, from hard-working, law-abiding citizens should go to their cities.

        I know, dream on. Because the federal government is the biggest lawbreaker in the country starting with the POS in the Oval Office.

        We are voted in the GOP to put a stop to this kind of crap. Instead the gutless wonders are either hand in glove with the law-breakers or too damn afraid they might anger the Hispanic voters to say a word. You know what, any Hispanic citizen who supports this lawlessness is a traitor to their country. But then you have to ask yourself which country do they really support. I see far too many of them waving the flag of Mexico.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I could not agree more. When I heard this morning that Webb voted to keep funding for Sanctuary Cities, it was clear that NONE of them is capable of defending the Constitution and our borders, even someone like him who has taken the Oath a number of times. Really disturbing, that…

          Judging by the responses of a lot of the GOP candidates, I am afraid most of them would not be strong enough to stand up for this country. That is just sad. And it is a sad commentary on where we, as a nation, are these days…

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            Most of the GOP candidates are so gutless they won’t stand up for anything. Or they say the will and then behave like arch traitors Boehner and McConnell!

            But in the spirit of feeling good about something…

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Love the Women’s World Cup Champs cartoon! It has been quite some time since the last one. Glad they finally got it again, and did so by playing finesse soccer. That is as it should be, IMO.

            Sadly, I fear you are right, Marge. It does seem like many of them continue to say what we want to hear, then do the exact opposite once they get voted in. Mighty aggravating, that…

  2. helenk3 Says:



  3. helenk3 Says:

    Did you ever think that is this country were drowning like Greece, the left would throw an anchor instead of a lifeline?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No, I really didn’t. I know I have said this a thousand times, but I just do not know how we got to this place so fast in this country, and now we have a Socialist, who wants to take more money from the rich to give to whomever he deems worthy, and to go the way of Greece with continued entitlements.

      That less than 2/3 of the those who want to work ARE working in this country shows that we are heading the way of Greece. That is beyond troubling that so many Dems are okay with that…

  4. helenk3 Says:


    oh yeah information protection at it’s best /s

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    More bad news. 😡


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yeah, we knew that was coming, didn’t we? Grrrr.

      Our paper had a cartoon with the three separate branches. For the Judicial and Legislative, they had the same one. Ahem.

  6. foxyladi14 Says:

  7. helenk3 Says:


    good article, something to think about

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That IS a great article, Helen. Thank you.

      The Dems have browbeat all kinds of groups into submission, like the banks. It was so ironic that the unions went after Bank of America considering it was forced into giving subprime mortgages by activists in places like Chicago to help out low income families. They were damned if they did, damned if they didn’t, and that led us to a great deal of hurt, all thanks to the Dems. But they have gotten away with a lot of that, all of the Fannie/Freddie debacle, and more, by blowing enough smoke that too many people believed, and Reps let them get away with doing.

      Now, we continue to have ALL of these programs for pre-K, after school, Head Start kinds of programs that cost us a TON of money – AND DO NOT WORK. But that doesn’t stop the President from pushing them left and right, oh no. And on and on and on it goes, from things like that to the claims of “settled science” to force companies to comply to rules that have not born scientific proof to continued entitlements out the wazoo. So, yeah. We are on our way to becoming Greece unless we get someone in the Oval Office who truly cares abt this country and what has made her great.

      It sure as hell wasn’t Socialism.

  8. foxyladi14 Says:

    cristy cream lol

  9. helenk3 Says:


    Is the world becoming fed up? seems like it

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well, I know I am, no doubt abt it. I think they are trying to demoralize us so we will just throw up our hands and let them continue with this insanity. Schmucks.

  10. helenk3 Says:

    stole this because it made me laugh

    Yeah though I walk thru the valley of death


  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Oh the hypocrisy…

  12. helenk3 Says:


    this is flying under the radar.
    Texas wants if’s gold back within it’s borders.
    never remember that ever happening before in this country

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You know, that does not surprise me. I think I may have mentioned here a conversation I had with a retired Federal police officer who has a couple of houses in Texas. He said that Texas is probably one of the only states (I would add, along with Alaska) that can be completely self-sufficient. They have access to ports, they have fuel, they have meat, they grow all kinds of veggies and fruits, and could secede pretty easily. That they now want all of their gold back says something, doesn’t it? Thanks for this…

  13. helenk3 Says:


    a good example of the backtrack bunch’s thinking.
    looks good but does not really do anything useful

  14. helenk3 Says:


    another one of the backtrack legacies

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No kidding – “Regulation Nation” is so apt given all that Obama has slapped on this nation.

  15. kenoshamarge Says:

    The left in a four panel nutshell:

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