The blogsite “Answering Muslims” noted this exchange between Fox News host Megyn Kelly and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, about the Muslim Brotherhood-connected organization’s attempts to block the film “Honor Diaries.” The documentary draws attention to the abusive treatment of women and girls in Muslim countries.
Watch the trailer for “Honor Diaries” here.
And that reminds me, here’s Hitler’s reaction to the number of sign-ups to President Obama’s so-called “Affordable” Care Act.
Dog and pony show
So doggoned cute!
According to her mom, four-year-old Harper’s best friend is the family’s English bulldog “Lola.” Inseparable since Harper was born, this little girl has the perfect playmate. Mom Rebecca Leimbach said one day she found her daughter and Lola dressed in matching tutus. Grabbing a camera, Leimbach began snapping photos of Harper and Lola’s happy friendship. The result? Some pretty doggoned adorable pics! Head over to Leimbach’s Facebook page and see for yourself.
Speaking of cute …
This little guy, three-year-old Zhang Junhao, brought his boom box “baby” and his personality and had them at “hello.” Watch this precocious toddler and you’ll see why!
Salute in silence
A reader sent a link to The Virtual Wall, a website that lists the names of those etched into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The website categorizes each name by Last Name, by Wall Panels By Date, by State and City, by Height of Valor (medals), by photos: Faces Of Freedom, by Military Unit, by POW/MIA Status and by Groups and Battles.
“Relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on this web site,” The Virtual Wall explains. “We bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to your home to help remember the sacrifices of the fallen and their families.”
I searched my hometown for the young men who gave their lives in the Southeast Asian war and spent some time reflecting on their sacrifice:
SGT PAUL ROLAND CARSON
A1C RONALD CHARLES DEFORREST
1LT RICHARD JOSEPH GRAY
PVT JAMES FRANCIS HUBISZ
PFC HAROLD HERBERT MORRIS
PO2 GARDNER TILLSON Jr
A contributing reader wrote, “This is really sobering. Click on the link and find the city you went to high school and look at the names. Click on the name and it will give details of the death. First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals. This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it. I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country. Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site. Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are listed.”
I did. You might want to do the same. And while you’re perusing the site, play this in the background.
Bob Smethurst is an accidental archivist. He has salvaged more than 5,000 aged and weathered photographs, letters, books, cards and other artifacts from World War I heroes in action. Where did he come across this historic treasure trove? Rubbish dumps! According to a published article in the Daily Mail, Smethurst spent years saving images of soldiers from landfills because he couldn’t bear to see them destroyed.
“When he discovered his first letter, he said: ‘I looked at it, I thought it was interesting – this was the First World War. Once I’ve undone it, I found out the chap was killed in action. This was his last letter. I thought, well, hang on a minute, you can’t throw that sort of stuff away.’”
According to the Daily Mail, Smethurst “believes as soldiers from the conflict grew old and died, a lot of their remarkable memorabilia was often thrown out, especially in the 1970s and 1980s. But over three decades he made it his mission to try and save anything he spotted which otherwise could have been lost forever. Mr Smethurst, from Sussex, said his collection is not just photographs – it contains medals, letters and even a handkerchief with a bullet hole found in the rubbish.”
Like stepping into a kaleidoscope
In Shiraz, Iran, is a mosque called Nasir al-Mulk, or “The Pink Mosque.” A visitor at sunrise will see breathtakingly stunning colors shining throughout its interior through jewel-colored stained glass windows. Some say it is the most magnificent mosque in the world.