July 4, 2017

A Feel-Good Roundup

When Poland Sent The U.S. A Birthday Card With 5.5 Million Signatures, artwork, photographs, poems, and pressed flowers.

That's almost a sixth of the population of Poland in 1926.  The good wishes came on 30,000 pages, in 111 bound volumes compiled by the people of Poland, newly independent following World War I, who wanted to express their affection for the United States.  The Poles thanked the United States for the good example it set, for its role in World War I, and for saving Poland's children from famine and disease at the war's end.

 Polish Bcard To Us

10-Year-Old Genius Invents A Device To Stop Children Dying In Hot Cars After His Neighbor’s Death

His name is Bishop Curry from McKinney, Texas, a fifth grader has invented something called the Oasis, a clever little gadget that monitors the temperature inside the car. Once it gets to a certain level, the device emits cool air while simultaneously alerting parents and authorities via an antenna. The idea for the Oasis came to Bishop after he learned that his neighbor’s 6-month-old infant had died from being in an overheated car, and although he only has a 3-D clay model of the device at the moment, he and his father have so far managed to raise over $24,000 for their invention on GoFundMe.
 10-Year-Old-Boy-Inventor-Children-Hot-Car-Lifesaving-Invention-Bishop-Curry-1  GoFundMe to prevent hot car deaths.

Firefighters Throw Baby Shower For Woman Who Lost Everything In Fire

Firefighters surprised a mother-to-be with keys to a new home and a baby shower after she lost everything in a devastating fire.

Veterans Community Project Is Building A Village Of Tiny Houses For Homeless Vets

In Kansas City, Missouri the Veterans Community Project is helping their fellow veterans get off the street by building an entire community of tiny houses for them to live in free of charge.

 Tiny House For Vets

The Restaurant Staffed by Nanas

Kitchen on Staten Island only employs immigrant grandmothers - from Italians to Brazilians and Algerians - to cook home style meals from across the world.

 Restaurant Nonnas

Saving Sex Slaves from Isis

Steve Maman obtained many business contacts in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East as a custom car curator and crystal manufactor over the years of his career. With these contacts in the fall of 2014, Steve Maman began a private effort to liberate Yazidis and Christians after ISIS attacked Northern Iraq. The success of 102 private-funded liberations inspired him to keep going, and he formed CYCI June 25, 2015.

 Maman Cyci

The ‘Jewish Schindler’ Who Sprang Into Action After Witnessing ISIS’s Genocide And Slavery

“From 1939-1945, Jews were being murdered during the Holocaust,” said Steve Maman, “despite the fact that everyone around knew it was going on. It was three years into the genocide [of Christians and Yazidis] yet nobody acted. That is why I did what I did. I didn’t trust anyone else to do it.” ...."When you see a girl being rescued, you cry, I don’t care how tough you are, you cry.’.... The full story of the Jewish Schindler on YouTube

Cop ADOPTS abused ten-year-old boy

Officer Jody Thompson of the Poteau Police Department in Oklahoma has adopted 10-year-old John and his baby sister after he responded to a call regarding the young boy, two years prior....Thompson was stunned to see a severely underweight eight-year-old boy with his wrists bound by belts, bruises all along his back and a huge bump on his head, having been submerged in a trash can full of cold water. He weighed a mere 61lbs. The officer added: 'He did not have a spot on his body that didn't have a bruise or abrasion. It was the worst thing I've ever seen.'

 Officer Jody Thompson

Strangers Buy Car For 20-Year-Old Man Who Walks 3 Miles Each Way To Work

Dying dog meets autistic boy. That's when a miracle happened

Jonny Hickey was an eight-year-old boy with autism who didn't speak much at all. Xena was an emaciated, abused puppy who was so far gone that her rescuers doubted she would make it.  Then Jonny and Xena's paths crossed, and they changed each other's lives forever. From death's door, Xena fought back to become the guiding light and best friend to a boy who needed her. Watch the story of Xena, the Warrior Dog and Jonny.

 Zena+Jonny

Watch 80 Bystanders Form Human Chain To Save 9 Strangers From Riptide

When a dangerous riptide swept a Florida family away, strangers on the beach took more action than law enforcement.

 Human-Chain-Rescue

Dementia-stricken woman celebrates incredible 65 YEARS of marriage with the 'only person she remembers' 

After marrying in 1952, Ruby, 89, and Harold Coleman, 90, went on to have five children together: Marty, Rhonda, Tim, Cindy and Sandy.The couple from Virginia, USA, also have seven grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Harold is a retired building contractor whilst Ruby spent her years as a stay at home mother raising five children and supporting her husband in his ventures. 

Megan Vaughan, the photographer hired to commemorate their love together, explained that despite Ruby's dementia, she loves her husband more and more each day, adding: 'You can see it in her eyes.....I feel completely blessed to have gotten the privilege to meet them and get a glimpse of their wonderfully fulfilling marriage.'

 Ruby+Harold Coleman-1

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Reading wise men on the Fourth of July

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, July 4 1776

Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not,
I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it.
John Adams Letter to Abigail Adams, 26 April 1777

Nothing short of Independence, it appears to me, can possibly do … To see men without Cloathes to cover their nakedness—without Blankets to lay on—without Shoes, by which their Marches might be traced by the Blood from their feet—and almost as often without Provisions as with; Marching through frost & Snow, and at Christmas taking up their Winter Quarters within a days March of the enemy, without a House or Hutt to cover them till they could be built & submitting to it without a murmur, is a Mark of patience & obedience which in my opinion can scarce be parallel’d
General George Washington to John Banister, April 21, 1778

But you may rely upon it, the patience & long sufferance of this Army are almost exhausted,
and that there never was so great a spirit of Discontent as at this instant.
General George Washington to Benjamin Lincoln, October 2, 1782

...if Men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences, ....reason is of no use to us—the freedom of Speech may be taken away—and, dumb & silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.

General George Washington to Officers of the Army, 15 March 1783

An extra ration of liquor to be issued to every man tomorrow, to drink
Perpetual Peace, Independence & Happiness to the United States of America

General George Washington General Orders, April 18, 1783

It is of infinite moment, that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union
to your collective and individual happiness

President George Washington in his Farewell Address, September 17, 1796


Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
Benjamin Franklin, under the pen name Silence Dogood, No. 8, 9 July 1722

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Abraham Lincoln June 16, 1858

Our popular Government has often been called an experiment. Two points in it our people have already settled—the successful establishing and the successful administering of it.
One still remains—its successful maintenance against a formidable internal attempt to overthrow it.
It is now for them to demonstrate to the world that those who can fairly carry an election can also suppress a rebellion; that ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets, and that
when ballots have fairly and constitutionally decided there can be no successful appeal back to bullets; that there can be no successful appeal except to ballots themselves at succeeding elections.
Such will be a great lesson of peace, teaching men that what they can not take by an election neither can they take it by a war; teaching all the folly of being the beginners of a war.

President Abraham Lincoln, Fourth of July Address to Congress, 1861.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation,
conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war,
testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure....
We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain —
that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom —
and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
President Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

It was not because it was proposed to establish a new nation, but because it was proposed to establish a nation on new principles, that July 4, 1776, has come to be regarded as one of the greatest days in history....
In its main features the Declaration of Independence is a great spiritual document.
It is a declaration not of material but of spiritual conceptions. Equality, liberty, popular sovereignty, the rights of man—these are not elements which we can see and touch. They are ideals...

About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful.

It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern.
But that reasoning can not be applied to the great charter.
If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.
No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.
If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when
there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people.
Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary.
Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers. . . .
President Calvin Coolidge  on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 5, 1926

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