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It can save your life.  Or someone else's.  saysuncle.com:

I was once walking through Costco pushing a loaded buggy that had a large box across the top that put it about head high. Some 20 something kid staring at his phone and walking is walking right toward me. I could have said “hey, moron, pay attention”. I didn’t. I just stopped. And watched the kid walk head first into it. He looked embarrassed, then apologized. I said to him something to the effect of “life is easier if you pay attention”. So, get your head out of your phones:

A man standing on a crowded Muni train pulls out a .45-caliber pistol.

He raises the gun, pointing it across the aisle, before tucking it back against his side. He draws it out several more times, once using the hand holding the gun to wipe his nose. Dozens of passengers stand and sit just feet away – but none reacts.

Their eyes, focused on smartphones and tablets, don’t lift until the gunman fires a bullet into the back of a San Francisco State student getting off the train.

Situational awareness is not just for gun nuts.

Park Service ranger: "We've been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting"

This from hotair.com:

When and how did the National Park Service become “the shock troops of the punitive bureaucracy”?

The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.

Harry Reid: Why would we save children with cancer when federal employees are hurting?

Harry Reid has his priorities, and children with cancer aren't near the top of the list.  It's just not fair that programs should be prioritized and funded accordingly.  How it comes out of his mouth, it's all or nothing, even if kids go untreated as a result.  humanevents.com:

The World War II memorial showdown was one of those moments when even the Left’s most enthusiastic spin-meisters and dedicated followers stop cold, with a mass of ice forming in the pit of their stomachs, and realize one of their icons has really screwed up, beyond their ability to conceal the truth.  On the same day Barack Obama lost his ill-advised battle against World War II vets, we got another of those moments – and a reminder of why the media normally goes to great lengths to conceal the existence of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

A response to Richard Dawkins

I found this to be very interesting.  Dennis Prager via humanevents.com:

This past Friday CNN conducted an interview with Richard Dawkins, the British biologist most widely known for his polemics against religion and on behalf of atheism.

Asked “whether an absence of religion would leave us without a moral compass,” Dawkins responded: “The very idea that we get a moral compass from religion is horrible.”

This is the crux of the issue for Dawkins and other anti-religion activists — that not only do we not need religion or God for morality, but we would have a considerably more moral world without them.

This argument is so wrong — both rationally and empirically – that its appeal can only be explained by a) a desire to believe it and b) an ignorance of history.

First, the rational argument.

If there is no God, the labels “good” and “evil” are merely opinions. They are substitutes for “I like it” and “I don’t like it.” They are not objective realities.

Every atheist philosopher I have debated has acknowledged this. For example, at Oxford University I debated Professor Jonathan Glover, the British philosopher and ethicist, who said: “Dennis started by saying that I hadn’t denied his central contention that if there isn’t a God, there is only subjective morality. And that’s absolutely true.”

Make-A-Wish boy continues royal treatment at Boise State

I love hearing stories like this one. ktvb.com:

A Minnesota boy, whose big wish was to meet the Boise State Broncos and be part of the team, continued his dream tour in Boise on Friday.

12-year-old Shane Swanson has battled spina bifida his entire life. He received a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and his headed straight for the Boise State blue.

On Thursday, Swanson received star treatment when he arrived at the airport. And on Friday, he got a blue carpet welcome from some of the Bronco cheerleaders, BSU's swim team and other athletes.

He was then escorted to a news conference set up just for him, where he could answer questions and sign a letter of intent as an 'Honorable Member of Bronco Nation.'

"I'm like, 'Wow.' That's about the words that could come out of my mouth," said Swanson. "I thought it was awesome."

Swanson's incredible experience is the third wish granted by Boise State in the past four years.

He will be at Bronco Stadium for the game on Saturday.

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