Bag of Randomness for the First Day of February 2017

  • While I’m not a supporter of President Trump, I’m going to give him a little credit with announcing his Supreme Court pick during prime time because it has gotten people interested in what’s going on with their government. However, I’m not a fan of him flying in both judges and making it similar to an episode of ‘The Bachelor’.
    • “Next week on . . . The Justice . . .
  • After last night’s announcement, the White House launched a new Twitter account – @GorsuchFacts – Judge Gorsuch will be fair to all regardless of their background or beliefs. This is exactly the kind of #SCOTUS Justice @POTUS promised. #JusticeGorsuch
  • It’s weird how the public is always on “death watch” when it comes to the Supreme Court and the type of “celebrating” that goes on one dies.
  • Gov. Abbott orders state hiring freeze through August
    • Gov. Greg Abbott said in his State of the State Address Tuesday that he is ordering an immediate state hiring freeze to pare spending. But the hiring freeze includes a public safety exception that includes Child Protective Services.
  • Jerry Falwell Jr. Says He Will Lead Federal Task Force on Higher-Ed Policy
  • I posted a video yesterday of Tom Brady tearing up when talking about how his father is his hero. That got me to thinking how the term “hero” is overused or misused. I’m throwing out the disclaimer that I respect all firefighters, police, military personnel, and the like, and they should be commended for what they do.  However, I’m not sure if we should automatically say they are heroes because they willingly chose those paying professions and putting themselves in harm’s way is an expectation, if not an obligation or requirement – they want to do those sort of things. Though I guess there’s an argument to say just choosing to be in those professions may be heroic. Well, it all reminded me of a ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ segment which aired back in December about the Carnegie Hero Awards. A definition of “hero” was provided, and I like how it distinguished a hero is under no obligation.
    • While lots of people think they know what a hero is, Mark Laskow, chairman of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, has a particular definition: “It’s a person who’s under no obligation to act, leaves a place of safety, puts himself or herself in serious risk of death or major injury to save the life of another human being.”
  • The TICKET is once again broadcasting from the Super Bowl.
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3 Responses to Bag of Randomness for the First Day of February 2017

  1. Anon says:

    Thank you for your comments regarding the term "hero." My co-worker and I have upset quite a few with our arguments that fire fighters and police officers aren't heroes. If your job is to fight fire and save a life, you do that one day while on the job, you are not a hero. If your job is to protect and serve, and you protect someone from something while on the job, you are not a hero.

    Now, to stretch your argument and logic… Shouldn't the same also be said about the 9/11 first responders? If it's in your job description…?

    • Geeding says:

      I think you did a better job making my point than I did. Somewhat of a tangent, but someone can act like an ass but not actually be an ass, they just happened to be acting like one at a particular moment.

      The 9/11 first responders is an interesting one. They all served in professions in which they willfully put themselves in danger, or as you put it, is in the job description. However, just because it's in the job description shouldn't necessarily disqualify anyone from being a hero because some went above the call of duty. So I'd say while not all of them are heroes, the ones who went above and beyond could be considered a hero, at least in my book. Off hand, if the fire chief commanded "Joe" to pull back and exit the building but "Joe" went back to rescue others – doing something he's not obligated to do and going above and beyond, I'd say "Joe" is a hero. And for all those firefighters who decided to climb up knowing they weren't going to live through it, I'd say they are a hero. I guess my biggest point is that just because someone is in one of those professions doesn't mean they are automatically a hero. A person in the Army can serve in JAG and another can be a Green Beret, both are still soldiers, but both are totally different roles. I've gone on a tangent, oops.

  2. Andy says:

    This Baylor alum supports the death penalty for Baylor. Fire every coach that was there during that time. No football program for at least a year, maybe two. Let that beautiful new stadium sit empty as a reminder that terrible choices have consequences.

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