NEWJERSEY: Your License, Or Your Conscience?

August 5, 2020 11:47AM
Your License, Or Your Conscience? A Tale of the Pandemic
By Walter Olson

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The story of one man’s stand on principle and the patients who were saved, from Jewish family weekly Mishpacha via Ira Stoll:

Early on, a talmid called with a complicated question. As an operator of several nursing homes, he was being forced to accept residents who’d tested positive for the virus as they were released from hospitals that no longer wanted them. Despite the clear danger to their current residents and staff, the nursing homes were being given no choice.

Rav Shmuel told him unequivocally that to accept these patients was a form of retzichah, murder, since it put the other residents at serious risk. But then, on a conference call, the governor informed all nursing home operators that failure to accept the patients would mean losing their licenses.

The talmid called Rav Shmuel again. Lose your license, the Rosh Yeshivah ruled, but you can’t put your elderly residents in danger.

The nursing home operator listened to his rebbi.

Weeks later, he stood tall as the only major nursing home operator in the state of New Jersey who didn’t lose a single resident to Covid‐​19.

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Throughout history, there have been stories of courageous women and men, who have stood up for their conscience and, often, paid a terrible price up to and including their lives.

Here’s a example of one such hero.  

And I don’t use that word as lightly as others in today’s society.

Guess like in the Olympics there are different tiers based on what you risk — your life like in opposing the Nazis, your health in many of the Dead Old White Guys in the American revolution, your freedom, your fortune, or anything like that.  

I include the grocery store clerk who shows up for work and risks his life for a few bucks to survive.

Here’s a man who put his business at risk and stood afoul of a politician!

We’ll have to stand with him when he reprisals come from the tyrant.

“Three hundred years from now where will you be and where shall I be?” — Thich Nhat Hanh


POLITICAL: Maximo Guillermo “Max” Manus

Notes from JWR:

by Jim Rawles

December 9th, 2012 would have been the 98th birthday of Maximo Guillermo “Max” Manus. He was was one of the few Norwegians who had the testicular fortitude to put his life on the line, fighting the Nazi occupiers. (There surely would have been many more active resistance fighters in Norway, but fearing widespread reprisal executions by the Germans, King H7 urged the civilian populace to stand down.) Manus passed away in 1996. His exploits are fairly accurately shown in the movie Max Manus: Man of War


INSPIRATIONAL: Fess Parker, an American Icon

Page last updated at 09:41 GMT, Friday, 19 March 2010

Davy Crockett actor Fess Parker dies, aged 85

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Actor Fess Parker, famous for playing American pioneer Davy Crockett in Walt Disney’s classic 1950s TV series, has died in California at the age of 85.

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An American icon.

A celebrity who was squeaky clean.

An example of the American hero.

Where are the replacements?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Old vet is still courageous

Retired railroad man recalls World War II battles
Howard Benthine will go on Honor Flight April 23
The Register-Mail
Posted Feb 14, 2010 @ 08:12 AM

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Howard Benthine was not even 19 years old when he killed another man for the first time.

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Benthine faces cancer with the same attitude with which he faced war.

“We’ve had a hell of a good life. An outstanding life.”

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Life was simpler then. Go to war, come home, get a job, work your way up the corporate ladder, and wed.

“Bon courage a vous tous”

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SURVIVAL: Take zero chances. Ever?

Boy, 9, killed rescuing duck from the road
By Joel Currier

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY — Danny Bampton’s compassion for animals cost him his life.

Investigators say the 9-year-old St. Charles County boy was riding with his mother on Highway P near a relative’s house Wednesday afternoon when he saw an injured duck in the road and asked her whether he could save it. After she pulled the car over, Danny hopped out and put the duck in a roadside culvert on the south side of the highway.

But when he tried to cross back over the rural, two-lane road to his family’s car, Danny was struck by a westbound Subaru Legacy driven by Alayna R. Hitz, 18, of Wentzville.

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Wow, what a tragedy for ALL involved.

I bet Mom is going to rethink that decision for a long time.

Accidents happen.

But, someone always wins the lotto.

Maybe, there’s a lesson there. But I’m having a hard time seeing it.

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VETS: Brian Bradshaw overshadowed by Michael Jackson

Remembering a Real Hero
from In From the Cold by Spook86

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Amid today’s orgy of adulation over Michael Jackson, we should pause and remember real heroes–men and women who paid the ultimate price for this nation, but whose lives go uncelebrated.

U.S. Army Lieutenant Brian Bradshaw was one of individuals. He died on June 25th, the same day that Michael Jackson passed away. But Lieutenant Bradshaw didn’t die in a Hollywood mansion from a drug-induced heart attack. He was killed on a road in Afghanistan, when his vehicle was targeted by an improvised explosive device.

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Well from now on anytime I hear “michael jackson” I will think of “Brian Bradshaw”! What about you?

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LIBERTY: They did what they were asked to do

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The best known D-Day is June 6, 1944 — the day on which the Invasion of Normandy began — commencing the Western Allied effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II.

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One thing is for sure, many good men died this day.

Was it worth it? Only history will tell. Only God knows what might have been.

(Remember “It’s a wonderful life”?)

If we as a society truly value our soldiers and veterans, then we would not allow the gooferment to treat them so badly.

Let’s bring the troops home. Now! (Remember I told you that Ron Paul was that only true anti-war candidate.)

Let’s have the courage to demand, and pay for, the VA.

Let’s beware of the politicians who risk our troops for ill defined, venial, or (yes, sometimes) personal reasons.

Remember the 6th of June and all these days that good men died.

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INTERESTNG: a UNIQUE moment in internet history!

<b>Susan Boyle – Britains Got Talent 2009 Episode 1 – Saturday 11th April</b>

Don’t miss this. As the “ugly duckly” changes into a swan before your very eyes. A unique internet moment.

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A follow up.

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GUNS: Gun in the home stop a spree!

Area burglary spree over?

Posted Apr 09, 2009 @ 09:52 AM

Last update Apr 09, 2009 @ 10:59 PM

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An armed Roswell couple was at home when two burglars showed up there Tuesday. They not only stopped the burglary but held the men until deputies arrived, Tuscarawas County investigators said.

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WE are the “police”!

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JOBSEARCH: Two minutes of inspirational speeches

Inspiration, Motivation Just the Way I Like It: Short & Sweet 2 Minutes

Posted in February 9th, 2009

Hat Tips:,, “What would Dad say”

Two minutes of inspirational speeches.

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Excellent for turkeys who are down in the dumps.

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POLITICAL: The “Chesley Sullenberger” yardstick for assessing “leadership”, Politicians found wanting!

January 17, 2009
The Sullenberger Combination
Lee Cary

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Captain Chesley Sullenberger gave us a glimpse of what’s long been lacking in our national political leadership — the complete combination of competence, leadership and courage.

The pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 had, in multiple ways, prepared all his life to save the crew and 150 passengers on his aircraft. When the moment came to apply all that preparation, he calmly announced over the aircraft’s intercom, “Brace for impact.”

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An excellent comparison to ALL the current political leadership!

Running around yelling: ‘the sky is falling’ is what comes to mind in DC!


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RANT: My comment on the Hudson River landing (UPdated: 20090117)

May I point out that perhaps there was some luck involved, when the pilot “placed” the plane down on the Hudson River. (I don’t think it qualifies as “ditching”, “splashing”, or “crash landing”; too neatly done.) I watched with horror as the politicians arrived to tells us how “heroic” the police, fire, and other government responders were. Having watching the early coverage, the Ferry Captains were there “long” before any of the government troops were on site. The ferry passengers pitched right in. Business suits and all. I think those folks deserve the lion’s share of the credit for saving those passengers. All the media reports these people were way down the list for credit. That annoys me. And, I think it hides the true American spirit.

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UPDATE: 20090117 @ 9AM

Someone else noticed!

The Takeover of New York Harbor
by A.D Lelong

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I looked at all the photographs of the scene. While the plane was still relatively afloat, the only responders I saw were the NY WATER WAYS vessels. The photos that showed governmental vessels were taken after the plane had sunk considerably, and most of the passengers had been put on the ferries.

On Friday morning at 11:40 AM Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference to honor the “first responders.” Behind him were cops, coast guard, fire officials – a whole platoon of uniformed men. Lost in the crowd were two skippers of the two ferries which responded first.

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Wake up, people! It’s the gooferment. They’ll certainly claim MORE than their share of the credit to justify financially raping the taxpayer.

And, did anyone notice the mayor’s press conference was partially in Spanish? Thus pandering to another voting block!!

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