‘Sounds of Silence’ …. “Disturbed …. 9-11 …. “!!


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~~September 11, 2016~~

SOUNDS OF SILENCE

“A day that will live in infamy ….”

Never thought there would be another day like that!

The whole world was going about its business that day.

Tragedy struck mid morning.

Reality was changed forever.

The wound is healed, the scars and memories remain, lives go on.

This is a picture that says a thousand words.

Never forget!

HortyRex©

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I do not own this image.

No intention of taking credit.

If anyone knows the owner of any, please advise and it will be corrected immediately.

HortyRex©

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#SoundsOfSilence #Disturbed #911 #September11 #NewYorkCity #WorldTradeCenter #AttackOnLocalSoil #NeverForget #PhysicalWoundHealed #ScarsMemoriesRemain #LivesGoOn #DisturbedRockBand #Tribute #SoundsOfSilenceTribute

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~~9-11 Sounds of Silence Tribute~~

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~~Published on Jul 5, 2016~~

I hear a song and that song evokes an emotion and that emotion in me helped in the creation of this tribute video.

While I wish all of the images were high resolution …. some images of that day were caught with low quality equipment and the images I chose all seemed to fit with how I was feeling. I witnessed the events of this day like many of us did and it changed me forever.

It will always feel fresh in my mind and feel like it happened yesterday. Having experienced such a tragic day …. your outlook on so many world events changes.

It is amazing how divided the world seems right now but how unified we all were after the events of 9/11….

Steve A.

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We ALL are ONE!!

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IOTD …. Images of the day, #510 …. Cinco de Mayo …. “!!


 

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~~May 5, 2016~~

CINCO DE MAYO

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “May 5th”, or literally, “Fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5.

The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day – the most important national holiday in Mexico –  which is celebrated on September 16.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo

But we party anyway.

HortyRex©

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If anyone knows the owner of any, please advise and it will be corrected immediately.

HortyRex©

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~~GALLERY~~

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A dear blogger friend taught me this concept.

You can find Michelle here: http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/

~IN HER OWN WORDS~

IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”

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#IOTD #ImagesOfTheDay #510#DearBloggerFriend #HerOwnWords #Concept #Serious #Silly #JustBeautiful #MiniMentalVacay #CincoDeMayo #Celebration #Mexico #MexicanArmy #MissingMelanie

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Thoughts for today, #304 .… “Distractions, distractions, distractions …. “!!


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~~December 30, 2015~~ 

EDUCATE AND EMPOWER OURSELVES

By: Ryan Bolton

~We all love a good distraction~

I’m pretty sure that’s why social networks were invented.

I’m pretty sure that’s why BuzzFeed and Kim Kardashian have colossal followings. That’s why there are soap operas, One Direction and Kanye West.

They’re entertaining. They’re distracting.

But for Christ’s sake, it has come to a boiling point. Over the color of a fucking dress. And two llamas on the loose.

It goes without question that the Internet is fucking great. Its unprecedented in its ability to connect the world, to share stories, and to hook-up based on your location or engage in shallow-as-a-kiddy-pool vanity via Tinder, for Anonymous and Wikileaks to hold governments accountable and for us to all come out in droves to adamantly debate the color of a dress.

By allowing yourself to become distracted by fad issues, you effectively allow the Internet to become an instrument of control.

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Is “The Great Distraction” keeping us passive and uninformed?

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#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #hrexachwordpress

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We ALL are connected through HUMANITY!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

-2P4G9

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“First they came” ….. Never forget!!


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~~February 14, 2015~~ 

CAN WE BE COMPLICIT THROUGH OUR SILENCE?

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

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Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

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The quotation stems from Niemöller’s lectures during the early postwar period. Different versions of the quotation exist. These can be attributed to the fact that Niemöller spoke extemporaneously and in a number of settings. Much controversy surrounds the content of the poem as it has been printed in varying forms, referring to diverse groups such as Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Trade Unionists, or Communists depending upon the version.

Nonetheless his point was that Germans – in particular, he believed, the leaders of the Protestant churches – had been complicit through their silence in the Nazi imprisonment, persecution, and murder of millions of people.

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Why am I bringing this up today? 

Those who stop by, read and follow this blog know that I’m a fervent advocate for the LGBT community, marriage equality and anti-discrimination in any form. 

As I troll through cyberspace, I found a disturbing piece yesterday about Arkansas and it was also mentioned today by a fellow blogger.

“On Friday,February 13,  Arkansas’s legislature passed a bill preventing cities and counties from enacting their own laws to protect LGBT people”

~Full read here~

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/02/13/arkansas-passes-lgbt-discrimination-bill.html?via=mobile&source=facebook

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“Republican HATE, FEAR, LOATHING – Arkansas Passes Bill to Allow LGBT Discrimination”

~Full read here~

https://thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/republican-hate-fear-loathing-arkansas-passes-bill-to-allow-lgbt-discrimination/

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My own post … February 13, 2015

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/something-to-think-about-the-push-back-is-still-there/

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The bills – many modeled on a failed attempt in Arizona last year that drew condemnation from businesses, faith communities, and elected officials in both parties – put all state non-discrimination laws at risk of being undermined or mooted. They threaten not just the LGBT community, but women, members of minority faiths and other minority classes.

~~GALLERY~~

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#FirstTheyCame #NeverForget #ComplicitThroughTheirSilence #MartinNiemöller #ArkansasLegislature #AllowLGBTDiscrimination #DiscriminationByAnotherName #ThreathenWomen #MembersMinorityFaiths #OtherMinorityClasses #Equality

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #hrexachwordpress

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Remember? Matthew Shepard ….. Never forget!


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~~October 12, 2014~~

Today we memorialize the death of Matthew Shepard, 17 years ago today. He died from injuries sustained in a hate crime several days earlier, having never woken up. He was left for dead, lashed to a fence in the bitter cold of a Wyoming winter.

What some people don’t know is this was not the first time this poor young man had experienced the horror of violent crime. Three years earlier, on a class trip to Morocco, he was beaten and raped. Almost to much to comprehend the torture this man endured during his short adulthood.

Today he would be just a few months shy of his 38th birthday.

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Matthew Shepard

(1976 – 1998)

Since 1998, the legacy of this remarkable young man’s life has challenged and inspired millions of  individuals to erase hate in all forms. Although his life was short, it  continues to have a great impact on both young and old alike.

The story of Matthew Wayne Shepard begins on December 1, 1976 when he was  born prematurely to Judy and Dennis Shepard in the small city of Casper, Wyoming. Matthew attended school in Casper until his junior year of  high school when he finished his primary education at The American School in Switzerland. His experience abroad fueled his love for travel. He took the opportunity to explore Europe and learn multiple languages including German and Italian.

Matthew was an optimistic and accepting young man. He always put his  family and friends first and had a special gift of relating to almost  everyone. He was the type of person that was very approachable and always looked to new challenges. Matthew had a great passion for equality and always stood up for the acceptance of people’s differences. Throughout his life he expressed his love for acting by becoming very  active in community theater both on and off stage.

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Matthew’s college career took him to a number of different  universities and later ended up studying political science, foreign relations and languages at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. He was extremely interested in politics and was chosen as the student representative for the Wyoming Environmental Council.

Shortly after midnight on October 7 1998, Matthew Shepard, met Aaron James McKinney and Russel Arthur Henderson in a bar. After Shepard admitted he was gay, they talked him into leaving with  them, at which point they drove to a secluded location outside Laramie, stole his wallet, tied him to a fence, pistol-whipped him senseless, and left him for dead in freezing weather. He was discovered 18 hours later, his unconscious body initially mistaken for a scarecrow.

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Matthew died on October 12 at 12:53 am at a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. His entire family was by his side for the last few days of  his life. His funeral was attended by friends and family from around the world and gained the appropriate media attention that brought Matthew’s story to the forefront of the fight against hate.

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Matthew was promptly made an example of by the Right Reverend Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, who claimed divine  retribution had killed Shepard for the sin of being a homosexual.  

Phelps and his flock picketed Shepard’s funeral on 17 October 1998,  holding signs proclaiming “GOD HATES FAGS” and similar slogans, later  installing a “memorial” on the church website which proclaims: Matthew Shepard has been in hell for 2102 days. Eternity – 2102 days = Eternity.

This tragedy helped the world wake up to the fact that hate and discrimination still lives in our communities, our schools and our  families.

Although his life was cut short, the impact of his spirit is great.

~~MATTHEW’S GALLERY~~

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The Matthew Shepard Foundation

Was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son.

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Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his  dreams, beliefs, and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate  with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance” through its varied  educational, outreach and, advocacy programs and by continuing to tell  Matthew’s story.

MISSION

To encourage respect for human dignity and difference by raising awareness, opening dialogues, and promoting positive change.

VISION

To “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, and Acceptance”  through a variety of educational and outreach programs, and by  continuing to tell Matthew’s story.

DESIRED OUTCOME

To persuade people to think differently, behave differently, and inform others of the importance and value of diversity.

We ALL are ONE!!!

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~~Matthew Shepard’s Story~~

~~Uploaded on Jan 5, 2012~~

This video was produced for the American Giving Awards presented by Chase. The Matthew Shepard Foundation competed for a share of $2 million in grants. The Foundation ended up receiving $250,000 thanks to our many supporters. For more information on the Foundation visit http://www.MatthewShepard.org and http://www.MatthewsPlace.com

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