The Bad, the Ugly and the Good - My head has been turning inside today...

Let's begin with the Bad: "... Journalist Julia Ioffe has experienced this kind of harassment before: in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

"In the 24 hours since her profile of Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, appeared in GQ magazine, the Russian-American journalist has received a torrent of antisemitic, vitriolic and threatening messages from supporters of the Republican front runner.  In the deeply disturbing response to her piece, Ioffe said she sees a frightening future of what freedom of the press – and the country – might look like under President Trump."

And then there's the Ugly:

8 children rescued after 'horrific' abuse discovered at San Antonio...

"...Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Keith said deputies received a tip from an area resident around 11:45 p.m. that child abuse may have been going on at a home in the 8100 block of Chipping...When the first responders grabbed a ladder to look into the backyard, they saw a 2-year-old boy chained to the ground, and a 3-year-old girl tied to a door with a dog leash...Deputies went into the yard and freed the children, who were taken to an area hospital to be checked out. Keith said the girl had a broken arm and was taken to an intensive care unit.

Authorities made their way into the home and found six additional children inside ranging from 10 months to 13 years old with no guardian as well.  While investigators were still at the scene, the parents of the six children inside the home showed up at the house.  'They were detained and brought downtown and are currently being questioned,' Keith said, adding that the mother is expected to face child abandonment charges. Potential charges for the father were not immediately available..."

I won't even go into what happened in Aleppo, Syria:

The bombing of an Aleppo hospital should spur the U.S. to change it...

If not for the Good Grace of G_D my head might explode:

A Few Miles From San Bernardino, a Muslim Prom Queen Reigns

"...In the days after the December terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., when pictures of the hijab-wearing suspect filled television screens and newspapers, Zarifeh Shalabi’s mother and aunts stayed at home.  This month Zarifeh received the ultimate symbol of teenage acceptance: She was crowned prom queen after her non-Muslim friends campaigned for her by wearing hijabs in solidarity..."

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 29, 2016 at 8:41pm

At least there's the third story.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 29, 2016 at 8:56pm

thanks Jon.  There are some days when I just want to crawl back into bed and go back to sleep.

Comment by Dandy Lion on April 29, 2016 at 10:48pm

The Aleppo page link doesn't work for me.  Not sure of a direct connection with the USA.  Wasn't it Assad's forces behind the attack?

Comment by koshersalaami on April 30, 2016 at 5:24am
The third link is what's right with parts of America. The first has stuff I've never seen. The kid story is unbelievable. .
Comment by Myriad on April 30, 2016 at 7:22am

I'm not 100% happy with item #3 (disapprove of religiously-imposed clothing rules etc. for women), but at least it has some humanity....just watching on tv rescuers in Kenya saving children from a collapsed building...  the sun is shining and I'm going garage-saling...  only periodically brooding about the End Times (environmental, not religious)

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 30, 2016 at 8:26am

Dandy, You're right it was Syrian and or Russian aircraft who are destroying what remains of Aleppo.  Stupid cruelty isn't restricted to the USA, but we have no moral ground to condemn their action because we did the same thing in Kunduz, Afghanistan in December 2015.  While President Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders, it was determined that our half hour air assault that resulted in 22 deaths was "a tragic accident."

Kosh and Myriad, thanks for reading and commenting.

Comment by Anna Herrington on April 30, 2016 at 8:37am

Well, I fell down the rabbit hole and read the entire article in GQ on Melania Trump. Rather interesting in some weird way - and after seeing a photo of her parents, it could be The Donald and Melania, but chubbier! Things make more sense to me now, about her....

Aleppo..... could happen anywhere, we all know, right?? sickening. same with child abuse, a two year-old chained???

...and three cheers for supporting your friend and classmate! 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 30, 2016 at 9:55am

Anna, I suppose there's more than enough cruelty and suffering to go around, but I'm just grateful for the redemption in what little kindness we can find.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

Comment by Ron Powell on April 30, 2016 at 3:59pm
The full gamut...

The stories are illustrative of the range of human bahavior towards one another...

Story #2: How can these people be referred to as parents?

Story #1: Good journalism often requires courage and conviction. Trump, who has profited moghtily from the exploitation of 1st Amendment freedoms, would likely seek to impair the 1st Amendment rights of any and all who criticized his exercise of presidential power. Not very presidential at all.

Story #3: Kudos to the youngsters, particularly, the young women. There's always an element of the younger generation that "gets it" sooner than their contemporaries. Can they share/spread the compasion, understanding and insight?
Let's hope they can make it go 'viral'.
Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 30, 2016 at 4:16pm

Thanks for reading and commenting Ron. I'm all for viral compassion, understanding and insight.

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