The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and More – AKA Heroes – of the Week

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - Rotten Tomatoes

Marc has asked me to fill in for him this week for the weekly (mostly) heroes post and I humbly accepted.  Was I wrong to change the title this week?  I felt if he trusted me with this, he had to know he might be taking chances, right? Besides, I am fairly certain he knows I would not dare to go too far outside the box (even while I am fairly certain he’d also be totally cool with it if I did – he, himself being cool like that).

So. How to really start this thing properly? Just plunge right in, right?

THE GOOD

canada goose with explosive

This one could have been a mix of good and evil but since we don’t know who did such an evil deed, we shall focus on the beautiful people who came to the rescue.  Who in their right mind would strap a Canada goose with a firecracker, by using tightly wound duct tape, then light it and, leave it?   John DiLeonardo, who happens to be a member of PETA and LION (Long Island Orchestrating for Nature), found the poor bird at Silver Lake Park in Baldwin, N.Y. and surmised that it must have freaked out when the firecracker was lit and run into the water (since the wick was wet). Can you imagine? I can’t.  DiLeonardo brought her to the vet after he removed the firecracker.  Once she was deemed okay, they brought her back to the lake. I hope they catch the ones who did this before they try it again.

THE BAD

Okay, I can’t help it, this doesn’t really belong here because they are not really zeros but are definitely nuisances. I couldn’t help but share this silly story of emus, Carol and Kevin, wreaking havoc at a local pub in Yaraka, Queensland, Australia (population 18) – to which they have since been banned.  Bloody birds figured out how to climb the stairs and go in, steal food right off of people’s plates; and that’s besides pooping at will and reaching over the bar to get what they can.  Did you know that emus run forward but look behind them as they run so they crash into everything? Tourists staying in the nearby trailer park best watch their coffee, the emus will drink the cup dry without spilling a drop. So far all the owners have had to do is cordon off the steps but eventually, the birds will figure out they can pass right under…

THE UGLY

This story is brought to you by none other than Marc himself.  He probably figured I’d be too nice to find some zeros on my own.

Rep. Sean Roberts, an Oklahoma lawmaker, must have been hiding under a rock and missed the importance of what’s going on around him.  He is threatening to rescind the tax break for the Oklahoma City Thunder if players kneel for the national anthem in the NBA’s bubble.  Wake up and smell the coffee, Roberts.  The Black Lives Matter movement has nothing to do with “Marxism” and trying to “destroy nuclear families”, you nimrod.

THE ENTHUSIAST

After that previous story, I had to share this for all you sports fans out there who are so excited to be seeing your favourite sports on TV – even with the canned “fan noise” and cardboard cutout stadium dwellers. Seriously, I need to find out if the players are welcoming the fake that they have been given to encourage them to play.  This guy is happy to see his team score!

THE EXCEPTIONAL

And finally. If this story doesn’t hit you in all the feels, there is something missing in your heart.

What do you do when you are locked up in your Gwinnett County Jail cell and see one of your guards in distress? Watch him die or spring into action?  Terry Lovelace, Walter Whitehead, and Mitchell Smalls sprang into action.  These three men noticed that Deputy Warren Hobbs did not appear to feel well during his rounds. They began to keep their eye on him.  When Smalls saw Hobbs acting like he was gasping for breath then fall to the ground, cracking open his head, he did what he could:  He banged on his cell door to get his fellow inmates to join him in trying to wake him up.  It worked. All 60 banged and yelled his name over and over until Hobbs came to and managed to pull himself up and press the button to open Lovelace’s and Whitehead’s cells. These two rushed out, one using the desk phone the other his radio to call for help.

As Whitehead, “It scared me. I don’t care if it’s a police officer or whoever it was. I will do whatever I can to save a man. I don’t want anyone to die.”

Thanks to their quick action, the Deputy is now home recovering from his heart attack.

And that’s what it means to be a human being.

 

48 thoughts on “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and More – AKA Heroes – of the Week

  1. I saw that story about the three prisoners. I thought it showed the best in humans. You’re locked up, serving time, the guard (could be any kind) goes down and you do the right thing. That was better than the character shown by a lot of these professional team owners. The amount of stupidity in their reasoning is astounding. But that dog … that dog is great. The soccer announcer makes it even better as the dog responds. It might be Andres Cantor. He makes every game exciting:)

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    • I couldn’t agree more, Pam. Even the ones that pounded on the doors to try to revive him didn’t have to. Professional team owners, a certain republican leader, etc. could learn a lot from these fellas.
      Wasn’t that a hoot? I had to include it. I had no idea what was going on but I was excited too!

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  2. Well done, Dale! And no doubt Marc is quite chuffed about your excellent edition. Too bad the Oklahoma legislator doesn’t get blown along the tornado alley. Good grief, from where do these knuckle-dragging cretins come? Scary thought when one realizes they live among us. Kudos to those inmates. It gives me hope that all humanity is not totally lost.

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  3. Well now, pardner you certainly fill up those Pilgrim boots right nice. These were terrific stories. I really had to cringe on the goose story. People like those who put a firecracker on the goose are not people at all. Pond scum is a better term. Loved the prisoner story. Shows some hope for humankind. The dog was laugh out loud funny. Well done, Dale.

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    • Thank you, Eilene! So glad you enjoyed my attempts… Aren’t the the best? That is humanity – and I was thinking the same thing. They deserve some time off!
      That dog had me in stitches. I had to include him.. 😉

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  4. Q

    Whoever did that to the goose deserves to be cooked. In motor oil, until they turn into a key fob. And thank God for peeps like Leo who come to the rescue of these creatures, who are just minding their own business and trying to live their lives.

    As for the emus, they don’t KNOW how to mind their own business. Which makes me wonder how long it will be until they find their way onto social media platforms, because of course they will. And not for nothing, but if they’re adept enough to come in and make themselves at home . . they CAN be hired to bus tables.

    May Roberts be found soliciting sex in a men’s room. Is that mean? I sure as hell hope so.

    That dog is way more enthusiastic about the return of sports than I am. I dunno, it’s just not the same right now. Which is actually plenty fine since I get to binge Parks and Rec instead . . .

    Wow to that last story! Those dudes show more compassion than Congress! I mean, they could have looked the other way, in the vein of some real bad ass persona, but nope, they came to the rescue and ended up saving a life in the process. Just wow.

    As for this Heroes episode, to borrow from hockey . . she shoots, she scores!!!!

    B

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    • B,

      They do and none of that putting him/her out before thrown into the boiling oil. Yes, thank goodness for the Leos of the world.

      Buahahaha! You may have a point!

      Mean? Nah. Right? Big time.

      I know, right? I just had to include him. Are you bingeing that one?

      Those dudes are a cut above. I sure hope their sentences reflect the good they did…

      Thank you, my dear. I am tres pleased you think I scored!

      Q

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  5. Nope, they don’t deserve the dignity of that.

    Right?

    Big time.

    Yeah, I’m halfway through the second season. Then I’ll cut it to one or two episodes a week from there.

    They’re always commuting sentences and taking time off, so you would think these fellows would have to be taken into consideration for one of the above. I mean, I don’t know their stories, but unless they were convicted of egregious assaults, why not?

    Next year, those Habs have to score.

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