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9/11, America, and Dad: December 20, 2018 Dear Mr. President: I have been privileged to serve as our country's 26th Secretary of Defense which has allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens and our ideals I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department's business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to thos allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances NATO's 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongsid us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof. Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions -to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades o immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department's interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional Dad’s resignation letter.
9/11, America, and Dad: December 20, 2018
 Dear Mr. President:
 I have been privileged to serve as our country's 26th Secretary of Defense which has
 allowed me to serve alongside our men and women of the Department in defense of our citizens
 and our ideals
 I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the
 key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound
 budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the
 Department's business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the
 capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence
 One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked
 to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While
 the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or
 serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to thos
 allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States
 should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to
 provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances
 NATO's 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongsid
 us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further
 proof.
 Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those
 countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China
 and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model
 gaining veto authority over other nations' economic, diplomatic, and security decisions -to
 promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is
 why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense
 My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign
 actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades o
 immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order
 that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this
 effort by the solidarity of our alliances
 Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better
 aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my
 position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient
 time for a successor to be nominated and confirmed as well as to make sure the Department's
 interests are properly articulated and protected at upcoming events to include Congressional
Dad’s resignation letter.

Dad’s resignation letter.

Anaconda, Animals, and Children: This is his Jokers first day on the job, and he's being such a good bay. Donald W. Cook is a Los Angeles attorney with decades of experience bringing lawsuits over police dog bites- and mostly losing. He blames what he calls "The Rin Tin Tin Effect"-ures think of poice dogs as nobe, and have trouble vaualzing how violant thay can be during an anst Policel use terms like 'apprehend' and restrain,' to try to portray it as a very antisaptic event," Cook says. "But you look at the video and the dog s chewing away on his leg and mutilating him Cook says the proliferation of smart phones and body cameras is capturing a reality that used to be lost on juries. "If it's a good video," he says, "it makes a case much easier to prevail on The new generation of videos is capturing scenes of K9 anrests that ar bloodier and more violent than imagined by the public. An NPR examination of police videos shows some officers using biting dogs against people who show minimal threat to officers, and a degree of violence that would be unacceptable it inflicted directly by the officers In fact, in many videos, the release of a dog appears to escalate the violence of an arrest You just look at the dog as the source of pain and you do everything you can to addiress that pain," says Seth Stoughton. He's a former police officer, now an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina who studies police use of force. Those shouted commands- you'll deal with that later, when the pain stops. And yet suspects who kick and try to shake the dog off are often accused of resisting arrest. NPR (November 20, 2017 i don't care what this dog in particular is being trained to do. furthering the idea that police dogs are somehow cute or good directly contributes to injustice and the perceived acceptability of police violence My aunt rescues and rehabilitates geman shepherds, and the vast majority are failad police dogs. The rehab process for these dogs is intense. They are trained to be hyper vigilant and to resort to violence. They are aften is worse condition than formerly abused animals I spent a summer training one of these balls of anxioty. She was too fast and strong for my aunt to train her, so l did it. The biggest hurdle was getting her out of the mindset that biting someone gets her a treat. I had to let her bite my arm, forcible breek the hold, and kennel her all without giving her a response because these dogs are trained to equate someone screaming at them as Go Time. By letting her attack me and showing her that I was stronger than her and then not allowing her to play with the other dogs was what finally got her to stop attacking whenever she heard a loud nolse or was surprised or just felt like it She still had to be homed in a gun-free, pet-free, child-free home because of the sheer anxiety she was bred for. These dogs are not cute, they are horribly esbiengender My mom did the exact opposite of what the person above is talking about, she was involved in training the dogs not to restrain themselves when attacking. She was 18-21 and they had her wear this thick glove and then provoke the dogs onto biting her anm. She sald thay didn't naturally want to be very aggressive tawards a 100 pound, 83" girl, which is the size my mother was at the time. She has scars on her arm from getting time to bite so hard it broke the protective gloves I remember thinking that was cool as a kid. Now I just find it hoifying that they were teaching dogs to use brutal force against... children. My mother may have been a young adult at the time but most people are 100 pounds and 53* as teenagers, not adults What are short, skinny teens even doing that warrants the use of dogs? Can a grown man with a gun really not subdue someone that size on their own?7 It's animal abuse used to further police brutality Yeah. This pup isn't cute, it's being trained to by exceptionally dangerous. If he fails (and chances are he will he will be in for a very kong recovery. If he passes then when he gets older and can no longer work, they will merely outhanize him since rehablitating him at ton will be too much work These dogs are exceedingly dangerous, suiffered years of abuse at the hands of their handlers and trainers, and are quite simply not 'adorable', oven 'on their first day' secing as we know what abuses they are in for. Thay're trained to do as much damage as possible, even against peaple who are no threat to begin with. And if the person tries to fight the dog off, as any person might, the dog is trained to escalate. If the person screams, struggles, or attempts to defend themselves, the dog is trained to escalate Read that again. Ta peron per any nomnel umen pain-recporcec n eporee to being biten and chewed by a dog, the dog hac been taned to do een MOve dlamage, In videos they are often forcibly remaved from the victim by an officer who is wearing gear to protect them from the dog because thay will not stop, and they are too dangerous for the officer to pull them away without heavy protective gear. Whout prolectie gear, the oficec ae at rk of being mangled by ter oun doge becauce the dog doecnt care wo t&ng Shit i never knew all this or even thought about it The cutest little thing
Anaconda, Animals, and Children: This is his Jokers first day on the job, and he's being such a good bay.
 Donald W. Cook is a Los Angeles attorney with decades of experience
 bringing lawsuits over police dog bites- and mostly losing. He blames
 what he calls "The Rin Tin Tin Effect"-ures think of poice dogs as nobe,
 and have trouble vaualzing how violant thay can be during an anst
 Policel use terms like 'apprehend' and restrain,' to try to portray it as a
 very antisaptic event," Cook says. "But you look at the video and the dog
 s chewing away on his leg and mutilating him
 Cook says the proliferation of smart phones and body cameras is
 capturing a reality that used to be lost on juries. "If it's a good video," he
 says, "it makes a case much easier to prevail on
 The new generation of videos is capturing scenes of K9 anrests that ar
 bloodier and more violent than imagined by the public. An NPR
 examination of police videos shows some officers using biting dogs
 against people who show minimal threat to officers, and a degree of
 violence that would be unacceptable it inflicted directly by the officers
 In fact, in many videos, the release of a dog appears to escalate the
 violence of an arrest
 You just look at the dog as the source of pain and you do everything you
 can to addiress that pain," says Seth Stoughton. He's a former police
 officer, now an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of South
 Carolina who studies police use of force. Those shouted commands-
 you'll deal with that later, when the pain stops.
 And yet suspects who kick and try to shake the dog off are often accused
 of resisting arrest.
 NPR (November 20, 2017
 i don't care what this dog in particular is being trained to do. furthering the
 idea that police dogs are somehow cute or good directly contributes to
 injustice and the perceived acceptability of police violence
 My aunt rescues and rehabilitates geman shepherds, and the vast majority
 are failad police dogs. The rehab process for these dogs is intense. They are
 trained to be hyper vigilant and to resort to violence. They are aften is worse
 condition than formerly abused animals
 I spent a summer training one of these balls of anxioty. She was too fast and
 strong for my aunt to train her, so l did it. The biggest hurdle was getting her
 out of the mindset that biting someone gets her a treat. I had to let her bite
 my arm, forcible breek the hold, and kennel her all without giving her a
 response because these dogs are trained to equate someone screaming at
 them as Go Time.
 By letting her attack me and showing her that I was stronger than her and
 then not allowing her to play with the other dogs was what finally got her to
 stop attacking whenever she heard a loud nolse or was surprised or just felt
 like it
 She still had to be homed in a gun-free, pet-free, child-free home because of
 the sheer anxiety she was bred for. These dogs are not cute, they are horribly
 esbiengender
 My mom did the exact opposite of what the person above is talking about,
 she was involved in training the dogs not to restrain themselves when
 attacking. She was 18-21 and they had her wear this thick glove and then
 provoke the dogs onto biting her anm. She sald thay didn't naturally want to
 be very aggressive tawards a 100 pound, 83" girl, which is the size my
 mother was at the time. She has scars on her arm from getting time to bite so
 hard it broke the protective gloves
 I remember thinking that was cool as a kid. Now I just find it hoifying that
 they were teaching dogs to use brutal force against... children. My mother
 may have been a young adult at the time but most people are 100 pounds
 and 53* as teenagers, not adults
 What are short, skinny teens even doing that warrants the use of dogs? Can
 a grown man with a gun really not subdue someone that size on their own?7
 It's animal abuse used to further police brutality
 Yeah. This pup isn't cute, it's being trained to by exceptionally dangerous. If
 he fails (and chances are he will he will be in for a very kong recovery. If he
 passes then when he gets older and can no longer work, they will merely
 outhanize him since rehablitating him at ton will be too much work
 These dogs are exceedingly dangerous, suiffered years of abuse at the hands
 of their handlers and trainers, and are quite simply not 'adorable', oven 'on
 their first day' secing as we know what abuses they are in for. Thay're trained
 to do as much damage as possible, even against peaple who are no threat to
 begin with. And if the person tries to fight the dog off, as any person might,
 the dog is trained to escalate. If the person screams, struggles, or attempts
 to defend themselves, the dog is trained to escalate
 Read that again. Ta peron per any nomnel umen pain-recporcec n
 eporee to being biten and chewed by a dog, the dog hac been taned to do een
 MOve dlamage, In videos they are often forcibly remaved from the victim by an
 officer who is wearing gear to protect them from the dog because thay will
 not stop, and they are too dangerous for the officer to pull them away
 without heavy protective gear. Whout prolectie gear, the oficec ae at rk of
 being mangled by ter oun doge becauce the dog doecnt care wo t&ng
 Shit i never knew all this or even thought about it
The cutest little thing

The cutest little thing

Animals, Crying, and Cute: chels @ChelseaMcFerren: 1d I am CRYING I just met a police dog in training in Glasgow central. His name is joker and this is his first day on the job tumbledbyturtles: auntbutch: babyanimalgifs: This is his Jokers first day on the job, and he’s being such a good boy. Donald W. Cook is a Los Angeles attorney with decades of experience bringing lawsuits over police dog bites — and mostly losing. He blames what he calls “The Rin Tin Tin Effect” — juries think of police dogs as noble, and have trouble visualizing how violent they can be during an arrest. “[Police] use terms like ‘apprehend’ and ‘restrain,’ to try to portray it as a very antiseptic event,” Cook says. “But you look at the video and the dog is chewing away on his leg and mutilating him.” Cook says the proliferation of smart phones and body cameras is capturing a reality that used to be lost on juries. “If it’s a good video,” he says, “it makes a case much easier to prevail on.” The new generation of videos is capturing scenes of K9 arrests that are bloodier and more violent than imagined by the public. An NPR examination of police videos shows some officers using biting dogs against people who show minimal threat to officers, and a degree of violence that would be unacceptable if inflicted directly by the officers. … In fact, in many videos, the release of a dog appears to escalate the violence of an arrest. “You just look at the dog as the source of pain and you do everything you can to address that pain,” says Seth Stoughton. He’s a former police officer, now an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina who studies police use of force. “Those shouted commands — you’ll deal with that later, when the pain stops.” And yet suspects who kick and try to shake the dog off are often accused of resisting arrest. NPR (November 20, 2017) i don’t care what this dog in particular is being trained to do. furthering the idea that police dogs are somehow cute or good directly contributes to injustice and the perceived acceptability of police violence My aunt rescues and rehabilitates german shepherds, and the vast majority are failed police dogs. The rehab process for these dogs is intense. They are trained to be hyper vigilant and to resort to violence. They are often is worse condition than formerly abused animals.  I spent a summer training one of these balls of anxiety. She was too fast and strong for my aunt to train her, so I did it. The biggest hurdle was getting her out of the mindset that biting someone gets her a treat. I had to let her bite my arm, forcible break the hold, and kennel her all without giving her a response because these dogs are trained to equate someone screaming at them as Go Time.  By letting her attack me and showing her that I was stronger than her and then not allowing her to play with the other dogs was what finally got her to stop attacking whenever she heard a loud noise or was surprised or just felt like it.  She still had to be homed in a gun-free, pet-free, child-free home because of the sheer anxiety she was bred for. These dogs are not cute, they are horribly mistreated.
Animals, Crying, and Cute: chels @ChelseaMcFerren: 1d
 I am CRYING I just met a police dog in
 training in Glasgow central. His name is
 joker and this is his first day on the job
tumbledbyturtles:

auntbutch:

babyanimalgifs:
This is his Jokers first day on the job, and he’s being such a good boy.

Donald W. Cook is a Los Angeles attorney with decades of experience bringing lawsuits over police dog bites — and mostly losing. He blames what he calls “The Rin Tin Tin Effect” — juries think of police dogs as noble, and have trouble visualizing how violent they can be during an arrest.
“[Police] use terms like ‘apprehend’ and ‘restrain,’ to try to portray it as a very antiseptic event,” Cook says. “But you look at the video and the dog is chewing away on his leg and mutilating him.”
Cook says the proliferation of smart phones and body cameras is capturing a reality that used to be lost on juries. “If it’s a good video,” he says, “it makes a case much easier to prevail on.”
The new generation of videos is capturing scenes of K9 arrests that are bloodier and more violent than imagined by the public. An NPR examination of police videos shows some officers using biting dogs against people who show minimal threat to officers, and a degree of violence that would be unacceptable if inflicted directly by the officers.
…
In fact, in many videos, the release of a dog appears to escalate the violence of an arrest.
“You just look at the dog as the source of pain and you do everything you can to address that pain,” says Seth Stoughton. He’s a former police officer, now an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina who studies police use of force. “Those shouted commands — you’ll deal with that later, when the pain stops.”
And yet suspects who kick and try to shake the dog off are often accused of resisting arrest.

NPR (November 20, 2017)
i don’t care what this dog in particular is being trained to do. furthering the idea that police dogs are somehow cute or good directly contributes to injustice and the perceived acceptability of police violence

My aunt rescues and rehabilitates german shepherds, and the vast majority are failed police dogs. The rehab process for these dogs is intense. They are trained to be hyper vigilant and to resort to violence. They are often is worse condition than formerly abused animals. 
I spent a summer training one of these balls of anxiety. She was too fast and strong for my aunt to train her, so I did it. The biggest hurdle was getting her out of the mindset that biting someone gets her a treat. I had to let her bite my arm, forcible break the hold, and kennel her all without giving her a response because these dogs are trained to equate someone screaming at them as Go Time. 
By letting her attack me and showing her that I was stronger than her and then not allowing her to play with the other dogs was what finally got her to stop attacking whenever she heard a loud noise or was surprised or just felt like it. 
She still had to be homed in a gun-free, pet-free, child-free home because of the sheer anxiety she was bred for. These dogs are not cute, they are horribly mistreated.

tumbledbyturtles: auntbutch: babyanimalgifs: This is his Jokers first day on the job, and he’s being such a good boy. Donald W. Cook is a...

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Community, Fall, and Feminism: Cardi B Touches on Feminism in Recent Interview: "Anything a Man Can Do, I Can Do'" @balleralert Cardi B Touches on Feminism in Recent Interview: “Anything a Man Can Do, I Can Do” - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In such a superficial, male-dominated industry, CardiB doesn’t fall victim to riding the wave that she’s “expected” to ride. Instead, she has unapologetically crafted her own, with no-holds-barred. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not only a rapper but a woman, too, the Bronx native certainly has faced many challenges. However, she continues to prevail, time and time again—living loudly and proudly—despite those who consistently fight so hard to bring her to silence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When it’s all said and done, she’s just a “regular, degular, shmegular” girl, from the streets of NY, who decided to go for it… and won. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She’s simply Cardi—no more, no less—and she proved that in a recent sit-down with i-D Magazine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the candid interview, the 25-year-old opened up about her thoughts on feminism and how her stance in the culture is sometimes underestimated. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Being a feminist is such a great thing, and some people feel like someone like me can’t be as great as that,” she says. “They think feminism is great and only a woman who can speak properly, who has a degree, who is a boss, a businessperson… they think only [someone like] Michelle Obama can be a feminist.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And, at a time where even the slightest mention of the word “feminism” still acts as a touchy topic amongst the millennial community, Cardi didn’t end it there. She spoke her mind and spoke it truthfully. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “But, being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man. I’m equal to a n****. Anything a man can do, I can do,” she adds. “I can finesse, I can hustle. We have the same freedom. I was top of the charts. I’m a woman, and I did that. I do feel equal to a man.”
Community, Fall, and Feminism: Cardi B Touches on Feminism in
 Recent Interview: "Anything a Man
 Can Do, I Can Do'"
 @balleralert
Cardi B Touches on Feminism in Recent Interview: “Anything a Man Can Do, I Can Do” - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In such a superficial, male-dominated industry, CardiB doesn’t fall victim to riding the wave that she’s “expected” to ride. Instead, she has unapologetically crafted her own, with no-holds-barred. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not only a rapper but a woman, too, the Bronx native certainly has faced many challenges. However, she continues to prevail, time and time again—living loudly and proudly—despite those who consistently fight so hard to bring her to silence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When it’s all said and done, she’s just a “regular, degular, shmegular” girl, from the streets of NY, who decided to go for it… and won. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ She’s simply Cardi—no more, no less—and she proved that in a recent sit-down with i-D Magazine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the candid interview, the 25-year-old opened up about her thoughts on feminism and how her stance in the culture is sometimes underestimated. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Being a feminist is such a great thing, and some people feel like someone like me can’t be as great as that,” she says. “They think feminism is great and only a woman who can speak properly, who has a degree, who is a boss, a businessperson… they think only [someone like] Michelle Obama can be a feminist.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And, at a time where even the slightest mention of the word “feminism” still acts as a touchy topic amongst the millennial community, Cardi didn’t end it there. She spoke her mind and spoke it truthfully. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “But, being a feminist is real simple; it’s that a woman can do things the same as a man. I’m equal to a n****. Anything a man can do, I can do,” she adds. “I can finesse, I can hustle. We have the same freedom. I was top of the charts. I’m a woman, and I did that. I do feel equal to a man.”

Cardi B Touches on Feminism in Recent Interview: “Anything a Man Can Do, I Can Do” - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In such a sup...

Dad, Fall, and Life: BE WHI YOU NEEDED YOU WH WERE YOUNGER A true father is always there. He is there to spill tears of happiness when his eyes fall upon his infant daughter. He is there with arms to catch her when she takes her first steps or stumbles. He is there to teach her at the youngest age, even though she might not understand half of it. He is there to help her color inside the lines, make her grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, and tie her shoes. He is there to hug her and kiss her on her first days of school, and to walk her in if need be. He is there to teach her and tease her and laugh with her. He is always there to embarrass her, but thats part of life. He is there to tell her to go ask her mother, when her mother told her to ask him. He is there to lecture her, prepare her for the monster called high school. He is there to put up with her teenage moods and her co-ed relationships. He is there to approve, disapprove, accept and forgive. He is there to give her a big bundle of flowers when she graduates, to smile when her name is called and feel proud. He is there to embrace her and kiss her before she goes to live and learn a thousand miles away. He is there to see her become a working woman, to walk her down the aisle (or not, if her independence and stubbornness prevail after all). He is there to watch her grow as the lines on his face grow. He is there to welcome her home, always, and let her hug him and smell the smell she remembers from childhood, the warm, protecting, comforting smell of dad. But most of all, he is always there to love her. And she is always there to love him back. Dad, I love you. ~ Katie Schmarr 😇 . . .
Dad, Fall, and Life: BE WHI
 YOU
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 WERE YOUNGER
A true father is always there. He is there to spill tears of happiness when his eyes fall upon his infant daughter. He is there with arms to catch her when she takes her first steps or stumbles. He is there to teach her at the youngest age, even though she might not understand half of it. He is there to help her color inside the lines, make her grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, and tie her shoes. He is there to hug her and kiss her on her first days of school, and to walk her in if need be. He is there to teach her and tease her and laugh with her. He is always there to embarrass her, but thats part of life. He is there to tell her to go ask her mother, when her mother told her to ask him. He is there to lecture her, prepare her for the monster called high school. He is there to put up with her teenage moods and her co-ed relationships. He is there to approve, disapprove, accept and forgive. He is there to give her a big bundle of flowers when she graduates, to smile when her name is called and feel proud. He is there to embrace her and kiss her before she goes to live and learn a thousand miles away. He is there to see her become a working woman, to walk her down the aisle (or not, if her independence and stubbornness prevail after all). He is there to watch her grow as the lines on his face grow. He is there to welcome her home, always, and let her hug him and smell the smell she remembers from childhood, the warm, protecting, comforting smell of dad. But most of all, he is always there to love her. And she is always there to love him back. Dad, I love you. ~ Katie Schmarr 😇 . . .

A true father is always there. He is there to spill tears of happiness when his eyes fall upon his infant daughter. He is there with arms to...

Community, Crazy, and Crime: n I refuse to associate my peaceful religion with monstrous individuals who use my religion. These murderous fanatics kill Muslims and non-Muslims indiscriminately. They hate all of us. To those asking how do us Muslims feel? We feel exactly the SAME way a non-Muslim would feel. Shocked, disgusted, frightened and scared that this happens in our world. But in addition, when these attacks occur; for us Muslims there is a separate dimension reserved. We become centre stage for blame, we have to provide answers, we are on the receiving end of Islamophobic abuse and it's assumed that these crazy culprits must represent our beliefs? NO! Just because they say they do it for "Allah" or "Islam" it does not mean they reflect us or the religion of over 1.6 BILLION Muslims on this planet. Why haven't we all blown ourselves up if the religion commands us to do so? BECAUSE ISLAM DOESN'T TEACH THAT. When a white supremacist kills innocent people, do they represent every white person? OF COURSE NOT. Crazy people are crazy. Please apply the same logic here. During these horrible attacks, there are Muslim doctors, nurses, police officers, charity workers, business owners and taxi drivers who help unconditionally. There is outrage and condemnation on social media and mainstream outlets from Muslim public figures, politicians, community leaders and your everyday normal Muslim neighbours, parents, workers, students and more. Please remember those Muslims next time you want to believe everyone is the same. My thoughts and prayers are with anyone that has been a victim of an inhumane crime. Let us not be divided or feel defeated by those who want us to be. May we stay safe and let the power of love and humanity prevail.
Community, Crazy, and Crime: n
I refuse to associate my peaceful religion with monstrous individuals who use my religion. These murderous fanatics kill Muslims and non-Muslims indiscriminately. They hate all of us. To those asking how do us Muslims feel? We feel exactly the SAME way a non-Muslim would feel. Shocked, disgusted, frightened and scared that this happens in our world. But in addition, when these attacks occur; for us Muslims there is a separate dimension reserved. We become centre stage for blame, we have to provide answers, we are on the receiving end of Islamophobic abuse and it's assumed that these crazy culprits must represent our beliefs? NO! Just because they say they do it for "Allah" or "Islam" it does not mean they reflect us or the religion of over 1.6 BILLION Muslims on this planet. Why haven't we all blown ourselves up if the religion commands us to do so? BECAUSE ISLAM DOESN'T TEACH THAT. When a white supremacist kills innocent people, do they represent every white person? OF COURSE NOT. Crazy people are crazy. Please apply the same logic here. During these horrible attacks, there are Muslim doctors, nurses, police officers, charity workers, business owners and taxi drivers who help unconditionally. There is outrage and condemnation on social media and mainstream outlets from Muslim public figures, politicians, community leaders and your everyday normal Muslim neighbours, parents, workers, students and more. Please remember those Muslims next time you want to believe everyone is the same. My thoughts and prayers are with anyone that has been a victim of an inhumane crime. Let us not be divided or feel defeated by those who want us to be. May we stay safe and let the power of love and humanity prevail.

I refuse to associate my peaceful religion with monstrous individuals who use my religion. These murderous fanatics kill Muslims and non-Mus...