Taxpayers Shell Out $175K for Brave Cop Fired by Dept. for Refusing to Kill a Man

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Weirton, WV — As TFTP reported last year, former Weirton police officer Stephen Mader sued the city after he was fired for not killing a suicidal man who needed help.

It was reported this week that Mader will be receiving $175,000 in a settlement as a result of his unnecessary firing.

“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” Mader said. “The events leading to my termination were unjustified and I’m pleased a joint resolution has been met.

“My hope is that no other person on either end of a police call has to go through this again,” said Mader, who still lives in Weirton with his family but now drives trucks for a living, according to WPXI.

As we reported at the time, on May 6, 2016, Mader responded to a domestic call about a suicidal person. When he arrived on the scene, Mader confronted 23-year-old Ronald D. Williams who was armed and mentally distraught.

Madar said that he began talking to the young man in his “calm voice.”

“I told him, ‘Put down the gun,’ and he’s like, ‘Just shoot me.’ And I told him, ‘I’m not going to shoot you brother.’ Then he starts flicking his wrist to get me to react to it.

“I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and de-escalate it. I knew it was a suicide-by-cop” situation,” Mader said, adding that, “He wasn’t screaming, yelling, he wasn’t angry. He just seemed distraught. Whenever he told me to shoot him it was as if he was pleading with me. At first, I’m thinking, ‘Do I really need to shoot this guy?’ But after hearing ‘just shoot me’ and his demeanor, it was, ‘I definitely can’t.’”

Mader showed incredible restraint in the situation, even though Williams was attempting to provoke a suicide by cop.

Sadly, as Mader began to reason with Williams and de-escalate the situation, backup arrived, and another officer immediately shot and killed Williams without a second of consideration.

To add insult to injury, Mader was fired for his restraint, and the officer who murdered Williams was cleared of all wrongdoing, showing that the police department is explicitly encouraging indiscriminate killings.

Now, Mader is understandably reconsidering his career choices and has filed a lawsuit against the city that employed him.

“I loved being a police officer. And for them to say because of this incident you’re not going to continue here was heartbreaking. It had me questioning myself, should I be an officer,” Mader told NBC.

West Virginia attorney and ACLU representative Timothy P. O’Brien is helping to bring the lawsuit against the city.

“The City of Weirton’s decision to fire officer Mader because he chose not to shoot and kill a fellow citizen, when he believed that he should not use such force, not only violates the Constitution, common sense and public policy but incredibly punishes restraint.

When given the tragic and far too frequent unnecessary use of deadly force, such restraint should be praised not penalized. To tell a police officer, when in doubt either shoot to kill or get fired, is a choice that no police officer should ever have to make and is a message that is wrong and should never be sent,” O’Brien said.

“There’s the thin blue line, and one of the ironies of this case is that as we’ve seen across the county how many instances police have used deadly force in circumstances where that force is questioned, but nothing is ever done. In most cases, you don’t see training or suspension. When you contrast with what Officer Mader did and how he’s been treated, and officers who’ve used deadly force and how they’ve been treated, it speaks volumes to why we have a problem with deadly force in this country,” O’Brien added.

Mader has no regrets and still believes he did the right thing.

“I wouldn’t change anything. Even after them saying that I failed to eliminate a threat and that it should have been handled differently, I still believe I did the right thing. And a lot of people think I did the right thing, too. I know it’s not just me,” he said. And he’s right, TFTP knows Mader did the right thing, which is why we’ve been reporting on it for two years.

Shooting and killing suicidal or mentally distraught people sadly seems to be the standard operating procedure for police across the country. We have covered countless cases over the years where officers have indiscriminately killed suicidal people instead of helping them out.

Obviously, if a family member makes a phone call to police because a loved one is suicidal, the last thing they want is for someone to get hurt, but when police arrive the situation tends to escalate quickly and result in violence.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/taxpayers-shell-175k-brave-cop-fired-dept-refusing-kill-man/

Re: Palestinian leaders must be brave and bold

Palestine’s leaders are gathering in Ramallah to thrash out a response to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump made his announcement 32 days ago; what has taken them so long? A really dynamic leadership would have acted within hours; under the Palestinian Authority, though, it was left to the extraordinary people of Palestine to vent their anger on the streets.

One of the options on the table is for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to withdraw its recognition of Israel. This is something that could have been done within hours of the unprecedented move by the President of the United States. Even by Trump standards, the recognition of Jerusalem was outrageous – being against international law apart from anything else – and it deserved an equally strong response.

Of course, the old guard surrounding the unpopular and uninspiring Mahmoud Abbas will urge caution. Some are already saying that any move that would upset America would in turn jeopardise the “peace process” between the Zionist State and Palestine. The reply to that is obvious: what peace process?

It is clear that it is an illusion. Ever since Abbas became President of the PA exactly 13 years ago, Israel has continued to build more illegal settlements, to steal more Palestinian land and to demolish more Palestinian homes. While the territory earmarked for an independent State of Palestine has shrunk on an almost daily basis, Israel has extended its de facto borders at an alarming rate; waged three brutal wars on Palestinian civilians in Gaza; and installed hundreds of military checkpoints across the shrinking pockets of Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank.

No wonder heroic individuals like 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi are emerging, only to end up in handcuffs in Israeli military courts after acts of legitimate resistance to the brutal occupation of their land. The little Palestinian girl with the big hair who has won the hearts and minds of millions around the world is a giant compared with the largely lacklustre individuals who will gather in Ramallah on Sunday.

Philosopher Edmund Burke is often credited with the saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This could easily apply to the inaction of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, except this cabal, mired in corruption and self-interest, could arguably not be described as “good men”.

Read: Israel army admits live fire used on Palestinian civilians throwing stones

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, neither of which are members of the PLO, have been invited to the meeting in Ramallah, which is a good sign. A united front is the only way forward in these uncertain times. The PLO is in unchartered waters dealing with a US President who is as unpredictable as he is mentally unstable, so when the Palestinian Central Council of the organisation comes together on Sunday evening with PA President Mahmoud Abbas they should not waste any more time.

Like the Vatican’s gathering of cardinals deciding who will be the Pope, the doors of the meeting room should be locked and left that way until those gathered inside reach a conclusion. Hopefully, it will be one that is worthy of the Palestinian people, who crave a brave and bold leadership producing fearless and authoritative policies. They know that they already have the support of the international community following widespread condemnation of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. What the 121 members of the multi-party council need to do now is respond firmly and with one voice.

Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump’s threat to cut aid to countries that vote in support of Palestine at the UN – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump has still not publicly committed to the idea of an independent Palestinian state and there is no doubt that, after being humiliated on the international stage (even the British poodle turned rogue and ran off with the rest of the European pack) he is in a vindictive mood. In a fit of pique, he has already threatened to stop America’s humanitarian aid to the Palestinians by targeting the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

One of the many issues to be considered by the Palestinian leadership is the longevity of the Trump Administration, with his support base unwavering despite (or perhaps because of) the xenophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, racist outpourings from the Oval Office. The bad news is, under the current climate, Trump could go a second term.

Hoping for the best, but planning for the worst, Abbas has to make good his threat that the Americans can no longer play a role as mediator. Despite the enormous pressure that he will come under, he should refuse to see Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region this coming week.

I know different leaders have different styles, but the late Yasser Arafat would have handled this situation so differently that I doubt Trump would have dared to make his Jerusalem announcement in the first place. If he had, I imagine that Arafat would have called for 30 days of rage while garnering support from around the Arab world.

When Arafat pledged to do something, rightly or wrongly it was done. With Abbas, though, we have a man who is known to issue threats but rarely carry them out unless it is to the detriment of the Palestinians living in Gaza or against his political rivals in Hamas. His previous threats to suspend security cooperation or recognition of Israel have simply never materialised. Abbas is a man of weasel words and the bully that is Donald Trump knows this, and it emboldens him more.

The Palestinian leadership must remember that when it signed the Oslo Accords with Israel way back in 1993 in return for formal recognition of Israel, the deal was supposed to lead to a final settlement within five years. Realistically, the creation of an independent Palestinian state stalled two decades ago and is no more. Oslo, I’m afraid, is history.

The Palestinians need to bypass the US in future deliberations until a fully functioning and credible President is in the White House. This might just give the moribund peace process a push in a different direction. The current process died long ago, and trying to revive it will be yet more time and effort wasted.

New thinking is required in Ramallah on Sunday and, dare I say it, a new leadership. The people of Palestine need a different, more viable road map for peace; a process which does not depend on the inane whims of Trump and his fanatically pro-Israel advisers.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180113-palestinian-leaders-must-be-brave-and-bold/#comment-3707308353

Re: Palestinian leaders must be brave and bold

Palestine’s leaders are gathering in Ramallah to thrash out a response to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump made his announcement 32 days ago; what has taken them so long? A really dynamic leadership would have acted within hours; under the Palestinian Authority, though, it was left to the extraordinary people of Palestine to vent their anger on the streets.

One of the options on the table is for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to withdraw its recognition of Israel. This is something that could have been done within hours of the unprecedented move by the President of the United States. Even by Trump standards, the recognition of Jerusalem was outrageous – being against international law apart from anything else – and it deserved an equally strong response.

Of course, the old guard surrounding the unpopular and uninspiring Mahmoud Abbas will urge caution. Some are already saying that any move that would upset America would in turn jeopardise the “peace process” between the Zionist State and Palestine. The reply to that is obvious: what peace process?

It is clear that it is an illusion. Ever since Abbas became President of the PA exactly 13 years ago, Israel has continued to build more illegal settlements, to steal more Palestinian land and to demolish more Palestinian homes. While the territory earmarked for an independent State of Palestine has shrunk on an almost daily basis, Israel has extended its de facto borders at an alarming rate; waged three brutal wars on Palestinian civilians in Gaza; and installed hundreds of military checkpoints across the shrinking pockets of Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank.

No wonder heroic individuals like 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi are emerging, only to end up in handcuffs in Israeli military courts after acts of legitimate resistance to the brutal occupation of their land. The little Palestinian girl with the big hair who has won the hearts and minds of millions around the world is a giant compared with the largely lacklustre individuals who will gather in Ramallah on Sunday.

Philosopher Edmund Burke is often credited with the saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This could easily apply to the inaction of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, except this cabal, mired in corruption and self-interest, could arguably not be described as “good men”.

Read: Israel army admits live fire used on Palestinian civilians throwing stones

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, neither of which are members of the PLO, have been invited to the meeting in Ramallah, which is a good sign. A united front is the only way forward in these uncertain times. The PLO is in unchartered waters dealing with a US President who is as unpredictable as he is mentally unstable, so when the Palestinian Central Council of the organisation comes together on Sunday evening with PA President Mahmoud Abbas they should not waste any more time.

Like the Vatican’s gathering of cardinals deciding who will be the Pope, the doors of the meeting room should be locked and left that way until those gathered inside reach a conclusion. Hopefully, it will be one that is worthy of the Palestinian people, who crave a brave and bold leadership producing fearless and authoritative policies. They know that they already have the support of the international community following widespread condemnation of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. What the 121 members of the multi-party council need to do now is respond firmly and with one voice.

Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump’s threat to cut aid to countries that vote in support of Palestine at the UN – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump has still not publicly committed to the idea of an independent Palestinian state and there is no doubt that, after being humiliated on the international stage (even the British poodle turned rogue and ran off with the rest of the European pack) he is in a vindictive mood. In a fit of pique, he has already threatened to stop America’s humanitarian aid to the Palestinians by targeting the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

One of the many issues to be considered by the Palestinian leadership is the longevity of the Trump Administration, with his support base unwavering despite (or perhaps because of) the xenophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, racist outpourings from the Oval Office. The bad news is, under the current climate, Trump could go a second term.

Hoping for the best, but planning for the worst, Abbas has to make good his threat that the Americans can no longer play a role as mediator. Despite the enormous pressure that he will come under, he should refuse to see Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region this coming week.

I know different leaders have different styles, but the late Yasser Arafat would have handled this situation so differently that I doubt Trump would have dared to make his Jerusalem announcement in the first place. If he had, I imagine that Arafat would have called for 30 days of rage while garnering support from around the Arab world.

When Arafat pledged to do something, rightly or wrongly it was done. With Abbas, though, we have a man who is known to issue threats but rarely carry them out unless it is to the detriment of the Palestinians living in Gaza or against his political rivals in Hamas. His previous threats to suspend security cooperation or recognition of Israel have simply never materialised. Abbas is a man of weasel words and the bully that is Donald Trump knows this, and it emboldens him more.

The Palestinian leadership must remember that when it signed the Oslo Accords with Israel way back in 1993 in return for formal recognition of Israel, the deal was supposed to lead to a final settlement within five years. Realistically, the creation of an independent Palestinian state stalled two decades ago and is no more. Oslo, I’m afraid, is history.

The Palestinians need to bypass the US in future deliberations until a fully functioning and credible President is in the White House. This might just give the moribund peace process a push in a different direction. The current process died long ago, and trying to revive it will be yet more time and effort wasted.

New thinking is required in Ramallah on Sunday and, dare I say it, a new leadership. The people of Palestine need a different, more viable road map for peace; a process which does not depend on the inane whims of Trump and his fanatically pro-Israel advisers.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180113-palestinian-leaders-must-be-brave-and-bold/#comment-3707301282

Re: Palestinian leaders must be brave and bold

Palestine’s leaders are gathering in Ramallah to thrash out a response to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump made his announcement 32 days ago; what has taken them so long? A really dynamic leadership would have acted within hours; under the Palestinian Authority, though, it was left to the extraordinary people of Palestine to vent their anger on the streets.

One of the options on the table is for the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to withdraw its recognition of Israel. This is something that could have been done within hours of the unprecedented move by the President of the United States. Even by Trump standards, the recognition of Jerusalem was outrageous – being against international law apart from anything else – and it deserved an equally strong response.

Of course, the old guard surrounding the unpopular and uninspiring Mahmoud Abbas will urge caution. Some are already saying that any move that would upset America would in turn jeopardise the “peace process” between the Zionist State and Palestine. The reply to that is obvious: what peace process?

It is clear that it is an illusion. Ever since Abbas became President of the PA exactly 13 years ago, Israel has continued to build more illegal settlements, to steal more Palestinian land and to demolish more Palestinian homes. While the territory earmarked for an independent State of Palestine has shrunk on an almost daily basis, Israel has extended its de facto borders at an alarming rate; waged three brutal wars on Palestinian civilians in Gaza; and installed hundreds of military checkpoints across the shrinking pockets of Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank.

No wonder heroic individuals like 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi are emerging, only to end up in handcuffs in Israeli military courts after acts of legitimate resistance to the brutal occupation of their land. The little Palestinian girl with the big hair who has won the hearts and minds of millions around the world is a giant compared with the largely lacklustre individuals who will gather in Ramallah on Sunday.

Philosopher Edmund Burke is often credited with the saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” This could easily apply to the inaction of the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank, except this cabal, mired in corruption and self-interest, could arguably not be described as “good men”.

Read: Israel army admits live fire used on Palestinian civilians throwing stones

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, neither of which are members of the PLO, have been invited to the meeting in Ramallah, which is a good sign. A united front is the only way forward in these uncertain times. The PLO is in unchartered waters dealing with a US President who is as unpredictable as he is mentally unstable, so when the Palestinian Central Council of the organisation comes together on Sunday evening with PA President Mahmoud Abbas they should not waste any more time.

Like the Vatican’s gathering of cardinals deciding who will be the Pope, the doors of the meeting room should be locked and left that way until those gathered inside reach a conclusion. Hopefully, it will be one that is worthy of the Palestinian people, who crave a brave and bold leadership producing fearless and authoritative policies. They know that they already have the support of the international community following widespread condemnation of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. What the 121 members of the multi-party council need to do now is respond firmly and with one voice.

Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]Trump's threat to cut aid to countries that vote for Palestine - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump’s threat to cut aid to countries that vote in support of Palestine at the UN – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump has still not publicly committed to the idea of an independent Palestinian state and there is no doubt that, after being humiliated on the international stage (even the British poodle turned rogue and ran off with the rest of the European pack) he is in a vindictive mood. In a fit of pique, he has already threatened to stop America’s humanitarian aid to the Palestinians by targeting the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

One of the many issues to be considered by the Palestinian leadership is the longevity of the Trump Administration, with his support base unwavering despite (or perhaps because of) the xenophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, racist outpourings from the Oval Office. The bad news is, under the current climate, Trump could go a second term.

Hoping for the best, but planning for the worst, Abbas has to make good his threat that the Americans can no longer play a role as mediator. Despite the enormous pressure that he will come under, he should refuse to see Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region this coming week.

I know different leaders have different styles, but the late Yasser Arafat would have handled this situation so differently that I doubt Trump would have dared to make his Jerusalem announcement in the first place. If he had, I imagine that Arafat would have called for 30 days of rage while garnering support from around the Arab world.

When Arafat pledged to do something, rightly or wrongly it was done. With Abbas, though, we have a man who is known to issue threats but rarely carry them out unless it is to the detriment of the Palestinians living in Gaza or against his political rivals in Hamas. His previous threats to suspend security cooperation or recognition of Israel have simply never materialised. Abbas is a man of weasel words and the bully that is Donald Trump knows this, and it emboldens him more.

The Palestinian leadership must remember that when it signed the Oslo Accords with Israel way back in 1993 in return for formal recognition of Israel, the deal was supposed to lead to a final settlement within five years. Realistically, the creation of an independent Palestinian state stalled two decades ago and is no more. Oslo, I’m afraid, is history.

The Palestinians need to bypass the US in future deliberations until a fully functioning and credible President is in the White House. This might just give the moribund peace process a push in a different direction. The current process died long ago, and trying to revive it will be yet more time and effort wasted.

New thinking is required in Ramallah on Sunday and, dare I say it, a new leadership. The people of Palestine need a different, more viable road map for peace; a process which does not depend on the inane whims of Trump and his fanatically pro-Israel advisers.



Source Article from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180113-palestinian-leaders-must-be-brave-and-bold/#comment-3707299687

Brave Hero Rescues Rabbit from California Wildfire, Restores Faith in Humanity [Video]

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Those who are defined as “heroes” tend to be the bravest among us. However, after the act, they’ll often just say they were doing what anyone else would do. That’s not true.

There are three types of people in this world: those who act in alarming situations, those who freeze up and do nothing, and those who make the conscious choice to ignore the situation and move on. Recently, an anonymous man in Ventura County, California, proved himself to be the first type of person when he risked his well-being to save a rabbit from a blazing fire.

As CNN reports, the unnamed individual darted out of his car upon seeing the frightened animal. The video shows him panicking initially over the critter’s erratic movements but eventually, he caught on and chased it down. After catching the rabbit, he scooped it up in his arms and carried it away — flames licking the ground as he walked.

The photographer who managed to capture the footage (which has since warmed million of people’s hearts) said he attempted to interview the man on-camera directly afterward. However, the brave citizen declined.

At the time, the individual probably thought he was just saving the rabbit. However, he did more than that: he re-inspired faith in humanity, as many Twitter users have attested.

Watch the harrowing footage below:

Because the mainstream press tends to prioritize negative happenings, it can oftentimes seem like no good exists in the world. Let this recent rescue remind you that there are kind people willing to do the right thing — even when they’ll gain no recognition from it. That’s true heroism.

Read more: 10+ Sobering Photos Show Ash Dropping In Disneyland As Wildfires Rage Across California

Source Article from https://truththeory.com/2017/12/08/brave-hero-rescues-rabbit-california-wildfire-restores-faith-humanity-video/

Not cold enough in Russia: Airboats brave ice drifts to cross river in Far East (VIDEO, PHOTO)

The region of Yakutia in the Russian Far East is no stranger to freezing temperatures, which usually take hold of the region in the middle of autumn. However, the current temperature of -20C is apparently not severe enough – the rivers have not completely frozen up yet, though the Lena is covered with heavy ice flows. This makes it rather challenging to cross the river.

Film taken near the city of Yakutsk shows the only way to get to the other bank is to use special vessels – airboats – as other types of transport can easily get trapped. The footage shows an airboat carrying passengers through a “complex hydrological ice formation,” local resident Ivan Bozhedonov told Russian media.

“We are currently suffering,” the man said, explaining that the weather is unusually warm for this time of year in the region, which prevents the river from freezing over. Bozhedonov’s Instagram has several more fascinating images and videos of the partially frozen river.

Река Лена еще не встала, ледоход идет.

Публикация от иван (@ivan_kentucky) Ноя 3 2017 в 6:50 PDT

Last week, a ferry with more than a hundred passengers and over 30 cars and trucks on board got stuck in the ice in the same area. No one was hurt. Rescue teams assisted people to safely reach land on foot. 

Source Article from https://www.rt.com/news/409598-russia-ice-river-airboats/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

WATCH: The Best Terrorist Takedown You’ll See on TV This Week Was on NBC’s ‘The Brave’

NBC’s The Brave continues to show us not only the clearly awesome actions of military members but the global context as well. In yet another display of unashamed pride for service, the latest episode takes on the truly despicable enemy of Islamic terrorism in the West.

The November 6 episode “It’s All Personal” gives us deeper insight into the newest member of the team Amir Al-Raisani (Hadi Tabbal), who previously spent years undercover as a member of ISIS. When the fourteen-year-old son of a terrorist he met on the inside is forced to become a suicide bomber, Amir goes back undercover and the team rushes to prevent an attack on the radicalized areas of…Paris, France. Yes, in a show as bold as The Brave, they aren’t afraid to point out the growing threat of Islamic terrorists in the West, and they certainly aren’t afraid of pointing out who the bad guys are.

Just check out this confrontation between one of the leaders of “the same ISIS cell that’s said to have trained the Charlie Hedbo attackers,” Omar (Naren Weiss), and Amir. When the terrorist cell believes that the boy’s sister Mina (May Calamawy) has betrayed them to the French government, Omar assigns Amir to kill her. As Amir tries to maintain his cover and keep her alive at the same time, his hesitance exposes his real identity as the traitor. Luckily for him, his team is ready to back him up in this awesome scene that sees 4 terrorists dead within seconds.

[Warning: Violence]

Jaz: 10 seconds.

Dalton: Copy that. The boss is your target.

Omar: You’re the traitor.

Amir: Yes. I’m the traitor. I have devoted my life to bringing down men like you, and I’m not going to sleep until all of you are in the hell you deserve.

Now that Jack Bauer’s 24 is long gone, The Brave might be one of the few shows on primetime nowadays willing to feature the satisfying moment an American hero stabs an Islamic terrorist in the gut and twists the knife while telling him to go to hell.

Eventually, the team discovers the cell’s plan to use the boy as a decoy bomber while planting a second bomber to kill incoming paramedics and first responders to the scene. Although the boy claims to be willing, Amir remarks that “[t]his cell uses disaffected kids to do their dirty work,” highlighting the terrorist group preying on vulnerable youth and recognizing the kid’s reluctance. Fortunately, Amir’s instincts are right, and the boy foregoes the bombing while the team apprehends the rest of the cell.

While I wish behavior like that was only fictional, it’s no secret that Islamic terrorist groups like ISIS are purposefully sacrificing children or mowing down innocent people. Even worse, their hold includes places like France which has only just recently ended its 2 year terrorism state of emergency. Despite this depressing outlook, The Brave offers reassurance in characters who boldly and fearlessly defend the innocent and fight off the terrorists.

Though The Brave may not be a perfect reflection of real life, in light of growing political divides, it’s great to see a show that can recognize evil for what it is and exemplify the brave heroes who can stop it.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2017/11/07/watch-best-terrorist-takedown-tv-brave-nbc

CBS Shows Stark Differences Between Brave Military and Wimpy Liberals on ‘SEAL Team’

SEAL Team on CBS is starting to become a reliably pro-American, pro-military show in a television landscape that doesn’t give us much to enjoy. In the October 25 episode “Collapse,” the drama portrayed American service members respectfully as those doing good in the world and liberals as, well, ridiculous.

This episode has Jason (David Boreanaz) and the rest of his SEAL Team protecting the American Embassy in South Sudan as the ambassador refuses to evacuate in an increasingly unstable political environment. The team is told that their job is to protect the embassy while Americans remain there, and help to evacuate safely “if things go the other way.” If you think this has shades of Benghazi, you’re not the only one. Team member Ray (Neil Brown, Jr.) boils it down to “so…after it goes Benghazi, the DOD can say they had a Tier One team on the ground.” 

Once in South Sudan, Ray is confronted by African-American journalist Stefan Bol who tries to get information by race-baiting. He doesn’t realize that Ray has a bond with his SEAL Team that is far deeper than identity politics. 

 

 

Stefan: Stefan Bol. You mind if I ask you some questions? 
Ray: Oh, you’re a reporter?
Stefan: What gave it away? 
Ray: Can’t do it. Nothing personal. 
Stefan: I’m also, uh, willing to go off the clock a while. Just big guy lying low while the brothers outside blow off some steam. 
Ray: Those your brothers, huh?
Stefan: Yours, too. 

Ray: You know there’s people out there that will slit our throats just because of the color of our passports, right? 
Stefan: Never bothers you? Show up in a place like this, alongside all them big white boys… 

Ray: Watch your mouth.
Stefan: Anybody else looks like you is on the other side of your guns. 
Ray: Time for you to go. Trust me, I am not the one. And those big white boys you’re talking about? They’re my brothers, too. 
Stefan: Only colors that matter are the, um, red, white and blue? 

Ray: Kumbaya.

In the next scene, the SEALs are evacuating American teachers out of a school, reinforcing once again who the good guys are and that the red, white, and blue are the only colors that matter to people in peril.

Meanwhile, back in the United States, Clay (Max Thieriot) and Brian (Jay Hayden), who are still in SEAL training, are at a party that Clay’s girlfriend Stella (Alona Tal) is throwing. She’s a liberal postgraduate student and her party is full of more of the same P.C. anti-military leftists you see on college campuses.

 

 

Evan: Alright. The, uh, the American snipers? 
Stella: Wow. Hey. Hi, Brian. Clay, this is Evan. Evan, stop it. Everybody behave, please.
Evan: No, you worry too much. No, no. My new friends and I, we don’t start fights at parties. We’re evolved. Isn’t that right, friends? 
Clay: Ah, this is your show, man. You tell us. 
Stella: These are my guests. If you can’t behave like a human being… 
Evan: All right, they’re your guests, but if they weren’t, they could always just knock down the door and take whatever they want. What they’re trained for. 
Brian: Actually, most of our training is just about balancing beach balls on our noses, so… 
Evan: Is this, uh, really what you want? After everything I’ve heard you say about American militarism, this regressive, cartoon masculinity? 
Stella: Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that I’m really against American militarism and regressive, cartoon masculinity. 

Clay: Me, too. 
Stella: Oh, good. Bullet dodged.

There’s nothing regressive or cartoonish about their strength, and the scene ends there, taking us back to the SEALs in South Sudan keeping Americans safe with their “cartoon masculinity,” making this liberal college student look even more utterly foolish.

We find out that the acting American ambassador in South Sudan is reluctant to order an evacuation because it could threaten his relationship with a major campaign donor. CIA Analyst Mandy (Jessica Pare) makes it clear to him that he has to order the evacuation to save American lives, and he is finally pushed into doing it. He is, as one of the SEALs says, a “weasel,” and gets himself safely aboard an American aircraft leaving people behind at the embassy and the flag still flying. Jason and his team rescue both. When they arrive on the plane, Jason hands him the properly folded flag saying, “You must have left it behind by accident.” The scene reminds of how precious the flag is to the military and really drives home how offensive it is for rich athletes to kneel during the National Anthem.

This year, we have SEAL Team, NBC’s The Brave, and Valor on The CW, three shows that respect the military, our flag, and American values. Is Hollywood finally remembering that not everyone who watches television wants to watch our country mocked, that the “flyover states” wouldn’t mind tuning in once in a while, too? With shows like this, maybe there’s hope. 

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/amelia-hamilton/2017/10/26/stark-differences-between-respectful-military-and

NBC’s ‘The Brave’ Draws the Line Between American Heroes and Traitors

NBC’s The Brave is one of the latest primetime shows featuring a military element that from the start has been driving liberals crazy. The Brave, in particular, must be a thorn in the average extreme leftist’s side with the characters regularly acknowledging themselves and the American forces as “the good guys” against foreign adversaries. This week takes that American pride up a notch when the military crosses a notably anti-American traitor.

In the October 16 episode “Break Out,” the military team travels to an Afghani military prison filed with captured members of the Taliban. There, Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) interrogates an American traitor with the Taliban to try to discover the location of a potential terrorist attack. When talking to him, the viewer might come to recognize some familiar liberal talking points as Patricia tries to reach out to him.

 

Patricia: Both of the men escorting me were victims of a U.S. Bombing. They were at a base, playing with Muslim children. How is that doing what’s right?

Nate: How do you justify an American drone strike at a wedding? And if we both commit atrocities, why are you so sure you’re on the right side?

Patricia: Big ideas, mainly. Freedom of speech. Gender equality.

Nate: Your crusading government is bought and sold by big American business. But, you know, they cloak their greed in a mantle of human rights, so you lap it up. And you think you’re liberators, but you’re line workers on the military-industrial complex’s killing floor.

Patricia: Okay. Let’s say you’re right. How does indiscriminately bombing a U.S. Base help? You want to cripple the American war machine? Don’t fall into the stereotype. Please, Nate. Be better than us.

Heaven forbid the real freedoms of being able to draw religious cartoons without being targeted for death and not treating women like chattel overcome the fictional crimes of “American business,” whatever that means here. Only in the imaginary world of liberal bias could anything the United States does today be even remotely compared to the evil and heinous acts of the Taliban. All while in the meantime, liberals continue to reap the benefits of the U.S. military protecting their right to trash soldiers. And they think they’re the brave ones.

Fortunately, that’s not the case here. Make no mistake, the American military is and continues to be the good guys of the show, even going so far as to save this traitor’s life and stop a major prison break against all odds. In one hour, we see manly American military men fight off hordes of Afghani Taliban prisoners with the use of high-powered weapons. Overall, it was probably the most controversial, non-politically correct episode of the week.

In this day and age it seems like traitors are not only accepted but lauded. Case in point, the news today on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s guilty plea for desertion is a reminder that President Obama hailed him as a hero when he traded five notorious Taliban terrorists for his release back in 2014. And let’s not forget Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, who is called a transgender hero.

Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded who the real heroes are and with The Brave we now have at least one chance every week to watch positive portrayals of American military heroes. Every week, the team on The Brave works together to maneuver, fight, and, if necessary, shoot their way out of a tight spot for innocent civilians, saving the day American-style. The show doesn’t have to waste time telling us why they’re the good guys. They’re too busy showing us.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/lindsay-kornick/2017/10/17/nbcs-brave-goes-after-american-traitors