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Woman Stuck in Flood Can't Believe Her Eyes as Cadre of Marines in Dress Blues Begins Wading to Her

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One of the primary reasons that a majority of Americans of all political persuasions supported the withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan was that we back our service members and do not want them to be engaged in conflicts that don’t best serve our national interests.

This was also one of the reasons that Americans were disgusted to see the way President Joe Biden conducted the withdrawal from Afghanistan in a manner that not only handcuffed the unmatched might and determination of our armed forces but put their lives at risk and ultimately cost us 13 service members — 11 Marines, one soldier and one sailor — who will never again return home to their loved ones.

We are proud of our troops as Americans, and the Marine Corps has long been one of our most celebrated institutions and a source of great honor and esteem.

So when a woman who found herself stuck in floodwaters on a Virginia highway this week saw through the rain a group of Marines wading through the water to help her — in their dress blues, no less — she was absolutely right to declare the event was “the most American thing ever.”

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The now-viral video, originally posted to TikTok, shows several Marines wading through water up to their knees to assist the woman and the driver of the vehicle, which had gotten stuck in the deluge, with an unquestioning willingness to assist.

@vigi.boo##themarines ##unitedstatesofamerica ##greateful ##semperfi ##thedaythemarineshelpedus ##godblessamerica ##usamarines ##amen ##beautiful ##intimesofstress ##hope♬ People Help the People – Birdy

“The Marines are going to help us?” the woman could be heard asking in the video. “We just got stuck.”

Although their crisp white and blue uniforms were clearly soaked through as they trudged through the floodwaters in the pouring rain, the men surrounded the car and began to push without hesitation — white gloves and all — as though they were in their utilities.

“This is the most American thing ever,” the woman in the video continued, clearly moved by the gesture and repeating “Thank you so much!” to the Marines as they pushed the vehicle.

According to ARLNow, the incident occurred on Arlington, Virginia’s Columbia Pike, parts of which were indeed blocked by floodwater on Thursday.

According to Heavy.com, social media users explained that the Marines were likely in their dress uniforms because they were “the guys that ceremoniously carry the caskets of fellow Marines at Arlington National Cemetery.”

In the video, you can see a sign for the Memorial Bridge, which is near the historic military resting grounds.

“As an immigrant we don’t usually see these things in the country I grew up in,” the TikTok user who filmed the video, @vigi.boo, wrote along with her post, according to ARLNow. “I am so grateful for the country and its Marines and military.”

Although the original video reportedly garnered positive, appreciative comments such as “Semper fi!” and “Wouldn’t expect anything less of our fine Marines,” other social media users just had to get political, saying the men were on their way to recruit youngsters to join the armed forces or declaring the Marines likely wouldn’t hesitate getting vaccinated.

It’s easy enough to be cynical or critical about such a nonpolitical, purely inspiring moment from behind the comfort and safety of one’s smartphone, but it was the Marines who were out in the rain getting soaked to help someone in need when the time came without worrying about who was inside the car or what might happen to their dress blues.

This is what it takes to defend our country — not endless, partisan bickering and cynicism.

The kind of commitment to doing what’s right in the face of any obstacle displayed by these fine Marines is exactly what our country is, or at least should be, all about. Not shaming or needlessly belittling our neighbors, but helping our community and our country without stopping to worry whether it will please or anger the right people.

We still see it every day in the brave men and women of our armed forces ready to help in any situation, people who quietly do their jobs while the rest of us engage in the endless culture war.

We see it in the dedication of our members of law enforcement who do their best to keep our communities safe behind the thin blue line all too often taken for granted.

We see it in our firefighters and first responders who run toward fires and disasters instead of away.

We see it even in the oft-forgotten, regular, everyday men who hook up their boat trailers to their F-150s to head into disaster zones and rescue flood victims without ever having to be asked.

These are the people who have built our nation, who keep it safe every day, and who will help us preserve it for future generations.

This is why we honor those who fight and who serve. This is why we love our country. This is what makes us American.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Boat Explodes on Maiden Voyage, Onlookers Scramble in Shocking Rescue

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A man and woman had a close brush with death on Oct. 13 when their newly purchased boat exploded during its first time out in Islamadora, Florida.

Officer Bobby Dube with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the Miami Herald that the couple was new to the area and had recently bought the boat. While the boat itself was no spring chicken — it was identified as a 26-foot, 1989 Carver — it was the couple’s first and last trip out on the vessel.



A nearby boater and good Samaritan was able to pick up the two after their craft exploded, and while the woman suffered some burns to her leg, the man appeared to be fine.

The dispatch report from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office recorded that a 911 call came in at 2:10 p.m., and by 2:14 p.m., another caller informed them that the boat had exploded.

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That wasn’t the end of the trouble, either. The two people were rescued, but the burning wreckage drifted close to Whale Harbor Bridge and the surrounding marinas, still spewing an enormous column of black smoke.



“With the good Samaritan rescuing the two people, our biggest concern was keeping the vessel from drifting toward other boats in the area and the mangroves,” U.S. Coast Petty Officer Second Class Logan Venero with Station Islamorada said.

The smoke was so heavy it caused visibility issues on the bridge, and traffic was stopped at one point. At around 2:30 p.m., the US Coast Guard managed to tow the remains of the destroyed boat to a nearby sandbar, where they tied it to a flag to be retrieved and disposed of later by the owner.



“Station Islamorada responded to a report of a vessel fire in the vicinity of the Whale Harbor bridge,” U.S. Coast Guard Station Islamadora posted on Facebook. “A nearby Good Samaritan recovered the two people on board. The boat crew, led by Petty Officer Venero, used the … response boat’s anchor to pull the burning vessel clear of the bridge and mangroves.

“Their quick thinking averted the situation from worsening and prevented the fire from impacting traffic on Overseas Highway or spreading to the mangroves. Our crew then transported the survivors back to land where one was treated by EMS for minor burns.



“This incident is a great reminder to make sure your fire extinguishers are serviceable and accessible [in] case of emergencies.

“Photo by Petty Officer Smith of Petty Officers Jones and Sayre helping to pull the vessel burning vessel clear. Also involved were SN Zins and Petty Officer Barber, who rigged and readied the response boat’s firefighting pump.”



While it certainly wasn’t a pleasant welcome to the area for the couple, they were blessed to have made it out of the disaster with minor injuries.

The explosion caused quite a spectacle, and many locals are using it as a reminder that disasters happen when you least expect them and to make sure your emergency equipment is always at the ready.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A man and woman had a close brush with death on Oct. 13 when their newly purchased boat exploded during its first time out in Islamadora, Florida. Officer Bobby Dube with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told the Miami Herald that the couple was new to the area and had recently bought the boat. While the boat itself was no spring chicken — it was identified as a 26-foot, 1989 Carver — it was the couple’s first and last trip out on the vessel. A nearby boater and good Samaritan was able to pick up the two after their craft exploded, and while the woman suffered some burns to her leg, the man appeared to be fine. The dispatch report from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office recorded that a 911 call came in at 2:10 p.m., and by 2:14 p.m., another caller informed them that the boat had exploded. That wasn’t the end of the trouble, either. The two people were rescued, but the burning wreckage drifted close to Whale Harbor Bridge and the surrounding marinas, still spewing an enormous column of black smoke. “With the good Samaritan rescuing the two people, our biggest concern was keeping the vessel from drifting toward other boats in the area and the mangroves,” U.S. Coast Petty Officer Second Class Logan Venero with Station Islamorada said. The smoke was so heavy it caused visibility issues on the bridge, and traffic was stopped at one point. At around 2:30 p.m., the US Coast Guard managed to tow the remains of the destroyed boat to a nearby sandbar, where they tied it to a flag to be retrieved and disposed of later by the owner. “Station Islamorada responded to a report of a vessel fire in the vicinity…

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Vicious Tweet By Alec Mocking Cop for ‘Wrongful’ Shooting Resurfaces After Baldwin Kills Woman on Set

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Those who live by the sword die by the sword.

Alec Baldwin certainly lived out this biblical proverb on Thursday.

The Hollywood veteran accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer while filming a movie in Sante Fe, New Mexico. During filming, Baldwin was required to fire a gun loaded with blanks. As it turns out, the gun discharged either shrapnel or a bullet, killing 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.

So where does the Christian proverb come into play?

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Back in 2017, Baldwin excoriated a police officer for shooting a violent suspect.

“I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone,” Baldwin tweeted along with the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of the shooting.

However, the officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing.

According to the Times, a Huntington Beach police officer was seen struggling with a man outside a convenience store.

Amid the struggle, the man pulled an object from the officer’s utility belt, which prompted the officer to step back and begin firing.

A bystander who captured the incident on video confirmed to the Times that the suspect started the fight after the officer approached his vehicle.

The officer was identified as Eric Esparza by The Orange County Register. Both the city of Huntington Beach and a federal judge determined the shooting was justified.

The suspect, 27-year-old Dillan Tabares, was believed to have beaten an 80-year-old man to death only three days prior.

Nevertheless, at a time when Esparza was likely at his lowest, having just been forced to kill a man, Baldwin tweeted his condemnation.

WARNING: The following contains graphic language that some readers will find offensive.

“Defend himself? By shooting the guy? What kind of a f**king idiot are you?” Baldwin wrote in a subsequent tweet.

Now, Baldwin is in nearly the same position Esparza was in four years ago. He is likely devastated at having been involved in such a tragic accident.

Hopefully, in the future, Baldwin won’t assume that every police officer involved in a shooting is either bloodthirsty or incompetent.

He now understands the pain many officers carry with them every single day.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Those who live by the sword die by the sword. Alec Baldwin certainly lived out this biblical proverb on Thursday. The Hollywood veteran accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer while filming a movie in Sante Fe, New Mexico. During filming, Baldwin was required to fire a gun loaded with blanks. As it turns out, the gun discharged either shrapnel or a bullet, killing 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza. So where does the Christian proverb come into play? Back in 2017, Baldwin excoriated a police officer for shooting a violent suspect. I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone…https://t.co/WE6QsAAXGI — AlecBaldwin (@AlecBaldwln____) September 23, 2017 “I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone,” Baldwin tweeted along with the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of the shooting. However, the officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing. According to the Times, a Huntington Beach police officer was seen struggling with a man outside a convenience store. Amid the struggle, the man pulled an object from the officer’s utility belt, which prompted the officer to step back and begin firing. A bystander who captured the incident on video confirmed to the Times that the suspect started the fight after the officer approached his vehicle. The officer was identified as Eric Esparza by The Orange County Register. Both the city of Huntington Beach and a federal judge determined the shooting was justified. The suspect, 27-year-old Dillan Tabares, was believed to have beaten an 80-year-old man to death only three days prior. Nevertheless, at a time when Esparza was likely at his lowest, having just been forced to kill a man, Baldwin tweeted his condemnation. WARNING: The following contains graphic language that some readers will find offensive. Defend himself? By shooting the guy? What kind of a fucking idiot…

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