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Day turned into night, and everyone wept. At such times, it seems impossible to believe, but as these photos demonstrate, there is much more good than bad in people. After all, it was a person who created the hummingbird you see in the last image below the fold.

People light candles during a vigil at Cathedral Square to honor victims of Oak Creek in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 5, 2012. A shooting during Sunday services at the Sikh temple in nearby Oak Creek left at least seven people dead, including a gunman, and at least three critically wounded, police and hospital officials said. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson.

Mourners take part in a candle light vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting, in Milwaukee, Sunday, Aug 5, 2012. An unidentified gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday in a rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help. The suspect was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) – Click image to see slideshow.

Via IGoogle * This Paper Hummingbird was created, using ORDINARY paper, by artist Cheong-ah Hwang.


  • foxyladi14

    such a tragedy.it boggles the mind.

  • KenoshaMarge

    Wisconsin Temple Shooting Hero Cop Brian Murphy Shot 8 Times, Waved Off Aid

    A police officer shot at least eight times in the neck and extremities outside the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis,waved off fellow officers attempting to rescue him and indicated they should assist others still inside.

    Lt. Brian Murphy, 51, was shot Sunday and is now recovering in the hospital after a second surgery, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. The 21-year veteran of the police force is expected to survive.

    “[Murphy] received eight or nine gunshot wounds, to extremities and also to the cheek area and the neck,” Edwards said. “He was in very close proximity to the shooter. When he arrived, he came upon someone who was injured, and he was going to assist that individual when the shooter came around him, close to his squad, and hit him at a close distance.”

    more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wisconsin-temple-hero-cop-brian-murphy-shot-times/story?id=16939854#.UCASDcie6s0

    • Flop_Flipper

      When I initially read the headline about this police officer being a hero I’ll admit, I thought it was just more LSM hype. But after reading what you have brought to my attention I can only concur. This guy thought of other innocent victims before himself.

      Local law enforcement officers face terrible situations every day. And they place their lives on the line for the rest of us all the time. This particular officer went well beyond the call of duty. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and those closest to him. May he have a speedy and successful recovery. And may we remember to thank those that wear the badge with honor so that the rest of may be safe.

  • arabella_trefoil

    One person, one hand makes a difference. I will always believe that. The photo of the hummingbird is incredibly moving – I don’t know why. I know some Chinese artists who do paper-cutting. Watching them at work is almost a meditative act. I hope all of us find peace. Failing that, I hope all of us take a moment to sit and reflect. Don’t let the noise and bustle of the world overwhelm you. There are good things in the world.

  • TexMexSoup

    There is a Sikh Temple about a mile from my house. My condolences to the families and the community.

  • HELENK2

    Gov. Scott Walker attends services at the Sikh temple in Brookfield, Wis. to honor those killed in Oak Creek – @NewsHub

  • BronwynsHarbor

    OT: It fries me that the madman is being described, invariably, by the media as a military veteran.

    Uh, he was also a truck driver. Wouldn’t it be more relevant to call him “former truck driver”?

    Or, “White supremacist [name]” ?

    It is shameful that the media opt to identify him with our military.

    • TeakWoodKite

      The military mention feeds the gun control meme, Bronwyn.
      Sadly, this is treated as an act of “dometic terrorism” (some distinction) and Fort Hood is being called “work place violence”.
      There really is no difference on a human level, my condolences to those living through such ugliness. Leave it to the MSM to apply pretzel logic to the plot line.

    • Flop_Flipper

      It’s worse than that. He is now being described as someone from the far-right.

      • KenoshaMarge

        Nothing new about this. If the New Black Panthers were described by the media as a “black hate group” the fauxrage would be immediate and overwhelming.

        We should only expect bias and bullshit from the media. That way we are never disappointed.

  • HELENK2

    Seeing people gather together to stand with those who have lost loved ones makes us remember there is good in the world.
    Love does conquer evil.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Thank you, Helen. After getting this up, I was able to sleep — for once, more than 45 minutes. And now I am going to post an open thread for you!

  • Flop_Flipper

    Thank you for this. Brings tears of sadness and joy to my weary eyes.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Do I say I am glad? No. However, I am touched that you are touched, FF. I was distraught by the news but it was only as I drove home from getting an abdominal ultrasound and a blood draw, that I remembered that image of the hummingbird and realized what I had to do. Well, that was after first making appointments at a top clinic/hospital to see a vascular surgeon and a physiatrist. That accomplished, I allowed myself to log on to the blog and upload the images.

      I need to amend the post to thank Yahoo! News’s news photo section which, when I cannot find just the right image, is my go-to place. Just as I had hoped, Yahoo had already created a 23-image slide show …. everyone of which were so marvelous that it was impossible to choose among them. Well, strike that. There would be no images of the perpetrator.

      THEN — sadly — the photo of the unbelievably brave policeman who was shot (what, 9 times?) wasn’t among the images. I will also amend the post if I can find an image of his face. This morning I couldn’t find one. And, according to the few moments of Fox News I was able to listen to, he was shot trying to save one of the Sikhs who was wounded. (?)

      Thank you again, FF. We can easily work ourselves into a permanent state of gloom and doom. It was accidental, the other day, that I found myself at the Google section that featured that hummingbird image along with another I’m saving … it was lucky too that I remembered I’d saved that image. But it was maddening that I needed to use that image.

      • Flop_Flipper

        So sorry to learn of your medical problems. Wish you the absolute best. Had a little unexpected scare myself last week when I went for what I considered a normal office visit and ended up in the hospital. I’m getting better and should be fine with some lifestyle changes. But I have to take things easy and try my best not to get too upset about anything. Fat chance of that happening the way this election season is going. Humor helps a lot except when I laugh too hard. I consider the experience blasphemous.

        It causes me sadness whenever senseless acts of violence occur. I don’t really understand what makes people think they have the right to hurt others that have done absolutely nothing to hurt them first. Just don’t get it. But I do see symptoms of the disease whenever we, as a society, allow ourselves to become segregated by race, gender, religion, class, political affiliation, sexual orientation or any number of things. In this country we should see our fellow citizens as Americans first; a diverse and beautiful melting pot bound by common principles. But we don’t. Constantly we seek separation; distinctions of who we are based upon whatever clan we identify with. We’ve become a tribal society and that worries me.

        It’s not that we shouldn’t express our differences and be proud of them. It’s just that instead of seeking our commonality first, we cling to distinctions of separation. And it is destroying our nation. It doesn’t help that we have a President that panders to these distinctions, pitting one against the other or all the rest against those of us attempting to treat everyone the same. So it’s no wonder that crazy people like this skinhead take it upon themselves to strike out at what they perceive as a threat to what they consider their primary identification. It’s so wrong. All of it.

  • arabella_trefoil

    How inspiring. Wisconsin has some wonderful people.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      OH yes they do. Among them, Marge whose reports from Wisconsin during the Walker recall were invaluable.

      • foxyladi14

        We all love our Marge.Thanks.