Standing Up For Principle When it Could Cost You Your Life

I don’t know if I could do what Roddie Edmonds did. I hope so, but I don’t think any of us can be sure until we are in the clinch. Roddie Edmonds was in the clinch, and he measured up.

The native of Knoxville, Tenn., was captured in the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944 and held at German POW camp Staleg IXA, according to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. When the Nazis ordered all Jewish-American POWs to step forward on Jan. 27, 1945, Edmonds — the highest-ranking noncommissioned officer at the camp — ordered 1,000 U.S. soldiers to do so, regardless of their religion, per the AP. “They cannot all be Jews,” a German commander said, per Yad Vashem.

“We are all Jews here,” Edmonds replied, adding soldiers didn’t need to divulge their religion under the Geneva Conventions. The commander then put a gun to Edmonds’s head.

He said, “‘I’ll give you one more chance. Have the Jewish men step forward or I will shoot you on the spot.'” [Edmonds paused] and said, ‘If you shoot, you’ll have to shoot us all.'”

The Nazi commander did not shoot, and many American Jews survived. Edmonds deserves every medal they give him.

Clerk’s Record is Filed, Collin County Community College District Whistleblower Appeal

Yesterday was the deadline for filing of the trial court record in the whistleblower suit appeal. The appellate clerk’s records show that an electronic copy of the trial court record was filed:

Record Filing Verification

If there is a way to download the electronic trial court record, I did not see it.

Related Posts:

Verification of Filing Trial-Court Record with Appellate Clerk

Initial Appellate Court Docket Sheet

Rough Schedule of the Appeal

Appeal Perfected

Management Attitude

Notice of Late Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law Filed

Notice of Past-Due Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

Delinquent Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

Due Date for Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

Motion for New Trial

Request for Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

Plea to Jurisdiction Granted

Venue Tranferred to Collin County

Plaintiff’s Response to Motion to Transfer Venue

Hearing Date

College District’s Response to Lawsuit

College District President Resigns

Report of Corruption in Collin County Community College District




A Description of the Political Divide

I broach this topic with trepidation. This is not a political blog, and I intend to keep it that way. Political posts tend to reduce readership, and that’s certainly not my goal.

That said, I just read a description of the political divide that I find quite thoughtful. I believe it is a neutral expression, and I hope others take it that way. The description is from a political article, and I link to the article not to endorse its political views, but merely to show my source:

Progressives tend to believe that government — if made to have sufficient size, scope, and proper management over the affairs of man — will fix or at least seriously mitigate the problem of evil in the world. Conservatives tend to believe that human nature is flawed and inclined toward bad things. Conservatives believe that government, being made up of humans, will also be inclined toward bad things, and therefore it must be restrained and not given a dangerous amount of power. They tend to see greater success for fixing problems in society with voluntary associations and institutions, such as families and community and organizations. Progressives tend to believe that man can be perfected, and perfected through government action.

I have often had similar thoughts, which is no doubt why I latched onto this. But I would be interested in hearing others’ (thoughtful) views. Does this seem a fair description of the divide you see? If not, how would you recast it to make it more accurate?

The political divide is a big problem in our society, and if we all understood it better, we would be better able to deal with it. Name calling and ascribing bad motives to the other side isn’t going to help.