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    A Las Vegas resident asked actor and TV host Mike Rowe for a “comforting word” after the mass shooting there that took the lives of 59 people and injured more than 500 others. And as always, Rowe delivered. What did the resident ask?

    Molly Carr wrote to Rowe: ” I live in Las Vegas, and I’ve seen you here often. Once, in the lobby at Mandalay Bay. We’re all shattered here, obviously. A comforting word from you would go a long way…” What did Rowe say?

    Hi Molly
    I’m not surprised you saw me at the Mandalay. I cleaned their shark tank back in 2006, and I’ve stayed there at least thirty times since. Maybe that’s why my initial thoughts about this latest tragedy were so random and strange. Even before I imagined myself in the thick of the chaos, (as I always do,) and even before I thanked God that I wasn’t, (as I don’t do enough,) I found myself wondering if I had used the same elevator as the killer.

    Isn’t that odd?

    As people were being murdered in the most cowardly way imaginable, by a creature I can barely think of as human, I lay in my bed at home, stunned and horrified – wondering if I had stood in the same box and pushed the same buttons as the man now destroying countless lives and families. Since I’ve ridden all the elevators at Mandalay, I determined that the answer was yes.

    I then wondered if the killer and I had shared the same barstool in the lobby? Had we swam in the same pool, or chatted up the same bellman, or played a hand of blackjack at the same table? Had we slept in the same bed?

    It’s not a stretch. I’ve stayed on the 32nd floor of Mandalay before. I remember looking down at the sprawling, empty space 300 feet below my window – the same sprawling space that was recently filled with thousands of people having a good time, right up until they weren’t, courtesy of a monster.

    Yesterday, I was struck by how unknowingly we rub elbows with evil. How we share the highways and bi-ways with hollowed-out men and craven women whose capacity for wickedness knows no bounds. It would be convenient if such people all looked the same, but alas, they don’t. They look just like us. And so we dine with them in restaurants, unknowingly. We walk by them in shopping malls, sit next to them in theaters, and maybe even hold the door for them as they smile and nod in thanks.

    I’m sorry, Molly. I know these are not comforting words. The world is as uncertain as the people in it, and we share this rock with some very uncertain folks. But we also share it with living proof that hope will never die.

    Take comfort in men who threw themselves over other people’s children. They are no less real than the killer, and they are still with us.

    Take comfort in the woman who loaded wounded strangers into her car and drove them out of harm’s way.

    Take comfort in the hundreds of first responders who risk their lives every day, and the hundreds of anonymous citizens who stood in line to give their blood.

    Take comfort in the fact all good people are shattered, and that you are not alone.

    There are no words, Molly, at least in my vocabulary, to bring you the comfort you seek. But there are people among us who restore my faith in the species, even as others seek to rob me of it. I can introduce you to those people. That’s what I’ve tried to do with my little slice of
    cyber space, and that’s what I can do today. The same thing I do every Tuesday.

    This is Momma Ginger. Momma and her fellow Soup Ladies spend their lives waiting for disaster and tragedy to strike. When the unthinkable happens, they drive to the scene with a trailer filled with homemade
    soup, and feed the first-responders.

    It sounds like a small thing. It isn’t. When it comes to kindness, there are no small things. And when it comes to keeping hope alive, our first responders are the best example there is. This is the woman who takes care of them. In fact, she’s on her way to your city right now.

    Take comfort in her.

    Mike Rowe is AWESOME...
    "Except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall God governs in the affairs of men. I have lived, Sir, a long time..."
    Ben Franklin, arguably our least faith driven founding father

    #2
    First Class American he is.
    "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction" R.R.

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      #3
      That guy can write.

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        #4
        I really wish he'd run for President. I don't even care what his politics are.
        "The devil doesn't come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you've ever wished for.”
        Tucker Max

        Infirmitate Invitat Violentiam
        Finicky Fat Guy

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          #5
          He's as good as whoever wrote Reagan's speeches. Not meant as a jab at Reagan. They all have writers.

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            #6
            He makes great points that should be discussed in the media, instead of politicizing the event
            The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule ...Samuel Adams, "The Rights of the Colonists" page 419

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              #7
              That was outstanding.

              God bless that guy. He's about as real as it gets.

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                #8
                We need someone with a logical, tempered mind that can put thoughts together, such as Mike Rowe. Rowe for President in 2020.

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                  #9
                  sadly you will never hear or read that in the mainstream media, he is a blue collar get it done kinda guy he hit it right on the head ,,Pence Row ticket 2020

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                    #10
                    His words could have been spoken through any of our hearts. Thankfully, he is a man who can turn our feelings and pain into words, he is gifted in that way.
                    +1 Mike Rowe

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                      #11
                      I think Mike Row was sent to us from the future, to remind human beings that treating each other with decency and respect is the key to our long term survival. He’s a solid guy.
                      NRA LIFE | SAF | GOA | UTAH / NH / FL / PA / NY CCW | APPLESEED RIFLEMAN | RSO | FREEPORT R&R

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                        #12
                        He would get a chunk of the women that voted for Bill Clinton.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Ellar View Post
                          He's as good as whoever wrote Reagan's speeches. Not meant as a jab at Reagan. They all have writers.
                          A family friend was a Reagan speech writer, I am sure that he would love to hear that.
                          Ben

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                            #14
                            MIKE ROWE then compare him to what comes out of the mouths of Hillary ..Shummer...old bag Nancy who can't even get a full sentence out.....the Democrats are run by such FUCKEN idiots..

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