I have to admit that the Texas Anti-Woman Law and the Zimmerman verdict coming within hours of one another made me really unhappy with humanity for a while. Then there was the announcement that The View was hiring Jenny McCarthy to fill its patented Obnoxious Vapid Contentious Blond Host seat.
That about did me in. How does somebody like her get paid $$$ to sit on TV and spew that dangerous crap when Geoff and I are working constantly, are far smarter and funnier, and we’re barely making ends meet?
But we’re bouncing back. There is better news on the horizon and a societal discourse that’s making me have faith.
First there was MD Mama, not a column I usually read on Boston.com. She took apart the decision by ABC to hire McCarthy as irresponsible, morally wrong, and potentially fatal to many. It’s a great read, just avoid the comments.
Then there was the reaction to the Zimmerman verdict. Yes, there were some small fires and street closures in Oakland, CA but by in large there was peaceful outrage. Ministers spoke from the pulpit in hoodies. Community leaders called for calm protest and for people to take the path laid out by Dr. King.
Then there was this.
And a conversations has started. The President has weighed in. The AG has weighed in. There is talk of a Federal Civil Rights case against Zimmerman. Certain artists are coming out to boycott Florida and the ridiculous laws that allowed this verdict to masquerade as anything other than racism.
And then this happened. <– click here
A 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl who was abducted Thursday in Lancaster Township was rescued and returned safely to her mother thanks a pair of teens who located the kidnapper and chased him down on their bikes.
15-year-old Temar Boggs and his pal Chris Garcia didn’t know Jocelyn Rojas or her family when they decided to join the local police in searching for her abductor.
“I had the gut feeling that I was going to find the little girl,” Temar told Lancaster Online.
That gut feeling proved prescient: Just two hours after a middle-aged man reportedly lured Jocelyn into his vehicle with the promise of ice cream she was spotted by Temar inside a maroon car on Gable Park Road.
Temar said the car caught his eye as it suspiciously swerved in an out of side streets, seemingly trying to avoid getting noticed by police vehicle in the area.
The boy and his friend gave chase on their bikes, and quickly caught up with the vehicle.
Looking inside they saw a little girl and an older man behind the wheel. The man looked back at Temar and Chris before driving a short distance and pushing Jocelyn out of the car.
“She runs to my arms and said, ‘I need to see my mommy,'” Boggs recalled.
Unfortunately the kidnapper managed to drive off and police are still asking for the public’s assistance in helping to track him down.
But Jocelyn’s family is just happy to have her back, and they know who to thank for that.
“[They] were just saying that I was a hero, that I was a guardian angel and that it was amazing that I was there and was able to find the girl,” said Temar. “I’m just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do.”
A scholarship fund has been set up for the kids who did this. As of this writing the perv in question has not been found, but they’ve got an excellent description of him, thanks in part to these two 15 year old heroes. Click through, read the comments, and donate to the scholarship fund. Then join in the conversation, the more voices raised the better for all of us.