WWII vet becomes viral video star after San Jose racers' spontaneous tribute

 

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Posted:   03/04/2014 09:15:17 AM PST | Updated:   about 15 hours ago

SAN JOSE -- Everyone on the block knows Joe Bell. Whether he's tinkering with his old fishing boat in the driveway or telling World War II stories from the sidewalk, neighbors always stop to chat.

Once in a while he dons his uniform, which still fits his thin, 95-year-old frame, and wears it to the senior center for lunch on Veterans Day or to meet with other vets.

When he put it on again Sunday morning, something spectacular happened. Joe stepped outside his Cape Cod-style house in San Jose's Rose Garden neighborhood to cheer on runners in a race that benefits the foundation for fallen Army Ranger Pat Tillman. One by one, the runners left the course to shake an old soldier's hand.

I live two doors down from Joe and captured the moment with my iPhone. Within 48 hours, the 45-second video went viral and was picked up by the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox, Runners World, and a host of other media outlets.

By Tuesday evening, the video had been viewed and shared more than a million times.

It started so simply. As Joe stood a bit stooped on the sidewalk waving and cheering, the runners started waving and cheering back. When one of them saluted, Joe saluted back.

"Go get 'em," he called out.

I started filming. Then one of the runners, a young man in a red shirt, ran onto the sidewalk and, mid-stride, shook Joe's hand.

"Thank you for your service," he said, panting, then jogged on.

Another runner followed, then another and another. They began to pile up. For a moment, I worried Joe might get knocked over.

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AMEN!!!! God Bless This WONDERFUL WWII VETERAN and Everyone who Stopped to Shook his hand!! This Video Made me Cry With Happiness for this VETERAN!!  THANK YOU VETERAN FOR SERVING!!!

great poster...where can I download it???

A race to the finish gave way to an opportunity to give honor, I love patriots.

God bless those racers for showing that hero respect and shame on the newscasters for trying to belittle what was done ! 

Pay attention Ovomit and federal government morons - the American Spirit is far from dead and buried - it IS alive and well and has been since 1776!  Don't poke it too hard or you won't like the results.

sometimes in America..there is still a sign of what this country once was...BHO may have tried to destroy us in many ways...but the true heart of this country is still beating away.

God Bless Ole Joe!! I outranked you while I was in US Navy, but I salute you gratefully!! One Vet to Another

This is the America I want for my future generations. We should always honor those that serve for us. Even if it's in the middle of a sporting event.

For God and Country!

Come and be a part of a Historical event in Washington DC May 16 2014 for "Operation American Spring". Likely to be the last massive, yet peaceful attempt, to take back America. The America that this Veteran knows and loves.

Well done San Jose...Semper Fi

This was great.  Now do we have any hope of rescuing our country like we rescued so many others?  God, please help us to know, love, and serve you because that is the only way we get our country back.  Since so many have shut God out, He is just giving us a smidgeon view of what this country will be like without him.  Remedy, repent, realign ourselves with God, become part of his troop--put on the Armor of God--and take this country back glorifying God.  God is our only hope so that we may continue to thank those veterans.  In the near future, that won't happen without the above.

Thank God Joe still there to shake the runner's hand. Hooray for Joe.

It just goes to show you that We The People are still out there!!!!!!!!

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Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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