All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


Right to Try

I've blogged on this topic before.  Some people when faced with the terrifying prospect of having a fire in the home, choose to rush into the home and try to save their family.  If the police and fire department are there, they will prevent anyone from reentering the burning building.  They have their reasons and they are trying to achieve a positive outcome with that policy.

However, I believe that inside a man is an instinct to do what he can to protect those whom he loves.  Obeying that instinct is a fundamental right of human existence.  It does not matter if a man lives, it is how he lives and dies that is important.

A North Texas man is presumed dead after running into his burning home multiple times
Witnesses told NBC 5 that the homeowner, 65-year-old Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient George Steele, went back into the Decatur mobile home several times to rescue his children, extended family and pets.
Steele's wife, Faith, said he ran into the smoke-filled house one last time to try to help his aunt, who, unbeknown to him, had already escaped through the back window. 
Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said seven people were inside the home in the 200 block of Quail Chase Drive when the fire started at about 3 a.m.
George Steele died a man's death, doing a man's job saving his family.  It may be that his last trip into a burning building wasn't necessary, the person he went to help got out on their own.  Mr. Steele didn't know that at the time.  He reckoned his love of his family more valuable than his own life.  Seven people could have died.  Mr. Steele made sure that didn't happen.


  1. Whoa.. That was just over a mile and a half of where I grew up. Of course, it was four miles by road.

  2. Greater love has no one than this . . . than to lay down one's life for his friends.

    Thanks Res . . .

  3. I think they ought to let him try. He knows the house, and can find his way when he can't see.

    I don't see people risking their life for pets. Too many people see their animals as people.

  4. I don't see people risking their life for pets. Too many people see their animals as people.

    Agreed. No mandate to lay down my life for the critters that I am aware of.

  5. It didn't say in the story, but I suspect what happened was helped the pets as he was helping the people. That would make sense to me, if he was already in the kids room and passing the kids out the window, it wouldn't take much to put a dog or cat out at the same time.

    The story said that the last trip in was to help a person, which makes me think the pets was something he did as he went along.

    I don't think there is a moral requirement to help an animal but if you're already there, why not?