I moved to Ferguson last Spring, I did so not because the house was cheap and I needed a place quickly, I did so because I fell in love.
I fell in love with the horse farms, the old victorian houses, the big trees, and the large plots of land. You want to know what Ferguson has that most municipalities in St. Louis County do not? Family owned businesses. Ferguson is the perfect image of a town of entrepreneurs. I have one of the best butchers in St. Louis less than a mile from my house, a brand new cigar lounge (Montrey’s) that I am a proud member of, several excellent restaurants, and one of the best micro-brews in the state.
The above mentioned things are things I am proud of and things I know most towns around me do not have. The things I have yet to mention are the things that we DO have in common with every other city in America. We have a large amount of unemployed people living in our city. We have a large amount of underpaid people living in our city. We have underpaid/overzealous police officers in our city. We have too much municipal regulation in our city. We have high property taxes in our city. We have a weak underfunded public school system in our city. Everything I just mentioned can be found in most towns in America.
The cause of the Michael Brown fiasco was not a police officer doing a stupid illegal act (like so many have and gotten away with) the cause of the Michael Brown fiasco starts with the family. It is the family who is ultimately responsible for the misconduct of their children.
If little Johnny throws a baseball through the neighbors window then Johnny will be doing a lot of chores to pay off that broken window. Michael Brown was not a gentle giant. Michael Brown was a young thug that did bad things because he knew he could get away with it. Michael Brown did not obey the police because he grew up thinking that they were pigs. If you do not give someone a cause to like or trust you then they will not. Michael Brown died that day because he was stupid. He failed to submit to authority because he had no authority in his life. His parents were divorced and his mom had a blatant mistrust towards police officers.
Darren Wilson did not kill Michael Brown, Michael Brown killed Michael Brown.
It is extremely important that we do not draw conclusions from what the media has told us about Ferguson. Ferguson is no worse off than Ballwin or Manchester or any other middle class municipality in St. Louis County.
In the aftermath of the shooting in August and the decision in November most people did not legally and peaceably assemble. There was looting and burning, all of which was caused and instigated by organized thugs and riotous anti-government groups (almost entirely from out of state.) Michael Brown did not die because he was black. If even the most remote cause of his death was because of racism what makes you think that the black attorney general of the United States would not have prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law? If Darren Wilson had unjustly shot Michael Brown do you not think that the democratic prosecuting attorney would not have prosecuted him to the fullest extent of the law? Logic is always the answer.
Bottom line is this: Fake witnesses and real witnesses alike all purposefully lied and told the media what they saw and/or thought happened was what actually happened.
Confusion, slander, liable, and a general ignorant disregard for the way society should run was the cause of the Ferguson Fiasco.
I love Ferguson, Ferguson will bounce back, the value of my property will not lower and businesses will still build because in the end a blatant and illicit disregard for ones government and law enforcement will not be tolerated.
I am a combat veteran who fought for the rights of all Americans. I am proud father, a happy husband, and a homeowner at the age of 24. I have a good job and friends and family that I can rely on. I support Ferguson and Darren Wilson because it is logical to do so.
Do not be swayed by public opinion, decide for yourself through the powers of deduction and cause and effect what the real issue is here.
God Bless America.
I recently just started concert piano lessons. I am excited! I am ready to face the challenge of picking up this new talent.
I was always wary of taking lessons because I thought I would fail. The fear of failure is something that we should never let discourage us.
It always needs to be I CAN and I WILL, not I think I can and I think I will.
I know that I am up for the challenge and as I fast approach my 25th year I desperately need something new in my life. (besides my gorgeous wife and beautiful 3 month baby.)
I will not settle for the slow monotonous life that I am slowly sinking into. In order to make myself better as a person I must change the way I am living and the mediocre things that I am doing.
One of the main reasons why I decided to take up piano is because I like to entertain people at my house. I have noticed that dinner and cards or a game just doesn’t cut it. Yeah…if you have a Bbq and watch a ball game that is one thing but nothing beats listening to the soft tunes that roll off the keys of a nice piano.
I think ideally what I am going for here is a personalized Dick Van Dyke Show. Hahaha I wish…..
(Dick Van Dyke was one of the best comedic entertainers of the last century by far.)
In final, do something different, pick up a new hobby and love it. Every time someone asks you how you are doing always have a story to tell. For we are known by the good we do in our lives and if we have a story to tell we will be remembered until the end of time through the lives of our children’s children.
If you know me you know that I have a high amount of disdain for guitar bands in Mass. I feel and so do many others that it is extremely disrespectful to the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. The way I look at it should be very easy to understand but for some reason some of those who grew up in the 60′-80’s seem to believe otherwise.
It is not wrong to want to praise our God and King it is however most utterly wrong to do it in a manner that is unbecoming. When the moment of Transubstantiation happens we should be quiet, solemn, and reflective, while simultaneously being joyful at this moment of adoration. One cannot and should not do this while beating a drum and strumming a guitar, you can listen to that music outside of God’s holy temple. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bend and every tongue confess the glory of the Lord. The Bible does not say at the name of Jesus everyone bang on the drums so those around cannot pray in solemn silence.
Are there many ways to pray? Of course there are but when we truly are in prayer and are experiencing God’s enduring love and kindness we can only do so in a silent reflective state so that we may hear the Lord’s wishes and desires for us.
This Sunday I attempted to sink into solemn prayer during Mass but alas to no avail my mind could not separate itself from the incessant pounding that was going on in the background of the Church. Is this saying that I have not trained my mind to separate itself from distractions while in prayer? Or maybe it is just proof that people in today’s society care more about the music in Church than they do about the ultimate meaning behind the Mass, the celebration of the Eucharist.
There are hundreds of quite beautiful songs that can be sung or chanted during Mass that praise God in his glorious majesty so please do not limit yourself to an irreverent rock out session. That is all, be at peace.
The U.S. is playing a dangerous game of chess in world politics. If we do not have the ability to successfully threaten a country of equal military power then what good are we? In certain instances in todays geopolitical sphere we NEED to have the ability to push the rowdy little brother countries back into line. This means REAL and FORCEFUL sanctions against countries like Iran, Syria, and now Russia. I think a lot of people had hopes for Russia, meaning we thought that they would actually put their act in gear and become a solid addition to the the most powerful countries in the world. Instead they have once again bullied their way to the front of the chow hall line. Sadly they do not bully in a way that is very healthy to the rest of us that just want to live normal peaceful lives.
We are no longer in an era where the world is centered around who has the biggest empire. Colonialism breeds slavery. Slavery is bad in all meanings of the word, and the way that Putin has used it against old soviet republics is especially frightening. The Russian President is essentially a dictator and with that power comes the ability to create laws much like U.S. executive orders yet with relatively no checks and balances. Yes there is a Prime Minister and a Federal Assembly (Parliament) who have to approve certain things that the president does but in the case of Russia these are all just formalities.
According to President Putin, Crimea being soaked back into the Russian borders was merely correcting a historical injustice. Please someone tell me how this is true, why not just take over the rest of the old Soviet countries again? That would probably make him happy considering for the majority of his youth and young adulthood he had a predominant role in illegal intelligence gathering for the Kremlin. He loved the Soviet version of his beloved Russia and was probably clapping over-enthusiastically during the Soviet portion of the Olympic opening ceremony.
In order to deter people like Putin from making these power grabs we must have the ability to push them back into place using diplomatic bullying and sanctions that will make it impossible for Russia to be economically stable without the help of the E.U. and the United States. The United States could approve the Keystone Pipeline and start to use its own oil supply and in turn severely reduce the 26 billion dollars that is being paid to Russia for crude oil. If the E.U. drastically cut importing from Russia, the Russians stock market would crash. The problem with this is we rely too much on countries for things we need and have no other immediate method of obtaining such goods.
Whether or not the U.S. acknowledges the Crimean annexation to Russia is pointless because it happened and it is very real. In the bejeweled halls of past Russian Czars Vladimir Putin signed a treaty for Crimea to join Russia, they expanded their map and in doing so expanded their empire. Whether or not the people of Crimea where forced to vote for the annexation or not will remain unknown. We can however assume that they where bullied in the same methods that the people of North Korea are forced to vote in their country.
What else can be said, except to try and keep on living the way you do knowing that we give Russia almost 27 billion dollars a year. Most people don’t care about this, because like everything else in America “It only indirectly affects you.” And that lady’s and gents is how World War’s start. Whether it is assassinating a world leader or invading other countries, leader’s who are too power hungry will forever be on Earth and will always strive to obtain more power.
Let me break this down Barney style: