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Saving Hannah Baker – Surviving High School and Preventing Teenage Suicides

Today we’re taking a look at Hannah Baker, a teenage girl in the Netflix TV show 13 Reasons Why who commits suicide.  The show revolves around one of her friends learning the hard truth behind the reasons why Hannah decided to end her young life.

DISCLAIMER — I am not a psychologist.  The analysis and opinions formed here are from my personal experiences as well as general thoughts.  Seek professional help if you or somebody you know is being bullied and/or in danger of committing suicide.

That being said, in the previous article, I mentioned that I was a victim of bullying in the forms of endless teasing and (mostly) verbal harassment.  This began late in elementary school and continued through the end of middle school, a time span of roughly four years.

In those days I was very socially awkward.  I didn’t know how to dress, I wasn’t aware of modern slang and pop culture, and I had a particularly bad dandruff problem in my hair.  Combine all of that, throw in a neighborhood bully or two, add some bad rumors, and there you go.  I was an easy target for those people who wanted to laugh at me, insult me, and find new ways to put me down on a daily basis.

There was occasionally some pushing and shoving, and I remember some of my school supplies being stolen from time to time as well.  More than once I recall full backpacks being thrown at me on the school bus.  When we had those sex ed classes in middle school, the verbal sexual harassment increased tenfold. Read more…


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Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” – A Review of a Popular TV Show involving Teenager Suicide

Today we’re taking a look at 13 Reasons Why, a Netflix television show that takes a gripping look at how a group of high school teenagers deal with the suicide of one of their classmates.

The girl who committed suicide, Hannah Baker (played by Katherine Langford), left behind thirteen audio tapes in which she calls out the classmates who bullied her, and the reasons that led up to her suicide.  Most of the series is told through the point-of-view of Clay Jensen (played by Dylan Minnette), Hannah’s close friend, as he discovers just how much he really knew of Hannah’s teasing and bullying.

13 Reasons Why – Netflix TV show

13 Reasons Why begins with the aftermath of Hannah’s suicide.  Clay receives the box of audio tapes, and he listens to them in sequence and follows Hannah’s journey as a new student during her sophomore year to, ultimately, her suicide in the fall of her junior year.  It’s a rough and emotional journey as he learns the truth through Hannah’s stories and the pieces of evidence that he discovers.  He also realizes just how close he really was to not only Hannah, but to the bullies and their actions.

Before she ends her life, Hannah gives the audio tapes to Tony (played by Christian Navarro), one of her high school classmates that she can trust.  He’s given the job of passing the tapes to each person in Hannah’s listing, making sure that they listen to all of the tapes.  Otherwise, he’s instructed to make the tapes public so that the whole world can hear the truth, a threat that can bring down the entire school system.  Tony has listened to the tapes and knows the truth, and he continually pushes Clay to keep going and to listen to everything, even during trying times.  After all, Clay is the subject of one of the tapes. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - May 16, 2017 at 5:26 pm

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Are Companies Shorting You In Bags of Potato Chips?

Last week there was a news story about people filing a lawsuit against Wise Foods, claiming that the company is basically being deceitful and tricking customers into purchasing what they think is a large amount of potato chips.

Perhaps the real question here is, How much empty space is acceptable in a bag of potato chips?

We all know that bags of potato chips are never filled to the top of the bag.  First, the air in the bag acts as a cushion and helps prevent the chips from being crushed.  And second, chips settle and sink to the bottom of the bag, whether it happens at the food production plant, or during any phase of transportation all the way to your home.  The more that you move and shake the bag, the further that the chips will settle towards the bottom.

Still, despite knowing that, it’s disappointing opening a large bag of chips only to see that more than half of the bag appears to be empty.  This is a common problem with almost all manufacturers of chips, though some companies are worse with this problem than others.

Wise Foods

We, the consumers, want to have an amount of chips in the bag that clearly reflects the bag’s size.  So why is this such a problem today? Read more…

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Book Review – John Douglas & Mark Olshaker’s “Journey Into Darkness”

Back in late February I finished reading Journey Into Darkness, another set of brutal and horrific true crime stories from famed FBI Special Agent John Douglas.  This book goes along with his previous book, Mindhunter.

Just like MindhunterJourney Into Darkness takes a look at a few bloody and brutal cases that John Douglas either worked on personally, or that he had heard about during his time with the FBI.

John Douglas & Mark Olshaker — Journey Into Darkness

This time around, authors John Douglas and Mark Olshaker seem to be generally focused with sex crimes and the murders that accompanied them.  The book begins with a short story of a man abducting and killing a young lady in the Marine Corps, told from his point-of-view.  We later learn that the story is what Douglas believes happened as he helped investigate the crime and placed himself in the killer’s shoes, searching for his motive and methods in an effort to later capture him.

Like in MindhunterJourney Into Darkness has several true crime cases.  Most of these tend to showcase the murders of women and young children, and most of them were sexually assaulted as well.  Some of it is quite graphic as we read about what monsters can do when they strike and release their rage. Read more…

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Blaming Others for Your Poor Life Choices

Today’s case of mind-boggling stupidity (and a blatant socialist agenda) comes from an opinion post courtesy of the Washington Post.

In her ranting, JoAnn Wise is heavily against Andrew Puzder (the CEO of CKE Restaurants) becoming the new Labor Secretary in President Trump’s administration.  After all, Joann claims to have worked for Hardee’s for over twenty years, and her pay has basically been just above minimum wage the entire time.

Wait.  What?

She’s been there for over twenty years and hasn’t advanced further in the company?  And we’re supposed to care about her obviously negative attitude towards the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr., and Red Burrito?

In the Washington Post article, JoAnn says that she was initially hired as a cashier, and after a month she was promoted to a shift manager.  And that’s basically it.  Keep in mind that in the CKE Restaurants (my wife is the general manager of one of them), the shift managers (now called shift leaders) are NOT salaried positions. They are technically hourly workers who have management responsibilities when the general manager and assistant manager are not in the store.  It’s a part-time position where the workers can easily quit and change jobs at the drop of a hat.

Despite the pay remaining low (shift managers are NOT entitled to any bonuses), she chose to remain at the job, and to continue working at that low rate of pay for what I’m guessing is the brunt of her working career.  The decision to keep working there was on her, not the company. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - February 9, 2017 at 10:52 am

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Mandela Effect – False Memory or Shift in the Multiverse?

Have you ever come to realize that something you’ve always believed to have been true is actually false, like a verse in a song or the spelling of a name or product?

There’s a popular theory going around the Internet that when these realizations happen, it’s not because your memory is off, but that it’s the universe instead.  Every once in a while there are these shifts in the universe where alternate versions are split apart or combined with one another, creating these situations where people seem to have incorrect memories of past events.

The Mandela Effect is the term given to this alleged shifting and realigning of the universe, or rather, this plane of existence in the universe.  The multiverse theory argues that there are an infinite number of universes out there, all stacked next to each other.  Each time a decision is made, then a new universe is created for the opposite side of the decision.  This pattern goes on infinitely until the end of time.

What the Mandela Effect argues is that every once in a while these universes merge with each other, and people who may have been living in one universe are suddenly living in an alternate universe, a nearly identical universe where everything is almost exactly the same except for a minor detail that gives away the shift.  Nobody can feel the shift, nor does anybody know exactly when it takes place.  All people can do is take a look at their current world and see if anything is “off” or just not right according to their memory.

Nelson Mandela

The Mandela Effect is named after Nelson Mandela, a member of the African National Congress who was arrested for being a terrorist back in 1962, he was released from prison in 1990, and then he became president of South Africa in 1994.

According to some people, it was impossible for Nelson Mandela to have become president as they are positive that they remember seeing news stories about how Mandela actually died in prison.  How can somebody who had allegedly died later become the president of a country?

Enter the Mandela Effect. Read more…

2 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - February 4, 2017 at 9:20 am

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What would you do if an Asteroid was about to hit Earth?

Recently there have been some conspiracy theory news stories about how asteroid 2016 WF9 (or possibly a comet, astrologists are still trying to determine exactly *what* is flying through the solar system right now) may strike the Earth sometime in the next few weeks.

Asteroid 2016 WF9 on February 25, 2017.

Thankfully, an Earth impact will not happen (this time) as the asteroid’s orbit is only going to bring it to around 32 million miles from the Earth on February 25, 2017.  A distance of 32 million miles is nothing to worry about.  That’s roughly the same distance as the Earth to Mars when the two planets are at their closest (a term known as “opposition”).

But what about 2016 WF9’s return visit in 4.9 Earth years?  What about the asteroid’s orbit after that?  How about its path after that?  And after that?

It stands to reason that if 2016 WF9’s orbit remains perfectly stable and consistent, then at some point in the future it’ll have an extremely close call or possibly impact with Earth, causing catastrophic damage.  It’s just a question of when such an event occurs.

The million dollar question is, What would you do if you knew that an asteroid was going to strike the Earth in a couple of weeks? Read more…

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Gay Adoption — Is It Right For Children To Be Raised By Gay Parents?

As some of you may have already noticed, Coca-Cola has started a new marketing campaign focused on happiness.

Using the Twitter hashtag #choosehappiness, people can talk about what makes them happy along with happiness in general.  It’s meant to be a positive and uplifting message, something that people can proudly share on social media.  Naturally, the message of happiness is supposed to occur when said person is drinking a Coca-Cola product, but that’s optional.

Choose Happiness. What Are You Waiting For?

What brings us here today is that this new marketing campaign for Coca-Cola isn’t limited to the United States.  People in Europe have been seeing the same advertising.  That’s also where things have become very controversial.

Coca-Cola #choosehappiness advertisement featuring a gay couple with a child.

Coca-Cola #choosehappiness advertisement featuring a gay couple with a child.

In the Netherlands, some of Coca-Cola’s #choosehappiness posters have featured gay couples with (presumably) adopted children.  The message on the poster states, “We choose happiness ~ over ~ tradition.”  Of course, that’s not the only message being portrayed in this latest advertising campaign.

Statements like this are going to make people talk about not only gay marriage, but gay people adopting children as well.  Are we going to be seeing more messages like this soon?  More importantly, is gay adoption going to be the next movement to sweep across the country? Read more…

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2015 Baltimore Riots — Politics, Racism, and Pure Hatred

For almost a week now, news reports have been focused on the city of Baltimore, Maryland.

City of Baltimore - 1797

What began as organized protests against police brutality and the recent death of Freddie Gray turned into a day and night of violent rioting and looting.  Thugs basically had free reign over parts of the city as the police stood by and watched it happened.

So what really happened in Baltimore?


On April 12, 2015, Baltimore police officers encountered Freddie Gray, a known criminal with a long history of being arrested.  It’s not known why the officers stopped or wanted to speak with him.  For whatever reason, Freddie took off running and the police gave chase.  Freddie was captured, placed under arrest, and put into a police wagon for transport to a nearby police precinct.

New video shows arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore

Notice in the arrest video that Freddie is not (or just barely) moving his legs.  The officers have to pick him up by the arms and literally carry him into the police wagon.  Was Freddie injured during the capture and arrest, or was he just being uncooperative and refusing to walk into the wagon? Read more…

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$15 Minimum Wage Protests

It’s April 15th and you know what that means . . .

No, we’re not talking about how the high tax rates continue to push average Americans to the breaking point.

These days the focus is on the opposite end of the spectrum, towards those people working entry-level jobs and expecting to receive high rates of pay.  We’re talking about the MINIMUM wage.

Protests, protests, protests, and yet more protests.  These have occurred all across the country today.

I don’t know exactly when this trend started, but for the past couple of years now people are walking out of their jobs (the vast majority of these people are hourly workers at fast food restaurants) and DEMANDING the government to simply raise the minimum wage to that of $15 an hour.

Raise the minimum wage.

That’s right.

These are low-level, hourly workers who are demanding that they receive not just a good wage, but a damn good wage for doing extremely simple work that literally any idiot can do.

All of these businesses are owned by greedy rich people, right?

Why shouldn’t they simply pay their hourly workers more money?  Aren’t all of those business owners being greedy as the hourly people break their backs doing the physical work?  Why can’t they pay the hourly workers a lot more money?

Believe it or not, but those are very real questions that people are asking when they talk about wanting to raise the minimum wage.  Unfortunately, they have no clue about what such a raise in money like that would do, especially a jump that high in wages.


First of all, these hourly, entry-level jobs are *not* meant to be full-time jobs.

Unless you’re sixteen years old and have a desire to work your way up through the ranks and be a fast food general manager, that job you take at McDonalds or Burger King is not going to be your job for the rest of your life.  You’re going to work there for a little while, prove you’re a responsible and a good worker, and then you’ll move on to a better job.

That’s how it is supposed to work in a good economy. Read more…

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2015 Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) and Ash Wednesday

Another Mardi Gras has officially ended and now it’s Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season in preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Mardi Gras mask.

While I’m not an official member of the Catholic Church, I’ve been doing independent research into certain holidays and traditions, and I’ve always found Mardi Gras to be particularly interesting.  From the earliest days of Mardi Gras to its dominance in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama, to even the French language and culture itself, this is just a really fascinating holiday.

In the spring of 1999, I had the pleasure of joining my college’s Air Force ROTC unit and marching in a daytime parade in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.  I have forgotten which exact day or parade we were part of, but that was an awesome experience.  We got to march in a parade during the day and then party on Bourbon Street that night.

I’d love to return to New Orleans one day and spend more time exploring the city’s rich history.

Mardi Gras officially ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday

Anyway, I’ve always thought of the transition from the stroke of midnight on Mardi Gras and the quick transition to Ash Wednesday to be like the “Night on Bald Mountain” and “Ave Maria” musical segments in Disney’s Fantasia.

Traditionally, Mardi Gras is about the feasting before the self-sacrifice during Lent.  Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) itself is the last day of feasting that a person does before fasting on Ash Wednesday, and then withdrawing one’s self from personal luxuries (from meat and poultry to other cravings) throughout Lent and until Easter Sunday.  Lent is supposed to help Christians replicate the sufferings that Jesus Christ went through when he spent 40 days fasting in the desert and enduring temptations by the Devil.

Today’s version of Mardi Gras seems to be more focused on the debauchery, sex and alcohol, and less on the fasting and preparation for Lent and Holy Week.

Take New Orleans for example as it’s basically the focal point of Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States. Read more…

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The Stupidity of Cobb County Schools

Last week the long-range weather forecast began to look favorable for winter weather in northern Georgia, including the metro Atlanta area.

Right now people are a little bit panicky when there’s a possibility of snow or ice in our weather forecast.  It was just over a year ago when we were hit with Snowmageddon, a.k.a. insanity on the roads.  Our city’s major roads and interstates were jammed with traffic as the water on the roads froze and became ice, stranding literally thousands of drivers.

It was chaos.  It’s easy to see people’s fears, especially for those who were caught in the middle of the wreck.

As a direct result of that incident, people here have been a little bit crazier when it comes to winter weather.  Schools are quick to close when there’s snow and ice in the forecast.  The problem is that it’s becoming a knee-jerk reaction to close the school’s too early, even when the threat of winter weather is relatively small.

That brings us to our current discussion about the Cobb County schools in metro Atlanta.

I grew up in Cobb County and spent most of my school days in that county.  After college, I returned there and did occasional odd jobs with one of the high schools.  For the past four years I’ve been doing volunteer work at that same school.  When something happens with that school district, it catches my attention.

For some reason, a bunch of counties and cities in the metro Atlanta area were closed today for Presidents’ Day.  It’s now an official school holiday for many districts.  Why?  Who knows.  It was never a school holiday when I was a student, and it’s not needed as one now.  The students need to be spending more time in the classrooms and not on a break every couple of weeks.  That’s a different subject for another time.

Anyway, Cobb County schools (except for the schools in Marietta) did NOT take the day off for Presidents’ Day.  Today was going to be another day for the students to be sitting in the classrooms and learning their subjects.  But that didn’t happen.

On Friday, northern Georgia (including the metro Atlanta area) was placed in a Winter Storm Watch.  The watch meant that conditions were going to be favorable for the formation of winter weather within the next 48-72 hours.  So what did the Cobb County schools do?  On Saturday night it was announced that Cobb County schools would be CLOSED on Monday because of the threat of winter weather.  The county wasn’t going to take any chances of people being stranded inside of the schools or outside with the risk of ice on the roads.

So what’s the problem? Read more…

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Day After Christmas Mall Fights – Random Violence OR Planned Terror?

Last night while sitting in bed, I cruised through headline news stories using an application on my phone.

A quick headline about there being a mall fight caught my attention, but I didn’t think much of it.  Then there was a second headline from a different mall.  That was followed by two more violent headlines, each of them being reported from different shopping centers across the county.

Once is an isolated incident.  Twice might be a coincidence.  Three or more times means that this could have been an organized, large-scale event carried out throughout the country.

The mall fights took place at Monroeville, Pennsylvania; Memphis, Tennessee; Independence, Missouri; and Sacramento, California.  Three of them (Monroeville, Memphis and Independence) seem to have the same story written for each incident.  In addition to the mall fights, there was also a major fight involving teenagers at the Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois.

Monroeville, Pennsylvania:

In the news article, it was reported that hundreds of “teens” (the media’s current term for describing *black* teenagers and young adults) suddenly began arriving at the Monroeville Mall around 4:30 or 5 p.m.  It was estimated that as many as 1,000 “teens” were then in the mall at one point.  Some of them began fighting on the lower level, and some of the fighting escalated to the upper floor.  Stores were forced to quickly close their security gates to keep their workers safe and to prevent any looting.

Perhaps the most important part of the story is that the article states, “The chief said his officers learned later Friday that through social media, hundreds of teens were showing up at the mall, with the influx starting about 4:30 or 5 p.m. and reaching as many as 1,000, according to mall security officers.

Some of the fighting at the Monroeville Mall Read more…

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Assassination Of Two NYPD Police Officers In Brooklyn

Earlier today two New York Police Department (NYPD) police officers were ambushed and assassinated during a brutal, execution-style shooting attack in Brooklyn, New York.

The police officers, Wenjian Liu and Refael Ramos, were sitting inside of their patrol car when they were suddenly approached and shot point-blank by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, a 28-year-old THUG who also shot his ex-girlfriend earlier today.  She is expected to survive from her attack.  After shooting both of the police officers multiple times, Ismaaiyl Brinsley fled into a nearby subway station as other police officers quickly arrived.  When Ismaaiyl was trapped by the police in the subway station, he took his own life and committed suicide.

The Daily Mail website has an informative article about the murder of the officers as well as NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reaction.  It’s doubtful if any of our American news agencies will have any detailed articles like that.

So far there hasn’t been a whole lot of information released about Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s motives and the extent of anybody else connected to his murders, but it is believed that the death of Eric Garner and the protests by the public influenced his actions.

How do we know this?

Simple.  Ismaaiyl allegedly posted his intentions earlier today on Instagram.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley's posting on Instagram hours before he shot and killed two NYPD officers in Brooklyn.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s posting on Instagram hours before he shot and killed two NYPD officers in Brooklyn.

The posting stated, “I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today.  They Take 1 Of Ours …… Let’s Take 2 of Theirs #ShootThePolice #RIPErivGardner #RIPMikeBrown  This May Be My Final Post  I’m Putting Pigs In A Blanket“.

Shoot the police . . . shoot the police . . .

Why does that sound familiar?

Oh yeah.  Now I remember.  That’s exactly what people were shouting when marching in a recent protest through New York City.

What do we want?  DEAD COPS!  When do we want it?  NOW!Read more…

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The Death of Eric Garner – Was His Death Caused By Police Brutality?

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner was in Staten Island, New York, when he was questioned by a pair of undercover NYPD officers on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.

During the questioning, Garner stated that he was not selling cigarettes, and also that he was tired of being harassed by the police.  He told them that the harassing was going to end today.  When the police moved in to arrest Garner, he resisted and continued claiming his innocence.  At that point Officer Daniel Pantaleo moved behind Garner, wrapped his arms around Garner’s neck and shoulders, and used a submission hold to help subdue the suspect.  Eric Garner was 6’3″ tall and weighed 350 pounds.

As Eric Garner fell to the ground, he continued resisting and more police officers swarmed over him, trying to hold him still so they could handcuff his arms behind his back.  At that point in time Pantaleo had moved his arms, but he still had one of his arms wrapped around Garner’s neck in an alternate submission hold.  He immediately releases this hold when Garner’s free arm is finally cuffed behind his back.  When that happens Garner stated the words, “I can’t breathe.

The arrest was recorded on video, and it has been posted online for the world to view.

The arrest video of Eric Garner on July 17, 2014.

At 1:20 in the video you can clearly see Officer Pantaleo wrap his arms around Garner’s neck and shoulder.  Garner is then wrestled to the ground.  Ten seconds later at 1:30 you can see that Officer Pantaleo has his left arm wrapped around Garner’s neck in a slightly different hold than the one he used a moment ago.  That second hold is released a few seconds later when Garner is rolled onto his right side and his right arm is finally cuffed behind his back.  While his arm is being cuffed, Eric Garner is on his stomach, officers are holding him against the ground (using their hands and knees to press against his head, chest, and torso).  That’s when he utters the words, “I can’t breathe.”

The ending of the video shows that Eric Garner became unconscious just after being handcuffed.  The final scenes show him lying on his side as officers keep an eye on him while waiting for paramedics. Read more…

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Black Friday Fights 2014 – Are People *Really* This Stupid?

These days the arrival of Thanksgiving means only one thing to way too many people — shopping deals on Black Friday.

Of course, shopping deals are only deals if you believe that you’re really saving money on a product that you desire.  The smart shoppers will actually research the exact models that are being sold, and then determine A) If it’s a good deal, and B) If it’s worth losing the tradition of Thanksgiving and standing in lines to fight with crowds over said product.  Everybody else will flock to the stores and just blindly purchase whatever is on sale, whether it’s a true deal or not.

It’s that secondary group of shoppers that has given Black Friday shopping such a negative experience these days.  It’s a shopping experience full of aggressive people pushing their way through stores, vulgarity, poor attitudes, and the occasional fight and involvement by the police department.

Let’s take a look at some Black Friday 2014 highlight videos of these jackasses in action.  Of course, all of these videos are technically from Thanksgiving / Gray Thursday and *not* on Black Friday.  Most of the stores were having their main sales around 6 pm on Thanksgiving.

This first video was allegedly shot in a Wal-Mart parking lot.  The poster claimed that two people were fighting over a parking spot and then things escalated until the police arrived.


This next video was allegedly at an Urban Outfitters store in a shopping mall.  When the gate opens the mob of people rushes into the store.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - November 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

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No Justice, No Peace Riots and Protests

Last night it was announced that the Grand Jury had decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

What promptly followed was a state of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri as the more violent and troublesome of the protesters decided to go into action, destroying private property, looting stores, heavily damaging police cars, firing handguns and other firearms at the police officers, and starting numerous fires.

In short, Ferguson became a war zone, a place where law and order became a piece of ancient history.

It was anarchy.  The rioters had a field day breaking into businesses and stealing whatever they called, all with NO THREAT of being stopped or arrested.

Where was the National Guard during all of that rioting in Ferguson?

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon made a point of mobilizing some of them a few days ago.  He knew what was going to happen should the Grand Jury not indict Officer Wilson.  The writing was clearly on the wall in this case.  It was not going to be a night of quiet protesting.

Why didn’t Governor Nixon send in the National Guard to protect businesses and private property?  According to some sources, the mayor of Ferguson repeatedly asked the governor to send in the troops last night, but those calls for action were denied.  Was it Governor Nixon’s decision to not send in the troops, or did that order come from some place higher like the Department of Justice or even the White House?

Sadly, the story was a dream come true for the media and for the civil rights leaders that had been pushing for just this type of action should the outcome of the Grand Jury go against their wishes.

But that’s just it.  The Grand Jury fully listened to all of the witnesses, examined all of the evidence, and the team of people decided that Officer Wilson would not be brought to trial on ANY of the criminal charges ranging from homicide to manslaughter.  Those people determined that Officer Wilson was acting in self-defense when Michael Brown approached him, refusing to listen to the officer’s instructions to stop in his tracks.

Nearly all of the *witnesses* were proven to be LIARS.  When the evidence was carefully examined, it was determined that Officer Wilson’s account of the incident was the most accurate one.  He was forced to shoot and kill Michael Brown, otherwise it was highly probably that the so-called “gentle giant” was going to viciously attack and possibly kill the police officer.  Remember that Michael Brown had already attacked Officer Wilson while he was still sitting inside of his police car.  There was no telling as to how far Brown was most likely going to take his next attack.

None of that matters to the Ferguson protesters.  They want the blood of Darren Wilson.  Their anger has reached extreme levels, and we saw that action in last night’s riots.

THE TRUTH —- It’s all about RACISM.

We’re talking about black-on-white racism, something very much real but rarely, if ever, discussed by the media, talking heads, and political leaders. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - November 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

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How Much *Violence* Is Expected In Ferguson, Missouri?

Today it was announced that the Jennings School District in Clayton County Missouri has cancelled classes for Monday and Tuesday of next week.  An article by the St. Louis Online-Dispatch outlines the recent announcement.

No, the schools aren’t being closed because of any inclement weather.

Nor are the schools closing early just to extend the Thanksgiving break, though this is a popular conspiracy theory right now.

Instead, the decision was made the close the schools because it’s *believed* that the Grand Jury is going to finally make its announcement about whether or not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.  And, should Officer Wilson *not* be indicted, then it’s widely speculated that there will be significantly more rioting.  Therefore, because it’s expected that people are going to riot even though technically it has yet to be announced *when* the Grand Jury is going to make its announcement, the Jennings School District is going to play it safe and close the schools for Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Either the school district has received advanced warning of the upcoming Grand Jury’s announcement, complete with the verdict, or the school district is being lazy and cancelling classes to give the teachers a longer break.  It has been widely rumored that the school district was going to be given a warning about 48 hours before the announcement of the decision by the Grand Jury so the parents and students could hunker down in case of rioting.

The announcement of the schools being closed goes along with two other announcements in that area:

1) The partial mobilization of the Missouri National Guard and their deployment to Ferguson in anticipation of the Grand Jury’s decision.

2) The deployment of 100 FBI agents to Ferguson in anticipation of the Grand Jury’s decision.

Considering the closing of the schools, the deployment of the National Guard, and the addition of 100 FBI agents to the town, just how much violence is the government expecting to take place in Ferguson should the Grand Jury *not* indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown?

The article by the St. Louis Online-Dispatch mentioned that although the classes were cancelled, the school buildings would still be open to serve meals to children in need.  The classes were cancelled in order to help keep children off the street should there be violent rioting, yet, in a district that has many kids that walk to and from school, the “children in need” are still allowed to walk to and from the schools to receive their free (or heavily discounted, whichever way they do it these days) breakfasts and lunches for Monday and Tuesday.

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.  Keep the kids off the streets because there might be rioting and chaos, but still allow them to visit the schools and receive their meals for two days.  Right.

Of course, these kids would be better off staying in school, attending classes, and actually receiving a decent education rather than paying any attention to the psychopaths and anarchists in the streets calling for the death of Officer Wilson.  The DEATH of the police officer?  Really? Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - November 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm

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Using A Car Title Loan To Purchase . . . Christmas Gifts?

Just the other day I saw a television commercial for Atlanta Title Loans, a company that provides cash loans for a car title.

Instead of the usual sales pitch, the commercial used an angle of acquiring a car title loan and some “extra cash” to help make a more joyous “holiday season.”  Oddly enough, despite featuring snowfall, a large Christmas tree, and even an elf, the commercial never specifies just which “holiday” it’s talking about.  I’ll go on a ledge and say that it’s CHRISTMAS even though the advertisers don’t have the guts to specifically say it.  Sadly, that’s the trend of today’s overly politically correct advertising, but that’s another topic entirely.

Anyway, the Atlanta Title Loans advertisement wants us to believe that people are willing to use a car title loan service so that they can basically afford to spend extra money on Christmas gifts.  A few years ago a different car title loan company advertised that people could use the service to pay for vacations.  The bottom line though is still the same — people needing to borrow money in order for luxury items, whether it’s for a vacation or for gifts.  Of course, we’re talking about borrowing money through organizations that normally charge steep monthly rates.

We’re talking about using not a regular bank loan or a special loan promotion through a financial lender, but rather using a CAR TITLE LOAN company to acquire the extra money.  Many car title loan companies are notorious for charging steep monthly rates when the people repay their loan.  When dealing with a car title loan company, there’s also the threat of the company repossessing the vehicle should the customer fail to repay the loan exactly as it’s stated in the loan agreement.

Normally companies such as car title loaners deal with people who need some quick cash for a variety of reasons, whether it’s for a medical bill, a car repair bill (for a different vehicle), a funeral service, or any other unexpected situation.  Those are legitimate situations as nearly all of them are unexpected.  Nearly all of us have been in a bind like that at one point in time, especially in our younger years of adulthood.  As they say, sh*t happens.  The difference though is how you handle it and prepare yourself should a similar situation occur again in the future. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - November 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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Every Person In The Military Is Important, But Not Everybody Should Be Called A Hero

How do you define a hero?

Normally the title of a “hero” would belong to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty, somebody who risks his or her own life for the lives of others.  This person is a role model, somebody who inspires others to use bravery when facing danger or certain death.

A hero could be found in many professions, from a fireman who runs into a burning building to a police officer who risks his life against a dangerous criminal to a soldier who shows bravery and valor while under fire on the battlefield.  Of course, these aren’t the only places where you could find heroes today.

  • A hero could also be a rodeo clown who distracts a charging bull or bucking bronco so that a fallen cowboy can be saved.
  • A hero could be a lifeguard who saves a distressed swimmer from drowning.
  • A hero could be a parent who places his or her body over their child, shielding them from imminent danger and/or certain death.
  • A hero can be anybody who shows determination and courage when it comes to saving another person’s life.

But why is it that in today’s society, the moment a person in the armed forces simply puts on a uniform, that people bend over backwards treating that person like a hero?  Why are virtually all service members hailed as “heroes” even though such a small percentage of them today have A) Actually been in combat on the battlefield, and B) Shown exceptional bravery while in combat (or in an emergency situation such as an aircraft crash)?

Don’t get me wrong here.  It’s honorable to serve the country in the armed forces no matter your profession.  All jobs are important in the military, from the recruiters to the office clerks to the cooks to the mechanics to the aviators and soldiers themselves.  Every job helps support the national cause of supporting and defending the United States of America.  It’s just that in today’s age, a smaller and smaller percentage of soldiers and sailors are actually out there with their life on the line with the global fight for freedom and democracy.

The title of hero should just be reserved for those people who have shown bravery and valor when placed in dangerous situations.  Just because you chose to serve in the military doesn’t automatically make you a “hero.”  You have to go above and beyond to prove that you have earned that title.

Simply calling everybody who served in the military a hero is like giving out participation trophies to each kid who plays on a sport team.  When everybody receives the same award it reduces the meaning of it for those who worked harder and gave more of an effort.

My father enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, but his job had him working on computers at the Strategic Air Command headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.  Since he served honorably in the Air Force but never saw combat or danger at his job, does that still classify him as a hero?  My father-in-law was also in the military at that time period, but he a was special forces officer in the Army.  He fought in southeast Asia (not just South Vietnam) and led his men on missions still classified to this day.  Since he fought in combat many times and served his country honorably, does that make him a hero?

Or are both of them simply honorable and righteous men who answered the call to serve their country?

Not everybody can be called a hero.  Lots of people can be brave, strong fighters, and effective leaders, but it takes more than that to be a true hero.

The Congressional Medal of Honor.

In the military, I would reserve the title of “hero” for those few who have earned the top award, the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Those are your true heroes, people who so much bravery that it has to be carried in a wheelbarrow.  These are the people who you would carry on your shoulders and parade them around town.  These people would inspire the masses.  Their actions would be studied for future generations as sources of inspiration, self-sacrifice and bravery.

On this Veterans Day, remember to thank all of those who honorably served their country.  Just don’t go around calling them *all* heroes.  Save that ultimate title for those few who have truly earned it.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Dan - November 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

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