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Charity at the Point of a Gun

So a Tampa ubiquitous green themed coffee shoppe had a “record” setting 378 PEOPLE PAY IT FORWARD YESTERDAY. Not sure how I feel about these things. I rarely have the means to pay for somebody else’s order, so I am pretty sure that I had been #2 in the line, it would have ended there. I wonder how many of those 378 people felt similar to me, but also felt the peer pressure of a perky barista telling them about the number and how great it would be if instead of the $2 cup of coffee they wanted they paid $12 for the person behind them to have a Gianta coffaccino frappe with whipped cream and a double shot of vanilla espresso. What I am saying is that somebody got hosed on this deal. Combined with the uncomfortable and pushy ALS ice bucket challenge, it has me asking what happened to charity being a private thing instead of being shamed into giving to somebody else’s idea of what I should support? For the record, my charitable giving goes to the USSVI, and while I might ask people to support a project or event, it would never cross my mind to shame or embarrass anybody into supporting the causes I support. Things like this Tampa story make the news, but I wonder how many people it made feel oogy?

Shocker… a poll shows that Black and White America SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY when it comes to race and the Police. Rarely do these polls serve any purpose except to exacerbate the divide by “proving” that it exists in the first place, as if you needed a poll to tell you that. Little, if any, effort will be expended into finding out why the two side see things differently. Talking heads will tell us it’s because of whatever pet theory they have for explaining the “racial divide” in America, while the underlying problems go unaddressed. It’s all about creating the story, then covering the fallout. I guess one of the questions that needs to be asked is how come there are no camera teams combing the mean streets of Staten Island?

I had questions about the report from the beginning, especially after the video of the immediate aftermath came out, but now it is reported that officer Wilson DID NOT HAVE A BROKEN ORBITAL SOCKET bone. That does not mean that Brown did not attack him or that he suffered some facial injury, but the degree to which that injury occurred is far less than was being reported.

Remember Bell, CA? The people there were running a parasitical relationship with the local illegal immigrants. Turns out that FERGUSON MAY HAVE HAD THE SAME KIND OF SCAM going on, using the Municipal Court to rack up more than $2 Million in fines and fees from the 22,000 people who live there.

Giants fans were understandably upset earlier this week when the Chicago Cubs grounds crew appeared the intentionally screw up the tarping process during and after a rain delay. The Giants even protested the game – a rain shortened loss – and won the protest. They replayed the game yesterday, the Giants lost (good), but now it turns out that there may have been more than chicanery going on. It may be that the CUBS ARE CHEAPSKATES and cut their grounds crew back to below minimum staffing in order to save a few bucks. That’s an even better reason to have upheld the Giants protest, since the pennant race shouldn’t be decided by a mediocre team with more than a management problem.

Here come the moral equivalency arguments over the PLRI killing each other. In this case, SHI’ITES ARE NOW ACCUSED OF MASSACRING SUNNI’S in central Iraq. This conflict has been going on since long before there was a western democracy, and it isn’t going to stop because of the Presidents’ Noel Peace Prize


It Should Be Crystal Clear Now

140528_thad_cochran1_605aIt should be obvious now, after the Mississippi GOP Primary runoff, that the Establishment “Van Pelt” GOP will do anything – and by that I mean literally anything, to stay in power. The simple and undeniable fact is that Thad Cochran needed, courted and SOUGHT OUT DEMOCRAT VOTES to defeat the evil “Tea Party” challenger. Just let that rattle around for a second… the Party that demands that Conservatives supports its candidates no matter what because “otherwise you’re just voting for the Democrat,” went and bought 35,000 Democrat votes for itself instead of letting registered Republicans decide on who their nominee would be. For those of you who continue to support the Van Pelts’ can you honestly look at yourself in the mirror and accept that this is what the GOP that you personally believe in has become? Don’t tell me about the other side and its evils and foibles. You are the ones who talk about character and morals and ethics and principles. This Mississippi election says to me that those are nothing more than words. That the GOP, run by the Van Pelts, is not about any of those things. It’s about power. Period.

The new State Budget, which spends more than ever, is noticeably deficient in a major area – the Courts. One has to assume that the oversight is intentional, since the Democrat Party wrote this turd of a budget and pushed it through without the need of even a single GOP vote. Now we learn that the BUDGET FOR THE COURTS IS LESS THAN HALF of what is needed just to maintain the status quo of cases being handled. Think about what that means to those of you who are in the process or who are looking for justice. The Democrats would rather fund social programs that than the Courts.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a big University of Oklahoma Football fan. My Grandmother Bowman – of blessed memory – wanted me to attend OU and play there, and I would have dearly loved to have gone to play there. So I have some emotion involved here. I am not the biggest Bob Stoops fan, I feel like he has a reputation for under-preparing for the biggest games. But he just got a big raise and will now BE PAID OVER $5 MILLION A YEAR to coach the Sooners. He might be worth every cent in football terms. But what does it say that tuition to State Universities keep going up, and the HIGHEST PAID FACULTY MEMBERS are, with a few exceptions, athletic coaches?

We mentioned the tip we had yesterday about seventeen search warrants being executed for home marijuana grows. HERE IS THE REPORT detailing the searches and the arrests.

Here’s a great way to not build a tax base. Stanislaus County has seen a decrease in children, but a 12% increase in Senior Citizens living in the area, according to new data RELEASED BY THE CENSUS.

Turns out that investors looking for States to put their money into, find that our fellow State far to the East, Texas, OUTPACES CALIFORNIA BY SOME $33 BILLION.

One of the reasons that I so love this area and this community is that when there is a need, we step up and meet it. When we read the story on the are the other day about the woman who had died and had nobody to make any arrangements, we had several texts of offers to help, up to and including a fully paid for burial plot, which we passed on to the Coroners Office. Turns out there was a slight mix up and they weren’t really looking for donations, BUT THIS COMMUNITY WAS THERE anyway. You can talk to me about lists and TV Crime dramas and whatever real problems we have all you want. But this is what makes this area so wonderful. 

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