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Ferguson Violence Is Symptomatic of Moral Degeneracy

There is only one injustice, thus far, that has occurred in Ferguson, Missouri. And it’s not the shooting of a boy, because the jury is still out (actually, it hasn’t even gone to a jury yet) on the events surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. The injustice is being perpetrated by those who take it upon themselves to be judge, jury, and executioner against the innocent citizens of the town.

article-2727579-209B470900000578-273_634x354Two weeks ago, on August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, a 6’2” 300 pound 18 year-old, was shot and killed in the middle of the road in front of an apartment complex in Ferguson, Missouri. Police officer Darren Wilson, who shot the young man, has been placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues. No charges have been filed so far against the policeman.

“Eyewitness” accounts vary greatly about what transpired that hot afternoon on the Ferguson street. But we do know that Brown was stopped for jaywalking, not because he was suspected in a nearby store robbery. It is also clear that the youth was unarmed, since no other weapon was found at the site, and all six shell casings were from officer Wilson’s gun. One casing was found inside the squad car. The final, and apparently lethal shot, was about 35 feet from the car. Dr. Michael Baden, former chief medical examiner for New York City, who conducted an autopsy on behalf of the Brown family, said “This one [the fatal shot] here looks like his head was bent downward. It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.”

The response to the shooting has been understandably disturbing to many, and has resulted in two weeks of demonstrations, riots, as well as destruction and looting of local stores in and around the small Missouri town of 21,000 residents. What is not understandable, or condonable, is the violence that has dominated the news cycle 24/7 since August 9.

ferguson453723074I would be willing to wager that nearly everyone in the nation wants to see justice served. The problem is, at this point we don’t know what justice will look like. If Brown was shot while charging and threatening the officer, justice will look quite different than if Wilson shot the youth while surrendering with his hands in the air.

Neither judicial outcome justifies the idiocy of violence and destruction perpetrated against the town and its residents. The fact that charges have not been filed against Wilson heretofore is due to the judicial process being played out behind the scenes and gathering evidence for grand jury consideration, not because of prejudice or racism. Emotionally charged racial considerations should have no bearing on the expediency of due process, especially with the eyes of the nation so focused on the rulings made in the case.

While the cogs of justice are meshing forward, demonstrations are perfectly acceptable. In America, any demonstration, however fervent, should be the unabated right of any citizen. The impetus behind the demonstrations is inconsequential since it is a constitutionally assured right, whether protesting a cop shooting, or demonstrating against war or excessive government taxation. As an aside, the word “cop” is not a pejorative, which may come as a revelation to some, as it’s an acronym for “constable on patrol.”

WPTV_Ferguson_looting_damage_1408218776028_7402994_ver1.0_640_480But when demonstrations lead to riots, violence, and property destruction, law enforcement is justified in utilizing whatever force is necessary in quelling the mayhem, and restoring law and order. To deny them that function is to deny the most fundamental requirement of our constabulary.

Those closest to the victim have called for sanity and peace, while denouncing the perpetrators of violence and destruction. The father of the deceased said a few days ago, “We don’t want no violence. Michael would have wanted no violence. We need justice for our son.” His cousin likewise called for order to return, saying, “I just want everyone to know and understand that the stealing and breaking in stores is not what Mike would want, it is very upsetting to me and my family. Our family didn’t ask for this but for justice and peace…. Please let my family grieve in Peace (and) stop the violence in the street tonight, we don’t want this happening when we protest for justice for my cousin Mike Brown, please get this message out to the people that the Mike Brown family do not want this.”

mrz081714dAPCThe violence has nothing to do with justice being served, but everything to do with a level of moral depravity in the country that seeks to rationalize illegal and violent behavior as a proxy for real justice. In what sort of twisted sense of judicial propriety can violence be condoned or encouraged as a rational response to a perceived wrong having been perpetrated? In what bankrupt belief system is the destruction of property and attacks on others justifiable for a wrongful death? It would appear we as a society have learned nothing in the 22 years since the Rodney King Los Angeles riots. This is despicable behavior regardless of the age, orientation, or skin color of the perpetrators.

The days of leaping to irrational and unwarranted conclusions, based on the age or color of the victim, before justice has completed the investigative process, should be far behind us. Assumptions of guilt and innocence of all involved might justify demonstrations, but never riots and provocations to violence. For they are, after all, assumptions made without all of the facts on the table. The calm voices calling for peace and justice should always prevail over those whose lawlessness is an excuse for moral degeneracy.

Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].


I Want My Buttered Pop Corn

Let us be truthful here. Government cannot do anything right. Government cannot run government. They screw up everything they touch. One of the reasons is that they hire anyone. If you can’t make it in the private sector, don’t worry, the government will hire you. If you have a pulse, you have a job with the government. It doesn’t matter if you know nothing about the position they hire you for. Moreover, if you want to get rich, just get a government contract. You can charge them whatever you want, and they will pay. It’s a well-known fact that they pay $1,500 for a wrench, $200 for a bolt, and even $2,500 for a toilet seat.

Over the years, I have read so many stories of how the government just throws money around. Moreover, what do they care; it’s not their money, it’s ours. Did you know that it cost the government 2.4 cents to make a penny and 11.18 cents to make a nickel? And you wonder why the government is always in debt. And they are always grabbing our money for the stupidest things that don’t make any sense. Does anyone really care how much gas a cow releases when it burps? Or how much water passes through a fish’s gills when it swims? Yet the government spends millions upon millions of dollars for asinine projects like this every year. In addition, any program the government comes out with is an ATM machine for organized crime. Enough already.

Government is the biggest source of waste in this country. It boggles the mind how much of our money they waste. And they always want more. The government truly believes that if you throw enough money at a problem, it will make it go away. What we need to do is bring in a couple of business people like Donald Trump to cut and stream line the government. (With any luck, we will get Romney) Let the government be run like a business, by executives. Just like in business, they need to trim the fat. Now we have the big G.S.A. scandal, Just more proof the government could not care any less about how our tax money is spent. Higher taxes, just means bigger parties for government workers.

I always believed in small government. Keep the government out of my everyday life. Let me make my own decisions, and spend my own money the way I see fit. Over the years, I have seen the government grow instead of getting smaller. In addition, they are telling me what I can and cannot do, eat and not eat, drink and not drink. The first time I noticed this was years ago when I heard that they were banning butter from movie houses. How can you go to a movie, order buttered popcorn, and not get butter? Someone along the way decided that butter was not good for you. It clogs the arteries. So they had to take it out of movie theaters and use a butter substitute. The argument was that it was healthier for you, and you would live longer. You know, I go to the movies maybe 3-4 times a year. Are they trying to tell me that having butter on my popcorn 3-4 times a year is really going to matter? Anyway, I like the taste of butter. People that want real butter on their popcorn should be able to have it. What’s wrong with having a choice in the theater when you order buttered popcorn. They simply should ask if you want real or substitute. Take the government out of the theater. And give me back my buttered popcorn.

Ronald Reagan: “Government is the problem”
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Childhood Obesity, Whose Fault Is It, Really?

Over the past couple of years, we have been bombarded with scare stories of how the children today are so overweight. Just this past weekend I was watching the news and again there was a story on child obesity. They showed the shots we have all seen hundreds of times, the fat asses, the big bellies and muffin tops, pretty disgusting. I just happen to be going to the mall that day so it was fresh on my mind. I made a mental note to make sure I looked around the mall to see all these fatty children. When I got there I bought a big salty pretzel and a large soda and sat in the center of the mall just to see for myself how many fatty’s I would see. Well I sat there for 45 minutes and low and behold I saw not one child that I would call obese. Sure there were some that were heavier than others, but nothing like I was seeing on the news clips. The only people I would call obese were a few adults, but they were few and far between. So as I was sitting there it dawned on me, every time I saw the news story about child obesity they always showed the same clips of the same children at the same places. So I had to start thinking, is this problem as serious as the government is telling us? Maybe it’s only in small pockets of the country? That would explain why they keep showing the same news clips over and over again of the same fatty children at the same places. And why is the government getting involved in what we eat anyway.

There is now a big outcry from our government that too many of our children are overweight. So what do they want to do? They want to start taxing high calorie, high fat foods so our children won’t eat as much. As usual, the government has it all wrong. The problem is not so much what our kids are eating, but a lack of activity. When I was a kid we drank soda, we ate potato chips, pretzels, candy, cookies, cakes, pies and everything else that kids eat today. The big difference is that we went outside and played. Today kids watch T.V., play video games, text each other on their cell phones, and sit in front of their computers. They lock themselves up like moles, and then we blame it on their eating habits. Our kids need to get off their asses and start being active again. We need to let them be kids and do kid things. What do we expect? Our kids are not allowed to play tag or dodge ball at school, or play on the jungle bars. They are not allowed to play anything else the school deems dangerous. Or even worse, be competitive. It’s no wonder our kids are overweight. It’s not so much what they are eating that’s making them fat, it’s a lack of activity.

When I was a kid, on Saturday mornings I would watch cartoons on T.V. like every other kid did as well. I remember my mother walking by, shutting off the T.V. telling me, “go outside and play, it’s a beautiful day out.” The thing is, she would say the same thing even if there was two feet of snow on the ground. Parents back then knew the health benefits of playing outside. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know if the body is active, and you get plenty of fresh air, you will be a healthy person. Parents out there need to remember that simple phrase that my mother used to say. If you use it, you might be surprised that your children might just lose some weight.

Now the government comes up with the bright idea of changing the menu for school lunches, giving the kids more healthy choices. On the surface that sounds great, I am all for choice. But it cost the government millions to do this, as soon as they did, this old saying came to mind, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” so what happened? “You can put broccoli on a kids plate, but you can’t make them eat it.” That is exactly what happened, the kids never ate the healthy foods, and it was just thrown into the garbage, along with our tax money. I could have told them that would happen. Parents have been taking care of kids long before there was a government. Let our kids eat what parents think they should eat, but more important, kick them out of the house and let them play, and keep the government out of our lives, because our government lacks common sense.

This is one man’s opinion

F**k The Constitution, Just Make Me Happy

Our Founding Fathers may have been the most thoughtful men in human history. To create a new government with the many checks and balances that are in place is the envy of the entire world. If there is any doubt of how great this country truly is, all you have to do is just look at all the people trying to get in, legally and illegally. Why are people not beating down the doors to get into Venezuela, Cuba, China or North Korea? We as a country must be doing something right. However, how long are we going to be different from those countries?

The Internet is a wonderful thing; on it, you can find views from both sides of the aisle. Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of watching a couple of videos that had an interview with people that came here from socialist countries, on the video they were describing what life was like living under socialism. At the end of each video, they all seem to say the same thing. America is heading down the same path that the socialist countries they left once went down. I must admit, a chill went down my spine when I heard them describing the similarities. The left in this country shrug these people off as idiots who don’t know what they are talking about.

They say experience is the best teacher, so why are we not learning from the very people that lived through socialism? We all know the old saying, those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. So why are we not learning? The writing is on the wall, but most of America refuses to see it. America seems to be closing its eyes to the reality of socialism creeping its way into our society. The people that were speaking on those videos, spoke of similarities of what is coming, they are; Removal of God from society, Taking over the car companies, as well as the banks, Socialized medicine and the Government is the answer to everything. Sound familiar? However, these are the very things that the people on the videos have lived through in the countries they left. They see the same things happening here, scary, isn’t it?

Who’s to blame? Well, look in the mirror, because it is we the people. Our founding fathers set this country up to be a self-governing nation, of the people, by the people, for the people. Lincoln said those words in his Gettysburg Address, but things sure have changed. This country has been changing for a while, but the Obama administration was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

We have a generation of people who do not even know what the Constitution is; they were raised to believe in an entitlement society, where they think they are entitled to everything, instead of going out and working for it. They all seem to say F**k the Constitution, just make me happy. Moreover, this president seems to want to oblige them. This country is learning the hard way that liberal views and policies just do not work. We are now paying the price for the liberal policies of the past. Yes, we have a constitution, but what good is it if we ignore it.

A quick note; Those of you who have read my book, America, A Society Gone Wrong or follow my articles know that I like to lighten things up with a touch of humor, I always do, but I find this to be, too serious of a subject for humor.

This is one man’s opinion.

Hey Obama Stop Trying To Help Me

Obama gave another speech on T.V. recently where he went on and on about how he has helped the middle class and started naming all the programs he has put in place that has made it easier for all Americans. If Americans look around at their situations and that of those around them, here’s what they are likely to find:

  • Credit Card reform was supposed to protect the average guy. So what happens? As soon as they pass it, our interest rates go up. COST MORE.
  • Bank reform. As soon as they passed it, the free checking account I had is no longer free. Now there is a monthly charge. COST MORE
  • In addition, now if you go into the bank to cash a payroll check (that is if you are lucky enough to have one,) and you do not have an account at that bank, you get charged a check-cashing fee. COST MORE.
  • I know someone that has an all cash business. Now when he goes to the bank to make a deposit, they charge him a counting fee. You get that, they charge him a fee to count his money. COST MORE
  • Health Care. They passed a health care law (which the majority of the American people were against, and still are) that was supposed to provide health care to more people and lower everyone’s cost. So far, rates are going through the roof, people are being kicked off the insurance they already have, and our children are being kicked off policies because the insurance companies can’t afford to keep them on with the new rules and regulations the new law is proposing. COST MORE.
  • Cash For Clunkers. Well at least he named it right; it certainly was one big clunker of a program. First, it gave away $4,500 to every new car buyer- COST MORE, But according to Edmonds it actually cost the government about $24,000 per car.- COST WAY MORE, Instead of taking the cars that were traded in and selling them, they had to destroy them. The only thing that did was drive the price of used cars up. Moreover, for the people that could not afford a new car and have to buy used cars- COST MORE. What about the wholesalers that buy and sell used cars? These people make their living off used car trade-ins. How much money did it cost them? Not to mention, all the money it took out of the economy. COST MORE.
  • Obama has just come out with his fourth program designed to help homeowners who are under water on their homes. The other three programs did not work, what makes him think this one will. I am not an economist, but even I know we have to let the housing market hit bottom and correct itself. A rubber ball bounces up, only after it hits the floor. Who pays? – COST MORE
  • Gas Prices Up. Not Obama’s fault. He does his usual, cry, complain and blame. He says drilling is not the answer, well than what is Mr. President. For the rest of us: COST MORE.

The government has a habit of trying to fix things that are not broken. In addition, every time they do, they just screw it up, big time.
I have only one message for Mr. Obama. STOP TRYING TO HELP US; WE CAN’T AFFORD IT ANY MORE.

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Fair? Who Ever Said Life Was Gonna Be Fair?

Fair.. a word being thrown about endlessly this political season – especially by our president and the democrats. Fair share and economic fairness seem to come up in all talking points and speeches. Every time I hear that word fair I always start wondering, what is fair and who determines what is fair? I’m sure if you ask a hand full of people what is fair you would get a handful of answers. And just who determines what is fair. The president? The congress? What I think is fair, might not be what you think is fair. Well I have news for everyone LIFE NEVER WAS, IS NOT NOW, AND NEVER WILL BE FAIR. And that’s a good thing.

Over the past few decades we have tried to make all things fair for all people, we are now learning what a disaster it has been. A case in point, firefighters in a town in New York take a test for promotions, no blacks pass the test so they promote no one. Why? Because someone determined it’s not fair. The test must have been race biased they said. I’m still trying to figure out how a test can be race biased. Last I checked 2+2=4 no matter what your race is. Affirmative Action is supposed to make things more fair. Show me how? The man that aced the test studied night and day, went to night school and got a tutor. Busted his hump to pass that test, but because no blacks passed the test he was out. Now I want someone to explain to me how that is fair? A man invests all his time an energies, sacrifices time with his family so he can better himself and he’s told you got the highest mark on the test, a 98% but sorry we still can’t promote you. Fair?

Another case, years ago some liberal brain-e-ack decided that we must not hurt our children’s feelings. There should be no winners or losers. Instead we are all winners, because that is the fair thing to do. I wish I could find the one person that started that, because I would love to give him a big slap across the head. He could tell me how unfair that is. Children play sports, the winners get trophies, but also the losers get trophies. Now again, can someone explain to me how that is fair to the winners? They practice, sacrifice time to make themselves winners, but get nothing special, because the losers got the same thing they did. Also the losers are thinking why should we practice or sacrifice our time we are going to get a trophy no matter what. And WA-LA we now have a generation thinking everything is owed to them. Fair?

When I was a kid we would choose up sides and play ball. When we lost, we would say “O.K. We’ll get you next time.” You see the difference? By losing, it made us want to strive to better ourselves. Try to make ourselves better than before. Children need to sample life, the good as well as the bad. If we hide the bad from them, we are doing them more harm than good.

It’s been proven over and over again, liberal views and policies just do not work.

This is one mans opinion.

Gee, I Guess I Must Be A Racist?

As of this writing, I am 59 years old, and I have to tell you in all those 59 years I have never heard the word racist as much as I have in the past 4 years. As a matter of fact I use that word nineteen times in this article and it is still more times than I have heard the word prior to the past four years.

It seems like every time I watch T.V. someone is calling someone else a racist for one reason or another. Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s someone on the left calling someone on the right a racist. It seems if you disagree or have a different view than someone on the left, you are labeled a racist. I am convinced that the left uses that as a weapon to try to shut you up and make you back down from whatever the discussion might be. It’s funny though, I have noticed that someone on the left can say the same thing that someone on the right would be called a racist for, but they seem to get a pass. I guess people on the right are the only ones that can be racist.

So I decided to take a look at myself and low and behold I am a racist. (Well according to the left any way.) Here is a list of why I am considered a racist, according to the left.
1. I did not vote for Barack Obama. RACIST
2. I think he is doing a terrible job. RACIST
3. I am against affirmative action. RACIST
4. I hate rap music. RACIST On this I really think they should play rap music at Gitmo instead of water boarding, to me rap music is much more painful.
5. I have no black friends. RACIST I guess the left would like me to run around the city trying to find black people to be friends with. You know like George Castanza did in that Sienfield episode.
6. I believe illegal immigrants should be deported. RACIST

I am sure that the left can compile a much longer list. Just being a white, Catholic, republican, male is in itself reason enough to be called a racist these days. So it occurred to me no matter what a white, Catholic, republican, male says, he is going to be called a racist. So I said to myself why fight it? In my 59 years on this earth I have learned that everything is perception, One person is going to perceive you a racist, while another person (one with common sense) will perceive you not to be. So I have come to face the fact that no matter what I do I will be a racist. So I have decided that any time someone on the left calls me a name, I will wear it as a badge of honor. I believe the only reason the left calls people names it’s because they know it bothers them. Well I’m making a stand here and now. Call me what you will and I will agree with you. Whatever they call me, I will say “that’s right, what else have you got.” If they see it doesn’t bother you, eventually they will stop. I remember when I was a kid we had a saying, sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Ah to be a child again.
This is one man’s opinion.