Sunday, December 14, 2014

Arrogance goes before a fall...

I've never liked the little homily, "Pride goeth before a fall." There's nothing wrong with being proud of yourself and the work you do.

Being arrogant about it - that's something else again.

So when Johnny Manziel started his first game today, I was expecting him to be crushed, and he was. No Tebow magic from Manziel - he couldn't do anything right.

And the fact that everyone who sacked him or intercepted him did his little "Money" move - just the icing on the cake.

I wasn't able to watch most of the game, unfortunately - company came over and I had to play scrabble.... but I *think* I heard the announcers say that Manziel was going to be starting for the rest of the year....

So I'll get a chance to see him next week and expect to enjoy it.

I don't think the guy is as bad as Ryan Leaf - at least I hope he's not that bad (in that he'll do drugs etc and end up in jail), but I don't think he's going to last long as a football player.

It's such a pity that the Jets didn't give Tebow a chance - or that Tebow refused to turn himself into a wide receiver or something...but that ship has long since sailed, anyway....


Saturday, December 6, 2014

If they'd just be constructive instead of destructive...things might change

I found an article at the Politico form August 15, 2014, entitled What I Did After Police Killed My Son. It was written by a white, Retired Air Force lieutenant Colonel.

10 years ago, in Wisconsin, his son - white- was apparently slightly intoxicated,  had his hands handcuffed behind his back, but was shot in the head by a Latino police officer. Within 2 days the investigation was over and the officer cleared - because in Wisconsin, it's the police who review these things apparently, not a civilian review board.

Did the white residents of this Wisconsin city riot and destroy their town?  No. Mr. Bell filed a wrongful lawsuit and won - albeit after many years. He also started a foundation to get Civilian Review Boards to investigate when police officers kill someone, rather than the police - at that law was recently passed in Wisconsin.

And so, okay, it took 10 years.

But now we've got this ridiculousness in Ferguson, Missouri. The black populace didn't get the verdict they wanted.  Instead of immediately banding together and filing a wrongful death lawsuit, and contacting Michael Bell and saying, "Hey, how can we get such a law passed here in Missouri?" a group of folks destroy their town. (And apparently, if another article in the Politico is to be believed, the cops protected the "well-off" i.e. white neighborhoods, and left the black section to the rioters and looters, who of course destroyed it all.

And what has all this rioting and looting accomplished?  Nothing but destroying the businesses and employment of a lot of people, and confirming to a certain segment of the population that their prejudices about the black population were and are right.

One good thing will come of this - and not before time - mandatory uniform cameras on all police officers. This is actually a great idea and it's a pity it wasn't introduced 10-20 years ago. Hopefully the camera films the action by remote and it goes to a place where the recording can't be tampered with... and then the conduct of the police officer and the individual being arrested/detained/whatever will be available for all to see.

(Having said that, the officers in New York who tried to arrest the poor guy selling "onesies" (one cigarette rather than a whole pack) were filmed - and yet people who view what happened still can't decide who was in the right and who was in the wrong... I guess it all depends on what you want to believe...)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Micro-investors - 6 days left to help Russian-Israeli-Brooklyn singer produce her first CD!

Sasha Daniel is a professional singer, the daughter of professional musicians who immigrated from Russia to Israel to the United States.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/487943547/sasha-daniel-debut-album

There's 6 days left on her crowdfunding campaign to produce her first album and she's a little over halfway there.

Let's push her over the top.

But first... how will you know if you like her music?  Easy, take a listen to her videos below.


If you like what you hear, why not go over to her campaign page and pledge a few dollars to get her CD when it's released.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Open letter to Rams football team

Dear Rams football team,

When you play your next game, please run out onto the field holding placards in your hands. On the placard should be the illustration of a bloody hammer, and over this illustration, perhaps the circle with a slash mark through it, signifitying that you don't approve of gangs of teenagers going around beating innocent people to death with hammers.

Here's the article you should read, Rams football team:
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/02/protests-sparse-after-pack-hammer-wielding-teens-beats-man-to-death-in-shadow/

If you read that article, you will know that the victim was white, and since the ethnicity of the gang of teens who beat him to death with a hammer is not given, you will undoubtedly be able to figure out that the teens were black.

Or if you want to make sure, you could do a Google search on "teens beat Bosnian man to death with a hammer" and Breitbart will point out to you that the teens were black...

I wonder, Rams football team...do you read the newspapers?  Do you ever wonder why, on those rare occasions when a white person kills someone who is black, ethnicity is always given and it's always thought of as a hate crime... but whenever a white person is killed by someone who is not white, ethnicity is never given, and of course it can't possibly be a hate crime.

Commenters - can you prove me wrong? Please share newspaper article links from mainstream newspapers that give ethnicity of perpetrators of minority-on-white crime.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Buddy, can youspare a dollar to earn your angel's wings?

Crowdfunding is the new way for small and mid-size entrepreneurs to fund their ideas. Instead of going to a bank and having to go through the whole application process, they go to a crowdfunding site such as Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and GoFundMe, put up their ideas, and receive pledges.

It's more than just business ideas, of course. GoFundMe for example also does charity work - to help people pay medical bills, for example.

http://crowdfundermagazine.blogspot.com/ is a new blog that showcases a variety of campaigns on the crowdfunding sites.

The idea is to "connect micro-investors to entrepreneurs."

My idea is to develop a core (and even a corps) of of a thousand or so micro-investors who can afford to pledge $10 a month to help back these entrepreneurs.  They'll choose ten campaigns each month that appeal to them, and pledge $1 (or more of course.)

If we can put together  a core group of a thousand people (and continue to build on that) all these worthy campaigns can get money towards their goal, and our core of microinvestors will earn plent of angel's wings.

There's a website for this: dragonwinggroup.com/FAEO, which publishes a video crowdfunding magazine that showcases three campaigns in the same niche, per week.

The first issue has been published at YouTube and features two graphic novels and a comic convention in Detroit.

So if you'd like to become a micro-investor and help out, check out the crowdfunding websites on your own, or subscribe to the blog, or bookmark the website, and let's start helping people, $1 at a time.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Why publish the cop's home address?

I was channel surfing a few hours ago, and stopped on the Hannity Show just long enough for Hannity to say that the New York Times had published the home address of Officer Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown after Brown had attacked him.

Why?

What do they expect people to do with that information?

Don't they realize that their are hundreds of 100-IQ individuals in Ferguson who will go to this guy's house and burn it down?

Is that what they want to happen?

It is extremely said that all of the media seems to be on the side of Michael Brown, and says that the "fix was in" despite the fact that it was a jury of people - including 3 blacks - who voted not to indict Wilson?

And where is the justice in these psychos n destroying the businesses, many of them belonging to African Americans, and destroying property that belongs to people, including African Americans?

Does no one see the irony in the fact that none of these looters has been shot yet? Despite the fact that each and every one deserves it?

There's something so wrong in this picture...it's like we're living in the Twilight Zone where evil is praised and good is damned.

As I said a couple of days ago, I hope the people who have had their businesses destroyed by these rioters never rebuild. Let the folks in these neighborhoods sit at home, wishing they could order pizza...but oh, no they can't the Little Ceasar's has been burned down.

And they can't go shopping,  because they've burned down their neighborhood stores...

Idiots, one and all, and the media that aren't condemning their actions are culpable as well.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What did the riotinng in Ferguson accomplish?

Many people without jobs today, who used to work at the businesses that were burned down.

Many businesses no longer in business - so folks who used to use those businesses are just out of luck.
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I had a whole long post to write but I'm just not in the mood.

There should be a lot of dead looters today. Instead there's people laughing in their homes drinking the alcohol they stole and watching the TVs they stole, and crowing about how them being thieves has somehow brought justice to Michael Brown...

Frankly, I do blame Obama and Holder for this...talk about enflaming instead of calming.