Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
To the People in Ferguson
Go home now. You are putting everyone in danger. Don't be too dumb to stop before you die. Let the FBI do their job.
Trash, Green Arrows & Red Lights
I've been noticing a lot of two issues. One is drivers running red lights and the other is people throwing their garbage (littering) on the ground or in lakes. When I wake up in the morning, I can see trash on the street and on the lawns of myself and my neighbors. Apparently it is our responsibility to clean up after the steady stream of people who walk from the apartments at the end of the block—through our neighborhood to the convenience store and back all day and all night. Now to my morning fishing excursions. In the past few days, I have fished out of the lake, bait containers, fishing line, pop cans, beer bottles, cigarette packs and other assorted trash. Much of this is likely from people fishing from the pier. I'm not sure why people who like to fish, like to do so amidst a pile of garbage, but apparently it is also my responsibility to clean up their trash from the lake where they tossed it.
Bringing me now to the second part of my rant. Every day, I notice on average, about 3 to 10 drivers run red lights. Yesterday, when I had a green arrow to turn left, I waited as a car and then a man on a bicycle with a small child on the back—both ran their red lights and I had to wait at my green arrow until they went past. Later, after stopping at the grocery store, I had two more cars turn in front of me while I had the green arrow telling me that I could turn left. Now my understanding is that if I have a green arrow, the people who are turning into my right-of-way, should be seeing a red light. The second vehicle at this occurrence went through his red light a full 3 count after my green arrow showed up. As he went by and since both of us had our windows down, I said, "You just ran a red light!" He responded by telling me to "F-off!" Fortunately we were heading opposite directions or this likely would have become a racial incident with me being in the wrong for having pointed out to this man of a different race; that he was in the wrong. Likely I would have been charged with a serious civil rights violation if I had been caught. It was also fortunate that I had not yet started moving through my green arrow that was already turning yellow by the time I was finally able to get through the intersection. Likely this meant that several people who were behind me at that left turn signal had to go through a red light or else wait until the signals went through another cycle to (hopefully) get their turn...
So in closing, I would like to point out that the people who are polluting the world and disobeying the laws are not the sole owners of the planetary system. Others inhabit the same world and these people are messing that world up!
As I walked back to my car from this morning's fishing, two large Labradors ran at me barking aggressively. Meanwhile the guy they arrived with was back at his truck where my car was. I know dogs and am comfortable around dogs and I stood still until the guy finally looked my direction.
"Call your dogs off!" I yelled. I heard some noise as the dogs had some sort of mechanized collars. Then the guy yelled back, "They're friendly!" My response was, "They didn't act like it." Well the guy was all smiles and asked me how fishing was. I was brief with him because let's face it, not everyone is comfortable with a large dog (or in this case two) running and barking aggressively at them. I know people who would have been terrified and he should be more careful with his "friendly dogs" in a public park.
Monday, August 18, 2014
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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
"We Value Your Life"
As I drove out of the parking lot where I was fishing this morning, I noticed a sign that said, "Buckle up, we value your life!"
I couldn't help but think about the news I heard this morning that Robin Williams took his own life. Since the age of 13 when my friend Steve committed suicide, I have realized the devastating effects of such an act and how it scars the friends and family of the person who caused his or her own death. How tragic, when people who want to live, die prematurely. My Boy Scout friend, Joe, died last month unexpectedly. My friend Charlie died a couple of years ago of failing health. Both of these people were age 50 and neither wanted to go so soon.
A horrible headline last week told of a 12-year-old who stabbed to death a 9-year-old on a playground in Michigan. Yesterday an argument at a gas station (a few miles from where I was at the time) ended in a man shooting his companion to death. In fact, every day there is death and murder both near and far. Humanity by nature, seems to be a bloody and violent bunch. Yet, "we" also preach the other side—that life should be preserved at all cost! It is implied in that sign, "Buckle up, we value your life!"
I hope that one day, we as a society will really learn to value and respect life.
Violent Protesters of Michael Brown Shooting
On the outside looking in, most of us don't know what really happened in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Obviously someone is lying. This is very destructive in this case—especially if the police officer was in the right. That is because a segment of the population has already made up their minds and the truth is not going to be accepted if it contradicts their agenda. What is left out of the story can be just as devastating as a lie. If I told you that a man pooped in the park, you would likely feel disgusted by the news. Yet if I told you that he had actually used the restroom at the park, this added information would likely remove any disapproval. What we say or how much we choose to disclose, can be as devastating as lying. The police say the young man was fighting for control of the officer's gun. Others say the youth was surrendering. What I do know, is that the so-called, civil rights protesters who are now rioting, looting and vandalizing, are not "protesters," they are criminals. Didn't any of these people learn anything from Martin Luther King Jr.? Protest is best done peacefully. Otherwise you have shown your real interest is not in the pursuit of justice, but in the pursuit of crime. I hope the truth can be extracted from this tragedy. I also hope that people can begin to act responsibly.