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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Ferguson June 2015

My wife and I went to the farmers market today in Ferguson, MO.  We live just a few towns out from there and we missed the vendors that we bought product from in the past.  Mind you, we thought about the past violence over the death of Michael Brown and we like many others think his soul never received justice.  That being said, the farmers market was bigger now than it was ever before.  A band was playing, people were smiling, and the entire place was jammed to capacity.  We circled the parking lot for a while just to find a spot.  Thank you Aldi’s for staying strong with Ferguson and allowing the farmers market to share your parking lot!

Yes, there were our farmers that we had to just buy the veggies from but there were church groups, community groups, and of course the police had a stand too.  All were just passing out community organization news and information.  It was an amazing site to see.  And this was not just people of one color out and buying fresh vegetables, it was all people of all walks of life.  It was a community coming back into itself.  My heart was happy seeing all that my heart could see.

I bought a couple of jars of homemade jams from some young boys from Bohlen Family Farm that happens to be in Ferguson.  Sunday morning I plan to test the blueberry and strawberry jam out on some buttered toast.  Of all the farmers there selling products, these two boys impressed me the most.  One was white and the other was African American.  We talked for a bit and it was just about what we bought at other stands.  When we told them we bought fresh picked Mulberry’s from a stand down the way they were upset because they have been trying to find someone to supply them with fresh Mulberry to make jam with. 

It was a great day.  I’m glad to see Ferguson coming back.  I’m sure issues are still pretty strong and heartfelt in the community but we all have to come back from it and learn that we are in a process of change for the better. 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Amongst Us... My book on Amazon

I have a few readers that might be interested in my other adventures, and I have one that is now on Amazon.  My book.  Amongst Us.  It's a ghost story and appropriate for all readers.  I have blogged for years and I love to write.  I put this book together over a long period of time and I loved the adventure of making it all come together.  This book was a mission in my mind that had to be finished.

It isn't easy for an unpublished writer to be published.  Less than 2-3% of new authors ever get published by a real publisher.  The odds are up there with winning the lottery for most writers.

After years of submissions and very nice copies of rejections, I went the Amazon route.  You do not have to have a Kindle to download the book.  The site will guide you through whatever means you need to read the book.

Amongst Us Book Amazon Site

Please let me know what you think of the book.  I'd do a book signing for you as a fan of Papamoka but I don't think you would appreciate a Sharpie pen on your computer screen. 


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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vote Democrat Kentucky

Mitch McConnell has no interest in the poorest of the poor.  He will step on you, he will put you down, and he will crush your hopes and dreams.  That is what he does to serve the people that own him.  Mitch is bought and paid for.  Throw him out and vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes.

We can do this.  Vote Democrat across the board.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Dad Fought at What Cost

My Dad was a Navy Vet of WWII and Korea.  During the big war he was a medic attached to the Marines.  He saw more action than any person should have ever see in one lifetime.  He saw men blown apart, wounded beyond what he could ever repair, and men that he could do nothing for because they were already gone.  He served his boys, his Marines as best he could with what little he had.  That was his job.  He did it and survived for the most part.

Prior to each battle he was the most popular guy among his Marines.  Everyone hoped that he would remember their face if they got hit.  On leave he could never buy a beer.  His Marines would not let him.  He was their Doc and they took care of him hoping that he would take care of them if needed.

Dad was injured on Iwo Jima.  Shrapnel blew through the meat in his leg.  The Doc ended up being evacuated and patched up.  Dad returned to duty with his Marines just before the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Everyone thought they were going home after Japan surrendered unconditionally.  Not the case for medics all across the Pacific.

America bombed Japan with nukes and that ended the war.  The human price to win that war demanded an American humanitarian effort to help the people that survived the nukes.  Radiation poisoning was everywhere in the region of the two cites nuked.  The fallout from the bombs followed the winds.

Dad went in with medics from the Navy into Nagasaki.  Not one single man had any clue what had happened there.  All they knew was that their orders were to help the civilian population and treat them as best they could.

Can you imagine walking into Three Mile Island or Chernobyl with no knowledge or protection from radiation other than some rubber suits and boots that had to be burned after every shift?  That is what I understand my father did in Nagasaki.  End of shift, go sleep a few miles away but make sure them rubber suits and boots were burned.

Move forward to 2014.  My Dad had a great life after the war.  Married a beautiful girl that I called Mom.  Ended up with seven kids, four boys and three daughters.  Good times, bad times, he went to school on the GI Bill and raised a family.  His health for most of his life was amazing.  His wife and family not so much as the years passed.

Mom developed heart disease along with the beginning stages of dementia .  After years of a weak heart she passed at the ripe old age of 61 in her sleep.  The smile on her face told us all many things.  She was cool with her maker.  She was a very religious woman.  Not a church goer, but a scholar of religious thoughts and teachings.  She loved Jesus as much as she loved her own but she never thought the bible was his teachings entirely.  That is another story for another day. 

Dad developed dementia and eventually Alzheimer's and passed at 76.  He never recovered from Mom's passing.

Oldest son went nuts in a fantasy world and is missing in action.  Next oldest son is slowly losing touch with reality and hasn't worked in ten plus years.  Oldest daughter is for all points and purposes of discussion no longer with us in this world.  I miss her.  We used to talk every single day.  All her life she had one arm that would shake uncontrollably but she managed to raise a family.  Second oldest daughter became a Republican from a lifetime of growing up in an extreme liberal and democrat household.  The third son has had cancer four times and beat it each time.  His mind is still intact thank God.  I'm typing my little fingers off and you can say I am nuts but I am just fine except for the nervous condition called OPCA.  My baby sis is fine on all fronts as far as I know.

Question in the back of my mind is if the service my father gave to his country on Nagasaki, Japan has had a genetic effect on each of his children?  I'm pretty sure it has.  What scares me most is if it will effect my five baby girls and the children they might have?  I hope not but I do not know.

I don't know the answer to that.  I can only hope that I do not become a Republican.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson Local Politics

I want to live in a world where everyone is three years old and has no clue what color a persons skin is.  We just play together and laugh and love one another.  One of us gets a boo-boo we run to get help from a medically trained three year old that applies a kiss and a boo-baid.  If we are hungry we run to the kitchen with our shoes untied and our pants falling off our butts to fix up a bowl of cereal and milk and dream of the toys promised on the back of the box.  We can live in a world full of hugs when we know our friend is hurting and maybe even cry with them to ease the pain.  That isn't reality but Ferguson, Missouri is.

Ferguson, Missouri is in deep pain right now.  The community is stressed out from all the violence from protestors, the police, state police, and now the National Guard "Protection".  My wife and I live just a few miles west of this little town and we have been there many a weekend buying produce at the farmers market.  We love the town.  We love the people.  This small town that has so much potential is being torn apart and it doesn't need to happen.

This pain that the community is feeling can be fixed long term.  It takes the community to heal itself.  My numbers may be wrong but you can tell me the right numbers in the comments below.  Ferguson is a community with a population of 22,000 people and 70% of the people are black.  51 of the 53 police officers are white.  That's 96%.  The Mayor is white.  The city council is 5 white people and 1 black person.  That's 80% representation at the local level for 30% of the people.

Ferguson needs to be organized to get the vote out for their own local leaders.  Ferguson needs a few people in the community that are black to stand up and run for political office.  A business owner, a school teacher, a single mom, a guy that works construction, a lawyer... Whoever.   It is your town.  Who is better at leading it?  The people in charge now or one of your own people? 

Back in the day when the Irish were persecuted for just being here in America we found a way to beat the bastards that were putting us all down.  We elected our own to public office in every capacity possible.  Local, state, and federal offices.  It didn't happen over night but one of our own was Speaker of the House for forty years and we elected President Kennedy.  We elected his little brother, the Liberal Lion Teddy for decades.

Can the racial policing problems in Ferguson be fixed?  Yes it can.  If you elect a black mayor that hires the new Chief of Police.  If you elect a city council that is black that decides and votes on the percentages of police officers that need to be black change can happen.  Some white guys just might lose their jobs as police officers but the community needs to be policed by people that are put there by the people they elected.

Might it be needed to call for a special election in Ferguson?  If the people are not truly represented, then maybe that is a probability.  Either way you need to organize, Ferguson.  Your community needs to elect a new Mayor and a new City Council.  Most of all you NEED TO VOTE!  That is just step one.

This is my protest for the people of Ferguson.  Let's move forward!  Change can only happen if you take the steps needed to make it so.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Marijuana Legalization Economy Transfer

All over the internet we see stories about the legalization of marijuana aka Pot.  Be it for medical use or in some states it is no longer a crime but a traffic citation to have under a certain amount of pot.  Hell, it is even outright legal in Colorado and Washington state as of January first of this year for recreational use.  One has to think of the legalization of the hemp plant as a new transfer of wealth in the economy.  A transfer that will ultimately hurt the people that were trafficking in pot prior to legalization.  I am not talking about the drug runners unloading tons of cargo in Florida or hiring mules to run it across the border from Mexico.  I'm talking about the simple person taking their allotment and acting as a distributor to the neighborhood.  All across America there is coming the same situation that existed during the time of prohibition when the law was repealed against alcohol.  New legitimate business enterprises will lay a stake on the tens of billions of dollars to be made in the distribution of marijuana.  Like it or not, it will be legal in more states in the coming years.  States love new taxes and taxes being paid is where the states will look at revenue that was never there before. 

My grandfather was a bootlegger and he made a decent living for his nine children during prohibition.  He was a very well educated man and knew that the law would never last.  When prohibition ended he had five stores opened to sell liquor the next day.  It was a smart business move.  It took guts to do what he did in his time and ya, my grandfather was a rebel and would have been wanted by the police if he wasn't delivering personal supplies to the people in the know during his time.  Keep your friends close and the law even closer with a full liquor stash so to speak.

What I am curious about regarding the new freedom of pot consumers is where is the product coming from?  Who is growing the pot for sale in Colorado?  Who is distributing it to the masses in Colorado.  Who is making the big bucks and how did they get approval to grow the pot a year or more before the law passed?  I know that my grandfather was importing his liquor from Canada and overseas but where is all the pot for Colorado coming from now?  Follow the money is what I am thinking.  That is where the smart investors will place their bets.

Now that it is no longer illegal in Colorado and Washington state, not to mention the other states that have legal medicinal marijuana you can invest legally and buy stocks at the ground floor before the dot com bubble burst and legal marijuana is just like buying a pack of Marlboro's at the corner store. 



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American Division By Politicians

When you look at any person in America you can see an American if you truly open your eyes.  Almost all of Americans are descendents of an immigrant except for those that are the original people that we now call "American Indian" which I think is wrong.  I call them by their first name.  They return the acknowledgment.  

Back in my school days we all had to relearn basic math every single year because somebody in the class didn't pay attention to the facts of math the previous year.  Simple math, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals were foreign information even into some of my high school years.  Every single year I would groan about doing stupid stuff we learned in elementary school because half the class was way behind.

The same thing is happening in national politics with simple division.  If you divide enough of the people into special groups then you divide the nation.  Then all you need to do to get elected is use key phrases to get the misinformed vote.  You tell the rich people that the poor people are to blame for their woes, you tell the poor people that the rich people are to blame for their woes.  Then you pivot and blame the gays for the heterosexuals woes and the opposing argument is that the heterosexuals are to blame for the gay peoples woes.  Then you target immigrants for Americans not being able to find a job and pivot and blame the government for not loosening the immigration laws so businesses can afford to hire cheap labor that hard working Americans refuse to do.  You blame woman for the so called degradation of America because they want their own choice on what is their body when it comes to medical care and turn to support woman... well never.

Last time I checked I was raised an American.  My father fought for this country in two wars and was buried with honors.  The same people that claim they respect veterans want to cut benefits to veterans because it makes them hero's to people that hate the government deficit.  See the pivot there?  But then they want to support military spending that feeds the pockets of big supporters.  See the pivot?

How can a society that was raised by strong woman back any candidate for federal or local office that thinks that a woman is second class and should stay in the kitchen?  How can a society elect someone to a federal office as a congressman or congresswoman that is openly racist against minorities when the congress is the government body that says racism of any kind is illegal?  How can a society elect someone to a federal office that has for years done everything in their power to hurt the poorest of the poor by voting against unemployment extensions, against healthcare for all, against all job programs, against food stamps, against everything that the poorest of our society need.

Our nation is only as good as the way we treat the poorest of our kind.  When we the people forget that and keep electing people that have been paid to forget that, then the American experiment is over.

Division is simple math.  Division is very dangerous in politics for the common good.


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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes (D)

When most people think of Kentucky they think of the beautiful countryside.  A state rich in natural wonders and proud people.  Good people.  I tend to think of Kentucky as the battleground for national politics and Mitch McConnell.  One man in this country that has controlled the agenda against the president and America for five long years with one simple answer.  NO!  Mitch McConnell has to go and so does his NO against American progress.  Let us put a spy glass over how Mitch voted on issues that effect everyone.

No to unemployment extensions.
No to job plans.
No to anything to do with women rights.
No to environment issues.

No to veterans with disabilities.
No to healthcare for all.
No to equal pay for equal work for women.
No to  immigration reform.
No to keeping the government open.
No to anything that comes out of the White House.

What did Mitch McConnell vote yes on?

Yes to end AFCA (Obama Care) for the billionth time.
Yes to cutting Social Security and Medicare.
Yes to cutting food stamps for the poor.  Even if 1 in 5 in KY need it.
Yes to blocking Wall Street reform.
Yes to corporations are people too.
Yes to extending tax cuts for the mega rich.

Mitch McConnell's idea of government is not about governing.  It is his way or the highway.  He might have learned that under George W but that is not reality  Mitch probably said no to infrastructure repair for his self centered agenda because it was on the president's agenda of things that he swore to never let the president do.  When your Chevy or Ford falls from a bridge in Kentucky, or California, or New York, or Miami, or Boston, or wherever you are in America you can thank Mitch for saying no to fixing our nations infrastructure.     

Our nation needs to ditch the Mitch and elect Alison Lundergan Grimes to Mitch McConnell's seat in the senate.  There is one thing we American's always do, we see a wrong and we make it right.  Mitch has millionaires backing him while you have unemployment extensions in limbo or thankful for a job that just pays the minimum bills.  Mitch has to be ditched.  VOTE HIM OUT.

I live in Missouri, but Mitch McConnell is an American problem which makes him all of our problem and needs to be out of office.  How do we little folks do this?  We take five bucks and mail it or send it to his political opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes.  She's a Democrat that will not be taking checks from people that will destroy the way of life in Kentucky or the rest of America.  She has their back and our back and I sent my five bucks.  Why did I do that?  I love my country with the same reason that Thomas Jefferson did.  We can fix it by voting out the bad apples.  The tree of liberty doesn't always have to fed with the blood of patriots.  Sometimes all it needs is a vote to oust the bad blood.

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From the roots can only come new growth.  We must be united to send Mitch home.  Nationwide we have the power to send him home by having Alison Londergan Grime's back.  She's the new growth in the garden of plants that need weeding.  That is how democracy works.

We all need a government that is not bought and paid for by special interests.  Your donation, no matter how small can out do the millions Mitch McConnell will get from his paid for friends that control his vote on any topic.  Nationwide, we can ditch the Mitch if we all work together.  Rock on Alison!  Got your back.


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