As The Mother of A Son: Thoughts on the Ferguson, Missouri Case

Lesley_McSpadden_New_Yorker.pngIn the hours since the grand jury verdict was announced in Ferguson, Missouri, I have been thinking a lot about Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden. My heart breaks for her, as I think about what it must be like to know that your child was shot dead a week before he was set to go to college. What it must have been like to know that he was lying in the street for hours while chaos circled around his dead body.

As a mother of a son myself, I want to be in the streets making sure to give her a hug and lend her my support. I imagine it must be senseless and maddening and hopeless. I completely understand why she screamed and cursed after hearing the grand jury decision. I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect her to be rational. A mother’s love is an all-consuming, instinctual, and irrational thing.

This is why her feelings, and the feelings of those who knew Michael Brown, shouldn’t be a factor in considering whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson on criminal charges in the death of young Mr. Brown.  I can grieve for her, but at the same time, believe that justice was done yesterday.

And I do.

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SMILE FOR THE BABY CAM: Could this Russian website be live-streaming straight from your bedroom?

HAS YOUR HOME BEEN HACKED?

If you haven't changed your default settings then your privacy is very likely not your own these days. A mysterious Russian website is live streaming bedrooms and living rooms across the globe. Are you protected? 

The BBC reported that products made by Foscam have been noted thus far as the most hacked by this website. This Russian website, which remains unnamed, reportedly has streams from 250 countries. Live footage is being collected from both baby monitors and web cams not only in homes, but businesses as well.

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Finally! The Politically Privileged Reveal How They Really Feel About the American People

The videos that have been circulating the internet of Jonathan Gruber admitting Obamacare was passed because of the “stupidity” of the Americans is a breath of fresh air to this writer.  Finally!  The truth of how Progressives/Elitists really feel about the American voter has surfaced.  Although Jonathan Gruber’s remarks show his own insecurities from being an architect of such a regressive law, I can’t help but agree with him to a certain extent. 

I know that sounds harsh, but think about it.  Our President and his Democratic elitist posse’ refused to debate the law, or even give ANYONE time to read it.  It was passed on Christmas Eve night and not one single Republican voted for it.  At the time Democrats had the majority and House Leader Nancy Pelosi trumpeted that “we have to pass the law to what’s in it.” That statement in itself was a fluffy way of saying, “shut up stupid Americans, do what you are told, and continue to let us bribe you with your own money” and American voters who backed the bill did just that. So really, I don’t understand why anyone would be in an uproar over Gruber reminding us all that the Affordable Care Act rose to glory from Democrats telling their followers what they wanted to hear and placing more interest in Obama’s legacy than American struggles. 

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Unfortunate Slander - How the Left Defames the Military

The Concert for Valor was the hottest ticket in Washington Tuesday night, as folks packed onto the National Mall to hear big musical names perform in honor of Veterans Day. Rock and country superstars Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown sparked controversy by collaborating on stage to sing “Fortunate Son”, a piercing antiwar anthem made famous by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969. Bruce, in particular, drove the crowd wild by screaming out the third verse as follows: 

Some folks inherit Star Spangled eyes

They send you down to war

And when you ask them, “How much should we give?”

They only answer, “more, more, more”

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This Veterans Day, Let There be Hope

For several years my family would take an annual trip to central Wisconsin for a summer get away over Independence Day. We’d visit during this time to take advantage of not only the beautiful lake, but also the fireworks, live music and other holiday festivities.

Luckily, friends that told us about this quaint little town and its mid-summer magic, made sure we knew that the 4th of July parade is something not to be missed. That morning, the village that looks like the setting from a Norman Rockwell painting is packed with Patriots vying for the best spot to see the local school band, community groups and service members who will toss candy and icy pops to eager onlookers.

As great as the local procession is, I always took a moment to spend by a statue that was gifted to the nearby park.

I love that statue.

I’d often sneak over to it to contemplate why someone would spend what I imagine was a large sum of money to adorn this otherwise sleepy little town with children saluting the flag - frozen in time.

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