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A 19 year old robs, assaults a store owner- is stopped by the police- wrestles with the officer for his gun- get s shot and killed and the mother is shocked when the police officer is not indicted?

Then the community- pissed off sets fire to stores that have nothing to do with the situation because they are pissed and they community wants to be perceived differently.

Then take responsibility for your stupid choices- I hope they lock up everyone who set a fire, looted a store or committed a crime- and I don’t care what color they are!

This is just crazy!


Well said brother!

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Memories of childhood…LOTS of snow!

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$428.8 million spent on ads for this election- think of the issues we could have solved if this money was spent there instead of slinging mud at each other!

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Rachel (school counselor) went into labor today- can’t wait, she has the cutest babies! Her is mommy and Tommy- the new baby is also a boy.


Maddox Reid Fullerton was born at 3:19pm on Monday,
March 24th, weighing 7 lbs 13 oz and 20.5 inches long.

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 The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. Here are 10 ideas for celebrating happiness in ways that will make you happier by doing them.

1. Be kind to yourself:
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”Dalai Lama. Being kind rather than critical towards yourself boosts happiness more than anything else I know. If you do one thing today, do this. Wish yourself well. Treat yourself as kindly as you would a small child.

2. Be grateful:
Gratitude is one of life’s most vitalising ingredients. Research has shown that practicing gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life. This can be accepting anther person’s kindness, appreciating nature, or recognising the gifts in one’s own life. Beyond these benefits, it feels good in its own right to appreciate that we have been “the beneficiary of freely and generously bestowed kindness.” In my course “Six weeks to a happier you,” we have just finished the session on gratitude and the most popular homework assignment was the pleasure walk. More ideas for experiencing the happiness effect of gratitude can be found in my previous post on an Aussie Thanksgiving experiment.

3. Be curious:
Ben Dean Ph.D., tells us that “Curious people have an ongoing, intrinsic interest in both their inner experience and the world around them. Curious people tend to be attracted to new people, new things, and new experiences, and they are rarely bored. Everyone possesses curiosity to some degree.” It is the antidote to judging ourselves and others and opens us up to everyday sources of happiness.

4. Take in the good:
One of my favorite practices from Rick Hanson. Make good facts become experiences by noticing them, savoring them for 15 to 30 seconds and really letting them sink in to your body. That way your brain and body really registers that happy moment and you override the brains tendency to be velcro for bad experiences and teflon for good.

5. Connect with someone:
Drop your agenda and really tune in to that person. Listen with your whole body. Notice how happy and energised you can feel to share a moment of understanding and ease really connecting with another person ands savour the warmth, respect and goodwill.

6. Read Love 2.0: Really. It will change how you see your opportunities for happiness and connection with others. It will really help with the suggestion above too!

7. Laugh:
We know laughter feels good, so find the joy in life today. Its good to know that the science backs us up and that humour is intimately related to quality of life. Even smiling will usually make you feel happier.

8. Breathe:
Just breathing slowly in and out, slower out than in, for two minutes can reduce your stress and bring on a physiological relaxation response regardless of what your head is caught up in. Its portable stress management that works. And you are more likely to notice happy things around you after breathing this way. Give it a go.

9. Do one thing at a time:
I have written before about the madness of multitasking. And yet it is so seductive in our busy lives to try to do a few things at once. But research has shown that we are far less happy when we do. Even boring tasks are more enjoyable if we focus on them rather than let our mind wander.

10. Sleep: 
So when you have celebrated international day in all these ways, have a good night’s sleep. According to the American Psychological Association, more than 35 percent of Americans get less sleep than they need. A good nights sleep improves memory, increases people’s ability to concentrate, strengthens the immune system and decreases people’s risk of being killed in accidents. Mindful breathing for a few minutes before sleep can really help and more good ideas can be found here. Happy International Day of Happiness to you all.

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Kris is safe and sound back in NC- good thing, she would not have made it out the rest of the week!

Car washed (salt off), full tank of gas,pellets for stove in garage, house cleaned, plenty of food and water…bring it on! School was just called off so I plan on staying home…safe & sound!


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It’s a law… It’s constitutional… move on!

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SO cool!

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In Kansas City, the months of April through June marked the driest three-month period endured since 1911. The area received about six inches of rain in those months — we’d normally get a foot more.

Forecasts suggest little change in the coming week.

As of Friday, July had delivered just a tenth of an inch of moisture at Kansas City International Airport. Today is day 63 of the extreme drought.

The electrical boxes on my house started to fall off due to the ground beneath shrinking. KCPL came today to fix it. The solar fan in my attic burned up in this heat- hoping to have it fixed by Wednesday.

Can’t go outside and do anything-bored!!!

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Chick-fil-A makes a great chicken sandwich, and I used to like getting one—with a cup of their amazing lemonade.

Then I found out the company, according to the LGBT group Equality Matters, has donated millions of dollars to groups that oppose gay rights, and Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, told a Baptist newspaper that he supported the “biblical” definition of family. That’s why former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has asked that folks who share the company’s principles stop by a Chick-fil-A on Aug. 1 to show support for the company’s conservative values.

And that’s fair enough.

If you really don’t think gays and lesbians should have the same rights as everyone else, and you oppose same-sex marriage, stop by Chick-fil-A. If you truly believe gays and lesbians should be second-class citizens, and if you sincerely don’t want them to marry the people they love, stop by Chick-fil-A.

But the same goes for those of us who support same-sex marriage and have what we consider to be a broader view of civil rights. We should boycott Chick-fil-A. These are our consumer dollars—and they’re part of our voice. We should use them for products we like—to supportcompanies we like and to back causes we like.

As good as those Chick-fil-A lunches used to taste, there are other places to get a chicken sandwich.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing more about companies whose leaders use corporate profits to support their conservative world view. I have no problem with that. In fact, I applaud their involvement in politics.

But those of us who disagree have to remember that we too can exercise our rights, flex our muscles, and show our commitment to the values we believe in, from how we spend our consumer dollars to how we chose the companies we invest in, to, of course, how we vote in elections. All of these are levers that every citizen should use.

Phelps is getting widespread media coverage by threatening to picket the funerals of the Tucson shooting victims. It’s the same game he’s been playing since 1991. Find a funeral of a soldier, public figure or someone else whose death is getting major media coverage. Fax blast a press release celebrating their demise, grab the “God Hates” signs, gather up the kids and grandkids and hop in the Ford Econoline.

Because of the enormous amount of attention his deeply offensive protests receive, you might get the impression that Phelps is a significant religious leader in this country.

He’s not. Westboro Baptist Church had only 71 members as of 2007, according to a BBC report, and they’re members of his extended family. He has 13 children, many of whom have stuck around and brought their own kids into the loathsome family business.

Update: “Topeka’s Westboro Baptist Church won’t picket the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed in Saturday’s shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., in exchange for getting airtime on two radio stations, a church spokesman said.”

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