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Not In Our Town May 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor.
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So, have you heard about the fire-bombing out in Billings, Montana?

A couple of disgruntled individuals threw a fire-bomb through a store front window, and spray-painted the building with 4 words:


* A rock was used to break the glass at 4:30 a.m. Monday.
* A beer bottle filled with gasoline was lighted and thrown inside.
* A passerby reported the fire.
* No one was injured in the blaze.

See if you can guess what was in the building that so angered the unruly?
An abortion clinic?  . . . Nope.  Guess again.
Sarah Palin’s campaign headquarters?  . . . Again, nope.
A Pet Store promoting puppy mills?  . . . Not even close.
A small grocery store cutting into Wal-Mart’s profits?  Wrong.
A liquor store? . . . You’re getting warmer.
Before the big reveal, let me give you a few more details on the bombing:

Hmm . . . a beer bottle.  Where would someone get a beer bottle at 4:30 in the morning? 

Oh!  I know! 

A liquor store.  Or a bar.  Or a grocery store.  Or a convenience store.  Or a Wal-Mart.  Or a . . .  

So who would throw a molotov cocktail, made from an empty beer bottle, through the window of a local business?

Hmm . . . beer drinkers? 

Maybe even beer drinkers who have had too much to drink? 

But why? 

Ready for the big reveal?  . . .  The unruly twosome threw the gas-filled beer bottle through the window of Montana Therapeutics ~ a business which provides marijuana for medical usage to individuals suffering from cancer and other debilitating and painful illnesses and conditions.

It’s the second such attack in two days:

About 5 a.m. a day earlier, surveillance video showed two young men spray-painting “NOT IN OUR TOWN” on the front of Big Sky Patient Care and throwing a rock through the front door followed by a flaming bottle.

Now I get it!
I see why the as-yet-unidentified beer drinkers wouldn’t want businesses like Montana therapeutics or Big Sky Patient Care in town . . .
After all, who wants a bunch of crazed pot-heads running around town at 4:30 in the morning doing who knows what?

To read the full AARP article:  Montana Marijuana Clinic Firebombed

The Proposal May 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Mindfulness, People.
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After Sandra Bullock’s award-winning performance in The Blind Side, I searched Netflix to find other films she’s done recently and stumbled across The Proposal.

If you have 108 minutes to spare, want to see a light-hearted romantic comedy, and enjoy watching Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, or Betty White (as 90 year old “gammie”) play fairly predictable roles on screen . . . go for it.

That said, one scene stood out from the rest for me . . . enough that I paused the movie to chat about it with Bill.

The scene has to do with parental expectations for their children:

Father and Son are together for the first time in 3 years.

Dad lives in Sitka, Alaska, where he and his wife have built up “an empire” of stores, newspapers, and other businesses around town.  They live in an enormous home on the side of a large body of water (lake, bay, or sound, I’m not sure which).

Son followed his own dreams to New York City where he works as an editorial assistant in the publishing industry.  He’s still working his way up the ladder, but is happy with his choice of careers.

Dad is not.

Dad chastises his son for wasting time reading through manuscripts every day.  He criticizes him for choosing to live in New York City, instead of Sitka, Alaska.  And then he says (paraphrased):

Your mother and I worked hard to build up the family business.  You are our only son.  It’s time for you to grow up.  You need to stop wasting your life wading through badly written manuscripts and move back to Sitka.  

You have responsibilities here.

{Pause the movie}

So, here’s the thing.  Mom and Dad had a choice.  They had a choice of where to live and what to do with their life.  They chose Sitka, Alaska.  They chose to create “an empire.”  They chose to have a son ~ well, they chose to have a child who happened to be a son.

So, why can’t Dad see that Son is entitled to make the same type of choices with his own life?

Shouldn’t Son be free to choose New York City, instead of Sitka, Alaska?

Shouldn’t Son be free to choose publishing and manuscripts over running the family business?

Shouldn’t Son be entitled to make his own choices and decide for himself where his responsibilities lie?

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The Law of Attraction May 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Magick & Mystery.
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It’s a good thing that the Law of Attraction, popularized and promoted in The Secret, does not work instantaneously . . .

ASK . . .     
     BELIEVE . . . 
          RECEIVE . . .

If it did, kid’s rooms all across America would be filled to the brim with ponies and puppies!

Quote:  Desire creates the power. ~ Raymond Holliwell