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Not In Our Town May 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor.

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


1. Richard W Scott - May 11, 2010

Doesn’t it always come down to this?

If it’s like me, it’s right. If it isn’t like me, it’s wrong?

Only thing, I’ve never known a pot smoker to go out and attack bars or liquor stores.

Perhaps I didn’t get the memo.

2. tsuchigari - May 11, 2010

Seems like there always has to be something for people to be angry at. Being drunk doesn’t help much!

3. nrhatch - May 11, 2010


Pot smokers I’ve known behaved better than “beer buddies”

4. Loreen Lee - May 11, 2010

Maybe they need a ‘therapeutic clinic’ which serves beer to alleviate their particular ‘traumas’, and other debilitating and painful illnesses and conditions. grin grin. Different strokes for different folks; different drugs for the sick and the thugs, or something?

5. nrhatch - May 11, 2010

Just so!

6. Loreen Lee - May 11, 2010

Just a possibility This is from a Catholic New Advent post. I have not included the whole article. Just the points about inner peace, May I share these with you.Perhaps it will be helpful to describe some of the signs of inner peace. They are fruits that emerge in the person who is increasingly experiencing God’s gift of inner peace:

1. A tendency to think and act deliberately, rather than from fears based on past experiences.- As fear and anxiety begin to dissipate we begin to be less reactive to life and more reflective and proactive. Fear tends to incite rash judgements. Serenity permits greater reflection and deliberation and we can act more from what we positively value than from what we fear. As trust grows we are less superstitious and we also see how bad experiences of the past are not necessarily predictive of the present circumstances. For example, a person may have grown up under a severe or domineering father. But that does not mean that every male authority figure is this way. As inner peace increases in us we begin to stop projecting bad experiences from childhood or the past on to persons or situations of the present.

2. An increasing ability to enjoy each moment and live in the moment – Rumination and worry about future matters rob from us an appreciation of the present moment and blinds us to the blessings of this moment. As peace increases and worries subside I am freed to be present to the blessings of the moment.

3. A loss of interest in conflict and aggressive behavior- As peace increases in us we become content with what God has given us. We are open to the invitation to “come up higher” but are also content to “sit at the lowest place.” As this takes place we are less aggressive in getting our needs met and less conflicted that there are some things we don’t have. We are not drawn into silly competitions with others as to place, position, reward, or credit. Happy with what we have, we do not need to fight to get things we don’t have. When necessary we will fight for what is right but not out of ego needs and the desire to “win.” But, rather, from a serene desire to usher in what is just and right. As peace increases in us fighting and aggressive behavior seem foreign and increasingly unnecessary.

4. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others- A rather large source of anxiety and unease in our lives are suspicious and cynical attitudes. We too easily observe the actions of others and rush to conclude often negative motivations. For example, “He’s trying to make me look bad.” Perhaps this true, perhaps there were other motives too. But as inner peace begins to increase in us we are less concerned with the motives of others. Inner peace helps us to be less concerned with the motivations. Cynicism and suspicion begin, little by little to seem foreign to us and we just loose interest in their voice.

5. An increasing loss of ability to worry – As inner peace increases, it is not just that worry goes away, but the actual ability to worry also wanes. People frequently try to get us to worry about stuff. There is a lot of fear mongering in our culture. It’s everything from the advertisers trying to get us to obsess about how we look or what others think of us to the doomsayers trying to work us into a frenzy over the impending doom of the planet. But as inner peace increases in us it is harder for others to get us to carry their fear. We have fewer buttons for them to push. Even if someone frantically warns of this or that, it is not enough to trigger worry in us. This is a miraculous sort of transformation as we begin to discover an increasing loss of even the ability to worry.

6. Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation and joy – A fear begins to depart we are less distracted by its gnawing presence and freer to enjoy and appreciate things. Joy and gratitude begin to occupy the space fear once did.

7. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature and God. – As fear competitiveness, anger and suspicion begin to depart we are more compassionate and aware of the gifts and goodness of others. Since fear less distracts us we become better listeners and are more present to others, more connected. With distracting fear and rumination increasingly behind us we can also become more aware the world around us and appreciative of its beauty. As for God, as peace begins to grow, we often begin to experience the first beginning of contemplative prayer. This sort of prayer is described as a restful quiet in the presence of God beyond words, images or discourse. It is a simple, calm, serene and ever deeper grasp of God’s loving presence.

8. An increasing tendency to allow things to unfold, rather than resisting and manipulating the outcomes- As our experience that everything is alright grows we have less need to control and manipulate life. We make necessary plans and provisions but are more able to allow things to unfold differently than our plans insisted. Imperfect outcomes are not seen as failures necessarily. Perhaps they are opportunities to learn. Control is paradoxically an enemy of peace. For control is ultimately more illusion than reality. You may have plans for tomorrow but I cannot guarantee you that you will even finish this article before you die. Whatever things we do control are contingent on many more things that we do not control. As inner peace grows we are less insistent on controlling every detail and more content to allow things to unfold.

7. nrhatch - May 11, 2010

Excellent list ~ that is exactly the way that I feel most of the time.

Content, Serene, Peaceful
Fewer knee jerk reactions
More enjoyment of the moment at hand
Less worry about what others choose to do, say or be
More reflection and conscious choice
A desire to avoid conflict
A corresponding desire not to back away from conflict due to fear
Less concern with how I’m perceived by others
Less focus on why others act as they do
More willing to speak my truth quietly and clearly
A willingness to let life unfold
Less desire to manipulate others to do what I want them to do
A corresponding desire to look within for answers

Thanks for sharing!

8. nrhatch - May 11, 2010

From Spiritual Milestones: https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/03/19/spiritual-milestones/

As we embark on our spiritual journey, and learn to silence the mind, our present moment awareness increases.

Instead of merely being an actor on the stage of life, tossed around by daily dramas and stormy seas, we become an observer in the audience watching as each moment and scene unfolds.

As detached observers, we interact with others in a more deliberate manner ~ with fewer automatic and habitual knee-jerk reactions to idle chit-chat around the water cooler.

Life seems calmer and slower, more peaceful and less precarious.

Along the spiritual path, numerous milestones and markers encourage us to keep moving forward on our journey:

* External turmoil diminishes in significant measure. Instead of vast tidal waves (which threaten to capsize us), most daily dramas we encounter barely ripple the peace and tranquility we feel within.

* Instead of blindly bumping into boulders, obstacles become mere pebbles, easily tossed to the side of our path.

* Connected with the flow of life, our spirits soar more freely and life feels more joyous and playful.

* We see obstacles and challenges as opportunities for growth, rather than as permanent impediments to our happiness.

* Instead of struggling to solve problems (at the level of ego), we see that struggle is the problem, and more patiently allow life to unfold in its own time and in its own way.

* Rather than beating our heads against brick walls and screaming at locked doors, we look for ways around and over the walls and doors on our path.

* Seeing angry words as nothing more than pulses of energy, we become less inclined to lash out in kind to defend our point of view. Instead of wasting time and energy defending our limited perspective on life, we more peacefully maneuver around hostile opinions in our path.

* As we become more adept at using an internal compass to guide our daily choices, we develop greater clarity of mind ~ allowing us to observe not only our actions (and the actions of others) more clearly, but often the underlying motivation behind those actions as well.

When we focus awareness on spiritual milestones and markers, we reclaim our freedom to make conscious choices and become more fully who we were always meant to be.


9. Loreen Lee - May 11, 2010

Thanks for the list, nrhatch. They do compliment one another.

10. Joanne - May 11, 2010

Since we’re all sharing on spiritual awareness, milestones and markers, here is my take — from a theatrical point of view…

Nancy, you may have already read this blog post before… but you reminded me of it when you used terms related to actors, the stage and life’s dramas…


11. nrhatch - May 11, 2010

Joanne ~ That post is AWESOME!

A bit dizzying given the amount of ground you covered in such a short span of words, but AWESOME.

I’m like you ~ I’ll skip the long weight for the 5 minute adrenaline rush on the roller coaster. Instead, put me in one of those swinging chair rides that goes gently round and round as it climbs higher and higher.

Thanks so much for posting the link!

You rock! And roll! Just not on coasters, baby. Not on coasters. : )

12. Tammy McLeod - May 11, 2010

Well, I must say. If the beer bombing incidents are driving so much focus on spirituality, hmmmm? But really, people fear what they do not know. We seeing examples of it on several issues that are dividing communities from tea parties to immigration to marijuana clinics. We must develop methods for engaging others in civil discourse.

13. nrhatch - May 11, 2010

Tammy ~ You are so right!

Instead of taking the time to get educated on issues, people tend to respond emotionally.

Instead of civil discourse (based on the actual facts of the present situation), we see knee-jerk reactions (grounded in past experiences).

That’s why I wrote What The World Really Needs: https://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/04/26/what-the-world-really-needs/

None of us have the time to get up to speed on EVERY issue. We need to pick a few that we are passionate about, get educated about the facts, and work with others to create effective solutions.

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