· Dec 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm
This misreading of the actual fall of the wall is, at best, incomplete; at worst, it’s dangerous, contributing to the belief that American leaders can go “from Berlin to Baghdad,” shaping world events while ignoring the complex realities of the locals.
In truth, the opening of the Berlin Wall on the night of Nov. 9, 1989, was not planned. Well into that year, East Germany remained nearly inescapable: The last killing by a guard at the wall occurred in February 1989; the last shooting, a very near miss, in April; the last death during an escape attempt on the larger East German border, only 10 days earlier.
So what happened to make this heavily armed border open literally overnight? The answer lies in a series of mistakes by East German officials. These errors threw off dangerous sparks into the tense atmosphere of autumn 1989, already supercharged by the conflict between the rise of an East German resistance movement and the collapse of the ruling regime.
· Dec 5, 2014 at 2:00 pm
I am afraid of the cops. Absolutely petrified of the cops. Now understand, I’ve never been arrested or held for questioning. I’ve never been told that I “fit the description.” But that doesn’t change a thing. I am afraid of cops the way that spiders are afraid of boots. You’re walking along, minding your own business, and SQUISH! You are dead.
Simply put, I am afraid of the cops because I am black. To raise the stakes even further, I am male. And to go all in on this pot of fear, I am six foot four, and weigh 250 pounds. Michael Brown, the unarmed Missouri 18-year-old shot dead by police this summer, was also six foot four. Depending on your perspective, I could be described as a “gentle giant,” the way that teachers described Brown. Or I could be described as a “demon,” the way that Officer Darren Wilson described Michael Brown in his grand-jury testimony.
I don’t engage in any type of behavior that should place me in a cop’s crosshairs. I don’t live in “one of those neighborhoods,” or hang out with a “bad crowd,” (unless you count comedians). I am not involved in felonious activity. I’m not bragging. I’m just boring. But the fact that I’m not involved in any of that stuff doesn’t leave me any more confident I won’t be killed. That’s because I’ve been endowed with the triple crown of being killed for no good reason: big, black, and male.
· Dec 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm
If you’re faced with a decision like this, your customers’ time is more valuable than your own. Make it easy for them.
I know of people who should have this stapled to their forehead.
· Dec 5, 2014 at 6:53 am
According to the Political Typology Quiz, I am a Steadfast Conservative. Although a lot of the questions were easy to answer, several were hard to agree or disagree with.
For example, one of the questions asked if I believed government assistance did more harm or good. I’m stuck on that one. I was born homeless to a 16 year old coked out stripper, and yet here I am having served my country for 5 years and earning my Bachelor’s. Granted, I am adopted and was raised in a Christian home. I don’t agree nor disagree with that answer. I believe government assistance is good in that it helps people get back on their feet, or stabilizes them while a family member is out of work, for example.
However, there are those in this country who would rather sit on their good-for-nothing arses and suck up all of our precious resources and live for free off the system, while young people like me fight for their freedoms every day!
Overall, I would agree with being a Conservative. I’m a Christian, I believe America is NOT the World Police/Ambulatory service, and I also believe foreigners (illegal, some Muslim types) are ripping the Christian, democratic foundation out of this very country. They came to our country for a reason, we should not change who we are for them. That’s all, before I get aggravated over the thought of our nation turning Islamic.
The Constitution says we should all be Christians after all.