Protests Against Stay at Home Orders 

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Denver Colorado – Operation Gridlock 

Cristal M Clark 

Have you seen some of the protests calling for an end to stay at home orders? Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Kentucky and this weekend, Denver. The protests in Denver are a planned “Operation Gridlock” event around the Capitol building in people’s cars at 1 p.m., the other calling for people to bring signs and stand outside from 2 to 4 p.m. They have been organized by various groups, including Libertarian parties around the metro area. 

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Victoria Reynolds, chairwoman of the Libertarian Party of Colorado and a candidate for Douglas County commissioner: “It is the draconian measures from Gov. Jared Polis, local mayors and health departments that have forced people to speak out. We want to send a message to the governor, to mayors, to the federal government even to say: We elected you to represent us. You are our employees, you don’t get to stay working, collecting a paycheck, while you’re putting us all out of work.”

Sometimes when I see groups like this and I listen to what they are saying I sit back and wonder if they have been paying attention to what’s happening? If they think things are going back to the way they were they have been either ignoring the world, have sat drunk through all of this or are just flat out stupid. Things are not going back, that is precisely why the world broke. 

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We are all upset however, organizing protests such as these show the true ineptitude of the individuals who are organizing them. Their answer is to endanger the lives of others because they feel that the government is removing basic human rights, the ability to go out, be free, to work…the problem with that mentality is that these people are more or less the type to hide symptoms and risk infecting others just for the sake of being able to do whatever it is they want to do. The type of people who want to incite acts of violence, spread misinformation and fake cures. 

These stay at home orders were not put into place so as to take the rights of citizens away, but to save lives rather. I’ve heard what some of these groups say, they want to open everything up and they believe, if someone gets sick and dies they die, some of them even believe the virus is fake, the government is using it to try to manipulate and control us, they just want to go back to the way things were. 

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Again, things are not going back to the way they were. The jobs people had, many employers are only going to bring back half of the staff they had, if at all. People were making good money, but they are not going to be getting that back, companies lost so much from all of this they will not be able to afford to pay what they were, The job market is going to be super competitive and employers know that, they use that to their advantage, this has wiped out over a decade of job growth. To make matters worse, our president supports and encourages these outrageous protests, today tweeting things like liberate. 

These protests accomplish nothing because nothing is going back to the way it was.  

Cristal M Clark

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Covid-19 – America’s Grade

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American’s Feeling Unsafe, Uncertain, Letdown

Cristal M Clark 

Overall Grade: F+

This past week put thousands of American’s out of work, many of which are now worried about paying bills. To date our Government has done very little to calm those growing fears. As those fears swell, so will the already angry environment we have become. 

In America our answer to job loss is a meger unemployment, which does not meet any basic needs. Unlike in the UK where the structure put into place actually pays the out of work individual his or her salary they had been making so that they can continue to sustain the economy and people can still pay their bills. 

Here in the US we receive a huge fuck you, go into debt, lose all your shit and welcome back to a workforce that will no longer pay livable wages, yet we are not going to force the economy to alighn itself with anything other than greed, driven by both the corporate world and our very own government. 

Right before everything collapsed, 4 members of congress sold off their stocks making huge profits, which they did illegally because they utilized details from a briefing, which you, I or Martha Stewart would go to prison for. 

All of our lowest paid, lowest skilled workers, the ones no one wants to pay more than a meger $15 per hour are all stepping forward to help keep grocery stores, fast food, gas stations, open and running for the rest of us most of which are in fact panic shopping. Consumers freaked out so much due to a media driven panic, that the elderly and disabled are left empty handed when trying to buy food or basic necessities, our first responders are lacking basic necessities while they care for those hospitalized with Covid-19. 

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Our country, our infrastructure, our current systems in place, they do not work to bring an established society back from something like this. 

That said, when will we get back to normal? We don’t because the real question should be, what will our new normal be?

Financially, people are ruined, companies closed within a week, laid off workers in masses, are claiming they cannot afford to stay open. Many of the smaller companies may never be able to reopen and those that do will not be able to afford to bring back all of their laid off staff much less pay the wages they had been after taking such a huge financial hit. That’s the thing no one is talking about right? How many companies are going to just be gone, will people go back to the wages they had? The answer to that can be found in the aftermath of 2008. 

People have been slowly rebuilding their lives since 08, we have rent, house payments, car payments, credit card debt, student loans, and all of the other payments that go along with being an adult who lives, works and contributes to society. Companies who provide all of those things need to also step up here and help the society who gave them our business. I am not saying that car loans and mortgages should not be paid, what I am saying is that payments should be forgiven now and tacked on at the end so that people can survive this crisis. 

Utilities should not be shut off, cell phone providers should also allow a grace period. We as a society, we need to help each other, too. If anything this has taught us just how unprepared for a real human crisis we really are and how we need to bring manufacturing back to our own country, corporate owners must pay people livable wages to do that but it must be brought back so that we are not waiting on shipments of foods, medical devices and drugs because they are tied up at ports due to tariffs, wars, and utter bullshit. Our Government alone can and need to make that happen. 

So this go around before the United States Government agrees to bail out big corporations, banks and airlines, they need to consider long term, it’s the workers here that actually need the the bailout, we are the ones that made those big companies and small companies what they were before Covid-19, we drove the profits they lived off of. Likewise, I hope WalMart takes a look at their employees who have been working their asses off, while being yelled at, told off and who keep going during this mess, and pay those individuals better. Treat them like human beings for once. 

Until society gets some type of solid honest answers from our leaders, this swelling movement of anger that I am seeing on social media will get out of control. Cities and states who are just shutting down, that is not going to help calm the already fearful public. Sometimes local governments need to start looking at what is being talked about on social media. The vibe isn’t good and people are already talking about acts of crime, posting images of troops in cities that are from movies and telling people it’s happening in their cities, basically attempting to incite violence, that is how desperation works. That is what peple are feeling, hopelessness and desperation. On the flip-side of that, the United States Government needs to, it must take swift action against the mainstream media. Most of the layoffs and panic we saw last week, were a direct and clearly driven result of the utter and sometimes fantastic bullshit streaming from the mainstream media. I am not a huge fan of Donald Trump personally but he’s done a lot for this country, he sucks at public speaking we can all agree, when it is not in relation to business, the media has lowered the confidence the public felt in his economic plan to the point that if things get much worse, the public is going to deliver much worse. 

Cristal M Clark

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Bars, Restaurants, Gym’s, Schools, Public Events

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All Closed or Canceled

Cristal M Clark

Last night if anyone took a stroll through social media what you might have seen was a mixture of understanding in light of all that has been temporarily closed or canceled and then those that are displaced and now angry by it.

The facts are simple, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and allow for hospitals and doctors to better prepare for it, we had to close and cancel things. Individuals were not taking the advice of anyone and over the weekend went out and posted pictures of the bars and clubs they went to, almost as if to snub experts. While most were saying things like they were immune to Covid-19, that was never what anyone suggested or said. No darlings, you are just less likely to die from it or develop serious complications from it, you can still infect others that are in fact more likely to die. Which shows how selfish and uncaring the general population can be, if the panic purchasing in bulk didn’t already give you any indication of that.

On CNN this AM the mayor of New York claimed this is likely going to be worse than the great depression and the black death. Great, let’s just stir up some more panic. Then another expert said we can do this no matter the financial hardships and that isn’t entirely accurate.

Some bars here in Colorado vowed to continue to stay open regardless, taking to social media and inviting people in, restaurants have vowed to start up their own delivery, scary if you think about it, as bad as Uber can be, they do at the least vet their drivers. Conspiracy theorists are taking to social media and pushing for civil war, civil unrest and acts of violence towards our fellow man and our government.

People, the vast majority of society here in the US are and have been living paycheck to paycheck since 08, while costs grew, pay did not keep in line with those increasing costs. Being out of work for even a week will destroy families and individuals, so we should hope that Trump and his administration have a plan in place to bail out the working class this time.

The public was already angry, they are now anxious, worried and afraid, and now mixed with pure anger it is only a matter of time before we as a nation are faced with civil unrest should people be out of work for weeks on end. We cannot survive without our paychecks, the president, congress and the nation need to be worried about that as well.

As of today, the overall worry is how society is going to manage and given our propensity towards violence, I can only assume that as our Government attempts to make things better they are in fact, becoming much, much worse.

I wish my fellow man all the best as we try to survive and push forward.

Cristal M Clark

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Mourners Served Hash Cake at Funeral?

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Northern Germany

Cristal M Clark 

I’m fairly certain everyone thought this was going to be a story hailing from a funeral in Colorado but as luck would have it, it’s not. 

Going out for coffee and cake happens to be a German tradition after a funeral, usually hash cake is not part of the tradition.  

Apparently, back  in August, local police in northern Germany reported that 13 funeral-goers at a restaurant in Wiethagen experienced “nausea and dizziness” i.e. being buzzed, after eating some fresh hash cake after a funeral.

Edibles by the way, do tend to be more potent as opposed to smoking weed. 

After a quick investigation found a restaurant employee’s daughter had been asked to bake the cake.

But the 18-year-old had also baked a “hash cake” for a separate occasion, and the mother took the wrong dessert to work.

That’ll be the last time this girls parents ask her to bake a cake for just about any occasion not to mention that now the young lady in question is also under investigation by the police.

So remember folks, while it’s all fun and games eating edibles with your friends, it’s just never a good idea to serve hash cake at a funeral, some of the older generations just can’t handle it. 

Cristal M Clark

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School Shooting –

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Stem School Shooting, Highlands Ranch – Colorado

Cristal M Clark

Heading into another week in the year here, Colorado faced yet another school shooting on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, the shooting occurred at the charter school, STEM School in Highlands Ranch, a Denver suburb. Leaving 8 students injured and 1 dead.

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The shooters, both students, on 18-year-old boy and one 16-year-old who identifies as a male.

The shooting created a media frenzy of misinformation, attention seeking individuals came forward to share stories and the like, one live broadcast near the shooting featured a “worried” parent on the phone with her child asking how many kids were shot conveniently while the cameras were rolling, some news reports are labeling one of the shooters a bully, it is all in such poor taste, in utter disgust I refused to read anything about it until last night.

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Students walked out of a vigil in protest of the politicians and politically driven speakers who turned the vigil into a very poorly thought out political stunt, geared towards getting whatever their personal politically message was out, but one rather disparaging item I kept seeing at several news sites were the comments.

Adults, making horrible, disparaging comments with regards to the shooters looks, lifestyles, calling them freaks, asking based off of the way they look, why they were not red flagged? Then getting into forum chat arguments amongst themselves over spanking kids, bully’s, the way kids these days dress, look or behave, calling each other names, demanding more gun laws, demanding less gun laws.

This is the behavior we pass along to our children for they are in fact mirrors of all of us. Where is the compassion or empathy for the two shooters? We lack the understanding of how or why they did what they did, who are we to really judge at this juncture?

Some would call me a bleeding heart, fair enough however I will always inevitably correct that, I am realist. The reality of the situation is that these two young individuals are suffering some mental health issues enough to have caused them to want to cause harm to others and until we understand fully what those issues are, we will not be able to stop school shootings regardless of how many gun laws we put on or off of the books. Words on paper are meaningless without a true understanding of the how and why.

What these two kids have done is completely inexcusable and wrong, however we have no inkling of what brought them to that point, what has caused them such mental trauma or were they just born that way?

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We cannot stop mass shootings until we have a full and complete understanding of each shooter in any given situation because without that understanding, we will never truly be able to see any warning signs, red flags or indication that a shooting may happen.

Hindsight is always 20/20 however, we could certainly do a much better job of being compassionate enough to gain a true understanding of why so as to prevent it from actually happening again in addition to no longer allowing the mainstream media to turn these events into a ratings tool, putting attention seeking one minute wonders up where the focus is on that particular individual who simply wanted that one minute of fame. If they had some sort of valuable input it would be another matter now wouldn’t it.

Cristal M Clark

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Truck Driver Facing Decades in Prison

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Lakewood, Colorado

Cristal M Clark

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The truck driver 23-year old Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos, that crashed his semi on I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado that killed 4 people and seriously injured two others, was formally charged Friday with roughly 3 dozen felony counts and he could potentially face decades in prison.

Rogel has been charged with, 40 counts, including 6 counts of assault in the first degree and 4 counts of vehicular homicide, in the fiery April 25 crash on eastbound I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado. District Attorney Pete Weir said Rogel was “driving extremely fast and in a reckless manner” in an area where the speed limit for commercial vehicles is 45 mph. The semi Aguilera was driving was estimated to have been going “in excess of 85 miles an hour.”

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Many are saying that Rogel was behaving with extreme indifference and his attorney, well he believes that the charges are an overreach by the Jefferson County DA’s office and I would be lying if I said that I did not agree to some extent with Rogel’s attorney.

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After losing control of his rig coming off the mountain on I-70, the driver made an unfortunate series of bad decisions, he failed twice to utilize two, not one but two runaway truck ramps on his way down, swerved all over the road at one point almost running several cars off the road, had his rig in the incorrect gear, failed to attempt to drive into the ditch, the median and then subsequently, crashed into several stopped cars on the highway causing a major explosion that killed four individuals and injured dozens. He allegedly told police from a hospital after the crash that his brakes failed, and he didn’t want to exit the highway for fear of rolling his semitrailer, according to his arrest affidavit.

While I am all for justice, I have to take a step back here and call into the questions the other seemingly guilty parties beginning with the company that employed the driver. The company, Castellano 03 Trucking LLC, a Houston-based company has been cited in numerous occasions for various safety issues, one being faulty brakes as well as employing drivers that had not concept of the English language, the one language all of our road signage happens to be written in.

Another great question would be, how was it that Rogel managed to procure a CDL license given his tenacity for seemingly making every wrong decision a truck driver could possibly make?

While living in Florida for a few years, I had to endure a visit to the DMV where I witnessed Florida licensing drivers who did not read, write or understand the English Language. They allowed these drivers to take their written exams in their own native language and then handed them drivers licenses as if they were candy. Yes, I would agree for the most part during the actual driving part of the exam these drivers had memorized the road signage they came across however that is easy, what happens IRL?

That in and of itself is completely irresponsible on the part of any state doing this and that is just one tiny piece of the puzzle.

We need to look at where this young man obtained his drives license, his CDL, then the company that employed him. Yes, we can and should hold Rogel responsible however, other parties the ones who licensed him, who gave him a CDL, and those who employed him need to be held accountable as well, yet here in America we seem all to happy to throw the book at the easiest target rather than going after the entire lot, right?

Cristal M Clark

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Colorado Dad Says Son Earned his Man Card – After 12 Year-Old Boy Murders Woman

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Father of the Year Maybe?

By Cristal M Clark 

A Walsenburg, Colorado man proudly informed a witness to murder that his 12 year-old son that he had earned his man card after the boy just went about murdering a woman.

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According to a witness who was inside the home of Heith Gleason inside his home prior to the killing, Heath and murder victim Amy Garcia, age 41 had been arguing about alcohol.

Of course because if it had been cannabis the only crime that would have been committed would have involved the theft, of someone’s Cheetos.

The said witness according to the police affidavit, told police that Heath picked up a gun, said “I’ll kill her,” and then proceeded to walked outside after Amy.

Then just moments later, a single gunshot was heard by the witness, then Heath walked back inside the home and informed everyone that he did not kill Amy.

I guess Heath had another idea because why commit the murder yourself, why not get your 12-year old child to just do it for you?

That’s right, the witness went on to tell investigators that Heath went back outside with his son who is in fact 12, both accompanied by a .22-caliber firearm, then several more gunshots were heard.

Upon entering the home again, Heath proudly informed the witness that his son had earned his man card, referring to the boy murdering the mother of 4!

The body of Amy Garcia, 41, was found on Dec. 20 in the driver’s seat of a burned-out car riddled with bullet holes in Walsenburg, Colo.

Sadly, this is not just a case that involved one inept, badly behaving adult, but that idiot teaching his son that it is acceptable to just kill someone you are having an argument with.

Some thoughts on how to fight fair – after a 2 second Google Search.

Keep your cool. This is key to fighting fair….

Be polite. When we interrupt, we are listening to respond rather than understand….

Focus on the present. Focus only on the argument at hand…

Don’t lash out. When fights get dirty, couples start to name call….

Say you’re sorry.

Don’t have your juvenile child murder the other individual – maybe?

Way to kill it and earn “Your” man card, if not father of the year, Heath.

Cristal M Clark

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Canada Runs Out of Weed – on First Day of Legalization

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Canada & The Cannabis Shortage Crisis

 

On her first day in of legalized cannabis Canada faced a new and almost unheard of crisis – they ran out of weed to sell.

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It’s not like Canadian weed sellers did not plan for this, they thought for sure that they could meet the demand but in the end, it was clear that could not.

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To make matters worse – no one knows when the shortage will end.

It has been rumored that many of the stores ran out of weed, oddly enough at 4:20.

Canada also offered online stores, something that the US does not and even they could not keep up with the demand.

The sellers quickly ran out, sites crashed…

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So for all of you who have posted those funny little Colorado Memes with regards to the Mile High City, you better start gearing up for your Canada memes.

Those who have been tasked with monitoring the industry however are not surprised. Researchers at the University of Waterloo and the C.D. Howe Institute found that Canada could supply around 210 tons of cannabis, while the demand would be around 610.

It has also been rumored that perhaps Canada and states here in the US that have legalized might be able to strike up some potentially beneficial cannabis trade, while other rumors running through the media suggest that the US may lose some of its workforce to Canada for those seeking work in the industry.

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Not to worry our Canadian friends, much like the Trump Presidency, this cannabis shortage crisis shall pass soon enough.

Cristal M Clark

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Thornton, Colorado – Riverdale Road

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The most haunted road in the US – The Gates of Hell

 

Some think the most haunted road is in Florida, I-4 to Tampa. It is not. The most haunted road in America, is right here at home, my home.

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Riverdale Road.

All of the ghost stories, the crap you find on YouTube, Ghost Adventures, all of the hokum. That will never tell you the true story of a road I could both drive and walk down blindfolded, for I travel that road more frequently than anyone should.

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The stories of the road are aplenty, a man burned down his home within the gates of hell, while his family was asleep, some stories tell you that he killed his family before burning the home, I believe at the old mansion, some say it is the sacred burial ground of Indians.

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A woman wanders the road, she is in all white, presumably the wife of the man who torched his home.

Other stories speak of animals that can speak, a jogger, demons who roam the earth.

Riverdale Road is none of the above. If you do not believe me, ask Lorraine Warren. The road has called to her, her entire life. She and her husband collected many pieces that were born of the road.

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To say that the road contains the gates of hell would be an understatement.

That road contains the purest form of evil that has ever been seen.

Energy, in and of itself is not evil, nor is it good. Energy is just that, Energy, it does not know good or bad.

What you will find on that road is something that is neither.

When I was a kid, some of us knew something was not right with the road but never said anything or understood it to be haunted, we simply all just felt an evil. It never stopped us from playing on it.

Now if you google it, you will learn that it is haunted. But by what, most do not know.

At the time, as a child, a teen I admit, I never understood the word; haunted, I always thought it as something to be normal.

I grew up near Riverdale Road, and no matter how many travels I have, no matter where I go, I always end up near Riverdale Road.

Henderson, Brighton, Thornton, Northglenn, Derby, it’s all connected, to the Gates of Hell.

A digestive tract if you will.

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My Native American Friends, they tell me that the road is a gateway. Not to anything that they know or understand, they fear that road in fact.

My earliest memory of the road was when daddy was driving us from Uncle Don’s and Aunt Mary’s place in Thornton to our home in Brighton. Mommy wasn’t feeling well, so daddy took a shortcut down Riverdale Road. It was dusk, the road grew foggy, I was 6.

I felt a heavy darkness around us, something was with us, I looked out the window and saw chaos, death, hatred, people wandering, so many lifetimes passed around us, so many things reaching for us.

It would not be the last trip that I took on the road.

I should have been afraid but I was not. When that darkness reached to strike fear in us, I reached back.

I reached out to the darkness, the shadows following our car.

I wanted to touch it.

It was my dad’s last drive down that road, for that evening, and I have no idea why, that drive freaked my dad out so much that we never took it again!

All I remember was him looking over at my mom who at the time had her eyes closed, just feeling, he had a horrified look on his face and just like that he shoved it away and turned his eyes back to the task at hand, driving us home.

The fear that I sensed him, my father, that fear always draws me back to that very road that is known worldwide for containing the gates of hell.

The second encounter I had with the road, was when I was I was a teen. Cruel friends, playing a prank left me on it, alone one day.

My bullies left me at the gates of hell. Instead of running from the gate, I walked through it. I still to this day could not tell you what I might have been thinking.

What I encountered I could never put into words. It felt like days that I had become lost on that road, at the gates of hell.

All that I know is that I grew up on that road, traveled through the gates of hell and came back through them alive and well.

If you ever want a guide through them, if you have the courage that is, I am but a call away.

 

Cristal M Clark

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