An Untitled Novel About the Road of Hope: Chapter 1.3

April 20, 2011

Chapter 1.3.1

[ Chapter 1.1 is here. ]

Max and Grace missed their shots at the bare-footed man. Missing just didn’t make sense to them. They were all good shots.

“WTF!” texted Max and Grace!

“Tough audience!” observed the bare-footed man and laughed.

Zach and Eree lifted the barrels of their shotguns. At the same time, the bare-footed man lifted John off his feet and heaved John toward Eree.

The bare-footed man threw the bloody tanto at Daniel’s feet and pushed the barrel of Zach’s shotgun to the side as it went off. Daniel yelled out as the hot salt shot hit his hand as he reached for the tanto.

Motorcycles were getting around the burning wreckage. Lumi, Max and Grace gave cover fire.

“Let’s chat again. Soon!” Read the rest of this entry »

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Once upon a time. Europe was where the best of culture was at.

April 19, 2011

Europe

I used to think that Europe was where the best of human culture is. It’s normal for an American kid with middle class dreams and aspirations. America has deep roots in Europe.

I worked after school to save up money for my high school trips to Europe. I mopped the floor. I took out the garbage. I stocked refrigerators and shelves. I washed the dishes. I delivered subs and pizzas. I even mowed lawns. The boss had rental homes too.

And when I graduated from high school, I went on a grand tour of Europe. I couldn’t afford to do it in style like my once favorite author, Marcel Proust, did holidays. But I did go places, see things, make friends, etc. I slept in trains, train stations, on Greek beaches, and even some famous places you might know about – The Spanish Steps of Rome among them.

I continued to make my cultural pilgrimages to Europe into my adult-life. And, finally, I moved here. That was an accomplishment!

I’ve been here about 10 years and I can tell you that there’s some big problems here – problems that reflect only glimpses of that cynical and cruel capacity of the much admired European sophistication.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love Europe. But I love the USA more. More and more, in fact, as I come to a better understanding of the world.

Christian v. Christian

This Palm Sunday, VMRO (BMPO) thugs attacked peaceful church-goers as seen in this Youtube video. http://bit.ly/eGqsyZ

Palm Sunday is a Christian celebration of Christ’s return to Jerusalem in preparation for his sacrifice. It is also a reminder of the Christian anticipation of Christ’s triumphant second coming. Palm Sunday illuminates the Christian story of crowds welcoming Christ into the city with palm branches – symbols of joy and triumph.

VMRO is a Nationalist Orthodox Christian movement that is growing in popularity in Bulgaria, a European nation. Bulgaria, however, is not the only European state to see fascist currents rising in the public square. The French,  Germans and Italians are unembarrassed to declare that Multiculturalism is something that Europeans don’t view as worthwhile.

To paraphrase one popular German politician speaking about the so-called Muslim problem, “They can live and work here, but they are not entitled to the rights and dignity that are shared by our native people and citizens.”

In the hate crimes depicted in the video, these are actually Bulgarians assaulting Bulgarians. Worse, these are Christians (Bulgarian Orthodox) attacking Christians (Jehovah’s Witnesses). In the opinion of the Bulgarian Orthodox extremists, there is no place for dissident opinion (private, public, religious or otherwise) in Bulgaria.

Bummer

Myself, I love Bulgaria as a tourist. I have a long list of Bulgarian products that I fan including jam, brandy and soap made with Bulgarian Rose petals. There’s a culture of art, music, food, and wine there that I love.

Did I mention that one of my favorite drinking wines is Thracian’s Mystery from Todoroff?

I’ve even considered relocating to Bulgaria.

In Romania, the mainstream media are reporting that the Jehovah Witnesses provoked the attack. As you can see for yourself in the video, the Jehovah witnesses were at their place of worship, turning the other cheek, and getting their asses kicked.

Prayers

My prayers go out to the Jehovah’s Witnesses injured and terrorized in this video. My prayers also go out to all peoples who are not free and at ease to peacefully pursue good conscience, prudence and wisdom.

My prayers go to you in the world – you who can make this a better world by sharing insight and wisdom according to your conscience. And, yeah, my prayer to you are CCed to God.

DON’T be surprised if He mentions them on judgment day. <grin>

Stan Faryna
19 April 2011
Bucharest, Romania

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About Stan Faryna

Mr. Faryna is the founder and co-founder of several technology, design and communication companies in the United States and Europe including Faryna & Associates, Inc., Halo Interactive, and others.

Stan Faryna served as a Global Voices author and translator. Global Voices is a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society.

His political, scholarly, social and technical opinions have appeared in The Chicago DefenderJurnalul NationalThe Washington TimesSagarSaptamana FinanciaraSocial Justice Review, and other publications.

Mr. Faryna also served as editor-in-chief of Black and Right (Praeger Press, 1996), a landmark collection of socio-political essays by important American thinkers including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Copyright

Copyright 1996 to 2012 by Stan Faryna.

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An Untitled Novel About the Road of Hope: Chapter 1.2

April 17, 2011

Chapter 1.2.1

[ Chapter 1.1 is here. ]

The bare-footed man took a long, hard drag on the cigarette and looked at Zach.

“I lost sons, today. Can I tell you how that makes me feel?! I’m lost! I’m mad as hell! I’m broken.

Do you know what it’s like to be the bad man? The sad man… behind blue eyes?”

“It’s him,” said John. Read the rest of this entry »


America needs you – not better politicians (2 of 3)

April 12, 2011

This is a multi-post thread. It begins here.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

– Declaration of Independence

The 56 Americans who signed The Declaration of Independence gave themselves to the cause of freedom with a keen awareness of the consequences of their decisions and actions. They were not men who had nothing to lose. They were not losers or freaks. 24  were outstanding attorneys. Nine were wealthy plantation owners. The other 23 were all men of distinction.

Sacrifice

They had everything to lose for the sake of freedom: their life and their dreams, their families, friends, homes, business and careers, station and properties.

At the signing of the Declaration, they pledged their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor. Some would give everything they had – including their lives. Read the rest of this entry »


America needs you – not better politicians (1 of 3)

April 11, 2011

My fellow citizens:

Like you, I don’t believe that the problem of the United States of America today is a lack of good intentions, intelligence, vision, ability and hope.

Amongst this American people are all the resources, compassion and courage that are needed.

The problem is a lack of leadership.

No, we do not lack for politicians. I believe that we can all agree there is enough of those peculiar creatures. Neither can they be improved upon. Nor perfected. They are merely men and women- no better and no worse than our best and our worst. As individuals, their service (performed well or poorly) is limited by their single-ness.

What we lack, in fact, is an army of humble, servant leaders! Read the rest of this entry »


An Untitled Novel About the Road of Hope: Chapter 1.1

April 7, 2011

Chapter 1.1.2

22 October 2023
Bucharest, Romania

The road to Bucharest was slow, long and difficult, just as any road of hope stretches out far beyond our ordinary reach and will. They test us. These roads of hope test us.

They ask us to make the kind of sacrifices that break us and take away all pride and folly. Until we are broken and ready to be worked into a new form like a ball of potter’s clay.

Until there is no bravado left to sustain us, these roads of hope are towering trees. They hold the prize out of reach like an ancient tree that holds her forbidden fruit on a high and so distant branch.

– Dio


A Mercedes city bus, a Ford F350, three Dacia pick ups, and two freight trucks. This was our caravan. What was left of it. We lost five cars along the way. And 20 good men and women.

The villages, towns, and cities along the way were dead, burned down or both. The remains of the dead lay exposed to weather, animals and worms. Cats fed upon their worm-ridden, dead former owners. And dogs fed upon fatted cats. Read the rest of this entry »


Triberr 1.1: Interview with Triberr co-founder Dan Cristo

April 7, 2011

Triberr

We all have aspirations. Dreams. Like the singer of Tears for Fears croons, everyone wants to rule the world.

Making it happen is another story. Sharing the idea is as far as most people get. Getting people excited about the potential of that idea – enough for them to roll up their sleeves and pitch in or reach for their checkbook – is the actual first step in making it happen.

These are the stories that aspiring netpreneurs and entrepreneurs need to hear and read about. That’s why I connected with Triberr co-founder Dan Cristo. To get him to share how he and Dino Dogan jump started Triberr.

For those that don’t know about Triberr, you can read my previous post here.

Thanks to Dan Cristo for sharing his time and answers with us.

Everyone wants to rule the world, Tears for Fears
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