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A Day of Hope, Prayer, and Clean-up in Ferguson

Dellena Jones’s 911 Hair Salon was attacked at about 11:15 PM by a small band of young men. The break-in and robbery occurred close to the time of the first shooting. The hair salon is less than 100 yards from the scene of the shooting. But that didn’t stop volunteers from St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and friends from helping. [caption width=“300” id=“attachment_16631” align=“alignright”]Volunteers pose for a picture after helping clean and repair 911 Hair Salon in Ferguson. Read more →

Overnight in Ferguson: “A remarkable amount of gunfire out there”

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters “there was a remarkable amount of gunfire out there,” describing the scene on W. Florissant last night. A shooter confronted plain-clothes officers and opened fire. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect is in critical, unstable condition in a local hospital. One officer was treated, but the severity and cause of his injury is unknown. The shooting and at least one break-in of a business marred what had been peaceful commemorations of the death of Michael Brown. Read more →

How Emphasis on Race Hurts Efforts to Reform Municipal Courts

My story on the Justice Department’s Ferguson report addressed race early. . So let’s have a little blunt talk about race from a West County white guy’s point of view (which is alway helpful). Faction A and Faction B Whenever race comes up, two large factions shut down. They shut down intellectually because ‘race’ touches an irrational, emotional nerve. Faction A views every issue as a race problem. They see rain at a picnic as racist. Read more →

What To Do With the DOJ Report on Ferguson

The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd. Read more →


Ben Evans worked hard to host a joint event with St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Heritage Foundation a couple years ago. Because of Ben’s hard work, we met Dottie. Then the trouble in Ferguson happened last August. Fearless Dottie joined our band of BUYcotters who went to Ferguson to shop while the city still smoldered. We met Dellena. Dottie cultivated a relationship with Dellena. Saturday, February 28, Dellena hosted Level One training in Self-Governance at her 911 Beauty Salon on W. Read more →

Do Police Officers Like Writing Tickets?

[audio mp3=“https://hennessysview.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/do-police-like-ticket-quotas.mp3"][/audio] What do police officer think about traffic ticket quotas? Here’s one officer’s thoughts: In my agency, those of us in patrol had to keep a “Daily.” This would be a formal document that showed the times, addresses where we went, written in code, of what we had done. On the back were boxes for how many traffic citations, criminal citations, parking citations and felony and misdemeanor arrests we had made on that day. Read more →

What No One Tells You About Ferguson

There’s something happening here But what it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware –“For What It’s Worth” by The Buffalo Springfield “This isn’t about Michael Brown.” Those words popped out of my mouth as I watched the Sunday evening news with my dad. It was August 10. Full-scale rioting hadn’t erupted, but the battle lines were drawn: police on one side, people, mostly young people, on the other. Read more →

Why the Evidence Never Mattered

The danger of jumping to conclusions isn’t that you might be wrong. It’s that your brain will be unable to recognize its error. We’ve all heard of the psychological (or just logical) fallacy of confirmation bias. It’s worth looking at three aspects of confirmation bias from Science Daily: 1. In psychology and cognitive science, confirmation bias (or confirmatory bias) is **a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions**, leading to statistical errors. Read more →

How to Stop the Commies

It’s all a lie. It didn’t start that way. At first, the Mike Brown protesters were all about Mike Brown and people like him. But not anymore. Even the New York Times admitted the protests in Mike Brown’s name are actually the Revolutionary Communist Party advancing Marxism. (The NYT pulled down the story on Sunday morning. I wouldn’t have linked it, anyway.) I’m not a fan of stomping on someone else’s parade, even if I disagree with their cause. Read more →