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911 Beauty Salon Targeted by Looters. Please Help

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Our adopted Ferguson business, the 911 Beauty Salon, appears to have been a target of looters tonight according to KTVI 2.

Don’t Let the Looters Win! Save 911

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Dellena Jones’s business was already struggling. She didn’t need this.

Let’s prove that we believe in free enterprise entrepreneurship. That we can help our neighbors.

You can donate to help Dellena on this GoFundMe project

Don’t Let the Looters Win! Save 911

Thank you. God bless Ferguson.

 

Come to Export Import Speaking and Gathering This Saturday at Paddy O’s

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With Opportunity for All; With Favoritism Toward None

Join Us
Paddy O’s–618 S. 7th Street, St. Louis, MO
4:15 PM Saturday, May 30
RSVP on Facebook

They say the Export Import Bank is a tiny agency that creates jobs for small business while producing a profit for the Treasury. And rescues baby rabbits from dangerous predators. And it’s gluten free.

Call us skeptics.

We saw the news that Goldman Sachs used the Export Import Bank to secure funding for a financially unstable buyer—after paying the Secretary of State’s husband $200,000 for a fifteen-minute speech.

Crony much?

We believe in opportunity for all. And favoritism for none. Especially paid favoritism. And bought-government.

Join us at Paddy O’s before the Cardinals play (trash) the Dodgers on Saturday, May 30 at 4:15 p.m.

Hear from:

  • Paul Curtman, MO Rep, dist 109
  • Andrew Koenig, MO Rep, dist 99
  • Jack Spooner, Activist, Attorney

PLUS: Heritage Action’s Ben Evans will be your gracious host and sponsor. St. Louis Tea Party’s Bill Hennessy might say something, too. (But don’t let that stop you.)

Paddy O’s is a wing of baseball heaven, steps from Busch Stadium, and the ultimate party destination before and after Cardinal games.

We will provide some awesome Paddy O’s BBQ, and you’re welcome to wash it down with Paddy O’s delicious, satisfying libations.

Here’s the easy part:
Opportunity for All—Favoritism for None
A non—partisan gathering & speaking event
Sponsored by Heritage Action for America and St. Louis Tea Party Coalition
(but mostly by Heritage Action for America)
Saturday, May 30 at 4:15 PM
Paddy O’s, 618 S. 7TH STREET SAINT LOUIS, MO 63101

PARKING: This is the bad part. Two hours before a Cardinal game, parking will be at a premium. The closest free parking is on Lebanon Dr. west of 7th Street. The cheapest lots, convenient to to  Paddy O’s are along 7th Street south of Chouteau. Here’s a map of the area:

Tea Party 1

I Would Like to Talk to You on Tuesday September 2

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Hi. Bill Hennessy here. If you can, please stop by 111 Clarkson Executive Park, Ellisville, MO 63011 on Tuesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. (RSVP Here if you’d like.)

I have something I’d like to talk to you about. It’s about the tea party movement. But it’s really about understanding two very important concepts:

  1. Living to our purpose.
  2. Doing what’s important.

This is not a training session. It’s not an After Party. It’s not a rally. It’s an honest conversation with a call to action.

It’s about the things that made St. Louis Tea Party the most effective and most talked about tea party in the country in 2009 and 2010, where and why we strayed from our original purpose, and what I am going to do to get back to that original purpose.

I don’t know if this new mission will be an official St. Louis Tea Party Coalition project or not. That’s one of the reasons for this conversation.

I want you, the people who’ve stood with me through all my many failings, to hear the mission I’m going on. I hope you’ll join me, but I understand if you do not.

Why St. Louis Tea Party Went to Ferguson To Shop

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You can’t change the world in your living room.

That’s why a small band of (mostly) white people from (mostly) West County drove to Ferguson (and Dellwood) to shop tonight.

We targeted the small businesses that were hit hard by violence–violence committed (mostly) by out of town agitators, criminals, vandals, and hooligans.

We drove to Ferguson to make two statements with our actons: 1) Ferguson is OUR community, and 2) Ferguson is open for business.

I met Dellena. Dellena owns the 911 Beauty Salon on West Florissant in Dellwood. Her landlord got foreclosed on, which meant she lost her home, just before the riots. So she moved all her inventory from her house to the store. Then the riots happened, and they took her inventory.

God bless Dellena.

I insisted on buying something–all the people in the salon were so happy and kind. She didn’t have much for white guy gray hair, but she took the time to pull together some gift bags. Then she didn’t want money, but I made her take it.

A gentlman (my age) in the salon (husband?) asked who we were with. I told him “St. Louis Tea Party.”

“Tea party?” he said. “You bad boys,” and chuckled. Then he looked at me, very serious. He said, “The tea party came up here to do this?”

“Oh, yeah,” I said. “we don’t want to see Ferguson go south.”

He laughed. And he looked at me. Then he was quiet, lost in thought for a minute. When he came out of it, he was like our best friend. Laughing, giving us crap about stuff, telling stories. He admitted baseball can be like “watching grass grow.”

In that moment of reflection, I’m sure he was trying to reconcile “tea party” with what he was seeing–four white people, ages 18 to 50, laughing, spending money, empathizing.

That moment made the whole event worthwhile.

In other shops, we’d get hard stares when we walked in and shopped. Once we told them “we’re with the tea party, and we’re here to shop,” these people actually shouted. “Thank you, thank you, thank you so much.”

The greatest statement an organization or person can make is to say with actions, not words, “what unites us is stronger than what divides us.”

This wasn’t a big win in breadth, but it was monumental in depth.

Dellena rocks.

I don’t know, yet, how much money we spent. I don’t even know how many people participated, but it looks like about 40. It was the hottest day of the year (so far). And it was an area that’s now known for rioting.

But the Ferguson Buycott was more successful than I could have dreamed.

I have much more to say, but had to say this much before going to bed.

Why did we go to Ferguson? Because Ferguson ain’t goin’ anywhere.

Next Buycott is Labor Day Weekend. Ask your Missouri State Rep and Senator to pass emergency legislation for a Ferguson Sales Tax Holiday during the veto session.

Very special thanks to my friend Marty Bennett who was one of the first to put his boot down in Florissant tonight–and the last to lift his boot from W. Florissant. God bless you, Marty.

Thanks, too, to Dottie Bailey, the best PR specialist and getaway driver St. Louis Tea Party could ask for.

Ben Evans, who join the movement on September 12, 2009, in Quincy, Illinois, continues to make himself indispensible.

And Alex Cohen. He’s like 18. America’s future is cool if Alex is any indication of the Millennials.

Everyone who came to Florissant tonight, thank you, thank you, thank you. Include Senator Claire McCaskill who magnanimously join the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition’s BUYcott of Ferguson. Here’s the video.

Ferguson Shopping Ideas

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Here are some businesses people should frequent:

Eat at Sweetie Pies on W. Florrisant, or head to Paul’s Market on Elizabeth, Drive down N./S. Florrisant for Shop-n-Save, Chinese Food, local eats, bakeries, dollar tree, etc.  Ferguson also extends to New Halls Ferry and 270, where there is a Home Depot, another Shop-n-Save, Party store, UPS store, and more.
http://livewellferguson.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/FergusonMap5-1.jpg

Also, there is Ferguson Bike shop, The Whistle Stop,  and Sportsprint (where you might find an I heart Ferguson shirt).

So, besides the hard hit area I know you are planning on going to, there are other stores

http://www.sportsprint.com/contact.html
http://www.paulsmarketdeli.com/ (awesome meat/butcher shop and deli, with a mini store)
http://fergusonbicycleshop.com/wp/
https://www.facebook.com/CathysKitchenrestaurant
https://www.facebook.com/theflavorofmexico (El Palenque)
http://www.whistlestopdepot.com/index.html (Frozen Custard and food)
http://www.marleysferguson.com/ (bar and grill – cheap and good)
http://www.corkwinebarstl.com/ (upscale eating, great wine menu)
http://www.fergusonbrewing.com/ (local brew and good menu)
http://www.cose-dolci.com highly rated Bakery
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faraci-Pizza-North/125001694200111?sk=info
http://vincenzosstl.com/
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/28/322130/restaurant/St-Louis/Spencers-Bakery-Ferguson
http://www.andywurm.com/location.aspx (tire and wheel – not the looted rim store)
http://www.yelp.com/biz/drakes-place-ferguson
http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweetie-pies-saint-louis

And don’t forget!
Every Saturday Morning 8 am-noon – through October: http://fergusonfarmersmarket.com/

BUYCOTT FERGUSON!

BUYcott Ferguson **UPDATE** DETAILS ** MORE UPDATES

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DON’T STOP SHOPPING!

The Buycott is underway. Great turnout on Thursday. Fantastic support from the media. Even Senator Claire McCaskill joined the buycott. Read all about it here.

In the meantime, keep shopping Ferguson/Dellwood if you get the chance. And make an appointment on your calendar to shop Ferguson/Dellwood on Labor Day Weekend. Have out-of-town guests? Take them on a tour and have a meal in one of the great restaurants in the area.

Wherever you live in Greater St. Louis, the world judges your home town by what it hears. Let the world hear that Ferguson came back stronger than it went into the terrible riots of the last two weeks.

Finally, find out how you can help get a Sales Tax Holiday for Ferguson/Dellwood.

 

 

LATEST UPDATES: 20AUG14 @ 8:14AM

  1. Dress for very hot weather and hydrate.
  2. If you can’t make it today, that’s okay. See step 3.
  3. After your shopping spree, please email photos of your receipts to bill.hennessy@stlouisteaparty.com using the subject line “Ferguson Receipt.”
  4. After shopping, we’ll be heading to Fallon’s Bar & Grill in Overland.
  5. Thanks to Jamie Allman 97.1, John & Kane Show, Lisa Payne-Naeger, KMOX’s Brett Blume, and everyone else who’s helped spread the word.
  6. Please remember, this BUYcott is in the name of peace and prosperity. Smile. Those are both good things.

*****Original Post Follows*****

Thursday, August 21, 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Dozens of Ferguson businesses have suffered damage. Not only do those businesses need healing, their customers need their services.

We can help. BUYcott Ferguson.

Just as we helped Whole Foods by BUYcotting September 1, 2009, we can help small businesses in Ferguson by BUYcotting Thursday, August 21, 5 to 6:30 pm.

Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Go to W. Florissant on Thursday between 5 and 6:30.
  2. Bring a shopping list: groceries, beer, smokes, something for the kids, whatever
  3. Look for businesses with boarded up windows and spray painted OPEN signs
  4. Shop

Why You Should Do This

Because there’s not much else you and I can do right now. Yeah, protests feel good in the moment, but they don’t really change things.

On the other hand, every store you shop will be one step closer to recovery. Every store that recovers makes life easier for residents. Every life made easier gets you one step closer to heaven. And that’s the only reason we’re here.

Please watch HennessysView.com in the coming days for more details. Pray for this mission. It’ll work.

I’d like to see 20 people join this demonstration of faith, healing, and free markets. Everything over that is gravy.

UPDATE: DETAILS

First, thanks for the great response. I’m excited.

Next, here’s the details for Thursday:

  1. The situation is fluid, and we don’t want to interfere with police OR with peaceful demonstrators. So WATCH THIS BLOG AND YOUR EMAIL on Thursday in case things change.
  2. Some stores might be low on inventory. If it looks that way, ask. We don’t want to leave local residents without stuff that we can buy somewhere else. With the traffic restrictions, Ferguson residents have a hard time getting out to distant shops.
  3. NO SIGNS OR SPEECHES. We’re not their proselytize or politic. We’re their to lead recovery, healing, faith, and free markets.
  4. MUSTER on the Sam’s Club lot, southeast corner, around 5:00 pm. If you’d like to start earlier, please don’t wait. Here’s a link to the map: Sam’s Club, 10735 W Florissant Ave Ferguson, MO 63136
5. OBEY POLICE and respect peaceful demonstrators. We have been in their shoes many times together in the past.
6. SMILE and be friendly. It’s been a hard week and a half in Ferguson, and a friendly smile will go a long way. 
7.  Listen to Jamie in the Morning at 6:10 am Wednesday for the latest updates.
8.  We’ll designate a post BUYcott meeting spot tomorrow if you’d like to get together for a little After Party. I’ll update this post.
9.  Thank you, again. You are wonderful people.
Finally, I read a story not long ago about a man who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. He passed about 40 people as he walked to a spot on the bridge. He looked around for a few minutes as more people rushed passed. Then he jumped.
When police investigated his apartment, they found a note. Among other thoughts, the jumper wrote: “If one person smiles at me, I won’t do it.”
You never know how your friendly smile will change a life. Or save one. 
God bless you. 

 

Francis Slay Destroys the Transportation Sales Tax Trying to Support It **UPDATE**

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Doesn’t it suck when Jay Nixon and Francis Slay get on opposite sides of an issue?

Where do we go?

They’re on opposite sides of Amendment 7, the largest tax increase in Missouri history. And you need to choose a side before August 5, because the ball’s in the voters’ court.

But there’s no need to fear; Hennessy is here. And I heard Francis the talking Mayor on KMOX this morning (or maybe it was yesterday) talking about how much he loves, Loves, LOVES the 3/4 cent sales tax increase theoretically for transportation.

Note the keywords: theoretically and transportation. Not roads, highways, bridges, and infrastructure. In fact, taxes raised by a $480 million per year sales tax increase could go to anything–anything at all. And that’s why Mayor Slay loves, Loves, LOVES Amendment 7.

And it’s also why St. Louis Tea Party’s eyes and ears in Jefferson City (and our favorite St. Louis Police Sergeant) Gary Wiegert has organized a Stop 7 Sign Wave, about which more in due course.

First, Hizzanuh on Amendment 7, straight from the Mayor’s blog:

Amendment 7 is a breakthrough for urban transportation policy in Missouri. For the first time ever, the state would support major funding not just for highways and bridges but also for special transportation needs and opportunities in cities like ours.

If Slay had stopped there, we still wouldn’t know how he’d squander spend those $480 million. But he wasn’t finished.

A ‘Yes’ vote would make state funding available for large-scale mass transit, pedestrian, cycling, greenways, access for the disabled, and “complete streets” projects in neighborhoods throughout the City of St. Louis.

Ah, greenways. More grass for the city to maintain at $10,312 per acre (as opposed to the county’s $2191 per acre) (H/T Rex Sinquefield and Jen Bird). NextSTL obtain the whole list of stuff the city plans to build with your sales tax dollars. As far as I can tell, none of the city’s plans will get you from Wildwood to Scottrade and back any faster or safer. But if you like biking through city parks on a Saturday, well, there a $100 million in it for you.

Nothing the city plans will make roads wider, safer, or stronger. No crumbling bridges will be replaced. But Slay’s union boss buddies will get a big payout, and so will left-leaning construction millionaires.

Amendment 7 is a scam.

Mike Lee and Tom Graves Already Solved This Problem

Luckily, there’s good news on transportation. We can upgrade the interstates, improve the bridges, widen the lanes. Hell, we might even get some Kramer lanes in Missouri–if only our Congressional delegation would get behind the Transportation Empowerment Act.

I’ve blogged about the TEA (like that acronym?) before, and I like it better now. Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Tom Graves originated this bill that would allow states to keep the federal gasoline tax generated in each state. That money would be allocated by the legislature and MODOT where we need it, with no federal strings attached. And Mayor Slay would have to fight dollars against the rest of the state.

And Ronald Reagan supports TEA!

Rally on Thursday

Now that we’re clear on the downs and downs of Amendment 7, here’s your chance to fight it.

Gary Wiegert has organized a Stop 7 Sign Wave. It’s Thursday, July 17 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Olive Blvd. from Lindbergh west. Kenny Newhouse will have the signs at the intersection. DO NOT STAND IN MEDIAN. If you can get there. people do.

 
Update: A concerned taxpayer sent in this evidence of MoDOT using tax
dollars to beg for more tax dollars:

Thanks, Ed.

clipped from http://blog.sanfranciscomusicbox.com/wp

Found: The One Question John Boehner Doesn’t Want to Answer About Defunding Obamacare

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Q: If the Republicans don’t have the stomach for shutting down the government now, how will they have the stomach to take away insurance from millions of people in 2017?

Boehner, Cantor, and the House GOP leaders don’t want to use the continuing resolution to fight Obamacare. They’re afraid that doing so–even if they succeed–will cost them seats in 2014. They say the only solution is a full repeal. But that’s a dodge.

The House leaders know the Senate won’t consider a repeal bill if the House won’t go to the brink. The CR is the House’s only leverage. So Ann Wagner and John Boehner can pass all the repeal bills they want, nothing will happen.

And even if the GOP won the Senate in 2014, Obama would veto any repeal bill. And they won’t have a veto-proof majority in either house. And the Democrats would filibuster.

So Boehner’s strategy is to hope the GOP wins the House, the Senate, and the White House in 2016. But the GOP won’t have the guts to repeal Obamacare then, either.

Here’s why.

  1. The GOP majority and President won’t take their seats until January 2017.
  2. They won’t be able to craft a repeal bill until March or April at the earliest.
  3. By that time, millions of Americans will have signed up for Obamacare insurance plans.
  4. The press will echo the Democrats in howling that 20 million formerly uninsured Americans who have gotten insurance under Obamacare will be thrown out into the street if Republicans repeal the law.
  5. The Republicans will then look ahead to 2018 and 2020 and tell us, “if we repeal Obamacare now, we’ll lose the next election.”

That’s why there’s no tomorrow on this thing. Ask Ann Wagner to commit to defunding Obamacare by signing the Meadows letter. Ask Roy Blunt to sign the Mike Lee letter in the Senate. You are their courage.

Republicans who lack the courage to do the right thing now won’t get a medal for courage from The Wizard in 2017. They won’t.

Right now Republicans in the House have all the power they need to force Obama and the Democrats to the bargaining table. If they don’t use it now, we will need to find new leaders who have the stomach for the tough fight.