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Category: fixbuffalo!

04/28/14 10:02 - ID#58941

Purchase of abandoned St Mathews Cathedral!

Hi everyone! Wow, It has been a really long time since I have posted anything in my journal. However, this event is major and I'm really excited to share!

My church, TheWay Christian Community, has just recently purchased St. Mathews Cathedral at 1066 E. Ferry st. This building has been abandoned since 1998. The community has been tired of seeing this building sit there abandoned and falling apart. David Torke, of Fixbuffalo, as well as BuffaloRising and other local publications have been writing articles on this particular building for quite some time. A couple of those articles:






As you all may know, there is a major sense of restoration occurring all around the city of Buffalo. Many abandoned churches and buildings are being purchased and restored for community purposes. Many residential properties are being purchased and fixed up. The community is taking this broken city into its own hands and I am so very excited to be a part of this movement!

We are a very small group of about 30-40 people. We are taking on a massive project and need some help getting the word out!

We have some contractors that have agreed to do $50k worth of work for only $30k, to complete phase #1 of this restoration. We can accomplish this feat if we get 1500 of our friends and community members to donate $20.

We have set up a fundraiser on GOFUNDME.com. If you would be interested in getting more information or donating $20, please visit our page below. Thanks everyone!!



Happy journaling!!!

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07/09/11 11:41 - ID#54670

BUFFALO REALLY REALLY FREE MARKET TODAY 7/9

Hi everyone! There will be a Buffalo Really Really Free market today at 2pm in Bidwell Park! Bring any and all desirables that you no longer want, and GIVE them away! Take what others are offering! ALL for FREE!!! Please spread the word and let all of your friends and family know! And if you can join me in bringing some water balloons, Please DO!

Last year was a HUGE success. You don't have to bring items, you can bring skills or instruments to play! A guy brought all his tools and a pro bike rack and spent the morning fixing bikes. Some of the farmers from the farmers market threw down some fruits and veggies. THE Buffalo News came and gave us a spot on the news!

Act 4:32 The group of followers all felt the same way about everything. None of them claimed that their possessions were their own, and they shared everything they had with each other.

We, as members of a society that have MORE than enough-can create this place where no one should be in need, regardless of economic status. LOVE GIVES!

If you miss today, don't worry! It wont be the last! People over the city are springing up with their own FREE MARKETS, and the notion is spreading quickly. Join the hundreds of us lovers of FREEDOM on Facebook: BUFFALO REALLY REALLY FREE MARKET!

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Category: backwards ass societ

09/26/09 12:42 - 48ºF - ID#49854

bein cheap jerks now wil cost more later


(sorry, i tried to put in the link to the article and it didn't work, I don't think i know how as I have never done it before._)


Seriously now, I personally think that if a man or woman who spent any time serving our country they should be given great health care if they become ill, regardless of whether or not the illness related to their service. In this case, they are pretty darn sure that the illness is related to contaminates they were exposed to while they were on base, serving in a foreign country, and there was some kind of evidence that showed that authorities had full knowledge of the water being contaminated but they did nothing about it.


I heard similar things about many of the first response teams that went in after the 9/11 attacks, that many of them are suffering from lung and breathing issues due the smoke inhallation, etc, and are either being denied medical insurance for pre-existing conditions or the insurance companies finding loopholes that make it legal for them to deny treatment. Yet when the anniversary rolls around we see them being thankes, and a pretty rosy picture of how we appreciate them and blah blah.

If they were really appreciated wouldn't their most serious of needs be met? you know I would rather take my tax dollars and invest in these people who have sacrificed so much for the lives of others than put any of money into the pockets of these selfish ass big wig politicians! Or even pay for the darn stadium that puts millions of doolars into the pockets of pompous ass sports players who run people over and drive away, or beat up taxi drivers for mere pennies compared to what they make for being muscular assholes.

Every day our men and women of service not only sacrifice their lives, but they're away from their family and friends, they miss time watching their children grow up, they eat shitty food and walk the streets of strange places, all with the thoughts in the back of their minds of the chance that they may never make it home. I'm sick of saying, "well thats just the society we live in.." It's total B.S and I'm really sick of it. These people just deserve SOOOOOOO much more. I can't even imagine what it means to sacrifice that much.

To ALL of the men and women that serve this country, whether it be in the military or firefighters, cops, whatever- thanks you so much for all that you put on the line, and it is my prayer that you will be given the respect and honor you TRULY deserve! Not just these ceremonies on T.V that are just for show, I mean the real things, like health care for you and your families, Education at all levels, opportunities in the marketplace, etc! You have paid MORE than your fair share and I thank you and I bless you!
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Category: god/science

09/07/09 02:36 - ID#49715

God Vs. Science???

i found what i believe to be a really great tool for the God vs. Science argument and for all who are interested I would really like to share it.

I came across this posting from a guy in facebook in a response to a woman saying "God Bless You" to another:

Science guy wrote:
Hey, Janet. Since you are so smart, here is a little piece of news for you: There is no such thing as God. There is no point to say "God bless you." Ever. God does not exist and if there is any doubt in your mind about this fact, just ask one of the science teachers down the hall in your school. Don't try to act smart when your salutation is a direct contradiction to scientific fact.

A few months ago I was in prayer and I asked God about the science issue, and what I received was this really cool piece. The scriptures show that God was telling man about how the world worked LONG before man figured it out for himself. And what I find to be REALLY amazing is that you and I are here to witness and be the benefactors of ALL scientific action that has taken place THROUGHOUT TIME! Look around you, EVERYTHING we see has come from some kind of scientific process! Science has been a MAJOR source of passion, inspiration, excitement, and help throughout the ages! What kind of God would put us in a world we couldn't understand? How would we ever fix a problem if we couldn't figure out where we went wrong, or if there no such thing as cause and effect to trace our steps. I believe that science guy there would have been one of those people arguing that the world was flat instead of Round, or that he would have been one of those "scientists" that argues that global warming was nothing more than a hoax. Some people's minds are stuck in a box, even when the truth is staring them in the face they refuse to see it any other way. I think the problem with that is that we're moving slower than we should be, and we are devaluing the great gift that science is, and also failing to appreciate the wonderfully awesome God that gave us science. Instead of the argument being about God Vs. Science, i truly believe the emphasis should be on how to use what we have RESPONSIBLY! (ie. the number of car accidents occuring because people don't understand the dangers of text messaging while driving!)
So anyway, here goes: I've done the leg work here so enjoy! If you are not christian, I am not suggesting that you change your whole belief structure on this alone, just inviting you to expand your mind and take into consideration another way of thinking.

  • All of the following is taken from from the Bible correspondence course "Know Your Bible" from the tv show on TCT. ( while there are some thing in there I personally don't agree with, I really loved this part!)

Scientific Knowledge
Early in history, many ideas about the world and universe were thought to be true, but were no more than guesses and turned out to be wrong. Many scientific truths, hidden for centuries , have been discovered just in the last few centuries. The small scientific treasures listed below stand as evidence that the Bible is from the mind of God.


1) Astronomy
  • Before Columbus and Magellan sailed around the world, the earth was believed to be flat. Yet the Bible said it was round, (Isaiah 40:22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth../ proverbs 8:27 When He established the heavens , i was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep..) and the world was supported on nothing (Job 26:7 he stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth upon nothing..) The stars cannot be counted (jeremiah 33:22 As the host of heaven cannot be counted and the sands of the sea cannot be measured, so will i multiply the descendants of David) Stars give off sound (Job 38:7- When the morning stars sang together...) and the stars function according to heavenly laws (Job 38:33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? can you establish their rule on earth?) (Jeremiah 31:35- Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and stars for light by night) The universe is not humanly measurable (Jeremiah 31:37 Thus says the Lord, if the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth below can be explored, then I will cast off all of the descendants of Israel for all that they have done. ) --*which he certainly has not done, not even to This day!

2.) Ocenography
  • The seas were created with a common bed (genesis 1:9- And God said, let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.) there are streams or paths in the sea( Psalms 8:8-The bords of the air and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the sea.) The ocean floors are coursed by canyons (job 38:16 have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?) (2Samuel 22:16--then the channels of the sea were seen and the foundations of the earth were laid bare) the ocean contains fresh water springs( genesis 7:11 In the 60th year of Noahs life, in the 2nd month on the 17th day, on that day all the fountains of thegreat deep burst forth and the windows of heaven were opened) (Job 38:16- above)

3.) meteorology
  • the water cycle involving evaporation transportation, condensation, and gravitation is suggested (Job 36:27-28 for He draws up the drops of water, He distills His mist in rain which the skies pour down and drop upon man abundantly.) (Eccles. 1:7- all streams run to the sea but the sea is not full. To the place where the streams flow there they will flow again.) Electricity causes rain (Job 38:25-26- Who has a cleft channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thuinderbolt, to bring rain on a land...) Air has weight (Job 28:25 when He gave to the wind its weight and meted out the waters by measure.) Air rushes in circuits (The wind blows to the south, and goes round to the north, round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.

4) Physics
  • neither matter nor energy is presently being created (genesis 2:1- thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all of the host of them.) Instead the Universe is running down or wearing out (Isaiah 51:6 Life up your eyes to the heavens and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish like smoke and the earth will wear out like a garment...) (Psalms 102:26 The y will persish but thou dost endure, they will all wear out like a garment....) Light takes time to travel to space and thus exists in a pathway (Job 38:19 Where is the way to the dwelling of light and where is the place of darkness?) (Job 38:24 What is the way to the place where light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth...)

5) Biology
  • Life does not arise spontaneously ( Acts 17:24-25 the God who made the world and everything in it , being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by men, nor is he served by Human hands, as thought he needed anything, since He Himself gives gives to all men life and breath and everything.) Living things reproduce according to the laws of heredity ( Gen 1:11- And god said let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yeilding seed and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind...) (gen 1:12 the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yeilding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, ...) (gen 1:21- So god created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.) (gen 1: 24- And God said let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds , cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.) There is a basic difference in cell structure of the major classes of living things (1 Corinth. 15:39- For not all flesh is alike, but there is one kind for men, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish)

6.) medicine
  • Sanitation laws infer germs (Lev 11:29-36 ** describes animals that are major disease carriers and explains they are unclean to humans.) (Duet 23:12-14 you shall have a place outside of the camp and you shall go out to it, you shall have a stick with your weapons , and when you sit down outside you shall dig a hole with it and turn back and cover up your excrement.) Life is in the blood (Lev 17:11 for the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it for you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement, by reason of the life.) All nations share a common physical Unity ( Acts 17:26 And he made from one every nation of men to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods, and the boundaries of their habitation.) The eighth day is ideal for circumcision (gen 17:12 - he that is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male throughout your generations....)

In Conclusion in my own words- God and Science are on the same team! God gave us science so we can understand and work with the world we live in. Everything we see is in order and serves some kind of purpose. Science has proving the Bible to be correct!!! There are some other really cool things to be found in scriptures, sayings that Jesus said would carry on into our generations ( "Like mother like daughter", the whole "red sky at night is sailors delight, red sky in morning sailors take warning- Jesus said that!) Also i believe to the answer to the lost city of Atlantis is told to us in the 26 & 27 chapters in Ezekiel (nas I was reading this all of a sudden I thought to myself, i wonder if the Bible talks about the city of Atlantis, and sure enough the next passage i read talked about the city of Tyre being lost under the sea, and though it be sought for it will never be found... can't help but wonder if it was the Holy Spirit that put that though in my head just as I was reading that passage!) God Bless!!!






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Category: justice for amanda

11/16/09 10:54 - ID#50325

And Justice For All?


  • The following is a letter I received from Amanda Wienckowskis sister as I was walking down the street at Delaware and Kenmore avenue last weekend.. My heart goes out to this family, as the young woman was murdered, and it is my sincerest prayer that truth regarding this young womans death will come to light so that this family can begin their healing process and more than likely save another young woman from facing the same fate. The most I can do right now is aid them in their pursuit to raise awareness among the community about the corruption they are facing and the fact that who ever did this to her is still out there walking around the city. The following is the plea of Amandas mother, word for word.

And Justice for All?
Thank you for your donation. Your donation will be combined with many others to seek truth and justice for for the death of Amanda Wienckowski. My daughter was outgoing, happy, beautiful, danced, was on the swim team and and on the honor roll and graduated from high school with a regents diploma. When we meet good people, our lives our lives get better, and when we meet bad people they can get worse. Amanda met a young man and began using drugs. As a mother you never stop praying for your kids but when something like this starts you do nothing but pray. She went through rehab on her own and was able to stop. Unfortunately, the dealers and drug friends don't go away and she went back to using. I was worried sick and would call and speak to her four or five times a day. At least in those brief moments I knew she was ok. I knew immediately that she was missing because of this frequent contact. She was dropped off December 7th of 2008 at an address in the city of Buffalo. When I couldn't get in touch with her I knew something had happened. i tracked down the address, went there and called the police. They came, went to the door, asked the man who answered if he had seen her and he said no. The police came back to the curb and told me he didn't know who she was and I should fill out a missing person complaint.
The tragedy is that if they had just run his name through the police computer, they would have discovered that he had gotten out of jail three months earlier and had previous convictions. the least they could have done is bring him in for questioning. Instead we were forced to do nothing. There was no sleep for that month and I never stopped praying. The police did not look for my daughter. She was another drug addict that disappeared and would probably show up at one point. I knew better. Then the next door neighbor of this man had his garbage tote stolen and that is the ONLY reason they found my daughter. They were looking for the missing garbage tote. Directly across the street from this man , within throwing distance from his front porch, was the garbage tote. The police located the missing tote on Jan. 8th, and were shocked when they opened it. There inside was my beautiful daughter Amanda dead and frozen. She had been stripped naked, her hair had been cut off, and she had been dumped in a garbage tote. The nightmare I had been having since her spiral into drug addiction had come true and she was brutally murdered at 20 years old. After the autopsy, the District Atty said that she had died of accidental overdose. That was a shock almost as bad as her death. Had she thrown herself naked into the garbage tote after stealing it and hauling it across the street?
When I received a copy of the autopsy it said that she had GHB in her blood ( she had been drugged with the date rape drug) and she had fresh defensive wounds on her forearms (she had fought for her life). I didn't know this but a forensic pathologist reviewed the autopsy reprt for me. The police, district atty, and all four medical examiners are sticking to their story of accidental overdose although they have labeled her case pending investigation. The only thing this does is prevent me from getting the file. We have spoken to the people at the church where the tote was found, and neighbors and no one has been interviewed by the police. There were cameras on the street corner poles that would have recorded her killer hauling the tote to where it was found. When we asked about looking at the footage, they were removed from the pole. We don't know whose fingerprints were on the tote or what forensic evidence there is. Certainly it isn't everyday you open a garbage tote and find a frozen dead girl stuffed in it. They say they have recent murders to investigate.
My daughter was murdered and it might not matter to them but but it matters to me and it should matter to you. the man who did this is still out there and we know his name and his record and it is not good. We have learned here in WNY of what happens when you don't put the real guilty people in jail. They rape and murder again like the Bike path rapist Altemio Sanchez did and like Dennis Donahue did. Amandas killer will do this again. Our only option now is to have her body exhumed, a second autopsy done and an independent investigation to be completed. We are ready to do this. We have found a company that has been doing this work for 21 years and states that corruption in Coroner's and Medical examiners offices in the United states is Rampant. They will be going public soon with their information. we need to get Amanda there and it will cost us $7,500 for the entire exhumation, permits, flights and autopsy. If we do not demand Justice for such an obvious murder how will you ever get justice if you must look to this same system for it?
Thank you again for yoru contribution and I pray that one of your loved ones never crosses paths with this man before we are able to put him behind bars. For more info about the company that will be doing the second autopsy go to 1800autopsy.com. I can be reached for further information at 000-0000
Donations can be made at any Bank Of America, Justice for Amanda.
Gratefully, Leslie Brill
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