Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Whose Fault Ferguson?

While finding fault is human nature, too many are accomplished at assigning blame, and too few are willing to discuss wherein the fault truly lies.

The chicken and egg debate is humorously argued and regardless of one’s opinion we are left with both, the chicken and the egg, both good to eat.

A similar argument exists with regards to race relations. 50 years ago 23.6% of African-Americans were born to unmarried women; that was a very high number then. Today 72% of African-Americans are born to unmarried women.

50 years ago Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “A community that allows a… Continue reading

Pi Time; Precisely

Tomorrow is Pi Day.

9:26:53AM is Pi Time.

Tomorrow–3/14/15 at 9:26:53 is precisely when everyone should have Pie.


We’ll have Pi day again next year–3.1416, but it won’t be the same, you’ll have to have a much smaller piece of pie.

So, what’s your favorite pie?

Saturday is Archimedes Pi Day

Remember when you first learned about Pi and then, in an attempt to prove and display superior intelligence, ran around the playground stirring up the underclassmen by screaming at them, “pie are square?” The act usually had the reverse affect, leaving the underclassmen with a sense of both superior intellect and momentary sympathy for the upperclassman that had lost their minds. Everyone knows that pies are round–semantics. Semantics began rearing its dreary head before we knew the meaning of the word. For example, the term ‘underclassmen’ is no longer politically correct. It takes courage to be both politically incorrect and… Continue reading

Baseball’s Song

The most interesting World Series occurred in 1918. The Cubs were playing, but that’s not what made that particular series stand out from all the others before and since. Over 100,000 Americans had already lost their lives in World War I; baseball players were needed in battle rather than in the stadiums. The series was ordered by the government to be finished before labor-day, making players available for the draft. Game one between the Cubs and Red Sox was played in Chicago, but not in Wrigley. The series had been moved to bigger Comiskey Park. Wrigley existed, but by a… Continue reading

A Time For Choosing

The following is the transcript of Ronald Reagan’s 1964 Goldwater speech; it’s timeless.

A TIME FOR CHOOSING (The Speech – October 27, 1964)

Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you and good evening. The sponsor has been identified, but unlike most television programs, the performer hasn’t been provided with a script. As a matter of fact, I have been permitted to choose my own words and discuss my own ideas regarding the choice that we face in the next few weeks.

I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another… Continue reading

Epistemology of Collective Individualism

I’m working on two books simultaneously; aren’t we all? One project is non-fiction and the other fiction. Non-fiction is new to me. While I’m passionate about the subject, a biography of the people instrumental in establishing the Stihl brand in America, I find the research and accountability to fact tedious. As for the novel, I love the freedom to develop a story free from fact.

Both books deal with the profiling of people who are significant in their ways. The fictitious people in my novel are indwelled with characteristics of real people. It wasn’t until I began working on the… Continue reading

Ferguson Trumps Immigration

President Obama promised to bridge the racial divide; Ferguson could be his finest hour in that endeavor. Who better than President Obama to make the announcement of the Grand Jury’s findings?

Michael Brown’s body has undergone three autopsies–the Brown family, state of Missouri, and the U.S. Justice department. And those results are being reviewed by the Grand Jury. Depending on the finding, the greater St. Louis area could see racial tensions rise to the level not seen since Democrat Strom Thurmond filibustered civil rights legislation.

Ferguson could be President Obama’s finest moment. With Al Sharpton at his side, he could… Continue reading

Knowing The Enemy: Jihadist Ideology

The college blog, Campus Reform, recently posted several video interviews of Harvard students. Students were asked, “What is a greater threat to world peace, ISIS or America?” Several of the students answered, “America.” The emotions I felt when seeing and hearing this were shock, heartbreak, rage, bewilderment, and sorrow. How could students bright enough to attend one of the world’s most esteemed universities believe that America is a bigger threat to world peace than ISIS? Did ISIS send aid to Haiti? Is ISIS assisting with the EBOLA crisis in Africa? How many oil wells in the middle east has ISIS… Continue reading

Al Qaeda & Isis; What’s the difference?

A frequently asked question is what’s the difference between Al Qaeda and Isis, and that question is quickly followed with why does it matter.

Most westerners don’t understand theocracy; a government in which there is no separation between church and state. Most Moslem countries are not simply countries in which the citizens are mostly Moslem, they’re countries in which the laws and culture are dictated by the Moslem religion.

Al Qaeda essentially wants the government of the respective Moslem countries to adhere to a set of religious rules that are very restrictive for Moslems and often times deadly for those… Continue reading


Fighting terrorism is much akin to the effort to eradicate Ebola, or any disease. Addressing those who are infected and stopping the spread must occur simultaneously—and both are equally important.

The metric of success isn’t the numbers that have died—it’s the number saved. The risk of doing something far outweighs the risk of doing nothing.

America’s troops have and are deployed to regions known to be centers of training for terrorist. That’s the eradication front. Pulling out before eradication is complete simply allows the disease to once again gain hosts and spread.

It’s complicated and I don’t understand all that… Continue reading

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