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Jul 13, 2010

My response to the Washington Post Article:

http://bit.ly/bw63Rp

Here comes the first of the stories that will inundate America for months unless we chose to speak out about more and more people who are loosing benefits, homes, hope, faith in this Country.

Please contact your local news paper(s), congress people, anyone you can think of. More and more people are falling off the unemployment statistics making them invisible to everyone. Except to those who want them anywhere but in their towns, want them to have no food or help from groups nongovernmental or governmental. The people who are screaming about the lowering of property values from "bums" walking around or trying to catch a little sleep.

They are called smelly and dirty. They are. They have no where to bathe or clean their clothes. They are called parasites who are sucking "us" dry because they are lazy and don't want to work. They are called disgusting because they dumpster dive for food so they don't starve.  The are called crazy and they should be locked up.  Spend a year on the streets and then talk about all of the above.

What will those very Unchristians people say when their families their friends and they themselves wind up on the streets? Will they insist they aren't like "those people"? I'm sure they will.  What will they say about getting a job when they can't keep themselves and their clothes clean? What will they say when they try to get help at all those government agencies who's budget they radically cut, who they wanted closed and they are turned away because "we just don't have the funds any more?"

All of the "jobs" that are allegedly being taken by illegal aliens aren't taken by  Americans when they fall open but that will change. Scrubbing toilets for minimum wage is better than the alternatives.

I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take anymore. When someone starts blaming illegals and lazy people who don't want to work, I will give them facts and figures. When politicians say what ther polls say they should instead of the truth I will speak out with facts and figures.


                                          WILL YOU?

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Posted: Jul 13, 2010 3:37pm
Jul 13, 2010

The citizens of Orlando have a temporary victory. Charity groups can no longer feed homeless people in parks. Seems that the people around the parks are more worried about property values than helping other human beings.

When more of those good upstanding citizens loose their jobs, and any unemployment they may get for a short time, they're going to be hoping someone give them something to eat. When their "friends" turn them away because they can't be seen with a failure, what then?

When more people are on the street than in homes due in part at least to the lack of charity and compassion in this land what then? When parents and children walk the streets because there is no place for them what then?

When mothers and fathers watch their children slowly dying from starvation in a nation that throws out more food than some countries have total what then?

It seem to me that people are being driven to a French revolutionary solution.

The right wingers want to go back to Biblical law just like the Founding Fathers wanted this country to be (except for some strange reason they didn't use biblical law in creating the Declaration or the Constitution this country) what then?

All the women who worked for this to happen from Sara Palin on down will be at home with their hair covered. Slaves to the men who conned them into fighting for a system meant to return them to the status of something men own. What then?

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Posted: Jul 13, 2010 9:49am
Jun 23, 2010

So Republicans and "Blue Dog" Democrats defeated the extenison of Jobless Benefits bill.  My most cynical and immediate response is "Of course! Poor people don't donate to campaigns and they don't have PAC's. So who cares how badly they get shafted?" Since June 1, the failure to help is affecting 903,000 people, well for now anyway.

"So what if people loose everything?  So what if they're on the streets, along with their children? So what if they can't buy food was clothes, get shelter? Get the homeless out of MY town! They aren't wanted here."

"No tent cities in our town!  Aren't there charity organizations to handle these kinds of problems?  Not my taxes!"

It sounds like the spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge has entered the hearts and mind of many Americans, yet they go to churches and think they are good people.

"Are there no prisons? "  (Yes now that people can illegally be thrown into them for debt. Of course in this "humane" day and age the whole family can't get in so apparently the rest can just starve.) 

"And the union workhouses - are they still in operation?"  (Not yet but wait. The powers that be, see wall street, big insurance, big banks and industry, will have to do something eventually or face the wrath of the people. You can't drive the people into this kind of growing despair and expect no consequences.)

And so many of these people claim this is a christian nation?  Read Matthew 5: 3-12 and tell me you can still believe it in light of what's happening in this country now.

I have the awful suspicion  that the Big Businesses that really own this country are trying to drive the wages here to the level of India, or any other third world country.

Just so they can rake in another billion for themselves.

Welcome to the world of William Gibson.  You might want to read  Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive.

May the deity of your choice save us all.

About the picture... the people tried to find work in Colorado for two years.  They pawned their wedding rings for $15.00 and made it to California with 10 cents to spare.

Original: http://www.maryellenmark.com/text/magazines/life/905W-000-042.html

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Posted: Jun 23, 2010 9:31am
Jun 4, 2010
On June 4, 1989, Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square in Beijing to crush the pro-democracy movement; hundreds - possibly thousands - of people died.

Hard to believe it's been 21 years since it happened isn't it?  For some on Care2, a life time or more.

21 years later, China still hasn't made public the official or officials who ordered the troops to attack. They do however continue to crack down on dissidents. Dissidents are frequently jailed for crimes that aren't crimes in the west and for very long stretches of time.

Stop if you would some time today and think about this, we are in a very delicate place.  As of midnight June 4 GMT our debt was $13,065,613,279,513.50. That's $13 trillion.  It boggles my mind. It is equavalent to 89% of the Gross National Product.  To get rid of the deficit completely would cost America so much money this depression would look like a snap.

If you go to this site, it will show you how much debt we owe to every other nation, but most especially China and Japan.

Realistically they own the US.  Think about it. Then start going through the budget item by item and figuring out what the heck it means and how much it really means.  Publish it here, on any blog you have, any resource to let more people know.

If we all start looking and translating into actual English, who knows, we might all agree to bite the bullet on certain items in the short run to pay down debt for the long run.

Who knows what will happen if they decide to pull the plug on those loans?

Well, at least I can dream.


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Posted: Jun 4, 2010 9:21am
Jun 3, 2010

It's been too long since I blogged about the crazyness outside my door, but life will bite you like that every once in a while.

The current list of outrages is long and ridiculous so let me get out my cynical fork and knife and we’ll dive right in.

BP is in the top ten; poor choices, poor moves and poor Tony Hayward's chances of getting "his life back" increased as speculation mounted that he could lose his job.

 

Call me cynical but if he does, "resign" I'm sure he'll be thrilled with his platinum parachute. Then he can go to another company and start all over again – just don’t let him speak in public unless it’s a prepared speech with no questions afterward.

Sara Palin (well now I feel like I'm swimming in the Gulf about 60 miles out, what a greasy bad taste in my mouth) thinks we should drill more wells, preferably in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 

While we are facing the greatest natural disaster in North American history she wants to destroy more of the world. Call me cynical but I think she really hates wild animals and she's getting a few more than 30 silver pieces from some company for her "drill baby drill" mantra.  Hmm could be.

Israel is painted as a Nazi country for their actions in attacking a ship in international waters. 

Call me cynical but if they planned the action to maximize the damage they’d do to their reputation they couldn't have done better.  If they thought this was a great idea they need a collective brain enema.  If they didn't think that and really thought the raid would go off in their favor, they better look for a traitor in their planning and public relations departments.   If they were concerned about supplies and equipment being a front for arms they definitely needed to wait, escort the ships in and then frisk them.  Then when they went to intercept flotilla, (preferably in broad daylight) they should have had every major news organization's reporter with them to document everything. They could have been heroes and offended that their waters were violated. Gee hindsight is more than 20/20 it sucks. Israel is pretty screwed no matter what they do, but when their ultra right wing conservative religious faction insists every man, woman and child in Gaza is a terrorist they aren’t helping themselves. It’s not the reality of the situation; it’s perception that shapes world opinion.

South Carolina is at it again.  Governor Mark K. Sanford (R) is a Bill Clinton in training apparently.  He said he has been with many women but didn’t cross the “ultimate line” until he met a dear, dear friend and then after 7 years of friendship it slipped into something a little more than friendly.  Now comes word from The Palmetto Sate that state Representative Nikki Haley (R) is also embroiled in a potential scandal with not one but two men.   

 

OH those crazy Republican kids, the shenanigans they get up to!  I guess being so repressed makes for horny, horny “servants of the people”.  What is it with that state?  Is it so boring that that's all they have to do? I seriously doubt it. Do they put hormones in the water?  Don't they know they’re already there?  But I do have to love the fact that they are equal opportunity sex scandal makers.  Guy's turn next, right?

 

The Catholic Church is excommunicating women.

Mercy is not strained in Shakespeare but the RC has another agenda.  The oldest of the old guard are feeling their mortality and with their ossified brains have seemingly just realized that women have developed spines and minds of their own.  Not only is there the, well the first word that sprang to mind was, abortion in Arizona and the tender mercy the RC Bishop offered when he automatically excommunicated the woman who received the abortion and Sister McBride.  Lisa Sowle Cahill, a professor of Catholic theology at Boston College, says, "The official church position would mandate that the correct solution would be to let both the mother and the child die."  Ah mercy, seems it’s reserved for men only in the RC church.  Doesn’t matter if they’re pedophiles, plain old child molesters or keep a concubine and child well hidden, paying them off for decades before getting caught.  Oh I forgot homosexual men seem to be equated to women in the RC vision of the world. Other than that it is fine do what you want – IF you’re a male.

 

Nashville brags about their lack of looting.

“Our flood is nothing like Katrina, we don’t loot here, well only a little.” Nashville and all of Middle Tennessee has a right to be proud of the response of its citizens who pitched in and helped friends, neighbors, and strangers.  They risked their lives in some cases and that is to be honored.  But they keep crowing about how few looters were found and how Katrina was horrible for looting. Katrina was horrible, but bragging about how much better you are than someone else isn’t cricket, and it demeans all the effort, toil and sacrifice that Tennessee’s citizens willingly gave.

May 29, 2010
I permanently deleted my facebook account quite some time ago.  The site stated that after 14 days the account would  permanently be gone. 

21 days later, I decided to check the truth of that statement.


Surprisingly my "suspended" account reactivated.  Suspended, not deleted.  I am deleting the account again today.  I'll let you know what happens next in 21 days.
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Posted: May 29, 2010 11:08am
May 28, 2010
From Alternet come an opinion about BP's newest move to limit their liability.  They won't let the fishermen they hired to help clean up their mess wear respiratorsB.

Why?   According to Clint Guidry, president of the Louisiana Shrimp Association:

…..If you would do your research, the same situation occurred with Exxon Valdez over twenty years ago. It is a question of liability. The minute BP declares that there is a respiratory danger on the situation is the day that they let the door open for liability suits down the line. If they could have gotten away with covering this up, like they did in Alaska Valdez situation, like Exxon, they would not have to pay a penny for any kind of health-related claims….http://bit.ly/aA8ioD

Don't you just love it?  They will let the brave men suffer and die as a result.  Surprised? Shouldn't be.  Disgusted? You bet!

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Posted: May 28, 2010 2:04pm
May 28, 2010

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There's a movement coming, rising slowly but steadily.  It is a reaction to those who's virulent hatred is spewed  all over the papers, television and radio.  As a result, repeal of DADT is so very close to passage. It isn't over due, it's a never should have been.

John McCain, in a very tight race to stay in his job, has promised to filibuster until it goes away.  Just for the record, he's a former supporter of the bill. http://bit.ly/aA8IAZ

In the meantime, the right wing wants the law completely repealed; apparently on the assumption that Americans will rise up and force it's reinstatement out of fear loathing and bigotry. For the first time in who knows how long, the right and left agree on something!  Hurray.

I read an article from April of this year, about the end of the stupidity that’s DADT will destroy military chaplaincy. http://bit.ly/da7IqH.  How sad for the chaplains who believe it and the people they will abandon as a result.

Chaplains are trained to serve all sorts of religions in the service.  Jewish Rabbis definitely aren't Christian but function and minister/priest when need.  Catholic priest are suppose to be anti-every other faith including what they consider heretics, i.e. any other church that claims to be Christian, yet they perform services for Methodist, Baptist, Buddhist etc.

Frankly I'm convinced they are afraid.  They are apparently too old to be flexible.  Curiously they are flexible for other beliefs.  It would seem that's as flexible as they can get.  But they aren't the only chaplains in service.  It seems it’s just the ones who are retired and those who disagree.

Wouldn't you love to know the number of active chaplains who oppose ending DADT?  I surely would. What about the number of Senators who are running scared of loosing their seats?

Yes, I’m agitating – again. Deal with it.

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Posted: May 28, 2010 12:04pm
May 23, 2010
I will be sending this to the President on Monday.  If you don't know about PETRA please read the information on the linked site and then DO something.  http://bit.ly/bWsdYm

Mrs. Mary Landrum


 

President Barak Obama

White House

1600 Pennsylvania AV, NW

Washington, D. C. 20500

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dear Mr. President,

I read with growing horror about the PETRA bill HUD is proposing.  It is a terrible idea, and I find it absolutely shocking that your administration should be the one urging privatization of public housing.

Based on the bill it self,  “...provide the opportunity for public housing agencies and private owners to convert from current forms of rental assistance under a variety of programs to long-term, property-based contracts that will enhance market-based discipline and enable owners to sustain operations and leverage private financing to address immediate and long-term capital needs and implement energy-efficiency improvements.”

I know little about reading long and complex legal arguments or proposed bills, but even I can see what that means to public housing.  It means hundred of thousands of people on the streets, homeless nation wide.

The people who will benefit from this proposal will be private investors who can force people out and then get paying customers in.  They’ll make a bundle. The banks will benefit from the mortgages they will supply.

I can promise you, with an income of $10,000.00 a year, I can not possibly afford a rent increase of 10% above market rates, a criminal figure by the way.  I understand that the difference will be paid by the Government, but Mr. President, why would you want the government to pay more that it has to?

Given the anti-poor bias growing in this country you must certainly believe that the proposed program will be cut back again and again forcing people like me to pay more and more of their income to the blood suckers who take over.

Will you be paying my rent then?  As a tax payer, for a while yes.  Can my family and I move in with yours when we’re homeless?  What about other families, do you think they can live in or on rich people’s property?

I have always thought of you as intelligent and compassionate.  One reason I voted for you was your work in Chicago.  Why are you making a mockery of that success?

I can’t understand why your administration above all would propose this law.  Not even Bush was that cruel for all of his distain of anyone making less then six figures a year.  Is it a secret deal for getting the finance bill or health care through?  What good is health care reform if thousands of people just here in Nashville are homeless?  Is it a secret deal for the banks now that they’ve lost the financial bill that you recently signed?

Mr. President,  help me to understand you radical shift to the right.  I didn’t vote for George Bush part three.  I voted for a man who had high principals and a desire to return America to the land of the free with liberty and justice for all.

If this bill goes through those sentiments will be a lie.  Stop this insanity now, before it’s far too late and you legacy is tarnished beyond redemption.

We’ve already gone through a great depression but even people who lost their house had a way to stay off the streets with public housing.  If this bill becomes law that will no longer be true.

I remain hopeful, sir please don’t destroy that hope.

Sincerely,

Mary

 

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Posted: May 23, 2010 3:04pm
May 18, 2010


Is there someone out there who's spreading bigotry and stupidity via the water?

The Montgomery county police chief has a vary valid point of view. I whole heartedly support it. His voice is logical and reasonable.  He's very definitely right and the situation from Davidson County backs it up. "Crime" in the Hispanic population here has gone down, because it's not reported, not because it really has. Now crimes that are discovered or are reported start with murder attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to ... well, you get the idea.

What happened in Davidson County?  The local county sheriff, Daron Hall is an early and enthusiastic supporter of the still controversial Federal 287(g) law. He was one of the first in the nation to implement it. From the sheriff's own website comes the news that "Metro Council voted to extend an agreement with the federal government that allows the Sheriff's Office to check the immigration status of people who come through the county jail. The Council voted 34-3 in favor of extending the 287(g) program."

I am intellectually stumped as to the reason these people can't see what is really happening, but the cynical, emotional side says the following.

Hispanics are so easy to point a finger at, for some reason. It’s still all right to do that you know.  White may be all right, black is ok but brown? Get out of town. 

 

Make sure to carry papers with you at all times, and then expect to go to jail anyway for presumed falsification of same.  Expect that a minor traffic violation, one that any one else would just get a ticket for, will get YOU thrown in jail on the presumption you are illegal, you are already in the system for previous crime and that you have forged papers.

See it's not really that it's illegal so much as driving, walking, or working while brown that's the problem.

I love the "Do I look illegal?" ads that are airing now.  It's a great counter to all this hysterical NIMBY crap.  It's not politic to express bigotry in public unless it's about illegal Hispanics.

These cretinous bigots should think if that’s possible without setting their brains on fire about, a few things.

Everybody pays taxes, everyone period. Under the table workers pay taxes. They're called sales tax, one of the most regressive taxes in the world.

No one, but no one walks into any public assistance program and automatically gets anything because they are Hispanic or from any other immigrant group period.

Want to know why I'd bet my last nickel on that?  I've had to apply for public assistance. The paperwork required is beyond ridiculous for just such reasons.  No papers no help.  Not the right kind of papers? No help. Not enough papers? No help.  So much information on so many forms was needed that I expected them to ask for my grandmother's birthmarks and locations too.

Illegal Hispanics are not wanted until the lawn needs mowing, you don't have to pay them nearly as much, what a bargain for you.

Illegal Hispanics are not wanted until the house needs cleaning, you don't have to pay them nearly as much, what a bargain for you.

Illegal Hispanics are not wanted until that patio/addition/outdoor kitchen etc. you wanted is actually being built; you don't have to pay them nearly as much, what a bargain for you.

Illegal Hispanics are not wanted until the kids or the grandparents need a nanny and you need the ego boost of being able to say you have one, you don't have to pay them nearly as much, what a bargain for you.

I'm sure I could go on for about 2 more printed pages but you get the point.

Why is it so hard to allow the extra small siphon of legal immigrants into this country to expand?  Fear because the US won't be run by white men?  About damn time.

When you corner someone who wants and need to feed their family they will do what they have to, to care for them. Are the bigots so weak they wouldn't do the same?

No I don't believe that all illegals should be automatically given citizenship.  Yes I think that criminals ALL criminals should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  For real crimes, serious crimes, not for running a stop sign on a slow down tap and go, not for littering not for anything that wouldn't count as jail time for a white with no previous record.

Reason, justice and sanity... fading daily from any where near you.

The Crone

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