Is there NOTHING too dirty and lowdown for the right wing to try to pull off? They can’t win on programs or facts, so they resort to slander. This is ONE MORE reason to defeat trump and CRUSH the right wing monster finally.
As a committee-person for my ward, I join my other committee-people to listen to candidates for City offices in Philadelphia this year-Mayor, district City Council-member, Council at Large, Sheriff, City Commissioner (in charge of the voting system), Register of Wills, and Common Pleas and Municipal Judges. We ask the candidates questions about legalizing marijuana and sex work, reentry programs for ex-offenders, the Soda Tax, the ten-year tax abatement for real estate developers, gentrification, funding pre-K education, low-income housing, the $15.00-an-hour minimum wage, publicly-funded political campaigns, avoiding foreclosures on homes for sheriff sales, among others. These candidates come from various backgrounds, including immigrant and working-class histories; these are people sincerely trying to change the lives of their constituents.
I urge you to get involved in the affairs of your communities where you are, ask questions of candidates-maybe be one yourself-and for God’s sake get out and vote.
I have always supported local businesses, like bookstores, as they are rooted in the community, and their profits go back into other local businesses. On e of these in A Novel Idea On Passyunk (https://anovelideaphilly.com/), a nice local bookstore at 1726 East Passyunk in South Philadelphia. There, local authors and poets read their works, and local publishers sell their books.
On Monday, August 6-a few days after my birthday!-I will be a featured reader at A Novel Idea. I look forward to seeing you there. I’ll keep you posted about details as I get closer to the event.thanks for all your support.
I’ve gone through a great deal of psychotherapy, and some modalities for healing involve writing, which I’m great at. Here are some I have learned over the years:
Diary, Journaling-Sit down and write about what’s on your mind that time and day, at least for 15 minutes; this is great writing practice, and a form of self-psychotherapy, and a guage of how you’ve evolved over time.
Write “I am grateful for…”, and list at least ten things you are grateful for in your life, like the house you dwell in, the income you receive, your health, etc.
“To do” list, write down every thing you need to do today, and over time, and when you do the job, cross it out, you feel like you’ve accomplished something.
Serious-fun list. Take a sheet of paper, draw a line down it, and on one sdie write “serious,” and on the other side write “fun,” to remind yourself that you do serious work, but you also enjoy yourself.
Visualization-write about you ideal scenario, like a vision of your ideal vacation, what you would do with a million dollars, and put in tangible details to make it plausible. It’s a great mental exercise, but I think it would be great for writing practice. (Just a thought)
“Good I do” list; So many times I was told I didn’t do ANY damn thing right, I was no damn good for nuthin’! BUT when you write down all the good things you’ve done-like cleaning up the park, walking a friend’s dog, getting a good grade, anything positive-you write it down, to remind yourself of the good you do and can do.
“I look forward too…” ; write down a list of all the upcoming events that you look forward to, like a religious service, a party, a date, a book signing, etc.
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Plutocracy on the march! The scandal emerged of the actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman paying bribes of $500,000 to the University of Southern California to have their children admitted; additional charges were of money laundering and fraud. The federal grand jury also charged 16 other parents, including Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Massimo Gianulli. Laughlin and Giannuli have been in denial of the severity of the charges against them, and refused to go for a plea deal, thinking the judge was “bluffing.”
Laughlin and Gianulli tried to have their daughters placed into the rowing team, but one of Laughlin’s daughters Olivia Jade Gianulli, had an indifferent attitude about education, saying in a video, “I don’t know how much school I’m going to attend, but I’m going to go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope I can balance it all. But I do want the experience of game days, partying, I don’t really care about school, as you guys know.” There were reports that Oliva Jade was partying on a yacht owned by a trustee of USC when the charges came for her parents. (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/lori-loughlin-olivia-jade-money-education_n_5c8f5e9de4b0d7f6b0f5723c) The issue of college admissions favoring the wealthy over talented poor kids goes beyond USC, Huffman, Laughlin, and their daughters, it is endemic.
The march to oligarchy goes one step further with the report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) showing the several Fortune 500 companies not only paid NO taxes-after billions of profits- but attained tax refunds. These include such corporate behemoths as Amazon, IBM, General Motors, Molson Coors, and Netflix. (https://itep.org/wp-content/uploads/04119-Corporate-Tax-Avoidance-Remains-Rampant-Under-New-Tax-Law_ITEP.pdf) Meanwhile, schools, roads, libraries, and public health are falling into ruin-we the working and low-income people are paying for this, and our finances are depleting.
Georges Clemenceau once said, “War is too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.” I say capitalism is too dangerous to be left to the capitalists, who donate to candidates and lobby for bill to their liking-many times the lobbyists sit with legislators to write the bills. The idea, promulgated to death by Ronald Reagan and too many others, that if we left the capitalists to do their capitalist thing without the government-i.e., the public-interfering, the economy would flourish, and we the workers and consumers would flourish right along with them.
Case in point: In February, General Motors announced layoff of 4,000 workers in their North American plants. (https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/01/gm-readies-to-make-4000-involuntary-layoffs-next-week.html) Meanwhile, GM CEO Mary Barra was reported to be among the top 20 highest paid CEOs, with an annual compensation of $21.87 million, 281 times higher than the average GM employee. (https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2019/04/18/gm-ceo-barra-compensation-22-million/3415415002/). THIS is the game rigged against workers, folks.
It’s a common idea in American history-the cult of the Businessman, the economic wizard who builds an industry or corporation, and we need him to apply his genius to run our government in a “businesslike” fashion. We had this during the 1920s, with the talk about running Henry Ford-union-hater, anti-Semite, and friend of Adolf Hitler-for President; then came the Depression of 1929, and the corporate elite were shown to be useless in dealing with the problem, other than repressing workers’ struggle to organize, and fighting Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs-which included the Wagner Act, the basis for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the legal carte-blanche for workers to organize.
Again, the Cult of the Businessman revived, and we have Donald trump touting his business and deal-making skills for negotiating trade deals favoring American workers, saving their jobs. Now we have Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, talking about running for president, publishing his manifesto book (mandatory for presidential candidates today) and threatening to run if the Democrats run a candidate too “radical” for HIS liking, deciding all by himself what the “center” (whatever that is) is, again associating his profits with the good of the nation as a whole. (For myself, I’m boycotting Starbucks until Schultz stops his silly campaign to nowhere.)
These politics of corporate dominance and public exclusion have got to come to an end. The only way is for us to-right NOW-get politically active in our local communities. In Philadelphia, I’m engaged in local elections for Mayor, City Commissioners (in charge of the election system), City Council (district and at-large), Register of Wills, and judge-ships. Becoming active in politics at this basic level is great education for engaging in politics at the federal level, as with voters vetting the upcoming presidential candidates throughout the primaries.
Together, we can reclaim our democracy-what’s left of it-and expand on it.
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow interviewed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) only hours after she became the first 2020 candidate to call for the House to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Maddow read out loud four of Warren’s tweets explaining her decision. The Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help. Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation …
Yes, it is a serious thing to call for the impeachment of the President, not to take lighly; but these are serious times, and we’re dealing with serious issues–the protection of our democracy, the safety of the Constitution, the halting of the path to dictatorship and Fascism, the prevention of hostile foreign powers sabotaging our political system. I’m not afraid, let’s impeach the bastard!
On Friday, an editorial in The New York Times warned that other foreign governments could use special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as a road map to interfere with other US elections. The report said that President Donald Trump’s campaign did not criminally conspire with Russia, however, the editorial explained that Putin won on a different front. “It is obviously difficult for this president to acknowledge that he was aided in his election by Russia, and …
The ACLU of New Mexico on Thursday demanded an investigation into “an armed fascist militia organization” that has reportedly been illegally detaining migrants at gunpoint at the U.S.-Mexico border. “The Trump administration’s vile racism has emboldened white nationalists and fascists to flagrantly violate the law,” the group wrote in a letter to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Attorney General Hector Balderas. “This has no place in our state: we cannot allow racist and armed vigilantes to kidnap and detain …
A self-appointed gang of thugs take THEIR law into THEIR hands and terrorizes people who are already terrified by their trek and their experiences in their home countries. trump can also turn these goons on dissidents her at home. NOW is the time to stand up for freedom, Americans!
we are approaching Pesach, AKA Passover, theholiday commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt-called in Hebrew “Mitzrayim,” the narrow place, the place of limitations and few options-through the red Sea, and on to the Promised Land, the place of fulfillment.
A ;pt pf this is metaphor, like all religious teachings;”Mitzrayim” is a terrible situation you can’t tolerate any longer, such as physical bondage, a terrible job with little pay and bad conditions, a school bully, or an abusive spouse or parent. The Red Sea stands for the act of leaving the abusive situation, the borderline between oppression and liberation.
For this, I continue my tradition of Pesach resolutions, like with New Year’s; Pesach is the New Year of the Jews:
I will continue to conduct myself with self-love, self esteem, and self-respect, carrying myself with dignity, paying attention to the positive parts of my life, not judging myself too critically but correcting any errors and moving on.
I will continue to be loyal to Jewish history, religion, Kaballah, Israel,etc., and stand up for my people if attacked.
I will continue my social and political activism,standing up for all put-upon and powerless people, helping them find their power, and help right what is wrong in the community.
I will continue the art and business of writing, attending classes, readings, seminars, etc.
I will continue all forms of educations, be it classroom, libraries, lectures, etc.
I wish everyone a happy Pesach, and may you all escape you own Mitzrayim and get to your Promised land.