Monday, September 11, 2023
Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Multiple indictments are pending across multiple states and the federal government.
With the Grace of God, may we soon put Trumpian era chaos behind us.
It is a good time for the United States to begin to shed our dystopian, evil doppelgänger self and like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, bloom into our full promise as described in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Traditionally, the Christian religion has seen the yellow butterfly as a symbol of resurrection, a metamorphosis of sorts, by the Grace of God.
May it be so for us, the USA. Liberty is resurrected.
Thursday, July 20, 2023
Looking for an end to the Tumpian insurrection... soon.
In the meantime, all this orange man drama reminds me of a song from my misspent youth about a cure for an upset stomach...
Coconut. Harry Nilsson. (1972)
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
I had a dream last night.
I saw my father trying to dig a fox hole under a hail of artillery fire and bullets. Scared, covered in snow, and freezing, he and his friend were digging in and firing a machine gun at the advancing Germans.
Dad was one of over one million Allied soldiers, battling the last major Nazi offensive at the Battle of the Bulge. His unit, the 80th Infantry Div., part of the Third Army, was pulled from ongoing combat positions, then rushed miles in the worst winter conditions, in open trucks and in summer uniforms, to help stop the Nazi offensive and relieve Bastogne.
Back home, a group of US Congressmen and America First Party people were demanding that FDR sue for peace with Hitler. They said the vastly superior Nazi armies could not be defeated and the U.S. must immediately get out of the war.
WWII in Europe officially ended just five months later with the surrender of Nazi Germany*.
A little while later, surviving Nazis gave-up records with the names of the US Congress people and others, paid by the Nazis to influence public opinion and pull our troops out of the war. Sadly, these elites never faced justice for their treasonous activities. They went unpunished.
Prior to Pearl Harbor another group of wealthy white men attempted to overthrow the government of the United States. Their, “Wall Street Putsch” or “The Business Plot,” failed in large part due to Major General Smedley Butler’s public outing them as the traitors they were. But because they, too, were wealthy elites, they were never brought to justice.
While I have never been a supporter of Donald Trump, I realized that he will be credited for one good thing: transforming the Fourteenth Amendment myth into reality.
His crimes were so numerous and so egregious, including his attempted overthrow of the US government, that even his societal position as a white, wealthy, privileged male, and past president, failed to keep him from facing justice.
As a result, “equal justice under law,” finally began to become a reality in the United States.
That was my dream.
Along with thousands of others, my dad’s comrade died that day.
That was not a dream. It was a nightmare.
Rachel Maddow uncovers a WWII-era plot against America in 'Ultra' | Fresh Air
Rachel Maddow's new podcast, Ultra, is about ultra-right-wing groups that sided with Hitler's Germany, and plotted to overthrow the U. S. government before World War II. It led to the largest sedition trial in American history. Ultra is also about sitting members of the U. S. Senate and House of Representatives who colluded with a German agent to spread Nazi propaganda to millions of Americans with the help of American taxpayers’ money.
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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Look hard when you drive through Anytown USA. You will see them. But you really must look hard.
Because you’ve been conditioned not to see them.
We don’t want to see them. We’ve been conditioned to believe they are human failures. Bums. Slackers. Ne’er-do-wells.
They are the undeserving, lazy scum without homes or jobs.
They are the Cellophane People. People without names or faces.
And worse, they are people without value to our society.
Our town councils and state legislatures pass laws to keep them out of our parks and tourists’ areas. Away from downtown merchants’ stores and from sleeping on our sidewalks.
They have nowhere to go. No resources. No hope.
Today, as you drive or walk past them and look away, know that you didn’t see just one of more than one-half million* Cellophane People trying to find a place to sleep tonight.
Not our job?
We are all just a job loss away during the next politically driven, heartless, economic shutdown. Or, the next time the banks too big to fail, fail. Or, the MAGAt people succeed and eliminate our pitiful safety net.
Please consider asking your city council person to create a local, humane program to help your local cellophane people find a path back to their identity as human beings, a living minimum wage, and a safe place to sleep tonight.
"The research from UCSF’s Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, based on a representative survey of nearly 3,200 unhoused people, contradicts several persistent myths about the population, including that most unhoused people come from out of state to take advantage of services, as well as stereotypes that homeless people are mostly young adults who prefer to live outside and don’t want help."
“People are homeless because their rent is too high. And their options are too few. And they have no cushion,” Dr Margot Kushel, initiative director and lead investigator, told the Associated Press. “And it really makes you wonder how different things would look if we could solve that underlying problem.”
"The researchers recommended that the state (California) increase access to housing that is affordable to extremely low-income people, including by expanding rental subsidies; expand homelessness prevention through financial support and legal assistance, including for people leaving jails, prisons and drug treatment; expand eviction protections; increase access to treatment; and increase outreach and services for people living on the streets."
America’s Hidden Homeless: Invisible People on the Streets | Poverty in USA Documentary
Friday, April 7, 2023
More than the usual misinformation, misdirection, and propaganda, presented as “NEWS” to viewers, FOX News Network has sunk to a new low for U.S. media organizations by paying its on-air personalities to purposely lie to boost their ratings and increase corporate revenue.
This, along with two additional, even more heinous reveals, were ferreted out by Dominion Voting Systems Corp. lawyers in the recent pre-trial hearing for summary judgment in Dominion’s $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox News.
You may recall that FOX ceaselessly, 24/7, declared false information to viewers about Dominion election software which Mr. Trump and supporters used to substantiate their claim that the 2020 election was, “stolen”. The “stolen election” lie was then used by Trump to instigate the 6 Jan 2021 MAGA insurrection against the United States.
In his ruling Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis found:
“The evidence developed in this civil proceeding demonstrates that is CRYSTAL clear than none of the Statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true. Therefore, the Court will grant summary judgment in favor of Dominion on the element of falsity,” the ruling read.
While that reveal may not be “real” news to most non-FOX viewers, what also came to light is news. The discovery process uncovered (reveal 2) that FOX personalities Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity spread the stolen election lie and other conspiracy theories even though they themselves knew they were lies.
“Internal text messages and emails from top hosts at Fox showed them throwing cold water on Trump’s false claims of electoral fraud but worrying how fact checking those claims might hurt their standing with their audience.”
“In one email surfaced as part of the lawsuit Rupert Murdoch, owner and co-chairman of Fox Corp., worried to Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott that top hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham “went too far” in endorsing former President Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election, fillings from Dominion showed.”
Most importantly (reveal 3) Judge Davis found:
“Dominion has offered proof demonstrating that the allegations were substantially false,” Davis wrote. “Comparing the allegations at issue to the truth, the truth would have likely had a different outcome on the average viewer, as the statements at issue were dramatically different than the truth.”
It's now clear, had FOX presented Election Truth to their audience instead of the Big Lie, it is likely Mr. Trump’s riot/insurrection would have been dead from the get-go.
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Judge sends Dominion’s $1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox News to trial
Dominick Mastrangelo and Zach Schonfeld, The Hill, 31 Mar 2023