The Russian Obfuscation

Hillary did it; Bernie did it; the GOP did it, the Russians did it; Satan did it; Crowdstrike confirmed that the Russians did it, yet, “The DNC servers at the center of this controversy were never turned over to the FBI for forensic investigation.”  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/time_to_reassess_roles_of_guccifer_20_and_russia_in_dnc_hack_20170727

If you believe any of this Putinesque sleight of hand, eventually you will be disappointed! Not because the Russians did or didn’t do it, but because we cannot our legislators not to sell us to the highest bidder to stockpile personal wealth.

What is indisputable is that we cannot and do not trust our officials with the power and responsibilities to which we consigned them. Legislators do not make sure people have affordable housing  (that means what a person can afford to pay without being financially burdened), do not ensure health, food, humans services, public education, for the general welfare AND a decent quality of the life for all persons in this country.

Trust issuesThe mistrust of the people is duly earned by the smoke, mirrors, rhetoric, and dog-and-pony shows to keep us quiet. The status quo has overrun its course, and if our leaders do not ease our suffering, pay their fair share of taxes, and re-earn the trust lost from the horrendous acts inflicted upon us, the revolution in the United States will make the Bastille look like a birthday party!

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Sunnyside, Morningside and the Darkside

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Sunnyside, Morningside and the Darkside

by Kathy Powers
September 28, 2016

 

 

Mr. Cappleman, where’s our people now?
The students, parents, teachers?
The children on the climbing bars
The homeless in the tents?

Mr. Cappleman, where’s our voices now?
The laughter, cries and cheers?
The poor men’s cry for justice
The song of unity in home?

Mr. Cappleman, where’s our morals now?
We shred and tear for bits.
You smile and then you take our tents,
You take our choice to live.

Mr. Cappleman, where’s your dignity?
Mr. Cappleman, here’s our dignity!
Mr. Cappleman, here’s our respect!
Mr. Cappleman, where’s your respect?

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Obama Limits Solitary Confinement As Government Plans New Supermax Facility

President Barack Obama announced his administration will take action to limit the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. The actions, determined by recommendations made by a Justice Department task force in July 2015, include a ban on the use of solitary confinement against juveniles and as a response to low-level infractions. The administration

Source: Obama Limits Solitary Confinement As Government Plans New Supermax Facility

How to Address your State, Gov. Rauner Style

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  1. First, try and smile when you have a hostile audience. Do not pause often for thunderclaps that will not happen.
  2. Secondly, keep an extremely serious tone throughout the address, even though you know that you will not factually mention change; just spin the important issues that you will not resolve.
  3. Talk in a homey type of speech by droppi’ the ‘g’s on all ‘ing’ words. This will ensure easy acceptance for uneasy information. The crowd will love this homegrown approach!
  4. Mention as many priority buzzwords like “good education,” “mental health,” “community health,” “criminal restoration,” and “good jobs.”
  5. NEVER, EVER even imply any state responsibility for any of the priority initiatives.
  6. Tell the legislators to pass your bills instead of askin’ them. This is very important to stay in total control of the law writin’ process.
  7. Slam the unions in any way possible, even namin’ names like AFSCME to blame the state’s fundin’ inadequacies on them. Name names of offensive unions. Be sure and use statistics to support the idea that mighty, greedy unions break the budget. Do not mention how you will not sit down with the “AFSCME” union to negotiate a fair contract. Take a snipe at teachers’ unions without mentionin’ their names because they are not in your jurisdiction!
  8. Do not address the closin’ of the state colleges and universities, closin’s of community health centers or any of the state’s accumulated faux pas presently in play. Do not address how the state will pay back the community for services already rendered.
  9. NEVER admit blame!
  10. Only propose revenue raisin’ in terms of income taxes. Show how you think that graduated income taxes are a good idea of yours.
  11. Ignore the underwhelmin’ response by your audience. They will learn, in time.
  12. Get off the stage as quickly as possible.

Do I Own My Story? But What If It’s Also Your Story, and You Don’t Want Me To Tell It?

Source: Do I Own My Story? But What If It’s Also Your Story, and You Don’t Want Me To Tell It?

When it comes to public officials and celebrities, I name names and always ask for feedback from my readers. When it is a private story, I keep it in first person without names. When it’s about me, I say so. That’s the best that I can do right now. What do other folks think?

Censored story on Steinmetz time change

An unbiased journalistic article censored at Steinmetz ruins paper.

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(This article was censored by Principal Stephen Ngo. It did not appear in the November-December 2015 issue of the Steinmetz Star newspaper as the staff had planned.)

Survey Results

                          8 – 3:11            9 – 4:11

Freshmen                 143                   66

Sophomores            190                 183

Juniors                       133                   56

Seniors                      181                  150

Staff                             76                   16

Parents      …

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