Commander In Cheese

From calling himself the "Precedent" of the United States

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To not knowing the difference between the Air Force and the Coast Guard this commander in cheese (not a typo) is the mostest buffoon to ever hold the highest office in the land. So my question to Chumps loyal supporters, When is enough, enough? Or should we continue to "give him a chance to grow into the job?" Or perhaps now is not the time to address this issue, as in not the time to talk about gun controls after the worst mass shooting in American history. I recall it wasnt the right time to talk about this after the worst school shooting took place when so many innocent children were gunned down. When will reasonable minds prevail and end this charade of a presidency? When will good people of all faiths and denominations put race and ethnicity aside and begin the process of rebuilding, restoring the great american dream? In the preceding 10 months there has been more violence and division between races that since the 1960's. Who had it right, the hippies with their love is everything, or Charles Manson with his prediction of Helter Skelter. Someone, anyone please make logic of this madness. Please explain how Chump is doing a good job when so many people suffer here in the US, and abroad, because of his leadership or better yet, lack thereof.

La Señora Llora

Why is Lady Liberty Crying?

How could such a beautiful gesture, a gift from the French to the United States be so corrupted, so contaminated and full of xenophobia? This statue was a gift to the United States because the French, as did much of the world, saw the United States as a beacon of freedom, a place where dreams could be fulfilled. The statute was enscribed with a sonnet written by American poet Emma Lazarus entitled

The New Colossus

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome;
her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that
twin cities frame.

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Unless they are brown skinned, red skinned,
speak spanish or have almond shaped eyes.

Unfortunately in Trumps America the words in red have been added to what was once a
beautiful beacon of hope to immigrants wordwide...

KEEP THE DREAM ACT ALIVE

WELFARE, MY ASS

I'm tired of all these conservatives crying about how the poor just want hand-outs. That they are lazy, parasites just sucking the life out of this country. I'm a social worker by training, a true social worker. Not one that opted to become a therapist without actually having to go to medical school. Not that there is anything wrong with that, those caseworker thrapist types are very much needed as well. It's just that i'm more of a community development, community organizer type. I beleive in teaching people how to navigate the system to make where they live a better place, I beleive in self determination for the community, that they should take charge of the policy and determine for themesleves the type of comminity they want. I leave the pyschological navigation to the "therapist," I have my own psycho socio issues to contend with.

The way many people define welfare in this country is the aid provided to the poor and indigent. They make the word entitlements something bad. The fact of the matter is that that word entitlement simply means some you are entitled to. For example you work a job and a portion of your earnings are deducted for things like FICA (social security) and unemployment disability benefits. While you are healthy and working you are contributing to these funds. Its like putting money into the bank for a rainy day. The thing is that when that rainy day comes (you retire, you get hurt on the job, you lose your job) and you attempt yo make a cash withdrawal you are put there a seroies of obsticles and worse, you are made to feel as if you are requsting a hand out. REMEMBER, YOU CONTRIBUTED TO THIS so yes, you are ENTITLED to receive these BENEFITS.

Now the real definition of welfare is taking something (as in from the government) for which you are not entitled, as in, for example, using a federal jet to fly from country to country for your honey moon. Or, flying to your golf resort everyweekend on the taxpayters dime. That is welfare and no, they are not entitled to those.

Welfare is when your mega corporation which gets defined as "to big to fail" fails and brings this country to the brink of depression and the governemnt rewards you by bailing you out. The is insane yet the socalled conservatives do not see it that way. They see that as business as usual but a poor person asking for a plate of food, or assistence in finding a decent place to live, that they see as wrong.

Now that I put my mindset with regards to welfare into prespective, here is a bit of information many Americans do not even know about.

So in 1928 the stock market crashed, gee I w onder why, I wonder if corporate greed had anything to do with it. They say history repeats itself and I'd venture to say that when the housing bubble burst it was almost a repitition of the stock market crash of 1929.

Anyway, President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted many programs to help lift the spirits of the many downtrodden and people left destitute by the depression in this country. Public works that put the unemployed back to work but back to work rebuilding the infrastuctureof this country. They build roads, dams, bridge and highways. He instituted the prgram called AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) what the conservatives labled welfare and have been whining about ever since, he instituted Social Security a program to ensure that when citizens became old and could no longer work they would at least have some form of income. Enter the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission, a government branch created to ensure communication amoung and between citizens in time of crisiss.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Franklin D. Roosevelt

And now A snapshot of the history of the Federal Lifeline Program

It was in 1934 under the leadership of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that the Federal Communications Act of 1934 was enacted which created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the opjective of regulating interstate communication and establishing a nationwide communication and radio system that would be available to all Americans.

In 1985, during the Ronald Regan Presidency, the Lifeline Assistance Program was established to help provide low-income families with affordable, basic, landline telephone options. This was a program that not to many people knew about, certianly not anyone in the urban centers of America. So here's the thing, this prgram was inplemented to ensure that everyone had a means of communication so that in the event of a national crisiss people could call out for help. This program was a paid telephone service. Thats right, you read that right. At a time when most of us could not afford to excist, at a time when telephone service was still considered a luxury by many of us, the government was footing the telephone bill for many people. Now, knowing the racist stance of many in government historically and during Reagan's presidency can you guess who was getting their phones paid for? I'll give you a hint CAUCASIANS.

While Bill Clinton was President the Telecommunications Act of 1996 created the Universal Service Fund (USF). This Act states that all telecommunications carriers must contribute to the USF, which is used to provide low-income families with Lifeline Assistance. Then in 1997 the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) was created to manage the four aspects of the USF (High Cost Program, Low Income Lifeline Program, Schools and Libraries Program, and Rural Healthcare Program) and to collect contributions from telecommunications carriers for the USF. The USAC is an independent, non-profit company that is regulated by the FCC.

It was in 2005 while George W. Bush was president that wireless telephone service aka cellphones were included into the Lifeline Assistance Program.

However it was in 2012, during President Barrack Obama's tenture that the FCC adopted a reform that eliminated waste, abuse, and fraud, and saved the nation over two billion dollars during the first three years that it was in effect.

President Barrack Obama
President Barrack Obama

On March 31, 2016, while Barrack Obama was still President, the FCC adopted a comprehensive reform and modernization of the Lifeline program. Included in this Modernization Order was the proviso that broadband must be a support service in the Lifeline program. The FCC then established minimum service standards for Lifeline-supported services to ensure maximum value of these universal service dollars, and established a National Eligibility Verifier to make independent subscriber eligibility determinations.

A BEAR BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL A BEAR

 

What's the big deal?
It's not like she said something that is not true.

1. "All Mexican's are drug dealers and rapist"
Campaign speech

2. “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,”
Responding to Muslim Mother's lack of comments after Trump denigrated her son, a U.S. Military man killed in Afghanistan, for being a Muslim

3. “He’s a Mexican,” Trump told CNN of Curiel. “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings — rulings that people can’t even believe.”
Defending his attack on an American Judge whom he mistakeningly identified as Mexican based on his surname

4. When Trump was serving as the president of his family’s real estate company, the Trump Management Corporation, in 1973, the Justice Department sued the company for alleged racial discrimination against black people looking to rent apartments in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Without admitting wrongdoing, the Trump Management Corporation settled the original lawsuit two years later and promised not to discriminate against black people, Puerto Ricans or other minorities. Trump also agreed to send weekly vacancy lists for his 15,000 apartments to the New York Urban League, a civil rights group, and to allow the NYUL to present qualified applicants for vacancies in certain Trump properties.

Just three years after that, the Justice Department sued the Trump Management Corporation again for allegedly discriminating against black applicants by telling them apartments weren’t available.

5. “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor,” Kip Brown, a former employee at Trump’s Castle, told the New Yorker for a September article. “It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back.”

Trump disparaged his black casino employees as “lazy” in vividly bigoted terms, according to a 1991 book by John O’Donnell, a former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.

“And isn’t it funny. I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it,” O’Donnell recalled Trump saying. “The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

6. Three times in a row on Feb. 28, Trump sidestepped opportunities to renounce white nationalist and former KKK leader David Duke, who told his radio audience last week that voting for any candidate other than Trump is “really treason to your heritage.”

When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would condemn Duke and say he didn’t want a vote from him or any other white supremacists, Trump claimed that he didn’t know anything about white supremacists or about Duke himself. When Tapper pressed him twice more, Trump said he couldn’t condemn a group he hadn’t yet researched.

7. Long before calling Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists,” Trump was a leading proponent of “birtherism,” the racist conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is thus an illegitimate president. Trump claimed in 2011 to have sent people to Hawaii to investigate whether Obama was really born there. He insisted at the time that the researchers “cannot believe what they are finding.”

8. Like many racial instigators, Trump often answers accusations of bigotry by loudly protesting that he actually loves the group in question. But that’s just as uncomfortable to hear, because he’s still treating all the members of the group — all the individual human beings — as essentially the same and interchangeable. Language is telling, here: Virtually every time Trump mentions a minority group, he uses the definite article the, as in “the Hispanics,” “the Muslims” and “the blacks.”

In that sense, Trump’s defensive explanations are of a piece with his slander of minorities. Both rely on essentializing racial and ethnic groups, blurring them into simple, monolithic entities, instead of acknowledging that there’s as much variety among Muslims and Latinos and black people as there is among white people.

How did Trump respond to the outrage last year that followed his characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists?

“I’ll take jobs back from China, I’ll take jobs back from Japan,” Trump said during his visit to the U.S.-Mexican border in July. “The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they’re going to love Trump.”

9. In 1993, when Trump wanted to open a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that would compete with one owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Nation, a local Native American tribe, he told the House subcommittee on Native American Affairs that “they don’t look like Indians to me... They don’t look like Indians to Indians.”

10. In 1989, Trump took out full-page ads in four New York City-area newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty in New York and the expansion of police authority in response to the infamous case of a woman who was beaten and raped while jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park.

“They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes,” Trump wrote, referring to the Central Park attackers and other violent criminals. “I want to hate these murderers and I always will.”

The public outrage over the Central Park jogger rape, at a time when the city was struggling with high crime, led to the wrongful conviction of five teenagers of color known as the Central Park Five.

The men’s convictions were overturned in 2002, after they’d already spent years in prison, when DNA evidence showed they did not commit the crime. Today, their case is considered a cautionary tale about a politicized criminal justice process.

Trump, however, still thinks the men are guilty.

And the list goes on, and on.

So what were you saying about a bear by any other name still being a bear?

 

To The Victor Go The Spoils

Dateline September 14, 2017

 

 

While some say it's to early to call it a victory, the results are in and Diana Ayala seems to have won the election in this, the 8th Councilmanic District, to be the new City Council Member. But the opposition camp is not ready to make any concession speech just yet, and they may be justified in not doing so. According to the City & State website "the outcome was unclear with just a 122-vote margin for Ayala over Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez".

This race is far too close to call right now, and it is premature for anyone to declare a victory,” he said. “There are still ballots left to be counted, and we want to make sure each voter has their voice heard.

Assemblyman, Robert Rodriquez, who mounted a formidable campaign challenge is not ready to call it quits. He stands his ground and states that there are still to many ballots left to be counted for anyone to be making any victory speech.

While this local election is still uncertain, what is certain is the devastation being wreaked upon this nation, especially as it affects this mostly Latino community here in El Barrio/East Harlem and other similar communities, i.e. Washington Heights, South Bronx, etc. Donald Trumps latest attack on President Obama's legacy is relentless. With his move to undo DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) he will unsettle many families in our community. What will the new Councilman do to ameliorate this situation given that many are already facing a myriad of issues.

 

Rampant Gentrification

And speaking of issues, what about this rampant Gentrification? How did that happen and why is it not being slowed down?

In 1994 I got married and in 2000 left El Barrio. We moved to Washington, DC. then to Virginia, to Princeton, NJ, to Trenton, to York, PA and finally this year in April I got back home to El Barrio. While certain things remained the same, one thing that was blatant was the gentrification. I'm all for progress, but not at the expense of the poor and helpless. I remember when this community was inundated with drugs and ravished by crime. I remember when the community fought back to get a grip on itself. I also remember when the "gentry" did not dare to cross north of 96th street, when the media painted this community as crime infested, gang ridden and all but hopeless. Now back home after 17 years in absentia I see beautifully built or renovated buildings with rental prices way beyond what the lifelong residents of this community could ever hope to afford.

The problem with elected officials is that they make promises they know they can not keep. In my way of thinking it would be better if they were honest and said they would try their best to do XYZ or that they would do their best to ensure that XYZ was ..., instead they say things like I will... and things like when I'm your elected official you can always come to me with your issues. They can not do everything for everyone. It's humanly impossible but they continue to say those things and then when they can not deliver and the constituents get upset they wonder why.

Well to the victor go the spoils. Whatever mess the 8th Councilmanic District is in the newly elected Councilman, er Councilperson, will have to deal with it. Just like any new projects that where left in the pipeline they will get credit for.

There really is no need to fret, El Barrio has always had issues and will always have them. It's just as the community changes so to do those issues.

This summer when the threat to stop the music at La Placita in La Marqueta was tauted, the community was at an uproar. Next summer if the music at La Placita in La Marqueta is actuated there may be more community uproar, but this time it will not be to keep the music playing. It may be an uproar from those new arrivals to El Barrio -- the gentry, raising a ruckus because those strange sounds are disturbing their peace.

¿Que opinas?

The Island Nation of Puerto Rico has been abandoned

The Island Nation of Puerto Rico has been abandoned by the Federal Government and the money hungry corporate community we are sinking so deep into the quagmire of debt that soon there will no longer be a Puerto Rico.

After the tax incentives ran out, so to did the parasitic pharma companies. Three and one half million people through no fault of there own are floundering, on the verge of starvation. The political infighting between Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño, Partido Nuevo Progresista and Partido Popular Democrático has not served the best interest of the people.

I live here in the mainland United States, I do not want to voice a political opinion, what I do want to do is help bail Puerto Rico out of this abyss its in. There are more so-called Puerto Ricans living on the Mainland United States than there are on the Island, and multitudes more living elsewhere on the planet. Many love to raise a fist and yell out "Que Viva Puerto Rico" but that does not really mean anything. That does not serve anything but to make you feel good for that moment. "BORICUA" sounds awesome, makes you feel like you belong to something special right? Well it is something special, we are someone special and we are worth preserving, worth saving.

It is time to stop wearing that false Puerto Rican pride on our sleeves and to actually roll up our sleeves and do something to safeguard the motherland. We, "La Gente," "el pueblo" can do it. We can save our Island all we have to do is "chip in". Between all of us we can raise the $72,000,000,000.00 to take our Island out of debt. Once we do that, then we can worry about the form of government we need. But before we can even think about governance we have to save the Island.

The first step toward accomplishing this is for all Puerto Ricans to band together. Put our party idealogies aside. The goal should be to save Boriquen. After we accomplish that the rest will work its self out.

Among our people I know that we have the brain power to figure it all out. It's time to use that brain power, put those skills to work for the salvation of a majestic people. You say you want self determination, well here is your chance, a real chance to determine for yourself weather Puerto Rico flourishes once again, or just sinks into history like Atlantis.

If you really feel anything about Puerto Rico take a stand. The federal government, the municipal Puerto Rican Government has once more demonstrated that we can not depend on them to bail us out. The usefulness of Puerto Rico to the United States has come and gone. The only reason we were made a commonwealth was because they needed us as a strategic military installation during the Cold war, that war has been over since the 1980's. The only reason we were made citizens were so that we could be drafted to fight in the world war. Now Trump and his people even want to take that away from us.

Did into your pockets and make a contribution to the most worthy of all the causes you will ever make in your life, a contribution to save BORIQUEN. Now that is a legacy worth leaving.

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