Four Practical and Four Moral Reasons to Make Your City a Sanctuary City

This Blog mentions a great list of reasonings for having Sanctuary cities…I am presenting this with others in testimony to the City Poughkeepsie, NY, my birthplace, this May 1.

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There’s an entire underclass of people living among us.

These are people like you or me who have no choice but to do the most menial jobs for meager pay under the table. And when reality-TV-stars-turned-politicians like Donald Trump come around offering to solve all our problems with magic, you know who they blame for everything? THEM!

They’re illegal immigrants. They had the gumption to flee countries with worse economies than ours for the privilege of being our construction workers, housekeepers, gardeners and janitors. They are the fruit and vegetable pickers and the restaurant workers putting food on our tables.

They don’t collect social security, they don’t have health benefits or retirement plans and employers can pay them less than minimum wage. Heck! We can do almost whatever we want to them because who are they going to complain to – the police? If they do anything to get…

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AH ha,,, we got Dem dirty bastards and their Chemware… WE just love to (BOMB BOMB BOMB !!!!), who cares about the FACTS

The Spoils of War………

IN EVERY TYPE of government, nothing unites people behind the leader more quickly, reflexively or reliably than war. Donald Trump now sees how true that is, as the same establishment leaders in U.S. politics and media who have spent months denouncing him as a mentally unstable and inept authoritarian and unprecedented threat to democracy are standing and applauding him as he launches bombs at Syrian government targets.

Trump, on Thursday night, ordered an attack that the Pentagon said included the launching of 59 Tomahawk missiles which “targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems, and radars.” The governor of Homs, the Syrian province where the attack occurred, said early this morning that the bombs killed seven civilians and wounded nine.

The Pentagon’s statement said the attack was “in retaliation for the regime of Bashar Assad using nerve agents to attack his own people.” Both Syria and Russia vehemently deny that the Syrian military used chemical weapons.

When asked about this yesterday by the Globe and Mail’s Joanna Slater, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged an investigation to determine what actually happened before any action was contemplated, citing what he called “continuing questions about who is responsible”:

But U.S. war fever waits for nothing. Once the tidal wave of American war frenzy is unleashed, questioning the casus belli is impermissible. Wanting conclusive evidence before bombing commences is vilified as sympathy with and support for the foreign villain (the same way that asking for evidence of claims against Russia instantly converts one into a “Kremlin agent” or “stooge”).

That the Syrian government deliberately used chemical weapons to bomb civilians became absolute truth in U.S. discourse within less than 24 hours – even though Trudeau urged an investigation, even though it was denied in multiple capitals around the world, and even though Susan Rice just two months ago boasted to NPR: “We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile.”

Whatever happened with this event, the Syrian government has killed hundreds of thousands of people over the past five years in what began as a citizen uprising in the spirit of the Arab Spring, and then morphed into a complex proxy war involving foreign fighters, multiple regional powers, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Russia.

The CIA has spent more than a billion dollars a year to arm anti-Assad rebels for years, and the U.S. began bombing Syria in 2014 – the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by Obama – and never stopped. Trump had already escalated that bombing campaign, culminating in a strike last month that Syrians say destroyed a mosque and killed dozens. What makes this latest attack new is that rather than allegedly targeting terrorist sites of ISIS and Al Qaeda, it targets the Syrian government – something Obama threatened to do in 2013 but never did.

Leading Congressional Democrats – including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – quickly praised Trump’s bombing while raising concerns about process. Hours before the bombing commenced, as it was known Trump was planning it, Hillary Clinton – who has been critical of Obama for years for not attacking Assad – appeared at an event and offered her categorical support for what Trump was planning:

WATCH: Hillary Clinton said U.S. should attack Assad’s airfields hours before missile strike. More: http://nbcnews.to/2o34p6W 

The Trump White House is preliminarily indicating that this was a limited strike, designed to punish Assad for his use of chemical weapons, rather than a new war to remove him. But such aggression, once unleashed, is often difficult to contain. The Russian and Iranian governments, both supportive of Assad, have bitterly denounced Trump for the attack, with a Putin spokesman calling it a “significant blow” for U.S.-Russian relations. Russia already announced retaliation in the form of suspending cooperation agreements.

Even if it is contained, there are endless implications from Trump’s initiation of military force against the Syrian Government. For now, here are ten critical points highlighted by all of this:

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The World of 1984 looms upon us

George Orwell’s  1984, is now rising on library bookshelves… Google searches are increasing…some people seem to be concerned. Sinclair Lewis’s 1930’s warning of a ‘Leader’ such as Trump in ‘It Can’t happen here”…is now being quoted, posted all over now….is someone trying to tell us something? while the new ‘Tweet’ President runs the nation by Tweets and Presidential ‘decrees’…(executive orders, legal but when is Enough?)..

“Lock her up,” “Trump that bitch,” “Build a wall,” overheard at a Trump Rally.

“A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic,” George Orwell on mass hate. – “

“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” Donald Trump on America.

“There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party,” George Orwell on loyalty.”

 

 

Quotes ; see below.

Six quotes that show 2017 is already George Orwell’s 1984

George Orwell’s 1984 is most popular selling book on Amazon but there was already dystopia in 2017.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/six-quotes-that-show-2017-already-george-orwells-1984-1603118?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=rss&utm_content=/rss/yahoous&yptr=yahoo”–

DON’T CALL ME.. at the White House.

I posted this in somewhat different format on Facebook, but an announcement from the White House today, that they are shutting down, the Phone comments and you can only do it online… well…

TODAY, TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017

“DONT’ CALL ME …..”

I read, and suggest to everyone, the books of George Orwell, (Animal Farm, for lower reading levels)…Aldous Huxley, his ‘Brave New world’. but more specific to our situation..’IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE’. by Sinclair Lewis,
Note, BREAKING NEWS. !!!….So now Americans cannot comment to the WH via phone? “
Headlines ! Trump shuts down the public from calling the White House to protest or commentKenneth Lipp | January 24, 2017
“In response to overwhelming criticism, we’ll be removing our suggestions box.”
The Trump administration has cut the public off from contacting the White House via the main switchboard and comments line, reports ThinkProgress.
Now callers are all played a recorded message:
“Thank you for calling the White House comments line. The comment line is currently closed but your comment is important to the President and we urge you to send us a comment online at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/contact or send us a message through Facebook messenger.”
A little preview from IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE.. “Once in the White House, Windrip institutes a backcountry version of the fascism then creeping over Europe. Lewis was never much of an artist, but what he lacked in style he made up for with social observation. Windrip is clearly modelled after Huey Long, the Louisiana demagogue, who was assassinated the month before “It Can’t Happen Here” was published.” And though a novel it may be, the gripes about Roosevelt and the New Deal here have the quality not of fiction but of reportage.”…any of this sound familiar in the seemingly ‘small little steps’ that the Dumpf Administration seems to be taking? I don’t wish to be a boy crying wolf and the comparison with early Nazis in Germany, but, in reading Lewis’ book, it might put you in a ‘anxious’ state, or worse… should we make these comparisons? Well, if the ‘shoe fits’ as they say.. Peace, if we can get it!!

My Favorite speech and words of MLK

The speech, I believe finally got him assassinated.. (we can’t have a black man speaking out against our wars!)…”Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. against the “triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism.”

Please listen on Youtube  on the link below..

Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”

Convicted Murderer Dylann Roof’s Sentencing Hearing

Roof’s competency took focus in his opening statement today when he told the jury;“The point is I’m not going to lie to you,” Roof said. “There’s nothing wrong with me psychologically.”Roof also made a statement that he felt betrayed.  Coupled with things that he wrote in his journal, it paints the idea that Roof’s desire to murder Blacks was influenced by other White Supremacists who he assumed would do the same.

Well, in the age when our newly elected President to be,, communicates NOT with the press, which dutifully would be there for him to speak to them but with the same garbled, meaningless commentary or slurs that he had done for the last year of so, on the road to this national disgrace, but uses the social media (140 character limited) ‘Twitter’ to communicate, if you call it thatk… what can one say, when a young racist white man says, “There’s nothing wrong with me psychologically’.. I am sure there is a psychologist or two to disagree..but I think that whole idea of ‘white supremacy’ is an ILLNESS….which leads to, well, our entire history of violence, nation ‘building’, ? but, mostly, nation destroying, genocide, slavery,and government sanctioned murder.. read on… laugh, but cry..

Source: Convicted Murderer Dylann Roof’s Sentencing Hearing

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