- Your tax dollars are not making the Veterans happy or healthy, I am told.
It’s Veteran’s Day weekend in Washington, DC. On a clear day, I can see the Air Force Memorial from my neighborhood, which is right next to the Pentagon. Not being a Vet myself, I was not too quick to comment on Occupy the Dept. of Veterans’s Affairs at 801 Vermont Ave., NW. Vets have been occupying the sidewalk for over a month in front of the building, demanding and end to homelessness and broken promises to Veterans. I am proud to say I
- Barry has a great font, and a better message.
have friends among this group. I’m ashamed I have not done enough to help them endure freezing hurricanes and whatever other abuse and hunger they have endured. I’ll probably make some adjustment to that. Give a little more. raise a little awareness. But as these numbers of people in need are in the tens of thousands or more, that is not enough. Thank a Veteran this weekend, yes. Then go raise Hell with your elected officials who hold the purse-strings. The Vets would like that, I’m sure of it.
You’ve seen the racist signs, “Put a white man back in the White House.” Like all things racist, they err on even the most fundamental level. Yeah, I’ll go there with them, because ‘stupid stuff’ is all they know. The White House is not actually white, but is really brown, black, white, and every color of the nations on Earth. After the British partially burned the White House in the War of 1812, it was painted white during its reconstruction in 1817. Born and raised in Washington, DC, I’ve heard the Park Rangers say a hundred times that the White House is the same color as the Lock Keepers Houses that dot the area around the White House. As you can see in this picture, the true color of the White House is a rich palette of the color the whole human race.
Yes, there was actually a canal filled with raw sewage. The street was called Canal St. until it was filled in.
So, can we please just get past the issue of color. We need to elect the best person for a very demanding job of President. Right now, that looks to be Barack Obama without question or qualification of his race or religion for that matter. These times we live in in are too hard to keep missing the important work we have to do to change the world.—-mumbosauce..
It all started when it was reported Chic-Fil-A gave 3 million dollars to groups who actively oppose gay marriage. Then Jim Henson’s wife said she would no longer have muppet toys sold at Chic-fil-a, and that the balance of money owed to her should be donated to GLAAD. Then Chic-fil-a said they had recalled the toys anyhow, because they were physically dangerous to children. Then today, some conservative “Christian” groups, organized the idea for their members to go to Chick-fil-a and eat. Well, a lot of them did. It was a big turnout. Tomorrow, GLAAD is calling for a boycott of Chick-fil-a, with participants donating the cost of a meal, or $6.50, to GLAAD. I will never be through with this story if I do not mention that Jim Henson’s wife was room mates with my mother’s sister at the University of MD, where she met Jim Henson in a puppetry class. Here’s a picture of me and my daughter, Electra from a few weeks ago.
July 28- Hundreds of protesters came to voice their opposition to the oil industry practice of fracking, a highly destructive process that injects water and chemicals deep underground to break up the bedrock, and release the natural gas pathways. Their political aim was to get movement on two bills before Congress. S. 587 also called the “FRAC ACT” and H.R. 1084. These Bills, if enacted into law, would repeal the oil and gas industry’s exemption from the, “Safe Drinking Water Act.” It would allow the EPA to regulate fracking’s impact on our drinking water supply and force the oil and gas industry to publicly disclose the types and amounts of chemicals they use in fracking. The passage of these Bills does not look good, they are both still in committee. If you would like to track the progress of any Bills before Congress, the Government will send you e-mail alerts when you subscribe to http://www.govtrack.us They will even tell you the likelihood of your Bill becoming law based on some weighted averages.
There was speeches by politicians and celebrity environmentalists. Most poignant to me, were the average citizens whose drinking water was ruined by fracking. Two groups from Pennsylvania stood out to me. Mr. Ray Kemble of Dimock, PA, brought a sample of his tap water to the rally. I honestly thought it might be the liquid that the oil companies use for fracking, and not the water you get out your tap. he explained the EPA found over 60 different types of chemicals in his water, everything from lithium, to 4 different types of uranium. There was another gentleman from another part of PA, who also had some horrible contaminated tap water in a gallon jug. He belonged to a group that started a website: http://www.marcellusoutreachbutler.org This environmental crisis apparently gets real, when it affects you personally. Though they are no doubt loyal Americans, these two men would, no doubt, be just as happy at a Pittsburg Pirate baseball game. Let’s just eliminate this practice of fracking. Our environment can’t afford it. If we held the oil companies accountable fo the mess they were making, the practice would end over night as a liability issue to them.
Over 60 poisons in his tap water due to fraking.
Measure to Counteract Local Effects of Citizen United Ruling in Washington, DC
A coalition of grass- roots citizens groups in DC, joined together, and gathered enough signatures of registered District voters, 30,000 people, to place Initiative 17 on the ballot in November. It will limit the amount of money an individual can give to someone running for public office, $500 for a Council member, and $2,000 for someone running for mayor.
While this does not totally negate the effects of the Citizens United ruling, it sends a clear message that we need to get the money out of politics, if we ever hope to have an honest government. We have to stop the “pay to play in politics”, just like this t-shirt slogan says!
Supporting Initiative 70 in DC to limit political contributions in the District.
Nurses and other community activists march on the JP Morgan Bank on Capitol Hill to promote the Robin Hood Tax. Basically, it means that if we can adjust to paying taxes on baby formula, then there should be a tax on the trading of derivitives and stocks and bonds, etc. The millionaires will hardly notice the difference, and the money can be put to good use for the 99% who don’t have high flying investments.There’s two great web-sites, the nures union: http://www.nurseshealamerica.org and http://www.robinhoodtax.org You’ll find out all about it.
There was a demonstration in DC on June 19, 2012, at the JP Morgan Bank on Capitol Hill.