Monday, June 05, 2017

Sarah Kendzior on Trumps Basement Bargain Sale of America

My speech at the March for Truth in St Louis

Today I spoke at the March for Truth at St Louis. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Arch and heard me speak and a special thank you to the organizers! Below is a loose transcript of my talk:
It’s great to be talking to you all in St. Louis. Since the election, I’ve been flying around the world giving talks in other countries, but this is my home, this is my favorite place to be, so thank you for turning out.
I’m a journalist who covers US politics, but I also got my PhD at Wash U studying former Soviet authoritarian states. I studied countries like Uzbekistan, a country ruled by an egomaniac dictator who abused executive privilege to enhance his personal wealth, who persecuted anyone who opposed him, who deemed the media his enemy, and who had this fashion designer daughter who kept getting involved in state affairs despite her total lack of qualifications and total lack of interest in the well-being of her countrymen…
Yeah, it sounds familiar to me too. And when my knowledge of an authoritarian state like Uzbekistan becomes relevant to understanding the USA, you know we’ve got serious problems.
But that’s why I’m so glad to be talking to you today in St Louis. I actually think, as residents of St Louis, or other parts of Missouri, or Metro East, or wherever you came in from, that we may be better equipped than most to handle the threat to our rights that is Donald Trump’s administration.
And that, my friends, is because out here we know corruption. We are surrounded by corruption, we see it every day. We know corruption, we know injustice, we know pain, we know betrayal, and we know what it’s like to have to fight back.  We know to never take our rights for granted.
For years, I have been watching St Louis stand up and fight back – for civil rights, for voting rights, for a living wage, for all that we as citizens deserve yet are frequently denied. I watched you fight for justice in Ferguson, despite brutality and threats. I watched you fight against bigotry at the Peabody Opera House last year, when Donald Trump came in and pretended to speak for us, pretended to care about a region of the US he and his elite group of backers have always held in contempt. I watched him cower at our protesters, because Trump talks tough, but he can’t handle dissent – and he sure as hell can’t handle dissent St. Louis-style.
I have watched you fight back because you know standing up for your countrymen, your fellow citizens, is always the right thing to do. And here, today in St Louis, we are standing up not only for ourselves, but for all Americans, and for America itself — for the America we deserve, which is not the America we have. We are demanding justice, and in order to get justice, we need to know the truth.
Despite what politicians and pundits tell you, truth always matters. They say that truth is irrelevant now, that we live in a “post-truth world” of so-called “alternative facts”.
But here’s my question: if truth doesn’t matter, why is this administration trying so hard to suppress it?
If there is nothing to investigate, why does Trump keep firing the investigators?
You know the answer to that. Trump is a con man. He is a shakedown artist, a grifter, a hustler who is too weak to hustle on his own so he relies on a team of wealthy backers to thread legal loopholes and shield himself from prosecution. That is how Donald Trump has operated his whole life. You know his type in St Louis, because we see guys like Trump all the time. He is the slumlord letting your building rot, he is the paid-off politician disregarding the people he’s supposed to represent, he is the Stan Kroenke of politics, the kind of swindler who takes the money and runs – no loyalty, no honesty, no interest in the people beyond making a profit.
And now we’ve got this anti-American con artist as our president. We have a kleptocrat who is stripping America down for parts and abusing executive power to enhance his personal wealth. If you knew anything about Trump from the last forty years, none of this should surprise you.
It’s true that we have had major scandals in the White House before. We had Watergate under Nixon, we had George W Bush’s false pretext for the Iraq War.
But what Trump is doing is very different, and it is much worse.
For until now, the fundamental question about our president has never been: “To which country do his greatest loyalties lie?” Until Trump, sovereignty was something Americans could take for granted. This is no longer true in the United States.
And it appears, from all evidence, that Trump’s greatest loyalties lie not to the country he has been elected to serve, but to Russia.
I have been covering the Russian interference scandal since last year, when many dismissed it as fantastical, despite the mass of evidence that was already in the public domain. If I were to list all the evidence showing that Trump and his team have colluded with the Kremlin – and worse, that the executive branch may have been infiltrated – we would be here all week. I could talk about campaign manager turned foreign agent Paul Manafort who worked in the service of Russian oligarchs; about the illegal backchannel Jared Kushner tried to establish with Kremlin officials; about the many members of the Trump administration who lied about meeting Kremlin officials; about former national security advisor Michael Flynn who is a confirmed foreign agent not only for Russia but for Turkey. And there are dozens more implicated from there.
I could talk about how Trump himself: how has been obsessed with working with Russia for over thirty years, how he has never deviated from his praise of Putin, how he has numerous ties with Russian oligarchs and mobsters, how his businesses have been propped up with Russian money for decades.
Trump and Russian officials collude brazenly, and then they lie brazenly, and that audacity, paradoxically, is why I think a lot of Americans had trouble accepting that this is really happening.
But I have studied authoritarian regimes my whole life, and this is how they operate. Lies are a signal of power, and they want that lie big, because the purpose of a brazen lie is to say “We know that you know what we did, and we do not care, because there is nothing you can do about it.”
But there are things we can do about it. And we, as citizens, need to be the ones doing it, because some of our elected officials – I’m looking at you, Roy Blunt – are not doing their jobs. They are not serving the public. We need to apply pressure on our representatives, we need to make our concerns known, and we need to fight for our freedom and our sovereignty, or we may lose them even more than we already have.
We need a non-partisan, independent commission to investigate Russian interference not only in the 2016 election, but right now. Because if you think this ended in November, you’re kidding yourself. Just ask the Russian officials who Trump gave classified information to in the White House two weeks ago.
We need an objective, transparent and thorough look at what Trump and the Kremlin have done. Russian interference is not a partisan issue. National security is never a partisan issue. This is about the freedom and sovereignty of Americans. This is about all citizens, no matter their party affiliation or if they have a party affiliation at all, getting the answers they deserve.
It has been nearly a year since Democrat Harry Reid begged James Comey to release information about Russian interference because he feared it would, and I quote “falsify the election results”. It’s been seven months since Republicans John McCain and Lindsay Graham similarly demanded that information about Trump’s relationship with Russia be made public.
This is information you deserve to know.
But we cannot stop with merely demanding an honest investigation. We also need an unbiased and trustworthy justice system. The justice system in the US has always been flawed – I don’t need to convince people in St Louis of that. We’ve seen injustice at a local level, and now we see it at its absolute worst at a national level, particularly in individuals like Jeff Sessions – a long-time opponent of civil rights who also met with Russian officials and then lied about it, committing perjury in the process.
Jeff Sessions cannot be trusted to bring this administration to justice, because Jeff Sessions cannot be trusted, period.
And he is hardly alone in abusing his power to stop justice from being served. So we need not only investigators that we can trust to do their jobs honorably, but a justice system that can be trusted to act on the findings of the investigation, and if crimes are confirmed, to hold criminals accountable.
The administration likes to portray citizens, especially out here in the Midwest where we live, as passive, as compliant, as uninterested in justice and law. What they are really hoping for is that we will be complacent, that we not defend the honor of our country or the sanctity of our laws, that we’ll just stand by silently and let them get away with it.
But we are St. Louis! We have witnessed injustice so many times, and we do not always win, but Lord knows we let everyone know when justice has not been served. We correct the lies. We come for the liars, and the grifters, and the traitors. We come hard, and we will not quit.
Never let anyone tell you that you do not deserve the truth or that truth itself has no value. When they say that, what they’re really saying is that you, as a citizen, have no value, that you have no voice.
You deserve so much better than this.
You have value, and you have a voice, so use it.
Demand truth. Demand transparency. Demand accountability. Demand justice. Demand the government we deserve!"

My speech at the March for Truth in St Louis

Today I spoke at the March for Truth at St Louis. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Arch and heard me speak and a special thank you to the organizers! Below is a loose transcript of my talk:
It’s great to be talking to you all in St. Louis. Since the election, I’ve been flying around the world giving talks in other countries, but this is my home, this is my favorite place to be, so thank you for turning out.
I’m a journalist who covers US politics, but I also got my PhD at Wash U studying former Soviet authoritarian states. I studied countries like Uzbekistan, a country ruled by an egomaniac dictator who abused executive privilege to enhance his personal wealth, who persecuted anyone who opposed him, who deemed the media his enemy, and who had this fashion designer daughter who kept getting involved in state affairs despite her total lack of qualifications and total lack of interest in the well-being of her countrymen…
Yeah, it sounds familiar to me too. And when my knowledge of an authoritarian state like Uzbekistan becomes relevant to understanding the USA, you know we’ve got serious problems.
But that’s why I’m so glad to be talking to you today in St Louis. I actually think, as residents of St Louis, or other parts of Missouri, or Metro East, or wherever you came in from, that we may be better equipped than most to handle the threat to our rights that is Donald Trump’s administration.
And that, my friends, is because out here we know corruption. We are surrounded by corruption, we see it every day. We know corruption, we know injustice, we know pain, we know betrayal, and we know what it’s like to have to fight back.  We know to never take our rights for granted.
For years, I have been watching St Louis stand up and fight back – for civil rights, for voting rights, for a living wage, for all that we as citizens deserve yet are frequently denied. I watched you fight for justice in Ferguson, despite brutality and threats. I watched you fight against bigotry at the Peabody Opera House last year, when Donald Trump came in and pretended to speak for us, pretended to care about a region of the US he and his elite group of backers have always held in contempt. I watched him cower at our protesters, because Trump talks tough, but he can’t handle dissent – and he sure as hell can’t handle dissent St. Louis-style.
I have watched you fight back because you know standing up for your countrymen, your fellow citizens, is always the right thing to do. And here, today in St Louis, we are standing up not only for ourselves, but for all Americans, and for America itself — for the America we deserve, which is not the America we have. We are demanding justice, and in order to get justice, we need to know the truth.
Despite what politicians and pundits tell you, truth always matters. They say that truth is irrelevant now, that we live in a “post-truth world” of so-called “alternative facts”.
But here’s my question: if truth doesn’t matter, why is this administration trying so hard to suppress it?
If there is nothing to investigate, why does Trump keep firing the investigators?
You know the answer to that. Trump is a con man. He is a shakedown artist, a grifter, a hustler who is too weak to hustle on his own so he relies on a team of wealthy backers to thread legal loopholes and shield himself from prosecution. That is how Donald Trump has operated his whole life. You know his type in St Louis, because we see guys like Trump all the time. He is the slumlord letting your building rot, he is the paid-off politician disregarding the people he’s supposed to represent, he is the Stan Kroenke of politics, the kind of swindler who takes the money and runs – no loyalty, no honesty, no interest in the people beyond making a profit.
And now we’ve got this anti-American con artist as our president. We have a kleptocrat who is stripping America down for parts and abusing executive power to enhance his personal wealth. If you knew anything about Trump from the last forty years, none of this should surprise you.
It’s true that we have had major scandals in the White House before. We had Watergate under Nixon, we had George W Bush’s false pretext for the Iraq War.
But what Trump is doing is very different, and it is much worse.
For until now, the fundamental question about our president has never been: “To which country do his greatest loyalties lie?” Until Trump, sovereignty was something Americans could take for granted. This is no longer true in the United States.
And it appears, from all evidence, that Trump’s greatest loyalties lie not to the country he has been elected to serve, but to Russia.
I have been covering the Russian interference scandal since last year, when many dismissed it as fantastical, despite the mass of evidence that was already in the public domain. If I were to list all the evidence showing that Trump and his team have colluded with the Kremlin – and worse, that the executive branch may have been infiltrated – we would be here all week. I could talk about campaign manager turned foreign agent Paul Manafort who worked in the service of Russian oligarchs; about the illegal backchannel Jared Kushner tried to establish with Kremlin officials; about the many members of the Trump administration who lied about meeting Kremlin officials; about former national security advisor Michael Flynn who is a confirmed foreign agent not only for Russia but for Turkey. And there are dozens more implicated from there.
I could talk about how Trump himself: how has been obsessed with working with Russia for over thirty years, how he has never deviated from his praise of Putin, how he has numerous ties with Russian oligarchs and mobsters, how his businesses have been propped up with Russian money for decades.
Trump and Russian officials collude brazenly, and then they lie brazenly, and that audacity, paradoxically, is why I think a lot of Americans had trouble accepting that this is really happening.
But I have studied authoritarian regimes my whole life, and this is how they operate. Lies are a signal of power, and they want that lie big, because the purpose of a brazen lie is to say “We know that you know what we did, and we do not care, because there is nothing you can do about it.”
But there are things we can do about it. And we, as citizens, need to be the ones doing it, because some of our elected officials – I’m looking at you, Roy Blunt – are not doing their jobs. They are not serving the public. We need to apply pressure on our representatives, we need to make our concerns known, and we need to fight for our freedom and our sovereignty, or we may lose them even more than we already have.
We need a non-partisan, independent commission to investigate Russian interference not only in the 2016 election, but right now. Because if you think this ended in November, you’re kidding yourself. Just ask the Russian officials who Trump gave classified information to in the White House two weeks ago.
We need an objective, transparent and thorough look at what Trump and the Kremlin have done. Russian interference is not a partisan issue. National security is never a partisan issue. This is about the freedom and sovereignty of Americans. This is about all citizens, no matter their party affiliation or if they have a party affiliation at all, getting the answers they deserve.
It has been nearly a year since Democrat Harry Reid begged James Comey to release information about Russian interference because he feared it would, and I quote “falsify the election results”. It’s been seven months since Republicans John McCain and Lindsay Graham similarly demanded that information about Trump’s relationship with Russia be made public.
This is information you deserve to know.
But we cannot stop with merely demanding an honest investigation. We also need an unbiased and trustworthy justice system. The justice system in the US has always been flawed – I don’t need to convince people in St Louis of that. We’ve seen injustice at a local level, and now we see it at its absolute worst at a national level, particularly in individuals like Jeff Sessions – a long-time opponent of civil rights who also met with Russian officials and then lied about it, committing perjury in the process.
Jeff Sessions cannot be trusted to bring this administration to justice, because Jeff Sessions cannot be trusted, period.
And he is hardly alone in abusing his power to stop justice from being served. So we need not only investigators that we can trust to do their jobs honorably, but a justice system that can be trusted to act on the findings of the investigation, and if crimes are confirmed, to hold criminals accountable.
The administration likes to portray citizens, especially out here in the Midwest where we live, as passive, as compliant, as uninterested in justice and law. What they are really hoping for is that we will be complacent, that we not defend the honor of our country or the sanctity of our laws, that we’ll just stand by silently and let them get away with it.
But we are St. Louis! We have witnessed injustice so many times, and we do not always win, but Lord knows we let everyone know when justice has not been served. We correct the lies. We come for the liars, and the grifters, and the traitors. We come hard, and we will not quit.
Never let anyone tell you that you do not deserve the truth or that truth itself has no value. When they say that, what they’re really saying is that you, as a citizen, have no value, that you have no voice.
You deserve so much better than this.
You have value, and you have a voice, so use it.
Demand truth. Demand transparency. Demand accountability. Demand justice. Demand the government we deserve!

https://sarahkendzior.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Alternative Facts and Climate Change

There's a gem of information in here on how fake news/alternate facts work in the public mind. VERY insightful: "In a statement, the researchers from universities of Yale, George Mason, and Cambridge in the United Kingdom, said: “A new study compared reactions to a well-known climate change fact with those to a popular misinformation campaign. When presented consecutively, the false material completely cancelled out the accurate statement in people’s minds — opinions ended up back where they started. Researchers then added a small dose of misinformation to delivery of the climate change fact, by briefly introducing people to distortion tactics used by certain groups. This ‘inoculation’ helped shift and hold opinions closer to the truth — despite the follow-up exposure to ‘fake news’.”

thank you Nick Kulibaba

Class, Compassion, Dignity - Gone From the White House :(


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Steve Bannon - The American Nazi - Is the Defacto President of the USA

I think I warned ...early on..that the man we didn't elect, the man who is the intellect, the mind, the mover, the strategist, the man who is REALLY the president today is STEVE BANNON..google him..and weep!! The Alt-Right, The American Nazi Party, now is president of the USA....

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

9 Martin Luther King Quotes


1. “Why is equality so assiduously avoided? Why does white America delude itself, and how does it rationalize the evil it retains?
The majority of white Americans consider themselves sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class Utopia embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity.”
—  Where Do We Go From Here1967
2. “I contend that the cry of "Black Power" is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we've got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the economic plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years."
— Interview with Mike Wallace, 1966
3. "But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?...It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity."
—  “The Other America,” 1968
4. “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
—  “Revolution of Values,” 1967
5. “Again we have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that Capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor – both black and white, both here and abroad.”
—  “The Three Evils of Society,” 1967
6. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
—“Beyond Vietnam,” 1967
“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. The reality of substantial investment to assist Negroes into the twentieth century, adjusting to Negro neighbors and genuine school integration, is still a nightmare for all too many white Americans…These are the deepest causes for contemporary abrasions between the races. Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook. He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.”
— Where Do We Go From Here1967
7. “The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.”
— “The Three Evils of Society,” 1967
8. “The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.”  
— Southern Christian Leadership Conference speech, 1967
9. "First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
— Letter From a Birmingham Jail1963

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/riot-language-unheard-9-mlk-quotes-mainstream-media-wont-cit
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Makers Mark — How to Disrupt Donald's First 100 Days

Thank you, Robert Reich, on whose blog this list was first published. 
http://www.salon.com/2017/01/09/robert-reich-12-ways-to-disrupt-donald-trumps-first-100-days-as-president_partner/
Donald Trump’s agenda for his first 100 days in office includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich and big corporations a huge tax cut, and putting in place a cabinet that doesn’t believe in the Voting Rights Act or public schools or Medicare or the Fair Housing Act.
Our 100 days of resistance begins a sustained and powerful opposition. Here’s what you can do (it will take about an hour of your time each day):
1. Get your senators and representatives to pledge to oppose Trump’s agenda.Reject his nominees, prolong the process of approving them, draw out hearings on legislation. Call your senator and your representative and don’t stop calling.
2. March and demonstrate. The Women’s March on Washington will be the day after the inauguration. There should be “sister” marches around the country. And then monthly marches against hate. Keep the momentum alive and keep the message going.
3. Make your city and state sanctuaries that won’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities in deporting undocumented immigrants, especially people who have been here since they were very young.
4. Boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything. And then boycott all stores (like Nordstrom) that carry merchandise from Trump family brands.
5. Write letters to the editor of your newspaper and op-eds, with a steady flow of arguments about the fallacies and dangers of Trump’s policies and initiatives in his first 100 days.
6. Contribute to social media with up-to-date daily bulletins on what Trump is up to and actions in your region in opposition.
7. Contribute to the most effective opposition groups. The American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Economic Policy Institute, Inequality Media, MoveOn and others.
8. Make the resistance visible with bumper stickers, lapel pins, wrist bands.
9. Push progressive causes at your state and local level — environmental reform, progressive taxes, a higher minimum wage, ending gerrymandering, stopping mass incarceration. Make your state a model of what the federal government should do.
10. Start a move in your state to abolish the Electoral College by committing your state’s electors to vote for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.
11. Reach out to independents and even Trump supporters who agree with this agenda, and get them involved.
12. [Your idea goes here.] Meet with family and friends this weekend, and decide what you’ll contribute.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

When I was one year old, America entered WW2. My parents like an awful lot of other twenty somethings responded immediately. Dad enlisted less than a week after the American Declaration of War. Off he went to some training base in Georgia or North Carolina. Mom, not one to sit about twiddling her thumbs, began looking for work – The bomber plant was gearing up for the war effort and paid good wages. Rosie the Riveter was a calling she couldn’t refuse.

Their one year old lucked out in several ways. Ada Petit, her new ‘mom’ surrogate (to use a Trump election term) lived in Flint, about sixty miles from the bomber plant. She already had another girl child (aged 5) for whom she was being a surrogate and her own grandson and his mom also shared her home.

As the war wore on, Dorothy Ann, the one year old, saw her mom and dad again just before daddy left for Europe. Mom had already moved  to be close to work. Rubber for tires and gasoline for fuel were rationed immediately upon the USA entering the war effort. As a result the sixty-mile journey to visit her daughter was not only expensive, but when the tires wore thin on the family car, impossible. 

With very few visits from her birth family, Dorothy Ann became the real life daughter of Ada Petit, her caretaker, and little sister to Madeline and Robert, her young housemates. It was a busy home where rules were enforced with love and respect.

One of the highlights in Dorothy Ann’s life was the arrival of a tall, handsome, voluble young woman at the front door of the covered porch that extended from one side of the house to the other. Edna Hayes and her equally handsome young man introduced themselves to the now four-year-old as she stood protected by hollyhocks and a huge Mexican sombrero that decorated her shaded play area.

After that first visit, Dorothy Ann never knew when the two might appear again, but the lively scream that echoed onto the front porch as the four year old realized who had come to visit let Edna know that she was welcome. Perhaps the reason for the welcome was that always there was an adventure attached to teen aged Edna’s arrival and the most memorable adventure includes a bathing suit as part of the basket of goodies.

It is important to know that Edna had quite a reputation (articles in the local newspapers complete with photos) as a swimmer. Apparently, she decided that her young niece, Dorothy Ann, would someday have a similar cause for celibre’.

The three of them drove in a black coupe with a huge beige horsehair upholstered back seat where Dorothy Ann sat quietly. She never interrupted, no matter how curious she might have been. No telling where she might be sent this time if she offended those with the power to decide.

The journey seemed short, but certainly had to take more than thirty minutes as they drove through suburban neighborhoods and out onto the two lane highway, turning off to a forested dirt road before stopping at a clearing in the forest. Encouraged to exit the two door coupe, the child pushed the front seat forward and climbed out only to find her shoes sinking into deep sand surrounding a large lake.

She had never been to a lake like this one. The canopy of trees reached right up to and over the beach where the little black coup was parked. Her feet sank deeper into the sand with every step as she walked, holding Aunt Edna’s hand, towards the water.

Alex (the name we will give to the boyfriend) carried a straw picnic basket and a large blanket, which he slipped open and shook into a huge sail before allowing it to settle onto the sand. Aunt Edna took off Dorothy Ann’s shoes and socks, shook them out, and parked them on the edge of the blanket.

Lots of excited chatter ensued as Aunt Edna slipped out of her dress under which she had a one-piece blue bathing suit with a rose monogram on the bodice. She then invited Dorothy Ann to allow her to pull off her panties and pull on a one-piece brown bathing costume under her dress. Finally, pulling the dress off over her head, and pushing her arms into the armholes of the suit, they were both ready for the water. 

It was a glorious day. Edna introduced the child to the joys of swimming in a small lake warmed by a sunny hot summer day filled with the laughter and chatter of many other children and their families. 

Dorothy Ann didn’t actually learn to swim until much later. Not until her 8th grade gym class in 1954 did she feel safe in water over her head. But, still today the memory of learning to float on her back, of playing in the beach sand, of enjoying a Vernor’s Ginger Ale and a peanut butter sandwich while sitting on the blanket on the beach on a hot summer’s day is one of her earliest memories of extended family, of a woman who took time to include the child who had been left behind by her parents in order to defeat the Nazi war machine.


The lesson was about inclusion in a world where exclusion was the rule. Edna, without probably realizing it, had an enormous impact on who I am and why I am at age 76 still working for inclusion in our world. It is a lovely memory and one of the first not influenced by photographs or stories told by others of the blessing bestowed on me by a family member I shall always cherish.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Support A Woman's Point of View — Object to Pussy Snatching



Make sure they know it's the LAST DAY to order from the first campaign of official WMW merch in time for Jan. 21! 100% of proceeds go to logistics and expenses for the Women's March on Washington.
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Monday, January 09, 2017

Half Truths and Fabrications


Chris Hedges is one of the brightest, 
most erudite and committed political minds 
in America today. 

You should catch his show,
 "On Contact." 

or read him:
Death of the Liberal Class
"The Empire of Illusion

or read
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became A Virtue in The Land of the Free 
by Charlie Pierce.

From a post by Nick Kulibaba on Facebook

Two Weeks in Australia With My Dad - Iconic Images - I Wanna Go Home Again

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