Category Archives: Diatribes

Remember Martin Niemöller Words

Martin Niemoller gave us a poem that has been modernized and used a lot since the rise of Reality TV Star turned POTUS Donald Trump.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

This is important because it was true for him and many others during Nazi rule.  America is a far divide from the Fascist state of WWII Nazis, however, it could easily be guided there by the white supremacists advising the President right now.  Steven Bannon and Steve Miller are by their own admissions pro-white and anti-anything not white.  They’ve spoken and written about their predilections so this isn’t something one can just deny.  Although, there are those who believe the Holocaust was just made up.  These people are also believe the Bible is the word of God.  They deny any and all empirical proof and data to the contrary to their belief system.

That brings me to Caitlyn Jenner.  She is the self appointed voice of the Transgender community.  Ms. Jenner supported Mr. Trump during his election.  Touting his attributes of fiscal conservancy.  This week Mr. Trump along with white power man, Jeff Sessions, AG of USA, turned the tied of equality in America with the reversal of Transgender rights.  She offered this little gem for all of the Transgendered children in our country affected by this new wave of hate.

“I have a message for the trans kids of America. You are winning. I know it doesn’t feel that way today or every day, but you _ are _ winning. You are going to keep on winning so much you’re going to get sick of winning. Very soon, we’ll win full freedom nationwide, and it’s going to happen with bipartisan support.”

They are winning with no help from you Ms. Jenner.  You’ve faced very little struggle with your Transition.  People who have faced the odds like Jazz Jennings and faced the mean spirited, backwards minded, pretending-to-be-Christian people.  She has fought many difficult battles and continues to fight for Transgendered Youth in not only our country but the world.

Now that there is a potential of being affected by Mr. Trump and his Cabinet’s Transphobia and Misogyny you have something inspirational to say.  I wish you luck Ms. Jenner on your journey but beware of Mr. Niemoller’s words…they are coming back again.  HATE can’t be disguised.

President’s Day

Monday, February 20, 2017 we will celebrate President’s Day in America.  This year I actually thought about what that meant to me and our nation.  Right now in the USA we are polarized by political ideology.

This will be a diatribe.  You’ve been warned.

Right now in America we are led by fear.  A man with no political experience got his base (white people) out in numbers to win the Electoral College Vote.  He lost the popular vote by over 2 million votes.  The largest loss of popular vote by a President.  He ran as the Anti-Establishment.  Americans were/are tired of Congress and Washington in general not working (97 days last year), not doing the people’s business but rather paying lip serve to the masses while doing the work of the Lobbyists who spend large amounts of money for those Congressional Votes.

Our President, Mr. Trump comes off as the inexperienced person we all knew he was/is…this much either side would agree on.  Instead of being strong, he rants on Twitter like a self obsessed teenager who is forced to do their homework.

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Mr. President, the issue isn’t who leaked the uncomfortable information about Mike Flynn and Russia but what was said by Mike Flynn to Russian Emissaries.  The Administration doesn’t think that last part to be important to the American People.  How do you expect the people of America are safe when underhanded deals are made?

I feel like nothing has changed with the Election of Donald J. Trump as President.  His supporters have said…”Give him a chance” or “It’s only been three weeks”.  Why?  Every other President has faced obstacles in their first few weeks on the job.  The difference, for me, is that they chose people they thought would enhance their personal vision of their office.  Mr. Trump put Billionaires and Millionaire “friends” in positions of power with little or no experience with how Washington politics works.  I wish them luck.

Mr. Trump wants less regulation of Wall Street.  Small reminder, it was these folks who gave us subprime, banks too big to fail, the 2008 Great Recession and basically caused the shrinking of the Middle Class.  We got to foot the bill for their careless GREED (TARP) and lost our retirement savings.  They all got big bonus’ and zero interest loans.

Mr. Trump wants to repeal major aspects of the EPA.  This organization is in charge of regulating our water and air.  I suggest that perhaps the President and his friends in Washington be served water from Flint, Michigan.  This might give them a firsthand account as to the need for the EPA and perhaps more not less EPA agents.  I’m old enough to remember the Super Fund Clean up projects and the lawsuits from towns and cities who had clusters of deaths due to illegal dumping of chemicals by Corporations.  Pollution kills…in case you didn’t know Mr. President.

One of my favorite Presidents is James Madison.  He, like President Washington, had great concerns about the corrupting nature of the power the President holds.  His words are ageless.

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“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”, James Madison

“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”, James Madison

“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”, James Madison

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”, James Madison

Let us not forget that last one when the only news the President is comfortable with us hearing comes from Breitbart or Fox News.

Mr. Trump is President, I can only hope he starts to act more Presidential…you know for the good of America.

Happy President’s Day!

Women of History: Katherine Johnson

I was reading an article about the women who are portrayed in the movie “Hidden Figures”.  It made me sad.  In our patriarchal society it still exists that women are considered inferior.  Katherine Johnson is and was brilliant.  The vast public hasn’t heard of her until now because of the movie.

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Katherine Johnson and her peers were known as “Human Computers”.  She graduated college at the age of 18 when other African-Americans rarely went beyond the grade school level.  She lived in the segregate South.  She defied all odds.  She is amazing as she is brilliant!

To think of how many women have contributed to major moments in history only to be a small footnote.  It seems ridiculous to me in the 21st Century.

The more you know…

I’m Concerned

This weekend saw so many historic moments.  On Friday, January 20, 2017, the 45th President of the United States of America was sworn into office.  Barack Obama became former President Barack Obama and he and his family moved on to their next adventure in life.

On Saturday, January 21, 2017 people marched on Washington, DC and other major cities in our Country.  The theme was Women’s Rights.  I watched so many of my friends marching all over this country of ours and it was amazing.  Unless of course you are one of those nay-sayers who can’t understand what the march is about.  Why do women need MORE rights than they do already?  They’ve got plenty.

This new administration and mostly it’s GOP counterparts have decided it’s important to attack the parts of our government that are about women.  Defunding Planned Parenthood over the abortion issue is absolutely moronic.  First, PP only offers abortion in 1% of its clinics.  Second, defunding PP puts poor women (mostly from the south) at health risks because of no money for pap smears, mammograms, routine physical and other issues.  It also puts their poor children at risk.  Most of Congress is made up of men.  It explains why our country spent about $100 million on Viagra.

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It spawned this little meme on FB.

Men do not understand women…never have.  We spend almost 57% of our overall budget on Defense spending.  We have millions for phallic symbols of aggression and might but no money to protect and feed the poor in our country.  The poor are lazy and useless and undeserving.  Right?

Women today still make much less than their male counter parts.  It doesn’t matter which field of employment, it’s been documented.  Men in our country would like to see Women barefoot and pregnant but without the responsibility on their end for the family or the woman.  This is also document in articles and research.  This is the modern man.  I’m not saying all men are like this but from the people interviewed and some of the male responses on Twitter and Facebook it is slim pickings out their girls.

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President Trump and his machismo attitude and disrespect of women is also documented.  What spawned this diatribe was the fact on two occasions during the inauguration he left his wife Melenia essentially in the dust.  44 and 43 are well-respected by the community regarding their relationships with their wives.  We loved to see them interact.  It was a wonderful thing.  If 45 treats his wife as an after thought why would anyone think he wouldn’t do the same with all women.  JS.

MLK Day

Today we celebrate a great man of History, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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He was a man of action, a man of thought and deed and a man who had the gift of being able to speak to all people.  He will always be known as the man who made America understand Civil Rights for all people.

We know the story of his life and his death but to his family he was Husband and Father.  They shared him with the world in life, death and grief.  Today I remember his family who lost so much that day in April.  The world lost a leader but nothing will ever be more than losing family.

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It is on this day we try to remember as Americans that we are all in this together.  It doesn’t matter what color, religion or ideology.  We are of the human race.  We are responsible for the well-being of not only ourselves and our family but of those of our community.

His message might fall on deaf ears but it’s a message we should never stop believing in or sharing.  All men are created equal.  The least of you are my brother and as a community we should hold onto these messages during dark times.

Justin Bieber Ruins Everything

This morning whilst I perused the news I came across an article that rocked me to the very core of my being.  Justin Bieber is an Arsenal F.C. fan.  Seriously, hasn’t he ruined enough wonderful things with his tacky, low-class self already?

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Yes the Beebs can sing well but it ends there.  He collects pets and then just discards them (strike one), he smokes pot with is Dad (strike two, and who does this???) and well there are 100 more things but I’ll only put Strike Three…he really thinks his talent excuses him being an out and out peckerwood.  It doesn’t (Strike Three).  When the money runs out (and it will) and his shenanigans get him on the do not call list, he will just be a washed up dude with a singing voice who no one wants to higher.

Arsenal was my football team.  Now it feels like I’m dirty because of Beebs.  Do I jump ship and head over to Man U?  This is no way to start a Monday people!  I have many decisions to make today.  Who’s triumph’s will I celebrate from here on out?

Damn you Justin Bieber!!!

Climate Change Doesn’t Exist…Unless It Does

I’m not a tree hugger.  I’m not a Green Peace crazy person.  I’m a person who understands action and reaction.  It’s science, basic and true.  The “Global Warming” movement is over.  They never really based their opinions on facts or science.  It was a hunch.  In some ways they were correct, in others they just came off as crazy people.  Then they changed the catch phrase from Global Warming (because the Earth was actually getting colder) to Climate Change.  Still I find this a bit bizarre since the climate is always changing.

mpgpg-172I’m a realist.  The Earth is being harmed by the fact there are too many people fighting for the same resources.  Poverty makes people greedy.  Greedy people can never get enough.  That’s why Greed is bad.  The Rain Forest is being destroyed at the fastest pace ever in history.  The people kill the animals as they rush from the burning forests for their lives.  The ecology of the area is forever damaged.  All actions have an equal or greater reaction.  Droughts occur, Flooding, earthquakes, etc.  They happen because we do not fully understand the science of what we are doing to the environment.  We learned nothing from the people in history that destroyed their homelands with wars, over farming and destruction of their local Eco-systems.

First World Nations (or whatever they are being called now) are slowly realizing the reality of locust effect.  If you devour all of your resources you then die from lack of said resources.  People aren’t as understanding to the plight we all share as a world body.

I guess I was fortunate to grow up in a time in society that was not so “throw away”.  We recycled things because it made sense.  We were poor and needed to stretch the resources.  Can you remember the last time you sewed something to get more wear out of it?  We have so many things now that we never would have had 30 years ago.  Why, well mostly because we didn’t really need them.

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The World as a collective is going to hell in a hand basket.  Wars, famine, starvation, over building, nuclear threat and the list of baddies is never ending.  This writer sure wishes it wasn’t like this at all.  I like this Earth I live on and well, if only half of it’s inhabitants took personal responsibility for their lives on it, maybe the future would look a little brighter.

Mental Illness Isn’t A Weakness

I’m so tired of people saying horrible things about someone who is depressed or suffers from a form of mental illness.  It’s not their fault.  It’s not a weakness of character.  They can’t just snap out of it because you say so.  They need help not judgement.

If you don’t suffer from depression.  Be thankful for that.  It’s crippling and scary.  It makes you think about things that you wouldn’t normally think about.  People who suffer from other forms of mental illness such as schizophrenia can’t control what is happening to them without medication.  Some of these people don’t take the meds because they either can’t afford the treatment or they feel like they are drowning from what the meds do to them.

Take a second and read up on mental illness before you judge another person.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline – 1‑877‑SAMHSA7 (1‑877‑726‑4727)

Living with Autoimmune

I’ve been lucky these last few months.  I’ve felt pretty good in general but with Rheumatoid Arthritis my good is someone else’s very bad day.

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This is a representation of how I feel today.  The weather was rainy this week, coupled with a cold spell settling into the region and a stressful, sleep deprived week and this is what is left.  A person who feels broken from the inside out.  My feet are swollen and my hands as well.  It hurts when I take a breath because my costal joints are inflamed.

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I’m luckier than most that I can get treatment for my disease.  I also consider myself lucky that I do not have something far worse like Crohn’s Disease which is also an Autoimmune disease.  So although I feel like roadkill on a winter day I’m still living and pushing through it.  Everyone has something…this is my something.

Kazimierz Smoleń Remembered Always

Today Auschwitz was freed.

The atrocities that were revealed to have happened shortly after the liberation of thousands of Jews of Europe shocked the civilized world.  How could anyone do to another person what the German Hierarchy had done to the Jews, Catholics, Homosexuals, Elderly, Sick and mentally/physically infirm people?  Singled out above all were the Jewish of Europe.

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Kazimierz Smoleń survived the death camp and spent the rest of his life making sure that people didn’t forget what happened during World War II.

To survive was an amazing feat in itself but he lived to be 92 years old (we lost him in 2012).  A chance at a second lifetime.  I say a second lifetime because Kazimierz Smoleń didn’t know if he would live through the death camp.  He dedicated himself to sharing with the world.  Bringing out the harsh realities from the shadows and into the light with the hope of ending this type of darkness that live in men’s hearts.

Our world is plagued by people like Hitler, Goebbels and Mengele.  We have daesh who propose they are keeping the word of their God, they are NOT.  The warlords in Africa who wipe out entire villages of people like locusts in a wheat field.  These groups kill for made up reasons justified by themselves as the right thing.  Hitler and his henchmen had that same ideas.  Now in the Middle East we have shells of cities because of daesh.

Kazimierz Smoleń lived and died trying to change the world in a good and positive way.  Let us all believe what he believed.  That goodness does exists.  That the evil in this world perpetrated by selfish, ego driven, imbecilic morons will not last much longer.  That the people who are victims of these destructive idiots will find the salvation that Mr. Kazimierz Smoleń found that day when Auschwitz was freed.

Kazimierz Smoleń I will always remember you and your bravery in the face of evil!