Month: November 2014

In Thanksgiving for Ferguson Tragedy

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PurposeMom said you get smarter the more you think for yourself, so be thankful for tragedy; Dad, when stopping at an intersection, look at the driver of the other car, not the car; when things broke down, Uncle Gino explained, it’s gone Republican on me.

Grandmamma haunts with, each of us has a definite major purpose, but timing is Divine.

Whether plopping down our money, our votes or on our sofa, we’re always falling for corporatism’s sales pitch and politicians promising Change, as if change eluded the masses, but the favored few could capture and deliver it at the bottom of a pot of gold.

Rarely conceiving, it’s we who change the direction, not the car, we who make the magic, not the stars; we who are both instruments and music not financiers conducting bottom lines of tone deaf members of congress.

Grief stricken, we believed America was changed forever on 9/11.  Then came Katrina flyover, screams of Sandy Hook children, and Christie tucking away millions of Hurricane Sandy relief, with little evidence of change.

But despite GW’s Great Recession, Boston Marathon bombers failed to keep us from crossing the finish line.

And though politicians fearful of equitable affordable healthcare for all, accepted millions of election dollars to change it, and voters went Republican on us, thankfully, they lost legal ground on Voter ID laws, Same Sex marriage and preventing Executive Orders.

As we lift ourselves up out of the ashes of attempted suicide by midterm election, change we can believe in, materializes.

Whether turkey sandwiches or moonlit belly bird filled, racing to preempt Friday hangovers before stuffing shoppers the day after taking from Indian givers; whether manhandling our way through pretend sales or being stepped over by bargain hunters, the almighty dollar keeps We the Consumers, at the top of the food chain.  Thankful yet?

Thankful for hands raised, hearts full, Immokalee farmworkers and president unshackled from frightened corporate conservatives contributing billions to obstruct America’s future?

In their rut, Conservatives beckon us downward, with manipulative TV ads, questionable prosecutors, sportsman like wife beaters and lawless law enforcement without nametags or body cameras, to assist in our national burial.

Ferguson, 2014 Midterms and mud crawling immigrant children show us the way up:  over-consumers discover non-consuming power overpowers fire consuming riots.

Something has changed:  finally a hint of national repulsion, over raped daughters and gun downed sons.

For a nation, no longer quite dipped in the economic sauce of, by and for the turkeys at the top, who, with malice aforethought based our American Dream with massive foreclosure fraud – I give thanks.

In thanksgiving for Moral Mondays, Giving Tuesdays and all those recognizing the good still outnumber the bankers, let us be grateful.

Thank migrant workers harvesting our food and Pope Francis embracing communion between evolution and Eden.

Anyone can keep the faith when there is no rape, racism, violence, police state, abduction with intent to defile, corporatism or O. K. Coral style gunning down of our youth in city parks.

If it was easy, anyone could maintain strength of character, but our measure is revealed whether we’re leaving unarmed gunshot victims in the street for hours, burning police cars or peacefully facing the root cause of our dissonance:  those who benefit most from dividing us.

The eminence of a nation is determined by the humanity of its people – not by life’s roller-coaster ride, but in how well, helping each other, we navigate the comedies and tragedies in our pursuit of solid rock on which to stand.

If we allow, tragedies Ferguson, 2014 voter ID shame and Sabrina Erdely’s Rolling Stone revelation will ignite in us the wisdom to turn ourselves around, to boycott perpetrators, rather than demonize the persecuted.

When Main Street rises above the manipulation of Madison Ave, we regain balanced and principled footing.  Then we will Occupy the high ground, and give notice to corporatism’s political puppets:  We have overcome.CIW LOGOCIW Tomatoes



State of our Union:  Racism, Rape Yes; Immigration Reform, Hell No!?! Headlined 11/24/14

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Generations after generations embrace, succumb to or master their own weapons of mass destruction, so powerfully hash tagged, we self-distract with Instagram:  from ears ringing out the cries of gunshots’ victims; our wisdom defused by selective sight clouded by summer and tear gas smoke — so rigorous in our southern border tastes, we’re inflamed, fearing losing something we never wanted.

Hyperlinking hot air rhetoric with blustering inaction, dishonoring both past and future, without shame Conservatives steep our national integrity into the depressed state of our union, while blaming The Help for the stench of our Golden Rule in rigor mortis.

Ask victims not perpetrators: CIW Tomatoes

  • Amnesty: ask your undocumented lawn’s keeper
  • Pride: ask those who clean our toilets for minimum wage
  • Human Rights: ask migrant farmworkers
  • Self-esteem: ask women paid less than men for the same work
  • Financial stability: ask students overwhelmed by banks
  • Life: ask those found guilty of neighborhood
  • Net neutrality, ask parents of children dead by Bullicide

Do we really believe it’s the accident of birth that guarantees the least of these our brethren the indignities of discrimination, bullying, rape and murder by a racist police state – drugged and beaten by household names – alcohol induced rape by fellow students?

Whomever the perpetrator, the targets are the same, and as purposely chosen, as those who were dangled by bad mortgages and diddled by banker selective bankruptcy credit score reporting.

When Home of the Brave citizens disintegrate from culture of character to culture of stonewalling our little brown brothers from having work we wouldn’t dare stoop to conquer, our Congress reflects hypocrisy of Corporatism stamped Wall Street Conservatives.

American power is diminished when Americans turn away from those traumatized by poverty, bullying, unjust imprisonment, rape and racial discrimination.

Sadly it’s too late to ask the amazingly talented gift to America, immigrant Mike Nichols, but immigrants still work all around us, trying as we, to support families, but unlike most of us, doing so by harvesting the food we eat and cleaning up after we eat it.

As rite of passage, each nationality reaching our shores was prejudiced against by the immigrants who came before, yet each shared in our history Pearl Harbor, Cuban Missile Crisis, 9/11, Katrina, Boston bombing, but since the Reagan administration, Conservatives like Koch brothers, BP and Jim DeMint’s Heritage Foundation have been allowed to turn us into sitcom characters with mind numbing truth twisting TV ads – until we glaze over like holiday turkeys.

We remember November 22, 1963 as the day President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated, but ignore June 11, 1963, the day he proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the 88th Congress.

Can we not now insist the 113th or 114th Congress pass an Immigration Reform bill as a moral human rights issue, rather than their vacation political football?

Let’s turn our back on Boehner hypocrisy and one term president anti-American Mitch McConnell rhetoric, and step up for families forced into hiding and women forced to endure the trauma of rape in silence.

Let us free ourselves from imprisoning people guilty only of their skin color, and resuscitate our Ellis Island promise.

Let us salute the patriotism of a US Marine Corp Captain Derick Herrera, rather than preserving the 19th century prejudice of Conservative Mo Brooks.

Let us be courageous enough to share the Home of the Brave, rather than cheer a House of Representatives that divides us.

Let us give thanks to Native Americans giving us our first Thanksgiving, rather than deny races racing to contribute to our Land of the Free melting pot.

Let our Free Will keep Lady Liberty’s torch alive, rather than branding ourselves, the great white hope.

Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government are charged with being the humane and equitable voice protecting the Republic, especially perhaps, from extremists abusing democracy by victimizing the vanquished.

We keep our humanity safe by saving each other, or following Cain, we live the murderous consequences of Conservatism.