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I have to assume the media is ignoring the clear pattern by Trump and the GOP   Leave a comment

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There is a clear and disturbing pattern that has been going on ever since Trump took office and the media is clearly ignoring it: Trump says something outrageous or inflamatory, the media focuses on that. We get it, he’s the POTUS and you can’t just ignore him. That much larger problem is the timing always coincides with the GOP pushing cuts to Safety Nets for the poor and most at-risk through Congress.

All of the following programs have had their funding cut since Trump took office:

 

  • Americorps
  • Meals on Wheels
  • SNAP/EBT (just Cleared the House, now in the Senate)
  • Medicare and Medicaid (no surprise)
  • Social Security (Not actually federally funded)
  • Various Refugee Programs
  • FEMA
  • American Red Cross
  • Hunting Restrictions on Certain WIldlife
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Affordable Care Act (Dead at the Federal Level)
  • Net Neutrality (Internet Providers are biding their time for now)

 

Feel free to Google this. Do not take my word for it. These are just the ones I know of.

…I want to say this on the SNAP Program. As some of you folks know, I have been on Food Stamps for 24 months now. I get $192.00 in Food Stamps every month on the 7th. On average, I use up the whole balance in 10 days. I only use my SNAP Balance to buy actual groceries, which is the only thing they can actually be used for.

Let me explain something for those who have never applied for SNAP Benefits and hopefully never will: There is a strict work requirement to get SNAP Benefits. 85% of those who are receiving SNAP Benefits are in fact employed. They would have a very hard time eating healthy and/or feeding their families without the SNAP Benefits. the rely on just to survive. Anyways at the time I applied for Food Stamps, I was still Employed by BPS but I was on an unpaid leave of absence. I resigned 2 months later and have been job hunting ever since. There is a 6-month check-in you are required to do or you WILL lose your SNAP benefits. At that time, you need to be able to prove you are at least trying to find work or are in the process of getting enrolled in a University/College if you want your benefits to continue for another year.

They don’t mess around because of people who abused the system in the past. So, the repeatedly said myth from so-called Conservatives and many Republicans “Only Lazy people are on Food Stamps” line doesn’t fly. In fact, if you are even suspected of abusing the system they will stop your benefits first and ask questions later. Some food for thought, pun intended. Those who can’t work due to injury or illness need the appropriate documentation as well obviously. Aside from losing your benefits if you’re busted for fraud, you WILL be required to pay back ever cent of those fraudulent benefits as well. Again, they don’t play around and the penality is not worth pissing them off.

Moving on to Net Neutrality being repealed. The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are biding their time right now. Net Neutrality ended last month but they are in no hurry to start charging you extra as will happen unless Congress can be lobbied to bring it back. This is part of their plan: They likely won’t do anything for the first few months for PR reasons. Their mindset is “We won’t do anything for now since everyone’s watching us. Once most folks have moved on to other things, we’ll make our move.” The one thing coming up that’s sure to do just that are the November midterms. More on that in a separate blog post.

When Trump appointed Dr. Ben Carson as the new head of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), everyone thought it strange. More so given his only experience with HUD was when he went through the housing system himself growing up. This being one of many examples of Trump appointing people to departments with no experience or interest in expanding or improving them aside, the first major proposal Dr. Carson announced is yet another fine example of punishing the working poor and at risk just for existing: He proposed tripling how much rent tenants enrolled in Affordable Housing Programs and Section 8 would be required to pay out of pocket, effectively ending Income-Based Housing programs.

…I could go on.

Again, the reason all these cuts are happening in plain sight is BECAUSE Trump is keeping corporate media distracted. That’s how the GOP are using him more or less:

 

  1. Draw up plans to punish the working poor and those in poverty
  2. Wait for Trump to say or do something that will get the media’s attention
  3. Introduce budget cuts or restrictions of civil liberties they know Trump will rubber stamp while the media is distracted
  4. Put the proposal to a vote before Social Media spreads word of it
  5. Hope there is enough votes to make it happen the first time
  6. Repeat as needed

To what end, you might ask? To satisfy their corporate sponsors that’s why.

 

The new EPA Secretary is Fossil Fuel Lobbyist just like the one who just resigned. Folks need to understand that Capitalism’s biggest enemy is a Democratic Government of, for and by the people. Of course they want a rigged system that works for, by and of them and them alone. They control all three branches of government now and they are doing everything they can before the midterms later this year when massive turnover in both houses of Congress is anticipated.

This is no conspiracy theory. It’s conspiracy fact.

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Update: LeBron James Signs with the Los Angeles Lakers   Leave a comment

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Given Paul George announced he will be staying in OKC two minutes before NBA Free Agency officially began, the LeBron James Sweepstakes just got more interesting. PG-13 will sign a 4-year deal with OKC, closing the door on potentially signing with the Lakers. Many speculated he might head to his hometown since he is a native of Los Angeles and expressed a desire to play for the Lakers at some point. Clearly it won’t be for at least the next four years.

Chris Paul (Rockets), Kevin Durant (Warriors) and DeMarcus Cousins (Pelicans) also got a new contract with the teams they currently play for. The last member of Lob City–DeAndre Jordan–became a Free Agent and quickly signed a 1-year deal with the Mavs. Blake Griffin was traded to the Pistons at the trade deadline midseason so…yeah.

According to the latest reports, LBJ has decided where he will play and will announce who won the LBJ Sweepstakes on Tuesday. The team everyone is assuming he’ll sign with is the Lakers even though it would mean he his NBA Finals Streak will end at 8. Let’s be honest, that will happen no matter who he signs with if it’s not the Rockets, Celtics or Warriors.

LBJ going West automatically means the Eastern Conference will go through the Boston Celtics. This would remain true even if he signs with the 76ers as some think he might. We will know for sure come this Tuesday, July 3. As a Celtics Fan, I don’t care personally though it would be fun to see the Celtics sweep the 76ers next year in the playoffs ^_^

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Breaking News:

It was just announced that LeBron James has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. The deal is for $154 Million and for four years. Now that LBJ has made it official, let the speculation commence on which other NBA Superstar may join him in the Purple and Gold.

What this means is by default, the Boston Celtics owns the Eastern Conference now.

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I’m glad I didn’t comment on the Separated Immigrants Situation until now   Leave a comment

…It’s always something when I have to do the media’s job for them. LOL.

Time Magazine released this cover ahead of their July issue last week:

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The girl on the left comes from this photo:

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The picture was taken by a Washington Post photographer on assignment last week. It is worth pointing out it was never said then or since if the girl was taken from her parents. The reason I am saying this is because this picture went viral online as many assumed she was being taken from her parents. In an ironic yet unsurprising development, it was revealed by NBC News shortly after the picture’s release that the girl in the picture was NOT taken from her parents. I mention this because this picture was used to help raise millions of dollars online for detained migrant families.

I stopped talking about Politics for a few months not just because it’s exhausting and American Politics is as toxic as ever. I also stopped because  I wanted to wait for Snopes.com, Fairness And Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to give me what I knew corporate media wasn’t: Unbiased facts and the truth.

Now, it IS true that the current immigration policy was enacted while President Obama was in office. That actually IS true. In fact, part of the 14th Amendment–the one that grants citizenship to anyone born on US Soil or a U.S. Territory such as Puerto Rico and Guam–was amended as part of a deal Obama cut with Republicans to end the Government Shutdown at the time. The GOP was “satisfied enough” with the deal to end the shutdown they forced though the full scope of what it allowed wasn’t made clear until recently. I’m referring to the Immigration Detention controversy.

What’s also true is the new immigration policy was never enforced until recently because let’s face it, Obama wasn’t about to piss off his base so much he wouldn’t have been elected to a second term. He was smart enough to understand that and went out of his way to avoid enforcing it during both of his terms. The GOP’s top brass were clearly waiting for Trump to take office so they could enforce it unchallenged.

To those of you who keep parroting the fiction “Illegals come here and get government assistence”, this part’s for you: It’s actually impossible for anyone who is either not a citizen or doesn’t have a Green Card/Legal Status to get ANY kind of government assistence. This is fact. It’s really not worth jail time and a fine trying either.

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“Ever heard of anchor babies?”, you might be asking? Remember the deal Obama made with the GOP I mentioned before in which the 14th Amendment was amended? The term “Achor Baby” became obsolete at that time. We’re talking 8 years now. I find it strange the GOP didn’t make this fact they fought to make reality widely known. The only possible reason I can think of is it makes them look good to make people think that’s still possible.

The irony is though it was clearly meant to target Latin American immigrants, it was quickly pushed through because Chinese Human Traffickers had built an industry to bring pregnant women to the West Coast to give birth where they would give up their babies, become U.S. Citizens and then take their benefits from them. It was becoming a really big problem and needed to be address since the Human Trafficking alone was a million-dollar industry and suspected to be funded or condoned by the Chinese government.

Anywho, the loophole was closed. How the 14th Amendment now works is if a pregnant foreign national gives birth on U.S. soil or while in U.S. custody, they are born a citizen of the mother’s country of origin UNLESS the father is an U.S. Citizen (Born or Naturalized) AND they sign the birth certificate. In such a case the child will be born a U.S. Citizen and/or a citizen of the mother’s country (Dual Citizenship). Further, the mother would not automatically become a U.S. Citizen just because their child is born to an American father. She would still need to go through the legal process to become a U.S. Citizen herself.

Again, no more Anchor Babies. It’s no longer possible.

Since that costs at least $1000 USD in fees and visas…you see where I’m going here? Her only hope would then be to marry someone willing to sponsor her. Further, the laws about becoming a citizen by Marriage were tightened to crack down hard on fraud. You now need a marriage license first before you apply for a Green Card by Marriage. This plus the high cost in fees and visas make it unviable for fraud: The U.S. Citizen needs to prove they are committed to marrying the foreign national. Should the Engagement be called off after the paperwork is filed–feelings can change and are allowed to after all–the marriage visa is nullified.

Why am I saying all this?

Because folks are convinced what they believe to be true is fact or take what they hear at face value and never question it just because whoever told them said so. Dissent is Patroitic.

In closing, I got some more posts on recent events in the U.S. that I want to get into.  I wanted to do this one first because too many people are focusing on this distraction. “WTF are you talking about?”, you may ask? See the post after the next post. Why the one after the next? Because in the next post I will comment on the Lebron James Sweepstakes and NBA Free Agency. LOL.

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It appears my Unemployment Streak will FINALLY be ending soon   Leave a comment

Two years is a LONG time for someone with my skillset and experience to be Unemployed. That’s what September 8 would mark. As of this afternoon, I probably won’t be Unemployed on that date. I have received the first of what I expect to be several requests for an in-person interview today. I don’t want to disclose the company yet since like I just said, I am expecting to interview for multiple jobs in a short amount of time.

What I will say is should I be hired, I would be working full-time from Sunday to Thursday. This would be true of the other companies I’ve submitted applications for online. Which companies?

These:

  • UNOs Restaurant
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Shaws Supermarket
  • Star Market Supermarket
  • GameStop
  • Best Buy
  • AMC Theatres

…I am obviously pulling out all the stops to get employed compared to last year. Having a job is an effective treatment for depression. Having income means no longer reliant on government assistence. This is to say nothing of the perks that come with working for most of the above companies from discounted food or groceries to insider info on upcoming releases. So…yeah.

Of the above, the closest to me is Shaws. Barnes & Noble, UNO, GameStop and Cheesecake Factory are all in the Prudential Center or across from it in the case of UNO and GameStop. Star Market is next to the Prudential Center while AMC is across from Boston Common. The ones I applied for open positions at anyway. All of them I can get to one of two ways from my current address as well.

I have goals in life. I do plan to go back to school eventually but right now I have other priorities. Once my situation becomes stable–and I expect the process to take 3 to 12 months once I am employed–I feel like I will be back to where I was mentally and emotionally before the spring of 2014.

This Maine man killed in a hit and run accident was himself a involved in a hit and run accident 50 years earlier   Leave a comment

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Well, you know what they say about irony. This is Douglas Parkhurst, who died yesterday protecting children in a hit and run accident. The driver involved–Carrol Sharrow–fled the scene but was arrested shortly afterward and is now behind bars. She’ll get her day in court soon enough.

Before you call this Vietnam vet a hero, here’s someone else you should know about.

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This is 4 year old Carolee Ashby. She died in a hit in run accident on Halloween night in Fulton, New York back in 1968. Had she lived, she would be 54 years old today. The driver involved in that accident was Parkhurst. A witness came forward in 2013 and that led investigators to Parkhurst, who confessed to being the driver involved in Ashby’s death.

Since the statue of limitations had long since expired, no charges were ever filed. Then yesterday, Parkhurst died in more or less the same way Ashby did back in 1968 and under similar circumstances. I imagine he had a flashback to that night just before he died and likely accepted his death with dignity knowing he robbed a 4 year old girl of a full life 50 years earler. The obvious difference is unlike Ashby, Parkhurst’s killer will be going to court and face the charges he should have faced for Ashby’s death in 1968. I’m talking the exact same charges.

I’ll stop short of saying he got away with murder. Yes, the statue of limitations had run out but in the end he paid for his crime…with his life.

It is not uncommon for this kind of thing to happen as folks know. I mean folks guilty of manslaughter later dying the same way their victim did. This story caught my attention because although Ashby was denied justice, Parkhurt’s punishment fit his crime. The truth came out five years ago. I do wonder if Ashby’s family or the media from Fulton, NY paid him a visit looking for answers. He almost got away with murder so…yeah.

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New Jersey joins Massachusetts as the second state to have Health Insurance Mandate   Leave a comment

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In 2006, Massachusetts made U.S. history as the first state in the nation to Mandate Health Insurance for all. It also made Healthcare in Massachusetts a right. it was signed into law by former governor and former Presidental candidate Mitt Romney. Four years later, Former president Obama used Massachusetts as a model to pass the Affordable Care Act (The ACA, also known as Obamacare) for the whole country. Republicans spent the next 7 years weakening the ACA until they finally killed it in 2017. This left Massachusetts, which has had had Romney Care since 2006 as the only state in the U.S. with Free Universal Healthcare for all.

That will change on January 1, 2019.

New Jersey Lawmakers passed legislation using the ACA as a model earlier today. Governor Phil Murphy signed the bill restoring the Obamacare health insurance mandate for the state of New Jersey. The move was made because as everyone outside Massachusetts quickly discovered, Republicans in Congress offered no alternative to the ACA and simply wanted to get rid of it for 100% political reasons. New Jersey is also the first state to defy the ACA repeal by restoring what had been rolled back at the state level. They decision was made in reaction to fears of a mass exodus from the state and also to ironically stabilize the state’s healthcare system. Yes, the ACA brought stability as advertised.

Connecticuit, Maryland, California and New Mexico are just a handful of other states that are working to restore and expand on the parts of ACA that were repealed at the state level. Massachusetts passed legislation earlier this year to improve Romneycare in reaction to the ACA repeal as well.

…This is something many of you who follow me on Facebook have seen me talk about alot but it always bothered me that after the ACA repeal, there was no news of states adopting their own version of it until now. New Jersey is the first to step up when it counts big time. Given the circumstances, they were forced to go this route though it was the right move. More states with college.

Now, let’s see if we can get some action in Education: As of 2017, you can go to a 2-year school in Boston for Free.

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The Celtics continue to prove doubters wrong, take 2-0 series lead to Cleveland   Leave a comment

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The stat ESPN started throwing out there halfway through the 4th Quarter: The last time LeBron James was down 2-0 vs. the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, it was in 2008. The Celtics went on to win the series and the NBA Championship vs. the Lakers in 6 games.

…The difference is back then, The Celtics had 3 All Stars. This time it’s been their young players taking point in the absence of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward (as well and Daniel Theis). Now the pundits are rightfully saying what Celtics fans have been saying since Irving and Hayward came to Boston last summer: The Eastern Conference runs through Boston. Not next year but now.

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To say LBJ’s leaving Cleveland again goes without saying. As for where he might end up this time, he will likely want to join a contender again so that means it will likely be one of the following teams:

 

  • Cleveland: LBJ’s current team got the #8 pick in the 2018 Draft Lottery, which they received from the Celtics along with Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder (Both traded mid-season) and Ante Zizic in exchange for Kyrie Irving. The Cavs have clearly been making moves since the offseason independent of whatever LBJ decides so clearly the team is positioning itself to be in the playoff picture with or with him. LBJ reportedly asked that Irving not be traded. Irving reportedly threatened to have elective surgery if he was not traded, LBJ’s wishes be damned (LOL). It would be fair to say LBJ would stay with the Cavs as a last resort.
  • Boston: Let’s be real, the Eastern Conference runs through the Celtics now. Not next year but now. The Celtics can make that claim after they finish off LBJ and the Cavs but at this point it’ll be a formality. Next year the team will be at full power with the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Having said that, could LBJ pull a Kevin Durant and join the NBA’s newest Super Team just to play with Kyrie Iving again? Sure, but unlikely. For one, the Celtics don’t have the money to pay him after they signed Hayward and Al Horford. The Celtics blew up the team just to sign Hayward as a reminder. Plus, there IS the fact Uncle Drew didn’t want to play with him anymore. LOL.
  • Philadelphia: Many have picked the 76ers as the most likely team in the Eastern Conference LBJ would go to. LBJ going there would mean both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid would have reduced roles on the floor with him in the lineup. That would be a big X-Factor just to compete with the Celtics in the ECF.
  • New York: The Knicks haven’t had a deep playoff run since the 90s but then they ran into Michael Jordan and later the Orlando Magic before they fell off completely. It’s been far longer since the Knicks last won a Championship. Having just hired former Grizzlies Head Coach David Fizdale to coach the team, LBJ would be the star power the Knicks could use to Make the Knicks Great Again. LOL.
  • Toronto: What’s this? Go to a team you just swept out the payoffs?! Well, Kyrie Irving did it last year after the Cavs beat Boston in 5 games. It is a stretch though not improbable. More so givien after the Head Coach was fired, there is speculation DeRozan or Lowry or both could be traded during the offseason.
  • San Antonio: Experts don’t think LBJ will leave the Eastern Conference but if he does go West, the Spurs are believed to be one of two teams he’s most likely to go to. It would be as boon for the team given Kawhi Leonard is expected to be leaving for another team, likely East.
  • LA Lakers: Goes without saying this is the most likely team in the West for two reasons. One is he recently bought a house in LA. The other is Magic Johnson has been laying to groundwork to get LBJ, Paul George possibly Kawhi Leonard as well. The sad irony is a deal to bring LBJ to the Lakers could jeopardize Isaiah Thomas’ chances of getting a new contract. It could also mean Lonzo Ball and/or Brandon Ingram are kicked out of the starting five as well.
  • Golden State: See what I put for Boston. ‘Nuff said.

 

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The Celtics weathered the early storm in the first Quarter and dared LBJ to will the Cavs to victory. He could not. Now with the series shifting to Cleveland for the next two games, even LBJ’s biggest fanboy–ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith–plainly stated “If the Cavs lose Game 3 they’ll probably get swept.” He also plainly said the Celtics are the better team and would match up well against the Rockets or Warriors. Speaking of, the Western Conference finals is tied 1-1 with Game 3 on Sunday in Oakland (Golden State).

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If I’m a betting man, it will be Warriors vs. Celtics in the NBA Finals. Celtics will close out the Cavs in 5 or 6 if they don’t sweep. Warriors will beat the Rockets in 6 games. Let me tell you, this would be a MONSTER series in the NBA Finals. Draymon Green vs. Marcus Smart would be fun to watch as would KD and Tatum.

 

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