mntleo2 commented on the diary post Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America – Book Salon Preview by Elliott.
Hi Elliot and Jay! :o))))))
Well it’s about TIME someone talks about this pattern. Each era and its targeted minority is treated as if an isolated time when in fact it has been going on for a long time. I look forward to the conversation!
Cat in Seattle
I am a fan of personal choice ~ that being it is between God and the women as to what she decides. However to me, where “harlot” is mentioned many times in the Old Testament, “harlot” is not mentioned at all in the New Testament (except in Revelations where a whole CITY is one). In [...]
mntleo2 commented on the blog post Heritage Foundation: Widespread Xbox Ownership Debunks Myth of American Poverty
I wish they would talk to my Somalian friend Margaret. I am going to tell you a story that ends like you (or I) will not expect:
Margaret was a well educated woman who lost her entire family, including her children in the the wars there. After seeing her loved ones murdered before her eyes, in the refugee camps she was repeatedly raped and almost starved. She found her way as a “refugee” to America. Here she was sponsored for one year and in spite of her halting English landed a job (of course her education, a Master’s Degree in nursing was not recognized here). But that job did not pay enough to pay for rent and so after the sponsership ended, Margaret found herself on the streets of Seattle for 2 years while STILL working full time. She also contracted the incurable TB from staying in shelters because it is rampant here.
Margaret converted to Christianity during her ordeal in Somalia. She is a devout Catholic and there is no prouder American than she is.
One time, during a conversation with her I told her Americans here believe the poor are “lucky” to be poor and an American. Did she agree?
How Margaret answered was a surprise …. she said:
” Being poor in America is harder than being poor in Somalia. In Somalia if you are without a home, you can simply go into the forest and learn how to survive with the indigenous peoples who have lived there for eons and they will teach you how to survive. Here in America, there are no indigenous people, they have been chased off, and the forests are owned by either the government or privately. If you tried to go there to survive, you will be arrested. The *only* way you can have a home in America requires you pay for the home plus all energy you need to cook and stay warm, plus be required to pay for food, not forage for it. If you tried to build a fire and/or sleep and live in a city park ~ again you will be arrested.
I had never thought of it that way. Now I know no matter how many X boxes, Teevees or whatever else the poor have, (and remember they took away analogue so digital is now required, flat screens come with converter digital even for unpaid stations), that American poverty is actually harder to endure than in Somalia…”
Hope this helps …
Cat in Seattle
mntleo2 commented on the blog post Not-for-Profit Hospitals unfairly receiving Tax Exemptions
We had much the same issues here in WA State ~ particularly in rural hospitals who went for-profit. It left many rural low income people bereft of any health care much less emergency health care. Some rural areas are now supporting the rich McMansion crowd who flee the city for their “estates” and who are pushing out land owners of several generations because the natives have land but little money.
These wealthy newcomers are also demanding more resources such as water and power, which drive up the cost and stress the grid while small towns are pouring money into those things rather than spending it on resources for their long-time residents who are lower-middle class. Some of these are elderly who not only have no way of getting around to the doctor or for supplies, they also were self-supporting and are not eligible for Social Security and Medicare. Most of their extended families have been forced out of the area and so these elderly do not even have family support.
My point is that resources of all types are being transferred to upper income people who can afford to dominate the resources instead of sharing them. Chief Sealth (for whom Seattle is named) warned of this when he saw the same happening to his people 100 years ago. We should have heeded his warning, because it is much the same now only using the poor as the annihilation target instead of the indigenous peoples. It is about sharing, it is about not hoarding and it is about knowing that, “what happens to the least of these will happen to you”
Chief Sealth said:
“The Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. How can you buy or sell the sky-the warmth of the land?
The idea is strange to us. Yet we do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water. How can you buy them from us? Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shiny pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people.
“We know that white man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother but his enemy, and when he has conquered it he moves on. He leaves his father’s graves and his children’s birthright is forgotten.
“There is no quiet place in the white man’s cities. No place to hear the leaves of spring or the rustle of insect wings. But perhaps because I am savage and do not understand-the clatter only seems to insult the ears. And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lovely cry of the whippoorwill or the arguments of the frog around the pond at night.
“The whites too, shall pass-perhaps sooner than other tribes. Continue to contaminate your bed and you will one night suffocate in your own waste. When the buffalo are all slaughtered, the wild horses all tamed, the secret corners of the heavy forest heavy with the scent of many men, and the view of the ripe hills blotted by talking wires. Where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the eagle? Gone. And what is it to say goodbye to the swift and the hunt, the end of living and the beginning of survival.”
Oh geez … these moral nanies have just got to get off their high horses and talk about REAL issues, like what Marcy is talking about, not hone in on some term that even a 10 year old uses. Believe me I know about 10 year old kids, I have three sons and a daughter and I heard it all by the time they were 10.
I am just sad, mad, and tired of idiots who get all hot and bothered about terms more than they do about actual CRIMES that have affected millions of us.
Cat in Seattle ~ official Firedoglake lurker from WAY back
mntleo2 commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues
I am so glad you are here Mr Moyers ~ and Glenn:
I am an activist for low income people, I have been for over 20 years. In this time I only see things getting worse. In the so-called “golden years” the low income took it in the shorts, especially after Welfare DEFormed. Now all the talk is about the “middle class” because they are falling down to where the poor are and finding to their horror that they are getting treated the same way.
Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation who wrote Welfare Reform wrote this law because he met some low income moms at a community meeting who were on welfare and (gasp) going to college at the same time. He had no problem with his wealthy friends sitting around the pool collecting their tax-free dividends but with these moms who had fled the Virginia generations of slave-tinged communities to come to DC to get college degrees, well that was a SIN doncha know.
My question is, who and what do you see that will convince people that, “what you do to the least of these you do to Me (also meaning to me “you are doing to yourselves”)? When will we begin to see more of a safety net re-created from the ashes of Welfare DEFormed and who do you know that is working on this?
Cat in Seattle ~ board member of Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (P.O.W.E.R.)
mntleo2 commented on the blog post Daniel Ellsberg at White House and Quantico This Weekend for Bradley Manning
A lifelong leftie living on the left coast and unable to be there with you but I am proud of what you all are doing to stop this horror. I am in mouring for my country and sickened at the way this administration is supporting torture, giving our country away to the banks, refusing to support our workers and their ignoring of the poor whose numbers keep increasing. Every day as the unConstitutional injustices increases it shames the rest of us to the world and we will not regain our dignity unless we stand together and demand our country begins the reinstatement of human rights.
“Whatever you do to the least of us, you do to God …” ~ Jesus, circa 31 AD.
Cat in Seattle
Uhhh far more than just spelling errors were considered in this case. My note: “Apellees” in this case is the State of California. The court is saying here there is quite a large possibility of mistakes in their POLICIES because their procedures are not very well done. ”
…As we evaluate this factor, we ask [...]
“Entitled” means the Title IV funding being used solely to take kids from their families taken from Social Security. Literally 1000% more is being used to take kids rather than giving families services such as housing, medical, food or child care, all necessities and all being refused for the most desperate of families yet used [...]
I did some research around low income and transitional housing in WA, PN, GA, and Kentucky. They are coming into these housing areas and taking all the kids, often run by agencies who “coincidentally” also house adoption agencies. Most often these are “clean and sober” housing, so whenever I ask a legislator the question, “How [...]
It is painful. More painful is about trying to tell the truth to progressives whose favorite issue is about the downtrodden and the disbelief that ensues. They think that the poor are being cared for ~ until they fall down their own ladder and discover the benign and often outright hostile system they encounter. With [...]
Spending upwards of $47-56,000 per client to give them a $50.00 rent voucher is helping whom? This is a recorded fact. In my state last year, the YWCA took in over $38,000,000 from government grants alone (not to mention the millions they get in donations), served (according to their report), and served a little less [...]
My suggestion is to go and read the ruling and find out that indeed the California DHS admits to these errors in their reports. Furthermore the 9th Circuit Court says in that ruling that, because of this error margin, they have a hard time believing any DHS reports with error levels this high. In family [...]
Some people say in defense of ignoring and hating the poor that, “No one ever got a job from a poor person” but they are wrong, wrong, wrong. Poor people employ lots of people all the time. There is a heueueuege poverty industry bringing in billions where rich people use their “contributions” for tax breaks [...]
In addition to the story above: BECAUSE of that disdain is the reason we will “always have the poor”. If that disdain were to disappear, it would remove the excuse to treat other human beings as if they are garbage or lower on the totem pole to artificially elevate others. IMO Jesus was addressing the [...]
What did Jesus mean when he said, “The poor you will always have with you …”? Well read the whole thing in context and it is about his friend Judas who criticized a woman for spending a bunch of money on some expensive nard and then with tears in her eyes and the only way [...]
I came here in hopes I would find out more about Kieth but …not much more than the rest of us sitting in stunned silence. I know they bought his contract and thus, shut him down. I guess that is all we are meant to know.
On a side note: Everyone needs to give thanks to Michael Copps who was the lone FCC vote against the Comcast merger. He knew this crap was coming.
Cat in Seattle