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Concentration camp, internment center for political prisoners and members of national or minority groups who are confined for reasons of state security, exploitation, or punishment, usually by executive decree or military order.”*

I’d like the word play discussions so often frequenting social media about what is or isn’t a concentration camp to end. This discussion, after all, is just a diversion from truth and a means to dilute the meaning of what is happening in America under Trump.

America IS running concentration camps at our southern boarder.

The camps holding immigrants on our southern broader are concentration camps, in fact the buildings being used are WW II camps designed to ‘concentrate’ America’s Japanese population into one area. Thing is, if you look the word up there are often references to Hitler’s camps, but the gassing of people is not inherently held within the definition of concentration camps. But let’s be ‘frank’—the abuse happening right now on America’s southern boarder qualifies as concentration camps: over two thousand children have been,’ lost!’ Where did they go? Some have actually died in these camps! Hundreds are kept in places designed to hold up to twenty. Now, children and adults are being punished by being denied outside exercise-it isn’t enough that we have penned them in mass….

A recent article pointed out that thousand of the incarcerated claim to have been sexually assault while in our concentration camps!** This brings to mind that Texas recently passed a LAW stating that police officers weren’t allowed to have sex with, or rape, those who are held in custody in the back seat of their patrol car. I’m like….WTHECK? We needed this law?  Thing is, many states do not disallow this behavior but deem it a misconduct issue….***

I’m thinking a low can always get lower.

We, as Americans, as citizens of the world, have to do better than running concentration camps in America. I’ve got a great idea! Vote out this bastard administration in 2020… that should do it, or at least be a giant step back in the right direction for America and the world!

You don’t think we should vote Trump and his cronies out in 2020? Well, there’s this:

You can turn a blind eye as Germans did in the time of Hitler and for the same reason: they loved Hitler,  you love the GOP and Trump, no matter how abhorrent the party or man is. But, if you do, you are no better than the people who allowed the mass killing of 6 million during Hitler’s reign of cruelty: you’re no better; you’re no different—you are the same, a mindless, heartless mass of people who should know better but don’t. Concentrate on this.

Franque23

*https://www.britannica.com/topic/concentration-camp

** https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/27/us/immigrant-children-sexual-abuse.html

***https://truthout.org/articles/in-35-states-cops-can-legally-have-sex-with-someone-in-custody/

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There’s an ol’ saying: “It only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch!”

Sad, but true, a rotten stench lingers longer than the fresh scent of a rose. And the heated passion often present when anyone speaks about an ill-doing, a crime or some offense of any kind, slips through conversations easier than ‘That-a-boys’ do. Like it or not, it’s human nature to slow down to scan over a scene of an accident no matter how gross the view.

Stories about bad cops splash across newspaper headlines but what about the ‘good’ cops? Sometimes we hear or read about things a good cop does but no where near as often as we learn about the cops who went ‘south.’ (BTW—why is something said to have gone ,’South,’ when it’s gone bad? Why not gone, North?’ It’s freakin’ cold up north and nice down south…anyway)

Here’s a true story from my family about a great cop who help us all this very holiday season-this is a Christmas miracle story.

Set up: My daughter and family had gone to a large Florida water attraction for the day. Rings were left in the car so they wouldn’t be lost in the tumbling, sliding water. Unfortunately, the car was broken into that day and my daughter’s rings were stolen. Worse, two of these were family heir-loom diamond rings—not replaceable.

They filed a police report.

My daughter cried (after screaming to the moon…)

My wife cried when she heard the news.

All of us prayed for the rings to be found but what were the chances? Zip, zilch, not gonna happen, sorta like Alabama going blue, way in left forget-about-it field, a stiff upper lip deal and talk about how things don’t matter….that’s how it was.

Then, THEN, I get this note from my daughter tonight

Enjoy the weaving’s of a miracle for Christmas! ……

NOTE:

You guys! I shared with you the bad news, so now I have to tell you the good news — THEY FOUND THE RINGS! Feeling so blessed. We fasted, prayed and hoped. The officer told me that so many little things came together that made it possible to find them, and had just one of those things not happened, he would have never found the rings. I really feel like this is an answer to prayers. So thank you to all of you who prayed with us! I know my Gram is smiling down on us as we get a little piece of her back to our family. ❤

I (My daughter) called last night to speak to the officer on the case about the rings. I need to get a new ID and was told I need a copy of the police report to get it. As such, I called and reminded the officer of my case: the day they were stolen, how many rings, what type etc. He said later after we spoke, he was put on a burglary. They got the guy’s prints and were able to identify the criminal. He looked up the history on the guy and saw that he had pawned items on the same day I just mentioned to him my jewelry had been stolen. So, on a hunch, the officer went down to the listed pawn shop and asked specifically about items pawned that day and described the type of rings he was looking for. There are dozens of pawn shops in Orlando, and the officer said had he not known the right shop to go to and had the information on hand, he would have never recovered them. So it was me calling the day I did, him being the officer put on another case involving the same guy who stole my rings (dozens of officers could have been assigned that case and wouldn’t have put two and two together.) and him seeing the guy had pawned something on the same day as I just spoke with him earlier. He’s got a plethora of cases and mine wouldn’t always be in the forefront of his mind. So I am counting it a miracle and am so happy and thankful…”

This cop more than did his job; he cared. Everyday, in every way, we have Cops like this guy who work hard and go out of their way to help all of us. Everyday.  The next time you read about a cop gone, ‘south,’ remember this story and think about how many other police people are out on our streets in America doing the best they can for all of us! Everyday; every-way.

Good Cop case in point: My fishing buddy’s son, James Hager, was recently  working marine patrol in the Florida Keys  when, as his shift ended, he heard his radio flash that a boat may have capsized in the gulf…. He re-tooled his boat, put her in and headed out. He searched, looking, and saw a dot, one that got larger as he approached. Finally, he saw this. James made the national news; he saved these boys.

This is James looking back as the boys get on board…

Not many of us know we are risking our lives when we go to work-cops do.

Marta Danylyk, second from right, arrives for the funeral mass for her fiancée, Euless, Texas, Police Officer David Hofer, Monday, March 7, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Hofer was killed Tuesday, March 1 while responding to reports of shots fired in a park. Hofer was a 2008 graduate of New York University who served in the NYPD for five years before joining the Euless Police Department in 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

This is more than a Christmas miracle for my family. It is a wake up call; a certain reminder that the men in blue are working to help us have a better life.

Thanks to Good cops everywhere. Merry Christmas.

Franque23


(I received this letter my sister, Sharon Franquemont, had written to a cousin….as it is, our extended family is about 50/50 Democrat or Republican, though some would be libertarian/green party etc. It got me thinking that, as it should be, we are all together, living through trying times. Internal and external forces are always at work in every society and it remains of utmost importance that here, as Americans, and elsewhere that we keep our dialogues going, open, accepting and informative.)

Thanks, sis, for the read.

“A couple of weeks ago a work colleague who voted for and admires Trump and I had a debate about voter fraud.  What we soon discovered is that we both have completely different streams of news and facts. It was illuminating.

I wondered if our exchange was rooted in Russian generated disinformation campaign with the goal to create division and chaos in our country. Or was this stark reality difference guided by something more internal in USA?

BTW, I think chaos, confusion and undercutting of our Democracy was already in the Russian playbook,  regardless of who won the election. if Hillary had won, we’d be hearing about her email fraud, her corrupt murders and bribery, so I don’t think this is a Trump issue. He is far worse than I expected and I expected pretty someone horrible—never believed he was a wise businessman capable of making ‘deals’ that would lead us through to the other side.

And, I never forget that many of my Republican friends were equally horrified by Obama’s Presidency.

As to Climate Change, in 1993 I met my beloved friend and soul brother, David Berry. We worked collaboratively on the volunteer Prayer Vigil for the Earth in DC for 20 years.

At the time I met David, he was working for the Department of Interior and was interested in interdepartmental sharing of environment data  He formed an after hours working group across many of the departments and they began sharing data. This after hours working group eventually lead him to an assignment in the White House working directly for Katy McGinty’s Council on Environmental Quality.  He later became known internationally and is now an honored elder member of the Balaton Group, an elite global sustainable group, and also chair of the USA Roundtable on Water.

Somewhere around 1999 he started very privately telling me and others that statistically there was no turning back. Humanity was over the edge and the Earth would become increasingly hot, seas would rise, and environmental degradation was already on the way.  I worked through a lot of horrible thoughts and feelings about this, but landed on this may or may not happen.  Thus far, it looks like it is happening.

Beyond David, Maurice Strong, the ‘father’ of global sustainability in that he convened the first UN global conversation on the issue in 1972, the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio and 1995 follow-up, and his wife Hanne Strong have been friends since 1995.  Although Maurice died a few years back, I’ve followed via them the perilous path of bringing these issues forward.

I have zero interest in debating Climate Change’s reality with anyone. Ultimately, time will reveal the truth.  Will I stand for Climate Change work? Absolutely.  Do I think, given the state of everything now, Climate Crisis is on the horizon? Yes, I do and not sure what we can do about it, but acknowledge its high probability. Humans have amazing ingenuity and adaptability, so I remain more hopeful than many, yet preparing honestly for different future topography and weather patterns seems like a good idea.

But the issue with you is far broader than Climate Change. I have zero trust in the sources you’ve been quoting and advocating since we began our conversation. And, it even goes deeper than that. Our 2016 conversation on the dock reached for me a critical point when realized how very different our values are. From that perspective, I wasn’t sure how useful our exchange could be for either of us, so was glad when we switched to saying that the systems were suspect.

You and I have been close for many decades and, perhaps lifetimes, if one believes in those things.  May I request that you stop lobbying me from Breitbart or similar news sources.  No, I don’t believe in Bannon’s philosophy or predictions for coming world wars, unless of course, he and the administration are instrumental in creating them.

I cannot fathom your and others continual support for Trump and his administration.  God help us.  I mean that literally.

With abiding affection from a different world and world view,”

Americans hold many world views and freedom of speech is a building block of our society. I have to say, it does bother me how those who oppose the views held by the Alt-right or Neo- Nazi ideologies are often referred to as Leftists in many columns. Thing is, while some who oppose the KKK and Alt-right may be leftists, the basic truth is many claims made by the alt-right, KKK, or Nazi sympathizers are not within the fundamental frame-work of ideas most thought to be American. Many who oppose the radical right marches are simply, Americans.

Simply, American.

Peace-

Franque23(Thanks for the writing, sis.)


A report today….
“But the defining moment for Mr. Bannon came Saturday night in the form of an executive order giving the rumpled right-wing agitator a full seat on the “principals committee” of the National Security Council — while downgrading the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence, who will now attend only when the council is considering issues in their direct areas of responsibilities. It is a startling elevation of a political adviser, to a status alongside the secretaries of state and defense, and over the president’s top military and intelligence advisers.” *
Is anyone out there thinking like I am that this isn’t good? Does this move bode well for American security?
Here’s part of the deal in a ‘Nut-shell’, no pun intended. Trumps basic thematic message during his presidential campaign was to not trust our experts in Washington since they’d screwed everything up for the past so many years. This is why, in part, his appointments seem so left fieldish. (No,I don’t mean fiendish) Trump has turned away from appointing established experienced party members who may seem qualified for positions and mostly chosen out-of-the-blue new faces instead. Why? Experience doesn’t matter—this is part of Trump’s message.  When a horse is in a race, experience doesn’t make that horse win, the horse just has to be faster than anyone else in the race to win.
I get that twenty or more years of discontentment with a weakening middle class, blue-collar workers, farmers and many well-educated grads who can’t find work in their field of study, has created a huge ground swell of grass roots voters. They agreed with Trump: throw the experience out; it isn’t helping us.
It’s just that some areas of our government does, by an inherent understanding, require experience to be ,well, safe. Screw up a pipe line decision and some will be happy, others mad, some better off and others may die. Thing is, many agendas have a ‘wash’ affect built within their sphere’s of influence. But National Security?
National Security in terms of how America postures with long-term adversaries and new-found threats is NOT an area where experience is to be taken lightly—no way, no how.  An event that leads the world closer to conflict is not akin to the barn door being left open; it’s  can be so much worse.
I had a father and his four brothers who all fought in war for our Military. I have relatives now who have served or are serving in our military. Through their eyes I have been given small glimpses into the severe importance of our military’s actions. Trump should have never downgraded our own Generals and our CIA when it comes to his access to their opinions and intelligence. He did that today, and it’s wrong.
I trust our military; we have the strongest military in the world! Anyone who thinks as I do that our military leaders are the ones who should be advising our President on military maters of national security had better contact their representatives or the White House.
Democrats and Republicans need to unite and stop this particular peculiar move by President Trump.
Franque23

The Isis and other extremists may be shifting world power, but not in their direction. No, it’s the Russians who are emerging center stage, not just in the Middle East, but on a world-wide front.

Putin has shown his ability to lead his army in the direction he chooses-Detente be damned-he flips the switch and the bombs fall.

bomb-2_3459908bThis picture is captioned: Russians bomb US-backed Syrian rebels.

So yeah, while America remains grid locked on who to blame for just about anything that’s ever happened in our country or elsewhere, Russia has its eye and muscle on its soft southern underbelly, where newly formed countries feature large Muslim population. As a well read, knowledgeable, and longtime friend wrote- “Putin has many dogs in this fight.  14% or so of Russians are Muslims and some, like the radicals in Chechnya, are already terrorists. The vast majority of Central Asia is Muslim.  This includes the so called independent republics of the former Soviet Union like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. “ *

Russia’s southern frontier and even it’s internal populations have large Muslim populations, and Russia intends to rule these populations with an iron fist without apology.

It's another no brainer.....a hoax head's up!

It’s another no brainer…..a hoax head’s up!……

There is currently a huge hoax e-mail circulating among FB and other sites that fictitiously put very harsh words in the Russian President’s mouth , words that pertain to immigration into Russia…forget those posting….those are bogus.

Still…

Putin clearly drew a line in the sand for Muslim populations and other minorities back in 2012…

“On the whole, the adaptation of guest workers is a separate and comprehensive issue. We must create the conditions for immigrants to normally integrate into our society, learn Russian and, of course, respect our culture and traditions and abide by Russian law. In this regard, I believe that the decision to make learning the Russian language compulsory and administer exams is well grounded. To do so, we will need to carry out major organizational work and introduce corresponding legislative amendments. I’d like to ask the Federal Migration Service and other departments to submit specific proposals to the government. These proposals should be openly discussed with ethnic minorities as well as public and religious organizations. This should be mandatory for all guest workers regardless of their future employment.” Putin 2012.

See, Putin’s words don’t exactly throw a warm blanket on the opportunity for immigration into Russia.

No, the Russian stance on immigration into their country reads more like, my way or the highway.

I find myself wondering how the French are feeling about immigration right about now. In America, for sure, we have trucks, planes and ship loads of people who hope to build fences high enough to keep Mexican’s out, and think Muslim is short hand for hooligans, murders and religious fanaticism.

What to do in a world seemingly gone mad? Russia has answered the bell, and may not stop fighting until the entire Middle East is riddled with pot holes the size of bomb blasts. Remember also, Russia has a 1980 score to even in Afghanistan.

President Obama has done an about face on his, “No Boots on the ground,” philosophy toward conflict in the Middle East, but the forces he can command through the America people are minuscule in comparison to the turmoil he hopes to quell. Russia, on the other hand, is willing to bomb the piss out of anyone in the region, and maybe beyond.

In my mind, two scary prospects are building in the Middle East at this time. One, Putin is equipped and well-disposed to take the lead in the fight against terrorism in The Middle East; Two, Halliburton has been pushing the US to safe guard its oil resources located in the Middle East, and all of its future pipeline construction plans.** Is it possible that this money driven world power-Halliburton- might get in bed with another country if America proves too ineffective at maintaining peace so it can go about business as usual? It’s a thought, and maybe you think this idea an impossibility, but Halliburton has never been about America, only about using our country’s troops to build and safe guard its fortunes.

In the end, maybe never soon enough, it does seem America and the world will have to stop talking about terrorism and flat out fight it, house to house, passport to passport, and wiretap to outer space eavesdropping. Russia already has. Terrorism is not a game, but there’s a saying- follow the leader.

Some would say we can educate and feed the Terrorists organizations out of desperate acts and into prosperity. That is certainly taking the high road, and the very long road with regard to the situation. For now it seems the world can’t effectively keep the terrorist out of our places of worship, living and businesses. What to do? Russia will drop bombs-more.

Franque23.

*Thank you reader Marc

**Here’s the low down blog on Halliburton…https://franque23.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/military-maneuvers-and-the-future-of-the-middle-east/


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My daughter, Kelly Shiohira, is currently working in Africa in the field of International Education and holds a Masters from U. of Penn. She has called for the distinction between pro choice and pro abortion.

“Do not confuse “Pro-Choice” and “pro-abortion”: They are not the same. People have various reasons for being pro-choice. Many of us are feminists: We believe women and their bodies should not be controlled by the patriarchy that still dominates government. Many of us believe in the inherent goodness of people: If you give people a choice – a real choice, where they have the means to ensure their baby is supported – they will make the right one. The corollary is that many of us believe women who do get abortions are in desperate situations and need support rather than condemnation. And many of us are rationalists: We can separate emotion and logic and agree that the systems are not in place to support the population we have, let alone an influx of abandoned children. We see the dangers inherent in banning abortion: Abandoned babies born to the poor in secret and left in dumpsters; illegal procedures both painful and life-threatening; and, if they survive infancy, maladjusted children growing into adults prone to the cycle. We want real solutions for women, not legislation. We want fundraising for the women and children nutrition programme, free access to medical care, early and parenting education programmes. We want a society where no woman feels she has to make that choice, where every child and adult is adequately supported and developed. Then we can talk about legislation.”

Of course, I’m proud of my daughter who reaps some clarity from within the barrage of emotional hog-wash that’s being tossed on the issue of Women’s Rights with regard to abortion. This is not an easy task.

Franque23

Book one, Avatar Magic, and book two, The Code of Avatar Magic are on kindle now. Please enjoy this Sci-fi romance.

Book one: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B0NYO80
Book two: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KXMIIOK


Here’s the facts on what is perhaps the worlds greatest city!!!! Link below*…Thanks to Bunny for posting on FB–amazing.
1. Pinball was banned in the city until 1978. The NYPD even held “Prohibition-style” busts.
2. It is a misdemeanor to fart in NYC churches.
3. It costs $1 million to get a license (medallion) to operate a taxicab.
4. The first pizzeria in the United States was opened in NYC in 1895.
5. In 1857, toilet paper was invented by Joseph C. Gayetty in NYC.
6. The Jewish population in NYC is the largest in the world outside of Israel.
7. Up until World War II, everyone in the entire city who was moving apartments had to move on May 1.

en.wikipedia.org
8. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay.
9. There’s a man who mines sidewalk cracks for gold. He can make over $600 a week.
10. According to New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, the last hurricane to pass directly over the city was in 1821. The storm surge was so high that the city was flooded up to Canal Street.
11. Hog Island, a one-mile-long island south of Rockaway Beach, was never seen again after the hurricane of 1893.
12. New York City’s leading hurricane historian, Nicholas Coch, a professor of coastal geology at Queens College, believes that this is the only reported incidence ever of the removal of an entire island by a hurricane.

Via en.wikipedia.org
13. Up until 1957, there was a pneumatic mail tube system that was used to connect 23 post offices across 27 miles. At one point, it moved 97,000 letters a day.

Via untappedcities.com
14. Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.
15. There are tiny shrimp called copepods in NYC’s drinking water.
16. On Nov. 28, 2012, not a single murder, shooting, stabbing, or other incident of violent crime in NYC was reported for an entire day. The first time in basically ever.
17. There’s a wind tunnel near the Flat Iron building that can raise women’s skirts. Men used to gather outside of the Flat Iron building to watch.

Via mcnyblog.org
18. About 1 in every 38 people living in the United States resides in New York City.
19. New York City has more people than 39 of the 50 states in the U.S.
20. There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.
21. There is a death in New York City every 9.1 minutes.
22. The borough of Brooklyn on its own would be the fourth largest city in the United States. Queens would also rank fourth nationally.
23. New York City has the largest Chinese population of any city outside of Asia.
24. New York has the largest Puerto Rican population of any city in the world.
25. PONY stands for Product of New York.

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26. In 1920, a horse-drawn carriage filled with explosives was detonated on Wall Street killing 30 people. No one was ever caught, and it is considered to be one of the first acts of domestic terrorism.
27. In nine years, Madison Square Garden’s lease will run out and it will have to move.
28. UPS, FedEx, and other commercial delivery companies receive up to 7,000 parking tickets a DAY, contributing up to $120 million in revenue for the city of New York.
29. It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.

The New York Times / Via nytimes.com
30. Sixty percent of cigarettes sold in NYC are illegally smuggled from other states.
31. There was one homicide on 9/11, and it remains unsolved.
32. There are “fake” buildings in the city that are used for subway maintenance and ventilation. The building below in the middle, located in Brooklyn, has a fake facade. There is no brownstone within.

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33. Chernobyl is closer to New York than Fukushima is to L.A.
34. There are more undergrad and graduate students in NYC than Boston has people.
35. New York City’s 520-mile coastline is longer than those of Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined.
36. The Empire State building has its own zip code.
37. The East River is not a river, it’s a tidal estuary.
38. There is a secret train platform in the Waldorf Astoria hotel.

Charles Mostoller / Barcroft Media / Getty Images
39. When the Dutch first arrived to Manhattan, there were massive oyster beds. In fact, Ellis Island and Liberty Island were called Little Oyster and Big Oyster Island.
40. McSorley’s, the oldest Irish ale house in NYC, didn’t allow women inside until 1970.
41. Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries.
42. There are 20,000 bodies buried in Washington Square Park alone.
43. The original Penn Station was considered to be one of the most beautiful train stations in the world but was torn down because of declining rail usage.

Ewing Galloway/Hulton Archive / Getty Images
44. NYC garbage collectors call maggots “disco rice.”
45. In 2010, 38% of all 911 calls in NYC were butt dials.
46. Times Square is named after the New York Times. It was originally called Longacre Square until 1904 when the NYT moved there.
47. The entire world’s population could fit in the state of Texas if it were as densely populated as New York City.
48. In 1975, the city of New York sold a private island in the East River for $10.

Courtesy of the NYC Audubon / Via tpl.org
49. The winter of 1780 was so harsh in New York that New York harbor froze over. People could walk from Manhattan to Staten Island on the ice.
50. From 1904 to 1948 there was an 18th Street station on the 4/5/6 line. It’s abandoned now, but you can still see it on local 6 trains.

Via en.wikipedia.org
51. The narrowest house in NYC is in the West Village: 75 1/2 Bedford Street is just over 9 feet wide.

Via en.wikipedia.org
52. In 1906, the Bronx Zoo put an African man on exhibit in the monkey house.
53. Credit card minimums ARE legal in the city. In 2010, Congress passed a law saying up to a $10 minimum was legal.
54. It would cost about $17,000 to take a cab from NYC to L.A.
55. In 1922, there was a Straw Hat Riot. It was an unofficial rule in NYC that straw hats weren’t allowed to be worn past Sept. 15, but some unruly kids started snatching people’s hats a few days before that causing an uprising that lasted a few days.
56. Eating a New York bagel is equivalent to eating one-quarter to one-half a loaf of bread.
57. NYC buries its unclaimed bodies on an island off the coast of the Bronx called Hart Island. Since 1869, nearly a million bodies have been buried there. The island is not open to the public.

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58. There’s a 150-foot-deep hole (15 stories) on Park Avenue between 36th and 37th streets.
59. The price of a slice of pizza and the cost of a single ride on the subway has been nearly equal for the past 50 years.
60. The scary nitrogen gas tanks you see on the corners of streets are used to keep underground telephone wires dry.

Franque23

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/60-facts-that-will-make-nyc-feel-like-a-whole-new-place?sub=3097260_2643500&utm_term=.msqom7EmA%23.hh4RPmqY7Y


Wait a minute, wait a minute-oh yeah. Police and me go way back, in good and bad ways. Thing is, I grew up on Long Island knowing the policeman was my friend, and they were. The men in blue smiled whenever I looked their way as a boy, and people in general were supportive of the uniform and all that it stood for.

The running joke whenever a friend found a copper penny was to say it was a dirty copper. Saying those words was being naughty, and it bothered me so much after the one time I did utter the words I never spoke them again. I remember my mom and dad being pulled over on at least two occasions and being given warnings-not tickets- I think dad was speeding through Iowa corn field roads and my mom had gone the wrong way on a one way street. They were given Warnings; not tickets.

The trouble started when I hit my mid teens. There were rumors that the police in New York City’s village were also involved in drug trafficking. I’d gotten a speeding ticket I didn’t deserve and I’d beaten the ticket in court after flying witnesses back to long Island from their upstate New York home. The judge dressed the cop down in court for being so out of line-just picking on teenagers-and it all got me thinking. Policemen are people like everyone else, but for the fact that they have power, and I’d already learned what Lord Action had to say about power….”Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”Lord Acton

Then came the war of drugs, (better thought of as the war on our own kids), the shooting at Kent State, other shootings, and finally we arrive to today where citizens, or not, are being strangled on sidewalks, shot in the back, wrongly killed in their home as a result of mistaken identities, harassed, beaten and sometimes even raped by police….Oy Vey!!!

I think our citizens, even our police, should be subject to gun laws.

Recently I learned from a person in England, common folk we’d contacted through B&B search, who said when we asked about bad communities…”What bad communities? We don’t have any-no one has guns…”Those words gave me pause.

There’s something missing today in the relationship between our police and our common citizens, and it’s the same thing that’s missing in America’s society in general: a sense of mutual love and respect for one another. How can we regain the pride American’s once felt about their country, their representatives, their police officers and , finally, in themselves? To me, that’s the real question. Who could have that answer?

On a very small-scale, I think traffic police should have to issue citizens several warnings for minor violations to individuals before they could slap a 150$ fine on any person for going 45 in a 35 zone. Never mind that I think we have WAY tooooo many traffic police wasting tax dollars as they drive around in cars with rolled up windows,,, the issue of how our tax dollars are spent by our used to be friendly local police force came to light recently in Gainesville. Citizens wanted a cop in every local grade school thru high school. The Police said they couldn’t afford to do that but mind you, their traffic police cars are so numerous that they can create minor traffic jams on our city streets sometimes. Duh….

If ever there was a place the rubber meets the road when it comes to police and the local citizens it’s during traffic violation stops…..and again, those minor speeding tickets should mostly be warnings-NOT fines. This slight computer logged and checked system would greatly enhance the relationship between us normal folk and our gun carrying officers.

Any way,,,call me old, but I remember when most people thought of our policemen in the best light, and held them to the highest standards. That should still be the case today. Speaking of case-one other thought, as a reader of this blog so eloquently wrote a while back…=there should be a trial anytime any policeman kills a citizen who is unarmed, period, end of story until the judge rules. Review boards are not what American citizens bargained for when it comes to proper investigations, and court rulings on matters of wrongful death.

So please, can we deliver the letter of the law back to it’s rightful spot in our society, back to a helpful place? Deliver that letter, The sooner the better-oh yeah…..

Cheers….. Franque23


People on the Right often say, “But the Unions did this or that…” Well here’s the thing–every union right was agreed upon at a table that joined business owners and union people together-so how is it that only one group at those negotiations is held responsible for what is accepted by the joint business/owners/union meetings and contracts? NO one brings guns to negotiations… it’s a give and take process…if the outcomes from contractual agreements are bad, then both owners and worker unions are to blame…it’s a two-way street. The trash talk on unions is baloney…and the Republicans can’t stop lying about this process. Their agenda is to enrich the powerful top 2% of Americans, little else.

Deregulation of wall street and the sub-prime lending push, both sponsored by the Republicans, led directly to America’s last economic crash—-the Republican refusal to raise the debt ceiling so that America could pay off debt it ALREADY owed was a disaster for our country as well. You know, while I attended Gettysburg college, I used to , on occasion, eat lunch with Ex-President Eisenhower. Surrounded by secret service, he’d laugh, joke and talk to us about  America once a week. Some Republicans in the past(not Reagan) were good leaders….this group we have had since Reagan are hell-bent on breaking the back of the working class for the sake of big business. Though the party offers a few good ideas about too many Medicaid checks/family services checks-their other agendas do not favor anyone but the top 2% income bracket in America. Of course, well-to-do Americans-upper middle class-think the Republicans help their economic standing, but they don’t….and won’t.

Have Republicans no sense of recent history? Nearly all of America’s wealth has shifted to the top 2%-actually, the top 1% since 1980. Everyone knows,  every chart shows, middle class earning in actual dollar’s value has gone down since the mid 1980’s……Big Business doesn’t need our governments handouts or help—the working families in America do! But Republicans continue to campaign for more deregulation, fracking-a known environmental disaster, the end of social security, and harp that business should have the same rights as people in our constitution! 72% of Americans polled think this last gem of an idea is wrong, and an affront to basic humanitarian rights. The phrase is, We The People, not we the business. These are some of the reasons the Democrats have won during the past two Presidential elections, and why they will win in 2016-unless, the Republican Party can somehow stop trying to dismantle a National Health Care system that 28 million people have joined and favor, along with ending their worn-out, tried and failed pro-business platforms.

Bernie Sanders put forth some good ideas the Republicans might want to look over and consider adopting as part of the political platforms for 2016.

Bernie Sander’s page…..

a bunch of ideas I favor....From Bernie Sander's FB page...

There’s much more to say about the mistakes of the Right–but that can wait. Thing is, if the Republicans want to win in 2016, they shouldn’t wait to make big changes in their political agendas. Americans didn’t vote in numbers in this past 2014 mid-term election, but they will in 2016, and in the past two Presidential Elections we’ve made our preferences clear.

The majority of Americans are pro-environmental protection; pro alternative energy;  pro worker’s rights; and pro National Health care. Get a grip Republicans; listen up.

Franque23

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