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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

AOC is the new Mother Jones!







Fight for $15 and a Union fast food workers strike to demand $15/hour on MLK’s birthday



Asunta Cavallucci and her sister Maria lost her father, a baker in Baltimore MD, when she was 14 (about 1925. 

My Grandmother Isabella Cavallucci had relatives in Coatesville, The Teti family I think. 

Asunta and Maria had to go to work in the textile mills.

Asunta Cavallucci married James Anthony Pitcherella. I was born in 1943. 

My dad was born in 1910. He finished high school and went to work at Lukens Steel Company Coatesville, PA. 

My Dad on the ladder
of his gantry crane. Lukens
Steel Company.
I could see the pain on his face when he spoke about working 12 hour shifts 5 days a week and 10 hours on Saturday. He often worked "an extra." An extra was a 12 hour day shift 1/2 hour for dinner then a 12 hour night shift, followed by a day shift the next day, 36 hours straight.

Occasionally he did 2 "extras" in a week a 94 hour work week with no overtime.

My dad said, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the greatest president we ever had. 






My Grandma Cavallucci holding me at
my 1st. birthday party. Isabella Cavallucci 
was choir director and organist at the 
Holy Rosary Church about 100 feet down
Black Horse Hill Road from our house.
My mom, Sue and my Aunt Mary and my Aunt Lena lived with my dad, my brother Joe, My Grandmom Isabella Cavallucci in Coatesville, PA. 

Now and then I heard them say "the mill." The mill carried a heavy weight. As a young boy I could feel that "the mill" was hell on earth. 



On my Dad's side of the family, the Pitcherella side, My Aunt Angie the second oldest of my Grandmother Filomena Pitcherella's 7 children also worked in the silk mills.



As the first images of President Joe Biden’s Oval Office began to circulate online, a prominently placed bust of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez drew swift comment. Nestled amid Biden family photos behind the president’s desk, the bronze statuette appeared to signal a commitment to the Latinx and worker struggles for which Chavez, founder of the union that would later become the United Farm Workers of America, fought...


Following decades of anti-worker, anti-union labor laws established in this country, the Hunts Point strike comes at a time of robust and potent labor organizing. Last February, the House passed an omnibus labor reform bill, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which would overturn a number of anti-worker Supreme Court decisions.


The strike at the market, aimed at a key chokepoint of commodity circulation, underlines the necessity of collective action, the solidarity it requires, and the critical role of strong unions. This sort of high-stakes, hard-fought labor action — which entails significant sacrifices from workers — is the least that powerful business owners should face when workers are deemed “essential” but treated as disposable.


“We’re only essential when it suits them,” said Darren Brenner, a 52-year-old warehouse worker who has been a Teamsters member at the market for 31 years. “There were guys who died. I got the virus and brought it home to my family,” he told me on Thursday afternoon, standing at the barricaded entrance to the distribution center with a few dozen co-workers, maintaining the picket line through the quieter day shift. Brenner said that while he and his family fully recovered from Covid-19, numerous other co-workers “never came back” from the disease.


According to a Local 202 spokesperson, hundreds of workers were infected with Covid-19, and six died. “Our jobs are always dangerous. For them to offer us 32 cents — to think that’s what we’re worth to them. It’s an insult.”


The Bronx’s own Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helped draw broader attention to Hunts Point, eschewing Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day to join the picket line. And Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., while iterating as a thousand mitten-clad memes across social media on Wednesday, tweeted his support for the strike. “Essential workers should not have to go on strike for decent pay,” he wrote.


MORE AT:


Forget Biden’s Bust of Cesar Chavez: Hunts Point Strike Is the Bold Labor Action the Country Needs

Essential workers, ravaged by the pandemic as their bosses raked in millions, organized from the bottom up and won concessions.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

I worked by email on items related to corruption, domestic terrorism & drug deals in the City of Coatesville PA with a locally operating DOJ intelligence officer. Sessions took over, the email went dead. DOJ is corrupted. How do you investigate the DOJ?

"Around 6 p.m., Mr. Rosen, Mr. Donoghue and Mr. Clark met at the White House with Mr. Trump, Mr. Cipollone, his deputy Patrick Philbin and other lawyers. Mr. Trump had Mr. Rosen and Mr. Clark present their arguments to him.


Mr. Cipollone advised the president not to fire Mr. Rosen and he reiterated, as he had for days, that he did not recommend sending the letter to Georgia lawmakers. Mr. Engel advised Mr. Trump that he and the department’s remaining top officials would resign if he fired Mr. Rosen, leaving Mr. Clark alone at the department.


Mr. Trump seemed somewhat swayed by the idea that firing Mr. Rosen would trigger not only chaos at the Justice Department, but also congressional investigations and possibly recriminations from other Republicans and distract attention from his efforts to overturn the election results.


After nearly three hours, Mr. Trump ultimately decided that Mr. Clark’s plan would fail, and he allowed Mr. Rosen to stay.


Mr. Rosen and his deputies concluded they had weathered the turmoil. Once Congress certified Mr. Biden’s victory, there would be little for them to do until they left along with Mr. Trump in two weeks.


They began to exhale days later as the Electoral College certification at the Capitol got underway. And then they received word: The building had been breached."

 

It appears that breaching the Capitol, a coup by Trump assisted & directed by Republican members of Congress & Senate was plan B.

Justice is coming:

It's going to be exposed. Members of Congress & Senate should come clean & make deals now to minimize their prison time. 



“On New Year’s Eve, the trio met to discuss Mr. Clark’s refusal to hew to the department’s conclusion that the election results were valid. Mr. Donoghue flatly told Mr. Clark that what he was doing was wrong. The next day, Mr. Clark told Mr. Rosen — who had mentored him while they worked together at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis — that he was going to discuss his strategy with the president early the next week, just before Congress was set to certify Mr. Biden’s electoral victory.


Unbeknown to the acting attorney general, Mr. Clark’s timeline moved up. He met with Mr. Trump over the weekend, then informed Mr. Rosen midday on Sunday that the president intended to replace him with Mr. Clark, who could then try to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results. He said that Mr. Rosen could stay on as his deputy attorney general, leaving Mr. Rosen speechless.


Unwilling to step down without a fight, Mr. Rosen said that he needed to hear straight from Mr. Trump and worked with the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, to convene a meeting for early that evening.


Even as Mr. Clark’s pronouncement was sinking in, stunning news broke out of Georgia: State officials had recorded an hourlong call, published by The Washington Post, during which Mr. Trump pressured them to manufacture enough votes to declare him the victor. As the fallout from the recording ricocheted through Washington, the president’s desperate bid to change the outcome in Georgia came into sharp focus.


Mr. Rosen and Mr. Donoghue pressed ahead, informing Steven Engel, the head of the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel, about Mr. Clark’s latest maneuver. Mr. Donoghue convened a late-afternoon call with the department’s remaining senior leaders, laying out Mr. Clark’s efforts to replace Mr. Rosen.


Mr. Rosen planned to soon head to the White House to discuss his fate, Mr. Donoghue told the group. Should Mr. Rosen be fired, they all agreed to resign en masse. For some, the plan brought to mind the so-called Saturday Night Massacre of the Nixon era, where Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and his deputy resigned rather than carry out the president’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating him.


The Clark plan, the officials concluded, would seriously harm the department, the government and the rule of law. For hours, they anxiously messaged and called one another as they awaited Mr. Rosen’s fate.


Around 6 p.m., Mr. Rosen, Mr. Donoghue and Mr. Clark met at the White House with Mr. Trump, Mr. Cipollone, his deputy Patrick Philbin and other lawyers. Mr. Trump had Mr. Rosen and Mr. Clark present their arguments to him.


Mr. Cipollone advised the president not to fire Mr. Rosen and he reiterated, as he had for days, that he did not recommend sending the letter to Georgia lawmakers. Mr. Engel advised Mr. Trump that he and the department’s remaining top officials would resign if he fired Mr. Rosen, leaving Mr. Clark alone at the department.


Mr. Trump seemed somewhat swayed by the idea that firing Mr. Rosen would trigger not only chaos at the Justice Department, but also congressional investigations and possibly recriminations from other Republicans and distract attention from his efforts to overturn the election results.


After nearly three hours, Mr. Trump ultimately decided that Mr. Clark’s plan would fail, and he allowed Mr. Rosen to stay.


Mr. Rosen and his deputies concluded they had weathered the turmoil. Once Congress certified Mr. Biden’s victory, there would be little for them to do until they left along with Mr. Trump in two weeks.


They began to exhale days later as the Electoral College certification at the Capitol got underway. And then they received word: The building had been breached.


Maggie Haberman contributed reporting from New York.”


MORE AT: 


The New York Times


Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General


Trying to find another avenue to push his baseless election claims, Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist, and had the men make their cases to him.


Jan. 22, 2021 Updated 10:31 p.m. ET


Friday, January 22, 2021

Sorry, but in relationship to what citizens of the United States believe, the political party most like the Republican Party of 2021 is the Nazi Party of Germany. A near match.

Make no mistake about it the GOP IS TRUMP'S GOP.

Republicans speak no ill about Trump because their base, that dominates primary elections, will destroy them if they do. 


 

“In early 1933, just before Hitler's appointment to the chancellorship, the party showed an under-representation of "workers", who made up 30% of the membership but 46% of German society. 


Conversely, white-collar employees (19% of members and 12% of Germans), the self-employed (20% of members and 10% of Germans) and civil servants (15% of members and 5% of the German population) had joined in proportions greater than their share of the general population.[114] “


FROM:

Wikipedia

Nazi Party




“On these questions, independents are far more in sync with the broader public: In this poll, support for what Trump did is largely a Republican phenomenon.


By the way, this poll also badly complicates a comforting narrative that has emerged in the aftermath of the storming of the Capitol: The idea that the refusal to accept democratic outcomes is largely driven by economic dispossession.


Indeed, a small but real core of respondents who are either college-educated or come from households with incomes of $100,000 and more say there is solid evidence of Trump’s fraud claims, that Trump bears no responsibility for the attack, that he has acted responsibly, and that GOP leaders did not go too far in helping him try to nullify the election.


In our poll’s crosstabs, the percentages of those classes of educated and relatively affluent voters who support those positions vary from the low-to-mid-20s to the low 30s. As Adam Serwer suggests, there was a middle-class strain among the rioters — cops, reactionary business owner-operator types — and that pattern may be reflected more broadly in an educated and middle-class reactionary component to support for overturning hated election outcomes.”


FROM:

Trump’s GOP has an ugly authoritarian core. A new poll exposes it.


Greg Sargent



In Germany a highly trained cabinet maker is a secure, solid middle class job. 


I worked with a journeyman cabinet maker in Hanover Pennsylvania who was an artilleryman in Hitler's army on the Eastern Front. He said "Hitler did bad things but he put people to work." I'm sure a lot of people agree with him. 

 

Also keep in mind that Germany had the world's first national health system.


"1883[edit]

Germany has the world's oldest national social health insurance system,[1] with origins dating back to Otto von Bismarck's social legislation, which included the Health Insurance Bill of 1883, Accident Insurance Bill of 1884, and Old Age and Disability Insurance Bill of 1889. Bismarck stressed the importance of three key principles; solidarity, the government is responsible for ensuring access by those who need it, subsidiarity, policies are implemented with the smallest political and administrative influence, and corporatism, the government representative bodies in health care professions set out procedures they deem feasible.[13] Mandatory health insurance originally applied only to low-income workers and certain government employees, but has gradually expanded to cover the great majority of the population.[14]"


FROM:

Healthcare in Germany

 





The seeming assumption in The Washington Post article that Trump’s mostly middle & upper middle class base are not economically stressed is a little off:


I believe all but multi-millionaires understand they are one bad illness or accident away from losing their homes, cars everything they’ve accumulated over their lifetime due to our for profit medical insurance industry. 


Trump excoriated big insurance & big Pharma. He was lying of course. 


Democrats have a simple way of nearly eliminating the threat from the authoritarian core of the Republican Party: 


Medicare for All.


Bernie with “Medicare for All” could have captured almost all economically stressed middle class voters bringing on of course  a landslide victory to Democrats. But the DNC covers their ears when Bernie speaks. 




General membership


Membership of the Nazi Party from 1939


Main article: List of Nazi Party members


The general membership of the Nazi Party mainly consisted of the urban and rural lower middle classes. 7% belonged to the upper class, another 7% were peasants, 35% were industrial workers and 51% were what can be described as middle class. 


In early 1933, just before Hitler's appointment to the chancellorship, the party showed an under-representation of "workers", who made up 30% of the membership but 46% of German society. 


Conversely, white-collar employees (19% of members and 12% of Germans), the self-employed (20% of members and 10% of Germans) and civil servants (15% of members and 5% of the German population) had joined in proportions greater than their share of the general population.[114] 


These members were affiliated with local branches of the party, of which there were 1,378 throughout the country in 1928. In 1932, the number had risen to 11,845, reflecting the party's growth in this period.[114]


When it came to power in 1933, the Nazi Party had over 2 million members. In 1939, the membership total rose to 5.3 million with 81% being male and 19% being female. It continued to attract many more and by 1945 the party reached its peak of 8 million with 63% being male and 37% being female (about 10% of the German population of 80 million).[3][115]


FROM:

Wikipedia

Nazi Party





“The poll contains good news and bad news. The good news is that large majorities are standing up for democracy and the legitimacy of our election, and believe Trump should be held accountable for inciting violent warfare on our political system and, indeed, on our country.


The bad news is that large majorities of Republicans are very much on board with much of what Trump has done.


First, let’s note that truly overwhelming majorities, including among Republicans, condemn the attack itself. That’s great, but deeper in the crosstabs are some pretty dispiriting findings.


On questions that probe underlying attitudes about Trump’s efforts to undermine democracy, the contrast between the broader public and Republican respondents is stark. Here’s a rundown:


  • By 66 percent to 30 percent, Americans overall say Trump acted irresponsibly in his statements and actions since the election. But Republicans say Trump acted responsibly by 66 percent to 29 percent.
  • By 62 percent to 31 percent, Americans say there’s no solid evidence of the claims of voter fraud that Trump cited to refuse to accept Joe Biden’s victory. But Republicans say there is solid evidence of fraud by 65 percent to 25 percent.
  • 57 percent of Americans say Trump bears a great deal or good amount of responsibility for the assault on the Capitol. But 56 percent of Republicans say Trump bears no responsibility at all, and another 22 percent say he bears just some, totaling 78 percent who largely exonerate him.
  • 52 percent of Americans say Republican leaders went too far in supporting Trump’s efforts to overturn the election. But 51 percent of Republicans say GOP leaders didn’t go far enough, while 27 percent say they got it right, a total of 78 percent who are fully on board or wanted more. Only 16 percent of Republicans say they went too far.


On these questions, independents are far more in sync with the broader public: In this poll, support for what Trump did is largely a Republican phenomenon.


Meanwhile, solid majorities of Americans believe Trump should be charged with a crime for inciting the riot (54 percent) and removed from office (56 percent). But among Republicans, opposition to both is running in the mid-80s, demonstrating extraordinary GOP unity against any form of accountability.


To sum up: Large majorities of Republicans support the effort by GOP leaders to overturn the election (which included lawsuits designed to summarily invalidate millions of votes and an extraordinary effort to scuttle Biden’s electors in Congress) and believe (or say they believe) that those GOP leaders were joining Trump’s efforts to correct a confirmed injustice done to him.


By the way, this poll also badly complicates a comforting narrative that has emerged in the aftermath of the storming of the Capitol: The idea that the refusal to accept democratic outcomes is largely driven by economic dispossession.


Indeed, a small but real core of respondents who are either college-educated or come from households with incomes of $100,000 and more say there is solid evidence of Trump’s fraud claims, that Trump bears no responsibility for the attack, that he has acted responsibly, and that GOP leaders did not go too far in helping him try to nullify the election.


In our poll’s crosstabs, the percentages of those classes of educated and relatively affluent voters who support those positions vary from the low-to-mid-20s to the low 30s. As Adam Serwer suggests, there was a middle-class strain among the rioters — cops, reactionary business owner-operator types — and that pattern may be reflected more broadly in an educated and middle-class reactionary component to support for overturning hated election outcomes.


FROM:

Trump’s GOP has an ugly authoritarian core. A new poll exposes it.


Greg Sargent



The Trump supporter in this video below is only one man but for a Trump supporter he has a fairly good grasp of politics:




Trump moved to Palm Beach. Seems to me he’s not going to fit in. Argentina might be a more welcoming place. I mean would Adolf Eichmann move to Florida?

“The good news: He’s no longer at the White House,” said Terrie Rizzo, the chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. “The bad news is he’s going to be in our backyard.”


Ms. Rizzo noted that some local Republicans have left the party since the insurrection at the Capitol — 1,488, according to the Palm Beach County elections supervisor’s office. “I won’t have to do a lot of rallying because having him here will be a rallying cry for Democrats,” Ms. Rizzo said…



“His followers are scary,” Olivia Pall said. “Would one want someone of his personality moving into your neighborhood? He’s a nasty person in every way. He’s such an obnoxious influence on our environment.”


Even some longtime Mar-a-Lago members have parted ways with the resort during the Trump era. Curren Robbins and Kylie Bell, sisters from New York who were visiting their parents this week in Palm Beach, said the family gave up its membership in 2017 after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., when Mr. Trump said there had been “very fine people on both sides” of the clashes.


“I met the Trumps a few times. I knew him to be a humble person and voted for him,” Ms. Robbins said. But the rally was a turning point, she said. “Our family is Jewish,” she said. “We felt it was just too much.”


If Mr. Trump intends to live here permanently, there is likely to be some friction. He signed an agreement with Palm Beach in 1993 that said Mar-a-Lago, a private social club, could not be used as a full-time residence, and some neighbors have pressed Palm Beach officials to enforce the pact. Local reporters spotted moving trucks outside of Mar-a-Lago earlier in the week.


Mr. Trump signed an agreement with Palm Beach in 1993 saying he would not use Mar-a-Lago as a private residence.Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post, via Associated Press

Kirk Blouin, the town manager, said in a statement on Wednesday that officials were “not aware of the president’s intent in this regard.”


“If and when the town learns, as a matter of fact, that President Trump intends to reside at Mar-a-Lago, it will address the matter appropriately at that time,” he said. (Mr. Trump and his relatives own other houses neighboring Mar-a-Lago.)


This month, Palm Beach County officials warned Mar-a-Lago that a New Year’s Eve party held at the venue violated a local mask mandate, as evidenced by social media posts featuring revelers who did not wear face coverings. But no citations were issued, and State Representative Omari Hardy, a Democrat whose district includes parts of the county, said officials gave Mr. Trump’s club special treatment.


“Rather than treating him as the other businesses, we’re going easy on him,” he said. “If Palm Beach County isn’t tough, then the president will walk all over us.”


When they are in town, the Trumps rarely leave the cocooned comforts of Mar-a-Lago. Few people expect that to change. The former president and first lady are unlikely to be seen perusing the designer stores on Worth Avenue or dining at La Goulue, the recently opened sister restaurant to the French bistro on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.


“He never leaves his house,” said Jeff Greene, a Palm Beach real estate investor and former Mar-a-Lago member. “He goes to the golf club and back.”


Carey O’Donnell, a Palm Beach native who runs a marketing and public relations agency, said that isolation had always kept the Trumps from becoming fully enmeshed in the fabric of the town’s social life.


“Palm Beach has its own circulatory system,” she said. “As a private citizen, really, he’s never been a part of that, and I don’t see him changing the game much, except for the factor of having a child in school. That may bring the Trumps out a little bit more.”


Grant Scott Krym, 29, a doorman working at a ritzy Palm Beach condo on Wednesday, said he voted for Mr. Trump in 2016 but did not cast a presidential ballot in 2020. He was ambivalent about Mr. Trump’s return.


“Now he’s just another guy,” he said. Still, he said, he understood why the former president had fled south.


“What’s not to love about Palm Beach?” he said. “There’s the beach, great restaurants — and it’s a good place to get a suntan.”


MORE AT:

New York Times

From Commander in Chief to Interloper in Palm Beach

If former President Donald J. Trump intends to live in South Florida full time, he is likely to encounter some friction. (Though his fans are thrilled.)


Jan. 21, 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Trump is goading Republicans to target members for murder. It’s not a political party it’s a mafia.

"Clearly McCarthy is concerned someone is going to hurt or even killed as a result of Trump's revenge campaign. McCarthy's warning was reported by Axios last week, but the actual audio didn’t become public until this week."

 



 “McCarthy continues, "Do not raise another member's name on a television, whether they have a different position or not. Let's respect one another and you probably won't understand what you're doing, and I'm just warning you right now—don't do it."


Trump, predictably, has been obsessed with exacting revenge on everyone who has crossed him since the siege, particularly Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and the nine other House Republicans who voted to impeach him. The Washington Post reports that because Trump lost his megaphone on Twitter, he has been pushing loyalists to do his bidding and target people on his behalf. "He has encouraged allies to attack them publicly because he no longer has access to his Twitter account and has not been doing media interviews where he could fire his own attacks," writes the Post.


Clearly McCarthy is concerned someone is going to hurt or even killed as a result of Trump's revenge campaign. McCarthy's warning was reported by Axios last week, but the actual audio didn’t become public until this week. 


Here's some highlights from the call (Part I and Part II):


We all must acknowledge how our words have contributed to the discord in America. If you're on your phone, if you're texting about what I'm saying, put it down for one moment. Later after this call, I'm going to be getting another briefing from the FBI. 


But what we are saying on television when we say a member's name—in our hearts maybe we think we're not doing anything ... go back the last four years, everybody has done something.


This not the moment in time to do it. The briefings that I'm getting—you can incite something else. The country is very divided and we know this. Let's not put any member—I don't care who they are, Republican, Democrat or any person not even in Congress. Watch our words closely.


I get these reports on a weekly basis. I've seen something I haven't seen before. So I'm asking all of you—I've called some of you personally, and I want you to know what I'm hearing.


I know you want to defend your vote, you want to defend your positions—and sometimes we get emotional about that, part of our defense is we explain why someone else (audio unclear). That brings damage.


Do not raise another member's name on a television, whether they have a different position or not. Let's respect one another and you probably won't understand what you're doing, and I'm just warning you right now—don't do it. …”




I do want everybody to understand—emotions are high. What you say matters, let's not put other people in danger. Let's watch what words we're using, and let's definitely not be using other members names in any media ... take a moment, take a deep breath. Do not do that because it's putting people in jeopardy. 



MORE AT:


DAILY KOS

'Don't do it': McCarthy explicitly warns that attacking other members is putting them in jeopardy

The DeVos family distributed educational materials on creationism for homeschooling via Amway. Texas was their target for inserting creationism into textbooks.


Texas has the largest school board. 

Textbook companies write textbooks to sell to Texas schools. It’s how creationism got jammed into our public school textbooks. 


"CHAP. I

1 The problem with dinosaurs is that they all tasted like chicken.

2 So when you’re on top of the food chain, things can get pretty dull. Allosaurus for breakfast, tastes like chicken. Dimetrodon for lunch, tastes like chicken.

3 And God spake unto all his creatures, saying, ‘Humans taste like pork.’

4 In Persia, the Tyrannosaurus Rex Melchior heard the word of the Lord, and quoth, ‘What’s pork?’ Lo, in India the great Tyrannosaurus Rex Caspar sayeth unto himself, ‘What’s pork?’ And in Arabia, the great Tyrannosaurus Rex Balthazar sayeth unto himself, ‘I gotta get me some RIBS!’

5 And the three Rexes looked into the sky at night, and lo, a new star appeared. And the Lord spoke unto the Rexes and sayeth, ‘A Child has been born, and the Star will lead you to Him.’

6 And the Rexes each exclaimeth unto himself, ‘Baby back ribs!’

7 One by one, each followed the star to Jerusalem. They had a long road to travel and many times they got lost. It took them years.

8 And they left in their wake a trail of death and devastation. They ate every soul they encountered, yet still they could not be sated. ‘Chicken,’ they spat with disgust. ‘Always it tastes like chicken." 

MORE AT:

The Gospel According to The Texas Board of Education


"Were dinosaurs on the ark? Sure they were."-Don McLeroy


"Once every decade, the 15 members of the Texas Board of Education meet in Austin to revise the state's textbook standards. 


Led by Don McLeroy, a Young Earth Creationist,  the panel will debate and implement new standards related to science, evolution, social studies, and American history that will go into effect in textbooks adopted by schools across the nation. 


Challenged by outspoken activist Kathy Miller, as well as Thomas Ratliff, a moderate conservative out to unseat him, McLeroy faces an uphill battle, with the fate of American education itself hanging in the balance. 


Sure to be a conversation starter, THE REVISIONARIES is a galvanizing peek behind the curtain at the politicization of education, and a microcosm of our politically and ideologically divided nation this election year."




Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Until I looked up Secession I didn’t realize Ron Paul Libertarians were about seceding from the United States. No wonder Coatesville’s Pat Sellers had a Ron Paul Meetup.

 

 Bob Barr: Secession Talk Far From Extreme

From:

LPN NEWS






Pat Sellers’ favorite quote was from Thomas Jefferson:


 “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”


But Libertarians and other right wing extremist secessionists remove that single sentence from Jefferson’s 1787 letter to William Stephens Smith. 


That letter is not favorable to the leaders of  Shays’ Rebellion in Massachusetts.  Jefferson was not pro-secession.  He was fiercely anti-secession. 


The refreshing with blood part refers to putting down the insurrection with troops. Troops killing the anarchists fighting for misguided “economic liberty.”




At the time the British crown said the former colonies will dissolve into anarchy. Monarchs around the world were threatened by this new democracy thing, government led not by monarchs anointed by God to rightfully rule but by lowly commoners. 




I separated the meat of Jefferson’t letter so it’s easier to understand:



“Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them…


 Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusets? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. 


They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion.1 The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. 


If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independant 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. 


What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? 


Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two?”


George Washington was not about pacifying them but killing them. Something he did later in Western Pennsylvania at the Whiskey Rebellion


“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure. 


Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusets: and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen yard in order. I hope in god this article will be rectified before the new constitution is accepted.”



The rebellion in Massachusetts was called:



The tree of liberty... (Quotation)


"I do not know whether it is to yourself or Mr. Adams I am to give my thanks for the copy of the new constitution. I beg leave through you to place them where due. It will be yet three weeks before I shall receive them from America. There are very good articles in it: and very bad. I do not know which preponderate. What we have lately read in the history of Holland, in the chapter on the Stadtholder, would have sufficed to set me against a Chief magistrate eligible for a long duration, if I had ever been disposed towards one: and what we have always read of the elections of Polish kings should have forever excluded the idea of one continuable for life. Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying. The British ministry have so long hired their gazetteers to repeat and model into every form lies about our being in anarchy, that the world has at length believed them, the English nation has believed them, the ministers themselves have come to believe them, and what is more wonderful, we have believed them ourselves. Yet where does this anarchy exist? Where did it ever exist, except in the single instance of Massachusets? And can history produce an instance of a rebellion so honourably conducted? I say nothing of it’s motives. They were founded in ignorance, not wickedness. God forbid we should ever be 20. years without such a rebellion.1 The people can not be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. We have had 13. states independant 11. years. There has been one rebellion. That comes to one rebellion in a century and a half for each state. What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure. Our Convention has been too much impressed by the insurrection of Massachusets: and in the spur of the moment they are setting up a kite to keep the hen yard in order. I hope in god this article will be rectified before the new constitution is accepted.2

Monticello"


Podcast: Jefferson's Words: Three Letters on the New U.S. Constitution includes audio of the letter that contains this quote, as read by Bill Barker, who interprets Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and elsewhere.


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Monticello 


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Monday, January 18, 2021