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When will the killing end?

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, Opinions on May 26, 2017 at 8:39 am

“On this Memorial Day, we should begin to confront the staggering cost and the challenge of paying for this war. | Iraq and Afghanistan: The US$6 trillion bill for America’s longest war is unpaid” The Conversation


Add to this the sickening fact that a quarter million innocent civilians have been killed. That’s everyone in Columbia killed 10 times over!

And now we’re killing Syria’s beleaguered civilians |Total of 225 people, including 36 women and 44 children, killed by friendly fire in the last four-week period” – The Independent

“US airstrikes allegedly kill at least 73 civilians in northern Syria”The Guardian

Before Monday’s bombing in England, “more than 1,200 people outside of Iraq and Syria have been killed in attacks inspired or coordinated by the Islamic State.

45 yearsSOURCE: Global Terrorism database

Have Americans learned nothing since 2008?

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 17, 2017 at 6:31 pm

The news today – “Household Debt Makes a Comeback in the U.S.” – is shocking.

Americans thirst for spending seems boundless. Big McMansion mortgages, big cars’ and SUVs’ loans and leases have big debt. And a new player, student loans, is now bigger than credit card debt.

Today’s sharp drop on Wall Street – probably influenced by hyper erratic governance in Wonderland – may be another sign.

So who’s to blame for the 2008 fiasco – the worst financial debacle since the great depression?

“So who is to blame? There’s plenty of blame to go around … read the last paragraph of this article (“Who Caused the Economic Crisis?”) and consider … is this happening again?

Nice that Lancaster’s getting a historical marker and the recognition for Columbia’s “underground railroad” entrepreneurs: Smith and Whipper

In Everyday Living, History and Heritage, People, Treasures on April 9, 2017 at 6:03 pm

undergroundSource: Lancaster Online article

Read more at Lancaster Online: “Underground Railroad marker among 3 going up in Lancaster city park.”

Some may recall in December 2013, “Randolph Harris, an independent consulting historian, presented a Power Point presentation about the Underground Railroad and Columbia’s connection to its importance in American History. He won council’s endorsement to submit a letter to the National Parks Service committing the Borough’s support to keep alive the historical relevance. His LinkedIn profile says he is ‘Currently engaged in several efforts on behalf of individuals and non-profit organizations to protect and preserve historic sites and natural resources through citizen engagement at the local government level. Recent work as a consultant for research and documentation projects for historic sites associated with the Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania, with the orgs./agencies such as LancasterHistory.org., Lancaster County Convention Center, Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau, Franklin County (PA) Visitors Bureau and the Office of Tourism/Commonwealth of PA. Applications are reviewed by National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program.’” – Columbia news, views & reviews

It just gets scarier and scarier!

In Government, History and Heritage on February 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm


“White House Bars CNN, NYT, LAT, Politico From Briefing” Deadline

… and “that’s how dictators get started.”

government integrity for sale

In History and Heritage, Uncategorized on February 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm


Ah, those elected public servants and their sycophant drones. Anything for a buck or a trip to Turkey. They’ll sell their souls to make a buck or to find another country to invade or another leader to depose.

And in a while, this kind of information may be really hard to find as alternative truth manages to rise to the top and float, kind of like turds do.

For now though, thoughtful, resourceful and untainted news sources as The Center for Public Integrity shares information as this.

“Air Force Secretary nominee helped a major defense contractor lobby for more federal funds”

“Scores of state lawmakers took trips subsidized by controversial Turkish opposition movement | Gulen groups are connected to U.S. charter school network overseen by legislators”

“The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis. We are one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.”

“Exploiting black labor after the abolition of slavery” – The Conversation

In History and Heritage, People on February 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

prisonersConvicts leased to harvest timber in Florida around 1915.

“The U.S. criminal justice system is riven by racial disparity.

“The Obama administration pursued a plan to reform it. An entire news organization, The Marshall Project, was launched in late 2014 to cover it. Organizations like Black Lives Matter and The Sentencing Project are dedicated to unmaking a system that unjustly targets people of color.

“But how did we get this system in the first place? Our ongoing historical research project investigates the relationship between the press and convict labor. While that story is still unfolding, we have learned what few Americans, especially white Americans, know: the dark history that produced our current criminal justice system.

“If anything is to change – if we are ever to ‘end this racial nightmare, and achieve our country,’ as James Baldwin put it – we must confront this system and the blighted history that created it.”

Click here to continue reading this article at The Conversation.

“”The possibility of war increases”

In Government, History and Heritage, Uncategorized on January 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

Think the actions by the POTUS are unnoticed? This is scary stuff.

“US-China war increasingly a ‘reality,’ Chinese army official says”CNN

Somebody once said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

The promise | “I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, People, Uncategorized on November 9, 2016 at 9:28 am

trump-speechDonald Trump’s Victory SpeechThe New York Times

Click on the above link to watch the speech and to read the transcript.

Who said … ?

In Government, History and Heritage, Uncategorized on July 24, 2016 at 10:32 am

who said

Yeah, you think? Duh?

In Government, History and Heritage, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on July 9, 2016 at 7:52 am

“serious problems in both the decisions to go to war and in the bungled occupation — planning for which, it deemed, was ‘wholly inadequate’ — that followed the ousting of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.”

That comment’s coming from some “after the fact” introspection of Great Britain’s involvement in a war that never should have been fought. This Washington Post article states how the nation “gets it now” that Saddam Hussein posed no real threat to the war-thirsty western nations.

From a Columbia news, views and reviews opinion – August, 2013

It’s just a national shame, for Great Britain and for the United States, that those in authority in the US then (and those elected public servants in Congress who cast “yes” votes) allowed the US to be suckered down the path to war.

Read the Executive summary of the Iraq inquiry.