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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vote Democrat Kentucky

Mitch McConnell has no interest in the poorest of the poor.  He will step on you, he will put you down, and he will crush your hopes and dreams.  That is what he does to serve the people that own him.  Mitch is bought and paid for.  Throw him out and vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes.

We can do this.  Vote Democrat across the board.

Papamoka


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Dad Fought at What Cost

My Dad was a Navy Vet of WWII and Korea.  During the big war he was a medic attached to the Marines.  He saw more action than any person should have ever see in one lifetime.  He saw men blown apart, wounded beyond what he could ever repair, and men that he could do nothing for because they were already gone.  He served his boys, his Marines as best he could with what little he had.  That was his job.  He did it and survived for the most part.

Prior to each battle he was the most popular guy among his Marines.  Everyone hoped that he would remember their face if they got hit.  On leave he could never buy a beer.  His Marines would not let him.  He was their Doc and they took care of him hoping that he would take care of them if needed.

Dad was injured on Iwo Jima.  Shrapnel blew through the meat in his leg.  The Doc ended up being evacuated and patched up.  Dad returned to duty with his Marines just before the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Everyone thought they were going home after Japan surrendered unconditionally.  Not the case for medics all across the Pacific.

America bombed Japan with nukes and that ended the war.  The human price to win that war demanded an American humanitarian effort to help the people that survived the nukes.  Radiation poisoning was everywhere in the region of the two cites nuked.  The fallout from the bombs followed the winds.

Dad went in with medics from the Navy into Nagasaki.  Not one single man had any clue what had happened there.  All they knew was that their orders were to help the civilian population and treat them as best they could.

Can you imagine walking into Three Mile Island or Chernobyl with no knowledge or protection from radiation other than some rubber suits and boots that had to be burned after every shift?  That is what I understand my father did in Nagasaki.  End of shift, go sleep a few miles away but make sure them rubber suits and boots were burned.

Move forward to 2014.  My Dad had a great life after the war.  Married a beautiful girl that I called Mom.  Ended up with seven kids, four boys and three daughters.  Good times, bad times, he went to school on the GI Bill and raised a family.  His health for most of his life was amazing.  His wife and family not so much as the years passed.

Mom developed heart disease along with the beginning stages of dementia .  After years of a weak heart she passed at the ripe old age of 61 in her sleep.  The smile on her face told us all many things.  She was cool with her maker.  She was a very religious woman.  Not a church goer, but a scholar of religious thoughts and teachings.  She loved Jesus as much as she loved her own but she never thought the bible was his teachings entirely.  That is another story for another day. 

Dad developed dementia and eventually Alzheimer's and passed at 76.  He never recovered from Mom's passing.

Oldest son went nuts in a fantasy world and is missing in action.  Next oldest son is slowly losing touch with reality and hasn't worked in ten plus years.  Oldest daughter is for all points and purposes of discussion no longer with us in this world.  I miss her.  We used to talk every single day.  All her life she had one arm that would shake uncontrollably but she managed to raise a family.  Second oldest daughter became a Republican from a lifetime of growing up in an extreme liberal and democrat household.  The third son has had cancer four times and beat it each time.  His mind is still intact thank God.  I'm typing my little fingers off and you can say I am nuts but I am just fine except for the nervous condition called OPCA.  My baby sis is fine on all fronts as far as I know.

Question in the back of my mind is if the service my father gave to his country on Nagasaki, Japan has had a genetic effect on each of his children?  I'm pretty sure it has.  What scares me most is if it will effect my five baby girls and the children they might have?  I hope not but I do not know.

I don't know the answer to that.  I can only hope that I do not become a Republican.

Papamoka

    
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson Local Politics

I want to live in a world where everyone is three years old and has no clue what color a persons skin is.  We just play together and laugh and love one another.  One of us gets a boo-boo we run to get help from a medically trained three year old that applies a kiss and a boo-baid.  If we are hungry we run to the kitchen with our shoes untied and our pants falling off our butts to fix up a bowl of cereal and milk and dream of the toys promised on the back of the box.  We can live in a world full of hugs when we know our friend is hurting and maybe even cry with them to ease the pain.  That isn't reality but Ferguson, Missouri is.

Ferguson, Missouri is in deep pain right now.  The community is stressed out from all the violence from protestors, the police, state police, and now the National Guard "Protection".  My wife and I live just a few miles west of this little town and we have been there many a weekend buying produce at the farmers market.  We love the town.  We love the people.  This small town that has so much potential is being torn apart and it doesn't need to happen.

This pain that the community is feeling can be fixed long term.  It takes the community to heal itself.  My numbers may be wrong but you can tell me the right numbers in the comments below.  Ferguson is a community with a population of 22,000 people and 70% of the people are black.  51 of the 53 police officers are white.  That's 96%.  The Mayor is white.  The city council is 5 white people and 1 black person.  That's 80% representation at the local level for 30% of the people.

Ferguson needs to be organized to get the vote out for their own local leaders.  Ferguson needs a few people in the community that are black to stand up and run for political office.  A business owner, a school teacher, a single mom, a guy that works construction, a lawyer... Whoever.   It is your town.  Who is better at leading it?  The people in charge now or one of your own people? 

Back in the day when the Irish were persecuted for just being here in America we found a way to beat the bastards that were putting us all down.  We elected our own to public office in every capacity possible.  Local, state, and federal offices.  It didn't happen over night but one of our own was Speaker of the House for forty years and we elected President Kennedy.  We elected his little brother, the Liberal Lion Teddy for decades.

Can the racial policing problems in Ferguson be fixed?  Yes it can.  If you elect a black mayor that hires the new Chief of Police.  If you elect a city council that is black that decides and votes on the percentages of police officers that need to be black change can happen.  Some white guys just might lose their jobs as police officers but the community needs to be policed by people that are put there by the people they elected.

Might it be needed to call for a special election in Ferguson?  If the people are not truly represented, then maybe that is a probability.  Either way you need to organize, Ferguson.  Your community needs to elect a new Mayor and a new City Council.  Most of all you NEED TO VOTE!  That is just step one.

This is my protest for the people of Ferguson.  Let's move forward!  Change can only happen if you take the steps needed to make it so.

Papamoka     

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Marijuana Legalization Economy Transfer

All over the internet we see stories about the legalization of marijuana aka Pot.  Be it for medical use or in some states it is no longer a crime but a traffic citation to have under a certain amount of pot.  Hell, it is even outright legal in Colorado and Washington state as of January first of this year for recreational use.  One has to think of the legalization of the hemp plant as a new transfer of wealth in the economy.  A transfer that will ultimately hurt the people that were trafficking in pot prior to legalization.  I am not talking about the drug runners unloading tons of cargo in Florida or hiring mules to run it across the border from Mexico.  I'm talking about the simple person taking their allotment and acting as a distributor to the neighborhood.  All across America there is coming the same situation that existed during the time of prohibition when the law was repealed against alcohol.  New legitimate business enterprises will lay a stake on the tens of billions of dollars to be made in the distribution of marijuana.  Like it or not, it will be legal in more states in the coming years.  States love new taxes and taxes being paid is where the states will look at revenue that was never there before. 

My grandfather was a bootlegger and he made a decent living for his nine children during prohibition.  He was a very well educated man and knew that the law would never last.  When prohibition ended he had five stores opened to sell liquor the next day.  It was a smart business move.  It took guts to do what he did in his time and ya, my grandfather was a rebel and would have been wanted by the police if he wasn't delivering personal supplies to the people in the know during his time.  Keep your friends close and the law even closer with a full liquor stash so to speak.

What I am curious about regarding the new freedom of pot consumers is where is the product coming from?  Who is growing the pot for sale in Colorado?  Who is distributing it to the masses in Colorado.  Who is making the big bucks and how did they get approval to grow the pot a year or more before the law passed?  I know that my grandfather was importing his liquor from Canada and overseas but where is all the pot for Colorado coming from now?  Follow the money is what I am thinking.  That is where the smart investors will place their bets.

Now that it is no longer illegal in Colorado and Washington state, not to mention the other states that have legal medicinal marijuana you can invest legally and buy stocks at the ground floor before the dot com bubble burst and legal marijuana is just like buying a pack of Marlboro's at the corner store. 

Papamoka






   


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American Division By Politicians

When you look at any person in America you can see an American if you truly open your eyes.  Almost all of Americans are descendents of an immigrant except for those that are the original people that we now call "American Indian" which I think is wrong.  I call them by their first name.  They return the acknowledgment.  

Back in my school days we all had to relearn basic math every single year because somebody in the class didn't pay attention to the facts of math the previous year.  Simple math, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals were foreign information even into some of my high school years.  Every single year I would groan about doing stupid stuff we learned in elementary school because half the class was way behind.

The same thing is happening in national politics with simple division.  If you divide enough of the people into special groups then you divide the nation.  Then all you need to do to get elected is use key phrases to get the misinformed vote.  You tell the rich people that the poor people are to blame for their woes, you tell the poor people that the rich people are to blame for their woes.  Then you pivot and blame the gays for the heterosexuals woes and the opposing argument is that the heterosexuals are to blame for the gay peoples woes.  Then you target immigrants for Americans not being able to find a job and pivot and blame the government for not loosening the immigration laws so businesses can afford to hire cheap labor that hard working Americans refuse to do.  You blame woman for the so called degradation of America because they want their own choice on what is their body when it comes to medical care and turn to support woman... well never.

Last time I checked I was raised an American.  My father fought for this country in two wars and was buried with honors.  The same people that claim they respect veterans want to cut benefits to veterans because it makes them hero's to people that hate the government deficit.  See the pivot there?  But then they want to support military spending that feeds the pockets of big supporters.  See the pivot?

How can a society that was raised by strong woman back any candidate for federal or local office that thinks that a woman is second class and should stay in the kitchen?  How can a society elect someone to a federal office as a congressman or congresswoman that is openly racist against minorities when the congress is the government body that says racism of any kind is illegal?  How can a society elect someone to a federal office that has for years done everything in their power to hurt the poorest of the poor by voting against unemployment extensions, against healthcare for all, against all job programs, against food stamps, against everything that the poorest of our society need.

Our nation is only as good as the way we treat the poorest of our kind.  When we the people forget that and keep electing people that have been paid to forget that, then the American experiment is over.

Division is simple math.  Division is very dangerous in politics for the common good.

Papamoka

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes (D)

When most people think of Kentucky they think of the beautiful countryside.  A state rich in natural wonders and proud people.  Good people.  I tend to think of Kentucky as the battleground for national politics and Mitch McConnell.  One man in this country that has controlled the agenda against the president and America for five long years with one simple answer.  NO!  Mitch McConnell has to go and so does his NO against American progress.  Let us put a spy glass over how Mitch voted on issues that effect everyone.

No to unemployment extensions.
No to job plans.
No to anything to do with women rights.
No to environment issues.

No to veterans with disabilities.
No to healthcare for all.
No to equal pay for equal work for women.
No to  immigration reform.
No to keeping the government open.
No to anything that comes out of the White House.

What did Mitch McConnell vote yes on?


Yes to end AFCA (Obama Care) for the billionth time.
Yes to cutting Social Security and Medicare.
Yes to cutting food stamps for the poor.  Even if 1 in 5 in KY need it.
Yes to blocking Wall Street reform.
Yes to corporations are people too.
Yes to extending tax cuts for the mega rich.


Mitch McConnell's idea of government is not about governing.  It is his way or the highway.  He might have learned that under George W but that is not reality  Mitch probably said no to infrastructure repair for his self centered agenda because it was on the president's agenda of things that he swore to never let the president do.  When your Chevy or Ford falls from a bridge in Kentucky, or California, or New York, or Miami, or Boston, or wherever you are in America you can thank Mitch for saying no to fixing our nations infrastructure.     

Our nation needs to ditch the Mitch and elect Alison Lundergan Grimes to Mitch McConnell's seat in the senate.  There is one thing we American's always do, we see a wrong and we make it right.  Mitch has millionaires backing him while you have unemployment extensions in limbo or thankful for a job that just pays the minimum bills.  Mitch has to be ditched.  VOTE HIM OUT.

I live in Missouri, but Mitch McConnell is an American problem which makes him all of our problem and needs to be out of office.  How do we little folks do this?  We take five bucks and mail it or send it to his political opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes.  She's a Democrat that will not be taking checks from people that will destroy the way of life in Kentucky or the rest of America.  She has their back and our back and I sent my five bucks.  Why did I do that?  I love my country with the same reason that Thomas Jefferson did.  We can fix it by voting out the bad apples.  The tree of liberty doesn't always have to fed with the blood of patriots.  Sometimes all it needs is a vote to oust the bad blood.

Donate here if you can afford a few bucks...  http://alisonforkentucky.com/


From the roots can only come new growth.  We must be united to send Mitch home.  Nationwide we have the power to send him home by having Alison Londergan Grime's back.  She's the new growth in the garden of plants that need weeding.  That is how democracy works.

We all need a government that is not bought and paid for by special interests.  Your donation, no matter how small can out do the millions Mitch McConnell will get from his paid for friends that control his vote on any topic.  Nationwide, we can ditch the Mitch if we all work together.  Rock on Alison!  Got your back.

Papamoka

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

GW Bridge and Chris Christy

No words needed here...






Battle stations Governor.  Deny, deny, deny.

Papamoka


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Friday, January 10, 2014

Mitch McConnell, It is TIME to GO!

I hate that I had to name this post after the senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R KY)(Minority Leader of US Senate), but this is a post about a serious election in Kentucky in 2014.  Mitch the Ditch has dodged the needs of the American people since President Obama took office simply because he hated the idea that a Democrat that happened to be a very well educated black man was sitting in the Oval Office.  Job one for Mitch the Ditch was to make sure nothing this elected president wanted done had no republican support in the senate.  Well, he did a damn good job of killing as many jobs bills and economic plans that the president sent to the senate for a vote.  And we all know what the government shutdown was all about that the minority party leader of the senate ran from after it happened.

 "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."  Mitch McConnell

Kentucky has a serious woman running to take Mitch the Ditch out of office.  Her name is Alison Grimes and she is running as a Democrat.  For the first time since 1985 Kentucky has the chance to vote in somebody that actually cares about Kentuckians rather than someone that needs a fat check for his political campaign before he eats lunch or dinner with you.

Some of the issues she talks about that are OPPOSITE to that of Mitch the Ditch:

KEEPING PROMISES TO KENTUCKY SENIORS: An estimated 600,000 Kentuckians rely on Social Security and nearly 800,000 Kentuckians depend on Medicare. Alison will protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare as Kentucky’s next U.S. Senator.  Protecting these programs is critical to the economic well-being for the Commonwealth’s women and families.  Women rely more heavily on income from Social Security than men do, and the majority of Medicare recipients are women.

INCREASING MINIMUM WAGE: In order to grow our middle class, we must raise the minimum wage to help hardworking Americans achieve a basic standard of living.  An overwhelming majority – two thirds – of minimum wage workers in the United States are women.  Consider a single working mother of two who makes the current federal minimum wage who brings home just $14,500 annually – nearly $4,000 below the poverty line.

This coming election will be dirty and Mitch the Ditch has made it clear that he will muddy the waters like never before.  Doesn't that make for a David verse Goliath story.  Yes, it certainly does.  Sad part is that he might get re-elected without having to do anything because people have always had just one choice in Kentucky.  Read up on Allison Grimes and if you can do so, send a few dollars or more to her campaign to Ditch the Mitch.  Even if you don't live in Kentucky!  Mitch the Ditch only needs to serve a few close friends that will donate all he needs to bash and trash Allison Grimes.  Most of his friends that donate to his re-election do not even live or work in Kentucky.  She needs thousands of us to match the bash with honest thoughts and a clean campaign.

Alison Grimes for US Senate KY link for donations  $$$$PLEASE DITCH THE MITCH$$$$

Have faith, she won't let you down.  This post was independently written without the knowledge of anything to do with Kentucky and it's elections or anyone in the election.  I just think Alison would be better

Papamoka


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