Current location: Cleveland Ohio
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Number of posts: 44,932
Current location: Cleveland Ohio
Member since: 2003 before July 6th
Number of posts: 44,932
By Larry Durstin
In its recent front-page profile of the reconfigured 9th District’s Congressional candidate Marcy Kaptur, the Cleveland Plain Dealer gushed about the virtues of “Saint Marcy” so shamelessly that the story appeared to have been written by a public relations hack.
Of course it’s no secret to any political observer in Cleveland that the town’s only daily has done everything in its power to undermine her Democratic primary opponent, Dennis Kucinich, ever since he won his seat in 1996. (This is the same seat that was held for many years by Mary Rose Oakar, who ended up winning a significant libel settlement from the Plain Dealer for its printing of a series of false stories about her that led to her defeat in 1992.)
Based on the PD’s vendetta against Kucinich, it’s not surprising that Kaptur – who is a genuinely hard-working public servant – received the paper’s endorsement. However, the blatantly boosterish tone of the “profile” was downright embarrassing, treating her with a level of adulation generally reserved for the patron saint of a small Sicilian village. Sadly, the fawning nature of this puff piece also obscured the fact that Kaptur’s long history of voting against abortion rights poses a genuine threat to the protection of those critical issues surrounding reproductive rights that have once again come to the forefront of the 2012 campaign due to the high-octane war on women that is being ferociously waged by religious right-wingers all over the country.
My friend. Larry Durstin, stand up for Dennis in this piece pointing out correctly that Ms. Kaptur is not exactly a big champion of a woman's right to choose.
Now I know that Dennis was not pro choice until after he ran and won a seat in Congress back in 1996.
Still, Larry points out why Ms. Kaptur is getting a free pass from the Plain Dealer.
To be honest, I did not know that Ms. Kaptur has such a poor rating when it came to a woman's right to choose.
Posted by WCGreen | Mon Feb 27, 2012, 03:25 PM (0 replies)
scrambled Egg Beaters….
Yum Yum, sounds real good don’t it, but more about that in a moment.
Now I know it’s been a long, especially in blog time on the blogosphere, stretch since I last posted. It is not that I haven’t had anything to say, because I am almost never at a loss for words, but rather because of continued frustration with how my health is starting to play out.
To put it bluntly, I was starting to drift, ever so slightly, to the dark side of my emotional state of mind. After living with this: the congestion, the shortness of breath, the endless series of breathing treatments and all the other stuff I do to stave off the inevitable lung transplant hanging over my head since 2004, I was just getting worn down emotionally, physically and, worse yet, intellectually.
The latest post to My Lung Transplant Blog
Posted by WCGreen | Fri Feb 24, 2012, 08:42 PM (1 replies)
stations now that these "religious" outfits, such as Pat Robertson's sham, require me to have their bigotry and hatred channeled into my home...
What if my child is exposed to these hate mongers while surfing through the channels. How am I going to explain that some people hide behind religion in order to support a political agenda that "we" don't agree with.
No parent should have to answer those awful questions such as why does that old man smile while he talks about hate and prejudice...
And what about me having to pay higher taxes to fund the government because all of these religious groups I don't agree with get tax write offs...
Never has a smilie been so appropriate
Posted by WCGreen | Fri Feb 24, 2012, 09:27 AM (63 replies)
As I was watching this particular American Experience, I started to think about my grand parents on both sides. My dad's parents were Polish, born here and lived in Cleveland. My mom's parents were split between Irish and German, both born here and lived in small towns in Coal Country, PA.
They were all teenagers or adults by the time the flu outbreak hit. My Grandfather on my mother's side was a Lt. in Perishing’s Army, as he called it.
Watching this episode of AE made me think about my Grandparents. They were all a little stand offish, not known for hugging once we were walking.
I wonder if that horrible experience of watching people around you dying every day, passing on quickly and in droves, pushed the hugs and kisses so deep inside that they couldn't bring them out even decades later.
I wonder if they were afraid of touching, hugging, being flu near to anyone ever again.
My grandfather was a dentist and he wore a mask whenever he was working on a patient long before the modern dentists’ donned
The question I have for my fellow boomers is did your grandparents act that way as well. I seem to remember all the people born around the turn of the century till 1910 or so were not at all demonstrative.
Just was thinking as I sit in a semi-isolated room in the hospital.
BTW, here is a link to the show. They have hundreds of on line episodes on PBS.org.
Posted by WCGreen | Wed Feb 22, 2012, 09:26 AM (36 replies)
It’s a wonderful, terrifying movie about the world in flux, the world about to explode, tradition against modernity, heartache and sorrow and the possibility of tomorrow.
And the music is top notch as well.
As I watch this movie I hear my father’s voice in the background, not the father who I knew for a few short years, but the father that was drinking his way into hate and prejudice, telling me the Jews own everything, the control Hollywood.
His family is from that part of the world, the part of Central Europe where the boundaries of Ukraine and Poland flowed back and forth for centuries, where the Jewish folks were always treated as second or third class people.
Whenever he would get in those dark moods I would say that yes Dad, the Jewish people are in the entertainment business, but when they started in, show business was looked down upon and no respectable person would want to choose that as a way to make a living.
I have no proof of this; I just concocted the argument to shut him up.
He was also the same man that wouldn’t let us watch the 60’s sit com called Julia which featured African American actress Dyane Carroll as a widowed nurse with a small boy. It was a gentle nudge designed to start featuring minorities on the networks.
Anyway, I digress.
FOTR is such an interesting look at fast things can change, how outside pressures inserts it selves in even the most isolated communities.
That part of the movie where Tevye is warned by the local Russian Apparatchik that a Pogrom is coming. When it comes on the night of the Tevye’s daughter’s wedding; my heart breaks. When the Apparatchik shows up to stop the violence inside the wedding, he is so sad and says what all people who follow; it was my orders…
I think about all the barriers we construct to define ourselves only to find that we exclude far more than we include.
But now and then, a moment comes along and pulls us together.
What I take from the movie is to treasurer those moments that you have as best you can and to try to find how to accept all those things that happens to us that we cannot control.
Maybe we are in one of those times that we have to pull together. We have to look at ourselves and say is this really what we want for our future?
I know people always say that elections are important, some more than others. But this election is one of those life changing moments for our country.
Make no mistake about it, if Rick Santorum get’s himself elected, we will see more turmoil and I fear violence as one part of the country looks toward their traditions for protection and the other looks ahead to the future.
As Tevye turns to meet his future, there is an optimistic lilt in the air. He had someplace to go, he was heading off to the New World in New York.
The best place we have to go is the Voting Booth to make sure the people so intent on resurrecting the fifth century are defeated.
Posted by WCGreen | Sat Feb 18, 2012, 02:59 PM (11 replies)
form of unemployment extensions passed.
Remember, before the shit hit the fan in 2008, the usual amount of time you could collect unemployment was 28 weeks. Aslo remember, they extended Unemployment benefits to 99 weeks in hard hit areas after the job market collapsed in late 2008.
And don't Forget that it is the employers who pay into the unemployment funds to begin with. This is why congress has to act in order to replenish the funds that were depleted when the economy tanked. There is also the fact that business pays into the fund based on their unemplyment claims, the number of people they hire and also the line of work they are in. That is how the enemployment fund is normally funded.
So now they have extended the benefits by 45 weeks in states that have unemployment of 9% and above and extended by 35 weeks in all the other states. This is, again, over and above the normal 28 weeks of usual benefits.
I think what they are doing is reducing the amount of the long term benefits because of the first signs of recovery.
Unemployment was never looked at as more than giving people a bridge when they were separated from their jobs through no fault of their own.
I know it sounds cruel and it looks like president Obama and the Democrats in Congress are turning their backs on the unemployed but you have to realize that even if every Democrat in elected office in DC voted together they would still need some republican votes in order to pass these changes.
So you can blame the democrats if you want but I look at this as a victory of sorts because they were able to pry enough GOP support away from the republican’s leadership to help out a whole lot of people who would be shit out of luck otherwise.
Do I like the way this is playing out? Hell no, but the political realities dictates that you, meaning the democrats, should get what they can while the getting is good.
Posted by WCGreen | Thu Feb 16, 2012, 06:33 PM (1 replies)
I wanted to get into show business and I thought it might be fun to deliver singing telegrams.
I ended up delivering Balloon-a-grams, singing as well, for about six months before I decided that maybe I should try for a band instead.
Not to say that I didn't have a lot of fun because I did, but it was also a bit of a hassle as I took a job with a smaller local company than signing on to Eastern Onion Telegrams which was a national chain.
I think if I had taken the Onion instead of the Balloons to You, I would have probably be acting and singing in local musical theater.
I was so turned off by it that I went into the bar band thing.
I once made a promise to myself that I would make money doing the things I loved; performing, writing and politics.
Needless to say, the politics was the money maker. I still make some money doing work for various candidates but those days are gone. I also supported myself for a while writing and editing a local Independent newspaper. That was a lot of fun and I had the most leeway with that.
And as far as performing, well, I made a good bit of cash running around in a white tuxedo. But I also made a good chunk of change playing out in bar bands.
Anyway, that one and only VD that I delivered Balloon-a-grams was eventful. I think I did about fifteen deliveries over the course o the day. One to an inner high city school and the other to a suburban high school.
Guess which one treated me like I was from outer space.
I also delivered a balloon-a-gram to a construction site where the Forman's wife had ordered a "risqué" delivery.
They were pretty disappointed when I showed.
I ended up the night at a rundown strip joint. It was a young woman’s first "legal" day on stage and i got to go up and bump and grind a little before I tied the balloons around her...
I'll leave that to your imagination.
Now I am on disability and still write occasionally for publication. Like I said, I also still keep my finger in the political pool. But performing, Well those days are probably over. Although I may get out to an open mic now and then.
One thing I know, realizing those dreams have made me feel kind of special. I'm not rich; don't have much money when you come right down to it. It just means that dreams can be realized even if they don't happen to plan.
Happy Valentine ’s Day and if you ever get singing telegram, give them some slack. They are the grunts of the entertainment industry.
Posted by WCGreen | Tue Feb 14, 2012, 01:45 PM (10 replies)
Just look at the political and economic systems that are in place across the world. People have become so accustomed to having what they want NOW, that there is no longer a sense of working toward something longer than a few weeks.
We are bombarded with messages that play into the developing trait that new is always good and cutting edge technology gives you some kind of guru status to those around you.
Buy it now. This is the newest best thing in the world. How can you be so lame as to still be using 3G.
All of this has developed in the 1920’s but was derailed by the Great Depression which was prolonged because people were weary of using credit to get what they wanted.
After the war and all that shared sacrifice for the war effort faded away, the consumer economy kicked into high gear and has increased exponentially ever since.
It because the American way. The new immigrants weren’t yearning for freedom, they wanted the stuff we could get and they couldn’t.
I remember as a kid always looking forward to Christmas to find out about all the newest toys.
The car companies purposely made changes every year so that the demand would be there for cars.
And it has gotten worse.
Credit cards, second and third mortgages and we have a buy now worry about it later economy that is unsustainable.
I don’t know what to do because if we suddenly all stop buying stuff, we have a recession. If that trend sets in for a long spell, we will have a depression.
I don’t know how to stop the merry go round without all of us flinging off the ride and being scattered all over the fair grounds.
But we all know that 5G is already in the works and those new gizmos and gadgets are being developed as I write.
Think of the waste.
Think of the wreck pursuing things is doing to our society, our environment.
It’s even hit how people worship. New churches are sprouting up all over in the fertile lands of suburbia preaching salvation and divine justification for this most modern of lifestyle, suburban consumerism.
It just bothers me. Nags at my soul. As I get older I want to think I am getting better, more stable but I’m just kidding myself. I wanted a new guitar and bought one on credit. Sure I got zero percent if paid off in less than a year. And I did. That was a “victory” in the relentless drive to buy stuff NOW. A very hollow victory at that.
I know that if everyone slows down just a bit, we risk “sliding back into Recession.” Our leaders want us to spend to create more jobs so those people can spend. It’s a vicious cycle that I don’t know if we can stop.
But if we want to survive as a species, I think we have too.
Posted by WCGreen | Tue Feb 14, 2012, 07:54 AM (31 replies)
It's a well crafted and well performed police drama centered on a family of New York Irish folks who can trace their police roots back centuries.
It's very traditional, very conservative.
I wouldn't expect anything else from Tom Selleck.
I like the man, he's a good, solid actor and he is true to his convictions.
I don't like his politics but he never questions the beliefs of others at least publically that I have found.
The show is one of my guilty pleasures.
This Friday past, the show was about Selleck, who is the NY Police commissioner, being asked to add his support for the canonization of a priest who worked to get draft dodgers out of the country during the Vietnam War. This priest also aided a man who bombed a Armed Service recruiting storefront.
He questioned the morality of the priest to the point where he decided to investigate on his own.
There was also another story thread that involved faith.
It was a nice exploration of people's faith without being in your face about it.
It is also about family, the traditions within the family.
There was no violence just two crimes committed off camera.
If you get a chance to watch his show, I would recommend it.
I have a link here to the Episode I mentioned.
Posted by WCGreen | Mon Feb 13, 2012, 12:11 PM (20 replies)
Serving in the Morman mission in lieu of submitting to the draft in Vietnam.
And then protesting as a pro-Vietnam student?
I just wanted to point that out again just to remind people about the double standard in the media and, more importantly, how Democrats comport themselves.
Posted by WCGreen | Mon Feb 13, 2012, 09:33 AM (9 replies)