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Stuart G

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About Me

I thought I knew a lot, and I found out... how little I knew about what I know. And how much more there is to learn, if I listen and read what others have to say.

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Homeless Man Reunited With Long-Lost Bank Account..South Tampa-Hyde Park Patch:


The man lived on downtown Tampa’s streets for about three years until a cop and a case worker stepped in to help.
by Sherri Lonon (Patch Staff) updated April 16, 2015

John Helinski, 62, was once a member of Tampa’s “invisible” population.

Homeless for about three years, his address was a cardboard box placed near a downtown Tampa bus stop. “(I was) sleeping underneath the benches there and no one would see me,” he explained to ABC news.

Life was hard, but he managed to scrape by.

Those scraping by days came to an end recently when Helinski met DACCO case manager Charles Inman and Tampa Police Officer Dan McDonald. The two pooled their resources to help get Helinski the proper identification needed to secure services on his behalf – a birth certificate, Social Security card, driver’s license. His identification had been stolen from him at some point, McDonald said.

As they began navigating the system to restore the Polish-born American citizen’s identification papers, they came across a bank account in his name. That bank account was opened by Helinski long before at the former Landmark Bank. By the time the branch became a Bank of America location, Helinski had forgotten about the account and the Social Security benefits that had been stacking up in his name.

A really nice story about a homeless man, and two nice people who helped him get out of living in that cardboard box that he had been in for three years. This one brightened up my day.. worth linking to

On Dec 4, 1969..I saw the results of police murder..murder of Fred Hampton, Mark Clark in Chicago.

The link below, explains that the apartment where the police shooting took place, "was left open" and people went through to take a look at what had happened. Tours were being given. Hampton was the leader of the Black Panther Party in Chicago. He was killed that morning, and I was teaching in a high school not far from the location of the shooting. I played the devils advocate in class and said basically, that the news this morning said that Hampton and Clark were firing at police and the police were protecting themselves. Two students mentioned during class that the apartment was still open, and I could see for myself. I was kinda scared to walk over there on my lunch break, but these students said they would walk with me, and I had nothing to be scared of. So, I walked with them to take the tour..(keep in mind, these 17 year olds are now 62 years old).
....So they were correct, it looked like the cops killed them while they were sleeping.. If you read the links, you will find that eventually it was proven, the two were murdered, and a settlement was made to the family. I was a young white history teacher in a all black high school.. Yet, it is a clear memory walking through the apartment and seeing the blood in the bed and splattered against the walls. No policeman was ever charged, even though much later it was proven to be a pre-planned murder... Several Links Below:. Oh, it is pretty ugly reading. ....from the 1st link below..about the 15th paragraph:

"After the murder, the apartment was left open for two weeks, and many people went through there--not only Blacks but suburban whites--and saw how it had to be murder. The Congressional Black Caucus, at that time led by Adam Clayton Powell, came here and examined the apartment and called it murder themselves."


from Democracy Now:



O'Reilly Declares Himself Vindicated over Accusations of Fabrications Because of Ratings.

Crooks and Liars


3/25/15...8:28 pm..
posted by ..News Hound Ellen...at Crooks and Liars
Bill O’Reilly visited The Late Show with David Letterman last night where he argued that “folks decided” he was not guilty of any of the many fabrications he has been accused of – because his ratings went up. But have they stayed up?

Letterman asked O’Reilly if there’s a similarity between his situation and Brian Williams (currently on suspension from NBC News because he was caught exaggerating his Iraq war experiences).

“Only if I did something that wasn’t true,” O’Reilly said. “What I said was accurate.”

He continued, “We had a controversy, and we put forth what my side was, and they put forth what their side was, and folks decided. And it worked out OK for me. I got even more viewers …20% up.”

“Twenty percent up, when people thought you were making stuff up?” Letterman questioned.

“But they didn’t think that because I hit it immediately hard,” O’Reilly claimed, “and I said, ‘Look, this is the facts, this is what happened.’”

In reality, O’Reilly has not settled the controversy. He responded to some degree (without answering many of the questions) to allegations about his coverage of the Falklands war. His response to having claimed to see nuns murdered during the civil war in El Salavador was especially flimsy and he was even criticized by the orders of the victims. His claims about a JFK assassination figure seem conclusively disproven, and O’Reilly refused to respond to the contentions of six of his former news colleagues that an attack by protesters during the Los Angeles riots was vastly overstated.

You decide, which is better??

DECIDE.......WHICH IS BETTER??? ............................................................................................................
Being grateful that you prevented an auto accident because you were alert and totally aware of what was going on while you were driving.......or..................Having doubt, grief, guilt, sadness and remorse about killing someone while you were driving, because you were texting and not paying complete attention. .................................................................. ..
CHOOSE...IT IS UP TO YOU..YOU HAVE A CHOICE.....................................................................................................................

Ideas to prevent people from falling and injuring themselves.

I think these ideas can help prevent falls..

1. In walking around your home... never walk in socks. . Socks by nature are very slippery.
2. Although your feet may be cold, it is safer to walk with bare feet than socks..The lines and grooves under your soles, are natural grabbers. They stabilize the body and prevent falls. So do good shoes..
3. As we walk down the stairs, always grab the handrails. Always. Both hands. If there is a slip or stumble, then by holding on, you are immediately protected, and will probably prevent any possible fall. I have had stumbles, and the holding on, totally prevented any falls..
4. Also, walking down stairs, slow down...what is the rush?.by slowing down when walking down steps, some falls might be prevented.
5. Buy shoes with grooves and indentions on soles.. Walking shoes in sports stores, have those which grab on to the surface one walks on... But any kind of stable shoe would probably be better than slippers, because some slippers have no grooves to protect from falls. I would probably put slippers in the same category as socks.
6. There are some socks with bumps on them. The kind given to people in hospitals and rehab facilities. Some of those might help.. they are the only exception to rule number one..but still be very careful even with these kind of socks. The grabber bumps often have dirt and dust on them, and those bumps are not that effective if that happens.
7. Grab handrails walking up..(can't hurt, can it?]
8. Be especially careful of wet surfaces of any kind. slow down even more..
9. Look where you are walking..Why? because if we don't look, (say we are distracted by our obsession to text or talk on the cell phone) then we may miss a imperfection or crack in the sidewalk or surface we are walking on. If we hit a misplaced bump in surface, or an irregularity, that can cause a fall. If we watch where we are walking, and see it coming, we can walk around it or over it. Lots of sidewalks are older and have those kind of imperfections. Now that sounds kind of simple, but so many of us are distracted, and in a rush to get somewhere, that we do not look where we are walking. If we see something coming, prevention is much easier than catching ourselves while falling....

Good luck to all, and add what may have been left out..Of course most of these are just common sense, but listing them here and discussing these ideas, might prevent someone from falling.

This is the reason to support the democratic candidate, whoever it is

The next President could appoint members to the Supreme Court.

Nichols " Mr. Spock was a McGovernite"- Daily Kos


John Nichols at The Nation writes Mr. Spock Was a McGovernite: Remembering Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Live Long and Prosper’ Politics:
George McGovern’s anti-war candidacy for the presidency in 1972 attracted a good deal of celebrity support. But few Hollywood figures worked as hard as Nimoy to advance the cause of the Democratic presidential contender.

Beginning in January of 1972, when he trekked to New Hampshire on behalf of what was then considered to be McGovern’s uphill battle for the nomination, Nimoy traveled to thirty-five states on the South Dakota senator’s behalf. Grainy photos and news reports from more than four decades ago tell the story of a young Nimoy campaigning in the southwest with Latinos, in urban centers with African-Americans, in rural Oregon and even in Alaska.

Nimoy did not mind trading on his Star Trek celebrity to appeal for McGovern. He even joked at campaign stops that “I’m at a disadvantage. I’ve spent most of my previous life on Vulcan, so I don’t know too much about the people in this country.”

A joke about finding the "meaning of life"

A very rich man decides he wants to find the "meaning of life."...He lives in Manhattan, in an incredible apartment with "everything at his fingertips"...So he reads up on the subject and gets into deep meditation and philosophical literature. He practices everything he can try, and in the process hears about a Guru living in Tibet who lives on top of a mountain and knows, "the meaning of life"..ok well he looks into the story and finds that this is true...so,

Our rich friend starts to work out and set up an trip to Tibet and a trek up the mountain. He hires a trainer, and arranges for a number of Yaks and guides to take him up the mountain. Given his lack of exercise, and the very high altitude of the home where the Guru lives..... it takes him 4 months to get ready for the journey..

He is ready..He gets to the bottom of the mountain, and his entourage is there. 15 Yaks and 8 guides and equipment with plenty of supplies to trek up the mountain and get to the small home that the Guru lives in..It takes him a week or so to make the trek, but he finally gets to the home, and walks into it, places a large donation in the correct place, and meets and aid to the Guru..The aid and rich man walk into a dimly lit room, with candles and quiet music. The Guru looks up, and asks, "What would you like to know my friend?"

The rich man says, "I would like to know the meaning of life?" ...The Guru looks up, and goes into deep thought..
Eventually he comes out of his thought and says..

The meaning in life..is...."It is what it is.."

Our rich friend starts screaming..." You mean to say, I came all the way here to to listen to you say, "It is because it is." I spent all this money and time to hear that? Are you nuts?

The Guru stops and looks up, with a very startled and surprised look on his face...totally taken back by the rich man's behavior..no one questions the ...Guru...and then he says , and looks up, in a nervous and totally unsure way, and asks,....isn't it?

Pure RightWing Crap: " Obama Believes He Alone Is The Law In America" Investers Daily Editorial

," Obama Believes He Alone Is The Law In America"
Investers Daily Editorial, Feb 27, 2015

Below this is an explanation of the right wing view on Presidential Executive Orders..This is what is being presented to millions. I saw this at Yahoo this morning..3/2/15. This is why the Right Wing think they can shut down the government and the homeland security agency. It does not discuss the history of "executive orders" or what other presidents have done. It is their justification for "hate" and their reasoning. It is their "presentation of what they believe the truth is.. Without explanation or clarification of what happened and why. . Executive orders are different than "laws".. Just hate and twisting what really happened. And nothing about Bush and his approval of "torture" which could be seen as being against the law.

Rule Of Law: First, the president issues unlawful executive orders giving illegal immigrants amnesty. Then, he dares an equal branch of government to vote on his orders' legality so he can veto it. Is he establishing a monarchy?

While speaking at a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Florida International University, President Obama clearly indicated that he believes he is the final authority on law in this country. He will not tolerate dissent.

"If Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I'm doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I'm absolutely confident that what we're doing is the right thing to do," he told a group organized by Democratic Rep. Jose Diaz-Balart.

In November, Obama announced a set of unilateral actions to change the immigration system. Government agencies were ordered not to enforce the law against up to 5 million illegal immigrants in the country. He also declared that they would not be subject to deportation and were to be handed green card.


Chicago Police Department Responds to Allegations about Detention Center

In fairness, the Chicago Police Department has issued a response to the "Detention Center" Guardian story

you may read stories about the Chicago Police Department response at two links:

story from Chicago Tribune:

the link below is the story from the Chicago Sun Times..:

By Jeremy Gorner and Meredith Rodriguez
Chicago Tribune

Chicago police deny British paper's claims about beatings, illegal detentions (title of article)

The Chicago Police Department in a statement Tuesday night denied accusations in a story by a British newspaper that alleged people have been illegally detained, beaten and denied access to counsel in a Homan Square facility..

The Police Department issued a statement in response to the Tuesday story in The Guardian. The department said violence does not happen as a part of interviews with suspects or anyone else and that lawyers have access to any clients at the West Side facility. The site also houses the department's Bureau of Organized Crime, SWAT unit evidence technicians and the CPD ballistics lab, the department said.

"CPD abides by all laws, rules and guidelines pertaining to any interviews of suspects or witnesses, at Homan Square or any other CPD facility," department spokesman Martin Maloney said in a statement. "If lawyers have a client detained at Homan Square, just like any other facility, they are allowed to speak to and visit them. It also houses CPD's Evidence Recovered Property Section, where the public is able to claim inventoried property."
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