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Austerity V Progressive ~~

Progressive (Photo credit: Steve Rhodes)

Just another rant …

As we move into Campaign2016 voters need to remember the Global Financial Crisis of 2007 ~ 2008, how Republicans are reacting to your financial and personal status, Women’s Rights and Race in the year 2015.  We must remember the Sequester of 2013, $24Billion shutdown and ALL the NO votes against Americans in Congress. The craziness in my opinion is clearly based on conservative insanity and could shove America into another moment of chaos in the long run. if “We the People” do not open your eyes and make your vote count in midterms more than ever before because they matter … Stop ignoring our Midterm elections and fight against conservative redistricting.

I ask you, what has a Republican done for you and yours, what are they thinking and how disturbing is it that past elections have taught them nothing! They continue to vote against bills that could help their own constituents like seniors, Students and the Unemployed just to name a broad group that has to include their own families or someone they know, right.

However, Republicans seem to believe and act as if they have no middle-lower or poor constituents that will feel the pain of all those NO votes …

We may never know all the reasons or facts behind our receding economy and yes; we all have to admit some housing loans were a big mistake. We know that AIG wrapped up some products in questionable paper, put a bow on them, which blew up, and a whole lot of poo was spread through the world. I am no expert, but what part of “the global economy” did the extreme right misunderstand. Republicans have made it a mission almost impossible since they first held Americans hostage and while we still need Banksters and Wall Street to take responsibility for the out of control greed that caused our financial downfall. There is still a sense that those who played with consumer money knew the government would not only pay to get them out of the ditch but the government would be held accountable and not the banks. I am convinced this was on the minds of those willing to make bets against the housing consumer since Freddie and Fannie Mae are governmental programs.

Good’ole Abe said…

 “The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot, so well do, for themselves in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere. The desirable things, which the individuals of a people cannot, do, or cannot well do, for themselves, fall into two classes: those, which have relation to wrongs, and those, which have not. Each of these branches off into an infinite variety of subdivisions. The first that in relation to wrongs embraces all crimes, misdemeanors, and nonperformance of contracts. The other embraces all which, in its nature, and without wrong, requires combined action, as public roads and highways, public schools, charities, pauperism, orphanage, estates of the deceased, and the machinery of government itself. From this it appears that if all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need for government.” ~ Abe Lincoln

The fact is; being out of a job, homeless or being on food stamps is a non-partisan reality. Yet, Republicans do not feel this way. In fact, they have yet to move on from the original stimulus bill choosing to make comments though we all saw a great number of Republicans cutting ribbons, telling their constituents they were their champions even stating President did not do his part. Honestly, the idea that Republicans state they need to be more pragmatic is laughable and as these folks continue to riff on who did what when to whom, President Obama genuinely tried to be bipartisan for the last 4yrs, but some of us feel the ultimate plan was to embarrass him … old school politics will continue to be a battle. Putting ones Party first before the People, a practice that began in 2009 has continued into President Obama’s second term with the Party of NO not only misinforming voters but also filibustering our President’s ability to govern.

The American People are hurting. yet Boehner and his group of carpet baggers seem to agree to vote for bills privately decide to vote no to anything beforehand and continue to say no to legislation which shows just what kind of person he and his party are.

It made me sad and angry given what is going on that someone could be so cynical but it shows how Republicans see politics as a game and we Americans are the pawns

While the whole thing seems amusing, I would laugh but it hurts

Bertolli … pan roasted Red Snapper





By Chef Fabio Viviani

  • Makes Serves 2, double ingredients for 4 servings
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  • prep time: 10 minute(s)
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  • cook time: 15 minute(s)


1 bunch green onions
1 Tbsp. Bertolli® Classico™ Olive Oil
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
3/4 lb. red snapper, cut into 2 (6-ounce) pieces
Bertolli® Extra Light™ Tasting Olive Oil
1/4 cantaloupe, cut with melon baller
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 to 2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
Bertolli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Brush onions with 1 tablespoon Bertolli Classico Olive Oil; season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Preheat grill or grill pan.
  • Brush green onions with additional Bertolli Classico Olive Oil and grill until tender, slightly brown and caramelized, approx. 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Season fish with salt and fresh ground black pepper on both sides. Heat 2 tablespoons Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil in 12-inch skillet over high heat and cook skin-side down, approx. 4 minutes, pressing lightly with spatula to crisp the skin. Turn and cook 4 minutes or until snapper flakes with fork and is nicely browned on both sides. Let rest.
  • Combine melon balls with crumbled feta. Season with a touch of salt, fresh ground black pepper and white balsamic vinegar to taste; set aside.
  • Plate grilled onions, place snapper on top and finish with melon salad. Season with fresh ground black pepper to taste, drizzle with Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Fabio Viviani, owner and Executive Chef of Cafe Firenze in Moorpark, California and Firenze Osteria Italian Restaurant and Martini Bar in Toluca Lake, California.


a story of hope turned into several splinters of reality …

An update to a post that obviously was so much more.

In April 2013, as politics and pop culture collided, while twitter and face book joined in as seeds of change for me. There were several side stories,which did not make it to TV,but were In full effect. That night as people praised laughed danced tweeted positive things, no one knew about the two young men who possibly were in the wrong place at an undesirable hour. In what appears to be a related story about segregation and proms, we find out that two years earlier one young black man #JustinPatterson was shot dead the other traumatized for what seems to be the senseless death of his friend on January 29 2011. The story is one that hurts, makes me mad that this was apparently hidden by the media; it definitely became a side story possibly swept under a damn rug by law enforcement and brings to mind what happens when young black men are confronted or treated as threats.

The real story was being brought to light while surfing the TV.  I found MPH talking to a writer about a story that actually started in 2009 about segregation, southern proms and inclusion ending with a related narration about an unnecessary death of yet another young black man in 2011 by an old white man . If that isn’t not enough, this splintered reality includes a young black man/police officer struggling to become a sheriff in what becomes an obvious evolution story of 3 steps backward or 21st Century jim crow and one step forward beginning in 2013

Please tune into HBO May 18, 2015 and Watch  Southern Rites: The Heartbreaking Story of Justin Patterson’s Death


  My first knowledge of this particular story about southern ties proms and segregation was April 2013 … below is my elation post while watching the White House correspondence dinner online

The White House Correspondent Dinner, otherwise called the #NerdProm …and another Prom night in rural Georgia, its first integrated one was also being held.

My first thought was outrage and sadness as we see certain states in the south regressing on so many levels, then the story about how these young kids made a choice to close the racial divide, got organized raised money for a prom apparently open to all and helped by many outside the rural community. It also led to Leaders of the Georgia N.A.A.C.P. calling for the state to ban segregated proms and brought back memories of 2009, when Morgan Freeman funded the first racially integrated prom in Charleston, MI.

Anyway, the highlight of my night started out with PBO stepping onto the stage with a new Presidential intro to DJ Khalid’s, All I do is Win and his dance while WHCD president, Ed henry and fellow FOX employees watched on. Then again, PBO’s whole dialogue was hilarious got a huge bounce with a lot of photos; except c-span.org decided NOT to show his magazine cover.  We all wait for that to be leaked.

Apparently, the White House Correspondent Dinner has been going on for years but its popularity only started in 1993 and from then on, sold out. The crowd of 2700 came to see Mrs. and President Obama, Conan and raise a whole lot of money for future Journalists.  The main complaint was that Hollywood seemed to outnumber the Correspondents on the Red Carpet. I have to say watching them eat for 2 hours before the good stuff started was odd and ok you got a ticket to the #NerdProm, but there is a whole lot more room for improvement. If you were on your couch watching, something definitely was upsetting Gov. Chris Christie because cameras kept panning over to his table, maybe he didn’t know that it was supposed to be a night of jabs, juicy comments and lots of money donated for student scholarships … who knows exactly why Gov. Christie had that look. I don’t know about you but the WHCD was a good time of funny. Those of us who not only support PBO see a funnier, more confident, less stressed out President working his 2nd term who says what’s on his mind more and the #NerdProm was just one example .

As for the integrated Prom night in Georgia, let’s face it; proms in the future are questionable but things are looking up in some parts of the rural south… at least in Wilcox County. In response to requests to desegregate, the Wilcox County school board plans to vote this spring on making future proms official school events, which would prohibit racial segregation.

The White House Correspondent Dinner, was a night when entertainers and politicians switched places…  where the red carpet became a place to pose with various people… clearly stars in their own worlds each seeing someone from the others life and wanting photos.

African American History Month unveils the Rosa Parks Statue: from 2/2013

a reminder, memory 2/6/2013 and encouragement to go to this site

This February, during African American History Month, the White House recognized several historic anniversaries including the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, 100th Birthday of Rosa Parks and 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In that spirit we also hosted several policy discussions, recognized Champions of Change who are doing extraordinary work in education, and the President participated in the unveiling of the Rosa Parks statue at the U.S. Capitol this week.

Heather Foster
Director of African American Outreach
Office of Public Engagement

President Obama Touches the Rosa Parks Statue

President Barack Obama touches the Rosa Parks statue after the unveiling during a ceremony in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2013. Helping with the unveiling, were, from left: Sheila Keys, niece of Rosa Parks; Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.; and Elaine Eason Keys. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Policy Update: African American Healthcare Briefing

The White House Office of Public Engagement and the Department of Health & Human Services hosted a live town hall discussion on the ACA Affordable Care Act (ACA). The briefing was an interactive program with a two panel discussion and breakout session with members of African American health organizations and community leaders.

Blog Highlights

Champions of Change: African American Educational Excellence
The White House Office of Public Engagement hosted a Champions of Change event honoring leaders who have advanced educational excellence for the African American community. The Champions of Change initiative honors ordinary people who do extraordinary acts in their communities, all across the country. During the Champions of Change event, we recognized 10 individuals who have devoted their time and efforts to improve educational outcomes for African American students.

Catching Up with the Curator
The painting, completed in 1863 by William Carlton, shows a group of African American men, women and children waiting for the clock to strike midnight—the hour the Emancipation Proclamation would go into effect. Check it out, and learn why President Obama chose this painting to hang in the West Wing.

Rosa Parks has a Permanent Place in the U.S Capitol
National Statuary Hall inside the U.S Capitol was once the meeting place of the House of Representatives. Now it’s the home to a collection of statues and monuments—two form each state—representing some of the defining figures in our nation’s history. Yesterday, those sculptures were joined by that of a civil rights icon. One hundred years after she was born and 58 years after she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama city bus, Rosa Parks has a permanent place in the halls of Congress.

Get Involved

Apply for the Summer 2013 White House Internship Program
The application for the Fall 2013 White House Internship Program is now open. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and engage them in public service opportunities. Learn more about the program and the application process.

The deadline to apply is April 7, 2013.

Toxic T-shirts?

ZARA is using cancer causing chemicals and polluting the world’s waters.Toxic Water in ChinaIt’s time Zara cleaned up its act. Send a message now urging it to detox by 2020!


For months, Greenpeace conducted research into many of the world’s top clothing brands and found disturbing news — ZARA, along with several other retailers — is polluting waters in China with hazardous chemicals.

Those chemicals then wash into our waters when we rinse our clothes. Most of the fashion industry is treating public waterways like its own private sewers.

It’s time we eliminate hormone-disrupting chemicals from the world’s waters before it’s too late. That’s why we’re challenging some of the most popular clothing brands to eliminate toxic chemicals from its process by 2020 — and we need your help.

If 40,000 of us send a message to ZARA in the next 48 hours it will encourage the company to take the pledge to detox its clothing and stop the use of hazardous chemicals.


Let’s face it, beautiful fashion shouldn’t cause toxic pollution. H&M and British retailer Marks & Spencer know that. These companies have committed to eliminating all toxic chemicals from its supply chains and products. But ZARA, one of the world’s biggest fast fashion retailers, remains silent.

ZARA is famously responsive to trends and keeps a close watch on buzz about its brand. If all of us can pressure the company to follow in the footsteps of those who have committed to clean up its act, this is one trend it won’t be able to ignore.

We know it’s possible to clean up the toxics, we’ve seen it happen before. Thanks to you, the detox campaign secured commitments from Puma, Adidas and other sports apparel makers to clean up their practices and detox their line by 2020. So it can be done, but we’ll need your help.

Reach out to ZARA right now with an urgent message to clean up its practices and detox today.


As consumers your voice is critical to convincing ZARA and other companies to do the right thing. If the company responds the rest of the industry could follow, so it’s urgent we act now.

Thanks for your help,

John Deans
Greenpeace Toxics Campaigner