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We live in a time of chaos and confusion. We’re working against incredible forces and power that are trying to hold on to their domination over the rest of us, trying to hold on to their ability to use our labor and intellectual resources to add to their already obscene wealth. But we, the 99.99% outnumber them and if we just rally, we can overcome the unlimited resources that they use to spin reality to serve their own greed and avarice. If we each do SOMETHING, each little nugget of good will have a ripple effect. No matter what it is: posting accurate information, talking truth to friends, going door to door to support someone honest and true, protesting, calling representatives, showing up, and most of all, voting, we can swing things in another direction. Each little act combines with others to create a ripple effect that can eventually cause a tidal wave. If we all participate, we can create a tsunami. Friends, we need a tsunami to win this time. Get involved. Ripples in the multiverse. Let’s save the future.@blueravenartist @blueraventees
The GOP controlled Congress has lost all perspective, to say nothing of reason, logic, morals, integrity, and compassion. Sucked up into the black hole of their own self-gain, they’ve pulled off a pay-for-play scheme with their donors in the form of a massive corporate tax cut. Not only are they playing poker with the lives of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, they’re trying to slash and burn the whole immigration system. And don’t get me started on Russia, healthcare, or the environment. Now they want to allow restaurants to appropriate their worker’s tips. How freaking petty is that? How long till November 6th? Couldn’t come soon enough.
MORE POLLUTION IN WASHINGTON
The EPA’s announced plans to revoke its own 2016 rule that ensures protective standards for Washington’s citizens. This rule would pave the way for polluters to dump greatly increased amounts of toxic pollution into state waters, threatening communities, salmon, and orca whales that depend on clean water to survive. This is just another hand out to billionaire big businesses. “Today’s proposal by the Trump administration puts the health of the people of this state at risk by ignoring all of the important scientific work done by the EPA in developing these standards.” Jeanette Brimmer of Earthjustice
This is just one of a long line of attacks on environmental protections. In the battle between environmental polluters and scientifically—supported needs for stronger anti-pollution standards in Washington, the billionaires won…again. Sure, let the old, rich, white billionaires pollute or air and waterways. They’ll be dead before it impacts them. They don’t care about the rest of us of those who will follow. They don’t care about the future. That’s why we have to rally. That’s why we need to rise up and protest. That’s why we need to go blue in 2020 no matter what. Woke people unite; save the future. @blueravenartist @blueraventees
It’s once again Earth day, the one day of the year we stop to consider and honor the planet upon which we live. “The Earth is what we all have in common,” said Wendell Berry, who was, among other things, an environmental activist. The day we first received those amazing images from space, many of us realized that we all live on what my hero; the late, great Carl Sagan called the Pale Blue Dot. The more we learn about science and the universe, the more we realize how rare we are. The more we face reality, the better we realize that the Earth is our only home and we are exhausting its resources at a faster pace than the Earth can repair/replace them. On this Earth day, I hope our focus is on the actions we must take to save this planet for ourselves, our children, grandchildren and those to follow.
“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” John Paul II
We’re facing tremendous challenges, primarily short-sighted, corrupt, greedy politicians working against us solely to line their own pockets. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stand up to them and win.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
We now know for certain that climate change is here and is proceeding more rapidly than earlier predicted. We must act now and we must act in a big way. So let’s make this more than an Earth Day. Let’s make it an Earth Year, even an Earth Decade. We can do this. We have to. The future depends on it. @blueravenartist
Kirstjen Nielsen, the brain behind separating families at the border, had the gall to defend her department’s horrific policies before Congress. She refused to admit that DHS was caging kids, by arguing exactly WHAT constituted a cage. The Dems have repeatedly rebuked Nielsen’s support for the inhumane treatment of immigrants and have long wanted her ousted. This weekend they got their wish. After a meeting with Trump, she’s history. CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin claims Trump’s killed Nielsen’s reputation for life. “She’ll always be known as the women who put children in cages. And you know what? They’ll be right.” I agree with him.
Is Nielsen out because of her cruelty? Heck, no. Seems she wasn’t cruel enough for Trump who’s demanding a harder line and wants to reinstate the child separation policy. It’s insane that we’re debating whether it’s okay to cage children. But we are and it might get even worse.
Trump’s put WH adviser Steven Miller in charge of all immigration affairs. This empathy-challenged, right-wing extremist is instigating a coup to replace existing officials with those who share his inhumane views. He supports Trump’s threat to close the U.S.—Mexico border and was the architect behind using the kid-caging system as a scare tactic to immigrants seeking asylum. We might now be stuck with one of the most notorious anti-immigration hardliners in Washington. We wanted Nielsen gone, but in this administration, you have to be careful what you wish for. After all, we now exist in the “upside down.”
Trump’s ratcheting up his anti-immigration message as he looks towards the 2020 election. Sadly, his cruelty seems to be the most effective way to galvanize his supporters. After announcing Nielsen’s departure, Trump tweeted, “Our Country is FULL!”
Donald Trump, a wrestling fan, once staged a body slam of famous Vince McMahon at WrestleMania XXIII to show his “toughness.” So here’s a cage I’d like to see. Donald Trump and the current wrestling champ in a cage match, locked in, like the kids at the border, scared and defenseless, fighting for his survival. I wonder what he’d think of cages then. Here’s to change in 2020. @blueravenartist @blueraventees
“When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving a cross.” Sinclair Lewis
Trump waved the proverbial cross, claiming he’s a Christian. He’s not. And at CPAC this year, the video of him wrapping himself around the American Flag went viral. The irony is staggering. The irony here is downright scary.
The Holocaust Museum in D.C. lists the early warning signs of looming fascism: Powerful and continuing nationalism. Disdain for human rights. Identification of enemies as a unifying cause. Supremacy of the military. Rampant sexism. Controlled mass media. Obsession with national security. Religion and government intertwined. Corporate power protested. Labor power suppressed. Disdain for intellectuals & the arts. Obsession with crime & punishment. Rampant cronyism & corruption. Fraudulent elections. Recognize any warning signs in Trump? You should.
He’s denigrated and attempted to control the press. Trump TV (FOX) is obsessively lies for him and tries to stifle sources that criticize him. He uses his position to take revenge on his rivals. He handpicked the man standing between him and the Mueller evidence and that handpicked man stepped in and pronounced Trump clear of committing any criminal offense, including obstruction of justice. Convenient.
As for collusion, the evidence right before our very eyes should be more than enough to establish guilt. Trump thinks it’s not a crime if you do it right out in the open. Trump thinks it can’t be a crime if you do it while rich and the President. As for the Mueller report? All we have is just more spin and brainwashing from the Trump propaganda team. Trump’s own apologist and lawyer, Rudy Guilianni, said the infamous, “Truth isn’t truth.” Trump, himself, told his followers: “Just remember. What you’re seeing and reading is not what’s happening.” And now, Trump’s claiming “complete and total exoneration.
“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” Orwell
Orwell 2.0 Big Brother is listening…
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
March 8th was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations as International Women’s Day. Not all countries recognize or commemorate it, but in some countries it’s a public holiday. It’s a day to celebrate women and at times in certain countries, it’s an occasion for protest and demonstration for everything from women’s rights to ending hunger and poverty. In 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimed March as Women’s History Month, calling on everyone to reflect on “the extraordinary accomplishments of women” in shaping our country’s history. Barack Obama, a supporter of women as equals for sure. Boy, do I miss that man.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is: ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.’ It focuses on innovative ways to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women. Another theme is #balanceforbettter, not only celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women; it is a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Right now, more women are running for political office than ever, breaking records in what’s become known as the “pink wave” of US politics. More women won in the 2018 midterms and it’s already showing in the policies that are being brought forth by the Democratic Party. Still, women only represent 19.1% of the House and 22% of the Senate. We need to change that.
Let’s join the pink wave in any way we can and ride it all the way to a blue tsunami in 2020. Women united; push forward. Save the future. @blueravenartist @blueraventees
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Winston Churchill said that “History is written by the victors.” For the most of America’s history, it was the white, rich, male directing what went into what was taught about the subject. Although black people have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it wasn’t until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in history books. Until then, black people were largely absent from the subject.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, born to parents who’d been former slaves, when earning his Ph.D. from Harvard, was disturbed to find that history books largely ignored the black American population. When they were mentioned, it was usually in ways that reflected the inferior social positon they were assigned at the time.
Woodson took on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history. He established an association for the study of Afro-American life and history and founded the ‘Journal of Negro History,’ and in 1926 he launched Negro History Week to bring the contributions of African Americans to the nation’s attention. It took a while to catch on, but since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month as February as Black History month.
It’s a time to remember the countless contributions of African Americans, who survived slavery and segregation, racial prejudge and discrimination and forged through to break the bonds that were held in place by ignorance and hate. It’s a call to each and every one of us to reflect on the cultural, political, scientific, and economic contributions that are woven throughout American society. Our diversity makes us stronger and we need to move past the hate spewed by those stuck in an archaic and shameful past and work together to build a better tomorrow. @blueravenartist @blueraventees
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“In the beautiful Midwest, wind-chill temperatures are reaching -60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. … People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Warming? Please come back fast, we need you!” DJT Tweet 1/28/19
With a commander-in-chief so ignorant/incurious/uninformed he can’t tell the difference between climate and weather, it’s enough to make one feel boxed in when it comes to tackling the most serious threat to humanity. Last month we learned that oceans are warming faster and ice sheets are melting faster than we thought and that the climate crisis is likely even worse than scientists were previously willing to say. The last 4 years have been the 4 warmest years on record for the planet. The new UN report warns we have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe.
For decades, Democrats have been blocked from passing any real climate change legislation. Even when they had some power, they didn’t pursue it with any real fortitude or zeal. But that’s about to change. Democrats are positioning climate change as the central issue in 2020.
“We do not have a choice. We have to get to 100% renewable energy in 10 years. There’s no other option.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (AOC)
The “Green New Deal” aims to dramatically alter the country’s energy and transportation infrastructure with the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade.
“Five decades ago, President Kennedy announced the ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the moon. He didn’t say how it would be done but that we would do it. We could need a giant rocket made of new metal alloys that had not been invented yet, and it would have to be returned safely to Earth within 10 years. He urged us to be bold. I say today that it is time for us to be bold once again.” Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)
I’m tired of feeling boxed in when it comes to the most important/dangerous threat to humankind. The planet is worth protecting. As AOC says, “We do not have a choice.” We need to rise up and demand that this country take the steps to combat climate change. Let’s be bold. Progressives unite; save the future. on Instagram @blueravenartist @blueraventees On Facebook @blueravenartist @blueraventees
SECRET PLOT TO PURPOSELY TRAUMATIZE CHILDREN
A U.S. Government memo released by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) reveals the Trump administration’s plan to INTENTIONALLY traumatize children and create a humanitarian crisis at the border. Merkley released this memo to ‘NBC NEWS’ after receiving it from a government whistle-blower, saying that Trump’s “child immigration strategy is immoral and comes from a dark place in the heart of this administration.” And “Children are NOT expendable commodities in political battles.”
“Tonight’s newly-exposed document explicitly reveals that high-level administration officials lied at key points about how and why the Trump administration created this crisis.” Senator Jeff Merkley
The 12/2017 memo reveals how the DOJ and DHS thoroughly gamed out ways they could tear children from their parents and use the scare tactic as a terrorizing ploy to deter migrants from seeking asylum. As for the impact on the innocent kids and their families? No big. After all, they’re just brown people, completely expendable in Trump’s eyes. He’s perfectly happy to trade the well-being, safety, mental health, and sometimes lives of children for more applause from his followers. After all, that’s what he lives for. The whole debacle was a well-thought-out ploy to use cruelty to children to create a crisis he could use to gin up his base. I find that absolutely inexcusable. You?
It’s hard to fathom how anyone could sink so low and get away with it. We’ve always had con-men and sociopaths, but we usually draw the line at letting them run the country. Intentionally traumatizing children? Kids in cages? We need to find our humanity again. @blueravenartist
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CRACKED UNTIL COFFEE
Americans consume the most coffee in the world over all and the number of Americans who drink coffee daily has hit a 6-year high. According to REUTERS, 64% of American adults said they drank coffee daily in 2018, up from 62% in 2017. 2% might not seem like a huge hike in a year, but since the U.S. population is currently 328,392,160, that means an uptick of 6,567,842 more people drinking coffee daily. I wonder why? Could it be that with all that’s going on, it’s getting harder and harder to get up in the morning? Could it be that more and more of us need that little kick to face whatever new news is going to kick us in the face? I know I do.
Times are crazy right now. Power mongers are creating chaos and pitting us against each other because doing so helps cement their power. We can’t let them win. We’re all in this together. Let’s take the steps that will allow us to reverse course and come together as Americans, as the Human race.
"When did we see each other face-to-face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that, we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out." - John Green, 'Paper Towns’
People are waking up, and not just to smell the coffee. People are waking up to the realization that we are all one people and if we don’t clean up our act, humanity is in for some harsh realities. Some days it’s really hard to get out of bed and the thought of that warm mug in my hands and the kick of energy I know I’ll feel, sure helps get things going. I still hope we can turn things around. I still hope we can learn to “see each other face-to-face” and find that we’re all part of the human race. Until then, I need that little kick in the morning to get going. As it is, I’m still a little cracked until coffee. I’m hoping to let in some light. How about you?
Trump claims he’s an expert on defense. “There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.” “There is nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me,” and “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.” What he is is a time bomb.Read More
ONE STEP FORWARD AGAINST VOTER SUPPRESSION
Floridians with felony convictions are now starting to register to vote after the state restored voting rights to 1.5 million felons. Florida, under Republican control, had one of the strictest voter laws in the country. 10% of voting-age adults and almost 25% of African American adults were barred from voting because of a previous conviction. (The measure doesn’t apply to anyone convicted of a felony sexual offence or murder.) Sentences must be completed. But once that’s done, beginning this month, felons can register to vote.
The bulk of these felonies are for drug charges and petty crimes. (You know…heinous crimes like processing a bag of pot, not “harmless,” allowable, white-collar crimes like swindling millions out of their life savings or colluding with a foreign power. Just sayin.) There are way too many people behind bars, many of them because they just can’t afford bail or representation, some because of biased judges, laws, and juries. It’s an incredible waste of money and human resources, especially when it comes to victim-less crimes.
Once the prisoner has put in their time, the best thing for them and for our collective well being is to integrate these returning citizens back into society. One way to do that is to engage them in the democratic process, which means voting. Since African Americans are dis-proportionally incarcerated, Republicans are scared that this will hurt them in the next election as blacks tend to vote Democratic. The bipartisan Florida Rights Restoration Coalition has encouraged potential voters to call the toll-free number 877-MY-VOTE-0 with any questions.
Voter suppression is an incredibly powerful force and harmful to the democratic process. We need to fight it for all it’s worth. So it’s nice to have a little win once in a while. I keep looking for them these days when things often seem so dire. Good for you, Floridians! You proved what people showing up at the polls can do. @blueravenartist
THE HOUSE TURNS BLUE
After two long years of dirty dealings from the people with all the power, we’re gaining a bit of clout We won’t be able to make big changes yet with just one branch of government, but now that we have the House…we can INVESTIGATE. @nowthispolitics shared a video with a list of what the Dems plan to look into. The list put a smile on my face and I hope it does on yours.
Trump’s tax returns, firing of FBI chief, Jim Comey, mass firing of U.S. attorneys & the ‘cleaning out’ of career federal employees.
Trump’s family businesses potentially profiting from foreign governments, receiving trademarks from China and use of his nonprofit for self-dealing.
W. H. staff’s use of personal email & servers. Cabinet officials’ travel, office expenses, uses of charter flights & other misused perks & incomplete security clearance forms.
Trump’s ban on transgender military service members.
DHS’s family separation policy at the border.
“Dirty ops” on Obama staff by Israeli intel firm Black Cube.
Payments to silence Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.
Dismissals from EPA’s board of scientific counselors and EPA’s failure to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests.
The citizenship question added to the 2020 census.
The Justice Dept’s refusal to defend the ACA.
HHS, DOJ and Homeland Security’s alleged gag order on whistle blowers.
HHS collaboration with right-wing group on Medicaid family planning policy.
Jared Kushner’s ethics law compliance and dirty dealings.
Cambridge Analytica’s undisclosed hiring of foreign nationals and contacts with foreign governments.
Foreign efforts to breach state election systems during the 2016 election.
Discussions of classified info at Mar-a-Lago &what Trump told Putin in their hours-long summit.
There’s more, but this is a taste of what we might see in 2019. Yes, it’s been a long two years, and we’re going to need every blue and purple hand out there to change things. But tomorrow, the House turns blue. Let’s make the most of it @blueravenartist
I wish for peace on earth. I wish you much happiness too. I hope that this year is better than last one and that we can come together and begin to push things in a better direction. Happy New Year and peace on earth.
If I could take peace and joy and wrap them up in a box and give them out like candy, I would. We've had a chaotic year. I'm hoping that next year plays out better. So here's wishing you and yours a peaceful holiday season and a happy new year. Peace on earth, my friends. Peace on earth.
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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
NPR announced that a specially appointed panel of judges has dismissed all 83 ethic complaints against Brett Kavanaugh regarding his confirmation hearing conduct. Seems it doesn’t matter that the judges admitted the complaints “are serious,” including, outright provable lying, to say nothing of spouting right-wing conspiracy theories in a tone so disdainful that people around him were visibly cringing. The conservative John Robert’s appointed judges decided that they had no authority to investigate or discipline Supreme Court justices. That seems like a cop-out. Does that mean that if you’re a Supreme Court justice, you can get away with anything? Kinda like our President so far, I guess. I hope that’s about to change in the near future. (With what’s going on, that seems highly likely. Go Mueller!)
As for the Christine Blasey Ford case; we now know there was only a sham investigation. Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior is okay anyway in the circles putting him in office. They’re fine with wife-beaters, sexual harassers, and even pedophiles. Like Trump said, “When you’re a star, they let you do it.” Apparently that works for a Supreme Court judge too since the GOP is in control. Once again, we’re seeing the impact of McConnell’s success in packing the courts with right-wing judges. Once again we’re getting a “canary in a coal mine” warning about the importance of judicial appointments.
There’s not much hope that we can do anything about Kavanaugh at this point. But I hope that when we take over the Presidency in 2020 we make it a priority to fill as many judgeships as we can, so that we can bring a little sanity and science back into the powers of justice. Progressives unite; push forward. Save the future. @blueravenartist
5 Democratic members of Congress toured a remote tent city in Texas that’s holding about 2,700 immigrant teens between 13 and 17 costing roughly a million bucks a day. “It’s in a remote location on purpose so that the American people do not know what’s happening here,” said Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas. Rep. Judy Chu of California said, “We need to shut it down. It’s inhumane. It is a child prison. It has no right to exist.”
BCFS Health and Human Services, the contractor running the facility, told them that this one tent city costs taxpayers about $144 million bucks since opening. Set aside the inhumanity of the Trump administration’s immigration policies for a moment and look at it from a fiscal point of view. The U.S. has approximately 200 facilities holding some 30,000 immigrants on any given day. The combined budget of enforcement agencies was $19 billion in 2016 and it has only skyrocketed since. Think of the good that could be done with all that cash. Think of how much better off we’d all be if we got our priorities straight.
The inhumanity can only be set aside briefly. Immigrants tell of cruelty, illness and filth, and the night and day wailing of hungry children. They arrive after harrowing journeys seeking asylum and are held in overcrowded and filthy conditions. Some are in huge tent cities lacking adequate sanitary facilities. Some are still caged, sleeping on the hard floor with nothing but a metallic sheet where the lights blare 24/7 and they’re often dehydrated and don’t get enough to eat.
Yeah, if it were their guns we were detaining and locking up, the GOP would riot. But since it’s just a bunch of brown people…no big. This needs to change. Progressives unite; push forward. Find me on Instagram/Facebook @blueravenartist
When you’re big in the music business, you have a whole entourage to handle your every need. There are light people and sound people and a manager and roadies to take care of your instruments and then the catering crew and someone for props; and the whole scene’s highly chaotic.
But if you‘re smaller scale and play the local scene, sometimes it’s just you and your instrument and whatever way you have to get the two of you home. I imagine my guy in the image, late, late at night, walking a few quiet streets to where he needs to catch a taxi or the subway or perhaps parked his car. He’d have his guitar in a case, I know, but cases can get so dinged up and ugly, especially if they’re covered in old back stage passes…I know, sentimental value, I get it. But for creative license and because I love the sheer beauty of musical instruments, my guy’s carrying his baby, bare, over his shoulder. Regardless…
There’s this special time after a gig, particularly a good one, where everything came together and the music really flowed. The crowd disperses and the band members are starting to go their own ways after having a friendly beer. The on-stage buzz has died down and you’re fried, but still slightly, subtly euphoric as you make your way home to get some much-needed shut-eye.
While you’re walking, your mind drifts from the high of the gig to a softer feeling, knowing there’s someone at home, sound asleep, but still waiting for you. And the two feelings merge and you have this quiet, private, perfect moment on that silent street, to take it in and savor. It’s a special time, after a gig, one worth saving…at least for the guy in the image.
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