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I live in an older residential neighborhood (Arlington Village, Riverside, California) where an increasingly large percentage of the residents are undocumented. Fearing deportation, they necessarily maintain a low profile, rarely going outside their homes, other than to shop, go to school or work. For the most part, they are hard working people who value family life as much or more than their Anglo neighbors. However, since they are not United States citizens and cannot vote, their government representatives are mostly older white men who are unconcerned with the plight of immigrants. We opted to spend $350,000 in federal block grant funds to build a public daycare center at our local park adjacent to an elementary school, but our elitist city councilman stole the money and used it to build a concrete in-line field hockey skating rink for the children of his rich friends. Our legislators need to stay in session without taking holidays and vacations until they reform our immigration laws. We are stuck with a do-nothing Congress who seem content to exploit an undocumented underclass of low wage workers who stand little chance of bettering their quality of life. President Donald Trump is opposed to immigration from "shithole countries". He is threatening to build a wall along our southern border. We need immigrants to fill the low paid agricultural jobs that Americans refuse to do. They pay social security taxes which permit older workers to retire. Referring to Latino immigrants as "rapists and terrorists" is a lie that goes against everything that America stands for. President Trump's white supremacy rhetoric does us all a disservice. We cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.
I live in an older residential neighborhood (Arlington Village, Riverside, California) where an increasingly large percentage of the residents are undocumented. Fearing deportation, they necessarily maintain a low profile, rarely going outside their homes, other than to shop, go to school or work. For the most part, they are hard working people who value family life as much or more than their Anglo neighbors. However, since they are not United States citizens and cannot vote, their government representatives are mostly older white men who are unconcerned with the plight of immigrants. We opted to spend $350,000 in federal block grant funds to build a public daycare center at our local park adjacent to an elementary school, but our elitist city councilman stole the money and used it to build a concrete in-line field hockey skating rink for the children of his rich friends. Our legislators need to stay in session without taking holidays and vacations until they reform our immigration laws. We are stuck with a do-nothing Congress who seem content to exploit an undocumented underclass of low wage workers who stand little chance of bettering their quality of life.
President Donald Trump is opposed to immigration from "shithole countries". He is threatening to build a wall along our southern border. We need immigrants to fill the low paid agricultural jobs that Americans refuse to do. They pay social security taxes which permit older workers to retire. Referring to Latino immigrants as "rapists and terrorists" is a lie that goes against everything that America stands for. President Trump's white supremacy rhetoric does us all a disservice. We cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as "shitholes", whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Update
More than five decades have passed since that famous Christmas when Santa invited Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to guide his sled through the thick fog. You would think that either Reuters or the Associated Press would have provided us with yearly updates. But they are too busy spreading the latest rumors concerning flash-in-the-pan celebrities, to bother reporting on what is going on at the North Pole. So it falls on me, an independent blogger, to fill you in. Rudolph retired 20 years ago and Santa put him out to stud. Four years ago, he was having a great time rutting with an anonymous underage slut when he had a stroke and died before Santa could transport him to the nearest veterinary hospital at Point Barrow, Alaska. They cremated his body and spread the ashes over the northern polar region. It was a touching ceremony—Blitzen cried for a week.
Life goes on. NORAD was predicting a foggy Christmas and Santa did not know what to do. He desperately needed someone who could take Rudolph's place. Subsequently, an elf was giving Santa Claus an unfavorable report about Ruby, a cigar smoking lesbian reindeer with all four legs sleeved in colorful tattoos, when Santa came up with the answer. Ruby with a cigar alight could guide the sleigh on Christmas Eve night. And so she did. It only cost the price of a box of stogies to save Christmas that year. Santa was so happy that he began supporting civil rights for homosexuals.
Of course, a lot of other things have changed. The permafrost has turned into slush, forcing Santa to put knobby tires on the sleigh's runners. The polar icecap is melting and Santa is considering moving to the South Pole where the ground is firm below the ice. Negotiations between NORAD and the United Nations are currently taking place. Please return to this website for-up- to-the-minute updates.
Ruby the Anarchist Reindeer
(sung to the tune of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer)
Ruby the anarchist reindeer,
Was usually stoned and drunk,
And if you ever saw her, you would surely think her "punk,"
All of the other reindeer called her homophobic names,
Whenever bad things happened, she was the one they blamed.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say,
"Ruby with your cigar so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"
Then all the reindeer loved her and they shouted out with glee,
"Ruby the anarchist reindeer you'll go down in herstory."
Why spend money? Pirate this tune via "old school" Napster file-sharing. Browse on by the workshop at the North Pole and see Santa's latest erotic tattoo.
The owners, management, employees, and shareholders of f.dungan.com want to make it clear that we do not endorse flying while intoxicated. Using non-prescription recreational drugs is extremely dangerous. Ruby has come close to colliding with airplanes, helicoptors, microwave towers, tall buildings, and a late-wintering flight of Canadian geese. Two drakes recieved broken wings when Ruby abruptly weaved into them. Convicted of piloting a sleigh with a suspended license, she is currently serving a two year sentence at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, California. Recently denied parole, it is doubtful that Santa can find a replacement for her anytime soon. Therefore, Christmas is being postponed until August 25th for the next two years. Santa apologizes for the inconvenience. He is in the process of negotiating a deal with Toys for Tots to have the U.S. Marine Corps fill in by lowering Santa through chimneys from a hovering helicoptor equipped with a sturdy web harness.
NEEDLESS DEATHS ON 9/11
This year is the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Of course, Osama bin Laden (now deceased) was to blame. However, New York Mayor Rudy Giulani and the New York Port Authority, which owns the Twin Towers, should share the blame for the deaths of those who jumped to escape the flames. Both had the opportunity to stock "base jump" parachutes on the upper floors of the Trade Center. Neither did. Since there had been a previous attempt to collapse the Twin Towers, New York officials should have been prosecuted for criminal negligence for not taking proper safety precautions. Nobody dared to firebomb Tammany Hall when Boss Tweed was in power. Rudy Giulani could have protected the Trade Center with a battery of Patriot Missiles and several hundred parachutes. It makes me sad to realize that the Big Apple has gone rotten and no longer has a heart.
PUERTO RICO STATEHOOD
On June 11, 2017, Puerto Ricans voted whether to become an independent nation, become a state, or maintain their present status. Ninety-seven percent of those casting ballots opted in favor of statehood. Since 1917, Puerto Ricans have had United State citizenship and unrestricted rights to move to the mainland. Congress will now vote on whether or not to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state. Please urge your Congressional Representatives and Senators to correct past racial bias by granting Puerto Rico statehood.
Advocates of statehood say it would resolve Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis. Statehood would grant Puerto Rico access to parity in federal funds for social programs like Medicaid and public housing subsidies, important programs for an island where about 45 percent of the population are living in poverty.
Puerto Rico has been a territory since 1898, when the Island was acquired from Spain after the Spanish-American War.
On January 10th, 2018, Puerto Rico formally requested statehood from the U.S. Congress. It is now in Congress's hands.
A bipartisan bill introduced on June 27, 2018 seeks to make the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico the nation's 51st state. Filed by Representative Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon (R), Puerto Rico's resident commissioner and non-voting representative in Congress, the bill lays out a plan to enable the territory to become a state by January 2021.
"This is the first step to open a serious discussion to determine the ultimate political status of Puerto Rico," Gonzalez remarked. "To sum everything up, this is about equality." The move has been described as Puerto Rico's "biggest push for statehood" in many years. Fourteen Democrats and 20 Republicans have backed the bill thus far; however, it remains unclear what odds the legislation has of passing.
Several lawmakers supporting the bill said the federal government's response to Puerto Rico's devastation following Hurricane Maria highlighted the territory's need for statehood.
"The hard truth is that Puerto Rico's lack of political power allows Washington to treat Puerto Rico like an afterthought, as the federal government's inadequate preparation for and response to Hurricane Maria made crystal clear," Representative Stephanie Murphy (D-Florida) told a press conference.
Nine months after the hurricane first hit the region, "millions in federal dollars for [post-Maria] reconstruction have yet to be allocated," The Washington Post reported on June 27, 2018.
President Donald Trump said on September 24, 2018, that he does not support Puerto Rican statehood, harshly condemning the island's current leadership.
"With the mayor of San Juan as bad as she is...Puerto Rico shouldn't be talking about statehood until they get some people that really know what they're doing," Trump said in a pre-recorded interview on Geraldo Rivera's radio show, Geraldo in Cleveland.
Trump remarked that he is "an absolute no" on statehood due to the current leadership, calling the mayor of San Juan ("whatever her name may be") "a horror show."
Hours after the president's interview, the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rossello, rebuked Trump for being against the island's proposed statehood "based on a personal feud with a local mayor."
"This is an insensitive, disrespectful comment to over three million Americans who live in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico," asserted Rossello in a statement. "Equality for the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico is the biggest civil rights issue in the United States."
Trump has been particularly critical of Puerto Rican leadership since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017. He has denied that 3,000 people died due to the storm, as one study said, and argued that aid was "horribly handled" by local representatives. Trump repeated these claims on Geraldo Rivera's show.
"The local representatives, in particular the mayor of San Juan, were incompetent, and they didn't know what to do," he said.
Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, however, has said the responsibility lies with Trump. She labeled the administration's response to Hurricane Maria "structured negligence" that "allowed Puerto Ricans to die."
Trump defended his administration, saying he "got things to Puerto Rico that nobody could've gotten."
With "good leadership," Trump said statehood "certainly could be something they [would want to] talk about."
Que lastima, Puerto Pobre.
My name is Fred Dungan and I am a chocaholic. No use asking me my favorite flavor, because you already guessed it. My father was a Chief Quartermaster in the Navy who was paid once a month. As soon as he gave my mother her share, she would buy a month's worth of groceries from the Commissary at the U.S. Naval Base on Terminal Island, Long Beach, California. Hidden in among the generic shiny steel cans of vegetables labled with black painted stencils, there was invariably one or two jumbo sized bars of Hershey's Milk Chocolate. Since it had to last us for a month, my mother broke it into small pieces. If we argued over who had the biggest piece, my father would take it away from us. His aim was to run a happy ship. Grumbling was not permitted on his watch.
Now that I have grown up, I am free to eat all the chocolate I want. That is until recently, when I learned that most chocolate came from Ivory Coast and Ghana in West Africa where child (and sometimes slave) labor is being used to satisfy the enormous demands of large manufacturers such as Mars, Hershey's, Nestle, and Cadbury. Three million tons of chocolate are consumed annually, fifty percent of which takes place in Europe, twenty-one percent in the United States. According to the United States State Department, 10,000 Malian children are victims of trafficking or enslavement on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast, a country that produces 40 percent of the worlds' cocoa supply. Ninety percent of the cocoa plantations depend on child labor. Although they claimed to be correcting the situation, statistics prove that the practice has grown in recent years. Until they change their ways, I urge you to boycott giant United States and European chocolate producers.
To satisfy my urge for chocolate, I will most likely buy Ibarra and Abuelita chocolate made in Mexico where chocolate and cacao drinking originated in 1900 B.C. Montezuma is said to have downed more than twenty cups a day of cacao mixed with hot peppers and vanilla.
Please do not buy Carlos V brand chocolate as it is currently owned by Nestle.
Hershey is about bottom of the barrel when it comes to quality of chocolate. They actually extract a percentage of cocoa butter from their chocolate and profit from adding it to other products.
The following is an excerpt of an article by Alisa Patience that appeared in the March 22, 2017 edition of The Daily Utah Chronicle:
"Even though using child laborers has been technically globally illegal since the 1970's, it's a common practice with big businesses, including Nestle, Mars, Kraft and ADM Cocoa. Chocolate companies usually get their slaves from parents who can't afford other mouths to feed. Some children volunteer to work for the one to two dollar-an-hour pay because they need work to support their families. Hershey's has children as young as five working for them, doing things like climbing tall trees, cutting down cocoa beans with machetes and carrying bags of cocoa that are sometimes bigger than them. Can you imagine your child holding a machete, let alone trying to use one to pry open a large bean? Some children are even whipped for going too slow or trying to escape."
Cadbury isn't a quality product because it is made for the European mass market, especially since it needs to be able to survive the rigors of international shipping. Note that Cadbury Cream Eggs are made by Hershey in the United States (their licensing agreement with Cadbury for that and other brands is why they are trying to ban imports).
For good chocolate a local chocolatier who makes their own confections is usually better than anything imported. Some of the higher quality makers in the United States such as Ghirardelli, Godiva, Lindt, etc. would be better choices than imported Cadbury.
FRESH FRENCH FRIES
Nothing tastes better than hot, fresh french fries. Long before the first McDonald's in Orange County, California, was opened on Harbor Boulevard, two miles south of Disneyland, my mother was making french fries from scratch for our family. She washed Russet potatoes, cut out the eyes with a practiced circular motion of her paring knife, peeled them with an Ekco steel vegetable peeler, cut them into strips with a butcher knife, and fried them in a deep frier, before serving them to her hungry family for dinner. There were never any leftovers, she always cooked the right amount. It was the 1950's and my mother was a full-time housewife. Her job was cooking three meals a day, cleaning our new suburban tract home, shopping for groceries at the U.S. Navy commissary on Terminal Island, attending P.T.A. meetings and driving me to piano lessons, the local branch library, Boys Club, and Y.M.C.A.
Nowadays, few people have the time to cook three meals a day, seven days a week. Fast food has become a staple of American life. Most fast food outlets have decent french fries. However, many fast food chains cook their french fries in large batches, salt them, and place them under a heat lamp until they are sold. This can result in soggy or burnt fries.
For years I attempted to remedy this problem by asking the person taking my order if their fries were fresh. Frequently they replied "All of our fries are fresh." Since I could see the heat lamp behind the counter, I knew this to be a lie. However, if I pushed the issue too far, they often became indignant, resulting in me storming off to some other franchise that usually turned out to be worse than the first. Who wants french fries that taste as if they came from rotting potatoes afflicted by blight?
Over the past decade, many people have switched to low sodium diets for health reasons. Because the fries beneath the heat lamp have already been salted, a new batch has to be fried before the customer's order can be filled. After seeing this happen several times, I have begun to order unsalted fries. Sometimes I have to wait five or ten minutes for my fries, but at least the matter no longer becomes confrontational. I now buy kosher sea salt from a neighborhood 99 cents store and sprinkle it on my french fries. It tastes divine. Bon appetit. Go ahead—supersize me.
What is the easiest and most economical way to dispose of elderly disabled veterans who, in the eyes of many Veterans Affairs' doctors and administrators, have outlived their usefulness to society? The VA's answer is to warehouse them in an institution and deny them proper medical care. Prescribing them mind-numbing drugs greatly facilitates the process by rendering them easier to control and less likely to complain. Unlicensed physicians and incompetent nurses abound. Besides, negligence and elderly abuse lead to a high death rate, a necessity because there simply are not enough facilities and beds available to meet the steadily increasing demand. Death panels decide who will live and who shall die. Read Quacks to find out why more death certificates get doctored than patients at VA nursing homes. Order the paperback edition of Quacks by clicking on the lulu button . Click on the bookcover at left to read Quacks online. Please send me your comments.
Write your Congressman and tell him that you do not want the VA to conduct death panels or to encourage severely disabled veterans to commit suicide. Nursing homes are an abusive and dehumanizing means of warehousing long-term sick veterans. Homeless and disabled veterans should be given access to assisted living facilities where they can continue to take part in the community rather than being ostrasized in overcrowded, disease ridden nursing homes.
A few years ago I decided to drive my own well, using a few common building supplies, a little elbow grease, and a lot of common sense. If you can drive a nail into a board, you have the skills to augment your water supply.
Methods ranging from digging to blasting are used to reach the underground layer of fresh water that lies beneath dry land. Most of these are too technical, expensive, or dangerous for the average person. However, at the turn of the century the U.S. Army developed a fast, effective method to provide bivouacking troops with water that did not involve a lot of expensive, cumbersome equipment. Soldiers simply drove a pipe into the ground with a sledgehammer until they reached the aquifer. Subsequently, it has proven to be ideal for supplying water to homesteads, second homes, and remote villages in developing nations.
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Two millennia ago, the Son of God promised to return. In 1984, that promise was fulfilled. You may have even passed Him on the street and not been aware of it. Of course, you probably thought you had more important things to do than look for the Savior. Now, as you read an eyewitness account of the Second Coming, you realize just how wrong you were. Don't worry, there is still time. But I wouldn't delay, because it is your immortal soul that is at stake. Jesus Christ wants to change your life. He thinks you are worth saving. So, why do you keep trying to prove Him wrong? The choice is yours alone. You can either join the parade or you can stay on the sidelines and watch salvation pass you by. Purchase the fully illustrated large print Second Edition paperback for $16.81 by clicking on the hyperlink, Lulu.com.
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There is an ugly dark side to America which you aren't likely to see on television or at the movies: hungry, out-of-work families being turned away at homeless shelters; flim-flam man Ken Lay bribing Congress to turn its back while Enron fleeces employees and investors alike; the incredibly ridiculous screw-ups that led to 9-11; George W. Bush preaching crass crony capitalism; and Seagrams going all out to get kids to drink. These are topics that won't be discussed on the evening news. Learn what they don't want you to know.
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2084: SLAVERY RESURGENT
Career criminals undergo gene therapy, chemical castration, and synapse reprogramming. They are transformed into automatons at a Top Secret underground laboratory located in Area 51 and are auctioned into slavery by the federal government with the profits used to reduce the deficit and provide tax cuts for the public. Crime plummets. 2084: Slavery Resurgent explains how unrestricted capitalism and class warfare could easily result in a meritocracy which enslaves those who violate laws and social standards set by the elite. Greed runs amok. Don't think it couldn't happen here. Right click on the hyperlink, Lulu.com, to purchase the paperback book for $4.99.
Read the hard-hitting book they wouldn't publish for fear it might incite people to riot. 9/11 Vigilantes tells the action-packed story of the reaction of ordinary Americans to the senseless slaughter on September 11, 2001. Although fiction, much of 9/11 Vigilantes is based on actual post 9/11 events. The story is told by Ryan, a teenager in a small western resort town whose father is the local Sheriff, but this definitely isn't Opie in Mayberry. Following 9/11, the concerned citizens of Hermosa are up in arms about the failure of law enforcement to stop illegal immigration and protect them from terrorists. Street justice—the kind dispensed by vigilantes and militias—is preferable to no justice whatsoever. Ride with Ryan Romero and his posse as they pursue al-Qaeda terrorists across the vast expanse of the High Desert. To order the paperback book online, go to www.lulu.com
WHY I DON'T SUPPORT NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
I don't support National Public Radio because National Public Radio doesn't support me. They are constantly conducting membership pledge drives - grubbing for money to keep NPR on the air. To hear them tell it, their listeners need to give until it hurts because NPR is struggling to survive. They have been perpetrating this high pressure pitch for as long as anyone can remember, perpetually edging closer to death, only to be saved by generous donors at the last possible moment. It's a page taken from materialistic television evangelism complete with angels who miraculously avert impending disaster.
I am sick and tired of hearing how National Public Radio is commercial free, refuses to compromise its principles, and never is influenced by corporate interests. How dumb do they think we are? The only difference between NPR's methods of generating revenue and that of other stations is that NPR refers to its advertisers as sponsors. Hosts of the NPR program Planet Money stated the audience is indeed a product being sold to advertisers in the same way as commercial stations, saying: "they are not advertisers exactly but, they have a lot of the same characteristics; let's just say that."
National Public Radio encourages listeners to donate by rewarding them with "free" thank you gifts. Frequently these gifts are books which authors and/or publishers provide as a promotional gimmick. My only objection to that is that these books are not written by me or any of my colleagues. Invariably they are written by the minions of the big publishing houses and never those of niche or desktop publishers. The problem with that is that NPR stifles innovation, creativity, integrity, and literary progress because the network is a slave of the marketplace. Down with arcane pseudo liberalism! NPR favors elitist establishment authors. Needless to say, NPR's programming never reviews my books or those of my friends. Since NPR will not support us, why should we support them?
LETTERS FROM THE FRONT
My family was interned by the U.S. government 76 years ago. I don't know where, when, or for how long.
I discovered the truth through a national database. My chest tightened when I saw our family name among thousands, all interned by our country. I realized in that moment that my family had hidden their history from us kids, to protect us from their anguish. Only through whispers and tears would I piece together a dark chapter in American history that we're at risk of forgetting and repeating.
Decades later, I see my own family in the images dominating the news today: the chaos of children screaming for their families, of infants ripped from their parents' arms. It pains me to think about the agony they would feel if they were still here to see what's happening today.
Once you start equating people with "animals" that will "infest" the country, you open the door to widespread cruelty.
When will we learn?
Like my grandparents, the people in those photos are suffering from emotional wounds that may scar, yet never fully heal. But they aren't the only ones who will bear the trauma of dehumanization. Generations from now, their descendents will know its awful agony.
To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Internment camps were not acceptable 76 years ago. They are not acceptable now. Trump's rationalization and fear mongering do not change the fact that his policy is a cruel attack on human rights and decency.
Please, share my story with your friends and family - we cannot afford to stay silent on this. Encourage them to join us in calling for President Trump's impeachment.
Thank you for your wonderful letter. It came as a shock to me when I heard that Trump is contemplating reopening Manzanar as a detention center for detainees, especially since my son is a Japanese American. He fought in Kosovo and Afghanistan and retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army.
A Canadian author being interviewed on radio was told by the interviewer, "It's hard to imagine a world in which the United States is not a beacon of democracy." She replied, "Yes, when are you going to bring it back?"
Hopefully, soon. For me it all started when I settled for voting for a tired, lacklustre, establishment Democratic candidate in the last Presidential election. When you vote for someone you don't believe in, you deserve what you get. For now, we are stuck with Trump. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Lesson learned. Never again will I let down my guard. Be assured that Donald Trump is a temporary aberration in our ongoing democracy.
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