What 4-star General Colin Powell has to say about the community based, free, democratic, transparent, non-profit, traditional public schools in the United States.
Colin Powell wrote an inspiring article in the Wall Street Journal titled “What American Citizenship Makes Possible.”
It’s ostensible purpose was to argue on behalf of immigrants and their contribution to our nation.
But in the course of making his case, he told a story about himself. His parents were immigrants from Jamaica. If they had chosen to go to England, he might have ended up as a sergeant. But as an American, he had the opportunity to rise to the top of the nation’s military. Why? Because of his free public education, from grade school through university.
The key paragraph:
“I’m a public-education kid, from kindergarten through to Morris High School in the South Bronx and, finally, City College of New York. New York University made me an offer, but tuition there was $750 a year. Such a huge sum in 1954! I would never impose that on my…
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Jennifer Rubin is the Washington Post’s designated conservative blogger. Her blog is called “Right Turn.”
She posted a scathing commentary yesterday that expressed her complete disgust with the GOP’s standard-bearer. Republican leaders ran for cover or went silent after Trump’s belittling of the Khan family, the Muslim parents who lost their son in combat in Iraq. His contemptuous comments sounded a lot like his outrageous statement during the campaign that John McCain was no hero, after serving years in a brutal prisoner-of-war camp, because he got caught. Trump, who never served in the military, said that heroes don’t get caught. Apparently, he also thinks that heroes don’t get killed in action saving others.
This is what Jennifer Rubin wrote about this vulgar, ignorant, narcissist and his enablers:
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana (R) knew what…
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Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Trauma
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Self-Health Series
One of the factors of PTSD is that some people seem to have severe cases while others do not — that some soldiers were more vulnerable to extreme trauma and stress than others.
As an explanation for some of these complications it has been suggested and researched that there is a form of PTSD that is called DESNOS [Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified]. Another term is C-PTSD or Complex-PTSD. ~ Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D
Relatively Recent Distinction & Debate
Many traumatic events that result in PTSD are of time-delimited duration — for example, short term military combat exposure, rape or other violent crimes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, fire, etc. However, some individuals experience chronic trauma that continues or repeats for months or years at a time.
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I produce four Blogs and this one focuses on PTSD and combat. The reason for sharing this post on this Blog is because the United States has been in the midst of a revolution since President Reagan lived in the White House. Reagan launched that revolution with his flawed and fraudulent trickle-down economic theory and a slanderous and libelous report called A Nation at Risk. The agenda has always been to privatize, for profit, everything in the United States in addition to stripping the U.S. Constitution of its ability to protect Americans from tyranny, and the only way to achieve that was to get rid of labor unions and silence, through fear, millions of public school teachers too—the only voices that speak for working class Americans.
The difference between the current Cultural Revolution in the United States and Mao’s in China (1950 – 1976) is that this unique American Revolution is from the top down instead of the bottom up. In China the majority of the people supported the Chinese Communist Party against the Nationalist Party in a Civil War that raged for decades (1927 – 1950).
But in the United States, the revolution is being led by the wealthiest 0.1% of Americans: for instance, Bill Gates, two of the four Koch brothers, the Walton Walmart family, Rupert Murdock, Wall Street, Corporate America, Hedge Funds, recently Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, who was recruited into the Gates Cabal, and a few other poorer billionaires, for instance Eli Broad in California, a billionaire who made his money in real estate and who is currently funding a campaign to take half the children in the public schools in Los Angeles…
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The reason I’m sharing this post on my blog about combat and PTSD is because the main character in this murder mystery is also a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Vet who lives with PTSD. After all, authors are often advised to write what we know best, and I am a former U.S. Marine, who fought in Vietnam and lives with PTSD. In addition, years after serving in that war, I was a maitre d’ in a large nightclub for a few years.
After years of endless seductions, the 20th century’s Don Juan Casanova has met the one woman he wants to romance for the rest of his life, but his future is threatened when he becomes the prime suspect in the nightclub murders of his grandfather and younger brother.
P Benson, a top 1,000 Amazon Reviewer said, “I loved this book. The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova was a superb, funny mystery.”
A judge for the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards said, “In The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova, we are presented with a contemporary update on an old story told with an interesting spin that gets us to view the original in a new light while helping us to see the world around us in a fresh and interesting way.”
The setting of this novel is based on a night club called the Red Onion in Southern California where…
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Today my book “Dynamite and Prayers:Emerald Miners of Afghanistan” officially goes ON SALE in the United States in advance of an exhibit of my photographs during the PhotoNOLA festival in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Second Story Gallery at 2372 St. Claude Avenue from December 10th to the 13th, 2015.
Daily we see images of the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing war or seeking new lives flooding into Europe. According to the UNHCR more than half of the world’s refugees are from Syria, Afghanistan or Somalia. The Obama administration is making plans to raise the number of refugees accepted in the United States to as high as 100,000 in the coming years, an increase from 70,000 refugees allowed in this year. In Europe, kindness has prevailed for those who have taken these refugees into their homes and fear has spread where people have had…
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