What America needs NOW!

Watched the CNN “Debate” last night and was a bit disappointed. Not much of a debate, heard better debates in bars. But really disappointed in John Kasich, who I considered one of the GOOD Republicans and last night, really stayed on that old Party line and danced around questions about Trump and what should Congress do. I just felt he was more “independent” than other Republicans and would have made some newsworthy statements. Bernie was Bernie and did ok.

What I still feel, is that America needs a “NEW” Bernie, now that can drive the Democrats and Independents and even some Republicans, to change the balance in Congress, for 2018. I personally don’t think Trump and/or Pence will be around, if this Russian thing gets to the bottom of this mess, but Republicans will still have control prior to the 2018 Elections.

Remember, many Democrats voted for Trump, because they hated Hillary. Many Independents voted for Trump, because of what the DNC did to Bernie. AND MANY AMERICANS DIDN’T EVEN VOTE, because of the two bad choices. I voted for Hillary, not for her, but for the Democratic Party and the people downstream. I would have voted for Bernie, but like millions of fellow Americans, that choice was stolen by the DNC.

So, what we need NOW, RIGHT NOW, is a new “BERNIE”, that can drive Americans to the 2018 election and force the Republicans back, many back to the rocks they crawled under from.

I think that America needs to swing WAY LEFT now, just to get back where we should be on major programs. Democrats today, are far TOO RIGHT, chasing Republican voters and aren’t saying things like Bernie, Elizabeth and Al Franken are saying. It’s embarrassing watching POLITICS today, with the Democrats still acting like a beaten dog.

We need a FIREBRAND! “a person who is passionate about a particular cause, typically inciting change and taking radical action:”

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Police Use of Lethal Force, What We’re Not Being Told!

In Thursday’s Orlando Sentinel Edition, 7/4, there is a small article about the Police shooting in Baton Rouge, LA., and the decision of the Justice Dept. to NOT bring charges against the officers who fatally shot Alton Sterling on July 5th, 2016. This story was buried on page 6, not where it should have been, which is on the front cover. Instead of, say “Tree Crew Rescues, Reunites Woodpeckers.”

Read “Curbing Excessive Force: A Primer on Barriers to Police Accountability”, a briefing paper released in April by the American Constitution Society, and you will see that police in America are literally getting away with murder. In 2015, approximately 1,080 people were killed by the police, according to the Justice Department (The Guardian newspaper puts the number at 1,146). Bad enough, but here’s where it gets worse.

Since 2005, ONLY 54 officers have been charged in homicide cases and ONLY 13 officers have been convicted of murder or manslaughter, according to data collected by Bowling Green State University. Of those 54 policemen, 21 have been acquitted and the remaining cases are pending.

The high acquittal rate is perhaps even more troubling given that in
80% of these cases, one of the following occurred: there was a video recording of the incident, the victim was shot in the back, other officers testified against the shooter, or a cover-up was alleged.”


Not done yet with bad numbers. What is NOT stated here, is the total, the Grand total from 2005 to 2015. Let’s just estimate some numbers. Based on the research I’ve done so far, these shootings haven’t just ramped up, but have been steady over the last decade or so. So, for argument’s sake, lets take 1,000/year. That means between 2005 and 2014, 10,000 shootings/killings here in the United States, by cops and out of 10,000 or so, 13 OFFICERS HAVE BEEN CONVICTED! And out of these 10,000 killings, ONLY 54 officers have EVEN been criminally charged! Does this in itself seem “criminal”? How can this be? Why don’t we, as Americans know this stuff? Why isn’t this being reported? What can we do about this?

Well as subscribers, we can DEMAND from our News source that their reporters and editors investigate this crime and begin to hold Police accountable and the Justice Dept accountable too.

Just yesterday, the Justice Dept. announced that it will not be bringing charges against the police officers who shot and killed Alton Sterling in this past July. People wonder why the Black community and the broader white community, no longer trusts local Law Enforcement, with obvious laws being broken, by the police themselves, police unions and the Justice Dept?

What can we do? Well here’s my suggestion. Have Congress pass a law so if there is ANY doubt how a civilian was shot and/or killed, the PRIMARY LEGAL Review will be made by the Community leaders and members. Not Police, Police Unions or the Justice Dept.

When cops, bad cops, under-trained cops or nervous cops use their weapons, illegally, knowing the odds are WAY in their favor, guns will be used more often and more shots fired. If on the other hand, these cops know they will first face a “Tribunal” made up from the community they serve and not be protected by the “Blue Wall”, things will change and change overnight!

We’ve tried the “other system”, allowing cops to “investigate” crimes done by other cops and we now know what those results will be. It’s time to remove the “wall of protection” of cops protecting other cops, the foxes guarding the hen house, if you will so that police who commit these crimes, must face the people in the community that they are paid to “Protect and Serve”. Now is that time!

“Crime of the Century”

Watched a Documentary last night and I watch one every week, sometimes more than one, as part of the “Learning Process”, which should never stop, just because we’re not in a school building anymore, and thought it was rather good. Low budget film, now “old” since it was released in 2009. Filmed and directed by Danny Schechter and called

https://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Plunder-The-Crime-of-Our-Time/70132877?trkid=201886046

It’s about the 2008 Collapse of Wall Street and also Middle America, through the “sub-prime mortgage” practice. I learned a few new things, but was struck by one overall feeling and I’ll share it. Let’s play make believe first!

Image, there was an historic crime that took place, the most money EVER STOLEN!!! Billions of DOLLARS!!! People went on TV before and said it was coming, warned the banks, cops, Government,etc. Still happened!

The crooks got away and were NEVER arrested! There were ALL kinds of “investigations” and yet, no one was ever charged with that crime. A few underlings were caught, but really minor players.

A couple of years later, a Major Motion Picture was made of this crime, describing HOW it was done, WHERE it was done and more importantly, WHO did this! Names were NAMED!!! And still, no one was arrested! How can that be??? Most Americans were outraged! “If you know who did this, WHY aren’t they in JAIL!!!” rang out across America. And yet, no one was EVER sent to jail!

Pretty hard to imagine, huh? This could NEVER happen in America, RIGHT! Welllllll…….

It did and the movie was “The Big Short”, big name actors, playing the “REAL” people! Based on facts! And yet……none are in jail.

So for those that think OUR Government is there for us, serving US, protecting US from THEM, ask Obama, after 8 years, why NO ONE IS IN JAIL for this crime. A CRIME that affected the Globe! Hillary wouldn’t have done anything either and now, with Trump, off the plate.

In this movie, it shows how the “wealth” of this Nation, slowly moves from the Middle Class to the top 1%. In 1990, the top 1% had about 25% of the wealth. In 2009, it had moved to 75%. Today, closer to 90%. Not good my friends, not good!

If anyone still wonders where the American Middle Class went, it went into the pockets of the Rich and Super Rich!

How to Tell Trump’s not Lying!

Here’s the thing! Let’s just assume that Trump is a pathological liar, really not much of stretch is it? Ok, that’s now established. We, won’t EVER know if and WHEN Trump is telling us the truth, neither will other World Leaders, when Trump agrees to Treaties and such, any promises he makes on behalf of America, who will know if it’s “truthy” or not, other than the Donald? He’s lied all his life, kept him out of serving in Viet Nam, bad feet or something, lied to most of the people he had deals with and hired for projects, lied to a couple of his wives, so far, and of course, on National TV, lied to the American People! Lying NOW about his business dealings, taxes, Putin and his “loan” to the Russians, and on and on!
Like they say, you can tell when he’s lying, because his mouth is open…….
So, in 8 days, and its’ the Inauguration and he’s up there with his hand on that Bible, that doesn’t mean ANYTHING to him and “Swears the Oath of Office”………………what are the chances, he’ll be lying then……too?
Rich Franco

Trump, not going to be a good Boss

As bad as things look with His Orangeness running the Country, I think it will be worse! Case in point: The Republicans a few days ago attempted to sneak a law in, to basically reduce the ability of the Oversight Committee from investigating Congress. Problem was, ain’t nobody no how, thought of asking his Orangeness. Next morning, HE tweets and the law is removed.
A number of things could have happened, nobody thought it was important to ASK you know who, they did contact YOU KNOW WHO’s people and they were given the go ahead or YOU KNOW WHO, changed his mind, and wanted to demonstrate his “power”!
We all probably have worked for a boss that sucked, maybe not as much as this guy, but close. Bad bosses can’t let people DO ANYTHING without his involvement! EVERY tiny decision HAS to be run by that bad boss. MEETINGS upon MEETINGS! Creates a terrible work environment and NOTHING gets done on time or effectively!
Well, multiply this about 1000% and you might get close to what this Administration is going to be like and when the rubber hits the road, and decisions NEED to be made quickly, for the sake of OUR COUNTRY, they ain’t!
On a very long list of weaknesses and bad behavior, we need to add, to that list, the knowledge that Trump KNOWS he’s not qualified and I think we saw an example of that, the first time he met with Obama and appeared overwhelmed.
You see a bully/braggart does what he does, to hide the knowledge that he doesn’t know what he’s doing, so he constantly is bragging about how great he is, to excess. Remind you of anyone? Maybe the next President? We’ll see soon enough……
“Good Night and Good Luck”
Rich Franco

Trump and “Brown Shirts”

A contemporary Mussolini, Brown Shirts can’t be too far behind……

I’ve mentioned this before, one of my favorite writers and singers, John Gorka, has on his “Temporary Roads” album, this song and VERY relevant NOW! The title of the song, is “Brown Shirts”
Brown shirts here in the white house
Brown shirts up on top of the hill
Brown shirts can you hear them marching
I swear they are marching still

Brown shirts for the good of the country
Brown shirts pride all over the land
Brown shirts give us law and orders
You’ll know when you raise your hands

Brown shirts is this how it all started?
Brown shirts oh no worse than their kids
Brown shirts sure they’re tough on the bad guy
Though they made him what he is

Brown shirts
Brown shirts
They’re a little more subtle now
Brown shirts than the “house painter” man
Brown shirts speak of God as their witness
But they would kill Jesus again

Brown shirts here in the white house
Brown shirts in their black limousines
Brown shirts over here in the new world
With fresh red unspeakable schemes

I was asked for a “story”…..

I was asked by a good friend, for a “story” and here it is……
Well, in a land, far,far away, the People were valued, above Profits, share values and corporations. People came first. Any decision that was to be made, first had to be considered to what and how this would benefit the People, and then the corporation. People were happy and prosperous! Since profits were secondary, items that needed to be purchased, cost less, since the profit levels were lower and CEO’s and management were paid fairly, like the workers. Stock and shareholders were given small bonuses for investing, but not overly rewarded, and the extra profits went back into the people and the ways to improve the business and it’s products, to reduce the cost of those items, for the people that needed them.
There was not a word, called Health Care, since that function was always there and free. The healthier the people, the better the Country was. No one EVER went bankrupt, since there were no costs involved in keeping people healthy. All was good.
There was no Government that told lies or made up stories, that benefited the Government and hurt the People. The Government SERVED the People and that was their only job. No one in the Government became a millionaire, from serving in the Government.
There was never any issues about clean water, air or energy, since energy was now entirely from renewable sources. There was no need to drill or frack, since those products were never needed any longer. Climate Change was not a word there, the Earth, Mother Earth and her People, lived and worked in harmony and never caused insult to Mother Earth! The Earth was good.
Religion was always allowed, but never to be used to try and influence Government or the People. People respected each other and their beliefs and NEVER tried to enforce their beliefs on others. Gay rights was not a word here, just Rights.
There was NO WAR, since there was nothing to fight about. All Peoples were EQUAL and resources were shared and willingly. No one owned the water or the air. As it should be. War was considered a crime and treated as such. No need for the Military or the budget, since there was no use for them. People were respected and ALL were equal.
There were no “Politicians” since those that served, were chosen by the people, for their skills, not their wealth. People served and then returned to their lives. there were NO politicians that served beyond their short term. Being in Government, was a requirement, not a career.
There were still Countries, but only because they had specific needs and goals and none, ever tried to force their needs on another Country. If a Country needed a product or service, then that would be provided and fairly compensated for.
This World came into being, because People realized that they, We,The People, were the ones to direct this World, and not Corporations and Shareholders. There were no longer any “isms”, just PEOPLE working together for a single purpose, to leave this World, in a better place than when they were there……
 
Hope you enjoyed this “story”
 
Rich Franco