Sunday, November 30, 2008

"I Hope Obama Can Keep Some of His Promises."

Qoute from person I respect.

Nevertheless to look at US from what Obama can do for us misses the point.

On election night, he told us rebuilding this country will amount to a long and difficult task, accomplished by calloused hands, brick by brick, stone by stone, weld by weld, by all citizens.

Food banks all over the country need food because demand has soared.

The # of people receiving food stamps will reach an all time high.

So each 1 of us needs to DO something. While respecting volunteers working on Thanksgiving to feed the hungry, this ain't a 1 day deal. Poverty has moved into the suburbs. The US and the world faces a depression, and we must individually help each other. (Link from Suburban Guerilla.)

Each 1 teach 1 someone once said. Tutoring for the Adult Literacy league taught me more than my student ever learned; God bless you Katie Mae McGee, a student who dropped out of school at 14 to take care of siblings in Ga.

Give canned goods at local food bank.

Give $.

Volunteer; local papers usually list opportunities. Local Red Cross branches need people power as well as money.

Live the words, "In as much you did it for the least of My brethern, you have done it for Me." Matthew 25:44
(Words slightly diff in this translation but thought, and the song, remains the same.)

[We have seen a 100% increase in demand in the last year … and food donations have dropped precipitously," says Dana Wilkie, CEO of the Community Food Bank in Fresno, Calif.]

[Fueled by rising unemployment and food prices, the number of Americans on food stamps is poised to exceed 30 million for the first time this month, surpassing the historic high set in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.

The figures will put the spotlight on hunger when Congress begins deliberations on a new economic stimulus package, said legislators and anti-hunger advocates, predicting that any stimulus bill will include a boost in food stamp benefits. Advocates are also optimistic that President-elect Barack Obama, who made campaign promises to end childhood hunger and whose mother once briefly received food stamps, will make the issue a priority next year.]

["Poverty is spreading and may be re-clustering in suburbs, where a majority of America's metropolitan poor now live."

The study was released ahead of next week's conference on concentrated poverty at the Fed. It shied away from explaining the causes of poverty, but past research have linked the phenomenon to loss of jobs in manufacturing, agriculture and mining.

With the U.S. economic outlook rapidly deteriorating, poverty could get worse.

The U.S. housing market collapse has unleashed the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, forcing business to scale back on investments and driving the unemployment rate to a 14-year high.]

Christmas Cards for Geeks

Found link at Americablog: "Because every nation need a great blog."

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Consumer Fervor Runs Rampant: Kills Human Beings

In the orgy of consumerism known as Black Friday, '08, shoppers trampled a Wal Mart worker to death when the doors to the store opened.

Yes, that has become Thanksgiving in the US, originally a day to celebrate the harvest and bounty provided by the Almighty (whatever you call Her) but now a weekend of gluttony, football, buying consumer products at marked down rates--marked down from inflated prices so "bargains" still produce profits--and trampling to death.

We have become a nation of "Restless Consumers."

[CNN) -- Three violent deaths in two stores marred the opening of the Christmas shopping season Friday.

In the first, a temporary Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death in a rush of thousands of early morning shoppers as he and other employees attempted to unlock the doors of a Long Island, New York, store at 5 a.m., police said.

In the second, unrelated incident, two men were shot dead in a Toys "R" Us in Palm Desert, California, after they argued in the store, police said.]

[Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like "savages."

"When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling `I've been on line since yesterday morning,'" she said. "They kept shopping."] emphasis added

Friday, November 28, 2008

Obama Backlash Begins

[LA Times By Howard Witt
November 23, 2008
Reporting from Bogalusa, La. -- Barely three weeks since America elected its first black president, noose hangings, racist graffiti and death threats have struck dozens of towns across the country.

More than 200 such incidents -- including cross burnings, assassination betting pools and effigies of President-elect Barack Obama -- have been reported, according to law enforcement authorities and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

Racist websites have been boasting that their servers have been crashing because of an exponential increase in traffic.

And America's most potent symbol of racial hatred, the Ku Klux Klan, is reasserting itself in a spate of recent violence, after decades of disorganization and obscurity.

Nearly two weeks ago, the leader of a cell based in Bogalusa, La. -- a backwoods town once known as the Klan capital -- was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of a woman who allegedly sought to become a member but then changed her mind.

Late last month, two men with ties to a notoriously violent Klan chapter in Kentucky were charged in a bizarre plot to kill 88 black students and then decapitate an additional 14 students -- and then assassinate Obama by shooting him from a speeding car while wearing white tuxedos and top hats.]

Fl Drug Rehab Options

A kind comment to my post on "Drug Rehab or 31 Car Police Chase," gave a great link for Florida Addiction Rehabilitation options.

Struggling with my own doomed liquor love affair, pouring vodka into the hole in my soul, did not mean to make light of personal tragedies and addictions.

Beyond the social costs inherent in building more jails but failing to fund treatment for those seeking help, those who've decided they want to live, everyone please understand you can't put anything into your bloodstream to cure all ills.

Whatever the circumstance, something good lies out there for everyone.

You gotta have faith.

Plant a good seed and something good will grow.

Email me if you need personal support.

Good luck and God bless.