How the Murder of Emmett Till can Still Change the World Decades Later

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King on this day, many states around the country are once again fighting for justice, freedom and civil rights. Not to dismiss the battle that fueled MLK’s passions and the injustices faced by African Americans in that time, but if anything, today is a day to learn from all of it. People of all races are in a civil rights battle today in America. Earlier today, law abiding Virginia citizens  exercised their right to protest as they did so peacefully to protect the amendment rights they are in jeopardy of losing. 

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Dr. Martin Luther King

In recent months, Americans all over the country have been protesting, fighting for their freedoms and liberties, against vaccine mandates that remove their religious exemptions and force medical mandates on our children to attend public school. Some mandates have also been set for adults, depending upon their career choices. Why are we trading our liberties for false security?

But back to Emmett Till. In researching and writing about our current climate in this country, I was reminded of this very public story in 1955. I’ll give you a refresher or a lesson in case you never heard of Emmett Till.

In August, 1955, Emmett Till, a 14 year old black boy from Chicago, was visiting family in Mississippi. On August 24, Till went into Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market in Money, Mississippi, to buy candy.  Carolyn Bryant, a white woman who ran the store with her husband Roy, alleged that the young boy whistled at her. This accusation, in a time when prejudice against blacks was prevalent throughout the South (still highly segregated), sealed Till’s fate.

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Emmett Till

August 28, Roy Bryant and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, abducted Till from his uncle’s home in the middle of the night. The men were arrested but maintained their innocence. On August 31, Till’s decomposed body was found in the Tallahatchie River. Till’s mother held an open-casket funeral for her son, in order to bring attention to his murder. It was estimated that 50,000 mourners ere in attendance.  Jet magazine published graphic photos of his corpse.

The kidnapping and murder trial of Bryant and Milam was held in Sumner, Mississippi. Five days later, the all-white, all-male jury acquitted the men of murder after deliberating for little over an hour. That acquittal sparked international outrage and ignited the civil rights movement.

The two men later died of cancer without ever being brought to justice for the murder. In 2004, the case was reopened by the Justice Department. It has been alleged that others had been involved in the murder, some of whom were still alive. Unfortunately, after having Till’s body exhumed, no further charges were brought and the case was closed in 2007.  In 2017, Bryant made a stunning admission. She had lied. Her claims that Till grabbed her inappropriately (in court) and whistled at her were in fact, not true. Her white lie killed an innocent black boy.

Till was brutally beaten for this lie. His eyes had been gouged out, he’d been shot in the head. His body was then strapped to a 75-pound cotton gin fan with barbed wire and dumped into the river.  All for whistling at a white woman. Worse, for being falsely accused of whistling at a white woman.

But what was the result of this horrific crime? No one was prosecuted and the murderers were never held accountable. Instead, the world saw graphic photos of this boy’s lifeless body in his coffin in various publications.

Instead, the Civil Rights movement came to life. The loss of this young boy, for a lie, because of the extreme racism of our country, led to the birth of a powerful change. MLK and others like him rose up to fight the injustice of segregation, racism and hate. Laws changed. Minds changed. America changed.

Most often, the things we really need to see, as brutal and raw as Till’s beaten body, are hidden from us. But what if there are more lessons, more justice we can serve in honor of this senseless tragedy and others?

What if the same media outlets that forced those raw images into the faces of the ignorant and racist America did the same today? What if the media stopped covering up for an industry that is injuring and killing our children without repercussions, without liability? What if our media did it’s job and reported the stories of the thousands of lives destroyed by vaccine injury? What if people were told the truth and properly educated on vaccines, given the informed consent they are actually entitled to?

Till’s mother, in the wake of losing her child, made a decision that forever changed the course of history in this country. She let her grief fuel her desire for her son to make a difference in his death. She publicly shared the horrific photos of his beaten body and in doing so, became an advocate for civil rights.

 

Parents all over the world have faced horrible losses of their children to vaccine injuries. They are speaking out, speaking up and bravely fighting an industry with limitless resources, risking humiliation for their stories, in attempt to change the world and be advocates for other children. We’ve become so trusting of an industry that is in the business of making money off our illnesses, all because of a media that also makes profit off the same industry’s advertisements. What if, like these brave parents, our media stepped up, spoke out and shared the dark side of vaccines? What if they shared the brutal and painful photos and videos of these children suffering, dying?

Wouldn’t that be an amazing thing? It could even set in motion another great and historical movement that saves lives.

For those of you who don’t know, there is a Vaccine Injury Fund in the US that has to date, paid $4.2 billion dollars to families in settlements for vaccine injuries and deaths. “The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of VAERS is to detect possible signals of adverse events associated with vaccines.”  – Source, FDA.

“The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986 (42 U.S.C. §§ 300aa-1 to 300aa-34) was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan as part of a larger health bill on Nov 14, 1986. NCVIA’s purpose was to eliminate the potential financial liability of vaccine manufacturers due to vaccine injury claims in order to ensure a stable market supply of vaccines, and to provide cost-effective arbitration for vaccine injury claims.”

Sadly, many still promote vaccines as “safe and effective” although the evidence shows otherwise. The US Supreme Court declared vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” during a hearing regarding a vaccine injured child, Hannah Bruesewitz. Source – US Supreme Court

While I could write chapters upon chapters about this very sensitive topic, instead I will leave you with a request to research for yourself. Whatever your thoughts or beliefs, research as if you are trying to prove or disprove your theory. Remember the young boy whose brave mother chose to make sure his death was not in vain. When you see parents standing bravely in the cold, fighting for your rights to safe vaccines, informed consent and your constitutional rights, think of how brave they are in the face of their own pain, to fight to protect your child, even if you don’t know it yet.

In NJ, the parents of Holly Stavola have advocated for other families since losing their daughter. Holly passed away from adverse reactions to her second MMR shot. Holly’s Law was passed unanimously in NJ in honor of her. Robin Stavola is still an active advocate today for vaccine safety. NJ is also one of many states trying to remove religious and many medical exemptions to mandate vaccines for public school attendance.

Also in NJ, the parents of Nicholas Catone have been advocating since his passing in 2017 from vaccines.  MMA fighter Nick and his wife, Marjorie, a nurse, have spent the past few years learning, educating and fighting for safer vaccines.

In California, Karen Kain has been advocating for safer vaccines for decades. At just six weeks old, her daughter Lorrin suffered a permanent injury from a vaccine “hot lot.” Lorrin succumbed to her injuries at age 15. In 1998, Kain was awarded compensation in the vaccine injury court. Karen has since written a book, done numerous interviews and travels the world to advocate for families and our rights to safer vaccine products.

These stories are just a few of thousands I have heard directly from parents who have lost children from vaccine injury. Now in the wake of new laws being introduced and passed in some states that eliminate parent’s rights to say no to these vaccines that come with such heavy risk, we are seeing a rise up of citizens who are once again fighting to retain the rights others have sacrificed their lives for.  So many mothers, like Mamie Till, find themselves grieving the unimaginable loss of their children, fighting for justice that many never come but also turning their loss into a life of advocacy for others.

In closing, I’ll let Martin Luther King’s words speak for those still fighting for a variety of rights, in America and all over the world. I’d like to believe if he were still alive today, he’d still be heading up the fight for civil rights and justice for all.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

How the election is being stolen by Clinton using Trump as the Trojan Horse

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Today is Primary Day here in NJ. Last night, the APP declared Hillary Clinton the nominee for the Democratic Party…on a day where there were no active primaries and the day before a major one. Interesting, isn’t it?

The APP’s irresponsible journalism cost Bernie Sanders the primaries. Their false news story most likely had many of his supporters feeling defeated and deciding not to go to the voting booth today. I can only imagine how many people saw that headline and believed that Bernie didn’t have a chance when in reality, he had the best chance.

Worse, in past primaries, there have been overwhelming reports of fraudulent activities when it came to people attempting to vote for Bernie Sanders. Videos online show voting machines that would not allow votes for Bernie and attempts to do so would register a vote for Hillary. In some states, voters had been turned away after waiting in long lines and being told that they were out of ballots.

Today, I experienced first-hand what it is like to have my right to vote taken away illegally. Today, I understood exactly what the NY voters felt who had their party affiliations mysteriously changed. Today, it happened to me. This is what happened in New York.

I followed all of the rules in NJ. When I first registered to vote at 18, I stayed undeclared because I felt I didn’t want to be tied to one party. I’ve changed it once for a primary previously. Before the deadline of this primary, I printed and mailed the form to declare the party I needed to just so I could be sure to vote for the candidate I wanted and cover all of my bases. I did this in December of 2015. I went to vote today and my party affiliation was wrong. The polling workers would do absolutely nothing for me. NOTHING. I should have the right to get an error corrected. I was told that unless I vote for the party they have in their book for me, I can not vote today. I was furious. I knew this was all a deeper plan to get Hillary Clinton elected. Today, I figured out one major way they are doing it. (I’ll get to that in a minute.)

However, I didn’t stand by and let it happen without a fight. I was able to go to the courthouse and file for my party affiliation to be corrected. Mind you, the polling worker told me there was nothing I could do today. I went before a judge and explained why I was there and my petition was granted. I went back to my polling place and got my vote cast. I didn’t give up. Not many citizens know their rights and before I made a few calls today, I didn’t fully know this either. I was told when I called the township that my registration paperwork with the correct party affiliation may have been “lost in the mail.” Even the poll workers did not tell me I still had a chance to vote today in the party I wanted. They said I couldn’t change it but I could vote in November. That information is what most people are accepting as fact without knowing they could fight to vote the way they want if their information is wrong. How I ended up with the wrong one still is a mystery though. In the end, I was able to be heard and get it fixed. Imagine the thousands of people who didn’t know that step or were not able to take it. That’s a huge problem.

Watch this video where a polling place is illegally attempting to sway people into voting for Hillary Clinton.

 

How the plan is working to get Hillary elected…

I’ve made it clear from the beginning of Donald Trump’s run for the White House that I strongly believe, based on decades of evidence, that he made a back door deal with the Clintons to help get Hillary elected. I also believe that by infiltrating the Republican Party, Trump is Clinton’s Trojan Horse, sent to destroy the party and burn it down from the inside. I’ve said this for over a year now in various writings and I haven’t faltered from it.

However, I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to play out. But, today, when I was forced to leave without casting a vote, it hit me. A vote for Trump is a vote for Hillary as far as anyone with a brain can see. I said that long before he secured the nomination but now it’s true. Anyone voting Republican only has one choice now and it’s Trump. So, that’s a given. But, if you refuse to vote for both Clinton and Trump, wanting only to vote for Sanders, then you take a vote away from Clinton. She doesn’t want that! After all, Sanders is getting in her way and making her work harder than she expected for this election.

So what is one way they can they rig the election so Clinton secures the nomination in a way that appears to be “legit?” Don’t let Sanders supporters vote for him. If we can’t vote for Bernie Sanders because our party affiliation mysteriously has been changed to Republican and our only allowed vote is for Donald Trump, we are going to leave in anger and disgust. We will refuse to vote for Trump and we can’t vote for Sanders. The result? Clinton gets more votes from the registered Democrats who are being fooled by the false news stories that she has already won the nomination and the die hard Bernie supporters who were once undeclared or independent can not vote if their party has been changed to Republican. Brilliant scheme really. Those who do vote for Trump are not an issue for Clinton in the primaries. He’s her partner in crime for this scam and this is all part of the plan.

Taking away votes from Sanders by having his supporters directed to either vote for Clinton or  refuse to vote for Trump, whether by forcing their hand with illegal registration scams or fake news announcing a win before the contest is even over, just further proves that this entire election process is overflowing with fraud.

 

Here, the other half of the Clinton fraud duo also breaks some laws during a primary:

 

YES, the damn election is RIGGED! The system is absolutely rigged and we’ve had enough!

Bernie Sanders wins Primaries and still loses the super delegates….how can anyone say it isn’t rigged? Just research the many times that Sanders has had to cry foul in this process. How about when he was left off the ballot completely in Washington, D.C.? How about the states he’s won yet somehow, Hillary Clinton gets more delegates? What about the state they are supposed to split the delegates and Clinton claimed victory there too. Um, you tied. This is just beyond out of control.

Even Joe Scarborough can see it:

 

So, of course the American people are frustrated, disenfranchised and fed up! That is exactly how the billionaires want us. That’s exactly how they used Trump to set America up to fall for their scam. That’s how Clinton is taking her presidency. She sure isn’t winning it on merit.

 

 

“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”

~William Shakespeare, Hamlet

This quote immediately came to mind when I opened this page to write this post. Today it has been confirmed that music legend Prince has died at the age 0f 57. Children of the 80s all over the world are in shock and reliving their fondest memories of the musical genius. I’m one of them.

Today “this is what it sounds like, when Doves Cry.” Now we know the sound. It’s deafening.

Celebrities pass away all the time. In fact, 2 more this week alone. However, when losing one feels so personal and heavy in your heart as Prince does, you truly realize the impact he has had on a generation, an entire industry and the world. Maybe the word genius is overused in some capacity but there really are very few deserving of that adjective. Prince is absolutely one of them.

Today marks the second time I’ve felt deep sadness and emotion in reaction to the loss of a celebrity. The first was when we lost Robin Williams. Today is the second. Today is extremely heartbreaking.

There isn’t much I can say that hasn’t been said already about Prince. His music evokes memories for all who grew up living it while it was being created. I explained to my kids today what he meant to me. I described my walkman and how music was on cassettes when I listened to Prince over and over again. I wore out my cassettes so when CDs came out, I upgraded my Prince collection. I remember how badly I wanted to see Purple Rain as a teen. I wasn’t allowed to watch it at first and when it finally came out on network TV (you know, edited for all audiences) I was finally allowed to watch it. I watched it so often after that, I’ve lost count on how much. From that first view, the color purple became meaningful for me. Even my kids know that is my favorite color and now they understand how Prince is the reason why. Purple Rain.

I spent most of my teenage years hanging out with musicians and writing music with many of them. I wrote so much poetry growing up and the next logical step was lyrics. Prince was such an inspiration for those of us who loved to create with words and song. He was just…wow. Really if you are a creative brain and grew up in the 80s, Prince just blew your mind. Purple Rain directly inspired a song I wrote in the early 90s. His lyrical and musical genius has forever impacted countless artists and opened the floodgates of imagination and other great works.

I’m actually in tears writing this because his influence on my world is so deep, personal, emotional, inspirational and unforgettable. I really can’t describe it any better so I’ll let Prince take it from here.

Purple Rain in the rain decades later.

1999 seemed so far away when this song was released. “Party like it’s 1999” has become a catchphrase that still hasn’t gone out of style. In fact, ironically today, I saw a commercial that used this very phrase. Prince coined the phrase of a century that will continue live on.

Love everything about this solo guitar set. Everything.

And because he made another song I love even better by covering it, I have to share this. Radiohead can always hold an honor not many other artists can…being covered by a legend.

“How could you just leave me standing, alone in a world that’s so cold…”   “Why do we scream at each other? This is what it sounds like when doves cry.”

Good-night, sweet prince.

Robert DeNiro Just Might Be the Advocate Parents Need, Even If He Doesn’t Know It Yet.

I watched the interview with Robert DeNiro on the Today Show as it aired LIVE. Within about 2 minutes, they asked him about Vaxxed, the documentary that he originally allowed into the Tribeca Film Festival and defended, then subsequently pulled from the festival line-up. Those who are advocates for the film and the right to safe vaccines all suspected that DeNiro was pressured by the CDC to do so.

“I think the movie is something people should see…But definitely there is something to that movie…I as a parent of a child who has Autism, I am concerned. I am not anti-vaccine, I want safe vaccines… The thing is to shut it down, there’s no reason to. If you’re scientists, let’s see, let’s hear. Everybody doesn’t want to hear much about it, it’s shut down…There’s more to this than meets the eye, believe me…There’s something there that people aren’t addressing and for me to get so upset here today, on The Today Show with you guys, means there is something there. That’s all I wanted was for the movie to be seen, you can make your own judgment, but you must see it… There is a link [between vaccines and autism] and they are saying there isn’t and there are… other things there. I don’t know, I’m not a scientist but I know because I’ve seen so much reaction about just ‘let’s find out the truth.’ … Everyone should have the choice to take vaccines, some places it’s becoming mandatory but it does benefit the big drug companies…”  ~ Robert DeNiro

Today, he proved that the pressure was weighing heavily on his conscience when it comes to the questions of vaccine safety and the possible link to Autism. DeNiro took a huge step on the Today Show. He stepped out from behind the heavy hand of the CDC and into the light of advocacy. He may very well be the advocate that every parent in this country needs, even those who don’t know it yet. He may very well be the voice that speaks for those who have been silenced in their fight or worse, who’s lives have been cut short due to vaccine injury and death.

From all the parents of children who have been injured or lost their lives from vaccines, thank you Robert DeNiro. Thank you for helping them be heard. Thank you for giving them a voice. From all the parents who feel the weight of guilt for this, thank you. For all the parents who live with Autism in their families and lives, thank you. Thank you for sharing your personal experience with having an Autistic child and letting us know we are not alone.

Robert DeNiro took a huge step today for all parents and used his opportunity to do so with conviction. Almost immediately, the mainstream media scrambled to discredit his stance, but he opened an important door today and I hope he fights to keep it open.

If you would like to learn more from someone who has become an advocate for all parents after watching her baby daughter suffer from vaccine injuries, then years later passing away as a result, please visit my friend Karen Kain’s website here. You may not know it, but she’s fighting for all parents and their children’s rights to safe vaccines. Even yours.

 

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Karen Kain and her daughter Lorrin, who was vaccine injured as an infant and passed away at age 15. Photo courtesy of karenkain.com

 

Here’s a trailer of Vaxxed. You can visit their website to learn about screenings in your area or request one.

**It is important to note that the medical community and media are working overtime to make Robert DeNiro sound like he is clueless (yet he is a father of a child with Autism). That is how they treat parents who question the safety of vaccines. Belittling and bullying are part of the tactics that force vaccines on us without any real guarantees or answers. I know people who have lost children to vaccine injuries. Before you are willing to believe everything the mainstream media tells you, I ask that you do some research, learn about “Hot Lots,” The Vaccine Injury Fund (why does the government have a fund to pay out if they are safe?) and check out this documentary for yourself. Be willing to do research before you assume and be open minded to the possibility that vaccines that once were intended to prevent disease have become much more than that. We all have a right to know what is in the needles going into our children. IF a government can cover up poisoning thousands through the water supply, why would you assume they’d never do it through mandatory shots? I know this is a heated subject with people on both sides but it would not even be in question if there weren’t so many reasons to question it.

These are not anti-vaccine advocates. These are pro-safe vaccine advocates. There is a huge difference.

There are many medical professionals who have come forward and refuse to bow down to big pharmaceuticals. K Paul Stoller, MD is one of them and his latest blog post on the Bolen Report here also has a link to his website.

 

Honor Thy Veterans Everyday – A Comprehensive Guide

If you watched last night’s debate, there was a lot of talk about war in places like Iraq and Syria, but very little about how to care for the men and women who serve after they return home. Today is Veterans Day. This went unmentioned during the Republican Debate.  America spends the most money on its military and does very little to care for those soldiers when they return home.

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Veteran’s Day has become a commercial holiday where you find the biggest promotions in Veteran’s Day Sales from various retailers. While many restaurant chains offer free meals to Veterans on this day and their honoring of our Veterans is greatly appreciated, it’s not enough. It’s not their job to take care of our Veterans. It’s our government’s job. Our government spends billions of dollars to put our soldiers in harm’s way and send them off to wars that in most cases, never should even exist. Our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, moms, dads, grandparents, friends and family members sacrifice their own comforts of home to secure ours. The politicians who decide their fate rarely have experienced life as a soldier.

I have my suspicions on why our government fails our Veterans. Today I want to take the time to not only honor them with appreciation, but also with ways we can all go further than just acknowledging them on designated day.

I’d first like to address a very serious condition among our Veterans.  P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is taking the lives of our Veterans every day in the form of suicide. It is reported that 22 Veterans and 1 Active Duty Soldier per day are committing suicide. With only 22 states actually reporting Veteran Suicides, this number is already astounding and one can only imagine, may even be double or more if we were to get reporting from all 50 states.

Stephanie Lembo released this heartbreaking video on September 1o in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day. In it, she reveals that her husband Anthony killed himself in 2010 after months of not sleeping or eating and refused to get help for his trauma because he would lose his security clearance. It has been viewed over 23 million times since she posted it.

Stop Soldier Suicide is an organization that focuses primarily on saving our heroes from taking their own lives.  Many Veterans fear asking for help and that needs to change. We, as a nation, need to encourage them and make resources easily available. I’ve been told by some of military friends that the lack of reporting symptoms is in fear of repercussions on the job. Soldiers face losing security clearance or other job related responsibilities.  Many feel the risk is too great for them to ask for help. So they go untreated and when it becomes too overwhelming, it is often too late. Patriot Outreach is another organization that offers soldiers and Veterans help with anger, stress, pain combat stress and P.T.S.D.

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A Homeless Veteran in San Francisco, CA, with all of his possessions on a bicycle.

Another serious problem in this country is homelessness among Veterans. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 12 percent of homeless adults are Veterans. On any given night, there are approximately 50,000 homeless veterans on our streets. If the US can afford to send people off to war, it can absolutely afford to take care of them when they come home. There’s no excuse for the number of veterans living on America’s streets. As we commemorate the service of our Veterans, we must also remember that our society has failed them in so many ways. We can and must do better by them.

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I’ve researched the best non-profit organizations that are aimed at helping Veterans, if you are so inclined to donate to them. I am also including links on how you can get more involved and instead of donating money, you can send packages to our troops and see your donation reach its recipient.

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One organization that I advocate for passionately is Iraq Veterans Against the War. The group’s website explains their mission:

“Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) was founded by Iraq war veterans in July 2004 at the annual convention of Veterans for Peace (VFP) in Boston to give a voice to the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to remain silent.”

From its inception, IVAW has called for:

  • Immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq;
  • Reparations for the human and structural damages Iraq has suffered, and stopping the corporate pillaging of Iraq so that their people can control their own lives and future; and
  • Full benefits, adequate healthcare (including mental health), and other supports for returning servicemen and women.

I encourage all Americans to do a small part in helping with this large problem. We can no longer tolerate the inhumane treatment of our heroes who sacrifice so much for our nation. It’s unacceptable and it needs to change. Please, show your support to our Veterans by joining some of these organizations and being active in demanding better from our leadership.

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Homes for Veterans Charity Event

A wonderful Charity Organization right in my home state of New Jersey is Homes for Veterans. They do fundraising events to build handicapped accessible homes for our war heroes and work to keep our Veterans off the streets. Please take time to visit their website and donate to their cause or volunteer if you are able.

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Some great organizations to send your donations to that received top ratings from Charitywatch.org:

Armed Services YMCA of the USA A
Bob Woodruff Family Foundation A
Fisher House Foundation A+
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind A
Homes for Our Troops A
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund A+
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund A+
National Military Family Association A
Operation Homefront A
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors B+

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If you would like to send care packages to our active duty military, here are some links to guide you. This is a great way to get kids involved and even entire classes at schools. A great project for local groups and organizations would be collecting items to send to our soldiers. I have done this often and also enjoy sending care packages to friends when they are stationed overseas. I hope many of you will do the same.

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For a great list of resources on helping our Veterans, check out Veteran Service Organizations listed at Operation We Are Here. They also have links for active duty military organizations.

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Another issue facing our nation is the suggested privatization of our veterans services. In an email statement from Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders today, he wrote:

“Last year, as Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I authored and passed the most comprehensive veterans’ legislation in decades, reaching across the aisle to team up with Sen. John McCain. Amid reports of unacceptable wait times and calls to dangerously privatize veterans health care, we actually authorized funding for 27 new medical facilities and hired more doctors and nurses to care for the surging number of veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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After two wars over fourteen years, never before have so few been asked to do so much for our country. I voted against the Iraq War, which I think will go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders we have ever seen, but I have never wavered from my commitment to caring for the women and men who served, and continue to serve, in that conflict.

You may not have heard much about it from the Republican candidates last night, but how we care for our veterans is going to be a central issue this election. The Koch-connected Concerned Veterans for America are prepared to spend untold millions of dollars supporting the privatization of veterans’ health care. And almost every Republican candidate running for president supports their plan to place the profits of private corporations over the promise made to our veterans.

I believe we should take a different approach — that we should stand with the majority of veterans who believe we should continue strengthening the VA. Now I want to know that you’re with us.

Sign my petition if I can count on you to help me continue fighting against the Koch-connected plans to privatize veterans’ health care.

The United States has spent trillions of dollars sending our young men and women to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Surely we can come together to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs has the resources needed to care for them when they return.” ~ Senator Bernie Sanders

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Senator Sanders has and continues to fight for our Veterans. To see more about his efforts, visit his website here.

Happy Veteran’s Day to all of you who have served, currently serve and will serve our nation in our armed forces. Thank you.

I’d also like to note that I have many friends who are active duty and retired military personnel. This article is dedicated to all of them. One in particular, my dear friend Chris, recently made a huge step toward getting the help he needed in battling P.T.S.D. Chris went untreated for years for many of the same reasons a great amount of other Veterans do. I am not only proud of Chris for his service, but for his bravery here at home in battling the effects of war in his life. Thank you Chris, this is for you.   ~JerseyGirlBlog

My friend and Veteran Chris Bray, pictured with my son, who honored him last year at school for Veteran's Day.
My friend and Veteran Chris Bray, pictured with my son, who honored him last year at school for Veteran’s Day.

Why One Million Moms Does Not Include This One

I was in the middle of a post of a different topic when I saw a news story today that made me so angry, I had to put it on hold. A conservative group, “One Million Moms,” has called for a boycott of American Girl Dolls and its publication because of who is pictured in their recent issue.

This article is meant to be for me today. You see, my daughter has asked again for one of those dolls. The past few years, she has asked, but I can not afford to pay that much for a doll. However, the past few days, since she’s asked again, I’ve been trying to think of ways to make it happen. After reading about this, I plan to find a way, even if I have to accept donations.

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American Girl Dolls Magazine

The American Girl magazine features an actual family from Maryland. So why would “One Million Moms” be so outraged by a real family? Well, this family is comprised of two gay dads, Rob and Reece Scheer and their four adopted African-American children. These are children that were previously in foster care.

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The Scheer Family as pictured in “American Girl” Magazine.

What is their issue with this family’s feature? “Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong and God will not tolerate this sinful nature,” the group wrote. “American Girl doesn’t highlight other sins in their magazine.”

Ok, I get it. There are still going to be people who can not understand and accept gay relationships. Kim Davis is a fine example of complete hypocracy, hiding behind the excuse of religious freedom. Religion. That’s a whole different issue that we won’t dive too deep into. But, on that front, this group is claiming to stand for “Christian values.” Well, I’m pretty sure a good Christian would value the lives of children.

Take away that religion thing and this group is comprised of MOMS! These are mothers who should understand the value of children and the need for parents in a system that has left so many without families, homes and most importantly, the parental guidance and love all children deserve. How can they criticize two adults who have opened their home to children who were once abandoned in a broken system, facing a bleak future without them?

So, let’s understand this. You have a group of “One Million Moms” who are wasting their time criticizing a corporation for highlighting a beautiful story and bringing attention to a very serious crisis, the foster care system. These women are outraged at their sexual orientation so much that they would rather these children live in foster care instead of in loving home? Really?

These moms could be using their united voices for so much better. Why aren’t they coming together to offer help to the hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system? If they care so much about family values, why aren’t they helping these children find loving families to value them?

I’m a mother. My heart breaks to think of children without loving homes and families of their own. I can not fathom the pain they experience. My neighbors nearby have 3 grandchildren to love thanks to foster care adoption. Their son and his wife have given a life long home and family to children who were without both. I don’t care that they are heterosexual, nor would I care if they were homosexual. I admire anyone who has the ability and opportunity to save children from foster care. As a single mom of my own two kids, I am humbled by foster parents.

I am a mother, but I am not one of those “One Million Moms” spewing with bigotry and bias toward parents based on their sexual orientation or preferences. I am what I hope is one of billions of moms who applaud all parents who choose to adopt children from the foster care system and love them as their own. I am a mom who understands that love is blind to boundaries.

So, just know, there are “One Million Moms” out there who are exactly what is wrong with parenting. And while I’m not perfect, I am not one of them.

Children are not born as racists or bigots. It is taught. Sadly, there are “One Million Moms” out there teaching their kids hate under the false guise of family values. I can only hope that there is more love out there to counteract it.

Thankfully there are great parents, like Rob and Reece, who are raising their children to love beyond labels. Their 11 year old daughter, Amaya Sheer, had the perfect a message for One Million Moms: “This is none of your business.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Thank you to American Girl for sharing a this amazing family with the rest of us. I only hope we get to see many more just like them. I also hope I can find a way to get my daughter one of their dolls this holiday season and a copy of this issue of their magazine.

Stop the Hate!

~JerseyGirlBlog

Why Mike Rowe Very Much Represents The Perfect Guy

To all the men out there, I advise you take notes. Ladies, if you aren’t yet old enough to appreciate the traits I am about to explain, bookmark this page and come back when you are in your mid-thirties. It should hit you by then.

Mike Rowe is probably best known as the star of the hit TV show, “Dirty Jobs,” in which he traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 of the world’s “Dirtiest Jobs.”  Unfortunately, he somehow ran out of dirty jobs, but has found a new place on TV with “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” on CNN, 10 p.m. Eastern, Sunday nights.

What makes Mike Rowe the perfect guy? It has a lot more to do with Mike Rowe off camera than it does with his on screen personality, although I adore that side of him too. Mike is also known as the narrative voice behind “Deadliest Catch,” “After the Catch” and many more.  Mike wrote a great biography on his website if you want to enjoy learning more about his career as the “Dirtiest Man on TV.”

Now that you are up to speed on Mike Rowe’s resume, here’s my list of what makes him a fine representative of the “Perfect Guy.” These are not in any particular order because to me, they are all equally valuable qualities that we should strive for.

1.  Mike Rowe is a “man’s man.” In his logged hours on “Dirty Jobs,” Mike has gotten down and dirty with the most disgusting and nauseating creatures, excrement and just about anything else you can think of. While most men are known to gag when changing the diapers of their own spawn, Mike Rowe would handle the task with ease. He’d be the dad that doesn’t run and hide from vomit, feces and the grossness of his children. Women, this is a rare and winning trait!

BONUS: He will be the guy who catches the mouse or spider for all of you ladies who stand on chairs squealing in fear. (Plus he’ll probably just relocate it instead of killing it.) While Mike doesn’t have any children of his own, he would be a great to have on hand during the infant and toddler stages of life for sure. A man who isn’t afraid to get his hands wet, dirty, smelly and well, you get the picture…that’s one you want by your side.

Black with bone and holding plant production Manager Jeff Booms’ son, Colin, is “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe at Ebonex Corp. in Melvindale. The company specializes in using charred animal bones to create other products. (Photo courtesy of Ebonex Corp.)
(Photo courtesy of Ebonex Corp.)

2.   Mike Rowe is outspoken about his passion to keep our future generations working and learning trades. Again, he doesn’t have children of his own, but he cares about yours. He knows the importance of skilled workers and even started a foundation to help keep these trades alive and thriving. As Mike’s website states, “The Skill Gap is widening. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation started a campaign to challenge the absurd believe that a four-year degree is the only path to success. ” Mike auctions off various items of C.R.A.P. (Collectibles Rare And Precious) to raise money for scholarships and other programs funded by his non-profit. This guy is truly dedicated to passing down the traits that we love about him. He wants our kids to stop being afraid of getting dirty! He wants them to build, create, fix and make shit happen! Ladies, you all know that a man that can work hard, muscles flexing, is quite attractive. (This goes for women too…manual labor shows our hidden strengths!)

3. Mike Rowe is genuine and funny. This may be two of the most important traits in a man. You need a guy who is going to be honest, even if it isn’t what you want to hear (yet have tact). A guy who can make you laugh through it all is golden. Men love to see us happy, smiling and laughing because of them.  A man who can make you laugh just by being himself is a gem!

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4. Mike Rowe is humble. He loves his fans and appreciates the platform he has to share messages promoting his humanitarian efforts with lots of laughs along the way. He uses his powers for good and does it with ease. He doesn’t take himself too seriously most of the time and he answers his fans personally. He doesn’t avoid any feedback, good or bad, and addresses them all with a style that this writer truly appreciates. Mike is the author behind all of his own social media posts from his blog to his Facebook page. His Facebook page is one of the best reads on the internet, without a doubt. He may have shown up to the scene a little bit later than most of us, but he’s more than made up for it!

5. Mike Rowe is not afraid of politicians and big corporate interests. He’s also not oblivious to them. This may be an extension of the last reason, but still another reason to love Mike Rowe. A man who not only stands up for what he believes in but goes to battle for it is one you want in your corner.

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Click image to see entire post.

6.  Mike Rowe is a gentleman. Have you ever seen a tabloid story about him behaving otherwise? No? That’s because he is. He’s lighthearted about it but he makes it clear to his fans about what he will and will not tolerate on his social media pages.  I’m pretty sure his parents are proud!

7. Mike Rowe cleans up nicely! Sure, you want a guy who isn’t afraid to get dirty but it’s nice that he’ll clean up for a night out with you too. It’s always fun to enjoy your guy all dressed up and out on the town with you on his arm!

Cleans up nicely

8.  Mike Rowe loves his parents and allows the rest of the world to adore them too. Seriously, they are adorable! How could any woman not want these two as their in-laws? I am writing my plea of adoption as we speak. You never can have too many amusing and fun parental guides in your life. I am lucky to have quite a few beyond the ones in my bloodline who give me a lot of material for future posts. I love how much entertainment and joy they exude and how Mike brings them along for the ride of his unique career. They deserve every second of admiration! Yes, those are his parents in the commercial spots for his current show as seen in the clip above. Love!! For the record, the commercial spots are re-creations of actual conversations Mike had with his parents leading up to the new show. You can see where he gets his sense of humor from! The way a man treats his parents (especially his Mom) says a lot about how he’ll treat you.

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9. Mike Rowe loves the little dogs too. He’s an animal lover. But there is something adorable about a big guy who adopts a little lap dog and isn’t afraid to share his love for his pooch with the world. Perhaps the most golden posts on Mike’s Facebook page occur at the end of every work week when readers check in to read “Fridays with Freddy.” Mike turns the page over to his spunky little roommate and what comes after is always delightful. His willingness to take a back seat as Freddy’s “Biped” and hand over the spotlight is endearing. Freddy has become a celebrity in his own right as obvious by the fans who call his name when he’s out with his biped.  A big, strong tough guy who melts for his little dog is just…well, perfect.

Mike and Freddy
Freddy and his Biped

10. Mike Rowe represents the everyday guy we know and love. We all know that guy we can rely on to be there for many reasons, whether it’s to fix something we broke or help us through a heart break, he’s the good guy we are thankful to have in our lives.

Everyday guy

If you have a man in your life like Mike Rowe, you’re a lucky gal. I am proud to say I have a Dad who has influenced this list and made it immediately clear to me why Mike Rowe is the type of guy ladies should appreciate. I also have a great guy who makes me swoon with every dirty job he tackles around my house for me and with me. So ladies, I encourage you to not settle, encourage your kids to learn some life skills and don’t be afraid to get a little dirty too! Men, if you are a hard working hands on guy, thank you! Share your talents with your kids. Someday, they will appreciate it!

If you enjoyed my list, please feel free to share. Most importantly, I ask that you all check out The mikeroweWORKS Foundation and see what you can do to help get involved. In all seriousness, he’s doing great things for our kids and the future of our skilled trades.

Hopefully someday I’ll get to interview Mike for this blog and ask him about all the traits in this list as well as his amazing foundation!

~JerseyGirlBlog