Fracking Helps Build Community (Common Unity)

I just want to say that fracking can do some good for a community. It can help build community and join people together. Why fracking has been bringing members of my town of Vienna, Ohio closer together since April of 2015. That is when one of our residents had his pond and wetlands polluted. This chemical spill was courtesy of his neighbor at the Kleese farm. The farm contains five injection wells operated by KDA (Kleese Development Associates). KDA wasn’t willing to share their profits with their neighbor but they did share the leak from their wells. The leak is thought to have been going on for six months. It has not been established exactly how many gallons of chemicals leaked into the pond and wetlands (2,000 gallons was the first guess). This from the Youngstown Vindicator will give you an idea of how much chemical waste comes to the Kleese farm for storage, “In raw numbers, the five Vienna wells injected about 19 million gallons underground during those six months, according to Vindicator calculations based on about 454,215 barrels of waste the EPA said KDA wells received.

The Western Pennsylvania counties Butler, Lycoming and Armstrong and a few others have decided to build community with Vienna, Ohio. They do this by sharing the chemical waste from their Marcellus wells. Their semi tanker trucks travel across the state line and create a lot more traffic in our little township. While PA. shares their waste and traffic they don’t share any of the profits from their Marcellus wells with the citizens of Vienna. Well, (pun intended) they do make the Kleese family rich but they were already one of the wealthiest families in Vienna.

This spill was able to bring the residents of Vienna together in a township meeting. Hundreds of residents attended and got to share with their neighbors. What they were sharing was fear. None the less, fracking was helping build community. Tremors were also recorded last September near injection wells in Weathersfield Township. That is another example of the fracking industry bringing one of our neighboring communities together. I could also say the same about the dozens of earthquakes reported in the Youngstown area. The fear of fracking in our valley did some good as it helped establish FrackFree Mahoning, The good folks at FrackFree Mahoning have been unsuccessfully trying to pass an area bill to ban fracking in Youngstown. All those earthquakes have not been enough to get the voters of Youngstown to join together in a community to protect their hometown against the fracking industry. Fracking has been able to build community between the pipefitters union and Regional Chamber. Those two are strange bedfellow because the Regional Chambers around the country are made up of businessmen who tend to be anti-union. Locally, they were able to put that aside and come together in a common cause to put profit before people and support fracking.

Because of the April leak, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources ordered five injection wells operated by Kleese Development Associates, Warren, to cease operations. While the wells at the Kleese farm are not operating KDA is beginning to drill a new injection well a couple miles from their farm in another Vienna location. This location is near the Youngstown Airport on Rt. 193. Once again the fracking process was able to bring Vienna residents together. Last week protesters came together on Monday near the Rt. 193 drilling site, to speak against an injection well being located there. Once again fracking can be thanked for creating community. This time it created it between Vienna residents and members of FrackFreeMahoning. This organization had also come to help Vienna residents in April at the spill site and at our township meeting. I had to work last Monday so I could not attend the Vienna protest on Rt. 193. The day after that I was not working so I was able to participate as part of a national day of action called Hands Across Our Land. There was a nice turnout of people who held hands and signs beside the Spring Common Bridge (Mr. Peanut Bridge) near the B-and-O Station in Youngstown, Ohio. Most of those who turned out on that Tuesday were members of FrackFreeMahoning. They held signs against fracking expansion in our area. They expressed their concerns about fracking being a threat to public health and safety.

I joined those at the bridge because I believe in their cause of ending fracking in our valley. I talked to a few people at the bridge that had been at the protest in Vienna the day before. I thanked them and had some who lived in Youngstown thank me for coming from Vienna to join them. I felt like FrackFreeMahoning had done plenty of reaching out to Vienna residents since April so it was high time some of us Vienna residents should give back. It was also nice to get together with other like minded environmentalist at an event that wasn’t a spill or quake. Many at the Youngstown event left when it was over and went to another protest against fracking in Pulaski, PA. See there, fracking is once again helping to build community after community.

Jesse Colin Young: “Ridgetop”

“Grey Day”

“Only when the last tree has died,? the last river been poisoned,? and the last fish been caught? will we realize we cannot eat money.” —Cree Proverb

 

 

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Self-righteous Laws

Matthew 25:34-36  Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

I guess Matthew 25 was lost recently on
two Ohio republican state legislators.
Their proposed new bill wants to drug test
those getting cash assistance provided
through the Ohio Works First Program,
which serves about 115,000 Ohioans.
More than 90,000 of those are children.
If these two lawmakers did two minutes of research
they would have found that of the more than 87,000
welfare recipients Arizona tested for drugs
only three drug users were found from 2009 to 2014.
The state saved $1680 by denying these three people welfare benefits.
To save that $1680 Arizona drug tests cost $3.65 million.
It has been pretty much the same in all seven states
that have enacted these drug testing laws.
The fact is that the statistics show applicants
actually test positive for drug use
at a lower rate than the general population, which is 9.4%.
In Michigan and Florida courts have struck
down these laws as being unconstitutional.
Despite these drug test court rulings and the high cost,
legislators know it is a feel good law for taxpayers.
71 percent of Floridians — including 90 percent of Republicans
— supported the drug testing law even though
the Florida courts threw it out for being unconstitutional.
The law is still a win for lawmakers even when ruled unconstitutional.
They get to demonize the poor already struggling to make ends meet
and they get to make taxpayers who don’t know the high costs
and tiny amount of drug users discovered by the tests, feel good.
Then there’s the payoff for legislators to get to further
drive that wedge between the poor and the middle-class.
Neither the lawmakers nor the taxpayers that support
this kind of B.S. legislation are very Christian
and don’t seem to know Matthew 25.
Perhaps, the Ohio lawmakers should spend their time
trying to find a fair way to tax Ohioans to support schools
since a judge ruled that property tax was an unconstitutional way
to fund public education for children in a ruling in 1996.
Twenty years and the Ohio house and senate
haven’t found time to find a fair way to fund Ohio’s schools.
Yet, they have time to find ways to demonize the poor.
Missouri lawmakers have introduced House Bill 813 that would
prevent food stamps from being used to purchase fish and steak.
I guess loaves of bread only and no fish for you,
is what these state congressmen think Jesus said.
Their Jesus said, ‘No damned protein for the poor!’
Their next bill will have the poor and unfortunate
wearing a symbol on their chest.
They don’t want to help anybody up,
they’d rather cut the rope instead.
They feel better by kicking downwards.
Politicians want these types of bills to deprive the poor,
because they see being poor as a personal failing,
not merely an economic status that as Jesus said will always be among us.
Christ did not say, give if you think the poor deserve it.
Like Nike he said, “Just do it!”
They just truly believe the poor don’t deserve to eat well.
They don’t feel any need to disguise their disdain for the poor
to win elections anymore because the public
has been convinced that the poor are greedy people
who feel “entitled” to live off of the taxpayers.
Our elected representatives give Israel millions in tax dollars every day,
and they resent giving our own poor a penny.
If there’s a hell, there’s a special place in it for
people who take food away from the hungry.
Some politicians rant on about how they love small government
but they have no problem telling the poor what they are allowed to eat.
They sanctimoniously shame the poor
and go to church on Sunday and praise Jesus.
They truly feel they are worthy of halos.
No halo could be bright enough to light the way
for such selfish and dim-witted minds.
Our country has always had plenty of selfish bastards
who didn’t give a damn about anything or anyone else.
But we didn’t use to vote for them to run the country.
Today’s politicians don’t give damn anymore with a side of hate.
And by God it really shows.
We now have politicians who call themselves “compassionate conservatives”
who worship a system called, “trickle down” economics.
I won’t sensor myself so I’ll call it what it is, “being shit upon.”
It is way past time to stand up for the poor.
After all, the policies of our politicians
are making more and more of them.
America can truthfully say it is exceptional,
exceptional in its incarceration of children in adult prisons.
Even Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
have banned trying kids as adults.
We have let our elected representatives convince us
that our mentally ill and our youth deserve prison.
Trying 12-year-olds as adults and sending them to adult prisons,
shows that we’ve given up on them.
We are told North Korea is an enemy to be feared.
They spend all of their money on the military
while their people are starving to death.
The truth is we are on the same path as North Korea.
We have the most powerful military in the world
which is no consolation to our nations;
poor and hungry, the homeless, the mentally ill
who can’t afford treatment, returning injured veterans
who need help, children in adult prisons, those who rot away
in cells because they couldn’t afford justice, the sick and elderly,
the abused, the battered and the vanishing middle-class.
Our elected leaders bear most of the blame for the problems in our country
but the complacent citizens of our nation have a big share in that blame.
There may or may not be a Heaven in the afterlife
but we have the opportunity to make this world a Heaven
right here, right now and it’s time to get busy.

Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

Mike Stout: “Terry Greenwood”

“[American exceptionalism] is a reaction to the inability of people to understand global complexity or important issues like American energy dependency. Therefore, they search for simplistic sources of comfort and clarity. And the people that they are now selecting to be, so to speak, the spokespersons of their anxieties are, in most cases, stunningly ignorant.” ~ Zbigniew Brzezinski

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Satan Goes Shopping

I spend a lot of time seeing problems in life. I sometimes need to celebrate the good things in my life.

Satan Goes Shopping

At a Las Vegas shopping outlet
a six-foot tall angry looking woman
and her 5 foot 7 inch tall husband
paused by the door of a Nike store.
She says pointing to a bench “I’ll be awhile so sit
your ass down and keep your mouth shut.”
He sits next to me in the noisy concourse.
I look at him and ask, “Where you from?”
He looks into the Nike store to see if his wife is looking.
He then stares at me and replies, “Hell, the darkest region.”
“I’m very sorry to hear that I reply.”
“I don’t deserve this treatment at all,”
he says while putting his head in his hands.
I started to ask him how things got this bad
but I stop as I look up to see his wife coming
and didn’t want to see him get an ass whipping.
“Wake up ahole and carry my bags,” she barked.
I say a prayer for him and look away from them both.
I then hear him say, “Bitch I’ve had enough we’re leaving.”
She meekly replies, “Yes dear whatever you say.”
As they turn and walk past me I smile widely at him.
He glances at me and winks and I notice
she is struggling carrying all the bags.
My wife then exits the Nike store
and shakes me as I have dozed off.
Had I been dreaming that whole scenario?
I soon realized it had only been the last part
as I walk a little further and see the tall woman
still chastising her husband in a loud voice.
My wife says, “Thanks for waiting on me
I’m all done so where do you want to go?”
As we left my car radio was playing
Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Lucky Man.”
I smiled and had to agree I was indeed a lucky man.

John Smith: “Great Lakes”

“Salty and Sweet”

“Change your character and your character will change you” ~ ABC

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Ignoring History

The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment
was one of the most heroic brigades during the Civil War.
On the second day of the battle of Gettysburg,
their brigade of 262 Union soldiers fixed bayonets and charged
an Alabaman brigade made up of 1500 Confederate soldiers.
When it was over, only 47 of the Minnesota brigade survived.
That was a catastrophic 82% loss of the brigade.
They suffered one of the highest casualty rates
of any army unit throughout American history.
But the Confederate surge was stopped,
and other Union troops rallied into defensive positions,
and the line held and the tide was turned
and the Union went on to win the battle and the war.
After the war, both General Hancock and U.S. President Calvin Coolidge,
praised the First Minnesota Volunteer Brigade placing their heroism
and unsurpassed gallantry as the highest in the know annals of war.
President Coolidge stated that “Colonel Colvill and those eight companies
of the First Minnesota are entitled to rank as the saviors of their country.”
During that battle of Gettysburg, despite being knocked out
by a bullet to the head and later shot in the hand Corporal Henry O’Brien
repeatedly picked up the fallen colors of the 1st Minnesota
and carried a wounded comrade back to the Union lines.
He was also awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.
During the deadly chaotic fighting, Private Marshall Sherman
of the First Minnesota captured the colors of the Confederate
28th Virginia and received the Medal of Honor for his exploit.
That Confederate flag was taken back to Minnesota as a prize of war
and is kept but not publicly displayed at the Minnesota Historical Society.
The history of those Minnesotans who died to bring down that treasonous Confederate flag
was lost on volunteer firefighter Brian Nielson, 43, two days and 152 years
after the Battle of Gettysburg during a parade celebrating
the 4th of July, 2015 in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
You see, Brian Nielson, flew both the Confederate and American flags
on the back of the Heartland Fire Department truck in the Parade.
Nielson said he’s not for slavery, but did it because he was fed up with political correctness.
I am also fed up with ignorance and of ignorant people like Brian Nelson
who don’t know history and the meanings of racist symbols like the Confederate flag.
Why would anyone think it would be a good idea to display the flag
of a traitorous movement on the eve of the nation’s Independence Day?
Flying that rag is a mockery to freedom and honor in the same home state
as those brave Union soldiers from Minnesota’s First is a disgrace.
Brian has been suspended from the volunteer fire department.
He claims he didn’t know flying the Confederate flag would be a big deal.
I think Brian thought he could be a hero to the hate filled talk radio circuit
by displaying a made in America symbol of racist hate
and claiming he was fighting a war against “political correctness.”
To accept views of racism and hate because they aren’t
“Politically Correct” is ignorant and abhorrent.
Political correctness is what blowhard bully louts
call the truth now a day.
My parents taught me to use common courtesy,
consideration, empathy and manners in dealing with others.
Today boors are calling my parents ideas “Political Correctness.”
It’s time to call out these uncouth attention seeking assholes
so they will crawl back in their dark holes once they know
that their ignorant opinions are no longer widely held.
Silence implies consent.
It’s time to speak up.

Mike Stout: “Healthcare is a Human Right”

“If the first words out of your mouth are to cry ‘political correctness!’, … chances are very, very high that you are in fact part of the problem.” ~ Angela Highland

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“Dixie Swastika”

I’ve been down with some computer problems.

I have a follow up about my last post. I mentioned an investor I went to see that bashed immigrants and democrats, on his investment radio program. He now has a religious radio program also. On his radio program he was bashing Jehovah Witnesses and other faiths. I have criticized Catholic radio in the past for bashing other faiths. I was glad I found out the financial advisor was a bigot before I became his client. I don’t want to deal with people who want to spread hate. I just saw how racist hate consumed a young man in South Carolina and how that hatred acted as a murderous plague that consumed nine innocent people.

In this post I’m going to use some photos I used before to discuss an ongoing symbol of racism.

Dylann Storm Roof went into a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina church, sat for an hour, and then shot to death nine black church members. He let a few people live so they could convey his racist message of wanting to start a race war. In a photo posted by the New York Times, Dylann Storm Roof, is seen posing in front of a car with a license plate bearing several iterations of the Confederate flag. The state of South Carolina flies the Confederate flag in front of the Capitol building. That is how South Carolina whites convey their racist message. When it became time that Southern states had to honor the federal holiday of Martin Luther King Day many of these states inserted their racism into that holiday. Southern states Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama decided to observe a joint holiday for King and confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. In Gen. Robert E. Lee’s attacks on the North he enslaved ever free blacks he came across. So what are black American today to think when Southern states Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama now observe a joint holiday for King and Lee?

In a Pew survey in 2011, 8 percent of Americans said they display the Confederate flag in their home or office. That works out to about 25 million people. Vehicle owners in 10 states—Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia—can order state-issued plates with the Sons of Confederate Veterans emblem, a square version of the Confederate flag. What is really strange is that Maryland wasn’t even a member of the Confederacy. In 2001, the citizens of Mississippi voted two-to-one to keep the Confederate symbol in the top left corner of their state flag.

Let’s be honest and admit the Confederate flag is treasonous and represents the principle of racism.  The Confederate flag can be best described as the “Dixie swastika.” If it doesn’t represent racism how would you explain these photos?

  

I wrote this poem about the Confederate flag a few years back.

A History Lesson

Jesse Helms and Strom Thurman

proved the good do indeed die young.

The Stars and Bars

fly over ole Dixie

to let the black man

know to keep his place.

The flag proves southern whites

haven’t learned from history…

only rewritten it.

There is indeed

a rightful place

for the Confederate flag,

in a fucking museum.

Aimee Mann: “Save Me”

“Charmer”

“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.” ~ Elanor Roosevelt

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Investing in Morals

Mrs. E. and I want to retire in the next few years. Like a lot of typical ex-steelworkers I had some of my 28 year pension in the mill stolen. The factory I worked at had many owners over the years and some of them never paid into the pension fund. You don’t find that out until the company goes belly up and sells the place. I’ve currently been in a different field the last 15 years and will have a small pension coming from that.  Mrs. E. has been in the same field 36 years and will have a pension from that job. We live fairly simple, but like a lot of people helped take out loans for our kids for college. We also spend a small fortune for car insurance and in maintaining our old house. We somehow did manage to invest for retirement in mutual funds in 401K and 403B accounts. I tried to pick mutual funds that weren’t invested in tobacco, Walmart or Koch brother products as I considered them all immoral. I have to say we did pretty good on the investments we picked. We won’t be able to lead a luxurious retirement but maybe a semi-leisurely one.

Now that we are closer to retirement we need some advise on our investments. We need to change them to less risky type accounts. We have now talked to three different investors and are narrowing down our pick. This is very hard for me because investors tend to be conservative Wall Street types not main street working-class types. We checked out one investor in the nearby Western PA. area. My “I don’t want to invest with this guy” sensor went off when he mentioned he graduated from Liberty University. This is the Southern Baptist University in Lynchburg, Virgina founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell. In 1984 the university was in debt and bailed out by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. My fingertips would bleed if I typed in all the problems I have with the late Rev. Falwell and late Rev. Moon. Suffice to say that they were bigots and racists who used religion as a disguise for hate speech. That thought immediately had me waiting to hear this investor say something racist or bigoted. He said enough things that really make me think he was dancing around the subjects. I did not react and just told him I would call him back if I wanted to invest with him.

This investor buys time on a local PA. radio station to promote his investment service. His daughter who works with him is a co-host of the radio show. I now wanted to know more about them, so I tuned into their radio program. He spent considerable time on the show bashing immigrants coming to the U.S. The daughter said that the American public was stupid and had unfortunately elected Obama who is an utter failure. She said the government was strangling business by having regulations. She said Social Security is a failed system. She never mentioned that Social Security has cut the rate of poverty for the elderly in half. Financial columnist Jane Bryant Quinn has described Social Security as “Arguably the U.S. government’s greatest success.” Both the investor and his daughter went on rants against people of the Islamic faith. A couple of weeks after my visit to their office I got a call from their secretary. She wanted me to give her a date when I would be coming back to their office for a follow-up visit. I informed her that I am a Christian and a religious person. I said therefore I would not need their services as they were unChristian in their morals. I told her that the investor and his daughter both needed to listen to tapes of their program and think about their hate speech.

My father was a small businessman for over 50 years. He decided early on that you didn’t put food on your table by insulting customers. That message was lost on the used car dealer in Brookfield, Ohio that had a “Fire Obama” sign in front of his car lot. The message is also lost on gun dealers who have up signs saying Obama and the democrats are out to take away your guns and put you in FEMA camps. Sadly, when I see that, you just make me think you are just too damn crazy to own a gun or a sharp pencil. Investors if you want to get that opportunity to invest for us local working stiffs, at least pretend you care about Main Street as much as you care about Wall Street.

We are now left with being a service sector economy, so how about some service where the customer comes first?

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” ~ C. G. Jung

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Locals Turning Tricks for the Koch Brother Pimps

The Koch brothers have targeted public education on their list of things they want to make extinct. To do this big game hunting they founded Americans for Prosperity and invested $5 million in it. One thing Americans for Prosperity does, is spend money to get conservative members on school boards and try to stop schools districts from passing school levies. Americans for Prosperity allied with racist in Wake County, North Carolina that wanted to make sure diversity wasn’t taught in local schools. They also wanted to segregate the schools. The Americans for Prosperity school board candidates took the Koch brothers money, read scripts provided to them and won seats on the school board. They then set about segregating the schools and pushing towards privatization.

David Koch won the Libertarian Party’s nomination for vice president in 1980. Its platform stated, “We advocate the complete separation of education and state. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.” To see that platform carried out Charles Koch founded Youth Entrepreneurs in 1991. Youth Entrepreneurs says their goal is to provide kids with “business and entrepreneurial education and experiences that help them prosper and become contributing members of society.” The underlying goal is to indoctrinate teenagers with Koch’s radical corporate free-market ideology. The Koch’s have been successful in getting this class taught at public high schools around the country. The Huffington Post obtained materials and lesson plans from the class. After reviewing them Huffing Post said they teach that, “The minimum wage hurts workers and slows economic growth. Low taxes and less regulation allow people to prosper. Public assistance harms the poor. Government, in short, is the enemy of liberty.” In other words, profits before people and social welfare bad, corporate welfare good.

The Koch brothers want a world where people work for minimum wage and corporations pay no taxes. They want a world where we chastise the poor, call those getting any social help leeches who want entitlements, and where we are all prostitutes who whore ourselves out to corporations that have become our pimps. Locally we just witnessed some of these whores who served their pimps the Koch brothers. They are members of ACT NOW which stands for Accountability, Clarity and Transparency. They helped defeat the recent South Range School levy. ACT NOW was funded by Americans for Prosperity. Americans for Prosperity is a national conservative advocacy and anti-tax group funded by David and Charles Koch.

The Youngstown Vindicator on May 6, 2015 had a photo of five ACT NOW members. They were at a local tavern celebrating their victory at defeating the South Range levy. The photo shows Jim Shaw, Greg Sorley, Jeff Curry, Richard Ferenchak and Joe Alessi. I was left wondering which one of them made the phone call after the election. The call to their pimp the Koch brothers to thank them for the money that helped chip away at destroying public education in South Range. These five guys and the rest of ACT NOW can keep telling themselves they are trying to make South Range an accountable school system. The truth is they don’t want to pay any more taxes, no matter how accountable the school board is. Someone paid for the education of these five but I guess they don’t believe in paying it forward. The saddest part of all is that one of ACT NOW’s spokesmen against the levy was, Taylor Christian a 2014 graduate of South Range who was their valedictorian. Taylor earns my Koch brothers pawn of the month award. Really sad to see the Koch brothers evil national agenda invited into our valley by locals who want to be whores for them.

The Koch Brothers sink to new low to undermine public education.

A Republican Florida State Senator takes on Americans for Prosperity.

For the South Range ACT NOW members: Nick Woodland and “Little Puppet.”

“Low Man”

“Because my family has no money, I’ve decided to become a prostitute. That’s right, I’m going into politics.” ~ Jarod Kintz

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