The Fifth Estate extends from the blogosphere to the community and the ways participants hold the powers accountable. The Fourth Estate, the media, held some of that responsibility, but communications is now more in the hands of the people.
Nov11Filed under: Education, Genealogy; Tagged as: Michael Pladus Superintendent Upper Dublin School District, Quaker Abolitionist, Runaway Slaves, The County Theatre, The Lawn Jockey, The Newtown Theatre of Newtown, The North Star movie in Bucks County, The Underground Railroad, Thomas Phillips screenwriter and director, Upper Dublin Monthly Meeting, William Still Abolitionist
The Upper Dublin Monthly Meeting in Maple Glen PA—a place of worship for Quakers since 1814—held a dedication on October 26 to place a marker honoring runaway slaves who never reached Freedom. Some however, eventually thrived as Free People in the North. Scattered on the grounds of the cemetery that surrounds the Upper Dublin Quaker Meeting House are markers of runaway slaves who reached this community but never made it to their Safe Place.
Just east of the Meeting House and cemetery is the farm house and barn that was home to Quakers Hannah and Thomas Atkinson. For twelve years from 1852 to 1864–like many of their faith in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Ohio and elsewhere–they sheltered runaway slaves who were determined to arrive at places in other northern states and even to Canada.
Minor additions have occurred to the original Atkinson farm house, but when walking through the low ceilinged rooms and narrow hallways, there’s the sense of the Quaker philosophy of comfort, peace and safety. Currently this building is the Administration Offices of the Upper DublinSchool District. The District’s Superintendent, Michael Pladus, in his brief remarks at the dedication, announced that he would be submitting a proposal to introduce an Underground Railroad curriculum to be taught in that District’s school system.
Within a few months there will be a second gathering at the Upper Dublin Monthly Meeting: A marker, sanctioned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be dedicated at the Meetinghouse’s site.
This past April Bucks County was reminded of its own historical connection to the Underground Railroad. Long time residents know about the hidden spaces under the streets of downtown Doylestown and the secret rooms in numerous very old homes located throughout our area. The North Star, a film based on the real-life story of Big Ben Jones–a runaway slave who found safe haven in our Bucks County community–was screened at two Bucks County venues: The County Theater in Doylestown and the Newtown Theatre in Newtown. Written and directed by hometown local Thomas Phillips, it shined a light and opened awareness for any of our local residents not familiar with slavery and the Underground Railroad.
Depending on research sources and internet sites, various articles note that 13 million Africans became trapped in American slavery. Approximately 1% of that number actually made it to freedom. After discovering the symbolism of my blog logo—the Lawn Jockey—I’ve continued my research into The Underground Railroad, which is just a tip of the iceberg. My family still searches backwards to find our ancestors–if not to an African country, at least to some place in America where a former ancestor began our heritage on this soil.
We have however learned that my Great Uncle, living in Reading Pennsylvania was an abolitionist for the Underground Railroad. He was a designated ‘Depot’ where runaways would be safe before moving on to the next station. In the spring of 1857, he wrote in a letter to William Still, an abolitionist in Philadelphia who he himself was a former runaway slave. My Great Uncle’s letter, in part reads:
“There are two small boxes and two large ones; we have them all secure; what had better be done? Let us know.”
Letters sent between abolitionists spoke in code to hide their real message: My Great Uncle was sheltering two adults and two children. There it is . . . Four human beings one of that miniscule 1% who became Free. Who were they I wonder? And who now is living Free?
Oct25Filed under: Media, Native Peoples, Uncategorized; Tagged as: Citizens Saving The Thorpe First Nation Farm, Dale Redhawk Thorpe, DogDaddy, Native American Month, Peace Project/Kids for Peace, President's Volunteer Service Awards, Thorpe First Nation Family Farm, Thorpe Market, Upper Makefield Township
October 25, 2013
After a struggle that included a scheduled Sheriff’s Sale, numerous local inspections and a few court hearings–The Thorpe Market reopened on Saturday September 28. And it’s restored better than before!
A new roof was raised; the soiled-musky mess on the walls and floors was stripped with disinfectant followed by fresh paint on the walls and a good scrubbing and waxing of the floors. Decorative grass was planted between colorful red and yellow mums along the length of the parking lot. The garden island that is home to the familiar Thorpe Market sign got an extreme makeover with perennials and spring bulbs.
The re-opening of the Market brought hundreds of faithful customers returning to buy the organic eggs, fresh vegetables, condiments, bird seed, potted mums, and lots of pumpkins that were piled everywhere outside and around the Market’s doors.
Besides the famous Thorpe hayrides that travel around the Farm’s perimeter, dozens upon dozens of dog lovers were there on reopening day. DogDaddy, an advocacy organization for canines, organized an event for Saturday and Sunday that included pet vendors, a dog fashion show, and an obstacle course for dogs that was set up on the pasture just below the parking lot. See the pictures on the Thorpe Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/583243078400416/#!/pages/Save-Thorpes-First-Nation-Organic-Family-Farm/523285427705925.
To help bring revenue to the Market, many of the supporters—Citizens Saving the Thorpe First Nation Farm—donated some of their original art that included framed photographs of local landscapes and Native American hand-crafted items.
It was nearly a year ago when a destructive barn fire and the angry winds of Hurricane Sandy almost brought an end to the Thorpe Farm. The Thorpe’s were hanging out there to dry all by themselves. Regular ‘Citizens’ from everywhere—Bucks County, Philadelphia, New Jersey and beyond—came and grabbed a hold of the Thorpe’s legs and lowered them to the ground. There were two pow-wows and an Earth Day Celebration at the Farm, a peaceful walk to the bank that had threatened a Sheriff’s Sale, public comments at a couple Upper Makefield Township meetings, testimony at a bankruptcy court hearing and some positive reaction by the media–all helped turn a bad situation into a good one.
November is Native American Month. At noon on Sunday November 17 at the Thorpe Market, Dale Thorpe will be presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award—Family. Rosemary Gallagher, Director of the Peace Project/Kids for Peace and a certified organization Team Member for the Presidential Awards will do the honors that day.
See you there at 371 Stoneybrook Road, Newtown, PA 18940.
Jun30Filed under: Genealogy, Media; Tagged as: Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, Elmina Castle, Goree Island House, Howard University, Obama pays homage to slavery site but importance of Goree Island House is disputed, President Obama African visit, President Obama visit to Goree Island, Professor Ana Lucia Arau]jo, Senegal, The door of no return, Washington Post
June 29, 2013
On Thursday June 27 while in Senegal for his too brief African visit President Obama and his family traveled to Goree Island. At this site there are still remains of 17th and 18th century structures built by Europeans. The Obama’s’ itinerary of this tour to the Island included entry inside the Goree House.
A Washington Post article that same day (Obama pays homage to slavery site, but importance of Goree Island House is disputed,) included a response from Professor Ana Lucia Araujo of Washington DC’s Howard University whose work explores the history and the memory of the Atlantic slave trade. In reaction to the article she remarked that other areas of more credibility are in West Africa. “One of them is the port of Luanda in Angola, where the real majority of Africans left — nobody goes there.” She added, “If there was an Auschwitz in Africa it was not on Goree.”
I’ve never traveled to that house on Goree Island or to Luanda in Angola; but in 1999 my feet did walk on the stone floors of two “castles” in Ghana: Elmina and Cape Coast. They are massive fortresses built by Europeans before the 17th Century. They eventually morphed into dungeons that imprisoned thousands of captured Africans before they were shipped out to many parts of the World. I always thought Goree Island was a site comparable to Elmina or Cape Coast—a place where a fort of stone and mortar and cannons faced out to the Atlantic. A place where captured Africans were kept before they were herded onto ships destined for Europe, South America, the Caribbean or America. But it is not so. It is a ” house”.
At Elmina and Cape Coast the dungeons still reek of pain and suffering. I felt its power and anyone else who stood or walked inside those thick walls also felt the pain that sufflocated the air around them. If Professor Araujo believes that the house at Goree is not an authentic place where Africans suffered I ask, What was it then that happened inside that house on Goree Island to disprove the myth? Why then did President Obama and his family, the Clintons, and Nelson Mandela (Be at Peace) and many others who visited this site sense the agony after stepping inside the Goree Island House?
Elmina and Cape Coast also have their “Door of No Return”. The door at Cape Coast is of the same size as the ‘door’ at Goree Island. But at Elmina the door is a constricted and narrow passageway of control –giving false hope to Africans who were pushed through that small opening expecting that on the other side was their passage to Freedom.
Jun17Filed under: Media, Native Peoples, Uncategorized; Tagged as: Bank Loan Modification, Bucks County Sheriff's Sale, Citizens Saving the Thorpe Nation Farm, Dale Redhawk Thorpe, Intercourse PA, Old Philadelphia Pike, Pastor of The Church of the Overcomer, Reverend Keith Collins, Save the Thorpe's First Nation Organic Family Farm, Susquehanna Bank, Thorpe First Nation Organic Family Farm, Thorpe Organic Farm, Trainer PA, Upper Makefield Township
June 17, 201
The Bucks Underground Railroad
The June 14, 2013 Sheriff’s Sale of the 145 acre Thorpe First Nation Organic Farm was granted a Stay. Now the supporters, friends, and advocates have less than two weeks to Save the Thorpe Farm.
On Tuesday, June 11 six of us traveled to Intercourse, PA in an attempt to meet with Susquehanna Bank, the lender. We naively believed this bank–named after a Native American tribe and which advertises itself as a “community friendly family’ institution–would meet with us. Even at that, our small ‘Peaceful Resolution believed that each of us carried on our shoulders at least two hundred people who support the Thorpe’s on their facebook page, their website and a few crowdsourcing sites–people from across America and even from around the world. They number over two thousand.
It took about ten minutes for us to walk along Old Philadelphia Pike to the Susquehanna Bank. It struck me how this small community thrives in an area where a diversity of cultures coexist. Automobiles share the same macadam roads on Old Philadelphia Pike as Amish horses and buggies. How unfortunate that the Upper Makefield Township owners living in extremely large homes on multi-acre lots surrounding the Thorpe Farm believe it intolerable that—unlike the citizens in Amish country—they should have to coexist on the same land where livestock graze.
We carried five talking points which we wanted to present to Susquehanna Bank: 1) Offer a bank loan modification; 2) Cancel the Sheriff’s Sale; 3) Replace the commercial loan with a USDA loan; 4) Stand by their philosophy of being a “community” and “friendly” bank; and 5) Become the first bank in the nation to Do The Right Thing for a Native American.
As soon as our spokesman, Reverend Keith Collins, Pastor of The Church of the Overcomer in Trainer, PA stepped on the walkway leading to Susquehanna Bank’s entrance, two bank representatives approached him. Pastor Keith was informed that he and the rest of us were “trespassing”. They refused to take our package of information, instructed us to leave the property, and stand by the roadside.
Our peaceful walkers were met at the bank’s door by two Susquehanna Employees.
Previous attempts to help the Thorpe’s with a resolution of this matter included letters to bank executives which were answered by their legal representatives. We’re not attorneys. We are regular people who believe that farming in America should be cherished. It’s what made this country.
Although many of our supporters came to the facebook page (Save Thorpe’s First Nation Organic Family Farm), and we scheduled scheduled farm events and reached out to the media, our efforts to save the farm were not enough. Many of our supporters continue to express fears that the abundant amount of water under the Thorpe land may become a gold mine for venture capitalists. So many times the word “fracking” has been uttered from the lips of our environmental advocates.
We remain committed. We have less than two weeks to fashion a strategy that will keep the Thorpe Farm in the family. We meet today, June 17 at Dale Redhawk Thorpe’s Farm. Hope rules.
Jun6Filed under: Media, Native Peoples, People; Tagged as: Bison, Citizens Saving the Thorpe Nation Farm, Dale Redhawk Thorpe, Earth Day, Free Range Chickens, Gold Medal Olympian Jim Thorpe, Mauch Chunk PA, Sac and Fox Nation, Save the Thorpe Farm, Stroud Oklahoma, Susquehanna Bank, Thorpe First Nation Organic Family Farm, U.S.District Judge A. Richard Caputo, Upper Makefield Township
- June 6, 2013
Since my last post on April 4, 2013 much good has happened. The energy from social media has brought positive changes to a most negative struggle.
- A Civil Rights attorney has come to the aid of the Thorpes to handle the complex legal issues.
- UpperMakefield Township has granted the permit so that necessary to repairs can be done to the Thorpe Farm Market’s roof.
- Since ‘Citizens Saving the Thorpe First Nation Farm’’ brought their voices and their talents to the struggle in February, people on the street—when hearing a conversation about ‘The Thorpe Farm’—nod their heads and say, “Oh yeah….somebody told me about them.”
- The Earth Day events on April 20 and 21 at the Farm brought new supporters and new volunteers to the effort. Every one of them want the Thorpe Farm to continue its philosophy of freedom from pesticides and growth hormones. . .to operate as a non-certified organic farm.
- The list of volunteers includes laborers, carpenters, electricians, photographers, filmographers, gardeners, equestrian trainers, business degree graduates, college and high school students, a fresh water consultant, musicians, artisans, and multi-cultural storytellers.
- Supporters are ecstatic about the possibilities that the Thorpe Farm would be the first facility in this part of Bucks County where Buffalo would be raised on a dedicated section of land on the 145 acre farm.
- Supporters are unyielding in their determination to keep this 145 acre farm from rolling over into high priced mansions or becoming some venture where capitalistic speculators profit from the tremendous reservoir of water under the Thorpe farmland.
- A symbolic sign happened on April 19, 2013. U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo ruled that the remains of Jim Thorpe–the Native Amerian and winner of two Gold Olympic Medals must be returned to the Sac and Fox Nation in Stroud, Oklahoma (http://bit.ly/18NQ0g).
- Two days later in the early morning hours of Earth Day on April 21, a heifer was born on the hills surrounding the Thorpe Farm.
Life Is Good.
As of this writing a Sheriff’s Sale is scheduled for June 14. That’s Flag Day and an official Bucks County government holiday. So it’s unclear to me if the sale will take place on that date or on the following Monday: June 17.
ACT 3 is about to take place a few days from now.
In early February a call came into the Bucks Underground Railroad about a farm in Lower Makefield Township owned by a Native American. It seems the Thorpe First Nation Organic Family Farm—a 145 acre piece of land surrounded by HUGE mansions is under threat of being lost. The owner is Dale Redhawk Thorpe—a distant cousin of Olympian Jim Thorpe. Along with wife Renee and their five children they are the 5th generation of Thorpe’s to farm this land.
I reached out to some like-minded friends who are committed to preserving farms and the land.
The first week in February we scheduled an event at the farm to bring attention to Dale Redhawk’s plight. Until that time, no one outside of the Thorpe family, or the predator bankers, or the overzealous Township government were aware of this struggle.
The threats to his farm are numerous and the farm could disappear forever because of:
1) Bait & Switch advice from the Susquehanna Bank
2) A suspicious barn fire in early October 2012.
3) The wrath of Hurricane Sandy in early November 2012 that tore the roof from the Farm’s market.
4) Developers sniffing around the perimeters: Subdividing large parcels of land for more Castles on 10-acre plots.
5) A large reservoir of underground water on the farm that could be used in housing development or for gas industry fracking.
Since the barn fire and hurricane Sandy the township has stepped up its harassment of Dale Redhawk Thorpe’s land. The scraps of charcoaled wood around the barn and the blue tarp covering the Market’s roof are an ‘eyesore’ to some residents living in the mansions surrounding the farmland. For some time even before the fire and hurricane, MiddletownTownship has been making unannounced visits to the farm and filing numerous code violations.
Although the insurance company approved the claims for damages to the roof–as is the practice of banks holding mortgage loans–the settlement was sent to the bank. The bank is holding the money because the Thorpe’s are behind in their mortgage payments.
The farm is an Uncertified Organic farm. There are nearly a hundred free-roaming chickens producing organic eggs sold in the farm’s market. Raw milk and processed bison meat were also sold at the market from a nearby farm is sold at the Market. Looking to the future, Dale’s business plan includes the addition of Bison to graze on a section of the land to be raised for their meat which he plans to sell in his market.
With the main revenue source now lost to the Thorpe’s , The Friends of the Thorpe First Nation Family Farm have intensified their efforts to save the farm. Three crowdsourcing petitions are now on line. A facebook page has joined the Thorpe’s website in spreading the word. A world-wide petition brought 2,148 names from around the globe. We developed a plan that began on the first weekend of February of this year.
On Earth Day weekend—April 20 and 21–supporters and friends will gather at the farm for a spring clean-up on Saturday. On Sunday the events include a celebration of everything Earth Day: Tables will set up for an outdoor flea market; sessions by Native Americans teaching recycling; children will be instructed in planting their very own seeds in a pot; entertainment will be provided by local musicians and Native dancers and drummers.
Hope you can be there.
January 5, 2013
Yesterday I saw Django Unchained.
Today there was a replay on NPR’s Fresh Air Weekend of Terry Gross’ interview with Quentin Tarantino. She questioned him about the violence in the film, especially in light of the tragedy at Shady Hook Elementary School. High items of discussion by film and media critics question the physical violence, blazing guns, the use of the ‘n’ word, and even poo-poo’d the main character’s goal of freeing his wife. One media critic even counted the number of times that word was uttered in the film believing it to be over-used. Back in those slave days of oppression, the ‘n’ word was thrown about more frequently than the words ‘you’ or ‘me’.
Django was made before the Shady Hook massacre and in light of its release at the height of the tragedy, Terry asked Tarentino about the gratuitous violence in his films. Tarantino expressed his annoyance to the question and responded, “I think it’s disrespectful. I think it’s disrespectful to their memory, actually.”
When Gross asked whose memory, Tarantino replied, ”The memory of the people who died to talk about movies. I think it’s totally disrespectful to their memory. Obviously, the issue is gun control and mental health.”
A transcript of the full interview can be read here: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=168200139.
Django Unchained is about many things but right up there is Oppression. Slaves and black people living in the 17th, 18th or 19th Century never had a nice day. Those of us tuned into global media events know that oppression is alive in a lot of places: Syria; Coptics in Egypt; Palestinians in Gaza; Buddhists in China; women in India and many 3rd world nations; and people of all colors in America. Fill in any places I’ve missed.
I won’t spoil it for you by going beyond the message of oppression in Django. As the plot moves to its conclusion there are instances of satirical wit and dialogue. All the actors are excellent. Christopher Waltz brings in a performance worthy of his Golden Globe nomination. I’m hoping all the hip-hoppers and street brothers pay the admission price to see this film. It may cause them to stop using the ‘n’ word.
My blood flows with an ancestor who survived the oppression of capture, the Diaspora, and slavery. I’ve walked inside two dungeons in Ghana. At Cape Coast I had to stoop to get through its narrow Door of No Return where multiple thousands of Africans then trudged across a sandy beach into a ship that packed them like sardines before taking them to places around the globe. Inside Elmina dungeon, 500 years later the scent of blood and pain still reeks from the walls where women were crowded worse than cattle. I toured a Virginia plantation where re-enactors described the oppressive lives of slaves and Native Americans. I traveled 70 miles inside Canada to 3 separate settlements where descendants of runaway slaves live to this day.
Far as I’m concerned, Django Unchained is a dramatic history lesson for the uninformed about slavery. Go see it.
Dec29Filed under: Politics; Tagged as: 2013, Doylestown Kitchen Table Patriots, National Football League, Newtown Connecticut, Nina Bolfing, Nina Bolfing New Britain, President Barack Obama Inauguration on Sunday January 20, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Sandy Hook speech by President Barack Obama, Soup for an Activist's Soul, Tea Party, The 'n' word, The Daily Kos, The Intelligencer Letters to the Editor, The Troubadour, The Troubadour on the Daily Kos
On December 4 The Intelligencer of Doylestown–the newspaper that covers all of Bucks County–printed a brief and nasty letter to the editor from a New Britain woman–Nina Bolfing—reproduced below in its entirety:
“Santa Claus used to be a big fat man with a long white beard.
”Now he is a skinny black man in a big white house.”
Yeah, I was pissed. Those righty letters often show up in our paper with an aroma of racist hatred for President Obama. Ms. Bolfing’s words reeked of either the Tea Party or the Kitchen Table Patriots or one of those other extreme righty groups (see The Bucks Underground Railroad April 5, 2011: ‘Soup for an Activist’s Soul”). I dashed off a response to The Intelligencer which they published December 9. As a “skinny black” woman who lives in Doylestown I wrote how I would relish the opportunity to sit across from Ms. Bolfing and ask, Why do you hate people of color?
A friend of mine contacted me after my letter appeared and shared with me that Ms. Bolfing lives down the road from her. She offered to mediate a sit-down between the two of us.
Go for it, I said.
Long story short—after my friend left three voice messages, then dropped a letter to Ms. B by U.S. Mail, Ms B called her. Seems Ms. B was out of town–in the “Free State of Minnesota” (her words). She was unaware that her December 4 letter had been published and didn’t know that three voice messages were left on her phone. When my friend read my response to Ms. Bolfing that was published in the Intelligencer, Ms. B commented that I had “… no sense of humor….”. She added that she was not a racist but told my friend that “Obama ‘bought his way’ into the White House.” She refused to meet with me.
Well . . . that’s one chicken who won’t come home to roost.
Couple years ago while discussing global warming with a non-believer I attempted to describe some of the effects of climate change I’d witnessed while in Kenya, East Africa. I began ,“When I was in Kenya….” . Never got to finish my thought. This non-believer leaned into me; eyes filled with ignorance and she said, “Well why don’t you go back there?” Since that little ping-pong exchange, I discovered that this climate change denier is a high profile member of the Doylestown Kitchen Table Patriots.
There are some individuals with tiny brains that you Just.Can’t.Talk.To.
This obsession about skin color by bigots isn’t confined to extreme political ideologues living in our neighborhoods. When President Obama spoke in Newtown, Connecticut on December 16 to bereaved families, friends, classmates, neighbors, and relatives of Sandy Hook Elementary children and teachers who were massacred on the Friday before, the website Daily Kos re-posted tweets from four angry people. Tweeting through their real names they demanded the “n-word President”get off national television because he was interrupting their overly-aggressive arm-chair pastime of watching Sunday night football:
Do these four tweeters believe brown/black athlete players should also “get off” television screens? Last time I checked NFL player rosters, there were a lot of dark faces in various team uniforms.
As a person of color I had to speak out against this use of the “n” word and other coded hate messages that attempt to pollute our America.
President Barack Obama will be inaugurated for a second term on Sunday January 20, 2013. Four years ago many of you readers may have witnessed that magical happening in Washington DC. Be there again—and become one in that big picture of What Is America: Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow.
Me the Granny has one more post to get out of my system before 2012 goes away.
Happy New Year.
Nov30Filed under: Media, Politics; Tagged as: 112th Congress, G.O.P. Get Out of my Panties, H.R. 212, Keepsake Ultrasound, Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, Ohio State Senator Nina Turner introduces Viagra Bill, PA House Bill 1077, Paul Ryan (R-WI), Penile Enhancement pills, The Sanctity of Life Act, Todd Akin (R-MO)
Gratitudes to Ohio State Senator Nina Turner for donning that T-shirt (at left) on November 13 where she warned legislators (mostly male) to Stop. Stop meddling inside women’s bodies. Turner stood with Ohio Planned Parenthood representatives at a press conference, where they denounced the Ohio legislature‘s recent introduction of the “heartbeat bill”–a radical piece of legislation that would ban abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The state of Ohio’s not alone. Pennsylvania’s House Bill 1077: The Women’s Right To Know Act was introduced in 2011 and remains in Committee. The Bill’s introduction reads “… ultrasound test requirements to determine gestational ages of unborn children …” It will require a pregnant woman to undergo an extensive ultrasound (including an internal probe) and medical counseling to determine that the woman has made a responsible decision to terminate her pregnancy.
In the 112th Congress, Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Todd Akin (R-MO) introduced H.R 212, The Sanctity of Life Act, declaring in part “… the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood …”
Their purpose of the Act is to define ‘human and human being’ to “… include each and every member of the species homo sapiens at all stages of life, beginning with the earliest stage of development, created by the process of fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent.”
The text in H.R. 212 defines fertilization of the egg and the sperm as “…a new unique human being.”
If an embryo and/or fetus are held to be a human being, Everything Changes.
Medical technology can already determine when conception occurs. Good-bye Birth Certificate. Hello ‘Conception Certificate’.
Medical technology can also determine the gender of a fetus. The “new unique human being” should then be given a name;
And should be assigned a Social Security number;
And should become a tax-deductible dependent;
And should therefore be eligible for medical benefits;
And should be counted in local, state and federal census.
Will the health insurance industry be burdened with payment of medical tests associated in determining date of conception and gender? The cost for an Ultrasound is estimated at $700.00 to $1,200 or more. In recent years, many “keepsake ultrasound” businesses have come into being, offering 3 dimensional and 4 dimensional ultrasounds that have a good chance of revealing your baby’s gender. Currently these visits are not covered by insurance, and can run anywhere from $75 to $300 or even more. Will the insurance industry be required to cover this procedure under H.R. 212?
Ohio Senator Nina Turner is my heroine. In March of this year (as noted in my July 4, 2012 post—The Egg, the Sperm, ‘Pills’ and the Tighty Rightys), she introduced a Bill in the Ohio chamber where men would be subjected to the same intrusive examinations whenever they seek a prescription for Viagra or any other penile enhancement pill. Will be interesting to learn that the boxers and briefs of men will be invaded by a law similar to PA H.B. 1077 or H.R. 212. Might not happen though, because recent television commercials are saying that penile enhancement pills no longer require a doctor’s prescription.
September 20, 2012
During that infamous video inside the home of a Boca Raton wealthy supporter, Mitt Romney declared that 47% of Americans expect ”entitlements” from the government or are living off entitlements. He babbled on to label those people as Americans who “pay no taxes.”
Oh my…..Am I one of those ’47% Victims’?
Every month I receive a Social Security and pension check. After 40 plus years in the work force, dumping taxed money from my salary into my Social Security account, I figure I earned my retirement. Unbeknownst to the Mitt, I still pay taxes: Taxes are deducted from the pension I contributed to during my 20 years at my last job. I also opted to have the minimal deduction taken out of my Social Security check. Then there’s the annual school tax, county tax, and local tax that I must pay. When I purchase goods and services, taxes always show up at the bottom of those receipts. No free pass here.
I own one home. Not a second, third, fourth, or fifth home sitting some place across America or in a country located some place beyond America. My savings and checking account reside in one local bank. I own no stock, or enjoy any kind of capital gains or am wealthy enough to hide my money in a foreign land that would allow me the privilege of cheating on America: Paying No USA Taxes.
Who’s fooling who? There are putrid odors of exclusivity, intolerance and ignorance spewing out of the Romney campaign. The outcome of this will only bring more divisiveness within our Nation.
I’m not a “victim” and I refuse to be labeled as such.
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