911 first responders from church.

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In 10 years we never spoke of that day or the events that followed but in speaking of attending a memorial service to commemorate the 800 volunteer ministers from ground zero, the horror and insanity of it welled up in my eyes. At first Barbara didn’t want to attend because at 70 years old she would be tired from working all day in Brooklyn and then have to take a train into Manhattan then a train and bus back to Brooklyn later that evening. Once she started talking about it the feelings rushed in and the pride for having been there with her family and friends took over and she decided to come any way despite how tired and late she would get home. I could see the pain and suffering of the rescue workers overwhelmed, tired, heartbroken but not beaten,  as she spoke.  I could hear her voice break and see tears held back for my sake the same way she did the first night at ground zero, mustering all her courage to be strong for the men and women in blue so as not to add to their grief.  She had a special place in heart knowing her son was a member of the NYPD and knowing a lot of these rescue  workers personally. A frail woman of sixty stood amidst the devastation both human and physical among the rescue workers and Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientogy NY. She was not trained for rescue work as a first responder but as a human being who cared enough to risk her own life to show up along with her family and friends to do what she could to support the rescue workers. Along with her sons, daughter and grandson she worked for weeks  doing anything she could to help provide succor, a drink of water or just a smile. The worst in man has a strange way of bringing out the best in man. This man wants to acknowledge  Barbra Yarshevitz for setting a fine example of kindness and courage in extreme conditions in the finest tradition of heroes from any walk of life in any situation.  Along with all the people who helped you have my gratitude. Thank you Mom.

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911, 10 years later it still hurts.

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I didn’t want to dwell on that crisp September day 10 years ago despite all the media attention. I tried to resist the news clips and television shows depicting the events of that day. The terrible injustice felt by friends on being told there is no room for the first responders at the memorial service. What could the the decision maker be thinking? Who made this decision?  Not only did these brave men ands women risk everything ( which is what they do every day) but they were ring side to the horror and suffered loss that is beyond words. The majority of these heroes both dead and alive left the comfort of their homes, said good bye to their families and raced to respond because their country was under attack and people needed them. Those people could have been any one, you, me, your family, your friends. They did not care, they just went.  Do not piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining! NY city is a big place and some arrangement could be made for these men and women.  They earned every right to be there and are still dying from the poisons that our cowardly leaders said were not real or we should not be concerned with. This service is for the people, WE ARE THE PEOPLE!  This should not be a political dog and pony show. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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Thanks from the NYPD. Chief Diaz retires after 41 years.

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Chief Ray Diaz is one of the most dedicated and hardest workers I  have ever met. No sick days, no watching the clock at the end of tour just doing the right thing by his own personal standards. No one held a gun to his head to work so hard and no one ever expected such a dedication and care.  He has his own standards which are high enough. Two time purple heart recipient fighting for his country as a young Marine in Vietnam during  some of the heaviest action. I have personally watched him run into gunfire to help the officers of his platoon as a young lieutenant in the NYPD 25 years ago. He had the patience and graciousness of a saint and believe me, I tested them as young officer. At his “walk out” (last day of his career) Police Commissioner Kelly went on and on about his great work on various commands and especially taking over the 70 Pct. at a very low point and turning it around through hard work and involvement with the community.  Then it was Ray’s departing speech which was one of praise for the NYPD and the great people in his life who helped and guided him. By the hundreds of guys who jammed in like sardines to wish him well you knew they cared. In all the years I have known him I have never heard anyone speak ill of him and have never seen him do something mean or malicious. In a job of super egos he didn’t have one. But the thing that gets me most is that the NY News couldn’t even give him a page. 41 years, 3 Star Chief decorated soldier and hero but a small blip in a paper that devotes pages to the vile, degraded, criminals and “famous celebrities or sports figures” who have never put their lives in jeopardy for anyone, risked their freedom and careers to do their job or stood for anything but themselves. Something is so wrong with this society and our values are being lowered and corrupted by the low standards we accept.  It is no wonder that people look down on police when the life of someone like this goes un acknowledged.

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Calling all cars! Drug pushing in local maternity ward, please check and advise.

This may sound ludicrous however it is true. Thanks to a 1/2 billion dollar Federal
grant to; psych studies, diagnosis and treatment of 0-3 year olds (yes even in this miserable economy we are pissing away hundreds of millions on make believe “doctors”  with made up mental “disorders”.)  A prominent case that actually made it to the NY Times on 15 February 2007 was an article titled Debate Over Children and Psychiatric Drugs, the horror of medicating a 2 year old  child resulting in her overdose and death brings it home as to just how evil and insidious these blatant drug pushers are getting. Childhood is not a disease, nor are these quacks even doctors. A society of dull, obedient, compliant, unoriginal, psychiatric drug induced biochemical well mannered puppies is the goal and inevitable result of this drug pushing machine. The fact that billions of dollars are being made on this with a great portion from your tax dollars should make you sick. This is blood money! Visit CCHR.org for more info

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IT’S OFFICIAL: CHILDHOOD IS NOW A DISEASE!

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Obama and his wonderful health care has just taken a huge step in the destruction of our children and the the future of America.  In one of our countries worst economic situations the administration sees fit to give $ 500, 000, 000 that’s right 1/2 a billion dollars to study and diagnose children from 0-5 years of age so that they can sit still in kindergarten likely obedient robots. Coincidently, this is where the biggest growth segment for prescribing and selling psychotropic drugs happens to be. Now I don’t know about you but don’t you think this money could have been spent on, education, small business, the Arts, job incentives or flushed down the toilet instead? The psychiatric Diagnostic and Statistic Manual is a hoax by their own admission. There are absolutely no chemical tests and no physical evidence to identify any mental “disease”. And who would listen to such a criminal group that condones electro shock or lobotomy as a cure? Every body docile, quiet and  subserviant is not what America stands for, this reeks of something too gruesome to think about and is actually undermining our freedom.  I implore you my friends to please do something. Being an infant( temper dysregulaton and feeding disorder) is not mental disease! This would be funny if children were not being injured and killed everyday by this depraved group that has set itself up as an authority in our lives. Visit cchr.org for the truth.

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Brooklyn

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Brooklyn during the late 1960’s and early 70’s was probably not too different from most places as far as neighborhoods go. We were part of NYC but I defy you to find one person from BROOKLYN to say so. We were still in denial about the Dodgers leaving and expecting them to come home and the flag draped coffins kept parading out of St. Patrick’s Church while the Vietnam “War” came to our living rooms each night on the evening news. It didn’t make much sense to me as I watched with horror the agonized cries of mothers while fathers tried to hold back the tears over the their little boy who” was just playing little league” as the coffins were loaded in the hearse.
   As frightening as that was, there was another deadly drama playing out in streets right before my eyes each day. I lived across the street from a park built under the Verazano Bridge. Saturday mornings I would wake up early , have a bowl of Captain Crunch and find an adult to “cross me”( get me across the 2 way street) called Fort Hamilton Parkway so I  could go play in park and sneak off to the ” Girders” which was the fenced in area directly under the bridge adjacent to the Army base- Fort Hamilton. We would climb under the Bridge and walk along the tiny girders 100 ft. off the ground. It took years before the fear of heights was given to me. Many times I would find the carnage from the night before; hundreds of empty beer bottles, vomit, unconscious or dead teenagers, pills, hypo-dermic needles, used condoms and the occasionally discarded model airplane left behind by glue sniffers with the glue covered tissue filled paper bags. The models were the prize I was after.

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United States Veterans, once a hero always ready to protect and defend America.

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The young men and women who decided to enlist and take the oath of an ” American Soldier” are a special breed. The pride and accomplishment of helping defend a country and people who believe in Freedom never goes away or diminishes. The sight of “Old Glory” waving in front your neighbors house, the post office, painted on a building or car always makes me smile. Nationalism took on a new and special meaning when we formed the United States of America to combat tyranny and it’s subsequent abuses. Why is this country the destination for millions? Even though they proud of their heritage and home lands, they left it behind to come to the land of opportunity and Freedom. The concept and ideals of our constitution is what brings them here. It is what they demand as citizens and despite complaints there is not a long list or waiting line of people trying to leave this country. I think of this because I was talking to Duane ” Smokey” Jackson yesterday and thanking him again for preventing that sick little terrorist from bombing Times Square NY, a location next to my church where my family and friends walk past every day. He is a humble guy who days he was ” just doing what any body else world have done”. Except no one else did it. Literally tens of thousands of people walking by and he noticed the van and did something about it. When I told my 7 year old fighter this story without any hesitation she said “I have to hug that guy”.I I How many times has a man of this character stepped up to prevent someone from breaking into your house, robbing your mother, attacking your child and it was never even known?  Cops, firemen and veterans do this every day of their lives, on duty, off duty, alone or with their families in harms way. If you don’t appreciate that fact it’s ok because it’s your right “not to give a damn” they will defend but god damn you if you disrespect these heroes and god help you if you do it in front of the wrong guy-maybe someone like me who knows their value. God Bless America!

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The ” End of the World”, Apocalypse and Judgement Day.

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Could this just be a metaphor signifying the degraded state of our planet? The violence, natural catastrophes, human rights abuses, drugs, blatant abuses of office, rewarding of immoral low lifes with television shows, banking, government and perverted art?
  Or has the electronic age just made it easier and more apparent?  We are bombarded with bad news from every angle; TV, radio, internet, news papers and facebook. Kids are not immune and are hit from different directions, insane killing video games, music videos that used to be classified as rated R or X just a few short years ago. The thing that is missing is kindness. Simple human kindness, it’s not even taught any more and sadly enough I admit that I not only don’t expect it  but am almost speechless when I do encounter it.  This is just a microcosm of world affairs. When was the last time you witnessed genuine interest from a politician instead of self interest or worse yet self importance. Who will set the example for the world? I don’t think guys like the Dali Lama or Nelson Mandela can do it alone. Teachers are not even allowed to teach morals in NYC public schools any more. Who is going to do it? Congressmen with secret families-I doubt it. The sad part is that it has gotten so bad that even the truly decent hard working people are throwing up their hands in disgust. Well guess what? The old saying (as many old sayings are) is true ” If your not part of the solution then you are part of the problem”. Sorry to have to remind you if your not thinking with this. You can do something about it. You do matter. And the hell with any one who tells you differently or to not even try. They are not your friend!  And allowing your ” friends” to drag you down, make you apathetic or engage in acts you know are wrong will not only degrade you but your ” friend” and ultimately the whole lot of us. So next time you see something wrong do something, say something or minimally don’t encourage it. Set a good example and be part of the solution.

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Censorship. Whose job is it to police the internet?

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Several months ago I was watching a show while exercising that seemed to have a fairly simple premise ” what do people think about the incident in Tienimen Square 15 yrs ago and how has it effected them”.  It started fairly direct. The person brought photos of the youth that stood in front of the communist tank in total defiance( called tank man) during a rebellion in which hundreds of unarmed people were shot in the back and killed.
Nobody in the area of the incident at the same school heard of it or recognized the incident. Not only that but a search of the internet came up with nothing of it-the communists had erased history with a specialy designed program to sensor what they felt was inappropriate. Bad as this is, it was engineered by American companies-Google, Cisco and yahoo. The congressman investigating this crime against freedom was outraged as all of us should be. Now there is a bill COICA 2.0 before congress that allows the censoring of certain sites and the denial of access. This in effect is book burning at its worst as you don’t even get to know which books are being burned. The dangers of an Orwellian society controlled by ” thought police” is so beyond offensive to me as American that it boils my blood. What are your views? Do we have human rights?

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Times Square NY, Hot Dogs, Hustlers, Giuliani and Bums.

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As the crowds rush by and the tourists snap photos I realize how lucky I am to be in the single greatest destination on earth. My friend John has been selling hot dogs on this same corner since around 1980  and has become a fixture on the corner of 46th and Broadway. He endured the drugs, prostitutes, pimps and hustlers. We laugh as the king of 3 card monte (a popular street con) stops by for drink and dog on his way to his  now “legitimate” job. We have pondered existence on this corner for decades while enjoying the savory delights of “dirty water dogs” as they are affectionately known here in the big apple and I truly apreciate how fortunate I am to know him.
I can’t help but resist the urge to kick myself remembering Rudy Giuliani asking me to bring my famous Vodka Pie and Goodfella’s Pizza to what he was promoting to do with this degraded area.  I thought he was crazy and that nothing could revitalize this crack infested War Zone. I remember stopping a robbery at knife point after being propositioned by both ladies, men and others, stepping over and around bums and being offered “crack! crack! Smoke! Smoke ” on my way to church. No way on hell is he he gonna fix this mess.  Man was I wrong!  Not only did he clean up the dealers, massage parlors, prostitutes, pimps and hustlers but saved this entire area from a fate worse than death. Children are out in droves with their families, brides and grooms frequent the area for photo ops and I feel safe without my gun. Another missed business opportunity but I am eternally thankful to Rudy for what he did here. I love this town!

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