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The magical moon🌜 … and McGovern delivers sharp rebuke of President Trump’s racist Twitter rant + more🌜

McGovern Blasts Trump’s “Hateful And Blatantly Racist Rhetoric” in Floor Speech Supporting Resolution of Condemnation

Go, Jim, go!!☮️♥️☮️

(editor’s note: we’ve made some sentences bold. – R.T.)

“There is no grey area here. There is a very clear right and wrong.”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim McGovern, Chairman of the House Rules Committee, took to the House Floor yesterday afternoon to deliver a sharp rebuke of President Trump’s recent racist comments on Twitter.

McGovern’s remarks came ahead of the full House of Representatives voting on H. Res. 489, a resolution to formally condemn President Trump’s recent racist comments.

McGovern’s Remarks as Prepared:

I thank the gentleman from Maryland, Mr. Raskin, for yielding me the time. I support the rule, but I want to speak on one underlying bill in particular, H. Res. 489.

Mr. Speaker, what we saw this week used to be reserved for the darkest corners of the internet. Some chatroom somewhere where people would be too ashamed to even use their real name when spewing vile rhetoric.

But this isn’t some online troll. We are not talking about using dog whistles or speaking in some kind of secret alt-right code, Mr. Speaker. This is proudly using Twitter as a megaphone to attack fellow Americans.

These are American citizens being turned into some kind of scary “other” – not because of their party, but because of their background, their race and their opinions.

I have seen this administration carry out some deeply troubling policies. I have heard some deeply offensive things.

And I know I’m not alone in this. Because when the cameras are off and the press isn’t around, my colleagues on the other side have told me the same thing – that they are sickened by what’s going on.

Well, these recent comments are in a completely different category. This type of language isn’t just offensive, it could lead to violence!And it’s corroding our discourse. More sternly worded press releases and disappointed tweets aren’t going to cut it.

The only thing that matters here is votes.

Press statements are not enough. This House needs to speak with unity and vote to condemn the president’s comments for what they are.

I believe in the adage from Maya Angelou: when someone shows you who you are, believe them. And the president told us who he was long before he rode that escalator down to announce his campaign.

It’s time Republicans told the American people with their votes what they whisper to one another in the cloakroom. What many of them have told me behind closed doors. Because this dark worldview is what will be on the ballot.

I implore my colleagues: think twice before you follow the president off a cliff. Our credibility matters. And your credibility matters.

A presidency lasts, at most, just 4 to 8 years. But many of us will get the chance to serve here long after this administration ends. And we’ll have to live with our conscience for a lifetime.

Silence is an endorsement. Equivocation is an endorsement. Blaming both sides is an endorsement.

There is no grey area here. There is a very clear right and wrong.

Supporting this resolution isn’t about standing with Democrats. It’s about standing up for decency.

The president showed us who he is. Now we have the chance to show the American people who we are.

Now, it’s no secret I have profound policy disagreements with this president. His economic policies favor the rich and his foreign policy ignores human rights. But in all the time I have been alive, I have always respected the office of the president and the occupant. I feel differently now.

I feel embarrassed.

And I feel ashamed.

Let me remind my colleagues – our children are watching us.

Do the right thing.

Do the moral thing.

Condemn President Trump’s hateful and blatantly racist rhetoric.

And I don’t care if it’s out of order, but we need to be clear and we need to call it what it is.

And we need to condemn it. I yield back.


The Magical Moon 🌔

By Rosalie Tirella

Lilac’s bedroom😉:
pics: Rose T.

But last night I had to walk to the pantry window …

… late at night to see the moon:

… It was mostly hidden by the big tree in our backyard. I looked for it too late. When I usually peek at it, it’s earlier in the night and my moon is lightly floating above the homemade board game propped up against my pantry window pane. As if someone had just pasted a yellow, perfectly round circle onto the night canvas.

Today, while hanging out with mutts 🐶 in our big backyard, …


… I honored The Mystery Achievement of Apollo 11 – and tried to remember what the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon felt like to me – 50 years ago, when I was just a kid growing up in Green Island. I contemplated the mission’s golden anniversary – all this week – Armstrong’s poetic “ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND.”

Back then, at Lamartine Street School, our third grade class was marched downstairs by our pretty teacher Miss Zaterka to our big school auditorium, with its butter-yellow walls that I loved so much. We joined the other kids watching the Apollo 11 astronauts walk the moon and float lazily through black space, slow mo. No gravity! The TV was a 19-inch color Zenith set up on a utility cart. You couldn’t see much if you were seated in the back, in those uncomfortable folding metal chairs…so you turned to your friends and whispered…until one of the teachers walked up to your aisle and told you all, sternly, to quiet down and, if you wanted, you could quietly get up and sit on the auditorium floor, in front of the television set.

Whispers aside, there was a real feeling of excitement rolling through the Lamartine Street School auditorium! Miss Zaterka and all the Lamartine teachers had prepared us. They had taught us all about our solar system and its planets – millions of miles away. The sun was a ball of fire! The space rockets going so fast they burned through the atmosphere. Our class had drawn and colored our own interpretations of the event and then we painted our pictures over with a wash of light blue water color paint. Our pictures of rockets, planets, the moon and our American astronauts were done on Miss Zaterka’s fancy big manilla paper. USA flags abounded! Our works of art were hung by our teacher on the long yellowy beige wall outside our classroom – for all to admire …

Even though we were taught their names and what they had to do, I was pretty nonchalant about Buzz and Neil (Collins wasn’t in the lunar module) or walking on the moon. That “magnificent desolation” as one crew member called it didn’t seem so magnificent to me – not on a 19-inch Zenith – or on my family’s black and white Philco at home. Maybe because I was a little kid and went to St. Mary’s catechism class every Monday, at 5 p.m., and walked to church every Sunday morning with Ma and my sisters and believed in God, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, saints, angels and all the miracles they did EVERY DAY, no big deal, and, for my sisters, Santa Claus, the American astronauts didn’t impress so much. They were just like Santa Claus, only their outfits weren’t as cute.

The handsome Apollo 11 crew, with their cool, sexy buzz cuts, their keen, unflappable minds and fun bad-boy arrogance was lost on little girl me:
The Apollo 11 crew🌜

I was too young to appreciate the maleness of it all … or the men’s very real courage – and the sheer wildness of their feat! What balls! What Science! American Brilliance! Crazy!

But there the guys floated in their space capsule – thousands of miles away from planet earth, wearing astronaut suits made in Worcester. As well as their communication gear! Think of it: Worcester kept those amazing explorers ALIVE and IN TOUCH!!!

But back then I was a kid, oblivious. The astronauts’ wives and kids were left behind … maybe feeling AFRAID. Not having the faith in rockets and American engineering that their husbands/dads had. I didn’t give them a thought.

Today I see: The American Astronauts were the embodiment of the dream of President John F. Kennedy. It was he who had wanted America to go to the moon. To be the FIRST on the moon. #1. The Russians had beat us in outer space: we were gonna catch up! Beat those Roskies! – by walking on the lunar landscape! JFK was young, beautiful and full of American audacity!

When President Kennedy was murdered in the same state where the moon and star science was happening, Texas, his kid brother Bobby, called on those same stars and outer space at the Democratic convention. After a 20+ minute standing ovation, Bobby gave his prayer-speech … he turned his brother into stars💫🌟. Quoting Shakespeare, RFK compared his assassinated dear one to the most beautiful star in the night sky – JFK would show up the “garish” sun. He showed us how love for country and your countrymen could transcend filthy guns and twisted minds:

But I was just a little kid who didn’t know from nothin’ when it all happened. I couldn’t understand death, the science behind the moon, the vastness of outer space or the underpinning symbolism of it all: AMERICA = THE KENNEDYS = THE PEACE CORPS = AMAZING MUSIC = YOUTH = WALKING ON THE MOON/EXPLORING OUTER SPACE = DREAMS = HOPE!

The opposite of today. I despair for my country today. So do my Baby Boomer friends. A few have given up the fight!

But back then, for us Baby Boomer kids, the moon walk was all fun and games. It meant I DREAM OF JEANNIE, a TV show starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden. Hagman was the handsome NASA astronaut who crash lands on the beach and finds a gorgeous blonde in a bottle – a genie, Barbara Eden. He’s an Aladdin for the swinging sixties! He is mesmerized by Jeannie’s beauty and costume and takes her home with him to Coco Beach, Florida, where she proceeds to wreak havoc on his bachelor life and the entire U.S. space program! Fifty years ago it was me and my two kid sisters watching and laughing to “I Dream of Jeannie” and her gorgeous, put upon, pratfall-prone “master”! Eden’s mini-skirts and go go boots mimicked the clothing young America wore – and with such panache! (in a few years my mother would buy me a black pair of go go boots – grade 5!!?!!?)

A half century ago, the moon and astronauts permeated every part of a kid’s life, in a silly way: There were astronaut lunch boxes with rocket 🚀 Thermoses. There were beach towels with the planets emblazoned on them. There was a local TV show called “Major Mudd.” It was filmed in a “spaceship” before a live kiddie studio audience. Major Mudd always wore his astronaut suit on the set and, at the end of each program, said goodbye to his TV audience with a booming: “I’LL BE BLASTING YOU!!!”

A BLAST!!!!!

It was crossing Lafayette Street to go to Freddy’s Penny Candy Store located directly across the street from our three decker and buying (from Freddy) a Rocket🚀 Ice Pop. It was RED at its tapered tippity top, WHITE in the middle and BLUE at the bottom – all American sugar treat!

It was firecrackers in our street – and red, white and blue kites at the park.

It was hamburgers sizzling on the grill in Uncle Mark’s backyard – with us kids playing pickle in the frontyard until the burgers were cooked medium rare and ready to be wolfed down. It was big, gas guzzling Electra’s, NuForm Milk, Herbal Essence Shampoo and Earth Shoes. It was Burt Reynolds in Deliverance and Warren Beatty in Shampoo! The Beatles or the Stones? What kind of music gal or guy were you? Ideas, songs, VW buses, communes … FREEDOM. No one really cared much about dough$$$. We all wanted to be Elton John.

Or astronauts.

Monday a.m. … garbage, WARL😪🐩 … and more🌱

My Quinsig Village window♥️ …



Our Mad Man in the White House!:

It’ll all be over November 2020! Presidential front runners Warren, Biden, Harris … all GREAT CHOICES FOR PRESIDENT!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸


I called/visited the City of Worcester Mayor’s Office last week…spoke to Dan R. … told him all about the crappy overgrowth on Blackstone River Road. Covering the sidewalk!! – the length of two three deckers!! He said he’d get it taken care of:

Difficult to walk down the sidewalk …

One of my dogs had to trot in the treacherous, CAR-CLOGGED Blackstone River Road!

The urban BROKEN WINDOW THEORY in action: Dan/the City of Worcester did nada! Nothing! The landlord not held accountable/fined! So … We saw this on our Sunday walk: 10+ huge trash bags! – more shit on Blackstone River Road! In a city neighborhood Worcester’s civic poobas are trying to repackage as “tourist destination.” The neighborhood’s garbage pick-up day is Friday – so the trash bags will sit there all week if nothing’s done, for all to see … cooking all week!!

Attention must be paid!

– Rose T.


Animals suffer and die when shelters put out the “unwelcome” mat

By Teresa Chagrin

In March, a 7-year-old dog named Zelda endured what must have been an extremely lonely, frightening and uncomfortable five days. A man — who happens to be a former UFC champion — allegedly tied her to the inside of a truck bed and left her in a Texas airport parking garage.

When authorities connected him to the dog, he claimed that Zelda belonged to his mother, who could no longer care for her, and that he had been trying to find the dog a new home. He said he had called “every shelter and no-kill pet center within 200 miles” but that none would accept her.

There is never any excuse for abandoning an animal.

But scenarios like this one are becoming increasingly common as more animal shelters are operating like exclusive clubs or boutiques instead of refuges.

[editor’s note: Did you know Allie Tellier the Executive Director of the Worcester Animal Rescue League, acts this way? Lovely with her chosen folks – but unhelpful to others who visit her non-profit on Holden Street, in Worcester. The tone of WARL has grown so exclusive, rude, dismissive and unhelpful over the years! (excepting excellent long time staffer/vet tech Kathy Jamieson – WHO SHOULD BE NAMED THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of a new City of Worcester municipal animal shelter that should be built for ALL THE PEOPLE OF OUR CITY!).

A private non-profit like WARL, run by a person like Allie, should NOT be in the business of running a diverse-city animal shelter. WARL gets a huge contract$$$$ from the City of Worcester, but they do not serve ALL THE PEOPLE OF WORCESTER!

Allie has zero people of color working at WARL!

Hispanic folks come in to WARL and they can’t understand what the staff’s saying. So many of the staffers rudely blow visitors off – all the time – Did I say rudely?! Small-town people, with small minds, should not be running – or heading! – an animal shelter that is supposed to serve the second largest city in New England. A city that is Majority Minority once you cross Park Ave!

It’s not the case in Hartford, Springfield and even most Worcester County towns!

And now WARL’s Executive Director Allie WILL NOT DONATE – EVEN THOUGH IT’S DONATED TO WARL AND THEY HAVE A TON OF IT IN THEIR BUILDING – any dog food to Dorrie Maynard, head of Central Mass Kibble Kitchen!

Dorrie kills herself running the local non-profit that gives out pet food and supplies to homeless people with pets and the poor who see Dorrie (and love her!!) for pet food and other help every Wednesday at the Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen in Piedmont! A tough, gun- and drug-ridden neighborhood that Allie wouldn’t spend 3 minutes in – but that Dorrie (with love – and treating the poor people with such compassion!) spends 3+ hours in every Wednesday!

What kind of heartless witch is Allie? Beautiful on the outside but ugly on the inside!

Change, Worcester!

– Rose T.]

Some shelters have drastically reduced their hours, have changed their policies to exclude cats or now require people to make appointments, wait for months or pay a fee — often very high — to surrender an animal. Some even encourage people to leave homeless animals on the streets, which is illegal in many areas.

When shelters make it difficult for people to do the right thing, animals suffer. Many rejected cats and dogs are simply abandoned, leaving them to starve or die of disease or injuries. Others remain in the hands of people who don’t want them and may mistreat, neglect or even kill them.

A shelter in Florida reportedly turned away a couple trying to surrender a 6-week-old kitten last March because they hadn’t made an appointment. The couple left the kitten in the shelter’s parking lot, where he was run over by a vehicle and found hours later with severe injuries, including a crushed skull. He died a few days later.

Taxpayers — who fund public shelters — are increasingly told, “Sorry, we’re full,” or, “We’ll have to put you on a waiting list,” when they try to take even stray animals to shelters. In a small, impoverished area of Virginia, an elderly man who was trying to feed and care for more than 40 stray cats resorted to pleading for people to adopt the cats on a TV news station because animal control apparently wouldn’t help him.

Why are so many shelters refusing to shelter?

It’s undoubtedly connected to growing pressure from a small — but extremely vocal — group of people who are opposed to euthanasia under virtually any circumstances. “Life at any cost” crusaders harass and vilify shelter workers who have the extremely difficult (but necessary and compassionate) job of euthanizing some animals in order to keep their doors open to all comers.

It may be easier to turn animals away than to endure persecution from armchair activists. But can shelters really be called “shelters” if they close their doors to the animals who need them the most?

Animals need caring people to speak out against this harmful trend. If your local shelter has started implementing restrictions or rejecting animals, please get involved. Write a polite letter expressing your concerns to the shelter’s director. If the response is inadequate, write to your elected officials and alert the media.

If a shelter has refused to accept an animal from you, required you to pay a surrender fee, put you on a waiting list or instructed you to abandon an animal, document your experience. Note the time and date of the incident, the person you spoke with, what you were told and other pertinent details, and share them with elected officials and the media. Collecting statements from others who have been negatively affected by a shelter’s restrictive policies can help build momentum for change.

Changing entrenched policies can take time, persistence and patience. But our involvement can determine whether animals in our communities will ultimately be sheltered or shunned.


FAHRENHEIT 11/9: a note from film maker Michael Moore … and … we miss you already, Burt! … and more!


In my lifetime, I’ve had maybe only a dozen days like the one I’d woken up to Wednesday morning.

It’s the day that a new film of mine had its World Premiere, and that is what happened last night for FAHRENHEIT 11/9 at the Opening Night kick-off of the Toronto International Film Festival, North America’s premiere film event. The lights dimmed, the curtain rose and my work, with all its revelations and warnings and dangerous ideas –
well, dangerous politically to a President who has no intention of ever leaving office unless the Secret Service physically drags him out of there – was shared with the world. This siren call of a movie is my contribution to ignite the fire underneath a despairing, dispirited public who must – MUST – do its job and end the madness at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I have spent the better part of this year constructing a film that will not only explain how the @#&% we ended up with Trump, but also help show us the way out. I must warn you – I do not pull ANY punches in the film. No one is spared – not even me.

… This film is THE moment of truth we’ve all needed for sometime, and I truly believe its release nationwide on Sept. 21st will be the real beginning of the end for Donald J. Trump (and perhaps, more importantly, the eventual end of the rotten, corrupt system that gave us Trump in the first place).

I also believe we have, as we approach November 6th, a massive tsunami of women, young people and people of color (i.e., TWO-THIRDS of the American public) who maybe — just maybe — will drown the whole stinkin’ lot of them in a record number of ballots for a midterm election.

But this will not happen on its own – and any early celebrations of victory like those that happened in 2016, are sure to keep the Republicans in power for years to come.

Donald J. Trump did not just fall from the sky. His rise to the presidency was not an aberration and should not have come as a shock. It was the logical end result of a long, downward spiral in America that culminated in one of our most loathsome citizens conquering our most powerful office. One of our most deceptive minds, commanding the bully pulpit. One of our most fraudulent hucksters, armed with the powers of the presidency to protect him.

Ever since that fateful morning at 2:29 AM on 11/9/16 when the Associated Press officially called the election for our nation’s new leader, we have been trying to save what’s left of our democracy. This is not a film telling you what a jerk Donald Trump is or what an buffoon Donald Trump is or what a liar Donald Trump is. You already know all that. Everybody already knows all that (except for your conservative brother-in-law whose mind you’ll never be able to change). I wouldn’t waste your time or my time making that kind of film. And with all due respect to your conservative brother-in-law, we don’t need him. We’re the majority in this country, he’s the minority, he knows it and that’s why he’s so mad!

Instead, my team and I have been on a mission to tell a much, much more important story. It’s a story about hope… and what comes after it. It’s a story about deception and betrayal. It’s a story about what happens to people when they’ve hit rock bottom. It’s the story about who we are as a people and what it means to be an American in the era of Donald J. Trump. Finally, it’s a story about where we might be heading as a society.

My crew and I have moved heaven and earth to make sure we deliver this film to you in time to have an impact on this year’s midterm elections. I’m excited to announce to you that “Fahrenheit 11/9” will open in more movie theaters than any of my previous films – over 1,500 theaters across America!

(It will also be opening in dozens of countries around the world.)

We open nationwide on September 21st, 45 days before the most important election in American history (and with voter registration still open nationwide!).

I’m writing you today because I need your help. I’ve made a film that was meant to be seen on a big screen, in a dark theater, filled with a hundred strangers. My hope is that you will experience the magic of cinema the way it was meant to be experienced, in a movie theater. It’s the best way to truly feel the big story I’m telling you.

Any bit of anger, despair, or frustration you’ve felt over the past few years must be channeled into action this fall!

… Monday night in Flint, I will hold the US premiere of FAHRENHEIT 11/9. After that, everyone will have the chance to see it.

We are the majority – never forget that. But we need to rise up. That’s the only way out of this mess.

All my best,

Michael Moore






Global Food Companies Ban Animal Tests after Discussions with PETA

By Zachary Toliver | September 5, 2018

Update: After discussions with PETA, another food company has decided to end cruel and deadly tests on animals! Fuji Oil Holdings Inc. — a leading producer of oils, fats, confectionery ingredients, and soy — has confirmed that it will no longer fund, conduct, or commission tests on animals in order to make health claims about its products. In previous experiments funded and conducted by the company, rats and mice were starved, force-fed, and injected with and exposed to harmful chemicals. Then their necks were then broken, and they were dissected.

Originally posted on August 27, 2018:

Japan’s largest meat supplier and its third-oldest sugar producer are the latest companies that PETA has persuaded to establish new policies banning cruel and deadly experiments on animals.


After discussions with PETA, multibillion-dollar global meat manufacturer NH Foods and multimillion-dollar sugar company Ensuiko Sugar Refining Co. have both agreed to stop conducting and funding animal experiments used to make dubious health claims about their products.

In 2016, NH Foods funded and published an experiment that was conducted on 20 mice. Experimenters fed the animals a collagen metabolite (made from chickens’ feet), took their blood, and killed and dissected them. The company currently has an animal-testing contract through 2020, but it has confirmed with PETA that once that contract ends, it’ll no longer conduct or fund experiments on animals unless required to do so by law.

In 2015, Ensuiko Sugar published an experiment that it conducted using 112 mice. Experimenters fed the mice a common sweetener, injected them with a flu virus through their noses, drained their blood, and killed and dissected them. At our request, the company confirmed that it won’t conduct or fund animal tests unless they’re legally required and posted the new policy on its website.

These major companies did right by animals by ditching unjustifiably violent experiments on them.
Like any other person, human or otherwise, these mice valued their lives. Up until the moment they were force-fed, drained of their blood, and killed, these individuals experienced unimaginable terror and would have done their best to escape torment and an untimely death.

Vivisectors reduce complex individuals to laboratory equipment and take away their most fundamental right to life—in expensive and time-consuming experiments that when compared to a free and easy coin flip are five times worse at predicting the effectiveness of human clinical therapies.

These two companies join Asahi Group Holdings, Barilla, The Coca-Cola Company, Ezaki Glico, General Mills, House Foods, ITO EN, James White Drinks, Kewpie Corporation, Kikkoman, Lipton, Meiji Holdings, Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd., Ocean Spray, PepsiCo, POM Wonderful, Riken Vitamin, Sapporo Holdings, Satake Corporation, Suntory Holdings, Ltd., T. Hasegawa Co., Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd., Welch’s, and Yakult Honsha, which have all ended experiments on animals for making health marketing claims after talking with PETA, sparing countless animals’ lives.

Watch it again this weekend!
pic: R.T.

RIP ’70s movie icon Burt Renyolds!

With his deep American roots (he was part Cherokee), cheeky, personal style, sculpted biceps, 6-pack abs and AWESOME mustache, he rocked my teen girl world! The word GORGEOUS was too weak an adjective to capture the Burt-ness when the man was in his prime! Only wish he had done more DELIVERANCEs and BOOGIE NIGHTS! Renyolds was as brilliant an actor as he was beautiful man! Just self-deprecating – never mean-arrogant! American beauty!

Love you forever, B Boy!

– Rose T.

Congressman Jim McGovern: House GOP Farm Bill a “Rotten Deal” for Poor People in America

Kids running through the water jets
No American should go hungry! … One in four Worcester kids is “food insecure” aka HUNGRY. America? It’s one in five. CECELIA file photo: R.O.

Flaming Firehouse Chili Credit PETA
SNAP helps kids eat healthy!
photo: PETA

McGovern Calls on Conference Committee to Protect SNAP; Support Senate Nutrition Title

Congressman Jim McGovern, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee’s Nutrition Subcommittee, sharply criticized today House Republicans’ Farm Bill during the first public meeting of a conference committee appointed to reconcile differences between House and Senate versions of the bill.

Rep. McGovern called the House version of the bill a “rotten deal for poor people,” and urged conferees to instead support the Senate’s nutrition title.

While the House version makes drastic cuts of over $20 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Senate version does not.

In his remarks, Rep. McGovern urged his colleagues to “work together for the sake of the American people [to] give them a Farm Bill they can be proud of – one that invests in our farmers and supports our fellow citizens who are hungry.”

McGovern Profile Photo 1ab(1)
Jim wants to eradicate hunger! In America – and globally!

Here’s the full text of his speech, as delivered:

Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow, let me begin today by doing something I rarely do: praise my colleagues in the Senate.

You passed a robust, bipartisan Farm Bill that reflects the needs and priorities of families and farmers throughout this country.

The senate bill isn’t perfect. But Senate Republicans worked with Democrats on an honest, good-faith effort to create good policy that helps people.

Now, let’s contrast that with the Farm Bill that was jammed through the House of Representatives.

From the anti-environment provisions that reduce access to clean water and undermine critical conservation assistance to farmers – to the shameful cuts to SNAP, which I believe betrays the values of the American people – for me the whole process in the House was a very frustrating experience.

The House Agriculture Committee held 23 hearings on SNAP in the two and a half years leading up to the 2018 Farm Bill, and I attended every single one of them.

Not a single one of our 90 witnesses suggested any of the controversial, pro-hunger provisions included in the House bill.

Not one of them suggested that we kick hundreds of thousands of kids off free school meals.

Not one suggested that we cut SNAP benefits by over $20 billion, and reduce or eliminate benefits for nearly two million kids, veterans, working families, and vulnerable adults.

Honest to God – with all the partisan bickering in our country, you would think reducing hunger might be something we could all agree on. But in the House of Representatives, it’s controversial.

So look – I get it. Beating up on poor people, for some, is easy. Maybe it plays well to a certain political base. But quite frankly, it’s just plain wrong.

Now, I hope my colleagues will join me in supporting the Senate version of this bill with regard to nutrition.

Instead of shredding our safety net like the House version, it maintains support for essential anti-hunger programs that are helping my constituents and people all across this country make ends meet.

We have an opportunity here to lift people up. Let’s do that instead of tearing them down.

Let’s work together for the sake of the American people and give them a Farm Bill they can be proud of – one that invests in our farmers and supports our fellow citizens who are hungry.

Mr. Chairman, I believe that hunger is a political condition. We could end it if we made it a priority. What the House did is a rotten deal for poor people – and it would make hunger worse. I look forward to working with all of you to do the right thing. I yield back.



Letter to the Editor … and … more!

We disagree, Cliff, but hey … it’s America, it’s a free country! Keep those calls (got one today from a guy who, after reading Dorrie’s story, wanted to know what the acronym CHL stood for – Community Health Link. In Piedmont.) and letters coming! pics: Rose T.

Read your article regarding …

Read your article regarding “Bike Kids” (CECELIA, V. 2, issue 5 – Green Island Grrrl) with interest. I’d love to see any kid who wants one be able to have one. I also know not everyone can afford one. Contrary to your comments, I’ve seen the yellow bikes along Chandler Street with the credit card reader flying in the wind while the bike was being bounced up or off a curb. Obviously, these bikes were not being paid for by the hour. I’ve also seen them trashed and lying on the sidewalks. How can you expect any business to operate here under those conditions? There is a place on King Street called “Build-A-Bike.” Encourage the kids to go there and earn one.

My next issue is the article by Dorrie Maynard. We should certainly be able to take pride in our neighborhoods but to say that the Chandler Business Association should be “held accountable” for the trash cans is not looking at the whole picture. I would assume they wanted the trash cans so that people walking by would use them for their coffee cups, fast food wrappers, etc. The picture with the article sure looked like household trash to me. I’m sure the CBA didn’t sign up for that.

Thanks for hopefully reading my rant.

Cliff Anderson
via the Internet


At the Broadway!

Have you tried the fall-inspired ice cream – HOMEMADE ON THE PREMISES BY OWNER BILLY I. – at the BROADWAY restaurant/catering? They’re at 100 Water St. and have made the best icecream in the city for years!

Love the pumpkin, Pumpkin! – R.T.

Billy, hard at work, yesterday.

Iggly, Billy’s right hand man, in the Broadway kitchen.



WRTA Rider Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting

This Thursday, September 6

5:15 PM – 6:30 PM at the Hub (60 Foster Street, 3rd floor Board Room)

People who are new to the group are welcome to come at 4:45 PM for a brief introduction to the group.


To influence and implement changes through strong community partnership, innovative design and open discussion to foster a more efficient and rider-centric bus service.

To evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the WRTA bus system and improve mobility and quality of life for riders in the WRTA coverage area.


To create a quality system that is affordable, accessible and equitable – and which is a model for the Commonwealth.



Dear Friends,

I hope you will join me and the WooRides team on September 8, four days before the start of the Global Climate Action Summit, to demand bold action on Climate Change.

Here in Central Massachusetts we will be acting in concert with people from across the country and around the world taking to the streets.

Here in Worcester, we will join the call to Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice by holding a rally at Institute Park, Park Ave, from 1 pm – 3 pm on September 8.

The rally will follow the Worcester Pride Parade.

Please join us, bring your friends, family and organizations’ constituents, if you can. And, in the case that you aren’t able to attend, please help to spread the word!

We want to use this opportunity to give voice to our communities impacted by the changing climate and our organizations working for change.

Climate Change does not just impact our coastlines, forests and mountains. We see its effects on housing and food security. We feel its impacts on our health and on the resources we depend on for survival. We can see the line drawn between frontline communities that suffer most from climate impacts and better-resourced communities that have largely been spared toxic waste – communities that benefit from clean technologies without acknowledging their responsibility for contributing to the change in our climate.

Please join us on September 8, here in Worcester!

While our country’s governors, mayors and corporate leaders plan to meet at the Global Climate Action Summit in California, we will raise our voices and demand bold action.

We will not accept empty promises and false solutions.

Our own legislators have shown that they are not willing to move Massachusetts meaningfully toward a clean and just energy future.

We will gather to show that real and true leadership comes from us, the grassroots, organizing in OUR communities!

Join us!


Best Regards,

Shahbaz Soofi, Co-Owner/Cooperator


Remember! VOTE TODAY! PRIMARIES are the way we can all say: FUCK TRUMP!!

Rose is still organizing her new place!!
pics: R.T.

But her chaotic, exhausting (hopefully, ultimately, satisfying) BIG MOVE did not stop her from registering to vote in her new town …


… – even though she has to skip the primary here and cast her ballot today in Woo. She can vote in her new town this November.



SAVE THE ANIMALS AND OUR ENVIRONMENT! Vote Dem so Trump exits the American dreamspace…

See how Rose has the U.S. Presidency bookended?


Good jobs, good jobs, good jobs for the forgotten American men, women, youth who Trump hoodwinked in 2016. “Good Jobs/a Living Wage” – Free community college for all Americans! – MUST BE THE DEMS’ MANTRA! So many Americans – millions! – are suffering! If we fail TO OFFER REAL HOPE, it is Trump all over again!! He has an evil charisma!

So Vote today!
Vote for the Democrats!
It’s a Vote AGAINST the Trump Nightmare!

Red meat raises your risk for 9 deadly diseases

We have yet to see President Trump eat a vegetable or a piece of fruit! Red meat for him – and (on the endless Trumpy campaign trail) his supporters!

Rose, yesterday, before heading out to work on CECELIA. She’s tentative about the new country digs but remains a stalwart vegetarian! The only one in town?!
(sigh …)



So curvy and pretty!

By Heather Moore

Eat steak and die. That’s the basic conclusion from researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland.

They tracked the eating habits of more than 535,000 men and women between the ages of 50 to 71 for 16 years and found that eating red meat, including roast beef, pork, and lamb, evidently increases one’s chances of dying from nine major diseases: cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes; kidney, liver, and lung disease, and even infections.

The study participants who ate the most red meat were 26 percent more likely to die of various diseases than those who ate the least. Both processed and unprocessed red meat increases the likelihood of all cause mortality and death due to the nine aforementioned causes.

The scientists suspect that heme iron, a type of iron found only in animal flesh, contributes to the risk of dying from cancer or heart disease. The researchers believe that the nitrates and nitrites in meat may also play a role.

On the contrary, some feel that nitrates from plant-based sources may have potential benefits, particularly for cardiovascular health.

If you want to be healthy, eat tasty plant-based foods rather than meat and other animal-based foods, which are loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat and cholesterol.

Wholesome vegan foods provide protection against heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

Studies have shown that a low-fat, plant-based diet can even reverse the effects of heart disease in many patients, and research suggests that vegans tend to live longer than meat-eaters.

So, if you want to ward off nine of the deadliest diseases and live a long, healthy life, go veggie!

Change your life this Labor Day cookout!



By making your own burgers, you can stretch your dollar pretty far and you can completely control the flavor. For black bean veggie burgers, the only real requirement is, well, black beans.

After mashing the beans, you can throw in just about any spices and veggies you like to create a tasty mix for your patty. Try these with onion rings! Enjoy!


2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup diced bell pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1 jalapeño, minced

2 cups black beans

1/2 cup corn

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/2 tsp. cumin

2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup flour


In a saucepan over medium heat, in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, sauté the onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapeño for 4 to 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, mash the black beans, then add the sautéed vegetables, corn and bread crumbs, and mix well.

Season with cumin, cilantro and salt and mix again.

Shape into 6 patties, then coat each in flour.

Place a pan over medium-high heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Cook each patty for about 5 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.

Makes 6 small patties.

Why does 4-H force kids to betray their friends?

Jett and Lilac enjoying their new doggy digs. (Rose is disoriented and depressed.) pic: R.T.

By Lisbet Chiriboga, M.S. Ed.

The summer fair circuit is in full swing, but for animals used in agricultural displays and 4-H programs, there are no fun and games, and there will be no prize at the end. Instead, many of those used as projects in these archaic programs will be “rewarded” for their participation with a trip to the slaughterhouse. The “lucky” ones will spend the rest of their lives as breeding machines.

Children who are interested in animals naturally gravitate toward programs like the Future Farmers of America (FFA) or 4-H. But these are the same programs that view animals as commodities, not as individuals with needs and desires of their own. Children quickly learn that the cow, pig, sheep or goat they take on will be either a “market” animal or a “breeding” animal. Although the animals are raised with genuine care, the ultimate goal is for them to be scored for their value. Cows fated to become meat, for example, are judged according to their “yield of the carcass.” Those destined to spend their lives producing milk are judged on their potential for “heavy production and a long period of usefulness.” Pity the poor rabbit with a “well fleshed rump” who will end up on a dinner plate.

4-H’ers spend countless hours tending to their charges. Cows are carefully clipped, pigs are bathed and sheep are taken for walks. Youngsters learn everything about their personalities, quirks, likes and dislikes. But at the end of the season, they must watch the animals they’ve bonded with and nurtured be sold off to the highest bidder.

Children are given the dangerous message that it’s acceptable to send their animal friends off to face a violent, terrifying death at a slaughterhouse. The disconnect is chilling. As one former 4-H’er blithely put it, “I can honestly say I looked at it as … an opportunity to make some money. … The rewards are greater than the heartache.”

Children’s natural affinity and respect for animals should never be snuffed out to make room for a cold, uncaring attitude that would allow them to abandon intelligent, social animals to their deaths. Teaching kindness is crucial to the health and future of our children.

As psychologist Aubrey H. Fine puts it, “Early life experiences seeing animals being treated fairly seems to have a positive impact [on] children and helps them in developing their moral character.”

It’s unfair both to animals and to children when their trust is betrayed. Animals go from a comfortable, sheltered environment one day to a terrifying and confusing journey to their death the next. And children who were carefully tending to their animals’ needs and snuggling with them in the hay between showings watch as their beloved “project” is taken away, never to be seen again.

But not all 4-H’ers are cavalier about this grim outcome. When one 8-year-old sold her first “market” calf, she lamented, “His name was Justin, and he was my best friend. We went to the fair and I got a blue ribbon. When the reality of the fact that he had to go to market hit, it was awful.”

Respecting animals for who they are, instead of focusing on how humans can profit from them, is a lesson worth learning.




More swamp creatures, courtesy of Donald J. Trump

Edith! 🌼💮🐈

By Edith Morgan

We do not expect our elected officials to be saints, and we all understand that everyone has an Achilles heel. But some things are more easily forgiven than others. And we used to expect that those we select to represent us in public office are better able to do the job than we could do it. That ended with the election of Richard Nixon, when a friend of mine, a lifetime Republican, said sadly: “We voted our worst impulses … .”

I was afraid that in the age of the “ME” generation, when SELF was all important, that we might go down this road. When I was a kid we grew up being told that you gain self-esteem when you have actually done something to deserve it.

Then things got turned upside-down, and we were telling our children that they had to have self-esteem before they could accomplish anything. A cursory acquaintance with the biographies of great achievers should have disabused us of that notion, as they all struggled with issues of self-confidence, and often felt they were nowhere near as great as they wanted to be.

Which brings us to the culmination of the ME generations: We have now elected to president the apex of selfishness and egotism – Donald Trump – and given him and his minions the power to do us great harm.

And so daily, we are treated to yet another in an unending series of revelations (thanks to our still somewhat free press and our court system – at least at the levels below the Supreme Court).

We went through the indictments of the Russians (who are safely out of the reach of our courts, in Russia), the downfall of Michael Flynn and, just this week, the verdicts on Paul Manafort (eight guilty verdicts out of the 18) and the eight indictments of Michael Cohen. Add to that the corruption charges of two cabinet members and the charges against the two congressmen who were first to endorse Trump – and it goes on and on … The swamp is not only NOT draining, it grows deeper and more fetid by the day!

It seems there is not one area of our lives that has not been touched – and polluted – by this gang: Porter is gone, after it came out that he is a wife-abuser. The White House “advisors” seem to be on a very short leash and are replaced with whirlwind speed, often with even more reprehensible people.

I have been wondering where the bottom of this swamp really is, since this administration seems to be able to dredge up ever more fallible employees. All that is required, apparently, to work for this administration is blind and unswerving loyalty to Donald Trump (with no expectation that it will be returned).

But I sense a stirring, a realization on the part of people who had not been paying attention, that something is drastically wrong – polls have for some time indicated that the American public feels this country is going in the wrong direction. But mere change alone is not good enough: you have to be specific about what to change, and how, without hurting too many people. And perhaps now we can stop and think – and reverse course before it is too late.

I fled Hitler’s Germany as a small child in 1933. Germany did not reverse course and ran itself off the cliff. I hope and pray that we here will turn things around and retrieve the America that I found when I came to this country in 1941.



Are you an “I”? … and … 💙 NY Magazine political analysis … and Bill!🇺🇸

Donald Trump and his Republican minions are working overtime to disenfranchise minority voters via racist Voter I.D. laws, Gerrymandering, new Punitive Welfare laws aimed at LEGAL IMMIGRANTS, harassing/terrifying undocumented immigrants and refugees (caging their children/families torn apart/children still missing), SPEWING RACIST HATE SPEECH/encouraging white supremacists (President Trump, his top policy maker Miller, Fox TV personality Laura Ingram … the list is ENDLESS!!!). CECELIA file photo by Rose T.

By Edith Morgan

Vacation time is rapidly drawing to a close, and our minds are on a million things we still want to do before summer officially draws to a close. But, if you haven’t noticed, election season is in full swing! The date for the primary election is drawing very close!

Unfortunately, only a small percentage of eligible voters shows up, so that each party’s candidates are chosen by the few who show up.

This is not a good thing for democracy.

Recently, after much talk, there may be legislation that will require at least one course in civics in our public schools before graduation – and I assume that will be a graduation requirement.

Does anyone really believe that one course, probably in high school, is going to do the job? At one time we had some form of “civic“ education all the way through school. It began in elementary school. Each school year children learned about their role in America, first as individuals, then as family members, then as neighbors, then as residents of their town or city, then as inhabitants of their state, then the USA and, finally, as humans living in a global community. We were taught what the responsibilities as well as the rights of each stage of our growth were, and when possible we practiced them. So presumably, by senior high, we were ready to understand what the state and federal Constitution basically say and how government at each level functions.

“I” stands for “Inactive” Voter. If you are a registered voter, it will appear after your name in the book when you go to vote – if you failed to return your Census information every year when it comes. That way, the election commission will know you are still alive, still in Worcester, and you will be able to vote.

The polls are open for primary voters on Tuesday, September 4, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (If you’re weak in math, that is 13 hours). If just takes a few minutes to vote – and primaries are where you make the most difference and where you have the most choices.

So why do so few people vote?

As I get older, I am much less tolerant of the excuses I hear. I work at my poll for 15 hours, attend training sessions and keep informed. I am nearly 88 years old! If I can do it, so can most of you out there.

So, don’t be an “I”! If you show up and VOTE, you will feel like a full-fledged citizen. And you will learn to appreciate the great privilege it is to have the right to express your opinion without fear of repercussions – and you might even run into neighbors you have not seen in a while, when you are at the polls.

If you need any information, call the election commission at your city or town hall. And if you really, really cannot make it, get an absentee ballot. But VOTE!



From NEW YORK MAGAZINE (nymag.com):

By Ed Kilgore

Montana Senator Jon Tester is one of those politicians who radiate authenticity to white working-class voters. Photo: William Campbell/Corbis via Getty Images

A big subset of the argument about how Democrats should try to win back Congress this November is a narrower argument about appealing to the white working-class voters who have been trending Republican for years and trended even more heavily to Donald Trump in 2016. There is, as with every strategic question Democrats face, a “progressive” and a “centrist” answer to the question, and not a lot of evidence so far as to which, if either, messaging or policy approach works better.

At the Washington Monthly, an acknowledged expert on the white working class, Andrew Levison (he is also a longtime colleague of mine at the Democratic Strategist website), tackles the subject head-on, and argues that neither “progressive” or “centrist” viewpoint is dealing with the essential question:

[T]here is a compelling argument that both the progressive and moderate-centrist views are based on an inadequate conception of how voters in many districts across the country are actually making their political choices today. In many white working-class and red-state districts, Democratic policies and proposals, regardless of whether they are “progressive” or “moderate,” never get seriously debated or even considered. …

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