Read in the local newspaper that there will be group discussions on a (Spring 2019) school Override coming soon to the Theatre of The Absurd which Melrose has now become. No, No, No.... Not a cent until Taymore resigns and other City needs are given attention and money. Imagine Illegitimate and Inarticulate GI leading a group discussion? Never!
Second to forensic audit before EVER doing an override. Follow the money. PDR is the key to ending this budget shell game.
WHEN YOU CROSS THE BOARDER INTO THESE US ILLEGALLY expect to get arrested. You Do Not Have The Right to come here.Whats happening into this country is beyond anything we have seen in Americans Politics. Let's move on and let this President do his job! The movie stars need to move on and leave the minor child alone. This all was signed with Bill Clinton 42nd president, 43rd Bush and then the 44th president Obama so it has been signed prior to President Trump.
What happened to children off limits at the White House? The left lost it's mind. The country need strong boarders. Trump did not create this. Dems are looking for a issue. Hate is Hate.
Thank you, "Independent." Depressing but rational and real.
Trump and his crowd are dedicated to curdling the milk of human kindness. They fill their pockets while destroying America in a misbegotten attempt to take it back to a time of ethnic purity that never really was while establishing a new Gilded Age where only a handful can prosper at the expense of everyone else. We are becoming a mean boy nation, a nation once of immigrants but now one of bullies and tyrants. Our president breaks everything he sees, including our democracy and our republic.
Only we can fix it.
"Never forget that the president's gang may be incompetent at a spectacular level but they're cruel and nasty to the bone... Children in detention camps without their mothers and fathers, the youngest in “tender age” facilities—now there’s a tawdry, Orwellian use of a loving word like “tender” if ever there was one. At first, Trump saw this inhumane fiasco as a success while simultaneously claiming it wasn’t his fault, pointing his stubby little fingers at everyone else; Democrats, Congress, the courts, Obama, of course, and even George W. Bush.
But at bottom, and I do mean bottom, Trump, such White House horrors as Stephen Miller, John Kelly, Attorney General Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and their compliant cronies are responsible and have been willing to lie to us time and again as they held babies hostage to Trump’s obsession with his stupid border wall."
The Coming Collapse
It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion.
by Chris Hedges
Republished with permission from Truthdig
The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny. The problem is not Trump. It is a political system, dominated by corporate power and the mandarins of the two major political parties, in which we don’t count. We will wrest back political control by dismantling the corporate state, and this means massive and sustained civil disobedience, like that demonstrated by teachers around the country this year. If we do not stand up we will enter a new dark age.
The Democratic Party, which helped build our system of inverted totalitarianism, is once again held up by many on the left as the savior. Yet the party steadfastly refuses to address the social inequality that led to the election of Trump and the insurgency by Bernie Sanders. It is deaf, dumb and blind to the very real economic suffering that plagues over half the country. It will not fight to pay workers a living wage. It will not defy the pharmaceutical and insurance industries to provide Medicare for all. It will not curb the voracious appetite of the military that is disemboweling the country and promoting the prosecution of futile and costly foreign wars. It will not restore our lost civil liberties, including the right to privacy, freedom from government surveillance, and due process. It will not get corporate and dark money out of politics. It will not demilitarize our police and reform a prison system that has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners although the United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population. It plays to the margins, especially in election seasons, refusing to address substantive political and social problems and instead focusing on narrow cultural issues like gay rights, abortion and gun control in our peculiar species of anti-politics.
In an open and democratic political process, one not dominated by party elites and corporate money, these people would not hold political power. They know this. They would rather implode the entire system than give up their positions of privilege.
This is a doomed tactic, but one that is understandable. The leadership of the party, the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Tom Perez, are creations of corporate America. In an open and democratic political process, one not dominated by party elites and corporate money, these people would not hold political power. They know this. They would rather implode the entire system than give up their positions of privilege. And that, I fear, is what will happen. The idea that the Democratic Party is in any way a bulwark against despotism defies the last three decades of its political activity. It is the guarantor of despotism.
Trump has tapped into the hatred that huge segments of the American public have for a political and economic system that has betrayed them. He may be inept, degenerate, dishonest and a narcissist, but he adeptly ridicules the system they despise. His cruel and demeaning taunts directed at government agencies, laws and the established elites resonate with people for whom these agencies, laws and elites have become hostile forces. And for many who see no shift in the political landscape to alleviate their suffering, Trump’s cruelty and invective are at least cathartic.
Trump, like all despots, has no ethical core. He chooses his allies and appointees based on their personal loyalty and fawning obsequiousness to him. He will sell anyone out. He is corrupt, amassing money for himself—he made $40 million from his Washington, D.C., hotel alone last year—and his corporate allies. He is dismantling government institutions that once provided some regulation and oversight. He is an enemy of the open society. This makes him dangerous. His turbocharged assault on the last vestiges of democratic institutions and norms means there will soon be nothing, even in name, to protect us from corporate totalitarianism.
But the warnings from the architects of our failed democracy against creeping fascism, Madeleine Albright among them, are risible. They show how disconnected the elites have become from the zeitgeist. None of these elites have credibility. They built the edifice of lies, deceit and corporate pillage that made Trump possible. And the more Trump demeans these elites, and the more they cry out like Cassandras, the more he salvages his disastrous presidency and enables the kleptocrats pillaging the country as it swiftly disintegrates.
It refuses to critique or investigate the abuses by corporate power, which has destroyed our democracy and economy and orchestrated the largest transfer of wealth upward in American history.
The press is one of the principal pillars of Trump’s despotism. It chatters endlessly like 17th-century courtiers at the court of Versailles about the foibles of the monarch while the peasants lack bread. It drones on and on and on about empty topics such as Russian meddling and a payoff to a porn actress that have nothing to do with the daily hell that, for many, defines life in America. It refuses to critique or investigate the abuses by corporate power, which has destroyed our democracy and economy and orchestrated the largest transfer of wealth upward in American history. The corporate press is a decayed relic that, in exchange for money and access, committed cultural suicide. And when Trump attacks it over “fake news,” he expresses, once again, the deep hatred of all those the press ignores. The press worships the idol of Mammon as slavishly as Trump does. It loves the reality-show presidency. The press, especially the cable news shows, keeps the lights on and the cameras rolling so viewers will be glued to a 21st-century version of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” It is good for ratings. It is good for profits. But it accelerates the decline.
All this will soon be compounded by financial collapse. Wall Street banks have been handed $16 trillion in bailouts and other subsidies by the Federal Reserve and Congress at nearly zero percent interest since the 2008 financial collapse. They have used this money, as well as the money saved through the huge tax cuts imposed last year, to buy back their own stock, raising the compensation and bonuses of their managers and thrusting the society deeper into untenable debt peonage. Sheldon Adelson’s casino operations alone got a $670 million tax break under the 2017 legislation. The ratio of CEO to worker pay now averages 339 to 1, with the highest gap approaching 5,000 to 1. This circular use of money to make and hoard money is what Karl Marx called “fictitious capital.” The steady increase in public debt, corporate debt, credit card debt and student loan debt will ultimately lead, as Nomi Prins writes, to “a tipping point—when money coming in to furnish that debt, or available to borrow, simply won’t cover the interest payments. Then debt bubbles will pop, beginning with higher yielding bonds.”
An economy reliant on debt for its growth causes our interest rate to jump to 28 percent when we are late on a credit card payment. It is why our wages are stagnant or have declined in real terms—if we earned a sustainable income we would not have to borrow money to survive. It is why a university education, houses, medical bills and utilities cost so much. The system is designed so we can never free ourselves from debt.
However, the next financial crash, as Prins points out in her book “Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World,” won’t be like the last one. This is because, as she says, “there is no Plan B.” Interest rates can’t go any lower. There has been no growth in the real economy. The next time, there will be no way out. Once the economy crashes and the rage across the country explodes into a firestorm, the political freaks will appear, ones that will make Trump look sagacious and benign.
And so, to quote Vladimir Lenin, what must be done?
We must invest our energy in building parallel, popular institutions to protect ourselves and to pit power against power. These parallel institutions, including unions, community development organizations, local currencies, alternative political parties and food cooperatives, will have to be constructed town by town. The elites in a time of distress will retreat to their gated compounds and leave us to fend for ourselves. Basic services, from garbage collection to public transportation, food distribution and health care, will collapse. Massive unemployment and underemployment, triggering social unrest, will be dealt with not through government job creation but the brutality of militarized police and a complete suspension of civil liberties. Critics of the system, already pushed to the margins, will be silenced and attacked as enemies of the state. The last vestiges of labor unions will be targeted for abolition, a process that will soon be accelerated given the expected ruling in a case before the Supreme Court that will cripple the ability of public-sector unions to represent workers. The dollar will stop being the world’s reserve currency, causing a steep devaluation. Banks will close. Global warming will extract heavier and heavier costs, especially on the coastal populations, farming and the infrastructure, costs that the depleted state will be unable to address. The corporate press, like the ruling elites, will go from burlesque to absurdism, its rhetoric so patently fictitious it will, as in all totalitarian states, be unmoored from reality. The media outlets will all sound as fatuous as Trump. And, to quote W.H. Auden, “the little children will die in the streets.”
As a foreign correspondent I covered collapsed societies, including the former Yugoslavia. It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion. All the harbingers of collapse are visible: crumbling infrastructure; chronic underemployment and unemployment; the indiscriminate use of lethal force by police; political paralysis and stagnation; an economy built on the scaffolding of debt; nihilistic mass shootings in schools, universities, workplaces, malls, concert venues and movie theaters; opioid overdoses that kill some 64,000 people a year; an epidemic of suicides; unsustainable military expansion; gambling as a desperate tool of economic development and government revenue; the capture of power by a tiny, corrupt clique; censorship; the physical diminishing of public institutions ranging from schools and libraries to courts and medical facilities; the incessant bombardment by electronic hallucinations to divert us from the depressing sight that has become America and keep us trapped in illusions. We suffer the usual pathologies of impending death. I would be happy to be wrong. But I have seen this before. I know the warning signs. All I can say is get ready.
Hate Has No Home Here. I wish they would practice what they Preach. Hate is Hate that post is correct. The other side is pulling to have Trump resign or be impeached. The comedians are not funny anymore and to attack children like Paul Ryan kids. How low will the Liberals go..Disgraceful. :statue_of_liberty:
If Liberals Hate Him, Then Trump Must Be Doing Something Right. But perhaps most important, we saw once again how conservatism, with its belief in ordered liberty, is being eclipsed by something different: Loathing those who loathe the president. Rabid anti-anti-Trumpism.
Only a fool doesn’t know what is at the core of the majority (not ALL, but the majority) of the support for Trump, but they’ll never admit it.
The liberal restaurant owner in Lexington, VA woke up to a place that had high ratings to very low ratings now. The owner kicked out Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She is the first WH press secretary to be a working mother. This is not acceptable in a place of buisness. The actors in Hollywood need to have a muzzel put on their mouth. They were never bright people anyways.
Hillary Clinton Gave 20 Percent of United States'Uranium to Russia in Exchange for Clinton Foundation Donations. You think the Russians sold it to North Korean? Great job President Trump on making Peace with North Korea Kim Jong-un.
When Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, Mexican Texas was part of the new nation. To encourage settlement, Mexican authorities allowed immigration from the United States, and by 1834, over 30,000 Anglos lived in Texas. Although not recognized as such by Mexico, Texas declared itself an independent nation after a revolt. Attracted by the rich lands for cotton plantations and ranching, tens of thousands more immigrants arrived from the U.S. and from Germany as well. In 1845 the United States simply annexed (stole) Texas from the Mexicans after a "revolt against Mexican rule. Who would have known that it was actually illegal immigration by U.S. citizens into Texas that lead eventually to the "revolt" and then the stealing of Texas from Mexico? Gee, isn't this how Putin annexed the Crimean peninsula??
Independent, Melrose Senior and Another Melrose ..
It is pretty pathetic that you have to create so many personalities just to make it appear as though someone might agree with you. Also, you failed to provide a citation for the text you posted under "Melrose Senior". Do you have any thoughts that are your own or do you get all of your opinions exclusively from the minds of others?
[update] You also forgot to cite the source for your post about Texas under yet another handle.
"Although not recognized as such by Mexico, Texas declared itself an independent nation, the Republic of Texas. Attracted by the rich lands for cotton plantations and ranching, tens of thousands of immigrants arrived from the U.S. and from Germany as well. In 1845
United States simply annexed (stole) Texas from the Mexicans, Texas joined the United States, becoming the 28th state, when the United States annexed it."
There, I did you a favor and fixed the parts of the original text that you must have accidentally copied/pasted wrong.
Oh, and by the way, the text goes on to read "[sic] Blacks were excluded from the formal political system until after passage of federal civil rights legislation in the mid-1960s."
Care to guess which political party voted in overwhelming majority to pass the civil rights Act of 1964? It was the Republican party, sir, and NOT the Democrat party. So take your intellectual dishonesty, your racist opinions and your alter egos and find somewhere else to peddle your propaganda.
So what? We drove the Native Americans from their homeland and put them on reservations and internment camps. We drove the native Mexicans from their native homeland via illegal immigration, then annexed their country and called it Texas. In the early 40s we took Japanese American families and put them in internment camps. So now we do the same thing with Mexicans, ironically arriving back to their native homeland ,Texas, that we stole from them in 1845. Except we separate them from their children and send them to camps all over the country, apparently, with no accounting of who's where. So the Trump administration is part of another ugly period in American history that our grand kids will look back at us and say: "How in God's name did our grandparents and their generation let a President undertake such a inhumane policy, especially against children? But we'll probably be dead, so who cares?
It has nothing to do with liberal or far right politics. People of all political affiliations roundly defeated the McAndrew/Taymore/ override scam not too long ago. McAndrew flat-out lied to the voters of Melrose about what the money was for. Meanwhile, a lone SC member was trying to obtain key information about the out of control spending on legal fees from various unrelated accounts to aid the illegal coverup of various civil rights violations. Unbelievably, the superintendent CT, SC chair and city solicitor schemed to evade public records laws to prevent the school committee member from obtaining the documents. How? By claiming it would cost $10,000 to the requestor to obtain these public records. Yup, that's right The city solicitor and the school committee chair in collusion with the superintendent colluded to prevent the tax payers of Melrose basic information on how hundreds and thousands of tax payer dollars were being spent to coverup the multitude of civil rights violations and various settlement agreement and response to the Office of Civil Rights. TO THIS DAY THIS INFORMATION IS STILL BEING WITHHELD IMPROPERLY FROM THE TAX PAYERS ALONG WITH THE MOST RECENT THREE YEARS WORTH OF SPENDING ON LEGAL FEES. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WELL OVER A MILLION SPENT WITH ABSOLUTELY NO ACCOUNTABILITY. ONLY THE SUPERINTENDENT, CITY SOLICITOR, DOLAN AND THE FORMER SC CHAIR ARE IN THE KNOW. SO THERE SHOULD BE NO OVERRIDE UNTIL THIS INFORMATION IS DISCLOSED.
WAKE UP VOTERS!
The Lunatic Liberals Care more about Illegal aliens. Lunatic Libs. 1 in 8 Americans Need Your Help/ "I really Don't Care Do U?"
Too many disjointed thoughts in one blather. What don’t you care about?
I don't care about the MPS because of the mismanagement, lack of transparency and coverups. No on any Overide for the MPS either in Spring or Fall of 2019!
Thank you, Independent and Another Melrose Senior. Today's Buzzword Bingo puzzle is complete! More seriously, why don't liberals just come out and say they favor amnesty and open borders? I I don't agree with the Trump policy either, but arresting illegal (fact: they are) immigrants at the border, charging them criminally, and deporting them is a coherent immigration policy. What's yours? If it's amnesty and open borders (which would also be a coherent immigration policy) just come out and say it.
PS: We (as Americans) separate children from their families everyday in every state - it's called the prison system. If separating any child from his/her family is wrong, then do we stop prosecuting rapists, murderers, etc.? I'd like to hear your opinion on this.
Hardcore liberals believe in open borders. No walls! No fences! Let 'em in. We took this land from the natives centuries ago unjustly. We really have no right to keep people out. So, let's take this all the way. Let's take down our property fences. Let's remove our door locks. People should be able to come and go as they please. What right do WE have to our property? Open property borders!! All are welcome! Hate has no home here!
No way! I like my privacy and want to stay safe. I know this president is working to keep his promise. Have any of you Americans lost a child to the gangs that come from crossing of the borders. Ms. Water's in California will tell you loud and clear about the drugs, rape and killings.
Bald Eagles Make A Comeback! Almost extinct in 1978 they put the eagles on the endangered list. Now in MA. there are 25 NY. bald eagles have been seen in the city. Trying To Make America Great Again.
Okay............are you off your meds again? :(
Its time to call for a Peace Movement. We are All Americans.
Let get the record straight 90,000 children were detained under Obama. These images show in 2014 facilitie immigrants in caged-in facilities and sleeping on the floors
The liberals listen the primary results show Trump power isn't going anywhere you have Maxine Waters to thank.
Somewhere the DEMS went from hope and change to nope and deranged. So did the actors, comedians, resturant owners and sadly criticizing the minor child in the WH along with Ryan's children. Even if we thought Chelsea Clinton were homely we would not lower our self and go there. Now its a new world with the outrages DEMS.
Hi to all that read MM. We are trying to get a Peace Movement going. We would like everyone to join in and do an act of kindness. Our Nation is all we have let's BE BEST at this time.
1. Help a child or elderly person.
2. Smile and say Hello to someone.
3. Forgive someone
4. Hold a door or let a car go first.
5. Help a mother or father.
6. Put a flag out for your country.
7. Try a colored light out front of your house.
8. Say thank you.
9. If you have nothing good to say...
10. Hope and Peace.
The residents and people are looking for this movement of peace around the world.
Remember what your 35th president said:
And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.
Your message for a Peace Movement is what we need I love it. I will let my family and neighbors know about this movement and it does not cost a cent. Great work Mary.
Why does every thread on this board get derailed?
The children are being exploited for sex, drugs and more. On rank and file the president is protecting these children of two thousand in an proper transition process. What is going on with the MOB DEMS now they are reckless tactics and assaults are sick and dangerous. I am requesting the word Nazi and Holocaust be elevated on MM. Those words are painful to so many. Hate is Hate and again no credit to the president. Mary a few post above I like your idea on a peace movement I will spread the word also. The crazy left can thank Maxine Walters.
I like the information on this site. We need more people like Mary to start a beautiful peace movement when you just need to join in and slow down relax and happy thoughts.
Dangerous times now in America because the snowflakes want to stop ICE now. The plan did not work for HC to win. So lets forget about what Clinton's , Obama's, FBI, Inspector general, IEG, Lisa Page and Mullen(the list goes on) did for this country Hate is Hate. The swamp protects the swamp. Check if any first lady ever visited the children at the border. People this president is the best at negotiations he is a business man not a politician. Be Best!
Blame congress for this mess. Be sure you vote and do all your homework. Happy 4th of July! :balloon: :grinning: :v: :earth_americas: :fireworks: :peace_symbol: :sagittarius: :flag-us: We Are All Americans.
The poster name (why) you are a big bully. I agree with the posters (First Amendment) DEMS are trying to remove all of history. The First Amendment stands.
Why: You are out of control are you off your meds? Very bossy and demanding to a poster.
Bah humbug to who ever you are. Do you pay for melrose messages.The connection to mm, black lives matters, hate has no home here and more is one. This group is socialism liberals. The women's march screaming F- your Borders, F- your walls, we will make your system fall. Sounds great with children walking along side you.
November is mid-term election get out and vote. Capitalism I work and pay taxes. Socialism Private property Does Not Work. I pay high taxes in this city so the system is broken. I will vote NO on the override until a new mayor is elected. Shameful no one cared in 2009-2013 now they care. It comes down to opinions.
The BOA needs to show leadership regarding the City Budget. We need more cash, yes. But if politicians push for an MPS Override for Spring 2019, it will fail and guarantee that any future Override efforts for the schools and other needs won't be approved. The BOA cannot just be rubber stampers as in the past.