Archives November 2012

MY WIFE: THE BAG LADY

                  

                     A “Homeless” Vet

     Meet my favorite bag lady, Suzanne Parisien Frank, French Canadian born artist, who happens to be related to me by marriage. Some months back, she overheard a fellow at a local retail store asking for extra plastic bags…more, More and MORE of them. She inquired. He said he was making plastic mats from grocery store bags for homeless veterans to put under their sleeping bags as insulation from the wet ground.

     A natural artist who is constantly busy forming creations with her hands, her curiosity led to more questions. How do you do this? What’s the process? How big are they? What do you do with them?

     Word spread. This evolved into a house party, but not the kind with chips and Margueritas. The man from the store, Tim Brown, graciously agreed to visit our home, which developed more invitations to other lady friends who showed an interest in this project. Suzanne recorded the event on video as he went through each stage, step by step, which entailed the flattening and cutting of bags into strips and then using a large needle to crochet the “Plarn” (plastic yarn) into a blanket of sorts which eventually measured six feet by four feet and provided ground cover and/or insulation for homeless men and women who sleep outdoors, targeting in particular, veterans of our armed forces.

     It takes five-hundred standard plastic grocery bags and approximately twenty-five hours to make one mat.

     Suzanne has since spent hundreds of hours multi-tasking before the television set while creating a dozen of the mats, and she is still at it. Along the way, she has inspired a number of other women to do the same, which to-date, has resulted in another dozen or so mats for homeless veterans. She has also visited senior living facilities to teach the process to eager participants. Friends and associates have been graciously donating their plastic bags from Publix, Winn-Dixie, Targets and Walmart.

     Besides forming the Plarn mat, Suzanne also adds a slip-pocket which allows the mat to be folded into a pillow, plus straps for carrying on the back.

     On or before Christmas day, Suzanne (and I) will be volunteering at an event in Brevard County called Warm-Full-Safe, which provides a donated motel room for two nights for fifty homeless veterans. The vets will receive the new Plarn mats at that time, probably twenty-five to thirty. Suzanne is extremely grateful to Tim Brown, and to all the ladies who participated in the project. They know who they are.

     It’s her way of  showing gratitude for veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force who have risked their lives so that we can live the good life, only to find themselves at the bottom of the love chain when it was all over.

     Sure, many become drug addicts, alcoholics, or suffer from mental illness. But they are still human, and they have served all of us. If ever there were people in need of entitlements, they are our veterans who ask for little, other than what’s on their crude, corrugated signs at the intersection outside Walmart.

     This can be done by anyone with desire and patience, and skills of crochet. If there are folks interested in a copy of the instructional video, advise me by e-mail ( MLF283@aol.com) and I will send information. To cover overhead costs of shipping and handling, we will ask for a small contribution. Rest assured, this is not a profit making endeavor.

  

           Suzanne holding a Plarn Mat

Homeless model, in his home

Suzanne

 

 

 

CAN'T ESCAPE BENGHAZI LIES

     The cover-up of Benghazi’s tragedy borders on criminal. Everyone is lying. There are no mistakes made. It’s not about faulty intelligence. There is no “lack of information.”  The lying is deliberate. And, it’s not all by Susan Rice. She’s merely the puppet following instructions from behind closed doors.
     The Dade County Sheriff’s Office of the 1960’s was exposed as a corrupt agency with many high echelon personnel on the take, commiserating with criminals.
     When the heat was on in 1965-66, the Miami Herald and local television news channels released daily stories about the infestation of corruption, though nothing was yet provable. The police echelon protected burglars and jewel thieves, hookers and gamblers, like Lefty Rosenthal who was a favorite of the chief of detectives. Later, Rosenthal moved toLas Vegas. He was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the movie “Casino.”
     The bosses met often, deciding how to counter the press and minimize negative reports. One of their tactics was to divert attention. Get the focus off from them and on to others. Play the shell game.  Make people look there, but not here, anywhere but the main issue.
     I was a young pawn in that mess, watching from the sidelines. Working in Intelligence, my job was to perform inane surveillances or check background records which would portray local councilmen, civil rights organizers and media personalities as “communists.” Another cop in disguise was assigned to dribble information to the press as a “source.” I was not part of the corruption, but I had vicariously aided in keeping the operation looking legitimate.    
     Public comments by the sheriff and his upper staff were carefully calculated behind closed doors in meetings where they deployed “strategy” in dealing with press and critics. The top boss was in on all the crucial meetings. Every statement made to the press was worded for a specific effect. Everyone who spoke to the press was vetted and coached in advance of standing before cameras. The shell game confused some reporters, but not for long. A number of those cops were eventually indicted.
     My career blossomed years later in Homicide. But in my thirty years, I learned a lot about deception. A whole lot. Most every cop does.
     Anyone who thinks Susan Rice and/or Hillary Clinton and/or Jay Carney went before television cameras about Benghazi without being carefully coached and briefed by her superiors – people with the most to lose – is in serious denial. The “video” ploy was part of the shell game. The administration knew they had tons of heat coming their way when the attack ignited in the wake of downsizing, not upsizing, security at the consulate.
     Speaking as a seasoned veteran in spotting deception; It reeks.
     There is obviously more to this story. I suspect some people should be going to jail, and I don’t mean just the terrorists.  What is needed is 1974 Washington Post-type probe of Watergate. Without that, we will never get to the bottom and the shell game will have worked.
     Two days after the attack, Hillary Clinton, (who should have shouldered responsibility not Susan Rice) made a public statement on television calling the video “disgusting,” pandering to the Islamic world. But she never mentioned America having the right to free speech. Following that, the secretary of state conveniently got lost for many weeks, out of reach, traveling to four corners of the globe, anywhere but Washington, leaving others to answer and hold the proverbial bag. 
     Worse, even, the President of the United States  — who had to know everything that was revealed in the situation room the night before – made a short statement the next morning on the White House lawn, then embarked on a fund raiser to Las Vegas, and on to late night comedy shows, all while the bodies of four loyal Americans were still in coffins, including his dead ambassador to Libya. Two weeks later, he spoke to the UN and invoked the same phony message six times about the “disgusting” video.
     Carney, Petraeus, Panetta, Clinton, and Obama, all knew the morning of the attack that it was terrorism, not a protest about a video. They knew they had wrongfully disarmed the consulate weeks before, against the wishes of the ambassador and left them indefensible. They knew they forced the military commanders who were ready to deploy troops to the scene, to stand down. They knew this was not about a stupid video, yet they continued in their nefarious scheme of mind-manipulation, hoping the media would take the bait and that Americans in general were be stupid enough to believe the lie.
     I think about how any other president may have handled this situation. Clinton, Bush I, Bush II, Reagan, Carter, Eisenhower, Kennedy, all would have called the event a time of mourning and never embark on fund raisers and comedy shows. Like them or not, they all had that much sensitivity.
     The Benghazi strategy is clear. Create distraction. Delay. Allow time to pass. Declare opponents as political opportunists. Call it a republican thing.
     Why are Democrats of this nation not standing up for what is right? Why are the Democrats of this nation not demanding the truth? What is it about lock-step loyalty that trumps integrity?
     This was an act of war. These four Americans might be alive today had we protected them, as they asked.
     We do know what happened. But we still don’t know why. And, I suspect we never will.
     Where is Deep Throat when you need him?
    
    

CAN’T ESCAPE BENGHAZI LIES

     The cover-up of Benghazi’s tragedy borders on criminal. Everyone is lying. There are no mistakes made. It’s not about faulty intelligence. There is no “lack of information.”  The lying is deliberate. And, it’s not all by Susan Rice. She’s merely the puppet following instructions from behind closed doors.

     The Dade County Sheriff’s Office of the 1960’s was exposed as a corrupt agency with many high echelon personnel on the take, commiserating with criminals.

     When the heat was on in 1965-66, the Miami Herald and local television news channels released daily stories about the infestation of corruption, though nothing was yet provable. The police echelon protected burglars and jewel thieves, hookers and gamblers, like Lefty Rosenthal who was a favorite of the chief of detectives. Later, Rosenthal moved toLas Vegas. He was portrayed by Robert De Niro in the movie “Casino.”

     The bosses met often, deciding how to counter the press and minimize negative reports. One of their tactics was to divert attention. Get the focus off from them and on to others. Play the shell game.  Make people look there, but not here, anywhere but the main issue.

     I was a young pawn in that mess, watching from the sidelines. Working in Intelligence, my job was to perform inane surveillances or check background records which would portray local councilmen, civil rights organizers and media personalities as “communists.” Another cop in disguise was assigned to dribble information to the press as a “source.” I was not part of the corruption, but I had vicariously aided in keeping the operation looking legitimate.    

     Public comments by the sheriff and his upper staff were carefully calculated behind closed doors in meetings where they deployed “strategy” in dealing with press and critics. The top boss was in on all the crucial meetings. Every statement made to the press was worded for a specific effect. Everyone who spoke to the press was vetted and coached in advance of standing before cameras. The shell game confused some reporters, but not for long. A number of those cops were eventually indicted.

     My career blossomed years later in Homicide. But in my thirty years, I learned a lot about deception. A whole lot. Most every cop does.

     Anyone who thinks Susan Rice and/or Hillary Clinton and/or Jay Carney went before television cameras about Benghazi without being carefully coached and briefed by her superiors – people with the most to lose – is in serious denial. The “video” ploy was part of the shell game. The administration knew they had tons of heat coming their way when the attack ignited in the wake of downsizing, not upsizing, security at the consulate.

     Speaking as a seasoned veteran in spotting deception; It reeks.

     There is obviously more to this story. I suspect some people should be going to jail, and I don’t mean just the terrorists.  What is needed is 1974 Washington Post-type probe of Watergate. Without that, we will never get to the bottom and the shell game will have worked.

     Two days after the attack, Hillary Clinton, (who should have shouldered responsibility not Susan Rice) made a public statement on television calling the video “disgusting,” pandering to the Islamic world. But she never mentioned America having the right to free speech. Following that, the secretary of state conveniently got lost for many weeks, out of reach, traveling to four corners of the globe, anywhere but Washington, leaving others to answer and hold the proverbial bag. 

     Worse, even, the President of the United States  — who had to know everything that was revealed in the situation room the night before – made a short statement the next morning on the White House lawn, then embarked on a fund raiser to Las Vegas, and on to late night comedy shows, all while the bodies of four loyal Americans were still in coffins, including his dead ambassador to Libya. Two weeks later, he spoke to the UN and invoked the same phony message six times about the “disgusting” video.

     Carney, Petraeus, Panetta, Clinton, and Obama, all knew the morning of the attack that it was terrorism, not a protest about a video. They knew they had wrongfully disarmed the consulate weeks before, against the wishes of the ambassador and left them indefensible. They knew they forced the military commanders who were ready to deploy troops to the scene, to stand down. They knew this was not about a stupid video, yet they continued in their nefarious scheme of mind-manipulation, hoping the media would take the bait and that Americans in general were be stupid enough to believe the lie.

     I think about how any other president may have handled this situation. Clinton, Bush I, Bush II, Reagan, Carter, Eisenhower, Kennedy, all would have called the event a time of mourning and never embark on fund raisers and comedy shows. Like them or not, they all had that much sensitivity.

     The Benghazi strategy is clear. Create distraction. Delay. Allow time to pass. Declare opponents as political opportunists. Call it a republican thing.

     Why are Democrats of this nation not standing up for what is right? Why are the Democrats of this nation not demanding the truth? What is it about lock-step loyalty that trumps integrity?

     This was an act of war. These four Americans might be alive today had we protected them, as they asked.

     We do know what happened. But we still don’t know why. And, I suspect we never will.

     Where is Deep Throat when you need him?

    

    

HOORAY: BI-SEXUAL ELECTED TO CONGRESS

   I’m still shaking my head.

     Kyrsten Sinema, D – Az, is the newly elected congresswoman from Arizona. Congratulations are in order.

     But the news isn’t how good of a lawmaker she will be, or her qualifications, or that she has policy ideas good or bad.  The news is that: She is Bi-Sexual!

     That’s it ladies and gentleman, the good news is that we have a new classification of minorities, and that we can slip Ms. Sinema into the pigeon hole called “Bi-Sexual.”

     Would somebody please tell me why this is news? 

     My sex life, your sex life, and the sex life of public figures is really none of anyone’s business, nor should it be. Unless, of course, you are a new congresswoman who wants everyone to know she enjoys sex with men and women alike.  We need to know this?

     What it does suggest is that our country has a new congressional representative who is non-monogamous and proudly sexually active. Just witness the news interview. One would think she is the new heroine of America. 

     As an American, I don’t care if Ms. Sinema is bi-sexual, homosexual, or A-sexual. What does offend me is that the media, and she, seem to think it should be elevated into a media event, overshadowing her role at what she will accomplish on behalf of her constituency.

     What’s next? Making national heroes and elected officials of S&M participants? Porn actors? Orgyists?  

     In truth, I wouldn’t care, so long as it was private and not lauded by media.

     General Petraeus and his dalliances may be of importance to the American media because its crosses the line of risks to national security.  But that’s only because of the position he held.

     No one really cared that Bill Clinton was a notorious adulterer, with a list of women on the string prior to his presidency. Nevertheless, the people of America said: ‘Ah, so what? Who cares about morality. What’s he going to do for me?” When the Lewinsky affair erupted, all that mattered was mendacity, not morality. And today,Clinton remains idolized by Americans and media alike.

     So, this is where we have come. Raising the arm of an elected bi-sexual higher than an ordinary heterosexual, for no other reason than the body parts her sex partners possess. Awww…ain’t that sweet?

     Head still shaking.

     Here’s the MSNBC interview:

 Click here: #49869015

 

MUSIC ON THE HILL – OCTOBER 2012

 

The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard – of which I am a board member –

sponsors a mini-concert once a month at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall in

Rockledge called “Music on the Hill.” The program features 3 or 4 musically

talented youngsters who sing and play instruments for a paying audience of 50 to

100 people in an intimate environment which allows patrons to meet and

interact with the young artists. (For more info about the foundation, (visit

CAFOB.org)

     These programs are emceed and coordinated by one of the assigned youngsters

who can choose other performers, provided they are fairly advanced in their

music skills. This photo depicts the artists who performed in the show on

Sunday, October 27th which brought a great audience and rave reviews. They are

(left to right):

1- Ashley Maxime, 15, dance

2 – Emily Deruelle, 14, vocal

3 – Emily Lilavois, 18, violin – emcee and coordinator

4 – Daniel Kim, 15, violin