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Who or what killed Josh Wilkerson?

This is a story that has already happened and will happen again and again and the reason it will happen again and again is because the Capitalist System has failed us, we citizens, especially we poor citizens, we working-class citizens and all simply because of one thing: a system that, in the end, considering all things, failed because they (the Capitalists) “respect, honor & obey” only one thing: MONEY!

His name was Josh Wilkerson and he died because he had no health insurance and not enough cash to buy his insulin. Josh Wilkerson had been born with a congenital form of Type 1 diabetes. He was 27-years old and was engaged to be married to Rose Walters, also 27, who, also, happened to have been born with the same disease, Type 1 diabetes.

As the story goes along here, I believe you, the reader, will see, as I have, that this is a very uncomplicated story. It is, in fact, what you would call a cut and dried, simplistic, story that you could explain to any child, who would then understand it immediately, even as so many politicians, insurance conglomerates, physicians and pharmaceutical companies, apparently, do not understand it. They are all cohorts in a Capitalistic conspiracy to continue the fictional story that America is the only “Democracy” in the world and that’s why everybody wants to immigrate here and live here.

This may stem from what is known as the Preamble to the Constitution, which states: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. The framers, at that time, in 1787, wrote it even as Capitalism was creeping its way into our “democracy” and all things, then, had a for-sale sign hung on it (and them). After all, America was built on the backs of slaves, on land stolen from the natives already living here, also referred to as “Indians” and later as “Native Americans.”

So, back to Josh Wilkerson’s untimely death. What happened is this: Josh had been insured under his step-father’s health insurance plan but only until he turned 26, and so, no longer covered he soon realized that his insulin had risen to nearly $1200 a month: an impossible figure for someone who was being paid $16.50 an hour working for a dog kennel in Northern Virginia, to afford.

And so, he and his fiancee found a cheaper source: Walmart, a store that was rated extremely high on all Capitalistic score-sheets. Birds flew over their store regularly chirping Walmart’s motto of: “cheep-cheep-cheep.” Yes, they sold things cheap and the insulin, called “ReliOn,” which they had been selling for almost two decades, predated the genetically altered “analog” insulin that Josh Wilkerson had been taking under his doctor’s prescription but, now, could no longer afford. Too many of the Capitalistic Big Pharmaceutical companies had tripled their prices, leaving many Type 1 diabetics to make very hard choices, like going without their insulin or buying a much cheaper brand, which they did, when they switched from Josh’s doctor’s prescribed meds, that he no longer “qualified” to get, to the ReliOn Walmart brand. Both he and his fiancee appeared to tolerate it and Josh Wilkerson had fared well enough since first purchasing it in late 2018.

Josh and Rose were due to get married in October and he was at work this past June, when he entered his sleeping quarters above the dog kennel he worked at, having promised the owner, who was on vacation, that he would because it was a way to make some “extra money.”

Wilkerson was “face-timing” with his fiancee when he mentioned he was having stomach problems, promised her he would take his insulin and disconnected from Face-Time, which he did.
The next day Rose called him and when he didn’t answer she drove to the kennel where she found him unconscious, on the floor of the kennel.

In the hospital, doctors determined he had had multiple strokes and when he fell into a vegetative state, a week or so later, he was removed from the hospital ventilator that had been keeping him ‘alive.”
Apparently, it has been known and reported, just not to those buying the Reli-On that this product is also known as “human insulin,” can take as many as 4 hours before having any effect, while the “analog” insulin, like Josh had been taking, takes as little as 20 minutes to regulate blood-sugar levels.

How many diabetics have to die? How many citizens have to make the choices that Josh Wilkerson had to make?

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What? A dead body hanging from a tree?

Okay, this is a believe it or not moment. Anybody that knows me, knows I am an ex-amateur and professional boxer with over 50 fights, so they could (can) see that this is, in fact, a heavy bag, hanging from a large tree branch in my front yard. This morning, around noon a Sheriff’s van drives up and stops at the front of my 3-story house. The cop stands in my driveway and I use the inside stairs to go down into the basement. He is standing by my old pick-up truck, staring at my heavy bag, which he has just come from touching and glancing under the canvas. The canvas is only there, tied with a piece of plastic line from my lawn-edger because it’s been raining lately. I asked him what’s up even as my wife is standing on the outside stirs smiling and when I walk over to where the cop is she says: “someone called the police: they think it’s a dead body hanging from our tree.” I couldn’t (even now) stop laughing at just, even the thought that some human being could see (to me) an obvious heavy bag and imagine it’s a corpse? I’ve been punching on it for several months so the complainant must not have lived in Hernando Beach or is reading too many Stephen King novels. The cop looked as if he was rather embarrassed and shrugged, then opened his mouth to speak when I said: “Don’t you got any real police work to do man? Heh-heh you can examine the body if you want to?”  He smiled and tried to leave with a pleasant smile on his face and a look of neutrality saying: I got the call, that’s all.
     So, take a look at my “dead body,” hanging for the last 6-months in my front yard, where I have punched on it, along with a speed bag inside my basementIMG_3624.JPG 4-car garage for several years.
Well, what the hell, we all need a good laugh once in awhile, huh? 10-4?
“10-4, Roger that, a false alarm. What’s that sir? Oh yessir, it was a heavy-bag, sir, a, ah-er-um-ah a punching bag. Yes sir, he had a canvas over it because of the rain.” Ah, er um ah hah-hah …. ” The cop gets in the van and drives off. Oh what a day …  

Trump sued for Slander-How about you?

TRUMP SUED FOR SLANDER: HOW ABOUT YOU?

A New York appellate court has ruled that a defamation lawsuit brought against President Donald Trump by a former “Apprentice” contestant can move forward. A lawyer for Trump said he plans to appeal the decision. Donald Trump is being sued for slander, ha-ha, Donald Trump a liar? what else is new? But, then, we all are sinners: liars, are we not? True but not like Trump. I mean, c’mon he lies faster than a dog licks its dish.

Slander is a legal term, for a lie told about someone. Anybody ever lie about you? Or, to you? When you’re Donald J. Trump it’s a “normal” everyday occurrence. Nothing new there but then, what about us? Now that I come to think about it who hasn’t been slandered? I certainly have been and fairly recently have been accused of slandering someone myself: in this case a family member, my own sister, was the culprit, in both complaints.

The occurrence happened at my son Danny’s wedding, in Savannah last November. It was the day before the wedding and I and my wife met with my sister and her husband and my brother and his wife at a local restaurant. We were almost done eating when the conversation switched to my parents, dead now for a decade, and, in a conversation with my brother, my sister says: “Well, I’m just thankful that they had so much money in the bank.” My “antennae” immediately came alive and I glared over at my sister and said: “How MUCH money did THEY have ? … in the bank?”

But before my sister could answer, my brother says: “Oh, my God, a lot, way over five-hundred thousand.”

I was shocked and looked at my brother, who had had a few beers. I had been led to believe, by my sister, they had had only $215,000, from which I received 1/3; as that was what was in their wills. Now, my brother was named as the executor in my dad’s will but my sister, after sleeping in the same bed with my mother for a week, had gotten our mom to sign a power of attorney over to her. My brother then, apparently, agreed to let her handle the funeral expenses and the 3-way even split that we had all agreed on when we read both their wills.

My sister “paid” for the funerals and their “expenses” and I had not questioned anything but now, when I asked her a simple question of was my brother’s statement true? she began fuming, stood up and said she would no longer “talk” to me.’ I had always had a bad feeling about her getting a power of attorney because she had withdrawn from even mentioning the funeral and was smoking marijuana and had separated from her husband. But being my sister I gave her, once again, the benefit of the doubt, a decision I came to rue, even from the start.

Over the years I had considered seeing an attorney, sensing something was wrong with the way my sister avoided all talk about my parents’ wills, both of which made it explicitly clear that we were to split their assets between the three of us, equally. Then she got married (again) and I kept giving her the benefit of the doubt and then she got cancer and so I, again, avoided the issue. And then, after a couple of years, she was cured.

This slip of the tongue by my brother and my sister’s strange behavior at the restaurant, 6 months ago now continues, as she refuses to speak to me, directly. I say directly because she slandered my name in writing, which is libel, when she sent me a letter insulting me and with a complete set of numbers that make absolutely no sense and claiming she had attached “all the bank records,” when, in actuality, she hadn’t, she was, once again, lying through her teeth. The truth that this 500K-plus, which was (made) tax-free, thanks to George W. Bush, who, during his 2 terms wiped away all inheritance taxes, was there for the taking and, if my brother’s statement was true, made me think that she either gave my brother, who claims he got the same amount as I did, more than me, or she took it all for herself, which I believe that any human being, caught in the grasp of temptation, is capable of, and I believe that she was, in fact, caught in this grasp of temptation and I believe she gave in to it, giving my brother as much as she figured he would take and keep quiet about it and then she took all the money that was left to take.

Forget about Rudy Giuliani’s “the truth is not the truth” baloney, we know that Trump is a liar and many people, usually democrats, say his “base” are all liars also, but reality goes beyond political party lines: liars are liars and we are all sinners, as my own example here of my sister clearly shows: she is a registered democrat, and worked for a local newspaper: “The Tallahassee Democrat,” but human beings are human beings and are capable of cheating their brothers and sisters and family members, as well as their close friends and for what? Money, money, money, their own personal gain. If they have any love for humanity, which we all do, it is overcome by the power of temptation and money. Capitalism kills your senses and sense of equality and reality when these things happen and, in America, and (especially) under this president, they happen all too frequently but the truth is still the truth and remains the truth. It doesn’t change no matter who tries to change it and it doesn’t change with age; it’s still, always, the truth! And, in this case, my sister, filled with this temptation that led to greed and selfish behavior gave in to temptation and took and took and took, until there was no more money (left) to take, and in that manner she was just like Donald Trump, totally selfish, totally thinking only of him(her) self. Shameful, but human beings are (shameful) and have done much, much worse things throughout history, giving in to temptation and the force of power and money. It just hurts when it hits so close to home though, does it not?

2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

A big problem today, in our elections is that most (eligible) voters do not cast a ballot. Why? Because nobody runs for political office, most notably for POTUS, without first doing their homework: their homework being raising money, airing radio and television commercials to show why their candidate should be the POTUS. And so, we (voters) refuse to even vote. Why?

Because, I think, we see those running as being nothing but more politicians … politicians with an agenda: they’re for or against something they (think) know will get them elected: like being for or against abortion, for or against medical insurance for all, for or against voting rights for felons and so on, but these politicians know that, today, due mostly to Donald Trump, the truth is not what it really is but what others, such as Trump’s obsessed followers, can be convinced of. Most of Trump’s followers seem to get pleasure out of Trump’s ideas, such as building a wall, but not because they think it’s true; they think it’s true because they get pleasure out of it because what they are ‘defending’ as the truth is, in actuality, their self-esteem.

A big problem in these recent elections is that they seem to have now become, it appears to me, to be less about democracy and more about American celebrity and who generates the most applause or cheers and screaming.
It also appears that television
news ratings and Web traffic spike in presidential years and fall off in off-years and midterm elections, partiallt because presidential turnout rates are far higher in presidential years than in midterms nowadays and, on average since 1980, the United States has been said to have seen a 29 percent drop from presidential elections to midterm elections, and it’s been on the rise but, even so, be that as it may, we are far behind most other world democracies in voter participation — even including presidential years.

Now then, to the point of today’s harangue: who, besides a billionaire businessman or a man or woman who has “connections” to a(nother) source of revenue can even run for the presidency of the United States?

Well, of course, the answer is no one. Or is it?

Well, on the FEC FORM 2, which is a statement that all (potential) candidates must fill out if they are (legally) considering running for POTUS.

For candidates who raise their own funds, federal law dictates how and from whom candidates for president may seek contributions. It also limits how much any individual contributor can give. The law ensures that the press and citizens know who is contributing to a given candidate. A candidate for president must establish a campaign organization, called a political committee, and register it with the Federal Election Commission. Once registered, political committees may seek contributions but must report all funds raised to the commission, which makes the information available to the public. Recent major-party presidential candidates have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on their campaigns but those who raise their own funds must find thousands of contributors.

Can any man actually run for the the presidency in America without being a (b)millionaire himself and/or connected to them in one form or another and with no party affiliation?

Now, as far as health insurance goes we’ve always had a crisis and it’s, simply because we’ve never had any presidents who weren’t (aren’t) wealthy and attached to many billionaire “businessmen” who fund their campaigns in order for the politicians to fund their requested demands: such as tax cuts for the super-rich and no raise(s) in the minimum wage. We need Universal Health Care, a single-payer plan exactly like Canada has. I should know, I lived in Vancouver, B.C for seven years and lived under it. I had two children there and paid nothing for either delivery and hospital stay. All doctors take your card and you pay nothing, zero. In fact the government sent (myself and my wife) a monthly check to help pay for the child’s care.

I came back to the U.S.A., Sacramento, California and the to Florida where I had two children and not only paid over $5,000, to the hospital I was slapped with a lien on my homesteaded house in North Lauderdale.

America is long overdue for a change but, again, the question is can a man (or woman) actually even run for POTUS, with little or no money and no party affiliation? I’d do it myself just to prove we do not live in a Democratic form of government and never have if I thought I could?

How can you consider America to be a democratic form of government when it was, originally, formed by the wealthy to serve the wealthy; while disdaining the working man and every worker who toils needlessly for money that these billionaires, literally, print for themselves. They constantly cry about the national debt, the deficit, when, in reality, the national debt, as with all countries’ debts is nothing more than a fiction and a fight between these countries, all of who, like two battling car salesmen claim that their car (food, oil or whatever they have more of than other countries) is “worth” more than the others’. In other words their money is worth more than America’s or China’s and they, therefore have a surplus while the other country has a debt, a deficit, to pay that country before trade can be continued?

And so the people in these countries, usually an autocratic dictatorship masquerading as a Socialist government, starve slowly while their dictator(s) use ‘their’ army to keep them from “protesting.”

What can we do now, without a human being in the White House?

Michael Cohen Testifies to the Truth

Michael Cohen testified today before Congress and it was obvious that Trump is a man who does everything with but one result in mind: to make himself look good — oh, sorry, I mean great. Anyone who saw the testimony this morning, afternoon and evening, must realize that Trump should either come clean or be impeached.

I believe Cohen told the truth, as he knows it and regreted continuing to be Trump’s lawyer. But, it’s never too late and he made the right decision to testify to the truth. Trump will never admit any of it; he is too busy wrapping the truth in darkness. How could this guy ever have been elected POTUS?

Well, for one thing he really wasn’t. Like G.W. Bush, he got fewer votes than his opponent, Hillary Clinton did, but got the majority of the electoral votes.

The only politician who really showed, and told, us what the truth is, was the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee: Elijah Cummings. After watching and, overseeing, the dialogue between Cohen and the many congressmen and women on both the Republian and Democratic sides, he made a statement explaining what he thought had happened and then answered a reporter’s question by saying he thought Cohen told the truth.

I agree with Cummings and might add that the Republicans did absolutely nothing but belittle Michael Cohen personally, claiming he was nothing but a convicted felon, soon to become a prisoner in a Federal Penitentiary.

Donald Trump is a bully; he is a man who has ordered soldiers to risk their lives in foreign countries even while he himself lied about having a bone spur in his foot to stay out of Vietnam and he is a man who puts many people in his administration in vicarious positions by making them be in a position to hurt themselves by telling a lie or be fired for telling the truth. God only help us if he remains POTUS for the next two years.

WHERE IS OUR DEMOCRACY? THE P.O.T.U.S. HAS NO TAX RETURNS?

For candidates who raise their own funds, federal law dictates how and from whom candidates for president may seek contributions. It also limits how much any individual contributor can give. The law ensures that the press and citizens know who is contributing to a given candidate. A candidate for president must establish a campaign organization, called a political committee, and register it with the Federal Election Commission. Once registered, political committees may seek contributions but must report all funds raised to the commission, which makes the information available to the public. Recent major-party presidential candidates have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on their campaigns but those who raise their own funds must find thousands of contributors.

Can any man actually run for the the presidency in America without being a (b)millionaire himself and/or connected to them in one form or another and with no party affiliation?

Now, as far as health insurance goes we’ve always had a crisis and it’s, simply because we’ve never had any presidents who weren’t (aren’t) wealthy and attached to many billionaire “businessmen” who fund their campaigns in order for the politicians to fund their requested demands: such as tax cuts for the super-rich and no raise(s) in the minimum wage. We need Universal Health Care, a single-payer plan exactly like Canada has. I should know, I lived in Vancouver, B.C for seven years and lived under it. I had two children there and paid nothing for either delivery and hospital stay. All doctors take your card and you pay nothing, zero. In fact the government sent (myself and my wife) a monthly check to help pay for the child’s care.

I came back to the U.S.A., Sacramento, California and the to Florida where I had two children and not only paid over $5,000, to the hospital I was slapped with a lien on my homesteaded house in North Lauderdale.

America is long overdue for a change but, again, the question is can a man (or woman) actually even run for POTUS, with little or no money and no party affiliation? I’d do it myself just to prove we do not live in a Democratic form of government and never have, if I thought I could?

How can you consider America to be a democratic form of government when it was, originally, formed by the wealthy to serve the wealthy; while disdaining the working man and every worker who toils needlessly for money that these billionaires, literally, print for themselves. They constantly cry about the national debt, the deficit, when, in reality, the national debt, as with all countries’ debts is nothing more than a fiction and a fight between these countries, all of who, like two battling car salesmen claim that their car (food, oil or whatever they have more of than other countries) is “worth” more than the others’. In other words their money is worth more than America’s or China’s and they, therefore have a surplus while the other country has a debt, a deficit, to pay that country before trade can be continued?

And so the people in these countries, usually an autocratic dictatorship masquerading as a Socialist government, starve slowly while their dictator(s) use ‘their’ army to keep them from “protesting.”

What can we do now, without a human being in the White House? I’ve checked into running for president. Man, they want so many papers filed, you gotta have committee’s formed, a party affiliation, money for this and for that and, of course, how much money you have and are raising. 

Jesus, God, money! Money! The root of all evil. And I, a poor man, can’t even think of “running” for the presidency.  Jesus … and … we can’t even find out if Trump, a braggart billionaire, even  paid any taxes? Something’s wrong here I would say. What would you say? How much longer are we going to forget about other human beings who are starving to death? Children who are abused? People who have no (needed) medications? Trump wants to build a wall when he needs to concentrate on building (himself) a brain.
Please, let us all speak the truth, from our hearts, which God gave us, for the spirit that we all have, let us tell the truth and shame the devil.

THE TRUTH

The truth nowadays, is not what is but what others can be convinced of.

Today is Valentine’s Day, a special day, when we should love not only our family but everyone, even as, through god, we can be guided, by the holy spirit to live with love despite our failings. For God loves you even while asking for nothing and refusing you nothing (He has already promised you.)

Love is preached in all genuine religions, for it is the only key which unlocks the truth and lets you in. Love is a condition that occurs when the happiness of another person, and (m)any persons is necessary to your own love (for them.)

The greatest commandment is that you must love everyone, even your worst enemies; because it is easy to love your wife and children and friends, it is natural, but to love your enemies is to call upon the holy spirit for you need divine love to be able to love even those who have done you wrong and have lied to you and others about you.
The root to divine love is truth, which is found in everyone but you cannot find love without freely accepting it and the holy spirit with it. You can’t be and never are, brought to love by force but by the divine faith and grace of the holy spirit and without it we (all) are lost and will perish in disharmony.

The easiest way not to seek the truth is to believe that the truth does not exist, when we all know that it does and, like love, we will waste away unless we live in and with the truth.

Even the Devil, the father of all lies, can mix half-truths with lies but we must be gripped by the truth on a level beyond our own thinking until, finally, we can speak only the truth, forevermore.