Monday, January 22, 2018

Boycott human rights abusers

Good afternoon all,

Dutchess County is an incredibly historic place to live. It is full of rich history that is founded on the principles we hold sacred within Constitution of the United States. Did you know that Fishkill's own John Bailey forged the sword sheathed at George Washington's hip in the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, now owned by the Smithsonian Institution? Years later, on July 26th 1788, delegates to a state convention approved the Constitution right here in the Dutchess County Courthouse in City of Poughkeepsie. 

That's right across the street.

Republican Gov. George Clinton, one of the Founding Fathers and among America's first veterans, did not want to ratify the Constitution without a bill of rights. He only supported it because Alexander Hamilton convinced him amendments would be made to protect states rights and the rights of the individual.

This brings me to the reason I am emailing you, my elected officials. I am a major force behind a resolution being proposed to the Board today. I truly believe that our county needs to protect its long and sacred history of protecting human rights. The resolution being brought forth has no teeth, but is designed to honor the sacrifice our veterans have made since the Revolutionary War. To honor who we are as a county and our place in not only American history, but also world history, as our very own Eleanor Roosevelt was the powerhouse humanitarian that brought the world The International Declaration of Human Rights. 

In no uncertain terms, Dutchess County MUST declare that it will not do business with corporations that trample on the very foundation of our principles as Americans, no matter the party. 

I leave you with a quote by others who have passed similar resolutions in their cities and counties:

“What we’re doing on the local level does have an impact on what happens on the national and international levels.”

Let's Make Dutchess County Great Again!
See you tonight

Jasmin Vazquez
8 Park Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Poisonous and sly commands

re: Rowan Dordick’s statements defending Israel, Jerusalem and Netanyahoo, I believe he is another revisionist of history, based on Biblical readings that are, at best, sickening. 
This current episode starts with the horror of Passover. When god told Moses to warn Pharaoh that all first-born Egyptians were gonna’ be done-for, unless the Hebrews were set free, god played a lousy trick. He hardened Pharoaoh’s heart, so that when Moses got in to see Pharaoh, the setup was complete, and all the first born were slaughtered needlessly, obviously to satisfy a maniacal god. Also, as the Hebrews left that country, they managed to take Egyptian Gold and treasure with them, which was used to make that famous, infamous ?, golden calf. 
But back to the “history”, as is found in a heavy book celebrating humanity, so-called. As the various tribes continued through the desert, god’s voice told them, flat out, that when they get to the land he was leading them to, they were to smash the temples of the previous inhabitants, forbears of the Palestinians ?, destroy their homes, chop down their olive trees and everything else. And the Israelis today are still following all these poisonous and sly commands, and using the Bible as if it were acknowleged History. 
By the by, did you believers and apologists know that recently, Troops under orders from that Netanyahoo, entered a Palestinian village, where, after years of trying to obtain electricity, a European country paid for a solar generating system, and those freedom loving troops, and their bosses, destroyed that rooftop generating system, and retreated to their cities of god.
I’ve been an Atheist all my life, since I was twelve. I’m a Jew by heritage, which I’m happy with. I helped to free the prisoners in Buchenwald, Dachau, and Flossenberg, when I was eighteen, and I’m appalled at what the descendants of those people who went to what became Israel have, and are doing. All their defenses of Israel and its action are underpinned by that book, and the words of a psychotic old thing with a long, white beard.

Jay Wenk,  Woodstock

Sunday, October 1, 2017

“Tears of Gaza”

“Tears of Gaza” to be screened this Friday eve, Oct 6, at the UUCC is a film NOT to see.  It is too overwhelming to take.  The title is enough to spark recognition that we are each and all implicated in cruelty, pain and intolerable suffering inflicted through violence on women, children, on ‘the family of man.’ The looming question that was left with me upon viewing the film is:  What can I do about it – this ceaseless intolerance, ‘endless war,’ desecration of human lives?  I am open-mouthed. I do not know.  On the other hand, maybe that is a good reason TO SEE the film - so we can talk about it.  For I believe that this honest yet painful look at history is the only way towards change and creating a better world for all.

Jane Toby
Catskill, NY

Monday, August 14, 2017

Promised Land - Shattered Lives

Thanks to Greg Desylva for producing this video. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Antisemitism is the new Communism

Progressives were called Communists in the 1950's, whenever the corrupt establishment wanted to shut someone up. It happened to our Pete Seeger, who was blacklisted by the media and the record companies for years. Back then anyone who sang songs against war and racism was a subversive in the eyes of the state, whether he was in the Communist Party or not. 

Antisemitism is the new Communism. Our populist reformer, Joel Tyner, has been fighting a campaign against privatizing the city bus system, a move that would destroy jobs as well as eliminate many bus stops in the inner city of Poughkeepsie. Rather than looking at the economic racism of yet another privatization boondoggle, our local media prefers calling Tyner names, this time the amorphous charge of being an antisemite. 

There were some heated words exchanged between Joel and some other Democratic members of the Dutchess County Legislator who refused to back him on saving the public bus service. Sad to say, there are Democrats in the county quite content to be junior partners in the Republican machine. 

Now our media, as subservient to the establishment as some of our local Democrats, claim that the whole issue is antisemitism, not the rip off of public services from the Black community. It seems like the new era of slanderous innuendo is a lot like the old one, the McCarthy Era. 

Joel is not an antisemite, and did not refer to anyone's religion when he criticized local Democrats. The charge is trash.

Fred Nagel

Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner

To the Editor:

Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner is a courageous and  compassionate  crusader for justice in our community.  Mr. Tyner is a voice for the voiceless and speaks up for the powerless, the disenfranchised, and the “little guy.”    He supports small businesses, fiscal responsibility, prison reform, free speech, and equality for all.  He opposes cronyism, corruption, and highly questionable campaign contributions  made to the big players in Dutchess County politics.  

The political establishment (both Republicans and Democrats) are terrified by the truth telling of  Joel Tyner and they have been trying, unsuccessfully,  to silence him for years.  These political hacks fear his honesty and  despise  his integrity.  However,  “we the people”  admire and  respect  Legislator  Tyner.   

Mr.  Tyner deserves  commendation not censure.  Cooperation not criticism.  Celebration not castigation.  And to be cherished and not condemned.  In spite of these spurious and cowardly attacks on him,  Joel Tyner will continue to tell it like it is.  I would urge his detractors to focus on and  debate the  policy issues and cease the character assassination and name calling. 

Is Joel Tyner perfect?  Of course not, but he is open,  honest, and real - unlike so many of the other politicians ruling the roost here in Dutchess County.  Thank you Legislator Tyner for your years of public service and tireless devotion to improving  the lives of all.  Please keep up the good work. 

Eli Kassirer
Gardiner,  NY

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Russians are coming

Oh how the Democrats hate the Russians! The Russians caused them to lose the election. It wasn't because Hillary was so cozy with the banks, the oil companies and the rest of the billionaire lobby. Focus on how the Russians are coming and forget the rest.

If the Democratic Party was really worried about foreign countries influencing the election, it could start with Saudi Arabia, which gave Hillary 10 million before her campaign. For that tidy sum, the Saudis were given a huge military weapons deal, enabling them to bomb their neighbor, Yemen, back to the stone age. It makes no difference that Saudi Arabia regularly beheads opposition bloggers and continues to support Wahhabism, the extremist ideology that brought down the World Trade Center. 

And then there is the political influence of Israel. Millions of Zionist dollars pour into our political process, enabling this lobby to control both parties. Say the word "Palestine" and your political career is about over. 

Congress and the president routinely celebrate the most vicious attacks on Palestinian civilians, like the killing of over 500 children during the most resent slaughter in Gaza. Congress excused these war crimes, describing them as Israel's right to "defend itself." 

The Israel lobby also funds racist hate groups in the US. The David Project has extended this intimidation to college students supporting Palestine. New laws are being passed making the boycotting of apartheid products a crime. There is no more insidious foreign influence on our elections than the Israel Lobby. 

Fred Nagel