How to Reunite Families Separated at the Border

As of last night the government had no plan as to how to return these children to their parents. This is a plan.

Here’s what we demand:
1. Within 72 hours every detained child’s photo is taken and uploaded to a database.
2. Every child is issued paperwork or ID with their photo, current location, location of origin/separation and name if known.
3. Every parents photo, name, location and location of the last place and time they saw their child is uploaded into a database.
4. Every parent is given paperwork generated by the parent with children’s names, ages, descriptions and identifying characteristics.
5. Parents and children are shown photos of their missing other. Recognition is noted and the connection noted in the data base.
6. Any child not able to recognize a parent will immediately returned to their point of origin in the system within 48 hours.
7. Each child will be reunited with his/her parent within one week of recognition.
8. Families will be lodged in housing or hotels as a family unit until their case comes before a judge.
9. Children and adults will be provided a full medical examination and medical and mental health support for as long as the families deem necessary.
10. Families will be provided with legal counsel and be allowed to seek redress through the federal courts system.

-Yes, I am an emergency manager.
-Yes, I have worked for the government.
-Yes, I know how to do this.

Please share this with everyone and call your representatives with this list. We can get these families reunited quickly if we do these things.

Note:  Facebook’s Julie Sam Meacham Stoll suggested adding DNA collection from both parents and children to verify identification.  Great idea!




8 Steps to Taking Back America

Americans don’t consider voting a responsibility, but it is. We need to raise the percentage of registered voters who actually vote and we need to vote in EVERY election in which we are eligible: local, state and federal. Voting is the most powerful tool we have, so let’s use it.
1. Register to vote. If you are already registered, make sure that registration is up to date. Some states have been purging voter rolls, so you may not be registered even if you were in the past.
2. Vote early. It’s much easier to vote early than to stand in long lines on election day. If it’s available to you, use a mail in ballot, an early ballot or an absentee ballot. Encourage others to vote early as well. There may be special rules attached to these kinds of ballots. Make sure you follow the directions to the letter.
3. Know your polling place. Make sure the address hasn’t changed. Then share that information with your friends and neighbors.
4. Register voters. Get certified to register voters yourself. It’s a very easy process and should be free. Find friends who will also do this. Then go register voters at high schools, colleges, nursing homes, community centers, grocery stores, door to door and at every public event and holiday activity.
5. Bring proper Documentation. Some states require special documentation in order to receive a ballot. Be sure you and everyone you know understands what type of identification and other documents are needed. You don’t want to be turned away.
6. Protect voters. A few polling places may use intimidation tactics. Arrange to go with people who want to vote. Encourage folks to go in groups. Rent a bus if you have to, but get those voters to the polls.
7. Make it easy. Bring folding chairs for the sick or elderly who may have to wait in long lines. Offer to baby sit or create a children’s activity so parents can vote. Volunteer to work over your lunch hour so coworkers can vote.
8. Support voting rights. We can raise the number of registered voters who actually vote.  We can enable first time voters. And we can help those whose registrations have expired to regain their essential right to vote.  The best way to keep the right to vote is to use it.
This is how we do it.


FILM REVIEW: Bomb City (Based on a True Story)

At the sold out premiere in Amarillo, relatives and friends filled the audience. They called out their love for Brian, their distain for the Amarillo police department and justice system and the real name of the killer: Dustin Camp

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Set in Amarillo, Texas in 1997, Bomb City tells the story of one night in the towns history that has failed to fade from the collective memory of those who lived there, continue to live there, and go on living with the knowledge that the justice system designed to protect its citizens and uphold moral standards so miserably failed.

Brian Deneke was a punk. He wore a mohawk, put on punk shows at a rundown venue where the film takes its name, and had a family who loved him, regardless of his appearance, ideals, and want to experience something greater than what Amarillo’s conservative confines would find acceptable. Cody Cates (a fictionalized name) was a jock. A football player, who also felt suffocated by the boredom that goes along with living a small town. Desperate for acceptance among his teammates and social clique, Cates was a restless individual who struggled…

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Actions Speak Louder


Since before the 2016 election, America has been hearing about questionable and downright illegal behavior of our president.  We’ve known for a long time his attitudes towards woman border on Paleolithic.  We’ve also known that he’s abusive to staff, he stiffs his workers and cons hardworking people out of their money.

Since the presidential Twitter storm began, we’ve also learned he’s bigoted, uneducated and lacks human sympathy.  We see it every day.  We hear it every day.  It’s reported every day.

So why is he still president?  The majority of America voted for Hillary Clinton.  The vast majority of Americans now believe the president is unhinged, or at best, unpresidential. He’s a boorish man who takes pleasure in provoking people who already hate us.  He’s lied, cheated and boasted throughout the last year.  He’s performed criminal acts.  He’s assaulted underaged women. We know this.  There is incontrovertible evidence.  Hell, he’s admitted it.

But still he sits in the oval office.

Are Americans so powerless that they are forced to give up their values for the gratification of this narcissist?  Are we so confused by the blitz of bizarre and depraved behavior?  Have our standards sunk so low that we are willing to put up with blatant racism and oppression?

There are plenty of people who complain.  They say they want him impeached.  They say they want him indicted.  They report he’s unfit for office.

But talk is cheap.

When is someone going to DO something?  When is Robert Mueller going to come out with his information?  When will the people enabling the president be called to pay for their complicity?  When will we see the tail end of this president?  When will we shed the antiquated Electoral College system of electing our leaders and let the people decide?

Actions speak louder than words, America.

What are we going to DO?




When Hatred Thrives


This weekend has been a horror of racism and terrorism.  Armed Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists went beyond exercising their First Amendment and Second Amendment rights.  They brought roaring violence and racism, terrorizing the city of Charlottesville and appalling the nation.  One woman was killed and injured in a savage act of terrorism.  Two officers lost their lives during the police response which included local and state police and the Virginia National Guard.  Terry McAuliffe, governor of Virginia, declared a state of emergency.

Due to a lawsuit filed by Jason Kessler, U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad ordered a preliminary injunction late Friday night that allowed White Supremacists to hold protests about the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, American General in the Confederate Army.  The removal of his statue from previously named Lee Park, now officially Emancipation Park, was decided by a vote of the city council.  The effort, now in the court system, included a plan to move the statue to another site with other war memorials. It’s important to know that the statue was erected post-World War I.

As soon as Judge Conrad ordered the injunction, the torch-waving group descended on the University of Virginia campus shouting, “You will not replace us,” and “Jews will not replace us.”  This campus display of hatred and intimidation was not covered in the injunction filed by Judge Conrad, who allowed a protest to be held in downtown Charlottesville over the weekend.

This was unsanctioned by the university and condemned by UVA’s president Theresa A. Sullivan.  She is quoted as saying,

“I strongly condemn the unprovoked assault on members of our community, including university personnel who were attempting to maintain order.”

At the same time Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer said,

“I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.”

Saturday, White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members, including past leader David Dukes, showed up with Nazi and Confederate flags, bats, clubs and long guns to begin what was described by Kessler to the courts as a “peaceable assembly.”

The State of Virginia has an open carry law.

“Open carry of a handgun without a permit is legal in Virginia at age 18, withstanding other applicable laws. Concealed carry of a handgun is allowed for persons who hold a valid CHP (concealed handgun permit), comply with certain restrictions, or who hold certain positions.”

Long guns such as rifles and shotguns are also addressed:

“The following cities and counties have exceptions that disallow the open carry of “assault weapons” (any firearm that is equipped with a magazine that will hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition or is designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock) or shotguns equipped with a magazine that holds more than 7 rounds: the Cities of Alexandria, Chesapeake, Fairfax, Falls Church, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, and Virginia Beach and in the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico, Loudoun, and Prince William.”

Charlottesville and the surrounding Albemarle County have no such restrictions.

Protest leader Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, inflamed the crowd with white supremacist rhetoric.

“What brings us together is that we are white.  We are a people. We will not be replaced!”

Demonstrators launched tear gas and threw water bottles.  Police did little to calm the protests.

After Saturday’s violence, including a terrorist vehicle attack and the loss of two police officers in a crashed helicopter, Mayor Mike Signer made the following statement:

“This tide of hatred and of intolerance and of bigotry that has come to us and marched down with torches to the lawn of one of the founders of democracy.  It is brought here by outsiders and it’s brought here by people who belong in the trash heap of history, with these ideas.  They’re gonna be in the trash heap of history.  This day will not define us.  We will define this day by the story that we continue to tell tomorrow and the tomorrow after that, the week after that and the year after that.”

During the same press conference, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe voiced his disgust with the protest:

“You came here today to hurt people. And you did hurt people.  And I have a message for all the white supremacists and the nazis who came into Charlottesville today.  Our message is plain and simple: Go home.  You are not wanted in this great commonwealth.  Shame on you.

You pretend that you’re patriots.  But you are anything but a patriot.

You want to talk about patriots, talk about Thomas Jefferson and George Washington who brought our country together.  You think about the patriots today, the young men and women who are wearing the cloth of our country.   Somewhere around the globe, they are putting their life in danger.  They’re patriots.  You are not.

You came here today to hurt people.  And you did hurt people.  But my message is clear.  We are stronger than you.  You have made our commonwealth stronger.  You will not succeed.  There is no place for you here.  There is no place for you in America.

We work here today to bring people together, to unify folks.  I remind you all that we are a nation of immigrants.  Unless you’re Native American, the first ships that came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.  And since that time many people have come to our great country to unite us.  Our diversity, that mosaic tile of immigrants is what makes us so special.  And we will not let anybody come here and destroy it.

So please, go home.  And never come back.  Take your hatred and take your bigotry.  There is no place.  And if I could give you a piece of advice, use your time and energy to help people.  Come with me to a homeless shelter.  Come with me to help a veteran find a job or a place to live.  That’s what we need help on, to bring people together.

I spoke to the president this afternoon and we had a conversation.  And I told the president that there has got to be a movement in this country to bring people together.  The hatred and rhetoric that has gone on and has intensified over the last couple of months is dividing this great nation.  We need to work together.  I told the president that twice.  I’m willing to work with you if we can work together to bring people together.  But stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric in this country.  We have got to bring people together.

But we are a great commonwealth and we are a great nation.  And we are even stronger today  because of those actions of those people who came with their bigotry and hatred.”

Governor McAuliffe has spoken the words that the nation most needs at this hour. We will have no tolerance for hate.  We must work together to keep our country, our culture and our strength.

What Have the Democrats Got?

Make America Happy Again

Taking America Back

So, I’ve been thinking (always dangerous, I know) that Democrats pointing at Republicans and saying, “I’m better than him” are not going to get elected. Better the Devil you know, right? So it occurs to me that Democrats as a group need to have a positive offering. Here are some suggestions:
1) Infrastructure- We all know we need to put some effort into fixing the Eisenhower Interstate System. Our roads, dams, bridges, and energy delivery systems are literally falling into ruin. Some have said that investing in infrastructure only creates “temporary” employment. But maintenance is a full-time job. When one project ends, another begins.
2) Non Combustible Energy- Solar, Wind, Hydro-Electric, Geo-Thermal, Wave Action and who knows what else we can come up with if we start funding research and stop subsidizing oil, gas and coal.
3) Environment- It’s important to support environmental protection both here and abroad. The EPA needs to be strengthened and given enforcement powers. No longer will mega corporations like Monsanto, Exxon and BP be allowed to pay for their pollution. They know the rules and flout them, knowing that they can afford any fines. Environmental protection is a priority because, unless I am mistaken, this is the only planet we currently inhabit. And though the planet will be fine*, we don’t want it to go on without elephants and polar bears and humans.
4) Rapid Transit- America needs to look into creating a national rapid transit system. High speed, magnetic levitation electric trains can link hub cities and from there, lines to regional hubs and on to rural areas. Instead of airline, bus, rail and trucking companies burning combustible fuels, an economical, earth friendly transport system will allow for the movement of large portions of the population, giving Americans a heretofore unimaginable freedom of movement. And… jobs.
5) Internet access- There are smaller countries in which the internet is accessible to the entire population. But there is little incentive for the current system of competing cell phone and internet providers to invest in a national infrastructure. America could take on the challenge of making internet access available to the entire country. It might be difficult, but it would certainly create jobs.
6) Education- In the “reviled” country of Communist Cuba, education is a priority. Schools are 100% subsidized by the government. The literacy rate in that country is 99.75% (2017), second highest in the world. The country considers education an investment and apportions a large part of it’s budget for schools. The United States can take a lesson from Cuba about prioritizing education as an investment in the future.
7) Military spending- knowing that the United States has enough arms to obliterate life on Earth, it’s time to take a close look at military spending. From funding failed projects to gross overcharging on contracts, to the “Black Budget”, the US Military spends the most by far of any US budget item, well over 50%. Let’s see if we can reapportion some of that spending to social investment programs like those listed above.

Well, that’s a start. There are many folks with good ideas out there. Together we can find a way to fight corruption, disease and ignorance while creating a safe, prosperous America. But first we have to elect people to public office who share our values.

* = attributed to George Carlin

Open Letter to Media Outlets

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Since the shocking surge of confusion about the veracity of the work of you and your colleagues has subsided, The Rachel Maddow Show has become a model of how to treat a president who respects no one, especially the press. You do not show his face. You do not paste his tweets. You put what seems important into a text slide. This allows us to separate ourselves from the manipulation being perpetrated by the Administration.

Above all, Trump craves attention. He will do anything he thinks will bring him the attention believes he deserves. It doesn’t matter whether it’s good or bad. “No such thing as bad press” is this man’s credo.

Every dog trainer knows that controlling attention controls behavior. The attention of the American people is not something to be taken, but rather something to be given.

Organizations like TRMS can serve as an example and lead Americans back to control of their country. Please continue to deny this man the opportunity to see his face on your program. Meet with your peers and make a plan to minimize the objectionable behavior and emphasize any good behavior, that kind of behavior that is adult, responsible and in the best interests of our nation.

Do yourself a favor and set up websites dedicated to covering all of Trump’s inanities and outrages.  Then you can just say at the outset of your report, “Check our website for the president’s latest stupidities.  And in real news today…”

As long as his outrageous behavior makes news media outlets’ hair catch fire, he will continue to do those things. If instead, outrageous behavior is unchallenged and unnoticed, he will have to find a new way to win the attention he craves. The news media is the personification of attention. You have the power to change his behavior.

Stop ranting, stop complaining, stop showing his face and challenging his tweets. After a brief extinction period during which his behavior will become worse, he will have no choice but to do good to get press.

And above all, he wants press.

Thanks for all you do.

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