Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.
Patricia Carr

I regret to announce the passing of Patricia Carr. She was a long-time resident of Century Village.

She passed away on November 29. She was active in many of the activities in the Village. She lived in 101 Wellington A

She will be missed.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More on Israel's Wi-Fi

Back at Israel's Wi-Fi system. I have written this before you can see it here. I did not think that I explained myself clearly. The subject is Israel's Wi-Fi. It looks like he has gone quiet on the subject. I can only guess why.

But the major reason must be that he is getting to much backlash. His friends and enemies seem to be against this. He has been told that this is not a good idea and that he should drop it.

He has made up lies about the Association method of handling this and he must have found out that there is too much knowledge on this subject.

Let me explain. First, he says that the Associations are stealing from Comcast. That does not make sense. This system is purchased from Comcast. If this is purchased from Comcast, how can it be stolen?

The UCO contract with Comcast has a short period to run. The truth is that the Comcast/UCO contract has plenty of time to go. Past 2020 at least. If you attend the Wi-Fi Committee meetings you will hear different times for this contract to be up.

It is all part of the lies that David Israels finds necessary to promulgate in order to offset the many objections to his trying to force this new Company and his new Contract on us. He attacks us making little of the existing W-Fi systems the associations have turned to. This new Association Wi-Fi system is excellent

The point here is that Israel has no reason to force a new contract on us. The fact is we are happy with the Comcast plan that is currently offered.

Just remember folks this new Company has nothing in place. It all conjecture that the service will available when they say and at the cost they say. Read the contract, it appears to be opened ended. That is the Provider can change the contract after the wires are installed. This is in case they made a mistake on the actual costs. If they are late? We suffer! No charge.

So assuming we get a chance to vote on this at the DA we should turn it down! WE should turn it down and move on with the Association Wi-Fi system.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Its about time for UCO Wi-Fi

So what is the final or almost final story on the UCO Wi-Fi.? We have had the best of luck. We have had an unofficial representative of the UCO Wi-Fi committee visit us. Unofficial since he is not authorized to speak for the Committee. But he did.

We asked about the next reiteration of the committee as it looks to set up a village-wide Wi-Fi. It doesn't look cheap. From what I could tell this approach is not going to save us any money.

I didn't actually learn anything new. What I heard was the same old same old. I am still confused as to the contract with CSI. The last time it cost us $350,000. Why? This time the cost is unknown. I still do not see the need for CSI. What CSI is doing is what we have a committee for.

It seems as if the committee has not started to negotiate with anybody, and in the meantime, the possible suppliers are making monied offers and then offering it again with a different number. This scares me. What do we have that makes us so inviting?

One of the basic problems is understanding what is on the table. Apparently, they are looking to break apart the wire that brings everything in. The wire that brings everything in is carrying TV, the Internet, and the phone. Dave Israel wants to be able to have subscribers order what they want, as long as it is either TV and Telephone or TV and the Internet. By the way, a good majority of users have TV only now. This is Israel's choice, not the providers! Why he is insisting on this is anybody's guess. Why he is insisting on this when it is obvious that many of the Unit Owners are on TV only.

If all of this is confusing rest assured, you are not alone.

Basically, the committee wants all unit owners to have a choice as to what they can have, and what they are paying for. I think that the choices are limited, at least until they negotiate.

Ideally, the unit owner should be able to order exactly what they want. That is, phone only, internet only, TV only, or any combination of these. So far we don't know if this is possible.

Why don't we know?

Is this negotiation under way or not? I get the feeling that there is a lot of secrecy here. I do not understand why.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Opinion about Alexander Hamilton

When You Know So Much That Isn’t So!
Stew Richland
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid!
Ben Franklin

I sometimes have accused people of being ignorant.  This is not intended to be an insult.  I am ignorant about a lot of things but this could be remedied by education.  Over the past few years I have heard many so called celebrities use the “bully pulpit”  during awards programs or when they are being interviewed on the “red carpet.”  Instead of sticking to observations about their craft, many of these celebs voice their opinion on subjects that they know little or nothing about.   What they offer is opinion without fact. These people are addicted to publicity.  They will say and do anything to keep their persona in the public eye.

Two examples of what I am alluding to happened this past week. The American music Awards or as I prefer to call it, The Un-American Music awards shown on ABC received their lowest viewer ratings in years.  Here are some of the dumbest comments made.
Following co-host Jay Pharoah's announcement that AMA winners are based on fans' votes, Gigi Hadid added, "Don't worry, guys. Tonight, we do not have to deal with the electoral college." (Womp womp.)
Then came Hadid's really uncomfortable Melania Trump impression. (It was a good effort, but save the heavy lifting for Laura Benanti, kiddo.)
Mark Cuban acknowledging that he probably won't be invited to T–p's inauguration, or Idina Menzel sending her love to the cast of Hamilton following Pence-gate.
Gigi Hadid has the right to express her opinion on any topic she wants to.  However, this was a music awards ceremony not a political forum. 
Gigi Hadid was born in Beverly Hills, California.  Her mother was a model and Gigi had her first experience as a model at age two.  Her father is a very successful real estate developer.  This is a girl that grew up in the most liberal environment in America.  After graduating from high school, she went East and attended the New School in New York studying design and modeling.  By the way, the New School is one of the most liberal colleges in the U.S. 
Hadid should stick to modeling. Wise King Solomon once observed, "Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful face on an empty head." An empty head is really not empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. I suggest Mz. Hadid stick to what she knows best, wearing designer clothes and marching down a runway.
The second disgraceful incident that happened last week was the response by the cast of Hamilton when Vice President elect Pence attended the show.
The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others discussed the appropriateness of making a statement from the stage and decided to do it only after the show was over. Remarks were written and refined, and after curtain call, Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Vice President Aaron Burr, took a microphone and pointed toward Mr. Pence.
and stated: ‘ We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us…..”  There is no doubt in my mind that this was a staged “hit job” on the newly elected Trump team. 
They claimed this was a discussion, but the only one with the mike was Brandon Dixon, and the audience cheered and clapped as Dixon read his statement. This forum was not a level playing field by any stretch of imagination. Vice President-elect Mike Pence said the boos he faced at the Broadway production of "Hamilton" were "what freedom sounds like." He stated that this was not “offended by the boos and would leave it to others to whether this was an appropriate venue to say it.” This man is a class act.
The management of Hamilton along with their performers are typical liberal hypocrites.
The cast ran a fund raiser for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  The management placed a notice for performers to audition for the  their road  show cast with the proviso that only performers of “COLOR” or minorities apply.  The unbiased liberal left in action.
The musical is based on the life and times of Alexander Hamilton.  It’s too bad that the cast did not learn anything from their experiences singing the lyrics of the musical.  Hamilton was a product of a dysfunctional family. Hamilton was born out of wedlock in Charlestown, British West Indies, to a mother of French Huguenot and British ancestry, and a Scots father, James A. Hamilton, the fourth son of Scottish laird Alexander Hamilton of Grange,
If there was a walk of fame like they have in Hollywood, Hamilton would have been awarded not one star but many for his contributions to the founding of America.  He was a supporter and advisor to Washington during the Revolutionary War. Hamilton strongly believed in the Federal System of government.  The Federal System is one in which the power of government is divided between the national government and the states. He was the co-author of the Federalist Papers in which he supplied the reasons why we needed a representative government and explained how power would be divided between the national government and the individual states.  He proposed the famous compromise between the Northern and Southern states that gained the support of the South to ratify the new Constitution if the nation’s capital would be located in the South.
He was appointed to be the first Treasurer of the United States, with Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of  State.  Washington considered these two brilliant men his closest advisors.  The conflicts between Hamilton and Jefferson began when Washington had to deal with the debts incurred by the new nation as a result of the Revolutionary War. Hamilton wanted the new government to pay off all foreign debts and also pay off the debts of the states.  He argued that the United States cannot be known as a “dead beat” nation. Jefferson was against this proposal.  Washington supported Hamilton. Hamilton proposed a national bank in which to deposit tax revenues and private loans to the U.S government.  and Washington agreed. Jefferson and Madison argued against the policies of favoring northern business interests rather than Southern agrarian interests. Jefferson feared that the Federal government would have to much power.
 Hamilton was pro-British, Jefferson was pro-French. Jefferson wanted the new nation to join with France against their war with Great Britain.  Hamilton opposed this idea fearing that if France lost the war, and as France’s ally, the U.S. would loose their independence.  Washington supported Hamilton’s view.
While expecting conflicts of opinion within his cabinet,  Washington hoped to avoid the development of political parties, which the Constitution did not mention.  In 1790 Hamilton formed the Federalist Party and Jefferson formed the anti-Federalist Party later referred to as the Democratic-Republican Party. The Federalist Party argued for a Loose Construction of the Constitution: government had many powers implied by the elastic clause. (The Federal government had the power to pass all laws necessary to carry out their responsibilities).  This interpretation was important since it allowed government to deal with issues not specifically mentioned in the Constitution. 
One of the truisms of history is that “history does repeat itself.” In 1798 the Federalist Party had to deal with the issue of immigration.  The Federalists held the majority in Congress and passed the Alien and Sedition laws designed to intimidate the party of Jefferson, the Democratic-Republicans.  The Alien Act authorized the President to deport foreigners thought to endanger public safety.  The Sedition Act authorized the government to fine and imprison newspaper editors who printed “scandalous and malicious” writing about the government.  Virginia and Kentucky passed resolutions protesting these acts and claimed the right to nullify them as unconstitutional.  The Democratic-Republicans argued that these laws violated citizens basic rights.
250 years later we are still dealing with many of the same issues.  How to deal with illegal aliens.  Sanctuary cities defying laws of the Federal government.  States rights verses Federal power. 
Based on contemporary definitions, and what we have learned about  Alexander Hamilton, it is fair to conclude  that Hamilton would be a supporter of  the Republican Party.  Based on this conclusion, it seems that the cast of Hamilton is most hypocritical in their attack on Vice-President elect Pence.  In the breakdown of the various acts of the show Hamilton, there seems to be a great deal of emphasis on the more salacious side of Hamilton’s life, such as the various affairs he had and the attempts to destroy his reputation by any and all means.  It seems to me that the cast of Hamilton would have been closer to the reality of today’s political scene if they had admonished the Democrats, Clinton and Obama from the stage rather than the Trump presidency.
Note:  I know that I may have used a great deal more historical data to support my views on the issues described in my article.  Hamilton deserves more praise than the show seems to give him and I wanted to make sure my readers recognize this.
Please feel free to respond to my observations on the blog that you reading this article on or on
I wish you all a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Electoral College


On December 21, 2016, the Electoral College will vote to ratify the election. They will choose Donald Trump or do an about-face and cast their vote for Hillary Clinton. Although it has never been done before, it is constitutionally legal. If they decide to go rogue and choose Hillary Clinton their only penalty would be to pay a small fine - a puny price to pay to keep the United States of American from falling into the hands of a person unfit to lead our country.
CHANGE. ORG has stated a petition to make the Electoral College members cast their vote for Hillary Clinton. I urge all Clinton supporters to sign the petition; see instructions below. Let’s keep America from falling into the abyss of hell – bring back our sanity – destroy the empty promises Trump made to get elected. 

Sign the petition – it’s our only chance. 

Instructions to make Hillary Clinton out next President:
Google the following: MAKE HILLARY PRESIDENT, then scroll down to: ELECTORAL COLLEGE MAKE HILLARY CLINTON PRESIDENT and sign the petition. 

Olga Wolkenstein 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


The economy under Barack Obama has been likened to a slow orgasm - arising in a slow crescendo until a climax is reached.

The economy under Donald Trump will be likened to an instantaneous eruption - wham, bam, thank you ma'am, and then nothing.

Eight Rules currently in Play

Posted by Bette Lee  

Saul Alinsky died about 43 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control of our nation today.......  

Recall that Hillary did her college thesis on his writings and Obama writes about him in his books.

Died: June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Education: University of Chicago
Spouse: Irene Alinsky
Books:Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals

Anyone out there think that this stuff isn't happening today in the U.S.?

All eight rules are currently in play.
How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state. The first is the most important.

1)Healthcare– Control healthcare and you control the people.

2)Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing  everything for them to live.

3)Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4)Gun Control– Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5)Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives. (Food, Housing, and Income)

6)Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools.

8)Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States?

Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin's original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule.
Stalin described his converts as "Useful Idiots.." 
The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control.

It is presently happening at an alarming rate in the U.S.

 If people  can read this and still say everything is just fine... they are "useful idiots.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Sobering thoughts on Immigration


For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions. This lady made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in the Orange County Paper .....

Newspapers simply won't publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which do not agree with the philosophy they're pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help, it will get published via cyberspace!

From: "David LaBonte"

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to "print" it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in the Orange County Register:

Dear Editor: 

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty   because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get   down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground.
They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved goodbye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture.
Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from.
They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France , no one in those villages was looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country.
Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it
meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one Red, White and Blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights
and privileges. Only they want to
achieve it by playing with a different
set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country.
I'm sorry, that's not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900's deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life.
I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.


Rosemary LaBonte

Friday, November 18, 2016

Ignorance Masquerading as Cream!
Stew Richland
Since Donald Trump was announced the winner of the 2016 election, every T.V station, newspaper, and most radio stations have attempted to provide reasons for this outcome.  I would suggest, that these anti-Trump pundits take a deep breath and step back and let the duly elected President proceed with putting together his cabinet and then  giving him time to put his campaign promises into action.
As a historian, yes that is what I am.  I have spent over 50 years of my life studying American history and government and trying to impart to my students an  understanding of how our democratic Republic works.  What has shocked me the most is the comments being made by college students who are demonstrating against the legally elected president, Donald Trump.  When asked by reporters why they are demonstrating, their first response deals with the issue of immigration.  They really believe that Trump will kick out of the United States millions of illegal aliens.  These students demonstrate an intellectual laziness and display a mob mentality about this issue.  When asked for specifics about their views they just babble about open borders and are horrified that the illegal immigrants will be deported en masse and define closing our borders to illegal migration as racist is absurd. In addition, many of these protesters did not vote in this election.
Let's examine the basics of the immigration problem.  A basic assumption is the fact that a nation is defined by its borders. The international community accepts this premise. Over the years they also have accepted the idea of the “ten-mile” limit which extends a nation's physical border into surrounding oceans.  More recently, air space has been added to this mix of ownership.  Over the centuries borders have been redrawn because of land purchases but mostly by treaties worked out when wars were  concluded. To the victors belong the spoils.  This was clearly evident after World Wars I and II.  In the post-WWII era, the spirit of nationalism also contributed to the birth of new nations with clearly defined borders.
If you examine the history of immigration into the United States, it becomes clear that each wave of immigration was connected to events occurring outside of the United States.  We teach our students that the underlying factors for  much of the population shift from Europe to the United States was a desire for religious, social, and political freedom.  They rightly viewed America as the land of opportunity.
Horace Greely said in 1851, “Go West Young Man, Go West.”  The American West was wide open.  Free or inexpensive land was available to all. Land sales was a source of great income to the government.  These new farmers would provide the food necessary to feed the growing population and the pick and shovel jobs necessary for the expansion of our industrial cities.
The discovery of gold in California in 1849 opened the flood gates for massive immigration.  This was an opportunity to strike it rich and immigrants would not be denied.  The building of the intercontinental railroad system was in full throttle after the Civil War.  Railroad companies were given large tracts of land to build the system. To help finance the project, railroad companies divided the sections of land on either side of the railway system. The railroad companies divided this land into sections and sold it off to those immigrants who purchased the land.   They even went as far as advertising the sale of cheap land in European newspapers and provide free steerage for those who wanted a fresh start.  Thousands of Germans fled their native country to escape wars  and the conscription laws that forced German youth into the military. The Germans were wealthy and headed for the upper mid –west.  The potato famine in Ireland along with English land enclosure laws drove thousands of Irish to the shores of America.
Thousands of Chinese males crossed the Pacific to take advantage of the gold rush in California.  When the gold fields became unproductive, most of the Chinese workers along with the Irish were hired to build the trans-Pacific railroad. 
Japan was suffering from overpopulation and the government encouraged their citizens to emigrate to the United States.  Both the Japanese and Chinese suffered from racial discrimination.  They looked different, they did not speak English, their customs (food, religion, lifestyle) were in stark contrast to the majority population.  In spite of all the prejudice this group had to endure, they prospered economically, sadly the racial discrimination issues lingered for many decades.
At the end of the 19th century, the government declared that all free land had been occupied.  Coupled with the expansion of American industrial growth, American foreign policy makers were looking overseas, especially Asia, to expand the markets for American manufactured goods. 
Xenophobia and industrial racism began to raise its ugly head during this period of American growth.  Originating in  California, and then supported by many members of  Congress, an anti-Asian sentiment began to grow.  “Yellow Peril” legislation to limit or end Chinese immigration, and designed to restrict Chinese women into the U.S.  In addition, the U.S. adopted a policy with Japan, known as the “Gentlemen’s Agreement.” The United States wanted  zero Japanese  immigration into the U.S.  Thus, the Japanese government  encouraged their citizens to move to Hawaii as an alternative.   This explains why Hawaii has such a large Japanese population. The Japanese are a proud people and felt that the American immigration policy was an insult to their nation.  They have very long memories.  This explains one of the underlying reasons for Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. 
The goal of American labor unions was to force the corporate giants to pay decent wages for factory workers.   Strikes were basically illegal and if union workers walked off their jobs, there were hundreds of newly arrived immigrants willing to take their place.  With their ranks  growing, and with it political power, the unions began to push Congress to pass restrictive immigration laws to protect their jobs.
For an understanding of contemporary immigration concerns it must be noted that at the end of the 19th Century, the United States did not have any restrictive immigration laws in place.   The first major action dealing with immigration restrictions was the Chinese Exclusion Act. This was a United States federal law signed by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882. It was one of the most significant restrictions on free immigration in US history, prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Chinese Exclusion Act was the first law implemented to prevent a specific ethnic group from immigrating to the United States. It was repealed by the Magnuson Act on December 17, 1943.  The reason for the repeal was obvious. China was an American ally in WWII, How could the U.S. have a law on the books that denies the leaders of China from entering the country.
After WWI, the U.S. began to pass restrictive laws against European immigration.  These were known as the Quota Acts.  It was designed to shrink the number of applicants for immigration to the U.S. from Eastern European nations.  Legal immigration was based on a quota tied  to the number of people from different European nations already residing in the U.S.  It must be noted that those who applied to enter the U.S. entered legally through Ellis Island and were vetted for diseases and  they had to have a sponsor that would see to their needs so that these new arrivals would not become a burden on the state. In addition to these changes, the government reflected on the fact that they had a growing European population and so they changed the rules to make it more difficult for Europeans to enter the U.S. and lowered the immigration quotas to allow more Mexican, Central and South American immigration into the U.S. 
All of these immigrants were admittedly legally.  They applied and were admitted according to the current law.  That is the way it has always been done.  People respected the sanctity of national laws and if you wanted to enter the nation you applied for admission.  During and after WWII, the United States lowered these restrictions to allow refugees from war zones to enter the U.S. However, all of these immigrants were vetted.  The U.S. also made provision for Cuban political refugees to enter the U.S.
The Constitution states that if a person is born in the U.S. then they automatically have U.S. citizenship.  This provision was put into place to afford former slaves citizenship since these former slaves did not have a homeland to be returned to.  In fact, former slaves wanted to remain in America.
I am not unsympathetic to the fact that many thousands of people live in nations south of the border where there is little or no economic opportunity.  Where the drug cartels are causing havoc on a daily basis.  I can understand what motivates these people to try their hardest  to enter the U.S.  However, we are a nation of laws and the laws cannot be cherry picked to allow exceptions to the rule.  There is no question that the Democrats encouraged this illegal immigration into the U.S.  They look at this pool of illegal’s as a potential voting bloc to keep their party in power.  I am sure that the parents of children that were born in the U.S. will not be expelled under the Trump administration. What Trump wants to do is to deport illegal aliens that are criminals.  What the Trump administration wants to do is have any person, regardless of national origin apply and enter this country legally. 
Illegal immigration is having and will have in the future an enormous impact on the health and welfare of Americans.  Diseases that had been eradicated are beginning to be found in areas in which illegals are concentrated.  The cost of providing schooling, medical care and welfare services  for these illegals is growing by leaps and bounds.  American taxpayers are footing  the bill for these services. It just is not fair to our struggling middle-class to be burdened with this cost. 
We have not addressed the issue that there is a steady flow of potential terrorists that are also crossing our unguarded southern borders.  This is an issue that must be addressed by the Trump administration.
Historically American immigration policies have been the most generous and fair.  Our policies have, in the most part, lived up to the ideal  expressed on the Statue of Liberty.  Any student of this subject will admit that unjustified prejudice toward immigrants based on the fact that these immigrants  were culturally different than the main stream Americans was unjustified.  Much of this resentment was focused on economic issues. 
During WWI and WWII many Americans expressed concern over the fact that German-Americans would not support the war effort and not fight against the Axis powers.  In fact, no Japanese-Americans ever fought in the Pacific theater of war.  Their divisions were sent to the European war zones.   Prior to WWII only the rich, famous or well connected had the opportunity to escape the Nazis and were allowed quick entry into the U.S.  In 1944, Henry Morgenthau sent a scathing message to President Roosevelt describing the plight of European Jews.  Sadly, no effort was made to evacuate those Jews from the Nazi death camps. 
The realty of this issue is the fact that the American economy cannot withstand the influx of so many undocumented illegal aliens.  This issue is exacerbated by a real fear that terrorists are using our porous southern borders for only one reason, to kill Americans.  How wonderful it is for many of those college protestors to demand open borders for all.  How warm inside they must feel that they are taking the moral high ground  on this issue.  They live in the make believe world of academia.  These kids are far removed from the world that Willie Nelson described in his song, “That Lucky Old Sun,”
Up in the morning out on the job
Work like the devil for my pay
And that lucky old sun
Ain't got nothing to do
But roll around heaven all day

Yes, these demonstrators have nothing to do but protest and in some cases destroy the property of others.  I am not against freedom of expression in any form.  I am against the process of people immigrating to this nation ILLEGALLY.


  On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration, there will be a Million Woman March, a march composed of not only women, but men who support the ideals and hopes and dreams, the demands and the warnings of this march. All who wish to make their wishes and yes, demands, known, are welcome but what are these wishes and hopes and dreams. I can only state them as I see them, through my eyes and heart and mind.
      Most decent people are disgusted with the nastiness and the filth of this campaign. The hatred, the threats, the viciousness - it all has to end, STOP!! But it was not only the campaign for there is much more. How many more Bill Cosbys are there going to be? How many more Roger Ailes? How many more young men who follow their example and think it okay to date rape, to attack unconscious and/or drugged women, to rate women on physical attributes and then assign them roles in sexual fantasies? How much more?
     How much more can we take of the human trafficking that is an ever growing industry? How much more of the abuse of children, of immigrants held as slaves in the homes of masters? How much more legalization or acceptance of hatred, of violence? How much more can we take of pictures of starving and bloodied children, victims of the war of their adults, or victims who are strapped to bombs and sent out to die, to children who are taken, threatened, brainwashed into becoming child soldiers? How much more to child brides? How much more?
      How much more time is needed for people to accept that the half of the world's population that is female have rights that are equal to those of men? How many more years will our voices be stifled, ignored, discounted? It seems that it takes a turbulent time to bring this issue to the forefront. During the Vietnam era women were in the front rows of marches, chaining themselves to fences to block the way, in the buses of Freedom Riders but the gains and the equality vanished into the ether over the years and the hard fought for gains and rights faded into the past.
     Well, these times have brought the whole issue out again. The female candidate was abused, not physically, but emotionally, mentally and the lies of the Internet simply flourished. This hatred of one woman led to other hatreds to come out. Michael Flynn, the new national security adviser, wrote this in a tweet - "This is a new low," he said, retweeting a message that read: "Not anymore, Jews. Not anymore." It was okay to state that one supported Israel yet tweet about the hatred of Jews, of their "internationalism", about their so called conspiracies. The vicious anti Semitism of the past came roiling out of its filthy hiding places and I ask how can one support Israel and be so openly anti Semitic? Is it that the only good Jew is a dead Jew according to these statements and contradictions? Well, not again.
     Well, we are serving notice on the world, on Trump and his administration, on any politician who thinks that he has a right to be anachronistic in one's thoughts and actions. We will follow the ACLU and the NY Times, and all other thinking people who realize that the time has come again for us to rise up, RISE UP, and make demands and give warnings. We will not accept a registry of Moslems living in this country. That thought is abhorrent. That leads to other registrations and Jews have been there before. No more of that. Yes, to the destruction of Islamic terrorism but yes also to the destruction of terrorism and threats from the alt right and extreme right. In fact all terrorism needs to be a thing of the past and we women will raise our voices in that fight.
     We will raise our voices for equal pay for equal work. We will raise our voices for the right to enter any and all professions. We will raise our voices against sexual demands in order to get a job or be promoted or keep that job. We will raise our voices for our daughters and yes, for our sons as well, for demeaning practices demean those who are the targets and those who are the instigators. We will raise our voices for the right of women to obtain contraception and family planning advice. We will raise our voices for the right of women to choose, a most bone crushing soul destroying decision, but one that is their right and not that of the old white men in Washington or state capitals.
We will raise our voices for peace and friendship, for cooperation and for warning -WE ARE WATCHING AND WILL ACT.
     It is not for us to tolerate a world where our youngsters are now playing a game called The Trump Challenge wherein the words "Trump is Coming" are shouted and all scream and run away from the perceived thereat. This is wrong, so wrong for our kids to think of their president as such and yet there it is. So we, the adults, the women of the world have to work doubly hard to forestall and prevent such things, make sure that this campaign is not a repetitive one for if so, then just follow the thought.
     You might not agree with all that is written here but for sure you must agree to at least some, so on Jan. 21, 2017 come to the Clubhouse here at the Village and march for your beliefs, for your daughters and granddaughters, for the rights of LGBTQ people to live their lives in peace, to be accepted and welcomed as equal partners in our society and world. Let us force the cleanup of politics now and in the future. Let us raise our voices in hope.
     Come, join us on Saturday, January 21, 2017 and send a message to the powers that be that no more!! NO More will we tolerate what has gone on, no matter who is the cause and the instigator. Raise our voices. Rise Up! All are welcome. We will meet in Room C and then at 10 AM will march around the Clubhouse, past the pools and around the other side and back to Room C where hopefully we will have a speaker or two from amongst us. Those who cannot walk that distance, please wait for us in Room C and make your voice count as well. Join us. Hear our voices. Raise them loud and proud. There will be flyers soon at the Clubhouse and by the associations. It has been okayed so there is nothing illicit about this at all. Come, join us, WE ARE WOMEN - HEAR US ROAR!!! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


We have been informed of the passing of Capt. Al. Ferraro
who "Greeted" thousands of our resident's & guests
at the main clubhouse for many years.  I had the pleasure of interviewing  him a few years back when I was  associated with the Reporter, we did a brief bio and he provided me with a Family recipe that was  served in their Palm Beach Restaurant, many years ago...
His warm smile & friendly approach will be missed by many. 
Funeral arrangements are pending, once they are known, we will inform you.

RIP Capt. Al

Bettie Lee Bleckman

Monday, November 14, 2016

Sign the Petition, please.

The Petition program is moving along nicely. Many, Many people have signed, but we need more. Signing this Petition will perhaps bring our feelings to the attention of the
Broadband committee. So far the DA has said NO twice to this and the alternate is very sensible and cost effective.

So, please sign the petition.

Please sign this Petition.

We got an unprecedented response to our recent articles decrying the imposition of more condo fees to pay for internet service we don't want.
Everyone wants to know what they can do to help put an end to plans to install WIFI/Broadband services and avoid the raise in fees that is planned to fund it.
To simplify things and make it easy for you to add your voice to the ranks of the growing opposition we decided to collect signatures for a petition and present it at a delegates assembly.
All you have to do is click on the link below and your name will be automatically added to the list.

We, the undersigned, are opposed to any plan to install village wide wifi/broadband in Century Village West Palm Beach.
We are aware that UCO has no mandate to pursue or negotiate any contract in this matter.
We want:
All negotiations regarding mandatory internet services be terminated immediately.
The Broadband committee be disbanded immediately.
A statement from the administration be published and recorded in the minutes of the delegates assembly that plans and intentions to install mandatory  village wide WIFI/broadband services and raise fees accordingly have been abandoned. 
By adding my name to this list I confirm that I am a resident of Century Village, West Palm Beach. Florida. 


The Century Village Messenger Club, Century Village, West Palm Beach, FL 33417

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