January 16, 1995
We all need some good news
and the best we've read lately is that a special prosecutor may soon be
named to investigate...
Your letters, email, etc., will help force the Reps
hand and help those who are presssuring for an ethics investigation of
Newtie after it was revealed that House Speaker Newton Gingrich met with
media mogul Rupert Murdoch while Newtie was negotiating with a deal that
would give him $4.5 million dollars for a book that isn't even written
yet... Murdock has a great interest in congressional actions/regulations
because of his far- flung financial empire that includes the HarperCollins
publishing company and the Fox Television network.
There's also a big question about who is footing the
bill for a special college course Newtie is teaching and just who gave
what and what was it spent for in that special political action committee
Newtie handled - some say $27 million in handling.
The Reps' biggest mouth regarding the ethics of democrats
is calling the charges against Gingrich "a smokescreen =... to derail
The last speaker to face such an ethics attack was
Jim Wright who was forced to resign in 1988.
Get out your pens and papers and be prepared to
defend Glenn Close and Barbra Streisand from the wrath of the unwashed
minds, aka the reactionary/righteous/right-wing/pseudo-religious whackos
who are already waging their white-out campaign of letter writing, faxes,
phone calls, etc.
Set for airing Feb. 6 on NBC is Serving in Silence:
The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story.
You have or will read the hype about it and the quote
by Close who plays Cammermeyer: (the role isn't a career risk she says
- pointing to the praise Philadelphia drew. But if it is,) "It's
well worth taking... I can always do theater!" Streisand is the producer
who as a 1,000 pound gorilla in HOllywood can do anything she wants - especially
if we back her.
May we point out that there have been very, very few
POSITIVE lesbian portrayals on TV and in movies while there have been all
numbers of positive male gay roles... just another place where gender bias
plays a big, big part.
That something like the Cammermeyer Story is on TV
and in a true version without sensationalism is a mark of how powerful
some women in Hollywood have gotten... and what power can do. Only a few
years ago any portrayal of women liking women went hand-in-hand with knife
slashing rather than a "soft kiss."
Take a moment and write Streisand, Close and NBC to
say, "Thanks for reality."
The New York Times
which is beginning to look more and more like the National Enquirer
with its slanted yellow-tinged reporting is being taken to task again,
this time for biased, and inaccurate reporting about what Hillary Clinton
said in a luncheon meeting with reporters.
Strange how the reporting inaccuracy (as confirmed
by other reporters at the luncheon) as well as breaking of an "off-the-record"
confidence rated only an inside story (in U.S.A. Today it was on
the inside of the *business* section!) while Newtie's mothers remarks about
the First Lady were spread all over the front pages...
But more to the point, the hard-hitting reporter Wallace
of 60 Minutes is also guilty of using that "between you and me"
remark, but HE was excused because the man he asked the question of KNEW
he was being televised...
"Every time Jesse Helms
gets re-elected, there's one more reason to believe that if you spread
enough money you can lure people to the polls who go to family reunions
to hunt for dates."
-- Editorial, Philadelphia
Daily News 1994.
Kentucky's Department of
Social Insurance sent letters warning almost 15,000 deadbeat parents their
drivers licenses will be revoked if they don't pay up. About $1 BILLION
in child support money is due.
Like father like son?
Nah, like mother like daughter.
Aileen Martin filled the vacancy on the Reno, Nevada
city council that was vacated when her mother Bernice Martin Mathews was
elected state senator.
Those who know better than
we do never sleep. In Gainesville, Georgia, the unwashed minds are seeking
to remove Nancy Friday's Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's
Sexual Fantasies. No objections have been lodged against the many books
that portray rape and murders of women.
(The legend of Lilith as the evil one is supposedly
based on the fact that Lilith, the first woman, got tired of being on the
bottom during sex and wanted to direct things herself to HER SATISFACTION.
Adam couldn't handle that and in the resultant fight, Lilith left Eden
which wasn't such a great place for her.
In answer to Adam's whining, god then created the
woos called Eve, but even she got tired of it all and bit into the apple
of knowledge. And sure enough, the spoiled brat Adam didn't have backbone
of his own and also bit into the apple and then immediately turned around
and squeeled to god and put all the blame on Eve.
Some guy, huh? (More of this tale may be found in
the Woman's Bible found in WiiN's
Sadie Delany was the first
black high school home economics teacher in New York City and her sister
Bessie was the city's second black woman dentist - and at 105 and 103,
they became best-selling writers.
Their Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First
100 Years is still on the charts and their sequel, The Delany Sisters'
Book of Everyday Wisdom published just before Christmas, 1994 has also
onto the charts. The centenarians live in Mount Vernon, NY.
When Jane Brady became Delaware's
first attorney general earlier this month she said her administration would
pay close attention to children's issues... what a breath of fresh air
that is in a year when politicians are looking to orphanages rather than
face the social problems that poverty or near poverty cause for most mothers
of children whose fathers desert them... by the way, ever notice that when
anything happens regarding a child the authorities are always looking for
the *mother*? Never the father?
Men are conceiving more and
more children and refusing to support them.
Consequently almost 23% of the nation's children and
their mothers live in poverty.
That's almost one quarter of our greatest resource
Yet the new religious supremacist-fueled republican
congress is aiming its first budget cuts at these children and their poverty-bound
mothers and have prioritized giving tax breaks in the form of capital gains
to the richest segment of the U.S. population.
Some pro-life, huh?
The rate of children in poverty rose sharply in the
1980's under the republican presidents of Reagan and Bush and have stayed
above the 20% level since.
In 1993, 46.1% of the female-headed families with
children lived in poverty against 9% of couple families with children,
primarily because both parents work. The least affluent 20% of Americans
earn only 3.6% of the nation's household income while the most affluent
20% earn 48.2%.
Predictably suburbanites have the lowest poverty level.
Overall, 46.1% of the nation's black children and 40.9% of hispanic children
live in poverty.
Almost two thirds of poor families with children have
an adult who works, one-fifth have a full-time, year-round worker.
The cities with the highest child poverty rates are
Detroit with 46.4%, New Orleans with 45.2%, Miami with 43.7%, Cleveland
with 42.8%, Atlanta with 42.7% and St. Louis with 39.3%.
The stats in this article are based on the 1994 study
by the Children's Defense Fund headed by Marian Edelman who said "Children
are getting poorer as the nation gets richer. It's unconscionable."
Please send these statistics to your congressional
representative and your senators as well as to your state legislators along
with your opinions about them cutting welfare money off from children because
men are conceiving children and not supporting them - whether they are
or have been married to the mothers or not. While the mothers suffer trying
to get enough food, while children go hungry, the laws ignore the fathers
who takes no responsibility for his actions both before and after conception.
Isn't it about time we started making men responsible
for their actions and not put all the blame on the mothers who often do
not have the option of being able to say no to the man's sexual DEMANDS.