Monthly Archives: February 2012

“Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill”


One of the most awesome essays I’ve every read. Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill Posted on February 26, 2012 by Bruce Levine, Ph.D. In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed … Continue reading

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It’s To Laugh


I’m trying to place a ride order with Centro’s Call-a-Bus.  I tell the call-taker that my destination is LeMoyne College, Lot C, the building “on the far left.” Selena replies, “Is that in the middle?” And they wonder why people with … Continue reading

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Wheelchair Etiquette: A Nod and a Smile


Tonight I saw an absolutely splendid performance of “Les Miserables” at the Civic Center.  It was marred by an usher who was absolutely clueless—not to mention stupid and insensitive—as to how to relate to someone in a wheelchair, so let’s … Continue reading

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Medicaid, Racism, and the Post-Standard (Part IV)


The single most-searched question on my blog is about how long people receive Welfare.  People ask about third-generation Welfare recipients.  I ask if there are any or is that an urban myth?  People ask about poor people receiving Welfare for … Continue reading

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Welfare, Racism, and the Post-Standard (Part III)


More than four thousand people have read my blogs on Medicaid, Food Stamps and Welfare.  Post-Standard Managing Editor Stan Linhorst, take note:  the people want to know and you aren’t telling them.  Your readership is way down and one of … Continue reading

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Welfare, Racism and the Post-Standard (Part II)


By April 15, 2011, I was asking different kinds of questions in “Welfare Information:  Getting’ It”:  How can county legislators vote the budget without knowing who’s on Welfare and what it’s costing?  “All there is to work with is [County … Continue reading

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Welfare, Racism and the Post-Standard (Part I)


I used to read the Post-Standard on line at Syracuse.com, and I read the comments after the stories.  Today there is a story about a 15-year-old who got into a fight at the mall and was arrested for having a sawed-off … Continue reading

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February, and My Hero


Sometimes I just get tired.  The entire month of February, for example.  I have good ideas, know I should share them, but it’s just too much work.  Especially in February.  On Tuesday I discovered that my tulips and daffodils are … Continue reading

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You, Me and the Money


“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there,” Romney told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.  I’d like to tell Soledad a few things myself.  I’m poor and I don’t see any safety net. Here’s the reality of … Continue reading

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PUSH BACK


Because I am disabled I was eligible for a Supplemental Needs Trust from my mother’s estate.  Her bequest to me had to go through five lawyers and a judge and, in the process, took ten percent of the inheritance (my … Continue reading

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