The American eagle needs its right and left wings to fly but its heart is in the middle (more-or-less).
"The U.S. incarceration rate in the U.S. is the highest in the world, with over 2.4 million people currently behind bars." - American Friends Service Committee
"According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics (BJS), 2,220,300 adults were incarcerated in U.S. federal and state prisons, and county jails in 2013 -- about 0.91% of adults (1 in 110) in the U.S. resident population. Additionally, 4,751,400 adults in 2013 (1 in 51) were on probation or on parole." - Wikipedia
The American inmate population is disproportionately nonwhite...
Please give to St. Jude's Hospital, Danny Thomas Place/ Memphis, Tennessee 38105/ 800-822-6344
Please give to the Diabetes, Nutrition and Endocrine Center/ 905 Union Street #11/ Bangor, Maine, 04401/ 207-973-7334
"1 in 8 Americans face hunger." - U.S. Hunger Relief Charity
"1 in 6 people in America face hunger."
"In 2011, households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity than households without children: 20.6% vs. 12.2%" - DoSomething.org
"In 2014, there were 46.7 million people in poverty" in the U.S. - worldhunger.org/ Hunger Notes
"The 2014 poverty rate for Blacks was 26.2 percent, for Hispanics 23.6 percent, for Asians 12 percent, for non-Hispanic whites 10.1 percent." "(The poverty rate was at 22.4 percent in 1959, the first year for poverty estimates.)" - Devavas-Walt 2015/ worldhunger.org/ Hunger Notes
9/24: The U.S. poverty rate was 13.5% in 2015. - U.S. Census Bureau/ census.gov
added 10/23: Please see Carbuncle Moon post 5/14/16; Four banks control...
Please give to Feeding America: 35 East Whacker Drive, Suite 2000/ Chicago, Illinois, 60601/ 800-771-2303
"Fate can be like an alimony check that never comes no matter how much you need the cash."
Please support the National Education Association/ 1201 16th Street NW/ Washington DC, 20036/ 202-833-4000
Yes he was...
Please give to Make-A-Wish Foundation/ 4742 North 24th Street, Suite 400/ Phoenix, Arizona, 85016/ 800-7229497
It began as a disagreement at a book club meeting in Bangor, Maine.
Sometimes you can’t repay people for an act of kindness, sacrifice, loyalty, courage, or charity, but you can try --
Sometimes life is in the effort. (A version of this was posted earlier).
Please give to the Wounded Warrior Project/ P.O. Box 758517/ Topeka, Kansas/ 855-448-3997
c. 2016 O'Kendley
"I keep my husband's ashes in coffee cans in the trunk of the car. When I'm up at Tahoe and it's icy -- and I'm slippin or stuck on 89 -- I sprinkle some of his ashes under the back tires. Works good, like road sand -- the big chunks. Ha ha. Claus works harder dead than he did alive."
add: 9/17: Happy Eid al-Adha (September 11 to September 15) See blog for September 19th, 2015.
A carbuncle is a roiled mass of skin or a beautiful gem. The incredible gem is pictured in the logo below and at the bottom of the short story section...
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