Kathy Knechtges's Blog

Kathy Knechtges

Kathy Knechtges
Birthday
December 25
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Writer and meditator, with an Independent bent. Have written for California and Midwest publications. Interests are the loss of the middle class, American manufacturing, unions, immigration, and the welfare of families and children.

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A genius has died but his industry needs to go far, far further to fully benefit his country and his countrymen.

It is shocking to realize that all this was invented here-- yet our economy is in shambles and so many Americans are out of work. This is what happens when you have… Read full post »

Dismayed that there was almost no mention of the struggles of working Americans on last year's Labor Day (can you imagine no mention of soldiers on Veterans Day?) I determined to host a Labor Day rally in my small town this year. It is a Midwest former union stronghold that has been decimat… Read full post »

A note:

(Where have I been? This is the longest I have ever been away from OS since I joined. I feel I must do something about the assault on working people. I spearheaded a Labor Day Rally plan in my local community. It is all consuming, on top of anRead full post »

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I'm not sure exactly how much money they spent on the constant daily slick ads that suddenly appeared on TV:

Michigan teachers could only be laid off on seniority grounds, not success in the classroom, they claimed. State kids were in great peril of getting a ba… Read full post »

In the still somewhat union- friendly Midwest, the recent political air has been constantly ringing with the prescription to get rid of unions as a way to compete with the more prosperous nonunion South.A great show on CNBC's American Greed illustrated last night just what pr… Read full post »

 

 

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS,

THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS .... Read full post »

                            Hall To Dome Of The Rock In Jeruselem--from CIA Factbook

 The Hallway To The Dome Of The Rock, Jerusalem    -- from the CIA Fact book

 

Frankly, I was frightened by th… Read full post »

For years I have fought some annoyance that I can never sit back and say,"I am all caught up on my work now." Some of this is my choice. I have many varied interests so there is always plenty more to do than the time that I have. I also have some extensive… Read full post »

Teamsters Front Teamsters Back

           MY FAVORITE UNION MEMBER

 

 

I would like your help in making this the greatest Labor Day American workers have ever had. Our country and the future of our children are at a crossroads. We can build on the her… Read full post »

My husband would never wear pajamas, even though he got cold during the night when he was sleeping. He always wore an undershirt and shorts. I don't know about you, but we oldsters could no longer cuddle all night, because we got too stiff after a while and had to move around. Plus… Read full post »

"Intervention"  on cable channels A&E and Lifetime, is one of the most powerful spectacles of human nature and wisdom that you will ever witness.

A substance abuse addict agrees to be in a documentary about the abuse. Secretly, their family is arranging with a professional to… Read full post »

 How do we deal with other countries who flood our markets with dirt cheap goods made without worker protections and environmental protections?  And how can American workers stop their own replacement with these foreign workers?

 

How many years have we heard t… Read full post »

Unions and the working people they represent stand on the edge of the abyss. A thread separating them from losing all rights at work, and having the Koch brothers control who runs  Congresses, Statehouses and the White House.

Where does 60 Minutes come down on this life and death issue?

In… Read full post »

MARCH 14, 2011 2:53PM

Anatomy Of A Perfect Husband

LOYAL:   The be all and end all. Nothing else matters. I trust you with my life, everything is based on the knowledge that you won't desert me. You have proven this with actions to my complete satisfaction.

FLAWED:  You are imperfect, with many small  flaws. But not in a… Read full post »

The last incarnation was just Bush II. He cut taxes, and look what happened: the Second Great Depression. Still the pols keep recycling this idea. As far back as Reagan. Business people are not creating jobs here, most of them are going overseas, where they can make more profit from lo… Read full post »

The thought came to me the other day: Why should I always be asking the Higher Power for things? Wouldn't it be better for me to just get with Its program?

Since , presumably, the Higher Power is everything, an infinite force, which contains all things and all powers and all intelligences.… Read full post »

              -- REPOSTED BECAUSE OF WISCONSIN

 

I want to introduce you to Billy, a Pennsylvania child coal worker. It is 1910, and these are the days of the real America.

Billy, and  a crowd of… Read full post »

The best movies I watch today take me right back to the past: Turner Classic Movies. There are many from the 30's and 40's. These pictures are old enough to provide a fascinating history lesson while entertaining. Or the movies themselves portray even earlier periods, which&n… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2011 9:24AM

HEAL THIS TRAGIC UNION CLASS DIVIDE

There really was a wonderful place once. All the tradesmen and most of the factory workers were unionized. Decent wages and benefits were standard in the whole area, even for nonunion people, because the unions had won them for all the people. You often heard the statement that employe… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2011 12:15PM

"Why Boys Fail" Book, A Mini-Review

I have often noted recently how quickly accepted stereotypes can become outdated in our complex and fast changing society! My worries about this  have been confirmed by this excellent book by Richard Whitmire. He reveals that it is the boys who are at a real disadvantage in today'… Read full post »

 Personally, the idea of serving in combat would be anathema to me.  Expanding sex roles has had many benefits for our society. This I do not deny or criticize. Only the strong survive in this world. Nor do I demean those women or men who relate to new expanded sex roles… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2011 9:40AM

TWO GREAT NEW ECONOMIC QUOTES

 

"We need a coordinated commitment among business, labor and government to expand our manufacturing base and increase exports. The assumption made by many that the United States could transition from a technology-based, export-oriented economic powerhouse to a services-led, consumption-based ecRead full post »

 

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?

GOD IS EVERYING. GOD BECAME US. WE ARE LIKE HIS LITTLE CREATED DOLLS. THE COSMIC PLAY IS JUST THAT. A PLAY LIKE SHAKESPEARE SAID. A GIANT  FALSE ENTERTAINMENT. THIS EXPLAINS THE SEEMING CRUELTY OF GOD. HE IS DOING THIS ALL TO HIMSELF. WE ARE CUT OFFRead full post »

Everyone in the general Arizona area seems trapped in a frightening cycle at the border between Mexico and the U.S. Many undocumented migrants die there, drowning in the Rio Grande,  perishing in the desert, or abused by drug cartels and human smugglers. Many flee the violence south of… Read full post »

JANUARY 17, 2011 5:20PM

BEING A WRITER WAS MY SECRET AFFAIR

 UNERASABLE MEMORY FROM CHILDHOOD

 EFFORTLESSNESS OF WRITING 

TUNED TO THE UNIVERSAL SPRING

 

LATER, OF COURSE, HOW TO MAKE A LIVING

WRITING IS HARDER NOW, TOO

 

 FREE TO WRITE WHAT I WANT, WITH NO RESTRICTIONS AND NOT BE AFRAID TO OFFEND ANYONE

CAN I WORK THIS IN SRead full post »