Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A New Year's Wish


 A New Year's Wish
Author Unknown

At the sound of the tolling midnight bell
a brand new year will begin.
Let's raise our hopes in a confident toast,
to the promise it ushers in.

May your battles be few, your pleasures many,
your wishes and dreams fulfilled.
May your confidence stand in the face of loss
and give you the strength to rebuild.

May peace of heart fill all your days
may serenity grace your soul.
May tranquil moments bless your life
and keep your spirit whole.


*******

Wishing you peace, love and hope—
now and throughout the New Year.  


Stephen Puibello
Neighborhood Activist
Cliffside Park

Friday, December 6, 2013

Community Wide Streetscape Improvement Tax Rebate Program (Proposal)

December 5, 2014


Borough of Cliffside Park
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
ATTN: Acting Mayor Thomas Calabrese
Council Woman Donna Spoto
CC: Borough Clerk Sercan Zoklu


Re: Community Wide Streetscape Improvement Tax Rebate Program (Proposal)


Dear Acting Mayor Thomas Calabrese and Councilwoman Donna Spoto,


I wanted to follow-up with my appearance at the last meeting held on Tuesday, November 12. I inquired about the Grant secured for the streetscape improvement project mentioned in the last election promotional materials, the project between Crescent and Lawton Avenues or what's now come to be known as restaurant row, the six properties 7-11 up to the bar on the corner of Columbia and then EmergiMed and two others heading North to Lawton Avenue.

As I stated, beautification projects are an improvement, they help the business and homeowners in the neighborhoods as well as the over all community, in addition to those benefits it also improves the property values of all structures in the improvement zone, again paid for by Grant Monies, not the owners of the properties, a win, win for everyone, truly as I walk and bike to the Palisadium and would add that you include one or two bike racks, as parking is limited, cycling will generate foot traffic as well, foot traffic brings customers, please if you haven't thought of that, rethink and add one or two, thank you.


I'd like to talk about other improvements made in the community along Palisade and Anderson Avenues, these aren't by Grants, but are paid out of pocket by the property owners, the goal streetscape improvement which will increase their property values, like their neighbors elsewhere in town, lucky enough to be in a Grant that does has the same results.


In reading the ordinance 13-2-2 Failure to Repair"



What I'm reading is that the Council verifies the costs conducted by the town department doing the inspection, this is fair. Then the Council then certifies the repair expenses which get placed on the land owners as a lien, and then gets added to their taxes with interest until all taxes and liens are paid off.
I'd like the Council to consider the following, thank you..

Proposal:


Offer the property owners who are proactive the opposite of a Tax Lien, that being a Tax rebate to help cover the costs, this could be spread over a period so that the entire project is paid off by tax rebate monies.
The council approves similar rebates on property owners who over-pay their property taxes, the Council should be able to come up with a property owner tax rebate landscape program, that is spread out over a few years of tax payments.

All residents would be saving money, net result those who sign on board this program assist in a community wide streetscape project.


Thank you for your time today and also for your consideration.


Respectfully.
Stephen A. Puibello
Community Activist since 1996,

from the City of Boston's City Council for his community work
for Boston's Back Bay Neighborhood and the City of Boston.
September 12, 2001

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Happy Holiday, The Answer to the Riddle



Happy Holidays


A few weeks ago I posted this riddle;

How do you know when you are crossing from Cliffside Park into Edgewater?


Hint, if you drive you will miss it.

The answer:  There's a gap where there are no sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to walk in the street This is easy noticed when you walk up both Gorge Road from River Road and also when you walk up or down Oxen Hill

Reminder: To all my readers,  next Town Hall Meeting is Tuesday December 12, 2013 at 7:00 PM.    The Process if you never attended a meeting is at the end, any in attendance are asked if they have anything to say, just raise your hand and talk to our elected officials, they are there to listen.

Focus on the issue, be respectful and thank them for their time and consideration.  

Follow-up with a handwritten letter reference the meeting and ask for a reply.

Good Luck with any proposals, suggestions, requests

Community Activism can be time consuming, but you gain from it, you meet your neighbors, you meet your elected officials and together the community can grow as we move forward.


Namaste.






Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thank You for Repairing the Broken Street Lamp

December 1, 2013

Borough of  Cliffside Park
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ    07010
Attn:  Borough Clerk, Mayors Office

Dear Sercan Zoklu,

Re:  Blog Post  http://www.thebackbaynagletters.blogspot.com/2013/11/unsafe-dark-street-and-sidewalk-as-you.html

I was out for evening walk  and noticed the street lamp between Lincoln Avenue and Division Street along Gorge Road replaced and working.

Thank you  for your assistance in making the area safe for the pedestrians, many who are seniors who live in the surrounding area.

Best,


Respectfully,

Stephen Puibello

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Be thankful that you don't already have



Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers
2013






A Thanksgiving Poem:
Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don't already have
everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

—Author Unknown



Friday, November 15, 2013

Edgewater and Cliffside Park, New Jersey Riddle # 1



How do you know when you are crossing from Cliffside Park
into Edgewater.


Hint, if you drive you will miss it.

take a tour, check out 
my blog or say hello.

 also

If you know the
answer

contact me, the winner 
will be posted here.

Be Safe, Be Kind 
and 
God Bless


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Which Hat is he wearing today?


Homeowner,  Community Activist, Columnist

Here's the situation, your a homeowner, your paying taxes, possible condo fee's and you feel like your section of town doesn't look like another section of town, yet you both are paying the same tax rate.  You notice things like no trees, no litter baskets, lack of bus shelters, over flowing litter across the street in front of your neighbors house, cracked sidewalks, different street lights to name a few. Then you look down the block, you see store fronts, bakeries, and other homes, it's a mixed use neighborhood, there's public buses, public schools, it's one of the reasons your moved here, all good but you see little in the way of improvement, and when you do notice improvement, it's never in the neighborhood you live in.

Well if your married you talk to your partner, if you own a dog and out for a walk you talk with your neighbor.  That neighbor talks with another and another runs into you and now both of you are talking about the same thing, this is a good thing, but you need to take it one more step and that's calling town hall, explain the problem and with any luck the problem will be solved, most are, but others well these seem to linger and everyone is still talking about these and you notice these issues are ones that are common to all in the neighborhood, I named a few above, there are others.

So what do you do, you all start calling and still little changes so you are all still talking.  The talking to each other is good, but if you want results you need to make yourself and your issue be known, call the news both newspaper and TV.  Invite them to your neighborhood to see the unsolved problems, sometimes this is all it takes and in the process of making this happen a community group or community activist is born.

This is how I got involved in community activism, check out www.backbaynag.org , click on the Boston button and look for the letter button and see what I did in my area of Boston between 1999 - 2001.  Was it work yes, did it pay off yes in many ways the biggest is when I sold my condo it sold in three weeks as my section of town was the most pristine, it has crosswalks, littler baskets, no over flowing garbage, street lights that were clean and worked, no rodents, it had trees and everyone knew everyone and best of all it landed me a freelance writing job as the Neighborhood Guy (see the picture above).   Even better I earned the respect of my town Council who looked at me for assistance when they ran for office.   I made a donation, voted for who was representing me, but I never endorsed anyone, I stayed neutral.



Empowerment:

One of the many town council hearings I attended I asked everyone in Council Chambers who owned a cell phone, everyone raised their hands.  Then I asked how many have the number to the Borough Clerks office, the town Councilors but no one else..  I said folks please take out your phones and please put in this number, I repeated it, and said after the meeting if anyone didn't get it to please see me for the number.  I ended my talk by saying when you are out and about, please call and large a complaint.  

Folks this is empowerment, giving others the same tools I learned so that as a group we will make an impact. That's one person, me.  Imagine 12 of Me's each representing a neighborhood association with a combined voice of 6,000 friends and neighbors.   In a town of 22,000   6,000 people calling, others reminding each other of City Council meeting tonight and 200 show up, well if it's Cliffside Park they will need a bigger hall as it holds half that.   

"I must say, of all the neighborhood groups and individuals I have had contact with this first year on the job, the Back Bay NAG, has to be the most effective one man operation, to rectify a major problem practically single handed." James Cahill, Director Code Enforcement City of Boston

And

"Instrumental and effective, Steve Puibello and the Back Bay NAG have proved to have the pulse of the city on the quality of life issues that effect us all."Boston City Councillor Maureen E. Feeney Chair,
Committee on Government Operations 

I love my town, back then it was Boston, today it's Cliffside Park, some days I could be at a street fair in Manhattan, it's the same principles no matter where you are.   Phone, write a letter, if you need to do it again do so but write it and copy your State Representative or the Editor of a local paper--why you want the person you've been calling and writing to know that everyone else received the same letter.   Always be polite, they are elected officials and always say thank you.  The process is that simple, but it can take several of these cycles before it happens, all you do is add another copy and like I said above contact the media, show them the audit trail of letters you've written, there's a story to be told, a.k.a. NEWS.

For more information visit my website :  http://www.cliffside-park.org/  



Monday, November 4, 2013

"Soon-To-Be-Implemented Beautification of Palisade Avenue

Palisade Avenue CR 27 by Stephen Puibello

Twice in one week, election week 2013 to be exact I'm reading about the, "soon-to-be-beautification of Palisade Avenue, CR meaning County Road 27.  The first appearance was on a post card, the second from Mayor Calabrese which arrived today, addressed to Dear Friends and Neighbors.  

I applaud our Mayor and the town Council which over the years have done amazing from $3,600,000 in Federal Grant Money for the borough, but I see very little of these projects in what's referred to as the ""South Side,"," which runs from Edgewater Avenue to North Bergen borderline, Hudson Place and Palisade Avenue the last intersection before entering our neighbors to the South, North Bergen,

Beautification projects are beautiful, especially when they save tax payers money.  They are also appreciated, truly but they need to be balanced in that there are to sides of town, the South and the North and many of these projects benefit the North.  

One example was the "Cliffside Park Announces New Tree Initiative" back in 2010 

“If the Borough undertook this project at its own expense, the cost would be over $40,000,” said Councilman Corcoran, Liaison to the Green Committee. “This project will not only save taxpayers money, but will help preserve the environment for generations.”

I'm hoping that this next beautification project on Palisade Avenue encompasses "all" of Palisade Avenue between Hudson Place on the North Bergen / Cliffside Park border in the South and Marion Avenue on the Fort Lee border to our North.

If you feel that your block is left out of the Palisade Avenue beautification projects show up at next Borough Hall town meetings, the next one Tuesday, November 12, 2013 or call the Borough Clerk's Office at
(201) 945-3456

For a complete list of the dates, and also the minutes of past town meetings click Here.

Other Helpful Links:

Who's Who in Cliffside Park Elected Officals



Who's Steve Puibello

More About Steve Puibello  and Even More about Steve Puibello

For a free consultation on how you to can set-up a neighborhood group or a block association please contact me at Stephen@backbaynag.org








Saturday, November 2, 2013

Unsafe, Dark Street and Sidewalk as you Exit Cliffside Park Senior Housing


Between Lincoln Avenue & Division Street
on Gorge Road


November 2, 2013


Borough of  Cliffside Park
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ    07010
Attn:  Borough Clerk, Mayors Office

Dear Sercan Zoklu,

It's been several weeks since we communicated about the street lamp not working between Lincoln Avenue and Division Street along Gorge Road.

Many residents in the area, especially those who walk from the Cliffside Park Housing Authority, many who are senior citizens as well as myself who walk to and from the center of town feel unsafe. 

Please follow-up on the repair of this street lamp which will make the area safe for all residents young and old.


Thank you for you attention to this matter.

Respectfully,

Stephen Puibello
Friends and Neighbors of the
Back Bay NAG
Neighborhood Action Group

Sunday, October 13, 2013

LOST!!! CC Female Jack Russell Terrier The Landings at Port Imperial in West New York, NJ.

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LOST! 

West New York, NJ: CC a female Jack Russell Terrier was lost on October 11, 2013 from The Landings at Port Imperial in West New York, NJ. She was last seen at 1:30 am on Oct. 12 on the Hudson River Walkway near Port Imperial. I met the owners today while on our afternoon walk as they were posting fliers. 
Contact: Andrea 352-214-0448

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I Can Remember When I First Met Mayor Calabrese

slide show, courtesy of Stephen Puibello, Resident

September 12, 2013

Grand Opening 
and 
Dedication Ceremony 
of the
Cliffside Park 
 Senior Activity Center 
and Administrative Offices 
at the 
 Gerald A. Calabrese
Complex


Dedicated to:
Mayor Gerald A. Calabrese
1959 - Present

Thank You Mayor from the residents of 500-550 Gorge Road

Special thanks to:

Joseph Capano, PHA
Executive Director

James Santasiero, PHA

Assistant Executive Director 


I can remember first meeting Mayor Calabrese, we shared the elevator one afternoon, he was heading to his office, I was heading to pay the taxes for my dad, I said hello Mayor.  I never thought one day I would be contributing my photo essay of the construction of the new Senior Activity Center  which I use myself as I'm one of the 900 people who reside as well as volunteer in what we call "the campus."  

The Campus, has a new name, one fitting to the person who  through "his vision and determination to provide housing for senior citizens and disabled individuals in 1969 led him to approach HUD for Federal Funds to bring his vision to fruition," this being the Gerald A. Calabrese Complex at 500-550 Gorge Road, Cliffside Park. source: (Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony Program, September 12, 2013). 

I started this snapping pictures before construction, I used the photo of the building that's in my lobby and ended the slide show with the actual building.  Thanks to Joseph Capano "Joe" the Executive Director after seeing what I had started, granted me permission to gain access to continue with my theme of before and after.  Joe arranged for Frank Merchand, Director of Operations to take me for a tour of the interior when it was starting to take shape inside, and the later when it was completed when both Joe and Frank gave me a tour to complete my photo essay, thank you both.                                       



Additional Links:





Press:

"Cliffside Park Senior Center Will Expand"
Friday, March 11, 2011
Cliffside Park Citizen

"Cliffside Park Senior Center Expansion Nears Completion."
Friday, June 14, 2013
Cliffside Park Citizen

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Join Congressman Bill Pascrell at Summer Town Hall Meeting



Join Congressman Bill Pascrell
at his Summer Town Hall Meeting

We will be discussing issues of vital importance to all Americans.


Wednesday, August 27, 2013
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Cliffside Park Municipal Building
Council Chambers
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ, 07010

Parking available

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The worst crime is having to re-live trauma and we need our elected officials to set time limits on these crimes.


Devon Ward, rest in peace.

Enough. Each time the media covers a gun crime that involves death by an
involuntary manner, over... and over and over, it sends a reminder to a the survivors who have shared this experience a reminder, this is trauma, people who live with trauma need to heal
.

The worst crime is having to re-live trauma and we need our elected officials to set time limits on these crimes. 


We have term limits on our politicians, thermometers have limits that's what they do they prevent people from dying, they alert you stop what you are doing and seek medical assistance. 


I'm sitting on a fence here folks, our Supreme Court can't do it all, the process which is a good one needs to expand it's arms into our Government, not to decide for our politicians but to keep them within the term limits set on laws around death by involuntary actions to oneself. One bullet and your life is over really!! 


How about all elected officials, all lobbyist, anyone who argues laws that make sense pulls a straw and the one with the shortest has to surrender a loved one to a firing squad. all the drama, the media coverage but instead of a bullet out comes a flag that says really!! 


Our elected officials need a thermometer, and when the boiling point is reached, it's gets sent to a new level of our Federal Court, that being Federal Mediation. 


In mediation when two people can't come to a common solution it goes back to the judge. Can it be this simple.

Resources:


Papers:



Thursday, July 4, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness, continue to be kind

Fourth of July, memories of our Weber Grill
and random acts of kindness


Another holiday, this one the fourth of July. This one brings back memories of my family, especially my dad who I miss dearly. It was just him and I and Peppy our last dog and the Weber grill, it was 2009 and I'd do the grilling, we had a garage over hang so we grilled almost all seasons, but there's nothing like a 4th of July with your family and dad is and was my family, dad passed December 2010, he was 85, his last words to me were, "you I don't worry about you are the most resourceful person I know," and "continue to be kind to others," which I did and continue to do and is the topic of today's post, random acts of kindness.

I don't know about you, but being kind to others makes me feel good and living with Bipolar and HIV, I welcome as much feeling good as I can get, and it's free, not from a pill, but from your heart.

I never know what or how I'm going to write about, or how to approach it, so this time I asked our friend "Google," "random acts of kindness and depression," and with in .41 seconds, got 321,000 results. Guess what, it's proven that random acts of kindness helps combat depression. Thanks dad as even in your passing you continued to teach me something I was doing, but never understood why.

So I leave you all with a few of the 321,000 links and like my dad, ask each of you to continue to be kind to others, especially all of you who like me struggle with depression, Bipolar disorder and possible HIV/AIDS.

Kindness doesn't cost a thing, one I do often is offer to brew a cup of tea or bring up some filtered water for co-workers, others in the morning is holding those heavy glass doors exiting the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, 10 seconds is all it takes during rush hour. Offering your seat on bus or subway.

So feeling blue consider being kind to others, now that I know why I do it so often it makes sense and works for me, give it a try.





Random Acts of Kindness and a Smile


Kind of Matter


Five easy fixes to improve your mood


Random Acts of Kindness when feeling suicidal


Inspirational Quotes on Random Acts of Kindness


"Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others."

William J.H. Boetcker (1873-1962)


"When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace."

The 14th Dalai Lama (1935)

"Those who make compassion an essential part of their lives find the joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words. To become acquainted with kindness one must be prepared to learn new things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind. It is a philosophy of the spirit."

Robert J. Furey

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Oxen Hill both Safer for Pedestrians and Motorists

Letter to the Editor of Bergen Record and NorthJersey.com


As a Community Activist since 1992 I have to weigh in on the article written by John Cichowski on November 14, 2010, titled Palisades up the down roadway.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/transportation/road_warrior/107870509_Palisades__up_the_down_roadway.html

Oxen Hill is one of three roads entering and exiting the Borough of Edgewater. Anyone growing up in the area has witnessed the transformation of small Borough into a much larger community that's roadways are snarled with traffic on weekends and the word is out that there exists another way up, that being Oxen Hill. My family moved to Cliffside Park in 1974 and I used Oxen Hill then and now and strongly agree with Mayor Calabrese that the roadway be used one way.

As a Community Activist and former columnist for America On-Line-Digital City Boston, known as the Neighborhood Guy, I know a good deal about safety both vehicular and pedestrian. We haven't seen the recent Census, but based on "the 2007 Census estimate for the borough had a population of 9,582" that number easily triples do to the high costs of home ownership and the rise of new families and roommates.

Let's not forget Edgewater is in the heart of New Jersey's Gold Coast and with that the malls, movie theater, eateries, restaurants, etc., draws folks from the communities who border the Gold Coast. Not only should Oxen Hill be made one way up as an emergency exit roadway, but the telephone poles should be painted white from the base up to six feet. A side walk the entire length to accommodate the pedestrians who work in all the stores, along with new fluorescent street lamps and possible a bike lane to accommodate the area cycling enthusiast.



Respectfully,

Stephen A. Puibello, Founder
Friends and Neighbors of the
Back Bay NAG.
Neighborhood Action Group
Community Activist since 1996
web: www.Backbaynag.org

Monday, May 6, 2013

Yesteryear....................




Dear Neighbors:

For those just moving here welcome, for some like me who came in the early 70's, and the historians still around, and trust me they are still here. I found this on YouTube and thought you would like to view it as well. You notice an old fire house (it's still there) and the Episcopal Church at the intersection of Riverview and Palisade Avenue. Can you pick out others.

When you view the clip you will see references to Grantwood, from what I've found, "
Grantwood is a name used for an a part of town, taken from Grant's Tomb, located on the opposite shore of the river."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAkt52ZZ8eA

Enjoy the post, next time your on a bike, in your car, on the 156 or 159 NJ Transit buses see images from the clip and think back.

Respectfully,

Stephen A. Puibello,
Founder Friends and Neighbors of theBack Bay NAG.
Neighborhood Action GroupCommunity Activist since 1996
http://www.backbaynag.org/
Stephen@Backbaynag.org
Blog: http://thebackbaynagletters.blogspot.com/

Monday, February 11, 2013

Storm Nemo in my hometown of Cliffside Park, NJ

 Morning of the storm, like many before-- you can hear the plows, snow blowers, shovels and this army of residents and neighbors all out carving out walkways, their sidewalks and roadways.  This roving community activist out with his camera snapping photos, greeting everyone with a, "morning neighbor," as so many I know and have met this year at my new apartment  at the Cliffside Park Housing Authoritry or the locals, the campus, run by one of our own Joseph Capano,PHM Executive Director, a.k.a "Joe"
 

This morning I step out the door and who do I greet the staff and Joe and his young son Enzo, a father and son team, sorry Joe, the picture was blurred. I would have loved to share it with all, especially your son who some day will remember that morning and this man who hosts this website www.cliffside-park.org and his blog found on the site under the LETTERS button, oh well next storm.    The photo reminded me of my dad who at 82 still outside shoveling with his son, me doing the driveway, sidewalk and front of the house, his task the rear steps leading to the garage, my dad known as "Augie."     
       
Augie, RIP December 10, 2010
 
Father and Son, how many other father and sons were out that morning, readers if you have any photo's send them to me at stephen@backbaynag.org
 
www.backbaynag.org Founded in 1996 is the foundation of my writing, a hobby that landed me a short stint as a Freelance write for America-On-Line, AOL, Digital City Boston.  I left Boston in 2001 after selling my home to take care of my Dad, well we took care of one another.  Like Boston, I'm now back in my hometown doing what I love best, engaging with friend and neighbors of the Back Bay NAG
 
Our new pasture is www.cliffside-park.org
 
Thank you neighbors, Joe and Andrew and the two dozen others I met this past Saturday morning, referred to the Storm Nemo
 
 
 
 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

2012 Income Season in my Home Town


 In my Home Town, Liberty Tax

Buy foot or by car you find yourself on Anderson Avenue in Cliffside Park and you see a few staples like Millers Bakery, our crossing guard during the day and evening at the intersection of Anderson Avenue and Knox Avenue.  Pending which way you are going you pass others like Donna Gio's and Larry's Florist and then the store where you'll see a waving Lady Liberty greeting motorist and pedestrians. reminding us all it's income tax season and time to visit Liberty Tax.

Last year after years of preparing my own taxes I found out not only was I getting a refund like years past, but that I was entitled to State Taxes in both New Jersey and New York where I work, thank you John Clifford the one of many individuals working at Liberty Tax.   It's worth the extra dollars to have a professional to prepare your taxes, trust me on that.


Items to bring with you, not sure give Liberty Tax a call 201-943-6062, if working, even part-time and on SSI or SSDI , your W-2 and your SSA 1099, and all 1099's, your 1098's, tax forms, No! they have all of these and can file electronic, ah and yes a voided check so that the refund can be direct-deposited into your checking account.

Happy Tax season all.
www.Cliffside-Park.org , your Neighborhood Activist

Friday, January 11, 2013

Message for United States Congress





Fellow Americans I don't know about you but I'm soon to be 54 years of age and am fed up in the snails pace and bickering and tactics of our elected officials in Washington DC, presently the 113th Congress of the United States  These are the folks who are supposed to be solving our problems.

Have you ever watched War Games staring Matthew Broderick in it revolves around a computer generated game that puts our Counties level of defense readiness into  whats referred to as  the DEFCON System.  Imagine if each of us could rate their happiness via a website and the website does one function tallies and comes up with a citizen defcon system.  It's like a report card letting Congress what their grade is.

I have shared this visual with friends, its me at the steps of the Congress with an poster with a message to our leaders, it's a protest and it's just me, the message is work harder or clean out and lets put others willing to work together in Bipartisanship.

The visual, is an enema bottle seen at the top of today's article.