Citizens Soap Box

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City Images wishes to know what's on your mind... Speak up, citizens!

This originates from the days when individuals would stand on a wooden crate used for shipment of soap or any other dry goods from a manufacturer to a distributor.

So, we want to know what's bugging you? Write to your heart's content.

What's keeping you up at night and worth sharing with the online community?

The truth is many of our leaders don’t know enough about what we want and need. Your stories help them better understand the value of the taxes you and your families pay to support your area.

We’ve already sent multiple messages to our elected leaders. And each time you send legislators your thoughts, they get the message: we want fair and clear rules for all our citizens.

Now, it’s your turn to make your voice be HEARD!!!

Nationalism vs Globalism

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Globalism has been the American philosophy for a long time and can be seen in media, academia, at financial corporations and at charitable foundations. Then came The Donald and changed everything, with his nationalism promises on immigration, foreign policies and trade talk.

Nationalists believe that any true nation must have clearly delineated and protected borders, otherwise it isn’t really a nation. They also believe that their nation’s cultural heritage is sacred and needs to be protected, whereas mass immigration from far-flung lands could undermine the national commitment to that heritage. Globalists don’t care about borders. They believe the nation-state is obsolete, a relic of the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, which codified the recognition of co-existing nation states. Globalists reject Westphalia in favor of an integrated world with information, money, goods and people traversing the globe at accelerating speeds without much regard to traditional concepts of nationhood or borders.

Globalists are motivated by humanitarian impulses. For them, the rights and well-being of the world’s people supersede the rights and well-being of the American populace. Nationalists don’t care about dominating world events. Being nationalists, they want their country to be powerful, with plenty of military reaches, but mostly to protect American national interests. They usually ask a fundamental question when foreign adventures are proposed—whether the national interest justifies the expenditure of American blood and treasure on behalf of this or that military initiative. The fate of other people struggling around the globe, however heartrending, doesn’t usually figure in nationalist considerations. The fate of America is the key.

The US history of trade admits of no straight-line analysis. Andrew Jackson was a supreme nationalist, and a free-trader. William McKinley made America a global power but was a protectionist. In our own time, though, the fault line is clear. Globalists salute the free flow of goods across national borders on the theory that this will foster ever greater global commerce, to the benefit of all peoples of all nations. Whether they are right or not, their focus is on the American citizens whose lives and livelihoods have been also hollowed out in many instances. Thus has a powerful new wave of protectionism washed over the body politic, leaving globalist elites running to get out of the way. Globalists were too focused on global trade and commerce to notice the horrendous plight of America’s internal refugees from the industrial nation of old.

Therefore, it's not women vs. men; evangelicals vs. liberals; Latinos vs. Whites, working-class Americans with no college; progressives vs. traditionalists; old vs. young. These are all important, but not crucial. An understanding of this mudslinging camp pain and the upcoming election, or what may be known as the revolution of 2016 will be what is driving The United States of America into a period of serious political tremors.

The mission of informing, enlightening, illuminating, stimulating and entertaining our readers also involves equipping digital content consumers with knowledge, wisdom, and context needed to act as productive citizens.

DOSE OF NEWS

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At DOSE OF NEWS * www.doseofnews.com, everyone surfing on the World Wide Web can read all their favorite news, sports, technology, entertainment, finance, politics, lifestyle, health, science and odd news that's fit to download.

INCREASE MINIMUM WAGES

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Employees at stores and fast food restaurants went on strike last year expressing their financial difficulties as a result of the minimum wage. The minimum wage is not high enough to cover basic costs of living in this country. Residents in NYC, Chicago, Detroit, LA, Boston, and St. Louis displayed their frustrations by picketing and or by striking.

3 MILLION OF US

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The US is a multicultural melting pot comprised of people who make up an international salad of world languages. The final figures indicate that over 3 million registered voters cast more ballots for other candidates who were also running for president and not Donald Trump, making him the least popular president-elect in history.

The data is clear and figures are right here. The Donald does not appear to have a mandate, no matter how many times he repeats it and continues to say it. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/trump_favorableunfavorable...

DUMP ON TRUMP?

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Which media outlet helped develop Donald Trump into a national broadcasting celebrity? Will this famous candidate soon implode and become infamous? The Ugly American is alive and dumping on US.

It is US laws which allowed Donald Trump to file for corporate bankruptcy four times, The first time was in 1991, then in 1992, later in 2004 and finally in 2009.

These bankruptcies were connected to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties, which are now operated under the banner of Trump Entertainment Resorts.

Happy Birthday NYFD

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For over a century and a half, New York City’s bravest have been a source of great pride – and for good reason. Time and again, and during our city’s most difficult moments, the FDNY has answered the call of duty with valor and unwavering commitment.

The logo serves as a symbol of pride for the many sacrifices firefighters have made to protect countless New York City residents, who have found themselves in harm’s way.

Penny For Your Thoughts?

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If Darwinism is real, it might be a matter of time for the GOP, as the Republican Convention approaches and The Donald's superego continues to demand attention 24/7 from the media.

Nobody seems to know what this guy is thinking, and the person most expected to be his VP pick may not be his chosen one.

The deadline is lunchtime today for penny for your thoughts Pence, who faces a high noon deadline in Indiana for filing for gubernatorial re-election. If he misses that, his political future wont be worth a pence. As The Donald would say... You're Fired!

FEVER RE-UNION

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Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in association with Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records celebrates the 38th Anniversary of the legendary Bronx nightclub Disco Fever with a night of OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP: Fever Re-Union Throw-Back Concert on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at 7pm. In the early 1970’s the Hip Hop musical genre was born in the neighborhoods of the South Bronx. The Fever Re-Union concert will feature performances by KURTIS BLOW “The Breaks,” ROB BASE “It Takes Two,” SUGARHILL GANG “Rappers Delight,” BIZ MARKIE “Just A Friend,” GRANDMASTER MELLE MEL & SCORPIO of THE FURIOUS FIVE “The Message,” SOULSONIC FORCE “Planet Rock,” SWEET G “Games People Play,” MC SHAN “The Bridge,” FEARLESS FOUR “Rockin It,” T-SKI VALLEY “Catch the Beat,” SPYDER-D “Smerphies Dance,” SPOONIE GEE “Spooin’ Rap,” BUSY BEE STARKI “Running Things” and More Groups to be announced. Hosted by SAL ABBATIELLO and DR BOB LEE. Music by DJ MARLEY MARL, DJ HOLLYWOOD and DJ BRUCIE B. Produced by Lehman Center and Sal Abbatiello.

E-CIGARETTE SHOP IN TOWN

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Last week, I noticed a few teenagers inside a new store on City Island avenue. I entered and began to cough because some were smoking electronic cigarettes. I recognized these kids as locals, but decided to focus on the guy behind the counter. He said the owner was not there and when I identified myself as a journalist he handed me a phone number and an email address. I tried reaching out, but to no avail.

Driving Terror

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Terrorists have taken to driving massive vehicles into large crowds to cause massive deaths and injuries. They have carried out these types of crimes before in France, Germany, and the UK.

This time it was Sweden, which remains in mourning after a hijacked truck crashed into a department store and killed at least four people in central Stockholm.

Public safety authorities arrested a suspect, who is thought to be the driver, but would not confirm or deny reports that police had found a bag containing explosives in the truck.

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Query

Is the poem the only one in the Citizens' Soap Box? Where are the rest, if any?

DEAR LADY

Dear Lady standing by the sea
You are a welcome sight to see
I have left the walls and shores of tyranny
And now I gaze at thee
You stand so tall for all to see
Your burning torch lights up the night
So all can see your Crown of Liberty
We who have come from across the sea
Stand on crowded decks to gaze at thee
I know that if by chance you gaze at me
My only wish is to be free
Dear Lady standing by the sea.

By City Islander Jim Mullarkey
82nd Airborne Division