Rochester, NY, Parents: Say No to a Charter Founded by a Con Man

“I couldn’t graduate from regular school because I’m just too, too advanced…” Perhaps he had an undiagnosed ADD condition and couldn’t focus long enough to learn anything. Or perhaps he’s just an outright huckster. Whatever the reason, he has not shown a good reason to be in charge of educating children. If I were a parent in that school system, I would be protesting this decision.

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

Dear Parents of Rochester, New York:

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Board of Regents have approved a charter school to be opened in your community in September 2015: The Greater Works Charter School (GWCS).

GWCS lead applicant Ted J. Morris, Jr.– the man chiefly promoting the project– has been found multiple times over to be a fraud.

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He lied about his high school graduation from Rochester’s School Without Walls.

He lied about graduating with a bachelors degree from Western Governors University.

He lied about attending and graduating with a masters and doctorate from Concordia University Chicago.

He lied about graduating with a doctorate from Grand Canyon University.

And watch here to see Morris lying in person on Rochester television.

In the Democrat and Chronicle, Morris described himself as being “too advanced” for the traditional classroom:

“I remember being in school and feeling I was…

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Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

As much as I have been made aware of Walmart’s unethical behavior, I still learned something today about the true impact on our wages, our independence, their welfare status of avoiding taxes in the billions. I avoid them like the plague, but as we saw in the video, my choices to buy elsewhere are limited by the other stores still in existence and there are times when I have no choice (like when the Kroger water filter machine breaks down for the umpteenth time). We had another long time store closing its doors in this small town’s downtown area just this month. They were the last of their breed with the higher quality clothing. I especially value higher quality goods because they last–which means less going to landfills; they wear better (a sewer especially appreciates well-constructed clothing–a talent that I am afraid will be lost in the coming generations). And when one sees the impact around the world–with the workers in China and India — one sees how truly destructive Walmart is–we have to take that into consideration when buying cheap plastic crap from Walmart. Doing unto others as we would have done to us is part of this–why I would not cave in to the bank that would give me free checking as long as I began online banking–this would eliminate a human being’s job (not to mention security issues, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog). And people tend to feel helpless, but as they talked about in the video, Walmart would like us to think we’re helpless.
What if nobody shopped at Walmart?
Where would they get their billions?

Thanksgiving: Part of “Broken Circle” Holidays

Dr. War Jack’s words tell of the Native American approach to life–being consciously grateful for everything and accepting differences in other cultures.
This morning, as I took my bath, I thanked the Creator for the water to bathe in, the heater that makes it warm, the epsom salts, baking soda, and vinegar from the Earth to help me detox; for the baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves to brush my teeth with, the olive trees that grew the olives that made the oil that helped make the soap I used to wash my body with.
I was thankful for the cotton that made the washcloth and towels. And on…
It’s not a passive existence, but an active mindset that engages with the moment and what is going on around one. It’s a constant connection with the Creator through all of nature and all that nature gives us.

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American Indians gather on Alcatraz Island at Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony on Thursday, November 27, 2014. Native News Online photo by Arthur Jacobs. American Indians gather on Alcatraz Island at Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony on Thursday, November 27, 2014. Native News Online photo by Arthur Jacobs.

by Dr. LaNada War Jack, Native News Online, Nov 27, 2014

Traditional American Thanksgiving acknowledges a feast shared between Pilgrims and Indigenous Native people. We know our people assisted with the early immigration process of those people arriving from Europe because they were pitiful, hungry and starving. We were kind and loving people who helped them. However, once they got a foothold, they tried to completely extinguish us, stole our lands and now we are supposed to be thankful. This runs similar to the “Redskin” mascot Issue or the “Columbus Day” celebration of genocide. Today, we are supposed to celebrate Thanksgiving, which is part of the  “Broken Circle” corporate holidays.

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How Comcast and HP are corrupting elections in America

How to get elected time and time again even though you don’t represent the American public’s wishes…

Be sure to click on the Comcast customer service phone call link…very telling of how bad customer service has become.  And how this and other Too Big to Fail telecommunications companies are not serving the public.  Consolidation does not serve the public, but the shareholders  and CEOs of mammoth companies.


I am grateful because this year, I get to feed the birds during winter.  I haven’t been able to do that since leaving my home.  I kept the cedar bird feeder in my trunk all this time in hopes of being able to do it again.  I’ve seen the usual:  cardinals, blue jays, sparrows, tufted titmouse (song here), nuthatch, I haven’t seen the black cap chickadee nor the junco that I used to see at my house.  Watching the birds is the best winter therapy — no pills needed.

I made my gluten free pumpkin pie last night with Bob’s Red Mill rice flour pie recipe.  No, I don’t get any kickbacks from the company…I just really like the way the crust tastes with the pumpkin.  Better than wheat!

I thought I was going to escape the holiday blues this year…but alas…

And to the Native Americans, who see this holiday as a day of mourning…all is not lost.

Hope you have a full tummy and friends/family around today.  Bless those that don’t.