Friday 20th October 2017

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Hate Crimes in Indiana

Hate Crimes in Indiana are more common than in most other states. Because I live here, and because I am a member of the human race, I own this shameful problem. My powers to fight against this evil are limited, but I do what I can. What I CAN do is to admit this ugly evil is common, widespread and unspeakable. I can speak up to shame the wrong doers, and try to force change by shining the light of public scrutiny on this evil. Anyone can do these things, and if you don't, you are part of the evil. Silence is complicity. Silence gives tacit approval, and encourages evil. Tell your neighbors.

Ron Nesler/New Harmony Indiana

A defense of (some) Republicans

Here is a NYT's article about some sane and helpful state health care legislation passed by MINNESOTA  REPUBLICANS. 

Here is a quote from that article: “This is the type of risk-mitigation tool that the feds defunded in an effort to sabotage Obamacare,” Mr. Lourey said.

Here are  my take aways: Health care reform is possible. I salute these patriotic Minnesota Republicans, who have placed the public good above the sort of revenge politics that we have from the Tea Party assholes in the Hoosier GOP. This is living proof, that NOT ALL Republicans everywhere are hateful, mind dead, bigoted assholes

Here is a footnote:  On the advice of my psychologist/therapist, I recently took up using the word asshole(s), when referring to people who truly ARE assholes. It is enormously therapeutic. I recommend it.

Posted from New Harmony Indiana by an old soldier named Ron Nesler

Hot Times in New Harmony, Indiana

We have had a very hot summer so far, but it looks like the heat spell has broken. I hope so, because it has adversely affected my gardening. In my experience, just a degree or two of average higher temps in the summer can hurt crops like pole beans, lettuce, turnips, chard, kale and other leafy greens. All of that did poorly for me this year. And, my asparagus bed was also a very poor producer this year. Blackberries were a little below average and my raspberries were a fail this year. On the other hand, tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet corn all thrived in the heat. Garden heirloom tomatoes and crisp fresh cucumbers are two of the best things about gardening. No cucumber from the grocery store ever comes close to being as good as a nice crisp young cuke grown on a trellis in your own garden. And, grocery store tomatoes are a cruel joke for true tomato lovers.  I have several fig bushes, and the figs are not ripe quite yet, but I have a HUGE crop of figs on the bushes. And, we are expecting them to explode into ripeness any day. Fig bushes (some people call them trees, but mine are bushes) grow very well here in New Harmony, and I am surprised more folks don't have them. Fig bushes are really simple to propagate from cuttings or by "layering' of branches. If you live in the area and want a rooted start of a fig plant, let me know, and I will get you one. Once you have your own plant, you can propagate as many more as you like.


Here is a link posted under the heading of "BE CAREFUL OR YOU'LL LEARN SOMETHING."


Posted from New Harmony Indiana by Ron Nesler . 

In New Harmony, Indiana we pay our taxes

Here in New Harmony, Indiana, we fulfil our military service obligations and pay our taxes. But, the Washington Post is reporting, that on at least one real estate deal, President Trump, our draft dodger in chief,  probably conspired to evade income taxes. Why am I not shocked? In the opinion of this old Vietnam war vet, a serial adulterer like Trump, who would dodge the draft during wartime, probably would not think twice about cheating on his income taxes. Here is the WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE , see what YOU think.

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I hope the other GOP Senators pay attention to John McCain putting the welfare of the nation above petty partisan bickering and trying to "win" just for the sake of winning, regardless the consequences to the nation.  Republicans NEED a dose of that. I can remember a time, when the Republican party had honor, sanity and dignity. We need that again.


Indiana has the typical Red State aversion to public health services. Eventually this will bite us in the ass. Taxpayers don't save a dime in the long run by denying poor people health care.


I don't think Trump has any idealogy, but he is willing to destroy everything good and decent about America to rouse the rabble and create chaos to hide his crimes. He has stirred up some real ugliness, and ONLY the rebuke of his fellow Republicans can save us from it. Where in the Hell are the principled Republicans of old?



Adios for today, from Ron Nesler's Fishing Camp and Vegetable Garden in New Harmony, Indiana



New Harmony Indiana in the Spring

Yellow color 4/17

New  Harmony, Indiana in the Spring is hands down the finest place in the world. And a top contender during the rest of the year. I have been around the world, and I would rather be right here in New Harmony, than any other place, I know. It is quiet and serene here in our town of 800, but we also have events and facilities here, which each year attract thousands of artistically and spiritually inclined people from around the globe.

…………………………………Here in New Harmony, Indiana we have the……………….

Mass Incarceration

The View From New Harmony

The View From New Harmony

What an election year for political junkies like me! The whole political world from left to right is in good healthy upheaval. The establishment is under attack from both the left and the right. Don't you just love it? It gives me hope that honest tangible changes may actually happen. And that maybe some of our career political parasites may end up out on their money grubbing asses.

For the first time in my memory, all issues are out on the table for discussion this year from campaign reform to mass incarceration to whether or not we should continue to wage endless wars around the globe. Everything is up for debate, and you can thank Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump for forcing the discussions. I am a Bernie Sanders supporter, but I am also grateful for Donald Trump, because just like Sanders, he is forcing people out in the open with their ideas. I find a lot of the ideas of the Trump supporters pretty repulsive, but since they exist in the minds of my fellow Americans, it is better to put them out into the sunlight of public discussion than it is to pretend they don't exist. Good morning America, let us open up and talk!

Out of all of the conversations that Sanders and Trump have opened up, I am thinking about criminal justice reform this morning. Here is my opinion on criminal justice reform. What we are doing now — mass incarceration of non violent offenders– is a dismal failure from both social and economic points of view. Long term rehabilitation of non violent criminals is a far less costly for the taxpayers than is long term incarceration. The problem is that incarceration has become a juicy profitable plum for corporations and police forces. The right wing corporatists sell the idea of long term incarceration to the voters by peddling it as "revenge," and all human beings love us some revenge down deep in our skevie little hearts. But this revenge is a social and economic cancer on our society. It changes the non violent offenders in processes into violent offenders on down the road. Anyone who is not completely stupid or blind can see that mass incarceration feeds joblessness and hopelessness, eats up huge amounts of tax dollars and, and does not by any measure "work." Mass incarceration doesn't protect people, it creates more dangers of violent crime for us. Mass incarceration doesn't save money, it is bankrupting us.  If we did away with mass incarceration, we would lose that wonderful feeling of revenge we get with it. But without mass incarceration, we would cut costs and improve results.


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Mosquitoes and gay marriage

The View From New Harmony

The View From New Harmony

Mosquitoes and gay marriage and American exceptionalism

So what in the hell do mosquitoes and gay marriage have to do with American exceptionalism?

Diseases borne by mosquitoes cause untold suffering among human beings. Our only response so far is to spray for the mosquitoes with chemicals that also kill honey bees and human beings. For less money and energy than we now spend on trying to prevent people from marrying whomever they choose —  which harms no one — I am certain that we could easily combat diseases borne by mosquitoes which cause immense human suffering?

Isn't that a radical idea? Sometimes I amaze even myself.

While I am on a roll, allow me to make another suggestion. Very few hearts and minds are won over to America's side by bombing civilian villages, torturing prisoners of war or targeting the families of those prisoners of war for retribution.  I served fifteen months in the Vietnam war, where we tried all of these actions against the Vietnamese. They didn't work then against the Vietnamese, and they won't work now against Muslim insurgencies.  The way to battle insurgencies is to remove — not add to —  the reasons that people have for joining those insurgencies. We need to defend ourselves and a select few friendly nations, but being a global police offiocer is a no win job. 

America can be a bright shining light for mankind, but we can't do it with bombs and torture and bigotry. Whatever happened to the Peace Corp? Or the space program? Or fighting diseases that cause human suffering? Therein lie the formula for American exceptionalism.


Ron Nesler posting about mosquitoes and gay marriage and American excveptionalism from gopod ol' New Harmony Indiana

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Shelton Hickerson


Ron-firs-ICON-WE$B-SITE-Cousins-PicNic-IMG_3294I would rather drink Drano or eat boiled grub worms, than to be a politician like Joe Donnelly or Larry Bucshon. Why? Because those money grubbing weasels gobble up all of the very best that America has to offer for themselves, and then have less gratitude (or testicles) than a diseased gnat.

I remember a time in America when members of Congress would stand beside their constituents,  especially constituents who had fought in a war. A good example is Frank McCloskey long time Congressman from the 8th District of Indiana. Congressman Frank McCloskey was never too busy or too self important to help a constituent or take a phone call from a war veteran. MCcloskeyb agreed with the famous Speaker of the House of Representatives Sam Rayburn, who famously said that the "most important purpose of a congressman is to bring the benefits of big government to small people."

But not these money grubbers we have in office now. These slugs are too busy counting their loot and plotting their next corporate "donation" to even take a phone call from a Hoosier war hero such as  SHELTON HICKERSON



I was just reading the fine print on a can of smoked oysters. I love smoked oysters, especially with cream cheese on crackers. A Hell of a fine snack, and nothing could be more of an all American munchie than smoked oysters.

But according to the label on my present can of smoked oysters, these little boogers were ………………….


NHW-RON-ThumbnailPoker is poker, where ever you may go. And I have played all over the world. I once was the big winner in a game of Five Card Stud poker in South East Asia during the Vietnam war. The game went on day and night for three days and three nights. We were playing in Vietnamese Piasters instead of of American dollars, and I had a strong run of good luck that lasted for the final two days, until everyone else in the game went broke. The Piasters were a very highly inflated currency, I think one US dollar was equal to about 10,000,000,000 Piasters or something. I won so many piasters, that I had to hire two kids with wheelbarrows to help me carry it all back to my Army unit.  I think when I exchanged all of those huge piles of Piasters for American currency, I must have had upwards of $37 or so.

After I got out of the Army, ……………………….

Indiana’s New Right to Discriminate Law

Indiana's New Right to Discriminate Law 

NHW-RON-ThumbnailNote to the rest of the world: Not ALL people from Indiana are ignorant, hateful, racist, homophobic, fascist assholes. Not by a long shot. Our state government has temporarily fallen under the control of the Tea Party, but not all Hoosiers are complicit in what is going on here. The Tea Party tsunami overwhelmed our state in 2010 and these racist homophobes now running things took control at the ballot box by scaring the Hell out of ordinary Hoosiers by telling them that socialists and gays and lesbians and labor unionists and artists and writers and librarians………………….