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Saturday, March 03, 2012

But let’s give those sanctions a chance to work


FT:
Iran’s fundamentalists, who are harshly critical of president Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, have led the early results of Friday’s parliamentary elections.
Analysts, however, are cautious in calling Iran’s president a big loser and stress his political weight in the next 290-seat parliament remains unclear and complicated.

Iran’s president has fallen foul of the regime after he decided last year to challenge the authority of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader who is supposed to be obeyed unconditionally, triggering an unprecedented power struggle.
So not only does this make the ENTIRE American led effort to ‘negotiate’ a farce (it couldn’t be more obvious there is not only no one to talk seriously with, but that no words or lowly $ can change the course of events)… we are informed..

ACHMADINEJAD IS THE LIBERAL IN IRAN

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Daylight: The Story of Obama and Israel

One day before the AIPAC conference kicks off in Washington, an anti-Obama pro-Israel group is widening its criticism of President Barack Obama's record on Israel -- while the White House defends its treatment of the relationship.

The trailer for a new 30-minute video, entitled "Daylight: The Story of Obama and Israel," cuts together clips of Obama quotes and outside commentary to put forth the narrative that Obama has made statements and taken actions as president that have put him out of step with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his supporters.



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Somtimes You Just Gotta Love Your Enemies

Libya's Muslim Brotherhood

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Building Babel - The Story of Sharif El-Gamel

A man named David Ostit has produced a documentary film about Sharif El-Gamel, the scum who wanted to build a Mosque at the site of one of the buildings hit by the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11:
Building Babel follows a year in the life and work of Sharif El-Gamel, the developer behind New York's "Ground Zero Mosque", otherwise known as Park 51 - a Muslim community center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center.

The film follows Sharif's struggle to build the embattled center against seemingly endless opposition, all the while struggling with his own religion and identity amid intense scrutiny.

Told in observational style, Building Babel is a tale of maturation through adversity. Released to the press in an embryonic stage and during a pivotal election year, Sharif and his "All-American" plans for an Islamic community center were met with a mixture of cautious optimism and unbridled furor. Enter Park 51 as symbol - representing a hope that Sharif's hyphenated Muslim-American identity might someday find solid footing in the fabric of American society.

Building Babel provides a portrait of American identity ten years on from September 11th. Who are Muslims, and who are Americans? Where does the line get drawn and who gets to draw it?


Building Babel (2012) - Official Trailer from Rosewater Pictures on Vimeo.
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Friday, March 02, 2012

But he’s not bluffing about taking action inside Iran


RCP:

Obama: The “One Thing” That Michelle Allows Me To Do Is Watch ESPN

In an interview with ESPN’s Bill Simmons, President Obama talks about how he is able to sneak in watching sports during the day.

“Well, first of all, I don’t watch network news or cable news. So in the morning, when I’m working out with Michelle, it’s on SportsCenter. This is the one thing that she allows me,” Obama told Simmons.
Is there anyone who BELIEVES that this person will undertake WHATEVER ACTION ends up as compulsory inside Iran to achieve OUR strategic needs?
Without the belief that this person MEANS WHAT HE SAYS, of what use is all this caterwauling about options on tables?
ESPECIALLY when the only time it comes up is in the middle of an effort to shut the Israelis up and halt their efforts to defend their state by ANNOUNCING THEIR ATTACK SCHEDULE.
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Esperanza Spalding
Sunlight



Midnight Sun

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Dave Brubeck
These Foolish Things


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Thursday, March 01, 2012

“the U.S. government has refused to deny reports by the government of Afghanistan that NATO has agreed to have the soldiers who burned copies of the Quran face trial.”


Have we had it yet?
A war to kill the enemy by drone, B-1, B-2, and F-15E
We pay BOUNTY for dead terrorists on our lists
Last week, Afghan president Hamid Karzai demanded NATO turn over the U.S. troops to be tried in Afghanistan. President Obama subsequently sent a letter to Karzai reassuring him that the troops involved would be punished for their actions.
Part of the three-page letter to Karzai said, “I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies. We will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.”
It is unclear exactly what Obama meant by that statement as the White House has not released the full text of the letter. However, the Afghan government may have provided insight into its contents.
Over the weekend, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan government media and information center website posted a joint statement by the delegations assigned to probe the Quran burning incident.
The statement says that two delegations were created to “investigate the circumstances and causes that have led to the inhumane incident.”
The statement listed several items, including a demand that the U.S. turn over the authority of the prison in Bagram to the Afghan government to ensure similar incidents do not recur and “calls on the U.S. government to fully and comprehensively cooperate to this end.”
However, the statement used vastly different language when discussing the fate of the U.S. soldiers involved in the incident.
“NATO officials promised to meet Afghan nation’s demand of bringing to justice, through an open trial, those responsible for the incident and it was agreed that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice as soon as possible,” the statement said.
The wording suggests members of the military could be handed over to an Afghan system that imposes Shariah-related penalties.
U.S officials were unwilling to state emphatically that the soldiers would not be turned over to the Afghan legal system for burning the Qurans.
Cmdr. William Speakes, a spokesman for the Pentagon said, “It would be premature to speculate at any potential outcomes. Any disciplinary action if deemed warranted will be taken by U.S. authorities after a thorough review of the facts pursuant to all U.S. military law and regulations and in accordance with due process. We have made no commitments beyond that.”
Oderint …, well you know
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Will Eisner was aware of Islamic anti-semitism

I made a most amazing discovery about the late cartoonist Will Eisner, who produced some of the first book-length comics to be described as "graphic novels" in his time in a February 2004 New York Times article at the time he was completing his last book, The Plot. As told here:
What do you do 25 years after creating a new artistic genre? If you are Will Eisner, you do the same thing again in your late 80's.

''A Contract With God,'' set in the tenements of his Bronx youth and published in 1978, established Mr. Eisner as the father of the graphic novel. Now he has taken the adult comic-book format a step further, with a graphic history that applies his dark, 1930's-style illustrations to real events of a century ago.

This latest work, called ''The Plot,'' tells the story behind the creation of ''The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,'' the infamous Russian forgery that purported to reveal a Jewish plan to rule the world. Mr. Eisner, the son of Jews who fled Europe, has reached into the past to say something about the present: a time, he says, when anti-Semitism is again on the rise.

''I was surfing the Web one day when I came across this site promoting 'The Protocols' to readers in the Mideast,'' said Mr. Eisner, 86. ''I was amazed that there were people who still believed 'The Protocols' were real, and I was disturbed to learn later that this site was just one of many that promoted these lies in the Muslim world. I decided something had to be done.''
Wow, isn't that something. He understood what was going on in the Islamic-dominated world. And he wasn't afraid to say so. Incredible.

I found this through a now inactive blog called Thought Balloons once run by the CBR contributor named Kevin Melrose, who's since signaled that he's more than willing to apologize for Islamofascism. And it made wonder: if Eisner were still alive today, and made statements like these, or wanted to publish a book similar to Frank Miller's Holy Terror, how would the establishment in the comics medium react today? Yes, the same people who attacked Miller and want to blacklist him now? How indeed?

As I write this, I've also found that blatant anti-conservative Islam apologist Andy Khouri, who did me the flattering honor of making his nasty little screed against folks like myself has just posted about the documentary Masters of Comic Book Art on leftist Comics Alliance, and it's worth noting that not only Eisner was interviewed for it, but also other Jewish creators like the late Jack Kirby, Bernie Wrightson and Harvey Kurtzman. Even Miller was featured, and Ohio novelist Harlan Ellison, who may have once said that Fredric Wertham declared "jihad" on comics back in the day* as his way of criticizing the well-meaning but flawed [Jewish] refugee doctor from Munich, was the host. If we were to take him as an example, it's facinating to wonder whether he'd end up hating Eisner for even remotely slamming the Religion of Rape at least a year before his death, or does. Likewise, what would all the other Khouris, Melroses, Chris Sims, Laura Hudsons, David Hines, Brigid Alversons and other dhimmis in the comics world say if not only had Eisner, himself a possible mentor for Miller, wanted to embark on a similar project to Miller's, but also slammed the Occupy movement like Miller did?

My first guess would be that, if Eisner or any other veteran of his standing had done so, they might leave them alone, presumably because famous figures like them deserve a respect that later generations are denied. But if this speculation has any meat to it and they would give Eisner the pass they won't give Miller, then the question is - why?

However, my second guess is that unfortunately, there is a possibility that they would turn against Eisner with the same venom that they've already reserved for Miller, and even if they don't wish him ill on the surface, they might underneath, and might even be willing to call him a "racist" and use his ill-advised renditions of Ebony White in the Spirit comic strip as a weapon of "proof", even though he already apologized for it long ago, and acknowledged his mistakes in the introduction for Fagin the Jew in 2003. But that only begs the question of why they're even bothering to back other Jewish creators when they too could or have written not especially flattering depictions of jihadists and Islamic regimes in their time.

These are interesting questions that are decidedly well worth pondering, and help give some clues as to just how laughable those leftist would-be comics fans and reporters really are. Obviously, we can't read their minds and don't know just why they want to associate with an art form that plenty of Jewish industrialists helped make famous in the past century. But it can help to tell that clearly, those moonbats really can be very strange people.

For now, let me be clear here that Eisner is to be congratulated for having the courage to speak up about a very serious subject like the Religion of Rape in the year before his death. For that Eisner should be remembered well as a guy who, while not without flaws, did have the ability to recognize challenging subjects.

* In the now defunct American Film journal circa 1989.
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Andrew Breitbart, Dead at 43

A man I greatly admired, has died, apparently, of natural causes.

From Breitbart News:
With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.

Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.

We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior.

Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.

Andrew recently wrote a new conclusion to his book, Righteous Indignation:

I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.

Media inquiries: jpollak@breitbart.com
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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time, for 30 minutes.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870.

Listen to the March 2, 2012 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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Obama's view of the world


I'm still not sure which he wants to be
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Attention must be paid, and kudos to MERYL STREEP ..donating millions across her lifetime


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where her mouth is
From FORBES and with a GREATFUL hat tip to SUICIDEBLONDE, most of whose tastes I seem to share…ain’t irony grand? When I started to follow her, little did I get it.

Meryl Streep Has Been Giving Away Millions in Secret for Years

Yesterday’s big news: Meryl Streep and artist husband Don Gummer donated $20,000 to two schools, and fellow actor Viola Davis has been involved. It sounded very nice, and it was done before the Oscars. But a closer look reveals that the Gummers have quietly been giving away millions for the last several years without any fanfare. Their Silver Mountain Arts Foundation has donated close to $2 million to Vassar College alone in the last three years.
According to the foundation’s tax filing, Silver Mountain pays no salaries. It just gives and gives- t0 arts projects, health organizations, etc. The donations are in a range from $1000 to $1 million. It’s quite extraordinary and it’s been going on for years.  The Gummers are annual donors to the Opus School in Harlem, the setting of Meryl’s Oscar nominated performance in “Music of the Heart.”
In 2010 alone, they gave away $2.13 million–about half of it to Vassar, but $100,000 to Oxfam America, and another $5,000 apiece to things like New York’s City Meals on Wheels and Coalition for the Homeless. They’re very giving to local charities in their Connecticut neighborhoods, and support museums in Boston and Illinois. Last year they even gave $200,000 to the National Women’s Museum in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Why did Oprah get the humanitarian award?
The fact that these donations had to be DUG OUT by Forbes says more about Meryl Streep the HUMAN than any work she could do.
In this case the consummate, top professional has matched in character what she is capable of in her work.
CARRY ON  
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Delusion is a powerful mistress or….


whom the gods would destroy they first make mad..
The Obama Admin Secretary of Energy:

Energy Secretary Chu Admits Administration OK with High Gas Prices

President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu uttered the kind of Washington gaffe that consists of telling the truth when inconvenient. According to Politico, Chu admitted to a House committee that the administration is not interested in lowering gas prices.
Chu, along with the Obama administration, regards the spike in gas prices as a feature rather than a bug. High gas prices provide an incentive for alternate energy technology, a priority for the White House, and a decrease in reliance on oil for energy.
I am ordering my algae growing kit today!
Obama on Afghanistan:

Koran Apology ‘Calmed Things Down’

President Obama said his formal apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Korans by U.S. troops last week has “calmed things down” after the incident sparked an outbreak of violence across the country.
Of course, after the apology, after 2 US officers were killed by an Afghan National Police Intelligence officer, in a top secret clearance only bldg, and THEN ESCAPED, after other US soldiers were killed, after riot after riot….

Afghanistan - WORLD

2 NATO troops killed by Afghan soldier, civilian


Published March 01, 2012
Two NATO troops were killed by an Afghan soldier and a civilian who opened fire on them in southern Afghanistan, a NATO statement said Thursday.
“Two individuals, one believed to be an Afghan National Army service member and the other in civilian clothing, turned their weapons indiscriminately against International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan National Security Force service members in southern Afghanistan today [Thursday], killing two ISAF service members,” the statement read.
The shooters were involved in literacy activities in Afghanistan.
Perhaps they just don’t want to read anything but the book they defaced with writing those secret messages in.
Obama should be familiar with this since he already has condemned those bitter bible clingers HERE.
Barack Obama is a danger to this nation’s people. He is a naive delusional amateur, who sees his worst enemies across the aisle. To him THEY MUST BE since they seek to deprive him of his adulatory positions.
Any republican but Ron Paul would improve this nation’s situation, EVEN THE ODIOUS POSITIONS OF SANTORUM would be an improvement.
That’s how bad things are.
GAS PRICES 2008
Gas prices today
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    Humpday Blues

    Robert Cray
    Back Door Slam



    Poor Johnny



    I Guess I Showed Her


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    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    No Depression -- Just waiting for whatever happens next

    The next time you hear some Republican or conservative fool or Tea Party Patriot talking about how the unemployed just don't want to work and shouldn't be helped when there's 1 job for every 4 or 5 out of work and more than 50% of those CLAIMING benefits have been out of work for more than a year let alone those not claiming benefits

    or hear some idiot Liberal democrat say how things are improving jobs are getting better why we created 200,000 jobs last month that's almost enouyght to keep up with the number of people entering the job market for the first time each month and the unemployment rate has plunged to a mere 8.3% (adjusted) why that's just fantastic news

    and find yourself inclined to believe or agree with either one

    think about Zach and the thousands like him

    2,600 in his county alone

    how many more across this great nation of ours

    and make sure you speak out about it

    set the record straight

    one wonders, sometimes, if the sight of a guillotine being erected on Wall Street or a gallows rising in Washington while peasants with pitch forks tar and feathers march toward them might not scare some sense into our self serving public servants

    every last one of them

    remember that when you finally hit the ballot box

    remember Zach and his family

    and remember that Midnight Rider has warned you about this again and again and again over the last few years

    ask Christine

    she'll tell you

    you are witnessing the death of our Republic as it strangles and chokes on it's children eating Beefaroni heated over a Boy Scout fuel stove in the back of the minivan before they roll out the mattresses to sleep there for the night

    AP:

    Rise in homeless students stifles Fla. town

    By CHRISTINE ARMARIO
    AP Education Writer

    CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) -- Zach Montgomery's dad plugs in the electric skillet and opens the cardboard box containing tonight's dinner.

    The liquid from the canned chicken sizzles as it hits the skillet.

    Zach, a 17-year-old high school student in Clermont, Florida, a bucolic town of rolling hills and palm trees outside Orlando, is used to dinners like this now. It's been six months since his family moved into The Palace motel. Six months since he had a freezer large enough to hold ice cream or a quiet place to do homework.

    Zach says he worries, about everything. Getting to school is tough. When his dad's paycheck dries up a few days early, there isn't money for gas. Sometimes, his mom says, he just doesn't want to go. Zach worries about their safety. Police arrested four people running a mobile meth lab near the motel the week before. There are sights and smells Zach had never come across before he lived here. At night, when the television is off, they hear things that scare them.

    His father, Ronald Montgomery, tall and spirited, sneaks in a chuckle, in spite or disbelief, as he talks about the last year. The lost house. His wife's job. The illnesses. He pours in the rice and sprinkles the cheese powder on the chicken in the skillet as Zach looks on.

    "It does make you feel like less of a person, or you're a failure, because you're not providing everything that you've been providing in the past," he says.

    "You've only got that door," Zach says, looking at the chain lock and deadbolt separating their room and two beds from the outside world. "I'm thinking someone's going to come in, just come in and do whatever they think they can do."

    -

    Homeless. Zach isn't sure that's the word he'd used to describe their situation.

    "I do but don't," the stocky, soft-spoken boy says. "If we were in a car I'd say we were more homeless.

    "I'd like to have a house," he continues. "But at least I have a roof."

    Here in Lake County the number of homeless students has skyrocketed, from 122 in 2005 to more than 2,600 this school year. It's the largest increase in hard hit Florida and echoes the rising numbers seen nationwide as well. Some of those children are living with their parents in a friend's or relative's house. Others are in shelters or motels like Zach. Some with nowhere else to turn take refuge in the woods.

    While the nation's unemployment rate has declined to 8.3 percent, in rural Lake County it's still a bruising 9.9 percent. Clermont, the county's largest town, was once predominantly an agricultural community, but in recent years, farms were sold and land cleared for new developments. Then came the recession.

    Roads paved in anticipation of new homes and families lead to empty lots. Restaurants that dotted the sparse suburban landscape like Perkins and Dairy Queen have shuttered their doors. Jobs here are scarce.

    "We had a lot of people in the construction field, and that has pretty much come to a standstill," says Kristin McCall, the Lake County School District's homeless liaison. "I'm not sure if they've all been able to get back to work. And if they are, I don't think financially it's what they were at before."

    Teachers like Sheri Hevener started seeing signs of the distress, and in some cases, homelessness, in her students. They seemed lethargic. More started falling behind on their homework.

    "There are some students where it is easily identifiable," she says. "They wear the same thing. It's visibly easy to tell.

    "And then there are others that you can't tell because they hide it, for fear."

    -

    Zach wasn't one of Hevener's students. When he showed up at her classroom with a friend one day, she wasn't sure why the teenage boy in a T-shirt and shorts that hovered below his knees had come to see her. He carried himself with a sort of confidence that didn't indicate he needed help.

    "There were no visual signs," Hevener says. "But I knew he was there for one of two reasons. Nobody comes here unless they're there for one of two reasons."

    Hevener, a business teacher, runs a pantry at the school for homeless students and others in need.

    "I just wanted to know about it," Zack said when he met her.

    She told him about how he could participate in what functions like a secret backpack society. Hevener is the only one who knows the names of the kids involved. Each student is assigned a backpack, which students pack each week with canned vegetables and boxed meals. The pantry also has toiletries, notebooks, baby clothes and prom dresses.

    Hevener didn't ask Zack why he needed the help or what his story was.

    "I was just waiting for it to come out," she says. "And it did."

    -

    It was a July afternoon. Ronald Montgomery, a Disney bus driver, got home from work and found a foreclosure notice on the front door of their three-bedroom home. All of their belongings had to be out within 24 hours.

    They'd been paying $950 in rent every month, but the landlord had not kept up with the mortgage. The rental management company told him it was the first they'd heard of any problems with the bank. She promised to look into it and get back to him.

    He got the call at work the next morning. The sheriff was coming to collect the keys. Two movers were going over to help. In the matter of an hour and a half all of their furniture was on the front lawn.

    And then it started to rain.

    "Needless to say we didn't make it in time," Montgomery says.

    Zach's bedroom furniture and two living room sets were ruined. In between trips in a U-Haul to the storage locker Montgomery had rented, neighbors came and plucked items from the yard. When they went through the house one last time, the Montgomerys found the movers had hidden some of their items under sinks and in closets.

    "They went through all my drawers," Zach says.

    That night the Montgomerys stayed at a Days Inn. The little savings they had was gone. A friend's family took in Zach and brought him along on a vacation to St. Augustine.

    "He had a wonderful time," Zach's mom, Dawn Montgomery says sadly, as though she were recalling a last good memory.

    -

    Situated on top of a hill on Interstate 27, The Palace is made of brick and has about a hundred rooms on two floors. The lobby reeks of cigarettes. An unfinished puzzle lies scattered on a table.

    The motel offers a weekly rate of $155. For the Montgomery family it was just about the only option.

    Their room has two full size beds, a table with a television, and a wall stacked with all of their belongings. There's one bathroom and one sink, which they use to brush their teeth, shave - and wash the dishes. A plastic bag holds all their utensils. The beds double as a dining room table.

    For a while, things seemed to be getting better. But then, in October, Dawn Montgomery lost her job as a bus driver at Disney, where she had worked for 13 years. Two months later, her husband got sick. An untreated cavity turned into a painful abscess that caused his entire jaw to swell. Fortunately, they still had health insurance from his job.

    The services they thought would help pull them out have come up short. They were denied food stamps because Ronald Montgomery made $160 a month too much. Food banks weren't much of a help.

    "You go to the food bank and its like, `You can go here once a month,'" Dawn Montgomery says. "That bag is not going to last me once a month."

    The Montgomerys also are now caring for their 5-year-old granddaughter. Their daughter lives in California.

    They don't have debt but just can't get back ahead.

    "You just worry," Ronald Montgomery says. "What's going to happen today?"

    -

    Under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, districts are required to let homeless students attend their original school, even if they move outside the boundaries, and help provide transportation.

    "Home life is not that great," McCall says. "But if we can keep them at the same school they've been attending, same friends, same teacher, and at least keep that consistent and stable, that's our goal."

    There's another benefit.

    "And if we get them there, we can feed them," McCall says.

    At about $600 a month, the cost of living in a motel is about the same as many apartment rentals. Yet living in a motel quickly becomes its own kind of trap: While families can afford the monthly payment, they can't save up enough to put down a deposit for a more permanent place.

    "We're going to stay here a few weeks and then somewhere else," McCall says families tell her. "And then in two weeks you don't hear from them. They're still there."

    -

    Some of the kids at East Ridge High School know about Zach's situation. But he doesn't volunteer much and he doesn't bring friends home after school.

    "I'm not really embarrassed," Zach says. "It's just such a small room. You can't really do anything except sit."

    To escape, Zach immerses himself in video games he was able to save from the house.

    Zach's favorite subject is math and he's thinking about becoming an auto mechanic. But what he really likes is architecture.

    "I want to make buildings," he says. "Probably houses."

    But Zach hasn't made it to class lately. He says he often wakes up feeling sick. Some days there just isn't money for gas. His dad says he tried to arrange transportation to the school, about 10 miles away, but his messages were not returned.

    "That seemed to fall on deaf ears," he says.

    The backpack from the school's food pantry is empty.

    -

    The next day at school, Zach is not there.

    "What can I do?" Hevener says after hearing the news. "There's something more. There's got to be more."

    If gas is the issue, maybe there's someone in the community who can help, she wonders aloud.

    "He has dreams and hopes of doing something and when you're in a situation like this that looks very bleak," she says.

    Others at the school district also struggle for an explanation of Zach's absences. There is a bus less than a quarter mile away from the motel. Did he know about it?

    "If we have a bus that's going there and he's not getting to school it's not because we don't have a bus," McCall says.

    Hevener said she hadn't seen Zach come to pick up a bag of food since Christmas. She'd inquired with his teachers and they hadn't seen him either.

    The district can't say whether anyone tried to contact Zach's family to make arrangements after he didn't show up repeatedly for class. After being asked, calls are made and transportation arranged.

    Hevener worries about him dropping out.

    "I think it's created a type of anger because of the system, because of what he had to experience," Hevener says. "And a lot of confusion. Like, `Why?' Why did you treat me like that? Why did you treat me like I was less than human?'"

    -

    Zach was home, still feeling ill after running a fever the night before, when his father walked in. The elder Montgomery had just been fired by Disney.

    The teenager seemed nonchalant when he heard his father had losthis job. It was as though the news hadn't set in. Or as if one more blow was no longer capable of hurting him.

    "I'm just waiting for whatever happens next," he says.

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