John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

Elizabeth Warren Calls Out Education Department Over Student Loans


Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experimentEmerson

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Swidden:  An area of land cleared for farming by slashing and burning the vegetation. A variant of Northern English dialect swithen (to burn), from Old Norse svithna (to be singed). Earliest documented use: 1868.

Elizabeth Warren Calls Out Education Department Over Student Loans

By Nicholas Fandos

Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, called for external checks to be placed on the department, including moving the student loan complaint system from the department to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and granting borrowers the right to take legal action against loan contractors.

“We don’t trust a bank to handle its own complaints, and we shouldn’t trust the federal student loan program to do it either,” Ms. Warren said.

The sharp-tongued remarks came as part of a broad-ranging policy speech on education at the American Federation of Teachers in Washington, where Ms. Warren laid out a plan for making college more affordable and relieving growing student debt.

 In doing so, Ms. Warren did not limit her criticism to the Education Department, assigning blame to colleges and universities, as well as to state governments. She also renewed calls to refinance outstanding student loans and reform the federal Pell grant program.

Ms. Warren saved her sharpest words for the Education Department, though.
“Changes to make the federal higher education rules work better won’t matter if the Department of Education won’t enforce them,” she said.

Ms. Warren pointed to the case of Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit company that filed for bankruptcy in May, leaving tens of thousands saddled with debt. 

Though she praised a move Monday by Education Secretary Arne Duncan to forgive federal loans for students from Corinthian, she said that the department should have acted earlier and gone further in holding the company’s executives responsible.

College affordability and student debt has become a leading topic for both Democrats and Republicans on the presidential campaign trail in recent weeks. Ms. Warren did not mention the campaign in her speech. She did call for bipartisan collaboration on the issue ahead of the debate over the Higher Education Act, which expired in 2013.

“I write because I am a writer, not because I want to get anything out of it.” H. Raven Rose

From Romeo and Juliet
(Juliet speaks)

Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Towards Phoebus’ lodging: such a wagoner
As Phaethon would whip you to the west,
And bring in cloudy night immediately.
Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,
That runaway’s eyes may wink and Romeo
Leap to these arms, untalk’d of and unseen.
Lovers can see to do their amorous rites
By their own beauties; or, if love be blind,
It best agrees with night. Come, civil night,
Thou sober-suited matron, all in black,
And learn me how to lose a winning match,
Play’d for a pair of stainless maidenhoods:
Hood my unmann’d blood, bating in my cheeks,
With thy black mantle; till strange love, grown bold,
Think true love acted simple modesty.
Come, night; come, Romeo; come, thou day in night;
For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
Whiter than new snow on a raven’s back.
Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-brow’d night,
Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
O, I have bought the mansion of a love,
But not possess’d it, and, though I am sold,
Not yet enjoy’d: so tedious is this day
As is the night before some festival
To an impatient child that hath new robes
And may not wear them. O, here comes my nurse,
And she brings news; and every tongue that speaks
But Romeo’s name speaks heavenly eloquence.

I’m trying to teach myself Spanish and this is what I learned today……..

Rascacielos: skyscraper
Example sentence:  Dubai inaugura el rascacielos más alto del mundo.
Sentence meaning: Dubai inaugurates the tallest skycraper in the world.

Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.”


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John William Tuohy

English Subtitles in Hong Kong Films

"I will kill you until you are dead from it!"

"Take my advice, or I'll spank you without pants." -- The Seventh Curse

"Beware! Your bones are going to be disconnected." -- Saviour of the Soul

"Who gave you the nerve to get killed here?" -- Armour of God

"Quiet or I'll blow your throat up." -- On the Run

"You daring lousy guy." -- Satyr Monks

"Beat him out of recognizable shape!" -- Police Story 2

"How can you use my intestines as a gift?" -- The Beheaded 100

"Damn, I'll burn you into a BBQ chicken!" -- Pedicab Driver

In 1962, six year old John Tuohy, his two brothers and two sisters entered Connecticut’s foster care system and were prompltyl spilit apart. Over the next ten years, John would live in more then ten foster homes, group homes and state schools, from his native Waterbury to Ansonia, New Haven, West Haven, Deep River and Hartford. In the end, a decade later, the state returned him to the same home and the same parents they had taken him from. As tragic as is funny complelling story will make you cry and laugh as you journey with this child to overcome the obsticales of the foster care system and find his dreams.


A truthful, inspirational and uplifting memoir of life in the US foster care system This book is definitely a must for social workers working with children specifically. This is an excellent memoir which identifies the trails of foster children in the 1960s in the United States. The memoir captures stories of joy as well as nail biting terror, as the family is at times torn apart but finds each other later and finds solace in the experiences of one another. The stories capture the love siblings have for one another as well as the protection they have for one another in even the worst of circumstances. I found the book to be a page turner and at times show how even in the hardest of circumstances there was a need to live and survive and make the best of any moment.

This book is a must-read for anyone who administers to the foster care program in any state.This book is a must-read for anyone who administers to the foster care program in any state. this is not a "fell through the cracks" life story, but rather a memoir of a life guided by strength and faith and a hard determination to survive. it is heartening to know that the "sewer" that life can become to steal our personal peace can be fought and our peace can be restored, scarred, but restored.

A captivating, shocking, and deeply moving memoir, No Time to Say Goodbye is a true page turner.A captivating, shocking, and deeply moving memoir, No Time to Say Goodbye is a true page turner. John shares the story of his childhood, from the struggles of living in poverty to being in the foster care system and simply trying to survive. You will be cheering for him all the way, as he never loses his will to thrive even in the darkest and bleakest of circumstances. This memoir is a very truthful and unapologetic glimpse into the way in which some of our most vulnerable citizens have been treated in the past and are still being treated today. It is truly eye-opening, and hopefully will inspire many people to take action in protection of vulnerable children.

I found myself in tears while reading this book.I found myself in tears while reading this book. John William Tuohy writes quite movingly about the world he grew up in; a world in which I had hoped did not exist within the foster care system. This book is at times funny, raw, compelling, heartbreaking and disturbing. I found myself rooting for John as he tries to escape from an incredibly difficult life. You will too!

A compelling story of life in the Ct foster care system. At times disturbing and at others inspirational. I found this book to be a compelling story of life in the Ct foster care system. at times disturbing and at others inspirational ,The author goes into great detail in this gritty memoir of His early life being abandoned into the states system and his subsequent escape from it. Every once in a while a book or even an article in a newspaper comes along that bears witness to an injustice or even something that's just plain wrong. This chronicle of the foster care system is such a book and should be required reading for any aspiring Social Workers.

John William Tuohy is a writer who lives in Washington DC. He holds an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University. He is the author of numerous non-fiction on the history of organized crime including the ground break biography of bootlegger Roger Tuohy "When Capone's Mob Murdered Touhy" and "Guns and Glamour: A History of Organized Crime in Chicago."

His non-fiction crime short stories have appeared in The New Criminologist, American Mafia and other publications. John won the City of Chicago's Celtic Playfest for his work The Hannigan's of Beverly, and his short story fiction work, Karma Finds Franny Glass, appeared in AdmitTwo Magazine in October of 2008.

His play, Cyberdate.Com, was chosen for a public performance at the Actors Chapel in Manhattan in February of 2007 as part of the groups Reading Series for New York project. In June of 2008, the play won the Virginia Theater of The First Amendment Award for best new play. 

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Other works by John Willaim Tuohy

The Mob Files Series (Companion guides to the Spotlight series)
The Mob Files: It Happened Here: Places of Note in Chicago gangland 1900 to 2000
The Mob Files: Mob Cops, Lawyers, Informants and Fronts
The Mob Files: Mob Wars. "We only kill each other"
The Mob Files: The Illustrated Guide to the Mob in Vegas
The Mob Files. The Mob Across America
The Mob Files. The Mob in Hollywood
The Mob Files: Whacked: One Hundred Years Murder and Mayhem in the Chicago Outfit
The Best of the Mob Files Series: Illustrated Articles on Organized Crime Vol. 1
The Best of the Mob Files Series. Illustrated Articles on Organized Crime Vol. 2
The Mob Files Series: Joe Petrosino's War On the Mafia
Mob Buster: Report of Special Agent Virgil Peterson to the Kefauver Committee

Published Stage Plays (Placed in public domian by the author)
Cyberdate. An Everyday Love Story About Everyday People
A Day at the Office: A ten minute play in four scenes
Four Short Plays
Four More Short Plays
Boomers on a train. A ten minute Play
The Seven Deadly Sins of Gilligans Island. A Ten minute play in one act
The three lives of Maria Calderion. A trilogy of ten minute plays.
High and Goodbye: Everybody gets the Timothy Leary they deserve. A full length play
The Dutchman's Soliloquy.
The Wee book of Irish Blessings, Toasts and Proverbs.
The Wee Book of Irish Jokes
The Wee Book of Irish Recipes
The Wee Book of Irish-American Gangsters
The Wee Book of the American Irish in Their Own Words
The Book of Things Irish
The Connecticut Irish
Tuohy's of the World

Organized Crime
The Salerno Report. The Mafia and the Murder of President John F. Kennedy
On the Waterfront. The Making of a Great American Film
Organized Crime: 25 Years after Valachi. Hearings before the US Senate (The Mob Files)
When Capone's Mob Murdered Roger Touhy. In photos: The Strange Case of Touhy, Jake the Barber and the Kidnapping that Never Happened
Chicago's Mob Bosses:From Accardo to Zizzo
The Killing of Rosy Rosenthal.
The Illustrated Book of Prohibition Gangsters
An Illustrated Chronological History Of Organized Crime. Vol1. 1863-1949
The Book of Jewish Gangsters
The Chicago Mob. A History. 1900-2000
Whacked. One Hundred Years Murder and Mayhem in the Chicago Outfit
The Life and World of Al Capone
The Bioff Scandal.
The Life and Times of Terrible Tommy O’Connor.
The Russian Mafia in America

Baby Boomers Guide to Songs of the 1960s
Baby Boomers Guide to the Beatles Songs of the Sixties
The book of funny, odd and interesting things people say: "Half the lies they tell about me aren't
It's Not All Right to be a Foster Kid....no matter what they say

Media appearances 
University of Philadelphia Radio
KLES Alaska 
WINN St. Louis 
WLTN New Orleans 
WTKI Huntsville Alabama 
Yahoo Radio, The Lionel Show, on Eyada.Com. 
Regular guest April 25 ("The Best of...") 
Voice of America Television. (Talk to America Live) With former Colombo member Richie Ciro 
The Milt Rosenberg Show, (WGN Chicago.) 
Q107 Toronto. (The John Derringer Show) 
The Asbury Park Press, Asbury, New Jersey,
Self Magazine
The Lancaster News,
The New Orleans Times Picayune
Time Out New York magazine
George Mason Gazette
The Frederick Gazette (Maryland)

Ediot and/or Contributor
US Government Time Line of Organized Crime
The Words of Walt Whitman...
The Works of Horace
The Writer's Guide.
What they say in New England.
What Would Jesus Do?
Wicked Good New England Recipes
A Christian Child's Story Garden
American Essays 1
American Essays 2
American Essays 3
An Elementary Spanish Reader.
Mob Recipes to Die For.
More Celtic Fairy Tales
More Mob Recipes to Die For...
Old Greek Stories
Organized Crime: 25 Years after Valachi
Perfect Behavior.
Poets and Dreamers: Stories from Irish History
Scottish Ghost Stories.
The Canterville Ghost
She Stoops to Conquer.
Steal this Book
Stories of Colonial Connnecticut
The Adventures of Buster Bear
The Argonautica
The Art of War
The Day Nixon Met Elvis
The Haunted House
Children's Bible Stories    
Children's Bible.
Cop on the Scene    
Early Street Gangs
A History of Violence
Rattling the Cup on Chicago Crime.
Religion and Art in Ancient Ireland
Fishbowling on The Last Words of Dutch Schultz.
Bible Stories for Children 1
Bible Stories for Children 2
Bible Stories for Children 3         
Bugsy & His Flamingo
Celtic Fairy Tales
Chicago. A Photographic Essay.
Gangsters Quotes
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Quotable John F. Kennedy
The Quotable Kahlil Gibran         
The Quotable Machiavelli
How to Pray
Life of James Mars, A Slave
Little Folded Hands
Manners 1914
Quo Vadis
The Threat of Russian Organized Crime
Al Capone: The Biography of a Self-Made Man
George Washington's Rules of Civility
Shooting the mob.Organized Crime in Pictures 1
Shooting the Mob: Organized Crime in Pictures 2
Shooting the Mob: Organized Crime in Pictures 3
Shooting the Mob: Organized Crime in Pictures 4
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
 The New England Mafia
The New York Mob: The Bosses
The Necessity of Prayer
The Quotable Confucius
The Quotable Conservative
The Quotable Dorothy Parker
The Quotable Emerson
The Quotable Epictetus
The Quotable Greeks
The Quotable Groucho Marx
The Quotable Helen Keller
The Quotable Henry David Thoreau
The Quotable Oscar Wilde
The Quotable Popes
The Quotable Robert F. Kennedy
The Quotable Shakespeare.
The Quotable Writer
The Twenty-Fifth Regiment of Connecticut     
The History of the Great Irish Famine
The Life, Crime and Capture of John Wilkes Booth

Architecture for the blog of it

Art for the Blog of It
Art for the Pop of it
Photography for the blog of it
Music for the Blog of it
Sculpture this and Sculpture that
The art of War (Propaganda art through the ages)
Album Art (Photographic arts)
Pulp Fiction Trash (The art of Pulp Fiction covers)
Admit it, you want to Read this Book (The art of Pulp Fiction covers)

The Godfather Trilogy BlogSpot
On the Waterfront: The Making of a great American Film

Absolutely blogalicious
The Wee Book of Irish Recipes (Book support site)
Good chowda (New England foods)
Old New England Recipes (Book support site)
And I Love Clams (New England foods)
In Praise of the Rhode Island Wiener (New England foods)
Wicked Cool New England Recipes (New England foods)
Old New England Recipes (New England foods)

Me vs. Diabetes (Diabetes education site)

The Quotable Helen Keller
Teddy Roosevelt's Letters to his children (Book support site)
The Quotable Machiavelli (Book support site)

Whatever you do, don't laugh
The Quotable Grouch Marx

A Big Blog of Irish Literature
The Wee Blog of Irish Jokes (Book support blog)
The Wee Blog of Irish Recipes
The Irish American Gangster
The Irish in their Own Words
When Washington Was Irish
The Wee Book of Irish Recipes (Book support site)

Following Fitzgerald
The Blogable Robert Frost
Charles Dickens
The Beat Poets of the Forever Generation
Voices from the Valley
Holden Caulfield Blog Spot
The Quotable Oscar Wilde

The Quotable Thoreau
Old New England Recipes
Wicked Cool New England Recipes
The New England Mafia
And I Love Clams
In Praise of the Rhode Island Wiener
Watch Hill
York Beach
The Connecticut History Blog
The Connecticut Irish
Good chowda

God, How I hated the 70s
Child of the Sixties Forever
The Kennedy’s in the 60’s
Music of the Sixties Forever
Elvis and Nixon at the White House (Book support site)
Beatles Fan Forever
Year One, 1955
Robert Kennedy in His Own Words
The 1980s were fun
The 1990s. The last decade.

The Russian Mafia
The American Jewish Gangster
The Mob in Hollywood
We Only Kill Each Other
Early Gangsters of New York City
Al Capone: Biography of a self-made Man
The Life and World of Al Capone
The Salerno Report
Guns and Glamour
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Mob Testimony
Recipes we would Die For
The Prohibition in Pictures
The Mob in Pictures
The Mob in Vegas
The Irish American Gangster
Roger Touhy Gangster
Chicago’s Mob Bosses
Chicago Gang Land: It Happened Here
Whacked: One Hundred years of Murder in Gangland
The Mob Across America
Mob Cops, Lawyers and Front Men
Shooting the Mob: Dutch Schultz
Bugsy& His Flamingo: The Testimony of Virginia Hill
After Valachi. Hearings before the US Senate on Organized Crime
Mob Buster: Report of Special Agent Virgil Peterson to the Kefauver Committee (Book support site)
The US Government’s Timeline of Organized Crime (Book support site)
The Kefauver Organized Crime Hearings (Book support site)
Joe Valachi's testimony on the Mafia (Book support site)
Mobsters in the News
Shooting the Mob: Dead Mobsters (Book support site)
The Stolen Years Full Text (Roger Touhy)
Mobsters in Black and White
Mafia Gangsters, Wiseguys and Goodfellas
Whacked: One Hundred Years of Murder and Mayhem in the Chicago Mob (Book support site)
Gangland Gaslight: The Killing of Rosy Rosenthal (Book support site)
The Best of the Mob Files Series (Book support site)

It’s All Greek Mythology to me

Psychologically Relevant

The Rarifieid Tribe
Perfect Behavior

The Upscale Traveler

The Mish Mosh Blog

DC Behind the Monuments
Washington Oddities
When Washington Was Irish

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