Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2015)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Bush, Cameo In Courage Award, Citizens United Decision, Clinton, Collapse, Kleptocracy, O'Bama, Politics, Profile In Courage Award, Schooling, Supreme Court on October 24, 2016 by

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J          “The Kennedy Corporation is in remission.”

K          “Earnings are down, but the brand is still in play.  They are keeping a spot at the round table with their ‘Profile In Courage Award’ that is bestowed on other members of the Ruling Class.”

J          “That’s it.  I need to give an award to get a reward.”

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J          “After the proclamation by the Republican wing of the Supreme Court in Corporations United that two step corruption is legal and encouraged, the ‘Clinton Global Initiative’ provided the template.  The rich and powerful now can formally invest in and own those in public office.” 

K          “The Owners now can formally own the owned.  ‘Bush, Inc.’ should get more credit because it was one of the first corporations to offer ‘preferred shares’ dubbed ‘Rangers’ and ‘Pioneers’ and the like.  The investment opportunity was first profiled in the e-commentary titled ‘The “Ownership State” and “Bush, Inc.” (April 11, 2005)’ years before Citizens United was foisted on us.”

J          “Trading interests in Senators is also discussed in the e-commentary titled ‘Commodities Futures / Future Commodities (March 8, 2010).’  Add a few shares of a United States Senator to your 401(k) portfolio.”

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K          “Yet the ordinary citizen cannot be a large shareholder.”

J          “The ordinary citizen still can toil as a sharecropper for the shareholders.  The citizen cannot own anyone or anything of substance.  And only the Owners can own the apparatchiks.  It is very subtle.”

K          “There is no ‘Nader, Inc.’  I looked it up.”

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K          “‘Kennedy, Inc.’ has executed a Memorandum of Understanding with ‘Harvard, Inc.’, ‘Bush, Inc.’ with ‘Yale, Inc.’, ‘Trump, Inc.’ with ‘Penn, Inc.’, ‘Clinton, Inc.’ with ‘Stanford, Inc.’ and now ‘O’Bama, Inc.’ with ‘Harvard, Inc.’ and ‘Chicago, Inc.’.”

J          “There sure have inked a lot of inside deals.  Yet ‘Clinton, Inc.’ plays the field and also owns and is owned by ‘Yale, Inc.’.”

K          “Clinton clearly plays the field, yet so do some of the others.  If there is a formal MoU, the kids just show up in the Fall; if there is not a formal MoU, the kids are encouraged to call ahead and let the administrators know they are matriculating.  Unless something more sexy comes up in the interim.”

J          “That’s what I heard.  Seems to work.  Well.”

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K          “There is so much inbreeding and cross breeding.”

J          “With predictable consequences.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The ‘Ownership State’ and ‘Bush, Inc.’ (April 11, 2005)”, “Corporations United (February 15, 2010)”, “Commodities Futures / Future Commodities (March 8, 2010)”, “Schooling The Apparatchiks For the Kleptocrats (December 7, 2015)” and “On Merit and the Meritocracy (January 11, 2010).”]

[See the incisive commentary of America’s greatest political, economic and social commentator of the last century, George Carlin. G. William Domhoff’s classic examination of power in America, Who Rules America?, could serve as the written text and footnotes to accompany Professor Carlin’s public presentations.  Both develop observations developed earlier by Professor C. Wright Mills in The Power Elite.]

Bumper stickers (or window stickers) of the week:

Harvard, Inc. College            Yale, Inc. Law School

The Elite ain’t.

If Hamilton returned today to survey the outcome of his financial innovations, he would be appalled, outraged and disgusted by the degeneration of the American economy into a Kleptocracy. 

First Annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence (October 17, 2016)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Courts, Credit Unions, Judges, Noble Prize in Jurisprudence on October 17, 2016 by

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K          “A prize dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the work of someone who really knows something about jurisprudence and the impact of courts, judges, lawyers and police on the lives and livelihood of ordinary citizens.  Someone who lives the conviction that men and women should establish and respect some norms and standards that are promulgated clearly to all and enforced equally in favor of and against all.”

J          “Novel.  Appropriate.  Necessary.  And unprecedented.”

K          “The recipient of the first annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence is . . . all of the unnamed and uncelebrated lawyers and support staff who protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties in a legal system that is usually indifferent if not hostile to such fundamental concerns.”

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J          “Politics does come full circle.  Libertarian Republicans and Democratic civil libertarians can find some common ground.  The high ground.”

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[See the e-commentary announcing the Noble Prize in Jurisprudence at “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)” and “Here Comes Da Judge; Dere Goes Da Justice (August 31, 2015)” and the earlier e-commentary cited in that e-commentary.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

You can’t have my rights; I’m still using them

October 20 – International Credit Union Day

First Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (October 10, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Banks and Banking System, Courage, Credit Unions, Crime/Punishment, Economics, Economics Nobel, FDIC, Journalism, Kleptocracy, Law, Newspapers, Nobel Prize, Noble Prize, Press/Media, Rule of Law, Song Reference on October 10, 2016 by

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K          “An award dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the work of someone on the planet who really knows something about eco-nomics.”

J          “Novel.  Appropriate.  Necessary.  And unprecedented.”

K          “The recipient of the first annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics is . . . Professor William Kurt Black, Esq. professor of law and economics with the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  With decades of substantial and substantive real world experience, Professor Black examines and explicates the workings of banks and the banking system in the United States and the world with insight and conviction.  In his classic, timely and timeless magnum opus The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, he advances the conservative notion that those in the banking industry who commit systematic and rampant fraud should be convicted.  In an inspiring TEDxUMKC presentation available at TED, he notes that bankers deploy banks as weapons of mass destruction against the public.  Unlike so many other law professors and judges who explore the interface of law and economics, he contends that law and economics should serve more than the interests of the wealthy and the powerful.  A felicitous contributor to the public discourse and dialogue, Professor Black’s continuing academic and personal commitment to the common weal and greater good is a good thing.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Announcing The First Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (May 2, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “From e-con-omics to eco-nomics? (August 1, 2011)” and “Skip the Nobel in Economics (Oct. 6, 2009).”]

[“This is Walter Kingsbury Brinkley, XYZ News, New York.  Earlier today, the highly coveted Noble Prize In Eco-nomics was awarded to Professor William K. Black, Esq. of the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  In his most celebrated work, Professor Black contends among other observations that the adoption of the rule of law in America is a swell idea.  In a related development, the Swedish bankers convened and announced the 2016 Nobel Prize in E-con-omics given to the individual or individuals who has or have done the most during his or her career to advance the interests of the wealthy and powerful.  . . . “]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered I’ve seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a fountain pen.”  “The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd” by Woody Guthrie (c) 1958 (renewed) Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.

Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank; give a man a bank and he can rob the world.

Dividing The Divided Supreme Court In A Divided Country (October 3, 2016)

Posted in Constitution, Elections, First Monday In October, Immanentizing The Eschaton, Presidency, Supreme Court on October 3, 2016 by

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K          “Divide the Court.  The Court is already quasi-formally divided, yet they meet in joint session.  The country is already divided.  Formally divide the Court in two.”

J          “So we simply acknowledge the divide in the country and divide the country and the Court in twain.  That is where we are heading.  That is our destiny.” 

K          “There is talk of dividing the Ninth Circuit which, if it is done, is always along geographic lines.  The Supreme Court is divided along easily demarcated ideological lines and adequately defined geographic lines.  The four Red Catholic Republican Institutionalist Boys should propound the law in the Red States.  The four Blue ‘Jewish’ Democratic Individualist ‘Girls’ should propound the law in the Blue States.”

J          “One Great Decision.  Two utopias.  I like it.”

K          “What is truly promising is that neither side would be forced to undertake and endure a great constitutional convention; that prospect is terrifying.  Each team could have a mimeographed copy of the same Constitution.  And then each team could continue to reach opposite results.”

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J          “That would allow everyone in the two Americas to immanentize the Eschaton everywhere at the same time.”

K          “Not exactly.  One team would allow everyone in Blue America to immanentize the Eschaton and the other team would not allow anyone in Red America to immanentize the Eschaton.”

J          “Exactly.  Toward a more perfect division.”

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[See the e-commentary for the last half dozen years in the Category “First Monday In October”, “Boycott Red America (January 3, 2005)”, “Immanentize The Eschaton: Move To Sunny Somalia (December 20, 2010)” and “Immanentize The Eschaton.  Say What? (August 22, 2016).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Election is all about the Court

We are selecting one of the two Courts not one of the two court jesters

With liberty and justice for some

Government Bureaucracy 101 (September 26, 2016)

Posted in Bureaucracy, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Government Regulation, Hypocrisy, Journalism, Kleptocracy, Newspapers, Press/Media on September 26, 2016 by

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K          “When you find the need for the government to be there, it is nowhere to be found; when you need the government to be off your back, it finds a way to be in your face.”

J          “To be or to be.  That is the quandary.”

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J          “I find that so many individuals today do not want to work and do not want government to work so they go to work for the government and do not work and then the government does not work.  They rationalize their studied indifference by saying they are getting government off our backs.  At least this species of overpaid and underworked bureaucrats is not in your face, only in your pocket book.”

K          “So many times the bureaucrat with all the resources of the bureau could have done something in the face of a clear need for action.  If there is any possible downside to the bureaucrat or the activity requires effort, nothing is ever done.  At all.  And those terrified and overpaid bureaucrats include judges who are often the worst offenders.”

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K          “That is still a problem.  There are those times when there is a need for the government to work.  I am trying to make the government work.”

J          “Sounds like a romantic to me.”

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K          “Some bureaucrats in the Environmental Protection Agency are trying diligently to protect the environment.”

J          “There are exceptions.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Go East, Young Person (August 25, 2014)” and “‘Titters’ v. ‘Self-Unemployed’ (September 1, 2014).”] 

Bumper stickers of the week:

The system works for most journalists, so most journalists report that the system works.

“When you find the need for the government to be there, it is nowhere to be found; when you need the government to be off your back, it finds a way to be in your face.”

“I find that so many individuals today do not want to work and do not want government to work so they go to work for the government and do not work and then the government does not work.” 

“All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: it’s one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. . . .  The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos.  Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it.  And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic.  He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched.  He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”

H.L. Mencken

Contrarianism, Revisionism And Iconoclasm:  On The Path To Truth Or Trailing The Truth? (September 19, 2016)

Posted in Truth, Writing on September 19, 2016 by

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X          “The orthodoxy often if not usually serves the interests of those with money and power.  The orthodoxy often if not usually needs to be confronted and challenged.  Simply asserting a contrary argument is often a step somewhat toward the right direction somewhat on the right path yet is often incomplete and inadequate.”

Y          “Contrarianism, revisionism, iconoclasm, you name it, are part of the counter narrative, yet they may be counterproductive if they lead one to conclude that there are only two opposite and opposed arguments.  Truth may be found somewhere along the continuum.”

X          “An argument that inserts ‘not’ in one sentence and deletes the ‘not’ from another sentence is not complete and adequate.”

Y          “Unless it is?  Yet when you need to generate a Ph.D. thesis, you may be able to get away by inserting ‘not’ in one sentence and deleting the ‘not’ from another sentence.”

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X          “Take an extreme position and then get cited and booked by those ostensibly providing a balanced presentation.”

Y          “Take an extreme position in a negotiation and possibly move the final outcome closer to your position.”

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X          “Some synthesis replete with nuance, condition and reservation is necessary to stray near the resolution.”

Y          “Sounds . . . so nuanced, conditional and reserved.  And yet unnatural for humans.”

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X          “You need to inject the word ‘Manichean’ into the mix to sound like you know what you are saying.”

Y          “Or ‘paradigm’ to sound sufficiently pedantic.”

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Y          “But what if the truth is not found along the conventional continuum.”

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X          “A little balance of light and dark as we approach the Equinox is appropriate.”

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[See the e-commentary “On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015).”]  

Bumper sticker of the week:

The Middle Way may not have as much traffic at this hour

Niner 11: Revisiting The First Draft Of History (September 12, 2016)

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Terrorism, Terrorism-Free Month - June, The "Terrorist Tax", War on September 12, 2016 by

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Intended Consequences In Iraq (August 3, 2015)

World Trade Center Building 7 And The AIA (May 18, 2015)

Giuliani – Draft Dodger And Chickenhawk (March 3, 2015)

Iraq:  Right On Track (June 16, 2014)

Bulk Collection Of Telephony Data.  Again. (December 16, 2013)

“Iraq” Is Arabic For “Vietnam” (March 18, 2013)

The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)

Iraq:  AGFPT.  Iran:  AGFPT II? (January 2, 2012)

Iraq:  Shock and Awe; Shocking and Awful (September 6, 2010)*

Shop While They Drop – The $2.99 Sacrifice (May 7, 2007)

Gettysburg and Iraq (October 30, 2006)

Staying the Collision Course In Iraq and The Mid-East (September 25, 2006)

Still Off Course (September 18, 2006)

The Virtues of an Iraqi Civil War (April 17, 2006)

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Bumper stickers of the week:

“Those who cannot remember . . . .”  Santayana, The Life of Reason (1905)

*         “Did Osama win?”

#        “The War on Terror is over.  We decided to lose and we lost.  Definitely, definitively, decisively.  Now, terror in the U.S. is home-grown . . . by the U.S. government.  And the terror in the U.S that appears to be imported is predictable blowback and payback from prior U.S. terrorist activities abroad.”

*         “What goes around, they say.  At least something is ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ and also ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ today.”