Korematsu Two; And The ACLU Endorses It! (September 6, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, First Amendment, Vaccine on September 6, 2021 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “We never see it at the time.  Few see it now.”

J          “Few see what?”

. . .

K          “When the ACLU goes mad, you know that we have all gone mad.”

J          “It is the Age.  The Age of Madness.  We are obligated to go mad.  Mad is obligatory.”

. . .

K          “Otherwise level headed people have lost their sense of judgment and perspective and are demanding that those who refuse to take the ‘vaccine’ be rounded up and jabbed.  The same folks also support the systematic and systemic censorship of information that challenges the Narrative about Covid-19(84).  And few see it.”

J          “I see it.  I still see the need for vaccines yet not for forced vaccines.”

. . .

[See “Censored Again by YouTube!” in “Peak Prosperity” dated August 28, 2021 by Chris Martenson who was the recipient of the “Fifth Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2020 (July 6, 2020)” and “NPR trashes Free Speech. A Brief Response” in “TK News” dated August 31, 2021 by Matt Taibbi.]

[See the e-commentary at “Fourth Annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence (October 21, 2019)” and “[Don’t] Support Public Media? (June 10, 2019)” and a year earlier at “National People’s Radio?; National Public Radio?; National Petroleum Radio?; National Propaganda Radio? (June 11, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:       

According to the ACLU:

Far from compromising civil liberties, vaccine mandates actually further civil liberties.  They protect the most vulnerable among us, including people with disabilities and fragile immune systems, children too young to be vaccinated and communities of color hit hard by the disease.

Vaccine requirements also safeguard those whose work involves regular exposure to the public, like teachers, doctors and nurses, bus drivers and grocery store employees. And by inoculating people from the disease’s worst effects, the vaccines offer the promise of restoring to all of us our most basic liberties, eventually allowing us to return safely to life as we knew it, in schools and at houses of worship and political meetings, not to mention at restaurants, bars, and gatherings with family and friends.

Golden Anniversaries Abound: The [Lewis] Powell Memorandum And Attack On America (August 30, 2021)

Posted in Immanentizing The Eschaton, Supreme Court on August 30, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Okay, so it was fifty years and a week ago.  A lot of stuff happened in 1971.”  

J          “Do even nine folks remember his screed and frontal assault on democracy?”

. . .

K          “Appointments to the Supreme Court have always had an element of partisan politics.  Lewis Powell was a lobbyist for corporatist interests who became one of the first appointments who then served as a lobbyist for corporatist interests while on the bench.” 

J          “The courts from the Supremes on down are falling down and failing we the people.”

. . .

[See “50th Anniversary of Powell Memorandum: Neoliberalism Has Wrecked Its Hosts” in “Naked Capitalism” dated August 23, 2021 and “Greenpeace Analyzes the Lewis Powell Memo: Corporate Blueprint to Dominate Democracy” in “Greenpeace.org” dated September 21, 2011 by Charlie Cray.]

[See the e-commentary under the category “Immanentizing The Eschaton” and “The “I” Gene; The “We” Gene: Searching For The Genie In All Of Us (April 3, 2017)”.]  

Bumper stickers of the week:

Don’t let them immanentize the eschaton.

Let them immanentize the eschaton. 

Afghanistan: Free Friendlies; Impeach Biden (August 23, 2021)

Posted in Afghanistan, Bideni, War on August 23, 2021 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “They should have done it ten years ago.  They should not have done it twenty years ago.”

K          “Whatever it is they do and whenever they do it, they do it incompetently and ineptly.  Every time.  Without fail, they fail.  It just never changes. The image of the helicopter on the roof of the Saigon Embassy is branded on my conscious and my conscience.”

. . .

K          “Biden said ‘the buck stops here’ and then said the ‘buck stops over there’ with others.  He says that we expected a waltz not a blitzkrieg into Kabul and thus we did not prepare.  But it is not our fault, he says.”

J          “Divert their attention.  Avert their eyes.  Subvert their trust.”

. . .

K          “Vets are seeking counseling and comfort for their very real loss, guilt, shame, despair, defeat, failure, retreat, betrayal and surrender.”

J          “Those in the two War Departments – the Department of State and Department of Offense – are too busy planning the next failed invasion to deal with this failed invasion.”

. . . 

J          “Every grammar school child knows there are three steps to a purposeful departure.  Evacuate the non-military personal and local supporters.  Evacuate the military equipment.  Evacuate the military personnel.  They stumbled to step three and now want to send in the Marines and charge back to step one.  Too late.” 

K          “The failure to remove the civilian personal and local supporters is beyond grossly incompetent.  The failure to remove the military equipment is treasonous.  If an American citizen had transferred the plans to the design of a cup holder in an American tank to the Taliban, he or she would spend a lifetime in Florence, Colorado at government expense.  The American Kleptocracy transferred the plans in actual working models to almost every military vehicle and aircraft to the Taliban and ultimately to the Chinese without consideration or consequence.”

J          “From the President on down, they should be retired.  When they retire, the Kleptocrats will be rewarded with a sinecure with Northrup or Boeing or General Dynamics.”

. . .

[The e-commentary at “Afghanistan:  The Usual Lies And Liars.  Oh, And Happy I.F. Stone’s Birthday! (December 16, 2019)” says it all and more.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

There are no experts; there is no elite.

Impeach Biden . . . for high crimes and misdemeanors and gross incompetence

When you are in a hole, quit digging

“The Taliban is not the North Vietnamese Army, they’re not.  They’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability.  There’s going to be no circumstance for you to see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States from Afghanistan.”  Joe Biden, July 8, 2021

To American Citizens,

Thank you for registering your request to be evacuated from Afghanistan.  The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has confirmed that an undefined number of U.S. government-provided flights will begin soon.  Please make your way to Hamid Karzai International Airport at this time.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR SECURITY AS YOU MAKE THIS TRIP.

See also a more recent statement:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/AfghanistanEvacuation.html

Paying the freight:

U.S. lawful permanent residents may submit a repatriation assistance request, and their request will be considered depending on availability.

2.       Flight Costs: Repatriation flights are not free, and passengers will be required to sign a promissory loan agreement and may not be eligible to renew their U.S. passports until the loan is repaid.  The cost may be $2,000USD or more per person.

3.       Travel Documents: All passengers should have valid travel documents required for entry into the United States (e.g. U.S. passports or visas)

Assigned seats?  A bag limit?  Free peanuts?

Happy Birthday U.S. PetroDollar: The Golden Anniversary Of Shedding Gold (August 16, 2021)

Posted in Banks and Banking System, Gold, Gold Standard, Money, Silver, Silver Standard on August 16, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Fifty years ago yesterday, our friend Tricky Dick decided the country could no longer afford to back the greenback with Au and instead developed a plan to backstop it with Fe and Pb.”

J          “Precious metals all three.”

. . .

K          “Nixon had no choice.  Fiscal and monetary irresponsibility got the country into a mess.  The solution precipitated even more grossly irresponsible fiscal and monetary policy.

. . .

J          “Oil is the oxygen for the economy.”

. . .

K          “The idea is among the craftiest in the history of humankind.  Inform another country that your country will provide protection if it sells black oxygen in a new magical unit called the PetroDollar.  If you don’t agree, we will kill you.  If others do not agree, we will kill them.”

J          “They were not demanding protection money, they were demanding that everyone use their money to obtain protection.  No one has been able to refuse the offer to date.  To date.  Anyone who tried was killed.  The ultimate international carrot and stick.”

. . .

K          “No other commodity or idea or thing has been as universally accepted if not cherished across time and space as precious metals particularly gold.  Try to find a country or culture or collective that has not given precious metals at least a serious look-see.”

J          “A precious metals standard is still problematic.”

. . .

[See “WTF Happened In 1971?” for some thought provoking ideas on what happened in and after 1971.]

[See the e-commentary at “One World Currency? (January 8, 2018)”, ““Bitcoin”, “Ethereum” . . . “Blockchain Technology” Say What? (July 3, 2017)”, “The Mandibles, FRNs, SDRs, IMF, G20, WTD! (September 5, 2016)”, “World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014)” and “The Legacy Of “Easy Al” And Easy Money (October 15, 2007)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

No Baby On Board Feel Free To Ram Me

Got D3 and Zn? (August 9, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Vaccine on August 9, 2021 by e-commentary.org

Letter To The Editor

. . .

Vaccines are not enough.  Take care of yourself.  Vitamin D3 and Zinc sustain one’s immune system.  Discuss with your health care provider taking, say, 3000 ius of Vitamin D3 and 30 mg of Zinc regularly along with a balanced diet and vigorous exercise after a night of restful sleep.  Take Zn with a hint of copper (Cu) and an ionophore to get the Zinc into your cells!

We should create a contest to craft a catchy slogan like the “slip, slop, slap and wrap” campaign in Australia that encourages kids and adults to protect themselves against the sun and skin cancer.  However, northern folks need to address a lack of sun and thus a lack of vitamin D3.  For inspiration, think of the catchy first poem recited by some attentive seven year olds to their occasionally inattentive parents:  “Click It or Ticket”.  How about:  “Got D ‘n’ Z?”

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[See the e-commentary at “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  The (Partial) Solution:  Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup Savored Alone (And Wash ‘N’ Wear ‘N’ Hide!) (March 30, 2020)”, “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  The Plague Of Lies Is Pandemic;  Everyone In The Know Knows;  Does Trumpi Know Something? (April 6, 2020)”, “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  An Exclusive Interview With . . . Mr. COVID-19.  Save The United States Postal Service (April 13, 2020)”, “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  TSD/PTSD In The New Plague War.  A New Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)? (April 27, 2020)”, “Vaccine Vacillation And Vicissitudes (December 14, 2020)” and “MLK 2021 (January 18, 2021)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Got D3 and Zn?

Narratives Competing (August 2, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Vaccine on August 2, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Still buying the Mainstream Narrative?”

J          “Still in the market.  Still buying the Counter Narrative?”

K          “Still in the market.”

. . .

J          “Agree to disagree?”

K          “Agree.”

. . .

[See “A Tale of Two Narratives” in “The Automatic Earth” dated July 27, 2021.]

[See the e-commentary at “The Vaccine: The Shot Felt Round The World (November 23, 2020)”, “Vaccine Vacillation And Vicissitudes (December 14, 2020)” and “Masks, Mandates And mRNA Vaccines: The Great Divide (May 24, 2021)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Free soap with all hand washes

Mask the truth

Even though your weltanschauung is different than my weltanschauung, we can still be friends

Pulchritudinous Pay Walls (July 26, 2021)

Posted in Digital, Internet, Journalism on July 28, 2021 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Beautiful, baby.”

J          “If you barrier it, they will not come?  Hopefully.”

. . .

K          “We should be so lucky.  Some sites are bivouacked behind a paywall of some sort that may limit their fan base without expanding their profits.  That is promising.”

J          “If you build it behind a barrier, they will not necessarily come.  There is hope.”

. . .

K          “The barriers used to mine the viewer’s wallet are varied.  Either there is an absolute pay wall, or a pay wall that applies to articles on one walled day but not on another open day, or a part one ‘teaser’ and a blocked part two promising all the salacious insights, or a plebeian site that is a ‘come on’ to a patrician product accessed by a secret code available only to club members.”

J          “Some sites require one to be a premium member to view or post comments.  Easy enough.  I don’t view or post comments.  I don’t participate.  I boycott.”

. . .

J          “When you black hole yourself into a vortex, your own computer is instantly infested and infected with something quaintly called ‘cookies’ and other technological cancers.  Ads drop from above and rise from below and are hurled from the left flank and the right flank.  Things explode from nowhere and everywhere.  The assault does not end until you manage to crawl out of the maelstrom.  The Internet.  It is not a pretty place.”

. . .

K          “The few stray Prophets With Honor out there are not making much profit.  They deserve support.  They are not getting it.”

J          “They deserve a listen.”

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

DON’T CLICK ON IT!

If you are not paying for the product, you are indubitably the prey

The Internet.  It is not for the fainthearted.

Editing Editors (July 19, 2021)

Posted in Writing on July 19, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I was astonished.  The results were astonishing.  I was astonished by the astonishing results.  Every word and phrase and syntactic experiment giving the piece verve and vigor and vivacity was stricken and scoured from the draft.  To me, however, the editor’s red pen confirmed the strength of the original unedited piece.  I retained everything that was eliminated and disregarded the additions and almost all of the suggestions.  The review was productive in its own way.”

J          “I do not run anything by anyone any more.  I write.  I edit.  I stop.  I done.”

. . .

J          “That must have been an awkward situation.  Could you explain to the editor that the input is still insightful and helpful notwithstanding the final product?”

. . .

K          “What if the editor is right?  What if I am wrong?”

J          “Could be.  But you must go with what you know.  And what you believe.  I do.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary under the Category “Writing” and you decide where to put the quotations marks.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Give me coffee to change the things I can change and whiskey to accept the things I can’t.

Cosby And Equality (July 12, 2021)

Posted in Courts, Judges, Race on July 12, 2021 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “We are reaching a place of racial equality in America.  Rich Black criminals are now getting treated like rich White criminals.  And getting off.”

J          “And some folks say that society does not progress.”

. . .

K          “Poor Black and Brown criminals are treated worse than poor White criminals, but all three cohorts are treated very poorly.”

J          “The poor are treated poorly.  The rich are treated richly.  By definition, the poor cannot be treated richly.”

. . .

J          “Someone may have had something on one of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices and called in the favor or agreed to remain silent.  Cosby pays a million for the briefing and the gibberish and the song and the dance, the lawyer calls in the favor for the well–healed client.”

K          “Or one of the lawyers was on the same junior varsity lacrosse team at prep school with one of the Justices.  The favor is subtle and not actionable.  Few of you members of the public know that judges are not held to ethical standards unless they do something really, really stupid and embarrassing.  That is then called unethical.”

. . .

K          “If the resources that went into putting a guilty man on the street had been spent examining the convictions of a dozen random cases of unconnected defendants, a few innocent men likely would have been released.”

J        “Is that why the words ‘perverse’ and ‘travesty’ and ‘injustice’ are in the dictionary?”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Equality On The Bench Today (August 21, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Liberty and justice for some

The Civil Code exists to allow the rich to extract wealth from the poor; the Penal Code exists to prevent the poor from retaliating.

M. Gravel Versus D. Rumsfeld (July 5, 2021)

Posted in Courage, Politics, Pushitzer Prize In Commentary, Vietnam on July 5, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Peace versus war.”

J          “Honesty versus dishonesty.”

K          “Vision versus venality.”

J          “Public purpose versus private profit.”

K          “Virtue versus vice.”

J          “Courage versus cowardice.”

. . .

[See “The System Isn’t There To Protect Us From Criminals, It’s To Protect Criminals From Us” in “CaitlinJohnstone.com” dated July 1, 2021 by the award-winning investigative journalist and commentator Caitlin Johnstone.]

[See the e-commentary on M. Gravel at “Seeing 2020:  Profiles In Cowardice; Profiles In Courage.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 10, 2020)” versus the e-commentary on D. Rumsfeld at “Iraq: AGFPT. Iran: AGFPT II? (January 2, 2012)”, “Iraq: Shock and Awe; Shocking and Awful (September 6, 2010)*”, “Balls and Strikes and Perjury: America’s Pastimes (August 23, 2010)”, “The Double Ought (00) “Decadent Decade” (January 4, 2010)”, “McNamara (July 13, 2009)”, “Invest or Invade? (December 15, 2008)” and “The Kennedy Court Reigns In the King (July 3, 2006)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Great versus not so good