Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)

Posted in Carbon Surcharge & Dividend, Climate, Climate Leadership Council, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Population, Sustainability on February 20, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Growth is death, yet when the population is growing the thing call the economy must grow or we die.”

J          “Or you need to not grow the population so that you do not need to grow and die.  At that point in the discussion, everyone’s head, without exception, explodes and makes a mess of the room.  And no one is willing to talk about reducing the population.”

K          “Always a bummer.  You end up forfeiting the room security deposit.”

. . .

K          “The theft keeps moving through time.  The current generation swiped the ‘consumption’ of the children and then swiped the ‘consumption’ of the grandchildren.  Now the current generation is swiping the ‘consumption’ of the great grandchildren.  Even if you explain it slowly and without a scintilla of condescension or impatience, few get it.”

J          “Or want to get it.  If those in power cannot reach into the future, they are trying to move across space to loot resources.  However, theft cannot move across space forever.  We are acting as if we can tap another planet.  We cannot.  As they say, there is no PLANet B.”

K          “And yet we as a society are producing more children and grandchildren who do not have a chance or a choice.”

J          “With the mess bequeathed to them, the kids may not be alright.”

. . .

K          “Last week, some Republican players endorsed the pricing of carbon and established the Climate Leadership Council.”

. . .

[See “‘A Conservative Climate Solution’:  Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax” in “The New York Times” by John Schwartz dated February 7, 2017.]

[And in this corner, the master gardener of ‘team sustainable living’ advocating less demand on our finite resources, Professor Albert Allen Bartlett.  And in that corner, the captain of the confused cornucopians, Professor Julian Lincoln Simon.]

[See the e-commentary at “Global Climate Change.”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Save the Planet:  Price Carbon:  Now

Save the Marble:  Price Carbon:  Now

Tax what we burn not what we earn.

There is no PLANet B.

We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.

“Men argue.  Nature acts.”  Voltaire.  Nature is acting while man is arguing.

The Ninth Circuit:  Two-Tiered “Just-Us” Review (February 13, 2017)

Posted in Judges, Judicial Arrogance, Judiciary, Justice, Law, Perjury, Perjury/Dishonesty, Truth on February 13, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “There are two standards of review in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  If the plaintiff is a favored or famous individual or the matter is a cause célèbre, the Niners read the briefs and write a coherent decision.  If the plaintiff is not among the elite and is some ordinary stiff, the Niners do not read the briefs and instead distort both the law and the facts to make the plaintiff and the plaintiff’s lawyer look like fools.” 

J          “That is, perforce, perjury, but that is never a concern or an impediment.  They swore to uphold the law.  They are not upholding the law.  When they issue a decision, they are not required to attach an affidavit stating that the decision is an honest description of the law and the facts.  They already swore to provide an honest description of the law and the facts.”

K          “Perjury is the American Way.”

. . .

K          “If a case or issue is hip, cool, trendy, sexy and/or well-publicized, the Niners give it the time of day.  The recent case involving the trendy issue du jour provided an opportunity for an ideological pronouncement.  The Niners are more predictable than the sunrise.” 

. . .

K          “Cockroaches work diligently in the dark and scurry away when the lights are turned on.  Judges work diligently when the television lights are turned on and scurry away when the lights are turned off.”

J          “Perhaps the Niners should candidly and honestly state that they will not read a brief filed by a little person unless accompanied by a filing fee four (4) times the filing fee charged to large players and institutions.”

K          “Ten (10) times the filing fee may not be enough.  How much is enough.”

. . .

K          “Too bad we cannot depose God to determine the Truth.  Based on decades of study and careful observation, I calculate that aggregating the acts of perjury perpetrated by each judge and applying the low end of the Sentencing Guidelines would consign most judges to prison for life.”

J          “Now there is one for you.  There are more felons or technically unindicted felons on the bench at large than among the public.  I missed that discussion in my high school civics class.”

. . .

J          “Some ideas are too Truthful to entertain for even a few seconds.”

K          “When you think on it, perjury is the back bone of the American Judicial System.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary “On Standards & Quality (July 20, 2015)”, “The Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ) (August 29, 2016)”, “Assigning Blame:  The Lawyers: 50 Percent; The Non-Lawyer Public: 50 Percent; The Judges: 100 Percent (December 3, 2012)” and “Perjury, the American Way (February 20, 2006).”

Bumper stickers of the week:

“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time, I owe him my best.”  Joe DiMaggio

Courts have failed.  Courts exist to make life easy and lucrative for judges and to make money for obliging and cooperative lawyers.

Trumpi [Tweets ?] To Followers:  “F@#$ You” (February 6, 2017)

Posted in Kleptocracy, Pensions, Retirement, Trump on February 6, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “The corporate owners of the government do not really want us to provide for our retirement or our future.  They just concoct more rackets to exploit and plunder the people.”

K          “Welcome to the Great American Kleptocracy.”

. . .

K          “The Department of Labor was scheduled to implement a policy known as the ‘Fiduciary Rule’ that requires a broker to act in the client’s best interest rather than in the broker’s financial interest.  And Trumpi killed it.”

J          “I describe the Rule as a ‘no brainer’ policy.  An attorney is obligated to act in the client’s best interest; a doctor is obligated to act in the patient’s best interest; a broker is obligated to act in the client’s best interest.  The word ‘client’ itself acknowledges the existence of a fiduciary duty.”

. . .

K          “There is very little trust in America today for the compelling and unimpeachable reason that there is no reason to trust in America.  The Rule would have meant that a person could trust his or her broker.  That would help the little man and the little woman.  Trumpi does not give a hoot for the little person.” 

J          “Trumpi ran as the candidate of the Middle Finger Party and never revealed to anyone that he really intended to give the middle finger to his voters.”

K          “Trumpi pulled off a legal and financial coup d’état without firing a shot and now is taking all kinds of shots at the little person.”

. . .

J          “We are watching a house on fire with no fire fighters and no bucket brigade in attendance.  A house on fire this divided cannot stand.”

K          “And Trumpi is giving sociopaths a bad name.”

J          “The biggest uncertainty of our time is determining what will transpire when a critical mass of Trumpi voters realize they have been deceived and duped.”

K          “The way Trumpi is dissing and dismissing the ‘deplorables’ is deplorable.”

. . .

[See “Trump Moves to Roll Back Obama-Era Financial Regulations” in “The New York Times” by Ben Protess and Julie Hirschfeld Davis dated February 3, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary at “The Donald:  Enough; Bastante; Basta (April 4, 2016)”, “High-Frequency Trading = Cybercrime (June 5, 2015)” and “On The Digital Revolution (March 22, 2010).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Donald J. Trumpi @unrealDonaldTrump:  “F@#$ You”

[Picture of Trumpi] Tired of me yet?

[Picture of O’Bama] Miss me yet?

Building The Great Wall of Canada: Keeping The Americans Out, Eh (January 30, 2017)

Posted in Canada, Great Canadian Wall, Great Wall of Canada, Immigration, Personal Stories Series, Personal Story, Walls on January 30, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

C1        “Taking pot shots at the Americans sneaking over the border seems so . . . unCanadian.”

C2        “And yet so American, eh.”

. . .

C1        “For years, my neighbors warned that America was percolating, festering and roiling.  The melting pot was a boiling pot.  A civil war is so like them, so American.  I am surprised the wankers in Ottawa anticipated that so many refugees would flood our borders.”

C2        “I told my MP the idea was daft.  I opposed the bill for so long.  The American’s stubborn refusal to pay for the Wall was appalling.  Yet in the end building The Great Wall of Canada was as inevitable as the American Civil War II that necessitated it.”

C1        “When I calculated that five percent of the Americans were likely to become war refugees, I concluded that we could not accommodate sixteen million of them.  I capitulated and agree that we had to build the bloody bugger.”

C2        “We could overcome the language barrier, yet so few of them bring any useful skills to bring to the table.”

C1        “Or even table manners.”

. . .

[C1 = Canadian 1; . . . ]

[Mary Tyler Moore 1936 – 2017]

[See the article in the “Burrad Street Journal” titled “Canada Declares State Of Emergency As Millions Of Americans Attempt Border Crossing.”]

[See the e-commentary at “Black, Yellow, White, Brown, Red and Green:  An E-ssayer on Immigration (March 28, 2005).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

A people who describe their primary currency as the “Loonie” cannot be all bad.

How can you tell the American kids from the Canadian kids backpacking in Europe?  The American kids have a 5 by 7 inch Canadian flag sewn on their backpacks whereas the Canadian kids have a 3 by 5 inch Canadian flag sewn on their backpacks.

The Great Wall of Canada is right up there with the Beaver.  Thirty years ago, the DHC-2 Beaver was selected as one of the top 10 Canadian engineering achievements of the past century for its engineering, social and economic impact around the world. 

[Picture of O’Bama] Miss me yet?

Women’s March On Washington (Woodstock With Conviction) / Coronation (January 23, 2017)

Posted in Abortion, Bush, First Amendment, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Journalism, Newspapers, O'Bama, Police, Population, Press/Media, Society, Trump on January 23, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Rarely have as many citizens peaceably assembled – most sporting pink knit caps with ears – and confronted an equally peaceful assemblage of police.”

J          “By my best wild ass guess, at the Coronation on Friday, there was about one (1) security person from the Metropolitan Police Department / U.S. Marshal’s Service / Capitol Hill Police / Transportation Security Administration / National Guard / Coast Guard / National Park Service Police / Secret Service / Uniformed Secret Service / Supreme Court Police / Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Administration per twenty-five (25) attendees.  At the community gathering on Saturday, there was about one (1) traffic division cop per two hundred fifty (250) attendees.  The vibe changed radically in twenty-four hours.” 

K          “The authorities only expected 100,000 to 200,000 participants to wander by and then over 500,000 citizens decided something had to be done.  Because of budgetary concerns and sequestration, someone said they may be required to cancel the public sector Coronation in 2020 and allow the private sector to organize and orchestrate a ‘People’s March 2020’ in its stead.”

J          “The people can do it.  I watched a Black female police officer and a White female police officer surrounded by and talking to participants who took group pictures under a hand-lettered sign that ventured the notion:  ‘The future is female’.”

K          “I don’t believe there were any arrests at the March.”

. . .

K          “The Metro ridership statistics are revealing.  O’Bama 2009 took gold, O’Bama 2013 took silver, Women’s March 2017 took bronze, Bushy 2005 took honorable mention and Trumpi 2017 also ran.”[1]

J          “What were Andrew Jackson’s numbers?”                         

. . .

K          “The crass and coarse missive delivered at the Trumpi Show on Friday continued the campaign.  The commentators almost uniformly dismissed the speech as ‘dark’ and ‘dystopian’, yet for most of the Trump supporters life is indeed accurately depicted as dark and dystopic.  Trumpi revealed a kernel of truth about the desperate lives of mostly rural folk, but it was not the pretty city talk the journalists and pundits wanted to hear.”

J          “For most journalists, the system is working for them, so they report that the system works.”

K          “The system is not working.  Ordinary folks are not working.” 

J          “Trumpi is threatening and challenging many individuals and institutions that do not know kindness and do not take kindly to a threat or a challenge.”

K          “For both terms, I was concerned that O’Bama would be dispatched like Kennedy.”

J          “When it comes down to policy, however, Trumpi’s band of bankers and billionaires will do little if anything to improve the plight of the little people.  He’s safe from enhanced retribution.”

K          “Some of the riders rolling with the ‘Bikers for Trump’ articulated some of the real economic problems plaguing America.  Yet they don’t realize they are being played for chumps by Trumps.”

J          “Trumpi is ditching the ‘Bikers for Trump’ and riding off into the sunset with ‘Bankers for Trump’ and ‘Trillionaires for Trump.’  Both the latter two gangs sport the same colorsGreen – and the same logo – $.”

. . .

K          “A Trumpi supporter said he did not understand what they wanted.  Dignity, parity, equality, etc.  I suggested that he read and reflect on the signs as a start.  The patriot-participants collectively championed the single greatest challenge of our time – saving the Planet – and the single greatest plan – planning parenthood and allowing women to control their biological and economic destiny.”

J          “They are right, there is no PLANet B, there is no other planet to plunder.  The March was akin to and will be regarded as a ‘Woodstock’ event.”

K          “The patriot-participants undertook a peaceful and powerful pilgrimage for the people.”

J          “Now the hard work.  They must stay focused, organize locally and work hard.”

. . .

[1]  Attendance is measured by the number of trips by 11:00 a.m. on the Metro rail system on the day of the event:

O’Bama 2009:                   513,000

O’Bama 2013:                    317,000

Women’s March 2017:   275,000

Bushy 2005:                       197,000

Trumpi 2017:                     193,000

Motorcycle jacket of the week:

If you can read this message on the back of my [Langlitz] motorcycle jacket, my President has fallen off.

Bumper stickers of the week / Signs of the times on the Washington Mall:

Dear Mr. President:  Am I beautiful enough and young enough to rape?

Keep your rosaries off my ovaries

Keep your theology off my biology

If men could get pregnant, you would be able to get an abortion at an ATM

If I incorporate my uterus, will you stop regulating it?

Nasty

Not my President

Trump is a chump

This pussy riots

I stand with Planned Parenthood

Feminism rocks

Tired of history, try herstory

Queers against Islamophobia

No one is free if anyone is oppressed

Not my President

Love still trumps hate

Grab ‘em by the legislative balls

Be a President for everyone

Planned Parenthood

Women are humans too

Love your Mother Earth

Nasty women rule

Our rights are not up for grabs and neither are we

Education matters

Fight sexism

Where do I start?

Our bodies Our minds Our power

I may survive rape, but I may not survive this

Not usually a sign guy, but geez

Save the Nest, Price Carbon, Now

Queer feminist southerner against racism

Don’t forget to set your clocks back 300 years

We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to

Girls just want to destroy the imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patrimony

Switch the patrimony.  Jane Austen Fight Club

Empathize and mobilize

President Trump, I did Nazi that coming

I’m afraid

Make America kind again

Pussy lives matter

Resist

Predator in chief

A woman’s place is in your face

Clean the cabinet

Stronger than fear

Women’s rights are human rights

My rights are not wrong

This pussy has claws and is not up for grabs

No human is illegal

Make American fact-check again

We are the noisy majority

Keep your paws off my body

Rapist in chief

Pussy power

You ain’t seen nasty yet

Blame rape on rapists not women

Nyet means nyet

We count

Respect my existence or expect my resistance

Our rights are not up for grabs

You cannot love America when you hate so many Americans

An immigrant did not take your job

Don’t tread on my [anatomical uterus]

Girls just want to have fun-damental rights

Keep your hands off my [silhouette of pussy cat]

Free Melania

Not my President

Validate Putin

Nasty women vote

Hate will not make great

This pussy fights back

She’s someone’s daughter sister mother 

I served for better than this

History has its eyes on us

A woman’s place is in the House . . . and in the Senate

I’m with her.  And her.  And her.  And her.  And her.  And her.

<- I’m with her ->  [Arrows emanating in all directions]

Nasty and united for equality

Electile dysfunction

I can’t believe I have to protest this shit again

Nasty women make history

I am a woman not a womb

We the people, not the college, should not that be, common knowledge

Lean the fuck in

No mandate to oppress

Men of quality don’t fear equality

Russian prostitutes for Trump

Now that you are in subsidized housing, show us your tax returns

Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud

Keep calm and democracy will die

Bad hair administration

Respecto mi existence o espera resistencia

Life begins when you stand up to feeble-minded fascists

If you stand for nothing, what will you fall for?

You can’t comb over misogyny

My pussy, my choice

There is no PLANet B

Time to grab patrimony by the balls

Super callous fascist racist extra braggadocious

The power is in our pussies

We shall overcomb

Gender rules are a sham

Respect science, study history, don’t be a jerk

You know what?  Bitches get stuff done

Fight like a girl

We will not change the world by behaving nicely

King Seale Newton X Day (January 16, 2017)

Posted in Politics, Race on January 16, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Changes in civil and voting rights laws emerged from an unwitting and uncoordinated two-prong strategy.  Some Blacks and a very few Whites presented a militant option and opportunity.  Most Blacks and almost all Whites pursued a non-violent option and opportunity.  Those in power preferred the non-violent option, yet the threat of force was a compelling undercurrent.”

. . .

J          “Celebrating a day around King’s birthday should be expanded to celebrate all of those who campaigned for civil and voting rights.”

. . .

K          “King Seale Newton X Day.”

J          “All day.  As they say in the Midwest.”

. . .

K          “In the next few weeks, we can add the names of women.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “King Daze (January 20, 2014)” and “King (January 16, 2006).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

King Seale Newton X Davis Day

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”  John F. Kennedy

Swilling The Swamp (January 9, 2017)

Posted in Deep State, Genius, O'Bama, Presidency, Trump on January 9, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Cunning and catchy phrase.  Donaldo Trumpi fooled the populace into believing he would do something to change the epidemic and endemic corruption, cronyism and incompetence in Washington.”

J          “But it is just another grand lie.  Salt water crocodiles are supplanting fresh water alligators.”

K          “What he meant is that he would drain the swamp in the financial sector in New York City and decant it into the D.C. swamp.”

J          “O’Bama appointed Timothy Geithner and Eric Holder.  Trumpi nominated Steve Mnuchin and Jeffrey Sessions.  Same old, same old; same new, same new.”

. . .

K          “Remember when President Jerry Ford nominated Edward Levi who was a calm hand as Attorney General at Justice.”

J          “Finding a lawyer with a tutored intellect, integrity, courage, judgment and wisdom in the United States is almost impossible today.”

. . .

K          “By the time he was inaugurated, O’Bama had surrounded himself with the ‘D’ apparatchiks of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’.  By the time he is coronated, Trumpi will surround himself with the ‘R’ apparatchiks of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’.”

J          “Same old, same old; same new, same new.”

. . .

K          “They say ‘in vino veritas’ or ‘in wine, truth.’  Trumpi does not drink, Twitter is his drink.  Yet ‘in Twitter veritas’ is insightful.  And imprudent.”

J          “Communicating in 144 characters is gross.  Yet the communications are refreshingly candid in a town that runs on deceit and dishonesty.”

K          “They say the Presidency is the ultimate bully pulpit, and he is the ultimate bully assuming the pulpit.”

. . .

K          “He grew up or at least got older in opulence, yet so many of his antics are those of the parvenu.  He was and is not accepted by the old money in New York City and was and is not trusted by the Deep State in D.C.  He had the chance to end run all of them by appointing talented individuals who would assist him challenge the status quo and implement his more rational campaign pronouncements.”

J          “If he had done it right, he would have had the satisfaction of knowing that the old guard and the old hands know he did it right even though they would never acknowledge his accomplishments or accept him as a person or the President.”

K          “And the personal satisfaction of knowing that he did it right.”

. . .

K          “Sometimes, if you want to be a genius, you need to be a genius.” 

J          “Not.  gonna.  happen.”

. . .

[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).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Faking America Great Again

Keeping America American Again

Keeping America Hoodwinked Again

Draining the swamp into the swamp

Crocodiles replacing alligators

We did get fooled again.

There is a disturbance in the farce.

“You campaign in poetry.  You govern in prose.”  Mario Cuomo

You campaign in doggerel.  You govern in derision.  Donaldo Trumpi

“All you need in this life is a tremendous sex drive and a great ego.  Brains don’t mean a shit.”  Mayor Anthony “Captain Tony” Tarracino

Nero – Caligula In 2020  For a clear vision of the future