RIP: 2020: Vestigial Democracy; 2021: Free Speech (March 1, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Elections, First Amendment on March 1, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “At the end of the year, they scroll through pictures of folks we lost in the past year.  In 2020, the year of the Virus, we may have lost ‘Vestigial Democracy’ and in 2021, the year of the Vaccine, we have already lost ‘Free Speech’ without recognizing either loss.  We are off to a terrible start.”

J          “I disagree about the lost democracy.  It was clean or clean enough for me in the real world of dirty politics.  Free speech is another thing.  The First Amendment protects against government intrusion, but now the ‘governments’ are private sector Behemoths who are beyond regulation.  However, I am not totally against bans on speech that is akin to yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”

K          “These private sector bans will come to haunt us.”

. . .

[See “YouTube Censors Senate Testimony From Doctor On Possible Covid Drug” by Jonathan Turley dated February 4, 2021.]

[See the e-commentary at YouTube:  Your University:  America’s Community College (December 8, 2014)” at a time when it seemed a more benign platform.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Did they make it Amendment One for a reason?

The Obstreperous Silence (February 22, 2021)

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Seems like things are roiling and boiling and percolating.  Something is brewing.”

J          “Festering.  Feels like there is a political hurricane or an economic tornado or a social earthquake heading our way.”

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Bumper sticker of the week:

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Donning Masks, Doffing Masks. Oh, And Happy Mardi Gras! (February 15, 2021)

Posted in Truth on February 15, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “While we were directed to don our masks, those in power unwittingly doffed their masks.”

J          “But does anyone see?  Our masks only cover our nose and mouth, not our eyes.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Constructing Thoughts:  Overton Window; Morrison Door; Basic Box (August 19, 2019)”, ““Free” Speech At The “Free Speech Forum” (October 22, 2018)” and “Tulsi, MSM, NYT, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, Real News, Fake News, Neo-McCarthyism.  Oh, And Happy Halloween! (October 28, 2019)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

The Populace Is “Dis-ed”: Discombobulated, Disequilibrated, Disquieted, Disconcerted, Dislocated, Disillusioned, Disappointed, Dismayed, Dissed And Dis-ed (February 8, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Society, Vaccine on February 8, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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J          “‘Not happy’ is what I am going with today.”

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K          “Everyone is shuffling about the mist and the miasma in a dazed and dreary dreamland.”

. . .

J          “Intoxicated, lobotomized, anesthetized, euthanized, exhausted.”

. . .

K          “If the new age vaccines that have never been proven to be efficacious in the intermediate run turn out to ineffective or worse unacceptably unsafe, it is Katy bar the door.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The Vaccine: The Shot Felt Round The World (November 23, 2020)”, “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  TSD/PTSD In The New Plague War.  A New Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)? (April 27, 2020)” and “The Residue of Unrelenting Fear: PTSD Afflicts The Populace (August 28, 2006)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy

The Casino: The House Always Wins! Oh, And Happy Groundhog Day! (February 1, 2021)

Posted in Cryptocurrency, Currency, Money, Silver, Wall Street on February 1, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The little guys flashed their electronic pitch forks and played the same game as the big guys and gamed the game.  They can try to out game the system with GameStop, but the games will not stop.”

J          “The game today is to destroy successful enterprises and to bleed wounded businesses.  Productive undertakings are destroyed and delivered to the undertaker.  Uncreative destruction, I call it.  Nothing is created; everything is destroyed.”

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K          “Most silver futures contracts have a provision allowing them not to deliver physical product and instead to settle in dollars.  The paper contracts only require the delivery of fiat paper currency.”

J          “Anyone seeking to long the shorts may get the short end of the stick.  However, some day, when the world is forced to deal with five hundred claims on each one ounce of physical silver, some folks will be sorely disappointed.”

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K          “The rules will be rewritten and construed to protect the powerful and well-connected.  In the final analysis, the little guys are doomed to lose.”

J          “No matter how things stay the same, they stay the same.  Groundhog Day all over again.”

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[See “GameStop Shares: Dark Pools Owned by Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, UBS, et al, Have Made Tens of Thousands of Trades” and other articles in “Wall Street On Parade” dated January 28, 2021 by Pam Martens and Russ Martens who were the recipients of the “Fifth Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (October 12, 2020)” for their pioneering and sustained contributions.]

[See the e-commentary at “On Revolution (March 15, 2010)” discussing the extreme dissatisfaction and complete inability of any person to do anything within the current political and economic racket about the obscene inequality in society and a week later “On The Digital Revolution (March 22, 2010)” proposing that any change will involve and require digital transfers.  Bitcoin is back in the headlines again and discussed in the e-commentary at“Bitcoin”, “Ethereum” . . . “Blockchain Technology” Say What? (July 3, 2017)” and is another response to and verdict on unlimited money printing.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The House always wins!

Happy Groundhog Day!

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” Frédéric Bastiat

Due to unprecedented demand on physical silver products, we [APMEX] are unable to accept any additional orders on a large number of products, until global markets open Sunday evening.

Update:  Due to unprecedented silver demand, SD Bullion is unable to accept any additional orders until the market opens Sunday evening.

For some background on just how unprecedented this weekend’s action in silver markets is, Tyler Wall, the CEO of SD Bullion writes the following: 

In the 24 hours proceeding Friday market close, SD Bullion sold nearly 10x the number of silver ounces that we normally would sell in an entire weekend leading to Sunday market open.

In a normal market, we normally can find at least one supplier/source willing to sell some ounces over the weekend if we exceed our long position (the number of ounces we predict we will sell over the weekend).

However, everyone we talk to is afraid of a gap up at Sunday night market open.

This is about ready to get really interesting as there was very little inventory left from suppliers/mints going into Friday close.

Our direct AP supplier informed us after close on Friday that the “US Mint will be on allocation for the remainder of Type 1” (Current Silver Eagle Design).

Our sales for the month of January exceeded any one month last year during the heart of the pandemic. It was an all-time record month in our company history. 

The “D” Division Invades The Swamp. The War On America Is On In America (January 25, 2021)

Posted in Bideni, First Amendment, O'Bama, Presidency, Trumpi, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on January 25, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The ‘D’ Division rolled into Fort Swamp last Wednesday without much genuine fanfare or even many fans.  Attendance at the Emperor’s coronation looked like a Bideni campaign rally last fall.”

J          “To the accompaniment of more centurions than the Empire acknowledges in its many overseas wars of choice.  A bleak and barren tableau against a desolate and deserted landscape with a rank and file of American flags made in China.  No citizens were on the National Mall and no shoppers were in the nation’s shopping malls.”

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K          “One crime family leaves and another crime family arrives.  I provoke all manner of perplexed responses when I observe that we are giving up an Ivy League President and getting someone who graduated something like 97th in a law school class of 58 at a regional law school.”

J          “Trumpi only got into an Ivy League school because he is from a second generation crime family.  The Bidenis are now an established second generation crime family and thus Hunter had a spot held for him in the Ivy League.” 

. . . 

K          “Bideni is a foot soldier for the neoliberals in domestic policy.”

J          “And an errand boy for the neoconservatives in foreign policy.”          

. . .

K          “Nothing ever changes.”

J          “Everything stays the same.”

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K          “He was true to himself until the end and simply could not muster the courage and integrity to pardon Assange and Snowden and instead pardoned some stray punks and thugs.  He is a waste of protoplasm in a great wasteland.”

J          “He pardoned people who reminded him of who he is not who he wants to be.  He will always be the saurian beast until he slithers off this Planet.”

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K          “Bideni promised that nothing will change; he will keep that one promise.  Day 6 is a modest improvement, but under the most optimistic scenario the country will only marginally improve under him/her/them.”

J          “Marginal is the best we can do in this country.  He will broadcast a few flashy but hollow and symbolic policies.  Few legitimate grievances will be addressed.  This is the third term of the O’Bama administration.  O’Bama spawned Trumpi.  He/she/they are the transitional Presidency to a new more slick and subtle Trumpi Version 2.0 in four years.”

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K          “The war on America and Americans now begins in earnest.”

J          “The only way to grow and expand the war industry is to invade and colonize new territory.  America is just sitting there between the two vast sloughs waiting to be plucked and plundered.  America is the last frontier and the last battleground.”

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[See “Here Are the Superheroes To Come and Save Us”: Media Waste No Time Fawning Over Biden” in “MintPress News” by Alan Macleod dated January 22, 2021.]

[See the e-commentary at The “War And Wall Street Party” Concludes Its Confabulations (August 31, 2020)”, The Choice:  Pro War And Pro-Wall Street Candidate v. Pro War And Pro-Wall Street Candidate (April 13, 2015)”, “The ‘War and Wall [Street] Party’ On The War Path (February 1, 2016)”, “The First Look At The ‘Second Political Party’ (January 3, 2011)” and “DNC:  ‘We’re Losers.  Vote for Us.’ (February 27, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Give war a chance

No hope and no change

Dissent is patriotic

Hank Aaron

There is something to and something about ivermectin that compels a closer look-see

?The Dow at 20,000 or less by Halloween?

MLK 2021 (January 18, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Race, Society, South, Vaccine on January 18, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I need a break.”

J          “I need a brake.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Covid-19 PanICdemic/Plague:  Rioters / Protestors:  Too Much Noise / Too Little Signal (June 8, 2020)”, King Seale Newton X Davis Dellums Day.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 21, 2019)”, “Charlottesville . . . Chancellorsville? (August 14, 2017)”, “Rerouting History (February 15, 2016)”, “The Confederate Flag:  What Does It Mean To You? (July 6, 2015)”, “Celebrate Virginia’s ‘Celebrate Slavery Month’ (April 12, 2010)”, “King Daze (January 20, 2014)”, “Dixie Visited (September 17, 2012)”, “Brown Is The New Black (February 18, 2008)”, “Seeing 2020:  A Sanctuary City Is Legal If It Respects And Protects ____________.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 20, 2020)” and “Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Respire and aspire

Letter to the editor of the week (Not published because it implicitly challenges the vaccine monomania):

Got D3 and Zn?

Vitamin D3 and Zinc sustain one’s immune system.  Discuss with your health care provider taking 5000 ius of Vitamin D3 and 50 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 Zn 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, we northerner 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 in the car:  “Click It or Ticket”.  Got D ‘n’ Z?

On Riots And Rampages (January 11, 2021)

Posted in Collapse, Elections, On [Traits/Characteristics], Trumpi on January 11, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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J          “Talk about your good old fashioned red, white and blue American White Privilege.  Anyone other than white males would have been mowed down at the gates.  The insurrection should have been stopped at the outset by force.”  

K          “I recall delivering one of what were then two local newspapers that featured a picture above the fold of members of the 82nd Airborne drilling holes on the west buttress of the Capitol to mount 50 cal tripods to dissuade rioters after the King assassination.   A dozen years later, I was able to finagle an excuse to slip out on the west buttress and see a few dozen trios of holes now occupied with epoxy.  Both events are memorable.”

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K          “I have walked those grounds on a few occasions and been to at least two anti-war demonstrations there over fifty years.  The Capitol grounds have transitioned from a college campus with stately oaks into a battlefield with rising bollards and retractable tank barriers.  The Capitol is a fortress on a hill.  The fort is not breached unless those inside allow it to be breached.”

J          “Do not forget Occam’s Razor.  Always look for the simplest explanation.  Everything today operates at the most grossly negligent and obscenely incompetent manner and level as humanely possible.  No one knows what he, she or they are doing.”

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K          “Calling it a ‘coup’ is misinformed and unavailing.  Think of the coup against Sukarno as the paradigm.  These rioters were a disorganized band who did not enlist the military or commandeer communications or trigger mass public support.  ‘Riot’ is accurate and perhaps ‘local insurrection’ but not a ‘coup’ attempt or terrorist activities.  The rioters did not want to overthrow a politician, they wanted the current occupant to stay.”

J          “I take back some of my argument that they should have used force.  The Capitol Police may have done the best they could under the circumstances and should be commended for their calm and restraint.”

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J          “There is no doubt that Trumpi incited the riot.”

K          “No doubt.”

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[See the e-commentary discussing the coming nightmare commencing back in November of 2016 at “The E-pocalypse:  My Fellow Americans, Our Long National Nightmare Is Beginning (November 14, 2016)” that continues today and some perspective on White Privilege At Play:  Born On First Base (July 13, 2020).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Keep it simple

It is not what you know or even who you know.  It is what you know about who you know.

Seeing 20/20 In 2021 (January 4, 2021)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Federal Reserve, Vaccine, Wall Street on January 4, 2021 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We did not see 20/20 in 2020.”

J          “We will see 2020 on steroids in 2021.”

. . .

J          “Despite some concerns, I am ready to take the plunge. They can plunge the needle into my body.”

K          “You know my concerns.  First they said there were no adequate, approved and available treatments which was not true because no available treatments were adequately tested let alone approved.  Second they said their concoctions diagnosed, prevented and treated the disease which is also unproven and unfounded speculation.  I am taking care of myself and thus taking care of the entire community.  I will obtain natural immunity without taking or taxing any public or private resources.  We are in this alone.  I am obliging and accommodating to the reality.”

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K          “Over the last more than dozen years, the economic system has been illiquid with those in power responding by giving more free money / liquidity to the major connected players.  At this time, the system is close to insolvent which cannot be solved by giving away even more money to the major connected players.”

J          “We started the year with this conversation four years ago or so.  This year may be the year.  The problem is giving away money is all they know how to do.  They will continue to give away even more money and give away what is left of our future.  I still hope it is a happy new year.”

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[See the e-commentary one year ago today at “Seeing 2020:  Federal Reserve Logic:  QE =/= QE.  Print, Lie, Print, Lie, Print, Lie.  The Great Financial Coup D’état Rages On. (January 6, 2020)” and four years ago at “Twenty Sixteen (January 4, 2016)” and a few mid-summer reflections and premonitions at “Venturing A Few Unfounded And Unwarranted Predictions (July 13, 2015)”.  “Back Door Inflation (July 16, 2007)” is back knocking at the door.  The coming and not at all paradoxical 1) deflation/drop in the price of “bubble baubles / faux assets” (i.e. ETFs and theme parks) and 2) inflation/rise in the price of “real assets” (i.e. grub and farm land) is discussed in “Stagflation?!?  Hands Down Or Hands Up? (January 14, 2019)”.  In response, “They Can Print Money (November 2, 2015)” and they do print money.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

2021 to 2020:  “Watch this.”

2021 to 2020:  “Hold my beer.”

Keep your stick on the ice

e-commentary: 17 Years Of Fun And Counting. Almost 800! (December 28, 2020)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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          Peaking behind the curtain, lifting up the carpet, looking under the table.  Honing skills, helping folks, having fun.  Venturing answers to questions that have not yet been asked, seeking to elucidate as much Truth on as many issues in as few words as possible, striving to leave a “commentary of record” for Clio’s consideration.  Chronicling the American experiment and the American experience, the theory and the practice, the promise and the performance, and the aspirations and the aftermath.  Doing something was paramount.  

           “Polymath” was apropos but too nerdy; many folks are turned off by a lot of math.  “essay.org” and “e-essay.org” were taken.  “e-ssay.org” turns out to be the perfect abbreviation of “electronic essay” and the original title.  In the first few years, taut, short, cogent, succinct and focused “e-ssays” told people what to think rather than suggesting things to think about during the  following week.  Reveal, don’t tell, they wisely decree.  Conversation provides a rapid ping-ponging of ideas.  After a few years, “e-commentary.org” emerged and provided “electronic commentary” developing dialogue to allow the reader to listen in on the discussion rather than being told what to think.  “e-poem” was always there under wraps.  The pieces are laced with many little lagniappes for the diligent reader to discover and deduce. 

          Almost two thirds of the posts this year addressed fears, phobias, hopes, questions, concerns, comments, anxieties and observations on Covid-19 and the thing called the PanICdemic.  2020 was the year of the Virus, etc.; 2021 is the year of the Vaccine, etc.  Stay tuned.

          The “On [Traits / Characteristics]” Series acknowledges the father of the essay, Michel de Montaigne, who explored individual traits and personal characteristics and shared personal ruminations and anecdotes about society in his celebrated collection Essais (e-ssais?).  e-ssays ruminate on respect, fear, admiration, irreverence, success, self-esteem, regret, standards/quality, loyalty, hypocrisy, honesty, empathy, joy, mudita, etc.

          The “Less Government Regulation” Series posits examples where government regulation may suffocate and free markets may suffice.  An e-commentary in the series in 2009 advocates for regulation of Google/Alphabet in an economy that is now pockmarked by monopolization of every industry in America.  Subsequent e-commentary challenges the overweening role of the Frightful FiveFacebook, Amazon, Apple, Google/Alphabet and Microsoft.  A half dozen megabanks and six media conglomerates control and manage our money and our minds.  In an economy without any price discovery, the completion of the “General Theory of Economics” is forced into remission.

          The “Boycott” Series suggests that readers treat dollars like votes in the marketplace and use them to support and reject policies and activities.  An e-commentary in the series in 2008 proposed a boycott of Facebook because it and the other tech beasts and behemoths are not friendly.  Boycotting the only supplier of an essential good or service is problematic and is addressed.  An e-commentary in 2011 proposed boycotting big banks and depositing funds in and supporting local credit unions.  An early e-commentary in 2006 implores the reader never to boycott and always to buy into the franchise, even if voting appears to and may be futile in a country with only one political party, the War and Wall Street Party.

          The “First Monday In October” Series debuted in 2010 with a discussion of “strict constructionism/originalism” in the context of gun control that should resolve the debate over the proper paradigm for all and once.  Subsequent e-commentary in the Fall series provide insight into the Supreme Court, courts and the state of the law, justice, crime and punishment in America.  The emerging irrelevance and illegitimacy of the current Supreme Court is discussed for the first times in 2011 and then in 2012 and developed in subsequent e-commentary.  Regular visits to the Court to observe the hired help further inform the analysis in the draft “Treatise on Law” now in nearly final form.

          The “Graduation Advice” Series is inspired by the national treasure “Wear Sunscreen” crafted by Mary Schmich and proposes a pithy suggestion for graduates of school and participants in life.  Advice was dispensed in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

        The greatest threat to the Planet is the threat to the Planet.  Posed and poised and poisoned by Man.  [Wo]Man versus [Mother] Nature?  Plastics and plutonium versus People?  Is Man the mortal enemy who must be contained by whatever means?  Is a carbon fee and dividend program the long-shot market-based solution capable of salvaging the vulnerable blue marble

          Over the years other e-commentary reviews everything from the human causes to the economic consequences of actions and inaction.  e-commentary addresses everything from philosophy to foreign policy to domestic polity; from the intertwined 3Es (from energy to environment to economics); from war to war to war; from sports to technology to society; from race to class to gender; from guns to gold to the Great Wall of Canada; from war to war to a possible antidote to war; from newspapers to the press/media to journalism; from the First Amendment, to the Second Amendment, to the Third Amendment, to the Fourth Amendment, to the Eighth Amendment, to the Balanced Budget Amendment and to the Term Limits Amendment; and from A – (AIIB, CFETS, CIA, CIPS, FBI, FDIC, IMF, INE, LIBOR, MICAC, NATO, NPR, NSA, SDR, SWIFT, TARP, USA PATRIOT ACT, ZIRP) Z. 

          After considerable thought and development, the “Awards and Incentives Project” rolled out and now includes four annual awards with others under construction.

          The “Cameo In Courage Award” challenges the award given by the establishment to other members of the establishment.  Society needs an award that rewards those who are truly courageous.  Awards were made in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.  

          The “Noble Prize In Eco-nomics” identifies those who develop and advance eco-nomic ideas to promote the public weal and the common good.  The award serves as a challenge and counterpoise to the “Nobel Prize In E-con-omics” awarded by the Swedish Central Bank to those who advance ideas that promote the interests of the wealthy and well-connected.  Awards were made in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

          The “Noble Prize In Jurisprudence” celebrates the work of someone who really knows something about jurisprudence and the impact of courts, judges, lawyers and police on the lives and livelihoods of ordinary citizens.  The award recognizes a person who or institution that 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.  Awards were made in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

          The “Pushitzer Prize In Commentary” honors inspiring and inspirational writing that does not necessarily reflect the dominant viewpoints and worldviews.  Awards were made in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

First–hand on–the–ground dispatches from the March for Women, the March for Science, the March For Our Lives and the April 19 March are available including lists of the clever and inspiring signs sported by participants.

          The requisite moving memoir is now available.  The book tour is still not yet booked.  However, although “Analog Knowledge Devices (“AKD”)” will soon be worth their weight in gold, this production saves paper and is only available e-lectronically.     

          WordPress was and in many ways still is a primitive and disappointing platform, but it was not Blogger.  Time to develop a better platform first.  WP did not allow one to change the font or even to tab over to create a simple paragraph.  At some time during this journey, WP did provide for “Categories” and then allowed for hyperlinks; hyperlinks are righteous.

          Over the years, a menagerie of speakers and characters such as “A” / “B” and “GO1 [Gun Owner1]” / “GO2 [Gun Owner2]” and “3” / “6” / “9” among others debuted and debated issues.  In recent years, “J” and “K” emerged as the primary characters in the ongoing dialogue and debate.

      The “Bumper sticker of the week” started out as a spoof on the shallow and callow “bumper sticker” nature of our public discourse and became the playful signature sign off concluding each piece every week.

          Looking back, the undertaking is an extended serialized novel about the American experience presented in a series of weekly poems developed as dialogue that allows all of us in some small way possibly to . . . immanentize the eschaton

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not possibly succeed under any circumstances?

“Do.  Or do not do.  There is no try.”  Yoda

“Not being heard is no reason for silence.”  Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“It doesn’t require many words to speak the truth.”  Chief Joseph

Otter:  “I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.”     Bluto:  “We’re just the guys to do it.”  “Animal House” (1978)

“You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best.  You want to be considered the only one who does what you do.”  Jerry Garcia

Think big, think long.