Archive for April, 2012

Why Johnny And Roger? (April 30, 2012)

Posted in Citizens United Decision, Courts, Crime/Punishment, Judges, Perjury, Song Reference, Supreme Court on April 30, 2012 by

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1          “And not Jon and Lloyd.”

2          “Because the American legal system is fundamentally corrupt?  Is that the answer.”

1          “The jury selection in the Roger Clemens retrial began a fortnight ago.  Because it was in federal district court, no cameras are allowed in the court room.”

2          “Better to keep everything as hidden from the public eye as possible.”

1          “Roger may have lied under oath, but it is a noble American pursuit pursued by Supreme Court nominees who appear before the Senate.”

2          “The Supreme Court Justices who hurl balls and strikes rather than call balls and strikes.”

1          “Johnny Reid Edwards may have played some games with campaign contributions, but the Five Lobbyists on the Supreme Court basically decreed that anything goes in the campaign arena.”

2          “And Johnny is indicted and Jonny Corzine is running free.”

1          “And Lloyd Blankfein continues to inflict violence on the world.”

2          “And now we learn again that Justice Department officials who were aware that flawed forensic work may have contributed to the convictions of potentially innocent individuals fetched another cup of coffee and counted the days until their retirement.”

1          “Are courts expected to exhibit a modicum of integrity or at some point are they illegitimate.”

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[See the “e-ssays” titled “Perjury, The American Way (February 20, 2006),” “Balls and Strikes and Perjury: America’s Pastimes (August 23, 2010),” and “Losing Faith: MF Global and Kodak (January 9, 2012).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Prosecute the prosecutors; prosecute the judges

“Through this world I’ve wandered I’ve seen lots of funny men / Some 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.

Happy Birthday Earth Day (April 23, 2012)

Posted in Bankruptcy, Environment, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Pensions on April 23, 2012 by

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CC1        “I remain surprised that Nixon signed the ‘Environmental Protection Act’ shortly after the first Earth Day in 1969.”

CC2        “Time to give some thought to passing the ‘Carbon Rebate and Climate Protection Act’ or some similar legislation.”

CC1        “You need a sexier name.”

CC2        “Sex Save Sex The Sex Planet Sex Act Sex.”

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[The proposed ‘Carbon Rebate and Climate Protection Act’ or ‘Save Our Climate Act’ is discussed at and some optimistic future scenarios are discussed at]

[The Northern Mariana Islands Retirement Fund filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 17.  Stay tuned.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

A good planet is hard to find

“To declare national policy which will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and stimulate the health and welfare of man; to enrich the understanding of the ecological systems and natural resources important to the Nation . . . .”

Trayvon Zimmerman (April 16, 2012)

Posted in Courts, Pogo Plight, Race on April 16, 2012 by

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_        “No one knows the facts; everyone is an expert.”

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[See the “e-ssays” titled “Outrages Du Jour (April 16, 2007),” “BB Alliance (April 20, 2009) and Racing Backwards; Moving Forward? (July 27, 2009).”

(Titanic – April 14, 1912)

Bumper sticker of the week:

He knows everything and thus has nothing to teach me

We Ain’t Ants; We Are Grasshoppers (April 9, 2012)

Posted in Depression, Entitlements, Environment, Food, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Pogo Plight, Society, Water on April 9, 2012 by

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C1          “Eating out will make you eat in.  Or lose your appetite.  Americans devour too much food and waste too much food.  A friend said that he could not go a week in any activity catering to the American appetite because he could not stomach the gross waste of food.”

C2          “Americans put too much on their waists and then waste the rest.  They waist food and then waste food.”    

C1          “If Bill Shakespeare didn’t document it, Aesop did.  The timeless human experience.”

C2          “Bill on burgers, Aesop on arugula?”

C1          “I thought they relayed the ‘Ant and the Grasshopper fable’ to us to teach us to play well with others even if the others played too much.  I thought we would be directed to be a good ant and let the grasshopper come in out of the cold.  Then she read the ending and said that the ants rebuked and rebuffed the grasshopper when he sought to come in out of the cold.”

C2          “You can’t blame them.  The ants saved and gathered all summer while the grasshopper played and partied.”

C1          “But we are all playing and partying.  There are not enough ants.” 

C2          “Everyone must be an enlightened ant.  The grasshoppers are preparing by collecting guns.  The few ants must continue to save and gather and . . . collect guns.”  

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[See the article “Clean your plate, save the world?: Scientific American.”]

[See the “e-ssays” titled “Beans and Bullets (April 6, 2009),” “On Entitlements (July 19, 2010)” and “Girding For The Going Grid (October 11, 2010).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Personal responsibility; fiscal responsibility; legal responsibility

Providence prefers providence

Le Poem (April 2, 2012)

Posted in Writing on April 2, 2012 by

Each vowel grips the laboring oar with two hands; Each consonant shoulders two buckets of water.

No word can be added; No word can be subtracted; No word can be changed.

No word to add;  “       “    “   subtract;  “       “    “   change.

Add no word; Subtract “  “ ; Change  “  “ .

[See the “e-ssay” titled ”Peak Land”: The Exodus Toward The Equator . . . or the North Pole? (April 4, 2011)” that includes among the “Bumper stickers of the week”:

A half dozen six-word memoirs in an “e-poem” titled “Take only pictures; Leave only footprints.”

Many live humans; Few dead dinosaurs.

Disregard the e-con-omists; Regard the physicists.

Change your attitude; Range the latitudes.

Pay old bills*; Develop new skills.

Consume less junk; Savor more beauty.

So many challenges; So little time.

*          Craft your own financial game plan.  With hyperinflation on the way, purposefully delaying the payment of bills allows one to pay obligations with significantly devalued dollars.  That is the strategy being pursued by the governments.] 

Bumper stickers of the week:

April – National Poetry Month

Be curious; Ask questions; Stay young.

Isabella Rossellini – a two word poem (in Italian)