Archive for December, 2017

President Donaldo J. Trumpi Resigns.  Oh, And Happy Holidays (December 25, 2017)

Posted in Kleptocracy, Presidency, Trumpi on December 25, 2017 by

          Citing overwhelming and incontrovertible evidence that he is a serial sexual predator and was a child rapist throughout his post-adolescent life and is not fit to serve as the nation’s CEO, President Donaldo J. Trumpi, the 45th President of the United States of America, tweeted his resignation from office today.


This article must be revised to reflect the following correction:  President Trumpi did not announce his resignation today.

[See the “Doonesbury” artwork created by Garry Trudeau in many of yesterday’s newspapers.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Merry Christmas    

Happy Hanukkah

Peaceful Kwanzaa

Sweet Senate Alabama (December 18, 2017)

Posted in Senate, Voting on December 18, 2017 by

. . .

K          “Moore is less.”

J          “And let’s hope that more of us try to keep up with the Jones.”

. . . 

K          “Doug Jones was drawing to an inside straight.  So much had to line up perfectly and fortuitously to produce a victory in ruby-red Alabama.”

J          “Turnout, it turns out, is the key.” 

K          “Although he remains one of America’s greatest political, economic and social commentators, Professor George Carlin’s contention that a citizen should not vote is fundamentally wrong.  There are times when votes are counted and when votes count.”

. . .

J          “Senator Shelby’s statement that he wrote in the name of another Republican on his general election absentee ballot may be the most moral and one of the most consequential actions in his career.”

K          “There may be some semblance of shame and decency in America.”

. . .

K          “The result will lead to the redoubling of efforts to suppress voting and to gerrymander districts.”

. . .

J          “Turnout.”

. . .

[See the “Doonesbury” artwork created by Garry Trudeau in many of yesterday’s newspapers.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Sweet Senate Alabama 

Roll Tide


“It’s not the people who vote that count.  It’s the people who count the votes.”  Attributed to Joe Stalin

Debt Ceiling Dilly-Dallying?  Term Limit Amendment = Balanced Budget Amendment (December 11, 2017)

Posted in Balanced Budget Amendment, Term Limits, Term Limits Amendment on December 11, 2017 by

. . .

K          “Sort of.  With the Term Limit Amendment, budgets may become slightly less imbalanced.  When a few individuals gain far too much seniority and power, they consume an extraordinary and inefficient amount of resources”

J          “A young senator starts in an office at the top floor of the Russell Building and works his or her way over the decades to the first floor of the Hart Building.  At that time, it is time to show him or her the door.”

. . .

K          “If you want to start on the road to a balanced budget, enact term limits.”

. . .

K          “Why pass an amendment demanding that you pass a balanced budget when it is far easier simply to pass a balanced budget.  If you want to pass a balanced budget, then pass a balanced budget.”

J          “There is a simpler and more concrete solution.  No subcommittee shall schedule a hearing on a balanced budget amendment until the budget is first balanced.”

K          “If it cannot be done and will not be done, why pass a law decreeing that it shall be done.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary titled “Term Limits (May 14, 2007),” “The “Contract with America”; The Congressional Reform Act of 2010 (March 29, 2010),” “Bringing Balance To The Balanced Budget Amendment Debate (July 18, 2011),” “Over The Cliff Or At The Foot?  (December 31, 2012)” and “The People’s Amendment:  Contract With America (April 29, 2013)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Term Limit Amendment = Balanced Budget Amendment

Cakes, Courts And Constitutions:  Brown v. Plessy II (December 4, 2017)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Civil War, Courts, First Monday In October, Gay Politics, Society, Supreme Court, War and Wall Street Party on December 4, 2017 by

. . .

K          “I thought that no one discriminated against the green stuff today.”

J          “The cake baker’s religious convictions seem heartfelt and genuine, yet they must yield when he opens the door to the public and seeks money.”

K          “If you hold yourself out to the public to be open for business, you cannot hold yourself out to the public to be open for business only for some.”

. . .

J          “There is a continuum of creativity.  Everyone involved in the marriage industrial complex is creative in some way.  The hair stylist, the floral designer, the nail sculptor, even the chef are all creating a creative product.  The cake baker is not unique or special.”     

. . .

K          “The coercive authority of the government coming to bear on an individual once again gives me some pause.”

. . .

J          “In the end, the decision is a piece of cake.”

K          “And as easy as pie.”

. . .

K          “And the case reveals once again that we are not one country, we are two countries deeply divided against each other.  And we are not one country with two political parties, we are two countries with one political party – the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ – divided into two divisions, the ‘D’ division and the ‘R’ division.”

J          “And a chasmic and unbridgeable divide between those two divisions.”

K          “The ‘D’ division of the Supreme Court and the ‘R’ division of the Supreme Court are two divisions of armies that battle head to head to impose and inflict their version of the Constitution on the other army.”

. . .

[See Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 16-111.]

[See the e-commentary at “Brown:  5 – Plessy:  4 (June 29, 2015)”, “Dividing The Divided Supreme Court In A Divided Country (October 3, 2016)”, “Five Red Rich Republican ‘Catholic’ Corporatist ‘White’ Boys . . . Versus . . .  Four Blue Comfortable Democratic ‘Jewish’ Individualist White ‘Girls’ . . . And All By-Products Of The S.I.C.  (October 2, 2017)”, “The Tsunami Hits Shore (March 24, 2014)”, “The Sea Change Is Now A Tsunami (March 11, 2013)” and other e-commentary under the Categories “First Monday in October” and “War and Wall Street Party”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Open to all

Let them eat cake; insist they sell it

It is a cake walk and as easy as pie