Archive for April, 2019

Fourth Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2019 (April 15, 2019)

Posted in Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pushitzer on April 15, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . Caitlin Johnstone for stirring the pot, asking hard questions, demanding answers, rejecting lies, spotlighting uncomfortable truths, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.  And being a journalist and a patriot for the Planet.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Third Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2018 (April 16, 2018)”, “Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017)”, “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)” and “Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013)”.]

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2020 and a supporting letter by January 24, 2020 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

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Bumper stickers of the week:

For good and honest stuff

Dissent is patriotic

“The purpose of arresting #JulianAssange is to send a message to the people, especially journalists, to be quiet and don’t get out of line.  If we, the people, allow the government to control us through fear, we are no longer free, we are no longer America.”  Tulsi Gabbard

Fourth Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2019 (April 8, 2019)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Cameo In Courage Award, Courage, On [Traits/Characteristics], Trumpi, Truth on April 8, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The envelope please.  . . .  This year, the ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award is awarded to . . . Chelsea Elizabeth Manning and Julian Paul Assange.  Again.  Since the award last year, both of them have continued to display courage in the face of cowardice and criminality from those in power in the United States who are threatened by the Truth and who threaten the courageous with confinement in the American Prison Gulag.”

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And a tip of the hat to the great nation and good people of Ecuador that have provided a home and a haven for Mr. Assange so far.  Rumblings abound that the United States is pressuring the government of Ecuador to release Assange to the wolves.  His country and his countrymen should demand his freedom and his return to Australia.  Trumpi should and could redeem himself in part by pardoning both of them.

[Please send nominations for the “Cameo In Courage” Award for 2020 and a supporting letter by January 24, 2020 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

[See the article titled “Chelsea Manning’s ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Moment” in “The American Conservative” by John Kiriakou dated April 8, 2019 and the presentation titled “Whistle-blowing, Wikileaks & The Future of Democracy” available at “caitlinjohnstone.com” presented by Caitlin Johnstone on February 18, 2019.]   

[See the e-commentary at “Alex J. / J. Assange And The First Amendment (August 13, 2018)”, “Hero or Traitor? (June 10, 2013)”, “Third Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2018 (April 9, 2018)”, “Second Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2017 (March 6, 2017)”, “First Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2016 (May 9, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “Profile In Cowardice Award (May 12, 2014)”, “Profile In Courage Award, 2015 (May 11, 2015)”, “Chelsea And Ed:  Time For ‘Con’ ‘dign’ Treatment (November 30, 2015)” and “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Dissent remains patriotic

“Just visiting, thank you.” (April 1, 2019)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Okay, I’ll try it again.  It’s a lot to process.  My lawyer said that I was innocent.  I didn’t do it, I wasn’t there, and both of them had it coming to them because they were more than just harassing her and refused to shuffle on after polite notice.  My people drafted and crafted condign punishment for our people.  We are way ahead of you people.  I was offered a plea deal banishing me from the community for fifty years.  ‘To Earth!’, they decreed.  ‘To Earth?’, I demurred.  I tell you, everyone knows that the stunning and beautiful blue marble is one of the arm pits of the Universe.  A Superfund Site with shopping malls.  The Purgatory for one of your religious cults, you know.  You Earth things banish someone to Coventry, I was the test case to send someone to explore Earth first-hand.  Talk about unfair and unsporting and uncivilized.  They gave me a new identity and placed me with a loving and understanding Earth family that provided cover.  . . .  If you are not prepared to believe it, then you are not prepared to believe it.”

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K          “You think you are surprised.  Try to explain this circumstance to my Earth family.  That was a trip after a very long trip.  They had to be quiet and play along for years.  When I grew up or at least got older and left the foster halfway home, I was assigned to do my time in a lower profile locale.”

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K          “Talk about an undocumented alien.  If I get pulled over, dispatch will probably have me dispatched.  And not sent back, if you know what I mean.  If an American judge hears my story, your judge will bless the execution and punish anyone who challenges the procedure.  You people are curious.  And vexing.  And disturbing.”  

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K          “I only need to machine one more spare part to get it going and get back home.  I know that your authorities know that I am working on it in my red shed.  I found your camera system which, by the way, is rather primitive, but you may know that.”

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K          “I’m the only one here that I know of.  They want me to study you people and send dispatches on your law, politics, economics, philosophy, sports, society and manners, if any.  Sort of Alexis de Tocqueville and Michael Mead in a space suit.  I am free to drink your mead and break bread with you people as part of my research as long as I don’t get close enough to expose my plight before I take flight.”      

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K          “In one dispatch to my handlers, I threatened to marry one of your Earth beings and bring her back at the end of my sentence.  And possibly breed.  My people are serene and sublime Buddhists, however, they were appalled and disgusted at the prospect and nixed the proposal.  One of them even threatened to revoke my return visa.  That was the wrong gambit on my part.  And you can just imagine her reaction and her girlfriends’ reactions when I slowly unfurled the saga.”

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K          “Mortality stinks; Immortality stinks.  They say that the rich on your planet live better lives and live longer lives.  All of us live better lives and live about 200 years.”

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K          “See, there are many carbon-based life forms in the Universe, but we don’t pump our mess kit full of the stuff.”        

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K          “Not to be judgmental or critical, but* you people are crazy.  I gotta get out of this place.”

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*“but”:  an acronym of behold the utter truth; statements before the conjunction are polite but untrue

Bumper stickers of the week:

“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Just visiting, thank you.

Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.  Don’t exercise the option.

April – National Poetry Month

The following half dozen six-word memoirs in an “e-poem” titled “Take only pictures; Leave only footprints” was presented a few years ago:

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.