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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 e-commentary.org

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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

Not All Pigs Are Males, But All Males Are Pigs? Oh, And Happy Cyber Monday (November 27, 2017)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Gender, Society on November 27, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Could be.”

J          “Seems so.”

. . .

J          “The behavior seems less porcine and more saurian, although one’s saurian impulses are usually triggered defensively in response to a threat rather than engaged offensively to threaten another animal.”

. . .

K          “Society has been silent for far too long.  One or two of the accusations may be distended or exaggerated, yet far too much has gone on for far too long with far too little attention or action.  Most of the women did not speak up until now for the simple and true reason that no one listened and no one cared.”

. . .

J          “So many uncelebrated perpetrators victimize and terrorize uncelebrated women in untold and unsung nightmares in unnamed communities.”

K          “And they remain unknown and unacknowledged and unresolved.”

J          “I reckon that we need a candid national reckoning akin to past truth and reconciliation undertakings.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Endless War On Women By American Warriors (July 22, 2013)” and advice that remains timeless at “On Advice (May 11, 2009)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“I am fond of pigs.  Dogs look up to us.  Cats look down on us.  Pigs treat us as equals.”  Winston Churchill

Second Annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence (October 16, 2017)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Constitution, Courts, Judges, Judicial Arrogance, Judiciary, Justice, Law, Law School, Noble Prize in Jurisprudence on October 16, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “A prize dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating the work of someone who really knows something about jurisprudence and the impact of courts, judges, lawyers and police on the lives and livelihood of ordinary citizens.  Someone who 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.”

J          “The law schools are vacuous deserts of inbreeding and infighting that gestate little legal gamesters.  The bench is a magnet for wankers who played the legal game profitably and perpetuate the racket for the benefit of the judges and a few lawyers.  Is anyone qualified in America?  Is someone outside American eligible?  Give the nod to another underappreciated and overworked public defender who somehow manages to make a difference.”

K          “They were included within the group of individuals acknowledged and celebrated last year.  The recipient of the second annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence . . . is John W. Whitehead and the Rutherford Institute for his and its dedication to the protection and defense of civil liberties and human rights.  He and the Institute are indeed public defenders of law and policy who have made and are making a difference.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “First Annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence (October 17, 2016)” and “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

I wasn’t using my civil liberties anyway

Public Bathrooms:  “Separate and Unequal” (December 26, 2016)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Gay Politics, Gender, Privacy, Society on December 26, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Someone who was one of the three or perhaps four heterosexual intellectuals in American to support gay marriage during the dark ages – in the early summer of 2011 – finds himself troubled by this new unbounded license to choose bathroom policy.”

J          “That makes you all kinds of very bad things, you know.  A reactionary, a red neck, a misanthrope, a misogynist, a mugwump and a sexist.  For openers.”

. . .

K          “Decades ago, I argued that notions of equal protection required more physical bathroom facilities for women than for men.  That turned some folks apoplectic.  Look at the lines outside the women’s bathrooms that form even today.  The average time per visit for women is much longer than for men.  I contended that the only way to achieve equality was and is to implement inequality.  That did not sit well in some quarters.”

. . .

K          “Clean available public bathrooms are key to public health.  Think about it.  When you turn on the television, they say that you invite into your living room deplorable characters that you would not allow to tread anywhere on your property.  Public bathrooms are part of the social contract we make with fellow citizens allowing all of us to enter and share the most private chamber in one’s castle for a short and awkward period of time.”

J          “When I stand next to an imperfect stranger at the wall urinal, I recognize that I am waiving my privacy in an uneasy truce with the other chaps for a minute or two.”

K          “Exactly.  We all agree to a ‘modus vivendi’ that entails a temporary suspension of our privacy.”   

. . .

K          “Thus, there must be an unequal number of stalls for women than men.  And the stalls should be kept separate based on decisions made by Nature.  In all other ways, treat everyone equally.”

. . .

J          “The likely response and compromise will be more single ‘family’ bathroom units in the future.”

K          “Building design will change.  The total number of square feet per person dedicated to public restrooms will increase.”

. . . 

K          “I wonder if being way ahead of the curve in the past is likely to lead one to be way ahead of the curve in the future.  Few see it.”

J          “You are still a filthy troglodyte.”

K          “I resemble that remark.”

. . .  

[See the “e-commentary” at “Brown: 5 – Plessy: 4 (June 29, 2015)”, “The Tsunami Hits Shore (March 24, 2014)” and “The Sea Change Is Now A Tsunami (March 11, 2013)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Public Bathrooms:  “Separate and Unequal”

First Annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence (October 17, 2016)

Posted in Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Courts, Credit Unions, Judges, Noble Prize in Jurisprudence on October 17, 2016 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “A prize dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating 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.  Someone who 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.”

J          “Novel.  Appropriate.  Necessary.  And unprecedented.”

K          “The recipient of the first annual Noble Prize In Jurisprudence is . . . all of the unnamed and uncelebrated lawyers and support staff who protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties in a legal system that is usually indifferent if not hostile to such fundamental concerns.”

. . .

J          “Politics does come full circle.  Libertarian Republicans and Democratic civil libertarians can find some common ground.  The high ground.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary announcing the Noble Prize in Jurisprudence at “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)” and “Here Comes Da Judge; Dere Goes Da Justice (August 31, 2015)” and the earlier e-commentary cited in that e-commentary.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

You can’t have my rights; I’m still using them

October 20 – International Credit Union Day

The FBI File:  The American Imprimatur Of Success (January 18, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, FBI, Genius, Kleptocracy, Police on January 18, 2016 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “In grammar school, they extol the sacrifices and accomplishments of Woodrow Guthrie, Martin King, John Kennedy and their like and ilk.”

J          “Artists, patriots, visionaries.  The usual suspects in America.”

K          “Only a few keep reading and realize that the true mark and measure of greatness in America is to be monitored and harassed by the FBI.”

J          “Nobels, Pulitzers, Grammys and Oscars are SO overrated.”

K          “How about calling it a ‘Hoover Award’ because he and his clan were hoovering information long before data mining was all the rage.”

J          “Outrage?”

. . .

K          “Some of the rank and file in the FBI have quietly and patiently collected a file on the real economic criminals in America, yet they are not allowed to act.”

. . .

J          “The machine gun demonstration at the end of the tour made an impression on a young mind.”

K          “Amazing that they still call it the ‘Hoover Building’ despite all the revelations.”

J          “I thought about becoming ‘Efrem Zimbalist, III’ every week.”

K          “Me too.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at King Daze (January 20, 2014).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

FBI:  America’s Stasi?

Chelsea And Ed:  Time For “Con” “dign” Treatment (November 30, 2015)  

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Bureaucracy, Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, O'Bama, PATRIOT Act, Privacy, Profile In Courage Award, Supreme Court on November 30, 2015 by e-commentary.org

 

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K          “Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s receipt, along with  several standing ovations in the Swedish parliament, of the Right Livelihood award for his revelations of the scale of government surveillance and monitoring.  And a fortnight ago O’Bama announced the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and forgot to mention Edward.  And right after he released Edward Pollard, a spy who pedaled state secrets for money.”

J          “He released the wrong Ed.  He’s a busy guy.”

K          “The absurdity and the insanity and the dishonesty and the hypocrisy continue in overdrive.”

. . .

K          “For two individuals who did so much to protect our liberty and freedom, neither of them should lose a moment’s freedom or liberty.  Require them each to do one thousand hours of community service.  To send a message that actions have consequences.” 

. . .

K          “The FISA Amendments Act (FAA) is the unconstitutional law that allows the government to wiretap Americans who are communicating with people overseas.  Under the FAA, the government can conduct this surveillance without naming individuals and without a traditional warrant based on a showing of probable cause.”

J          “Despite the Fourth Amendment that requires a warrant.”

K          “Yup.  Despite the Fourth Amendment that requires a warrant.  When the Supreme Court addressed whether the unconstitutional law is unconstitutional the Supreme Court did not address the constitutionality of the law itself and instead ruled that the plaintiffs could not prove the surveillance was ‘certainly impending’.”

J          “We suffer because of the ignorance and intentional naiveté and dishonesty of the Supreme Court.  Goes to show.”

K          “They are only running show trials.  The plaintiffs were held not to have the ‘standing’ necessary to sue.  They were just a group of lawyers, journalists, and human rights advocates who regularly communicate with likely ‘targets’ of FAA wiretapping.”

J          “Seems like a ‘stand up’ group of individuals to me.”

K          “Since the ‘stand up’ group of Americans did not have definitive proof that they were being surveilled under the FAA, they cannot challenge the constitutionality of the unconstitutional statute.”

J          “And the government nearly always keeps its surveillance activities secret.”

K          “But you always knew they were illegally surveilling.”

J          “Sure.”

. . .

K          “‘Condign punishment’ is the ideal punishment that balances the rights and responsibilities of the individual and the society.  ‘Con’ means ‘with’ and ‘dign’ means ‘dignity’ so that condign means to provide ‘with dignity’.”

. . .

K          “Both should be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  They have made great personal sacrifices for our freedom.”

. . . 

[President O’Bama failed to name Edward Snowden as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Again.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/16/president-obama-names-recipients-presidential-medal-freedom.  He cannot.  Yet he could pardon Ed and Chelsea on the way out.]

[See the e-commentary at Hero or Traitor? (June 10, 2013), Profile In Cowardice Award (May 12, 2014) and Profile in Courage Award, 2015 (May 11, 2015).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“For especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”  Presidential Medal of Freedom

And Edward Pollard, a spy who pedaled secrets for money, gets released.