Archive for the Elections Category

On Riots And Rampages (January 11, 2021)

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

. . .

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.”

. . .

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.”

. . .

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.”

. . .

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

K          “No doubt.”

. . .

[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.

Interregnum: Incredulity And Instability (November 16, 2020)

Posted in Elections, Political Parties, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on November 16, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “After a dubious election, the ‘D’ division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ is taking over from the ‘R’ Division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ again.”

J          “The ‘D’ Division will send in more divisions overseas and create more divisions in the land betwixt the shining seas.”

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

That shit don’t flush

That dog don’t hunt

Panda < Eagle > Bruin; Panda + Bruin > Eagle  

The Trumpi Referendum (November 9, 2020)

Posted in Elections, Presidency, Trumpi on November 9, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “He did more than anyone else in history to get out the vote on the Great Referendum.”

J          “He really was the only one on the ballot with voters voting for him or voting against him.  When he didn’t get the votes, they gave it to the other guy.  Good ol’ what’s-his-name . . . and the young Black Hillary.”

. . .  

K          “Listening to all the arguments and reviewing all the commentary, I suspect that a few extra ballots were slipped into a few ballot boxes.”

J          “Back in 2004, it was so easy and simple when Karl rerouted the Ohio votes to another computer and rejiggered and reduced the vote for Kerry and . . . insured the reelection of George Bush.  By 2012, the folks at Anonymous were on to Karl and did a workaround that outwitted Karl’s workaround resulting in the votes in Ohio actually being voted that . . . insured the reelection of Barack O’Bama.”

K          “Clinton was earmarked to get the nod in the 2016 election, yet the signals got confused.  Many were not amused.  That oversight was not going to be tolerated this time.”

J          “A friend contends that we should not disparage someone who steals something fair and square.”  

. . .

J          “Ten years ago, I advocated for making Election Day a national holiday.  Working people are working on Tuesday.  Now the country needs a national election process for national elections with write in ballots and far more security.”

. . .

K          “The economic, social, national and international problems are beyond intractable and off their radar.”

J          “Will all the problems that will only get worse result in President Harris being a one-term President?”

. . .

See the first e-commentary (“e-ssay” at the time) at “Boycott Red America (January 3, 2005)”.

Bumper sticker of the week:

Wine  The Glue Holding This 2020 Shitshow Together

Le Election: One First Street (November 2, 2020)

Posted in Elections, Supreme Court, Voting on November 2, 2020 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “One First Street is my number one concern.”

J          “On the third of November, One First Street is foremost on my mind.  The coup d’état at the Supreme Court was completed a fortnight ago, but we need to keep fighting.  What else do we do.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Suffer Clinton.  The Devil.  We know. (November 7, 2016)” and “Better the crook we know than the crazy man we don’t?  Applying The Conservative Tie Breaker. (June 20, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“I am endorsing Hillary, and all her lies and all her empty promises.  It’s the second-worst thing that can happen to this country, but she’s way behind in second place.  She’s wrong about absolutely everything, but she’s wrong within normal parameters.”  P.J. O’Rourke

“I am endorsing Joe, and all his lies and all his empty promises.  It’s the second-worst thing . . . .”

“And how many more of these stinking double-downer sideshows will we have to go through before we can get . . . a chance to vote for something, instead of always being faced with that old familiar choice between the lesser of two evils?”  Hunter S. Thompson

I’m (Not Really Totally By Any Means Excited To Be) With Him

When your IQ reaches 50, YOU SHOULD SELL.

Google: “Be Evil” (September 28, 2020)

Posted in Amazon, Elections, Facebook, Google, Magazine Reference, Monopoly, Privacy, Society, Technology on September 28, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “’Don’t Be Evil’.   An age of overwhelming edgy sarcastic anxiety and detached cynical irony really is not a healthy and productive age.”

J          “Our society has not aged well.  Bad wine.  White wine that has gone sour and not red wine that improved with age.  And Google and Facebook and Amazon provide the most perverse ironies of our age.”

. . .

[See “The Big Tech Extortion Racket” in “Harpers” dated September 2020 by Barry C. Lynn.

“In 2018, an Irish technologist named Dylan Curran downloaded the information Google had collected about him.  All in all, Curran found, the corporation had gathered 5.5 GB of data on his life, or the equivalent of more than three million Word documents.

In an article for article for “The Guardian”, Curran wrote that within this trove he found

“every Google Ad I’ve ever viewed or clicked on, every app I’ve ever launched or used and when I did it, every website I’ve ever visited and what time I did it.  They also have every image I’ve ever searched for and saved, every location I’ve ever searched for or clicked on, every news article I’ve ever searched for or read, and every single Google search I’ve made since 2009.  And . . . every YouTube video I’ve ever searched for or viewed, since 2008.”

In addition, Curran discovered that Google keeps a detailed record of what events he attends and when he arrives, what photos he takes and when he takes them, what exercises he does and when he does them.  And it has kept every email he has ever sent or received, including those he has deleted.”]

[See the e-commentary at “Goggle” and “Facebook” and “Amazon” and other topics such as “Privacy” and related issues.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Bye Don 2020 (also sported on lawn signs)

Re-Elect The Mother Fracker (also sported on ball caps and t-shirts)

Seeing 2020:  Democratic National Committee v. Republican National Committee.  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day! (February 17, 2020)

Posted in Covid / Coronavirus, Democrats, Ebola, Elections, MSM, Republicans, War and Wall Street Party on February 17, 2020 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In 2016, the Republican National Committee (RNC) ran a fair and open primary that regurgitated the worst possible candidate.  In 2016, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ran an unfair and rigged primary that regurgitated the worst possible candidate.”

J          “The great war between the ‘D’ Division and the ‘R’ Division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ rages on.  The Bloods and the Crips, I tell you.  It is a vicious street fight raging in the suites.”  

. . .

K          “The old man Sanders is the fav of the young and the foe of the old who want to protect the wealth they yanked from the young.”

J          “And the younger ‘War and Wall Street’ pretenders appeal to the old and promise to protect their wealth against the legitimate claims of the young.”

. . .

K          “In 2016, the DNC decided to ‘lose with Clinton rather than win with Sanders’ because a Trump victory advanced their economic interests.”

J          “And this year the DNC has decided to ‘lose with one of the War and Wall Streeters rather than win with Sanders’ again because a second Trump term does not threaten their economic interests.”

. . .

K          “The greatest threat to democracy is not dark money or the influence of Russia or Israel, it is the MSM actively supporting a ‘War and Wall Street’ candidate and falsely presenting a claim of impartiality.”

J          “The citizen who seeks to be informed must disregard almost everything foisted by the corporate press.”

. . . 

[See “The Myth Of Incompetence:  DNC Scandals Are A Feature, Not A Bug” dated February 6, 2020 and other articles in “caitlinjohnstone.com” by Caitlin Johnstone, the recipient of the 2019 Pushitzer Prize In Commentary.]

[See the e-commentary at “DNC:  ‘We’re Losers.  Vote for Us.’ (February 27, 2017)”, “Impeachment Imbroglio.  Oh, And Happy Saint Nicholas Day! (December 2, 2019)” and “The First Look At The ‘Second Political Party’ (January 3, 2011)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

When you are a loser, well, you are a loser

Covid-19 f.d.b.a. Coronavirus:  Coming to a town near you

Impeachment Imbroglio.  Oh, And Happy Saint Nicholas Day! (December 2, 2019)

Posted in Democrats, Elections, Impeachment, Republicans, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on December 2, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Then don’t say anything at all, she would say.  Nicely.”

J          “Mom’s Injunction is one of her enduring legacies.  Before saying anything about him, I sat down with a pen and paper and forced myself to posit some positive attributes about him.  There just is not much nice you can say about him.”

. . .

K          “O’Bama committed one hundred impeachable offenses, but the big players let them slid.  Even Mitch McConnell, the vile and virulent pest and parasite of the Senate, was more of a gnat than a tape worm to O’Bama.”

J          “Our good friend President Cheney and his Vice President Bush committed one thousand impeachable offenses, but the big players let them slid too.  Lettings things slid is the settled practice for those on the inside.”

. . .

K          “I first suspected the existence of what others call the Deep State when I read an MSM article discussing the Pentagon’s actions contrary to President Jimmy Carter’s direct orders and directions.  Youth confronting truth.”

J          “They really do what they want to do.  That is the settled practice for those on the inside.”

. . .

K          “Foreign Service Officers are selected after a rigorous review to guarantee that they will espouse the company message without question or hesitation.  Their testimony is not surprising and not worth much.”

J          “Neo-conservatives in foreign policy and neo-liberals in domestic policy manufactured by what passes for Academia with the homogeneity of McDonald’s hamburgers.  The State Department earned the metonym ‘Foggy Bottom’ from the nearby Metro stop and the miasma that emanates from the swamp it calls home.  Apt and delightfully ironic.”

. . .

K          “Another mole hill being morphed into a mountain to make money for the MSM.  No one even alludes to the real crimes.  Everyone disregards the actual election interference.”

J          “And the MSM are getting rich beyond their wildest fantasy channeling the Congressional zoo the way they ring mastered the election circus.  A side show was turned into the big show.”

. . .

K          “Roving bands of warring Mafia-like criminal families including the Clintoni Gang, the Trumpi Gang, the Bideni Gang and other gangs range the country.  The Clintoni Gang contrived their billion dollar criminal enterprise doing business as the Clintoni Global Initiative and skimmed tens of millions of dollars for themselves.  The criminal enterprise doing business as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is now supporting the Bideni Gang.  I am all in favor of investigating the crimes of the three crime family syndicates.”

J          “Trumpi has never played well with others.  The others are ganging up on him because he is not on the inside.  The Clintoni Gang and the Bideni Gang are conspiring with the Deep State and the MSM to take out and take down the Trumpi Gang.  Bloods versus Crips.”

. . .

K          “The Republican National Committee (RNC) ran a fair and open primary that regurgitated the worst possible candidate.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) ran an unfair and rigged primary that regurgitated the worst possible candidate.”

J          “The great war between the ‘D’ Division and the ‘R’ Division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ rages on.  The Bloods and the Crips, I tell you.  It is a street fight raging in the suites.”  

. . .

K          “From the testimony to date, the Saurian Monster merely jay walked.  Jay walking is not an impeachable offense.  Unless the Democrats focus their undigested and misplaced anger, he will ultimately walk away with the election.”

J          “He did more than jay walk.  Let’s describe it as speeding at an excessive rate in a grammar school zone.  Yet his many other high crimes and deplorable demeanor are rarely and barely mentioned.”

. . .

K          “The biggest challenge for the individual American citizen is to search for not outlandishly and outrageously expensive health care.  The biggest issue facing the nation is the failing financial system on life support via the quasi-legal activity of the Federal Reserve bailing out the banks without any Congressional approval or oversight.  Congress should be holding hearings on that issue.  The biggest threat facing the planet is the threat we pose to the planet.”

J          “Round Four of Quantitative Easing is now in full swing at three trillion dollars and spiraling.  Many kids would not mind the Fed tossing a trillion dollars their way to ease the quantity of their student loans.”

. . .

K          “If he is to be impeached, Trumpi should be impeached by the populace on November 3.  And he should indeed be impeached by the populace on November 3.”

J          “After deciding in 2016 to lose with Clinton rather than to win with Bernie, the Democrats are secretly and realistically anxious that they cannot make a compelling case to the American people next November.”

K          “The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is committed to losing with Biden or a Biden substitute rather than winning with Bernie or a Bernie substitute.”

J          “The Democrats truly are losers.  The impeachment charade may be their last hurrah.”

. . .

[See “Why do some British people dislike Donald Trump?” in “Quora” by Nate White dated February 14, 2019, “Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal” in “The New York Times” by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire dated April 23, 2015 and all the trenchant articles by Pam Martens and Russ Martens in “Wall Street On Parade” presented as a public service to all of us.]

[See the e-commentary at “DNC:  ‘We’re Losers.  Vote for Us.’ (February 27, 2017)”, “Giuliani – Draft Dodger And Chickenhawk (March 2, 2015)”, and the e-commentary over five years ago questioning the involvement of the sons and scions of politicians in dubious business deals overseas at “World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.”  Nate White

2020  Any Functioning Adult

The “Great American Race (‘GAR’)” Is Off.  Political Gerrymandering:  Courting The Problem (January 7, 2019)

Posted in Elections, Gerrymandering, Politics, Supreme Court, Voting, War and Wall Street Party on January 7, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “The Great American Race (‘GAR’) begins in earnest this month.  America consigns two years to select its Great Kahuna whereas Australia only devotes a more reasonable two months.”

J          “And the race is rigged at every turn and twist on the track.  Some candidates such as Bernie in 2016 find that the ‘D’ division of the ‘War and Wall Street Party’ itself operates a rigged preliminary heat.  Many citizens are forced to drive a long distance to get to the betting window and/or are required to stand in a long line.  Some citizens do not even get to bet on a horse at all.  The Great Voting Gauntlet (‘GVG’) dissuades and discourages many citizens.”

K          “The Great American Race (‘GAR’) is also the Great American Crime (‘GAC’).”  

J          “Do the GAR and the GAC add up to the GAG (‘Great American Game’)?”   

. . . 

J          “The Supreme Court agreed last Friday to take up some of the unresolved questions regarding partisan gerrymandering.  The two cases consider rulings involving maps in North Carolina and Maryland drawn by Republicans and Democrats, respectively, so extreme that the lower courts say they violated the rights of voters.”

K          “Perhaps we are off and running.”

J          “Or on and stopping.”

. . .

K          “The way I see it, the courts are the people’s second to the last resort before the people resort to the streets.  If the Court abdicates its duty to address the matter with ballots, the people will at some time address the matter with bullets.  The Executive branch is effete and enervated yet admittedly still too powerful.  The Legislative branch is a product and a by-product of the problem.  The answers are not easy or elegant.  Failure to address the problem and provide a partial answer is a complete failure and capitulation.  The suite or the street, that is the question.”

J          The way I see it, the courts are the people’s second to the last resort before the people resort to the streets.  If the Court abdicates its duty to address the matter with ballots, the people will at some time address the matter with bullets.  The Executive branch is effete and enervated yet admittedly still too powerful.  The Legislative branch is a product and a by-product of the problem.  The answers are not easy or elegant.  Failure to address the problem and provide a partial answer is a complete failure and capitulation.  The suite or the street, that is the question.”

. . .   

K          “The Court of last resort may be the court of second to the last resort.”

J          “Unless the populace just does not care or does not understand.” 

. . .  

[See the e-commentary at “Partisan Gerrymandering:  From Ballots To Bullets?  Oh, And Happy National Voter Registration Day! (September 24, 2018)” and “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)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Election Day should be a national holiday

The suite or the street, that is the question.

GAR + GAC = GAG

Election 2018:  God Meddled (November 19, 2018)

Posted in Elections, Voting on November 19, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “God meddled in the election.”

J          “That’s the word from on high.”

. . .

K          “James Madison sent an unrelenting torrent of texts and tweets to God decreeing that only divine intervention would to save the Republic he worked so hard to sire and inspire.”

J          “Something happened on high.  If the people had not taken the House of Commons, the Republicans would have rapes and ravaged the Republic without check or balance.”

. . .

J          “Despite all the political gerrymandering and the active voter suppression, the House of Representatives is beginning to look like one of those ads featuring a Noah’s Ark of humanity tableau.”

K          “Whatever floats our boat is fine with me.”

J          “Me too.  Just keep everything in check and everything in balance.”

. . . 

[A “Blue Wave” may be an exaggeration, yet there were some lapis lazuli lappings at the shore.]

[See the e-commentary at “Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Blue Splash

“It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government.  But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?  If men were angels, no government would be necessary.  If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”  Federalist No. 51, generally attributed to Jimmy Madison of the Publius Brothers 

Russian Interference; Russian Collusion (February 26, 2018)

Posted in Clinton, Elections, Guns, Rule of Law, Russia, Trumpi, War and Wall Street Party on February 26, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “America has engaged in rampant election interference throughout the world for a very long time.  That is where Americans get the expression that something is ‘as American as apple pie and election interference’.  It is who we are.”

J          “America does not just interfere in elections, if the democratic process in a country lawfully produces an inconvenient outcome, America overthrows the government or assassinates the winner.”

K          “America is the beacon for the world and the city on the hill.”

J          “On some level, Americans should be proud that the Russians are emulating us.  They know a good thing when they see it.  And they are again stealing good things from us without a word of thanks.”

. . .    

K          “Russia appears to have given ammo cans of money to the National Rifle Association (NRA) to flood American voters with vile and evil propaganda.”

J          “Seems that the NRA subjected every NRA member to a steady flow of pro-Trumpi and anti-Clintoni propaganda each and every week and most days in the months before the election.”

K          “That Russian influence must be what has gotten the Republicans in such a tither.  They don’t like being in bed with the Commies.”

. . .

J          “I still don’t trust the Russians.  They are up to no good.”

K          “Who is up to yes good?”

. . .

K          “Keep in mind that the First Amendment limits government interference with speech and other forms of expression.  America and Americans have trouble with that truth when they don’t like someone’s speech.  Were the Russians engaging in anything nastier than the antics of the DNC and the RNC, the two divisions of the War and Wall Street Party?  No.  Did they have any greater impact than all the Dark Money that flooded the election courtesy of Citizens Disunited?  Not by a long shot.”

J          “I still don’t trust the Russians.  They are up to no good.”

. . .

J          “Collusion is a different animal.  When Americans work in concert with Russian operatives, we should all be concerned and ask questions.”

K          “Republicans may not adore Trumpi, but he is now the meal ticket and the money machine for them.  They have circled the wagons.  And something about the Clinton Global Initiative does not ring true.

J          “Republicans are anxious that Trumpi’s decades of money laundering for the Russians in real estate deals may not play well among good hearted Americans.  Trumpi’s deals violate enough federal laws to put him away in government-sponsored housing for two lifetimes.”

K          “Except that we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.”

J          “There is that problem.”

. . . 

[See the e-commentary on the efficacy of the sanctions against Russia titled “World’s Reserve Currency War I = Cold War 2.0 = WW III (?) (September 8, 2014)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

We live in a country with many, many, many rules and many, many, many laws, but we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.

You cannot get out of bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In fact, and as a matter of law, you cannot stay in bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In practice, the United States is a system of men not laws because men and women opt from the panoply of laws that punish all behavior and decide who is and who is not imprisoned.

There is no law.  There is only ideology.

Boycott the NRA

Boycott the National Rifle Association

DNC = RNC = WWP