Archive for the Kleptocracy Category

Forfeiting Forfeiture (March 4, 2019)

Posted in Constitution, Drugs, Eighth Amendment, Forfeiture, Fourteenth Amendment, Kleptocracy, Supreme Court on March 4, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In one case, the police had absolutely no interest in arresting the criminal activity and instead focused all their efforts on stealing an apartment building from a widow on the grounds that she should have known that there was drug activity in an apartment.  The widow alerted the police because of concerns that there appeared to be drug activity in some apartment.  The police alleged that privacy concerns purportedly prevented them from sharing any information that would have allowed her to identify and evict the allegedly offending tenant.  The police pulled off the scam and used the forfeiture laws to steal and sell the apartment building for their own profit.  Unreal.”

J          “How about a memorandum of understanding among multiple police agencies providing that the first member of a department to touch the airplane carrying the drugs would get the airplane in the forfeiture action.  When the word went out over the radio to make the bust, each department dispatched its fastest sprinter to fly across the tarmac to make first contact with the aircraft.  Surreal.”

K          “When you dwell in a Kleptocracy, you should expect kleptocratic behavior at every level.  Real.”

. . .  

K          “The people really did win.”

J          “The government really did not lose.”

K          “The Constitution really did win.”

. . .

[See “Supreme Court Limits Police Power to Seize Private Property” in “The New York Times” by Adam Liptak and Shaila Dewan dated February 20, 2019.]   

[See the e-commentary at “Police Police (November 24, 2014)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Police Police  [But do not stick on your bumper!]        

Support your local police  [Aspirational!]

Happy International Women’s Day

Economic Nuremberg Trials?  The War On Economic Terrorism.  Oh, And Happy Solstice! (June 25, 2018)

Posted in Collapse, Democrats, Kleptocracy, Republicans, Rule of Law, War and Wall Street Party on June 25, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The victors prosecute war crimes against the vanquished.  When he had extra ordinance after a mission, Chuck Yeager followed orders and strafed innocent German civilians on the way back to the air base.  He later commented that he counted on America winning the war so that there would be no untoward consequences.  In America today, the economic criminals are given carte blanche to commit crimes without consequence.”

J          “They are free to strafe the public.  ‘Economic Terrorism’ is the problem and the crime.  We the people are the vanquished, but if we are ever victorious we need to conduct public trials.  The Republicans are owned lock, stock and sinker by the financial interests; the Democrats are owned hook, line and barrel by the financial interests.  Neither party will ever hold those who commit economic terrorism accountable.”

K          “The ‘Economic Nuremberg Trials’ are the only answer.  The political system is too corrupt to offer recourse.  The legal system is too corrupt to offer recourse.  The only way there will be change is if the change is demanded and pursued by the populace.”

. . .

K          “Look.  Listen.  The public is restless and restive.  And may not continue to rest.  A restless friend remarked that the lights may not work in the near future, but the light posts will always work.”

J          “A co-worker says he regularly sharpens his semi-automatic pitch fork.”

K          “When the Collapse comes, there will be little public appetite to conduct something as dainty as a trial for the brigands who circumvented the rules and the laws and the rule of law in a country without the rule of law.”

. . .

J          “The grievances are percolating and festering, but too many are avoiding and opioiding.  At this time, the anger and the outrage are being directed inward not outward.”

K          “The populace is just barely getting by economically and psychologically.  God bless them, but they do not have the understanding, the fortitude, the energy or the courage to get behind the effort to combine due process and justice in a country without due process or justice.”

J          “When you get right down to it, the people are dispirited and defeated.  Nothing will be done.”

K          “Broken and broke.”

J          “But the truth and justice thing sure was a good idea while it lasted.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The Residue of Unrelenting Fear:  PTSD Afflicts The Populace (August 28, 2006)”, “1000 AUSAs (February 9, 2009)”, “Close the Harvard Business School (February 23, 2009)”, “On The Digital Revolution (March 22, 2010)”, “High-Frequency Trading = Cybercrime (June 5, 2015)”, “The Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ) (August 29, 2016)”, “Assigning Blame:  The Lawyers: 50 Percent; The Non-Lawyer Public: 50 Percent; The Judges: 100 Percent (December 3, 2012)” and “Perjury, the American Way (February 20, 2006)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

You show me a great fortune; I show you a great crime.

“Those who make peaceful revolution [resolution] impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”  John F. Kennedy (Ted could have polished/improved/cadenced the statement by saying “peaceful resolution” rather than “peaceful revolution”.)

“I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.”  Thomas Jefferson

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.

Let’s call a truce in the war on drugs, on poverty, on women, on blacks, on browns and start a war on economic terrorism.

When the mountain calls, don’t let it go to voice mail

What Use [Are] People?  Oh, And Happy Father’s Day! (June 18, 2018)

Posted in Community, Consumerism, Kleptocracy on June 18, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “They function as consumers yet do not engage as citizens.”

J          “Exactly.  Someone remarked that Americans should be described as ‘consumers’ propelling an economy but not as ‘citizens’ participating in a Republic.”

K          “The kleptocracy does not desire citizens but does demand consumers who demand unreflectively the things they supply.”

J          “The kleptocracy or the kakistocracy?  What happens when they have consumed all they can afford to consume?  Are they consumed?”

K          “When they have spent all they can spend and have borrowed and borrowed and borrowed and borrowed all they can borrow, they are spent . . . and exspentable.”

J          “It is a very real question.  If they could not consume, would they be allowed to exist?  Do they exist?”

. . .

J          “They would be starved.”

K          “Aren’t 80 percent of them being starved?”

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[See the e-commentary at “Is The American Consumer Irrelevant? (December 12, 2011)”, “The ‘Superfluous Consumer’ (July 27, 2015)”, “Kids As Consumer Durables (August 6, 2007)”, “Consume, Don’t Invest? (November 9, 2009)”, “Henrietta And Henry O, Two Young Lovers: The Contemporary Gift Of The Magi (December 27, 2010)”, “On Community (June 3, 2013)”, “On Roiling And Rolling Collapse (March 9, 2015)” and “The Taxonomy Of The American Economy (May 21, 2018)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Fathers are people too, sort of

I consume, therefore I am

I consume, ergo sum

Plow Shares And Swords.  Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 28, 2018)

Posted in Draft, Hypocrisy, Iran, Iraq, Kleptocracy, Perjury, Perjury/Dishonesty, Security State, Society, Syria, Terrorism, Vietnam, War on May 28, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “A sword in one hand, a plow share in the other.”

J          “On this planet, you cannot carry one without the other.”

. . .

K          “I’ll put down the plow and pick up the sword in defense of the village, but not based on a lie.”

J          “If not for lies, there would be far fewer wars.”

K          “They lied, kids died.”

J          “But not their kids.”

. . .

[See the e-ssay titled “The Flag (May 31, 2010)” and the e-commentary at “In Memoriam (May 26, 2014)” and “Reinstate The Draft; Reduce The Demand For War (Somewhat). Oh, And Happy Veterans Day! (November 6, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:  [Big bumper]

When considering the reliability of information provided to you by the government of the United States of America, it is important that you recall and reflect:

They fibbed about Viet Nam.

They fibbed about Cambodia.

They fibbed about Laos.

They fibbed about Cuba.

They fibbed about El Salvador.

They fibbed about Nicaragua.

They fibbed about Guatemala.

They fibbed about Panama.

They fibbed about Honduras.                                                    

They fibbed about Venezuela.

They fibbed about Chile.

They fibbed about the Spanish American War.

They fibbed about the Mexican War.

They fibbed about Pearl Harbor.

They fibbed about 9/11.

They fibbed about Osama bin Laden.

They fibbed about Afghanistan.

They fibbed about Kuwait.

They fibbed about Iraq.

They fibbed about Saddam Hussein.

They fibbed about Libya.

They fibbed about Muammar Gaddafi.

They are fibbing about Yemen.

They are fibbing about Somalia.

They are fibbing about Sudan.

They are fibbing about Syria.

They are fibbing about Palestine.

They are fibbing about Iran.

They are fibbing about Ukraine.

They are fibbing about Niger.

They are fibbing about the War on Terror.

They are fibbing.

They do not seem to be telling the truth.

Things really did not turn out so super in Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Bosnia, Serbia, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria, but who is counting?

But who cares?

The Taxonomy Of The American Economy (May 21, 2018)

Posted in Class, Economics, Kleptocracy, Race on May 21, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The economic and political system exists for the benefit of the one one-thousandths of one percenters (.001 %) and the remaining members of the One Percenters (.999 %).  The Four Percenters (4 %) include the schooled servants squiring to the needs of the One Percenters.”

J          “The tax lawyers, obeisant judges, lecherous lobbyists, teeth whitening dentists, pliant politicians, public relations spin doctors, officious bureaucrats, tummy-tuck plastic surgeons, and their ilk.”

K          “As long as they obey and play, they get the pay.”

J          “They say.  The Fifteen Percenters (15 %) may stay a pay check or two ahead of calamity, yet many are never really economically secure or free of the nagging concerns that haunt them at three in the morning.”

K          “The butcher, the baker and the candle stick maker.  The good old Middle Class.  The good old Middle Class has been badly butchered, baked and left in the dark and the dirt.  Is it even as high as fifteen percent if you factor in the insecure position of so many of them?”

J          “Beneath them are the Eighty Percenters (80 %) who have desperately little chance of ever participating in the American dream.”

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J          “The Dow and the Russell 5000 Index and such metrics measure the economic situation and security of the Five Percenters, not of the general public.  Assessing the real economy requires one to study metrics such as the U6 measure of unemployment of those who were making under $50,000 when they were fired or laid off, opioid use, child mortality rates, consumer debt loads, etc.”   

K          “The poor, the dispossessed, the downtrodden, the unwashed masses, [the] hoi polloi, the sheeple are summoned on election day for an hour to vote their fears and hopes and summarily disregarded the rest of the time.”

J          “Seems we could do better.”

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[See “Shadow Stats” collected by John Williams and navigate the site and the sources.]

[See the e-commentary titled “The Microeconomics of Suburban Subsistence (February 7, 2005)”, “The Microeconomics of Suburban Subsistence: Three Years Later (February 4, 2008)” and “Justice Is a Middle Class Creation, Delusion and Aspiration (March 20, 2017)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Feed the homeless to the hungry

The beatings will continue until morale improves

Suing Law Schools; Suing Gun Makers.  Oh, And Happy Law Day! (April 30, 2018)

Posted in Courts, Education, Guns, Kleptocracy, MICAC, Schooling on April 30, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “It is about time.  Manufacturers are legally culpable for defective products that proximately cause damage.  Some folks are talking about holding gun manufacturers liable.  Now is the time to hold law schools liable for their defective products.”

J          “It is long overdue.  Law schools are profit-maximizing institutions pursuing a longer term financial strategy that drives, directs and dictates admission decisions.  They have enough information over the decades to calculate the rate of return in lucre and luster for each applicant over his or her lifetime and admit and deny accordingly.  And the statute of limitations does not expire until the lawyer expires, so there is still time.”

K          “When you study the process carefully, you realize that character is immaterial or maybe even an impediment to being admitted.  That is a business decision.  However, that is a business decision that should be challengeable in court.  A citizen should be able to sue Harvard Law School for any of Michael Pompeo’s abominations and Yale Law School for any of Johnnie Bolton’s desecrations and other criminal activities.”

J          “Absolutely.  Law Schools are full sustaining members of the MICAC (Military Industrial Congressional Academic Complex).  Moving down the path toward the adoption of the rule of law in the U.S. requires a first step.  Let’s take a first step by requiring law schools to adhere to the rule of law.”

K          “The problem is finding an honest court in America.  We need to support the creation of the Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ).”

. . .

K          “Gun manufacturers are liable for defective guns.  A gun can maim or kill a few bodies; a lawyer can maim or kill the body politic.” 

. . .

J          “If they blow up the entire world to smithereens, the damages are going to get way, way up there.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Johnnie Bolton:  The Triumph Of The Chickenhawks And Neo-Cons.  Join Fellow Patriots For The “April 14 Rally” And The Memorial Day “March For America”.  Oh, And Happy April Fool’s Day! (April 2, 2018)”, “Schooling The Apparatchiks For The Kleptocrats (December 7, 2015)”, “Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2016)”, “The Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ) (August 29, 2016)”, “Assigning Blame:  The Lawyers: 50 Percent; The Non-Lawyer Public: 50 Percent; The Judges: 100 Percent (December 3, 2012)” and “Perjury, the American Way (February 20, 2006)”.]

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.

May 1 – Law Day

Terrorized By Trumpi’s Tariffs (March 5, 2018)

Posted in Automobiles/Automobile Industry, Banks and Banking System, Blue States / Red States, Currency, Kleptocracy, South, Tariffs, Trumpi, War on March 5, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “In his latest Twitter tantrum, Trumpi announced that he is going to terrorize the world with tariffs.”

J          “He is a twit.  Everyone but Trumpi knows that tariffs are tarrible.”

. . .

K          “Trumpi may place tariffs on foreign cars.  The BMWs manufactured in the foreign country of South Carolina and the Volkswagens made in the foreign country of Tennessee and the Mercedes made in the foreign country of Alabama all will be tariffed.”

J          “The South is the New Germany.  Lindsay Graham is the Senator from South Carolina, New Germany.”

K          “The South is also the New Japan.  The Toyotas from the foreign country of Kentucky also will be tariffed.  Mitch McConnell is the Senator from Kentucky, New Japan.  Someone said that other countries may place a tariff on Kentucky bourbon.  That will get Mitch in a tither.”

J          “What if other nations boycott Harley-Davidson?  They are made in Paul Ryan country.”

. . .

K          “Makes you wonder if most of the Red States are actually foreign countries.  We may soon need a passport to visit and transit.”

. . .

J          “Tariffs are a toll that takes such a toll.”

. . .

K          “A boycott of Harley-Davidson . . . now them is fighin’ words.  And that’s the problem.  A trade war often becomes a war war.”

J          “Trade wars often become currency wars.  Currency wars often become trade wars.  A currency war combined with a trade war almost always becomes a war war.”

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K          “Putin sent a message on March 1 to the U.S. that seems to have been lost in translation and buried in the cacophony of chaos.  If the U.S. attacks, Russia will respond.”

J          “No one is listening over the din.”

K          “No one is listening.  Too many hurricanes are hurling toward the house of cards.”

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[March 8 – International Women’s Day]

[See the e-commentary at “Bankruptcy Auto Companies (December 8, 2008)” on the auto industry in the South.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The chaos is getting even more chaotic.

Trade War -> Currency War; Currency War -> Trade War; Trade War + Currency War -> War War