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“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.

e-commentary, e-ssay and e-poem:  14 Years Of Fun And Counting.  Oh, And Happy New Year! (December 31, 2018)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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          Peaking behind the curtain, lifting up the carpet, looking under the table.  Honing skills, helping folks, having fun.  Venturing answers to questions that have not yet been asked, seeking to elucidate as much Truth on as many issues in as few words as possible, striving to leave a “commentary of record” for Clio’s consideration.  Chronicling the American experiment and the American experience, the theory and the practice, the promise and the performance, and the aspirations and the aftermath.  Doing something was paramount.  

          “Polymath” was apropos but too nerdy; many folks are turned off by a lot of math.  “essay.org” and “e-essay.org” were taken.  “e-ssay.org” turns out to be the perfect abbreviation of “electronic essay”.  In the first few years, taut, short, cogent, succinct and focused “e-ssays” told people what to think rather than suggesting things to think about during the week following. Reveal, don’t tell, they decree.  Conversation provides a rapid ping-ponging of ideas.  After a few years, “e-commentary.org” emerged and provided “electronic commentary” developing dialogue to allow the reader to listen in on the discussion rather than being told what to think.  “e-poem” was always there under wraps.  The pieces are laced with many little lagniappes for the diligent reader to discover and deduce. 

          The “On [Traits / Characteristics]” Series acknowledges the father of the essay, Michel de Montaigne, who explored individual traits and personal characteristics and shared personal ruminations and anecdotes about society in his celebrated collection Essais (e-ssais?).  e-ssays ruminate on respect, fear, admiration, irreverence, success, self-esteem, regret, standards/quality, loyalty, hypocrisy, honesty, empathy, joy, mudita, etc.

          The “Less Government Regulation” Series posits examples where government regulation may suffocate and free markets may suffice.  An e-commentary in the series in 2009 advocates for regulation of Google/Alphabet in an economy that is now pockmarked by monopolization of every industry in America.  Subsequent e-commentary challenges the overweening role of the Frightful FiveFacebook, Amazon, Apple, Google/Alphabet and Microsoft.  A half dozen megabanks and six media conglomerates control and manage our money and our minds.  In an economy without any price discovery, the completion of the “General Theory of Economics” is forced into remission.

          The “Boycott” Series suggests that readers treat dollars like votes in the marketplace and use them to support and reject policies and activities.  An e-commentary in the series in 2008 proposed a boycott of Facebook because it and the other tech beasts and behemoths are not friendly.  Boycotting the only supplier of an essential good or service is problematic and is addressed.  An e-commentary in 2011 proposed boycotting big banks and depositing funds in and supporting local credit unions.  An early e-commentary in 2006 implores the reader never to boycott and always to buy into the franchise, even if voting appears to and may be futile in a country with only one political party, the War and Wall Street Party.

          The “First Monday In October” Series debuted in 2010 with a discussion of “strict constructionism/originalism” in the context of gun control that should resolve the debate over the proper paradigm for all and once.  Subsequent e-commentary in the Fall series provide insight into the Supreme Court, courts and the state of the law, justice, crime and punishment in America.  The emerging irrelevance and illegitimacy of the current Supreme Court is discussed for the first times in 2011 and then in 2012 and developed in subsequent e-commentary.  Regular visits to the Court to observe the hired help further inform the analysis in the draft “Treatise on Law” now in nearly final fine form.

          The “Graduation Advice” Series is inspired by the national treasure “Wear Sunscreen” crafted by Mary Schmich and proposes a pithy suggestion for graduates of school and participants in life.  Advice was dispensed in 2016, 2017 and 2018

        The greatest threat to the Planet is the threat to the Planet.  Posed and poised and poisoned by Man.  [Wo]Man versus [Mother] Nature?  Plastics and plutonium versus People?  Is Man the mortal enemy who must be contained by whatever means?  Is a carbon fee and dividend program the long-shot market-based solution capable of salvaging the vulnerable blue marble

          Over the years other e-commentary reviews everything from the human causes to the economic consequences of actions and inaction.  e-commentary addresses everything from philosophy to foreign policy to domestic polity; from the intertwined 3Es (from energy to environment to economics); from war to war to war; from sports to technology to society; from race to class to gender; from guns to gold to the Great Wall of Canada; from war to war to a possible antidote to war; from newspapers to the press/media to journalism; from the First Amendment, to the Second Amendment, to the Third Amendment, to the Fourth Amendment, to the Eighth Amendment, to the Balanced Budget Amendment and to the Term Limits Amendment; and from A – (AIIB, CFETS, CIA, CIPS, FBI, FDIC, IMF, INE, LIBOR, MICAC, NATO, NPR, NSA, SDR, SWIFT, TARP, USA PATRIOT ACT, ZIRP) Z. 

          After considerable thought and development, the “Awards and Incentives Project” rolled out and now includes four annual awards with others under construction.

          The “Cameo In Courage Award” challenges the award given by the establishment to other members of the establishment.  Society needs an award that rewards those who are truly courageous.  Awards were made in 2016, 2017 and 2018.  

          The “Noble Prize In Eco-nomics” identifies those who develop and advance eco-nomic ideas to promote the public weal and the common good.  The award serves as a challenge and counterpoise to the “Nobel Prize In E-con-omics” awarded by the Swedish Central Bank to those who advance ideas that promote the interests of the wealthy and well-connected.  Awards were made in 2016, 2017 and 2018

          The “Noble Prize In Jurisprudence” celebrates 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.  The award recognizes a person 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. Awards were made in 2016, 2017 and 2018

          The “Pushitzer Prize In Commentary” honors inspiring and inspirational writing that does not necessarily reflect the dominant viewpoints and worldviews.  Awards were made in 2016, 2017 and 2018

          First–hand on–the–ground dispatches from the March for Women, the March for Science, the March For Our Lives and the April 19 March are available including lists of the clever and inspiring signs sported by participants.

          The requisite moving memoir is now available.  The book tour is still not yet booked.  However, although “Analog Knowledge Devices (“AKD”)” will soon be worth their weight in gold, this production saves paper and is only available e-lectronically.     

          WordPress was and in many ways still is a primitive platform, but it was not Blogger.  Some thought was given to developing a better platform first.  WP did not allow one to change the font or even to tab over to create a simple paragraph.  At some time during this journey, WP did provide for “Categories” and then allowed for hyperlinks; hyperlinks are righteous.

          Over the years, a menagerie of speakers and characters such as “A” / “B” and “GO1 [Gun Owner1]” / “GO2 [Gun Owner2]” and “3” / “6” / “9” among others debuted and debated issues.  In recent years, “J” and “K” emerged as the primary characters in the ongoing dialogue and debate.

      The “Bumper sticker of the week” started out as a spoof on the shallow and callow “bumper sticker” nature of our public discourse and became the playful signature sign off concluding each piece every week.

          Looking back, the undertaking is an extended serialized novel about the American experience presented in a series of weekly poems developed as discourse that allows all of us in some small way possibly to  . . . immanentize the eschaton

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Bumper stickers of the week:

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not possibly succeed under any circumstances?

“Do.  Or do not do.  There is no try.”  Yoda

“Not being heard is no reason for silence.”  Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

“It doesn’t require many words to speak the truth.”  Chief Joseph

Otter:  “I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.”     Bluto:  “We’re just the guys to do it.”  “Animal House” (1978)

“You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best.  You want to be considered the only one who does what you do.”  Jerry Garcia

Think big, think long.

Rerouting History (February 15, 2016)

Posted in Civil War, Dollar - World's Reserve Currency, Iran, Race, Slavery, Society, South, Southern Strategy, Uncategorized on February 15, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Any GPS system will take you to the intersection of Ronnie Reagan Road and Saddam Hussein Highway without hesitation or reflection.”

J          “Or irony or regret.  But Quantrill was a domestic terrorist whereas Hussein threatened the supremacy of the U.S dollar as the world’s reserve currency and was not nice in an area with many not nice people.  We Americans should celebrate our own.”

K          “Our own what?”

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K          “Changing the names of streets and schools does not rewrite history, it changes the names of the individuals who are celebrated on streets and schools.”

J          “I have found that those people who want to keep William Quantrill Circle are also those people who claim that the Civil War was about state’s rights rather than about slavery.”

K          “Streets and schools should be named after heroes not villains.  The history books should be written to reflect the actual history including the actual exploits of the heroes and the villains.”

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K          “Not only are Stuart and Lee going down the road, Washington and Jefferson also will be sent down a trail renamed after someone else.”

J          “Rename the ‘Washington Monument’ on the Mall as the ‘George Washington Carver Monument’?”

K          “Then we could still refer to it generically as the ‘Washington Monument’ on the Mall.”

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[See the e-commentary at The Confederate Flag:  What Does It Mean To You? (July 6, 2015) and Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013).]   

[See the e-commentary at Has Scalia Gone Feral (March 4, 2013) and One Gun Per White Adult Male?  A Flintlock Musket?  The “One Man, One Gun” Decision (October 4, 2010).]

 

Bumper stickers of the week:

Happy Presidents’ Day

Celebrate heroes on streets and schools; chronicle the activities of the heroes and villains in the history books.

The Dow Is The Canary (April 26, 2010)

Posted in Bailout/Bribe, Banks and Banking System, Boycott Series, Economics, Uncategorized with tags on April 26, 2010 by e-commentary.org

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“You don’t buy it.”

“I concede the Beige Book presents a rosy picture of the economy.  Consumer spending is up.  But the rising Dow is not a sign of economic recovery.  The rising stock prices are not a function of sound economic fundamentals, they are a result of far too much free money in the hands of a small circle chasing comparatively few stocks backed by an implicit government guarantee in an economic universe without other viable investment options.  The stock market is the leading economic indicator of the coming inflation.”

“They call it productivity.  Companies/employers are reporting greater earnings resulting from firing more employees.  However, the current price/earnings ratios are somewhat more in line with historic averages.  Although there may be no one left to buy the products or use the services.”

“Inflated stock prices today, bread at a $100 a loaf in the next few years.”

“However, if there are fewer consumers with less disposable income, the economy should enter a deflationary period.”

“That seems plausible.  Consumers always consume even if they don’t have money.  The dislocations in the economy may not produce enough goods to meet growing demand from individuals, albeit individuals without the wherewithal in their pockets to fund their demands.”

“So there may be deflationary prices then inflationary prices?”

“Citizens will discover that the market will decline precipitously in due course leading to more now inevitable bribes/bailouts from the government for those at the top.  Some say that the American people simply will not tolerate another engineered decline.  What will they do if they don’t want to tolerate a decline?”

“Vote out the incumbents?”

“Or self-medicate?  The economic performance this summer will significantly impact the outcome of the elections this fall.  If the Wile E. Coyote Economy does not drop for the next six months and those who gave up searching for work also give up voting and drop out of the debate, the Democrats may not drop in the polls.  However, there may be a bad turn particularly if the financial virus made in the USA that spread to Europe infects Europe or if the Black Plague in the Gulf of Mexico engulfs the East Coast.  This could be a hot summer.”

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Bumper stickers of the week:

Trust me.  I’m a banker.

Trust me.  I’m an investment banker.

Trust me.  I’m an investment adviser.

Drill, baby, drill.

Boycott Arizona

August 1, 2008

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Hiatus

July 1, 2008

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Hiatus

December 1, 2005

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Hiatus