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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 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 loathsome 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 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

Too Much Dirt; Too Few Rugs. Repurchase Agreements (September 23, 2019)

Posted in Collapse, Repurchase Agreement, Wall Street on September 23, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Too much dirt.”

J          “Too few rugs.”

. . .

K          “Sweeping the dirt under the rug may not do it any longer.”

J          “Loom another rug?”

. . .

J          “Manufacture another can?”

K          “In China?  Subject to a tariff?  The road still needs to be repaired before we can kick something down it.”

. . .

J          “Raise another canary?”

K          “The market, not the government, is shuttering the coal mines.”

. . .

K          “The failure of the ‘Repo Market’ may be the Big Jolt.”

J          “Make another Market in its place?  . . .  Maybe not.”

. . .

[See the contributions of Pam Martens and Russ Martens in “Wall Street on Parade”, the real journal explicating Wall Street.]

[See the e-commentary at “Strait of Hormuz or Deutsche Bank?  Deriving Derivatives (July 8, 2019)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Loom another rug; manufacture another can; raise another canary; make another Market.

Debt may not be repaid, but it is always paid.

“In the End, only three things matter:  How much you love, How gently you live, and How gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”  Buddha 

To Be (In Debt), Or Not To Be (In Debt), what is the answer? (July 23, 2018)

Posted in Banks and Banking System, Debt/Deficits, Interest Rates, LIBOR, Wall Street on July 23, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “The argument and the aspiration is that there will be a debt jubilee relieving them of debt.  Acquire the debt now and be ready for the great debt reset.”

J          “Yet someone else expects to be paid on that debt and may not be jubilant if there is a jubilee.  Few will voluntarily release the debt of another.  That is the dreaded counterparty risk.” 

K          “I remind others that foreclosures continued unabated throughout the First Great Depression.”

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J          “Another observation is that the government’s only solution to debilitating debt and deficits is to keep printing money and then in desperation to inflate the economy and prices.  The debtors who can maintain their cash flow may be able to ride the government’s coat tails and pay their debts with dollars worth substantially less.”

K          “The dollars may be worth less, but the homeowner/renters will be forced to pay more dollars.  I am confident that even someone who has a fixed rate mortgage will discover that the interest rate is nonetheless cranked upward unilaterally by the financial players.  The scandalous LIBOR interest rate scheme is disappearing which may vitiate some loan agreements.  And sure enough, the courts will not offer any hope or redress to the homeowner.”

J          “But the judges will make their tee times.”

. . .

J          “Student loan debt is expressly not dischargeable in bankruptcy and serves to enslave the kids who may be the ones to spearhead a jubilee.”

. . .

K          “If you are in debt, you are in servitude to someone else.”

J          “No question.  But not everyone is free to make the choice to be debt free.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “National Financial Literacy Month: Teaching Financial Literacy In The ‘Debt Age’ (April 25, 2016)”.]

[See “The Most Important Number in Finance Is Going Away.  Wall St. Isn’t Prepared” in “The New York Times” by Matt Phillips dated July 19, 2018.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Debt is not so good

“Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them.”  Ogden Nash 

Third Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2018 (April 16, 2018)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Journalism, Military, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pulitzer, Pushitzer, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on April 16, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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            “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . Danny Sjursen for trenchant insights provided by a patriot who spent time in the trenches.  Author of Ghost Riders of Baghdad:  Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge, the active duty major contributes incisively to the discussion of American foreign policy and military affairs and the physical and psychological consequences of war.”

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And a tip of the hat to the U.S. Department of Defense that allows an active duty military officer to comment freely on important public issues.

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2019 and a supporting letter by January 25, 2019 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

[See the e-commentary at “Pulitzers Are Pro-War?  Pressing The Pushitzers (April 22, 2013)”, “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)”, “Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017)”, “Smedley And Ernest On Our Friend ‘War’, The ‘Racket’ Continues (September 7, 2015)”, “A War On War? (May 30, 2016)”, “Seriously Sizing Up Syria Seizing Up (October 12, 2015)”, “The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)”, “Syria: Gas and Fog (August 26, 2013)”, “Time To Talk:  Hear The Guitar (December 9, 2013)” and “The Percolating Middle East (February 22, 2016)”.]

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Bumper stickers of the week:

For good and honest stuff

Dissent is patriotic

Race And Class And Crime: Jail White People.  Oh, And Happy Martin Luther King Day! (January 15, 2018)

Posted in Affirmative Action, Class, Crime/Punishment, Due Process, Equal Protection, Guns, Justice, Prison/Criminology, Race, Wall Street on January 15, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Blacks are disproportionately and unfairly favored over Whites.”

J          “Browns too.  And the long-term studies clearly show that many of the Blacks and Browns who were preferred over the Whites and received a free ride at public expense were clearly unfit and unqualified at the time of matriculation.”

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K          “White people are criminals.  They commit almost all of the crime . . . measured by the time-honored dollar per transgression ($/transgression) metric.  We need to lock up White people.”

J          “That is exactly my point.  The total criminal activity of White people (CAW Index) is calibrated in the trillions of dollars.  The total criminal activity of Black and Brown people (CABB Index) is calibrated in the hundreds of millions of dollars and perhaps may be as high as a billion dollars when everything is considered, calculated and calibrated.”

. . . 

J          “That underscores the fundamental Equal Protection rights of Whites that are being trampled and transgressed by favoring Blacks and Browns in the allocation of public accommodations at the graybar hotels of America.”

K          “And the Due Process rights of Whites.  Whites must be afforded the right to receive ‘three hots and a cot’ on the public dole.”    

. . .

K          “So what you are saying is that in 2018, no Blacks or Browns should be sent to jail and in their stead Whites should be given the highly-coveted openings in jail.”

J          “Exactly.  Unless a gun, knife or other weapon is involved, any Black or Brown charged with a property crime in 2018 should be given probation and not take a spot away from a deserving White in the graybar hotels of America.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “King Seale Newton X Day (January 16, 2017)”, “King Daze (January 20, 2014)” and “King (January 16, 2006).”]     

Bumper stickers of the week:

Jail White People Now

Prison:  It’s not just for Blacks and Browns

The Unrelenting Daily Assaults, Year Two.  Oh, And Happy New Year! (January 1, 2018)

Posted in Kleptocracy, Noble Prize in Eco-nomics, Taxation, Trumpi, Wall Street, War on January 1, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “We embark on another year of unrelenting daily assaults, day in and day out, week in and week out, month in and month out.  A helve and trip hammer of travesties.”

J          “Everything that is decent, civil and moral is constantly crashed, condemned and carpet bombed.”

K          “With Trumpi now coronated the king of the Kleptocracy, the Kleptocrats are kings and in complete control of the Kleptocracy.”

. . .

J          “The Nation’s Saltwater-Crocodile-In-Chief is presiding over the Swilling of the Swamp.”

K          “Donaldo Trumpi and his thugs are dismembering, disemboweling and dismantling the body politic.”

. . .

J          “I have said before, however, that a desperately fragile system is nonetheless irrationally resilient.  Not yet.”

K          “This new year may just be the year of resolution.  There is no center; it cannot hold.  If he does not blow up the world first, Trumpi’s devastating destruction and the American Empire’s already inherent decline may pave the road to a rebuilt and downsized Republic.”

J          “A bad drunk must first hit rock bottom.  The drunk is still staggering.  This country was talking about repaving its roads as part of the redevelopment and rebirth.”

. . .

K          “I resolve to revise and complete the ‘Manual For A Constitutional And Sustainable Post-Empire America’ as my project for the new year.”

J          “We need to maintain some record to guide us during the recovery and the rebuild.  A national road map to redemption.”

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[David B. Collum, the other David who provides a review of the events of the departing year, delivers his “2017 Year in Review” titled “Markets Fiddle While Rome Burns” available at Peak Prosperity.  John W. Whitehead, the recipient of the 2017 Noble Prize in Jurisprudence, offers a trenchant analysis of our circumstances in “Apocalypse Now:  2017 Was Another Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year” available at The Rutherford Institute.]

[See the e-commentary titled “The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)” presented at the outset of 2012, “‘Mericanize:  Monetize, Mechanize And Militarize (December 30, 2013)” presented at the outset of 2014, “Twenty Sixteen (January 4, 2016)” presented at the outset of 2016 and “Venturing A Few Unfounded And Unwarranted Predictions (July 13, 2015)” presented during the mid-year of 2015.] 

Bumper stickers of the week:

Have an exquisite new year

Repeal and Replace Trumpi

The Tax Deform Bill:  Making The Rich Richer And The Powerful Powerfuler

Tax Deform:  What happened to the post card tax return?

The Year of the Unreal to the Year of the Surreal

2018 – The Year of the Lizard, Act 2

 

Trumpi Goes Neocon; Capitulates In Syria; Supports ISIS; Attacks Without Provocation (April 17, 2017)

Posted in Bush, Deep State, Kleptocracy, Neoconservatives, O'Bama, Rule of Law, Russia, Syria, Trumpi, Wall Street, War, War and Wall Street Party on April 17, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Trumpi capitulated.  He is no different after all.  Tossing five dozen Tomahawks was his initiation into the gang of Washington chickenhawks.”

J          “My first thought was that he took off his mask and revealed himself, but we cannot forget that he does know what he is doing or  why he is doing it or even who he is.  How would the public react if the newspapers and antisocial media sites reported that Trumpi supports ISIS.  Attacking Syria is attacking a country that is attacking ISIS.”

K          “His first Hundred Days have been pockmarked by chaos, confusion and complete capitulation to the ‘War and Wall Street Party’.  Trumpi lacks the strength, the courage, the experience, the maturity and the integrity to disregard the Neoconservatives and to deep six the amoebic and amorphous swamp beast they call the Deep State.”

J          “So now forces are being unleashed to deep six the world.  Bummer.”

K          “What Bush somehow managed to avoid and what O’Bama somewhat skillfully managed to avoid may be coming to a planet near you.  Will it be an expanded proxy war or a full contact world war.” 

. . .

[See “Women for Syria: A Day of Action” held on April 13.]

[See the recent interview with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and the interview with retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson for some perspective.]

[See the e-commentary at “Seriously Sizing Up Syria Seizing Up (October 12, 2015)”, “The Drums of War (February 20, 2012)”, “Syria: Gas and Fog (August 26, 2013)”, “Time To Talk:  Hear The Guitar (December 9, 2013)”, “The Percolating Middle East (February 22, 2016)” and “Smedley And Ernest On Our Friend ‘War’; The ‘Racket’ Continues (September 7, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Without evidence or authorization . . . from Congress or the United Nations Security Council

Smoke and mirrors so often hide the true source of gas.

Too many drums; not enough guitars.

Pay your taxes; buy a bomb.

Pay your taxes; buy a guitar.

Make America Grating Again. 

Make America Psycho Again.

Political Experience: 0 + Military Experience: 0 + Economic Experience: 0 + Diplomatic Experience: 0 = ?