President Donaldo J. Trumpi Resigns.  Oh, And Happy Holidays (December 25, 2017)

Posted in Kleptocracy, Presidency, Trumpi on December 25, 2017 by e-commentary.org

          Citing overwhelming and incontrovertible evidence that he is a serial sexual predator and was a child rapist throughout his post-adolescent life and is not fit to serve as the nation’s CEO, President Donaldo J. Trumpi, the 45th President of the United States of America, tweeted his resignation from office today.

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This article must be revised to reflect the following correction:  President Trumpi did not announce his resignation today.

[See the “Doonesbury” artwork created by Garry Trudeau in many of yesterday’s newspapers.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Merry Christmas    

Happy Hanukkah

Peaceful Kwanzaa

Sweet Senate Alabama (December 18, 2017)

Posted in Senate, Voting on December 18, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Moore is less.”

J          “And let’s hope that more of us try to keep up with the Jones.”

. . . 

K          “Doug Jones was drawing to an inside straight.  So much had to line up perfectly and fortuitously to produce a victory in ruby-red Alabama.”

J          “Turnout, it turns out, is the key.” 

K          “Although he remains one of America’s greatest political, economic and social commentators, Professor George Carlin’s contention that a citizen should not vote is fundamentally wrong.  There are times when votes are counted and when votes count.”

. . .

J          “Senator Shelby’s statement that he wrote in the name of another Republican on his general election absentee ballot may be the most moral and one of the most consequential actions in his career.”

K          “There may be some semblance of shame and decency in America.”

. . .

K          “The result will lead to the redoubling of efforts to suppress voting and to gerrymander districts.”

. . .

J          “Turnout.”

. . .

[See the “Doonesbury” artwork created by Garry Trudeau in many of yesterday’s newspapers.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Sweet Senate Alabama 

Roll Tide

Vote

“It’s not the people who vote that count.  It’s the people who count the votes.”  Attributed to Joe Stalin

Debt Ceiling Dilly-Dallying?  Term Limit Amendment = Balanced Budget Amendment (December 11, 2017)

Posted in Balanced Budget Amendment, Term Limits, Term Limits Amendment on December 11, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Sort of.  With the Term Limit Amendment, budgets may become slightly less imbalanced.  When a few individuals gain far too much seniority and power, they consume an extraordinary and inefficient amount of resources”

J          “A young senator starts in an office at the top floor of the Russell Building and works his or her way over the decades to the first floor of the Hart Building.  At that time, it is time to show him or her the door.”

. . .

K          “If you want to start on the road to a balanced budget, enact term limits.”

. . .

K          “Why pass an amendment demanding that you pass a balanced budget when it is far easier simply to pass a balanced budget.  If you want to pass a balanced budget, then pass a balanced budget.”

J          “There is a simpler and more concrete solution.  No subcommittee shall schedule a hearing on a balanced budget amendment until the budget is first balanced.”

K          “If it cannot be done and will not be done, why pass a law decreeing that it shall be done.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary titled “Term Limits (May 14, 2007),” “The “Contract with America”; The Congressional Reform Act of 2010 (March 29, 2010),” “Bringing Balance To The Balanced Budget Amendment Debate (July 18, 2011),” “Over The Cliff Or At The Foot?  (December 31, 2012)” and “The People’s Amendment:  Contract With America (April 29, 2013)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Term Limit Amendment = Balanced Budget Amendment

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

. . .

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

“Net Neutrality” Now. Oh, And Happy Thanksgiving! (November 20, 2017)

Posted in Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Net Neutrality, Technology on November 20, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “The proposed elimination of the regulations that provide some measure of protection for net neutrality was slated to be foisted on the folks just before Thanksgiving.”

J          “They are getting a jump on sneakiness this holiday season.  They usually sneak such things by the people just before Christmas.”

. . .

K          “Maintaining net neutrality is critical and pivotal.  Someone defined net neutrality as the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating the Internet should treat all data on the Internet the same.  They should not discriminate or charge differentially by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.”

J          “Sounds like the Equal Protection Clause of the Internet.”

K          “Or the Due Process Clause of the Internet.”

. . .

K          “The folks at Battle For the Net and Fight For the Future are battling and fighting for us.”

J          “I dropped a dime on my Congresspeople and demanded that they protect true net neutrality.”

. . .

K          “Some stores are already foisting their Groundhog Day stuff on us.”

J          “I’ve seen that before.”

. . .

[See “The Upside of Being Ruled by the Five Tech Giants” in “The New York Times” by Farhad Manjoo dated November 1, 2017.]

[See the e-commentary under the Category “Technology”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Net Neutrality Now

MPP / MPA:  Are They Really Masters?  (November 13, 2017)

Posted in Bureaucracy, Bush, Clinton, Education, Kennedy, O'Bama, Pogo Plight, Schooling, Schooling Industrial Complex, Trumpi on November 13, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “These Masters of Public Policy and Masters of Public Administration types all suffer from a collective groupthink.”

J          “That they are the Masters of the Universe.  They are actually the errand boys and errand girls for the real Masters of the Universe.” 

K          “Apparatchik manufacturing.  The law schools historically have manufactured them.”

J          “These programs are a ‘law school substitute’ or a ‘law school light’ program.”

K          “The most important part of the curriculum is ‘Excuses 101’ that salvages any ill-conceived whim.”

. . .

K          “Maintaining groupthink is the overriding concern and the unifying doctrine.”

J          “And building the old boy network to divide the spoils.”

. . .

K          “Look at the responses on the mid-term.”

  1.      What choice did we have?
  2.      Nobody saw it coming.
  3.      All policies have unintended consequences.
  4.      All of the above.

J          “They are the ‘D’ students.”

K          “Are we all the ‘D’ students?”

. . .

K          “Better to get an MFA?”

J          “Better to skip the classroom, boycott the S.I.C. and teach yourself.”

K          “Have you ever seen the syllabus for a Master of Coarse Arts degree?”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Schooling The Apparatchiks For The Kleptocrats (December 7, 2015)” and “Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2016).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”  Frederick Douglass

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.  It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”  Mark Twain

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world.  The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself.  Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”  George Bernard Shaw

There but for the grace of God go I

Appropriately Proud Single Mom:  “My three ‘D’ students took their mom out to dinner for her birthday.  My M.D. student, my J.D. student and my Ph.D. student.”

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”  Eric Hoffer