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

The “Gun Show Loophole”: A Dialogue Among Gun Owners.  Oh, And Happy Presidents’ Day (February 19, 2018)

Posted in Boycott Series, Guns, Law, Second Amendment on February 19, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K(GO) “Here’s another perspective.  Psychos have rights.  Right?  What we need is a law that allows every confirmed psycho to purchase one rifle or pistol a month.”

GO1     “A confirmed psycho?”

K          “Multiple convictions for domestic violence, wife beating, violent outbursts, assault charges.  The usual.”

GO2     “No question that the person is a psycho?”

K          “No question.  While we are at it, how about allowing every confirmed psycho to make one purchase one rifle or pistol a week.”

GO3     “Now hold on there . . . .  I’m not so sure.  You say he is a confirmed psycho.  Well, if he is a confirmed psycho, he is the type of person who probably should not have a gun.  But only if he is truly a confirmed psycho.”

GO2     “That is where I draw the line.”

. . .

K          “Great Americans like me can buy a gun.  Great Americans like you can buy a gun.  Psycho Americans like the psycho Americans . . . maybe not.”

GO1     “Sounds about right.”

K          “The only solution is to require a background check as part of every purchase from a dealer or from a private purchaser.”

GO2     “That makes some sense.”

. . .      

. . .

K          “In about five minutes after the meeting that night, I moved the three of them off a position they have never even allowed anyone ever to challenge.”  

J          “They may be willing to listen to someone who has a few guns.  Always structure an argument so that they convince themselves.”

K          “The half-life of the message may be two weeks.  I stayed on message and tabled asking them if they were troubled that the Russians appear to have funded the National Rifle Association’s (NRA’s) bombardment of them almost daily with propaganda during the months before the 2016 election.”

J          “Next meeting.  Next month.”

. . .  

[See the e-commentary at “Get A Gun; Practice Gun Safety (January 25, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

If you haven’t connected emotionally, you won’t connect intellectually.

Boycott the NRA

Boycott the National Rifle Association

Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie, Part 2.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day (February 12, 2018)

Posted in Aviation, Class, Climate, Collapse, Community, Contracts, Global Climate Change, Kleptocracy on February 12, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Those who want to bug out to New Zealand seem to believe the island is ‘PLAN B’ on this planet.”

J          “And yet the thoughtful folks who think about it observe that ‘There is no PLANet B’ in our universe.”

K          “Not even Mars.” 

. . .

K          “When the funds run out to guard the compound, the guards will walk off the job.”

J          “I would clear the runway and clear the plane to land, visually if necessary.  The first aid kit, fire extinguisher and other supplies on the plane would come in useful.”

K          “The P.I.C. should pack a readily available t-shirt proclaiming ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m only the pilot’ to stand apart and then stand apart when they land.”

J          “When the kleptocrats deplane, they can be debriefed and disabused of their old ideas.  They need to know that the rules have changed.”

K          “The rules may be the same, just the participants will change.  They depart a land where ‘Might makes right’ and land in a land where ‘Might makes right’ also.  The difference is the group with the might has changed mightily.”

. . .

K          “If I were the pilot, I would let the Kleptocrats know that the manifest has changed and take my family and friends.” 

J          “The ‘theory of efficient breach’ provides the inconvenienced Kleptocrats with a cause of action against the pilot for their inconvenience.”

K          “That is a succulent use of a theory that was concocted to allow the wealthy to breach a contract that nuisances them and avoid punitive damages and the likelihood that the other party would be able to pony up the lucre in the ‘pay to play’ legal system.”

J          “I would cherish the opportunity to inform the Kleptocrat: ‘Sue me’ and then part with: ‘I’ll see you in court’ as we run up the engines and begin to head down the runway.”

. . .

K          “I asked him to forward the draft contract when they e-mail it to him.  Is he as pilot obligated to be ready to leave in four hours or six hours or eight hours?  How many family members is he allowed to take with him?  However, when the Collapse comes, all contracts are advisory and voidable.  The pilot can amend the manifest and take his family and friends to the promised land.  That could be the plot twist for the third plane that actually completes the flight.”

J          “We might ‘Immanentize the Eschaton’ in the new land, the New Z-land.”

K          “Perhaps the most prudent strategy for the locals is to bivouac next to the compound, befriend the guards and be ready for the transition.”

. . .

K          “Before takeoff, China will already have taken over both islands.”

J          “Unless an earthquake devastates and cracks the runway first.”

. . .

[Listen to this excerpt from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot (1994) ]

[See the e-commentary at “Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)” and “Immanentize the Eschaton.  Say What? (August 22, 2016)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

There is no PLANet B

Going Forward With The “Reverse Stock Split” (February 5, 2018)

Posted in Crime/Punishment, Dow Jones, Federal Reserve, Kleptocracy, Rackets, Rule of Law, Stock Market on February 5, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “The Federal Reserve has purposely pursued a policy to punish citizens, including millions of hard working and God fearing Americans in their retirement, who merely seek a predictable and reasonable rate of return on their money.  If citizens want any real return on their money, the Fed forced them into the stock market racket.”

J          “Which is a crime and really should be punished as a crime.”

K          “Except we subsist in a country without the rule of law.”

. . .

K          “The Dow was at about 26,000 last week before today’s collapse, yet the real value of the underlying stocks measured by realistic price/earnings ratios is only about 13,000 to perhaps 15,000.”

J          “But that type of thinking undermines the consensus that all Americans are financial geniuses.”

K          “The ‘Wealth Effect’ is surreptitiously impoverishing many of those financial geniuses.  Too many investors/speculators are spending more money or, even worse, incurring more debt without realizing that their faux wealth will soon vaporize.”

J          “The ‘Poverty Effect’ will be a bodacious and stupendous bummer.”

. . .

K          “Check this out.  In a typical stock split, one share at $100 per share is split into two shares at $50 per share.  That thinking is so outmoded and outdated.  Everything in the stock market is hocus pocus.  I propose a reverse stock split where one share at $100 per share is split into two shares at $100 per share.  We need to create wealth.”

J          “Count me in.  The Dow at 52,000.  Just like that.  Twice as rich.  But with the absurdity, the insanity, the depravity and the irrationality that defines our reality, why not a three for one split and thus a Dow of 76,000.  Thrice as rich.  Just like that.  We need to concoct wealth.”

K          “Pocus hocus.  Count me in.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Dow Is The Canary (April 26, 2010)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

The Dow at 104,000!!!!!!!!!!!

Or not.

Divas And Divos At Davos (January 29, 2018)

Posted in Antitrust, Banks and Banking System, Globalization, Kleptocracy, Rackets on January 29, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “I like their knife.”

J          “The common folk need a people’s Davos.”

. . .

K          “The world is not flat.  From afar, it is a mysterious big blue marble with swirling white clouds.  Up close, it is one long unlevel playing field with all the big players playing a game with the little players.”

J          “When you think about it, ‘globalization’ is an anagram derived from neo-colonialism and neo-imperialism and neo-capitalism and neo-consumerism.”

. . .

K          “When the one one-thousandths of one percent (.001 %) get together, you know they are up to no good.”

J          “They fix prices, but they do not fix problems.”

. . .

K          “They say that a conspiracy is two or more people working together for one end.”

J          “My theory is that they are conspiring to put the fix on us.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Humanity’s Motto:  To Enslave And To Colonize (January 27, 2014)”, “The ‘Superfluous Consumer’ (July 27, 2015)” and “Is The American Consumer Irrelevant? (December 12, 2011)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”

Government Shutdown: Shutdown Congress (January 22, 2018)

Posted in Class, Congress, Gender, Race, Term Limits, Women's March on January 22, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Shut down Congress.”

J          “Vote them out.”

. . .

K          “One word.  Term limits.”

J          “If Congress does not limit its term, we must limit their terms.”

. . .

K          “We need 20/20 vision in the upcoming 2018 elections.”

J          “Hindsight is 20/20, but only if you want to see things clearly.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Marching For Science And Momma (April 24, 2017)”, “Women’s March On Washington (Woodstock With Conviction) / Coronation (January 23, 2017)” and “Debt Ceiling Dilly-Dallying?  Term Limit Amendment = Balanced Budget Amendment (December 11, 2017).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Throw the bums out

We need 20/20 vision in the upcoming 2018 elections

Women’s March 2018 signs courtesy of Doonesbury:

Make America Smart Again

First We Marched, Now We’re Running (For Office)

Does This Ass Make My Country Look Small?

Grab ’em By The Midterms

Super Callous, Fascist, Racist, Sexist, Braggadocious

Women Are The Wall And Trump Will Pay

Too Much Bulls*** For One Sign

They tried to bury us.  They didn’t know we were seeds.

Elect A Clown, Get A Circus

Without Hermione, Harry Would Have DIED

I know signs.  I make the best signs.  They’re terrific.  Everyone agrees.

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

. . .

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.”

. . .

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