Expanding The Goal In Soccer (July 18, 2022)

Posted in Society, Sports on July 18, 2022 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “One yard wider.”

K          “One meter wider.”

. . .

J          “People want points.  The games should produce lacrosse scores.  10 – 9 or 14 – 13 or 17 – 11.  Two digits for each team.”

K          “Purists will object, buy I am a purist who does not object.”

. . .

K          “Thirty years ago, the back-pass rule in soccer was implemented to universal and enduring acclaim.”

J          “Forty years ago, the shot clock in college basketball vitiated the four corners stall that was legal yet undermined the flow and possibilities of the game.”

. . .

K          “Expand the goal by a meter.  Enrich the game by a mile.”

J          “Or just a yard. And enrich it by a kilometer.” 

. . .

[See the e-commentary on sports at On The Vernal Equinox (March 21, 2011).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Make the Beautiful Game more pulchritudinous

Boycott DuckDuckGo (July 11, 2022)

Posted in Boycott Series, Internet on July 11, 2022 by e-commentary.org

[DuckDuckGo is completely blocking www.e-commentary.org.]

. . .

J          “Not a surprise.  Everything involving or affiliated with the Internet has been and is being used for evil.  When I started hearing ads on the radio for the Duck and then heard that the search engine was censoring speech, I knew it was on the dark side.” 

K          “Another search engine will come along . . . and be used for evil.”

J          “And then another.”

. . .

[See the “The DuckDuckGo Controversy” reprinted in “Peak Prosperity” dated May 29, 2022 by Terence Kam.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

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

Independence Day (July 4, 2022)

Posted in Society on July 4, 2022 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “What does it mean to most folks?”

K          “Sales and bar-b-ques.  Some folks do reflect on its significance.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at July 4 (July 4, 2011) and September 17 – Constitution Day (September 19, 2011).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

What does Independence Day mean to you?

They Lied.  With Malice.  Under Oath.  Before The Senate.  In Front Of The American People. (June 27, 2022)

Posted in Abortion, Perjury, Perjury/Dishonesty, Supreme Court on June 27, 2022 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “All five of them lied.  And all five are going to get away with the lies.”

J          “All five of them lied.  All five are getting away with the lies.  That is America today.  They knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that getting the job required them to lie to the Senate and the American people and then left them unteathered to decide to the contrary and get away with it.”

. . .

J          “Without the detriment of any formal American legal indoctrination, I regard the opinion issued on Friday written in what was probably a smoke-filled back room as just an opinion . . . that happens to be the wrong opinion.  Everyone is entitled to an opinion.  To gauge their true and binding sentiments, I place stock in what they averred to the Senate and to the entire nation under oath and in public.  In plain English, they backhandedly agreed that Roe v. Wade was settled law, stare decisis is a fundamental principle of American law and a right to privacy exists in the Constitution.  To the extent they were knowingly coy, they were intentionally deceptive.  To discern and divine the true and accurate decision that is to guide the land, you must turn to the statements made under oath to the American people.  Properly analyzed, Roe was upheld by a 9 – 0 vote.”

K          “Logic has no place in the discussion.  What they did was a raw, naked and unvarnished abuse of power.”

. . .

K          “For a decade I have observed that the Supreme Court is not a legitimate institution and as constituted has no legitimate role to play in American law and society.  The humility, integrity and honesty addressed in Federalist No. 78 are not in evidence in the judiciary today.  The Supremes have gone rogue.”

J          “The situation is hopeless.  The Supreme Court has the ability to do physical violence to the citizens of America which is why they are able to do violence to the body politic.”

. . .

K          “The major Democratic politicians do not have the courage or the integrity to impeach them because they do not have courage or integrity.  The Roe issue is also the greatest fund raiser for the DNC machine.  However, lying to Congress is a violation of multiple provisions of Title 18, the federal criminal code.  The Attorney General should present the criminal charges to a grand jury.  That might get some attention.  They may find their lifetime appointment is served in the graybar hotel.”

J          “Not going to happen in America.”  

. . .

K          “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.”

J          “There is no law, there is only ideology.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at Impeach Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Barrett . . . For Perjury? For Not Good Behavior? (June 6, 2022) and Law Is Politics ; Politics Is Law (July 7, 2014) and four dozen other e-commentaries over the last two decades.]

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.

There is no law, there is only ideology.

Dragon Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon (June 20, 2022)

Posted in China, Foreign Policy, Russia on June 20, 2022 by e-commentary.org

[DuckDuckGo is completely blocking www.e-commentary.org.  However, Google allows access!]

. . .

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon

. . .

[See the e-commentary involving Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon throughout this site.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Dragon < Eagle > Bruin; Dragon + Bruin > Eagle; Eagle + Bruin > Dragon

Juneteenth

Solstice

Hold ‘em?  Fold ‘em? Who knows? (June 13, 2022)

Posted in Economy, Song Reference, Stock Market on June 13, 2022 by e-commentary.org

[DuckDuckGo is completely blocking www.e-commentary.org.]

. . .

K          “Fold ‘em?”

J          “Hold ‘em?”

. . .

K          “Uncertain times.”

J          “Certainement.”

. . .

K        “Every measurement, every metric, every benchmark, every instinct, every impulse, every pulse screams that the financial system should have exploded and imploded years ago.”

J          “The only thing the little person in the American criminal enterprise system can do is buy and hold in and for the long term.  The system is otherwise rigged to plunder the little person and protect the big person.”

. . . 

[See the e-commentary at The Great Checkmate And The Great Seesaw: Interesting Rates (April 11, 2022), Careening Toward A Global Totalitarian Authoritarian Behemoth?  And Then There Is The Fed’s Self-Inflicted Great Checkmate. (January 3, 2022) and “Bitcoin”, “Ethereum” . . . “Blockchain Technology” Say What? (July 3, 2017).]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Hold ‘em?  Fold ‘em?

A day late and a Bitcoin short.

“You’ve got to know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em,  Know when to walk away, know when to run.  You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table, There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.”  “The Gambler” written by Don Schlitz and sung by Kenny Rogers.

Hard come, easy go.

Impeach Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Barrett? For Perjury? For Not Good Behaviour? (June 6, 2022)

Posted in Perjury, Perjury/Dishonesty, Supreme Court on June 6, 2022 by e-commentary.org

[DuckDuckGo is completely blocking www.e-commentary.org.]

. . .

K          “We agree on something!”

J          “You agree with me on something!”

. . .

J          “The lie is the backbone of contemporary civilization.  But lies are costly and inefficient and not good because you know that you still must commit resources – time and money – to discern the truth. ”

K          “Lying is a way of life.”

. . .

J          “Asking a potential justice how he or she might rule in the future is not allowed in our shallow and faux political politeness.  Asking a justice how he or she respects a ruling in the past – a precedent in a system purportedly underpinned by stare decisis and the rule of precedent – is appropriate.  The ambitious potential Justices were asked about Roe v. Wade . . . and appear to have lied to the Senate to get the job.”

K          “The Constitution states that the judicial officers can remain in office for ‘good behaviour’.  It does not state that they can be removed only for bad behavior.  The test is all well and good and places the burden of proof and persuasion on the judge or Justice.  A procedure should be established to require every federal judge to evince to the satisfaction of the public that he or she has exhibited ‘good behavior’ on the bench every four years.” 

. . .

K          “There is no final decision from the Supreme Beings, so as the lawyers would say the issue is not ripe.”

J          “The Democrats are betting on the January 6 hearings to save them this November not a negative response to the likely decision.”

. . .  

[See the e-commentary under the Categories Perjury and Perjury/Dishonesty.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

If it feels good, do it.

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”  Friedrich Nietzsche (?)

The Life Cycle Of A Novel Idea:  Yesterday And Today.  Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 30, 2022)

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2022 by e-commentary.org

[DuckDuckGo is completely blocking www.e-commentary.org.]

.  .  .

Yesterday:   “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.”

Today:         “First they ban you, then they block you, then they arrest you, then they suicide you.”

.  .  .

[See the e-commentary at Guitar / Drum ; Dove / Hawk ; Pax / War. Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 27, 2019), Plow Shares And Swords.  Oh, And Happy Memorial Day! (May 28, 2018), Memorial Day (May 27, 2013), The Flag (May 31, 2010) and Memorial Day (May 28, 2007).]

Bumper stickers of the week:

First they ban you, then they block you, then they arrest you, then they suicide you.

Memorial Day

Housing Collapsing Again.  And Then Again In 2029 (May 23, 2022)

Posted in Federal Reserve, Housing, Interest Rates on May 23, 2022 by e-commentary.org

.  .  .

K          “Not again.”

J          “Again.  And then again in 2029.”

.  .  .

K          “Today the interest rate drives about 86 percent of the decision to purchase a house; the Fed dictates interest rates.  The ‘Wealth Effect’ that arises when one’s paper worth rises substantially drives about 13 percent of the decision; the Fed has distorted and inflated the paper worth of assets to stratospheric and unsustainable levels.  The desire by a few astute characters to rebalance their net worth into real estate drives about 1 percent of the decision; the Fed has distorted the relative value of assets and confounded the balancing act.  Those three drivers are decelerating and will soon crash stupendously.”

J          “Carve out about 17 to 23 percent for those folks who were cooped up and want a bigger coop.  Buckets of ‘helicopter money’ were fluttering and floating around without a home in the hands of folks who want a bigger one.  At the Fed’s direction, interest rates are going up, one’s paper worth is going down, and housing may be too large a percentage of one’s net worth.  However, the value of one’s real estate holdings may remain proportionate because the value of one’s paper worth is also declining.  Someone who had a million dollars in assets and a million dollar home may end up with six hundred thousand dollars in assets and a six hundred thousand dollar home.  And be cured of the deceptive and deleterious ‘Wealth Effect’ that often drives one to be less wealthy in the intermediate run.”

.  .  .

K          “Again.”

J          “And again.”

.  .  .

[See the e-commentary at Housing:  Another Bubble Blown By Criminally Low Interest Rates (August 24, 2020) providing a treatise on housing, Housing Again (October 8, 2007) discussing the anatomy of a house, America the Bankrupt: Economics 210 in the Land of the Freeway and the Home of the Wave (January 17, 2005) discussing the “Hyperdive” decline in the economy that is percolating, When the Bubbles Burst (December 4, 2006) discussing the macroeconomic and microeconomic consequences of the housing market collapse when all tools and manipulations finally fail and The Dow Jones (the Murdoch ?) Hits 14 K In A Hollow Economy (July 23, 2007) discussing the decline in the stock market that has been successfully delayed for fifteen years but cannot be avoided forever.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Again

Graduation Advice:  Transcend:  Maintain FL 44; Make A Few Discrete Dives And Diversions To TPA (Traffic Pattern Altitude) (May 16, 2022)

Posted in Graduation Advice on May 16, 2022 by e-commentary.org

.  .  .

K          “Transcend.”

.  .  .

K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’22 . . . transcend. . . .  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, . . . transcend.  You have been studying and partying and extracurricularing at a frantic and frenetic pace.  Now is the time to learn to. . . . transcend.  Maintain Flight Level 44 [44,000]; make a few discrete dives and diversions to TPA (Traffic Pattern Altitude) to participate with other members of the community.  Try with all your might to take flight from the Möbius Loop of stupidity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, incompetence, indifference and arrogance when you can.”

. . .

K          “And eschew fear and wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps.  Eat dessert: First.  Learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).  Stop, pause, think.  And . . . transcend.”

. . .

J          “Go East, young person.  Go to Rome, D.C. and get in on the looting before it is too late.”

. . .

[See the original “Sunscreen Column”, the Wikipedia article “Wear Sunscreen” and listen to “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”.]

[See the e-commentary at The Möbius Loop Of Stupidity, Dishonesty, Hypocrisy, Incompetence, Indifference, Arrogance, . . .  Oh, And Happy Thanksgiving! (November 25, 2019), Graduation Advice: Eschew Fear (May 10, 2021), Graduation Advice:  Stop, Pause, Think (May 18, 2020), Graduation Advice:  Learn To Tie a Bowline (And A Bow Tie) (May 13, 2019), Graduation Advice:  Eat Dessert.  First. (May 14, 2018), Graduation Advice:  Wear Chainsaw Safety Chaps; Cut With Care (May 15, 2017), Graduation Advice:  Wear Hearing Protection; Listen Attentively (May 16, 2016) and the advice to youth at Go East, Young Person (August 25, 2014).] 

Bumper stickers of the week:

And eschew fear and wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps.  Eat dessert: First.  Learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).  Stop, pause, think.  And . . . transcend.

Transcend

Flee the Mobius Loop