The Third Amendment: Finding A Safe Haven And A Refuge For The Elements (May 10, 2017)

Posted in Constitution, Fiat Currency, Gold, Gold Standard, Martial Law, Privacy, Republican Federal Judge Syndrome, Second Amendment, Silver, Silver Standard, Third Amendment, War on May 8, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “It was placed third ahead of the right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure, the right to a trial by jury and the right not to be subject to cruel and unusual punishment, among others.  Protecting against the threat was a greater concern and anxiety that these other concerns and anxieties.”

J          “And yet one hundred out of ninety-nine Americans cannot identify it.  Even at tony cocktail parties.  It is the Privacy Provision.”

. . .

K          “As I recall, it says:  ‘No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law’ or something like that.  Congress has not formally declared war for decades, yet the government is at war with most of the world all the time and will be at war with most of the world until the final collapse of the American Empire.”

J          “The Constitutional benchmark in time of war allows for regulation ‘prescribed by law’ that provides an open-ended ability to oppress the people.  The government can send in the police and contend that they are not even soldiers, even though the police are militarized and soldier-surrogates in the soft martial law that has been in place for the last dozen plus years.”

K          “And the Republican federal judges suffering from ‘Republican Federal Judge Syndrome’ will allow the government to do anything it wants to and call if deference.”

. . .

K          “Survey the literature.  No one even questions that the government will confiscate gold and likely silver when the stuff begins to compete with the fraudulent fiat currency foisted on the public by the government.”

J          “The government will not stop there.  The Empire will confiscate all the elements – Au, Ag and Fe and Pb.”

K          “The Second Amendment may provide some limited protection for guns and perhaps for ammo.  The Third Amendment needs to be expanded to protect gold and silver from government confiscation.”

J          “The right to keep and exchange precious metals shall not be abridged.”

. . .

J          “The Founding Fathers did not have to contend with a fraudulent fiat currency.”

K          “That is why I contend that the Third Amendment prohibition against quartering troops in one’s house should be expanded to include a prohibition against the government restricting the use of ‘Washington quarters’ of the citizen’s choosing in one’s house and in exchanges with other citizens so inclined.”

J          “Quarters, dimes and dollars are under assault and attack by the government.  They are the only means to maintain some privacy and freedom in exchanges.”

K          “The Third Amendment may offer the most promise for providing some constitutional protection for privacy and freedom broadly defined.”

. . .

K          “On the other head, the Third Amendment is undergirded by the fiction that the house is one’s castle and should not be invaded by the state.  Vesting the Third Amendment with what we deeply believe is important may be an inappropriate bypass of direct Congressional action.”

J          “Bypassing direct Congressional action does not seem inappropriate to me.  Congress will pass the law to confiscate precious metals and not pass any law to protect private possession of property such as possession of precious metals.”

. . .

K          “And talking about quarters, . . . that’s my two bits.”

J          “And that is my dos centavos.”

. . .

[See the essay by Gordon S. Wood on “The Third Amendment” published by the National Constitution Center.] 

[See the e-commentary at “Preserve Cash; Preserve (Some) Privacy (May 4, 2015)”, “The Paradox Of The Republican Federal Judge: Republican Federal Judge Syndrome (September 23, 2013)” and Boycott Facebook? (August 2, 2010)” that suggests an extension of the Third Amendment to protect against invasions of privacy.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

“No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”

Title III –> Chapter 17:  Bankrupt States . . . Going Bankrupt (May 1, 2017)

Posted in Bankruptcy, Blue States / Red States, Canada, Cartoon Reference, Climate, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Kleptocracy, Pensions, Supreme Court on May 1, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Who thought the bricks would crumble.  The fifty brick house may not survive politically and will not endure economically.”

J          “The state of the states is dismal and abysmal.  When municipalities fold or water districts dry up, some interior curtain walls are dismantled and the curtains and furniture are sold.  Yet they are all just political subdivisions of the state, not a state itself.  Until recently, interior curtain walls were relieved whereas now the exterior load bearing walls are under stress.”

K          “Pick a metric.  If you input a realistic rate of return in calculating the solvency of state pension funds, most of them are not only under water, they are drowned with no chance of resuscitation or c.p.r.”

. . .

K          “Puerto Rico is the canary in the coal mine, the guinea pig and the alpha testing ground.  Congress concocted Title III’ as part of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) that imports many of the notions of bankruptcy law to address the island’s insolvency.”

J          “Up north, the HealthCare of Ontario Pension Fund directed funds it may not have to bail out the Toronto-based Home Capital Group for investments it never should have made.”

K          “That seems to be some type of capitalistic synergistic entropy.”

. . .

K          “On this Law Day, we should consider drafting and crafting a ‘Chapter 17’ provision to allow a state to file bankruptcy and write the next chapter in the Bankruptcy Code and American polity.  A PROMESA on steroids for the states.”

J          “The legislation may attract bipartisan support because half of the seriously distressed states are ‘red’ states and half of the seriously depressed states are ‘blue’ states.”

K          “Alaska, Kentucky, South Carolina and Louisiana counterbalance Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York among the states that are going.  Going states need some way to go.”

. . .

K          “State supreme court justices use their position and power to advance their economic interests and protect their pensions.  In the court across the street, federal bankruptcy court judges will be forced to distribute a smaller sum of money in a more equitable and efficient manner to all citizens.”

J          “This Republic had such great promise.”

. . . 

[See the discussion of the Peoples Climate March for climate, jobs and justice in “Climate March Draws Thousands of Protesters Alarmed by Trump’s Environmental Agenda” in “The New York Times” by Nicholas Fandos dated April 29, 2017, “Climate March draws massive crowd to D.C. in sweltering heat” by Chris Mooney, Joe Heim and Brady Dennis in “The Washington Post” dated April 29, 2017 and yesterday’s Doonesbury cartoon.]

[See the e-commentary at “Pensions and Other Entitlements: Pt. 1 (April 14, 2008)”, “Pensions and Other Entitlements: Pt. 2 (April 28, 2008)”, “Outsourcing Pensions? (Sept. 7, 2009)”, “Pensions, Conflicts Of Interest And The Illinois Supreme Court (June 1, 2015)”, “May Day (May 1, 2006)” and other e-commentary under the Category on “Pensions.”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Chapter 17 – Coming to a state near you

The United States dominates the world not because it is a “City Upon a Hill” but because it shoots, and shoots regularly, from the top on the hill.

Marching For Science And Momma (April 24, 2017)

Posted in Environment, Gender, Global Climate Change, Global Warming, Greece, International Finance, International Monetary Fund, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Trumpi on April 24, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “What if as many folks had rallied in support of Galileo?”

J          “Signs intoning ‘No sides in science’ and ‘Science not silence’ and ‘Don’t let scientists go extinct’ floated amid and among the rising sea of concerned citizens.  ‘Free Galileo’ was raised toward the heavens.”

. . .

K          “In January, the pink pussy hats responded to the red Make America Great Again baseball caps.  On Saturday, a few white lab coats and many rain coats shielded the folks who marched peacefully on a gray rainy day.” 

J          “The women’s jaunt planned on the Mall in January gestated into an impromptu march from the foot of Capitol Hill to the White House and spawned the March for Science in April.  The March for Science and Earth Day Network started south of the White House and moved to the Capitol.  Going full circle.  And going forward.”

K          “The Women’s March was an emotional release and catharsis.  The March for Science was an intellectual rally and resurgence.”

J          “A walk is an antidote to insanity and irrationality.”

. . .

K          “At the same time the people were marching in the streets, the big money players were machinating in the suites.  The ‘green eye shade’ types at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded that Greece has recovered slightly and thus needs to be burdened substantially.”

. . .

K          “The next public gig in Washington is the ‘(Former) Bikers for Trump Rally’ on October 14 to ride to the White House and Congress from all over the country.”

J          “The ‘What happened Donnie?  Ride and Rally’.  Everyone hates to be conned, yet so many of his supporters simply cannot repudiate him because he is their last hope.  By October, a few of his black leather and blue collar supporters may accept that they were bamboozled.”

K          “Sturgis runs from August 4 until 13 and Daytona from March 9 until 18, 2018.  October is a great time for the last long fall ride.”

J          “Somebody needs to inflame and inspire the national imagination.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “Happy Birthday Earth Day (April 23, 2012)”, “Women’s March On Washington (Woodstock With Conviction) / Coronation (January 23, 2017)” and the discussion of some of the underlying issues involving Greece and the IMF at “‘Grexit’, ‘GrexEUnt’, Percolating Problems:  PIIGS, BRICS, EU, EC, ECB, IMF, NATO, WTO, WTF, WAR (February 23, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

March on

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been.  The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”  Isaac Asimov, “A Cult of Ignorance”, Newsweek, January 21, 1980.  

Signs of the times on the Washington Mall:

Free Galileo

You must be smoking deGrasse if you de-Nye the facts

Science is good

Good science is better

Great science is best

Geology rocks

There is no PLANet B

This is not a moment, it is a movement

Make America 90   49   18 Again

Evidence based governance

What do you call a female scientist?  Scientist

4   28 58   To   1 68

Ignorance is a dish best served at absolute zero

Delusion is not the solution to pollution

Support 21   53   E   7   58

Factism Trumps Fascism

Facts are non-partisan

Make 95   68   53   20 Scientific Again

You can fool the voters but not the atmosphere

Repent the end is NIH

The elements of outraged disbelief  74   90   9

Science:  Because you can’t pray a rocket into space.

Free entropy

So bad that even introverts are here

Resistance is not futile:  It is voltage divided by current

Fact-based policy not policy-based alt.facts

In science we trust

Clinical research is healthy for children and other living things (on a yellow poster with a flower)

The Endangered Species Act is endangered

No science, no chance

This is what a scientist looks like

More mitosis, less division

Save our planet, plant a tree

Stem cells have potential and without them our children don’t

Science Trumps ignorance

Noah saved us once  Let NOAA save us now

They drowned the last climate deniers

Atoms and Trump both make up things

Science is not an opinion

Make America hypothesize again

It’s not rocket science, actually it is

Defiance for science

Extinction is forever  Animals need science

Don’t let science go extinct

Alternative facts are for quacks

Evolution:  Happened.  Climate change:  Happening.  Recognition:  Must happen

There are no jobs on a dead planet

I love science because God created it

I’m with her [arrow pointing to picture of the beautiful blue marble]

Make Earth great again

No science no beer

Dear future generations:  We’re sorry

Science is peer-reviewed not politician-reviewed

Not a sign type of person but geez

Let the forest be with you

Distinguish sense from nonsense

Science fights bad shit with evidence

I’ve reached my 100º C (212º F)

Your momma’s so hot

All the good chemistry jokes argon

Make America think again

Stop plate tectonics

Don’t frack with our future

Act like a proton; think positively

Keep calm and trust science

Resist [resistance symbol]

Veterans for science

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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

. . .

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 = ?

Second Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2017 (April 10, 2017)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pulitzer, Pushitzer, Security State, WikiLeaks on April 10, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

            “The envelope please.  . . .  This year’s Pushitzer Prize in Commentary is awarded to . . . WikiLeaks.  For releasing some of the raw material that is shaping the public conversation.  . . .  The award recognizes that WikiLeaks’ motives are not unalloyed and not without an agenda.  This year’s award does not canonize the recipient yet does acknowledge the importance of disclosing information in an age where the government/corporations know almost everything about the people and the people know very little about the government/corporations.”

. . .

[Please send nominations for the Pushitzer Prize in Commentary for 2018 and a supporting letter by January 26, 2018 to e-ssay@gci.net and send the entry fee to your favorite charity.]

[See the e-commentary at “First Annual Pushitzer Prize In Commentary For 2016 (April 18, 2016)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

For good and honest stuff

The “I” Gene; The “We” Gene: Searching For The Genie In All Of Us (April 3, 2017)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Book Reference, Community, Genetics, Genius, Song Reference on April 3, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “As the philosopher and geneticist John Prine observes, ‘You are what you are, and you ain’t what you ain’t’ in this life.”

. . .

K          “Someday someone will discover that each of us is born with either a dominant ‘I’ gene or a dominant ‘We’ gene.”

J          “The ‘Tom’ gene versus the ‘Huck’ gene.”

K          “The ‘Fear’ gene versus the ‘Hope’ gene.”

J          “The ‘Take’ gene versus the ‘Give’ gene.”

K          “The ‘Reagan’ gene versus the ‘La Follette’ gene.”

J          “The ‘Do not let them immanentize the Eschaton’ gene versus the ‘Do let them immanentize the Eschaton’ gene.”

. . .

K          “As the play plays out, epigenetics play a part.  We need to ‘mind our p’s and q’s’ and also mine our ‘a’s’ and ‘g’s’ and ‘c’s’ and ‘t’s’ for insight.”

J          “Nurture can temper nature.  A person with access to more resources is able, if so inclined, to give things away, material and spiritual.  A little more truck allows us to be a little more Huck.” 

K          “And yet Nature is providing all of us with dwindling resources.”

J          “So, if Tom is a huckster once in a while, is Huck a tomster once in a while?  . . .  No.  Maybe not.”

. . .

K          “So many of the events today are calculated and calibrated to induce fear and trigger the Tom and the Take and the Reagan gene in all of us.”

J          “Research is likely to be advanced if we elect politicians who believe in science and perhaps more importantly in the scientific method.  They should give a Crawfoord for any advance in understanding.”

. . . 

[See the e-commentary at “Immanentize The Eschaton.  Say What? (August 22, 2016)”, “Humanity’s Motto:  To Enslave And To Colonize (January 27, 2014)” and “A Taxing Explanation (August 22, 2011)” and the discussion of Martin Luther King’s famous Riverside Speech fifty years ago on April 4, 1967 at “Bush Escalates World War III (January 15, 2007)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

I, Tom, fear; We, Huck, hope.

I, Tom, fear and take; We, Huck, hope and give.

I, Tom, fear, take, vote for Reagan and do not let them immanentize the Eschaton; We, Huck, hope, give, vote for La Follette and do let them immanentize the Eschaton.

What if they made a “WePhone”?

“I Me Mine” Beatles (1970)

“America is, and always has been, undecided about whether it will be the United States of Tom or the United States of Huck.  The United States of Tom looks at misery and says:  Hey, I didn’t do it.  It looks at inequity and says:  All my life I busted my butt to get where I am, so don’t come crying to me.  Tom likes kings, codified nobility, unquestioned privilege.  Huck likes people, fair play, spreading the truck around.  Whereas Tom knows, Huck wonders.  Whereas Huck hopes, Tom presumes.  Whereas Huck cares, Tom denies.  These two parts of the American Psyche have been at war since the beginning of the nation, and come to think off it, these two parts of the World Psyche have been at war since the beginning of the world, and the hope of the nation and of the world is to embrace the Huck part and send the Tom part back up the river, where it belongs.”  George Saunders, “The United States of Huck” The Braindead Megaphone (2007).

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority.  The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong.  All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them.  The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others.  His culture is based on ‘I am not too sure’.”  H.L. Mencken

“Trumpi Care” v. “Romney – O’Bama Care”:  Who Cares? (March 27, 2017)

Posted in Congress, Health Care, O'Bama, Romney on March 27, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “O’Bama had a bad plan, few ideas, and fewer clues.”

J          “Trumpi has no plan, no idea, and no clue.”

K          “And the Republicans have no plan, no idea, and no clue.”

. . .

K          “For the past seven years, House Republicans have taken meaningless vote after meaningless vote after meaningless vote after meaningless vote to repeal or roll back provisions of the Unaffordable Care Act.  Now that they control all three branches of government, they are unable to conduct even one simple vote to do what they have done these innumerable times in the past.”

J          “That is what happens when you actually get what you want.”

K          “Seems to me that you can’t always get what you want, but if you try and try and try and try sometimes, you do not get what you do not need.”

. . .  

K          “The ACA versus the AHCA.  Our own national March Madness.  Both are losers.”

J          “The syllogism of health carelessness is so obvious.  ACA = Insurance Company Control; AHCA = Insurance Company Control; ergo ACA = AHCA.”

K          “And we are the losers.  Could you report the score by reporting that it was an upset with both sides each scoring less than zero points.”

. . .

K          “As a country, every industry is more monopolized than at any time in American history.  That includes the health insurance industry.” 

J          “The few providers increase premiums which lowers participation rates which results in a deterioration of the risk pool which leads to an increase in premiums which lowers participation rates which results in a deterioration of the risk pool which is then repeated and repeated.”

K          “The death spiral is increasing.  The only way to force participation will be to provide a mechanism to impose increases in the penalties from not participating tied to increases in the premiums for participating.  The premium soon will be $5000 a month for a $50,000 deductible policy and thus the penalty for non-participation must be $5000 a month.”

. . .

J          “Sixty years olds do not need maternity coverage and sixteen year olds do not need mammograms.”

. . .

K          “What about H.R. 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, that provides for a single payer?”

J          “What we have now in most states is a ‘single exploiter’ system.  A ‘single payer’ system does not heap wealth on the health insurance companies.  It is doomed.”

K          “We as a country cannot afford it, but we as a people cannot not afford it.”

. . .

J          “Until someone challenges all the theft forced and enforced by the government from the people to the insurance companies, nothing will improve and everything will get worse.”

K          “But who really cares?”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at the Category titled “Health Care.”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

ACA = Insurance Company Control; AHCA = Insurance Company Control; ergo ACA = AHCA.