(Unretouched image courtesy Just Jared, who apparently has access to every paparazzi photo on Earth, and I do not.)
The Obamas and British Royalty defend against a direct kick from the 18.
Ronaldo makes this, I would have to say
Beckham does as well, bending it like he does, and with surgical precision.
Why are they grinning? This could cost us the game.
Politicians or Public Policy Wonks
How are we going to get Trump out of the White House?
Without regards for ethical concerns, Trump has been stacking the deck in his favor, to cover up for his mounting (and sleazy) “misdeeds.” The House Oversight Committee wants to see his tax returns, but the Treasury Department, led by Mnuchin, Trump’s campaign finance manager as it turns out, said the Department of Injustice, and a dependent judiciary, led by Trump toady, Attorney General William Barr, has not been given a compelling need for the tax returns...
The very fact that Trump is guarding them with his very political life, while every President in the past forty years has produced them without any issue, makes them prima facie evidence of financial crime. That’s nonsense that they’re not needed, that’s only smokescreen, half of America suspects Trump of crimes against the State. If he’s clean, then produce his tax returns, it’s as simple as that. This is destined to the Supreme Court, where Trump has stacked the deck again with Kavanaugh...
(This just in, the New York Times is reporting they have obtained copies of Trump’s returns for ten years, from 1985 to 1994. For eight of those years, Trump paid zero tax — that’s right, he did not pay a dime. He has had more losses than any other billionaire in America. In fact, he has more tax-deductible losses than anyone in America. Trump is also an incompetent businessman... While the Times did beat The Other Letter to the scoop of the decade, they did not mention how they got the returns.)
Does the American public, as a matter of policy, have a right to know if the premier American law enforcer is, or is not, lawless? Even if Trump is squeaky-clean (as it turns out, he is a disgrace), it helps to know if there are any conflicts-of-interest. For instance, a president could get behind tax legislation that will make them even wealthier still. If their interests aren’t known, that piece of legislation becomes law with no one the wiser that he’s padding his own account.
Once you hear the White House invoke executive privilege, like they are doing now with having former White House counsel McGahn ignore a subpoena; and Trump’s “personal” lawyers over at the Injustice Department asking the White House to invoke privilege again with the Mueller Report, you can sense the end is nigh for Trump. These were similar to tactics heard during Watergate.
So then, on this other Trump illegalities front, the White House, per Trump-toady Barr again, wants the House barred (no pun intended) from reading the full Mueller report. Of course, the public can never see it. We appoint these Congressional and Executive clowns, these so-called public servants, erroneously thinking they serve us, and we give them rights over us, because the majority of the electorate mistakenly believe Congress and the White House are our superiors. 5/07/19.
The Robert Mueller Investigation of Russian collusion has concluded. As I have said many times here before at The Other Letter, the interference deciding the 2016 Presidential Election was not the Russians, but former FBI Director James Comey. To stay on with the new Administration, Comey gave the election to Trump signed and sealed, delivered with a kiss.
Hillary Clinton said as much, and more than anyone else, she would know how her campaign collapsed after Comey dropped Servergate rumors eleven days before the election. This was after the Access Hollywood scandal, and P*ssy-gate, which would have certainly led to Trump’s trouncing on election day.
Trump did not fire Comey for investigating Russian collusion, he fired the FBI Director for being an extremely dangerous factor in his Administration. Trump stripped Comey of any voice in matters, and in the process fully discredited Comey, so he could not interfere in any way with Trump reworking America for the wealthy.
Trump could never afford having someone around him who could take sole credit for his ascendancy into the greatest office in the land. There wasn’t Russian collusion, so is there another reason Comey was fired?
Russia prevented Hillary from taking residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue because they posted ads in Facebook? They thwarted a great candidate by hacking Democratic National Committee emails? No, on both counts, she lost because Comey unleashed Servergate on her. James Comey should be hanging by his nuts, the Mueller Investigation was just a sad, tired, old joke, and Trump should have never been our 45th President.
Mueller was never up to the task of leading an investigation into areas of inquiry that didn’t play well with Republicans such as Comey. He is a Republican himself who never even bothered to interview Trump, the main subject of his Investigation. The Red runs deep, just as the Blue does. This Investigation was just a charade, in purpose, and in execution. A dozen or so functionaries were pressured to lie under oath so they could be arrested, and so the proceedings would look ambitious.
Again, the Russians never got Trump into the White House, Comey did. I always said Mueller will exonerate Trump, and this is exactly what Mueller’s whitewash did. Yet more than anything, doesn’t America need bread and circuses for entertainment, and to protect those with extreme power and privilege?...
...Now, having been presented with Russian exoneration, we get to hear Trump proclaim how he is such a paragon of virtue — and not a sex-worker adulterer, Trump University cheat, tax swindler, Trump Foundation fraud, et al?
Trump now claims that the Mueller Investigation “was an illegal takedown that failed.” Wait just one second, Trump, there were 37 indictments resulting from this probe, you just didn’t happen to be one of them. Roger Stone, one of your insiders, had direct contact with WikiLeaks, who had direct contact with Russian hackers. If we’re talking illegal takedowns, let’s start talking about the illegal takedown of Hillary Clinton...
Bezos Gets Embarrassed, Onloads on The Enquirer
Bezos has uncovered a blackmail plot against him? Or is he just embarrassed that his affair with his mistress was revealed? Bezos thinks the National Enquirer exposed his infidelities because the Enquirer was out to get him for anti-Trump, Saudi Arabia hitmen coverage. Or did the National Enquirer go after him because they are a tabloid, and that’s what tabloids do, they find dirt, and they found dirt on Bezos.
MSNBC, the cable television news network of lemmings, took great pains to defend Bezos, but why? All of the Left has to stick together? It doesn’t work that way, the masses ultimately coalesce around the truth, and nothing else. I never thought I’d have to say this, but the Left is getting just as bad as the Right.
From every indication, and I read all of Bezos fifteen-page, on-line screed (has anyone else?), he is just smearing a tabloid, which only exists to smear people for doing what they shouldn’t be doing in the first place.
He’s freaking out over nothing, the photos reveal nothing (by Bezo’s own account, there’s no nudity). They’re Bezo’s own selfies. Bezos is looking for sympathy as an adulterer? Bezos just needs to learn to keep his d*ck in his pants.
Bezos claims that National Enquirer parent, AMI, is trying to extort from him a statement admitting that the photos were not a product of political extortion. According to Bezos, this is the Enquirers attempt at getting away with selfie extortion. Bezos testimony on the Enquirer’s behalf would absolve the Enquirer of guilt? The Enquirer wants this written by Bezos? Where would this court case be held, on Pluto?
Who honestly gives a flying f*ck why the pictures were published? They are sleazy. Grocery store readers care why semi-clad photos of adulterers are in their National Enquirer? They need to know if they were politically motivated?
The grocery checkout aisle reader, and its main publisher, the National Enquirer of A.M.I., care about political motives in any way? Does Bezos have any clue, any clue at all, who reads that rag? Smelly women with beer breath with curlers in their hair do, and he’s concerned about political motives of sleazy photos that, that, he took himself??????
Bezos, this is what you do. You’re worth $160 billion plus, and National Enquirer may be worth $2 billion tops. Buy it out, Bezos, so next time you’re screwing around with your mistress, no one, especially the National Enquirer, has to let on anything about it.
I may be selling my Amazon stock very soon, Bezos is completely incompetent to manage my very minor stake. At the most basic level, he is unable to articulate his thinking as he attempts to employ the written word, and can’t be trusted employing my capital.
The National Enquirer is just doing their job, Bezos is setting up a congressional investigation on Trumped up charges. Bezos, and MSNBC for that matter, you both belong on the Trump side of the aisle. You’re from Red States. You belong in Texas or Mississippi.
Anyhow, that’s how the story looks up here in Canada, where the air is fresh and cool. Enjoy the choking, stifling pollution down in America...
Could Trump have picked a worse Justice than Kavanaugh?
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You really don’t have to bother reading the following article, this photo says it all. (Still, I thought it was a good piece.) The woman on the left, especially, is my vote for Woman of the Year. Welcome to the Supreme Court of the United States of America — a*hole. Legalize sexual assault while you’re at it...
The New York Times put up a photo of reflective Kavanaugh in a sugar-coated version of the hearing on their front page. The Times main function is to rein in the left, especially now that they’ve been cowered into bowing down to Trump. The Times would give the next Hitler fair and balanced coverage, as if it wasn’t doing so already.
The following article outlines a very ambitious policy to end unilateral, Republican aggression, such as that seen in the Kavanaugh nomination of a sex assaulter...
Let’s End the Republican Menace for Good 1/26/19. I’m writing up a draft proposal for the Atomic Energy Commission. It details how to deal with the Right Wing, Trump menace. Does everyone remember neutron bomb weaponry? Neutron weapons could only kill people but not buildings, buildings were kept intact. Anyhow, my design refines the neutron bomb, by only targeting Republicans. You’re saying: “That is such a sophisticated weapon, do you own the patents? How would you deliver your payload?”
Good questions — and we have all the answers. The Other Letter, Incorporated, a registered fiduciary, will provide Trump rallies, essentially Klan rallies, with radioactive punch (aren’t those two rallies one and the same?) Rally-goers will note the glowing punch but will stay unconcerned as this crowd is not quite Mensa candidates. Anyway, they drink the punch, and their atomic, molecular makeup as Republicans identifies them as such when in combination with the Plutonium punch.
This is the part that requires our best minds in nuclear physics. A neutron bomb 2.0 must be manufactured that when dropped from the skies, chemically combines with all those who drank the radioactive Plutonium punch, causing instant death.
There may be a few regulatory hurdles, but in light of the Republican danger to the rest of America, the bombs are Patriot bombs, killing off an infestation of these nasty, nasty Plutonium punch drinkers.
I’m sure this will work, but I need your help, America. I will be crafting a micro-brewed Plutonium punch to be distributed at any and all Republican gatherings. Upon delivery, you just need to radioactively spike the punch at local rallies. America, we can do this. Do it to save future generations from Republican evil. Bottoms up!...
Three-plus Decades with this Clown in Black 10/06/18. Just like the electoral college, having Presidents select Supreme Court Justices is a sure sign that the Founding Flounders entirely distrusted the electorate, the people in “We, the people.” Why should Presidents select Supreme Court Justices? Presidents are less political than the general population? This is not true at all. Presidents are the most savvy politicians on earth, how else did they take over the greatest office in the land? Appellate judges are elected, why are we stuck with losers like Kavanaugh and Thomas in the SCOTUS?
The people in America cannot further an incomplete vetting process, even as it turns out the candidate has glaring issues. Kavanaugh cannot be voted down by the electorate. The Senate’s confirming votes follow the lead of the pig-in-chief. If they didn’t, they’d lose party support, which means they’ll be back to shilling used cars for a living.
We are stuck with Kavanaugh for the next three-plus decades. Just to prove how egregious this selection of an alcoholic was, one by an adulterer, I’m waiting for the day he, swallows back vomit, then unloads on Clarence Thomas. The people, and even the Senators themselves, were not afforded access to all relevant evidence in their confirmation hearing.
America is not government by the people, it is a government by the privileged, well-connected, and well-heeled. America was railroaded with a completely inferior Supreme Court Justice, by just as inadequate of a Senate. What exactly is the “Clinton conspiracy,” working to stop his confirmation, by the way? Kavanaugh mentioned this because he tried to impeach Clinton. He needs to buy a calendar that shows what year it is, and while he’s at it, have it show which planet he’s on. Kavanaugh belongs in a sanitarium.
How can America be so cruel to a sexual assault survivor? Boo who who, Judicial Committee Chairman Greasy! His endless complaint, and the same, endless complaint of the GOP Senators, is that the nomination hearing of Kavanaugh is going on too long. Greasy said it is 85 to 90 days, when it is typically 65 to 70 days. Hold it one second, Greasy, what about when you stalled the nomination of Merrick Garland for over a year — and he had a squeaky clean record — or four times longer than the installation of this lecherous, alcoholic is taking (or at least one by every outward appearance).
The brown-nosing, grandstanding GOP on the committee are spending all their time propping up Kavanaugh, or defending their superficial investigation, than actually performing a comprehensive one.
As for the GOP’s complaint that Kavanaugh is getting a hard time compared to the victim of a sexual assault, he’s up for a life time appointment to decide lives, one that requires the appointee hold sacrosanct the decency and respect of every American. By known dark and evil acts (at least one sexual assault affirmed with a lie detector test), he is shown to be incapable of rendering just verdicts consistently and without bias, especially bias towards women.
The Committee only allowed one witness, Dr. Ford, and the only reason she was there was to perfect grace-under-fire, public speaking skills. The witness this half-assed investigation excluded from participating was Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s high school, partner in crime, and his drinking buddy. Judge wrote out a deposition saying that they regularly played basketball together, and were a fixture at Saint Rick’s Church as choir boys.
The key to resolving this Trump-initiated, unvetted-candidate, colossal mess, is getting testimony from Mark Judge. Trump is giving orders for a limited examination by the FBI. If Judge is not included in the limited order, then the Hearing and the follow-up are just a waste of taxpayer money. The Senate should have just said that we’ll rubber-stamp anyone that walks into the Judicial Committee conference room, even an alcoholic who tried to rape a woman (he pulled at her bathing suit, was he looking for change to put in the parking meter?)
To avoid the image on national television of twelve White Republicans grilling a sexual assault victim, the White House hired Rachel Mitchell to lead the charge instead. She’s an Arizona sex crimes prosecutor who betrayed her own gender. For doing much of the grunt work in taking down Dr. Ford she will be receiving NHL season tickets to any game including playoffs, as well as Stanley Cup Finals. She gets front of the line for jersey signings at any franchise city. Way to be, Rach.
Trump mentioned yesterday that he would listen intently to what the poor delusional woman had to say at today’s hearing. America thinks: “He has an open mind, let’s give him a second term.” Of course, this was chastened by Trump’s entirely expected reassessment today: “You did it my boy. You and me, Kavanaugh, shots, on me. Raid the White House liquor cabinet, it’ll feel like old times. Let’s end Roe v. Wade, just you and me. What do you say? Do you know how much power you have now — not as much as me, but still. Let’s do some bimbos. Get ready for plenty of p*ssy grabbing.”
If this was a court, it would only be a kangaroo one, but it is a job interview of a favorite son who is obviously the wrong man for the job. There must be better candidates than this one. The far Right had long needed to install a Catholic into the Supreme Court, one deemed ready to take down regulations permitting safe abortions.
A farce of an investigative hearing only arranged to give the illusion of fairness is alien to Great Britain, France, and Canada. They have their act together, America no longer does. The United States is just a sad joke. In the twenty-seven years since the Anita Hill Hearings, Scamerica has learned absolutely nothing about showing women respect. If America is not entirely yet a second-rate country, it is already in how it treats women. 9/28/18.
The United States Constitution is Seriously Flawed
What was wrong with America right from the start? The seeds were planted in 1787, with the Constitutional Convention. This is an incomplete list of what our Founding Flounders did wrong when writing their Constitution, because they said:
- Yes to gun proliferation (provision was originally written to shut down slave revolts — a third of the Continental Congress were slave owners, including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington);
- Yes to war powers easily usurped by a power-hungry president (this alone cost us 60,000-plus U.S. servicemen in the last three American invasions — into Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan);
- Yes to a generally-abused pardon privilege;
- No to a women’s equality clause — “All men are created equal;”
- Yes to slavery, the fugitive slave clause legalized slavery with the United States Constitution;
- Yes to backing a decidedly mono-God, male-administered, belief system in the ether above (“In God We Trust”);
- No to women’s suffrage;
- And yes to an Electoral College. This allows officials, not the people, to decide elections, like they did in 2016. Electors are those on the inside who are more wealthy and established, and certainly not everyday citizens;
- Yes to Senate representation not by population served but by land mass (a hats off to plantation owners and landowners);
- Yes to a constitutional amendment process, both impossible to understand, and just as impossible to ratify any amendment (a nod to their arrogance in believing no one would want to change their scribbled legal provisos);
- Yes to a politically-biased Supreme Court, one appointed by someone who has clear political prejudices, and one not elected via a majority of Americans (apparently the Founding Fathers felt we were too stupid to make such a weighty decision).
Ruth Bader Ginsberg is just plain wrong in praising this Continental Congress write-up, otherwise known as the United States Constitution, one extremely in favor of the powdered-wig, wealthy and powerful, one written to obfuscate the unpleasantness of their plutocratic ideals. 4/28/18.
National Presidential Race Comparison
How did a Trump Presidential candidacy ever happen? 11/04/16. Donald Trump is not only a distasteful Presidential candidate, he is a just as distasteful human being as well. You can make all sorts of assumptions about how heinous of a person Hillary Clinton might possibly be for poor email practices, or stealing from a non-profit that she never stole from, but just look at three, fairly typical quotes ascribed to Trump for a taste of his poison.
One, he criticized a Gold Star Family who lost their son to combat in Iraq. Two, he took John McCain to task for being captured in Vietnam. This is a veteran who spent five years in the Hanoi Hilton with an untreated broken leg. Third, and most recently, he described how he could come on to women because his wealth allowed him to: “Grab them by the p***y.” This is ignoring the two veiled death threats against Ms. Clinton (remember when he said Hillary’s Secret Service should not carry guns, and Second Amendment people can do something about her).
The only thing in his favor is that his abrasiveness can be entertaining to the abrasive. Do we need a clown to occupy the greatest office in the land? It is appalling and nauseating how this guy ever get so high up on the rungs of American power that he could rule the free world.
The Other Letter Presidential Endorsement 10/31/16. I have done a lot of soul-searching looking for some way to justify my selection of either candidate. Donald Trump hates ethnic groups, but if we are truthful with ourselves, don’t we all hate ethnic groups? Donald Trump wants to wall out the Mexicans. Isn’t that a part of the great American character, to exclude others from the vast melting pot, so only the good stuff stays in the pot?
Donald Trump objectifies women, but doesn’t every man want to be like Trump and grope women, then get away with it because that’s what billionaires get to do. Donald Trump is wildly successful as a businessman, being a reality game show host is just a rouse to launch his political career. Donald Trump is not a tax cheat because he doesn’t pay taxes, this only makes him smarter than us, smarter than Einstein even.
Oh, no, here comes Hillary. Equality crap, goodness of man nonsense, you know what she can do with that bull? Then her server, why didn’t she make a noose from the power cord of that server, and string it over a beam in her basement two years ago? Kick away a chair, and make us all happy. Why couldn’t she do us that tiny, tiny favor? There are plenty of foul, foul secrets on that server.
In July, the FBI cleared her, but now Weinergate is back up and running full throttle. The FBI Chief, Commie, is a Republican, but he’s also a damn sharp seeker of reemployment in a Trump White House. (I will repeat that for you. A. Trump. White. House.) There is more evil spewing out of just her basement IT room than there is in all of Microsoft. Hillary claims she has government experience, but what does Trump have, none?
...Yes, Donald Trump has no qualifications whatsoever to become President, be they professional or personal ones. He is a bigot, misogynistic, a racist, and an international embarrassment. He will not look out for your rights, or my rights, he will only look out for himself — like he always has, and he always will. He is a failed businessman who spends his life trying to puff himself up. Hillary Clinton has dedicated her life to public service. On November Eighth, we are voting Hillary Rodham Clinton for President. We’re with her.
One final footnote: Hillary has too much class to face off with Trump. I would have taken the gloves off against him long, long ago. Trump might very well be our first sandbag president going into office.
The Presidential Comparison Chart Well, we are now nearing the final phase of our contest. This is the bathing suit competition whereby each of our contestants don a bikini. They will next answer questions about how patriotic they are, and what their country means to them. Finally, they will exhibit their special talent, they play the flute, or they are wonderfully expressive in interpretive dance.
Nah, none of that, this is blood and guts American politics at its worst. I tried to keep this summary unbiased, but I will tell you, the Republicans couldn’t have picked a meaner candidate than Trump, and one so poorly informed of the Constitutional values upon which this country was founded.
Then you say, “You are biased.” If the Right had fielded John McCain for President I would not sound so one-sided — at least we know he has principles, he demonstrated character and loyalty to this country (yet Trump tried to downplay Mr. McCain’s five-year stay at the Hanoi Hilton because he was shot down behind enemy lines).
I do have a few reservations about Clinton though, she does sound like a conservative Dixiecrat at times, but her heart is usually in the right place.
One last note: We know what you are thinking, that this is the year we will finally install a Commander-in-Chief who won’t invade foreign lands like Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan; and we will have a Chief Executive who will stand up to the NRA, one even using the word “NRA” in a less than polite context. Do not hold your breath, America, the odds of this are better if you played Lotto. On that cheery note, here is the 2016 Presidential candidate profile.
|Political Selling Points||Donald John Trump||Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton|
|Unexpected spectators supposedly invited to the Presidential Debate — from the dirty tricks portion of this campaign.||Donald Trump has promised to invite: all the women Bill Clinton has ever slept with, a Benghazi widow, and Obama’s half-brother.||Hillary Clinton will be bringing: Trump’s former accountants, women that claim Donald assaulted them, and Trump University dropouts, now saddled in debt with worthless degree certificates. Okay, Hillary’s side won’t include any of these, her side’s seats will be looking empty compared to Trump’s menagerie.|
|Achilles Heal||How he treats women.||How she treats email.|
|October Surprise||“Grab them by the p***y,” Donald said that with an open mic to Billy Bush of Access Hollywood.||Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, has stated his intentions on recycling Hillary’s email server allegations, already repudiated by the FBI.|
|Years of Age||70||68|
|Candidate’s Infidelities||Donald Trump cheated on his first wife, Ivana, by having an affair with Marla Maples. Two months after Marla and Donald had their daughter, Tiffany, they got married.||Hillary Clinton never cheated on her husband. Her husband did with Monica Lewinsky, but it obviously did not dissolve their marriage. This was a basis for impeachment proceedings in a grotesquely puritanical Congress.|
|According to an NBC News voter poll who won the first Presidential Debate?||21 percent said Donald Trump did.||52 percent said Hillary Clinton did.|
|Has the candidate ever attempted to incite an assassination?||Yes, twice, most recently when he said that Hillary’s Secret Service people should not carry guns, and “Let’s see what happens to her.” The other time was when he said maybe Second Amendment people can do something about her, and her pick of a Supreme Court judge.||No, that hasn’t been a part of Hillary’s campaign strategy. She must be thinking: I want to be President, but I don’t want it so bad that I would stoop this low. (I am trying to present at least a modicum of impartiality here, but Trump is making that nearly impossible.)|
|Some of the Stronger Criticisms and/or Name-calling||A hatemonger and a demagogue||A liar, unscrupulous, and a woman|
|Core Strength||Business (where are those tax returns, Donald?)||Foreign Policy (Hillary, don’t you ever regret setting up a business/personal email server like your predecessor Colin Powell did?)|
|Core Base of Support||White males, without a college education||Women, minorities, and the college-educated|
|Why become President?||With speaking fees and such, becoming President makes you financially solvent for life. Have you ever heard of a billionaire who wanted to be a reality game show host?||Are Hillary’s motives for office purely altruistic? Is there a secondary agenda of wealth and power accumulation that she is really aiming to fulfill? Is there any evidence of that? Her aspirations seem more policy-minded than financial. Would Hillary rather have her name on important legislation than in bronze on the side of a bank? How about Trump? If Hillary’s Foundation receives more money, does she get richer in terms of salary there, or does she just get more clout to do what she feels needs to be done?|
|Vietnam War Draft Status||Received five deferments, four educational, then a four-year one for bone spurs (for either foot, he cannot recall which one; his campaign said both feet). Women could not serve.||Women could not serve.|
|Skeletons in the Family Closet||His older brother, Fred Jr., died from alcoholism at the age of 42... Fred III, Donald’s nephew, was receiving medical assistance from Donald for a very ill son. Fred III sued the Fred Trump, Sr., estate for the rest of the family’s undue influence on his grandfather’s will, at which point Donald cut off aid to Fred III’s son.||Until she backed Eugene McCarthy and an end to the Vietnam War in the 1968 Presidential Campaign, she was a Republican.|
|Excitement Metric (subject to modification)||6.66||8.88|
|Approach to Speaking Engagements||“Divide and conquer, then incite a riot.”||“Please say this concept is not above my audience’s comprehension, and I don’t come across as too aggressive.”|
|Rap Sheet||Tax returns a secret; Chinese outsourcing of his brands when he claims super-patriotism; and Trump University currently the subject of a racketeering lawsuit for fraud.||Benghazi Embassy crisis response exonerated by Congress; and creation of a private email server exonerated by the FBI.|
|Bestseller||The Art of the Deal, wherein the Donald gets every reader rich beyond their wildest dreams.||It Takes a Village, wherein Hillary gets the world on the same page for once.|
|Management Style||Ranging between forceful and bullying.||Ranging between maternal and reproving.|
|Tax Return Disclosure||Complete refusal (could he be hiding something?)||Complete disclosure going back to 1977.|
|Dream Candidate as Party Replacement||John McCain — you spend five years in the Hanoi Hilton for your country, with an untreated broken leg, you’ve earned my vote.||Jimmy Carter — our most under appreciated President. This time around no Bush, Iran hostages-Contra arms deal, so no dirty tricks to ruin your Presidency. Can he make it to age 95? Sure he can.|
|Foreign Trade, specifically the Trans Pacific Partnership||Against it.||For it, now against it.|
|Immigration||Against, or has not said one positive word about it.||We are a nation of immigrants.|
|Mass Deportations||Illegal immigrants should face mass deportation.||Against that.|
|Gun Control||Didn’t “walk the N.R.A. line,” but now he does, earning their endorsement.||Against assault weapons, but not all guns. She supports the Brady Bill mandating background checks.|
|Reproductive Rights||Was originally pro-choice, but is now pro-life (whoever sees this as political opportunism, raise your hand).||Entirely pro-choice.|
|Capital Punishment||After the Central Park jogger case was in the news, Trump posted an ad to four New York City newspapers titled, “BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY!” The Central Park Five were later wrongfully convicted and exonerated.||Is not intent on abolishing it, but feels the government should rethink its just application (I’ll say this: the day you execute someone, is the day their punishment is over forever; there have been people wrongfully executed in this country; and ISIS is more humanitarian than the U.S. — beheading, effectively guillotining, is quicker and less enduringly painful than injections, especially the recent botched ones).|
|Possible Downfall||His claim is that having an Indiana-born judge of Mexican parents decide his Trump University fraud case is a conflict of interest. Trump arrived at this because the judge knows Trump wants to wall-out Mexicans from entering America. He knows less about the law, and specifically, judge recusal based on the justice’s race, than yours truly does, and he is running for President of the United States.||Server gate is somehow Hillary’s major weakness. Goes to show how uninformed people are. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell did what she did and no one ever cared. Her major weakness, as I see it, is how close she is to big business. The other part of her platform I do not like, is that she is not entirely against the death penalty.|
|Perceived Weakness||Untrustworthy, too much the politician, misogyny, racism, lacks character, “temperamentally unfit,” antagonistic, WASPy iciness, a sandbag, the iceman, and a profiteer.||Untrustworthy, and too much the politician.|
In the interests of an informed body politic, here is a brief, but salient, Presidential candidacy comparison chart. I did not include Donald Trump because: he is our first openly fascist Presidential candidate; he readily plays the thug card by bankrolling the legal fees from his strong arm Klan rallies; and consequently deserves the vote of no true Americans.
|Political Selling Points||Hillary Clinton||Bernie Sanders|
|Guns||Against||Gun-makers should not be sued for mass-murders.|
|American War in Iraq||Voted for||Voted against|
|Israel||Gazans are the problem (2,100 mostly innocent, civilian Gazans murdered in an Israeli genocide, 75 Israelis killed in retaliation). Israeli-Americans (AIPAC) make her campaign coffer cash register go ka-ching every time she says something so stupid, yet so tragically misguided, and aligned with the politics of electioneering greed.||Straddles fence, need diplomacy.|
|Fracking||Bridge between coal and replenishable fuels (why does she always sound as though she’s backing big business?)||Federal Ban|
|Marriage Equality||Believed in since 2013||Believer since 2009, although voted against 1996’s DOMA (anti-gay legislation)|
|Wall Street||Will reform although accepted huge sums of money from there, so this sounds mostly like talk.||No conflict of interest.|
|Women’s Rights||Will be the first, all-female, White House Cabinet, with Sanders a token Secretary of the Secretaries, one increasing the Minimum Wage.||No issue with women’s rights.|
|Weakest suit||In bed with big business (Hillary was a Walmart director).||Policies are not entirely fleshed-out.|
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois||Brooklyn, New York City|
We are voting more for Bernie because of what Hillary isn’t, she’s not untainted by ethical questions, rather than what Bernie is, more a decent person, than a well-practiced politician. I know Sanders cannot win though — except for gun manufacturers, his heart’s definitely in the right place, but his campaign needed more funding, and his policies lacked extensive depth.
Hillary’s husband, Bill, another electioneering-optimized Dixiecrat, voted for legislation: against gays (Defense of Marriage Act); creating monopolies like Clear Channel (aka I Heart Radio); NAFTA; the 1994 Crime Bill that effectively ended African Americans’ lives through long-term incarceration; and dissembling Glass-Steagall, paving the way for the Great Recession of 2009.
If Santa was British...
(Note: guess when this was written?)
...He would give us the liberty, compassion, and justice for all that Great Britain has already granted to themselves in spades. Then what exactly does Great Britain do better than the United States? A few British, policy triumphs come to mind.
Say what you will about Margaret Thatcher’s policies, she was voted into 10 Downing Street in 1979, prehistoric times by American standards.
Per 100,000 people, the Brits have two percent, a fifieth, of the deaths by guns than the United States does (considering both homicides and suicides).
The British Isles are less segregated, and more racially tolerant, than the States — indicative of this is that slavery essentially ended in 1807, and nearly an entire lifetime later, in 1865, Stateside.
The Brits allow abortion upon request. The intolerant Church here in America, and in Ireland as well, prohibits pregnancy termination without even having any basis in Scripture (if God, Jesus, Moses, or any other player in the Bible, thought this ancient practice was, or would be, so abhorrent, why didn’t they explicitly prohibit it in the Bible?)
If Santa Claus was British (or if Jesus was, for that matter), he’d fix this crap that the majority of Americans have year after year learned to accept through gritted teeth. This is entirely unrelated, or maybe it is as being indicative of a wayward, misguidedly-observed, too materialistic holiday, because “Santa” is an anagram of “Satan.”
We have a President in the White House looking at a piece of paper, and deciding whether of not the people mentioned on this paper lives or dies. This has been remedied somewhat, but it is still happening, as Obama continues to regularly review a kill list.
More damning evidence of a leader unfit to hold office includes domestic surveillance programs run amok. One such program, PRISM, was even extended to include spying on international Heads of State, such as U.S.-disillusioned Chancellor Angela Merkel of superpower Germany.
Each month we should expect to hear of the uncovering of another terrorist plot, and that our billion-plus-dollar investment in domestic surveillance is paying off, but that has not happened. It is good to know that Uncle Sam the Rat is data-mining and personally rifling through our e-mail to make the World safe for the new democracy.
Why limit scouring web email accounts, or employing web traffic, line-sniffers? The means necessary to examine the entire World’s PC kit and caboodle can easily be provided courtesy of an obedient Bill Gates chomping at the bit to get on board with the NSA and their lucrative yet classified contracts.
Necessary coding of so-called ‘security backdoors for Windows,’ would not be much of an effort, today’s remote access would only need to be enhanced to not announce a session is under way. The only advanced hurdle would be cloaking the tracks of the Internet Protocol (IP) traffic, which for most subjects would probably not even be necessary. Why would you think our privacy comes before this nation’s need for local intel?
With the signing of: the Defense of Marriage Act bastardizing gay marriage; the North American Free-for-all Trade Agreement (NAFTA); the dissembling of the Glass-Steagal Act whose retention, according to financial pundits, would have prevented the Great Recession of 2009; and the approval of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 legitimizing the rise of Conservative monopolies like I Heart Radios of the World; the Right-wing, Dixiecrat Clintons further solidify their reputation as opportunistic vote whores making decisions based on political expediency, and ignoring all the ideals that their Democratic party is known to represent.
Bush would have been even more easily impeachable. With no weapons of mass destruction, and no relationship between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, 4,486 lives were thrown into the trash in Iraq, and another 2,319 in Afghanistan, so good ol’ Georgy-boy, and good ol’ Dicky-boy, could pull the wool over this rabid nation, and pretend they were doing something about terrorism.
The links above demonstrate that U.S. troops were fighting Hussein’s Republican Guard and not bin Laden’s terror cells. Then the initial reasons for our invasion there, to remove WMDs, or the second, to stop terrorism, were not justified. The rationale for the carnage then became to dust the cobwebs off our military machine and precipitate regime change; but if that was actually necessary, we should have used that military capital to topple one like North Korea’s Kim Jong-il instead.
But North Korea has no oil, so why even bother? Iraq’s oil fields, on the other hand, are now being leased to the West, and a gas pipeline can be built unimpeded in Afghanistan. So this has a happy ending to all but the thousands of dead servicemen and their families, here and overseas.
American politics, even on the Left-side of the aisle, where the down-to-Earth, good guys are often thought to be, is just an inbred system of bought-politician repression. Politicians pursue public service because they need fortune and glory. They quickly learn where they can secure reliable sources of campaign cash, and they will do anything to stay at the trough. The needs of any free-loading constituency take a much less secondary role.
American politics is just a shell game of hope, one in which we at last realize that the benefits of its touted equality only accrue to the rich. Our leaders become so cavalier over any reining in of their now largely unlimited powers, that they each week decide the life or death of the untried yet suspicious, and the entirely innocent. That large numbers of the latter are subsequently determined to only be ‘collateral damage’ hardly matters, our main interest is frightening the primitives into endorsing American-style Democracy. With these unquestioned powers firmly in hand, Presidents become boys with toys, or more precisely, angry, ‘Good ol’ boys with military and espionage toys.’
Politicians realize their glad-handing ambitions for money and over-arching influence, because our Constitution was not designed to prevent evil-enabling, populist sea changes against pacifism, privacy, or civil rights. Because the U.S. Constitution was written by slave-owning racists, key provisions on civil liberties, even with ratified Amendments, were never included.
I fail to see why no one else will call in the hand of these almost always disappointing politicians, and with them, their legal brochure, a Constitution ultimately only by and for the rich. This country looks more and more like a mistake to me, a one-World-under-Washington, power and money grab similar to the one causing the first Revolution here. Bad governance is unnecessary governance.
It is tragically naive to believe Washington insiders toil out of regard for their fellow man. To remain viable in their profession they are only looking to close deals, bump up their poll numbers, rake in the re-election cash, then secure high-paying consultancies, and book deals, when it is time to leave the Capitol to largely unearned, deferential applause. Presidents rose through the ranks by following every rule, in the hopes that one day they would push all of these aside, and write their own rules that everyone else would have to follow.
P.s. I would not say I have argument with all Presidents. I like Jimmy Carter because of his obvious strength of character as evidenced by all his work with the non-profit housing partnership, Habitat for Humanity, among other causes.
I know of little to complain about Bob Dole, in large part because was almost mortally wounded in combat while fighting for his country, for what he knew was true. As far as I can tell, he has a very clean legislative record, although as a Republican he may have had to sign on to the Right-wing religious agenda as campaign counterpoint.
I felt more comfortable with GW’s father, George Herbert Walker Bush as President, than his son, but questions about the former’s involvement in Willie Horton dirty-tricks campaigning, and his pardoning of those involved in the Iran-Contra Affair (arms for hostages deal) linger to this day.
P.p.s., if anyone disagrees with anything I have written here, do not hesitate to send me an email. Just copy and paste the passages you cannot understand, and I will attempt to explain them to you. Please don’t say the whole article is in error, Democrat and Republican judgments, because then you would be playing both sides of the fence. When arguing politics, you cannot argue both sides of an issue, unless you are a politician.
The First Presidential Recorded Audio 11/22/14. Presidents at the turn of the century seemed to be much less corrupt, and more ethical as those evidenced in the previous article. Still, they marched America right over a cliff by signing onto the Great War (which if we had lost, we wouldn’t have had World War Two as a consequence of Draconian, German terms of surrender). These are the first audio clips of American Presidents beginning with Woodrow Wilson and going all the way back to Benjamin Harrison in 1889. The further back in time the clip is, the lower that the audio quality of the clip becomes.
Woodrow Wilson assumed the role of President in 1913 (he noted a shift in the Republican Party — away from the more liberal ideals of Lincoln); William Howard Taft was installed in 1909 (makes a few pro-war points unheard of today — is each half of this speech for one of two entirely different audiences?); Theodore Roosevelt was crowned in 1901 (we would be considered the “plain” and “common” people to him, but this was only meant in the nicest way possible); William McKinley was enthroned in 1897 (given the high and mighty of his oratory was it little wonder he was assassinated?); Grover Cleveland was inaugurated in 1892; and Benjamin Harrison was coronated in 1889. (Loyal readers, guess which two of these were the Democrats.) Select a la carte, or run all, Youtube President speeches at once here.
The Wizard of Oz seemed to borrow their royal inflections — they end their self-important sentences with drawn out syllables, at a sustained, higher pitch, not a lower one. Maybe they picked up that manner of speaking at Yale, or else it was the method of oration inherited from Lincoln’s time, perhaps back to Washington, and ultimately to kings, or even to emperors.
C.S.I. will take It from Here, Boys
9/28/09. How reliable is forensic testing? Well, just ask Mr. Daniel Schuler. He is the husband of the Cablevision executive accused of getting drunk beyond all reason, getting behind the wheel, and then murdering seven others on the Taconic Parkway. Neither Mr. Schuler nor any of her friends or relatives can show you pictures of an unhappy, drunken wife with blood shot eyes, parading her alcoholism in front of her sullen kids.
Diane and Daniel Schuler
CSI Westchester tested her blood alcohol and reported a level of .19 percent. Before figuring in gender, each alcoholic drink roughly raises this level .02 percent. Apparently Diane Schuler had just polished off six shots of vodka. That is the equivalent of a six pack, or even more than six beers if she did not finish all six within an hour. Did they smell vomit in the car? Without regard to tolerance, is six plus shots of Vodka within an hour even ingestible without vomiting?
Reducing the strength of their own case, the Medical Examiner’s (ME) report stated she had six undigested grams of alcohol in her stomach, that is a fifth of an ounce, or a sip or two (28 grams to an ounce). They found an Absolut vodka bottle in her car. Instead of disposing the evidence, she must have kept it for the memories, no mention of any mixers.
The official story shocked those who knew her. Yet looking at this from the perspective of an office securing their budget apportionment, maybe it is not so shocking. This is where CSI steps up to the plate, proves their mettle, and convicts whomever may be worth convicting.
CSI Westchester’s credibility is beginning to show signs of weakening though. Despite disagreement with several experts, CSI Westchester recently cautioned that their work cannot be verified for accuracy, the incriminating alcohol would have dissipated. The ME’s Office also refused to say how the samples were preserved, and would not indicate how much the results would be expected to change.
What is more, New York State troopers originally stated Ms. Schuler did not appear to be drinking. They should know, during the six holiday periods of heightened enforcement, NYS Troopers arrest 153 drunken drivers each day. Ann Scott, the 77 year old owner of the campsite Ms. Schuler left two hours earlier, said she didn’t smell alcohol on Ms. Schuler, and would have if she had been drinking. She called home from the road saying she felt very sick, but was still fully coherent.
Was CSI Westchester a little rusty? When is the last time they led a high profile homicide investigation? Her behavior can be accountable to other causes, for instance, that she was known to have to manage blood sugar levels. A six pack by noon-time, in front of the kids? No, I would have to suggest she was having a medical emergency of some kind, such as a mini-stroke, or even a bathroom emergency (it was reported that she and her charges had just finished a greasy breakfast).
10/08/09. Interesting tidbit released today. Based on EZPass records from that fateful day, Ms. Schuler drove one 30 mile leg of the Parkway in 49 minutes, that is 37 mph in a 60 mph zone. Drunk drivers drive faster, not slower, don’t they? Not bad though, traveled 90 miles blind drunk, she could drink anyone under the table. And anyone can tell she is the type that could, too.
When you leave a room, do you leave behind DNA?
The next time you read about a very serious crime in the newspaper, check for details about the use of DNA fingering, or, as they say, DNA fingerprinting. Most major felons do not have bad colds, and are not throwing DNA-rich mucous samples in Kleenex all around the crime scene. They also are not pulling out their hair, in a painstaking effort to commit the perfect crime. So what does the CSI crew do at a crime scene if they cannot find mucous samples or pattern baldness? Does anyone have a clue?
Originally agencies such as the FBI relied on fingerprint and witness testimony to convict defendants. The problem with fingerprinting is there is not enough variation to guarantee a lifted fingerprint belongs to someone in the fingerprint database. There were no computers when one-to-many fingerprinting was in its heyday, so there was no way of matching one set of fingerprints against millions of other ones. So marches blind justice.
And in steps DNA fingering. It is a District Attorney’s dream come true. No exhaustive questioning and interrogation, no unreliable witness testimony, no legal issues in the results of forensic procedure. It is the perfect way of convicting, well, to be honest, of convicting anyone they would like to convict. In most jurisdictions, this means the arrested African American hangs. Because if a District Attorney was dishonest, wanted high-profile cases solved with a little help from CSI, and wanted to misrepresent the truth about a DNA sample, is there a jury today who would know enough about genetics to stop him?
Hey, she looks familiar.
You may say this is so far-fetched to suggest, it is foolish to even raise the point. Well then, let’s say the gun-wielding, black, balding murderer did have a very bad cold the day of the crime in question. The CSI team did their job exceptionally well, picking up all the Kleenex and hair strands, putting them in the specimen jars, and labeling them as to latitude and longitude, date, and time. Now we get to the star of our show, DNA fingering.
The standard text in molecular genetics for pre-med students, and, I would think, medical students as well, is Russell Genetics, Fifth Edition. I paraphrase it here, mostly the section on DNA tests. Deoxyribonucleic acid, according to famed geneticists James D. Watson and Francis Crick, is composed of two spiraling backbone molecules, or double helix. The rungs of this ladder are either adenine-guanine or cytosine-thymine amino acid protein pairs. These base pairs are laid side by side like logs to constitute chromosomes. Homo Sapiens, our genus and species, is composed of 23 connected pairs of chromosomes, 46 all told.
Cell tissue from the suspect is compared against the evidence from the crime scene in the following manner. A restriction enzyme is added to the cell tissue; there are only specified DNA helix the enzyme is to remove, from only specified chromosomes. By some incredible miracle of science and God, the restriction enzyme knows which double helixes need to be separated from which cell, which chromosomes in the nucleus contain the helixes, how far up a chromosome to find the helixes, how many double helixes need to be removed, and where they go after they are removed.
Well now they have their double helixes separated from the rest of the genetic and cellular material. They strip the double helixes into single helixes. Then they take the single helixes and place it on a filter that will attract the genes in question. How the filter can attract unique helix on a molecular level is pure Star Wars as far as one can tell. The final step is to shine radiation through the filter to produce the helix base pair signature, an auto radiogram. So now we have pictures of molecules, I am surprised DNA calendars are not a hot item.
For this to work at all, it must work this way, but for it to work this way you would need micro-tweezers for the job to be accomplished. Because there are no micro-tweezers, and because murderers generally don’t pull out their hair and don’t have the flu while committing criminal acts, DNA fingerprinting is really DNA fingering. It makes the detective’s and the jury’s work much, much easier. Instead of a detective having to go door to door to solve a crime, he just needs to hand over the investigation to CSI. We have been so hood winked with this technology, that if it were actually used to convict the innocent — and who is to say it would not be — we would never be the wiser.
9/10/09. The use of forensic DNA evidence is especially damning because it is supposedly proof from our creator that we are uniquely identifiable at a molecular level. Consequently, it is evidence no one can refute. Add to this the fact that a trial’s lab technicians, district attorneys, and judges have the same government employer, and it is easy to see why there is only a 10.3% felony acquittal rate.
2/01/11. For further reading, check the succinct description of DNA given by its inventor James D. Watson. Page 271 of his book, “DNA, The Secret of Life,” includes a section entitled “How DNA Fingerprinting Works” that makes perfect sense of DNA profiling. Perfect sense, at least, once the relevant, molecular, genetic encoding has been miraculously extracted from the surrounding nucleus. If you question how I can straddle the fence on such a well-established technology, then is it well-established by prosecutorial need, desire, and misapplication, or by science?
Would it be safe to say ... 5/07/12. Most everyone today thinks DNA evidence is irrefutable. Were they expert, then even I would capitulate on my contention that the technology is impossibly microscopic. The aim of its usage though, can be anything other than true. Picture a Texan or Floridian — from where they have by far the most executions, or anyone else from states where they offer the Death Penalty — acting as a juror on a capital murder trial with DNA profiling. If they remembered nothing of their science education, would they understand any of this?
DNA Profiling, a District Attorney’s Dream come True
10/07/09. Beyond the smoke screen blocking out how a prized invention works, DNA profiling consists of just two parts, extracting the DNA, and measuring the number of repeating protein molecules within these extracted segments.
Generating consistent DNA signatures from extracted genetic material sounds impossible. How can the relevant molecular DNA strands — the one of four repeating, protein nucleotides — be separated from the desired chromosomes? Beyond that, how can it be guaranteed that they invariably segment and repeat the same for every cell of every organ, yet be entirely different for any other individual?
(Biology: Life on Earth, 5th ed.)
The length of DNA fragments are measured here by the number of amino acid base pairs.
Earlier incarnations like the one above ignore tandem repeats such as AGCT AGCT AGCT —
if you have instead AGCT AGCT, there is no match, three and two sequences cannot be the same perp, you walk free.
(A is adenine, a DNA helix protein; G, guanine; C, cytosine; T, thymine.)
Compared to extracting relevant molecules, measuring the length of repeating DNA proteins sounds like a breeze. First they are lined up electrostatically, then an X-ray is shined through them. The diffraction returns the number of repeating adenine/guanine or cytosine/thymine pairs of the alleles, or trait length.
Ignoring its beneficial uses — uniting, for the first time, distant, long lost relatives — the DNA chart can also be used to implicate anyone a Justice Department decides deserves to lose their freedom. This technology’s underpinnings may be rock solid, though one should never think it’s application in the American justice system has to be. Keep in mind that district attorneys are promoted on their convictions, not their acquittals.
Psychotic Serial Killer
Psychotic Serial Killer
Regardless of what is presented in court, our system is always good enough for convicting the usual suspects, wastrels or uppity African-Americans. Check some of the evidence keeping downstate DAs busy in Francisco Acevedo’s DNA-volunteering, cold case, rape-murder charges. Read the testimonials for well-regarded Joey Bethea, a second cold case, rape-murder suspect.
Plus there is an added bonus for the prosecution, this cleans up a District Attorney’s cold case docket, another ‘miscreant’ is permanently off the streets, and the victim’s family and the entire region will be so very thankful.
DNA results from 6 people, one trait, using 2008’s equipment.
If a DA said the second one was from the murder scene,
and matched your DNA, could you offer a defense?
Welcome to Mr. Bethea’s and Mr. Acevedo’s worlds.
With a public ignorant of genetics, the District Attorney’s Office calls every shot. Were they to misrepresent your DNA chart during their courtroom presentation, would anyone know any better? In New York, your DNA can be pooled with murderers, and then mistaken for them, with crimes as small as Misdemeanor Trespass One.
One can only pray forensics gets it right. And yes, Forensics staff is chosen and paid for by the courts. Along with the judges and district attorneys, they are all employed by organizations of the state, their paychecks all have the same endorser. As a result, the deck is stacked against the defendant, the potential for abuse here is enormous. I would hope to see a jury one day reject DNA evidence. If they cannot, why would anyone need trials?
Man creates life? Remember cold fusion?
(U.S. National Library of Medicine)
Possible pairings: adenine with thymine,
guanine with cytosine (and order switched)
This week it was reported that life was created in the laboratory. This study brings to mind Mary Shelly’s tale of human-engineered life — behold Frankenstein. It is hoped Shelley’s lesson, of man falling from grace assuming the role of Creator, won’t require relearning; or that the false promise of cold fusion need not be replicated.
At the root of the process is the dispensing of adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine — DNA’s basic amino acid proteins — from four bottles. For this experiment with bacteria it took a million letter DNA signature, each letter being a single amino acid molecule, or rung, of the DNA helix.
What I have a great deal of difficulty understanding is how the smallest form of organized matter, molecules, can be joined one at a time in a chain in the order the scientist decides. One would have to think it is a chemical or electrical linking process, but how do you align four moving and invisible molecules?
Then there is cell replication. A DNA helix unzips and is filled in by surrounding amino acids brought there by knowing transfer RNA, RNA that knows which amino acids go where. The new cell, apparently within the existing cell, has a new set of chromosome instructions. What triggers the unzipping of the DNA helix, though? Given molecules have no intellect, or even instinct, how does every chromosome of, say, a human’s 46, know to unzip at once? If a growth hormone is the catalyst, what might be its name? Wouldn’t you have to know this to create life?
A $600 million grant was awarded our creator of life, Craig Venter. The backer is Exxon/Mobil, they need him to find another way of generating polluting, hydrocarbon fuel, they think it could be from his synthetic algae. Dr. Venter is patenting his creation so we should soon see details of how his equipment works, along with a look at those four bottles.
Texas and Florida Love taking the Lives of Blacks
Talk Shows Broadcast from Death Row 12/09/17. If talk shows want real action, and visceral intensity, they should have a life story interview of someone on Death Row scheduled to die the next day. Or for even more tension, make it the same day as the injection.
Prisons can accept visitors. Can there be a legal objection to having the visitor hold a camera, when it is their dying wish for a reporter to record their final moments on Earth? When the prisoner wants this, how can it be beneath their dignity?
People would see just how cruel and unnecessary the death penalty really is, and how moments of rage are paid for forever. Texas and Florida are the worst regarding the number of executions, and compare with terrorist organizations in the number killed each and every year. Capital punishment is not fairly applied, as Blacks are disproportionately sent to die.
I am surprised that firebrand host, John Oliver, hasn’t thought of this yet. He has the guts, if no other talk show host does. The hangmen in those States may object, but since when do prisoners have gag orders? Especially those with hours left on this extremely cruel Earth.
Is America worse than ISIS? 2/01/15. Assuming clean-cut beheadings, ISIS handiwork is similar in effect to the guillotine. American lethal injections would probably get the same measure of desired pre-execution dread as beheadings, but injection executions last much longer. If injections are botched (as happened recently in Oklahoma and Arizona), instead of lasting a mere twenty minutes, they can last for up to two hours wherein the dying fitfully gasp for air.
America does a much more profound, more painful job of torturing its prisoners than ISIS, with Texas and Florida doing the coma, paralyze, then seize cha-cha-cha, the most often. Since those two states continue to find a dozen or so angry young men to execute each year — since 1976 when it was legalized again by the Supreme Court — there is no real deterrent value. Florida and Texas are worse than ISIS, they commit more executions each year, roughly one per month, than ISIS has since their inception.
Charles Manson died yesterday at the age of 83. His claim that he spent his entire life in jail still doesn’t make him a sympathetic figure. There are plenty of people who have had unusually hard lives who have never become murderers. There might be a real lesson in his life though regarding capital punishment. He serves as an example of what can go wrong in life. By letting him rot in jail and having him spew his inanities, he looks bad, but the State doesn’t for not putting him down like a stray dog.11/20/17...
By the way, there are plenty of very well-decorated and revered war heroes among us who have murdered more people than Charles Manson ever did. Sure, our enemies in Viet Nam, Iraq, and Afghanistan deserved to die because they were conscripted into fighting off an invasion of Americans. 12/09/17.
Tragedy Makes me Sad, not Vindictive 1/03/17. I believe it is now time. I have to ready my Charles Manson obituary: “He brainwashed a loving family before a rather lengthy jail sentence, because he slashed to bits a pregnant Sharon Tate, et al. RIP monster.” Did he rehabilitate himself though? That is the true measure of a man’s mettle. If you dwell in Hell, and if you make commerce with Satan, can you get yourself back out?
From what I read, Manson is seriously burnt out. Death penalty advocates might learn from him regardless. He set an example for murderers with life sentences, ones that, given public sentiment, could have just as easily been executed. Death row inmates like Manson become relics of insanity, living examples of all that can go wrong with mankind. Yet they hardly bother anyone as shells of humanity. Society needs to minimize tragedy by letting the living live, not maximize it by taking down our worst — especially when they might be rehabilitated, or when their life story offers any clues why they murdered.
The same might be said of anyone else currently on death row. If you want to prevent their heinous acts from being repeated, it is instructive to keep alive the ones who perpetuated those acts so we know why they did it in the first place. Watching someone rot in jail for decades serves as a deterrent, giving someone a heart attack via lethal injection on a gurney does not have the same lasting measure of deterrence, the executed leave the public consciousness upon their demise.
Freedom and Justice for Whom? 6/25/15. What might be learned from the slaying of innocent people? For the Boston Massacre bomb placer, it is to do your best to not have a homicidal brother, and do everything in your power to make sure you choose a peaceful one. Even if Dhokhar Tsarnaev was allowed to live, he will never repeat the crime, nor will he be punished for it beyond a one hour injection, a life enjoyed for seventeen years, but not the eighteenth, one that will be terminated obscenely early by the State.
It is also interesting to note that Darenn Roof, the racist behind the Charleston massacre, was forgiven, but the one behind the Boston one was not in any way absolved. Do Blacks forgive more readily than Whites? Is a racial crime with more deaths by a factor of three, treated more lightly than a crime against the State? If I see nine dead bodies on the ground in Charleston, and three in Boston, shouldn’t the guy who killed them in Charleston have more Hell to pay?
Crimes of our State against other States though, are given a slap on the wrist. Robert Bales, the soldier responsible for the Kandahar massacre that slaughtered sixteen, entirely-innocent Afghani civilians, nine of them children, was only given a life sentence with the possibility of parole. The reason for this miscarriage of justice, is if those murdered are not American, they are not human.
Here is a little note on the level of competency of the defense given Dhokhar Tsarnaev. His admission of remorse is only worthwhile after the verdict, and before the sentencing. What is the point of saying you are sorry after the sentencing, isn’t it a little late by then? Isn’t that the one thing the Jury needed to hear? I could draw a diagram of explanation of this for these Court-appointed, ambulance chasers, but it would obviously be too complicated for them to understand.
America has 2.03 million people in prison, the most of any country in the world. China is next with 1.51 million. The U.S. has both the greatest rate of incarceration and the greatest total number of inmates.
Why are so many more Americans sent to prison than people anywhere else? In part, this is because the U.S. over-prosecutes victimless crimes. These are crimes where the criminal and the victim are the same person; and where punishment is then given to both the criminal and the victim. Victimless crimes include drug use and soliciting prostitutes (as well as prostitutes soliciting). Near 25% of the inmates in any federal, state, or county penitentiary are there for drug offenses.
God would never pull the switch, how can Texans? 4/16/10. With Europe having no need for capital punishment, why do Texas and Florida regularly empty barbiturate syringes into prisoners, prisoners strapped down to gurneys? These two states lead the U.S. in capital punishment, what drives their dying need to execute convicts? Since 1976, the state of Texas sent on average at least one person monthly to the death chamber.
Texas should have the least crime in the Western Hemisphere — they are the principality handing out the most death sentences. Capital punishment though, is not a deterrent, states with the death penalty do not have less violent crime. Does the endorsement at the polls of capital punishment by the conservative Floridian and Texan indicate they feel better knowing the heart of another one from the streets has seized?
They had a fascinating show on the Documentary Channel called The Last Supper: The Life of the Deathrow Chef. It was about an inmate chef in Texas who prepared 200 haute cuisine dinners for those about to die of lethal injection. Getting a gourmet last meal, the condemned must think: “were I treated as I am now my entire life, could I ever commit crime?”
From a symbolic standpoint, it has been shown that many, if not most, refusing their last supper were innocent, and should not have been executed. As an institution, the last supper has been thought to be a way to make the death penalty more palatable to society: see how kind we are to those whose lives we take, they will even have a full stomach before Saint Peter.
Considered from a legal perspective, capital litigation is many times more expensive than prosecuting life without parole. Beginning a 1972 to 1976 suspension of the death penalty, the Supreme Court ruled that only a fraction of those convicted of murder actually get executed, so the punishment is in no way applied uniformly.
The Vatican allows the faithful to dissent from Church dictum on the use of capital punishment, but not abortion. Benedict 16 stated Church position: one is still worthy of receiving Holy Communion whether or not you are for the death penalty.
Lastly, you may say that a kind and loving God would not execute a criminal, but who is to say our fair state cannot? Well then, your island of judication has powers comparable to those of God, you can take life with a clear conscience, you have exempted your little commonwealth from the Ten Commandments.
Will Saint Peter exalt executioners and their employers into heaven? A just God would never sanction their handiwork. Regarding a Death Row inmate, even a vengeful God would intone, “why torment him only until his early grave? Let him rot in a jail cell to the age of ninety, let him ruminate an eternity on what he did. Push back his Judgment Day until we both are ready.”
Note: the following article includes graphic descriptions of gratuitous violence. I’d have to say it is a little gross bad, not super-creepy, botched, half-dead, Oklahoma Corrections bad. Next time Oklahoma, remember that it’s coma, paralyze, then seize.
Give Blood Justice to those who Crave It 5/03/14. In the Land of the Free, capital punishment is not cruel and unusual punishment. So when you’re already terminating someone else’s life, additional torture is only welcome gravy slurry for the revenge-crazed (as citizens, isn’t execution the final rung of torture we have to offer those beneath us in opportunity?)
Obama prefers only injection-seizing the hearts of the bigger prey, but why not fry small fry like those convicted of only a murder or two? Actually, is there any point in stopping there? Execute 17-year-olds, any hated person we can railroad in court gets it, gets it ear-to-ear, just gut them like cleaned fish. Mop up this foul mess of a World. Two wrongs do make a right. Forget Moses admonition, Floridians, Texans, and Oklahomians are now the new Gods.
There are a variety of entertainments and experimentation to include with all these taxpayer-funded, celebratory, execution spectacles. They are only spare parts now anyway, so why not castrate the lot of them? Just carve them up for experiments, alive or dead, why would it ever matter? Society heals, it rejoices, from the torturing of those convicted of a crime.
We also execute prisoners to prevent crimes from happening again, so we terminate life mostly for spectacle value. Capital punishment doesn’t actually accomplish this, but it does make for a great, satisfying show. And what American does not love a live wire act?
Offer the bodies of the electrocution-burned carcasses as food for jailhouse tail-gating families. Get your money’s worth from the executioner’s work. Remember it is not gruesome work, but only God’s. Secure a Freedom of Information Act request (your government is terminating life with our money, as a taxpayer we have the right that they show us how it’s done), and have the hangman’s handiwork available on Youtube.
But why only show tape-delays, when this can be simulcast in theaters all across our great nation? Americans want blood justice, and the true American always gets what he wants, so let’s give everyone what they crave.
Sure, the innocent have been fried in the past; but what is more important, the lives of miscreants, or a cherished U.S. pastime of bloodlust? Blind justice marches on, even kicking and screaming. Good work, America. We are cementing our hard-earned reputation as this World’s enforcers. Most visibly in Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma, our violence-loving neighbors to the South, the Red, White, and Blue waves proudly over the land of blood justice.
Why don’t we have the bereaved carry out executions? 7/26/14. Instead of a ten minute execution, one in Arizona last week took two hours, prompting their conservative Senator John McCain to call it “torture.” The convict was heard gasping for breath hundreds of times. Relatives of the decades-gone victim still wanted vengeance, if not by lethal injection, then by “a bullet or Drano.”
In the desire to accommodate the loved ones of the victims, here’s what we propose. Tie down a hood over the convict’s head. Tie both of his wrists and ankles to each other. Next give the victim’s family a noose, several semi-automatic machine guns, machetes, pick axes, and claw hammers, plus the bereaved can bring any additional pain-inflicting objects we neglected to mention here. In memory of their loved one, the family can just go absolutely ape-wild on the international orange-clad former mortal, until he or she lies in a bloody pulp in a swiss cheese of former life. The State will provide disposable slaughterhouse aprons so clothes do not get mussed, and the whole escapade will be videotaped, like a wedding, to cherish as a keepsake album.
Why experience an eye-for-an-eye second hand? Why deny the victim’s family what they crave more than anything else, blood-soaked revenge. Let them fully satiate their bloodlust. Why should the State act as the middleman between the bereaved and their source of exquisite frustration and torment? Nothing will bring back the victim, or ever change the past though. But if the family does need blood, do we as a people have any obligation to step in their way? Arizonans, Oklahomans, Texans, and Floridians, if you need to murder people who are in fact murderers, at least try to make it meaningful and cathartic, and let the victim’s family carry out the execution themselves.
The True North strong and free, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee! Taking a look at my French Canadian heritage here.
To me, one of the true beauties of Canada is hearing spoken French on TV, on the streets, or in song on the radio. It’s as if angels are singing from the heavens, “Someday you will join us.” For much more to love about Canada, and Canadian humour, see Canadian World Domination.
Admittedly not always music heaven sent, this underlined link should launch your audio player to hear radio from France. It’s from Saint Malo, on the French side of the English Channel. Its proximity to England would account for the part-Anglo content. Or you can try a more mainstream one from Paris.
I’d say Canada has only one major negative regarding its public image. That would be the horrific pelt concessions. Seal fur is not allowed in the United States, but all other Canadian pelts are. Coyote and fox, for instance, are in Mr. Biggs’ and P. Diddy’s clothing line. Native people provide 3% of these pelts. The Inuit Eskimo tribe’s been hunting seals for centuries, their way of life is being eaten away by consumer revolt. Yet now even some Inuits are saying that the time has come for the hunting to stop, or at least stop the non-subsistence hunting. If you can stomach the gore, it’s an interesting subject. Here’s a report from the BBC (you’ll like the slogan on Paris’ t-shirt).
Does this get more embarrassing
with age? Even most boxers
have a full set of chicklets.
Another type of Canadian import is the game of hockey. 52% of the players in the National Hockey League are Canadian, the States are said to be next with 22%. I like hockey, the fighting though is really kind of sickening. Almost all players are not a Wayne Gretzky, a Mario Lemieux, or a Sidney Crosby, so a way for a less skilled player to better his career is by inflicting assault-level violence. European hockey leagues don’t allow violence, and, outside of boxing and golf, neither does any other professional sport. Here’s an account of a surreal hockey game that could have changed the direction of the North American game from one of skill to one of thuggery and exploitation.
Welcome to Hockey Night in Canada, like it should be.
Hockey exploits Canadians (and a few Minnesotans) 3/17/13. The National Hockey League, whose largest market is the United States, sells grudge matches for its rabid fans, and is much like professional wrestling, except with real blood. While a Canadian team has not brought home the Stanley Cup since 1993, hockey is still wildly popular there. So much so in fact, that in the 2014 Winter Olympics, both the Men’s and the Women’s Canadian hockey team brought home gold medals. America’s population is ten times that of Canada’s, even though more than fifty percent of the players in the NHL are Canadian.
The Canadian Junior league players emulate these pros. Now however, they are even emulating some of the enforcers. Little more than thugs on ice skates, an enforcer intimidates and levels the playing field against more skillful and honest teams. Violence by followers of their big league role models, even by family of these players, is becoming more commonplace, even more accepted.
If there were many more hockey players like Wayne Gretzky, you’d have a sport;
but there will only be one of him, so all you have left is a thug fest.
My paternal grandparents were both Canadian-born, and my father is a first generation American having spent many summers in Canada while growing up. He had felt (and I agree) that hockey is exploitive of Canadians. Hockey players are modern day gladiators fighting in coliseums before often angry fans. Young men hoping for a ticket to the good life are conscripted into becoming blood-thirsty animals. Professional hockey is played much differently elsewhere, in Europe, for instance. Fighting is not allowed in European hockey, the game there relies on skill — stick-handling, goal-tending, skating, checking, and strategy — but never bare-fisted brawling.
Accomplishing the College President’s Mission
Is your college or university losing the competitive edge its academics once held? How about putting palpable pressure on the students — pressure that can be felt — by adding real-time, personal GPA’s to your school’s web site?
Any grade a student receives would be automatically averaged with their GPA and placed on their spanking new, web site GPA page. Every student’s name and ID photo would be listed here, along with their hourly-updated cumulative and semester Grade Point Average, their last five grades, and to indicate trend, a proportioned, up or down arrow. Gambling on other student’s progress or lack there in, while not condoned, would never be penalized. The students’ grades would be sortable by ascending or descending GPA, so transfers, current standouts, and prospective spouses would be easy to locate.
Those near failing would receive daily emails from the University’s President to their school in box, reminding them, among other things, how much it cost them to attend Grind U. this semester, and how much their parents are counting on them to succeed. Those at the top of the list would be invited to President round tables and asked to start making alumni pledges from their meal plan’s flexi cash. Turning the screws on future alma mater has never been this effective (and this much fun).
Branded with a Four-digit Numeral, the SAT Score 10/17/11. Most college entrance committees employ scholastic fortitude tests to grade their teenage “prize bulls.” After students gauge their testing prospects, some must resort to cheating to keep up with their crowd, their ambitions, or their parents’ expectations.
59% of high school students admit to cheating on tests within the last year — aren’t these the young adults’ golden years, and their dishonesty the response to insane, mostly parent-driven pressure?
As the system exists today, wealthy mommas and poppas can financially pave the way for Junior to get into lofty Prestige U., while those deserving admission sadly ponder their rejection (Smith College, New York University, and Wake Forest skirt the cheating issue, SATs are optional there). The justification for crookedness becomes: “I will rightfully assume the position my station in life afforded me. Testing results will not keep this Vanderbilt behind the eight ball.”
Ivy League Study Helpmates 3/05/12. Each of the eight Ivy League colleges will be floating a trial balloon this fall. In an attempt to promote classroom attendance, every student, for a nominal fee, will have access to a study assistant.
If the student has been coding another Facebook, or researching their paramour’s genealogy, they can put in a call to the service the night before class. The next morning, the study aide will take notes for each of the classman’s lectures, enter them into a word processor, and return them to their door, that evening, in a bound volume.
The helper corps will be subsidized with the college’s endowment. The corps will consist of foreign graduate students who, unable to pay their tuition and/or their education loans, need to stay permanent extradition. Early evaluations of the plan have been positive, with most indicating the tractability and positive reception by the future study assistants. MIT declined participation, noting their students are not only in it for the money.
The Ivy League gives go-ahead for Dorm Room Prostitution 8/19/13. The trustees of each of the eight Ivy League colleges have agreed to permit prostitution in the dormitories. Citing research that shows students who are “chasing tail” do not get good grades, the availability of sex workers allow collegians more time to pursue their studies, not each other.
Conceived as a package similar to the meal plan, it will be called Pay as You Lay. While lines may be long, enclosed kiosk billing stations will be discrete, and built in each University’s Student Commons area. The dedicated video terminals here will have an app not dissimilar to ones of dating services. Interested students will be able to browse photos, and profiles of attractively-attired sexual associates in light, colorful clothing, placed in casual poses, then they can schedule appointments with their choices.
Students of both sexes hailed this as a great relief, especially during finals time, when stress is at its highest. Nathaniel Eaton, the
Harvard President, noted that students can double up in other rooms when their room-mates are being visited by hookers, or just sleep with their back turned, and have the stereo going.
I pledge allegiance to ... Hitler?
I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
From 1892, until half way through World War II, the official salute to the United States flag was the Bellamy Salute. And the Bellamy Salute was, for all outward appearance, the Nazi salute.
Francis Bellamy composed the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892. The Bellamy Salute was the accompaniment he proposed and it became widely accepted. When the pledge is begun, the first gesture is to salute military style, palm down, hand close to the forehead. At the point “to my flag” is recited, the arm starts extending until it looks exactly like the school child is demonstrating the Nazi salute.
A group of American schoolchildren
performing the Bellamy salute,
The outstretched arm salute was stopped by Franklin Roosevelt on June 22, 1942. The Daughters of the American Revolution, while initially resistant to the change, fell into ranks the following year. Hitler was using the salute since the late 1920s, one has to wonder why American children were posturing in the same way as a bloodthirsty dictator, and doing so for all of fifteen years.
Why would the Nazis, already up to their neck in symbolism — swastikas, the SS badge, the brown shirts, the eagle — choose as another symbol for annihilating the Jews, the same symbol used by American school children? It could be the same reason Charles Lindbergh did, it shows to the world whose side you’re on, and it demonstrates to children whose side they are on.
Repeal the Second Amendment NOW!!!
The NRA and the lunatic fringe gun crazies endanger the police, and every other American. The only way to end their pathetic trigger happy nightmare is by repealing the Second Amendment, but no organization has the guts to get behind this...
Upstate New York’s United States Senator, Kristen Gillibrand, feels safer because she owns guns. Then aren’t we all safer if we all own a gun? Shouldn’t every neighborhood be stocked with clip after clip of live ammunition? The more guns in circulation, the more trouble for the bad guys, right? Or does Ms. Gillibrand only deserve to be safer?
Consider the N.R.A.’s, and Gillibrand’s, firmly held contention that the Second Amendment of the Constitution approves the building of local munitions caches. The Constitution was written after the Revolutionary War. You don’t want the British back, you don’t have a constabulary (that is, police), then keep guns in your attic. Today, though, the Second Amendment to the Constitution no longer makes sense. We shouldn’t follow it as if it were written by the hand of God, because the U.S. Constitution sanctioned slavery as well, it is a flawed document.
Gillibrand insists she is only from a family of hunters, the joy of gun play is just part of their heritage. If part of your gun subculture enjoys killing large yet defenseless mammals, so be it, has anyone ever heard them even cry out? And for you, the hunter, the visceral satisfaction in eviscerating your next meal must be overwhelming. For the power to kill is akin to sex for some — a pure rush of endorphins.
When the scope is aimed at another person, though, in that split second, the hunter may become the hunted. There is no way of knowing if pulling back the trigger, and hitting your target, cuts down someone who actually deserved to die. You have dispensed capital justice, Albany style. You have assumed the authority of policeman, judge, jury, trial, and God.
Gillibrand is ultimately not only responsible for her own gun collection, but also for anyone that sees her as a role model in buying and firing from a collection of their own. And Gillibrand is also responsible for any murders that result from her taking any leadership role in relaxing gun control statues. Is that what the Capital District should be known as, the home of gun lovers? Is that Frontier Spirit?
The former Vice Presidential candidate proud of the kill claims
she did not influence the psychotic, anti-government crusader, here proud as punch.
Jared Loughner Point Blank 1/12/11. Now there is final and lasting proof, anyone, just anyone, in America can purchase or possess a gun. If an American has the money, and sometimes even without as much, American murder hardware is theirs. High profile targets have included John F. Kennedy then Lee Harvey Oswald, Martin L. King, Robert F. Kennedy, James Brady, and John Lennon. There have been nine presidential assassination attempts since President Kennedy’s life was taken. Low profile targets are obviously far too numerous to mention, although the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence states more than a million Americans have been killed by guns since 1968.
Far before the grinning, 22-year-old emptied a round into Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ head, he should have been under serious psychiatric observation, instead he may be facing lethal injection. It is easy to see why any prosecution would want to execute him, his life says something very, very negative about this country — and Jared would be much easier to forget if he were dead. The downside for the gun religion though, would be that any lessons from his life would also be forgotten.
Extra TV, the entertainment news show, ran a piece on Wednesday about Sarah Palin’s negative campaign ads from the fall. The ad in question showed a U.S. map with gun sights on future Congresswoman Gifford’s campaign headquarter’s location in Tucson. Sure, this is in very poor taste and one has learned to never hope for more from Ms. Palin. But Jared Loughner did not pull the trigger and gun down a 9-year-old because of very distasteful advertising. He did it because he lives in a country where gun ownership, and its use, is not only allowed, it is encouraged, by both the National Rifle Association and Sarah Palin.
Over at the N.R.A., they know how good it feels to intimidate and to kill with guns, in backwaters this defines your gender and your turf. The Boy Scouts of America and the 4H both receive money from the N.R.A. because kids need to understand early in life that it feels good to kill, really good. Along with boy scouts, N.R.A. membership also includes many military types, whose “by any force necessary” dictate was, or still is, the rule of the jungle.
By giving in to the agenda of both the N.R.A. and lifelong member Sarah Palin, the American government is just as complicit in the latest massacre as the gun locker crowd is. Washington is even more blameworthy, in fact, because the N.R.A. cannot pass any legislation without Capitol approval. If the dust ever settles in Dodge, the gun happy must seriously question their joy in “pulling trigger finger here, killing something way over there,” and, for once, consider sports where, when all is said and done, nothing ever has to die.
Hillbillies need Killing Hardware (and they vote) 1/28/13. The same parchment that permitted slavery — the United States Constitution — also extended the privilege of bearing flint-lock rifles to the non-slave, and the non-British. Unfortunately, we are still held hostage by the Second Amendment of our Founding Fathers.
The argument we hear today, and it is even heard from President Barack Obama of the Democratic Party, is that America needs gun law leniency because rural people need guns; gun use is a family activity, it brings joy to their lives. Because the hillbilly needs guns, he must be indulged because our centuries-old governance parchment says he must be indulged. The rationale continues: favor guns and you favor rural independence (they do not have supermarkets with meat products in Montana, hillbillies have no choice but to hunt for their protein).
As the recent massacres in Connecticut and Colorado demonstrate, the rural hillbilly with the assault gun rack on his pick-up truck foots much of the blame. Yet with the explosive power of gunpowder being so irrepressible, he surely deserves automatics as much as the next killer. For the hillbilly’s part, he must wonder how a New Yorker could possibly understand the significance of dressing venison for a wedding banquet.
I am not suggesting that rural people are hillbillies bunkered with arms, living and breathing guns and gunpowder. It is just that our elected representatives in Washington are not only suggesting they require guns, they are now formulating policy around this assumption. When will this country ever learn? In a modern world, no one needs killing hardware.
The National (Automatic) Rifle Association will say guns don’t kill people, people do. Yet with what are they being killed? If you take away guns, will there be mass murderers wielding steak knives? Then the NRA will promote guns as a defense against the eminent government overthrow. The NRA may want to do a quick inventory of the U.S. Military — over a million enlisted, drones, tanks, air-to-ground missiles. If someone does not like their government, owning guns will not help their cause.
The NRA has always argued that a home is not safe without a rifle under the bed; or a convenience store is not safe without a pistol under the counter. Then give everyone a gun, and maybe we can lower our tax bill by no longer needing police. Have every neighborhood organized street by street into militias. Known more recently as gangs, they already do this in Detroit, Michigan and Compton, California with breathtaking results.
Ending on a more serious note, reducing assault weapon clips from ten to seven rounds, as proposed in the New York State Legislature, does what exactly? It reduces the yield of a mass murderer by 30%? Well done, America, well done. With the long-winded rhetoric heard from our public officials, and with this country’s growing arsenal, can it be long until we see still more TV images of Americans, young and old, grieving or covered in blood?
P.S. Living in this country and writing about its love of lethal weaponry, may make the gun nut look for revenge. Isn’t that what this violent country stands for though — assault for difference of opinion?
The GOP says bring on the Machine Guns 3/21/13. The assault weapons ban was just killed in the Senate two days ago. Democrats caved in to all their gun-nut constituency and NRA pressure; and Republicans — voted in by those who embrace both gun rights and guns themselves — remembered who footed the bill for all their Washington hijinks. These clowns’ first priority is not the public good, they are there to line their pockets with NRA cash — they are a disgrace.
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A conservative commentator on NPR said recent massacres did not use assault
rifles. I may be mistaken but the weapon used in Columbine and shown
here is not just a rifle, it is a semi-automatic assault rifle, a 9 mm TEC-DC9.
To senators in favor of circulating more machine guns, an AK-47 is what manhood is all about. Instead of their wife, they would love to cuddle up with a hard shaft of steel. Assault rifles really get their juices flowing. They rub up against it, they rub it down, they give it names.
Let us listen in on Senator Reapenmore’s conversation with his gun: “Let me hold you close, my sweet darling, my peppy machine gun. Don’t tell anyone you are a machine gun, Doreen. I cannot hunt with you because machine guns swiss-cheese the haul, and you don’t need to hunt to own a semi-automatic. This is our secret. Come to me, Doreen. Oh, your blue metal feels so good against my supple hands. Let me caress you.” Smash, crash, clash, clatter. “Oops, didn’t mean to blow out a window. Barbara, where are you going? Doreen, where is Barbara going? My wife of twenty years, if she cannot understand my love of killing hardware, who needs her, Doreen? Barbara will never understand what it is to love a gun. I will never let a wife come between us again. Senators wives are a dime a dozen anyway, they know guns are put up, or shut up.
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This is a Smith & Wesson M&P15, the same model used in the 2012 Aurora Massacre.
Feed system is a 10 or 30-round detachable box magazine.
I bet plenty of people hunt with this, they take home swiss cheese venison.
Again, this is not an assault rifle?
“From here forward, it is just you and me, Doreen. Doreen, I almost forgot to tell you, I have the greatest news. The NRA gave me an extension in the mail — a huge, political action committee check. I will be in Washington six more years, forget the sales job at the Farmers’ Car Lot. I look forward to serving you Doreen and all the lovely gun nuts — I mean gun enthusiasts. Doreen, today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. They say I am only in it for the money, well I am. What was my point? Doreen, yes, yes ... Yes, Doreen ... You mean the world to me.
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This is a Bushmaster XM-15, the same model
used in the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre.
If this is not an assault rifle, what is?
“Doreen, back on the farm we would cull the weaker ones in the herd, they would be slaughtered for their meat. That is all Sandy Hook was, it was just an exercise to cull some of the weaker ones from the herd, so we can all be free. It is just culling, Doreen. They must understand, we need to cull, cull the weaker ones. Then it’s just social control, keep the lefties in their place. We’re the patriots, this is our country to do as we see fit. I am proud America is filled with guns, we need more and more of it. More and more culling ...
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! “Doreen!!! I shot myself with your love!!! This is agony Doreen!!! I never knew this pain, beyond excruciating!! I cannot cry, almost shock! The blood, my blood! OWWWWWWW, C*S*K*R!!! OWWWWWWW, M*F*K*R!!! OWWWWWWW, C*S*K*R!!! OWWWWWWW, M*F*K*R!!! OWWWWWWW, C*S*K*R!!! OWWWWWWW, M*F*K*R!!! OWWWWWWW, C*S*K*R!!! A gallon of my blood, spilled everywhere. Doreen, I will always love you. Mommy, help me, Mommy — help me, please Mommy! ...” †
The moral: in Washington DC, guns and money are more important than people’s lives. This is the lingua franca of the Republican Party. Any Republican will gladly tell you that, even moderate Democrats would do so as well. The GOP would say if a massacre happens again on their watch, just bring on the machine guns, their work is never done.
† Crying for one’s mother is from Vietnam, specifically the nonfiction book and movie, Born on the Fourth of July. A soldier in Ron Kovic’s squad had been shot and was bleeding to death, and that is how he tried to lessen the pain. I cannot recall, they may have just shot him to take him out of his misery — a mercy round, a coup de grace. The dying had no such luck in Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech, Columbine ...
Would the World be a better place with or without guns? 11/07/14. What this World needs today is a Global Weapons Meltdown Day whereby every nation of the World and each of its citizens surrenders their weaponry to have them recycled into plough shares. When everyone finally accomplishes this, we will have entered the Kingdom of God as prophesied by scripture. Of course, we may have to do this when it’s already too late to save what is left of humanity.
One may think gun extinction (as opposed to gun proliferation) would be impossible, but if there was enough momentum and participation, it could reach critical mass, thus toppling the World’s military-based power structure. Army soldiers across the globe would abandon their posts, and the desire to murder one’s fellow man would be relegated to history as just another barbarism of mistaken aggression, aggression for sins never forgiven by a people whose tragic flaw was a lack of magnanimity (there could even be a Global Armed Services Walkout Day as well, only needing one World player to capitulate before the dominoes fell everywhere).
Now imagine if gun manufacture and supply were as illegal as the supply chain of heroin — because both are just as deadly. The weapon surrender programs that are needed to ban these guns have been run locally but never nationally and globally. When most finally agree on disarming, that window of opportunity might already be jammed shut by defensive posturing on a dystopian level. Better a weapon meltdown, than an incensed populace meltdown, one who is cocked and locked to the teeth.
Without the NRA, Dylann Roof is a Racist, and not a Mass Murderer 6/19/15. There is a tremendous amount of finger-pointing going on in America after our most recent massacre. The hynotic, homicidal effect of the Confederate Flag, of all things, has been blamed as being the culprit for the murders down in Charlotte. Sure, it is in really atrocious taste to fly the Southern Cross — the emblem of slavery — but it never pulled the trigger of an assault weapon. Then, many Americans blame the media, but the media did not provide the hardware for use by an unstable, homicidal racist named Dylann Roof.
People searching for the cause of the bloodletting also blame the violent nature of America and its military, one who has destabilized and invaded Iraq, Afghanistan, and Viet Nam. Yet their mission is not to hand out Glocks, Derringers, and AK-47s, to anyone who wants them. Or they blame the White Supremacists, known terrorist organizations, but one not existing to disperse guns, and one not working to put elected officials on the ballot to legalize assault rifles, and bring carnage to fruition.
No, the only ones who want guns everywhere in this country, and that have the powerful, lobbying fire-power to make it all happen, the ones who made easy gun availability for Dylann, and who made the Charleston massacre a reality — with surely more to come — is the real American terrorists, the National Rifle Association. The NRA makes it possible for anyone, even someone as crazy as Dylann, to load a clip into an assault rifle, and empty it into innocent people’s brains.
No other nation has our problem with murder equipment. Even considering our long, and embarrassing history of bloodshed, we still have not learned our lesson, and it doesn’t look like we ever will. Gun control advocates will not even attempt to deal with the cause of America’s mayhem, and the source of the NRA’s power, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, even though polls show the votes are there to repeal it. Jim Brady acolytes would be out of a job if there was no longer a problem to fix.
The NRA will tell you that we need guns to fend off the government — along with their tanks, their air-to-ground missiles, their five armed services divisions, their drones... If the American government makes NRA gun crazies crazy, then go find another country to terrorize.
Until the Second Amendment is repealed, as Prohibition was repealed, it will only be a matter of time until the next pools of blood form such as those in Columbine, Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech, and now Charleston... Otherwise, good luck, America, eventually your part of the country will be next. Thanks to the NRA, there are guns in your neighborhood and in every neighborhood, and unless the NRA is stopped, or the Second Amendment is repealed, they always will be.
You might have noticed that President Obama will never speak out publicly against the NRA. If he did, his head would get blown off. That is the definition of a terrorist organization. Then how does the American government treat terrorist organizations? The NRA is a non-profit, it’s 501(c)(4), somehow they fooled Washington into believing they promote "social welfare" (or they just lobbied for it, and paid off enough politicians with Political Action Committee dollars). So if an organization promotes the use of guns used in murdering people, and they are tax-exempt, doesn’t that make Al Queda tax-exempt as well?
Repeal the Second Amendment — NOW!!! 10/02/15. There is only one way for America to end its semi-annual carnage, and that is to repeal the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Gun control advocates just waste their time and our money claiming background checks are the key.
The real solution is reversing one of the two mistakes the Founding Father clowns made when they wrote that we have, “The right to bear arms — and use them to murder innocent civilians,” thus making it the law of the land. The second faux pas the clowns made, leading to over a half million deaths in America’s Civil War, was to legalize slavery in the Constitution. Considering that Washington and Jefferson both owned over a hundred people apiece, one cannot say the Second Amendment was the work of a higher order of intelligence — they were just self-interested, hypocritical racists.
I’m not so sure you can even blame the National Rifle Association anymore, who are the closest we have to domestic terrorists in this country besides those two young brothers up in Boston. N.R.A. gun crazies are just capitalizing on a grossly defective United States Constitution. It’s almost like exploiting a loophole in the tax code, although people cheating on their taxes aren’t normally associated with funerals.
New Vocabulary for a Gun-free America 1/08/16. With President Obama’s town hall meeting last night about limiting access to guns, Other Letter is going one step further by introducing a New Vocabulary for a Gun-free America.
Without further ado, the Founding Fathers’ Second Amendment becomes “Founders’ sanction as slavers to hold down African Americans by any means necessary.” The term gun owner becomes “a gun crazy,” one who has cultivated mortal enemies real or imagined, one who thinks they can take the law into their own hands, and one who thinks the coolest thing in the World is murdering someone out of revenge (just like you’ll see in every Quentin Tarantino movie).
The National Rifle Association is “a legalized, tax-exempt, domestic terrorist organization,” one whose sole reason for being is to put murder hardware into the hands of as many people as possible. A hunter is a “queerly sadistic, murderer of defenseless wildlife” — or if we can call a spade a spade, just call him, “a queer.” (If you need to empty the bullets of a rifle into the skull of another living being to make you feel as though you’re a man, I’m sorry, but you’re a queer.)
How many more massacres must Americans witness before they pull their heads out of the sand (and their asses) and they repeal the Second Amendment? Unfortunately, even in the New Vocabulary, the number of massacres is infinite.
Because to quote the average American: “Er, derr, the Founding Fathers are my Gods, they gave us McDonalds and Walmart, and the Land of the Free. Just because they legalized slavery and legalized the guns to keep slaves enslaved, it didn’t bother them if their property ran away, you just holler and Aunt Jemima come running home to make din-din flapjacks. Guns had nothing to do with keeping property in line, guns are only about freedom, the American Way, and the American Dream. Put a gun in every house, er, derr...”
If this site ever gets traffic, I will pull this article, because we live under the rule of legal terrorists known as the NRA, and because you just about need police protection if you want to tell the truth in America.
Unless the Second Amendment is Repealed, the Bloodletting will Last Forever 6/12/16. Without the National Rifle Association’s passion for warm guns, Omar Mateen is only an angry young man, not the biggest mass murderer in American history. The Islamic State, or ISIS, may account for forty murders each year in the States. The NRA, on the other hand, bankrolls political campaigns. In return, Congressmen pen permissive gun laws, which account for thousands of murders annually.
Yet to resolve America’s bloodlust we need to go further upstream, to the source of the NRA’s power, the American Constitution. Looking at the NRA’s invincible track record, the only way that they will ever be stopped is by the repeal of the Second Amendment.
As a sidebar, while most are calling to end access to guns, Trump is striving for comic effect. He prays for the end of Islam and sees the slaughter as an opportunity for self-congratulation — he knew all along that Muslims, or at least the non-Western ones, are the enemy. The tragic part, of course, is Trump is NRA-endorsed, and to him, it is not the murder hardware that kills people, it is the religion of Islam.
So to that end, Trump wants to not allow Muslims in this country. Which raises another point, after the next abortion clinic gets bombed, should the comings and goings of all Christians be monitored?
These tragedies are not being remedied in any sense, because they can’t be, our governing U.S. Constitution presents no legal objection to lethal assault weapons. The founding plantation gentlemen needed guns to hold down their slaves, but with today’s protective agencies (police, armed services), there is no longer any legitimate need for civilians to own them.
Without a Repeal, why even raise your eyebrows about what happened in Orlando, because this is the semi-annual slaughter in the Land of the Gun (yes, the San Bernardino carnage was December 2, 2015); and it will happen, oh, at least once a year, every year, for the rest of your life. You can pretty much count on it, because we are not in Canada or Great Britain, who never had a Second Amendment to live with, and have a fifth and a fiftieth lower murder rate, respectively, than the good ol’ U.S. of A.
Four more points to address. One is the horrific casualties we and our enemies have suffered after our foreign invasions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Viet Nam. The blood spilled there was exponentially worse than what happened in Orlando, yet America did not raise any stir at all about its war machine.
Second, we could ban assault rifles as they kill the fastest, and then just allow hunting rifles. It is just that if you leave the door open, just a bit, the NRA goon squad will have America back on the assault rifle standard in no time.
Third, is it true that if we outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns? Great Britain has no guns and no gun crime, so this contention is wrong. “Then, what about all the outstanding guns in circulation,” John Q. and Jane Q. Public asks. When game-filled Australia outlawed firearms they had a very successful gun buyback program. Most would choose a nice chunk of change in their wallet over a murdering device.
And lastly, this is not a hate crime, or a crime of terrorism, at its soul, this is a gun crime. President Obama knows that if the gun supply was cut off, these sickening crimes would never happen again. He knows how to do it, too, and that is campaigning for the repeal of the Second Amendment. Obama is also a family man, and even though the job does entail the risks of a martyr, he has absolutely no intention of becoming one. This is why he makes no mention of the NRA in any of his speeches, none at all.
For all his admirable courage in volatile areas such as Civil Rights, when it comes to gun control, paradoxically, this President is a complete coward. A Clinton Presidency would not be much different, and in a Trump Presidency, the Donald would be promoting gun use to the great peril of this nation.
No one in federal office is allowed to speak out about the NRA, it is verboten. Bloomberg tried for awhile, but he hasn’t gained any traction. Politicians may even say they cannot make mention of a private organization, but would they say the same about the KKK, or neo-Nazis? — which are similar terrorist fronts. I have never heard Obama say the acronym, NRA. Is it even included in his vocabulary?
Without the Second Amendment, Alton Sterling is still alive. 7/07/16. This is what is wrong with the Monday morning quarterback analysis of cops shooting Blacks. If we start with Ferguson, the cop in that unfortunate death was never known as a racist. He was young and incompetent, he lost his cool, and his training was deficient. Obviously, no one committing petty offenses should be treated as if it was a capital one.
Alton is a different story. He had a gun. If America ever decides to protect its people by repealing the Second Amendment, this killing never happens. Pretend you are a cop, and someone who doesn’t make their living legally reveals a gun. Say what you like, but the CD knock offs that Alton was selling are not a higher calling, already there is an aura of criminality. Yet with the Repeal, he doesn’t have a gun to brandish, happy ending, end of story, no one cares how he makes his living. Yet he did have a gun, which when seen by most people, especially by cops, is a lethal weapon, even more so when placed in untrained hands.
This is where the truth gets really nasty. Poor people commit more crime because some of them need the money desperately. Who do you profile? Well, Madoff is one, but white collar criminals are few and far between compared to those who are scraping by, because if you are comfortable, you hardly need to steal. Crime is a function of economic disparity. Moreover, who did we oppress with segregation, with “separate but equal” legal barriers to advancement? You tell me, who do you profile? Either you legislate opportunity, or you are left with incompetent policing cleaning up the mess from economic wrongs.
Thanks to Thomas Jefferson, and his slave-owning plantation buddies, we live in the Wild West. He had to hold down his slaves with guns, so he put it in the U.S. Constitution that he could. America just doesn’t get it, this is a tragically unsafe place to live. The government won’t protect us, because legally it can’t. Thomas Jefferson said, "Everyone can have a gun, because I need to enslave Africans." When you think of the devastation this and the slave clause has caused, Jefferson is a war criminal. Just note how this is an Amendment to the Constitution, not part of the original work.
There are never any happy endings with guns. Nothing will ever, I mean ever, change with the homegrown and continual, American carnage until the Second Amendment is repealed. The final chapter of the American slaughterhouse saga is the buyback of guns at a substantial premium, as Australia did when it shut down its Wild West. As much as America loves to kill, they love money much, much more. Remember that without guns, the psychotic and/or incensed can kill no one.
With their dereliction of duty, American politicians are the clowns at large who are ultimately and criminally responsible for this mayhem. The ones taking NRA money especially deserve our condemnation, or those who won’t speak out against these domestic terrorists. Let’s be honest, though, every last one of them is a coward who will never, ever say a single negative word about the Congress-owning NRA. Their vocabulary does not even include the word, “NRA.” One cannot begin to solve a problem until one can name a major obstacle in the way of solving it. I loath using the n-word, but at least in this regard, that is all President Obama is: ineffectual, a coward, and one accomplishing nothing.
You can tell Afghanistan is no physical threat to him, or by extension, the rest of this country. We know this because he has no compunction sending more and more troops there to kill and be killed — and yet he speaks openly about it, and unlike the NRA, he fears no retaliation from Afghanistan. (Then how might waging war there ever stop terrorism? Don’t kid us, Barack, there is the Trans-Afghanistan oil pipeline being built through there.) Yet he will not even utter the acronym, “NRA,” in public. He stays ensconced in the White House, getting his ol’ U.S. Foreign Invasion Groove on, but will do nothing to save those at home. Obama has entire divisions of the Federal government protecting him; by writing this, I am at greater risk, and my police detail is shared with a million others.
He should not feel entirely alone though, before him we had: the Baby-Bastard President (he doesn’t win too many points from me for sending over four thousand servicemen and women to their deaths on false pretenses), the Dixiecrat, and the Senile-Nincompoop. They all feel they can just prance around, pretend they have it all under control, look pretty for the camera, and get rich with speaking and engagement fees when it comes time to exit the Oval Office. They think they got everything going on, that everyone else is a loser, when they are, in fact, the biggest losers of all for neglecting their electorate, and for maintaining their own separate agenda from those who got them into elected office in the first place.
This latest in New Orleans and Minnesota (and what do you know, Dallas has just reported in their dissatisfaction by using cops as target practice) is more politico opportunity for story time, just another yarn to spin. America, where life is cheaper than anyplace else on this Earth. Why aren’t these rampages happening in Great Britain? Because they do not have any Second Amendment endorsing murder.
Finally, on WNYC-FM, New York City, National Public Radio (NPR), a District Attorney said the way to counter crime is opportunity, or employment and education, as well as decent housing. These are long-held goals of a just society going back to Lyndon Johnson’s Presidency, and his War on Poverty. Yet if you truly want to seriously curtail the murder rate forever, it is very simple, do not give an entire nation a license to kill as the Second Amendment does. Repeal it. After slavery, it was America’s and the Founders’ worst mistake.
Profiles in Cowardice by the Executive Clowns 7/17/16. Obama should pen a book entitled, Profiles in Cowardice, wherein he explains to the American people why he never once uttered the word “NRA,” while in public office. It would seem to most, including myself, that if there exists an organization whose sole purpose is to arm Americans to the teeth with assault rifles, as is the NRA’s mission, you might want to speak out about it, even just once would be nice.
Yet going back to the Dawn of Homemade Warfare, the massacre in Columbine, not a single President has said anything negative about the organization standing in the way of a civilized America. As the most partial of atonement, Americans really need to have each of these Presidents write as to why they are yellow-bellied cowards, because as we wait and wait and wait, more and more and more people buy a gun as they come off the assembly line, and then use it on people they have a gripe against. What adds to the problem is that the Presidents all hunt, even Obama loves the feel of a warm gun.
Incensed or insane people can only kill when their government allows them to have the hardware to do so. Repeal the Second Amendment, and set up gun buy backs, or else the carnage will really start in earnest. As for the Congressional and Executive jackasses’ exhortations that passive prayer will somehow right the wrongs of the NRA, and our defective Constitution, well, that has not worked before, why would they ever think it will work now? 7/17/16.
The South’s Second Chance at Freedom 7/21/16. With all the gun trouble in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Orlando, and New Orleans, and their whacked-out open carry laws, what we need to do now is allow the South to secede, just like Scotland tried to do in Great Britain. The only difference is that while the Scots failed, here the South won’t fail, we won’t let them.
Southerners can take their: regressive religion, love of warm assault guns, racial bigotry, hatred of gays, and backwards views of reproductive rights. Then have them make do with their own trailer trash culture as they build a new nation, a new Confederacy, one founded in liberty for the Whites. We say, may they burn in Hell, and given the time of year it is, they already are there anyway. Any White Southerner reading this is just drooling at the prospect of sovereignty; and any African-Americans that are unfortunate enough to be still left living there, will now be high-tailing it up North.
Yet if you, or someone you know, is so unfortunate to live South of the Mason-Dixon Line, we invite you to join the "Sexit" movement. Just get a #2 pencil, a notebook, and start collecting signatures by heading down to your nearest Winn-Dixie Über-shopper Super-emporium. Wear one of those two-sided placards, and have it read, “The South will rise again! Sign here!”
Good riddance to the South, especially to the most despicable of them all, the Texans. All of you wanted your independence in the Civil War, well now you can finally get it. Just to keep your kind out, we will be building a second wall keeping the Southerners where they belong, in steaming, Holy Hell. This is besides the Trump wall that we will probably start building in December to keep out the Mexicans. Then why not have a third wall to prevent the Midwesterners from spreading their gun crime and intolerant, moral decay, as they are hardly any different from the Southerners.