A Screw-Up’s Nuts & Bolts M.O.

This a.m., I gave a listen to the live coverage of Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing.

From the right side of the aisle, many of her Republican Senator cohorts took to shamelessly, inordinately heaping on their praise; some even going so far as to answer the very questions, which they had prepared for her. It’s as if they had deemed her so incompetent that, sans their help, she’d be at a loss for words? I kept on yelling at my radio,

“Damn it, Mr. Republican, you’re not the one applying for the freakin’ job! She is! Why don’t you just let this book-smart woman speak for herself? America and the rest of the world would rather hear her out!”

Re the left side of the aisle, I can only hope that the Democratic Senators’ oft insightful, people oriented guidance will, someday, help correct her lifeless, blah, corporate myopia; help her more clearly see our Founding Fathers’ vision for America.

To cite one example, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), had expressed his concerns re Barrett’s talks with Donald J. Trump. He then asked, pointedly, if her nomination had been contingent upon her taking orders from the Oval Office.

In other words / my own words…

If confirmed, would Barrett help Dictator Donny subvert the highest court of the land? Flagrantly aid and abet his, reprehensible voter suppression plot? Allow him to stay in power until he’s 100+ years old? Willfully collude to help him burn up the U.S. Constitution and burn down America?

While Barrett did insist that there had been no such discussion, what if Trump had asked her a more… wink – wink… general question; oh, say, “Will you ALWAYS rule in my favor, NO MATTER WHAT?” After all, that would be the ONE and ONLY qualification that’d ever be of interest to him.

Obviously, such a Q would only require her “Yes!”; and with nary a mention of voter suppression, to boot! Furthermore, would that 3-letter, monosyllabic, 1-word reply even qualify as a discussion?

Let’s discuss this more abstractly, too. What about Barrett’s outside the courtroom conduct?

My thoughts now flashback to Barrett’s 09/26/2020 public White House appearance; known to our pandemic experts as a COVID-19 superspreader event; known to off-the-record White House staffers as The Rose Garden Massacre; a.k.a. the suspected ground zero site, where Trump, himself, had gotten infected.

Think of it! Against the backdrop of the worst global pandemic to plague humankind since 1918, Barrett showed up at her White House coming out party sans mask. Granted, she had already been infected with and recovered from COVID-19. Even so, one would think that this debutante would’ve walked away from her sickbed with a newfound concern / respect for the rest of humanity?

Even if grand scale thinking is above her pay grade, could she not localize it? What of her husband and kids? Their extended family? Circle of friends? Coworker networks?

And, to put another legal spin on this, how could a law and order judge, no less, ever be a party to reckless / public endangerment? Depending on the harm done, that crime is either a misdemeanor or felony.

Barrett’s Rose Garden appearance, in itself, attests to her disregard for time-honored science; which, regardless of which courtroom she’ll call “home”, it’ll not bode well re her rulings related to Obamacare, women’s rights, climate change and the pandemic, etc. BTW, when Senator Leahy had asked her how many people, stateside, have tested COVID positive, she couldn’t even ballpark it.

From what I’ve witnessed, so far, I’m deeply concerned about this SCOTUS judge wannabe’s cavalier attitude. But why would that even be surprising to any of us? Just take a gander at who nominated her!

While there’s little doubt that Amy Coney Barrett knows the nuts and bolts of the law, it’ll be her interpretations that’ll screw everything up.

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Amy’s Anagrams

PREFACE: As we know, all too well, the ethics barren, Donald J. Trump has nominated U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett for a position on the U.S. Supreme Court. In a sense, her nomination is akin to the fake prez giving her his (hopefully figurative) hug. As is true with virtually all of Trump’s tyrannical cronies / hacks, she has the preexisting cloud of corruption / conflict of interest billowing above her noggin; the dark storm cloud, which color coordinates with her black judicial robe.

QUESTION: Via the anagram, might Amy Coney Barrett’s very name lend itself to further analysis of this partisan, impetuous, on steroids, politically turbocharged nominating process?

DISCLAIMER: It was necessary to add one, lower case “d”, to facilitate the sentence’s flow.

RESULT:

OY, TYRANT EMBRACE(d)
BY A MERCENARY TOT!

Yep, with the exception of that (d), that sentence twice spells out AMY CONEY BARRETT!

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And the Fly said, “HELP ME!”

To properly “unpack” the content from last night’s 90 minute long debate between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice Prez Mike Pence, it could easily exceed 90 minutes. Were that to happen, it’d also turn off you, the reader, who’s likely ISO thumbnail political analysis, STAT! Ergo, I’ll try to mitigate the word count.

Suffice to say, this debate left much to be desired.

For starters, I found it particularly irritating / infuriating how Harris got repeatedly interrupted by Pence, who had deemed it his undeserved, gender birthright to dominate both his opponent and moderator Susan Page.

Also, Harris had missed some key opportunities to more forcefully refute the always running off at the mouth, running overtime, evasive Pence, who was doing little more than regurgitating the paint-by-numbers, hackneyed and (damned near always) disingenuous Trumpian talking points.

To be fair to Harris, this liberated man fully understands how women are harshly and unduly criticized for the same level of assertiveness, which men are complimented for. No doubt, her awareness of this odious bias toned down her debating rhetoric and style.

Seeing how I’d be remiss not to cite at least one specific debating moment, let’s discuss how Pence had, point blank, challenged Harris to state whether or not, if empowered, the Biden Admin would stack the Supreme Court; i.e., via the addition of liberal judges.

Of course, Harris and Joe Biden have deemed it wise to avoid answering yes or no in such forums. Their rationale is sound due to the complexity of this issue. More to the point, it’s damned near impossible to shoehorn any meaningful dialogue into a debate format that’s hindered by time constraints and regimented questions ISO soundbite, catch phrase replies.

Ergo, Harris opted to pivot, instead; point out how the Trump Admin, itself, is all about stacking / loading up the Supreme and Circuit Courts with lifetime appointee ideologues.

Aside: We are talking about judicial hacks who are best described as arch-conservative, under-qualified and oft incompetent.

The Senator’s response was satisfactory, yet, a much better zinger could’ve gone along these lines:

Mr. Pence, tell me, tell all Americans, just how the 67 percent conservative Supreme Court bench, which both you and Donald J. Trump lust for, fairly represents / evenhandedly serves an America that’s ONLY 35 percent conservative?

Reminder: These are my words.

And if time permitted, Ms. Harris could’ve even pointed out that judges are not supposed to be wearing MAGA hats; or for that matter, brown shirts and white Klansman robes / hoods.

Even the fly, which had landed on Mike Pence’s snow white tresses could smell the stench; the white nationalist / Fascist state shit, which, just like a nasty COVID-19 plume, wafts all around the Trump / Pence camp.

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BONUS CLIP:

The U.S. Extreme Court is Coming!

 

Preface: Regrettably, women maintaining full, legal control over their own bodies, rarely, if ever, is assured. While, in a perfect world, they’d rarely, if ever, need to seek abortions, such perfection rarely, if ever, is attainable.

Ever since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s demise, misogynistic senators have been in hog heaven, while waddling about DC’s metaphorical barnyard and wallowing in its standard issue mud puddle. They’ve been gleefully oinking, snorting and squealing about getting another crack at loading up the U.S. Supreme Court bench with, yet, another intolerant, injudicious ideologue.

Hell, these porkers have already summarily approved Donald J. Trump’s nominee; even though they know not who “The Chosen One’s” chosen one will be. All we really know is that the fake prez will be handpicking a woman, who is only a woman at the XX chromosome level. Functioning only at an atypically inconsiderate level, she will strike down Roe v. Wade; thereby, eventually, rendering all abortion (maybe even contraception) illegal.

Of course, such a political approach rarely, if ever addresses the root cause of abortion’s demand; namely, poverty. The  rarely, if ever answered question:

Why should rock-a-bye baby raising be a bough breaking, break the bank prospect?

Such a discussion could go on and on, but for the sake of brevity, let’s now cut to the chase.

Each and every feminist, now dwelling within Donny’s Dystopian America, must prepare herself for life overruled by a radical Supreme Court; an Extreme Court. In response, she must militantly nail her manifesto to her boudoir door to proclaim:

“So long as congressmen and judicial hacks insist on controlling women’s bodies, I will be controlling men’s bodies. If the only way for me to prevent problem pregnancies is to avoid sexual congress, then so be it!”

Perhaps, at that juncture, knuckle dragging senators’ feminist-idled gonads would cause them to go mad, leaving them little choice but to surrender to womankind’s demands for gender equality and the right to choose?

Granted, such a scenario is neither practicable nor sustainable. At best, this only illustrates the extreme measures it would take to trump Trump’s mucked up, U.S. Extreme Court; if that’d even be possible.

 

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If we build it, fair play will come?

 

The intent of America’s Founding Fathers had been to establish a Supreme Court staffed by non-partisan, scrupulous judges, whose main function was (still should be) to deem laws either fair or foul. Sounds straightforward enough, huh?

To employ a baseball metaphor, that’d make each judge akin to an umpire who declares base hits / line drives EITHER fair and in play OR foul and out of bounds.

Expanding on that trope, just as umpires are not supposed to be rewriting Major League Baseball’s rule book, judges are not supposed to be rewriting laws / the U.S. Constitution.

Granted, there are times when judges must strike down foul laws. And in that sense, this is legislating from the bench. Obviously, that’s not all bad. At that juncture, it merely becomes incumbent upon the actual legislators to mitigate that judicial power; i.e., by enacting unprejudiced legislation that’ll pass subsequent Supreme sniff tests.

Let’s look at this from the fair-minded baseball fans’ perspective, too. Just as we’d never want to witness an umpire wearing a hometown baseball cap / waving a home team pennant behind home plate (or anywhere else on the damned diamond), we sure as hell would never want to see a SCOTUS judge donning a dumb-ass MAGA hat or waving a freakin’ Trump flag.

Factoring in the odious Trumpian republic, for which that flag stands, We the decent People would never want any of HIS damned judges donning brownshirted or white robed / hooded uniforms, either.

Truth be told, tyrant Trump no longer even attempts to hide his raw, rabid racism and every other nasty “ism” known to humankind. As such, not unlike his (figurative) Fascist diaper, he’s been loading up HIS Supreme Court (lower Federal courts, too), with judges who wind up forever beholden to him.

Seeing how Trump already owns HIS supreme cronies, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, they’ll be doing their damnedest to pleasure him / permit him to muck up free elections with impunity. Talk about a corrupt quid pro quo, huh? So much for non-partisans, huh?

Let’s shift gears a bit. America has a wealth of racial, ethnic, gender and religious / secular diversity. Should not our Supreme Court Bench actually reflect everything positive associated with each of those qualities?

More to the point, seeing how, as of 2018, 35% of Americans describe themselves as conservative, 35% as moderate and 26% as liberal, what part of Trump stacking HIS court with a conservative 6 to 3 majority involves justice for all?

Considering that formidable 61% moderate / liberal bloc, it’s, indeed, astounding how the 35% conservative minority still dominates and debases the political playing field.

As such, it would prove difficult to usher in the much needed and long overdue Supreme Court image makeover; one which could, someday, see those 9 judges mirroring America’s robust, full-bodied diversity.

Hell, factoring in Trump’s looming Fascist overthrow, even hopes for a 3 liberal – 3 moderate – 3 conservative split would be asking for too much.

Would it shock anyone were he to fire these Supreme Court judges after the November elections?

Or, at the very least, demote them to Court Jesters?

 

 

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R.I.P. R.B.G.

It is with profound sorrow that all true believers in liberty, truth and justice for all, now pause to pay our respects to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away, yesterday, at the age of 87.

We are forever indebted to her tireless, courageous fight against discrimination in all its ugly forms; the prejudice, bias, bigotry, intolerance, narrow-mindedness, unfairness, inequity, favoritism, one-sidedness, partisanship; sexism, chauvinism, misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, ageism, classism and casteism, which habitually target society’s most vulnerable members; be they American citizens or asylum seekers.

We will never forget her ability to unerringly interpret and uphold our Heavenly Father’s and Founding Fathers’ laws; especially on behalf of commoners, such as you and I.

Regrettable but true, We the extraordinary ordinary People have become witness to the amoral mortals, who, with ever increasing frequency and ferocity, in their evil words and wretched deeds, have been thoughtlessly, shamelessly and relentlessly unraveling and undermining what should be inalienable, fundamental human rights.

I could, will, and must say more in the days ahead, for as presidential candidate, Joe Biden, when speaking of our current troubled times, has so oft reminded…

“We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.”

Our heartfelt condolences to R.B.G.’s family and friends.

 

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Doo-Doo’ing Up Something Brown?

 

This past Thursday, the conservative dominated, U.S. Supreme Court handed down their decision re the immigration policy known as DACA… Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Needless to say, their ruling, which failed to promptly suck up to Donald J. Trump / kiss his ass, pissed off that ferociously anti-immigrant bastard, who had hoped to deliver on his longstanding, deplorable campaign promise to Make America Ghostly (white) Again.

In order to talk himself down from an impending conniption fit and, simultaneously, toss red meat to all of the Klansmen and Nazis who adore him, Trump Tweeted this twaddle…

“The Supreme Court asked us to resubmit on DACA, nothing was lost or won. They “punted”, much like in a football game (where hopefully they would stand for our great American Flag). We will be submitting enhanced papers shortly in order to properly fulfil [sic] the Supreme Court’s [requirements]…..”

9:14 AM – Jun 19, 2020

Considering from where Trump’s policies typically originate… that is… from where he “pulls out” nearly all of his “ideas”, the relevant questions… re those papers… become…

• Used or unused Charmin™?

• Enhanced with brown “toner” or not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch Hunt? Lynching? Coup d’état?

Donald J. Trump needs to rethink his contempt for the U.S. Constitution and thank its framers for authoring an orderly impeachment / removal procedure. While that’s not the same due process protections afforded ordinary citizens, he still has no good reason to fear a witch hunt, lynching and coup d’état.

Indeed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not hired a carpenter to build a pillory. She’s not been frequenting Home Depot ISO heavy duty rope, either. As for her being a proficient military tank commander / driver / gunner? Nah… she just doesn’t seem to be the White House gate crasher / blow the front doors to smithereens type. Hell, it’s doubtful she even owns a bullhorn suitable for issuing her “GET THE HELL OUT OR ELSE!” ultimatum.

Anyway, if Donny is as virtuous, innocent and misunderstood as he claims to be, would not an Impeachment Inquiry provide the perfect, Perfect, PERFECT venue for him to prove it, Prove It, PROVE IT?

Even if he winds up impeached, anyway, the unscrupulous, soulless, spineless U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his like-minded toady underlings can be counted on to elevate rightwing partisanship over righteous patriotism… i.e., they’ll be amenable to allowing a thug to remain holed up within his oval hideout.

Even if Mitch doesn’t march in Trumpian lockstep,  Donny still has all the judges that money can buy. According to an August 5, 2019 NPR report…

“In the 2 1/2 years that Trump has been in office, his administration has appointed nearly 1 in 4 of the nation’s federal appeals court judges and 1 in 7 of its district court judges.” (read more here)

And those stats don’t even begin to factor in the U.S. Supreme / Extreme Court’s conservative bloc… inclusive of the fake prez’s handpicked, sycophantic pals, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. Hell, they’d bend over both backward and forward to rule in the Trumpster’s favor… and against America.

Speaking of anti-America dudes… Donny also has one final trump card to play. Russia’s Putin. Come Election Day 2020, Big Bad Vlad could easily finish off his no shots fired overthrow of America… i.e., do his damnedest to keep his puppet / ventriloquist’s dummy propped up in the Oval Office… and make his second term a lifetime appointment, to boot.

America would then wind up dead. And anyone who’d fail to kiss Trump rump would wind up dead, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this seedy scenario…

 

Generally speaking… I believe humankind could be easily heading towards an agribusiness instigated, do-it-yourself disaster.

Let’s now talk specifics… that potential catastrophe involves the lack of seeds within the Fuji, Golden / Red Delicious and Gala apples I’ve been biting into. Since such instances have been so commonplace, it’s unlikely I’ve been purchasing freak of nature fruit.

Beyond that, “The Birds and the Bees” basics do tell us… well duh… seedlessness means no natural propagation of apple trees… and be this situation unique to my homeland or more widespread… as in worldwide… that’s begging for trouble.

I have little doubt this is a premeditated assault against nature perpetrated by… just to name the top two offenders… Monsanto™ and DuPont™. It’s no big secret that, for countless years, they’ve been hellbent on commodifying planet-wide, natural resources… making all of Mother Nature’s seeds THEIR intellectual property… and THEIRS ALONE!

Working to that end… potentially to humanity’s end… we find the genocidal geneticists, in their employ. Mad scientists all, they’ve been… and still are… racking up serious overtime, just to ensure whatever seeds may be found in nature will be sterile. In other words, farmers won’t be able to grow anything unless they plant corporately owned, genetically modified, first generation seeds.

Let’s not mince words…. Eco-terrorists are holding the entire human race hostage… their message… no strike that… their terrorist ultimatum…

Either pay up or starve and drop dead!

Hmm (part 1)… what do you suppose would happen… oh… say… were a hostage taking, private citizen / extortionist to screech out his unreasonable demands? Would we not expect to see a SWAT team swooping down upon the crime scene to restore law and order? To haul in the perpetrator? Would not the tried and convicted person wind up doing some lengthy prison time?

Hmm (part 2)… why is it that in my homeland, hostage taking, corporate citizens / extortionists get off scot-free? How can that possibly be… especially when the US Supreme / Extreme Court recently granted person-hood / citizenship to corporations!

But… to return to this specific, seedy situation… I do suppose we all might survive… i.e., so long as BIG BIZ bastards can maintain the literal and figurative, seedy status quo.

HOWEVER… with THE END one, mere Tweetstorm away… WTF would happen were there a global magnitude, man-made disaster (or even a natural cataclysm), which totally obliterated each and every corporately owned seed repository? Once-upon-a-time, even under the most hostile conditions, resilient Mother Nature… somehow… managed to rally. BUT… would that even be true were we to only find sterile plants in the wild?

Let’s look at this dire, desperate, starvation scenario from a different angle... Heretofore, within the literary world, this becomes the fodder for fictional plots… e.g., the life or death struggles faced down by author Daniel Defoe’s shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe AND author Andy Weir’s marooned on Mars astronaut Mark Watney… two protagonist farmers who (respectively) owed their barley/rice AND potato fed bellies… their very survival… to Mother Nature and not Monsanto™!

 

 

The ReVictimization of Ms. Christine Blasey Ford

Christine Blasey Ford alleges that three+ decades ago (as teenagers), [1] Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her, [2] he could’ve accidentally suffocated her to death, [3] his male friend aided and abetted his savage assault AND [4] she had narrowly escaped owing only to her assailants’ drunkenness, her quick thinking, strong survival instinct and a timely assist from Lady Luck… read her full story here.

Both Brett Kavanaugh and his friend have denied her accusations.

A prime example of the classic she said / he said stalemate. However, based upon Ford’s account of this incident, this psychological profile emerges…

Ford was victimized by disgusting, sadistic males, who wrongfully believe it their birthright to deliberately dehumanize, disrespect and dominate womankind.

In a less politically fractured, more humane era, one could’ve expected Ford’s credible allegations to even motivate a predominately Republican Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC)… indeed, the entire U.S. Senate… to [1] set aside their partisanship, [2] indefinitely halt Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court AND [3] approve Ford’s most recent request for a rigorous, external, impartial investigation PRIOR to her appearing to testify.

While it’s true that these SJC righties have been, OUTWARDLY, attempting to “make nice” with Ford, make no mistake, ONLY election year, political expediency is motivating them. Yep, they can dig how liberal voter backlash is brewing… enough to boot their archconservative asses out of DC.

Additionally, I’d hardly call it nice of these Republicans to [1] flat-out deny this woman’s reasonable request for an independent investigation, [2] only permit Kavanaugh and Ford to testify (which can only end up in yet another she said / he said stalemate) AND [3] continue to courteously offer a Supreme Court chair to someone who, in the minds of all ethical people, will forever remain a suspected rapist. However, based upon these Republicans’ words and deeds, this psychological profile emerges…

Ford is being victimized by disgusting, sadistic males, who wrongfully believe it their birthright to deliberately dehumanize, disrespect and dominate womankind.

In a less politically fractured, more humane era, one would think Ford’s credible charges would result in a virtually unanimous, supportive, public outcry on her behalf!

But, instead, we now witness Trump’s roused rabble venting their mindless, pointless outrage by targeting Ms. Ford with their vicious harassment and death threats. However, based upon Donny’s deplorables’ words and deeds, this psychological profile emerges…

Ford is being victimized by disgusting, sadistic males, who wrongfully believe it their birthright to deliberately dehumanize, disrespect and dominate womankind.

I’m sure you’ve noticed the repetitiveness within those above, three, indented paragraphs. What better way to point out how the attack, which Ms. Ford alleges… even now… 3+ decades later… is still being aided and abetted by the same rapist mentality of her (alleged) original assailants.