Monday, February 15, 2016
Good Riddance: With the death of Antonin Scalia, the GOP has finally abandoned the constitution of these United States. No longer shall we hear of 'original intent' or 'literal interpretation', for they have discovered that their new and improved version of the Constitution limits a president's term of authority and responsibility to three years, after which he bakes cookies and sits on the front porch for eleven months, leaving everything that comes up to his yet to be nominated, much less elected, successor. [Note that eleven months is not “a few”, Senator Rubio. That is 25% of a presidential term.]
Should the American people have a say in who gets nominated? Yes. And they did. They elected a president to do those sorts of things. It was a guy named Obama and in 2012 5 million more Americans chose him than chose the other guy. Filibuster all they wish, the Republicans will only be damaging their rather shopworn credibility even further as obstructionists, sore losers and poorly behaved, uncivil miscreants.
How serious and reasoned they are, promising to reject anyone the President nominates – no hearings needed. As Mitch McConnell sees it, his “number one job” is to defeat Barack Obama, no matter how much damage is done to the country. No process. No pretense of serious deliberation. No playacting of democratic governance. Attack and posture. This is the same Mitch McConnell who in 2005 correctly pointed out that “the President, and the President alone, nominates judges.” Let the games begin.
Loyalty Oath: Hillary Clinton's version of the Democratic party includes having to sign a pledge to be a loyal supporter of Barak Obama, except when she doesn't.
Economic Theory: The heart of the capitalist system is based on setting aside some of your income and investing it in ways that will return some measure of profit. Then combining the profit with the capital and doing it again – known as compound interest. You cannot do that in a negative interest environment. Negative interest is a ploy by central banks to get you to consume everything you have, seed corn and all. What it leads to - aside from a war on cash as central banks try to control all your money all the time - this effort to quash the accumulation of capital, this punishing of saving and investment, is something new, as yet unnamed; it isn't capitalism.
On Duplicity and Gullibilty: Ms Clinton would have us believe that the powerful men who run Wall Street are just ordinary guys who give her millions of dollars and expect nothing in return but that she seek a fair and just society, even if this discomfort them.
Because They Can: The UK's highest court overseeing the spies at GCHQ have ruled that it is completely legal for the government to hack phones and computers and to remotely activate the microphones and cameras in such devices. No warrants. No suspicion. No privacy. And not just in Merrie Olde, but anywhere in the world. The NSA undoubtedly has a similar blessing.
Shoe, Fitting: Perhaps there should be a special place in... heaven?.. for a politician who accepts $133,000 from private prison operators while telling Blacks and Latinos that she wants to end private for-profit prisons.
Porn O'Graph: Love makes the world go round, always has.
The Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:51 AM