Did the Russian "interference" in our Election Process Achieve Its Somewhat Intended Success Among Our Latino Community?
Despite the Mueller Report regarding the Russian interference in our election process, I have argued that Russia failed, and in particular, failed when this 'interference' did not shift the
voting behavior of Latino voters, writ large, and ever more so, at the local level. However, could I have been wrong in my assessment?
Thus, the 'statement' embedded in the Mueller Report, is as follows:
"We understand the FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government."
And given my time limitations, the DailyKos Elections component, and which is premised on the reporting by Pema Levy of Mother Jones Magazine, with the apt starting point and which reinforced
then former Florida Senate Bill Nelson's complaint of the GRU's influence, and thusly, Senator Nelson was loudly criticized despite having the lack of the Unassailable Facts for his espoused
And the "push back" against Nelon, was significant in the mass media:
"At the time, Nelson, who was up for re-election, was bitterly derided for his warning, which he said was based on classified information. As Levy puts it, "Republicans and the media alike
painted his comments as dangerous make-believe." That even included the Washington Post's "fact checker" awarding four "Pinocchios" to Nelson, insisting, "Not a single speck of evidence backs him up,
and we have serious doubts whether the classified information he cited even exists." Even if the press were to walk this back now, it carried water for the GOP by undermining the credibility of
anyone who might sound a similar alarm in the future."
"...while we don't know whether Putin's hackers were able to manipulate the election, it's important to remember just how close Nelson's election was: He lost to Republican Rick Scott by just
10,000 votes out of 8.2 million cast statewide—a margin of only 0.1%."
Further, the Mueller Report and the Department of Justice, and in particular, the FBI has not identified the Florida County and where this 'interference' took place, needs to more fully
addressed and with considerable detail. Thus, my continuing Argumentation that this Russian interference did not impact the Latino vote in Florida or at the local level, that being this
specific and as yet none identified County, bothers me,with regard to my opinion-making.
In closing, for those of us and who participate in today's political arena as the pundits, sages and gurus, we know well that this Russian interference or by a foreign government, whether
it was or via China or Iran, this acknowledged or unacknowledged behavior, did not have an impact on the overall Latino voting behavior, either nationwide or at the local level, anywhere in our
Jaango--posted on April 22, 2019
Should the "disaster" that has befallen the historically defined "Decency Personified" Goal Posts within our now less-than stellar America, be taken into "protective custody"?
*****Feel free to consider this 'commentary' of mine, as Satire!*****
Now that the President's Report on White Collar Crime has been released to both Congress and the American people, the cognosenti is all agog about who did what and to whom. And this
behavior for white collar crime, should become another 'advisory' of which can be expected in the future--should be neither discounted nor ignored.
Perhaps, Common Sense needs to be enhaneed and accomplished in the manner to where both the House and Senate chambers should be re-located out to an infinite geographical perimeter that is the
Sonoran Desert, and with somewhat of a tad more precision, to be located on the Navajo Reservation. If so, a small portion of the congressionally-approved budget could be allocated for
constructing subsidized housing for the affective Members of Congress and their immediate families. Of course, in doing so, this behavior would 'signal' to the Fortune 500 companies that their
continuing behavior for failing to establish their 'offices and operations' on any rez, is no longer aceptable to the general population of voters for insisting that 'equality' can only
be viewed in a much larger context. And should this occur, the proverbial "K-Street" voices will scream the loudest for their concentrated denial of this 'privilege' is being accosted on to
their donor class.
Consequently, the Latino Perspective will survive, and even to include the establishment for the National Monument to Criminal Stupidity to be located on this, the further
newly-established Capitol Mall on the Rez.
In closing, we must ask ourselves, as the newly resplendant voters of consequence, how will we be sufficiently insightful and which permits us to actualize our Self-Restraint relative to
the white collar crime that insists must rejected on behalf of our recognized national behavior, that being Neoliberalism, of the worst sort? And needless to say but I will, Native American and
Chicano-oriented historians will be worth their weight in their gold for adddresing our Respoonsibliity and Duty in furtherance of our societal Quest for Decency Personfied. Thus,
institutionalized dementia in the political arena cannot continue.
*****Feel free to consider this above commentary of mine, as Satire.*****
And which brings me to the future of Latinos aligned with today's Republican Party.
As such Vice President Pence will be promoted in 2022 to "First Among Equals" in the number of Republicans seeking to challenge Pence for the presidential nomination of be formally approved by
the Republian National Committee. Therefore, in the next few days, Vice President Pence should announce his resignation, and thusly, move forward in order to collectivize his next presidential
campaign, and alas, bypassing or circumventing today's Mueller Report, and all that follows and will follow within the next sixteen months. But what's staring us all in the face is that DOJ
policy was consistent with its unwillingness to 'indict' a sitting president, and left that political behavior in the hands of Congress, and subsequently, the Mueller Report did not indict, as per
this Nixonian long standing DOJ policy directive.
Jaango--posted on April 19, 2019
Odds & Ends
It's been a short week.
1. Equador is now announcing that it has received 40 million cyber hacks after announcing that Julian Assange is no longer being welcomed due his residency in Equador's Embassy.
2. The news media is now reporting that Venezuela has sold off over $400 million gold, due to the internations sanctions having been imposed.
3. From Victor Davis Hanson of amgreatness.com, he espouses, "There is also the assumption that the greater the chaos at the border, the less likely Congress will take bipartisan action
to end it. After all, 2020 is an election year and progressives are in no mood to hand Trump the semblance of a legislative victory. This fact is also known to would-be border crossers." And
yet, Hanson, does not address the Unassailable Fact that the House chamber was in control of the Republicans for several years, and thusly, tossed into the trash can, the Senate approved
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2013. And which makes Hanson's abject rejection for Truth-Telling and which gives conservative-oriented writers an Iconic Stature for their ongoing approach to
address their contempible 'street cred.'
4. From Lindsey Graham: "All rules have been changed to get Trump; Now they're trying to destroy Bill Barr." Need more be said?
5. Obama's Legacy is the Era of Not-So-Much, and which means that the next Democratic nominee for 2020, will require the presumptive nominee to insure that she has a "fiftieth"
Liberal Senator, since 20 Republican Senators are up for re-election. And failing to do so, insures that she, too, will achieve her Era of "Not-So-Much."
6. The Crazy is as the Crazy Does. The RightWingWatch on twitter: "Michele Bachmann has never seen "a more biblical president" than Trump" and: "We will, in all likelihood, never
see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetimes." And yet, this Easter Week's propaganda has found a home.
7. Sarah Huckabee Sanders of the White House Press Office, espouses that "I don't think Congress is smart enough to look through Trump's taxes?" According to the Congressional Research
Services, and among the Democrats, 7 are accountants, 3 Democrats are Certified Public Accounts, and of course, Democratic Representative from California, Katie Porter has been trained in tax law,
and is a certified tax attorney.
8. The ROBOCOP Act. Connecticut Senator Richard re-introduced his ROBOCOP legislation and which addresses unwanted telemarketing calls. Thus, mobile phone companies will have to provide
the technology that will stem the calls being received by their customers and in particular, residential customers.residential customers.
9. Saving Mexico's Monarch Butterflies. "Tree by tree, Mexican scientists are planting the first stages of a new forest in the mountains of the country’s central Michoacan state. They’re
taking saplings from oyamel fir trees further down the mountain and creating a new home for them higher up. Three and a half years ago, the first batch of transplanted trees were each seven inches
tall. Now, thousands of saplings have grown, some up to four feet tall...These trees are home to millions of eastern monarch butterflies who migrate there every winter, and in moving the forest,
scientists are hoping they’ll be able to save the species and their habitat."
Jaango--posted on April 18, 2019
The Disorganized And Not-So-Subtle Acceptance Of The White Collar Crime Report: Alas,The Get Out of Jail Free Card.
With the expected release of the legal complications embedded in the 'redacted' Mueller Report by the Department of Justice, how will this 'report' be received within the overall Latino Perspective,
and perhaps, in particular, the view of military vets residing in our Spanish-speaking communities? And more so, when we recognize that these white collar crimes have not been addressed by the
pundits, sages and gurus. And which is understandable, given this less than stellar approach for the consummate 'restriction' of an information flow that jeopardizes the mindset that is today's
neoliberalism. And from therein, this neoliberalism is the culprit, in a much larger sense and which is today's application for Common Sense.
And in this regard, "white collar crime" at our national political level, is being widely rejected and within the meme that "politics is poliltics." Unfortunately, law-breaking is law-breaking
and when 'camouflaged' by our wide-ranging Elected and Appointed Officials. And further, when the political cognoscenti recognize law-breaking for what is law-breaking and yet, fail to take to
the hallowed halls of Congress and thusly, remain silent, and out of an espoused manifest destiny that these 'officials' can easily shirk their responsibility and duty to us, the voters. And
consequently, remaining mum in support of a perceived and appropriate behavior that our Democracy will not be damaged, as we comprehend this attitude, and even as we view and pronounce this attack on
our Democracy, as we have attempted to defend and protect our Constitution.
And the sustainability for "disasters" continue apace, and the ongoing diversions and denials, begets our national attachment to the marriage between intentional ignorance and criminal
stupidity, writ large, will continue to be challenged from within our Latino Perspective.
Be so advised!
Jaango--posted on April 17, 2019
The Soon-to-be Released "Redacted" Mueller Report...
Since the completion of the Mueller Report has been accomplished and is now in the hands of Attorney General Barr's posession, and where he has summarized his efforts and where the 'redactions' are
to be added, as this and per thisThursday's release has been announced.
To date, much has been written and in particular, those writers and who have a sizable opinion, and I despite my voracious attention, have enjoyed what's been said and written, I continue to disagree
with them. And I come at my opinion from the standpoint that the Mueller Matter is irrelevant to the open-ended "Latino Perspective." Therefore, my interpretation comes in three parts,
and of course, I could add a 'fourth part' but I would be goreing the ox of this politically-oriented Anglo "disaster."
1. Barr was correct when he spoke out that "spying" took place. Thus, the larger part, that being the counter-intelligence effort, has been a disreputable "con" being foisted on the
general public. Take, for example, Barr has had very limited access, if any, to the five computers located in the basement of the CIA headquarters. And as to Shiff over at the House
chamber's formalized Intelligence Committee, he will have a restricted access to these computers. And from Shiff's perspective, any information gained, he will not be permitted to release the
self-limited glean he has acquired. House rules will not permit him to release any relevant information to the general public.
2. As to the second part, the trials and tribulations of this Mueller Report, redacted or not, is a short and simple-minded "disaster" for the failure of national politics to adhere
to the traditionally anticipated behavior for "decency personified" by our Elected and Appointed Officials. And this failure is easily understood when the pollitics and properly placed
within the context that Congress appropriates an annual national budget of over $5 trillion, and these monies are the chump-change to politicians, regardless of an alignment to either of the major
political parties.. As such, no overweening self-restraint by the political leadership, is evident and which lead to the "disaster" when we view this reprehensible behavior through our Latino
3. While the Anglo-oriented cognoscenti obsessess with the Mueller Report, we, and who advocated and actively participated in this, our, Latino Perspective, are focused, not only on our short
term future but on our long term future. Take, for example, Pelosi and her leadership team in the House chamber, quickly tossed the notion of a Trump Impeachment into the trash can, while
failing to address "Trump's Public Resignation." And this failure comes to us in the form of a House Resolution that makes its appearnace in the form of House floor vote. And the premise
of this Resolution would be the focal point and where America is no longer accepting of a President espousing the over 9,000 lies over these past two years, and where the Fact Checkers, have proven
their political dedication to the Unassailable Facts. As such, we, here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, continue to be assaulted by the daily lies that are Trump manufactured, and
subsequently, the Democrats, writ large, are supremely confident that the Latino Perspective, will jettison its viable Common Sense and due to never-ending restricted flow of information. In short,
Twitter represents the coalition of the Dumb and Dumber, given that Trump is the current driving force on Twitter.
And of this, my note, my self-restraint requires that I not address the demise of the GOP since it will be rebranded as the Independent Voter Party, and further, the continuing assault for the
Conservatives is in their having to defend the Federalist Society, the Heritage Foundation and the ALEC, among others, when the future of the Latino Perspective, continues to expand in the many years
ahead. As such, the anger via Sandra Day O'Connor has led to her nifty crafting of the Independent Voter Monolith when it's understood that she's been on her rant of an historical anger for having
been required to become the fith con=centric vote while serving on the SCOTUS.
Jaango--posted on April 16, 2019
Responding to our Readers...
During these past few days, I received several messages regarding my lack of postings since my last post was on April the Sixth. And no, I have not been ill, but I have been focused on the
prime minister's national election in Israel. And yes, I feel strongly that the failure of today's Two-State Solution, is the first and foremost issue regarding our approach to "national
security and civil liberties." In contrast, we are facing a news media information flow that the "containment of Russia, China and Iran" must take place as our first and foremost "issue"
regarding National Security and Civil Liberties."
And with this in mind, our good friend Marcy Wheeler over at her internet site that is focused primarily on Civil Liberties and dedicated as "emptywheel.net" keeps us in tune with today's political
reality. Therefore, my posting of April Sixth was posted on her website, and ultimately, taken down for not being so relevant. As such, my 'feelings' were not impacted.
And my further response of this past April 12th consisted of the following:
Dia De Los Gigantes In My America…
Note: Please have Bmaz or Rayne on ‘stand-by” to rip this comment of mine off of Marcy’s website, if deemed necessary.
When it comes to Assange, the Latino Perspective is absent and which is understandable, and ever since the Ronald Reagan years. And more so when viewed through the prism that “national security and
civil liberties” were intentionally jettisoned. Take, for example, the overwhelming majority of Anglos supported the encampment for the Authority fo Use Force, while the overwhelming majority of
Latinos were opposed.
And as to this opposition, this Morality Play was premised on the Chicano Movement of the early 1950s and where Spanish-speaking military vets were unanimously opposed to any political violence
of any sort. And if you have no inkling or knowledge of the Chicano Movement, you’ve been a free rider for all your poliltical life, given your attendant behavior.
Thus, the implementation of the AUMF, led to the political creation of Julian Assange. And more so, was the creation of the FISA Act.
As such, the FISA Act was intentionally a political shambles and which continues to this day, and further, led to the creation of a victimology for and of a Chelsea Manning.
Furthermore, the FISA Act should have had a maximalist life force not to exceed 90 days, and where once the court-approved subpoena was activated, the “government” behavior would be required to lead
to a ‘indictment’ and if not, the “government” would have to compile its data on the Target and subsequently, submit this data to the Target and for the Target’s appropriate usage where and when
necessary. Thus, no surprises would occur. Consequently, the Government could not “hold” any potential political secrets on our fellow citizens.
And yes, the Latino Perspective is quite familiar with the government’s “political secrets” since the Chicano Movement underwent its political tangent that consisted of COINTELPRO, and from this
onset of racism, the government found for itself, that these military vets with considerable military training, would be no threat to the political muckety-mucks. And to this date, anytime and
anywhere Latinos are protesting the political alignments, political violence is not in the offing and nowhere to be found, even from hiding from just around the next corner.
And needless to say, but I will, Wikileaks, Julian Assange and those concentric persons aligned with Assange and others, has no posed any threat–political or otherwise, to the Latino Perspective, but
does pose a threat to our own nation’s Anglo community, since control of this information flow is a perceived threat to the capitalist/authoritarians and their well- employed grifters and grafters,
either in government or outside of government.
Obviously, this ongoing effort to ‘extradite’ Assange and ‘punish’ Chelsea Manninng, demonstrates another fallacy that is just another ‘marker’ found in our national debt. The cost in “dollars” spent
in the Middle East did not take into consideration the lives of the men and women wearing our nation’s uniform.
In closing, our Latino Persective will be, from historians and the military vets among us, writing this history, and long after the historical marriage between "intentional ignorance and criminal
stupidity” and which was perpetuated the uber Center-Right, starting with Reagan and Bush and followed by mindlessness of both Clinton and Obama. Nonetheless, the Pentagon Papers remains the "kicking
ass" yard stick of our Anglo communities, once again.
Jaango--posted on April 13, 2019
Click-Bait: Is A Turn-About Fair Play?
One of America's notional experts on "click-bait" is Laura Ingraham and where she resides across the political aisle from Democrats. Thus, on her Fox News-oriented political platform is her
"The Ingraham Angle." And of these past few days, she espoused the following:
“Today is the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. I was thinking, like, if he were alive today I wonder what he’d think about such dismissive comments. And about a
Democrat Party that believes it can regain power by living in a constant state of protest, or racial hatred, and denial.”
As Chicanos, we, too know how to empower "click-bait" but successfully accomplished via the history of both 'reality' and civic engagement. To wit, my long term history is one for
climbing down into our nation's political sewer and where my behavior for doing so, has always been predicated on "kicking the ass of Haters" and shortly thereafter, my returning to the surface
above., And I know that my Compadres and Comadres, will be awaiting my arrival, and I know full well that their readily available buckets of clean water, the abundance of soap and a tall stack
of towels, permits me wash-off the accumulated filth and stink.
And with the above in mind, and for having grown up in a large family of migrant workers, the Farm Workers Movement was one of my fateful moments in this, my long lived life. Take, for example, the
farmers and ranchers were well-known to carry their guns in order to intimidate, harrass and deny migrant workers from becoming unionized, and which brings me to comment on the onslaught that once
faced Cesar Chavez, the leader of the United Farm Workers.
As such, Chavez's "Circle of Security Circumference" consisted of Vietnam War Vets. More so, if you were an unemployed Vietnam War Vet, the local Labor's Union Hall in Phoenix, Arizona, would
hire you to participate and to add to the overall skill set and which "protected" Chavez from the farmers and ranchers and who were determined to prohibit migrant workers to both organize and
unionize themselves for better working conditions. And needless to say but I will, our Brother, Cesar Chavez, lived a long and productive life and where and when he died quietly in bed.
Today, the Chicano, residing in Arizona, still has to contend with the final element of the overall four elements that personfied the Hate embedded in Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 and where the Federal
District Court tossed out, on Constitutional grounds, the first three of these four elements. Consequently, I, along with Chicanos and Native Americans are still subjected to "show me your
papers" by the law enforcement authoritiarians.
In closing, we, and the many Latino historians among us, understand and acknowledge the History of Irony that we will have to address, even when we have the final "say" on Ingraham's history and long
after her death from old age. Albeit, our respective small and momentary consolation prize is somewhat deservingly achieved and which does not include the Hater's espoused Second Class
Citizenship Status being inflicted onto either of us. And yes, I am Democrat!
Jaango--posted on April 6, 2019
Add Another Example of Decency Personified...
The legislation well-known as the Violence Against Women Act is up for renewal but was 'frozen' when the Trump administration shut down the federal government. Today's legislation before the
full House chamber included a 'rider' that closed the loophole known as the "boyfriend loophole." And which means that the "other" cannot own a gun and which the NRA is opposed to since weapons
sales would be diminished. And now the legislation moves to the Senate chamber for their consideration.
And earlier this month, House Republicans attempted to and failed to repeal the provision that Native American women, having been subjected to assault by non-Native Americans, or European American
men, residing off-Reservation would be exempted from Federal and Tribal Law.
Jaango--posted for April 5, 2019
An Example of Decency Personified...
From the Congressional news outlet.
Rep. Jayapal: The Equality Act is a landmark civil rights bill to make clear that discrimination against LGBTQIA people has no place in our society. It rectifies an unacceptable situation and sets
forth comprehensive protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Rep. Jayapal: And it occurred to me that we’re talking about fear versus love we're talking about fear versus freedom and I didn't intend to say this today, but, excuse me. My beautiful, now
22-year-old child told me last year that they were gender non-conforming. And over the last year I have come to understand from a deeply personal mother's perspective. I've always been a civil rights
activist, I've always fought for my constituents in my communities to have equal rights, but from a mother's perspective I came to understand what their newfound freedom—it is the only way I can
describe what has happened to my beautiful child—what their newfound freedom, to wear a dress, to rid themselves of some conformist stereotype of who they are. To be able to express who they are at
their real core.
And since this deeply impactful moment last year, my child who has always done well in school but has carried what a mother can only describe as a heavy burden of conflict in their own being that I
could not fully identify or help to express. Since this deeply impactful moment last year, my child's embracing of their non-conforming gender identity and all that it has allowed, all that it allows
in terms of their creativity, their brilliance, their self-expression … the only thought I wake up with every day is my child is free. My child is free to be who they are and in that freedom comes a
responsibility for us as legislators to protect that freedom, to be who they are. And to legislate, as Dr. Wily so beautifully said, to legislate our behavior toward all people in our society.
Jaango--posted for April 5, 2019
Odds & Ends
My writing allegiance always falls on the side of "Crazy" given that without this 'crazy,' I would be standing in line seeking out other employment and which would not permit to address today's
'crazy' in politics. And there you have it! (Okay, the little Snarky is never far off)
And here is a few items that were attention-grabbing for me.
1. Fox News is now describing Honduras, Guatamala and El Salavador as "Mexican countries." Now, Fox News is 'offering' its apology to its viewers but won't or can't admit to their Obvious
Nexus, that being the marriage between "intentional ignorance" and "criminal stupidity."
2. With the Chairman of the Judiciary Commitee in the House, Representative Nadler is now being confronted with Republicans stipulating that Nadler was initially opposed to the Starr Report on
Bill Clinton. Not true of course, but Republicans love their "crazy" approach, and in particularly, outright lying, and is the newest 'stone' being tossed in Nadler's direction.
4. Homeland Security has now disbanded its "domestic terrorism unit" on the premise that white supremacist terrorism, is not longer a viable behavior. Now, that the "crazy" the Trump
continues to bring forth means that "intelligence" is not possible. Pssst, the "domestic 'intelligence' terrorism unit."
5. In his latest column for the New York Times, Paul Krugman tells us the following for the damage that eliminating Obama Care will become:
G.O.P. health care claims are special, in several ways. First, they’re outright, clearly intentional lies — not dubious assertions or misstatements that could be attributed to ignorance or
misunderstanding. Second, they’re repetitive: Rather than making a wide variety of false claims, Republicans keep telling the same few lies, over and over. Third, they keep doing this even though the
public long ago stopped believing anything they say on the subject. [...]
[W]hen Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, went on TV Sunday to declare that “every single plan” Trump has put forward “covered pre-existing conditions,” that was just a lie.
Here’s what the Congressional Budget Office said in its assessment of the Republicans’ American Health Care Act, which would have caused 23 million to lose coverage, and would have passed if John
McCain hadn’t voted “No”: “People who are less healthy (including those with pre-existing or newly acquired medical conditions) would ultimately be unable to purchase comprehensive nongroup health
insurance at premiums comparable to those under current law, if they could purchase it at all.”
6. Notice: The Roe v. Wade challenge. Today, there are now 12 legal challenges in the Federal Courts pipeline and where Roe v. Wade is being directly challenged.
7. In another of his latest gaffes, President Trump told the new media that they should be addressing the "oranges" in the Muellar Report. Of course, Trump meant to say the word "origins"
but what the hell, his daily nonsense has no topper on this day in history. Or perhaps, the following is when he said his father was German and born in Germany. And with a tad of
truth-telling, Fred Trump was born in the Bronx in 1905. And more so, wind power causes cancer, or so Trump now believes. Sadly, Trump listens to the wind that blows in one ear and out the
other and which obviously rattles his mouth.
8. On Monday, Trump said that the GOP would become the "party of health care" for the 2020 election cycle. And when asked, Senator McConnell espoused "Not any longer." Further, the
political 'reality' is that Republicans are keeping their heads down due to possibly to the negativity that severely damages the re-election opportunities facing the Republicans.
Jaango--posted on April 4, 2019
April Fool's Day in the Follies of Politics...
Back in the Days of Yon, and where President Obama achieved his Inauguration Day, Senator Mitch McConnell and his duplicitous sociopaths took their roundtable dinner and quickly arrived at their
decision-making and which signified wholehearted opposition to all things that President Obama would propose and in effect, deliver for the American people.
But times have changed for the worse, and in his latest op-ed at the website of Politico.com, Senator McConnell is now challenging his self-revealing reality, and consequently, he's
stipulating that the Democrats are in their midst for an "historic obstruction."
Therefore, Senator McConnell has no respect for himself or for the "history" that he created that contains a wholehearted semblance for an absence that is indicative for his iconic leadership
failure--that being measured as per uplifting Decency Personified to a much higher degree.
And yet, we--the Chicanos are going to be writing McConnell's final history for him
Jaango--posted on April 1, 2019
The GOP's Brass Knuckle Fight Has Commenced, and the Political Cognoscenti Are Enjoying This "insider" Moment...
Over at the House Intelligence Committee, Chairman Adam Shiff, has announced and taken his relentless response forward and in contesting the submission of a letter in which 9 Republicans are
demanding that he resign for failing to genuflect before the Trump Machine and further, for his failing to be supportive of the Muellar Report and where AG Barr attempts to exonerate Trump and
his ever attendant machine.
And by way of the specifics, Shiff addresses the following:
1. The Russians offered dirt on the Democratic candidate to help the Trump campaign.
2. When that offer was made to the president’s son, he did not call the FBI or refuse foreign help. Instead he said that he would love the help of the Russians.
3. The president’s son, campaign manager, and son-in-law took that meeting and concealed it from the public.
4. When it was discovered that the meeting took place, they lied about it—saying it was about adoptions.
5. It is reported that the president helped dictate that lie.
6. The Trump campaign manager offered information to a Russian oligarch in exchange for money or debt forgiveness.
7. That same campaign manager offered campaign polling data to someone connected to Russian intelligence.
8. The president himself called on Russia to hack his opponent’s emails and later that day, the Russians attempted to do so.
9. The president’s son-in-law sought to establish a secret back channel of communication with Russians through a Russian diplomatic facility.
10, An associate of the president made direct contact with the GRU through Guccifer 2.0 and Wikileaks.
11. A senior campaign official was instructed to reach that associate and find out what that hostile intelligence agency had to say in terms of dirt on his opponent.
12. The national security advisor designate secretly conferred with the Russian ambassador about undermining U.S. sanctions and lied about it to the FBI.
Consequently, Shiff too, is now effectively participating in the Brass Knuckle Fight with his fellow Committee colleagues and he's not backing down since he has the advantage of the Unassailable
However, the political cognoscenti easily recognizes that the 'fight' is simply a much larger 'distraction' that enables the Trump 'base' to misbelieve, yet, the same Republican Representatives
will be up for re-election in November, 2020, hence, reinforcing their respective voters in their congressional districts.
Need more be said?
Jaango--posted on March 28, 2019
A Short Internet Note to Representative Ilhan Omar Of Minnesota...
On a personal basis from here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, we, the Chicanos and Native American military vets, have experienced America's lack of Decency Personified. And as such, this
And from a personal basis and when confronting the traditional slur of "dual loyalty," being fluent in two indigenous languages, as well as two foreign languages--that being Spanish and
English, is significant. And yet the latest and the somewhat important salience for Decency Personified was this failure when Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer added and activated her signature to
the reprehensive law that has been and is today's, Arizona's SB 1070, and which continues to subject me to "You're papers please," or the fourth provision of this law that continues to this
day. And yet, my military experiences and from the vantage point of my being a Chicano, has added much to my ever-present attempt to maintain and perpetuate my Decency
Therefore, the usage of the Unassailable Facts, when addressing the generic public discourse from both an historically relevant context and content, and for addressing public policy as it
relates to my future and within this same context and content that helps me to achieve this self-same Decency Personified, is critical to my Civic Engagement/Discourse. And in particular, when my
being inclusive for this conceptual behavior that underlies my Self-Discipline, Hard Work and Ambition.
And please consider the following and relative to the baseless charge of "dual loyalty":
Back in 1985, the Chicano Movement issued its Agenda of Unmet Needs, and of the 10 issues addressed, was the Palestinian-Israeli Relationship, then being discussed as our public's foreign policy
behavior as per the Jimmy Carter Peace Process.
To wit, today's over 7,000 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials have never wavered in their affirming behavior for the following:
1. A congressional resolution approved by both the House and Senate chambers and where, once signed by Senators McConnell and Schumer and with the signatures of Representatives Pelosi and
McCarthy, this Formal Request would be submtted to the Genaral Assembly at the United Nations, for their consideration and adoption.
2. Once adopted by the General Assembly, the United Nations would establish a Border Commission that would define and design the geograhical boundaries, as per the intent of the Jimmy Carter
Peace Process. And once completed via a street-by- street and neighborhood-by-neighbood basis, the results of this Commission, would be either accepted or rejected by a consequential vote of
its members in the General Assembly.
3. Once adopted by the General Assembly, the General Assembly would require that three elements be included. First, respective voters among Palestinians and Israelis, would take place at
the ballot box during the course of each's nation's general election cycle.. Second, if either respective society rejected such at the ballot box, the respective nation would no longer have
access to the United Nations. Third, if approved by the respective nations, each nation would have to establish a political vehicle that "guarantees" the national security and self-defense of
each sovereign nation. Thusly, the subjective requirement that Israel would guarnatee the political viability of Palestine and conversely, Palestine would guarantee the political viability of
Israel. And in in doing so, each state would insure that the political interference from the surrounding nation-states would be widely diminished and possibly to the point of being deemed
And how can this be accomplished?
Of course the next Democratic-oriented President could conceivably issue her National Request to the General Assembly at the United Nations. And the alternative is to have this National Request
via Congressional Resolution being embodied with the signatures of the House chamber's Nancy Pelosi and the Senate chamber's, Mitch McConnell.
In closing, the 'demographics' here in our nation, hence, in 20 years or so, will evolve and where this National Request, becomes a mere formality and premised on Common Sense.
Jaango--posted on March 28, 2019
Odds & Ends...
For these past few days, much has been grabbing our attention, and where the "crazy" is not so prevalent when measured against the Unassailable Facts. However, here are a few stories that
are important in its political implications.
1. Trump's polling numbers since the "top lines" of Mueller's Report, and consequently, his 'numbers' are still below fifty percent.
2. The SCOTUS heard the arguments on two cases and where gerrymandering is being decided and with a decision due prior to the first of July.
3. Papadopoulos applies for a pardon so that he can recant his guilty plea.
4. The House chamber fails to override the President's veto pen on his National Emergency situation.
5. The Senate chamber is determined to take a vote on the New Green Deal, and subsequently denying the Democrats their overt effort. However, Majority Leader Senator McConnell wants
this vote taken to "am-bare-ass" the Democrats. And as such, a large number of Democrats voted "present."
6. Giuliani falsely claims that Muellar made $30 million on Russian probe. Now, if Guiliani, like Trump, were to declare the Unassailable Facts and for everyone to see and
comment. But lying is now the SOP for the pending attack on Muellar.
7. A GOP senator says that having more " American babies" is the solution to climate change.
8. Trump's opposition to the Affordable Care is now being seen by Democrats as a campaign issue. To wit, Senator Chris Murphy stipulates that the GOP as in "They are literally teeing
this up as an issue for Democrats for the next year and half."
9. Kelly Conway is stipulating that House Chairman of Intelligence Committee should 'resign' for lying about President Trump. Perhaps, Conway should resign too for having defended
Trump for even just one of his 8,000 over these past two years.
10. A Louisiana Republican blames Medicaid population for "voting for a living instead of working."
11. Now that Florida voters restored felon voting rights, state Republicans are working even harder to rescind the decison-taking made at the ballot box. As such, their effort is
focused on the prior commitment that felons, before being eligible to register and vote, "must pay back the costs associated with all restitutions, fines and fees associated with their court
Jaango--posted on March 27, 2019
The Muellar Report...Or More Iran/Contra?
The Latino 'perspective' is a follows:
1. Trump is a Republican.
2. Barr is a Republican.
3. Rosenstein is a Republican.
4. Muellar is a Republican.
Now, need more be said?
However, Jeet Heer, writing for the New Republic, back in the Summer of 2017, tried to put the Trump behavior into a 'new' historical context. As such, she said the folloiwng:
"Back in June of 2017, I wrote in The New Republic about the dangers of relying too heavily on prosecutors:
"In all the major modern presidential scandals, prosecutors and law enforcement officials have played a central role—from Lawrence Walsh to Ken Starr to Patrick Fitzgerald to James Comey to
Robert Mueller. It’s easy to see why both liberals and conservatives look to these lawmen as the solution to scandals real or imagined. They fit a familiar cultural pattern found in Law and Order and
many other shows: the heroic prosecutor, often an overgrown Boy Scout with a crew-cut, who works relentlessly to put the bad guys behind bars. Prosecutorial liberalism is the dream that the messiness
of politics can be replaced with the moral clarity of a cop show.
"While Mueller has a role to play in gathering evidence against Trump, liberals need to stop extolling prosecutors and realize that the true task of holding Trump accountable belongs to
Congress. The only constitutional remedies for Trump’s actions are to be found in the legislative branch—remedies that include not just impeachment, but also passing new laws restricting executive
power so that future presidents can’t behave as Trump does. Congress needs to start working on rolling back the imperial presidency, a task left incomplete since Watergate."
(Note: I would add Iran/Contra.)
In closing, the purview from here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, the political cynic subscribes to the view that the Muellar Report should have effectively addressed the behavior that is
premised on "white privileged" criminality as well as the "white collared" criminality thats been prevalent for the past several years.
Jaango--posted on March 26, 2019
Should "the separation of church and state" Continue...
Aside from the question embedded in the Constitution and the pertinent 'history,' over these many years, I am still receiving my regular emails that are always encouraging me to accept the view of
many organized religions' when it comes to the political matters of the heart. And although I am reasonably informed of the "wants and desires" that are heartfelt by my fellow
citizens, and consequently, I am quite familiar with the beliefs that pertain to the particularized religions that can confront on us a daily basis, I tend to enjoy 'reading' of such beliefs, yet, I
also tend to "dismiss" the antics, and which can be obnoxious and to the point of being extreme.
So, when I encounter the opportunity be invited to read more on organized religion, I tend to respond affirmatively, despite my wary behavior for the click/bait, but i do so out of curiosity, and
However, I was invited to take a gander at a Jewish author for his current book and which he is touting. Thus, I am speaking of David Horowitz for having written "Radical Son and Big Agenda:
President Trump’s Plan to Save America."
Long story short, Horowitz is espousing in his newest book, titled, "Dark Agenda: The War to Christian America.," and further, "that secularists and leftists want to turn the nation into a
godless, heathen society where religion has absolutely no role."
Consequently, Horowitz was interviewed by Bill Hoffman for Newsmax.com and where Hoffman posed eight questions and of which Horowitz responded accordingly, and dated March 18, 2019.
Newsmax: Many people think of the persecution of Christians as being limited to the Mideast, Far East, and Africa, far away from the United States. But that’s not true?
David Horowitz: No, it’s very bad in the U.S. This war against Christianity is a war of the left, which is the Democratic Party, because Christian values are incompatible with the social justice
delusions of the left. Everything about Christianity — the sanctity of the individual, the individual soul, individual accountability and equality — all these things are anathema to the left. Efforts
to keep religion out of daily life continue to grow, such as school prayers and public displays of faith.
But you argue that’s not what our founding fathers intended.
Horowitz: That’s right. The First Amendment prevents the government from prohibiting the free exercise of religion, but the left has attacked that clause. Jefferson acknowledged a wall of
church-state separation, but all that meant was the state won’t make one religion like Anglicanism the official religion and persecute the other religions. The American Civil Liberties Union stood
that reassurance on its head with “wall of separation between church and state” becoming a bumper-sticker slogan for leftists and secularists who want to silence religious people and marginalize
You describe yourself as an atheist Jew. Why would a Jewish skeptic write a book coming to the defense of Christians in America?
Horowitz: It was prompted by the murder in 1974 of a friend of mine, Betty Van Patter, a dedicated leftist and mother of three who was a bookkeeper at the New Left magazine Ramparts, which I
edited. I had raised money to buy a Baptist church and turn it into a school for the Black Panthers; after Betty discovered the Panthers had doctored their books, she was raped, tortured, and beaten
to death. I investigated and found the Panther Party was a criminal gang engaging in extortion, arson, drug trafficking, and murder. Still, their leaders received the support of the American left
which defended the killers because they were the voices of the oppressed and champions of the progressive clause.
How does President Donald Trump fit into the fabric of American Christianity today?
Horowitz: He’s terrific for America. He’s a great patriot, and I think that’s what inspired the Evangelicals to support him. He wouldn’t have been elected without them.
What is your view of the Democratic Party?
Horowitz: It no longer respects equality. It’s a racist party. White people, males, and straight males are guilty before the fact, and people of color, women, and gays are innocent, even if the
facts show they’re guilty.
Will the persecution of Christians be a big issue in the upcoming 2020 presidential election?
Horowitz: Oh, totally! It’s going to be a huge issue. Once either [Supreme Court Justices] Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Clarence Thomas retire, and Trump nominates this Catholic woman [believed to be
U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett] there’s going to be a battle.
Do you believe Roe v. Wade will be overturned?
Horowitz: I hope so. This is a war. The left wants to kill babies outside the womb; they’re baby killers. Their slogan “pro-choice” is completely fraudulent, because they make choices. You have to
choose to have sex, you have to choose who to have sex with, you have to choose whether to use contraception or not . . . or if something goes awry you have to choose not to use the morning-after
pill, or to give birth to the baby and find it an adoptive mother, or kill it. It’s not about choice or reproductive freedom B.S.
You say the catalyst for writing the book was the intolerance of the left. Can you explain?
Horowitz: Before I began writing the book and was becoming acquainted with all of the issues, I thought the persecution of Christians was a somewhat parochial issue. I [began having] sympathy
for this community because the left is being so intolerant . . . Now I see it as a central battle. The country is at stake. The left wants a one-party state, you can see that. How can you have a
resistance to a duly elected president? It’s sedition. It’s treason, in the normal sense of the word, to obstruct a president. Everything that’s running the Democratic Party today is obstructionism.
You can’t have a democracy if you don’t accept the legitimacy of an election. I mean, that is fundamental.
Here's the internet link:
Therefore, if the Democrats in the House chamber passed legislation and appropriately titled, "The Reconfirmation of the Separation of Church and State Act," how would the conservative-oriented
Republicans in the Senate chamber cast their respective votes, either in support of the Horowitz view or in opposition to these short-listed espousals from Horowitz?
Jaango--posted on March 25, 2019
The Confluence of "domestic" And "foreign" Terrorism...
Marcy Wheeler, writing for her website, "emptywheel.net" addressed this subject matter with her apt attention to Common Sense. Thus, her article titled, "The Predictable Asymmetry In Terrorism
Policing: Andrew McCabe's Demise" is indeed newsworthy.
And given that I don't 'normally' post on political platforms that are internet blog/web sites, I did so in this instance. Consquently, my posting was typical of the over 80 responses that she
received, and which continues to speak well for her and over these many years for her well-endowed skill set.
As such, my response:
From the Latino “perspective” on the seminal distinction of terrorism, the confluence between “domestic” and “foreign” is irrelevant. Why? Back in the early 2000’s when the AUMF was being discussed
and widely debated, European Americans were highly supportive while simultaneously, “racial and ethnics” were highly opposed. Thus, the facile approach to “terrorism” has been aptly demonstrated and
where those of us and whom have served in the military, has convinced us that the Iraq War was a waste of lives and perpetuated by the “majority” of our nation unwilling to challenge the War Mongers.
And in the future, the Academy of Historians will be writing of their seminal belief that changed minds is indicative that Democracy Works and without ever addressing the Character that is ingrained
in Decency Personified.
And here's the internet link to Marcy's article, and do so, since I've known her for these past twenty years:
Jaango--posted on March 22, 2019
The Marine Commander Is Not Happy With a Fake Border Emergency...
From General Robert Neller:
The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president’s emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands,
have posed “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.”
….Neller, a four-star general, said because of the problems, Marines will not participate in planned training exercises in Indonesia, Scotland and Mongolia, and will reduce their participation
in joint exercises with Australia and South Korea. Marines “rely on the hard, realistic training” of the training exercises “to develop the individual and collective skills necessary to prepare for
high-end combat,” Neller said.
Need more be said?
Jaango--posted on March 22, 2019
Trump's "Arbitrary and Capricious" Morality in Public Law
The Washington Post documents the following:
"Federal judges have ruled against the Trump administration at least 63 times over the past two years, an extraordinary record of legal defeat that has stymied large parts of the president’s
agenda on the environment, immigration and other matters.
"….The normal “win rate” for the government in such cases is about 70 percent, according to analysts and studies. But as of mid-January, a database maintained by the Institute for Policy Integrity
at the New York University School of Law shows Trump’s win rate at about 6 percent.
"Seth Jaffe, a Boston-based environmental lawyer who represents corporations and had been looking forward to deregulation, said the administration has failed to deliver….Some errors are so basic
that Jaffe said he has to wonder whether agency officials are more interested in announcing policy shifts than in actually implementing them. “It’s not just that they’they’re losing. But they’re
being so nuts about it,” he said, adding that the losses in court have “set regulatory reform back for a period of time.”"
Jaango--posted on March 22, 2019
Today's Ever-Changing Nonsense...
Here are a couple of stories that are hard to believe, but politics being politics, the "craziness" that is humbling when it comes to Decency Personified, is absent.
From the Great State of Florida: "Republicans on a key Florida state house committee voted to approve a bill that would strip most ex-felons of their voting rights -- even after the
state's voters passed an initiative to restore them.
"In November, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 4, which restored voting rights to about 1.4 million former convicted felons. The amendment required “automatic” restoration of
voting rights to felons “who have completed all terms of their sentence, including parole or probation” except those “convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense.”
From the Great State of Maine: The Governor, Janet Mills had this to say on twitter: "Today I was honored to sign into law a bill protecting health care coverage for Maine families.
The legislation, sponsored by @SenTroyJackson & @saragideon passed by strong bipartisan majorities and codifies into state law the patient protections outlined in the ACA. (1/3)"
From the Great State of Texas: Now that Trump is utilizing "eminent domain laws" to confiscate privately-owned properties, push back is starting to occur. From Mario Carrillo of the
America's Voice says, "“We look forward to Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz explaining to this 90-year old border landowner and others how this represents constituent service at its finest,”....
“The land grab pushed by Republicans seems strikingly at odds with the GOP's self-image as the party of small government and property rights, but Cornyn and Cruz’s acquiescence to Trump is on brand
for our state’s senators.”
From the Great State of Michigan: A bipartisan group of state legislators introduced legislation that would address the functionality of bail bonds. According to LaGrand, his package
of bills will accomplish four major reforms. The first will be to provide people who have been arrested with a financial disclosure form they can fill out and hand to judges so the judges have an
idea how much bail—if any—those before their bench can afford to pay. “In Michigan right now, judges don’t necessarily know how much money people have available to them when the judge sets a bond,”
LaGrand explained to Daily Kos. “That means judges can inadvertently set, for example, a $300 bond for someone who’s only got $200 in their pocket. And there’s no difference between a $300 bond and a
$1 million bond if you’ve only got $200."
From the Great State of Wisconsin. A judge in the state court system has issued his decision to deny the Republican-led State Legislature the opportunity to implement the laws that they
passed. Thus, the Legislature did not call a Special Session in order to pass the affected legislation, and consequently, the Court ruled that a called-for Special Session was required
and subsequently, can only adopt legislation. Thus, the affected legislation was created to deny the newly-transistioned Governor and Attorney General, shortly after Governor Scott Walker
lost his re-election opportunity.
Jaango--posted on March 21, 2019
Odds & Ends
This week has been formerly recognized as "Anticipation Week" given that the Muellar Report was soon to be rendered to the Justice Department. As such, a time extension has been requested,
and this tacit approval should be forthcoming.
1. Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile joins Fox News as a contributor. And perhaps, she will "thoughtfully" consider "bipartisanship"? Or was it the money to insure that the household
bills can be paid?
2. Trump accuses former Vice President Joe Biden for having a 'low I.Q."
3. "Off-Book" Incarceraion. HHS has now been tagged for incarcerating immigrant kids with no one speaking for and behalf of this administration.
4. From the Associated Press: "Trump has told his inner circle that, if the (Muellar)report is underwhelming, he will use Twitter and interviews to gloat over the findings, complain
about the probe’s cost and depict the entire investigation as an attempt to obstruct his agenda, according to advisers." To wit, the DOJ can't indict but can recommend an indictment to the
House Chamber, but likely won't.
5. Another divergency tactic? " Faith Vander Voort, the newly promoted top spokeswoman at the Interior Department, voiced support for more surveillance of Muslim communities and argued
that attacks by radical self-proclaimed Muslim groups pose a far bigger threat to society than climate change during a 2017 interview full of Islamophobic and anti-immigration."
6. Dismissing Tomi Lahren? As a Fox News Host, her latest political incantentation comes to us in the form of "liberal indoctination" starts in elementary school. Of course, if
her children were being subjected to such indigenous languages as Yaqui or Apache, she could find her self-justification for touting such nonsense. And will she being going the route of the
retinue that Pirro represents at Fox News?
7. The Big Distinction. With Trump readily dismissing the late McCain history, Republicans are slowly gathering an effort to defend McCain, yet, none of the Republicans in the Senate
chamber are "criticizing" Trump for his craven behavior.
8. Transferring the Black Box to France. Of signicant recognition, our national Gurus, espoused "Ethiopian authorities chose to send the black boxes for analysis in
France rather than in the United States." Thus, our nation's failure to recognize that other nations are demonstrating that their "credit-ability" towards Europe is now far more intense
due to their well-defined "self-interest."
9. Trump complains that he didn't get a "thank you" from the McCain due to his participation in the McCain Funeral Procession.
10. Desperate times call for more desperation. Trump is now trashing the pending Muellar Report since Muellar, the Chief Investigator is not an Elected Official.
Jaango--posted on March 21, 2019
Today's Panderific: The Results Are In...
For those among us, the political whackers, and knowing full well that the mass of voters are still in their mode for "understanding the stipulated issues" for achieving a greater knowledge of where
each candidate stands on public policy, while knowing full well that today's 'results' will change over time or during the next several months and when the primary elections commence, so, let's get
The below chart is from the Mother Jones Magazine and where they surveyed their readers of this weekend of 1,700 readers and respondents.
And this survey reinforces my mindset for today, given that Warren is the first of the many that is announcing her political positions, but the rest of these candidates will be stipulating their
positions in the coming days.
And one item caught my attention, that being seven of the ten candidates are current or former Senators, and to date, none have made any effort to establish a Senate Progressive Caucus.
Consequently, none of the Senators are "progressive" yet, on occasion, each will call himself or herself a "progressive." Thus, the obvious is that they constantly pander to
the "progressive" voter and justify doing so given their penchant for believing in their self-accustomed divinity for their respective sentimentality, each must acknowledge and concur that the
Democratic Fringe includes the progressive voter.
Jaango--posted on March 20, 2019
The Mueller Report: FISA Covers Both "intelligence gathering" and "criminal behavior"
Shortly after 9/11, Congress passed the FISA Act and later upheld by the Courts and where "intelligence gathering" was the primary responsibility, but over time, was expanded when a FISA warrant was
issued and which permitted government investigators to find evidence that a crime had been committed. Subsequently, the government was permitted to utilize the 'results' found and then could
then permit the government to indict, prosecute and achieve a guilty verdict for this criminal wrongdoing. And to date, only one successful prosecution has been conducted, and where other
successful prosecutions have occurred, are now being challenged in the courts.
And yet, today's propaganda on the political right has morphed into an attempted transition of a mindset and where "presidential harrassment" is the latest meme. And which brings me to the
Bryon York, writing for the Washington Examiner, his opinion piece and titled, "Byron York: Yes, Trump is target of 'presidential harrassment" and dated, March 10, 2019.
"The point is, the scrutiny directed at the president from all sides, not oversight of his administration or even investigations into his election, so far exceeds anything in the past that it could
well qualify as presidential harassment.
"Democrats would no doubt respond that Trump is singularly corrupt, or that he brought it all on himself. He did not. What has happened is that Democrats, in Congress and in some key blue states, saw
investigation as a way to weaken a president they never thought would be elected and want to ensure is not re-elected in 2020. And Trump, with the most extensive business history ever brought to the
presidency, presented a lot of avenues of investigation. When he complains about harassment, he has a legitimate case to make."
Now, there is much more to be said or York's opinion piece, and especially where he fails to address, and in specific, and as Martin Longman at the Washington Monthly Magazine says, "He doesn’t care
about campaign finance violations involving bank and wire fraud, or insurance fraud, or the dangling of pardons to protect himself and other forms of obstruction of justice. He doesn’t care about
fraudulent misuse of charities or criminal misuse of inaugural money or seeming violations of the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution. These may all be accurate accusations, but for York they are
only being investigated to weaken the president. All he has to say about them is that the president “present[s] a lot of avenues of investigation.”
Therefore, we, the Latinos here in the Southwest, realize that much is being said and written, but our 'reality' will be predicated on the Mueller Report and where the Chief Investigator is charged
with the responsiblity to address both the perceived Russian Connection, as well as, the "intelligence gathering" that was utilized for perceived "criminal behavior" surrounding President Trump, his
Inauguration Committee, as well as the Presidential Campaign as it transitioned into the Inaugural Committee, and all that has followed since.
In closing, the Courts lowered the bar and where intelligence gathering led to the successful prosecution of criminal wrong doing as per the United States Versus Isa, and which is now the law of the
land. Consequently, the Muellar Report, and if and when made fully public, should address the co-operation of these two legal justifications, and as such, particularized. And of
course, Hope springs eternal.
Jaango--posted for March 18, 2019
"White Genocide" is Understandable?
When a Fox Media mouthpiece of an asshole stipulates that "white genocide is understandable" and in particular as it relates to the New Zealand's mosque massacre or of a domestic terrorism act, and
more so, contra Islamophobia, just goes to show that the marriage of Hate and Fear, defies Common Sense.
On the other hand, President Trump allocates his words to say that this Hate and Fear encapsulates a "small group of people." And with this condescending mantra, he reinforces his long held
belief that touting more Hate and Fear at his "base" can be deemed to be okay. Thusly, historians will proximate his presidential administration and its history for the ever present trash
Jaango--posted on March 16, 2019
Odds & Ends...
Despite the best efforts of the Grifters and Grafters, the approximate 90 families that paid to the various players in the affected educational institutions, are now facing fraud charges for "paying"
to have their elitiest sons and daughters circumventing the admissions process at the variety of public and private universities. Thus, a 'non-story' that has been rampant for a number of years
and which further, circumvents Affirmative Action. And added to this storyline, are several more and of far more interesting to the general public.
1. The NYPD is investigating Hate Speech after its come to their attention that a flyer showing Associate Justice Bader Ginsburg and where and when the flyer was defiled with a swastika.
2. The oil industry's Oil Petroleum Institute has spent over $700 million over the past ten years, and given the total spent $1.4 billion by the much larger industry, climate change deniers
have a long way to go to achieve any success among the general public. Not so, of course, among our Elected and Appointed Officials.
3. Facebook in the Hot Seat. Facebook is under criminal investigation for its deals selling user data to other companies, The New York Times reported. A grand jury in New York
recently subpoenaed two companies that make smartphones and other gadgets, people familiar with the requests told the Times. Both of the companies were given access to the personal data of hundreds
of millions of Facebook users. And in a non-story blaze, Facebook took down Senator Warren's comments criticizing Facebook.
4. Congrats to Talking Points Memo. In response to TPM’s Wednesday request for comment on Identity Evropa’s activity on their platform, Slack announced that it had just that day removed
28 accounts affiliated with “known hate groups.”
5. Confirmation process completed. On a partisan basis of the vote taken, 53 to 46, Neomi Rao to replace Justice Kavanaugh on the Court of Appeals. Rao, 45, heads the White House Office
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, where she plays a key role in Trump’s efforts to roll back federal rules and regulations. She also worked in the George W. Bush White House but has never tried
a case in state or federal court.
6. Goodbye Electoral College. More on this later.
7. Anti-Secularism. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has announced she will no longer enforce the provision of federal law that bans religious organizations from being funded with
taxpayer dollars for secular projects.
8. Connecticut Supreme Court Speaks. In a 4-3 decision that marks a potentially major turning point in the fight between gun law reformers and gun rights advocates, the Connecticut Supreme
Court overturned a lower court decision Thursday.
Jaango--posted on March 16, 2019
Chairman Ross' Opening Statement To the House Oversight Committee on the Census Question...
Good morning Chairman Cummings, Ranking Member Jordan, and members of the Committee. Thank you for inviting me to testify.
I also thank the Chairman for limiting this hearing scope so my staff can produce documents beyond the approximately 8,700 already provided. And I appreciate your agreement that I can submit written
answers to questions about my personal finances after the hearing.
Many of you have questions about the 2020 decennial census, and I welcome the opportunity to discuss that topic today.
Let me be clear at the outset, the Department of Commerce is fully committed to administering as complete and accurate a decennial census as we can. We intend to try to count every person and are
taking all necessary actions to do so.
When I assumed office in 2017, I immediately began a deep dive into oversight of the decennial census. There was significant work to do preparing for the hiring and training of more than 450,000
part-time temporary census workers. Working with outside experts, we concluded that the prior Administration underestimated the budget by $3.2 billion, about 25%. OMB and Congress accepted our
We are also making far greater use of administrative records than ever before, especially for one of the most severely undercounted segments, children. We have a half-billion-dollar advertising
campaign to reach hard-to-count communities. And on the 2020 decennial census, people will now be able to respond in 12 non-English languages, 5 more than in 2010.
We started our community partnership program a year earlier than last time. There are already more than 1,500 state, tribal, and local governments helping us – double what we had in 2010. And we will
do our best to collect more complete data.
On March 26, 2018, I decided to re-instate a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census pursuant to the statutory authority given to me by Congress. My reasoning is explained in my March 26,
2018 decision memo. It is available on the Department of Commerce web site.
Questions about citizenship, or country of birth — or both — were asked as part on all but one U.S. decennial census for 180 years, from 1820 to the year 2000. Indeed, the citizenship question
continues to be asked every year by the Census Bureau on the American Community Survey, or ACS for short. It is a sample survey distributed annually to about 2.64 percent of the American
Prior to my March 26 decision, we understood that the Department of Justice might want a citizenship question reinstated on the decennial census. There is no formal process for adding questions to
the decennial census. However, other federal agencies had previously submitted written requests for questions to be added to the ACS, and such requests trigger an internal Census Bureau review prior
to a final decision.
I instructed staff to follow up with DOJ for a written statement confirming whether or not DOJ was going to ask for reinstatement of the question. I wanted to make sure that we had enough time to
adequately consider any formal request that DOJ might make.
Ultimately, on December 12, 2017, DOJ made a formal written request that the Census Bureau reinstate the citizenship question on the decennial census. DOJ sought census block-level citizenship data
for use in Voting Rights Act enforcement. In response, the Census Bureau initiated a legal, policy, and programmatic review process to consider alternate means of meeting DOJ’s request.
We held discussions with numerous external stakeholders and elected officials – including Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Cummings, who opposed the idea.
We evaluated thousands of pages of analyses, including written submissions by other members of this Committee.
We submitted our list of decennial census questions to Congress by the March 31, 2018 statutory deadline.
Following receipt of DOJ’s letter, and during our review, Census Bureau officials recognized that current ACS data did not meet DOJ’s request for census block-level data. The Census Bureau analysis
also showed that when non-citizens respond to the ACS question on citizenship, they respond incorrectly approximately 30% of the time.
In my March 26 decision memo, I describe more details of the decision-making process and the alternatives we considered to reinstating the citizenship question.
As you know, certain aspects of this issue are in litigation before the Supreme Court and other courts. However, I look forward to answering as many of your questions as I can.
Again, I want to be clear that we intend to count as many people as possible. I will be happy to discuss the actions we are taking to do so. Thank you.
End of Statement
Jaango--posted on March 14, 2019
Pelosi's Current Disfavor of Impeachment...
With her latest announcement in which she is 'currently' opposed to the impeachment of President Trump, she has raised the ire of Democrats and who are predisposed to impeaching Trump shortly after
his achiieving the Oval Office. And yet, Pelosi is strategically correct and while being adamantly opposed to the Republican mindset that is their today's political mode. Further, she
astutely realizes that any legislation passed in the House chamber must be addressed in the Senate chamber and where she has to accrue a minimum of four Republican votes for any legislative passage,
notwithstanding a president's veto.
Therefore, in the next eighteen months, the toxic politics for the current non-bipartisanship behavior between both chambers, effectively demonstrates that the news media outlets will continue to
speak to this divide between the Democrats and the Republicans. And on a parallel basis, the next six to eight months, evaluating the net-point gain or loss among the long list of candidates
seeking their Democratic primary races, is not overly intoxicating for the politically-wrung-out writers.
In closing, the pundits, sages and gurus understand well that House Speaker Pelosi's somewhat distaste for "impeachment" is easily understood as for yet acquiring the elements leading to "high
crimes and misdemeanors" cannot be achieved until the Muellar Report is released and followed by the results achieved by the several House committees having completed their respective
investigations. As such, she is exemplifying a virtue for a level of patience that is much in need by the rank and file..
Jaango--posted on March 12, 2019
"The Power Grab By Democrats"... So Says McConnell
The new consensus in the House Chamber is now dated this past Friday, when their House Resolution Number One passed on a partisan line vote. And now that the Senate Republicans are 'smelling
the fear' from next two or three congressional election cycles, will pulverize the Republican voters, and the Senate leadership is not one tad of happy.
And here is the consensus view led by the Senate Republicans:
"The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved legislation aimed at reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections and strengthening ethics standards. But it stands little
chance in the Republican-run Senate, where the GOP leader has pledged it will not come up for a vote, and the White House issued a veto threat."
Thus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bill “restores the people’s faith that government works for the public interest, the people’s interest, not the special interests.”
And from the perspective of self-interest, Paul Waldman writes of the following with his reverse-engineered assessment and analysis:
1. If it were easier for more people who are not registered now did so, that would mean Republicans would lose more elections.
2. If it were easier for people with disabilities to vote, Republicans would lose more elections.
3. If the practice of voter caging were outlawed, the Republicans would lose more elections.
4. If we cracked down on deceptive practices and voter intimidation, Republicans would lose more elections.
5. If we mandated paper trails trails for ballots to ensure accuracy, Republican would lose more elections.
6. If we let those with criminal convictions who have served the time vot, Republicans would lose more elections.
7. If more Americans were able to vote early if it's convenient for them, Republicans would lose more elections.
8. If more Americans could vote by mail, Republicans would lose more elections.
9. If secretaries of state couldn't administer their own elections, as Brian Kemp did in Georgia last year, Republicans would lose more elections.
Need more be said?
Jaango--posted on March 11, 2019
"But Nobody's Listening..."
With her recent statement that she was raped when she wore our nation's uniform, Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) is today's latest part and parcel for a sexual victimology that tends to be prevalent in
the military. And of course, we, here at the Chicano Veterans Organization, and thusly, we, the former privates, the corporals and sergeants, we continue to recognize that neither our Elected
and Appointed Officials nor the military Chain of Command will effectively address this victimology, and it's all due to the inherent "patriarchy" that resides at the highest levels of institutional
Further, Congress can pass legislation that address this behavior and furthermore, this could be accomplished via a President's Executive Order, but no one is listening to us, writ large.
For over these past twenty years, we have advocated that when a sexual assault victim occurs, the "process" should be that she can call the local military police contingent and where the MP's would
escort the victim to the nearest hospital and where a rape kit examination would be completed. And shortly thereafter, this same military police contingent would immediately take the victim to
the Sheriff's Office and where the legal or formal declaration would be taken. To wit, the Sheriff's Department would conduct its investigation, and when completed, the County Attorney's Office
would make its decision to prosecute or not, and subsequently, and where necessary, a jury would render its verdict.
And in doing so, the military chain of command would be prohibited in interfering with the above described process. Otherwise, the Chain of Command would be facing its immediate career-ending
And as to this enabling patriarchy, as evidenced by the behaviors of Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump's administration, their respective "Decency Personified" has been and continues to be
remaing Missing in Action and yet, their Patriarchy continues to be quite visible. And this political nonsense needs to end!
Of course, McSally sees in herself the "solution" to address sexual assault. Thus, the general observation, is wrong as to how sexual assault victimology must be addressed. " McSally said
she shares in the disgust of the failures of the military system and many commanders who haven’t addressed the problems of sexual misconduct. She said the public must demand that higher-ranking
officials be part of the solution, setting the tone for their officers." Thus, she escapes the discussion of the Sexual Assault Victimology that the Privates, the Corporals and the Sergeants
have to contend with on a daily basis. And obviously, she believes her 'rank' and of the likeminded "rank" has its privleges as to how she, the victim, should be addressed, nonetheless.
Jaango--posted on March 8, 2019
Memos "targeting" Spanish-speakers" At Southern Border
Elliot Spagat, writing for the web site of the Talking Points Memo, has this to say:
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Border agents have been told to explicitly target Spanish speakers and migrants from Latin America in carrying out a Trump administration program requiring asylum seekers wait
in Mexico, according to memos obtained by The Associated Press that reveal some inner workings of a top government priority to address the burgeoning number of Central Americans arriving in the
The Trump administration launched the program in late January in what marks a potentially seismic shift on how the U.S. handles the cases of immigrants seeking asylum and fleeing persecution in their
homeland. The program initially applied only to those who turned themselves in at official border crossings, but a memo from a division chief of the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector says it expanded
Friday to include people who cross the border illegally.
The guidance includes instruction about various groups of immigrants who are not to be sent back to Mexico and instead go through the traditional asylum process in the U.S. immigration court system.
They include pregnant women, LGBT migrants and people suffering medical issues. Authorities said previously that Mexican asylum seekers are excluded, as are children traveling alone.
U.S. officials must check if the asylum seeker has any felony convictions and notify Mexico at least 12 hours before they are returned. Those who cross illegally must have come as single adults,
though the administration is in talks with the Mexican government to include families.
The program is being implemented as border arrests soared in February to a 12-year-high and more than half of those stopped arrived as families, many of them asylum seekers who generally turn
themselves in instead of trying to elude capture. Guatemala and Honduras have replaced Mexico as the top countries, a remarkable shift from only a few years ago.
The instructions say Mexican officials insist that no more than 20 asylum seekers are returned each day from San Diego to Tijuana, Mexico, on Monday through Saturday, underscoring challenges that the
U.S. faces in trying to quickly ramp up one of its top border enforcement priorities and most significant changes to the U.S. immigration system of Donald Trump’s presidency. Authorities said Tuesday
that more than 76,000 were stopped or apprehended at the Mexican border in February, more than double the same period last year.
A memo on Tuesday to top Border Patrol officials in San Diego said the agency is under “pressures to utilize this program as much as we can.”
Asylum-seeking families are typically released from U.S. custody immediately and allowed to settle with family or friends while their cases wind through immigration courts, which often takes years.
Critics say that amounts to “catch-and-release,” which administration officials want to limit with the new Mexico program.
In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security described the program as “another tool available in the law” to respond to the record numbers of Central American migrants arriving at the border
in recent months. The agency said the program is being carried out in a “thoughtful and deliberate manner” that protects vulnerable migrants and is done in collaboration with the Mexican
Two U.S. officials who were not authorized to discuss the internal guidance and spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed contents of the memos obtained by the AP.
Explicitly targeting Spanish speakers and Latin Americans had not been previously disclosed, though some critics said it was no surprise considering that recent arrest numbers are largely Central
Judy Rabinovitz, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the criteria “does smack of the same concerns we had in the Muslim ban,” referring to Trump’s ban on travelers from several
predominantly Muslim countries, which was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court.
“We know they are trying to get at Central American asylum seekers but to see it written there so blatantly is so disturbing,” said Rabinovitz, whose organization was among those that sued the
administration last month to block the policy.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has made the administration’s “Migrant Protection Protocols” a top priority, working for months with Mexican counterparts to seal the broad outlines of an agreement in
Testifying Wednesday in Congress, Nielsen said the U.S., working with Mexico, was exercising its authority to make people wait outside the country.
“All asylum seekers have the opportunity to present their case,” she said. “We’re not turning anybody around.”
The effort has gotten off to a modest start amid mixed signals from Mexican officials and been limited to San Diego. Tonatiuh Guillen, who heads Mexico’s immigration agency, told the AP that Mexico
accepted 112 Central Americans during the first five weeks, including 25 children. Homeland Security has declined to release numbers.
A Homeland Security official, speaking to reporters Friday on a conference call on condition of anonymity, said the administration planned to grow the effort exponentially across the border,
including to people who cross illegally between border crossings. The official declined to say when or where but said it was likely to be expanded in the next few weeks.
One memo obtained by the AP shows that it had been expanded on the same day.
And here's the Internet Link:
Jaango--posted on March 7, 2019
Odds and Ends...
With this week's focus on the Request for Documents issued by the House Oversight Committee, the lesser stories can and do get lost when it comes to the general public. And here are a "few" of
these stories that are important.
1 The House Oversight Committee has come under considerable pressure for the Oval Office's "witch hunt" platform, and yet, this same Committee has been requesting that the now Governor of
Georgia and former Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, deliver all documents related to six instances reported. Thus, “All communications regarding any voter roll purges, list maintenance activity,
or other government actions to remove voters from the rolls or cancel registrations pursuant to Georgia’s ‘use it or lose it’ law … including the voter roll purge conducted in July 2017, which
reportedly resulted in more than 500,000 people being removed from Georgia’s voter rolls due to inactivity,” to “All documents related to the allegations by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office on
November 3, 2018, that there had been a failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system, and that the Secretary of State’s Office had opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of
2. Australia says "No!" "It’s part of a crackdown on anti-semitism. Last year, Paypal suspended Yiannopoulos after he used the service to send $14.88 to a Jewish journalist. White
supremacists and neo-Nazis use “1488” because “14” is the number of words in statement by American Nazi party founder George Lincoln Rockwell:"We must secure the existence of our people and a future
for white children," and “88” represents "Heil Hitler." At the same time, Yiannopoulos sent threatening messages to journalists, "I can’t wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists
down on sight." Later, he claimed he was just trolling them. He has 30 days to appeal the rejection of his visa application."
3. Alas, from Megan Red Shirt-Shaw. In Lakota, coffee is "pejuta sapa" which means "black medicine" and is such a better concept/description for how I feel after I drink (two(+) cups)
every morning. Add me to her list.
4. The DailyKos Petition. Today (Wednesday) Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas applauded the Democratic National Committee’s decision to reject Fox News’ bid to host a
Democratic presidential primary debate. Just a few weeks ago, Daily Kos delivered a petition to DNC leadership with more than 100,000 signatures calling for this very decision. “We are thrilled
that DNC chair Tom Perez chose to listen to the grassroots activists that are the lifeblood of the party,” said Moulitsas. “Having Fox News—essentially Donald Trump’s own state media—host a debate
would’ve been like having Trump host it himself. There would have been zero upside for Democratic candidates to participate, so it was wise of party leadership to finally listen.” Daily Kos is
the nation's largest online progressive community, with 7 million unique visitors a month and an email membership of more than 3 million, and it continues to lead the way in supporting Democrats
across the country, raising over $8.7 million for candidates and campaigns in small, grassroots donations in 2017-2018
5. H.R. 1 or the "For the People Act of 2019 and thus a " sweeping package of election, campaign finance, voting, and government ethics reform. They are taking the bill up Wednesday and
Thursday." The legislation consists of 600 pages and which includes 70 amendments for consideration by the House chamber. As such, 'reality' does intrude: More transparency, better
elections, tools to fight voter suppression—it's all there, though as the ACLU argues, it does need some tweaking. This is indeed what we elected a Democratic House to do. It won't see the light of
day in Mitch McConnell's Senate, because transparency and fairness are an anathema to him.
6. In defending the sexual escapades of President Trump, Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota stipulates that "he loves his family" and follows this by saying,“I honestly think this president
loves his family … I think it has as much to do with trying not to have public discussions about something that is, for him, a private matter … and I don’t think he wanted his family to go through
7. Senate Republican John Kennedy of Louisiana readily admits that the Republicans would being doing their "witch hunt" of Donald Trump, if Trump were a Democrat. Another small world of
8. Alisyn Camerota is outraged. Thus, Journalist Haberman suggests...Haberman stated that her sources contend Trump may not have known exactly what he was paying Cohen for, and may have
thought the checks were for general legal services. And Camerota responds to the approximate 7 checks issued: “That Donald Trump every month would sign by hand a check for $35,000 and not know. This
is a man who didn’t even pay his vendors when they completed work for him. This is somebody who doesn’t part with $35,000,” she said, referencing Trump’s legendary cheapness that led him to stiff
contractors, lawyers and others who did work for him during his long business career. Of course, Common Sense, when applied properly, would acknowledge that Trump might have been reimbursing Cohen
for other payoffs or activities that he did not want revealed.
9. COINTELPRO revisited? According to the Associated Press, a San Diego television was provided with a confidential source of information in which human rights activists, lawyers and
journalists were the critical elements of a "listing" that were causing the Department of Homeland Security considerable political consternation. Thus, the "caravans" from Central America and
arriving into the Tijuana Sector of the Border Wall in California, is being considered as an affirmation that a political pushback must be addressed via the major mass media outlets, and
subsequently, the members of this "listing" are facing an entrenched opposition by the federal government.
Jaango--posted on March 7, 2019
The Bush Legacy of "Gross Incompetence"
Shortly after the Authority to Use Military Force was introduced, we, here at the Chicano Veterans Organization espoused our view that the USA should "lend" our Constititution to the Afghanistan
and Iraq for the duration of these two wars and where this newly-established Constititution would be imposed, and writ large, and for a minimal twenty or thirty years.
Today, the continued 'negotiations' for Peace currently hinge on a constitution that may or not protect women, and this consequential decision is being undertaken, and more than likely, the
women will be determined to remain as "second class citizens" given the level of vitriol by the patriarchy's staunch belief that Religion overrides Secularity, is critical to self-governance.
As such, America's negotiators are in a complementary process and which undermines today's Human Rights. Thus, the war mongers here in the United States continue to remain in ascendance.
Jaango--posted on March 4, 2019
Profiles In Courage: Diana Falzone
While employed by Fox News, Investigative Reporter, Diana Falzone, brought the story Trump-Stormy Daniels into the newsroom and where, the final decision to "deep six" this story was completed
when the Owner, Rupert Murdoch stipulated that the story was contrary to his
requirement that Trump must win the election.
More so, when Falzone brought forth the storyline that that the National Inquirer would "capture and kill" this story of Trump's sexual procilivities. Thus, she put the story together
before the election, and consequently, the Wall Street Journal reported on the story after the election took place.
Unfortunately, she was later demoted and since has sued with a settlement that includes a Non-Disclosure Agreement.
Jaango--posted on March 4, 2019
Israel's Prime Minister Has Been Indicted...
With yesterday's announcement and despite the Lukud Party's overt effort to delay this announcement, demonstrates the tangled weave of politics that's now facing Israeli voters in their pending
election and which to take place in the next few weeks.
And from the local news media, Nick Robins-Early stipulates the following:
"Israel’s attorney general on Thursday announced he will indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, local media reported.
"Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said he planned to charge Netanyahu with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. All charges are subject to a hearing, which will likely take place after a snap
election to be held in April.
"Police investigators recommended prosecuting Netanyahu on several counts last year, setting up months of public speculation over when Mandelblit would announce the charges. The indictment is
now likely to be a focal point of the campaign as Netanyahu vies for a fifth term in office."
And despite the traditional cognoscenti from here in the USA and which speaks for our nation's national security and defense schematic and where "containment of Russia, Iran and China" are the
readily available political culprits, we, here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert and who have worn our nation's uniform know well that the existing and primary focus has been on both Palestine and
Israel, as per President Carter's "peace process" from the late 1970s, continue to this day. Thus, nothing has changed!
Jaango--posted on February 28, 2019
Can a Progressive Be A "nationalist"?
Among the Democrats, the two primary contingents of voters can be 'measured' and where the Status Quo, representing the corporate-oriented Democrats and second contingent can best be described as
progressived-oriented Democrats, and thusly, 57% of Democrats represent their corporate-oriented viability. And for the progressive-oriented Democrats, they reprsent 43% of the voters.
And this is today's Latino view of today's pollitics. And this is effectively demonstrated by the over-whelming majority of the 7,200 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials currently
serving in office.
Today, the divide among corporate-oriented Democrats and progressive-oriented Democrats, is currently undergoing this meme and behavior where there are many poised to perpetuate this divide
given the frustration that reflected the vote in the primary elections in 2016. And nothing has changed since then, or we are led to believe otherwise.
To wit, in my latest book and titled, "The Chicano Movement...Circa 2017" and published by the Chicano Veterans Organization, I stipulated then, that Latinos are the largest cohort, and followed by
European Americans, African Americans, Native Americans and Asian Americans.
Consquently, the political rhetoric was consistent with "Decency Personified" and which encapsulated the "new" Ideas that addressed Self-Discipline, Hard Work and Ambition, as per the Chicano
Movement of the late 1940s and and into the early1950s. And since then, this notional for self-empowerment has been quite visible, given that Latino's "long game" continues unabated.
And one of the new Ideas for this Long Game has been quite inclusive and into today's toxic politics, is the continuing absence of the establishment and implementation of a Senate Progressive Caucus
with its attendant Progressive Caucus Foundation chartered to craft both a national Agenda and with its parallel responsibility for fundraising beneficial to progressives desiring to run for public
election, both at the municipal and state legislative levels.
And more so, when one looks to the presidential candidate nomination roster, and in particular, the former and current senators considering their 'toss of the hat' into the national election of next
year. Obviously, these dozen senators have, on ocassion, called themselves "progressive" when their apt moment arrived, yet, not been sufficiently constructive, and thusly, their "pander" to
the Latino-oriented Progressive, is measured.
And knowing that the corporate-oriented Democrats have their allegiance pledged their continuing retinue of large financial donors, is the "influence" that is challenging Latino-oriented
progressives and where the large news media outlets 'dismiss' these Latinos and as adequately observed by the Sunday Morning Talk Show schemaitc and further, where Unassailable Facts are not
effectively addressed, speaks greatly to the frustrations practiced by progressive Latinos.
Furthermore, what can these Latinos bring to the decision-making table that enables Latinos to be more deft as to the nuance and subltely that personfiies our civil discourse, writ large?
As sucn, consider the following:
Should the Democrat be victorious in November's election of next year, she will be encouraged to establish a weekly Saturday Morning Bloggers Conference and in which the top 100 blogging sites of
platform editorializing on the Internet, will take place. Thus, each Staturday, the cycle of Cabinet Secretaries, and with senior level staffers having to attend and address the myriad
questions being asked by these bloggers. And in doing so, the general public will achieve a far greater understanding of the responsibilities and duties of these governmental officials being
made available to us, the general public. And as such, we won't be obligated to "listen" to the news media's vain attempts to use their 'acces' to both elected and appointed officials, and
where tweeter-oriented politics and public policies are announced, and which further perpetuates their stories and premised on the "propaganda and pooper-ganda" that seems quite prevalent to us here
in our wonderful Sonoran Desert.
In closing, a weekly Saturday Morning Blogging Conference, elimates our need to "listen" to the mainstream media and where the 'influence' is being shifted to the Internet and where the political
grifters and grafters no longer become millionaires for and on behalf of the super wealthy achieving their presumptive 'privilege.' Now, that's Common Sense and where Progressives are at their
finest in communicating the aspirations for Latinos to continue preaching their "decency personified." schematic that has been inherent in this 'long game.'
Note: My Tip of the Hat to Egberto Willies for his Sunday article at DailyKos and titled, "Let's reset and have civil discourse, respectful debates as we choose the best Democratic
candidate." And more, Kudos for your thoughtfulness.
Jaango--posed on February 25, 2019
Should Chicano Military Vets Participate in the Democrats' Primary Process?
With former President Barack Obama being quietly commended by many Democratic Party voters/supporters for his presumptive self-restraint when it comes to any one of several possible endorsements of
presidential candidates, speaks well for him, but today, I am reminded that he never addressed our "demand" and which is as follows, despite our frustration with the Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and
Obama's behavior for their having invariably called them out for their "quiet neglect."
And in this past two weeks, the relentless criticism of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is quite indicative that our nation's Jewish community, writ large sees itself as being under a political
attack, especially when the age-old anti-semitic perspective that wealthy Jews control politicians and which demonstrates that Jews are undergoing the traditional Hate and where, ultimately, Jews are
not being overly welcomed in our nation, and particularly when applied to today's kids and the grand children. Consequently, this Hate, being realigned for the "future" has to be challenged.
And needless to say but I will, Minnesota's Member in the House chamber, entered, perhaps, inadvertently, the toxic stew that incorporates both anti-semitism and ventured further into the arena that
is "zionism.' Unfortunately, her grasp of politics, has not been overly intellectualized, since Chicano mililtary vets, have been there and done that. And of which, we are somewhat
sympathetic to her 'issue' but she took the wrong direction via her tweets and of which we understand.
And more so, from our political perspective that, too, our future must be challenged, when viewed through the prism that is today's toxic politics. Thusly, Chicanos and Native Americans here in
our wonderful Sonoran Desert, Take, for example, back in the not-so-good days of the Chicano Movement or for a starting point, that is 1985, this Chicano Movement issued its Agenda of Unmet
Needs, and of the ten issues then addressed, was the criticality of our foreign policy, and as this foreign politicy pertains, is the first and foremost behavior, that being in addressing the
territoriality of the Pastestinian and the Israel as sovereign nations. And which was addressed in the following manner and with a behavior that advanced our determined viability that has been
and is today's "Decency Personified" and as articulated on a daily basis by our over 7,000 Elected and Appointed Officials.
1. A congressional resolution approved by both the House and Senate chambers and where, once signed by Senators McConnell and Schumer and with the signatures of Representatives Pelosi and
McCarthy, this Formal Request would be submtted to the Genarl Assembly at the United Nations, for their consideration and adoption.
2. Once adopted by the General Assembly, the United Nations would establish a Border Commission that would define and design the geograhical boundaries, as per the intent of the Carter Peace
Process. And once completed via a street by street and neighborhood by neighbood basis, the results of this Commission, would be either accepted or rejected by a consequential vote of its
members in the General Assembly.
3. Once adopted by the General Assembly, the General Assembly would require that three elements be included. First, respective voters among Palestinians and Israelis, would take place at
the ballot box during the course of each's nation's general election cycle.. Second, if either respective society rejected such at the ballot box, the respective nation would no longer have
access to the United Nations. Third, if approved by the respective nations, each nation would have to establish a political vehicle that "guarantees" the self-defense of each sovereign
nation. Thusly, the subjective requirement that Israel would guarnatee the political viability of Palestine and conversely, Palestine would guarantee the political viability of Israel.
And in in doing so, each state would insure that the political interference from the surrounding nation-states would be widely diminished.
In closing, the dearth of pundits, sages and gurus, obviously give voice to our public discourse, and subsequently, campaigns during the primary season are expected to be aspirational and for the
established Grand Vision. Therefore, we should all be looking for this Grand Vision and which emphasizes the principled exemplar for "decency personified." Otherwise, we are being
distracted with the ever-ongoing meme that we, as a nation, must contend with the varying admonitions that "containment of Russia, Iran and China" is the new future for our America.
Jaango--posted on February 21, 2019
When "liberal" Media Ignores Common Sense...
When the "liberal" media, and as identified as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN, ignores the much larger context and via its content, we, and who are slavish political junkies,
recognize that such published stories do not represent "truth-telling" demonstrates that our cynicism has a formalized basis. Thus, credentialed journalism is obtusely lazy and that's by
Consequently, when President Trump announced his determination to 'espouse' his base reasoning for implementing his National Emergency" for his Wall, he was speaking to his 35%
pollitical base, and therefore, this political catering, was not amply or effectively adddressed and done so in a manner that did not address today's reality for Common Sense.
And shortly after his--Trump's announcement, the 'liberal" mass media, conveniently failed to address his failed rationale and whicy was premised on Mexico's failure to pay for Trump's
Wall. Further, of the first series or cycle of news stories, did not focus on this Mexico's "failure" to pay for the expected Wall.
Therefore, were the reporters incompetent or were the general news editors 'reflecting' the media owners constructive political bent and where 'truth-telling' is not high their list for
professionalism, given that "loyalty" of their readers were being reinforced without jeoparding their money-making opportunies by circumventing their responsibility for this, again, Truth-telling.
And of course, if you're a political junkie with an overriding behavior for assessment and analysis, propaganda, enters into this discourse by the institutions that represent and reflect the
'oddities' of today's credentialed Journalism.
Jaango--posted on February 20, 2019
An Editorial FromThe Economist...: "Millennial socialism"
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the 20th century’s ideological contest seemed over. Capitalism had won and socialism became a byword for economic failure and political oppression. It
limped on in fringe meetings, failing states and the turgid liturgy of the Chinese Communist Party. Today, 30 years on, socialism is back in fashion. In America Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a newly
elected congresswoman who calls herself a democratic socialist, has become a sensation even as the growing field of Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 veers left. In Britain Jeremy Corbyn,
the hardline leader of the Labour Party, could yet win the keys to 10 Downing Street.
Socialism is storming back because it has formed an incisive critique of what has gone wrong in Western societies. Whereas politicians on the right have all too often given up the battle of ideas and
retreated towards chauvinism and nostalgia, the left has focused on inequality, the environment, and how to vest power in citizens rather than elites. Yet, although the reborn left gets some things
right, its pessimism about the modern world goes too far. Its policies suffer from naivety about budgets, bureaucracies and businesses.
Jaango--posted on February 20, 2019
California's Attorney Xavier Becerra says:
"The president admitted that there's not a basis for the declaration, he admitted there's no crisis at the border, he's now tryinng to rob funds that were allocated by Congress legally to the
various states and people of our states...The separation of powers is being violated, were going to out there and make sure Donald Trump cannot steal money from the states and people who need them,
since we paid the taxpayer dollars to Washington, D.C. to get those services."
And of earlier today, and of the 13 states-- each has indicated that these respectives states will be initiating litigation in federal court and which will become the premise for challenging the
Trump administration. Thus, the initial effort by California and Oregon, has become a collective legal front and which has been further expanded, and with the expectation that more states will
join and actively participate.
Jaango--posted on February 18, 2019
The Politics of "la mantequilla de pastoso" Is Upon Us...
On this President's Holiday, the Republican approach to politics, has moved to the new level of a nexus for what is beyond their insightfulness and what is today's conservative right and to the
'deep' reseach being conducted on potential Democrats for next year's election cycle. Thus, "socialism" is now the context and the presumptive content that will be forthcoming over the next eighteen
months, has become quite apparent. Therefore, the 'greasy butter' of a non-fresh butter ball is being spead across the political arena, effectively demonstrates this and if one were to listen
to what is being compiled, "the propaganda campaign against high-profile non-white, non-male, non-Christian freshman Democrats" has begun.
And this behavior is best described as the starting point for what's taking place in Minnesota.
To wit, “Socialism is the greatest vulnerability by far that the House Democrats have,” Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in
an interview, adding that he had also instructed his team to spotlight “all the extreme wild ideas” that Democrats espouse, “on a daily basis, on an hourly basis if it’s available.”
However, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is having none of this nonsense. His response is saying much in support of the targeted 55 Democrats now serving in the House chamber.
And Durbin says: “We are not going to abandon socialist policies like Social Security — or is that ‘socialist security,’ is that what they call it?”
And here in the Sonoran Desert, we call it "privatized security" when we keep in mind that Bush43, after his re-election, attempted to privatize social security and failed and which we opposed
Jaango--posted on February 18, 2019
Today's Grave Stone Monument "honoring" Valentine's Day
Earlier today, I was reminded that I suggested to my beloved wife of many years that when I died and deserved to be buried appropriately, she reminded me that my gravestone would carry her
premise of "Decency Personified Existed Here."
And further, I had suggested that shortly after my death, I should be wrapped up in a blanket, taken out to some irrelevant location in our wonderful Sonoran Desert and buried without any
Thus, a 'quiet' death that had no public value to anyone. Thankfully, not to be, if tomorrow's history is properly addressed.
Happy Valentinie's Day!
Jaango--posted on February 14, 2019
Odds & Ends
Given that the final vote is expected to be taken on federal funding and including any monies for Trump's border wall, by Friday evening, much has been ongoing between the Democrats and the
1. A Free Pass on the Wounded Knee Massacre and the Trail of Tears. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican, shrugged off President Donald Trump’s tweets that
jokingly referred to Native American genocide to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) over her ancestry claims.
2. Arizona State Senator Juan Mendez has introduced two bills that would regulate the issuance of specialty license plates. As such, one plate titled "In God We Trust" has raised over a
million dollars for the benefit of an anti-LGTBQ organization.
3. Like New Mexico's Governor, California Governor Greg Newson has removed his state's National Guard from the Mexico border, and has done so on the premise that the border "emergency" is a
4. Governor Northam of Virginia is not going to resign. And the latest polling has the results that approximately 50% of whites say he should resign and with remaining white respondents
say that the Governor should not resign. As to the African American respondents, the overwhelming majority say that he should not resign.
5. The politics in the State of Maine. Shortly and after her affirming vote in the Senate for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senator Susan Collins and her premise was that he would support Roe V.
Wade legislation. Thereafter, she raised several million dollars in campaign contributions. However, with Kavanaugh's latest vote in SCTOTUS, she is now facing a sizable "push back." It
seems that now she will be facing considerable animosity at the ballot box by Maine voters, and the the Pro-Choice groups and and collectively with Democrats, are now raising a sizable amount of
money to support their anti-Collins campaign.
6. From Axios. The 5 largest conglomerates combining health insurance and pharmacy benefits are on track this year to be bigger than the 5 preeminent tech companies. The big picture:
Anthem, Cigna, CVS Health, Humana and UnitedHealth Group cumulatively expect to collect almost $787 billion in 2019, compared with $783 billion of projected revenue for Facebook, Amazon, Apple,
Netflix and Google.
7. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is espousing that El Chapo should pay for Trump's border wall.
8. Elliot Abrams gets burned. Congresswoman and Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ilhan Ombar (D-Minn), suggested to Abrams, "I fail to understand why members of this
committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give should be truthful?" And by way of background, Abrams has lied to Congress and abetting war crimes by U.S. allies relevant to
the funding of terrorists in Nicaragua. He was pardoned by President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
9. Howard Schultz of Starbucks fame, and now on a his book-selling tour, has espoused his intention to run for president in 2020 and as an Independent, is stipulating that the New Green Deal is
both "immoral" and "not realistic."
Jaango--posted on January14, 2019
Another View on anti-semitism...
Our good friend of many years, is Ed Kilgore, and writes the following over at the web site that is the New York Magazine's 'the intelligencer' and subsequently, a differing look at this
subject matter relevant to anti-semitism.
And titled, "The Christian Right, Not AIPAC, Drives the GOP’s Pro-Israel Stance" and dated, February 11, 2019
Here are a couple of salient paragraphs and with the internet link to follow for a more in-depth reading and understanding.
"The resulting firestorm has mostly been composed of critics from both parties accusing Omar of consciously promulgating the ancient smear of wealthy Jews buying influence, and some defenders
suggesting she’s accurately describing AIPAC’s vast power.
"I very recently defended Omar and her fellow Muslim representative, Rashida Tlaib, against McCarthy’s attacks, but I cannot countenance her attribution of pro-Israeli attitudes, within and beyond
the Republican Party, to the “Jewish lobby,” however it’s defined. And while her remarks about AIPAC don’t necessarily show she’s anti-Semitic — some of AIPAC’s best friends have good reason to
exaggerate its importance as well — she is playing into stereotypes that aid Republican efforts to suggest that any criticism of Bibi Netanyahu’s policies exist on a slippery slope that leads to
passing around copies of Protocols of the Elders of Zion. She should not have gone there, because in fact there are much greater and simpler explanations for general and very specific pro-Israel
attitudes in this country that bely the claim that it’s “all about the Benjamins.”
"The idea that it’s “Jewish money” or “the Jewish lobby” or AIPAC that’s the main reason Republicans have moved in this direction is an absolutely ideal distraction from the real reasons, and one
that furthers the argument that you have to choose between Netanyahu, settlements, and Greater Israel on the one hand, or anti-Semitism on the other. To the very limited degree that AIPAC really
matters, it does not do so by deliberately alienating Democrats or insisting that any criticism of the current government of Israel or of the United States is rooted in anti-Semitism. This Republican
party line, which I’d argue is as perilous for Israel as it is for Palestinians, comes from other sources. If Ilhan Omar understands that, she should make it clear before she inadvertently becomes a
casualty in the war of anti-Muslim extremists against anyone seeking peace and justice in the Middle East."
Here's the link:
However, other writers, and some with overly-endowed smartness, speaks to this subject matter as well. Take, for example, Nancy Letourneau, writing for the Washington Monthly Magazine has this
to say in her article, titled, "A More Twisted Form of Anti-Semitism" and dated, February 12, 2019.
As such, she goes on to quote Jonathan Merritt and where he goes on to 'explain' his particularized view on religiosity,as it pertains to a much larger world.
"For evangelicals like us, the Bible was not just the story of God’s involvement in the past or a guide for righteous living in the present. It also served as God’s blueprint for the future. We
believed that the sacred scriptures, and the book of Revelation in particular, foretold a day when Jesus would return to earth to obliterate evil and offer his followers a prized place in God’s
kingdom. We collectively clamored for this day to arrive.
"Liberty University was a hotbed for a popular theology among evangelicals called “dispensationalism,” which divides history into distinct ages or dispensations. According to this teaching, when
first-century Jews rejected Jesus, a new “church age” began in which Christians would act as “God’s chosen people.” This dispensation will continue until God takes Christians to heaven, leaving the
“unchosen” behind for a period of turmoil. This is known as “the rapture.”
"While dispensationalism teaches that God is currently focused on the Christian church, believers in this theology assert that when the last days arrive, God will draw the Jewish people back to
Israel where they will rebuild the temple and eventually accept Jesus as the rightful Messiah. This will trigger the return and reign of Jesus."
Therefore, Nancy Letournea is correct when she closes out her writing with the following paragraph:
"In a way, this is actually a somewhat twisted form of anti-semitism. Rather than relying on old tropes about Jews, the state of Israel and its people become simply pawns in the mythology
evangelicals have constructed about the end times. And, of course, Trump is willing to use all of that to maintain his own power and ego. None of this will end well for the Jewish people, or the rest
Jaango--posted on February 12, 2019
Does a "discourse analysis" Miss the Basic Premise for Context and Content?
Of course it does!
And here's why.
Thus, my two intersecting points, as in President Trump's "Trail" in one of his latest tweets, and secondly, on the tweet by Congresswoman and Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of
Minnesota. As such, she pointed out that the 'influence' of AIPAC is widespread and premised on the needs espoused by Israel, and further, later added that "monies" or "benjamins" is what this
political interaction is all about within both chambers of Congress.
From Trump: Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she
decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!
Of course, Trump was referencing the "Trail of Tears" AND consequently, the genocide of Native Americans, writ large. And how did this 'escape" the attention of the Democrats, writ large,
as well? Or when you're dumb, you're just dumb. Or is it 'intentional ignorance/"
However, the wrath of the leadership of the Democratic members in Congress, has caused Omar to apologize to anyone who perceived her tweet as for being another tangent of a critique that bee
another premise for being of "anti-semitism."
Therefore, should I take my yardstick out of my back pocket, this measurement tool registers that Trump's expressed racism is far more important than is a tweet that speaks to the undue
influence that Israel has long adopted and utilized, and very effectively.
Perhaps, I'm a tad too cynical, but our history continues to be quite adamant, and nonetheless, relevant in its importance.. Take, for example, in 1985, the Chicano Movement issued it
Agenda of Unmet Needs, and where one item addressed the national sovereignty between Palestinians and Iraelis, from the standpoint of our nation's national security and defense systemic and where the
first priority was to address our first and foremost foreign policy conundrum.. And needless to say, but I will, the Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Obama and Trump administrations have known of
this, of our many years of our advocacy from here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert.
Jaango--posted on February 12, 2019
Is It The Green New Deal...or The Brown New Deal?
Despite all the political furor over the Green New Deal and where the "socialists" are demonstrating heft of their political persuasion and with the advent of the new Democrats into the House
chamber, seems to be quite 'conservative' and in accordance with 'yardsticking' the Freedom Caucus. Thus, the "Green New Deal Caucus" versus the "Freedom Caucus" will add considerable luster
and excitement to our politics over the next two years.
Of course, I am using a tad of satire here and as intended, but the larger and more focused satirists are helping me to easily comment and done in a far better fashion.
As such, our good friend, Kevin Drum over at the Mother Jones Magazine, does a more expanded version. As such this is his listing and consequently, easily earns my Tip of the Hat.
* Commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions within ten years
* Provide “millions” of good, high-wage jobs
* Repair and upgrade US infrastructure
* Provide everyone with access to clean air and clean water
* Repair historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women,
the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth
* Protect against extreme weather events
* Eliminate pollution and greenhouse gases “as much as technologically feasible”
* Meet 100 percent of power demand via renewable and zero-emission sources
* Upgrade to smart grids
* Upgrade all existing buildings for maximum energy efficiency
* Invest in public transit and high-speed rail
* Mitigate the long-term health effects of pollution and climate change
* Restore fragile ecosystems
* Clean up hazardous waste sites
* Provide higher education to all
* Invest in R&D of new energy technologies
* Build wealth, community ownership, and good jobs in marginalized communities
* Create union jobs that pay prevailing wages
* Guarantee living wage to everyone
* Guarantee family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to everyone
* Improve union bargaining strength
* Strengthen labor and workplace safety standards
* Enact trade rules that increase jobs but don’t transfer pollution overseas
* Reform the use of eminent domain
* Ensure that all business are free from unfair competition
* Provide all people of the United States with high-quality health care
* Provide all people of the United States with good housing
* Provide all people of the United States with economic security
* Provide all people of the United States with healthy and affordable food
* Provide all people of the United States with access to nature
This is really more of a social democratic manifesto than a climate change plan. Perhaps instead of Green New Deal, it should just be called “Finish Up the New Deal”?
NOTE ONE: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward J. Markey introduced a resolution Thursday to advance the goals of the so-called Green New Deal, a progressive overhaul aiming to curb
the effects of climate change. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had not yet read the resolution, but that she welcomes her caucus’ enthusiasm.
NOTE TWO: From Trump's Misjudged/Misguided Teleprompter: "Since the founding of our nation, many of our greatest strides--from gaining our independence to abolition of civil rights, to
extending the vote for women--have been led by people of faith started in prayer." (oops!)
Need more be said?
Jaango--posted on February 9, 2019
Odds & Ends
With this week's attention focused on this past Tuesday's State of the Union speech, not much has grabbed our attention, other than the 'opinions' being expressed by the silliness that passes as
being informed, despite the impact of misguided politics and policies that have been around for the past several years. Thus, the 29 subject areas that was the Trump 'consensus' speaks to what
we can expect in the future, despite what the House Democrats will deter and as well as what the Senate Republicans will deter, all during the next two years or until the 2020 presidential election
cycle, has been complete and taken effect. Now, do we need to fasten our seat belts due to this expected street fight? And my reference to a 'street fight' is equivalent to the Wall Street
"fight" that will be inflicted on our Elected Officials via campaign contributions and Citizens United.
1. Trump says: "Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. America was founded on liberty and independence — and not government coercion,
domination and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country."
2. From the Wall Street Journal: "Is President Trump losing control of the foreign-policy agenda? Last week the administration suffered a stinging political defeat as the Senate
voted 68-23 to advance a bill that criticizes his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan."
3. John Bolton's "troika of tyranny." The administration is attempting to advance a presumptive aggressiveness of an hemispheric strategy, not only at Venezuela, but to include the
participation of Cuba and Nicaragua in President Maduro's current self-inflicted economic meltdown, is now becoming quite apparent. In the meantime, over 1 million Venezuelanos have been moving into
the surrounding nations in order to survive this economic disaster.
4. Trump tax returns. The House Ways and Means Committee is now taking testimony on national tax policy, and in an unwanted fashion by President Trump, this Committee has the authority to
collect and make public the IRS documentation. And for some with bated breath, the release of the tax returns, will prove that not much has been learned via this all-encompassing effort.
5. The Big Subpoena. The House Judiciary has issued it "big subpoena" for the Chairman's use should the Acting Attorney General refuse to attend his hearing on Friday, and further, should
the Acting AG refuse to answer questions regarding 'executive privilige', the subpoena cand and will be utilized. Additionally, the Republican members attempted to include the Deputy AG, and
that was voted down by the Democratic majority.
6. The Good News. The Joint Chamber of both House and Senate members are expected to achieve their Grand Compromise on border security issues, and as being demanded by House Leader
Pelosi and subsequently, avoiding another government shutdown on February the Fifteenth. And whatever is being achieved, President Trump will have his final say and before or after he utilizes
his Veto Pen.
7. The Argumentation on "fact checking" has turned the corner from Unassailable Facts and turned this behavior on its head. Thus, the immediate "urgency" for fact-checking is now
perceived as thoroughly non-error free, since the immediacy for 'correctness' is not so assured. Therefore, 'fact-checking' is a supreme waste of time. Now, can the punditry find any
"socialism" or "neoliberalism" element that defies the Unassailable Facts. If so, bring it on!
8. The "privatized wall". The supplemental elements on the Far Right are circling their wagon for a potential political payoff. As such, the latest crew consists of "former
chief strategist Steve Bannon; voter disenfranchiser Kris Kobach; notorious Blackwater founder Erik Prince; controversial former sheriff David Clarke; immigration hardliner and former Congressman Tom
Tancredo; and offensive meme spewer and former baseball great Curt Schilling." Is the latest meme on 'national security'?
9. The Governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grishamhas removed her state's National Guard from the New Mexico-Mexico border and accomplished on the premise that Trump's border crisis does not
exist. Kudos to her!
10. In Nogales, Arizona, the City Council unanimously approved a Resolution that requires that Homeland Security and its Border Patrol to remove the four strands of concertina wire from its
Border Fence. Citizens testified that unrivaled Fear must be addressed since many residents do nol lock their doors at night. Thus 'decency personified' is being practiced.
Jaango--posted on February 8, 2019
Is the House Intel Committee the 'nexus' for the ongoing Mueller Investigation?
In his State of the Union speech, President Trump stipulated that any congressional investigation was unwarranted and from earlier today, he said that the House Intelligence Committee's new and
larger investigation is "presidential harassment."
However, the Chairman, Representative Schiff, is now releasing the closed door testimony taken under the former Chairman, Devin Nunes, and subsequently, this testimony will be submitted to the
Mueller Investigation. To wit, Schiff will be 'opening' another but wider investigation and premised on the following statement:
“The president’s actions and posture towards Russia during the campaign, transition, and administration have only heightened fears of foreign financial or other leverage over President Trump and
underscore the need to determine whether he or those in his administration have acted in service of foreign interests since taking office”
And when Schiff was the Ranking Member, he could not get Chairman Nunes to permit the taking of closed door testimony from 27 persons that would have had an expected and impactful result, despite the
final report's conclusions voted on by the then majority of Republicans. Further, the transfer of the existing House testimony is being premised on possible "perjury" charges being crafted.
And again, President Trump espoused that Congressman Schiff is the equivalent to, “He has no basis to do that. He’s just a political hack who’s trying to build a name for himself."
Jaango--posted on February 6, 2019
Can Mama Sanita's Common Sense Be Refuted?
When a political writer starts and titles his 'column' of the traditional 500 words with an inglorious Question Mark, it's best to consider such a column as part and parcel to more Click Bait, or for
some self-serving self-aggrandizement that flows quite sensationalized into the realm of "propaganda and 'pooper-ganda'" writ large.
Thus, Mama Sanita's Common Sense challenges this toxic political behavior and which encapsulates "denial, deflection and diversion" that is the premise of the Three D's in our public
And as such, a few pundits, sages and gurus, understand well this 'mixed stew' for any political consumption, and forthwith, permits me to enter into this obvious Argumentation. Therefore
consider the following, knowing full-well that we, the Chicanos and Native Americans are far ahead of the 'pander' that is being preached to us from the likes of the advocates continuing to
deliver this "marketing and sales" behavior, and with an expection that such a delivery vehicle is an actualized opportunity for 'closing the sale.' And not so, of course.
And with this thought in mind, Les Leopold's latest and published effort via Common Dreams, caught my attention due his ability to 'capture' a newer or perhaps, a view that best describes the
"moderate" in Democratic Party politics. As such, he concentrates his focus on a public opinion poll that expands further, the traditional 1000 responders to a much larger responder base
that consists of over 8,000 responders and to which a greater assessment for accuracy, is possible. And in doing so, he describes the following far more accurately:
Let’s take a look at the eye-popping data from the 2016 presidential election, put together by the Voter Survey Group, which polled 8,000 Americans (a very large sample which is eight to fifteen
times larger than most of the surveys we usually see in the news.) A study of these voters showed that they could be divided into four major groups. (See Lee Drutman, “Political Divisions in
2016 and Beyond.” Note: the title names used below are mine not his.).
The first group, Left Populists, are those who are both social and economic progressives. They support immigration, women and minority equality, LBGTQ rights and immigration. They also worry about
rising inequality and support proposals that would attack it.
The second group, Nativist Populists, also worry about rising inequality and support proposals that attack it. But they are more comfortable with traditional gender roles, have qualms about abortion,
see immigration as a problem and are not particularly supportive about LBGTQ rights.
The third group are the Arch Conservatives who are not interested in reversing economic inequality or social inequality.
And finally we have the Socially Liberal/Fiscal Conservatives. This is the home base for the “moderate” politicians who are wooing Wall Street and see themselves as the sensible alternatives to the
So more or less, that’s who we are. If the electorate were equally divided among these four groups, the “moderates” might have an argument.
The facts tell a different story:
Left Populists account for 44.6 percent of the electorate according to this study.
28.9 percent are Nativist Populists. This means that nearly three-quarters of all voters fear runaway inequality and want to reduce it. But these economic populists are divided on identity
Arch Conservatives account for another 22.7 percent.
And that leaves a miniscule 3.8 percent for the Socially Liberal/Fiscal conservatives.
And for my ease of understanding, I have long-argued that there are two categories of Democrats, that being the Progressive-oriented Democrats at a consistent 43% ratio and with the Status
Quo-oriented Democrats consistent with a 57% ratio, and the above statistics have proven me to be correct, over these many years. Therefore, my long-held Argumentation is predicated on the
heightened levels of demographics, thusly, the political realm of Progressives will come to fruition, hence, in 20 years. Furthermore, our patience for our "long game" ccmmenced with the Chicano
Movement and which originated shortly after World Two and by our returning military vets, is now visible on the political horizon.
In closing, today's advent of the Millennials will adding much to the leadership of today's Five Co-horts of Progressives. Be so advised in which Coalition-Building is of paramount
Jaango--posted on February 4, 2019
Odds & Ends...
1. Democratic billionaire, Jeff Bezos, and owner of both Amazon and the Washinton Post was quietly investigating the transition of his 'rough texts' between him and his mistress. And the
National Inquirer was the media outlet. And the National Enquirer is part and parcel to the Trump Dump. So, go figure?
2. Sarah Huckabee Sanders went on the Christian Broadcasting Network and espoused that God wanted Donald Trump to the President of the United States of America. Thusly, a godly devination
works in today's Republican politics.
3. Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) jested that he was an admirer when he touted, "I aspire to be an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez" and "I can't dance for shit." And the satire on the
internet came forward in the form of "Republicans can't dance" and that's just for starters.
4. Meghan McCain, the daily show of The View criticized Senator McConnell for his hostility toward voting rights.
5. There are now 'leaked' documents that contradict the NRA's trip to Moscow was arranged by Maria Butina. Thus, the historical denial by the NRA now is butt-biting the NRA and the next
question is what did the NRA do with the multi-million dollar donation made to the NRA from Russia?
6. In Virginia, the Republicans are in a tizzy over third-third trimester abortions should be considered infanticide. And the Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, and whom is medical doctor
had this to say: “[Third trimester abortions are] done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that's nonviable. So in this particular example, if a mother is in
labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen.”
And “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would
ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
So … he said that "if a baby was born, despite the pregnancy being compromised to the point where a third-trimester abortion was necessary, because labor had started, and a baby with
severe abnormalities was born, it would be cared for as appropriate, with the mother and and doctor making that decision together.
7. In Michigan, one of latest public opinion polls does not bode well for his re-election. By a 21-point margin, a majority of respondents also oppose a Southern border wall, with 58
percent saying the government should reopen without spending Trump's requested $5.7 billion on a wall and 37 percent in favor of spending the $5.7 billion.
8. Democratic Representative Jaquin Castro of Texas, speaks on the following: :"the Families Belong Together Act seeks to bring a modicum of justice by helpinng parents and
Jaango--posted on February 1, 2019
Kudos to LULAC in Texas!!
In its latest story on election shenanigans, The Texas Tribune, is quite emphatic with its title of "Latino civil rights group sues over Texas voter citizenship review, calling it an
"election-related 'witch hunt'" and dated January 29, 2019.
Thus, the three initial or primary paragraphs are as follows:
"A Latino civil rights group is suing top Texas officials over what the organization says is an “election-related ‘witch hunt’” designed to intimidate legitimately registered voters by asking them to
prove their citizenship.
"In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Antonio, lawyers for the League of United Latin American Citizens' national and Texas arms alleged that Texas Secretary of State David Whitley and Attorney
General Ken Paxton violated a portion of the federal Voting Rights Act that prohibits the intimidation of voters.
"They point to an advisory issued Friday in which Whitley’s office said it was flagging individuals who had provided the Texas Department of Public Safety with some form of documentation — including
a work visa or a green card — that showed they were not citizens when they were obtaining driver’s licenses or ID cards. The state put the number of registered voters who fell into that category at
approximately 95,000 — 58,000 of whom had voted in one or more elections from 1996 to 2018."
And from my perspective here in Arizona, the Elected and Appointed Officials in Texas failed in their constititonal duty for sending out their letters to the affected voters and consistent for their
congratuations for achieving their naturalized citizenship as well as for demonstrating their constitutional perogative for voting.
Therefore, "decency personified" as per our national Constitution, was achieved by these voters and of course, Texas' Elected and Appointed Officials failed in the American essence that is to be
consummated via for "decency personified".
Further, Florida is now following in the footsteps of Texas, and premised on the Republican's animosity toward Latino voters for interfering in their Neoliberalism Dream of a Continuing Greatness for
spending the taxpayer's endowed wealth
Jaango--posted on February 1, 2019
Two Stories That Deserve Our Attention...
Given the dizzying amount of information now readily available to us, here are two 'stories' that will have serious consequence for all of us, while knowing that 'moving' the ongoing public
discussions that are challenging the Super Wealthy regarding their philanthrophy, is now in play.
Jack Schneider at The New Republic writes—Betsy DeVos Is Fabricating History to Sell a Bad Education Policy:
In a speech last week to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made her latest pitch for a radical transformation in the nature of public schooling—one that would place
vocational education front and center.
“There are over seven million unfilled jobs in the United States,” she told her audience, because “there is a disconnect between education and the economy.” She declared that civic leaders need
to “disrupt” education, or at the very least “rethink” it.
Over the past several years, DeVos has laid the groundwork for this position by telling a very particular story about the history of American education. Schools, she has argued, were modeled
after factories, and “students were trained for the assembly line.” But as the economy shifted over time, schools failed to keep pace. As she has repeatedly insisted, schools remain “stuck in a mode”
from 100 years ago.
The solution, then, is seemingly quite simple. Schools need to be overhauled so that they focus on preparing young people for the jobs of the future. According to DeVos, “You have to think
differently about what the role of education and preparation is.”
If schools are out of date, it seems entirely reasonable to rethink what they do and how they look. But DeVos’s solution is misguided in part because it’s based on a fabricated story. The actual
history of workplace training in American schools is far less convenient for her reform agenda. [...]
Lucian K. Truscott IV at Salon writes—Mueller closes the circle of Russian collusion on Trump:
A reasonable analogy to the underlying crimes committed during the 2016 election would be this: Suppose someone over in Russia sends an agent to the United States to steal a pistol to be used in the
crime of robbing a bank. They hide the pistol somewhere in the U.S. and go back to Russia.
Then they contact an intermediary in London and tell them where the pistol is hidden. The intermediary contacts an American citizen in the United States, tells them where the pistol is, and the
American takes the pistol and uses it to rob a bank in the United States.
Voila! You have the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation. The Russians, from Moscow, electronically steal the Democrat’s emails by copying them. They transmit the address where the emails are
hidden to WikiLeaks in London.
WikiLeaks takes the address of the stolen emails and transmits it to American media outlets. The Trump campaign uses the stolen emails to rob the United States of America of a free and fair
Jaango--posted on January 31, 2019
Cybersecurity and Latino Voter Behavior....
In this past election cycle, the "influence" or "undue influence" from such efforts from either China or Russia or Iran to interfere from in this past election cycle and which had no direct or
indirect influence or of an even direct impact on Latino voting behavior, is quite obvious.
Consequently, the latest effort by the intelligence community via Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, to encourage the Senators via his testimony before the Senate Intelligence
Committee, and where he had this to say:
1. “probably already are looking to the 2020 U.S. elections as an opportunity to advance their interests.”
2. “U.S. adversaries and strategic competitors almost certainly will use online influence operations to try to weaken democratic institutions, undermine U.S. alliances and partnerships, and shape
policy outcomes in the United States and elsewhere.”
3. He added that the U.S. intelligence community expects those adversaries “to refine their “capabilities and add new tactics as they learn from each other’s experiences, suggesting the threat
landscape could look very different in 2020 and future elections.”
4. "aggravating" social and racial tensions and striking back at anti-Kremlin politicians. Moscow may also seek to spread disinformation, launch cyberattacks and manipulate data.
5. "directly manipulate or disrupt election systems — such as by tampering with voter registration or disrupting the vote tallying process — either to alter data or to call into question
our voting process."
And at the end-of-the-day, there is no "report" consistent with data compilation that China, Russia or Iran had any seminal or sizable impact on this past election cycle, even though several persons
in the Trump orbit had contact with Russian nationals.
Now, should we, the Chicanos, take the National Director of Intelligence, nonetheless, his latest congressional statement, seriously?
Jaango--posted on January 29, 2019
"College isn't for everyone"?
With yesterday's seminal freak-out by the well-noted Tom Brokaw on Sunday's Meet the Press, effectively demonstrates that "Hispanics need to assimilate" can only be accomplished via education, both
from K-12 and through an accomplished success via a college and university systemic for acquiring a four-year college degree.
And its in this regard that I enjoyed her column of recent vintage and published by the website of RealClearPolitics.Com and titled, "This College President Is Willing To Tell You College Isn't For
Everyone" and dated January 23, 2019. Thus, Joy Pullman from the Federalist Society and an expert in education, causes me to disagree with her advocacy relative to her tout of Hillsdale College
President's Larry Arne.
And as a quick summary, President Arne stipulates the following:
"The purpose of education — to teach people how to live, to introduce them to the great questions that shape a good life and the variety of robust answers people throughout human history have given
to such ultimate questions. This gives the young the mental equipment they need to pursue their own good life, rather than leaving them, as our education institutions largely do now, adrift in the
ocean with no food, no water, no map, and no rudder."
Therefore, I disagree with Arne as well as Pullman, and done so, from today's three stereotypes that exist in today's political arena, and as such:
1. The Native American Stereotype..."He's just another white guy!"
2. The Latino Stereotype..."El gringo quere componer todo con su... 'I'm sorry!"
3. The European American Stereotype: "I don't care...I'll be dead...So what's your point?"
And it's from this standpoint that we should consider even more and as to the following:
"Back in 1985, the Chicano Movement issued its Agenda of Unmet Needs, and of the 10 elements addressed was the formulation and implemention of the Academic-Military Draft. To wit, a high
school graduate or a high school dropout could enlist for a 3-year term, and while engaged, 50% of time would be spent on 'soldiering' and the remaining amount of time spent in a classroom and
where college-level general studies were to be conducted.
"After three years and at separation, each person would hold in one hand, the Honorable Discharge and in the other hand, each person would hold a two-year college degree and equivalent to an
Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies. Consequently, Self-Discipline, Hard Work, and Ambition would become the starting point for our nation's "equality at the finish line."
"And if one harkens back to the Bush/Cheney administration, the implementation of this Academic-Military Draft, today, we would have a young population of over 30 million millennials under the
age of 36, each being a military veteran and for having accrued a four-year college degree. As such, Common Sense would dictate that taxpayer supported colleges and universities would be
standing in line to recruit these former enlistees and where Affirmative Action would not be on today's Roster of Characteristics for Enrollment. In short, decision-makers would adjust the requisite
use of scholarships and other related tangibles/intangibles for insuring that these military veterans/students would become outstanding successes.
"Now, white America knows about the Academic-Military Draft and has since 1985, and which begs the question of white America knows about the Academic-Military Draft of an 'unmet need'--still
borne--of a systemic continuation for more criminal stupidity, albeit, a quiet segregation."
And to take it one step further, we all know that federal and local law enforcement agencies do not collect their data compilation of criminal statistics and where miltiary vets demonstrate a
criminal behavior that directly impacts military vets on the receiving end of this criminal behavior. And that is an intentional behavior that is conveniently dismissed, otherwise, law
enforcement agencies, writ large, would be demanding greater amounts of monies for addressing the context and content of this potentially or perceived criminal behavior.
However, since military vets don't inflict much if any criminal behavior, today's incarceration rate could be sizably reduced and thusly, saving taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars
annually. And given that current level of congressional spending of over $1.5 trillion annually on National Security and Defense, the cost of this implementation of an Academic-Military Draft,
would lead to the taxpayers in each state, a sizable drop in spending for taxpayer-supported colleges and universities. And these neglible costs could and possibly should be shifted onto
the curriculum for third and fourth year academics as well as expanding the graduate schools where needed.
In closing, the wealth of participants among the pundits, sages and gurus, have yet to address this subject matter and which is equivalent to the academics, i.e., economisits and where an approximate
50% of the economists are correct in their predictions and where the remaining approximate 50% of economists are wrong. Thus, these wrong-headed economists continue to be employed, and
regardless of their continuing and thunderous rationales.
Jaango--posted on January 28, 2019
From the Los Angeles Times...
"Customs and Border Protection allocated $60.7 million to Accenture Federal Services, a management consulting firm, as part of a $297-million contract to recruit, vet and hire 7,500 border
officers over five years, but the company has produced only 33 new hires so far.
"On Jan. 25, 2017, five days after Trump was inaugurated, he signed executive orders to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, vowing
to beef up border security and crack down on illegal immigration….Today, Customs and Border Protection — the Border Patrol’s parent agency — has more than 3,000 job vacancies, according to House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. That’s about 2,000 more than when Trump signed the orders, according to a Government Accountability Office report on CBP’s hiring challenges."
And to further your reading, here's the internet link:
And needless to say, 'border security' needs well over 1,300 new agents each year due to retirements and further, the agents seeking new employment due obviously to the low pay
Jaango--posted on January 28, 2019
Is Being "short-listed" So Terrible?
With four formally announced presidential candidates for the Democrats, and with a pending 20 possible candidates to further announce their Ambition, within the next six months, not much
attention is being given to those persons who would much prefer their promotion onto the short-list of "nominees" for the position of Vice President.
And a good friend of longstanding had this to say regarding Ambition:
"A few days ago, Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego said that when it came to a potential Senate bid against appointed GOP incumbent Martha McSally, he was “basically making the final decision and
we'll have that in the next couple weeks,” which made it sound like we’d be getting an announcement soon. However, unnamed sources tell The Hill that, while Gallego is likely to decide whether to run
in the next few weeks, he probably wouldn’t be announcing anything before Phoenix’s special election for mayor takes place on March 12.
"Kate Gallego, the congressman’s former wife, is the frontrunner in the mayoral race against Daniel Valenzuela, another former city councilor and a fellow Democrat. The Gallegos reportedly still
have a strong relationship, and it sounds like these unnamed sources believe that the congressman doesn’t want to do anything that might disrupt Kate Gallego’s campaign.
"Astronaut Mark Kelly and former GOP Attorney General Grant Woods have also talked about seeking the Democratic nod, and they’ve each reportedly met with the DSCC. However, one name we haven’t
heard from recently is freshman Rep. Greg Stanton. Last month, Politico reported that Stanton was eyeing this race, but there haven’t been any reports about him meeting with national Democrats since
then. The Hill writes that Stanton is “keeping his options open” for a 2022 run for governor, when GOP incumbent Doug Ducey will be termed-out, but he’s “unlikely” to run for the Senate next
Jaango--posted on January 24, 2019
Is it "propaganda" or is it "pooper-ganda"?
One of the many worthwhile joys in demonstrating a skill set for writing, is found in having the opportunity express oneself in the English language and for creating "words" that properly
or appropriately describe today's political nonsense and further, where some consequentlial writers craft words that truly are nonsensical.
Take for example, on Laura Ingraham's pod cast, she took great effort in her denigration of New York's Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and where she benighted the status of 'minority
privilege" onto Ocasio-Cortez, and of course, she gave credit to conservative-oriented Victor Davis Hanson for his authorship of this pooper-ganda, thusly, establishing "minority privilege" into
today's lexicon of political savagery.
In short, Ingraham's tout of "“That’s privilege...I think Victor Davis Hanson called it ‘minority privilege’ in his piece that he just wrote, that the people who are the most protected are the
people who are the first to say ‘white privilege’ because then, you can’t ever criticize them again.”
And in inserting Hanson, she was justifying that she has a wealth of support among her fellow conservatives for her misguided "pooper-ganda."
And yet, from my standpoint, that being Yaqui/Apache/Chicano/ Military Vet, I take Ingraham's rant in the manner and within her ideology as intended. To wit, her intellectual
gravitas is quite deficient. More so, and from my standpoint that being called a "second class citizen" by non-military vets espousing this ineffective Agrumentation, is consistent with
having been asked and repeatedly as in "show me your papers!"
In closing, Arizona's infamous Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, for having been given a Trump 'pardon,' has been there and back for the entirety of his political career, and as such,
Ingraham still has many years remaining toward an effort for the constant denigration of 'racial and ethnics.' And which means that her intellectualized Argumentation, has yet to be fulfilled
and from the standpoint of an iconic approach to today's Mama-Sanita of Common Sense.
Jaango--posted FOR Monday's Holiday, January 21, 2019
Democrats Introduce $15 Minimum Wage Bill
Laura Clawson, a writer over at the web site of DailyKos, had this to say of the legislation introduced in the Democratic-controlled House Chamber.
Congressional Democrats introduced $15 minimum wage legislation on Wednesday. That would more than double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which hasn’t risen since 2009. As years
have gone by and workers have organized around a $15 minimum wage—which has been passed in California, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia, as well as in several cities—Democrats’
ambitions for a minimum wage increase have gone from $9 to $10.10 to $12 to, now, $15.
The new legislation would provide an immediate boost to $8.55 an hour, then rise gradually to $15 in 2024, at which point it would be linked to the median worker’s income, providing automatic gradual
raises so that there wouldn’t be any more 10-year plateaus. The plan would also give tipped workers a raise from the $2.13 an hour they’ve been getting for nearly 30 years.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 would give 41 million people an average $3,500-a-year raise. Nearly two-thirds of the people who’d get raises work
full-time, 56 percent are women, 47 percent have some college education, 28 percent have children, and more than half are between the ages of 25 and 54. Forty percent of African-American workers and
34 percent of Latino workers would get a raise. It’s not just service workers who would be affected, either:
Substantial percentages of manufacturing and construction workers would also benefit.
Jaango--posted on January 18, 2019
Odds and Ends
Now that the House chamber consensus is that the annual State of the Union speech has been delayed until the federal government has been 're-opened' the behavior of our Elected Officials will come
under greater scrutiny, and that's this week's good news. And here are other items that call forth our attention.
1. Today's joke is that Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter are the jefe-in-chiefs, and more so, since all three use the platform at Fox News, as their stalking horse and thusly, making President
Trump's political life miserable.
2. Congressman Steve King (R-IA) is expressing himself via his anger that the House chamber's Republican Caucus has stripped King of all committee assignments and traditional responsibilities,
and King is not happy. And King's latest statement is challenging McCarthy and Cheney, on this usage of the inherent leadership that's required to be used toward members who have demonstrated
their high level of moral turpitude for advancing white supremacy. Needless to say, racism didn't disappear with the FDR's New Deal or LBJ's Great Society's days.
3. Now a publicly recognized CNN Contributor, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is stipulating that White House employeers are "grifters, amateurs and weaklings." Of course, Jared
Kushner and who contnues to remain angry at Christie for having prosecuted and convicted Kushner's father for his criminal behavior, is implicitly being included in Christie's espoused statement. And
Christie remains bitter?
4. The Catholic Church's Pope is now demanding that his Bishop's learn how to punish his priests who abuse children. Of course, the first step would start with the public
de-frocking his priests, and followed by contacting law enforcement personnel for reporting this criminal behavior. Or is Common Sense absent?
5. Obviously, Rudy Giuliani's latest series of statements on the Mueller Investigation, demonstrates that he-Guiliani wants the general public to remain focused on the political elements of a
possible impeachment, and yet, the more critical element to to be considered is the criminal behavior that will actualize an impeachment trial in both the House and Senate chambers. And by way
of a comparison, Clinton's impeachment investigation commenced with the perceived criminal behavior that occured in a real estate 'deal'. And of course "collusion" is neither a legal definition
nor an apt descriptor of a crime but the Emoluments Clause does.
6. "Ditch Mitch!" Today's latest GOP meme will become that Senator McConnell's re-election bid in 2020 may face a serious level of either apathy or frustration by his state's voters
due to his and Trump's wholesale unwillingness to re-open the federal government.
7. Today's "shift" on Pooperganda: Vice President Pence is stipulating that President Trump is not going to be deterred by the Democrats obstruction. Obviously, House Democrats have
rejected "the wall" and which leaves Trump, if he so desires, will have to declare a "national emergency." Of course, Pence knows this to, but his cheerleading from the back bench, is an
apt description for his latest tout.
8. More on Arizona's Arpaio. "Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is asking the Supreme Court to block a judicially appointed special prosecutor from arguing against Arpaio in a legal fight
over the scope of the pardon President Donald Trump issued to him last year."
9. Not Unusual. The now former Elected Officials in Congress, having retired or lost their last re-election opportunity, are now searching for work as K-Street lobbyists. Of course,
they now have to rise to a higher level and where their 'influence' can overcome any potential "veto" from President Trump.
10. By a voice vote, the House chamber voted affirmatively to 're-open' the federal government. And shortly thereafter, the Republicans demanded a formal tally, and which is
expected to take place next week. And further, FOX News is reporting: "I got a phone call from the President, who was studiously monitoring the vote on FOX News," House Minority Leader
Kevin McCarthy later explained. "He told me 'Steve, I want a list of all the traitors.' That's why we're demanding the formal tally."
Jaango--posted on January 18, 2019
Today's Inadvertent "distraction'" and "deflection"
At some point in the future, today's minority will become the majority, and this comprehensive shift in demographics, should demonstrate that tomorrow's "better" Democracy will occur. But
then, I am infernal Optimist.
Thus, my Optimism is premised on the intended effort that the ideology of neoliberalism, or is now coming to be viewed as the "smash and grab" of gross capitalism that is as old as the past 500
years, particularized, but the ever-present detractors speak of faux academics for any consequential Argumentation that our history should be preached from the standpoint that the 3-D's of "denial,
distraction and deflection," should continue apace.
Thus, this conservative view arrived onto my doorstep, once again, and in the form of the following and as performed by the Editor of the Editorial Page at the Arizona Republic and by Phil Boas.
(note: my bold.)
"Dear liberals, please do us all a favor and jettion this term
Here's a little warning for the left. Keep using this expression "white privilege" over and over and you will get more Donald Trumps. "White priviliege" is a creation of leftist
academics who decided to turn white people into the villains of their morality play. It's a way make today's white people keep paying for the sins of yesterday's white racists. I've used
it ironically in quotes, but it is purely toxic, will lead to greater division among the races and is the jet fuel for demagogues like Trump."
However, and from the view poinr of Native Americans and Chicanos, or as we, the Indigenous persons, writ large, Boas' "deflection and misdirection" speaks volumes, and relative to the past 500
years of history. Correspondingly, the next 500 years of tomorrow's history, will have effectively demonstrated that demographics challenging the standardized "smash and grab" of
neoliberalism--that being in defense of a conservative orientation, means that a transition from an amoral self-governance model and leading to a financially bankrupt ruling class, will have to be
effectively addressed, particularly, when today's majority of eligible voters don't vote.
In closing, Editorial Chief, Phil Boas is one my favorite member's on my list of 25 conservative-oriented writers, and yet, none of these 25 writers have yet to 'write' of what will make for a
"better" Democracy when today's minority becomes the majority. And until these writers take their time, energy and effort to detail what will make America a 'better' nation when compared and
contrasted with today's and yesterday's national ongoing effort, only then will I have to diminish my effort for challenging these competent and cowed writers of mainstream media outlets and for
their continued diminshment of a "decency personified" embedded inherently in the Constitution.
Jaango--posted on January 15, 2019
A Meme of Failure From President Trump's "Decency Personified"...
It's indeed depressing to hear that President Trump, upon his return from the Texas border, has stated that our nation is being "invaded" by immigrants from Central and South America due their
escaping from the ravages of capitalism.
Consequently, the fear of an onerous burden of today's capitalism being visited on any Indigenous person residing in differing locations within this Indigenous hemisphere, has become obvious.
And more obvious, is that President Trump is laying the political groundwork for his specious national emergency, and of course, his national declaration of an emergency, albeit, challenged in the
courts by the Democrats, will fail when the courts come to the realization that 'decency personified' is inherent within the Constitution.
In constrast, my favorite president since President Johnson, has and continues to be President Jimmy Carter. And by way of comparison between President Trump and President Carter, first,
President Carter denied the 'heaping' of crappola that President Trump espoused and where he siiptulated that Carter counseled him in favor of building a Border Wall.
And secondly, history has a way of refusing to be rejected, even by the most staunch of advocates in any Argumentation of past and current toxic levels of politics. And as such, Carter's Speech
in 1979, and titled "A Confidence in Crisis" and which was denigated or even downsized to the description of a Malaise Speech.
And as a poignant and current reminder, here is President Carter's speech in its entiretly.
This a special night for me. Exactly three years ago, on July 15, 1976, I accepted the nomination of my party to run for President of the United States. I promised you a President who is not isolated
from the people, who feels your pain, and who shares your dreams, and who draws his strength and his wisdom from you.
During the past three years I’ve spoken to you on many occasions about national concerns, the energy crisis, reorganizing the government, our nation’s economy, and issues of war and especially peace.
But over those years the subjects of the speeches, the talks, and the press conferences have become increasingly narrow, focused more and more on what the isolated world of Washington thinks is
Gradually, you’ve heard more and more about what the government thinks or what the government should be doing and less and less about our nation’s hopes, our dreams, and our vision of the
Ten days ago, I had planned to speak to you again about a very important subject -- energy. For the fifth time I would have described the urgency of the problem and laid out a series of legislative
recommendations to the Congress. But as I was preparing to speak, I began to ask myself the same question that I now know has been troubling many of you: Why have we not been able to get together as
a nation to resolve our serious energy problem?
It’s clear that the true problems of our nation are much deeper -- deeper than gasoline lines or energy shortages, deeper even than inflation or recession. And I realize more than ever that as
President I need your help. So, I decided to reach out and to listen to the voices of America.
I invited to Camp David people from almost every segment of our society -- business and labor, teachers and preachers, governors, mayors, and private citizens. And then I left Camp David to listen to
other Americans, men and women like you. It has been an extraordinary ten days, and I want to share with you what I’ve heard.
First of all, I got a lot of personal advice. Let me quote a few of the typical comments that I wrote down.
This from a southern governor: “Mr. President, you are not leading this nation -- you’re just managing the government.”
“You don’t see the people enough anymore.”
“Some of your Cabinet members don’t seem loyal. There is not enough discipline among your disciples.”
“Don’t talk to us about politics or the mechanics of government, but about an understanding of our common good.”
“Mr. President, we’re in trouble. Talk to us about blood and sweat and tears.”
“If you lead, Mr. President, we will follow.”
Many people talked about themselves and about the condition of our nation. This from a young woman in Pennsylvania: “I feel so far from government. I feel like ordinary people are excluded from
And this from a young Chicano: “Some of us have suffered from recession all our lives.”
“Some people have wasted energy, but others haven’t had anything to waste.”
And this from a religious leader: “No material shortage can touch the important things like God’s love for us or our love for one another.”
And I like this one particularly from a black woman who happens to be the mayor of a small Mississippi town: “The big shots are not the only ones who are important. Remember, you can’t sell anything
on Wall Street unless someone digs it up somewhere else first.”
This kind of summarized a lot of other statements: “Mr. President, we are confronted with a moral and a spiritual crisis.”
Several of our discussions were on energy, and I have a notebook full of comments and advice. I’ll read just a few.
“We can’t go on consuming forty percent more energy then we produce. When we import oil we are also importing inflation plus unemployment.”
“We’ve got to use what we have. The Middle East has only five percent of the world’s energy, but the United States has twenty-four percent.”
And this is one of the most vivid statements: “Our neck is stretched over the fence and OPEC has a knife.”
“There will be other cartels and other shortages. American wisdom and courage right now can set a path to follow in the future.”
This was a good one: “Be bold, Mr. President. We may make mistakes, but we are ready to experiment.”
And this one from a labor leader got to the heart of it: “The real issue is freedom. We must deal with the energy problem on a war footing.”
And the last that I’ll read: “When we enter the moral equivalent of war, Mr. President, don’t issue us BB guns.”
These ten days confirmed my belief in the decency and the strength and the wisdom of the American people, but it also bore out some of my longstanding concerns about our nation’s underlying
I know, of course, being President, that government actions and legislation can be very important. That’s why I’ve worked hard to put my campaign promises into law, and I have to admit, with just
mixed success. But after listening to the American people, I have been reminded again that all the legislation in the world can’t fix what’s wrong with America. So, I want to speak to you first
tonight about a subject even more serious than energy or inflation. I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy.
I do not mean our political and civil liberties. They will endure. And I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched
economic power and military might.
The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways.
It is a crisis of confidence.
It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of
purpose for our nation.
The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.
The confidence that we have always had as a people is not simply some romantic dream or a proverb in a dusty book that we read just on the Fourth of July. It is the idea which founded our nation and
has guided our development as a people. Confidence in the future has supported everything else -- public institutions and private enterprise, our own families, and the very Constitution of the United
States. Confidence has defined our course and has served as a link between generations. We’ve always believed in something called progress. We’ve always had a faith that the days of our children
would be better than our own.
Our people are losing that faith, not only in government itself but in the ability as citizens to serve as the ultimate rulers and shapers of our democracy. As a people we know our past and we are
proud of it. Our progress has been part of the living history of America, even the world. We always believed that we were part of a great movement of humanity itself called democracy, involved in the
search for freedom; and that belief has always strengthened us in our purpose. But just as we are losing our confidence in the future, we are also beginning to close the door on our past.
In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer
defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We’ve learned that piling up material goods
cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.
The symptoms of this crisis of the American spirit are all around us. For the first time in the history of our country a majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the
past five years. Two-thirds of our people do not even vote. The productivity of American workers is actually dropping, and the willingness of Americans to save for the future has fallen below that of
all other people in the Western world.
As you know, there is a growing disrespect for government and for churches and for schools, the news media, and other institutions. This is not a message of happiness or reassurance, but it is the
truth and it is a warning.
These changes did not happen overnight. They’ve come upon us gradually over the last generation, years that were filled with shocks and tragedy.
We were sure that ours was a nation of the ballot, not the bullet, until the murders of John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. We were taught that our armies were always
invincible and our causes were always just, only to suffer the agony of Vietnam. We respected the Presidency as a place of honor until the shock of Watergate.
We remember when the phrase “sound as a dollar” was an expression of absolute dependability, until ten years of inflation began to shrink our dollar and our savings. We believed that our nation’s
resources were limitless until 1973 when we had to face a growing dependence on foreign oil.
These wounds are still very deep. They have never been healed.
Looking for a way out of this crisis, our people have turned to the Federal Government and found it isolated from the mainstream of our nation’s life. Washington, D.C., has become an island. The gap
between our citizens and our government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as
What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of
well-financed and powerful special interests.
You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one unyielding group or another. You often see a balanced and a fair approach that demands sacrifice, a little
sacrifice from everyone, abandoned like an orphan without support and without friends.
Often you see paralysis and stagnation and drift. You don’t like it, and neither do I. What can we do?
First of all, we must face the truth, and then we can change our course. We simply must have faith in each other, faith in our ability to govern ourselves, and faith in the future of this nation.
Restoring that faith and that confidence to America is now the most important task we face. It is a true challenge of this generation of Americans.
One of the visitors to Camp David last week put it this way: “We’ve got to stop crying and start sweating, stop talking and start walking, stop cursing and start praying. The strength we need will
not come from the White House, but from every house in America.”
We know the strength of America. We are strong. We can regain our unity. We can regain our confidence. We are the heirs of generations who survived threats much more powerful and awesome than those
that challenge us now. Our fathers and mothers were strong men and women who shaped a new society during the Great Depression, who fought world wars and who carved out a new charter of peace for the
We ourselves are the same Americans who just ten years ago put a man on the moon. We are the generation that dedicated our society to the pursuit of human rights and equality. And we are the
generation that will win the war on the energy problem and in that process, rebuild the unity and confidence of America.
We are at a turning point in our history. There are two paths to choose. One is a path I’ve warned about tonight, the path that leads to fragmentation and self-interest. Down that road lies a
mistaken idea of freedom, the right to grasp for ourselves some advantage over others. That path would be one of constant conflict between narrow interests ending in chaos and immobility. It is a
certain route to failure.
All the traditions of our past, all the lessons of our heritage, all the promises of our future point to another path -- the path of common purpose and the restoration of American values. That path
leads to true freedom for our nation and ourselves. We can take the first steps down that path as we begin to solve our energy problem.
Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our nation a new confidence,
and we can seize control again of our common destiny.
In little more than two decades we’ve gone from a position of energy independence to one in which almost half the oil we use comes from foreign countries, at prices that are going through the roof.
Our excessive dependence on OPEC has already taken a tremendous toll on our economy and our people. This is the direct cause of the long lines which have made millions of you spend aggravating hours
waiting for gasoline. It’s a cause of the increased inflation and unemployment that we now face. This intolerable dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic independence and the very security
of our nation.
The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our nation. These are facts and we simply must face them.
What I have to say to you now about energy is simple and vitally important.
Point one: I am tonight setting a clear goal for the energy policy of the United States. Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did in 1977-- never. From now on,
every new addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation. The generation-long growth in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped dead in its
tracks right now and then reversed as we move through the 1980s, for I am tonight setting the further goal of cutting our dependence on foreign oil by one-half by the end of the next decade -- a
saving of over four and a half million barrels of imported oil per day.
Point two: To ensure that we meet these targets, I will use my presidential authority to set import quotas. I’m announcing tonight that for 1979 and 1980, I will forbid the entry into this
country of one drop of foreign oil more than these goals allow. These quotas will ensure a reduction in imports even below the ambitious levels we set at the recent Tokyo summit.
Point three: To give us energy security, I am asking for the most massive peacetime commitment of funds and resources in our nation’s history to develop America’s own alternative sources of fuel --
from coal, from oil shale, from plant products for gasohol, from unconventional gas, from the sun.
I propose the creation of an energy security corporation to lead this effort to replace two and a half million barrels of imported oil per day by 1990. The corporation will issue up to five billion
dollars in energy bonds, and I especially want them to be in small denominations so average Americans can invest directly in America’s energy security.
Just as a similar synthetic rubber corporation helped us win World War II, so will we mobilize American determination and ability to win the energy war. Moreover, I will soon submit legislation to
Congress calling for the creation of this nation’s first solar bank which will help us achieve the crucial goal of twenty percent of our energy coming from solar power by the year 2000.
These efforts will cost money, a lot of money, and that is why Congress must enact the windfall profits tax without delay. It will be money well spent. Unlike the billions of dollars that we ship to
foreign countries to pay for foreign oil, these funds will be paid by Americans, to Americans. These will go to fight, not to increase, inflation and unemployment.
Point four: I’m asking Congress to mandate, to require as a matter of law, that our nation’s utility companies cut their massive use of oil by fifty percent within the next decade and switch to other
fuels, especially coal, our most abundant energy source.
Point five: To make absolutely certain that nothing stands in the way of achieving these goals, I will urge Congress to create an energy mobilization board which, like the War Production Board in
World War II, will have the responsibility and authority to cut through the red tape, the delays, and the endless roadblocks to completing key energy projects.
We will protect our environment. But when this nation critically needs a refinery or a pipeline, we will build it.
Point six: I’m proposing a bold conservation program to involve every state, county, and city and every average American in our energy battle. This effort will permit you to build conservation into
your homes and your lives at a cost you can afford.
I ask Congress to give me authority for mandatory conservation and for standby gasoline rationing.
To further conserve energy, I’m proposing tonight an extra ten billion dollars over the next decade to strengthen our public transportation systems. And I’m asking you for your good and for your
nation’s security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your
thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense, I tell you it is an act of patriotism.
Our nation must be fair to the poorest among us, so we will increase aid to needy Americans to cope with rising energy prices. We often think of conservation only in terms of sacrifice. In fact, it
is the most painless and immediate ways of rebuilding our nation’s strength. Every gallon of oil each one of us saves is a new form of production. It gives us more freedom, more confidence, that much
more control over our own lives.
So, the solution of our energy crisis can also help us to conquer the crisis of the spirit in our country. It can rekindle our sense of unity, our confidence in the future, and give our nation and
all of us individually a new sense of purpose.
You know we can do it. We have the natural resources. We have more oil in our shale alone than several Saudi Arabias. We have more coal than any nation on earth. We have the world’s highest level of
technology. We have the most skilled work force, with innovative genius, and I firmly believe that we have the national will to win this war.
I do not promise you that this struggle for freedom will be easy. I do not promise a quick way out of our nation’s problems, when the truth is that the only way out is an all-out effort. What I do
promise you is that I will lead our fight, and I will enforce fairness in our struggle, and I will ensure honesty. And above all, I will act.
We can manage the short-term shortages more effectively, and we will; but there are no short-term solutions to our long-range problems. There is simply no way to avoid sacrifice.
Twelve hours from now I will speak again in Kansas City, to expand and to explain further our energy program. Just as the search for solutions to our energy shortages has now led us to a new
awareness of our nation’s deeper problems, so our willingness to work for those solutions in energy can strengthen us to attack those deeper problems.
I will continue to travel this country, to hear the people of America. You can help me to develop a national agenda for the 1980s. I will listen; and I will act. We will act together.
These were the promises I made three years ago, and I intend to keep them.
Little by little we can and we must rebuild our confidence. We can spend until we empty our treasuries, and we may summon all the wonders of science. But we can succeed only if we tap our greatest
resources -- America’s people, America’s values, and America’s confidence.
I have seen the strength of America in the inexhaustible resources of our people. In the days to come, let us renew that strength in the struggle for an energy-secure nation.
In closing, let me say this: I will do my best, but I will not do it alone. Let your voice be heard.
Whenever you have a chance, say something good about our country. With God’s help and for the sake of our nation, it is time for us to join hands in America. Let us commit ourselves together to
a rebirth of the American spirit. Working together with our common faith we cannot fail.
Thank you and good night.
Jaango--posted on January 14, 2019
Do You Have a "book" In You?
For many years now, my favorite books are books styled by political cartoonists that are found or located on the political pages of wide-ranging newspapers and where these end-of-year books are the
compilations of these cartoonists' hard work of each past year.
Further, the PBS News Hour developed a 'news' component in which their attention grabbing was focused on their viewship and where the viewers were encouraged to 'select' their favorite books,
and accomplished in partnership with a national newspaper that, for me, was a seminal behavior beneficial to those of us and who are interested in the Argumentations that always blaze forth in our
affective political arena. Moreover, a friend of longstanding and owner of his political blog, raised the question of "Do you have a 'book' in you?" and where his blogging community responded
with some amazing ideas.
And given that President Trump went to the Texas border to further demonstrate his determination to establish his wall despite the far more important 'value' in re-opening govement, I took the
decsion to sit down at my computer keyboard, and respond accordingly. Thus, what follows is my smallish effort to respond to the question of "Do you have a book in you?"
"Working" Book Title: "The 'smash and grab' Behavior of Neoliberalism AND the Challenge Facing Today's Progressive-Oriented Indigenous Person"
As a political writer/journalist for these past twenty years, I have been fascinated by my detractors and where the premise has been based on "faux academics," thusly, I have attempted to address
this behavior, and starting with the prevalent standpoint of the history of this Indigenous hemisphere and where this history, continues to be the catalyst for today's toxic politics. To wit,
the proverbial quiver of a handful of arrows, performs the myriad tangents and where Hate manifests itself.
Of course, this Indigenous history of these many thousands of years of civilization, and perhaps, more appropriately, during these past five hundred years since the "importation'" of a European-body
of knowledge that percolates into today's economics, politics and religion, seems quite appropriate and as it competes for the public's attention. Thus, the ideology of this
Neoliberalism, is my starting point and my nexus is found in the governmental policies adopted when yardsticked via National Security and Defense Schematic.
Take, for example, today's history simply does not effectively demonstrate the value of Chicano Studies in our college and university systemic of public education and when it does, these Studies
Program is perceived as another tangent for recruitment by the ever-encompassing academic leadership, writ large.
And long story short, the history of our nation's National Security and Defense, contains several glaring examples of where our interaction in these three primary arenas, are carefully circumscibed
by the 'movers and shakers'--from Wall Street, through governmental spending and successfully achieved via the religous aspects of evangelicalism and which continues to maintain the behemoth of
institutions.such as the continuing enhancement of the Society of Jesuits within the Catholic church.
Conseequently, this book is focused not on this fascinating Indigenous history nonetheless, but focused on the my future and to include the future of my ever-evolving behavior that improves our
America into attaing a "better" America that supercedes our national five-hundred year history that commenced with insertion of the Columbus and Cortez Constructs.
And add into this fractious behavior, the languages of Yaqui, Apache and even Spanish, adds a dimension that will continue to persevere as well as percolate for the next several
millenia. As such, "new" Ideas will be valued at an utmost premium in our self-governance model of Democracy, and equally important as the incline of demographics continues apace and
where today's minority becomes tomorrow's majority, hence, Decency Personified!
However, I am confronted on a daily basis of today's Three Stereotypes and when my determination to perform my civic engagement despite my being confronted by my ever-present detractors for their
espousal of my "faux academics." As such, my realization for addressing, albeit, in a cheerful manner for the recognition of and is for the following:
1. The Native American Stereotype and which is..."He's just another white man,"
2. The Latino Stereotype and which is..."El gringo quere componer todo con su 'I'm Sorry.'"
3. The European American Stereotype and which is..."I don't care...I'll be dead...So what's your point?"
Therefore, this book will focus on the "new" ideas that will evolve over the next twenty years and where today's advocates for Neoliberalism cannot compete. As such, a meted-out 'second class
citizenship' is not in tomorrow's deck of cards for the Indigenous Person.
2. Table of Contents
Consequently or summarily, the above is my distraction from having to engross myself with President Trump's effort at 'tripping-out' on his self-serving propaganda of yesterday.
Jaango--posted on January 11, 2019
From ABC News and titled, "America's veterans said to be disproportionately affected by government shutdown" and authored by Elizabeth McLaughin:
As the partial government shutdown continues for a third week, veterans groups are sounding the alarm because of what they say is the disproportionate impact on America's veterans and a growing
fear that financial uncertainty could lead to self-harm.
An estimated one-third of the federal workforce is made up of veterans, according to the Office of Personnel Management, meaning that more than 250,000 veterans are not currently receiving
"This shutdown has consequences that go beyond loss of pay," the Union Veterans Council said in a statement this week. "Financial instability is one of the main cause of suicides among the
veterans’ community. These hard-working men and women who sacrificed so much for their country should not have their families held hostage by lawmakers that cannot relate to living paycheck to
Edward M. Canales is a local union president with the American Federation of Government Employees and a veteran liaison officer who serves as a resource to veterans working in the U.S. Bureau of
Prisons west of the Mississippi River.
He told ABC News that he's received numerous calls from veterans who aren't able to support their families during the shutdown and express "no positive outlook on the future."
"If this shutdown does not stop, we are going to have fatalities. We're going to have suicides," he said.
Canales, a U.S. Army veteran himself who deployed to Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, said he is referring calls to the Department of Veterans Affairs hotline out of concern that a veteran
He called the shutdown "shameful," saying its "slapping every veteran in the face who has served their country."
As a special investigative service technician who worked in the federal prison system for 26 years, Canales is currently not receiving his retirement pay.
Toby Hauck, a six-year Air Force veteran, is an air traffic controller in Aurora, Illinois, who has gone without a paycheck since Dec. 31. He told ABC News that his father and grandfather served
in the U.S. military and now his son and daughter-in-law are deploying overseas at the end of the month.
Hauck and his wife, a neonatal intensive care unit nurse, will be looking after their two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter during the ten-month deployment, and the continued lack of pay causes
added stress to their already hectic jobs, he said.
"We are hardworking, proud American employees doing a job for the American public that is essential as an air traffic controller," said Hauck, who is also a representative for the National Air
Traffic Controllers Association. "It's not acceptable as a veteran, as a federal employee, as an air traffic controller to use my profession and my livelihood as a political football."
"[Veterans] are very proud of our heritage and what we've done for the country. And those of us who continue to serve the federal government as a federal employee continue that pride throughout
their careers," he added.
Jaango--posted on January 10, 2018
"He is the wall"...
In his excellent opinion piece and published by the New York Times, Jorge Ramos, of Spanish-language television fame, and titled, "Jorge Ramos: Trump is the Wall", goes on an eloquent
speechifying tirade that Trump and his supporters are displaying their obvious version of Hate and which has now been incorporated into our nation's body politic.
And here's the internet link:
And from our standardized rhapsody on Anti-Hate, as military vets and whom were subjected to the "draft" of many years ago, and with the termination of the 'draft' from over 30 years ago, these
self-same white men would have been subjected to a "blanket party" while in Basic Training. Thus, the espoused racism, would not have been tolerated. And yet, almost thirty-five years
later and where white men were no longer subjected to the 'draft,' these men are now in the early fifty years of age, and consequently, their Hate of today, is a seminal moment in the projection of
an Undue Indecency, has now been familiarized and concretized.
Need more be said?
Jaango--posted on January 10, 2018
A Presidential Speech And One Lie-a-minute...
With a massive number of Fact Cheekers anticipating President Trump's national speech from the Oval Office, and afterwards, with no one holding with bated breath, their effort for quickly defining
the 'value' of this speech, was quickly delivered.
As such, our Good Friend Kevin Drum over at Mother Jones Magazine, had this to say, earlier today.
"1. At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall.”
This is just flat wrong. Democrats never asked for any particular kind of wall, and anyway, a steel bollard fence is what we’re using right now for the hundreds of miles of border barriers already
constructed. It’s what the security professionals have wanted from the very start.
“2. The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year, vastly more than the $5.7 billion we have requested from Congress.”
Illegal drugs are almost all smuggled in through legal ports of entry, not hauled across the desert. Building a wall would be unlikely to have any substantial affect on drug smuggling.
“3. America’s heart broke the day after Christmas, when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien who just came across the border….Day after
day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders. In California…In Georgia…In Maryland….I’ve held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers. So
sad. So terrible.”
This is trickier. Trump’s examples are real crimes, but the clear implication of all this is that unauthorized immigrants commit violent crimes on a grand scale. A pretty good recent study suggests
this is untrue:
"4. “The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.”
This falls into Wolfgang Pauli’s famous category of being so ridiculous that “it’s not even wrong.” It’s like saying the wall will be funded indirectly from the taxes paid by the workers who build
the wall. That’s not how it works.
“5. Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States, a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs.”
According to Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star, child trafficking across the border is pretty rare, and he seems to be right. Even the official statistics are fairly modest, and they’re almost
certainly overstated anyway. Many of the children taken away from the adults who accompany them turn out to be related after all, or are being looked after by a friend. Actual cases of child
trafficking seem to be very uncommon.
6. “There is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.”
There might be a growing humanitarian crisis at the border, but it’s mostly of Trump’s own making. As for a security crisis, that’s just flatly untrue. The number of illegal crossers apprehended by
the Border Patrol is a small fraction of what it used to be, and has been declining for the past two decades:
There’s just no way to spin this into a security crisis, especially since 700 miles of fencing has been built since 2000; the Border Patrol’s budget has expanded considerably; and the number of
agents patrolling the border has doubled—with another 5,000 on tap for future expansion.
“7. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans.”
This is highly questionable, and the bulk of the evidence suggests that illegal immigration is a net wash in terms of wages. However, there is some evidence that it affects the wages of the lowest
income workers and of workers who don’t speak English well. So….
8. “Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis, and they have refused to provide our brave border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our
nation. The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security.”
This is untrue. Democrats have acknowledged everything except the need for a wall. The one and only reason for the government shutdown is Donald Trump’s obsession with spending billions of dollars on
a wall that would have little to no effect on border security.
And here's the internet link:
Jaango--posted on January 9, 2019
For the People Act
In the House chamber, the Democrats introduced their first bill, as of last week, and which will attempt to redesign our national politics, and should it pass both the House and Senate chambers
and achieve the affirming signature of President Trump, will be somewhat surprising.
And here are the basic elements of this legislation:
1. Automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration, as well as online voter registration.
2. Fifteen days of early voting.
3. End gerrymandering by requiring non-partisan redistricting commission to draw congressional maps.
4. Voting rights for post-release felons.
5. Prevent voter purges by the states.
6. Public financing for House candidates who don't take big donations.
7. Tighten rules on dark money.
8. Force disclosure on digital campaign ads.
9. Expand the definition of lobbyist to close loophole recent members of Congress frequently exploit.
10. New powers and disclosures for the Office of Government Ethics.
11. A code of ethnics for the Supreme Court.
12. Require presidential candidates to disclose ten years of tax returns.
13. Apply conflict-of-interest rules to the President and Vice President.
14. Prevent the President and Vice President from contracting with the government.
And as more legislation is introduced in the House chamber, the Democratic leadership will come under relentless anger, given that the Senate chamber and controlled by the Republicans, will become
unrelenting in their opposition.
Jaango--posted on January 8, 2019
Odds and Ends
With the installation of the Democrats taking control of the House chamber from this past Thursday, the national "conversation" has now changed for the next two years, and yet, the Republlicans in
the Senate chamber have become more strident in their opposition to any perceived Democratic agenda. And that's the good news. Therefore, the political stridency commences anew. And
here are a few items that caught our national attention.
1. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is being taken to task for her statement of "Impeach the motherf**cker". And yet, Speaker Pelosi blew off the statement, when asked, and her response was in
the form of she doesn't control free speech since President Trump has said worse. And albeit, President Trump said in a speech in Las Vegas, using the same identical language in addressing the
Chinese behavior during a speech in Las Vegas.
2. At times, "politics is personal" and which makes me a "criminal" for my opposition to Trump's Wall. And as to Trump's Argumentation, he continues to make a fool of himself, and which
after two years, his salience in the arena of public policy, is self-ingrating, given that a public park located next to his hotel on the East Coast, remains open, despite the his federal shutdown.
In short, his administration found the monies to enable his hotel to operate successfully, or so it seems.
3. Two college student journalists accessed over several thousand emails of neo-nazis and thusly, exposed over 40 citizens of Montreal Canada and where now, this 'story' has caused the law
enforcement authorities to initiate an investigation, with criminal warrant in hand, that will further this investigation. Our kudos to these 'new' Journalists conducting their civic duty,
especially, when no one was paying attention.
4. The advocates, both for and against PayGo, are premised on a lack of self-restraint.
5. In Arizona, the GOP Chairman has issued his demand that all Republican office holders are beholden to President Trump and must 'stand-up' for the President. Of course, this
notification was premised on the Utah's Senator for writing and for his criticsm of Trump being published in the Washington Post.
6. Trumps Press Spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders posited that over 4,000 terrorists entered the United States by crossing the southern border. And yet, she was not embarassed when
Chris Wallace stipulated that the 'terrorists' entered America at via the airports. His correction did not faze her, one iota. Thus, the administration's propaganda remains unvarnished
with Unassailable Facts.
7. The editorial board of a Vermont newspaper. "Bernie Sanders should not run for president. In fact, we beg him not to."
8. Of the four living ex-presidents, "some" have told President Trump that they supported the building of the "wall." Of course, exaggeration has its place in politics, but this is
one 'item' that has no grounding in Common Sense.
Jaango--posted on January 7, 2018
The Intersectionality of a National Municipal News Network?
When it comes to the reading of one particular tea leaf that addresses our future, the uselesness of the traditional White House's Friday Night Dump of the federal government's preferential news
releases that reinforces the 'thinking' in the White House, does not bode well for the voters to consider for the next election cycle. And from our political perspective, the always ongoing
battle between the federal government and our municipal governments, the municipal governments have an 'unmet need' to address the concerns of voters on a local basis, but can be accomplished more
constructively via a Municipal News Network.
Thus, the establishment of this Municipal News Network consisting of an approximate 50 municipalities that are, for the most part, urban-oriented and operating with a small budget and consisting
of a half-dozen journalists operating locally, would provide a comparison and constrast vehicle that would permit local voters to determine for themselves, and without the floozery or boozery of
'fake news', what's proven constructive in addressing our 'unmet needs.'
Take, for example, municipalities East of the Mississippi River and to the West of the Mississippi River, would give to each of us the opportunity to 'yardstick' the Ideas that best enable
greater civic engagement that personsifies the Unassalable Facts versus the Propaganda of Self-Interest and which manifests itself via Citizens United.
Consequently, the establishment of this Municipal News Network would diminish the ability of the the well-paid intermediary or middle man that is dedicated to 'influcencing' the outcomes that
have proven to be somewhat detrimental to the middle class even from the continuing and unrelenting advocacy of the local Chamber of Commerce.
And furthermore, the voters need to know more about how races and ballot propositions are crafted and advocated, otherwise, we are subjecting ourselves to the determination of the less than
stellar public policy initiatives as evidenced in today's Great States of Grizzle and easily identified as Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina. Further, public laws that prohibit the
disclosure by non-profit organizations that are conduits to and from 'dark money' as the stimulants for political operatives, have to be challenged by Progressives.
Jaango--posted on January 4, 2019
Our Latino's New Year's "demand" and not of a "resolution"
Congratulations to Senator Warren for announcing her establishment of the Warren Exploratory Committee as the first effort among the many, to establish her run for the Democrats' nomination as
the first requirement in her search for the presidency. And of course, this announcement demonstrates that she is desiring to 're-introduce' herself while adddressing the concerns of why the
voters have taken a good liking to her brand of politics. Therefore, this seminal feature is like many of the Democratic Senators that will be seeking the self-same nomination, she will be
among the Roster of the Twenty and which twelve are former or current members of the Senate Chamber.
And which brings forth the Question of "What do each have in common among these presumptive candidates?"
First and foremost, each have called themselves "progressives" on the occasion when they pander to us, the Chicanos. However, I am being somewhat petty in addressing this ongoing behavior,
and yet, their ongoing behavior effectively demonstrates that they are NOT "progressives" since none, while serving in the Senate chamber, established a "progressive caucus" along with the
attributable Progressive Caucus Foundation for both fundraising and agenda setting. Consequently, these candidates will be responding to the challenges being provided by the Republicans, writ
large, while failing to address our progressive-oriented agenda.
And when this occurs, the arrogance of these candidates will be on full display for their obviously much larger "more pander agenda" targeting Chicanos with a lonely or inadvertent subset that
are Chicano and Native American military vets, will remain conspicuously silent on our current agenda of Unmet Needs. Or with more rhetorical precision that being the Chicano Movement...Circa
And since Latinos are the much larger cohort among our nation's progressive cohorts, writ large, we will be required to attempt to address this "leadership vacuum and expectation" for our
Progressive Agenda, and while expecting the four additional cohorts espousing any perceived issues that mobilizes the progressive-oriented voter on Election Day, to join our overt effort at both
advancing this political nuance and building a seminal cooperative effort.
And here's the "demand" and delivered in a short order and not for consumption in a full course meal or repast:
1. Comprehensive Immigration Reform and equivalent to the 2013 version and which passed the Senate chamber with 78 affirming votes.
2. Mandatory Voting and which eliminates the 29-state version of voter suppression.
3. The National Debt Tax Surcharge.
4. The Academic-Military Draft.
5. "Health Care for All" and in the form of Medicare, the VA Medical Systemic and the Indian Health Services Systemic.
6. The Indigenous Free Trade Agreement that encapsulates all soverign nations in this hemisphere.
7. A woman's reproductive rights personified in the form of legislation and which is as follows: "Governments--federal, state, county, and municipal, shall not interfere in a
woman's reproductive rights."
And needless to say, progressives will be in high demand by these 'listed' candidates, even though the status accorded both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders don't fit comfortably within this
political matrix of ours, since Biden is a former Senator and Sanders is an independent that does caucus' with the Democrats. And of course, we know each's history well as NOT being a
In the next few weeks, the recruitment and retention of the staffing scheme for all these potential nominees, will not be fully addressed, given our "demand" but then, we understand well that
our multi-million votes can not denied, diverted or deflected onto the specific agendas inclusive of the commendable rhetorical flourishes delivered to us or so we believe.
Jaango--posted on January 1, 2019
Happy New Year: Do I "bite my tongue" or "grit my teeth"?
Given that today is New Year's Eve, and having read the 'suggestions' the credentialed journalists have made of their thoughts readily available to me, both from off-the-internet and on-the-internet,
I come away with these suggestions being premised on propagand and outright bull shit. Thusly, I am addressing my angst, anger and frustration with these presumptive pundits and who
should've known better, but then Chicanos are not part of their 'suavaismo'.
And yet, I am reminded that what all these writers are manifesting is their ability to wage a political war for more click bait for their risible attention. As such, the old-fashioned adage
that "all politics is personal" is a resounding behavior not effectively addressed. And when not effectively addressed, I am speaking of the Common Sense that is not visible as Unassailable Facts and
which has been absent since 1976.
In contrast, I too have my detractors.
And needless to say but I will, the challenge comes in form of or of the first and foremost, the context and content that is my "faux Academics." And yet, America's Third Stereotype among the
larger portion of European Americans and is easily understood as "I don't care...I'll be dead...So, What's Your Point?" stands me in good stead and which contravenes my use of the assorted
Argumentations identifiing yesterday's and today's usage of a continued "criminal stupidity" that exemplifies both "basis ignorance" and "intentional ignorance." Education adddresses this basic
ignornance, but the SCOTUS decision supportive of United Citizens, just means that the grifters and grafters have their brand of comparable salience and where one-third of the population
purports their self-evolving and continuing Hate.
And despite my anger and angst, I recognize that tomorrow's "The Chicano Movement...Circa 2019," will further endow my mindset for our self-empowerment for a "better" future, given that today's
Unofficial Count of over 8,000 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, will continue to expand into our Community and with even larger numbers over the next 20 years and as required via this
And the latest batch of 18 conservative writers, are telling us of which manner we should address our national politics. And which makes or which generates my expanding opportunities to
challenge these conservative writers that have grown up into adulthood, and where the Chicano dependence on Unassailable Facts animating our Common Sense, does not bode well for their
conservative-oriented mind-speak. And as Chicanos, we will continue to and coordinate with our fellow citizens to defend our Wall of Common Sense, and against all these political
Happy New Year! from my self-esteemed Big Mouth and our Public Policy Board.
Jaango--posted on December 31, 2018
Of the Mattis Resignation...
Much has now been written of the letter submitted to President Trump from the Secretary of Defense, and interestingly, not much mentioned is that the letter did not contain the "Respectfully
Submitted and which tells us much
And in this vein of thought, the consequential Requim from Professor Cohen:
At The Atlantic, contributing editor Eliot A. Cohen of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies offers a requiem for the tenure of James Mattis as Trump's defense
secretary. Mattis, who announced his resignation this week, is "animated by sentiments Donald Trump could not understand," Cohen explains, a warrior known for saying, “Engage your brain before you
engage your weapon.” From a generation that signed up first to serve and wound up leading, and finally struggled to affirm "values of fairness and legality" in an administration that respects
"Henceforth, the senior ranks of government can be filled only by invertebrates and opportunists, schemers and careerists. If they had policy convictions, they will meekly accept their
evisceration. If they know a choice is a disaster, they will swallow hard and go along. They may try to manipulate the president, or make some feeble efforts to subvert him, but in the end they will
follow him. And although patriotism may motivate some of them, the truth is that it will be the title, the office, the car, and the chance to be in the policy game that will keep them there.
"They may think wistfully of the unflinching Sir Thomas More of Robert Bolt’s magnificent play about integrity in politics, A Man for All Seasons. But they will be more like Richie Rich, More’s
protégé who could have chosen a better path, but who succumbed to the lure of power. And the result will be policies that take this country, its allies, and international order to disasters small and
Jaango--posted on December 22, 2018
Has Mandatory Voting Come of Age?
For these past many years, I have long 'agitated','agravated' and 'advocated' for Mandatory Voting as public law and where in the inclusion of "under medical care" would be sole
exception. And yes, many of my fellow citizens have distanced themselves from me, despite the ongoing efforts of voter suppression efforts by either the Republicans or the Democrats.
Consequently, my vindication for this view for Mandatory Voting is one of several vehicles that can be effectively used to tamp down today's Hate or what I call as dumpster-diving.
Take for example, the report prepared and submitted to the Senate that speaks eloquently to the Russian Government's participation in our 2016 election cycle and where Donald Trump was their
much-favored presidential candidate.
And in this vein of thought, the Russian Government's interferance with our election process is being eloquently described by Mark Sumner, the staff writer for the web site of the DailyKos, and
thusly, now has this fateful article on this subject matter.
And his latest, of which was yesterday, Monday, December the 17th and titled "Senate report on Russia's social media effort shows how racism drove results on both right and left" speaks to each of us
and done forthwith, rationally and intentionally.
Here's the internet link:
And here are the first three paragraphs from the notable Mark Sumner
The report prepared for the Senate shows that Russia’s social media effort was enormous, with millions of posts spread across dozens of accounts. Accounts that both Google and Facebook were
willing to accept as generated by real Americans even though they were all coming from the same place and many were paid in rubles. Because, sure. Americans do that.
That report also shows that the largest part of the Russian social media effort was specifically centered on racism. And it wasn’t all on appealing to racist voters on the right. The largest single
effort was in suppressing the votes of African American voters by spreading a message that the Democratic Party, and Hillary Clinton in particular, did not respect their issues or pay attention to
Those efforts mirrored the more familiar efforts on the conservative side of the line. Russia created fake social media stories of Clinton’s disrespect for black voters, ran ads on black radio
stations, even arranged actual boots-on-the-ground protests that were scheduled and promoted straight from St. Petersburg. They also used the tools provided by social media corporations to target
voters in specific districts with their “walk away” message.
Jaango--posted on December 17, 2018
Is Another Apt History Lesson Deemed Appropriate For Federal Funding Done Uselessly?
With last week's Oval Office meeting between Trump, Pence, Schumer and Pelosi, informed us that their continuing Argumentation over the perceived futility of funding for Trump's Border Wall
between the United States and Mexico, went nowhere, and yet, earlier today, Monday, President Trump took to twitter and where his "public policy" came in the following format of an
"Anytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Boarder Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line. Time for us to save billions of dollars
a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control!"
Since the Mid-1980s, the Chicano Movement addressed these human migration flows that have continued for these past many years, and therefore, the "solution" was to be found in the implementation of a
TransNational Technology Center, established and implemented in the following manner and within each embassy and consulate:
1. Applications for citizenship
2. Applications for Asylum
3. Applications for Employment relative to companies based here in the USA.
4. Crafting Economic Development Initiatives by our local municipalities interacting with the local municipalities located throughout our Indigenous Hemisphere.
Unfortunately, the application of this Decency Systemic has not yet achieved its fruition, and which our rejection of the continued determination for a Hate-based political behavior continues to
remain "front and center."
Consequently, our politics of dumpster-diving will continue for the next two years, at least, or until the Trumpista acolytes recognize that the wrath of voters will be delivered via "la
resistencia" at the ballot box. Hence, America's future should be the "incoming" behavior for a much better Democracy and thusly, the Chicano Movement continues to exist, circa
Now, need more be said?
Jaango--posted on December17, 2018
My Differing View From Dr. Josh Marshall...
When anyone compares the 'reality' that is today's NAFTA, our unencumbered "history" that is our Indigenous Hemisphere, is yet to be written, albeit, will come to fruition within the next 20 years,
as "progressives" take the reins that is today's National Security and Defense systemic.
Back in the days of the Bush41 administration and into the Clinton administration, NAFTA was viewed as not likely occuring, but if so, would become quite successful for all the three nations engaged
in Capitalism. In contrast, we, the Chicanos come to this subject matter that is National Security and Defense consists a three-part Triangulation that is 1) Authoritarianism, 2) Capitalism,and
3) Religionism. And from our standpoint, this apt view of a 'reckoning' is likely.
Further, as NAFTA was being addressed and with Mexico quite unsure that NAFTA would be achieved, Mexico's "back-up" Plan was consistent with Mexico's "unmet needs" that could and would be achieved
via a Mexico-Ukraine Trade Agreement. To wit, Ukraine was the breadbasket of the former Soviet Union, and in today's context, an unredeeming lost cause due to the Crimea being incorporated into
Russia and with not one peep from the European Union or NATO.
And of course, no mention has ever been made of this Mexican Effort even though one of the 'originating' documents can be found in one of the half dozen computers located in the basement of the
CIA. And needless to say, but I will, a set of the originating documents were 'leaked' from inside Mexico and to our nation's intelligence gathering agencies.
Consequently, did the President's Daily Brief inculcate this Mexico-Ukraine Trade Agreement in to any further decision-making (Bush and Clinton) and further, the question has never been asked in
a public setting which demonstrates that the journalism biz was practicing its lack of any due diligence, and which isn't surprising to us here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert.
And when measuring with our political yardstick, an Indigenous Free Trade Agreement comprised of all the nation-states in this Hemisphere will occur within the next 20 years. Once accomplished
via congressional approval, this 'new' Trade Agreement will become "married and integrated" into the European Union. And today's supplemental politics when viewed through the prism of the
'Brexit Moment' this political self-skewering by the voters in Great Britain will become Prime Minister May's legacy for the Era of the Brexit Failure and of an inconsequential status leading
to an economic orphan, is just another false reality of this political perspective of the Triangulation that continues to animate our National Security and Defense systemic.
As to here in the United States and after two years of daily drivel of an iconic experience, the Trump legacy will become known as the Era of El Trumpudo. And as such, "all mouth and no
brain" that represents and animates today's leadership skill set.
Now, to Dr. Marshall of TalkingPointsMemo fame, he is addressing our nation's "old history".at least from the political standpoint of the Chicano's future and as crafted by the current or presumptive
roster of the 2020 presidential candidates in the Senate and in particular, the 'camouflaged' non progressives that are incapable of announcing their proclivites for establishing a Progressive Caucus
on the Democratic side of the aisle in the Senate. Thus, today's ongoing Great Pander!
And here is the internet link to what Dr. Marshall has written and titled, "It's really a thing" and dated, December 14, 2018
In closing, it's easy to forget that the 'numbers' of Progressives are Latinos and which outnumber the European Americans, and thusly, the 'normal' is to ignore that the strength of the Latino voters
are where the majority of votes can be found, and therefore, the ongoing 'pander' is understandable and yet, not acceptable to us by the candidates representing the Democratic Party, writ large,
hence the Status Quo Democrats.
Jaango--posted on December 15, 2018
Is Senator Rubio Drafting His "daft"?
In his essay for the Atlantic, Senator Rubio is delivering more of his 'daft' thinking, and in particular, the ability of employees to negotiate with employers, and premised on the systemic that
is currently in use in Germany. And if you know much about Germany, Germans have gained very little over the past thirty years or starting when the Berlin Wall came down.
And he starts with the following:
Unions: The backbone of labor law remains the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, and many of the law’s major provisions have remained unchanged since 1947. It enshrines a model of labor
relations that pits worker against manager….Federal labor law should be reformed to make possible a more productive relationship between workers and employers.
Obviously, Senator Rubio is more interested in 'downgrading' economic activity while continuing to ignore raising the education level via the Academic-Military Draft for all of our fellow
citizens, and in particular, the next generation that being the millennials. Consequently, he's still catering to his voters, the older generation of retired workers. Thus , Senator Rubio
continues to embarrass him, as per his usual behavior.
And more so, when Senator Rubio takes his Ideology much further, and where Millennials must be damned when recognization become his reality for Older Folks voting in larger numbers than do
Millennials. As such, Milliennials are the next generation and much to his political detriment.
Jaango--posted on December 14, 2018
More Good News...
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a Wednesday hearing on the "silent crisis" of missing and murdered people in Indian Country: Among the witnesses will be federal law enforcement
officials and Native woman. The hearing comes after the Senate passed S.1942, known as Savanna's Act. The bill is named for Savanna Marie Greywind, a 22-year-old woman from the Spirit Lake Nation who
was murdered after she went missing in North Dakota last year. If the House approves the bill and it’s signed at the White House, the Department of Justice would be required to provide annual reports
on how many Native women go missing and/or murdered each year. It also mandates improved access to national databases to make sure the cases of missing women don’t also go missing. The original
sponsor of the act, Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, said, "As we remember the life of Savanna and the unimaginable pain of those eight days of friends and family searching for her, this legislation
will help law enforcement agencies better collect and maintain data on those missing and help our criminal justice system take stronger action against those who traffic in exploitation, abuse, and
Jaango--posted on December 11, 2018
The Absolute of an "authoritarian" Life Science
The science fiction that informs public indecency is the storyline of where a political grifter practices a 'brand' of political engagement and where the federal govenment's financial largesse is
there for the taking. And that's today's presumptive behavior. Therefore, having a difference of opinion and the behavior that supports such an opinion, is clearly visible and viable. And
President Trumps speaks of this loudly relative his Border Wall.
Take, for example, earlier today, the 'conference' between President Trump and the two Democrats, Pelosi and Schumer, advanced this 'griftiness' and to the point where the diference between $1.3
billion for 'border security' and $5.0 billion for a border wall that supposedly Mexico would pay for, tells much of this iconic political story, one more time. And more so, when Trump is
advancing his storyline that the military should be responsible for 'building' and maintaining such a border wall and where Homeland Security has no obvious role, and which, in its totality--this
Fear is aptly addressed. As such, the general public would be expected to acknowledge that "government can do good things" when it comes to challenging the over-the-border terrorism.
Unfortunately, President Trump's special pleading to Pelosi that she has the responsibility to enlist the minimalist of 10 democratic votes in the Senate to support his border wall. And
from accepting the reality that Senate's Democratic Senators, failing to support his border wall, just means that Pelosi must accept her responsibility and duty for having failed President Trump and
Consequently, this next two-year argumentation will be played loudly and eventually the success or failure will be determined and consummated in the next presidential election cycle of 2020. is
In closing the 'fireworks' of a deepening politics will become inherent in our short term future.
Jaango--posted on December 11, 2018
The Institutional Bullshit That Was Personified Differently By the Diversity Officer...And Her Self-RetirementThat Followed
It's just too damn depressing that the political rafters at the VA took their politics and which hovered around the Five Percenters for their desire to privatize the VA and yet, their politics
could not be uplifted to the level of 50% or 60%, given that the younger-reprobates in management and administration for their politics felt required to challenge the nation's common sense, and
which was accomplished out of a fear of President Trump failing to achieve his proscribed self-adulation.
To wit, Laura Clawson, an excellent DailyKos writer, had this to say and her article is titled,
"After Charlotteville, Trump appointee blocked VA diversity officer from condemning Nazis" and dated December 8, 2018.
As such, the following:
After neo-Nazis rioted in Charlottesville in 2017, the head of diversity at the Department of Veterans Affairs wanted to strongly condemn it. She was blocked by a top Trump appointee in the
department, as Trump himself was both-sidesing white supremacist violence.
Georgia Coffey, the deputy assistant secretary for diversity and inclusion at the time, drafted remarks saying that Charlottesville was “a tragic reminder that our work in civil rights and
inclusion is not finished,” and highlighting federal anti-discrimination policies. She was told that John Ullyot, the assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, “does not want to
post the message.” Coffey pressed the issue, and Ullyot tried to get her to water down her message. She pushed back again. In the end:
=== "Coffey’s staff worried that she would get in trouble if she disregarded Ullyot’s guidance, according to other emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the Project on
Government Oversight, a watchdog group that first publicized the episode last year. The staff suggested that she should tone down her remarks, but Coffey declined. She posted the full remarks under
her name in the monthly newsletter posted online by VA’s diversity office. Agency officials removed it and reprimanded her. She retired soon after."===
They reprimanded the diversity and inclusion officer for pressing for diversity and inclusion in the wake of white supremacist violence. That doesn’t say anything we didn’t know about the Trump
administration, but it’s a good one-sentence summary of where they stand.
And we offer our Kudos to Laura Clawson for her comprehensive 'due diligence' and to include the Good Judgement by the Diversity Officer.
Jaango--posted on December 8, 2018
Another Commendable Tributary of a River Flow for Our Nation's Ship of Fools
Now that the Democrats will have 'control' of the House of Representatives come this January, the primal issue that is Compehensive Immigration Reform and which thoroughly defines our nation's
Character, the Democratic Leadership Team will revert to what transpired many years ago. Take for example, while seeking out a vein of humor, I aggravated, agitated and advocated that
"dumping" all the used refrigerators should be placed or seen for being at the bottom of our Deep Hole, and for our lesser citizens consumed with their addressing their victimization and for
the pending attack on priviilege, should be focused appropriately, starting with our Grand Canyon, otherwise, China will asking for the repayability of their portion of our national debt, thusly, the
political comprise is that China will be rewarded with the ownership of Grand Canyon, and utimately, China will craft their embedded Nuclear Arsenal, accordingly.
Therefore, the historical migration patterns in this Indigenous Hemisphere continues to lack any 'credability' when our latest Icon, The Tariff Man, a man of self-adulation, confronts his brief
history and where Mexico will pay for the Wall between Mexico and the United States.
And to wit, I argue that filling the Grand Canyon with our used refrigerations would seem to be quite appropriate. And once the Grand Canyon is in receipt of the used refrgierators and
where, once filled to the brim, this 'dumping ground' should be extended within the Colorado River and when completed, to the Sea of Cortez. Trump's "Wall" will have been achieved and virtually
at no cost to the paypayer and thereby, requiring no 'action' to be taken in either the House or Senate chambers. Consequently, funding 'security' at the border at a minimalist level of $1.5
billion as per the pending appropriation bill and the "demand" from the Tariff Man at $5.0 billion, becomes inconsequential, at a minimum.
However, I am not remiss in discounting the History of the Chicano Movement from years ago. And back in 1985, when the Chicano Movement issued its Agenda of Unmet Needs, one of the 10
elements included the establishment and implementation of the TransNational Technology Centers (TNCs). Thus, these TNC's would be added to our embassies and consulates and made readily
available to foreign nationals. And the appropriate Three Doors would consist of 1) Applying for Citizenship, 2) Applying for Asylum, and 3) Seeking Employment in the USA.
And to this date, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can effectively demonstrate their 'concern' for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and therefore, the continuation of the historical
migration patterns will continue for time memorialized, given the level for vote-pandering when their attention is focused on how best to recruit and utilize non-European American voters on Election
Consequently, our Sense of Humor by describing today's Ship of Fools and the apt description being self-applied to and by the Tariff Man, demonstrates that Mexico will pay for his Wall when Mexico's
water-rights to the Colorado River is no longer available to Mexico and are no longer available to the Great States of Nevada, Utah, California and Arizona.
And with his latest rewind on the National Debt, President Trump personifies the European American Stereotype, and that being "I don't care...I'll be dead...So, what's your point?"
Jaango--posted on December 7, 2018
Will Pelosi's Tenure as House Speaker Become Fruitful for Today's Public Policy Incrementalism?
As staunch Democrats we wish her Good Luck and when measured by the political Yard Stick of these past 40 years, commencing with the Reagan administration, we are reminded by Kate Aronoff, a
contributing writer for the Intercept and where she covers both climate change and politics. And her latest article, titled, "A Mandate for Left Leadership" has been published at the
website of the Nation Dot Com and dated December 5, 2018, delivers cogently her Political Philosophy and Thought.
As such, she reminds us of our nation's history and with the following three paragraphs:
"The small pack of advocates who pioneered the neoliberal revolution after the oil crisis and the inflation of the 1970s weren’t selling lower corporate tax rates or rollbacks of labor protections on
their own merits; they were selling freedom and small, responsible government, realized through markets and the sage guidance of American business leaders. Their ideology placed profits before people
and markets before democracy, though in the United States at least, they never put it that way to the public. So to get the word out, they built institutions like the Heritage Foundation and the
American Enterprise Institute (AEI); cultivated promising talent for higher office, including Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan; wrote and published books; and founded magazines and radio shows, like
National Review and The Manion Forum, aimed at spreading the doctrine of the free market.
"In addition to a small army of wealthy backers (something that today’s left still lacks—largely by design), what allowed the right to become dominant in the second half of the 20th century was its
ability to tell a compelling story about how the economy should work and who it should work for—and then repeat and tweak that story ad nauseam for anyone who would listen over the better part of
half a century. As William Baroody Sr., the conservative activist who built AEI into a force to be reckoned with, noted: “This is no overnight miracle-passing operation… It will take time, financial
resources, and the exercise of good brain power.”
"It also took decades—but the hard work paid off. As Reagan settled into the Oval Office in 1980, he handed every member of his prospective cabinet a copy of a 1,100-page Heritage Foundation document
that detailed some 2,000 conservative policy priorities. The document, which would later be published as the Mandate for Leadership series, served as the cornerstone of right-wing leadership; in his
first year alone, Reagan would take up nearly two-thirds of its proposals."
And from therein, has been our "challenge" and where our future has been delivered for these past 40 years. However, being infernal Optimists, Reagan's conservative mantra or meme is being
trashed by today's conservatives and where their neglect of Latino voters are becoming a risible majority of votes in their carefully crafted schematic, is front and center via today's
'caravans,' Subsequently, this neglect adds much to the quicker demise of the GOP, as evidenced in this past election cycle and attendant to the results in both Florida and Texas while moving
into our future and the contemplated results despite today's toxic politics, As such, Latino millennials are voting for Democrats writ large. More so when one takes a gander at the
demographics, and where these Latino millennials are voting with their feet. And when appropriately measured, these 800,000 Latino millennial voters are undercutting the Republican candidates,
that were supported by the older generation of Latinos, i.e., the older generation of Cuban Americans in Florida, for example. The same can be said of the older generation of Latinos in
Consequently, with the death of former President George H.W. Bush, he served for 8 years as the Vice President and with four years in the Oval Office. As to his presumptive second term, he lost
to Clinton because the Third Candidate, Ross Perot, captured 19 percent of the vote, Bush's achieved less than stellar numbers and of course, while Clinton received 43% and which was tantamount
to Clinton's victory. Of course, Perot was probably far more 'conservative' than was Bush. And had he been successful, Perot would have easily"adapted" to the Heritage Memo.
Thus, Kate Aronoff uses her wide-ranging skill set for addressing our pending future, but from a somewhat and differing view from we, the Chicanos and Native Americans here in our wonderful Sonoran
Therefore, grab a Cold One and Enjoy since her article is both lengthy and quite informative.
And here's the internet link:
Jaango--posted on December 6, 2018
Progressives & The Old "Fly-on-the wall" Intelligence-Gathering Service That Will Animate the Pending Blue Tide
For these past many years, Congress has defined our 'intelligence-gathering" vehicle as a cadre of 17 agencies and to include their dearth of sub-contractors and where collectively, they are
mandated to gather information about our fellow citizens as well as of the foreign nations that may or not have a disparaging impact on our national security and defense.
First and foremost is the the failure among the 9 current senators on the "most wanted" list for the presumptive presidential candidates at the next presidential cycle, continues unabated.
Thus, these relevant candiates cannot bring themselves to establish a Progressive Caucus and followed by a Progressive Caucus Foundation with the responsiblity to accomplish the requisite fundraising
as well as the crafting of a nationwide Progressive Agenda.
And for those of us here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, the 'names' under consideration, is the prime examplar that identifies the self-applied camouflage paint that 'panders' to Latinos and Native
Americans since the majority of Democrats--that being the Status Quo mechanism that dearly loves to insert itself into our progressive-oriented politics for both national security and national
defense and to include the much wider pander that is easily attributed by and from our Elected and Appointed Officials, writ large, continues to co-exist.
Now, utilizing the Patriot Act as well as the designation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation into a primary mandate for 'intelligence-gathering' is indicative that our national spending which is
now for over $1.5 trillion annually, is indicative of where we have gone wrong when it comes to 'informing' the general public and where our Elected and Appointed Officials have 'sequestered'
themselves from us and as to the much larger spectrum of the angst and anger of the voters among progressively-oriented voters.
Consequently, when I read or hear of today's pundits, sages and gurus advising me that the politics of the Progressive Movement is commencing, I quietly shake my head in response to this unkempt
Belief and Behavior that continues to conveniently ignore the Chicano and Native American communities .
And this European American behavior is comparable to one of the Three Stereotypes of these many years past, and as it pertains to to the this self-limiting European American Stereotype and
which is appropriately practiced as "I don't care...I'll be dead... So, what's your point?" And from therein, is our high hurdle that must be constantly overcome, and even through the use of
this vehicle, the internet or the imflammability that resides with the 'free' and published material.
And of course, I use the word sequester somewhat advisedly and for two reasons and how this applies directly to this Indigenous Hemisphere
Take for example the following absence of the applicable knowledge as this pertains to the readily availble information at our local and taxpayer subsidized libraries, is quite obvious
too. As such, the appropriate, or seems to be appropriate to me, the absence or lack of the following books being readily available:
1. Canada and the United States: National Security and Defense
2. Mexico and the United States: National Security and Defense
And therefore, the Nation-States of Guatamala, Columbia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Equador, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba,
Uruguay, Belize, Panama, and Guyana, must be effectively addressed and in an identical manner.
And as per the usual, none of the educational institutes and think tanks, will spend the appropriate monies to hire the cadre of investigative journalists necessary and leading to the compilation of
both the data and underlying premises that move the respective decision-making within these nation states when it comes to the particularized self-interest of these affected Elected and Appointed
Officials. Subsequently, the "insiders" operate within this acknowledged "vacuum" that adds and expands the rigorous interaction for today's "denial, diversion and deflection" while keeping the
likes of the general public from having their national 'common sense' being effectively addressed via the general population, and in particular, the consequential decision-making that takes place at
the ballot box.
And why is this important?
Back in the day when the NAFTA was created and pending before Congress and for its formalized decision-making approval, Mexico had reached a tentative 'back-up' agreement on their quietly and pending
Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine, the then and former bread basket of the imploded Soviet Union. And that's yesterday's history, and tomorrow's history will be crafted over the next twenty
years, and which will become known as the Indigenous Free Trade Agreement for this hemisphere.
And one of the side notes, will be Great Britain's Brexit effort--successful or otherwise, since this Indigenous Trade Agreement will become married to the European Union, and when accomplished, this
economic behavior will prove beneficial to all these sovereign nations in this hemisphere with the sole exception to this is that of the inconsequential Brexit having taken place, and where the
investment wealth of the Persion Gulf and China, will take precedence in this Indigenous Hemisphere, as well.
Of course, I am not attempting to "pile-on" on to today's "status-quo" Democrats, thusly, I am not speaking of the pending demographics that is in the future of the Latinos, but I am cognizant of the
obvious exemplar of what occurred in this past mid term cycle, especially in Florida, a perceived blue state that is awaiting just around th corner in both date and time. Thus, a look-back at
the voting patterns of Latinos, is both indicative and educational. Thus, Senator Nelson was never in the forefront for addressing immigration reform, and Gilliam got a flawed and late start in
courting Latinos given his lack to any substantive access to the deep pockets of Democratic donors. As such, Mayor Gillum considered himself a progressive and yet, there was no Senate Caucus
Foundation that could have stepped-up and effectively provided a much greater response from progressive-oriented Latinos that would carried him successfully across the finish line even with a
somewhat depressed voting pattern in this election cycle.
And needless to say but I will, both a success in Florida and Texas, among Democrats, albeit the Status Quo or Progressives, demonstrates that not a blue wave will occurr but what will occur, is
'that' of a Blue Tide. And of course, the current and nascent Military Vets Movement will prove fortuitous, as well.
Jaango--posted on December 5,2018
Migration Patterns: Where My "community" Challenges My "DNA"
When I see the dearth of television ads seeking my potential invested pocket monies to determine my history as allocated by the DNA 'experts,' I come away seldom impressed since this 'history'
is predicated on electrical-oriented algorithms of somewhat disrepute, And more so, when a sense of humor has to incur in my opinion-making, otherwise, daily life becomes boring as hell.
Take for example, my history is inclusive of Yaqui, Apache and Chicano from here in my wonderful Sonoran Desert and thusly, these electrical algorithms will coalesce into the vantage point that is
stereotypical 'confusion' and that's just from the obvious scientific standpoint. Consequently, another 'long haul' that resides in the re-interpretation of my history and where various
archeologists and anthro-apologists have designated my "community" for being either 19,000 years-old or 9,000 years-old. And needless to say but I will, and being somewhat contrary on my part,
I much prefer that my "natural" democracy commenced with the relevation that is "La Cueva de Manos" and which further, signifies that the Community of Life defined this wealth of "left hands" of palm
prints, solely from women and which crafted our "history" and that being the history that is our Big Mama, and IS the Universal Matriach of Truth-Telling. And today's "nana-ship" moves my history
forward onto our succeeding generations that elevates these migration patterns. Thus "caravans" are another "historical" iota predicated on fear.
Of course, I am not alone in my opinion-making and as defined into today's latest effort being provided to us by Aliva Chomsky, and whom is a Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American
Studies and where she resides at Salem State University of Massachussets.
Here is her latest article is titled, "How DNA Tests Make Native Americans Strangers In Their Own Land” and originally published at TomDispatch, and dated November 30, 2018.
And for your reading enjoyment, here is the internet link:
Jaango--posted on December 1, 2018
Odds & Ends
With his latest news conference of Thursday, President Trump addressed the White House press corps and prior to his expected trip to Argentina to attend the G-20 Summit, and not much was addressed
when it comes to news media 'value.'
However, the 'stories' that are adding value, via advertising, continues to make a headway toward profit-taking. And therefore, consider the following as attention grabbers.
1. The Blue Tide did arrive. The Democrats picked-up 40 seats in the House chamber.
2. Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to congress, and President Trump labels Cohen a 'weak person.'
3. Ouch! Deuctsche Bank is now being investigated for millions of Euros via money laundering, and yet, this investigation has been ongoing many years. What's new now is that the
revelation of the Panama Papers is speaking to hundreds of millions in Euros were transferred to 'safe havens' and complicit with hundreds of investors.
4. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became embarrassed for having to pull the nomination of a soon-to-approved judge after the Judiciary Committee could not reach a majority
for a final vote on the Senate floor. Enter Arizona's Senator Jeff Flake with his opposition now concretized, or until the Senate votes to approve his co-sponsored legislation that protects the
Muellar Investigation from political cronyism.
5. In Texas, the Tarrant County GOP's Executive Committe members are expected to take a vote on dismissing its Vice Chair due to his being a Muslim. Further, a GOP precinct member,
married to a Muslim, is being considered for having his title stripped from, as well. As such, four cases are being considered for action from these Executive Committee Members. As such, this
decision-making is expected to place on January 10th of next year.
6. Former Attorney General Sessions jokes that his "pink slip was more public than most." And that about says it all.
7. Muslim, Christian, Jewish and secular groups announced their demand that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whttaker resign and due to his preference for Christian judges.
8. Editorial Opinion. The New York Times is touting their 'latest' and for describing the voting caucus among the Democrats was not a pleasant experience for Nancy Pelosi, but it was a
pleasant experience for the former Speaker Paul Ryan when he sought his votes amongst the Republican caucus. Thus, the NYT's sheer propaganda can be mind-boggling, and at the appropriate
9. The Sinclair news media outlets are defending the use of tea gas against migrants and their small children attempting their transit into the United States. Of course, each outlet
must show this corporate-generated propaganda to their viewers.
10. South Carolina's Republican Senator Tim Scott voted to reject the nomination of Thomas Farr and consequently, denied Farr his appointment to the federal judiciary. Scott joined
his fellow Republican colleague Senator Flake, in denying Farr and the Democrats voted unanimously in their opposition to Farr.
Jaango--posted on November 30, 2018
The Death of a Good Friend...
Early yesterday morning, the family announced that former Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor had died early morning of a heart attack after being transferred to a local hospital for further medical
care. And his death is representative of a long political career that spanned over thirty-five years, from his start as "rabble rouser", a County Supervisor and to his election to the
United States House of Representatives, and where he served for 25 years on the House Appropriations Committee.
As such, he retired four years ago in 2014 and due primarily for having to commute from Arizona to our nation's capitol, and which we recognized and attributed to his "long haul."
In the coming days, much will be acknowledged and written about his consummate 'history' for this civic engagement. His behavior will be directed at the expansion of the airport and the civic
railway, but these two items will be discounted since his 'engagement' with the local voters was indeed consequential, as well as his large impact on our community, writ large.
And not lost in all this 'history', his grandkids, will come to recognize that he 'changed' politics relative to Si Se Puede and for the much better, given that the large number of his
Mentorship students will define our future for the many years to come.
And we extend our condolences to the Pastor family.
Jaango--posted on November 29, 2018
More Good News...
Here in Maricopa County located in Phoenix, Arizona, is now facing a Republican challenge and being espoused by the Republican-led majority of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
Long story short, in this past mid term cycle, the Democrats won largely and which led to the elevation of Democrats to statewide office, including the Senate, the State's Public's Chief Instructor
for Public Schools and the Secretary of State. And it's from this result that the Republican operatives are angry and expressing themselves and loudly. Consequently, these Republicans are
seeking to utilize their myriad avenues for greater political consolidate in their attempt to "revoke" the legal authority of the director of County Recorder's Office, or in this instance, Adrian
Fontes, and whom was elected two years ago.
And with the political dynamic shifting among Chicano and Native American voters in Arizona's largest county, the new Elections Director, a Democrat got himself elected to this office and
thereby having replaced the 25 year plus established Republican. As such, the new director, is now on record for having said the following:
"I am a veteran of the Marine Corps; I wont' shy away from a fight. But it's got to be an appropriate fight and it's got to be a worthwhile fight. My fight is against disinformation, it's
against voter suppression."
And our Kudos to Adrian Fontes for his well-defined hard work.
Jaango--posted on November 29, 2018
One of the Joys for Being a Political Writer Here at Our CVO...
For all these many years, I have yet to express myself, and I do so now, despite my somewhat related meme of "forgetfullness" Moments. And in this vein of thought, there have been times
that the Cactus Juice Commentaries, is a simplified reminder to me that that there have been times where a "shot of tequila" before hitting the computer keyboard would have been quite helpful.
However, I much prefer the obvious and readily available Cold One.
And with this in mind, the toxicity of today's politics can be somewhat confusing, especially when Common Sense and Ambition can coalesce under the same roof and where the results can be
inexplicable. And by definition, this 'roof' pertains mostly to the Democrats and their interactions for advocating the 'better' public policies, that at times, are indeed lacking and due
to the consensus building that is required for success. Hence, my focus on the "progressive-oriented" Elected and Appointed Officials. More so, if I were to focus exclusively on or
more on just our over 7,000 Latino Elected Officials, I would be remiss. And yet, our voting behavior has led us forward from our voting behavior, to the concretized successes of these
Officials, is neither distracting nor ignored since we too follow their political careers on a regular basis and regardless of the geographical locations.
Further, the "progressive" vote, a la "minorities" and the welcomed demographics had a distinct impact on this, the Democratic Alliance and where, long time strategist and voting analyst, Mark Gersh
of the National Committee for an Effective Congress, had described his vision and where 38 Democrats would be elected to the House of Representatives.
As such, he is indeed perceptive, and he speaks of the following results. Even if his targeted number of "38" achieves "39" or "40" for this past election cycle.
"In districts where the voting-age population that is more than one quarter non-white, Democrats won 15 Republican held seats, or almost 40 percent of their 39-seat gain, nationally. Of the 100
largest non-white districts, Republicans now hold only seven. Of the top 200, Democrats hold 154."
Gersh says, "As the United States turns more diverse, the current version of the Trump-Republican Party coalition is headed for extinction, or at the very least an unsuperable disadvantage."
And need I say more about the 'competition' between the "status quo" Democrats and the "progressive-oriented" Democrats?
Jaango--posted on November 27, 2018
Robert Kuttner & With the Obviously Failed Descriptor...
The obviously gifted political writer of these past many years and one of my 'favorites' when it comes to today's political lexicon, but in this instance, he has encountered his "failure."
And by way of background, Professor Kuttner is the co-editor of The American Prospect and a professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School. His new book is "Can Democracy Survive Global
In his latest article and titled, "With Glut Of 2020 Candidates, Progressive Democrats Need To Get Their Act Together," and dated, November 26, and publlished at the web site of Huffinton Post Dot
And here's the internet link:
Of course, Professor Kuttner touts the presumptive presidential candidates as he sees them, that being "progressive." Of course, Kuttner ignores the Chicano view and where a "progressive"
must stand tall for being a self-avowed progressive amongst his acolytes. As such, none of these candidates being given his 'view' are not, even quaintly, progressive, in the slightest since
his tout of his rhetorical flourish, does neither justify nor factually addresses this behavior.
However, our Chicano history amply demonstrates that the long streak of Democratic candidacies, from Bill Clinton and John Edwards, were thoroughly indoctrinated by the Wall Street Crowd, and which
is today's recognition for the obvious and unrepentant behavior of the Status Quo.
To wit, no Latinos would invite to a Chicano Conference the likes of former President Bill Clinton. For in doing so, the quiet chuckle for having to keep the door open and the
windows raised at half mast, just means the 'stink' would have to be permitted to waft out and into the daylight.
As such, the pending political onslaught of Democratic presidential candidacies, will be further addressed and in greater detail during these oncoming weeks and months. And no, there are no
Progressives seeking this self-perceived 'open nomination.'
Jaango--posted on November 27, 2018
Who Is Today's Presumptive Democratic "powerhouse"?
With the political cognoscenti firmly convinced that progressive-oriented Democrats don't have much, if any, sway or leverage amongst the Status Quo Democracts, and which brings to attention, the
latest tout by the national columnist, Juan Williams, via his effort and titled, "My picks as 2018's top politicians" and published at the conservative-oriented web site, and of the highly regarded,
Of course, his two choices are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the Republicans, and as for the Democrats, his choice is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California.
As per my usual, I disagree, and with my obvious exception, not to Senator McConnell but when Williams describes Senator Harris as his favorite. Thusly, my 'favorite' is House Minority Leader
Now, and for those of us and who diligently follow our discourse on national politics, there is much to be addressed and less on what's not adddressed given the level of the news media's effort
to deny, destract and divert the subject matters that enable the voter's decision-making process on any Election Day.
Of course, the Internet-enabling web sites that pointificate the reams of opinion-making, holds considerable sway or leverage that is the daily target of our Elected Officials in Congress.
Therefore, addressing the 'needs' of the Progressive Coalition, the usual "by the numbers" tells an interesting story when addressing public policy. For example, Latinos and Native Americans
are the largest cohort and followed by European Americans, African Americans and Asian Americans. Consequently, the Latino/Native American cohort is the presumptive "leadership cabal" and yet, in
today's environment, Latinos/Native Americans are not recognized for their leadership skill set. And this lack of acknowledgement is evidenced in two forms:
On the internet media outlets, the top 50 websites, are neither "managed or operated" by this, our Latino Leadership Cohort.
And the second element of a lack of leadership, can easily be found within the Democratic leaderhip in the Senate. Today, there is no Progressive Caucus, even though the likes of Sherrod Brown
of Ohio, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachussets, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, Bernie Sanders and whom is not a Democrat, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, Senator Amy
Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, and taken together, these Senators have evidenced their respective distaste for establishing a Progressive Caucus in the Senate.
Obviously, their 'gusto' is predicated on our unwillingness to recognize their overt and covert effort at our "leveraged" votes.
To wit, these nine Senators are in their obvious or midst of an intent to "pander" to the Latino and Native American communities writ large.
Moreover, these Senators announce their 'progressive' inclination at an approximate ratio of one out of forty issues that they face with respect to the viable issues that confront them, and
thusly, and approximately, their well-recognized 'pander' and as to our being on their receiving end, is today's reality and for which we have to continue to contend with.
In closing, the Democratic 'powerhouse' from any individual currently serving in the Senate, does not exist. Therefore, the support for the Bernie Sanders candidacy in 2016, was borne out of a
sizable effort and easily measured in the anxiety of our frustration. And needless to say, the alternative was in voting for Hillary Clinton, and when she served in the Senate, she
too could not bring herself to establish a Progressive Caucus in the Senate. And which leaves us at our Commencement Status, relative to the End of World War Two, at our "long game" and
for being played out during the next twenty years and with our ever-increasing demographics. and where over 7,000 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials will continue to expand and to be accomplished
Jaango--posted on November 26, 2018
When Low-Riding Grifters Wallow in the Political Gutter...
When it comes to such acolytes as myself and in my advocacy for Mandatory Voting, the news media outlets, and in this instance, NBC's lack of thoroughness in addressing the national political norm, I
become somewhat disappointed that the Journalistic Biz, continues to embarrass itself.
Thus, over at the websit of the Talking Points Memo, Dr. Josh Marshall posts his obvious frustration, as well, but the majority of this frustration is located behind his pay wall, that being the
Prime integration. However, here is first page of his editorial with his dissatisfaction with NBC News.
"Any discussion of voting rights, voter ID laws, voter suppression efforts and related matters requires journalists who have some understanding of the issue. So it was disappointing to see NBC News
publish this piece by a reporter who seems to have not even the most passing familiarity with the issues involved. This isn’t just journalism criticism. These pieces, uninformed and tendentious, have
real consequences in building political support to take away people’s ability to vote. The NBC story is tied to a scam in which a group of people allegedly went to Los Angeles’ ‘skid row’ district
and paid homeless people either money or cigarettes to sign bogus voter registration forms and petitions to place referendums on the California ballot. This part of the story is real, as we can see
from this report from a real news organization, The Los Angeles Times."
In a parallel track of national politics and how this convenient aberration, is further defined, is accomplished by our our Good Friend and Indigenous Brother for Truth-Telling, Meteor Blades, an
iconic writier, does recognize that today's Journalism Fest can be and is conveniently ignored. As such, he writes of the following:
"Day after day after day after day, Donald Trump fabricates, falsifies, deceives, invents, concocts, manufactures, misrepresents, equivocates, and prevaricates. In short, along with all the other
destructiveness he’s brought to the office of the presidency, he has normalized lying. Not that other presidents haven’t also told lies, sometimes very big ones. But Trump is clearly shooting for a
record, to be a tremendous liar, the best liar ever to lead the nation. At the rate he is going, by the time he leaves office, even if that should occur next year, No. 45 will have lied more times
since taking the oath of office than all 44 previous presidents combined. "
Obviously, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can bring themselves to take the "higher road" to citizenship and yet, much prefer to ignore Mandatory Voting and where the negative attributes to
voting and which can be easily addressed and quite effectively. And with the Democratic-control of the House chamber over the next two years, will House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deign to address
the political machinations that deminish our "property rights" and which starts with "voting rights" first and foremost?
Jaango--posted on November 24, 2018
Muellar's "open book" Test for Trump...
Our good friend for these past many years, Emptywheel and over at her web site, refutes Trump's attorney and which is Rudy Guiliani, and where Guiliani 'cooperated' with Muellar's Russian
Investigation. And not so,when history is invoked and from the standpoint that President George W. Bush 'cooperated' with a formal investigation that went to the heart of his presidency.
As such, the following:
If a President makes an expansive new claim to Executive Privilege and the press reports the opposite, did it really happen?
That’s a question presented by the coverage of yesterday’s news that after a year of resistance, President Trump finally provided the answers to his open book test to Mueller. That’s because a
slew of journalists repeated Rudy Giuliani’s claim, made in his official statement, that Trump has provided “unprecedented cooperation” with Mueller’s team, without noting that the claim is
I showed back in February — when the press first started parroting this claim credulously, which was first made by John Dowd — that it was not true.
A simple comparison of the Bush White House’s cooperation the CIA leak case, which investigated events that occurred in a more narrow period two month period of time, showed Dowd’s claim about
cooperation on discovery and witnesses was overblown.
More importantly, a key detail distinguished George W Bush’s cooperation from Trump’s: Bush sat for an interview with Patrick Fitzgerald and answered questions about the orders he gave, while
President, to at least one of his Assistants and the Vice President about an exclusive executive authority, declassification.
Bush sat for an interview in June 2004, and Cheney — who himself made some grossly false statements in his tenure — sat for one in May 2004 and a little-known follow-up that August. According to
Cheney’s autobiography, “[T]he second session was conducted under oath so that [his] testimony could be submitted to the grand jury.”
[Randall] Samborn, the Fitzgerald spokesperson who was famously reticent during the whole CIA leak investigation, offered an expansive rebuttal to Dowd’s claim that this White House has offered
unprecedented cooperation. “Trump’s team can claim all the cooperation it wants, and whether justifiably so or not, it seems to me that it all gets negated, if at the end, he personally refuses to be
questioned when so much substance depends on what he knew and did, as well as his state of mind.”
Any refusal to sit for an interview, Samborn said, was central evaluating the level of cooperation.
“That’s sort of the ultimate in noncooperation,” he explained, “especially after saying he looks forward to being interviewed and under oath.”
By limiting his cooperation to an open book test, Trump has stopped far short of the cooperation Bush offered.
And yet, because Rudy included the claim in the statement he released to the press, many news outlets are repeating that false claim, uncontested. The outlets that subscribe to the AP feed are
propagating false claim today, because Eric Tucker repeated that line from Rudy’s statement with no correction to it. Unsurprisingly, Fox News parroted Rudy. But so did some more credible
outlets, like NBC, ABC, CNN, and Reuters. Even the WaPo’s otherwise superb report from Carol Leonnig and Robert Costa repeated the claim in the last line of their story.
NYT’s Maggie and Mike, incidentally, avoided repeating Rudy’s claim, choosing to include the part of his statement that provided quasi-factual numbers, but leaving out the superlative claim.
It’s bad enough that most of the press has repeated Rudy and Dowd’s claim uncritically since January. But for yesterday’s stories, it is all the more important to get it right. That’s because
Trump is not just refusing to answer questions on Mueller’s obstruction investigation, he’s also refusing to answer questions about the transition period, before any claim of Executive Privilege
should kick in. While that’s consistent with what Trump did with Hope Hicks’ and Corey Lewandowski’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, it nevertheless represents an expansion of accepted
claims to executive power.
The emphasis, here, should be on Trump’s claim to be above the law even before he took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
Instead, a bunch of copy and paste journalism has made it the opposite.
Jaango--November 24, 2018
Can Sentient Beings Maintain Their Reasonableness? Or is this the Table Manners Expected for the Thanksgiving Day Dinner...
When the Republican-oriented Commentariat reviews the aftermath of the results from this mid term election, the 'voices' introduce their 'history' and that will surely conflict with the
'history' that will be codified into public law. And forthwith, will this Commentariet align itself the the anticipated failures in House governance when defending itself for the many failures
that was intentional, given that the Republican s had tight control of both the House and the Senate chambers.
So, when I read of what I call the Great Tout, I am not surprised at this latest review of what the Democrats "are" today. Take, for example, and from the American Spectator and as represented
by Steven Baldwin and in his article titled, "The GOP Agenda for the Next Two Years," and dated November 20, 2018. As such, consider the the following:
"Indeed, there are no more moderate Democrats in any key party positions whatsoever and those who today set the party’s agenda have a socialist orientation, despise capitalism, and support identity
and group politics over merit and individual accountability. They have rejected the traditional norms that undergird the Christian-based value system America was founded upon. They defer to globalist
institutions over U.S. constitutional law and don’t even support basic governing principles such as sovereignty and the concept of citizenship."
"The best thing the GOP can do for the next two years is to embrace gridlock and ignore the “compromise” rhetoric being spouted by both the Democrats and establishment Republicans. The real agenda of
the Democrats is to use the next two years to create phony narratives that will feed right into their 2020 presidential campaign themes. The Democrats have made it quite clear that they care far more
about accumulating political power than pursuing good policy, so everything they will do in the next two years will be about setting the stage to recapture the White House. Every act by the Democrats
will be about creating and promoting a narrative that Trump is evil, corrupt, controlled by the Russians, etc., etc. The incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Adam
Schiff, will grossly exaggerate the Russian collusion narrative and is already spreading the conspiracy theory that “the Russians may have laundered money through the Trump organization, and if
that’s the case, then we need to be able to look into it.”"
Thus, our national "character" should be a characterization personified appropriately when the House leadership tossed the Gang of Eight legislation into the political dumpster, and this
"nothing" continues to remain as "nothing."
However, more unstantiated 'reasonableness" is on the horizon, and as defined as now permissible:
"On the immigration issue, the Senate should send to the house a border security bill that authorizes the construction of a few hundred miles of border wall in heavily populated areas and funds more
border patrol officers and immigration judges. With thousands of people heading toward the border in what now appears to be an endless number of “caravans,” border security will be a hot issue for
the next few years. It would be very short-sighted not to force the House Democrats to vote on such border security issues. Ditto for bills addressing our broken asylum system, our visa process,
chain migration, and anchor babies."
And to further your reading pleasure, here's the internet link:
And don't forget the Cold One for tomorrow's enjoyment.
Jaango--posted on November 21, 2018
Are Progressives Challenging the Status Quo Democrats?
As the House Democrats are utilizing any perceived "leverage" to achieve their overall ambition, the Progressives are vying for more acceptability despite having to circumvent the Gate Keepers and
the Compartmentalization Analysts, into one of four most ostensible Committee assignments, and that being Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services and Education and the Work
Force. However, the Progressives are waging an uphill battle. Thus, accessing Donor Dollars is the 'starting gate' and which is viewed as the 'connect' to Wall Street's deep pockets or
the readily acknowledged purveyors of the Status Quo.
Despite the gusto that is being attributed to today's House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, she's garnering an approximate 84% of the Caucus vote and yet, at the end of the political day, she will
achieve the gavel for the Majority Leader title, given that she raised well over $130 million via her Democratic Conference fundraising vehicle. And that type of funding and further
distribution to Democratic candidates accrues a considerable amount of gusto in support for her well-intended success. As such, she will 'earn' her leadership gavel.
At the end of the political day, a sizable portion of Progressives will achieve their seats on either of the four major committee assignments. Complementary to this membership assignments, none
are permitted to serve on a second committee. Therefore, the anticipated and wide-ranging public agenda of the salient issues, are somewhat self-restricting.
Jaango--posted on November 20, 2018
Nancy Pelosi — a proven leader for America’s veterans
NOTE: By Joe Violante, Steve Robertson and Dennis Cullinan, Opinion Contributors — 11/20/18 11:45 AM EST ,The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill.
As veterans, we have each spent over two decades of our lives advocating for America’s Veterans on a bipartisan basis. In all those years, no Speaker of the House fought harder or accomplished more
for Veterans than Nancy Pelosi. That is a fact. While other members of Congress supported veterans with their words, Pelosi supported veterans with her deeds, with her strong leadership. We know
because we saw it first-hand.
When veterans’ health care and mental health care were shamefully underfunded over a decade ago, it was Nancy Pelosi who successfully passed a VA budget that for the first time ever matched the
request of the Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) coalition, the Independent Budget, co-authored by Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Paralyzed Veterans of America and AMVETS.
It was a new day for veterans after years of broken promises from Congress.
When Veterans were facing reduced college education benefits, Pelosi, as Speaker, championed the passage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill in 2008, an historic achievement that was the largest investment
ever in higher education. Since its passage, over 2 million Veterans have been able to pursue their dream of a college education. American Legion National Commander Marty Conatser said in 2010, “We
applaud Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi…Thanks in large part to her committed leadership, this momentous piece of legislation will resonate as a landmark in American history.”
When the VA faced budget uncertainties and potential government shutdowns, Speaker Pelosi passed the first-ever two-year advanced appropriations bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs, unlike
any other federal department. Deserving Veterans, their dependents, survivors and caregivers have since benefited greatly from this innovative budget reform. Speaker Pelosi was also responsible for
securing the largest increase in Veterans funding in history—including historic increases to mental health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. In addition, she led legislative
efforts to improve access to gender-specific health care for women veterans, create new tax credits for businesses that hire veterans, and quadruple the travel reimbursement for veterans traveling to
When American servicemen and women gave their lives in duty to country in Iraq and Afghanistan, Speaker Pelosi personally pushed the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Act into law in 2009. This
law provides a full college scholarship and GI education benefits for every child who has lost a mother or father in service to country since Sept. 11, 2001. Pelosi understood that our nation could
never repay our debt of gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much, but thanks to her leadership, these families of the fallen can know that all their children will have an opportunity to
attend college. And, the Fry Act now extends college benefits to surviving spouses.
In passing the Fry Act, Speaker Pelosi didn’t just prove her effectiveness, she showed us her heart for those who have served and sacrificed for our nation.
Unlike any Speaker before or since, Speaker Pelosi met multiple times a year with dozens of VSOs. For hours at a time, she would listen to our concerns and priorities, and discuss solutions. She
didn’t just listen, she then took historic action. Even in the minority, she has continued those roundtables and her work across the aisle to pass bipartisan legislation, including expanding
caregiver benefits to all war eras, better aligning VA health care with care in the community, modernizing the appeals process for disability claims, updating the Post 9/11 GI bill, and holding VA
It is not our place to tell newly elected or current members of Congress who they should support to be the new Speaker of the House—this is their right and responsibility. But, with so many newly
elected members of Congress, including veterans, we felt it was our responsibility to share the incredible legacy of Nancy Pelosi’s leadership in behalf of our nation’s veterans and their families.
If she becomes the next Speaker, we are confident as veterans, community leaders, and Americans that Nancy Pelosi will ensure that Congress honors our Veterans not just with words and speeches, but
with actions and deeds.
Joe Violante was the National Legislative Director for the Disabled American Veterans from 1997 to 2015. Steve Robertson was the National Legislative Director for the American Legion from 1993 to
2010. Dennis Cullinan was the National Legislative Director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars from 1997 to 2009.
Jaango--posted on November 20, 2018
Lacking in the "best of both worlds"...
Is Armstrong Williams another of the widely discredited members of the Commentariat residing on the political right and located at the news outlets easily viewed on the internet?
As such, you should be your own judge, and not 'listen' to what I have to say.
However, Williams has espoused the following on Immigration:
"While Europe is reckoning with the impact of mass migration, in the United States the Trump administration has taken another, arguably much wiser, approach. A strong insistence on immigration
enforcement and reform was a pillar of President Trump’s 2016 campaign and continues to be a central component of his vision to enact sensible policies that protect our citizens and our right to
"His is a practical, commonsense approach — a prime example of how the president is unwilling to simply go along with the status quo in Washington. However, based on exit polls and the results of the
2018 midterm elections, some might argue that had the president focused more on his messages about health care reform and the booming economy, Republicans might not have lost control of the House to
Of course, Williams is overly concerned that the "caravan" will jeopardize our nation's 'weak' immigration policies, and yet, he expresses very little in our understanding of a historical
significance toward the Latino's advocacy for TransNational Technology Centers and which if implemented, would reduce the in-flow of migration into the United States.
Consequently, this double-edged sword by Williams in the form of Fear and National Security and Defense, should be seen as furthering a political and culminating stunt, and as in sending over
5,000 soldiers to our southern border with Mexico. And now advocated by the White House as a "training metric."
As such, having access to a computer application located at any geographic region in any sequestered (for privacy purposes) office at our consulate or embassy, would permit a potential Undocumented
Immigrant and to include the children to apply for Asylum due to domestic violence or potential loss of life from organized crime salivators, should be made readily available.
And from therein, taking any view toward migration flows into the United States, requires that we readily discount the commentariat from the likes of the pundits, sages and gurus, especially with
those having little if any familiarity or thoughtful response to the likes of TransNational Technology Centers.
Of course, a Dumb-Ass does not need to be a Dumb-Ass.
Need more be said?
Jaango--posted on November 19, 2018
Mandatory Voting: Part One Is For Historical Relevance
Our good buddy, Joshua Alvarez, writing for the Washington Monthly Magazine provides us with a gentle reminder of where the today's politics, did not commence with Donald Trump but did with the late
President Nixon's Southern Strategy.
And by way of a normalized skill set, his background consists of the following:
Joshua Alvarez is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal. He edits syndicated opinion columns at the Washington Post, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And his article is titled, "How Trump Adopted Nixon's Southern Strategy" and dated November 17, 2018
And here's the Internet Link: https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/11/17/how-trump-adopted-nixons-southern-strategy/
It’s been a recurring motif lately among conservative columnists. Both Never Trumpers and Trump apologists have argued that the country will survive Trump because it survived Nixon. It isn’t obvious
to me that the country has yet emerged from the 37th president’s shadow.
For right-wing pundits, Nixon’s presidency is a mere relic, safely dead and buried. So, too, is his Southern Strategy. Most fair-minded conservatives admit that one of Donald Trump’s regular gambits
is to demagogue about racial and cultural issues. But, they tell themselves, Trump’s ploys are nothing compared to Nixon, who created a whole campaign in 1968 based on rallying Southern whites who
were reliable Democratic voters until the Democratic Party supported Civil Rights legislation for African Americans.
These whites had voted for politicians like Strom Thurmond, a Democrat who vociferously opposed the Civil Rights Act and desegregation policies. As the Democrats made these initiatives a priority,
Thurmond became a Republican, and his supporters followed. The good people of South Carolina elected him to the Senate from 1954 to 1996. They probably would’ve continued voting for him had he not
retired in 2002. He died in 2003.
Nixon recognized that a huge chunk of Americans was incurably infected with racism. They were overflowing with gnawing resentment toward the coalition of college students, urban liberals,
intellectuals, and black activists who dared to fight white supremacy. Understanding this reality, Nixon saw a clear path to the White House. He coined slogans that the Republican Party has routinely
used since: law and order; the silent majority; states’ rights.
Here’s the uncomfortable truth: Nixon was absolutely right. His two successful elections are evidence of that. Appealing to the prejudices and resentments of the Confederacy’s grandchildren works as
an electoral strategy. And no Republican presidential candidate has ever forgotten that.
That’s why Ronald Reagan spoke of a mythological “welfare queen” in 1976 and kicked off his 1980 campaign just outside the site of the Mississippi Burning murders–not to honor the three civil rights
workers who were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, with the cooperation of local police, but to declare his belief in “states’ rights.” That’s why George H.W. Bush, in the final weeks of the 1988
campaign, found one last turnout boost by airing the Willie Horton campaign ad.
That’s why Bill Clinton, as the governor of Arkansas, ordered the execution of a lobotomized black man during the 1992 election. And that’s why, as George W. Bush was trailing John McCain in the
2004 primary, he tapped right-wing Christian fundamentalists to start a rumor that the Arizona lawmaker had fathered a black child.
Is it really any surprise that another Republican presidential candidate won in part because of his explicit attacks against today’s African American civil rights activists? Or that his trotting out
Nixon’s exact slogans was greeted with unreserved enthusiasm from the GOP base?
Perhaps you noticed how pundits—including liberal ones—often talk about “Trump’s base” as if it were something wholly new and distinct from the traditional Republican base. Either historical
illiteracy has broken out across editorial rooms or, more likely, the concern for a “return to civility” has superseded looking at where Donald Trump’s rise really came from.
Jaango--posted on November 19, 2018
Our New Series: Mandatory Voting
Over the next 30 to 60 days, we are going to exercise our fetish for Mandatory Voting, and thusly, there are well over 100 differing tangents and relative to public policy where Mandatory Voting
would detail the decision-making of our fellow citizens and where this insightful decision-making would add to our anticipated Better Future during the next twenty years. And of course,
"anything" that addresses public policy beyond this time frame of 20 years, borders on nonsense, and yet, our attention to the pending demographics, challenges us too via the lack of "new"
And given that the 1985 issuance of the Chicano Movement's Agenda of Unmet Needs remains in our constant attention, and further, the historical 'vision' as per the Voting Rights Act, is our
starting point for addressing this belief in Mandatory Voting. Consequently, our Series has a starting point, and the ending point remains to be crafted, therefore, the constant
question posed for us, "Is Mandatory Voting the political assist necessary or are we left with the "statnus quo" continuing to define and dismiss our Unmet Needs?"
As such, we will be addressing Mandatory Voting in a seriers of articles and where our advocacy for such, will be given the appropriate attention.
Jaango--posted on November 19, 2018
Is It 'over-weaning' Ambition?
From the Democratic side of the political aisle, the 'big' names are quietly talking to political donors, and subsequently, the perceived Presidential Candidats willing to challenge President Trump
in 2020, is getting much larger. And here are a few 'names' that are attempting to raise a pile of cash in order to advance their Ambition.
1. Vice President Biden
2. Senator Bernie Sanders
3. Senator Kamala Harris
4. Senator Sherrod Brown
5. Congressman Julian Castro
6. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
7. Congressman Joe Kennedy
8. Congressman Beto O'Rourke
9. Governor Andrew Cuomo
10. Former Governor Deval Patrick
11 Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg
12, Cory Booker
13. Former Attorney General Eric Holder
14. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
15. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
16. Senator Tim Kaine
17. Senator Amy Klobuchar
18. Senator Jeff Merkley
19. Senator Mark Warner
20. Senator Elizabeth Warren
21. Congressman John Delaney
22. Congressman Seth Moulton
23. Congressman Tim Ryan
24. Congressman Eric Swalwell
25. Governor Steve Bullock
26. Fomer Mayor John Hickenlooper
27. Governor Jay Inslee
28. Former Governor Terry MacAuliffe
29. Former Governor Terry O'Malley
30. Former Mayor Eric Garcetti
31. Former Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu
Of course, the above list of names is just the first tranche of much larger list that is expected to arrive into our public discourse and relative to our civic engagement.
Jaango--posted on November 17, 2018
Odds and Ends
With the Democrats achieving their Congressional victory and where 37 seats are now in the 'blue' column, Democrats have an abundant opportunity to demonstrate their leadership in moving our nation
forward and in the direction that is much preferred by voters and where the displeasure of voters revolved around an anti-Trump Movement, means that we don't have to hold our breath for a pending
In the mean time here are a few tidbits of the 'crazy.'
1. Lou Dobbs continues to maintain that Undocument Immigrants voted in large measure. And taking Dobbs serious, is indeed a waste of time.
2. President Trump suggests that 'buying cereal' can be accomplished with Voter I.D..
3. Another 'bad' Joke. Senator Hyde-Smith of Mississippi espoused that suppressing the 'liberal' vote is a good thing. And an upheaval of anger from the general public, she's now
stipulating it was a joke. And her other joke is that she would be sitting in a front row seat at a public hanging. Unfortunately, her 'jokes' aren't anywhere humorous but she likes to
espouse her 'crazy'.
4. In a speech before the Federalist Society, Senator Lee of Utah, espoused his belief that the "left" will bring forth a second civil war unless our nation eliminates the taxpayer-supported
freeways, as well as 'workforce regulation' and the 'glut of federally-owned lands.' Of course, he's one of the extremists in the Senate and whom panders to the 'property rights' cabal.
As such, he masks himself as a 'libertarian' while being a conservative-oriented Republican.
5. The television show, "The View" mocks "President Grumpy Man-Baby" after a federal judge--appointed by President Trump--rules in favor of CNN and where the White House must lift the ban on
CNN's White House Reporter, Jim Acosta.
And the above is a shorter version of this "odds and ends" and due to our attention to on "Mandatory Voting" and which challenges "voter suppression" as is being practiced, particularly in the
Lesser State of Georgia.
Jaango--posted on November 17, 2018
The Stark Contrast of a Political Challenge: A Top Down Versus a Bottoms-Up Approach and As Applied to the Voters' Decision-Making Schematic
When the annualized budget spending occurs, members of Congress 'hear' only the latest version of what's been deemed important by the cadres of lobbyists, and with very little attention focused
on military veterans. And to date, military vets (18 million multiplied by 4), their spouses, friends and neighbors, 'valued' at a collective 72 million votes, have no justifiable rationale for
expressing themselves, given that the acknowledged Third Stereotype is conveniently adddressed. This Stereotype, as applied by the majority of our fellow citizens, the European Americans, is
equivalent to "I don't care...I'll be dead...So, what's your point?: And it's at this point in our continued toxic politics, we cannot equivocate in our 'demand' that Common Sense must be
achieved. otherwise, intransigence wins over inclusiveness and cultural assimilation and further, leading to a continued advocacy of an ever-expansive Identity Politics Movement, i.e., the Military
Vet Movement following in the footsteps of today's Women's Movement and where reduced federal funding for the likes of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid must be significantly reduced, otherwise,
our National Security and Defense is seriously eroded and our lives are placed at risk. Not so, of course, but today's Crappola or Propaganda is unabated and is neither challenged via Common
Sense by the 'insiders' nor by the more enlightened pundits, sages and gurus.
And today's latest iteration is being defined and as stipulated per the National Defense Strategy Commission. To wit, consider the following:
"The United States and its NATO allies must rebuild military force capacity and capability in Europe…. U.S. military posture in the Middle East should not become dramatically smaller…. The Army
will need more armor, long-range fires, engineering and air-defensive units, as well as additional air-defense and logistical forces…. The Navy must expand its submarine fleet and dramatically
recapitalize and expand its military sealift forces…. The Air Force will need more stealthy long-range fighters and bombers, tankers, lift capacity, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
platforms…. The United States must maintain the Marine Corps at no less than its current size…. It is urgently necessary to modernize the U.S. nuclear triad and much of the supporting
infrastructure…. DOD should invest in a robust R&D program to anticipate future threats, operate effectively from space, and enhance resiliency…. DOD must ensure a substantial, sustainable, and
rapidly scalable supply of preferred weapons such as Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER), Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), and a longer-range High-Speed
Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM)…. DOD must invest in a more resilient and secure logistics and transportation infrastructure…. Congress should eliminate the final two years of caps under the
And my 'translation' from Yaqui to Apache and further, from Spanish to English, just means that a reduced spending of ourSocial Security, Medicare and Medicaid and moreso, the social safety net
as understood and where the continued application of new tax increases must be replete, will alleviate our Ideology of Fear.
And today, consider the following elements as well:
1. 11 carrier strike groups compared to 1 each for China and Russia
2. 12,000 aircraft compared to about 4,000 each for China and Russia.
3. 14 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines compared to 13 for Russia and 4 for China.
4. 51 nuclear-powered attack submarines compared to 22 for Russia and 5 for China
5. Several hundred fifth-generation stealth fighters compared to approximately none for Russia and China
6. 84 Aegis guided missile destroyers and cruisers compared to about a dozen for Russia and 30 for China
7. About 6,000 nuclear missiles compared to 6,000 for Russia and 300 for China.
Now, Welcome to our World, the World of Rant-by-Rote, and consequently, consider the following and from our differing perspective.
Oh Hell! And Where Do I Start?
Back in 1985, the Chicano Movement issued its Agenda of Unmet Needs, and one of the 10 elements addressed was the formulation and implementation of the Academic-Military Draft.
To wit, a high school graduate or a high school dropout could enlist for a 3-year term, and while engaged, 50% of time would be spent on "soldiering" and the remaining amount of time
would be spent in a classroom where college-level general studies were conducted.
After three years and at separation, each person would hold in one hand, the Honorable Discharge and in the other hand, each person would hold a two-year college degree and equivalent to an
Associate Arts Degree in General Studies.
Consequently, Self-Discipline, Hard Work, and Ambition, would become the starting point for our nation's "equality at the finish line."
And if one harkens back to the Bush/Cheney administration, the implementation of this Academic-Military Draft, today, we would have a young population of over 30 million millennials under the
age of 35 years of age, with each being a military veteran and for having accrued a four-year college degree. As such, Common Sense would dictate that colleges and universities would be
standing in line to recruit these former enlistees and where Affirmative Action would not be today's Roster of Characteristics for Enrollment.
In short, the decision-makers would adjust the requisite use of scholarships and other related tangibles/ intangibles for insuring that these military vets-students, would become outstanding
Now, white America knows about the Academic-Military Draft and has since 1985, and which begs the question of "unmet need"--still borne--of an unacknowledged Systemic Continuation for more
Criminal Stupidity, albeit, a Quiet Segregation.
Jaango--posted on November 16, 2018
Pelosi For President...
Despite the widespread displeasure organized by the FiveGrouping that is the announced opposition to Nancy Pelosi becoming the House Majority Leader among the Democrats, to date, no one has
announced his or her opposition to any public-recognized opposition to Pelos. And this non-existent and un-announced opposition, is just another game of political "leverage" and which
won't go very far within the Democratic Caucus.
Thus, the news of this "fizzle" shall arrive as an embarrassment, especially to new and incoming members for this mid term cycle as just another 'pander' vehicle.
And for my being an infernal Optimist, it would be quite nice to "hear" that Nancy Pelosi will announce her presidential candidate status some where in May of June of next year. And if she
should, the leadership team could easily pick up and further the poltical agenda for the Democrats. Thus, transfering her Majority Speakership Status onto the Democratic Caucus, would
solve today's dilemma among the perturbed members of her formally constituted Caucus, and therefore, she would bring forth another national perspective into the consolidated politics of 'reform' for
the ever-expanding Center-Left.
Moreover, given the perceived level of wealth of information on the numerous candidates, Pelosi would quickly see that virtually all candidates would quickly go silent in their challenge of a
Pelosi candidacy. Thus, today's Big Names would quietly withdraw their somewhat subtle behavior, given the Pelosi history for having delivered Obamacare, and that's just for starters. And
the Biggest Name, that being former Vice President Biden would no longer seek to challenge Pelosi.
In closing, a Pelosi candidacy for challenging President Trump, would solve two issues of concern, first, transitioning the House Majority Leadership title, and second, bringing together the
Progressive Coalition, as well furthering the "influence" among white women in particular, and for crafting the subtle and nuanced Military Vet Movement, that is yet to be fully addressed
effectively on a national basis given that Arizona's Senator-Elect Krysten Sinema, did quite successfully, albeit, somehat quietly and which led to her success. To wit, military vets disowned
Sineima's Republican competition.
Jaango--posted on November 15, 2018
Did the Blue Tide Overcome the Blue Wave?
Where the politico Cognoscenti goes, should we follow and it's from answering this question, we shall and will arrive quickly in recognizing that this past mid term election, did not elevate a
"blue wave" but did elevate a "blue tide."
As such, a blue tide is incorrigible in that it remains constant and a blue wave enters and leaves at it own discretion. And like climate change, the blue tide will remain with us for many
years to come. And no, I will not bring the pending demographics into this analogy.
And in closing, will the Blue Tide incorporate the Military Vets Movement that will soon be arriving and which will become comfortable in challenging the Trumpistas for their refusal to
acknowledge that the Arts and Sciences of People Trending, will be become relevant to our daily decision-making? And now that I have left you somewhat confused, I too am attempting to respond
to this Blue Tide that is taking over our America or even here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, as well. And further, we are not scrambling the eggs and bacon, as it's not necessary to disguise
the Progressive Coalition with its now deemed abundance of success at the ballot box.
Jaango--posted on November 14, 2018
The "out to lunch" Historians...
When it comes to the "potency" of the Pundits, Sages and Gurus, my poking fun of these political junkies can be quite fun, but, then too, I am poking fun of myself as well.
Therefore, when I can't find any 'commentary' regarding Amazon and where Amazon announced that it was opening two offices, Virginia and New York, I did have a 'quiet' chuckle. A chuckle
that continues to be a reminder that to this date, and for these past fifty years or so, no Fortune 500 company has considered opening either an "office" or an "operations center" on any one of the
over 500 federally designated Native American Rez.
And finally, our National Academy of Historians have failed to address this repellent behavior and which signifies that economics far out weighes voter choices, and Amazon continues to stand in
the 'short line' and in the obvious forefront for receiving taxpayer subsidies from our Elected Officials and with considerable support from our Appoiinted Officials, as well.
Jaango--posted on November 13, 2018
For An Easy Win in the House...
For the Democrats in the House, the first piece of legislation should be Comprehensive Immigration Reform as passed by the Gang of Eight in the Senate. Thus, taking the legislation out of the
House's Republican trash can, the Democrats would come forth in the form of solving several elements for a comprehensive and inclusive agenda.
However, the Democratic leadership is now in a position that "ethics and election reform" will encourage the Democrats, writ large, and thus, a larger approach to 'reform' will animate the Democrats
for the oncoming presidential election of 2020.
And here's the latest on "ethics and election reform" and well-described by Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21:
"We have a system of campaign finance that takes us back to the Gilded Age and the robber baron era, a voting system that takes us back to the poll tax and voter suppression era and a redistricting
system that allows representatives to choose their voters rather than voters choosing their representatives…The very health of our democracy is at stake in this fight to repair our political system
for all Americans."
And here are the particulars:
"The proposed voting rights reforms include reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act, with constitutional language to restore federal preclearance (stripped by the Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder
decision) for changes to voting laws in some jurisdictions. The bill would also institute automatic voter registration across the country and provide funding and expanded oversight power to the
Election Assistance Commission. And the measure would require that nonpartisan commissions redraw congressional district maps.
"Ethics reforms in the proposed bill would cover the executive and legislative branches. The measure would include extending the cooling-off period before a government official may become a lobbyist,
expanding conflict-of-interest laws to cover the president and vice president, give more compliance and oversight power to the executive branch’s Office of Government Ethics and bar lawmakers from
sitting on corporate boards.
"The planned legislation would create a public financing system for congressional elections and provide matching funds for small-dollar donations raised by participating candidates…Additional reforms
would include increasing disclosure for dark money and digital advertising, strengthening laws prohibiting coordination between candidates and super PACs and barring lobbyists from bundling campaign
And yet, today's political reality is that the Republican-controlled Senate would not pass such legislation, and even if passed by the Senate, President Trump would not sign and possibly even veto
such legislation. To wit, until the Democrats regain control of the Senate, there would be no "leverage" that could challenge the Oval Office.for a 'sign-off' in the affirmative.
And since all politics is "personal," I cannot envision that the House leadership would pander to my elemental inclination, and if so, I already have to contend with Republicans doing so
and for my having experienced this behavior for these past several years.
Therefore, I revert to Comprehensive Immigration Refom legislation as being the"first" for an Agenda of Impending Successes.
Jaango--posted on November 13, 2018
Chicanos Are Doing "The Crazy" In Texas
When it comes to Latino voting in Texas, 10 years ago, the winners always had safe Port in the Storm of over 1.2 million Republican-oriented votes squirreled away. This past election cycle
Congressman Beto O'Rourke's loss was attributed to Senator Ted Cruz's victory that was compiled with a much diminished 200,000 surplus of Republican votes. And "times are a-changing."
And when history is included, and looking to the future of this election cycle in Texas, Latino votes went a long way toward changing Texas from a conservative-oriented state to today's
evolution and well into a 'purple' political environment.
And further, with the 2020 election cycle, Texas voters may turn their state into a "blue" state, if today's prognosticators are to be proven correct. Consequently, both voter
registration and GOTV efforts will mean that these sizable efforts for this past election cycle, will repeat itself in the 2020 presidential cycle.
However, with California and New York in the Democratic column, adding Florida and Texas into this 'new' Democratic column, the Electoral College will provide a differing result in which a
Republican candidate seeking to change the "republican-death-spiral" will require a mindset that "must" take into consideration of the votes of college-educated white women as well as the
ever-increasing 'racial and ethnic' voters. And will Republicans toss into their trash can of Hate, the Nixonian Southern Strategy? And if not, this 'death-spiral' will continue
However, the journalists--Obed Manuel and Dianne Solis, writing for Dallas News Dot Com, and titled, "Latinos could turn Texas blue in 2020 if enthusiasm holds, some say."
So, grab a cold one and enjoy this article, despite its lengthiness. And our Kudos to these two journalists for their concentrated effort and hard work.
And here's the internet link:
Jaango--posted on November 13, 2018
Her Arizona Concession Speech
Here in Arizona, the Republican candidate for the Senate, Congresswoman Martha McSally delivered her concession speech to the Democratic candidate for the Senate, Congresswoman Sinema and
accomplished via a telephone call. As such, the 150,000 ballots still uncounted would have required that McSally achieve 100,000 votes to make up the difference in total numbers since Sinema
was leading by over 30,000 votes as announced yesterday evening. As such, the majority of votes being tallied were from Maricopa and Pima counties, considered a 'newer' bastion for Democratic
Jaango--posted on November 12, 2018
Shifting the "conversation..."
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has espoused that any "oversight" conducted by the Democrats or the House majority, is now "presidential harassment, and further, he goes on to
admit that during the Clinton era, his version of executive branch oversight was practiced as "presidential harassment." Long story short, the Republican-led House oversight was their
lack of responsibility and duty since executive oversight is the constitutional duty of Congress and a critical behavior for our nation's checks and balances.
Jettisoning "old" history while creating a new future...
The milestone story of this election cycle is now fortuitous for Native communities throughout our nation. And this has come about with the election of two Native Americans to Congress.
As such, civil rights attorney Sharice Davids of Kansas has been elected in the Third Congressional District of Kansas. And simutaneously, Debra Haaland won her Conressional seat in New
Mexico's 1st Congressional District.
Further, Davids is correct when she opines "It's just disbelief, like, really? We have a lot of educated Native women who are active in politics...It feels like it's about time."
Furthermore, Shira Tarlo from Salon Dot Com, reminds us that 'more' has arrived.
"In a night of historic firsts, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar won their races in Detroit and Minneapolis to become the first Muslim-American women in the House of Representatives — a stunning response
to the wave of anti-Muslim rhetoric that helped thrust President Donald Trump into the Oval Office in 2016 and has only festered since then."
Today's ongoing 'feudal' systemic...
In the House, Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California will be taking over the gavel of the House Financial Services Committee, and her and Trump's feud will be further expanded, in particular, and
within her capacity to exercise her subpoena power.
"Waters said she’s prioritizing efforts to expand affordable housing, undo the Trump administration’s weakening of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, snuff out predatory financial products and
bolster federal shelter support for struggling Americans.
"But she is also expected to launch probes into Trump’s personal finances to look for possible connections with Russian nationals. As chairman, she’d be legally authorized to subpoena documents from
the Treasury Department and Deutsche Bank that could illuminate those ties."
And more to come, time permitting.
Jaango--posted on November 8, 2018
The Election "wrap-up" and which is ongoing...
Now that this election is being completed, less the vote counting in a variety of geographical locations, the "results" of this election cycle will be written from a variety of perspectives,
and of course, having a perspective that is much more insightful and as provided by Mark Summer, speaks well for itself. Thus Dailykos has an excellent wrap up from Summer's and titled,
"Winning the House is not a consolation prize. It's the prize." As such, grab a cold one and enjoy Summer's somewhat lengthy article.
There was a lot about Tuesday night worth smiling over. A lot. Kris Kobach lost big in Kansas as Democrats took over not just the governor mansion, but a House seat. Scott Walker went down in
Wisconsin to a school teacher who ran on a platform of improving education and expanding health care. Bruce Rauner’s reign in Illinois ended so definitely that networks made the call the moment the
polls officially closed. These guys were Republican stars, ambitious guys who definitely felt that Donald Trump is just keeping that chair warm for them. And they’re out.
And it wasn’t just Kobach and Walker, Kansas and Wisconsin have been the go-to examples for Republicans, the test beds of their efforts to destroy labor, trash environmental rules, reward the
wealthy, and surrender government services in the name of jobs, jobs, jobs. Both of those efforts are now in abject retreat. If America’s states are the laboratories of democracy, Kansas and
Wisconsin have demonstrated that all the conservative mix produces is an explosion. Boom. In fact, Republicans blew up Kansas so well that the blowback from that effort is likely to still be echoing
for several elections to come.
There were big state legislative wins in Maine, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado and elsewhere that, together with the gubernatorial flips, mean that Democrats will likely
have a chance to address some of the structural issues that have meant that a 5 percent vote advantage from Democrats wasn’t even enough to draw even.
But … there’s no getting around it, the Midterm elections brought record turnout that was—not enough. Or rather, it brought numbers from Democrats that in red states were met by an equal enthusiasm
from Republicans. If enthusiasm is the word. It’s impossible to have a real “wave” election unless the other side is caught napping, and Fox News, Donald Trump, and a host of right-wing radio hosts
have been screaming in red ears every minute since November 2016, making sure that didn’t happen.
Still, Democrats took the House. They took the House. That’s not a consolation prize. That’s an enormous brake on Republican plans to race America down the failed Kansas path. That’s an end to
Republican schemes to destroy Social Security for profit, or the nine hundred and ninety-ninth effort to repeal the besieged ACA. No one has to be a hero in the Senate to stop the next vote. Because
Democrats have the House.
And that’s just the start.
Democratic control of the House means that Devin Nunes moves to an impotent tooth-gnashing position while Adam Schiff gains the power to subpoena the documents that Democrats wanted to see
during the first aborted “investigation” that Republicans terminated so they could hand Donald Trump a free “no collusion” report. It means they can call the over thirty witnesses who were on their
list who Republicans refused to call. It means that the era of writing heartfelt, but essentially useless letters demanding access information are over. They’ll just … demand access.
Sure, Trump is already threatening to use the Senate to investigate the House. But, though the even more Trump dependent Republican Senate may be ready to engage in a little Capitol Hill Civil War
reenactment, that effort is unlikely to be effective. Instead, Republicans in the Senate are likely to find that they have to devote their time to another less-than-glamorous battlefront:
Investigating Hillary Clinton.
Republicans in the House started no less than three investigations into Clinton-related incidents last year. It’s safe to say that those waste of times are over. No matter how the survivors of the
House fire for Republicans fume, the Uranium One club and the Hillary’s Emails Are the Worst consortium have had their last meeting.
Hopefully, forever. If Trump wants to continue the pointless support for his Lock ‘er Up chant—which, really, don’t require any anchor in reality—Republicans in the Senate will have to take up
that charge. It’s likely the Senate will do just that, stepping in to play back up to failed Nunes/Gowdy/Meadows efforts in the House.
That’s a service that up and coming Reeks like Josh Hawley will be happy to provide for Trump. But Republican senators who are facing elections in blue or purple states in 2020 are going
to be much less happy about how they spent the last two years asking people “now, about that server...”
On the House side, it’s not just that Adam Schiff can execute a stack of subpoenas that have surely been drafted for weeks. It’s that Oversight can now return to the job of Oversight, rather
than greasing the rails for corruption. It’s not just Don Jr. who can expect to spend more time appearing before Congress, Ryan Zinke and Kirstjen Nielsen and Andrew Wheeler can all expect to appear
behind name tags to regularly explain WTF they’ve been up to to people who won’t take “doing thy master’s bidding” as an answer.
Would it be better to have it all? Of course it would. Does the failure to capture the big offices in Florida and the loss of Senate seats represent a harsh reminder that the structure of our
government means that even a demonstrable madman is a threat to our democracy, so long as that madman can keep his lever-pulling hoard enraged. Republicans are going to turn the Senate into a
processing system for conservative judicial appointees so efficient they may need to hire some robots from Jeff Bezos just to move nominees among bins. That is not good. But ...
Everything else on Tuesday night was icing. The House was the cake. Take a slice. It’s still good.
Also, Kris Kobach lost. Sorry, I just wanted to write that again.
Jaango--posted on November7, 2018
Odds and Ends
If you've already voted, feel free to pat yourself on the back for 'taking back Democracy."
Nonetheless, the 'crazy' continues apace.
1. President Trump challenges his Reporting Contingent by suggesting that the questions being asked of him, perpetuates "violence" in the public realm..Thus, both a distraction and a distortion
as per the daily usual from President Trump.
2. An avowed Theocrat and an Elected Official in the Great State of Washington, published an outline on how to kill non-belivers, and subsequently, establishing a seminal Theocracy. And
the FBI is investigating.
3. The sufferance of grifters. In Georgia, a federal judge rendered her decision that Brian Kemp, overseeing the voting process, has to include voters who have been precluded from voting due to
the state's continuing effort at voter suppression. In the meantime, over 53,000 voters are awaiting notice of their voting viability.
4. "Running out the clock." With a population of 12,000 residents in Dodge City, Kansas, and where the overwhelming number of citizens are Latino, a federal judge refused to 'instruct'
the City to re-establish the original location for voting, and yet, the City established the only voting location at one mile outside the city limits. And our thanks goes out to the ACLU of
Kansas for this legal challenge to another manifestation of voter suppression.
5. Is Green, Green? Arizona's GOP has went all-in, and are thereby encouraging Democrats to vote for the candidates representing the Green Party. And yet, the Green
Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced last week that she was supporting Congresswoman Krysten Sinema, the candidate representing the Democratic Party. And not to be out done, the
Democratic Party in Indiana, is spending its monies on Facebook ads encouraging Republican voters to vote for the Libertarian Party's candidate.
6. From Bill Maher: "A guy sent pipe bombs in an attempt to decimate the upper ranks of one of America's major political parties, and it turned out he is exactly what you thought: an
angry asshole in a red hat. … He's a typical Trump loser: blames everybody else because his life sucks. That's who he is. That's the profile. Trump's biggest supporters are always some middle-age guy
whose package doesn’t work."
7. Our Kudos to DailyKos contributors, Monique Teal, Jen Hayden, and Neeta Lind, who traveled to North Dakota to report on the actions of Four Directions and North Dakota Native Votes in
fighting GOP voter suppression against Native Americans.
8. In four years, the Democrats have increased their level of women voters and which is now measured at 58 percent while Republican women is now measured at 32 percent. And this
trend will continue apace and well into the next presidential cycle of 2020.
Jaango--posted on November 3, 2018
Can The Democrats' Non-Financial Advice To The GOP, Be "actualized" Via Comprehensive Immigration Reform?
Now that the Republican Party has converted itself to the Trump-Oriented Republican Party, this political outfit has taken to utilizing the worst of any political orientation and has moved Hate, and
thusly, Racism to the top of their agenda for this mid-term election.
Despite their lack of Common Sense, the mainstream news media has been on rampage that the Latino segment of voters, will not out number the European American segment, and consequently, the Trump
Party will retain control of the Senate Chamber. However, given the careful scrutiny of this institutional news media's "opinion" much has been determined well in advance of next week's
election cycle, and where the Democrats should regain control of the House chamber.
If so, the 'new' House Speaker will be Nancy Pelosi, and if she's determined to become quite insightful, she will bring onto the House floor and for a vote on the now discarded legislation passed by
the Senate from a couple of years ago. And again, and if so, the Democrats would pass this now stale Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation, and she will have, and waiting in the wings,
is a stellar number of votes in affirmation.
In closing, and as an inveterate Optimist, I can envision that a large number of Trump-oriented Republicans would join the Democrats in passing such legislation, much to their well-recognized
political credit. And perhaps, this "meeting of the minds" would go a long way toward reducing today's existing toxic partisanship, sans the Freedom Caucus. As such, a first "large" step
to recharging our national Character.
Jaango--posted on November 2, 2018
Is There a Circular Firing Squad on the Left?
In raising this question as per Kathy Pollitt has at the Nation Magazine, I find that Senator Elizabeth Warren's DNA is not a circumstantial element in her or today's perceived presidential campaign
for 2020, is 'over the top' among the Democrats and well "under the top" from my perspective here in my wonderful Sonoran Desert.
Therefore, the label of "pocohontas" is uniformly mild when I consider my political yardstick and relative to her long career in politics and now that she has acquired considerable national
fame and particularly among Democrats.
As and aligned Democrats, I continue to revert to my progressive view of politics and where the presumptive Senators and whom, on perfected instances, will call themselves
"progressive" at the best of their opportune times.
Therefore, my attention is focused on the failure of all these Democratic Senators and who still refuse to acknowledge that they are "formal" progressives in their poltical lives. And this
behavior is "measured" in each one's failure to establish a Senate Progressive Caucus, despite their respective ample opportunity to do so. Add in to the mindset and in such furtherance, a
Senate Progressive Caucus Foundation and which would set the table for a much more robust Agenda, and leading to a collectived or infantile "the Left."
And of these past two years and which led up to Donald Trump's successful effort at presidential politics, our understanding that a registered "independent" in the name of Bernie Sanders did
not establish a Senate Progessive Caucus, either.
And as such, our good friend at the Mother Jones Magazine and as an inveterate and artful pundit, sage and guru of our national politics, Kevin Drum, he defines today's politics, in his latest
effort and titled, "Make Democrats Again--Without Pandering to Trump's Angry Base" and which can be found in Mojo's November/December issue.
As such, here are his three salient paragraphs:
"(With) Spock ears in place, then, there are three main lessons. First, although the 2016 outcome was unquestionably a dismal and depressing affair, especially for women and people of color, the data
suggests the election was always likely to be close based on the fundamentals. Second, there was a pair of black-swan events: Russian interference during the final three months of the campaign, and
then-FBI Director James Comey’s letter 11 days before Election Day. Third, Hillary Clinton was an unusually unpopular candidate, and the contentious primary with Bernie Sanders made her flaws even
more conspicuous. But this perfect storm—certainly this specific perfect storm—won’t happen again. So forget it. At this point, the only thing that matters is figuring out what kinds of big-picture
trends are dominant and what that means for the crucial elections to come in 2018 and 2020.
"By far the trendiest of the trend explanations for the 2016 outcome—like the soccer moms of 1996 or the NASCAR dads of 2004—is that economic anxiety among the white working class was responsible for
Donald Trump winning Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, thus handing him the presidency. According to this hypothesis, Democrats need to win back these whites to stand a chance in 2018 and 2020.
Trump has kept the white working class loudly in the center of the political conversation ever since his election, but a closer look at what really happened in 2016 suggests this conventional wisdom
is critically wrong.
"First things first: The white working class didn’t lose its identification with the Democratic Party in 2016. From 1992 to 2008, as the party nominated candidates as different as Bill Clinton, Al
Gore, John Kerry, and Barack Obama, party identification bumped up and down but essentially held fairly steady. It was only a few years after Obama was first elected that white working-class
identification with the party plummeted by 12 points. By 2016 all the damage had been done, and none of it had anything to do with Trump or Hillary Clinton. It happened before either one ever
participated in a primary debate."
Furthermore, as the Democrats commence and express the aspirations for a presidential run that will culminate in November of 2020, thusly, the Democratic-oriented candidates will never
establish a Senate Progressive Caucus in the Senate chamber, and for those of us that are likeminded in our progressive politics, we first, must acknowledge that none of candidates are "progessive"
even in the least iota, and second, reaching out to Latinos, will come to naught when their respective 'status quo" politics of a centrist and current alignment with Wall Street, is either
touted or espoused and with the best of our intentions for their self-fulling success should not be denied, even when pandering is included. Of course, being a Team Player, less said on this
score, is prudent in our politics.
Now, need more be said?
Jaango--posted on October 30, 2018