America's Indigenous Flag ...Honor Achieved ...Honor Acknowledged ...Honor Reciprocated
America's Indigenous Flag...Honor Achieved...Honor Acknowledged...Honor Reciprocated  

 

 

Will a Marine—Four Star General, Resign And At the Request of the Privates, the Corporals and the Sergeants?

 

Not likely, but our Jury is still out. 

 

Of course, should the widow of the Gold Star Family release, to the general public, the anticipated tape recorded conversation that she had with  President Trump, turn this subject matter  around, given that one of the mentors of Sergeant Johnson was a “listener” and further, that Congresswoman Frederika Wilson from Florida is being addressed with the typical Republican zeitgeist that is “deny, divert  and deflect” into a well-recognized direction that leads to a status for nonsense and which challenges our Common Sense?

 

Of course, we too understand the risible distinction as to the behavior for Truth-telling as practiced by Elected Officials and where a compare and contrast assessment for Appointed Officials, is necessary when addressing the Unassailable Facts.  And Chief of Staff John Kelly holds an Appointed Official status and which does not permit himself to lower himself, in our eyes at least, and consequently must deign to hold himself to an even higher standard that is in keeping within the preamble for our America’s Indigenous Flag.  As such, the following:

 

         ...Honor Achieved

         ...Honor Acknowledged

         ...Honor Reciprocated

 

Need more be said?


Jaango--posted on October 20, 2017
 

 

 

Today’s Chicano Movement And Arizona’s Racist Sheriff

 

Yesterday, the attorneys for the former Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, of Mariicopa County in Phoenix, Arizona filed their paperwork with a federal court requesting that the Sheriff’s conviction for being a racist, be eliminated from the Court’s systemic of administration.  For in doing so and if successful, the Sheriff would no longer suffer the anguish for being Arizona’s demented and America’s iconic racist.   Therefore, the politics of racism is still being addressed, and much to our dismay here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert.

 

Consequently, Today’s Chicano Movement continues to be advocated fo the purpose of both Decency and Common Sense, as it’s been institutionalized when one understands the aegis of the Chicano Movement.  Take, for example, Spanish-speaking military vets, upon returning home from World War Two, encountered the lack of Elected and Appointed Officials in their respective communities, and thusly, a ‘new’ political vigor commenced and continues to this day.  As such, the virtual non-existence of Elected and Appointed Officials then, has been quite successful given that today that there are now over  6,000 Officials in determining our the advancement of our Democracy for today and tomorrow, and therefore, our Democracy, hence, for the next 20 to 30 years and relative to the sole benefit for our kids and grandkids, is critical to each of us.

 

And as military vets, our strong belief for the establishment of the National Monument to Criminal Stupidity, has been acknowledged and accepted.  And yet, the current Argumentation resides within the geographical location of where this Monument is to be located.  Thus, on the Capitol Moll and next to Vietnam War Memorial or geographically location or “triangulated” between the Arlington National Cemetery, Congress, and the White House. 

 

Therefore, Chicano and Native American-oriented historians will continue to demonstrate their verve and gusto in keeping with Today’s Chicano Movement.

 

 

Jaango—posted on October 20, 2017

 

 

 

The Hard Work of Political Activism...

 

In my many years of political activism, and for having conducted pre-election polls as well as exit polls, I have recognized that the rationale that the “only” political behavior that has “added value” is located in the GOTV effort and regardless of geographical location.  Consequently, when the folks at DailyKos raised several hundred thousand dollars for the GOTV and spread across several Rez’s, the results were well-founded and quite successful.

 

However, as to the rest of the nation, I have concluded that without a Progressive Caucus in the Senate, bringing forth the various elements consistent with “ New Ideas” amply demonstrates that there are no Progressives in the Senate, and Clinton and Sanders are only the latest exemplars for their respective and contemptible behaviors..  Thus, Chicanos and Native Americans see the Democrats as “reactionaries” since responding to Republicans, either directly or indirectly, is a gross indication that addressing yesterday’s storyline does nothing when it comes to addressing our future and the future of our kids and grandkids.

 

And GOTV only works when NEW IDEAS are being espoused. 

 

Jaango—posted on October 19, 2017

 

 

An Insider’s View of the Feinstein Re-election Effort in California

 

One of our nation’s prodigious writers is David Atkins from California and given his wide-ranging experience as an executive in one of Southern California’s County Democratic Party offices, speaks volumes. And of course, he always has an interesting assessment of politics, both at the levels of national and local efforts.  Thus, his overriding focus on “ambition” being demonstrated by candidates for public office is not discounted by those of us that that are political junkies.

 

And earlier today, his latest political article, is both telling in the frustration being experienced by progressive Democrats and where Senator Feinstein is not being further accepted and where progressive candidates are standing on her political doorstep. To wit, will her political survival consist of GOP voters crossing the political aisle and voting for her?  And will Democrat and Senate Pro-Tem Kevin De Leon make the decision to challenge Senator Feinstein in the

 

 

 

 

Odds & Ends

 

Regardless of the unending tweet storms that emanate on a daily basis out of the White House, we, of the mortal relevance, can still find humor in our human endeavor.

 

And enjoy your Friday, the 13th

 

  1.  In escaping the wildfires in California, and in particular, Santa Rosa, a mother evacuated her two daughters via her bicycle.  And wonderful news!
  2. The California wildfires and destroying the legal marijuana farms, and if you partake, expect the cost to increase in the near future.The Quinnipiac University poll on NFL protests.  “The survey said that voters 18 to 34 years-old approve the anthem protests 66 to 27 percent, whereas voters over 65 disapprove 62 to 34 percent.  This comes along with the more expected finding that black voters approve of the demonstrations, 78 to 18 percent; white while white voters disapprove 60 to 37 percent (Hispanic voters are divided 46 to 45 percent).  Men are less likely to support the protest, disapproving of them 57 to 39 percent with divided up the middle to 48 to 48 percent.  Overall, American voters disapprove of the NFL protests 52 to 43 percent.”
  3.  In Louisiana and beginning next month, the incarnation rate is being reduced and one Sheriff is upset that this is occurring, and now, is complaining that ‘free labor” will no longer be available.  And the ACLU is suggesting that the Sheriff wants to install the old version of slavery.
  4. An Extremist?  A member of the State Legislature in Indiana has drafted a bill, but not yet filed, requiring a journalist to pay a fee of  $75,00 and undergo a police background check.  Thus, licensing required for gun ownership on the premise of both the First and Second Amendment.
  5. An Ultra-Extremist? In Alabama, the GOP’s Senate Candidate, former Judge Roy Moore led the political opposition to eliminating the Jim Crow laws.  As such, today, Alabama still has the Constitutional “right” that, “separate schools shall be provided for white and colored children, and no child shall be permitted  to attend a school of another race.”  And the poll tax is part and parcel to this racism.  Obviously, the federal courts have struck down such behavior, but the legislature won’t eliminate our oust such language from its Constitution.
  6. Senator Sasse to Sean Hannity.  Sasse says “Some of us believe in the Constitution. This, after President Trump suggested that NBC’s broadcasting license should be ‘challenged” or  “revoked.”  Of course, Hannity took umbrage.  However, Trump neglects the Truth in that NBC is responsible to the Federal Communications Commission and local television stations come under the regimen of  “licensing.”  And thusly, Trumps ‘base’ knowledge is reprehensible when it comes to his litany of responses for “fake news.”
  7. StudyGrouupDot Com has rendered a study and which concludes that Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart and InfoWars  are the largest purveyors of “fake news.” 

Jaango—posted on October 13, 2017

 

 

 

The California Values Act...

 

Perhaps I have been somewhat remiss in not writing about the

 California Values Act...

 

The California Values Act and which was signed into public law this past Thursday and thereby creating California as a “sanctuary state” speaks to our future.

 

And by way of explanation, and since its introduction into the state legislature, I had taken for granted that the legislation would be approved by both the House and Senate, although I had some trepidation that the Governor would demonstrate some “hesitation.”  And thankfully, he didn’t. 

 

Obviously, the Governor has the capacity to “read the tea leaves” in today’s partisan politics nationally, given that the Republicans in our national House of Representatives and where the Gang of Eight’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation was tossed into the trash can.

 

And with this in mind, the Republicans, and in particular, Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are facing their druthers for their incendiary politics regarding the pending future of our Brown Democracy.  And earlier today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, spoke succinctly regarding the Trump administration’s determination to turn the clock back to the 1950s and where Latinos must be better corralled and further, no citizenship be extended to the eligible DACA beneficiaries due to their childhood experience.

 

Consequently, the Acting Director of ICE at Homeland Security has announced that his agency will double down its efforts in California and due to the legislation signed last week by Governor Brown. In short, its “payback time,”  Therefore, the small-mindedness of the leadership at ICE will continue to ignore the vast wishes of over 70% of our national population and where the DACA beneficiaries should be granted citizenship.  And subsequently, the political ramifications of the Trump’s administration for demonstrating its expressed racism, is not lost on anyone and where our attention is focused on our self-governance model.

 

Jaango—posted on October 9, 2017

 

 

 

Basically, it’s black people who scare them.”

 

In August, the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division published its report on it’s soon be infamous label for “Black Identity Extremism.”  Yeah, I know that the Chain of Command at the FBI has went off the deep end and thusly, their rejection of Common Sense, does exemplify this behavior and does exist under this, the Session’s regime, among others.

The web site that Is Foreign Policy and the attributed 12-page report report is:

 

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/06/the-fbi-has-identified-a-new-domestic-terrorist-threat-and-its-black-identity-extremists/

 

Enjoy.

 

Jaango—posted on October 9, 2017

 

 

 

 

Small But No Less Important Items Deserving Of Our Attention...

 

From the web site that is the Daily Beast.

  1. Report:  Treasury Department Illegally spied on U.S. citizens’ financial records

The Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis has repeatedly violated domestic surveillance laws by rifling through and saving the private financial records of U.S. citizens, BuzzFeed News reported Friday. Several Treasury Department employees have already warned Congress that some citizens have had their banking and financial data illegally searched and stored. Some officers in the National Security Agency reportedly also use the Treasury's intelligence office to illegally access citizens' financial records.

  1. Bowe Bergdahl Expected To Plead Guilty, Avert Trial

 

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy charges, AP reported Friday. Berghdahl was held captive by the Taliban for five years after abandoning his Afghanistan post and was freed in 2014. By pleading guilty the 31 year old will avoid a trial and could face up to five years for desertion and a life sentence for misbehavior. He had previously asked that a judge decide his fate, rather than a military jury. During his 2016 campaign President Trump called Bergdahl a “no-good traitor” who “should have been executed.”

  1. FEMA  Deletes Puerto Rico Water, Electricity Stats From Web Site

 The website for the Federal Emergency Management Agency has removed key metrics describing the recovery from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. About half of Puerto Ricans are still without drinking water and only 9.2 percent of the island has electricity, but such information is no longer available on the federal site. Those statistics, however, are still available on a Spanish-language website maintained by the office of Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, www.status.pr. FEMA spokesman William Booher declined to explain in an interview with The Washington Post why the information is no longer on the main FEMA page, in addition to metrics about the number of federal workers on the ground and how many airports and post offices are open. The numbers still available on the site all appear to bolster President Trump’s dubious claim that the island is making quick strides toward recovery despite negative media coverage.

  1.  Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Anti-Nuclear Campaign Group

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, the committee announced Friday. The organization, based in Geneva, will receive the $1.1 million prize because it “has been a driving force in prevailing upon the world’s nations to pledge to cooperate... in efforts to stigmatize, prohibit, and eliminate nuclear weapons,” academy committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said Friday. Chemical and biological weapons are prohibited around the world. “Nuclear weapons are even more destructive, but have not yet been made the object of a similar international legal prohibition,” she added. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Walsstrom noted that the organization has been working hard on the issue of nuclear weapons since 2007 and “we know how serious the situation is around the world.”

 

Jaango—posted on October 6, 2017

 

 

 

The House Budget Bill

 

Earlier today and this being Thursday, the House chamber released and voted on its GOP budget bill that is focused on the “reconciliation” process in the Senate and where the minimum fifty Republican votes are necessary, as is its ‘instructions’ to the House and Senate appropriation committees. In the meantime, the Senate is working on its Budget Bill and which is expected to be completed by this month’s end.

  1. They want to overhaul the tax code.
  2. A cut in entitlements is a must.
  3. The Pentagon’s budget would grow.
  4. The desire to repeal Obama Care is alive.
  5. Fighting deficits remains neutral. 

And the above five elements need to be fully explored, and which we will do either tomorrow or this weekend.

Jaango—posted on October 6, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Odds and Ends

 

It has been a ‘quiet’ week since the Republicans and along with the NRA have shut down the meme and dogma for gun control.

  1.  President Trump is suggesting that the Senate Intelligence Committee should include in its latest efforts to investigate the Fake News Networks.  No, it’s not nice to laugh out loud.
  2. There are ‘quiet’ reports in the media that Secretary of State Tillorson, along with Generals Kelly and Mattis and where President Trump will facing a ‘tri-resignation fiasco’ should he decide fire either one of these three person.  Now, that’s a ‘rigid’ conspiracy in the offing?
  3. Obviously, Facebook and Google—on behalf of the Oligarchs, are being quite effective for ‘moving’ propaganda and voter suppression forward, as per a Professor Emeritus that has considerable amount of bulk knowledge in these political arenas.
  4.  Department of Justice lawyers want the lawsuit against President Trump’s ban on transgender military members, being dismissed and on the premise that the Pentagon has not ‘finalized’ the details addressing the ban.
  5. Attorney General Sessions is targeting Affirmative Action at Harvard as his DOJ continues to investigate the university’s admission policies.
  6. Donations Galore:  Last year, the NRA donated over $6 million to the GOP candidates and $100,000,00 to Democratic candidates.
  7. Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch:  “At issue before the Court is whether immigrants for deportation and possible release after six months if they are not a flight risk and pose no danger to the public.”
  8. The “big ask’ on the Internet.  The political rascals are asking that federal employees in the 13 federal cabinet offices to express themselves.  It now seems that a few employees will be expressing themselves regarding what’s being seen on a daily basis.
  9. Solar energy is outpacing fossil fuels despite Trumps advocacy for fossil fuels.

Jaango—posted on October 5, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

More on Gerrymandering At the SCOTUS

 

History speaks eloquently, and Aristotle spoke of an Oligarchy with the “rich is for the rich” and Indigenous Peoples asked, “Where is the talking stick?”

 

And there from, the SCOTUS is considering Wisconsin’s constitutional right to determine its gerrymandering effort and where the Republicans achieved a less than majority vote and yet, effectively demolished the political viability and rationale among the Democrats.

 

And Sam Levine, writing for the Huffpost blog has this to say with his article titled, “The Supreme Court’s Gerrymandering Case is A Debate AboutThreats to American Democracy.”

*****start*****

Underneath the legalistic debate about standing, standards and statistical analysis during oral arguments in a landmark Wisconsin gerrymandering case at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, there was a deeper debate happening among the justices about guaranteeing confidence in the American democratic system.

 

The court is considering if it is appropriate for the judiciary to step in and strike down electoral maps that go so far to benefit one party that they violate the Constitution. And if the court can step in, the justices are trying to figure out if there is a fair standard they can use to evaluate the maps.

 

As they debated those questions on Tuesday, the justices highlighted a paradox as they confront an ill facing American democracy. On one side, Chief Justice John Roberts argued the court would harm democracy if it inserted itself into the political process and started striking down electoral maps. On the other, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor argued the court would cause great damage to American confidence in elections if it did not.

 

The case before the Supreme Court deals with the state legislature maps Wisconsin Republicans drew after winning complete control of the state legislature in 2010. Using advanced technology, lawmakers and experts drew the maps in such a way that guaranteed their party’s continued control over the state government for years to come.

 

The maps were so successful that Republicans won 60 of 99 assembly seats in 2012 despite only winning 48.6 percent of the statewide vote. The Supreme Court has never said gerrymandering for partisan gain can be unconstitutional, but Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as the key swing vote in the case, has written that a standard for striking one down could hypothetically exist.

 

A Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Wisconsin challengers could reshape American politics by requiring lawmakers to draw maps that are more fair and competitive. At oral arguments, Kennedy at least appeared open to setting a standard to determine when gerrymandering goes too far, though it’s difficult to say how he’ll vote.

In an extraordinary moment during oral arguments, Roberts interrupted Paul Smith, the lawyer for the 12 Wisconsin voters challenging the election maps, to speak at length about his concern for the reputation of the court. Roberts said if the court decided to set a standard for saying certain cases of gerrymandering are unconstitutional, it would invite a flood of lawsuits to the Supreme Court and weaken the court’s reputation. In Roberts’ view, the average intelligent American would doubt the court was using a fair standard and think it was getting more political.

 

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Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern over the institutional reputation of the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a landmark gerrymandering case on Tuesday.

 

“The intelligent man on the street is going to say that’s a bunch of baloney. It must be because the Supreme Court preferred the Democrats over the Republicans. And that’s going to come out one case after another as these cases are brought in every state,” Roberts said. “And that is going to cause very serious harm to the status and integrity of the decisions of this Court in the eyes of the country.”

 

The exchange highlighted Roberts’ concern with preserving the court’s status and Americans’ faith in the only unelected branch of government. But to some court watchers, the chief justice’s concern was ignoring the reality that many Americans see the court as a political body as is. The public’s perception of the court has also dropped since 2010, according to Gallup polling. 

 

“The Court is already viewed as a political court,” Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, wrote in a blog post. “It is likely to be viewed as a partisan court going forward much more, now that all the liberals on the Court were appointed by Democratic presidents and all the conservatives by Republican presidents. This case is not going to do it. It is already done. The Court that decided Shelby County and Citizens United along party/ideological lines is looked at by the intelligent woman (or man) on the street as the product of a highly ideological politicized Court.”

 

Smith said that Roberts’ argument was so narrowly focused on preserving the court’s reputation that the chief justice was missing the broader threat to the country.

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“If you let this go, if you say this is ― we’re not going to have a judicial remedy for this problem, in 2020 you’re going to have a festival of copycat gerrymandering the likes of which this country has never seen,” he said. “And it may be that you can protect the Court from seeming political, but the country is going to lose faith in democracy big time because voters are going to be like ―­ everywhere are going to be like the voters in Wisconsin and, no, it really doesn’t matter whether I vote.”

 

Smith’s thinking echoed that of Ginsburg and Sotomayor.

 

Ginsburg interrupted Erin Murphy, a lawyer defending Wisconsin’s maps, to ask why the court should protect a system that discouraged people from voting.

 

“I would like to ask you what’s really behind all of this. The precious right to vote, if you can stack a legislature in this way, what incentive is there for a voter to exercise his vote?,” Ginsburg asked. “Isn’t that ― what becomes of the precious right to vote? Would we have that result when the individual citizen says: ‘I have no choice, I’m in this district, and we know how this district is going to come out?’ I mean that’s something that this society should be concerned about.”

 

Sotomayor put the question more succinctly to Murphy, asking: “Could you tell me what the value is to democracy from political gerrymandering? How ― how does that help our system of government?”

 

There are historical roots for Roberts’ concern with electoral integrity. Richard Pildes, a law professor at NYU, compared Roberts’ concern over getting involved in electoral disputes to that of Justice Felix Frankfurter, who objected to the court getting involved in redistricting issues. When the court ultimately did get involved and establish it could have a say in political redistricting issues in the landmark 1962 case Baker v. Carr, Frankfurter warned it would undermine the court’s integrity.

 

“It may well impair the Court’s position as the ultimate organ of ‘the supreme Law of the Land’ in that vast range of legal problems, often strongly entangled in popular feeling, on which this Court must pronounce. The Court’s authority ― possessed of neither the purse nor the sword ― ultimately rests on sustained public confidence in its moral sanction,” Frankfurter wrote in his dissenting opinion in the case. “Such feeling must be nourished by the Court’s complete detachment, in fact and in appearance, from political entanglements and by abstention from injecting itself into the clash of political forces in political settlements.”

 

But Richard Reuben, a law professor at the University of Missouri, said it was “beneath the dignity of the court” for Roberts to suggest the court shouldn’t get involved in redistricting cases.

 

“This is our democracy. To suggest that we need to protect democracy by leaving in place a system that does not further it, that prohibits it from actually happening, to me is ludicrous,” he said.

 

*****end*****

 

Jaango--posted on October 5, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond Metaphor and Analogy Is the Media’s Big Disappointment

 

After being bombarded from all the media attention to the Las Vegas Massacre starting this past early Monday morning, the media has run out of words and beyond “prayers” and “hostility, and much to my satisfaction. 

 

Consequently, the media is mired on ‘white on white’ violence and is incapable for fixating on our political advocacy from here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert and where Peace is the primary thrust of our civic engagement. And there from, we have no tolerance for the espoused bigotry, racism and rampant hate that is being practiced either overtly or covertly and from the top down. 

  

And now we’re left with having to address the vestiges of “gun control” and where the fear of terrorism, whether domestic or foreign, denies the reality that military veterans and where we  refuse to inject ourselves into this political arena and where this issue of  ‘gun control’ and the attendant behavior, effectively demonstrates our well-versed usage in military armaments.. And fear is not acceptable to any of us.  As such, we’ve been there and done that!

Further, our political approach to our version of Peace starts with the Academic-Military Draft.

 

Need more be said?

 

Jaango—posted on October 6, 2017

 

 

SCOTUS and Gerrymandering

 

Yesterday at the SCOTUS heard its first Argument for this new term and where our nation’s political future at the state level, is indeed critical.  And it’s for this reason that our attention or focus should include this definitive legal Argumentation.  And as such, the following is from Mark Walsh at the SCOTUs blog.

 

A “view” from the courtroom: A big windup on partisan gerrymandering

Posted Tue, October 3rd, 2017 4:03 pm by Mark Walsh

There is some extra wattage here this morning for arguments in one of the marquee cases of the new term, Gill v. Whitford, about the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering.

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican who has also appeared in a few movies, is here today, seated in the second row of the public gallery. He has become active in the effort to eliminate political gerrymandering, employing several of his popular catchphrases.

He has a Crowdpac website called Terminate Gerrymandering, and he will repeat several times today before the media and a crowd outside the court, “It’s time to say ‘hasta la vista’ to gerrymandering.”

 

Steve Case, Arnold Schwarzenegger and William Whitford seated in courtroom during argument (Art Lien)

In the courtroom this morning, before argument has begun, Schwarzenegger is in conversation with William Whitford, a retired law professor from the University of Wisconsin at Madison who is the lead plaintiff in the challenge to Wisconsin’s 2011 legislative map. A federal district court invalidated the map last year as a partisan gerrymander, and the case is here on direct appeal.

Whitford is among several individuals who will be singled out from the bench this morning for one point or another.

In front of Whitford is Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin. Whitford will tell me later that he once taught Baldwin at his law school, and that before the argument he considered quizzing his former student about some of the fine points of the case.

Not far away is Steve Case, the co-founder and former CEO of AOL, who now runs a Washington venture capital firm called Revolution LLC. Case espouses various ideas on business entrepreneurship and citizenship in speeches and books, but it is not immediately clear if a particular interest in partisan gerrymandering has brought him here today.

Among those present from the other side of the case, defending Wisconsin’s map, are state Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican, and state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican who is majority leader of his chamber.

The justices take the bench at 10 a.m. and move immediately to bar admissions. Chief Justice John Roberts recognizes Paul Smith, who will argue the case for the challengers to the map, to move the admission of Nicholas Stephanopoulos of the bar of New York.

Stephanopolous, seated in the front row of the bar section, is a law professor at the University of Chicago who is the co-author of a law review article that is integral to the case, “Partisan Gerrymandering and the Efficiency Gap.”

The other co-author, Eric McGhee, a political scientist with the Public Policy Institute of California, is apparently also here today. He has posted his guest ticket to the bar admissions ceremony on his Twitter account. Such a ticket guarantees a spot for that morning’s arguments, as well. That is a good thing for McGhee, because not only is he acutely interested in the case, he will be invoked by name from the bench a little later.

When it comes to the argument, Amy Howe has the main account. Most would agree that the hour more than lives up to its billing.

During that hour, Schwarzenegger will listen raptly, laughing along with others when Justice Anthony Kennedy makes a quasi-humorous reference to standing, and smiling when Justice Stephen Breyer tells Wisconsin Solicitor General Misha Tseytlin, “So let me spend exactly 30 seconds” formulating an observation and a question about “all that social science stuff and the computer stuff” involving redistricting.

After Breyer goes on for well over 30 seconds, the chief justice peers up at the clock that faces the bench, then turns and whispers to Kennedy. When Breyer finally does wrap up his four-pronged question, Roberts sends him a note, which elicits a smile from Breyer and a return note.

To digress for just 30 seconds, today’s bench notes remind me that I’ve been looking for an opportunity to register my thoroughly anecdotal, unscientific observation that note-passing among the justices seems to be a fading art.

This is based chiefly on the collection of bench memos kept by the late Justice Harry Blackmun, which suggest that in Blackmun’s early years in the 1970s, the justices were passing notes as often as a class of fifth-graders.

The most famous of those, of course, was highlighted by Linda Greenhouse in her book “Becoming Justice Blackmun.” It was a note passed to Justice Potter Stewart by one of his law clerks (but kept by Blackmun and added to his collection). It came on an early October day in 1973 that was particularly momentous for U.S. politics and the Major League Baseball playoffs. The note read:

V.P. Agnew Just
Resigned!!

Mets 2
Reds 0

Stewart was a fan of the Reds, who would lose that National League Championship Series to the Mets. And wouldn’t it be nice to have playoff baseball going on when the justices are on the bench?

Back to October 2017, Justice Samuel Alito questions Smith about the scholarly article promoting the efficiency gap as, in Alito’s words, the “Rosetta stone” for formulating a constitutional standard to weigh partisan gerrymandering.

Justice Alito refers to McGhee as the author of the paper, even though Stephanopoulos has equal billing as a co-author and is sitting just 10 or 12 feet away from the bench.

Alito discusses the paper at length, lays out a question raised by one of the district judges below about how to calculate the efficiency gap, and says that McGhee’s answer is, “Well, I have an answer to this, and I have a forthcoming paper and I’ll answer it in the forthcoming paper.”

After this long windup, Smith says, “Is there a question there, your honor?” He says it not in an evasive way, but with a smile. Even the chief justice, who has had some tense exchanges with Smith in past First Amendment cases, smiles at this.

Alito, with a slight smile himself, says, “Yes, there is a question there. There’s about 10 of them.”

The argument will go on, with more than one justice referring to the social science surrounding gerrymandering as “gobbledygook.”

Justice Neil Gorsuch will tell Smith that the search for a standard for too much partisan gerrymandering “reminds me a little bit of my steak rub.”

“I like some turmeric, I like a few other little ingredients, but I’m not going to tell you how much of each,” Gorsuch says. “And so what’s this court supposed to do, a pinch of this, a pinch of that?”

Toward the end, though, the argument takes a loftier turn. The chief justice tells Smith that he is worried that if this partisan gerrymandering claim is allowed to proceed, “there will naturally be a lot of these claims around the country.”

“And every one of them will come here for a decision on the merits,” says Roberts, who questions whether the average person will understand that the court is deciding such cases based on a complex efficiency-gap calculations.

“And the intelligent man on the street is going to say that’s a bunch of baloney,” Roberts says. “It must be because the Supreme Court preferred the Democrats over the Republicans. … And that is going to cause very serious harm to the status and integrity of the decisions of this court in the eyes of the country.”

Smith replies that the nation is on the cusp of a “more serious problem as gerrymandering becomes more sophisticated with computers and data analytics and an electorate that’s very polarized and more predictable than it’s ever been before.”

“If you let this go,” Smith continues, “if you say … we’re not going to have a judicial remedy for this problem, in 2020, you’re going to have a festival of copycat gerrymandering the likes of which this country has never seen.”

Posted in Gill v. Whitford, Featured, What's Happening Now

Recommended Citation: Mark Walsh, A “view” from the courtroom: A big windup on partisan gerrymandering, SCOTUSblog (Oct. 3, 2017, 4:03 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/10/view-courtroom-big-windup-partisan-gerrymandering/

Jaango—posted on October 4, 2017

         

 

 

Gun Control:  President Trump’s Insurrection?

 

Not that the aftermath of the Las Vegas Massacre and seen appropriately as “white-on-white” violence, the general public is facing its political dilemma.

 

Consequently, addressing the issue of gun control will require a large number cross over votes from members of both chambers of Congress.  But in today’s toxic politics, Republican members challenging the NRA and its vast cadre of financial donors and manpower is highly significant to the re-election opportunities for those on the adamant Right. 

 

To wit, research has now determined that voting behavior is not being changed by the abundant television and internet advising methods but the focus will become obvious in that the behavior that is the GOTV or “get out the vote” will become common place among candidates offering their public service in the political arena.  And we, the Chicanos and Native Americans are no different in our political assessments and behaviors.

 

And given my predilection for Congresswoman Maxine Waters of Los Angeles, will she jump on gun control and to the extent that she understands that any  legislation offered, will have undergo the “process” that requires hearings in both at the Sub-Committee and Committees in both chambers of Congress.  And if  proven to be successful in this endeavor, she will be facing the Veto Pen of President Trump.

 

And history speaks loudly, especially when Card Check was delivered early-on to President Obama and where he recognized that the ‘third stool’ among the GOP and where the NRA and its massive financial donors contributed monies and manpower to the ‘second stool’ that being the United States Chamber of Commerce Thusly, the Chamber of Commerce raised over $12 million in  just a matter of  a few days..And Obama did not relish a political battle since he was addressing the economic recession that required hs undivided attention and where the banking industry was to be bailed out.

 

Today, Steve Bannon. and Trump’s former Chief Strategist, is insisting that an “insurrection” of his base will be in offing should Trump sit down with Pelosi and Schumer as he did on DACA.  Now, our Common Sense comes full circle, starting with access to  government contracts, is being applied appropriately since Gun Ownership is determined to far more important than Immigration for the Right and the Far Right. Thus, all the political chits will be called forward in resistance to all gun control legislation.  And Trump will not tolerate anything less for his concretized course for self-adulation. And elections have consequences.

 

Jaango—posted on October 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have the Chieftains of Capitalism Won the Economic War?

 

Now that the Trump ‘establishment” is searching for a political meme regarding the national deficit and their intended tax cuts for the super wealthy, the GOP’s history is being readily dismissed.   And Trump’s Budget Chief argued back in January that the administration was opposed to budget deficits and of course, Mick Mulvaney went on the Sunday Morning Talking Circuit with a seemingly changed political opinion.  To wit, to maintain last quarter’s 3% increase in economic activity will require a $1.5 trillion spending increase to the deficit, according to Mulvaney.

Needless to say but I will, our national debt of today, represents a $260,000.00 credit card debt to each ordinary family.  So, when I jokingly complain that the White Man’s National Debt needs to “paid-off,” otherwise tomorrow’s Brown Democracy for these next twenty years or so, a financial bankruptcy will become the political dilemma that is not fortuitous for anyone..   Or perhaps, changing the Greenback to a Brownback will evolve in order solve this political/financial dilemma that’s been foisted on us all?

 

Jaango—posted on October 3, 2017

 

 

 

Unassailable Facts Don’t Matter?

 

When  it comes to my ever-present critique on our nation’s Journalist Industry, the plethora of incompetence is to be  consider to be non-plussed when it comes to the public toxicity that is now the White House’s statement for the mass shooting in Las Vegas as an “act of evil”

 

Unfortunately, Truth has no salience when the politics of gun control is to be considered.

 

And Digby “get’s it1” with the following:

 

In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, a Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist recklessly blamed the violence on a “coordinated Muslim terror attack,” citing no evidence beyond anonymous “sources.” 

 

As news of the shooting broke on social media, Wayne Allyn Root, a conservative commentator who regularly opened for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump before his rallies in Las Vegas, tweeted that “sources on scene” and “credible news sources” told him the shooting was a “coordinated Muslim terror attack.”

 

The billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, owner of the  newspaper in Las  Vegas and Root’s boss, should be both embarassed and ashamed of this incompetence.

Need more be said?

 

Jaango—October 2, 2017

 

 

 

Here Are a Couple of Items Deserving of Our Attention...

 

The Senate leadership has now issued its budget plan. 

 

First up is the Budget Plan.

 

The 89-page plan, which the Senate Budget Committee spent months drafting, sets up the special power of budget reconciliation GOP leaders can use to advance tax reform with just a 50-vote threshold in the Senate. Nov. 13 is the tentative deadline for tax writers to submit their plans for an overhaul to the budget panel.

 

Under the budget proposal, Republican tax writers can add up to $1.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years, giving lawmakers more flexibility as they attempt a once-in-a-generation revamp of the U.S. tax code. With more wiggle room to slash revenue, GOP legislators hope they will be able to go even lower on tax rates for individuals and corporations.

 

Regardless, the Senate leadership is attempting to utilize “reconciliation” to justify its ongoing effort and where only 50 votes will be required since President Bush’s signature will not be required. Consequently, the “insiders” and that being the lobbyists and large campaign donors will be the funding issues amply addressed and voter “concerns” fall by the wayside.

 

And secondly, the Senate has taken the decision to “de-fund” CHIP or the Childhood Insurance Program and which means that states will no longer allocate monies via state legislative budgets to continue to  provide this critical medical care. And the State of Utah is today’s Exemplar.

 

Utah health officials submitted their intentions to close an insurance program for children in low- to middle-income families if Congress does not reauthorize its funding.

 

The state's Division of Medicaid and Health Financing sent a letter Sept. 15 to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which outlined its plan to close its Children’s Health Insurance Program if Congress fails to renew its funding by its deadline Saturday. Without the necessary federal dollars, division spokeswoman Kolbi Young said the program’s funding will run out by the end of the year.

The federal and state program provides wellness exams, immunizations, doctors visits, prescriptions and other forms of health care to nearly 20,000 children in Utah. The kids typically come from families that make too much to qualify for Medicaid, the federal and state insurance program for low-income people.

 

And thirdly, the Fox News conundrum that is immigration.  To wit, the following:

 

Large majorities of voters favor granting work permits or citizenship to illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, according to the latest Fox News poll.

 

Sixty-two percent say it is extremely or very important Congress pass immigration law that will address the Dreamers. Voters think this is more important than passing new health care (58 percent important) or tax reform legislation (52 percent).

 

… Overwhelming majorities favor granting work permits (86 percent favor vs. 12 percent oppose) and U.S. citizenship (79-19 percent) to illegal immigrants under the age of 30 brought here as children, provided they pass a background check.

 

And fourthly, from the New York Times:

 

But the Bannon-Mercer alliance is likely to be a potent factor in widening the divisions laid bare by the Alabama race and the intraparty battles that have crippled the Republican agenda in Congress. It could put Mr. Bannon and the Mercers on a collision course with not just the Republican establishment but with other donor-driven political organizations, including the one built by the billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch — and potentially with Mr. Trump.

At Mr. Moore’s victory party, Mr. Bannon promised that “you’re going to see in state after state after state, people that follow the model of Judge [Roy] Moore, that do not need to raise money from the elites, from the crony capitalists, from the fat cats in Washington, D.C., New York City, Silicon Valley.”

 

And fifthly, from the Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico:

“I will do what I never thought I was going to do. I am begging, begging anyone that can hear us, to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency.”

 

And sixthly, the depth for ‘privatizing’ Indigenous history in the Great State of Oregon:

 

It was always meant to draw attention. The 8,000-pound, 36-foot Alaskan cedar log — brought in from Canada in 2012 after years of legal wrangling over its import — was carved into a totem pole at the Oregon Country Fair over a few summers by a group that runs a sauna and bath house on the site. There were plans for solar-powered LED lights illuminating the eyes of the raven, beaver, dog, and bear figures; not to be outdone, the flamingo figure at the top would have 20-foot-wide wings made of stainless steel, copper, and brass. It was scheduled to go up in the summer of 2015.

 

But in the past few years, the geographically incorrect, faux-Native totem pole has become a lightning rod of controversy, with charges of cultural appropriation and concern that said pole might disturb prehistoric archeological ruins of actual Native Americans. The pole’s advocates, who are mostly white, did not simply acquiesce to the rising chorus of Native voices; instead, they attacked a relatively new diversity task force, belittled local tribespeople, and attempted to undermine the fair’s archaeology crew in order to raise the totem pole. How a group of hippies in a community purportedly tied together by peace, love, and understanding ended up sounding like a bunch of neocons speaks to the troubled dynamic between America’s aging — and largely white — hippie subculture and the Native American communities they’ve long imitated.

 

Jaango—posted on September 30, 2017 

 

 

The Pentagon’s Failure in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Has Become Apparent

 

Now that we are being inundated by the new media outlets for the hurricane damage in both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the Governor is aptly complaining that the dock workers are busy trying to recover from this natural disaster by working to repair the damage that each person has encountered, and thusly, there is no one to perform the function of a “driver” to deliver the emergency goods and services throughout the two islands.

 

And as such, the chain-of-command at the Pentagon has forgotten that there are dozens of military bases located up and down the east coast, and thusly, each military base has a transportation squadron and where these soldiers can be temporarily assigned to perform these duties as drivers, and therefore fulfill that capacity for delivering these goods and services and done on behalf of all us, our fellow citizens.

Need more be said?

 

Jaango—posted on September 30, 2017

 

 

 

And Finally, the Good News...

 

Earlier today, the Senate’s Republican Caucus met,  counted their votes and came to the conclusion that any further effort to “repeal and replace” Obama Care after seven years, was an unfulfilled promise.

 

And shortly after their meeting, the authors, meaning Senators Graham and Cassidy, announced that the “no votes” torpedoed this risible effort.

 

Thus, we offer out our congratulations to Senators Paul, McCain and Collins for demonstrating a considerable amount of Gumption in that all substantive future efforts in the Senate must be determined on a “bipartisanship” basis.

 

Jaango—posted on September 26, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Kudos to Eric Reid

 

In his op-ed piece published in the New York Times of earlier today, I found that his detailed participation challenging the public policies and where “bad” law enforcement has become infamous, was highly convincing.  To wit, his editorial and titled, “Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided To Take a Knee,” goes to great length to explain our lack of education to their behavior. 

 

And its this lack of “education” that we are posting this op-ed in its entirety and given the exemption for education in the Copyright Act, we are doing so.

 

*****Start*****

 

In early 2016, I began paying attention to reports about the incredible number of unarmed black people being killed by the police. The posts on social media deeply disturbed me, but one in particular brought me to tears: the killing of Alton Sterling in my hometown Baton Rouge, La. This could have happened to any of my family members who still live in the area. I felt furious, hurt and hopeless. I wanted to do something, but didn’t know what or how to do it. All I knew for sure is that I wanted it to be as respectful as possible.

 

A few weeks later, during preseason, my teammate Colin Kaepernick chose to sit on the bench during the national anthem to protest police brutality. To be honest, I didn’t notice at the time, and neither did the news media. It wasn’t until after our third preseason game on Aug. 26, 2016, that his protest gained national attention, and the backlash against him began.

That’s when my faith moved me to take action. I looked to James 2:17, which states, “Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” I knew I needed to stand up for what is right.

 

I approached Colin the Saturday before our next game to discuss how I could get involved with the cause but also how we could make a more powerful and positive impact on the social justice movement. We spoke at length about many of the issues that face our community, including systemic oppression against people of color, police brutality and the criminal justice system. We also discussed how we could use our platform, provided to us by being professional athletes in the N.F.L., to speak for those who are voiceless.   

 

After hours of careful consideration, and even a visit from Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former N.F.L. player, we came to the conclusion that we should kneel, rather than sit, the next day during the anthem as a peaceful protest. We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy.

 

It baffles me that our protest is still being misconstrued as disrespectful to the country, flag and military personnel. We chose it because it’s exactly the opposite. It has always been my understanding that the brave men and women who fought and died for our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free society, which includes the right to speak out in protest.

It should go without saying that I love my country and I’m proud to be an American. But, to quote James Baldwin, “exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

 

I can’t find words that appropriately express how heartbroken I am to see the constant smears against Colin, a person who helped start the movement with only the very best of intentions. We are talking about a man who helped to orchestrate a commercial planeful of food and supplies for famine-stricken Somalia. A man who has invested his time and money into needy communities here at home. A man I am proud to call my brother, who should be celebrated for his courage to seek change on important issues. Instead, to this day, he is unemployed and portrayed as a radical un-American who wants to divide our country.

 

Anybody who has a basic knowledge of football knows that his unemployment has nothing to do with his performance on the field. It’s a shame that the league has turned its back on a man who has done only good. I am aware that my involvement in this movement means that my career may face the same outcome as Colin’s. But to quote the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” And I choose not to betray those who are being oppressed.

 

I have too often seen our efforts belittled with statements like “He should have listened to the officer,” after watching an unarmed black person get shot, or “There is no such thing as white privilege” and “Racism ended years ago.” We know that racism and white privilege are both very much alive today.

 

And it’s disheartening and infuriating that President Trump has referred to us with slurs but the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., as “very fine people.” His remarks are a clear attempt to deepen the rift that we’ve tried so hard to mend.

I am nevertheless encouraged to see my colleagues and other public figures respond to the president’s remarks with solidarity with us. It is paramount that we take control of the story behind our movement, which is that we seek equality for all Americans, no matter their race or gender.

 

What we need now is numbers. Some people acknowledge the issues we face yet remain silent bystanders. Not only do we need more of our fellow black and brown Americans to stand with us, but also people of other races.

I refuse to be one of those people who watches injustices yet does nothing. I want to be a man my children and children’s children can be proud of, someone who faced adversity and tried to make a positive impact on the world, a person who, 50 years from now, is remembered for standing for what was right, even though it was not the popular

 

*****End*****

 

Jaango—posted on September 25, 2017

 

 

 

Two Points Related To The Chicano Movement...

 

First, is in that I have been watching the television newscasts regarding the earthquakes in Mexico, and the “nuance and subtlety” of America’s influence in Mexico, is remarkable.  During one of the rescued persons, and after she was located and extracted from the rubble, the first responders called for quiet, and it’s at this point that the rescuers and the attendant audience, broke into a cheer and where “Si Se Puede” was the three-time cheer.  And after hearing these cheers, made my heart do a quiet flip relative to my pride for being both a Chicano/Native American military vet.  And the history of the Chicano Movement commenced back at the end of world war two as these military vets were returning home.   And in these long and intervening years, Si Se Puede, as paraded out, continues to this day.  And yet, 20,000 credentialed journalists still haven’t come to realize that politics that originated in the Sonoran Desert, continues to be practiced and carried forward, albeit, this stellar “nuance and subtlety.”

 

The second point I want to make is that the  “perceived” Progressives in the Senate, such as Sanders, Clinton and even Obama, never crafted a Progressive Caucus when they served in the Senate.  As such, anyone serving in the Senate and attaches himself or herself to a label of “progressive” should be seen as a political scam=-artiste of the first order.  So, when Senator Sanders announces his “foreign policy” attributes, he is incapable of recognizing that we, the actualize Progressives, know that Sanders is just another in a long line of scam-artistes. 

 

Now, don’t get me started on the “foreign policy” issues that he--Sanders conveniently fails to address.

 

Jaango

 

 

 

 

1.8 Million Military Vets Are Relegated to Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion

 

Today, there are 1.8 military vets are being overlooked by both the Oligarchs and the Republican “establishment” as they continue to develop the  latest version of repeal and replace Obama Care and where the Senate is expected to vote in the next ten days.  Thus, the “tax cuts” of over $1 trillion (over the next ten years) will take precedent and which means that these military  vets, will lose all or many of their current health care benefits.  And more so, should the Republicans prove via their successful vote, and where single-payer still does not exist. 

 

Of course, I am an advocate for ‘coordinating” a successful transition to Medicare, the VA Systemic and the Native American Health Services System be “tied together” for a more consolidated and constructive “delievery of health services” for all our citizens.  As such, a military vet can “contract” with either the VA or Indian Health Services. 

 

And Meteor Blades via DailyKos has this to say:

 

*****Start*****

 

At CommonDreams, Jake Johnson writes—U.S. Says No Money for Social Programs, But '$700 Billion to Kill People? Yeah That We Have':

Where were the pundits and elected lawmakers who complain about the cost of providing healthcare to all Americans when the Senate voted to spend $700 billion on the military?

 

Many critics were raising this question Monday after the Senate—in what was portrayed as yet another indication of bipartisan support for endless waroverwhelmingly approved the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will dump a larger sum of money into the military budget than even President Donald Trump asked for while also authorizing the production of 94 F-35 jets, two dozen more than the Pentagon requested.

Passage of the NDAA—which this year approves a $700 billion defense budget, an annual increase of $80 billion—is something of an automated process in Washington, one that often flies under the radar and garners little opposition.

However, with support for Medicare for All and free public college tuition soaring, many are calling attention to the hypocrisy of pundits who yell about the costs of single-payer healthcare providing debt-free higher education while remaining entirely silent about the war budget.

Adam Johnson, a contributor to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, argued that the explanation for this double standard is simple: America's dominant political class and mainstream commentators view exorbitant military spending as a given. [...]

 

*****End*****

 

Jaango—posted on September 22,2017

 

 

 

Kudos to Kevin Drum at Mother Jones Magazine

 

In his article titled, “The Cynicism Behind Graham-Cassidy Is Breathtaking”.  To wit, the following:

 

It’s hard to know how to react to the cynicism of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. For starters, it’s as bad as all the other Republican repeal bills. Tens of millions of the working poor will lose insurance. Pre-existing conditions aren’t protected. Medicaid funding is slashed. Subsidies are slashed.

 

But apparently that’s not enough. Republican senators (and President Trump, of course) obviously don’t care what’s in the bill. Hell, they’re all but gleeful in their ignorance. Nor is merely repealing Obamacare enough. Graham-Cassidy is very carefully formulated to punish blue states especially harshly. And if even that’s not enough, after 2020 it gives the president the power to arbitrarily punish them even more if he feels like it. I guess this makes it particularly appealing to conservatives. Finally, by handing everything over to the states with virtually no guidance, it would create chaos in the health insurance market. The insurance industry, which was practically the only major player to stay neutral on previous bills (doctors, nurses, hospitals, and everyone else opposed them) has finally had enough. Even if it hurts them with Republicans, Graham-Cassidy is a bridge too far:

The two major trade groups for insurers, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans, announced their opposition on Wednesday to the Graham-Cassidy bill….“The bill contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical conditions,’’ said Scott P. Serota, the president and chief executive of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

….America’s Health Insurance Plans was even more pointed. The legislation could hurt patients by “further destabilizing the individual market” and could potentially allow “government-controlled single payer health care to grow,” said Marilyn B. Tavenner, the president and chief executive of the association. Without controls, some states could simply eliminate private insurance, she warned.

Literally nobody in the health insurance industry likes this bill. The chaos and misery it would unleash are practically undebatable. It’s being passed for no reason except that Republicans have screwed up health care so epically that they have only a few days left to pass something, and Graham-Cassidy is something.

 

If there’s any silver lining at all to this mess, it comes from AHIP’s Marilyn Taverner: the bill is so horrifically bad that it might allow “government-controlled single payer health care to grow.” That’s probably true. No matter how enamored they are of Donald Trump, the American public can be suckered only just so long. If you make things bad enough, eventually they’ll start to wonder why America is the only advanced country on the planet where health care sucks so badly. Maybe all those countries with single-payer health systems have a good idea after all?

 

If that happens, I’ll be a happy camper. But I sure wish we didn’t have to do it on the backs of the poor and the sick.

 

Jaango—posted on September 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Republican “repeal and replace” via Block Grants to States

 

Today, the Republican-led Senate is taking another shot at “repeal and replace” and with 13 days remaining in their legislative calendar, Arizona’s Governor has ‘pressured’ both Senators McCain and Flake to support this latest effort in the Senate.

 

Consequently, this latest effort will create a “savings” that enables the Republicans to deliver a tax cut for their ultra wealthy campaign donors at the expense of the elderly and the poor.  And in particular, gutting Medicaid is where all this begins.  Consider the following:

 

The principal federal Medicaid funding reduction provisions included in the new proposal are:

 

  • a one-year elimination of federal funding for all Medicaid-covered services furnished by Planned Parenthood;
  • an end to federal funding of retroactive Medicaid eligibility, a basic safety-net feature of the program since 1965 that enables states and health care providers to cover the cost of health care for catastrophically ill people who were eligible but not enrolled at the time they experienced a high-cost event, whether illness or injury; and,
  • a permanent one-third reduction (phased in between FY 2021 and FY 2026) in the amount of matching funds for the traditional program that states can generate through lawful provider taxes.
  •  

In addition, by circumventing the filibuster process, the reconciliation process is now the vehicle to complete their task and where only 50 votes are required

Further, continued spending for Planned Parenthood,  would be terminated.

 

And of earlier today, Arizona’s Governor announced his support for this Republican-led effort and thusly, Senator McCain has announced that he is prepared to  vote for scrapping Obamacare.

 

Now, the leaders of this effort are touting that they have corralled the votes of 48 to 49 votes and are working to gain the support of the 50th vote and there having Vice President Pence become the tie-breaking vote.

 

Jaango—posted on September 18, 2017

 

 

 

Motel 6:  The “knock and talk”  ICE

 

Today’s industry joke is in telling a guest that “your room is next to ICE” continues to remain relevant.

And according to the Phoenix New Times newspaper, their investigation of the hotels in the area of Phoenix, Arizona, has concluded that local law enforcement, as in the police, and the federal authorities, as in ICE, have been receiving, on a daily basis, the hotel’s and motel’s guest lists. And upon receipt and within six hours, ICE does its “knock and talk.”

And here’s the internet link:

 

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/motel-6-calling-ice-undocumented-guests-phoenix-immigration-lawyers-9683244

 

Jaango—posted on September 18, 2017

 

 

Indecency Is As Indecency Does... 

 

Given Arizona’s history with both bigotry and racism, the Storyline that is making the front pages is that Motel 6 was making their guest lists readily available to ICE, speak volumes that is the history of SB 1070.  Thus, the Supremacist behavior activated by this state law, taken nationally in an ineffective manner, demonstrates that brown people continue to face the detriment that federal agents should never have participated in.  And Homeland Security, as in General Kelly, deserved his salient critique delivered by Congressman Gutierrez of Illinois.  And of course, Kelly’s Fox News response fell short of the mark and that being Gutierrez.

 

Secretary De Vos and Her Title Nine Nonsense

 

After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced her intention to rescind Title Nine pertaining to sexual assaults on college campuses in favor of a differing “weak” approach, has mobilized over two dozen Senators to issue their letter that includes the following:

  “The current guidance is critical to ensuring that schools understand and take seriously their responsibilities under the law, and we urge you to leave the current guidance in place” ...AND “Rescinding the guidance would be a step in the wrong direction in addressing the national epidemic of campus sexual assault.”

 

House Speaker to Convene Ad Hoc Committee on DACA

 

According to Politico, yesterday, House Speaker Paul Ryan will convene an ad hoc committee to formulate a path forward for DACA recipients and whose documents within the next six months.  In addition and from another direction, momentum is increasing via  “Republicans who have engaged in the casual talks include Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Jeff Denham and David Valadao of California, Mark Amodei of Nevada and Dan Newhouse of Washington.  The GOP leadership is aware of these discussions, although is not a working group led by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) or his top deputies, as is being reported by Politico

 

Democratic Minority Speaker “stands tall” for Herself

 

Over at the Talking Points Memo, Nicole LaFond informs us of the following:

During a meeting with President Trump on Wednesday to discuss a deal on DACA in which she was the only woman present at the  table, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.) reportedly asserted herself early on.  In a piece outlining the confusion that ensued after Trump  agreed to a deal with Democrats that protect recipients of  the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and enhance border security without funding for the border wall, the Washington Post reported that Pelosi spoke up after being interrupted by the 10 men at the table.  When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross  asked what the President would get out of a deal with  Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY.), Pelosi reportedly began to answer, saying Trump  would get the cooperation of Democrats.

But she was interrupted by several men at the table and who spoke over her and each other. ‘Do  women get to talk around here”? Pelosi reportedly asked.

 

 The Humiliation That Keeps on Giving

 

After Attorney General Sessions informed President Trump has recused himself, Sessions underwent a tribal humiliation.  And those persons who are familiar with the incident, couldn’t understand why Session didn’t immediately resign.  And according to Sessions’ aides, Sessions didn’t resign on the premise because he had a chance to have an impact on what he sees as a defining issue of his career, and that being reducing both legal and illegal immigration.  Long story short, is easily found in keeping the Republican Party alive for the next 20 years despite the onslaught of demographics.

 

A Well-Understood Clinton History

 

Over at Vox, Ezra Klein catches-up with our view of her history.

“Clinton is not a radical or a revolutionary, a disruptor or a socialist, and she’s proud of that fact.  She’s a pragmatist who believes in working within the system, in promising roughly what you believe you can  deliver,  in saying how you’ll pay for your plans. She is frustrated with a polity that doesn’t share her “thrill’ over incremental policies that will never come to fruition.  She believes in politics the way it is actually practiced, and she holds to that belief at a moment when it has never been less popular.”

 

Clinton and Today’s Chicano Movement

 

Given that she lost in the Electoral College, focusing on the general vote total is a miscalculation, writ large. And given that she lost, Hillary Clinton should have been touting the Chicano Movement’s Agenda of Unmet Needs. In doing so, she would have institutionalized the challenge that we, the Chicanos and Native Americans “offer” to Donald Trump’s Trumpeteers for their bigotry and racism.  Our comprehensive experience challenging this indecency in our national politics, would have wrought a differing outcome, but she was focused on the European American Experience, and as perpetuated by the cognoscenti that she surrounded herself with.

 

In the mean time, we continue to ply our “long game.”

 

Jaango—posted on September 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

The Snark-Snark That Is Today’s America...

 

For those among us  and who have a thorough  knowledge of the Chicano Movement—from the late 1940s and through today, there was no need for the credentialed Journalist Industry of the 20,000 to report that the Russians and thusly the communists interfered in Chicano politics, writ large. However, among European Americans, let the drawers down and inadvertently wet their pants out of convenience.

 

And today, Russia has been widely and nationally engaged in such behavior. Take, for example, the following:

But now, the Daily Beast reports there’s also evidence that Russia went beyond spreading fake news and used Facebook’s event management tool to “remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S.,” including an anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho in August 2016. This is “the first indication that the Kremlin’s attempts to shape America’s political discourse moved beyond fake news and led unwitting Americans into specific real-life action”.

 

AND, as to the specificity:

 

Much of the Russian Facebook propaganda campaign has since been deleted. But bits and pieces remain visible in search engine caches, including a 2016 notice on Facebook Events—the site’s event management and invitation tool—announcing an August 27 rally in a rural Idaho town known to welcome refugees.

 

“Due to the town of Twin Falls, Idaho, becoming a center of refugee resettlement, which led to the huge upsurge of violence towards American citizens, it is crucial to draw society's attention to this problem,” the event notice began. The three hour protest was titled “Citizens before refugees”, and would be held at the City Council Chambers beginning at 11:00 am. The notice provided the street address and ended with a fiery exhortation.

 

“We must stop taking in Muslim refugees! We demand open and thorough investigation of all the cases regarding Muslim refugees! All government officials, who are covering up for these criminals, should be fired!”

The event was “hosted” by “SecuredBorders,” a putative U.S. anti-immigration community that was outed in March as a Russian front.

 

Need more be said?

 

Jaango—posted on  September 12,2017

 

 

Kudos to Eliza Newlin Carney at the American Prospect...

 

In her published article and titled, “GOP to Latinos:  Drop Dead” details the dismay that that Republicans will encounter in the years ahead as a million Latinos will come of age, annually, for registering to vote and voting.  Further, she goes on to describe the dilmma facing the conservatives, writ large.

 

And here is her article:

 

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GOP to Latinos: Drop Dead

 

The Republican Party has now officially abandoned Latinos. It’s not clear how much of a political price Republicans will pay for this, but we may find out as early as next year, when midterms may coincide with a GOP-authored mass deportation.

Sure, there are Republicans who want to find a legislative fix during the six-month window that President Trump has given Congress to act before he yanks legal protections from 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. These “Dreamers” have been working and studying here legally since 2012 under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

But who really believes that this GOP-controlled Congress can enact a bill to save DACA by this spring? Republicans have killed or blocked immigration legislation three times in the last decade. Multiple DACA-related bills that span the ideological spectrum are back on the table, but between lawmakers’ packed legislative schedule and the internal GOP disputes that have paralyzed Congress all year, it’s hard to imagine a sudden immigration breakthrough.

If anything, the basic rift that perpetually tears Republicans apart on immigration—between nativist hardliners and pragmatic business conservatives—is now deeper than ever.

If anything, the basic rift that perpetually tears Republicans apart on immigration—between nativist hardliners and pragmatic business conservatives—is now deeper than ever. Far-right groups like the Center for Immigration Studies, the Federation for Immigration Reform, and Numbers USA, which have ties to white nationalists and which espouse extreme anti-immigrant policies, have risen to new prominence since Trump’s election.

Who backs these groups? FAIR, CIS, Numbers USA, and other anti-immigrant groups have scooped up close to $100 million in grants between 2006 and 2015 from such deep-pocketed conservative funders as the Scaife Family Foundation, the Foundation for the Carolinas, and the Sidney A. Swensrud Foundation, according to a recent report by the Center for New Community, which tracks what it calls “organized bigotry” in the United States.

Who fronts for them? Several prominent leaders from FAIR and CIS now serve in or advise the Trump administration, including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has held posts both with FAIR and with its legal think tank, the Immigration Reform Law Institute, and who helped initiate and draft the leading state legal challenges to DACA. (Kobach also serves on Trump’s controversial “election integrity” commission.) Anti-immigrant groups and their leaders have spent millions lobbying and advertising against DACA, and have stepped up pressure on the Trump administration to rescind the program in recent months.

“These anti-immigrant groups now have unprecedented, unparalleled access to White House officials,” says Ethan Fauré, a research analyst with the Center for New Community, who helped author the group’s report.

Yet business leaders, already at odds with Trump over white supremacist violence, have come out by the hundreds in defense of DACA. Some prominent CEOs have pledged not to fire DACA workers and to pay for their legal counsel. Pro-DACA immigration advocates organizing sit-ins and rallies are receiving a potent lobbying assist from their business allies. Not everyone in this coalition agrees on overall immigration policy, but the DACA program itself is broadly popular, says Arturo Vargas, executive director of the NALEO Education Fund.

“I don’t recall a moment, certainly in the immigration debate, with this kind of broad support outside of the administration, even on both sides of Congress,” says Vargas. “So I think there is a real opportunity here to do something.”

Even if Congress fails to enact legislation, the DACA fight could create a political opening for Latinos, and for Democrats. Republicans have been worried about shifting demographics since 2012, when Latinos voted for Obama over GOP nominee Mitt Romney by 71 percent to 21 percent. A Republican National Committee postmortem that year warned, “It is imperative that the RNC changes how it engages with Hispanic communities to welcome in new members of our Party.”

Predictions that Latinos angered by Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric would help deliver victory to Democrats fell short last year, of course, though some exit polls that suggested more Latinos voted for Trump than for Romney have been called into question. Nevertheless, the states that delivered the White House to Trump—Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin—are not heavily Latino, notes Vargas, who credits a Hispanic voter surge to the election of five new Latinos to the House and the first Latina to the Senate.

Between now and 2030, roughly 40 percent of all new voters will be Latino, and nearly one million U.S.-born Latinos will turn 18 and become eligible to vote every year.

And the basic math of Latino political power remains the same: Between now and 2030, roughly 40 percent of all new voters will be Latino, and nearly one million U.S.-born Latinos will turn 18 and become eligible to vote every year. By wide majorities, moreover, Americans think the “Dreamers” should be allowed to stay in the United States; according to one Morning Consult/Politico poll, that even includes 73 percent of Trump voters.

Given how effectively GOP-drawn district lines protect Republican incumbents, however, many conservatives will be more worried about primaries from the right than about angering Latino voters. Still, some speculate that if DACA is suspended in the spring of 2018—a strong possibility if Congress can’t come up with a legislative solution—the political timing will be terrible for the GOP. Vulnerable Republican Senators in Arizona and Nevada, for example, are seeking re-election in heavily Latino states but are also expected to face primary challenges.

Trump’s declaration puts his congressional allies in a box, and delivers Latinos a potential watershed moment. Says Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota, which advocates for the Latino community, “We are going to be holding them accountable, and we are going to be watching what they do.”

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Jaango—posted on September 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

Did Conservatives “mainline” President Trump’s Magic Potion?

 

The easy answer is that they did by the House’s approval of both funding for FEMA and for raising that debt limit for the next ninety days or until the end of this year.  Of course, historians looking at the “agreement” between the Democrats and Republicans of this past week, the likely view is that the Democrats engineered this agreement, thereby saving the reign of House Speaker Ryan for his not having to confront the Hastert Rule.  This Rule requires that the majority of the Republicans must be in full agreement with the legislation on the House floor and prior to any vote.  Consequently, this Rule didn’t save the former House Speaker and Ryan would have incurred his short walk off the Republican easiest plank on the Republicans Ship of State and into our political history as practiced by the Freedom Caucus and their innate ability to “count the votes” favorable to them and as part and parcel to their intra-party fight.

 

And now, the national news media is attempting to reconfigure their wrong-headed belief that President Trump is taking a different track from previous Republican presidents as a ‘mainstream administration.’  Not so of course, but this salient propaganda does have “legs” even among some Democrats. But “reality” continues apace.

As such, this ‘reality” informs us all that President Trump should be seen in the context and content of:

 

“While he’s busy with his weird demagogic performance art, his administration is working quickly as possible to enact the most racist, most right-wing  Republican agenda in history.  He is fine with that, as long as he gets the credit.”

And that is our dilemma for the next several weeks and months.

 

And Bob Cesca, writing for Salon.Com, had this to say:

 

“And then there was Charlottesville. In response to a terror attack perpetrated by a neo-Nazi that claimed the life of Heather Heyer, Trump insisted there had been violence, ‘on many sides—on many sides.’  A few days after that, Trump reiterated his sympathy for Nazis, Klan members and white supremacists, saying there were ‘very fine people’ among the assembled pro-Confederate protesters.  In addition a swift backlash from both Republicans and Democrats, members of several Trump advisory boards quit in protest, effectively disbanding those panels.”

 

And that is our dilemma for the next several weeks and months

 

Jaango--posted on September11, 2017

 

 

 

 

Digby Does It Again...

 

Joking that the  “deep state” is indeed the Internet, political appointees in the federal government would seriously  disagree me, and where this Deep State must remain sacrosanct from interlopers such as myself. And for in doing  so, this challenge can be daunting.  Thus, competent writers do present a “problem,” not to the political appointees but to the news media outlets.

 

And in this instance, Digby points us in the proper direction and which animates the dilemma of today’s “truthiness” as occasioned by a late night comedic show host, and in particular, Trump’s presidential election. In her latest writing effort, Dignby “nails it” with her article titled, “Facebook trolls and the hungry MSN.”  Consequently, “immigration” and the “emails” was the political platform for Donald Trump’s success.

 

And here’s her internet link:

 

https://digbysblog.blogspot.com/

 

To add to your reading enjoyment, grab a Cold One, prior to following the link to Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.  As such, it’s impressive.

 

Needless to say, Immigration was the standout issue for last year’s election, followed by the bogus issue of emails.

 

Jaango—posted on September 10, 2017

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Odds and Ends—Part Two

 

With so much political fracas and which is now ongoing and much to the detriment of Republicans, the Democrats should be delighted for President Trump being “offered” another 90 days for his buddies, the Republicans in Congress, to put their agenda onto a “pathway” to a more constructive advantage.

  1. Senator McCain announces that he will support another version to repeal and replace Obamacare.
  2. Just deranged or out-and-out crazy?  Ousted White House operative, Steve Bannon, in a television interview to be published this Sunday, is espousing that the Catholic Church supports DACA because the Church “needs” undocumented immigrants to keep their benches filled for Sunday morning church services.
  3. From Amanda Marcotte:  “Sessions’ entire speech was shot through with falsehoods and distortions, each one playing directly off ugly racist stereotypes and assumptions that have nothing to do with the facts on hand.”  As such, a brutal takedown of Session’s speech on Tuesday.
  4. Lou Dobbs speaks loudly:  “The president not only took RINO Ryan to the woodshed but eliminated any need for any Republican to ever pretend again that Ryan is a real Republican is a real Republican in any way”  and “Or that any RINO has a political future  after Mr. Trump simply booted the hapless fool of a speaker out of the way of those trying to get the nation’s business done.”
  5.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is now on the record that Trump would sign the DREAM Act should it arrive onto his desk.
  6. Good News!  Earlier today, the Senate passed legislation that provides the first chunk of monies ($15.3 billion) as aid for the havoc caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

Jaango—posted on September 7, 2017

 

 

Odds and Ends

 

Much has been said but very little is posited regarding the “antifa” and yet, the participants in both the Antif and the Neo-Nazis don’t include “racial and ethnics”  as the agitators for this political violence.    Thus, the European Americans are having to grapple with Hate and where law enforcement agencies are stymied with their surveillance technologies.  And I wonder why?

  1.  Conservative news sites are falsely claiming Black Lives Matter protested the ongoing Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 
  2. The historical opposition in Houston, Texas, to local zoning efforts, will come forth as the primary cause for the devastation among the homeowners, as the real culprit. Thus FEMA aid will be incapable of leveraging the political pressure to solve this historic irresponsibility.
  3. Dumb and more dumb.  The Philly Police Union President calls Black Lives Matter, “a pack of rabid animals.”  Interestingly, and not yet recognized, the leaders of law enforcement unions, are well-recognized as being opposed to “anything” that is a privilege for “racial ethnics” such as challenging local law enforcement, and in particular, earlier this week in Phoenix, Arizona.  As such, the City Council schedule was disrupted when a fully-packed council chamber expressed both their anger and distaste for police behavior for Trump’s latest visit for his political rally.
  4. Despite his long held belief that DACA should be terminated, this past week House Speaker Paul Ryan has posited that DACA should not be cancelled by any action taken by the White House or President Trump.  His view is that the House and Senate should take responsibility to terminate DACA.
  5. Facebook is now saying that the Russians spent over $199,000 for 3,000 political ads during last year’s election cycle.
  6. President Trump’s nominee to the Seventh Court of Appeals is undergoing her Senate confirmation. In the past she has argued against stare decisis,  or legal precedent. Additionally, she has written that the Bible takes precedent over the Constitution.  She is a law professor at Norte Dame. 
  7. At age 62, Sandra Cisneros considers herself a “chingona” and she’s correct.  She will be honored for her decades long career as an author and writer and thusly, recognized alongside with  Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 40th Anniversary.
  8. From Dolores Huerta on DACA:  “This a step up from slavery..the Republican plan to deport all of the people that you have here that are undocumented, and bring in folks here under foreign labor contracts.”

 

Jaango—posted on September 7, 2017

 

 

 

Kudos to Congressman Gutierrez of Illinois on DACA

 

As background and by way of analogy, President Trump has “kicked the can” down the road on DACA and thusly, the House and Senate will have to introduce legislation regarding DACA during the next six months.

 

And in response, Congressman Gutierrez has issued his press release,  and with  the following:

 

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) on Tuesday called White House Chief of Staff John Kelly a “hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear” after President Donald Trump ended the DACA program earlier in the day.

 

DACA, short for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, protects nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Though the White House claimed Tuesday that DACA recipients will not be priorities for deportation once their permits expire, similar promises have not been reflected in the past in immigration agents’ arrest records.

 

Before accepting Trump’s offer to become chief of staff, Kelly led the Department of Homeland Security, where he oversaw the Trump administration’s amped-up efforts to arrest and deport undocumented people, including those found only to have violated civil immigration law.

 

“General Kelly, when he was the head of Homeland Security, lied straight to the faces of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about preventing the mass deportation of DREAMers,” Gutiérrez wrote in a statement Tuesday. “Now as Chief of Staff, this former general is executing the plan to take away their lifeline and taking steps to criminalize young people who live and work here legally.”

 

“General Kelly is a hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear,” he continued. “He has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the President’s actions by ‘just following orders.’”

Gutiérrez also said he would not support any government funding bill that doesn’t include “safe harbor for DREAMers,” using a shorthand for young undocumented people that began with the DREAM Act, an immigration reform bill first proposed in 2001.

The congressman was one of a number of people arrested at a pro-DACA rally in front of the White House on Aug. 15.

Read Gutiérrez full statement below:

 

I personally will not support any funding bill that does not include a safe harbor for DREAMers – and I will work to have others join me in opposition.  If they need our votes, we are bringing 800,000 young immigrants with us.

 

I have already spoken with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and will be talking to other Democrats in the House, but if Republicans need our votes, we need to have legislation to protect immigrant youth who have DACA.

 

As a movement, we will not go away, back down or give up because the President has taken this callous and destructive action.  The CHC, other Democrats, and the pro-immigrant movement fought hard against a Democratic President to win DACA and I am confident my CHC and Democratic colleagues will fight a Republican President even harder to defend DACA, in the courts, through legislation, and community by community and deportation by deportation, if necessary.

Immigrant youth, immigrant families, and our allies in all sectors of American life are here to stay, regardless of the President’s mass deportation fantasies and objectives.  Americans will not let this President dictate the fate of the immigrants who have placed so much trust in their country.  We have stood at airports to resist the Muslim Ban, marched with women to protect their rights, denounced  racist and homophobic violence, and fought to defend Planned Parenthood and now young immigrants need everyone’s help.  I watched families line up by the tens of thousands at Navy Pier in Chicago in August 2012 just for the opportunity for one or two of their children to achieve safety and security in America.  I am not prepared to give up on them and will not.

 

America is a better country than its President and most Americans do not want to see documented immigrants converted into undocumented immigrants.  It just takes the country in the wrong direction and will be devastating to individual immigrants and families.  The disruption, chaos and fear that this action precipitates will also strain state and local governments, educators, and employers.  DACA is a program that has been a smashing success, yet the President, purely out of spite and incompetence is smashing DACA.

 

General Kelly, when he was the head of Homeland Security, lied straight to the faces of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about preventing the mass deportation of DREAMers.  Now as Chief of Staff, this former general is executing the plan to take away their lifeline and taking steps to criminalize young people who live and work here legally.  General Kelly is a hypocrite who is a disgrace to the uniform he used to wear.  He has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the President’s actions by ‘just following orders.’

 

This Administration is on a very dangerous trajectory towards the full-throated endorsement of white supremacy—the likes of which we haven’t seen in the open from a sitting President for a century.  President Trump followed up his weak and insincere response to racist violence in Charlottesville by pardoning notorious convicted racist Joe Arpaio and condoning Arpaio’s abuse of official power in defiance of federal law and court orders.  Trump praises those who marched at the University of Virginia with torches shouting ‘Jews will not replace us,’ and launched his campaign for the White House by saying Mexican immigrants are rapists and murderers.  But this action on DACA to pull the rug out from under almost 800,000 documented immigrants who have lived here for at least ten years and cast them back into the shadows is the ugliest act of appeasement for the far-right’s white-supremacist goals of them all, so far.

 

Jaango—posted on September 6, 2017

 

 

 

 

DACA and the “pathway to citizenship”

 

NOTE:  Several days ago, President Trump pardoned Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio and in doing so, disregarded the Rule of Law  since the federal judge had not heard any Oral Arguments.  And yet, President Trump used Attorney General Sessions to announce to the nation that DACA would be  terminated in due time, and justified this political behavior on the Rule of Law.  Or as  the Cynic would say, "Another dispicable joke on our nation."

 

With Attorney General Session performing his “stand-in” Act for President Trump, Sessions laid out his view of law and yet, failed to take to task, the House leadership of years past. Thus, he refused to confront House Speaker Paul Ryan.

 

And by way of background, the Senate passed its version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, sent its version over to the House leadership, and the leadership put the legislation into the “do not disturb” file and subsequently, no hearing was held in the House. Consequently, the “pathway to citizenship” contained in the Senate version  of its legislation, was intentionally  dismissed by GOP caucus.

 

Today, Speaker Ryan has up to six months to  craft legislation that permits the DREAMERs to  remain, otherwise, Homeland Security has an ‘open road’ to engineer a massive deportation program  and which is, truth be told, anti-American since these children did not come to the United States of their own volition.

 

Now, will the House leadership reach into its “do not disturb’ fill and begin holding its first hearing on the Senate’s version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform?  And if not, we shall actively conclude that such failure on the part the House Leadership Team will be characterized as more Voter Suppression since these 800,000 persons, would eventually become citizens and furthermore, become voters.  As such, years ago,  the Republicans were on record via the Republican National Committee  to ‘reach out” to Latinos, and by failing to successfully legislate this Pathway to Citizenship construct, just means that the Republicans  are still opposed to a Democracy to be ‘officially” designated as a Brown Democracy in the years ahead.

 

In any event, we shall be writing of today’s history that contravenes our writing this history as a contaminated version that led to the demise of the Republican Party.  And that too, will Trump’s history, nonetheless.

 

.Jaango—posted on September 5, 2017

 

 

 

Odds and Ends

 

With both the House and Senate on vacation and scheduled to return next month, the “stories” of  propaganda continue unabated, especially when both Senators from Texas voted against hurricane-funding for  Sandy.  However, more stories continue, but mostly under the radar.

  1.  The most foolish story of the week is that Joe Arpaoi is seriously considering a GOP primary challenge to the sitting GOP Senator Jeff Flake.  Today,Arpaio couldn’t get elected as an “official” dog catcher.
  1. The Republican member of the  House from Florida, Ron DeSantis has introduced legislation that would restrict the time constraints as well as the anticipated spending that is being incurred in the Muellar’s  “Russian” investigation
  2. Republican member of the House from Iowa, Steve King is defending Sheriff Joe Arpaio by making the argument that the DACA recipients should be required to turn their parents over to  immigration agents.  
  3. Was she sucking up to media?  Ann  Coulter is espousing that she would blame the lesbian mayor of Houston for Hurricane Harvey before she would blame climate change.
  4. The interim police chief of Colbert, Oklahoma has resigned after serving two weeks in office. A Television report demonstrated that the chief was linked to two neo-nazi web sites.
  5. The cities of Los Angeles, Denver, and Seattle have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Day.
  6. A Missouri state legislator has called for the vandal who defaced a Confederate statue to be lynched.
  7. The National Rifle Association’s television effort has now went-off the “deep end.”  The host stated that President Obama “set race relations back 100 years.”  Of course, our nation having an African American as President just won’t do and thusly, having another African American as President will turn back the clock in our America 500 years and where “privilege” cannot be challenged.. 
  8. Feds warn Houston resident to be aware that there are persons mis-representing themselves as ICE agents.

 

Jaango—posted on September 1, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas in the News, Again...

 

In Texas, a federal district court judge, put a hold on Texas’ “show me your papers” law when it comes to voting.  As such, the following:

 

“U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued an injunction that prevents Texas Senate Bill 4 from being implemented while a lawsuit challenging the law winds its way through the federal courts.  The ruling marks a victory for immigrant rights groups and several local governments – including Austin, Houston, San Antonio and El Cenizo – that argued the law unconstitutionally requires the police to do the work of federal authorities and would lead to racially profiling.”

 

And the New York Times noted this as well.

 

“The decision served as a legal blow to one of the toughest state-issued immigration laws in the country, as puts the brakes on a measure backed by the Trump administration that critics have called Anti-Latino.”

Need more be said?

 

Jaango—posted on August 31, 2017

 

 

 

Understanding Today’s Approach to Crafting Policy “chops”

 

One of America’s more interesting writers is the Editor and Publisher of Talking Points Memo Dot Com is Dr. Josh Marshall.  In today’s effort, he speaks to an a critical element  that tends be  easily overlooked and that the funding of “think tanks” and in all its many variations,   Therefore, his  editorial of today, “gets it!”  And it’s for this reason that we are  publishing his article and done in full measure, and under the auspices of the “exemption” located in the Copyright  Law.

 

*****Start*****

Back to the Platform Monopolies

I want to note an unexpected but fortuitous confluence of events. A number of times over recent months – here and on Twitter – I’ve written about the importance of monopolies and particularly platform monopolies both in the early 21st century economy and in our larger political economy. I know this most directly from how it affects the media industry because it’s the industry I work in. But it affects every part of our economy. And people are starting to realize that monopoly concentration is also a major driver of income and wealth inequality.

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Because this is a big interest of mine, yesterday I interviewed Barry Lynn for my podcast. Lynn is probably the most prominent and influential voice about the importance of monopolies today. He has or at least had his work cut out for him because a number of factors over recent decades had made the idea monopolies and the importance of anti-trust action seem to many like a quaint artifact of a bygone era when reformers lacked a full understanding of how monopolies work in practice. Lynn’s work and that of his working group at The New America Foundation, have led in recent years to renewed attention to the issue from professional economists, the people who have the technical knowledge and (for better or worse) policy world credibility to bring these concerns from concept to proof. ‘Proof’ is probably too strong a word but I mean the kinds of studies that make the theories real or credible in policy and political terms.

 

In any case, you may have noticed that there’s a big story out today in The New York Times about how Google – one of the three preeminent platform monopolies – apparently used its juice as a major funder of The New America Foundation to get Lynn’s Open Markets initiative booted. As it happens, from my understanding, while this could have been the end of Lynn’s Open Markets Initiative, it’s actually been able to get separate funding and will be even bigger on the outside. But it does show, in a particularly brazen and comical manner, the power of the platform monopolies both in economic terms and political terms.

 

This actually gets at a separate issue, which my friend Steve Clemons, himself an architect of The New America Foundation (though no longer there), calls ‘deep lobbying’. We have fairly elaborate laws about lobbying. But that’s a fairly technical matter that means talking in specific ways to legislators and members of the executive branch about policy questions. We have other laws about campaign contributions, which is always joined at the hip with what we technically call ‘lobbying.’ We also have some regulation of advertising. But in political and policy terms that kind of lobbying pales in comparison to the potential impact of funding think tanks.

 

Think tanks come in many different flavors. The impact of funding is seldom as direct or ham-handed as what seems to have happened at New America. Lots of big corporations fund think tanks to do work which doesn’t directly affect them. They do it out of a mix of corporate citizenship and wanting to burnish their brand identity by the appearance of corporate good citizenship. Every big company wants the reputation of being good guys. Funding good work on important policy questions is a way to do that. This may sound naive or pollyannish. But it is important to note that a significant amount of this funding can be benign in the sense that what the funder wants from the funding is not always inimical to the quality or independence of what is being funded. Again, think tanks come in many different flavors: some are totally mercenary chop shops, others go to great lengths to preserve their policy scholars independence. I know many of these people and most of them work hard to manage this balance while making possible the funding of a lot of policy folks whose work you’re likely familiar with.

 

But even when it’s not heavy handed, a particular corporation’s giving, if lavish enough in general, can create a real and fairly obvious disincentive to fund research on topics they may not like. Again, this is obvious. This doesn’t even have to be willful or intentional on the funder’s part. It just goes without saying. But being a generous funder of think tanks can pay big dividends in the policy world in a way that likely has a far, far higher rate of return on investment than what we narrowly call ‘lobbying’. It’s a big, big deal and seldom discussed.

 

In any case, I didn’t know about this issue when we scheduled the Lynn interview. I only found out about it later. And we don’t talk about it in my interview. But it makes Lynn’s work, which we discuss, more relevant than ever. We are going to try to have the podcast online this afternoon. I’ll post it here in the Editors’ Blog when it’s ready.

 

*****End*****

 

Jaango—posted on August 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

Renowned Author and Political Commentator John B. Judis Is Wrong Again

 

In his latest Commentary and titled, “The Socialism That America Needs Now” and published at the New Republic Dot Com and dated August 24, 2017, is quite a read.

 

And here’s the internet link:  https://newrepublic.com/article/144492/socialism-america-needs-now

 

Unfortunately, who he’s preaching to and for, in this recently published article, is being addressed to the Left or the Far Left since the segments of the “center-left” remains un-described, at best.

 

Take, for example, he’s not addressing African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and Chicanos, since he makes no concise reference to  “racial and ethnics” nor is he speaking to “progressive” European Americans.  And collectively these segments of our populations are the foundation for and concisely see themselves as Progressive in Thought and Action. And this represents a sizable 43% of Democratic voters.  Thus, the Far Left and view-oriented see themselves another of the many fringe groupings.  And consequently, Bernie Sanders was viewed as an “insurgent” since he not a registered Democrat, but he does caucus with the Democrats.  And he’s not a “progressive” since he has not made any effort to establish a Progressive Caucus. Obviously and from our perspective, there are no “progressives” in the Senate since they too have no interest in crafting a consequential Caucus in the Senate.  Thus, propaganda and fundraising has no reality in today’s politics and as seen from our Chicano political perspective.  As such, cynically, we’ve seen it all and heard it all.

 

Jaango—posted on August 28, 2017

 

 

 

Another Wide-Ranging “backgrounder” on Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona

 

Our utilizing the Copyright Law  for an “exemption” predicated on “Education”  is this in-depth story, written by Ryan Gabrielson for ProPublica, and dated August 24, 2017, is indeed a “good” explainer for our readers:

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The Joe Arpaoi I Knew...

For most of Joe Arpaio’s two-plus decades as Maricopa County sheriff, he directed operations from the top floor of a downtown Phoenix tower, worlds away from the jails overseen by rank and-file deputies. The executive offices wrapped around an expansive conference room, where I spent weeks in early 2008 with banker boxes full of arrest records, and hanging out with Arpaio himself, a politician who built his career on bashing immigrants long before the rise of Donald Trump.

Back then, I was working for the East Valley Tribune, then a daily newspaper in the Phoenix area. I had filed a public records request for all documents from deputies’ immigration operations. Teamed with Paul Giblin, a fellow Tribune reporter, we were trying to figure out how the sheriff was enforcing immigration laws, and what effect their monomaniacal focus was having on regular police work — like solving crimes. Arpaio had long before achieved national notoriety for making prisoners wear pink underwear and housing them in an outdoor tent city so hot that the inmates’ shoes melted.

 

The sheriff’s office had spent the previous year carrying out a constitutionally dubious dragnet search for undocumented immigrants. Patrol deputies became expert at inventing pretexts for stopping the “load cars” that ferried immigrants through the county to points across the nation. Sheriffs descended on neighborhoods where day laborers waited for people willing to pay for their work. Voters repeatedly re-elected Arpaio as he carried out his pledge to transform the sheriff’s office into “a full-fledged anti-illegal immigration agency.”

The final chapter of this story is playing out now on the national stage.

Last month, federal Judge Susan Bolton found Arpaio guilty of criminal contempt of court. In December 2011, another federal judge ordered the sheriff’s office to stop detaining people based solely on their immigration status. The agency ignored the judge’s ruling and went right on targeting immigrants. Arpaio, who lost his bid for a seventh term as sheriff in November, testified that he had no idea his deputies were blatantly violating the order. Judge Bolton decided he was not telling the truth. As she concluded in her written opinion, Arpaio had demonstrated a “flagrant disregard” for the court order.

Arpaio, 85, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5, with a maximum potential penalty of six months in prison. That is the plan, unless President Donald Trump intervenes.

 

On Sunday, as much of the nation fixated on the events in Charlottesville, the president told Fox News that he is “seriously considering” issuing a pardon to Arpaio. The former sheriff campaigned for Trump throughout 2016, shares his views on immigration and, in the past, was a supporter of Trump’s efforts to raise doubts about former President Obama’s birth certificate.

Trump and Arpaio share more than one trait. They both rose to national prominence as showmen who cannily worked the press to their advantage. Over time, their media relationships eventually mutated into more combative interactions with parts of the media, and both Trump and Arpaio took to engaging in periodic press-bashing. But all those years ago, Arpaio did not treat me as an enemy.

After submitting the records request on Dec. 31, 2007, I braced for the kind of belligerent rejection local reporters had often received from the sheriff’s office, and the months of legal struggle to come. Instead, Arpaio’s public affairs team invited us to come by and handed over thousands of pages of unredacted records. They were pleased the press wanted to write in detail about how many undocumented immigrants the agency was arresting.

As we worked our way through the files over the succeeding weeks, Arpaio would pop into the conference room each day, sometimes to say hello. Just as often, he came to hang out. To banter. To try out the wording of press statements before releasing them to the rest of the media. One day, he asked us how we’d respond if he announced something like: “illegal immigrants drive violent crime.” In our conversations, Arpaio would switch from relaxed to fiery and combative — his press conference persona — in an instant. We countered with questions of our own. It was a surprisingly candid and collegial conversation. Though Arpaio publicly raged against the press, he very much loved being covered by the media (especially on television), and he was also fond of spending time with journalists. At least when he wasn’t having them arrested. (But that’s another story.)

Arpaio was puzzled by our insistence that we review every single page of every arrest report. “Can’t we just summarize this for you?” He asked. No, not on this, I said, explaining that we were building a database of the agency’s immigration enforcement. Arpaio shrugged, “OK.”

 

 

 

We were puzzled, too. In moments alone, Giblin and I would turn to each other and wonder aloud, “Why are they letting us see all this?” The documents showed the operations were hugely expensive and relied on practices that seemed obviously unconstitutional. After months of more arduous reporting, we would find that the sheriff’s office had stopped investigating sex crimes, depleted its patrol division and nearly bankrupted itself in taking on immigration enforcement.

But those consequences seemed of little consequence. Arresting undocumented immigrants was the point, of course, but even more essential was press coverage of his deputies arresting undocumented immigrants.

First elected in 1992 as a tough-on-crime reformer, Arpaio built his reputation on disregard for inmates. Faced with overcrowded cells, he erected the infamous “tent city,” an outdoor jail that held the convicts in U.S. Army tents from the Korean War. During Arizona summers, temperatures sweltered well above 110 degrees in the tents. Inmates were caught stealing underwear, so Arpaio had all jail underwear dyed pink in the belief that would end the black-market for briefs. Or that’s what he told the press, which produced scores of stories about the sheriff and his endeavors.

He’d been uninterested in undocumented immigrants until 2006, when he seized on rising public anger over the issue, both locally and nationally. Once Arpaio was in the battle, he was all-in. Collateral damage accumulated quickly. By 2008, numerous U.S. citizens had been wrongly arrested by Maricopa County deputies, and several filed a federal lawsuit accusing the sheriff’s office of racial profiling.

The agency lost that case four years ago, but its remnants continue to imperil Arpaio today.

In December 2011, as the civil suit over racial profiling played out, Judge G. Murray Snow prohibited the sheriff’s office “from detaining any person based only on the knowledge or reasonable belief” that the person is in the country illegally. The direction was simple: no more local enforcement of federal immigration laws, no arrests unless deputies have evidence of a crime other than immigration.

The agency simply ignored Snow’s ruling. Over the next 18 months, deputies detained at least 171 people without criminal charges and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to its own internal reports. Arpaio did not deny this occurred but pleaded ignorance, saying he was uninvolved with day-to-day operations.

In an interview with Fox News over the weekend, the former sheriff said: “I would accept the pardon because I am 100 percent not guilty.”

That’s not precisely accurate. Records of his subsequent trial show that in the months after Judge Snow’s order, Arpaio implied or explicitly said during 10 different television interviews that the agency was violating it. Further, the sheriff’s office issued six news releases saying much the same.

However, the president’s justification for an Arpaio pardon does not rest on his innocence on the charge of disregarding the courts. “Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration than Sheriff Joe?” Trump told Fox News. “He has protected people from crimes and saved lives. He doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.”

Trump’s assertion is at odds with our reporting. In the shift to full-time immigration enforcement, Giblin and I found that the sheriff’s police work faltered across the board in its mission to protect the citizens of Maricopa County. Detectives shelved dozens of sex crime cases without investigating them. By Arpaio’s own admission, the number of uninvestigated sex crime cases eventually swelled to more than 400. Many of the victims were children.

Arpaio did apologize years later for failing to pursue suspected sex criminals. But he has remained largely defiant, and consistently on the record about his defiance. The former sheriff summed up many observers’ feelings in an interview for “The Joe Show,” a documentary on Arpaio’s tenure.

“It’s amazing what I say, and what I do, and what I get away with,” Arpaio told the filmmakers. “It’s amazing.”

Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin were awarded a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for revealing how Arpaio’s “focus on immigration enforcement endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety.”

 

 

*****End*****

Jaango—posted on August 25, 2017

                                                                               

 

 

 

Senator Duckworth Speaks Out, and Loudly

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) yesterday harshly criticized President Trump’s pending ban on letting transgender persons serve in the U.S. military.

And from her press release, the following:

“When I was bleeding to death in my Black Hawk helicopter and I was shot down, I didn’t care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender,  black,white or brown”

Earlier in the week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the White House was preparing to send the Pentagon its guidance on how to implement President Trump’s announced ban on transgender participation.

Jaango—posted on August 25, 2017


 

 

 

 

President Trump’s Speech In Phoenix

His 90-minute speech delivered in Phoenix, Arizona, and in prime time, didn’t create “news” but he did deliver more of a political attack on his fellow Republican colleagues, and that being Senators Flake and McCain.

Thus, the focus was on the following elements:

1.       The news media and how he is described and which consisted of almost half of his speech.

2.      He would be pardoning Arpaio but only at the appropriate moment.

3.      He may withdraw the United States from NAFTA unless it’s to his liking.

4.      He threatens to shut down the federal government if he doesn’t get his border wall.

5.      And of course, his Immigration gusto was out and front for all to see and hear.

And yet, he’s furious at the national news media for how the media painted his public statements and private behavior regarding the protest in opposition to Hate of ten days ago in Virginia.  As such, his mea culpas do fall flat.

Jaango—posted on August 23, 2017

 

 

President Trump’s Rally in Phoenix

The local response to having President Trump make a campaign visit to Phoenix, Arizona, been the focus on three issues that perpetuate the Republicans in their quiet defiance from what occurred in Virginia by the white supremacists of this past weekend. 

First is the question of whether President Trump will pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and prior to his sentencing for the criminal contempt of a federal court order, despite being convicted by a judge for civil contempt for racially-profiling 187 Chicanos or legally-authorized Latinos with their proper documentation.

Second, is President Trump’s dislike of Senator Flake, and thusly, he will be making known to his Republican “base” his preference of an opposing Republican candidate for the primary.

And thirdly, his convention center rally to speak on the various issues that pertain to the Republicans, and yet, these Republicans are not attracted to the notional of “build the wall” and solely for economic reasons as well as the anticipated loss of jobs. And cross border economics defines Arizona’s success. 

Of course, Arizona’s Governor Ducey has been under enormous pressure to participate in the political fest by the local media outlets, and has now announced that he will be “working with law enforcement” in preparation for any demonstrations on-site.  Thus, this “law enforcement” has been the spearhead for the racism that exists and where Arizona’s infamous sheriff inadvertently went too far in his advocacy for all that entailed with SB1070.  As such, Chicanos “see” Governor Ducey going down the road with law enforcement but without the television cameras readily available, and therefore, the Governor is using a creative approach to his politics, and which is not lost on any of us.

Jaango—posted on August 21, 2017

 

Are You Looking For the “Alt-Left”?

Okay, don’t laugh!  And today’s lexicon now includes the “alt-left” and by  the many writers, was meant as a defunct terminology to  challenge the extremists on the  Right.  Thus, alt-lefts was the hard scrabble and far leftists that was to include the Democratic Socialists of America, the Industrial Workers of the World, the Workers World Party, and lest I not forget, Black Lives Matter.  However, another version of the “alt-left” has surfaced and since, has become mainstreamed as “Centrist-Liberals”  As such, the  Haters on the Right  is now equivalent to the Haters on the Left and for their carrying their clubs in a self=defensive mode.

And for those of us here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert and in particular, the Chicanos and Native Americans, the “white privilege” has become an intramural war game among the  Center-Right and to the Far Right, and which easily discount’s today’s Chicano Movement.  Sadly said on my part, “identity politics” and “economic nationalism” is today, and has been the same for these past thirty years, and perpetuated by the Reagan Legacy of the “Era of Criminal Stupidity.”

Unfortunately, the destruction of national health care systemic or Obama Care of these past seven years of ongoing political agitation, is just another subset of today’s Quiet Segregation being practiced by America’s political leadership, and regardless of political party.  Take, for example, today, each person under the age of  thirty-five should have acquired a four-year degree, not having their “voting rights” abused, and further, for having a Democracy that includes a “pathway  to  citizenship” as part and parcel to the subject matter that defines our America, and that being Immigration.

In closing, the “search’ for the Alt-Left will continue, and become prolonged, well into the next fifteen years and when today’s Chicano youngster’s, the under the age of eighteen years and becomes eligible to register and vote.  To wit, an additional twenty-one million Chicanos voting will become the “leadership” component in our national politics and of course, confront the “alt-right” since new immigrations laws will permit the Alt-Right  to voluntarily surrender their citizenship status for the geographical “better parts-still  unknown” since Hate will longer be prevalent  regarding both “identity politics” and “economic nationalism.”  And lest we each forget, the collective “we” will be writing President Trump’s “history” for having  bought into the fiction that the Far Right has to have its payback moment onto the Center Right and whom are deserving of such a political slight.

Jaango—posted on August 21, 2017

 

Odds & Ends

After traipsing through the Internet earlier this week, I encountered a political blog that on its front page of 40 stories, 36 stories were of President Trump.  Therefore, he’s controlling the public conversations, and which is not good, but then, I forget that that both chambers of congress on are on vacation.  And here are a  few items that should be of interest to most of  us.

1.       “A Fox News talking head, MelissaFrancis breaks donw in tears over everyone on the ‘Unite the Right’ side of the Charlottesville march being ‘judged’” She conveniently forgets that Hate in America, is not a characteristic that perpetuates Honor.         

2.      President Trump disbanded his two national panels after the members voiced their decision to “walk away” from their voluntary effort while representing their particular industries.

3.      General Kelly and whom is President Trump’s Chief of Staff, was obviously disgusted in President Trump continuing his political approach to the “alt-left.”

4.      Two federal judges have ruled two major, heavily Hispanic voting districts have been robbed of their voting rights and yes,  robbed voters of their rights.          

5.      White House Resignations?  Now that President and his staffers continue to defend themselves from the general public’s charges of Racism, no one among the White House staffers have resigned in “protest.”

6.      Steve Bannon resigns.   Two weeks ago, he submitted his letter of resignation effective today, or Friday.  Thus, pundits will be putting “words” in his  mouth.

7.      So sad.  Now, it’s up to three national commissions, since Trump has disbanded each grouping after being ‘quietly’  informed that the anticipated resignations would be occurring, given the level of exasperation and opposition to his behavior  of  this past week, starting with Charlottesville, Virginia.

8.      Al Gore calls on  President Trump to resign.

Jaango—posted on August 18, 2017

 

 

 

Over 6,000 Similar-Minded Opinions...

My knowing a truck load of Chicanos and who are members of the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), each is virtually of the opinion that there can be no established political entities that advocate for either bigotry or racism, or both.  None whatsoever!

Of course, reputable Republican Elected and Appointed Officials should be jettisoning their membership in the Republican Party for its enabling tolerance.

Need more be said?

 

Jaango--posted on August 14, 2017

 

Advancing Fancy Footwork in Senate Legislation is Another American Embarrassment

When it comes to a two-state solution and that being Palestine and Israel, we take a  more constructive approach and where the General Assembly at the United Nations takes-up its responsibility for such a two-state solution, 13 Democrats and 35 Republicans are attempting to pull-off an end-run or perhaps, a circumvention of the Senate’s longstanding tradition.

And James Zogby, President of the Arab Institution and author of “Arab Voices,” has penned a lengthy article titled, “Senate Bill 720:  Making It A Crime To Support Palestinian Human Rights” and published at the  HuffPost, and dated August 12, 2017.

And its both brutal and frank as to what’s occurring in the Senate. As such, the politics in the Senate are disgusting for what’s being attempted  despite the non-glare of public input.

Given the length of the article, here is the internet link.  And make sure that you have a “cold one” in hand and in order not to get overly angry.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/senate-bill-720-making-it-a-crime-to-support-palestinian_us_598efd20e4b063e2ae057fcc?section=us_contributor

 

Jaango—Posted on August 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

There Is Much To Recommend For Your Reading Pleasure...

Given that there’s much to read via the Internet, and which follows the national media outlets, and forthe most part, it would be remiss of mefor ignoring a wide array of stories and found to be important in our daily lives.   As such, I have intentionally provided the internet links for each  story indicated.  As such, the following:

*** At Talking Points Memo, the Article titled, “Sessions’ DOJ  Switches Sides in Voting Rights Case To Back  Ohio Voter Purge.” 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/ohio-voter-purge-sessions-doj

 

 ***From HuffPost, the Article titled, “ Judge Is About To Rule Whether Banning Mexican-American Studies is Unconstitutional”  

 

  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ruling-arizona-mexican-american-studies_us_5988f877e4b0449ed504e5ff?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

 

 

***From the Washington Monthly Magazine and  its political  blog, the  political animal, the Article Titled, “The Dems Need To Take A Hard Look At the Debt Ceiling.”

 

http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/08/07/the-dems-need-to-take-a-hard-line-on-the-debt-ceiling/

 

 

 

Jaango—posted  on August 8, 2017

 

 

 

 

Odds and Ends

Now that Congress has left the nation’s capitol, the ‘news’ will be less available since the summer vacation for these Elected Officials won’t be standing in a long line to be interviewed, and we, who follow this political arena, will have to start searching for the scrabbles that is our gusto. And here’s our short version.

1.       Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel investigating the Russian meddling, has empanelled a Grand Jury. And this story becomes the “story” of the Summer. And for having empanelled a grand jury located in New York City, as well as in Washington D.C., wouldn’t be surprising since grand juries are ‘collectors’ of both information and ‘evidence.’

2.      The Democratic Governor, Jim Justice, of West Virginia will be announcing that he is changing his party affiliation to the Republican Party.  At President Trump’s next political rally, the Governor will be announcing his rationale for his behavior.

3.      Several small groups of foreign-born persons now serving in the Army Reserve, have sued the Pentagon for President Trump’s belief in “foreign infiltration.”  And where these soldiers are now being discussed among the decision-makers in the National Security and Defense Systemic.  To date, over 2,400 persons are awaiting their enlistment date.

4.      The White House has now admitted that President Trump did not  receive two phone calls  from the Boy Scouts congratulating President Trump. His behavior for outright lying is demeaning to each one of us. In short, we expect “better.”

5.      An Israeli newspaper is reporting that its police confirm that Prime Minister Netanyahu is suspected of bribery, fraud, breach of trust in two separate cases.

6.      The Senate’s Summer Adjournment is now non-existent and which means that the Senate’s door remain and thusly, prohibits President Trump from making an recess appointments.  Obviously, the  Senate’s Republicans, taken a whole, are pissed at President Trump for his ever-increasing disreputable behavior.

Jaango-posted on August 4, 2017

 

 

 

 
 

Kudos to Gabe Ortiz, Writing for the DailyKos...

His article of early today, contains the extended behavior for military vets and by Senators Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada. 

And due to its lengthiness, I am providing the internet link:

 https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/4/1686899/-Sen-Tammy-Duckworth-introduces-legislation-to-protect-immigrant-vets-from-deportation

Enjoy!

Jaango—posted on August 4, 2017

 

 

Oh, Hell!! Where Do I Start? 

 

Back in 1985, the Chicano Movement issued its Agenda of Unmet Needs, and 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 to time would be spent in a classroom and 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 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 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 on today’s esteemed Roster of Characteristics for Enrollment.  In short, the decision-makers would adjust the requisite use of scholarships and other related tangibles and intangibles for insuring that these military vets-students would become outstanding successes.  

 

Now, white America knows about the Academic-Military Draft and has since 1985, and which begs the question of an “unmet need” –still borne—of Systemic Continuation for more Criminal  Stupidity, albeit, a Quiet Segregation.

 

Jaango—posted on August 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

Is Bernie Sanders Leading America’s Left?

 

When pundits talk about our political leadership, moving Senator Bernie Sanders into the top rung of the Democratic Party’s leadership cabal, doesn’t strike me as being accurate or even tentatively accurate.

 

Why?

 

When one delves into the ‘numbers’ that garner the label of “progressive,” the overlooked unassailable fact is that “progressive Democrats are comprised of Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos and European Americans.  Thusly, Latinos, by themselves out-number the European Americans. And as such, the “progressive=oriented” media outlets on the Internet, have a leadership cabal as being European Americans, and from this standpoint, the “minorities” do not rank up there at the top for being considered the “left” and yet, from the collective of these voters, Sanders does not effectively represent us, or the daily issues that address our “unmet needs.”  Thus, Sanders’ approach to connecting with the white “blue collar workers and the much larger segment, the white collar workers, is was not possible in last year’s primary contest between him and Hillary Clinton.

 

In contrast, Hillary Clinton connected with the diverse communities of “racial and ethnics” and yet,  she  too cam up short, since neither confronted the Quiet Segregation that overhangs and above our nation.  But candidate Trump did through the risible Southern Strategy.  Therefore, the latest pundit comparison between Hoover and Trump is totally incorrect.  The more accurate comparison is the Nixon to Trump analogy.

 

Now, back to Sanders.  The “insiders” for Sanders won’t be touting Sanders for 2020, given his age, so  who’s being touted for 2020?  And now, the “names” will become quite visible in the next 16 months and preparation for the mid-term election of next year. 

 

To date, Kamala Harris of California, Patrick DuVal and Corey Booker of New Jersey, all are African American, and now, having an another African American  as President, each will be facing an array of opposition.  Consequently, a ‘big’ hassle can expected since Bernie Sanders ignored the traditional advice that he had to campaign in the South and in particular, minority communities of which he didn’t.  Thus, the Democratic Party’s dilemma for 2020 is coming ‘front and center.’

 

 Jaango--posted on August 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Sheriff Joe Arapio:  Slow Justice Has Arrived

Earlier today, Federal Judge Susan Bolton released her decision and which found that forner Sheriff Arpaio, Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona, was deemed guilty of “criminal contempt” for his racial profiling while Sheriff.  Earlier, he had been found guilty of civil contempt, as well.

On October 5th,  Judge Bolton will deliver her sentencing and which could inclue six months of incarceration and to include a fine.

And since he violated the rights of 175 citizens, and which led to this civil rights litigation, the former sheriff should spend a minimum of 175 days of incarceration.  And the fine should be deemed irrelevant.  Therefore, the courts found twice that the  sheriff was a racist.

Jaango—posted on july 31, 2017

 

 

The Hurdle That The GOP’s “skinny” Has to Overcome...

 

When it comes to our national health care systemic, the GOP’s “rix-it” is now sitting on the side burner, but will be put back on the stove burner with an elevated heat dial turn=up to maximum moment when the Senate Leader McConnell and his capable assistants locate their ‘moment.’

 

But a more critical assessment will have to be addressed, as well.  The incomparable political analyst and writer for the Mother Jones Magazine, Kevin Drum, has this to say:

 

“I don’t want to pretend that the exchanges are wonderful. They started off with a crash (remember that?). The subsidies fade out at too low an income. In some areas there aren’t many providers. The website can be difficult to navigate. The low metal levels have deductibles and copays that are too high.And yet, this still deserves some pushback: Exchanges account for half of Obamacare. Roughly speaking, Medicaid expansion covers about 10 million people and the exchanges cover about 10 million people. At low incomes, the cost of insurance is extremely modest. For the poor, silver plans with CSR subsidies cover about 90 percent of medical expenses, which makes them more generous than most of the single-payer systems we admire so much in the rest of the world. The average subsidized cost of insurance on the exchanges is probably similar to what people in other countries pay in taxes for their universal systems, and the income limits on premiums prevent most people from suffering sticker shock when insurance carriers raise prices. Navigators help people choose the best coverage in their region.

 

“Is it perfect? Nope. Does it suck? Nope. Overall, it’s pretty good. Sure, I’d prefer something simpler, but given the realities of the American health care system, private insurance is what we have to work with. If politics is the art of the possible, Obamacare does a pretty damn good job of delivering what’s possible.

 

“Unfortunately, it turns out there is one fatal problem with the exchanges: they can be sabotaged pretty easily by Republicans. Doing this is so unnecessarily cruel to the poor and working class that I can hardly blame Democrats for not foreseeing this problem, but there you have it. Sabotaging Medicaid is hard, but sabotaging the exchanges is easy. And Republicans have given every indication that this is exactly what they plan to do. Their bitterness over a successful law that helps 20 million people is seemingly without bounds.”

 

Need more be said?

 

Jaango—posted on July 29, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does a “dumb-ass” Have To Prove He’s a “dumb-ass”?

 

Of course, I am writing about Senator Dean Heller of Nevada.  To wit, after Senator McCain voted “no” early on in the roll-call tally and where McCain opposed McConnell’s “skinny” health care effort, Heller, the second to last vote taken, should have taken note, and yet, voted “yes.”

 

And for all this time about “repeal and replace,” Heller complained that Nevada residents would be losing their health care being provided by the federal government via Obama Care. And his ‘twist’ on these unassailable facts, Heller espoused the same mind set of Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval and where Sandoval signed onto a National Governor’s  Letter opposing this effort at repeal and replace and which placed the state’s efforts for having  pick up the costs when the Medicaid and Medicaid Expansion was to be severely reduced for federal funding. 

 

Now, with his vote in support of the ”skinny” and which was rejected by Friday morning’s Republican vote, the only question remaining te be answered is:  “Will Heller be re-elected in the fall of 2018, since he “outed” himself?”  And lost in all this political nonsense, an approximate 20 senators are truly thankful that three Republican senators rejected this ‘skinny.

 

And ’ much to my thanks, Senator Collins of Maine should now be awarded this year’s  Profiles in Courage and which is well deserved.  And that’s how, we, the Chicanos, writing, in the future, will describe this political history of today’s Republicans.

 

Jaango—posted on July  28, 2017

 

 

 

McCain’s Hysterical Lecture—Same Story, Old Story

After leaving his sick bed in Arizona and traveling to the nation’s capitol to deliver his first in a series of vote to take away health care for multi-millions of our fellow Americans, McCain’s horn-swoggle, is best described by Joan McCarter at the website known as DailyKos and where she writes the following:

Sen. John McCain left his sickbed in Arizona Tuesday, where he and his family are still undoubtedly reeling from the ominous diagnosis of his aggressive and deadly brain cancer. As expected, the senator voted to allow the Senate to start debating taking the kind of health care he's receiving from millions of other people. That wasn't a huge surprise. But then he decided to deliver a lecture, and that ... was a little surprising. Because that lecture slammed Senate leadership for doing what he just rewarded them for with his vote to go forward in this process—which, by the way, is breaking the Senate into smithereens.

He started out with his "appreciation for the protocols and customs of this body and for the other 99 privileged souls who have been elected to this senate." Then this, which might just be the most hypocritical thing said on the Senate floor ever, considering the action that McCain had just taken—rubberstamping the entire process McConnell followed to get them there:

“Our responsibilities are important, vitally important to the continued success of our republic. Our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all. The most revered members of this institution accepted the necessity of compromise in order to make incremental progress on solving America's problems and defend her from her adversaries. That principle mind-set and the service of our predecessors who possessed it come to mind when I hear the senate referred to as the world's greatest deliberative body. I’m not sure we can claim that distinction with a straight face today.”

Now, if only Senator McCain would spare us the lecture since we’ve heard the same hundreds of times in both chambers of congress.  Therefore, Senator McCain, vote your principles and to the extent that your status as a “maverick” was jettisoned years ago.

As such, same story, old story.

Jaango—posted on July 25, 2017

 

 

Will the Chicano Movement Become a “groupie” for the Chieftains of Capitalism?

 

Perhaps, it’s my generic frustration that today’s Quiet Segregation continues apace, thusly, I offer my Kudos to both AlterNet and Insurge Intelligence and its highly competent writer, Nafeez Ahmed, for doing the heavy lifting for addressing the Pentagon’s latest study, and subsequently, saved me my time and the drudgery for having to assess this fantasy,

 

This Pentagon Study was manifested by the  Strategic Studies Institute, titled, “At Our Peril:  DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World,” dated on June 18, 2017, and authored by  Mr. Nathan P. Freier, Colonel (Ret.) Christopher M. Bado, Dr. Christopher J. Bolan, Colonel (Ret.) Robert S. Hume, Colonel J. Matthew Lissner.  

 

And added into this mix, the following were “consulted” and this stew is now being recognized as somewhat embarrassing as a “conservative” whoopee for more War and where Peace has been deemed effectively absent. And more so when the former Privates, the Corporals and the Sergeants were neither considered nor consulted.  Thusly, the military veterans from here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert were completely ignored.  Consequently, the Admirals and Generals repeated themselves, as they have in the past, for turning their backs on us, the former Privates, the Corporals and the Sergeants as collectively, we stood tall to protect and defend the Constitution.

And Nafeez explains in great detail, this wider and inherent “consultation”  as well as the “outside” governmental aspects.  To wit, the following”

 

“Launched in June 2016 and completed in April 2017, the US Army War College research project involved extensive consultation with officials across the Pentagon, including representatives of the joint and service staffs, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM); U.S. Forces, Japan (USFJ), the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the National Intelligence Council, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), and U.S. Army Pacific [US­ARPAC] and Pacific Fleet [PACFLT]).

 

“The study team also consulted with a handful of American think-tanks of a somewhat neoconservative persuasion: the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the RAND Corporation, and the Institute for the Study of War.

 

“No wonder, then, that its findings and conclusions are so myopic. The research methodology manages to systematically ignore the most critical evidence surrounding the drivers that are behind the myriad forces the study pinpoints as undermining US primacy: such as, for instance, the biophysical processes of climate, energy and food disruption behind the Arab Spring; the confluence of military violence, fossil fuel interests and geopolitical alliances behind the rise of of ISIS; or the fundamental grievances that have driven a breakdown in trust with governments since the 2008 financial collapse and the ensuing period of neoliberal economic failure.”

 

And here’s the internet link:

 

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/pentagon-study-declares-american-empire-collapsing

 

However, a closer look at the “domestic application” the intentional exclusion from the African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Latinos, has no “added value” in the mind of the research study grouping. And which this behavior is tantamount to the traditionally practiced Quiet Segregation and as practiced by the Chieftains of Capitalism and how they utilize their financial excesses and consistent with their  political donations that perpetuate this social and economic status of today’s  behavior.  And no mention in this Study is made for a “newer and better” Democracy and where today’s “minority” will become the “majority” within the next twenty to twenty-five years.

 

Perhaps, this Study is the delineation or as an advisory of Progress and where tomorrow’s Brown Democracy can be easily distracted from the internalized conflagration—soon arriving for paying-off the White Man’s National Debt, otherwise this Brown Democracy will fail to upgrade our nation’s behavior toward our Indigenous history of the “natural” Democracy’ and resulting in our national  demise.  If so, the “projection” that an Indigenous Trade Agreement (ITA)  among the 21 sovereign nations residing in the Latin America Region that becomes ‘married” to the European Union while excluding the United States and Canada and which will due to the U.S./Canada’s  neoliberalism.  Sadly, this Study Grouping did not take into account this “value” brought forth and which will challenge our national behavior toward are good neighbors residing south of the Rio Grande and more widely, the Sonoran Desert that starts at the South Lip of the Grand Canyon and to the further south or down to the tip South America in our affective Indigenous Hemisphere. And for those military vets among us and who have some familiarity with Yaquis and Apache societies, “listening” becomes of paramount importance. And not lost on us, when NAFTA was being formalized, the Republic of Mexico has entered  into a political relationship with Ukraine for their anticipation of a Mexico/Ukraine Trade Agreement and which to this day, the “experts” in National Security and Defense, have never appropriately addressed in any public realm.

 

And in rehashing a fantasy version of Common Sense, Nafeez’s published article, makes for excellent reading when contemplating tomorrow’s future, and poses a human dilemma for the Chieftains of Capitalism.  Thus, paying off the white man’s national debt, as well as establishing a public law construct for this mandatory voting behavior with the sole exception for “under medical care, defines us all as per our civic engagement. Moreover, mandatory voting challenges today’s voter purging, voter suppression and gerrymandering that will revolutionize our “unmet needs” for a newer and better Democracy.  And in doing so, today’s Quiet Segregation and the elimination of this degeneracy in politics and public policy saves the assembled Chieftains from their iconic humiliation for this version of their “unmet needs.”

 

In closing, the Chicano Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and consisting of the Spanish-speaking soldiers returning from  the end of World War Two, saw in their respective communities that only a small handful of political activists had achieved the level  for Elected and Appointed Officials.  Today, there are now well over 9,000 persons having achieved this level of civic engagement, and these numbers will only increase when demographics is included for America’s brown democracy.  A brown democracy that is challenging today’s Quiet Segregation and where political violence is neither tolerated nor accepted. Furthermore, white America has no sounding board for its espousal that Brown People cause white people to demonstrate their appalling racism and yet, the Chieftains of Capitalism have a quiet chuckle amongst themselves.  

OK

Jaango—posted on July 23, 2017

 

 

 

Friday: The Big Day of the Chompers...for Change

Now it’s no longer permissible to criticize the staff and leadership at the Congressional Budget Office for their being non-partisan, and Republican Senators are quite displeased with Senator Mitch McConnell for his expected  delivery on just a “repeal” and not a “replace” legislation scheduled for next Tuesday.  Thus, the grip of control by the leadership team is in jeopardy.  After these past seven years for repeal and replace will come forth and recognized as wholesome propaganda amongst their colleagues. 

And amongst these colleagues, Medicaid is expected to be reduced by $756 billion over the next 10 years.  Further, the Republican Senate bill would also reduce the tax credits for persons buying insurance on their own.   Consequently, the total reduction would be $1.2 trillion over these next ten years. 

Thus, the three strongest Republican Senators—Senator Capiito of West Virginia, Senator Heller of Nevada,  and Senator Portman, from Medicaid Expansion states, know full well that the necessary funds for Medicaid will become absent the “cost” shift to these states and where the state legislatures will have to find the necessary monies in their state-funded budgets.  Therefore, McConnell is having a quiet laugh at the expense of the Governors.

Native Americans Are Impacted by Climate Change

Lyndsey Gilpin, writing for the High Country News, says the following:

“Though Indigenous communities have a small carbon footprint, they are often the  most severely  impacted by climate change.  There are 567 federally recognized tribes in the U.S.—40 percent of them in Alaska—and  climate change threatens many of  them.  In California and the Pacific Northwest, tribal nations are at increased risk of sea level rise.  Coastal communities like the Quinault Indian Nation in western Washington and at least 31 Alaska Native villages, including the Shishmaret village near the Bering Strait, face the danger of coastal erosion.  Already, several have been forced to relocate.”

Now, these self-governing entities are going to be taking-up and support the Paris Climate Change Accords.

And good for them!

White House Pardons and Other Political Puffery

Carol D. Leonnig and Associates, writing for the Washington Post, says:

“Trump has asked advisers about his power to pardon aides,family members and even himself in connection with the probe according to one of these people.  As second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.

“One adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the  limits of Mueller’s investigation.”

Further,

“With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work.   They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers.”

Jaango—posted on July 21, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Kudos to the Secretaries of State ForTheir Non-Cooperation

With President Trump’s ruination of his Voter Integrity Commission, voter purging has taken on a bigger  role, and consequently, we, the voters,  must now rely on the affective Secretary of State to determine the efficacy of each voter’s behavior.  And in this regard, we are singling our each Secretary of State, regardless of political affiliation, to insure that our opportunity to vote is not being jeopardized due  the politics of this administration and from those Elected and Appointed Officials who are willing stick their fingers into this Pot Of Ill-Will.

Jaango—posted on July 21, 2017

 

 

Gun Violence:  Where Pundits and Public Policy Intersects 

When “listening” to both the advocates for more guns being made available and guns being removed from domestic violence abuse, taking guns away from domestic abuse predators, has no political momentum, even in states where law enforcement has been given the authority to confiscate these guns, yet law enforcement is seemingly discouraged from doing so, given the level of vitriol in political discourse. 

And two perspectives ‘captured’ my mind and thusly, the latest Argumentation for gun ownership has now targeted the victims of domestic abuse or with more precision, women and it’s this intersection of today’s  discourse, and  which brings the NRA forward and loudly.

Professor Robert Spitzer at the University of School of New York and author of several books on gun control stipulates that “the NRA’s motivation is  to  get the guns in the hands of more women, a demographic that the NRA has tried capture for years without success.”

And Josh Sugarman, executive director of the Violence Policy Center, goes one step further than Professor Spitzer, and espouses that the NRA is now advocating feminism and empowerment.  As such, Sugarman:

“The NRA and the gun industry’s efforts to exploit domestic violence and fear of crime involving women is one of the most cynical long term campaigns that I have ever seen in the gun issue...It is never-ending, and they can’t let it go because of the potential that these increased sales represent to the industry, and the potential political power it could represent to the NRA itself.”

Now, and looking with a finely-tuned eyeball, current research effectively demonstrates that to improve the safety of abuse victims would be to remove the guns from domestic violence offenders who are under protective orders.

.Need more be said?

 Jaango—posted on July 20, 2017

  

 

 

 

Odds and Ends

It’s  been a slow week for constructive change in Congress.

 

1.       In this age of political insanity, critics are claiming that President Trump is the ‘champ’ when it comes to physical exercise.  He doesn’t do physical exercise.

2.      As President Trump’s euphemistic Vote Integrity Commission convenes, the Number Two or Secretary of State from Kansas, Kris Kobach stipulates that the Commission has no preconceived “ideas” or possible “pending outcomes.”  Obviously, he’s not touting Trump’s three million to five million votes that led to his loss in the national vote total.

3.      Watergate Revisited?  Critics are suggesting that comparing President Trump  to the late President Richard Nixon, is unfair to Nixon.

4.      The current law suit that challenges the Federal Department of Justice to release its “opinions” to be made public via the Freedom of Information Act, continues and with the Hearing Judge seeming to  favor the plaintiffs or the Knight Foundation, is getting more interesting for those of us who write about the connection between politics and federal law.

5.      With the implementation of ‘mandatory voting” the news media outlets would have to work harder to create their ‘”gravitas.” Thus, the preferential opinions of its owners are shifting today’s public debate and which is not lost on Chicanos and Native Americans.

6.       Victor Davis Hanson, a right wing pundit is espousing his belief in the pending “Fifth American War.”  And to  quote him: “The  wars between Trump, the  media, the deep state, and the progressive party—replete with charges and counter-charges of scandal, collusion, and corruption—are merely symptoms of a much larger fundamental and growing divide between Americans that is reaching a dangerous climax.”  Of course, Minorities that challenge this Quiet Segregation is a mockery that upsets most hard core conservatives.

7.      The  Senate’s “repeal and replace” health care plan has been scored by the CBO and the result is that 22 million persons would lose their health care.

8.      Homeland Security Secretary is stipulating that states not asking for federal protection on “voting hackers” are “nuts.”

 

 

Jaango—posted on July 20, 2017

 

 

Getting Swatted, Again...

On the Fox Network and with O’Reilly gone and replaced by Jesse Waters, Waters was bragging: "Donald Trump’s family has done more for this country than any Democratic elected official.” 

And willing to use a azinger or two, my Congressional Representative, was having his fun too.  Congressman Ruben Gallego of Phoenix, Arizona, was responding to Watters with this:  “Totally remember the Trump brothers laying down suppressive fire for me in Anbar.”  Gallego served in Iraq as a Marine.

Jaango—posted on July 18, 2017

 

 

 

The National Mandatory Voting Compact...

When President Trump announced his establishment of the Voter Integrity Commission and done on the basis or premise of the specious belief that he lost popular vote by anywhere from 3 million voters to 5 million voters and where these votes were fraudulently cast.  And for those among us and who are subjected for gerrymandering and voter suppression efforts, cannot take President Trump seriously,  and yet, having our political activism “misdirected’ and onto any election fraud schema reduces our time constraints for the issues that we deem important in our daily lives,

And in this regard, we are “demanding” that all 100 members of Congress and military veterans having served prior to being either an Elected or Appointed Official, need to address our “unmet needs.” Thus, Mandatory Voting and applicable only to presidential and congressional election cycles, would include an exemption and available each of our fellow citizens for cause, and as in “under medical care”

And in doing so, these members of Congress are recognized for challenging today’s Quiet Segregation and which is prevalent in our national political behavior.  As such, each of these 100 members for refusing to do so, have cast their lot with the 1,000 Chieftains of Capitalism and where these Chieftains, through their political operatives and their affiliated political organizations, have effectively reduced our political advocacy and activism.

In closing, these Members of Congress can effectively demonstrate that their self-achieved Honor can be reinvented and utilized on behalf of the former Privates, the Corporals and the Sergeants they once served with. 

Jaango—posted on July 18, 2017

 

 

 

Paul Ryan Released His National Spending Plan

Earlier today,  House Leader Paul Ryan released his national  spending plan and he’s calling for cutting a sizable amount of non-discretionary defense spending and Ryan isn’t shying away from crafting the tax cuts being demanded by his political acolytes.

And in this regard, Kevin Drum, the always “go to guy” when it comes to making the numbers easily understandable for the Mother Jones’ readers.  On this, he writes the following:

At $554 billion, the domestic discretionary budget is currently $1,705 per person. Just to keep up with inflation and population growth, that needs to grow to $727 billion by 2027. Instead, Republicans want to cut it to $424 billion.

That’s not a reduction of 23 percent, it’s a reduction of 42 percent. The House budget would decimate spending on national parks, education, food assistance, housing, basic research, transportation, law enforcement, the EPA, and more.

Why? In order to fund a big tax cut for the rich. Like it or not, the combination of PAYGO and reconciliation rules force Paul Ryan to pretend to pay for his tax cut. But rosy economic assumptions and dynamic-scoring pixie dust only get him so far. He can only get the rest of the way by slashing spending on everything except defense.

By 42 percent. Remember that number.

Need more be said?

Jaango—posted on July 18, 2017

 

 

 

Pence—Heritage Foundation, Hence, Republican Confusion

When looking to our nation’s history or perhaps, starting in 2008, and where we encountered our national comeuppance that is best recognized as the Second Conniption (or Great Recession) and where our economy went down the tubes as President Bush left the Oval Office behind.  Consequently, President Barrack encountered his political insurrection and subsequently jettisoned his agenda for this economic malfeasance by the Republicans, writ large.  And the 8-years of a preponderance of ‘come back’ for the Democrat’s “neo-liberalism.”

And among the Cabal of Leadership for the Republicans, including both the House and Senate, today’s Vice President Pence, is that VP Pence was the Fifth-Ranking “leader” in the wide swath of Republican Elected and Appointed Officials that was prevalent in early 2008.

To wit, the “politics and policies” is now recognized that Pence spent considerable time with his ‘consultants’ and that being the wide-ranging vestige at the Heritage Foundation, and this “leverage” is now evident in the ‘how;’ President Trump is trumpeting his politics and policies.  Thus, the  comprehensive critique among conservative Republicans, has been that President Trump “went off the political reservation” and yet, this critique is more than structural and well into the context for “I don’t care...I’ll be dead...and what’s your point” which means that “build the wall” is, in essence, the intent of the Tea Party aficionados. As such, the Mexico “wall” is just another ploy in their usage for misdirection for their now overt behavior for “privatization” of all things governmental.

 Jaango--posted on July 17, 2017

 

 

 

Can the Chicano Military Vet “go off the deep end”?

O f late, having to describe the “conservatives” different from “neo-liberals” has become a tiring hassle.  To wit, Conservatives are Republicans and Neo-liberals are Democrats, and yet, both are, in their heart of hearts, each is a conservative.  Thus, the neo-liberal” is a simple-minded approach to today’s code talk for addressing our national miasma that is Quiet Segregation and further, part and parcel to the “deep state” as  subliminal  descriptive that defines today’s prevalent racism in our public discourse.

Take, for example, the approval for the  Authority to Use Military Force Resolution, two facets surfaced widely in our public discourse. Whites, overwhelmingly supported the AUMF while  “racial and ethnics” overwhelmingly were opposed  to the AUMF.  Thusly, any argumentation personifies this Quiet Segregation, not just a simple-minded disagreement over a principled belief in  either politics or public policy.  Therefore, this Quiet Segregation proactively determined that War and not Peace, was critical to the survival of our Democracy since Saddam Hussein had “weapons of  mass destruction.”

However, going back into History of this Quiet Segregation manifested itself in 1985 when Chicano military vets crafted and issued its agenda relative to the Chicano Movement and positions that encompassed the three principled components premised on Decency:

1.       Defining the Geographical Boundaries between Palestine and Israel.

2.      The Transnational Technology Centers that simplified various Immigration factors and which  continue to exist today.

3.      The Academic-Military Draft.

And if you, the Readers, are not overly familiar with the above three Mantras and as described by our robust members, that’s understandable.  And which brings us to the three Stereotypes defining this  Quiet Segregation in its more virulent forms:

1.       The Native American Stereotype:  “He’s just another white man.”

2.      The Chicano 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?”

Further, its well-understood that when our public discourse, nationally delivered on a daily basis, no  reference or mentions are made in our national news media outlets, and more so, this Quiet Segregation ‘stands out’ especially and specifically, with no reference or mention is made of the communities that are prolific in the languages that are viable in Yaqui, Apache or even Spanish and from the perspective of our wonderful Sonoran Desert.

In closing, this Quiet Segregation is recognized as thoroughly visible, and today, we, the enlisted military  vets—the Privates, the Corporals and the Sergeants, take a gander at the behavior of  the 100 members for having  served in the officer corps while in the military and now serving  in Congress, House and Senate, and recognize that this Quiet Segregation continues unabated and  for the most part, unchallenged.

 And we stand tall in our unrelenting opposition to this Quiet Segregation.

 Jaango--posted on July 15, 2017

 

 

 

Kudos to Salon.com

On the “high moral ground” the Internet has much to be commended and advocated for.  Thus, the Salon has taken the “discussion” and the “critique” that is the focus of much angst and anger that is directed at the Democrats, writ large.

Consequently, should you take the time and visit Salon.com, read the published article and titled,  “The Democratic Party is such a mess—What are we going to do?” and written by Don Hazen, Kali Holloway and Steven Rosenfeld, dated July 13, and originally written for Alternet.org. 

Long story short, “ten experts analyze “the situation.”

And here’s the internet link:

 http://www.salon.com/2017/07/13/omg-the-democratic-party-is-such-a-mess-what-are-we-going-to-do_partner/

My only objection is that the MIA component is easily found or located in the knowledge that that resonates in the Sonoran Desert, is our perspective,  and thusly, the much more is in that the  Yaquis, the Apaches, the Chicanos and the Military Vets are not adequately found to be instrumental when it comes to “visibility”  in defining Opinion-Making.  And which is expected given that the European American’s Third Stereotype of “I don’t care...I’ll be dead...So what’s your point?” and therefore, having to challenge broad based opinions in a deft manner cannot be deftly ignored.  

Again, our tip of the hat goes to Salon.

Jaango--posted on July 13, 2017

 

 

Odds and Ends

Politics at the national level for the past six months, is demonstrating the Republican “base” is being confined to a ‘bait and switch” scenario and where the ‘issues’ are non-essential and thusly, the attention is being focused on nothingness, while the more important issues cannot be effectively addressed due to the conflict within the Republican operatives for speaking on behalf  of their principals.

1.       The New York Times issued  a scathing story in which three of Trump’s political operatives met with a Russian litigator promised the “scut work” accomplished by the Russian intelligence community.  Now, is a “story” of value or a story that is valueless? 

2.      Having offered up his support to President Putin for establishing a “cyber security operation”, President Trump is now getting cold feet, and out of deference to  the “deep state” between the Pentagon and the state department.

3.      Complaints that President Trump’s daughter took his seat on a temporary basis, fail to realize that sitting in a meeting for continuing hours, inadvertently forget that “bathroom breaks” are not addressed in the traditional itinerary schedule.  And forget about having “wet pants” on television.

4.      “Forty-Five and Counting.”  To  date,  45 Secretaries of States are now publicly committed  to refusing to participate in Trump’s and Kobach’s Voter Integrity Project.

5.      Overcome with greed.  It’s depressing to see or read that the owners of a large business entity, in this instance, the Hobby Lobby, would attempt import illegal artifacts from another nation. 

6.      When pundits express their angst and anger for opposing a minimum wage, it’s now best left up to municipalities to raise the  minimum wage.  Or raise the minimum wage via voter  ballot proposition, seems to become the decision-making that remains in the voter’s hands.  The, the Argumentation the Employers can’t afford  this wage increase since two-thirds of young people are either unemployed or tired of looking for work.  And being ignored by these “smarty” opinion-makers, the product manufacturers and marketers have already factored this minimum wage into their “point of sale” pricing schematic. 

7.      “The Biblical Miracle.”  Now, the Republican propaganda is now challenging America’s Quest for the “innovative” Rhetorical Flourish. Thus, Trump is a ‘biblical miracle for being America’s president.

 

Jaango--posted on July 12, 2017

 

 

The Two Toughest Questions of Today

If you were to ask the following questions of military veterans, these would be the Two Questions.

1.      Would you be opposed to standing in line and behind a non-military elderly person while at the VA Medical Center?  

2.      Would you be opposed to standing in line behind a non-military low-income mother with three children while at the VA Medical Center?

And if your answer was a staunch “No!” then you are ready to accept a National Health Care Systemic that would far exceed today’s Obama Care.  And take, for example, health care and where the “goods and services” from our federal government, can be ‘assigned” to the VA, the Native American Health Services Systemic, as well as opt for an assignment that is pledged to your  favorite medical doctor or to include a medical insurance company. 

Now, if we, the lowly-informed can figure this out for ourselves, obviously, the Republicans’ defending their nonsense and the Democrats countering the argumentation being made by the Republicans, with nothing but excuses, just goes to prove that both major party aficionados are  “protecting” their heavy-duty donors from the ‘rape, pillage and plunder’ from folks like ourselves.

Today, yet there over 100 military vets serving in Congress and their current shame for failing  to craft and pass a more  notable health care systemic, is their SHAME en masse, is being tossed at  us, the “good guys”  that have served as the Privates, the Corporals and the Sergeants..

As an afterthought, since the Vietnam War, only two percent of our general population has served in our military services.  Perhaps, the Chieftains of Capitalism are well aware of this behavior and are acting in their self-interest while the majority of our citizens continue to ignore theirs

Jaango—posted on July 11, 2017

 

 

Putin Wins the G-20 Summit While Walking Away With Our “nacho-receipe”

Note:  The snarky version.

Of the two hour meeting between Russia’s Chief Capitalist and America’s Chief Capitalist, and with no “record” of such a meeting not having not been  taken and to the extent where this transcript could not be visualized by the General Public, and especially by us here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, and in particular, our self-interest resulting in “we lost big time.”,   And this reminds me of recent history and where the Chieftains of Capitalism and their political subservience by their well-heeled political operators, exclaimed loudly to us, the military vets that Ssddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction.”  And a notable and intentional divergence from yester-year’s Common Sense.

This evening, my repast will consist of my nachos and with a healthy helping or a dose of cheese. 

Unfortunately, in a few months, we will all come to realize that our Chicanos’ “tightly held” recipe for our Sonoran Nachos, was sold to the Chief Capitalist from across the Atlantic-- Putin and Cronies..  And now, we have to anticipate that our Nachos will carry a ‘new’ title when you encounter this product while visiting Europe on your next vacation, and thusly, enjoy those familiar and succulent Nacho-de-Russkies

Note:  The snarky version.

Jaango—posted on July 8, 2017

 

 

 

Odds and Ends

Now, we’re “getting back” to address the Dark Forces that intrude into and onto our ‘quiet’ life. 

1.       Under the Reagan Era, our nation had over 45 million citizens that were “uninsured.”  With Obama Care and after its implementation.  Under the Reagan Era, our nation had over 45 million citizens that were “uninsured.”  With Obama Care and after its implementation, that 45 million dropped to 28 million and as such, that’s the ‘calculated’ number that is scored at the end of  this federal year, or at the end of next month or September.  And should the Senate Republicans manage to pass and President Trump signs the anticipated Republican legislation, the end result will occur in 2022 and where 45 million of  our citizens are deemed “uninsured.”  Thus, Reagan, McConnell, Ryan and Trump will have solidified their history and for further placement onto our National Monument to Criminal Stupidity.

 

2.      America’s “Pardon” Clique.  Given that I don’t expect the three concurrent and ongoing investigation by Congress, will contribute much, if anything having to do with “collusion” with Russia since  Trump’s business efforts and prior to his presidency was weighed down with foreign loans originating  among the vast wealth that has been held by Russia’s political and military leadership.  Consequently, I don’t get to craft “conspiracy”  arguments, since I am required to  maintain my self-restraint to  the  level where I cannot be challenged for being an unbridled horse deemed for being “lost” as this chasm approaches.  Thus, there will be “pardons’ galore for the Republicans and thusly, enabling the “internationalist” conservatives with more than sufficient political juice to wipe off the tarnish from their newly established and their ongoing and inscrutable credentials. Now, do ‘pardons’ offer new hiding places for the former unscrupulous?

 

3.      Congratulations to CBS News.  On the evening news  of this  past Fourth of July, one of the news stories focused on the 23 Founding  Members of our Constitution and for what has followed since.  As such, CBS went forth for an unorthodox direction and where the Sixth Generation of Progeny, was and could be visualized as “racial and ethnic.”   And our Kudos to CBS News.

 

4.      The Clinton Emails.  For those of us in the Sonoran Desert, national politics tends to circumvent us and to a large degree, and the major news media no longer up-to-snuff while the ‘fake news’ of the ever-present  Internet, choices abound and at times, the ‘choice’ bites you on the butt.  And Candidate Trump did so.   Obviously, he knew that the ‘search’ for the Clinton emails was ongoing and once firmly located and presumptively available to his presidential campaign, Candidate Trump challenged the news and political media to  come forth with  their copies of the deleted Clinton emails that “must” contain legal transgressions.  And now we know that the Trump campaign was taking delightful joy for having hoodwinked the national media while the FBI  Director assiduously ruined his reputation.

 

5.      The Journalistic Protection “racket”?  When America’s Journalistic Systemic is now reverting to addressing the potential violence that the Trump administration has conveniently disguised, our United States will now get more attention and in doing so, political violence will come to the general public’s wide-ranging attention and  which means that we must hold  accountable ALL of our Elected and Appointed Officials, nonetheless.

 

6.      More “fake news.”  On the White House effort and known as the Voter Integrity Commission charged with the responsibility to judge whether President Trump lost the national vote by 3 million to five million votes and due to voter fraud, is facing  a severity of both progress and support by 44 of the 50 Secretaries of State while responding to this iconic national data request and compilation by the White House and the Commission.  And this refusal to provide the requested data,  has demonstrated what virtually all Elected and Appointed officials know well and where this historical behavior for vote fraud found in 2014, only 20 persons were criminally prosecuted for “voter fraud”.

 

7.      Eligible for Citizenship.  Today, there are 8.8 million “permanent residents” that are eligible to seek and achieve citizenship for themselves thru the Naturalization Process and ultimately, for our nation.  However, some of our nation’s loudest ‘voices’ demonstrating that Brown People are going to refuse to participate in “voter suppression” should these Legal Permanent Residents opt to become full-flavored citizens.  And Brown People rejecting “more racism” is playing havoc with the Republican dislike for anything that is “less than white,”   

 

8.      And unfortunately, I am not permitted by our Board of Directors here at the Chicano Veterans Organization to “comment” on the Effort at Integrity Voting and where legal Permanent Residents are voting in untold numbers and government bureaucrats have neither the skill set for the technology nor the knowledge base or capacity to put a stop to this civil and criminal behavior.  Damn it, America’s “conspiracy” butts on the Right, are going to beat me at my unfazed attention to the newer and better fake news that is supported by these conspiracies, especially from the off-the-wall media outlets residing on the political Right.  Now, was Trump complaining that his loss in the general vote tally was the responsibility of legal permanent residents voting?

 

Jaango--posted on July 7, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Can America’s Punditry Class Survive Their Overdose of Opioids?

Obviously our nation’s 20,000 credentialed Journalists are either being distracted or diverted onto topics and subject matters and in which the political attention that is normally attributable to “racial and ethnics” must be appropriately ignored by white America. And President Trump has taken this white behavior up a couple notches and where the “fuzziness” of racism floated far above the generic issues of public debate Invariably, we, the “racial and ethnics” could not overcome this salient behavior.  And in this past presidential  election cycle, this fuzziness of the voting that has now been accorded to this voting behavior dependent on racism, is now front and center.

And with this perceived ‘racism’ being front and center, where in the hell are the 5,000 pundits and where these pundits are determined to convince us that their ‘feel’ and ‘view’ is  invaluable to our now invigorated behavior for our Thought and Action. Thusly, our centralized behavior will become focused on the National Debt or for the establishment of a national boycott of these lazy and wayward pundits and in particular, their current news media outlets.  Consequently, a financial cost that is far and above the cost  of time spent to understand that Criminal Stupidity is the ‘cure’ and addresses the polite objection without the effort to continue to germinate Common Sense in today’s ‘and amongst today’s majority’ of fellow citizens. As such, the “floaters” are going to be tomorrow’s political aftermath.

The Obligation of the credentialed Journalist “must” ask the Trump administration and in particular, the over-wrought staffers for the condescending behavior that is Donald Trump, has to start with the “pay-off” for all that signifies our national debt.  Otherwise, in 25 years, the then “majority” will become relegated to a permanent status for a newly-established Poverty Democracy.  And this signifies that we, the Chicano and Native American military vets will have to establish a “second command” within the Marine Corps and with a single-minded political effort  to either “repatriate” or “confiscate”“ the wealth of the top 10,000 millionaires.  And yes, to be followed by a National Debt Surtax that applies to all of our fellow citizens, rich and poor alike, with no exceptions permitted.

And needless to say but I will, my progeny, the Native Americans/Chicanos no longer need to be the poorly ensconced elderly.  As such, our Honor is being reciprocated.  Now, climb aboard our "slow" moving vehicle and which we are making available to you, the lowly-minded pundit?

 Jaango--posted on July 6, 2017

 

Congratulations to Kelly Macias@ DailyKos

In her article that was posted earlier today, and titled, “Politics in Texas provide insight into how the rest of the nation can go and it’s downright scary” and dated Wednesday or yesterday, over at the web site that is DailyKos  is impressive.

And as you delve deeper into her article, she mentions the Latino vote and which is and where I agree with her.  To wit, the voting habits, albeit increasing, can change the future for Texas far beyond we can anticipate within our expected ‘reality.

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“Also noteworthy is how Texas Republicans are obsessed with controlling the LGBT community and  immigrants.  A bathroom bill, for instance, was introduced in 2017 to ban transgender people from using the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice in public schools and government buildings. And the state is all about the various versions of “show me your papers” intended to crack down on undocumented immigration, having recently passed SB 4 which “attempts to abolish sanctuary cities in the state by making local officials who refuse to accommodate the federal government’s request to help enforce immigration law criminally liable, and even subject to removal from office.”

But there is a way out of this nightmare.  If people understand that votes do matter, that politics and policies are also lived outside of elections, vote differently and work for change, it is possible to turn this state around.

Texas leads the nation in Latino population growth.  Latinos account for more than half the 2.7 million new Texans since 2019.  Every Democrat in Texas believes that, if Latinos voted at the same rate in Texas as they do in California, the state would already be blue.

Who knows if this is actually true?  There are lots of factors that contribute to why people don’t vote and there is no guarantee that Latinos (or anyone else) will vote blue.  But their physical, economic, social and cultural well-being definitely depend on electing different politicians from  the ones that currently hold office.  And if the rest of the nation is headed down the same way as Texas, it means that our lives are on the line too.

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Our Kudos to Kelly Macias!

Jaango—posted on July 6, 2017

 

 

 

The Jokesters of President Trump’s First Year of Republican Misrule

Can this be viewed as a  Chicano “conspiracy”?  I think so, and yet, I refuse to be a centrist of Conservative Conspiracies and which changes my dogma when I take into consideration that which as  been localized  in oiur age-old Sense of Humor.  As such, getting side-swiped is not much fun and yet It does occur.

As a political writer and in addressing the subject matter of voter registration, there is virtually “nothing new” that the state-owned data body; given that this data body has been utilized and repeatedly; and the Republican National Committee will not find any unexpected jewels or any expected stocks and bonds not already pledged to the Trump Campaign for 2020. 

 I might add--that voter fraud is virtually non-existent, and where—at the end of the political day, no votes changed political columns and no local elections changed hands.  And with all this in mind, President Trump’s Voter Integrity Commission, is obviously MIA or in this anticipated application by Trumpistas is that the MIA component is this seminal vice for ”Integrity.”   And as such, voter suppression  is just another aspect that Republicans will not avoid when it comes to smacking the Democrats with this aspect for more comparison for Republican misrule.

Now, I am a self-ascribed “progressive” and an “advocate” for the Chicano Movement that got its political start shortly after the end of World War Two.  Today, the  Chicano “progressive” does not accept the Democrat that has cast his fishing line out into the general public’s owned waters as a “moderate” or even as a  “centrist” while we all—military vets remain mum and done out of courtesy to these intentionally and self-applied  labels for political camouflage, seems apt in today’s polarized politics. Thus, our behavior and which is part and parcel to our long game.

Today and among the Democrats, 43 to 44% of Democrats are “progressive” while the remaining Democrats have cast themselves as “conservatives” despite their anathema for the intentional mis-label.

And why is ‘this’ important to progressive Democrats?

Aside from the demographics that will over the next twenty years, push the Progressives into the obvious majority for Democrats, and writ large and further, where these obvious camouflaged labels will have to be reconfigured for further usage.  Now, if you have the inescapable skill set for the Rhetorical Flourish, you will “have arrived” as a political writer.  And that’s the easy entryway for political engagement.  As such, today, I am a self-ascribed “floggster” and not a “blogger” since I am long-of-tooth and grey of beard.

Consequently, voter registration is just another aspect and which barely rises to the level of political leadership,  but  then, this voter registration is “married”  to our National Security  and Defense Systemic and our Health Care Systemic and which comprised of an approximate or equivalent of our 50% result of our national GDP or Gross Domestic Product.  And perhaps, this “linkage” will come forth and through the VA Medical Systemic and not necessarily as a Single-Payer by the state-designation role since “paying for this ambitious cost is being as quite costly and far beyond our likely realization.  California’s current experience is demonstrative to and for all of us in this inescapable regard.  Taxing ourselves, is seen as  being anti-democratic by the far Right and yet tax cuts fit snuggly for the far Right’s standardized far Right’s stellar  memes.   

Therefore and in  “looking” to the Future, I am somewhat disappointed in the my fellow writers cannot bring themselves to focus on our collective future when it’s far easier to  make a sizable paycheck and where today’s “issues” are consistent with President Trump’s tweets. twerps and dwerps.   

And of my knowing that of the monies spent on National Security and Defense, and which is pegged at $1.5 trillion and our national spending for national health care is consistent with a tad over $1.0 trillion, and taken together can be attributed to 50% of our national or annual budget    And from this standpoint, a new ‘contest’ will commence due to the failure in “demand” by millennials in this past election cycle. As employees of the corporate entities that support and actively participate in the ”operations’ of these quiet or silent behemoths, they  will make their ‘demand’ quietly noted..   Perhaps I am tad of a cynic but I will not be surprised that these employees will be making their ‘demand’ public in which they want their health care to be incorporated into the VA Systemic.  And with politicians often willing to walk on the “easy side” will compromise and accept their presumptive acquiescence for eliminating the VA Systemic.  As such, it’s far easier to say “no” than it is to say “yes”. 

Jaango—posted  on July 6, 2017
 

The Chicano Movement:  A “nationalist” Entity or a “socialist” Entity?

As a Fourth of July “chingaso” for political proliferation (the snarky is obvious, in this instance), I thought it  would be  appropriate to express my unwarranted humor, lest we conveniently forget that ‘guns’ can be destructive, especially in this day and age and where I’ve been accused of hating on the NRA and for its zeal for reversing the consistent and declining  gun sales via purchases that can only be solved by more kids and not adults (ahem, demographics) and far more important, “open carry”  made readily  available in every state.  And absent in all this irrationality is our mindset for ignoring Self Restraint.  Yup, self=restraint, America’s intentional killer,

 In the latest issue of The Nation Magazine, their internet website has a ‘conversation’ or for what I consider a conversation regarding “socialism” and in particular the socialism of the old folks and of another version and where the young are taking to and affecting their attachment to socialism.  Thus, Axel Hunneth’s new book seeks to give renewed meaning and titled, “Socialism’s Past and Future” as a critical component to the socialist idea” while Sarah Leonard’s view on “Why Are Young People Voting for Old Socialists” and further elaborated on by Jon Weiner. 

Therefore, there is no written history of the Chicano Movement “in action” and in particular, when the socialists tangled with the nationalists in a public park (Los Angeles) AND where guns and gun violence was deemed present  and unavoidable.   And yet, at the end of this nightly confrontation, both the socialists and the nationalists did not engage in any violence and done on the premise of the historical affinity for “political violence will be neither tolerated nor accepted.”  This maxim, instigated shortly after the end of World War Two by the community wide affection entertained by Chicano or Spanish-speaking military veterans, has long been institutionalized and actualized.  In short, immigration demonstrations are just one of many examples where unbeknownst to European Americans, are somewhat amazed at this level of self-restraint.  Of course, another argumentation can be called upon as a self-justification for non-violence and attributed to the ongoing Indigenous Ideal of these past 7,000 years for the constructive affinity for a “natural” Democracy and where this ‘history’ was attempted for elimination at the onset of the Spanish-sword and God’s attached demarcation for unity, the Catholic Church.

And lost on the wealth of investigative journalists and historians, both of these political elements among these military vets, were vying  for and ultimately, seeking “control” of the Chicano Movement. Thus, the media ‘story’ became one for a Journalist being killed by Law Enforcement or perhaps, intentionally assassinated, and of course, the Law Enforcement entities denied and would never admit to such behavior and for the expressed purpose to instill and create the political violence that has always been absent at any community gathering where the realm of issues in politics are discussed and subsequently, these decisions are taken. 

In closing, Socialism will remain a constant twang in our national politics and just as “nationalism” will remain with us too, since “demographics’ may lead to today’s Majority and for becoming the Minority, should the Federal Census Bureau being correct it its assessment or analysis, but admittedly, Common Sense is not going to disappear.  To wit, we, the military vets are the Common Sense “crafters” and we are not going to easily surrender our political turf on any of the major requirements that are necessary to achieve a ‘newer and better’ Democracy for these many years into the future.

Jaango—posted on July 4, 2017

 

 

Congratulations to the  Infamous Pundit, Kevin Drum...

Although Kevin Drum is not an overtly considered a “friend” among the Republicans since his history for challenging the “conservatives” is both principled and sought out since he pulls no punches in his commentaries. 

And where we both agree in substance and not necessarily in content, we, as a nation can do better than Obama Care given that there are over 30 million of our  fellow citizens still don’t have any consequential national heath care.   And should Trump Care become national law, we will become a nation that does not provide health care for over 50 million of our fellow citizens.  Theefore, a difference of over 20 million additionally effected and affected, changes substantially, our view of our fellow citizens, either from the standpoint of  no health care and from the standpoint of those among us and who do have health care.

And yet, in deference to our good friend, Kevin Drum, at his political blog at the Mother Jones Magazine, he describes this “scenario” that the  Republicans would not prefer intelligent Readers to focus on the “end result” that will come through as “tax cuts” for the super wealthy and reflective of  the political donors that have considerable sway of the policy issues that are being addressed by the major political parties, and even where the DNC is impactful in public policy and as in its opposition to changing the law relative to Citizens United.

More so, Kevin Drum “nails it” as per Obama Care: 

 

 

“Oh, and Obamacare didn’t raise average family premiums by $3,000 either. The best comparison I can find is for individual premiums, and Brookings estimates that they decreased about $700 after Obamacare went into effect. Add in an average subsidy of about $400, and individual premiums went down $1,100. Family premiums followed the same trajectory, and probably decreased about $3,000 or so,

AND

“Obamacare is hardly faultless, but overall it’s been enormously successful. It delivered insurance to millions who couldn’t get it before; it reduced premiums for most people; it required health care policies to deliver decent coverage; and it prohibited insurance companies from turning down people with pre-existing conditions. Trumpcare would undo all of that. All of it.”

My perspective is that like all government “goods and services” there can be a “cost” that we can address directly or pass this “cost” on t0 our fellow citizens and where tracking this cost can be byzantine.  Therefore, I much prefer a “cost” that includes a “surtax” of one or two percent annually and where ALL of  our fellow citizens will have their health care needs, both “actualized” Needs and their “unmet needs” as well.  Of course, in California, a statewide vote would be required to implement  more monies for health care and which would become newest “joust” between the State’s Rights Afficionados and the Generic Democratics.  However, if Congress were to implement this “surtax” for a better health care systemic, California could easily what it wants with having to adjudicate what would become a Single-Payer Construct.

Jaango--posted on July 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

How Much “lying, thieving, and stealing” Can America Absorb?

When considering the “impact of the Chicano Movement, it’s both easy and convenient to forget that Spanish-speaking military vets, upon returning home from the end of World War Two, encountered a large number of both economic and political issues that needed to be addressed.  And shortly we followed with our agreed-upon and a community wide or ‘formalized’ behavior for what to be addressed, must not include any political violence on our way to the local ballot box and to be completed on a repetitive basis.  More so, as we scrambled to locate and find our non-voter-registered family members, as well as to include our extended family members and of course, our many friends and where they thought  that voting would not change much, if anything.  As such, our uphill battle and subsequently, our attention to our requisite long game, or if one want’s to take a more thoughtful and long term perspective, out attention to the “natural Democracy, coalesced and which continued to exist for our past 7,000 years.  And yep, we’re historians too even when we are considered “warriors.”

And for all these years, the Chicano Veterans Organization has performed the ‘historical’ format for this functionality and thusly, the single-minded purpose was to insure that our community-wide “ideas” were not conveniently eliminated by the “majority” or the European Americans, and where our long game that is and has been our public debate. And this elemental or ‘storified’ debate on “newer and better” ideas for tomorrow’s Democracy, came forth during the Reagan Era and where the Republican “owned and operated” news media outlets would not provide the requisite or elemental coverage that we were insisting on and in many cases, demanding that our public debate be made available for  the “Majority’s” consideration as well.  Therefore, “we” don’t see ourselves as “victims” but we do see ourselves as expressing our historical Common Sense that we cannot and will not accept any vestiges for a Second Class Citizenship Status and nor will be accepting of any  vestiges that fall into the  various categories described as voter suppression that is favored by the far Right.

Needless to say but I will, the Reader should recognize that this political commentary is leading back to the Chicano Movement of 1985 and where Reagan Era got its start and yet, crafted for itself, The Era of Criminal Studipity, and as defined here at the Chicano Veterans Organization.  And it’s during this Era that we created and crafted in long form the Academic-Military Draft. 

Now, it’s my intent and purpose and with the enviable cooperation of the  police department in my home town, that being the City of Phoenix, Arizona and where, with their cooperation at the police department, write a three or four part series on Crime  and as this crime is addressed and the military veterans here-- not just in Arizona but throughout the Sonoran Desert that includes the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Texas and even to include the Great State of Georgia.  As such, there’s no need to drag in either the Great States of New York and Florida, regarding this toxic subject matter and where crime is a decreasing statistic.

Jaango—posted on July 3, 2017

 

 

California single-payer organizers are deceiving their supporters. It’s time to stop

 

 

IN THE DAYS SINCE California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shelved for the year SB562, which intends to establish a state single-payer health care system, he’s been subject to mass protests and even death threats. The bill’s chief backers, including the California Nurses Association and the Bernie Sanders-affiliated Our Revolution, angrily point to Rendon as the main roadblock to truly universal health care.

 

They’re completely wrong. What’s more, they know they’re wrong. They’re perfectly aware that SB562 is a shell bill that cannot become law without a ballot measure approved by voters. Rather than committing to raising the millions of dollars that would be needed to overcome special interests and pass that initiative, they would, apparently, rather deceive their supporters, hiding the realities of California’s woeful political structure in favor of a morality play designed to advance careers and aggrandize power.

 

The posting was crafted by the notable Journalist David Dayen at the Intercept, and further, posted by Greg Dworkin at the Daily Kos.

 

Jaango--posted on July 1, 2017

 

 

Happy Fourth of July...

To all of us and who are ‘traveling’ by automobile, welcome to my club. El Club de Los Mitoteros Grandes.

 And yes, if you’re soon arriving into my Jefe/Honcho Turf, or our Sonoran Desert, please keep your cigarettes in your pocket.  Today, and for this past week, we have been more than just swamped with forest fires, and among other types of fires.  Thus, having up to 200 volunteer fire fighters attempting to gain control of one of these difficult fires, are exceedingly dangerous,

And although Arizona is the “Tourist Capitol”  of the  Southwest, come visit for a  few days and no, we aren’t going  tell you that after your  having completed your five-day visit and spent all those millions of dollars of  yours and where you saved the monies diligently for all these months and years, just keep spending your monies, since the majority of  Arizonans carry the political  view that “your” monies of today must become “mine” of tomorrow. 

And while you’re visiting Arizona, I will reciprocate by visiting your home  state.  Fair is Fair, After All!

 

 

The Chicano Movement of the 1980s:  The “outside” Challenger versus the “inside” Challenger

As an old floggster, long of tooth and grey of beard, I don’t take much if any pleasure when I read or listen to Bruce Bartlett.  Of course, and like many of us, our politics can be interpreted or understood as where one “stands tall” for all the political issues that are germane to one’s daily life, and not necessarily an affinity  for a political party, either major or  minor, or as in fringe.

By way of background and just before my military discharge, my commander called me in and to here his discharge speech, and which I did.  And as I patiently explained, it was intention and foregone conclusion to  attend college here in my wonderful Sonoran Desert.  As such, he told me I ‘was not smart enough to  succeed  in  college.  Needless to say, but I will, for all of my adult life I been proud of my personal history, from being a Yaqui/Apache/Chicano/ and military vet, even when it’s fun  to wrap myself in the American Flag.  And with my humor intact, I too can wrap myself up in America’s Indigenous Flag.  And if you don’t know anything regarding this Indigenous Flag, I promise not to penalize you and even to the nth degree.

And as a political writer for these past 20 years and primarily for the Chicano Veterans Organization, our “history” of the Reagan Era, still resonates with us since our Reaganism of 1980s never capture Trumps “capitalism”” of today’s espousal.  As such, the poor via Medicaid and “racial and ethnic minorities, continue to remain in place for even today’s  more hard core right and to include the  nonsensical Tea Party.

For those of us and who are familiar with the Chicano Movement during the Reagan Era and the  Chicano Movement of this Trump Era, our “issues”  continue to be readily dismissed.  And yet our “demographics” for being part and parcel to being  the 44% of the Progressive Democrats, we are not confused with such camouflaged labels for “moderates” or “centrists.”   In short, you’re a Progressive or a Conservative in the Democratic Party.

And which now, brings me to the “ideas” that are espoused by the likes of Bruce Bartlett and from the Reagan “insiders” within the White House.  Today, Bartlett has learned that the “insiders” have long  gone “around the corner” and where, even in the use of the binoculars, the politics  do not make sense unless the single-minded purpose is two-fold:  Tax Cuts for the Rich or the Richer Than God Donors and the enforcement that there can be no resurgence of  the Progressive Ideal from earlier in this century and in particular, the Great Depression. In short, the mislabeled conservative Democrats will have to save the Republicans writ large  from their conservative-selves, and  for both  the short term and the long  term..

And it starts with “ideas” and its these “ideas” that challenges, the former conservatives and the progressives.  This is not a clash of civilizations, but a clash of ideas.  To wit,  the erstwhile Republicans have no forthcoming Clash of Civilizations since the pending  demographics means that today’s “majority” is tomorrow’s minority.  And in Bartlett’s “insider-ism’, he and his fellow Reagan acolytes,  conveniently dismissed, en mass, we—the minorities, as we too, know how to count our self-restrained votes.

So, when President Reagan served his two terms in the White House, it was only then did Bartlett start  to become disenchanted with the Gingrich Republicans. 

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At first, I cheered the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and even contemplated going back to work on Capitol Hill. I remember being invited to many meetings with Newt Gingrich and other Republican leaders to help them shape their agenda.

But soon, I was disturbed by things I saw the new majority doing in Congress. One of the first was slashing some 3,000 staff slots from the congressional committees. I thought this was very unwise because committee staff were the primary source of policy expertise. “Without staff to do the work, how were Republicans going to implement their agenda competently?” I thought.

It turned out that Gingrich was only interested in centralizing all policy on every issue in his own office. I soon found myself dealing with young staffers in the speaker’s office with no experience or expertise on the issues they were working on. Their only job was to get the Contract With America enacted; they weren’t interested in fixing it or improving it or coming up with new ideas. They had all the policy ideas they needed, thank you.

 

At first, I cheered the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and even contemplated going back to work on Capitol Hill. I remember being invited to many meetings with Newt Gingrich and other Republican leaders to help them shape their agenda.

But soon, I was disturbed by things I saw the new majority doing in Congress. One of the first was slashing some 3,000 staff slots from the congressional committees. I thought this was very unwise because committee staff were the primary source of policy expertise. “Without staff to do the work, how were Republicans going to implement their agenda competently?” I thought.

It turned out that Gingrich was only interested in centralizing all policy on every issue in his own office. I soon found myself dealing with young staffers in the speaker’s office with no experience or expertise on the issues they were working on. Their only job was to get the Contract With America enacted; they weren’t interested in fixing it or improving it or coming up with new ideas. They had all the policy ideas they needed, thank you.

 

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By  way of contrast, Bartlett was thoroughly fragmented with his Far Right colleagues and yet, couldn’t take a moment in time to  take a gander another solid political element in our  nation’s politics, that being Chicanos and in particular, Chicano military vets.  And as such, Bartlett victimized himself and did so intentionally given that the “we” had our Ideas too but could be conveniently discounted and where necessary, easily ignored.  And that was Bartlett’s mindset then, and not much, for him, has not changed him much if at all.  Thus, a Tea Party member or not at all, is his continuing challenge, otherwise.

Consequently, the Chicano Movement of the 1980s consisted of the three following  elements.

1.       In Foreign policy, Congress could and should issue its National Request to the General Assembly at the United Nations to establish a  Border Commission  charged with “defining” the geographical boundaries between Israel  and Palestine.

2.      On  the ‘trans-link’ between Foreign Policy and Domestic  Policy, the Congress  would approve the establishment of the TransNational Technology Centers be established in each of or embassies and consulates.

3.      On Domestic Policy, the  Academic-Military Draft would be  established.  Today, had Bush43 implemented this  Academic-Military Draft, today, here in 2017, our nation would consist of over 30 million millennials having their four-year college degrees, and with a far less cost being incurred.

Now, I know that Bartlett knew virtually nothing of our political demands then or in 1985 and it’s more than likely  that he knows  less of our Ideas that we espouse today.  However, should Bartlett have a variety of salient ideas, he is more than welcomed to contact us at our Chicano Veterans Organization and share this ‘wealth’.

Note:  My thanks to Salon.Com and BillMoyers.Com as well as the authors and the well—assembled commentators for their insightful views.  Thus, our “front page” for this week!

Jaango—posted on June 29, 2017

 

 

Where Decency and Political Strait-Forwardness Is Kicked to the Curb

After “listening’ to the Sunday Talking Heads Show, I came away unimpressed with the Republican “argumentation” for their “repeal and replace” of Obama Care and their 7-year lengthy campaign to convince our fellow citizens that our America, writ large, will be better off when it comes to national health care.  And yet, we all know differently, should we pay particular attention to our Common Sense, given that no one takes the Republican argumentation at face.  Thus, the shibboleth of a cutting knife edge is the equivalent of an approximate elimination of 24 million being rejected for national health care.

Further, the First Question that is never asked neither by the news media outlets nor the deep-pocketed pundits and political writers  via their internet outrages, easily finds that the three Obvious Questions:

1.       Was the medical care prior to the implementation of Obama Care consistent with a political dump

2.      Was Obama Care one-step up for the prior medical systemic equivalent to a political dump

3.      Do we see Trump Care as being equivalent to another  political dump

4.      Do we want a “newer and better” systemic for the “delivery  of medical services” exceeding even Obama Care and Trump Care

Seeking answers to many of our difficult and unwanted questions, makes for a life far more agreeable than disagreeable.  Of course, ‘answering’ the philosophical question, can cause each one of us to pause and consider that our fellow citizens can ‘feel’ our impact relative to our decision-making.  And when our hard-minded decisions are premised on Honor, all those around us need not worry that lying, or thieving, and dishonesty, will not become either a “feature” or a “bug.” 

Jaango—posted on June 28, 2017

 

Two “white guy” Stories Here in Arizona That Just Don’t Resonate Anymore

For a writer that is not overly  focused on the “history”  that is being crafted today by our fellow citizens, the European Americans, I just can’t get enthused about the Chicano Studies’ wet feet at the Tucson Unified School District and the second story is  the current court adjudication for Sheriff Arpaio’s confrontation with the Federal Court in which he—the Sheriff, violated a federal court order to arrest undocumented immigrants and then, shortly thereafter, turn each over to ICE for “official” deportation.  Thus, this case is all about racism despite the constant denial by the Sheriff.  Now if there was any justice in federal court, the criminal aspect is what being presented and thusly, the Sheriff should be incarcerated for 175 days, or  one day for each person that his Sheriff’s Department arrested traffic violators with no criminal history, and subsequently placed on the “official” list  for deportation by ICE.

And as to the federal court  case being held in Tucson, Arizona, and where the contemptible state education leaders utilized the’official’ positions to craft an applicable racist strategy that prohibited a school district to create an elective course on Chicano history and culture.  Sadly, the humor found in this instance is that in 20 years or so, these same jerks or racists will be “demanding” that Chicanos will have to  utilize their “official” positions to insure that White History and Culture, must be “protected” as a free speech functionality in our Democracy.  As such, the racists have no real experience in their inevitable behavior to  attempt to or craft a “newer and better” Democracy, and alas, they revert to their  easily-learned ‘history’ of the 1950s.

Jaango—posted on June 28, 2017

 

 

 

Can Chicanos Compete With the Koch Brothers, el.al,...

When the top financial donors in the Republican Party contribute heavily to the Trump Campaign Committee, we, the Chicanos could not compete with the Koch Brothers and their financial allies.  And matter-of-factly, we’ve always known that the Republicans don’t have much of any respect for our point of view since, we are the ones standing in line while we await out “future” regarding not only Medicare  but Medicaid.  Thus, we’re destined for even more poverty, given that today’s minimum wage doesn’t cover the ‘root’ that is today’s starting point for defining poverty.  And knowing that the Republicans and their financial allies continue to be distressed that all the monies that are annually invested in the Veterans Administration must be discontinued, otherwise the anticipated tax cuts to be received will be either delayed or trashed by the middle -class voters.  Consequently, white ‘privilege’ must be maintained and explained widely lest anyone forget that that behavior is the responsibility and duty of the large news media outlets, and in local communities, this apparent behavior is readily apparent. 

And yet, I look forward to the onset of “demographics” and in which Chicanos and in particular the various adjuncts of Progressives, from Native Americans and African Americans and to Asian Americans and European Americans.  Collectively, these five voter-oriented Legacy Directions will drive the “conservatives” into their differing directions as well.  Take, for example, half of our nation’s voters are Republican and will vote for the conservative and half of today’s Democrats vote for the conservative.  Of course, in my political lexicon there is no “centrist” and no “moderate.” As such, no obfuscation with a misdirected label is acceptable.  In short, you can call yourself either a ‘conservative’ or a ‘progressive.’ Thus, 43 to 44% of Democrats are Progressives, and subsequently, it will be the oncoming “demographics” that will carry the Progressives into the majority of Democratic Party voters.  And lest you know, it’s not too often that I can find myself to be acceptable as a ‘cheerleader’ given my level of frustration with Democrats, writ large. 

In closing, the Koch Brothers and associated financial allies will “buy” their way into American politics and in a quaint comparison, we, the “minorities” will vote our way into a Democracy’s “majority” and as a comprehensive “progressive movement” nonetheless.

Jaango—posted on June 27, 2017

 

 

Does Mental Health Vary When Addressing National Health Care?

Not Likely!  Should you  reach the healthy age of 36 years of age, the Mayo Clinic has a study  that defines us, and even further when it come our then “situation:”

1.       Skin Disorders

2.      Joint Pain

3.      Back Problems

4.      Cholesterol

5.      Upper Respiratory

6.      Depression

7.      Neurologic Disorders

8.      Blood Pressure

9.      Headaches/migraines

10.   Diabetes

And yet, Medicaid has proven itself to be as effective as private health insurance.

 

Jaango--posted on June 27, 2017

 

 

Single-payer Health Care Could Cost $400 Billion to Implement in California 

---And more  from the Los Angeles Times....

A single-payer healthcare system in California — a galvanizing cause among the state's progressive flank — would cost $400 billion annually, according to a legislative analysis released on Monday.

The analysis, released in advance of the proposal's hearing in a key fiscal committee, fills in what has so far been the biggest unanswered question concerning the plan to dramatically overhaul California's healthcare coverage.

The analysis found that the proposal would require:

  • A total cost of $400 billion per year to cover all healthcare and administrative costs.
  • Of that, $200 billion of existing federal, state and local funds could be repurposed to go toward the single-payer system.
  • The additional $200 billion would need to be raised from new taxes.

The analysis proposes one scenario in which a new payroll tax on employers — with a rate of 15% of earned income — could supply the new revenue. But the measure itself does not contain a specific tax proposal, and therefore would not, at this point, need a two-thirds vote to approve a new tax.

The write-up also notes that a  universal healthcare proposal would likely reduce spending by employers and employees statewide, which currently ranges between $100 billion and $150 billion annually. Therefore, the total new spending under the bill would be between $50 billion and $100 billion each year.

Under the bill, the state would cover medical care for every resident in California, including those without legal immigration status. Enrollees would not have to pay premiums, co-payments or deductibles. 

The analysis cautions that the single-payer bill, SB 562 by Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would required "unprecedented changes to a mature healthcare system."

"Therefore, there is tremendous uncertainty in how such a system would be developed, how the transition to the new system would occur, and how participants in the new system would behave," it notes.

Jaango's Note:  Just out of curiosity and as applied to Progressives in particular, "howwould health care "look" in the Great States of New York, Florida and Texas, and 'primaried' from the next ten years of election cycles?"

 

Jaango--posted on June 24, 2017

 

 

 

Another Brilliant Assessment of California’s Health Care Fulminations   

Given what Senator McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, laid on his Republican colleagues of this past Thursday, we have again, reached what I call the “dump”, a dump that was in existence and prior to Obama Care.  Today, we have now see for ourselves that the Republicans are in short-sighted disagreement among themselves as to any particular twist and turn, but at the end of their political day, the House and Senate Members will come together and vote in overwhelming numbers favorable to McConnell’s “dump.”

Consequently, the Democrats can only bring forth an “alternative” that must be perceived and “do-able” and “practicable.”  Of course, all this medical care is contiguous as to the numbers of dollars are in the pot and a pot that is large enough to respond effectively to all the “unmet needs” that state residents have.  As such, the Democrats in California are now undergoing their failure to adopt their “brick and mortar” mentality for taking to the streets to articulate and defend what their “goal” must be.  Otherwise, the general public gets to watch the local television show and see the shallowness that has engulfed the members of the State Assembly, both the Senate and the Health.  Now, who wants to go first?

 And here is David Atkins, writing for the Washington Monthly Magazine, and of earlier today, and titled, “The Story Behind the Single-Payer Mess in California.”   And at the end of  the political day, are the Democrats in California,  any better than the McConnell Republicans in both the House and Senate?

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As Trump and the Republican Party look set to decimate the Affordable Healthcare Act at the national level, blue states have been focusing their attention on robust universal healthcare solutions. Nowhere has this attention been more singularly focused than in California, where the state senate recently passed SB562, a universal healthcare bill.

But yesterday Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon put the brakes on the bill, tabling it for two years rather than allowing it to move forward legislatively. The pushback has been fierce: Rendon’s move has been roundly condemned by everyone from Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to Congressman Ro Khanna to newly elected California Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman.

Rendon’s position isn’t totally indefensible, however. SB562 lacks many crucial details, not least of which is its funding mechanism. It has a hefty price tag–heavier than the bill’s proponent even expected–and the proposals to make it work have included a double tax increase that would probably kill the bill by losing support among the Assembly’s more moderate members (California law requires that any tax increase be supported by 2/3 of the legislature, which means Democrats can’t afford to lose almost any votes in their caucus.) Assemblymembers have a valid argument that it’s unfair of the Senate to expect them to hammer out the details within a shortened legislative window, and want to push the challenge back onto the Senate. Rendon wants to shield his caucus from the votes, and is willing to take the slings and arrows of progressive activists to do so. Finally, as David Dayen noted on Twitter, voter-enacted Proposition 98 requires that a minimum percentage of the state budget be spent on education–which means that single-payer proponents would not only have to find a revenue increase for healthcare, but also for a percentage increase in education spending as well. That’s a very difficult hurdle, and almost certainly means that single-payer healthcare in California will have to be a popular referendum–in which case it could come from a signature-gathering process rather than from a potentially dangerous vote from the legislature.

But while all of this sounds reasonable, it misses a bigger context. It’s not as if Democratic wonks and liberal think tanks didn’t have time to think through all of these issues. It’s true that most of the heavy lifting on healthcare policy went into figuring out how to make the Affordable Care Act work. That was one of the key frustrations about the bill among single-payer proponents angry that defending its complexities and dependence on the private insurance market sucked all the oxygen out of the effort to come up with simpler solutions that look more like the rest of the developed world.

But at least since the election of Donald Trump, it has been clear that Republicans would really get their chance to severely hobble or destroy the Affordable Care Act. It has also been clear that workable universal programs in big blue states with economic leverage would be the next point of focus, particularly given the activist energy around the issue among progressives.

There is no excuse for the California Senate to have sent the Assembly such a hollow bill. But there is also no excuse for the Assembly not to have already done the hard work to figure out palatable details on the funding and transition structure. If the politics make it impossible for the Assembly to move forward on the bill as a united front, or if the constitutional restrictions mean that only a ballot initiative is truly feasible, then it’s incumbent on Democratic leaders to have made that clear in advance and to be providing the support for a signature-gathering process.

Instead, what we have is a mess: the healthcare wonks haven’t gotten their act together in a serious way, the Senate showboated with a hollow bill and expected the Assembly to clean up after them and take the truly difficult votes, the speaker is taking the heat to shield the conservative and cowardly members of his caucus, and a bunch of politicians with aspirations of statewide and national office are grandstanding against the speaker without providing any real solutions.

The best way out of this thicket is for Rendon to put SB562 back on the table, and put everyone to work on hammering out the details. If he lacks the votes in his caucus to pass it, or if Proposition 98 makes it impossible, or both, then he needs to be honest about that and work toward a successful ballot initiative. Tabling the bill for two years to put the onus back on the Senate just wastes time that desperate Californians and the nation at large cannot afford to lose.

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Jaango—posted on June June 24,  2017

 

 

 

 Should “defeatism” in toxic voting local sytems be categorically defining?

Here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, we the Chicanos and Native Americans have undergone every possible imaginings when it comes to the challenges that we have encountered over the course of thes past 50 years, thus our experience is both widespread and educational.  And in regard to each ‘special” practice that denies our fellow citizens their ease of action for voting, it never fails that the “defense” of the Voting Right comes from the far right on the  belief that far too many of us, the “racial and ethnics” will vot in overwhelming numbers, legal or otherwise, and the financial spending behaviors that are inherent in politics, will shift the monies in unexpected directions and as a detriment to the standardized institutions and of their civic obligations as defined by  law.

Long story short, “go shopping” and let me address your needless concerns and done on for and your behalf.  As such, just don’t question my competence in doing so.  And which brings me to another “frustration” with today’s voting meme, and this comes from Dr. Josh Marshall, the published of the blog, talkingpointsmemo.com and  for his attention of today, and titled, “Voting Rights Defeatism is Toxic.

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Over the last two days I’ve seen several mentions of one argument about what happened in the Georgia 6 special election. Simply, it goes like this: Democrats were stupid because it was obvious they wouldn’t win as long as so many potential voters were disenfranchised either by felony disenfranchisement, onerous voter ID laws, permissive voter roll purges or other laws that limit voting. Nothing will change until that changes.

This is profoundly misguided and demoralizing when it comes to the effort to actually bring about change.

Let me start by saying this. I think I am on strong ground in saying there is no publication in the United States over the last two decades which – relative to staff size – has devoted more resources to reporting about voter suppression in its numerous legal and sub-legal guises. I would even say that some of the best reporting at other publications has been done by reporters who learned the story working at TPM. My point here isn’t to brag or say we’re the only ones on this (not remotely true) but to establish what I think is our demonstrated focus on this issue over many years, proof in focus and commitment of how important we believe this issue is in American public life.

But the simple fact is that Democrats or anyone who believes in voting rights will need to win elections under the current restrictive system to be able to change laws to change that system. The fact that that is challenging and unfair doesn’t change the reality of it. There’s no getting around this basic fact.

Lawyering and lawsuits of course play a critical role but as I think the vast majority of civil rights lawyers will tell you, lawsuits are inherently limited in their ability to effect change. They are most potent in limiting the destructive effect of restrictionist legislation,

Jaango--posted on June 23, 2017

 

 

 

 

From the Bush “durmp” to the Obama “slump” and finally  to Tomorrow’s or Trump’s  “Rump”

 

When it comes to national policy and in particular, national health care, before we survived the “dump” and which has been described in many ways and where “privatization” is a polite way of saying that the American people, writ large, the insertion of health care business entities detailing our failure and to insure that the failure were to continue until the Democracy took the national decision to upgrade this “dump.”  And from therein or two presidential election cycles later, we moved upward toward a “slump” and as approved by Congress.  As of yesterday, or Thursday, McConnell’s Senate bill has taken our nation further down into this Primordial Dump.

And during this interim period of time between the Dump and the Slump, no one with an iota of Common Sense posed the question of “Can we do better than Obama Care?”  In short, why didn’t we improve and expand health care in a manner the invested or the perceived “tax cuts” for the wealthy, into a more expansive health care regimen that would be applicable to all?

Last year, neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders addressed this above question, either directly or indirectly. To wit, they were never challenged by the good face and integrity among the Democrats.  And today, the two leadership chairs at the DNC cannot bring themselves forward and challenge Senator McConnell with the more innovative view of the Democrats’ that this Primordial Dump that is anchored by the politics  of both Trump and McConnell, cannot be found or located in the mass media or on the internet.

 

Jaango—posted on June 23, 2017

 

 

 

Should “defeatism” in toxic voting local sytems be categorically defining?

Here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, we the Chicanos and Native Americans have undergone every possible imaginings when it comes to the challenges that we have encountered over the course of thes past 50 years, thus our experience is both widespread and educational.  And in regard to each ‘special” practice that denies our fellow citizens their ease of action for voting, it never fails that the “defense” of the Voting Right comes from the far right on the  belief that far too many of us, the “racial and ethnics” will vot in overwhelming numbers, legal or otherwise, and the financial spending behaviors that are inherent in politics, will shift the monies in unexpected directions and as a detriment to the standardized institutions and of their civic obligations as defined by  law.

Long story short, “go shopping” and let me address your needless concerns and done on for and your behalf.  As such, just don’t question my competence in doing so.  And which brings me to another “frustration” with today’s voting meme, and this comes from Dr. Josh Marshall, the published of the blog, talkingpointsmemo.com and  for his attention of today, and titled, “Voting Rights Defeatism is Toxic.

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Over the last two days I’ve seen several mentions of one argument about what happened in the Georgia 6 special election. Simply, it goes like this: Democrats were stupid because it was obvious they wouldn’t win as long as so many potential voters were disenfranchised either by felony disenfranchisement, onerous voter ID laws, permissive voter roll purges or other laws that limit voting. Nothing will change until that changes.

 

This is profoundly misguided and demoralizing when it comes to the effort to actually bring about change.

 

Let me start by saying this. I think I am on strong ground in saying there is no publication in the United States over the last two decades which – relative to staff size – has devoted more resources to reporting about voter suppression in its numerous legal and sub-legal guises. I would even say that some of the best reporting at other publications has been done by reporters who learned the story working at TPM. My point here isn’t to brag or say we’re the only ones on this (not remotely true) but to establish what I think is our demonstrated focus on this issue over many years, proof in focus and commitment of how important we believe this issue is in American public life.

 

But the simple fact is that Democrats or anyone who believes in voting rights will need to win elections under the current restrictive system to be able to change laws to change that system. The fact that that is challenging and unfair doesn’t change the reality of it. There’s no getting around this basic fact.

 

Lawyering and lawsuits of course play a critical role but as I think the vast majority of civil rights lawyers will tell you, lawsuits are inherently limited in their ability to effect change. They are most potent in limiting the destructive effect of restrictionist legislation

Jaango--posted on June23, 2017

 

Failure

 

I know I’m harping on this point. But again, the fallacy of policy literalism. It has always been crystal clear for numerous reasons that the Senate health care repeal bill would be the like the House bill, both versions, just as it will be like the final bill that emerges from a conference committee. McConnell and Ryan knew that ball hiding about scores and legislative language would prevent reporters from saying this: Around 24 million Americans will lose their coverage, everyone will go back to the era of pre-existing conditions restrictions and lifetime limits. The freed up money will go to a big tax cut for the very wealthy. You didn’t need to see the legislative language to know this. It’s been a failure of journalism to pretend otherwise.

 The above is from Josh Marshall.

Jaango--posted on June 23, 2017

 

 

Taking the “secretiveness” Out of the Federal Investigation 

As much as to Democrats don’t want to admit to it, President Trump’s newest attorney Jay Sekulow, went on all the Subday television shows and “hit” the ‘high spot for speaking truth to power.  In short, he convinced the many that Trump is not under  “investigation” since there is nothing to investigate.

Consequently, the major media outlets have their own ‘agenda’ for perpetuating  this “story” on Trump that has no viable or rational basis  to tout unless this touting is tied directly to expanding the eyes only for television and for the expanding readership base among the major print/media outlets. 

Therefore, the following three elements that will and must come into play should the federal government have any political designs on this Trump administration, MUST come in the form of the following: And in doing so, the general public will capable of measuring “apples  to apples” and “oranges to oranges.”

1       The Obama Crowd.  These are the “owners” of the existing relations with Corporate America and Corporate Russia, and have been for these  past eight years of this administration.

2       The Federal Crowd.  This is the part and parcel of government agencies and staff that attend to the ‘governmental relationship’ between the United States and Russia.  And this is where the intelligence community as well as the un-intelligence operations take place and are.controlled.’ to the nth degree,

3       This is the category where the “experts” and lobbyists fall into and are tallied accordingly.  Thus, these experts can be self-employed or employed by a variety of companies and other more successful lobbyists. 

Therefore, when “looking” at the American-oriented Russian trading groups, any special investigation operated by the federal government, will have to  approach their investigation through the same scenario as I have laid out and as applied to the Obama Crowd. 

Consequently, whatever is developed by way of proof for non-fiction, will have fill the empty tub to overflowing with data acquisition that even exceeds Common Sense, and done in a manner where our Elected Officials—Democrats and Republicans, in Congress cannot sluff-off their responsibility  with a host of cheap works.

And should anyone of us accept anything less, our status for Citizenship, will become recognized a willing acceptance for the status of an “amateur” citizenship.

Jaango—posted on June 21, 2017

 

 

Republican Senators:  Crying While Throwing Out the Milk

Now that the Senate Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell has announced that he is  preparing the Senate’s version of Trump Care as opposed to the “repeal and replace” Obama Care,  has become somewhat of a joke as to what McConnell’s legislation will  contain.

As of yesterday evening, the ‘latest’ is that McConnell will downsize not only the “repeal” version but even downsize Medicaid and the single and sole purpose is to raise more than$1trillion  in revenue within the scheduled 10-year period, which  given the Senate leadership enough  funds to “wave in the  face of any wavering Republican senator that is facing Democratic opposition candidate in the 2018 election cycle.

So, when a Republican Senator displays any public sentiment that conflicts with the “official” policy of the Republican National Committee,  each Senator cries the tears of an afflicted politician for having their vote as the sole justification  for having evicted  24 million of  our fellow citizens from health care. 

Therefore, when you cast you ballot in November of 2018 and for your Republican candidate for Congress, you can expect that we, the military vets, know that you too would vote to “privatize” the VA Medical Systemic, and in doing so with the identical flow of tears while rejecting our cost that we incurred in “defense of our  nation.”  Thus, the idea of a “Thank for your service!” was indeed a corpulent insult we deserved for our misbelieving in Truth and Decency.

Jaango--posted on June 21,2017

 

 

 

 

 

The “pollution” of the Republicans’ “Collusion” on Russian Symbology 

When I look and read that the current ‘search’ to find any political element that rises to the level of fevered belief in “collusion” is to be the perceived starting point.

Of course, when I look at today’s reality is that two things have occurred.  First, is the challenge that’s been mounted by the campaign donors to the non-Trump advocates, poses the squabble that is now present in which this internal struggle among Republican is in full-flow and will continue for the next several months.  Second is found in my view is that the Republicans have ‘wasted’ their horrendous energy for finding the existence of this ‘collusion.’ 

Unfortunately, this Second Element is the more gut-wrenching for Americans in that what the Private Sector did during the past 8 eight years and during the Obama administration will become the basis for the “measurement tape” that will be used to justify the behavior of the Trump cronies in the business arena, will become the basis for the “government’s federal behavior” relative to Russia.and the corresponding national sovereignty states, such as Turkey.

As to one’s individual behavior, if you’re engaged in the formal politics of an “issue,” the politics of such an overt will become public for all to see.  Thus, participating as a private citizen and participation in the politics of the local nation state, and being Russia or Trurkey, is  not illegal, and yet, always questional, given the level of your opponent’s level of distaste and disgust with you. 

And more on this later.

 

Jaango—posted on June 20, 2017

 

Who’s Carrying the Weight Amongst the Republicans?

With the three-subject matter before Congress, from tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and the ‘repeal and replace’ of Obama Care, other than the self-serving responsibility of Senator Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader from Kansas, no one else--including House Majority Leader Paul Ryan, has expressed any ‘sway’ for willing to address each of these issues individually or collectively.  And on the “outside” of all of this, is the hoopla that surrounds the “Russian investigation” for having interfered in our election efforts, or with some sizable regard, our interference of many long years in their  ‘authoritarianization’  of their seeming Democracy, will not exempted over these next many months and of these possible years. 

As such, do we have more surprises coming? 

Jaango—posted on June 13, 2017 

 

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Cancer:  Standing Tall and Kicking Ass

For these past twenty years of my writing for the Chicano Veterans Organization, I have intentionally divested myself from the—personal, and as into contrast with the professional on this side of the keyboard.  Thus,  I am taking the time to express myself of what I encountered and addressed, quite successfully, that being my bout with cancer. 

First and foremost, My Angeles.  Starting with Pearl and Bill Light, Terri and Mark Peralta, Lisa De La Cruz, and of course, Aurelia Mary, my wonderful wife of these past 42 years, ensured my survival, nonetheless.

Second, has been the diligent staff at the VA. After being checked-in, informally, the work was of an obvious and high-quality skill set.  And after two days, I was transferred to the St. Joseph’s Hospital (Phoenix, Arizona)  and Barrow Neurological Institute and where I was poked and prodded (and so much more). 

Thirdly, my cancer operation went so smoothly, the medication was such a wonderful experience and which unbeknownst to me had overcome my Common Sense.

And Fourthly, I want to express my thanks to the “character that is...) NICK in Eligibility, and who and whom “represents” the collective staff at the VA and St. Joseph’s.  Thus, Nick is the thriving representative “that is” the front door. 

Jim Gonzales

Political Writer

Chicano Veterans Organization

Phoenix, Arizona

June 11, 2017

 

 

 

 

Again, the ‘attack’ on General Flynn, Is Much Ado About Nothing

 

Given the quiet vitriol being voiced by various members of both the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, with both committees investigating Flynn, is just another political farce.  Thusly, the latest firestorm of a story was written and published in one of the national media outlets and where, shortly after Trump’s election, Soon-to-be President Trump opted to take a decision to  establish a “back channel” connection to Russia while utilizing Russian technology not readily available to the over 20,000 American credentialed journalists.  And that’s where the “focus” of the Trump-Russia context and content should be addressing. 

 

And should these Unassailable Facts come forth with considerable accuracy, our “unmet need” for having a foreign policy contingent, will become effectively eliminated.   As such, the “need” for a Secretary of Defense and a Secretary of State, would fall by the wayside, or equally important, be dumped into the trash bin of history.  Further, Arizona’s Senator John McCain’s fame for being the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, would shortly follow given the Oval Office’s contemptuous elimination of these Cabinet postings and  functionalities.  And is this an “exaggeration” on my part?  Not likely. given that today’s authoritarianism has no resonating bounds despite its low-level of support and when contrasted with the higher voter volumes of voices of the “deep state” available to the general public and that being the constructive usage on and of the internet. 

 

 And from Dr. Josh Marshall, the publisher of the Talking Points Memo Dot Com, quickly arrives to the standpoint for giving direction to our historical muscle that was the then, Soviet Union and today’s Russia and for its authoritarianism, as well

 

“Though I wrote about the particulars yesterday afternoon, the picture only fully crystallized for me this afternoon. President Trump’s visit to Brussels/Europe wasn’t just another grab bag of impulsive aggression and gaffes. It wasn’t scattershot. It was quite clearly focused on destabilizing and perhaps eviscerating the NATO Alliance and somewhat secondarily, but relatedly, the European Union. This has been the strategic goal of Russia and before it the Soviet Union for decades. The sum total of everything that happened on this trip casts the entire Trump/Russia story in a decidedly more ominous light.”

At the end of today’s political day, will the Republican members in both chambers of Congress, quit wasting their time and our taxpayer dollars and get down to the ‘storyline’ and thusly, hold President Trump accountable, or, will they drag their ‘investigation’ well and until after next year’s November election and done in order to not to destabilize the re-election opportunities of these self-serving members?

 

And from a larger perspective and with a wider scope for a healthier and longer life, the consummate writer, Heather Digby Parton, writes the following of today’s NATO concerns:

 

“This is a very delicate moment.  After two worldwide conflagrations in 30 years Europe and Japan more or less disarmed and for more than half a century the Europeans and have depended upon the US security umbrella.  But twice now in the last 16 years we’ve elected unqualified leadership through dubious electoral processes.  Under the first a group of ideologists used that immense power to destabilize the middle east at the worst possible time.  Now, with this neo-fascist buffoon who seems to be tilting toward Russia for obscure reasons they are understandably getting very, very nervous.  As should we all.  So, it’s likely they are going to arm up.  So are a lot of others.  And it looks as though we’re going to help some them by “making good deals” for arms manufacturers.”

 

And earlier today, President Trump  had his National Security Adviser announce that He wasnt concerned with back channel communications that the US has with other nations."  However, in this instance, the connect was to between Kushner and the Kremlin on existing Trump Organization business relations and therefore, bypassing all other forms of communications.  Consequently, the existing deep state would not be privy to any viable contacts.'

 

Jaango—posted on May 27, 2017

 

 

 

The Chicano Movement’s Salute to Memorial Day

 

Although the political centric is viewed as the 1960s, the “actualization” came about when Spanish-speaking and Native American military vets returned from World War Two, and thusly, came to the realization that citizenship had a cost, well-beyond the political, and where the life and death struggle of a nation, the loss of life among the men and women, wearing our nation’s uniform, consisted of our brothers and sisters as well as our aunts and uncles. 

  

And this Self-Empowerment over all these many years, has had its ups and downs, and one of the “downs” can be found when the “surveillance” vehicle led to the compilation of over 1,000 COINTELPRPO  files that focused on the “new” leadership that had spread all across our nation, from the East Coast and to the West Coast.  And unfortunately for the Mormons, or the newly-stalled FBI agents--these rigid law enforcement officials were on the receiving end of the chaff or for the crafting of these files, and as such, came to the realization that the talent of these Chicano and Native American leaders that the even FBI agents cringed when they completed their surveillance and to the compilation of their files.  And of these “files,” over 900 were of military vets.  And perhaps, the initial pivot point for America’s “deep state”?

 

And this year, as we incorporate Memorial Day into our family-centric lives, we will take several moments to come to the realization that our history muscle incorporates the lives lost in this defense of nation that does indeed represent over 7,000 years of indigenous history, and where our credence for both Decency and Justice commenced and which now thrives and flourishes. 

 

Thus, hard work, self-discipline and ambition, defines us and as it did for our forebears and more so as over 6,100 Latinos are Elected and Appointed Officials and for over 3,500 Native Americans are Elected and Appointed Officials. And not lost on any of us is the Unassailable Fact that only 200 Chicano Elected and Appointed Officials are non-progressive-oriented. And this success is easily attributable to the high degree of support for our taxpayer-funded public educational systemic.

 

Jaango—posted on May 26, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Black Woman’s “Open Letter” to Perez...

 

And here’s the full content and for your context.  Of course, my Kudos goes out to these determined women with a history muscle of successes.

 

Dear Chairman Tom Perez:

Black women have consistently shown up for Democrats as a loyal voting bloc, demonstrating time and again that we are crucial to the protection of progressive policies such as economic security, affordable healthcare and criminal justice reform.

We have voted and organized our communities with little support or investment from the Democratic Party for voter mobilization efforts. We have shown how Black women lead, yet the Party's leadership from Washington to the state parties have few or no Black women in leadership. More and more, Black women are running for office and winning elections — with scant support from Democratic Party infrastructure.

Well, like civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who testified at the 1964 Democratic convention demanding Blacks have a seat and voice within the Party, we are "sick and tired of being sick and tired."

The Democratic Party has a real problem. The data reveals that Black women voters are the very foundation to a winning coalition, yet most Black voters feel like the Democrats take them for granted. The Party's foundation has a growing crack and if it is not addressed quickly, the Party will fall even further behind and ultimately fail in its quest to strengthen its political prospects.

Related: Black Women's Roundtable Releases Annual Report

Investing in Black women's political leadership is a solid return on investment, one that is rooted in facts and data. In recent years, Black women have proven to be the most active voting demographic in the nation. In 2008 and 2012, 70 percent of eligible Black women cast ballots, accounting for the highest voter turnout of any racial or gender group, proving that our voting power can and has determined elections. A closer look at the data shows that in 2012 Barack Obama won re-election by 4.9 million votes.

Since taking office, you have met with and listened to key constituencies. But you have yet to host a Black women leaders convening.

Black women cast a total of 11.4 million ballots, providing the margin he needed to win. This past November, even with a clear lack of voter mobilization investment and a decrease in overall Black voter turnout, 94 percent of Black women voted to keep this country moving forward by casting ballots for Hillary Clinton. In addition, on November 8th we saw important elected-office gains by Black women despite the otherwise dismal defeat of progressives during the general election.

The 115th Congress has 20 Black women—the largest number in history. The group includes Kamala Harris, who is the second Black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, a body that has not had a Black woman's voice in 20 years. In addition, Lisa Blunt Rochester became the first woman and Black person to represent Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Black women also made important progressive wins in Minnesota, where IIhan Omar became the first Somali-American Muslim elected to the state legislature; Kentucky, where Attica Scott became the first woman elected to the state legislature in 20 years; Cook County IL, where Kim Foxx was elected state's attorney; Orange County FL elected Aramis Ayala the first Black state's attorney in the Florida's history; the state of Texas elected its first woman Sheriff, Zena Stephens; and Jefferson County, AL elected nine Black women to the judicial branch.

This February, in the DNC elections, we saw an increase in overall diversity within the officer ranks, but no increase in leadership representation of Black women. Since taking office, you have met with and listened to key constituencies. But you have yet to host a Black women leaders convening.

Related: National Urban League: Black America 'Strong and Resilient' but Vigilance Required

Organizing without the engagement of Black women will prove to be a losing strategy, and there is much too much at stake for the Democratic Party to ignore Black women. Following your recent announcement of your top staff hire, we are left with significant concerns about how the Party is developing its strategies and allocating its resources. In the absence of our inclusion in discussions about the Party's forward movement, we question whether the Party values our loyalty and takes our commitment seriously.

In this termed "movement building moment," how will you lead the Democrats forward? Will Black women be among those at the helm, helping to design the strategies, craft the message, mobilize troops, and lead the way - as policymakers, political strategists, activists, and elected officials?

We respectfully request that you convene a meeting with Black women leaders and activists where you can hear not only our concerns, but also our thoughts on how the DNC can invest in Black women's engagement and leadership moving forward from hiring of key staff and consultants to investment in training and leadership opportunities.

The time is now for progressive power brokers and the very Party that we have carried on our back to the voting booth, year in and year out, to make a sustained and substantial investment in our leadership and priorities.

We have demonstrated our commitment to the Party. It is time for the Party to demonstrate its commitment to us. We stand ready to join you, your team, and Party leadership on the front lines — but not as silent partners.

In service,

Anita Estell

Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D. - Founder, Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women

Carol McDonald

Christina M. Greer, PhD

Dana Vickers Shelley

Glynda Carr - Co-Founder, Higher Heights for America

Kimberly Peeler-Allen - Co-Founder, Higher Heights for America

Khalilah Brown-Dean, PhD

L. Joy Williams

Marcela E. Howell

Melanie L. Campbell

Nakisha M. Lewis - Co-Founder #SheWoke Committee

Roslyn M. Brock - Chairman Emeritus, NAACP

Star Jones

Sydney Kamlager-Dove - Vice President, Los Angeles Community College District

Tamika Mallory

Zina Pierre

Delegate Lashreces Aird - Virginia

Delegate Marcia Price - Virginia

Delegate Pam Queen - Maryland

State Senator Holly Mitchell- California

State Representative Kathy Sykes - Mississippi

State Representative Laura Hall - Alabama

State Representative Rena Moran - Minnesota

 

Honorable Marcia Fudge - (D-OH)

Honorable Joyce Beatty - (D-OH)

Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman - (D-NJ)

Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson - (D-TX)

Honorable Barbara Lee - (D-CA)

Honorable Stacey Plaskett - (D-NY)

Honorable Yvette Clarke - (D-CA)

 

Topics NBCBLK, Latino\

First Published May 24 2017

 

 

And here's the internet link:

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/open-letter-dnc-chair-tom-perez-there-s-too-much-n764221

 

And more be said?

 

Jaango—posted on May 26, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

From Senator Warren and Onto Trump and DeVos...

 

Senator Elizabeth Warren wasted no time when criticizing the National Education Budget. Her pejorative words are unnecessary. As such, Warren points out the following:

 

Of course, Warren states that “The want to take away 22 programs that help kids K through 12.  Further, the virtual elimination of 10 programs, includes the following:

 

  1.  After School Programs
  2. Teacher Training
  3. :Class Size Reduction
  4. School Arts Programs
  5. Physical Education Programs
  6. Foreign Language Programs
  7. Education Technology
  8. Mental Health Services
  9. Bullying Initiatives
  10. Special Olympics

And what else is ‘new’?

 

Jaango—posted on May 23, 2017

 

 

 

Betsy DeVos and Her Well-Crafted Propaganda

 

Today’s Education Secretary,  Betsy DeVos, and former Chair of the American Federation  of Children’s Policy, delivers a sizable  speech on “educational choice” and  which is more code talk for the establishment of more privately-owned charter schools, makes her presentation to the American Federation of Children’s Policy, is a well-rigged environment for giving a “safe” speech on her favorite subject matter.

 

And thus, the same as always is evident.

 

“Let me be very clear.  I firmly believe every state should provide choices and embrace equal opportunity and education.  But those are decision states must make...No two states are the same and no two states’ approaches will be the same, and that’s the good thing.”

 

Unfortunately, Secretary DeVos chooses to dismiss tomorrow’s reality and where today’s “racial and ethnics” are today’s minority but should the Census Bureau be correct, in or about 2043, today’s majority, the European Americans will become the minority, and consequently, each will have to contend with our publicly-funded School Districts and which will be effectively addressing the subject matters of both Multiculturalism and Multilingualism. 

And from therein, the expectation that the daily curriculum will be taught each morning in English, and in the afternoon, the identical curriculum will be taught in another ‘foreign’ language.  Thus, the likes of Betsy DeVos  and others cannot bring themselves to admit that English too, is a foreign language.  Perhaps, this loss of Common Sense is found in DeVos’ belief that her “privilege” does not require of her to acknowledge what we, the rest of America knows what’s going to occur in the years ahead.  As such, DeVos’ attempt to divert or to circumvent her future is quite obvious and furthermore, she’s blinded by her immature “influence” that advocates her belief being imposed on the majority or the rest of us. To wit, she lacks the votes to advance her skein, not scheme, for a ‘newer and better’ Democracy.

 

Of course, the dynamic of “friends telling friends” the truth, has not attached itself to DeVos, given that she can’t have and can’t enjoy the wealth for having many friends, otherwise, she would know that her constructive politics, has no viability, in today’s context and content, especially when vote counting includes the sizable wealth that is the Latino voter and which is ever-increasing. 

 

Jaango—posted on May 23, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Editorial At The New York Times...

 

“Of 13 major initiatives in the budget, nine are drastic spending cuts, mostly aimed at low-income Americans. The biggest of those, by far, is an $866 billion reduction over 10 years in health care spending, mostly from Medicaid. That would be achieved if the Senate approves the House bill to undo President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. But many Senate Republicans oppose it; Senate Democrats are dead set against it and the vast majority of Americans don’t want it, and for good reason. It would deprive an estimated 10 million low-income Americans, many of them nursing home residents, of Medicaid benefits; it would also defund Planned Parenthood, reducing or ending health services to 2.5 million people, mainly women.

 

“The budget also calls for slashing food stamps ($192 billion over 10 years) and disability benefits ($72 billion over 10 years), including a big chunk from the Social Security disability insurance program. The rationale is that the cuts would force Americans back to work. But some 60 percent of food stamp recipients already work and an estimated 15 percent more work most of the time, availing themselves of food stamps only when they are between jobs or when their hours are reduced. The remainder are disabled and elderly. They will not go back to work if their food stamps are reduced. They will go hungry.”

 

Enough said?

 

Jaango—posted on May 23, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More On the Trump Budget Cuts...

 

When Democratic-aligned voters “crossed the aisle” and voted for Trump’s candidacy  in last year’s November election, these voters sought out and have now received what they wanted, and this was being touted in the his voluminous statements during his campaign.  As such, the following;

 

This from Laura Basset from the Huffington Post and titled, “Trump’s Budget Would Cut Planned Parenthood Out of All Federal Programs,” and dated May 22, 2017.

 

“The Trump administration’s proposed budget specifically excludes Planned Parenthood from all Department of Health and Human Services programs, apparently the first time a president’s budget has done so, according to the leaked executive summary of the plan. 

 

“Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget “follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood,” the executive summary says. “This prohibition applies to all funds in the bill, including Medicaid.”

 

“The freeze-out apparently goes beyond the House GOP’s plan, which excludes Planned Parenthood only from Medicaid,”

 

Need more be said.

 

Jaango—posted on May 23, 2017

 

 

 

Trump’s Budget is DOA?

 

Since time immemorial all the annual budgets are Dead On Arrival, given that the House and Senate will determine what is to be included and the “leverage” of the Oval Office is virtually non-existent.  However, there has been one exception for these past 30 years, and this exception was when President Obama offered his Annual Budget to Congress and the emphasis was on the spending that would be required when he first entered the Oval Office.  Thus, the emphasis was bailing out our major banks that the additional spending that would be required, especially when President Bush left the Oval Office and our economy was on a downward spiral.

 

And of course, the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan effort reports to Congress.  Thus, the analysis of the Trump budget will be formally released later this week. 

 

And as an after-thought, the Congressional Budget Office will issue its analysis of the House approved legislation now known and the American Health Act, later this week too.  Should we forget, the House passed legislation for the “repeal and replace” of Obama Care, used a traditional vehicle which is restricted to spending and which also prohibits, considerable alteration to any legislation that is not considered germane to the underlying legislation.  Consequently, this CBO analysis will determine where the House will have to undergo another vote to determine its viability prior to being sent to the Senate for their application for another version of Republican “magic.”

 

Jaango—posted on May 23, 2017

 

 

 

 

Indigenous Dictionary: “Propa-Grande”

 

One of the many fascinating elements in the Trump administration arguments consist of the “propa-grande” and which is easily understood.  Thus, the foreign language of English and married to a second foreign language and that being Spanish, is in indelible use for what is today’s propaganda that is both unceasing and continuing in today’s politics and where the Executive Orders is of paramount importance.  Add into this political stew is the House passed “repeal and replace” legislation of Obama Care and where this legislation has still not been sent to the Senate for their consideration.  And yet, the Republicans who voted to  “repeal and replace” were never notified by the House Leadership Team, due to the astute effort under the guise of “reconciliation.”  Consequently, “repeal and replace” cannot be delivered to the Senate or until such time as the Congressional Budget Office renders its “study” and which is appropriate as to this and for this ‘reconsideration’ process.   And what falls outside of this reconsideration process becomes null and void, and from such political behavior. a “new” vote will be required, and thusly, “new” legislation will cause a repeat performance, and albeit, with virtually new legislation necessary.

 

Now, back to “propa-grande.”  The seminal revisit of this legislation, should it occur, the propaganda will more extensive and expansive and followed by even more loud and angry voices. for this will  be seen as a scam of outright sleaze being practiced by the White House and the Republican Leadership Team. And which is befitting of our Democracy of today.  Republicans’ and their “self-governance” has yet to coalesce, and “pay to play” is still in the ascendance. 

 

Jaango—posted on May 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

The Penumbra of Roger Ailes’ “history” Keeps Being Expanded

 

With the death of Roger Ailes of earlier this week, the litany of what he, and associated with the late President Nixon, is not focused on military vets.  However, his  relationship with Nixon, and subsequently his management of the Fox News Network, is virtually fixated on the secondary emphasis in which Ailes moved the politics of the Center-Right further to the Right and in which today, the “alt right” describes today’s conservative politics.  As such, “fake news” and “alternative news” has now come forward and which is amply evident in today’s toxic politics.  And with President Trump having deemed himself as the victim of a “witch hunt” is indicative and symptomatic of the downward spiral of the decency and which presumptively animates our Common Sense.  And the late Roger Ailes was in this leadership cabal.

 

However, I go back further into America’s history, and for me, Ailes “pivot” was in the mid 1960 when he joined the Richard Nixon campaign.  And what’s often not mentioned is that Nixon sent his highly partisan acolyte names “chenoweath” into Saigon to meet with and convince the South Vietnamese leadership  not to cooperated with President Johnson’s desire to end the Vietnam War.  And President Nixon was elected, and subsequently, the War continued for several years.  Thusly, thousands of soldiers died needlessly, and because of this “needlessly,” the late Roger Ailes had a “blood on his hands.” 

 

And this too, is the part and parcel for his Legacy and alas, easily forgotten.

 

Jaango—posted on May 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biden:  “I Never Thought She Was the Correct Candidate” 

 

Unfortunately, history has a habit of making fools of each of us, especially, when no one is asking the proper questions.

 

In a speech recently given to a confab in Las Vegas, Vice President Joe Biden was reported to say to the audience that, “I thought I was the correct candidate,” while criticizing  Hillary Clinton since Clinton didn’t know why she was running for the Presidency.  Of course, Biden was referencing America’s history, albeit, somewhat beleaguered. 

Throughout his Senate career, he assigned himself the label for being a “progressive” writ large and yet, when it came to advocating for the corporate-driven residence in his home state, he would stand tall for his corporate constituently.  However, for all the time in the Senate, he could not bring himself for his self-certification for being a “progressive” since he adamantly refused to acknowledged that his political responsibility to establish a Progressive Caucus in the Senate for progressives writ large. 

 

Consequently, Biden’s behavior is best seen as ‘history” biting him in the ass for his failure to establish a Progressive Caucus. So, when it comes to utilizing the well-recognized “yardstick” the same can be said of Kerry, Clinton, Obama and Biden and that’s just for starters, even when considering the likes of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.  Thus, existence of today’s “populism” is  just another viable charade for the usual “messaging and massaging” Machine that exemplifies the Center-Right in Democratic Party Politics. 

So, when asked for the  “why” for each’s unwillingness to focus on this inanity of theirs, the Progressive Caucus would be seen as detrimental to their state’s  demand and their hampered ability to “bring home the bacon.”  Thus, the continuation for “pay to play” is of paramount importance since the well-regarded political operatives on K Street, in particular, have the uncanny ability to generate donated dollars that is helpful to an Elected Official’s ability to seek and gain re-election.  And which leads to the continuation of the Center-Right’s continued domination and control of the Democratic Party.

 

And in closing, Vice President Biden would have achieved the identical results of this past November that now signifies Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Trump.

 

Jaango—posted on May 19, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

The NRA Espousal And With No Foundation For Accuracy 

 

Conspiracy theories can be fun reading if the reader discounts the Unassailable Facts.  And of course, it’s a  difficult task for the pundits galore when having to wade through what’s accurate and what’s not.  However, one of  the more able pundits is a writer well known as Armanda Marcotte, writing for Salon.com, and where her latest article has been published and titled, “NRA’s latest conspiracy theory:  ISIS is duping liberals into supporting gun control,” and dated May 18, 2017.

 

And her first two paragraphs of subject matter become further refined as one reads deeper into this article. 

 

“One of the biggest tension points for gun industry apologists in this country is the issue of terrorism.  On one hand, the conservatives who make up most of the gun industry’s customer base think of themselves as stalwart defenders of Second Amendment ‘rights.’  On the other hand, the same conservatives like to imagine they are tough on terrorism.  That’s a problem, because lax gun laws in this country are perhaps the biggest friend that modern day terrorists has, as evidenced by the high profile shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando in the past year and a half.

 

“For the right-wingers who both want to feel tough on terrorism but soft on guns, this tension has long been difficult to resolve.  It became a lot harder at the beginning of May, when ISIS openly praised the U.S.’s lack of gun control in response, the NRA released a video trotting out a wild conspiracy theory, claiming ISIS is praising lax gun laws in an effort to dupe gullible Americans into supporting gun control.”

 

As such, Marcotte goes a couple of steps further and which makes for greater reading.  As such, here is the internet link:

 

http://www.salon.com/2017/05/18/nras-latest-conspiracy-theory-isis-is-duping-liberals-into-supporting-gun-control/

 

Enjoy.

 

Jaango—posted on May 18, 2017

 

 

 

The “I told you so” Story That Should Not Have Occurred

 

Late Monday evening as I was contemplating my sitting down at the keyboard for writing a Commentary  on  Tuesday’ s election regarding the Los Angeles School Board, I was asked my opinion.  To wit, my “I told you so!” meant that the advocates for privatizing our public educational system would win and done handily  so. Unfortunately, I was proven correct.

 

Thus, the school board is now under the control of the “privatizing” advocates, and of course, the high dollar donations from the likes of the Bradley Foundation, the Koch Brothers and the Mercer Foundation, means that this  “story” does have legs, in that the privatizing folks have an even greater incentive to advance their education agenda, and all across our  America.  And does this election have an expanded ‘anchor’ for such political behavior?

 

With the federal Department of Education under new leadership, the charter school advocates, are asking for an annual budget expansion of over $250 million to address and expand the usage of charter schools that are privately owned.  And these monies will be delivered to the willing states and done in order to expand the political behavior that can garner the majority votes of state legislators that will institute the premise of ‘parental choice’ and how this is applied on state taxpayer dollars, are effectively utilized for the Cause.  Therefore, the state legislatures will have to address the establishment of State Tuition Organizations, or not.

 

Jaango—posted on May18, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

The Four Stories of the Week...

 

In the usual search for a tad of new news, the major media outlets keep returning to the stories that continue to capture readers and eyeballs. Thus, consider the following:

 

  1.  President Trump continues to deny the perceived collusion between his campaign team and Russia.  And as of today, there have been 18 undisclosed contacts between “the Team” and the Russians.  And no mention has been made of former National Security Director Flynn as to his business relationship with Turkey.  And yet, “The Team” had been informed of this relationship while being vetted for this high level staffing position.
  2.  Within his daily tweet storm, President Trump is not enthused that a Special Counsel/Prosecutor has been appointed by the Department of Justice, and of course, this story does “have legs” that will be with us for the next several week.
  3. The Republicans in both the House and Senate chambers will continue to sluff-off President Trump’s many statements and in doing so, these Republicans won’t be responding until the public opinion polling amply demonstrates that the Republicans are jeopardizing the re-election efforts.  Thus, the displeasure among the likely voters in next year’s November election, will have to become both “long and loud.”

And with President Trump’s  pending nine day visit to six nations, these domestic political stories will continue unabated, and perhaps, increase in both voltage and volume, upon his return.

 

Jaango—posted on May 18, 2017

 

 

 

 

Disclosing Formerly Classified Information

 

As the President, the President has “full” authority to declassify any previously determined classified information.  Thus, the Washington Post story that described the extent of the formerly classified information disclosed to the Russian contingent visiting the Oval Office, is now the “story” of the week and beyond.

 

As such, there are two apparent contradictions, one being reasonably true and the second, a distraction with a storyline that contains no Unassailable Facts, and as intentionally purported. Moreover, a diversion or deflection, of sorts has taken place.

 

Consequently, the first story line in the Post is that President Trump had ‘great access’ to foreign intelligence being provided by a national ally with a deep root into a major religion.  And according to those present at this confab, none of the sources for the parlayed Post story, agree that the President did not disclose “sources and methods” and if done, would have turned our national security state into a turmoil or a juxtaposition of the forthcoming monumental battles for these Republican/ascendant egos, as just a starting point.

 

As to secondary importance that is not included in this Post story, and which will consist as a ‘follow-up story” for tomorrow’s edition will be  focused on the immediate statement released by National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster and which reads:

 

“At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”

 

Needless to say but I will, President Trump cannot resist any opportunity to perform his clownish act in furtherance of his being a braggart.  Of course, his "self-restraint" is one of his many character flaws.

 

Jaango—posted on May 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does the Texas Future Include “Boycott Arizona” Too? 

 

When Congressman Raul Grijalva from Tucson, Arizona, and in a fit of anger for Arizona State Legislature having passed SB 1070 and signed by Governor Jan Brewer, announced his “Boycott Arizona” campaign, this campaign quickly went nationwide and cost Arizona hundreds of millions of dollars.  And will Texas follow Arizona, now that Governor Abbott has signed legislation that too, will reverberate all across our nation?

 

And I believe so, yet, this “Show me your papers” behavior challenged Common Sense and Moral Turpitude and to this  extent and within a year, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry collapsed ita political support for Hate.  And thusly the Chamber issued its ‘recommendation’ that any more political legislation premised on Hate, the Chamber would turn its back on its fellow conservative colleagues for their then anchor that was SB1070 and dumped onto the business community and leading to the potential collapse of the entirety of Arizona’s economy, was of a paramount consideration to Arizona’s future.

 

And now, onto the Future that is awaiting Texas.

 

Over at dailykos, Gabe Ortiz, gives us a stellar view that speaks to Texas and done in considerable detail that will parallel the Arizona Experience of Hate.  And with this in mind, here is his assessment:

 

*****start*****

 

Though Arizona’s racist SB1070—more commonly known as the “papers please” law—was ultimately gutted by the Supreme Court and lawsuits, it didn’t go without a huge cost. Arizona ended up losing hundreds of million of dollars in revenue and left companies struggling to fill positions, after more than 200,000 undocumented immigrant residents fled the state. Immigration advocates have tried to warn other states considering similar legislation—Texas, most recently—that history should be an important lesson here. But with Gov. Greg Abbott recently signing hateful and discriminatory “show me your papers” legislation that puts a target squarely on the backs of millions of Latino and immigrant residents, Texas could soon join Arizona in learning a lesson the hard way:  

 

The overall impact to [Arizona’s] convention and tourism industry alone was $752 million in completed and potential cancellations and booking declines, Landfried testified to the U.S. Senate judiciary committee in 2012. That involved more than 4,200 lost jobs.

Industry leaders said they lost money when they couldn't complete jobs because they didn't have enough workers.

 

"Immigrant labor left the state. It was a ghost town," said Sheridan Bailey, president of Ironco Enterprises, a steel fabrication company in Arizona. "We had about 40 steel fabricators when (SB) 1070 came around, and now we have about eight."

 

In 2014, Gov. Jan Brewer (remember her?) vetoed anti-gay legislation after public outcry and fears it would be a “papers please” boycott redux. “Some economists have found that the [immigrant] exodus reduced Arizona's gross domestic product by roughly 2 percent a year,” notes the Houston Chronicle, not to mention the fact “that all of Arizona's residents, no matter their legal status, contribute to property taxes paying for education, whether they own homes or rent.” According to the most recent data from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, undocumented immigrants in Arizona pay more than $210,000,000 in state and local taxes annually. And plenty of them would be more than happy to show their tax returns to prove it, too.

 

It’s not just massive financial losses that Texas will be facing over this “show me your papers” legislation. SB1070 continues to be a stain on Arizona, with immigrant and Latino distrust of local law enforcement officers continuing to be a problem—Tucson’s police chief said “his department has struggled to battle the perception that police are doubling as immigration agents”—and the city of Oakland, California, recently declining “Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton's invitation to a Governing Magazine summit this month, reportedly citing an ongoing travel ban due to the 2010 legislation”:

 

"This was a complete disaster for our state from an image perspective and from an economic perspective," said Lisa Urias, the president of a large advertising agency and a member of the boards of the Greater Phoenix Leadership Council and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "There is still lingering damage that is there, and we are still a state that feels very raw about this issue."

In Texas, seven local law enforcement chiefs and leaders had signed their names onto an op-ed against the legislation, writing that the bill is “political pandering that will make our communities more dangerous ... this legislation is bad for Texas and will make our communities more dangerous for all.” One Democratic state senator warned that “I’m afraid this legislation will lead to harassment and profiling of Latinos.”

 

According to Buzzfeed, “officials from the National Council of La Raza, the Latino Victory Project, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, and other groups have begun mapping out potential responses” to the “show me your papers” legislation, including a boycott. In North Carolina, the boycott over the transphobic “bathroom bill” is expected to cost the state nearly $4 billion over the next decade. With major brands like Dell, Pizza Hut, ExxonMobil, AT&T, and 7-Eleven calling Texas home—and advocates showing that they can indeed make financial dents in states like Arizona and North Carolina—there’s a chance Texas could be in for some serious blowback.

 

*****End***

 

Jaango—posted on May 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Are Privately-Owned Charter Schools Advantageous for and Beneficial to Our Progeny? 

 

For all these many years, I have been an advocate for the Public-Private Partnership, but today’s notion is that among privately-owned charter schools, these owners have taken their political behavior far beyond my Common Sense.  And in this regard, our America practicing these three facets listed below and, in keeping with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, requires each of us to acknowledge the criticality to and for political Thought and Action, regardless of ideology as this mindset animates our attention to universal education toward the actualized benefit for our progeny, and starting with K thru 12 attributes..

 

  •  A Multicultural Society
  • A  Multilingual Society
  • A  Multi-Religious Society.

Further, in an earlier posting and titled, “Are These the challenges To be Addressed and Are Awaiting Us?” and dated, April 29, 2017, and which was done and posted on a web site ‘managed’ by a long term friend of these past twenty years. Thus, my sole purpose was a gentle reminder to myself and to other like-minded pundits and where opinion can become somewhat shallow when we neglect the admonitions for failing to be properly focused on the three below listed elements and which is our “end game” and despite and our having to content with obvious “pay to play” behavior in today’s political arena:

  1.  Domestic Policy
  2. The Combination of Domestic Policy and Foreign Policy
  3. Foreign Policy

And consequently, our public education policy falls into the category of “The Combination of Domestic Policy and Foreign Policy, and which is conveniently neglected as well, since our America has the best educational systemic in the world when compared to many of the economic-equality democracies located in Europe.  Therefore, the “measured” results of these nations never make into our substantial conversations among both the “pros and cons” and the “for and against” privatizing our education systemic.

 

However, our educational systemic, has the unfailing attention to the public’s District Schools and where, and from my perspective here in Arizona and where half of all students are “racial and ethnics” and viewed from the perspective of the wealthy parent, can be detrimental to their child’s intended achievement for a ‘well-rounded” education.  And from therein, is their “unmet need” and which can only be fulfilled by a privately-owned charter school.  And more so, since Arizona and Florida have been in the forefront of this political battle for charter schools, and today’s zenith has been 20 years in the making and possibly achieved with the presidential nomination and ultimately, the Senate confirmation of Betty De Voss as the Secretary of the Department of Education. 

 

And as I reflect back on my life’s accomplishments, I came to realize that the best advice is not always the best.  As such, and prior to my military discharge, my commander called me into his office and delivered his well-practiced speech for encouraging me to enlist as the only viable choice available to me.   And when, I adamantly expressed myself for attending college, his response was that I would not be successful in achieving my educational goals on the premise that I was not “smart enough.”  Consequently, ten years of hard work, self-discipline and unvarying ambition, I attained three college degrees, and which disproves that even the best minds in our America cannot deliver “reality” when the Unassailable Facts are absent, and in particular, my behavior for my self-empowerment.  Therefore, my being a somewhat of an oriented-Cynic, has its dividends and rewards.  And of all viable accomplishments, my start with a well-rounded education was my payola.  Take, for example, when I was in the third grade, there was no bilingual construct in our district schools, and subsequently, my primer for learning English was the Laura Engall Wilder’s book and titled, “Little House on the Prairie” at the exotic location of Sidney, Nebraska and where I and my family practiced the migratory pattern for agricultural workers, nonetheless.   And needless to say but I will, I am indebted to my even smarter teacher for bringing forth her creativity to my educational foundation and prefaced by her well-starred and well-delivered Wonderfulness and Graciousness and which still carries me on this  day and to this somewhat behavior, even when late in my life.

 

And with my salient background, “private education” should not be utilized or adjacent to our District Schools and where taxpayer revenues collected and apportioned to our state’s education budget.  However, the state legislature disagrees with me and where Arizona’s state legislature stipulates that charter schools do provide a definitive benefit for our progeny. Thus, this behavior by Elected Officials is  also an identical reflection in 22 states, but there is major difference and which located both in Florida and Arizona. 

 

Here in Arizona, a wealthy parent can donate monies to an STO or a Student Tuition Organization, and it’s that this organization collects these donated monies, and with a stipulated tax write off a dollar or each dollar, and subsequently distributes these monies among themselves, the ownership of these affected charter schools and done without any legislative oversight.  And needless to say, the recipients are eligible to receive multiple scholarship in any given year.  Of course, Arizona’s Supreme Court has heard this political argument and took the decision that the STO is not part of ‘government’ and therefore entitled to continue to collect the  parent-donated monies, regardless of the actualized tax write off.  Consequently, this definition of today’s charter school has been presumed privatized and no financial or affirming benefit or consequence is visited on the state’s education budget.  Of course, this political and legal practice/behavior will be expanded here in Arizona. 

 

Therefore, the parents and Arizona’s corporate entities are permitted to participate.  In fiscal year 2016, parents took their tax write-off totaling $100 million and the corporate entities racked up  their tax write-offs totaling $56 million.  Now, apply this behavior across the remaining 48 states and the District of Columbia, knowing student population is ever-increasing many district schools are having to  contend with crumbling brick and mortar buildings and teachers demanding an increase in their stagnant salaries, makes for a future that we will have to  address and done intelligently.

 

After last week’s announcement from President Trump insisting that privatizing charter schools is an important part of his education agenda, the budget battle to transitioning the annual amount of $250 million from the current educational budget and to be utilized to expand charter schools does not bode well for our public education systemic.  Further, e pluribus unum is absent and as is the Common Good!

 

In closing, much has been written that is favorable toward privatizing charter schools, but the downside of this political favorability is that the “measurement” results or score card of from these privatized schools does not meet or exceed the measured results from our public school construct.   And yet, my bias is predicated on the notion that the traditional ‘public-private partnerships, should be both forefront and paramount in proving to be beneficial to and for our progeny.  And that’s not happening.

 

Jaango—posted on May 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are Privately-Owned Charter Schools a Disaster for Arizona’s Taxpayers?

 

In the context of the “art of becoming” as a political writer, Common Sense dictates my behavior, and in a small number of instances, Common Sense must prevail, and any public conversation regarding our willingness to “privatize” our public education systemic, via the relevance and potential for the usage of “privately-owned” charter schools, is, indeed, critical.  

 

And in the course of several days and multiple attempts for writing this column, my difficulty has been in digesting the myriad information and the seemingly or readily available, either at the federal level or at the “decision-making” level that is Arizona’s state legislature for these past many years and where the “financial” depth of influence being delivered by several large national foundations channeling their monies to the proponents for this privatizing.  Therefore, the “story” can be quite instrumental in preparing a “context” that is either favorable or unfavorable, given the high number of working parts that underpins this overall privatizing effort, is complicated and does not add to the “ease of understanding” for our Readers.

 

And this subject, does not engender intellectual laziness, but does require understanding the influence that animates the “nuts and bolts” and done in which to measure or ‘yardstick’ the espoused results achieved relative to the ‘benefits’ to the local community as well as the inclusiveness of the data/results garnered within the classroom experience.  And if one takes or discounts the proven advantages accruing to the wealthy parents and their affected or participating children, should not add to the taxpayer’s decision-making in opposition to this effort to privatize our public education systemic.  As such, they too want what is best for their kids, as well.  Consequently, is there an “alternative” approach to achieve this success when measured only through the classroom experience? 

Further, the “baseline” political behavior must come to the front page and for all to see regarding the pros and cons of this Argumentation, without getting distracted via the attention given to low-income students” or the attention given to disabled students.

 

Here in my wonderful Sonoran Desert, today, public school boards are provided the financial resources via the annual education budgetary process within the State Legislature.  And yet, what is the “second” systemic for this privatizing effort, came from the STO or the Student Tuition Organization.  Today, there are 22 states that utilize taxpayers monies that instrumentizes the wealth and dearth of these privately-owned charter schools.  However, the STO is a differing political animal that currently exists in two states, that being Florida and Arizona.  Here in Arizona, the STO was challenged and ultimately, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in their majority opinion did not violate Arizona’s Constitution that only the taxpayer monies are prohibiting from being utilized for private sector educational opportunities.  And agreeing or disagreeing with Arizona’s SCOTUS, these jurists rendered their decision affirming the vehicle that is the STO, was not unconstitutional. Thus, the STO could taxpayer donations, while receiving a tax deduction for the identical amount, and the accrued monies would be transferred to charter schools via scholarships and even via multiple scholarships for the identical student attending the parents’ selected charter school 

Consequently, the charter school proponents must “open the door” at state legislatures and where their  approved legislation establishes the instrumentation of these STO’s in multiple states and which replicates the monies well spent by the affected wealthy beneficiaries and to include the tax deductions taken at the filing deadline for both individuals and corporations since both are eligible for this largesse. 

 

However, given my preferred experiences, relative to public education, I am reminded that I learned English in the third grade at the exotic location of Sidney, Nebraska. And my classroom teacher, with 20 students, I was taught English via my primer that was Laura Engall Wilder’s  “Little House on the Prairie” and where for 30 minutes-a day, my gracious and wonderful teacher taught me how to read in English,  And after asking if there was a translated copy in either Yaqui, Apache, or Spanish, the response was a quiet “no!”  Alas, I had no take home study material  for investing my time in learning English at home  Subsequently, my attainment was  premised on the playground school yard, for the most part.  Thus, my education was enhanced when my playground mates preferred the game of “Cowboy and Indians” and where I managed to die a hundred times since my being the only “Indian” and I became the designated “Indian.”  Therefore, I come at “education” from a far differing perspective that is today’s prism for education.

 

And with this in mind, I much prefer the “public-private” partnership and where a more viable STO could be implemented and where the District Schools is in need of the financial resources and educational expertise that would be both a boon and a helping hand for the starting point and which would be solely focused on the mentally and physically disabled students.

 

Today, the educational research is quite prevalent and readily available, which encompasses both the political and educational aspects that addresses our civic-mindedness when it comes to the privatizing of our educational systemic.  Take, for example, the latest research has been focused on Chicago, and I recommend to our readers that his research is,  indeed’ relevant to today’s public conversation.

 

Thus, Steven Rosenfeld, writing for Alternet Dot Org starts our public  conversation with his article titled, “11 Ways Chicago Is the Beating Heart of the Disastrous Charter School Agenda”  And his writing is premised is on Roosevelt University for its on this charter school research that has been subjected and to include Chicago’s Elected and Appointed Officials. 

 

And for the Research Study titled, “Closed By Choice:  The Spatial Relationship between Charter School Expansion, School Closures, and Fiscal Stress on Chicago Public Schools” and dated March 27, 2017.

 And here’s the internet link:

 

http://www.alternet.org/education/11-ways-chicagos-charter-schools-have-created-public-education-nightmare

 

 Jaango—posted on May 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

Odds and Ends

 

This shortened and belated posting is, of course, quite obvious.  But, then, duty calls

 

  1. The son of the late and famous father, the Reverend Jerry Falwell, created Liberty University and now Junior, is the leadership of this University, said that President Trump’s Saturday Commencement Speech was the greatest ever.
  2. Public Opinion Polls, The first has 29% of respondents supporting President Trump’s firing of the Director of the FBI.  And a second, has 78% believing that the investigation having to do with Russia and Trump’s campaign officials should be led by a private investigation and to with, a Special Prosecutor.
  3. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, thinks that Judge Merrick Garland would make a good FBI Director.  But what doesn’t say is that this Trump appointment would ba two  for one conservative advantage, thusly, Trump appointing Garland’s replacement as a Judge.
  4. Jason Chaffetz is now being rumored to depart the House of Representatives, and focused on his less turbulent future and that being a newcaster/commentator for Fox New Network.
  5. Two Board Members at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have resigned since they believe that Trump is defying traditional expectation in which a scientist has always been deemed the designated Director.  However, President Trump is expected to ‘name’ a political  operative with no scientific background..
  6. Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer is now “on the record” that there will no confirmation vote for a new FBI Director until a Special Prosecutor is appointed and continues the investigation of possible Trump campaign ‘connection’  to Russia’s interference in our November’s election.
  7. With the SCOTUS refusing the hear the North Carolina appeal, the 4th Court of Appeals decision continues to stand.  Thus, the “surgical precision” to eliminate African Americans voters is found not be acceptable.
  8. The White House’s “infrastructure plan” would contain the only single provision that virtually all Republicans can agree on.  And that’s the comprehensive access that reaches the level of over $1 trillion and which a major portion of this revenue would lead both, to tax cuts for the wealthy, and to an additional debt to be added to our current national debt level.
  9. And not lost on any of us, the GOP campaign arm is now raising monies to defend President Trump should he be impeached.
  10. With the election for the Los Angeles School Board to be held tomorrow, and if time permits, I will bring forth attention on tomorrow’s continuing “privatizing” effort of our august school district.  Stay tuned.

Jaango—posted on May 15, 2017

 

 

 

Challenging the Democrats for their “lack of enthusiasm”

 

My preference has been my expressed enthusiasm in foreign policy, and not so much in domestic policy.  And yet, my gusto for foreign policy can be seen in my desire “to converse”  As such, at the CIA station chief that animates our foreign policy in the 22 sovereign nations that comprise this National Security and Defense Construct that is today’s fulcrum for the Deep State.  To wit, the following is directed at the CIA station Chief and for:  ”I want to have a conversation with you, and therefore, I have put my Purple Heart on the table and I want you to put your Purple Heart on the table and alongside mine...asshole.” 

 

The foibles of the Democratic National Committee and which ‘governs’ the ongoing or internal struggle between the Progressives and the “pay to play” conservatives, this reality becomes obvious and has been the case for these past 35 years, and yet, last year’s election and where Hillary Clinton lost in the Electoral College, exemplifies the behavior of a large portion of ‘conservative’ Democrats that crossed the political aisle and voted for Trump.

 

Today, I find that a ‘national’ writer at a conservative Republican media outlet (Michael Barone of the National Review), is blaming Hillary Clinton for President Trump having to deny the FBI Director of further employment, is one of the off-putting tangents of today’s sleaze.  And what he forgot the mention is that Hillary Clinton lost the election, as seen from her perspective, and due to the following:

 

  1. Russian meddling in the election.
  2. FBI Director James Comey’s two most unwelcomed messages/statements.
  3. WikiLeaks’ exposed emails from the DNC and staff..
  4. Misogyny.

Consequently, Hillary Clinton lost sight of the First Dicta in American politics in which conservatives much prefer a ‘real’ conservative and that being Donald Trump.  And Clinton being the faux conservative, as seen by Republicans, led to her loss.  And this substantial behavior is not lost on progressives, given that this behavior requires us to revisit the expressed laxity of the faux progressives in the Senate to adamantly refuse to establish a  Senate Progressive Caucus.  Thus, “messaging and manipulation” of the progressives in our America, is obvious to easily understand and see, as this “pay to play” continues unbounded.

 

And without a Progressive Caucus, the progressives do not have a national platform from which to challenge the conservative Republicans, writ large. And in absent of a Caucus, the progressives will have to rely on the rising demographics of the 21 million native born kids of undocumented immigrant “moms.”  And it’s these kids, as they reach their age of majority, they will be registering to vote and establishing a voting pattern that will carry the Progressive Movement across the finish line.  Further, the ‘conservatives” currently practicing their politics in the Democratic Party, will decline substantially, as will the conservatives in the Republican Party, and they too may just see an ever greater decline and to the point that the Republicans will have to rebrand themselves as the American Nationalist Party.

 

In closing, this pending time line for demographics will bring forth the mindset for Optimism and where this Optimism is the counter-veiling approach to today’s Resentment as practiced on Right.   And more so, when Trump on Thursday announced his Commission on Voter Integrity, and which is at its crux, not for more voter suppression but the expansion for more political sleaze.  And on one last thought, Senator Bernie Sanders is not a “progressive” and since his failure to establish the much-needed Progressive Caucus, and as such, he too cannot be ‘self-certified” and which is consistent with his adamant behavior for addressing his ‘unmet needs.’

 

Jaango—posted on May 13, 2017

 

 

 

Is It Permissible to Satirize the Anti-Neo Liberal Movement?

 

In order to fully understand and appreciate the success of the Neo-Liberal Movement that came to our political forefront in the early 1970s with a “mission”  to take back the Center and to be redesigned and managed by the ever-present Chamber of Commerce.  

 

Of course, better writers than I have described this newest version of the seminal ideology for Private  Capital, is best said by the late  Lewis Powell and before he became an Associate Justice at the United States Supreme Court, and now known infamously as the Powell Memo.

 

But with the historical view of the Chicano Movement, this history of ours of politics encompasses acknowledgement of this “anti-neo-liberalism” model as well [insert "conservative], which is the obvious contrast with our political view.  Take, for example, in moving our nation’s view that was consistent with the Civil Rights Movement, among other substantial elements, has today, become the anti-neo-liberalism for tomorrow.  Moreover, this can easily be seen when the latest advocacy by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, and where he stated that a governmental “beneficiary” will take every last dime possible from the government coffers.

 

And this view is inconsistent with Hatch”s history in the Senate for having created the CHIPs program that delivered health care to America’s children.  Thus this Children’s Health Insurance Program is going to be scrapped along with Medicaid, since Hatch is one the 13 Republican being “assigned” to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s anti-neo=liberal commission and charged to eliminate Obama Care and for all that signifies health care that must be fully “privatized” and where nothing less than such, is acceptable and which correlates with the Freedom Caucus in the House. 

 

Therefore, Hatch is determined to destroy his existing Legacy he created for himself back in the early 1970s, despite his allegiance to both the Powell Memo and the Chamber of Commerce. As such, Hatch no longer has any allegiance to America’s children in need of health care.

 

Jaango--posted on May 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

Is It ‘sketchy’ Or ‘sleazy’? 

 

Tierney Sneed, writing for the Talking Points Memo Dot Com, has this to say regarding President Trump’s frustration that even though he won November’s election at the Electoral College, he claimed that he would have won the general election by millions of votes but for these millions that voted illegally.  And his emphasis was or as exemplar was in the State of Massachusetts and where “outsiders” traveled to Massachusetts and thusly, voted illegally and contra his candidacy.

 

“The White House released the executive order President Trump signed Thursday creating Commission on Election Integrity –the long awaited voter fraud investigation Trump promised after claiming baselessly that ‘millions’ voted illegally in the 2016 election.”

 

 And here’s the Executive Order:

 

ESTABLISHMENT OF PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMISSION ON ELECTION INTEGRITY

 

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to promote fair and honest Federal elections, it is hereby ordered as follows:

 

Section 1. Establishment. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (Commission) is hereby established.

 

Sec. 2. Membership. The Vice President shall chair the Commission, which shall be composed of not more than 15 additional members. The President shall appoint the additional members, who shall include individuals with knowledge and experience in elections, election management, election fraud detection, and voter integrity efforts, and any other individuals with knowledge or experience that the President determines to be of value to the Commission. The Vice President may select a Vice Chair of the Commission from among the members appointed by the President.

 

Sec. 3. Mission. The Commission shall, consistent with applicable law, study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections. The Commission shall be solely advisory and shall submit a report to the President that identifies the following:

 

(a) those laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that enhance the American people’s confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections;

(b) those laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections; and

(c) those vulnerabilities in voting systems and practices used for Federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations and improper voting, including fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting.

 

Sec. 4. Definitions. For purposes of this order:

 

(a) The term “improper voter registration” means any situation where an individual who does not possess the legal right to vote in a jurisdiction is included as an eligible voter on that jurisdiction’s voter list, regardless of the state of mind or intent of such individual.
(b) The term “improper voting” means the act of an individual casting a non-provisional ballot in a jurisdiction in which that individual is ineligible to vote, or the act of an individual casting a ballot in multiple jurisdictions, regardless of the state of mind or intent of that individual.

(c) The term “fraudulent voter registration” means any situation where an individual knowingly and intentionally takes steps to add ineligible individuals to voter lists.

(d) The term “fraudulent voting” means the act of casting a non-provisional ballot or multiple ballots with knowledge that casting the ballot or ballots is illegal.

 

Sec. 5. Administration. The Commission shall hold public meetings and engage with Federal, State, and local officials, and election law experts, as necessary, to carry out its mission. The Commission shall be informed by, and shall strive to avoid duplicating, the efforts of existing government entities. The Commission shall have staff to provide support for its functions.

 

Sec. 6. Termination. The Commission shall terminate 30 days after it submits its report to the President.

 

Sec. 7. General Provisions. (a) To the extent permitted by law, and subject to the availability of appropriations, the General Services Administration shall provide the Commission with such administrative services, funds, facilities, staff, equipment, and other support services as may be necessary to carry out its mission on a reimbursable basis.

 

(b) Relevant executive departments and agencies shall endeavor to cooperate with the Commission.

(c) Insofar as the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.) (the “Act”), may apply to the Commission, any functions of the President under that Act, except for those in section 6 of the Act, shall be performed by the Administrator of General Services.

(d) Members of the Commission shall serve without any additional compensation for their work on the Commission, but shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, to the extent permitted by law for persons serving intermittently in the Government service (5 U.S.C. 5701-5707).

(e) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(f) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(g) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

 

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
May 11, 2017.

 

 

And not lost on all of us, the Republican members in both the House and Senate, will remain ‘mum’.  And by way of analogy, a thundering herd of marauding mice will be barely perceptible.

 

Jaango—posted on May 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Theatrics From Among the Overly-Ambitious in Politics 

 

In recent days, President Trump’s firing of his FBI Director, James Comey, has several tangents, and thusly, following each tangent to its logical conclusion, still doesn’t get to the nub of the story.

 

However, Heather Digby Parton, at her blog, digbysblog.blogspot.com, “nails it down” and does so and without any of the detritus, that comes from bloviating.  To wit, she succinctly says the following:

 

“When James Comey stood before the cameras last July to announce that the FBI would not be charging Hillary Clinton with a crime — and then went on to describe all the ways in which she’d been “reckless” with her email server management and handling of classified information — most criminal justice experts were appalled. When a person is cleared of wrongdoing, law enforcement generally does not use information gleaned in their investigation to then smear the character of the investigation’s subject. That would give the authorities even greater power than they already have and interferes with the constitutional guarantee of due process.

“Comey’s press conference and subsequent testimony before the Benghazi committee hearings on the matter were criticized by both sides of the aisle for different reasons. Republicans were more than fine with the character assassination. Indeed, they used it to excellent effect, particularly Trump, who turned it into a rallying cry by repeatedly promising to put Clinton in jail once he became president.

“Others were very upset that Comey failed to charge her with a crime and never saw Comey the same way again.”

 

And lest we conveniently forget, Digby is a scheduled Wednesday Contributor at the news publication of “salon.com” and where she has achieved a large audience.

 

And with the above in mind, Comey’s behavior for being overly ambitious, he crossed the ‘redline’ in that his behavior in announcing his termination of the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton email server, was appropriate, but, then, he veered off course, for ‘trashing’ Clinton’s behavior.  Thusly, he injected himself and interfered into the political process of the election between Clinton and Trump. Far from being a simpleton, Comey, knew this, as well, but partisan politics, is always tempting, and this tempting he did, and now, recognized as such.

 

Jaango—posted on May 11, 2017
 

 

 

 

 

 

The Laughter That Comes From Irony, Is Good Medicine for All of Us

 

The latest story out of the White House is that an upper echelon political operative asked the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau to urge President Trump not to nix NAFTA.   Therefore, we, the political junkies, are being given a good chuckle, knowing that “insert a Third Party” into a well-known Argumentation and which has been ongoing among conservatives, for these many year, is today’s behavior for both subtlety and nuance, becomes an edifying experience, for the general public. 

 

As such, nationalists on the Right, are “moving” President Trump’s agenda into a differing direction with the “deep state” expressing its usual proclivity for being thoughtful and without drawing attention to itself. As such, a “well done” should be extended. Moreover, this “allegiance” to the Trump agenda is being challenged by the “allegiance” to the Deep State and who survives, remains to be seen, should Trump be unable to control this Deep State, during his first four-year term.

 

And for those of us are steadfastly focused on our future, the “deep state” Movement of today, will be far different in the next ten years, and more so, if one considers what’s going to occur in 15 years.

 

Take, for example, the politics for nixing NAFTA and being replaced by the ITA or the Indigenous Trade Agreement consisting of Canada, the United States and Mexico will also include the participation of the 22 sovereign nations that comprise the Latin America Union.  Thus, the political behavior and leadership within this “new” Construct to be known as the Presidents-in-Concert and to a lesser degree the role of the Organization of American States (OAS), is our future waiting to happen.

 

And if one “projects” further into the future, is the realization of the appearance for the Euro-Indigenous Trade Agreement  that ‘connects’ this indigenous hemisphere onto the European Union means that the European Union become the fourth largest trading partner for the United States, and behind, China, Canada and Mexico.  Thus, the five year waiting period after implementing the visible outcomes of the ITA justifies the progressive politics recognized as both “economic anxiety” and “ cultural anxiety” is effectively addressed when measured against a Multicultural Society, a Multi-lingual Society and a Multi-Religion Society, and for being functionalized, and as writ large. 

 

And unfortunately, the odd-man-out syndrome will become the folly of the “new” Old England, given its determination for a successful Brexit, and which makes for an economic orphan attempting to compete on a much smaller basis and which is our perception of their self-designated playing field.

 

In closing, the role and substance that is today’s “deep state” will become dependent on the viability of “freedom” and which coalesces into the context and form that 800 million voters taking their gusto and enthusiasm to the ballot box and thusly, affirming their self-empowerment with far more progressive Thought and Action being advanced by the ‘teachers”—that being the residents in the Latin America Region and which may  become an anathema to the Pentagon and the large paddock of where the 19 intelligence –gathering agencies reside and in which each sees itself a the white buffalo roaming unceremoniously--that best and accurately describes these behemoths of today. 

 

And as the inveterate cheerleader, let’s bring on our well-distinguished future!  Or just call me “crazy”?

 

Jaango—posted on May 9, 2017

 

 

 

One of the “fun moments” for Political Commentary

 

During this past year, I’ve made it a point to explain the apt behavior among the 20,000 credentialed Journalists plying their trade for being inadvertently recognized for their practicing the “criminally stupidity” behavior that is awash in our nation.  So, when I offer up the notional of “Los Mitoteros de Pendejadas, is just another riff for my being awash in intellectual laziness.

 

And here is ‘how’ this works.

 

Demographics is now the well-understood or salient feature and not the negatory bug that applies to the demise of the Republican Party and for all of its dedicated acolytes.  And today’s Journalist Cauldron is unwilling to ask the more pertinent question of today.  That being of the ‘internalized savagery” within the GOP and which is at that crucial point where old age and the lack of Obama Care, means that the anticipated longevity of the white male voters and the reliable senior voters for their affirming  behavior will be falling by the wayside, and in large numbers.

 

And absent from the front page of GOP periodicals is found in the failure to ask House Majority Leader Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, what has he accomplished by the overall effort to “repeal and replace” Obama Care, and subsequently, with a political vehicle that contains the substantial viability to maintain its present level of his consummate voters and which must be beneficial to his re-election and the re-election efforts of his House colleagues? To wit, none exists.

 

The failure to adequately and effectively address the demographics “feature” among the GOP faithful, will not be fruitful and as such, it’s only a matter of time that the low-ranking political operatives plying their political gusto at this neighborhood level are going to ‘bail-out’ on the Republican Party and where neighborhood politics will become focused on the “death and dying” or their friends and neighbors and in particular among the upper rung of the today’s middle class and brought on by this lack of decent health care. 

 

As to what transpires in the Republican-controlled Senate over these next six to twelve months, the Republicans can only afford one defection on a roll call vote, and which jeopardizes the GOP for both the short term and the long term.

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Jaango—posted on May 9, 2017

 

 

 

The Critical Use of “small change” for Advancing the Small Groups of Political Activists

 

We extend our enthusiastic congratulations to Hillary Clinton for her continued engagement in politics, as well as her anticipated establishment, by her and her political circle of friends and allies, for the Onward Together Organization. 

And from Gabriel Debenedetti, writing for Politico.Com, has this to say:

 

“The former secretary of state is building a new political group to fund organizations working on the resistance to President Donald Trump’s agenda, spending recent weeks in Washington, New York City, and Chappaqua, N.Y., meeting with donors and potential groups to invest in, and recruiting individuals for the group’s board of directors, multiple people close to the two-time White House hopeful and people familiar with the group’s planning told POLITICO.

 

“She has been in conversation with a wide range of political allies to discuss her next steps for months, but along with her upcoming book, the group—whose existence was first reported by Axios—is the most concrete step.  The new organization is not expected to have a large staff, but will instead focus on sending money to other organizations at a time that Democratic donors are largely unsure about how they should be spending their cash.”

 

Needless, to say, the Pundits, writ large, will be watching to see if Clinton will spreading the gita around and thusly, enabling her an additional opportunity to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination again.  And as per the usual, the cynics abound.

 

Jaango—posted on May 8, 2017

 

 

 

 

Is “single payer” Health Care To Be Found In The “offing”?

 

Late last week, America’s foremost conservative and syndicated columnist as well as the robust political commentator for the Fox News Network, Charles Krauthammer was predicting that health care in the U.S. is headed toward a single-payer system.  Perhaps, he was expressing his frustration at his conservative brethren in the House for their incompetent process and not well understood for its  “repeal and replace” of Obama Care, despite the seven year period for not having honed their messaging, and accordingly, their amateur hour was obvious.

His consummate statement of, “Republicans are not arguing the free market anymore. They have sort of accepted the any commodity.  It’s not like purchasing a steak or a car.  It is something people now have a sense that government ought to guarantee.” 

 

And

 

“I would predict that in less than seven years we’ll  be in a single-payer system.  I think that’s the great irony of this.”  And Krauthammer is indeed correct when he says, “(The Senate) will come up  with the plan of its own and go to conference, but who knows where it’s  going to end up but it’s going to be a rickety agreement.”

 

In closing, the Republican mindset is for eliminating 24 million citizens of today’s health care beneficiaries  will not tolerated, and especially when it comes to wiping out Medicaid Expansion, at minimum, means that Republicans will be facing the severe anger of poor, come next year’s congressional election.  And in addition, the Democrats will be arguing in 2019 and shortly thereafter that single payer is the only avenue that will pacify the voters between the ages of 40 and 63.  And not lost on the political junky, Arizona’s Senator John McCain will find for himself that his Republican colleagues will require or placed additional “pressure” on him due his chairmanship of the Armed Services Committee to come forth and finally admit that “privatizing” the VA Medical Systemic,  is just another alternative avenue for saving House members in  swing states and who are determined to successfully take advantage of their re-election opportunity.

 

Jaango—posted on May 8, 2017

 

 

 

Today’s “sleazy” Behavior Continues to Characterize America’s Arrival as a Dunce Nation 

 

Despite the usual litany that’s been published on the Internet regarding the “explanation” as to why Hillary Clinton lost to President Trump, the focus has been on two wrongheaded-items, and that being the impact that Bernie Sanders challenge to Clinton in the primaries and the “economic anxiety” that the white middle class had on the Democratic voters switching to  Trump and  leading to Trump’s victory.

 

And yet, all this punditry is obviously specious and constructively reinforced on the Internet, not from the Progressives and the Leftists.  As such, the top ten political donor business entities, convinced the white middle class that the Democrats were at best, incompetent, and at worst, projected their successful ideology with the caption of “Vote for me and I’ll bring you forth more of the same!” 

 

And what’s conveniently neglected and yet, when challenged, the pundits failed to understand “history” as we, here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert recognize this unrepentant history, and as the aspiration of a failed middle class seeking a ‘savior’ to same themselves from themselves.  As such, “you can have your cake and eat it too” effectively demonstrates that the Common Sense of some 35 years ago, should be read as “You can have your cake, but take your Dunce Nation with you too!”

 

Thusly, when the Reagan Legacy of the Era of Criminal Stupidity, the demise of America’s Common Sense via the assorted exemplars and one being ‘trickle-down economics” became the fortuitous political banner for the exasperated middle class, and which personified the tolerated “sleazy behavior.  Of course, if you’re a zealot of history from the perspective of presidential history, the ‘sleazy’ come full force when Candidate Richard Nixon sent his acolyte to Saigon with the mission to convince the South Vietnamese government officials not to participate with President Johnson to end the Vietnam War.  Thus, Nixon was elected President and thousands upon thousands of Privates, Corporals, and Sergeants, died needlessly.

 

As such, the “sleaze” in this last presidential election did not “cost” America thousands and thousands of lives, but did reinforce the toxic politics that is easily viewed as “identity politics” within the Democratic politics.  To wit, the competitive behavior between Sanders, the faux progressive, and Clinton, the faux progressive, was the daily front page news, or until the primary season was completed and FBI Director James Comey inserted himself into and between the Trump and Clinton campaign, just 10 days before the votes were cast and counted.

 

And why is all this important to us, the Chicano military vets and the Native American military vets here in our Arizona’s turbulent politics?  Further, the non-affiliated Independents out-number the Republicans and Democrats when one fully understands that behind the political behavior is the former Associate Justice of the SCOTUS, Sandra Day O’Connor and her passion for the Identity Politics that pits the Republicans and  the Democrats against each other.  Moreover, she sees that the non-affiliated Independents will save the European Americans from the onslaught that is oncoming and in the format that the Progressives will eventually “own and operate” the Democratic Party.

 

And add into this mix, is that for the past 35 years, not one progressive senator has never made an effort to establish a Progressive Caucus, and the recent Exemplars For Failure, Clinton when she served in the  Senate and today’s Exemplar is Bernie Sanders.   Consequently, the “certification” of a Progressive would take place within and through this Progressive Caucus.  Of course, today’s Millennials, due to their intellectual laziness, are unwilling to recognize what we, the military vets understood that making a consequential “demand” of government, that Self-Empowerment is critical, otherwise, accepting a “second class” status for “e pluribus unum” defines the self-imposed restriction for achieving a successful future.

 

Take, for example, 35 years ago, military vets and in particular the Privates, the Corporals, and the Sergeants created and advocated for the Academic-Military Draft.  And had President Bush43 established in 2001, this Academic-Military Draft, today, there would be over 30 million millennials holding in one hand their discharge papers and in the other hand, holding their four-year college degrees.   As such, for millennials, establishing the Progressive Caucus in the Senate, be damned and solely from their failure to appreciate our nation’s history when viewed from the standpoint of the Chicano and the Native American.

 

And yet, the public conversation continues apace regarding the ‘ins and outs” of last year’s presidential election.  Thus, below is an internet link from the Washington Monthly Magazine and written by ever prodigious writer David Atkins, one of my favorite authors and where he brings forth his long-ranging political smarts and titled, “The Argument Why Clinton Lost Is Over.  Bernie Was Right.  Now What?” and dated, May 6, 2017.

 

The Link:  http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/05/06/the-argument-over-why-clinton-lost-is-over-bernie-was-right/

 

Take a gander and the Coffee’s hot.

 

Jaango—posted on May 7, 2017

 

 

 

 

Cinco de Mayo...

 

Given that our Indigenous History cannot be overlooked, intentionally or otherwise, being proactive and having access to a computer keyboard that is not willing to behave itself, the daily fun in life for ‘preaching’ the political gospel, and not to be confused with the religious gospel, defines each one of us.  And with this in mind, permit me to continue, even though the brain is in charge of our fingers, wanting to speak out to our Readers and inevitably to “listen” to what’s been said, and equally important, what’s not been said or for what’s not been observed, easily or readily.  And that comes from the nostrum that “advertising” is at the root of all evil.

 

Take, for example, when visiting a web site on the internet, and in particular where the emphasis is on public discourse and within the appropriate dialogue, these web sites confront a daily financial cost, that can be enormous, to maintain and operate, and thusly, knowing that Facebook and Google scarf us 99% of all advertising, deems it necessary that the management team, must locate additional ways and manners to create and sustain their viability over the long haul of time. 

 

Now, it’s not my intent to delve into digital publishing, but only to the extent that we, here at the Chicano Veterans Organization, have been around since January of 2000, on the internet.  And prior to that, we were located in the written form.  And in order to do so, we keep our financial cost at rock bottom prices, and this is accomplished by “passing the hat” among our decision-makers on our Public Policy Board.  Initially, we, like everyone else, contracted the major corporations and their respective advertising agencies, and our success in this endeavor was awful.  And as to the “why” was readily acknowledged and that being the Chicano Movement since World War Two was not a ‘selling point’ or of any consequence, and “wrapping oneself in the flag” has a cost that none of these cost centers for spending their clients monies in search of “marketing and sales” would not want to try or succeed in any  context of volume or expansiveness across our communities of self-interest.  In short, it was too much work for the ad agencies.

Today, a digital news publication requires that an approximate or fifty percent of its revenue must come from subscriptions, otherwise, an effective viability is not possible. Or to demonstrate to their investors that an uncertain success can be achieved.  And here at our Chicano Veterans Organization,   we don’t encounter this “problem” to any large or uncertain extent.

 

But what we can do is, HAVE FUN!!

 

And in this overt and overall effort, we are establishing a Cinco de Mayo “tradition” that we hope will be successful for these many years, and this innate success comes in the form of, get this!

 

The Contest is titled, “Los Mitoteros de Pendejadas.”

 

Therefore, our Readers can carry this opportunity forward with their inherent writing skills and where we become the initial publishing entity, and done without any financial compensation, of course. And to the most salient point of all:  How will this work?

 

Each of our Readers can take the opportunity and let their fingers do the walking across the keyboard, and write about people and subject matters and where Humor and Satire are at a premium.  Take, for example, the espousal by the former Congressman from Florida, Alan Grayson, when he stipulated that his intent toward universal health care would not be achieved in our  life time, and thusly, his humorous retort consisted of “When you get sick, die quickly.” His statement was not well-received but he did make and scored well his political point and of course, he was roundly criticized by the voluminous editorial opinion pages of the national media outlets, and done repeatedly. And of course, Grayson’s behavior would be a wonderful subject to address via our ‘contest.’ 

 

And as to the wealth of subject matter, the daily espousals by our Elected and Appointed Officials are indeed “legion” and which lends itself to both humor and satire. And in doing so, perhaps our Readers will take this opportunity to divest of themselves for eliminating the angst and anger via a public forum and subsequently, jettisoning this angst and anger and leading to a more healthy mindset, given the level of today’s toxic politics, and which is well-beyond partisanship and in defense solely of the iconic meme ‘property rights’.

 

And should you want to participate in this contest of ours, Los Mitoteros de Pendejadas, send us your written exemplars, even if of such effort falls into the category of “rants and screeds”.  As such, the Policy Board will take a gander at all efforts that arrive via our email address, and a correction or two and done from the standpoint of “editing only” may or may not occur.   

 

Therefore, send your humor and satire to us at info@chicanoveterans.org and the overall result will be that Good and Clean Fun has prevailed.

 

Albeit, and without being said yet, enjoy you’re three-day weekend.

 

Jaango—posted on Cinco de Mayo, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vote:  217 votes in favor and 213 votes in Opposition

 

More on this, later. (20 Republicans voted with the Democrats in opposition.

 

Jaango--posted on May 4, 2017

 

 

 

Addressing the Obvious Wrinkle That Is Embedded in “Identity Politics

 

For my being a staunch Democrat over all these years and when I think of the “identity  politics” practiced within the  Democratic Party and its infamous ‘leaders,’ commenced in 1985 and with the advent of the DLC’s  “shift to sleaze,” and for its genuflection to the altar that is Wall Street, and led by the likes of Bill Clinton and Chuck Schumer, is readily dismissed by today’s pundits. 

 

And if you’re a military vet, going back into history and furthering of this “shift to sleaze,” one can recognize that Nixon’s ‘mission’  to send Chenault to Saigon, and against the backdrop of LBJ desiring to end the Vietnam War,  to ask that extending the war would help Nixon get elected.  It did and thusly, thousands of privates, corporals and the sergeants died, needlessly.  And yet, LBJ said nothing, even after leaving the Oval Office and returning to his Texas ranch. Thus, the Life and Wealth of a once great nation, is in our mindset when we, the Chicanos and Native Americans take even a light-hearted look at our national politics and relevant to the deep aspirations demonstrated from both sides of the political aisle.

 

Consequently, the ‘conservative’ Democrats have little, if any respect, for ‘progressive’ Democrats.  Therefore when the progressives achieve their institutional victory that comes from “owning and operating” the Democratic Party, and all  for the better, and where European Americans, writ large, have  to contend on a daily basis, the ever-important advantages that will  be  brought forth via a multicultural society: a multilingual society: and a multi-religious society, has to be noted.

 

Yet, dismissing the wealth of history, one can easily forget or mis-remember that the conservative behavior from years ago in which the Battle Royale between African Americans and Latinos was to take place on the front pages of the media outlets.  Of course, this ‘battle’ did not occur, albeit, leading to another Civil War.   Today, the plutocracy and its highly paid political operatives have turned the pundit into a “wedgie” Wacko for injecting and perpetuating their addiction via fake news and alt-crappola. And Kevin Drum has been correct from the get-go that Comey’s two public screeds targeting Hillary Clinton, was the correct progressive assessment for the conservative-oriented Clinton’s loss. To wit, the unacknowledged “identity politics” Battle Royale between conservative Republicans and conservative Democrats never attracted the wealth of  eyeballs to the Sunday Morning Talk Shows. And Karl Rove, unfailing in his usage of ‘identity politics’ focused on “racial and ethnics”  did get the surprise of his life and due to his conservatively-oriented naivete. 

 

And in today’s context, the anticipated and affirming vote to “repeal and replace,” is not about health care policy but all about creating the tax cut syntax that is the most convenient instrumentality that plutocrats see as their well-deserved privilege.  Alas, more “identity politics” via the ever-present contest between the Middle Class and the Poor, cannot be conveniently overlooked or being acceptable as a distraction.   At least we don’t here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert.

 

Jaango--posted on May 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s  Vote Measuring the Doggishness Of Detritus, Has Escaped the Bounds of Common Sense

While I am awaiting the House vote on the ”repeal and replace” of the Obama Care, I thought I would express myself with the following and with a little help from a good and “smarty” friend and carries his name of Kevin Drum, quite well.

Let's do a quick wrap-up of the bill:

§  There have been no public hearings.

§  There's no final text.

§  There's no updated CBO score.

§  It is opposed by virtually every patient advocacy group and everyone in the health care industry.

§  Congress is still exempted from the new rules that allow states to waive essential benefits.

§  It raises premiums dramatically for older people.

§  It removes Obamacare's protection against being turned down for a pre-existing condition.

§  It would steadily gut Medicaid spending for the very poorest.

§  It removes coverage from at least 24 million people, probably more.

§  It slashes taxes on the rich by about a trillion dollars over ten years.

 

And if 99% of the Republicans in the House vote affirmatively for this legislation, America has lost its Moral Compass.


Jaango--posted on May 4, 2017

 

 

 

Today’s Ample Story Lines......

 

In today’s research approach to our daily politics, here are a few storylines that focus, not on the big issues, but the on the mitoteros de pendejadas, and be so advised.  Okay, I am entitled to my daily snark since I am neither preaching in Yaqui or Apache.  Perhaps, I should call forward either my Brother or Sister of Shared Experience and ask each to speak on my behalf via Navajo or Hopi.  Of course, doing so in Spanish also would underpin or emphasize my somewhat related yet jaded satire.

  •  The Director of the FBI is now espousing that he is “mildly nauseous” about his influence regarding November’s election.  And yet, I got what I didn’t want and which has fulfilled Comey’s political relevance.

 

  • Ousted Fox News “biggie” Bill O’Reilly is now touting that President Trump was correct on Trump’s belief regarding the Civil War.  Of course, O’Reilly has to inject into this subject matter his intellectual laziness and where genocide of domestic communities continued unabated.  And needless to say, Andrew Jackson was a slave owner, and which doesn’t deter O’Reilly’s standard crappola-extravaganza.

 

 

  • Today’s monopoly of technology giants will transform our Democracy/Republic in many ways to include these leaders to intersect their business behaviors for becoming the nominees for each of to major parties in politics.  Thus, Trump ‘broke the mold” and where Truth-Telling and Shaming the Devil has no relevance in today’s politics.  As such, lying has no consequence on the general conversation.  Thusly, money richness defines public credit-ability of credence.

 

  • The “opportunity” Costs when measured by the Chicano Movement and from 35 years ago.  Thus, shedding history is possible.

 

 

And here’s what I posted on a political blog that takes a gander at our nation’s traditional cost of opportunity, without taking into consideration our ‘cost, and where yet, the first of America’s Fortune 500 companies have intentionally refused to open the doors for their daily business operations on any of the 400 federally-recognized Rez’s.  As such, history ‘educates.”

 

Ideas From 35 Years Ago   .

 

1. Mandatory Voting and not Universal Voting. If you fail to vote, or utilize the “exception” for “being under medical care,” a vehicle driver stopped for a traffic infraction, the law enforcement officer, will determine whether you voted or not voted in the last congressional or presidential election, this infraction will require that you are ‘restricted” to the usage of public transportation modes.

 

2. New Legislation: Thus, the following: “Government—federal, state, county, and municipal, is prohibited in interfering with a woman’s reproductive rights.” Consequently, any effort by the SCOTUS requires, beyond their mere political objection, that these constitutional rights of a woman be upheld, nonetheless.

3. TransNational Technologies Centers be established throughout our Embassy and Consulate Construct.

 

4. The Academic-Military Draft. Had this Construct been established in 2001, today, we would have an inclusive society and where 30 million millennials would have earned their four-year college degrees and premised on Self-Discipline, Hard Work and Boundless Ambition--from medicine and engineering to teaching and the social sciences. And today’s frontline of law enforcement would consist of sociologists and psychologists. Thusly, Black Lives Matter, would, indeed, matter.

 

5. Medical Care Delivered. Obama Care would not exist but the old-fashioned vintage of “medical care delivered” would be accomplished thru Medicare, the Veterans Administration and the Native American Health Care Systemic, and would have the salient capacity for local and rural clinics being established and subsequently, coming to the forefront for our universal health care.

 

6. The Border Commission. The Oval Office needs only to issue its “request” to the General Assembly at the United Nations to establish a “border commission” charged with the responsibility and duty to define and describe, on a street by street and neighborhood by neighborhood basis, the border that separates the sovereign nations of Palestine and Israel. Therefore, the approval by the General Assembly would successfully proscribe the future for each of these nations.

The above six ideas are today's Chicano Movement, and which is just one of the five cohorts driving the progressive agenda. And if you have no familiarity with the above six "ideas" you haven't been paying the ample and proper attention. And no, you don't need to be embarrassed for being yourself. Regardless, discounting today's 'bait and switch" that is practiced by today's media outlets, and your “to educate” will increase exponentially.

 

 

And contrary to popular belief, President Johnson expressed himself for being weak-kneed toward the Civil Rights Act

and consequentially met  with a group of Spanish-speaking military vets from his home state of Texas and these vet instilled in him that he had to “stand-up and stand tall” for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As such, one of our many Great Moments within the arena of national politics.

 

Jaango—posted on May 3, 2017

 

 

 

Should We, Las Mariposas Challenge the Conservative’s Unquenchable Thirst For Nativism?

 

For those among us and who are familiar with our behavior and where we are the dedicated Butterflies with the responsibility and duty to carry the Lost Souls up to Heaven, and if so, then you are cognizant of this Chicano History Movement and where our self-effacing behavior is quite evident, yet, quietly downplayed for obvious reasons. 

 

Consequently, Big Mama Good, the Universal Matriarch of Wonderment and Graciousness, and alternatively known in some quarters as Mother Nature, has stood us in good stead, especially when scientists take to the street in their protest demonstration that today’s lack of intellectual curiosity and heft regarding Climate Change, should be at the forefront of our political “demand.”

 

And in this regard, we have a firsthand knowledge and a deep depth of experience, when we are required to circumvent unfavorable weather conditions such as typhoons and hurricanes via the wind patterns from the upper reaches of our atmospheric conditions  and equally important, the detritus that is the pestilence of a constant and consistent shallow behavior that targets our fellow citizens.  Perhaps, we need to ask Big Mama for a larger wing span? 

 

Thus, our “grin and bear it” attitude is critical to underpinning this performance art of ours that is both universal and much-needed.  Consequently, or perhaps, subsequently, we should be asking for more volunteers seeking or willing to cloak themselves in our regalia that is our self-selected Mariposa Collars and Colors?

 

And not lost on us, Las Mariposas, our behavior is equivalent to perpetuating our systemic for "self-acknowledged Honor.”

 

Jaango--posted on April 30, 2017

 

 

 

Odds and Ends 

 

For these past several days, members of Congress keep practicing their foot-in mouth disease.  And here are a few examples.

  1. House members have ‘rescinded’ their exclusive ‘exceptionalism’ for having exempted themselves in not having to suffer under the new Republican “repeal and replace” of Obama Care.  And yesterday, the Republican members changed course and are now required to participate in Obama Care, and as had been the case for these past five years.

 

  1. Trump’s one-page Tax Cut Plan is missing the much larger details but a $200 billion annual cut or a cut spread out over a ten year period, would consist of $2 Trillion for billionaires. As for the rest of us, a $2.00 loaf of bread at today’s cost, will cost a minimum of $3.00 a loaf.  And yes, Republicans are espousing again, that these tax cuts will create jobs.

 

  1. The federal spending for building “the wall” will have to wait till later this year.

 

  1. President Trump is stipulating that he may to have to re-organized the federal court or the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals since he lost another effort, on federal funding of sanctuary cities and now added to his Muslim ban.

 

  1. The Chair of the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to transfer the Net Neutrality Act over to Federal Trade Commission.  “The net neutrality rules—more formally referred to as the Open Internet Order of 2015—set restrictions on internet service providers (ISPs) prioritizing certain kinds of web traffic and throttling others.  The rules were broadly aimed at establishing a level playing field for companies on the internet.

 

  1. Tax Cuts and the Laffer Curve.  President Trumps approach to tax cuts for the super wealthy,  is continuing to recognized as voodoo economics.  And the typical Argumentation is that all tax cuts for the super wealthy will create jobs.  President Reagan found out differently.  However,  the middle class family would receive a tax cut of $60.00 annually and the super wealthy would receive a tax cut of $220,000.00 annually.

 

  1. More on tax cuts.  Late night comedian and talk show host, Stephen Colbert says it well with this:  “Look at the brackets:  It’s the poor versus the middle class, and the rich versus nobody, because they win.”

 

  1. ICE has established their VOICE office in which citizens can report the abuses received from undocumented immigrants.  Thus, the overwhelming calls are premised on calls of Space Aliens.  Thus, this behavior for demeaning undocumented immigrants by the Trump administration, cannot be ignored, much less tolerated.

 

  1. The Trump administration lawyers are at the SCOTU arguing that even a traffic ticket attributed to an undocumented immigrant by local law enforcement, is equivalent for being a ‘criminal’ and subject to being immediately deported.  And this too applies to existing naturalized citizens.  Now, where will the SCOTUS come down with their decision-making regarding Constitutional Law?

 

  1. As of Day 91, the Post has catalogued or documented over 400 false or misleading statements, and yet, over 80% of Trump supporters are not swayed by this behavior. Consequently, Trump supporters view the media as theirs and Trump’s enemy.

 

Jaango—posted on April 28, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Voter Fraud in North Carolina:  Two out of 4,769,640 Votes Cast

 

To date, when it comes to voting irregularities and in particular, changing the election systemic for counting the votes cast, comes under complete scrutiny by Republicans in their attempts to perpetuate voter suppression and yet, their defense, diverts into the “shenanigans” practiced by  voters that change election outcomes not beneficial to the local politics.

 

And to date, writer Tom Sullivan has a highly organized recap of November’s election in North Carolina and where the state’s elections officials, quantified the various elements that was deemed a success.  And into the political background the Republicans in the State Legislature continue their assault on the Voting Rights Act.  As such, the politicians should be recognized for the political  frauds that they are.

Consequently, take a gander at how Tom Sullivan assessed the results in article and titled, “Voting Rights Jeopardy.”   Therefore, enjoy with a cup of java in hand.  And here’s the internet link: 

 

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/

 

Jaango—posted on April 28, 2017

 

 

 

General Flynn:  Much Ado About Nothing!

 

The House Oversight Committee has written a letter to the White House ‘demanding’ all documented information regarding General  Flynn’s receipt of payments from both  Russia and Turkey, after he retired from the armed forces.  And the Argumentation being utilized is the Emoluments Clause and which, without approval from either the Army or the Department of State, may subject himself to criminality.  And as such, the Inspector General at the Defense Intelligence Agency or DIA has undertaken an investigation, as well. 

 

Therefore and after his retirement, General Flynn became a reputable consultant.  And in this capacity, he made his business skills available to willing clients, and which led to his work on behalf of his clients located in Russia and Turkey, and in this day and age of modern “play to pay” politics, does seem quite appropriate. 

 

Moreover,  national politics is not awkward when, as a private citizen, is challenged by political forces, not at his beckon and call.   General Flynn has both the capacity and capability for providing his consulting services to American business entities as well as foreign business entities.  Of course, the “implication” is that Flynn, perhaps, shared governmental ‘secrets’ to these entities, and ultimately benefiting the political leadership of both Russia and Turkey.  Not so, of course, but, then, that’s the primary reason for this political fracas, both among the Republicans and Democrats on the House Oversight Committee.

 

And yet, General Flynn has explained all this to the Pentagon and its related apparatus and did so upon the return or completion of his foreign travels.  As to his White House employment, the “vetting” process has been proven to be lackadaisical, at best.

Now, I am not a fan of General Flynn, but in politics, this practice to the nth degree, does not bode well, for future advocates for the Gated Community defending itself from the Ambition that encourages and provides the skill set, for accepting greater responsibility for our self-governance model.  As such, General Flynn over-stepped the bounds of his heightened ambition and is now the gravitas-core for greater attention.

 

Moreover and as a follow-on, as of this morning, or Thursday, and in his press briefing, Sean Spicer, placed the blame onto the Obama administration for 'clearing' General Flynn for having his high-flying security clearance.  But Spicer conveniently distracts and divertys the questioning by the press pool and by ignoring that the Trump administration failed "to vet" Flynn when he joined the Trump administration on January 21st, the day after Trump's inauguration day and following the announced nomination of Flynn.  Of course, Flynn was vetted by the Transition Team and prior  to his announced nomination.

 

Jaango—posted on April 27, 201

 

 

 

 

Today’s “history” of Democratic Party Politics is Being Rewritten...

 

Note:  This article was written as a blog post and done in order to challenge today’s conventional wisdom.

 

As a political writer and columnist for these past seventeen years, as well as my long history for being a political operative, I find it somewhat enjoyable that the history of Democratic Party politics is being rewritten, and thusly, the near disappearance of the Democratic Party as a political force and further, culminating in the rise of the Oligarchy Apparatus in today’s political transition and is now represented by President Trump.

 

And of course, the incomprehensible “populism” is a charade, and where in the latest public opinion poll demonstrates the 36% of the votes among millennials favoring Trump, is an uneventful exemplar.

 

And long story-short, Michael Tomaskys’ book and titled “Bill Clinton” and followed by Jonathan Allen and Andy Parnes’ book titled “Shattered:  Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign” are not readily important when a comparison and contrast--when the adept measurement yardstick is employed—is written regarding Jane Mayer’s book and titled “Dark Money:  The History of Billionaires.”  But then, I come at my Common Sense from the Chicano Movement that commenced shortly after end of World War Two and where military vets—both Chicano and Native American, were obligated to challenge the prevalence of both racism and hate and which continues to this date, is not a unique behavior for us in the least. 

 

Therefore, the political perspective and voice of the Private, the Corporal and the Sergeant, is far different given that in Afghanistan and Iraq, the concept and construct for “nation building” was left in the hands of the 22 year-old Sergeants. Consequently, a far differing view for the requisite “new and better” Democracy that is the concretized buttress for Self-Empowerment and Ambition, is today’s inescapable transition from a “racial and ethnic” minority and to a “racial and ethnic” majority that is anticiipated within the next 25 years.

 

Today, and as has in the past, defined  our America when viewed through the prism of immigration, and thusly, the parenting skills of 7 million undocumented immigrant moms and their 21 million native born kids—upon reaching their age of majority and voting, will carry the Progressive Movement across the finish line.  Consequently, the challenge facing the oligarchs and their libertarianism ideology for Thought and Action is that the Progressive Movement will “own and operate” the Democratic Party, nonetheless.

 

In closing, authors Tomasky, and Allan and Parnes inadvertently fail to express themselves, even as an after thought, regarding our future and our continued and conventional “long game” that commenced shortly after the end of World War Two. As such, stalwart authors should be advised that progressive politics, writ large, is just around the corner, waiting. 

 

Jaango—posted on April 26

 

 

The Small-Mindedness of the Elected Class

 

With Congress due back this week and begin to take-up where they left off prior their scheduled vacation, the issues that are encompassed include governmental funding deadline, repeal of Obama Care, a debt ceiling increase, and a tax code overhaul.   And yet, President Trump’s Chief of Statf,  Reince Priebus is espousing the White House’s latest propaganda volley and which is that President Trump is “fulfilling his pledges at breakneck speed” given that this Friday is the first anniversary of Trump’s self-imposed “deadline of 100 days.”   

 

Of course, the political dynamic of “pay to play” of this Trump administration is far from creative in reducing this characteristic of a less than stellar behavior, and after “listening” to the latest national interview of this past Sunday on national talking shows, effectively demonstrates that the “reorganization” of a cabinet-level departments is not on the mind of our Elected Officials.  Consequently, Homeland Security needs to be reorganized with its national challenges and along the lines of that being Science, Technology and Logistics. 

 

Take, for example, the Science Component is consistent with the national march in support of Science or Earth Day and which is today’s ‘essence’ for Climate Change.  Thus, all funding initiatives would fall under this rubric and where our national approach to “science” would include a variety of many elements Weather and Space to be included. As to the subject matter that is Technology, much can be said for consolidating governmental efforts that lead to more applications of technology, and both public and private.  Moreover, Logistics would include the existing intelligence-gathering agencies and consolidated into long viable location for a more robust management system.  Further, the various aspects of the necessary between immigration and law enforcement and as this applies to our self-governance at the local or municipal level can be effectively addressed.  Thus, both ICE and Border Patrol would be obligated to ‘clean house’ of its white supremacists, and that’s just for starters on the Republican Road to Infallible Resentment.

 

With an approximate annual spending plan of $6 trillion, $2.9 Trillion is spent on Transfer Payments and which includes, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and TANF or Food Stamps.  Further, our National Security and Defense is annually spending an approximately $1.6 Trillion, and which leaves the remaining amount of $1.6 Trillion on varietal  aspect of federal programs and the nuances that are addressed in Congress given the various coalitions among these Elected Officials for their favorite ‘charities.’  And I utilize this political label of “charity” for the express purpose of the decrepitude for “pay to play” that is highly visible. 

 

Thus, the Challenge for Change is virtually non-existent among today’s Trump supporters.  As such, the 44% o Trump supporters is further quantified as 90% of supporters would vote for Trump again should Trump’s reelection being voted on today or tomorrow.  Thus, bringing forth more of the same which does not include Change since Trump’s big campaign donors are driving Republican politics, writ large.

And this less than stellar behavior is driving our nation into quickly becoming a Nation of Dunces. And not lost on us, the military vets,  the Republicans have no recognition for their Responsibility and Duty to craft a “newer and better” Democracy for the benefit of our progeny. 

 

Jaango—posted on April 25, 2017

 

 

 

 

Is the Context and Content of Sunday’s Politics Appropriate? 

 

Given last November’s election results and all that led up to Democrats’ large scale losses and to include these losses at the State Legislatures and Governorships as well at the level of municipal losses, this behavior that the leadership  level of  the Democratic National Committee, in concert  with the Big Campaign Donors, created a sizable disaffection among the respective Progressive Movement “bases,” has taken considerable hold on today’s political conversation. And was President Obama absent when the Chair and the Deputy Chair of the DNC clearly demonstrated their ongoing support for Clinton’s candidacy and campaign?

 

And in this regard, the Progressive Movement is recognized as more appropriately, the Five Cohort Movement consisting of the 1) European Americans, 2) African Americans, 3) Asian Americans, 4) Native Americans, and 5) Latinos, and with an agenda for a “newer and better” Democracy that eventually results in our America having a Multicultural Society, a Multilingual Society and a Multi-Religious Society. Of course, the Democratic “establishment” has labeled this behavior as “identity politics” or “tribalism” and our perception as just another “Rovian” approach to the widespread disaffection for the Clinton/Sanders shenanigans that is the seamless diversion and deflection of populism which has has nothing to do with Progressive politics.  To wit, the “establishment” is well aware that the Five Cohort Movement represents 44% of the Democratic Party, and soon to become the inescapable majority. 

 

Consequently, the “establishment” within the Democratic Party “cleared the field” of other potential nominees thereby solely benefitting for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and this ‘context and content” is now quite prevalent when politics is being discussed at the level of precinct committee discussions, and if you haven’t heard or participated in these ongoing discussions, you haven’t been paying attention.  Thus, the Perez/Ellison Combo still has much to learn, and thusly, are they both up to this challenge and as this challenge applies to next year’s election and where the Democrats have to upend 24 Republicans in the House chamber in order to regain control of the House of Representatives?  And if so, the Trump agenda will be thwarted and subsequently taking the onerous and unwelcomed burden off of the Senate Democrats, writ large. 

 

In closing, the “resentment” actively demonstrated by the “conservative/Neo-liberal/centrist/moderate  proclivity that is actualized in either the GOP or the DNC is  well-recognized, and yet,  our Optimism does and will continue to short-circuit this philosophical ideology and its’ subtle and nuanced application  in the coming years as the Progressive Movement continues to expand its ever-widening political circumference, is now concretized. 

 

And by way of background, I was an active acolyte during the successful Arizona Governorships of Raul Castro and Bruce Babbitt and further, when Governor Babbitt infused the Clinton administration during his tenure as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior.  Therefore, I am grey of beard and long of tooth, and which underpins my past 17 years as a political writer/columnist.  Therefore, several days ago Attorney General Sessions visited the Arizona border and gave his usual Hate speech, he was preaching to his ‘base’ otherwise he would have spoken to me in Yaqui, Apache or Spanish, yet he did neither, and subsequently, he wasn’t attempting to “communicate” with me.

 

And his approach to the usage of the European American Stereotype of “I don’t care...I’ll be dead...So, What’s your point?” was true-to-form!  And lastly, the military vet driven and to be established on the Capitol Mall, the National Monument To Criminal Stupidity, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ name will chiseled into the marble, and as part and parcel to our tongue-in-cheek humor, or for our even more blatant approach to satire.

 

Jaango—posted on April 25, 2017 

 

 

 

 

The Brutal Politics of Resentment... 

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This is from the Talking Points Memo Dot Com, written by Alice Ollstein and titled, “DOJ threatens Sanctuary Cities With Lurid Letter” and dated April 21, 2017.

 

Thus, Attorney General Sessions is expressing his angst and anger that our leadership at the municipality level, cannot be “leveraged” other than be threatened by federal government’s effort to cut off all federal funds being utilized by these municipal city councils.  Further with over 24 Republican controlled state legislatures, nationally, General Sessions is laying the political ground work to encourage these state legislatures to begin their process to deny any use of federal funds arriving into the affected state where over 600 municipalities have established themselves as sanctuary cities.  Consequently, the 10th Amendment will come under joint political attack from both the federal government and the affected state legislative bodies.  And this is our nation’s politics for the next four years.
  

And here is the totality of this very interesting subject matter and which defines our national “decency” or of our lack thereof.

 

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The Justice Department wrote to eight cities Friday afternoon that have declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, demanding they submit proof of compliance with federal immigration law and threatening their federal grant money if they fail to do so.

 

In a statement accompanying the letter to Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, and Sacramento, the Justice Department erroneously equates the cities’ policies limiting information sharing with federal immigration officials with a spike in crime in those areas.

“Many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime,” the statement reads. “The number of murders in Chicago has skyrocketed, rising more than 50 percent from the 2015 levels. New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s “soft on crime” stance. And just several weeks ago in California’s Bay Area, after a raid captured 11 MS-13 members on charges including murder, extortion and drug trafficking, city officials seemed more concerned with reassuring illegal immigrants that the raid was unrelated to immigration than with warning other MS-13 members that they were next.”

 

The letter does not mention that violent crime nationwide is at its lowest point in decades, or that immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. Why these eight cities were singled out of the nearly 600 sanctuary jurisdictions across the country is unclear.

 

Since taking office, President Trump has repeatedly vowed to strip sanctuary cities of their federal funding—particularly, their Justice Department grants that support local programs to tackle human trafficking, sexual assault, gang violence, mental health, gun crimes and safety issues.

 

Many legal experts believe this would violate states’ 10th Amendment rights, as well as a number of Supreme Court rulings that held that the federal government cannot coerce local governments to adopt a certain policy by withholding federal funding.

 

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And here is the internet link:  http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/doj-threatens-sanctuary-cities-with-lurid-letter

 

Jaango—posted on April 21, 2017

 

 

 

“Vote for me!  I’m a conservative and I’ll bring forth more of the same.”

 

The above statement will be the overwhelming mantra for Republicans seeking re-election in the House chamber and therefore, until next year’s November congressional election and hearing any different will deflect and divert the voters’ attention.  Consequently, public policy issues will not be deemed important but the ideology will be both front and center, in our public conversations. Thusly, Trump, Ryan and McConnell will market and sell their viability and should Trump not readily succeed, Ryan and McConnell will espouse this view without challenge given that the Democrats will place the Trump ‘unfavorables’ rating at the top of this political nexus. 

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With Democrats having to upset 24 House members in order to regain control of the House chamber, as well as having to contend with 24 Republican controlled state legislatures, will be quite difficult.  However, the Public Opinion polling outfit has released its latest polling effort in which “enthusiasm” is at 47%  to 41% favoring Democrats in the generic Congressional Ballot, and at the “very excited” ratio for Democrats at 63% and for the Republicans, it’s at 52% for Republicans.

 

 Jaango--posted on April 21,2017

 

 

 

 

The Subtle Difference That Comes Forth Between Racism and Xenophobia In Our Electoral Life Choices

 

In following up on the  recently  released American National Election Study (ANES), many of pundits and social scientists are having field day in their assessments, but perhaps, overlooked is this ‘connection’ between racism and xenophobia or not?

 

And the ever-present competence in the skill set that Nancy Letourneau at the Washington Monthly Magazine, she  has this to say:

 

“Some of the questions that arise from the reviews of this data might have to do with the need to revisit what we mean by words like ‘racism.’  We have traditionally used that to describe some of the attitudes White Americans have about Black Americans.  The questions Wood relies on to identify racism are all based on that foundation.  But does ‘racism’ also apply to attitudes about Mexican Americans?  How about immigrants more generally?  The survey questions from ANES on which Klinker relies on are a completely different set of inquiries.

 

“The fact of the matter is that many Mexican Americans are not immigrants.  They have lived here long before the Americans came to these shores.  And yet they have been subjected to much of the same kinds of racism directed towards African Americans.  Is that because white people assume they are immigrants because they are not white?  Perhaps a combination of both.

 

“Of course, we can’t talk about the role of anti-immigration played in the election without discussing Islamaphobia.  Based on what I have seen and read, that was a huge factor in many rural communities, especially where evangelical churches and community group presentations by the fear-mongers.  That brand of discrimination is primarily based on religious beliefs.  But there are also a lot of stereotypes about Muslims being ‘brown’ and Islamaphobia is often linked to fears about immigration in general.”

 

In closing, these national studies and inclusive of the wealth of data, makes the assessment somewhat difficult to interpret, even for the skilled tech analysts.  And yet, ‘digging deeper’ into the mindset of the voters, even those who reside and vote from the fringes, must recognize that nationalism/authoritarianism/resentment, makes this effort seem overwhelming.  Thus, Change encompasses the mental excess that corresponds to Fear.

 

Jaango—posted on April 18, 2017

 

 

 

 

Why Didn’t the Conservative-Oriented Democrats Glom Onto the Failed Flip  of Rural White Voters?

 

Now that the ANES Study  is out and available and which “measured” the voters in last November’s election, the social and political scientists, as well as the pundits, have a new tool and the associated results and necessary to craft their charts, from  this standpoint, will be telling us the myriad factors that went into President Trump’s campaign success. 

 

Therefore, permit to cut the short story, and that, simply being, is the rural white voter, being racist, much preferred Trump’s view of authoritarianism/nationalism predicated on the ever-present racism that is today, exceedingly prevalent. 

 

And as one national pundit, quite cogently, the following:

 

“The election was lost because the low income/rural white voters who voted for Obama decided to vote for Trump.  Ironically, racism played a big role in the flip even though almost everyone expected the opposite to happen (that without a black candidate, the Democrats would do better with the racists).”

 

As such, two presidential nominees, one a conservative/populist and Republican challenging a conservative/populist masquerading as a progressive—the Democrat,  just demonstrates that a political agenda of stacked and old ideas is recognized as “truthiness” wins elections and that being Trump, while the second nominee continued to ignore the “unmet needs” of the white middle class and thusly, permitted this middle class to reject their self-interest when Change was this obvious political nexus.

 

Jaango—posted on April 18, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Internet Stories that have no “value’”

 

When visiting the Internet and what’s being published, the nonsense seems to take the top story line.  And here are a few examples.

  1.  Spicer again tells us that President Trump will not release his tax statement since the continuing audit is not complete.  Of course, the IRS does not take six months or even nine months to complete an individual or corporate audit.  Thus, the IRS should be recognized for being  complicit in the scam, otherwise failing to express itself as the audit being completed, would change Trump’s “truthiness.”
  2. The White House continues to refuse to release its visitor’s logs and which speaks to the even greater nonsense that ‘privacy” is their bastion for decision-making.
  3. In another twitter tirade, President Trump is now ‘branding’ Fake News as “fake news being badly slanted”.  And therein, is another exemplar for his punditry and obviously recognized as a blatant behavior for “militant ignorance.”
  4. Today’s neo-cons are cautiously preening for their seminal belief that the United States “may have” undermined or facilitated the latest failure of North Korea’s missile launch of Sunday.  However, multiple intelligence sources are telling their favorite media outlets that the “hackers” did indeed hack North Korea’s efforts.  Thus, this diverting of a Big Media Story away from reality, is telling, nonetheless.
  5. In Georgia’s Congressional District 6, a longtime Republican district represented by Newt Gingrich, is having its election today, and with the expectation that Candidate Ossoff is expected to face his defeat.  Further, President has released his robo call with the message that outside monies and Democrats are attempting to steal this congressional district is being stolen from Republicans, just demonstrates that toxic politics is driving this anticipated result.  However, the vote count will determine the time, energy and money invested, means that Democrats will need to capture another two dozen Republican House seats to replace the current House Leader, Paul Ryan.
  6. Exit Squared.  Although much political grief over the Russian interference in last year’s November election, the Russians failed big time in their attempt to ‘influence’ our nation’s politics.  To wit, the Calexit, or California succeeding from the Union, would also have to apply to the NewyorkExit, the TexasExit and the FloridaExit.  So, if  the Republicans are challenging their demise of the GOP, the  Russians will have to be enlisted, not by the likes of Trump but of the likes of Progressives. (A tad of snark?)

 

Jaango—posted on April 18, 2017

 

 

 

 

Optimism:  Rejecting the Philosophical Underpinnings of Resentment

 

In today’s zealotry for punditry, the notion that “resentment” manifests itself all across the human endeavor, is at best risible and thusly, not readily believable. Consequently, anyone and who is believing that the Trump voter led their fellow voters to vote affirmatively and on the premise that this “resentment” was the political driving force, and where Trump campaigned and succeeded can be traced back to this perceived resentment, doesn’t stand our test of time. 

 

And if I’m proven wrong, our future here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert will be secured for the Republican Party, of which it’s likely success over the next two generations, and subsequently, avoiding its demise as a political entity and in contrast to the Democratic Party.  And this resentment challenges the pending success of the Progressive Movement even when Chicanos and Native American voters will carry the Progressive Movement over the finish line within the next 20 years and due to our political agitation.  Consequently, our view of the “deep state” of the Chicano movement, is located in and of the Internet, and which has given us the ability to bring forth our allies, the voters and the concretized political issues that manifest our agenda and which we have continued to recognize as our “unmet needs” and where our family members, friends and neighbors will collectively accept our responsibility and duty to effectuate a “newer and better” Democracy.

 

So, when I apply this resentment into the arena of domestic policy or that portion that pertains to Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Gang of Eight conveniently dismissed our notional for TransNational Technology Centers (TNC’s) to be established within our Construct of Embassies anConsulates, turned immigration into the infallible crime that is today as per Attorney General Sessions.  Thus this behavior is being short-sighted, perpetuates this perceived resentment.  As such, the Guatamaleno or El Salvadoreno national seekng a more productive life and having the ability to 1) seek a visa for travel to the U.S., 2) seek out a citizenship application due to the inherent local violence, 3, seek out access to a data base of employment for jobs available here in the U.S., and 4) federal funding initiatives for establishing economic development compacts between our largest metropolitan cities and the largest metropolitan cities/citizens throughout the Latin America Region, is imminently doable and is in some sizable cases, being accomplished today, and as evidenced by the democratic bastion that is the Mayor and the City Council in Phoenix, Arizona. 

 

Further, when I apply this perceived resentment into the foreign policy arena, defining the Border between Israel and Palestine is an “easy” no-brainer.  As such, the Oval Office resident needs only to issue his formal request to the General Assembly at the United Nations requesting that a Border Commission be established and with its appropriate mission do so, even if this mission requires the usage of the peace troops for security’s sake.

 

And, lest the reader not recognize reality, the ideas for the established Border Commission and the inclusion of the TNC’s and in our economic development initiatives, have been around for these past 35 years, and which reinforces our national history that was Reagan’s Legacy for the Era of Criminal Stupidity and Bush43’s Legacy for the Era of Gross Incompetence.  Lest it not be said but I will, President Obama dropped ball due to his conservative or neo-liberal banality for the evident and requisite lack of street cred, we expected, yet, he did not deliver.

 

In closing, the zealotry of the pundits being utilized to de-fang Clinton’s loss of last November via this national level of comprehensive resentment, doesn’t justify this political loss as per the Progressive Movement, but it does recognize that short-sighted and simple-minded does not a campaign make when the “money is taken off the table” and the decision-making is focused on the ideas for a Prudent Peace, especially among the combative advocates for the ‘newer and better” ideas that make for a “newer and better” Democracy.

 

Jaango—posted on April 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

Odds & Ends

 

When it comes to the “crazy” this crazy is far easier to understand when one takes into consideration the traditional “foot-in-mouth” disease amply demonstrated by our politicians.   As such, consider the following:

  1.  The now or current director of the CIA, former Congressman Mike Pompeo, is causing a ruckus for labeling WikiLeaks a “hostile non-state intelligence service.”  As a Congressman, Pomeo advocated during the Trump campaign that voters should read WikiLeaks on a regular basis. And like Pompeo, the then GOP nominee, Donald Trump, praised WikiLeaks.
  2. Earlier this week, President Trump signed-off on a resolution to permit states to deny Planned Parenthood federal spending of an approximate $500 million.  Former President Obama had issued a “ruling” to HHS that the any defunding would be premised on the failure of any provider’s lack of “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.”  And given that 3 of 4 voters support Planned Parenthood, “on the fence” Republican seeking re-election will facing angry voters in next year’s election for Congress.
  3. Resentment, Writ Large.  When placating the base, the pundits and political scribes are now coming to realize that the “resentment” of past years, has been the bridge that President Trump has crossed and this resentment among the middle class is what was driving the Trump campaign and now, his administration.  And an exemplar has been Trump’s flip-flop on the Export-Import Bank.  Thus, his patent opposition has now been reversed, since he realizes that small business garner’s 2% of the benefit while the “others” or the international companies garner the remaining 98% of the business.  And his “base” is now bereft of the substantive change being accumulated by the Super Wealthy. Thus, Trump’s pushiness for Resentment has paid for itself and which is equivalent for and analogous to the Middle Class rejecting its self-interest. 
  4. New Worker Rights Rejected. Former President Obama set in motion the advent of the new worker rights construct that enabled states and municipalities to establish “opt-in” retirement accounts for private sector workers.  Since then, President Trump has utilized the CRA to prohibit state governments and municipalities from actualizing these retirement accounts.  The Obama logic was to insure that the elderly, when retiring from the work force, could use these additional monies and thereby not having to face poverty with the sole revenue source of a monthly Social Security check. 
  5. He “pays himself.”  A Louisiana Congressman stipulated at his town hall, and after being subjected to “taxpayers pay your salary.”  He responded with “I pay my own salary.”  Long story short, his wealth permits him to concretize his public service.  And yet, he accepts taxpayer monies in the form of a federal check delivered to him on a two-week cycle.
  6. Big Media Outlets are indistinguishable.  For most attention grabbers, out of the 46 major editorials, only one editorial opposed Trump’s behavior regarding Syria.  Add into this mix, and with the  20,000 credentialed journalists employed, it’s indeed understandable that the seminal “attention-grabbing” story is yet to be written. 
  7. It’s getting worse?  The Alabama Senate voted to give preference to a church to establish its own armed police force. 

Jaango—posted on April 14, 2017

 

 

 

 

Nationalism:  Attorney General Sessions and the Philosophical Meanderings from Here in Our Sonoran Desert

 

Although the public statement delivered by General Sessions during his visit to Arizona and thusly, his inspection of the American side of the Border Wall, and with his speech, there’s not much to contest since the paywall at the Wall Street Journal is restricted, still the WSJ  did provide the following:

 

“We mean the criminal organization that turns cities and suburbs into warzones, that rape and kill innocent citizens...It is here on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth.” 

 

Alas, his speech only gets worse and after taking a gander at his formal speech and readily available later in the day and from his Dot Gov web site, became irrelevant.

 

Now, General Sessions is speaking to his political base and done in the harshest of terms, but his behavior is today’s traditional toxic politics.  And it is for this reason, I took to the various internet sites and political blogs to see what was being voiced and said.  Consequently, I took the decision to respond accordingly and did so at the Washington Monthly Magazine’s web site blog and titled, the Political Animal.  And as such, here is what I wrote and posted.

 

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As a Native American/Chicano from here in my wonderful Sonoran Desert, I speak in the languages of Yaqui, Apache, Spanish and English, and one “thing” that jumps out at me on a daily basis is the ever-present Quiver of Hate.  And the first of these many arrows shows up in the form of the Third Stereotype, and which we have attributed to the European American (the Reagan’s Legacy for the Era of Criminal Stupidity) and that is:  “I don’t care...I’ll be dead...So, What’s Your Point.”  And this is our intentional starting point in our national conversation and which contravenes Sessions.

 

So, when Sessions arrives, gives his speech, and thusly moves forward into Central Arizona, and particularly at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, and proceeds to ‘talk-up’ the military, effectively demonstrates that he is attempting to ‘enable’ the next generation of political discourse, and in particular, it’s gun-ownership and where the NRA is the third leg of the stool for the Republican Party and subsequently, energizing today’s and tomorrow’s Culture War and done on behalf of the gun manufactures.

Unfortunately, both Josh Marshall and Nancy, have yet to “recognize” what we have recognized is and of this Quiver of Hate, and in particular, from our political standpoint.  As such, Sessions and et al, are symptomatic of this prevalent Hate and further espoused by the enlarging population of Haters, and yet, our ever-enlarging demographics will drive the Haters into the deeper end of the political gutter for their eventual drowning.

 

And why?

 

WE, the military veterans are not America’s second class citizens and we are the instrumental demographics that will carry the Progressive Movement across the finish line, and prudently beneficial for the Democratic Party.  Therefore, the Sanctuary City Movement is at the forefront in our non-violent nation’s politics and when measured in the form of both the context and content, is today’s exemplar for the Anti-War Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s.

 

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Now, if General Sessions was determined to “communicate” he would’ve talked to me in either Yaqui or Apache, but he didn’t, and which is identified with the Gated Community for Perpetual War and NOT for the Gated Community for Prudent Peace.  Of course, General Sessions could have taken this conversation even further, yet in his lack of consideration to the over 400 federally recognized Native American communities and where none of the Fortune 500 companies have any corporate offices/factories that are dedicated to self-empowerment through jobs and self-employment, is quite obvious. He didn’t of course, but he did say, “This is the Trump era.”

 

Jaango—posted on April 13, 2017

 

 

 

100 Days & 11 CRAs

 

Later on this month, President Trump will celebrate his first 100 days in the Oval Office and this self-flagellation of a fiesta is just now starting and the pundits lurking around the White House, will remain mum, since having “access” to the White House contains an element of success and eventual promotion for both a better job title and a deeper pocket for the hard-earned gita.

 

Perhaps, I am being a tad too cynical?   I continue to find that the news media outlets are undaunted by their responsibility to their readers, given that 18 opinion pieces favoring President Trump from five sizable and national media outlets were published  in just one day.

Consequently, any assessment rendered by the political cognoscenti will encompass both the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to become the next Associate Justice to the Supreme Court and for replacing the late Justice Anton Scalia.  Further, the fiesta of this overall success will be premised on the 11 Congressional Review Act formally approved with considerable fanfare.  Therefore, President Trump’s overt effort to erase and overturn former President Obama’s actions will continue over these next three years.

 

And from the standpoint of history, Bush43 used the CRA to kill an ergonomics rule by the Department of Labor.  Thusly, and from the perspective of President Obama, the Republicans did bring forth a series of CRA resolutions of which he vetoed and for a variety of reasons.

In closing, President Trump’s failure on the ACA and now, with the contentious and ongoing battle in the House chamber on their budget and notwithstanding their appropriations process, Republicans aren’t listening to the White House.  With the Congress on a two-week vacation and their town halls in vociferous in opposition, the Republicans will quite happy to return from this vacation and reinvent their traditional forage for their eager spending behavior of taxpayer dollars.   And subsequently, the Cheney adage of “of deficits don’t matter” will have to come and Republicans will be America’s virtual happy campers when seen from the perspective of the loud voices on the internet.

 

Jaango—posted on April 11, 2017

 

 

 

Trump’s “behind the eight ball” Methodology Defines His Syria Operation

 

Now, with all that has been said and written, President Trump is still looking for the keys to the “trick box” that former President Barack Obama, too, couldn’t find. 

 

To wit, President Obama cautiously recognized that the existing political “triangulation” in Syria, is first, Assad, second is ISIS, and third is Al Queda.  As such, there are no further alternatives regarding Syria’s political future.  Thusly, Obama took the careful decision that our nation’s military involvement should not become another memorialized failure.

Of late, I have been especially critical of the 20,000 credentialed Journalists for adopting and adapting themselves to the Criminal Stupidity that defines our nation as a Dunce Nation.  And added to this cabal is the ever present national security experts and who pontificate the ‘probabilities’ but will never speak to this failure or their anticipated success, given this existing triangulation.  Consequently, the ‘money to be made’ is far more important than laying out an Agenda for Peace, and subsequently, taking advantage of the prevalent construct of a “gated community for opinion-making” while the grunts in the trenches, have no voice and consequently, it is up to us, the vets, to  speak up on their behalf.

And if you wonder why military veterans and who were the former Privates, Corporals and Sergeants, are not invited onto the mainstream media outlets to discuss War and Peace, the decision-makers at the media outlets know full well that the veterans would focus on Peace, and Peace doesn’t sell to advertisers but their focus on the “lying, racist, misogynist “ Donald Trump as per the Republican strategist and CNN pundit Ana Navarro, gets short shrift, despite the reality that the unassailable fact that his behavior does sell to their advertisers, making the higher-priced media executives and their stockholders quite happy.

 

And America’s re-write of this History of Justice, will come full circle in the next 20 years, and after our national Monument to Criminal Stupidity is built in our nation’s capitol, and of course, ‘triangulated” geographically between the White House, the Congress, and the National Cemetery located in Arlington.

 

Jaango--posted on April 8, 2017

 

 

The “gated community” of National Security Experts

 

When the “conversation” comes around to President Trump, and what ensues is that portion of National Security and Defense,  \and as a consequence, an obvious mindset replaces the general public and equally important, the voices of the Private, the Corporal and the Sergeant, are neither needed nor considered.  Consequently, this “mindset” is bereft of any moral compass that includes Peace.

 

And in my “listening” behavior a la Internet, I encountered the following:

“The rise of the national-security commentariat has been a long time coming.  It tracks the maturation of the security state’s managerial class.  Over the past couple of decades, thousands of mid- and high-ranking national security officials, political appointees and longtime bureaucrats alike, have graduated to positions of think tanks, defense contractors, universities, federal judgeships, and media outlets.  Sixteen years of constant warfare and bloated intelligence budgets have produced a surplus of well-credentialed experts who regularly appear on TV, op-ed pages, and Beltway panels to shill for their unacknowledged conflicts of interest or debate which of the half=dozen Muslim nations we’re presently bombing poses the most urgent threat.” 

 

And as we are the former Privates, the Corporals and the Sergeants, our “expertise”  for having the gumption to develop our “deep in the weeds” expertise is thoroughly dismissed, since we don’t bring forth a billionaire or two in our back pocket, as well as an advertising collective desiring Peace, first and foremost, leaves us accessible to the smelling salts, given the level and volume of nat-sec decrepitude for Thought and Action. 

 

Jaango—posted on April 7, 2017

 

 

Is “this” Attention Gathering?

 

It has become a public feature in the White House, that the “dynamics” is all about the combat that is consuming the White House and media outlets can’t get enough.

 

Take, for example, the following:

 

Chief Political Strategist Steve Bannon has been taken-off the Principal’s Committee or the National Security Committee that is overseen by President Trump himself.  And according to press reports Bannon’s take-down was orchestrated and overseen by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.  And Bannon is angry for being skateboarded to the sidelines.  Even though Bannon considered resigning (he has denied this) he was successfully deterred by a couple of his super-wealthy friends thus jeopardizing their access to the Oval Office.

 

And another telling example, California’s Republican Congressman, David Nunes and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has moved this leadership responsibility to his fellow Republicans on the premise that Nunes is now undergoing an ethics committee investigation for his late night shenanigans for a visit to the White House.  Thus, an intra-party squabble that just may get some serious attention and not beneficial to Nunes.

 

Another telling example of the fractious or tempestuous behavior among Republicans comes forth as the “fracas” being reported between the White House and the House leadership on the latest version for addressing it’s “repeal and replay” on this stalled health care legislation. One person present said it was in the vein of a “total meltdown, and total chaos mode”

 

Further, Border Apprehensions have taken a nose dive for these past two decades, based on the “count” that is conducted each March. As such, the apprehensions have went down from over 200,000 of 20 years ago and now, this March’s measurement is at less than 50,000, so, I am expecting the White House to issue a press release stipulating that the reduction in apprehensions were due to his consummate leadership of his ably-assertive and conservative-oriented/populist administration.

 

Is Romney the “new” Senator from Utah and set to replace the existing Senator Hatch?  It seems that several mega-donors on the Republican side of the aisle are encouraging Mitt Romney to run as the replacement candidate should Hatch opt to retire.  And will Hatch leave with his head held high?  Only time will tell.

Reefer madness in Kansas City is no more.  A voter initiative in Kansas City was approved by the voters, writ large, and now, anyone caught with only a small amount of marijuana will receive a small fine as well as for having to pay the associated court costs.  Common Sense has arrived!

And the Cable Cabal.  The variety of hosts on the talking show circuit on cable couldn’t contain themselves regarding President Trump’s attack on a Syrian Air Force base.  Albeit the effusiveness of Fared Zakaria went so far as to suggest that President Trump just became “The President.”  Now, taking this current meme one step further, President didn’t become president once or twice, but thrice.  Yup, Trump’s “deep state” is being waged on cable television and much to the delight of President Trump.

 

Jaango—posted on April 7, 2017

 

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The “unmasking” of our fellow citizens

 

I have been thoroughly fascinated with the latest storyline being emphasized by Sean Spicer, of the Trump administration’s Press Office, and where the federal government surveiled a variety of individuals as part and parcel to its responsibility and duty, as per authorized law, and now the focus has been placed on President Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, for her perceived illegal behavior, or so it seems. And of course, as per the usual, the ultra-conservative web sites have taken this behavior further, in describing the “spreadsheets” utilized.  Thus, the typical political gutter snipes and their shenanigans, continues apace via alternative facts,and yet, done as a diversion and deflection in support of President Trump’s use of Twitter and for his shortened communication as ascendant to “wiretapp.”

 

And with the above being said, Common Sense dictates that anyone, and yes, anyone working in the political arena that is Washington, D.C, knows at the outset, that any contact with a sovereign nation and its staffers are going be surveilled and their conversations recorded diligently, not only by our federal government operatives, but the  operatives of foreign governments, as well, and to include Russia, France, Germany, and even Israel on this ever-expanded listing. Additionally, Common Sense dictates that this behavior includes those persons residing in New York City and working in and around the United Nations. 

 

Now, to the person of Susan Rice and her legal behavior!  As to the role and the functionality as National Security Advisor to the recipient in the Oval Office, her daily and voluminous information arriving onto her desk, she would less than professional if she failed to provide “context and content” to insure that any information is assessed as both accurate and relevant to our voluminous relationships with foreign governments and thereby the acquired information, don’t infringe on our daily efforts vis a vis our governmental contacts, since 9/11 and where we now have 19 intelligence-gathering agencies, subsequently, doubled or even tripled in the number of agencies now charged with this intelligence-gathering. And as such, asking the intelligence-gathering agency to provide the source (unmasking) of the information under consideration, is just another time-consuming need to verify the accuracy accordingly.

 

Now, has this information garnered been utilized in an illegal manner such as being made publicly available to the traditional media outlets?  To wit, she can speak for herself and she does within this interview with MSNBC and to Andrea Mitchell, asking the questions:

 

“I leaked nothing to nobody and never have and never would.” 

 

Further, she explained, “Sometimes in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out or request the information as to who the U.S official was.” 

 

Now, need more be said on my part, knowing that I would be challenging her historical past for her being of  both stellar and sterling Character in our political arena?

 

Jaango—posted on April 5, 2017

 

 

The “drop dead” of Hooey in Republican Propaganda

 

For these past several weeks, much has been mentioned of Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the SCOTUS, and yet, history speaks to us, as well.  And when it comes to defying history, the Republicans in the Senate won’t take this history into their consideration as they contemplate their respective vote that is due either today or tomorrow.

 

In this context, the Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer has advanced this history on his premise that if Judge Gorsuch is not confirmed, President Trump should bring forth a new nominee that can achieve a level of votes among Democrats that does not affect or shatter the “filibuster.”

 

In contrast, the Republicans feel that they are obligated to shatter this “filibuster” and if necessary, they will do so and done in order to maintain control of the SCOUTS.  Thus, the Republicans have no particular interest in maintaining their history and permitting themselves to win, in this instance.

 

Of course, I am reminded of what Senator John McCain had to say recently, in that a large number of Democrats should join the Republicans in affirming Judge Gorsuch, with a pending alternative in the future.  To wit, the Democrats can join the Republicans in eliminating the “filibuster”  and just done only for Gorsuch.  Shortly thereafter, the Senate, writ large, could re-establish the “filibuster” for future nominees.

 

But the Hooey Award goes to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for having said the following:

“It certainly is the end of bipartisanhip on judges...We’ll have a partisan vote on every federal judge, at least at the circuit level and Supreme Court level.  Reaching across the aisle will be a thing of past.  You’ll get more ideological judges.  And it makes every open Senate seat a referendum on the future of the Supreme Court.  That’s what happens when you do it within one party.”

 

Needless to say but I will, the fallacy of Graham’s intellectual laziness is that the history has been that each of the judges now sitting as Members on the SCOTUS, was affirmed by bi-partisan voting and where each then nominee achieved the majority of the votes, from both the Republicans and the Democrats.  And of course, Senator Graham’s self-justification in favor of Gorsuch, is nonsense of the Hooey being espoused and which is today’s political premise, for deflection, diversion and denial, is found in one’s lack of responsibility to demonstrate relevant status and not invincible stature.

 

Update One:  On Monday or today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted affirmatively to take Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Senate floor for full consideration.  This Committee vote came in the form of 11 Republicans favoring and 9 Democrats in opposition.  This was a party-line vote.  Further, later this week, Majority Leader and Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is to call for a cloture vote, and which will determine the utilization of a Republican-led “nuclear option.”

Update Two:  Judge Gorsuch was unwilling or unable to conduct a “courtesy meeting” with trio of “minority-minority Senators and that being the respective Senators, Tammy Duckworth, Catherine Cortez Masto and Kamala Harris.

 

Jaango—posted on April 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

The Chicano’s “deep state”

 

During Eisenhower Presidency, and prior to leaving the Oval Office in 1961, he thoughtfully articulated his concern that our future should include the myriad results that are the rhetorical flourishes on capitalism, and thusly, that being his advisory that implored future presidents to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”

 

And the “deep state” of today’s political action comes from the “specialized experts” and who in the long term connect themselves to special interest entities such as think tanks.  Further, these think tanks are not to be underestimated, given that the Reagan Agenda was crafted by the Heritage Foundation for the most part.  Moreover, the Bill Clinton presidency was dedicated to the “”conservative” or “neoliberal” Democrats and espoused by the Democratic Leadership Council and which led to his presidency.  And today, this “deep state” is presently visible from either side of the political aisle. To wit, the conservatives and ultra conservatives are the Republican Party and within the Democratic Party, the conservative Democrats are the movers and shakers, as evidenced by Hillary Clinton’s presidential loss.  And no political attention was given to the middle class but the focus was on the “wants and desires” of the large dollar donors.

 

Now, to the Chicano “deep state” I am reminded that any think tank dedicated to the advancement of our future, is seminally lacking, or so I am thinking.  And yet, our historical think tank was the Chicano Movement that was created by returning military vets from World War Two, and subsequently, became well known in the 1960s and 1970s.  Consequently, with today’s advent in Latino community politics, almost 50% of the “chicano” continues apace, especially when the person encounters the racism and hate of on a periodic basis.  Thus, the indisputable voter suppression behavior done locally and nationally is just one among the many other issues and which continues to animate our ongoing Chicano Movement. 

 

With regard to our national governance model and today’s behavior, the Obama “deep state” consisting to the intelligence agencies and for their daily leaks made available to the news media outlets, and in contrast,  the Trump administration is crafting its own version of what he is and has determined to “manage and control” the daily news story, as his starting point in combating the divisiveness that he has now encountered among the Republican faithful.


Therefore, President Trump has surrounded himself with the “nationalists,” a circle of political operatives that arrived into this arena and were formerly campaign operatives with virtually no sizable experience in “governing.”   And this political behavior will define his presidential legacy for many years to come.  However, had he reached into the “experience pool” readily available to him, he would have surrounded himself with the requisite expertise that would have met with the approval of his base.

 

Take, for example, these well-experienced experts would have encouraged President Trump to  “reorganize” government from this focal point and to bring forward the shortened span of control and starting with both the Department of Defense and the Department of State, and done in the following manner.

 

Thus, the Argumentation for re-crafting the National Security and Defense Construct:

 

And first and foremost, is my Argumentation for re-organizing the Department of Defense and which is to be focusing on the following elements:  

 

1.       A CINC for Naval Warfare

2.      A  CINC for Mountain Warfare

3.      A CINC for Desert Warfare

4.      A CINC for Air Warfare

5.      A CINC for the Academic-Military Draft

6.      A CINC for Military-Civilian Affairs

 

And the above is just for starters.

 

As to the Second Element that is National Security and Defense, is the designated responsibility via the Secretary of State and comes in this re-organized form and which is:

 

1.      Deputy Assistant for Sovereign Nations

2.      Deputy Assistant for Embassy and Consular Operations

3.      Deputy Assistant for International Organizations

4.      Deputy Assistant for Humanitarian Endeavors

5.      Deputy Assistant for Geographical Regions

6.      Deputy Assistant for Civilian-Military Affairs

 

And this is the shorter version that emanates from any of the non-existent Chicano think tanks.  However, the Chicano Think Tank does exists and its call the “internet” and on an internet that is used effectively to bring people and ideas together and subsequently voters together, accordidngly.. Take, for example, today’s exemplar is found in the Great State of California and their approach to crafting legislation at the State Legislature and is to be seen as the forefront of national politics and a dire anathema or a competitive status to Trump’s self-governing model.  Further and pending on what occurs in the next few years, the Great States of New York, Florida and Texas, will re-institute a more effective and helpful governance model, and where these states will contribute to over half of all electoral votes cast at the Electoral College. 

 

And waiting in the wings are Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado.

 

So, we, the military vets, Chicanos and Native Americans here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, will target our attention, not to infrastructure but to the Appropriations process in both chambers of Congress and where the ultra conservatives and conservatives will attempt to exterminate the premise and elements that conjoined the politics and which led to President Johnson’s War on Poverty.  And in one of today’s issues is the historical de-funding for the Corporation for Legal Assistance, and which has proven beneficial and quite successful for our fellow veterans as well as for confronting domestic abuse and other neglected behaviors as well as a substantive frontline challenge at the Court for the adequate delivery of this legal representation.  And without this legal representation to over 70 million of our fellow citizens, we won’t have Justice, of any sort.

 

In closing, President Trump effortlessly digressed when addressing our National Security and Defense Systemic, and consequently, we, the general public, will have to educate ourselves far better than we have, even when the well-intentioned “experts” address our collective future.  And especially when the special interests have no particular advocacy for the inter- or intra-families located here in the US and the sovereign nations located in this Indigenous hemisphere.  Thus, this early April’s presidential election in Ecuador is just another of today’s high drama exemplars. 

 

Jaango—posted on April 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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