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Today's "irritation and aggravation"...

With a tad of tongue in cheek humor, I find that the Magnitsky Act should be "married" to RICO, and should the European Union take this humor a step further, the "intelligence community" would be rewarded.  As such, the European Union's legislation, if passed and approved would be expanded to include the  RICO, and thusly, Putin's self-surrounding of 49 multi-billionaires  would have their invested wealth in Europe "captured".  Consequently, when the Soviet Union imploded, these multi-billioniares came to the national forefront regarding Russia's economics and politics.  

Therefore,  when I think of  Trump's meeting in Helsinki with  Putin, their "quiet' meeting was all about access to these multi-billionaire amounts of monies and where Putin has control of these vast amounts of monies. And in any final analysis for "authoritarianism" its always about money, it's control and how these monies can be inserted into the econmies that will perpetuate this version of a mortal 'authoritarianism.' that just may lead to the demise of the Republican Party, despite the anticipated and contrary votes of Latinos, in the coming years.
 
Nonetheless, President Trump's kowtowing to Putin, is consistent with seeking access to this  wealth of monies that are currently owned and managed by Putin's buddies, the  multi-billionaires.  Therefore, it's the 'business' of his history for organized crime that dates back decades, is the context to easily 'misunderstand' his gusto for his political behavior.

Jaango--posted on July 19, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Another 'review' of  political inconsequence.
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With President Trump's visit to Europe, I tasked myself with taking a gander of what, if anything was accompliished.  Take, for example, Fox News was 'busy' but what I found on this Monday morning via Real Politics Dot Com, a well-known conservative-oriented hangout for political writers, reverted to whay they know best.

And here's a list of items that should not surprise any person that is recognized as being familiar with today's politics.
 
1.  "Trump Shows the World He's Putin's Lackey...Michelle Goldberg
 
2.  "President Trump He's Longer the Leader of the Free World...John Avalon
 
3.  "Media Held a 'kangaroo court' and Found Trump Guilty...Stephen F. Cohen
 
4.  "Trump Feels GOP But Will It Linger?"....Caitlin Huey Burns
 
5.  "Trump's Cowardly, Reckless Performance"...Charlie Sykes
 
6.  "What Critics Missed About Trump-Putin Summit' ...Roger Kimball
 
7.  "Helsinki Meeting Was Just Trump Being Trump"...Michael Graham
 
8.  "We All Know What Putin Has on Trump"...Julia Ioffe
 
9.  "Trump Has the  Right Foreign Policy, Just Stop Talking"...Harry Kazianis
 
10.  ":Putin Summit May Prove to Be Trump's Finest Hour"...Roger L Kimball
 
11.  "It's the Worst Case Scenario With Trump"...Rachel Maddows
 
And how much "enough is enough"?
 
Jaango--posted on July 17, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

From Fox News' Tucker Carlson:
 
"I don't think Russia is our close friend or anything like that," Carlson said. "I think of course they try to interfere in our affairs. They have for a long time. Many countries do. Some more successfully than Russia, like Mexico, which is routinely interfering in our elections by packing our electorate. So those are all concerns "
 
As such, this "packing the electorate" is just another inconsequential folly from the Right of which, Carlson, sheds a tear or two at the appropriate occasion.  And in this instance, he does.
 
And from Cody Fenwick at the web site of Alternet.org, he has this to say:
 
"But the brief remark actually demonstrated something deeper than Carlson's personal racism. It showed why Trump's supporters back him, even with all his baggage — his messy personal life, the accusations of assault and misconduct, the corruption, the sketchy charitable foundation, and the troubling ties to Russia. None of this stuff matters to Trump's supporters, including Carlson, as much as the president's bigotry toward immigrants, which they embrace."
 
Now, need more be said?
 
Jaango--posted on July 17, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump's Hat Tip  to Europe's "white supremacy"
 
In his private interview with the newspaper, the Sun, a Rupert Murdoch-owned media outfit, President Trump had this to say:  “I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn’t exist ten or 15 years ago.”
 
However, the political opposition is not going away when the Unassailable Facts remain available , constant, and up-front.    Take, for example, the following:
 
"The way he put this argument about changing culture...about Europe becoming less nice that it is, in other words, these people are here and they are making culture crappy and making the place lesser, that's straight out of the white supremacist/white nationalist playbook," said Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project.
 
And as an add-on, Claire M. Massey, a scholar at the Institute for British and North American Studies at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universitat in Greifswald,Germany said Trump's comments were "awfully painful," especially for the United Kingdom, and where immigration has played a key role in rebuilding the country after World War II.  "England and the United Kingdom wouldn't be what it is today without immigrants," she said.
 
Need more  be said about Trump's "criminal stupidity"?
 
Jaango--posted on July 16, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

Kudos to the Great State of Michigan

As per Stephen Wolf at the DailyKos web site and our kudos to him for  his article titled, "Voting Rights Roundup: Michigan poised to vote on sweeping set of voting rights reforms this fall " and dated July 13, makes the notion that "voters decide and politicians are unnecessary" speaks volumns to political activists.  And as such, the  following:

Michigan: In a huge development for voting rights in Michigan, voting rights groups have turned in more than 430,000 signatures to put a state constitutional amendment on the November ballot that contains a slew of key voting reforms, far above the 316,000 signatures required by law. The measure includes automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration, removes the requirement of an excuse to vote absentee, protects the state’s straight-ticket voting option, and allows for elections to be routinely audited to ensure accuracy.​ 

​Michigan is currently one of the worst states when it comes to making voting as accessible as possible. In particular, it's one of just 13 states that has no early voting at all and also requires an excuse to vote absentee. But Republican lawmakers fought to preserve the status quo, which exempts anyone age 60 or older from the excuse requirement—a transparent way to make it easier for that particular GOP-leaning demographic to cast a ballot.

Similarly, the GOP has tried multiple times to do away with straight-ticket voting because black voters use it more than whites. Eliminating it would likely produce longer lines on Election Day (it’s much quicker to vote a straight ticket than to fill out every race on a ballot) in disproportionately Democratic-leaning precincts—and thus dissuade people from voting.
 
 A federal court temporarily blocked the latest repeal effort in 2016, but the GOP is appealing.
If this amendment makes it onto the ballot, which seems likely, and becomes law, Michigan would instantly become of the states where it’s easiest to register and vote. That’s particularly so because of the automatic registration provision, which would apply to any eligible voter who does business with the secretary of state's office concerning their driver's license or state ID.

And equally important is the following:

What’s more, a separate initiative to end Republican gerrymandering by creating an independent redistricting commission is already on the ballot this fall. Michigan voters will therefore have two crucial opportunities to make their democracy fairer for everyone.

Jaango--posted on July 15, 2018
 
 
More from Stephen Wolf...And Voter Suppression in Arizona..
 
 Arizona: A recently filed federal lawsuit is relying on an unusual argument to target a new Republican-backed law that makes voting by mail harder disproportionately for Native Americans and Latinos. The suit claims the GOP overstepped its authority by attempting to regulate the U.S. mail, arguing only Congress has the right to do that. The law in question makes it a felony for anyone to handle someone else's mail ballot unless they're related or a caregiver, but the plaintiffs contend that this violates federal law, which lets private individuals deliver someone's mail so long as they don't charge them for doing so.

This is the second lawsuit to take aim against this law; the other case met with defeat at the district-court level, but plaintiffs there are appealing. That suit made a more conventional argument that the ban on so-called "ballot harvesting" violated federal law by infringing on the rights of Latinos and Native Americans, who were more likely to use the practice in a state that has largely transitioned to voting by mail. With the Supreme Court increasingly hostile to voting rights, this latest lawsuit could stand a better chance thanks to its innovative legal theory.

Jaango--posted on July 15, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odds and Ends...

Here are a few items of interest and in which the national news media doesn't see fit  and neither to acknowledge nor address.

1.  In the dual committee hearing in the House, FBI agent Peter Strzok was being grilled, and of course, Arizona's 'the craziest' and that being Congressman Gosar, and being a dentist, considers himself an 'expert' on reading body language.

2.  According to President Trump, Germany has been "selling" its nation-state status to Putin's Russia for buying Russia's national gas, since Germany does not produce neither national gas nor black coal.  Unfortunately, Trump's 3,000the lie is embarrassing the United States, and this behavior is only going to get worse.

3.  A manager is  now on 'leave' after demanding that an African American was not permitted to be in the swimming pool at his apartment complex.  As such, this 'trashy'  behavior by Anglo persons is becoming a tiresome and hateful event.

4.  A man who harassed a woman at a Chicago-area park for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt in the U.S. has been hit with two felony hate crime charges. Trybus, who was filmed repeatedly berating a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico T-shirt despite her pleas for him to leave her alone, was originally charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Those charges were upgraded to hate crime charges, according to NBC News, and he was arrested again on Thursday.

5.  The U.S. Navy is joining the Marines, Army and Air Force in ending its ban on dreadlocks for female sailors. The naval branch announced the reversal Tuesday in a live broadcast on its Facebook page. The Navy enlisted a six-person working group to recommend changes to grooming standards, based on feedback from their peers. As part of the decision, ponytails, buns and other styles will also be permissible for women in uniform so long as they don’t interfere with a sailor’s operational or safety needs. Male sailors are still required to keep their hair short.

6.  President Trump as President of White People.  His latest statement while in Great Britain, speaks for itself.  " I think what has happened to Europe is a shame. Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame. I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it’s never going to be what it was and I don’t mean that in a positive way... So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn’t exist ten or 15 years ago."

7.    A half of dozen country governments are now discarding ICE and where these county governments were 'housing' the undocumented immigrants, have become more costly and this political disease  has now captured the county commissioners, writ large.  And more to come.

8.  More voter disenfranchisement?  Trump announced Wednesday that he’s nominating Donald L. Palmer to be a member of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), a government body formed in the wake of the disastrous 2000 election to help states update and improve their voting systems and protect election security...Palmer, a policy advisor for the EAC and the former Virginia State Board of Elections secretary, has a long history of using error-riddled lists to inaccurately purge voters from the rolls, misinforming voters about their registration status, and pushing for laws that disenfranchise low-income, minority voters.

Jaango--posted on Friday--the Thirteenth or is it the "eleventeenth.?
 
 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Policy:  Chicanos Versus Trump and Pence...
 
Today's "insiders" are being somewhat quiet in their "chatter" and where President Trump is determined to 'disconnect' the United States from Europe,but will 'connect with Putin's Russia as the world's fourth largest economy.  Obviously, China and Europe, according to these foreign pollicy gurus, is that Russia will provide a much greater leverage point when the U.S. continues to challenge China.  But, then, President Trump has yet to learn that your political allies "defend" you and in another form of reciprocitcy, you must "defend" your allies of long standing, and thusly, Trump's obvious 'critique' of the Europrean Union and in particular, NATO, is just another 'bait and switch.'  Yet, Great Britain's "brexit" will bring down this non-slouching behavior for its 'disconnect' from mainland Europe.
 
Consequently, we, mitilary vets--both Chicanos and Native Americans--continue to emphasize our future and which 'tied' inextricably to  the nation-states of this Indigenous Hemishpere.  More so, as we continue to develop the 'ideas' and the attendant  infrastructure that will result in the Indigenous Trade Agreement that covers all these willingly and cooperative governments. As such, this Indigenous Trade Agreement will come to be consumated via this "marriage" between this Hemisphere and Europe.  
 
And needless  to say but I will, President Trump's "the white guy's kiss" to Putin's Russia, will at worst case, bode  well for Trump's immedate poliltical future, but will become a President with a disasterous 'history' or Legacy, and of the Era of the Amateur Hour when he leaves the Oval Office.  His--Trump's political disrepute, will further  lead to the demise of the Republican Party, since today. very few of our Brothers and Sisters would vote for the disgusting insolence that is today's toxic politics and where the Republican-oriented and stalwart "insiders" are fearful of the apparent retaliation or expectation of such, for challenging Trump, even on the smallest of political issues.
 
In closing, the Europeans, collectively arrive to the understandable concept and context that "We don’t have a reliable partner in the U.S. government right now.’”  And as such, this European attitude becomes our long term dilemma starting with our presidential election for 2020.
 
Jaango--posted on July 11, 2018
 

 

 

 

Are Chicanos "strengthening" Progressive Politics?

For these past couple of weeks and among the Democratic Socialists of America, the  welcoming that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has been received by the voters and whom is now the  presumptive member of the House chamber come this next January, which has given a big lift for more enthusiasm to the dedicated "leftists" in the Democratic Party, is truly good news.  

And when this purity test is argued, this argumentation starts with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's dictate that she's "a capitalist."  And it's from this starting point, Pelosi is not overly effectively, given that she won't adhere to any 'purity test" and regardless of any cohort in the Democratic Party that does this newest and seminal argumentation.   Unfortunately, this argumentation starts with the standard European logic of "marxism" amongst this rhretorical flourish but not with an argumentation that is measured by any superficial American standard, and therefore, readily dismisses a Native American "nationalism" premised on a "natural democracy" or from the relentless use of the Talking Stick.

And which brings me to our Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, writ large.

With over 7,000 Elected and Appointed Officials, Chicano political writers and pundits, have yet to effectively address the "socialism" that is being espoused by many on the Left. Consequently, this smallish "debate" is being waged by the advocates for "democratizing the ownership of  capital" versus the "neoliberal" that represents in opposition to almost everything to the left of what is today's 'centrist' conservativism. Of course, there is no 'centrist' conservativism and thusly, this political charletanism, has gone mainstream since the Reagan Era, and has encountered, in particular, to the War on Poverty of the late 1950s and early 1960s.  And today's common sense for the Chicano recognizes that the Era of LBJ and Hubert Humphrey were to the "left" of this specious centrist conservatism and which is the starting point for the Chicano political writer and pundit for having any particularized interest in this civil discourse and relative to what's been accomplished via the 'centrist' conservative. 

Or put more crassly, today's penchant for racism and hate that's being personified by the 'centrist' conservative while knowing full well that the demographics of Latinos and more so, as Chicano writers and pundits take to the internet to  advocate for "mandatory voting" via a federal mail schematic, eliminates voter suppressing while bringing forth the new ideas that will incorporate the "academic-military draft" and the "national debt surtax" that is expected to address politics of the super-wealthy and their 'win' for the Economic War in America, or so they believe, and believed by the minions of this schematic as defined by the 'centrist' conservative movement.

Of course, this brings me to address the relentless political writer, and as such, I offer my Top of the Hat to Gilad Edelman, writing for the Washington Monthly Magazine, with his latest article and titled "The Socialist Network."

And he concludes with these three below paragraphs, or as  follows:   

"The conservative movement has faced little resistance to its successful rebranding of American capitalism as synonymous with a laissez-faire, dog-eat-dog form of competition, in which maximizing the ability of the rich to accumulate ever more wealth is seen as the only unmitigated economic good. This vision depends on propping up the myth of a market that’s as “free” from regulation as possible. It’s a myth because, in fact, there can be no such thing as a modern market in the absence of regulation of one sort or another, and many forms of commerce, like intellectual property, owe their very existence to government.

"Yet modern liberals have overwhelmingly ceded the terrain. Rather than making the affirmative case for using government to structure and spur equitable markets, liberals tend to fall into the binary of a free market versus regulation. Instead of presenting a vision of how to use government to make markets work in the public interest, the message has too often been, “Capitalism is fine, we just need more regulations to patch up the failures.” Democrats, in other words, start with something that the left hates, and then add something that everyone hates.

"Ultimately, the New Brandeis folks and the socialists may have more in common than they realize. They’re both rooted in the sense, largely ignored by mainstream liberalism, that it simply shouldn’t be possible for anyone to gain as much wealth and power as the richest corporations and individuals wield today. Call this feeling socialism, call it progressivism, call it liberalism; whatever you call it, it’s where anyone who wants to harness the energy behind the rebirth of American socialism needs to start."

As  to my "progressivism" I come at this subject matter with the full understanding, or  of 20 years, hence, Chicanos and Native Americans, and whom outnumber today's progressive-oriented European-Americans and even to include the owners and managers'  of  today's pollitical websites ascribing to progressivism and where definitions of political identity, are neither overwhelming nor difficult to address.  As such, for the Chicano wrtier and pundit, acknowledges through daily  experience, the Three Stereotypes, as and is aply recognized and addressed accordingly.  And with a tad of satire, here they are:

1.  The Native American Stereotype is::  "He's just another white man."
2/  The Chicano Stererotype is:  "El gringo quere componer todo con su, 'I'm sorry!"
3.  The European-American Stereotype is:  "I don't care...I'll be dead...So, what's your point?"

In closing, the European American pollitical writer and pundit is largely unfamiliar with our "ideas" that incorporate 1)  Mandatory Voting, 2)  the Academic-Military Draft, and 3)  The National Debt Surtax."    And  having a seminal argumentation on our having to  'crrcumvent' today's news media outlets, is not a difficullt political tryst for military vets from here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, given that our historical advocates are recognized successes from our continued voting behavior for a well-endowed achievement that is "owned and managed" by our over 7,000 Elected and Appointed Officials.  

NOTE:  And by way of emphasis, I have intentionally excluded the Elected and Appointed Officials from the over 450 tribal communities that are federally recognized.
 
And here's the internet link to Gilead's article:

https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/july-august-2018/the-socialist-network/
 
Jaango--posted on July 10, 2018
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Odds and Ends

This week's political machinations has a long history and which continues to address our Common Sense.  In short, tax cuts pay for deficit spending.  Of course, there's more and as such, the following:

1.  The Congressman from from Ohio, "New details paint a culture of “sexual deviancy” and “voyeurism” surrounding Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) old wrestling team, making his professed ignorance of rampant sexual abuse seem even more unlikely."  And his latest 'defense' is premised on "locker room talk."

2.  Michigan's State Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case presented by the Chamber of Commerce and where the 'argument' is premised on only a State Convention can determine any  change to the Constitution.  "Organizers have already gathered enough signatures to place the measure, which would create an independent redistricting commission, on the ballot. But a conservative group funded by the state Chamber of Commerce is challenging the legality of the proposal, saying it amounts to a revision of the Michigan state Constitution, something that can only be done by a constitutional convention."  Therefore, a "ballot measure" must be proven that such a ballot measure is 'unconstitional."  Of course, the state's Appeals Court has rejected the Chamber of Commerce argument.

3.  Reconcile 'personal' mistakes.  With an ill-Senator McCain, he has a considerable amount of time to re-live his life, from the Vietnam War and today's glorification being perpetrated by the Oval Office that is Donald Trump.  Thus, a construct of "global leadership" has morphed into a "plutocratic neighborhood."  Therefore,  his inability  and unwillingness to construct a more 'egalitarian' Democracy, will be the iconic view of our nation's Academy of Historians, hence 20 years.  

4.  Tucker Carlson goes off the deep-end of the pool, and we're waiting to see if he wants to  survive and further, defends his 'craziness'  for being anti-immigrant.  To wit:  "They're going to tell you it's about civil rights, or about some other principle that they pretend to care about, but they are lying. It's about seizing power and holding it. That's their only aim, they're deadly serious about it. While you were grilling in the backyard last night, they were plotting, in effect, a coup."  And this Democrat is laughing!

5.  From Noam Chomsky on the natural outgrowth of rightward shift in politics:  " The GOP's "dedication to wealth and corporate power is so extreme that they cannot get votes on their actual policies — which are now being revealed to us daily — and so have had to mobilize a voting base on issues unrelated to their service to their actual constituency," he explained. "These include religious fundamentalism — a major phenomenon in the US unlike other developed societies — white supremacy, xenophobia and other latent anti-social attitudes that tend to break through to the surface during periods of disillusionment and distress. This is partly a matter of 'search for scapegoats,' the actual sources concealed in the usual manner of propaganda; thus, the public vastly exaggerates the number of immigrants, even more than in Europe."

6.  Dumping on Jimmy Carter.  History portends that he appointed 40 women to the judicial bench, when none were prohibited by Right.  And his Energy Act set the foundation for today's attention to climate change. Thus, his successes are considerable, and yet, he called it  correctly as in "self-indulgence and consumption."  As such, history speaks well of him despite today's detractors for and for who distance themselves from his administration and within today's lexicon.  And for those of us here in the Sonoran Desert, Hubert Humphrey and Jimmy Carter will become the first and second of the two faces that will enshrine our "national  monument" for both Decency and Self-Empowerment. And yet, at the end of the political day, will Stuart Eizenstat, deliver the requisite "chops" for our long-awaited Truth-telling?

7.  General Petraeus of the Wars in  Afghanistan and Iraq, will be delivering the keynote address.  "But at this year’s conference of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)—the leading organization in the field of diplomatic history—historians grappled with the controversial legacy of retired general David Petraeus, former CIA director and architect of the troop “surges” in Washington’s post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan" . Sadly, the  'documents' that further explain this Petraeus history  won't be released for another 30 years,and as such, our 'history' to the extent that it is, leaves us behind when it come 'crafting' an either risible or of a well-endowed accurate history.  Sadly, one's political attachment will determine this short-lived history for political machinations by  both the Democrats and the Republicans in their belief that Petraeus should have been one our national presidents, or until he self-destructed with his announced extra-marital affair with an historian. 
 
8.  The next 'battle.'  When Card Check becomes the Holy Grail for employees, they will have to contend with the "National Right  to Work Act."  And yet, not much has been noted in the  public news media, even though the SCOTUS has ruled on Janus of these past few days.  Today, 28 states have a Right to Work Law and where Republicans have control of the governorships of 29 states, the future is staring employees in the face and Organized Labor is still sitting on their hands, and intentionally so.  And California is the next item on the agenda of the National Right to Work outfit.

Jaango--posted on July8, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump's Latest "bump-skin" Rap...

On this past Thursday's campaign rally in Montana, he mentioned that he would not address the notion of Pocohantus, but then proceded to flip his speech and he couldn't resist one of his worst political features.

As such, he wanted to give his political challenger for 2020, and that being Senator Elizabeth  Warren, with his quip tat he wanted to deliver to her a 'gentle' DNA test to verify that she  was a Native American. And of course, this 'feature' of  his didn't go down well with Democrats.

In short, Senator Warren took to twitter and out of  necessity, responded in kind, but of  a kindness that is diametrically opposed and thusly, not one of Trump's characteristics for "kindness."  In short, she said the following:

"Hey, @realDonaldTrump: While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order. Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you're destroying."

And today, the Justice Department is now asking the appropriate federal judge for  an extension of time in order  to  respoind on the 'timing' that the Court has stipulated in their response to the  Court's "legal demand."

Of course, the "base lie" propagated by the Department of Health and Human Services has publically stipulated that their knowledge base is indeed comprehensive regarding such data, and yet, over 1,000 files of these children are missing and cannot  be found.  Therefore, the question for their legal response to the Court becomes even greater as to the geographical locations of the over 10,000 kids of undocumented immigrant parents.

Now, will the federal Court responsible insuring that that these kids 'connect' again with their parents, will President Trump hold himself accountable for his public  polilcy for separating the kids from their parents?  Further, can the Court, issue a "holding" and where President Trump must report to a federal jail to serve a30-day 'sentence' for failing to adequately address the Court's "demand"?

Jaango--posted on July 9, 2019
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

"Uncharacterized Discharge"...

Today's Pentagon behavior for the paternalistic military discharges are indeed shameful, given that the soldier was not permitted to challenge their respective discharges or even had the opportunity to fully understand the purpose of these discharges. 

Thus, Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke, writing for the internet site, Talking Points Memo, published this latest 'storyline' and titled, "The U.S. Army Is Quietly Discharging Immigrant Recruits," and dated July 5, 2018.  Unfortunately, the distaste being demonstrated by the White House, has now been carried over to the Pentagon, and the Generals are remaining quiet due to the fear that would jeopardize their careers.  And this fear is equivalent to the Bush43 War and where the Generals turned their backs on the Privates, the Corporals and the Sergeants.
 
"SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.

"The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures.

AND

"Some of the service members say they were not told why they were being discharged. Others who pressed for answers said the Army informed them they’d been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the Defense Department had not completed background checks on them."
 
To read more, here is the interntet link:

ttps://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/the-us-army-is-quietly-discharging-immigrant-recruits
 
Jaango--posted on July 5, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

 

Today's Apt Descrition for "normalizing  extremism"...

When one pays attention to the 'discussion' that addresses the "normalizing of extremism" nonethless,  this extemism has become prevalent and where this prevalence is focused on the national news media outlets such as CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC,and therefore, the national media is being challenged for being in cahoots with the Conservative Movement, writ large.

And from my perspective here in the Sonoran Desert and starting with the following:

1.  Latinos are overwhelming opposed to "normaliziang extremism"
2.  African Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to"normalizing extremism."
3.  Native Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to "normalizing extremism."
4.  Asian Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to "normalizing extremism."

Further, 69% of white women are overwhelmingly opposed to "normalizing extremism."   

Therefore, 41% of white Americans are overwhelmingly supportive for this  "normalizing of extremism."

And here are two examples of this "normalizing" as pursued by the Conservatives:

1.  The first Bush President defied political gravity and where he defined "voodoo economics" as tax cuts for the superwealthy (and where the economic boom that was to follow would pay for the tax cuts) and thereby expanding the "deficit" and where this deficit would be addressed by either attacking Medicare and Social Security and where a majority vote would support such behavior, and where the vote talley would not achieve this expectant majority, this overriding deficit would be transferred on to the ledgerized column that personified the National Debt.  As such, the National Debt would be expanded, as anticipated by the Superwealthy, and for their paying the freight bill for members of congress and who enabled this donor enabled behavior.  Consequently, today's results are evident in that the control of the White House, both the Senate chamber and House chamber, and taken together, are perfecting our national belief that more "criminal stupidity" is a must on the political right.  More so when experience and research aptly demonstrates that such egregious behavior is easily understood as "extremism."

2.   Another abject lession of this extremism can be seen on the subject matter that is today's brutal history for immigration and where "compromise" is unacceptable to  the folks that favor extremism.   In 2013, the Democrats 'compromised' on immigration and where their leverage  was premised on a "pathway to citizenship" and correspondingly agreed with monies for the common sense that is border security, and subsequently, on their additional 'comprise' that included the monies for  the Trump's border wall.  Further, and despite the usual noises from Oval Office in support for congressional action, the advocates for this extremism among the Freedom Conniptions or the Freedom Caucus, refused to endorse or support a voting status for any immigration legislation.  To wit, this extremism is now consistent with their opposition to the inevitable demise of White Power and replaced by anything that is transforming or consistent with a "brown" Democracy.  But demographics is the  bugaboo that cannot be overcome unless the extremists can find a conscriptive course for deporting all 'racial and ethnics' and for emblazing a new pathway that is signified by the toxicology that is "Make America Great Again."

In closing, this toxic politics as represented by the Trump administration, behooves the national media to 'reestablish' its journalism bonafides for "truth-telling" and where their daily bias is now quite evident, and to the obvious extent that FOX News is now considered the "owners and managers" of the Republican National Committee.  As such, neither Unassailable Facts nor the Unfettered Sciences have a salient stronghold in the news media biz of today.

Jaango--posted on July 5, 2018
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Two Depressing Thoughts on Recent History...
 
First Depressing Thought:  "Justice Anthony Kennedy opposed Native interests in most cases on which he expressed an opinion: Matthew Fletcher, who writes at the Turtle Talk blog, is professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law and director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center. He sits as the Chief Justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court and is a member of the Grand Traverse Band, located in Peshawbestown, Michigan. In examining the Supreme Court record of Justice Anthony Kennedy, Fletcher found him wanting. Most of his opinions were opposed to tribal interests as seen by Natives. In 11 cases, he favored tribal interests, but 45 times he sided with the justices who opposed those interests."

And the Second Depressing Thought:  "The adjusted earnings gap between Hispanics and white men has remained relatively steady since 2000 for Hispanic men and women overall and for most of the largest subgroups by national origin. In 2017, Hispanic men made 14.9 percent less in hourly wages than comparable white men (an improvement from 17.8 percent in 2000), while Hispanic women made 33.1 percent less than comparable white men (a small improvement from 35.1 percent in 2000). In 2016, men of Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban origins made 14.1 percent, 11.0 percent, and 16.9 percent less in hourly wages than comparable white men, respectively (in 2000, these pay penalties were 18.7 percent, 10.3 percent, and 16.4 percent, respectively). In 2016, women of Mexican origin made 33.5 percent less than comparable white men, a slight improvement from 36.2 percent in 2000. But women of Puerto Rican and Cuban origins experienced large drops in their pay disadvantage relative to white men, from 32.4 percent in 2000 to 24.7 percent in 2016 for Puerto Rican women, and from 39.1 percent in 2000 to 24.1 percent in 2016 for Cuban American women."

Jaango--posted on July  3, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

 

"Sit Down, Shut Up, And Be Civil"

"The Electoral College was intentionally designed to empower a minority: those in less populous areas of the country who wanted to protect the institution of slavery. The documents that encoded the participatory democracy of which Americans tend to be so proud expressly barred the electoral, civic, and economic participation of the nonwhite and the non-male."

And so says Rebecca Traister in his article titled, "Summer of Rage" and published by "the cut dot com."  And Traister raises the obvious point that the "minority" in America are the white men, while attempting to protect their accumulated power.  
 
"White men are at the center, our normative citizen, despite being only around a third of the nation’s population. Their outsize power is measurable by the fact that they still — nearly 140 years after the passage of the 15th Amendment, not quite 100 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, and more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts — hold roughly two-thirds of elected offices in federal, state, and local legislatures. We have had 92 presidents and vice-presidents. One-hundred percent of them have been men, and more than 99 percent white men."

AND

"But it’s not just in the numbers; it’s also in the quotidian realities of living in this country. The suffocating power of our minority rule is evidenced by the fact that we’re always busy worrying about the humanity — the comfort and the dignity — of white men, at the same time discouraging disruptive challenge to their authority."

Consequently, the 'double standard' that being the "minority" white male voter versus the "minority" of the racial and ethnic voter is now coming to realize that the "female" voter understands her history and is making or taking the opportunity to express herself and in a myriad of ways as these women select the candiates for elective office.
And it's from this 'choice' as expressed at the ballot box and where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York's Congressional District 14, and where she trounced her primary  election competitor, that being the 4th ranking Democrat in the House chamber's heirarchy.   And now this 'this' has put the 'fear' of competition now installed at the local congressional level that is worrying the Democratic leadership in the House.

And with this November's election cycle, the women will be highly competitive and thusly, subsequent election cycles, will amply demonstrate a far larger number of women competing for seats in both the House and Senate chambers.  And that's our future, writ large.

And last but not least, Traister's article can be read in full at the internet link of

https://www.thecut.com/2018/06/summer-of-rage.html

Jaango--posted on July 3, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

Odds and Ends
 
With the announced resignation of the Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, this week's political tableau has changed considerably.  And here are the lesser known stories.
 
1.  A federal judge residing in our nation's capitol, struck down Kentucky's strick Medicaid "work requirement" and thusly, three additional states will be having to litigate their individualized attempts to 'expand' this neglible provision for addressing poverty.
 
2.  Lawsuit on Medicating Minors or children of Undocumented Immigrant parents.  In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, immigrant children are being "medicated" and without the permission of the parents, and to include  denying them of access to attorneys, and the denying or delaying their release to family members or their vetted sponsors.  In addition, the notional that these children can be put up for "adoption" is now coming under legal scrutiny as well.
 
3.  Migrant Children, Legal Counsels and Diapers.  "As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as 3 are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings, according to attorneys in Texas, California and Washington, D.C., (and thereby)... requiring unaccompanied minors to go through deportation alone is not a new practice. But in the wake of the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy, more young children — including toddlers — are being affected than in the past."
 
4.  Pundit Mark Sumner on the Muellar Probe:  "One of the primary claims of the Steele memos is not just that Russia sought to help Trump, but that the flow of information went both ways. Part of the price for Putin’s help, according to Steele’s sources, was that Trump help Putin in ways that he could address even if he didn’t win—by providing the Kremlin with information on wealthy Russians in the United States. It’s not clear whether this information from Trump to Russia has been substantiated. Those portions of the investigations in the House and Senate that have been exposed to the public don’t even seem to have ventured into this territory,
 
5.  When the Pundit "rises to the occasion": 
 
"Since the election Trump has tweeted attacks on the “fake news” 225 times. Add to that another 61 attacks on “low ratings” CNN, 53 attacks on the “biased” NBC news, 51 attacks on the “failing New York Times,” and 33 slams at the “fictional” Washington Post. That’s not counting attacks on individual journalists."
 
6.  From Senator Cory Booker on Trump's pending nominee for the SCOTUS:  "The President of the United States is a subject of an ongoing criminal investigation – an investigation that every member of the Judiciary Committee knows could end up before the Supreme Court."
 
7.  Criminality Beyond Reason:  On Thursday, Raphael Sanchez was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty in February to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors said the former attorney, who had worked for the mass deportation agency for more than 15 years and already made a comfortable six-figure salary, used ICE’s databases “to obtain the personal information of the seven people, including their social security numbers, birth dates, phone numbers and addresses.” 
 
8.  From the writer of the Capital Gazette:  “I’m going to need more than a couple days of news coverage and some thoughts and prayers because our whole lives have been shattered,” she added. “Thanks for your prayers, but I couldn’t give a fuck about them if there’s nothing else.” 
 
9.  Good News for Democrats in Arizona:  "AZ-Sen: Marist has good news for Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona's Senate race, where their first poll of the contests finds her leading all three of her prospective Republican rivals. Their survey has Sinema up 49-38 over Rep. Martha McSally, 48-38 over former state Sen. Kelli Ward, and 57-32 over former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Every poll released this year has found Sinema ahead, and these latest numbers are very similar to a recent YouGov poll where Sinema's smallest lead was an 8-point margin over both McSally and Ward."
 

Jaango--posted on June 30. 2018

 

 

 

Associate Justice Kennedy Resigns, and the Implications for the Future Are Significant
 
Regardless of who the Senate chamber eventually  confirms,  the public policies will have a direct challenge in future Supreme Court hearings and where a vast and variety of  issues will be debated and approved or denied.  Thus, my more robust concern is premised on "Roe v. Wade."  And that's my starting point  for today.
 
Thus, consider the  following:
 
"Governmentments, federal, state, county and municipal, shall not be permitted to interfere or intrude onto a woman's reproductive rights."
 
And it's with this above statement, the Democratic Party has a comprehensive challenge in addressing today's political toxicity, and further, the Leadership Cabal, in both the House chamber and in the Senate chamber, signifies our future for many years to come.
 
Now, with legislation being crafted in a manner that commences in the House chamber, followed by the Senate, and more so, signed by a president that will be inaugurated in January of 2021, is easily achievable?
 
And which means that today's leadership being provided by both Pelosi and Schumer, may prove to be deleterious to our daily future, given that the 'dissatisfaction' being demonstrated by the rank and file in the Democratic Party, is ever increasing in both intensity and anger and in opposition to its Leadership Team. 
  
As such, the "petition discharge" behavior practiced by the two Republicans on immigration, demonstrates that the Democrats, writ large, would attract the support of Republicans, in a far larger measure, than Carbelo and his Big Buddy did on immigration.  And from therein, Reproductive Rights would become  the Law of the Land.  And as is our want, the "I got your back" Agenda commences.
 
Jaango--posted on June 28, 2018
 

 

 

Will Decency Continue to Succeed Despite the Assorted Antics that Define Freedom of Speech?

Earlier today, President Trump had this to say regarding "undocumented  immigrants.":

"We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents,"

Of course, anyone with a sense of  decency knows well of Aricle One, Article Two and Article Three and which describes, the historical Common Sense, writ large, is obvious.   And in this regard, is  the following is from virtually all immigration attorneys:

“The right to Due Process of law is enshrined in the Constitution and extends to every person in the United States, irrespective of immigration status...The Supreme Court, for well over a century has expressly recognized a person cannot be deported without Due Process.  Due Process at its core means notice and a full and fair opportunity to be heard.”

Further, the new media outlets are 'quietly' reporting that Undocumented Immigrants are being 'offered' reunificiation opportunities with their children but the caveat is that this 'reunification' is in exchange for signing a voluntar deportation order. 
 
Consequently, the 'consensus' is that the kids that have been subjected to "zero tolerance" policies cannot not be identified as per the Justice Department, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, unless the undocumented parent is willing subject himself or herself to the "failure  of  Due Process."  In short, the parent is willing to deny to himself or herself, our federal law for applicable Due Process.

Jaango--posted on June 24, 2018
 
 

 

Dumber Than Dumb...

With his sole signature, President Trump can rescind his public policy of "zero tolerance" and leading to the incarceration of kids with undocumented immigrant parents.  To wit, crossing our southern border is a "misdemeanor" and not a 'criminal' violation, And as such, the undocumented immigrant is assigned a calendar date for his or her due 'hearing.'  But not  so today, since everyone is to be considered as members of MS-13 or likeminded criminal gangs.  And Trump's latest salvo for an "infected" America, shows Trump's significance for onward Hate, at its worst.

Therefore, when I hear that Senator Cotton of Arkansas tout that the current two pieces of legislation now before the House chamber, and possibly to include the legislation being crafted in the Senate chamber as the Democrats' effort for "The Child Trafficking Encouragement Act," is his propaganda 'frame' and which is tantamount to equating Senator Cotton as an amateur politician of the worst sort despite his many years serving in Congress.  And he too, has wrapped himself around Trump's Hate Configuration.

Jaango--posted on June 19, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 

The IG Report:  The Bogus Boosterism Not Addressed...

After having read the 90-plus page of the IG Report that was recently released, the political operatives are now salivating at what the DOJ and the FBI refused to address or even to contemplate, and thusly, the start of the Republican-push back started earlier than we, in our public discourse, contemplated or where the 'facts' were unavailable to us since the well-connected 'insiders' did their job well. And despite this lack of 'access' to the Unassailable Facts, today's political writers are now 'concentrated' on these Facts and starting with the insiders' for their dismissed Time Line.

And more so, from the standpoint of Josh Marshall, and whom needs no introduction to us:

"It further seems clear that fear of such leaks was a major or even the primary reason why James Comey sent his letter to Congress on October 28th, 2016. In other words, there was not just bias – Comey himself reportedly called it a “deep and visceral hatred of Secretary Clinton”. That bias lead to specific and repeated actions which at least violated FBI regulations and possibly violated the law. Those violations triggered a chain of events which likely changed the outcome of the election. That is a very big deal. And yet, these basic facts, which seem all but beyond dispute receive no clear examination in the IG Report."

AND

"To capture this, I wanted to assemble the information together in a timeline which I think captures the story in a way a mere discussion of it cannot. We should note that there is every reason to think that this pattern of bias played a role not only during the last six weeks of the campaign but indeed through the entire course of the two year investigation."

As such, Marshall does the yeoman's work for all of us.

Here's the internet link:

http:/talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/a-deep-and-visceral-hatred-the-timeline

Enjoy this Telling the Truth and in the subject matter in the form for a "deep and visceral hatred". 

 Nonetheless, we, the Chicanos will be using our "long reach of history" and where we will be doing our Truth-Telling and where the FBI failed the American people, and not only for what occurred and what was not adequately reported by this same governmental agency.  To wit, this deviant behavior equates to what this same Agency disparaged our fellow military vets relative to and thru the onset of COINTELPRO and its perjoratively tainted Hate.

Jaango--posted on June 18, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

 This Week's Three Stories...

1.  The first story of the week has to do with the IG's report in which the toxic politics of today, was evidenced by the FBI's office in New York in which existing and retired  FBI agents, collectively, demonstrated this bias by making a variety of documents and stories to the House Intelligence Committee's Chairman,   In constrast the two FBI agents in the national office and their email texts are mentioned, but at the end of the day, this bias was not made available to Elected or Appointed Officials.  Therefore, the 'leaks' were from the agents supportive of the  Trump administration.

And lest we conveniently ignore this reality, the reality is that the IG Report had nothing to do with the more consequential investigation into the role that Russia played in our last presidential election. Thus, the Muellar Investigation is the Trump piority and his propaganda schematic challenging Muellar is still going strong,  and will or until the Investigation has been completed. And Trump's bull dog, that being Guiliani, is a national 'sewer pit' the defines today's politics.

2.  Children as "hostage" beneficiaries.  Today, we can now see the results that the children of undocumented immigrants, now numbering over 1,900 kids are being incarcerated in federal custody throughout a large number of locations.  Thus, this "zero tolerance" being imposed by the White House and the Department of Justice, is now being argued over "religion" and which demonstrates that the propaganda is being blamed on the "democrats" and which demonstrates that  this "hostage" taking is far greater than just a disagreement over immigration law. Moreso, a furthering a  'sewer pit' that defines today's politics.

3.  Electoral Reform. For those among us and who follow the 'in's and out's" of electoral reform, find that the affluence of poliltical operatives continue to follow the Republican 'agenda' that is intended to prohibit voters,  properly registered, are being challenged in a variety of geographical locations. And there are 'stories' galore perpetuating such demeaning behavior.  Take, for example, the Republican candidate for Congress here in my home state of Arizona, has now been criticized for a video speech he delivered in which 60% of "minority"  kids in public schools cannot properly integrate with "white kids" and subsequently, voting rights must be discarded given that there are too of these many 'minority' kids, are suffering from this lack of 'integration and assimilation.' 

In summary, the "point' will arrive somewhere in the future in which the Southern Povery Law Center, defines and describes with vigor that the White House, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security,  are 'hate' groups while not beholden to the totality of our nation's voters.  

Jaango--posted on June 16, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

We Can't Ignore the Larger "picture"...

Obviously, our good buddy, Kevin Drum, over at the Mother Jones Magazine, and especially when he writes the following at his blog:

***Start***

Here are four headlines in four newspapers today:
LA Times: Trump-Kim Jong Un summit fails to produce disarmament plan

New York Times: Trump Sees Shared Path After Meeting Kim

Washington Post: Trump says U.S., North Korea are ‘ready to write a new chapter’

Wall Street Journal: Trump and Kim Begin New Phase of Diplomacy

This reminds me: more people should be reading the LA Times. After years of management depredations it’s not what it used to be, and I feel a little sad when I pick it up from my driveway every morning. It looks a bit like a cancer patient who’s lost a hundred pounds and is barely hanging on.

But—their day-to-day news judgment is the best in the business, something I first noticed during the 2016 presidential campaign. Time after time, they gave stories appropriate play, while the Post and the Journal and the NYT would ignore important stuff and sensationalize trivia. Today we see the same dynamic at work. 
 
The LAT straightforwardly describes the most important outcome of the Singapore summit while the other three insist on stenography, repeating nonsensical Trump blather even though he plainly accomplished nothing.

That might change. Maybe yesterday’s summit really will begin a new phase of diplomacy. But it hasn’t yet. So far it’s produced nothing that we haven’t seen half a dozen times before from North Korea. Why act as cheerleaders for Donald Trump’s hype machine instead of soberly telling readers what actually happened and how important it’s actually likely to be? Are they really that afraid of an angry tweet?

***End***

Jaango--posted on June 12, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

Trump's "beating-up" On Canada?

Despite President Trump's 'fire and fury' that he has expressed toward Canada via his usual daily twitter storm, he's conveniently ignored reality when it comes to tariffs that he's 'targeting' at Canada.

However, today's reality is the following:

1.  We run a trade surplus in daily products.

2.  We run a trade surplus in total goods and services.

3.  We run a trade surplus in goods, excluding oil.

 Of course, these are the Unassailable Fact that drive forward our Common Sense, and which is absent from any thoughtfulness in the White House.

Jaango--posted on June 12, 20
 
 
Is Obama "influencing" the 2020 Presidential Field?

Now that a large of number of political writers are addressing the attention to former President Obama's current effort to 'influence' the field of the presumed presidential contestants for 2020, is far from traditional trivia. Of course, this Obama behavior is too important to disregard.

And here's why?

Today, the most rational approach to Obama's behavior is signified by Mathew Rozsa, writing for Salon and with  his artiticle,titled, "Barack Obama tries to shape the 2020 field: Bernie, Biden, Liz … and Who?" and dated, June 12, 2018.  And he commences with the following:

"Over the course of the past several months, Obama has met with Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss a number of topics, according to Politico. He also held meetings with a series of dark horse candidates, with most of these encounters taking place at the World Wildlife Fund building in the West End neighborhood of Washington. The subjects of the meetings were wide-ranging, but on many occasions touched on the future of the Democratic Party and how it could triumph in the 2018 and 2020 elections."

And after having read his-Rozsa's article for a second time, I came away with the ease of understanding that first, President Obama is attempting to provide a tad of influence his perceived roster of candidates, and secondly, he's conveniently forgotten that his behavior for 'touting" progressivism when its only convenient, further describes his behavior for his traditional history for wearing the political camouflage of a 'progressive' beyond his comfortable niche being a tried and true "corporate" Democrat. 
 
And for those of us and who personify as an espoused lighting rod of the Democratic Leadership Council of the mid-1980s and on low-rung ladder step for the Clintonistas's advent. 
 
And ever since, he's been a brilliant and accomplished acolyte for his considerable achievments, starting with having to repair the economy that Bush and Cheney left behind, and followed with ObamaCare.  
 
And yet, at the end of the political day, the roste of candidates under consideration by Obama, and who have served in the Senate or continue to this day, have yet to consider "estabishing" a Progressive Caucus, and where each of these pre-supposed candidates, do and on occasion, tout themselves as "progressives."  But here in our ChicanoLandia, we are all well aware that faux progressives are numerous in their context and content.

Moreover, from an historical perspective, former presidents don't engage in the political shennigans until after the presidential primary would commence.  Thus, President Obama is undergirding the Democratic-side of the aisle at the  U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Need more be said?

Jaango--posted on June 12, 2018
 
 
 
 
Today's Chicano Movement Is Never-Ending
 
Given our history since the end of World War Two, our political aspiration has been predicated on "I got your back."  And this iconic behavior continues to this day, or so I believe.
 
But, then, not everyone agrees with me.
 
However, Democratic candidates in the  running for this mid term election have to stand up for Honor, and nothing less is acceptable.  Therefore, if your local candidate is not espousing, "I got your back," it's time to start looking for a candidate that effectively demonstrates our valued Honor.  And to do anything less means that our particularized 'issues' have less than normal relevance to any of these candidates.  
 
And you've heard it here first.  
 
Thus, "...Honor Achieved" meets  our measurement yardstick and which encompasses both Character and Decency.  And nothing less is acceptable.
 
Jaango--posted on June 9, 2018
 
 
For Mid-Term Voters:  Let's Open-Up "transparency"?
 
From the standpoint of 'collusion" as well as "spygate," the news media has been somewhat lackadaisical when it comes to the "responsibility" that accrues daily to both the House Intelligence Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, and thusly, 'transparency" should be instituted. 
 
Therefore, "open-up" all the documents of the given testimony provided by the witnesses, should be made publicly available to each and everyone of us, and regarding of our mid-term voting behavior and litterally and figuratively to the affected members of Congress for being subjected to the level of their responsibility for the conduct of an ample oversight or for the failure of such competent behavior.
 
And if the Republican-led leadership team won't cooperate in this national 'transparency,' then, we the  voters can make our prudent decisions to enable that this 'transparency' should take place. And if so, should the Democrats gain control of the House gavel, the Chairs of the Committees, can come forward and 'release' all the requisite documentation regarding this testimony delivered to Congress.
 
And in doing so, the Democrats would prove helpful to the Muelllar investigation, and more so, since earliest expected completion date of this investigation won't occur until next year, or possibly the year after, that being in 2020.
 
And in this ongoing effort, the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff of California, sent a letter for requesting this 'transparency' to the Chairman, Devin Nunes of California, and Nunes has no intention of responding in a timely manner, or if at all.  And Schiff's latest statement of earlier this week, stipulates the following:
 
"Certainly the testimony of Don Jr., Erik Prince, Roger Stone and others is inconsistent with the public reports of meetings, conversations and other facts that have now been established," Schiff said in an interview with NBC News. "And so if those public reports are accurate, then clearly they were not telling the truth."
 
If so, the Muellar investigaton would have greater detail in which a 'delicate' investigation that challenges the above named individuals among others, to be considered for perjury should this perjury having been taken place before a congressional committee.
 
In closing, this approach to "transparency" enables the voters to consider their vote accordingly while placing an additional burden onto the Muellar investigation to add another component of "due diligence" onto this legally-charged and prior approved expansive investigation.
 
Note:  Should the Democrats gain contol of the House chamber in November, Congressman Schiff will succeed Nunes as Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and as such, Schiff won't be hampered for executing his view of "transparency."
 
Jaango--posted on June 9, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The House Discharge Petition on DACA

Yesterday, as the Republican House Caucus was completed, a few members spoke to reporters, and the consensus opinion was that House Majority Leader Paul Ryan was continuing to discourage his members from signing-on to the 'discharge petition" and which needs only three additional signatures in favor and of which would move directly onto the House floor for an 'up or down' vote.

And yet, from the standpoint of a 'generic' distraction, Ryan stipulated that 'putting pen to paper,' would be the next step in his leadership regimen. Therefore, Ryan is waiting to see if the additional three signatures can be secured, and prior to next primary election cycle.  As such, keeping "immigration" legislation out the general public's attention, is beneficial to the Democrats and potentially harmful to the affected Republicans that are not overly concerned with or jeopardizing their relection opportunity.

Jaango--posted for June 8, 2018
 
 
Trump, Pence and Sessions:  Today's Denigration of Our National Standard of Decency for the Incarceration of Childen of Undocumented Immigrant Families, Continues...

Today's statement by 40 Democratic-oriented Senators and which they are challenging the Trump administration for their 'span of control' over Customs and Immigration Control for their ongoing sweep of undocumented immgratants crossing our southern border and once arrested, the children of these undocumented immgrant parents are being incarcerated and housed "in cages" and where sleeping on concrete floors, is indicative of a 'punishment regimen' being visited on the children but not on the parents. Thus, our responsibility to challenge this inhmane treatment of children, requires that we join in this national challenge to President Trump, Vice President Pence and Attorney General  Sessions.

And much is now being written of in the national news media, from our standpoint MIA oint that is the internet, Gabe Ortiz, writing for the DailyKos, and in his article titled, "40 Senate Democrats sign letter calling for end of family separation, Republicans MIA." 

And here is the internet link:  

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/6/7/1770112/-40-Senate-Democrats-sign-letter-calling-for-end-of-family-separation-Republicans-MIA

And in this particular instance, the 'reach' of the Senatorial letter describes this latest statement:  
 
 “I don’t want to hear another Republican come to the House floor and talk about family values when hundreds of children are being taken from their moms,” Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said during a House floor speech on Thursday. “Don’t you dare.”

Note:  ACLU is in federal court challenging AG Sessions and the DOJ: The ACLU alleges that its two lead plaintiffs, women identified as “Ms. L" from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and “Ms. C" from Brazil, along with hundreds of other migrants, have suffered “wrenching separations" from their children for no legitimate purpose.  And a couple of federal judges are continuing to agree with the ACLU. 

Jaango--posted for June 8, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Odds and Ends
 
As of this past Tuesday, and with the first round of primaries completed, here are a few items that have not gotten much, if any attention.
 
1.  "What you may not know is that stereotypes suggesting that Latin Americans represent a threat to United States culture are not just morally repugnant — they’re also historically inaccurate. Spanish-language literature actually predates the Puritans’ writing in English by nearly a century" and so says Laura Lamos.  And she offers, via Salon.Com, five authors that we should be reading.  Here's the internet link:  https://www.salon.com/2018/06/03/5-latino-authors-you-should-be-reading-now_partner/
 
2.  LA County Voting:  More than 118,000 voters’ names were omitted from rosters at polling locations around Los Angeles County, the county clerk acknowledged Tuesday.
 
“A total of 1,530 precincts of the County’s 4,357 voting locations were affected in some way, with a total of 118,522 voters’ names omitted,” Dean C. Logan said in a statement, adding: “We apologize for the inconvenience and concern this has caused. Voters should be assured their vote will be counted.”
 
3.  Philadelphia as a "sanctuary" location.  A federal judge issued a memo Wednesday saying the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over the way the city deals with immigrants in the country illegally.
 
U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson issued the 93-page memo, saying the conditions placed on the city by the federal government in order to receive the funding are unconstitutional, “arbitrary and capricious.” He also wrote that Philadelphia’s policies are reasonable and appropriate.
 
4.  Today's big punch line:  Creating a movie in which President Trump was selected by GOD to become his august 'marble' takes the cake for an ever-morphing propaganda moment.  And can anyone do a better 'moment'?
 
5. Trump'sTrade War: Mexico and Canada has yet to announce their response, but if you are from the Midwest, consider the  following:  And starting with Mexico's pork.  From cotton to peanuts to corn (ethanol), rice, wheat, beef, pork etc.., repeal of NAFTA would do immediate harm 
 
"Combine this with election-time notices of significant increases in farm family/individual health care premiums (or loss of care altogether) along with the continued closing of rural health facilities and ongoing deterioration of rural roads, bridges and schools, and farm families could be facing their most difficult challenge in many decades."  As such, the local media is upset.
 
6.  Regarding more on Iowa and from Nancy LeTourneau: 
 
 "By far the best news of the night for Democrats was the record turnout in many places around the state. Just over 100,000 voted in the 2016 Democratic primary. Only 72,388 showed up in 2014…With a little over 90% of precincts reporting, Democrats already have a turnout of 175,000 in today’s primary. They will almost certainly surpass the turnout for the 2016 Iowa Caucus as well. That is, quite frankly, incredible."
 
7.  President Trump challenged Prime Minister Trudeau for Canada's having burned down the White House in 1812.  But 'truthiness' does not out shine Truth in that British troops burned down the White House in 1812, and not Canada.  Now, is there such a thing as an "idiot savant'?
 
8.  From the campaign trail complaining about the civil violation of law and not 'criminal' by  undocumented immigrants, he--Candidate Trump had this to say:  "When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families! They care about their lives, don’t kid yourselves. They say they don’t care about their lives. But you have to take out their families."  Is there another equitable derivation for a more passable description for such a thing as "idiot savant"?
 
9.  Preaching to the Trump base:  Back in May of earlier this year, AG Sessions is reported to have said:  Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Justice Department will begin prosecuting every person who illegally crosses into the United States along the Southwest border, a hard-line policy shift focusing in particular on migrants traveling with children...Federal prosecutors will “take on as many of those cases as humanly possible until we get to 100 percent,” he said.
 
“If you cross the border unlawfully . . . then we will prosecute you,” Sessions said. “If you smuggle an illegal alien across the border, then we’ll prosecute you. . . . If you’re smuggling a child, then we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law. If you don’t want your child separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally. It’s not our fault that somebody does that.” 
 
 Of course, a denial of "opportunism" is the height  of racism, or as a sane person would see of today's politics for placing 'blame' onto a child.
 
10. Is Los Angeles a 'shithole country'?  This kerfluffle in pollitics is now the unbecoming meme among Republican-oriented political operatives and exemplified in a debate of earlier today  and on MSNBC.  And in not setting aside such extremism of a paternalism that is part and parcel to today's toxic politics. As such, this political jab was in addressing, in a covert manner, that Los Angeles is the hot bed of Latino politics and which is proving to be detrimental to the Republican-oriented issues such as challenging the 'value'  located in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and least but not forgotten that the War on Poverty, as far greater in scope and public law.  Further, "libertarianism" as advocated by the Koch Brothers and their Assembly of Billionaires and put into practice by the House Chamber's Tea Party and which has morphed into today's Freeman (Freedom) Caucus, represents the irresponsible screed of Los Angles being a Third World Country.
 
 
Jaango--postded on June 7, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
More of Trump's Authoritarian Propaganda--The International Version...
 
Today, we still don't know if the "legal scholars" in the White House or the Muellar Investigative Team inadvertently 'released" the 20-page Memo that was published by the New York Times on their Saturday edition, and yet, this distraction is just another effort by the Trump White House to disavow that there was no collusion between his election campaign and the behavior by Russia's or Putin's contemporaneous efforts to inject themselves into our national election effort. 
 
But when put into the proper context and content, former New York City Mayor and now chief spokesman, Rudy Guiliani, is still mouthing this ample nostrums that Trump  had no knowledge of what the Russians were attempting to accomplish and which was to 'enhance' his election opportunity for a much larger approach to 'authoritarianism' that is now rampant throughtout Europe's politics.
 
And of course, with Guiliani now in Israel and positing that the 13 officials at the FBI are in cohoots with the 'deep state' and which is the Democratic  'establishment' and consequently, Guiliani is delivering a 'forewarning' that Trump is still undergoing his self-identified "witch hunt" and "spygate."  As such, this propaganda is getting  deeper and for us, here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, this deep sewer dive for the never-ending propaganda is still "propaganda," nonetheless.
 
And yet,for the 'insiders' among Trump's conservative-oriented base, know well that 'instigating' his base to remain loyal, is now morphed into challenging the Republican members of Congress to 'toe the line' or musdt remain silent, and if not, will bring about their individualized downfall.  Consequently, the Trump  'responsibility' to insure that all Republican members of congress will achieve their individualized successes in this midterm election will also define his "success" and sold as such, via the daily tweet storm, but the bulk of the "primary" contests started yesterday and will continue on through June and July.
  
Now, will these conservatives on the Right and cooperate with Trump's Army of Acolytes to "punish" any wayward conservatives seeking the re-election opportunities?  And if so, the Republicans will not challenge Trump on either public law or  the attendant politics.  Thus, the next dozen weeks or so, and as we get deeper into the primaries, this behavior will be 'out and front' and across the news media outlets, and as their perceived "front page story."  Thus, "issues" and "public policies" be damned.
 
Jaango--posted on June 6, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another Alternative to Paying-Off the National Debt...
 
For all these many past years, we, here at the Chicano Veterans Organization have 'argued' in favor of a National Debt Surtax become established in public law and which  would 'capture' the Democratic-oriented Senate as well as the many of Republic adherents that label themselves as "deficit hawks."  And as to the House chamber, the Freeman (Freedom) Caucus, being the sole and soul existence for the  self-assigned label of "deficit hawk" would stumble all over themselves to put themselves into this column of an affirming vote.
 
However, an ever-important voice is Dean Baker, and his latest column adds attention on how address our national  debt and it can be accomplished via the "patents" that the federal government has control over.
 
His article is titled, "The patented solution for paying off the national debt" and published by Salon.Com.  
 
And here's the internet link: 
 
https://www.salon.com/2018/06/05/the-patented-solution-for-paying-off-the-national-debt_partner/
 
Enjoy!
 
Jaango--posted on June 5, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Almost 7,000 And Still Counting...
 
The ever-present 'cheap shot' for political writers like myself, is also focused on the ever-present Sunday morning talk shows, and where the obvious misdirection is all-important.
 
Take, for example, the following:
 
1.  ABC's This Week,
2.  CNN's State of the Union,
3.  CBS' Face the State,
4.  NBCs Meet the Press, and
5.  Fox Broadcasting Network's Fox News Sunday
 
And among these five shows, no mention or attention was given to Puerto Rico's hurricane disaster and where, according to a Harvard University study effectively concludes that over 4,500 Puerto Ricans lost their lives.
 
Now, to the almost 7,000 and counting, almost any Latino Elected Official would have enjoyed addressing this climate change disaster and yet, none of these network shows venture to invite Latinos to go forth and offer their obvious opinions and premised on the Unassailable Facts. 
 
And to take a far grester step forward, we too understand tha these Sunday Morning Talking Heads, refuse to address the overt and covert efforts to and by our United States to destabliize the governments that describe our good neighbors throughout this Latin America Region.  
 
Consequently, this shortsightedness is now focused on whether President Trump can "pardon" himself in contra to the Constitution.  
 
Jaango--posted on June 4, 2018
 
 
 
 "Untamed and Unapologetic"  

At his commencement speech before the cadets at the Naval Academy, President Trump continued to tout his white supremacist crappola and thusly said, "our ancestors tamed a continent"  AND "we are not going to apologize for America."  

And needless to say, but I will, and in which and during the next twenty years, the National Academy of Presidential Historians will become animated as Chicanos and Native Americans begin their majoritarian membership and to address Trump's Ghost of History, that being his accreditation to the Oval Office, will not do him in 'good stead'.

In the meantime, Sarah Sunshine Manning, a citizen of the Shosone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Indian Reservation in both Idaho and Nevada, had this to say:

"This knowledge seems rudimentary, and yet it’s not: The same ships that transported the “American dream” from 15th century Europe likewise delivered a nightmare to indigenous lands now known as America—a nightmare that would persist for centuries for millions of indigenous people, African slaves and their many descendants. But it was far beyond a nightmare. It all was callously and painfully real…

"Trump’s remarks, true to white supremacy and American colonial form, hark back to the very first classifications of indigenous peoples as untamed savages. The humanity of indigenous peoples and our right to life was once again denied by Trump’s words, anti-Indianness recharged, by the man tasked to lead a nation that he and many others continue to arrogantly dub “the greatest,” admiring their own reflection in the mirror while selectively narrowing their gaze to exclude their brutal, white supremacist past and present."

Need more be said?

Jaango--posted on June 1, 2018
 
 

Mexico's Presidential Election...

Some six this years ago, I wrote extensively about the half dozen candidates seeking out the title of President, and of course, Nieto, was easily the winner. 

However, this  presidential election and scheduled for July 1 of this year, is an oddity in that the current four candidates are bringing forth a 'coalition' of political organizations and astute political operatives into each respective campaign.

And with in mind, consider the following:

1.  Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Known as AMLO, the former Mayor ofMexico City is making his third run at the presidency.  This time as the candidate for the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA). Frequently framed as leftist, MORENA allied itself not only with the Labor Party (PT), but also with the Social Encounter Party (PES), led by religious conservatives.

2.  Ricardo Anaya, whose conservative National Action Party (PAN) formed a left-right alliance with the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and the Citizen’s Movement (MC). 

3.  José Antonio Meade, who’s held various cabinet posts and is the candidate for the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The PRI is allied with the New Alliance Party (PANAL) and the Ecologist Green Party (PVEM).

4.  Of course, there is an outlier in this election cycle which is Jaime “El Bronco” Rodríguez, isn't running with any party at all. After years in the PRI, he went on to become  the first independent to win a governorship in 2015. Currently on leave from his post as governor of Nuevo Léon, Rodríguez was initially prevented from launching his campaign due to irregularities in signatures collected to support his candidacy and, therefore, does not appear in some polls published around the official campaign start of March 30.

And if the elections polls are reasonably accurate, AMLO and whom is the former Mayor of Mexico City, has been pushing two major ideas.  The first, is combining the police and the military and espoused on the premise that addressing the criminality, and in particular the drug cartels, and which is a $40 billion industry, will be addressed accordingly and similar to the Peace Process that has taken place in Columbia.  His Second is predicated on the massive shift to his Pardons  Program in which the criminality will be addressed via the Constitution and which requires that his Congress must approve all pardons,that he would issue by edict providing the criminals meet certain and predetermined 'requirements.'
And for those pundits amongst us and who follow closely the politics of the Mexican population, understanding the sizable notion of "We don't want to be killed" seems that AMLO is addressing this cultural or iconic issue of a sizable concern by the voters.

During the last two presidential election cycles, the presidential candidate that won, won with less than 42 percent, and when today's latest polls or of this past week, are being factored into this presidential election cycle, AMLO is at 52%; Anaya fell to 26%; and Meade's poll rating rose to 19 percent.

And the equivalent to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its ingrained politics here in the United States, this equivalent behavior in Mexico is touting that AMLO is not conducive to the business community,and thusly, the voters are being either discouraged or admonished for voters predisposed to the candidacy that is AMLO.

In closing, the 'insider' view that is the PRI and which is Mexico's largest political organization and Meade is its candidate, and consequently, Meade is not to be easily ignored nor readily dismissed, when the votes are tendered and counted.
 

Jaango--posted on May 31, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Challenging Trump's 'litany of lies'

For these past many years, we, on our Commentary pages, have and at times, excoriated our nation's over 20,000 credentialed journalists in their obvious failure to and for disputing the Unassailable Facts.  And in this regard, the internet pundits are now getting "deep into the weeds" for excoriating, not the journalists for the most part but for challenging the national media outlets' decision-makers for their professed love of any political 'drama' that increases their sales and leading to a much larger bottom line.

However, the internet blogs are now recognizing that this rampant behavior within the big media platforms, is slowly being addressed.  Take, for example, Mathew Iglesias of the Atlantic Magazine, and writing his statement via Vox, has this to say:

"Even in a news analysis piece about Trump’s strategic promotion of conspiracy theories, the New York Times euphemistically referred to “unconfirmed accusations” rather than baseless conspiracy theories.

"This preference for euphemism over straightforward language is silly, so it’s attracted considerable social media criticism. New York Times journalists, meanwhile, are fiercely loyal to one another in public. The institution is congenitally unwilling to accept any form of criticism. And so Times reporters have responded as they often do, not by engaging on the substance of the criticism but by questioning the critics’ motives. [...]

"Yet the troubling thing about media coverage of Trump isn’t that the press has failed to label lies as lies once they are proven to be lies. It’s that these kinds of statements continue to be taken at face value when they are made, as if they were offered by a normal, reasonably honest person. But Trump is not a reasonably honest person. He is someone who flings around unconfirmed accusations and demonstrable falsehoods with abandon — and who does so, by his own admission, for calculated strategic purposes."

Need more be said?

Jaango--posted on May 31, 2018
 
 
 
 
Self-Governance by "discharge petition"...
 
Here's a list for contra-factual Democrats in which "dirty" corruption is recognized as such, and "clean" corruption is contrasted effectively by our new and recent citizens and voters and where these first time presidential voters showed up with proof of their Common Sense for the well-constructed Unassailable Facts.
 
During this past week, I took the opportunity to interview seven of our 'newest' citizens originally from northern Mexico, migrated to the United States in search of work, and upon arrival quickly assimilated themselves into the United States. And in the course of their work history, went through the process of becoming citizens. 
 
Consequently, my interview was consistent with their recent history, and starting with how each sees the subject of "politics" from the standpoint of "official" new arrivals. And where first their voting opportunity/experience took place where each voted in the last presidential election between Trump and Clinton. As such, six voted for Clinton and one voted for Trump.
 
With this background, my interview delved far into the political issues, not only from my perspective, but from their perspectives as well. And pretty much, we found ourselves on the same page. However, one issue surprised me where each agreed and where they went, collectively, into the frustration and with far greater detail, and which was somewhat surprising to me and as to when they described their particularized views for "corruption" as having two sides. Thus, "dirty" corruption and "clean" corruption.
 
Take, for example, in Mexico and stopped by the local police for a traffic infraction, paying a small 'mordida' or bribe to the police officer, is their considered distinction as 'dirty' corruption since the police's chain of command is quite familiar with this behavior and in some instances, this chain of command may even receive a small benefit of a few pesos, and of course, this accumulation of small amount of pesos do add up on a daily basis, given the number of traffic stops not ticketed at the automobile drivers. As such, Elected and Appointed Officials are familiar with this behavior, yet, they won't change the public laws, given their political want.
 
And as to the "good" corruption, their angst and anger as well as their ire and fire is directed at our Elected Officials seeking re-election here in the United States. And they too see our Elected Officials seeking out their Ambition, by asking the potential small donors to contribute to their campaigns. In contrast these same Elected Officals spend an inordinate amount of time seeking large dollar contributions from the well-represented Donors, and subsequently, administer to themselves, the 'need' concurring votes for the sole benefit of their wealthy patrons. As such, the small donor contributions, have little if any value to the decision-making taking place on either in Committee or in either the House or Senate Floor. Moreover, this value is easily dismissed or until the re-election campaign ramps up and the votes need to be counted accurately on Election Day.
 
And it's from this standpoint that "clean" corruption manifests itself. As such, the government permits this behavior to occur and has been reaffirmed via the SCOTUS decision that we all recognize as Citizens United. Therefore, "clean" corruption is now embedded in public law. And into this legalized 'corruption,' Character, Morality and Decency, does not do Justice well.
 
And what does Justice Do Well?
 
Take, for example, can and will the Progressive Caucus or the Hispanic Caucus in the House chamber rise to the opportunity to mount a campaign on an Agenda for a Discharge Petition Campaign consistent with the paramount importance of an approximate 25-issue campaign that pertains to the Spanish-speaking community's Unmet Needs?
 
And among my seven interviewees, all agreed that Comprehensive Immigration Reform equivalent to the Senate version of 2013, would be their ideal starting point, given this expanded opportunity for individualized self-empowerment. To wit, Character, Morality and Decency, would be quickly reintegrated into our resonating view for an ever-strengthening Justice construct.
 
In closing, will the Latino community, writ large, circumvent today's European American leadership of our national coalition of a progressive movement, and in doing so, we, the Latino Community will not continue to adhere to the "second class citizenship" being perpetuated by the 'status quo' Democrats and the Republican-oriented conservatives and by their partisan divide being exploited by their extremists in the guise of the Tea Party off-spring that is the Freeman Caucus. Consequently, the Ambition of a self-governance model that unequivocally rejects Hate, is an easy decision to make, for us, the Latinos. And furthermore, the progressive-oriented European Americans will have to play 'catch-up' ball. And there won't be any Geronimo's 'repeat' despite the repeated promises made on behalf of America's 'majority.' And in the 'real' analysis of success, is to continue the Art of Becoming and which is premised on a behavior to dismiss the national news media that factually, denies, diverts and distracts our Common Sense for the well-constructed and readily available Unassailable Facts.
 
Jaango--posted on May 29, 2018
 
 
 
South Dakota Is Challenging theTribal's Treaty Sovereignty...

Since both Michigan and South  Dakota would not expand Medicaid during the Obama administration, the State of Michigan has 'walked-back' its legislation  that requires participation in Medicaid must now include "work" otherwise the recipient will lose access to Medicaid. In contrast,  South Dakota is determined to forge ahead, and by challenging Tribal Treaty Sovereignty. 

And writing for the Talking Points Memo, Alice Ollstein, writes the following:

"Just a few days after Michigan Republicans walked back their controversial plan to exempt several majority-white counties from its proposed Medicaid work requirement after a widespread backlash and accusations of racism, South Dakota unveiled its own proposal that wades into a similar legal and political fight."

AND

"The draft waiver the state released this week proposes the implementation of a work requirement for a five-year period only in the state's two most populous counties, Minnehaha and Pennington, home to Sioux Falls and Rapid City respectively.  While both the state and its largest cities are overwhelmingly white, more than two-thirds of the state's black residents and nearly half of the state's Hispanic residents live in two counties where the work requirements would take effect."

And for more, here's the internet link:

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/south-dakota-wants-city-dwellers-native-americans-to-work-for-medicaid

Jaango--posted on May 25, 2018
 
 
Odds and Ends

Fortunately, this week's craziness requires that we pay attention to this behavior, knowing that anything less would take the fun out of politics.  And so we regress, politely, of course.

1.  The owners of the NFL teams are going be requiring that their contractual employees will have to remain 'under cover' and subsequently, there will be no kneeling when the National Anthem is being played for the fans enjoyment.  The financial expectations for greater growth, has been nascent,and thusly, eliminating the "politics" of the Players, should reap more profits for the Owners, or so the thinking goes.

2.  The local convenience stores such as 7-Eleven, are considering that there can be a financial benefit to themselves from selling cannabis-oriented products in states where such behavior is permissible.

3.  Robert De Niro, the famous actor of film and televison, is also an owner of a restaurant, and expresses himself in his contempt for President Trump and has now 'banned' Trump from his restaurant.  Trump knows nothing of De Niro's restaurant, and we still know that he-De Niro is reaching out for more political notoriety.

4.  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, stipulated in a presentation to Congress that local school districts should be permitted to have the school administrators report "undocumented" school kids be reported to ICE. Thus, her Hate was on full display. Of course, the Supreme Court has already ruled that kids have a 'right' to educational opportunies and DeVos is challenging our Constitution. As such, she's a political freak for today's freak show.

5.  In the highly contested effort to secure a Republican slot in a challenge for Georgia's governship, the Republican advocate for his "deportation bus" came in second to last in this contest.  As such, crazy is as crazy does.

6.  Wendy Rogers, an Arizona Republican seeking a primary win in the First District (Tucson) has posited that "abortion" is equivalent to the "holocaust."  And yet and for those us that are political junkies, know that any comparison to the Holocaust is another traditional meme or storyline when the subject of "abortion" is being addressed.  Of course, she's tried several times to achieve her party's nomination, and she's failed in each instance.  Unfortunately, her 'craziness' would and should've  caused her to craft a smarter agenda when seeking the support of voters.

7.  From an eleven-year old Latina and where she is learning at an early age:  "We're not animals, but if I was, I would be a black panther fighting racism."

8. President Trump's "spygate."  To wit, the following:  "Trump told one ally this week that he wanted “to brand” the informant a “spy,” believing the more nefarious term would resonate more in the media and with the public."
 
Jaango--posted on May 25, 2018
 
 
Iran and North Korea:  On the Same Page?

With President Trump's earlier announcement of today, the Summit with North Korea, is no longer applicable relative to the politics of this situation, and when extended further, Iran is being addressed in a like manner.  Thus, what the Trump administration is requiring of Iran, squares with what the Trump administration is seeking in its summit with North Korea.

And these "demands" by the United States consist of the following:

1.  Deliver a full account of the 'military dimensions' of its prior nuclear program.

2.  Verifiably abandon all work on nuclear
weapons 'in perpetuity.'

3.  Stop all uranium enrichment, which includes its heavy  water reactor.

4.  Never start up plutonium reprocessing.

5.  Provide the IAEA with 'unqualified access' to all sites throughout the entire country.

6.  Halt development of nuclear-capable missiles.

7.  End proliferation of ballistic missiles.

8.  Release of all citizens of the US and its allies.

And from this primary starting point, the 'de-nuclearization' of both Iran and North Korea, commences with the security proviso, that all that will follow, with depend on 'negotiatiosn' as the perceived Summit and at a location and time to be negotiated and determined.

Jaango--posted on May 24, 2018
 
 
 
 
Putin's Propaganda for Authoritarianism Towards America...

In our nation's politics, it's easy to ignore the role of incessant propaganda, and from whatever direction this propaganda is created and delivered to the general public, it's safe to understand that the general public doesn't have much of any inclination to understand this dilemma that is facing our nation and equally, our future, hence 20 into the future, since the 'cost' of our daily living includes the myriad isues of a history where 'self-interest' was jettisoned and accomplished intentionally. 

Thus, Putin's view of his authoritarianism being 'projected' onto the United States comes at us in the following form:

"…insisting on the lie, the Kremlin intimidates others by showing that it is in control of defining ‘reality.’ This is why it’s so important for Moscow to do away with truth. If nothing is true, then anything is possible."

And transfering Putin's playbook onto our Spanish-speaking communities, writ large, we can readily recognize that our national politics, is being driven by the Right in its attempted defense of President Trump with their lack of respect for what the Muellar investigation is determined to accomplished.  Yet, this investigation will come forth and where the 'result' may not be sufficent with any Unassailable Facts that leads to neither an "indictment" nor "impeachment." 
 
And if this is the end result, our nation will continue to annually spend taxpayer dollars in the amount of $5 trillion and the continued attempt to overturn all that President Obama accomplished during his 8-year tenure in the Oval Office.

Of course,the "deep in the weeds" of propaganda emanating from the White House as well as from the Republican-led House chamber for challenging the Muellar investigation, comes at us in two forms, political and criminal.  And it's from this standpoint that the "political" is far more important to consider in our daily behavior, and subsequently, followed by our behavior on Election Day and at the ballot box.

Therefore, my attention from yesterday's news item on the NBC affiliate here in Arizona, demonstrated that my efforts over these many years, came to fruition.  As such, several women--Elected and Appointed Officials, presented themselves to a classroom of students--seniors-- were entralled that all these women described their hardwork and success and which determined their Ambition via the role of education, was the premise of their all-encompassing behavior, for their respective futures as was for our portending future that  we too, can accomplish and enjoy.  And yeterday, what occured in Tolleson, Arizona, was a stellar moment for all of us.

And it is from this standpoint that our achieving an ever-higher degree of education, and once accomplished, will become the challenge to both domestic and international 'authoritarianism' being projected onto us, means that this authoritarianism will not succeed.  Consequently, our attention to the many tangents of this authoritianism, in the political realm, remains important when Unassailable Facts the drives Truth forward, means that we have to equip ourselves in a more constructive manner and where we are not diverted into the camouflage that is Nationalism for this unceasing propaganda that is today's toxic politics.

Further, this,  "an interwoven nest of terms, memes, themes, and theories—that’s now been the Right's halluciination," as we should see this as it is.

In closing, what occured in Tolleson, Arizona, lends much for credence in our confidence for what can be accomplished and attained and where today's political dynamics is not overly important, even when we address our "unmet needs" that will animate our future, both for ourselves and our children and our subsequent generations.

Jaango--posted on May 23, 2018
 
 
 
 
On the VA's Medical Care Legislation...

Here is one of best assessments on VA Medical Care that now includes the updates, not readily available since much of the legislation was written behind closed doors and included conservative veterans groups that are well connected to the Trump administration.

And here's the teaser of a few  paragraphs and which includes the internet link:

Congress Is Poised to Push Veterans’ Health Care Closer to Privatization

The VA Mission Act sends more veterans into private health care without giving the VA the resources it so badly needs.

by Suzanne Gordon and Jasper Craven
May 22, 2018

***Start***

In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote last Wednesday, the House passed The VA Mission Act. The Senate is expected to pass companion legislation Wednesday, and President Trump quite likely will sign it into law on Memorial Day.
The objective of the VA Mission Act is clear: further privatization of key services inside the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. It has been plotted out behind closed doors by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, powerful business interests, and savvy conservative veterans’ groups who find themselves newly influential in Trump’s Washington.

The first strike in this war over privatization occurred in 2014, when Republicans blocked a bill introduced by Bernie Sanders that would have provided the VA with much-needed funds and expanded services to veterans. A compromise measure, the 2014 VA Choice Act, gave the VA a fraction of the funds it needed while allocating $10 billion for care in the private sector. (More than one-third of all VA-funded medical appointments last year took place in the private sector.)

The Choice Act, cast initially as a temporary measure, has been extended repeatedly. The Mission Act will make permanent its privatizing principles by allowing and even encouraging more veterans to seek care outside the VA. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the act would result in 640,000 additional veterans seeking private care in the first few years after its passage, and that the agency’s current annual allocation of $9 billion for private care would increase substantially.

The act’s drafting has taken more than a year, and traditional veterans service organizations (VSOs) and Democratic lawmakers have successfully fought to remove some provisions that would have made the law even worse. But the act as currently composed creates new pathways to private care, without meaningfully addressing longstanding budget and staff shortages throughout the agency.

Despite this, Washington’s most influential lawmakers and 38 veteran groups have lined up in support of the bill. They run the gamut from the American Legion to Concerned Veterans for America, a conservative group backed by the Koch brothers. Interim VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, who last week was nominated by President Trump to permanently replace former secretary David Shulkin, is also in favor of the comprehensive package, claiming it will patch up agency problems while making care more accessible in rural areas.
 
The act includes a massive expansion of the VA’s caregiver program, a benefit veterans’ advocates have long sought. The program, which provides family caregivers of severely disabled veterans with a modest stipend, health insurance, and training, currently applies exclusively to veterans who served after 9/11; the Mission Act would extend benefits to millions more caregivers.

And the internet link is:

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/05/22/congress-is-poised-to-push-veterans-health-care-closer-to-privatization/
 
***End***

Jaango--posted on May 22, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
More Presidential Politics as Entertainment

As such, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have signed a five-year with Netflix, and the New York Times, writes:

he deal will give Mr. Obama an international television platform during his post-presidency, allowing him to reach millions of people in the United States and internationally. The couple has created “Higher Ground Productions,” a company to produce content for Netflix, the streaming service announced.

The former president has told associates that he does not intend to use the new platform to wage a public campaign against his successor in the Oval Office, or to fight against conservative media outlets like Fox News.

Instead, a release from Netflix said the Obamas will produce “scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features” that highlight issues and themes the president pursued during his eight years in office.

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

Jaango--posted on May 22, 2018
 
 
Was It "agents" or Was It "informants"?

With all the hoopla now being addressed by both th political operatives and news reporters, did the FBI insert FBI agents into the Trump campaign shortly after the Trump campaigned blamed the Obama administration for utilizing recording devices inside and outside the Trump Tower? 
 
And yet, we now know that the Obama administration was not recording the politics being practiced at Trump Tower, but this unassailable fact does not drive the political operatives and news reporters, but this mis-perceived behavior is driving the bigger story, and as of yesterday, President Trump did 'demand' that the FBI and the Justice Department begin a much larger effort and where the Inspector General has been given the responsibility to expand its ongoing investigation on 'leaks' as well as the infiltration of possible FBI agents into the Trump Campaign as well these possible agents have been hired to work in theTrump administration.

And now, were left with the storyline that not FBI agents but "informants" were placed into both the Trump campaign and the administration. 
 
Consequently, the various news media outlets are 'touting' that a second and third informatant were reporting to the the FBI and possibly the Muellar investigation, strategic information that does not necessarily address the "civil collusion" since criminal law does not address "collusion" since this collusion can only be addressed directly  by 'indictments' brought forth by the Justice Department.  And of those half dozen persons that have been indicted by the Muellar investigation, are now cooperating by providing much greater detail for their sole advantage and prior to being sentenced by a federal judge due to the agreed upon lawbreaking.

And tomorrow, we will be hearing a large number of stories of 'informants' that are willing to speak to federal law enforcements and which displeases both the West Wing and the Senate and House chambers in their continued pursuit to 'defend' President Trump from any possible effort at either 'impeachment' or the possibily and any potential for any indictment that is predicated on Democratic-oriented behavior, yet, the Republicans are soley engaged amongst themselves to continue to damage and to defend such political behavior.

Jaango--posted on May 22, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Can the House Freedom Caucus 'game' the House Leadership Team?

Much is being said and written that the "moderates" in the Republican House chamber is seeking to uphold their advantage in the next congressional election, while the Freedom Caucus of a collective for the Far Right, is seeking their comparative advantage that is located in challenging the leadership in the House. 

And to this extent, the Freedom Caucus torpedoed the five-year reimplementation of the Farm Bill while leveraging their voting advantage on DACA, has set their political stage, and yet, Republican Congressman Curbelo of Florida,while residing in a 70% Hispanic district failed to take advantage of this opportunity, and subsequently, used his effort of a discharge petition to address DACA without a "pathway to citizenship," and yet again, a far more intelligent approach would have been to utilize his opportunity to advance his discharge petition on behalf of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and which passed the Senate in 2013. 
 
Thus, his assured success on his version of 'immigration' would have been dedicated to that and of the 2013 version on immigration by pulling this Senate approved legislation out of his chamber's trash can of recent history.

Therefore, when the journalists at the major news outlets speak and write of the Freedom Caucus challenge to House Speaker Ryan, and given that Ryan will be retiring from the House later on this year or after November's election, Ryan's designated Number Two and that being McCarthy, McCarthy becomes the 'iffy' vote for Curbelo's success or failure on his discharge petition.  And where McCarthy goes, so goes the designated "moderates" as defined by the political-oriented journalists. As such, McCarthy is much a conservative as is are all the combined members of the Freedom Caucus.

Moreover, the competition between Congressman Scalise and McCarthy will become a high line story line for journalists, while the November's election will determine whether the Democrats regain control of the House.  And the Democrats prove themselves to be successful, McCarthy, Scalise and Curbelo's near future become almost irrelevant in the greater scheme of things regarding our immediate future, commencing in January of next year. 

In closing, should the Democrats regain control of the House chamber, will the Democrats take the 2013 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act and channel this inexact legislation into the House Floor and for an accomplished 'new' vote"?

And that mean's that our votes in November will be both strategic and consequential.

Jaango--posted on May 21, 2018
 
 
 
 
How Scared Is the House Leadership on DACA?

The latest statment by California's GOP Congressman, Kevin McCarty in the House has the Republican caucus members striving to not make any public statements readily available to news reporters, and thusly, all statements are private or 'off-the-record.'

As such, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan says the following:

 “Passing a bipartisan immigration bill that the base hates, McCarthy argued, would depress Republican turnout, and possibly cost the party the House.”

As such, the Queen's Rule is all about the process that is the "discharge petition" and where a majority of the House Members co-sponsoring a piece of legislation, and after taking the legislation under consideration, would get a House vote, and if the majority of votes prevailed, this legislation would delivered to the Senate chamber.

When in 2013, the Senate approved its Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, and shortly thereafter, the approved legislation was delivered to the House Chamber for its consideration.  And upon receipt, the Republican leadership cabal, quickly tossed the legislation into the trash can, and today, the Democrats are now and at best, shortsighted in their responsibility and duty to adddress the concerns of the voters in their congressional districts.

As such, any effort to be led by the Progressive Caucus in the House to utilize the 'discharge petition' and seek out the majority of House members in support of the Senate's 2013 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, is nowhere to be seen.

And of course, the Democratic leadership cabal in the  House, is supremely confident that the Chicano's "agenda of unmet needs" not be addressed in any public forum, otherwise, the candidates for the Democratic Party will turn-off potential Republican-oriented voters that are much-needed by the Democratic candidates campaigning for House seats in November's election.

Further, the leadership cabal at the Progressive Caucus and the Hispanic Caucus, need to be given a 'tough talking to" for their 'broken' zeitgeist of Political Thought and Action, and where their refusal to challenge the House Democratic leadership cabal as well as challenging the self-touted 'progressives' among the Senate chamber and where the appropriate discharge petition would heighten the differences between the Democrats and the Republicans.

In closing, I was given by our Public Polilcy Board several e-mailed  responses to my unwavering suggestion that both Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer should 'retire' and return to a private life that does not imperil the future that is the Chocolate Democracy and which pertains ns to Chicanos and Native American military vets, in particular.  And yet, we too, know that an approximately 100 million of our fellow citizens, eligible to vote in the last presidential election and to include this November's election, will not vote, and subsequently, the leadershp cabals won't address this political matter as more voter suppression and where the solution is Mandatory Voting.

Jaango--posted on May 18, 2018
 

 
 
 
 
The Affirmative Vote Complements "politics is personal"

Here are a few 'stories' that re-emphasize that the late Tip O'Neil, the stalwart Congressional Democrat from Massachusetts and of considerable fame and in which he atoned that "all politics is personal" and since then, nothing much has changed.  But the Chocolate Democracy, hence 20 years, will make tomorrow's politics even more personal and a politics that is 'personal' especially when "mandatory voting" becomes concretized.
 
Jaango--posted on May 17, 2018
 
 
Now, These Elected Officials Are Indeed Smart...
 
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Kamala D. Harris today introduced the Detention Oversight Not Expansion (DONE) Act, which would increase oversight of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers and halt funds for construction or expansion of new facilities. Over the last two decades, the federal immigration system has undergone a dramatic expansion that has led to a 400 percent increase in detained non-citizens with an increasing number being children, women and pregnant women. These detainees are often mistreated by ICE agents and forced to reside in deplorable conditions with their rights being habitually and systemically violated.

Jaango--posted on May 17, 2018
 
 
Are the Elderly Voters Being Recognized as the Trump 'base'?

Consider the following:

… in recently released surveys from both CNN and the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, voters age 35 and older split almost exactly evenly between the two parties on the generic ballot. Among voters ages 18 to 29, by contrast, Democrats held a resounding 27-point advantage in the Pew survey and an 18-point edge in the CNN poll.

Those results, in turn, reflect the persistent generation gap over Trump. In the Pew survey, only about one-fourth of adults under age 30 said they approved of Trump’s performance, far less than in any other age group. Likewise, Pew found that less than one-third of adults ages 18 to 34 said they agreed with Trump on all or many issues. By contrast, nearly half of all adults age 50 and older said they agreed with Trump on most issues, a number that rose to nearly three-fifths among older whites.

Jaango--posted on May 17, 2018
 
 
At What Point In Time Will Nancy Pelosi And Chuck Schumer Retire?

When it comes to 'fake news' and which is constantly challenged by the Democrats, should Democrats begin to craft a systemic for 'fake news' too.  And of  course,this is my sole purpose for this Commentary.

Take, for example, the International Chicano News Service has a 'bulletin' out and which espouses that President Trump will announce his re-election campaign in November of this year and after the congressional elections.  And in doing so, he will announce his replacement of Vice President Pence and in favor of the retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan and done on the premise that should Trump be "indicted" or "impeached," the Republican Party will be in "safe and secure hands" for the next several decades.  And lest we forget, President Trump is not a troglodyte when viewed by Democrats, for Trump having lived in the past and as he continues to do so, in today's context.  And off into a more interesting tangent is that Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowsky has joined the Pence campaign, and may come to regret is decision for more self-aggrandizement and accomplished in an unsavory public manner.

Now, as to the Democratic Party leadership component, and with Nancy Pelosi of California as its stellar persona for having raised an unending stream of millions of dollars for petuating congressional candidates via the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,  these monies have moved candidates but not the national policy agenda even to include the last 6 years of the Obama administration.  Thus, Democrats are being moved further into the rut that is best described as the "status quo" while not overtly challenging the Republicans for what we all know is past history.  Consequently, our future has been circumvented and that is now the "history" that reinforces Minority House Nancy Pelosi's congruent politics, will be seen and recognized.

Take, for example, in 2000, she was not  a viable voice for the opposition to the AUMF and prior to our nation's invasion of both Afghanistan and Iraq.  And the outcome of this Bush/Cheney's erstwhile politics is assured, especially when Latinos were vocal in their opposition to the AUMF, and further, when Latinos 'suggested' that  'nation building" for both of these then sovereign nation states, start with the lending behavior that had to be predicated on the loan of our Constitution to these two national  communities.  As such, this failure to address 'nation-building' still remains the 'second issue' that is of our paramount issue to our expedience for National Security and Defense.  Of course, the first issue has always been the requisite attention given by Jimmy Carter to creating the geographical 'boundary' between Israel and Palestine.
And from today's toxic politics, the 'first issue' important to Chicanos and Native Americans continue to remain and has for these past many years.  Thus, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, and after being approved by the Senate in 2013, Pelosi defaulted to conventional politics when the Republican-oriented House leadership tossed the Senate-approved legislation into the usual Tub of Toxic Disposal.

And it's at this point Pelosi could have crafted her legislation to effectively address immigration and thusly, she could have moved her legislation onto the House floor for a consequential vote.  As such, she had a wide open opportunity to bring forth her legislation via the "discharge petition" process and where a majority plus one votes would have determined our nation's success on a primary issue of immigration and being significantly important for Democrats, writ large.

Perhaps, the next time Pelosi goes on national television and a thoughtful  interviewer will ask her and from the standpoint for which is our proverbial question, that being what are the five elements that are of overwhelming concern to Latinos voters? And should this occur, we will become assured as to whether Pelosi should've retire some years ago, to her continued engagement in leadership politics among Democrats.

And needless to say, but I will, neither Pelosi or Schumer failed to institute the "discharge petition" shortly after the House leadership cabal trash-canned the 2013 Comprehensive immigration Reform Act of 2013, and today, a Republican member of the House is using his "discharge petition" to address DACA.  Thus, no obvious foresight by either Pelosi or Schumer.

Jaango--posted on May 17, 2018
 
 
 
Can Reinventing the Schematic That Crafts the "Chocolate Democracy" Via the Market Forces, Prove Successful?

When the Chicano and the Native American voter looks to our impending future, and where the 'market forces' determines our viability  as "progressives," or nonetheless, 'status quo' concundrum, understanding the mass media of today, dictates that we take a serious gander on what are "unmet needs" as well how we are going to address these "unmet needs" and given some serious consideration to the role that the mass media outlets use to define and which does not intentionally animate our Political Thought and Action or with a lesser rhetorical flourish, our civic engagement on a daily basis.  

And the long story short is being provided to us in the form of the Denver Post, and as the latest exemplar of how we communicate amongst our selves in our urban communities.  Yet, the realm of 'market forces' attributed to the expectations that these national mass media outlets practice for themselves, leaves the affected residents less than 'better informed' and which is to be expected since the annualized profit margins must be maximized, no less.

Consequently, the internalized employee gain is now being viewed as the "owner" of an urbanized media outlet must be "locally-owned."  And that's a change that is facing urban communities, and there are no viable alternatives, unless "progressives" are willing to think "outside the box."  Therefore, we--the Chicanos and Native Americans, are facing a political dilemma that has nothing to do with these perceived 'market forces'.   Or perhaps, the internet is the only viable opportunity, and yet, the internet does not provide a comparable vehicle that provides the local vehicle/channel for the  small business owner activating the sales and marketing of his or her 'goods and services' in a relatively competitive manner.

Now and as Chicanos and Native Americans, we are looking to the future, hence 20 years, and we will have to contend with this potentially unsolvable 'infrastructural' impediment, and yet, if we put our thinking caps on, there are ample opportunities to change our media environment, but this will take a few 'new' ideas that the two major political parties will oppose and do so vehemently and accomplished absent the historically salient 'brute force.'  Even so, we are the voters and if that suggests a sizable change in our political leadership or for what we call the 'stylistics' of of today's Status Quo, disruption can be good thinking if this disruption strengthens our Democracy or with a more innovative democracy (the small 'd' version).

And as an aside, I include the "chocolate" to define our democracy, knowing that history has to be effectively addressed while knowing that the Colonizers of centuries past, transported the "chocolate" derivative and failied to the pay the required "reparations" that recently recognized citizens know as an Unssailable Fact, and are still awaiting to be delivered.  And where in the hell is Amazon?  How's has that for another inadvertent rhetorical flourish, and for the most part, a tad of much unwanted satire?

Jaango--posted on May 14, 2018
 
 
Will the Republicans Address the Concerns of Latinos Regarding DACA?

On Wednesday, Congressman Curbelo of Florida filed his "discharge petition" in the House chamber and if actualized, four versions of immigration legislation for DACA will come up for a floor vote.However, two of these legislative efforts include the "pathway to citizenship" and two do not touch the issue of 'citizenship.'

Of course, Curbelo is up for reelection and his current effort is dicey, especially since he is a Republican and the Cuban American vote is more than just incidental, in that these voters are addressing this first and overriding concern among these repetitive voters at the ballot box.  As such, these voters have more than a sufficient level of votes that can and will decide Curbelo's political future.

However, House Speaker Ryan is attempting to put the kabash on Curbelo's efforts on behalf of DACA, and he's utilizing the argumentation that if President Trump won't support and won't sign-off on whatever is accomplished in the House chamber, Curbelo's effort are an equivalent 'non-starter' and Ryan adds to his arguement that the Republicans in the Senate chamber would never approve via an affirmative vote that favors the DACA students.  

Thus, the status quo of conservatives in Congress won't address immigration, in no manner whatsoever, and which leads to more racism as practiced within the Republican Party, writ large.  And of course, for those us that are Latinos and Native Americans, this is nothing "new" to any of us and who follow national politics with the usual attention to include the 'trivia' that comes at us on a daily basis.

As such, Curbelo's 'discharge petition' requires 218 votes that is equivalent to a 'majority' and yet, he's still short of these totaled votes since 18 Republicans are supporting his 'discharge' and which means that Curbelo still needs 7 Republican votes.  As such, these above numbers are predicated on the belief that 193 Democrats will  vote for this "discharge petition." 

Therefore, the Democrats are in a 'holding position' due to Curbelo's continuing effort to acquire an additional 7 Republican voters, and if so, the Republican House member from Florida can put "Ryan in a box" or in a political delimma, or even worse, Curbelo catering to the Cuban American voters in his congressional district with his latest 'stylized' political con job?

Jaango--posted on May 11, 2018
 
 
 
 
CNN's Jake Tapper Says All That Needs to be Said...

CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney on Thursday for implying that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had broken under torture while he was a prisoner of war.

During an appearance on the Fox Business Network earlier Thursday, McInerney had told host Charles Payne that torture works, then claimed it was effective on McCain while he was a POW for five years in Vietnam. “That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John,’” McInerney said.

There’s no evidence that McCain ― who is currently at his home in Arizona battling brain cancer ― ever betrayed his country in captivity.

An angry Tapper defended the veteran senator:
 
“First of all, no one calls him ‘Songbird John’ except for crazy people and jerks — and I’m using my language carefully here.”

CNN political analyst Jeffrey Toobin called McInerney’s comments “sickening and disgusting.” 

McInerney made his remarks while discussing Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel, whom President Donald Trump tapped to head the agency. Haspel’s nomination is in trouble because she reportedly supervised waterboarding at a CIA black site where terror suspects were tortured.
On Wednesday, McCain urged lawmakers to reject Haspel’s nomination. Her “role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing,” the senator said in a statement. “Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”

Toobin reminded viewers that during his presidential campaign, Trump had promised “worse than waterboarding” for CIA prisoners.

The CNN analyst warned, “This is not John McCain’s Republican Party; it’s Donald Trump’s Republican Party,” and predicted, “This Republican Party will give Trump what he wants.”

Jaango--posted on May 11, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reactions to Trump's Withdrawl from JCPOA...

With his announcement for withdrawing from the JCPOA or the Iran Agreement signed by the USA, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia, has brought forth some serious statements and from a variety of directions.

From Barack Obama:

"The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. And the JCPOA is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish – its inspections and verification regime is precisely what the United States should be working to put in place with North Korea. Indeed, at a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans.

"That is why today’s announcement is so misguided. Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers."

From the former Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz:

"President Trump’s decision today to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal is a major strategic mistake that not only damages the United States’ ability to prevent Iran from acquiring the material for a nuclear weapon, but also impairs our ability to prevent the spread and use of nuclear weapons, to work with allies and partners on issues of global concern and to protect our interests in the Middle East for years, if not decades, to come. The Iran nuclear deal rolled back Iran’s nuclear program and imposed uniquely stringent monitoring and verification measures—the most important elements of which were permanent—to prevent the country from ever developing a bomb. The United States is now in violation of the terms of the deal without offering a credible alternative.

"The Iran deal is and has always been about depriving Iran of the nuclear materials—highly enriched uranium and plutonium—needed to make a weapon. As international inspectors, who have been on the ground every day since the deal was concluded, have confirmed: the Iran agreement has accomplished this. The fact that the advice of this nation’s most important allies was ignored in this decision adds to the consequence of the President’s decision.

"Remaining in the agreement was very clearly in the U.S. national interest. It’s hard to predict what will unfold from here, but the President has driven a deep wedge between the United States and our allies in Europe and has withdrawn from the process that would allow a comprehensive investigation of the Iran archives recently revealed by Israel."

 From Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

"The President’s decision to follow his misguided and uninformed campaign promise to destroy the successful Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action endangers global security and defies comprehension.

"This rash decision isolates America, not Iran. Our allies will hold up their end of the agreement, but our government will lose its international credibility and the power of our voice at the table. The President’s decision to abdicate American leadership during a critical moment in our effort to advance a denuclearization agreement with North Korea is particularly senseless, disturbing and dangerous."

And over the course of the next several weeks, we will hear more!

Jaango--posted on May 8, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
Did the Staff Conference of Writers  at the Atlantic Magazine Go Off the Deep End?

At the chief editor and his minions at the Atlantic Magazine conducted their periodic 'conference' among its political  writers, and they too, in my humble opinion, go "off the deep end" in the discussion regarding that women  who participate in their self-immolation for undergoing an abortion, should be hung until deader than a door nail. 

Therefore, should the writers write stories that are an aberration to Common Sense?  Of course, sales and marketing is today's iconic result, otherwise our discourse on today's perpetrators for 'batshit crazy' would hane no place in our public discourse.

Obviously, Digby must be a voracious reader as I am.  And she too recognizes the internal conversation at the Atlantic, as reprehensible.  To  wit, she says the following:

"What do Republicans gain from the deliberate creation and perpetuation of a batshit crazy discourse?  AND, We need a good answer to that. And we need to find a way to stop them. Stat."

Thus, the discourse between Jeff Goldberg and Ta Nehisi Coates degenerates in to issues that should remain buried amongst and in the public's deep sewer set.

"...we set ourselves up with I think a pretty admirable value that says, OK, we are going to debate different poles of politics in this country. And we want that well-represented, and we want people that can do it effectively, write well. But if one pole is — and again, I’m only speaking for myself here — if one pole is batshit crazy, you’re in trouble. It actually throws the whole endeavor out of whack."

However, when I look at or read the Top Ten politically-oriented magazines, each continue to fail to address the Chicano or Native American orientation of and for our national political  discourse, of any sort, and which has been ongoing for these past 30 years.

As such, the folloiwng two points:

Are the Stereotypes effectively addressed, and which are, as they are identified below:

1.  The Native American:  "He's just another white man."

2.  The Chicano:  "El  gringo quere componenr todo con su "I'm Sorry!"

3.  The European American: "I don't care...I'll be dead...So, what's your point?"

And of course, the second or the follow-on point is:

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 a Systemic Continuation for more Criminal  Stupidity, albeit, a Quiet Segregation.

And in closing and with the above two  points in mind, today's Top Ten Magazines that are politically oriented, none have addressed either of the two points that animates the politics of the Chicano and Native American  voter and of and for these past  many years. 
 
NOTE:  The only purpose of this post to see if the Atlantic, respoinds forthwith.

Jaango--posted on Cinco de Mayo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Chicano's Written History of Senator McCain's Legacy...

As we have all surmised relative to our history, the National Academy of Historians will become populated by Chicanos and Native Americans over the next twenty years, and thusly, the Great Rewrite, as we call it, will be addressing the insurmountable tangents for political Thought and Action,and of which there are many.  And if one starts to address this legacy, starting with the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights and and subsequently, the large subset of the War on Poverty and where 198 legislative efforts were concretized into public law, will be this backdrop for any consequentlal assessment.

An into this backdrop of history, the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s and which continues to this day in the 2018, it's easy to forget that the Movement was crafted by Chicano military vets, and upon returning from the end of World Two, there were virtually no Spanish-speaking Elected and Appointed Officials in the Southwest, or from our more preferred desciption, that being our wonderful Sonoran Desert, writ large. Consequently, the Art of Becoming will be that moment-in-time, and which becomes the starting for this starting point of Senator McCain's "legacy" given that he was both a surreal and staunch factotum for Arizona's late Senator Barry Goldwater.

And which brings me to this moment and which requires that I purchase and read his latest book and titled, "The Restive Wave."

And he says:  “‘The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it,’ spoke my hero, Robert Jordan, in For Whom the Bell Tolls,”... “And I do, too. I hate to leave it. But I don’t have a complaint. Not one. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times.”

In closing,the success of the today's Chicano Movement now encapulates well over 6,500 Elected and Appointed Officials and to which, the "where" of Senator McCain corresponded to this success pertaining to the Spanish-speaking voters, becomes the bigger question that will be inevitably be addressed?
 

Jaango--posted on May 4, 2018
 Odd and Ends

With Congress still on vacation, a sizable amount of  'action' is not happening, and as expected but a lot of out-of-pocket is being touted.
 
1. In measuring the economy for this, the first quarter, the economy has been lethargic and to point where "measuring" Capital Goods tells the story.  Thus, a less than 1% increase is where we're at today, but with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, of earlier of this year, the yard stick for Capital Goods should have exceeded the One Percent.

2.  Employee Unions didn't prevent Billionaires from becoming billionalres. Today, another billionaire makes his mark on the political Right for announcing that unions are Satan's creation, and thusly, Right to Work laws must be expanded to the states that refuse to acknowledge his white privilege.

3.  Saturday Night's introductory performance at the Annual Event for the National Journalism crowd has now been itemized to the nth degree, and yet, the least attention is what matters most.  To wit, the following: "Fake news articles were published falsely claiming that Wolf had been fired from her job at Comedy Central and that her stand-up special had been cancelled by Hulu. We also came across an image of purported newspaper clipping from July 2015 reported that Wolf had pled guilty to bestiality charges."

4.  The extremists in the House Republican Caucus are crafting legislation that would impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein,and after being quietly challenged, the 'strategists' at the House Freedom Caucus is now having second doubts, or until this Caucus is further encouraged by President Trump.

5.  In a visit ot Phoenix, Arizona to address a financial conference, Vice President Pence called out and itemized that Maricopa County Sheriff-- campaigning for Arizona's Senate seat being vacated by the current Senator Flake-- was "champion of the law" even after the Sheriff was condemned by a federal court for illegally targeting Latinos.  Thus, more Hate, and which brings forth the question of "Is Pence a racist too"?

6.  Legalized weed.  In some political jurisdictions where pot is legal, both legislators and prosecutors are 'rolling back' marijuana convictions and which are being considered detrimental to seeking a job, housing facilities and credit worthy loan applications.

7.  The Pentagon has now estimated that the National Guard being assigned (2,000 soldiers) will cost the taxpayers an approximate $180 million dollars for providing 'security' at the USA-Mexico border.

8.  The White House prepares a 27-page talking point defense for Ttrump's controversail CIA nominee that is CIA Deputy Director Gina Hospel.

9.  Our nation's legal eagles are telling anyone who will listen--that should Mueller subpoena President Trump to testify before the established grand jury, and should Trump refuse, could spark a historic legal clash. And when the Senate takes its vote, it will be close call.

10.  America's Biggest Doofus?  Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz is continuing to seek his 'privilege' as one attorney to another, complains.  To his latest burst of anger, he says:  "Well I think we are moving closer and closer to a surveillance state where phone calls are tapped, where emails are secured without a real basis...I think prosecutors should not be seeking wiretaps on lawyers' offices and search warrants for lawyers, email files unless they have very substantial evidence of very serious crimes.  Campaign contributions don't qualify, for the the kind of crime that should justify wiretapping a lawyer."  Albeit, three judges have approved of the FBI's behavior, and of course, Dershowitz knows this too, and consequently, he is determined to protect his 'privilege' as as stellar citizen, and while the rest of us are subjected to much lesser standard.  Thus, the arrogance of indecency as practiced to his benefit and as a scored credit.

11.  From the Commonwealth Fund:  The Republican-oriented voters that are currently uninsured has now nearly doubled from 7.9 percent to today's 13.9 percent.  For Democrats being uninsured the rate has continued to decline. Unfortunately, Republican voters continue to pillory themselves.

12.  Israel's noted national security writer is Ronen Bergman, and he had this to say:  "The US obtained this intelligence from Israel. What is now known to the general public is that Israel had succeeded in placing a listening device in an ISIS safe house deep in Syria, at great risk, and was listening in on everything ISIS was planning from that location. Trump revealed this intelligence to Kislyak and Lavarov during that infamous Oval Office meeting in which he also bragged about firing James Comey the day before. His revelation essentially blew the intelligence operation; the listening device the Israelis had placed went dead shortly after."

Jaango--posted on May 4, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Candidates for the GOP in November Are "searching" for Their Trifecta... 

It's quite obvious that in November's election GOP candidates seeking their ambitious entry either chamber of Congress, have now come to realize that the Trump/Ryan/McConnell 'connection' that is the Tax Cuts for the super-wealthy, have no gravitas among the overwhelming numbers of voters, and consequently, these candidates are reverting to the last election in the vain hope that voters won't notice their substantive 'distraction' as per their lack of stellar success at the legislative process.

As such, much is now being noticed in that the GOP televison ads are not espousing either their successes or failures, but they are emphasizing the leadership cabal among Democrats in that they too have accomplished almost nothing.
 
 Consequently, the suggestion of a downward spiral by both major political parties, will not enamour themselves to the generic vote seek a self-empowerment vehicle that will their lives as well as improve the lives of their good-spritied neighbors.
 
And to this overt effort among these GOP candidates, they've focused their attention on "the base" and in manner that does not bode well.  Take, for example, the television ads are being focused on 1)  President Obama, 2) Hillary Clinton, and 3) Nancy Pelosi. 

Therefore, the GOP has yet to recognize that any national success in November will be predicated on the Latino voters, the millennial voters, and the unmarried women voters.  As such, these GOP candidates are facing their uphill climb for entering either chamber of Congress.

Jaango--posted on May 3, 2018
 
 
 
 
Senator McCain Announces His Retirement

In his new book to be released that was released yesterday, Monday, announced that this is to be his last term for serving in the Senate.

"This is my last term. If I hadn’t admitted that to myself before this summer, a stage 4 cancer diagnosis acts as ungentle persuasion... I’m freer than colleagues who will face the voters again. I can speak my mind without fearing the consequences much. And I can vote my conscience without worry.”

It's now apparent that the political operatives in Arizona has some advanced notice, and thusly, the Republican-controlled state legislature attempted to craft legislation in which Senator McCain, should he retire before May 30th, the responsibillity would shift to the Governor's Office to appoint a person to complete McCain's replacement.  However, the Democrats blocked such legislation.

Jaango--posted on May 1, 2018
 
 
 
 
Senator Rubio's Crapola has now been self-recognized...

In an interview with the publication or The Economist, Senator Rubio recognizes that touting the Republican-oriented propaganda, has now come home to him and where he readily admits, publicly, that he was wrong on the Tax Cuts and Job Act that he favorably voted for. 
 
Consequently, his alliance to the Republican Party should be seen as a comfortability issue and where being wrongheaded trumps Common Sense, while in pursuit of his dominance over his political opposition and where and this dominance prevents an potential challenger for his singularity for being a United States Senator. And indecency supercedes decency or Truth-telling.

Regardless, Rubio extends himself for our benefit and our snark at his prestigious touts, out weighs his nonsense.  To with the following:

1.  He criticizes "his party for believing that large corporate tax cuts will inevitably produce windfalls for workers in the United States — and he says that so far, we haven’t seen very many corporations using their additional money to invest in their employees."

2.  “There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, they’re going to take the money they’re saving and reinvest it in American workers,” Rubio tells the publication. “In fact they bought back shares, a few gave out bonuses; there’s no evidence whatsoever that the money’s been massively poured back into the American worker.”

3.  “I have no problem with bringing back American car-manufacturing facilities, but, whether they’re American robots or Mexican robots, they’re going to be highly automated,” he explains. “My relatives are firefighters and nurses and teachers and electricians. These are people who are not all that excited about the new economy.”

In closing, Senator Rubio was neither thinking of his community nor of his family and relatives, but he was thinking of the fundraising that he would have to accomplish while in pursuit of his continuing ambition and that of seeking the next presidential nomination for the Republican Party.   As such, the 'wrap' on money donors excludes the 'rap' of voters

Jaango--posted on April 30, 2018
 
 
Trump's "canary in the mine" Has Been Captured by North Korea

Despite all that's been written and touted by the Trump administration and to include the National Security Advisor and the new Secretary of State, in the run-up to next month's meeting between President Trump and the President of North Korea, each is not going to be addressing the presumptive Unassailable Facts to be delivered by North Korea since the 'timing' adheres  to the benefit of North Korea.  Thus, a twenty or thirty year 'agenda' favoring North Korea will come forth over the next several weeks and months.

Consequently and first, North Korea will be espousing that their national livlihood is predicated on the 'number' of nuclear weapons in the silos, and it's this rationale that leads to North Korea's 'survivability' for participating in the international dialogue for politics and international trade that will continue over the next many years.

Secondly, North Korea will get around to announcing their "freeze" in the use of its nuclear weapons. And in doing so, North Korea will effectively demonstrate that these nuclear weapons will not be 'targeted' at China, Russia, South Korea and Japan, as well as the United States.  And in doing so, North Korea will invite the United Nations as well as NATO to inspect the targeting protocols of each of the many weapons under consideration and to be accomplished on an annual basis. And this will include any weapons that would be considered as "suitcase bombs."

And thirdly, North  Korea will then "demand" that the existing sanctions be reduced via a properly negotiated setllement to include the five above nations.  From therin, these negotiations will become quite contentious, and will pose a dilemma for the Trump administration.  And the international community will neither be adhering public statements nor to any Trump-espoused dialogue that "war is imminent."

Now, will the above three criteria satisfy the American public?

Jaango--posted on April 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Behold the Future of Bi-Literacy Programs...

In my childhood experience of education, there was no English As a Second Language, and consequently, my English primer was Laura Engall Wilder's book titled "Little House on the Prairie" and part and parcel to a migrant family employed in the exotic locale of Sidney, Nebraska.

And today, when I delve into the thoughtfulness that will be required of the school kids of today, and knowing that 50% of these kids have little if any familiarity with English, but do have experience in Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Mandarin, among the many languages practiced here in my wonderfu Sonoran Desert. 
 
Consequently, parents will have to begin a strengthened advocacy behavior for challenging school administrators as well as Elected and Appointed Officials and for establishing a constructive Bi-Literacy Program, writ large and applicable to all.

Thus, a parent taking the child to an elementary school for enrollment at the family's nearest one's school/home, should effectively demonstrate that English and a Second Language can be learned behavior imultaneously with no substantive drop-off on test scores. Therefore, a Mandarin-Oriented Parent can have his or her child enrolled in this Bi-Literacy Program, as part and parcel for both assimilation and integration.  And as such, nothing less should be unacceptable.

Further,an Anglo parent that is not in keeping with this upgraded standard for assimilation and integration, the parent can accept for their child a second language to be taught to the child, since "inclusiveness" has to start with the Anglo parenting, writ large. 

Otherwise, we, as today's adults, know full-well that Anglo adults have to become far more engaged in addressing today's hate as it manifests itself toward the "others", and if not, we, as nation, will have develop a "defensive posture" that addresses for the long term, the Anglo parent's criminal stupidity and as applied to the next generation of our fellow citizens.

And needless to say but I will, academic research effectively demonstrates that a Bi-Literacy Program easily completes with "English-Only" Programs via test scores and the parents do find that the 'delivery" of such a Program, does deliver greater political support to school boards at election time.

In closing Bi-Literacy is not an education issue but an issue of "equity"  given that 50% or Arizona's elementary shool students come from families that are NOT from a "first-English Language" family.  Therefore, the notional that "equality at the  finish line" can be easily achieved depite the faint-of-heart from the well-practiced behavior that animates today's toxic politics, needs our whole-hearted attention.  
 
Jaango--posted on April 28, 2018
 
 
 
The #RedforEd Mantle in Arizona

The Arizona teachers walkout is now is in its second day, and thusly, the political concern for teachers, and this "self-interest" behavior among these demonstrators have moved over from what's occurred in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and is now demonstrating that over 50,000 teachers, students and parents, are quite displeased with the Governor's Office as well as the members of the state legislature.

Consequently, teachers salaries, student class room materials and even some of the substandard building are in need of substantive amounts of monies and yet, one particular element among the more conservative ranks at the legislature have been advocating for a 1.5% increase in the sales tax, even though Arizona has one of the highest existing sales tax rate in the nation.

Therefore, when it comes to addressing the future of education, first requires understanding what's occurred in the past, so that the parents of past generations know what's was accomplished and not accomplished with in K-12 public education system.  And here's a short run down:

1.  Arizona's investment in K-12 has been behind nationally since 1990.  It is now at its lowest points in the past three decades.

2.  It can now take a teacher more than 25 years just to earn a living.

3.  Providing a living wage by mid-career would cost about $1 billion a year.

And the three above elements is the consistent conclusions by the well-practiced academic researchers, and which is not in dispute, even by the more extremist amongst the political state legislators.  Further, this underfunding reflects the behavior from many years that capital expenses, such as building repairs, buses, computers and textbooks, are not being effectively addressed but adds to the political toxicity for 'being conventiently ignored.'

Moreover, Arizona's "unmet need" consists of Arizona's Governor phasing in the financial allocation of $650 million over three years and the cost of capital expenses of $371 million total by fiscal year of 2023.  And yet, the #RedforEd, is not typically impressed since the Governor is anticipating that the economy will improve and these financial costs can be addressed with a more robust economy.  Thus, the expectation of more revenue is anticipated.  Further, the  Governor is expecting to 'capture' federal funds for health care for the poor and from the federal funds for environmental quality as well other federal funds/programs, and as such, these federal funds will be shifted to help pay for what Governor intends to accomplish.

And given that the Governor has no stated attention to 'negotiating with these teacher, students and parents' amply demonstrates that voters have no seat at his decision-making table, although he is running for re-election in this, our next election cycle.

In closing, the  state legislature is currently meeting with the Governor, and  the consensus is that neither the Governor nor the State Legislature will move off their current position.  Therefore, neither of these two  parties have any particular interest in  meeting with  leaders of the #Redfor Ed while in search of a political compromise.  As such, the Republicans, writ  large, are attempting to ignore and dismiss this political distraction, writ large, while seeking out their re-election opportunities.

NOTE:  I live next  to an elementary school and the kids that are eligible for either a free breakfast or for a breakfast at a reduced price, are being provided with a breakfast and for being provided by the volunteers at this elementary school.  Thus, my Kudos go  to these volunteers!

Jaango--posted on April 27, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Odds and Ends...

With the Senate chamber out on vacation for next week, the Senate leadership, this week, imposed a less than stellar behavior and in which the 'hearing' schedules have been reduced and accomplished in order that the Judicial nominees are 'moved' to acceptance, faster and with greater precision,given that the Republicans are accusing the the Democrats of procrastinating in the use time for delaying the quick of approval of Repubican-oriented and federal circuit court judges.

1.  Dr. Ronnie Jackson, having been nominated for the Secretary of the Veterans Administration, has withdrawn his name for consideration in the Senate.

2.  Federal Court Judge Kimba  Woods has appointed Barbara Jones, a former District Judge, to serve as a Special Master, to address the Cohen documents to assure Woods that the "client-attorney privilege" has not been violated.

3.  House Speaker Paul Ryan has terminated the employment of the House Chaplain due to Ryan's perception that the Chaplain oriented in the direction of the Democrats and further, for not being sufficiently Republican-oriented enough. 

4. The Senate Ethics Committee issued its reprimand to New Jersey's Senator Bob Menendez for his behavior for inserting himself into the politics of a constituent and where Menendez advantaged himself for private travel flights, overnight stays at hotels or private accomodations, among other items at the expense of the contituent, and that being a long time friend of many years.

5.  Protecting the  Scope of the Muellar Investigation.  Earlier this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved on a 14 to 7 vote with all Democrats voting affirmatively and now the legislation goes to the floor of the Senate for a vote of the full chamber.  However, the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sees no 'need' for a full-chamber vote.

6.  Actor Bill Cosby has been found giulty of sexual abuse by a court jury. Need more be said?
 
7.  Does he speak too loudly? Or does Mulvaney speak too loudly?  Mulvaney, a former Republican lawmaker from South Carolina, told 1,300 bankers and lending industry officials at an American Bankers Association conference in Washington; "If  you're a lobbyist you neve gave us money, I didn't talk to you.  As a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you."

8.  "gaming" the Great Distraction:  From the latest academic political fasting of a meme and which comes at us in the form of function of: "Notably, all three of these issues capture potential racial and global status threat. For example, immigration captures the perceived threat of allowing those who are racially different into one’s country. Trade opposition captures Americans’fear of takeover by more dominant economic powers as well as racial opposition based on resentment of “others,” including  foreigners and businesses in countries that are racially different. Prejudicial attitudes toward domestic minorities predict trade attitudes more strongly than the vulnerability of a person’s occupation or industry of employment. Finally, China can be considered an outgroup threat both racially and with respect to threatening American global dominance."

9.  Good News for idaho.  The overall ballot effort in Idaho to expand Medicaid will be placed on November's ballot, and due to "hard work" demonstrated by the volunteers, and even dispite the efforts of the State Legislature to discourage ballot initiatives by voters for addressing the shortcomings of Elected Officials and who let their unwanton critiques stymie our Democracy.

10.  Keep up the Good Work, Idaho!

Jaango--posted on April 27, 2018

 

 

The Results Are In:  When the White Colonialists Rejected "Nation-Building" in Iraq 

After the 'debate' on the AUMF, the white colonialists in the names of President Bush and Vice President much preferred their political approach in which the international oils markets would not be jeopardized for America's citizens by saving a couple of pennies at the gas pump.

In contrast, we, here at the Chicano Veterans Organization (CVO) advocated for "nation-building" and subsequently, we would lend our Constitution to Iraq for a period of 30 years and thusly, both human and civil rights would become the  overriding feature for the Iraq people. 
 
However, semi-truck trailers laden with America's cash and dispersed among the Iraqi politicians and generals denied the Iraqi people their future. And from this, today is still our national Shame.

And now, before looking back, we need to look at the future and where the ever-expanding demographics will require the National Academy of Historians, will  be duty-bound to conclude that they have finally agreed with us here at the CVO in that the Bush legacy being further 'branded' as the Era of Gross Incompetence.

And from Lauren Sanders, her opinion-making, hits our home here at the CVO quite hard and and somewhat painful.  As such, her article and titled, "The U.S Make Life Hell for Iraqi Women.  Trump Will Make it Worse"

And here are her first three paragraphs:
 
"The banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln read “Mission Accomplished.” President George W. Bush grinned and gave a boastful thumbs-up before reading from his teleprompter about America’s victory in Iraq. Fifteen years later, Mission Accomplished has become Mission Impossible. And as Islamophobic uber-hawks Mike Pompeo and John Bolton rise to rule our foreign policy and national security, Iraq has become a hellscape for women.

"Once, they hoped for progress; now, they hope only for death. This month, Amnesty International released a new report about the very human and horrific lives of women in Iraq since armed territorial conflict with the group known as the Islamic State began to quiet down last year. Its title, “The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq,” can hardly overstate its contents. It is the story of life today for thousands of families headed up by women who have attempted to survive after male family members were killed or forcibly disappeared by opposition forces. The report makes The Handmaid’s Tale look like a Disney confection.

"Many of these women live in internal displacement camps without food or health care, and endure violent rape as a regular fact of life. If you are a woman in one of these camps, you might only get aid, cash or protection for yourself and your children in exchange for sex, at the coercion of security forces, armed guards and members of militias. If you are linked to a man perceived to have Islamic State ties ― he could be a cook or a driver, or just share a name with a man on a bogus list of suspects ― camp personnel will withhold the identity cards and the other documents you need to work or even to move freely. Not that it matters much, since you will have probably been forbidden to leave your camp, which has become a de facto detention center. Not that you have a home to return to safely anymore."

For further reading, here is the internet link:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-sandler-iraq-women-war-pompeo-bolton_us_5ae0bf3ae4b02baed1b5b353

Jaango--posted on April 27, 2018
 

 

 

 

The Judiciary delivers a third 'beating' to Trump and Sessions on DACA

On a far more consequential basis, a federal judge denied the Trump administration it's current course of  legalized propaganda, and earlier this week, required the DOJ to further clarify its opposition to DACA and accomplished by eliminating the Executive Order that established is now utilizing to eliminate the DREAMSERS.  Or until Congress recognizes it sole responsibility and duty to address Comprehensive Immigration Reform via its failed attempt in 2013 in the Senate and the House's intended refusal.

And according to Miriam Jordan, writing for the New York Times, has this to say:

"In the biggest setback yet for the Trump administration in its attempt to end a program that shields some undocumented young adults from deportation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the protections must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications.

"Judge John D. Bates of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia said that the administration’s decision to terminate the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was based on the “virtually unexplained” grounds that the program was “unlawful.”

"The judge stayed his decision for 90 days and gave the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the program, the opportunity to better explain its reasoning for canceling it. If the department fails to do so, it “must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications,” Judge Bates said in the decision."
 
 
Jaango--posted on April 26, 2018
 
 

 

 

To Indict or To Impeach?

Over these many years of my political writing, I've often compared my subject matter to what other pollitical writers address, and I am left with the understanding that the Political Thought and Action of Latinos is not adequately addressed given that superfalous information is subsequently leading to both propaganda for this lack of Unassailable Facts, and thusly, 'entertainment' becomes the pathway to marketing and selling ideas of unsustainable importance.

However and over the course of these past many years, I have come to appreciate and applaud the skill set of political writers of serious note, and it's for this reason that I have maintiained my List of an approximately 25 do-gooders that resonate with my view of reality and of today's toxic politics which underscore our national history from the onset of the Reagan's legacy and to today's toxic politics of Trump and Pence.

And which brings me to David Cay Johnston of a well-noted repute for delivering his work effort over all these many years.  As such, here's what he has to say: 

"He's not exactly what Putin wanted, but most importantly Trump's not Hillary Clinton, who would have gone up to the edge of war to make Putin give up Crimea. She made that very clear in a campaign. He would be in severe pain if he didn't give up the Crimean peninsula in eastern Ukraine. So he didn't want her under any circumstances. Mueller is going to report on tax fraud, he's going to report on the Russians and he is going to show that the Trump campaign was knowingly being helped by the Russians. Remember that the Australian, Dutch and British intelligence agencies, and maybe others, went to the FBI, State Department and other contacts and said, "You folks have a problem. "

"Where exactly Mueller will go beyond that, I don't know. His mission is the Russians and the Russians are tied in with the tax returns. But remember this: The job of a prosecutor is not to bring the perfect case, it's not to bring the case that should be brought for political reasons. It's to bring the easiest, most solid case that wins. Mueller will do that. There is nothing that prevents indicting a sitting president, but it is an untested issue. Mueller is going to have to decide whether to indict him or to go to Congress."

Therefore, and from my perspective for Latino politics, I would much prefer that at the completion of the Muellar Investigation, that Muellar would provide that factual basis of an "indictment" and not an Argumentation for an Impeachment to be considered by either the House or the Senate.  Of course, the "indictment" would  be a stellar case for reinforcing both the Department of Justice and the  Federal Bureau with its ongoing responsibilities for remaining politically neutral despite our current core of toxic politics as it exists today.  As such, both Chambers of Congress would be sidelined and where Jurors become the actualized Decision-Makers, in this seminal instance.

And that's the good news?

Jaango--posted on April 23, 2017

 
 

 

 

 

The Judiciary Delivers another 'beating' to the DOJ on Sanctuary City Developments... 

And this from the news media:

"CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, agreeing with a lower court judge who had imposed a temporary injunction last year.

"The decision by a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday says the administration exceeded its authority in establishing a new condition for cities to qualify for the grants.

"The administration in July imposed a condition that cities receiving public safety grants must agree to inform federal agents when immigrants in the country illegally are about to be released from police detention. Chicago was among several cities that sued the administration."

Jaango--posted on April 20, 2018
 
 
Artificial Intelligence Via the Prism as Described by Actress Ellen Burstyn...

In our posting yesterday for Odds and Ends, actress Ellen Burstyn expressed her dismay that dogs will become the victims of robots.  And of course, we, the humans will have to undergo the tyanny, not of politicians but of algorithms.   And in this regard, the esteemed writer, Kevin Drum of Mother Jones Magazine with his astute observation relative to another journalistic investigation by the Wall Street Journal, tells us much.

The article is titled,"Your Online Purchase Might Get Declined For No Reason Anyone Is Willing to Tell You" and here's the internet link:

https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/

Enjoy

Jaango--posted on April 20, 2018
 
 

 

 

Odds and Ends

Despite the wealth of information being provided on the Cohen/Trump skirmish being undertaken by both the Muellar Investigation and the New York Federal Prosecutor's Office, much continue to grab our attention. 
 
Thus, the following;

1.  Arizona's Former Sheriff. On Monday, Arpaio lost his appeal to the Federal Nineth District Court of Appeals.  The 2 to 1 decision by the Nineth Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied Sheriff Joe Arpaio's appeal to have his conviction overturned for his having intentionally racially profiled Latinos despite his pardon issued by President Trump.  As such, the pardon had no substance in this decision-making. 

Consequently, the question revoled around the substance that was a 'vacatuer' or for the DOJ's refusal to defend Judge Bolton's decision in her lower federal court ruling.  And as such, at this level,the Court of Appeals rendered its decision to appoint a private attorney, should it become necessary to address more forcefully the 'pardon' that had been tendered and  accepted by Arpaio.

2.  Starbucks.  The two men arrested and transferred to the police station, were inside Starbucks for two minutes while awaiting for their third friend.  And after asking for the use of a bathroom, immediately the police were called. Thus, an eight-hour incarceration occured.  And yesterday, the CEO of Starbucks suspended the manager and  to be followed with a one-day shutdown scheduled later in the month of May for a workshop for all employees on "Conscious Bias".

3.  Ellen Burstyn, the famous actress speaks to the future and  where she addresses "the singularity, dark energy and humanity's place in the future."  She calls it, "We'll be dogs of the robots."  Perhaps, Artificial intelligence is beyond us and to the extent that we still don't know what the 'experts' will impose on?

4.  Kris Kobach takes another 'hit.'  A federal judge in the voter fraud litigation, has demonstrated that Kobach has violated her instructions for having failed to apply a prudent construction to notify voters and where these voters ballots were not counted in a safe and prescient manner. Thus, "contempt" is not a criminal offense but a civil offense and to be further litigated.

5.  Nickki Haley was not "confused." As the U.N. Ambassador and former Governor, she stipulated that more sanctions would be visited on Russia, and where Trump's National Security Adviser announced that she was "confused" but later retracted his statement, given that she was too far out in front of this propaganda since no decision had been rendered by President Trump.  Further, the latest gossip has it that a Republican presidential ticket regarding Pence and Haley is causing a consternation of sorts amongst the White House environs.

6.  No Russian Sanctions!  CNN is reporting that the Trump administration has informed the Russian embassy  that no further sanctions will be forthcoming.

7.  Fox News' Hannity Movement.  Given that host Sean Hannity never informed his bosses that Trump's attorney's, has Hannity as a client, has wafted throughout the news empire, daily stories are now circulating that is a forthcoming cost to Hannity's daily viewership.  Of course, Hannity is a major profit source for Fox, the 'crtics' are lining up to villify him for not providing a full-disclosure of such behavior.

8.  Comey on the Colbert show regarding the Trump Twitters:  "Does that mean we’ve become numb to this? It’s not OK for the president of the United States to say a private citizen should be in jail....It’s not normal, it’s not acceptable, it’s not OK. But it’s happened so much, there’s a danger we’re now numb to it, and the norm has been destroyed. And I feel that norm destroying in my own shrug. So we can’t allow that to happen. We have to talk about it and call it out. It’s not OK."

Jaango--posted on April 19, 2018
 
 

 

 

Is Paul Ryan's Intended Ruse for More Criminal Stupidity In the Offing?

Now that House Majority Leader Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has announced his retirement to take place at the end of this calendar year, he will have to contend with his 'legacy' and all without his understanding that that this legacy of his will be written during the next twenty years and where the National Academy of Historians will be comprised of racial and ethnic-oriented historians due the oncoming train that is our national demographics.

And from this standpoint, Ryan's legacy will be quite ugly.

Take, for example, Ryan's House leadership team crafted and supplanted existing tax behavior by moving the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or for the combined Omnibus Bill, was approved by both chambers of Congress and signed affirmatively by President Trump.  And today, the Republicans running for re-election are distancing themselves from this collective Omnibus Bill while wrapping their arms around the Trump administration, even for what has yet to be accomplished.

Therefore, the genus of this Omnibus Bill was predicated solely on a multi-trillion dollar tax cut for the 1% or the Super Wealthy.  In contrast, Congressman Ryan is now taking to the national talk shows and where is touting that our annualized One Trillion Dollar national defit is the "fault" of retiring Baby Boomers.

As such, the national deficit of over $1 trillion annually in current existence, means  that the Republican House members will have to come forward for reducing our national spending behaviors and thus, the penality must be foisted on the backs of the Baby Boomers and where significant spending reductions on Social Security, Medicare and Expanded Medicaid, must occur. or so Ryan believes and is not touting to anyone who will listen to him.

Jaango--posted on April 19, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

Making the "case for single price" in Medical Costs...

Much has been said and written regarding national healthcare since the inception of Obama Care and where the employer/employee medical care is being paid by the employed working class. and yet, the challenge is being measured against Obama Care.  Thus, this obvious misdirection is coming full circle. 

However, here's another view and we are providing such with a full 'capture' as is permitted by  the Copyright  Law and premised on "education."  Therefore, here's another approach for our incisive 'education' for health care.  And the internet link is located at the end of this post.

And having a hot cup of java, is helpful!

***Start***

The Case for Single-Price Health Care
We could largely solve the cost crisis simply by making Medicare prices universal.
by Paul S. Hewitt and Phillip Lonl
Obamacare has taken a licking but keeps on ticking. The prospect of repeal died on the Senate floor. Republican efforts to roll it back continue, but the bulk of the program is still in place and unlikely to go anywhere. Virginia appears, as of this writing, on the way to expanding Medicaid, and other states will likely follow. Thanks mostly to the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, some eighteen million more people have health insurance today than when Obamacare went into effect, cutting the uninsured population nearly in half.
But while progress has been made on expanding access, another problem keeps getting worse: the soaring cost of health care for those who get their insurance through their employers. For these folks—who make up the majority of middle-class, working-age Americans—the ever-rising costs of premiums, deductibles, and co-pays has turned into a full-blown crisis.

Take a median-income family of four whose members are covered by a standard employer-sponsored plan. Last year, the amount that hospitals, doctors, and other providers charged to treat such a family reached an average of $26,944, according to the Milliman Medical Index—nearly $9,000 higher than in 2010, when the ACA was enacted. Families typically paid about a fifth of that difference directly in the form of increased premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. Who exactly paid how much of the rest is not certain, but it’s axiomatic among economists that employees bear most if not all of the cost of employer-sponsored health care. To employers, health insurance is just a form of employee compensation. When the cost goes up, they typically respond by cutting back on raises and other benefits.

To put this in perspective, the hit to middle-class families with employer-sponsored insurance has been roughly the same as if the government had imposed a 4.5 percent payroll tax increase beginning in 2010. No wonder, then, that four in ten adults with health insurance now say they have difficulty meeting the cost of their premiums and deductibles, according to Kaiser Family Foundation tracking polls, and another 31 percent say they have difficulty covering the cost of co-payments.
Obamacare didn’t cause this crisis—in fact, relative to wages, the rate of medical inflation in the employer-provided market was substantially higher before the law. Nor is the rising cost of employer-provided health insurance the result of Obamacare forcing hospitals and other providers to shift costs on to nongovernmental, or commercial, payers, as some Republicans assert. Instead, as we shall see, it’s mostly the result of monopolistic hospitals engaging in price discrimination as they exploit their increasing market power over private purchasers of health care.
But it’s easy to understand why many people with commercial insurance feel that the law has made them worse off. In their experience, Congress passed the ACA and now they pay much more for health care. Adding to the grievance of many middle-class Americans is the fact that, even as their own costs have gone up and their choice of doctors has narrowed, millions more lower-income people are now paying little or nothing thanks to the expansion of Medicaid.

Fortunately, there’s a straightforward way to attack this middle-class affordability problem. The Affordable Care Act dramatically tightened existing price controls on health care purchased by the federal government. It did so by setting fee schedules for how much doctors and hospitals can charge Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care programs for performing specific services or, in some cases, treating specific conditions. Similar price controls apply to Medicare Advantage Plans, under which private insurers are allowed to contract with providers at Medicare prices.
These cost controls save the government roughly enough money each year to fund the entire Defense Department. At a time when the price of health care paid for by commercial insurance has been increasing two to three times faster than the wages earned by most Americans, the price of health services delivered through the federal programs—which account for 37 percent of all health care bills—has actually been declining relative to the average wage.

The answer to the most pressing aspect of our health care crisis is simply to apply these cost controls to commercial plans as well. For a typical middle-class family, such a move, if enacted today, would drop the total price of health care by about a third in the first year, without having to pass any new taxes and without forcing anyone to change their health care plan. Proof of concept comes from the fact that we already do this for everyone covered by Medicare and Medicaid. You’ve heard of single-payer. This is the case for single-price.
T
o show why direct cost controls are the best fix for our broken health care system, we need to get straight on what’s causing the crisis.
You might assume that Americans are just getting older and sicker—but that’s not it. The increasing number of old people has accounted for only about a tenth of the rise in health care spending since the late 1990s, according to consensus estimates. And while risk factors like obesity and opioid abuse have gotten more prevalent, their effect on spending has been more than offset by other trends, especially the dramatic decline in smoking and related heart disease.

Another theory is that Americans consume too much health care. But we actually don’t see more doctors, or receive more scans or surgeries, than our counterparts in other advanced countries. We spend dramatically fewer days in hospitals than we used to, and seek out less routine preventive care, thanks to the rise of high-deductible plans and narrower provider networks. Overall, the typical American’s utilization of health care has been flat since the mid-1990s.
The Affordable Care Act dramatically tightened existing price controls on health care purchased by the federal government. The answer to the most pressing aspect of our health care crisis is simply to apply these cost controls to commercial plans as well.
 
So what’s driving the relentless increase in health care spending? In the words of a seminal 2003 research paper published in Health Affairs, “It’s the Prices, Stupid.” Study after study has found that the biggest reason Americans pay more per person for care than the residents of any other advanced country is simply that the same pill or treatment costs dramatically more in the United States.

Most people are well aware of the inflated price of prescription drugs in the U.S. But drugs account for only about 10 percent of health care spending. By far the largest source of medical inflation is the increasing cost of medical services. A report by the International Federation of Health Plans shows, for example, that in Australia, hospital and physician charges for an appendectomy typically came to around $3,800 in 2015; in the U.S., the same operation cost $16,000 on average, and often far more. Giving birth will cost you around $2,000 in Spain, but a normal delivery in the U.S. costs an average of $11,000—and more than $18,000 in the most expensive hospitals.

For people with commercial insurance, it keeps getting worse. On the current course, by 2024, the increase in price for a typical middle-class family of four with employer coverage will be equivalent to another increase in the payroll tax—this time of 4.8 percent. That’s on top of the 4.5 percent of wage income lost to medical inflation during the Obama years, and the 7.3 percent lost under George W. Bush. By 2028, the total annual health care hit will come to $44,000 per family.
Study after study has found that the biggest reason Americans pay more for care than the residents of any other advanced country is simply that the same pill or treatment costs dramatically more in the United States.
 
How did this happen?

A major, underappreciated reason is that in most markets, medical providers have merged with each other to the point that they effectively operate as local monopolies. According to the standard metric used by the Federal Trade Commission, not a single “highly competitive” hospital market remains in any region of the United States. A full 40 percent of all hospital stays now occur in areas where a single entity controls all hospitals. Another 20 percent occur in regions where only two competitors remain. The result is that when an insurer or employer wants to create a health care plan, they have to negotiate with providers who dictate their own prices.
Where health care consolidation is strongest, hospital prices run roughly 20 percent higher than in markets where some real competition remains. Since we first wrote about the phenomenon in these pages (“After Obamacare,”
January/February 2014), a vast literature has grown up confirming that monopoly in health care is a major factor pushing up prices for Americans not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

W
hat would happen if we just took the single measure of applying Medicare prices to all commercial health insurance—and did nothing else? According to a study by the Congressional Budget Office, the price for a one-day hospital stay is 89 percent higher when charged to commercial insurance plans and their customers than when a Medicare patient stays in the same bed for the same amount of time. Overall, the discounts Medicare and Medicaid receive are in the 20 to 40 percent range. Thus, if done at a stroke, the first-order effect of imposing Medicare prices universally would be to reduce the price of the health care received by a typical family by about one-third. That would translate into annual savings of about $9,000 today, and much more over time. The savings would still be substantial even if we implemented the plan in phases to ease the transition.

Wouldn’t “Medicare prices for all” cause massive disruption across the health care sector? Yes, but in a good way. Importantly, hospitals that disproportionately serve low-income and elderly patients—typically found in rural or poor, urban locations—would be the least affected. That’s because they already know how to break even or even earn a surplus at Medicare and Medicaid prices. Unable to pass inflated costs along to patients with commercial insurance, they’ve had to learn to be more efficient.
The same is true more generally of hospitals that lack monopoly power. Studies show that hospitals with real competition in their local markets have found ways to lower costs to the point that they can get by on Medicare prices. These hospitals might even welcome a move to universal
 
Medicare prices because it would help level the playing field with monopolistic competitors when it comes to recruiting and retaining doctors.
It would be a different story, though, for hospital systems that have been living high off their ability to extract monopoly prices from commercially insured patients. These hospitals will scream that they are already losing money on every Medicare and Medicaid patient, and that unless they are able to inflate the prices they charge commercial payers, they will go broke. But the reason they lose money on Medicare and Medicaid patients is that their costs are too high. And the reason their costs are too high is that they don’t need to cut them so long as they can gouge commercial payers—which, as monopolies or near monopolies, they can. The majority of these hospitals are classified as nonprofits, so the revenue from their high prices doesn’t even have to go back to shareholders. Instead, it turns into inflated salaries for administrators, lucrative contracts for specialists, and, often, giant building projects. In order to survive on Medicare prices, they would have to become much more efficient and cost conscious.
Meanwhile, going to a “Medicare prices for all” system would also help to structure the market for health insurance in ways that promote the public interest. For one, once you eliminate all the haggling and gamesmanship involved in setting different complicated fee schedules for patients on different plans, much of the administrative cost in health care vanishes. For another, since all employers would pay the same amount for health care, eliminating price discrimination would shrink the advantage large employers have when it comes to attracting workers by offering generous plans.

Moreover, large insurance companies would no longer have any advantage over smaller ones in negotiating contracts with providers. That, in turn, would encourage new companies to enter the health insurance business and actually compete over who can deliver the most value at a given price. This would mean developing plans that optimize choice, easy access, integrated care, and expanded benefits like gym memberships and discounted drug prices. These perks are already commonly offered under Medicare Advantage Plans, which all pay the same prices for care and must therefore find more creative ways to compete for customers.
Could we be sure that all these savings would get passed on to average Americans? Provisions in the Affordable Care Act already require insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premium dollars on medical care, thus ensuring that the lower prices couldn’t be turned into higher profits and salaries for insurance companies and their executives. That leaves open the question of whether employers would pass along savings to employees. In a truly competitive labor market, there is no reason to believe they wouldn’t. But, of course, labor markets today are often noncompetitive, due to factors ranging from industry consolidation to the fading power of unions. To make sure that employers shared the savings with employees, a new law might include a requirement that existing employer-sponsored plans cut premiums, deductibles, and co-pays in line with the reductions in health care prices.
In normal markets, price controls are seldom a good idea. But health care is not a normal market. Purchasers, whether consumers, insurers, or employers, have a hard time evaluating the quality of medical services, for example. There are also all kinds of agency problems involved with so much care being purchased with other people’s money, and a moral problem involved with the fact that a large and increasing share of the population can’t afford to pay the price of their own health care. And that’s all before you get to the problem of industry consolidation. In highly concentrated, opaque health care markets, administered prices are the only real alternative to prices dictated by the fiat of monopolists.

These are the reasons why literally every other developed country in the world uses administered prices in health care, including countries that rely on privately owned hospitals and entrepreneurial doctors. And it’s why their use in the Medicare and Medicaid programs has been successful in containing cost inflation while predatory pricing prevails everywhere else in the increasingly cartelized U.S. health care sector.
Getting legislation passed to allow the federal government to set prices directly may sound far-fetched, but it’s likely more politically doable than you might think. Just as Obamacare made it through Congress in part because key sectors of the health care industry came to see it as advantageous, so too with a single-price system.

Ending price discrimination would liberate insurers, employers, and other large purchasers of health care from the growing monopoly power of their “suppliers.” It would also establish new opportunities for insurers to expand into local markets and take on entrenched incumbent players, including both monopolistic providers and monopolistic insurers. The single-price plan also preserves a role for a private health insurance industry, albeit one more like those found in France and Germany, where the government sets the prices and private-sector insurers compete over who can provide the best service.
Meanwhile, hospitals that have already learned how to reduce costs enough to make a living on Medicare prices would have reason to support the idea. They would stand a better chance of attracting and retaining doctors if they didn’t have to match the inflated pay scales offered by monopolistic institutions living off inflated commercial prices A major political benefit of the single-price system is that it could split the interests of providers, isolating price-gouging, monopolistic networks from smaller, community-minded hospitals and doctors. At the same time, by preserving a role for commercial insurance, it spares health care reformers from being pitted against the entire medical industrial complex. (See “How Big Medicine Can Ruin Medicare for All,” November/December 2017.)
The idea of applying Medicare and Medicaid prices across the board is so compelling that it has started getting serious attention from influential policy wonks. On the conservative side, the Council for Affordable Health Coverage recently issued a white paper that calls for the expansion of Medicare prices to commercial plans. On the liberal side, Princeton’s Paul Starr broached the idea in an article in the American Prospect in January. More recently, the Center of American Progress has included the idea in a policy paper.
The first-order effect of imposing Medicare prices universally would be to reduce the price of the health care received by a typical family by about one-third. That would translate into annual savings of about $9,000 today, and much more over time.
The Starr and CAP Medicare price proposals were, however, just one small part of broader plans to achieve universal coverage—by expanding eligibility to the existing Medicare program or creating a brand-new, very expensive entitlement that would require big tax increases. Administered prices of some kind would also be a part of any single-payer plan.

But there are very strong reasons to believe that starting with price controls alone is a better idea than trying to achieve them and universal coverage in one shot. To see why, we first have to look at the potential pitfalls of more far-reaching proposals.
The most ambitious plan so far, of course, is Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for All” bill, which would shift every American onto Medicare, as the name suggests, over the course of four years. While the bill has gained momentum among prominent Democrats, it has two widely remarked-upon shortcomings. First, people who are currently satisfied with their insurance might balk at being forced into a different plan. Second, it would be terrifically expensive, requiring a major tax increase to pay for it. The Urban Institute estimated that the plan Sanders proposed during the last presidential election would increase federal spending on health care by 232 percent, or a cumulative $32 trillion by 2026. Sanders says his more recent plan could be paid for with a 7.5 percent payroll tax on employers plus a 4 percent income tax surcharge on individuals.
Medicare for All advocates make the case that, despite the sticker price, the plan will actually bring down overall health care spending by imposing lower prices on providers and saving on administration. But here’s the problem: almost all of those savings will come from money that voters don’t know they’re currently spending. More than 150 million Americans have employer-sponsored group health care plans. They can see what they are forking out directly for premiums, deductibles, and co-pays, and they don’t like it. But they are largely innocent of the far greater amounts they pay in lost wages. In a typical employer-sponsored family plan, two-thirds of the premiums are nominally paid by the employer, who in turn shifts much if not all of that cost to employees by reducing other forms of compensation. Yet few employees are aware of this reality. So selling a single-payer system involves promising to save people money on costs they don’t know they pay, while at the same time telling them that they’ll have to share more of their paycheck with Uncle Sam. Not easy.

A plan based purely on Medicare prices for all would address the biggest concern of the largest group of voters—without asking them to pay higher taxes. This would raise the chances of the party that passed it actually being rewarded for health care reform.
Some Democrats have been trying to finesse this political reality by proposing what might be called “single-payer lite” plans. The Center for American Progress’s “Medicare Extra for All” proposal is an example. Under this plan, everyone can choose between buying into Medicare or keeping their current insurance. And because the plan would impose Medicare prices universally, the price of private insurance would go down.
But that is just a part of the proposal. It would also establish a new federal health program offering enhanced benefits, including dental, vision, hearing, and maybe even coverage for long-term nursing home stays, which Medicare and standard commercial health insurance currently don’t cover. Premiums would be free for people living in poverty and would be capped at no more than 10 percent of income for anyone else who wanted to join. Deductibles and co-pays would likewise be eliminated for low-income people and reduced for everyone else.
Sounds pretty good, but who would pay for it? CAP doesn’t specify. Instead, it merely says that “Medicare Extra would be financed by a combination of health care savings and tax revenue options,” adding that it “intends to engage an independent third party to conduct modeling simulation to determine how best to set the numerical values of the parameters.

Whatever numerical values come back, they’ll be substantial and controversial. Even if the CAP plan was financed in good measure by new taxes on the super-rich, it would still involve large transfers from middle-income people, who will be at least partially financing their own benefits, to people with lower incomes, who would be paying nothing for the health care they receive.
A plan based purely on Medicare prices for all would avoid these political land mines. Ending price discrimination against people with employer-provided or other commercial insurance in one fell swoop would address the biggest concern of the largest group of voters—crucially, without asking them to make any sacrifices in the form of higher taxes. This would raise the chances of the party that passed it actually being rewarded for health care reform, rather than punished, as the Democrats were for Obamacare. Voters would quickly feel the benefits in lower premiums, deductibles, and co-pays. And that, in turn, should make them more open to efforts to extend health coverage to those that lack it.

So why not just keep it simple, at least to start? A “Medicare prices for all” plan doesn’t require tax increases or involve transfers paid for by the middle class. It doesn’t require Americans to give up their current health care plans. And it doesn’t repeal or replace the popular features of the Affordable Care Act. But it does directly attack the middle-class affordability crisis using a proven approach that the great majority of Americans might actually support.

Paul S. Hewitt and Phillip Longman

Paul Hewitt is an economic adviser to the Council for Affordable Health Coverage. His views do not necessarily reflect those of CAHC or its members.
 
Phillip Longman is senior editor at the Washington Monthly and policy director at the Open Markets Institute.

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And here's the internet link:

https://washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/april-may-june-2018/the-case-for-single-price-health-care/

Jaango--posted on April 17, 2018
 

 

 

 

Poking Fun at the "pending" Great Rewrite of History...

When our Elected Officials make fools of themselves and thusly, we, the 'bad asses' are expected to rush to judgement and be amiable to accepting an apology that isn't really an apology, when 'trashing' the public employees of the taxpayer-supported spending to educate our kids, goes nowhere and nowhere fast.

And today's exemplar is the Tennessee Governor, Matt Bevins for his latest statement and is as follows:

“Clearly, a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating, I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said. It was not my intent whatsoever."

“It’s my responsibility to represent you — not only when I’m speaking to you, but when I’m speaking on your behalf — in ways that are clear, that are understood, that don’t hurt people and don’t confuse people. And so to the extent that I do that well, great, and to the times when I don’t do it well, that’s on me.  I do again— I’m sorry for those of you, every single of one of you, that has been hurt by things that I have said.”

And earlier in the week, Governor Blevins had this to say regarding the behavior of both teachers and parents for protesting that the teachers were in need of a pay increase as well as the requisite and much-needed funding for school infrastructure to keep the school doors open and the amenities such as heating bills being paid on time.

“I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them. I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed, or ingested poison, because they were home alone. Because a single parent didn’t have money to take care of them.”

Further, the Governor added this:  “As surely as we’re having this conversation, children were harmed, some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time, because they were vulnerable and left alone.”

Obviously, I am left to conclude that a white politician must defend himself while hiding behind his presumptive 'privilege' while trashing the economically disabled parent of school kids demonstrating in support of teachers, even when these self-same politicians are unwilling to spend $480 million on continuing a public education systemic and where the hard core right as well as the assorted Libertarians feel that their ideology should prohibit and is in denial that the public benefit of an educated work force provides little or no self-sustenance to capitalism, other than more tax cuts for the super-wealthy.

And in any final analysis, Governor Bevin has been determined to convince us--We, the voters, that we should continue our 'surrender' of Self-Interest, in search for his opportunity to craft a greater form of Segregation, and much to  his liking, and that of his Donor's Class liking.
 
In closiing, Governor Bevin is a snug-fit as well as an iconic exemplar for the  Latino Stereotype and that being..."El gringo quere componener todo con su, 'I'm sorry!'"
 
Jaango--posted on April 16, 2018
 

 

 

Next Month's Agricultrual Bill Will Be Up For a Vote...

The only interesting 'news' regarding the "subsidies" and "entitlements" in this annual authorization bill is being viewed as "punishment" to the rural state farmers and which is a stabilizing force or vote for the Trump administration and thusly, can easily be contrasted with the SNAP or Food Stamp voters signifying this alignment with the Democrats. 
 
And that's the long story--short!

However, the House bill must pass on a majority votes while the Senate vote must pass with a minimum of sixty votes and consequently, the political dilemma comes full circle, and which is expected to be that the Senate will reject the 'whatever' that the House passes.

Take, for example, Senate Chairman met last week at the White House and where President Trump's staff did not express themselves affirmatively in support of expanding the subsidizes the rural farmers currently enjoy, and furthermore, these subsidies must be expanded given that Trump's tariffs regarding China will reduce the prices of these rural products, grains and pork. 

In contrast, the White House staff expressed their support for conducting drug tests on the recipient of food stamps.  And as a tangent to this overall discussion, the State of Arizona conducted drug tests on current recipients of food stamps, and found that only four recipients had been taken illegal drugs while the overwhelming number of recipients taking drugs were attributed to the recipients or food stamp clients while undergoing their medical care via Medicaid.

And at the end of the political day, House leadership is anticipating its passage with its 218 vote majority, for expanding the  subsidies for rural farmers, while a more vocal drug testing program is necessary and thusly, the new add-on will come in the form of work requirements added on to the existing burden facing the poor on a daily basis.

Moreover, the two Senators working on their first draft of this agricultural legislation, are not expecting a large number of votes in support for neither drug testing nor for work requirements.  And in more normal political circumstances, this agricultural legislation would not become a partisan toxic bill, but the Trump administration will doing all it can to segment or cement this division between and among these political elites, regardless of party affiliation.

Jaango--posted on April 14, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

A Few "Gossipy" or "cheesie" Observations...

1.  Yesterday's 'neglect' is tomorrow's reality.  Take into consideration that the latest Congression Budget Office has made available its 'study' and in which in 2028, our national debt is be knocking on the door of $30 trillion.  Now, is it time to install in to public law, the  'need' for a National Debt Tax Surcharge?

2.  A few Republican House Members are attempting to craft legislation that is in keeping with President Trump's desire to 'rescind' a few hundred billion dollars in spending (Omnibus Tax Cuts) that pertains to the Democrats fondest wishes. And the sole  purpose is to punish the Democrats for not touting their loyalty to the "populist"-oriented Trump administration.

3.  The Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos continues to tout charter schools to anyone who will listen, and in the meantime, the charter schools are now in  "flatline" when it comes to competing with the results being achieved by taxpayer supported public  schools.

4.  Mueller's firing.  Senator Grassley, among the Repubicans is suggesting that should President Trump should not  fire Mueller, otherwise, Trump would be facing a political 'suicide' moment.   In the same political vein, Senator  Graham says that Trump is far too smart  to fire Mueller. 

5.  From  TPM on Trump's Lawyer Cohen: "We’ve been telling you for years that Michael Cohen’s business history couldn’t survive first contact with serious investigative scrutiny. He’s been tied his entire life to emigres from Russia and Ukraine; he’s been their business partners, and they’ve been the source of rivers of money from that part of the world which Cohen has used to make himself a very wealthy man. A number of them have reputed ties to organized crime. Taxis, real estate, casino cruise boats. These are all businesses that require large amounts of cash to operate. They’re all good ways to channel cash into the United States. With Cohen taxis have always been the biggest red flag in our reporting."

6.  Conspiracy or not conspiracies?  This is from one of our nation's better  political writers: 
 
"Needless to say, nothing like this is ever supposed to happen. Under ordinary circumstances, there is no chance in hell that warrants like this would be sought, let alone authorized by a long list of people from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (who was appointed by Trump), to the acting head of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, to the Deputy Attorney General (who was also appointed by Trump), to the U.S. District Court judge. Authorizing raids on the president’s lawyer that seek his presumptively privileged communications is a sure-fire career-ender, and anyone in the chain of this process could and would have put an end to the idea if it wasn’t on the most irrefutably sound foundation."  And yet, President Trump  won't be tried in Court. Now, where's the popcorn?

7.  The National Guard deployment to the Southern Border is truly political theater.  As such, the "national security" media frame is consistent with a rougher edge that is purely propaganda, and the Governors of Texas and Arizona love blowing their trumpets for Trumpism.

Jaango--posted on April 10, 2018
 
 
 
 

 

 

How Much More Needs To Be  Said?

Over these past few years, I have expressed my obvious distaste toward America's over 20,000 credentialed journalists, and from the staffers of major newspapers are now catching-on, furthermore, that the owners are not too happy when journalists express themselves as these newspapers are being downsized and crucial jobs in their respective communities  are being lost.  And the following speaks for itself and in a much-publicized manner: 
 
Editorial: As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved
 
At The Denver Post on Monday, more than two dozen reporters, editors, photographers, videographers, page designers, digital producers and opinion staff will walk out the door. Our marching orders are to cut a full 30 by the start of July.

These heartbreaking instructions raise the question: Does this cut, which follows so many in recent years that our ranks have shriveled from more than 250 to fewer than 100 today, represent the beginning of the end for the Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire?

The cuts, backed by our owner, the New York City hedge fund Alden Global Capital, also are a mystery, if you look at them from the point of view of those of us intent on running a serious news operation befitting the city that bears our name. Media experts locally and nationally question why our future looks so bleak, as many newspapers still enjoy double-digit profits and our management reported solid profits as recently as last year.

We call for action. Consider this editorial and this Sunday’s Perspective offerings a plea to Alden — owner of Digital First Media, one of the largest newspaper chains in the country — to rethink its business strategy across all its newspaper holdings. Consider this also a signal to our community and civic leaders that they ought to demand better. Denver deserves a newspaper owner who supports its newsroom. If Alden isn’t willing to do good journalism here, it should sell The Post to owners who will.

A flagship local newspaper like The Post plays a critically important role in its city and state: It provides a public record of the good and the bad, serves as a watchdog against public and private corruption, offers a free marketplace of ideas and stands as a lighthouse reflective and protective of — and accountable to — a community’s values and goals. A news organization like ours ought to be seen, especially by our owner, as a necessary public institution vital to the very maintenance of our grand democratic experiment.

Yes, for years now, large media chains have struggled to responsibly downsize newsrooms. But some have done so less responsibly than others.

Here in Colorado, Alden has embarked on a cynical strategy of constantly reducing the amount and quality of its offerings, while steadily increasing its subscription rates. In doing so, the hedge fund managers — often tellingly referred to as “vulture capitalists” — have hidden behind a narrative that adequately staffed newsrooms and newspapers can no longer survive in the digital marketplace. Try to square that with a recent lawsuit filed by one of Digital First Media’s minority shareholders that claims Alden has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars of its newspaper profits into shaky investments completely unrelated to the business of gathering news.

Coloradans feel the insanity of it in their bones. And what a sad history.

Jaango--posted on April 9, 2018
 

 

Odds and Ends
 
With both chambers of Congress still on vacation, very little attention is being garnered and for publication by the major news outlets, and yet, a few 'stories' are being espoused in this toxic arena of today, and which means that President Trump's early morning tweets take on a particular salience since 'marketing and selling' of electronic advertising has to pay the bills for these media giants.  And here are some short stories:

1. Oregon's Governor has announced that she will refuse to send the Oregonian National Guard to the Southern Border, and with her knowing that the National Guard will be wasting their time since Fox News' iconic immigrant "invasions' do not exist.

2.  With Zuckerburg now scheduled to testify before two committees in Congress regarding the (ever expansive number to over 2 billion) 85 million person data 'sale' to President Trump's subset for his presidential campaign, and thusly, one of many questions that will neither be asked nor for an answer demanded, will be how much money did Facebook charge the Trump campaign and related political subsets?  And now we can usher in the Gen X generation with the Boomer Generation, waiting, somewhat impatiently, for someone to open the door and leading to the exits. 

3. "A full third of the senior Interior Department (DOI) career officials reassigned under Secretary Ryan Zinke in a major agency reshuffling are Native American, even though Native Americans make up less than 10 percent of the Department’s workforce, a review by TPM has found."  A clear sign that more 'public lands' will be opened-up for the benefit of the private/corporate sector.

4.  The "recission vote."  With President Trump advocating for a 'recission vote' that is the follow through due to the Omnibus Bill, the Ryan Team in the House will be attemting to come forward with their legilative plan and where a majority vote is only required in the Senate, thusly, rescinding a large measure of monies currently allocated to the poor and senior citizens, is their 'target.'  And because the Republicans will be hammered in this next election cycle for having catered to the Super Wealthy, this 'recission vote' will take the onus off of them, or so the Republicans think and hope for.  Thus, a distraction and a delfection for the existing dilemma.  However and in the likelihood that Democrats regain control of the Senate, the Omnibus legislation can be changed relatively easily, even with a large majority of Republican votes.

5.  Since Majority Leader in the Senate, Senator McConnell is far more concerned with judicial appointments and where long term results can be achieved and maintained, and which is in keeping with history and where the Republicans have 'leaned heavily' on the Courts to reverse Democratic policy when they--the Democrats controlled either the House or Senate chambers, respectively.  To wit, Senator McConnell is suggesting that his Republican colleagues should dispense with 'defending' their vote on the Omnibus legislation since Republican voters are displeased with their capitulation  to the 'offensive' Super Wealthy.

Jaango--posted on April 5, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

Celebrating Another Century of Success...

With today, Wednesday, being the anniversay of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death in Memphis, much has been said and written.  Thus, the risible contentiousness between LBJ and MKL Jr's relationship and which bordered on the success of an ego-driven field in politics, has many admirers.  And here's some deep background that historians can't or won't attribute toward Chicano military vets.

As such, the following:

"There's nothing wrong with being pragmatic.  Hell, a lot of us were pragmatic.  But you have to believe in something.  Lyndon Johnson believed in nothing, Nothing but his own ambition." (The above quote if from one of LBJ's aides and who spoke only if given anonymity.)

And when LBJ had some second thoughts about the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, LBJ did move forward.  Thus, this forward movement came about when a large contigent of Chicano military vets from Texas, sought and received a private meeting with LBJ.  It was in this meeting that LBJ told these vets that he was having second-doubts about this legislation. 
 
Therefore, the vets explained and encouraged LBJ to "go forward" given the implications from what would occur during the oncoming years and for the next and subsequent generations that  would be following.  Needless to say but will, these vets deferred to LBJ's Vietnam War efforts but wouldn't on this critical legislation for the Civil Rights Movement and the War on Poverty consistent with 197 pieces of legislation and where this legislation was either written by Hubert Humphrey or supervised by his team of legislative writers.

And consequently, the Chicano Movement moved on from being a military vet concentric and into an expanded Movement where all Chicanos were available to set the Chicano Movement's Agenda of Unmet Needs.  Today, this 'history' is now obvious and where over 6,500 Latinos are now safely ensconsed as Elected and Appointed Officials and with more to  follow in the years ahead.

Jaango--posted on April 4, 2018
 

 

 

 

President Trump's Declaration of War Against "shitholes"

With the latest White House announcement that President Trump has consulted with the Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, and further, that President Trump intends to use the military to protect our Southern Border with Mexico, Congress will be expected to step-into the portending fiasco, and consequently, slap the reins of buffoonishism onto President Trump.  If not, the Republicans will become highly vilified for their Hate, and from this point, white supremcy becomes our nation's new "characterization,' nonetheless.

And according to the Washington Post, President Trump continues to mischaracterize his 'intent.' 
 
As such, the following:

*** “The Mexican government on Monday evening moved to break up the caravan of migrants moving through southern Mexico”
*** This is an “annual caravan intended to raise awareness about the plight of people making the dangerous trek across Mexico toward the United States”
*** “Mexico deported 16,278 people during the first two months of 2018; 97 percent of them were Central Americans, according to the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights group.”
*** “Mexico increased its immigration enforcement in 2014, when it enacted a “Southern Border Plan” in response to a flood of unaccompanied Central American children who were transiting the country and arriving in the United States.

And from within his--President Trump's proposal for immigration, he was extolling his exophobia, and even taken a couple of steps further.  To wit:

*** Significantly tighten standards and eliminate loopholes in our asylum system.
*** Elevate the threshold standard of proof in credible fear interviews.
*** Impose and enforce penalties for the filing of frivolous, baseless, or fraudulent asylum applications, and expand the use of expedited removal as appropriate.
*** Ensure only appropriate use of parole authority for aliens with credible fear or asylum claims, to deter meritless claims and ensure the swift removal of those whose claims are denied.

Obviously, Fox News' storyline on "caravans" has increased his distaste for "shitholes" writ large.
Or perhaps,  too much Fox News has reinvigorated his taste for more tastelessness

Jaango--posted on April 3, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

Another Gentle Reminder...
 
Speaking from the well-understood pronouncement that epitmomizes a more concentrated historical version of religion, the Reverend William  Barber speaks  of the Unassailable Fact that undergirds Common Sense, and accomplished with the  following:

"Four diseases, all connected, now threaten the nation’s social and moral health: racism, poverty, environmental devastation, and the war economy—sanctified by the heresy of Christian nationalism. Since the 2016 presidential election, when white rage propelled a candidate endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan into the White House, racism has been more prominent in public life.
 
"Nearly every politician in the United States condemned “hate” after the violence by anti-black, anti-Semitic, and anti-gay white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer. Racism and white supremacy, however, are not about hate. They are about power. The question is not whether politicians condemn hate, but whether they promote the policy agenda of white supremacy."

Jaango--posted on April 3, 2018
 

 

 

Today's "Rule of Thumb" in Politics...

Much is being written on the conservative-oriented web sites and where Republicans are speaking out in the angst and anger for their having neglected the Latino voters for all these many years. And of course, this is not unusual since the GOP issued its "autopsy" from several years ago. Further, 'nothing' followed by the Republicans, writ large, other than to iflame the prejudices amongst the general population and where Latinos were the 'target.'

And this  brings me to the  article published at the web site of realclearpolitics.com and where the authors, Cris Wilson and Brent Goldrick of Fox News, and dated for March, 2018, offer their "advice" to their fellow Republicans seeking public office.  Consequently, the somewhat contentious subject for "reaching out" to Latino voters is advocated, but beyond that, nothing follows other than the expressed hate for "canaloupe legs" and to be followed with the "caravans" for instilling more crime in the U.S., emanting out of Mexico.

As such, President Trump's current conquest for 'colonizing' Latino voters and with the subject of Senator McConnell and Congressman Paul Ryan as his co-horts for their "do nothing" political leadership, does pose a problem for these Republican candidates having expressed their desire to serve in Congress or these members of Congress seeking their ambitious re-election opportunity, still can not bring themselves to play the role of "Idea" politics as the 'big buy' and yet,  are anchored by their historical penchant for playing their role for "identity" politics.  Thus, their continued addiction to indecency, writ large.

And here's the internet link: 

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/03/25/bucking-blue-wave-republicans-would-be-smart-to-focus-on-hispanic-voters-in-2018.html 

Jaango--posted on April 2, 2018
 
 
 
 

 

 

When IS Haviing Too Much Fun...Too Much?

If you have had the opportunity to spend some conderable time in our nation's capitol, and even perhaps as a political operative, i.e., as a lobbyist or a contressional staffer,  the insider's knowledge base becomes an 'open' reminder that the taxpayer and the general public is not really in attendance when our 'future' is being designed and decided in Congress, or in the lesser agencies of the federal government--from obscure offices and to the 'assistants' at the Cabinet level. 

So, it was with great delight that I had the opportunity to 'read' and as a reminder of my experience in our nation's capitol, the article titled, "The Washington Lobbyist’s Phrasebook" or the shorter version,  A citizen’s guide to deciphering the mumbo-jumbo of K Street, and by Mike Lofgren, and dated March 30, 2018.

And given that I am required by Copyright Right Law, I am including the internet link at the conclusing of this somewhat lengthy and informative article, located at the end of this column.

***Start***
 
One of the requirements of my decades-long career as a Capitol Hill staffer was to learn the peculiar jargon of paid issue advocates, or as they’re more commonly known, lobbyists. I quickly learned that their phrases are as obscure in their true meaning as Cockney rhyming slang or convict argot, where the objective is to hide rather than illuminate intent.

In the interest of transparency and an informed public, I have assembled some of the more commonly used phrases. This list is by no means exhaustive, since lobbyist language is constantly evolving as it absorbs catchphrases from popular culture and the military. No doubt the Trump presidency, with its always casual correspondence with empirical reality, will make a lasting contribution to the vocabulary of a profession already noted for its relaxed standards of truthfulness.

We just want a level playing field. This is the endlessly recurring Lord’s Prayer of lobbying phrases, even though no major field sports are played on a tilted surface. Translated, it means, “treat us the same as the competition, except when not treating us the same gives us an advantage.” This phrase should be engraved above the entrance of the Bryce Harlow Foundation.

We can’t have a one-size-fits-all policy. This phrase is also very common, even though it contradicts the first phrase. In this case, there are “special circumstances” that require the government to favor the claimant that the lobbyist represents.

They keep moving the goal posts on us. Another hoary sports metaphor implying unfair treatment of the lobbyist’s client. In reality, what it means is that the government procurement organization has the temerity to demand that the client meet the required cost, schedule, and performance criteria in the contract.

If you buy large quantities, you gain economies of scale and actually save money. A concept beloved by Home Shopping Network, it is also an argument lobbyists use to sell everything from pencils to the General Services administration to F-35s to the Pentagon. I actually heard a radio spot on Washington’s WTOP, a favorite advertising venue for military contractors, arguing that the Navy should buy three aircraft carriers at once—at roughly $10 billion each.

Don’t think of it as an expenditure, think of it as an investment in the future. If you’ve ever wondered why DoD spends $400 a gallon to move gasoline to Afghanistan, re-read this phrase.

Can’t afford to do it? We can’t afford not to do it. It sounds as if the lobbyist in question is behind on the payments on his vacation home at the same time he has to come up with the tuition for his offspring at Sidwell Friends.

It’s a win-win for all the stakeholders. This is true if you define the stakeholders to mean the executives and shareholders of the company the lobbyist represents. Taxpayers and end-users are not stakeholders.

We’re working to put ourselves out of business. Sure you are.

Issues. In keeping with the need for euphemism, there are no problems, let alone disasters. They’re all issues. This is probably borrowed from the military, where good news is a requirement. I once heard an Air Force general describe the test results of a missile that blew up three seconds after clearing the launch pad as “nominal.”

We need to educate Congress. Translation: squeeze corporate headquarters to get everybody to max out on their political contributions to the relevant committee chairman.

You don’t want to deny the American working man one of life’s little pleasures, do you? A phrase much employed by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, the Distilled Spirits Council, the Tobacco Institute, and Purdue Pharma, makers of OxyContin.

Our new prototype [FILL IN THE BLANK] will ensure that our men and women in uniform return home safely. Translation: you really didn’t expect us not to exploit patriotism for commercial gain, did you?
His Excellency is pro-American and a committed reformer. Translation: my client is a genocidal kleptocrat who has paid my firm seven figures to clean up his image in Washington and get him and his family off the sanctions list.

That’s old, outdated information or we’ve turned the corner on this program. A pair of phrases used to explain away why the V-22 Osprey keeps crashing, the F-35 still has multiple serious problems after spending $100 billion on it, or the Department of Homeland Security headquarters is over budget and behind schedule. In reality, the programs in question have turned so many corners that they might as well be lost in the Labyrinth of Knossos.

***End***

And here's the internet link:

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/03/30/the-washington-lobbyists-phrasebook/
 
NOTE:  Mike Lofgren is a former career congressional staff member who served on the House and Senate budget committees. His latest book is The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government.

And our thanks to Mike Lofgren!

Jaango--posted on April 1, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

"Privatizing the VA":  Senator McCain and the Axis of the Three Stooges

NOTE:  Now that the White House Communications Department has announced that the Trump Administration has no intention of 'privatizing' the Veterans Administration, the 18 million votes of military vets and their spouses, has concretized their public view, but a turn-around seems to be the new norm from the Oval Office, and consequently, this 'turn-around' should be announced and done quietly among the political hanger-ons and further distributed to the conservative 'voices' in our public discourse and thusly, steepening the propaganda behavior.

With the White House's announcemet that the VA Secretary, Daniel Shuskin, has been replaced by  President Trump's personal physician, Rear Admiral Ronnie Jackson, is the latest version of Trump's political wrath, and if one has to wonder why the VA Secretary has been replaced, we, the military vets, ably understand that this "privatization" is the Right's 'strict constructionist' view that government must spend its "god-given monies" in the private section, and nothing less should be permitted.  And of course, cyclical elections will determine the effectiveness of this mindset from the Koch Assemblage of the Super Wealthy.

As to the Three Stooges, first is in the form of the Koch Brothers in their constant attempt to 'privatize.'  The second form comes at us from of the medical care industry and where these professionals feel that their personal view is one for the provident  care being provided by medical doctors, writ  large. And the third form comes at us in less than welcomed  behavior of our Elected Officials in Congress.  To  wit, the notional for "medical care delivered" and having been measured by a slew of academics, VA Care and the Taxpayers' Annualized AND Accummulated Monies, effectively demonstrates the the VA Systemic, as well as Indian Health Services, far exceeds the private sector for today's excellence in medical care.

And now, to the  wide-ranging aspects as to Daniel Shulkin, in particular.

Much has been written as to his political management and to his administration management, and thusly, far far and away  'critique' has been written by Suzanne Gordon.  Her 'history' is one for an insightful representation and is as follows:

NOTE:  Suzanne Gordon is the author of "The Battle for Veterans' Healthcare: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Policy Making and Patient Care" and of her forthcoming book and titled "Wounds of War: Veterans' Healthcare in the Era of Privatization."

In her latest contribution of this national discussion, her artitlce titled, "David Shulkin Failed Veterans Long Before His Travel  Scandal" and dated February 22, 2018. 
 
And here are two paragraphs:

Paragraph One:

Following the revelation, Shulkin acknowledged making “mistakes” and remarked that “the optics of this are not good.” But he insisted that leaks about his European jaunt were part of an internal White House plot to unseat him because he has tried to put the brakes on the privatization of the VA health care system. Bolstering his argument, last week ProPublica reported that a coterie of White House staff was trying to oust Shulkin in order to promote the interests of the conservative Koch brothers, who favor total privatization of veteran health care. In the face these reports, Democrats and representatives of veterans service organizations (VSOs) have come—albeit somewhat tepidly—to Shulkin’s defense.

AND

Paragraph Two:

When I interviewed him for a book I was writing on VA health care in 2015, Shulkin told me that, as a former private-sector hospital administrator, he was surprised to discover that the VA was able to achieve great outcomes because it was both a provider and payer of care. He openly admired its delivery of integrated care and the fact that the system addressed not only its patients’ physical and mental health problems, but also their social, economic, occupational, and housing needs.

And here's the internet link:

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/02/21/david-shulkin-failed-veterans-long-before-his-travel-scandal/

And at the end of the political day, dismantling the  VA due to the availablity of 300,000 employees, 9 million patients and an annual budget of  $200 billion that this political weight deems to be accomplished for the benefit of the private sector and the military vets can be damned.

Jaango--posted on March30, 2018
 

 

 

When the Unassailable Facts Don't Matter

Now that the Republicans are attempting to place the blame on the Democrats for the failure of DACA not being properly addressed via the Omnibus legislation or from any subset of political shennanigans, the Facts do matter. Take, for example, the following and this per CNN:

September 13: Trump has dinner with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at the White House, after which the two Democrats say they agreed in broad strokes to a DACA-border security deal that doesn’t include Trump’s wall. Trump initially seems on the same page, then the White House and Republicans walk it back.
January 11: After months of meetings, Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Lindsey Graham go to the White House to propose to Trump a compromise worked out by their group of six bipartisan senators. The offer includes a path to citizenship for eligible young immigrants, the first year of Trump’s border wall funding, ending the diversity visa lottery and reallocating those visas, and restricting the ability of former DACA recipients to sponsor family.

Note:  Trump and the White House invite hardline Republicans to the meeting and he rejects the deal, making his now-infamous “shithole countries” comment in the process.

January 19: House before a government funding deadline, Schumer and Trump meet for lunch at the White House. Schumer offered Trump the upwards of $20 billion he wanted for his border wall in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for the eligible immigrant population. The deal is rejected, and government shuts down at midnight.

February 14: A bipartisan group of senators unveils a compromise plan, which includes $25 billion for the border, a pathway to citizenship for the immigrants, cuts to one slim category of family-based migration and prevents the parents who brought their children to the US illegally from ever being sponsored for citizenship by those children. White House goes all out to stop the bipartisan compromise deal, which fails to get the necessary 60 votes in the Senate, with 54 votes.

Jaango--posted on March 28, 2018
 
 

 

 

 

A Short Version of This Week's Odds and Ends

Now that the Omnibus Bill was passed and signed into law, members in both chambers of Congress, are scrambling to espouse and garner the attention of the national news media outlets.  And here are few items that have grabbed the attention of the general public.

1.  The Secretary of Commerce has announced that the Census Bureau's Survey shall include the instance of "citizenship" as identified, and now recognized as 'depressing' the vote of minorities and in particular, immigrants and who have acheived their certification for being citizens.  In response a dozen state Attorney Generals are now challengengin the Federal Government and led by California's Attorney General and a former member of the House chamber.

2.  The NRA is admitting that they received foreign-owned monies and yet,these monies were not used for political campaigning, of any sort.  However, the 'research' of moving monies from one internal account to another internal account, thus, 'freeing-up' other sources of monies within their wide array of internal accounts, will continue to be actively investigated, inclluding the FEC or the Federal Elections Commission.

3. In Wisconsin, a state judge filling in for the original judge now on vacation, ruled that Governor Walker must hold a special election that must fill two vacant seats since December of last year. However, the Governor was opposed to this special election, and recently, he has called for a Special Session at the Legislature and done in order to circumvent the original judge's order.  To wit, the judge sitting in for the vacationing judge determined that the special election would be further exascerbated since two seats representing the affected voters, would have no opportunity to express themselves.  As such, another circumvention by Wisconsin's Governor, is not deemed permissible.

4.  A couple of White House staffers have anonomsously espoused that after having watched the 60  Minutes interview of Stormy Daniels, President Trump has not said anything for public consumption, but in private, he's "raging" angry.

5.  From Kevin Drum at the Mother Jones Magazine, he has this to say: "The relentless drive of Republicans to maintain their gerrymandering edge in elections is truly a wonder. In Pennsylvania they’re outraged that a judge has made district maps only mildly pro-Republican instead of comically pro-Republican. In North Carolina, they’d allow blacks to cast only three-fifths of a vote if they could get away with it. On a national level they’ve tried to sabotage the census, because the people who are hardest to count are mostly Democrats. They’ve finally sort of caved on that—admitting they need more money and giving up on trying to appoint a Census director who thought that North Carolina’s approach to redistricting was just peachy—so now they’ve moved on their latest wheeze: a citizenship question. Their hope is that this will scare people away from filling out the census form, thus reducing the recorded population of Hispanic-heavy states. There’s also a very subtle effect of this on the state level that might help Republicans keep their gerrymandering edge in 2020."

6. Since President Trump signed-off on the Omnibus Bill, he was allocated $1.3 billion for the 'start' of his Wall, and is now placing a great amount of political pressure on the Pentagon to spend this new money on building this Wall. And if the Pentagon relents, the soldiers will not get their miniscule raise. 

7.  Daily Snark!  Can the Trump and Bolton 'axis' Colonize China?  Trade Wars will  do so!

Jaango--posted on March 28, 2018
 

 

 

 Has President Trump's First Year Been "remarkable"?

The conservative political writers tell us Trump's first year has been a big success, and their Argumentation is as follows:

1.  The Omnibus Bill.
2.  The Tax Cuts.
3.  The ongoing selctions of judges for the Courts.
4.  The elimination of 'insurance' as per Obamacare.
5.  The appointment of conservatives to his Cabinet.
6.  The termination of Obama-era regulations that have been meaningful for an increased economy.

And taken together, the large number of conservative writers are telling anyone who will listen, Trump's first year, as President, has been "remarkable."

Jaango--posted on March 26, 2018
 
 

 

 

John Bolton:  Much Ado About Nothing
 

Shortly after President Bush announced that former U.N.Ambassador John Bolton was to be appointed the Chief of the National Security Council, or National Security Adviser, all hell broke loose on the internet web sites, and where the unfolding story was about "war" and not peace. Thus, Bolton would be advocating for a war with either Russia, North Korea or Iran, or all three nations simultaneously.  Thus, "over-the-top" punditry, was easily expressed.

And yet, Common Sense tells us that Bolton is an expert within the Patrimony Class and where being a traditional hanger-on, has been his career motif.  Even today, Bolton has never accepted a challenge to run for any public office and to include the local office for being the Chief Dog Catcher. To wit, he's all about verbal jousting with America's underclass.

And today's critique has been delivered by Chris Mathews and where he call's Bolton the "Godfather of Stupid Wars."  And luckily for Mathews, as an MSNC host of a televison show, MSNBC has yet to add to his status as "retired."

When President George B. Bush acquired his congressional gita in the form of the AUMF for the Invasion of Iraq, the overriding premise was to insure that Iraqi oil easily entered the international pipe line and where consumer prices would not crater.  Thus, Bolton was no where to be located among the "decision-makers" relative to Iraq.
 
  And when Bolton did advocate for a War with Iran, he did so on the similar premise that led to the decison by both Bush and Cheney for invading Iraq.  And as such, the schematic that was their's, there could be no disruption for any oil being inadvertently displaced into the international pipeline and where fraud and kickbacks, were to be eventually addressed and where there would no public input.  And yet, any provident political analysis, recognizes that the requisite Act of  War was conveniently replaced with a downgraded version known as the AUMF.
 
Today, and 15 years later and with trillions of dollars invested in War, and added to the national debt, not much has changed in iraq, and Bolton knows this too since he had front row audience seat for 'listening' to the inferences of elitist propaganda, especially when the Boltons of this critical era were stipulating that Saddam Hussein had "weapons of mass destruction."  And added to this critical era, Secretary of State Colin Powell went before the United Nations and did so, with even worse propaganda.  Thus, Powell's disgraceful reputation had been well-earned as had Bolton's disgraceful reputation been hard earned.  And that's where Bolton stands today!  As such, he "stinks up the joint."

Jaango--posted on March 23, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

America's Elitism for a "convoluted" Criminal Stupidity

One of my favorite political writers is Spencer Ackerman, and as such, we go back many years ago when we 'debated' a variety of political issues, and much to my surprise, then, he supported Bush's invasion of Iraq.  And in the midst of this invasion and for what followed, he 'changed' his mind for Bush's folly.  And for my being an arse of sorts, I suggested that he should pack his overnight case, report to the nearest federal prison center and spend a night or two, as his penance for being wrong-minded.  And he agreed with me.  And that's part of our 'history' or legacy in our seemingly ongoing debates of years past. 

Today, we have both moved on with our lives.  And my good friend Spencer, has went on to acquire his fame and thusly, he has reinforced this fame with his intrepid behavior for becoming one of our better Fourth State representatives on our nation's platform of being an unrequited love that is an Investigative Reporter. 

And Spencer's latest attention grabber of a news story, is about the GOP icon, Roger Stone,and where Stone continues to waste his writing effort to distract the general public, as well as the news media outlets with his unrequited love for propaganda.  And of course, Spencer takes Stone to task, and accomplished in the following manner:

“I myself had no contacts or communications with the Russian State, Russian Intelligence or anyone fronting for them or acting as intermediaries for them.”  And this statement is direct quote from Roger Stone.

And over at the web site that is the "dailybeast.com" Ackerman has his fellow author, Kevin Poulsen, write,

"EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer" and dated March 22, 2018.

And the two 'telling' paragraphs are as follows:

"Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), The Daily Beast has learned. It’s an attribution that resulted from a fleeting but critical slip-up in GRU tradecraft.

"That forensic determination has substantial implications for the criminal probe into potential collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia. The Daily Beast has learned that the special counsel in that investigation, Robert Mueller, has taken over the probe into Guccifer and brought the FBI agents who worked to track the persona onto his team."

And here is the internet link:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/exclusive-lone-dnc-hacker-guccifer-20-slipped-up-and-revealed-he-was-a-russian-intelligence-officer
 
 

So, grab a cup of hot java, and enjoy, since this article is quite lengthy.
 
Now, I am somewhat of a cynic, and for knowing that whatever the Mueller Investigation finds, President will never be impeached since the Republican leadership in the Senate will not touch this perceived impeachment in any fancy or form. 
 
But I do have two questions that I feel need to be addressed and in considerable detail.

1.  Did Roger Stone 'share' with President Trump that Guccifer 2.0 was a presumptive Russian military officer?

2.  Did President Trump's national security staff 'share' with President Trump that Guccifer 2.0 was a presumptive Russian military officer?

And the answer to both of these above two questions, will confirm for me that President Trump's 'reach' into the Russian government and all that Russia portends from these business relationships, should tell us, all that we need to know as to Businessman Trump and followed by President Trump's installment into the Oval Office.

Jaango--posted on March 23, 2018
 
 

 

 

Understanding the Particulars in the 2,232 Pages of the Omnibus Bill

With the pending requirement that the federal government will have to shut down on Saturday, if the Senate, the House, and the Oval Office fail to arrive at this successful conclusion to continue this federal funding, and as such, will become a fourth repeat as of January of  this year.

And aside from the plethora of public complaints, such as House Freedom Caucus Chair, Mark Meadows (R-NC) when he utters that "The wins for conservatives will be far and few between" tells us that the 'status quo' in today's politics is now much in play and where President Trump has been tossed to the sideline and subsequently, is obligated to sign the Ominibus legistation, regardless of either context or content.

Perhaps, any assessment should start with what's being excluded, and in doing so brings more clarity to what's being attempted.  Take, for example, Trump's 'border wall' will get a funding level and spead out over the next 15 years, and long after President Trump has left office.  And this first round of funding of $1.6 billion will have more even more 'restrictions' as per what constitutes this "wall" and of the 33 miles and what is defined as 'construction'.

Moreover, the Democratic leadership team will not directly address DACA, and one small "gain" for this Team is that funding for Sanctuary Cities will continue apace, and which the DOJ is prohibited from challenging this presumptive funding of federal dollars to local communities.  And Planned Parenthood continues its daily operations, even though the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal dollars being used for abortions.

Therefore, this bill is consistent with a funding level of $1.3 trillion despite the 'critique' for deficit and out-of-control spending. So the $1.3 trillion bill seems set, with $78 billion in spending for the military and $52 billion for domestic spending. In terms of that spending, here are some of the major provisions and concessions in the bill:

 *** A deal on the Gateway tunnel-and-rail project connecting New York and New Jersey. The project can receive up to $541 million in federal funds, far short of the $900 million that Congress originally authorized and that Trump opposed.

*** A narrow background check bill for gun purchases known as Fix NICS, as well as grants to make schools safer in the wake of the Florida school shooting. A third provision, backed by Democrats, would allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun violence as a public health issue, something banned under a law known as the Dickey Amendment.

*** More than $1 billion for border security and new surveillance technology—funding demanded by President Trump—though with restrictions, demanded by the Democrats, that the money can’t underwrite new construction of the imposing concrete border wall Trump promised during the campaign. It provides $641 million for 33 miles of new fences or levees; and $630 million for repairs, technology enhancements and related efforts.

Of course, more damage could have been foisted on the taxpayer, but this November's election cycle, must not jeopardize the re-election opportunities of indivual members, and voters must not be antagonized too much.

And much more will follow as this legislation is further described in the next day or two, and for what is expected to occur in the Senate and where the affirming votes are much tighter.

Jaango--posted on March 22, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

The Driver's License Is No Longer the "pet peeve" Among Arizona's Republican Legislators

As of this past Monday, the United States Supreme Court refused to 'hear' a legal appeal from Arizona's members of the State Legislature for their rampant refusal and prohibition of DACA students from applying for and receiving a driver's license.  Thus, Brewer v. Arizona Dream Coalition 16-1180, was premised on President Obama's approach to immigration when the federal government established DACA, in its various forms.  Of course, this denial of driver's license to DACA recipients was appealed to the 9th Circuit of Appeals in San Franciso, and ultimately the Appeals Court ruled  in favor of these students.

Consequently, the logic used by the Appeals Court was premised on U.S. immigration law requires that states cannot establish 'distinctions' among undocumented immigrants or for establishing differing classes among non-citizens.

And of course, it's easy to forget that the State of Nebraska rescinded it similar policy back in 2015, and which should have informed the the Republican-oriented State Legislature, the doing the "dance of willy-ness" at the expense of brown people, has no magical connotations for Decency amongst these indecent and disrespectful lions of ill-repute.  Thus, this ugliness in Arizona is the equivalent of a Spanish motif for, "que no comen, siempre cay mal."

Jaango--posted on March 21, 2018
 
 

 

Young People Speaking to Gun Violence

One of survivors of the gun violence that occurred in Florida within the past month, speaks intelligently, and therefore, our young family members are showing the adults the path to be taken when it comes to gun violence. 

And this statement from David Hogg, a senior at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida:

“There is a lot of racial disparity in the way that this is covered,” Mr. Hogg said of last month's shooting. “If this happened in a place of lower socioeconomic status, or a....black community, no matter how well those people spoke, I don’t think the media would cover it the same.”

“And I think it’s important that we point that out as Americans and realise that. Because, we have to use our white privilege now to make sure that all of the voices that....all of the people that have died as a result of this and haven’t been covered the same can be heard,” he continued. “It’s sad, but true.”

Need more be said by those of us in our wonderful Sonoran Desert?

Jaango--posted on March 21, 2018
 
 

 

The "latest" on the Omnibus Bill...

As of late this afternoon, or Wednesday, both the House and Senate aides were still drafting the final legislation, and with an expected vote to take place in the House, tomorrow morning and where the Senate will begin voting on Friday morning.  And given the urgency that is required since a government shutdown would begin on early Saturday morning, if this legislation is not formally approved by both the House and Senate and with final approval by the Oval Office, both sides of the political aisle, are awaiting the availability of the 'reading' of this 1,000 page document.

And as to what this Omnibus legislation incurrs, no one other that the top four leaders--inclusive of the House and Senate, knows whats to be included.  Thus, their aides are scrambling to bring together the massive number of tangents that have a serious contingent of affirming votes.

As such, we await the 'details' to be forthcoming and when this does occur, we will addressing the specifics of what's been agreed and in contrast, what was left out of the Omnibus legislation.

Jaango--posted on March 21, 2018
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Version of the Trump Legacy...

As per his usual, Tristero effectively addresses the 15th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq, and from his perch at the "digbyblog.blog.com", he writes the following and titled, "One Million Dead":

"As awful a president as Donald Trump already is, he hasn't yet done anything remotely as terrible as George W. Bush:

"No one knows for certain how many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago. Some credible estimates put the number at more than one million. You can read that sentence again.

"To those who will tell you that hindsight is 20/20, I am here to tell you that not only I but nearly everyone on Planet Earth knew back in 2003 that the Bush/Iraq war was a catastrophically insane decision. While many Americans drank the Bush administrations Kool Aid,  millions of people marched all over the world and even in the US itself, begging the US government not to invade. We knew, people, we knew. And we knew then. No one in a position of power listened.

"And the war came. Over one million dead. With many more casualties to come from Bush's senseless, malevolent stupidity.

"There is something seriously wrong with a country that would forget the crimes of a man so soaked in the blood of innocents as George Bush. There is something truly twisted in a society that would rehabilitate Bush into some grotesque kind of avuncular presence (wowie zowie, he paints!).

"To be sure, Donald Trump is the direct consequence of our moral and cultural derangement."

Jaango--posted on March 20, 2018 or the Fifteenth Anniversary of A Gross Incompetence
 

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The Chicano's Version of National Security and Defense...
 
Today's recriminations among Democrats is they supported the War in Iraq, and now having to move forward on national security and defense and address the many political tangents, given that the Democrats were full-on in support of this war.  And yet, the consequence that white people were in favor of the AUMF while "racial and ethnics" were adamantly opposed to this AUMF.  Thus, the white elite prevailed while we the military vets (racial and ethnics) expressed ourselves loudly in opposition, and thusly, the news media outlets, did another one of cavalier dismissal, again.

And Amanda Terkel, a progressive-oriented political writer of considerable note on the internet, comes at this contentious arena and where Democrats are facing the consequence of having been participants in America's 'elitist boondoggle,' not only in federal spending but in the loss of considerable loss among the Iraqi people.  And from both of these standpoints, we, the former Privates, the Corporals, and the Sergeants, attached the historical label President Bush's legacy as the Era of Gross Incompetence.

But before we get to the article written by Amanda Terkel and published at the website of the "huffintonpost.com" we must bring our focus foward to encourage the Democrats create a Committee on National Security and followed by a  Committee on Defense, and where both the House and Senate have the capacity to reject the invariable propaganda arrayed by the War Hawks and dig deeper into a systemic construct and where our nation addresses its "unmet needs" for our future generations of kids, and who deserve much more that what our current generation has delivered in these past fifty years, and starting with the Nixon years.  
 
Thus, the elitist mindset from both the Democrats and the Republicans, have brought little if anything that will improve lives of the Generation Z of today.

In contrast, we, Chicano military vets "offered out" our sagacious political view of the Academic-Military Draft and which to this day, continues to be readily dismissed by the political writer's community and to include the overwhelmingly opinionated subset that are "progressive" political writers.  And here's to our unlikely hope that she will ever see-view-or hear of our advocacy for this ground-breaking idea that achieves an individualized Self-Empowerment Systemic built on Self-Discipline, Hard Work and Ambition.

And as such, the following:
 
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 a Systemic Continuation for more Criminal  Stupidity, albeit, a Quiet Segregation.
 
Today, Amanda Terkel's article and titled, "The Iraq War Built the Modern Democratic Party.  Now What?" and dated March 19, 2018 and located at the Huffington Post.

Here's the internet link:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democrats-foreign-policy-2020_us_5aa959dbe4b0f4aaa112ef0f

Jaango--posted on March 19, 2018
 
 

 

 

The Dismissal of the FBI's Deputy Director

 

Anyone that follows the politics in Washington, knows that this dismissal was premised on President Trump's loss of the popular vote.  And such, here is former FBI Director McCabe's statement, in its entirety:

 

I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time.
For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The president’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about it.

No more.

The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau and to make it clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.

The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the same type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them.

But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.

Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.

This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.

I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I have always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was prevailed to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see.
I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred.
 
Jaango--posted  on March 19, 2018
 
 

 

The Fanciful Tricksters For "second-class citizenship"

After following the daily details of the presuumptively described "the bank lobbyist act" in which large banks are to be held harmless in their schematic of mortgage loans to "minorities,"  our 'conscious' of civility traits, 17 Democratic, or yet, better described as "business" Democrats, supported the Republican-led legislation to change Public Law and where the only benefit for the Big Banks was to effectively demonstrate that voters have no legitimate viability when compared to the Donor Class' wishful 'wants and desires.'

And of all the dedicated political writers that have addressed this subject matter of mortgage loans, and what is being 'revoked' for the middle class seeking these financial loans, is the inveterate Joan McCarter over at the web site of DailyKos.  To wit, her thoroughness has permitted me to not to have to comment on this superficiality in today's politics, and yet, this rant of mine, and her thoroughness of a template of her skill set for political writing, is now reaching new heights, in my estimation. 

Take, for example, her latest 'assessment' of these 17 Democratic "tricksters" of this past week:

"Loosening regulations for 25 of the nation's 38 biggest banks, exempting banks with less that $10 billion from the Volcker Rule, and allowing institutions to racially discriminate in mortgage lending just isn't enough for House Republicans. Hensarling says "that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has assured him the bill won't move 'unless and until the Senate negotiates with the House.'" As of now, the lead negotiator among Senate Democrats is not going to play."

As such, her latest article is titled, "The bank bill that divided Senate Democrats might die in the House" and dated yesterday, March 16, 2018. 
 
And here's the internet link:

https://www.dailykos.com/?page=3

Consequently, the House-version of the Dodd-Frank bill is one for eliminating this Public Law and into a form for political extinction that is comparable to providing Wall Street all it desires from the political class and where the 'shift' that continues to perpetuate the Reagan Doctrine for Self-Sacrifice and of the Self-Interest amongst the white middle class men and their desparation for challenging any 'benefit' accruing to 'racial and ethnics, including those of us for having served in the military.  As such, we have already accomplished our "self-sacrifice" in far more ways than any one person has and not from avoiding a military commitment while in pursuit of an inartful 'privilege.'

Thus, these 17 Trickers will eventually come to recognize that their responsibility for any self-effacing reputation is now in tatters.

Jaango--posted on March17, 2018
 
 
 

 

 

 

"I'm Still Not Entirely Sure How..."

Now that the Pennsylvania District 18 congressional election has been completed, much has been written and where the vote counting "analysis" continues to dog the Democrats, even though the Democrat,  Conor Lamb, won.

And which  brings me to the quest for Democrats to advance their advantage among the white working class voters, even when taking into consideration the subsets of these voters, from rural areas, from suburban areas, and from urban areas.  Further, this collectivation of all these three segments, remains difficult for Democrats, writ large.

Consequently, today's consensus is as follows and to think otherwise, push's Common Sense a couple steps backward.  Thus, the following is the general consensus among social scientists, and which is far from being remarkable, but with my posting here, I am turning this context and content into today's 'remarkable' and just for this one day only.

"And that's why you see more xenophobia and racism in these communities.  There's a sense that things are going badly, and the impulse is to blame 'others.'  ...They recognie that the federal government controls vast resources, and they feel threatened if they perceive Washington's interest being directed toward more urban areas than rural areas, or toward immigrants more than non-immigrants, or toward minority populations instead of the tradtional white Anglo population."  

Consequently, the 'privilege' of addressing national politics from the standpoint of "identity politics" does not comfortably sit well among the white Anglo population and from this rural subset of voters.  And it's to this perspective that the Republicans have become dedicated to, despite their misgivings that 'racial and ethnics' are not being welcomed into the Republican Party.
 
Further, the GOP's opposition to any one of the many and readily available versions of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, continues to reinforce the rural voter's determination to dismiss America's "character" of long standing, especially here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert and throughout the geoghraphics that is the presumptive notion for and of anything that pertains to the West of the Mississippi River.

And of course, California becomes available for the East's of the MIssissippi's excoriation,and furthered by the behavior that is in the states of Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, and which are the exemplars for today's politics and in which the Electoral College continues to 'leverage' the Republican vote in rural geographics, and inevitably followed by the assorted efforts for gerrymandering the rural voter, even further.

Jaango--posted on March 15, 2018

 

 

 

California's DeLeon Is Creating America's Future and With His Ambition for the Invaluable Electoral College Votes...

With his campaign for U.S. Senate from California and with his ongoing challenge to the current sitting Senator Dianne Feinstein, Kevin DeLeon with his unvarnished ambition, should be searching out his Electoral College votes and which will determine our future here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert.  Thus, the results of  California's national election, and should he defeat Senator Feinstein in the General. DeLeon, becomes America's Kingmaker, when viewed through the prism of both subtlety and nuance.

Should DeLeon become the "progressive" California's Senator in early November, we will be looking to a future and where he will not have to look over his shoulder to see if he has any of his competitors are attempting to sneak-up on him and perhaps, sight unseen?  

So, "What will the 'new' Senator DeLeon desire to accomplish for the California voter, as well as for the voters engaged heavily in perpetuating the Progressive Coalition, writ large?"

Therefore, let's do this by the numbers:

1.  Senator DeLeon will create the Senate's Progressive Caucus, even amid the 'fireworks' that the 'establishment' Democrats will adopt,and to the point where Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer may even include the irrational fear that he-Schumer will have to jeopardize his leadership position.  And the end result of  this successful effort, Senator DeLeon, will become the sole decision-maker on virtually all elements of a national progressive agenda.

2.  Senator DeLeon will establish a parallel business entity and to be the Senate Progressive Caucus Foundation and for having the responsibilty and duty to establsh a political agenda and where soliciting financial donations that will empower the Progressive Coalition become more of an activist entity, writ large.

3.  Senator DeLeon will bring forth that national progressive coalition to define the attributes for the following co-horts and premised on its seminal issues:

A.  The Latino Co-hort for its five seminal issues.
B.  The European American Co-hort for its five seminal issues.
C.  The African American Co-hort for its five seminal issues.
D.  The Native American Co-hort for its five seminal issues.
E.  The Asian American Co-hort for its five seminal issues.

4.  The Senate Progressive Caucus shall utilize the financial resources generated to address the progressive politics in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, and to be followed by Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, as well as in Oregon and Washington. 
 
Thus, the 'capture' of the majority of the Electoral College Votes, becomes easily accomplished.

5.   As to the first of the five seminal issues for Latinos is the Academic-Military Draft, and which is as follows:

"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 a Systemic Continuation for more Criminal  Stupidity, albeit, a Quiet Segregation."

In closing, the aspirations that animate DeLeon's self-discipline, hard work and ambition over these many years, amply demonstrates that crafting a well-endowed Decency Agenda, speaks volumes to the many of us here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert.

Jaango--posted on March 14, 2018
 
 

 

GOP Orthodoxy:  The Desecration of Decency...

As the Republicans continue to manifest its "fear" of voters, and in particular, "racial and ethnics" for their lack of  gusto in its support of any presumptive agenda that defies 'trickle down economics' or refusing to absolve itself for surrendering one's self-interest for favoring the discontinuation of minimum wage laws,  the voters are now encountering their distaste for what has passed as voter suppression, and now, are now into the realm that is voter "intimidation."

And this from the Boston Globe:

***Start***

The rider has prompted outrage from more than a dozen top elections officials around the country, including Secretary of State William F. Galvin of Massachusetts, a Democrat, who says he is worried that it could be used to intimidate voters and said there is "no basis" for providing Trump with this new authority.

"This is worthy of a Third World country," said Galvin in an interview. "I’m not going to tolerate people showing up to our polling places. I would not want to have federal agents showing up in largely Hispanic areas."

"The potential for mischief here is enormous," Galvin added. […]

"There is no discernible need for federal secret service agents to intrude, at the direction of the president, who may also be a candidate in that election, into thousands of citadels where democracy is enshrined," according to a letter opposing the provision that was signed by 19 bipartisan secretaries of state and elections commissioners.

The letter—sent to the Senate's majority leader, Mitch McConnell, and its minority leader, Charles Schumer, on Friday afternoon—requests that the Senate keep the Secret Service provision from the final legislation. The elections officials described the proposal as "unprecedented and shocking."

***End***

Jaango--posted  on March 13, 2018
 

 

 

 

Here Are Some Stories With Consequence

1.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering a lawsuit against the Mayor of Oakland for a prosecution of Obstruction of Justice, and for the appartent 'notice' to local enforcement authorities of ICE's pending behavior.

2.  Over at the consequential web site that is the federalist.com, an Asian American writer is haranging Asian Americans for their continuing fealty to the Democrats.  And it not going to happen anytime soon, since 'conservatives' see no upcoming value for having Asian Americans voting for Republican candidates.  As such, there's too much baggage hanging in the balance.

3.  With a vote expected on Monday of next week, a dozen or so Democrats in the House are touting their expectationto vote for Republican legislation that would illiminate from public law and which requires banks, both  large and small, that these banks will no longer be required to collect their data in order determine whether they are discriminating in their decision-making processes NOT to make mortgage loans to 'racial and ethnics.'

4,  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos demonstrated her failed political aspirations when she was interviewed by the  CBS' 60 Minutes program.  And this was demonstrated accurated when she failed to explain the learning curve to both public  schools versus charter schools, owned by the  politically connected.

5.  According to a couple of press reports, Scientology is considering their economic viability for establishing a network of television stations.

6. The Qatari  officials have declined to provide any information or more subjective details of the Trump family and for their seeking to keep the Trump investment portfolio solvent and thereby circumventing any  potential political friction between Qatar and the United  States. 

7.  Here at the Chicano Veterans Organization and in the near future we will contacting an approximate six State Elected Officials with the intent and purpose for determining the Five Most Important Issues facing the Latino Community, writ large.  Consequently, our effort to tout this Agenda of 'new' Ideas for this for this forthcoming election cycle, seems quite practicable for us.

Jaango--posted  on March 12, 2018
 

 

 

Democratic National Defense Hawks for This Election Cycle

Not much attention is being garnered during this  election cycle regarding the Democratic "candidates" and who have announced and are now campaigning for Congress, and thusly, has garnered my attention.  And of course, national news media  outlets have intentionally bypassed this subject matter since "national defense" is not a subject of any high priority, either good or bad, and depending out any subjective political stance.

However,consider the following and in the proper context that the Democrats need to elected 24 Democrats to regain control of House chamber:

"One quarter of all Democratic challengers in competitive House districts have military-intelligence, State Department or NSC backgrounds.  This is by far the largest subcategory of Democratic candidates.  National security operatives (57) outnumber state and local government officials(45), lawyers (35), corporate executives, businessman and wealthy individuals (30) and other professionals (19) among the Democratic congressional nominations.

"Of the 102 primary elections to choose the Democratic nominees in these competitive districts, 44, involve candidates with a military-intelligence or State Department background, with 11 districts having two such candidates, one district having three.  In the majority of contests, the military-intelligence candidates seem likely to win the Democratic nomination, and if the Democrats win in the general election, would enter Congress as new members of the House of Representatives."

And needless to say but I will, 24 of these 57 are women, and thusly, our nation's historical approach to Affirmative Action is still intact, even after being discharged from from their respective branches of the military service.

And it's from this "old" perspective of mine, that Congress should create two new Committees, the National Security Committee and followed by the National Defense Committee, and taken together, would provide a much greater contrast with the Armed Services Committee currently led by Senators McCain and Graham. 
 
Therefore, a far greater amount of attention can be delivered as "oversight" onto our  pending budget of $82 billion for 'black operations' when compared to the attention that animates our annualized national spending of over $1.4 trillion on "national security and defense" and where the 'black budget' is conveniently dismissed from our realm of  public discourse.

In closing, for all these many years, the 'role' of military vets has been the 'secret' to our nation's success when it comes to both our civic engagement as well as for the subtlety and nuance that undergirds our public discourse.  Consequently, this engagement from military vets speaks well of, and further, should control of the House chamber revert into the hands of the Democrats, will become today's newer version of the 'old' Chicano Movement that's led to over 6,000 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials since the end of World War Two.
 
Jaango--posted on March 11, 2018
 

 

Again, Our Kudos to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

 

It’s not often that we go out of our way to ‘recognize’ the excellent work as well  as the accomplishments and where these legal organizations deepen our respect for the Constitution and the public laws that represent our nation’s determination to adhere to the Decency that we expect from these consequential Laws and which generate this “togetherness” and permeates our Arena of Thoughtfulness, and less of an Agenda For Thoughtlessness.

 

Therefore, we extend out “Thanks” to the ACLU for its uncompromising effort to challenge the behavior of Elected and Appointed Officials and who continue to institutionalize voter suppression in all its many facets.

And in this next instance, the ACLU is challenging the Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach in a legal tussle that, when completed, will effectively demonstrate that voter fraud is virtually non-existent.  As such, this iconic court case commences tomorrow or on Tuesday, and we will be paying particular attention since Arizona, Georgia and Alabama are the current states that are determined to perpetuate this misguided notion of voter fraud.

 

Jaango—posted on March 5, 2018

 

 

 

 

The Fun of “having it all”

 

Several days ago, I participated in a long-winded debate on the progressive policies that the Progressive Coalition  should formally adopt and advocate via a newly-established Senate Progressive Caucus, and the results slowly fizzled out since getting anyone to ‘practice’ the ever-important “identity politics” into today’s politics, was viewed as creating even more toxic politics.  Thus, the “politics of Together!” was the end result, and which misses the point when it comes to our civic engagement.

 

And my premise was based on a description of a Progressive Coalition consisting of the following elements, and further, consisting of 43% of the Democratic column of voters. And the oncoming demographics are awaiting all of us.

  1.  The Latino voter and activist, given that progressive Latinos now out-number the progressive European Americans.
  2. The European Americans.
  3. The African Americans.
  4. The Native Americans.
  5. The Asian Americans.

Consequently, my attempt to encourage the members of the above elements of the presumptive Progressive Coalition to define the minimum five important issues that reflect the politics of each segment be identified and discussed in much greater detail.  Of course, this effort fell flat on its face since there are myriad issues that fall outside these important elements and consisting of “identity politics” writ large and which can be seen to subvert today’s effort at “Together, Again!”

 

And which brings us to the latest rant being espoused by the Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and which is Kevin Nunes of California.  His latest salvo of “The left controls not only the universities in this country, but they also control Hollywood in this country, and the mainstream media, so conservatives in this country are under attack ... they attack people who are trying to get to the truth.” 

 

And from the Nunes prism of politics, anyone who is opposed to Nunes, is a “leftist.”  This too includes, the Neo-Conservatives since this grouping prefers war over peace, as well as his distaste of the Neo-liberals and this grouping’s allegiance to today’s corporate patriarchy, is obvious.  As to the specifics, the national news media outlets are not “leftists” by anyone’s stretch of the imagination.  Yet, Nunes continues to persevere with his prism of decrepit politics when compared to what’s just around the corner, or with more precision on my part, our Future.  And if Nunes were asked to stipulate his support for a National Debt Surtax and done in order to “pay off” today’s existing national debt, he would to be found hiding under the bed for addressing this subject matter or even in considerable detail. 

 

And he, like all conservatives would continue to espouse that more federal funding be accomplished favoring the super wealthy while quietly espousing that the Social Security Fund should be privatized and Medicare and Medicaid, be defunded by ever-increasing of larger amounts of monies that must be utilized to underwrite the latest tax cut approved by Congress and the White House.  Unfortunately, Nunes and the Truth are neither in the same playpen nor are they playmates, of any sort.

 

Jaango—posted for March 5, 2018

 

 

 

The Ruckus Inside the New York Times And the Lack of Latino Writers...

 

With the management team telling everyone who will ‘listen’ that the newspaper is a capitalist tool, and don’t forget! Is not backing down from this well-stated approach to what they both write and publish on a daily basis.

 

However, the latest story is now one for the hiring of a ‘leftist’ writer that is amenable to supporting the management team, and of course, many “names” are being tossed into their ‘consideration bowl.’  Thus, a tad of satire should be included when compiling a listing potential candidates for employment.  Take, for example, with over 6000 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, I could easily assess 100 of these persons eligible for being an iconic writer with a flammable skill set that almost second to none.  But that’s not to be.

 

And here’s the “latest” of the proverbial late list of perceived candidates and as compiled by Kevin Drum over at the Mother Jones Magazine:

Top of Form

Lefty New York Times Columnist Poll

Choose up to five

Max Blumenthal

John Judis

Michael Tracey

Tavis Smiley

Aaron Mate’

Ashley Feinberg

Naomi Klein

Jeet Heer

Katie Halper

Shaun King

Corey Robin

Natalie Shure

Josh Fox

Caitlin Johnstone

Eddie Glaude

Alex Pareene

Chris Hayes

Nomiki Konst

Trevor Timm

Cornel West

Brie Joy

HA Goodman

Ben Norton

John Nichols

Thomas Frank

Alex Press

David O. Atkins

Elizabeth Bruenig

Sarah Jaffe

Dean Baker

Ryan Cooper

Matt Bruenig

Jordan Chariton

Nathan Robinson

David Sirota

Matt Taibbi

Chris Hedges

Robert Reich

Jacob Bacharach

 

 

And damnation of a sure-fire and cantankerous opinionated fool such as myself, I still can’t find a Latino or a Native American amongst or within large grouping.   Thus, is the New York Times determined to lead us blindsided folks from here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert and tossed “off the proverbial cliff” and into more ‘nothingness’ that is of today and of yesterday?

 

Jaango—posted on March 4, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Next Generation of High Quality Political Writing...

 

I encountered this high quality skill set for political writing from Demi Lee over at the Washington Monthly Magazine’s web site and she amply addressed the internationalism of gang warfare, and much to my satisfaction.  And it’s for this reason that I am posting the her article on our web site and titled, “The GOP”s Hardline Immigration Policies Will Worsen the Gang Problem,” and dated March 1, 2018.  And as such, our Congratulations to her for addressing this easily dismissed subject and which does not permeate into our national news media outlets. 

 

***Start***

In January, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s executive order to end the DACA program, which protects about 700,000 young undocumented immigrants, or Dreamers, from deportation, and was set to expire in early March. On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear the administration’s expedited appeal. That means the Dreamers’ status is back in limbo for at least a few months, unless Congress reaches a deal to make their legal status permanent.

The Dreamers are an attractive archetype for the left in today’s immigration debate. They were brought here as children, through no fault of their own, and are otherwise as American as any native-born citizen. Precisely because they are so sympathetic—polls show anywhere from 70 to 90 percent of Americans saying Dreamers should be allowed to stay—Republicans prefer to talk about a different archetype. Overwhelmingly, what they seize on is immigrant-related gang violence, especially by the notorious MS-13 gang. In September, the House passed the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which would make it easier for the Departments of Homeland Security or Justice to deport any immigrants they suspect of gang association. Politically, the bill, which passed with only 11 Democratic votes, is a smart tactic. Negotiations on the Dreamers have shut down the government, but few politicians will stick their necks out too far in defense of gang members.

But as policy, it’s pointless. The U.S. and Latin America have decades of experience with failed hardline tactics against gangs like MS-13. Harsher immigration policies won’t make us any safer from gangs, and could even make the problem worse.

MS-13 was formed in the 1980s, when Salvadorans fleeing their country’s civil war landed on the streets of Los Angeles. Some of these young people ended up in prison, where they created MS-13 to protect themselves from other gangs. MS-13 members adopted the strategies and culture of established American prison gangs and brought them back to their country when they were deported after their prison terms. In 1996, Congress responded to the emergence of these gangs in seemingly the only way it knows how: making it easier to deport their members. Federal legislation broadened the definition of deportation-warranting “aggravated felonies” to include some misdemeanors like shoplifting and gambling offenses, which vastly increased deportation rates. Countries like El Salvador were not prepared to receive so many deportees, many of whom had lived most of their lives in the U.S. The lack of economic opportunities and high rates of violent crime in Central America encouraged migration to the U.S., creating a vicious cycle.

Yet proposing deportation as a solution to gang violence has not lost its shine among congressional Republicans. Barbara Comstock, the Virginia representative who sponsored the House bill, has been especially aggressive in drawing attention to the supposed threat of immigrant gangs. In official statements, she has cited an estimate of between 3,000 and 4,000 MS-13 members in northern Virginia alone. Compare that to estimates by Immigration and Customs Enforcement—hardly a neutral voice on immigration—of as low as 900 for the entire D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro area. Comstock’s numbers come from the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force, an entity that would receive funding if her bill passes.

While her numbers are likely exaggerated, Comstock’s district does have one of the largest gang populations in the country. She understands both the need to appear tough on gangs and how to use fear to draw support. Most of Comstock’s constituents will never encounter gang activity. Gangs tend to target residents of their own communities, which typically have large immigrant populations. Strict deportation policies make immigrants reticent to contact police for fear of being deported, or having relatives deported, which leaves them vulnerable, and makes it harder for law enforcement to deal effectively with crime. That, in turn, pushes more young people into gangs as a source of protection.

The tendency to promote hardline policies that only make the gang problem worse is not limited to the U.S. In the early 2000s, governments in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala enacted what were called Mano Dura (firm hand) policies. Young people could now be arrested for having tattoos or dressing like gang members. Mano Dura policies were extremely popular, but violence worsened. Prisons became overcrowded and some were virtually taken over by gangs, providing recruitment and training grounds in what the FBI once called “college for MS-13.” As membership grew and distrust of law enforcement mounted, the average homicide rate in El Salvador rose from six per day in 2003 to seven in 2004.

Despite the official end of Mano Dura policies, police brutality continues. As recently as 2017, the U.S. State Department criticized El Salvador’s prisons for human rights abuses. Nevertheless, during Attorney General Jeff Session’s visit to El Salvador in July, he praised the country’s law enforcement. Sessions is partial to the phrase “transnational criminal organization” when describing groups like MS-13, despite the lack of evidence of any transnational hierarchy. Although imprisoned Salvadoran members have ordered hits on people in the U.S., MS-13 cliques mostly share a name and a set of symbols. Labeling them an international criminal organization accomplishes two things: it makes them sound sophisticated, distracting from their essential juvenility, and it diffuses responsibility, allowing the countries involved to place the onus of repair on the others.

A leaked memo from ARENA (Alianza Republicana Nacionalista, or the Nationalist Republican Alliance), the conservative party that ruled El Salvador from 1989–2009, confirmed that Mano Dura had been a political tactic. The memo revealed that ARENA took advantage of a poll showing that security had replaced the economy as the country’s primary concern. While ARENA’s economic policies were unpopular, they recognized an opportunity to consolidate power on a security platform. To help justify heavy-handed tactics, El Salvadoran officials have as much as doubled the official count of crime perpetrated by street gangs―not unlike the numbers cited by Comstock.

No American politician has sought to exploit fear of immigrants more than Donald Trump, of course. Like ARENA’s, his economic agenda is dismally unpopular. But the core of his support has always been based on exploiting anti-immigrant sentiment among the Republican base. As Trump continues to pursue a strict immigration agenda, MS-13 has become his newest obsession. In a strategy much like ARENA’s, he garners support by giving crowd-pleasing speeches detailing the brutality of gang violence—for which he partially blames DACA. Perversely, the fact that hardline immigration policies do not make our country safer works to his advantage. If Republicans actually solved gang violence, they would have to find something new to scare people about.

***End***

And here’s the internet link:

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018/03/01/the-gops-hardline-immigration-policies-will-worsen-the-gang-problem/

Jaango—March 2, 2018

 

 

 

 

The SCOTUS and the Relic of Self-Restraint...

 

With this past Monday’s legal contention before the SCOTUS, the issue of non-union members having to pay their monthly “dues” for being the “free riders” that these union members are desiring to become, is of critical importance to our nation.  And as to the continued behavior of these unions professing to be “corporate-oriented” unions, is now under legal assault.

 

Thus, the Janus decision that’s now pending and with an anticipated decision to be announced later this summer or in early June, gives us an opportunity to understand recent history as to the vacancy now filled by Associate Justice Gorsuch, and with his talent for being an arch-conservative, should come to the fore and indeed relevant when President Obama’s nominee was never given an up or down vote in calendar year 2016.

 

However, this pending Janus decision, can be seen, even from the prism that is voter suppression when the politics of the economy is given its proper attention.  To wit, the following:

 

“New research by political scientists James Feigenbaum, Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, and Vanessa Williamson gives us an idea of what will happen when the Supreme Court imposes so-called right-to-work laws from the bench. Right-to-work laws allow workers to benefit from unions’ collective bargaining without having to pay any union dues at all and are often paired with limits on public-sector organizing. (A recent right-to-work law in Kentucky also banned public sector workers from striking, an infringement on constitutional rights the courts have not seen fit to strike down.) The Janus decision, which would bar mandatory agency fees in all public sector unions, is basically a right-to-work law for public employees in every state.

“To study the effect of these laws, Feigenbaum, Hertel-Fernandez, and Williamson examined counties that share a border between two states, one with right-to-work laws and one without. These county pairs share demographic, political, and economic similarities. The authors found that the passage of right-to-work measures decreased Democratic vote share by 2 to 3 percentage points in both presidential and down-ballot elections—enough to have swung Michigan and Wisconsin to Trump in 2016. They also found that these laws reduce turnout and demobilize blue-collar workers, with blue-collar workers less likely to report receiving a contact about voting in right-to-work states.”

 

Note:  This bolded effort is intentional and accomplished for ease of clarity as well as the usage for the smaller lettering and where the reading glasses can be paired up with a cup of hot java.

 

Jaango—posted on February 27, 2018

 

 

 

The Impishness of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee...

 

In every congressional election cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee inserts itself into the perceived “selection” of Democrats desiring to run for a congressional office, and in particularly the House Chamber.  And in the overall effort, these “insiders” are determined to tell the local voters who they should support, and this furtherance in a small number of instances, who the local voters should shun, since the political operatives on the payroll do the ‘research’ on these likely candidates.  On a cautionary note, the DCCC is  not a part or parcel of the National Democratic Party and the fundraising created by the DCCC is utilized  for the benefit of the ‘decision-makers’  within this large and active organization.

 

And this behavior is indicative in two instances, Texas and Illinois. Thus the “tell” is quite informative.

Texan Laura Moser, a journalist and political activist from her Houston’s congressional district, the DCCC is telling  local voters that she has not been endorsed, despite the other six democratic challenges that are not endorsed by DCCC.  In question is that is “progressive” and which is anathema to the ‘insiders’ within the DCCC.   However, and within four days of  the voters finding that the  shenanigans of the DCCC, Moser has raised almost $90,000 in this reasonably small geographic district.

 

And in the state of Illinois, Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski (Chicago—3rd District) is running for re-election, and the DCCC’s anathema which is continuing for being anti-progressive as in Texas, is nowhere to be found in this Chicago-originated congressional district.  He is being challenged by Marie Newman and whom is more in-line with the large majority of voters in the District.  In furtherance, this seven-term congressman from Chicago, who opposed abortion, and voted against Obamacare, as well as against marriage equality and against immigration reform, is one of the most conservative members in the House Democratic Caucus.  As such, he’s an inveterate Blue Dog and is proud of it.

 

Therefore, the ‘back room’ of our national politics as being practiced by one of the major political parties, deserved our uninvited attention.

 

Jaango--posted on February 26, 2018

 

 

 

A Bad Rhetorical Flourish From Another “bad” Day...

 

From those among us, and who write for a living, are avid or voracious readers for want of a better prism that is our Human Endeavor, and subsequently, the tongue-in-cheek humor is relentlessly recognized for its worth or is it worthlessness?  And given that my inescapable ability to speak English better than  conservatives; the ability to speak Spanish better than do conservatives; the ability to speak better Apache than do conservatives; and the ability to speak better Yaqui than do conservatives, I remain safely ensconced in this realm of Thoughtfulness and far less than I do in an arena of Thoughtlessness. And it’s from this precipice of the indifferent ‘good’ and to the salacious ‘bad’  that I continue.

 

And as we all know, the politics in the Great State of the Sanctuary State, that being California, President Trump can’t resist his use of an overt aggressiveness in his distaste for anything labeled “sanctuary.” 

 

To wit,

 

“Frankly, it’s a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation.”...”If the administration were to remove Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials from California, the state would be ‘begging’ for them to come back...I’m thinking about doing it.”

 

And which comes the following from Jennie Paquarella, the immigrant rights director of the ACLU of California:

“Studies have shown that communities that limit cooperation with ICE agents are safer.  Mr. President, we’d welcome an ICE-free California.” 

 

And from another writer and who works for a living, has this to say: “Make California cry.  Take your ICE holes and go home.”

 

Jaango—posted on February 24, 2018

 

 

 

Guns and the Attendant Propaganda, Including My Own...

 

It’s very seldom that I offer or discuss gun ownership, given that as a kid, I had some familiarity with guns and to include extensive experience with hunting.  And shortly, after my discharge from the military, I lost my gusto for gun ownership and as well as for my hunting/camping trips. Even when the site location was in the geographical area affectionately labeled the “Big Hole” or the Grand Canyon National Park.

 

So, it’s with this in my mind, I much prefer the ownership of a traditional hunting rifle and a single shot pistol.  And of which I continue to own to this day. Yet, new gun laws are critical, given that most adults have no familiarity with the military experience and where automatic weapons are for killing people in large numbers, and where these people have been identified as the nation’s “enemy.”  And today, our fellow citizens are not our “enemies.”  And this unrepentant gun ownership is a ‘stain’ on our citizenship. And into this gun ownership “mix” the conservative argument that an approximate level for gun violence is at an 80% due to illegally owned guns, still has no resonance for folks on the Right.  And it’s for this reason that the Elected Officials on the Right, continue to remain mum.

As to this stain, any of our smart-thinking fellow citizens know and without any uncertainty, that opposition to gun laws are just another simplified approach to the politics that animates the political Right.  And  I am not alone in this political assessment.

 

David Kurtz, writing for the editorial column at the web site for “talking points memo” does understand fully, how the politics for gun ownership is being utilized, has been for years, and will continue to come at us in the years ahead.  As such, he writes the following:

 

“Watching the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre hold forth at CPAC—carried live on the news nets—is a good reminder that while it carefully crafts an image as a membership association of gun owners, the NRA is really house organ of the Republican Party. What I’m saying is isn’t new.  The reporting documenting the NRA’s shift under LaPierre has been out there for years.  But listen to his rhetoric.  This isn’t about guns or gun rights.  The Second Amendment argument, as anathema as it is to many people, is window dressing.  It’s about using ‘guns’ as a political cudgel, using ‘guns’ to catalyze the resentment and grievance of conservatives, using ‘guns’ as a bulwark against political threats to the Republican Party.  Plain and simple.”

 

Now, need be more said?

 

Jaango—posted on February 22, 2018

 

 

 

 

The Easily Refuted Latino “propaganda” on Immigration

 

Many years ago, I delivered a two-day seminar on Leadership and Entrepreneurship at a national convention for the Hispanic National Chamber of Commerce, and at the end of this first day, I was invited to have dinner that evening with several members.  And at this dinner, I found that my companions were all dedicated Republicans.  And given that having a sense of humor, can lead to a “pay-off’ in sheer political behavior, each of my companions, after my ‘push’ admitted amongst themselves that being Republicans as small-business owners, was reflective of the “line is shorter” when seeking out government contracts in comparison to Democrats seeking out government contracts.  Therefore, the size of “the line” was tantamount to any appropriate political behavior. Therefore, Democratic Small Business Owners were less than thoughtful when regarding their self-interest.  And from therein, is the cutting edge of today’s propaganda and which is easily recognized and effectively addressed.

And yesterday’s less than thoughtful opinion-column/contributor by Juanpablo Andrade and published by the nationally-recognized The Hill website, and titled, “President Trump’s plans represent the gold standard in pro-immigration policy.”   And he lays down his overt effort with the following:

 

The future of immigration reform is in limbo. Who shoulders the blame? There can only be one answer: The Democrats.

 

“Since the president’s first day in the White House, Democrats in Congress have tried to undermine him in every way they can. The Democrats have always portrayed themselves as siding with immigrants, but in actuality, it’s the White House and the Republicans who have been working hard to come up with the most sensible solutions. That’s particularly true on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

 

“After years and years of a failed immigration system, the president has finally introduced common sense immigration reform. That includes a pathway to citizenship for dreamers; getting rid of the disastrous Diversity Visa Lottery; funding for enhanced border security, which includes building of the border wall; and implementing a merit-based system that allows individuals to come into the United States who can contribute to our economy. Our current system is completely outdated as it lacks proper vetting capabilities, which presents significant vulnerabilities to the safety and security of the American people.”

 

 And as such, the author conveniently disregards the Democratic effort that instigated the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2013, in which these self-same Democrats assigned the “gang of eight” to bring forth this  legislation, writ large in the Senate Chamber.  Needless to say,  this legislation passed muster with far more votes than necessary to pass via a filibuster-proof  effort undertaken by the extremists on the Right.  And shortly thereafter, the  Republican leadership cabal in the House, tanked this legislation, and done purposefully in their vitriolic  dislike of President Obama and which had continued since his first term election in 2008.

 

http://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/374815-president-trumps-plans-represent-the-gold-standard-in-pro-immigrant

 

Jaango—posted on February 22, 2018

 

 

Is Arizona Facing a Political Relapse...

 

As a cynical cuss and without the colorful language of the four-letter typical, Arizona’s voters may encounter a political relapse, but then, Chicano and Native Americans are well-prepared to deliver a “hands-on religious experience” of a challenge to the GOP’s Orthodoxy for its  prescribed “defensive desecration of decency.” 

And Stephen Wolfe, writing for the Daily Kos web site, patiently summarizes this requisite challenge that’s awaiting Arizona’s voters.  And here’s the internet link:

 

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/16/1742070/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-GOP-plots-to-destroy-Arizona-s-independent-redistricting-commission-yet-again

 

Enjoy, and if you have a hot cup of java in your hand, you’ll enjoy the article even more.

 

Jaango—posted on February 17, 2018

 

 

 

Onward Christian Soldiers For Paper Ballots

 

For having long argued in favor of “disconnecting National Security from National Defense” came home again by the White House’s attempt to brow beat with their more nonsensical propaganda, and from being currently espoused by Vice President Pence as of yesterday.  As such, Pence had this to say:

 

“Irrespective of efforts that were made in 2016 by foreign powers, it is the universal conclusion of our intelligence communities that none of those efforts had any impact on the outcome of the 2016 election.”

 

 And yet, today’s reality is far different than Pence’s espoused belief in his Christian dispensation for his lack of attention of the Unassailable Facts.  To wit, the national intelligence-gathering community had this to say and from a dozen months ago.

 

“We did not make an assessment of the impact of Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.  The US intelligence community is charged with monitoring and assessing the intentions, capabilities, and actions of foreign actors; it does not analyze US political processes or US public opinions.”

 

Unfortunately, Pence’s cavalier dismissal of this actualization in which 23 states (including Arizona) did receive this attention and affection via the cyber-security efforts from “foreign actors” especially from the Russians and it’s even possible from both China and North Korea, and which should not be surprising to anyone.

 

And in a tad of self-promotion, I am in the middle of writing my seventh book on politics and where I delve deeply into the disconnection of National Security from National Defense.  At present, the working title is “The Latino Politics for Challenging the GOP’s Defensive Desecration of Decency.” 

 

Jaango—posted on February 15, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Odds & Ends

 

What would be ironic is if that Common Sense did not apply to our civic engagement, and thusly, consider the following, and even where a tongue-in-cheek humor is one for nuance and subtlety.

  1.  With President Trump’s ‘infrastructure’ fiasco, his belief that America would be better off and which would come forth in defunding PBS and Public Radio.  And if so, parents will be lamenting this loss since the kiddies wouldn’t have access today’s entertainment bastion that is cartoons.
  2. The Israeli police are recommending that their nation’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on two corruption charges, and will which bring forth a much larger schematic among our members in both the House and the Senate and where this schematic is that “Israel can’t do anything wrong.”  Thusly, “over the top” propaganda will be inflicting us all.
  3. Going off the deep end?  The internet trolls are making an effective argument in that since the Olympic Committee condoned sexual assault, the United States should return all medal garnered in the Olympics during this past decade.
  4. Gerrymandered map rejected.  Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf, has now stipulated that the Republican-oriented and latest gerrymandered map, is not acceptable.  Perhaps, Pennsylvania will implement a non-partisan commission to determine the political boundaries of their statewide political gusto?  And good for Governor Wolf for expressing himself, and somewhat wisely.
  5. Referring to the Gilded Age?  Attorney General Session’s latest cheap quip of the “Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement” speaks to his continuing belief that the Gilded Age has to be recommenced, otherwise the ‘others’ will destroy America with its inevitable inexactitude and relative to Session’s staunch view on the precepts of and for more ‘originalism’. 
  6. Stepping our far beyond Reason.  The Deputy Mayor of Mendam Township in New Jersey explained to the Town Council that the message and text he received from a friend should not have been posted on social media that is Facebook. Thus, comparing immigrants to “rabid, messy, mean raccoons,” was inappropriate.  Later that evening, or on Monday, the Deputy Mayor announced his resignation.
  7. Hannity goes Wacko.  Earlier this week, the official portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama’s were publicly presented by th national museum, and this publicity has led to the creation of another wacko-ized conspiracy theory.  This theory or as it’s being called the “Sperm Conspiracy Theory” and crafted by the Klu Klux Klan.  Perhaps, Hannity’s participation for this advocacy via his texting,  has now been rescinded and the text of such support has been taken down.

In this ‘crazy world of words’ for this week, the Senate’s Great Compromise on Immigration, starts today, Wednesday, even though no legislation has been crafted and further, for submittal onto the Senate floor for the anticipated debate and with a contemptuously reduced debate time as ‘signaled’ by Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. Further, McConnell has stipulated that any legislation offered for debate, must meet his specification that 30 Republican Senators must be in support, as this affirmation is to be the starting point for any Republican participation.  As such, Democrats don’t enter into this decision-making since this Republican controlled chamber  must be furthered when addressing "any" craftily created Public Law.

 

Jaango--posted on February 14, 2018

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day and Where Decency That Animates Justice, Prevailed

 

It’s a given that many stories can be and are told on Valentine’s Day, and here is just one of the many.

 

Years ago, my wife’s Department Head would buy and distribute roses to his employees.  And yet, when a five-fingered supervisor took all the roses for further distribution to his family members and to his wide circle of friends, a couple of employees questioned and during a staff meeting, asked the Department Head why no one received flowers as had been the ongoing custom.  He responded by asking for an answer from his five-fingered supervisor. 

 

The affected supervisor immediately went out and bought the flowers for each of the employees. Shortly thereafter, the supervisor went into the Department Head’s office to apologize.  And the Head Honcho responded with, “Get out of here...I don’t want to see you again.”  A few days later, the five-fingered supervisor submitted his resignation. 

 

Alas, Common Sense can’t and shouldn’t be jettisoned.

 

Jaango—posted on February 13, 2018

 

 

 

The Ongoing Critique of the Meme for Clinton/Sanders and the Democratic Party

 

Over the past year, much continues to be written of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign and the punditry that continues to challenge this reality and thusly, being accomplished from within the Democratic Party and its widely arrayed political operatives.  However, I see a difference in this ‘critique’ since I come at my politics from my prism that is Yaqui/Apache/Chicano/Military Vet.  But setting all this aside for now, permit me to grab your attention for the next two paragraphs or of the following:

 

Branko Marcetic, writing for the Jacobin Magazine, writes and with his articulate punditry and titled, “Only when it suits them,” and dated, February 2, 2018, starts with his first two paragraphs.

 

“Since at least the 2016 election, centrist Democrats have had a ready tool to fend off left-wing challenges. Make an honest criticism of Hillary Clinton’s record — whether on war, criminal justice reform, trade agreements, or campaign finance — and they’d decry it as sexist or conflate it with online misogyny. Express distrust in Clinton, and they’d chalk it up to latent sexism — even if the critics were avowed feminists.

“During the primaries, Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright appeared to admonish young women for favoring Bernie Sanders over Clinton. Numerous liberal feminist writers insisted on the importance of getting Clinton into the White House, regardless of how centrist she may be. “Not electing a woman, again,” warned Rebecca Traister, would be “much more than symbolic.” In a now-deleted post on David Brock’s Blue Nation Review, Clinton loyalist Peter Daou explained that, “[Sanders’] views notwithstanding,” he was “a white male who has been in Congress for over a quarter century,” making him the “definition of establishment,” while Clinton, solely by being “a woman attempting to break the ultimate gender barrier” was “the definition of anti-establishment.”

And here’s the internet link for you further reading:  https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/02/clinton-chelsea-manning-identity-politics-democrats

Of course, I come at this discourse from the progressive Latino perspective, and thusly, my critique of Marcetic’s  viewpoint is in the realization and acknowledgement that when Clinton  served in the Senate and where Sanders continues to serve in the Senate, none advocated an accurate perspective for progressive politics, writ  large, since neither had nor has the gumption to establish a Senate Progressive Caucus.

And today, the potential nominees or presumptive candidates representing the Democratic Party since the roster of candidates currently serving in the Senate, none to date, has announced their intention to establish this progressive-oriented Senate Caucus, and consequently, the result of this failure effectively demonstrates that none of these candidates for the 2020 presidential election cycle, will not “certify” themselves accordingly.  Therefore, these candidates have no ‘street cred’ when they speak to the progressive political agenda that they just happen to agree with and at their momentary espousal that is underwritten via the continued behavior for perpetuating this individualized arrogance that is premised solely  on diversion and deflection.

Further, this well-recognized’ behavior factors into each candidate’s acknowledgement that being a “certified” Progressive will jeopardize at worst, or at best, hamper their re-election opportunity in their respective home state for continuing to be a Senator regardless of any presidential election outcome.  As such, this is of paramount importance to each of these Senators when they’re “named” or added onto this Roster for Self-Discipline, Hard Work and Ambition and “certified” by ‘insiders’ at the Democratic Party.  And of course, I am speaking of Sanders, Warren, Gillibrand, Harris, and Booker. 

In  today’s Latino politics, the over 6,100 Elected and Appointed Officials are overwhelmingly progressive in their Philosophy for Thought and Action, and within this yardstick of measurement, the “value” residing in “elevating the Standard of Decency” will be foremost in the  minds of Latino voters in this next presidential election cycle. And this can only be actualized by this “demand” for this established and implemented iconic Senate Progressive Caucus.  Anything less, will continue to represent the control and management by the insiders and where politics of the DNC continues to walk the halls of lesser ‘influence’ in our national politics, and more so, given that18 million Latino kids will reach—in the years ahead, their age of maturity, become voters, and move today’s insiders onto the street curb for this insider-oriented irrelevance.  As such, we, the Latino  voters recognize our value at the ballot box, yet, we too have to contend with our being “pushed aside” when it comes crafting public policy, writ large ,of this context and content of national behavior. 

Jaango—posted on February 13, 2018

 

 

On a left-of-center Internet Blog, I offered my discussion piece...

 

Yesterday morning, Saturday, I encountered a worthwhile discussion on one of the major blog sites on the Internet, and thusly, here’s an effort on the potentiality for the impeachment of President Trump, and followed by a contributing effort by Rick-B and which is self-explanatory.

 

Congrats to D.R. Tucker for speaking to this opportunity for "impeachment."

Unfortunately, impeachment is not my cup of tea since I have a far larger view of the "unmet needs" that could animate the Progressive Coalition.

However, I come at this subject matter from the standpoint for my being a Native American/Chicano/Military Vet. And as such, I much prefer the Indigenous Rhetorical Flourish/Device that is in "elevating the Standard of Decency."

And if this political leadership amongst the Center-Left cannot verbalize this "elevating" then, the Center Left and the Democrats, in particular, deserve the lose in the next two or three election cycles.

Consequently, when I observe the punditry being advocated by the approximately three dozen well-recognized blogging entities and in their failure to continue to ignore this "elevating" demonstrates effectively that European American pundits, are unwilling to address the Latino future effectively. And this possible inadvertence is that the primary bloggers are still enamored by the history of propaganda delivered by the 1980's vehicle that was an lousy exemplar-which continues to this day in the form of Chuck Schumer and which has been the Democratic Leadership Council-- and where our elected officials in Congress continue to spend an approximate 50% of their time fundraising from the large donors via the political operatives having control of this pocketbook or spigot. Consequently, our elected officials do love their false objective for "representing" the assembled/organized constituents or voters for their equitably "surrendered" Self-Interest, and which becomes quite obvious to any person with eyeballs and ear lobes.

And don't get me stared on what would effectively demonstrate this "elevated Standard of Decency" and as advocated by Latinos, Native Americans and Military Vets since the end of World War Two.

 

And from Rick-B, and is as follows:

 

 

“By refusing to make any effort to hold Bush’s feet to the fire, Pelosi effectively left Sheehan and the families of those who needlessly perished in Iraq behind.

“Let's keep in mind that by eliminating the draft and using the promise of college funds or training to induce young men to join the military, they no longer serve, fight and get killed or wounded in order to protect the American nation. It is a personal contract they accept in order to increase their social status in our wealth-status nation. Think not? What else could the election of the reality star President mean?

“Those soldiers have joined the capitalists and now risk their health and lives only for the possibility to become one of the American elites with college degrees. And the capitalists who have demanded the wars in the middle east get to use those soldiers in any way they want to. That is an implied part of the contract. They just don't write that in clearly.

“I got an Army ROTC commission in 1966 largely because my father and seven of his brothers and sisters served in WW II to defend our nation. I had really enjoyed the Black-and-white TV show "Combat" that told me what heroes they all were. I didn't realize that we in the 1960's were being sent to Vietnam because Goldwater and the conservatives would not permit LBJ to enact Medicare and the Great Society without the troops being sent to replace the French in a failed and hopeless colonial war in Southeast Asia.

“I did not know then that Ho Chi Minh had already defeated the Japanese invaders and the French colonial military. I was suckered by Nixon who used the fake domino theory to get himself elected President - a job at which he totally failed. I was unaware that the imaginary, crooked and totally corrupt South Vietnam government had never existed except as a puppet for western invaders - including the United States. Is there anyone besides me to remembers that the so-called White Mice (so-called from their white uniforms) who were the city police of Hanoi were all members of a criminal family? The people of Vietnam were not going to fight for any government that corrupt, and we White troops were not going to defeat the North Vietnamese if the people there did not accept us. And they didn't.

“Shift to today. The families "of those who needlessly perished in Iraq" should recognize that their children's lives and health were squandered by the wealthy capitalists who now run this country. That's all.

“Those soldiers have been damaged or killed to make the top 1% if this country richer and more powerful. The conservatives of the GOP also battle on their side. But the American soldiers did not join the U.S. military to defend America. They joined as part of a contract with the American elites to get the education that a civilized nation would offer all of its citizens. The only choice today's soldiers have been offered is to gamble their lives and health to hopefully get most of what a civilized nation offers all of its citizens. [ETA- Student loans today are a scam that allows overpriced universities to overpay their administrators. Why else can a student not declare bankruptcy on student loans? But paying overpriced tuition is how you gain entrance to the American elite. ]

“America now has an overpriced mercenary military designed specifically to make the super-wealthy of America wealthier than they presently are. Nothing more.


“To make this work, the potential members of our military are specifically made more desperate by artificially created and race-based poverty so that they will accept such a one-sided and despicable contract. (Race is a fiction created by the uberwealty to control the lower classes.) The poverty that is created by the fiction of Race is the biggest part of our politics today. It keeps the poor and the near poor fighting each other instead of turning on the super wealthy who have created and now control this situation.

“America is today a society that belongs to and encourages the super wealthy. It is not going to change because of how Democrats or Republicans vote in the legislature. Not until the people of America recognize who our enemy really is and stop battling over the created fiction of Race.

“The real battle is over what wealth is and how it should properly be distributed in a wealthy society. The central issue in the current election is the fiction of race, and that will not change anything that matters. It would take a mentally handicapped madman like Trump to make race the central issue of the election.”

 

Jaango—posted on February 11, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

The Unassailable Facts on the GOP’s Congressional Spending

 

Many years ago, and shortly before President Reagan vacated the Oval Office for Jimmy Carter’s presidency, we, the Chicanos and Native Americans concluded that Reagan’s Legacy should and would best be described as the Era of Criminal Stupidity, and to this date of now, we have not changed our minds one iota.

 

And given that the National Academy of Historians will conclude that not only were we correct in our historical viewpoint, this view point will continue to remain the same, given that the body politics for Republicans have not changed one iota, despite all the “fiddle to paddle” and where the incessant propaganda continues to attempt to refute these Unassailable Facts.

 

And one of our nation’s more cognizant historians is today’s publisher and editor of his internet web site and which we know as the Talking Points Memo Dot Com.  And as of today, he addresses this ongoing dilemma as the Republicans espoused and through their with continued behavior for “denial, deflection and diversion.  Further, Josh Marshall writes via his editor’s blog, his published article of today and titled, “Don’t be an idiot. Republicans have never cared about deficits.”

 

And he starts with this as his first paragraph:

 

It’s remarkable the degree to which television commentators are embracing interpretations of Republican fiscal profligacy which are either oblivious, unschooled or simply dishonest. One line has it that Republicans are shedding their former obsession with spending and deficits. Another had it that Republicans are realizing that their ‘base’ doesn’t really care as much about deficits as they thought. They really agree with Trump, who doesn’t care about deficits. All of this is nonsense – not based on a theory or interpretation but simple history and experience. In a word, facts. Deficits go up, often dramatically, under Republican governance and usually go down under Democrats. This isn’t an interpretation. It’s a simple fact. Nor is it an artifact of history or coincidence. It is because Republicans don’t care about deficits.

 

And for more, here’s the internet link: 

 

 https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/dont-be-an-idiot-republicans-dont-care-about-deficts

 

Jaango—posted on February 9, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odds & Ends

 

For these past several days, the Republicans are continuing to embarrass themselves over the Nunes Memo and their consternation of this upcoming election cycle and where the enthusiasm among Democrats is driving forward this consternation.  However, there is much to concern ourselves with.

  1. House Speaker Paul Ryan is being perceived to intentionally insult House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for Ryan’s refusal to address any form of legislation that touches on “immigration” and in particular, the issue of DACA.  And this behavior will have the long term implications that reaches beyond a quiet disagreement among esteemed colleagues.
  2. With Wednesday’s approval in the Senate on budget funding, effectively demonstrates that Senator Schumer and as Caucus Chairman for the Democrats,  will come to be seen by Chicanos  for his “having sold his soul” to the Far Side and further, reinforced when Schumer offer ups his false promises on DACA, at a minimum.  And for those amongst us and who closely follow Schumer’s behavior, this behavior will not overlap with Latinos writ large.  As such, the, litany of empty promises continuously being delivered to progressives by the overwhelming bulk of Democratic Senators, is now being seen for what it is, and with a precision for “political malpractice.”
  3. The Traditional Connivance Parade.  What started out as tongue-in-cheek humor for a national military parade and comparable to North Korea’s usual array of military parades, the Pentagon is now taking this ‘insiders’ joke seriously, and will b spending much time and dollars to ‘understand’ what will be necessary to achieve any possible success of a nation’s capitol parade between now and July.
  4. “The GOP and Big Lies Politics.”  Josh Marshall over at his editorial blog at Talking Points Memo “nails it” with the following Big Scribble:  “The biggest impact of the Nunes Memo – and the accompanying wave of propaganda—is that conventional news and commentary is incapable of handling willful lying in the public sphere.  This is a pattern we’ve seen again and again.  It’s one of the hallmarks of this political age.  It’s worth saying it again:  conventional media is not equipped to deal with willful lying in the public sphere.”  And in contrast, and from our perspective, the over 20,000 credentialed journalists are protecting their respective weekly paychecks while ‘protecting’ the national news media outlets and their employers’ bottom line for the continued search for more eyeballs and ear lobes.
  5. ICE is determined to achieve its “designation”?  In the early years of the Obama administration, ICE was determined to circumvent Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano for achieving the “designation” for being an intelligence gathering agency.  Today, this reprehensible behavior from ICE may have sway in today’s Trump administration.  If so, let’s hope that the ACLU and other privacy-oriented advocacy groups will up to this challenge.
  6. A federal contract that quickly fell apart.  The Trump administration spent an approximate $156 million to deliver 50 million (only 50,000 delivered) meals to hurricane-inflicted Puerto Rico. As such, the contract was quickly scrapped when the bulk of the meals were never delivered.  And the unspent monies are yet to be recovered.
  7. The Pennsylvania Gerrymander.  The State Supreme Court announced its decision to scrap the Republican-oriented gerrymander on the premise that its “one person—one vote” was not being upheld.  And in response, the Republican-controlled legislature is commencing the process to ‘impeach’ these judges and prior to the Court’s issuing a new redistricting map that must be implemented before November’s election. And lest we forget, the US Supreme Court refused to overturn the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision.\

Jaango—posted on February 9, 2018

 

 

 

Another DACA Perspective AND One Among Many

 

Perhaps, I’m a tad too jaded, but this caught my eye due to the significance that is facing DREAMERS, and more so, from the husband of a DREAMER.  And from “riles” at the DailyKos web site:

 

“As the US citizen husband of a dreamer and a DACA recipient, I can tell you, we debated a long time about information from the DACA could be used against not only my wife, but also her family and friends who we got references from.  This was under Obama, and we came to the decision that the  legality would be iffy and politically there would be an uproar.

 

“I don’t think John Kelly or most people understand what it takes to file for DACA.  It may only cost $500 to apply, but to hire a lawyer as we did costs much more.  The DACA application is NOT a simple form you fill  out.  It involves gathering school records, work records, rent or car payment records, and even doctors records.  Getting references from anyone and everyone you can think of, from your 8th grade teacher to your neighbor.  You are required to show records that you not left the country since the date you claim to have entered.  They will typically challenge you by picking two random dates and having you show records of being in the country on or as close to those dates as possible.  That’s in addition to a federal background check, health & employment/education checks.

 

“What DACA means to us:  with DACA my wife has been able to advance in her job from a general office worker to office manager, to being the food safety manager for her company.  With DACA her company was willing to invest in her training. We have been able to plan for the future for our family. Without DACA her company will not be able to keep her as an employee. Our plans would turn to simply to survival.

 

“Now under Trump we are honestly scared.  While Kelly talks about DACA recipients not being a priority once DACA ends, we already read of abuses.  What besides a mild political outrage could we expect if ICE begins targeting DACA recipients?”

 

What more can be said, given this first person account?

 

Jaango—posted on February 7, 2018

 

 

 

Today’s Good News...

 

From the Washington Post:

 

Women who served in the military are running for elective office in greater numbers than at any time in history. Many broke gender barriers in uniform and say it’s time to make their mark in politics. For generations, military veterans who become elected officials have overwhelmingly been male and Republican, but these female veterans, many of whom served in pioneering combat roles in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, are overwhelmingly Democrats and critical of President Trump.

 

“Many of us felt like we really had to focus on some of the areas that needed further groundbreaking, such as the House of Representatives and the Senate,” said Sherrill, 46, a Democrat running in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. Sherrill said she and other female veterans are motivated to run for office by what she calls a “lack of respect” for women by the Trump administration and by the dearth of women on Capitol Hill. She said she was astounded to see an all-male Senate panel deciding last year whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

 

Need more be said?

 

Jaango—posted on February 7, 2018

 

 

 

The Conventional Wisdom for Today’s Common Sense Can Be Daunting When History Is Conveniently Discounted 

 

There is much to be said and written, and in particular by the denizens of my existing roster of 24 pundits and for their skill set being practiced for today’s politics by any of the over 20,000 credentialed journalists.  And of one of these journalists residing within this roster of mine, is Phil Boas of the highly concentrated or conservative-oriented newspaper here in my home state of Arizona and of that, is the Arizona Republic.

 

This past Sunday, and on the opinion page, Mr. Boas (Editor of the Editorial Pages) wrote his short version of a commentary and titled, 

 

 “The Democratic Party needs some new energy and new ideas.”   And he further illuminates with the following:

“If I were consulting for the Democrats, I’d tell them to become the party of e pluribus unum. The party that breaks down the racial, ethnic and gender divisions in this country will be a force to reckon with.  But to do it, you have to stop stoking the fires of white guilt.  You have to stop blaming everything on white cops and white patriarchy and white supremacy. Less accusation.  More overture.  Do that, and you’ll own the future.”

 

However, history cannot be dismissed, especially when Candidate Trump and the then Big Buddy, Joe Arpaio, the now infamous racist, touting their respective affectations for “birtherism.”  And for the intellectual laziness amongst our nation’s community of a wide-ranging journalistic endeavor, our inherent endeavor to establish into public law, our prescient effort of an “elevated standard of decency” that continues to remain somewhat elusive.  Moreover the Chicano’s political behavior of a well-structured civic engagement that neither accepts nor tolerates political violence, is a consummate challenge to the “defensive desperation” that is being practiced on the political right, and albeit, reinforces our history and signifies the continuation of this, our Today’s Chicano Movement, and where this Movement coalesced amongst the Spanish-speaking military vets returning home from World War Two.

And which brings to this history of applied Common Sense for the installation into public law and of this, our continued advocacy for the Academic-Military Draft. 

 

Back in 1985, the then Today’s 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 the time would be spent on ‘soldiering’ and the remaining amount of time would be spent in a classroom and where college-level courses in general studies were to be conducted.

 

After three years and at separation, each person would hold in one hand, the Honorable Discharge and in the other hand, each person would hold a two-year college degree and equivalent to an Associate 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 taxpayer supported colleges and universities would be standing in line to ‘recruit’ these former enlistees and where Affirmative Action would not be on today’s esteemed roster of Characteristics for Enrollment.  In short, decision-makers would adjust their requisite use of reduced tuition costs and ever-actualized usage for more scholarships, and other related tangibles/intangibles for insuring these military-vet-students, would become outstanding successes in their chosen endeavors.

 

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

In closing and despite Phil Boas’ much-admired concern, our grandkids and their children will determine our nation’s future and yet, premised on their viability for succeeding in achieving their “elevated standard of decency.” And in today’s America, our nation has fallen far short of our particularized and ongoing aspirations.

 

Jaango—posted on February 7, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting the Latino Board of Certification for Progressives...

 

Within today’s internal struggle among the Democrats, a progressive-oriented candidate faces the difficult task of achieving a successful campaign conclusion, given that the Democratic Party’s current majority continues to remain aligned with the corporate patriarchy and which came forth in 1985 when the Democratic Leadership Council established itself as a viable onset or pathway into national politics, and subsequently led to the successful aspirations for both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

 

However, today, we as Latinos and Native American military vets can see into our future and where this future is premised on or in a belief that an “elevated Standard of Decency” must come to fruition within the next 20 years, and at a minimum, if not sooner.  Further, a progressive-oriented candidate for public office must meet today’s requisite financial minimum of $100,000, to be taken seriously by the “insiders” that continue to effect and affect virtually all these potential candidates.  And it’s in this minimalist barrier that has to be overcome with monies, is to be found acceptable, but this need not be so. Thus, a candidate’s success can be much easier defined by the ability to corral progressive votes, and prior to the inception or the announcement of one’s candidacy.  And from therein, this Latino Board of Certification can be this “moment” that can easily be addressed within the realm of a community’s-support being well-recognized and further, easily amplified.

 

And needless to say, but I will, I am seeking out politically astute military vets that are willing to participate in crafting and participating in this, the Latino Certification Board in a variety of geographical locations throughout the Southwest, as our initial starting point and into a much larger effort to insure that our votes are being used appropriately when it comes to the Art of Becoming and where public laws are enacted, and done appropriately with overtly significant results.  Consequently, email me at jaango@msn.com should you care to participate and subsequently, I will parcel out these email addresses on a geographical basis, and which will become this starting process and done in order to enhance our military vet construct for our responsibility and duty to engage in this constructive behavior of elevating a Standard of Decency, still not effectively achieved to our satisfaction.  And if so, we can easily circumvent today’s toxic behavior in politics, writ large.

 

In closing, our Elected and Appointed Officials must establish via public law that a potential voter can, on Election Day, register to vote and subsequently, to cast a ballot.  Further, our Elected and Appointed Officials must implement and maintain a systemic is which all ballots must be “hand counted” and matched against the existing vote-counting machine technology.  And where a discrepancy occurs, a newly-established non-partisan Adjudication Panel determines the validity of the vote cast, and where possible, the “adjudicated” vote is to be included in the final hand-count vote.  Otherwise, a defective voting process, complements a “second class citizenship” regime that undermines our Democracy when our emphasis is on “elevating a Standard of Decency” that the status quo of today’s politics, is unwilling to address, by either of the two major political parties due to their perceived or inherent viability for “winning at any cost.”

 

Jaango—posted on February 4,2018

 

 

Odds and Ends

 

Should we disregard the obvious attitudes and where Unassailable Facts are being developed, and yet, the result comes forth and at us, in the context and content of a broken-down manner that is today’s politics for “fiddle-paddle” or of a forced propaganda that is inclusive of a single-minded effort, seen visibly and aptly recognized by us as another “defensive desperation” pout.

 

  1. More twitter decisions?  “Indeed, White House National Security Council senior director for Asian Affairs, Matthew Pottinger was reported as saying in a recent closed-door meeting with US experts on the Korean Peninsula issues that a limited strike on the North might help in the midterm elections.”
  2. The Nunes Memo.  Among all the opinions now being delivered to the general public, the most prescient has been former Director Comey’s statement of “That’s it?” and which speaks both clearly and without any doubts being conveyed to the general public and of course, to our Latino audience and where the White Guys are talking to more White Guys, or amongst themselves, sans Latinos and Native Americans.
  3. Seeking out the “deficit peacocks” among Republicans is hard work. The current negotiations on authorized spending remains ongoing, and yet, there is no visibility for the deficit hawks having to contend with the pay-for process that is consistent with an excess spending vehicle in the amount of $300 billion.  And as a gentle reminder, from a few years ago and when we got from George W. Bush and where we had two tax cuts and two wars.  And for eight years the pay-for process that was foisted on a Democratic-oriented presidential administration, has been placed under the mattress as a hidden or deceptive practice that is awaiting tomorrow’s usage. 
  4. “Confederate National Origin”?  The State Legislature in Virginia is in the midst of a debate and where this pending state law will prohibit municipalities from removing from public land, their Confederate era statues.  Therefore, the pro-Confederate Statues crowd are equating any such municipality-removal program is akin to “burning books” and “for destroying art.”
  5. Insuring that our Sense of Humor remains intact, we are reminded.  Via Stephen Colbert:  (Trump said) “If there is a mountain, we climb it.  If there is a frontier, we cross it.  If there is a challenge, we tame it.  If there is an opportunity, we seize it. And it there’s a burger, we eat it.  If there is an immigrant, we deport it.  If there’s an investigation, we undermine it “

 

Need more be said?

 

Jaango—posted on February 3, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latino Politics and Trump’s State of the Union Speech

 

On this day or this Wednesday and after President Trump delivered his State of the Union speech to both the Senate and the House members, the dearth of national media outlets continue to dismiss all readily available opinions from the well over and the ever-present and cooperative 6,100 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. 

 

AND

 

Latino Politics and the Department of Justice

 

Here’s today’s statement regarding the Senator Menendez retrial.

 

The Justice Department has dropped its plan to retry Senator Bob Menendez on corruption charges, an abrupt about-face that keeps in the Senate.  “Given the impact of the Court’s January 24 Order on the charges and the evidence admissible in a retrial, the United States has determined that it will not retry the defendants on the remaining charges,” a DOJ spokeswoman said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

 

Jaango—posted on January 31, 2018

 

 

 

A Sheer Speculation That Confounds Common Sense

 

In the first federal government shutdown, I did not have a compelling urge to address this shameful behavior, but, now, with the February 8th decision to be taken in both the House and the Senate, and subsequently approved by the White House, the ‘result’ will culminate with following:

 

*For the Democrats, funding of $25 billion for the Trump’s Wall of Shame.

 

*For the Republicans, approval a minimalist approach to DACA, is a “done deal.”

 

And the my lack of a compelling urge, I wrote but did not post the following and relative to the first shutdown of this year.

 

 

Government Shutdown:  The Failure of Democrats to be proactive

 

Today, the mass media outlets are blaming both the Republicans and Democrats and conversely, the Democrats are blaming the Republicans and the Republicans are blaming the Democrats.

 

However, the reality if far different and this reality is predicated on Republicans having control of both the White House and Congress of which the House and Senate could not deliver on a simple-minded Congressional Resolution to keep the federal government open and running on a daily basis.  Thus, the Republicans got their massive tax cut for the super wealthy and now, “identity politics” is being played out on a daily basis due to immigration.

 

Further, the Democrats  slipped into the political trap for having to respond the Republican anti-immigration fervor in the House, and thusly, the status quo Democrats in the Senate were incapable of challenging the Senate leadership under the guise of Senator Mitch McConnell.  As such, the Democrats should have brought forth the Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2013 and which passed the then Senate with the requisite or necessary votes.  Consequently, remaining this legislation with an updated title of the Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2018, would have required Senator McConnell to bring this legislation onto  the Senate floor for a critical vote.  And if McConnell was unwilling to do so, the onus would have clarified’ the hate being expressed in the House.  And once passage had been achieved, the onus would have been placed onto the leadership cabal led by House Speaker Paul Ryan in the House.  

 

Therefore, this latest version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (2018) would have required Speaker Ryan to  bring this legislation onto the House floor for an “up or down” vote.  And if not, the general public would recognize that today’s propaganda would become well-exposed for all to  see and in which the national news media, and to include Fox News, in its continued perpetuation of this iconic  “diversion” from Common Sense.

 

In closing, and from here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, our seeing and reading of this continuing political shenanigans writ large, is not only both distressing and demeaning, and yet an equally important behavior towards this critical “entitlement” amongst our political elite. To wit, We the voters have elected this gross incompetence and while promoting this incompetence upward into a membership that signifies and exemplifies this leadership cabal that animates our national toxicity.

 

Jaango—posted on January 30, 2018

 

Does or Will the Mueller Investigation Have a Sizable Impact on Latino Politics?

 

In short, this federal investigation into a possible “collusion” between the Trump Campaign and the Russian Government and its loud apparatchiks, does have a dubious impact, at best or failing that, at its worst, and that’s as of today since Mueller has yet to deliver his investigative results to the Department of Justice and subsequently delivered to Congress and relative to the Constitution’s established rigor that is attendant for high crimes and misdemeanors. 

 

And from all the ink that’s been used, as well as of all the millions bits for internet information compiled, the storyline of the credentialed journalists that have addressed this subject matter in great detail, the major component has been the hard work of female journalists and which, for the most part, are not being given the appropriate and due credit.  Further, since there are no recognizable Latino journalists engaged in this storyline, we, the Latinos, have not become engaged, either as activists or readers of these women of self-discipline, hard work and ambition, and moreover, who have a greater level of “street cred” than do the greater volume of male journalists, writ large.

 

And it’s for this reason that our good friend of many years, Marcy Wheeler of Emptywheel Dot Net fame published her current article at the New Republic and titled, “All Glen Greenwald’s Women” and dated January 23, 2018.  And in her article, she starts with the following:

 

“A lot of people have opinions about Glenn Greenwald, who has emerged as one of the most controversial voices in the debate over Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. But according to New York magazine, none of them are women. In a 4,800-word profile—audaciously titled, “Does Glenn Greenwald know more than Robert Mueller?”—author Simon van Zuylen-Wood fails to quote even one woman to test Greenwald’s insistence that the Russia investigation is much ado about nothing, despite the fact that women journalists and lawyers have made huge contributions to the debate and nurtured Greenwald’s career. The end result is not just to turn the national security debate into a de facto boys’ club, but to prioritize the more bombastic claims of men over the sometimes quieter work of women, skewing the debate itself toward more polarized territory.

 

And it’s from this “more polarized territory” that garnered my interest and in particular, to answer the Question of “Are Latinos part and parcel to this polarized territory?”

 

Given the historical nature of today’s politics and even to the include the political impact from the Ronald Reagan Era, today’s  over 6,000 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials don’t put their’ street cred’ on the line, when Chicanos congregate to discuss politics and to include the Public Laws that continue to fail to address our still “unmet needs.”  And as to generating the requisite enthusiasm among Latinos necessary for any semblance of national security or even for the more pertinent subject matter that is categorized as national defense, does not rise to the level of a public law that elevates the national standard of Decency as does Comprehensive Immigration Reform. More so, the Academic-Military Draft does rise to this level necessary to address as is Immigration and yet, we fully understand that today’s Third Stereotype is difficult to circumvent, in most instances.

 

To wit, this Third Stereotype and which and as espoused by European Americans for “I don’t care...I’ll be dead...so, what’s your point?” is indeed a burden that is difficult to overcome given the level that is our national discourse for what’s been deemed as today’s toxic politics.

 

And as for our ever-present readers and time permitting, Marcy Wheeler is a highly effective writer when it comes to both national security and national defense. Consequently, I urge our readers to take a moment of time to read her latest article and where her insight is highly judicious as per her usage.

 

And here’s the internet link:

 

https://newrepublic.com/article/146725/glenn-greenwalds-women

 

Jaango—posted on January 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

Do Chicano and Native American Military Vets Pose a Threat to Today’s “ethno-nationalism” as Espoused From Within the Trump White House?

Note:  Consider this my Saturday Morning's "Moment In Humor".

This subject is close to my heart and in which I relish addressing and done in greater detail, especially from our historical starting point and where this somewhat misperceived behavior is being practiced by the paragons of corporate patriarchy ane where our civic engagement commenced shortly after the end of World War Two and thusly, the onset of the Chicano Movement and the furthering of our respective communities’ wide successes and as well as when appropriately measured for the writ large.

And moreover, where we are ‘demanding’ an elevated Standard of Decency, in the form and function of Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Academic-Military Draft, and the Equal Rights Amendment has long been the basis in the Art of Becoming as per our well-premised civic engagement and where political violence is neither permitted nor tolerated. And that’s just for starters.

Unfortunately, the White House’s current espousal for this “ethno-nationalism” is premised on a code talk that informs the Trump ‘base’ and with the unfortunate attention being paid to this short-sighted approach to the divisive debate on immigration, and particularly, its propaganda for the marketing and sales for addressing DACA and where the bottom line is to reduce immigration by an approximate 50% over the coming years, given that any pathway to citizenship will create an even greater construct for progressive-oriented public policy and the attendant public laws that will animate our future and which is lurking just around the next corner and in the current context and content for the national animation of Latino politics being constructively addressed by our over 6,000 Elected and Appointed Officials.

Our Non-Critical Burden for a Constructive Circumvention

Given that the Three Stereotypes that personifies today’s toxic politics, these Stereotypes are best expressed in the following manner:

1. The Native American Stereotype is “He’s just another white man.”
2. The Latino Stereotype is “El Gringo quiere componer todo con su ‘I’m sorry!’:
3. The European American Stereotype is “I don’t care...I’ll be dead...So, what’s your point?”

However, I am not going to belabor these Stereotypes, and in this instance since it’s not necessary for those amongst us and who have and continue to cherish our activist history for all these many years past.

Our Academic-Military Draft

. 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.

In closing, much has NOT been written from and by our national register of the over 20,000 credentialed journalists that are unabashedly in favor for our erstwhile challenge to the White House and its assembled minions relative to this misperceived Threat of “ethno-nationalism” and which is understandable and when appropriately described as another tangent supportive to today’s criminal stupidity. Of course, the national downspout for today’s unemployed journalists and where the unemployment line continues to expand even further, and subsequently, the employed journalist cannot jeopardize their minimalist compensation package and which is part and parcel to our constructive Reality for our supported and assorted Unassailable Facts. And yet, we expect better amongst ourselves when it comes to our requisite “unmet need” that is consistent with our nation’s “unmet need” and as personified as an elevated Standard of Decency that applies to each of us, as in “..Honor Achieved...Honor Acknowledged...Honor Reciprocated.” Needless to say, but I will, I am prepared to 'debate' the White House on its stipulated Threat of "ethno-nationalism, but I will do so only in the languages of Yaqui or Apache since both Spanish andEnglish can indeed be boring languages of a perceived obsolescence.

 

Jaango--posted on January 27, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Chicanos’ “nationalism” That Continues to Challenge the Conservatives’ “nationalism”...

 

When it comes to the Conservatives’ “nationalism,” the National Review’s august writer goes on at length on the ‘downside’ for what is today’s combative debate on immigration and all that this portends.  And of course, he closes his latest stipulation that is premised on his belief that “progressive extremism is the harbinger of more extremism to come.”

 

Of course, I am speaking of David French and his latest article and titled, “Democratic Immigration Extremism and Warnings of Extremism to Come,” and dated January 25, 2018.

 

And not to belabor French’s ‘take’ on all this subject matter pertaining to immigration, inclusive of the tangents that he has to include, just means that his Argumentation suffers from a touch of our daily reality and for which he places the blame of his cogent ability to challenge progressives and the lack of attention his concerns that are readily dismissed, given that our national ‘history’ is not readily recognized by him  as well as the pending future that he dislikes, will occur.  And regardless of immigration being addressed in the form of a reality that is not overtly convenient to conservatives and their espousal for their innate advocacy for more ‘nationalism’ that denies the impending impact of demographics.  And from therein, our Chicano “nationalism” commences. And is this “nationalism” comparable to today’s usage of progressivism as the catalyst and our unending vehicle for addressing our “unmet needs”?

 

Of course, French’s Argumentation has its ongoing fallacy in the both the overt and covert behavior for its current dislike and which lacking in its gusto of the  GOP’s “Autopsy” of years ago, and starting with the current effort at voter suppression, from voter purging to gerrymandering by its well-aligned and from the willfulness of its Elected and Appointed Officials.  Consequently, this ‘nationalism’ challenge from among the over Latino 6,000 Elected and Appointed Officials, is quite paramount in today’s toxic politics. And toss into this mix of hardscrabble politics for the amorphous “street cred” that animates the Native American Elected and Appointed Officials, and therefore, collectively, results in and for the Conservatives having a divisive “nationalism” that becomes increasingly difficult for any conservative-oriented espousal in its defensive posture.

 

And here’s French’s internet link:

 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455772/democrats-immigration-beliefs-sign-increased-extremism

 

Jaango—posted on January 26, 2018

 

 

 

The Argumentation for an Elevated Decency Standard 

 

 

Since I am adamantly opposed to denying my Sense of Humor or for even being replaced by Satire,  my statement below is what I wrote regarding the overall Republican approach to the pending Congressional Resolution and prior to February 8th when addressing “DACA” or more so, and in my favor, thusly, Comprehensive Immigration Reform:

 

(Start) I am awaiting the “grand moment” when Trump, Kelly, Sessions and Miller commence and in all their seriousness, rationalize their esteemed self-belief that Undocumented Immigrants have contributed hundreds of billions of dollars into the Social Security Fund over the past two generations, therefore, these dollars must be readily available for usage as per “the wall.”

 

And from today’s toxic logic, it’s only prudent for the Documented Immigrants to raid this Fund and done in order to salvage his Border Wall, without Trump having to demean himself by asking Mexico to extend a tad of foreign aid to the United States. (End)

 

Consequently, should  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer be unwilling to submit onto the Senate floor for an “up or down” vote, that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be at risk for shutting down the federal government again.  And by way of background, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2013 was approved in the Senate by a majority vote of 68 to 32 with 20 Republicans voting in the affirmative.

 

Now, if the Senate is to address today’s version of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2018, the Latino “complaint” towards Senator Schumer would be seen as Schumer having avoided  the irrepressible charge for having “spit in the face” of over 6,000 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and yet, this counter-charge would  be propagandized, as or self-flagellation. And let’s hope that Senators Schumer and McConnell adapt to today’s common sense and as personified by Latinos, writ large.

 

Regardless, the successful vote in the Senate would pose a sizable difficulty for House Speaker Paul Ryan, for either putting up this newer Congressional Resolution by the Senate for an “up or down vote.”  And yet, his alternative is to kowtow to the current legislation being perfected by the Freedom Caucus with the now secured membership-vote of 70 signatures (updated:  77 signatures).  Therefore, the Freedom Caucus has crafted the Goodlatte-McCaul SAF Act and where there awaits these pending 77 votes.  And that’s the dilemma facing Speaker Ryan and in the form of this Goodlatte-McCaul SAF Act. 

 

And in closing, will Speaker Ryan’s leadership skill set will be tested and in the form of a causative failure for an “elevated Standard of Decency”?

 

 

Jaango--posted on January 25, 2018

 

 

 

 

Senate Vote:  Schumer, Et., Al., Upheld the Status Quo As Part and Parcel  to the Democratic Party’s Litmus Test for “being anti-progressive”...

 

With today’s vote in the Senate and where the majority of the Democrats affirmed to open the now closed governmental doors, effectively demonstrated that the “status quo” among the majority of Democrats continues to be opposed to progressive national public policy, writ large.  Consequently, the bulk of the Democrats effectively satirized themselves due to this failure to instigate a substantive challenge to the Senate Republicans, writ large.

Back in 2013, the Senate’s “gang of eight” crafted and passed legislation titled The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act with a sizable vote that had more than the necessary 60 votes to overcome any possible filibuster--either attempted or advanced by the Republicans.

 

Today, Senator Schumer and his colleagues could have offered up the ‘newer’ version of the 2013 version of this immigration reform and done in the form of The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act 2018. And subsequently, the only change necessary could be found in the change of an annual date.  Therefore, the Republican-led Senate would not be facing an insurmountable hurdle that’s traditionally been premised on one aspect of Hate and that being our nation’s historical penchant for characterizing this as racism, sublimated. 

 

And lest we conveniently forget, especially amongst ourselves—the Chicano and Native American military vets, Senator Schumer was a progressive when he served in the House, and since being elevated to the Senate by the voters in New York, he has since allied and aligned himself with the corporate patriarchy that resided at the Wall Street environs in 1985 and personified by the Democratic Leadership Council and further, perpetuated by both the Clinton and Obama administrations.

 

In closing, the standardized refrain premised via an equivalent Standard of Decency, and posited on a rationale for “The Democratic Party is seeing people of color as full and equal parts of the coalition rather than communities that are more important come election time and less important when it comes to legislation.”   Albeit, we have yet to arrive at this acceptance for today’s standard refrain and where we can personify and posit our graciousness for an elevated Decency Standard, and as such, our tomorrow’s history is fast approaching, and Schumer and el, al, leadership’s  will be long gone as the Status Quo from yesterday and today.  Thus, Schumer’s no insightful impact on our continuing advocacy for a better Democracy for tomorrow is not only prescient but easily understood.  And President Trump’s agitated verbal blast at the “far left base” is just more of his self-inflicted satire and personalized from an historical bull-foonery and from whom has a well-practiced cogitation that emanates from this, the "five star draft dodger" status. 

 

Jaango—posted on January 22, 2018

 

 

 

 

Have the Democrats “turned the corner” on Identity Politics?

 

With the Congressional Resolution to re-open the federal government, Senator Mitch McConnell is still short the necessary 7 Democratic votes and if accomplished the federal government will remain open for the next ten days, and this vote is expected during today’s noontime.  An if not, immigration in the form of DACA or DREAMERS continue to remain on McConnell’s decision making table.

 

And which brings me to the notional for today’s political usage of “identity politics” and where this approach shatters the predominance for the “status quo” among the majority of Democrats in the Congress and all across the board for such politics, both at the national and local levels.  As such, the Progressives are now prevailing in their  opposition to the Republicans’ intentional and purposeful behavior for ‘shutting the government down’.’

 

And I am feeling somewhat self-serving in my politics, given that this ‘status quo’ is not at my  door step for its evolving or continuing behavior and where “identity politics” should not be the parameters for the politics that has been challenging the Republican mind=set.  And slowly, this view is being aptly recognized by the more ostentatious political writers on the national scene.

 

Take, for example, the following three paragraphs, and provided courtesy of the irrepressible Gweg Dworkin over that the political blog and known infamously as the DailyKos:

 

Karen Tumulty and Michael Scherer/WaPo have a terrific round up of the issues and stakes:

 

But that same question reveals an enormous political divide. In the summer of 2017, 84 percent on the Democratic side agreed that immigrants were a strength, compared with 42 percent on the Republican side — a gap of 42 points.

As recently as a decade ago, Democrats were leery of looking too permissive on immigration, and anxious to avoid election-year attacks over giving government benefits to the undocumented.

The Democratic stance on immigration is now defined from the increasingly impatient left. Protesters who support a path to citizenship have in recent years made their mark by disrupting events by leaders like President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“It is a remarkable shift to see Democrats are leaning into the issue,” said Frank Sharry, the leader of America’s Voice, a liberal organization that supports a path to citizenship for the undocumented. “The Democratic Party is seeing people of color as full and equal parts of the coalition rather than communities that are more important come election time and less important when it comes to legislation.”

 

Thus, Decency in today’s national politics is getting a firm and constructive foothold and where we, the Chicano and Native American military vets, can see our long term advocacy having a ‘full effect’ on the Democratic Party, writ large.  And soon to be followed by the return to a much longer term and in which we have advocated for the Equal Rights Amendment and where this ERA eventually puts the kaboosh on the SCOTUS decision on Citizens United, as seen today in the FBI’s Mueller investigation that has focused its attention on and via foreign monies being filtered through the National Rifle Association.

 

Jaango—posted on January 22, 2018

 

 

 

Government Shutdown:  The Failure of Democrats to be proactive

 

Today, the mass media outlets are blaming both the Republicans and Democrats and conversely, the Democrats are blaming the Republicans and the Republicans are blaming the Democrats.

 

However, the reality if far different and this reality is predicated on Republicans having control of both the White House and Congress of which the House and Senate could not deliver on a simple-minded Congressional Resolution to keep the federal government open and running on a daily basis.  Thus, the Republicans got their massive tax cut for the super wealthy and now, “identity politics” is being played out on a daily basis due to immigration.

 

Further, the Democrats  slipped into the political trap for having to respond the Republican anti-immigration fervor in the House, and thusly, the status quo Democrats in the Senate were incapable of challenging the Senate leadership under the guise of Senator Mitch McConnell.  As such, the Democrats should have brought forth the Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2013 and which passed the then Senate with the requisite or necessary votes.  Consequently, remaining this legislation with an updated title of the Comprehensive Immigration Act of 2018, would have required Senator McConnell to bring this legislation onto the Senate floor for a critical vote.  And if McConnell was unwilling to do so, the onus would have clarified’ the hate being expressed in the House.  And once passage had been achieved, the onus would have been placed onto the leadership cabal led by House Speaker Paul Ryan in the House.

 

Therefore, this latest version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (2018) would have required Speaker Ryan to  bring this legislation onto the House floor for an “up or down” vote.  And if not, the general public would recognize that today’s propaganda would become well-exposed for all to see, and in which the national news media, and to include Fox News and the lesser known conservative-oriented media outlet in its continued perpetuation for this iconic  “diversion” from Common Sense.

 

In closing, and from here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, our seeing and reading of these continuing political shenanigans writ large, is not only both distressing and demeaning, and yet an equally important behavior towards this critical “entitlement” amongst our political elite. To wit, We, the voters have elected this gross incompetence and while promoting this incompetence upward into a membership that signifies and exemplifies this leadership cabal that animates our national toxicity.

 

Jaango—posted on January 20, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

COINTELPRO From the1960s and the 1970s Is Being Reconstituted  

 

Last week the House passed its legislation to expand “national security” and today, the Senate passed the House version with a Senate affirming vote of 65 to 34, and which changes the existing law to include the exemption of Section 702 of the FISA Act and where this exemption permits the vast variety of governmental agencies to conduct surveillance efforts that encompasses all of our fellow citizens, and which can be accomplished on a daily basis. And regardless of any “potential” aspects for possible criminality. 

 

Long story short, this exemption permitting governmental agencies as well as its multiplicity of “contractors” can accumulate and collectivize this information for the exclusive by the three branches of government and where no citizen-oversight is permitted and in any form--short of the contemptible behavior that is deemed to be congressional oversight.  And congressional oversight is, at best, dismal, and at worst, an infrastructure that is premised on a ‘political demonization’ for domestic terrorism such as Black Lives Matter that encompasses the Art and Science of Protest, actualized.

 

Thus, the late 1960s and into the early and mid-1970s, J. Edgar Hoover’s obvious and skillfully practiced paranoia, and with permission from among the status quo of national politicians, instituted his COINTELPRO program with differing tangents when it came to measuring either the success or of its programmatic failure.  The first and foremost objective was the FBI’s surveillance of a vast array of pre-supposed leaders engaged in the Anti-Vietnam War movement.  And the second tangent was focused on Chicano and Native American military vets, and where this wide-ranging attention was focused onto the leadership component of the Chicano Movement and where the assessment of this dominant FBI behavior was predicated or focused—not on insurrection, but on the potential skill set that was perceived to target the profitability for the corporate patriarchy and which remains, after all these many years, today’s existing status quo. To wit, Nothing’s Changed!

 

Alas, the House vote and the Senate vote, and with President Trump’s anticipated affirmation, we have come full circle and with an ever-expansive full circle in which we—the voters, have subjected ourselves to a massive governmental surveillance program and which can only be changed via the ballot box.  As such, the Third Branch of government will not interfere with its potential political decision or comparable to a legal decision that would equate to Citizens United.

 

Jaango—posted on January 18, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Chicano and Native American Military Vets Challenge Today’s Toxicology For A Well-Understood Purposeful Intent...

 

Today, the medical community is touting its skill set for inserting this mindset into the political arena, and where this skill set is being advocated to advance the 25th Amendment relative to President Trump’s behavior from within the White House and where twitter is utilized to adopt and adapt public policy that is consequentially opposed to what President Obama crafted and espoused as his public policies and leading to a vast array of institutionalized Public Laws.  And therefore, this “challenge” continues apace, and yet, the historians of tomorrow, will be facing a difficult test for the respective and consequential “Truth-Telling” that animates our Self-Governance Model.  And unfortunately, our nation’s 20,000 credentialed Journalists are continuing to tarnish their respective reputations as of today (and for a disregard of their reputation that coalesces into tomorrow’s reputation) and all due to their allegiance for the financial reward that comes from the major news outlets and to include the Internet, nonetheless or is it notwithstanding?

 

And my good friend for all these many years, at least for these past twenty years or so, is Wendy Davis, the Editor and Publisher of her web site, Café Babylon Dot Net, and where earlier in this week, she wrote to address the usage of Psychology and Psychiatry and of this ‘introduction’ in today’s toxic politics and where the advocates, writ large, expressed their intention to support and address the 25the Amendment or the replacement of President Trump from the Oval Office and the promotion of  Vice President Pence as this presumptive replacement. 

 

And if you’re unfamiliar with Café Babylon, I encourage our readers to take the time and thusly, take a gander over to her website, and her differing and much larger perspective on our nation’s “behavior.”  And by way of background or for all these years, I first encountered her at the Talking Points Memo shortly after Professor of History, Dr. Josh Marshall came onto the Internet, and subsequently, our discussions on the Middle East and all that this encompassed, was the start of my acquiring a wealth of knowledge somewhat unbeknownst to me, at the time, given my consuming interest in the Chicano Movement and all its vast array of tangents for civic engagement.  Thus, my formal request of these past few days to her was for my tad of usage to craft this Commentary and on behalf of the Chicano Veterans Organization.  As such, she quickly granted me her permission. And of course, always my thanks to her for her sharing.

 

And here’s Wendy’s compilation of what currently passes as the Psychology and Psychiatry’s zeitgeist, and with her internet link
 

https://cafe-babylon.net/2018/01/12/two-analyses-on-the-questionable-uses-of-psychiatry-psychology/

 

Since, I’ve completed this Introduction for this Commentary, permit me to move on to another viable tangent of the unfamiliarity of today’s Chicano Movement, that is irreplaceable for our continuing ‘history’. Given that I am “long of tooth and grey of beard’ our history gently reminds that back in the days of the Vietnam War, the only neutral territory was the Chow Hall and where the feeding frenzy consisted of or was required that both a glass of white milk and a glass chocolate milk on the table was the simplified indicator for “grunt talk.”  And further, the public law that was the then public law, or the military draft, most of us did not like having to serve in the Vietnam War and yet we did, and subsequently, the political barbs from both the Right and Left, continues to come forth as the “soldiers of the fascist Army of the plutocrats.” 

 

Unfortunately, for this ‘critique’ is amply refuted by the Best and Brightest as the then Status Quo brought us the Pentagon Papers. Furthermore, earlier this week, we celebrated the federal holiday that is Martin Luther King Jr., we too recognize that in his final years of life, he was amply recognized as a “radical” for this widely-announced zeitgeist for his opposition to the Vietnam War and which reinforced our Chicano Movement here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert, and had he lived into 2002 and 2003, he would have been opposed to the Bush/Cheney’s Authority to Use Military Force, as well is support for our Academic-Military Draft.

 

But I digress.  And here’s what continues to be important to the Chicano and Native American military vet and as indicated by Elements One and Two and as following::

 

Element One:  The Consequential Demand

 

Our Demand For The Following Congressional Resignations...

Given the espoused vitriol in the White House by President Trump, and via his repeated mantra of  ‘shithole;’ we find this statement to be thoroughly unacceptable, and consequently, we are demanding that the Republican participants—less Senator Lindsey Graham, at this meeting on immigration, should submit the respective resignations forthwith.

As such, the following:

  1.  House Speaker Paul Ryan
  2. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas
  3. Senator David Perdue of Georgia
  4. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida
  5. Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia

As military veterans and for our having worn our nation’s uniform, we neither accepted nor tolerated racism from our fellow comrades.  As such, we expect our Elected Officials to follow our iconic leadership, and if not, they should resign for their failure to challenge any espousal for racism from any person in the White House and to include President Trump.  And nothing less is acceptable to us!

From the Public Policy Board of the Chicano Veterans Organization, from here in Phoenix, Arizona, and dated today, January 13, 2018

 

 And Element Two: The Academic-Military Draft

 

“Oh Hell!  And 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 of time spent in a classroom and where college-level general studies were to be conducted.

 

After three years and at separation, each person would hold in one hand, the Honorable Discharge and in the other hand, each person would hold a two-year college degree and equivalent to an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies.  Consequently, Self-Discipline, Hard Work, and Ambition, would become the starting point for our nation’s “equality at the finish line.”

 

And if one harkens back to the Bush/Cheney administration, the implementation of this Academic-Military Draft, today, we would have a young population of over 30 million millennials under 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 taxpayer supported colleges and universities would be standing in line recruit these former enlistees and where Affirmative Action would not be on today’s esteemed Roster of Characteristics for Enrollment.  In short, decision-makers would adjust the requisite use of scholarships and other related tangibles/intangibles for ensuring that these military veterans-students would become outstanding successes. 

 

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

 

(And dated, August 4, 12017)

 

In closing, much can be said about the many tangents relative to the starting point for “equality at the finish line” and if so, the Equal Rights Amendment will become front and center and onto our political agenda, and in the years ahead.  And correctly so!  And needless to say but I will, the ERA will overcome the SCOTUS-oriented decision for the purposeful intent on being anti-progressive, which means that Citizens United will achieve its rightful place and that being rationally tossed into trash bin of history.  And forthrightly, the medical industry still falls short of their desired ‘mark’.

 

Jaango--posted on January 16, 2017

 

 

 

 

Our Demand For The Following Congressional Resignations...

 

Given the espoused vitriol in the White House by President Trump, and via his repeated mantra of “shithole” we find this statement to be thoroughly unacceptable, and consequently we are demanding that the Republican participants—less Senator Lindsey Graham, at this meeting on immigration, should submit their respective resignations forthwith.

 

As such, the following:

  1.  House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
  2. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas
  3. Senator David Perdue of Georgia
  4. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart of Forida
  5. Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia

As military veterans and for our having worn our nation’s uniform, we neither accepted nor tolerated racism from our fellow comrades.  And as such, we expect our Elected Officials to follow our iconic leadership, and if not, they should resign for their failure to challenge any espousal for racism from any person in the White House and to include President Trump.  And nothing less is acceptable to us!

 

From the Public Policy Board of the Chicano Veterans Organization, from here in Phoenix, Arizona, and dated today, January 13, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Cynicism the ‘catch-phrase’ of Today?

 

Unfortunately, the anticipated “success” that the Republicans in both the House and Senate, may come to naught, given that keeping the doors open on government operations, leaves the only question open to discussion and that’s being framed as on “comprehensive immigration” or as the political insiders will stipulate, since the required 60 votes required in the Senate is achievable but not so much as in the House.  And that the political peril that’s facing the House leadership that is consistent with the 20 rock solid votes among the Freedom Caucus and contrary to Paul Ryan’s lackadaisical approach to any success for immigration legislation.

 

And after their meeting or earlier today, the White House participants spend a considerable amount of time in addressing Immigration Reform, and where the only conclusion was the statement from President Trump in which he consistently reiterated that he would sign almost any legislation from both the House and the Senate on DACA, and with a longer term window for “comprehensive immigration reform” consistent with the legislation that originated in the Senate back in 2013 and that included a “pathway to citizenship.”

 

In closing,  President Trump is desirous of immediately accomplishing what’s possible on DACA and to be followed in the next few weeks, for the “comprehensive” and where the Senate’s legislation, once received in the House, was promptly tossed into the trash can, with no consideration ever given to the Gang of Eight’s overall effort.  And if the policy outline for “comprehensive” is readily available but achieving the necessary votes for passage in the House, will become virtually impossible since the House Leader is not enamored of immigration but cutting social programs is more likely to occur. Thus, perpetuating the Culture War is more advantageous to the re-election efforts among Republicans, and no so much for the Democrats.

 

Jaango—posted on January 9, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

An Excellence Personified Is the Only Apt Description Available on the Trump---Russia Collusion Story

 

Aside from being an FBI investigator and for having an insider story, this outsider and in the name and form of Dr. Josh Marshall, publisher and editor of the Talking Points Memo Dot Com web site, his excellence is addressing the relevant premise of a collusion of Trump and Russia, brings forth an additional insight that’s has been missing by virtually all our nation’s writers and pundits.

 

And it’s for this reason that I am posting this article in its totality and where the exemption of the “education” aspect of the Copyright Law, permits me to do so.  Enjoy!

 

The Biggest Question on the Trump/Russia Story

 

A week ago I said we were at the end of the beginning of the Trump/Russia story. The big question of whether there was collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign has been answered for anyone who has their eyes open. They did. The question is how far it went and what was involved. But there’s another question, related but distinct, which is in my mind perhaps the biggest question or mystery about the We know that for years before the 2016 presidential campaign Donald Trump had extensive and deep financial ties to Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. This basic point isn’t even disputed. As far back as 2008, Trump’s son notoriously boasted to an investor conference that “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” But of course it’s more specific than that. Russians, Russian emigres and people from other countries of the former Soviet Union made up a wildly disproportionate number of the buyers of units in Trump’s luxury apartment buildings. Russian or Ukrainian or emigre money were major funders of his major building projects. Trump Soho is the most notorious example. But it’s far from the only one.

 

Then there are the various business partners: Felix Sater, Russian immigrant, convicted felon and mob associate who was one of the Trump’s top partners in the decade and a half before his presidential run; Michael Cohen, Trump’s American born ‘lawyer’ with deep family ties to Ukraine who was also a conduit for millions, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars out of the countries of the former Soviet Union. You probably known him better as Trump’s bully lawyer on TV. That’s not why he works in the Trump Organization, or did.

 

My aim for now is not to be exhaustive. We’ve already discussed Trump’s money ties to Russia extensively here in the Editors’ Blog going back more than 18 months. Suffice it to say that we know Trump’s operations were heavily dependent on Russian money and that he had close connections to the Russian and Ukrainian criminal underworld. Whether his operations met the specific legal qualifications of money laundering there’s no question that a major part of Trump’s business model was allowing wealthy Russians and oligarchs to get money out of Russia, either to protect it from capricious authoritarian governments at home or to cleanse it of its origins in criminal activity.

All this and more we know.

 

The question is how does this relate and connect to what happened during the 2016 campaign – Russia’s interference campaign, Trump’s extreme policy friendliness to Russia and whatever level of collusion bound the two together.

 

One answer to this is straightforward: Trump was already in business with Russia and Vladimir Putin and that was the basis of the 2016 alliance and the conspiracy to work together to subvert the 2016 election. Perhaps it was even the reason Trump ran for President. Or maybe Russia essentially owned Trump because of compromising information they had on him. In other words, in either case, Trump and Putin or others in Russia had an understanding going in about how it would all go down.

 

Only it can’t be quite that simple. To me the sheer ubiquity of approaches to the Trump campaign – the significance of which the Trumpers constantly deny – actually tells us this. (I’m actually surprised the smarter ones haven’t made this point. It’s not exonerating. But it is complicating.) If Trump and Putin had an understanding going in – you do this and I’ll do that in return – do you really need operatives courting Trump’s doofus foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos in London. Or having Trump’s oligarch friend’s publicist setting up a meeting with Don Jr. and a lawyer most known for working to overturn the sanctions tied to the Magnitskey Act? These are clearly overtures, dangles as intelligence professionals call them – almost all of which got a positive response. If the plan is set, you shouldn’t need so many of what amount to cold approaches like this.

 

On the other hand, Trump’s connections to Russia, Russian money and the machinations of Putin-aligned oligarchs runs so deep, it is simply not credible to imagine that these pre-existing relationships with Russia and Russian money is unrelated to what happened in 2016. Not remotely credible.

 

Now, you might be saying, these are two extreme, strawman-ish scenarios you’re outlining. Well, I agree. That’s my point. I’m setting forth the maximal theories on either side to make the point that I don’t think we know quite where on this spectrum this all fits or how we reconcile what seems like a deep and close relationship with what seem like introductions. We know a fair amount about what happened before the campaign. We know a decent amount about what happened during the campaign. But it’s not as easy or clear as many assume how you fit them together.

 

The most important question is what happened during the campaign – in legal terms, in democratic terms, in national security terms. But in many ways the biggest question, the most fascinating and hardest to figure is this one I just laid out: how does Trump’s heavy dependence on Russian money and employees with deep ties to Russia and Ukraine and the criminal underworlds in those countries connect to the very pro-Russia line he took during the campaign and his campaign’s willingness to work with and conspire with the Russian disruption campaign in 2016? Sure they must be related. But how? I don’t think we really know that yet.

 

My best guess is that people around Putin knew Trump was crooked and dependent on Russian money and that he was likely to be friendly and up for … well, up for anything. So they went to work trying to make friends and found willing partners. He was up for anything. But that isn’t so much an explanation based on specific facts as it is the simplest explanation, the cleanest theory that accounts for all the facts we know.

 

This requires a lot more sleuthing and explanation.

 

And here’s the internet link:

 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-biggest-question-on-the-trump-russia-story

 

Jaango—posted on January 8, 2018

 

 

 

 

Will Labor Rights Become Another Citizen’s United Decision?

 

When writing for publication, the semblance of angst and anger is often quietly contained and done with a single-minded purpose that comes from the understanding that voting rights and how they are expressed in political elections, determines the outcomes and which are not necessarily advantageous to the “workers” anticipated or realized benefits. And that’s the purpose of the Courts. And as their “legal” interpretations having manifested themselves into a variety of unanticipated tangents, is not a blessing for anyone, least of all for hourly wage workers.

 

And into this legal storm and which will culminate in latter July, the Supreme Court will have a consequential impact for the hourly worker, and not just detrimental, but for wreaking havoc in today’s low-wage labor market.

 

With Simon Lazarus, having his article published at the web site of the American Prospect, and titled, “The Supreme Court Case That Could ‘Overturn the Heart of the New Deal,’” and dated January 4,2018, writes of the following:

“The corporate litigants, joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Trump Department of Justice, claim that the once-obscure 1925 Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) empowers employers to require employees as a condition of employment, to channel all disputes into arbitration proceedings on an individual, one-on-one basis, barring any form of joint or class effort in any forum.  This result would override what courts have reportedly called the ‘core protection’ of the 1932 Norris-LaGuardia Act (Norris-LaGuardia) and the 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)—that employees, whether represented by a union or not, may by right engage in ‘concerted activities for the purpose of—mutual aid or protection.’”

 

To wit, here’s the internet link and for your full reading effort:

 

http://prospect.org/article/supreme-court-case-could-‘overturn-heart-new-deal

 

Jaango—posted on January 6, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Much Ado About  Nothing?

 

Now that the Book and titled, “Fire and Fury,” now available to the general public, effectively demonstrates what been the “list” of what’s wrong about the personal and political behavior for these many years, going back to the days when Citizen Trump spent large amounts of donor dollars to “influence” the Democrats and much before this behavior became a Republican fiasco of his presidency. Especially, when the White House staffers spoke on-the-record, and tape recorded accordingly, about and with the normative expectation that this, Wolff’s book, would tout the self-aggrandizement that animates President Trump’s typical behavior.  .   And yes, and which has now led to a political fiasco that in the years ahead, will become the “history” of this current administration.

 

Today, just about everyone has an “opinion” regarding Michael Wolff’s book and this pertains to what was already known among our political operatives, writers and sellable pundits.  And where does this leave us to consider for what is today’s relevant “style?”

 

And this from Eugene Robinson, writing  for the Washington Post and in which he writes the following:

“The White House is being used to stage some kind of dary, dystopian comedy in which all the humor is of the gallows variety.  Somebody tell me how we survive three more years of this oppressive, exhausting show.

 

“The revelations about the Trump administration from journalist Michael Wolff are, if true, stunning, jaw-dropping, gobsmacking—but also pretty much what many in Washington expected.  The craziness and dysfunction were obvious from the beginning.  Wolff simply documents what others say privately about an administration that is dangerously erratic and incompetent.

 

“The central problem, according to Wolff’s forthcoming book, “Fire and Fury,” is President Trump himself.  Voters elected to the nation’s highest office a man who is unfit to do the job, who has proved unworthy of the public trust and who seems, to be blunt, increasingly unbalanced.”

 

And given the dearth of opinions now being expressed and which will continue throughout this week-end, next week’s story will be all about another subject matter and delivered to us through President Trump’s early morning Twitter account. 

 

As same week-in and same week-out is in our context and content for a surreal lack of new ideas that will animate our future.

 

Jaango—posted on January 5, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Abolishing the Voter Integrity Commission

 

Update:  The Voter Integrity Commission, after spending unannounced amounts of monies, has now concluded that TWO voters voted illegally, first in their original state and secondly, followed by voting in their adopted state.  And the impressive Irony is that both voters were registered as Republicans.  Can we continue to "trust" these Documented Immigrants, given our experienced level of addressing these issues that pertain exclusively to "documented" immigrants migrating from around the nation and into our wonderful Sonoran Desert?  

 

Yesterday at mid-day, the White House announced it was terminating its voter fraud commission on the basis that Democratic Party-oriented states were refusing and even litigating their un-cooperation for delivering state data on voting behaviors.  Consequently, the White House ‘transitioned’ their overriding concerns to the Department of Homeland Security and which is now the White House’s justification for this termination of said Commission.  And that’s today’s Good News!

 

And just this morning, Thursday, President Trump went on his twitter systemic and issued two statements and they are as follows.

 

“Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud. They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.”

 

AND

 

“As Americans, you need identification, sometimes in a very strong and accurate form, for almost everything you do.....except when it comes to the most important thing, VOTING for the people that run your country. Push hard for Voter Identification!”

 

NOW, if President Trump was indeed a “principled” politician or a citizen-respesentative, he would display a much greater purview when it comes to ‘voter fraud’ by way of less channeling of voter suppression, and subsequently, curry favor with voters, writ large, and thusly, he would be advocating and politicizing the attention necessary of addressing the national “unmet need” and which can be easily solved via Mandatory Voting and where the sole exception includes “under medical care.”

 

But he can’t since he’s wedded to the GOP nostrum that voter suppression being inflicted onto the demographics of Latinos and ex-felons will lead to the demise of the Republican Party.  And that’s his  populist subterfuge for an inherent or noxious “survivability game.” 

 

Jaango—posted on January 4, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida:  Restoring the Voting Rights for Former Felons

 

With 85 percent of the signatures achieved as of this week on a ballot initiative for November of later this year, the advocates have announced their current effort as being less-than-difficult, given that the majority of voters in Florida support the initiative.

 

Much can be said for restoring the voting rights of former felons and whom have competed their years of imprisonment.  Under current Florida law, ex-felons cannot vote regardless of the number of years released into the general public.  As such, a lifetime prohibition does not achieve a more functional democracy.

And here’s the internet link:

 

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/florida-may-restore-voting-rights-17-million-ex-felons-so-long-republicans

 

Jaango—posted on January 3, 2018

 

 

 

 

DACA:  The Readily Available Propaganda

 

A couple of years ago, the Senate’s Gang of Eight crafted Comprehensive Immigration Reform and went on to easily pass this legislation, and when completed, was sent over the House for their consideration.  And upon receipt, the Leadership Cabal among the  Republicans, promptly tossed this significant legislation into the trash can.

And today, President Trump has this to say and via twitter:

 

“Democrats are doing nothing for DACA—just interested in politics.  DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start ‘falling in love’ with Republicans and their President!  We are about results.”

 

And tomorrow, the Democratic leadership will be meeting with President Trump on DACA.

 

Therefore, absent any propaganda for tomorrow’s meeting, the “pathway to citizenship” for all Undocumented Immigrants, will be achieved.  And if not, the GOP will not admit to being hard core racists and the DNC, writ large, are slufffing-off on the politics espoused by ALL Latinos, both citizens and non-citizens.

 

Stay tuned.

 

Jaango—posted on January 2, 2018

 

 

 

Jaango’s “Decoder Ring” Awards

 

As a political writer, the normative critique that has been my self-affliction is, indicative of my skill set for being a tad too sublime on the subject matters that I touch on.  Therefore, this new and presumptive Award is being formulated for the less than sublime, and thusly, here are three categories that are for the somewhat “gob-smacking” in our public discourse.

 

First Place:  To the irascible Columnists that write for the internet blogs located at the Political Animal of the Washington Monthly Magazine;  the Talking Points Memo’ and the Daily Kos.

Second Place:  To the ever-present Readers of these political blogs and with their wealth of knowledge and premised on their daily activism.

 

 

Third Place:  To our Readers here at the Chicano Veterans Organization.  Despite their lengthy effort for when the “hot” Java turns “cold.”  And that’s tenacity taken to a much higher level or as we say, “Sin cojones no tenemos nada!”

 

And a Happy New Year to all.

 

Jaango—posted on January 1, 2017

 

 

 

Is DARPA Pursuing Another ‘Authoritarian Objective’?

 

In politics, “timing” is just about everything when it comes to winning any Argumentation that conveniently arrives into today’s public discourse, and DARPA is today’s exemplar.

 

But first, is the ‘timing’ now appropriate for our 6,100 Latino Elected and Appointed Officials--for delving into our domestic public policies and where the Umbrella of the National Security and Defense Systemic become this Great Shift in our public discourse?  I think so, and here’s the “why?”

 

The Pentagon’s DARPA is expected to spend well over $85 million to develop the “tactics” that pertain to Drones and where squadrons of these Drones attack municipalities and the resident-citizens of virtually all metropolitan locations—both foreign and domestic..  Therefore, this subject matter becomes ripe for our public discourse and equally important, our Latino Elected and Appointed Officials must enter into the public discourse, and subsequently, begin the overt challenges required to our National Security and Defense Systemic.  Otherwise, we are left with the traditional behavior that is, “European Americans move our America forward (or is it backwards?) AND we must follow!”

 

And given that President Trump’s Authoritarianism is premised on the “Classical Monopoly’ of historical repast, this anodyne will bring forth the challenge that is premised on the Machismo that is, “Sin cojones no tenemos nada,” speaks plainly to all us, and more so, from my standpoint that is the Yaqui/Apache/Chicano/and Military Vet.  And thusly, such egregious behavior does not permit me to consider or even incorporate “neo-liberalism” as part and parcel into today’s toxic politics. Further, these Tricksters cannot be permitted to succeed.

 

Jaango—posted on December 29, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Are the Pundits, Wrong Again?  Or Does a “blue wave" Arrive Next Year?

 

After a comprehensive analysis of 91 congressional districts, the results abound in which voters agree that the Democrats need to move further left, while the pundits are telling everyone the Democrats need further to the right.  (Bolded on purpose.)

 

And now, to the normative behavior and in which political writing without any rambunctious or contention becomes Common Sense.  As such, political surveys can be confusing when propaganda is the essence.  And in this instance, the ten issues are measured carefully, when we consider the following:

 

Polling data suggests that even on “hot-button” issues, like immigration, Democrats have the upper hand. In a the special election in Alabama earlier this month, voters overwhelmingly preferred Democrat Doug Jones to Republican (and alleged pedophile) Roy Moore on the issue of gay rights and, despite incessant warnings that abortion would drag him down, Jones pulled out a surprise upset by a comfortable margin.

 

Americans are increasingly accepting of reproductive rights, and opposition to them comes almost exclusively from white Evangelicals (a group Democrats gain little from courting). While Democrats have long cowered from discussing taxes, Americans are more and more supportive of hiking taxes to pay for services. In tracking public support for government, Pew finds that it has swung toward bigger government in the past year, with 48 percent in favor of more government with bigger services — the highest in a decade — and 45 percent preferring small government. (This is particularly surprising since Americans tend to prefer “big” government when talking about specific programs and small government when talking in generalities.) Pew also found that 50 percent of Americans support more spending on health care and 18 percent support cuts to health care. Similarly, 46 percent support increased spending on Social Security, with 6 percent supporting cuts, 58 percent support increasing spending on infrastructure with seven percent supporting cuts, and 67 percent support hikes for education spending, with 9 percent supporting cuts.

 

AND

 

Many who argue that Democrats need to move to the center say that they need to do so in order to take over districts that are currently held by Republicans. To test the idea that Democrats need to embrace the center to win over such districts, I reached out to political scientist Chris Skovron, a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University who studies the way that political elites misperceive public opinions. Skovron used a modeling technique called Multilevel Regression and Poststratification to predict congressional district-level support for various policies. Rather than using national surveys, we can examine whether Democrats are right to move to the center in districts they are actually trying to win, and which pundits perceive to be moderate. Using this technique, Skovron modelled support for key issues and we calculated average support for a policy in the 91 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) target districts.

 

The above assessment comes us from Sean McElvee, writing for Daily Kos and where the above is further described “Nothing in Moderation.”

 

For further important and relevant details, here is the internet link:

 

https://theoutline.com/post/2783/democrats-need-to-move-farther-left

 

Consequently, grab a Cold One, since this article is lenghy.

 

Jaango—posted on December 29, 2017

 

 

 

 

Will Hate in Arizona Ever End?

 

The State’s Legislative tirade toward Latinos that commenced in 2010, may now come to an end, but the back story to all this anti-hate is ironical in that wealthy business investors from Mexico was and still is the major money source for most home mortgages that undergirded Tucson’s economy.  Consequently, these wealthy investors from Mexico utilized Tucson’s successful economy in case Mexico’s economy either went south or for a perceived collapse that was thought to occur given the political doubts regarding the continuing success of NAFTA.

 

Further, the GOP-led attack on the Tucson School District and which paralleled Arizona’s SB 1070 and Congressman Raul Grijalva’s espoused “Boycott Arizona” effective demonstrated that the Latino vote did not wither and this announced challenge to the Chamber of Commerce proved quite successful. Thus, the Latino vote led to a greater community orientation despite the best efforts at the State Legislature for its unwieldy threats to reduce the taxpayer funded contributions to the school district, and done while attempting to privatize public education via school vouchers to private sector-owned schools.

 

And with this in mind, I am posting the following article in its entirety via the exception found in Copyright law as this pertains to “education.”

 

From Roche Planas and titled as followed: 

 

Arizona Can’t Ban Mexican-American Studies Anymore, Judge Says

The permanent injunction follows a two-week bench trial that found Republican-backed ethnic studies restrictions unconstitutional.

 

By Roque Planas

 

Courtesy of Bryan Parras

Former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, here at the federal courthouse in Tucson on June 26, was among the leaders of the attempt to ban ethnic studies.

A federal judge on Wednesday put the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s Republican-backed law banning Mexican-American studies classes in Tucson public schools.  

 

The final judgment issued by U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima after a two-week bench trial last summer caps a seven-year legal battle over conservative attempts to restrict what books could be used or subjects taught in Tucson’s majority-Latino schools.  Conservative lawmakers led by then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and then-state Sen. John Huppenthal, who later succeeded Horne, derided Tucson’s Mexican-American studies curriculum as an anti-American politicization of public school classrooms. To shut the classes down, they spearheaded the passage of a state law in 2010 that prohibited classes aimed at students of a specific ethnicity, that fostered racial discord or that encouraged the overthrow of the U.S. government.

In Wednesday’s judgment, however, Tashima wrote that conservative lawmakers passed the ethnic studies restrictions “not for a legitimate educational purpose, but for an invidious discriminatory racial purpose and a politically partisan purpose.”

No officials may carry out any part of the law, the judgment says. Tashima ruled in August that the law violates the students’ First Amendment rights by restricting information and the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause by targeting Latinos.

Tashima’s judgment also sticks the state of Arizona with the bill for the plaintiff’s legal fees. The court has yet to determine the amount.

The Arizona attorney general’s office did not immediately return a call requesting comment about whether the state plans to appeal the ruling.

After seven years, the state can request that the permanent injunction be lifted, independent of the appeal process.

Tucson’s school board voted in 2012 to abandon its Mexican-American studies program after Arizona officials threatened to withhold 10 percent of the district’s state funding. They plucked copies of seven books used in the canceled courses from classrooms, fueling complaints from educators across the country that the state was in effect banning books.

Amid the legal controversy, several of the teachers in the program left Tucson or stopped working for the school district.

But the publicity generated by the court battle spurred efforts in other states to create ethnic studies programs modeled on or influenced by the Tucson classes.

CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article, the last name of the federal judge was given once as Wallace rather than Tashima.

And here’s the internet link:

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/arizona-cant-ban-mexican-american-studies-anymore-judge-says_us_5a442f28e4b025f99e199496?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

 

Jaango—posted on December 28, 2017

 

 

 

Will Indigenous “fascism” or Indigenous “progressivism” Become Reviled?

 

It’s a well-understood “given” that the United States resides within this Indigenous Hemisphere, and President Trump’s recent speech to the FBI’s Academy for new graduates, brought forth his disgust or perhaps, his hatred of non-whites to this forum and where he attempts to indoctrinate these law enforcement graduates, with the following statement:

 

“You think the [foreign] country is giving us their best people?  No...What kind of a system is that?  They come in by a lottery.  They give us their worst people, they put them in a bin.  But in his hand when he’s picking them is really the worst of the worst.  ‘Congratulations, you’re going to the United States.  OK.’”

 

Now, much can be said in any ‘critique’ of President Trump, and yet, virtually all 20,000 credentialed journalists remain mum or at worst silent for voicing a Common Sense challenge to our President.  Thus, Trump’s approach to fascism or authoritarianism is not any or a part and parcel to our civic engagement in today’s toxic montage fhat is our nevitable public discourse.

 

However, I off my Tip of the Hat to Chauncey DeVega, writing at Salon Dot Com for his incisive effort, and titled,  

"Trump's "soft" ethnic cleansing:  Immigrants are human garbage," and dated December 21,2017.     

 

And lest we’re prone to dismiss such behavior, DeVega offers this gentle reminder and in the form of “Fascists use racism, nativism and ethnocentrism to win and maintain power.”

 

And here's the internet link:

 

https://www.salon.com/2017/12/21/trumps-soft-ethnic-cleansing-immigrants-are-human-garbage/

 

Jaango—posted on December 21, 2017

 

 

 

 

“Willful Misrepresentation...”

 

As a comprehensive reminder that the counterintelligence briefing regarding Russia’s systemic insertion into the presidential campaign, two well-known writers are now weighing in with their respective and incisive viewpoints with regard to-what I call, “Russia-gate” and which President Trump has completely  ignored before and after the completed campaign. 

 

First, from Josh Marshal at his Talking Points Memo Dot Com:

 

And here’s the internet link:

 

 http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-was-warned-and-what-to-think-about-that

 

And this second item is from the highly-regarded and of an incisive reputation presented by Heather Digby Parton, from Salon Dot Com:  And here’s the internet link:

 

https://www.salon.com/2017/12/19/more-signs-of-guilt-trumps-campaign-was-warned-about-russia-and-said-nothing/

 

Of course, other important writers have addressed this subject matter, and yet, with the current Feds investigation into the perceived “collusion” during the Trump campaign, today, President Trump is stipulating his belief that the fed investigation will clear him of any legal liability.  And that remains to be seen.

 

Enjoy?

 

Jaango—posted on December 19, 2017

 

 

 

Odds & Ends

 

  1.  The Department of Justice has announced that Attorney General Sessions will support Arizona’s former Sheriff, Joe Arpaio in his legal effort to overturn his conviction, even though President Trump had already issued his pardon for the Sheriff’s benefit.  Of course, the notion that the Sheriff will become a senate candidate with the fond hope that he can replace Senator Jeff Flake’s announced retirement come November of 2018, is behind the Sheriff’s current political effort.  And the more cynical among us hold strongly in our belief that the Sheriff has to do more fundraising and done in order to has his current and outstanding legal bills. 
  2. PBS has suspended the Tavis Smiley Show.  After a legal investigation in which 10 employees complained of sexual harassment, PBS took the decision to suspend this show due to Tavis Smiley’s inability to keep his hands in his pocket.  Good for PBS.
  3. President Trump’s targeting of Senator Gillibrand has failed wildly.  And the editorial board at USA Today, had this to say:  “A president who would all but call Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.”    
  4. Former Governor and former president candidate Mike Huckabee was on Fox News cable in defense of his daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the white house press spokesperson.  As such, Governor Huckabee was espousing his critique against feminists for their refusal to defend his daughter for per spoken statements and political observations. Thus, ever-present Patriarchal Schematic.
  5. On Thursday’s White House Tour de Force, President Trump announced that his administration is going to reduce the public’s legislation to the status that existed in 1960.  To wit, a comprehensive reduction that includes the elimination of such elements or as in today’s 185,000 pages when compared to 20,000 pages.  Consequently, the intended elimination of the Clean Air Act, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the EPA, Mine Safety and Health Administration and ultimately, to include the elimination of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights, among many other important bodies of legislation.
  6. Homeland Security convened a private sector grouping to investigate and coordinate their attention to the cyber security dimensions that consists of voting ‘security measures.’
  7. The Senate Parliamentarian has announced his opposition the GOP’s tax bill, and thusly, his prohibition to permitting religious institutions and churches donating any political dollars to either candidates or political organizations.
  8. With two Republican Senators currently under medical and whom may not be available for the Senate’s vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that is scheduled to be made available on Friday and with the anticipated vote for early next week.

Jaango—posted on December 15, 2017

 

 

Alabama’s Jones Defeats Moore

 

Much will be written about the Special Election in Alabama over the next few days. But the biggest take away will be that 90% of African Americans voted for Democratic candidate Jones and 80% of evangelicals voted for Republican candidate Moore.

 

Jaango—posted on December 13, 2017

 

 

Is “this” More Than Collusion With Russia?

 

In a variety of stories about itself, the many GOP members in Congress are now expecting that the Department of Justice is going to establish a “second” Special Counsel and charged with the responsibility to ‘investigate’ the FBI for having failed to detail and explain that Mueller’s “investigation” did not do a both a thorough and constructive investigation, given the level of taxpayer dollars spent on governmental operations.

 

Martin Longman, writing for the Washington Monthly Magazine addresses this subject matter that is “collusion” in his article and titled, “Trump’s Victory Was Not Legitimate” and dated, December 11, 2017

 

And his starting point is the following:

 

“This is a reminder that we’re dealing with a crazy person.  At times, Trump understands his campaign was sending people all over the globe to meet with Russians. He knows that his team met in Trump Towers with Russians who were promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.  He knows that his campaign chairman owed a Russian oligarch $15 million dollars and offered to give him private briefing and hoped to be released from some of his debt.  He knows that his son-in-law was meeting with Russian intelligence officers and Putin’s representatives and trying to set up back channels to communicate with them outside of the eye of the American intelligence community.  He knows that he promised the relaxation of sanctions, which is why so much help was forthcoming.  He knows he’s in deep shit.”

 

And in today’s toxic politics, liberal journalists are telling us, the pundits, that we should accept their morbid “lecturing” for our being far too liberal with regard to our outspokenness.  And further, when we have 17 intelligence-gathering agencies ‘colluding’ to present a report to Oval Office as well as to Congress that the Russians did interfere in our presidential election of last year, makes any denial somewhat difficult for President Trump’s zeitgeist of his several months-long campaign, as well as for the insistence of their financial donors must continue to remain in denial.

 

Jaango—posted on December 13, 2017

 

 

 

 

Perpetuating and Expanding the Moral High Ground...

 

When a few of the national pundits are erringly obtuse, crafting a challenge becomes an easy effort/mark, even for those among us and who refuse to be dim-witted.  Take, for example, the following from both Dahlia Lithwick and Charles Pierce.  And where abandoning the Moral High Ground is not acceptable.

 

From Lithwick:

 

“Sure, don’t stoop to their level.  But let’s acknowledge that the game Republicans are forcing everyone to play insists morality is for losers.”

 

From Charles Pierce:

 

“Lithwick is dead right.  There is no commonly accepted Moral High Ground left to occupy anymore, and to pretend one exists is to live in a masturbatory fantasyland. It’s like lining yourself up behind Miss Manners in a political debate against Machiavelli.”

 

From Nancy LaTourneau:

 

“But I’ll tell you what the appropriate response to that is.  It isn’t about Democrats fighting as dirty as Republicans or abandoning their moral high ground.  It is about what is happening in suburban living rooms all over this country.  It is about people being angry enough to actually step up and run for office for the first time.  It’s about women saying “I can’t keep quiet.”  It’s about showing up at town hall meetings to fight back against the repeal of Obamacare or this horrendous Republican tax bill. It’s about spending every spare minute and dollar on candidates you support who are running next November.  Ultimately, it’s about whether or not you still believe this.”

 

And for those of us and who follow national politics somewhat carefully, we too understand that the Senate Democrats perpetuated the Blue Slip for court judges, as well as for aptly understanding that the Democrats had hearings on the Affordable Care Act while the Republicans held no hearings on their Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Consequently, we were neither naïve nor absent from having ourselves heard at the ballot box. 

 

Therefore, out Tip of the Hat to  Miss LaTourneau for her gentle and august reminder that the deep-mired cesspool is not to our liking. 

 

Jaango—posted on December 11, 2017

 

 

 

Will the New Deal and the Great Society Survive?

 

With the Conference Committee between House and Senate members scheduled to seek a GOP compromise on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and which after, returns to their respective Chambers for the understood approval before being sent to the President’s Desk for final approval, should be seen in the light of the demise of the New Deal and the Great Society?  And anything less, defies our Common Sense.

 

And with that a tad of the more interesting political pundits are now speaking volumes with their perspective and view of what will occur shortly after the final passage of this Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,  And Chauncey DeVega, for the news site, Salon.Com, in his article titled, “GOP tax bill:  A new mechanism for enforcing white power,” and dated December 11, 2017, speaks eloquently to each of us.

 

And one of the more salient paragraphs is the following:

 

“This legislation takes hundreds of billions of dollars away from poor and working class Americans and gives  it to the (already) very rich. As I have suggested in an earlier essay, the Republican tax bill has no redeeming social value.  It can be understood as a Malthusian effort to kill off the “useless eaters,” with the goal of creating a social-Darwinist dystopia where the amount of money a person has is taken as the ultimate indicator of human worth.  On the surface the Republican tax plan is simply legal theft.  But its deeper goal is to radically remake American society by undoing the changes made by the civil rights movement, the Great Society and the New Deal.”

 

And this is nothing new to us here in our wonderful Sonoran Desert and ever since Ronald Reagan’s first effort for his tax cuts and thus, this simplistic behavior was one of several rationales that we, here at the Chicano Veterans Organization subsequently defined for future historians, our view of the Reagan Legacy was in real time and which remains all-encompassing to this Era of Gross Incompetence.

 

And DeVega’s closing paragraph is the following:

 

“The deeply unpopular, evil and destructive tax bill should be a noose that the Democrats can hang around the metaphysical neck of the Republican Party.  But as they seem to almost always do, Republicans will likely be able to slip out of that death knot and put the Democrats on the gallows instead. Democrats will stand there gobsmacked, just as they did in 2016 when Trump won the White House, wondering how all this could of happened.” 

 

Unfortunately, “insight” is not “foresight” for my fellow Democrats, when Citizens United was formally defined by the Supreme Court, and the Obama administration and Congress did nothing other than genuflect at the Altar of Wealth, or somewhat known as the prominent leg of the Crib of Three Legs, as Wall Street. Consequently, President Obama’s “history” cannot and will not be isolated as a “centrist” but as a “neo-liberal.”  And our “yardstick” for this measurement, remains an effective tool when one takes a gander at the Democrats in the Senate, from Obama, Clinton, and Sanders, among the many and who occasionally call themselves “progressives” and yet none had or have the Cojones to formally establish a Progressive Caucus in the Senate chamber. 

 

And no, I am not a slow-witted stump of ill-repute, but challenging my fellow citizens with my assorted criticisms on a daily basis, and which won’t delegitimize my overt concerns for our nation’s uselessness due to its lack of Common Sense.   And yet, 74% of the milliennials are seeking out a “third artifice” that is neither the GOP nor the DNC.  As such, we’ve “been warned.”

 

And here is the internet link for the full article:  Enjoy.

 

https://www.salon.com/2017/12/11/gop-tax-bill-a-new-mechanism-for-reinforcing-white-power/

 

Jaango—posted on December 11, 2017

 

 

Odds and Ends

 

It’s been a slow week, and thus, “slowness” is today’s catch-phrase.  But here are a few stories of particular interest to we, the political junkies.

  1.  The political strategist for Candidate Moore in Alabama is stipulating that “Donald Trump is on trial” and which is indicative of the Republicans seeking out voters that must show up  and vote for Moore, otherwise the Republicans crossing the aisle and voting for the Democratic candidate will be seen as Un-American.
  2. Regardless of the historical snickering from the ever-effervescent that is Senator Lindsey Graham over these past few years in particular, he has now become a staunch “loyalist” for Trump and for all this portends.
  3. Alabama’s senior Senator, Richard Shelby speaks volumes without being “mouthy” and in which says of Candidate Moore’s campaign, of “Alabama can do better.”  And “I think the Republican Party can do better.” 
  4. Iowa’s Republican member of the House Chamber, Steve King’s latest tweet stipulates the following:  “Diversity is not our strength.”   And his historical espousals continue unabated and where Reality has no consequence for him and his like-minded supporters and voters. 
  5. Senator Grassley of Iowa, has this to say: “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as  opposed to that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”  Need more be said of Greeley’s lack of Common Sense?
  6. The Women-Centric Today Show on NBC is now reaching for the top of ratings for television’s morning shows.  Absent the Laur-free NBC show, is now dominating the  across-the-board ratings competition. 
  7. Shattering the Glass Ceiling.  At the California State Legislature, in the Senate Chamber and led by the Democrats, will be promoting Senator Toni Atkins of San Diego to be the next Senate Pro Tempore.
  8. The Republicans are ‘gearing-up’ to crack down on food stamps for families with kids.  And this effort will be led by House Leader Paul Ryan while he’s hiding behind the nation’s closed doors.

 

Jaango—posted on December 10, 2017

 

 

“Welfare Reform...Biggest Drivers of our Debt”

 

So, says, House Speaker Paul Ryan.

 

Unfortunately, the biggest drivers of our debt, and which is both “national security” AND “national security and defense” has been deemed out-of-bounds and from within our political activism.

 

Consequently, Ryan’s approach to our self-governance model is that Ryan is not longer a principled Conservative and Republican.   By offering up his vision of tax cuts for the wealthy and raising up the taxing schematic on the middle class over the next several years, our national lack of infrastructure improvements for these coming years, is being both short-sighted and unwilling to address the “deficit hawker” he’s been propounding ever since his arrival into the House, as well as being the Chairman of Budget Committee before becoming the ownership of the gavel that is the House Speakership position.

 

And his capacity as the House Speaker, he’s aptly recognized as the “chairman” of the White Man’s National Debt, and yet, he offers nothing of consequence, and which is intentional on his part.

 

Therefore, our political activism in these coming years is to oppose and defend our prior politics in support of challenging Ryan for all his misguided attempts and which come at us within these next years, when he addresses cutbacks in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  And nothing less can be acceptable for those of us residing in our wonderful Sonoran Desert.

 

.Jaango—posted on December 7, 2017

 

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Truth-telling Among Friends Can Be Most Unwelcome

 

For the many among us and  who have “been there and done that” fully appreciate the “value” of attention delivered to us, and especially as this value corresponds with our long held view that the first issue on both our “national security” and “national security and defense” agenda is the subject that is Israel.  However, the current effort to determine the potential “collusion” of the Trump administration, and now, particularly emphasized with the legal indictment by Michael Flynn via the Mueller investigation that is currently ongoing. 

 

And in furtherance, President Trump’s latest effort to move  our embassy into East Jerusalem, ratch

et-up’s the toxic  politics, regardless of whether the Republicans and Democrats dispute this overt effort to instill more toxicity that is targeting Congress and its unwilling display of tangible or even tangential engagement.

 

However, the esteemed Max Blumenthal, writing for the Grayzone Project and which is part and parcel to Alternet.org, has his column published and titled, “Michael Flynn’s Indictment Exposes Trump Team’s Collusion With Israel, Not Russia” and dated  December 6, 2017.

 

And Blumenthal incisively with the following:

 

When Congress authorized Robert Mueller and his team of lawyers to investigate “links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump," opponents of the president sensed that sooner or later, hard evidence of Trump's collusion with the Russian government would emerge.

 

Seven months later, after three indictments that did little, if anything, to confirm the grand collusion narrative, Mueller had former National Security Council advisor Michael Flynn dragged before a federal court for lying to the FBI. The Russia probe had finally netted a big fish.

 

Of course, Blumenthal goes further and much deeper.

 

And for our avid Readers, feel free to delve deeper into this column posted at the web site for Alternet Dot Org.

 

Further, here’s the internet link:

 

https://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/flynn-indictment-exposes-collusion-israel

 

Enjoy as I did!

 

Jaango—posted on December 6,2017

 

 

 

 

 

The “death to Democrats”...

 

In an interview with Bloomberg News, conservative economist Stephen Moore, and a consulting adviser to the Trump campaign is now stipulating  that the legislation titled, “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” will destroy the political left.

As such, “they go after state and local taxes, which weakens public employee unions.  They go after university endowments and universities have become the playpens of the left”...”And getting rid of the mandate is to eventually dismantle Obamacare.”

 

And any careful assessment would have to consider the negative impact on the residents of high impact states (largely Democratic), universities (largely Democratic) and graduate students (largely Democratic).

 

And military vets, having been honorably discharged and seeking their respective educational credentials would also have their tuition costs being taxed and thus, as an added burden, and which will reduce the population of students attending our taxpayer-funded colleges and universities. 

 

Consequently, Moore is not “using his words to disguise his thoughts.”

 

Jaango—posted on December 5, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

The Invaluable Republicans For DACA

 

Due to the value placed on the 34 Republican members of their House Caucus, this new letter authored and signed appropriately and delivered to House Speaker Paul Ryan, now has the  opportunity “do the ‘right’ thing” for Republicans and from whom are supporting legislation for the DACA’s Dreamers.

 

And here is a copy of the contents of this invaluable letter, given that the Democrats need an additional 24 votes to insure that these Dreamers have an opportunity to become further integrated into our nation’s effort to perpetuate our Human Endeavor and to be accomplished in a variety ways and manners, starting with a formal education..

And not to belabor this point, here in the internet link:

 

https://rodneydavis.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20171205110110668.pdf

 

Jaango—posted on December 5, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Christmas Best Wishes To Our Nation’s Employees At The 17 Intelligence-Gathering Agencies

 

Today’s Chicano Movement that commenced when Spanish-speaking military vets returned from World War Two and quietly observed for themselves and from within their respective communities that the volume of Elected and Appointed Officials were virtually non-existent, and hence, our participation in our assessment of daily governmental behaviors required seminal changes that would address our “unmet needs.”  And this we have accomplished, with much more to be addressed via the ballot box.

 

And much to the strenuous efforts undertaken by these political activists and for whom a political coalition, commenced in the form of the stellar G.I. Forum, has been our historic starting point.  Further, our starting point, then, has now been expanded via our success of today, via the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials and to the point that there are over 6,000 active members and this excellent civic engagement will continue and premised on the “nominal” understanding that political violence will be neither acceptable nor tolerated.  And yet, when we take any yardstick in which to measure our success, we quietly recognize that our “leadership” continues to need non-governmental protections that only we can provide among ourselves.  And if we are successful in our civic engagement, we must challenge our decision-makers in their daily governmental activity and related behaviors.  And our history speaks eloquently to our ever-present and continued concerns and attentions when we discuss both national security and national security and defense and which these two systemic are not always or necessarily related.  And therein is our distinctive behavior.

 

Take, for example, throughout the life of our late hermanito, Cesar Chavez, the icon of the Farm Workers Movement, thusly, his singular “circle of security” was provided by the Labor Union’s local in Phoenix, Arizona, which for military veterans seeking work, and when not found, participated in this “circle of security.”  And sadly and in contrast, the assassination of the late Martin Luther King Jr., had a significant effect and affect on our political activism and there from, a seminal lack of any “circle of security.”   And in this regard, the then intelligence-gathering was further signified by the implementation of COINTELPRO as conducted by the FBI.  To wit, the leadership of the FBI and under considerable pressure from the Mormon Church, hired a dearth of new investigative agents and when these well-trained agents focused their attention onto the Chicano Movement, their irrelevant gist was focused on the “leadership” among the military vets engaged in crafting and leading the Chicano Movement, and less on the anti-Vietnam War politics of the late 1960s and early 1970s, but then again, we were well-informed and which came full-circle as Truth and as it came to us via the Pentagon Papers and as published by the New York Times, among the eventual many.   

 

And throughout all these many years, our history is thematically inculcated into our behavior that when federal agents knock on the door, the court-ordered warrant or non-warrant, is not much- appreciated.  Thus, our participation is premised on “ask and you shall receive.”  As such, the request from or for any information is quickly and ‘pliably’ provided and done without much, if any hesitation.  Thus, our political activism is both open and open-ended and which continues to this date, nonetheless.  Consequently, “intelligence-gathering” is and has become a critical element for fighting crime, but not when this intelligence-gathering is predicated on the government’s assessment for political activism, and since our “long game” has always been premised the arrival of our Brown Democracy, hence twenty years or so, and salient demographics that changes our current Democracy and into a “better” Democracy that is readily available to all, even to the far right and to include the far left, and as well as the ‘fringers’ that are conveniently ignored and dismissed by both major political parties.  And the Talking Stick will become an exemplar, even for the ‘fringers’ and for their inclusion and able participation.

 

And in this regard that is national security less national security and defense, will require a diligent assessment of what’s important in moving this--our better democracy forward and far beyond today’s political toxicity and where the seminal results of Appointed Officials participating in this overall decision-making.  Of course, the first step into this intertwined toxicity from the usefulness of the Patriot Act and all that has followed during these intervening years and from its inception and to the current role that is being performed by the zeitgeist that are our nation’s financially pledged “contractors” with their self-serving aggrandizements. Of course, how we circumvent President Trump’s “veto pen” will become front and center to our overall effort, as we will know.

 

Perhaps, the following centralizes our overall effort?

 

Back in 1985, the Chicano Movement issued its Agenda of Unmet Needs, and of 10 elements addressed was the formulation and implementation of the Academic-Military Draft.  To wit, a high school graduate or high school dropout could enlist for a 3-year term, and while engaged, 50% of time would be spent on “soldiering” and the remaining amount of time would be spent in a classroom and where college-level general studies were to be conducted.

After three years and at separation, each person would hold in one hand, the Honorable Discharge and in the other hand, each person would hold a two-year college degree and equivalent to an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies.  Consequently, Self-Discipline, Hard Work, and Ambition, would become the starting point for our nation’s “equality at the finish line.”

 

And if one harkens back to the Bush/Cheney administration, the implementation of the 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 the related tangibles/intangibles for insuring that these 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 an unacknowledged Systemic Continuation for More Criminal Stupidity, albeit, a Quiet Segregation.

 

In closing, we, the military veterans from within our wonderful Sonoran Desert, will continue to purchase our well-endowed political platform for civic engagement and where civil and personal liberties, is our unending zeitgeist and which encapsulates our view of an achievable or found in an inherent ‘better’ Democracy.

 

Jaango—posted on December 1, 2017

 

 

 

 

In Being Irredeemably Correct & From the Irrefutable DailyKos

 

At his highly palatable blog site that is the  DailyKos, the publisher, Marcos Moulitas is now speaking out on the ‘sexual harassment(s)” that  are facing the Democrats, he is undaunted in his opinion, and yet, from my view, he is correct in that the Democratic Elected Officials in Congress should resign. And I have taken the opportunity for posting the Moulitas comments below:

 

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: I didn’t delve into that debate then, because I wanted to focus on site policy. But here’s what I, personally, think: All elected officials with credible accusations of sexual harassment should resign. Period. That means popular vote loser Donald Trump and Roy Moore. But that also means Rep. John Conyers, Sen. Al Franken, and every other politician who has been unable to comport to basic standards of human behavior, no matter how much we might otherwise like them. Expose them all, and cut that rot out of our government. 

There is the moral argument for resignation, of course. And really, it’s so freakin’ obvious that I think I can move on to the practical one: are Democrats unilaterally disarming by cleaning house of its morally bankrupt elected officials, while Republicans celebrate theirs? Or put another way, does the cause for women’s equality take a hit if we push Al Franken—a solid legislative ally—out of office and spur a competitive race for that seat, both risking losing it and diverting resources to other difficult races? 

Franken is a particularly good test case, as he has apologized for his behavior, his (first public) victim has accepted that apology, and she’s said she doesn’t want him to resign. So given the practical political considerations, and the fact that his most prominent victim is satisfied with Franken’s response, why can’t we simply let the ethics investigation play out and focus on other things? 

I’m not going to lie, this has been a difficult situation for me, and I waged a fierce weeks-long internal debate with myself. But in the end, once I got past my moral disgust (which leads to an easy “resign!”), a deep exploration of the practical politics of the matter inevitably led to a similar conclusion. Franken has to go. 

  • The Democratic Party is overwhelmingly female. According to Gallup polling, 41 percent of women identify as Democrats, while just 32 percent of men do. According to Pew, 54 percent of women identify as Democrats, while just 41 percent of men do. In 2016, 54 percent of women voted for Hillary Clinton, while just 41 percent of men did. In Virginia’s Democratic wave this year, 61 percent of women voted for the Democratic gubernatorial victor, while just 48 percent of men did. 
  • There is a big voter gap between married and unmarried women. In 2016, Clinton won married women 49-47. She won unmarried women 63-32.
  • Single women are one of the worst-performing voting demographics. In the 2014 mid-term elections, out of nearly 57 million unmarried women eligible to vote, just 20 million did. 

You don’t have to be a math wiz to understand that activating even a slice of those non-voting unmarried women could dramatically reshape our political landscape. And that’s not even considering gains Democrats could potentially make among Republican married (and unmarried women) in the age of Trump. 

But here’s the thing: Democrats can’t cleanly make the case that they’re better for women, legislatively, if every Donald Trump and Roy Moore is offset by an Al Franken and John Conyers. By keeping Franken around, it creates that noxious “both sides do it” atmosphere that both demoralizes and demobilizes. It erases what should be a clear, bright line between our party and theirs. You can argue all day about how “different” Franken’s harassment was compared to Donald Trump’s or Roy Moore’s pedophilia. In the end, those distinctions get lost in the noise. They have sexual predators. So do the Democrats. Ergo, there is no difference. 

We need a bright line between our parties. 

We may be seeing this effect in Alabama right now, where two recent polls show Roy Moore regaining lost ground, and once again staking out a small-but-significant lead in this surprisingly contested special-election Senate race. Potentially swingable voters might be outraged by Moore’s behavior, but if the Franken saga communicates that “they all do it,” then they can once again revert to traditional partisan patterns. 

And of course, this has particular import heading into next year’s midterm elections, which currently point to a massive Democratic wave. A big part of that is the new energy among women who are outraged at Trump’s election, and further enraged (and validated!) by the neverending stream of harassment revelations. We saw that energy in full display in the Virginia and New Jersey elections earlier this month, where a record number of women candidates ran, and a record number of them won

We have a situation that boggles the mind—EMILY’s List has already had more than 15,000 women reach out to them about running for office. The number was less than 1,000 in the 2016 cycle! Women are driving the Resistance on the ground. They’re itching to vote and punish Republicans, as Virginia proved. 

So given how important women are to our party, and to next year’s elections, why would we rationalize and explain away male Democrats who have mistreated or harassed women in the past? We have a golden opportunity to stake our claim as the unyielding champions of equality, and prove that we put action behind our words. And if we replace some of those disgraced men with women, even better! 

Once again, the moral case for resignation is clear (and I don’t intend to underplay it. It matters!).

But the political-practical one is just as strong. If we place party or personal allegiance over the practical concerns of the majority of the Democratic coalition, we are no better than those “Christians” in Alabama who back Roy Moore despite his history of harassment and molestation. And while their party base is okay with the mistreatment of women and children, fact is, ours is not. 

Sometimes we do things because they’re the right thing to do, and sometimes we do them because they’re the practical and expedient thing to do. In this case, demanding the resignation of every Democrat facing credible allegations is both: it’s the right thing, and it’s the smart, politically expedient thing. 

 

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Jaango—posted on November 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

Both Civil Liberties and Personal Liberties Are On The Decision-Making Table At The SCOTUS...

 

Yesterday, the SCOTUS heard the arguments regarding Carpenter v United States and where our future is being decided and in a legal case that will have a significant impact on our various forms of communication and where law enforcement will be further defined on what’s acceptable and not acceptable.

 

And the SCOTUSblog.com provides a more in depth discussion and related commentary via Thursday’s Round-up. 

 

*****Start*****

 

Yesterday the justices heard oral argument in Carpenter v. United States, which asks whether the government must obtain a warrant before obtaining cell-site-location information from cellphone service providers. Amy Howe has this blog’s argument analysis, which first appeared at Howe on the Court. Additional coverage comes from Richard Wolf for USA Today, who reports that “[i]n a case that could have broad implications for privacy rights in the digital age, justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum said rapid advances in technology make decades-old precedents inadequate.” Additional coverage comes from Nina Totenberg at NPR, David Savage for The Los Angeles Times, Jess Bravin for The Wall Street Journal, Robert Barnes for The Washington Post, Bill Mears at Fox News, Tony Mauro at The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Adam Liptak for The New York Times, Lyle Denniston at his eponymous blog, Greg Stohr at Bloomberg, and Kevin Daley at The Daily Caller, who reports that “[t]hough a majority of the Court appeared willing to extend protections to a user’s location data, the justices fractured as to how meaningful those protections might be, as well as the legal rationale on which they should rely.”

Post-argument commentary comes from Andrew Ferguson at PrawfsBlawg. At New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer, Matthew Tokson explains why Carpenter is so important. In three posts at Concurring Opinions, here, here and here, Tokson and Lior Strahilevitz explore the issues in the case. Additional commentary comes from Zac Morgan in an op-ed for USA Today, who argues that “[r]equiring a warrant as demanded by the Fourth Amendment … will prevent the government from claiming your smartphone’s location data as an end-run around the First Amendment.” Subscript offers a graphic explainer for the case.

 

*****End***

 

And here’s the internet link:

 

http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/11/thursday-round-up-402/#more-264593

 

Jaango—posted on November 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

A Few Tidbits of Good News

 

Our being inundated by the Trump Tweets and the Senate taking the decision of later this week on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the good news comes at us in smaller increments.  As such, consider the following:

  1.  Today’s Trump Tweet stipulating that a “meeting” between himself and for the Democrats being Nancy Pelosi and Schumer, is not in keeping with Trump’s earlier rationale for this meeting, is no longer useful towards his political agenda.  And the announcement by both Pelosi and Schumer, they will continue to consult and negotiate with their Republican colleagues where possible.  Of course, a government shutdown is now on the decision-making table.
  2. A Federal Judge has now rendered her legal opinion that the Pentagon must re-continue recruiting transgender soldiers in the military.  Thusly, the Trump ban and the Pentagon “review” is no longer valid.  Thus both chambers of Congress will now have to engage themselves in any further decision-making. In short, the cost of any medical care cannot be the premise for any decision-making.
  3. The Navajo Nation’s president issued his statement on Trump calling and reminding us Senator that Senator Elizabeth Warren calls herself Pocahontas, is a an ethnic slur that should never have been uttered in the presence of military veterans and in particular, these Navajo Code Talkers.  And in the photo of the three Code Takers, is the former and long-serving Republican-oriented Chairman of the Navajo Nation, and how he managed to not show any facial tick, is beyond small-minded likes of me.
  4. Sean Hannity of Fox News fame is now describing himself as an “Opinion” Journalist. Better late than never, I suppose?
  5. With the Koch Brothers determined to buy Time Magazine and the Murdock family that owns the Fox Network and which is determined to buy CNN, our soon-to-be Chicano News Network, needs to be realized far much sooner and free of advertising blankishments..
  6. Telling Like It Is!  Or is it Oops?  From Kevin Drum:  “I’ve sort of given up on the latest batch of estimates about the effect of the tax bill.  They all say the same thing.  It gives cuts to the rich; big cuts to corporations; big cuts to hedge fund zillionaires; and a few crumbs for the middle class that disappear over time.  And none of this has the slightest effect.  Republicans just don’t care.  It doesn’t matter that CBO hasn’t had time to produce an official estimate of the bill. It doesn’t matter that the economy is strong and doesn’t need a tax cut.  It doesn’t matter that American corporations are already among the lowest-taxed in the world.  It doesn’t matter that the bill would have virtually no effect on growth.  It doesn’t matter that the rich have done so well over the past few decades that they hardly need another windfall.”
  7. Now, bring on the Robots that will have an excellent predisposition as evidenced for having a stellar skill set for political writing. If so, I can take a bathroom break without my fear for my potential job loss.  
  8. Facing our “new” reality.  With 474 rural counties that voted overwhelmingly for the Republican mindset in this past presidential election, an approximate 90% of these counties have only one health care provider.  Consequently, these voters won’t have access to national health care anymore, and furthermore, with no availability to a medical care deduction in terms of a federal tax filing, this exemption will no longer be available.  So, if you’re a member of the Upper Middle Class and within a range of $70.000 in annual income, will deplete the notion that the “art and science” for becoming a millionaire will become doggedly unattainable.  And especially if there is a member in the family with breast cancer.  Subsequently, having to file for a personal bankruptcy despite the unassailable fact that this Upper Middle Class Cohort is today’s Trump ‘base,’ is lurking just around the corner. 

 

Jaango—posted on  November 28,2017

 

 

 

Thursday’s Unpalatable Success in Skewing the Tax Rate for Small Business Owners?

 

Wisconsin’s Republican Senator Ron Johnson is the only announced opposition to the Senate’s Republican Tax Reform legislation that is to be formally addressed on Thursday of next week. And lest we not forget, President Trump is scheduled to meet on Tuesday with the Senate Republican Caucus and thusly, insure, at least to his satisfaction that Mitch McConnell has a majority of his vote to insure this Republican success is not dependent on any Democratic votes. 

 

At first blush, Senator Johnson has announced his opposition and if his political principles hold true to form, his opposition is premised on the idea that small business owners pay far too much in taxes.  Of  course, small business owners use a ‘pass through’ in which the business does not taxes directly to the Treasury Depart, and which permits the owner to declare these  pending federal taxes as personal income. 

 

Today, a CEO of a major corporation would pay 39.6% in federal taxes and with an additional Obama Care tax of  3.8% for a grand total of 43.4 percent. In contrast, the small business owner is facing and having to pay the sizable sum or at a rate of 25% to 35% and which is much  less than does the Corporate CEO.

 

And with the above in mind and relative to the existing tax rates for the small business CEO versus the existing higher rate for the large corporate CEO, has now garnered the ire of Senator Johnson.  Thusly, the Republican legislation reduces the tax rate for large businesses and which is concretized as 20 percent and is considered a large tax deduction for the large corporate CEO.  Therefore, Senator Thompson is demanding that the pass through tax rate for the CEO of small business should  be concretized at the same rate of 20%, as well. 

 

As such, the only decision facing Mitch McConnell is in addressing this Wisconsin’s Republican Senator. However, if the current scuttlebutt is reasonably accurate, three and possibly four Republicans and famously known as “deficit hawks,” may or can easily cross the aisle and vote alongside the Democrats in their opposition and sold in keeping with their deficit principle.  Furthermore, with the Alabama senate seat currently open or vacant, McConnell’s margin is downsized to 51 votes and any loss of Republican votes numbering three in total, McConnell’s tax cut legislation will fail. Therefore, these deficit hawks recognize that borrowing $1.7 trillion requires that the Byrd Rule is being violated, when the tax cuts of $1.5 trillion will be paid out through the Senate process known as reconciliation.

 

In closing, the Republican theatrics for next week, will become quite interesting in that the Republicans, with their history for deficit hawkery for these past two decades, makes the front page headlines and where the propaganda  will be viewed by the general public as being high-handed for poking holes of the deep  pockets of all the taxpayers. As such, the oligarchy expands it economic “win.”

 

Jaango—posted on November 25, 2017

 

 

 

“One Nation After Trump”

 

My normative behavior is not to do book reviews and yet, during my many years of political writing, I have taken the opportunity to ‘recommend’ books that add to my knowledge base regarding our political behavior, with a particular emphasis on the national scene.  In contrast, I do not make any book recommendations that ply on the politics of the State, County and Municipal governmental policies since very few if any of these books do exist in today’s environment. And no, I am not speaking of the ever-increasing policy reports for simplified self-aggrandizement or self-interest. Further, and in this regard, I had the opportunity to view two of the three authors interviewed by Lisa Desjardins on the News Hour on the PBS network of last evening. 

 

Unfortunately, I came away disappointed regarding for what was not appropriately addressed and where the lack future policy espousals by Chicano and Native American Elected and Appointed Officials, and subsequently, this racial and ethnic element was Missing in Action.  However, my political punditry will require that I buy the book and ‘dig deep’ into the policy prescriptions addressed by these three authors, and that being Norman J Ornstein, E.J. Dionne and Thomas Mann.

 

And after having lived our national politics for all these many years, the “question” How We Got Here, is not my writing question with this recently released book,  but the policy being espoused by these three political scientists, does concern me and as to my future solutions.  Therefore, do their policy solutions fall into my category for furthering white privilege from the centrist perspective or from either the Republican or Democratic viewpoints?  Or by contemplating today’s white privilege, writ large or in a furtherance of a particularized element, I ask myself, have I placed myself outside of today’s mainstream and where the middle class has intentionally surrendered their self-interest in favor of the nexus that is today’s corporate and oligarchy “demands.”? 

 

Yet, at the end of the political day and where we consider that template that is tomorrow’s Brown Democracy, our ‘real’ and ‘reel’ question will come forth in a manner that effectively dismisses white privilege via demographics, notwithstanding?

 

And our longstanding Chicano Movement’s “unmet need” will not be readily dismissed and these applicable ‘needs’ will come forth as public law and policy that is today’s progressive view and which signifies today’s capacity and capability among the over 6,000 Elected and Appointed Offices and which is demonstrative of the success of the “old” Chicano Movement. Needless to say but I will, this “new” Chicano Movement  will be demanding a regime of policy in which addressing the Oligarchy’s economic victory as defined as the White Man’s Debt, and that’s just for starters.  Thus, this unwelcomed burden with onset of the Brown Democracy, is a simplified mindset that removing this ‘bankruptcy’  burden is just one of many responsibilities that will be addressed either through “confiscation” or “repatriation” and failing this apt success,, the implementation of a National Debt Surtax, will lead to the demise of the Republican Party and a new leadership cabal among  the Democrats.

 

In closing, were I to attempt to or accomplish such a review of “One Nation After Trump,” my starting point would commence with my attention being focused on our national debt, and not necessarily focused on our national spending patterns of taxpayers’ monies as perceived as the largesse that is in the hands of our Congress and the White House. And the Eisenhower tax rates will return with a less than admired vengeance that belies the traditional criminal stupidity being advanced.

 

Jaango—posted on November 24, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Is Today’s Abundant Racism and Nationalism Increasing, Even Markedly?

 

For years, I have been a firm believer that Racism or more bluntly, Hate has been quite prevalent when this Hate supports toxic politics and for these past thirty years.  Consider the Southern Strategy.  And as to Nationalism, this too has been around for the past thirty years, or when properly or appropriately understood, as to our nation’s ‘exceptionalism’ and in particular, via our systemic for National Security and Defense.

 

And thusly, I disagree somewhat with three of our nation’s foremost writers when they are aptly described as African Americans and yet, their journalistic skill set is far beyond reproach.  And perhaps my minor disagreement relative to this nationalism is predicated on my having served in the military and which animates my established critique on our national security and defense and for which is premised on this wealth of exceptionalism’ or thusly, the Warmongering Crowd..

 

As such, Adam Serwer, Jamelle Bouie and Ta Nehisi Coates continue to garner my more thoughtful attention. 

 

Therefore, when I encountered Adam Serwer’s latest writing effort at the Atlantic Magazine’s public platform,  I came away impressed, to  say the least.  And his article titled, “The Nationalist’s Delusion” and dated, November 20, 2017, reminded me that the obvious tangents are many and quite thorough.  And he starts with the obvious recognition, and which is as follows:

 

“What I found was that Trump embodied his supporters’ most profound beliefs—combining and insistence that discriminatory policies were necessary with vehement denials that his policies would discriminate and absolute outrage that the question would even be asked.

 

“The specific dissonance of Trumpism—advocacy for discriminatory, even cruel policies combined with vehement denials that such policies are motivated—provides the emotional core of its appeal.  It is the most recent manifestation of  a contradiction as old as the United States, a society founded by the slaveholders on the principle that men are created equal.”

 

And yet, perhaps, the missing ingredient in addressing this political toxicity and the “missing clue” that does not come forward, is the relevance of the Native American’s history and of which I am part and parcel too.

However, my self-aggrandizement is not of a visible relevance to the many writers and who opinionate on our national politics.  And this too, I understand well.

 

And another national writer reading this latest effort by the ever-interesting Adam Serwer, opinionates her passing and in the following manner:

 

“From historical analysis to current data and interviews with Trump supporters, Serwer provides more than ample documentation for this assertion.  But one of the most fascinating questions of our time is the one that asks how a country that elected Barack Obama twice could suffer from the delusion Serwer chronicled, leading to the election of Donald Trump.”

 

And here is the internet link to Serwer’s article at the Atlantic:

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/the-nationalists-delusion/546356/

 

Consequently, enjoy this Good Read!

 

Jaango—posted on November 24, 2017

 

 

 

 

Is Jim Crow Still ‘unappeased’?

 

Today’s former Labor of Secretary during the Clinton Administration, has his article and which is continuing to be prescient, and which is as follows:

 

*****Start*****

 

Robert Reich: Jim Crow Is Making a Furious Comeback

 

The New Poll Tax 

 

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are being denied the right to vote because they are poor. 

 

In nine states, Republican legislators have enacted laws that disenfranchise anyone with outstanding legal fees or court fines. For example, in Alabama more than 100,000 people who owe money – roughly 3 percent of the state’s voting-age population – have been struck from voting rolls.  

 

This is unconstitutional. In 1964, the 24th amendment abolished the poll tax, a Jim Crow tactic used to bar poor blacks from voting. 

 

These new laws are a modern reincarnation of that unconstitutional system, disproportionately disenfranchising people of color. 

 

Income and wealth should have no bearing on the right to vote. Many Americans are struggling to make ends meet. But they still have a constitutional right to make their voices heard.

 

Preventing people from voting because they owe legal fees or court fines muzzle low-income Americans at a time in our nation’s history when the rich have more political power than ever.

 

These state laws are another form of voter suppression – like gerrymandering, voter ID requirements, and bars on anyone with felony convictions from voting. 

 

We must not let them stand. 

 

*****End***

 

And here’s the internet link:

 

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/robert-reich-jim-crow-making-furious-comebackw

 

Enjoy this depressing subject matter!

 

Jaango—posted on November 21, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Another Political Assessment on NAFTA

 

With the Trump Administration determined to renegotiate NAFTA, the historical success of NAFTA is undisputed.  And yet, the miscalculations that’s attributed to the Bush and Clinton administrations is that the lack of concern given to the working class here in the United States (labor standards/wages/salaries/working conditions), was never addressed or even attempted or subsequently, to be corrected.  Therefore, this continued lack of concern remains iconic in the swath of the politics surrounding this economic integration between the United States, Mexico and Canada.  Thusly, any renegotiation that is currently ongoing, all about the Trump Administration’s firm belief that Mexico, and not necessarily Canada, is ‘taking advantage’ of the United States.

 

And into this political arena, the New York Times’ writer, Rebecca Bill Chavez, has her article titled, “Nafta’ Renegotiation Risks National Security, and dated, November 20, 2017.  Thusly, she commences with following:

 

“It came straight from the mouth of Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray of Mexico, arguably the most influential member of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration: a Trump administration rejection of the North American Free Trade Agreement would undermine United States-Mexico security cooperation and our collaboration on migration.

 

“Until recently, the Mexican government had only insinuated that security cooperation was on the table. It’s time for Americans to take the warning seriously as Mexico heads into an election year in which anti-Trump sentiment continues to grow, increasing the political cost of partnering with the United States and buoying the nationalist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The Americas Barometer reports that the Mexican populace’s distrust of the United States rose to 84 percent from 31 percent in just three months after Donald Trump was elected.

 

“Many analysts worry that the Trump administration’s disparaging language and its positions on trade, immigration and the wall threaten our economic and political connections. However, a third core pillar of the relationship — our bilateral defense and security relationship — is also being tested. A deterioration of our defense cooperation threatens the stability and security of our hemisphere in areas from illicit trafficking to migration-related humanitarian crises to destabilizing crime and violence.

 

“These developments are unfortunate, given that President Trump inherited a partnership of exceptional collaboration in the defense sphere. This cooperation was facilitated by Mexico’s willingness and capacity to take on a greater share of the security burdens not just in the Western Hemisphere but globally. The Mexican military has increased activity in international forums, developing the groundwork for potential future external military missions, including contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations. After eight years of confidence-building initiatives, the Obama administration established a defense relationship of trust, and cooperation expanded beyond counternarcotics and counterterrorism to broader strategic engagement including coordinated efforts in Central America, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and global peacekeeping.”

 

And for your further reading pleasure, here’s the internet link:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/opinion/nafta-national-security-mexico.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion

 

 Enjoy!  And grab a good cup of java.

 

Jaango—posted on November 21, 2017

 

 

 

Odds & Ends

 

With yesterday’s passage in the House for its Welfare Reform for the Fat Cats in the Republican Party and where the heavy financial donors stipulate that “don’t call me unless you pass Tax Reform’ seems to accurately describe Republican political behavior.  And yet,  there’s more to be said regarding all the shenanigans that becomes our daily diet among our fellow pundits.

 

  1.  Senator Franken has requested an Ethics Committee investigation on his prior behavior as a   comedian. 
  2.  Republicans are saying that the tax cuts for the rich won’t expire but will for the middle class.
  3. .According to the latest scuttlebutt, the FCC is considering a vote to be taken next month that would harm consumers, small businesses and access to the internet.
  4. In Alabama, one of the latest opinion polls demonstrate that Northam leads Moore, and as measured earlier this week.  Thus, Moore’s contretemps will become an historical and hysterical delusion for achieving any semblance of success among his many adherents. 
  5. In the Senator Melendez trial, the judge declared a mistrial since the jury could not achieve a unanimous verdict.
  6. In his testimony to Congress and of earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions could not resist his insult to our Common Sense and with his repeated meme of, “I don’t recall.” 
  7. Republican Congressman from Florida, Carlos Curbelo has had his submittal of membership to the Hispanic Caucus, rejected.
  8. On Tuesday and before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Sessions testified that his Department is investigating 27 leaks of classified information.  Obviously, the White House staffers have been and are the most part, the leakers. Compared to the last three years of the Obama administration, only  three leaks occurred.
  9. The First Announcement.  Wisconsin’s Republican Senator, Ron Johnson, has announced his opposition to the Republican’s Senate Tax  Plan.  He says that the tax plan does little or nothing to address the concerns voiced the small business owners in Wisconsin.
  10. Three basketball plays stole sun glasses while in China, were arrested and subsequently released at the request of President Trump.
  11. Good News!  Enrollment is up over 90% from last year’s number for the enrollment of the “old” Obama Care Program.  And this is in spite of President Trump’s effort to rescind or reduce the advertising/spending  from last year too.
  12. With 24 Republicans up for re-election next year, at their meeting of the Governor’s National Association meeting, the meme is now about the ‘wave’ of the Democratic Party’s faithful going out to vote in ever larger numbers as emphasized via the election in Virginia.  As such, the governors that raise the most monies are being viewed as electable.

Jaango—posted on November 18, 2017

 

 

Today At The SCOTUS...

 

At its hearing today, the SCOTUS will be addressing the NLRB’s lawsuit against Murphy Oil, and this should become quite contentious.  And the significance is not just about sexual harassment but about the employee’s ability to defend the employee’s opportunity to effectively address the behavior of management and to the ultimate response by the Company’s board of directors, regarding this legal-wrangling that is time consuming and costly, and further, which ultimately and conveniently favors management.

 

And from the Economic Policy Institute, co-authors Celine McNicolas and Sharon Block, write the following:

 

 Supreme Court will decide if women can join together to fight sexual harassment at work

 

:Today, 24.7 million American workers have been forced to sign contracts that, as a condition of employment, require them to waive their rights to joining a class action lawsuit to address sexual harassment and other workplace disputes—instead these workers must act alone to resolve what is often systemic violations of employment protections. The National Labor Relations Board has determined that these arbitration agreements violate workers’ right under the National Labor Relations Act to join together for “mutual aid and protection.” Business interests—and the Trump administration—disagree. In Murphy Oil, the Supreme Court will decide whether workers have the right to come together to protect themselves from workplace issues like sexual harassment. The case could not be more relevant, or present the Justices with two more starkly divergent options.

 

“If the Justices side with Trump and big corporations, women across America will be forced to go it alone when they are victimized and harassed. This means that a woman whose boss just threatened to fire her if she refuses to perform sexual favors (1) has to find a lawyer on her own, (2) is prevented from bolstering her credibility by involving coworkers who have endured the same treatment, and (3) has to subject herself to sole scrutiny of the action. 

 

“If the Justices side with the NLRB and the working people they represent, that woman can seek the support of her coworkers, making it easier to find a lawyer to take the case and present the pattern that gives an accurate picture of the workplace. From Rosa Parks to Lily Ledbetter to the brave women in the #metoo campaign, women have recognized the power of community to effect real change. The argument in Murphy Oil could not present a more stark choice for the Justices—a choice between a future where corporations can run roughshod over the rights of workers or where women and men can effectively seek justice.”

 

And here’s the internet link:

 

http://www.epi.org/blog/murphy-oil-sexual-harassment/

 

Jaango—posted on November 16, 2017

 

 

 

The Historical Reciprocity of DNA As Applied to Tomorrow’s Brown Democracy

 

The Science Community of Today, provides a wealth of knowledge to our human history of these many thousands of years ago and understood by scientists that specialize on our DNA and of course, this obvious hard work is reliably under-appreciated, and yet, in the proper context and content, our future is predicated, not on our past but on our future, and that is located in the formal approach of the next 7,000 years of our “natural democracy” and aptly and amply recognized as the Talking Stick.

 

Of course, if you’re a religious-based advocate, it’s appropriate to recognize that in our Indigenous Hemisphere, this 7,000 year history was interrupted for these past 500 years by  the Catholic Church in its institutionalized self-aggrandizement for eliminating virtually all vestiges of our history, given that this financial reward was consistent with the Church’s once ownership of virtually 50% of Europe and thusly, changed irreversibly due to the onset of Lutheranism.  And therefore, America’s Brown Democracy is waiting around the corner and even despites of our human endeavor and despite our salient imperfections.

 

And with this in mind, grab a hot cut of java, and enjoy the following:

 

Jennifer Raff, writing in her latest column and titled,” No ‘lost tribes’ or aliens:  what ancient DNA reveals about ancient prehistory” and dated, November 15, 2017. 

 

Genetics research has transformed our understanding of human history, particularly in the Americas. The focus of the majority of high profile ancient DNA papers in recent years has been on addressing early events in the initial peopling of the Americas. This research has provided details of this early history that we couldn’t access though the archeological record.

“Collectively, genetics studies have shown us that the indigenous inhabitants of the Americas are descended from a group that diverged from its Siberian ancestors beginning sometime around 23,000 years before present and remained isolated in Beringia (the region of land that once connected Siberia and North America) for an extended period of time. When the glaciers covering North America melted enough to make the Pacific coast navigable, southward travel became possible, and patterned genetic diversity across North and South America reflects these early movements.”

 

And for your further enjoyment, here’s the internet link: 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/15/no-lost-tribes-or-aliens-what-ancient-dna-reveals-about-american-prehistory

 

Jaango—posted on November 16, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Post’s Editorial Opinion on DACA...

 

The New York Post—a staunchly conservative newspaper, has offered its editorial in support of the Republican version that addresses DACA.  And yet, both the respective Democratic version and the Republican versions do not address the “pathway to citizenship” and thusly, establishes the guardrails in this seminal debate about the children and for whom have come to the United States at the behest of their parents.

 

It’s a good read.

 

 

Here’s the internet link:  http://nypost.com/2017/11/12/time-for-democrats-to-compromise-to-save-the-dreamers/

 

Jaango—posted on November 14, 2017

 

 

 

 

Is Congressman Curbelo Being Devious?

 

Or is the Hispanic Congressional Caucus being forthrightly prudent in their current disfavor for opposing Congressman Carlos Curbelo, a Republican from Miami, Florida, from joining, given that Curbelo’s apparent opposition to the DACA Act, and where he’s offered a more restrictive version of this legislation.

 

And more to the point, Heather Caygle, writing for the web site Politico, has this backgrounder and titled, “War between Hispanic pols puts Dreamers in cross hairs,” and dated November 14, 2017/

It’s a good read!

 

Here’s the internet link:  https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/14/dreamers-immigration-hispanics-curbelo-democrats-244853?lo=ap_f1

 

Jaango—posted on November 14, 2017

 

 

 

Gabe Ortiz’ (of DailyKos’ fame) Salutation to Veterans Day

 

Among the many of today’s writers on the Internet and which, invariably, catches my attention to both his skill set and the attendant subject matter, he is becoming a standout, and Thursday, his latest effort is a quiet indication of his eventually achieved/esteemed reputation relative to excellent writers, writ large.

 

And his latest effort is the following and titled, “Former secretary of defense Robert Gates:  DREAM ACT ‘the right thing to do’” and dated November 9, 2017.

 

*****Start*****

 

Hundreds of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients currently serve in the military, but if Congress is unable to pass a clean DREAM Act soon, those same patriotic Americans will be vulnerable to deportation. Robert Gates, College of William & Mary chancellor and former secretary of defense for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama:

 

More than 800 so-called Dreamers who received temporary authorization to stay and work in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, recently revoked by President Trump, are now serving in the armed forces.

 

They are able to serve because of a program I authorized in 2008 aimed at recruiting immigrants with medical, foreign language or other specialized skills. The program was extended when we found that these recruits had lower attrition rates than other recruits and, in particular, contributed invaluable language skills to Special Operations units. More than 350 additional DACA recipients have signed contracts with the Army and are awaiting basic training. If Congress fails to act, these recruits’ permits will expire. They will not be eligible to serve and will instead be at risk of deportation.

 

Gates writes that more than 45,000 immigrants served under him during his tenure. One of the first Americans to die in battle in Iraq was Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, who was undocumented during a period of his short life. Gutierrez, an orphan who came to the U.S. from Guatemala without permission when he was 22, was posthumously awarded citizenship.

 

Today, 800 DACA recipients are willing to risk their lives for this nation, and hundreds of thousands more are American in every single way but on a piece of paper the DREAM Act could afford them. “In light of the service and sacrifice of those immigrants—legal or not—it is also the right thing to do,” Gates writes. “All of those undocumented immigrants, through their willingness to shed blood to protect the rest of us, have earned the right to call themselves ‘American citizen.’ Let us honor them this Veterans Day. But let’s also give them a pathway to citizenship. Our military will be the better for it. So will the country.” 

 

*****End*****

 

Again, our Tip of the Hat to Gabe Ortiz!

 

Jaango—November 11, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Where Statistical Analysis Should Not Be Boring...

 

After much writing and in support of an Academic-Military Draft, the future of our kids and grandkids deserve our attention and which is our pending future.  Thusly, “education’ is the single-most critical determinant that delivers our Future and to the potential cost that we will have to effectively address and that being our Grand Parents, nonetheless.

 

And with this in mind, statistical analysis can effectively address today’s concerns as they impact our future.  Consequently, this statistical analysis comes from the most unlikely of directions.  In this regard, here is one analysis that is quite comprehensive and which deserves our attention.

 

From the website of the Nation Magazine, Professor Sean McElwee, provides us with the following article and titled, “Pandering to Racists Won’t Get the Democrats Anywhere” and dated, November 7, 2017.

 

So, take a gander, and make sure your cup of java, is indeed hot.

 

And here’s the internet link: 

 

https://www.thenation.com/article/pandering-to-racists-wont-get-democrats-anywhere/

 

Jaango—posted on November 7, 2017

 

 

 

In Elections Where Political Violence—In Any Form, Is Not Tolerated?

 

In today’s elections that are being held in both New Jersey and Virginia, the respective Republican candidates are intentionally disrespecting America’s history and where Immigration and the “pathway to citizenship” is the nexus for a politics that is reprehensible, to put it mildly.

 

Take, for example, the political ads in both campaigns and determined to convince voters that illegal criminal behavior among undocumented Latino immigrants are the cause of a virtual rise in criminal behavior and thusly, causing law enforcement to become proactive.  However, when the ad-hominen of “Truth-Be-Told,”  in New Jersey, the crime rate among the over 500,000 Latinos is on the serious decline and has been for a large number of years.  And the latest in alarmist rhetoric is the pandering of an opposition to Sanctuary Cities.

 

And from the National Academy of Sciences, is the following:

 

“...immigrants are in fact less likely to commit crimes than are natives, and the large presence of number of immigrants seems to lower crime rates...This disparity also holds for young men most likely to be undocumented immigrants:  Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalan men.”  And further, “Today, the belief that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes ‘is perpetuated by ‘issue entrepreneurs’ who promote the immigrant-crime connection in order to drive restrictionist immigration policy.”  

 

Therefore, the traditional notion for a “smaller government” versus a “better government” is not on today’s political agenda in both of these respective states.  Thus, Hate is now being overtly espoused from what was once a covert behavior with the appropriate “code talk” taking precedence in our public discourse.

 

Jaango—posted on November 7, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pushing for an Advocacy for New Ideas Amongst the Democrats...

 

When it comes to an  ‘autopsy” as to why the Democrats lost the presidential contest, almost all agree that such an autopsy would off new variations of could come forward from this Clinton loss.  However, tomorrow’s contest in New Jersey and Virginia will become another “indicator” among political writers that the Democrats have yet to fulfill their gusto for winning and thusly, reducing the number of Republican Governor-led offices.

 

And from over at the American Prospect, Paul Waldman, writes “The One Thing the Democratic Party Doesn’t Need” and dated November  5, 2017, stipulates that an  autopsy shouldn’t be required or even desired.  And lest I forget, the internet link is included.

 

“...the truth is that the Democrats know very well what they stand for.  Name an issue and they have a position on it—in fact, they’ve probably got a position paper, or two or three or ten, that will go into far more detail than you asked for.  Disagreements between Democrats whether on economics or climate change or health care or abortion, tend to be pretty slight, especially considering how diverse a coalition the party is.  You can take issue with those positions from the right or left, but you can’t pretend that the party doesn’t have them.

 

“What they don’t’ have is a simple summation of their beliefs like Republican have (small government, low taxes, strong defense, traditional values).  But that’s a matter of marketing, and it should be understood as the shallow (if consequential) concern that it is.  It has little to do with who they are or what they believe—it’s essentially  about getting bumper stickers are something a party needs, but one shouldn’t pretend that what’s missing is more profound than that.  Yes, they have organizational problems, fundraising problems, and plenty of other challenges you could name, but are those practical challenges that don’t require a searing look into their very soul, of the kind so many people constantly want to undertake.”

 

As such, the old litmus test of yester=year's  ideas, didn’t prove beneficial to last year’s Clinton Quest, and yet, “new” ideas that cannot achieve the mindset of the Democratic “insiders” has not arrived and thusly, losing costly elections, in both future integration for the beneficiaries that our kids and grandkids, remains unobtainable.

And yet, we understand this national angst and anger, especially when we look to our future, hence, in 20 years, and where our notional of an Academic-Military Draft that would, upon implementation, creates 30 million millennials and for having achieved their four-year college degrees, and where upward mobility becomes easily recognized, especially where these incomes of sizable proportions will include the survivability of their respective grandparents.

 

http://prospect.org/article/one-thing-democratic-party-doesnt-need

 

Jaango—posted on November 6, 2017

 

 

 

The Systemic “problem” For Democrats

 

In recapping the politics espoused by the Democrats for these past ten years, what Donna Brazile did not realize that despite the financial debt of an approximately $28 million  within the Democratic National Committee, she could not wrap her mind around the “systemic” problem that also escaped the purview of the 400 Decision-Makers for its stellar failure in last year’s presidential election.  Thus, the “problem” facing Clinton and Sanders was inescapable since the “establishment” in the Democratic Party is focused on the annual spending of over $5 trillion being spent and where the national debt was the escape hatch and which continues to this day. 

 

Consequently, former President George W. Bush was speaking to the establishment forums within both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party when he stipulated, “just go shopping” when the AUMF was being decided in Congress.  Therefore, the systemic “problem” for the Democrats has been gaining ground and this obviousness was not addressed or discussed by Donna Brazile since she perpetuated this behavior that’s detrimental to Common Sense, at the least. As such, she was not forward looking and her undertaking of the temporary Chairmanship, added to this political distress among today’s rank and file.

 

Therefore, my expecting that that two top leaders for today’s DNC,  that that being Perez and Ellison, will neither address nor reduce “problem” facing  the rank and file of activists and subsequent voters in next year’s congressional elections.

 

And perhaps, these leaders will advertently come to realize that the DNC’s “insiders” must require that each of these insiders come forth with a “new” idea that was not incorporated into last year’s Party Platform? 

 

And if not, the DNC doesn’t have the requisite leadership cabal necessary to achieve the success as evidenced by the Republicans and their control of almost 80% of the state governorships and thusly, a weak attempt to regain control of both chambers of Congress.

 

Jaango—posted on November 6, 2017

 

 

 

Self-Serving Donna Brazile Is Wrong Again...

 

The latest storyline among Democrats is that the former and interim Chair of the Democratic National Committee is staunchly wrong when it comes to the “mission” to be performed on a daily basis and which is to serve ALL Democrats and not the favored few. Consequently, that the presidential campaign of late year was “rigged” by Hillary Clinton and yet, proved detrimental to Bernie Sanders.  Not so of course, but Brazile thinks otherwise as per her now published book and where Political Dot Com offered an excerpt of her  book, and thereby, recommenced the  “conversation” among Democrats and while parlaying the “friction” among the advocates for both Clinton and Sanders.

 

And our Kudos to publisher and chief editor, Dr. Josh Marshal—over at his seminal political blog, “talkingpointsmemo.com” and addresses this detailed “friction” among both camps.  And starting with two commentaries, and as such, his latest version and followed by his earlier version.  And lest I easily forget in this day of the Rejection of the Unassailable Facts” here is the internet link:

 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-dnchfa-agreement-donna-braziles-growing-pile-of-nonsense

 

*****Start*****

 

Last night NBC published the DNC/Clinton campaign memo that Donna Brazile was apparently referring to. It’s not actually the Joint Fundraising Agreement. It’s a side agreement. But that’s just a semantic distinction. Here’s my take on where this new revelation leaves the story.

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Reviewing the document, I think it’s a fair read the the Clinton campaign wanted control over things during the general election. That’s fair and normal. But they also wanted control over the building of the what they expected to inherit for the general election once Clinton became the nominee. That’s not unreasonable in itself. But that also meant having a veto power over things that were happening during the primaries, particularly hiring of key staff. So while the document says explicitly that these agreements apply exclusively to the general election, the Clinton campaign was also getting veto rights over organizational decisions during the primaries, even if they weren’t about the primaries.

 

There are also lines in the agreement about the campaign’s rights to review emails that went out about any primary candidate. That might create more control. But it’s not clear to me what that amounted to in practice. Those parts aren’t entirely clear to me.

 

The upshot is that this is significantly different from what Donna Brazile claimed in the book excerpt published in Politico. But it also includes levels of control pre-general election that would have have as a surprise to many. It’s a surprise to me. As I wrote in yesterday’s post, there’s nothing here that remotely qualifies as “rigging” the election. That is inflammatory talk and frankly a smear. Just why Brazile went that route I do not know and don’t care to speculate. But she did everyone involved a grave disservice by being willfully misleading, deeply self-serving and inflaming already existing divisions in the party that will be hard to repair as it is.

Indeed, the “rigging” language doesn’t even make sense if you have any real understanding of what the DNC actually does. The primary schedules are set up way in advance of the actual campaign, long before anyone at the DNC had any idea Sanders would mount such a strong campaign. The DNC doesn’t administer the primaries; the states do. Basically the DNC couldn’t “rig” process even if it wanted to.

This agreement isn’t nothing. No candidate should have this kind of say during the primaries even if it’s about things for the general election. But it’s very different from what Brazile describes and it doesn’t remotely mean anything was “rigged”. That’s just a smear intended for political effect.

As I was writing this post, news broke that Brazile also claims in her book that after Clinton’s fainting episode she seriously considered replacing Clinton on the ticket with Joe Biden and Cory Booker because her campaign was “anemic” and had taken on the “odor of failure”. She chose Biden-Booker because she decided they had the best chance to shore up support from working class voters. But Brazile says she “thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them.”

 

This adds an important new detail to the story because this is a ridiculous claim. The chair of the DNC has no power to unilaterally replace a candidate on the ticket. The candidate must resign from the ticket or die – I believe there may be a reference to ‘incapacitation’, candidate on life support after a stroke, etc. But none of those three things happened. If one of those things does happen the decision falls to the entire DNC – a few hundred members from across the country – to meet and decide on a replacement. This is a power Brazile quite clearly did not have. So the whole storyline makes no sense and did not happen.

 

More probable is that when Clinton fainted she started brainstorming who should replace her if she turned out to be seriously ill and resigned from the ticket or died. That makes total sense. She had zero power to replace Clinton unilaterally and the choice wouldn’t have been hers regardless. But as interim chair of the DNC she would have been a major player in the decision-making. So it makes sense that she might have started gaming out possible scenarios. But she seems to have taken this plausible interlude and recast it as a moment of decision in which she could see Clinton was flagging among working class voters in the midwest, considered replacing her with Joe Biden but finally could not break the hearts of the women who supported Clinton.

 

This is all pure fantasy. She’s married a non-existent power with a highly improbable prescience to create a kind of retrospective, fantasy football version of the nomination in which the momentous and weighty decisions all fell to her. It is highly reminiscent of the agonizing call in which she purportedly informed Bernie Sanders that he’d been right all along and the nomination race had been “rigged”.

 

This and other claims from Brazile’s book which have come out in the last few hours only confirm me in thinking that her claims are at least self-serving, in other cases highly improbable and in some cases literally impossible.

 

Of course this should not lead us to think there aren’t problems with the DNC that Democrats should work to change. As one TPM Reader noted yesterday afternoon, the real problem with the DNC is that it has long been captive of whoever was the latest presidential nominee/party leader. As he put it, “Historically the DNC has been too reliant on Presidential candidates for funding and direction. This has resulted in downballot neglect and atrophy of state parties. If this controversy leads to reform it’s worth it. And I say this as someone who supported Hillary and am apoplectic that the primary wars haven’t ended yet.”

I can’t say I think this controversy is worth it because I think it is fundamentally based on falsehoods and ones that resurface all the most toxic battles of 2016. But rethinking the way the DNC works would be a good thing. The DNC is the one committee whose stakeholders should be all Democrats – not the DCCC, which works for House incumbents or the DSCC or the DSCC which works for Senate incumbents. It should never be about one candidate or one election cycle. It is a genuine shame that someone like Donna Brazile, who has worked so hard and so consistently in Democratic politics for decades, has now chosen to make it all about herself.

 

AND...

 

I have always had a great deal of respect for Donna Brazile. And I have tried to keep to a long time principle of not revising my view of a person simply because they do something I disagree with. I was stunned when I first read Brazile’s piece in Politico. But now having read it over a few times, I have a hard time not concluding that she’s done a serious disservice to the historical record and to all Democrats. Why this is the case, I truly don’t know. And there may be more facts to emerge that I’m not yet aware of. But here’s why I think this.

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Brazile claims that the Clinton campaign and the DNC entered into a joint fundraising agreement in 2015 which gave her campaign control of the DNC long before she was the nominee – ability to sign off on messaging, hiring etc. If that’s true, that is definitely not kosher. The party is supposed to be formally neutral while a presidential primary is going on.

 

Whether this is actually true is not really clear to me. The existence of this joint fundraising agreement was public at the time. As NBC’s Mark Murray notes here, Sanders also had such an agreement with the DNC. The key difference is that he didn’t end up raising money through it while Clinton did. There are lots of reasons why this may have been the case, all reasonable, all tied to different campaign strategies, different fundraising bases, etc.

 

(David Graham has a general look at Brazile’s story and questions it raises. I strongly recommend it.)

 

But Brazile makes very specific allegations about the Clinton/DNC agreement.

 

The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.

 

There is what at least appears to be a draft of the agreement in the Wikileaks Podesta cache of all places and from what I can tell it doesn’t include any of this. It’s just a barebones document going over funding allocations, legal matters, reporting and so forth. Again, that version is just a draft. The final copy could definitely have included other codicils or side agreements. It’s possible I’m misinterpreting the document. I’d ask campaign types to take a look.

 

Now, that’s the legal formalities. In practice, if the DNC was broke and it’s only significant source of money was money the Clinton campaign was raising for it that would have undoubtedly given the campaign a huge amount of pull in practice. But that’s very different from what Brazile says – a formal deal. At a minimum, we need to see the official agreement and these provisions Brazile is talking about.

 

In any case, I think even these details are largely beside the point. Read Brazile’s story, which is excerpted from a forthcoming book. She presents herself as having promised to Sanders to get to the bottom of whether the primaries had been “rigged”. With great drama, she describes learning that it, in fact, had been rigged. The agreement was a “cancer” in the party.

 

Here’s her description of reaching out to Sanders …

 

I had to keep my promise to Bernie. I was in agony as I dialed him. Keeping this secret was against everything that I stood for, all that I valued as a woman and as a public servant.

 

“Hello, senator. I’ve completed my review of the DNC and I did find the cancer,” I said. “But I will not kill the patient.”

I discussed the fundraising agreement that each of the candidates had signed. Bernie was familiar with it, but he and his staff ignored it. They had their own way of raising money through small donations. I described how Hillary’s campaign had taken it another step.

 

I told Bernie I had found Hillary’s Joint Fundraising Agreement. I explained that the cancer was that she had exerted this control of the party long before she became its nominee. Had I known this, I never would have accepted the interim chair position, but here we were with only weeks before the election.

 

Bernie took this stoically. He did not yell or express outrage. Instead he asked me what I thought Hillary’s chances were. The polls were unanimous in her winning but what, he wanted to know, was my own assessment?

 

As I wrote above, it’s not clear to me that the description of the joint fundraising agreement is accurate. Even if it is, accurate, “rigged” is a highly, highly loaded word. It slices into the heart of the divisions currently tearing at the Democratic party. But we watched the 2016 primaries unfold in real time. What did the DNC do to rig the primaries? We hear a lot about scheduling primary debates on Saturdays. But c’mon. If primary debate scheduling – which was eventually tossed aside in any case – was enough to defeat Sanders that’s a pretty sad commentary. Clinton was the establishment candidate. It’s no secret that Wasserman-Schultz favored Clinton over Sanders. The party’s establishment and apparatus were more supportive of her. We know that. That’s what it means to be the ‘establishment candidate’. But did she or the DNC do things that made it impossible for Sanders to win or even made it any harder for him to win? I see no evidence of that.

If this were a question of whether Wasserman-Schultz should stay on as DNC chair that would be another matter. She was terrible at it. She’s no longer running it. If this were a matter of Clinton being the nominee again … she’s not. That’s not going to happen. I know many people are deeply devoted to her and her campaign. My feelings are more ambivalent. But I think she was cheated in many ways. What’s most relevant though is that it is in the past. “Rigging” an election isn’t a technical term. It is total and inflammatory. It means an election was compromised, that people were cheated. If that happened, we need to know. But I see no evidence that happened. Indeed, it’s not entirely clear to me that even the description of the funding arrangement is accurate, though it may turn out to be. It is in the nature of insurgent candidacies to claim the ‘establishment’ is against them. They’re often right. That’s what an insurgent candidacy is. Cheating and claims of cheating are poisonous. It is to no Democrat’s true advantage to make such claims. But the reason not to make them is that they’re not true. At least there’s no evidence of it that has been provided.

 

Whether or not Clinton should have won the Democratic primary, she did. It wasn’t rigged. She had lots of advantages from simply being the establishment candidate, from long relationships with Democrats around the country, endorsements, promises and more. But she had all that and more in 2008 and lost to Barack Obama. She won because she got more votes. Indeed, Sanders relied (just as Obama did) disproportionately on caucuses where voting matters less than it does in primaries. The relevant point is that the Democratic party needs unity to combat the dangers and damage of Trumpism. False accusations are always bad but they are particularly bad when their immediate effects are so potentially damaging. That’s the case here.

 

Why Brazile chose to take this course I really don’t know. I think it is best seen as her read of where the party is going – in the direction of Sanders. I think she’s right in the sense that the party is moving toward Sanders-like policies and in many respects Sanders-like politics. I have no problem with that. But not everyone supports or supported Sanders. The Democratic party has different wings, different factions. It’s overriding interest is to find a mix of policies and politics that can bring those different groups together in a way that can win elections. There’s zero advantage to re-litigating the toxic 2016 primaries. Poisoning the well by purporting to validate that Sanders was cheated does the exact opposite. It’s toxic and much worse than toxic it’s not at all clear it’s even true. If Brazile wants to make these accusations she needs to provide the documents she’s referring to and something concrete about actions the DNC took to rig the primaries against Sanders. The fact that Wasserman-Schultz was a bad chair, the fact that the DNC was poorly run, that not enough money went to state parties – all true. But none of that is what made Brazile’s claims a bombshell. All of that was known. If she can’t back these claims up she owes every Democrat a huge apology. And I have to say that applies to Elizabeth Warren too who jumped on the bandwagon.

 

*****End****

 

There are other avenues of information on this subject matter and yet, at the end of the political day, Brazile did not endear herself to the wide-ranging progressive community for Democrats.

 

Jaango==posted on November 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

The Russian “collusion” as per the Steele Dossier

 

Today, the Internet is awash about the Steele Dossier and its relevance to the perceived Russian “collusion.”

 

1,   From Scott Wong and titled, “Ryan: FBI will hand over documents related to Trump-Russia dossier.”  And here’s the Internet Link:  http://thehill.com/homenews/house/357341-ryan-fbi-will-hand-over-documents-related-to-trump-russia-dossier

 

2.  From Jonathan Easley and titled, “DNC, Wasserman Schultz were unaware of dossier payments.”  And here’s the Internet Link:  http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/357240-dnc-wasserman-schultz-say-they-were-unaware-of-dossier-payment

 

3.    From Jack Shafer and titled, “Baby Donald Trump and the Disputed Dossier.”  And here’s the Internet Link:   https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/25/donald-trump-steele-dossier-russia-scandal-215746

 

4.   From John Kass and titled, “Fusion GPS Revelation Rocks Dem Media Complex.” And here’s the Internet Link:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-trump-dossier-clinton-kass-1026-story.html

 

5.   From Elizabeth Preza and titled, “Conservative Nails Why Trump  Fears the Russian  Dossier—and Why It’s Ultimately Irrelevant and Who Paid For It.”  And here’s the Internet Link: https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/why-trump-fears-russia-dossier

 

6.  From Kenneth P. Vogel, and titled, “Clinton Campaign and Democratic Party Helped Pay for Russia Trump Dossier.”  And here’s the Internet Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/us/politics/clinton-dnc-russiadossier.html?rref=collection%252Fsectioncollection%252Fpolitics&action=click&contentCollection=politics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0&auth=login-email

 

Enjoy.

 

Jaango—posted on October 26, 2017

 

 

 

The Mis-Intensified Description for “Identity Politics”...

 

Being an expert in “identity politics,”  I have found a considerable amount of pleasure in any discussion and where Identity Politics is the central premise for political discourse and ultimately “inclusion” as another form of political inclusion, and perhaps, an unwanted inclusion, as well?  Take, for example, when ‘counting’ the relevance of the constabulary for Progressivism, the “purity test” that Progressives are unwilling to take, is bemusing to me since I consider myself to be a Yaqui, Apache and Chicano given my widespread family history.

 

And into this historical mist, the reality that is facing our America is consistent with the following:

  1.  Latinos outnumber European American Progressives
  2. European Americans outnumber African American Progressives
  3. African Americans outnumber Asian American Progressives
  4. Asian Americans outnumber Native American Progressives

And taken collectively, these political segments are measured as being 43% of today’s Democratic Party.

 And into the Schematic for Identity Politics, the pending demographics over the next 18 years, 20 million Latinos will reach their age-of-majority, and thusly, each will register and vote accordingly, and that being voting Progressive.  Therefore, these today’s young Latinos will carry the Progressive Movement “over the finish line” as far as the Democratic Party is concerned.  And given that we, and whom have raised our kids and grandkids to reject the Hate that is today’s pronounced behavior on the Right, means that “inclusion” is the only behavior that effectively demonstrate to European Americans that our Indigenous Flag being the secondary flag that must fly over the White House and the widespread display of federally-owned buildings, is inescapable for this inclusion’s purposefulness.

 

And for the less observant amongst us, our Flag has a preamble that consists of the following:

         ...Honor Achieved

         ...Honor Acknowledged

         ...Honor Reciprocated

 

And which brings me to this post.

 

Over at the City Journal (internet link to follow), Joshua Mitchell writes his article and titled, “The Identity Politics Death Grip” and included in City Journal’s Fall Edition of its Magazine.

 

And here’s the internet link:  https://www.city-journal.org/html/identity-politics-death-grip-15500.html

 

“When identity politics provides the lens through which one sees the world, changing the perspective is regarded as self-blinding.  The suggestion that this outlook might be harming the Democratic Party is thus denounced as racist, as insensitive to gender issues, and as attentive to the purported needs of the various identity groups. Identity politics can self-correct, it can only double down.  Here is the strangeness of our current moment.  Untreated, diseases don’t heal, they metastasize.”

 

And yet, our 7,000 history in this Hemisphere commences with the “natural democracy” and as still practiced as of today via our Talking Stick.  Add into this mix that is Catholic Church’s ownership of half of all Europe is easily understood as to why Martin Luther’s lurch to a differing political practice and which led to the religious uprising throughout Europe, and paralleled by the Catholic Church’s entryway into this Indigenous Hemisphere and which is today’s zeitgeist.  And in this historical perspective, the evolution of religion continues to this day, and personified by the Evangelical Movement that resides on the Right.

 

Further, consider the following as Mitchell continues to write:

 

“Nowadays, money is increasingly becoming the single measure of standing in society nearly everywhere, though the older understanding of wealth and its obligations endures in some measure—but not in America, where class based on patronage is  essentially unknown.  We don’t have ‘class’ in America, we have stratification based on money.  It is in this sense that Americans use the term ‘class.’”

 

And which brings me to my pet peeve as per my defined small “L” or with precision the small “l” that is located in “libertarianism.”   And further, my espousal of the  “White Man’s National Debt” and where each of our fellow citizens are carrying a credit card debt of an approximate $260,000 and free of an Annual Percentage Rate since Congress, in its infinitely glory, refuses to allocate any sizable funds for “repaying down” or for “paying off” this sizable debt over the next 20 years.

 

Consequently, Congress has been determining that when the stratification of class and premised on money, we are all of the “poor” Class.   And which brings me to this Argumentation that poses today’s political dilemma for our nation’s progressive mindset.  And subsequently, the question arises in which, hence 20 years, will require that this Argumentation be addressed by the majority of progressives and within this “majority of this ‘death grip’” of tomorrow’s and for the less than complacent  Identity Politics and which pertains to a nation’s financial bankruptcy being delivered to our children and grandchildren. And lost in my “jibber jabber” is that Congress will be raising the debt limit by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years and done in order secure the tax cuts while genuflecting at the altar of their large donors and for furthering the denial that the “gifting” that has historically been one of the better methodologies parlayed by my indigenous folks when utilizing the Talking Stick in pursuit of Honor Achieved, is deemed irrelevant and to the point  of being easily ignored.

 

 Jaango—posted on October 26, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

An Insider’s Quest For Reciprocity In Today’s Politics

 

Aside from the skill set that produced five miles being added on to Arizona’s electrical grid, a Montana firm sought out and received a federal contract to  repair and build where necessary, 2,400 miles of destroyed electrical grid in Puerto Rico.

 

And our thanks to Mark Sumner at the website of DailyKos for bringing forth the salient information that includes the role of Congressman Raul Grijalva’s demand for a congressional investigation and which is expected to be a bipartisan effort.

 

*****Start*****

Few things generate bipartisan agreement in Congress these days, but the idea that a two-man firm in Montana with absolutely no experience was hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid at a cost of $300 million, is enough to spur some communication across the aisles.

Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, senior Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, said Congress “needs to understand why the Whitefish contract was awarded and whether other, more cost-effective options were available.”

A spokesman for Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, agreed that congressional review was needed. The resources panel oversees Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.

 

Congress’ multi-year investigation into Whitewater may have turned up nothing, but the Whitefish deal already looks … extremely fishy. A firm whose biggest previous job was building less than five miles of electrical line in Arizona was given the mammoth task of taking on a shattered electrical system that stretches over 2,400 miles. To award the contract to Whitefish, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority ignored reciprocal agreements that could have brought in far more help far more quickly. It also happens that the firm selected has some very special friends.

Luis Vega-Ramos, member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, told The Daily Beast, “Whitefish’s most important expertise or assets seems to have been… having the U.S. secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke, as their former congressman and current ally and having the wisdom to retain the services of key people close to the governor [of Puerto Rico].”

With more than three-quarters of Puerto Rico still without power, with people’s lives literally on the line, the job of restoring the system has been handed over to a company that doesn’t even have an office.

This isn’t the first investigation tied to Ryan Zinke. Like many other members of the Trump regime, Zinke has been running around the country, treating the government as his personal bank.

 

The Interior Department’s inspector general's office has opened an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayer-funded charter planes, a spokeswoman said Monday. 

 

That includes paying executives from an oil company taxpayer dollars for the use of their corporate jet to fly Zinke to a Las Vegas conference where he told oil companies about insufficient loyalty in his department while working to give away land and resources that belong to the public.

 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department’s regulatory culture to be more business friendly.

The people behind that tiny company in Zinke’s hometown also have other friends in the administration.

 

In addition to the Colonnettas’ contributions to Trump’s presidential campaign, Kimberly Colonnetta’s Facebook page contains a photo of her with Ben Carson, Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development. Another photo appears to show Kimberly Colonnetta with Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. 

 

The Trump White House has demonstrated an astounding disregard for wasting public funds. Now even the Republican Congress wants to see if that’s matched by a taste for straight-up corruption. There’s also one other aspect of the disaster on Puerto Rico: Poor execution during the recovery appears to have its roots in poor planning.

 

Grijalva said lawmakers also need to know why the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers and public sector utilities “failed in Puerto Rico to conduct the disaster-response planning they carried out ahead of other disasters this year” in Texas, Florida and other states.

 

*****End***

 

And here’s the internet link:

 

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/10/25/1709718/-Congress-to-investigate-deal-that-awarded-300M-contract-to-friend-of-Ryan-Zinke

Jaango—posted on October 25, 2017

 

 

 

The False Hope of the GOP’s Authoritarianism...

 

When putting a yardstick of “identity politics” into the Construct of Partisan Toxicity, there isn’t much to belabor when the Right’s “drift to authoritarianism” and indicated by today’s politics and where Congress is incapable of establishing a newer and better public law systemic.  And this easily-understood exemplar starts with the failure of the GOPs “repeal and replace” of Obama Care and followed by the disreputable volume of lies that demonstrates that is our next year’s budget and its impact on tax reform, and all to be accomplished through the reconciliation process residing solely in the Senate.

 

Therefore, the Hope being generated by the GOP is off the charts when compared to the Democrats and their version of Hope and predicated by this aegis that is “identity politics” and personified by Progressives and today’s continuing onset of the Chicano’s demographics.  Alas, Authoritarians versus Progressives.

 

And for the Republicans, their internal struggle is easily viewed by the Bannonites and to include President Trump versus the Governor Kasich (R-Ohio) and his rabble rousers whom are rural voters. So, when Kasich speaks up on Sunday’s show of Meet the Press and relates that he demonstrated the Reagan elixir that is a balanced budget and a $2 billion annual surplus, speaks volumes, even to rural democratic voters residing in the Mid West. And in contrast, Latino progressives now outnumber European American progressives and thusly, “inclusion” is now the primary emphasis of this expansion for more coalition-building that is the respective low-level attention being paid to our achievable roster of “unmet needs.”

 

In this past presidential election, over half of the Latino voting population did not vote, and the attention to this behavior must rise to the top of our Roster and which means that less monies spent on television ads and far more monies spent on GOTV efforts, will put the end to the misogynistic behavior that is the GOP’s perceived finest hour for white supremacy that now has been stripped of its covertness. 

 

In closing, the Democratic-oriented pundit and commentary class must begin to address the Hope that is not built on the traditional behavior of the neo-liberals, today’s majority, but must begin to espouse this Hope as it pertains to today’s ever-increasing demographics, and thusly, a newer and better agenda that will undergird next year’s GOTV effort, first and foremost, and to achieve its successes and hence, continues its institutional successes at the local and state levels and where the political operatives at the DNC moves its monies to the local and state-affiliated offices.

 

Jaango—posted on October 23, 2017

 

 

 

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.”

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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.

 

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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.”

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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:

 

*****Start*****

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.

 

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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.