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Blog Posts – Stephanie C. Fox on Law, Politics, Women, and More

Welcome to the blog of QueenBeeEdit!

This blog discusses the issues that are dealt with in my books:

Women’s issues and feminism, politics, ecosystems collapse, human overpopulation, history/herstory, Asperger’s/autism and Aspie voices, banksters and hedge fundsters and their role in economic meltdowns, people in fiction, Hawai‘i, Kuwait and other nations in the Middle East, cats, and travel.

This blog discusses all of the issues that my books deal with and more.

Controversial issues and statements will not be avoided. They are what makes life interesting and worth pondering.

Articles and websites will be shared here, with my thoughts on them.

Enjoy perusing it all.

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Eating Cake While Dropping Bombs…

Trump loves to put on a show. Dinner and a show. Dessert and a show.

Herr #Pumpkingropenfuehrer isn’t happy unless he’s showing off.

Now that he holds the codes to every war toy the U.S. military possesses, he’s playing with them, and doing it while entertaining foreign leaders.

He bragged to his latest guest, China’s president, Xi Jinping, was treated to what Trump considered “the most beautiful chocolate cake you’ve ever seen” and an announcement that he was bombing Syria as they ate. Lovely…our travesty of a leader thinks this is cool. It is anything but.

“The most beautiful chocolate cake you’ve ever seen,” Trump calls it. It’s just Chocolate Cake à la Mar-a-Lago, imperfectly sliced.

Usually, I devote a blog post to railing against the fact that the Farmers – banksters, hedge fundsters, and corporatists – have been allowed to not only buy our politicians but stand in for the executive branch of our government. I’ll do that just enough here to comment that having the Farmers as our leaders is a dishonor to our nation, a travesty, and a mistake that may just get many of us killed. It has already gotten some of us killed, and for no good reason.

We currently have a disparity of wealth between the wealthiest one percent of Americans and the rest of American citizens that is comparable to the disparity of wealth between the French aristocracy and royalty and the French populace in 1789. No good came of that. Think about that.

But back to the cakes.

Cake is a great symbol of wealth, clueless indifference to the suffering of others, and selfishness.

Marie Antoinette, I must add, NEVER said “Let them eat cake.” That was an early example of fake news, designed to sell newspapers in Paris.

It worked, too.

What la reine de France actually was guilty of doing was grossly overspending on frivolities, thus running through resources with nothing useful to show for doing so. Death seems like a bit too harsh a punishment for that. A vast reduction of access to resources would do instead if she were being dealt with today.

Melania Trump seems woefully unaware of all this. She posed for Vanity Fair magazine twirling jewels as if they were a gourmet pasta dinner.

Melania Trump’s Vanity Fair cover shot, twirling jewels like pasta…it’s like Marie Antoinette all over again.

Again, back to cakes.

I agree with the observation of Saturday Night Live‘s Michael Che, who said, “You don’t know what cakes I’ve seen!” Just for fun, I decided to look through the inventory of photographs I’ve taken over the years of chocolate cakes that I have made, using a variety of recipes.

Although beauty is a highly subjective attribute, I consider my creations to be more attractive than Chocolate Cake à la Mar-a-Lago.

I am a gourmet cook and baker. It’s a hobby for someone who appreciates natural ingredients, food art, and delectable things to eat.

It’s also less expensive than restaurants and bakeries, which don’t always offer the variety than a home baker can access if she likes to do the work.

There were plenty of chocolate cakes from birthdays in my photograph collection, plus a few from other occasions…or even no particular occasions.

My grandmother loves chocolate, and she’s not alone in the family on that count.

Liberty Bar Chocolate Cake with Edible Pansies and Sweet Peas. This cake was for my grandmother’s 100th birthday party.

I inherited a love of chocolate from my grandmother, apparently, though this recipe is from the other side of my family.

Chocolate Orange Cake – a Fox family recipe, and favorite. This is what I like to make for my own birthday.

Sometimes it has been fun to bake just to test a recipe and my own baking skill.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Layer Cake. It’s sliced perfectly, too.

And it’s always important to use that skill to spoil people on their birthdays. My mother – my grandmother’s daughter – loves chocolate too.

Chocolate Red Raspberry Cake. This was for my mother’s birthday. I forget what year it was.

This was one of the most fun cakes I ever made, because it was for my law school class on toxic torts. A tort with no “e” is a civil wrong. A torte with an “e” is a decadent chocoholic dessert. 😀 This one is a Chocolate Almond Torte with Blackberry Liqueur in the Almond Paste, then covered with Chocolate Ganache, and then decorated with red frosting and a radiation symbol. A couple of years later, I reprised it with a biohazard symbol at a Williams Sonoma staff potluck party. We had them when we counted the inventory twice a year. It was a big hit…each time.

Toxic Torte for a law school class called Toxic Torts. It was a Chocolate Almond Blackberry Torte.

Well, you decide which cake is more beautiful.

We might as well enjoy life as long as we can, because our buffoon of a Thief-in-Chief may end it for us sooner rather than later.

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Gerrymandering is Legal. It Has Ratf**ked Our Democracy. That Must Be Changed.

Redistricting. Gerrymandering. Ratf**king.

All of these words deal with the same topic, but increase the intensity of the action.

And they decrease the level of ethical behavior expected.

None is to be expected of the last, and not enough of the second one.

All this and more is discussed in David Daley’s book, released in mid-2016:

Ratf**cked: How Chris Jankowski Turned the Electoral Map Bright Red Until 2020

It’s legal, it’s breathtaking, and much of it happened in plain sight. The Democratic majority was ratfucked.

David Daley. RATF**KED: THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE SECRET PLAN TO STEAL AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY. New York: Liverlight Publishing Corporation, 2016.

The man whose name became the partisan redistricting verb – gerrymander – Elbridge Gerry, was a Massachusetts politician who lived from 1744 to 1814.

Elbridge Gerry, American politician who lived from 1744-1814. His name became synonymous with politically motivated drawing of district lines.

A few facts about him seem only fair to highlight, beyond his connection to redistricting:

Gerry attended the Continental Congress, but refused to sign the new U.S. Constitution because it lacked the Bill of Rights, which he later participated in drafting. He was an anti-Federalist. He served as Massachusetts’ governor for one term. He was James Madison’s vice president.

About the redistricting and his historic moniker of an association with it:

During his term as Governor of Massachusetts, the state’s legislature was mostly from his own political party. It created new district lines aimed at enhancing their own party’s control over state and national offices. Governor Gerry had not been pleased with this, but he signed it into law nonetheless. The effect of these redrawn district lines went to such an extent that one district so strongly resembled a winged salamander that it was called a “gerry-mander”.

The word gerrymander was used for the first time in the Boston Gazette newspaper on March 26, 1812. It depicted a salamander-esque creature in the shape of voting districts. (Wikipedia)

Voting districts are required to be compact, contiguous, and contain voting populations of equal size to one another.

Unfortunately, because humans want things their own way, they have figured out a way to add greed to the mix.

It is thus possible to engineer political dominance into the maps.

It has always been possible to do this. All that was required was data, pen, and paper.

However, today things can be done with a few keystrokes and a click of a mouse.

Gerrymandering can be done in an instant.

Every 10 years, a census is taken: 1980, 1990, 2000, 2010, and so on.

Thereafter, voting districts are redrawn.

It isn’t as simple as it merely being possible to do the deed; deeds require money.

Whichever side has the most money wins now.

Citizens United v. FEC, 588 U.S. 210 (2010) has unleashed unlimited dark money to fund this effort by removing limits on the amount of money that any one donor may contribute to any political campaign or effort.

Justice Kennedy wrote the Judgment of the Court.

Justices Scalia, Roberts, Alito, and Thomas joined him.

Justices Stevens, Ginsberg, Sotomayor, and Breyer dissented.

There is something very undemocratic and very plutocratic about this.

A plutocracy is a government by the wealthy. It has no underlying philosophy beyond greed and control of resources for the wealthy few.

This is why I call the wealthy, the greedy, the unethical of our society “Farmers” with a capital “F”: because they view everyone else as either a resource to be manipulated for their own ends, or as a weed to be erased if and when we become troublesome.

Here we are in the early 21st century with the Untied States of America being ruled – not governed – of, by, and for the interests of the wealthy.

It is time to become troublesome.

No one’s thumb should be on the scale of power, skewing the balance off-kilter…nor that dramatically and blatantly so.

But the GOP’s thumb is doing just that, and it is very important to fully understand how it does that. The why is the quick and easy part.

Every greedy and unethical plot has a plotter, or a group of plotters.

In this case, it had a Plotter-in-Chief: J. Christopher Jankoski of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC).

J. Christopher Jankowski – GOP Gerrymanderer

This guy cares nothing for democracy and everything for cheating and gaming to get what he wants. He is ardently and desperately in love with his methods. The horrifying thing is that they work. When I watch or read stories about overcoming a problem, I find that the villains have the most to teach, and if they run their mouths, it is wise to listen and take detailed mental notes. This one was behind the plan called REDMAP, for Redistricting Majority Project.

Chris Jankowski’s plan was this:

Pay more campaign money to state election campaigns than previously. State election campaigns are less glamorous than national ones, but it is at the state level that districts are drawn. Therefore, to secure GOP control of as many seats in the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress as possible, and to secure control of as many Electoral College votes as possible, a party must win as many STATE seats as possible prior to the 10-year census cycle. The idea is to be seated in time to prevail when redrawing voting district lines.

Chris Jankowski (assisted by Karl Rove, advisor to former president George W. Bush) succeeded at this plan by not only persuading donors to go along with this plan, but also by running dishonest campaigns, pouring the bulk of the money into the last few weeks of each one to pay for flyers full of misstatements and lies about Democratic candidates. There was no time to fully explain the truth to misled voters, and they lost their seats.

The pieces were thus in place for a ratfucking.

David Daley is the editor-in-chief of Salon magazine. He traveled the nation to gather the material for Ratf**ked, studying Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, and a few others, though they didn’t get whole chapters, and a software program called Maptitude.

Maptitude is the redistricting software put out to the tune of $5,000 to $10,000 that Caliper Corporation of Newton, Massachusetts (see http://www.caliper.com/).

Describing how Maptitude (http://www.caliper.com/maptovu.html) works, Daley says:

“These lines look complex, and the thinking behind them is. However, the data and technology make ratfucking almost as easy as one-click ordering on Amazon. It has made rewiring our democracy as simple as outbidding a rival on eBay, with the additional similarity that the side with the most money wins the prize.”

Pennsylvania has compressed its Democrats into its cities, with a few representatives representing the bulk of the state’s human population. Meanwhile, the rest of its territory, which is mostly rural, is divided up among Republicans. The end result is that it sent 13 Republicans to the U.S. Congress to the Democrats’ 5, also reflecting the state’s Electoral College makeup.

It did this in 2010 by redistricting – gerrymandering with such ferocity and greed that the term “ratfucking” really is the most apt one to use to describe what was done.

This was possible because enough Republicans had won seats in the state legislature to push the ratfucking agenda through.

The results are visually startling, and even outright comic, except that laughter isn’t the forthcoming reaction. The 7th voting district of Pennsylvania has a blocky shape that is easily recognizable as Donald Duck kicking Goofy. Maptitude was not trying to create Disney-character-shaped districts, but it did.

Pennsylvania’s District 7 – Donald Duck kicking Goofy shape – Drawn in 2010.

It is now possible to drive north, starting in the 13th district, cross the 7th for a mile, and come out into the 6th. All this is aimed at keeping the liberal Democratic voters compressed into the 7th District, including the city of Philadelphia and its upscale suburbs.

That district has become so infamous in its patently obvious gerrymandering that it is an internet meme:

North Carolina has done the same thing to its university towns – the Democrats are thus hemmed into small areas, while the Republicans have the bulk of the state, and the most members to send to Congress. With 535 seats in it, that adds up.

Another interesting aspect of ratfucking in that state comes to light in Daley’s book: African-American voters are compressed into an area in the northeastern part of the state that resembles a snowball thrown at a windshield, one that has splattered onto it and started to fall.

This was quite deliberate, of course. For decades, as Democratic incumbents – white ones – held most of the seats in North Carolina, both the GOP and African-Americans were underrepresented. Then along came Chris Jankowski. A deal was struck: with redrawn districts, and campaign money strategically spent, there would soon by a majority of GOP representatives with a minority of Democrats, many of whom were newly elected African-Americans, but…not with enough clout to make a difference in policy. Ratfucked again! Black faces, but not in control of anything. Oh, yay…

In the space of a decade, people move around, though. They get jobs elsewhere, buy houses, get different apartments, and so on. Hence, the reason for redrawing voting lines. The Democrats and the GOP are strongly motivated to position themselves to control those lines in 2020. Whoever has the most money has the best chance of success.

What’s in the future of gerrymandering?

A genetic algorithm – one that notes your every click, like, save, purchase, search, you name it.

Oh, yay…the computer might as well be a telepath, directed by an unethical, greedy cheat.

Oh wait…it already is.

In fact, it just was.

As I have written more than once about this, Cambridge Analytica did that last year. I have done more than one blog post on that.

It is thus so easy to redistrict – due to software and algorithms – that the human urge to gerrymander is a foregone conclusion, and by either side.

Thus, our politicians are able to pick their voters.

It should be the other way around.

We have a lot of work to do to restore that balance.

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Meet Julia, the Muppet with Autism. Trump and the GOP Want to Defund Her.

Meet Julia, the Muppet with autism, who has just joined the cast of Sesame Street – she’s the redhead with the toy bunny. Neurotypical kids will learn how to interact with kids on the autism spectrum, and be taught to accept us.

Julia, the Muppet with autism, holding her toy bunny, debuts on PBS. (Photograph by Zach Hyman of Sesame Workshop)

Julia, a Muppet With Autism, Joins the Cast of ‘Sesame Street’

Julia was on 60 Minutes last night, with Leslie Stahl doing the report.

The new Muppet promises to show her viewing audiences what kids with autism are like, complete with minimal eye contact, staring without blinking at whatever holds their attention while demonstrating intense focus on it, quirks, stimming, and more.

At least, that’s the idea. Meanwhile, the #Pumpkingropenfuehrer and the GOP want to defund PBS and NPR. It hurt his infamously weak ego.

Since the 1980s, ‘Sesame Street’ has featured a few greedy, grouchy characters who have had names like Ronald Grump and Donald Grump. Here’s a look at the three of them. (Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)

Trump wants to defund PBS. ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied him for decades.

Considering the fact that Trump has shown himself to be a bully, I don’t pity him for hurt feelings over this.

Trump doesn’t seem to understand that for every disability, that disability comes with an ability of some sort that others lack. It could be a point of view. It could be a talent. With people on the autism spectrum, it is often a talent. It is also often a steady, obsessive determination to hone both talent and fascination with a particular topic into a marketable skill that benefits society in some specific way – of our unique choosing. Taking away funding that benefits us is therefore wasteful.

If anyone has forgotten how Trump sees people who are different, this will remind them:

Maybe Steve Bannon is in on that, though. Bannon wants to destroy the present world order. See prior posts to this blog, Twitter, the not-fake news, and more for that. Here are some tweets by an anonymous and furious White House staffer with the inside track on him, the rest of the motley crew, and the #Pumpkingropenfuehrer.

Leslie Stahl also did a story for 60 Minutes on Temple Grandin several years ago, and this pair of brainstem scans is from that one.

The brainstem of Temple Grandin, the famous autism scientist with a Ph.D. in animal husbandry, is on the left. A neurotypical (NT) one is on the right. NTs represent “most people”. (Keep in mind that the human species is not made up of Aspie and neurotypicals – there are more brainstem types in existence!)

The only thing that Leslie Stahl did that infuriated me was to say that the branches off of Grandin’s brainstem went in “wrong” directions, rather than many. It’s a super-powered brainstem, with the tradeoff being that the branches for social interaction are not plugged into the same spot as for NTs. Ours go into data storage, and Stahl is pointing at the branches I am referring to.

For every super-power, just to remind us that we are human and that no one is born “better” than anyone else, there is a price tag. Social interactions have always been the chore for me, not learning things. But I don’t mind. I love being different, and don’t wish to “fit in”. I’ve always loved standing out, turned it into an asset, and studied and worked to make that a positive thing.

Temple Grandin’s unique brain

My father and I are Aspies and we got a kick out of this 60 Minutes story. He said to my mother, as she came back into the room, “We just saw our brains on TV.”

60 Minutes not only did a news segment on Temple Grandin, it also posted an article online.

Temple Grandin: Understanding autism

Something else about Temple Grandin, other than her brainstem, other than that she is on the autism spectrum, a thing that delights me, and ought to delight others, is that she insists upon emphasizing that she is not someone with autism who has managed to do interesting work. No. Instead, she is someone who has a great career who happens to be on the autism spectrum.

It’s not all about the autism. We are people who do whatever it is that we do who happen to be autistic or Aspies.

I like kids with Asperger’s and on the autism spectrum. They think a lot, and I like that. They don’t bully people. They tend to love cats. (I do.)

Grandin said absolutely nothing until she was 4 years old. I think I know why, because as an Aspie, I refused to speak any words with a “cute” little-kid-esque lisp. Everything had to be enunciated clearly with “Television English” – the kind that is taught at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and is a mixture of educated New England and North Midwestern American accents – the first time I said any word.

PBS taught me how to speak and enunciate clearly with perfect grammar and Television English. It was ideal for an Aspergirl like me. The GOP would take all this away, defunding it. Damn them. I often joke that Morgan Freeman taught me to read, but I’m half-serious, because he does deserve some of the credit. The rest goes to my parents and to some solitary self-discipline. Oh, and a love of reading and finding things out.

I was determined to share what I am and how I think, and in the most positive way possible, so I wrote a short story that walks the reader through the markers of Asperger’s in girls, entitled Elephant’s Kitchen – An Aspergirl’s Study in Difference.

Several years later, following a fascinating with human overpopulation and ecosystems collapse, I decided to write that story from the point of view of an Asperwoman named Avril, highlighting the way we think, our quirks, our fondness for pockets in all dresses, skirts, pants, shorts (no putting keys in a handbag that can then be locked by mistake in a house or motor vehicle!), and so on.

That story, called Nae-Née, began as one novel with a population policy, rising sea levels, and a tour of the Earth’s problems. It later became a series of 3 novels, and I added an Aspie character in each one. By chance, they each turned out to be female. Avril’s husband is an Aspie too, but I wanted to show how prevalent the condition is. (If you click on these images, you’ll find that each one is hyperlinked.)

Aspies have contributed some great things throughout history, including novels (Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf), paintings (Vincent van Gogh – he died of an accidental gunshot wound, NOT a suicide – see this 60 Minutes story, The life and death of Vincent van Gogh), advances in the STEM disciplines (Isaac Newton showed many of the markers of autism), legal systems (the U.S. Constitution by James Madison and the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson), and more.

I should add that I have absolutely no compunction about posthumously spotting autism and Asperger’s in famous geniuses. Psychology and MRI scans came after the lifetimes of most humans who have ever existed, after all.

The point of discussing all this is that those of us who are alive now and who are working to make a success of ourselves and to leave something of value behind for the benefit of future humans when we see how autism works at its best need to see it. We need to look at this. It inspires us and gives us hope. This increases the likelihood of achieving our goals.

But if the GOP and our idiot Thief-in-Chief who hates the job he should never have applied for have anything to say about it, Julia and her new friends won’t be on television long enough to do kids both on and off of the autism spectrum enough good.

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The Raving Mad Tomato of InfoWars Explodes…Again

Alex Jones of InfoWars, that raving mad Texan with a radio show who shrieks nonsense, is Donald J. Trump’s favorite news source (or one of them, anyway).

No chance that the #Pumpkingropenfuehrer will call this Exploding Tomato of Idiocy and Vitriol fake news! The Thief-in-Chief swallows everything that Jones says, hook, line, and sinker.

Sigh.

Saturday Night Live, a.k.a. SNL, did a skit last weekend a la Alec Baldwin – again – as Trump.

After that, the #RavingMadTomato, a.k.a. Alex Jones, exploded with rage about it.

Trump’s Alex Jones Loses His Sh*t Over an SNL Skit

In it, the Earth was under attack by aliens from outer space, and Trump could not focus on the problem let alone begin to cope with it. He inspired no confidence in fiction, just as in reality.

We are seeing him take credit for the effects of his predecessor’s presidency as if they were the effects of his own. He hasn’t been in office long enough to have any effects!

But I digress…

Trump has called Alec Baldwin’s depiction of himself “unwatchable” and stopped watching.

Alex Jones, however, watched.

Next, this gravel-voiced twit proceeded to bash the show and anyone who doesn’t think that Trump is wonderful in the most unbalanced manner possible. The term “hate speech” seems a bit mild as applied to what is shown in this video clip.

I shall reproduce Jones’ words here, in writing.

Something of the vitriol and spittle will be lost in this iteration, but that’s fine.

The point is to see that, at least in writing, these are the ravings of a lunatic who ought to be relieved of his studio, have his radio show go off the air, and be taken away by white-coated hospital orderlies, not to be seen nor heard from again.

Here is the full text of the video:

“…and live from New York, it’s Saturday night!” The skit concludes.

With that, Alex Jones starts in on it:

Look at all those beta males.

Alec Baldwin thinks he’s a tough guy.

(Really? Jones is a telepath now? He actually knows what others are thinking?! I doubt it.)

 I challenge him, a million dollars to the charity he wants, to get in the ring with me, bare-knuckle.

I will! I’ll do it right now! I’ll get in the ring with you, and I will break your jaw!

I will knock your teeth out, I will break your nose, and I will break your neck.

You coward! You think you’re a tough guy, messing with little camera-men people!

You want to sit there and defame me and the president?!

Get in a ring with me. I will break your jaw in seconds (fist-pump)!

I will smash your nose into a bloody pulp (fist-swing)!

And I will WRACK your teeth out (another fist-swing)!

My fists are going to be bleedin’ with your teeth-marks all over ‘em (bares his own teeth as his brandishes his fist).

You fffrickin’ bully, you COWARD!

I HATE YOU!!!!!!

My listeners hate you! And you remember that, scumbag, forever!

The camera pans out and above him.

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…We’re gonna defeat this anti-human scum!

We’re gonna wreck their world!


Alex Jones is threatening people with physical violence for exercising freedom of speech, a 1st Amendment right…and broadcasting actionable evidence of that.

Idiot. I hope he gets SUED for the million dollars he’s offering in this video.

It seemed worthwhile to look up the definition of the term “hate speech” on Wikipedia, so I did that. Here, minus the references, is what I found for both the term itself and its legal application in the United States:


Hate speech laws

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) states that “any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law”. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) prohibits all incitement of racism. On 3 May 2011, Michael O’Flaherty with the United Nations Human Rights Committee published Draft General Comment No. 34 on the ICCPR, which among other comments expressed concern that many forms of “hate speech” do not meet the level of seriousness set out in Article 20. This paragraph does not appear in the final document. Concerning the debate over how freedom of speech applies to the Internet, conferences concerning such sites have been sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Enforcement of hate speech laws

Hate law regulations can be divided into two types: those which are designed for public order and those which are designed to protect human dignity. Those designed to protect public order seem to be somewhat ineffective because they are rarely enforced. For example, in Northern Ireland, as of 1992 only one person was prosecuted for violating the regulation in twenty one years. Those meant to protect human dignity, however, like those in Canada, Denmark, France, Germany and the Netherlands seem to be frequently enforced.

Hate speech laws by country

United States

Constitutional framework

The 1789 Constitution of the United States of America dealt only with the three heads of power—legislative, executive, and judicial—and sketched the basic outlines of federalism in the last four articles. The protection of civil rights was not written into the original Constitution but was added two years later with the Bill of Rights, implemented as several amendments to the Constitution. The First Amendment, ratified December 15, 1791, states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Although this section was considered only to apply to the federal congress (i.e. the legislative branch), the 14th Amendment, ratified on July 9, 1868, clarifies that this prohibition applies to laws of the states as well.

Supreme Court case law

Some limits on expression were contemplated by the framers and have been read into the Constitution by the Supreme Court. In 1942, Justice Frank Murphy summarized the case law: “There are certain well-defined and limited classes of speech, the prevention and punishment of which have never been thought to raise a Constitutional problem. These include the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous and the insulting or ‘fighting’ words – those which by their very utterances inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.”

Traditionally, however, if the speech did not fall within one of the above categorical exceptions, it was protected speech. In 1969, the Supreme Court protected a Ku Klux Klan member’s speech and created the “imminent danger” test to determine on what grounds speech can be limited. The court ruled in Brandenburg v. Ohio that; “The constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not permit a state to forbid or proscribe advocacy of the use of force, or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.”

This test has been modified very little from its inception in 1969 and the formulation is still good law in the United States. Only speech that poses an imminent danger of unlawful action, where the speaker has the intention to incite such action and there is the likelihood that this will be the consequence of his or her speech, may be restricted and punished by that law.

In R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul, (1992), the issue of banning hate speech arose again when a gang of white people burned a cross in the front yard of a black family. The local ordinance in St. Paul, Minnesota, criminalized such expressions considered racist and the teenager was charged thereunder. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the Supreme Court, held that the prohibition against hate speech was unconstitutional as it contravened the First Amendment. The Supreme Court struck down the ordinance. Scalia explicated the fighting words exception as follows: “The reason why fighting words are categorically excluded from the protection of the First Amendment is not that their content communicates any particular idea, but that their content embodies a particularly intolerable (and socially unnecessary) mode of expressing whatever idea the speaker wishes to convey”. Because the hate speech ordinance was not concerned with the mode of expression, but with the content of expression, it was a violation of the freedom of speech. Thus, the Supreme Court embraced the idea that speech in general is permissible unless it will lead to imminent violence. The opinion noted “This conduct, if proved, might well have violated various Minnesota laws against arson, criminal damage to property”, among a number of others, none of which was charged, including threats to any person, not to only protected classes.

In 2011, the Supreme Court issued their ruling on Snyder v. Phelps, which concerned the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to protest with signs found offensive by many Americans. The issue presented was whether the 1st Amendment protected the expressions written on the signs. In an 8–1 decision the court sided with Phelps, the head of Westboro Baptist Church, thereby confirming their historically strong protection of freedom of speech, so long as it doesn’t promote imminent violence. The Court explained, “speech deals with matters of public concern when it can ‘be fairly considered as relating to any matter of political, social, or other concern to the community’ or when it ‘is a subject of general interest and of value and concern to the public.”

Societal implementation

In the 1980s and 1990s, more than 350 public universities adopted “speech codes” regulating discriminatory speech by faculty and students. These codes have not fared well in the courts, where they are frequently overturned as violations of the First Amendment. Debate over restriction of “hate speech” in public universities has resurfaced with the adoption of anti-harassment codes covering discriminatory speech.

NTIA report

In 1992, Congress directed the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to examine the role of telecommunications, including broadcast radio and television, cable television, public access television, and computer bulletin boards, in advocating or encouraging violent acts and the commission of hate crimes against designated persons and groups. The NTIA study investigated speech that fostered a climate of hatred and prejudice in which hate crimes may occur. The study failed to link telecommunication to hate crimes, but did find that “individuals have used telecommunications to disseminate messages of hate and bigotry to a wide audience.” Its recommendation was that the best way to fight hate speech was through additional speech promoting tolerance, as opposed to government regulation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_speech#Hate_speech_laws


If you want to see more, visit the page and read whatever else interests you.

It’s been entertaining to see the comments on Facebook about this video.

There are lots of suggestions that #RavingMadTomato ought to be locked up in a mental hospital.

Others have pointed out that Alec Baldwin ought to have his attorney inform the police and file a formal complaint that this lunatic is threatening him with assault and battery.

Any radio show host who demonstrates such a blatant lack of comprehension and acceptance of the terms of the U.S. Constitution shouldn’t be on the air.

We are a nation of laws, not thugs.

The Chinese Built a Wall. The Mongols Still Got In. Think About That.

I guess you just can’t fix stupid, thoughtless, or unreasonable.

Still, the urge to try is irresistible, and the need to educate remains.

Donald J. Trump wants to build a wall, charge up the cost for the materials, labor, and deaths on the job to the American people, and then bill the Mexicans for it. (So much for international diplomacy with the next-door neighbors!)

That’s his plan – the simple, short version.

That version is so short on details – and the devil is in the details – that it’s absurd.

Fortunately, late-night comedians like Stephen Colbert can be counted upon to fill in the gaps.

I knew Colbert would get around to this sooner rather than later, and he rose to the challenge beautifully.

In case the link doesn’t work for you, I shall describe what he covered.

Stephen Colbert and a Team of Expert Builders Get Started on Trump’s Wall

He met with an architect, an engineer, a concrete contractor, and an interior designer.

With this team, plus a white board and a set of magic markers, Stephen Colbert proceeded to outline what it would take to make this wall a reality in building materials, design specifications, human labor, construction time, pay for human labor, costs of all those materials and for use of any construction equipment involved, and an estimate of how many human deaths are likely from the labor of building this colossal edifice to exclusion.

Using quotes from Donald J. Trump as he talked up his wall plan, Colbert took the team through each question, point by point. It was a useful and instructive exercise, and Trump ought to watch it, no matter how big of a blow this proves to be to his ego. Maybe we’ll all get lucky and it will burst his proverbial bubble.

So…the video covered:

The wall would block off the 2,000-mile border between the 48 contiguous United States and Mexico.

It would be a “heck of a lot higher” than 80 feet. The architect determined that 100 feet would do.

The engineer said that this means that the posts for the wall would have to be driven into the ground to a depth of two-thirds of that height. Panels would span the length in between them.

This brought the group to the concrete necessary for the panels: 200 million cubic yards.

That’s a lot of material right there.

Cost per yard of concrete: $2,000.

Total cost of required concrete is therefore $400 billion, the engineer calculated.

The architect disagreed with that number, and insisted that it would be $985 billion.

Why?

  • labor,
  • overhead,
  • excavation,
  • planning,
  • portable concrete plants,
  • dewatering,
  • swamp drainage (apparently the border is not ALL arid desert),
  • possibly a mobile forge (to shape the metal components of the wall supports).

At that point, Stephen rounded the cost off to $1 trillion dollars and wrote that on the board.

Next, the architect said that he had read that less than half of the border was covered with roads.

Stephen said that it was probably best to just build a 2,000-mile highway.

What would that cost, he asked the panel?

The same, they agreed.

Okay…he wrote another $1 trillion onto the board.

Next question: how long would it take to actually build the wall?

742 years, came the answer.

But you’ve only got 3 years and 11 months of this administration to do this.

In that case, the architect replied, probably 8,000 people would be necessary to work on it.

The concrete guy thought 4,000 people would be needed just to handle the materials.

Accordingly, Stephen wrote 12,000 workers on the board. Then he read from his notes that the Great Wall of China resulted in a total of 400,000 deaths of the people who worked on it.

So how many people could die building this, Stephen asked?

The engineer said that you could probably keep it down to 100 a month. Then she calculated that 100 times 48 months would be 4,800 total.

The group was not pleased, but Stephen Colbert insisted upon being realistic, and with that he upped the number of workers to 20,000 just to have some spares to cover all those expected deaths on the job.

Moving on to the next part of Donald J. Trump’s bombastic talking up of his proposed wall, which was that it was going to be beautiful, Stephen called on the interior designer.

(I had wondered, when this segment began, what a decorator was doing on the panel. Now it made an absurd sort of sense…)

What would be the quickest way to make this wall look beautiful, he asked?

An outdoor recreation park might work…it could be turned into a big rock climbing wall.

(I next tried to imagine how helpful that would be to the Mexicans as they made their way down it after managing to scale it…)

Never one to disappoint on questions of logic, Stephen rejected this idea as antithetical to a wall that one can’t climb.

Next idea: wallpaper.

(The next superstorm would de-paper it, but it’s just an idea.)

27 million rolls of wallpaper would be needed for one side.

“We’ve got to do both sides here,” Stephen said, looking absolutely serious.

(Shouldn’t the Mexicans get to decorate their side, I thought to myself?!)

54 million rolls of wallpaper, Stephen wrote on his white board, leaning down to find space.

The interior designer then pointed out that pattern matching would be necessary, so that the seams of the images printed onto the wallpaper would line up neatly. Hmm…more money!

“Let’s add another 50% onto that, just to be safe,” he said.

100 million rolls, Colbert summed up.

With that, he called the Mexican consulate to leave a message about the cost.

A woman answered the phone, and he asked her if Mexico had about $2 trillion dollars in petty cash right now. There was an awkward silence, so he summed up, thanked her, and hung up.

“Man, Mexico is going to be pissed,” he remarked.


After this monument to stupidity – this wall – is built, IF it gets built, not only will it, like the Great Wall of China, be visible to astronauts in outer space, it will also fail in its purpose.

Think about that for a moment.

The Mexicans and others from Central America will tunnel under this wall, climb it, or just take plane rides over it. Alternatively, they can use boats to bypass it altogether.

After all, if the Mongols could breach the Great Wall of China – and they did – why should this wall be any different?

I suppose we could have some fun naming it, even if it won’t work…

The Wall of Exclusion might fit the bill.

The Great Barrier to Opportunity sounds good, too.

The Choke-Off of Ecosystems and Endangered Species addresses the environmental damage it would do.

The Monument to Idiocy comes to the minds of many taxpayers.

The Rejection of Liberty…

…well, have fun thinking of your own names.

Maybe we’ll kill this project with ridicule, as well we should.

The court jesters of the realm are doing their utmost, and we all ought to pitch in.

We certainly don’t want to pitch in any tax money for this nonsense.

Algorithms, Suppression of Opposition Speech, and Psy-Ops.

As I write this, the Oscars are on. Why not? They’re fun.

I still want to see Hidden Figures, and I hope it wins big, because I’m such a sucker for all things outer space and feminist. My law thesis was on outer space law – but that’s another story, and also a fun one.

Jimmy Kimmel wasted no time in disabusing viewers of the fantasy that the celebrities will provide such a good time that our divided nation of citizens – divided politically – will be brought together and “healed” of our discord.

Good. That is, after all, absurd and unrealistic.

While we’re at it, I have something to add: if you have a better working knowledge of who’s who in the entertainment world than you do of who’s who in the political world, that is a disgrace. That is what’s wrong with Americans. And that’s just a start.

Here are some names to drop, names that can be looked up on www.wikipedia.com and http://www.house.gov/ and https://www.senate.gov/ after reading this:

  • Jason Chaffetz
  • Joe Manchin
  • Tammy Duckworth
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • John McCain
  • Steve Bannon
  • Steve Mnuchin
  • Scott Pruitt

Okay, that’s eight names. That will do for now.

On to the topic of the moment:

Alex Jones is the blowhard who runs a radio show in Texas called InfoWars. He screams himself hoarse until he is red in the face, and ripe for caricature – like a balloon with a bit of hair on top and bulging, round eyes with bags under them.

What does he scream about? Utter nonsense – all emotion, no research.

In this clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jones is shown with a juice box, claiming that drinking out of them makes a person “turn gay” – like frogs – and so on. It’s tempting to sic a scientist on this idiot, but he would likely just shout the scientist down.

Infowars’ Alex Jones is Trump’s CAPS LOCK Advisor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-HUbdEAxo8&feature=youtu.be

In December of 2015, Donald J. Trump – a.k.a. the #Pumpkingropenfuehrer – went on his show.

Trump talked about how we need more surveillance everywhere in this interview.

Just for going on this show, he ought to be ineligible for office.

Donald Trump Tells All on the Alex Jones Show

http://www.infowars.com/donald-trump-tells-all-on-the-alex-jones-show/

So what? It’s just a radio show that no one has heard, of, you might say.

Well, not anymore, and nonsense like this does matter when it is so easy to take in, and when served up to a public that does not care to read or research primary source material, to check its veracity, and to make sure that it is not being manipulated.

No one with an ounce of common sense would take Alex Jones seriously, you might say.

No one with an education and who isn’t too lazy to do research would do that…

Not so fast with the dismissal.

People DID take him seriously, starting with our Thief-in-Chief.

It would be too simplistic to simply ascribe the problem to a lack of education, laziness, closed-mindedness, and a general unwillingness to research or listen.

It’s far worse than that.

Data was manipulated, after it was gathered and shared among the most funded hackers of all time. The Farmers that I write about in the dystopian Nae-Née series did this – libertarian corporatists with pockets so deep as to seem bottomless.

The much maligned main-stream media continues to resist the Orwellian efforts to shove Newspeak – fake news – down our throats. We still have, uncensored, even if blocked from some White House press conferences by a fascist administration with a weak ego at its head, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Ms. magazine, the Associated Press, The Guardian, and many others. Read them. Look up information about each news source online, check with Snopes.com and Wikipedia.com and other verification sites. The Washington Post has demonstrated its determination to fight for freedom of the press and of information access by a change to its masthead:

Strategic Communications Laboratories, or the SCL Group, engineered our 2016 presidential election. Visit its website – https://sclgroup.cc/  – and the first image shown is of a stadium full of people attending a national election convention. Cambridge Analytica is a spin-off corporation of SCL. Here is its website: https://cambridgeanalytica.org/  Here also are the logos of each of these corporations:

 

This article from The Guardian explains what was done, and although I don’t usually provide excerpts, this one is a bit long, so I shall provide them.

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage

But there was another reason why I recognised Robert Mercer’s name: because of his connection to Cambridge Analytica, a small data analytics company. He is reported to have a $10m stake in the company, which was spun out of a bigger British company called SCL Group. It specialises in “election management strategies” and “messaging and information operations”, refined over 25 years in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan. In military circles this is known as “psyops” – psychological operations. (Mass propaganda that works by acting on people’s emotions.)

Cambridge Analytica worked for the Trump campaign and, so I’d read, the Leave campaign. When Mercer supported Cruz, Cambridge Analytica worked with Cruz. When Robert Mercer started supporting Trump, Cambridge Analytica came too. And where Mercer’s money is, Steve Bannon is usually close by: it was reported that until recently he had a seat on the board.

Andy Wigmore, Leave.EU’s affable communications director… Wigmore was one of the “bad boys of Brexit” – a term coined by Arron Banks, the Bristol-based businessman who was Leave.EU’s co-founder.

Cambridge Analytica had worked for them, he said. It had taught them how to build profiles, how to target people and how to scoop up masses of data from people’s Facebook profiles. A video on YouTube shows one of Cambridge Analytica’s and SCL’s employees, Brittany Kaiser, sitting on the panel at Leave.EU’s launch event.

Facebook was the key to the entire campaign, Wigmore explained. A Facebook ‘like’, he said, was their most “potent weapon”. “Because using artificial intelligence, as we did, tells you all sorts of things about that individual and how to convince them with what sort of advert. And you knew there would also be other people in their network who liked what they liked, so you could spread. And then you follow them. The computer never stops learning and it never stops monitoring.”

SCL was founded by someone called Nigel Oakes, who worked for Saatchi & Saatchi on Margaret Thatcher’s image, says Briant, and the company had been “making money out of the propaganda side of the war on terrorism over a long period of time. There are different arms of SCL but it’s all about reach and the ability to shape the discourse. They are trying to amplify particular political narratives. And they are selective in who they go for: they are not doing this for the left.”

Wigmore met with Trump’s team right at the start of the Leave campaign. “And they said the holy grail was artificial intelligence.”

Who did?

“Jared Kushner and Jason Miller.”

Later, when Trump picked up Mercer and Cambridge Analytica, the game changed again. “It’s all about the emotions. This is the big difference with what we did. They call it bio-psycho-social profiling. It takes your physical, mental and lifestyle attributes and works out how people work, how they react emotionally.”

Bio-psycho-social profiling, I read later, is one offensive in what is called “cognitive warfare”. Though there are many others: “recoding the mass consciousness to turn patriotism into collaborationism,” explains a NATO briefing document on countering Russian disinformation written by an SCL employee. “Time-sensitive professional use of media to propagate narratives,” says one US state department white paper. “Of particular importance to psyop personnel may be publicly and commercially available data from social media platforms.”

How do you change the way a nation thinks? You could start by creating a mainstream media to replace the existing one with a site such as Breitbart. You could set up other websites that displace mainstream sources of news and information with your own definitions of concepts like “liberal media bias”, like CNSnews.com. And you could give the rump mainstream media, papers like the “failing New York Times!” what it wants: stories. Because the third prong of Mercer and Bannon’s media empire is the Government Accountability Institute.

Bannon co-founded it with $2m of Mercer’s money.

Expressing his confidence that his crimes will go unchallenged, Bannon brags:

“You wouldn’t get a Watergate, a Pentagon Papers today, because nobody can afford to let a reporter spend seven months on a story. We can. We’re working as a support function.”


If you don’t yet see that something is rotten in cyberspace and in real time, you have plunged your head into the quicksand of Orwellian Newspeak.

Get it unstuck, America. Learn how to spot fake news and discount it.

Our democracy is worth more than all the money that was sunk into this psy-op.

For Those Who Wonder Why the GOP Politicians Are Doing This…

…it is because the GOP politicians just don’t care about ethics nor their oaths to serve their constituents. They are so embittered that liberals got to make the reforms that we wanted and so many of them and they have given up and decided to cheat, because that’s the only way that they will be able to do what they want…which is to take us back in time in terms of civil rights, property control, and social norms. The social norms part won’t work for them without terrorism, though – terrorism by angry white males from the alt-right, and other fascist/populist monsters.

This is the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

He has stopped accepting petitions and phone calls.

His constituents – the people he works for – can thus either agree with his agenda, or be ignored.

Here are some facts from his Wikipedia page, plus the link, so that you can read the entire entry, if you choose to do so:

When he was 16, Ryan found his 55-year-old father lying dead in bed of a heart attack.

Because of a family history of fatal heart attacks before age 60, Ryan pursues an intense cross-training fitness program called P90X.

He is “fairly careful” about what he eats and makes his own bratwurst and Polish sausage.

Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he became interested in the writings of Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman. He often visited the office of libertarian professor Richard Hart to discuss the theories of these economists and of Ayn Rand.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ryan

When I wrote the Nae-Née series, it was with the politicians as shadowy figures, carrying out their agendas with no accountability to the voters, whose needs and wishes were ignored. This agenda was to Farm the unsuspecting sheeple of a populace.

 

To “Farm” means to treat the voting public as a crop to be manipulated as those in control see fit, or as a weed to be erased as it irritates. This was directed by the Farmers – banksters, hedge fundsters, and corporatists – who own and control the military-industrial complex, the agribusinesses, the pharmaceutical and insecticide giants, the fossil fuels, and any other resource that can be bought or sold.

Everyone else was just cannon fodder or a nuisance. Protesters were to be erased.

That is dystopian fiction.

We are now living through dystopian reality.

Protesters are being blown up by grenades tossed by police who care nothing for human rights, in a gross display of state-sanctioned police misconduct.

Dakota Pipeline Protester Sophia Wilansky’s arm was blown apart by a police grenade. (Twitter)

Militarized police are forcing all dissent into silence, submission, or erasure.

Instead of sensibly expanding access to birth control and abortion to relieve the pressure of human overpopulation, we see immigration being constricted with draconian methods, as if the Gestapo were being revived.

The government agencies and the people who work in them have opened rogue Twitter accounts in order to continue doing their jobs.

It is anyone’s guess how long they will be able to continue doing that.

How long before access to the Internet is slowed down for everyone – including activists – except for the wealthiest individuals, the one-percenters of society who own most of its wealth, who are the Farmers of this new reality?

Letters Sent to the Oath-Breakers

It is not possible to send it via the website for http://www.house.gov/ because one must live in the district of a particular politician, or s/he will block your attempt to e-mail them. Not to be deterred, I wrote on their Facebook pages.
 
This is the letter I have written to the politicians who want to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency.

 
Dear Oath-Breaker:
 
This letter is about a bill that you are a sponsor/co-sponsor of:
H.R.861 – to terminate the EPA
 
You must be insane, bought out, have an abysmally low I.Q., and completely indifferent to the destruction that you will become the proximate cause of if this bill becomes law.
 
You must have absolutely no regard for our natural security.
 
The last thing the nation needs is a law that paves the way for natural insecurity.
 
The use of the phrase “paves the way” was a deliberate pun, by the way, because more fossil fuels will be extracted to emit more toxic, carcinogenic fumes into the air and more asphalt roads constructed with those materials, which will cut off yet more wildlife from more of their habitat.
 
But that won’t matter to you, because you are also encouraging insecticide corporations to spray and splice into plant DNA more poison. Soon we will have no bees left to pollinate crops, and we will be sick from malnutrition without sufficient fresh fruits and vegetables.
 
It seems that you want to kill off the surplus human, insect, animal, and plant population.
 
I have not bothered to write you a pleading letter because it is clear that you do not care what constituents have to say, even though you work for us all.
 
You have committed treason with this bill.
 
Just for the record, I shall say it: stop this travesty of a bill immediately.
 
Thank you for nothing.
 
Sincerely,
Stephanie C. Fox, J.D.


But wait, there’s more.

Just visit https://www.congress.gov/ for the names of all sponsors and co-sponsors of this and other bills.

Be advised that if you attempt to e-mail them, they have rigged their websites to block any messages from any sender who is not a resident of their district, and so that leaves their Facebook pages. Some have set up their Facebook pages so that it is impossible to write them a direct message. In fact, the only way to do that is in the comment thread of some post. Pick one relevant to your topic if that is all you can do.

Also be advised that Facebook may collude against you to freeze up your account if you write to them expressing dissent. It may do this at the instigation of the politicians’ aides, who maintain their Facebook pages. I went ahead with the EPA protest letter. There were 4 politicians to send that one to: Matt Gaetz of Florida, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, and Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, all Republicans, of course. Scrolling down their pages was nauseating, but instructive. They are gleeful about eviscerating abortion rights, birth control access, eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency, deleting the Department of Education, and loosening gun ownership barriers.

Here are some more letters that I prepared.


Dear Oath-Breaker:

This letter is about a bill that you are a sponsor/co-sponsor of:

H.R.899 – to terminate the Department of Education

You must be insane, bought out, have an abysmally low I.Q., and completely indifferent to the destruction that you will become the proximate cause of if this bill becomes law.

You must have absolutely no regard for our nation’s future.

You are obviously determined to ensure that future generations of voters will be so poorly educated as to be sheeple who won’t question anything you do, nor have the temerity to write you a letter such as this one.

I have not bothered to write you a pleading letter because it is clear that you do not care what constituents have to say, even though you work for us all.

You have committed treason with this bill.

Just for the record, I shall say it: stop this travesty of a bill immediately.

Thank you for nothing.

Sincerely,

Stephanie C. Fox, J.D.


Dear Oath-Breaker:

This letter is about a bill that you are a sponsor/co-sponsor of:

H.R.367 – Hearing Protection Act of 2017

You must be insane, bought out, have an abysmally low I.Q., and completely indifferent to the destruction that you will become the proximate cause of if this bill becomes law.

Apparently, you are laboring under the impression that your constituents are too stupid to see what you’re doing with this bill.

But we are not; we are not fooled by this bill’s purported concern for our eardrums.

It is far better to hear the report of gunfire and thus have time to react or even flee from danger.

With the passage of this bill into law, criminals will have one less hurdle to leap before they are prepared to commit a murder, plus the ability to move with greater stealth.

That is what this bill shows, not a concern for anyone’s sense of hearing.

I have not bothered to write you a pleading letter because it is clear that you do not care what constituents have to say, even though you work for us all.

You have committed treason with this bill.

Just for the record, I shall say it: stop this travesty of a bill immediately.

Thank you for nothing.

Sincerely,

Stephanie C. Fox, J.D.


That’s it for now for my efforts at online activism.

I’ll see how this affects my access to Facebook use next.

Resist the populist fascist takeover of our government.

Watching Our Democracy Crash as Oath-Breakers Ignore Us

Tracking the news since January 20th of this year is, as I expected it to be, like watching an ongoing motor vehicle crash.

Or should I characterize it as a train or a plane crash?

No…maybe likening it to the crash of both the International Space Station and the Hubble Telescope would do.

It’s something really crucial that crashing, because that something is the United States Constitution.

Those who swore an oath to uphold it, to defend it, to serve their constituents, are ignoring whatever we tell them to do while breaking those oaths.

Today, I got an e-mail updating me on what our Congress is up to.

After looking at the House bills shown in the following screen grabs, I concluded that it is largely up to no good.

“Largely” is the operative word when you already know that the GOP members of it have enough of a majority to shove these bills down our throats.

This is a bill to eliminate the EPA. Suggestion: Contact these traitors to the ecosystem to say no.

Apparently, the grossly unqualified Betsy DeVos will not be necessary, nor will anyone else. Our government has decided to trash the futures of Americans.

Not only was Obama not coming for anyone’s guns, but under Trump, it will be possible to get a silencer without a permit.

By all means, write to these brain-dead monsters and tell them not to do this.

Go on record as having objected to this idiocy.

Even if the jack-booted fascist thugs might come for me, I don’t care – I’m going to do this anyway.

They’re not here yet, and objecting might actually keep them away.

At least it will keep me from feeling regret.

We really have no defense left right now other than our comedians and political commentators.

We have no defense because we have a blithering idiot in the White House who runs off to his resort every weekend to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in Secret Service costs while blacking out the windows of the rooms where he stashes the media.

Well, we still have a defense: we are used to freedom of speech, and we won’t shut up.

Quit Now, #Pumpkingropenfuehrer – You Are Unfit in Every Way

The #Pumpkingropenfuehrer is unfit in every way to hold the office of President of the United States.

Unfit, and as a result, we are living in the Untied States of America.

Just watch this damning segment:

Trump questions terror suspect’s rights

“Sad” that a suspect will get due process of law under the U.S. Constitution, which you swore an oath to defend?! Quit now, #Pumpkingropenfuehrer – you have just gone on record as being unfit for the office you hold! L

The #Pumpkingropenfuehrer is not prepared for his current role.

His disqualifications:

  • Meaningless military drill schools.
  • Implicated in a hazing incident.
  • A college degree in economics.
  • No graduate school.
  • Granted draft deferments during the Vietnam War.
  • 6 bankruptcies of his businesses.
  • Countless conflicts of interest with no intention of rectifying them.
  • Thinks every day is Take Your Daughter to Work Day.
  • Grasps foreign leaders’ hands in a manic death grip of a handshake and won’t let go, causing one awkward moment after another with every state visit.
  • Makes announcements with suspense-building drama, as if still running a reality TV show.

He does not have what it takes to make a business or a nation profit.

He’s been trained in bullying and self-aggrandizement, and then honed his talent for that sociopathic trait.

He is not presidential material.

He has been divorced twice, cheated on his wives, broken immigration laws in order to be near beautiful women, and then treated them like the sexist pig that he is…and that’s a slur on pigs.

He can’t leave his Twitter account alone, nor his unsecured phone.

He has no respect for transparency, nor for a free press, as demonstrated recently by trash-bag blacking out of windows that overlook his golf course:

Any news agency that criticizes him is automatically dubbed a purveyor of fake news, while any that pays him the service of a sycophant is complimented by him.

He is physically, mentally, intellectually, and psychologically incapable of picking a Cabinet nominee with an iota of integrity.

He wants to control others to assuage his weak ego and colossal sense of insecurity. (It makes one wonder what happened to him during his childhood that ruined his personality.)

He allows propaganda with spins on lies to be released as official policy.

He has no clue about diplomacy. Soon he will have offended the leaders of every other nation.

Notes from his Wikipedia page don’t help his image:

Trumps left the school at age 13 and was enrolled in the New York Military Academy (NYMA), in Cornwall, New York, where he finished eighth grade and high school. Trump was an energetic child; his parents hoped that the discipline at the military school would allow him to channel his energy in a positive manner. In 1983, Fred Trump told an interviewer that Donald “was a pretty rough fellow when he was small”.

Trump participated in marching drills, wore a uniform, and during his senior year attained the rank of captain. He was transferred from a student command position after the alleged hazing of a new freshman in his barracks by one of Trump’s subordinates; Trump later described the transfer as “a promotion”. In 2015, he told a biographer that NYMA gave him “more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military”.

Trump attended Fordham University in the Bronx for two years, beginning in August 1964. He then transferred to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, which offered one of the few real estate studies departments in United States academia at the time. While there, he worked at the family’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son, named for his paternal grandmother. He graduated from Penn in May 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

Trump was not drafted during the Vietnam War. While in college from 1964 to 1968, he obtained four student deferments. In 1966, he was deemed fit for service based upon a military medical examination, and in 1968 was briefly classified as fit by a local draft board, but was given a 1-Y medical deferment in October 1968. In an interview for a 2015 biography, he attributed his medical deferment to heel spurs. In 1969, he received a high number in the draft lottery, which would also have likely exempted him from service.

Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy, but his hotel and casino businesses have been declared bankrupt six times between 1991 and 2009 in order to re-negotiate debt with banks and owners of stock and bonds.


He bought the election with a computer hack, from a company whose board of directors includes Steve Bannon, a racist, misogynist fascist, who is now his national security advisor.

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down

To top it all off, we keep seeing indications of treason on his part.

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Start the impeachment now, and get rid of Bannon.