Sunday, May 19, 2019

Insolent Music . . .


Adulatory panegyrics
Vituperary insolence
Commendatory highly glowing compilments
Enthusiastic lionizing
Discourteous ill-manneredness
Impertinence and disrespect
How will we be remembered?
Will our names live on?
Will the seeds that we sowed
Reap the glorious fruit we intended?


Insolence

©2019 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Justice?. . .

(from The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell)
". . . I don't engage in any type of behavior that should place me in a cop's crosshairs. I don't live in "one of those neighborhoods" or hang out with a "bad crowd" (unless you count comedians). I am not involved in felonious activity. I'm not bragging. I'm just boring. And I'm not playing the game of "respectability politics" here. Because I know that not being a part of criminal activity is no assurance that you will go home safely after an interaction with a cop. Because "boring" is no assurance of safety when you are Black. What's more boring than shopping at Walmart? That's what John Crawford III was doing when police shot him in the back while he was on his cell phone talking to his girlfriend. What was his crime? He was carrying a gun. . . in Ohio, an open-carry state where people are legally allowed to carry guns. . . openly. Why did he have a gun in Walmart? Because Walmart sells guns. I think he was at the very least thinking about buying the gun. I don't really know, because a customer saw a Black man carrying a gun in the store and called 911. The cops showed up and shot him immediately, without warning, apparently finding him guilty of attempting to practice capitalism. And the thing that really sucks is that it was an air rifle. At most, he was in danger of putting his eye out. . . "






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Friday, May 17, 2019

Insolence . . .

Adulatory panegyrics
Vituperary insolence
Commendatory highly glowing compilments
Enthusiastic lionizing
Discourteous ill-manneredness
Impertinently disrespect
How will we be remembered
Will actions we took
Reap the fruit of the seed
We intended to sow




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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Aha . . .

. . . OHO . . . 






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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

More happy . . .

Want to be happy
Listen here
What would you pay to
Have no fear
Fear of the raptor
Roaming free
Fear of a captor
You or me
Do you fear having your choices
All being taken away

There was a turmoil
We could see
Under the table
Had to be
Way far beyond us
In the fray
We wore the blinders
They slipped away
So many promises made
To a misguided parade of the innocent

Circumstances pushed so many over the edge
Sideways glances directed to drive in a wedge

Want to be happy
Bet you do
Want to be happy
In the things you do
All’s not the same as it used to be
Conscious effort will help us break free


Happy
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Insert . . .


. . . 'musician' in place of comic


(from The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell)
". . . Many of these comics were feature acts who went on before the headliners, so they weren't getting paid the most money. But there was enough money being made in the '80s that feature acts could make a living, something that is impossible now unless you have some sort of mom's basement/living-out-of-your-car situation. And forget having kids or wanting to save money. There's a dwindling middle class in comedy just like there is a dwindling middle class in America . . . "







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Monday, May 13, 2019

News . . .


News for the many
And news for the few
Over and over
Fantastic still true

Its bad and its worse
But oncoming it is
'Til I've heard about all
I can take of all this

The principles displayed
By the ones with the power
To accomplish some good
Are now well past their flower

I hope there's still hope
Causing its hoping I do
And  I'm  doing it constantly
But my hopes approach few

Unless more folks can realize
The great value of fact
And can care bout each other
and accordingly act





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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Nothing . . .

. . . new . . .
(from Friends Divided:  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon S. Wood)
". . . But most despairing to Adams were the 'Personal hatreds and Party Animosities' that consumed the capital. . ."






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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Celebrate . . .


(from Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon S. Wood)
". . . Adams thought the really important decision for independence had been taken on Julh 2, when the Congress voted to break away from the British empire. "The Second Day of July," he told Abigail, "will be the most memorable Epocha in the History of America." He believed that it "would be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great Anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by Solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.". . . "





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Friday, May 10, 2019

Despond . . .


"If we despond, public confidence is destroyed, the people will no longer yield their support to a hopeless contest, and American liberty is no more. Through the darkness which shrouds our prospects, the ark of safety is visible. Despondency becomes not the dignity of our cause, nor the character of those who are its supporters."
-Samuel Adams





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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Times . . .

. . . square, good, bad . . . or New York . . .



(from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/us/trump-tax-figures.html)
1. Mr. Trump was deep in the red even as he peddled deal-making advice

2. In multiple years, he appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual taxpayer
The tax results for the years that followed trace an arc of continued empire building — and gathering loss.

3. He paid no federal income taxes for eight of the 10 years

4. He made millions posing as a corporate raider — until investors realized he never followed through

5. His interest income spiked in 1989 at $52.9 million, but the source is a mystery






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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Disagree . . .


(from https://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/despite-what-trump-says-tariffs-aren-t-boosting-american-economy-n1002331)
". . . Trump asserted that the tariffs already in place have boosted the economy. . .“These payments are partially responsible for our great economic results,” he tweeted on Sunday. . . Economists disagree. . .“It’s pretty hard to justify the argument that tariffs have strengthened the economy,” said Dan North, chief economist at Euler Hermes North America. “In the first quarter GDP report, there was a very sharp reduction in imports. Of course that makes GDP look bigger, so that would be a result of the tariffs coming into play. However, that is not a way to grow an economy,” he said. . ."





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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Clearly . . .


(from https://www.needtoimpeach.com/impeachable-offenses/ and https://freespeechforpeople.org/new-white-paper-legal-grounds-impeachment-investigation-president/)

1. Obstructing Justice
After taking office, Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to abandon the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election—which the FBI had already connected to Michael Flynn.
When Comey refused to alter course, Trump fired him. . .Trump then admitted the firing was over “the Russia thing” in a televised interview. . . In a tweet months later, he stated that he “had to fire Michael Flynn because he lied to the FBI”— further affirming that he dismissed James Comey in an attempt to quash the FBI’s investigation.

2. Profiting from the Presidency
 The Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause prohibits the president from accepting personal benefits from any foreign government or official. . . Trump has retained his ownership interests in his family business while he is in office. . . Thus, every time a foreign official stays at a Trump hotel, or a foreign government approves a new Trump Organization project, or grants a trademark, Trump is in violation of the Constitution. . . For example: shortly after he was sworn into office, the Chinese government . . . gave preliminary approval to 38 trademarks of Trump’s name. Then, in June, China approved nine Donald Trump trademarks they had previously rejected. . . And every time he goes to golf at a Trump property, he funnels taxpayer money into his family business—violating the Domestic Emoluments Clause.

3. Collusion
In the middle of the 2016 election, Trump’s son was invited to meet with a Russian national regarding “information that would incriminate Hillary and…would be very useful to” Donald Trump . . . The Russian, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had ties to high-ranking Kremlin officials. . . Trump Jr. took the meeting. He said, “I love it,” when told Veselnitskaya may have had dirt on Clinton. Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner also attended. . . Federal law prohibits campaigns from soliciting anything of value from a foreign national. . . After journalists broke this story, Trump personally dictated a public statement on behalf of his son that lied about the intended purpose of the meeting. . . This relationship between the Trump team and the Russian national raises questions of whether the campaign aided a hostile foreign power’s active operation against the United States.

4. Advocating Political & Police Violence
When Trump gave cover to the neo-Nazis who rioted in Charlottesville and murdered a protester, he violated his obligation to protect the citizenry against domestic violence. . . When Trump encouraged police officers to rough up people they have under arrest, he violated his obligation to oversee faithful execution of the laws. . . When Trump shared anti-Muslim content on Twitter, he violated his obligation to uphold equal protection of the laws. . . This represents a pattern of disregard for some of the president’s basic responsibilities as defined by the Constitution.

5. Abuse of Power
President Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio amounted to an abuse of the pardon power that revealed his indifference to individual rights and equal protections. . . Joe Arpaio was convicted for contempt of court after ignoring a court order that he stop detaining and searching people based on the color of their skin, which constitutes a violation of their rights. . . Pardoning this conviction goes against the Fifth Amendment, which allows the judiciary to issue and enforce injunctions against government officials who flout individual rights.

6. Engaging in Reckless Conduct
High-ranking administration officials involved in foreign affairs have signaled that Trump does not have the capacity to make informed decisions in the event of a military crisis.
Even worse, his actions could spark a needless confrontation stemming from misunderstanding or miscalculation. . . We see this in full effect every time Trump tweets or makes a public statement taunting and threatening the North Korean regime. . . The president may be the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States,” but that does not give him the right to behave in reckless or wanton ways that put millions of lives at risk. . . If he is unfit to perform his duties as Commander in Chief, he cannot be allowed to remain in the position.

7. Persecuting Political Opponents
President Trump has repeatedly pressured the Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate and prosecute political adversaries like Hillary Clinton. . . This is not based in concerns with national security, law enforcement, or any other function of his office—it is an attempted power play, plain and simple. . . There’s no question that this constitutes an outrageous and inappropriate abuse of executive branch powers and serves as clear grounds for impeachment.

8. Attacking the Free Press
President Trump has repeatedly attacked the concept of an independent press. . . He’s called critical coverage “fake news” and journalists “the enemy of the American people,” made threats to change libel laws and revoke licenses, and his battles with CNN led him to try to interfere in the AT&T/Time Warner merger. . . This demonstrates his unwillingness to respect and uphold the Constitution, and disdain for the crucial foundations to our free society. . . Thanks to Free Speech for People, whose white paper, ‘The Legal Case for a Congressional Investigation on Whether to Impeach President Donald J. Trump,’ served as the basis for this list.

9. Violating Immigrants' Right to Due Process
Enforcing its new “zero tolerance” policy, the Trump administration separated as many as 3,000 immigrant children from their parents at the southern border. This policy was meant to deter families from attempting to cross the border. . . The children and their families have been held in internment camps and cages with what lawyers call “inhumane conditions” . . . Due to negligence, the Trump administration has no plan to reunite all children with their families, even deporting some parents while their children remain detained. . . Thanks to Free Speech for People, ‘New ground for impeachment hearings: cruel and unconstitutional imprisonment of children and their families,’ served as content for this impeachable offense.

10. Violating Campaign Finance Laws
Donald Trump knew disclosure of his extramarital affairs with Stephanie Clifford (A.K.A. Stormy Daniels) and Karen McDougal could hurt his chances at winning the 2016 election. . . At the direction of Trump, Michael Cohen and American Media, Inc. (AMI), the publisher of the National Enquirer bought the rights to the women’s stories and forced them to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements to prevent them from going public. . . Cohen admitted to making illegal, hush-money payments to hide Trump’s affairs in the fall of 2016, just weeks before the election. . . Federal prosecutors, and Trump’s co-conspirators Cohen and AMI, all say that Cohen made the payments at Trump’s direction, “in concert with the campaign,” and with the intention of helping Trump win.
Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator because he directed Cohen to “cause an unlawful corporate contribution” and an “excessive campaign contribution” by paying the two women hush money with the intent to influence the election.




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Monday, May 6, 2019

Not . . .


". . . Partisanship and obstruction is sadly not uncommon in America’s political system. But by continuing to push the boundaries, Trump has exposed a flaw within the framework of our political composition. Congress is effectively powerless to make the executive branch do anything. They can issue subpoenas. Those subpoenas can be ignored. They can hold people in contempt. But of course, any U.S. attorney capable of prosecuting contempt can be fired by the attorney general. If they go to court, it’ll take years to get resolved. . . Moreover, when it comes to Trump and Congressional Republicans, there is little good faith left — if any. There certainly isn’t much trust. With the backing of the White House, Republicans believe they can effectively bully Democrats. And Democrats, led by the conventionally cautious wisdom of lawmakers like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, are increasingly trapped by the process. If they remain unwilling to deviate from conventional tactics, they will not be able to gain much progress in these very unconventional times. . ."






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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Understand . . .



(from https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-tweet-about-impeachment-confuses-political-conclusions-legal-ones-ncna997641)
". . . The term “other high crimes and misdemeanors” was understood by the Constitution’s drafters to not refer only to criminal activity. In pre-revolutionary England, the term was used to refer to various forms of official misconduct, including maladministration, that did not (and could not) carry criminal consequences. The Constitution’s drafting history similarly reflects the Founders’ view that the remedy was not limited to those crimes Congress had elsewhere proscribed. . . As Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 65, impeachable offenses arose from “the misconduct of public men, or in other words from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”. . . As Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist No. 65, impeachable offenses arose from “the misconduct of public men, or in other words from the abuse or violation of some public trust.” And James Madison himself, during a crucial debate in the middle of the First Congress, invoked as an example of an impeachable offense a president who wantonly dismissed government officers for no good reason. As the Congressional Research Service (CRS) found in a 2015 report, “[m]any of the impeachments approved by the House of Representatives have included conduct that did not involve criminal activity. Less than a third have specifically invoked a criminal statute or used the term ‘crime.’”. . . "




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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Dirty . . .

. . . what the dirty do when they have nothing else to offer . . .



(headline from https://www.nbcnews.com/)
"Rivals are scrambling to dig up dirt on Pete Buttigieg"





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Friday, May 3, 2019

Learn . . .

. . . from Baltimore . . .
. . . America!


(from Dan Rodricks https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/dan-rodricks-blog/bs-md-rodricks-pugh-0502-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3t2N73H8ZxfiK8sHavoEfv5Mh9OE2ZGo__RAJnr6KDKG59ZP8Hg07bzVE)
". . . It was only March 13 that we learned — from a report in The Baltimore Sun — about Pugh’s questionable deal to sell thousands of copies of her mediocre, self-published children’s books — some $500,000 worth — to the University of Maryland Medical System while she sat on its board. But that was just the start of her downfall. A cascade of “Healthy Holly” revelations followed, making it clear that Pugh had been involved in more deals than she had acknowledged during that David Lynch-weird press conference on March 28, the one with the bibs. . . The unusually fast and broad condemnation of Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” deal-making — the part that came from city dwellers and not just the usual crowd of city haters on talk radio — reveals evidence of civic impatience. And Baltimore badly needs impatience. . . And Baltimoreans were quick to dismiss Pugh because we are sick of corruption or, at the least, dysfunction, chaos, distraction and embarrassment. . . We probably expect too much from mayors, but, at the minimum, we need an honest, stable and conscientious leader in City Hall, not someone scheming up lucrative side deals. . ."




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