WIENERPALOOZA

Wienerpalooza is an example why many opt to live in Key West.

Today the day! A wiener wonderland. The annual Dachshund Parade.

Begins at 11:45 at the Custom House. Finishes at 135 Duval for the “after parade party.”

The weather will not be cooperative. Winter cold descends upon Key West tomorrow. The high 63 and low 50. Trust me, the weather will not discourage participants from the parade and party. Rarely is anything permitted to interfere with fun in Key West.

The weather sunday will not be much better: 58 high, 56 low

A slight improvement monday: high 69, low 66.

Yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The admonition following 1945 and to this day: May it never happen again!

However, it has. There have been more than 40 genocides worldwide since the end of World War II.

I find it difficult to understand why Biden’s popularity is at such a low ebb. He has accomplished much. He has failed in certain areas also. However overall his record is on the favorable side.

His most recent accomplishment involves the GDP. It was announced yesterday the U.S. economy had expanded. The GDP grew 5.7 percent over the past year.

Its highest growth since 1984.

GoFundMe has sitting in its bank account $6 million raised for the Canadian Truckers Freedom Convoy. A well planned event. Truckers from all parts of Canada are joining together to protest vaccine mandates.

GoFundMe says it is merely checking things out before passing on the funds.

The actual dollars raised $6,033,210. Received from 77.6 thousand donors.

Enjoy your day!

ENOUGH FORMER JUDGES ON THE SUPREME COURT

The news that Justice Stephen Breyer will be retiring has brought to mind something that has been bothering me for years with regard to the Supreme Court selection process. Too many are selected who are judges sitting on a lower court.

The selection process has gone amiss in the last 20 years or so. Time for the tide to turn.

Placing the message in perspective, 8 of the 9 Justices presently sitting have been judges on a lesser court before rising to the Supreme Court. The one exception is Elena Kagan.

The selection process has tended to experienced jurists for 2 reasons.

First, Senate members having the responsibility of approving a President’s nomination wanted to know without question a selectee’s prior thinking on certain issues. What better way than to have their opinions from the lower court available for review.

I have always though the thinking of the Senate was off base in this regard. Lower court judges are required to follow precedent. What the Supreme Court said in an earlier case. Not much thinking involved there. Especially since once such a judge is elevated to the Supreme Court, he/she can change precedent.

The other is that out of the blue the Senate decided it was important to have Justices trained for the job. Not a brilliant decision in itself.

Twenty years on a lower court may have taught a new Supreme Court Justice how to write a decision. It has not taught such a judge to recall everyday experiences from the past. Their hearts and the understanding of people’s problems long buried in the everyday grind of legal thought.

Though learned in the law, lower court judges have been away from the everyday problems people face. Whatever experiences they may have had personally or have seen clients experience, is long forgotten. Replaced by technicalities in wording.

The Supreme Court was founded in 1790. Since then 120 persons have sat as Justices. Since 1900, 41 have been without prior judicial experience. The 41 included many who left enviable records as superior Justices. The 41 include William Rehnquist, Lewis Powell Jr., Abe Fortas, Byron White, Arthur Goldberg, Earl Warren, Tom Clark, Harold Burton, James Frances Byrnes, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Harold Fiske Stone, Louis Brandeis, and Charles Evans Hughes. Time will tell if Elena Kagan makes her mark

Names from a more distant history include John Marshall and John Jay.

Many were politicians or political servants.

Some were exceptional influences on the Court. Without Earl Warren, there would have been no Brown v. Board of Education. Felix Frankfurter and Louis Brandeis were legal geniuses without compare. Charles Evan Hughes a former President of the United States.

Rather than great legal minds, what is needed is someone who grew up relatively poor, was buried in student loans, had trouble putting food on the table, making mortgage payments, etc.

Experience/tragedy/hard times are great teachers. However only while fresh in the minds of the nominees and/or not buried behind the clutter of too many cases heard and too many decisions rendered in the lower court.

Stacy Abrams is an example of that which I write. Though in referring to her, I am not recommending that Biden appoint her. The appointment his headache, not mine.

In April 2018, Abrams wrote an op-ed for Fortune Magazine. She revealed she owed $54,000 in federal back taxes and $174,000 in credit card and student loan debt.

Abrams was repaying the IRS incrementally on a payment plan after deferring her 2015 and 2016 taxes, which she stated was necessary to help with her family’s medical bills.

In 2019, she completed payment of her back taxes to the IRS in addition to other outstanding credit card and student loan debt.

Again, I am not saying or recommending Abrams for Breyer’s seat. What I am recommending is that serious consideration be given to one who has experienced hardship before rising to a position to be considered for the high position of Supreme Court Justice.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

ANOCRACY

Anocracy. A word you will hear more of as time goes on. It will replace authoritarianism.

Authoritarianism is exemplified by Hitler rolling tanks into Poland, the Russians into Hungary, and what Putin is attempting today with the Ukraine.

Anocracy are groups developing within a society with differing opinions  as to how and what the government should be. The U.S. previously has experienced anocracism. The Civil War which began in 1861. The South pro slavery, the North not so.

Barbara R. Walter is a respected political scientist who is concerned with the the U.S.’ rapid drift into anocracy. She wrote an interesting Opinion piece in the Washington Post 1/24 on the subject.

Walter began with recognizing today’s United States is divided into two groups.

One being what I see as revolutionaries who seek in their mind a better way. The QAnons being one. They believe U.S. must change government wise. The present structure rotting at its base.

Trump did not help. During the 2016 campaign, he mouthed words the anti’s wanted to hear. The government is falling apart, we must do something about it, etc.

On the other side are groups such as Black Lives Matter. They do not want a new government. They want to make changes in the government’s present form to improve life for persons of color and the poor.

Interestingly, the black/white divide is the base upon which all else stands in the revolutionary period we are entering. Recall slavery was the essence of the Civil War. Slaves were money to the South. The South would not give up their right to own slaves without a fight.

Whites recognize they are a diminishing group. Very shortly persons of color will clearly outnumber whites.

Such would mean a loss of power and influence politically and personally. Also the danger of what goes around, comes around. Whites fear they would be treated by persons of color as they have been treated by whites for the past two hundred years.

Imagine how whites in Texas would react if persons of color were in political control and outnumbered the whites. Those of color could pass legislation affecting white voting as the whites have recently done to those of color. Whites see it coming. Fear it. Fight it with laws adverse to those of colored persons today.

An increasing number of political scientists recognize the threat of war as anocracy increases, with the result of another civil war occurring.

Threat to the U.S. comes from within. Not the outside.

An anocracy is loosely defined as part democracy and part dictatorship. Again, the U.S. is trending that way. Evidenced by citizens organizing themselves into rival factions.

Walter wrote a civil war could be inevitable: “The cause is the Republican Party’s blatant attempt throughout the nation to promote racist authoritarianism by disenfranchising voters of color. The over revealing goal at both the state and federal levels is government by minority rule.”

The U.S. has been trending towards autocracy for many years. The direction has been reset. Changed. It is now trending towards anocracy.

Congress is another reason for the change in path. So obvious and familiar have Congress’ misdeeds been, no further explanation is required.

A problem is the mindset of the American people. Regardless of the side, most continue to view the U.S. as the “city on a hill.” They fail to recognize the U.S. has changed, become different.

The U.S. is in a “political tailspin.” Walter recognizes that “when a country moves into the anocracy zone, the risk of violence reaches its peak.”

Violence has already begun.

The U.S. has become “complacent.” Walters finds it “troubling.” In modern history, many of those involved in civil wars did not see the “war coming…..were surprised when it did.

Walters’ conclusion is on the money. The U.S. is being led into a “downward spiral of fear – and then a grab of power by force.”

Much to think about here.

Enjoy your day!

I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR I WILL SUPPORT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC

“I do solemnly swear I will support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The oath all federal employees and members of the Army take.

An oath increasingly forgotten by many.

Texas is talking secession. Violates the oath.

The most conservative of conservative members of the Supreme Court was and remains Justice Antonin Scalia. He stated in 2006, “If there was any Constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede.”

Entertain this thought. Putin makes a deal with Mexico. He is permitted to station military personnel and equipment in Mexico. Texas seceded sometime before. Putin wants to take over the government of Texas and appoint a ruler/President favorable to him.

All of a sudden 100,000 Russian troops are on the Mexican/Texas border.

Who is Texas going to call upon to defend them? Santa Claus?

Sinema’s popularity slowly sliding downward.

Arizona Democrats recently censured Kyrsten Sinema because of her vote on the filibuster. The Democrats believe her filibuster vote helped sink the Democratic Party’s voting rights legislation.

Having observed Sinema’s nature, the rift will continue. She alienates. Her “virtue” was not obvious when elected. She is buying a primary the next time she runs.

Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn received honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Rhode Island, though at different times. Giuliani in 2003 and Flynn in 2014.

The University’s Board of Trustees voted friday to revoke both honorary Doctorates. University President Marc Parlange said, They “no longer represent” the values and standards they demonstrated when they first received the honors.”

Drums of war.

Putin pushing in the Ukraine. Biden being forced to step up. Putin began with 100,000 troops on the border. Now 127,000. Biden announced he is placing the U.S. military on “high alert.” Eight thousand five hundred American troops are getting ready. Word also a carrier and additional warships are being put to the ready.

At a point yesterday, the DOW was down more than 1,000 points. Economists were blaming the fear the Federal Reserve would raise rates and the Ukraine conflict.

With literally minutes to go, the market rebounded and DOW ended the days 99 points higher.

It was reported 3 major corporations did the necessary transactions to cause the market to reverse itself, especially as dramatically as it did.

I am not an economist, never was a major market investor. So take my projection with a word of wisdom.

Things like what happened at the end of the day’s trading not normal. It reeks of the administration contacting the necessary folks and asking for their help by doing the necessary. Three came through in large numbers.

I apologize. I forget who the 3 are. My recollection tells me 2 of the 3 are Amazon and Walmart. However, I am not sure.

What will today bring? I suspect the market may go down considerably. What the 3 corporations did was merely a band aid.

Free COVID testing kits on the way via mail to all who asked. Biden has announced the U.S.is prepared to provide a package containing 3 free N95 face masks. The one recently recommended by the CDC.

Delivery will be by self pick up at designated drug stores and supermarkets. I am aware of 3 thus far in the Key West area: Walgreens, CVS, and Winn-Dixie. Masks should be available over the weekend. Other locations where the masks will be available will be announced soon.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

TIME FOR TOM BRADY TO PACK IT IN

It’s time for Tom Brady to ride off into the sunset. To pack it in. To retire. To spend the rest of his years enjoying his wife, children and anything else he might want to do, except play football.

Without issue, the greatest professional football player ever. Even at 44 years of age.

His exceptional talent was obvious again yesterday by the fantastic fourth quarter he had. I sometimes think he has a guardian angel helping him.

Tampa was down 27-3 at half time. Tampa lost to Los Angeles 30-27 at the end of the game on a field goal by Los Angeles with no time left on the clock.

Brady seems to have reached 44 with no significant injury. He should not press his luck. He does not know what another year will bring. Anything can happen. He should not gamble.

Professional baseball has been using robot umpires in the minors for several years. The robots have worked their way up. This year they will be calling balls and strikes in Triple-A ball.

The majors are next.

No one should have a heart attack over it. Robots have been operating on people for several years. If a robot can operate on a person’s brain, heart, kidney, etc, he most certainly can call balls and strikes.

A rare occasion when snow falls in the Saudi Arabian desert. It did several days ago. Over a large expanse of the desert and did not melt for a couple of days.

Even rarer is a hail storm in the same area. It happened at the time of the snow storm. So rare that experts describe the hail storm as “historic.”

Key West’s cold spell continues. An off and on thing this month. Fifty nine degrees last night. Heat and a blanket required for sleeping.

Tonight will be 61 degrees.

The high today 66 degrees. Tomorrow, 76 degrees. Evidencing how fickle Key West weather can be on occasion.

You will recall about 10 days ago, a pig’s heart was transplanted to a human. The human’s body did not reject the pig’s heart. The recipient alive and still thriving.

So excited has the medical profession become, a second group of doctors at the University of Alabama performed a similar surgery. This time however it was the transplant of pig kidneys to a human.

One strange quirk to the operation. The man operated on has been brain dead since September. Machinery has kept him “alive.”

The doctors apparently performed the surgery to determine if a pig’s organs could be successfully transplanted a second time. It was. The recipient’s body has not rejected the pig kidneys thus far.

Hadrian! Who was he?

He was Roman Emperor from 117 AD to 138 AD.

Roman Emperors have not been treated well by history. Understandable. However 5 are considered to have been “good” emperors. Hadrian one of the five.

Today is the birth date of Hadrian. He was born this day 76 AD. He died 138 AD.

I have visited Greece several times. One of my favorite places.

I have visited Hadrian’s Library several times. It sits at one of the entrances to Playka.

The structure has always moved me. I love straight lines. The Library is a perfect rectangle two stories high. Not large as Greek buildings of old can be. Its length roughly 100 feet. Its width less than half that number.

Visitors not allowed entrance. The Library is surrounded by a black metal grate fence at least 7 feet high.

The building’s exterior strange. The stone smooth. Aged only by its grayness.

Greek buildings of old appeared to me to be constructed with marble or concrete. I am not sure which was used in the construction of the Library.

Now comes the strangeness to all this.

There is a Hadrian’s Library on top of Acropolis. You will recall, I made it to the top just short of a heart attack. Climbing up to Acropolis was as bad as the volcano I tried to climb off Santorini.

Only once did I go to the top of Acropolis to visit Parthenon, etc. One trip as enough!

There is a Hadrian’s Library on top. Built on the north side of Acropolis.

There is much to see on top of Parthenon. I am not sad I missed a big one.

Did a bit of research this morning. The original Library atop the mountain was destroyed early on in some war. Partially replaced by 3 churches. Since I did not see, I have no recollection of that area nor the three churches.

I could not find on a quick review any reference to the Hadrian’s Library I discovered near Playka. A copy of the big original topside? Perhaps. It sat alone as an historical structure where it was located next to Playka. Playka is “old Athens.”

Amelia King is a “hot headed” Virginia mother who refuses to have her children wear masks to school.

At a school board meeting late last week, the issue of mandated masks arose. Masks are mandated.

Mother King shouted, “No way!” Not her kids. She continued, “My kids will not come to school already with a mask on…..That’s not happening. And I will bring every single gun loaded and ready to…..I will call every…..”

The end of her statement choppy. She had been cut off at that point because of a 3 minute time limit. She still got a few more words of warning in: “I’ll see ya all monday morning!”

King was arrested bcause of the gun threat. Then released on $5,00 bail.

Too many people with vinegar in their blood re the mask issue. I do not understand. I suspect those opposed such as King are expressing their personal rights rather than concern for the safety of their children.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

MANCHIN THINKS JAMES MADISON ON HIS SIDE

Joe Manchin believes James Madison is on his side. Especially re the filibuster issue.

He is not.

Jamelle Bouie wrote a revealing Opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday. Titled: “Joe Manchin Thinks James Madison Is On His Side. Nope.”

I share Bouie’s article with you.

The column rips apart Manchin’s reliance on Madison. Clearly evidences Manchin does not know what he is talking about from an historical perspective. Shameful since Manchin partially relied on Madison’s thinking when he voted against the voting rights and the Build Back Better bills.

Manchin exuded a confidence in rejecting the bills based on his filibuster beliefs routed in what he believed were Madison’s.

Manchin once again proved the ignoramus he is in many respects. This time historically.

When it comes to the Senate, Manchin should know its history well. He has served 11 years in the Senate.

Manchin showed a sickening illiteracy when he said: “Protecting the role of the minority – Democratic or Republican – has protected us from the volatile political swings that we have endured the last 233 years.”

Manchin cited James Madison to support his point: “Madison said the purpose of the Senate was ‘first, to protect the people against their rulers, secondly, to protect the people against the transient impressions into which they themselves may be lead,’ and that the Senate serves as a ‘necessary force against such danger.'”

Why is Manchin’s reliance on Madison without basis? Madison never was a member of the Senate (he did serve four terms in the House of Representatives).

The Madison quote Manchin relied on is found in Madison’s notes of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia dated 6/26/1787. Madison wrote, “The ends to be served…..were first to protect the people against the transient impressions into which they themselves might be led.”

There exists no mention of the word “filibuster” in Madison’s notes. In fact, “filibuster” at the time was not yet in common use or any principle of unlimited debate.

Manchin’s words and those of other filibuster defenders are confusing in view of the following.

Manchin and other filibuster defenders speak of protecting the “minority” in Congress. They mean a “partisan minority,” Democrat or Republican.

The problem/reality is that at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, “no one had any idea of political parties, much less a partisan minority. They did not exist and none of the framers even  thought they would.”

Another Bouie observation: “When Madison speaks of a ‘minority’ in the context of the Senate, he means an ‘economic interest,’ not an organized political faction.”

Political parties did not exist nor were they anywhere in the minds of the delegates at the Constitutional Convention.

Madison was not writing about different political parties. He was writing about the mass of the poor, working and indigent against the owners of property and wealth.

Bouie clearly points out that “the question of how to balance power between two partisan factions with in a legislature never came up. Which makes it difficult to use Madison in defense of something like the filibuster.”

Bouie added: “The debate over majority rule in the Senate is not whether the Chamber will have the power to stop any irrational exuberance in its tracks. It’s about whether over an extended period of time, internal deliberations and public debating, a partisan majority in the Senate can pass its agenda into law using a simple majority.”

Bottom line…..a “simple majority” was intended.

The concept has lost its way. And Manchin is not aware such was intended.

So smart is he!

The more I watch Manchin operate, the more convinced I become he is a pretty face hiding an empty head.

Enjoy your Sunday!

EXECUTIVE BRANCH LIES, CONGRESS LIES, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THE SUPREME COURT WOULDN’T LIE?

Lets begin with the premise that all branches of government lie. No question the Executive and Congress do. What would exclude the Judiciary, especially the Supreme Court?

Men in black robes have sexually abused thousands of children world wide. The black robes worn by Supreme Court members does not shield them from lying.

On 1/19, I read early morning the NPR article that things were not kumbaya on the Supreme Court. Mask wearing was the initial thrust of the column. The article was written by Nina Totenberg. Totenberg has been with NPR since 1975. She writes on the courts and legal matters. Very well respected.

I searched to see if anyone else was on the story. I could only find one small media outlet.

You may not be aware that over the years I have run “a breaking news story” 1 to 2 days before the major media outlets do. I have not mentioned this before, though I will admit I have been impressed with my research prowess.

I went with the story. I had no reason to consider it false. Titled it: The Supreme Court…..Tempers Ready To Explode.

After the furor that has risen nationally (with the topic, not my blog), I am not sure. At this point, it makes no difference however.

I have diligently followed the Supreme Court and Judiciary religiously over the years. In more recent years, I have been highly critical of the Supreme Court. Recall the number of times I have recommended that changes in the structure, rules, etc. had to be made.

Everything hit the fan on 1/20, the next day. Beginning with Chief Justice Roberts’ brief statement that Totenberg’s article was not correct. Backed up by Gorsuch and Sotomayor’s brief joint comment to the same effect.

The next day was 1/21. Southern Lady is a reader of my blog. She commented that I should check the facts, there was no truth to the story about the mask and the Supreme Court.

Southern Lady appears to have written the comment after she became aware of Roberts’. In effect, she took the word of the Chief Justice over mine. No problem.

It was later the same day and the next (which would be today) that the national media picked up on the story and went with it.

Turns out the furor is over one word. The word “asked.” Totenberg was not sure whether Roberts “asked” Gorsuch to wear a mask or made his position known to Gorsuch in a more subtle way. So she referred to it “in some form.”

The one word issue in a matter of hours turned into a monumental item with all kinds of ramifications.

I have not written as I have to absolve myself from sin. I do not consider I am guilty of any wrongdoing. In the slightest.

The purpose of today’s blog is to remind people that men and women lie, regardless of the position they maintain. Today the higher the position, the more the individual lies. Trump being the perfect example.

The Supreme Court is in trouble for many reasons. I repeat I have written so for several years. The Court has lost its way.

Lets start with Trump’s 3 nominations Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett. All testified under oath before the Senate Committee questioning them that they would respect precedent. The questions in this regard were especially concerned with Roe v. Wade. They all lied. The most recent abortion case involving Roe has been argued and will be decided in the next few months. I worry whether Roe will survive.

When Barrett was nominated, I wrote a blog spelling out my concerns about her. Her background. Which in my opinion made her selection highly questionable and should be denied.

The shame of her becoming a Justice is today reflected in talk that she will be the next Chief Justice were Roberts to leave. Woe beget the Court! Woe beget the American people!

Today’s Justices do not conduct themselves as those of yesteryear. The Republican Justices attend far right events. Weekend gatherings at a resort. They mingle with their own. Within the last 2 weeks, McConnell had such a gathering. The three I mention attended.

Such things were ethically prohibited when I was in law school in the 1950’s. Things have changed without anyone or entity saying it was against the rules.

The great Scalia who I respected for his legal minds but not his conclusions, used to attend many of these events.

Justice Thomas should never have been approved. His wife his problem. Even before he was approved, she was a far right member of the Republican Party. Still is. Considered MAGA. The many issues she is against, her husband is likewise opposed.

Justice Alito has been a problem for Roberts since he failed to be appointed Chief Justice by Bush. The man cannot forget Bush opted to choose another.

And on and on.

I apologize for no blog yesterday. I started working on it at 5:30 in the morning. At 8, I Only had 2 small topics competed. I was moving extremely slow. Doubted it was either COVID or the flu. My symptoms were not those. In fact, I had no symptoms. I was just plain tired and could not function mentally.

I closed down the computer and went to bed. Around 2 in the afternoon, I felt better. I have no idea what was wrong.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

EXAMPLE OF HOW MEDIA RABBLE ROUSES

President Biden addressed the nation yesterday afternoon. An impressive speech. Following which he immediately opened up the room to questions from the press.

His responses impressive, well grounded.

The question period lasted 1 hour 52 minutes. A long time for the President, any President, to stand and handle piercing questions.

Biden did very well. He was in command. Knowledgeable. His responses factual.

The only Biden response I thought a bit hairy was what would he do were Putin to move into the Ukraine. His answer in effect said it would depend whether the intrusion was a “minor incursion or a full blown attack.”

Did not sound good to me. Any Russian intrusion would require a forceful response by the U.S.

Biden’s response obviously not correct.

Later following the show, the White House clarified the response. A “minor” incident would be something like a cyber attack. Not actual boots on the ground (my words).

Ok. Problem resolved. Only one misstep in 1 hour 52 minutes. Well done, Mr. President!

This morning was another story. I watch Morning Joe. Enjoy the show and respect the work they do. Not today.

I have had a growing feeling over the past several months that Morning Joe is starting to attack certain people and issues not warranting the attack presented.

This morning solidified my judgment. Morning Joe does.

The show spent its first 16 minutes attacking the President and his response. Too much. Over the hill. Reminded me of FOX: “Balanced and fair.”

Today, Joe and the people at his table looked and sounded like FOX News. It was obvious the attack was planned. Everyone at the table had something negative to say. The attack was not warranted in length and degree of abuse.

For shame, Morning Joe. Your show too good to lower itself to that type game.

A question to the President I thought stupid and unwarranted. Considered it a play for attention.

Newsmax is a relatively new show. Similar in nature to FOX.

James Rosen their news person who asked the questions.

He said to Biden, “A poll released this morning by Politics Morning Consult found 49 percent of registered voters disagree with the statement that Joe Biden is mentally fit.”

Biden smiled and calmly responded, “I’ll let us make the judgment whether their correct.”

Rosen pushed on: “Why do you suppose such large segments of the American electorate harbor such profound concerns about your cognitive fitness?”

Biden responded, “I have no idea” and moved on.

The answer was what Rosen had sat through listening to Biden’s address and the almost 1 hour 52 minutes of questioning. The 1 hour 52 minutes is the longest question and answer period by the press to a President. No one could have done better. A minor misstatement re the Ukraine his only questionable response.

Between Morning Joe this morning and Rosen yesterday, I am beginning to think the press is increasingly a bunch of assholes.

The Supreme Court finally came down with a correct decision. It decided yesterday that the National Archive was required to turn over certain papers to the January 6 Committee. The decision clearly wrote that under the facts of the matter, executive privilege did not apply.

A major victory for the January 6 inquiry.

The decision was 8-1, with Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting.

As expected, the voting bills went down to defeat yesterday. What, if anything, is the next step?

Forrest Gump in the limelight again: “Stupid is as stupid does.”

The Czech vocalist Hana Horka died sunday at 57 from COVID.

She actually killed herself. She intentionally exposed herself to COVID-19 in order to get a “health pass” that would have allowed her to visit the sauna, theater, concerts, and take a sea voyage.

Czechoslovakia law requires proof of prior COVID illness or 2 vaccine shots in order for a person to freely move around and do things.

Hana’s husband and son got COVID over Christmas. Hana intentionally stayed close to them. Her goal to become infected. She did not believe in the vaccine. She had developed the herd mentality.

As her son said, “She went for it.”

She got it.

Her son holds the anti-vaccine movement responsible. Claims it has “blood on its hands.”

Murder numbers in the U.S. rose in 2021. The highest rise in 25 years. The number viewed in another fashion: 6.9 murders per 100,000 persons.

I realize people up North care little when I complain that temperatures in the 60’s are cold. I understand their thoughts. I sympathize with their weather problem. Nevertheless, we Key Westers are cold at the much higher temperatures.

Reflecting the tide has turned, the high today will be 76.

Enjoy your day!

 

THE SUPREME COURT…..TEMPERS READY TO EXPLODE

All is not well at the Supreme Court. Ill will has developed. Does not seem to be getting better.

Neil Gorsuch the worst. Trump’s first nomination. The man’s inner being is not becoming more evident every day. It has arrived. With a blast! Quirks in his personality showing.

I am not referring to his legal thinking. Though he is too far to the right to do justice overall in the long run.

The man seems to be lacking in compassion and good will in his relationship with his co-workers. The other Justices..

Justice Sotomayor the prime example.

The Justices are all wearing masks, except for Gorsuch. He refuses to do so.

Gorsuch’s seat on the bench is next to Sotomayor. Sotomayor has been a diabetic most of her life. She is concerned. Gorsuch is totally aware of her condition. Nevertheless, he continues to refuse to wear a mask.

Sotomayor no longer takes her seat on the bench. Her seat remains empty. Instead she sits in her office and listens to arguments via a hook up. A system has been installed whereby she is able to ask questions.

Chief Justice Roberts asked Gorsuch to wear a mask in consideration of Sotomayor’s condition. He refused the Chief Justice’s request.

From day one on the bench, Gorsuch has been considered a “prickly justice,” not beloved even by some of his conservative soulmates on the Court.

His personality not engaging. He considers his legal positions more appropriate and handles a case’s discussion with the other Justices in a fashion that fails to encourage a kumbaya relationship.

While on the bench, he openly disagrees with the other Justices. Something new to the Court with Gorsuch’s ascendency.

Justice Alito another odd ball. He has an ax to grind.

Alito was under the impression when Chief Justice Rehnquist died that he would become Chief Justice. Bush did not select him. Instead appointed Roberts.

Alito continues to show his disdain and disrespect for Roberts since.

The Supreme Court no longer a happy place to work.

The voting bills issue.

Schumer began whatever he had in mind yesterday. So much fanfare leading up to this fight on the Senate floor. Schumer led us to believe the battle of the century was to take place.

Nothing of consequence occurred yesterday. I was busy in the afternoon preparing for last night’s blog talk radio show. Ergo, I was running back and forth from my office to the TV in my bedroom to catch parts of the “encounter.”

I was unimpressed with Schumer and the whole thing.

Today the second day of the encounter. Supposedly to be the best of the two. Even the filibuster will come under direct attack.

This Schumer inspired battle a waste. In fact, makes the Democrats look bad. All are aware it is an exercise in futility.

The Democratic Party requires balls. Time for Biden to take a cold hard grasp of the Party. Everything political should pass before him prior to being attempted.

Schumer has never impressed me. It goes back to 9/11. Another story. He is of no value to the Party.

At 4 this afternoon, Biden will hold a press conference. It has been touted as a big deal. Must be. It has been promised Biden will answer questions from the press. He has not done so in a long time.

Nice guy Biden has to become a tough hombre. The life of the country is at stake. Only he can save it under present circumstances.

I doubt they will build monuments to Joe Manchin in West Virginia. He is losing respect even there.

Most are unaware that he only won his last Senate race by 3 points. Significantly less that his previous victories in West Virginia politics.

The miners union has come out against him. They have always supported him. They were not happy with Manchin after he failed to support the social infrastructure bill.

Manchin’s support is now one source. The rich mine owners.

I started thinking about a year ago that one of Manchin’s problems was he did not have it mentally. I am serious. I have written and spoken about it many times. A swift camper he is not.

He proved it again yesterday.

Manchin was being interviewed He was attired in a bright red sweat or leisure suit. He responded to a question by saying the voting rights bills were not needed. The right to vote existed and the government would make sure the rights of the people were protected.

Not only is Manchin short on brain power, he fails to see what is.

Hollywood comes frequently to Key West to make a movie. Two had happenings occur on this day, though in different years.

The Rose Tattoo was filmed in Key West. Most of it in a house on Duncan Street. One door away from the Tennessee Williams home. Lisa lives on Duncan. One and one half blocks from where The Rose Tattoo was filmed.

On this day in 1956, The Rose Tattoo had its premiere showings in Florida at the Strand and San Carlo theaters.

Tennessee Williams who had written the play and resided for many years in Key West was on hand for the opening.

The movie starred Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani. While making the film, Lancaster stayed in Williams’ home.

The other movie was Operation Petticoat.

On this day in 1959, filming began. The movie starred Cary Grant and Tony Curtis.

Words of wisdom by Dolly Parton: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

This day in 1883, Thomas Edison turned the lights on. Powered by an electric lighting system employing overhead wires. The community Roselle, New Jersey.

Syracuse finally won another basketball game. Beat Clemson last night 91-78.

Syracuse’s record now a dismal 9-9. Don’t see how the team can make to NCAA tournament.

Cold here in Key West. The last two nights, the temperature was 61. High by day in the high 60’s.

Enjoy your day!

SAD DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

Today is a sad day in American history. The two voting right bills will be offered on the floor of the Senate. Offered knowing full well neither will succeed.

Majority Leader Schumer believes that by letting the people know who is for and who is against, it will help in getting the legislation passed somewhere down the road.

Manchin and Sinema should be cold shouldered, needs of their states ignored. Slow down federal checks flowing into West Virginia and Arizona. Will help do the trick. People/businesses do not like having much needed monies they have been accustomed to receiving cut off.

Show disdain for Manchin and Sinema. It will merely be the reverse of what they have been doing to the country.

There is a fear they will turn Republican. So what? What good are they as Democrats? Democratic control of the Senate is in name only if they fail to vote with the Democrats.

Republican control of the Senate will not change things much. The Republicans can vote for anything they want. Bills still have to be signed into law by the President, As the plaque on Harry Truman’s desk said: The Buck Stops Here.

Biden will veto.

Raising the question as to what have the Republicans accomplished?

Unless they have the votes to override the veto. Sometimes yes, sometimes no, perhaps never.

Biden has 3 more guaranteed years in office. A lot of Republican bills can be vetoed in that time.

The Democrats must stop pussy footing around. They must learn to play hard ball as the Republicans do. Meet fire with fire, meet blow with blow. Let the Republicans learn what frustration is.

COVID sits back and smiles as Republicans do when each wreaks havoc.

COVID is doing a number on our children. The U.S. is experiencing the highest rate of child COVID hospitalizations ever.

New data reveals an average of 893 new hospitalizations daily. Children are described as those 17 and under.

The highest hospitalization rates are among children newborn to 4 years. Those not yet eligible for the vaccine.

The CDC who released the information advised it expected the number to rise further in the next few weeks.

An advocacy group did a study as to how COVID has affected the rich and poor in the U.S.

The answer simple. The rich got richer and the poor poorer. It was reported “the 10 richest men in the world doubled their fortunes during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The wealth of the world’s 10 richest increased from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion. While the incomes of approximately 99 percent of the people around the globe fell during the same time frame.

As a result, more than 160 million people were forced into poverty.

Israel said it was going to a 4th shot and it did. Israel has reported the results thus far. The purpose of the 4th shot was to mitigate omicron. Israel has discovered the 4th shot was “not good enough.”

Syracuse/Clemson tonight at 9.

What can I say? I am defeated in this area off my life. I continue to not understand how one of he greatest teams in Syracuse history continues to lose.

It hurts.

Join me at 9 this evening. Today is tuesday. My blog talk radio show Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. I hit hard! My government should hit as hard! www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.com.

Enjoy your day!