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Jack is a graduate of Rutgers University where he majored in history. His career in the life and health insurance industry involved medical risk selection and brokerage management. Retired for two decades after many years in NJ and NY, he occasionally writes, paints, plays poker, participates in play readings and is catching up on Shakespeare, Melville and Joyce, etc.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

01/10/2023 - Messaging, Children with Guns, and the D.E.I. Movement,


Political Matters

Jeffries spelled out the differences between Democrats
and Republicans with one for every letter of the alphabet

If more Democratic candidates had campaigned the way Hakeem Jeffries spoke Saturday morning as Kevin McCarthy took over the House speakership, perhaps there still might be a Democrat in that position. But assuredly, there will be in 2024, as the Republicans return to their MAGA ('Make America Gullible Again') pitch, devoted to the demolition of government, rather than its successful operation for the benefit of the country. 

If Americans are not yet wise to Republican bullshit by now, we deserve whatever we get, and it will just take a little longer for sanity to return to government.  The 'clown show' they witnessed on TV last week should help.  Meanwhile, it’s time to hunker down and figure out a way to personally survive until the 2024 elections, by which time the American people, sick of a government crippled by a House of Representatives that doesn’t give a damn about their interests, will have realized how stupid it is to elect Republicans to any office whatsoever, nationally or locally. 

With that in mind, don’t fail to read, and digest, the ideas for ‘messaging’ later on in this posting.


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Ready, Aim, Fire … 

With Graham Crackers and MiIk

I read where a Virginia six-year old brought a handgun to school and wounded his teacher on Friday.  It’s just another name to be added to the lengthy list of victims of gun violence, too many dead, made possible by the late Justice Antonin Scalia (and those Justices who voted with him), who wrote the 2008 Supreme Court opinion (DC vs. Heller) eliminating the first thirteen words of the Second Amendment and specifically allowing handguns to be kept around the house, allegedly for protection (and poorly supervised little kids to take to school).   Like Lady Macbeth, the blood cannot be washed from these Justices’ hands.  Forever.



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The Name of the Game – Messaging!

A follower of Jackspotpourri who recently commented on the differing views of those who want to preserve democracy in the United States and those whose actions make it clear that they want to diminish it, went on to say that the real challenge is about how well each side proceeds with its ‘messaging’ of their positions. 

One side makes tremendous use of social media, conservative talk radio, and TV outlets such as FoxNews, Breitbart, Newsmax, OAN, and others.  The other side, somewhat constrained by trying to be honest, is not quite so successful in their ‘messaging.’  That’s why there are Republican majorities in the House and many State legislatures.  ‘Constructive’ messages are not as dramatic as ‘destructive’ ones.  And also, it is not only a question of the messages’ content, but to whom it is directed, and hopefully received, as well.

This is where you can come in and be a part of that messaging effort.  You can make it succeed for the side I hope you are on.  Become a ‘messenger.’

I recently forwarded a posting from Professor Heather Cox Richardson’s daily ‘Letters from an American,’ to half a dozen friends asking that each of them do the same and tell those to whom they were in turn forwarding it to do the same.  In this way, a message can reach many recipients.  I hope it did.

Let’s continue that approach.  It is really very simple and easy.  Here is what I am asking YOU to do. 

1.  Make sure that you access Professor Richardson’s posting, ‘Letters from an American,’ every day.  I do, and recommend that you also do.  You can find it at https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/ and receive it automatically every day. (It’s free unless you want to join the thousands who can comment on it each day.  But you don’t have to do that.)  Its content is a daily review of the news aimed at those who support the role of our government as existing for the benefit of the people, in the sense that the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address describes.

2.  At the close of each of her postings is a box marked ‘Share.’  If you click on that, you can list as many as ten email addresses to which you would like the posting forwarded.  Be sure to add a brief message saying something like ‘If you agree, please forward this to ten friends and relatives, by clicking on the ‘Share’ box provided.’ 

3.  Insert their email addresses and then click the ‘send’ symbol.

4.  Summing up, I am asking you to read Professor Richardson’s posting every day and make it a routine to forward it to others via its ‘Share’ box at least three or four times a week, urging them to similarly forward it.  Send it to people you don’t usually send email toAnd if they forward it on to others, as you must ask them to do, our message can reach out exponentially to many. Professor Richardson’s postings are an excellent vehicle to accomplish this.  It is how we can individually help win the battle of messaging.  You can make it happen.

CLICK HERE to get to ‘Letters from an American.’  Or just copy it on your browser line:  https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/


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Georgia 65, TCU 7

The highlight of the college football playoff was the attractive Mollie McGrath, whose presence doing sideline interviews, may have kept some viewers from shutting off their TVs after the first quarter of Georgia’s pummeling of Texas Christian, a team that was overly ‘Christian’ in turning the other cheek, begging for more punishment, after repeated Georgia touchdowns.


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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

I occasionally follow ‘The Free Press’ blog, managed by former New York Times editorial board member (she quit) Bari Weiss.  I frequently disagree with her and the contributors whose words the blog publishes. Nevertheless, she tries to be objective and honest, even when it hurts. 

The other day, a piece appeared on that blog dealing with ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.’  Basically, it addressed the practices of colleges and universities using criteria other than those based on academic excellence and achievement in forming its policies, including admissions and faculty hiring.  The Supreme Court will be considering some of these issues later this year.

CLICK HERE to read the article (or paste ‘https://www.thefp.com/p/how-dei-is-supplanting-truth-as-the’ on your browser line.

Let me know if it shakes your liberal tendencies and turns you in a rightward direction (liberals who do that are called ‘NeoCons.’)


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Three Items of Interest:

·       Email AlertsIf you are NOT receiving emails from me alerting you each time there is a new posting on Jackspotpourri, just send me your email address and we’ll see that you do.  And if you are forwarding a posting to someone, you might suggest that they do the same, so they will be similarly alerted. 

         You can pass those email addresses to me by email at            jacklippman18@gmail.com .

·       PaintingsRecently added to the blog is a feature showing one of my paintings.  (Besides writing, I also paint with acrylics for recreation.)  Right now, it features one of my recent paintings, but it will be periodically revised to show earlier ones as well.  You can find it off to the right on your desktop or tablet. 

·       Forwarding Postings: And of course, please forward this posting to anyone you think might benefit from reading it.  The place to send them is:  https://jackspotpourri.blogspot.com

Google Blogspot, the platform on which Jackspotpourri is prepared, has revised its forwarding abilities.  If you click on the envelope with the arrow at the conclusion of every posting (it looks like this:), you will have the opportunity to list a whole bunch of email addresses, along with a comment from you, each of which will receive a link to the full blog that you now are reading, with all of its bells and whistles.  This is a great advance from the very basic format Google Blogspot originally provided when they forwarded something for you.  It might take a few minutes longer for your message to be transmitted but this method of forwarding offers the advantage of being able to forward jackspotpourri to many (I think ten is the maximum) addresses simultaneously. Try it.


Either way will work, sending them the link above or clicking on the envelope at the bottom of this posting.



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