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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 in Florida for over 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.

Friday, March 1, 2024

March 1, 2024 - The Supreme Court, Dissatisfaction With Biden's Support of Israel, Delayed Justice, Party Loyalty, Vice President Harris, a Published Letter, and Banning Books

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The Supreme Court Blows Another One

(As we predicted back in December)

The Supreme Court Meets Here

Back on December 16, 2023, on Jackspotpourri, I commented on a word finally appearing in the Merriam-Webster dictionary:  Clusterfuck!  Following is a copy of what I wrote.  Note the last two paragraphs where I anticipated the Supreme Court’s approval of a delay in the case involving Donald John Trump’s criminal immunity once out of office, denied to him by two lower Federal courts.

The SCOTUS’ final decision, according to what almost all legal experts predict, is highly likely to support the lower court decisions, denying him such immunity, but is now scheduled to arrive too late to affect the November election, which constitutes a success for Trump’s strategy of delay, delay, delay, delay, delay, delay, delay, …  and more delay! 

It will now take the American voter, as I wrote back in December, to do the job the SCOTUS lacked the guts to do this week, that is to let the lower decisions stripping Trump of any post-presidential immunity stand, by just deciding not to hear the case … which they did not do.

What they did do, however, was to shove the American electorate into a position of ignorance by Election Day (or sooner for early and mail-in voters) concerning the legal status of one of the two major presidential candidates, something they could have clarified by acting more promptly, but did not do. Their decision to gum up the works and eat up time hearing the case required the assent of four Justices with political motivation.  I can guess who they were:  Probably Alito, Thomas and two of Trump's appointees, Justices who put political expediency ahead of patriotism.  

The Supreme Court should be ashamed of itself.  President Biden, with Senate approval, would be entirely correct, right now, if he appointed four additional Justices, an act justified by the political games the SCOTUS, loaded with those three Trump political appointees, plays. That’s not quite as simple as it seems because of the Judiciary Act, but it’s a distinct possibility.

Here's what I wrote on December 16: 

"I've hesitated to use the word 'clusterfuck' in postings on Jackspotpourri but since it  appears in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and other dictionaries, I suppose it is now acceptable. Barely. 

    (Merriam-Webster definition - 'vulgar slang. : a complex and utterly disordered and mismanaged situation : a muddled mess.')

   ‘Clusterfuck’ well describes the management of the House of Representatives by its Rpublican majority.  That’s what it is!

     It also might be applied to describe our justice system's attempt to resolve the charges against the indicted former president, charges that probably won't be finally resolved until too late to have any meaning.  More clusterfuck!

    But fear not, there is an excellent chance that both of these 'muddled messes' will be  resolved by that most supreme of all courts, the American voter, on November 5, 2024.”

And in the following Jackspotpourri posting on December 21, 2023, I again reminded followers of the issueHere’s what I wrote then, firmly accusing the SCOTUS of being a party to a Clusterfuck. 

  “Add to this the pending request by Department of Justice prosecutor Jack Smith that the SCOTUS rule quickly, because of the forthcoming 2024 election, as to any presidential immunity that Trump might have against charges based on his behavior in connection with the January 6, 2021 insurrection.  To use a word I mentioned in a posting on here a few days ago, this is a real 'clusterfuck' and the Supreme Court is right in the middle of it.”

And now, while I am in a predictive mood, let me throw two other possibilities into the mix, the second one of which can lead to a major Constitutional crisis, something we can call a ‘Super-Clusterfuck.’ Neither are guaranteed to happen but they leave something about which to think or lose sleep or both.

(1) What if Judge Cannon in Fort Pierce, another Trump appointee whom it appears puts loyalty to him ahead of loyalty to her country, and who is in charge of the Mar-a-Lago purloined documents case, another criminal indictment of our forty-fifth president, takes a hint from the SCOTUS and also decides to delay her court’s proceedings, pushing their ultimate result until after the upcoming presidential election?

(2) What If by some miracle, (a) Donald Trump wins the election on November 5, 2024, but only afterr (b) a likely SCOTUS decision, perhaps in June, that all constitutional law experts are convinced will confirm the two lower courts’ decisions as to his lack of post-presidential immunity and (c) the criminal case regarding his actions on January 6, 2021 then being allowed to proceed, finally being decided against him, but too late to affect the election result (d) but not too late to prevent his trial, possible conviction, and sentencing in late November and December of 2024, BEFORE his January 2025 inauguration?  Where does that leave us?  With the presidential inauguration of a convicted felon in a flag-draped prison yard, with a prison band tootling ‘Hail to the Chief,’ followed by an immediate on-site pardon of himself?

That should be unacceptable to the nation, and if it happens, will totally demolish the integrity of the presidency and the Constitution. National chaos will then reign.

Of course, The best solution would be for American voters to make sure Donald John Trump is soundly defeated on November 5, so that we all can get some sleep, and that representative democracy in this country will be saved.


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Democrats Dissatisfied with Biden

Ultimately, those opposed to President Biden's candidacy because of his pro-Israeli position, however much he may modify it, know that the electoral votes of the States where they vote remain critical to again keep Donald John Trump out of office.   I am specifically talking about Michigan.

From 2016 to 2020, Trump supported Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a major obstacle to any two-state solution there. His return to office would guarantee further violence, something only Palestinian extremists and Israeli settlers seem to find acceptable, both groups desirous of a one-state solution that would disregard the presence and survival of the other group.

Whatever misgivings some may have about re-electing Joe Biden, they pale when compared to the dangers to our country and world peace the return of Donald John Trump to the presidency can bring.


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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

The Sixth Amendment to our Constitution provides for speedy trials.  This is particularly important to those who believe they are innocent of the charges against them.  Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  

If, however, they know they are really guilty as charged, they will use every legal maneuver and diversion available to preserve their ‘innocent until proven guilty’ status for as long as possible.  Doing so, as the defeated and indicted forty-fifth president is doing, is tantamount to an admission of guilt.  Voters are entitled to treat it as such, if they wish.

‘Delayed Justice’ denies speedy trials of both the innocents’ cases and also of those brought by the State, in its efforts on the part of the people to bring lawbreakers to justice.  Some of our Supreme Court Justices must have been sleeping in their law school classes on the day this was discussed.  


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Party Loyalty

With Mitch McConnell throwing in the towel as leader of Republicans in the Senate, I wonder if he will very quietly join those shunned Republicans like Senator Mitt Romney and former Representative Liz Cheney who refuse to become Trumpublicans.  I don’t know if they will vote for Joe Biden, but they may convince many Republicans who still put country ahead of Trumpism to skip voting for a president in November. 

Not all Republicans run around wearing MAGA hats, and I wonder if  Republican National Party chairperson Ronna McDaniel, pushed into resigning by Trump, has thrown hers into the trash.  She will be replaced by Donald John Trump’s daughter-in-law. 

I don’t know why but this leads my thoughts to the concern with extremism in the Armed Forces, a danger presently under investigation. Would a Trump victory in November result in one of his sons becoming our Secretary of Defense? 


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Getting to Know Kamala Harris

Back in the corporate world, I once was made to sit through a management course that featured a ‘module’ called the ‘Mack Truck.’  It pointed out that it is part of every executive’s job to plan for his succession if one day, while driving to work, his car has an encounter with a Mack Truck in which it is on the losing end, being demolished and ending the executive’s life.

With a presidential election coming up where the incumbent is 80 years old and his challenger 78, the ‘Mack Truck’ lesson becomes pertinent. 

I have no idea whom Donald John Trump will select to be his running mate, but I strongly suspect he will be a right-wing conservative, a breed of public official whose expertise is one of ‘destruction of government functions’ rather than one experienced in carrying out government functions, as defined in our Constitution to be the job of the head of the Executive Branch.  Trump himself lacked these skills as the mess he created from 2016 to 2020 proves.

On the Democratic side, President Biden’s running mate will certainly be Vice President Kamala Harris.  While there has been some criticism of her lately, mostly unwarranted, she has recently stepped up more often into the spotlight, showing the fire she exhibited in 2020 when she was a candidate for her party’s presidential nomination.  She seems quite capable of filling the very necessary role suggested by the ‘Mack Truck’ module.   Evidence of this appeared in a recent Bloomberg article that you can find at https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2024-02-16/kamala-harris-made-the-most-of-her-munich-moment, or by CLICKING HERE.  And if that isn’t enough for you, check out what the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson has to say about Kamala at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/02/22/kamala-harris-foreign-policy-experience/ or just CLICK HERE.

Joe Biden’s experience as a vice president serving under Barack Obama makes him well aware of the responsibilities of that office.  Having held it, he appreciates the nuances of the job.  Otherwise, he would be replacing Kamala Harris right now instead than making her the nation’s spokesperson at an important international conference.  President Biden has confidence in Kamala Harris and the American public should as well.  Read the two articles mentioned above.

Trump, or anyone he would choose to attend such a conclave, with no interest in strengthening NATO, would not represent the United States as well as did Kamala Harris.  All Donald John Trump and his MAGA gang are good at is cultivating chaos.  Just as Trump is unfit to be president, anyone whom he would select as a running mate would be equally unfit.


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I don’t know why but I keep getting a large number of ‘hits’ on Jackspotpourri from Singapore.  They might represent individual internet users, or possibly a government, business, academic, or private entity.  I just don’t know.  If any Singaporean has an explanation, please let me know by Email (jacklippman18@gmail.com).  And if you don’t want to send me such an Email, I will understand.


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Voting by Mail – Why it is So Very Important!

Florida voters have gotten used to voting by mail.  It’s safe and simple.  But just because you might have done it in the past does not mean you can automatically continue to do so.  Current State election laws require you to renew your ‘voting by mail’ status before the next election in order to receive a ‘vote by mail’ ballot.  

If you vote in Palm Beach County, do it right now by visiting https://www.votepalmbeach.gov/Voters/Vote-By-Mail or by CLICKING HERE.   For those who do not want do it online, they can sign up for vote-by-mail by calling (561) 656 6208.  In other Florida counties, visit the website of your Supervisor of Elections or call them.

This is particularly important in 2024 because many pollsters are coming around to believe America will re-elect a Democratic president and turn the House ‘blue’ in November but are not quite so sure about the Senate.  That’s why it is important that Florida seniors vote for Debbie Muscarsel-Powell to replace Florida Senator Rick Scott in the Senate to insure a Democratic majority there.

Debbie Muscarsel-Powell

That should be an easy choice for seniors, (even independents and Republicans) considering Scott’s historic opposition to Medicare and Social Security which he wanted to put up to a vote in Congress every five years.

And of course, for those who want still more reasons to support Ms. Muscarsel-Powell, there’s Scott’s opposition to women’s abortion rights, and his efforts to make voting more difficult.  For more information, visit https://www.debbieforflorida.com/ or just CLICK HERE. 


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‘Fahrenheit 451’  

One of our followers correctly pointed out that Fahrenheit 451 is ‘the temperature at which paper burns efficiently, so you need to heat up a bonfire to that temperature to burn books.’ 

The protagonist in Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel with that title is a government fireman assigned to that duty.  Fiction, yes, but only a step beyond banning books, Note the following flyer, passed on to us by another follower of Jackspotpourri.   



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We Get Published … Again

I’m glad that I was wrong about the Palm Beach Post not publishing more than one letter per month from a reader.  Thursday’s Post carried the following letter from me, proving that I am not ‘all politics.’ 

‘The 'transfer portal' has changed college athletics, and not for the better. The generous scholarships provided to 'student-athletes' should be accompanied by an ironclad contractual relationship lasting four years. The NFL and the NBA should work to establish minor league farm systems as exist in baseball, with no academic connections whatsoever.  Only then will America's colleges get down to fully devoting their energies to education, as do all colleges in the rest of the world. 

Not included in the letter was my opinion that the college providing the scholarship should permit the athlete to be additionally compensated through Name, Image, and Location payments during their four years there.  If he or she chose to leave that school, however, the NCAA should not permit their further participation in intercollegiate athletics, their ‘ironclad’ four-year contractual relationship with the scholarship-granting college specifically including such a restriction.


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Housekeeping on Jackspotpourri 

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There’s another, perhaps easier, method of forwarding it though!   Google Blogspot, the platform on which Jackspotpourri is prepared, makes that possible.  If you click on the tiny envelope with the arrow at the bottom of every posting, you will have the opportunity to list up to ten email addresses to which that blog posting will be forwarded, along with a brief comment from you.  Each will receive a link to click on that will directly connect them to the blog. 

Either way will work, sending them the link to https://jackspotpourri.blogspot.com, or clicking on the envelope at the bottom of this posting. 

Again, I urge you to forward this posting to anyone you think might benefit from reading it, particularly if they are a registered voter.  This is an election year.  Spread the word. 


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