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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.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

June 19, 2024 - Juneteenth, Watergate Memories, Untrustworthy Republicans, This Blog's 'Numbers,' and the Forlorn Miami Marlins plus a Letter


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Watergate Anniversary - What Republicans Have Learned from It

Nixon 

It’s not easy to make our resigned and disgraced thirty-seventh president, Richard Nixon, look good, but the behavior of today’s Republican Party’s elected officials accomplish that by putting our defeated forty-fifth president, Donald Trump, now a convicted felon, ‘above the law’ despite our nation’s history of being governed by the ‘rule of law.’  And that includes the supposedly religious and ethical House Speaker.

In her July 16 ‘Letters from an American,’ Boston College history professor Heather Cox Richardson describes how the Watergate burglary, of which June 17 was the fifty-second anniversary, ultimately ended Nixon’s presidency.

Republicans have learned from that and continue to defy the ‘rule of law’ in far more sophisticated ways, actually convincing millions of Americans through a galaxy of lies fed to them through a corrupted media, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, to willingly treat their un-American, anti-democratic, and often illegal, subversive activities as a normal part of everyday poiitics. 

Read all about what happened in 1972  at https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/  OR CLICK RIGHT HERE.  

History may not precisely repeat itself, but as is attributed to Mark Twain, it often rhymes with itself.

JL

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Can They Be Trusted At All?

I’m including the following item from the always liberal Daily KOS’ daily round up of ‘punditry’ that they published recently (6/17/24), titling it ‘The Motivated Ignorance of Trump Supporters.’  (I don't know who they were quoting.)  Indeed, there comes a time when we all might consider whether the behavior of the supporters of the convicted felon who the Republicans will nominate as their presidential candidate goes beyond their politics and reveals a much more basic flaw in their character, leading one to feel that no one who supports Trump, or even votes for Republicans who do, can be trusted at all about anything.  Anything at all!  Check it out:

    "Trump supporters can't claim they didn't know.  ...  But something has changed for me in the Trump era.  I struggle more than I once did to wall off a person’s character from their politics when their politics is binding them to an unusually - and I would say undeniably - destructive person.  The lies that MAGA world parrots are so manifestly untrue, and the the Trump ethic is so manifestly cruel, that they are difficult to set aside.

    If a person insists, despite the overwhelming evidence, that Trump was the target of an assassination plot hatched by Biden and carried out by the FBI, this is more than an intellectual failure; it is a moral failure, and a serious one at that. It’s only reasonable to conclude that such Trump supporters have not made a good-faith effort to understand what is really and truly happening. They are choosing to ‘live within the lie,’ to invoke the words of the former Czech dissident and playwright Vaclav Havel.

    One of the criteria that need to be taken into account in assessing the moral culpability of people is how absurd the lies are that they are espousing; a second is how intentionally they are avoiding evidence that exposes the lies because they are deeply invested in the lie; and a third is is how consequential the lie is."

JL

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Juneteenth

Today is 'Juneteenth,' commemorating the earler Emancipation of Slaves in the Confederacy in 1863 by President Lincoln.  The enslaved black population in Texas, and in much of the Confederacy, had not been aware of their freedom until the Union Army general who captured Galveston told them about it on June 19, 1865. To many, Juneteenth is celebrated as a second Declaration of Independence, which had inaccurately proclaimed that all men were created equal. Juneteenth marks the correction of that error.  


JL

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The Numbers are Down - I Wonder Why

I keep count on the number of views Jackspotpourri gets from legitimate followers in the United States.  Each Jackspotpourri posting is preceded by an alert announcing it to about 75 email addresses, and suggesting that they pass it on.  Over the past few years, I’ve been able to determine that no more than half of that number (in the United States), including any to whom they might have forwarded it, are taking the time to look at any single Jackspotpourri posting.  I can live with that number, but what is worrisome is that that number has been steadily going down over the past few weeks.

I hope this is not due to an attitude on the part of people that ‘Que Sera, Sera,’ (‘What will be, will be’) as Connie Francis sang and that it’s not necessary to get involved politically.  

Political involvement is always necessary, especially on the local level, from which it spreads upward to national contests.  Presently, the nation’s conservatives are well aware of this but other concentrations of voters may not be.

Reduced political involvement of those with whom they disagree is precisely the aim of those who want to replace our representative democracy with a more easily managed autocracy.  That is what Donald Trump and his MAGA supporters who have corrupted the Republican Party want.  All I can do is to keep plugging on and repeatedly urge those who still follow this blog to remember that  . . .

(If you want a copy of this on a flyer to mount on a piece of sturdy cardboard and display in you car’s rear window, as I do in mine, just ask me for one by emailing me at jacklippman18@gmail.com) 

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There are many reasons for some people lessening their getting involved politically.  They include wide disagreements as to how to approach challenges such as Russian aggression in Ukraine, Chinese economic growth, continued support of Israel, immigration on our Southern border, the inequities built into the way we elect our presidents, gerrymandering, availability of healthcare, climate change, the limits of First Amendment rights, and regulation of the financial marketplace.  Rather than deal with such problems, too many feel overwhelmed and are willing to just sit back and wait to see what happens

That is not good because others, not committed to preserving our democracy, are NOT similarly willing to just sit back.  In fact, it is dangerous.

My suggestion:  Get over whatever is holding you back and get involved, recognize right from wrong, and find something in which to believe before it is too late.   A good way to start is to read Heather Cox Richardson's daily free posting, 'Letters from an American.' a link to which appears above in the Watergate story.

 JL

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What's Wrong With The Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins, even if they lose the remainder of the games on their schedule, will not surpass the modern ‘most games lost’ record, 120 losses, held by the 1962 New York Mets.  They can’t even win that distinction.  I predict that the Marlins will end up losing about 110 games this season while winning about 52.

The pitiful aspect of this is that ownership of the team, since 2017, has been led by Bruce Sherman, who has been very successful in the financial world, particularly in the area of wealth management.  He knows how to invest for the greatest returns. Prior owners have also come with records of considerable successes in various aspects of the business world.

I  am certain that if these owners had practiced the level of skill they have brought to the Marlins organization in their activities in the business world, they would be sleeping in their cars or in a temporary shelter for the homeless, and applying for food stamps.

The Miami Marlins once had outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna under contract.  All were mostly traded away for players who were supposed to be the wave of the future for the Marlins but never were.  Star pitcher Pedro Lopez was traded for batting champion Luis Arraez, which looked like a good deal until Arraez, only this year, was traded for minor leaguers who might, but might not, be the wave of the future.

The starting pitchers and the bullpen relievers of today’s Marlins team are not bad.  Unfortunately, they have to be almost perfect when the average number of runs the Marlins manage to score is far under three per nine-inning game.

Jazz Chisholm - The Marlins' Only 'Star'

It should be drilled into the dense heads of Marlins ownership and management that any trades they make should be for consistent hitters who would regularly score enough runs to make the near impossible job of Marlins pitchers easier, and not next year or tomorrow, but today!  Except for Jazz Chisholm, the Marlins dependence on professional baseball ‘journeymen’  who sometimes blow hot, but mostly cold at the plate, cannot accomplish that.  As a result, the performance of the entire team, intentionally or subconsciously, deteriorates.  That is what is happening right now. Acquiring and keeping such consistent hitters to play every day should have priority over future hopes when they make a trade, at least until a few years of offensive success are accomplished, and under the team’s belt.  

Right now, the Marlins rank third among the thirty MLB teams in runners left on base at the end of an inning, behind the hard-hitting Cleveland Guardians and the Cincinnati Reds, but both of these teams put far more runners on the bases to start with than the weak-hitting Marlins, so they really lead in that category.  This is not a statistic of which to be proud.

The 2023 season was supposed to be a start to such a process, but the Marlins ownership’ scuttled that idea, preferring to operate out of a mindset trained in hedge fund investing where losing investments are balanced with successful ones to achieve a favorable long-term result.  But perpetually seeking long-term results for the Marlins ignores the fact that its opposition in the National League’s East division during each 162 game season are four other well-stocked baseball teams and not a team of IRS auditors.  This total concentration upon a ‘success down the road’ philosophy, I understand, is one of the reasons for the departure of last year’s Marlins General Manager, Kim Ng, who at least steered the team into a 2023 playoff berth.  Few teams have ever tumbled so far, so rapidly.

Bruce Sherman and his wealth management cronies should recognize that ownership of a baseball team is different from other investments.  It should take into consideration the players on the team, the team’s fans, and the historical background that comes with ownership of that baseball team.  When the day comes when the Marlins are again sold, with the team probably being moved to Nashville, Charlotte, or even Mexico City, to establish a new fan base, the new owners should recognize this.  Otherwise, they should stick to Wall Street. 

But here's what I think they should do right now!

When this season’s ‘trading deadline’ approaches at the end of July, the Marlins should not put Josh Bell on the market, as it is predicted they will be doing.  Rather, they should trade starting pitchers Luzardo, Weathers, Garrett, and Rogers, and closer Tanner Scott, for more players like Bell!  And those they put on the market might even include Sandy Alcantara, out this year for Tommy John surgery, too!  Prematurely moving unready pitchers up from the minor leagues as starters and to serve as relievers is unlikely to produce a worse record than their present pitchers are accomplishing without meaningful help from their hitters, and these ‘rookies’ would have support at the plate, acquired by trading away most of the existing pitching staff to get it.  The Marlins’ problems are all in the batters’ box and in the owner's suite.

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A Published Letter

This might be a good time to mention that the Palm Beach Post published the following letter from me, heavily edited by them, this morning.  It followed a series of emails between me and their sports editor, who apparently believes that no sports section in the Post, at any time during the year, is complete without a piece about the Miami Dolphins, however inconsequential its content might be during football's 'off-season.'  

"The Post's treating the Miami Marlins as if they didn't exist, and its minimalist reporting of Major League Baseball in general, reached its pinnacle with the June 9 sports section's page 1 headline featuring cricket, and the Local section devoted more space to a dispute over diamond use by two conflicting teenage baseball 'travel teams.'  Any mention of MLB was limited to its inclusion on the small-font 'Scoreboard' page.  I know the Post's sports coverage is allocated by the size of a sport's fan base, but cricket? C'mon.

I might add that there was a lot about baseball in today's Palm Beach Post, but I suspect that was motivated by today, as pointed out above, being celebrated as Juneteenth, and not the sport itself.

JL

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Housekeeping on Jackspotpourri 

Strange “Hits’!  The large number of those accessing Jackspotpouri from Singapore has suddenly ceased. In their place, however, there have appeared large numbers of ‘hits’ on each posting in the hundreds, and as was the case with those from Singapore, but this time from Hong Kong!  I suspect that the Chinese are playing around with internet transmissions, possibly to try to identify who is reading them.  

Email Alerts:  If 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

Forwarding Postings: Please forward this posting to anyone you think might benefit from reading it. Friends, relatives, enemies, etc.

If you want to send someone the blog, you can just tell them to check it out by visiting https://jackspotpourri.blogspot.com or you can provide a link to that address in your email to them.  

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.

 

JL

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

June 15, 2024 - Boynton Annexation Scheme, What a Gaza Solution Requires, and Saving Democracy

If your post office address is Boynton Beach, you had
better check out the third article in today' blog posting

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Republicans are Out to Destroy Democracy


Listen to what the lying and hypocritical Republicans are saying.  Watch how they are cozying up to the convicted, soon-to-be-sentenced, felon they will name as their 2024 presidential candidate, out of fear of losing the votes of his mentally-drugged MAGA followers.  Look how they mock the rule of law upon which this nation was founded, and misuse House committees to harass those with whom they disagree, like Attorney General Garland, New York D.A. Bragg, and even the retired Dr. Fauci.  

Trump's campaign thus far, headlining retribution and revenge, with few constructive ideas to replace the democratic principles that it opposes, should serve to strengthen the unity and resolve of those who work to re-elect President Biden.  

Look at the way they are delaying litigation in Georgia, Florida, and the District of Columbia, attempting to stall bringing Trump to justice, and using the Supreme Court as a weapon against the American people.  Democracy is in danger.  America's eyes must be kept open to the video evidence of their attempted insurrection on January 6, 2021.

American voters must recognize that our representative democracy is in great danger right now and work to preserve it!   Using disagreement with President Biden on issues such as Israel, Ukraine, and revising immigration rules at our Southern border, as excuses to lessen the fervor which should move Ameican voters to preserve democracy by supporting Joe Biden's re-election can only give comfort and strength to the convicted felon who the Republicans will nominate.  Democracy is in danger.  Republicans are out to destroy it!


(If you want a flyer to mount on cardboard and display in the rear window of your car ... as pictured above ... just ask me by email (jacklippman18@gmail.com) and I will get it to you.  Unlike the national Democratic Party, which apparently does not consider Florida to be a 'battleground' state, I do!  Belileve me when I say that Florida's voters can vote Rick Scott out of the Senate, Constitutionally protect abortion rights, and deliver thirty electoral votes to Joe Biden.  All it will take is a lot of hard work between now and November 5.)

JL

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Resolving the War in Gaza Requires a Two-State Solution

A solution to the war in Gaza seems difficult to reach because those on all sides of the issues insist on treating the symptoms, rather than their cause, that being the question of a future Palestinian state.

No real and permanent solution will be reachable until (1) Hamas, or its remnants or similarly dedicated groups, permanently abandon their announced objective of eradicating the State of Israel from the map and replacing it with a Palestinian state, and (2) Israel accepts the approximate borders suggested by the 1947 United Nations partition plan, abandoning any ambition to permanently include most of the territory the Arabs lost to Israel in their unsuccessful wars since 1947, and which now contains many Israeli residents.

Without resolving these two contradictory positions, any solution to the war in Gaza will remain fragile and have little permanence.  I believe both sides involved in negotiations are aware of this and as a result, are not eager to reach any solution.  They might even prefer the war to continue on some level.  Israel sees this as giving them more time to fully destroy Hamas' military capabilities and Hamas sees it as an opportunity to further label the Israelis as murderers of civilians, among whom their militants are intentionally embedded.  

I suspect, however, that there are many individual Palestinians and many individual Israelis who feel otherwise and give achieving peace a higher priority.  But such Palestinians fear the consequences of speaking out and such Israels are hampered by a right-wing government that might not represent the majority of its population.

A true diplomatic solution demands that both sides not just 'give a little,' but actually 'give a lot,' drastically changing their present positions, both of which end up being unworkable one-state solutions.

JL

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If You Live 'West of Boynton,' You Must Read This

To My Neighbors: The City of Boynton Beach, under its present or earlier names, has a history of financial problems. Back in the 1930s, to enable it to remain solvent, it gave up most of its beachfront to what became the incorporated communities of Ocean Ridge and Briny Breezes, keeping just enough for a beachfront park.                               

Many of the communities developed over the past fifty years and generally referred to as being in Boynton Beach, and having a Boynton Beach Post Office address, are actually located west of the City of Boynton Beach's western border, which is about a quarter of a mile west of Congress Avenue, and are not part of that city, but considered to be unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County.  Notice where the signs, like the one pictured above, are presently placed on Woolbright Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard.  That marks the present Boynton Beach western city border.

Financial problems continue to haunt the City of Boynton Beach, almost a century after it sacrificed most of its oceanfront, and it now is attempting to annex the many non-incorporated areas to its west from which it presently profits by providing water and sewer services.  The City's future right to annex these areas was part of the water and sewer utility agreements made with these communities' developers to provide these services.  The City of Boynton Beach seems to consider that these residential communities now are bound by the annexation agreements agreed to by their developers.  But this is what lawyers are for, and certainly, the communities involved and the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations (COBWRA) are in the course of retaining them.

That 'Coalition' (COBWRA) is now circulating a petition protesting this annexation attempt directed to all of the local and county political entities involved.  I urge you to get your copy of the petition to sign and submit by copying and pasting this on your browser line, https://cobwra.org/boynton-beach-annexation-petition/ , or by CLICKING HERE

A summary of the facts about the annexation attempt is provided in COBWRA’s recent press release and can be found by copying and pasting this on your browser line, https://cobwra.org/?fluentcrm=1&route=email_preview&fc_newsletter=fc717dbe640ede5a20320ed7558ff286 , or by CLICKING HERE.

Most Individual residential associations should be providing this information to their members, and certainly, the annexation attempt has been written about in both the Sun-Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post, to which, unfortunately, not enough local residents bother to subscribe.  We will continue to report on it in Jackspotpourri, some of whose recipients live in communities involved in the annexation attempt.

JL

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Housekeeping on Jackspotpourri 

Strange “Hits’!  The large number of those accessing Jackspotpouri from Singapore has suddenly ceased. In their place, however, there have appeared large numbers of ‘hits’ on each posting in the hundreds, and as was the case with those from Singapore, but this time from Hong Kong!  I suspect that the Chinese are playing around with internet transmissions, possibly to try to identify who is reading them.  

Email Alerts:  If 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. 

Forwarding Postings: Please forward this posting to anyone you think might benefit from reading it. Friends, relatives, enemies, etc.

If you want to send someone the blog, you can just tell them to check it out by visiting https://jackspotpourri.blogspot.com or you can provide a link to that address in your email to them.  

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.

 

JL

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024 - A Matter of Emergency, Joe Biden's Accomplishments, An Airport Incident, and Advice from a Jailbird

 

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John Cuneo's June 10 New Yorker Cover, 
'A Man of Conviction'

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A Matter of Emergency

Without immediately sending you off to a 'link,' here are the last three sentences of David Remnick's comments in the June 10 issue of the New Yorker magazine of which he is the editor.  They cap off a summary of the transgressions of the former president, now a convicted felon awaiting sentencing.  They say it all:

'American democracy, any democracy, is by nature fragile, and even the most summary assessment of Trump's rhetoric, actions, and intentions makes clear that the election in November is a matter of emergency. To return an unstable and malevolent authoritarian to the White House risks wounding American democracy in ways that would likely take decades to repair.  That is not the only issue on the ballot, but those are the stakes.'

(If you've been vacationing out in space since 2016, and during the recent trial in lower Manhattan, you might want to read the full article, just visit https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2024/06/10/trump-is-guilty-but-voters-will-be-the-final-judge or CLICK HERE.)

This is why I have been urging Democrats (or anyone else) who are hesitant about supporting President Biden's re-election to set aside their doubts about his positions on immigration at our Southern border, on Ukraine, on providing military equipment to Israel, or on other issues.  

Even with such objections, the vast majority of those who have them will undoubtedly end up voting for Biden, recognizing the risks his opponent poses, and which Remnick points out are a much greater danger to our democracy.  In the meantime, however, the reluctance of some to forcefully support his re-election can only serve to benefit the campaign of the convicted felon, presently awaiting sentencing, whom the Republicans will undoubtedly nominate.


JL

              
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Feel free to copy this flyer and mount it as a placard in your car's rear window, as I have done with mine.   If you wish, I can send you a better link to it, or even provide you with a free printed copy.  Just let me know at jacklippman18@gmail.com.  


JL

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More Reasons to Re-Elect Biden

Beyond David Remnick's message, there are many solid reasons to vote to re-elect Joe Biden in November.  Here is a summary of the differences between him and the convicted felon, presently awaiting sentencing, who the dying Republican Party will offer to America's voters.  Biden's accomplishments make him the obvious choice for re-election.

·      Trump - economy lost 2.9 million jobs. Biden has gained 15 million, so far. 
·      Trump - unemployment rate rose by 1.6 percentage points to 6.3 percent. Biden - unemployment under 4 percent for the longest stretch in over 50 years. 
·       Trump campaigned against the trade deficit with China.  In the first three years of the Trump administration (before COVID-19), it worsened, averaging almost $379 billion per year. 
·      Under Biden, America’s trade deficit with China has improved dramatically, falling by $103 billion, or 27 percent, to $279 billion. It’s the lowest bilateral deficit in goods since 2010.
·      Under Biden, the stock market has soared. The Dow Jones Industrial
Average hovers at about 40,000 for the first time in history, exceeding the market’s annualized return under Trump
·      Under Trump, the national debt rose from about $19.9 trillion to about $27.8 trillion, an increase of about 39 percent, and more than in any other four-year presidential term, because of his enormous tax cuts for wealthy Americans and big corporations.  The Trump (and Bush) tax cuts have added $10 trillion to the debt and are responsible for 57 percent of the increase in the debt ratio since 2001.  Under Biden, the national debt has grown at a far slower pace.
·      Under Trump, Americans lacking health insurance rose by 3 million. Under Biden, enrollment in Obamacare has surged from 12 million in 2021 to 21.3 million today.  In addition, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) signed by President Biden, in addition to their popular economic features, expanded and extended the refundable tax credits to help Americans purchase health insurance.  His administration also attacked prescription drug prices, bringing about a $35 cap for insulin for those on Medicare, with promises of more such limits to come..
·      Meanwhile, the actual prices of goods and services is lower today than it was four years ago under Trump, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.  That’s because incomes have grown faster than prices over that four-year period. 
·      Biden's investments in infrastructure, semiconductors, and green
technologies are rebuilding the middle class. Biden is making the biggest
investment in infrastructure in sixty years. Trump never did.   Spending on new factories has almost tripled over the past three years, as
companies rush to locate in the U.S. market. Construction employment in April hit an all-time high of 8.2 million workers.
·      The CHIPs Act, besides creating large numbers of manufacturing jobs, also activates the Davis Bacon Act, requiring that contractors and subcontractors pay the prevailing wage.  It commits companies receiving grants to allow workers to unionize. It builds new plants in areas that have suffered job losses and decline. And it commits companies getting
grants to include daycare facilities in their new plants.  

Trump and other Republicans pretend to be on the side of average working
Americans, but actually cut taxes on big corporations and the wealthy.   By contrast, Biden made it easier for workers to qualify for overtime pay and made it easier to unionize. He was the first president in history to walk a picket line.    

Trump's record on antitrust enforcement was abysmal. By contrast, Biden has been the most activist trust-buster in a half century. 

·      When it comes down to the Democrat's core goal of rebuilding the  middle class, Biden's administration has been the most successful over the past forty years. Trump’s was the least successful and in fact, his policies  from 2016 to 2020 increased the pressure on the middle class to keep up.  Of course, he does not hesitate to lie about this, blaming it on Democrats, minority groups, and of course, President Biden.  It bears repeating that in terms of their core goal of rebuilding the middle class, Biden’s administration has been the most successful of any administration over the past forty years.

Despite usually unrelenting Republican opposition, President Biden has been able to find those rare areas where compromise, leading to cooperation, is possible.  His many years in government has provided him with the skills to do this.  

There is no way that the convicted felon can deal intelligently with our friends and enemies abroad in regard to problems such as Russia's Ukrainian aggression, China's economic growth, maintaining a unified NATO and European community, or Israel's facing the challenge of those dedicated to its demise ... or the immigration problem challenging our own Southern border.  Biden has the political skills to manage problems like these.  Donald Trump wouldn't know where to start other than bluster, trickery, lies, and ways to personally profit.

The only skills Trump has are in lying, misrepresenting, and as proven in court in New York, paying off people.   If the remaining litigation against this convicted felon ever gets off the ground in Georgia (where he asked its Sec'y of State to fiddle with the voting results), in Florida (where he hid classified documents he illegally took with him on leaving office in 2021), and in Federal court in D.C. (where he instigated a riot to prevent the counting of electoral votes), further indefensible sins are certain to come to light.  

Meanwhile, Republicans are working hard to delay these trials forever, the best way being to elect their scoundrel candidate to the presidency again.   Tragically, democracy will permit many who, for a variety of unwholesome reasons, will vote for the Republican/MAGA/Convicted Felon/Scoundrel candidate, Donald John Trump, or a third party candidate designed to drain off Biden votes in 'battleground' states.  That's why your vote for Joe Biden's re-election is vitally important.  That is what David Remnick wrote about.

JL                                              

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Feel free to copy this flyer and mount it as a placard in your car's rear window as I have done with mine.  If you wish, I can send you a better link to it, or even provide you with a free printed copy.  Just let me know at jacklippman18@gmail.com.  


JL                                              


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Newark Airport - 1960

I've always been a fan of political bumper stickers, but nowadays prefer a placard (see above) in a car's rear window which doesn't damage a car's finish, bumpers now being a part of most vehicles' body itself.  I feel that either way, they create support and get votes. Here's a story that brings to mind.

Back in 1960, during John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s presidential campaign, he flew out of Newark International Airport after an event in New York City.  Along with other members of Newark’s South Ward Young Democrats, I was there with a few hundred others to see JFK off on his flight.  He made a few remarks and threw his arm around Bob Peacock, a local candidate for Congress.  Not knowing enough about Peacock, Kennedy just said 'Bob, I’ve seen your bumper stickers and they are really great and ought to get you a lot of votes.  Good luck on Election Day,’ and with that, he waved and walked up the ramp to his waiting plane.



FYI:  In 1960, JFK carried N.J. but Bob Peacock lost.  Nevertheless, I still remain a believer in bumper stickers or placards in cars' rear windows,

JL                                              


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A Jailbird Speaks Out.  Will Donald Listen?

A while back, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to fourteen years for attempting to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, once Obama had won the presidency in 2008.  He only served eight years, eventually being pardoned by Donald Trump. It's only right that Rod return the favor with some advice for Donald, who may (although I doubt it) face similar incarceration.

The June 17 issue of the New Yorker magazine contain Rod's advice to Don, if he ends up in the 'Big House,' rather than the White HouseCLICK HERE to read the article or take the time to copy and paste this on your browser line.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2024/06/17/rod-blagojevichs-tips-for-prison-survival-just-in-time-for-trump?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Daily_Paid_061024&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_medium=email&utm_term=tny_daily_digest&bxid=5c941c22b90c2f4a9f76d533&cndid=56749612&hasha=02fa158150d34dc186b01b1b8ec7a224&hashb=272a72a5c15a7235afb1dfcb769372a42fe06d21&hashc=033d2070fe1faa4dfea53a4950e7d0ed837513fd06d41e88f2d7b6b7c74af785&esrc=subscribe-page&mbid=CRMNYR012019

The article would be funny, were it not overwhelmingly sad that our democracy has difficulty separating its politicians from its criminals.

JL                                              


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Some Like It Hot

During an outdoor rally in Phoenix the other day in the broiling sun, the defeated former president said he didn't want people to keel over because of the heat.  While that made him appear considerate of the audience's welfare, it also revealed his real feelings toward them.  His precise words were: 'We need every voter.  I don't care about you.  I just want your vote. I don't care.'  I hope the attendees were listening.

JL                                              


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Housekeeping on Jackspotpourri 

Strange “Hits’!  The large number of those accessing Jackspotpouri from Singapore has suddenly ceased. In their place, however, there have appeared large numbers of ‘hits’ on each posting in the hundreds, and as was the case with those from Singapore, but this time from Hong Kong!  I suspect that the Chinese are playing around with internet transmissions, possibly to try to identify who is reading them.  

Email Alerts:  If 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. 

Forwarding Postings: Please forward this posting to anyone you think might benefit from reading it. Friends, relatives, enemies, etc.

If you want to send someone the blog, you can just tell them to check it out by visiting https://jackspotpourri.blogspot.com or you can provide a link to that address in your email to them.  

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.

 

JL

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Friday, June 7, 2024

June 7, 2024 - Recusal of SCOTUS Justices, Weaponizaion of the Law, and the President's Silent Supporters.



Justices Thomas and Alito are Required to Recuse Themselves

Congressman Jamie Raskin

Congressman Jamie Raskin’s recent opinion piece in the NY Times explains why Supreme Court Justices Thomas and Alito MUST recuse themselves from certain cases. It might take a lawyer (Raskin taught Constitutional Law for 30 years) to fully understand the details of what Raskin wrote, but it seems to demand that at least Justices Thomas and Alito must adhere to prior legal decisions.  Small chance of that happening.  

As I see it, there has to be a case before the SCOTUS, something Raskin doesn’t mention, in which their required recusal is an issue in that particular case.  That there is no such case at present is resulting in justice not being served. Could the DOJ be the plaintiff in such a case? 

Read the article at https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/29/opinion/alito-thomas-recuse-trump-jan-6.html or just CLICK HERE.  

JL     

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The Myth of the 'Weaponization" of the Law

The trial of the President’s son, Hunter Biden, in a Federal courtroom in Delaware on charges of lying about his addiction problem while applying for a weapons license, is clear evidence that the Department of Justice and our courts are NOT being 'weaponized' against Republicans, something they are not reluctant to scream out whenever they can. 

The knife cuts both ways.  The judge in Hunter Biden's case is a Republican appointee, as is Judge Cannon in Fort Pierce, where the ‘documents’ case against Trump will be heard whenever she decides to proceed with it.  The prosecutor in Hunter Biden’s case is a Republican, too.  All purport to be following the law.

As for the New York state conviction of Donald Trump, all that took place there was within the ‘rule of law’ as well.  So what was 'weaponized'?  Please tell me.  That's the way the rule of law operates!

Our legal system is being run fairly, except in the eyes of those attempting to hide their criminality.  If any ‘weaponization’ is occurring, it is by Republican appointees resorting to it to delay court actions, a practice criticized over the years by many, including Martin Luther King whose 'Letter from a Birmingham Jail' in 1963 reminded all that  'Justice delayed is justice denied.'  

And before wrapping up this item, here's a question:  If a businessman without a criminal record lied about having an addiction problem on an application for a gun license, and didn't shoot anybody with that gun, AND WERE NOT THE PRESIDENT'S SON, would any Federal prosecutor even waste the DOJ's resources pursuing such a case, rather than turning to simpler remedies such as fining him and refusing him a gun license in the future?  I think not unless they were looking for something to 'weaponize.' 
  

JL     

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The "Primacy" Oath

Here is the oath of office pledged to by members of the House of Representatives and Senators on being seated.  I suggest it be amended to include the words shown in blue.  Similar additions might be added to the oaths taken by the president, the vice-president and the justices of the Supreme Court, but let’s take care of Congress first.  Withoug such an addition, there is nothing to stop them from putting 'party before country.' 

‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, giving these words primacy over loyalties to any political party or other organizations to which I might belong. So help me God.’

JL     

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More on Bumper Stickers or Other Displays of Support

In the preceding posting on Jackspotpourri, after bemoaning the absence of 'Biden' bumper stickers and such in our area, I suggested (go back and check it out ... on some devices, it may appear directly following this posting) messages that any supporter can create on their own.  

One of the suggested homemade bumper sticker messages in that last posting of Jackspotpourri was I'm Not Hidin' ... I'm For Biden'.  Well, you might ask, why would anyone be hiding their support of the President?   I'll tell you why.  

There are some Biden supporters who might oppose his position on immigration at our Southern border, our relationship with Israel regarding the war in Gaza, or on any number of other issues on which he has acted. But when they vote on Nov. 5 (or send in their 'vote by mail' ballot), they still will be voting for him.  But that's not quite enough.  

Some of them might sincerely believe it best not to invite damage to the Biden campaign which open disagreement will bring, keeping such internal conflicts out of the spotlight.  So some voters 'hide' their ultimate preference for him, leaving it unspoken, rather than debate these issues in public.  

I think they are wrong and should swallow a little and not hesitate to more forcefully back President Biden.  Otherwise, they give strength to his opponent, the convicted felon for whom they would never vote, regardless of any disagreement they might have with President Biden.

Even Democrats who strongly disagree with President Biden's position on important issues recognize that he still is a far superior choice over the convicted felon awaiting sentencing that the ghost of the Republican Party, beset by almost endless serious internal conflicts, will nominate in July.  

Joe Biden represents a growing economy, women's rights, maintenance of our economic/social safety net (Medicare, Affordable Care Act, Social Security, etc.), strong alliances with European and Asian allies, and most of all, healthy representative democracy, as his willingness to compromise on key issues, such as immigration and Gaza, indicates.  When did you last encounter a Republican who was willing to compromise?

The other guy aspires to be an undemocratic despot, promising retribution for those he still believes, in his insanity, stole the 2020 election from him and persecuted him in the Manhattan courtroom where a jury unanimously found him guilty of 34 felonies.   It's time all of the president's supporters make clear their preference.  They should speak out loudly:  I'm Not Hidin' ... I'm For Biden'.  In fact, here's a suggested flyer modifying the one in the prior posting of Jackspotpourri.  What do you think? Should I put it in my car's rear window?


JL   


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Housekeeping on Jackspotpourri

Strange “Hits’!  The large number of those accessing Jackspotpouri from Singapore has suddenly ceased. In their place, however, there have appeared large numbers of ‘hits’ on each posting in the hundreds, and as was the case with those from Singapore, but this time from Hong Kong!  I suspect that the Chinese are playing around with internet transmissions, possibly to try to identify who is reading them.  

Email Alerts:  If 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. 

Forwarding Postings: Please forward this posting to anyone you think might benefit from reading it. Friends, relatives, enemies, etc.

If you want to send someone the blog, you can just tell them to check it out by visiting https://jackspotpourri.blogspot.com or you can provide a link to that address in your email to them.  

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.

 

JL

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