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Friday, June 22, 2012

When Nothing Is Done Is A Beautiful Democratic Achievement

  Legal gridlock is one reason why when citizens congregate, most of the time, stormtroopers don’t barge in shouting, “Everyone stop what you’re doing now.” Also why its a heck of a long time for anything to get done in this country. Plus, in fact, generations commonly lapse before justice is served. Yet it is to our advantage to be deliberate, and deliberate, so no one is railroaded by the power of the government over the individual. And presumably not on the Supreme Court’s watch over our freedom of speech this time because Thursday The New York Times and Reuters reported the Supreme Court declined to address if the government still had the authority to regulate indecency on broadcast television while excusing two broadcasters from potential fines for past violations of rules against cursing and nudity. The court did not address the constitutionality of the regulations.
  Only Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who voted with the majority but did not join its reasoning, was prepared to address the First Amendment issues raised by changes in broadcasting and media since 1978, when the Supreme Court decided the leading case in this area, Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica. That decision said the government could restrict George Carlin’s famous “seven dirty words” monologue, which had been broadcast on the radio in the afternoon. The court relied on what it called the uniquely pervasive nature of broadcast media and its unique accessibility to children. “In my view,” Justice Ginsburg wrote, the Pacifica decision “was wrong when issued. Time, technological advances, and the commis­sion’s untenable rulings in the cases now before the Court show why Pacifica bears reconsideration.” Last week before the American Constitution Society, Justice Ginsburg suggested wryly there were gaps in the justices’ knowledge of popular culture. “The Paris Hiltons of this world, my law clerks told me, eagerly await this decision,” she said of the case decided Thursday. “It is beyond my comprehension, I told my clerks, how the F.C.C. can claim jurisdiction to ban words spoken in a hotel on French soil.”
  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, leaving the larger free speech question unresolved, writing for seven justices, said the “Federal Communications Commission had changed the rules in the middle of the game and failed to give Fox or ABC fair notice prior to the broadcasts in question that fleeting expletives and momentary nudity could be found actionably indecent.”
  Seriously no one told the broadcasters? The past 40 years of cable programming’s competitive nude liberties were just rumors? The networks could have had naked TV all this time and beaten Cable-TV’s expanding channels before that business got off the ground. ABC’s soap star Sucan Lucci might have done anything for the team to keep the franchise afloat. Walter Cronkite might have worn shorts to kill this new industry that wasn’t even required to carry the news. Why today’s news is more about celebrities drawing our attention for the primary sake of entertainment. But ultimately the culture will work all this out and the Supreme Court will have suggestions wrenched out of them and that’s our democracy inaction.
  John Marshall, 4th Supreme Court
Chief Justice of the United States
Painted by Henry Inman in 1831.
and the current boisterous Court 
and Congress.
  Bill of Rights B.D. (Before Digital)
PACS will no doubt appear and reappear in assorted textures, flavors, forms, and formulas. While this is the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  With speech and press referred to independently it seems individuals might be due some of the rights of corporations too?
  We will never pass this way again. – Seals and Crofts
October 12 - November 8, 2016
When Nothing Is Done Is A Beautiful Democratic Achievement

6/22/2012 - With speech and press referred to independently it seems individuals might be due some of the rights of corporations too?
We will never pass this way again. – Seals and Crofts

  Repetition sucks. Detail through theme. People too shrewd to be held back by doing the right thing. Repeating Spike Lee. But ad infinitumstuck on play? Imaginable, but  c'monStill, speaking of repetitive. This anxious political season has manifested both desires to question, and run for the hills from forceful partisanship. PowerMan-made, or human, miracle to behold. Oh well. 

15 Historic Cartoons That Changed The World, c/o BUZZ FEED

  So the shrewdest stabs at managing the planet demonstrate evidence hurricane force winds left Bermuda standing preceded by thousands dying in Haiti? Of course. Their money hasn't circulated properly, at all, for centuries, as the island's incapable of mutual prosperity. Proper exploitation a fine line even when found. Charity? Everything's gifted in a world so obviously, thoroughly less shrewd about facing our own devious ethical bendsCoincidentally Trial International reports seven million Duvalier Haitian francs have returned. Big whoop

  Accusations all stick to their own degree. We should be scared of the pictures presidential candidates paint of the country folding to political pressure. How the other shakes up the momentum and reduces America to what? Puppets of a president? Arrogantly patriotic because equality's liberal balderdash outside the lip-servicing of certain documents? Certainly true in degrees. And what's happened to grace being greatest? Because what flaunted honor has wrought is disgraceful.

The Soapbox View Candidate For President
  Our industrious world would appear so, but hasn't stepped gallantly into the future polishing off the last vestiges of our past's hatred induced inadequacies. Soapbox View
  Our industriousness the enabler for being short of this future's shedding prejudice. Soapbox View The result of open-ended ruthless revenge no one has any business in. Nadaничегоnone ...
  Crafted political campaigns anticipate public desire for polish. Hence we're spoken for, not about. "Talk about" mentioned, not discussed. Coaxed, not confided. Deceitful? No kidding. So, as per usual, the celebrity parade bounces along accordingly pulling the public by storm. The stories' momentums are established, re-packaged, re-tilted, re-slanted repeatedly ad nauseam (passing) through election day. Earnestnesses that took root from tale woven symbolism wound with surgical accuracy around sloganed soundbites void of nuanced exposure. Though America's supposed to be known for this

cult of personality substitutes drama for substantiation.
  Voters face, while not, the serious lament the menagerie's really our political self. Narcissism why, or why not? Clichéd optimism remaining what's run on? So the previous Tuesday, a week before the election, and then Friday before and Friday after, I will have read from my obscure Cold War parody, from which one theme was meant to help lift the veils of deceit, among which involves properly burying Roy CohnYes, Mr. Candidate, another loser. Guilty of favoring yours by association with him, and it's not just that. It's the willingness to twist America's prejudices, within a frivolous framework of deniability. Not that that's not happening without you anyway. But you are making a frenzied crowd the pinnacle of success. Again. Without consolation. Because hindsight can't fix the past. But where history's concerned all any of us have are claims. Where no matter how huge a symbol exists, or softly my foot's down, polished fits do not alter this ... perspective. Let's hope the future doesn't have to still keep wishing it could have faced down another generation's crap while they're still alive, too.

From the Baruch College Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity

Native American Imagery in North American Sports : Fair or Foul?

A fruitful symposium that answers the question why Native American mascots is abuse, while both sides of the coin are addressed.

The Hammer and Cycle Messenger Service

The Soapbox View pursues the Twin Legacies 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Does A Mexican Trip And Invitation To Moscow Make A Difference Surrounded By Handlers, ALL THE TIME?

  Heads of state follow protocol by meeting on neutral ground or exchanging home bases. Retinues transport and place leaders where safest for pictures at some particular time. Could Hawaii have loosened up Presidents Putin and Obama? Then next time take in the Black Sea if the muscle and might of Moscow weren’t so important to please. Point being, travel, even for work, is usually a form of vacation. Why else have this pretext of exotic summit locations lending issues a level of (self-)importance? How necessary is this expensive carting around of such flamboyant roadshows other than to stimulate local economies? Oops, never mind, maybe they could tour the world’s ghettos? Or how about their having a TED TALK to iron things out in front of a crowd rather than just threading together agreements practically walked away from while being signed?
  So, Putin and Obama travelled and saw the G20 Summit‘s sights and everything is hunky-dory now that Reuters reported agreement on Monday that violence in Syria must end while offering no new solutions or sign of a healed rift over tougher sanctions against Syria. Ba dump bump. President Assad’s jam was noted here Jun 1, 2012
  While professor of government and politics at George Mason University, Mark N. Katz wrote the following on Tuesday for CNN. "Moscow doesn’t see itself as willfully and wrongly defying 'the broad international community.' They genuinely believe America and its Western allies are pursuing misguided policies toward Syria and Iran. For Obama to think he can get Moscow to adopt the American approach without compensation is simply an insult to Putin. If it wants Russia’s cooperation on Syria and Iran, it is going to have to make significant concessions to Moscow on other issues. Washington must now decide whether the cooperation it wants from Russia is really worth that. The Obama administration needs to understand America cannot have its borscht and eat it, too." – Mr. Katz’s CNN essay also includes the concessions President Putin might need to do the right thing as far as Assad is concerned.
  So with the public excluded, the Press was reduced to commentary on the two pitchers, Putin and Obama, and how they looked and what that meant for the game. Except there’s no reason for leaders to tell anyone anything and they’re never alone. There’s probably a table vote for this week’s designated loud mouth to reveal tidbits to the public(s) as inevitably politics is a circus performance and Press this time upset the acrobats didn’t jump higher. Even though Obama told reporters afterwards, “We agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war.” Plus President Putin said, “From my point of view, we have found many common points on this issue,” adding they’d continue discussions.
  Diplomatic. However reporters cited attitude, pointing out U.S. and Russian officials described the meeting as positive and business-like while both leaders were seen as cool and detached. A personal dynamic that sharply contrasted chummy Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush. Journalists entering the cramped hotel ballroom, saw neither smile while leaning toward each other in discussion. Then remaining seated, President Obama initiated a handshake for the cameras. It was reported Obama sometimes gestured while Putin sat stiff through the joint appearance, and both glumly watched reporters leave and made no move to re-engage with each other.
  The Press is kidding too, right? Thinking this confrontation should be more like J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon establishing a humbling rapport before Congress? Why would Obama and Putin not display tension over what probably can’t be reconciled to everyone’s satisfaction? For them to portray anything beyond grim is just putting a face on things, don’t you think? But sometimes its hard to tell. Wouldn’t it be great if all that mattered to have a fantastically happy day was All The Presidents Smiled?
  USA TODAY covered a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the meeting that symbolically, if not in fact, repeated an at least year-old mantra: In order to stop the bloodshed in Syria, we call for an immediate cessation of all violence and express full support for the efforts of UN/League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, including moving forward on political transition to a democratic, pluralistic political system that would be implemented by the Syrians themselves in the framework of Syria’s sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity. We are united in the belief that the Syrian people should have the opportunity to independently and democratically choose their own future.
  Uh huh. Who’s cleaning the mess up if not the suit taking credit?
  Smile, everyone’s watching. Politicians?
  Yeah, I’ve never seen two men colder toward each other my entire life.

While this masterpiece was faked.
  This was a presumably valid, MSNBC, American television discourse on the presidents’ meeting.
  First you try and try and try again …
September 29 - October 11, 2016
Does A Mexican Trip And Invitation To Moscow Make A Difference Surrounded By Handlers, ALL THE TIME?

6/20/2012 Uh huh. Who’s cleaning the mess up if not the suit taking credit? Smile, everyone’s watching. Politicians? Yeah, I’ve never seen two men colder toward each other my entire life. While this masterpiece was faked. This was a presumably valid, MSNBC, American television discourse on the presidents’ meeting.
 First you try and try and try again …
  The original essay's first paragraph could have been written today in light of September 9th's cease-fire treaty over Aleppo that was shredded past mulching the documents themselves. 
  Try again, 6/20/2012? Been here before. Where it doesn't matter what doesn't change when the same is the change being called for. Unleashed discipline worked up to feverish devout proportions that already cultivated what's foolish about us. How the vast schemes civilization spawns, viciously inflate politics to resemble a country's peoples' framed reference that's the real game personalities, heading pyramids, rule. Go team. Ah machinations. Really we're all just sitting back, shaking our heads, baffling over what political professionals want understood when there's not an issue jargon can't undermine and beat? 

  Go forth and diversify, my eye, since capitalism's supposed to prove it's socialist. But besides that. What if the resources that make the world so hospitable are necessary to the planet's health? Science can't prove otherwise. Hell yeah the atmosphere's screwierBut I could feel better if the planet were more solid-ish. So what?  
  The future will manufacture oxygen and this generation scapegoated for their inconvenience. How every era's remembered, when faced, for tragedies passed from the past. Useless not to forgive generations that naively developed modernity's fossilized cultureComplicated sentence. Complicated formula? Bottom line. Mass transportation should have been subsidized to the level the automobile was and still is. Safety? We're so d___ smart the reality is we can't finance solutions. Too expensive or cheap. Not enough moola flying around to replace coal with solar. Earthlings could imagine burning our souls. Money making decisions people do, because what should a mechanic do? Collect buggy whips? So transportation's song remains the same. Where the mentality is bikes are in the way and meant to be the pedestrians' bane. Because cars can't be safer. So custom adapts and makes it all our faults the entire transportation system isn't already designed safer. Bridges, trestles and tunnels should be everywhere trains and the rest of us cross. How could we expect people to accept room for bikes when so much more room than necessary was used to explore congestion? Going in one direction doesn't mean losing the other entirely, because, as I understood decades back, people aren't giving up mobile thrones
  But this generation's so smart and why responsible for all the blame now. Sure China copied the United States. A crystal ball wasn't necessary to see that coming. It was important to sell more cars to a culture that already knew how to ride a bike. Ethics have nothing to do with law is probably why the law's most sought after as a means for revenge than the promotion of lifestyles that would thwart bad things happening. Poverty? Doesn't have to be that difficult to be poor. Yet capital remains so hog wild pretending to chase inflation, ignoring the penny's value reduced to relative meaninglessness. 
  So the entire Congressional  apparatus, bureaucrats, head-in-ground citizenry, dinosaur-ish commercial interests, all are responsible for September 29th's New Jersey train slamming into a wall killing a woman and injuring 108 people because better technology to prevent mistakes, termed accidents, are on hold because SAFE TRANSPORTATION was never affordable for a country that irresponsibly over-indulged the loving of our mobile thrones
  No accountants worth their fees would undermine a client, or former client, disputing that said client weren't the one who genius-ly figured their way through the tax code to profitability after a substantial business loss. But not all of us wedge access to that great wealth provider, falsely attributed to P. T. Barnum, described as "a sucker born every minute."
  No reason for comfortable children to do no less than support every stance their parent might take when addressing the public on the national stage. Chelsea Clinton for instance. 
  When coaxing the American public,  integrity ...

  Some credence to the idea civilization is in full ironic mode. Maybe turned up to 11. Where everything said before turns out exactly as ironically expected. Trade and treaties last as long as militarily feasible, whereby contestants are comfortable with either dependent strategy. Uh uh. Doesn't make exact sense to me either, but let's look for what shapes up next. Anyway ...

The title - 
Does A Mexican Trip And Invitation To Moscow Make A Difference Surrounded By Handlers, ALL THE TIME?
is apparently accurate.

  So choose your conspiracies wisely shouldn't be good advice, yet. Everything working up nicely for the Vegas presidential debate. What better place to bury the remaining hatchets? The only question, will the roulette wheel ever stop so we can get off? 
  From 6/20/2012: Obama told reporters afterwards, “We agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war.” 
Uh huh.
  Cut to the chase. The perpetual spiral needs relooping.