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The Century of Insanity

That’s what I keep saying about the days we’re living in.

Hola. Even though mi amigo/my friend understands that we’re now in the Century of Insanity, he is still blown away each day by insane news stories and something loco that happens when he’s on the streets of San Francisco. One example, he came within a foot of being hit by a car while on his bike the other morning because the driver was speeding and staring at his phone while driving. Multiple people including another cyclist and a pedestrian behind mi amigo were witnesses to this and started screaming at this insane driver. Mi amigo said when the driver finally came to a stop right next to him that the driver looked up from his phone with this, “What’s wrong” look on his face. Insanity. Nearly being hit by a vehicle would obviously give me a major emotional jolt, but other than immediate and imminent danger, I’m rarely phased by anything. But that’s because he and I come from two very different backgrounds. My background includes working a number of years in a mental health organisation and talking with distressed people on a regular basis as a trained counselor. When I left that organisation after a number of years working there and burned out, I said: “I’ve seen and heard it all! Nothing phases me now.” Other people who worked there said the same thing upon leaving. I suspect most psychologists and psychiatrists say the same from their experiences. Mi amigo does not have that background. What does phase me or surprise me are the little things when they go how I think they should go, which is not often, instead of how I’m expecting them to go. But other than that, constantly-awful news events and insane comments made by the orange despot, talking heads and others wash right over me.

I expect idiots to be all around me and often they are. I don’t mind that mi amigo tells me the things that he’s amazed by or finds unbelievable (“that’s amazing” and “that’s unbelievable” are what he says frequently, probably as a way of venting), but I don’t feel the same way. My response is usually silence or a spoken or unspoken: Well that’s expected, and that’s because we’re in the Century of Insanity, where one should expect the worst. And usually that’s what we see.

When we first met, mi amigo said that his military service allowed him to “see it all” which I questioned. Well it did to a certain degree, but now he doesn’t say that because even though at the time he thought he was “seeing it all” it was a very limited experience compared to my mental health work and what that entailed. I had considered training as a PhD-level psychologist — this was awhile after I graduated from the Conservatory of Music where I trained and it was suggested to me that I could work as a music therapist — but, after my work with that mental health organisation where I left burned out, I realised that I would only be helping a very small fraction of the public in the big scheme of things. I came to realise I wouldn’t be “changing the world” because the majority of people would remain in need of therapy that they’ll likely never get. So, the majority of society would remain as they are: Fucked-up, dysfunctional, septic, and so forth.

Sometime ago, mi amigo was riding his bike and he stopped at a public bathroom where he saw a homeless person digging a hole into his leg about the size of a baseball. When mi amigo left the bathroom, he looked back to make sure he had seen what he saw. He said it was too gross to even imagine. When mi amigo told me about that, I didn’t think much of it — no, I wasn’t phased — because of my experience and that one can see the most horrid, horrible and disgusting situations and scenes in our society. Also, I’ve lived in San Francisco much longer than he has, and I lived in the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia, before moving here. Living in major US cities most of my life combined with my work at that mental health organisation has caused me to say, “I’ve seen it all. Nothing phases me.” After he saw that homeless guy, he realised he had not “seen it all.” When he and I met, I think this used to frustrate him about me in that my reaction was not the same as his. Well, if anyone has had any experience with a psychologist or another type of mental health worker, one knows that s/he doesn’t respond to what their client says with gasps, bugged-out eyes or a hand-over-mouth reaction, or gaping mouth or screams or shouts or any of that. The psychologist and or mental health worker sits there calmly and listens and processes what s/he has heard and responds accordingly in a rational and reasonable manner. That’s pretty much how I react to things instinctively. I guess one could say that “my shrinks cap is always on” but it’s on by default and from experience, not because I consciously think to keep it on.

Someone might ask me: You’re not surprised by the daily goings-on in DC? Surprised? What’s there to be surprised about? There’s a reason that sometimes the District of Columbia is called the District of Corruption, although it wasn’t called that when I lived in the District that I recall. Someone might ask: But aren’t you surprised when the despotic regime in the US sends armed active-duty US troops to the border between the US and México a week before the midterm s-elections to exploit the immigration issue and to confront a Latino caravan from Honduras? No, not surprised. What’s there to be surprised about? This despotic regime constantly plays the divisive Hate and Fear CardsTM for feeding/playing his gullible, stupid-is-in, proudly-ignorant base. And through all this along with all the hate and lies spewed at his campaign rallies, where are the “Democrats?” Silent. Not even a whisper from them. Silence = complicity. They’re absolutely useless. They don’t deserve to be rewarded with anything in the midterm s-election. And by the way, the Honduran caravan is an annual occurrence and usually just a small number of the group make it all the way to the border between the US and México. If they do arrive at the border, they’re not expected to arrive for another two weeks or so after the US midterm s-elections. But Hate and ignorance override logic and reason. And from what I’m seeing, hate is winning all over the world (most recently in Brazil with the s-election of their far-right fascistic presidente). So to those who say, “Love Always Wins,” one might want to rethink that since it’s not accurate. Oh it’s a nice slogan and more appropriate for a syrupy “greeting card” than anything else but it’s not remotely accurate here in the Century of Insanity.

As I’ve written many times before, politically I expect the worse and when one comes from that perspective, there’s nothing that can happen that will surprise me, no matter how insane it is. And as I have also said before, it was all over for this country (the shithole US) back in 2000 following that stolen election, so I live under no illusion that anything is about to improve here — one is not going to vote themselves out of this disaster — until there’s maybe a revolution. A revolution in the shithole US? Laughable. This is not the EU (that stands for the European Union for any stupid people who happen to show up here). Over half of the US population is obese and wouldn’t be able to “march” the length of their oversized vehicle in a revolution. It’s true we’re in the midst of a civil war of sorts — led and encouraged by the orange despot as he promotes hate, divisiveness, he bullies people and other nations and I could go on — and the dysfunctional basura who are attracted to him also love violence, and things are getting worse by the day. But the masses are glued to their phones not paying any attention to this stuff and what matters, so the civil war will be happening around them most likely, while they ask for a cigarette and beer and then ask: “What are the fire crackers all about that I’m hearing?”

Some phone-addicted Millennials nearly walked into me last night glued to their phones in the Castro/Upper Market area — now known as the Breeder Mecca — which is now a high-crime area (this was not the case when this area was a Gay Mecca), and the crime rate is now soaring since breeders are in the majority. But observing these phone-zombie Millennials one gets the strong impression that San Francisco is now a crime-free City where muggings and rape do not occur especially at night. Millennials walk the streets of San Francisco with phone in face as if they think they’re in the comfort of their living room, as if they think that phone will protect them at all times, rather than being mugged because they are oblivious to their surroundings at night in a major city. Insanity.

Mi amigo said he was in the forest the other day and rather than looking at the forest and its beautiful, a female was quickly walking stomping through but oblivious to the forest and her surroundings and entranced by her phone. Doesn’t surprise me in the least. Her phone may be the only friend she has in the world here in the Century of Insanity. Chau.—el barrio rosa

“Man the Borders?”

Change “Man the Borders” to “Secure the Borders,” — or something, even though I’m for open borders — and leave the sexism out of it. And don’t expect the rogue US to start using the language, “our international policy” instead of “our foreign policy.” That especially won’t happen with this despotic crowd.

Hola a todos. A reader I didn’t know I had — a high school student — sent me an e-mail recently. He’s a self-described “language person.” Rather unusual these days I must say that someone in high school cares about language, other than saying the Valley Girl word “like” every-other-word that we hear in The Cesspool, also known as the dumbed-down, shithole, rogue nation US. (Related: It’s like, i’m like, if you go lick and It’s like cool like to like be stupid like in like the US). He read where I wrote that I’m a language person and he said that’s part of his attraction to my site. I appreciated his e-mail.

He wrote to say that they had changed the name of a programme in his school from “Foreign Exchange Student Programme” to “International Exchange Student Programme.” Excellent. That’s good to hear. At least some people are thinking in this Century of Insanity. I knew that some schools had made this change in the names of courses in their curriculum. I had also read that some exchange programme schools have changed their name from “[name of city] Foreign Exchange School” to “[name of city] International Exchange School.” By the way, we have San Francisco International High School here in The City with a student body of approximately 400 students. It’s a school for recent immigrant students who have attended school in the United States for four years or less. Notice that they didn’t call it San Francisco Foreign High School. There’s also the International Semester Exchange – School of Law at San Francisco State University. They didn’t call it Foreign Semester Exchange – School of Law.” In the small-print descriptions of some schools, they use both “foreign” and “international” in their language, I guess, for the dummies that have been brainwashed with the word “foreign” and can’t figure out what “international” means. Now, I hope I don’t need to explain the reason for this change to anyone. I’m sure I don’t to my regular readers. They’re all very bright, intelligent and thinking people. I’m fortunate in that way.

But then there are those other people who show up here. The navel-gazers. They would likely ask me, “What’s wrong with the word ferrrrrrn (that’s redneck hick for ‘foreign’)?” I know I’d have to explain this to the orange despot’s zombie supporters (and they would quickly reject this change) as well as the hicks and conservatives. Or are they one-in-the-same? After hearing a bit of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings charade I’d say they are the same. Where on Earth did those redneck hick trash who can barely speak understandable English in the US Senate come from? What an international embarrassment. And they were heard in sound clips around the world about that hearing, and they talk the way they do. They sound damn-near illiterate. Internationals must have been thinking, “No wonder they’re in such a mess over there in the rogue US with such illiterate-sounding people running thing there.”

But frankly, I don’t care about the hicks/conservatives/right-wing basura. They would adamantly resist this change from “foreign” to “international” — it’s part of who they are — because they are proud to use the most backward, outdated, offensive, sexists, chauvinistic, misogynistic, and nationalistic language that they can. They don’t care who they offend, and they rush to defend governments using antiquated language and policy sheets from the 1920s. So you’re not going to change the conservatives, or anyone really.

Then there are the fake-progressives and fake-liberals who, after talking with them, one can often feel one has just talked with someone on the far-right pretending to be “a liberal.” They won’t go for this change from “foreign” to “international” either because it would mean that they would have to make changes within their own language, and these days from what I’ve noticed the fake-progressives and fake-liberals are all about conformity with the right-wing “Democratic” Party Cult Establishment — and The Establishment uses the word “foreign” — and their darling right-wing celebrity politicians of the “Democratic” Party Cult variety.

The bottom line: Those who are going to understand the reason for this name change at this student’s high school already do, without my having to explain it to them. When I was commenting on political so-called “progressive” message forums I tried to explain this (“foreign” versus “international”) to the audience there, but hit a wall of resistance each time. It did feel like I was on a right-wing site based on the comments I received in response.

And regardless of how many decades outdated/offensive language has been used by governments (governments are not at all known for forward-thinking language usage), as well as courts and other official bodies, the word “foreign” has an off-putting “us versus them,” and “they’re not one of us” and nationalistic pejorative connotations to it. I mention that because the right-wing/conservatives tirelessly cite offensive language historically used by (corrupt) governments as justification for using the word “foreign.” They also do the same with the word “illegal” usually writing that in screaming caps as if they think people can’t read lowercase letters.

The word “international” is a neutral word. It doesn’t have all that negative baggage. It has none of those negative associations with it.

An international is a person of the world regardless of the geographic borders they live within.

The word “foreigner” has this menacing “this person is not like us/what’s wrong with this person” connotation to it. The word “foreign” and “foreigner” is language based in nationalistic, xenophobic, flag-waving, fake-patriotism geographic borders. As in someone who is not “of my country.”

Every person on this Earth is a citizen of the world, of this planet Earth, and that’s all one should be concerned about. Not what little area on the Earth we’re from or coincidentally happened to be born in which reminds me of children in a sand box arguing over who has what territory or place in the box (“I’m over in this corner. You stay out of my corner!”)

Why does that matter? So childish.

I’m not at all talking about disrespecting international languages and peoples cultures. All I’m saying is that people should be able to live and move about where they want on the Earth. To me, that’s one of the most basic human rights a person has, or should have. And these days, no matter where you look, wherever migrants are moving it’s often to escape horrendous conditions and so often due to barbaric US Military Industrial Complex imperialism, war, Empire building and world domination per the PNAC (the neocon’s Project For The New American Century) document.

The US is the arrogant, self-absorbed, self-entitled World Bully, a rogue nation, isolating itself from the rest of the world — excluding those led by despotic dictators whom the orange despot warmly embraces — currently led by an insane and septic illegitimate, despot regime. The US has to keep telling itself and its people how special, deserving and great it is. That’s a form of brainwashing. If the US were truly great and special it wouldn’t need to keep doing any of that. An analogy: Musicians after a performance merely bow and show great appreciation. They don’t arrogantly stand before the audience — like the US does — and constantly say, “Didn’t I play beautifully? Aren’t I great? Don’t you just love my playing and adore me? Aren’t I special? Yes you do so love me so keep the applause coming, my worshipers.” But these people in this despotic US regime are absolute trash! The scum of the Earth. A bunch of fake-Christians who don’t begin to practise the teachings of Jesus. And the lead fake-Christian’s church is a golf course every Sunday. Basura.

As some locals in San Francisco have told me, “We look forward to when someone finally puts the immature US in its place. Can’t come soon enough. Enough of this arrogant chest-beating nonsense.”

So what about my reader’s suggestion of replacing the word “foreign” with “international?”

Well, it’s not going to happen. I say that because we as a society are rushing in the opposite direction, particularly under the orange despot. We’re going backwards to 1930s-50s language. And it’s not a generational thing, because we’re hearing this return to 1930s-50s (or before) language from all generations, as if they’re being brainwashed once again with the antiquated, outdated, sexist, ageist and bigoted language. All the language that some of us fought against for decades and fought to change and did change at least for awhile, is returning. Despite the lie one constantly hears in the shithole US that it’s the “liberal media,” the media are owned by mostly conservatives, right-wing. These are corporate networks. That’s likely where people are hearing this backwards language. Then, if you say something about it to correct someone who uses the outdated language, you’re instantly attacked as being “politically correct,” which is now considered a pejorative term.

I saw an example of this cringing-language used on the Debate programme on France 24′s English language network: The caption read, “Man the Borders.” “Man the Borders?” Man? Why not “Secure the Borders,” and leave a gender out of it, France 24? Don’t you pretend to be a “progressive” network? They allow comments under their YT videos, but I thought: Why bother? Sometime ago I complained about them using the “illegal” word referring to undocumented migrants and several commenters agreed with me, but in the end my comment didn’t make any difference at all. They’re still using “illegal” on occasion, although they mostly use the word “migrants.” I saw it (“illegal”) the other day on their screen caption referring to migrants in the EU.

I favour open borders. I can hear the loud gasps now. “YOU’RE FOR OPEN BORDERS? BUT WHAT IF….?!” But “what if” what? Does one mean “What if” someone comes here that doesn’t look exactly like you or speak your dreadfully-hashed version of what one calls speaking “English?” Try learning some world languages, pendejos. Again, people should be able to live where they want in the world as a citizen of the world rather than based on childish arbitrary borders which have created nothing but problems (including wars) for generations. But I’m well aware that countries like borders for “their people.”

So my reader asked how can we get people to start using the word “international” instead of “foreign?” You can’t. Period. I know from experience with other language words that it’s nearly impossible to do that. Most people will adamantly and even angrily resist change because it means having to change their own language, which most people are not about to do. All you can do is to change your own and use the word “international,” instead of “foreign” and forget about what others do. I remember once complaining to a fake-progressive about their use of the word “mankind.” They didn’t get it. They responded to me by saying: So we’re supposed to go through the entire language and change things such as Aaron Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man? No, I wasn’t suggesting changing the title of musical compositions or the language from the bible used for the text in oratorios (such as in Messiah or Israel in Egypt by Georg Friedrich Händel) and taking out the word “man.” I never said that. jesus, why are some people so damn dense? I was merely suggesting not using “mankind.” Just in one’s own speech. Is that so difficult to comprehend? I wasn’t talking about going through the entire classical music repertoire and changing titles of pieces. Sigh. Good lord, what is wrong with people?! I swear I have no patience for dense stupid people, and they’re so often fake-liberals and fake-progressives.

As I said, even the fake-progressives and fake-liberals will resist this. I know this from personal experience. Despite what they call themselves, they’re nearly all conformists as well. Meaning they intend to keep conforming to the words “foreign” and “foreigner.” Because they are the words “everybody else uses them.” Contrast today with during the height of the feminist and now-dead gay rights movements where genuine progressives and genuine liberals were very concerned about language usage. During those days “mankind” became “humankind” as one example, which in part, led to the term “politically correct” which at that time was considered a positive thing as a way of not disrespecting any non-majority group by the language and words one uses, and trying to rid our society of sexist language. But that was then. Today, from what I’ve seen online and heard in public, most people don’t seem to give a fuck. I see fake-progressives today describing themselves as “old school” writing shit like this: “This is the best thing known to man.” Known to man? What about to women? Don’t they count? Conservatives would say that women are included in the word “man.” I don’t think women care to be included in the word “man.” When challenged on this, they get angry rather than having the maturity to say, “You are correct. I should have said: This is the best thing known to peoplekind.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau uses the word “peoplekind.” My experience is that the “old school” fake-progressive crowd is no different than talking with the right-wing. It feels the same to me.

It’s such a different time today. These days, because the genuine progressives and genuine liberals of past decades have become conformist pro-Establishment disciples of the right-wing “Democratic” Party Cult, they have abandoned their former concerns about language. One example that comes to mind: they refer to and give respect to the current illegitimate White House resident by using the word “President Tr*mp” with a capital P, which denotes respect. But back in 2000, they refused to do the same when illegitimate George W Bush was squatting in the White House for two terms. They referred to him as “Resident Bush” or “pResident Bush.” Remember that? Unfortunately these days, most fake-progressives and fake-liberals are nothing but conformist cultists of the right-wing “Democratic” Party Cult and their celebrity politicians. There’s little “progressive” or “liberal” about any of them other than they might do a little bit of recycling on the odd occasion. And don’t most of them eat meat while pretending to be concerned about our environment? Their hypocrisy is noted. Meat production is one of the leading causes of methane on the planet. They would likely say that “you have to eat meat.” Rubbish. Does one enjoy having been brainwashed by the Meat Industrial ComplexTM? I haven’t eaten meat since the early 1990s and recently had blood work done and the results came back and they were excellent. My physician asked me, “What do you attribute to your excellent health?” I said: Well, being a vegetarian may have something to do with it and I exercise regularly, so I see the two combined. The same is the case for mi amigo/my friend who is also a vegetarian. Of course it’s not just about being vegetarian or vegan, but exercise is also very important and part of my excellent blood work results. I ride my bike up San Francisco’s hills or walk most days of the week.

(The United Nations urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet. Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says). But I’m fully aware that the sheeple don’t give a fuck about that.

Reality: Taking part in a thoroughly corrupt “election” system and voting for corporate “Democrats” no matter what they do for the Republican Party Cult is about the extent of one being a “progressive” or “liberal.” It’s a very different time politically as well as with language usage. Again, most people don’t seem to give a fuck, frankly. Even the people who once did. They have become corporatist conformist to get in lockstep with their corporatist conformist cult of a political party/cult. I’m speaking of the “Democratic” Party Cult, which most of the time works for the Republican Party Cult. Both political parties in the shithole US are like a cult or a religion for their blinders-on followers. Let’s tell it like it is.

And getting the corporate media to make these language changes as well as world governments will be impossible. Looking through realistic eyes, world governments are not going to change the name of their “Foreign Minister” to “International Minister” for example, even though they should, but that’s not going to happen. Period. On the rare occasion a news department somewhere chooses to use the word international, such as in this headline: “Indonesia seeks international help following tsunami….” It didn’t say, “Indonesia seeks foreign help …” I guess we have to appreciate these small steps when they come, although rarely. So why say “foreign” all other times when they’re really talking about international? Because “foreign” is brainwashed into most people.

While writing this, I read this online: “People will just move to foreign countries….” Why not say, “people will just move to other countries” or “people will move to another country?” What’s “foreign” about them? Because one is ignorant of those countries, their languages and cultures? Yes, the sheeple have been heavily brainwashed with the word “foreign” in relationship to the countries of the world, therefore they mindlessly repeat “foreign” and that’s not going to change.

But I appreciate the e-mail from this high school student (muchas gracias) and it’s good to know there’s one or two other thinking people in el mundo/the world who still care about such things. Chau.—el barrio rosa


Low or High Income Countries or “Developed nations” has gone back to being “First World” which brings to mind the pejorative “Third World” language

Hillary’s 2020 rerun

Hola a todos. Does anyone doubt that this narcissistic, attention-seeking mujere/woman — whom I’ve never supported — who refuses to go away after allegedly “losing” the 2016 s-election to the orange despot is planning a revenge rerun for US president in 2020?

Other than their absolute greed, why would two of the world’s most narcissistic “celebrities” — Bill and Hill(ary) Clinton — who are absolutely in love with themselves, love attention, and seem to think that everyone else is in love with them as well be launching a US speaking tour (called “An Evening With The Clintons”) after the 2018 US midterm s-elections?

Why does this woman keeping shoving herself in our faces at every opportunity to let us all know what she thinks — who cares what she thinks? — were she not planning to “toss her hat in the ring” (roll eyes) as a candidate once again for president from the “Democratic” Party Cult? As much as the fake-opposition party known as the “Democratic” Party Cult has enabled the orange despot since he began residency en la casa blanca, why don’t they go ahead and nominate him as their presidential candidate? I mean, if they want a “winner” and it’s all about winning and nothing more, the orange despot would seem to be the ideal candidate for the “Democrats” at this point. He can be the nominee of both corporate, pro-war parties/cults. Might as well. Those who haven’t been paying attention will naively ask: “How have the ‘Democrats’ enabled him?” Oh good lord! With their votes, their mealy-mouthed words about him, their complicity and their silence. Some of the “Democratic” Party Cultists (voters) are even going around telling the lie that no “Democrats” voted for Kavanaugh, the most recent Supreme Court appointment from the orange despot. Can’t partisans ever tell the whole truth about anything? Joe Manchin (D) of West Virginia voted for Kavanaugh. It was surprising that more didn’t, but in this instance it was just one “Democrat.” The Republican Party Cult can always count on at least one or more senators from the fake-opposition party to vote for any piece of far-right basura they support for the US Supreme Court.

But back to finger-pointing Bill and it’s never-my-fault Hillary. Yes, these two pieces of basura refuse to go away and retire. They both keep crawling out of the “Democratic” Party Cult recycling bin. They love and adore the attention, but they especially are in love with dinero/money and greed.

I found this about Bill and Hill: These two political corporate parasites combined are worth $240 MILLION. But I guess they think that’s not enough money, so they plan to exploit “Democratic” Party Cult suckers — not at all difficult to do — who want to hear Bill and Hill rattle on for a hour or so feeding them partisan drivel and probably some jokes about the orange despot, even though they’re all friends aren’t they, or used to be? (Related: How Bill And Hillary Clinton Made $240 Million In The Last 15 Years).

“An Evening With The Clintons”

I can’t think of anything I’d rather do. How about you? How original, “An Evening With The Clintons.” Ugh. I can’t imagine an evening with those two, and there’s always an “Evening With…” somebody isn’t there with this sort of thing? According to the current schedule, Bill and Hill have 13 gab-fests scheduled in various cities. Three are scheduled in Canada. Now why would they think that Canadians want to hear them rattle on for 1.5 hours or whatever it is? Canadians can’t vote in the shithole US. I guess they’re going wherever they think they can make a dollar. Oddly, they’re not speaking in the Bay Area as many “Democratic” Party Cultists as we have here. Considering how expensive the Bay Area has become because of the Tech Industrial Complex and the Real Estate Industrial Complex, maybe the price of renting a venue was way out of reach for making any dinero/money on the ticket sales.

I checked the ticket prices in a couple of venues. I didn’t feel like looking at all of them. Of the first two I clicked on, the tickets range from $83.00USD (for 1-8 tickets) to $2,329.00USD (for 2 tickets) at a venue in Las Vegas, depending upon seating location. What suckers would pay that amount of money to hear those two talk, or anyone really? Frankly, I wouldn’t walk across the room to see either one of them. I would walk out the room. In another venue at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, CA, 2 tickets will cost $39.00USD and 2-4 tickets will cost $3,253.00USD, depending upon seating location. There will also be gab-fests in New York City, the District of Columbia, Philadelphia, Seattle, Sugar Land Texas (WTF?…well, it’s considered “one of the most affluent (meaning $$$$$$$$, Dahling, and fastest-growing cities in Texas”), Detroit, Boston, Inglewood California, and a couple of other places.

These two really do think they’re rock stars or something by going from venue to venue making as much money off of gullible suckers (also known as “Democratic” Party Cultists) in the name of ugly greed as possible. Capitalism at its worst. I guess Hill will be droning on most of the time about why she didn’t win and blaming everybody except herself, and her being a pathetic candidate. Does the woman ever take any responsibility for anything? Not that I’ve heard. With her, it’s always the fault of somebody else. Bill will likely join Hill in the predictable partisan pabulum of how great the “Democrats” are — at helping the Republicans whenever possible, but of course he won’t say that — and or making excuses for their complete ineptness as a genuine opposition party, and of course going on in great length in partisan style about how terrible the Republican Cult is, even though, again, his cult helps the Republican Cult at every opportunity in some way, shape or form. And neither will say a word about how the “Democratic” Party Cult works for the Republican Party Cult much of the time. This cannot be overemphasised. I suspect most of what they plan to say one has heard many, many times before in one form or another. But partisans love partisan repetition, partisan cheer-leading and hearing how wonderful their cult is, and hearing how evil and nasty the other cult is. One should also expect to hear many partisan-based half-truths and lies, because most partisans can’t tell the objective truth about anything. Instead, they have to spin it in favour of their cult often with half-truths or outright lies.

Also, the orange despot’s brain dead zombies automatically assume — erroneously so — that anyone who is critical of their messiah the orange despot, must be a “Democrat.” Wrong again you are. No Democrat here. In fact, I can’t stand most of them. I’m an independent/non-partisan.

If Hill does rerun again, does anyone doubt that the outcome will the same as before, if not worse, if this map I’m linking to is accurate? Chau.—el barrio rosa

Rotten to the Core

….with arrogance.

Hola a todos. The latest as of this writing is, “We don’t know where the body is.” That’s according to the Saudi International Minister. How many different stories have we heard so far regarding the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi? The latest version is that he died in a “fist fight” in the Saudi consulate. That’s a new one, which only the orange despot believes. Perhaps he came up with that lie? Did he order Jamal’s torture/murder? Put nothing past him. Up until now, mysteriously no one knew anything about Jamal, including the Saudis with their new fresh paint all over the walls of the consulate and the floors spotlessly cleaned with all the new cleaning equipment and buckets of solvents that were delivered the day after the murder. If there were a fight in the consulate, then where’s his body? No where to be found. Where are the people he was fighting with and what do they look like and what is their medical condition? Nothing here, moving along. I believe the version that Jamal was tortured and murdered shortly after entering the consulate and the forensic expert who had been brought in was there only to dismember his body into pieces from what was reported on the France24 network, and he told those there to listen to music while he cut up Jamal’s body. And the orange despot — who I wouldn’t doubt is responsible for the whole thing — seems quite comfortable being complicit with the Saudis. Before this, he had excused the death as being accomplished by “rogue killers” roaming the country. (roll eyes) Well, I’d like to point out that the shithole US is the #1 rogue nation on the planet with a reputation of killing innocent people. How stupid does this fucking asshole think we are? As stupid as he? Did the orange despot have him murdered? That is what I expect from this scum. There is no “bottom” or level that this guy won’t stoop to when it comes to heinous and depraved actions, policies and behaviour. I see headlines saying that the orange despot has reached new lows. No standards of human decency at this point with this scum. I read a comment mocking the orange despot. It said that he would likely say this about 911 and the Saudis involvement: “It was merely a building inspection gone wrong, nothing more than that” with the collapse of the Twin Towers in Manhattan and other buildings. Yes, that’s likely what this despicable subhuman piece of trash would say. Rotten to the core.

It was a disgusting sight to see that evangelical “pastor” (who looks like a closet case to me; mi amigo/my friend said the same) who was released from Turkey after serving his time for terrorism charges make a dash to the White House for an immediate photo-op visit with the orange despot. Yes, Mr Closet Case “pastor” with his wife (a wing-woman?) was rushed from Turkey to DC (that’s District of Columbia for the stupid people who don’t know what DC stands for and apparently many people don’t) via Deutschland/Germany. What was the rush to get this guy on camera en la casa blanca? His visit couldn’t wait a week or so to have him examined mentally or “debriefed” as I think they usually call it after being a prisoner for — what was it — two years? While in the presence of the international bully and orange despot, this closet case “pastor” got down on his right knee — he looked like he was getting in position to give the despot a blow job (yuck, just the thought of that is something I can’t even imagine and I’m gay) — and with this “pastor’s” left arm on the orange despot’s right shoulder he was preparing for prayer with this fake-Christian White House resident. When the camera pulled back, it looked like most of this despotic regime was present observing this tacky spectacle. In reality, the orange despot doesn’t give a damn about prayer. All he cares about his dinero/money. His church is the golf course on Sunday. He’s not a Christian at all, he just pretends to be in order to play his proudly-stupid evangelical base, some of the most stupid and proudly willfully-ignorant you’ll find anywhere on the planet. They wallow in their proud ignorance. And the despicable way the orange despot lives his life with absolutely no sense of decency whatsoever, and his behaviour are not at all demonstrative of the teachings of Jesus. The orange despot is a “Christian” fraud/a fake Christian. He’s the scum of the Earth, frankly, and that feels as though I’m being polite. He’s one of the worst and most despicable human beings on the Earth. He’s rotten to the Core. Jesus would want nothing to do with this piece of trash.

Here in the shithole US where our political system is rotten to the core, politically speaking we find ourselves in a most stagnant and septic rut of corruption, deceit, constant lies and rot led by a despot which both corporate parties enjoy catering to and granting respect. Basura does not deserve any respect regardless of what position they hold (especially illegitimately so). And it’s all getting worse by the day. Our politics are now at an epidemically loco/crazy level. This can all really wear a person down and be quite depressing if one is not careful to keep some distance from it all, as I try to do.

I detest both corporate big business parties/cults in the US. I’ve seen how the “Democratic” Party Cultists — the brainwashed supporters of the fake-opposition party — constantly engage in wishful-thinking and delusions of grandeur about what their corporate parasite celebrity politicians are supposedly going to do, according to them. None of which ever happens so they always end up looking like wishful-thinking fools each and every time. They love to make excuses and apologies for their celebrity politicians. They never learn that their politicians work for everyone but them (meaning they work for their corporate owners and the MIC, et al). This is, in part, due to their partisan brainwashing and our corrupt voting system.

As for our fraudulent voting system in the US, most voters pretend that there’s nothing wrong with it. They enjoy living in denial and with false “hope.” Hoping that “everything will be fine” and that their “Democratic” Party Cult politicians will win. By taking that approach, they don’t have to try to do anything to correct our fraudulent system. Even when one pretends everything is fine, the problem doesn’t go away. Denial doesn’t solve the problem.

There was a time — during the illegitimate Bush regime years — where some of the “Democratic” Party Cultists seemed to be concerned about our fraudulent “election” system after the 2000 stolen “election.” But that all disappeared after their lord and saviour “Mr Hope and Change We Can Believe In” messiah Obama was allowed to play the role of “president” for 8 years — only because he greatly expanded on the neocon right-wing agenda of the illegitimate Bush regime — and the concern about our s-election system was completely erased from the memory of the “Democratic” Party Cultists.

So today, they’re back to their denial and in their minds our s-election system is fair, honest and legitimate, or at least that’s the impression one gets from them when they say, “just vote, just get out and vote.” It doesn’t matter to them that the entire system is corrupt. “Just vote!” they say. Bring this topic up in a comment section today and their response is silence. They refuse to talk about it. Then, on cue, they also repeat that brainwashed drivel about “gotta get out to vote because every vote counts.” Who among us still believes that “every vote counts?” If voters acknowledged that our voting system is a farce, those with critical thinking skills would have to question why they’re even taking part in the system because they would say if they’re thinking clearly: “I don’t knowingly and willingly take part in corruption in any other aspects of my life, so why am I doing so in this instance?” They willingly take part in the corruption in this case in order to keep their corrupt corporate parasitic celebrity politicians in office. The most devout brainwashed partisans cheer lead and make excuses for their “Democratic” politicians no matter what they do for the Republican Party Cult.

Brainwashed partisan allegiance is far more important than what these basura politicians actually do in office.

Put another way and to be a bit redundant (for the thick people), the political cultists (voters) take this approach that “everything is okay” because if they admitted the realities of our sham system to themselves, accordingly they would have to question why they’re knowingly taking part in corruption and a corrupt voting system. This would burst their fairy tale bubble of so-called “democracy” in the US. So, it’s easier to deny there are any problems, and with denial there’s nothing to think about. Just vote by partisan loyalty per one’s cult partisan brainwashing and somehow expect things to be different. But doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. These days it does certainly feel that we have entered what I call the Century of Insanity.

But most people don’t care. Both corporate right-wing Cults — the “Democratic” Party Cult and Republican Party Cult — are like a church/religion to their devout believers. Some (but not many) of the “Democratic” cultists complain about the “Democratic” Party Cult most of the year and naïvely ask, “Why are the ‘Democrats’ not doing such and such?” But then at s-election time, the same naïve people can be heard saying: “Gotta vote Dems in, Gotta vote Dems in.” Why would one say “Gotta vote Dems in” when you’ve railed against and complained about them all year? Are you insane too? People like that — mi amigo tells me that devout partisan Mike Malloy whom he checks in with every now and then is the poster boy for that — having been so thoroughly partisan brainwashed earlier in life, and it’s so cemented in their personalities that they will never change. And consequently, there is no positive change in sight.

In case you’ve not noticed, there is no shortage of examples of rotten to the core:

Speaking of rotten to the core, I was glad to see that piece of work Nik*i Hal*y has resigned as US ambassador to the United Nations. I can’t stand her. At the UN, she could best described as an asshole and a bully and she seemed to relish both roles. Anyone else sick of seeing her face? Obviously qualifications for positions in the orange despot’s regime mean nothing to the orange despot man-child and I never understood how this b/witch was at all qualified for the position of UN ambassador with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. There’s nothing wrong with that degree in itself, but WTF does a degree in economics have to do with the United Nations? That’s like being a Professor of Music at a Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Horticultural Studies. What does that have to do with music? Loco./Crazy. One would think that a more advanced degree would be required at the UN such as a Doctorate in International Relations, no? But right on cue, the orange despot claimed Nik*i Hal*y had done “an incredible” job at the UN. He just says anything, throws out adjectives at random to pump himself up. What was “incredible” about what she did at the UN? She was merely an extension of the orange despot. Certainly nothing “incredible” about that. No people skills required for bullying. Genuine diplomacy requires people skills however, and from what I could tell, she has none.

Another example of rotten to the core, I read while writing this article that two of the world’s most narcissistic celebrities — Bill and Hill(ary) — who are absolutely in love with themselves and think everyone else is in love with them as well: finger-pointing Bill Clinton and I’m-planning-to-run-in-2020-because-of-revenge Hillary Clinton are launching a US speaking tour. Super! Aren’t you excited? Can’t wait, right? Frankly, I wouldn’t walk across the room to see either of them. Yes, these two pieces of basura refuse to go away. They love and adore the attention, but they especially are in love with dinero/money and greed. I found this about them: These two political parasites combined are worth $240 MILLION. But I guess they think that’s not enough money, so they plan to exploit “Democratic” Party Cult suckers — not at all difficult to do! — who want to hear Bill and Hill rattle on for a hour or so feeding them partisan drivel and probably some jokes about the orange despot, even though they’re all friends aren’t they, or used to be? (Related: How Bill And Hillary Clinton Made $240 Million In The Last 15 Years).

Another example of rotten to the core is the newly installed Injustice Kavanaugh who was rapidly placed in the Express Lane for the confirmation process and he is now parked on the US Supreme Court to do any and all the damage he can for the orange despot.

Injustice Kavanaugh has “vowed” (have you noticed that these political scum are constantly “vowing?”) to be “impartial” and a “team player.” Of course that’s bull shit. When one votes one way or the other one is not being “impartial.” And this caca about being a “team player” is not what the Supreme Court is about. Each Injustice votes a certain way which begs the question which “team” he will be voting with. I can take a guess: the far-right conservative majority. The orange despot came out and apologised to the Kavanaugh family for the ‘pain’ they had suffered, and that this confirmation proves that Kava is innocent of the allegations against him. Imagine if courts of law operated in the same way. “You got a promotion in your job, so you must be innocent of any and all sexual assault allegations against you.” These fake-Christians are the scum of the Earth with no sense of decency whatsoever.

And we have the US Senate giving the orange despot any piece of trash he wants to sit on the US Supreme Court for decades to come. These politicians went from distancing themselves from a reality TV show host when he announced he was running for “president” to being his best boot lickers. Being desperate to get this lying/perjuring scum on the court and after the rushed confirmation vote, mi amigo/my friend checked the fake-progressive sites (the “Democratic” Party Cult sites) — the ones that serve as cheer leading front sites for the “Democratic” Party Cult especially at s-election time — to see what commenters were saying. He reported back to me that the comments were identical to what he’s read literally thousands of times over the past 18 (EIGHTEEN) years since 2000. That’s what I would expect and that’s why I wouldn’t have the patience to even look at them. The commenters were the usual drivel: “Gotta vote, gotta vote Dems, don’t dare vote for anyone but Ds, gotta get Dems in.”

Yes, “gotta get Dems in” so they can work for the Republican Party Cult most of the time.

He and I reflected on this pathetic state of affairs and the stagnant rut that “Democratic” Party Cultists are in and refuse to extract themselves from.

Until the partisan sheeple deprogramme their partisan brainwashing — which is not about to happen — and until our corrupt, easily-hackable voting system is changed to a system that is fair, honest and legitimate, nothing is going to change for the positive in this shithole country, the US.

For voting, and unless I’m missing something, it seems to me that using paper ballots with ink pens (ink can’t easily be erased) and with the votes monitored by independent international sources and counted by hand would be the best idea. The counting of the votes can take as long as it needs to take as is the case in other countries. What’s the rush to determine the winner(s)? Why do we need instant gratification in our s-election system? Why do we need “instant” (fake, fraudulent) results from a rigged system?

Being a realist, I’m aware that none of that is going to happen. So, we will continue in this rotten to the core and septic system indefinitely. Because again, both corporate right-wing parties are like a religion to their devout faithful and therein lies part of the problem. Along with the sham voting system and the outdated electoral college.

The fake-progressives and fake-liberals and partisan-paid trolls can saturate comment sections with cheer leading for the “Democratic” Party Cult, but nothing is going to change for the positive in the big scheme of things. That’s just being realistic — which most people don’t want to hear — as opposed to delusional, wishful-thinking like the “Democratic” Party Cultists engage in as they fawn over their corrupt right-wing celebrity politicians. Yet they (the Cultists) pretend to be “progressives” and “liberals.” They’re not.

The fact is: If a person is voting for and supporting a right-wing corporate party (such as the “Democratic” Party Cult), regardless of what the voter calls him or herself, that person/voter is right-wing too. One is neither “progressive” or “liberal” when voting for a right-wing party. That’s a contradiction in terms.

So I wish that these fake-progressives and fake-liberals would stop lying to themselves about who and what they are and stop this fucking charade. Do the fake-progressives and fake-liberals understand what I just said?

For example, in the 2016 s-election, a genuine progressive and genuine liberal voter would have supported a candidate such as Jill Stein, MD. See her genuinely progressive platform here. But in the 2016 s-election the fake-progressives and fake-liberals rallied behind and voted for right-wing war hawk Hillary. And the pathetic fake-progressives and fake-liberals of the right-wing “Democratic” Party Cult said (as always): “But Jill Stein can’t win.” What they meant by that is that they had no intention of voting for her — even though she was the most genuinely progressive candidate who ran — because she didn’t have a “D” for “Democrat” next to her name. Partisan brainwashing causes so many problems. Instead, the “Democratic” Party Cultists preferred to continue to wallow in their septic cesspool with their corporatist, pro-war and imperialistic “Democratic” Party Cult, while at the same time pretending to be “progressives” and “liberals.” These “progressives” and “liberals” are frauds! They are part of the problem and will remain so indefinitely.

Oh and by the way, the wishful-thinking “Democratic” Party Cultists will be “shocked and amazed” when they hear that their Republican-enabling fake-opposition party has no intention of impeaching Injustice Kavanaugh. They’re already backing away from any talk of that. Anyone surprised? One wouldn’t be. And did I hear correctly that Injustice Kavanaugh is now planning to sue Dr Ford? The scum always floats to the top.

This is the partisan drivel one hears on cue at this time of year before the midterms: “Gotta get Dems in, gotta get Dems in.” Oh fuck off, “Democratic” Party Cultists! Here’s another example of a gift to the orange despot from the fake-opposition party:

“Senate Democrats just gave a huge gift to president Don*ld Tr*mp: They agreed to expedite votes on 15 of his nominees to lifetime … Of the 15 nominees, six were confirmed by voice votes on Tuesday.” [Source]

These basura think they deserve to win any seats in the midterms, do they?

Also, before the midterms is when some of these “progressive” and “liberal” sites — who serve as front sites for the “Democratic” Party Cult throughout the year — exploit their readers for dinero/money using the Fear Card: “We can’t do our work without you, our reader.” They’re trying to instill fear that if one does not donate to their site that their site will go away! To that I say: Fine, then shut down. Nobody asked you to start a website to begin with. Things will continue to spiral downward whether you are around or not. The site I call Common Dems is a perfect example of this and they are always using the Fear Card. I don’t know if they will do it this time, but usually they start banning commenters just before the s-election who are not in lockstep with the “Democratic” Party Cult. Then after banning commenters, Common Dems sends the banned person an e-mail begging for dinero/money, asking for a donation. That happened to me some years ago. I felt like telling them to fuck off, but instead I just ignored the e-mail and said nothing. But I have to wonder: Does anyone really donate to these sites? If so, who would do that?

Rotten to the core can be found all over the world, including in the UK. What is PM Theresa May working on other than Brexit? I couldn’t tell you. Brexit — Britain existing/leaving the European Union for those who have no idea what I’m talking about — appears to be all that Theresa May is working on. Whenever I see a news story about her it’s about Brexit. It’s as if everything else that she would be doing in the role of Prime Minister is on-hold and being neglected as Brexit drags on and on because the EU don’t agree or approve of her Brexit Chequers plan.

Also, speaking of rotten to the core, the orange despot made yet another despicable comment. He defended Representative Greg Gianforte from the US House of Representatives (for the US state of Montana) who assaulted a reporter. The orange despot said about this Representative, “Any guy that can do a body slam … he’s my guy.” (Sigh). What a disgusting thing to say, but so typical of him. There’s nothing remotely “presidential” about such a despicable comment encouraging violence of a reporter. But this is the kind of juvenile material one has come to expect from this piece of trash, and one should expect much more of it. They’re just getting warmed up. Then, Eric Tr*mp said that his dad was “just having fun” when he praised the assault of a journalist by Gianforte. You know, this is one fucking sick, septic family. Chau.—el barrio rosa


[Note: After I published this article, in fact it was the same night, mi amigo/my friend came to me and said "Rachel is now stumping for the 'Democrats' in the midterm." Yes, that's what I would expect her to do. That's one of the problems I have with her. I think most of the time she tries to be closeted about being a "Democrat" until just before a s-election. Wasn't she a devout Obamabot? I think so.]

Kavanaugh confirmation and the US Senate Republicans

Representatives and Senators in the US Congress should have law degrees

An 11-year-old hacked a replica of Florida’s voting system in 10 minutes
“A hackathon highlights the real threats malicious hackers pose to our democracy.”

The D and R Divide in the US

The corrupt, fraudulent, and easily-hackable US “election” system

Hola a todos. Only a couple of people that I’m aware of ever talk about this topic, myself being one of them, and when we do we’re mostly deliberately ignored because of people’s disconnect, their denial, or they simply glaze over from a lack of interest. In the past, when I’ve written comments on this subject on so-called “progressive” websites — which serve as front sites for the “Democratic” Party Cult at s-election time — my comments have always been ignored as if I were writing about some “loony conspiracy theorist” stuff, even though this is not “loony conspiracy theorist” stuff at all. For some reason (I’m being diplomatic since I know the reason), most people like to deny that there is any problem with our “election” system in the shithole US, primarily because if they did face facts about it they would have to ask themselves the following questions:

“Why do I vote and why do I urge others to vote on a system that I know to be completely corrupt, easily-hackable and fraudulent? I don’t knowingly take part in corruption in any other aspects of my life. But when it comes to voting, I just ignore the corruption or wish it away! Why do I continue to take part in voting on a sham of an “election” system here in the US? What is wrong with me? Why do I do that? Why do I refuse to face the facts and the reality about the dire state of our s-election system here in the US?”

Mi amigo/My friend passed this video (below) on to me that he watched from Rachel Maddow. Regardless of what one thinks about Rachel and assuming one has already formed an opinion of her, allow yourself to watch this video with an open mind. She covers a lot of credible material in this video.

One “wardrobe” thing I’ve noticed about Rachel is that there was a time and especially on television where a woman wouldn’t think of being seen wearing the same “outfit” twice and especially day-after-day. Well, I guess that rule went out the window, because every time I see mi amigo/my friend watching Rachel, she’s wears the same thing in every show: Black, and that v-neck black jacket over a black tight low-cut shirt. It all has to be Millennial black apparently (Related: The Millennials: The Generation with a Dress Code). So, mi amigo wrote a comment on a “progressive” site about Rachel’s conservative all-black getup. He told me that the “Democratic” Party Cultists came on attacking him for being critical of their god Rachel, with most of them saying, “I like what she wears; I think she looks good.” Well of course they would say that and think she looks good no matter what she wears as good devout-faithful partisans. That’s the way partisanship is. Say it’s good whether it is or not! Brainwashed partisan sheeple! Can’t stand them. Ugh. To justify Rachel’s all-black getup, one commenter said, “Guys wear the same thing every day.” So that makes it all right? And that commenter is lying. From what I’ve observed, corporate network guys wear different suits each day. They’re usually all dark-toned, but they’re different shades of blue, black or grey. They also wear different shirt colours and especially different ties.

But as expected, after someone has explained so thoroughly what Rachel explains in the video below, someone comes along and says: “Just vote.” Yeah, there’s the disconnect again. “Just vote” on a corrupt system? That makes no sense. Mi amigo tells me that he has seen a video from Rachel where she explained this and then she interviewed a Florida politician, and this politician’s response demonstrated a complete disconnect from what Rachel had just said about our corrupt voting system. As expected, the politician also said, “Just get out and vote.” Sigh. Why are they ignoring that the system that voters are voting on is corrupt and rigged? Why is there this disconnect? And we see it over and over and over.

Well, the reason they choose denial and choose to ignore it is because if they faced facts and acknowledged our sham of a system, this would burst their life-long bubble that they’ve been brainwashed with that the US is some form of a “democracy.” They would have to admit that the “every vote counts” pabulum is a myth and that there is nothing fair, honest or legitimate about any of it. Therefore, their life-long held illusions in the US “election” system would then be shattered. They’ve based all their “hope” on these charades called “an election.” Their hope would be shattered too. And without hope would that lead to mass suicides among the brainwashed sheeple? Realistic hope is one thing but unrealistic delusional hope which is what the “Democratic” Party Cultists usually engage in along with extreme wishful-thinking is another and is similar to praying to the Floating Cloud BeingTM and a waste of time.

Mi amigo told me that some of the “Democratic” Party Cultists were jumping up and down in comments over one of the major publications in Iowa endorsing all “Democrats” and urging to “give them a chance to govern.” I found that funny. It also sounds like the people at that publication in Iowa haven’t been paying attention since 2000. Because why should the fake-opposition party be given a chance to govern when we’ve seen their performances in the past enabling White House residents, such as George W Bush? So even if they were “given a chance to govern” in the 2018 midterm, little would be any different than it is now. Also, if these “Democratic” Party Cultists writing comments had done any research they would have known that it wasn’t any big deal for this publication to endorse all “Democrats.” That publication endorsed messiah Obama in 2008 and the mayor of Des Moines is a Democrat, where the publication is based. Should the Republican Party Cult lose seats in the House and or Senate, the “Democrats” will make sure to give the orange nazi man-child even more of what he wants from a position of feeling sorry for him that his party-cult lost seats just like they did for illegitimate George W Bush in his second term. The “Democrats” gave Bush damn-near anything he wanted. And right now, they’re giving the current White House resident all the judges he wants, so that they could leave town (the District of Columbia) early:

“Senate Democrats just gave a huge gift to president Don*ld Tr*mp: They agreed to expedite votes on 15 of his nominees to lifetime … Of the 15 nominees, six were confirmed by voice votes on Tuesday.” [Source]

Here are a few examples of the fake-opposition party, the “Democratic” Party Cult, enabling their employer, the Republican Party Cult, for those who missed all this:

Trump impeachment vote fails overwhelmingly
Quote: Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment,” Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said in a joint statement, shortly after Green introduced his articles of impeachment. End Quote

Democrats just handed Tr*mp more domestic surveillance powers. They should know better.

Democrats Cave, Agree To Fast Track Tr*mp’s Corporate Judges

“Republicans and Democrats like to claim that they are on opposite sides of important issues. Of course, depending on which way the wind blows, they sometimes change sides, like over support for free trade and federal deficits. Tragically, however, there is no division when it comes to militarism.” [Source]

Just this morning, I read an article about how supposedly the “Democratic” Party Cult — which usually and often works for the Republican Party Cult — is going to take back the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms, based on polling. Again, not that it will make any difference if they do, as I’ve have said repeatedly that the “Democrats”/the fake-opposition party could have every seat in the House and Senate and the stagnant status quo we’re in would continue. If one remembers, in 2016 the polling showed that Ms Clinton — whom I did not support — would have the votes for president. Of course she lost through corruption. Well, she won the popular vote by at least 3 million votes that we know of. But, what’s keeping this corruption from happening again since nothing at all has changed with the corrupt voting system? Yet we keep hearing, “gotta vote, gotta vote.” On what? The same corrupt system that got us where we are today? That’s insane. This is yet another example of the Century of Insanity and its many disconnects. Chau.—el barrio rosa


An 11-year-old hacked a replica of Florida’s voting system in 10 minutes
“A hackathon highlights the real threats malicious hackers pose to our democracy.”

It’s too close to the end of his term for impeachment.

“So Pelosi has a plan, huh?”

How to respond to “Democratic” Party Cultists

Whose Fault for the US Supreme Court?

Kavanaugh confirmation and the US Senate Republicans

Hola a todos. Why is anyone surprised that this elitist, of-the-Establishment and lying-perjuring far-right Kavanaugh jerk was confirmed by the Senate Congressional Republicans and one “Democrat” (Manchin of West Virginia)? His rushed confirmation came after a fake-investigation by the FBI where they didn’t even interview the key witness, Dr Christine Blasey Ford. We also learned that he’s a drug addict (alcohol/beer is a drug) who, from what we heard during the US Senate Judiciary Confirmation Hearings, couldn’t hold his hooch (although they are not the words they used in the hearings) and who enjoyed sexually assaulting women. He also perjured himself over nine times during the hearings. That was one of many reasons why Senator Dianne Feinstein voted against him. Now you know he’s bad and a piece of work since she voted against him!

But his drug addiction and his allegedly (oh take that out; I don’t think there’s anything “allegedly” about it at this point) sexually assaulting women didn’t mattered to those who voted for him. The Senate Republicans and at least one “Democrat” are scum. That’s a given, no? So what did people expect? Did they expect Dr Ford, a witness, to be given any credibility and to be believed by the sexist fossils — women senators and old white trash men senators — in the Senate festering with their brainwashed generational sexism? They remind me of the sexist SEP Cult — whom I can’t stand and who in so many ways remind me of these right-wing Republicans especially when it comes to women’s issues which the SEP consider “identity politics,” yet the SEP pretends to be on “the left” (they’re NOT) — and the women of the Republican Party Cult couldn’t care less about sexual assault allegations. That’s what one has come to expect here in the Century of Insanity.

To me it was a given that Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed. But then I and the people I know are non-partisans and we deal with “what is” in a very realistic, expect-the-worse sense versus what we wish would happen. We don’t engage in wishful-thinking the way the “Democratic” Party Cultists do all their waking hours, only to be disappointed time and time again. Currently, they’re engaging in the following delusions of grandeur. Mi amigo/My friend read this on one “Democratic” Party Cult front site:

“Eventually, when the dust settles and the right-wing fever that has overtaken Congress breaks, Kavanaugh will be impeached for lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee, or for other criminal acts.”

They really believe that Injustice Kavanaugh will be impeached? Oh good lord, these people never learn do they? No, they don’t and never will. That’s because their partisan brainwashing prevents them from learning. Their modus operandi is wishful-thinking. That’s all they know. I would love to know the name of the drugs that these “Democratic” Party Cultists take that causes such delusions of grandeur with wishful-thinking? It would seem that the “Democratic” Party Cultists have access to special partisan drugs that lead them to constantly live outside of reality and in some utopian partisan world. Then consequently, they’re surprised, disappointed and in tears when some piece of basura is confirmed to the US Supreme Court. But what did they expect? They really are insane wallowing in wishful-thinking.

There was a time when los Republicanos/the Republicans distanced themselves from the insane, international bully, deranged, lunatic nazi who is currently residing illegitimately en la casa blanca/in the white house. He is absolutely devoid of any “common sense” of what to say and what not say while holding the office of “president” (illegitimately so). He is also devoid of any basic sense of decency or decorum in that office. There is nothing remotely presidential about this piece of trash. Yet we see the masses of USian trash who show up for his “Sieg Heil” rallies where they look at him as if he is some god that they must genuflect to, worship and adore. It’s surprising that they don’t chant or speak their own version of The Nicene Creed (which is part of Anglican, Lutheran and Catholic Liturgies) at his rallies, such as this:

“We believe in one god, our Messiah Tr*mp….Our Father Almighty….We believe he made Heaven and Earth…”

and so on.

There was a time when the Republicans wanted nothing to do with the orange nazi. Remember that? So what changed to the point that the Republicans adamantly ram through — ASAP (as soon as possible) with the help of their employees — the fake opposition party known as the “Democrats” — (in the case of Kavanaugh, one “Democrat”) two pieces of basura (Gorsuch and now Kavanaugh) to sit for eternity or until they retire, on the US Supreme Court?

Why would anyone, regardless of party, want anything to do with anyone that this piece of basura in the White House nominates for any position and especially the Supreme Court? He knows nothing about judges or the law or even how the courts work. The orange nazi has no sense of good or sound judgment. I don’t get it. I mean, we all know what scum the Republicans are and we all know what we’ve come to expect from them: The Worst. That’s a given, so I don’t need to go into that. And the same can be said for the Republicans’ employees, the “Democrats” and their fake-opposition party. I don’t understand what changed. Why did the Republicans go from not liking the orange nazi to now adoring him and wanting to ram through anyone he chooses for a position in government?

It looks like it boils down to partisan brainwashing, which I think is about 99% – 100% of politics in general. In other words, the thinking of los Republicanos is:

Whatever the Republican Party Cult White House resident wants — because we are his party as the Republican Party Cult/Religion — we must agree to and be with him in lockstep because he’s the head of our party Cult. Our Cult, our Republican Religion is more important to us than this country and its people and the rest of el mundo/the world. And of course we can count on some of our employees in the fake-opposition party on the “other side of the aisle” known as the “Democratic” Party Cult Religion to go along with us no matter what we do, as they always do.

The US House of Representatives has nothing to do with Supreme Court nominees, only the Senate votes to confirm or reject. But this same devout-faith mentality I’m talking about is also seen in the House.

That’s all I can figure as to what happened with this drastic change in the Republicans. They are simply playing to the orange nazi’s stupid-is-in, illiterate, redneck, white supremacist, nazi, fascist, proudly-ignorant and evangelical fake-Christian base.

And the #1 and #2 fake-Christians in this regime are the orange nazi himself — whose church on Sunday is a golf course — followed by that lobotomised-looking Pen*e guy with his empty-faced expressions as if nobody is home.

If anyone else has any ideas, you are free to leave a comment about it.

One final thing: I noticed during the Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh that Dianne Feinstein was nodding off. She was sitting there in camera view (on the ride side wearing a shade of medium blue) when Charles Schumer was speaking. At first I thought she was reading something on her desk and continuing to look down and then back up, but no. After watching her closely, she looked like someone who was having difficulty staying awake and was nodding off multiple times and exhibited the behaviour of someone having fallen asleep for a few seconds and then slightly jerking her head awake, which is what she did. It didn’t look good on camera. It looked like a woman who at age 85 needs to retire and rest, not have another 6 years as she will likely get in November 2018. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Representatives and Senators in the US Congress should have law degrees

Hola a todos. Shouldn’t a “lawmaker” have a law degree? Put another way, shouldn’t someone who makes laws for a country have training in the legal field and a law degree? To me, that should be a given. In addition to an advanced law degree — Juris Doctor, the Doctorate degree for attorneys as well as passing the bar for the state they’re representing in Congress — one of the requirements for any Representative or Senator should be training on how to speak proper US English — as opposed to Alabama “Hick-English,” or Texas “Hick-English” or Carolina “Hick-English” — since few people in the shithole US speak the Queen’s English or European Union English. People from all over the world hear these corporate parasites in the US Congress (House and Senate). Some of these trash in Congress speak like a bunch of illiterate, mumbling, slurring, slobbering outback hicks as if they just arrived in the District of Columbia on Bessie, their cow, with Jethro waiting outside looking for the outhouse. Where did these people come from? And who are the trash who keep putting them in office? They are a disgrace and an embarrassment to the alleged “greatest country.” LOL. Ha! What a joke! If we were the “great country” we wouldn’t have to keep telling ourselves we are to pump ourselves up with cheap and ugly nationalistic/fascistic propaganda and fake-patriotism, with fake-Christians wrapping themselves up in that fucking bible. It’s nothing but brainwashing the masses. (Related: Why does there have to be a “greatest country?”). By contrast, Senators Dianne Feinstein (no JD), Kamala Harris (JD, University of California Hastings School of Law, San Francisco) and Cory Brooker (JD, Yale University School of Law) speak well. As does former Representative (2001 to 2013) and now Senator Jeff Flake (no JD). They speak clear, precise and intelligent US English. (Yes, I said something positive about Feinstein for the first time. Take note. Write down the date.)

To her credit, Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting Delegate in the House representing the District of Columbia has a Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale University School of Law. At least her Bachelor degree is related to law and what she’s doing in Congress, the House of Representatives specifically. Because the District of Columbia is not a state but rather the Federal District where the US government/US Oligarchy is located, District residents have no voting representation in Congress, yet District residents pay taxes. The District’s population is roughly 693,972 (2017), larger than the population of the states of Wyoming and Vermont, DC has more active duty military than 29 states, more tax revenue than 29 states (and) a larger domestic product than 27 states.” That information is as of Feb 6, 2013. So, if you visit DC you might see vehicles with licence plates that read, “District of Columbia: Taxation Without Representation.” Yes, District residents pay taxes like everyone else yet have no representation in Congress. And they call this a “democracy?” (roll eyes)

The outright hostile resistance from many “Democratic” Party Cultists (voters) to my suggestion of requiring legal training for members of Congress has been rather stunning. They seem to like and prefer legally-ignorant and untrained “lawmakers.” I thought education was a good thing especially in the minds of the fake “progressives” and fake “liberals” who adamantly and blindly support their right-wing “Democratic” Party Cult. Before we entered the Century of Insanity, education was considered a good thing and highly desirable. But with a stupid, willfully-ignorant and apathetic electorate, increasing insanity among the population and a corrupt and easily-hackable voting system (An 11-year-old hacked a replica of Florida’s voting system in 10 minutes) which most people live in denial about and refuse to talk about because their illusions about “democracy” in the shithole US would burst if they admitted that our “election” system is a sham, utterly corrupt and fraudulent. The very foundation of these fake-”progressives” and fake-”liberals” and their delusional beliefs in our (corrupt) system would start crumbling. And therefore, we end up with the corrupt, sleazy and corporatist US Oligarchy government we have today.

Why are these “Democratic” Party Cultists so resistant to members of Congress — both Representatives and Senators — being well-educated in a legal sense the way anyone else is in any other field/career?

For example: Is anyone else tired of hearing a senator in the US Congress — who has no legal training or law degree — say in senate hearings, “As best as I understand you because I don’t have any legal training or a law degree, what you’re telling me is ….”

(roll eyes)

I’d love to ask Dianne Feinstein sometime in a senate hearing: Excuse me Senator Feinstein, but I have a question for you. It’s a question I’ve wanted to ask for sometime, and this can be off-record. You’ve lived here in the District of Columbia how long? She answers: Since 1992 when I became a Congresswoman, specifically a Senator. (Note to stupid people: the Senate is part of Congress; that’s why she’s called a Congresswoman as well as a Senator). And you are aware that we have at least two excellent law schools here in the District, correct? They are George Washington University School of Law (around the corner at Washington Circle where I used to live) over in Foggy Bottom in NW DC a few blocks from the Kennedy Center, and then we have Georgetown University School of Law over in Georgetown also in NW DC, correct? (Note to stupid people: DC stands for District of Columbia, or as locals call it “the District.”) She answers: Yes, that is correct. Well then, I find it interesting that politicians get to do what they want. They don’t need the appropriate legal training or advanced degree to be a career “lawmaker” politician. As an analogy, I remember in my high school that my Choral Music Director who had a Bachelor of Music Education degree while teaching was required to earn a Masters degree in order to continue her teaching position as Choral Music Director in the high school. She worked on her Masters at night commuting to the local highly-regarded University with its School of Music. At the Conservatory of Music where I trained, if longtime professors didn’t already have a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) which the Conservatory now required they had to be working towards a DMA, again usually at night. My point is that since 1992 you, Senator Feinstein, have not taken it upon yourself to better yourself in a professional sense so that you can properly understand legalese and the law coming before you as a senator by earning a JD from either George Washington University School of Law or Georgetown University School of Law. You’ve lived here in the District long enough to have earned a JD from both Universities! How lazy of you. Now you will likely say, “but I’m working as a senator during the day.” Yes, but like my Choral Music Director, you could have gone to University at night at either University. And both Universities are close by, just right across the District, right across the City. It’s not like you would have to commute hours one way out into the wilds of Virginia to go to the esteemed University of Virginia at Charlottesville. There are many people in today’s society who earn their degrees by going to school at night. And do you feel at all inferior and less qualified for the job as Senator than other Representatives and Senators here in Congress who have come here with an earned JD? Do you feel the need to cater to Kamala Harris, for example, when she speaks in legalese on law/legal matters because she has an earned JD?

A brief aside: I would like to say this about Dianne Feinstein: At age 85, she’s still very mentally-sound, and I say that despite my disagrees with her. I watched her opening statement during the Kavanaugh hearings. Her opening statement was excellent — it sounded like what I would have said frankly — and she sounds no differently than she did when she was mayor of San Francisco. She’s just as mentally alert. Good for her. Maybe her staying in the Congress is keeping her mind alert, working and from degrading into senility? Similar to what music studies does for older people by working their minds and keeping their mind alert/active. And if anything works your mind, it’s music studies. I can guarantee that, especially if you’re working on Rachmaninov or Scriabin. When I was teaching piano, I had students tell me, “My mind feel fried from our class today.” I said: Oh good! That means we worked. Yes, it’s hard work followed by the reward and the “fun” of hearing yourself (hopefully) play beautifully and artistically at some point and hearing yourself play pieces that you had “always wanted to play.”

Now back to the US Congress: How on Earth can someone without a law degree be making laws for a country? Yet that’s what these US Congresspersons do. Make laws for a country without a law degree or any legal training makes no sense whatsoever to me and the people I’ve talked with about this subject. And it’s embarrassing to hear some corporate senator admit to their lack of legal training in senate hearings by saying, “As best as I understand you because I don’t have any legal training; I’m not a lawyer or an attorney …” To that I say: Then get your ass out of the Senate. WTF are you doing in the Congress to begin with? Other than working for the Republicans most of your days in the case of the “senior senator” (Dahling) “Democrat” and millionaire Dianne Feinstein (with her $94 million net worth as of January 2018). This woman has been parked in the US Senate for decades with her Bachelor of Arts degree in History. One might be asking: WTF does a BA in History have to do with being a “lawmaker” and making laws for millions of people in this country? Exactly! This is crazy. That’s the same as someone applying to teach at a Conservatory of Music or a University’s School of Music without a DMA. The Dean of the Conservatory or School of Music would say to that applicant, “Your lack of advanced-level credentials do not meet our qualifications for this teaching position. We require a DMA for all our faculty members.”

As another brief aside: How does the current witch/bully who serves as UN Ambassador qualify whatsoever for that position with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics? What on Earth does a degree in economics have to do with proper credentials for being an ambassador at the United Nations? One would think a degree such as a Doctorate in International Relations would be required for that position, no? Yet the orange nazi/international bully man-child put that piece of bullying basura in that UN position. Utterly embarrassing. She’s merely a belligerent extension of him. UPDATE: This piece of work resigned her position on the 8th of October 2018. I was pleased to see that since I’m sick of seeing her face when they show the UN. She says she has no 2020 political ambitions, so in political speak, that means she does have 2020 political ambitions. These basura always lie.

Yet when it comes to the position of US senator (according to the US Constitution, Article I, Section 3), that job has nothing to do with one’s education or lack thereof. All that job requires is:

1. being a US citizen,
2. 30 years of age or over, and
3. to be an inhabitant of the state that one seeks to represent at the time of their election.

That’s it. By those pathetic requirements, one is not even required to be a high school graduate or a graduate of any school, including elementary school. Something is terribly wrong with such weak and pathetically lame requirements for such an important job.

Representative and millionaire Nancy Pelosi (net worth $29.35 million) over in the House of Representatives — where they represent their corporate owners — is no different. She comes with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. I suppose one could say that her BA is a little bit more relevant than Feinstein’s BA in History, but it’s not a law degree. Pelosi also now has one of those ugly honorary degrees, meaning it’s non-earned. It was just given to her in a form of ass-eating. She was recently granted an honorary Doctorate of Law degree by Mount Holyoke College on May 20, 2018. Yet for the position/job of US Representative (according to the US Constitution, Article I, Section 3), all that job requires is:

1. being a US citizen,
2. being 25 years of age or over and
3. to be an inhabitant of the state one seeks to represent at the time of their election.

As with the Senators, by those requirements one does not need to be a high school graduate, at minimum.

I can’t think of any other job — other than the lame requirements for US president which are no better than the requirements for Representative or Senator — where one is not required to be a high school graduate and where one can get by with such low standards.

Even sewage contractors have to have licences to properly perform their job and that requires a certain level of education.

Of course with both the Representative and the Senator, the unspoken requirement is that it also requires being able to fool/bamboozle enough stupid and gullible people in the electorate into voting for you time-after-time, which has been the case for both of these celebrity politicians, Feinstein and Pelosi. And we all know how shallow people love and worship celebrities. I’m not into celebrity pop culture worship; I wouldn’t walk across the room to see any of them.

But stupid people of the “Democratic” Party Cult keep voting for Pelosi and Feinstein no matter what they do for the Republican Party Cult. Feinstein overwhelming won the 2018 CA primary and is expected to win another 6-year term again in November 2018. Pelosi also just won a new 2-year term. I suspect most voters voted on name-recognition and couldn’t tell you a thing either of these two creatures have done. “I see her on television so I’ll vote for her.” That’s about the extent of it. I suspect both Feinstein and Pelosi assume that they can keep their jobs as long as they want them.

With any other job that the rest of us would hold, there are stringent qualifications required. But as you see, that’s not at all the case for the corporate parasites in either the cesspool called the House of Representatives or the Senate of the US Congress. And these are two of the most important jobs in the nation that effects millions of people’s lives. But I live under no illusion that this is going to ever change because many of the corporate parasites in the Congress would be out of a job if they were required to have any legal training or a JD.

From my research, and this is from February 2013, but I doubt it’s changed much since then:

“169 Members of the House (38% of the House) and 57 Senators (57% of the Senate), held law degrees. 19 House Representatives have doctoral (Ph.D. or D.Phil.) degrees. 22 Members of the House and 3 Senators have a medical degree.”

A reader e-mailed me saying that he had borrowed part of one of my articles related to this topic and made a comment out of it on a “progressive” political website. He wrote that the response he got was that of harsh attacks for merely suggesting that “lawmakers” have legal training and a law degree. Sigh. He said that he was angrily attacked and even trolled for his comment — seems an extreme response simply for suggesting members of Congress have a legal background — by “Democratic” Party Cultists, some of whom rushed to defend Feinstein for not having any legal training. These “Democratic” Party Cultists were claiming that I and he, the commenter, were ignoring Feinstein’s years of experience as a Congresswoman. I never said anything about her years of “experience.” I was only talking about her not having a JD degree to help her understand what someone is telling her in legalese in a hearing, for example.

He, too, said that he could not conceive of someone making laws for a nation without any legal training.

I’d like to ask the reader:

Would you want a surgeon to operate on you without proper training from a respected Medical Centre and School of Medicine?

Would you want a contractor building a 50-story building without proper training?

Would you want to study piano with someone who’s never studied piano?

Would you want to take a flight with someone having no pilot training?

If you answered “no” to any of those questions, then why is it perfectly acceptable for a “lawmaker” with no legal training or law degree whatsoever to “walk in off the street” and make laws for a country for a population of 326,766,748 ?

Education is a good thing, despite what some of the “Democratic” Party Cultists think or tell us. I see no reason why the Representatives and Senators of the US Congress don’t have the best knowledge available to them through thorough legal training while they do their job. One can hear Feinstein in hearings having difficulty understanding legalese. This would not be the case if she had an earned JD. Attorney and Senator Kamala Harris, JD, doesn’t have that problem, as one example.

I’ve spoken with some people here in San Francisco who assumed that all members of Congress — both Representatives and Senators — are attorneys. They were shocked to learn that’s not the case. As some of them pointed out, the “lawmakers” of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are attorneys with a JD degree. Yes, I think that’s the case with most of them, if not all of them that I can think of. Why shouldn’t that be the case – and what harm could it possibly do to have that requirement? – with the US Congress?

There was a day when genuine progressives and liberals — there are very few of those around today — viewed education as a good/positive thing. But it seems that with the fake-progressives and fake-liberals of today — who are nothing more than “Democratic” Party Cultists supporting their pro-war, imperialistic, Republican-enabling right-wing no matter what they call themselves while they support their right-wing Cult — no longer believe that education is a good thing. Or, are they afraid that some of their saviour celebrity “Democratic” politicians who don’t have legal training would be forced out of the Congress? No chance of that happening. So relax. Tranquilo/a. So why the resistance from some “Democratic” Party Cultists to members of Congress being required to have legal training? I suppose one should expect this kind of thinking here in the Century of Insanity. Nevertheless and unfortunately, I suspect that Pelosi and Feinstein will be with us for as long as they want their jobs. At the end of her next 6-year term, Feinstein will be 91-years old. I suspect she’ll be ready for another go at it for another 6-years.

Oh by the way, surprisingly Feinstein plans to vote “No” on the Kavanaugh nomination. I listened to Senator Kamala Harris question him. She doesn’t put up with any shit but even she had trouble with Kavanaugh and his constant word games. He was the poster boy for “Stupid is In” or pretending to be dense with his highly selective but excellent memory. He was a complete waste of time. Another charade in theatrics. It seems that Feinstein was turned off by him during the hearings, such as when he perjured himself. Perjury is no big deal for a Supreme Court nominee under oath. There are no consequences. But if any of the rest of us perjured ourselves here’s what can happen:

“If you are found guilty of perjury, a court may impose any or all of the following sentences: Imprisonment. Fines. Death, if Perjury lead to the Execution of an Innocent Person (only in some states) Jun 19, 2018.”

And finally, just as I was completing this article, I was with hesitation reading the comments under a YT video about the Kavanaugh FBI fake-investigation charade. Some damn fool wallowing in ignorance about the US governmental structure wrote the usual mistake, “Congress and Senate.” Oh geezus fucking christ, here we go again. What is wrong with people today here in the Century of Insanity? I thought we had already covered that, no? I guess he didn’t read my article: It’s too close to the end of his term for impeachment where I hammered away on that ubiquitous mistake that idiots keep making. It’s the House and Senate, you fool. Not the Congress and Senate. The Congress is both bodies. You don’t say the House and Congress, do you? You don’t substitute the word “Congress” for Senate do you, idiots? You only do that for the word “House.” Fucking idiots. I swear, it feel fucking hopeless. The level of outright blatant stupidity. I have reached the end of my patience for it. And then there were the partisan-brainwashed “Democratic” Party Cultists who will always live under the illusion that their Cult of a party is a so-called “opposition party.” (One cannot fix stupid.) Someone whined that “the Republicans control our government.” Someone astutely tried to inform that partisan-brainwashed idiot that both corporate parties control the US government — regardless of the number of seats that each Cult has in the House and Senate — and it’s often the “Democratic” Party Cult that enables their employer the Republican Party Cult with their far right-wing imperialistic agenda. Absolutely true and muchas gracias for pointing that out. Chau.—el barrio rosa


Dianne Feinstein: War profiteer and war criminal.

Lawyers no longer dominate Congress; is commercialization of profession to blame?
“Lawyers once dominated Congress, but they are being “squeezed out” today by those who have made politics a career, according to a new research paper. In the mid-19th century, nearly 80 percent of members of Congress were lawyers, according to the paper (available here). The percentage fell to less than 60 percent in the 1960s and less than 40 percent in 2015.”