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Bernardo de La Paz

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Member since: Fri Jul 16, 2004, 11:36 PM
Number of posts: 29,111

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Lived most of my adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Left a piece of my heart there.

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"no human being", he tweeted. So he thinks Cummings & people of color are SUBHUMAN. . . . nt

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Jul 27, 2019, 09:56 AM (2 replies)

tRumpubliCons fighting last ditch rearguard battle. This is it.

We've had black astronauts, an African-American President, and a black Joint Chief of Staff and numerous other examples up and down and far and wide in society of integration of minorities and women and other groups discriminated against. It is a work in progress.

When we win this one, probably in 2020, it won't be the end of racist resistance but it will really be forced back on all fronts.

"Whitey" (term from 1969 heard on the radio today, meaning white bigots) knows this but hasn't thought it out. It (maybe the greater part of tRump's 35% base) also knows it is a minority and knows it is a demographic loser. Even so, without any realistic future vision, it is hoping to delay the inevitable for as long as possible: the loss of old white male privilege, then the loss of white male privilege, then the loss of white privilege.

Between now and February 2021, but especially in November 2020, is the best opportunity in a generation to really put a lid on it and weld it shut.l
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:54 AM (1 replies)

Trump clever about 2 things: media distractions and using other people's money. . . . nt

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sun Jun 30, 2019, 11:30 AM (2 replies)

A.c.t.u.a.l.l.y, Democrats are offering a lot to appeal to tRump voters if they'd think about it.

Trump voters are bamboozled by labels like the "left", which is why the editorial board of the WSJ uses such labels.

Emphasize the positives of proposals getting hashed out by the Democrats:

* Forgiveness of student debt. Many Trump voters have student debt or children facing such debt.

* Medicare for all. Many tRump voters don't/didn't have insurance or are chained to jobs by needed insurance benefits.

* Tax the rich. Most tRump voters never saw a tangible benefit from the tax heist TrumpubliCons pulled off.

Never deny the label if you are on the left but no need to raise it either. Talk up the accomplishments and especially the platforms of your favorite candidates with tRump voters who might listen or politely pretend to listen, even if rare. Appeal to their self-interests as the way in to make them think a bit.

tRump likes to create distractions so that both sides don't think too much. Make his voters think.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sun Jun 30, 2019, 10:39 AM (2 replies)

Kelly Koncentration Kamps ... brought to you by Трамп-RubleCon Party aka Grumpy Old People. . . . nt

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Jun 29, 2019, 03:17 PM (0 replies)

OK, looking at it at a little finer detail than I was, reading off a chart, I see that peaks were in

Jan 24, 2018 was 2872,
Sep 20, 2018 was 2941,
Apr 30, 2019 was 2953,
Jun 20, 2019 was 2965.

I don't know about closes, I am eyeballing intraday peaks and rounding last digit. I could be off by one or two and a day. Close enough we can see we are looking at the same basic data.

The point I wish to make is that tRump's stock market is chaotic and just barely eking out new highs before plunging. I do not see it as strong market. It has made four major peaks in his term so far and the latter three are hardly much higher than the first one.

I dug up some S&P500 closes, dates selected just before terms began, accounting for weekend closures:

Close Jan 16, 2009: 850.12
Close Jan 20, 2009: 805.22
Close Jan 19, 2011: 1281.92
51% rise from Jan 16 close

Close Jan 18, 2013: 1485.98
Close Jan 16, 1015: 2022.55
36% rise

Close Jan 19, 2017: 2263.69
Close Jan 19, 2019: 2670.71
18% rise

So we can see that tRump did not beat Obama in either of his first two years of terms. Even if we grant tRump his highest point in his first two years, he still can't beat Obama.

Close Sep 20, 2918: 2930.75
29% rise

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Thu Jun 27, 2019, 07:21 AM (1 replies)

Term derives from the photo, the book, and the movie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ugly_American (book)

"Ugly American" is a term used to refer to perceptions of loud, arrogant, demeaning, thoughtless, ignorant, and ethnocentric behavior of American citizens mainly abroad, but also at home. Although the term is usually associated with or applied to travelers and tourists, it also applies to U.S. corporate businesses in the international arena.

The best-selling, loosely fictional account provided contrasting characters with different approaches to opposing Communist influence in Southeast Asia, and the use of foreign aid in particular. The majority of the Americans exhibit a range of blundering, corrupt, and incompetent behaviors, often concentrating on impractical projects that will serve more to benefit American contractors than the local population. A minority are effective because they employ knowledge of the local language and culture, but most of these are marginalized and some even considered suspect.

A study carried out in 2002 revealed that Hollywood also contributes to the "Ugly American" image. The study found that the more access other countries had to American programs, the higher their negative attitudes toward Americans tended to be.[49]

The movie Sex and the City 2 has been quoted as a typical portrayal of the "ugly American" image, where Samantha, one of four best girlfriends, makes fun of Middle Eastern culture and women in traditional dress.[50]


1948 photo

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Wed Jun 26, 2019, 09:04 AM (0 replies)

Born Free and Equal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Born Free and Equal:
The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans Born Free and Equal
Author Ansel Adams
Illustrator Ansel Adams
Country United States
Language English
Subject Internees at the Manzanar War Relocation Center, 1943–4.
Genre Photography books
Publisher U.S. Camera, New York
Publication date 1944
Media type Hardcover
Pages 112 p. illus. (incl. ports.)

Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans is a book by Ansel Adams containing photographs from his 1943–1944 visit to the internment camp then named Manzanar War Relocation Center[1] in Owens Valley, Inyo County, California. The book was published in 1944 by U.S. Camera in New York.

In the summer of 1943, Adams was invited by his friend, newly appointed camp director Ralph Merritt, to photograph life at the camp. The project and the accompanying book and exhibition at the MoMA created a significant amount of controversy, partly owing to the subject matter. World War II was still being fought and the animosity against Americans of Japanese descent was high, especially on the West Coast.

Adams was not the only photographer to take pictures in Manzanar. Before him, Dorothea Lange had visited all eleven Japanese-American internment camps[citation needed] while a staff photographer for the War Relocation Authority. During Lange's visit in 1942, the camp was a less organized state and Lange was driven to portray the injustice of the relocation project, leading to a harsher and less optimistic portrayal of camp life than Adams's. The third photographer was internee Toyo Miyatake, previously a studio photographer in Los Angeles. Miyatake initially took photos with an improvised camera fashioned from parts he smuggled into the camp. His activity was discovered after nine months, but Merritt supported the endeavor and allowed him to have his stored studio equipment shipped to the camp and continue the project (initially a camp guard had to release the shutter for him after Miyatake had positioned the camera). Miyatake and Adams met and befriended each other at the camp, while Lange's and Adams's visits did not overlap.

Adams's goal in the project was twofold: to stress the good American citizenship of the internees, as conveyed in the subtitle of the book, "The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans"; and to show their ability to cope with the situation:

The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and dispair [sic] by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment…All in all, I think this Manzanar Collection is an important historical document, and I trust it can be put to good use. (Ansel Adams, 1965.[2])

Adams donated his collection of Manzanar photos to the Library of Congress in 1965.[3] In 2001, Spotted Dog Press published an updated version of Born Free and Equal with a foreword by Archie Miyatake, son of Manzanar photographer Toyo Miyatake.[4] The new version of the book has on the front cover a photo of Joyce Okazaki (née Nakamura), one of the children Adam's photographed.[1]
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Wed Jun 19, 2019, 05:49 PM (1 replies)

Re (breaking it down for you) "I can't legally indict the sitter. You have every right to impeach"

His statement:

Paraphrase: "I can't legally indict the sitter."

under long-standing department policy a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view, that too is prohibited. The special counsel’s office is part of the department of justice and by regulation it was bound by that department policy. Charging the president with a crime was, therefore, not an option we could consider.

Thus he says he can't legally indict "while he is in office" (the sitter). Hint, hint, get him out of office (de-elect/impeach-convict).

Paraphrase: "You have every right to impeach"

the opinion says that the constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrong doing.

There is one such process, the only process that fits that bill and that would be impeachment. Notice that Mueller very carefully says (again) "sitting" and "formally" together.

So, that is how he says "You have every right to impeach."

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Wed May 29, 2019, 02:03 PM (2 replies)

I quoted them above. But here's another quote from his statement today for you to read

Referring to the DoJ's official determination (this DoJ under this AG (and previous AG)):

So that was justice department policy. Those were the principles under which we operated and from them we concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime. That is the office’s -- that is the office’s final position, and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president. We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general. As required by department regulations. [...]

... because, as Mueller explicitly says earlier in his statement, innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Then he explicitly says he makes his own decisions.

Now I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself. No one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.

His study of the law and regulations make him feel he is bound. He spends lots of time in his statement saying 'I am bound by this and I am bound by that'. The only way to read that is 'Do your job! I've gone as far as I possibly can!'

Now, you can disagree with him on his reading of law and regulation and you can disagree with him on his conclusions about what to do about them, but you can't say he doesn't operate with integrity.

There has been discussion about an appearance before congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself. And the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before congress.

He explicitly is not going to get into allegations that a defendant has no defense in court against. Not while testifying, not while at a podium.

He is not going to talk about the pee tape. Sorry.

In addition, access to our underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office.

This could not be clearer! Congress, especially the House, get access to that work product! Do what you are doing now, arguing in court to get access.

Couple this with his mention of the unindicted co-conspirator sitting ( "sitting president" ) in the Office.

Triple this with his part about "the constitution requires [requires][REQUIRES] a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrong doing." That process is impeachment. Mueller says it is required when it is credible to formally accuse "wrong doing".

Mueller chooses his words carefully.

So beyond what I have said here today, and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the justice department or congress. [...]

Sorry, but I trust Mueller's reading of the law and appropriateness (his shorthand for what he feels he is obligated to do/say/not-do/not-say.

I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interference in our election. That allegation deserves the attention of every American. Thank you.


That means:

Wake up!

Don't fall asleep!

It's not over! My bit is over but it is not over!

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Wed May 29, 2019, 01:49 PM (1 replies)
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