Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Despicable Capital One Bank

Capital One closed my credit card today: "Principal owner(s) have past, present or pending legal action". Since I have been current on all payments, and since my legal status hasn't changed since I got the card, they have arbitrarily and capriciously breached our contract, denied me the equal protection of the laws, interfered with my actions in interstate commerce. Can't imagine a bank being run by despicable law breaking fools. Can you?

The origin of our prison 'problem: re NYT Brooks column.

The prison problem is a direct consequence of the 'great' Repblican President:Ronald Reagan: "Lock them up and throw away the key." This presumptive Christian with no Church affiliation, had the term "rehabilitation" removed from the Prison laws. It was ok to punish and over punish prisoners. Remember all the jokes about 'prison rape'. And the fact that half of them were by the guards! So the moral-majority came and punished all the poor blacks and Latinos with 3 time the punishment meted out whites. It was the Christian thing to do. Then came the Republican anti-poor, anti-black, and anti-Latino wave of 'Conservatism'. But the finishing blow was the political payoff system for the rural Republican supporters: build prisons in their community, give the locals all the guard and executive and health care jobs in the prisons and build a base of "good Christian prison employees" who knew who buttered their bread. The Republicans recently talked about the blacks voting democratic to 'get something' from the government. The Republicans gave jobs and more jobs to the raw uneducated and untrained rural workers, turning them into indentured servants of their party, and the new 'moral' government supported Republican voters who were propagandized into hating those 'animals' - once called human beings. Our Representative Government excessively imprisoned three generations of poor and downtrodden for prison worker votes, giving prison worker jobs in return. The good old USA!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Secrecy in the Supreme Court

I disagree that there are good reasons for any secrecy in the deliberations of the Supreme Court, or for that matter in any part of our government. The purpose of 'secrete deliberations' is to hide the intentions and process of government from the governed: no other possible reason. The justices do not publish their internal debates to hide their ignorance, personal philosophies, and human characters: because the people would not "understand" or appreciate their Superior, or inferior, methods, logic, intellect and character. Which of course is not true, all men are created equal: equally fallible, equally corruptible, equally selfish and equally altruistic. They hide from cowardice, from a belief that they are superior in judgement to the 320 million of us, their obedient servants. We are slaes and puppets of two generation old philosophies of life, government, and law embedded in their failing memories. And we are forbidden to criticize their debates and those verhy philosophies that would be displayed by access to their deliberations. This is the last great bastion of government by the "philosopher kings". An historically spurned and discredited form of government that is contradicted by the Constitution itself, and then embedded in the Constitution, "for the good of the people". We need an Actual Democracy where all who serve in government are chosen directly by the people and are answerable to the people. Where the people vote directly on the laws and officers.