Thursday, October 12, 2017

Trump Cannot Recant an Oath He Never Understood

Trump did not understand his oath of office and he does not understand the Constitution. Republican Senator Ben Sasse is just the latest one to question Trump's actions without questioning Trump's competence or sanity. Trump does not live in the real world, and he proves it daily.

In Trump's mind if a news organization is not praising him then it must be fake news. If people are not telling him what a wonderful job he is doing, then they must be morons who don't understand him or they must only be against him because of politics. He is a delusional, immature idiot who is unaware of his lack of understanding. He really believes he is smarter than everyone else and will discredit anything that challenges that view of himself.

He tosses off phrases he thinks prove that he's smart. "The calm before the storm." What storm? "You'll see." He is "putting the finishing touches" on a health care bill that will cover everybody and be cheaper. He is for the Israeli/Palestinian plan that both sides like.

Trump imagines praise and accomplishments that don't exist. Enemies of his "are saying it was the greatest speech ever made on foreign soil by a president." The head of the Boy Scouts says that "it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them." He thinks he is doing a wonderful job in the aftermath of the hurricanes, a disaster response that will be studied for years and will be used as a model for how to handle disasters.

Sure, Senator. Trump is recanting his oath. That explains everything.

Republican Senator Asks If Trump Is Recanting His Oath Of Office

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Purpose of the Second Amendment

When people say gun ownership is their second amendment right, they mean the truncated version that the NRA has as its motto. Are they a member of their state's well-regulated militia? Do they keep and bear arms belonging to that militia? There is nothing about ownership in the second amendment. They can take their 50-bullet magazines and their machine guns and AK-47s and their no-background-checks and their no-training-required bull and get the hell out of this country. We are f*cking fed up.

The Second Amendment was about State militias in the 1790s, and the fear of the anti-federalists of a federal army. Even Scalia said that the Second Amendment only protects arms that would be used in a militia. The Second Amendment has no relevance today, and those who think otherwise have managed to turn this country into a slaughterhouse.

Tell me, were the victims in Las Vegas supposed to be armed so they could return fire to where ever they thought the bullets were coming from? Were the 6- and 7-year olds in Sandy Hook supposed to be armed? Is somebody in a movie theater supposed to let the bullets fly when the moron behind them shoots them in the back? Should parents be armed for when their kids find their guns and accidentally kill friends? Why do Second Amendment people think that schizophrenics should be allowed to have arms?

Open your eyes. Learn history. Don't try to justify mass shootings as the price of "freedom." Freedom to die? The new definition of freedom as defined by radical conservatives? Freedom from responsibility, accountability, oversight, ethics, regulations that are supposed to protect us, and even freedom from healthcare for us idiots who don't think greed is a virtue.

You want to be patriotic? It ain't flying a flag and yelling "Love it or leave it!" Patriotism is making your country better. It's helping the poor, the sick, children, the elderly, veterans and your neighbors whatever color or gender they are. It's protecting our soil, our water, and our air from pollution. It's not waving guns and saying you love your country. It's showing you love your country. It sure ain't wearing a flag pin and telling the latest shooting victims "Our thoughts are with you" while collecting money from the NRA and voting down any reasonable gun safety laws.

Overcoming Delusions About the Second Amendment

Move-On facebook post, "Republican lawmakers only offer ‘thoughts and prayers’" video

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Corporate Personhood and Corpeople

If a corporation is considered a person with rights and privileges, then that corporation must also be subject to the laws and responsibilities of a person. Specifically, a false statement denying Climate Change would be covered by the federal lying statute contained in Title 18 of the U.S. Code Section 1001.

Under this statute, it is a crime to knowingly and willfully make any materially false statement concerning any judicial matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the government if that statement has the "natural tendency to influence or [is] capable of influencing the decision of the decision making body" which receives the false statement. An oral or written false statement to any federal agent does not have to be given under oath and does not need to be made in a formal setting, and the government does not have to actually be deceived or misled. There is no requirement of awareness of a government or judicial proceeding, and in fact, there need not be a proceeding.

Can a corporate person, hereafter referred to as a "corperson" or in the plural as "corpeople", give sworn testimony? Can they be subpoenaed? Can a corperson be charged with obstruction of justice or murder or bribery or incitement to rioting, and can they be imprisoned? Can an ankle monitor be put on a corperson? Does a corperson have the right to an attorney?

Does a corperson have to pay IRS the Alternative Minimum Tax? Do they have to register for the draft? Can they enter into binding contracts before the age of 18? What sex is a corperson on a birth certificate? In places where homosexuality is a crime, is it illegal for two corpeople to merge?

How does a corperson vote in an election? How are they counted in the U.S. Census? Does a foreign corperson go through customs when entering the United States? If slavery is illegal, how is a corperson owned? If a corperson has offspring, are they subject to an estate tax upon their demise? Is the transfer of assets by a corperson subject to a gift tax?

Free speech for corpeople? Sure. Just don't forget all of the other things that go along with being a person.

Businesspersons Beware: Lying is a Crime
ExxonMobil Claims Constitutional Rights to Avoid Revealing Climate Science Cover-up