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People of the U.S.A.

SO “Shit out of Luck-Opolis”


Working Class and 'diminutive don'

 & the city hijackers

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.

Capital is only the fruit of labor,

and could never

have existed

if labor had

not first existed.

Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the

higher consideration."

Lincoln's First Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861.

"Labor is the true standard of value."

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume IV, "Speech at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania" (February 15, 1861), p. 212.

In all Honesty ABE, I don't Believe TRUMP could even fix Your TOILET.”

Th. Trkstar May 14th 2017



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A Helpful Hint:

The Highest

OATH Of Responsibility in PUBLIC OFFICE is to the People.

"A Country is its Living PEOPLE."

 Not an Object.

Beyond the Corporation In the U.S.A. The FIRST ABSOLUTE Responsibility is to the People.

Public Officials WHO look lightly at THIS OBLIGATION Will be Held “Accountable for Life” a #1 PRIORITY.


...Going BEYOND Inert, non Breathing non Living and Life Altering corporate entities and actual real Threats” to the People.

This is an easy Order of 1st ACCOUNTABILITY to always Consider in Life Consequences & Truths of Reckoning, a measure to Live by with the highest daily and “for the FUTURE” goals and Achievement.




((( AND YET I Have to ASK in a go “LIGHTLY SPIRIT” TODAY January 25th 2017



 Th. Trkstar



"THIS Planet"






December 28 2017

Michael Brenner Professor Emeritus PITT EDU.





A few people have asked me why I have stopped commenting on American party/electoral

 politics. The answer is simple: we know what the state of affairs is, we know the elements

 that have produced it, we know what has to be done – and we know that it manifestly is not

 being done. There is no mystery about any of this. Nothing has changed over the past year

 since the Orangutan’s ascendance which, in turn, has cleared the way for the long

 promised Republican troupe’s rampage against the 20th Century. So, what’s the point of

 repeating what was written a year or two or three ago? If those of us who share a certain

 perspective have made not the slightest impression on the American body politic, and if

 that is due to the overwhelmingly powerful forces that have warped its sense of reality,

 then another couple of thousand words cannot make a difference.


To do so merely titillates for a few moments – like a Saturday Night Live skit – without

 changing anything of consequence. Titillation is not to be cast aside in this glum era even

 though its relief is fleeting. But let’s face it, that experience is just an emotional ant-acid

 for someone whose social world has gone wildly off the rails.


To underscore the point, let’s pose a few rhetorical questions. Shouldn’t it have been

 obvious two years ago that Donald Trump was mentally ill?

 Do we encounter a person in

 everyday life who speaks, acts and looks like he without quickly reaching that conclusion?

 Yet, the media and the commentariat almost unanimously accepted the admonition of the

 psychiatric profession that the “Goldwater rule” should be observed – and with good

 reason since a clinical assessment would depend on an extensive person-to-person

 observation. Even today, in the light of massive evidence that

Trump is a perfect

 case of

 malignant narcissism,

the prevailing view holds that asserting this truth does not show

 proper respect for the Office of the Presidency. The appropriate retort is to affirm that

 respect for the office can be shown by taking off one’s shoes before entering.


The widespread disposition to treat Trump as just another President with a few odd quirks,

 is to ascribe logic-reason-a sense of responsibility – and intellectual coherence where none

 exists. Heavyweight journals refer to his recently promulgated “security doctrine,” for

 example, as if it weren’t simply a cut-and-paste assemblage of Trump’s emotional

 ejaculations interspersed with bits of the same dreary boiler-plate that reappears in these

 overblown declarations year after year. Can anyone provide a plausible statement of our

 “strategy” vis a vis China, a reckless Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, or Russia? The only place

 where a logic is discernible is Central America. There, Trump has strengthened our long

 dishonored practice of backing autocrats who ignore democratic practices for the sake of

 protecting the privileged position of the ancient feudal oligarchs and American extraction

 businesses (in Panama it’s financial businesses that extract money from clients who

 benefit from its tax avoidance services). That strategy, fully backed by Barack Obama in

 his day, won us Honduras’ vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the Jerusalem

 resolution – along with Naura, Vanuata and a handful of other great powers.


Context, background and consequence don’t make it into the MSM’s coverage of either the

 U.N. or Latin America. 


Isn’t the near total absence of informed, fair and critical coverage of American

 misadventures abroad a matter of cardinal importance that helps explain the malady that

 afflicts the Republic – personified by, but far deeper than Donald Trump? The

 Washington Post reads like PRAVDA or IZVESTIA in the old days. Nothing but a loud-

speaker for the neo-cons and aggressive nationalists who dictate our policies abroad. A

 couple of weeks ago, the paper ran a long editorial belatedly expressing outrage at the

 humanitarian tragedy in Yemen – yet, said not a single word as to Washington’s material

 and political backing for the Saudi-led air campaign that could not operate without that

 aid. The WP’s falsity reaches new lows in hypocrisy and baseness even by today’s

 degraded journalistic standards. The New York Times is no better in its relentless

 campaigning against Iran, Russia, Venezuela, China  

and whomever else won’t

 bend the knee to Uncle Sam.


Is there any mystery as to what is happening on the

 domestic front?

The tax bill is nothing

 other than a looting of the nation for the sake of the 1%.


It is thinly disguised pillage.


The associated cuts in social programs represent a giant

 step in the Republican project of

 the past 40 years to repeal a century of progressive


Their point of reference is not

 the 1920s, but rather the Gaslight Era of the 1890s before the federal income tax was

 introduced. For the true Tea Partiers, a related virtue of that period was the subordination

 of people of color and a much smaller fraction of immigrants from Southern and Eastern

 Europe (these days, Latinos serve as the surrogate).


This is historic – a Reactionary revolution without precedent. It is reshaping American

 society in fundamental ways that will endure. This disconcerting truth is largely invisible

 to the editors, writers and pundits who determine how we understand the world of public

 affairs. For the most part, they treat it as a sporting contest. “Trump Triumphs After

 Earlier Defeats.” “Republicans Exult”  “How The Republicans Strategy Was Designed.”

 “Trump Turned Adversity Into Success: The Inside Story.” “Who Wins And Who Loses

 From The Tax Reform?” All these headlines appeared on the front page of the NYT.

 “Who won?” – is that an open question?  Would the NYT editors ask it about a big Mafia

 heist at Kennedy Airport?

‘Reform?” – by whose definition?


Then there is this gem – the ultimate in confused misrepresentation. “For G.O.P., Tax Law

 Is a Salve, But Hardly a Cure-All for 2018” (December 22). What exactly is the NYT

 trying to say? That this historic attack on salaried workers, this enriching of the already

 rich, is an electoral asset? That it conforms to the wishes of the public? That it will win

 them votes? Or, is the unstated and key factor the unwillingness

 of the

 Democrats to

 contest the confected Republican narrative?

 Perhaps, they mean to say that it makes the

 Party’s rich paymasters and anti-government base pleased. If so, is the salve protection in

 the primaries from militant Tea-Partiers or against the Democrats? A “Cure-All” for

 what? Are the NYT simply incapable of candid reporting, or have they slipped their traces

 like so many others in our disoriented society? After all, these are the same people who

 gave us a lengthy profile of a neo-Nazi that reads like a Michael Phelps promo puff piece.

While the Times’ editors (and the other MSM) play these parlor games,


Trump is




 Christmas boasting to his fat-cat friends at Mar-a-Lago


how he’s just made them much

 richer. And they gloat at how the administration is systematically dismantling the entire

 federal regulatory apparatus. Example: proprietors of nursing homes can now abuse their

 elderly and sick without concern for penalties imposed by federal monitoring bodies –

 penalties that themselves had involved nothing more than nominal fines on exceptional



 What we observe is an apparent policy of trying to please everyone: the odd harsh editorial

 criticizing the tax bill (when its passage is already a near fait accompli) and with no

 reference to the pathetic Democratic performance) while its news stores cut-and-trim so as

 to take the sharp edges off what that should be the story of the 21st Century.

Showcasing 3 Right-wing columnists fits the pattern

 Whatever the reason, this kind of misleading news is read by tens of millions (subscribers

 and readers of local papers that reprint these stories) whose perceptions and imagery of

 the world are fixed by the supposedly authoritative source of these

 distorted news



This NYT’s off-kilter mindset is a reflection of how our culture has come to view most

 everything. No good or bad, no judgments, no values. Just a pluralism of egos in a contest

 of all against all for status, attention, power, and money. This is the mindset of fantasy

 football applied to grave matters of state. (“GOP Win Comes After Chaotic Start” Dec.25,

 pg. 1; “Patriots Win Comes After Chaotic Start” – any given Sunday). The latter, though,

 affects only the mood of fans for a few hours with no other impact on the real world. The

 former has profound and lasting effects on the lives of everyone. To put it somewhat

 differently, what counts is not the game aspect, but the content – the consequence of

 winning or losing the contest.

Inability to differentiate the two is juvenile – it’s the way a

 6-year old views things.



The effect: the collectivity be damned. We are making a

 reality of Margaret Thatcher’s

breathless discovery that “there is no such thing as society.”


How can we be surprised by Trump’s shenanigans, by Republican mendacity that this is a

 “middle class” tax cut, by the fecklessness of the media in a country where countless

 millions spend their lives in close communion with electronic gizmos and watching inane

 television shows where even their laughter is canned? You pay a price for this type of

 orchestrated numbing of sensibilities and dumbing of the citizenry. What person who

 retains a modicum of God-given sense and reasonableness could have expected otherwise?

 After all, this is a country where daily the latest episode of somebody’s unwanted kiss or

 embrace displaces entirely attention from the national disgrace and humanitarian disaster

 that is Puerto Rico. The Republicans don’t give a damn

 about these far-away people of the

 wrong color who speak the wrong language. The impotent Democrats take consolation

 from the resulting mass migration to the mainland which might help them carry

 Florida or



One is fascinated by the strangest interactions between pop culture and politics. Consider

 this proposition: Kim Kardashian, our celebrity culture’s embodiment, did more to elect

 Donald Trump than Vladimir Putin and James Comey combined. Outlandish?


No - Resurgent racism in America is never divorced from white male insecurities.


As to the assumption that we know what has to be done, a qualification is called for. It

 probably is too late to reverse the reactionary wave. All we hope for is to stem it. The great

 political anomaly of our political times is that Republican electoral successes  - at local,

 state, and Congressional levels as well as managing to put a Trump in the White House –

 occur despite the locus of national opinion on most issues coinciding with the positions of

 the Democrats.

Indeed, on some critical ones (like health care) it is well to the left of the

 party leadership.


 The great corrective in a democratic system is supposed to

  be the presence of an opposition

 competing for power.

Today, in the United States we don’t

 have a viable opposition.


 face it,

the Democrats have been committing political

 suicide for a couple of generations.

 True to their nature, it’s been dragged out at an excruciating pace – death by a thousand

 self-inflicted cuts. Their only salvation has been the Republicans’ own suicidal impulses.


 That is what gave them a couple of Presidencies.

 (Remember Sarah Palin?)


The list of what ails the party is a long one – an obvious list

 of basic flaws.


Its dominant

 corporatist wing

 is fatally compromised on socio-economic matters;

it is corrupt;

it is controlled by self-absorbed careerists;

it has passively

 allowed the Republicans to set the

 terms of discourse on just about every issue

 except gay marriage;

 it is intellectually lazy;

 and – not least – it’s dumb.

 To be perfectly blunt, its senior figures are, for the most part,

 second-rate hacks. Given the huge opportunities that they have been given over the past

 year, they have done little but beat the dead horse of Russian electoral interference.

Is “hack” too severe?


Well, who else but a hack would lack such elementary political instincts as to announce as

 their new motto for a new era: “A Better Deal” – and to announce this DOA creation of a

 well-paid consultant on a late afternoon during the dog days of summer?


Its leaders can barely drag themselves to a microphone to ensure that the opposition gets on

 the evening news after the latest outrage. 


(The intrepid duo of Elizabeth Warren


 and Bernie Sanders being the notable exceptions).


They avoid the provocative, riveting

 comments that command attention. For weeks on end, they are a phantom presence in the

 media; meanwhile the NYT continues to run a super-script on every page of domestic news

 in the print edition “THE 45th PRESIDENT.”


To let that happen indeed justifies the




Consider this cardinal feature of today’s political scene – unremarked by our crack

 journalists. The Congressional Republicans from coast to coast exhibit a disciplined unity

 without precedent in our political history. 51 Senators to a man and woman vote for

 legislation that turns America upside down. Several of its provisions run counter to the

 views of a large majority of potential voters. Enthusiastic support is limited to around 20-

25% of the population. Yet, no one breaks ranks.

 How is this possible in the politically

 decentralized American system?

This is the key question for understanding current party politics in the United States.


The answer: Republican office-holders are held hostage by the party’s Tea Party wing who

 are ever ready to challenge the incumbent no matter his impeccable conservative

 credentials if s/he thwarts their desires. This puts fear in their hearts. Recall the fate of

 Bob Bennett in Utah. Obedience is the only thing that stands between them and spending

 one’s golden years selling insurance in Caribou, Maine. What of the risks thereby incurred

 in the general election?

Well, the harsh truth is that their Tea Party minders pose

a more credible threat

than does the Democratic opposition in the Fall

– such is their pathetic state.


It doesn’t take a political genius to see that the Republicans are literally stealing the

 country, and its political system, out from under them while they go on endlessly about a

 bunch of sleaze balls (some of them Democrats) meeting in seedy hotel rooms with self-

designated Russian operators who know a mark when they see one.


Trump will not be forced to resign. He may abdicate, though. He finds the routine

 tiresome, he can’t stand the carping criticism, and his misses his former carefree life when

 he could assault women at his whim.

Were the Mueller investigation to

 dig deeply into

 Trump’s dealings with various international criminal


 (wherein he may  already have committed

several federal felonies),

 that could set the scene for him to declare

 victory in turning America around, bellow “Mission Accomplished,”

and to ride off into the sunset.


But Mueller seems hesitant to open that can of worms which could implicate


 leaders (Bibi Netanyahu above all), some financial bigwigs

 in New York, Amsterdam and

 Panama, and well-connected power brokers with links to both parties. Were we

 nonetheless to arrive at that point, Trump would be succeeded by Pence who is as extreme

 a reactionary on policy as Trump but clinically sane.


The Republicans would hold the Congress. Pence would be 50/50 to win in 2020.



Joe Biden? Tim Kaine? Andrew Cuomo – Chris Christie’s partner in abuse of

 public trust, sworn enemy of public school teachers and Wall Street’s dependent? What

 would be his platform: I know more gay people than Pence does?

I guess Monica Lewinsky is a longshot.


Shut the lights – the Party’s over!

These 2,000 words













          Every Day          

    Enjoy ...a Few minutes of

        Regular Relaxed







        Attention is ENERGY

   What you put your attention on, You get more of. Each  

   one of us is a fountain of Energy, a valve through 

   which Universal Life Energy is metered into the World,

   and we can each point our self at whatever we want to.

 We add Life Force to our Surroundings- to everything 

                         WE pay Attention to.

  If You put Your Attention on the Best, Highest, Finest, 

     most Beautiful thing that You can,

               That will be Amplified.            



  Stephen Gaskin