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Party Line Courts. Why do US Courts Pretend To Be Apolitical?

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.  Belief in myths allows for the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

Why do the US courts, including the US Supreme Court, pretend to be apolitical?  There has always been loads of pomp and circumstance and piousness associated with this long accepted idea that they are above the political fray.  Its incumbents are quick to espouse this line of thought and cloak themselves in the protective shield of this apolitical robe when it comes to these powerful organizations that have the ability to exercise so much control over us.  Do they cloak themselves in this shield because they recognize their tremendous power and feel that it is necessary to tamp down the realization by us of that almost unfettered power that they have to interpret the law and then determine – if any among us should perchance become defendants’, what our fate will be?

The great majority of these judges and justices likely do recognize and accept the great power that they wield and also accept and faithfully exercise the great responsibility which comes along with it that they have.  They likely painstakingly do the absolute best that they can to interpret the law simply based on the law and not as they might be expected to do based on loyalty to party or anything else.  But there is also that minority that we as Americans must contend with.  Americans must closely monitor that minority, which appears to be rapidly becoming larger under a corrupt Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and whose rapid growth is being aided by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to assure that even if they intend to base their decisions on something other than the law Americans will fight to assure they are not successful.  These judges and there questionable reputations have to be an embarrassment to the courts and their presence must create anger and resentment of them by their colleagues because of the damage that they do to the courts’ reputation.

There was a time when I always felt a warm and patriotic feeling when the President of the United States of America – no matter their party affiliation, a Supreme Court Justice or the body of Justices as a whole spoke concerning any given issue simply because of what they represent in America.  Unfortunately, I no longer automatically experience that same feeling.  I have to work hard to allow myself to feel it and not become a cynic.  I have to work hard to focus on the fact that what is happening in our country now is not who we really are as Americans and does not depict a true picture of America.  In light of the way that the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has gone about nominating and appointing Supreme Court Justices through corrupting the process, the previously mentioned warm and patriotic feeling about the current Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and the Supreme Court is hard to sustain.  It is painfully obvious that Mr. Trump is not alone in the corrupting and misuse of this process.  He is strongly supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the senate Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell became angry because Joe Scarborough of the cable news show Morning Joe referred to him as Moscow Mitch.  But perhaps that nickname is well-earned.  Majority Leader McConnell is well aware that Russia interfered in our 2016 election to help Mr. Trump yet-and-still, likely at the behest of Mr. Trump, he has regularly blocked bipartisan legislation to better protect our election system prior to the 2020 election.  He has done this in addition to helping Mr. Trump to stack the courts with judges.  All of these judges are called conservative judges by the media.  However, most of them could more appropriately be referred to as “Trump Judges” because even many conservative Republicans have said that they do not represent true conservative values.

But the Republican Party is no longer the Republican Party that it was; it is the Party of Trump.  And even those Republicans who have the power to mitigate the amount of damage that Mr. Trump is doing to America refuse to take a stand and speak truth to power.  They have all become cowards cowering in any dark place that they can find to avoid this apex predator the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America.  To echo the words of presidential candidate Ms. Kamala Harris, predators are cowards that prey on the weak and helpless.  As for the US congress, its floor is prime hunting grounds for Mr. Trump.  It is no wonder that he is so plump and happy.

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

Things That Make You Smile…And Laugh

I had a long talk with a dear and good old friend over lunch yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed him and our conversation.  When I say old I mean old as in long time and not age.  Although he might be a little old as in age too, that is not the point of this article and if ever talked about at all, it will be better if saved for another time and some other article.  If you know him, don’t tell him that I mentioned that he might be old because he might take offense.  It’s not likely that he would because he is a pretty easygoing guy; But he might.

Oh, that’s right.  You couldn’t tell him what I said even if you wanted to because I haven’t told you his name.  Well, his name is Burton NMN NLN.  NMN meaning no middle name and NLN meaning no last name; at least, neither of which that I am willing to share with you in this article.  But still, just in case that you might know him, don’t tell him that I said that he might be a little old.

Anyway, it had been a really long time since I had seen Burt until I attended a couple of the reunions that are held every two years for our particular close-knit group.  I saw him at the first reunion that I attended and I also saw him at this most recent one.  He was back in Denver again about a week after the second reunion and that is when, by pure coincidence, I saw him again.  That is when we had lunch together.  I told him that we could eat anywhere that he would like to eat and that it would be my treat.  I had forgotten that he was a vegetarian.  He took me to this vegetarian restaurant in South Denver and he had what amounted to a vegetarian club sandwich combo and lavender lemonade.

Since he is a vegetarian and I am not and he had obviously had this sandwich and the lavender lemonade before and I had no idea what it would taste like, let alone what anything else on the menu would taste like, guess what I ordered?  I ordered a vegetarian club sandwich combo and lavender lemonade.  Did you guess right?  I told him that I didn’t really like that vegetarian stuff that we had but the way that he was looking at my plate and how well I had cleaned it (it was much cleaner than his), I finally had to break down and tell him the truth; it was really pretty good.

I don’t know if it was our friendship and the warm and casual conversation that we had as we were catching up on things and the people that we mutually know that made the food so good but it was good.  My friend’s wife, who is a wonderful woman and his college sweetheart, whom he has been married to for xx years is a perfect match for him.  She is definitely his soul mate.  I have no doubt that she has a lot to do with him being the man that he is now; for most of us and most of the time our wife or significant other does. But before I move on, perhaps I should be clear about the ‘xx’ years I mentioned.  Although I don’t think that many people would assume that I mean 20 years, I want to categorically state that that is not what I mean.  ‘XX’ simply means that I am not going to reveal the exact number of years that they have been married.  Again, he is an easygoing guy and likely wouldn’t mind but…

We did not talk much about politics but we did talk about it.  So here we are again where readers of this post might ask, well if you didn’t talk about politics and this blog is supposed to be a political blog, why is this article in here?  Well, with the things that are going on in government right now, especially at the federal level, whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, you are likely completely exhausted and need a breather.  Besides, if you read this blog regularly, you know that I have strayed from ‘strictly politics’ before and written about things like sports and country music.  So, this article is a little bit about politics and a lot about things that make you smile…and laugh.  My good friend Burt made me smile and laugh…a lot.  And that was refreshing, healthy, and good for the soul.  So in light of the chaotic political situation in Washington right now, especially in the White House, we all could use a little bit of that right about now, don’t you think?

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line

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What Microsoft needs to do after Internet Explorer

Microsoft (MSFT) says it plans to retire its storied—and often maligned—Internet Explorer brand in favor of a new Web browser under a different name.

via What Microsoft needs to do after Internet Explorer.

Young techie geeks – and most young people, likely were aware of the information provided in the link above long before this post.  But there are bound to be more vintage folks who read this blog as well who are not yet aware of it.

Since the purpose of this blog is to keep all readers informed, they need to stay informed too; therefore, I decided to go ahead and provide a link to the article.  So if you already are aware of this information, please bear with me.  If you are not already aware of it; click the link immediately above and catch up by reading the full CNBC article by Althea Chang.