The Aftermath of the Fourth of July

 

Pitbull partied down on the Fourth, but in a manner that honestly reflected this country’s history. Can the rest of the Country do the same?

Each year on the Fourth of July people throw up the flags, go to a parade, enjoy fireworks, and generally cheer, blindly, about how GREAT the USofA is as a Nation. In light of recent migrant jailing and child separations, Supreme Court’s upholding of the Muslim Travel Ban, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, and general hostility from the Oval Office towards anything different (think: “Shit-hole countries”), many in America on the losing side of the culture war seem to feel as if the Country has taken a step back.The Fourth of July felt a little off this year. As best summed up by the Gay Boy, aka Joe Jensen, who was undercover reporting from Mississippi during Independence Day:

Look at this collection of winners. In particular, notice the combo confederate / thin blue line flag on the far left – appropriately hanging on portable shitter – where it belongs. 

Ironically, those in support of thin blue line buck at the notion of infringement of civil liberty. It’s about time we stop being so damn hypocritical as a country and recognize what the thin blue line really means:

Editors note: Some may argue, well surely it is fine, if you are policeman, relative, or family member to sport the thin blue line. Wrong. You are falling into the crowd-like mentality of a gang. The first rule to joining any gang is – don’t rat out your friends. Snitches get stitches. If you are sporting the thin blue line, and following its mentality – you are engaging in a mafioso-style Omerta form of endorsement. The symbolism of the flag means that no one steps over the blue line. It means that police protect their fellow cops by refusing to report or testify against them. This is what we expect from criminal organizations – not tax-payer funded civil servants expected to serve the public. 

We at the Partyblog do not condone the use of the thin blue line superimposed with the American Flag. The Constitution embodies distrust of the police state, while the thin blue line wholeheartedly endorses it.  We at the Partyblog understand the unfortunate reality that large swaths of the population are drinking the kool aid. Most just follows what Fox News, Rush Limbaugh or Alex Jones tell them to think.

We cannot, however, understand how the Stars & Bars can continue to be viewed as an acceptable form of promotion of ideology or community. After all, what are flags other than a symbol of endorsement of the community with which you seek to be associated. It is time for those who fly the confederate flag to understand how offensive it truly is. The “Stainless Banner” aka the “Blood Stained Banner” aka the “American Swastika” shit-flag was the second flag of the Confederacy. It was used during the Civil War and as a result it is a living symbol of treason against the Union in perseverance of the institution of slavery. In the after- math of the Civil War – beginning in the Jim Crow era South and continuing until today – the Stained Banner acts as rallying cry for those opposed to equal rights. The Blood-Stained Flag was flown by proto-fascist, terrorist, militant organizations whose goal was the subjugation of an entire race of people upon whose blood and sweat this country’s was built upon. From the inception of its use, the flag’s purpose and intent was to terrorize those brown people who showed the tiniest sliver of independence, civil liberty or yearning for freedom.  When people say, “it’s our history,” you are correct. It is our heritage – of a racist, decrepit, and shameful past. It is time to accept the truth of our past, not deny the reality of our shameful history of racist impulses, state-sanctioned murder, and degradation.

Shady G reported this Fourth of July from  the Lynching Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. His parents – naturalized citizens – were not born with the right to vote.  His great great uncle was lynched. From Shady G:

I was looking at my great great uncle’s name and started thinking about his mother, who I have heard my great grandmother talk about. She was a slave. A legit cotton picking, what you see in the movies slave. She faced horrors that we cannot fathom, but she had hope for a brighter tomorrow. Because of her hope, I am here. Realistically, we may not live to see the changes we fight for. We do it for future generations. Part of being black in America is having to have hope for a brighter tomorrow. What we are seeing now, the backlash, may be a moment in white fragility in America. We are making progress and cannot focus on the dark clouds, but instead must see the sun breaking through. 

Regardless, for us all to move forward as a nation, we must recognize our collective history.  The “ideal” that we assign to the founders and the Fourth of July is itself a myth. Our founding did not provide that all “men were created equal,” other than land-owning white men.  The country’s founders were not interested in equality for all. Inequality was institutionalized in every founding document of our nation. To ignore the stark history and create a noble myth is a problem. The longer we believe the ahistorical ideal that America was founded upon, the harder it is to actually achieve justice and equality. If you look at America from the perspective of a married, inter-racial couple, it’s as if White America cheats on Black America, and then gets mad when called out for its infidelity.

Now, there may be some benefit in seeing the country’s founders today in a mythical quality. It provides citizens with a set of common goals to work towards beyond self-interest. However, when one-half refuses to acknowledge historical reality, it keeps all of the country mired in a zero-sum game.The longer we hold onto the notion that the founders were completely just and honorable, the harder it will be for those disenfranchised by the country to buy in.  If the reality of our past is built upon a lie, claiming that the country was based upon a notion of equality for all when in fact it institutionalized slavery and degradation of fellow man, we cannot move towards the ideal that this country may still become.  Upon recognition and acceptance that all people are truly equal, “zero-tolerance”  is not a winning argument.  We may “today” ascribe a progressive vision to the founders’ view that their intention was for all people to be “equal” in the future, but the reality is the founders legalized a system that resulted in massacres of “savages” and enslavement of millions of people. So instead of prescribing idealism to the founders – we must recognize the idealism in ourselves. We must repatriate the view of the founders and make it our own, as oppose to ascribing universal freedom and liberty to men who were to beholden to wealth, pressure, and mercantile / capitalistic impulses to make it a reality. “If there be an object truly ridiculous in nature, it is an American patriot, signing resolutions of independency with the one hand, and with the other brandishing a whip over his affrighted slaves”  -Thomas Day, 1776

So next time the Fourth of July rolls around, we should view it as a memorial, not simply a blind, bro-ish celebration to blow up as much shit as possible. Our country is founded on a compromise that resulted in the royal mistreatment of a lot of people. So now we have to make up for it. Time to admit to the sins and abominations and move forward. There are two potential solutions: 1) put high doses of liquid LSD in Busch Light so that White America can have a collective out of body experience and view the world from a different perspective (see Party Tips, No. 6) in the or 2) start to support a form of pay-it-forward, truth and reconciliation, and a real form of reparations that can help all of those whose families were totally screwed improve and build upon the future through education and enlightenment.

We are talking about free public tuition for all ancestors of indigenous peoples and slaves. If you can trace your lineage, you get free public college. It shouldn’t be that hard to sell. We also believe that public college should be super cheap for everyone. But for a small percentage of the population, whose families got screwed, it should be completely free.

Did you say make billionaires pay for it?

While we are at it – let’s reduce our defense and NSA spying budget, use that towards infrastructure improvements, and suddenly we have a Fourth of July the Partyblog can celebrate with a huge bonfire on Ron Paul’s lawn and roasted marshmallows with Rene Boucher (see Party Tips, No. 5).

Which brings us back to Pitbull’s Fourth of July Concert. If you are going to party on the Fourth of July, do it like Pitbull.  Excuse the Facebook video. Facebook is the worst video platform imaginable. We need to make a rule that organizations and people just post to Youtube. I don’t want to see Russian fake news when I click on a video. But this clip was not available elsewhere.

"Let's help each other, not divide each other. Let's unite each other." Thank you, Pitbull for an amazing and memorable Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert on the Parkway. You're always welcome in the 2-1-5! Relive all the coverage: http://on.nbc10.com/1nlsB41

Posted by NBC10 Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Pitbull understands the ideal that we can achieve today. The founder’s view was imperfect. Pitbull’s view is not. Pitbull is the real leader of the free world. The Party World.

Final Note: at the end of the video when the crowd starts chanting “USA! USA! USA!” most of the POC’s look around uncomfortably. It’s probably time to retire the “USA! USA! USA!” chant. It was cool when it was chanted against the Iron Sheik in WWF wrestling matches. But the Iron Sheik is retired. And he lives in Georgia, USA. If you see the Iron Sheik, by all means…yell in his face “USA! USA!” Otherwise, it is reminiscent of a 2016 RNC thing. Like the person chanting is taking ownership over the USA. The USA does not belong to anyone. Except for billionaire Republican donors. This is whom “our” country’s founders were protecting.  So remember the only people who can credibly say “my country” and “my history” are the billionaires who want to keep this country, and this world, all to themselves, and divided so that one half will support their kleptocracy by way of identity politics. To get the country – it’s going to require reconciling with the past and the foundation this country was built upon. Once we can do that, then we really are the same. We are united against the rich capitalist bastards who want to steal our country and our Party – in whatever form it takes – and keep it to themselves. 

Look. So here is the final word. On Some Supreme Court

An explanation on the following entry. The original post – linked at the bottom as “The Coward, Ted, and the Brave Man – was originally written in the aftermath of the WDAS Presents the Philly Block Party (which was awesome by the way. When Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris did a shout out to “everybody make some noise if you were born in the 60’s” there was applause up front in the expensive seats. ” Make some noise if you was born in the 70’s…” Louder…but more spread out towards the back. “…if you were born in the 80’s…” This was the loudest – but mostly towards the back and the cheap seats. So yes, it is true that elderly in America are rich and it trickles down from there. “…born in the 90’s?” A few cheers – all in the back by the lawn. “What if you were born in 2000 or later.” [Dead Silence.] So yeah. We gettin’ old.  And to top it all off, we will not have social security to support us. Basically, this country is on the fast track to the idle rich having fun and everyone else working their butts off until death…but I digress.). Partyboygeez had been partying for about 7 hours straight with no chaser throughout the Block Party (that’s how we do). Instead of going to bed next to a fine woman, I decided to drunkenly drivel on a page. The point / or the intention – which is impossible to appreciate without explanation – was to try to explain what exactly this all means.  Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Anthony Kennedy is  described as the “Wild Card” on the Supreme Court. He is often (misdiagnosed) as the great moderating factor on the highest court of the US of A. This is false. Kennedy is a conservative by all means. He originally was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade in Casey v. Planned Parenthood but switched at the last minute according to lore – which Kennedy refuses to officially confirm or deny. So this so called “moderate” really wasn’t that moderate. He did on a few occasions side with an individual’s right to liberty and privacy.  Nevertheless, he was VERY successful at pissing off the right (because he did not give them everything they wanted, like two-year olds in the midst of a temper tantrum, a sound analogy for the right as a whole). You can see why exactly Kennedy pisses off the Right in the following  article from the baloney Weekly Standard (PS I don’t know much about the author John McCormack, but he’s clearly insane):

“Then, apparently on a whim, [Kennedy] changed his mind on a fundamental matter of constitutional law and human rights. And following this period of indecision, he chose not to restore the constitutional right of the American people through their duly elected state representatives to regulate abortion, but arrogated that right to himself.”

The above is also a good summary of how insane the Right is when it comes to Constitutional Law.  The right views Constitutional Law as something that needs to be protected by elected state officials through the enactment of laws restricting personal liberties, such as the decision (which cannot be more personal) to start a family. That’s. Not. How. This. Fucking. Works.  The role of the Supreme Court, traditionally, is to STOP the state from acting in ways that violates your personal liberties. Such as a law written whereby police can break down your door, sleep in your bed, and drink your beer. (Cue the Fourth Amendment). Samesies with a law that criminalizes abortion. This is a violation of privacy. Medical decisions are a private matter. The State cannot dictate what medical procedures a person of the majority age decides to do with one’s body. The State cannot force you to start a family or get married. Whether you like it or not (morally), to criminalize abortion is akin to an illegal search and seizure.  Abortion was (when Roe was decided) and is a developing medical procedure. It did not exist when the Constitution was drafted. However, there are many medical procedures that did not exist. If States wanted to ban, for example, prostate removal surgery for those with prostate cancer, because we cherish erect penises as a society, that too would be a violation of 14th amendment right to privacy, liberty and due process. Again, the body, for all intents and purposes, is considered the same (or should be) as the home. It’s an easy concept to understand.

Anthony Kennedy also sided in favor of basic civil and civic rights for gays in the arena of marriage and civil partnerships. Again, these are private matters in which the government HAS NO BUSINESS TO interfere (Isn’t this what the Conservative Right supposedly supports – personal liberties? Small gubment? Get out my damn house and give me back my Natty Light Officer McShmeckels).  So – hypocritically – because of two issues where Kennedy favored individual rights (which conservatives supposedly support), he gets panned by the Right and called (wrongly) a moderate.

Now, that he’s leaving, the Right is trying it’s hardest to quash these two issues of civil liberty- gays marrying and abortion – with a new Supreme Court pick from its dictator-loving, philandering Champion. 

The Right is not going to be happy until Obamacare is completely outlawed (even though it clearly relates to market-regulation. Regulating the insurance market is clearly constitutional as it relates to the movement of things and people.  It used to be that matters such as kidnapping, movement of guns over state lines, tobacco, drugs and alcohol were clearly within the purview of the feds. Health insurance is no different. That is, until it got political.)  Outlaw abortion. Outlaw gay marriage. Allow dumping of toxic sludge into the rivers and toxic fumes into the air. We at the PartyBlog conclude that the Right is not going to be happy until they get everything they want, like a screaming toddler. Regardless if this has a benefit to society or extends humanity’s time and success on Earth.  The PartyBlog supports laws and rules that promote human health, therefore extending the party. We also support laws that promote unity and celebration. Two loving people being married is something to celebrate.We also support personal freedom and liberty.

Kennedy was holding the Right in bringing the country back to the 50’s…. The 1850’s. The right twists it as — we just want people to follow the laws.  “Following the law” 60 years ago looked like segregation of races, arrests of gays for engaging in relationships deemed illegal by states, and no right to vote for blacks and other people of color. These are the laws that the “States” gave to non-whites. It is happening now through voter ID laws and purging of voter registration rolls (Thanks again Kennedy).   It makes us wonder if the Right would take all votes away from people of color unless they conform like fucking Diamond and Silk.

Kennedy was not conservative enough. We just want someone to follow the laws. Our laws.”

 Abortion – bye. Gay rights – bye. Whatever remains of the civil rights act and voting laws – bye. Some type of campaign finance reform – bye. The corporate big money backers sell 45% of America on social issues.  Americans buy-in believing that our religions tells us this the right thing to do. Go conservative. Support your president. Corporate Big Money then ass fucks the entire country on everything – wages, worker’s rights, environment, you name it – yeah fuck me harder Koch twins. The Right finally gets what they want, or what they think they want. Social conservatism at its pinnacle and we have moved back in time 70 years socially and racially.  But what do we really have? Economically nothing. We are left with plutocrats enslaving white men through brain wash and social messaging – in turn enslaving their white wives – in turn enslaving everyone else.

For once, ironically, PartyBlog wishes that Alex Jones was telling the truth:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7/2/1777364/-Alex-Jones-Democrats-are-Launching-a-Civil-War-on-July-4th

How far have we gone under the “balanced” decisions by Kennedy over the years, and conservatives still believe we have not gone far enough?  Gutting Voting Act – check.  Gutting campaign reform and allowing endless corporate dark money into any political elections. Check. (Yes! That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Corporations are people, clearly have First Amendment rights, and all hail our Corporate Overlords. Question: Who wins in a fight? Ayn Rand or Jesus. Answer: Ayn Rand is Jesus.). Union Busting – check. Banning class actions suits for harassment / discrimination or wage theft in the work place – check.  Gun rights – check (voting with the conservative block in DC v. Heller, written by the beloved Scalia).  Interestingly, Scalia means “Staircase” in Italian … and if you’ve seen the Staircase … it’s creepy …   

Scalia means “Staircase” in Italian. Staircase the show is seriously creepy. Scalia is seriously creepy. Coincidence? We think not…

Thanks to Kennedy, the current Constitutional Law on guns is that an individuals’  private right to hand-gun ownership outweighs a city’s or state’s ability to regulate said gun in certain circumstances. Look – I can’t whip out my dick in public. That’s basic decency, part of living in a civilized society. Why not ditto on guns? While it is unclear at moment what exactly a government can do in the realm of gun control, Kennedy (and his buds) gave the NRA and its backers a private, definite right to own a loaded gun in one’s home. However, per Kennedy and his buds, it is still illegal to own a loaded joint in one’s home.

Does not matter that the actual text of the Second Amendment reads like a Victorian novel (rights of a state to maintaining a well-armed militia, blah blah blah) and was drafted when high capacity magazines, semi-automatic rifles, etc., were about as real as Doc Brown’s time machine. “Fuck that – I get to own a fucking AK 47 with armor piercing bullets NOW b/c George Washington says so … SUCK MY DICK OBAMA (but not in a gay way or nothin’).”  And you know who doesn’t give 2 shits that gun violence kills over 30,000 people per year…5 powerful Right dudes on the Supreme Court. “AND MY DICK!” 

The great “moderate” Supreme Court Justice, in his final, important, split decisions  was four for four (fo’ fo’ fo’***) in favor of conservative ideals. Namely, taking away the rights of people, voters, and workers. (See Abbott v. Perez – in favor of shameless political gerrymandering; Trump v. Hawaii – in favor of Muslim Ban; Janus v. AFSCME – Public Union busting; and Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis – barring employee’s class action rights via arbitration). Kennedy, time in time out, delivered big wins for the Right. Throw in for good measure an extra time goal (World Cup reference) for religious anti-abortion pregnancy centers, who also are people with First Amendment rights (Wait – Scalia said, in DC v. Heller, the gun case, that the Amendments only protected people, so by that logic, a pregnancy center would not be a person so why…? Ehhhh fuck you and your logic. It’s not my problem).

***Moses Malone also went fo’ fo’ fo’, but in a good, liberating way, such as beating the piss out of the evil Lakers (screw the Lakers and screw Lebron for leaving Cleveland). This is good thing – as in good triumphs over evil – the exact opposite of a bad thing, like screwing over the American worker in favor of Massa’…

FO FO FO – but in a good way…

It’s not bad enough that SCOTUS’ conservative majority consistently handed down epic anti-worker; anti-labor; anti-voter decisions (it’s been a consistent pattern over the past few years).  It’s not bad enough that the Right abdicated it’s Constitutional obligation to consider Merrick Garland to the Court two years ago, in the Senate’s version of Heads I win, Tails You Lose.

Now, only a few days after the Muslim ban is upheld by the Trump v. Hawaii’s decision, the other shoe drops by way of a back door (Trump voice: mmm love the back door) off-record meeting between Trump and Kennedy, culminating in Kennedy’s announced retirement.

Trump probably comes onto Kennedy all creepy – Stormy- style full press, buttering up Kennedy with whatever Supreme Court Judges crave: weird flattery, French cuisine, and imported sparkling white. Picture a PG all male, Seventies-something, it’s just lunch.  ***HHCICSMMSCR*** “You’ve done such a great service to the Country. I’ll make sure to replace you with someone in your mold – who put truth above the fray.” Wait, no, Trump would not say sophisticated phrases like “truth above the fray.” Drumpf says. “I’ll put in someone who could never be as good as you, because you’re the best, but maybe just as good, since I’m doing the nomination, so it’ll be better than you, but not really. But it’s the best replacement, Can’t tell you who. But stay tuned. It will make Supreme Court Great Again. MASCGRA. More Escargot mon amigo? MAGA Escargots with MEGA amigos. More Moscato? Even though I could never beat you. You’re great. The best. Best judges. Best buds. We’ll have the best judges. Try this spotted dick. I have the best spotted dick.” 

***Hot Horny Commander in Chief Seeking Male Moderate Supreme Court Retiree***

But really – all of this has been said, and better than I ever could. “Kennedy wasnt a moderate,” good analysis by . There is also Will Bunch’s,  Borked!! GOP’s long game finally bringing nightmare of Robert Bork’s America to Supreme Court (providing some historical context to the despair felt by the majority of the country). And of course, Kennedy’s retirement announcement comes after the beginning of the rumblings that maybe, just maybe, putting kids in cages means we have had enough. There is a “crisis of democracy, not manners” (credit to the Time’s Michelle Goldberg), and maybe it is time forget about civility.

What Kennedy’s retirement means, potentially, is the final straw for liberalism in America. Fascism here we come – full bore. The original post which follows, first posted at 2 AM ET (after approximately 3 hours of writing) on July 1, 2018, was intended to somehow comment on all of the above, mirroring Becket’s existentialism – akin to waiting for Godot. The feeling that potentially we / it is coming to an end, the society as we know it. We cannot avoid but to see our inevitable demise. We are just waiting, with hints of the downfall in Kennedy’s retirement. The despair we are all feeling, due to the loss of what we were taught as children was a great democracy. Robert Bork’s America. There is nothing left but this powerlessness. How do we overcome it?   

Yeah, that’s what I was going for at 2 AM after 3 Captains, 5 pints of Hop Devil, and no dinner. The following utter nonsense seemingly written by one of the Russian bots that have spammed my computer by way of the over 120,000 unapproved or blocked comments to this blog (none of which have ever been approved) was actually quite well thought out in retrospect. Some bots claim to be selling drugs. Some bots claim to be selling sex. All bots lead down a rabbit hole of computer virus-laiden identity theft. Except for one bot – Mamukbu – whose comment  we almost approved (but did not out of fear that merely clicking on a comment for approval might result in identity theft, surveillance and Putin poisoning). And Mamukbu’s message:

“Molecular and func- tional changes in voltage-dependent Na+ channels following pilocarpine-induced repute epilep- ticus in rat dentate granule cells. Molecular markers resolve take able a greater potential to delineate sub- groups within histological types as demonstrated in return high- estate serous carcinomas 4, 55]. The participants were bestowed” Thanks Mamukbu! 

So in reality – there is no message – no hope for the future – Mamukbu, the modern day Becket, is the inspiration. Just random word generated gibberish. It felt like that at 2 AM after a night of beautiful music and drinking, that reality set in and we are just at a desperate place. Even though conservative America has won so many of the culture wars, it’s still not good enough. While conservatives may be winning the culture wars in the courts, we all lose our rights to fair wages. Because the conservative judges follow the direction of their corporate overlords. Accordingly, we must continue to fight the good fight, so that we do not end up like quasi-conscious drunk sub human robot random word generating beings. And if we the People do not take our country from the oligarchs and their brainwash (successfully causing social wars so that fellow citizens fight each other for and over civil rights instead of fighting the rich oligarchs that have never had our best interest at hand), and save our country and world from the brink of environmental destruction, inter-party civil war, and capitalist-slavery, we all doomed to become:

The Coward, Ted, and the Brave Man.

 

So How Does One Abide by The Supreme Court’s Upholding of the Travel Ban

Answer:  you don’t!

Here’s how (somehow) you justify the redic logic of the Supreme Court’s decision on upholding the Travel (translation: Muslim) Ban. Basically, you 1) like it or 2) you don’t. And if it’s No. 2, we don’t give a shit:

Federal judge rules Muslim-free zone at Florida gun store fails to harm Muslims (Courtesy of Sott.net)

To get to the decision, the Supreme Court basically assumes that the Administration’s justification for the Travel Ban is legitimate. Namely, it views the “Muslim Ban,” (shit, I mean, “Travel Ban,” aka “Tan Ban,” aka “Travel Ban on Those with the Tan” aka “I Don’t like the Tan” AKA “GITONUPOUTTAMYMOMMACUNTRY”)  as based upon the origin of country, as opposed to the origin of religion.

In reality, it’s a friggin’ Muslim Ban.

Here’s the deal. A Muslim Ban is bar none unconstitutional. It favors one religion over another. It also bars a person from entry into the Country on the basis of religion. This is a clear violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment to the Bill of Rights. You can read about it here.

If you ban people, however, on the basis of the country of origin, as opposed to their religion, it seems neutral. The Supreme Court, at least 5 justices out of 4, assumed the ban of entry of certain individuals, in the case of Trump v. Hawaii, was based upon the country of origin as opposed to the religion.

In law school, they teach you, if it smells like shit, it’s probably shit. And yes, this decision is shit. If you want to read something that actually makes sense (because Robert’s decision does not, despite logical gesticulations, and rationalizing for 90 pages that makes it seem somewhat sensible, thanks to the law clerks, until the waft of shit returns, like an infant with the milk shits, and then just when it can’t get shittier… appears Kennedy’s two-pager … which in the midst of a giant diarrhea doesn’t even cover enough pages for a wipe, so you realize the ol’ man may have finally lost his mind, the ol’ guy who you put your faith in once, when suddenly his reasoning makes even less sense, and you need to feel better), read the dissent.

Did these damn powerful judges on the majority not even write those 90 plus pages? Roberts’ decision is so dog-shitty, he must not have. He’s too smart. Must have been those minions from Harvard or Barvard or whatever. Roberts was probably at Virginia Beach, doing cocaine or something…Does that make us feel better at the Party Blog? Probably…

Now all of sudden, this whole thing is out of control…

 

So if you break down the decision, there’s two options:

  1. Roberts and Kennedy believe that the Admin. is telling the truth when they justified their travel (Muslim) ban. This assumes that the reason for the travel ban was for “national security.” Which is why we had to ban some random ass countries that have 0% evidence of inflicting terrorist attacks.
  2. Roberts and Kennedy know the Admin. is lying, and don’t give a shit…because…well…oh shit…there’s not a good reason “because.”

If you believe #1, then completely disregard the numerous statements that the purpose of the ban was to bar muslim dudes. (Goddamit Maverick!)

Let’s be honest – No. 1 was the reason. Everyone knows a hot dog is made of pig lips and assholes. Everyone knows the travel ban is for Muslims. But for some reason the Supreme Court does not (or at least 5 dudes on the Supreme Court does not. So Forget about no. 1. Ignore No. 1. It’s not No. 1.  I can’t get him off my tail.).

No. 2. Well, No. 2 puts us into some deep shit.

And in deep shit we appear to be. Here are the 13 worst Supreme Court Decisions of all time. Add Trump v. Hawaii to No. 14.

Finally (in the truly inexplicable pattern which is starting to develop) the aiders and abetters of the current administrations are somehow trying to right the wrongs of years past. Why? Not sure. Hopefully to make themselves feel less shitty at night.

“Yo, Adrienne! We are the PartyBlog were pissed off when Drumpf pardoned Jack Johnson.  Why didn’t you pardon Rocky Balboa when he went to jail for tax evasion! Pardon Rocky yo! YO!”

Also, new party rules:

  1. Sly Stalone will never, ever be cool again? Sorry Rambo.
  2. Do not appear in the same room as the Donald, aka the Great Gastro. There is no reason to ever appear with the Colace in Chief unless you are serving him with Court papers. It’s just for “PR” (that stands for “Public Relations” not “Presidential Respect”):

There is no way to undo past harms and injustices. Unless of course…REPARATIONS…There was ZERO reason to pardon a dead black boxer other than: 1) to prove a point to Cohen not to testify, and 2) to look cool with “YO ADRIENNE” and some other boxers so you seem less like a racist fuck.

Dickface Dump McShitterpants and reparations is like a dog not sniffing another dog’s asshole…or it’s like Muslims and the United States. Not happening…

CHIEF ROBERTS: “YO ADRIENNE – IM A NOT A RACIST FUCK!” 

In line with the (white) notion of “let’s undo wrongs and make a right” without actually doing anything, Monsieur Supreme Court Justice of the Fascist Right overturned No. 3 of the ignominious distinction of the Worst Decisions of All Time (noted above): Korematsu v. United States (1944).  As reported by CNN’s Ariane De Vogue

“Roberts was troubled enough with the comparison [ by Justice Sotomayor, of the similarities between his decision and that of the Korematsu decision] that he did something that no party involved in the travel ban case had expressly asked for: He announced that the Supreme Court was overruling Korematsu.”

Weird. To summarize – Justice Chief Wompom Pow Ban All Nonwhites – was so disturbed with his law clerk’s decision’s being compared to Korematsu … wait for it … he declared Korematsu no longer existed…  So just like that, with the swipe of the pen. Japanese in pens no longer part of American history.

To summarize. The SCOTUS Court, highest Court of the highest country in the land said:

  1. We can ban muslims, as long as we don’t call it a muslim ban.
  2. Do not compare this decision to the Korematsu ban, which said that we can ban Japanese, as long as we don’t call it a Japanese ban.
  3. Because I don’t like the comparison between these two cases, Korematsu is no longer the law of the land.

One of these things are not like the other…So let’s keep out the Other. Less representation, less reparations, less rights. And by less rights, I mean, less Muslims. As long as their circle is smaller than ours, it’s cool.

 

 

 

 

Party Blog Turns 6!!!

HELLO PARTY PEOPLE.

Turns out – that the party blog is now 3 years old!

What was the Earth like when it was 3 years old? It was molten lava and had no atmosphere…

What was a baby like at three years old? Maybe baby was still pooping his / her pants. If baby was advanced / precocious, baby was talking in sentences and wearing diapers.  Party Blog is three years old.  Party Blog still likes to party…

Did Someone Say 72 Hours of Music…Hooplah in the hills….Anybody driving to Athens got a ride for me?

Yeah so this looks AWESOME!
https://www.facebook.com/events/545572588846643/
How does one get through 72 hours straight of music? Lots of Frampton (do you feel, like I do?)
Athens, OH: Papadosio, EOTO, Keller, Ott, Zoogma & Kang! 4 day 3 night art & music festival campout in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southeast Ohio featuring 72 hours of continuous music between 3 stages with 60 acts performing 70 sets of music.

www.HooplaintheHills.com

Papadosio – Friday & Saturday… Night
EOTO – Saturday Night
Keller Williams – Friday Night
Ott. – Friday Late Night
Chris Berry Trio w/ Michael Kang – Saturday Day
(EOTO + Michael Kang + Chris Berry encore set)
Zoogma – Saturday Evening
Cornmeal – Thursday Night
Phutureprimitive – Thursday Night
Rumpke Mountain Boys – Thurs/Fri/Sat Night
Cosby Sweater w/ Joel Cummins – Saturday Late Night
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge – Friday Evening
David Gans – Thurday/Friday/Saturday
Moon Hooch – Friday Night
Up Until Now – Thursday Night
EarthCry – Friday Late Night
Any Colour – Pink Floyd tribute w/ laser lights- Friday
Jahman Brahman – Friday Night
Mike Perkins – Saturday Day
The Recipe – Saturday Night
Mullins & Stone – Thursday Night
Sassafraz – Saturday Late Night
Aliver Hall – Friday Evening
The Spikedrivers – Sunday Day
The Coop – Friday Evening
Arpetrio – Friday Night & Friday Late Night
Davisson Brothers Band – Saturday Day
Dixon’s Violin – Saturday Night
Jones For Revival – Friday Late Late Night
Broccoli Samurai – Thursday Late Night
Boogie Matrix Mechanism – Thursday Late Late Night
Manitoa – Saturday Late Late Night
Le Moti – Thursday Late Night
Under the Sun – Friday Day
The New Old Cavalry – Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday
Twiddle – Thursday Night
KR-3 – Thursday Evening
Boomslang – Friday Day
Derick Howard – Thurs Night w/ Magnetic & Friday solo
Flatland Harmony Experiment – Saturday & Sunday
Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk – Saturday Morning
Bats Dynamic String Band – Friday Morning
Rick Kline & Friends – Saturday Day
Smilin Joe – Saturday Night
Relish – Friday Late Night
The Bees Trees – Thursday Day
Cosmic Village – Saturday Evening
Peridoni – Saturday Day
Bassface – Saturday Late Late Night
TroniK Vision – Saturday Late Late Night
KrisB – Saturday Day
Bmass – Thursday Late Late Night
The Paranormals – Sunday Morning
Falcon Won – Friday Late Late Night
Johnny O Does Dylan – Friday Morning
Toadnuggz – Friday Late Late Night
Kashmerik – Thursday Late Late Night
Creation Station – Saturday Late Night

EVERYONE who comes through the gate will be able to camp w/ their vehicles!

SOLD OUT – First Tier Tickets
Thurs-Sun $75/ Fri-Sun $65 / Sat-Sun $50

Second Tier Tickets* – available 1/7/14 thru 3/6/14
Thurs-Sun $85/ Fri-Sun $75 SOLD OUT / Sat-Sun $55
* limited number available

Final Tier / Gate Tickets – 3/7/14 thru 3/30/14
Thurs-Sun $100 / Fri-Sun $90 / Saturday $60

FREE parking & camping!

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Why lack of grand jury might be a good thing for Trayvon

If you have been reading the news, which the PartyBlog always does, you have been watching tv, or just generally don’t live under a rock, the lost city of Atlantis and/or at Walden Pond, you likely have heard about the tragedy that is the Trayvon Martin case.  Yes, it is a tragedy, regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of the issue.  It is an undeniable tragedy.  An unarmed teenager walking home (or more accurately to the house in which he had been invited to by his father’s girlfriend and therefore legally had the right be at the Retreat at Twin Lakes development in Sanford, FL) is (by what PartyBlog has surmised in the media) shot without having provoked an encounter with a neighborhood watch block captain George Zimmerman, who had been informed by 911 not to follow and not to initiate contact with Martin.

Such an event occurs, with no arrest, and there will inevitably be calls for the Zimmerman’s head.  Two factions have predictably emerged.  While the more conservative wing has come out in support of Zimmerman’s right to defend himself, the overall tragic nature of this event has seemingly been missed by those who are quick to defend Zimmerman and vilify the ultimate victim here, the teenage Martin.  The other wing may also be guilty of portraying Zimmerman as a gun nut, a vigilante, taking the opportunity not to mourn this tragedy, yet making a politicized episode calling for changes to the Stand Your Ground law and Florida’s gun-happy policies in general.

Sadly, these two sides seem to miss the point.  Here are the facts — there is no dispute that a youngster, walking around in an area where he was permitted, unarmed, was shot and killed.  This itself is a tragedy of grand magnitude, and as anyone would acknowledge, if Martin were your relative, brother, boyfriend, son, or friend, you would be calling for Zimmerman’s arrest as well.

The PartyBlog was confused by the decision announced by special prosecutor Angela Corey on Monday, April 9, 2012, not to charge Zimmerman before a grand jury.  However, after reviewing numerous articles about the issue, it seems that by avoiding the grand jury, it also prevents the prosecutors from “passing the buck” of a politicized case to a non-public, non-accountable grand jury to answer the question, and possibly to condone not only Zimmerman but the Stand Your Ground policy in general that has gripped the entire country, regardless of which side you lend your support.  By the nature of this case, the decision of whether to prosecute has taken on so much more meaning, especially in the shadow of an upcoming presidential election, after the president himself has given public support to Martin’s cause, the same president who has been effectively branded as an anti-gun advocate despite having failed to pass a single piece of legislation that would point to such a conclusion.  Yet, the ultimate message that seems to have been lost is the simple tragic nature of this case.  We have a killing, potentially done in cold blood against a young man, who was unarmed, therefore the decision to prosecute should be an easy one, so that the family of this fallen victim may have their day in court.

Unfortunately for the Martin family, this tragedy occurred at a time when Florida, by way of the “Stand Your Ground” law, promoted by lobbyists when it was passed, likely against the perceived threat against gun ownership in this country, has essentially turned traditional self-defense law on its head.  Under the common law, self defense was only available as an affirmative defense, meaning that if you undoubtedly killed someone, it was your duty to prove that you acted in self-defense.  Without engaging in an in-depth legal analysis of the “Stand Your Ground” law, it appears that the Florida law provides that if a suspect claims self defense, and makes a minimal showing in support thereof (for example, by saying “I was in fear of my life”), it becomes the duty of the prosecutors to prove it was not the case (this is a simplification, but this is how the law seems to operate based upon reporting on the issue), a challenge once the victim is dead.  Certainly, many experts of the Florida law have even stated publicly that the Zimmerman prosecution will be a difficult case to win, especially due to the contradicting stories, which, if true (that Zimmerman’s head was in fact “slammed” into the pavement by Martin, or that Martin punched him while Zimmerman was on the ground) would indicate that Zimmerman may have acted in accordance with self defense per the Florida Law (even though, having been around and involved in many street fights, PartyBoy Geezy never feared for its life in such a situation, even when getting slammed into the ground, obviously, because a PartyBoy doesn’t need to carry a gun to make noise, and it would follow logically, that only an individual intending to use a gun in a fight would feel threatened with one’s life once the fight turns against him, because the cheapy-fighter who resorts to gun battle in hand to hand combat would probably assume the other party would use the same type of dirty tactics).

Again, however, the PartyBlog wants to highlight problems with Florida’s self-defense law, for it does not seem to discourage aggression.  The main issue the PartyBlog has with the Stand Your Ground is that it does not discourage an individual from acting aggressively in an explosive situation.  So in any type of situation, including fights in da club, once fists break out, guns can quickly break out too, and the shooter can walk free.  The entire purpose of the self-defense in the common law is to discourage fighting and the use of deadly force – to invoke the defense, traditionally, one could not be the aggressor, or initiate the contact.   Like abortion, it should be rare and necessary.  Once Zimmerman allegedly gives chase to Martin, it would seem that common law self defense would not be available to Zimmerman, because Zimmerman seems like the aggressor and Martin seems like the one defending himself.  Under traditional self-defense, you cannot be the aggressor and the individual privileged to act with deadly force.  Are these not questions that should be decided in a court-room, as opposed to a public debate which has devolved into arguments about the victim’s facebook account, thuggery, and vigilantism?

Ultimately, this case is rife with questions:  Why would Martin run away, only to return by swooping around Zimmerman’s car to attack his would-be pursuer? Who is telling the truth when Zimmerman claims that Martin was on top of Zimmerman punching him and slamming his head into the pavement when witnesses have told the press otherwise?  What about the calls for help heard on 911 that witnesses claimed belonged to Martin but Zimmerman claims to be his own?  If Zimmerman was defending himself in accordance with the Stand Your Ground law – this case has raised to the surface the a law that the PartyBlog would deem a sheer and utter failure in preventing violence (the ultimate purpose of these laws) by permitting an individual to start a fight or chase somebody then claim self defense after the shooting occurs.

It is the opinion of the PartyBlog that due to all of the bad reporting, questionable circumstances and contradictory stories surrounding this story that the most appropriate venue to determine the propriety and reasonableness of Zimmerman’s actions is a court of law.  For that reason, the decision to avoid a grand jury was a good one, eliminating the the risk that a grand jury would make the political decision to throw out this case.   Under normal circumstances, a grand jury proceeding is like a rubber stamp for the prosecution.  Do not be fooled, however, this is not a normal case.  Everybody has an opinion, and it’s getting ugly.  One side seeking to demonize an average teenager who may have made mistakes in his life yet certainly was no thug, the other side seeking to demonize Zimmerman who is innocent until proven guilty, the Florida Law of self defense, and possibly the Sanford police that let Zimmerman walk. Ultimately, even a grand jury might let their prejudices (based upon which camp you are in) dictate the decision.  Best to wait until a public trial to let a jury decide the matter.

Fact of the matter is, if Florida declines not to prosecute, Zimmerman can be and likely will be prosecuted by the Federal government.  So it is better to allow Corey to make the decision herself, without turning a grand jury into a referendum for the country-at-large.  Ultimately, if Corey is the reliable and tough prosecutor she’ll see what the PartyBlog sees, that this case — with the contradictory accounts and the questions surrounding this tragedy, which left a young man, who was unarmed, dead within moments of being shot in the chest on the front yard in a quiet subdivision — should be handled in the good old fashioned American way, in a court of law and not in the court of public opinion.  Also, party people, be aware that what happened to Trayvon can happen to anyone caught off guard, in the club, honking at the car in front of you while frustrated at traffic.   It reminds us partiers to keep our cool, and be prepared to try to defuse a situation if someone else is the aggressor.  Because if you fight back, you don’t know who knows [insert racial group here] “judo” (as the inappropriate and racist joke goes)…judo know I gotta knife, judo know I gotta gun…the joke seems funny until it’s not a joke anymore, and you realize it’s both really offensive and really scary because judo know whose got one – white black yellow Peurto Rican or Hatian.  And above all else, partypeople, recognize this whole politicized debate as what it really is, an American tragedy.

 

PARTY UPDATE — as of April 11, 6 PM, special prosecutor Angela Corey has charged Zimmerman with 2d degree murder.  This means that the prosecution believes it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman acted with the intent to harm without regard to human life, and that Zimmerman did not act in accordance with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, but the murder was not pre-meditated.  Often prosecutors will seek the harshest punishment possible, and then juries may downgrade the crime to a lesser degree, such as manslaughter, in order to split the baby.   Second degree murder is the harshest penalty Florida prosecutors may seek in this instance, without convening a grand jury.  Feel free to comment or ask the PartyBlog and its legal experts (by way of comment) any questions you may have about the ongoing developments of this case.