THE DON JONES INDEX…

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

  LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

        3/12/18…  15,638.28

          3/5/18…  15,625.07 6/27/13…  15,000.00

      

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  3/12/18… 25,355.74; 3/5/18… 24,538.06; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

LESSON for March 12, 2018 – TWO RIGHT-WINGERS who GET IT! (and one who DOES NOT)!

 

Leaving the “nothingburgers” cooling on the griddle, the redactions and contractions and the memos for the pointy-heads; leave Stormy and Michelle to their book deals and the dirty laundry to Russia – leaving even the guns and tariffs and the yet unconfirmed budget for the while (that latter deadline being the 23rd), let’s take a brief look at the current political constellations with a longer look at longer-term issues duly following.

There will be, for example, another special Congressional election tomorrow.  By rights, it should be worth only a few lines in the back pages of the lying media because the Western Pennsylvania district gave Trump an over-twenty percent margin in 2016 despite being a reliably blue stronghold as late as 2003.  A steelmaking center south of Pittsburg with mostly white, working-class voters earning good money until the industry started eroding in the second half of the twentieth century, the Reagan Democrats delivered a political body blow and the Clinton/Obama regimes provided the knockout punch.

So – the question of the next two weeks is what, if anything, the parties will do to improve their status and whether or not they will study their antagonists, rather than dismissing them with a haughty smirk.  Some would-be kings and kingmakers have views and information useful to the survival of the two-party system (and if the majority refuses their counsel, well that might turn out for the better, too).  The paradox is that Democrats can best improve their status… in Pennsylvania tomorrow (polls have called the race a toss-up) and elsewhere in November… by studying what certain Republicans have to say and vice-versa.

Therefore, this week’s Lesson in which we take a look at three prominent (and vocal) right-wingers and what they have had to say in three best-selling books – we’ll treat the other side of the aisle next week barring the not-unlikely arousal of some new atrocity visited on the public.  (As noted in the DJI for January 29th) we prefer the term right- and left- wingers instead of the debased designations of liberal… or now, progressive… and conservative.)

 

Despite the roaring economy, Americans remain suspicious of President Trump and hostile to Republicans, as a whole.  The March 8th Real Clear Politics polls found “generic” Democrats leading their faceless counterparts by six to seven points, Djonald’s negativity rankings ranging from five all the way to seventeen points and the March 7th Quinnipiac survey proclaimed that Americans hated Congress, as a whole, by a whopping 80 to 13 margin.

Further, elephant boys have been quitting as quickly as Trump’s trophy hunters are cleaning their big game guns to bag more tusks.  “The number of (Congressional) retirements are staggering,” noted a contributor to the Daily Kos peanut gallery back in January.  “Granted 12 are running for higher office but that leaves over 20 who aren’t.  That’s the biggest number of retirements by the majority party for at least 20 years.  I didn’t go back further so it may even be longer.  A lot of those are in swing seats.  I think the GOP know what’s coming for them and are getting the fuck out of Dodge while they can.” 

 

With an overwhelming number of up-for-grabs seats occupied by Democrats, the numbers still augur that the G.O.P. will hold the Senate.  85-year-old firebrand Sheriff Joe Arpaio is in a statistical dead heat with two women for the Arizona G.O.P. nomination, one of whom has been vaulted even further into outer space by the down-but-never-out Steve Bannon.  Mitt Romney is cruising in Utah where the Mormon vote is paramount – the Latter Day Saints are conservative, but sensible, the likelihood of a fire-breathing Bannonite seizing that primary is small and his likely Democratic opponent in November will be either Salt Lake pol Jenny Wilson or somebody named Mitchell Vice whose campaign slogan VoteVice and campaign finance disclosure (raised $85 so far) are not encouraging

And then there is Ohio.  The swingin’est of 2016’s swing state, Ohio has a Republican nag of a Governor, John Kasich, who nagged Djonald Unchained through the primaries and has not shut up since.  It had a credible candidate in the race to unseat Democrat Sherrod Brown, until Josh Mandel’s unexpected departure around the turn of the year, claiming his wife's health issues as cause for his withdrawal.

So Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went looking for a replacement and, after half a dozen other possibilities passed the race up, found Yale Law School grad and bestselling author J. D. Vance, a young fellow barely eligible at age 33, who toils for G.O.P. cyberguru Peter Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management and moonlights as a writer and commentator for the likes of CNN, the Lyin’ New York Times and the National Review… a TED talker whose memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy” is a celebratory dirge to the white trash nation responsible for putting Mister Trump into the White House.

Vance is no ordinary littérateur, rather a very ordinary Republican – he might even be castigated as a RINO by Trumpier sorts (despite his book’s scrutiny of angry, white working class males who switched to Trump, Vance was a voluble opponent of Donald Trump in 2016, supporting the whimsical campaign of Evan McMullin, the three-day-wonder whose strength in Utah was touted as possibly throwing the race into chaos until, like Ross Perot, the Greens and Libertarians, he fizzled out like a North Korean rocket).  Djonald unchained, Vance told Cleveland.com “used rhetoric that's not in the best interest of the party or country. I happen to think that conservatism, when properly applied to the 21st century, could actually help everybody.” 

“Hillbilly Elegy” is part autobiography, part polemic and begins with the intrepid young Vance growing up in rural Kentucky and once-prosperous Middletown, Ohio a self-admitted ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) to a deserting father and junkie mother… descendants of the notorious Hatfield clan and heirs to a culture of Scots-Irish rugged individualism, loyalty, and a belief (if not always practice) in the values of hard work, righteous living and God;s grace; but also embracing a propensity for violence (they “go from zero to murderous in a fuckin’ second”), substance abuse, fiscal irresponsibility (“thrift is inimical to our being”) and, now that the working-class prosperity has evaporated, a deep and hostile pessimism that, according to the Pew people, is deeper than that of inner-city blacks.

Vance himself escaped the trap of dim expectations through the efforts of dedicated, old-school grandparents, the Marines and the help of a good wife.  In high school, he worked in a grocery and devoured books by Charles Murray and Daniel Patrick Moynihan.  Accepted at Ohio State, he worked hard and graduated early due to Mamaw’s advice (“get good grades, get a job, get off your ass”) and his hatred of the culturally liberal snobs like an anti-military “dipshit with a spotty beard”, thereafter securing scholarships to Yale Law and his job with Thiel.  Prior to “Hillbilly Elegy” earned a reputation as an up-and-coming right-wing journalist and, with the help of McConnell and the never-Trump donor class, a potential Senator.

Despite his Horatio Alger, up-by-his-bootstraps success, Vance still expresses the lurking hillbilly fear that the good life is but a dream… someone or some thing will rise up and snatch it all away.  Downwardly mobile working-class whites may despise blacks, but many share the fear and loathing of success and the sacrifices usually required to achieve it… and a transference of hatred to any of their own who expresses desires to escape poverty (“…as a child, I associated accomplishments in school with femininity,” Vance recalls, “…boys who got good grades were “sissies” or “faggots”) or cultural coastal elites like the Yale students who derided his patronage of the Cracker Barrel.

Right-wingers will endorse (and leftists should at least consider) those old-fashioned homilies and recommendations he divulges based on his own experiences and observations… Americans, including males, who do study hard and get jobs, go to church, enjoy long and peaceful marriages, spurn drugs, alcohol and the demonic “refined” sugar and stay out of jail will, on the whole, live longer and happier lives.

But what the author really believes sets him apart from his clan, making him an “alien”, even a “traitor” is his optimistic attitude, no doubt a consequence of hard work rewarded.  “When I think today about my life and how genuinely incredible it is – a gorgeous, kind, brilliant life partner, the financial security that I dreamed about as a child, great friends and exciting new experiences – I feel overwhelming appreciation for these United States.  I know it’s corny, but it’s the way I feel.”

Not surprisingly, this Reaganesque good cheer has not gone down well with not only Democrats, but with the Trumpian right – especially after Vance tweeted that: "Trump makes people I care about afraid. Immigrants, Muslims, etc. Because of this I find him reprehensible."

Leftists, scrutinizing his ties to Thiel, the union-busting Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and the infamous Koch Brothers have resorted to the old retort that people without boots can’t pull themselves up by their bootstraps (or, in an Appalachian version: provide “better preventive dentistry to a constituency that has no teeth”).

Citing a previous article in which Jared Yates Sexton wrote: "it would be hard to understate what role Vance has played in reinvigorating the conservative bootstraps narrative for a new generation and, thus, emboldening Republican ideology," Salon doubled-down in opining that: “No wonder McConnell, the often disingenuous steward of that ideology, is reaching to him to help win Brown's seat.”

And the Commie rag Jacobin confronted the dead elephant in the room… Vance may have intended his book as a self-criticism of hillbilly depravity, but what he really meant (and what Trumpistas will assume, no matter what the author intended) is that the real villains are the black underclass against whom Vance’s “eccentric but harmless” solutions such as school vouchers and spreading more Section 8 vouchers into middle-class neighborhoods (which policy would be swiftly crushed by both white and black middle-class NIMBYs!) will be crafted to punish, not relieve.

Citing Hillbilly: A Cultural History of an American Icon by Anthony Harkins the Jacobins note that: “[t]he hillbilly’s whiteness  . . .  allowed the image to serve as a seemingly apolitical site” where “[white] producers could portray images of poverty, ignorance, and backwardness without raising cries of bigotry and racism from civil rights advocates and the black and minority communities.”

Denying an ulterior motive, Vance told Slate that he rejects “weaponized sociology” and states that “the way that they’re talking about politics right now is going to make a racialized white working class even angrier, even more racialized, and I think that takes our politics to a really, really dark place four years from now and eight years from now.”

“We don’t need to live like the elites of California, New York or Washington D.C.,” his book concludes.  Which is, itself, sort of eccentric – inasmuch as he lives and works in posh Silicon Valley.

But, for the present, no move to Washington is anticipated.

On January 19th, Vance tweeted:

“I am truly honored by everyone who encouraged me to run for the senate this year.  I thought seriously about running in August 2017, but decided that the timing was awful for my young family. Some things have changed since then, but not enough to make running a good idea.  Our Rise of the Rest fund has raised $150 million to invest in early stage businesses (both inside and outside of my home state), my nonprofit organization is on the verge of bringing an addiction specialist into Ohio to help fill some significant treatment gaps, and I’ve still got a family that needs more of my time than a political campaign would permit.  I’d rather focus on these things.  So count me out of politics for now.”

Which made Senator McConnell sad.  He turned to Jim Renacci, whom Ballotpedia describes as “an average Republican member of Congress” and who trailed Brown by five points in the latest polls.

So what can the American left… especially the Democratic Party… learn from Mr. Vance?  As is often the case, you have to look to the Peanut Gallery for a sensible take on his “elegy”, notably this from the Daily Kos elegy for his brief Senatorial campaign a few days after the above.

It would be such smart politics for us to step back from vilifying the people who were attracted to Trump’s image of change and challenge, and address their core needs just as we do those elsewhere in America,” suggests W.N.  “Is that possible?”

 

Certitude has taken a horrific beating in the last decade – nonetheless, we believe it to be highly, highly unlikely (if not impossible) that Sen. McConnell will bolster his depleted bench of deplorables by offering to make Milo Yiannopolous a Senator, or a Congressman, or even dogcatcher of Yoknapatawpha County.

There is, of course, that pedophile thing which cost Milo his book deal… which sour grapes he converted to a champagne cocktail by self-publishing his manifesto “Dangerous” and, thus, keeping all the money for himself.  (He parses the impolitic scandal by drawing a curtain of discrimination between pedophilia… bad!... and “hebephilia”, which is the sexual contact between adult males and teenage boys, which sort of flies, legally, but remains politically poisonous.  And, since the Roy Moore debacle, Milo’s eccentric uncle Bannon (curiously reticent, unlike Vance, about his own upbringing, Y. reserves the term “Daddy” for Donald Trump) has had his image of a genius downsized to that of a troll whom even Breitbart and Sheriff Joe don’t want. 

It must first be said that proud boy Milo does love himself… his face, his clothes, his mind, his rebel pose (some of his heroes include Oscar Wilde, Quentin Crisp, Ayn Rand… not exactly the icon that the cultural right would wish… and Mario Savio… although his predilections tend more towards a Filthy rather than Free Speech Movement).  He even takes the sort of perverse pride in scandal and opprobrium in the way that the New New Left he despises wallow in their real or perceived victimhood.  Look at me! he crows, “other than Trump, (Brexit boss Nigel) Farage and, possibly, Ann Coulter, is there anyone in the English-speaking world that the mainstream media makes more of an effort to smear and misrepresent?”

(Admittedly, this was written pre-Harvey Weinstein… who might well have earned honorable mention on the honor roll but for the disclosure that Milo finds straight women physically repulsive and lesbians politically repulsive.)

So why should any leftist, liberal, progressive or Democrat bother with the prattling of this poseur poofter?  Because the venom that he spews on the uber-sensitive victimhood elitists is that same animus that… although far less eloquently expressed… drove straight white working-class males and a somewhat lesser number of females to vote for “Daddy” last November and even influenced innumerable gay, minority and otherwise marginalized voters overexposed to these obnoxious talking heads to stay home on Election Day.

“In the past,” Yiannopolous recalls, “the Left were champions of blue-collar workers against the managerial, big business classes.  Jobs, pay and decent living standards for ordinary citizens were the priorities.  A few leftists (Bernie Sanders in the United States and Jeremy Corbyn in Britain) continue this tradition.  They are, notably, significantly older than most other left-wing politicians.  They are also loathed by much of the establishment in their respective parties.

“Why?” he asks…

Because the new, new, new leftists ditched the working classes as hopelessly racist, clinging to the politics of “God, guns and gays” as expressed, one way, by Barack Obama and, in the obverse, by Ted Cruz.  “Daddy’s” stance on social issues is flexible to the point of contortionistic.  He may have lost the support of Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner over transgender soldiers, but Milo scorns trannies as just another “intersectional” class (among the ethnic and religious minorities, disabled, fat and ugly people, the illiterate, infertile and so on) striving for acceptance from the mainstream or, at least, validation of their status on a “hierarchy of victimhood” (and subsequent government handouts) rather than letting their freak flags fly. (“Donald Trump is a fabulously camp cultural figure.  He’s the drag queen President,” Milo gushes.  “He oozes control and authority!)

Which, of course, raises the alt-right and Nazi issues… which Yiannopolous dismisses as fake news – a construct of mischievous kids to annoy their stodgy P.C. parents.  Since he personally (and carnally) admires virile blacks and Israelis and Breitbart was full of Jews, Milo consigns real neo-Nazis like Richard Spencer to a dustbin of haters… along with the “feminists, cyclists, BLM activists, vapers and vegans” (although he might have regarded the bitcoin Brownshirts differently had the Night of the Long Knives turned out otherwise).

And he even admits that there was a reason that the despised New Left… the Old New Left, if you will… was so successful: “a lot of their arguments (against racism, sexism and, in Britain, homosexual criminalization) made sense.”  But these were solved “with the milder tradition of Classical (old) Liberalism.”

He’s also a little off in his chronology.  After genuflecting at the altar of conspiracy and its roster of post-Illuminati shadowy villains like Antonio Gransci and the mysterious Frankfurt School, he credits them with inspiring the Old New Left of those evil 1960’s which, in actuality, mostly stuck to civil rights and antiwar activism until the passage of the Civil Rights Act and retreat from Vietnam motivated even (white) Old Leftists to board the nativist train; first tentatively with George Wallace and then wholeheartedly, after a Disco Interregnum, with Ronald Reagan.  It was in those floundering 70’s and 80’s that wealthy white college students latched on to other people’s problems to fill their existential void.  Political Correctness, until then a mere carcinogenic pimple on the body politic, finally metastasized into the New New Left melanoma, which Milo refers to as the Old P.C.: “a particular way to think and speak to demonstrate to everyone around just how good of a person you are,” (or were) and had the principal effect of driving away almost everybody in “The Movement(s)” forced to attend interminable and fruitless meetings about addressing real issues like AIDS, income and wealth inequality, environmental degradation and the such as were hijacked by the diatribes of the samctimonious souls better than them.  Most quit in disgust to get jobs or even work for the Clintons and hope (vainly) that things would improve.

Meanwhile, Milo’s New P.C. (the New New New Left) sprung up like weeds of the New Millenium to “rely on silencing the opposition (hate speech in all its real, intersectional and imaginary manifestations) instead of winning with superior ideas.”  He may well be blinkered and biased by bringing his “natural instincts towards anger and anarchy” to disappreciative college campuses where coddled youngsters seek “safe spaces” to proclaim the virtuosity of their virtuousness and cruise through their educations (which Y. suggests, would be better served taking STEM courses than seeking futures as “feminist dance therapy”… a situation which he blames for the lowered economic status of women that others attribute to misogynic bigotry.

Not that Mr. Y. isn’t a cruel dude…

Mocking “Trigglypuffs” (his preferred epithet for what the real or fake alt-right Nazis call “snowflakes”), he disposes of a devils dictionary of real or fake afflictions as leftists “create to entice vulnerable, hurting people to their cause”… advising fat people to work out and stop eating, ugly women to save up for surgery and calling out a laundry list of bad people to be shunned and stoned, not all of whom (like SNL’s Leslie Jones) are capable of fighting back.  And after consigning old Fox News RINOs and religious conservatives to perdition for censoring impolite speech and his beloved videogames, Milo calls on Daddy to censor his censorious social media enemies, hailing Trump’s trolling of “deserving” trolls like the media, the Clintons and… the disabled?  And he lists nine reasons why all Muslims, terrorist or not, should be despised and deported (and Israel is not even one of these).

But if, compared to Vance and his confederates in McMullanship… RINOs and Foxies like Jonah Goldberg, William Kristol and Bill O’Reilly…Yiannopolous is just an evil clown in an expensive suit, his message is loud and clear that Americans (particularly struggling white working-class Democrats who defected to Reagan and Trump) don’t know much about trigger warnings, manspreading or –splaining, eggplant emojis, intersectionalists, identity politicians and latte-sipping bicoastal elitists with their coddled, cringing snowflakes parroting decaying professors at their expensive, useless universities… but they don’t like them and won’t vote for the party and politicians they embrace unless the right-wing alternative (think practicing hebephile Judge Roy Moore again) is just too repulsive.

Donald Trump and the Republicans may well be repulsive and they may seem to stand for anything that works for the moment, but deplorability is better than standing for nothing and scolding anybody who tries coming up with a better idea.  And arrogance breeds complacency.  “I’m not (enlightening feminists and leftists) because I’m kind,” proud Milo taunts.  “I’m actually fond of giving my enemies a guide to beat me.”

 

No such benevolence, howsoever facile, can be attributed to our third gentleman of the right.

Dinesh D’Souza was a meek, bespectacled immigrant from Bombay who became a citizen in 1991 and subsequently produced anti-Clinton and anti-Obama documentaries.  In 2014, D'Souza pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal campaign contributions to the 2012 United States Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a loser to both New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand.   Chance or circumstance had brought him into the orbit of toxic but entertaining bomb-thrower Ann Coulter.  A Republican icon and practicing Deadhead even grudgingly praised by Milo, her popular tomes bear increasingly hysterical titles like “Slander”, “Treason” and “Demonic”… one has to wonder what maledictions are left to dub her next volume.

They’re no longer an item… Coulter, like Mary Matalin, has even been accused of dating liberals, but the relationship engendered little Dee’s competitive instincts (either that or he was bitten by a spider while strolling on the beach in San Diego) and he has broadened his conspiratorial mien to extremes that even Alex Jones would hesitate before publishing.

In fact, D’Souza, like Milo, has had to self-publish masterpiece “The Big Lie” which proves exorbitant feat of scholastic cherry-picking, insurrectionary, to be sure, but wholly lacking in the viability, humor or pizzazz of “Dangerous” or “Demons” – the product of what conservative reviewer Ross Douthit called a professional deceiver, full of “extraordinary elisions, sweeping calumnies and laughable leaps.”

This mishmash of sound and fury signifies: 1) that 21st century Democrats (and Republicans like former Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman or Senator John McCain) are the moral equivalent of Nazis, and 2) that Hitler’s means, if not the ends, towards attaining power, rewarding sycophants and disposing of enemies were not all that bad.

Among the fascistic tendencies he’s glommed onto from evil Leftists is a weepy predilection towards victimhood, magnified by the indignities of incarceration for, as he maintains, his beliefs and not the crimes.  Hitler, of course, used his time in prison to write “Mein Kampf” but Dee confesses, well… “I, like most of my fellow Republicans and conservatives, was a victim of the progressive paradigm, embedded in all our institutions of culture, from academia to Hollywood.”  Perhaps he’s also jealous of the antifa mobs that follow Milo from campus to campus, or the prolific, mediagenic Coulter… or else he wishes that dispirited Democrats like Joe Biden or Martin O’Malley (accused of saying Trump having “fascist appeal”) would throw off their cloaks and masks and marshal themselves into a regiment of marching moustaches against whom he can wield his little sword and slay them all, just like a cartoon hero in one of Milo’s beloved videogames.

To be fair, much of Dee’s scholarship is valid, if occasionally confused, and vestiges of it probably do remain with many of the villains against whom, like Crusader Rabbit, he contends.  The gist of his argument is this…

(1)            Nazism is a left-wing ideology.  After all, the word stands for National Socialism.  Libertarian economics icon Friedrich Hayek called the welfare state “fascist” and the word itself comes from the Roman “fasces”, a bunch of sticks which, bundled together, are stronger than stand-alone sticks.  Like Hillary’s Village!

(2)            Obscure, demonic men (and one woman, Margaret Sanger) imposed leftism, fascism, Nazism and more upon naïve Americans.  Whereas Milo’s secret mastermind was the Italian Antonio Gramsci, Dee’s Italian hand was Giovanni Gentile, a so-called “communitarian” who elevated the state over rugged individualism and, from France, Georges Sorel corrupted proud, honest working people with labor syndicalism – mentoring Saul Alinsky who mentored Obama and the Clintons (Hillary’s “village” is code for Socialism).  Sanger, founded Planned Parenthood to promote eugenics, birth control and abortion as a means of ethnic cleansing.

(3)            The Founding Fathers were evil.  Washington was a simple slaver, but once the Democratic Party was created to promote “lebensraum” by Jefferson (Manifest Destiny) and Jackson (Indian extermination), the progression to a Democratic Confederacy was clear and endured well beyond Appomattox… not in the Solid South but in Presidents Wilson (who cleverly abetted Hitler by enforcing post-WWI Versailles sanctions) and FDR (“a fuhrer in the American Way rather than the German way” whose New Deal was rampant collectivism and “bunkum”) and onwards to Clinton and Obama who elevate an imperial Federal government over the virtuous (and never racist!) states’ rights movement.

(4)            Old Republicans were evil, too.  Teddy Roosevelt adopted Progressivism, worse than liberalism and even Lincoln wanted to deport freed slaves.  If BLM wants to sandblast Confederate soldiers off Stone Mountain, Georgia, D’Souza would dynamite Mount Rushmore and have it recurved with the visages of Djonald, his sons, Ivanka and Jared (but probably not Melania or Stormy).

(5)            Anti-“finance capitalism” is anti-Semitic.  Citing Gutz Aly’s “Why the Germans” as excoriates foes of “capitalism in general and against finance capital and stock exchanges in particular”, Dee asserts that “anti-Semitism springs from the same sources as leftism and socialism”… a socialism that “appeals to losers in the race of life”.

(6)            Cultural progressives are Nazis.  From Kathy Griffith pretending to decapitate Trump back to George Bernard Shaw, Gertrude Stein and H. G. Wells and forward to Meryl Street and Hamilton (the play, not the person), Hollywood is attempting a fascist coup.

(7)            Nazis are party animals.  Maybe Milo is missing his calling… the real Bohemia of the 20s and 30s was not Paris, but the Reich!  After all, Hitler was a vegetarian, Himmler an environmentalist, Goebbels a philanderer and Mussolina a violinist.  And Ernst Rohm… until the purge to Keep Germany Great, Berlin was “closer to the Village Voice or DNC than the National Review or Trump White House.  (He actually wrote that!)

(8)            Stern corrective measures are needed.  Having fingered the evils of liberalism, progressivism, leftism, what-have-you, Dee gets serious at the conclusion of his manifesto.  He rallies “invertebrate” Republicans to repeal Obamacare, repeal Dodd-Frank banking safeguards, eliminate food stamps, impose a flat tax and deregulate everything else.  How?  By crafting a Supreme Court “made up of people on our team”, “uphold our laws and strike down theirs”, establish our online universities (Trump U.?) and movies and “develop our own clowns”.  The real anti-fascists should find “a new willingness to use lawful physical force”, duct tape fake antifa protestors to lampposts send the National Guard into Berkeley, “deploy the IRS, FBI and (a presumably repurposed) NSA against the Left,” lock up protesters for ten years on charges of felony rioting and, finally, lock up Hillary and Obama.

 

Sound familiar?

D’Souza parses and pivots just enough… his favorite demurral is one or another variant of “I’m not saying… but…” to refer to FDR as a dictator, to tag “Birth of a Nation” as the current Hollywood model for leftists, today’s KKK,  “We have the power now to stop them.  We just have to do it.”

That’s all that Republicans need as their 2018 campaign slogan to lose even their near-supermajority in Congress and perhaps provoke the armed insurrection that small men like Dee have wet dreams about, so long as they watch from the safety of their televisions.

 

Don Jones was pleased by watching his television… leftists by Trump’s pivot to tariffs that may or may not be a good idea, rightists by the brief tenure of the Dow drop and quick recovery due to 313.000 new jobs in February and frisky profits reports.  The Dow Jones industrial average rose 440.53 points on Friday to close at 25,335.74, with Goldman Sachs among the biggest contributors of gains to the index. The 30-stock index also closed above its 50-day moving average, a key technical level.

So the Dons in the White House and on Capitol Hill are especially happy.  "This jobs report was the perfect slice of pizza," Kevin Mahn, president and chief investment officer at Hennion & Walsh, told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Friday. "It did reaffirm the underlying strength of this economy, but it also diminished some of those inflationary concerns and the potential that there could be more than three rate hikes this year."

On the other hand, total American consumer debt finally broke the one trillion dollar ceiling as the United States imported more and exported less.  Will the tariffs change this?  As POTUS is fond of saying: “We shall see.”  As we also shall about whether or not the surprise proposal of a Korean summit manifests.

 

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

                                                                                                                                              

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX (45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

INCOME

 

(24%)

BASE

6/27/13

      RECKONINGS

       LAST            CHANGE

 

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               OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS

 

 

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)    

9%

1350 points 

        2/12/18

+0.18%

Mar. 18

      1,472.77

 

      1,472.77

 

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages   22.34 nc

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

3/12/18

+0.06%

3/19/18

        672.96

        673.36

debtclock.org/    31,692

Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

2/12/18

-2.44%

Mar. 18

      1,110.17

      1,110.17

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000     4.1 nc

   Official (DC - in millions)

2%

300

3/12/18

-0.27%

3/19/18

519.92

521.42

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      6,587

   Unofficl. (DC - in millions) 

2%

300

3/12/18

-0.27%

3/19/18

        493.84

        495.13

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    13,030

Workforce Participation

     Number (in millions)

     Percentage (DC)

2%

300

3/12/18

 

+0.03%

-0.02%

3/19/18

286.21

286.15

Americans in/not in workforce (mil.) 

In: 154,867 Out 95,907 Total 250,774

http://www.usdebtclock.org/  61.74%

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

3/12/18

+0.48%

Mar. 18

149.37

150.08

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate   63.00%

 

 

OUTGO

    (15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Inflation (aggregate)

7%

1050

       2/19/18

+0.5%

3/19/18

975.25

975.25

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +0.5 nc

 

Inflation – Food

2%

300

2/19/18

+0.2%

3/19/18

278.70

278.70

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +0.2

 

               - Gasoline

2%

300

2/19/18

+5.7%

3/19/18

287.60

287.60

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +5.7

 

               - Medical Costs

2%

300

2/19/18

+0.6%

3/19/18

264.88

264.88

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +0.6

 

               -  Shelter

2%

300

2/19/18

+0.2%

3/19/18

284.25

284.25

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm    +0..2

 

 

WEALTH

(6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

        3/12/18

   +3.25%     

3/19/18

440.51

454.83

Dow – 25,335.74

 

Homes – Sales

             -  Valuation

1%

1%

150

150

2/26/18

Sales   -3.41%      Valu.   -2.55%

Mar. 18

196.92         219.02

196.92         219.02

http://www.realtor.org/research-and-statistics

Sales (M):  5.38 Valuations (K):  246.5 nc

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

3/12/18

   +0.07%

3/19/18

259.76

259.58

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    57,662

 

 

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

 

          NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions – tr.)

2%

300

        3/12/18

 +0.06%

3/19/18

384.92

385.26

debtclock.org/       3.373 375

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

3/12/18

 +0.10%

3/19/18

258.50

258.25

debtclock.org/       4.092 096

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

3/12/18

 +0.20%

3/19/18

353.88

350.86

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    20,818 859

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

3/12/18

+0.08%

3/19/18

369.57

369.27

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    69,559 617

 

 

 

 

           GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

       3/12/18

+0.09%

3/19/18

306.75

306.46

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   6.361 67

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

2/12/18

-1.33%

3/19/18

162.62

160.46

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html  203.6  200.9

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

2/12/18

+0.39%

3/19/18

129.87

129.37

http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/congressional.html 256.5 57.5

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

2/12/18

+6.18%

3/19/18

94.78

88.92

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/monthly.html  53.1 56.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                 SOCIAL INDICES (40%)

                       LIBERTY and SECURITY INDEX           (15%) 

      ACTS of MAN

(9%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Peace

3%

450

        3/12/18

+1.0%

3/19/18

425.54

429.80

N. Korea summit offer prevents war?  Or is a trade war in the offing?  Or do ICE & Sessions v. Moonbeam augur a war with California?  Germans, Italians and Chinese hold elections – the latter being sort of… one sided?

 

Terrorism

2%

300

3/12/18

+0.3%

3/19/18

221.24

220.58

Russian spy poisoned by nerve agent in Salisbury UK.  Putin or the curse of Stonehenge?   Angry veteran shoots up hospital in Yountville, CA

 

Private/Public Corruption 

2%

300

3/12/18

    +0.2%

3/19/18

304.05

303.44

Mueller probe uncovers a new rodent… UAE eunuch and social media racist Sam Nunberg.  Senate repeals Dodd-Frank, taking us back to 2008?  White House economic chief Gary Cohn quits in tariff protest.  Stormy sues to be able to tell Stormy’s story.

 

Crime

1%

150

3/12/18

  -0.2%

3/19/18

237.47

237.47

Frances McDormand’s Oscar thief nabbed.

 

 

      ACTS of GOD             

(6%)

(with, in some cases, a little… or lots of… help from men, and a few women)

 

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

      3/12/18

    -0.7%

3/19/18

335.55

336.22

Capetown celebrates successful water conservation campaign.  Plenty of water east of the Mississippi as rains fall and fall.

 

Natural/Unnatural Disasters

3%

450

3/12/18

    +0.2%

3/19/18

352.82

353.17

Passenger rescued after falling from Norwegian cruise ship.  Frozen eggs and embryos melt.  Japan has another volcano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         LIFESTYLE and JUSTICE INDEX          (15%)

Science, Tech. & Education

4%

600

        3/12/18

-0.1%

3/19/18

630.64

630.01

Nazi teacher fired in Florida.  Broke-lahoma cuts school week to four days.

 

Equality (economic/social)

4%

600

3/12/18

+0.3%

3/19/18

731.60

733.79

Blacks, women, gays and Mexicans have their night at Oscars.  Touchy feely Dr. Nasser accused of fondling male gymnast.  Nashville mayor resigns after affair with her bodyguard (not Kevin Costner).  ICE drags immigrant parent away from screaming kids.

 

Health

4%

600

3/12/18

-0.2%

3/19/18

533.37

532.30

Inspector General Michael Missal blows up over sloppy V.A. hospital conditions (as might have caused Terrorism, above?)

 

Freedom and Justice                        

3%

450

3/12/18

-0.2%

3/19/18

504.02

503.01

Trump alias “David Dennison” exposed and he allows shooting and importation of dead elephants.  A sign for November?  FBI geek squad accused of collusion with Best Buy spy ring.  Moviepass accused of spying on customers – CEO Mitch Lowe calls it “jovial”.  His best clients – burglars wanting to know who’s at the movies.  Not Pharma Bro Shkreli… he’ll be in the klink for the next 7 years.  And loses his Wu-Tang-Clan album, too.

 

                     

                       MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX        (10%)

All miscellaneous incidents

 (transient and cultural)

10%

1000

        3/12/18

nc

3/19/18

1078.06

1076.98

United angers employees by rescinding bonuses and offering lotteries.  Jeff Bezos rises to Richest Man at Forbes… Amazon’s Alexa accused of breaking out into unsolicited laughter as if she was on cybernetical marijuana.  Barbie turns 59.  Barack signs on with Netflix.  Tom Brady shaves his head, Mark Hamill gets his Hollywood Star and Trump gets his 11/11 parade with period uniforms, but no tanks.  Florida pols vote to give guns to librarians… Shush!

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of March 4th through March 11th, 2018 was UP 13.21 points. 

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