DON JONES INDEX…

 

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

 3/26/21… 13,913.34                                    3/19/21… 13,930.56                                   

  6/27/13… 15,000.00

 

     DOW JONES INDEX: 3/26/21…32,618.48; 3/19/21…32,862.80; 6/27/13…15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for March 26, 2021 – “A CLOWN who should be KING!”

 

Spring has sprung, beautiful things are come… warmth, flowers, maskless SuperSpreader parties on Florida beaches.  But also a few unpleasant things… yellow dust pollen, insects, weeds.  You take the bad with the good.

Ex-President Donald Trump’s address to the hungry hordes at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) (see recent DJI) promised them plenty of the latter, but augured enough of the former to orthodox Republicans (oft derided as RINOs) fearing, rather than hoping a cleansed party will overcome (or at least hold even) in 2022 and 2024.

Right off the bat (tastier stewed than roasted, with cumin and cinnamon and a side of kimchi), 45 announced his resurrection like Freddy or Jason or one of those sorts leaping from the grave and proclaiming “I’m b-a-a-a-ck!”

“I stand before you today to declare that the incredible journey we’ve begun together, we went through a journey like nobody else. There’s never been a journey like it. There’s never been a journey so successful. We began it together four years ago, and it is far from being over. We’ve just started.”

Now the Medal Mitts and Killer Kinzingers (and maybe even Mike Pence and Minority Mitch) can hold out hope Trump… maybe, just maybe… was referring to his intent to start up a cable news network to supplant the despicable wussies of Fox and sock it to Sleepy Joe, or write a tell-all book or even resuscitate “The Apprentice”.  And they might even be joined, clandestinely of course, by certain ostensible incensibles who fear Trump but love Trumpism – specifically, those with ambitions of their own for 2024: Pence, Dakota Gal Kristi Noem, defriended gal Nikki Haley, Lyin’ Ted Cruz or the Florida trinity of Governor Ron deSantis (who finished second to The Donald in a CPAC straw poll) and Senators Rick Scott and Little Marco Rubio.

But it did seem, from the speech at least, that the Ex was laying the groundwork for a return, like General McArthur, preparatory to an awful, awful defeat – a thrashing on the order of Goldwater 1964 that will drag down the House and the Senate, Governors and down-ballot Republicans – perhaps even giving Joe Biden a veto-proof, filibuster-proof supermajority.  Their task becomes to distract the easily distracted Donald by finding him a job to do that will stoke the dumpsterfire of his enormous ego without doing further damage to the party or the country.

A niece, Mary… daughter to Djonald’s older brother Freddy who failed to live up to his grandfather’s expectations and died an alcoholic… compares her uncle to Frankenstein’s Monster.  In her tell-all best seller “Too Much and Never Enough”, she recounts some of the more grisly and grotesque Tales of Trump including his own apprenticeship at the claws of Roy Cohn, Sen. McCarthy’s old lawyer from the 50’s.

“He’s a clown!” was the curt opinion of his older sister, Maryanne, upon the announcement… in 2015… that he would run for President.

But, lacking shame or sense, is 45 ready to strike up the marching band and reach for 47?

For ‘Pubs, the stakes are existential.

 

Those who have the means to access them have had spirits elevated by the three vaccines now roaming America, looking for arms in which to be shot; spring break is at hand with wild, maskless parties and states and localities are opening public attractions and schools and restaurants quick as they can wield a plastic bottle of spray disinfectant or rip the mask off an Uber driver and cough. Doctors and bureaucrats are aghast, going on television and social media to warn Don Jones that, despite the vaxxes and (until last week) the drop in plague particulars, we have already endured three waves of the Coronavirus: a small First Wave largely affecting global travelers and bat-eating Chinese; a larger Second Wave, in which the pandemic spread to all corners of the globe before hot weather moderated its spread and then, when the Northern Hemisphere cooled down, a humongous Third Wave, in which hospitalizations spiked to the extent of overwhelming resources in the hardest hit states or, as in the case of Texas, of late, the unluckiest.  Now, they say, a Fourth Wave is at hand – egged on by the multiplying mutations and variants.  South Africa, Britain, Brazil… it seems as if every week brings a new plague upon us – and every new plague is more communicable and/or deadly than the last.

So it seems with the advances and retreating of ex-President Donald J. Trump.  Number forty-five now seems poised to enter his own Fourth Wave… a plague to his detractors, a life and soul-saving vaccine to his followers.  So let’s look back at… four, three, two, one

Zero?

Why not?  Like many… even most if you tweak the DNA… Mister Drumpf is descended from multiple royal bloodlines.

A short diversion…

After weeks of sifting through thousands of documents and old photographs at the Norfolk Central Records Office, the Norfolk (U.K.) Gazette unearthed the extraordinary Trump maternal heritage in the village of West Newton, just south of Sandringham.  “Mr Trump’s great, great-grandfather Archibald “Archie” Trump,” they announced (hint, hint at the royal reference) bought eight acres of land in 1827, and he toiled for more than 50 years with the help of his sons Abraham and Henry, before he died in 1879, aged 68.”

We’ll return to that cue anon.  Moving on through birth and, writes cuzzin Mary, a truly dreadful childhood, apprentice slumlordship, brash but lonely boy learning the tricks of the trade from an uber-tricky Daddy, draft dodger and heir to a real estate fortune, First Wave Donald was no more than a shady and starstruck hotel and casino developer with political pretensions and not much in the way of policies except for the fact that, being rich, what was good for rich people (deregulation, tax cuts, media muzzling, hating Ed Koch) was good for him. 

In his Second Wave, Trump campaigned for and won the Presidency, then governed four years.  His campaign was a beast of malevolent beauty; aided and abetted by jokers like Roger Stone, Steve Bannon, former (anti-Koch, ergo good) Gotham Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his fright-wig of a family (not to mention Scott Baio and Johnny Rotten), Djonald swept to victory (perhaps with a little help from his friends in Russia).  Four years slaves (or willing supplicants) to 45, America endured and feared… but the worst scenarios failed to occur.  We did not get into a nuclear war with Russia, nor even with North Korea, the Chinese were alternately too bemused and confused by the strange round-eye in the White House and the economy, abetted by drilling deregulations whose effects will become apparent over the coming decades, soared to record heights. 

Well, at least the stock market did.  Working people with incomes under fitty thou, or thereabouts, found their wages did not even keep up with lowered inflation rates, the poor were abandoned, the elderly sighed and opened another can of cat food.  The struggling middle Jones, struggling to keep up with other Joneses, put their purchases on plastic and hoped for better days ahead – the second coming of an Obama, or Christ.  And Trump, who dubbed Himself a “stable genius” struck a genius (if ultimately destabilizing) blow… he turned the always-menacing, always-incipient prospect of class war into the twenty-first century alternative: race war.

Warning the sheep that grim and grisly hordes of Mexican and other Spanish-speaking drug-pushers, killers and psychopaths were flooding across the border like the cockroaches in Robert DeNiro’s campaign commercials in “Machete”, inner-city blacks would invade the suburbs to rob and rape and kill while sinister Orientals spread lethal disease amidst the homeland, Trump pronounced he would build a great and beautiful wall.  He didn’t, but he did built a lot of cages into went the immigrant children while their parents – some, of course, criminal but many having lived and worked here for years, or decades – were taken away separately and sent back down across the Rio Grande.  Chinese and other Asian-Americans were tarred and feathered, occasionally literally, more often as carriers and, some of the Circle maintained, masterminds behind the Chinese plague.  A troubled parishioner of the Crabapple Baptist Church in Milton, GA gunned down eight people… seven women, six Asian… at Atlanta massage parlours, setting off a victimization contest between partisans fighting racism or misogyny,  Black unemployment remained at unhealthy levels and anxious policemen took to harsh repressive measures to fight crimes like driving while black or eating ice cream… bodies started mounting up and public outrage did, too.  Some of the demonstrations against police brutality escalated to riots which generated a black masked alt-left Antifa burned cars and stores and looted bling, thus enabling the Enabler-in-Chief to (indirectly) mobilize the troops of his hard-right base… the mob, the alt-righters and even neo-Nazis (whom he celebrated as “good people” and beckoned to stand ready).

And a peanut in the gallery of the Fresno Bee cited the ejection of uppity Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from a press conference “for asking irreverent and disconcerting questions”, comparing it to “a scene from “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.”

But when the ham all went to hell in 2020, the culprit was not human (unless you believed some of the further-out White MAGA-cians of Twitter and Parler, talk radio and Fox who declared that the Coronavirus had had its origins in the secret laboratories (not exotic meat markets) of devious Orientals) but, rather, a plague – another of the sort that crop up every century or so from Justinian Rome to the Black Death to Restoration England, even to the Spanish flu pandemic of… hey, presto!... one century ago.  But there was a difference – this distemper was not spread by rats, or fleas, or soldiers returning from World War One… it had gone viral.

And it has already proven longer-lasting (if not quite as lethal as the Black Death – not yet).

Trump’s shiny but shaky economy collapsed.  His response to the plague ranged from the incompetent to the bizarre (the base were summoned to drink bleach, not Kool-Aid). 

The Second Wave collapsed and Trump was beaten by an elderly Vice President by the same electoral margin as he had defeated and melted the wicked witch Hillary Clinton four years ago.

And then the Third Wave arrived… much shorter, but much more fiercer in terms of collateral damage to the nation as well as just the people.  Although there was plenty of lead-up preparation and, to this day, the law and order mopping up continues, the Third Wave spawned, crested and retreated in just a matter of hours on January 6th.

It failed… for reasons still unclear as President, militia and the mob point fingers at one another; replicating one of the Democrats’ favorite entertainments, the circular firing squad.

Two months after the One-Six, after the Senators slithered back from their hidey-holes to count the electoral ballots and declare Joseph R. Biden the 46th President; two weeks later whence, now under heavy guard, the disgraced Ex and his entourage forwent a desperate armed White House standoff with police, packed up the moving vans and fled south like so many honking geese who, after Twitter and such cut off his social media accounts, stopped honking and started brooding in his basement.

But you can’t keep a good (say Lindsay Graham, Ted Cruz and Mike Lindell) or bad (say Chuck, Nancy and the wokesters on the left) man (or woman, or alt-) down; not one bursting with so much energy and sheer volume of vowels, consonants and coughing as Djonald Unchained.  Like a kitten distracted by something, anything, dangling and shiny, maybe it’s time for the Old Right to join Uncle Joe’s Old and New Left and pass a Constitutional Amendment more palatable to Trump than the 14th.

 

Let’s make him a King!  Our King.  King Donald the First!

 

There is both precedent (dating back eight hundred years to the Magna Carta) and plenty of leeway in establishing a King of America for an awkward former President, should the Brits be our model.  AboutBritain.com defines the problem succinctly…

Asked: “A short guide to the constitutional framework of the United Kingdom”

Answered: “The United Kingdom does not have a constitution”

(See Attachment One)

 

Wikipedia has listed a directory of constitution and… uh… other monarchies.  The “Commonwealth realms” include Antigua and Barbuda; the Commonwealth of Australia; the Commonwealth of the Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Grenada; Jamaica; New Zealand; the Independent State of Papua New Guinea; the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Solomon Islands; Tuvalu; and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). They evolved out of the British Empire into fully independent states within the Commonwealth of Nations that retain the Queen as head of state, unlike other Commonwealth countries that are either dependencies, republics or have a different royal house. All sixteen realms are constitutional monarchies and full democracies, where the Queen has limited powers or a largely ceremonial role.

Other European monarchies, all constitutional are the Principality of Andorra; the Kingdom of Belgium; the Kingdom of Denmark; the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg; the Kingdom of the Netherlands; the Kingdom of Norway; the Kingdom of Spain; and the Kingdom of Sweden are fully democratic states in which the monarch has a limited or largely ceremonial role.  Liechtenstein and Monaco are constitutional monarchies in which the Prince retains many powers of an absolute monarch.  Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.), and the Vatican City State in Europe are also monarchies, of sorts.

Muslim monarchies “generally retain far more powers than their European or Commonwealth counterparts.”   There are also Asian monarchies in Bhutan, Cambodia, Japan and Thailand.

For centuries, the English monarchy held a great deal of authority, but its history is full of challenges to that power and of concessions to nobles. Most famously, King John's signing of Magna Carta in 1215 acknowledged that the monarchy's powers did have limits and, crucially, established that the crown could not levy taxes without the consent of a council of religious officials and feudal lords. That council of wealthy and powerful figures evolved into Parliament, which gradually took on a greater role as English people began to appeal to it to solve disputes and send representatives to petition it on their behalf.  (See History.com, Attachment Three)

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The Amendment(s) to the American constitution, inasmuch as much of the original was derived from English common law, despite the Revolution, would be amended and tidied up as a new Section Five to Article Two (or, if the Trumpish ego so demands, as the new Section One with the existing Sections One through Four each downgraded by one space – a concession that would probably not alter the context, although some lawyering would be inevitable.

Further, the preceding Article One, Section Nine (8) would be amended by simply deleting the prohibition of issuing titles of nobility – either as specifically refers to the King (or Queen) or generally, incorporating Queen Melania, Prince Donald (the Second), Princess Ivanka, Prince Jared and… God save MelaniaPrince Erik and Princess Tiffany.  As grandfatherees, the Trump grandchildren would also be Princified (if not necessarily Principled).  During a budgetary crisis some years ago, this Index once recommended said issuance of lesser titles… Counts, Earls, Dukes, Dukes of Earl, Knights of the Realm, whatever… for a sliding, but significant fee.  With the plague debts incurred over the past year, this might be an especially tasty cherry atop the royal cone.

A simple Amendment might look like this:

 

Article II

Section I

(The Constitutional Monarch)

The ceremonial power of the United States shall be vested in a King or Queen1 whose duties shall consist in the bestowing of national honors, interacting with the public on festive, but not solemn occasions, and attending such celebratory functions, parades and occasions of State in which the President cannot participate and gives the monarch his or her consent.  He (or She) and the heirs to the throne shall receive a stipend for said services, and shall have use of the Royal Palace at Mar-a-Lago in Florida with expenses to be paid for by the Republic.  Under no circumstances is the monarch to conduct policy, make appointments or approve or disapprove of legislation passed by the House and Senate, save in the annual bestowal of a golden medal to that American citizen whom, in the monarch’s estimation, is most worthy of the honor.

1 The monarchy shall fall to such King or Queen as satisfices the traditional rules of primogeniture.  If a monarch should decease or be removed from Office as a consequence of incapacity (as so ordained by a panel of medical professionals appointed by the Surgeon General) the line of succession shall be as follows: Spouse; Eldest son or daughter, grandchildren of eldest in order of birth, Siblings of Monarch and their offspring in order of birth, grandchildren of Monarch by primogeniture or, lacking all of the above, a televised duel of contestants supported by sufficient American citizens – said outcome to be decided by popular vote or trial by combat, said method also to be determined by popular vote.

 

The powers and duties of an American King should be explicitly and solely ceremonial… King Donald would have the budget and authority to lead parades, issue medallions of tribute to worthy worthies after nomination and approval by Congress or President Joe, smash champagne bottles on the prow of new ships and maybe (if his consent demands such) be allowed to regain his Twitter account with the hashtag @RealKingDonald I.

A deal should also be brokered in which Mar-a-Lago is sold back to America for a dollar with the provision that Djonald and all his royal descendents shall continue to inhabit it, rent free, so long as the lineage survives.  (The rest of its inhabitants would be bought out or kicked out.) He would also receive a modest royal budget, including staff, Secret Service protection, a Christmas Tree, unlimited American flags, and could keep the gold statue much embraced at CPAC to be installed at its entrance.

The AIRBnB leeches inhabiting various nooks and crannies would be evicted, but money might be recouped by daytime tourism and the occasional… you know… classy fete permitted under the model of the realWhitehouse and Buckingham Palace after the danger of the Coronavirus has lessened.   (Well, strike that, 45 probably still believes that the plague is a Chinese hoax, so let ‘em all in.  Except for Chinese and the Democrats.)

But there’s good news for the egotistical 45… researchers in Norfolk, U.K. have unearthed evidence of at least a royal connection (if not birth - See Attachment Four)

 

There is ample reasoning to believe that Mister Trump might accept the offer of Kingship as an alternative to running in 2024 and, if somehow victorious, having to pick up those duties he often decried as onerous and distracting from his golf game.  Personally, psychologically and professionally, this Ex-President is a perfect match.

Consider his upbringing… niece Mary wrote a rather nasty tell-all about the various Trumps and Drumpfs - some passages included below – but there are other sources that hint at the ex-President’s psychology. 

Five months before the 2020 contest, the New York Times… covering the President’s photo-op tour of Britain, expressed the conviction that “Trump’s Love Affair With the Royal Family Dates Back to His Mother” citing the wife of real-estate developer-tyrant Fred Trump whom Mary called “Gam” as one of those star-struck Kool-Aid drinkers of the Cult of the Crown.  (See Attachment Five... further coverage in advance of and during that June journey from the likes of the hoity toity Town and Country to plebian U.K. tabloids to the U.S.A.’s NBC is attached as Sixes: A through E and a summing up of the financial costs of Presidency v. Royalty has been documented by Politico... Six F.)

Some may have considered Djonald a lousy President, but most would agree that he was, and remains, a master creator of spectacles and rooty-toot rallies, the greatest showman since, well, whomever it was that choreographed those rallies in Nuremberg and elsewhere Mister Hitler so desired.  A P.T. Barnum for the twenty-first century and… especially once the plague had worked its own cancel-magic on spectator sports, arena concerts, bar, nightclub and restaurant schmoozing, family gatherings, movie theatres and cultural events highbrow (the ballet, the opera), lowbrow (monster truck races) and in-between middlebrowsings like Broadway… his tweets and rallies, his deeds of vengefulness and silliness all helped bored Americans and even foreigners pass the boring and lonely nights and days of Corona.

What would life be like with, if not under, Donald the First.  History, historians, talking heads and tap-tap-tapping fingers proffer a mixed message of a complicated and unpredictable monarch.

 

Good King Don

 

“I said at the start that I do it to do it.  But in the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake, but by what you finally accomplish.”  So the Art of the Deal concludes with a recapitulation of Djonald’s ventures and adventures of the course of a week – some involving the United States Football League (post-mortem, litigation failing), Wollman Rink (completed under budget in 1986), Palm Beach Towers (a successful joint venture with Lee Iacocca that opened Trump’s eyes to the possibilities in South Florida – he calls Mar-a-Lago “as close to paradise as I’m going to get” - (See Attachments Eight, A and B, and “Art of the Deal pgs. 25/6 – for those interested, an adjoining mansion is on the market for fifty mil.), a casino in Las Vegas (an opportunity studied, then rejected in favor of Atlantic City) and a hotel in Moscow.  (This would eventually fall through, but did introduce Mister Trump to some very interesting persons.

It’s not as if America is unsuited or unfamiliar to dynastic rule.  John Adams begat John Quincy; one month wonder William Henry Harrison’s grandson Benjamin also became President; Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt were distant cousins from different parties and, in more modern times, there have been the Kennedys, Bushes and Clintons. Erik’s wife Lara Trump is said to be thinking of sticking at least a privileged toe into the political waters as Senatorial challenger to RINO Richard Burr and former press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders will run for Daddy’s old job (and Slick Willie’s) as Governor of Arkansas.  Name recognition counts.  Fame engenders familiarity.

As does success… or its measure in twenty-first century America, money.  Pacific Standard allowed, shortly before the 2016 contest that, while racial and ethnic animus and the appeal of authoritarianism are clearly a factor, “there’s something about Trump that his fans identify with and find appealing.” They cited a theory by Amanda Friesen: It’s not Trump’s wealth so much as the way he flaunts it.

“I wonder if Trump supporters at a certain economic level, and from a certain cultural background, would make exactly his choices, if they had the money,” she wrote. “They do not aspire to hobnobbing over foie gras and a ’78 Margaux before the Met gala; they want ringside seats at Mayweather-Pacquiao with the penthouse suite at MGM Grand.”

In other words, Trump largely shares his supporter’s tastes; the difference is that he has the money to act on those mutual desires. “And that, Friesen argues, forges an emotional connection with his working-class supporters.” Sufficient to get him elected President, sufficient to accept him as King.

Trump retains a firm grip on his party, topping polls of prospective nominees for president in 2024, according to the liberal Guardian U.K.  “He is eligible to run for office again because he was acquitted at his second impeachment trial, on a charge of inciting the Capitol riot.”

“Candidate Trump’s personal and policy certainty, when combined with his ability to entertain and brand, gave him an unstoppable advantage,” GOP stalwart Newt Gingrich (“Trump and the American Future”) gushed. 

“So when Trump became president, he continued these patterns to the delight of millions, the astonishment of many, and the hatred of some.  One of the things that most upset the Republican establishment and the Left was the degree to which President Trump had been shaped by his career in business.  Anyone who’s read Trump two bestsellers, The Art of the Deal and The Art of the Comeback would have recognized that this was a very thoughtful, calculating and daring businessman.”

And what must be the real world function of a Constitutional Monarch other than to point a royal finger at the foibles and the follies of the hoi polloi?  And, on Planet Tabloid, to pay for his and the family’s privileges by providing the mob with circuses (if not bread)… the libertarian Reasoners noting that Trump had told attendees at a late October rally in Erie, Pennsylvania that a vote for Biden was a vote for "boredom" and "…if you (have) Sleepy Joe, nobody's going to be interested in politics anymore."

Sen. Lindsay Graham, an alternating Trumpian pitbull and poodle placed nice doggie in a Smithsonian article of March 8th, likening the deposed President to famous controversialists of days gone by.  “To me, Donald Trump is sort of a cross between Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan and PT Barnum. I mean, just bigger than life.”

(Helms, a North Carolina senator who died in 2008, was a hardline conservative and segregationist; in the words of one columnist when he died, an “unabashed racist”. PT Barnum was a 19th-century businessman, politician, and circus impresario.)

Trump, Graham insisted, “could make the Republican party something that nobody else I know could make it. He can make it bigger, he can make it stronger, he can make it more diverse. And he also could destroy it.” (See Attachment Nine)

When Trump was planning Television City prior to entering politics, a 150-story monolith that would have become the tallest building in the world (and an irresistible target to al-Qaeda!) Republican columnist George Will wrote: “Donald Trump is not being reasonable.  But, then, man does not live by reason alone… Brashness, zest and elan are part of this country’s character.”

 

Mad King Don

 

Of course there have been (and will continue to be) detractors.  Even Reason itself chided the unreasonable 45, concluding he “wasn’t a dictator, but he played one on TV.”  (See Attachment Ten)

And the “Murdoch-owned New York Post, which endorsed Trump and ran with Hunter Biden allegations that other outlets could not substantiate”, questioned the madness according to a pre-Christmas, pre-one/six column in the Washington Post warning of a “dark charade”, and further citing an editorial  urging Trump to stop “cheering for an undemocratic coup” and to avoid being the “King Lear of Mar-a-Lago, ranting about the corruption of the world.”  (Attachment Eleven)

Stage left - Sasha Abramsky of the liberal Nation tweeted… post-election, pre-coup… on December fourth that “…the last spasms of Trumpist rule are truly a sight and sound to behold. Trumpism is at this point nothing more than a blend of cultism and fascism, a violent, nihilistic howl against the pillars of American democracy unparalleled in presidential history.”  (Attachment Twelve)

But the San Jose Spotlight (Attachment Twelve A) even poked fun at Djonald’s dictatorial acumen, opinionating that he had blundered his way out of the military support necessary to mount a successful coup.

And then along came Mary (Trump).  “Donald today,” she concluded… and remember, this was before the one-six… is much as he was at three years old; incapable of growing, learning, or evolving, unable to regulate his emotions, moderate his responses, or take in and synthesize information.”

 

As we know, the U.K. has a tradition of, even affection for, their crazy monarchs.  Their tabloid people… like MAGA a minority, but sizeable, live and breathe the adventures of Charles and Diana, Diana and the paparazzi and Camilla, William and Harry, Meghan and Kate and the to-do over what-to-do with poor, reviled Andrew.

Let’s be perfectly clear, a Constitutional Monarch isn’t a dictator.  And while (Trump’s base) almost certainly don’t have the bite to match their bark (The Nation, 12/4/20), the very fact that people surrounding Trump are calling for dictatorship ought to send a chill up all Americans’ spines.  That Trump himself apparently muzzled the bite… albeit in a confused and ad hoc manner… revealed him as a wannabe – a strange little man playing with the costuming of authority, just as Mr. Alissa brought home his new guns to play with before decamping to the supermarket to shoot shoppers.

Giving him the fiction of importance, so most Republicans who want to win and will want to do so even more desperately by 2022, let alone 2024, means giving him a stage, rather as Sen. Cruz (R-Cancun) called the Democrats’ doomed gun control legislation, as opposed to the bully pulpit which the bully indulged in during his incumbency.  That it is an empty stage… the lights down, the audience nonexistence or removed to the remoteness of Zoom… really doesn’t matter, so long as the thatch-haired thespian can pose and preen and stutter his utterance ceremonial to the delight of the mob.

Yes, the Brits know well… and many of them are quite fond of… their crazy royals.  Part of this warmth might well derive from their tabloid media (which have just taken a slap from Meghan, Duchess of Sussex whom they drove off to Canada and now regret the loss of a certified, verified cash cow) and a culture of glitz and gossip that would make a Prince wince (Andrew, not Charles).  And perhaps an even larger part derives from the conviction among the masses that, for all their titles and pretense, the royals are little more than a passel of loons – succored and sucked-up to for their ability to entertain, rather like some of the more frenzied and discombobulated thespians before the advent of the cancel culture.

The U.K. Independent compared Donald Trump – as his grasp on power melted away on election night – to "Mad King George, muttering, 'I won. I won. I won,'" according to one close adviser, who spoke to The Washington Post.  Another anonymous WashPost leaky Pete told the paper that the post-electoral theory (between November fourth and January fifth) was: "Just roll everybody up who is willing to do it into a clown car, and when it’s time for a press conference, roll them.”  (See Attachment Thirteen)

During the long, long impeachment longnesses and even longer suzerainty of King Pest, reasonable Deep State mouthpieces positively swooned over the prospect of another master manipulator (lacking only a toothbrush moustache) manipulating America into the trenches of totalitarianism.  As the bony fingers of Coronavirus tightened around Americans’ necks, the Associated Press and U.S. News and World Report (April 18th, see Attachment Fourteen) called the President “pretender to a throne that doesn't exist” and fact-checked his statements on Federal and State power division, Chinese culpability, the World Health and Trade Organizations and the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine while, in urging the necessity of impeachment before November 4th, Rolling Stone (see Attachment Fifteen) summoned up the ghosts of the Framers (of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence).

They might have also mentioned the French.  Mister Trump has not exactly been decapitated but, with seventy percent of the electorate now wise to his con, his continued capers on the stage merely allow the Democrats to slide further and further to the left until even Bernie Sanders and the Squad evince alarm.

 

Fortunately, with the plague still imposing varying degrees of lockdown and cancellations driving Americans to drink, the ex-President’s professional peccadillos and pejorative personal persiflage directed at rivals and scoundrels and disloyal subordinates are a match for those of the British Royal Family;

It’s been a visible (if not exactly glorious) month for royalty.  Over the pond, QE2 issued a Proclamation in advance of her grandson and his blackamoor paramour Meghan’s tell-all on Oprah; a performance that let Liz and her ailing Prince Philip off the hook, but raised questions about the Princes Charles and William, not to mention their wives.  Also off the hook, Prince Salman of oil-rich Saudi Arabia, to whom Biden delivered a lecture on democracy, but no sanctions (except to some forty-odd patsies implicated in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi).  Other royalty with royalties… Absolute, Constitutional or other… include Spain, the Netherlands, three-fourths of Scandanavia, Jordan, Thailand and Japan. 

Queen Elizabeth and her more Princes than a “Purple Rain” impersonator night in Minneapolis (but not Andrew - as we learned from Oprah, the Queen’s consort, her children and grandchildren are so titled, but Princification of any great-grandchildren has to be greenlighted by Her Majesty, who has, heretofore, enacted her prerogative or doling out a royal snub to the little rascal) hold their titles and responsibilities under Parliamentary rule.

Meghan Markle became a princess of the United Kingdom upon her marriage to Prince Harry, entitled to the style of Royal Highness. ... Following the Duke and Duchess's decision to step back from royal duties in 2020, the couple agreed not to use the style of "Royal Highness" in practice, but still technically retain the style.

This has not precluded a smattering of royal jealousy between Meghan and Princess Kate Middleton- with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge second in the line of succession to the British throne, Catherine being first in line as future queen consort under the British laws of primogeniture.

 

Quoth da Queen…

“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.

“Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

 

And if misfortune should befall The Donald, America may have faith that Donald Junior will pick up the (ceremonial) reins and trot off on his own course – shooting elephants and awarding gold medals to Mike Lindell.  And if the elephant tramples the hunter, there’s always Ivanka.

Or Erik.

Of course, not everybody lionized the British royals in the first place.  Mary McAleese is still fighting on, she tells Liadán Hynes (See Attachment Sixteen).

'He's always been a dictator,” scoffed ex-president Mary McAleese in the Irish Independent; “a man of absolutely no moral conscience whatsoever. And now he heads a domestic terrorism group, which he created."  

A true British aristocrat, in other words.  Or, suggested the Pacific Standard, a “Jay Gatsby, throwing the party and drawing people in with his excess and opulence.”

Like his Trump Taj Mahal – which a bystander standing by the palace called “ostentatious”, but then added “…that attracts the majority of people.”

 

To be sure, there are downsides – reasons why Trump’s masquerades might spin crazily out of control, or why 45’s ego had so swelled that he no longer would be content with the trappings and perks of power, but would insist on retaining the reality.  This would be a shame – a great waste of a great pretender

Above all, Joe Biden, his Administration, Congress and America would have to maintain constant vigilance and slap down the King when he strayed off his reservation and started cutting deals with foreigners.  Those pursuits pursued for profit should not be a problem, but if the mercurial King woke up one day with the notion to use his influence with the mob and military (not there is much of the latter… see Attachment Twelve) to storm D.C. again and seize the authenticity of an Authentic, not Constitutional monarchy, he should just have to be put in his place, sent to bed without his supper (other than a bowl of broccoli) and without his SmartPhone.  No tweets for you!

Eventually, one hopes that he would adapt (and that, menaced by a potential Act of Parliament… er, Congress… suspending primogeniture, Donald Junior would also behave or risk being shoved aside in favor of King Erik while Jared and Ivanka could be dissuaded from plotting against the commoners and lesser nobility by charity work and, perhaps, running a small but high-end business in crafts and jewels and the like).

"I spoke briefly with the Queen when I came in. I spoke to the president a little bit longer,” said Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy after June’s state banquet (See Attachment Six (E). “He was very happy and excited. She seemed to be very pleased they were there. The president has tremendous respect for not only the British royals but for Britain.”

 

So maybe Djonald would just take to the job like a duck to water.  Or a fly to… something else.

The post might, as the Simpsons say, “embiggen him.”  Even Mad King George, after losing the colonies and depriving Americans of the pomp and circumstance of sovereignty, had his lucid moments – the stage play and subsequent film starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren concludes with George routing his enemies in Parliament and his family, proclaiming: “The King is Himself Again.

And alighting from his coach, he beams upon his subject and expounds upon his role…

“Smile at the people.  Wave to them.  Let them see that we are happy.  That is why we are here.”

Americans can only hope for such a denouement.

Long Live the King!

 

 

 

MARCH 19 – MARCH 25

 

  Friday, March 19, 2021

     

      Infected: 29,726,580

               Dead:  541,143

                  Dow:  32,627.97

      

           

President Joe celebrates his 100 million shots in 100 days 42 days early – vaxxes will be effective for six months, say doctors.  Europe, facing Third Wave, re-greenlights Astra Zeneca.  Dr. Fauci says the UK variant now comprises 30% of US cases and is 60% more deadly.  But anti-maskers still rally – one in Texas stabs a fast food clerk in the back for expelling him.

   President Joe then goes to Atlanta to make anti-gun and pro-Asian speeches after lowering White House flag to half-staff for eight killed in massage parlor.  Atlanta sheriff gets backlash for saying a Baptist sex addict had a “bad day”.  Unity meetings devolve into rival feminist and Asian victim lobbies claiming primacy – but everyone applauds the arrest of a serial Asian basher and a 76 year old Chinese grandmother who beats up her young, male attacker.  Cancel culture archaeologists cancel a Teen Vogue editor who tweeted about a “stupid Asian” teacher a decade ago.

   Still in trouble: renegade kiss solicitor and nursing home death-hiding Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) (an eighth victim accuses him of “ogling” and speaking Italian) and actor/cannibal Armie Hammer (I-Lecterville).  Ronan Farrow there with (another) expose.  But nobody objects to Dolly Parton being made over into a superheroine with a superheroine komik.

 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

 

      Infected:  29,730,775

                Dead:  541,914

                 

 

 

It’s the first day of Spring!

  Partisans still angry that Atlanta murders have not been declared hate crimes – a sensible man on the street says it was… anti woman and anti-Asian.  President Biden pulls the pin on new hate crime laws (although four counts of first-degree murder gratify, yet perplex both communities.

   As more and more migrants invade Texas and defeat our beautiful wall with primitive ladders, nearly five thousand unaccompanied children are crammed into crowded shelters while DHS helplessly bleats: “don’t come” and authorities we are at the beginning of “migration season”.  Adult migrants are sent back to Mexico and they return again. 

   Sister Jean prays Loyola to upset win as NCAA tournaments begin and women complain about inferior facilities.  White House cancels Easter Egg roll.

 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

 

      Infected:  29,784,001

                Dead:  542,517

                

 

Dr. Jah warns that America is opening up too soon, despite vaxxes, points to Eurospike example.  Heedless spring breakers cavort in Miami and fight police – Mayor Gelber trembles: “We are not an anything-goes destination,” and then: “It feels like any match could set it off!”  Blacks complain of police racism and brutality.  Anti-curfew riots spread to L.A. and new cases in Michigan up 92% in two weeks. With all the comings and goings, airline travel almost back to pre-plague levels. 

   With his 100 million vaxxers vaxxed, President Joe calls it “a floor”.  Mississippi (yeah, that one!) becomes the first state to allow prisoner vaxxes.  ABC’s Matt Gutman gushes that with social distancing reduced from 6 to 3 feet, it will be easier to reopen schools… teachers’ unions disagree, asking “where are our vaxxes?” 

   Mass murder copycats wallow – Detroit man stabs eight at hookah club, St. Louis dude “confesses” to 16 murders.  Crabapple Baptist in Milton, GA revoke the membership of massage parlour killer Mister Long.

 

Monday, March 22, 2021

 

       Infected:  29,821,403

                 Dead:  542,949

                  Dow:  32,731.20   

               

 

Syrian-born killer in Boulder, CO now the champion with ten kills.  Border crossings doubling every week – now called the most in twenty years.  President Joe stubbornly refuses to call the crisis a crisis – bans journalists from facilities.

   Miami spring breakers dismiss plague as “an afterthought”.  With 21 states now rising from their plateaus, CDC’s Dr. Walensky declares “We’re at the fork in the road.”  Oxford AstraZeneca tests 79% effective, 100% on hospitalizations and deaths.  Its researchers deny claims of blood clotting.  They promise approval by April 1st, full rollout by MayDay.

   Governor Cuomo’s critics cashing in.  First woman out, Lindsey Boylan declares she’s running for Brooklyn Borough President.  But potential challenger Tom Reed falls to a sex scandal of his own.

   Idiot elephant dad remains newsworthy but a rival is the Spring Breaker who tried to parachute off Florida hotel balcony.  Parachute failed, no more idiot.

 

 Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 

          Infected: 29,871,853

                   Dead:  542,933

                     Dow:  32,473.15

 

It’s National Puppy Day!

   Sick puppy Ahmed Alissa kills ten, including cop, at Boulder, CO grocery store.  He was allegedly angry over anti-Muslim sentiments in America.  This’ll help – maybe get the bullseye off of Asians for awhile.  Over the last three years, mass shootings (min. 4 victims) have nearly doubled (387 to 618).

   Just as AstraZeneca prospects soar, the National Inst. Of Health accuses them of cooking their test results.  Uh oh!  Dr. F. calls it “an unforced error that will conatribute to vaccine hesitancy.” He adds: “we are at the corner, the question is whether we will turn the corner.”

   Migrant children being sent to San Diego convention center.  Pentagon plans to open up two military bases.  Biden plans to hand the problem off to Kamala, the way Obama gifted him with Central American policy years ago.

   Evanston, Illinois offers blacks $25,000 in reparations – activists refuse it as too small.  Cadbury’s Easter Bunny will be… a tree frog named Betty?  Speciesism!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

 

          Infected:  29,928,341

                    Dead:  543,827

                     Dow:  32,420.06  

Boulder shootings revive new gun control legislation.  President Joe says we can ban high powered assault rifles and high caliber magazine.  Veep Kamala says the government is not going to take away people’s Second Amendment rights.  Sen. Cruz (R-Cancun) rises to defend more guns for everybody and calls new proposal “ridiculous theatre”.  Minority Mitch calls it perplexing.  Sen. Joe (Manchin, D-WVa) rejects restrictions, meaning that proposal is – so to speak – dead in the water even without Republican filibuster.

   Also dead in the water – a Salvadoran Olympic swimmer killed by lightning.  An American spring breaker, however, is alive in the water after shark attack.

   New plague cases and vaccinations are racing each other upwards.  Vaxxing “long haul” Covid survivors lessens symptoms. 

   Killer Alissa, meanwhile, refuses to talk to police about his arrests for assault and online posting but does ask to speak to his Mommy.  A Boulder survivor reminisces: “I thought if this was the sort of world I had to live in, then let me die.”

     

  

   Thursday, March 25, 2021

             Infected:  30,011,839

                       Dead:  545,264

                         Dow:  32,619.48  

President Joe finally holds press conference after record 64 day silence.  He says plague and gun murders are bad, so he’ll double his promised vaxxes to 200M in 100 days and, if Republicans resist gun control, issue executive orders against “ghost guns”.  And if they filibuster, he’ll go “one step beyond!”  Then he lets fly the pejoratives on voter suppression bills – they are “sick”. “un-American” and “pernicious” and turn Jim Crow into Jim Eagle.

   He also says he misses President Trump.

   Disgraced AstraZeneca lowers its vax effectivity rate from 79 to 76% and asks if they can now be approved?  Dr. Jha calls the vax “fabulous” but wishes they had been more honest. Twenty states now report at least ten percent infection rates – hospitalizations are up 633% in Michigansters in their 30s.  CDC issues “No Sail” orders for cruise ships until November.

   Gov. Newsome (D-Ca) faces recall, states that not only is there a light at the end of the tunnel of plague, it’s a bright light.

 

Dull week this, but people start getting back to normal – meaning, buying stuff on credit.  Consumer debt increase far and away topped all other Jonesian factors… and with the plague, the economy  and government largesse, prices of stuff are going up, too.  A 3% mortgage rate sounds piddling compared to the 20-something charges of the Gerald Ford years, but, given the Spring Break idiocy and Suez disasters, more costly news may be coming.

 

 

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)

 

CATEGORY

VALUE

BASE

 

RESULTS

 

SCORE

SCORE

      OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS

 

  INCOME

(24%)

6/27/13

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

3/19/21

 3/26/21

                             SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)

9%

1350 pts.

3/19/21

+0.04%

4/2/21

1,429.18

1,429.18

https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages 25.19

 

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

3/19/21

+0.03%

4/2/21

668.49

668.72

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   35,396

 

Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

12/1/20

+1.61%

4/2/21

323.48

323.48

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000   6.2%

 

Official (DC – in millions)

2%

300

3/19/21

+0.03%

4/2/21

389.67

389.79

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      9,964

 

Total. (DC – in millions)

2%

300

3/19/21

+0.20%

4/2/21

326.73

327.38

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    17,672

 

Workforce Participation

Number (in millions)

Percentage (DC)

2%

300

3/19/21

 

+0.017%

+0.029%

4/2/21

 

 

311.63

 

 

311.72

In 150,319  Out 100,828 Total: 251,147

http://www.usdebtclock.org/  59.85

 

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

12/1/20

-0.16%

4/2/21

151.74

151.74

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  61.40

 

OUTGO

(15%)

 

 

 

 

 

Total Inflation

7%

1050

3/12/21

+0.4%

4/2/21

1,014.25

1,014.25

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.4

 

Food

2%

300

3/12/21

+0.2%

4/2/21

283.27

283.27

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

 

Gasoline

2%

300

3/12/21

+6.4%

4/2/21

297.02

297.02

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +6.4

 

Medical Costs

2%

300

3/12/21

+0.5%

4/2/21

287.06

287.06

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

 

Shelter

2%

300

3/12/21

+0.2%

4/2/21

294.32

294.32

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEALTH

(6%)

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

3/19/21

   -0.74%

4/2/21

360.56

357.89

https://www.wsj.com/market-data/quotes/index/DJIA  32,618.48

 

Sales (homes)

Valuation (homes)

1%

1%

150

150

3/19/21

   -1.04%

   -1.90%

4/2/21

194.41

162.28                

194.41

162.28               

https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics

     Sales (M):  6.69 Valuations (K):  303.9

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

3/19/21

   -0.07%

4/2/21

274.26

274.44

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    64,107

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions)

2%

300

3/19/21

 +0.09%

4/2/21

297.10          

297.36          

debtclock.org/       3,476

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

3/19/21

 +0.10%

4/2/21

221.78

221.55

debtclock.org/       6,711

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

3/19/21

 +0.11%

4/2/21

330.18

329.82

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    28,097

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

3/19/21

 +3.45%

4/2/21

382.21

369.01

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    85,651

 

GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

3/19/21

 +0.14%

4/2/21

290.57              

290.16              

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   7,133

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

3/19/21

 +1.00%

4/2/21

159.63

159.63

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html 191.9

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

3/19/21

  -1.38%

4/2/21

134.93

134.93

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html 260.2

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

3/19/21

 +2.35%

4/2/21

106.13            

106.13            

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  68.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL INDICES (40%) 

 

ACTS of MAN

(12%)

 

  World Affairs

3%

450

3/19/21

-0.6%

4/2/21

397.88

395.49

Twelve policemen ambushed and killed in Mexico.  New Israeli elections end in another deadlock, meaning more chaos.  NoKo tests more missiles; two near misses on Japan considered an Olympic preview.  President Joe shrugs: “Whatever!” Container ship blocks Suez Canal, backing up traffic.   Europlague lockdown sparks riots in France, Germany, Italy and Poland.  Some countries (Iceland, Australia) demanding proof of vaccinations.  Venice “celebrates” Sweet Sixteen Hundredth amids floods, plague and lockdowns.  The chattering class debate U.K.’s “Royal Diversity Office” fallout from Oprah; also whether William or Harry… one of ‘em… is writing a book.

 

Terrorism

2%

300

3/19/21

+0.8%

4/2/21

242.87

240.93

Following Atlanta massage parlour murders, Detroit man stabs eight at hookah bar and Syrian shooter mows down ten in Boulder CO supermart – copycat arrested at Atlanta grocery with tons o’ guns.  Supremes will consider reinstating death penalty against Boston Marathon bomber.

 

Politics

3%

450

3/19/21

+0.2%

4/2/21

435.12      

435.99      

In his first press conference, President Joe doubles his promise to 200M vaxxes in 100 days and says he’ll run again in 2024.  Giving up on bipartisanship, Biden ponders EO against “ghost guns” while states rush to pass voter-suppression laws.  Mask, vaxx and election denialist Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Al) seeks upgrade to the Senate.  From his palace of exile, Donald Trump declares: “I know the Queen.” (Of England, ‘midst a tirade against evil Meghan.)

 

Economics

3%

450

3/19/21

   nc

4/2/21

397.93     

397.93     

House passes laws easing restrictions on farmworkers.  Dollar General to open 1000 more stores.  Semiconductor shortage impacting manufacturing – especially cars.  Vatican budget crisis forces 10% pay cut for Cardinals.  The good news: homelessness is down.  The bad: because so many died over the winter, mostly of plague and freezing.

 

Crime

1%

150

3/19/21

+0.3%

4/2/21

256.36

255.59

Dumb daddy drags 2 year old daughter into elephant enclosure, arrested for “endangerment”.  St. Louis man arrested for killing 15 drug dealers… and his wife.  Hungry passenger bites off United Airlines attendant’s ear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTS of GOD

(6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

3/19/21

  -0.1%

4/2/21

415.22

414.80

Severe weather threats finally ease.  Kentucky farmers grateful that climate change will enable them to compete with California on produce other than tobacco  as world population slated to increase to 9.3B by 2060.  Tornadoes touch down from Texas to Tupelo – then on to Alabama, killing three.

 

Natural/Unnatural Disaster

3%

450

3/19/21

  -0.2%

4/2/21

414.33

413.50

Japanese earthquake sparks warning of a tsunami that doesn’t arrive.  And a volcano erupts near Icelandic capital, also no casualties.  (Except for battling weathermen fighting to be first to compare it to Mordor.)  Mass fire destroys Bangladesh refugee camp. Two Massachusetts mountain hikers killed falling off mountain.  Alabama tornadoes kill three.  Naked woman pulled alive out of storm drain.

 

LIFESTYLE/JUSTICE INDEX   (15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science, Tech, Education

4%

600

3/19/21

+0.3%

4/2/21

652.20

654.16

Exasperated parents hail reduction of social distancing for kids from 6 to 3 feet, enabling schools to re-open.  Teachers get the plague jitters.

 

Equality (econ./social)

4%

600

3/19/21

 -0.1%

4/2/21

567.07

566.59

National newscrawl scrolls: “Thousands attend anti-Asian hate rallies” instead of “Thousands attend attention anti Asian-hate rallies.”

 

Health

4%

600

3/19/21

   nc

4/2/21

507.31

 

507.31

 

Secresto Secresto flea and tick killers accused of also killing 1700 dogs.  President Joe extends Obamacare registration period.

 

Plague

+0.2%

- 102.21

- 102.41

Arizona mask burners hold riotous rally.  Miami Beach imposes curfew on rowdy, maskless Spring Break super spreaders.  Critics say embattled Gov. Cuomo sought and got preferential vaxxing.  Rite Aid trolled for refusing vaxxes to illegals.  Docs say Vitaman D helps plague symptoms.  Hong Kong redlights Pfizer after packaging glitch.

 

Freedom and Justice

3%

450

3/19/21

 +0.1%

4/2/21

452.45

452.90

Final Chauvin/Floyd juror seated.  Lead Capitol riots prosecutor floats “sedition” charges – calls unindicted Djonald Trump a maggot… er, “magnet”.  Thousands of drug convictions in Massachusetts thrown out due to lab error.

 

MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX   (7%)

 

 

 

Cultural incidents

3%

450

3/19/21

 +0.5%

4/2/21

489.82

500.69

Oscar producers ban zooms and jeans.  AMC reopens theatres – at limited capacity.  Scalpers rake in the cash reselling baseball tickets.  Sister Jean prays Loyola into Sweet Sixteen.  RIP L.A. Lakers star Elgin Baylor, “Goldbergs” dad and Streisand co-star George Segal, “Arrested Development” actress Jessica Walter.

 

 

Miscellaneous incidents

4%

450

3/19/21

+0.2%

4/2/21

473.05           

474.00           

Turkey hunting season begins in turkey hunting states.  Pepsi rolls out Mango Cola.  Ex-Pres. Trump is not amused.  Robot artwork sells for 70 million.  (Critics say it’s only 70 thousand – and still too much.)  $70?  70¢?  Shortage of Grape Nuts cereal ends – scalpers and hoarders cry.  7-11 announces it’ll sell drive-by tacos.

 

             

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ATTACHMENT ONE – From about-britain.com

 

Unlike most other countries the United Kingdom does not have a codified constitution. There are however a number of texts which are considered to be constitutional, for example the Human Rights Act 1998.

 

A short guide to the constitutional framework of the United Kingdom

 

The United Kingdom does not have a constitution

   The UK has no written constitution. Nor does England have a constitution, neither written nor formulated. The United Kingdom is one of the few countries of the world that does not have a written constitution: it just has what is known as an "uncodified constitution".
   Thus the only "British Constitution" that exists is a set of rules and regulations constituted by jurisprudence and laws (English and Scottish law), and by various treaties and international agreements to which the United Kingdom has signed up. This uncodified constitution has largely developed out of historic English law, since many of its founding principles and essential laws go back to charters and bills that were drawn up by the English parliament long before the creation of the United Kingdom. 

     Although England's parliament, often called "the mother of parliaments" has existed for over seven centuries, the founding document of England's "constitution" is generally considered to be the Magna Carta, or Great Charter of the Liberties of England, which the barons drew up and forced King John to sign in the year 1215. The spirit of this document has guided the evolution of English law over the centuries, as well as inspiring numerous constitutional documents drawn up by other countries, including notably the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
   Among other landmark bills that have established major new principles in the British Constitution are the English Bill of Rights, passed after the Glorious Revolution of  1689, and the Acts of Union, of 1707, establishing the linking of England and Scotland within a United Kingdom.

Parliament, the phantom Constitution and Brexit.


The absence of a written constitution caused a major constitutional argument about what a government can do without the consent of Parliament.

    Constitutional experts tended to agree that Parliament had to be consulted, and vote, before the Prime Minister could activate Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, to take the UK out of the European Union.
   However Theresa May and her government thought differently. The Prime Minister did not want a debate, or a vote, in Parliament before Britain left the European Union at the end of the long process of negotiation.
   In July 2016, a group of citizens appealed to the High Court to stop the government activating Article 50 without Parliament's consent.  On 3rd November, the High Court delivered its verdict. This verdict was confirmed by the Supreme Court on 24th January. Parliament must vote before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty could be triggered. It did so.
   Nevertheless, Parliament was not bound by the result of the Brexit referendum, which was consultative, not legislative. Before the referendum, three quarters of elected MPs were against Brexit, and until the 2019 General Election, it remained possible that Brexit would not actually take place; Parliament had the power to veto it. In the end, Parliament held up the Brexit process, but could not stop it. While some Conservative MPs rebelled against their party and tried to block it, enough remained loyal to their party to ensure a situation of stalemate (impasse) in Parliament, where MPs could not agree on a way forward. Eventually there was a new General Election in the autumn of 2019, and Boris Johnson secured a majority of 80, promising to "get Brexit done". With a big Conservative majority, Parliament approved Brexit, and the UK left the European Union on January 31st 2020.
   Vetoing Brexit, however, would have been a dangerous step. If Parliament had vetoed a process that was approved (however marginally and on the basis of however many lies)  by a popular referendum, it would have sparked a massive constitutional crisis and possibly serious trouble on the streets.
  The debates and arguments did not stop when Britain technically left the EU on Jan. 31st 2020. Later in 2020, Johnson proposed a law that would allow the UK to renege on parts of the international agreement signed with the EU concerning Britain's terms of exit from the Union (the Withdrawal Agreement).
   Johnson's action was severely criticized by all of Britain's living former Prime Ministers (3 Conservatives, 2 Labour), and by another former leader of the Conservative Party. It is likely that the House of Lords will, at least on the first reading, refuse to ratify Johnson's bill to override some parts of an international agreement that Johnson himself signed earlier in the year.

Parliament is supreme. It is Parliament, as the representative of the "estates" of the nation - monarchy, aristocracy, church and people - which makes laws. Parliament cannot act illegally, nor anti-constitutionally, as Parliament determines what is the law of the land, and a bill that is passed by Parliament, and signed by the monarch, is by definition constitutional. In the past, the Monarch could refuse to sign bills; but today he or she has to sign any bill passed by the two chambers of Parliament.
   In past centuries, the Parliament was inspired, and laws were dictated, by the Monarch and the Upper Chamber, known as the House of Lords. Since the 19th century, parliamentary power has been held by the elected members of the Lower House, known as the House of Commons.  It is here that the Government of the day introduces and debates most new legislation, and for any new bill to become law, it must be "passed" (accepted) by the House of Commons, as well as by the House of Lords, and finally signed into law by the Monarch.
   Legislative programmes are determined by the Government in power, known as "Her (his) Majesty's Government". In theory, the government is appointed by the Monarch; in practice, the monarch no longer has any choice in the matter. He or She appoints as Prime Minister the leader of the political party with a majority in the House of Commons; or, if no party has a majority, the leader of a coalition that has been agreed between party leaders. The Prime Minister then appoints the Ministers of "Her Majesty's government ". As well as piloting its legislative programme through Parliament, the government can also manage the day-to-day affairs of the nation by using "statutory instruments" to make administrative changes or minor modifications to existing legislation; these are not submitted to Parliament for approval .
    The body of legislation passed by the British Parliament accounts for the major part of the nation's uncodified constitution.
     Since the British Parliament is supreme, the United Kingdom is a unitary state. It is neither federal nor confederal. While Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own parliaments or assemblies, with delegated powers, these regional governments are subsidiary to the British Government in London. The British Parliament can, if it chooses to do so, take back any powers delegated to regional assemblies. This does not usually happen, but it can, and it did in 1972, when the London Parliament provisionally suspended the Northern Ireland Assembly (Stormont), on account of its inability to properly manage the affairs of Northern Ireland during the time of the "troubles".
   While Parliament cannot act outside the law as it is the supreme maker of law,  the government can do so. This was shown in January 2017, when the Supreme Court ruled that the Government's decision to short-circuit parliamentary scrutiny in preparing a Brexit agreement was unconstitutional.

Common Law and the constitution

 

After Parliament, the other great base of the United Kingdom's uncodified constitution is "Common Law". Great Britain does not have a "penal code" nor a "civil code"; its "Common Law" is the fruit of centuries of jurisprudence, that is based on historic principles of "natural law" (moral law, founded on historically accepted basic principles of right and wrong) . Common Law, though based on the principle of "precedent", can change at any moment, as it is determined by judges; for this reason, it evolves slowly to reflect changes in society and social norms. It cannot evolve in a manner that is in contradiction with social norms or parliamentary law, as any controversial verdict based on common law would be challenged in the courts of appeal.


Other elements of the British Constitution

 

Finally, there are other elements that serve to define the rights and obligations of the British people. Britain has signed up to numerous international conventions and treaties, which can determine the legality or otherwise of  actions or processes, such as marine pollution or human rights. European law also applies in the UK, and according to the principle of Primacy included in the charter of the European Union, EU law takes precedence over UK law in any event of incompatibility. 


Church and state

 

The United Kingdom is not a secular state - at least, not in principle. Ever since the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, the British Monarch has also been the official supreme governor of the Church of England, the "Defender of the Faith" - fidei defensor. Each coronation takes place at a ceremony at Westminster Abbey, where the new monarch is crowned and blessed by the Primate of the Church of England (the Anglican church), the Archbishop of Canterbury.
   In addition, twenty six Anglican bishops sit in the House of Lords.
   These aspects are part of the ritual or ceremonial heritage of England. In reality, the Monarch takes no more part in the running of the Church of England, than he or she does in the nation's government. And the Bishops who sit in the House of Lords can only have a marginal influence on debates in the House which, as previously noted, does not have the power to oppose government legislation passed by the House of Commons. Their main function, in the 21st century, is to act as guardians of moral or socially equitable values in the British parliament; this does not mean "conservative" values, as was shown when the UK Parliament was one of the first national parliaments in the world to approve gay marriage.


Developments

 

Being uncodified, the Constitution of the United Kingdom is in a state of constant flux. Each new law, each new major decision by judges, becomes a new stone in the edifice of the British Constitution.  Thus, the British constitution changes all the time, very slowly, often imperceptibly. Britain moves forward by evolution, not by revolution.
    Currently, one of the changes being discussed is the modernisation of the House of Lords, to make it at least in part a chamber to which members can be elected. At present, this is not the case. The Cameron government pledged to introduce chages in the life of the present Parliament, but British voters are not very concerned by this issue. It does not arouse much passion on either side of the argument. As of 2014, it seems unlikely that this "constitutional reform" will be enacted before the next General Election; few people in the UK think that constitutional reform is is necessary, let alone essential; the UK functions fairly well without a written constitution, and without big changes to the uncodified constitution that it does have. When it comes to change, the Government and the British people have other more important and urgent things to think about.


ATTACHMENT TWO – from various, through Wiki

 

TYPES OF MONARCHY

 

These are roughly the categories which modern monarchies fall into:

·         Commonwealth realmsQueen Elizabeth II is the monarch of sixteen Commonwealth realms (Antigua and Barbuda; the Commonwealth of Australia; the Commonwealth of the BahamasBarbadosBelizeCanadaGrenadaJamaicaNew Zealand; the Independent State of Papua New Guinea; the Federation of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSolomon IslandsTuvalu; and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). They evolved out of the British Empire into fully independent states within the Commonwealth of Nations that retain the Queen as head of state, unlike other Commonwealth countries that are either dependencies, republics or have a different royal house. All sixteen realms are constitutional monarchies and full democracies, where the Queen has limited powers or a largely ceremonial role.  (See Attachment Three, below)

·         Other European constitutional monarchies.

o    The Principality of Andorra; the Kingdom of Belgium; the Kingdom of Denmark; the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg; the Kingdom of the Netherlands; the Kingdom of Norway; the Kingdom of Spain; and the Kingdom of Sweden are fully democratic states in which the monarch has a limited or largely ceremonial role.

o    Andorra is unique among all existing monarchies, as it is a diarchy, with the Co-Princeship being shared by the President of France and the Bishop of Urgell. This arrangement creates a unique situation among monarchies, as a) neither Co-Prince is of Andorran descent, b) one is elected by common citizens of a foreign country (France), but not by Andorrans as they cannot vote in the French Presidential Elections, c) the other, the bishop of Urgell, is appointed by a foreign head of state, the Pope.

·         European mixed monarchiesLiechtenstein and Monaco are constitutional monarchies in which the Prince retains many powers of an absolute monarch. For example, the 2003 Constitution referendum gives the Prince of Liechtenstein the power to veto any law that the Landtag (parliament) proposes and vice versa. The Prince can hire or dismiss any elective member or government employee from his or her post. However, unlike an absolute monarch, the people can call for a referendum to end the Prince's reign. The Prince of Monaco has simpler powers: he cannot hire or dismiss any elective member or government employee from his or her post, but he can select the minister of stategovernment council and judges.

·         Muslim monarchies. These Muslim monarchs of the Kingdom of Bahrain; the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of PeaceMalaysia; the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; the State of Kuwait; the Kingdom of Morocco; the Sultanate of Oman; the State of Qatar; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates generally retain far more powers than their European or Commonwealth counterparts.

Absolute monarchs remain in the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace; the Sultanate of Oman; the State of Qatar; and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Kuwait are classified as mixed, meaning there are representative bodies of some kind, but the monarch retains most of his powers. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Malaysia, the Kingdom of Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates are constitutional monarchies, but their monarchs still retain more substantial powers than in European equivalents.

·         East and Southeast Asian constitutional monarchies. The Kingdom of Bhutan; the Kingdom of CambodiaJapan; and the Kingdom of Thailand have constitutional monarchies where the monarch has a limited or ceremonial role. Thailand changed from traditional absolute monarchy into a constitutional one in 1932, while the Kingdom of Bhutan changed in 2008. The Kingdom of Cambodia had its own monarchy after independence from the French Colonial Empire, which was deposed after the Khmer Rouge came into power. The monarchy was subsequently restored in the peace agreement of 1993.

·         Other monarchies. Five monarchies do not fit into one of the above groups by virtue of geography or class of monarchy: the Kingdom of Tonga in Polynesia; the Kingdom of Eswatini and the Kingdom of Lesotho in Southern Africa; and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M.), and the Vatican City State in Europe. Of these, the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Kingdom of Tonga are constitutional monarchies, while the Kingdom of Eswatini and the Vatican City State are absolute monarchies. The Kingdom of Eswatini is increasingly being considered a diarchy. The King, or Ngwenyama, rules alongside his mother, the Ndlovukati, as dual heads of state originally designed to be checks on political power. The Ngwenyama, however, is considered the administrative head of state, while the Ndlovukati is considered the spiritual and national head of state, a position which has become largely symbolic in recent years. S.M.O.M. is governed by an elected Prince and Grand Master. The Pope is the absolute monarch of the Vatican by virtue of his position as head of the Roman Catholic Church and Bishop of Rome; he is an elected rather than hereditary ruler. The Pope need not be a citizen of the territory prior to his election by the cardinals.

 

For a delineation between Constitutional and Absolute monarchies, see here.

 

ATTACHMENT THREE – FROM the WEEK, U.K.

 

WHAT POWERS DOES QUEEN ELIZABETH II HAVE?

Hung parliament would leave monarch in a sensitive position once again

10 DEC 2019

 

The fractious Brexit landscape has placed the Queen at the heart of political debate in 2019.

The prorogation row at the end of summer put her role under scrutiny - and should there be a hung parliament following Thursday’s election, Elizabeth II will be in the spotlight again.

Here is a guide to Her Majesty’s powers.

A constitutional monarchy and the Queen’s role

In a monarchy, the king or queen is the head of state. However, as the UK has a constitutional monarchy, the ability to make and pass legislation belongs to Parliament rather than the Queen.

The monarch retains a symbolic role in government. She formally opens Parliament every year, and when the government passes a bill, it cannot become an Act of Parliament until it receives her stamp of approval, a process called Royal Assent. In reality, though, no monarch has refused to give Royal Assent since 1708, when Queen Anne did so only at the behest of ministers.

As such, Queen Elizabeth II’s formal duties are largely representational, such as embarking on goodwill visits abroad and hosting foreign heads of state. The monarch’s main role is to serve as a vital part of Britain’s “national identity, unity and pride”, says the official royal website, royal.uk.

But the Queen does have a few unique legal privileges. Royal.uk says she “retains the right to claim ownership of any unmarked mute swan swimming in open waters”. She also claims dominion over all whales, sturgeons and dolphins in the waters around England and Wales, doesn’t need a passport to travel abroad, and can drive without a licence.

The Queen’s role in a hung parliament

In a straightforward general election, the Queen would accept the resignation of the outgoing prime minister and then instruct the incoming leader to form a government in her name - but this process is “put in jeopardy if there is uncertainty over the government being formed”, says the Daily Express.

If no single political party wins an overall majority in the House of Commons, the Queen is left in a sensitive position. She must be kept informed about any negotiations to build a coalition, but cannot exercise any personal discretion over the choice of Downing Street’s occupant.

With no majority, the existing PM is given the first chance to create a government, either by trying to govern with a minority of MPs or by forming a coalition or “confidence and supply” arrangement with another party or parties. If this fails, the largest opposition party is usually invited to try to do the same.

In 2010, as Gordon Brown attempted to reach a deal with the Liberal Democrats, the Queen “very conspicuously removed herself to Windsor Castle to signal her unwillingness to play a part in the formation of a new government”, writes Philip Murphy, director of the London-based Institute of Commonwealth Studies, in an article on The Conversation.

 

David Cameron later admitted that he could not be totally sure about what kind of government he was going to form when he finally met Her Majesty to become PM.

The Queen and the prime minister

Once a PM is in office, the Queen meets with them weekly and offers counsel. She reads the Queen’s Speech to open Parliament, although this is written by the government, and in normal times her powers are usually exercised on the advice of the PM.

However, as lawyer David Allen Green wrote in the Financial Times earlier this year, “these are not normal times”. In the lead-up to the 31 October Brexit deadline, former attorney-general Dominic Grieve raised the possibility that the Queen could sack Boris Johnson if he refused to comply with Parliament’s new legislation to avoid a no-deal exit from the EU.

“This is now possible in constitutional theory and not inconceivable in the strange politics of the moment,” wrote Green.

Robert Hazell, professor of government and constitution at University College London, told The Guardian that the Queen could dismiss a PM if he or she lost a vote of no confidence and refused to resign. “But she would only do so if the House of Commons indicated clearly who should be appointed as prime minister in his place,” Hazell said.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act gives a 14-day window after a vote of no confidence to find a new PM capable of securing the confidence of the Commons. In practice, the Queen could ask another political leader to put an alternative administration in place that could win the confidence of parliament. “The removal from office of the prime minister is implicit,” says Green.  (See also History.com – Attachment Seven)

 

 

ATTACHMENT FOUR – FROM the Norfolk (UK) Gazette

 

REVEALED: DONALD TRUMP’S NORFOLK ANCESTRY WITH ROYAL LINKS

 

By Ian Bred, Norfolk Correspondentm 2017

 

American President Donald Trump’s ancestors were Norfolk farmers with an incredible modern-day link to the Queen, we can reveal today.

We traced his family tree going back many generations, and discovered his ancestors eked out a living on farmland that is now part of Her Majesty’s sprawling Sandringham Estate.

Our special investigation featured weeks of sifting through thousands of documents and old photographs at the Norfolk Central Records Office, which unearthed the extraordinary Trump heritage in the village of West Newton, just south of Sandringham.

Mr Trump’s great, great-grandfather Archibald “Archie” Trump bought eight acres of land in 1827, and he toiled for more than 50 years with the help of his sons Abraham and Henry, before he died in 1879, aged 68.

The family endured many hardships, yet young Henry – who was Donald Trump’s great-grandfather – displayed some business acumen by being featured in an early edition of the Eastern Daily Press newspaper, posing for the camera as part of a feature about rearing geese.