THE DON JONES INDEX…

 

 

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

 

 4/23/21…  14,210.58

 4/16/21…  14,206.98

   6/27/13…  15,000.00

 

 

DOW JONES INDEX: 4/23/21…33,815.90; 4/17/2134,035.99; 6/27/13…15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for April 23, 2021 – “JOE does GUNS!”

 

“When you've begun to think like a gun…  The days of the year have suddenly gone

- John Cale

 

One week ago today, a nineteen year old son of Indianapolis by the unfortunate name of Brandon Hole decided to get famous.  As unlucky and unfortunate as his name, this perpetrator apparently suffered from a variety of mental troubles and a fascination with guns that eventually caused his mother to inform the police that something was not right with the boy.  A Hole on their radar, the authorities paid a visit to the whole Hole family and took away Brandon’s gun.  Further, he was placed on the now trending “red flag” list.

That’d take care of him!

Except -  months after being listed as a person whose access to firearms should be limited, if not proscribed, Mister Hole… who had acquired a little pocket money by working at the Federal Express warehouse… took a little trip down to the local gun store, ammo’d up and then went back to his former place of employment to settle some scores.

8 dead, many more wounded.  And then he killed himself.

 

Sometimes – and especially since the election of and regime of Donald Trump, even continuing now after his regime is more or less ended (at least for a few more years) – high tragedy and low comedy prance arm-in-arm like rat packers Frank and Dean with the Three Stooges through the public parks and killing fields of America – chasing squirrels, former lovers and co-workers, enemy races, political partisans and random strangers with armaments often invented for and perfected on the battlefield.

After each new outburst… the Oklahoma bombing of a quarter Tim McVeigh note, the Parkland, Columbine and other school shootings, the massacres at malls and movie theatres, outdoor music concerts and indoor, intimate family gatherings… those people who account themselves decent send up a cry for somebody to do something.  After scrutiny of the perpetrator and prayers for their prey, this usually involves some sort of government intervention (often in the form of gun controls) or, as the Second Amendment advocates prefer, “nut control” or “criminal control”.  Which means a science-fiction like technology to detect and apprehend suspects before they commit crimes.  Profitable books, komix, movies and television episodes have been made from this.

Every so often, some pollwatching politician proposes legislation to stop Americans from killing each other.  Presidents are particularly subject to such outbursts, even knowing that a venture might gather good press and even get passed by Congress, but will eventually be carried off, becoffined and with ruffles and flourishes, to the grave of the Senate.  Thus, the Biden-Harris Administration’s April 7th announcement of “Six Initial Actions To Address The Gun Violence Public Health Epidemic.”  (Attachment One)

Boiled down to their bones by the Bezeezus (Wash) Post which, having received Joe’s list, scrutinized and red penciled it and exchanged whispers with knowledgeable insiders, BHA’s Super (or, to patriots, Sleazy) Six were reduced to…

·         “Targeting “ghost guns,” which replace the components that would normally be engraved with a serial number with homemade parts. Parts can easily be ordered on the Internet; people making them just need to use metalworking tools to put them together, and they’re untraceable to authorities. Officials in D.C. have become worried about such guns in recent years, saying they’re being seen more and more in homicides in the city. It isn’t illegal to make a gun at home in many parts of the United States, and ghost gun kits make it a lot easier.

·         “Directing the Justice Department to draft a new rule regulating “stabilizing braces,” which in effect allow pistols to function as short-barreled rifles. The new rule would specify that using such a brace means the gun is subject to the laws that govern short-barrel rifles. The man accused of killing 10 people in Boulder last month used such a weapon.

·         “A new annual Justice Department report on firearms trafficking.

·         “Making it easier for states to adopt red-flag laws by publishing a model red-flag bill. Biden hopes states will pass these laws on their own, since there isn’t a national law. They allow a family member or law enforcement officer to ask a court to bar an individual from accessing firearms, if they can show the person is dangerous to themselves or others.

·         “New proposed investments in community-based anti-violence programs aimed at urban communities. Biden wants to put $5 billion of new money into violence intervention programs across the United States over the next eight years, while revamping existing federal programs and…

·         “Announcing a new nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, David Chipman. Chipman is a 25-year ATF veteran who has more recently worked as an adviser to a pro-gun-control lobbying organization named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who survived a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, as a congresswoman and has previously said there should be more regulation of ghost guns.”

That doesn’t mean his plan was likely to pass, the WashPost acknowledged — “but his voters expect him to deliver.”  In other words, do something.   Anything.  Or at least talk about doing something… inasmuch as USA Today cited a recent ABC News/Ipsos poll that found a majority of Americans (57%) “disapproved of the way Biden has handled gun violence as president among both Democrats and Republicans.” 

So off Biden trod to the Rose Garden, where he declared: “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment.

“Nothing I am about to recommend,” he added, giving props to his likely opponents, “in any way impinges on the Second Amendment.”  (See Attachment Two)

Given the plethora of armed assaults by Americans upon Americans just this year (See List, Attachment Three), the president repeated his calls for the Senate to pass the House bills on Thursday as well as take several measures to address gun reform, including reinstating a ban on assault weapons, eliminating gun manufacturer immunity and reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Actlandmark legislation that Biden championed as a senator that enshrined federal protections and support for domestic violence survivors.

Joe pointed to two bills passed in the House last month. One bill would expand background checks on individuals seeking to purchase or transfer firearms, while the other would close the so-called Charleston loophole, which allows gun sales to proceed without a completed background check if three business days have passed. The bills, according to USA Today, “face uphill battles in an evenly divided Senate.”

But, reported Vox, both of these bills have stalled in the Senate, standing very little chance of accumulating the 60 votes needed to bypass a GOP-led filibuster. And Democrats, who have 51 votes in the chamber, aren’t unified on what type of gun reform is needed. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has said he would not vote for HR 8 in its current form.

“No, I don’t support what the House passed,” Manchin told CNN in March. “Not at all.”

Manchin and other relative centrists in Congress, such as Susan Collins (R-ME) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), instead support a more conservative bill Toomey and Manchin authored after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. That bill would increase the use of background checks, though not on private weapon sales.

With the Senate deadlocked and Vice President Harris able to enact Democrat-supported legislation, the maintenance of unanimity is paramount and Manchin is their weakest link.

Proud recipient of a shining “A” ranking from the NRA, Manchin… as a state legislator, Governor and Senator has supported background checks for gun show or internet sales, but also opposed banning semi-automatic weapons and, as Governor, vetoed restrictions on automatic weapon sales, vetoed Senate Bill No. 515, voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets co-sponsored the Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act allowing veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad, and opposed the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty.  (See Attachment Four, a candidate survey when he was up against A+ rated Patrick Morrissey, whom he narrowly defeated in a deep red state.)

The Indiana massacre followed several weeks of especially high-profile incidents of active shooters taking up arms against other Americans for perceived domestic or work-related grievances, for ethnic hate, in acts of politically or religiously-related domestic terror or just for… who the hell knows?  They come as echoes of the one-six still resonate across disgruntled farms and factories and fertilizer warehouses, in the wake of high-profile police shootings (such as the case of George Floyd and subsequent trial) and amid (and partially due to) the “cabin fever” that has spread like toxic mold throughout the world since the implosion of the plague. with consequences like economic and mental distress, the closing of schools that has released millions of bored and angry children into the street to do whatever things that bored, angry children always do.  Not to mention, of course, the ongoing partisan bitterness and bickering left over from the last two Presidential elections.  Partisans have roared “Hurray for our side!”  Conspiracy theories have flourished.  Mental illness… occasioned by the global quarantine or for no cause at all, has spiked faster than pop psychologist can sell their books over the television and the Internet.

Twitter has banned Donald Trump.  Facebook posting have been scrutinized by state and local police, FBI and agents of homeland security, generally after the fact of some new outrage.

CNN reported, a week ago, that 46 had lowered the flag for the second time in two weeks and peppered a meeting with the new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga by reiterating that the Indianapolis assault by Mister Hole was, too, “a national embarrassment”.  (In an earlier statement, the President had noted that that incident took place on the 14th anniversary of the murder of 32 people at Virginia Tech University. Biden said gun violence "pierces the very soul of our nation" and called gun violence an "epidemic" in the US.)

The shooting is the latest in a series of several high-profile mass shootings that have rocked the nation, including one at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, that killed 10 people and a shooting rampage in the Atlanta, Georgia, area that killed eight people. The incident in Indianapolis is at least the 45th mass shooting in the US in the last month following the March 16th Atlanta-area killings (the toll is now up over sixty – see Attachment Three). The spate of mass shootings has led to increased calls for gun control measures, but the prospect, CNN opined, for passing any bills through Congress and the Senate is “grim”.  (See Attachment Five)

The left-leaning mass media tended to simply report upon Joe’s six-point-plan, but some of the louder lefties hailed it as a sort of Second Coming.  Salon expressed optimism that Biden's gambit of putting intense pressure on lawmakers to respond to the staggering string of mass shootings in recent days might be working”, and they cited Republican Sen. Pat Toomey (co-author, with Manchin, of an earlier, weaker gun control bill) who said after Biden's speech: "If done in a manner that respects the rights of law-abiding citizens, I believe there is an opportunity to strengthen our background check system so that we are better able to keep guns away from those who have no legal right to them."  (See Attachment Six)

In an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, public health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about the current epidemic attacking the United States. No, not that one, corrected the men’s magazine Esquire; the other one. “When you see people getting killed, in this last month it's just been horrifying what's happened. How can you say that's not a public health issue?" said Fauci when asked by host Dana Bash if gun violence was a public health emergency.

Last Sunday, Esquire published Abigail Covington’s “HERE IS EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT CURRENT GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION EFFORTS”  Everything?

Apparently so.  For the most part, executive orders can only be used to direct current legislation. They cannot create it. For better or worse, the power of lawmaking belongs to Congress. That’s why the NRA and the gun lobby have poured billions of dollars into congressional races for decades. But, Covington explained her optimism, “with the NRA now bankrupt and the Democrats in control of Congress, some lawmakers sense a renewed opportunity to pass meaningful gun control legislation. In fact, the House of Representatives has already voted in favor of two significant bills.”  (See Attachment Seven)

The problem is that, for the bills to pass in their current form, Sen. Schumer would have to secure ten votes from Republican senators and also convince Sen. Manchin (D-WV) to vote for them. There’s virtually no chance of that happening. Sen. Manchin already told reporters he opposes the legislation. “That means for any legislation to make its way to President Biden’s desk for signing, congress will have to engage in a process they’re criminally bad at: negotiation.” 

Exit optimism.

Covington did express hope that minority leader Mitch McConnell would be open to the discussion of gun control but not legislation and Covington was reduced to citing public opinion as the club that will snap the moment it snaps down on the MAGAheads.  (Polls taken by Morning Consult… see The Hill, Attachment Eight show a 67% majority favoring generic gun control; by Reuters… see Salon, Attachment Six above an even greater 70%; the Quinnipiac poll cited by ABC News… Attachment Nine... showed a whopping 86-12% of Americans feel gun violence is a problem or a crisis and they favor background checks by a margin of 89-8%.) Still, as we know, money trumps public opinion in DC and Trump-o-philes still dole out the money.  But there is something to know beyond Esquire’s take on the Super (or Slimy) Six, albeit a nuclear option...

Congress can limit or terminate the filibuster.  Republicans have expressed a desire, in the past, to do just that… although primarily in the interest of gutting civil rights law when they were in the majority.  But busting the filis (like packing the Supreme Court) is going to be the Devil’s cheeseburger dangled in front of Joe’s face… just as imposing Martial Law or even sponsoring a coup enticed, but failed to motivate Djonald Unresolute as the election was (presumably) stolen out from under him.

Pro-Biden liberals and Democrats have taken to comparing Joe to good ol’ FDR.  Jonathan Alter of the New York Times calls him “FDR’s heir” (See Attachment Ten)  A colleague, correspondent Gail Collins called Uncle Joe “Rooseveltian” in positing that “More filibuster reform will almost certainly be necessary for full Rooseveltian success. With the reconciliation process not available for most legislation, Democrats may need another carve-out like those granted in the last decade for executive branch appointments, federal judges and Supreme Court nominees, all of which now require only 51 votes.“  (See Attachment Eleven)

But now and then is heard… a discouraging word.  The New Yorker also compared Biden to FDR, but then threw in LBJ… which might attract the civil rights crowd, but envelops 46 in the shroud of Vietnam (Attachment Twelve)  And Osita Nwanevu of the arch-liberal New Republic (Attachment Thirteen) even had the audacity to deem all the talk about moving to a filli-kill lite talking filibuster (which wouldn’t in itself eliminate the 60-vote threshold for passing ordinary legislation, but would be fun to watch… as, for example… Ted Cruz in the 22nd hour of some harangue) “well, just talk.”

 

But, of course, any legislation to amend or throat-slash the filibuster would have to go to the Senate and face… a filibuster!

 

Still Team Trump, even in retreat, even that which may be a public relations disaster, but is unlikely to provoke significant legal change has also, predictably, expressed opposition to the speech and its intent.

The Washington Examiner… reportedly one of ex-President Trump’s favorites now, instead of the treacherous Fox… shrieked Biden's gun control policies would treat everyone like a criminal!!!” on April 11th.

Perhaps in the interest of fairness, the WashXam let three of the Sleazy Six off the hook… endorsing red flag laws (so long as the Federal Government merely advises, letting the states decide), investing in community anti-violence programs and creating their registry of gun abominations.  “(T)hese are commonsense reforms that don’t infringe gun owners’ civil liberties as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

“This always ought to be the first test of any proposed gun regulation: How does it affect the law-abiding gun owner? On this test, Biden's other proposals fail.”  (See Attachment Fourteen)

Specifically, registration of military sniper-style stabilizing braces violates Supreme Court precedent and “subject(s) more innocent gun-owners to federal regulation”; and no restrictions should be imposed upon the so-called ‘ghost guns’ because “it is (and should remain) totally legal in America for people to build their own firearms”.  The Xam even introduced a novel element into the argument, alleging that Ol’ White Joe’s real purpose in de-ghosting the ghosts is to mandate sentencing add-ons to existing gun law violations so as to railroad more black and brown people into jail.

(Benjamin Crump, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters and the families of George Floyd and other assorted police shooting victims have not, to our knowledge, endorsed this argument.)

They excoriated Chipman as a tool of the nefarious ex-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (who, some of the gallery peanuts, masterminded her own non-lethal shooting as a public relations scam, unlike the patriot Steve Scalise (R-La) who was shot by a lefty while playing baseball).  Chipman has described himself as a “proud gun owner” who has been mischaracterized as a “gun grabber,” but, said the Xam, “he has endorsed controversial policies in the past, including restricting high-capacity magazines. Most recently, Chipman claimed it was concerning that so many first-time gun buyers were purchasing firearms during the coronavirus pandemic.”

(Well, when you’re out of work, out of money and have time to fill, why not buy a gun and practice your marksmanship.  Isn’t that what the NRA promotes?)

 

The hard right tabloid Breitbart called Joe’s background check claims “mostly false” while another article ridiculed the measures, mocking the President’s trademark misstatements, “brain freezes,” and awkward turns of phrase and ridiculed his seven most awkward moments.  (Attachments 15 a and b)  An separate opinionation by AWR Hawkins, Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins (a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment) and political analyst for Armed American Radio cited Biden’s statement that “We know red flag laws can stop mass shooters before they can act out their violent plans,” he did not mention Colorado has had a red flag law since January 1, 2020, “but it did nothing to hinder, much less prevent, the March 22, 2021, Boulder attack.”

Calling Joe “the frequent fibber”, National Rifle Association cited a liberal New York Times article on gun shows which admitted that licensed firearms dealers are required to look up potential buyers in a background check system before a sale is approved. Private sellers are not required to perform such background checks, and some do sell guns at gun shows. “But that does not mean that all dealers at gun shows are private, or that all sales at those shows forgo a background check.”

Attacking the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), Biden claimed, “(t)he only industry in America — a billion-dollar industry — that can’t be sued  — has exempt from being sued — (stutter, stutter, stumble!) are gun manufacturers… this is the only outfit that is exempt from being sued.”

The PLCAA was enacted in 2005, with broad bipartisan support, to protect the firearms industry from frivolous and politically-motivated lawsuits. In the mid-1990s, gun control advocates, big city politicians, and trial attorneys teamed up in an attempt to use the courts to bilk the gun industry for millions and force them to agree to gun control measures that gun control supporters were unable to enact in Congress. The suits sought to hold members of the industry liable for the criminal behavior of those who misused their products.

Biden’s actions are significant but address only a very small part of America’s enormous gun problem. Instead, according to a report by Gregory Svirnovskiy of Vox on April 8th, they represent an effort by the White House to use the limited tools the president has, given the difficulties in passing new gun legislation through Congress, to make some progress toward reform.

As another correspondent, Vox’s German Lopez, has explained, part of the problem is that the US has a lot of guns — more than 120 per 100 people — and those guns are used: The US has about 16 times as many gun homicides per 1 million people as Germany, and it averages one mass shooting (defined as an event in which there are at least four victims, including the shooter) per day.

ATF bureau chief nominee Chipman, Vox reminds us, will need to be confirmed by the Senate — and it is unclear whether a candidate aligned with a gun reform group like Giffords will be able to get the necessary votes for confirmation. “It’s common for ATF director candidates to struggle in the Senate: Its last permanent director was B. Todd Jones, who was confirmed in 2013 and left the post in 2015. Since then, all directors have served in an acting capacity.”

It isn’t rare for Biden to deceive the public regarding firearms,” concluded the NRA. “What is rare is the stinging rebuke the president received from an often fawning mainstream press. A cynic could be forgiven for being skeptical that such dogged coverage will continue into the next election cycle.”

 

And then, a Minneapolis jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and most Americans cheered… maybe our long racial nightmare was over.

And then, the next day, a 13 year old girl trying to stab another was shot dead by police while, across America, people without names or faces were shooting each other over this, that or the other and the business of America grinds on.  A Floyd witness, at the moment of victory, declared that the cause of death was not that years of drug abuse had given George Floyd too large a heart, but that years of racism had given Derek Chauvin too small a heart.  Too many Americans could be accused of the same.

 

 

 

APRIL 16 – APRIL 22

 

   Friday, April 16, 2021

     

      Infected: 31,495,649

               Dead:  565,289

                  Dow:  34,200.67

      

           

Eight killed in FedEx massacre in Indianapolis by former employee Brandon Hole, who then kills himself.  More active shooters active at San Antonio airport.  Police kill 13 year old Adam Toledo in Chicago, saying he had a gun.  Activists say he didn’t and it was an “assassination”.  There have been 51 mass shootings (4 or more victims) since the Atlanta massage party massacre; 45 in just a month.

   Chauvin testimony rests as he takes the 5th.  Kim Potter out on $100,000 bail as Wright family calls for life in prison.  One degree of separation: Floyd’s girlfriend was Wright’s teacher

   J&J problems aggravate “Vaccine Hesitancy” and “erode confidence” but 200 millionth shot distributed,  Still, new plague cases are up in 27 states and frightened Americans turn to astrology.  But conditions are far worse in Brazil – 3,000 deaths per day (4x as many as U.S.) and hospitals are melting down.

 

Saturday,  April 17, 2021

 

      Infected:  31,573,954

                Dead:  566,893

                 

 

 

Prince Philip laid to rest in the Royal Vault with King George III for a neighbor (interred, not buried… that will wait until QE2 passes so they can lie in a grave for two) and the overriding question is what William and Harry had to say to each other.  Only 30 people attend the service, no eulogies but British men and women on the street remember his (often politically incorrect) humour and his love for barbecue and beer.

   Police say that Indy shooter Mister Hole was a boho who wore a hat, pretended to be from Brooklyn and had “mental issues”.  His mother called police often, and they would confiscate his guns, but he would just go out and buy more with the money he earned working for Fed Express or wherever.   Red flag?  What red flag?

   As America awaits the Chauvin jury’s verdict, fears of and preparation for mass violence escalate.  Liberals pressure President Joe into strengthening his anti-gun proposals while DC courts and prosecutors deal with the aftermath of the one-six.  (They catch a break when an Oath Keeper breaks his oath and rats out his comrades for a lighter sentence.)

   RIP Walter Mondale, 93.  Tribute talkers remember the former Veep and 1984 candidate more as a pioneer male feminist for choosing a female (howsoever troubled) as his running mate than as a loser.

 

Sunday,  April 18, 2021

 

      Infected:  31,666,205

                Dead:  567,217

 

                

 

Indiana already had a red flag alert out on Mister Hole after confiscating his guns, but he bought 2 more rifles anyway.  Four of his victims were Sikhs and they held a memorial vigil and demanded the usual.  More mass shootings in Texas (perpetrator was an ex-deputy), Nebraska and three more in Kenosha (again).  A 7 year old girl is killed at a McDonalds drive-thru window.

   Jurors rule for police in Daniel Prude case.  Erik Stillman, cop who shot 13 year old Adam Toledo said to have had “priors”.  Celebrity lawyer Benjamin Crump manifests, saying: “When a black person is stopped for a traffic ticket, it should not be a death sentence.”  He joins the Floyd family in praying for a conviction, and wants a “racial reckoning” but waffles on whether this should include rioting and looting. 

   Half of Americans have now had at least one shot in the arm, a quarter have had two and all states now allow vaxxes for kids over 16.   Dr. Fauci says that “vaccine hesitancy” now mainly affects Republicans; other doctors blame new plague spiking on Spring Break and variants.  With vaxxes running out in Michigan, the Governor and legislators point fingers at one another.

 

Monday,  April 19, 2021

 

       Infected:  31,739,932

                 Dead:  567,736

                  Dow:  34,077.63   

               

 

Final arguments are heard in the Floyd/Chauvin case and then it goes to the jury. Prosecutors emphasize emotion and say to look at the video.  “Believe your eyes!”  Defense blames Floyd’s heart condition and drug use.  Judge says Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Ca) “infected” the jury by declaring that protesters must get “more confrontational” but refuses to declare a mistrial.  Black business owners fear arson and looting if Chauvin is acquitted; that none of his alleged supporters showed up to claim the sole seat allowed to defenders augurs a bad ending. 

   Medical examiners say Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick died of stroke, not bear spray, complicating the prosecution of one-six mob.  A.G. Garland calls America racist on 25th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing.  He praises immigrants, saying his grandparents fled the Nazis.  “Massive” abuse of immigrant girls causes closure of privatized Houston lockdown camp so thousands are bussed elsewhere.

   “Ingenuity” helicopter survives night of minus 130 degrees, then starts transmitting pictures again.  “It’s our Wright Brothers’ moment,” say NASA researchers.

   ACM awards go to Maren Morris and Luke Bryan before a socially distanced crowd of Nashville healthcare workers.  Next up next week… the Oscars.  “Experts” predict “there’s gonna be unexpected stuff.”

   As dissident Navalny nears death, Russian troops mass at Ukrainian border.

 

 

  Tuesday,  April 20, 2021

 

          Infected: 31,793,715

                   Dead:  568,475

                     Dow:  33,821.30

 

Derek Chauvin found guilty on all counts in murder (2nd and 3rd degree) and manslaughter (2nd degree) of George Floyd after only ten hours’ deliberation.  Blacks celebrate.  Most whites at least acknowledge the presumption of guilt, especially after so many of Chauvin’s fellow cops testified against him, as did a winsome nine year old witness, Judeah, and, of course, the video. Pertinent quotes include…

“Don’t judge us, get to know us.  We’re not animals.” (George Floyd’s brother)

Blacks experiencing “bio-psycho social stress.”  (Black trauma Professor Dr. Wizdom of UConn)

“My mom says we brought change.  My dad says we won.”  (9, now 10 year old witness Judeah)

Black protests must get “more confrontational.”  (Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Ca)

“This was a jury of Americans.”  (A TV legal expert)

“We won the championship.”  (BLM signs held up and waved in George Floyd Square)

A day of “justice for Black, Latino, Asian and Native Americans.”  (Lawyer Benjamin Crump)

Blacks comprise “19% of population, 63% of arrests” and 500% traffic stops.  (ABC researchers)

With riots failing to manifest, blacks and whites are both “beginning to exhale”.  And get to work.  The George Floyd Policing Act (including a cap on lawsuits and a “Misconduct Index”) passes House, stalled in Senate.  Police unions say post-trial reforms will lead to more resignations, indolence and crime.  Fedical examiners say Brian Sicknick died of stroke, not bear spray poisoning, hundreds of one-six prosecution endangered.  Bear kills park guide in Montana.

   SecState Blinken ups roster of no-go foreign places from 34 to over 100 even as vaxxes increase.  73% of Americans support them, only 55% of Republicans.  CDC says that constant cleaning of surfaces doesn’t disinfect them – calls it “hygiene theater”.  Pro-Trump anti-vaxxing guitarist Ted Nugent gets it.

   It’s National Marijuana Day.  Some celebrants chill out, maybe even some police.

 

  Wednesday, April 21, 2021

               

          Infected:  31,862,080

                    Dead:  569,401

                     Dow:  34,137.41  

Back to business: police kill 13 year old Makhia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, when she tries to stab another girl.  Speeches and promises roll out: Veep Kamala says racism “is a problem for every American,” President Joe promises “significant change.”  AyGee Garland promises dragnet investigation, greenlighted by anti-Chauvin Chief Medaria Arredondo.  Other three killer cops face same charges in August; Judge will sentence Chauvin in eight weeks, guidelines say 12 ½ years, AINOs “activists in name only” want 40, many more call for death, one way or another (causing the convict to be “holed” 23 hrs. per day).  A witness says the cop knee-strangled other black people, but they survived.

   India spiking with over 300K new cases daily and hospitals overwhelmed, troubling uptick in Japan as Olympics draw nearer.  American vaccinations declining as Republicans stay loyal to Trump, mass vaxx centers starting to empty out and New York closes its last field hospital.

   Cher adopts a “lonely” elephant and relocates him from Pakistani cage to a new luxury mansion in Cambodia with two females on hand.  QE2, now alone, turns 95.

 

  

  Thursday, April 22, 2021

         Infected:  31,930,271

                   Dead:  570,236

                     Dow:  33,815.90

 

It’s Earth Day (and Sprinter brings a deep freeze to the eastern half of America).

   President Joe holds a Zoom Summit with world leaders; pledges to rejoin Paris Climate Accords.  Experts say water level rose eight inches and temperatures two degrees in the 20th century, ice-free Arctic predicted by 2050.  Ecologists cultivating toxin-filtering oyster beds in NY harbor.  Disney produces a documentary.

   Columbus explodes with support for Bryant despite her knifeplay… Lebron James defends her, Ted Cruz does not.  Funeral for Daunte Wright held in Minneapolis, the Floyd family in attendance.  Senate votes 94-1 to support anti-anti-Asian hate law.  Federal DOJ considers filing civil rights case against Derek Chauvin… whose first prison meal is turkey, potato and corn. 

   As self-starving dissident Navalny circles death, Russian troops mass at Ukrainian border and Vladimir Putin gives his State of the Dictatorship speech followed by protests – 1,600 arrested.

   Food inflation is striking many unjailed Americans; increases of up to eight percent on peanut butter, diapers and… yes, again… toilet paper.  Hoarding recurs.  Amazon’s Whole Foods shoppers can now pay by having a scanner scan their palms.  This mark-o’-the-Beast “progress” augurs apocalypse, as does the birth of a two-headed calf in Romania.

 

 

 

 

Has the Don ever experienced a stodgier, more constipated (yet complicated) week?  Probably, but not often.  There was plenty of movement below the surface, deep within the bowels of politics, the economy, crime and justice and technology, but it remained stoppered-up – mouldering and festering against the day when things can explode.

The Dow, for example, up a bit of the usual on the coattails of a new, relatively sane administration, then down as that same gang of Bideneers proposed tax hikes to pay for all the plague-related handouts, then up again, based on four people’s trip to Mars,  With no major indices reporting, custom prevailed… wages crept up a little, private and public debt a little bit more, justice for George Floyd did not stop police killings, nor could the police stop America’s increasingly emboldened and emboredor criminals from robbing and raping and killing Americans.  Meanwhile the plague marched on, but thousands of refugees from even worse places (i.e. Central America) continued storming the border for admittance.

What the hey!... we had E-Day and M-Day and, this week, the Oscars.  Take a Dulcolax and go with the flow.

 

 

 

 

 

      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

  4/16/21

4/23/21

                             SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)

9%

1350 pts.

 4/2/21

     nc

 4/30/21

1,430.31

1,430.31

https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages  25.21 nc

 

 

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

 4/16/21

 +0.023%

 4/30/21

669.26

669.41

http://www. whttp://www.usdebtclock.org/   35,434

 

 

*Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

 4/2/21

      nc

 4/30/21

334.23

334.23

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000   6.0% nc

 

 

*Official (DC – in millions)

2%

300

 4/16/21

   -0.05%

 4/30/21

402.05

402.25

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      9,693

 

 

*Unofficl. (DC – in millions)

2%

300

 4/16/21

   -0.085%

 4/30/21

331.35

331.63

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    17,445

 

 

*Workforce Participation   Number (in millions)       Percentage (DC)

2%

300

 4/16/21

 

 +0.19%

 +0.15%

 4/30/21

 

 

312.77

 

 

313.74

In 150,957  Out 100,479 Total: 251,436

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 60.03

 

 

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

 4/2/21

    nc

 4/30/21

151.99

151.99

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  61.50

 

 

OUTGO

(15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Inflation

7%

1050

 4/16/21

+0.6%

 4/30/21

1,014.25

1,008.16

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

 

 

Food

2%

300

 4/16/21

+0.1%

 4/30/21

283.27

282.99

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.1

 

 

Gasoline

2%

300

 4/16/21

  +9.1%

 4/30/21

297.02

269.99

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +9.1

 

 

Medical Costs

2%

300

 4/16/21

+0.1%

 4/30/21

287.06

286.77

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.1

 

 

Shelter

2%

300

 4/16/21

+0.3%

 4/30/21

294.32

293.44

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEALTH

 

(6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

 4/16/21

- 0.65%

 4/30/21

373.77

371.35

https://www.wsj.com/market-data/quotes/index/DJIA  33,815.90

 

 

Sales (homes)

Valuation (homes)

1%

1%

150

150

 4/16/21

- 1.55%

+0.04%

 4/30/21

180.75

157.56              

180.75

157.56              

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

     Sales (M):  6.22 Valuations (K):  313.0

 

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

 4/16/21

+0.07%

 4/30/21

274.14

272.76

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    64,503

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

 

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions)

2%

300

 4/16/21

+0.006%

 4/30/21

297.80          

297.82          

debtclock.org/       3,484

 

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

 4/16/21

+0.075%

 4/30/21

220.50

220.33

debtclock.org/       6,735

 

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

 4/16/21

+0.08%

 4/30/21

328.90

328.63

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    28,201

 

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

 4/16/21

+0.11%

 4/30/21

367.56

367.15

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    86,086

 

 

 

GLOBAL

 

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

 4/16/21

+0.03%

 4/30/21

289.96             

289.88             

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   7,138

 

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

 4/16/21

     nc

 4/30/21

155.80

155.80

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  187.3

 

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

 4/16/21

     nc

 4/30/21

135.92

135.92

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html   258.3

 

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

 4/16/21

     nc

 4/30/21

101.80            

101.80            

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  71.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL INDICES (40%)  

 

 

ACTS of MAN

(12%)

 

 

 

 

  World Peace

3%

450

4/16/21

  +0.2%

 4/30/21

394.30

350.00

President Joe meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, then Earthing world leaders on zoom (see here), then sanctions Russia as Navalny starvation nears its close – but also asks Putin for a de-escalation meeting.  Raul Castro steps down as Cuban maximum leader.  M-Day is Tuesday; Mexico moves to legalize marijuana.  Not legal: THC-infused Cheetos. 

 

Terrorism

2%

300

4/16/21

   +0.1%

 4/30/21

239.73

240.02

Biden greenlights Armenian claims of genocide, angering an already-hostile Turkey;  Failed NY subway bomber gets life.  President Idriss Déby of Chad died of wounds he sustained in a battle with insurgents.

 

Politics

3%

450

4/16/21

   nc

 4/30/21

435.56      

435.56      

Embattled RINO Liz Cheney (R-Wy) raises 1.5M but that’s only half the cash pulled down by Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-QA).  Those reptilian aliens have deep pockets!

 

Economics

3%

450

4/16/21