the DON JONES INDEX…

 

 

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

 

 

      1/8/22…    14,723.68 

      1/1/22…    14,718.28 

    6/27/13…    15,000.00

 

(THE DOW JONES INDEX: 1/8/22… 36,211.66; 1/1/22… 36,359.56; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for January 8, 2022 – “AMERICA’S PAPER ANNIVERARY! (Part One – Let the Big Dawgs Eat!)”

 

One year ago, January 6th, 2021, one hundred Senators gathered at the United States Capitol – there to ratify the election of Joseph R. Biden as President by virtue of his November electoral victory over incumbent Donald J. Trump.

Also gathered were some three hundred thousand of MAGA’s bestest (if not necessarily brilliant)... die-hard Trump supporters who believed that they had been ordained by God and Djonald Unchained to protest the electoral “steal” and save America from itself.  Personally invited to the convocation by the lame duck himself, many were out for a lark on a brisk, sunny afternoon in D.C. but more than a few had come to this rallying point determined to stop the steal by any means necessary.  They wore flak jackets, helmets and military garb, firearms were passed around to a designated few and many others... seeing what was going down after the President ordered them to follow him to the Capitol and “fight like Hell!”... gathered broomsticks and bedknobs, fire extinguishers and American flags and, even after Mister Trump slipped away to return to the White House and watch the proceedings on television, they pressed onward to the building where Djonald’s own, anointed Vice, Michael Pence... a Godly, very Godly man, all agreed... would be expected to confirm the vote of the Electoral College, confirming the vote of the public, to inaugurate the former Vice, now civilian, Joe Biden as President.

Or maybe not, they hoped.

When Vice Mike betrayed his President and refused to stop the process, up to 3,000 Party of Trump POTheads stormed the Capitol, battled the outnumbered police and scurried hither and thither looking for Senators to kill.  They chanted: “Hang Mike Pence!”, brought out the nooses and smashed through the Capitol windows, flooding into the building to search for the perpetrators of the steal; failing to find and punish the evildoers only through the agency of a Capitol Cop who led them on a wild goose chase up and down the stairs, through the corridors of power and into and out of the offices of the elite while the politicians slithered away through back alley channels.

No politicians were stabbed, shot or hanged that day, but one protestor, Ashli Barrett, and one policeman, Brian Sicknick, were killed in the line of duty.  Other law enforcement officers subsequently committed suicide – and medical professionals alleged that it was consequential to the PTSD (post-traumatic-stress-disorder) that the day had invoked

Biden, duly confirmed, took office two weeks later and a Congressional Riot Committee began sorting through extensive video footage... much of it gathered by the mob... to identify and prosecute the traitors.  To date, the Committee reports 735 rioters, give or take a few, have been indicted... some tried and sentenced to up to five years imprisonment... and sources say they are still working on a “most wanted list” variously estimated at about 350 more suspects, which would bring the toll of the active Capitol occupiers and occupants to over a thousand. (By contrast, 668 were taken into custody during the streetfighting in Chicago one Mexican calendar round of 52 years previously, at the Democratic Convention which saw Hubert Horatio Humphrey succeed Lyndon Johnson as nominee on a pro-Vietnam War platform, only to face an independent candidacy from George Wallace, the Governor of Alabama and lose to Richard Nixon.

 

According to tradition, a couple so wedded in infamy as the January 6th and Constitution must celebrate their first Anniversary with gifts of paper. 

 

After rounding up a few hundreds of Trump’s sheeple, the prosecutors jumped the gun (or shark, broomstick) with their plenty of their own paper presents... issuing warrants, subpoenas, indictments and voluminous press releases to, about and upon some of their Bad Shepherds... which process continues through today and probably will for months, if not years to come.  Assorted Trump lackies and hangers-on have been served, including the Three Stooges of MAGA... former aide Steve Bannon, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and top hat dandy Roger Stone,  Mark Meadows, another Trump aide who was with the President on the day in question and who reportedly confessed details of the plot in order to save his scalp, but reneged and has since lawyered up, even though his testimony remains out there in public, for the scrutinization of Commission Chair Adam Schiff, a Star Chamber of angry Democrats... including a couple of  RINOs (Republicans in Name Only as Trump and his followers designate them), Elizabeth Cheney of Wyoming, daughter of George H. W. Bush’s former Vice, Dick, and one Adam Kinzinger, a boy from Illinois who apparently enjoys the publicity attendant to his role (but not enough to run for re-election in November, after a punitive redistricting)

Also on the probers’ go-list as the New Year opens are Fox newsies like Sean Hannity, assorted Congressmen and women (apparently saved from themselves by Capitol Police), some of the deep pockets culpable in organizing the putsch and, at the top of the heap…

Well, you know... that guy...

Sifting through thousands of pages of documents, tweets and transcripts, scrying hundreds of hours of professional and amateur video footage and hauling the same poor wretches up again and again for debriefings and interrogations as needed, the aforesaid Star Chamber... a select gathering appointed by Pelosi that, aside from Kinzinger and Cheney, consisted of seven rarin’-to-rock liberal Democrats with the scent of big and tasty game in their nostrils.  Certain facts and similarities emerged from these labors...

At least three quarters of the malfeasors, including both the violent and the merely loud, were clueless wonders...  Party of Trump POTheads who made their way to Washington (some, the investigators continue to investigate, given free bus rides to the insurrection on buses paid for by... well, investigations have been ongoing.)  A study by Robert A. Pape of the Foreign Policy journal fingered only 14 percent of those who broke into the Capitol on Jan. 6 as “members of militias such as the Oath Keepers or extremist groups such as the Proud Boys; 86 percent had no affiliation.”

Further, Time Magazine reported that the mob included plenty of the so-called “Christian Nationalists” whose vision of the nation does not include the usual suspects... minority black, brown and yellow races, Jews, Muslims, other religions, atheists and, in some cases, heretical sectarians like Roman Catholics, Episcopals and assorted other disbelievers in the emergence of Trump as Living God.  Also on hand were followers of the Q-Anon cult like de-Twitterized Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga) and, according to Michael Rothschild (“The Storm Is Upon Us”) includes fellow travelers like Roger Stone and Gen. Michael Flynn as well as thousands... perhaps millions... infatuated with the Q: “... a cult, a popular movement, a puzzle, a community, a way to fight back against evil, a new religion, a wedge between countless loved ones, a domestic terrorism threat, and more than anything, a conspiracy theory of everything.”

The “Q drops”, well-cloaked messages from its mysterious High Priest, have not been heard from since the month after the 2020 election and a month before the riots, but... while they were active and titillating the neurons of the People Who Say No!... were most notorious for accusations that high government, industry and cultural poohbahs (including, of course, the ubiquitous Bill Gates and George Soros) regularly gathered in pizza parlor to have sex with infants, after which they chopped them up, roasted them and enjoyed a cannibal banquet.

“(N)o conspiracy theory more encapsulates the full-throated madness of the Donald Trump era than Q-Anon,” is Rothschile’s conclusion.

 

After Vice President Harris manifested and mixed a trough of tributes with appeals to a constituency of two... rebellious Gemocrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema... to pass a tough voting rights bill (See Attachment One), the Big Dog took the podium at 9 AM Tuesday, give or take a few minutes, and commemorated, if not celebrated, the occasion by barking out a loud, long and vitriolic speech at the previously defaced Statuary Hall in Washington... pointedly refusing to call his predecessor by name in the manner that terrified Hogwartians refuse to even whisper the name of the vile Voldemort or reckless Muggles who utter the name “Candyman” are duly snatched and dispatched by that monstrous being.

Candyman and Voldemort, however fictitious (and, to be sure, egotistical in the way that villains are), were capable of legitimate murder and mayhem in their own spheres of influence, but Trump fell short.

"Those people who stormed this Capitol,” the President dismissed with disgust (and not a little contempt at their meek acquiescence to authority several hours after further instructions from their toob-entranced God in his White House tomb failed to manifest) "didn't come here out of patriotism or principle... (CNN)... (T)hey came here in rage, and those who instigated and incited, and those who called on them to do so held a dagger at the throat of America.” 

Even in Joe Manchin’s own West Virginia, the Wheeling Intelligencer paid due diligence to the address... “...(h)is voice booming at times, reverberating in the ornate Statuary Hall where rioters had laid siege, the president called on Americans to remember what they saw Jan. 6 with their own eyes: the mob attacking police and breaking windows, a Confederate flag inside the Capitol, gallows erected outside amid calls to hang the vice president — all while Trump sat at the White House watching on TV.”

“He’s not just a former president. He’s a defeated former president,” Biden said, twisting the knife (or dagger) into his conquered rival. “[B]ecause his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy, or our Constitution…he can’t accept he lost.”

President Joe further engaged in what Matt Lewis of the Daily Beast called “malice toward one”, mocking the “Candymort” that most hateful of Trumpifistic epithets… a loser. 

 

Here’s the whole of what he said...  (Transcribed January 6, 2022 12:48 PM ET by NPR STAFF)

 

“Without uttering former President Donald Trump’s name, President Biden issued a scathing critique of his predecessor on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Biden condemned the attack on the U.S. Capitol, undertaken by Trump supporters one year ago, and said Trump himself spun a “web of lies” about the 2020 presidential election that fueled the violence.”

 

Madam Vice President, my fellow Americans: to state the obvious, one year ago today, in this sacred place, Democracy was attacked. Simply attacked. The will of the people was under assault. The Constitution, our constitution faced the gravest of threats. Outnumbered in the face of a brutal attack, the Capitol Police, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the National Guard and other brave law enforcement officials saved the rule of law. Our democracy held. We the people endured. We the people prevail.

For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol. But they failed. They failed. And on this day of remembrance, we must make sure that such attack never, never happens again.

I’m speaking to you today from Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. This is where the House of Representatives met for 50 years in the decades leading up to the Civil War.

This is – on this floor is where a young congressman from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, sat at desk 191. Above him, above us over that door, leading into the rotunda is a sculpture depicting Clio, the muse of history.  (Or, in Alabama, the birthplace of Gov. George Wallace, above – DJI) In her hands, an open book, in which she records the events taking place in this chamber below. Clio stood watch over this hall, one year ago today, as she has for more than 200 years. She recorded what took place: the real history, the real facts, the real truth, the facts and the truth that Vice President Harris just shared, and that you and I and the whole world saw with our own eyes.

The Bible tells us that we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free. We shall know the truth. Well, here is the God’s truth about January 6, 2021. Close your eyes. Go back to that day. What do you see?

Rioters rampaging, waving for the first time inside this Capitol, the confederate flag that symbolized the cause to destroy America, to rip us apart. Even during the Civil War, that never, ever happened. But it happened here in 2021.

What else do you see? A mob, breaking windows, kicking in doors, breaching the Capitol, American flags on poles being used as weapons as spears, fire extinguishers being thrown at the heads of police officers. A crowd that professes their love for law enforcement assaulted those police officers, dragged them, sprayed them, stomped on them.

Over 140 police officers were injured. We all heard the police officers who were there that day testified to what happened. One officer called it quote “a medieval battle” and that he was more afraid that day than he was fighting the war in Iraq.

They’ve repeatedly asked since that day, how dare anyone, anyone diminish belittle or deny the hell they were put through? We saw with our own eyes rioters menace these halls, threatening the life of the Speaker of the House, literally erecting gallows to hang the vice president of the United States of America.

What do we not see? We didn’t see a former president who had just rallied the mob to attack, sitting in the private dining room off the Oval Office in the White House, watching it all on television and doing nothing for hour, as police were assaulted. Lives at risk. The nation’s capital under siege.

This wasn’t a group of tourists. This is an armed insurrection. They weren’t looking to uphold the will of the people. They were looking to deny the will of the people. They were looking to uphold – they weren’t looking to hold a free and fair election. They were looking to overturn one. They weren’t looking to save the cause of America. They were looking to subvert the Constitution. This isn’t about being bogged down in the past. This is about making sure the past isn’t buried.

That’s the only way forward. That’s what great nations do. They don’t bury the truth. They face up to it. It sounds like hyperbole, but that’s the truth. They face up to it. We are a great nation.

My fellow Americans in life, there’s truth. And tragically, there are lies. Lies conceived and spread for profit and power. We must be absolutely clear about what is true and what is a lie. And here’s the truth: the former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. He’s done so because he values power over principle.

Because he sees his own interest as more important than his country’s interest and America’s interest. And because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our constitution. He can’t accept he lost. Even though that’s what 93 United States senators, his own attorney general, his own vice president, governors and state officials in every battleground state have all said: he lost.

That’s what 81 million of you did as you voted for a new way forward. He has done what no president in American history, the history of this country has ever, ever done. He refused to accept the results of an election and the will of the American people.

While some courageous men and women in the Republican Party are standing against it, trying to uphold the principle of that party, too many others are transforming that party into something else. They seem no longer to want to be the party, the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, Reagan, the Bushes.

But whatever my other disagreements are with Republicans who support the rule of law and not the role of a single man, I will always seek to work together with them, to find shared solutions where it possible.

Because if we have a shared belief in democracy, that anything is possible. Anything.

And so at this moment, we must decide, what kind of nation are we going to be? Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm? Are we going to be a nation where we allow partisan election officials to overturn the legally expressed will of the people?

Are we going to be a nation that lives not by the light of the truth but under the shadow of lies? We cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation. The way forward is to recognize the truth and to live by it.

The Big Lie being told by the former president and many Republicans who fear his wrath is that the insurrection in this country actually took place on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020.

Think about that. Is that what you thought? Is that what you thought when you voted that day? Taking part in an insurrection, is that what you thought you were doing, or did you think you were carrying out your highest duty as a citizen and voting?

The former president’s supporters are trying to rewrite history. They want you to see Election Day as the day of insurrection. And the riot that took place there on January 6th as a true expression of the will of the people.

Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country, to look at America? I cannot.

Here’s the truth. The election of 2020 was the greatest demonstration of democracy in the history of this country. More of you voted in that election than have ever voted in all of American history. Over 150 million Americans went to the polls and voted that day in a pandemic. Some at great risk to their lives. They should be applauded, not attacked.

Right now in state after state, new laws are being written. Not to protect the vote, but to deny it. Not only to suppress the vote, but to subvert it, not to strengthen or protect our democracy, but because the former president lost. Instead of looking at election results from 2020 and saying they need new ideas or better ideas to win more votes, the former president and his supporters have decided the only way for them to win is to suppress your vote and subvert our elections.

It’s wrong. It’s undemocratic, and frankly, it’s un-American. The second Big Lie being told by the former president’s supporters is that the results of the election 2020 can’t be trusted. The truth is that no election, no election in American history has been more closely scrutinized or more carefully counted.

Every legal challenge questioning the results and every court in this country that could have been made was made and was rejected, often rejected by Republican-appointed judges, including judges appointed by the former president himself from state courts to the United States Supreme Court. Recounts were undertaken in state after state. Georgia – Georgia counted its results three times, with one recount by hand.

Phony partisan audits were undertaken long after the election in several states. None changed the results. And in some of them, the irony is the margin of victory actually grew slightly.

So let’s speak plainly about what happened in 2020. Even before the first ballot was cast, the former president was preemptively sowing doubt about the election results. He built his lie over months. It wasn’t based on any facts. He was just looking for an excuse, a pretext to cover for the truth. He’s not just a former president. He’s a defeated former president. Defeated by a margin of over seven million of your votes. In a full and free and fair election.

There is simply zero proof the election results are inaccurate. In fact, in every venue where evidence had to be produced and oath to tell the truth had to be taken, the former president failed to make his case.

Just think about this, the former president and his supporters have never been able to explain how they accept as accurate the other election results that took place on November 3rd. The elections for governor. United States Senate. House of Representatives. Elections, in which they closed the gap in the House. They challenged none of that. The president’s name was first. Then we went down the line, governors, senators, House of Representatives.

Somehow, those results are accurate on the same ballot. But the presidential race was flawed? And on the same ballot, the same day, cast by the same voters? The only difference, the former president didn’t lose those races. He just lost the one that was his own.

Finally, the third Big Lie being told by a former president and supporters is that the mob who sought to impose their will through violence are the nation’s true patriots. Is that what you thought when you looked at the mob ransacking the Capitol, destroying property, literally defecating in the hallways? Rifling through the desks of senators and representatives? Hunting down members of congress. Patriots? Not my view.

To me, the true patriots for the more than 150 Americans who peacefully expressed their vote at the ballot box. The election workers who protected the integrity of the vote and the heroes who defended this Capitol. You can’t love your country only when you win. You can’t obey the law only when it’s convenient. You can’t be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies.

Those who stormed this Capitol and those who instigated and incited and those who called on them to do so held a dagger at the throat of America, at American democracy.

They didn’t come here out of patriotism or principle. They came here in rage. Not in service of America but rather in service of one man. Those who incited the mob, the real plotters who are desperate to deny the certification of this election, and defy the will of the voters. But their plot was foiled; congressmen, Democrats, Republicans stayed. Senators, representatives, staff, they finished their work, the Constitution demanded. They honored their oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Look folks, now it’s up to all of us — to We the People — to stand for the rule of law, to preserve the flame of democracy, to keep the promise of America alive. The promise is at risk. Targeted by the forces that value brute strength. Over the sanctity of democracy. Fear over hope. Personal gain over public good.

Make no mistake about it, we’re living at an inflection point in history, both at home and abroad. We’re engaged anew in a struggle between democracy and autocracy, between the aspirations of the many and the greed of the few. Between the people’s right of self-determination and self-seeking autocrat. From China to Russia and beyond, they’re betting the democracies’ days are numbered – they’ve actually told me democracy is too slow, too bogged down by division to succeed in today’s rapidly changing, complicated world.

And they’re betting, they’re betting America will become more like them and less like like us. They’re betting in America is a place for the autocrat, the dictator, the strongman. I do not believe that. That is not who we are. That is not who we have ever been. And that is not who we should ever, ever be.

Our founding fathers, as imperfect as they were, set in motion, an experiment that changed the world, literally changed the world. Here in America, the people would rule. Power would be transferred peacefully. Never the tip of a spear or the barrel of a gun. They committed paper and idea that couldn’t live up to – they couldn’t live up to, but an idea it couldn’t be constrained.

Yes, in America, all people are created equal. Reject the view that if you, if you succeed, I fail. If you get ahead, I fall behind. If I hold you down, I somehow lift myself up.

The former president who lies about this election and the mob that attacked this Capitol could not be further away from the core American values. They want to rule or they will ruin. Ruin when our country fought for at Lexington and Concord at Gettysburg and Omaha Beach, Seneca Falls, Selma, Alabama. What – and what we were fighting for: The right to vote. The right to govern ourselves. The right to determine our own destiny.

With rights come responsibilities. The responsibility to see each other as neighbors. Maybe we disagree with that neighbor, but they’re not an adversary. The responsibility to accept defeat, then get back in the arena and try again the next time to make your case. The responsibility to see that America is an idea. An idea that requires vigilant stewardship.

As we stand here today, one year since January 6, 2021, the lies that drove the anger and madness we saw on this place, they have not abated. So we have to be firm, resolute and unyielding in our defense of the right to vote and have that vote counted.

Some have already made the ultimate sacrifice in this sacred effort. Jill and I have mourned police officers in this Capitol rotunda not once, but twice in the wake of January 6th. Once to honor Officer Brian Sicknick, who lost his life the day after the attack. The second time to honor Officer Billy Evans, who lost his life defending the Capitol as well.

We think about the others who lost their lives and were injured and everyone living with the trauma of that day. From those defending this Capitol to members of Congress in both parties and their staffs to reporters, cafeteria workers, custodial workers and their families.

Don’t kid yourself. The pain and scars from that day run deep. I’ve said it many times and it’s no more true or real when we think about the events of January 6th. We are in a battle for the soul of America. A battle that by the grace of God and the goodness and greatness of this nation, we will win.

Believe me: I know how difficult democracy is. And I’m crystal clear about the threats America faces. But I also know that our darkest days can lead to light and hope. From the death and destruction as the vice president referenced in Pearl Harbor can the triumph over the forces of fascism. From the brutality of Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge came a historic voting rights legislation.

So now let’s step up. Write the next chapter in American history, where January six marks not the end of democracy but the beginning of a renaissance of liberty and fair play.

I did not seek this fight right to this Capitol year ago today, but I will not shrink from it either. I will stand in this breach. I will defend this nation, and I will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of democracy. We will make sure the will of the people is heard. That the ballot prevails, not violence. That authority of this nation will always be peacefully transferred. I believe the power of the presidency and the purpose is to unite this nation, not divide it.

To lift us up. Not tear us apart. It’s about us, not about me. Deep in the heart of America, burns a flame lit almost 250 years ago of liberty, freedom and equality. This is not the land of kings or dictators or autocrats.

We’re a nation of laws of order, not chaos, of peace, not violence. Here in America, the people rule, through the ballot. And their will prevails. So let’s remember together, we’re one nation under God, indivisible, that today, tomorrow and forever, at our best, we are the United States of America.

God bless you all. May God protect our troops. My God bless those who stand watch over our democracy. 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 1 – JANUARY 8, 2022

 

 

Saturday, January 1, 2022

 

Infected:  54,859,986

Dead:  825,816

Dow:  36,359.56

 

 

           

 

The New Year begins with the sound of America... random and not so random gunfire in the streets.  Being as what goes up must come down, 2021 bows out with record levels of murder and mayhem... Philadelphia takes the trophy with eight shot.

   While media attention pivots to the customary reviews, remembrances, summaries and prognostication, a combination of plague sickouts and bad weather strands would-be passengers at airports and in freezing, stalled and jammed traffic: 2,600 flights are grounded, spoiling holiday reunions for many.  Spirit offers double pay to overworked and tired pilots and crew... United tops that with triple compensation.

   COVID also limits the funeral gathering for Bishop Desmond Tutu to one hundred select guests (not including President Joe, nor Pope Frank) while accolades and tributes pour in for “Golden Girl” Betty White, spirited away by 2021 a few days short of her 100th birthday.

 

 

 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

 

Infected:  55,114,057

Dead:  826,063

                

 

 

As the reality of the super-spreading, super-contagious Big O (omicron) plague variant sinks in, much of the world goes back into lockdown after the final (mostly masked and socially distanced) debauches of 2021.  Schools in Atlanta and New York will go back to virtual learning tomorrow (Gotham’s new Mayor, Eric Adams tells the vaccination refuseniks and paranoid parents: “Stop it!”), but Massachusetts refuses to take the knee... other school policies are devolved to states and localities.

  Data from South Africa and the U.K. trickles in showing that the hyper-contagious Big O may be less lethal than the fading Delta Variant, Doctor Fauci proposes that plague quarantines be cut (from 2 weeks to 10 days, to 7, then five) so long as the diseased go masked and tested for the next week or so.  But surprise! – there’s a shortage of home testing kits and persons to administer public testing required for an increasing work and travel subjects – TV Dr. Jah admits: “Getting a test can be difficult.”  Another TV Dr. Patel (from Stanford) just gets it (the plague, not the test) as do an estimated 20% of Floridians.

   DefSec Lloyd Austin also gets it as President Joe calls President Zelensky of Ukraine, promising we’ll have their back if Russia invades... by imposing more sanctions!  Mad Vlad Putin is not impressed.

 

 

 

Monday, January 3, 2022

 

Infected:  56,190,946

Dead:  827,753

Dow:  36,585.06

 

              

 

Back-to-work week begins with a deep freeze, chaotic test-to-work protocols and a rampaging Big O against which, doctors admit, cloth masks are more or less useless but there is hope that smart pills and what Fox factotum Brian Kilmeade “monocolonial antibodies” will lessen the toll of deaths, if not infections.

   ATT and Verizon refuseniks tell the FAA to go to hell, as they roll out their 5G smart smartphones that can interfere with airplane instruments and cause an epidemic of deadly crashes.  Not to be outdone in the Fuck You Year, Apple becomes the first 3 trillion dollar company.  Canadian provider drops support of its old-fashioned BlackBerri phones, leaving the poor and the elderly without a means to communicate as winter closes in.

   Twitter, for its part, cancels Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Qa) after five warnings about spreading social disinformation.  MTG calls the app “an enemy to America.”

 

 

 

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

 

Infected: 57,077,565                       Dead:  830,112

Dow:  36,799.85

 

 

 

Third wicked witch, Liz “Theranos” Holmes, convicted on 4 of 11 fraud charges, with four more acquits and three jury hangings.  She faces 20 years per... 80 if applied consecutively and joins Cryin’ Kim Potter and pedophile procuress Ghislaine Maxwell in the slammer.  Putative soulmates Bannon, Stone and Jones pondered for weirdest of weird dating show as American attention pivots to the upcoming “Bachelor” series.

   Time’s Ian Bremmer chooses his ten Evil Dangers of 2022.  Number One is a growing incidence of plague in China that will hinder production of goods and toys for greedy Americans.  (Further down the list are the cancel culture, global warming and nuclear war with Russia.)

   For its part, the Big O takes aim at the lowest hanging fruit... children under five for whom the regulators still refuse to allow vaccines.  Plague swipes Celebrity Island... talk show icon Jimmies (Kimmel and Corden), Trevor, Seth, Whoopi, Geraldo and Kelly (but not Ryan) get it.  Unmasked Aaron Rogers hugs an unmasked female sportscaster.  Bucs’ Antonio Brown melts down in freezing New York... tears off jersey and quits football.  The talking heads agree he needs “help”. 

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

 

Infected: 57,619,841

Dead:  832,117

Dow:  36,407.11

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big O now comprises 95% of new U.S. cases.  Testing shortage causes drive-by lines with waits of 24 to 48 hours, and China goes into lockdown to save the Winter Olympics.  The Grammys are postponed, the Golden Globes hanging by a thread.  More famous faces get it... Whoopi and Geraldo, Hoda Kotbe and, from the Fox family, dad Steve and son Peter Doocy get it too.

   4.5M Americans quit their jobs in November, prompting the stay behinds to deride us as “a nation of quitters.”  There are over ten million jobs available, three for every two unemployed, but most don’t pay a living wage.  State and local governments argue school closings – Chicago goes virtual, new Gotham Mayor Adams says that schools are safer than homes.

   A Philadelphia house fire kills 13, including seven children.  Over in L.A., another house fire kills a fireman.

 

 

 

Thursday, January 6, 2022

 

Infected: 58,487,665

Dead:  833,987

Dow:  36,236.47

  

 

 

 

 

Politicians roll out the speeches for the Jan. 6th (see above).

   Booster shots finally approved for 12 to 15 year olds, but the younger children are still caught in the web of bureaucracy and are dying like January flies.  AMA battles CDC over whether positive testers must quarantine for five days or seven.  Vaxxing refusenik Novak Djokovik kicked out of Australian Open, competitor Rafael Nadal says he should have obeyed the rules.

   Ghislaine Maxwell attorneys petition for new trial after a juror says that he talked about his childhood sex abuse with other jurors.  New York drops sex prosecution of Andrew Cuomo, but opens case against Don Junior and Ivanka in Daddy’s tax case.  (They don’t bother with Eric.)

 

 

 

Friday, January 7,  2022

 

Infected:  59,388,529

Dead:  835,603

Dow:  36,231.66

  

 

The Big O (laughing and beaming as SCOTUS... with all the right-wing justices except Gorsuch masked... preps for eviscerating the Federal mask mandate) and evil weather (Pacific Coast landslides, minus 50 Midwest windchills, Gulf Coast tornadoes, a year of snowfall in one week in Atlantic City) cripples holiday travel by road and by air while, by sea, aimless “Flying Dutchman” cruise ships wander; their passengers starving on bread and butter, if that.

  Russian troops invade Kazakhsistan (and round up Borat), inch closer to Ukrainian border, fire on British warships and respond to President Joe’s threat of “sanctions” with comedic disbelief.

   Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards pardons Homer Plessy of the pro-segretationist Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1892.  His descendents are appreciateive.  Edwards is, of course, a Democrat.

 

 

 

A tepid post-Christmas bounce masked insanity within... personal income went down, but so did consumer and government debt, upturning the normal order of things like a snowglobe (and there was lots of snow, too, after a warm December).  Rising consumer imports... those Christmas baubles from China... and a sharp drop in official unemployment (but the unofficial stats were up) more or less cancelled each other out, but next week will probably bring inflation stats – and more misery for the Joneses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 SOURCES and COMENTS

INCOME

24%

6/17/13

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

1/1/22

1/8/22

SOURCE 

Wages (hourly, per capita)

9%

1350 points

 12/10/21

   +0.53%

 1/15/22

1,503.28

1,503.28

https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages  26.40

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

1/1/22

   -0.30%

 1/15/22

676.93

674.89

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   35,661

*Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

1/1/22

   -7.69%

 1/15/22

477.95

514.72

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS140000003.9%

*Official (DC – in millions)

2%

300

1/1/22

  +0.66%

 1/15/22

578.27

574.44

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      6,798

*Unofficl. (DC – in millions)

2%

300

1/1/22

   -0.94%

 1/15/22

496.23

491.47

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    11,792

Workforce Participtn.

     Number  

     Percent

2%

300

1/1/22

 

   +0.04%

   +0.041%

 1/15/22

 

 

324.37

 

 

324.40

In 154,280 316 495 out  99,963 959 934 Total: 254,429

 

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 60.73

WP %  (ycharts)*

1%

150

1/1/22

   +0.16%

 1/15/22

152.72

152.98

https://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  61.90

OUTGO

(15%)

Total Inflation

7%

1050

12/10/21

+0.8%

 1/15/22

956.88

956.88

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.8

Food

2%

300

12/10/21

+0.7%

 1/15/22

268.22

268.22

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.7

Gasoline

2%

300

12/10/21

+6.1%

 1/15/22

224.50

224.50

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +6.1 nc

Medical Costs

2%

300

12/10/21

+0.3%

 1/15/22

282.77

282.77

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

Shelter

2%

300

12/10/21

+0.5%

 1/15/22

284.46

284.46

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

WEALTH

(6%)

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

 1/1/22

    -0.35%

 1/15/22

387.88

386.52

https://www.wsj.com/market-data/quotes/index/DJIA  36,231.66

Home (Sales) 

   (Valuation)

1%

1%

150

150

 1/1/22

   +1.89%

   +0.31%

 1/15/22

205.17

178.11

205.17

178.11

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

     Sales (M):  6.46 Valuations (K):  353.9

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

 1/1/22

    -0.05%

 1/15/22

264.06

264.24

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    63,851

 

 

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

Revenue (trilns.)

2%

300

 1/1/22

 +0.012%

 1/15/22

346.70

346.74

debtclock.org/       4,055

Expenditures (tr.)

2%

300

 1/1/22

  -0.07%

 1/15/22

217.92

217.76

debtclock.org/       6,881

National Debt tr.)

3%

450

 1/1/22

 +0.74%

 1/15/22

311.91

309.61

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    29,701

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

 1/1/22

  -0.10%

 1/15/22

370.86

371.25

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    85,160

GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

 1/1/22

  +1.29%

 1/15/22

273.73

270.20

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   7,759

Exports (in billions)

1%

150

 12/3/21

  +0.27%

 1/15/22

198.47

199.00

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  224.2

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

 12/3/21

   -4.44%

 1/15/22

114.06

109.00

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  304.2

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

 12/3/21

+16.33%

 1/15/22

100.04

83.70

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html    80.2

 

SOCIAL INDICES (40%) 

ACTS of MAN

(12%)

World Affairs

3%

450

1/1/22

      -0.3%

 1/15/22

374.92

373.80

Revolution breaks out in Sudan as President resigns.  Insurrection in Kazakhstan put down by gunfire from Russian troops... dozens killed, some beheaded.  Australian Open kicks out refusenik icon Novak Djokovic now in Melbourne quarantine his family calls prison. Various government regulators now fighting each other.

Terrorism

2%

300

1/1/22

      +0.5%

 1/15/22

217.70

218.79

Incarcerated Boston Marathon Bomber gets paid... $1,400 in Covid Relief check from American taxpayers confiscated to give all of his victims about a dime each.  Post 1/6 commemoration arson strikes Planned Parenthood in Knoxville but the FBI snuffs out bomb threats to historic black colleges.

Politics

3%

450

1/1/22

      +0.3%

 1/15/22

442.99

444.32

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Ca) joins the ranks of quitters to take job with Trump’s media group “Secure The Vote”.  With voting rights a hot issue, nationwide and cold, cold civil rights cases heating up, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards posthumously pardons the Harold Plessy in Plessy v. Ferguson, 130 years ago.

Economics

3%

450

1/1/22

      +0.1%

 1/15/22

406.21

406.62

Apple’s Tim Cook struts and stammers for having collected only a $100M salary as his baby celebrates becoming first $3T company – take that, you Musk-rat!   (But Elon’s still the richest individual.)  WalMart will deliver groceries to exponentially lazy and trusting – not just to your door but they’ll break in and stock your fridge!

Crime

1%

150

1/1/22

      +0.3%

 1/15/22

236.58

237.29

Fed. Reserve authorizes more money to build more prisons as over 300K cases of Biden bailout money found fraudulent.  U.S. marshals rescue five girls from perv-o in New O.  New York subway turnstile jumper falls and breaks his neck.

 

ACTS of GOD

 

(6%)

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

 1/1/22

        -0.2%

 1/15/22

376.43

375.67

New Years’ celebrations end, January begins and Americans go back to work in a deep freeze.  Blizzards finally arrive in Colorado, burned-out residents ask why they couldn’t have come a day earlier. 

Natural/Unnatural Disaster

3%

450

 1/1/22

       +0.7%

 1/15/22

218.40

219.93

Holiday awwws: skiers free cute dog and numerous humans from various blizzards and avalanches.  Holiday whew!... 21 rescued from defective tram near Albuquerque.  (They get out quicker than drive-through testing wannabees, stuck in lines for two days or more as food and gas runs out but a kind, stranded truck driver gives them bread rather than letting it go moldy and other Good Samaratans pass out bottled water.)  Coast Guard rescues (mighty thirsty) man lost at sea for nine days.

 

LIFESTYLE/JUSTICE INDEX   (15%)

 

Science, Tech, Education

4%

600

 1/1/22

     +0.2%

 1/15/22

408.52

409.34

Schools go back to virtualicity in Atlanta, Chicago and (some parts of) New York, but Massachusetts holds the line on in-person.  High Tech breakthroughs – CES introducing massage (parlour?) robots while Low  Tech troubles include Apple abandoning Blackberri and their poor and elderly users just as Verizon/AT&T airplane killing 5G radiation upheld on Monday, then reversed Tuesday.  

Equality (econ/social)

4%

600

 1/1/22

     +0.3%

 1/15/22

410.88

412.11

Eric Adams sworn in as 2nd NYC black Mayor in front of Times Square ball drop... tells the refuseniks and paranoid parents: “Stop it!” 

Health

     

 

 

 

 

        Plague

4%

600

 1/1/22

      -0.3%

  

 

 

 

 

      -0.3%

 1/15/22

396.86

 

 

 

 

 

- 103.65

395.67

 

 

 

 

 

- 103.96

Abstinencers and Prohibitionists tout Dry January... a month without alcohol.  Drugs?  Nah!  U.S. News declares #1 diet to be Mediterranean (salads and fish with lots of olive oil) and the CDC Food Police admonish Don Jones to eat more fruits and vegetables.  TV Dr. Jen Ashton warns of snow shoveling increasing the number of heart attacks and an Alzheimer’s spike by 2050 due to a new normal of isolation and depression so severe that Bill Gates starts another foundation to combat it.


Big O now comprises 95% of new U.S. infections... optimists cite U.K. and S. Africa evidence it’s milder than ΔV, pessimists contend that hospiral emergency rooms are already filled up and the A.M.A. joins ex-Trump Surgeon General in pressuring CDC to push back quarantines for the asymptomatic positives from 5 to at least 7 days.  CityBank starts firing vaxxine refuseniks, leading to longer lines, more errors on your accounts – some good, some bad.  Super spreader Rose Paraders thumb noses at plague.  Fake testing sites spring up to scam desperate job seekers, airline travelers and worried Americans; WalMart and Kroger take advantage of plague by raising prices on home test kits.  Nice guys!

 

Freedom and Justice

3%

450

 1/1/22

     +0.2%

 1/15/22

465.04

465.97

Three white Arbury murder defendants get life... two without parole, one with.  Black family members celebrate.  Final wicked witch Liz Holmes guilty on 4 of 11 fraud counts... faces 80 years in jail.  But Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers petition for new trial because a juror told other jurors stories about his own sexual abuse (as abusee); TV lawyers Don Abrams and Molva Penza agree she has a case.

 

MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX           (7%) 

 

Cultural incidents

3%

450

 1/1/22

    +0.1%

 1/15/22

535.76

536.30

David Bowie catalog sells to Warner for 250M (half of what Bruce got).  Bowie will spend his windfall... nowhere, he’s dead!  Georgia and Alabama prep for Big Bowl Monday night.  “Melt Down” Brown kicked off Bucs, blames coach Bruce Arians for forcing him to play hurt.  Giant schnauzer “Bayou” wins Best Dog in Show at Westminster.  People with nothing else to do agitated over Hillary Duff’s uncarseated kid.  RIP former Denver coach Dan Reeves, iconic Oscar winners: actor Sidney Poitier (“In the Heat of the Night”) and director Peter Bogdanovich (“Paper Moon”), 112 year old Lawrence Brooks, oldest US WW2 vet.

 

Miscellaneous incidents

4%

450

 1/1/22

    +0.3%

 1/15/22

489.83

491.30

Don Jones welcomes in traditional New Years’ “firsts”... first baby, first snow, first murders, first EZ Money.  Two lucky lotto winners split $600M jackpot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of January 1st through January 7th, 2022 was UP 5.40 points.

 

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ATTACHMENT ONE – Also From NPR

 

VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS CALLS ON THE SENATE TO PROTECT VOTING RIGHTS

 

By Rachel Treisman, Lisa Lambert

 

Vice President Harris marked the anniversary of Jan. 6 by noting both the strength and fragility of American democracy and by calling on lawmakers to pass voting rights legislation to protect it.

Harris compared the attack on the Capitol to other infamous events like Pearl Harbor and 9/11 and described the lawlessness, violence and chaos as "what our nation would look like if the forces who seek to dismantle our democracy are successful."

She urged lawmakers and constituents alike to stand up for democracy.

“Let’s be clear: We must pass the voting rights bills now before the Senate," she says. "But we, the American people, must also do something more. We cannot sit on the sidelines. We must unite in defense of our democracy.”

The Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act are intended to ensure access to voting in all states and to limit discrimination.

Harris will travel with President Biden next week to Atlanta to press for the legislation. As president of the Senate, she could cast a tiebreaking vote in the evenly divided chamber, but the bill may never reach that point as fellow Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is resisting changing the filibuster so that the two bills could pass along party lines.

She said that when young people ask her about the events of that day, she tells them that Jan. 6 reflects "the dual nature of democracy." On the one hand, she said, it means rule of law, equal treatment for everyone, free and fair elections and empowering the people. On the other hand, it is at risk of faltering without protection.

“The violent assault that took place here — the very fact of how close we came to an election overturned — that reflects the fragility of democracy," she said. "Yet, the resolve I saw in our elected leaders when I returned to the Senate chamber that night, their resolve not to yield, but to certify the election, their loyalty, not to party or person but to the Constitution of the United States, that reflects its strength.“

The heroism of the law enforcement officers who responded to the attack also reflects the strength of democracy, Harris said, noting those who succumbed to wounds "both visible and invisible."

Harris also reflected on her own experience that day, noting she had left a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing at the Capitol hours before it was breached, but that her staff sought refuge in her office using filing cabinets as makeshift barricades.

Her predecessor, Vice President Mike Pence, was also there and was an intended target of the violence.