Presidential Pardons

January 20, 2021

How is it possible, hypothetically speaking, a president can commit any crime they choose while in office, then grant him or herself a full pardon, exonerating themselves for every crime they may or may not have committed not only during their presidency, but from date of birth until date of pardon?

How is it possible that a president, or anyone, does not have to be charged with a crime, let alone convicted, to be pardoned? Making this scenario even more bizarre, is that a president can pardon a person who committed a crime on their behalf. Or a family member, or four who did so. How is it possible that a president can even pardon their own business(es)?

I’m no constitutional scholar, and far from knowledgeable, but there are only two restrictions to presidential pardons. One is that the crime must be federal, the other is that the crime must not involve impeachment proceedings. Making any such circumstances even more strange is that a president can pardon anyone, including themself in secret. Let me repeat that, a president can secretly pardon themself, and only be exposed if they were to be charged with a crime.

This cannot possibly be what our founding fathers had in mind two and a half centuries ago. Thankfully, this is just a hypothetical conspiracy and can never, ever happen here. Right?

Steven H. Spring
Earth

America’s Coup D’etat

January 13, 2021

The following is a copy of my letter to Speaker Of The House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer regarding who really are the radicals that America now must defend herself against;

 

January 11, 2021

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker Of The House
United States House of Representatives
1236 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D. C. 20515

Dear Speaker Pelosi,

Watching Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey on Jake Tapper’s Sunday morning show “State Of The Union,” I could not help but laugh at his comment about radical Democrats, after condemning the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capital last Wednesday in pursuit of a coup d’etat for their dear leader. That night, late in the Browns-Steelers game (I’m a life-long Brownie), I switched over to CNN during a commercial to see if any news was breaking (isn’t it always?) and caught a rerun of the Tapper-Toomey interview and heard the senator refer to Democrats as the “ever more radical left-wing party.”

I guess what that mob of conservative/Republican/terrorists (your choice of word(s)) did was wrong, but thank God they weren’t those damn ever more radical Democrats, or all hell would have broke loose. Republicans love throwing around the “radical” word now days, yet I never hear a single Democrat refer to Republicans, and especially the president, as radicals.

A decade or two ago, the Republican Party turned the word “liberal” into such a bad word that Democrats ran from it in fear of being labeled one. Today, Democrats call themselves “progressive.” Ironically, you cannot call a Republican a “conservative,” as that’s a badge of honor to them. Thus, the reason for my writing. I urge you to encourage your caucus to call out what Republicans have become, a party of ever more radicals.

Sincerely,

Steven H. Spring


C.: Senate Majority Leader-elect Chuck Schumer

The Most Admired Man In America Is Donald Trump. Really?

January 1, 2021

How is it possible that a man who has told an astounding 250,000 lies in just four years chosen as the most admired man in America? Making this feat even far worse than it possibly can be, is that many of those lies have been about the COVID-19 coronavirus. What does this say about us as a society, as Americans, or as human beings?

Declaring at first the virus will mysteriously disappear by Easter, then pronouncing it to be a Democrat hoax that will vanish the day after the November 3 presidential election, Donald Trump has blood on his hands, responsible to date for the deaths of 346,500 Americans. If you compare America’s corona statistics to Canada or Germany, we should have a fraction of the death count. And, don’t forget his incredible announcement that we should drink some Clorox bleach followed by a shot of Lysol as a preventative measure or a cure, I forget which.

Donald Trump is the most admired man in America? No, Donald Trump is the most deceitful man in America. Not to mention the most corrupt and incompetent president ever. America is in the midst of a presidential coup d’etat, led by the current president who lost his reelection bid, and Vladimir Putin cannot believe how easy it is. Putin is conquering America without firing a single shot.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

Russia Cyber Attacks America And Not A Word Is Said About It

December 18, 2020

With the news getting ever more worse since breaking Monday regarding Russia (allegedly) pulling off a major cyber attack on America, involving maybe up to a dozen departments or agencies, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, which is responsible for maintaining this nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, however, some experts are predicting the news could get even more horrendous in the coming days when the full extent of the attack is known.

I’m no nuclear physicist, nor computer programmer for that matter, and maybe it was due to watching one too many science-fiction movie or television show, but my first thought was if it were possible for a hacker to launch our nuclear arsenal against every major metropolis in America?

Even more astonishing, is that there has been not a single word said about the attack by anyone associated with this administration. With up to a billion dollars in loans coming due in the next few years, I guess the president doesn’t want to piss-off his banker.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

Presidential Pardons

December 2, 2020

With Trump administration pardons dangling more frequently these days than mistletoe, not to mention the truly breaking news late Tuesday night that the Department of Justice is investigating a potential bribery scheme involving presidential pardons, I guess it is only fitting the most corrupt administration in American history would go out in a blaze of glory. Or is it gory?

How is it possible, or better yet legal, for a president to pardon all of his pathological lying, criminal associates, along with his family members, of all crimes they committed on his behalf and most likely orders? Surely this isn’t what our founding fathers had in mind nearly two hundred and fifty years ago. This is what third-rate dictators in third-world countries do (apologies to third-rate dictators and third-world countries). This is not what America, once the world’s beacon of justice and democracy does.

The only question remaining is; Will the president grant himself a pardon come the morning of January 20? As a former reality television star, why not do it live on TV?

Steven H. Spring
Earth

The Word For Today Is…

October 15, 2020

The word for today is: trumpery. According to Merriam-Webster (not a reliable source, some will undoubtedly say), the definition is; A.: worthless nonsense and B.: trivial or useless articles (i.e., junk).

Trumpery appeared in the English language during the mid-15th century, as spelt trompery, implying “deceit or fraud” and “worthless nonsense.” However, the word goes back a hundred years or more to the French word “tromper,” meaning “to deceive.”

The word for tomorrow will be: poetic-justice.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

Block Editor Versus Classic Editor

October 9, 2020

One of the downsides to capitalism, and its evil twin advertising, is that in order to keep customers coming back for more, everything old becomes “new and improved,” no matter how good the original product was.  My question for WordPress is; shouldn’t something new and improved be easier to use?

Tuesday afternoon, before heading out to run some errands, I attempted to put together a post for my 7:00 deadline (OCD time), when their new Block Editor format smacked me in the face with the force of a ten pound sledgehammer.  In what normally takes only five minutes to finish a post, I spent twenty minutes and other than becoming frustrated, accomplished nothing but a saved a draft of just the post title.

Later that night, I found out that if I save a Block Editor post, I can open it with Classic Editor.  However, what I really need to know now is how long will I be able to use Classic Editor before they sh*tcan it altogether?

This rant started off only as a plea for help with WordPress’ help forum, however; after getting error messages (“That method is not allowed”) when I tried to submit these two questions several different times, I thought what a great idea for a post.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

Can America Survive November 3?

September 24, 2020

How is it in America, which likes to boast that it is the world’s all-time greatest democracy, that one of the two major political parties has for at least the past decade, if not much longer, is doing everything it can to ensure that registered citizens cannot exercise their constitutional right to vote? Their tactics include purging of voter rolls, eliminating voting machines in Democrat-heavy areas, or removing entire polling locations, again in Democrat districts. These last two acts have resulted in people being forced to stand in line to cast their ballot in past elections up to eight hours.

Now, the current occupant of the White House, who lost the 2016 presidential election by nearly three million votes, is upping the purge even further by declaring he wants to eliminate absentee voting entirely, despite the nation being in the mist of a world-wide pandemic, in which it leads the world in both the number of cases and deaths. If he cannot do that, he is threatening to shut down the counting of actual votes election night. With an attorney general, who will go down in history as the most corrupt, supporting his every move, it doesn’t take a political scientist to conclude that scenario entirely possible.

The president has even started talking to state officials about ignoring the vote of the people and directly declaring him the winner on the grounds of mass voter fraud. Republican leaders stand idly by, obviously lying to appease their dear leader, fearful of being ridiculed in official presidential tweets. Making matters worse, the president is constantly lying about how fraudulent mail-in voting is, despite no evidence supporting his claim. Compounding the situation even further is the fact that Russia is once again participating in our election process.

America should be doing everything possible to ensure that all citizens can cast their ballots, yet the Republican Party is doing everything possible to see that they cannot. With the president having recently declared there will be no peaceful transfer of power if he loses, we are facing a historic catastrophe come November 3, with the fate of the nation hanging delicately in the balance.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

To “B” Or Not To “b” (Apologies To Willie Shakespeare)

July 2, 2020

Before reading the op-ed column in last Sunday’s Columbus Dispatch by Jenice Armstrong, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, in which she detailed the new custom of capitalizing “B” when referring to Black people, I had noticed this practice for several weeks in both the newspaper and on television. My viewpoint regarding categorizing people by the color of their skin, although convenient still seems racist even if capitalizing the first letter. Ironically, for the most part, black nor white does not really describe one’s actual color of their skin.

Why is it that skin color is only used to describe Black people or White? We no longer refer to Oriental people as being Yellow. Nor do we refer to America’s indigenous people as Red, except, that is for the National Football League’s Washington Redskins. I have written numerous letters to the NFL, NAACP and Washington’s owner during the past several decades regarding the derogatory nickname, calling for its banishment.

While reading Armstrong’s article, the thought occurred to me if this new capitalization procedure would apply to the word white. Before the week was out, I found the answer when reading an article by Ben Walker of the Associated Press that appeared in Wednesday’s sports section when he wrote former baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain “Landis broke up exhibitions between Black and white All-Star teams” in his article about why Landis’ name should be removed from Major League Baseball’s annual MVP award.

The non-capitalization of the letter “W” in the word white did not bother me as a White person; it just looked funny capitalizing one color and not the other. That bothered me as someone who suffers from being a neat freak, perfectionist and OCDer.

Steven H. Spring
Earth

Stupid Commercials ~ LiMu Emu & Doug

June 24, 2020

I started a series of stupid commercials a few years back, and though there is a plethora of them saturating our airwaves, my photography and political commentary usually prevent me from criticizing the advertising industry on a regular basis. Since buying my first new camera in thirty-three years, finally going digital seven summers ago, then updating yet again two years back, I have shot slightly more than two hundred and fifty thousand photos, nearly every one of flowers.

That being said, I find one of the numerous commercials hawking Liberty Mutual insurance airing seemingly non-stop on television in which LiMu Emu & Doug are racing down a street in their yellow 1970 Plymouth Duster, when Doug yells to another car that he can save them, implying that they might be in grave danger. However, Doug then hands the passenger in the other vehicle his business card and tells the women he can save them money by switching their car insurance to Liberty Mutual. Moments later, both cars come to a stoplight.

What makes this commercial stupid is not so much the dialogue, but the overall content of the advertisement. It is a commercial hawking Liberty Mutual’s auto insurance, yet having Doug pass a business card to a passenger in another vehicle while speeding down a city street is reckless behavior, and possibly a traffic violation as well.

Full disclosure, I purchased auto and renters insurance from Liberty Mutual just last Friday. Moreover, they did reduce my combined auto and renters insurance by thirty percent.

Steven H. Spring
Earth