So here we are, veterans and most explicitly disabled veterans -and yes, that includes me, wondering why the Administration last week went back and forth and round-and-round figuring out how to best score veterans.

Apparently sometime on Monday they decided that Disabled Veterans who did not file income tax for 2019 or 2018 did, after all, have to file a form with the IRS in order to get the $1200 that everyone else was getting.

For weeks, and weeks they had been saying ‘Oh no, veterans getting disability or pensions do not have to file any additional paperwork if they had not filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019. For those who do not know, disability payments for veterans are not taxable. If that sounds really wonderful, you don’t get rich on veterans disability or pension payments, any more than you do on Social Security benefits.In fact I have heard of people who get more on Social Security than I do on VA disability payments, and I am a 100 percent service connected disabled vets. I am luckythough. If I had to depend on Social Security Disability I would barely scrape by.

But back to the Government and the Disabled Veterans.

Sometime on Monday, April 20th, its was announced that contrary to what we had been told, Vets on disability did indeed have to file a form with the ITS. No big deal right? Wrong.

The form had to be filled out by noon on April 22nd.

And nobody made an effort to say anything.

I found out quite by accident from a piece on a news aggregator, which showed an article from Stars and Stripes (which Trump tried to defund, showing how much he cares about the Military and naval forces as well as veterans). anyway, I found out about it 11 hours after the deadline of noon ET. What the heck am I supposed do?

I still don’t know. After searching diligently trough all of the e-mails on various topics that I get from the VA I still can not find anything. Nor can I find anything on ny of the news sites, or government sites.


I wrote and called my congressman office.


And I imagine that that is what all disabled Veterans, from the lowest !0% disabled all the way up to the 100 percent disabled will find in their bank account will find.



The following is conjecture, but is based on too many years of watching Sociapaths, Greedy Psycopaths and idiots like Trump and Family.

Spo, the reason I believe that Trump did not invoke the Korean War era law that would compel private companies to produce items neccessaary to public safety.

Why would he threaten, or even promise to do so then back off? Twice at least? According to news stories inthe past week, he was “convinced” not to do so by the private sector. But which private sector? was it the same senators who sold off stock just before the Stock Exchange nosedive? Or was it others who wanted to take advantage of time to byuy stock here and there to benefit themselves? Why did he initially say nothing when Auto companies offered to produce ventilators?

Why did he invoke it on GM, AFTER GM ad already said they would, a week earlier? Probably because the Chairwoman of GM doesn’t like Trump and vice-versa. Or so it has been said in the mainstream media as well as the fringe element for years. So he “Orders” GM to produce ventilators after GM volunteered to a week earlier. Right

Personally we believe it was so persons in the private sector could position themselves favorably in the purchase of stock in companies that already produce ventilators, masks and other needed items.

Then, there is the case of a Republican Fundraiser who suddenly sent messages to all of his clients informing them that he would no longer Represent them. And mind, this is a professional GOP fundraiser who worked on major elections, not just the local like the school board.

And why, pray tell did this person suddenly go out of the business of raising money for the Republican Party?

To sell medical Personal Protective Equipment. No one noknows exactly at this moment what other medical stuff (and perhaps other Prepper type items) he might be selling, but he and a partner registered a brand new LLC in Delaware to do just that. Sell medical masks and similar items . Right now we do not know exactly the entire line of items, but this whole thing smells real bad. Meanwhile you can check many other news sources to follow this story. We recomment mainstream sources like the Washington Post, The New York Times, and trusted on-line sources like the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and so on. Try CNN also because of their widespread coverage and MSNBC because they do a good job of covering issues at all angles, including many, many former Republican reporters and even one who hosts an early evenong news and commentary show on MSNBC, specifically her name is Nicolle Wallace and she used to work at the Bush White House as well as working for the McCain Campaign.

And, I do not now have stock or any personal interest in any of the companies I just mentioned.



There is no connection between us with the exception that this site-seers catalog-is the an updated version of an older print company/paper of the same name, which I wrote for many years ago. Politics, of course. Also look vor some improvements in this site, which will happen gradually as we find time and money to improve. Also there is never a charge here.

Mean while-to your continued good health! Stay safe and stay healthy.

The Original Virgin Suicides

when you read this, think of the talk all about veterans suicide rates (about double of non-veterans) and you will find the reason. Just the reason not the answer to how to end it.


Here’s an anecdote that is chilling and a bit upsetting. CW: it contains misogyny as well as reference to suicide clusters. In general, this reminded me of the suicide clusters in Silicon Valley discussed widely a few years ago. But–and I think this is more important–it also points to groups of suicide as an attempt to wrest agency in response to desperation, a lack of agency, and marginalization.

Aulus Gellius, Varia Historia 15.10

“In his first of the books On the Soul, Plutarch included the following tale when he was commenting on maladies which afflict human minds. He said that there were maiden girls of Milesian families who at a certain time suddenly and without almost any clear reason made a plan to die and that many killed themselves by hanging.

When this became more common in following days and there was no treatment to be found…

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Prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, when people were protesting against the war in Vietnam, all of the “hardats” and the old WW2 and Korean war vets were out there to bash heads and call them commies and worse. There were near wars between the “Hippies” and the so called patriotic Americans, union men many of them, who called the others traitors?

Fast forward to the Obama administration and Health Care, sometimes called Obama Care, formally known as the Affordable Care Act. People were reacting, in fact over reacting, holding up signs saying stupid stuff like “keep the government out of healthcare-leave my medicare alone!” Apparently they were under the impression that Medicare was a private insurance plan. Then there were the riotous-sometimes literally-town hall meetings held by congessmen and women where the signs and screaming were accusing everyone of being either Nazis or Communists.

Now, Donald “cadet bone spurs” Trump has apprently convinced everyone that there is an impending coup to “overthrow” the Government. He is banking on the ignorance, or poor educational system, to convince everyone that Nancy Pelosi and the “Socialists” and the “Communists” would then be in charge.

Actually, of course, Vice President Pence-a conservative Republican would become President. He would then nominate a candidate to be Vice President and as long as Moscow Mitch approved, that person would become the new Vice president. and the Government would hum along as usual. No oup. No revolution. and, we hope no communists. (Of course in the case of an appointee for the Vice Presidency, both houses must concur. Right now McConnel holds a tight reign on the Senate, and likely Pelosi and the Democratic caucus would go along with a nominee).

But. Hold on here. The current resident dictator in Russia is a former Communist. An actual, real, card carrying Communist. Former KGB officer. In fact a Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB. Of course he was a Communist in name only because that is what Vladimir Putin does. Whatever is the best deal for him, he does. Since the Communist party is a shadow of it’s former self in Russia, he has become a card carrying Russian Orthodox Christian, because that is the thing to do, and it benefits him to do it, so he does. He is in fact a Nationalist and populist of the worst kind. He is a Nazi/Communist in everything but name. He is a Kleptocrat along with all of the other heavy hitters in Russia, stripping the country of its wealth banking it around the world, hiding it as best they can. In fact quite a lot of people-people who would be in the know, believe Vladimir Putin is the richest man in the entire world.

He is also, just like Hitler, focused on world domination. He does this through disinformation or, in the terminology of Trumpists everywhere, Fake News.

And the Biggest Fake News is that he is Mister Nice Guy, who would never interfere in American politics or elections.

Then why has he and his Great Worshipping Disciple Trump convinced all of those previously anti-communist Democracy for all and damn the Hippie Commie Pinko Fags to hell, fawning over the former Communist sitting in Moscow chortling at the Stupid Americans? (Heavens that was along sentence)!

Even more so, why is the former America Love It Or Leave it Republican Party fawning over Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin? Vlad is still the same old Communist. He is a dictator, slowly but surely picking away our democracy and chipping away at the Russian version of a republic.

So why is Moscow Mitch McConnel and virtually evrey Republican Congress member and Senator lining up behind the Russian (former) Communist and his acolyte Donald Trump?

Well, I guess it is because what they think is power is really hard evidence that they ar being conned, and that some of them are knowingly betraying us, their constituents as well as their country in order to stay on top. Little do they know what would happen and will happen to them if Vladimir Putin gets his way. Then it will be their day in the barrel.

To be sure, the Russian people are not evil. I have met a few, Russians, a Chechen and a Ukrainian, as well as a Georgian all of whom grew up in the Communist Dictatorship of the Soviet Union. They liked it here better. At least until Donald Trump became President.

It is the leadership of the Russian Federation that is evil and corrupt. They steal from their own people, left and right. A few ultra rich plutocratic sociopaths get richer and richer by the day (in fact with their wealth they get richer by the minute-literally) while the average people suffer and get poorer and poorer. So Putin makes an enemy of Ukraine so he can look good in the eyes of the Russians for taking back territory where people are ethnic Russian (another Hitler like ploy) and they feel all patriotic. Wonder what they will think when the next presidential election comes along in Russia. Will Putin get the Constitution changed so he can run again (his second term should be his last) or will he just say “I’m going to be president for life-we can save money by not bothering with elections”.

That is what he would like, and what Trump would like too.

So. Beware. It can happen here too. Only Moscow will be the new capital of the United States, and we will have to learn the words to a new National Anthem. Russian words, of course. I imagine it might be the Internationale.

Do not believe the idiotic claims of the Republicans. There is no takeover plot. No “Communists” hiding in the Democratic Party. If the Senate actiually did what they swore an oath to-Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States-Vice President Pence would take over and a rational person would be sitting in the White House, not a doddering old man in the grips of dementia, obsessing over paranoid fantasies and stupid conspiracy theories while the country threatens to fall apart under the tiny hands of a fool.


Whew-what a long headline. Nonetheless here we go as briefly as possible.

First, the Magna Carta etc. First the first Magna Carta was signed or agreed in 1215 by King John of England. In essence it ecreed or was agreed to that he nor any other king had the right to rule by fiat and was not above the law. In other words he was subject to the “laws of the land” just as anyone else in England was. The Pope of the time didn’t like it and decreed it null and void but noen ot the Barons of Englnd cared because the pPope was really only worried about Papal authority over the Church. It lso said and was agreed that everyone was subjevt to the law and was also entitled to a fair trial. There would be no more executions by Royal Decree. No more taxes without consultation (sound familiar?).

There have been several reaffirmations in the succeeding centuries.

It is notable that there are 4 copies of the original Magna Carta in existence today and most notably one is in the United Sates National Archives Museum. That is how important the Magna Carta, now 304 years old, is to the United States Constitution.

No One Is Above The Law!

Any Idea where we got the idea of a Senate and A house of Representatives?

Remember the Magna Carta? The Barrons of England became in effect the first legislative body in England. Before taxes could be levied they had top agree, as well as other matters of Government. The King no longer wielded unlimited power.

Jump forwar a few hundre years, to 1707. That is when the First Parliament of the United Kingdom, in it’s current form, was instituted. In between there were other parliaments in England and in Scotland. The acts unifying the coountries came later (though Wales and Ireland were around too-don’t forget them).

For convenience sake we will now tak a hop, skip and a jumpt forward to the Constitutional Convention. The Magna Carta wss basic and essential to the formation of the Constitution. Not just the ‘no one is above the law’, but many others including the writ of habeus corpus, and of course no taxation without representation. The origianal Parliaments were nog held at regular intervals and initially it was a single house of the nobility. Soon they included a House of Burgesses which essentially was local officials. This became the 2 chamber parliament we know today. The House of Lords and the House of Commons.

We started out or almost did with a unicameral or one house Congress. Wise heads prevailed and the Senate or upper house was created, and as a compromuse each state had the same number of Senators, so no one state would have any numerical superiority over another in the upper house. For those unware the stste legoslatures appointed senators until the constitution was ammended in the 1920’s to have Senators elected by you and me .

But remember several little but very importamt things here. You, me, Senators and Members of Congress, and judges and Presidents all have to obey the law.

Amd no one, no one, is above the law. Not you. Not me. Not your Senators. Not your Congress members. No the Judges. Not the president. Is above the law.


After hours of listening to the witnesses testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee two things stand out.

First Devin Nunes (R-CA) the committee TRanking Member is a dork and

second the GOP is desperate.

Blather, lies and obfuscation will never work. Hope they come up for air before they suffocate themselves in the smoke that goes with the mirrors.


Yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” (we do not really think news in the title is justified or accurate, it is just part if the title” 45 declared he had no time to visit the troops, or any of the myriad events, memorials or anything else, especially those recognizing the end of active hostilities of the 1st World War, 100 years ago. The reason he was busy?

Phony Witch Hunts.


That is not merely an oxymoron it is a double negative, and of course part of the major lie that underlies much of the 45 administration. In this case it points out the fact that, stated way too many times, that 45 “loves our veterans.”

Bullshit. He dishonors active duty military and veterans all the time. He loves them/us no more than a pile of dog crap on the sidewalk. Did you know that New York city has an ordinance allowing sidewalk vendors on Fifth Avenue if, and only if they are veterans? In fact I think it states disabled vets. 45 ( before he became 45) one time tried to get a law passed by the New York State assembly to outlaw that. So much for veterans

But on to the double negative. And a double negative by the way, reverses itself and becomes a positive-or in a case like this the truth.

We  all know that something that is phony is fake, untrue, not real or made up.

A witch hunt is something, usually an activity or investigatory activity looking for something which is not true or an activity which does not take place, or an accusation which is untrue.

Thus a “phony witch hunt” turns out to be a hunt for an actual with, or with 45, it is an investigation into activities that have in fact taken place, and the investigation is merely the act of finding all of the evidence to prove the act, which is usually defined (in witch huntery) as factual.

So 45, on Sunday November 18, 2018 admitted conspiracy, probable tax evasion, possibly espionage and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

I rest my case. Oh and he did it on his favorite propaganda television channel, same way he admitted to NBC news that he fired the FBI director to end the probe into the Russia interference in the 2016 elections.

So there it is. The Witch. Really.


Despite attempts to keep this for himself  Donald Trump did not invent the idea of making America great again. In fact I believe that in his mind as well as a small percentage of Americans, i.r. the rich and ultra rich, it really means let’s keep America Greedy again.  This is in fact the second iteration of the ME! generation.

Actually Ronald Reagan, and full disclosure I was never a fan of his, but compared to now it was the good old days when Reagan said Let’s make America Great Again.


America was pretty much ok at the time. We were behind in terms of energy self-sufficiency because we had been buying cheap oil from OPEC which was made up of mostly state-owned oil producers, many of which were based in the Middle East, but also in Mexico and Venezuela, but under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter things were looking a little brighter, though it would take many decades before we reached oil self sufficiency, and coal was being supplied to any comer (as it still is; America exports more coal to asian customers than anyone else, and Trump has not produced any of the promised coal jobs. That money goes to the wealthy mine owners, not the working class).

But let’s examine this a bit closer.

America made itself “Great” not because of rich real-estate manipulators. Its became great because of a lot of immigrants working hard. Even Trumps Grandparents and his mother were immigrants and it was they who gave-yes gave-Donny boy his money which he does a lot to lose.


Then there were the grunts down in the trenches–literally- -building the subways, the railroads (which used vast numbers of both Chinese and Irish immigrants), the factories where other immigrants worked producing steel, like my grand-father and father (Scotch-Irish, but immigrants several generations before they worked in Chicago). There were the famous intellectuals and freedom fighters who invented the American system (with the stain of slavery) and asked their lives to make it happen. There were the soldiers in the U.S. who fought to keep the Union rather than allow a few greedy plantation owners the right to sell or own human beings, and the Doughboys of WW I who fought, at great cost-to help bring eventual self-government to large swathes of Europe and then did even more in WW II when the threat of Fascism spread all over the planet, followed on by the Cold War, when Stalin and his minions wanted to rule the world in their own way.

The American way of life and those who have built it and defended not only that but the rights of other people around the world, and gone out of their way to do so, all the while making great scientific and cultural advances, are all the things that make America great.


Not great gain. From the start it has been great, even before gaining Independence it was great, and the following generations have all contributed something off their own to Keeping America Great.


We do not need to Make America Great Again. We must work even harder now when all of the institutions that made America to begin with are under threat, especially the Constitution and, very particularly the First Amendment.  So a very important date is coming up, and another of the things that has made America Great is under threat-the right of all Americans to rule themselves, the right to vote.


Numerous plots and plans are underway to strip, slowly but surely, our right to vote. There are multiple threats to suppress voters from exercising their rights. Many so-called “illegal: or “phony” voter schemes have arisen over the past few years,  all purporting to “prove” that many people are voting illegally, or stuffing ballot boxes by registering in multiple places, etc. The Supreme Court did not rule on a law that would sanction Native American voters and put  difficulties and in places veer I.D. laws that make it difficult for many people to get an I.D. In the one affecting Native Americans the State involved refuses to accept Identification issued by Native American tribes. But others make it difficult to get ID to vote in other states as well.

But Voter id and the American Legislative Exchange Council aka ALEC is the subject of another blog. This is about the her and now.

America is great because it was intended as and developed as a  democratic republic. We elect representatives and executives to run the country the Best Way Possible. To do that everyone must go and vote. Go exercise your right to vote, to free speech, to read whichever newspaper you like or listen to whatever legitimate news you choose. But If you do not vote we are all going to lose and Erica will not be great. Nor will Russia, or North Korea or even China which, in case you forgot, is a one party system, and it’s leader is a dictator.


So don’t believe that America even needs to be made great again.


America needs to be Kept Great-Always.