Monday, December 31, 2018

ESSAY: Failed State & The New Reformation--#MAGA #SHUTDOWN POLITICS, 2019



     (The Scullery)--Beyond the rhetoric, the insinuations and the failed state syndrome, the view from higher ground is one of renewed confidence in the process of democracy. There is something greater going on above the dysfunction and low-brow clamor on a daily basis from furloughed congressmen and women, disgruntled news media pundits attempting to relate everything to Watergate, and pollsters squeezing out impeachment statistics wherever they can.
     By definition, "reformation," according to Collins, means "the act or an instance of reforming or the state of being reformed."

Along with a definition, Collins offers a usage graph illustrating the most common reference of the word to the Protestant Reformation, capitalized, of the 16th century. Clearly, the word has lost its meaning since then and appears to have very little meaning today. However, on the horizon is a new movement that has yet to be properly evaluated as it isn't related to religion, but to politics and in particular, politics in the United States. If we were to define the roots of this new movement, which for the sake of clarity we define as "#MAGA," it has as its origin not in America, but in Iraq.
     To be more accurate, mainstream media is just now beginning to understand the nature of the cold-blooded killer caliphate known by its acronym, ISIS, and the mistake made by the previous administration in removing all American soldiers from the Middle East, paving the way for the march of ISIS. The result was yet another entry into the muddled quagmire that is Middle East politics; from the self-interest of Israel, to the dark regime of Syria, the "other" caliphate of Iran and the on-again, off-again NATO partner Turkey.  On the sidelines but with just as much influence in the neighborhood is the Western ally, oil-based Saudi Arabia. All of these players are what Rand Paul (R-KY) referred to in CBS' Face the Nation recently as "can they not do anything?" But the caliphate was only a small fraction of the issues facing the Commander-in-Chief when he assumed office, Afghanistan was the other foreign policy quagmire. At the time it was on the back burner as the main course was cooking on the front of the stove, the fight for the wall along the border between Mexico and the United States. In time, the Middle East would indeed surface to become part of the New Reformation.
     New Year's Eve, 2018 and a resolution for border wall funding has become the cornerstone of The New Reformation with the US government deadlocked and in a shutdown mode over the issue. The President has promised delivery of the wall to the nation but opposition in Congress has fought him every inch of the way on the hundreds of miles of wall slated for construction. Even though Iraq may have been a more difficult agenda to complete, specifically, withdrawal from it and Afghanistan as well, it was the border wall that created the climate for the New Reformation. The political revolution in American politics was long overdue and postponed by the previous administration as it just didn't have enough resolve, for that matter, political savvy and philosophy, to address the issues. It was all about affordable health care, an agenda that was recently dismantled by a Texas judge as non-enforceable, part of the previous "failed state" syndrome.
     No revolutionary movement is complete without a set of grievances and demands, as witnessed from the religious Reformation to the Declaration of Independence. Can we assume the combined action of the border wall shutdown along with the recent orders to withdraw from foreign wars of occupation represents at least a beginning in long overdue "reforms" in the way politics function in Washington, DC? According to the media, impeachment isn't good enough for the President. In fact, add the hostility of the press toward the administration as another product of The New Reformation. Daily, the media attacks with everything it has; polls, opinions, condemnations, harassment at press briefings, attempting to topple the regime. None of it works, the President isn't queer for the media, unlike his predecessor.
     Impasse looms into the New Year, the view from the high ground is that something bigger is going on, rooted in frustration from decades of mismanaged government policies that are legislated only to be dismantled. Finally, Congress will have to decide on the course of action for the nation, with firm resolve or with impotence. The President has been a one-man show ever since he took the oath of office; his loyalty to #MAGA is remarkable, not just campaign demagoguery, but conviction. If he succeeds, there will be a New Reformation, politics will not be as-usual, and he will reaffirm the belief that one man can make a difference.


Contributing Sources:
Reformation definition,
Rand Paul, Face the Nation, CBS, Dec 23, 2018,
#MAGA Hats & Soldiers,  Newsweek,

Monday, December 24, 2018

"#WALL ALONE AM I" --Prez Sings the Blues on Christmas---LIVE FROM #SHUTDOWN STUDIOS

Trump says border wall will be built with "shutdown money"

President Trump, who is spending the holidays in the White House after cancelling a trip to his Mar-a-Lago resort, said on Christmas Eve that a "complete" wall on the southern border will be built with "Shutdown money plus funds already in hand."

Government shutdown enters 3rd day; where does Congress stand Christmas Eve

WASHINGTON - Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight. In fact, a top White House official warned the shutdown could stretch into January.

Trump tweets he's alone at White House waiting for Dems deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump was meeting with his Homeland Security secretary and other officials on Monday to discuss border security issues as a partial government shutdown over his U.S.-Mexico border wall entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight. Though both sides have traded offers over the dollars, they remain far apart on the wall.

President Trump Trashes 'Crazy' Democrats for His 'Home Alone' Christmas: 'I Am All Alone (Poor Me)'

President Trump, instead of channeling his inner Kevin McAllister and enjoying being "all alone" in the White House on Christmas Eve, is blasting Democrats for refusing to give him the one gift he really wants: a $5-billion border wall.

US Lawmakers Home for Christmas, Govt Workers Unpaid on Shutdown Day Three

Washington: US lawmakers headed home for Christmas leaving the government partially shut for a third day Monday in an impasse over President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding, a standoff which the White House budget director said might continue until a new Congress takes over in January.


Christmas shutdown: Why Washington let the government close

In many Republican leaders' eyes, Friday was the GOP's last chance to take the lead on budget negotiations before the start of the new session under a Democratic House. And by midweek, a deal seemed imminent.

Sides in fight over funding border wall move closer to each other, but no resolution in sight

WASHINGTON - Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight. In fact, a top White House official warned the shutdown could stretch into January.

'All alone' Trump prods Dems to deal on border wall, as partial shutdown drags on

With no compromise in sight to end the partial government shutdown, President Trump on Monday urged Democratic leaders to "make a deal" on border security -- while those lawmakers countered that mixed messages from the White House are "making it impossible to know where they stand."

Government shutdown, day 3: White House awaits Democratic reply to 'counteroffer' to $5B for border wall

CLOSE WASHINGTON - As the partial government shutdown continues, the White House and congressional Republicans awaited a Democratic response to their "counteroffer" in negotiations over President Donald Trump's demand for $5 billion for a southern border wall.

Trump accuses Democrats of border wall hypocrisy

Amid a government shutdown centered on President Donald Trump's demands for border wall funding, the president again slammed Democrats on Monday for refusing to give him the funding levels he wants. "Virtually every Democrat we are dealing with today strongly supported a Border Wall or Fence," Trump tweeted.

Saturday, December 22, 2018




 (The Scullery)--- Senator Graham (R-SC) has called for immediate hearings regarding CINC sudden call to pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, decisions hailed by allies and enemies alike. Turkey will have a free throw to toss the Kurds out, Russia thinks it's getting an automatic first down and ISIS and the Taliban are dancing together in the streets of Baghdad and Kabul. But wait, there's more--

Senator Graham calls for hearings on troops in Syria, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Friday called for immediate U.S. Senate hearings on President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria, which prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters he wanted to hear directly from Mattis at any hearing.

     It wasn't too long ago, before Obama bailed out of Iraq bringing on the "surge" mentality in Congress pressed by Graham and that war hero Arizona Hanoi Hilton survivor, the South Carolina senator had doubts about the role of America in Iraq, expressed at a hearing featuring General David Petraeus as the star witness, reporting in the Sioux City Journal by David Broder,

Graham's question to Ambassador Ryan Crocker "What's the difference between a dysfunctional government and a failed state?" The Senator ought to know the answer to that today amid a government shutdown. How does he expect to have a hearing with the government at impasse over border wall funding, much less call the Secretary of Defense, who handed in his resignation over protest over the withdrawal orders, into a hearing.    Again, the Senator from South Carolina exhibits his ability to stand for and against everything at the same time. Senator Graham urged the president to veto the short term stopgap that would have allowed the government to continue to operate:

Sen. Lindsey Graham Encourages Trump To Veto Short-Term Funding Bill

Amber Athey | Media and Breaking News Editor Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is encouraging President Donald Trump not to sign a short-term government funding bill unless it includes funding for the border wall.

Supporting Documents
Graham call for hearings,
"Reality based Iraq Policy", David Broder, Sioux City Journal, 16 Sept 2007, Page A9
Short term veto,




     (Scullery, Grease Trap Ops)--Again, as in the previous post, consideration for the new candidate may well hinge on ability to adjust to a number of unexpected crises. In the case of HL Stimson, during the FDR war years, the Secretary of War had to make a decision on internment of Japanese American citizens, due to the fact that their loyalty might well have been "impossible" to determine. Removal from the West Coast Exclusion Zone, though unpopular as it was even for the officials involved, became a political and security reality that Americans have come to accept, with regret. Yet another example when considering the right candidate for the job, as in the previous consideration, is the necessity of a military background. That may be the last important qualification on the resume, and if anything, as was just the case for Marine General Mattis, a drawback, the general weighed down by all his medals.

     During the American Civil War, President Lincoln retained Edwin Stanton, by no means a military man and at the time, a Washington insider, a lawyer, as Secretary of War. Naturally a military outsider, Stanton would receive criticism from the field commanders for managing, and micromanaging, the Union war effort, but the outcome speaks for itself when General Lee of the Army of Virginia handed his sword to general Grant at Appomattox in April, 1865. Again, as in the previous post referring to Secretary Stimson, Stanton had extra duty, this time in the case of postwar Reconstruction. That required occupation of the states that had seceded from the Union and would create further friction from Southerners already suffering a humiliating defeat and forced to accept the new amendment signed by President Lincoln, the 13th, requiring emancipation of the slaves. As is universally known, Lincoln was assassinated and VP Johnson became president during this critical period of readjustment for all Americans; North, South, East and West.  Eventually, the Secretary of War fell into disfavor from the new president and following an unsuccessful impeachment attempt, Johnson remained in power. Stanton was forced to resign.
     However, we are again reminded that the duty of the Secretary of Defense falls beyond the category of just sending troops into harm's way to assure the outcome of a political agenda. We must consider whatever else lay on the horizon that a man of military career background may not have the qualifications to meet the task. In the past few presidencies, the Secretary of Defense office has had a revolving door installed due to the constant changing of the guard at the top in the Pentagon.


Supporting Documents:
Stanton photograph, and capsule,
Lee surrender,



(The Scullery)--Currently, there is a job opening at the Pentagon, at the top. In view of recent developments, it may well be necessary to review what happened.
     Concurrently, President Trump announced complete withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, claiming the war against the terrorist organization ISIS had been won. Although evid3ence may exist to the contrary, nonetheless, the order by the CINC to bring our boys home was given. About the same time, the current Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, a Marine Corps General, proffered his resignation, effective ion the new year. In addition, days later, CINC then announced a radical troop reduction in Afghanistan, which also met with harsh criticism, from allies, TV talk show pundits and Twitter trollers alike; (all of whom have about the same influence on the decision.) Aside from the news impact of the above, it contributes little to the choice of a new candidate, who will have to be confirmed by Congress. Considering the government is in impasse mode, it does provide time for a meaningful assessment of the search for a new Pentagon honcho.
     Naturally, the tendency to select someone with military experience seems the primary choice, but that may not serve a practical purpose considering new roles the military plays on the modern front, both domestic and international. We have seen the deployment recently of US regular Army and Marine forces deployed to the southern border of the United States in Operation Faithful Patriot, in direct response to several immigrant caravans moving north from Central America, with the intention of entering America, either by legal means, asylum or just plain border hopping. It brings on a new era in military policy even though it was used during the Obama administration, setting a recent precedent. It simply means the new candidate will need an understanding not just of direct military matters, but one concerning immigration policy and whatever else the President might seem fit for the honcho to do with the troops. The choice for a regular military officer, then, may not be the best and a civilian may be preferred for the assignment. General Mattis, although a fine example of a field commander, may have been weighed down by all his medals when it came to following civilian orders in relation to remature troop withdrawals and border control.

     Historically, there have been civilians tasked to the Pentagon chief assignment, but a good example of having a dual role to play may well be Henry L Stimson, Secretary of War for many presidents, including FDR during World War Two. What separates Stimson from the others, even though he was an artillery officer in combat, is that he had to make a decision and enforce it on the West Coast Exclusion Zone for Japanese Americans in World War Two. It led to the infamous internment camps where the Japanese citizens of the United States were confined as, in their mindset of the day, it was "impossible" to determine their allegiance, with widespread fear of sabotage as the motive.

     Thus, before selecting candidates, consider the background the individual has in dealing with peripheral situations that may arise, such as the one Secretary faced with Japanese internment camps that became a downside of the war effort, with an afterlife that is still discussed in Core Humanities classes on university agendas even today.

     SUMMARY: The candidate need not have a military background. The candidate needs to have a thorough understanding of the role of the job that might require additional assignments such as immigration mitigation. The candidate needs to have flexibility when it comes to spot decisions by the CINC for troop removal and deployment. The candidate may have to be resilient to criticism from career military field grade officers and admirals.

Supporting Documents:
HL Stimson & internment camp photos from Wikipedia.


Sunday, December 16, 2018

CH203.1002--Final Exam Review: Noteworthy Entries & Definitions--UNR FALL 2018

CH203.1002  (Core Humanities)
Dr S Pasqualina
Univ Nevada, Reno  Fall 18
James L’Angelle

Define “American Exceptionalism”
     Although it might be convenient to use existing primary sources for a direct reply, it would obfuscate the reality of the term as translated into its newest form, “Make America Great Again.”  With the skill of any experienced demagogue, the phrase has been twisted as it has been in US history to place citizens of America above the rest of the world through the usual abstract qualities of moral convictions and being unique and universal. Note for instance the rally to the cause when the South seceded from the Union in 1861 and patriotic fervor swept the North like a tsunami. Lincoln called for 75,000 troops, the newspapers convinced the public war, if any, would be over in 3 months, and those who did not display a flag on their property were subject to harassment, humiliation and arrest.
     Following the battle of Manassas-Bull Run, the bluebellies were in full retreat and if it hadn’t been for the overconfidence of the South, the capital might have fallen into the hands of the Confederate army. If the American way had been so unique as proclaimed from Winthrop to Reagan, from Obama with his Affordable Care Act to Trump with his incessant grumbling over the border wall, Europe would have immediately rallied to the side of the North. As it was, it remained neutral and the Civil War became one of the most bitterly contested conflicts in the nation’s history.  Some of the “unique” and “universal” scars from it proved to be Jim Crow and the afterlife of slavery.

Define "Jim Crow"

     Post-reconstruction was the rise of animosity in the South between the races, or at least many of the Northerners were led to believe it. There was a great deal of talk about the “afterlife” of slavery but little about the afterlife of abolition. In Louisiana, for instance, Homer Plessy, a Negro,  in the late 1890’s bought a ticket and sat in a whites only intrastate railroad car where he was promptly arrested. It was setup to test segregation. The result was a test of the 14th amendment and the Supreme Court in 1896 handed down a “separate but equal” ruling that set the stage for justification of Jim Crow and segregation. It is curious that “separate and equal” is a phrase found in the opening sentences of the Declaration of Independence. The Separate Car Law was the result of the ruling but in New Orleans, for that matter, blacks were only allowed to ride in “Star cars” so it wasn’t anything new.

The 14th Amendment:
     “Abridge the privileges of citizens..” and “equal protection of the laws.” Clearly the amendment can be read in several ways. It was the privilege of whites in Louisiana to have their own railroad cars and blacks riding in those cars abridged that freedom. The blacks would be given equal protection by having cars on the railroad of equal quality as the whites. This brings up the lead-in exam question prompt:

Our course has been focused on the principles and practices  of “freedom” in US history, literature, and culture. What makes this term worthy of study is that it is so frequently invoked by politicians and talking heads, yet it remains so abstract; it is difficult, maybe impossible, to define this abstract term without fixing it to concrete examples. (1) Compare and contrast how 3 of our course readings define “freedom.” (2) According to you, which of these three definitions is the most convincing? Why?

There is nothing abstract about freedom as defined by the 14th amendment.  States cannot make laws that abridge the freedom of its citizens. This can have two meanings. First, it might mean that, as with the separate railroads for whites and blacks, the state cannot force the railroad to make whites and blacks sit in the same coach, if the whites don’t want it. The state has infringed on their freedom. All the state can do is assure that the railroad offers both whites and blacks the same quality of coach in which to ride, the “separate but equal” ruling. The amendment was subverted to force (a ruling on) segregation by the Homer Plessy setup and it backfired, causing the Separate Cars Law to be enacted in many states, used as an example of the so-called oppressive Jim Crow laws. Second, it simply means the blacks were to be afforded the same freedom as everybody else, as the whites, chinese and hispanics.
     Using course readings to describe freedom is inadequate as it will be jaded within the context of the reading biased by a myopic vision from the author depending on race, political position and morality.

Supporting Documents:
1.)The Lost Cause, Edward E Pollard, JF Trow & Co., 1866
2.) Obama and America’s Place in the World, Visalia Times-Delta, 24 Dec 2010, Page 11
3.) The 14th Amendment,
4.) Plessy v Ferguson,

Friday, December 14, 2018

#OBAMACARE--Henry Thoreau Examines the Affordable Care Act.--THE MANDATE & THE TAX


 Final Exam Response (Prompt 001)-- by James C. L'Angelle

      In FDR’s State of the Union delivered in 1944 during World War 2, he promised a second “Bill of Rights” which included the following provision:
     “The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health”
The question was, as it is today, at what cost?  What seemed like a lofty proposal in the middle of a major war in the last century had to wait until the first decade in the new millennium for a solution. But it would come at a cost and that cost would be a restriction on freedom itself, and came to be known as “Obamacare.”

     The law required all citizens to declare a health care provider under a tax penalty if the individual didn’t meet the deadline and the rules. However, there were so many deferrals, exemptions, credits and restrictions applied to the penalty that it came under the scrutiny of the judicial branch of government. Were it up to Henry David Thoreau, he would toss the tax out with the government. In Civil Disobedience, 1848, Thoreau argued friction on machinery and the oil to reduce friction was taxation. But if the machine was no good, it was time to dispose of it. Apparently, the Obama Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reached the point of the machine no longer able, after only a few years, to function, as what Thoreau would refer to “oppression and robbery.”
     Further, with Thoreau’s analogy of the parts of the machinery as compared to the whole, various components of the ACA came into focus when one did not run properly and the effect it had initially on the other and finally on the entire machine. Oiling did not help as it had already become obsolete due to the friction created by interaction of its parts. Those parts included the “Individual Mandate” and “Shared Responsibility Payment.” 
     When tax cuts were introduced in 2017 and the second of the two was reduced to zero, a major component of the machine was removed. Many times when a part no longer operates in a machine, certain controls can offset functionality, not so in the case of the payment. Because the Mandate could no longer be enforced by a triggered tax, and due to the fact it was an integral part of the machine, a “linchpin,” then the machine, the ACA, became obsolete.
     Consider that from the outset, disregarding the legalese in the recent Texas court ruling, that a form of coercion was the underlying structure of the ACA from the outset, bolstered by a tax that couldn’t be conceivably enforced due to , as many have, a number of exemptions and deferrals. Add to it political agendas based on tax reduction in order to maintain control of the government, then written into a reform such as the zero shared payment could only spell doom for the entire act. The provisions were so tightly connected, as was the intent of Congress when designing the machine, that, ultimately, it failed altogether.
“In every threat and every compliment there is a blunder.” Thoreau

Supporting Documents:
State of the Union, FDR, 1944:
Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau, 1847, Five Hundred Years, Casper, Davies & deJong, Pearson Solutions, 2016’
Texas v USA , CA et al; US District Court, Fort Worth;

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

ESSAY: Two Men from the Confederacy and Union Bullion--CH203.1002//UNIV NEVADA, RENO FALL 2018

CH203.1002//Dr. S Pasqualina//University of Nevada, Reno Fall 2018
James L’Angelle 11 Dec 18

Two Men from the Confederacy and Union Bullion

    Valentine Houseworth, also known by the abbreviation “V.A. Houseworth,” was a name little known in circles surrounding the history of the gold rush in Virginia City, Nevada antebellum, but the name does appear infrequently in various documents.  Charles Howard Shinn references V.A. Houseworth’s name in his work titled The Story of the Mine (1):
    “The miners had long before provided, after a fashion, for a recorder of claims, and had elected an honest but illiterate blacksmith of Gold Hill, V.A. Houseworth by name, whose book of records and memoranda is now one of the official treasures of Storey County. It was Houseworth's guileless habit to keep pen, ink, and the old blank book on a shelf behind the bar of an adjacent saloon.”
    On page 123 of “The Story,” Shinn again alludes to the illiterate blacksmith and his tendency to go to the saloon with the miners, leaving his claim book on a shelf where anyone could modify it:
    “Never since the world began were conflicting interests, honest and dishonest, more wildly entangled than in that early Nevada.”
    First mention of the “Kentuck” mine is on page 37 of Shinn’s account of the Virginia City mines. The story of the Kentuck mine becomes central in the rise of John Mackay of the Comstock lode and it is here that the name of Houseworth again appears. In the Reports of Cases Decided in the (9th) Circuit and District Courts, filed by Counselor L.S.B. Sawyer, the following reference is made to the Comstock:
    “On June 10, 1859, Penrod & Co., since called Comstock & Co., of whom Comstock was one, while working on a claim made by them, discovered the Comstock lode. Before that time a number of claims had been taken up in the vicinity as square locations.”
    The very next day, a set of laws governing the Gold Hill claims was set and as a result, Houseman’s system became obsolete. He did have a hand in the enactment of the laws, however:
    "Art. 4. The duty of the recorder shall be to keep in a well-bound book, a record of all mining claims that may be presented for record, with the names of the parties locating or purchasing;”
    Houseworth’s name appears at the bottom of the laws as  both “Recorder” and “Secretary.”
The laws were published in the Territorial Enterprise.

    Jonas M. Walker is the next name that plays an integral part in the development of the Comstock lode.  According to Gregory Crouch’s book, The Bonanza King, (3)  The “Kentuck” mine was originally a claim of John Osborne, who spent most of his time celebrating and in the process, neglecting development of the mine. Houseworth also had a claim in the vicinity but it eventually passed into the hands of Osborne and Houseworth returned to his home in Virginia around the time the Civil War broke out. Walker, who had also migrated out west during the gold rush of ‘49, became indirectly involved in the Kentuck mine, The profligate Osborne died and left no direct ownership to the Kentuck about the time Walker and a rather newcomer on the scene, John Mackay, formed a partnership. It was in 1865, just a few months after Lee surrendered in Appomattox, that Walker tracked down Houseworth in Orange Court House, Virginia and secured a quitclaim for $500, transferring  ownership of the Kentuck to Walker and Mackay. In this first endeavour, the partners managed to secure finance, borrow money and create stock for the mine.
    As time went on, Walker eventually sold out to bankers who bought into the claim, including the Comstock, and eventually died penniless. But there are a couple of missing details to this rather convoluted and fascinating story. The Bloomington Daily Pantagraph reported in 1879, that while Mackay was digging and failing, he eventually “became associated with J.M. Walker, a brother of Governor Walker of Virginia.” (4) Another curious turn in the obscure pre-Virginia City history of Walker can be found in The Plumas Argus in 1859 regarding an insolvency case against “Jonas M. Walker” in Quincy. (5)
Apparently Walker had migrated west, gone broke, moved to Virginia City, taken on a job at the Kentuck, managed to fanagle the original Houseworth quitclaim that gave he and Mackay a grubstake to develop the Comstock, made a fortune, sold out, failed at a railroad business enterprise with his brother back east, and died a pauper in San Francisco.
    The ironic fact in the story is that two men from the Confederate States of America, from Virginia; Valentine A. Houseworth and Jonas M. Walker, were instrumental at a grass roots level in the development of the mines in Nevada that helped finance a Union victory against the South in the Civil War.

Supporting Documents:

(1) The Story of the Mine, Charles Howard Shinn, D. Appleton & Co., New York 1896, pages 71 & 123.
(2) Reports of Cases Decided in the (9th) Circuit and District Courts, Counselor L.S.B. Sawyer, A.L. Bancroft & Co., SF, 1878, pages 394-97
(3) The Bonanza King, Gregory Couch, Simon & Schuster, 2018,
(4) The Bloomington Pantagraph, Nov 25, 1879, Front Page.
(5) The Plumas Argus, 18 Aug 1859, Page 3.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

CH203.1002---Essay #002, Grading Rubric---UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO FALL 2018


ESSAY #2: CH203.1002-ESSAY #002--African-American Struggle i…

ABSTRACT: Comparison of two opposing views on the future of the emancipated African-American; the first, Booker T. Washington; the second, W.E.B. DuBois. The essay was graded by TA J Williams; the final score, 9 out of 10. The breakdown of the rubric is below:

1. 2.82
2. 1.88
3. 1.94
4. 1.58
5. 0.80

1.) Thesis  3 points
Excellent (A range: 2.7 – 3 points)
States a clear, persuasive, and complex argument that responds to one of the essay prompts. The thesis is an argumentative interpretation based on the texts being analyzed, meaning it goes beyond a mere observation about the texts. Either in the thesis statement itself or elsewhere in the essay, the stakes of the thesis—why the argument matters, or what we learn from it—are made clear

2.) Concrete Evidence / Support  2 points
Excellent (A range: 1.8 – 2 points)
Includes multiple pieces of relevant concrete evidence from the texts being analyzed (for a written text, this means quotations from the text; for an image, concrete descriptions of parts of the image). The evidence successfully supports the thesis. The evidence is properly cited with parenthetical citations that follow MLA guidelines.

3.) Analysis / Interpretation of Evidence  2 points
Excellent (A range: 1.8 – 2 points)
The textual evidence is thoroughly analyzed. The analysis of the evidence is nuanced, persuasive, and thoroughly supports the thesis. The analysis includes minimal summary, instead focusing on interpretations of the text.

4.) Organization  2 points
Satisfactory (C range: 1.4 – 1.6 points)
Relatively clearly organized, with paragraph divisions and mostly clear topic sentences.

5.) Mechanics & Usage  1 point
Good (B range: 0.8 – 0.9 points)
Few to no grammatical and syntactical errors. Perfectly executed parenthetical citations and Works Cited page, per MLA citation guidelines

Saturday, November 24, 2018

JOHN ALLEN CHAU CASE--Missionary Denial, Conspiracy, Accomplices, Police Forensics--REPORTS FROM LOCAL CHURCHES & AUTHORITIES


(The Laboratory)- Details in the case of the American killed by bow and arrow while he was illegally visiting a dangerous island in the Bay of Bengal are now coming to light through a variey of sources. First and foremost is denial that the subject was a "missionary," as reported by local sources, The first denial of missionary status was  a statement by Dependra Pathak, director general of police of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands,

     "People thought he was a missionary because he had mentioned his position on God and that he was a believer on social media or somewhere online. But in a strict sense he was not a missionary. He was an adventurer. His intention was to meet the aborigines," (1)

The local Christian community also denied any knowledge of the victim's status,
     "Bishop Aleixo das Neves Dias of Port Blair, which covers the area, told that the diocese did not have any accurate information about the victim but confirmed that he was not associated with the Catholic mission in the area... Father Dharampal Tirkey, financial adviser of the diocese, told that attributing conversion as Chau's motive 'is part of a malicious attempt to link the unfortunate incident with Christian missionary work.' " (1)

 The police have arrested the conspirators who allowed the victim access to the restricted area and are charged as accomplices to the homicide; they attempted to hide the death from authorities, as reported in the Phoenix Post India,
     "Subsequently, they returned to Port Blair and narrated the incident to Alexander and handed him the 13 pages of the journal written by John Allen Chau. Alexander in turn informed Bobby Parks, a friend of John Allen Chau, in USA, who in turn informed John Allen Chau’s mother. They didn’t inform the Police or any government authority in this regard... All seven of the aforementioned persons were, therefore, booked and arrested in a separate case for violating the provisions of PAT Regulation and causing death of John Allen Chau."  (2)

     The local newspaper, Andaman Sheeka, provides some forensics of the case,
     "The American tourist John Allen Chau, was reportedly seen killed on 17/11/18 in North Sentinel Islands by a group of five fishermen...As the case pertains to the ultra-sensitive tribal group-Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group(PVTG), police is also taking help of Anthropologists, Academics, Forest department experts etc to guide & assist the police during the investigation of this case,  ..all accused people collaborated with John Chau for this visit to North Sentinel Island." (3)

The Sheeka also reveals where the mission commenced,
     "John Allen Chau reportedly hired fishing dinghy from Chidiyatapu area and with the help of some fishermen he reached closed to the Island on 16 November 2018, from where he travelled in his own canoe." (4)

The Times of India reports that a US based fundamentalist group has raised a protest regarding the unfortunate incident,
     "...the organisation International Christian Concern has expressed concerned and sought action on the matter ." (5)

The International Christian Concern (ICC) group labels the Sentinelese a "hostile tribe,"
     "Sources claim that Chau was killed by hostile members of the Sentinelese tribe after arriving on North Sentinel Island. " (6)
     Apparently the ICC has little understanding of the Sentinelese beliefs in magic and religion as outlined in a previous Eyeless on Campus post, #SENTINELESE NEWS-- The John Allen Chau Affair---NOTES FROM ANTHROPOLOGIST RADCLIFFE-BROWN  (7) The reaction to the intruder may very well have nothing at all to do with being "hostile" and is an ignorant, ethnocentric Christian bias from an organization that knows little of the culture of the Andaman island tribe.

Case Summary: Failure to follow procedure, by not registering his trip, in collusion with some local fishermen whose only interest was self-interest in the form of a bribe, and with the help of conspirator known only as "Alexander," the thrillseeker, under the guise of a Christian missionary, was executed by tribesmen, out to protect their culture.

Next: The Christian community take on the execution.

Supporting Documents

JOHN ALLEN CHAU--Brainwashed by Christian Fundamentalist Fanatics-- THE SUICIDE MISSION(ARY)


(The Pub@Northumberland.)  More details are beginning to surface on the "training" the victim went through that sent him into a barrage of arrows on a remote island in the Bay of Bengal.

ALL NATIONS MISSIONARY, located in Kansas City, MO: Domain information for the website, "" can be found at whois, with the following information.

Registrant Name: Peifeng Ho
Registrant Organization: All Nations Family
Registrant Street: P.O. Box 55
Registrant Street:
Registrant Street:
Registrant City: Grandview
Registrant State/Province: Missouri
Registrant Postal Code: 64030

CBS fills in some more blanks about how the kid wound up there in the first place,

"Chau went to 'share the love of Jesus,' said Mary Ho, international executive leader of All Nations. All Nations, a Kansas City, Missouri-based organization, helped train Chau, discussed the risks with him and sent him on the mission, to support him in his life's calling, she added.

'He wanted to have a long-term relationship, and if possible, to be accepted by them and live amongst them, she said " (2)

Turned out it wasn't his "life's calling" at all, but the grave and these fundamentalist fanatics are responsible for the death.

The website itself attributes the founding to Floyd and Sally McClung, and here's Floyd's credentials,
"He is the author of sixteen books, including the best-selling books, The Father Heart of God and Living on the Devil’s Doorstep. " (3) 

     Below we see Sally and Floyd as sympathetic hippie Jesus freaks listening to two lost youth that they took in at their hostel in a cheap Kabul hotel in 1971. The photo tells it all; the understanding , concerned parental expressions, the bare feet, the crash pad atmosphere. (4)

     Below, Floyd is hyped in 1994 Arizona Republic ad with his smiling, I'm going to stick it you, face and "well-loved minister of God's love. " (5)

  The McClungs are masters at brainwashing kids who need a goal in life and sending them off to their deaths at the hands of bow and arrow wielding heathens in remote corners of the globe.
 All Nations is nothing more than a Sun Moon operation without the converts selling incense in the street. Their students, na├»ve and young out to make the world a better place by bringing Jesus into everyone's lives, are sent into harm's way by zealots with no consideration at all for their welfare.
     Western and ignorant, loaded with ethnocentric righteousness, the fanatics place the blame on the natives, with little understanding of their culture, magic, beliefs and superstitions. John Allen Chau didn't have a prayer.
Supporting Evidence:
(4)  San Rafael Daily Independent Journal, 30 Oct 1971, Page 21.
(5) Arizona Republic, 03 Jan 1994, Page E3-57

Thursday, November 22, 2018



(Davidson Laboratory)--Following one of the earliest to write extensively about the archipelago, pre Radcliffe-Brown.

     Born in Surrey, Maurice Vidal Portman was just nineteen—two years younger than the British settlement itself—when, in 1879, he was given the impressive-sounding position of Officer in Charge of the Andamanese. (1)

Translated from Gizmodo article (see ref)--

     "What is surprising is that Portman got to put foot on the island not one if not twice. Time after the first attempt, and from the vicinity of the Andaman Islands, Portman and his team heard several cannon coming from the vicinity of North Sentinel, a signal they interpreted as coming from a struggling ship. After arriving again at North Sentinel and after several days of unsuccessful search, they decided to return empty-handed. There was, in fact, no ship whatsoever. What Portman heard was actually the explosion and subsequent eruptions of the Krakatoa volcano, one of the most lethal known to man and whose fascinating history is also detailed here. As a fact: the Krakatoa is located about 2500 kilometers from North Sentinel and the Andaman. "(2)

According to the London Morning Post, dated 06 July 1881, Portman delivered a review of the "paper" titled "The Andaman Islands and the Andamanese"  at the Royal Asiatic Society, 22 Albermarle Street, Piccadilly.

Supporting Docs:

Portman Photo

A History of Our Relations with the Andamanese, MV Portman, Sup Gov Printing, India, 1899



(Davidson Laboratory)---A zoom in around the island where the young missionary lost his life on November 21st at the hands of hostile, superstitious natives from the Stone Age who inhabit the small island reveals a startling surprise, a sunken ship on the northwest coast, in a shallow bay.

Lat: 11.593549N, Long: 92.212779E

  The ship is  the Panamanian flagged "Primrose" that sank back in 1981

There has been reports the arrows contained iron tips and this could be the source of those arrowheads. Who knows what else has been salvaged by the natives throughout the years from this sunken relic.

Followup expected on this discovery



(Davidson Lecture Hall)--  Magic, demons and witchcraft may have a greater role to play in the recent death by bow and arrow of the explorer-adventurer JA Chau turned purported "missionary." With a lack of understanding of the nature of the spiritual order of the North Sentinelese, the intruder set himself up for his own demise.

     A review of anthropologist Alfred Radcliffe-Brown's own experience with the natives of the Andaman Islands  may reveal the mind of the Stone Age inhabitants and their reaction to the appearance of Chau. Mistaken also may be the ethnographic assumption that the natives are "hostile" and choose to be left alone. Contrary to this anti-social interpretation is Radcliffe-Brown's findings that the natives consider only one other color than theirs as "white." There is no distinction between Indian, Chinese or European and this is employed in their belief of the spirits that inhabit the dense jungles of the islands. In Chapter 3 titled "Religious and Magical Belief," of his book, The Andaman Islanders, Radcliffe-Brown gives a compelling argument of the natives' understanding of these spirits,

   "One of the most common statements is they are light or white skinned. ..There is a common belief that the spirits of both the jungle and the sea, carry about with them lights, which several men and women have claimed to have seen.", (1)

Had Chau in his possession a flashlight or a light from a mobile phone, he would have easily been mistaken as a jungle or sea spirit. In addition, the fact that his body was found on the beach is consistent with the belief of the natives,

Another reference to the light carried after dark relates to the moon,
"A belief about the moon which is found in all the tribes, both of the North and the South, is that he will be very angry if there is any fire, or any bright light, visible when he rises in the evening shortly after sundown." (1a)

Hence the decision to punish the intruder may have been to placate Maia Ogar,  the Moon. The moon was a waxing gibbous on November 21.

" There is a belief that mortals wandering by themselves have been captured by the spirits...all contact with the spirits of the jungle and the sea, or with the spirit of a dead man, is dangerous. ..There is a belief that the spirits feed on the flesh of the dead men or women. The jungle spirits eat those who are buried on land, and the Jurua devour those who are drowned or who are lost at sea."(1)

Hence, by executing the explorer on the beach, the body is far away from the village and can be considered an offering to the sea spirits, responsible for disasters such as cyclones and tsunamis.
Other reports indicate the arrows used  have iron arrowheads and a reference to this is made at The Secret Museum of Mankind,

"Bows and arrows are used by the Andamanese for killing land animals and fish, and detachable harpoons in the pursuit of turtle and sharks. These natives are employed by the Port Blair authorities against the wild tribes who have a habit of killing the convicts settled on the land for the sake of the iron ring round their neck, which is useful for tipping arrows" (2)

     John Allen Chau, according to the Radcliffe-Brown interpretation, because he was "white," was mistaken for a mortal who had been possessed by jungle spirits and carrying the telltale light of the spirits, a flashlight or cellphone, was dangerous and had to be eliminated. Ignorance was the motive, not on the part of the Sentinelese, but on the part of the missionary who failed to understand the deep seated religious-magical beliefs of the islanders.

Supporting Docs:

(1)  The Andaman Islanders
(1a)  The Moon--ref to (1)
(2) AR Radcliffe-Brown photo:,
Cambridge Press, 1922, Pages 138-140
(3)  The Secret Museum of Mankind (including photo)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018



(The Scullery)

Following locations and photos of American adventurer recently victim of bow-arrow attack by hostile natives on faraway Bay of Bengal island--


Recent Interview--

Supporting Docs_





(The Scullery)---Following more details of the bow-and-arrow execution of American John Allen Chau on remote North Sentinel Island, Bay of Bengal, Nov 17, 2018.

Times of India with more details:

Fishermen arrested: Saw Jampo, Saw Taray, Saw Watson, M Bhumi, Saw Remmis and (friend of deceased) "Alexander."

Followup of story in Times Now News--

As per the police, after his return to the town, Chau went to stay with his friend, 28-year-old Alexander K, till November 14. It was during this visit when Alexander introduced Chau to a fisherman, identified as one Saw Jampo through one Saw Remmis.

Supporting Documents-



(The Colony)-- Reports now coming in over the wire of casualty on remote, backward island south of India somewhere, this in from Reuters--

PORT BLAIR, Nov 21 (Reuters) - An American visiting one of the islands in India's remote cluster of Andaman and Nicobar has been killed by a group of hunter-gatherers who live there isolated from the outside world, two police officials said on Wednesday.
The North Sentinel Island is out of bounds for visitors, and is home to the Sentinelese community, who allegedly killed the American, identified as John Allen Chau, after he was illegally ferried there by fishermen, the officials added.

Background clipping from the NY Daily News, 1981,

"...islands inhabited by aborigines and former convicts of a penal colony..."



Sunday, November 18, 2018



(West Wing)--Text of the exchange between President Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta tells us a great deal not necessarily about why the press pass was revoked, but also about the nature of the purported "invasion, real or not. Bringing the question back to the forefront, is it an "invasion?"


The Opening Salvo-- rapid exchange

ACOSTA: Uh, in the midterms,
PRESIDENT: Here we go...
ACOSTA: If you don't mind, Mr. President...
PRESIDENT: Come on...
ACOSTA: This caravan was an "invasion.."

PRESIDENT: I consider it to be an invasion
ACOSTA: Mr. President, the caravan was not an invasion, it's a, it's a group of migrants moving up from Central America towards the border with the US,
PRESIDENT: Thank you for telling me that, I appreciate it.
ACOSTA: Why did you, why did you characterize it as such,
PRESIDENT: Because I considered it an invasion, you and I have a difference of opinion..
ACOSTA: But do you think you demonized immigrants
PRESIDENT: Not at all, not at all...
ACOSTA: During the election to try to..
PRESIDENT: Not at all, I want them to come into the country, they have to come in legally. You know they have to come in and (…) through a process. I want it to be a process and I want people to come in and we need the people
ACOSTA: Your campaign
PRESIDENT: No wait, you know why we need the people because we have hundreds of companies moving in and we need the people.
ACOSTA: They're hundreds of miles away, they are hundreds and hundreds of miles away.
PRESIDENT: You know why..

ACOSTA That's not an invasion.
PRESIDENT: Honestly, you know what, honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.
PRESIDENT  That's enough...

The INTERN stands up and begins the process of removing the microphone INTERN attempts to remove the microphone.
ACOSTA: Pardon me, Ma'am...
INTERN sits back down
ACOSTA  fields another question, concerning the Russian investigation , the PRESIDENT does accommodate the reporter with a reply, calling it a "hoax."... The confrontation becomes hostile and the rest is history.

First: The President does respond to the reporter's inquiries, although it may not have been what the reporter wanted to hear.
Second: Do we get a sense from this interaction between the reporter and the President that there  is a degree of truth to the characterization of the migrant caravan as an "invasion?"

INVASION (definition, Oxford)
An instance of invading a country or region with an armed force.
1.1 An incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity.
1.2 An unwelcome intrusion into another's domain.

According to the definition, the caravan could be characterized as an "invasion" but since it hasn't intruded into the United States, it is an invasion of Mexico.
Consider what has been reported since the lead components reached Tijuana. Many went to the beach and were confronted by locals who didn't want them there, fights broke out. (2)

Others claimed they didn't want to go to the sports arena shelter provided, calling it "jail."
Several were deported for smoking marijuana, others arrested for hopping the border fence.
 Hundreds are being processed with no hope of gaining their objective of asylum in the United States
 in the immediate future.

Irineo Mujica, member of the civil association Pueblos Sin Frontera,  "they would call the consulates of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to gather documentation." (3) There appeared to be no effort beforehand to accommodate officials at the border and the organizers were lapse in their responsibility to assure migrants success.

ONE OTHER NOTE: The reference about "we need the people" because hundreds of companies are moving into the country, needs verification. It seems to be rationalization, a middle ground for the argument in favor of migration, promoting it but not in the current condition of "invasion."



Friday, November 16, 2018



Viewpoint discrimination is a form of content discrimination particularly disfavored by the courts. ... Because the government is essentially taking sides in a debate when it engages in viewpoint discrimination, the Supreme Court has held viewpoint-based restrictions to be especially offensive to the First Amendment.

Now for a case of "reverse viewpoint discrimination"--

.. The main argument here was that the mail system was not a public venue

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

#MACRON DOES ENGLISH---Fusillade from FS Charles de Gaulle Carrier---DIPLOMACY, NOT TWEETS, NOT VASSALS


(Cote d'Azur)--The French President did not drop his rifle and hide behind the Maginot Line in response to recent criticism from the US President. Rather, he chose to tell it like he sees it in something Mr. Trump can understand, English. This report from Sylvie Corbet for the Associated Press,

"the French don't expect from me to answer to tweets."

"To be honest, I don't do diplomacy or politics through tweets and comments,"

"Diplomacy is not made through tweets but through bilateral discussions,"

                                       (Photo: The Times UK)

Benjamin Griveaux, French government spokesman, 

"We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: 'Common decency' would have been appropriate", 

President Macron added, from the deck of the aircraft carrier,

                                                             (Photo: Agency France Press)

"At every moment of our history, we were allies, so between allies, respect is due,"

"I don't think the French expect me to respond to tweets but to continue this important history,"

Supporting Documents:

(1) Associated Press, Sylvie Corbet,  Nov 14, 2018
(2) AFP,