Spoiler Votes Change Laws

Turning the tables, 2 can play

Freedmen after the 13th & 14th Amendments

Conservatives are good at pointing to Friedman’s Free to Choose and arguing that Their Dark Side is the only way to vote. But that same book shows the Socialist Party platform and flatly asserts that every plank has become as legally binding as a hangman’s noose. So… how dat happen?

And how did beer get to be a felony worth 5 years on a chain gang and a fine worth 30 pounds of gold in 1929? All the Prohibitionists, Populists and Socialists ever did was lose every important election. Could it be that their average 1.5% of the vote ushered in the income tax, prohibition amendment 5 & 10 Law, Crash and Depression?

Ask any antichoice prohibitionist Republican and the answer is a mixture of feigned incomprehension and blustering evasion. But the Republican party became what it is by absorbing George Wallace’s race-baiting National Socialist Dixiecrat platform just as the Dems absorbed first the People’s Party (1892) then the Green Party (2000) looter platform planks. Compare the GOP with these American Independent Party planks:

  • God-given gifts
    “The American Independent Party gratefully acknowledges God as the Creator of all and appeals to Him for help in protecting all He has graciously given us.” (See Prohibition Party platforms)
  • Right of association
    “The right to associate includes the right to choose one’s associates, but does not include the right to force others to associate.” (No black people need apply)
  • Freedom from liberal government
    “Freed from the lawless oppression of Liberal rule, we may then compassionately and justly use our energy and ingenuity to provide for ourselves and our families.” (Liberal Party of 1930 wrote Prohibition repeal plank)
  • Life and family
    “We believe in protecting all human life however weak, defenseless, or disheartened; we endorse the family as the essential bulwark of liberty, compassion, responsibility, and industry; and declare the family’s right and responsibility to nurture, discipline, and educate its children.” (Arrest birth control doctors)
  • Marriage
    “We insist that marriage is between a man and a woman and assert the role of the law in establishing and reinforcing the mutual rights and obligations of that God-ordained contract.” (George Bush)
  • Illegal immigration
    “We oppose all illegal immigration. We support secure borders and immigration policies, inviting the best of the world to join us in freedom.” (Grenzbefestigungssystem)
  • Pro-life Constitution
    “The Republic established by our Constitution is the greatest of all pro-life institutions.” (barefoot and pregnant)
  • Public service
    “We believe that all those who govern are the servants of God for the good of citizens.” (Gemeinnutz vor Eigennutz, Gott Mit Uns)

These planks turned the low-tariff Democratic Solid South into a racial-collectivist appendage of God’s Own Prohibitionists. The process began in 1928, to defeat wet Democratic candidate Al Smith, who wanted beer to be safe and legal. Burning crosses were lit wherever “Whiskey Al” campaigned that year.

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Ethics for Translators

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A Child’s Guide to Good and Evil, recommended, from Amazon

This 1998 relic is as good as any code of ethics I’ve ever seen. Indeed, ethics itself does not vary among professions. Right and wrong are fairly simple, as generalities go.

CODE OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES

Competent Translators agree:

1. To translate with the greatest fidelity and accuracy we can command, endeavoring always to give the readers and audiences the impression they would have if they could understand the original.

2. To maintain professional discretion by respecting our clients’ rights, by divulging no confidential information we may have acquired in our professional capacity under nondisclosure agreements, and by refusing assignments we believe would violate contractual rights of third parties.

3. To turn down assignments for which we believe ourselves to be less than qualified in either language or understanding of the subject, except with the prior knowledge of clients or employers; and to turn down assignments that we believe we cannot properly complete within the time allowed.

4. To settle professional differences by arbitration whenever possible, and to seek and accept work only on virtuous or honorable terms.

5. To defend all individual rights of translators, including their right to exercise the profession freely, unvexed by coercive restrictions.

This part about coercive restrictions is apropos in view of current hubris in the ATA Chronicle, published by the American Translators Association (May-June 2019 p. 2). The current ATA was assimilated in the 1990s by the American Society of Association Executives through voter suppression, and revamped so that anyone joining could vote on policy. Before, as of 1981, only those able to pass a translation test could vote or run for office. Since the change, the association has morphed into an expensive lobby for barriers to entry into the profession.

Most vocal among those lately importuning the Texas Legislature to keep interpreters scarce and expensive are folks who have never passed an ATA translation test. Nor have the bulk of them passed a Texas court interpreter test. A large number of incumbents, myself included, were for the longest time “grandfathered” in on what amounts to a bribes-for-work-permits racket, but even that was a farce disguised by tortuous legalese. That law stopped nobody from interpreting in the courts.

Many grandfathered incumbents for over a decade lied about the nature of the law. Those worthies told newcomers the law required them to buy the license in order to interpret in court. In fact, the original Texas law existed only as a pretext, making it easier to dismiss an obviously incompetent impostor during proceedings. It was only repealed after the truth was broadcast, then replaced with an even worse law.

Similar rackets sought in the past to prevent Texas roofers from bidding against corporations. Those were repealed. Spurious and parasitic extortion rackets organize, under color of altruism, to erect barriers to keep young interpreters from working in the courts–except as disposable contract labor on behalf of companies with political pull.

The whole point of ethics–a code to guide your choices and actions–is to thwart such impairment of individual rights.

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Bad PDF Converter: ABBYY 14

Anyone thrilled with ABBYY 12 for converting pdf documents to Word processor format may wonder why Amazon does not sell version 14. Version 12 is all sold out, and you have to go to the company website to even order 14. For specific information be prepared to paw through some inelegantly translated descriptions.  It turns out that ABBYY 14 is to ABBYY 12 as Windows Vista is to Windows 2000. See for yourself.

Here is how a chunk of Brazilian legalese converted with ABBYY 12 loads into memoQ (a standard translation-assistant tool):

Here is how that same section imports after conversion with ABBYY 14:

The reason I converted again with ver. 12 was that it would take ten times longer to unmangle the ver. 14 output document and make it translatable. The mess of formatting codes you see was left over after I polished up the fonts for consistency, leaving no font stretching, shrinkage or mixing of sorts. ABBYY 14 produces conversions that are absolutely useless for translation and nearly impossible to clean up using the current version of Winword. Small wonder nobody but ABBYY wants to sell it! But there is hope.

While I was struggling to find a way to buy the program (after exhausting all possibilities of purchasing another ABBYY 12) I asked about the possibility of converting without MS Office installed. Nobody at ABBYY had a clue whether their new product would work with Apache Open Office. Omega-T, a free, open-source translation tool, works fine with Microsoft’s competitors. As soon as I installed ABBYY 14 on a clean machine, I tested it with Apache Open Office and no MS Office installed. The conversion worked! The resulting word processor file looked presentable, needing only the usual touch-ups

Once I get caught up I’ll reopen the ABBYY 14 file and save it using the Apache open source program to see if it makes any improvement. Some pdf converters litter the output with “text boxes” that move unpredictably and mess up translations. Opening and saving the resulting Word file with Microsoft’s simple Wordpad gets rid of those, and the resulting file is often salvageable for translation with professional warez. Stay tuned. In the meantime, Caveat Emptor! One sweet solution could be for ABBYY to rename ver. 12 as ver. 14 and forget all about the hideous v.14 miscarriage–kind of the way Microsoft did after releasing Windows Vista.

UPDATE: ABBYY techs suggested using the formatted text option to export converted files. That “solved” the most distressing problem. The interface, however remains user-hostile and even with that work-around all progress is much slower than in ver. 12

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ERA 2… A New Hope

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After the Libertarian Party’s role in drafting Roe v. Wade euchred George Wallace Dixiecrats out of effective participation in the movement to restore the Comstock Laws, The Empire Struck Back.

That seminal 1972 election showing–with fewer than 4000 popular votes and one rational electoral vote– enabled the LP to protect pregnant women and doctors from fanatics by providing the language that framed the Roe v. Wade decision. Just as irritating to girl-bulliers was congressional approval of the 1972 version of the Equal Rights Amendment, to wit:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Section 3. This article shall take effect 2 years after the date of ratification.

True, Phyllis Schlafly’s cuckoo-infiltration remake of the Wizened Christian Temperance Union began an outpouring similar in content and shrillness to the original reaction to the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Repeal 43 years earlier. To them the idea of women making their own reproductive choices was as odious an affront to Allah as the thought of beer NOT being a shoot-first felony. After all, had not the Methodist Board of Temperance and Other People’s Morals determined that proper temperance was the deadly force exerted by dry killers, often led by vigilante Men of God?

But a campaign of murdering doctors coupled with incessant dinning for eight different Constitutional Amendments to compel women into involuntary biological labor was put onto effect by activists of the American Party, Prohibition Party and Republican Party–the latter under prohibitionist control since 1928. The hysteria spread like Nationalsocialism and the ensuing remake of racial purity rallies staged at Klanbakes and Nuremberg outdid southern celebrations exulting in the Kennedy assassination, and even louder Burn-The-Beatles demonstrations put over as outpourings of “Our” Savior’s opinions.

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Privatized Border Protection

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Is this privately-funded Wall worth 270 electoral votes?

The city of Sunland Park, New Mexico, is OK with privately-funded border protection moving ahead with a chunk of “KEEP America Great Again” border wall. You’d expect Reason, a soi-disant Libertarian magazine, to cover the event with confetti and fanfare. But nooooo…

Wall of Asgard?

Unmentionable Pakistani-Indian border wall, now with laser sensing added…

Not even a Shikha Damia article tsk-tsking the altitude of privately-funded consciousness has appeared! To Shikha, the Pakistan-India border fence is an Orwellian unmentionable, and any hesitation in letting a locust swarm of superstitious starvelings waltz across OUR line in the sand without inspection borders on racism. No Radley Balko article is yet imported from the looter press, to push uninspected entry as a crime-reduction strategy. Elbowing past the deafeningly silent property and privacy enthusiasts at Reason came none other than the Public Brainwashing System with a sullenly objective account of events.

What gives?

Come to think of it, Irish voters in a 2-to-1 landslide repealed a republican-style constitutional amendment forcing women to reproduce by involuntary labor A YEAR AGO. Americans took 14 years and 7 months to repeal national liquor prohibition with platform help from the Liberal Party and women’s organizations. The Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision was drafted by the Libertarian Platform Committee in mid-1972. We won fewer than 4000 votes (one of them a faithful electoral vote) that November, yet 45 days later our plank showed up (with an extra week of individual rights tacked on) in a Majority Report assuring individual rights for women even if pregnant!

Roe v. Wade was like the Moon landing, a milestone event that put America ahead of Europe and Russia, and paved the way for Canada’s abolition of all abortion laws. Goaded by backlash from Republican conservatives and the Emerald Isle’s own papal pederasts, Irish politicians passed a constitutional birth control prohibition amendment in reaction to the Libertarian victory over Comstock and Dixiecrat jurisprudence.

For 35 years Irish women labored, oppressed by the social pressures of silence and stigma (not to mention policemen, bailiffs and wardens with guns). With repeal finally secured, Republican fascisti weep, Fabian socialists rejoice and claim credit, and Reason magazine–like a True Believer–runs Stephanie Slade hagiographies and teevee panegyrics pushing Catholic dogma as the One True libertarianism. Other than Tuccille, nobody at Reason betrays awareness of the democratic emancipation of Irish women–45 years after the Libertarian Party handed a similar victory to American women and to men who believe even female individuals have rights.

Republicans are doubtless building their Wall–NOT to again (as during our invasion of Mexico, WWI & WW2) stop bandits, spies and undesirables from sneaking across. More likely it is meant to exclude morning-after pills along with all things enjoyable. Nevertheless, Reason’s betrayal of clear jurisdictional boundaries has not yet stopped looter intellectuals from lumping us together with conservative national socialists. Recent LP platforms abetting national socialist coercion of pregnant women under color of fiscal conservatism has resulted in women crossing the street to avoid us!

Still, Reason downplays our 1972 plank, avoids dissecting the antiabortion amendments Dixiecrat Republicans endlessly crank out, elides any reference to Libertarian Party impact on Roe v Wade, and has yet to notice the smiles on women’s faces in Ireland.

The haunting fear that someone might be happy

Read ’em and weep, Lebensborn legislators!

Irish women sure as hell notice. While their eyes are smiling, let’s hope they soon forget libertarian impersonators whose counterfeit platform tried to convince voters that restoring women’s individual rights would be evil, wrong, socially dangerous. If you can find that Irish “libertarian” platform plank, please send me a copy for my Hall of Horrors. I need impostors to bet money no such planks were published, and will use my winnings to pay for the proof.

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Banana Republic of Texas

Future Texas Ballot?

“Which button tells them to go to hell?” “Dunno, but if you press that green one, the voter goes to hell.” (No Libertarian Party is allowed in Brazil, Bolivia or Venezuela. NOTA beats the 32 subsidized parties in Brazil’s big cities.)

Texas was part of Mexico until just before the Opium Wars. Given today’s Landover Baptist Republicans and People’s Party Democrats, it might as well rejoin the Latin American Papal States. Come to think of it, that might not be so bad.

Old hippies’ pension checks stretch farther in Mexico, where small amounts of enjoyable plant leaf products are no longer framed up as some sort of victimless crime. And if the Libertarian Party is kept off the ballot, ku-klux Dixiecrats and Nixon Moral Pejoratives will again be empowered to dictate how Texas females must labor against race suicide.

In point of fact, It was Nixon’s Anti-Libertarian Law that opened the floodgates to voter suppression. That 1971 enactment shakes down workers to fund the soft machines used by political parasites to facilitate further extortions. Then, embarrassed at having gone for Johnson instead of following the anti-choice Dixiecrat stampede for George Wallace, Texas repented. By the time Arthur Bremer closed off that pathway to Positive Christianity in power, Nixon’s party had incorporated much of the Dixiecrat platform and Texas voted Republican.

Now, guess which State recently arrested and is trying to send a young black lady to the penitentiary for five years for voting while on probation? Guess which State sentenced a schoolteacher of latina extraction to eight years in the slammer (with deportation to follow) for daring to imagine a green card meant she could cast a ballot? Finally, guess which State has Republican politicians pressing to force the LP off of the ballot?

Reverting to Mexican statehood would appear to offer no net loss of individual rights. You can take Texas out of the juntas, but you can’t take the caudillos out of Texas!

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Hatred, Aggression, War

DON'T MENTION OPIUM

Read the original news stories…

Any perusal of Republican media (Fox News, Pamela Geller…) quickly turns up instances of Saracen berserkers raping, torturing and beheading legally disarmed Christians, never the reverse. The overall impression transmitted is that no True Christian™ ever raised a hand in anger, but rather in sorrow, for purposes of turn-the-other-cheek crucifixion. Is there another, economic, side to this story?

Wearily familiar are the tough love christianization of poor uncovered wretches from Africa and the deliberate extermination of autochthonous Americans before and after the Second Nullification Crisis–the one government historians refer to as the “Civil” War. Yet when was the last time you saw reports from the Balkan Wars? These were genocidal wars that broke out in the opium-producing Balkan States between Italy and Turkey, extending northward from Greece to what was the Austrian Empire back when the Balkans were called the Ottoman Empire.

Never mention the opium!

Read the original newspaper…

These conflicts began during the collapse of narcotic prices after the 1911 revolution in China, after which the Celestials firmly halted the dumping of opiates on their shores. The Balkan wars segued seamlessly into WW1, in which all original belligerents were major participants in the production and marketing of morphine. All parties were enamored of and committed to the initiation of force to achieve their ends.

Only in the late ’80s and 1990s, when Mercantile America and Soviet Russia were exploiting black markets in drugs to finance the Cold War, did the Balkans, once happily forgotten, again obtrude to where they could no longer be ignored. Yet the atrocity reports from both eras are nearly indistinguishable. Indeed, the book in reference is a 1993 annotated reprint!

After China reinstated specific drug prohibitions, Balkan wars surged as a raging turmoil of christians exterminating and “converting” mohammedans and vice-versa. The violence ramped up into what government historians call World War 1. A truce was made by the Versailles Treaty whereby defeated morphine exporters paid tribute–explicitly including “chemical drugs” and cash–to victorious morphine exporters. The 1990s version were a replay nearly identical in all aspects, including the skillful elision of all mention of poppies, opium and morphine. Religious fanaticism, on the other hand, appears on practically every page, though lately euphemized into “ethnic cleansing.”

The 1912-1914 outbreaks were reviewed in 1993 by The Carnegie Endowment–from the folks who in 1930 assembled The Liberal Party that drafted the platform plank calling for repeal of the Prohibition Amendment so intimately bound up with the Crash and Great Depression.  The foreword was by George Kennan, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Moscow who in 1946 sent “The Long Telegram” explaining Soviet politics to U.S. diplomats. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Division of Intercourse and Education Report of the International Commission to Inquire into the Causes and Conduct of the Balkan Wars is, of course, a cover-up. The word “opium” is even excised from medical lists in the appendices. Yet this is also true of WW1 and WW2 documendacities. Treaties of armistice and surrender and the League of nations Charter could perforce not avoid mentioning this largest causal component of a great many wars, so they are themselves studiously ignored and hardly ever quoted at all except in laundered form.

Hide the opium!

Read this original newspaper…

Serbian movies feature heroin the way American movies depict marijuana as a component of everyday life. The Peking Daily News recorded in flawless English the progressing escalation of conflicts in Europe. The Balkan wars intensified as British politicians realized no amount of whining would soften Chinese determination. Yesterday’s news has been rectified and elided from the record with Orwellian precision, but can still be exhumed from research libraries and newspaper morgues.  Bank statements, not battles, are where one looks to find the roots of war.

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