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Mehta, Navarro,
and the U.S. Congress


February 5, 2023 --

The new LPR Poll Question: (as found on the right hand column of this page) -

Did U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta act more like a litigant than a jurist in denying former Trump aide Peter Navarro's motion to dismiss the two charges against him for contempt of Congress. That is, should the case have been styled Mehta v. Navarro, not United States of America v. Peter Navarro.

Agree_______ Disagree_____


Before entering a poll response, LPR's visitors are asked to read the link to Kyle Cheney's superficial article at Politico's January 20 site on Judge Mehta's January 19 opinion, along with the link to Judge Mehta's 39-page opinion provided in the Politico story.


Cheney noted, but only en passant, the dismissal of Navarro's claim that he was protected from subpoenas issued by the Jan. 6 House Select Committee and mentioned, superficially Judge Mehta's rejection of a broad range of objections raised by Mr. Navarro to the Committee's subpoenas. More significantly, Cheney did not specifically call the reader's attention to key misstatements in the Mehta ruling, misstatements which, arguably, either reflect negligence or willful partisanship.

For example, the Politico story on Judge Mehta's ruling against Peter Navarro did not cite this false assertion by the judge in his January 19 opinion:

"A close read of House Resolution 503 demonstrates that neither the numeric composition of the Committee nor the presence of a ranking Member bears on the Committee’s 'authority' to summon witnesses."

Au contraire, an accurate read of Section (6)(A) states that the Committee's chair, "upon consultation with the ranking minority mermer, may order the taking of depositions, including pursuant to subpoena…” Obviously, "the presence of a ranking Member bears on the committee's 'authority' to summon witnesses." Significantly, the "numeric composition" of the Committee also bore on the "the presence o a ranking member, because H. Res. 503, the Committee's establishing resolution, called for a membership of 13 members, 8 Democrats and 5 Republicans.

In fact, the Committee consisted of nine congressperson, 7 Democrats and 2 Republicans, none of them named by the House minority leader as called for ion the establishing resolution, as no Republican on the Committee was selected by House GOP leader McCarthy, there could be no ranking minority member.

Why did the Committee have no members selected by Mr. McCarthy? Because two of his choices, Representatives Banks and Jordan, were vetoed by Nancy Pelosi, and Mr. McCarthy then withdrew his other Committee selections to protest this display of strident partisanship by Pelosi. Please see this link to Roll Call's July 21, 2021 article on the Pelosi veto.


For Pelosi, Republicans who might demand a fair hearing were objectionable; Pelosi then got the panel she wanted: seven anti-Trump Democrats , and two anti-Trump Republicans. LPR's google search on the composition of the Committee strongly suggest that Pelosi maneuvered Mr. McCarthy into boycotting the Committee.

There is one further remark that Judge Mehta cobbled into his Navarro ruling, at p. 29 that also was ignored by Politico and deserves not only mention, but response:

" This court notes that, even if the Defendant did provide sufficient evidence of undue political influence, it is far from clear what the court could do about it."

Judge Mehta thus indicated his bewilderment what he could do about the Committee's partisanship, even if Mr. Navarro "did provide sufficient evidence of undue political influence."

One other salient, if minor, point about the rogue way of this Committee: its chair, members and the media, generally, recognized the anti-Trump GOPer (bah!) Liz Cheney as "vice chair." LPR invites Judge Mehta to provide a close read of h. Res. 503 that calls for. vice chair.

No vice chair, no 13 members, no ranking minority member, all members chosen by Nancy Pelosi who displayed her contempt of President Trump after his last State of the Union address by tearing up her copy of the speech.

How would an impartial jurist have ruled on Peter Navarro's motion to dismiss the contempt of Congress charges against him? By dismissing the accusations as appropriate only where these words appear above the courthouse door: "No one is above political heresy."

But that is not how the Mehta opinion concludes. Throwing down the gantlet to a free people, Judge Mehta granted the request of government counsel to prevent Citizen Navarro from raising significant arguments in his defense, leaving the judge to grant, at the start of the trial of Peter Navarro for having served President Trump, a government demand that judgment be directed for the Deep State. And let this be a lesson to you, MAGA patriots; never again get uppity.


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Agreed, Les Miserables has a marvelous score, but..... Dep't

February 5, 2023 --


There's no more charming song, (Jules Styne -- music; Sammy Cahn -- lyrics _ in the entire Broadway musical repertoire than this one, sung here by James Macauley and Nanette Frabray, from the original (1947) cast album of "High Button Shoes", starring Phil Silvers (later Sgt. Bilko on tv), book by Stephen Longstreet and George Abbott.

(LPR calls on the impresario of impresarios, Cameron Mackintosh, to establish the Mackintosh Broadway Musical Repertory Theater. to keep shows like High Button Shoes alive.)



Now, Ms. McDaniel, provide us with an accounting as to how donations to the RNC are dispersed.

February 5, 2023 --

Ronna McDaniel was re-elected chair of the Republican National Committee, January 27, at a "luxury" California resort according to a report by AP carried online by The Washington Times. Here is the pertinent part of that AP story:

"McDaniel, whom Donald Trump tapped as RNC chair in 2016, won the secret ballot vote 111 to 51. The high-profile election played out inside a luxury resort on the Southern California coast as the RNC’s 168 voting members – activists and elected officials from all 50 states – gathered for the committee’s annual winter meeting."

My problems with Chairperson McDaniel have been that every acknowledgement of a (modest) contribution to the RNC has contained a request for more money. In addition, ideas on policy and p.r. sent to Ms. McDaniel are never answered -- not even a form reply, which is just as well as any answer to my e-mails would likely contain just a plea for more money.

The report that the vote for RNC chair was held at a "luxury report on the Southern California coast" suggests to LPR that contributions go, in considerable sums, for RNC perks, not to Make America Great Again." Note that phrase: It does not state"Make the Lives of RNC staffers a Hoot."

This retired 82-year old MAGA patriot on Social Security, no pension, now requires an accounting of RNC income and disbursements (including salaries and expense monies of the chair and her executives) before he will send another envelope with a rectangular piece of paper inside. I

If this request is not answered to my satisfaction, please keep your pins, calendars, certificates of commendation and plastic membership cards. Why? Because they are obviously not sincerely bestowed.

Yours for MAGA and the Conservative Populism (set forth in Federalist No. 57) on which it is based,

- David R. Zukerman


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LPR Recommended Links

February 5, 2023 --

Tosca (don't be misled by the Russian subtitles) …

Performed at the Teatro Real de Madrid (2004).

LPR picked this production to, possibly, introduce its visitors to bass Marco Scotti, here in the supporting role of Angelotti.

In LPR's view, he should get a steady diet of leads. The late diva Daniela Dessi is a marvelous Tosca, Fabio Armiliato is very good as Caveradossi and the Scarpia of all Scarpia, of couse, is the great Ruggero Rimondi.



The Play That Goes Wrong …

Scene from a play at the 2017 Royal Variety Performance


LPR believed, wrongly, that he could keep from laughing.

Company …

For LPR, Stephen Sondheim's best score, especially boiled down to its essentials in this medley, orchestrated by Richard Hayman and performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Arthur Fiedler who probably made more Americans aware of classical music than any other conductor of the 20th century -- with the possible exception of the great Leonard Bernstein.

More recently the musical got Woke-ized for Broadway, and did not survive. Moral: Let musicals maintain their original form.




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This is not a call for an Old Navy Boycott

February 5, 2023 --

Just a reminder that the interest on the O.N credit card, payable to Barclays, is 29.99 percent, a rate LPR was insane to accept. It took more than a year to pay for purchases that, seemingly reasonably priced, scurried LPR into debt to O.N. for midlevel four figures, and, thereby, paid O.N. lots more than the list prices on the shirts, etc. that were purchased at a very high usurious level.

Does anyone hear a politician denounce the outrageous infliction by Barclays of extreme usury? Of course not. Why not? Silly question. Don't boycott O.N., boycott credit card usury, wherever it rears its money-grubbing, slimy fingers.

Helpful hint -- if you re in the vicinity of the O.N. store in Manhattan, on 6th Ave, and 18th street, you might find Dave's the clothing store to visit, at 6th between 16th and 17th streets.



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Musings as to whether we have a true Constitution, or a Potemkin charter

February 5, 2023 --

This far, the media haven't spewed a torrent of editorials blasting Speaker McCarthy for his decision to bar Reps. Schiff and Swalwell from the House Intelligence elect Committee. LPR's theory -- they realize their obvious double standard would put off independent voters.

Apparently, Pelosi's decision to exclude Congressmen Banks and Jordan from the Jan, 6 House select committee represented her power to act -- as speaker. The vote of the full House is needed to exclude members of Congress from standing Huse committee. Republican representatives Gosar and Taylor-Greene were excluded from their committee assignments by 9partisan) vote of the full House.

LPR believes the courts have not ruled, directly, on the issue of exclusion from a standing House committee. The decision of U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta, in U.S. v. Navarro, to see nothing improper in the actions takensby the Jan. 6 Select Committee, and thereby, sustaining the two subpoenas that Navarro defied, suggests to LPR that as Judge Mehta had no difficulty with the exclusion of Republicans Banks and Jordan from the Jan. 6 Select committee, his acceptance of their exclusion from a select committee would be dispositive if Democrats Schiff and Swalwell litigated their exclusion from he House Intelligence Selct Committee. r

LPR points out that were a court to invalidate Speaker McCarthy's exclusion of Schiff and Swalwell from the House Select Committee on Intelligence, a hue and cry from liberty-loving Americans would reach the heavens: "OMG, our government system is indeed rigged, corrupt, an utter disgrace ti the memiry of the Founders. We have a Potemkin Constitution!"

Leftists in the media and in government have also been demanding that Rep. George Santos be removed from the House. Their demands betray their ignorance of Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution, strictly applied by the Supreme Court in the Powell csse. Rather than cie the words of Chief Justice Earl Warren, LPR here flings this passage from Federal Paper No. 52 in the faces of those who, by hook and by cook, would try to restore he Democrats to majority status in the House of Representatives:

"A representative of he United States must be of the age of twenty-five years; must have been seven years a citizen of the United States; must, at the time of his election, be an inhabitant of the State he is to represent; and, during the time of his service, must be in no office under the United States." Now which of the foregoing qualifications for House membership would media people from PBS, among other outlets, demand excision for being "racist?"

There remains the issue of exclusion of a House member from a standing committee. Does the Constitution sanction continued House membership with the onus of committee exclusion? Perhaps the answer to this question must await a lawsuit based on
expulsion of a member from a standing committee by vote of the entire House.

For now, it is enough to comment that if Rep. Santos is pressured to resign while meeting the Constitution's qualifications for membership, we indeed have a Potemkin Constitution, with the malign Deep Staters at government's switch.


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It Seems the Brits Appreciate American Music More Than, Well, America

February 5, 2023 --


In asking Terri Fassio, the best webmaster on the planet, to post this link, LPR's purpose was to make its visitors aware of how much devoted the people of the U.K., rather than their American cousins to "You'll Never Walk Alone." Indeed, the U.K. seems to have adopted this song as unofficial anthem,

By chance, LPR unearthed a rendition of this wonderful Rodgers & Hammerstein song (from "Carousel") vocalized by contestant Alison Jiear, during the Britain's Got Talent competition in 2015.

Ms. Jiear is not to be compared to the Susan Boyle Britain's Got Talent competition six years before. It is fair to say that the marvelous talent of Ms. Boyle had been totally unrecognized until she stepped before the BGT panel and audience.

A quick glance at the Wikipedia entry for Alison Jiear notes that she appeared in the 2012 Les Miserables film -- three years before her BGT appearance. Clearly, Ms. Jiear, for all her claims to being just a backup singer, had been accorded recognition as a professional singer; Ms. Boyle prior to BGT lacked any such recognition.

Moreover, LPR was struck by a comment directed by Simon Cowell to the audience, after Ms.Jiear's BGT performance. This was the first time LPR heard Mr. Cowell compliment the audience for the ovation it accorded Ms. Jiear.

He had, six years earlier, given high compliments to Ms. Boyle for her singing of "I Dreamed a Dream," from Les Mis -- but, although the Boyle audience was no less enthusiastic than the Jiear audience for her audition, Mr. Cowell did not thank, specifically, the Jiear audience for their response to her singing.

(Note, however, that David Walliams -- who should be returned as BGT panelist -- told Ms. Jliear, six years after the Boyle audition, that hers was the best song audition in his years as a BGT judge.)

BTW-- just fyi -- here is the wonderful Susan Boyle in a studio-based performance of "You'll Never Walk Alone." The patriots of the MAGA conservative populist movement should ask the U.K., as Greece asks the U.K. on the matter of the Elgin Marbles, "Return our song"!




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An Open Letter to His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu,
Prime Minster of Israel

February 5, 2023 --

Subject: A meeting in Jerusalem to End the Conflict in Ukraine Between Russia and Ukraine

His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, and
His Excellency Volodomyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine


The first anniversary (note this writer does nor refer to the firs-year anniversary. that redundant usage respecting woke, not clear, thinking is but weeks away, February 24, 2023.

No doubt you will agree that the Excellencies leading the belligerent countries did not imagine that this conflict would enter a send year of death and destruction. But did the leaders of Europe, the second decade of the 20th century imagine that World War I would consume millions of the soldiers of the Allied and Central Power for more than four years, creating the chaos that led to the even more deadly and destructive World War II?

Excellency, you must convince the presidents of the belligerents to accept your good offices to mediate an end to this conflict that is an offense to common sense, international stability and, at present, serves only to provide a zone to test new weapons of mass slaughter, before resort to the atomic weapons that came into existence at the arid sands of New Mexico, making that desert even more uninhabitable.

My sense is that, growing up, you were taught by your father of blessed memory to revere the memory of Dr. Ze'ev Jabotinsky, arguably greatest Jew of the 20th century.

Think of the memory of "Jabo" at this time; let that memory guide you to restoring amicable relations between Ukraine and Russia. The views of other states have been unhelpful to the cause of peace in eastern Europe.

How many leaders of the states of western Europe, much less government officials in America, know that cities that were part of sovereign regimes in 1914 are now within the borders of different sovereignties?

Excellency, only the officials of Russia and Ukraine know the fact of borderlines that have shifted during the past century.

Jews, too, have memories of Ukraine and Russia not known to the people of other countries -- memories that bring torrents of tears to the Jews who survived the pogroms of Ukraine and Russia in the three decades before World War I, then hundreds of thousands when peace was declared -- a faux peace for the Jews of central Europe, a faux peace that demanded millions of Jewish lives between 1918 and 1946. What right do the governments of America and Britain have to involve themselves in the Ukraine conflict or in peace talks: America and Britain that both turned their backs on the Jews who, during World War II were left to be consumed by the Nazis. France? It was occupied by the Nazis after its leaders gave up the fight -- and sent Jews to Nazi death camps. Italy -- Mussolini, to stay in power till the end of World War II, also sent Jews to be murdered by the Nazis.

Holland? More Dutch Jews, per capita, were murdered by the Nazis than the Jews of any European country occupied by the Nazis.

Excellency, Presidents Putin and Zelensky must know that you have particular knowledge of the history of Russia and Ukraine, knowledge that qualifies you as peace mediator to end this insane conflict by March 1, 2023.

With that in mind, Excellency, think how the gifted Jabo would have set the belligerents on the path to peace. Would he have not taken Zelensky aside to say: "Mr. Jewish President of Ukraine, fighting for a cause i believe in with all my heart -- Ukraine nationalism, along with, certainly, the cause of Jewish nationalism -- can you not realize the insanity of lining up with the foes of Russia, foes whose expansionary cause took tens of million of Russian live? To be blunt -- can you not imagine how insane it would be if Canada lined itself up with Iran, Venezuela, China, and Cuba. -- never mind Russia?"

Excellency, then you would advise President Putin: "Ignore the exhortations to Ukraine of countries that probably hate you for your role in trying to reach accommodation with the West. The leaders of countries currently in the grip of Woke-ism probably regard you as a Russian version of former President Trump. Consider this, by signing The Slavic Accords with President Zelensky you are not only ending a needless conflict, you are striking a blow against Global Woke-ism -- what could be more freedom-loving than that?

"A vote that represents free will is never wasted"
-- David Zukerman

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"Hamilton 68"

February 5, 2023 --

Some of you may have noticed references to "Hamilton 68" in reports from Matt Taibbi about continued attempts to get us thinking that the Russians are still acting through Republicans to influence U.S. elections and public policy.

What is the origin of the term "Hamilton 68?" LPR believes it derives from Federalist Paper No. 68, attributed to...Hamilton.

No. 68 deals with electing the president and LPR visitors will find, in this excerpt from No. 68, concern about the actions of "foreign powers" in electing a president.


To the People of the State of New York:

THE mode of appointment of the Chief Magistrate of the United States is almost the only part of the system, of any consequence, which has escaped without severe censure, or which has received the slightest mark of approbation from its opponents. The most plausible of these, who has appeared in print, has even deigned to admit that the election of the President is pretty well guarded.1 I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm, that if the manner of it be not perfect, it is at least excellent. It unites in an eminent degree all the advantages, the union of which was to be wished for.

It was desirable that the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the person to whom so important a trust was to be confided. This end will be answered by committing the right of making it, not to any pre-established body, but to men chosen by the people for the special purpose, and at the particular conjuncture.

It was equally desirable, that the immediate election should be made by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.

A small number of persons, selected by their fellow-citizens from the general mass, will be most likely to possess the information and discernment requisite to such complicated investigations.

It was also peculiarly desirable to afford as little opportunity as possible to tumult and disorder. This evil was not least to be dreaded in the election of a magistrate, who was to have so important an agency in the administration of the government as the President of the United States. But the precautions which have been so happily concerted in the system under consideration, promise an effectual security against this mischief. The choice of SEVERAL, to form an intermediate body of electors, will be much less apt to convulse the community with any extraordinary or violent movements, than the choice of ONE who was himself to be the final object of the public wishes. And as the electors, chosen in each State, are to assemble and vote in the State in which they are chosen, this detached and divided situation will expose them much less to heats and ferments, which might be communicated from them to the people, than if they were all to be convened at one time, in one place.

Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union? [Emphasis added.]


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Aha! LPR's suspicion has been confirmed

February 5, 2023 --

Seeing a spectacular one-hand grab of the pigskin to complete the reception, it looked to me that the football stuck to the receiver's glove. January 25, LPR googled about sticky substances and got this reply:


As Mel Allen would say: "how about that"?

btw -- Buffalo Bills, wait till next year. With complete recovery for Damar Hamlin.



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Where is the NFL Commissioner on this?

February 5, 2023 --

The Empire State Building (Fifth Ave. and 34th Street) was bathed in the colors of the Philadelphia Eagles, January 29, after the Eagles defeated the San Francisco 49ers to reach the Super Bowl as champion of the National Football Conference. Sad to relate, New Yorkers, led by the New York Post, including politicians, among them Gov. Hochul, howled in outrage. Shame on anyone who opposes an expression of simple, ordinary good sportsmanship.

This article in the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the city's great landmark also was bathed in the colors of the Kansas City Chief, after the Chiefs defeated the Cincinnati Bengals to reach the Super Bowl as champion of the American Football Conference.


LPR would like to see the Empire State Building bathed in the colors of the Buffalo Bills, next year -- the only NFL team that plays its home games in the Empire State.

Meanwhile, let the 102-storey landmark -- constructed in just one year, you should know -- show the colors of the winner of the Super Bowl, the second Sunday night in February.


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February 5, 2023 --

The significance of "86," that is the question …

Forget about mentioning the president's age at present. After reading the Jonathan Alter piece in The New York Times, January 21, with this parenthetical observation on "86" --

"(Mr, Biden would be 86 at the end of a second term)" -- the image of the elderly German President Paul von Hindenburg came to mind, along with this couplet (since partially revised):

To be 86'd due to reaching 86 in 2028?

Would voters be chary, not to mention rather hesitant,
Or re-elect Biden who,
with four more years, would be an 86-year old president?

On the January 24 editorial page of The New York Times that, per Jim Rutenberg (August 2016), Publishes Reports Antithetical to Veracity, DA?

Here is the teaser-squib for the weekly Stephens-Collins chat on the editorial page of The PRAVDA New York Times

"The G.O.P. normallzes leaders with a loose grip on the truth."

This from a propaganda sheet that only tolerates writers with a stranglehold preventing the emergence of truth.

Hard to Believe …


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