Apr 112014
 

If you are will be voting in a Democratic area of a Republican controlled state, you can count on experiencing long lines with hours of waiting.  Republicans are doing everything they can to keep you from voting.  However, I came across a new Republican tactic so egregious that it boggles the mind.

GOPClosetDuring the 2012 presidential election, voters reportedly waited on line for upwards of six hours. That wait alone is enough to deter would-be voters from going to the polls. But now residents in Florida’s most populous county will have another disincentive: they won’t be able to go to the bathroom.

Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department quietly implemented a policy to close the bathrooms at all polling facilities, according to disability rights lawyer Marc Dubin. Dubin said the policy change was in “direct response” to an inquiry to the Elections Department about whether they had assessed accessibility of polling place bathrooms to those with disabilities.

“I was expecting them to say either yes we have or yes we will,” Dubin said.

Instead, he received a written response announcing that the county would close all restrooms at polling places “to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not treated unfairly,” a January email stated. “[T]he Department’s policy is not to permit access to restrooms at polling sites on election days,” Assistant County Attorney Shanika Graves said in a Feb. 14 email. Elections Department officials did not immediately respond to ThinkProgress inquiries.

Dubin said he was “shocked” at this response, and not just because it suppresses the vote for everybody. The Americans with Disabilities Act also requires entities to make “reasonable accommodations” to those with disabilities. For those with a number of conditions, including diabetics and those taking diuretics, closing the restroom will make standing in that line impossible, and thus discriminate against disabled voters… [emphasis added]

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Once upon a time, Only the Larry Craig Wing of the Republican Party wanted to get you into the bathroom.  If this spreads, as bad Republican ideas always do, Republicans will be trying to get you to get you to into the bathroom to get you out of the voting lines.

Here’s where to go on Election Day.  Go on a Republican. ;-)

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Mar 312014
 

Looking ahead to 2014, I often think back to 2010, when so many on the left stayed home.  I feel pain at the notion that so many have put so little value on their right to vote.  You may think you’re vote doesn’t matter, but if so many hadn’t thought so, those votes would have mattered in 2010.  This nation could have been spared the suffering that Republican obstruction has brought us.  Before you get used to the idea of not voting, remember this.  Your vote won’t count, if you can’t.

GOPvotingPivotal swing states under Republican control are embracing significant new electoral restrictions on registering and voting that go beyond the voter identification requirements that have caused fierce partisan brawls.

The bills, laws and administrative rules — some of them tried before — shake up fundamental components of state election systems, including the days and times polls are open and the locations where people vote.

Republicans in Ohio and Wisconsin this winter pushed through measures limiting the time polls are open, in particular cutting into weekend voting favored by low-income voters and blacks, who sometimes caravan from churches to polls on the Sunday before election.

Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year. The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.

In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013… [emphasis added]

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Republicans know that the only way they can seize and hold power is to disenfranchise people, who are likely to vote against them.  Their goal is to establish a permanent Republican Regime, a totalitarian plutocracy.  Elections will exist for show only, because they will decide who gets to vote.  Unless we all do everything we can to fight these vile laws, unless we do whatever it takes to vote, and unless we do whatever it takes to help others vote, Republicans just might get their way.  Kudos and thanks to all who are already doing this.

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Feb 022014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, feeling very tired, and running quite late, due to the time it took to gather the data for tomorrow’s Monthly Report.  This will give you an idea just how much work that is.  Because I do so much online I clean up my cookies and temporary Internet files several times per day.  I did so immediately before and after my data collection session.  I accumulated 329 Megabytes of temporary Internet files during the session.  Tomorrow is also the highest holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My sainted Broncos will be worshiping to protect the divine Orb from the infernal Republican Seachickens (may they fall into the hands of KFC). ;-)  If you have to ask what I’ll be doing, you may want to stay away from IQ tests for the sake of your self esteem.  So don’t expect much on Monday, please.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:50 (average 5:23).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Responding to fresh charges that he knew about the controversial lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last fall, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today asked for the public’s patience while he makes up a new story.

“Today you have heard some allegations that are shocking and explosive,” he told reporters at a hastily called press conference. “All I ask is that the people of the great state of New Jersey give me sufficient time to invent a new story that explains my way out of this.”

Governor Christie said that he had spent the past few hours in closed-door meetings trying to come up with a new narrative that absolves him of any guilt in the bridge scandal, but while he was definitely denying the allegations, “so far, we don’t have a winner.”

LOL Andy! Sometimes fact is funnier than fiction!

From Daily Kos: The crocodile tears are flowing at Politico where right-wing law prof Eugene Kontorovich tries to make the case for why early voting is a bad thing:

A single Election Day creates a focal point that gives solemnity and relevance to the state of popular opinion at a particular moment in time; on a single day, we all have to come down on one side or the other. But if the word “election” comes to mean casting votes over a period of months, it will elide the difference between elections and polls. People will be able to vote when the mood strikes them — after seeing an inflammatory ad, for example.

Voting then becomes an incoherent summing of how various individuals feel at a series of moments, not how the nation feels at a particular moment. This weakens civic cohesiveness, and it threatens to substitute raw preferences and momentary opinion for rational deliberation.

Because right-wingers value nothing more than civic cohesiveness and rational deliberation…at least when it means being able to corral voters into a single workday when their votes can most easily be denied, delayed and  frustrated by impossibly long lines, specious challenges and insufficient ballots.

Click through for even more. That Prof has his Doctorate in Bullshitology!!

From Alternet: The Latest Voter Suppression Catalog: North Carolina.

Until the Republicans took control of the governor’s mansion and Legislature in 2012, North Carolina pioneered some of the most progressive election laws in the South. Since then, the GOP has ressurrected the ghost of Jim Crow, narrowing options to register, to vote early, and to obtain a ballot on Election Day. Bill Moyers noted these abuses in a detailed report this month, but even he didn’t recite everything that’s gotten worse.

North Carolina’s GOP has also ended straight party voting in 2014, where a voter can pick all of a party’s candidates. Its governor won’t fill a vacant U.S. House seat held by a Democrat until November, instead of holding a traditional special election. The last time the state’s elections were this rigged was more than a century ago, legal scholars said.

This is just one of eight insidious Republican attacks your freedom by trying to steal elections they cannot win honestly. Click through for the other seven.

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Dec 102013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and am feeling quite exhausted.  I spent the day in the new place unpacking and putting away deliveries from yesterday, and waiting for today’s deliveries.  They arrived just as I was leaving to return here,  so I just shoved them in.  I had to leave before the snow hit.  ARGH!  Tomorrow I’ll be working here on my final move prep.  On Wednesday at 9:00 AM the movers arrive.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 6:33 (average 6:39).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Take:

From Daily Kos: NBC’s Meet the Press was very adoring to Nelson Mandela today. In their adoration they were attempting to discount the fact that America was complicit in apartheid survival as long as it did.

President Obama’s remarks glossed over how vehemently the government of the United States, specifically Republicans, for a long time was against Nelson Mandela and the ANC. They never accepted that the African National Congress (ANC) was no different than our founding fathers, who picked up arms for freedom.

Al Sharpton silenced the round table as he placed into context America’s role in South Africa’s liberation. The USA was not a supporter of Nelson Mandela. Conservatives are attempting to rewrite history. Al Sharpton ensured that all around that table were forced to accept that fact. He ensured that all of those listening were well aware that Conservative stalwarts like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher did not embrace freedom. They uttered the words but it was just for a select few.

 

At times, our President tries too hard to be non-confrontational. Kudos to Al Sharpton for accurately pointing out the shameful history of Republican Party support for apartheid. They have not changed. Consider that today’s Republicans are doing their best to establish apartheid in America’s voting booths.

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Dec 012013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow.  I’m groggy after sleeping 7 hours in the last 24 and feel ready to go back to bed.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos are worshiping in the Chiefs’ venue, and their service is televised here, so I shall be meditating.  May the Orb shed it’s holy light on your team, unless it’s KC.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:23 (average 4:13).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Common Dreams: A day of protests at well over a thousand locations nationwide saw huge numbers of pro-worker activists and Walmart [sic] employees themselves protesting against the retail giant’s notoriously low wages and flagrant disregard for their employees’ well-being.

Kudos to the demonstrators for standing up to Wal-Fart’s Republican class warfare!

From Crooks and Liars: I’m sure everyone saw this one coming a mile away as well. El Rushbo couldn’t let the talking heads on Fox be the only ones getting in on the Pope bashing after he dared to speak out against unfettered capitalism and the idolatry of money.

 

Since both Limbarf and the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, are bashing this Pope, he must be closer to authentic Christianity than any Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christian.

From Think Progress: Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D) has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to review two voting measures making their way through the state legislature that she claims could “suppress the voting rights of African Americans and other minorities.”

The proposed bills (S. 238 and H.B. 269) would reduce the number of absentee-voting days by six, prevent newly registered voters from voting the day they register, and require voters to present valid identification — a driver’s license, a state or military ID card, or a passport — when casting a ballot.

Election theft by disenfranchising black voters is not a Southern problem. It’s a Republican problem.

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Nov 062013
 

By the time you read this, the results will be in, so please understand that I’m writing while the polls are still open.  The two high profile races are the gubernatorial contests in NJ and VA, and they appear to be done deals, but one can always hope and/or fear depending on the state.  There are other very important issues, especially determining who will be allowed to exercise their right to vote and who will have it stolen.

1105ElectionWelcome to Election Day 2013, where two gubernatorial contests and the race for mayor of the nation’s biggest city will be settled and a GOP primary battle for a U.S. House seat in Alabama is getting outsized attention.

But what makes most of these 2013 elections interesting is what they may tell us about 2014 midterms and the 2016 race for the White House.

Virginia and New Jersey are the only two states to hold elections for governor in the year after a presidential contest, putting them directly in the national political spotlight. In New Jersey, public opinion polls indicate tough-talking Gov. Chris Christie, one of the biggest names in the Republican Party, will easily win re-election over little known Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono.

With Christie considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, his re-election campaign is seen as a tuneup or stepping stone for that likely White House bid.

In Virginia, national issues like the government shutdown and the health care law are playing a large role in the battle between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. For months McAuliffe has held a consistent small lead in public opinion polls over Cuccinelli, who is considered a hero to many tea party supporters and other grass-roots activists thanks to his very public conservative crusades, including his push against Obamacare…

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Rachel Maddow covered the topic in two segments. In the first, she talked about the Republican War on Voting.

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Perhaps the reason Republicans now admit that they are excluding minorities to help Republican chances is to make this seem practical rather than racist. They ignore the reason most minorities vote for Democrats. Minorities object to the racism inherent in Republican economic policy and the overt racism embraced by so many prominent Republicans in their quest to capture the hate vote.

In the second segment, she covers Republican v. Republican contests.

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I’d love it if Sen. Cornhole lost to Bagger Barton!! It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Young beats Byrne in Bama.

But most of all, may the Cooch screw the Pooch!

(these should be visible in Europe, because I was able to find a back way in to MSNBC’s old video player, but it works for Rachel Maddow only. I cannot say how long it will last.)

Update: The Cooch screwed the pooch!

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Oct 062013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and working on a sleep deficit because Guitar Man decided to be Bongo Man.  Argh!  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos are meditating with Dallas, but I don’t know whether it will be televised here.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:55 (average 5:16).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: TSA Announces New Screening Program. Comedian Has Hilarious, Helpful Suggestions.

 

Funny, but enlightening. For airport security, Sikh and ye shall find.

From NY Times: The Republican Party of Rhode Island is attracting well-deserved scorn for its plan to raise money Sunday by raffling an AR-15-style assault rifle — the same sort of modified military weapon used last December in the Newtown school massacre in neighboring Connecticut.

The rifle is the main prize at the state Republican Party’s “2nd Amendment celebration” at a rod and gun club in West Greenwich — “a family day at the range full of targets, food, prizes and fun,” but truly devoid of even rudimentary sensitivity to the carnage inflicted on Americans from weapons devised not for sport but for the battlefield.

With Republicans, some things just never change.

From MSNBC: Democrats sue to stop Republican election theft in VA.

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If somebody is going to purge voter rolls, the time to do it is NOT a month before an election. I bet a dollar against a donut that there were not a hell of a lot of white faces in that purge list.

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Judge Republican intent accordingly.

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