Nov 262017
 

It’s celebration day, so I’m taking a day off.  Wonder Woman Wendy is due in about an hour.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:18 (average 5:30).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Take:

From NY Times: On its face, the notice sent to 248 county election officials asked only that they do what Congress has ordered: Prune their rolls of voters who have died, moved or lost their eligibility — or face a federal lawsuit.

The notice, delivered in September by a conservative advocacy group, is at the heart of an increasingly bitter argument over the seemingly mundane task of keeping accurate lists of voters — an issue that will be a marquee argument before the Supreme Court in January.

At a time when gaming the rules of elections has become standard political strategy, the task raises a high-stakes question: Is scrubbing ineligible voters from the rolls worth the effort if it means mistakenly bumping legitimate voters as well?

The political ramifications are as close as a history book. Florida’s Legislature ordered the voter rolls scrubbed of dead registrants and ineligible felons before the 2000 presidential election. The resulting purge, based on a broad name-matching exercise, misidentified thousands of legitimate voters as criminals, and prevented at least 1,100 of them — some say thousands more — from casting ballots.

That was the election in which George W. Bush’s 537-vote margin in Florida secured his place in the White House. Controlling the rules of elections — including who is on or off the rolls — has been both a crucial part of political strategy and a legal battleground ever since.

The Times is asking the wrong question. Mistakenly bumping legitimate voters as well is not the problem. The problem is Republicans intentionally bumping legitimate Democratic Voters, a key component of maintaining a Republican Reich. RESIST!!

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Oct 222017
 

You might never know it, given the way so many Americans abuse it, but the most precious of all our rights is the right to vote.  Voting is our only means with which to protect our other rights.  Failure to vote is the most heinous crime against ourselves that we can commit, followed closely by voting without due diligence.  If what we do top ourselves isn’t bad enough, Republican Secretaries of State are Stealing our right to vote.

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In most states, the power to expand or curtail the right to vote is largely in the hands of an obscure official, the secretary of state. Thirty-one of these secretaries are currently Republicans or aligned with the GOP. And four of them have gone to extraordinary lengths to make it harder to vote.

Jon Husted of Ohio: Husted, who is running for governor next year, has purged more than 2 million voters since he took office in 2011. Voters are deemed “inactive” if they fail to respond to “purge notices” from the state, which are sent to residents who either move or don’t cast a ballot for two years. In Ohio’s three largest counties, voters in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods have been purged at about twice the rate of people in Republican-leaning ones. This fall, the Supreme Court will hear a case on Ohio’s practice of targeting voters for inactivity. If it rules in Husted’s favor, his brand of purging could catch on in other Republican-controlled states.

Brian Kemp of Georgia: Another 2018 gubernatorial candidate, Kemp recently came up with a similar way to remove poor and minority voters from the rolls. He instructed local election officials to mail notices to more than 380,000 registered voters, targeting people who had recently moved. Those who failed to respond within 30 days were placed on the state’s inactive voter list; they’ll be purged from the rolls if they don’t vote in two consecutive federal elections. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a petition in court alleging that some of the notices violated state and federal laws and that the scheme disproportionately affected low-income and minority voters. In response to the lawsuit, Kemp said his office would make sure that nearly 160,000 people who improperly received the notice would remain on the active list; the ACLU, apparently unconvinced, responded that Kemp had to notify those people of the change and take further action…

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I shared two of four with you.  Click through for the other two. including Kris Kobitch.

Every Republican in Office Is One Republican Too Many!

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Oct 172017
 

It’s a chilly day, and that’s OK with me.  I ordered groceries from Store to Door and put the finishing touches on a huge load of γηννα chili, so Squatch had better close her window.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:35 (average 4:56).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Update:

Here is the latest from our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

Scores:

6Scores

Wooo Hooo!

Standings:

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Congrats to Pam, who left the league in sole possession of 1st place.  Condolences to Jack who is even under a Bigfoot foot.  I have broken up Pam’s team and her players are available to claim on waivers, through the add player feature.  Whether or not any of your claims are successful will depend on your position in the waiver order and who else claims which players.  Be sure to make claims today.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Donald Trump is the Harvey Weinstein of Washington

 

Trump is the Harvey Weinstein of the World, but why no outrage from the Reich?  Keith forgot one key element of the Republican world view. IOKIYAR! RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Good News: Voting Rights

 

Oregon leads the way! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Just minutes after the publisher Larry Flynt offered ten million dollars in exchange for information leading to Donald Trump’s impeachment, Trump contacted Flynt and said that he would gladly provide the information himself in exchange for the cash.

According to Flynt, shortly after their phone conversation Trump sent him a voluminous number of e-mails, phone records, and other evidence of impeachable offenses, after which Flynt wired ten million dollars to Trump’s Swiss bank account.

“That was a lot easier than I thought it would be, to be honest,” Flynt told reporters.

The swift denouement to Trump’s tenure in the White House raised more than a few eyebrows in Washington, with some insiders wondering if Trump’s eagerness to accept the ten-million-dollar payment indicated that his net worth was considerably smaller than he had professed.

Andy, his net worth is way less than he claims. Even if Trump owns $billions, he is worth less than a wormy dawg turd! RESIST!!

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Oct 032017
 

I’m back in the saddle after my appointment, and if you missed it yesterday, both my eyes are in fine shape.  I think I made the right choice when I chose lens replacements, whose best focal distance is the distance from my screen, since that’s where I spend most of my time.  I have reading glasses for close in and distance glasses for out and about.  My new glasses will be progressive.  (I wouldn’t dream of wearing Republican glasses!!)

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:45 (average 5:00).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here are last week’s results from our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

Scores:

4Scores

Every week, I need more Vaseline.

Standings:

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Congrats To Pam, who still leads the league.  I play the Squatch this week.  Players, have your lineup set by Thursday.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Trump’s “Condolences and Sympathies” Won’t Cut It

I could not agree with Keith more. RESIST!!

In sharp contrast, here is part of the Republican view.

From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Dave Daubenmire Says Vegas Shooting Was ‘The Wrath Of God’ On A Wicked Nation

Barf Bag Alert!!

Republicans love to use Republican Supply-side Jesus (the polar opposite of the real Jesus) to justify their terrorism. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Ari Berman on Egregious Gerrymandering

I’m hopeful, but given the current makeup of SCROTUS (Republican Constitutional VD), I’m not making any bets. RESIST!!

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Oct 012017
 

In 1917, an extreme-right fascist minority staged a military coup and overthrew the majority democratic socialist government.  Lenin [R-RU] called his minority Bolsheviks, which means majority.  He called the majority Mensheviks, which means minority.  This Republican Reich dominated Russia for almost a century, and now that nation has fallen prey to another Republican Reich under Vladimir Putin [R-RU].  A similar minority holds the US hostage under Resident Donald "Putin’s Pervert" Trump.  Here’s how they do it.

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There is an old saw that politics is about numbers, and in a true democracy that would be the case. But ours is not a true democracy. Even after addressing the fact that nearly 90 million eligible voters do not vote, our system weights some votes more than others, and these weighted votes almost always work to the Republicans’ advantage, giving some 35 percent to 40 percent of the electorate a disproportionate share of power.

Here’s how it works:

1. Rural votes are worth more than urban votes.

For the first few months of his presidency, Donald Trump delighted in showing guests an electoral map of the country in which huge splotches from the South through the Midwest and into the far West were red, indicating Trump’s support. He was right, of course. Those were areas that voted for Trump. Except that those splotches were sparsely populated. The dark blue dots in urban America were the densely populated Democratic areas — areas with more votes.

In most nations, geographical advantages don’t mean much. In our system, however, geography plays an outsized role. It’s not how many votes; it’s where they are cast

2. White votes are worth more than minority votes.

White voters are deeply advantaged not only because they still constitute a majority of the electorate, but also because (a) they can be gerrymandered into white-controlled districts while diluting minorities; and (b) because white majorities often work to increase their power at minorities’ expense. We see the latter most dramatically in voter suppression laws. A Washington Post study showed that these laws, designed expressly to reduce minority participation, have a tremendous impact:… [emphasis added]

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It is imperative that we correct these injustices, and I have shared only the beginnings of parts 1 and 2.  Click through to read the rest of those parts and for parts 3 through 7.

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Sep 282017
 

I’m running late today.  I overslept, and have more to share than I can fit in my normal two articles.  Wendy thanks you for your support for her proud but empty nest syndrome.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:44 (average 4:35).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): How the Pittsburgh Penguins Became Trump’s Political Pawns

 

Before I can say whether or not I agree with Keith, I need to know what the players’ position is here. If any wish to attend, given the clear statement that it implies no support of the Fuhrer and his deplorable ways, that must be their choice, even though I disagree.  If any wish not to attend in protest against the Fuhrer and his deplorable ways, that must also be their choice. RESIST!!

From YouTube (Liberal Redneck Channel): Take a Knee, Y’all

 

Amen Y’all! RESIST!!

From Exposed by CMD: A new study of registered voters in Dane and Milwaukee Counties who did not vote in the 2016 presidential election found that approximately 17,000-23,000 eligible voters in those counties were prevented or deterred from voting by Wisconsin’s voter ID law. Due to financial constraints, the social scientists were only able to do a study of two of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, but the authors say that extrapolating statewide as many as 45,000 people stayed home because of the law.

Donald Trump won the state of Wisconsin by only 22,000 votes, the first GOP presidential victory in the state since Ronald Regan in 1984. The shocking upset garnered national attention and helped deliver the electoral college to Trump as the popular vote went to Clinton.

Republicans plan to establish a permanent, fascist Republican Reich in which elections exist for show only, because Republicans would control who may vote, and who may not! RESIST!!

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