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Old 2020-06-03, 23:11   #276
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In "utterly shameless chutzpah" news today we have our previous POTUS sagely weighing in on the rioting and racial injustice from the comfort of his $10M retirement dream home on Mahhtha's Vineyahhd:

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change | Barack Obama, Medium

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Obama article. Sorry, could not resist:

“If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.”

Like when you held secret meeting with Big Pharma and insurance corporation while making your healthcare law after promising to hold these meetings in public on CNN?

Like how you bailed out the banks and 1% but did nothing for folks stuck with [underwater] mortgages? Like when you assassinated the kid who “liked Harry Potter just like any other normal American child”? Like when you did a Dick Nixon on steroids and corrupted the CIA/FISA/FBI framing [General Michael] Flynn because he wanted to whack Iran instead your preference to whack Syria? Like how you invaded/bombed/regime changed so many nations in so short a time you created “the biggest humanitarian refugee crisis since WW2”?

“Moreover, it’s important for us to understand which levels of government have the biggest impact on our criminal justice system and police practices….But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.”

Is that why you barely bothered to get some non ideological agenda driven judges on the Supreme Court…which is now comprised of ridged ideologues who have told us your abolition of Habeas Corpus and replacing it with Indefinite Detention so you or Trump can imprison/torture/kill anyone for kicks and giggles….is totally 1000% legal but corporations are people and more rights than carbon based folks?

“Second, I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time….But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices — and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.”

Like when you put GWB in prison for war crimes? Or when you prosecuted Julian Assange, Ed Snowden, Chelsea Manning gave us among other things audio/video of US troops with authorization of higher up chain of command shoot and kill civilians for entertainment
Timbers is in fact too kind, he entirely omitted mention of the Obama admin. orchestrating a brutal multi-city law&order crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. And there's this blast from the oh-so-recent past:

https://nypost.com/2015/04/28/obama-...als-and-thugs/

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Old 2020-06-06, 04:08   #277
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Default Derek Chauvin Accused of Fraudulently Voting in Florida Despite Living in Minnesota

https://www.newsweek.com/derek-chauvin-accused-fraudulently-voting-florida-despite-living-minnesota-1509109
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Derek Chauvin, the 44-year-old Minnesota police officer charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for his role in the May 25 death of George Floyd, voted illegally in Florida in 2016 and 2018, according to a Florida attorney.

Florida attorney, Dan Helm, who is a candidate for Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, has requested that Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala prosecute Chauvin for violating the state's election laws, a third-degree felony, according to The Star Tribune.

Chauvin has property in Florida and allegedly continued to vote in state elections while living in Minnesota.
"When I learned he voted here to influence our elections, while living in Minnesota, I was outraged," Helm said.
What a fine upstanding citizen! I'm sure Agent Orange thinks highly of him. After all, Agent Orange votes by mail in Florida, with the resort, Mar a Lago as his invalid address. The resort cannot be used as a residence, legally.

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Old 2020-06-07, 13:25   #278
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So the response from many on the right has been "Laws are colorblind. The don't care if you are black or white".

Although I agree that there is a certain level of truth to that for most laws, conservatives know very well that such laws are built upon assumptions around wealth, income, employment, access to health care (including mental health), etc. If it is harder for a person to get a valid voter id (can't keep a job, homeless, move frequently, etc), don't blame the law, blame the person. If it is harder for a person to find a job that pays a living wage (cheaper for businesses to move out of the city, not enough qualified workers in the city), blame the person. If the schools are failing, blame the school system, families, or students.
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Old 2020-06-08, 00:45   #279
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The abstract laws may be colorblind, but the enforcers are not.
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Old 2020-06-09, 23:22   #280
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The disgraceful role played by the NYT op-ed editorial staff described by Caity Johnstone in her latest almost merits a separate entry in Estbalishment Media Watch:

The Democratic Party Exists To Co-Opt And Kill Authentic Change Movements | Caitlin Johnstone
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ESTRAGON: Well, shall we go?

VLADIMIR: Yes, let’s go.

[They do not move.]

Curtain.

So ends both acts of the Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot. One of the two main characters suggests leaving, the other agrees, followed by the stage direction that both remain motionless until curtain.

This is also the entire role of the Democratic Party. To enthusiastically agree with American support for movements calling for real changes which benefit ordinary people, while making no actual moves to provide no such changes. The actors read the lines, but remain motionless.

Barack Obama made a whole political career out of this. People elected him because he promised hope and change, then for eight years whenever hopeful people demanded changes he’d say “Yes, we all need to get together and have a conversation about that”, express sympathy and give a moving speech, and then nothing would happen. The actors remain motionless, and Godot never comes.

Democratic Party leaders are currently under fire for staging a ridiculous performative display of sympathy for George Floyd by kneeling for eight minutes while wearing Kente cloth, a traditional African textile. The streets of America are filled with protesters demanding a total overhaul of the nation’s entire approach to policing. The Democratic Party’s response is to put on a children’s play using black culture as a prop, and advance a toothless reform bill whose approach we’ve already established is worthless which will actually increase funding to police departments.

Meanwhile it’s blue states with Democratic governors and cities with Democratic mayors where the bulk of the police brutality people are objecting to is occurring. The Democrats are going out of their way to spin police brutality as the result of Trump’s presidency, but facts in evidence say America’s violent and increasingly militarized police force would be a problem if every seat in every office in America were blue.

I don’t know what will happen with these protests. I don’t know if the demonstrators will get anything like the changes they are pushing for, or if their movement will be stopped in its tracks. What I do know is that if it is stopped, it will be because of Democrats and their allies.

Bloodthirsty Senator Tom Cotton recently took a break from torturing small animals in his basement to write an incendiary op-ed for The New York Times explaining to the American public why using the military to quash these protests is something that they should want. We later learned that The New York Times op-ed team had actually come up with the idea and pitched it to the senator, not the other way around, and that it was the Times itself which came up with the inflammatory headline “Send In the Troops”.

The op-ed understandably received severe public backlash which resulted in a senior staff member’s resignation. But if these protests end it won’t be because tyrants in the Republican Party like Donald Trump and Tom Cotton succeeded in making the case for beating them into silence with the US military. It will be because liberal manipulators succeeded in co-opting and stagnating its momentum.
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Old 2020-06-21, 01:51   #281
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a9577501.html
Calling disenfranchised voters "an angry mob" is sick beyond belief. Well, not really. It seems about par right now. "Angry mob" justifies gassing, spraying, clubbing, and whatever else occurs to the officer who "fears for his life" before deploying potentially lethal instruments of torture against citizens who are peacefully assembled. People who are trying to vote, at a polling place which is supposed to "serve" 616,000 registered voters, in a county where half of the state's black population reside, have considerable justification for being angry. Sicking Armored Empire Troopers on VOTERS(!) seems almost inevitable now.
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Voting rights expert Ari Berman wrote in a tweet: “There will be one polling place for 616,000 registered voters in Louisville’s Jefferson County, where half state’s black voters live.”
He added: “This is going to be a disaster.”

Local officials blamed the pandemic and a seemingly rushed effort to send out ballots, which led to some voters reportedly receiving inaccurate paperwork.
"It's possible they got the wrong ballot, when there's over 2,200 different ballot styles and there are two ballots sitting next to each other one is a Republican and the other is Democrat," Nore Ghibaudy, spokesperson for the Jefferson County Clerk's Office, told WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky. "You've got to remember this is a very unique situation. We have sent out over 200,000 ballots in a short period of time working 24 hours a day seven days a week."

Other officials meanwhile said a large turnout of voters in some counties would lead to an “angry mob” — with long lines, packed polling sites and further confusion about the primary process.

“It we get a massive turnout at Kroger Field, that’s just going to be an angry mob,” Don Blevins Jr, a clerk for Fayette County, told Washington Post,Meanwhile, closely-watched races could lead to bigger turnout than in recent years, with 937,000 voters requesting early ballots, the newspaper reported.
Judge Simpson pointed to three measures the state implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic, including “making absentee ballots available for all voters, providing early in-person voting options for 15 days leading up to Election Day, and establishing a polling place for Election Day in-person voting”.

Voting rights activists said the state’s issues could cause it to have an Election Day similar to Georgia’s recent primaries, plagued by a shortage of polling sites, widespread confusion and missing absentee ballots.
Ben Jealous, president of People For The American Way, described the situation as “Our Next Electoral Nightmare.”
“Half Kentucky’s Black voters live in one county,” he wrote. “It will have one polling place... for 616,000 registered voters.”

More about: Kentucky | coronavirus pandemic | COVID-19

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Old 2020-06-21, 13:06   #282
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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-a9577501.html
Calling disenfranchised voters "an angry mob" is sick beyond belief. Well, not really. It seems about par right now. "Angry mob" justifies gassing, spraying, clubbing, and whatever else occurs to the officer who "fears for his life" before deploying potentially lethal instruments of torture against citizens who are peacefully assembled. People who are trying to vote, at a polling place which is supposed to "serve" 616,000 registered voters, in a county where half of the state's black population reside, have considerable justification for being angry. Sicking Armored Empire Troopers on VOTERS(!) seems almost inevitable now.
This article is incomplete. This article has more information on who is imposing the limits and a lawsuit.

This article details the results of the lawsuit.

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On Thursday evening, a federal judge rejected an effort to add polling places in the state’s largest counties, citing a legal standard discouraging last-minute court intervention in election procedures.
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State Rep. Jason Nemes (R) and voters from each of the state’s five largest counties filed the lawsuit, saying the consolidation of polling places could lead to voter disenfranchisement.
But on Thursday, federal judge Charles R. Simpson III of the Western District of Kentucky ruled that the new election procedures for the primaries do not constitute an infringement of voting rights under the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act.
Apparently the decision to do this was done in March so there is no way they could have anticipated what happened in Georgia. Nevertheless one would think that the decision was a bad one from the beginning they have 2 polling places covering about 25% of the population and 198 for 75% of the population. I do commend the state trying to "get the word out", but no matter what happens, I know that Republicans are thrilled about this. It will be interesting to see if they will fix this by the November election.
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Thanks for the additional information. These abuses drive me up the wall.
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There are some terrifying possibilities. Note: This article is a month old as of this post.

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With six months to go until November’s 2020 election, dozens of America’s top legal minds convened to consider what would have been unthinkable before Donald Trump’s presidency. They gathered to brainstorm what could be done to prevent the country from descending into a “civil war-like scenario,” as one participant put it, if Trump and Joe Biden both claim that they won the presidency—and won’t back down.

Their May 4 teleconference parsed a series of nightmare scenarios in the aftermath of the November 3 election that would lead to competing Electoral College results being sent to Congress from battleground states—one issued by a Republican legislature backing Trump, and another issued by the Democratic governor backing Biden.

The scenarios continued onto January 6, 2021, where, in a joint congressional session to ratify the Electoral College votes presided over by Vice President Mike Pence, the House and Senate were sent to their chambers to debate for two hours. When they reconvened, the Senate backed the Trump electors while the House backed the Biden slate.

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Something is going on:
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/22/polit...ess/index.html
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