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My Facebook status today -- please STEAL it and post in as your own

The effort being made to discredit the validity of US elections is pretty disturbing. There have always been dead people on the voting rolls. That's because people die all the time and county clerks don't instantly change the voting lists to reflect that. Same is true for people who move from one jurisdiction to another. This is not new. None of that means that illegal aliens or other ineligible voters routinely misrepresent themselves to vote in the name of a dead person or somebody who has recently moved. In fact, evidence shows that such instances are exceedingly rare. Don't fall for the spin. The elections here are at least as free and fair as any others in the world.

Vote Democratic

Maybe I should not say this here. I probably don't need to. But recent encounters in the real world make me want to scream this at lots of people:

If you don't plan to vote Democratic this fall, you are being a bad American. Full stop. No good American wants the country turned over to Trump and the psychotic Republican Party.

That is all. Proceed with the rest of your day.

The pointlessness of presenting facts to Trump supporters

In my recent experience, here's how social media conversations with Trump supporters tend to go:

Trumpite: Hillary Clinton did X! She should be in prison!

Non-Trumpite: That's actually not true. Here are three sources explaining what really happened.

Trumpite: You're an idiot lib-tard!

Non-Trumpite: Just show me some evidence that backs up your initial claim. In the meantime, here is a link to audited financials and other evidence that refute what you are saying.

Trumpite: Fuck off! You are a troll and a horrendous disgrace to America who probably loves ISIS. What I initially said is true and you're just a blind moron if you don't believe it. I win.

Facts really don't matter to them. Feeding their unfocused rage is all they care about.

Ohio amusement park might toss out 1.7 million board feet of wood

Cedar Point has no plans for the 1.7 million board feet that make up a roller coaster the park is closing down.

This is going to be a huge waste of valuable resources.

“Everyone has been asking what we’re gonna do with the wood,” says park spokesperson Tony Clark. “We’re taking it down. We’re not gonna really give it to anybody. We’re not going to sell it. We’re not gonna auction it. It’s gotta go. If that changes and we want to build some special chairs or furniture and sell it in the park, we’ll let people know, but I don’t think there’s big plans for that wood.”

Grand Traverse County GOP (MI) kicks out former Gov. Milliken after he endorses Hillary

Grand Traverse County Republicans have voted to no longer recognize Gov. William Milliken as a Republican. Party delegates passed the resolution at a convention in Grand Traverse County on Thursday night.

Milliken, a longtime Traverse City resident who is the longest serving governor in Michigan history, announced that he was endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton for president last week.

“It’s just the final straw,” says Jason Gillman, a county delegate and former Grand Traverse County Commissioner who wrote the resolution.

More: http://interlochenpublicradio.org/post/grand-traverse-gop-denounces-governor-milliken

A little humor: Zapp Brannigan (Futurama) quotes match incredibly well with photos of Donald Trump

One is below. The rest are here:

Ugh. Why?

When someone asks you to recommend them for your former job, you do, and then find out that person never actually applied.

Academic: Kaine was the logical choice as Hillary Clinton’s vice president

By Andra Gillespie

Hillary Clinton has selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate.

While this news was not surprising – Kaine had long been suspected to be a top choice and made President Obama’s short list in 2008 – it does raise questions about Secretary Clinton’s choices. In an extremely polarized election contest where her own liberal bona fides were questioned, why would she pick a centrist Democrat as her running mate?

Those who study the vice presidency usually concede that the veep pick has a negligible impact on the ticket’s eventual vote totals. John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin in 2008 may be an exception. Researchers estimate she may have cost the campaign as much as 1.6 percentage points. However, the choice of a running mate still reflects a nominee’s judgment and sends signals about which groups campaigns they feel they need to target in a general election.

Both Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had to balance the demands of base constituencies with their own need to find complementary partners for the campaign.

MORE HERE: http://yonside.com/kaine-was-the-logical-choice-as-hillary-clintons-vice-president/

Risk of nuclear catastrophe might be greater now than during Cold War

“Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War,” warns William Perry, “and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.”

A former U.S. defense secretary from 1994 to 1997, Perry has been an inside player in the business of nuclear weapons for over 60 years. And his book, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, is a sober read. It’s also a powerful counterpoint to NATO’s current European strategy, which envisions nuclear weapons as a deterrent to war: The purpose of nukes “is to prevent major war, not to wage wars,” argues the Alliance’s magazine, NATO Review.

But as Perry points out, it’s only by chance that the world has avoided a nuclear war — sometimes by nothing more than dumb luck — and, rather than enhancing our security, nukes “now endanger it.”

The 1962 Cuban missile crisis is generally represented as a dangerous standoff resolved by sober diplomacy. In fact, it was a single man — Russian submarine commander Vasili Arkhipov — who countermanded orders to launch a nuclear torpedo at an American destroyer that could have set off a full-scale nuclear exchange between the Soviet Union and the United States.

MORE HERE: http://yonside.com/risk-nuclear-catastrophe-might-greater-now-cold-war/

Trump delivers dark vision of America, brands himself as law and order candidate

Donald Trump delivered a dark vision of an America under siege Thursday, branding himself the law-and-order candidate in a lengthy speech laden with references to terror and violence in the streets.

Speaking on the last night of a convention unlike any in decades, Trump described a country on the brink of anarchy, one beset by ISIL and immigrant hordes, with an economy crumbling under the weight of crooked free-trade deals.

"Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation," Trump said early in the speech. "The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country."

MORE HERE: http://yonside.com/donald-trump-delivers-dark-vision-america-branding-law-order-candidate/

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