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All votes matter. Here's the best way to make sure yours does.

From Dana Milbank at the Washington Post:

"Take a pause from President Trump’s latest outrage (sending federal police to foment violence in U.S. cities in hopes that it will help his flagging campaign) or inanity (“Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.”) — and do the only thing guaranteed to end the nightmare.

"Go to Vote.org, or, if you are reading this in the dead-tree edition, type vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote into your browser, spend 30 seconds entering your name, address and date of birth, and you’ll find out instantly if your voter registration is current. If not, follow the instructions to register.

"Next, click this link or type vote.org/absentee-ballot into your browser, and sign yourself up to receive an absentee ballot for the November election. That takes about two minutes...

"If you live in one of the other 34 states, request your ballot at Vote.org. Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Ohio say they will automatically send absentee-ballot applications to all registered voters. But in the rest — including battlegrounds Arizona, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire — it’s all up to you to take action and request your ballot. (Some states let you bring the completed absentee ballot to a polling place or collection spot instead of mailing.)
"Vote.org’s chief executive, Andrea Hailey, tells me that for those in the 13 states requiring a “wet” (non-digital) signature to get an absentee ballot (Ohio and Georgia among them), the nonpartisan, nonprofit group will send stamped envelopes. Those who prefer not to use Vote.org can of course go directly to their states’ election offices; other groups doing good work in this area include Rock the Vote, HeadCount, TurboVote and the Voter Participation Center.

"Several Republican-controlled states have imposed voter-suppression measures — purges of voting rolls, voter identification laws, closing polling places restricting voting hours and limiting early voting — and those assaults on voting rights will disenfranchise many. Trump’s attacks on mail-in ballots, without which people would be forced to risk their health in long voting lines, could discourage many more.

But sufficiently massive turnout will overwhelm all voter suppression schemes — and the results will leave no doubt for Trump to exploit. The first registration and absentee-ballot deadlines are in about 60 days. Check your registration and get your absentee ballot — now.


The Racist NAZI in the White House

The Next 100 Days

Dear Democratic Party leaders,

What world are you all living in right now? COVID? Polling? Video speeches? Social media?

Right now, Americans are in a DHS occupied war zone in Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois -- Democratic states. They are dying by the thousands in the southern and western states.

I and fellow Americans out here in at least SIX states, are begging you all to see that right now.

If you say nothing as Americans are being brutalized, then you and other congressional leadership are even more out of touch than your violent political opponent in the White House.

He is fighting your voters through his Department of Homeland Security. He has been fighting against all Americans since COVID and the Washington, DC tear gassings.

Watching in outrage is not what leaders do. Politics is not spectatorship, as you well know.

In the next 100 days, POLITICAL PAGEANTRY, BIDEN'S POLLS, AND PARTY enthusiasm are NO LONGER the material issue.

The only thing 45 has got -- and he is using -- is to create such actual brutal harm, using media amplification against our fellow Americans, that Democrats, Independents and engaged non-voters either

-- forget to vote,

-- are too injured to vote,

-- are too pissed off to deal with poll delays and intimidations in their states to vote, and

-- are unable to mail in the vote,

such that anti-Trump voters are too distracted and suppressed to monitor Russiapublican operatives rigging vote counts in the battleground states.

This is the DISTRACTION SCENARIO that's already here. It is one worst case (of several) real scenario that we out in the rest of the country are preparing for.

Can you not see that??



The next 100 days are the time that we out here are warning everyone we know, of worst case probabilities in what's left of this Republic.

What do you think Trump’s sending 75,000 troops throughout the U.S. means.

That local govts and citizens can "stand up" to DHS? take their bodies to a gun fight? and when the bodies beat the guns down, then move onward to the GE vote?

You think DHS guards are protecting the vote, don't you.
You really think voters will dodge DHS guards to get to polling stations.
You think poll workers will even man any polling stations.
You think a defunded USPS will deliver votes anyway, don’t you.

Believe this will all go away however you like. But you're not living in the very probable reality of the next 100 days.

Enjoy your dreams of victory. But they won't be played out in reality for any of us if Homeland Security isn't shut. down.

The next 100 days are the times that we need to stay clear. FOCUSED.

To focus in the last days before voting, or after the dust has settled, will be too late.

To that end, we, out in these six states have been sharing the ACLU's app site for each state. But we cannot take any law to a gun fight.


"Homeland" security is terrorizing mayors, terrorizing and brutalizing Americans.

Homeland Security is a national security threat -- a national security threat -- to the 2020 General Election of the United States.

Fund, fund, fund the U.S. Postal Service.

Defund, defund, defund, and shut down DHS immediately.

Please, Democratic Party leaders. Do not just watch in outrage.

Do not just speak to this.


An ever faithful American and Democrat,
Sarasota, Florida

In The GE's Next 100 Days, Watch the Paramilitary Misdirection Away from Battleground States

from Crooks & Liars' https://crooksandliars.com/2020/07/if-deploying-stormtroopers-meant-get-trump?utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_content=33777

"If Deploying Stormtroopers Is Meant To Get Trump Reelected, It Doesn't Seem To Be Working"

... In the race for the White House, 45 percent of voters support former Vice President Joe Biden, while 44 percent back President Trump. That compares to early June when the race was equally tight and voters backed Trump 44 percent to Biden's 43 percent. In today's survey, Democrats back Biden 94 - 3 percent, independents back Biden 51 - 32 percent and Republicans back Trump 89 - 6 percent.

Biden has gone from -1 to +1 in Texas -- a state that's increasingly purple, but is also full of self-aggrandizingly macho Republican voters. The poll was conducted July 16-20, after Trump's Portland operation had begun, yet the deployment didn't help Trump consolidate his base:
-- 6% of Republicans said they were voting for Biden in a Quinnipiac poll of the state released June 3, and the number is still 6%,
-- whereas Biden lost 5% of Democrats in the earlier poll and loses only 3% now.
-- Biden got 45% of independents in the earlier poll and gets 51% now.
-- Trump got 61% of white men in the earlier poll and doesn't get any more in this poll.

Maybe this will change -- in Trump's favor or against him -- when the stormtroopers go national, which seems inevitable. And maybe the deployment to states where Trump has little chance of victory is an act of misdirection, and the real intent of this is to deploy armed intimidators to Detroit, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and other big cities in swing states just before the election, to tamp down the Democratic vote.

The real issue is the General Election. Is it really going to go for Biden?

As C & L points out here, the polls holding or improving are not the material issue anymore, are they.

The only thing he's got, is to create such brutal drama on our fellow Americans that Democrats and Independents, and engaged non-voters either
-- forget to vote,
-- are too injured to vote,
-- are too pissed off to deal with poll delays and intimidations in their states to vote,

so that all anti-Trump voters are too distracted to closely monitor Russiapublican operatives rigging vote counts in the battleground states.

This is the scenario that's coming, or at least one worst case (of several) we should prepare for.

The days ahead are the time to warn everyone we know of worst case probabilities.

The days ahead are the time to stay clear. Focused. Not after the dust has cleared.

To that end, here is the ACLU's app site for each state.
Scroll to your state's link and get your state's ACLU app.
They should be more than helpful, because if the Republic ends, the ACLU's very raison d'être will cease.


Governor Cuomo Update July 24 2020

Day 146

American Black Lives Matter protestors are not the enemy

The U.S. Military is sworn to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. All enemies of our Constitution -- like you.

The racist disaster

Governor Cuomo Update July 23 2020

This has been a stress test of government performance. Under the COVID stress test, we've seen what governments could perform and what they couldn't. It tested character of the people of the state.

Contact tracing does find super spreaders.

Government has to work.

After six months, we know what COVID is about. We must learn the lessons of those months.

Reopening was never the question. Yes, but follow the science and the metrics.

Careless, rushed, incompetent reopening vs. phased, smart reopening shows the results of ignoring and adhering to science.

Rushed reopenings have not helped the economy. The political debate should end. Facts should rule.

The NY quarantine is to stop a ricochet of the first wave: NY police are at airports, entrants must fill out forms, and travelers' ignorance is no excuse.

We're helping Atlanta and other states. Monitoring young people age 21-30, whose numbers are up.

To young people: this is not the time to "fight for your right to party;" do not ignore the facts; respect local law enforcement.

To taker Republicans: there will be no recovery without funding for state and local governments.

Re troops: Like Chicago, NY has had some crime uptick. However, there is no endangered federal property in NY; the Constitution states that there is no policing of states from the federal level; if federal agents were sent, NY would sue; I will hold the president to his word to talk if anything "changed."



The aircraft is a twin-engine plane built in a modular fashion that allows it to be outfitted with long-range surveillance equipment suitable for supporting U.S. Special Operations commandos on the ground, according to Air Force documentation and previous public reporting. It was in Colorado earlier this month, looping over Denver and Boulder, before flying to Portland on July 19, and has been circling above Portland and its suburbs since July 21, according to publicly available flight data aggregated by websites like ADS-B Exchange.

The Air Force did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The flights don’t seem to have taken place directly over downtown Portland, the epicenter of the protests, but rather at a range of 20 to 30 miles from the city’s center. That could still allow for fine-grained surveillance, however; a 2016 Bloomberg report on police aerial surveillance over Baltimore noted the small civilian planes used there could surveil an area of up to 30 square miles.

The mere presence near Portland of a plane designed to stress test SOCOM’s aerial spy gear is enough to concern some observers. “The apparent use of military aircraft in a domestic operation should set off all kinds of alarm bells,” said Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Government Secrecy Project. “What is their mission? Under what authority are they operating, and who authorized them? It seems like the administration is pushing right through what had been established norms of transparency and accountability.”

The vast array of power surveillance gear this plane potentially could be carrying on these flights is cause for concerns over privacy and political expression. “These aircraft are believed to carry SIGINT [signals intelligence] sensors; if that is the case, then circling at that distance would probably (depending on the altitude) allow the sensors to collect data,” David Cenciotti, a retired Italian Air Force officer and aerospace journalist, told The Intercept, though he noted that he could only speculate without knowing the Cougar’s actual payload.

Sen. Ron Wyden, who resides in Portland, told The Intercept, “It would be totally unacceptable for U.S. armed forces to take part in surveillance of protests in an American city,” adding, “I’ve asked the Air Force to explain these flights, including why this plane is circling Portland, what data it is collecting and who approved the mission.”

This is the military. Is the military trying to send the American public a message?

What's next -- shock and awe?

Surveillance & Safety Apps.

It's better to have one and not need it than need it and not have it.

Trumpgoons are out in Detroit, Portland and Chicago. If you live in a big city, they might be near you.

If you know of any other good ones, please share.

1. “Hands Up 4 Justice,” (iPhone and Android) allows people to discreetly record interactions with police officers during traffic stops, etc. http://ww12.handsuptheapp.com

The app integrates emergency contacts and GPS,
uploads to YouTube or a Dropbox account. Kirkwood wanted to make it easier for people of color (who are disproportionately stopped by police on US highways) to record their interactions without fear of intimidation.

2. The ACLU's app allows anyone to film interactions between police and citizens and upload footage to the ACLU’s website.

3. “I’m Getting Arrested,” is a free Android app that instantly sends texts to emergency contacts that you’ve pre-programmed into your phone.

4. “Stop and Frisk Watch” allows you to report police misconduct as well as connect with other users via community feeds.
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