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Damn. I goofed, and mom voted for a republican, or two.

Well, I hope it was only one. She voted Biden for President, but apparently someone put a bug in her ear about the need for "checks and balances" in government, so (and yes, I damned near threw up) she voted for a republican John Cornyn for Senator.

Ironically, she was ranting about how evil republicans are after I mentioned how Biden would need the Senate to make any real headway, so I almost missed it when she said something about "checks and balances." Huh?, I managed to say after my heart dropped into my lower intestine. "You got to have checks and balances," she said. A moment or two passed before I remembered to breathe. I asked "How many republicans did you vote for, mom?" She said "Well . . ." When my mom says "well," in that manner, it's her way of saying she's out of steam and can't really explain herself. She's over 70 and got an 8th grade education in rural Texas back when Texas was loathe to spend resources on educating black people.

I couldn't be mad at mom, but I could be angry with myself. I had preached to my cousins about the importance of voting down ballot and I spoke to my uncles and aunts, but I thought mom was a sure fire straight ticked Democrat.

"Just one," she said. "Maybe two, I think."
"That's how they hurt Obama, mom. Republicans fought tooth and nail when they were in the minority in the Senate, and they essentially shut progress down when they got the majority."
My words sounded kinda hollow at that point. The election was over, and I kept telling myself it was only one vote. I kept thinking, though. If "they" convinced my mom and her circle of friends and relatives, that's more than just a few votes.

I remember hearing McConnell or Graham or one of the other evil f*cks talking about checks and balances a while back, and I thought little of it. They were simply switching gears to limit republican cross-over votes. Silly me didn't consider that it would be an effective way of getting Democrats to cross-over.

Live. Learn. Fight.

Peace

Reach across the aisle, you say? Sure. Let's start with election reform.

Given that MAGAvangelicals are convinced that our election system has been corrupted by an obese Venezuelan living in his grandmother's basement, maybe this is the perfect time to push for nationwide election reform with primary goals of election security ("hack-proof" systems) and election integrity (paper ballots?). I'd go one further and tie significant federal funding to state compliance with security measures because they are a matter of national security.

Yet again, only Democrats are trying to bridge the divide.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/14/us/politics/biden-trump-republicans.html

Many on the Right Reject the Call for Healing

“My Democratic friends think Biden is going to heal everything and unify everyone,” said Jeanie Smith, who attends the more conservative Spring Street Gospel Church in Mason, which is about 100 miles west of Austin. “They are deceived.”

“Now you want healing,” she added. “Now you want to come together. You have not earned it.”

“We’re willing to accept the results, as long as it’s fair and done correctly and certified correctly,” said Sherrie Strong, another supporter of the president’s. She, like others, took Mr. Trump’s position that it was strange that he had been leading in numerous places because of in-person votes on Election Day, only to be overtaken once mail-in ballots were counted on election night and over the days that followed. (The delay in counting mail-in ballots in several states was because of restrictions imposed by Republican state legislatures.)

That is the hard reality Mr. Biden is facing, even after winning a race in which he secured a larger share of the popular vote than any challenger since 1932. Towering before him is a wall of Republican resistance, starting with Mr. Trump’s refusal to concede, extending to G.O.P. lawmakers’ reluctance to acknowledge his victory and stretching, perhaps most significantly for American politics in the long term, to ordinary voters who steadfastly deny the election’s outcome. (end quotes)


The only way Democrats can "earn" a truce is to give republicans EVERYTHING they want. Republicans keep telling us they'd rather burn the country down than respect a two-party system. What, exactly, does it take for us to finally believe them?

Republicans are updating their playbook that led to the Oklahoma City bombing.

During President Clinton's first term, Limbaugh and other right-wing hate media painted the US Government as public enemy No. 1, labeled federal officers as "jack-booted thugs," and convinced homegrown terrorists like Timothy McVeigh (1995 Oklahoma City bombing) and Eric Rudolph (1996 bombing in Atlanta's Centennial Park) that they were patriots in an all-out war against "government tyranny."

Now McConnell and Graham have taken up the reigns in a similar yet revamped war against the Biden administration before he is even sworn in. Make no mistake. McConnell and Graham present no credible proof of Democratic voter fraud because they have no proof, and they know Trump's legal challenges will fail unless the unabashedly extreme right-wing majority of the US Supreme Court engages in a judicial coup of sorts.

The harsh reality is that McConnell, Graham, Trump and their republican confederates are knowingly inflaming a new generation of armed, ill informed, domestic terrorists who, like Timothy McVeigh, will inevitably heed the calls for "action" against a US government under the Biden/Harris administration.

As before, the results will be tragic, and while sending thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families, republicans will condemn the terror they seeded . . . then blame the Biden administration.

How 'bout some poetic justice for Melania Trump?

As recently written in Slate, Melania is about as honest as her husband Donald.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/11/goodbye-melania-trump.html
"Melania has lied about everything from getting a bachelor’s degree to speaking five languages to the significance of her “I Really Don’t Care Do U” jacket—which she wore as a publicity stunt while visiting desperate children whom the Trump administration had separated from their families."

Now what are the odds that Melania also lied on her application to become a naturalized citizen? Given her insistence that Obama release his birth certificate, surely her application for citizenship is fair game. Anyway, if she lied, I say she should be the first First Lady (cough) to get kicked the f*ck out of America.

Here's a bit of relevant law to wet your whistle:

https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-12-part-l-chapter-2
In general, a person is subject to revocation of naturalization on the following grounds:
A. Person Procures Naturalization Illegally
A person is subject to revocation of naturalization if he or she procured naturalization illegally. Procuring naturalization illegally simply means that the person was not eligible for naturalization in the first place. Accordingly, any eligibility requirement for naturalization that was not met can form the basis for an action to revoke the naturalization of a person. This includes the requirements of residence, physical presence, lawful admission for permanent residence, good moral character, and attachment to the U.S. Constitution.
Discovery that a person failed to comply with any of the requirements for naturalization at the time the person became a U.S. citizen renders his or her naturalization illegally procured. This applies even if the person is innocent of any willful deception or misrepresentation.
B. Concealment of Material Fact or Willful Misrepresentation
1. Concealment of Material Fact or Willful Misrepresentation
A person is subject to revocation of naturalization if there is deliberate deceit on the part of the person in misrepresenting or failing to disclose a material fact or facts on his or her naturalization application and subsequent examination.
In general, a person is subject to revocation of naturalization on this basis if:
The naturalized U.S. citizen misrepresented or concealed some fact;
The misrepresentation or concealment was willful;
The misrepresented or concealed fact or facts were material; and
The naturalized U.S. citizen procured citizenship as a result of the misrepresentation or concealment.

Editing to add this video link (Thanks for the heads-up fierywoman!)
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Election official who supervised voting despite positive Covid-19 test has died.

An election official who supervised voting in a suburb of St. Louis despite having tested positive for the coronavirus has died, officials there announced on Thursday, raising concerns for 2,000 voters who passed through the site on Election Day.

The official, an election judge supervisor, worked closely with nine other election workers in St. Charles, which is roughly 25 miles outside St. Louis. The authorities have advised them to be tested. They said the supervisor had not come in close contact with voters.

The supervisor — whose name, gender and age were not released — received a positive test result on Oct. 30 from a private lab and was advised to quarantine, but ignored that advice, according to a statement from the county. No cause of death was given for the death.

Kurt Bahr, the county director of elections, said judges were not screened before reporting to election sites, and had not been told not to come to work if they were supposed to be in quarantine — “for the simple reason that we did not think that needed to be said.”



https://nl.nytimes.com/f/a/0AzmJShh0eJQEmJIBW9kVg~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRhh7x5P4Q2AWh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lm55dGltZXMuY29tL2xpdmUvMjAyMC8xMS8wNS93b3JsZC9jb3ZpZC0xOS1jb3JvbmF2aXJ1cy11cGRhdGVzL2EtbWlzc291cmktZWxlY3Rpb24tb2ZmaWNpYWwtd2hvLXdvcmtlZC1hdC10aGUtcG9sbHMtZGVzcGl0ZS10ZXN0aW5nLXBvc2l0aXZlLWhhcy1kaWVkP2NhbXBhaWduX2lkPTkmZW1jPWVkaXRfbm5fMjAyMDExMDYmaW5zdGFuY2VfaWQ9MjM4NjImbmw9dGhlLW1vcm5pbmcmcmVnaV9pZD0xMjM4OTM2NDQmc2VnbWVudF9pZD00MzczNiZ0ZT0xJnVzZXJfaWQ9OWRhZjEyOWNmNGUxMTk1NjFlYzg2ZjMyZjg3YzZkMzNXA255dEIKACd5N6Vf6x9a11IVd2l0dHl0aGluZ3NAZ21haWwuY29tWAQAAAAA

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/05/world/covid-19-coronavirus-updates
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