MANOLO TAURE, PRINTMAKER

Friend Manolo has been printing, each week since March, numbered editions of what he is calling The Toilet Paper Story ‚Äď LINO CUTS, and yes, he is printing on toilet paper, of course.¬† When he first heard that people were hoarding toilet paper at the start of the pandemic, he started his editions.¬† And now he has sent me news that Austria is printing postage stamps on toilet paper!¬† (Artists are so often ahead of the curve.)¬† Stamp collectors may want to collect versions of both sorts.¬† The artist can be reached by email, here: printandbake AT gmail DOT com. The prints below, some of my favorites, are floated on card stock and sleeved in plastic, (which I removed to take photos).

¬Ņ¬†A FORGERY¬†? A DEAD VOTER¬†? A STOLEN BALLOT? A SILENCED CITIZEN¬†?

¬Ņ Are you still the person you were when you got your first credit card, signed your first loan, bought your first car. or registered to vote, still writing exactly like you did back then?¬† That person no longer exists; and that signature surely has changed. Indeed, it was never consistent! ¬†¬†EXAMPLE :¬†A few weeks ago I found my social security card, which was signed when I was 16. ¬†It looks nothing like my current signature. ¬†Yet these lawyers are contending they have the vision to detect an early self from a current self, and cancel your ballot? ¬†Gimme a break! ¬†

I won’t argue that there has never been voter fraud. ¬†Such would be a silly assertion. ¬†But when lawyers and politicians insist that they are qualified to be paid big money to evaluate signatures of voters, it’s time to throw down the gloves. ¬†This is a junk argument that they, on both sides of the aisle, have floated to pay their cronies big money. ¬†This is sophistry at its worst. ¬†The public should insist that it receive summary rejection.

The public needs to¬†say NO to these magicians¬†who are perpetrating a scam on the us. ¬†This “authority” is utterly naked. ¬†There is nothing scientific about signature studies. It is alchemy, inventing gold from mud. ¬†And the gameboys are laughing all the way to the bank. ¬†No matter who wins, the public is fleeced by fraudsters floating specious arguments, for cash. ¬†It is time for the public to rebel against such nonsense. ¬†And the people, who are governed by the states, under election law, have the authority to do so. ¬†But they would need to rise up in protest, striking, which is a right under the First Amendment. We should not allow any ballots to be rejected for signature complaints, without additional proof of fraud. ¬†Many red states have already purged voters without evidence, as reported in this book, by journalist Greg Palast. He cites a wholesale pattern of injustice, for example: there being two people with the same name, that it is someone voting twice. ¬†What! ¬†And with this absurd logic half million voters have already been removed!¬† Could you be one?

 

 

 

 

MAIL FRAUD IS A FEDERAL CRIME

The POSTMASTER GENERAL¬†has a package for Don-the-Con. ¬†(He’s a millionaire whose “former” company is a postal contractor, and has already donated more than $600,000 to Trump’s campaign.) ¬†But this couldn’t be a kickback, could it? ¬†The “package” is DELAY;¬†and the campaign contributions are a serious conflict of interest, as explained: “The idea that you can be a postmaster general and hold tens of millions of dollars in stocks in a postal service contractor is pretty shocking,” said Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, who resigned in 2017. ¬†

But who’s watching? ¬†Surely not the Postal Board of Governors, who were all appointed by that guy with the red tie, above. ¬†Do you care that your vote, arriving late due to “postal delays” might not count because a few rich guys get to vote with cash as well as ballots?

UPDATE: (Wed.Nov. 4th)¬† A federal judge was so angered by the US Postal Service’s inability to sweep its facilities for ballots yesterday afternoon, following a court order to do so, that he said he will want answers under oath from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

HOW TO SPOT A LIAR ?  :  HIS LIPS MOVE !

Rob Rogers cartoon. (fair use)

The BIBLE says All people from Crete are liars. (Titus 1:12)   But can we believe it without starting by asking a few questions, like why should I believe your response?

¬†Washington Post has been keeping track of ¬†“our Leader’s” long nose. ¬†They report that his average of 17 lies per day during his term in office is rising as the election draws near, now approaching 50 per day in recent weeks. ¬†Surely you believe his statement depicted above? ¬†(He has promised to show us his healthcare plan for about four years; and his tax returns ‚Äď so voters might know if his debt of $421 million includes exposure to foreign governments.)

For those interested in the a history of lying, philosopher Sissela Bok has written a fine book titled LYING : Moral Choice in Public Life

Click the following link if you’re interested in more of the Prez.of Lies’ graphic scorecard:

¬Ņ¬Ņ PROTEST ‚ÄĒ OR, GENERAL STRIKE ??

COPS know how to protest without getting hurt. ¬†It’s called Blue Flu. ¬†A Guardian article focusing on the historic futility of street protests makes it clear that risking safety has accomplished little, as governments allow the public to vent, up to a point. ¬†And then heads get busted, and people are damaged for life, or die. ¬†But there is another way : Just stay home. Call in sick. Sit on your hands. Slow down. >>> This is powerful. ¬†The wisdom of crowds should be to work smart instead of hard or dangerously. ¬†Investing our energy where it has the most leverage and the least risk will win. ¬†We the People¬†have a hammer. ¬†With it, we can restore democracy. ¬†Use it skillfully, gently, wisely.

Photo from Crucible Tool (fair use)

FYI : : REPUBLICANS HATE DEMOCRACY !!!

Bagley cartoon, Salt Lake Tribune (fair use)

ONE dropbox¬†for ~5 million people, in Houston? ¬†Thank you Governor Abbott for “protecting the vote”. ¬†But the voters, nah!

EXCERPT:

Directives from Ohio secretary of state, Frank LaRose, and Texas governor, Greg Abbott ‚Äď both Republicans ‚Äď limit drop boxes to one per county. In Harris county, Texas, home to Houston, that‚Äôs one box for 4.7 million people. For the 228,000 residents in more sparse Mahoning county, a single drop box could result in a lengthy trip to the board of elections. In stark contrast, for the 2.3 million residents of King county in greater Seattle, there are 73 ¬†24-hour drop boxes within easy reach of voters. ¬†Click for¬†Guardian¬†article.

EXCERPT:
“For the past few days, some New Yorkers have been forced to stand in line for four or five hours to cast their ballots.
But across the country, the group most responsible for making voting harder, if not impossible, for millions of Americans is the Republican Party.¬† Republicans have been saying it themselves for ages. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt want everybody to vote,‚ÄĚ Paul Weyrich, a leader of the modern conservative movement, told a gathering of religious leaders in 1980. ‚ÄúAs a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.‚ÄĚ
This strategy has become a central pillar of the G.O.P. platform.  [ . . . ]
The second bill would, among other things, create a national voter-registration program; make it harder for states to purge voting rolls; and take gerrymandering away from self-interested state legislatures, putting the redistricting process in the hands of nonpartisan commissions.
The House of Representatives passed both of these bills in 2019, with all Democrats voting in favor both times. The Voting Rights Amendment Act got the vote of a single House Republican. H.R. 1 got none. The Republican-led Senate has refused to act on either. ¬†[ . . . ] ¬† When more people vote, Republicans lose.‚Ä̬† SOURCE.

 

Cartoon by John Cole , York Dispatch (fair use)

VOTE REPUBLICAN IF YOU HATE DEMOCRACY

US Senator Mike Lee is proof that Republicans hate democracy.

I defended America for four years, for this?

 

 

PREPARING FOR A COUP d’√ČTAT

Cartoon by Horsey, Seattle Times, (fair use)

Excerpt:

. . . [P]lanning to defeat a coup can actually help reduce the chances of attempts to overthrow democracy since plotters are likely to think again if they know the public is well prepared. In addition, power grabs tend to succeed or fail in a matter of weeks or months. Scholars such as the political scientist Stephen Zunes, who studied a dozen attempted coups around the world since 1958, have shown that opposition forces that did not prepare for a coup often lost valuable time building alliances and mobilizing for action subsequently. Advance preparation often made a decisive difference in defeating coup attempts.  [¶]  Here are some of the steps those who wish to defend democracy should take in the weeks we have left before the election . . . [CLICK BLUE LINK to The GUARDIAN article]  :

PREPARING A FOR COUP d’√ČTAT

Strike !!!   (Excerpt):

There has not been a general strike in the United States since 1946 ‚Äď and that was restricted to Oakland, California .[ ¬∂ } The local labor federation in Rochester, New York, was the first union group to officially support the idea. Union federations in Seattle and in western Massachusetts have followed suit, approving resolutions saying a general strike should be considered if Trump seeks to subvert the election outcome. ¬†Source: ¬†https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/30/us-unions-general-strike-election-trump-biden-victory

 

HealthCare Loss: Senators Need to Hear You!

Republican Senators. Photo from MichaelMoore dot com (fair use)

You, and millions of other Americans, are at risk of being branded with a¬†pre-existing condition ‚ÄstIF you’ve had covid-19, and IF Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to sit as a justice on the Supreme Court. ¬†This could cost you BIG at the hospital. ¬†Don’t snooze, or you will lose. ¬†Contact a Republican senator today, insisting that they vote NO!

IF just three Republican senators vote NO, we might dodge a bullet.¬† (Two have already said they wish to delay until after election day.)¬† Don’t delay.¬† Protect your health coverage.¬† Reach out today! ¬† ¬†EXCERPT:

In a book review published in 2017, for example, Barrett denounced Roberts‚Äôs opinions in both NFIB and King, claiming the chief justice ‚Äúpushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute‚ÄĚ in the first decision.

If Obamacare is struck down, roughly 20 million Americans will lose health coverage ‚ÄĒ a likely conservative estimate, as it does not count many people who have lost their employer-provided health insurance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Contact Tool for US Senators.

(At the Senate .gov link above, select your state in the upper left corner.)

FINAL SEASON : : Firing The Apprentice President

You’re fired, Don! ¬†(Such a loser. ¬†What an amateur. you DICKtator!) ¬†Pack your bags. ¬†Do not pass GO. ¬†Do not collect $200 million. Go directly TO JAIL in NY. ¬†Smile for your mug shot, you cheater:

Excerpt:

The most serious legal threat facing Trump is the Manhattan district attorney’s broad criminal investigation into the financial workings of the Trump Organization. Prosecutors have suggested in court filings that the investigation could examine whether the President and his company engaged in bank fraud, insurance fraud, criminal tax fraud and falsification of business records.¬†