HOW TRUMP STOLE 2020 : : A Book Mention

Greg Palast, photo by Gabriel Olsen (fair use)

UP FRONT :  I don’t know this guy, and have not read his book, HOW TRUMP STOLE 2020. I happened upon an author interview that is worth visiting, which I’ve excerpted below.  Our author, depicted above, is intriguing — especially his very focused work on election fraud.  Here’s an excerpt between him, and Chris Hedges.  I ask you, dear reader, how crooked is this? — (note that I’ve blackened some type for emphasis, and quick digestion):

GP: Okay.  So, starting out with–you mentioned the system created by a guy called Interstate Crosscheck, created by a guy, as you’ll find the book called Kris Kobach of Kansas.  If you can’t remember that name just remember KKK.  Mr. KKK who was [INDISTINCT] State of Kansas created a hit list of people to remove, which he called Interstate Crosscheck, got a lot of press pray–praising him from the mainstream press saying he was hunting down all the people voting and registering in two states, which is a crime.  No reporter until I got in for Rolling Stone ever asked for the list, for the names, who were these evil double voters?  Why aren’t you arresting them?  They didn’t arrest anyone, 7.2 million suspects.  And you’ll see in the book there’s a chapter called 358 James Browns.  So, 358 James Browns were removed from the voter rolls of Georgia based on this hit list from Mr. KKK because he found, believe it or not, a James Brown in Detroit, and a James Brown in Baltimore, a James Brown in Phoenix, of course, they were matching and they’re saying it’s all the same voter, so they’re removing them.  Even though it’s James Edward Brown…

CH: Let me just–let me interrupt–let me interrupt you because this is …from the book.  They often… …have different middle names.   [ . . . ]

GP: Yeah.  So, you go James Thomas Brown–and this is an exact–this is a real example, James Thomas Brown and James Edward Brown are supposed to be the same voter.  But here’s the trick, how do they know it’s black?  Well, it’s simple.  So, I asked the Secretary of State of Michigan, “What color do you think Michael Brown is?”  I gave him a list of whole Michael Browns where not one middle name was matched that he’d removed.  They removed 50,000 voters in Michigan.  Fifty thousand voters in 2016 with names like Brown, and Garcia, and Kim, and Park, and Ho.  So, what’s happening is they take the common names.  Eighty-five–the one hundred most common names in America according to the census are minority names like Garcia and Rodriguez.  There are 832,000 Garcias in America, Chris.  And so, if you’re–like our expert said, if your name is Jose Garcia, you’ve been–you’re being accused of voting in 29 States.  I’m not kidding you, this is the stuff that they’re doing.  They’re not arresting anyone for double voting.  They’re simply erasing them because these clearly aren’t double voters.  But, yeah, at 1.1 million voters almost all voters of color were removed from voter rolls using this–that’s just one system.  You also mentioned this thing of–it’s kind of called Use it or Lose It or Purged by Postcard, what happens, you missed an election or for example, they blocked you from voting.  Wisconsin, you walk in, you’re a young person, you hand in your student ID, they say that’s no good.  You walk away, you didn’t vote.  Now, they take away your registration.  They say, oh, you skipped the election.  You’re “inactive.”  Now, what is an inactive voter?

source: podcast and text

Author bio, wikipedia

Is U.S.a banana republic?

BOOK LINK :  HOW TRUMP STOLE 2020

 

 

JOE BIDEN : : SLEEP WALKER

 

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Dear Democratic National Committee :  I promise to stay home on election day if you nominate Sleepy Joe Biden, a slam-dunk loser, an instant replay of Hillary 2016.  Please wake up!

From TheAtlantic [emphasis added by me] :  This spring, Joe Biden, who entered the 2020 presidential campaign selling himself as the Democrats’ Trump-slayer, gave a speech in which he discussed the event that, nearly 30 years later, remains an open wound for many: Anita Hill’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee alleging that Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. “She was abused through the hearing,” Biden acknowledged. “She was taken advantage of. Her reputation was attacked.” He paused. “I wish I could have done something.”

Biden failed to mention that he had been the chair of the Judiciary Committee during the hearing—that, in fact, the person in the best position to have done something to help Hill had been Joe Biden. But the kind of slippery nonapology he offered—at an event called the Biden Courage Awards—was standard rhetoric for Biden, so common that the Hill family had turned it into a joke. Whenever the doorbell rang unexpectedly, Hill said last year, someone in the house might shout, “Oh, is that Joe Biden coming to apologize?”

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For a hard-hitting, but deeply-caring look at our governance problems, I invite you to read “The Enemy Within” – an  essay from Truthdig by (NYT) Pulitzer winner, Chris Hedges, cautioning against more of the same from both parties.

¿¿ WHO WILL PUT OUT THE FIRE ??

“HOW ‘BOUT A LITTLE FIRE, SCARECROW?”

Yes, the world’s on fire, and it’s melting, and little Dorothy, er, Greta, needs our help.  And, as Smoky-the-Bear often said, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.”  Greta can’t save the world from melting, all by herself.  “The responsibility resides in my shoes,” sez me.

So, our assignment, if you care for the future of the planet and its human children, is to read this  >  (HERE’S AN EXCERPT TO GET YOU STARTED) :  “New coal plants built since the 2015 Paris climate agreement have already doubled the equivalent coal-energy output of Russia and Japan, and 260 more are underway.”  READING INVITATION LINK.  

Don’t get depressed, get angry enough to do something brave and bold : Get ready!  Coming to a street corner near you this October is a life saving event worthy of great risk, called Extinction Rebellion.  Bookmark it.  (Don’t expect your elected officials to take action, as they’re all sold out to the corporatist state.)  Like I said, get ready.  Only you . . . ( ¿ If not me, who ?)  PAY NO ATTENTION TO THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN, WHO IS GAMING YOU.

If you need further persuasion, here’s a quote linked to an essay by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist : “The American political system is not salvageable. It will be overthrown in a mass uprising—a version of which we saw recently in Puerto Rico—or vast swaths of the globe will become uninhabitable and the rich will feed like ghouls off the mounting human misery. These are the two stark options. And we have very little time left.”

“I’m melting, I”m melting.”